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5 Ways to Promote Good Oral Health Habits at Work

It looks like a lot of people need to step up their oral health habits not just at home but also at work! Based on a survey  released by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and Oral-B Laboratories, a huge number of Americans are actually neglecting the state of their teeth and mouth at work. 

Specifically, the survey found out that although 75 percent of roughly one thousand respondents ate twice or more a day at work, only 14 percent of  them are actually brushing their teeth. In addition,  40 percent of the respondents considered a person’s smile as the first thing they notice in a person at work while 32 percent responded that bad breath is a co-worker’s least attractive trait. Now, the early figures of 14 percent brushing their teeth may make you think about those who rated bad breath as a no-no. It seems like a lot would be complaining about Mr. Stinky Breath at work after all. 

Most of us here at our Palm Beach Gardens dental practice are part of the 14 percent who brush our teeth even at work. And we would like to see more people doing the same thing in the office. So here’s a quick guide to promoting good oral health habits at work:

1. Have a toothbrush for office use. Having a toothbrush handy at work will certainly increase your chances of actually using it in the office.

 2. Chew sugarless gums. Chewing gums could stimulate saliva production and saliva, in turn, neutralizes acids which could cause tooth decay and cavities. After having meals and snacks in the office, consider chewing sugarless gums!

3. No toothbrush available? How about some mouthwash? Rinsing your mouth with it for at least 30 seconds will surely make the difference and get rid of the garlicky breath after lunch!

4. You might want to have some floss handy, too.

5. Lastly, schedule dental visits regularly so we can help you figure out which part of your oral health needs improvement and give out recommendations.

Get in touch with us today if you’d like to have healthier teeth and gums for an awesome smile that your coworkers will surely notice! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000 or you can fill out this contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

 

What Color is Your Smile?

There’s no one color that most people would call their favorite. Others like green while some are loyal to blue. However,  when it comes to teeth, almost everyone wants to have the same shade — the brightest white. Here at our Palm Beach Gardens dental practice, we get a lot of questions from men and women alike about their tooth whitening options for that bright, white smile they’ve always wanted.

Although the first step to getting the teeth color you desire is to set up an initial consultation with us, you might want to know the top tooth staining offenders below!

1. Dark colored beverages – Since the outermost part of your teeth is porous, the dark qualities of both black coffee and tea could stain your teeth. The same goes  for colas, red wine, and cranberry juice. In addition, these beverages are quite acidic, making your teeth more prone to tooth decay and plaque formation.

2. Blueberries – Although blueberries are considered to be a superfood due to its antioxidant content, the fruit’s dark blue skin could stain your teeth a lot. You do not have to stop consuming these wonderful fruits,all you need to do is to have water in between your blueberry bites.

3. Beets – The staining effect of beets is very powerful when it is consumed as juice.

4. Curry – After enjoying curry at lunch or dinner, consider brushing your teeth or swishing some water into your mouth.

5. Red and Brown Sauces – Dark colored condiments such as tomato sauce, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar are also top culprits of tooth staining. You can counteract their staining effects by chewing on crunchy and raw vegetables or fruits such as apples, carrots, or celery. These food items are proven to be effective in the mechanical removal of stains.

Your Tooth Whitening Options in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

At our teeth whitening studio in Palm Beach, Florida, you can choose from our two whitening options: take-home whitening and in-office whitening. We use only the latest teeth whitening system, which can lighten the color of your teeth to several shades in as little as one hour. Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000 or you can fill out this contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Dentures

Cosmetic Dentures

Just because you wear dentures doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful smile. People with missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures tend to become less confident, have difficulty speaking properly, or have trouble eating certain foods. It is for this reason the Drs. Lerner and Lemongello, in Palm Beach Gardens, along with their highly skilled team believe that dentures still make one of the biggest contributions in replacement of missing teeth. However, even with dentures you can have the beautiful smile you always wanted.

A smile makeover with dentures is no different than a smile makeover with porcelain veneer, crowns or implants when it comes to designing a smile. They are made of artificial teeth attached onto a plastic base, and sometimes supported by a metal framework fitted into the patient’s mouth but that doesn’t mean they should look fake.

That is why you want to choose a dentist that understands how to create beautiful smiles. At Dr’s Lerner and Lemongello’s office, creating a beautiful smile with dentures takes time. Unlike a “denture center” where one size denture fits all, a complete examination is performed to evaluate your needs. A smile analysis is completed to determine what type; size, shape and color teeth are best suited for your face and facial features creating the most natural, beautiful smile for you. The teeth are then set up in a wax denture to preview what your new teeth will look like before they are finished. Your speech is checked along with how the teeth bite together ensuring proper function and comfort. It is at this time that any changes needed are made. Once everything has been checked and you are happy the denture is finished and custom fitted to provide the best possible result.

At the office of Drs. Lerner and Lemongello, we work with only the highest skilled technicians who use the best materials available made in the USA to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing and natural looking dentures. If you require new cosmetic dentures or would like to stabilize loose dentures with implants, call our office in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to schedule a consultation today.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000. Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Palm Beach Gardens.

Missing teeth have long been replaced with fixed bridges or dentures.  However, more recently there has been a trend towards replacing missing teeth with dental implants which are a more comfortable and permanent solution. Implants, when placed and restored by an experienced dentist will look and feel like your own natural teeth and be virtually indistinguishable from real teeth.

Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons including neglecting your teeth and gums with poor diet and poor hygiene.  It can occur naturally from age and also due to trauma.  The loss of teeth can have a significant impact on a person’s self esteem due to the esthetic implications as well as causing bite problems and difficulties in eating.

A major advantage of dental implants is that they do not require preparation or drilling of neighboring healthy teeth and they do not require special brushes and extra care for oral hygiene. When teeth are lost bone loss of the jaw occurs after some time and dental implants slow this process down and prevent excessive loss of your bone structure.

Dental implants are one of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth and have a very high success rate. How long they last will depend on a number of factors including the skill of your dentist, the surgeon and how well you look after the health of your teeth and gums once complete.  Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello and our office staff have the skill and expertice all in a 5 star environment to meet the needs of their patients.

Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for beautiful smiles restored with dental implants.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and free information on Dental Implants at 561-627-9000.   

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas.

Overcoming the Fear of Replacing old Dentistry

It is not uncommon for us to recommend replacement of aging dentistry to improve the health and smiles of our patients.  Dentistry, like anything else, eventually wears out.  However, our patients often seem reluctant to have their aging dentistry replaced.  Initially it was confusing to see such a response when it was apparent to the patient that the recommendation was understood and the need for replacement was apparent.  What was more difficult to understand was why patients were reluctant to proceed with the necessary treatment.  When asked “why would you not move forward with treatment”often the response was a reluctance due to a fear of the unknown.  What would we find underneath that old dentistry? How will the old dentistry possibly be removed without creating further injury to the healthy tooth underneath? Once this fear was recognized it was easily addressed.  With today’s technology, removal of existing failing dentistry is fast, effortless and will not cause additional harm to the underlying tooth. Think of it in terms of the old dentistry being a covering over the tooth, some form of “Laminate”.  Using a Formica kitchen counter top as as example:  once a small slice is made through the Formica surface the remaining Formica laminate covering is easily “peeled back” exposing the underlying wood without causing any damage.  Old dentistry is no different.  Once a slice is made through the old dentistry it is easily peeled off without damaging the underlying tooth.  In a previous post we discussed the three main reasons why patients postpone needed dentistry.  They are money, time and fear.  Once all three of these are addressed needed dentistry can be accomplished.  Hopefully now this common fear has been addressed. Communication is the key and our staff is here to ensure your questions are answered.  Our goal is to provide state of the art dentistry in a comfortable atmosphere and any obstacles to optimal dental health are adressed.

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