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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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Are Your Dietary Choices Serving Your Smile?

General Dentistry  Palm Beach Gardens FLWhen we look at the smile, what we tend to notice above all else is the condition of the teeth. Are they white and radiant? Are they straight and unmarred by chips and cracks? These are the characteristics that we tend to observe. The gums, though, that soft tissue around your teeth is the unsung hero of your mouth. Without gum tissue, the teeth wouldn’t be so secure. Neither would underlying bone tissue. You see, your gums are protective against oral bacteria. This is why you want to support gum health at every turn. Sometimes, every turn is on your plate.

Foods that Support Gum Health

  • Leafy greens. Those salad bowls filled with kale and arugula and spinach aren’t just good for your waistline, they’re good for your mouth. Leafy greens are chalk-full of vitamin C and other phytonutrients that reduce inflammation in the body. Additionally, leafy green vegetables encourage the production of healthy red blood cells. When you chew the extra fiber in leafy greens, your saliva glands work overtime, further inhibiting the accumulation of bacteria.
  • Onions may have a bad reputation for bringing tears to the eyes, but this food item also has strong antimicrobial properties. That means the onion on your salad can neutralize the action of oral bacteria in your mouth.
  • Crunch it up! Fresh fruits and vegetables that have a nice crunch to them used to be such a treat when we were children. In our formidable years, we loved the messiness and noisiness of apples, celery, and carrots. These vegetables, as well as cauliflower and broccoli, are also very cleansing due to their mild abrasiveness to enamel. Want a fun way to clean and polish your teeth after lunch? Chomp on an apple!
  • Shitake mushrooms. If you already love mushrooms simply for their flavor, you’ll be happy to know that these friendly little fungi contain lentinan, a compound with antibacterial properties that inhibits the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Green Tea. A cup of green tea every day is good for your mouth and your body thanks to catechins, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation.

There are several factors that affect the overall health of your teeth and gums. In addition to eating for oral health, schedule a visit with your dentist. We’d love to see your smile in our Palm Beach Gardens office. Call 561-627-9000 to schedule your visit.

Head’s Up…Here’s How To Keep On Top Of Periodontal Disease

You brush. You floss. You rinse. You may have even tried Oil Pulling.
But there’s no getting around it. Your mouth is full of bacteria, mucus and food particles.
And these sneaky culprits combine to form an icky film on your teeth…plaque.

Good dental habits can help get rid of plaque, but plaque that is not removed forms tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist.
Consider this: The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they becomes.

What is periodontal disease?

  • Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to dental disease that results in serious damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.
  • Periodontal disease is common and serious.

periodontal diseaseTogether, bacteria, tartar and plaque can cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums.
Signs to look for are gums that bleed easily and are tender, swollen and red. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that does not include loss of bone or tissue that hold the teeth in place. It is easily treated and can usually be reversed with good dental habits. If gingivitis is not treated, however, it can advance to periodontitis.

In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth. Then pockets form that become infected.
The body’s immune system fights the bacteria but this natural response to infection starts to break down the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place.
If left untreated, tissue, gums and bone are destroyed. Teeth become loose and eventually must be removed.

What causes periodontal disease? Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause. Smokers, pregnant women, diabetics and people whose immune system is compromised are also vulnerable.

The good news: The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal disease is to treat.
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection.

If you are worried that you may have a form of periodontal disease, don’t wait. Call our offices for a consultation, today: (561) 627-9000.

Periodontal Disease is Serious Business

gum disease

Periodontal disease, known colloquially as gum disease, refers to chronic inflammation of the gums and the surrounding tissues. Recent statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of all American adults have gum disease to some degree.

gum diseaseWhy is this a big deal? Aside from losing your teeth and painful issues with the gums, there are a variety of other health conditions that have a link to periodontal disease. Past studies have found a relationship between gum disease and the following health issues:

  • Cardiovascular problems — Bacteria from infected and inflamed gums migrate from the mouth into the lining of the heart and the blood vessels. This link is still being researched, but why risk it?
  • Diabetes — The link between diabetes and gum disease goes both ways. High levels of glucose in the blood can alter protein molecules, which can result in inflammation in areas throughout the body, including the mouth. Or, swelling in the gums can lead to a buildup of cytokines, a type of protein that can alter the metabolism of sugar and fat and interfere with insulin regulation.
  • Premature births — Several studies have shown a link between women who have given birth prematurely and gum disease during their pregnancy.

Let the team at Lerner & Lemongello take the steps needed to make sure your gums are in good health. Call us at 561-627-9000 for an appointment.

Smoking and your Health

Smoking and tobacco-products are amount the most important health related hazards.  Cigarette smoking poses a major risk factor for diseases including lung cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and oral cancer.  An estimated 50% of advanced gum disease is attributable to smoking.  Smokers respond poorly to gum treatment and are at a greater risk for gum disease.  Smokers are 2.5-3 times more likely to develop gum disease.  How smoking affects the color of your teeth is an apparent issue.  Our office can provide numerous ways from tooth whitening to smile makeovers with porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Systemic Diseases and Dental Treatment

Systemic Diseases and Dental Treatment.  Now more than ever, patients are hearing about the “mouth-body” connections between systemic disease and oral disease.  Dentists and physicians have known for some time that illnesses and conditions of the mouth, gums and teeth are directly related to illnesses and conditions in the rest of the body.  Research is now providing ample evidence to back this up.   Studies show that bacterial infection and tissue inflammation are important causative factors in periodontal disease.  These byproducts can be major factors in the development of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other serious problems. According to the ADA, approximately 70% of the population has some form of periodontal gum disease.  The bacteria identified in periodontal disease are the same bacteria identified with other systemic diseases.  It is due to this connection that preventative dentistry and proper dental hygiene appointments are so important for not only dental health but systemic health as well.

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