Posts for category: Oral Health
Like most routines and healthy habits, your oral hygiene regimen may be on autopilot, something you do automatically every day but give little to no thought to from day to day. But even if you cover the basics, you may be missing out on some important elements that can also affect your smile and oral health. The dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, recommend that everyone take a proactive role in their oral health, starting with becoming familiar with oral hygiene best practices at home.
Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Hollywood, FL
Most people are familiar with the two most important elements of a solid oral hygiene routine: brushing and flossing. If you're already brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing (once a day at any time that works best for you is OK), you're already ahead of the game. But another important element of a comprehensive oral hygiene routine is going to the dentist every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) for a checkup and professional cleaning.
Many people mistakenly believe that brushing and flossing is enough to maintain healthy teeth and gums, skipping the dentist until something goes wrong. But the fact is that oral hygiene at home and regular dental care work hand in hand. A professional cleaning picks up where your toothbrush leaves off, clearing your teeth and gums of any plaque or tartar buildup before it has a chance to do any real damage.
Additional Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Eat a healthy diet - in addition to limiting your sugar intake to prevent tooth decay, eating green vegetables like broccoli will deliver essential vitamins and nutrients for a healthy body and teeth, and keep the saliva flowing to keep bacteria from setting up shop between meals
Toothbrush maintenance - discard your old toothbrush every few months or when the bristles start to look worn down
Drink enough water - staying hydrated is as important for healthy teeth and gums as it is for the body
Say no to tobacco - smoking does not just cause cosmetic damage to your teeth, it will also harm your oral health
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For more information about tooth decay and gum disease prevention, contact Parker Dentistry by calling (954) 983-5450 to schedule an appointment with a dentist today.
It’s hard to avoid stress in the 21st Century. We’re all bombarded with stressors, from work to family — even our smart phones!
The problem really isn’t the stressors themselves but how we respond to them and try to relieve stress. This can often have a negative effect on our health. One example: bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching.
These habits involve the rhythmic or spasmodic clenching, biting or grinding of the teeth, often involuntarily, beyond normal chewing function. It often occurs while we sleep — jaw soreness the next morning is a telltale sign. While there are other causes, stress is one of the most common for adults, bolstered by diet and lifestyle habits like tobacco or drug use, or excessive caffeine and alcohol.
Teeth grinding’s most serious consequence is the potential for dental problems. While teeth normally wear as we age, grinding or clenching habits can accelerate it. Wearing can become so extensive the enamel erodes, possibly leading to fractures or cracks in the tooth.
When dealing with this type of bruxism, we must address the root cause: your relationship to stress. For example, if you use tobacco, consider quitting the habit — not only for your overall health, but to remove it as a stress stimulant. The same goes for cutting back on your consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
Adopt an “unwinding” pattern at night before you sleep to better relax: for example, take a warm bath or keep work items or digital media out of the bedroom.Â Many people also report relaxation or stress-relief techniques like meditation, mindfulness or biofeedback helpful.
There’s another useful tool for easing the effects of nighttime teeth grinding: an occlusal guard. This custom-fitted appliance worn while you sleep prevents teeth from making solid contact with each other when you clench them. This can greatly reduce the adverse effects on your teeth while you’re working on other stress coping techniques.
Teeth grinding or clenching can prove harmful over time. The sooner you address this issue with your dentist or physician, the less likely you’ll experience these unwanted consequences.
If you would like more information on the causes and treatments for teeth grinding, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding: Causes and Therapies for a Potentially Troubling Behavior.”
While having straight pearly whites will definitely inspire you to share your smile with the world, there is a deeper layer of health benefits beneath the aesthetic benefits. Your overall health has roots in the quality of your oral health. When your teeth overlap, there is a higher chance that food, bacteria, and plaque will build up in those tough to reach places. Straightening your teeth makes keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy so much easier.
Inflammation, bacteria, and poor oral hygiene cause gum disease and if left untreated, the affects can spread beyond your mouth. Inflammation is the leading cause of most degenerative diseases, as we have discussed previously. Oral infections that are left untreated can spread and lead to severe maladies such as pneumonia and heart disease. This all stems from inadequate oral hygiene.
Think how easy it would be to brush and floss if your teeth were lined up and the tight spaces between your teeth were perfectly vertical. Another thing to consider is how much easier it is to keep your teeth and gums clean when you can remove your aligners during the straightening process instead of trying to work around a mouth full of braces. Invisalign makes oral hygiene easy during and after your treatment.
When your teeth are aligned, your mouth is better prepared to fight against potential periodontal problems.
Invisalign also makes straightening your teeth discreet, comfortable, and convenient. You can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, but you will barely even notice they are on once you get used to wearing them initially. Invisalign is ideal for a number of different causes and is perfect for adults and teenagers. Invisalign is usually a much faster treatment approach than braces and is far more comfortable.
Interested? There is no time like the present to fix your smile and improve your oral health! The benefit of doing it this month (October 15-November 30) is that you will receive a complimentary consultation, $500 off your records, a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum toothbrush, and a Zoom take-home whitening kit. That’s $1,000 worth of savings! Call us today to schedule your consultation.
Happy Dental Hygiene Month!
Did you know that October is dental hygiene month? This year at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we have decided to celebrate dental hygiene month and all of our wonderful patients, we are having a promotion on Invisalign.
You might be thinking to yourself, what does Invisalign have to do with dental hygiene? While most people might assume that straightening your teeth is only for cosmetic reasons, this couldn’t be further from the whole truth. While straightening your teeth obviously has cosmetic value and the majority of people interested in straightening their teeth want to do so for cosmetic reasons, the health benefits should not be overlooked.
For this reason, we are offering a complimentary Invisalign consultation, $500 off your records, a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum toothbrush, and a Zoom take-home whitening kit at the end of your Invisalign treatment. This deal will help you straighten, whiten, and take care of your new smile. As we always say, a smile makes a face!
So, how is straightening your teeth beneficial for more than just cosmetic reasons?
According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly improve your overall oral and general health. Straighter teeth lead to:
Reduced chances of pneumonia, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke
Our Invisalign promotion runs between October 15 and November 30, 2017. Come on in and take advantage of this incredible offer and start your easy journey to a new and improved smile.
Later this week, we will elaborate on these amazing health benefits and how Invisalign differs from traditional braces.
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”