Posts for: August, 2015
One of the health issues pregnant women should be concerned about is a higher risk of periodontal (gum) disease. But you don’t have to be pregnant to have an increased risk — you also may be more susceptible to dental disease if you’re taking certain birth control pills.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque, food debris that builds up on tooth and gum surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. If left untreated gum disease can eventually lead to the breakdown of connective gum tissue and cause tooth loss.
Pregnant women are at greater risk because of an increased level of female hormones (estrogen) in their blood stream. This causes a change in the blood vessels that supply the gums, making them more susceptible to the effects of bacteria. A number of birth control options also increase estrogen levels, causing much of the same effect. To heighten the effect, you may also have a predisposition toward gum disease by your genetics or a high stress level.
There are some things you can do, however, to help lower your risk if you’re taking birth control medication. First and foremost, practice a consistent, daily habit of brushing and flossing. If you’re unsure if your technique is effective, we can provide guidance and training to make sure you’re performing these tasks properly. You should also visit us at least twice a year for office cleanings and checkups: no matter how effective you are with brushing and flossing, plaque can still accumulate in hard to reach places and form hardened deposits known as calculus.
You should also be on the lookout for signs of disease like gum redness, swelling or bleeding. If you see any of these signs, contact us as soon as possible for a thorough examination. As with many other issues involving health, the sooner we begin treatment for gum disease the better your chances of stopping it before it does too much harm.
If you would like more information on the relationship between gum disease and pregnancy or birth control, 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 “Pregnancy & Birth Control.”
Did you know that Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness is the only dental office in South Florida that offers the unique, non-laser, and highly effective HydraFacial MD treatment? In as little as 30 minutes, you can be walking out of the office with the long lasting glow of your face thanking you for this invigorating treatment. If you have never had a HydraFacial, you are in for a real treat!
First question on your mind might be, “what is a HydraFacial?” The HydraFacial MD treatment offers instantaneous results, without any downtime or irritation. The revolutionary, simultaneous multiple process delivery system not only removes dead skin cells and exact impurities, but it revitalizes the new skin with cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing serums. The serums are specifically chosen based on your individual skin type and skin concerns.
The HydraFacial is an excellent remedy for improving fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, vibrancy, hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, firmness, enlarged pores, and oily problematic skin. It is safe for all skin types. The treatment you will receive will be totally customized by Ivonne, following her professional assessment of your skin type and condition. You will then drift off into a peaceful state of mind on top of a cloud-like bed, while listening to soothing sounds of the ocean as you receive your personalized HydraFacial.
You will notice immediate results, and as the day goes on, it will become even more apparent that you did something extraordinary for your skin. It is recommended that you receive continual treatments to maintain skin health and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and congested skin. Once you have one though, going once a month will be something you will look forward to doing.
Our skin is bombarded on a daily basis by free radicals, like UV rays, pollution, and other toxins, on top of the inherent factors that go hand and hand with the natural aging process. The HydraFacial’s detoxifying, hydrating, and rejuvenating abilities can bring your skin back to a healthy and happy state.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, you can sign up for a HydraFacial membership. A basic HydraFacial starts at $149, but with a membership each HydraFacial costs only $89. It is asked that you commit to six months to a year, but should you need to cancel or put on hold your membership, a sufficient heads up is all that is required. If you mention this blog post at your next visit, you will receive $20 off a HydraFacial!
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week!
Whether you are a sun worshipper or a shade seeker, it is vital that you protect your skin from the elements. Our skin is under a constant attack from the damaging ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun, free radicals from man made air pollutants, and natural forces. Whipping winds, drying cold weather, pore-clogging sweat and even stress, lack of sleep, bad habits, and poor nutrition can all bombard your skin. When we fail to take care of the biggest organ in our body, it shows in the form of appearing weathered, aged, tired, and lackluster. It is in our own hands to put our best face forward.
Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness can provide you with the expertise regarding preventative and corrective care. The latest, well researched, and personally tested products to help you bring out your inner radiance and outer glow are available. There are multiple components that are necessary to promote healthy skin, aside from just topical skin care; this includes diet, hydration, sleep, and stress management. This week, Parker Wellness is focusing on protective and restorative measures that can be applied directly to your face, in order to fight damage and signs of aging due to sun exposure.
First and foremost, you should be wearing sunscreen every single day! Just because you are not sunbathing and drinking a piña colada on the beach, doesn’t mean that the sun’s harmful rays aren’t affecting your skin. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to coat your body in white, greasy sunscreen before you dive into your day. Now, there are incredible new options for the application of sunscreen. What’s even better is that now there is a wealth of science to back up the production of new types of sunscreen products that are not chemical-ridden and more harmful to your skin than beneficial. Honi and Ivonne are experts in this field, and only promote what they themselves use everyday. Two brands, in particular, are Colorscience and MD Solar Sciences.
Colorscience created a revolutionary product line of sun care, primers, foundations, pressed powder, cheek color, refreshing mists, illuminators, and lip shines that all contain sufficient levels of SPF. Their formulations offer clean, breathable minerals and mica compounded with antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins. These are completely safe for even the most sensitive skin. Why not make your routine easy? Why not freshen up and glow from the inside out knowing that you are doing a great service for your skin. The products you put on your face should also protect your face and not coat it with an array of talc, fillers, dyes, fragrance, and other harsh chemicals. It is as easy as the swipe of a soft brush across your skin to look radiate and be protected.
MD Solar Sciences is another great product line that Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness carries in the office. Their mineral based sunscreens are top of the line and make your face look flawless upon application. They actually stay on during high intensity water and land activities, like surfing, fishing, biking, trail blazing, and playing with your dog on a hot summer day. It feels like your bare skin but guarantees that you are protected throughout your day, so you can feel confident in the sunshine and doing what you love to do. Just ask Ivonne to give you a demonstration of all that we have to offer you and your skin. We can create a totally customized regiment for your specific skin type and needs.
Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness is dedicated to helping you achieve the skin you want to match the smile you wear. Health is about being preventative, and Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness understands that prevention comes from all fronts. This includes, but is not limited to oral health, skin care, and nutrition. We are devoted to helping you achieve your optimal health through our specialties of dentistry, oral hygiene, and facial revitalization and care. Talk to Honi or Ivonne about what our Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness center can do for you!
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week! Stay tuned this month for more on skincare, as it is related to anti-aging, corrective measures, nutrition, and healthy practices to help you obtain long lasting luster.
Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is filled with a varied array of procedures, materials and techniques that can address any shortcoming with your smile. Whatever your condition, there’s a means to correct or enhance your smile.
The real question, though, is whether we’re both, patient and dentist, on the same page as to what’s best to enhance your smile. Dentists have a different perspective on smile outcomes than the average layperson. We’re clued into aspects like tooth alignment with facial features or gum-to-lip distance influenced by our professional training and experience. You, though, may see your smile in terms of other features that define beauty like mouth expressions or lip shape.
Bridging these differing points of view requires open and honest communication. Here are three considerations to make that happen.
Build trust between you and your dentist. It’s natural for us to have differing views on what constitutes proper smile aesthetics based on the perspectives previously mentioned. Working through those perspectives to arrive at a unified plan requires trust that both of us desire the same outcome: a beautiful smile you’re happy to display to the world.
“Seeing” your future smile can help ease your misgivings. It’s one thing to try to imagine a certain treatment outcome — it’s quite another to actually see it beforehand. And you can, through computer simulation that takes a picture of your current face and smile and then augments them digitally so you can see how your smile will appear after proposed treatment. It’s also possible in some cases for you to wear temporary or “provisional” restorations so that not only can you see how they look, but also how they feel and function in the mouth.
Understand what “type” of restoration patient you are. Although everyone is different, we can usually characterize patients and their expectations in two ways. Some patients are “perfect-minded” — they want restorations that offer the maximum symmetry, regularity and tooth brightness. Others are more “natural-minded” in that the changes they seek don’t drastically alter their natural appearance, but are just enough to look different and create a sense of character. Knowing what you really want — a drastic change or a subtle enhancement — will help you communicate your desires more clearly and help us design the treatment options that best fit your expectations.
If you would like more information on fostering communication between dentists and patients, 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 “Great Expectations.”
Are you embarrassed by your crowded, gapped or crooked teeth but less than thrilled about the idea of having to wear traditional metal braces for months on end? If so, the dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL have a teeth straightening solution you need to know about: Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a teeth straightening device that can help you achieve the same effects as traditional metal braces but without the unsightly wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into place. You wear each aligner for two weeks before switching it out for the next one.
What Benefits Does Invisalign Offer?
Invisalign aligners from Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL offer a number of impressive benefits.
- Invsalign is Practically Invisible: With Invisalign, you never have to worry about your teeth straightening device interfering with your day-to-day life. Give a business meeting, go out on a date or take family pictures. The aligners are nearly invisible so no one has to know you're wearing them but you.
- Invisalign is Removable: If you ever do want to remove your aligner, however, you can. Take it out to eat, to brush your teeth or for a special occasion when you don't want it to get in the way. As long as you don't leave it out for too long and you remember to replace it, you can take your aligners out whenever you want.
- Invisalign is Easy to Clean: Traditional metal braces can be incredibly difficult to clean. Not only is maneuvering around them difficult, but they create lots of cracks and crevices that can be difficult to get to. With Invisalign, however, not only do you remove your aligners before you eat so they don't get as messy, but the aligners themselves are much easier to clean once they are out of your mouth.