Less Pain Pill Access Is Hurting Those Who Hurt | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

We are all well aware of the opioid crisis that we are facing and that things are beginning to gain some traction as far as laws being passed on a government level, but are they passing the right laws? Who or what exactly is it helping? These CDC guidelines are strict and while pain killer use has been reduced from years previous, reducing the strength of the pain killers for some patients becomes more of an issue when it comes to pain tolerance.

There has now been a development in pain treatment that doesn’t have to do with prescriptions – body biofeedback. This revolutionary alternative for relieving chronic pain by interrupting the pain signals being sent to the brain, thereby reducing the idea of pain rather than magnifying it.

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Celebrate the Holidays by Flossing | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

As we finish up Thanksgiving and prepare for the rest of the holiday festivities, we know that busy is just an understatement to what our schedule will turn out to be as we balance our day-to-day lives and our social schedules. One thing we need to realize is that we need to maintain our health in order to be able to celebrate these festive times with our loved ones. And this first line of defense against most health issues is our mouth, so it is imperative that we take the time to follow our dental routines every day. And that includes flossing.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. The process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, to gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Work from top to bottom or vice versa. Floss before you brush your teeth or after. You just want to get the cleanest mouth you possibly can each time you clean those pearly whites to prevent cavities or some other kind of gum disease while you aren’t looking. Preventative measures lead to fewer emergency dental visits.

For more information about dental hygiene, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

My Partial Denture Is Moving: What Do I Do? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When we have dentures, partials or otherwise, we have to get used to a new way of living. Nothing really drastic, however, there are definite changes that will take place as you get used to things. But what happens when your partials begin to slide around? After all, it takes some time to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, having them slide around can cause an embarrassing issue. But worry not – this isn’t uncommon. If you find that your partials have begun to give you trouble, call for a consultation to discuss your options on dental implants in order to help stabilize your partial/denture, or discuss the option of changing it to a fixed prosthesis.

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For more information about periodontitis, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

End Your Dental Anxiety for Good | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

If you want to keep your smile healthy and bright, it’s necessary to visit the dentist at least twice a year. But if you are the type of patient that fears going to the dentist for whatever reason, it is easy to let those appointments slide. And while this seems to be a quick fix, this isn’t doing anything for your smile. In fact, if you only wait until you experience pain, you are in for a whole lot more of it as you are getting treated. But worry not – dental professionals now have options to give you the most relaxing visit possible with sedation dentistry.

To break it down simply, sedation dentistry your dentist’s way to relax you enough to handle the dental procedure and it’s done through the use of medication. A numbing agent will also be administered to the area to alleviate any pain you may have from the procedure.

If you aren’t in need of a lot to relax you, chances are you will be receiving nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, through a mask. If you need to be calmed with a bit more than a mask full of laughing gas, the next option would be an oral sedative about an hour before your procedure. It is also possible to be sedated via an IV. It takes affect a lot quicker but also has the ability to be adjusted as needed. For the more invasive procedures, a deeper sedation will be administered by medications prior to your procedure.

So, as you can see, there are plenty of options available to help ease your nerves. Keep your dental appointments – your dental professional will surely look after you.

For more information about sedation dentistry, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Half of American Adults Have Periodontal Disease: Are You One of Them? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

New studies have revealed that one of every two adults over the age of 30 has periodontal (or gum) disease, and half of those cases have developed into a more advanced form of gum disease – periodontitis.

Periodontitis may not seem like a big deal, but it is actually the most destructive form of gum disease. It not only damages gum tissue, but it destroys the bone that is holding your teeth in place. And because this is an advanced stage of the disease, it is very preventable with proper dental hygiene and regular checkups.

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For more information about periodontitis, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

Botox and the Dentist: Really? | Palm Beach Dentist

Botox injections is the best known among a group of drugs using various forms of botulinum toxin, a toxin that’s produced by the same microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning. It’s used in treating all sorts of condition in the medical field because of the temporary paralysis of muscle activit, making it very useful for cases such as cervical dystonia or repetitive neck spasms, excessive sweating and overactive bladder. Though, there are also cases where Botox was used in treating crossed eyes, as well as chronic migraines. Most prominently, however, Botox is to help make people look younger by reducing the appearance of certain facial wrinkles.

Still, you’ll wonder, what does that have to do with Botox earning a place in dentistry? It’s not like teeth have wrinkles, right? Well, not exactly, but our jaws do have muscles and they’re prone to suffering from constant muscle spasms. Conditions such as bruxism, TMJ and others involving facial pain have been proven to benefit from Botox injections, though not all dentists are aware of this.

Safe for treating conditions involving facial pain, Botox injections may also prove useful in many other dental cases. In orthodontics, the teeth of patients with strong mentalis muscles are prone reverting back to pre-therapy positions. Not only that, but local anesthesia, which is far more frequently used by dentists, is also a lot more dangerous and have greater potential for complications, as well as negative reactions compared to Botox or dermal fillers.

For more information about Botox, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

What Do You Want? Replacing Missing Teeth | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When we have a missing tooth, it is not only bothersome, but depending on where it is placed, can also be quite embarrassing. This is why we are quick to make a dental appointment when an accident like this happens. The problem is, there are lots of ways this issue can be treated. And while it isn’t solely based on what the patient wants, their needs are important to think about when preparing a treatment plan. Some patients don’t mind having a small gap, others want a more permanent option, like a dental implant.

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For more information about missing tooth solutions, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

3D Vision at the Dentist? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

It seems like everything is getting more realistic when it comes to the movies and shows we watch. The dinosaurs and aliens we seem like working actors because technology is so advanced, it’s difficult to tell the difference. But did you ever think this 3D technology was ever going to involve your dental visits? It’s true. Modern dentistry is slowly catching up to today’s technology and the use of 3D digital imaging being just one of the many new advancements.

It’s really great because it allows dentists a wide variety of perspectives of the face, neck and teeth, giving you a better diagnosis and making a more complete treatment plan. With 3D ConeBeam Imaging, dentists do a lot more than ever before. The technology is fast, simple and completely non-invasive, so there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is sit in the chair for a scan, and the dentist has a computer-generated view of your face, teeth and other important details from various perspectives.

The imaging system is basically an X-ray scanner, only it’s mounted on a rotating arm. While you sit in the chair, the scanner will move around your head to gather all the data necessary. There’s no preparation of any kind involved. The dentist can then call up any necessary view on a computer monitor. This accessibility makes it easier to see bones, teeth, airways, nerves, as well as tissues and see the relationship between them in order to create a more effective treatment plan.

For more information about 3D imaging, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

As I Age My Teeth Are Looking Longer. How Can I Stop This? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Aging is something that can’t be helped – it’s inevitable. And as it happens, our bodies begin to break down. Aches and pains are becoming increasingly apparent and bones become more brittle. The same goes for our mouths. Not only do our teeth begin to break down, but our gums do as well. The term “long in the tooth”? It originated from gum recession.

Gum recession is the progressive loss of gum tissue covering the teeth and jawbone. To find out more, click here.

For more information about gum recession, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.

How Can I Make My Dentures Last? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

When it’s time to get dentures, it is important to know that your lifestyle will have to change a bit. After all, if you want them to last as long as possible, there will be some efforts made that you just aren’t used to. Like many other dental appliances, dentures will have to be taken special care of to last for as long as intended, or even longer. Here are a few tips to help you take better care of your dentures:

  • As much as possible, stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpeted floors, or basically, anything clean and soft when handling your dentures to prevent them from breaking.
  • Dentures should be placed in a glass of plain water or denture cleanser soaking solution when not being worn. Warm water is not advised as it can cause warping.
  • Dentures will have to be brushed like natural teeth to rid them of food deposits and prevent plaque build-up, as well as stains.
  • The gums, tongue and palate should also be brushed at least once every day. Preferably, use a soft-bristled brush and do this every morning, before the dentures are inserted.
  • Any breaks, chips, cracks on the dentures should be reported to the dentist immediately. So too should be any feeling of looseness. Any attempt of adjusting the dentures yourself may only result in irreversible damage.
  • Missing teeth don’t only look bad, they’re also bad for the health.

Visit your dentist today to have your missing teeth replaced with dentures so you can have your smile back again and for you to not have to suffer from further health complications resulting from missing teeth.

For more information about dentures, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.