Dental Hygiene 101: Flossing | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? It’s true! The same month that celebrates ghouls and candy is also the same month we need to pay attention to how we treat our teeth. One of the least favorite of these little dental chores is flossing. Not only did a survey conducted by the American Dental Association revealed that more adults would rather do something they find awful than floss, but the amount of times they floss is the biggest lie dentists hear on a day-to-day basis.

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 so that bacteria can’t glom onto your teeth and give you 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 flossing, call Dr. Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 770-457-1351 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island and all surrounding areas.

Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

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Having crooked teeth can prevent you from smiling as much as you’d like. After all, your smile is the first thing people see. So, what do you do to fix those flaws? Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted, Invisalign invisible braces may be right for you. But there is no way to tell without the help of a dental exam.

Upon an initial examination, your dental professional will come up with a treatment plan and an impression of your teeth will be taken in order to customize your first set of aligners. These aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired.

An Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to use Invisalign. Those with minimal amount of straightening are the most ideal candidates. Those with major work needed may need to stick to the traditional versions as they are the most effective with these cases.

If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably as Invisalign. And if you are eligible for this treatment plan, Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.

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

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island and all surrounding areas.

LANAP Protocol: What You Need to Know | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

It may sound surprising, but over 80% of US adults suffer from some degree of gum disease. And if left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums, loss of bone, and ultimately, tooth loss. Thankfully, there is an excellent option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery – the LANAP® protocol. Sound too good to be true? Take a look for yourself…

The LANAP protocol is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment that uses a specific dental laser, the PerioLase® MVP-7™. The LANAP protocol is the first and only protocol to receive FDA clearance for True Regeneration, which is re-growing new cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone, three components are needed for full oral function.

What are the benefits of the LANAP protocol for the treatment of gum disease?

Less post-operative pain. Using the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser, the LANAP protocol helps avoid cutting and stitching of the gums. As a result, patients usually have minimal post-operative discomfort.

Quicker recovery time. Most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities immediately following the procedure, which generally requires less than a 24-hour recovery period. Following traditional scalpel and suture surgery, recovery can take two to four weeks, during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling.

Healthy gums with minimal recession. When your gums are cut, the tissue shrinks and can show more of your tooth root. Because the LANAP protocol does not cut your gums, the tissue stays intact.

Regeneration without foreign materials. Because the PerioLase laser stimulates your body’s own healing response, your LANAP dentist doesn’t have to add foreign ‘growth factors.’

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

Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island and all surrounding areas.

Exceptional Periodontic Treatment. Incredible Results.

The Palm Beach Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, P.A., provides a variety of surgical and non-surgical services. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary.

We cater to patients who are very anxious about dental treatment. Our practice offers Oral and IV Sedation to ensure a comfortable and pleasurable experience.

The conservative approach we take with regards to treating periodontal disease revolves around proven periodontal principles. After completing our initial evaluation and determining the need for treatment, unless otherwise indicated, we begin Initial Therapy. This typically will involve Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning). In certain circumstances we will consider the use of adjuncts such as antibiotic therapy.