What Is Toothpaste? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

oral hygieneWe know the importance of looking after our teeth, and in doing that, brushing on a daily basis. Brushing, along with flossing, will not only remove food debris and plaque but will also protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. But have you ever wondered why we use toothpaste? Sure, it tastes great and makes our breath less harsh, but is that all it does for our dental health? You may be surprised by just how much it does…

Dentists recommend that you use fluoride toothpaste, as it not only cleans your teeth but protects them. Toothpaste and gentle circular strokes work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. For toothpaste that contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay, and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen.

Special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time. Toothpaste helps freshen breath and leaves your mouth with a clean feeling. But contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, the amount of paste or gel needed on your brush for effective cleaning does not have to be a heaping amount. Simply squeeze a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush.

Whatever toothpaste you choose will be effective in that it will clean your teeth and prevent the risk of tooth decay. Your dentist can advise about toothpaste, so feel free to ask him/her for their advice.

For more information about toothpaste, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 770-457-1351 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

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

Your Gums Should Not Be Bleeding like That | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Gum recession is a common dental problem that few are aware they have, likely because the beginning symptoms are subtle, but gum recession is not something you want to ignore. If you think your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist in order to receive the proper treatment options to repair the gum and prevent further damage. Let’s talk about the signs and symptoms that commonly lead to receding gums:

Periodontal disease. More commonly known as gum disease, this bacterial infection that destroys gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place.

Aggressive brushing. Brushing your teeth too hard can cause gums to recede, as well as cause the sensitive gum tissues to recede.

Genes. In some cases, people whose parents had chronic gum recession can be more susceptible to receding gums.

Tobacco. Smoking tobacco causes the gum tissues to lose blood supplies, chewing tobacco physically irritates the tissue, and this ongoing irritation can result in gum recession in the area.

Poor dental hygiene. Not keeping up with a normal dental routine can cause several problems. Receding gums can be a result of untreated cavities, postponed cleanings, and persistent gum problems.

Piercings. Constant irritation of gum tissue rubbing against a lip or tongue piecing can cause for the gum to recede.

Hormonal changes. Changes in the female hormone levels during a woman’s lifetime can all cause for gum sensitivity or gum recession.

Misalignment. When teeth are not aligned evenly it can cause more plaque buildup, they’re more difficult to clean, which can cause gingivitis and stress on your teeth and gums.

For more information about gum recession, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 770-457-1351 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

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

Laser Periodontal Therapy: Saving Your Teeth Without Traditional Surgery | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Whether we lie it or not, there is a very high chance that we will develop some form of gum disease in our lifetime. This is why it is important to keep your regular dental appointments. Practicing proper dental hygiene and catching it early will ensure there is a treatment option available to cure it. Keeping our mouths healthy will also help keep our overall health in tip top shape. If it isn’t healthy, gum disease can progress and necessitate advanced periodontal treatment – traditional periodontal surgery and laser periodontal therapy (LANAP).

To find out more about these treatment options, click here.

For more information about periodontal treatment options, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 770-457-1351 or visit www.pbcperio.com.

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

Sensitive Teeth: What Are My Treatment Options | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

On this Memorial Day weekend, we take a break from our busy schedules to enjoy a little bit of fun in the sun with family and friends. It’s time for picnics and BBQs and all the fun that comes with it. Spring has turned into summer, and we are all ready to have some fun.

And in this heat, it is time for all of the delicious frozen treats the season has to offer. Here it is – your favorite frozen creation. You go to take a bite and ZING! A painful zing shoots through your entire mouth. Hate to break it to you, but for one reason or another, you have developed a case of tooth sensitivity. It’s time to visit the dentist…

To read about treatment options for tooth sensitivity, click here.

For more information about tooth sensitivity, 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.

 

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.