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.

Brushing Your Teeth Saves You Money | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

While it is a lovely sentiment to think “money isn’t everything”, it seems like everything we need in this world costs some cash. But what if there was a way to save those pennies for a rainy day, instead of spending it on things like dental bills? Turns out there is, and it isn’t even tough to do. Curious? Dental hygiene. If you take the time to care for your smile, not only will help to keep your overall health intact but will also prevent the most common dental affliction – gum disease.

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are conditions that describe bacterial infections within the gum tissue. Once the bacteria have begun impacting the underlying bone tissue, it can cause both gingivitis and periodontal disease. Treatments for gingivitis tend to be less invasive than those for periodontal disease, because gingivitis is a milder case of the disease. Primary treatment for gingivitis is going to be an in-office dental cleaning, where tartar can be removed, plaque will be cleaned, and the dentist may use physical instruments to remove buildup below the gum line.

Left untreated, gingivitis will eventually lead to periodontal disease, where the bacteria work their way into the deeper gum pockets and, eventually, the bone beneath the teeth. Treatment for periodontal disease will be far more involved. Depending on the nature of the infection, a periodontist may also recommend flap surgery, or bone and tissue grafts to encourage regeneration by using regenerative aids to aid the mouth in healing and rebuilding healthy gums. There is also the Chao Pinhole Technique, a less evasive treatment using a single pinhole prick to the affected area.

For more information about gum disease 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.

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.

Stopping Your Gums from Going Away | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Have you ever heard the expression “long in the tooth”, typically used to describe those that are getting older? Have you ever stopped and wondered why that expression even exists? Believe it or not, it has to do with smile, but nothing to do with your teeth. This expression is used because as we age, our gums begin to recede and gives the impression that our teeth have gotten longer. Yes, the culprit for this funny little saying is gum recession.

What causes our gums to recede depends on a number of options, from genetics to poor dental hygiene. But don’t worry, the condition is treatable.

To find out more about reasons you may be experiencing pain when biting, click here.

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.

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.

 

Gum Recession (Loss): Do I Really Need to Treat It? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Because gum recession is a commonality as we age, we never really take the time to think about why this is happening. Genetics, poor dental hygiene and lifestyle habits can all play a part in you getting “a little long in the tooth”, and because of these reasons, we may fail to notice anything is happening. And since we will begin to have this recession as we age, is it something we need to treat?

To read more about how gum recession needs to be treated, click here.

For more information about how gum recession needs to be treated, 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.

Do I Need a Periodontal Evaluation? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

Now that we are in the midst of the new year, it is a good time to consider setting yourself up a dental appointment. After all, the holidays are over, and we’ve overindulged in all of the delicious treats that the time of year has to offer, and this may have done some damage to our smiles. In addition to a quick checkup, your dentist will also check for periodontal, or gum, disease. Periodontal disease is one of the most common dental issues, with 1 in 2 adults being affected.

To read more about your periodontal evaluation, click here.

For more information about periodontal evaluation, 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.

Painless Gum Disease: Do I Need to Treat It? | Palm Beach Gardens Dentist

It isn’t a mystery to know that people don’t like to visit the dentist. It’s tough enough to get the check-ups twice a year, so when something is going on inside our mouths, we will ignore it for as long as we can stand it. But what if you don’t feel ANY pain? How would we ever know to seek medical attention?

In this article, Dr. Cohen discusses what happens when gum disease is left untreated. To read the article, click here.

For more information about gum disease, 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.