Should My Child have Dental Sealants?

The answer is YES! Dental sealants are a critical but underutilized component of preventive dentistry according to Delta Dental. The one-two punch of sealants and fluoride (in toothpaste and water) along with a proper diet can almost totally prevent new tooth decay.

National surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that only 38 percent of children and teenagers ages 12 to 19 have dental sealants.

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Dental sealants can save families time, money and the discomfort of dental fillings. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the pits and grooves of teeth to protect them from the bacteria and foods that lead to tooth decay. They only take minutes to apply and are usually covered by insurance. First and second permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants, so it’s best if the sealant is applied soon after those teeth appear, before they have a chance to decay (usually ages 6 and 12).

A sealant is virtually 100 percent effective if fully retained on the tooth, and studies have shown they remain intact 92 to 96 percent of the time after one year and 67 to 82 percent after five years. Sealants should be checked at each regular dental appointment and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place.  Sealants are one of the easiest and effective measures of cavity prevention available. If you have any questions about sealants for your child(ren) contact our office.

Are X-Rays At Your Dentist Safe?

digital dental xraysOne of the most powerful tools your dentist has to help diagnose and treat dental health issues is the use of x-rays. Dental x-rays let your dentist see what’s going on, not only on the surface of your teeth but inside them, as well as inside the gum and jawbone areas to help determine a tooth’s growth and progression as well as overall health.

Traditional dental x-rays were performed by your dentist or dental technician using a special film that reacted to the x-rays passing through your teeth and gums; today’s digital radiography uses a sensor to capture images in much the same way, but without the wait for the film to be developed. In addition, modern digital radiography procedures use considerably less radiation — as little as 10% of the amount used to create x-ray images with traditional film procedures.

Obviously less radiation is better than more — although for most patients who were getting x-rays at most twice a year, there was never in any danger from developing radiation-related problems even with the film-based x-rays. But for patients who need more imagery because of particular conditions or procedures they are undergoing, having 1/10th the amount of radiation involved is of course a good thing.

In addition, todays’ digital radiography images are of considerably higher resolution; they can be easily manipulated by your technician or dentist on their computer, as well, allowing them to change lighting and contrast in ways that help them diagnose small problems well in advance of them becoming big ones — the proverbial “stitch in time” that can keep dental issues from becoming worse. X-rays are important to your dental health, and today’s modern digital imagery gives your dentist a better tool than ever before to help keep your teeth at their best.

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do For Me?

Cosmetic dentistMost people understand what they should expect from a traditional general practice dentist; increasingly there has been a growth in interest in cosmetic dentistry, and what advantages can be had from a visit to this kind of dentist. Cosmetic dentists are fully-trained dental professionals who understand that in additional to having a healthy set of teeth and gums, there is often a value to be had in maintaining the beauty of a patient’s mouth — that there are functional issues some general practice dentists aren’t qualified to address. Cosmetic dentists are up to date on the latest advances in dentistry, from modern techniques to the remarkable new materials being used in dental restorations.

A cosmetic dentistry practice can help improve the look and functionality of a patient’s smile by changing the way their teeth align, changing the shape of individual teeth, and even change their size — larger or smaller, depending upon what’s called for in terms of both function and aesthetics. These specialized dentists can artfully close up spaces between teeth, or give crowded teeth a little more room; they can correct the way a patient’s bite closes, making chewing and even speaking more natural.

If a patient’s teeth are less white or bright than they’d prefer — often despite an excellent oral health record — cosmetic dentists have a number of procedures at their disposal that can bring tooth enamel up just a few shades or dramatically; they can have the change take place practically overnight, or spread things out so friends and co-workers don’t even notice the change over time.

Cosmetic dentists can repair teeth that have suffered from decay or trauma, be they chipped, cracked, broken or even missing; they can even replace outdated and unattractive appliances. For more information call us today!

Visiting Their Dentist Jupiter Patients Learn Advantages Of Dental Veneers

At the dentist, Tequesta patients often say that they’ve come to us in an attempt to address specific problems with the way their teeth look; in particular with otherwise perfectly healthy and functional teeth, many patients don’t like the appearance of their smile because their teeth are stained, uneven, or misshapen in some way that detracts from the look of their face. veneers

One of the simplest, fastest and most economical ways to address these problems is with the dental veneer process. When they choose veneers, Jupiter patients are picking a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is time-tested and safe, as well as highly effective. Veneers are merely thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin that are attached directly to the front of the “offending” tooth, completely covering it and looking every bit as natural as your other teeth. Modern veneers are not only easy to put in place, they’re also incredibly durable — they’re resistant to scratches, difficult to chip, and will not stain the way natural tooth enamel will.

Veneers can be used to cover up just about any problem, and can be color matched to completely blend in with your surrounding teeth. What’s more they’re easy to maintain, requiring no more of a dental hygiene routine than natural teeth. Regular flossing and brushing, combined with a visit to your dentist for check-ups and cleanings, is enough to maintain your veneers; with a little care, your new smile can last a lifetime and look as great as the day you left the dentist’s office!

For more information about dentistry topics or to set up a visit with the professionals in dental veneers Tequesta patients recommend to their friends more often than any other dentistry office, please call us today!

In Cosmetic Dentistry Jupiter Patients Like Implants For Function, Durability

If you’ve been considering visiting the dentist to look into ways to effectively replace broken or missing teeth, or if you’ve already got dentures or a bridge and are interested in more durable solution that doesn’t slide around, the dental implant procedure from a cosmetic dentistry professional might be just what you’re looking for. dental implant

When it comes to dental implants, Jupiter patients at our clinic who have had the procedure report numerous advantages, not least among them the ultimate strength and durability of the implants. While the procedure is one of the longest in duration — requiring not only a surgery to place the implants but a long healing period after — the final product is so stable and so effective it remains one of the most popular solutions to a variety of dental problems.

Once the jawbone effectively bonds to the metal implant rods themselves — a process that occurs over several months after the surgery, known as osseointegration — the implants are truly permanent, and are built to last a lifetime with minimal preventative maintenance. The crowns, dentures or bridges that can be attached to those implants serve to give patients the full natural function of their teeth — every bit as solid as natural teeth ever were, with the added benefit of being constructed from exceptionally durable materials.

Finally, while bone and gums surrounding traditional dentures typically begin to recede and weaken, causing a change in facial appearance and an increasingly poor fit, dental implants Tequesta patients receive leave the jawbone stronger — and less likely to erode over time than with other methods. For more information about procedures in cosmetic dentistry Tequesta patients can truly benefit from, please feel free to contact us today and schedule an appointment.

Choosing Veneers, Jupiter Patients Pick Simple, Beautiful Restorations

AlVillalobos0402For teeth that are misaligned, disproportionately sized, cracked, chipped, poorly spaced or even irreparably stained, dental veneers Tequesta dentists use today are modern and personalized solutions that can make a huge difference in the way a person’s smile looks — and ultimately the way the person behind that smile feels.

To start the procedure at the dentist, Jupiter patients are given a thorough examination to ensure the procedure is the right one for their dental needs. Then, a very thin layer of the front of the teeth to be covered is removed; this allows the veneer to be cemented to the tooth without the final product being even a fraction of a millimeter thicker than the original tooth.

Dental veneers themselves are amazingly thin, and much like the natural enamel on healthy teeth are slightly translucent, making them very natural looking. Made either of porcelain or a durable composite resin (which itself can be color-matched to surrounding teeth), dental veneers offer results which are truly remarkable, especially considering how little time is required to complete the process.

Best of all, porcelain veneers can last a lifetime, and can be maintained with virtually the same dental health regimen dentists recommend for natural teeth — a regular schedule of brushing and flossing at least twice a day, combined with routine visits to the dentist’s office for cleanings and examinations.

Importantly, dental veneers are not affected by typical tooth whitening procedures, so if you intend to whiten teeth that are not covered by veneers, that should be done first so the veneers themselves can be better color-matched. If you would like to learn more about the advantages of dental veneers or would like to meet the dentist Tequesta residents refer most to their friends and family, call us today!

With Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Jupiter Patients Reap Benefits Of Implant-Supported Dentures

AlVillalobos0401If you’re a candidate for getting traditional dentures (or if you’ve been living with them for some time and are considering other options) it’s worth knowing that when it comes to advances in cosmetic dentistry Tequesta patients are fortunate — dental implants have become a mature, safe and effective oral surgery procedure that nearly everyone can benefit from.

With dentures that are supported by dental implants Jupiter patients see several advantages over traditional dentures. First, of course, implant supported dentures are more solidly attached to the jawbone than regular dentures, taking full advantage of the exceptionally strong bond that is formed between the implants and the bone itself. The strength of that bond is comparable to that holding your original teeth in place — and the process is permanent, meaning the posts will not move.

Traditional dentures rest on the gums themselves, and despite considerable advances in adhesive materials are still prone to slipping, which can cause embarrassment and irritation. What’s more, over the long term regular dentures actually contribute to jawbone deterioration, which changes the structure and look of a patient’s face — and making the dentures fit even less well.

After a post-surgical healing process that lasts several months, your new implants are ready for the implant-supported dentures to be mounted upon them; they’ll never slip, make noise, or fall out unless you or your dental professional removes them intentionally for cleaning. They are exceptionally durable, and easy to care for — they are very resistant to decay, and a minimal maintenance schedule will keep them in top shape for years.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with the experts in dental implants Tequesta trusts more than any other, call us today! We look forward to hearing from you!

A Movie Star Smile Gets Noticed

DENTISTTEQUESTAMovie stars invest a lot of time and money in their smiles. In Hollywood, image and appearance are everything.  A great smile and brilliant white teeth get noticed.

According to a variety of public surveys and polls, the celebrities with the best smile include:

Jessica Alba

Brad Pitt

Julie Roberts

Tom Cruise

Bridget Moynahan

While most of us do not earn the multi-million dollar salaries and walk down the red carpet at the Emmys like these celebrities do, there are still safe, effective and affordable alternatives to have a white, bright and beautiful smile that helps you look your best and gets noticed.  Here are a couple of options to consider:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth can become stained by such things as tobacco use and drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee, cola and red wine. As we age, teeth naturally can become discolored and less brilliant as the enamel gets thinner.

Teeth whitening lighten teeth and helps remove stains and discolorations. It has become a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve the appearance of teeth. Whitening is not a one-time action. It needs to be monitored and maintained to keep the desired color.

Before attempting any type of teeth whitening, a thorough check-up should be conducted by your dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are properly prepared for the whitening process. Once ready, your dentist will apply a whitening agent and develop a program to maintain the whitening to its fullest.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a wafer-thin and rigid “skin” of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth. They are commonly used to improve the appearance of chipped, worn, misaligned, stained and discolored teeth as well as teeth that are oddly spaced.

As with teeth whitening, it’s important to have your teeth and gums checked and prepared by your dentist before applying porcelain veneers. When ready, one tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.

Porcelain veneers offer a natural look and generally last between 5 to 10 years. The exact life of dental veneers depends a lot on your oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers still require a daily regime of brushing, rinsing with mouth wash and flossing along with regularly scheduled dental check-ups.

Discuss Options with Your Dentist

Your oral hygiene as well as your overall health and appearance should be important to your dentist. You should feel relaxed and comfortable telling your dentist how you want your teeth to appear. If you want your smile to look like one of the movie stars listed above, tell your dentist so he or she can discuss alternatives that are in the best interest of your health, your appearance and fit within your budget while giving you the results you desire.

Mouth Rinses – A Compliment, Not a Substitute for Daily Oral Hygiene

DENTISTJupiterMouth wash and mouth rinses can play a key role in optimizing your daily oral hygiene to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, mouth rinses and mouth washes are not a substitute for brushing and flossing.  They serve to compliment the actions and the benefits of brushing and flossing.  When used properly and as recommended by your family dentist or hygienist, mouth rinses can reduce breath odors, aid in preventing tooth decay and help reduce plaque.

The following lists different types of mouth rinses available today:

Mouth Rinses with Fluoride

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening teeth enamel – the white, hard substance that covers teeth. For the majority of people, fluoride mouth rinses are not an essential part of their daily oral hygiene. The fluoride found in toothpastes used in daily brushing regimens provides an adequate amount, but there are occasions when fluoride mouth rinses are important.

People with abnormal mouth dryness might use fluoride containing mouth rinses. Severe dryness in the mouth can cause excessive amounts of bacteria to grow which can lead to tooth decay. Supplementing brushing and flossing with a fluoride mouth rinse can help fight this problem.

Mouth Rinses to Freshen Breath

There are a variety of mouth rinses available that will make your breath smell good, but don’t provide any long-term oral health benefits. These cosmetic type mouth rinses serve only to fight halitosis (bad breath), not to reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis.

Anti-Plaque and Anti-Gingivitis Mouth Rinses

Anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouth rinses are a good way to enhance the effectiveness of daily brushing and flossing.  These types of mouth rinses kill harmful bacteria.

American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval

As with all oral hygiene products, always look for the ADA seal of approval on the packaging of mouth rinses. The ADA seal provides assurances that the product has been independently tested and verified.

Prescription Mouth Rinses

While most mouth rinses are available over-the-counter, your dentist can prescribe stronger mouth rinses for those who need help with advanced forms of plaque and gingivitis.

Talk to Your Dentist and Hygienist

Discuss mouth rinses and overall hygiene with your general dentist and hygienist to see what products are right for you and your unique needs.

Teeth Whitening at Your Dentist

DENTIST202If you have been considering teeth whitening to add a sparkle to your smile, the market has a large variety of options to choose from. Understanding how the teeth whitening procedure works is important. This article sites a few examples of how your dentist performs this procedure.

The idea behind teeth whitening is to lighten your teeth’s color.  Absolutely no parts of your teeth need to be removed for teeth whitening. The idea of teeth whitening is not to change your teeth’s color, but to lighten and brighten your teeth’s natural color.

A special tray formed over your teeth is placed into the mouth by your dentist.  A whitening chemical, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbonate peroxide is inside the tray. The chemical is activated by heat or a combination of heat and light.

In some cases your teeth will only need one treatment and other times the procedure will need to be repeated, until the dentist reached your optimal color. Visual Results are normally achieved after two to three visits to your dentist. During the initial appointment your dentist will make an individualized mouth impression for the tray being used in the procedure.

Professional teeth whitening effects usually last at least three years or more.  Your teeth may feel a bit more sensitive the first few days after your procedure, but the sensitivity does not last any longer than one week.