Pediatric & Adult Dentistry of the Palm Beaches

We Enjoy Caring For Our Youngest Patients

 

BABY TEETH MAY BE TEMPORARY, but they’re certainly not “practice teeth.” Your child’s early dental care is so incredibly important!

Baby Teeth Are Essential To Future Development

Baby teeth perform many functions, including:

  • Ensuring proper nutrition through chewing and eating
  • Aiding in speech development
  • Holding suitable space for permanent teeth to come in even and healthy
  • Creating the groundwork for good dental habits

Your Child’s Dental Foundation Matters Right NOW

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children come to the dentist by one year of age. The purpose of the early dental visit is for kids to establish a “dental home” and become comfortable in the dental office. That way, if there is ever a need for future dental work, the child is already comfortable in the office.

We’re Experienced Working With Children

Being a Pediatric Dental Specialist, we specialize in treating kids! We have techniques such as “Tell, Show, Do” and other ways of helping kids and making their experience in our office fun!

Let Us Know If Your Ever Have Questions

We want to be your go-to resource whenever you have questions about your family’s dental care. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!

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Frustrated With Flossing? Try Waterpik®!

FLOSSING IS A CRUCIAL element of our daily oral hygiene routine. A toothbrush simply cannot reach the plaque and food particles stuck between our teeth, so we need to floss to get at it. Simple brushing is even less effective on its own for those with braces, which introduce countless new hard-to-reach crevices where bacteria can hide.

As necessary as flossing is, it can still seem like a hassle at times. That’s why we’re so excited that old-fashioned flossing isn’t the only option. One of our favorite alternatives to traditional floss is the Waterpik® Water Flosser, the first powered interdental cleaner to earn the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.

How Waterpik Compares

Our patients LOVE their Waterpik Water Flossers! Waterpik Water Flossers are like power washers for your teeth. Water Flossers are especially good for those non-flossers out there, although we still recommend actual floss every day, as well. Water Flossers are especially good for people with braces. Food gets trapped around all that hardware. A Waterpik Water Flosser knocks all that food and debris away! People with a lot of dental work ie bridges, implants, crowns, fillings, etc. also benefit from Water Flossers.

Watch the video below to see how the Waterpik Water Flosser gives you a cleaner, healthier smile than brushing alone:

Get Your Own Waterpik Water Flosser!

We sell Waterpik Water Flossers at our office! We have a kid and adult unit for sale. There are cordless models and corded models. They both work great! If you’re someone who travels a lot, the cordless one is great! It’s even comes in several colors.

Let Us Know How You Like It!

We’d love to hear how you like your Waterpik Water Flosser once you start using it, so make sure you let us know at your next appointment with us. Until then, don’t forget to brush twice a day and use the Waterpik to “floss” once a day!

Keep cleaning those gorgeous pearly whites

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Weight Loss And Oral Health

 

 

MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is a goal we should all be striving to achieve each and every day. Not only does this help us to feel like our best selves; having good oral health is reduces our risk of developing a variety of conditions and diseases! Brushing, flossing, tongue-cleaning, and regular dental visits are all crucial ways to keep your mouth healthy, but did you know that a healthy diet and weight management can also have a positive impact on oral health?
 

How Weight Loss And Oral Health Correlate

One way our oral health correlates to what we eat and our weight has to do with our blood glucose levels. Sugar (glucose) is the favorite food of the bacteria in our mouths, and when we eat, our blood glucose goes up, particularly when we aren’t eating healthy foods. Maintaining a healthy weight also reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which makes blood sugar even more difficult to regulate and puts oral health at risk.

Inflammation in the body due to being overweight can also be harmful. It can make people’s bones lose density and they can even lose teeth because of gum disease! Maintaining a healthy diet and weight is important because our teeth and gums need the proper nutrients and vitamins from the foods we eat to be strong and work properly!

Crash Dieting Versus Oral Health

While we recommend healthy diets and lifestyles for oral health, crash dieting can do more harm than good. People want to see results fast and don’t always know the best ways to do it, so they turn to things like the internet or friends’ experiences to learn of the latest diets they can try. One example of a harmful crash diet is the grapefruit diet, which is bad for oral health because it can erode the enamel on our teeth due to high acid levels. Another “easy” solution that causes problems is weight loss pills, which can lead to teeth grinding.

The Right Diets For Your Teeth And Your Health

When dieting is done right, it isn’t a problem for the teeth. Diets that encourage eating more whole foods and reducing added sugarswill properly nourish your body and help oral health rather than hinder it. Vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats are all crucial to having good oral health! Eating a large amount of vegetables can help aid in healthy gums and oral tissues. Drinking whole milk will also help to provide our teeth with the calcium they need!

Continue Building Healthy Habits!

Eating and providing our bodies with the proper nutrients improves our lives in many ways, not just by improving our oral health. Conversely, maintaining a healthy weight through a nutritious diet isn’t the only way to keep your mouth healthy, so don’t forget about those other oral health habits!

Keep up the good work in living your healthiest lives!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.