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Posts for: December, 2016

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
December 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
December 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  

From birth to young adulthood, your child's teeth gums and other mouth structures steadily grow and mature. Sometimes, though, problems arise and get in the way of their oral health. It's important we detect when that happens and take action.

We can sort these potential problems into three broad categories: developmental, disease and injury. The first category includes such problems during their childhood years as teeth erupting out of position or the jaws growing improperly and becoming abnormally long, short, wide or narrow.

The possibility of developmental problems is a primary reason for regular dental visits, beginning around your child's first birthday. If we can detect a growing problem early, we may be able to minimize or even reverse its impact to your child's oral health.

Regular dental care also helps control disease, particularly tooth decay and cavity formation. Our primary aim is to treat decay, even in primary (baby) teeth: losing a primary tooth to decay could adversely affect the incoming permanent tooth's jaw position. Besides treatment, we can also help prevent decay with topical fluoride treatments (to strengthen enamel) and sealants.

Although not as common as disease, dental problems due to injury still occur all too frequently. Blows to the mouth can chip teeth, loosen them or even knock them out. For any type of visible tooth injury you should visit us or an emergency room immediately — time is of the essence especially to save a knocked out tooth. Be sure you recover and bring any knocked out teeth or chip fragments.

We can also help you on the injury prevention front as well. For example, if your child participates in contact sports or similar activities, we can fashion a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth and soft tissues.

Keeping a vigilant eye for these potential problems will help ensure your child's future oral health is the best it can be. The sooner these problems are detected, the better and less costly their outcome.

If you would like more information on caring for your child's teeth and gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are a convenient and affordable option for dental patients who are missing teeth. Partial dentures fill in the gaps when there denturesare a few missing teeth, while full dentures replace an entire arch or row of missing teeth. Just like natural teeth, dentures require proper dental care and good hygiene to remain looking and functioning their best. If you need dentures in Delray Beach, FL, Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin and the staff at Brilliant Smiles Dental can fit you for partial or full dentures and advise you on the best way to take care of them so they last.

Cleaning Your Dentures

In order to help your dentures last as long as possible, it is important that they be cleaned regularly. After eating, it is a good idea to remove your dentures and rinse them in water to clear away any food particles that might have gotten trapped while eating. After removing and rinsing off your dentures it is a good time to clean your mouth as well. Gently brush all surfaces inside your mouth, including the roof of your mouth, your tongue and any natural teeth you still have remaining.

Dentures should be brushed and soaked at least once every day. When cleaning your dentures, be sure to wash off any adhesive that is still present. Before putting your dentures back in, always rinse them in clean water first. This is especially important after soaking the dentures in any type of cleaning solution in order to avoid getting any of the solution in your mouth. Finally, be sure to visit your dentist regularly to have your dentures cleaned professionally. Your Delray Beach dentures specialist can make sure your dentures still fit properly and are in good shape.

Things to Avoid

Just as important as thoroughly cleaning your dentures is, it is also important to avoid certain substances that can damage them. In general, it is best to avoid using abrasive cleaning agents, including harsh toothpastes and whitening toothpastes. Toothbrushes with stiff bristles should also be avoided, as they can scratch the surface of the dentures. Products containing bleach or chlorine should be avoided as well. Bleaching agents can weaken dentures, while chlorine solutions can corrode the metal components. Finally, hot water can warp dentures and should be avoided.

Dentures offer a simple way to renew your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. With proper care, dentures can last a long time. For dentures in Delray Beach, FL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez-Martin by calling Brilliant Smiles Dental at (561) 272-2131.

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