West Palm Beach, FL dentist offers dental care tips and recommendations for a healthy smile
At Pure Dental Care, patients in the area of West Palm Beach, FL have access to a dentist and team that are committed to ensuring education for every patient on attaining a healthy smile. Drs. Elizabeth Keith and have dedicated their practice to not only serving patients with dental care needs but also educating individuals on home care methods to avoid gum disease and cavities through preventative dentistry.
What is preventative dentistry?
Our dentists describe preventative dentistry as care and attention given to the smile to avoid the progression of infection, disease, and cavities. A healthy smile starts with a foundation of proper oral health habits. This includes brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. However, preventative care doesn’t end there. By visiting the dentist every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association, patients can avoid conditions that can negatively impact the health of the smile. This includes periodontal disease and tooth decay.
- Periodontal disease – periodontal disease is an infection that begins in the gum tissues and can spread. Without early diagnosis and proper intervention from a dental team, patients may experience the worsening of this condition to the later stages known as periodontitis. The infection can cause the gum tissues to shrink, the bone to disintegrate, and natural teeth to become loose. This infection can be extremely damaging to the smile, though it is 100% preventable with proper dental health habits.
- Tooth decay – tooth decay, or “cavities,” are holes that develop in the natural tooth enamel. These holes can cause teeth to become sensitive, especially when they become deep enough to reach the dental pulp inside the tooth. In situations such as this, patients may be in extreme pain and experience toothaches that need to be addressed with a dental professional. Cavities form when sugars combine with natural bacteria in the mouth to create an acid. This acid eats away at the natural tooth enamel to create decay. The best treatment for cavities is the placement of fillings, inlays, or onlays, depending on the size of the decay. In some instances, when the decay is deep and has reached the dental pulp, procedures such as root canal therapy may be required to save the tooth and address the pain.
How can patients maintain their oral health and wellness over time?
Once patients achieve a healthy smile, they need to take great care in ensuring that they maintain these results. This can be done by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for evaluations. When patients take the time to care for their smile, they are preventing harmful and expensive dental problems from occurring later.
What are some tips and recommendations for maintaining a healthy smile?
A healthy smile is achieved by following some of these following suggestions for home care:
- Brush and floss after every meal, if possible, to remove food particles and sugars from the surfaces of the teeth.
- Visit the dentist every six months for an evaluation and cleaning. This may include x-rays to monitor oral health beyond where the dentist can see.
- Enjoy a healthy diet and reduce or eliminate sugary beverages and foods that can contribute to tooth decay.
- Call the dentist as soon as dental concerns arise to have them accurately diagnosed and treated before they advance.
- Take great care in protecting the smile when participating in high impact sports, such as hockey and football, with a custom mouth guard.
- Protect teeth and dental restorations from damage caused by clenching and grinding of the teeth at night with a specialized night guard as directed by the dentist.
- Always consult with a dentist when determining which treatment for the smile is appropriate for your specific and unique situation.
Schedule your visit with the staff at Pure Dental Care today!
West Palm Beach, FL area patients seeking a healthy, beautiful smile can work with Drs. Elizabeth Keith and Yagi Patel to learn more about the methods of avoiding the development of periodontal disease or tooth decay. Our professionals are located at 2326 South Congress, Suite 1D, and can be reached by phone to schedule a consultation at (855) 883-0355. New patients are always welcome to visit our practice and learn about preventative dental care.
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