Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

Posted on July 28, 2017

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Many of our tools for everyday living have become antiquated. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters. Even the iPod, which was extolled as the culmination of technology just a few years ago, is now gathering dust as individuals play music on their smart phones.

What about the humble toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of dental caries.

When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, examine cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more costly, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no valid studies to back up this conjecture.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all types of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when needed. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some men and women say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the fast electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush model, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

Special consideration should be taken for men and women with arthritis. Some Palm Harbor area dentists counsel their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is limited. As for youth, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Trinity parents. Moreover, Prestige Dentistry counsels patients to only purchase dental products that carry the ADA seal.

When it comes to the toothbrush, old school is just fine.

 

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The Prestige Dentistry Guide To Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Posted on July 21, 2017

Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of Palm Harbor adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Prestige Dentistry generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, nerves and, due to their awkward positioning, can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common trouble for many teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause a detrimental infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

After removal, Prestige Dentistry recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.

Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens to you, it is important that you speak with us ASAP.

Prestige Dentistry recommends an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

Keep in mind that many troubles can be avoided if the Palm Harbor patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed when their dentist advises. This is a case where a “let’s wait and see” approach can cause problems.

To schedule a dental exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our Palm Harbor dental practice today.

 

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727-478-0488

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Palm Harbor, Florida
34685

 

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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Palm Harbor, Florida Dentist

Posted on July 14, 2017

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Looking for the best dentist in Palm Harbor? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Palm Harbor truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for affordable dental care without a background agenda?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Florida overwhelm you. Prestige Dentistry offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 727-478-0488. Contact our modern staff at Prestige Dentistry for a dental check up with Prestige Dentistry. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From restorative dentistry to endodontics, from dental implants to invisible braces. Providing quality services can make your sedation dentistry experience rapid and straightforward.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 4140 Woodlands Pkwy Ste A in Palm Harbor, Florida, we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Our staff has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, will explain concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and will perform superb dental work. Expect to see the renewal you want. Expect to communicate with a professional. Expect exceptional, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at http://www.prestige-dentistry.com/learn-about-us.

 

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727-478-0488

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4140 Woodlands Pkwy Ste A
Palm Harbor, Florida
34685

 

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Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

Posted on July 7, 2017

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, today’s Prestige Dentistry post is for you. Today’s post discusses dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for Palm Harbor teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At Prestige Dentistry, we see dental caries and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating circumstances include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. In addition, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by Palm Harbor adolescents – presumably without their parents’ knowledge.

Malocclusion can make proper brushing and flossing difficult, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen sees a clicking sound in the jaw joint, call Prestige Dentistry at 727-478-0488 to schedule an exam.

In spite of numerous Florida public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many adolescents take up the harmful habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

Palm Harbor parents of adolescents are well aware that puberty has a significant impact on physical and emotional health. Puberty causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels (especially in females) can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Your dentist can advise you if more frequent professional cleanings are required to preserve gum health.

If you visit any soccer field or basketball court in Florida, you will see that many young athletes fail to protect their teeth. If your adolescent participates in a contact sport, talk to us about custom athletic mouthguards.

One of the teen dental issues that impacts most young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they result in troubles with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing his or her third molars. If problems appear, your youth won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon. If you don’t have a family dentist, Prestige Dentistry of Prestige Dentistry can examine your teen and evaluate X-rays to advise you on the best course of action for his or her wisdom teeth.

This article is by no means exhaustive on the vital subject of adolescent oral health. Other posts will discuss orthodontia, oral piercings, eating disorders, and abnormal teeth growth.

If you are looking for a family dentist in the Palm Harbor area, I invite you to schedule an appointment at Prestige Dentistry by calling 727-478-0488. We have been providing trusted dental care to Palm Harbor families since 1986.  For more details about teen dental health or dental implants, sedation dentistry, or restorative dentistry, call today.

 

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Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

Posted on June 23, 2017

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Today’s post focuses on an interesting article that appeared recently on Science Daily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”1

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health concerns, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some manageable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

At Prestige Dentistry, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are looking for a modern dental practice in Palm Harbor, we invite you to schedule a consultation by calling 727-478-0488. You can meet our team of dental professionals. Thanks for visiting our dental blog.

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

 

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Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

Posted on June 16, 2017

Palm Harbor Dental CleaningAt Prestige Dentistry, we provide comprehensive full service dentistry for patients in Palm Harbor and surrounding communities. Our modern team of skilled hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff help our dentists exceed our patients’ expectations. At Prestige Dentistry, we understand the value of a healthy and beautiful smile.

We are committed to providing each patient with personalized care in our state-of-the-art dental practice.

Prestige Dentistry is located at 4140 Woodlands Pkwy Ste A in Palm Harbor. For more specifics about our team, see http://www.prestige-dentistry.com/learn-about-us.

If you were blessed with a gorgeous smile, we can help you keep it that way with professional deep cleanings and thorough examinations. We set the standard for preventative family dentistry in the greater Trinity area.

If you were not blessed with a pleasing smile, let’s explore how we can improve it. Modern cosmetic dentistry provides a remedy for virtually every aesthetic trouble.

If it has been a while since you have received a professional dental cleaning, call 727-478-0488 today to schedule a cleaning with one of our adept hygienists. Your teeth will feel amazingly clean, silky, and smooth after the chalky plague and calculus is removed.

Whether you need an examination or a complex full mouth reconstruction, at Prestige Dentistry we’ll get you smiling again!

 

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Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

Posted on June 9, 2017

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Dental patients in the Tarpon Springs, East Lake, and Clearwater areas know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied by your Trinity dentist. This material is a resin that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

Many Palm Harbor residents might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can actually be beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, speak with your Tarpon Springs, East Lake, or Clearwater dentist. This simple dental procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

Many Florida dental insurance providers include dental sealants as a covered benefit, so check with your provider if you are considering them. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about financing options. Because they can prevent cavities, dental sealants can save you money in the long run.

I’m Dr. Prestige Dentistry, an experienced Palm Harbor dentist. Thank you for visiting my dental blog. At our office we serve the Trinity area by offering:

dental implants
sedation dentistry
restorative dentistry
invisible braces
endodontics

If you have any questions about these or other cosmetic dental procedures, call us today at 727-478-0488 to schedule a consultation.  Our modern staff would be happy to assist you.

 

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What You See And What You Don’t

Posted on June 2, 2017

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If you have had restorations, orthodontia, or a complete smile makeover, you want people to notice the final outcome – your remarkable smile. There is a lot, however, that is going on behind the scenes. Today’s post talks about three essential smile makeover components that are not readily apparent when you smile, but are often necessary for the successful result.

Invisible Braces
Not everyone in Palm Harbor wants to flash a metal smile while their teeth are being straightened. Invisible braces keep your secret safe because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn.

White Fillings

If you have metal fillings, you might be interested in replacing them with composite fillings that match your surrounding teeth. You can’t undo the decay, but you can make the metal disappear.

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root after a tooth extraction. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is super strong and well tolerated by the jaw bone. When the final crown is placed, your new tooth is indistinguishable from the others. Dental implants have many vital advantages over dental crowns. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Prestige Dentistry to discuss your options.

Prestige Dentistry is located at 4140 Woodlands Pkwy Ste A in Palm Harbor. We have been providing quality dental care since 1986. In addition to the services previously mentioned, ask us about veneers, tooth whitening and sedation dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 727-478-0488.

 

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34685

 

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Palm Harbor Dental News: Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Posted on May 26, 2017

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Visiting Prestige Dentistry in Palm Harbor for regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in important ways you never imagined.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

While the study could simply confirm that those Trinity people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common problems like inflammation with gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study mentioned previously) said:

“Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.1

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, Prestige Dentistry recommends coming in for check-ups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving Palm Harbor patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

To schedule a deep cleaning with our modern dental hygienist at Prestige Dentistry, call
727-478-0488 today!

1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011

 

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Crooked Teeth And Cavities

Posted on May 19, 2017

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Many dental patients in and around Trinity hold the belief that orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

The fact is that your ability to clean your teeth is enhanced when your teeth are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make essential daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease generally ensue.

If you are curious if your teeth are crowding or if your bite is not aligned, then you need to visit your Palm Harbor dentist. Your dentist can evaluate whether or not you need to see an orthodontist, and then recommend one near you.

Also, if you feel that the appearance of your teeth is an issue, ask your dentist about a smile makeover. There are numerous unprecedented cosmetic dentistry procedures handled daily. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, crowns, and more!

Hello, my name is Dr. Prestige Dentistry. My modern local dental practice, Prestige Dentistry, is located at 4140 Woodlands Pkwy Ste A in Palm Harbor. I am devoted to healthy, stunning smiles. We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are in or around Trinity, give us a call at 727-478-0488.

Our modern team can answer any questions you have about our top services, which are:

dental implants
sedation dentistry
restorative dentistry
invisible braces
endodontics

We hope to see you soon!

 

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727-478-0488

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Palm Harbor, Florida
34685

 

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