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By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
July 17, 2019
Tags: teeth whitening  

Whiten your smile easily with professional teeth whitening treatments available from your dentist. The teeth can become dull or stained over time due to aging, medications, smoking, and certain foods and beverages. With professional teeth whitening treatments, you can quickly achieve a significantly whiter and brighter smile. Dr. Rosanne Palermo is your Erie family dentist for professional teeth whitening treatments.

Advantages of Professional Whitening

Several options exist for whitening your smile, including a wide variety of over-the-counter whitening products. For the fastest and most noticeable results, though, professional teeth whitening treatments are far superior. Most over-the-counter products do not contain a professional-strength bleaching agent. Professional whitening treatments can be applied in the dentist’s office for the quickest results, but convenient professional take-home whitening kits are also available. Your Erie family dentist can help you decide which option is best for you.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening delivers results faster than any other whitening treatment. In fact, it is possible to achieve a smile that is up to eight shades whiter after just one in-office whitening treatment. Additionally, the results of in-office whitening are long lasting and it is possible to enjoy your new whiter smile for several years before needing another professional teeth whitening treatment.

With in-office whitening, a professional-strength whitening gel is carefully brushed on the teeth by experienced dental professionals. Before applying the whitening gel, special measures are taken to protect sensitive areas, such as the lips and gums, from coming into contact with the bleaching agent. Once the whitening gel is brushed on the teeth, it takes about one hour for the bleaching agent to fully penetrate the tooth enamel and lighten discolorations and stains. After an hour, the whitening gel is cleared away and the teeth will be several shades whiter.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening kits are a convenient alternative to in-office whitening that allow you to whiten your teeth when it suits your schedule and in the comfort of your own home. Take-home kits still contain a professional quality whitening gel and can deliver the desired results in just a few weeks. Take-home kits are as easy as adding whitening gel to custom whitening trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are worn for about an hour at a time, several times a week until the desired whitening results are achieved.

In-office and take-home professional teeth whitening treatments allow you to whiten your smile easily. For help deciding which option is best for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Palermo, your Erie, PA, family dentist, by calling the office at (814) 833-3001.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
March 14, 2019

Find out why these simple dental checkups are necessary for healthy teeth and gums.

Just as you should visit your family doctor once a year for preventive checkups you should also visit our Erie, PA, family dentist, Dr. Dental Rosanne Palermo, for the same preventive care for your teeth and gums. So, why are these routine cleanings and exams so important and just how often do you need to come in for care?

 

What is involved in a dental visit?

Each six-month checkup consists of a dental exam and a cleaning. During the cleaning, our dental hygienists use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup, the culprits behind decay and gum disease.

Along with getting your cleaning, we will also check the health of your gums to look for early warning signs of gum disease, a condition that affects nearly 50 percent of American adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. While it is known as a “silent killer” because it doesn’t often cause symptoms until it has progressed to a harmful stage, coming in to see your Erie, PA, family dentist every six months can prevent gum disease or to at least detect it early enough that it can be properly treated or even reversed.

We will also examine your oral tissue, tongue, throat, face and neck for any early signs of oral cancer. An oral cancer screening only takes a minute, is completely painless, and it could just end up saving your life.

 

What are the benefits of regular dental appointments?

Preventive dentistry is so important for protecting your smile against cavities, gum disease, and other issues. Of course, sometimes these problems can still set in but it’s comforting to know that our dentist will be able to catch them early on when they are much easier to treat and are less likely to cause serious complications.

This is also a time for you to ask questions or address any concerns you may have about your own oral health and at-home care during these checkups. Want to know if Invisalign is right for you? Wondering what toothbrush is going to help you get a more thorough clean? These are all questions we can discuss with you so that you can make more informed decisions about your oral health.

 

Is it time to schedule your next dental cleaning?

We work with your busy schedule to provide you with an appointment that’s ideal for you. Call our Erie office today at (814) 833-3001 to schedule your six-month checkup. Your smile will thank you!

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
January 04, 2019

According to a Gallup poll, about a third of adults don’t bother seeing their family dentist as often as recommended (twice per year at minimum). Many patients only go to the dentist when there’s an urgent problem. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, a dentist in Erie, PA, encourages her patients to make time for visits, even when their teeth are feeling and looking fine. Learn about the importance of preventative dentistry and how preventative treatments can help you keep your smile whole and healthy.

What Is Preventative Dentistry?
As the often recited axiom goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That just means that taking care of your health while you’re healthy is so much more valuable than seeking treatment when there’s a problem. Preventive dentistry is focused on getting and keeping your teeth and gums clean, clear, and protected from bacteria. It helps you avoid all sorts of problems, including dental disease and orthodontic problems.

Importance of Preventative Dentistry
According to the CDC, approximately of 31 percent of American adults have some level of dental disease. Meanwhile, close to a half of American adults need treatment for mild to aggressive gum disease. Both of these issues can be avoided with the preventative dentistry procedures offered at Dr. Rosanne Palermo’s Erie, PA, family dentist office. The great thing about preventive treatments is that they usually only require a very short appointment and minimal discomfort for the patient.

Important Treatments
These are some of the most common preventative treatments that can help you maintain good oral and dental health for many years:

- A thorough dental cleaning and deep cleaning when needed (scaling).
- Fluoride and sealant treatments (mostly recommended for children).
- The placing of dental crowns for tooth protection.
- Orthodontics to prevent damage to the teeth that can be caused by uneven bite patterns.

Make an Appointment Today
Don’t wait until you’re having dental problems to call your family dentist for an appointment. Start with preventative treatments, like cleanings, exams, and X-rays. Call (814) 833-3001 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her office in Erie, PA.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
November 09, 2018
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Family DentistryIs it time for you to schedule an appointment with a family dentist?

No matter how healthy your smile may appear, it’s important that you are visiting a dentist every six months for checkups. Choosing a dentist can be challenging; however, if you and your family are currently residing in Erie, PA, here’s why you'll want to turn to our family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo for care.

Dental Care You Trust

The most obvious benefit of having a dentist in Erie, PA, that you can turn to not just every six months for care but also when emergency situations arise offers a level of trust that is crucial. We are honored to be a part of these families and their lives.

What this ultimately means is that when you walk through our doors our top priority is to make sure you are getting the proper and trustworthy dental care you deserve each and every time.

Change Your Child’s Mentality About the Dentist

We all know that there are a lot of people out there who fear the dentist and a lot of these sentiments stem from dental traumas during early childhood. Here at our dental office our goal is to make your child feel as comfortable and at ease as possible. This means providing them with a positive experience from the get-go.

The sooner you start bringing your little one in for routine checkups the sooner they will establish dental visits as just another part of their lifestyle. Plus, a family dentist knows exactly what to do to be able to provide your child with individualized and gentle care.

Comprehensive, Convenient Dentistry

You probably feel like all of your family’s schedules are pulling you in about a hundred directions each day. Visiting the dentist shouldn’t feel like yet another serious challenge. In fact, scheduling cleanings for the whole family can be simple when you turn to our family dentist.

After all, we can provide every member of your family, no matter their age, with the proper dental care they need. So now you don’t have to worry about bringing your child to a different dentist from you, and we can even work with your schedule to book everyone’s cleanings on the same day.

Do you need to schedule a dental cleaning for yourself or a member of your family? Do you have questions about the dental services we offer here in Erie, PA? Don’t hesitate to call our dental office anytime. We would be happy to schedule your next appointment or answer any questions you might have.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
August 29, 2017
Tags: oral health   Brush   Floss  

Discover the importance of preventive dentistry for maintaining good oral health.Oral Health, Brush, Floss

It probably goes without saying that everyone wants to keep their smiles healthy and looking their very best. Of course, many people don’t always put in the little bit of effort now to protect their smile for the future. Perhaps you don’t know exactly what you should be doing to keep your teeth and gums problem-free. Our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo is here to provide a little information about preventive dentistry and why it’s so invaluable.

Brush Thoroughly

While this may seem like obvious advice, you would be surprised how many people set their brains on autopilot and don’t brush as effectively as they should. Maybe you forgot to brush the back surface of your teeth or you didn’t really get all surfaces of your molars. Perhaps you forgot to brush your tongue, which harbors a lot of nasty bacteria. If so, then it’s time to up your game and make sure that you adopt good brushing techniques.

Visit Your Dentist

No oral care regimen would be complete without seeing our Erie, PA, dentist once every six months for your preventive dental exam. These exams may not seem like much but these professional cleanings will be able to remove plaque and tartar buildup and even wipe away surface stains to leave you with a whiter, healthier smile. Besides a deep cleaning, we will also perform X-rays to detect small problems (before they become bigger ones), as well as conduct oral cancer screenings. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive helpful tips and advice for at-home care.

Eat for the Smile You Want

What you eat affects your general health so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that what you eat will impact your oral health, as well. Whenever you consume sugar or bleached carbs the bacteria in your mouth turns it into acid, which will erode enamel. When enamel continues to incur acid attacks, over time this will leave teeth prone to excessive wear and tear, cracks and fractures. Enjoy a diet that is rich in lean protein, whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Whether you have questions about your brushing technique or you want to schedule your six-month cleaning, our Erie, PA, family dental office is always here for you. Call our office today!