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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Preventative dentistry is the key to keeping good oral hygiene. After all. it's all about the habits you choose to adopt with the help of your family dentist, Dr. Rosanne Palermo, of Erie, PA.

Preventing Dental Disease

Preventative dentistry isn't just at your dentist's office—you also play a very important role in protecting your oral health. Make sure you maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing and flossing daily will go a long way, as they remove dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and gum disease. Brush twice a day, at least, and floss once before bed, minimum. Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris and avoid sugary foods and beverages that replenish bacteria.

Preventive Dentistry Procedures at our Office

  • Professional Dental Cleanings: This is when your dentist removes disease-causing dental plaque and calculus (tartar) from teeth.

  • Oral Cancer Screenings: The best way to prevent oral cancer is through early detection during regular dental exams.

  • X-Rays: This is part of a regular dental exam helps your Erie family dentist discover diseases not visible to the naked eye like hard-to-see tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Dental Sealants: This transparent plastic coating fills tiny grooves in teeth to prevent bacterial growth and cavity production.

  • Fluoride: This mineral already exists in teeth, and it makes them stronger, more decay-resistant, can even reverse cavity formation. Fluoride is found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and drinking water.

  • Laser Decay Diagnosis: This procedure is used for early detection to prevent full-blown cavities from forming.

  • Mouthguards: These mouthguards absorb and distribute forces of impact and minimize trauma on hard and soft tissues of the mouth.
     

Would You Like to Learn More About Preventative Dentistry Procedures?

If you'd like to speak with your family dentist, Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo, in Erie, PA, make sure you contact her at (814) 833-3001 to learn more.


By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

Do you have missing teeth? You're not alone. Millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Tooth loss isn't just a cosmetic problem. but can also cause a few other issues. Fortunately, your Erie, PA, dentist, Dr. Roseanne Palermo, can help you restore missing teeth and improve your appearance with dental implants.

How tooth loss affects you

Losing one or more teeth can cause these issues:

  • Decreased Confidence: Without a full smile, you may no longer feel that you look your best. Concerns about your appearance may prompt you to turn down social invitations or try new things. In some cases, missing teeth may even affect your job prospects.
  • Shifting Teeth: When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may drift in an attempt to fill the gap in your smile. Shifting teeth not only affect your appearance but may also change your bite, the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.
  • More Cavities: If your teeth begin to overlap due to shifting, you may find it difficult to remove plaque from the overlapping areas.
  • Trouble Chewing: Tooth loss makes chewing and biting challenging, even if you've only lost one tooth. When you've lost several teeth, you may not able to chew food completely before swallowing, which may cause an upset stomach. Although eating a soft diet may seem like a good compromise, you may not get the nutrients you need to stay healthy if your diet isn't well-rounded.
  • Difficulty Speaking Clearly: Your teeth, tongue and lips work together when you make sounds. When several teeth are missing, it may be difficult to correctly pronounce words and sounds.
  • Jawbone Resorption: Jawbone resorption, or shrinking, can occur after tooth loss. The condition can eventually cause teeth to loosen and may contribute to facial sagging.

Dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration option

Dental implants rebuild your lost teeth from top to bottom. Implants are small posts added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery in Erie. The posts serve as replacement roots and are made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bones.

Connecting dental crowns to the tops of implants restore your lost teeth and improve your appearance and biting ability. Since dental implants are firmly attached to your jawbone just like natural roots, you won't experience any decrease in biting power. Implants also prevent shifting teeth and jawbone resorption and help you avoid speech difficulties.

No matter how many teeth you've lost, dental implants offer an effective way to complete your smile.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call your dentist in Erie, PA, Dr. Palermo, at (814) 833-3001 to learn more.