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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
September 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Prevent cavities and protect your smile by practicing preventive dental care every day.

If you are brushing and flossing every day then you are already practicing preventive dentistry. The goal of our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo is to make sure that every patient, from children to seniors, knows how to maintain healthy smiles. After all, preventive dentistry is crucial for supporting healthy teeth and gums. Here’s what preventive dentistry entails,

Visiting your dentist regularly

When was the last time you visited your Erie, PA, family dentist? If it’s been more than six months then you are already falling behind on practicing good preventive dentistry.

Everyone, no matter how healthy they think they are, can benefit from visiting the dentist twice a year. Even kids over 1-year-old have to follow this same rule. No one is too young or too old to get out of visiting their dentist for cleanings and checkups.

Brush at least twice a day

Okay, now be honest: How often do you brush your teeth? If you said twice a day then congratulations, you are already practicing one very important part of preventive dentistry. At the very least you should be brushing twice a day (once in the morning and again at night). If you have an electric toothbrush then chances are good it has a built-in timer that will turn off automatically once your 2-minute brushing is over. If you don’t, it's important that you are timing yourself and brushing for at least two minutes every time.

Floss once daily

Most people brush their teeth regularly, but a lot of people forget about the other important home oral care routine component--flossing. If you aren’t flossing every day then you are leaving a significant portion of your teeth and gums unclean. If you don’t remove food and plaque from between teeth this can lead to cavities and gum disease, so it’s crucial that you start picking up this habit and sticking with it every day if you want to maintain a healthy smile.

These are just the top components of preventive dentistry. Other forms of preventive dentistry include,

  • Wearing a mouthguard when you play contact sports to prevent dental injuries
  • Having your dentist place dental sealants on your child’s back teeth to seal out decay
  • Getting fluoride treatment from a dental professional if your child does not get enough fluoride from tap water or through brushing with fluoride toothpaste.

If you are looking for a family dentist here in Erie, PA, that can provide your family with comprehensive, customized and quality preventative dentistry then you've come to the right place. Call our office today at (814) 833-3001 to schedule your next cleaning.


By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
September 21, 2020
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Taking care of crowns and bridges is essentially like taking care of your natural teeth, with a few exceptions. It's important to know how to maintain these restorations at home to avoid uncomfortable damage. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, your dentist in Erie, Pennsylvania, can help you take care of your crowns and bridges.

Avoid crunchy and sticky foods

One of the most common and easily preventable ways to keep your crowns and bridges stable is by not eating foods that can dislodge or break them. Chewing ice, sticky candy, or suckers can spell disaster for dental work; while the cement your Erie dentist uses for crowns and bridges can remain secure for decades, it isn't designed to be indestructible. If you have to work hard at chewing something, it's probably a risk you shouldn't take.

Stay current on dental checkups

Visiting Dr. Palermo's office twice a year isn't just for a deep cleaning and a new toothbrush, especially if you have crowns and bridges. Through visual exams and X-rays, your Erie dentist can determine if there are any problems developing with your restorations, your gum tissue, or the teeth beneath the crowns. Early detection and swift intervention can save you a lot of discomfort, money, and time.

Be careful when flossing

Once a crown is in place, it tightens the space that occupies the teeth next to it. The difference is typically only a few microns, but you may still have to change your flossing habits to avoid dislodging the crown. Instead of lifting the floss from between the teeth, for example, you'll need to slide it. This can be better achieved with a thin plastic threader rather than the flossing picks or the string alone. Your Erie dentist can make some suggestions on the best techniques for flossing when you have crowns and bridges.

We treat patients with crowns, bridges, implants; your unique dental situation will be given the best possible care. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Palermo, contact our office in Erie, Pennsylvania today at (814) 833-3001.