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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.

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.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Reduce your child’s risk for cavities with good oral hygiene and dental sealants.

Wondering what you can do to keep your child’s smile healthy and free from cavities? While back teeth are notoriously prone to developing decay, our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo offers dental sealants, a simple solution that could prevent cavities from forming on the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth.

Here’s what you should know about getting dental sealants for your child,

Dental Sealants are Barriers Against Decay

All you have to do is take a look at your own molars and you’ll see all those ridges and grooves that make it that much easier for food and bacteria to get trapped. Now it’s not so hard to imagine that cavities can develop on these surfaces more easily. Luckily, dental sealants are thin, transparent coatings that are bonded directly to these chewing surfaces to “seal out” food and bacteria.

Placing Sealants is Quick and Painless

Our Erie, PA, dentist and her team understand that going to the dentist isn’t always the most exciting experience; however, Dr. Palermo grew up with her own fears surrounding seeing the dentist. As a result, she’s turned her dental practice is a gentle dentistry zone. Her motto: “quality care without the scare”.

Of course, getting dental sealants isn’t all that scary to begin with. This plastic coating is painted over these chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth, so it’s not invasive or in the least bit uncomfortable. You don’t even have to schedule a separate dental appointment to get them. We can easily place sealants during your child’s next routine cleaning.

Sealants are Highly Effective

Sealants are also incredibly effective at preventing cavities. According to the CDC, once a sealant is placed it can prevent 80 percent of cavities for up to two years. They also offer a 50 percent efficacy rate against cavities for up to four years.

Despite having sealants, it’s still important that your child maintains good oral hygiene and continues to practice good brushing and flossing techniques (even on their molars).

Whether you have questions about dental sealants are want to get sealants placed on your child’s teeth during their next dental visit call our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo today at (814) 833-3001.





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