Thursday, December 29, 2016

Parts of the Tooth

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about about what makes up the tooth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays - continued

#5: Watch out for starchy foods 
These are sneaky because they often get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in chips and cakes, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up. 

#6: You can still have fun 
So, what can you eat? Lots of stuff! Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish and vary your diet. Eat whole grains and choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. The holidays are a great time of year to start thinking about healthier habits. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables-for your overall health and the health of your teeth.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays - continued

#3: Limit your alcohol intake 
’Tis the season for egg nog, Brandy Alexanders and glog! If you choose to imbibe, try to drink water alongside your drinks. And remember: Too much alcohol can dry out your mouth. 

#4: Take it easy on the hard candies 
Some candies are more problematic than others. Hard candies can put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they’ve also been known to cause broken or chipped teeth. (Be careful not to break or chip your teeth when eating nuts as well!) 

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Dental Visits are Important

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the importance in visiting the dentist.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays

#1: Timing matters 
Timing matters. While everything is fine in moderation, it helps to eat sweets and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.  

#2: Be picky if it's sticky
When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky and sticky foods tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating a lot of dried fruits such as cranberries, make sure to rinse with water and brush carefully. 


To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Mouth Healthy Moments: How to Floss

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about flossing your teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mouth Healthy Moments: How to Brush Your Teeth

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about brushing your teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Manual Tooth Brushing and Flossing Technique

An effective oral hygiene routine starts with a few simple steps:

A Proper Brushing Technique for your Teeth 
A proper brushing technique is the first step to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Plus, it helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss.

Before You Begin 
While there are several tooth brushing techniques with a manual toothbrush, always ask your dental professional for their recommendation and be sure to follow their instructions. To start, use fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristle toothbrush, and don't forget to replace it every three months.

Two Minutes, Twice a Day 
To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using a recommended brushing technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. Since most manual toothbrushes don't have built-in two-minute timers, you may want to have a clock handy so you can be sure you're brushing long enough.

Positioning the Toothbrush 
How you hold the toothbrush depends on which part of the tooth you're brushing.

Please read the entire article, found at DentalCare.com, to see more detailed information on manual brushing and flossing.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How to Brush with an Electric Toothbrush - Dental Care

You can achieve better plaque removal and gingivitis reduction with an electric toothbrush that utilizes oscillating-rotating technology than with a regular manual toothbrush.

This brushing action is very different from ordinary manual toothbrushes, as it does the job of brushing for you. Be sure to guide the brush head to all parts of your mouth.

Rotating Electric Toothbrush Instructions

Hold the brush parallel to the floor, against the side of your teeth.










Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, following the curve of the teeth and gums.
It isn't necessary to press hard or scrub. Simply let the electric toothbrush do all the work.
Hold the brush head in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next tooth.

Please read the entire article, found at DentalCare.com, to see more detailed information on how to use an electric toothbrush.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sugarless Gum

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about sugarless gum.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dental Hygiene for Kids

Your child’s well-being is your biggest concern and their oral hygiene is an important part of their overall health. The care of your child’s teeth and gums begins with you - - you can set them on the right path for a lifetime of excellent oral hygiene.

Oral Hygiene for Infants
Babies are born with all their teeth - you can't see them because they are hidden in the gums. Baby teeth start to break through the gums around 6 months but it is important to start good oral care for infants even before the first tooth comes in. From healthy gums come healthy teeth.

  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft washcloth after feeding. This helps remove the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
  • Once they begin to erupt, brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear the size of a grain of rice - use a soft-bristle toothbrush.

Please read the entire article, found at DentalCare.com, to see more detailed information on dental hygiene for children.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Girl's Sports Mouth Injuries

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about mouth injuries due to sports.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tooth Bonding

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about tooth bonding.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, October 17, 2016

Five Surprising Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

Having your kids brush their teeth before they go to bed each night helps them learn good oral hygiene practices. And while twice-daily toothbrushing is good for developing teeth, it always enough to stop bad breath from occurring. Bad breath isn't always solely an oral health issue, there can be other causes that need a different solution. Here are five surprising causes of bad breath in children and how to stop them.
Sinus Infection
Have any of your kids complained about a sore throat or stuffy nose lately? It might be a sinus infection. Sinus issues cause fluid to collect in the nasal passages and throat, making your child's throat the perfect place for bacteria to gather. The result? Stinky breath that can't be cured with toothbrushing and mouthwash alone. If you suspect a sinus infection (potential sore throat, burning nasal passages and post nasal drip), call your doctor for a visit and see if antibiotics will be prescribed.
Foreign Objects
It may not be your first thought, but your child's bad breath could be the result of something stuck in her nasal passages. Kids are curious, and their nostrils are just the right size for inserting small items such as beads, beans, toy accessories and food. Pediatrician Dr. William Sears explains that when an object gets lodged in a child's nasal passages it can create a nasty smell. If you suspect this is what is causing your child's bad breath, you'll need a doctor to help check your child's nasal passages and remove the object.

To read the entire article written by Jae Curtis , please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Veneers

Learn more about dental veneers.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dental Caries: How They Are Formed and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Dental caries (cavities) are the most common form of oral disease known to man, and the process of getting caries is called tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel -- the hard, outer layer of your teeth. This issue can affect children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is constantly forming on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods or beverages containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth, and over time the enamel can break down, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The types of caries formed can be broken down into two major groups:

Pit and fissure caries. These are found most often on the chewing surfaces of the back (molar and premolar) teeth, and the back of the front (anterior) teeth. Your teeth are composed of several sections of enamel, and where these sections meet, pits and grooves can trap plaque, causing decay. The proper application of pit and fissure sealants, a hard plastic material applied to seal the grooves and pits when the teeth have erupted, can prevent this type of dental caries. The sealants also make it less likely that you will need restorations (fillings) on those surfaces of the teeth.

Smooth surface caries. These are found most often along the gumline or where two teeth touch (interproximal or the space between teeth), if plaque forms in those areas. With the proper use of dental floss, you can prevent most smooth surface caries in the interproximal area, and using a manual or power toothbrush along the gumline can prevent caries in that area as well.

To read the entire article written by Richard A Huot, DDS, please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Crowns

Learn more dental crowns.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, October 3, 2016

What is Dry Mouth?

What is Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth means you don't have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth moist. Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while, especially if you're nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to more serious health problems or indicate that a more serious medical condition may exist. That's because saliva does more than just keep the mouth wet -it helps digest food, protects teeth from decay, prevents infection by controlling bacteria in the mouth, and makes it possible for you to chew and swallow.

There are several reasons that the glands that produce saliva, called the salivary glands, might not function properly. These include:

  • Side effects of some medications - over 400 medicines can cause dry mouth, including antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and medicines for high blood pressure and depression.
  • Disease - diseases that affect the salivary glands, such as diabetes, Hodgkin's, Parkinson's disease, HIV/AIDS and Sjogren's syndrome, may lead to dry mouth.
  • Radiation therapy - the salivary glands can be damaged if your head or neck are exposed to radiation during cancer treatment. The loss of saliva can be total or partial, permanent or temporary.
  • Chemotherapy - drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, or "ropey," causing your mouth to feel dry.
  • Menopause - changing hormone levels affect the salivary glands, often leaving menopausal and post-menopausal women with a persistent feeling of dry mouth.
  • Smoking - many pipe, cigar and heavy cigarette smokers experience dry mouth.

To read the entire article , please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Thursday, September 29, 2016

In-Office Tooth Whitening

Learn more about in-office teeth whitening.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dental Veneers: Pros and Cons

Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain cemented to the front surfaces of your natural teeth, and are an easy way to address a variety of physical and aesthetic problems. Because they're also permanent, however, you'll need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before you decide to get them. Here are six things to think about and discuss with your dentist.

Pro #1: Easily Whiten Your Smile
Years of drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating highly pigmented foods eventually take their toll on your teeth, turning them an unattractive shade of yellow or brown. Stained enamel can be bleached at home or by your dentist, but it can become stained again. If you're looking for an easier way to whiten your smile for good, dental veneers may be a good fit for you. Veneers are largely stain-resistant, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), so you won't have to worry about discoloration or needing to have your veneers whitened.

To read the entire article written by Jennifer Mitchell , please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, September 12, 2016

Diet & Your Teeth

Learn more about the connection between your teeth and what you eat.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. Many people call it a cap.
Crowns may be placed for several reasons. Usually the tooth has been broken or severely damaged by decay. As a result, a filling can't replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. A crown may hold together parts of a cracked tooth. It also can be used to hold a bridge in place. Crowns can be used to improve appearance as well. They may be placed to cover misshapen or badly discolored teeth.

Crowns can be made ahead of time (prefabricated) or made to order in a laboratory. Prefabricated crowns are made of plastic or stainless steel. They can be used on a temporary basis until a permanent crown is made.

Crowns can be made of:

  • All metal
  • Zirconia
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
  • Porcelain fused to zirconia
  • All ceramic

Metals include gold alloy, other alloys (palladium) or a base-metal alloy (nickel or chromium). The all-metal or PFM crowns are stronger and are better choices for back teeth than ceramic crowns. PFM and all-ceramic crowns are the same color as your natural teeth. They look just like normal teeth.

To read the entire article , please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, September 5, 2016

Lifestyle & Your Oral Health

Learn more about how your lifestyle can affect your oral health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Discolored Teeth: Five Foods that Cause Stains

Proper oral hygiene is of course indispensable for maintaining a bright smile, but there is one other important bit of advice: Watch what you eat and drink. Certain foods and beverages can discolor teeth. If you want to protect your pearly whites, read on for some common culprits that stain your teeth.

Pasta Sauce
Because of their acidity, bright red hue and tendency to cling to the teeth, the tomatoes in pasta sauce can leave your teeth vulnerable to staining. Dine on some dark green veggies, such as broccoli, kale and spinach, beforehand to create a protective film over the teeth. The film will ward off tomatoes' staining effect, so spring for a green salad as an appetizer.

Curry
Curry, a spice that works well in Indian food and exotic dishes, is also a cause of discolored teeth. Its deep pigmentation can yellow teeth over time. Due to its high staining factor, curry is something you may want to limit in your diet. Whenever you dine on curry-spiced food, mix in fresh fruits and vegetables that prevent stains, such as apples, carrots, cauliflower and celery.

To read the entire article written by Margie Monin Dombrowski , please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dentistry & Overall Health

Learn more about dental care and your overall health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oral Cancer

In Canada, 3400 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed each year. About 50% of those diagnosed do not live longer than 5 years after diagnosis because it wasn’t detected early enough.
The most common sites for oral cancer to be found are the tongue (which has the highest prevalence), throat, floor of the mouth and lips. Regular tobacco use (both chewing and smoking), alcohol consumption and prolonged sun exposure all increase risk in addition to age.

To read the entire article , please visit plus.HealthyTeeth.org

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Friday, August 12, 2016

Learn more about the importance of saliva.

Learn more about the importance of saliva.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gingivitis

When teeth are not properly cleaned, plaque forms on the tooth’s surface. Plaque can cause irritation of the gums, making them red and slightly swollen - this is gingivitis. More serious forms of gum disease such as periodontitis start with gingivitis.
Signs & Symptoms:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
  • Bad breath
Good management of gingivitis is a sign of good oral hygiene. This helps prevent halitosis, bleeding gums and other more serious dental diseases. Remember, there is a link between oral health and overall health.

To read the entire article , please visit plus.HealthyTeeth.org

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Friday, August 5, 2016

Why Do Gums Recede?

Learn more about why gums recede.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

In most cases, the cause of bad breath can be simple. However, if the issue is persistent, it can be a symptom of something more serious, and a problem sign of something to avoid long term.

  • Diet places a key role in bad breath, and the food you eat can often affect the smell of your breath.
  • Oral bacteria can cause an odour, and also indicate you have plaque build-up.
  • Dry mouth often affects your breath, as saliva (or lack thereof) affects plaque buildup and food particles from sticking to your teeth. Read more about dry mouth on the dry mouth page.
  • Smoking.
  • Unclean dentures. Just like teeth, dentures need to be cleaned regularly to keep them feeling, and smelling, fresh.
  • Some medical conditions, often affecting your liver or kidneys, can affect your breath. Alerting your dentist of previous medical conditions, or current medications is always a good idea.

To read the entire article , please visit plus.HealthyTeeth.org

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Friday, July 29, 2016

Treatment for Abscessed Teeth

Learn more about the treatment for abscessed teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dysphagia (Trouble Swallowing)

Those suffering from dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, can reduce their risk of chest infection or other serious issues by maintaining good oral health by keeping their mouth clean. Other medical issues include neuromuscular conditions, stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, gastroesophageal reflux disease, cancers of the head and neck and certain respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Aspiration pneumonia can also be caused when saliva, food or liquid goes down the trachea into the lungs, instead of the esophagus and into the stomach.

Risk of dysphagia increases with age and frailty, as well as smoking, excessive alcohol use, certain medications and poor oral hygiene including your teeth and dentures.

To read the entire article , please visit plus.HealthyTeeth.org

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pregnancy & Oral Health

Learn more about the risks to your oral health during pregnancy.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dry Mouth (xerostomin)

Dry mouth, or xerostomin is the result of decreased saliva production, which affects up to 60% of older adults. Saliva lubricates the mouth helping to prevent decay and protect tooth enamel. But don’t worry; there are plenty of ways to manage this condition.

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of reasons, including medications you may be taking, radiation or cancer treatments, smoking, immune deficiency, systemic diseases (such as Diabetes, Parkinsonís, Sjogren syndrome) or salivary gland aplasia.

To read the entire article , please visit plus.HealthyTeeth.org

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Special Care Dentistry

Learn more about dental care for people with special needs.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Monday, July 4, 2016

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, with 75% of adults over 35 showing problem signs.What is often referred to as the silent mouth disease, initial symptoms can easily go unnoticed.Bacteria lives in plaque, which hardens over time and can cause gum irritations such as gingivitis.

Left untreated, bacterial infections affect the gums, ligaments and bone supporting the teeth, and can enter the blood stream and may be related to other diseases such as Heart Disease and Diabetes.
  
To read the entire article , please visit plus.HealthyTeeth.org

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bad Breath (also known as Halitosis)

Learn more about Bad Breath, which is also known as Halitosis.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Guide to Sedation Dentistry

If the thought of seeing your dentist gives you chills every six months, an anesthetic may be the solution. Sedation dentistry uses a combination of techniques, ranging from nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" to general anesthesia, to relax a patient during surgeries or otherwise uncomfortable appointments. For even the most severe dental phobias, there is no longer a reason to avoid the dentist altogether.

Settings that Practice Anti-Anxiety

The dental office has long been the most common setting for routine dental procedures that use sedation and anti-anxiety techniques. These techniques can be used for any type of dental procedure depending on the needs of the patient. Ultimately, your fears and phobias can be managed so that you can receive the dental care you require no matter where the treatment takes place.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation?

Your overall health, as well as physical and mental conditions you may be battling at the time, are important to be able to safely undergo certain types of sedation ñ especially in the dental office. Certain of these conditions may require clearance from a physician: cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes and respiratory diseases should all be addressed prior to a given type of sedation. Your dentist will take a thorough medical history and physical assessment before proceeding, and if need be, recommend a product like Colgate® Total®  Advanced Deep Clean to get home care on the right track. He or she may also ask you to receive medical clearance from your physician.

To read the entire article written by James Burke Fine DMD, please visit Colgate.com


Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you have been experiencing problems with a tooth, you may wonder, "Do I need a root canal?" Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflammed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth or an injury to the tooth, according to the American Dental Association. During the procedure, a dentist uses a drill to remove both the nerve and pulp and seals up the tooth to protect against further damage. Only your dentist or a dental specialist called an endodontist, can determine whether a root canal will adequately treat your problem. Here are a few possible symptoms of the need for a root canal and some steps for dealing with them.

General Possible Symptoms
The most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is tooth pain, according to the American Association of Endodontists. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe; it may lessen or intensify throughout the day, or it may get worse only when you bite down on the tooth. Some patients experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids. Your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area.

First Steps
If you notice any of the above symptoms, contact your dentist right away. Explain your symptoms by phone to a staff member, who may arrange for you to come in right away or may recommend emergency care depending on the severity of your symptoms. To soothe the pain and alleviate swelling, apply an ice pack to the outside of your jaw. 

To read the entire article written by Rebecca Desfosse, please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Dental Sealants for Children

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the importance of dental sealants as a preventive dental treatment for your children!


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200

Sunday, June 5, 2016

When Surgical Extraction of Teeth is Necessary

You want to keep your teeth for a lifetime, but circumstances can arise that prompt your dentist to recommend removing a tooth for the good of your dental health. And although many of your teeth are easily removable, it's occasionally more complicated, and requires a more involved procedure. Here's why the surgical extraction of teeth may become necessary, and how your dentist differentiates these procedures from others.

Why Can't a Tooth be Saved?
The American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site suggests teeth are usually removed due to trauma, disease or crowding. When a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or a crown because of an accident or extensive decay, an extraction may be your best recourse. Teeth that aren't supported by enough bone due to periodontal disease are also candidates for removal, according to Warren Dentistry, necessitating the use of a gum-protecting toothpaste like Colgate TotalÆ Clean Mint following extraction. Infected (abscessed) teeth that don't respond to root canal treatment may need to be taken out, as well.

Keep in mind it's not unusual for an orthodontist to recommend an extraction or two before orthodontic treatment begins because of crowed teeth. Similarly, wisdom teeth are frequently extracted because of the awkward position in which they grow behind your molars.

To read the entire article written by Donna Pleis, please visit Colgate.com

Dentist West Palm Beach FL 
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
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Stress & Oral Health

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about Stress and your Oral Health!


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Periodontal Screening

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about Periodontal Screening!


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Like Parent, Like Child: Good Oral Health Starts at Home

Parents are a child's first teacher in life and play a significant role in maintaining his or her overall health. Providing oral health education to mothers and families is essential to teaching children healthy habits and preventing early childhood tooth decay, according to an article published in the May/June 2010 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

With all of the challenges that new parents face, they may not think much about the link between their child's oral health and overall health. In fact, an understanding of oral hygiene can help parents to prevent tooth decayóthe single most common chronic childhood disease in Americaóand to create a lifetime of healthy habits for their child.

"Ideally, the oral health education for any family will begin with prenatal education and the establishment of a dental home by the time the child is 12 to 18 months of age," says Tegwyn Brickhouse, DDS, author of the study. "Many people don't realize that the oral health of the mother affects both the infant's future oral health and the child's overall health. In fact, some studies show that periodontal disease has been linked to preterm labor. That's why pregnant women should be evaluated for cavities, poor oral hygiene, gingivitis, loose teeth and diet."

After the child is born, families should become familiar with their child's dental and oral health milestones, which will be determined by discussion with the family dentist or a pediatric dentist. Children should have their first dental visit at age 1 or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. A dentist will be able to discuss when parents can expect to see a child's first tooth and the best technique for brushing his or her new teeth.

Diet is another factor that affects a child's oral health. Frequent and long-term exposure to liquids that contain sugars commonly results in tooth decay. In addition to eliminating sugary drinks altogether from a child's diet, parents can adopt other habits to prevent tooth decay due to beverage consumption.

"Parents should avoid giving their children milk, formula, juice or soda at naptime or nighttime," says Bruce DeGinder, DDS, MAGD, spokesperson for the AGD. "The sugars will linger on their teeth and gums for a prolonged period of time, promoting decay."

Parents are responsible for their child's oral hygiene practices and are advised to meet with a general dentist to determine the best way to establish and maintain their child's oral health. A general dentist also can provide families with oral health literature that is designed to educate both the parent and child. This education has multiple benefits; as Dr. Brickhouse notes, "Healthy teeth in early childhood can provide a positive self-image and improve the child's quality of life."

To read the entire article please visit KnowYourTeeth.com

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Regular Visits To The Dentist Can Give Warning Signs for Diabetes

Learn what Delta Dental of New Jersey has to say about how 'Regular Visits To The Dentist Can Give Warning Signs for Diabetes'.


The above video is found on the Delta Dental of New Jersey YouTube Channel.

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
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West Palm Beach, FL 33406
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Importance of a Good Diet

In a perfect world, there would be no cavities - but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen.

Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, its important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until itís brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back.

So how do cavities occur and that ugly dental decay?
Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environment in your mouth. This acid softens the enamel of your teeth, and without proper oral hygiene, can expose your teeth to troublesome cavities.

How to reduce the risk of decay:

  • Brush daily with fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Follow your country’s food guide necessary for a healthy diet.
  • When eating starchy foods such as bread, cereal and pasta, minimize the time teeth are exposed by eating them with meals rather than snacking on them throughout the day.
  • Substitute sugary snacks with sugar-free gum and mints. Xylitol found in some chewing gums has been found to reduce risk of cavities. This can help reduce cavities and increase saliva flow.
  • Drink high-sugar beverages through a straw, then rinse mouth with water and brush within 30 minutes. But be careful, brushing to quickly following a meal can damage your teeth’s enamel.
  • Rinsing with water after eating can help cleanse the teeth before brushing.

To read the entire article please visit Plus.HealthyTeeth.org

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Jeffrey Cohen, DDS
4324 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Tel: (561) 967-8200