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By Life Dental Care
February 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Find out why you should always get a professional dental cleaning every six months.

Have six months already flown by? It may seem like you just saw one of our Deerfield Beach, FL family dentists Dr. Javier Zawadzky or professional cleaningsDr. Zulma Canola just the other day for your dental cleaning. But before you put that cleaning on hold find out why they are so important to your oral health and how they differ from your at-home care.

Why does my Deerfield Beach dentist need to clean my teeth twice a year?

No matter how precise and diligent you are at keeping your teeth clean there are certain bacteria that grow in your mouth that only we have the tools to properly remove. This bacteria is the kind responsible for gum disease, which can also impact your overall health.

It’s also believed that as many as 90 percent of adults have some type of gum disease. But when you come in every six months for routine cleanings we can remove these harmful bacteria and prevent gum disease from affecting your smile.

What goes into a professional teeth cleaning?

Your dentist in Deerfield Beach will need to assess your oral health before deciding which type of cleaning is the best one for your smile.

Traditional Dental Cleaning

The most common type of cleaning is also known as prophylaxis because it removes plaque buildup that your at-home toothbrush can’t remove. During this cleaning, we will also floss and polish your teeth. This type of cleaning is ideal for someone who doesn’t have periodontal disease and who comes in regularly for cleanings.

Full Mouth Debridement

This type of professional dental cleaning is used when someone hasn’t had a cleaning in over a year and there is significant tartar buildup on the teeth.

Gingival Bacterial Reduction

This type of laser cleaning helps to kill the bacteria that are found inside the infected pockets within the gums. This treatment is combined with a traditional dental cleaning to reduce symptoms of gum disease (e.g. bleeding; inflammation; redness) and to return gums to normal.

If it’s time to schedule your next six-month dental cleaning turn to the Deerfield Beach dental experts at Life Dental Care to give you a clean and glowing smile. Call us today to schedule your next visit.

By Life Dental Care
March 25, 2015
Category: Oral Health
ShaquilleONealsSlamDunkAgainstSleepApnea

You may think snoring is a minor problem, but it can be a lot more than that. Just ask hoops star Shaquille O'Neal, whose rambunctious snoring bothered his girlfriend enough for her to suspect a health problem. Her observations eventually led to Shaq's diagnosis of moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft tissue structures at the back of a person's throat, including the tongue, partially close off the upper airway and prevent air from moving into the lungs during sleep. Sometimes airflow can be blocked completely for 10 or more seconds.

When air flow is reduced, blood oxygen levels drop. This leads to brief waking episodes known as “micro-arousals,” which can happen sometimes more than 50 times an hour. The sleeper might not even be aware of this, even while gasping for air. Micro-arousals prevent the person from ever reaching deep, restful sleep.

Besides suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness, studies show sleep apnea patients are at higher risks of heart attacks, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, brain damage and strokes. People with sleep apnea also have a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents.

OSA can be treated in a few different ways. On the advice of his doctor, Shaq opted for a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which generates pressurized air delivered through a face mask worn while sleeping. The force of the pressurized air opens the airway (windpipe) in the same way as blowing into a balloon does.

For people with milder OSA, or who find they can't tolerate wearing a mask during sleep, an oral appliance supplied by a dental professional might be the answer. Oral appliances are worn in the mouth and are designed to gently reposition the jaw and move the tongue forward away from the back of the throat. Success rates of 80% or more have been reported using oral appliances, depending on the severity of the OSA.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about sleep apnea by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snoring & Sleep Apnea.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

ToothFairyBradyReiterWorksHerMagicforChildrensOralHealthCharity

Did you know that severe tooth decay is America's #1 chronic childhood disease? Actress Brady Reiter didn't know either — until she became the star of the movie Tooth Fairy 2, and then joined forces with the National Children's Oral Health Foundation: America's ToothFairy®.

“Before, I didn't even realize what can happen to kids if they don't take care of their teeth,” 11-year-old Brady recently told Dear Doctor magazine, after viewing photos of children suffering from severe tooth decay. “There are kids in America who don't know that it's important, or they just don't have the resources to be able to take care of their teeth or to go to the dentist.”

This young Tooth Fairy knows just how magical — and vital to a child's self-esteem — a beautiful smile can be.

“When you feel bad about opening up your mouth and smiling, a kid's confidence just goes down the drain,” she said.

NCOHF recently tapped 11-year-old Brady to head the America's ToothFairy Kids Club, which offers kids personalized letters from the Tooth Fairy along with lots of encouraging oral health tips and fun activities — free!

“I'm really excited to be part of it,” Brady told Dear Doctor. “Kids learn how to take care of their of smile by joining this club. By supporting America's ToothFairy, we can help kids in need get dental care and have a healthy smile too. It's really amazing!”

While lots of kids get an occasional cavity, millions of children have tooth decay so severe that it interferes with their ability to eat, sleep, and concentrate in school. The good news is that tooth decay, a bacteria-induced infection, is preventable.

“When kids join the club, they learn how to prevent tooth decay. When families support this great cause, we can help kids in need. And that's what feels great — that we really can make kids' futures better.”

If you would like to enroll your child in the club — it's free! — please visit www.AmericasToothFairyKids.org. And to make sure your child's teeth and your own are decay-free and as healthy as possible, please contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

By Life Dental Care
January 14, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
HowtoCleanYourOralAppliance

Question: What oral health issue do teenagers who wear orthodontic retainers and older folks who wear dentures have in common?

Answer: Both need to pay particular attention to cleaning their oral appliances.

The same goes for anyone who wears a nightguard to control tooth grinding, a mouthguard to protect teeth while playing sports, or a clear aligner for orthodontic treatment. Yet many people aren’t sure how to properly clean their appliances — so here are a few handy tips:

DON’T:

  • Use toothpaste on your appliance — the ingredients in toothpaste, which are designed to polish the hard enamel of your teeth, are too abrasive for the soft plastic of oral appliances, and will cause scratches.
  • Boil your appliance, or use bleach to clean it — both will end up breaking down and destroying the appliance. Don’t even use very hot water, as it can deform the plastic and make the appliance useless.
  • Leave your appliance out on the nightstand, or anywhere else — pets and small children have been known to find (and destroy) oral appliances left lying around. Instead, store it properly in its special case.

DO:

  • Use liquid dish detergent or hand soap to clean your appliance. A little mild soap plus warm water will do a great cleaning job. While you’re at it, get a brush just for the appliance — because, while it’s fine for plastic, you don’t want to brush your teeth with soap!
  • Put a towel in the sink basin when you clean your appliance. Soapy appliances (especially dentures) can be slippery, and can be damaged by dropping — and that’s an expensive mishap.
  • Consider investing in an ultrasonic cleaner. These inexpensive countertop devices are an excellent way to get the tiny ridges and crevices of your appliance really clean.

Whether you rely on dentures for everyday use, or just need to wear a retainer for a period of time, your oral appliance serves an important function. It may also represent a significant investment. That’s why it’s worthwhile to spend a few minutes each day giving these important items the care they need.

If you have questions about oral appliance care, please contact us or schedule an appointment.



Dr. Zawadzky and Dr. Canola

Dr. Javier Zawadzky is a general Dentist with a DDS degree in Bogota-Colombia from Universidad El Bosque in 1997, and a DMD degree from Nova Southeastern University, where he worked as a teaching assistant and graduate with honors in 2010.

Dr. Zulma Canola has been in the field for over 14 years.  She earned her Dental degree in Bogota-Colombia from Universidad El Bosque in 1998 and her DMD degree at Nova Southeastern University in 2009.

Read more about J. Mauricior Zawadzky, DMD and Dr. Zulma Canola

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