New Year, New Smile

It’s a new year, which means that now is a great time to compile your list of New Years resolutions.  In addition to eating well and staying fit, make sure to include a healthy smile to your list.  Have you always wanted a healthy, bright smile?  As your local dentist in Boynton Beach and nearby Lake Worth, we are here to help you enhance your smile to start this new year on the right note.  The first visit to our office includes a comprehensive dental exam by Dr. Hillary Krawatsky, as well as digital x-rays, and a full dental cleaning with our skilled dental hygienist.  Feel free to visit http://www.MyBoyntonDentist.com for more information about our office and to learn about all of the ways that we can help create your ideal smile.  We look forward to welcoming in your new year with a new smile!

Holiday Happenings and Your Smile

image‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry with holidays gatherings spent with friends and family.  Here are some holiday tips to keep your teeth in tip-top holiday shape!  Don’t forget to schedule your post-holiday cleaning and check-up by visiting http://www.MyBoyntonDentist.com.

  • Watch the wine – Did you know that both red and white wine can stain your teeth?  Make sure to drink water after imbibing to rinse away the stain residue.
  • Be careful with sticky treats and candy canes – We all love to enjoy the season’s treats, but sucking on candy for a long period of time can damage enamel and lead to sensitive teeth.
  • Stick with your veggies – At your next holiday party, try to load up your plate with crunchy, smile-healthy vegetables like carrots, celery sticks, and peppers.
  • Say cheese! – Enjoy some cheese with your vegetables. Cheese has smile-healthy calcium and protein and can help buffer acids from wine and fruit to keep your teeth healthy.
  • Have a fruity dessert – End your holiday party with fruit.  This will keep your sweet tooth at bay and might even include some chocolate covered strawberries, in moderation.of course!

It’s November, Don’t Let Your Dental Benefits Expire

November is here and that means autumn colors, changing leaves, hot cider, and Thanksgiving.  At Aberdeen Dentistry, your trusted dentist in Boynton Beach and nearby Lake Worth, FL, we also are thinking about the end of the calendar year so that our patients can make the most of their insurance benefits.  Most PPO insurance plans, such as MetLife, Aetna, and Cigna will institute a “use it or lose it” protocol and actually zero out all unused dental benefits.  What this means for you, our patients, is that November is the ideal time to schedule for a check-up, cleaning, and x-rays so that Dr. Krawatsky can make sure that your teeth and gums are in great shape.  If we do find a cavity or cracked tooth, we would be happy to make an appointment for you in November so that you can utilize your insurance benefits.  Feel free to set up a time that is most convenient for you and your family by visiting our website at http://www.myboyntondentist.com/appointment-request/.

Football season and dental health

Are you ready for some football?!!  Millions of Americans just enjoyed the opening weekend of the National Football League.  Along with professional football, many of our patients have young athletes that participate in their school football teams or with a recreational league.  Make sure that your youngster wears a mouthguard during practices and games.  A mouthguard will protect your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw if an impact to the head occurs.  In addition, studies show that a mouthguard provides a second layer of protection for a concussion and the guard can actually cushion the jaw-joint so as to prevent brain injuries.  Let’s all enjoy a fun-filled and safe youth football season together!

Back to School Dental Health

The kids are back to school and you might be back to preparing lunch and healthy snacks for your kids’ lunchbox.  It’s important to minimize the amount of juice and sugars that are in the lunchbox.  One way to do this is to include a water bottle or milk.  In addition to a healthy drink, other low-sugar lunchbox options include carrots, apple slices, almonds, cheese sticks, and baked veggie sticks.

Don’t forget a back to school dental check-up at our dental office in Boynton Beach.  We offer priority appointments after 3pm for families with children.  Make sure to visit our website at http://www.MyBoyntonDentist.com to request an after school timeslot.  Wishing your kids a happy and healthy school year!

What’s All the Fuss About Flossing?

According to recent media articles, your floss should be stored in the same pile of irrelevant items such as cassettes, records, and typewriters.  However, at Aberdeen Dentistry your family dentist in Boynton Beach, we still firmly stand behind our recommendations to floss daily.

There are so many reasons to floss, we created a list:

  • it removes food particles that collect between teeth
  • it keeps your breath fresh and clean, no more halitosis!
  • it prevents gum disease and keeps inflammation levels down around your teeth
  • it prevents cavities between your teeth

Visit our website http://www.myboyntondentist.com/procedures/cleanings-prevention/how-to-properly-brush-floss/ for more information on flossing and how to care for your smile.

Are Sports Drinks Damaging Your Teeth?

We have all felt that thirst during or soon after an intense workout.  It seems like a great idea to grab hold of the nearest sports drink, whether Gatorade or Powerade.  It looks like it would be generally healthy and refreshing.  Except for the damage to dental enamel that we are beginning to see among teenagers and young adults in our office.  It is important to note that most sports drinks contain high levels of sugar in addition to colorants/dyes, which allow the sugar to stain and attach to the grooves in the enamel.  At the end of the day, water is still best for rehydrating and staying  healthy!

Teeth vs. Soda

If you love soda, pay careful attention to the damage that it does to your teeth.  Regular soda packs several teaspoons of sugar or corn syrup in each serving.  The sugar leads to cavities in teeth.  What you may not know, is that phosphoric acid gives soda its burst of effervescence.  This acid is actually etching your teeth and creating tiny holes that allow the bacteria to damage your teeth.  The take home message is simple.  There is nothing as healthy as nature’s own – water!

Seasonal Allergies and Your Mouth

Spring is in full swing..and so is allergy season.  Did you know that most allergy medications can cause your mouth to feel dry and uncomfortable?  Also, when we are congested, we tend to breathe through our mouth which makes your mouth feel even more dry.  One recommendation to help your mouth during allergy season, is to increase your water intake.  Another suggestion is to avoid all alcohol-based mouth rinses, such as conventional Listerine.  The alcohol in the Listerine will dry out the mouth.  As an alternative, we recommend using Listerine Zero, which contains zero alcohol and is more gentle on your mouth if you are suffering from dryness.  If you have any further concerns, contact our office via http://www.MyBoyntonDentist.com to set-up an appointment with Dr. Krawatsky.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to a recent statistic in the Journal of the American Dental Association, there were almost 42,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States in 2015.  There are several factors that can increase your risk of oral cancer, including tobacco use and alcohol use.  There are also certain viruses that can contribute to developing oral cancer.

At our dental office in Boynton Beach, Dr. Krawatsky performs an oral cancer screening at each cleaning appointment as part of your routine dental check-up.  Early diagnosis of oral cancer is important for all of us.  We look forward to seeing you at your next visit with us!