Everyone has experienced a dry mouth at least once in their lifetime. For others, this can be an everyday problem. Depending on the time and frequency of dry mouth (xerostomia), we can learn a lot from this. Occasional dry mouth can be normal from time to time. However, when dry mouth becomes more frequent it can be a sign of an underlying health problem.
What causes dry mouth?
- Mouth Breathing
- Medical conditions
- Malfunctioning saliva glands
Saliva is especially important in protecting your oral health. In a dry mouth, teeth are more susceptible to cavities, your mouth can have a burning feeling, you may have difficulty speaking and swallowing, and may lose your sense of taste. This can be very frustrating and life altering.
Why do you need saliva?
- Neutralize bacteria
- Strengthen teeth
- Begin digestive process
- Aid in taste
Solving dry mouth associated with dehydration is simple, drink more water. For all of the other causes, the solution becomes more challenging. Our first recommendations are sipping water throughout the day, chewing gum containing xylitol, using alcohol-free mouth rinse, limiting caffeine intake, and stopping smoking. If these simple remedies do not work its time to seek adjunctive care.
Products that can help
- Sugar free candies
If you have tried all of the simple recommendations it may be time to explore the use of mouth rinses that are designed for dry mouth. We have seen patients improve their saliva flow in addition to lowering their chance of gum disease or cavities by using these. Rinsing 2-3 times per day can help change the oral environment and in turn benefit your overall health. If it is medication induced, you should speak to your physician about the medications you are taking and possible alternatives.
Overall, dry mouth is a widespread problem that rarely gets talked about. There are some definite solutions to this issue. If you are experiencing any of dry mouth symptoms, please let us know. We will be happy to discuss the plan of action.
As always, we look forward to seeing you soon.
We all want that great big, white, toothy smile. But the reality is most of us also like our coffee, tea, soda and wine too. And you probably noticed by now what those all do to your teeth…they stain. If you’re like most people you want your coffee and a white smile too, so what can you do? Teeth Whitening can help remove the satins brushing can’t and give you the white smile you are looking for.
How does it work?
There are two types of tooth discoloration; surface stains and those below the enamel. A good daily oral health routine including brushing with whitening toothpaste will help remove the daily surface stains from coffee, tea and red wine. It’s the staining below the enamel Intrinsic that can’t be brushed off so easily. That’s where teeth whitening or bleaching can help.
What are the options?
There are a number of different options. We offer and in house procedure called Zoom!
Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a Simple 3 Step Procedure
- It begins with a short preparation that covers your lips and gums and leaves your teeth exposed.
- The Zoom Teeth Whitening gel is then applied, and the Zoom light is used. The gel and light and work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up discoloration and stains.
- You can now relax and watch a TV in our office or listen to music. The gel is applied for 3, 15-minute sessions for a total teeth whitening treatment time of 45 minutes.
We also offer home the Tréswhite Supreme Home Bleaching Kit.
It’s effective and easy to use. Wear 30-60 minutes, once a day, for results in 5-10 days.
When Should I Whiten?
People will often whiten before a big event like a wedding. You may also like to have whitening done prior to any major dental work.
If you have questions about teeth whitening please feel free to call our offices for answers. We have the most comprehensive cosmetic dental services in the Pembroke Pines area. Call us today!
A Reminder About the Importance of Back to School Check-ups From Our Weston Dental Practice
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 19% of kids age 3-to-12 have undiagnosed tooth decay. That’s one of the many reasons it’s important to take care of any dental issues early in the school year and avoid the an emergency dental appointments during school.
Pediatric dentistry has changed a lot since you were a kid. Today’s technology and advanced dental techniques provide a far more comfortable experience for children. The advancements in preventive care have also made cavities more rare. That being said a dental visit can still be a stressful experience for your child. We make your child’s back-to-school check as comfortable as possible. Here are a few more reason you need to schedule a back-to-school appointment:
- If your child is going to participate in any contact sports, this is the time to have them fitted with a custom sports guard. A sports guard will protect their gums and the permanent teeth that have arrived.
- Young children will benefit with time spent with Dr. Pyle and his staff learning them about a good oral health routine.
- Your kids should get used to a back-to-school dental exam at an early age so that it becomes an annual routine.
- We use digital x-rays, advanced sealants, Carifree cavity prevention and provide orthodontic evaluations to make sure the appointment helps keep you childs teeth and gums healthily throughout the school year.
Make an appointment at our Weston dental practice for your kids’ back to school dental exam. At some point your kids may even thank you.
The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy Explained by the Fort Lauderdale Area’s Top Sleep Apnea Dentist
If your Fort Lauderdale doctor has recommended sleep apnea appliances as a therapy to correct sleep disorders you may be experiencing, Dr. Stephen J. Pyle, Fort Lauderdale’s leading expert on dental appliance therapy is happy to provide a quick rundown on how they work, what the advantages are and what your next steps should be.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea you already know that the cause of your seemingly unstoppable snoring and feeling of fatigue is the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapsing cutting off the oxygen supply from the airway to the brain.
Here’s Where a Dental Appliance Can Significantly Improve the Quality of Your Life
A dental appliance most closely resembles a mouth guard that you may have used when playing sports or an orthodontics guard you might have used if you needed braces as a kid. The purpose of the appliance is to slightly adjust the angle of your jaw so that the soft tissue in the back of your throat can’t collapse thereby eliminating the cause of the obstruction.
The appliance itself is custom designed based on a digital x-ray or a physical mold. Dr. Pyle carefully adjusts the appliance to ensure both comfort and the desired results are achieved. Once the appliance is ready, all you have to do is install it like a mouth guard when you go to sleep and say goodbye to your spouse throwing an elbow into your side and you strangling (snoring) to get oxygen to your brain. Say hello to waking up from a restful sleep and feeling full of energy.
Why a Dental Appliance Makes Sense Over the Alternative Therapy
For decades people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had been treated with a forced air system known as CPAP. Here’s why most patients now demand a dental appliance:
- Appliances are natural and comfortable to use. Just slip it in your mouth and go to sleep. CPAP systems require wearing a mask connected to a hose.
- Appliances are quiet. CPAP systems need an electric motor to pump air into the mask.
- Appliances are travel-friendly; no special requirements needed. CPAP requires an electrical connection and space for the pump and hose.
- Appliances are simple to keep clean and hygienic, minimizing the risk of infection.
If you have questions about sleep apnea dental appliances please feel free to call our offices for answers. We have the most comprehensive dental appliance services in the Fort Lauderdale area. Call us today!
How to Maintain a Good Oral Health Routine During Summer From Weston’s First Dental Office
Summer is here which means school is out and traveling for many families. It is easy to forget your oral hygiene routine when you’re out of your usual schedule or on the road. Here are some oral hygiene tips for summer travel:
- Visit your dentist before you go away for the summer. Having major tooth problems and having to make an emergency appointment somewhere while on vacation is no fun.
- Remember to brush or rinse after every meal
- Take it easy on the snacking especially on long car rides
- Bring sugar free gum with xylitol
- Be sure to brush and floss before bed
Here is a list of some essentials to bring with you on your summer travels to help keep up your dental hygiene.
- Travel Sized Mouthwash and Toothpaste
- Bring your floss and remember to floss at least once per day
- Electric Toothbrush & Charger
- Travel size Waterpik
- New toothbrush—get one for your trip and throw it out at the end of the vacation.
- Toothbrush Holder—a simple and cheap way to keep your toothbrush clean
Maintaining your oral health routine on the road can be a challenge but by following these few tips you can have a happy smile all summer.
Tips on Your Child’s 1st Dental Visit From Weston’s Top Kids Dentist
“Getting it right” starts with a kid’s parents. The world of a small child revolves around the home because that’s where mom and dad live, that’s where he or she feels safe, and that’s where they know they can satisfy their basic needs for food, attention and love. Small kids trust their parents and usually try to emulate them.
Take it from a Weston Dentist with nearly 30 years of experience providing dental care for kids; your child’s first dental visit is an important event that will influence her or his oral health for the rest of their lives. Getting it right the first time is far easier than trying to correct any negative perception a child might develop about a “trip to the dentist.”
It’s important to use that trust to prep a child for their first experience at the dental office.
The Role of the Parent and the Role of the Dentist
The primary responsibility for having a successful first visit belongs to the dentist. He or she needs to provide the parents with the information needed to prepare the child in a way that helps to eliminate the anxiety that children feel with any new experience. At our Weston dental office I often recommend:
- Make a game out of counting teeth. Start this at least 6 months before the exam. You count the child’s teeth with your fingers and then let the child count yours. Do this on a fairly regular basis to get the child accustomed to having fingers in their mouth touching teeth.
- When it’s time for the parent to have an exam, tell the child that the dentist is going to “count” the parent’s teeth to make sure they are safe and healthy. Take the child on the appointment and introduce him or her to the staff and the dentist. This visit becomes the child’s “first experience” with the dentist and it is a positive one. When it’s time for the child to get their own exam they will be going to have their teeth counted just like mom and dad do.
- The dentist will do little more than a quick exam of the child’s teeth and gums. The idea of this first “real” visit s to build trust. A good pediatric dentist understands that at this stage psychology is just as important as any treatment.
Starting out correctly puts a positive spin on oral health and that’s exceptionally important in building good oral hygiene habits that will follow them the rest of their lives.
If you have a toddler ready for a dental exam, call our dental office in Weston and speak with a friendly technician on how to start preparing your kid for their first dentist visit.
This blog post was originally published here: http://firstwestondentist.com/dr-pyles-blog
Weston’s First Dental Practice Explains the Signs You May Have TMJ
TMJ is a disorder that can cause pain in the muscles and joints around the jaw. In the majority of cases, the pain can be relieved through a combination of nonsurgical treatment and self-managed care.
Here are a few common symptoms of TMJ to look for:
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth due to the locking of your jaw
- Pain in your jaw
- Discomfort from chewing
- Facial pain
- Pain in and around your ears
- Clicking when opening and closing your mouth
- Inability to open or close you mouth completely
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek medical evaluation from a Dentist or TMJ specialist.
Call our Weston Dental practice today for an evaluation at (954) 894-7953.
The Importance of Back To School Check-ups From Weston’s First Family Dentist
Guess who’s going back to school in a couple of weeks?
Can you recall your dental health experiences from back in grade school? Can you remember a time when you had a cavity that hurt so bad you couldn’t keep your mind on the class? You didn’t want to tell your parents because that meant a trip to the dentist and in your 8 year old mind that was the same as a trip to a torture chamber.
Family dentist Stephen J. Pyle, “Weston’s first dentist” wants to remind you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 19% of kids age 3 to 12 have undiagnosed tooth decay.
Child dentistry has changed significantly since you carried a lunchbox to school. Today’s technology and techniques are far more comfortable and the preventive care methods can make cavities a rare event. If you want to prevent your child from reliving your experience, we suggest you do the following:
- If your child is going to participate in any contact sports, this may be the time to have him or her fitted with a custom sports guard. Even if all their permanent teeth have not come in, a sports guard will protect their gums and the permanent teeth that have arrived.
- Some small children will benefit with time spent with Dr. Pyle educating them about oral health in a language and method that kids understand.
- Begin a tradition in your family and schedule your children for a back to school dental exam at our Weston dental office to deal with any issues before they head off to class.
- Our dental exam will seem like something out of Star Trek compared to your experience in grade school. We use digital x-rays, advanced sealants, Carifree cavity prevention and provide orthodontic evaluations.
Pick up the phone now and make an appointment at our Weston dental practice for your kids’ back to school dental exam. Believe it or not, at some point in their lives your kids will thank you.
Westin Dentist Asks If You Know You Have Sleep Apnea.
Now that there is an effective, comfortable therapy for sleep apnea, our Westin family dentistry practice is seeing more patients interested in the SomnoDent appliance that quickly reduces or eliminates sleepless nights and bothersome snoring. Sleep apnea and the more serious Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can rob you of energy during the day and over time can aggravate health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and even promote stroke.
How Likely Are You To Be Suffering From Sleep Apnea?
It’s estimated that there are 30 million Americans that suffer from sleep apnea. Most cases go undiagnosed because patients simply aren’t aware that they have it or that there is solution for their snoring and sleepless nights.
In the past, treatment for sleep apnea was limited to surgery or the use of CPAP therapy. The surgical procedure is not appropriate for all cases and the CPAP device (a mask connected to and air pump via a hose) is so cumbersome and inconvenient that few patients continue the therapy longer than 60 days.
As the first Westin dentist, Dr. Pyle has always stayed on the cutting edge of dental technology. When he learned of the SomnoDent therapy he determined that it would greatly enhance the quality of life for many patients and partook in the training that qualified him to prepare custom devices. SomnoDent is the latest service to be added to an already long list of family dental services offered by the practice.
Today patients can have custom designed appliances that are comfortable, allow normal speaking and drinking, and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea made right in the office. If this is an area you believe can help you, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Read more:
What are Dentures?
Dentures are customized oral appliances which replace missing teeth. They are made of acrylic or resin, and may sometimes include metal. Dentures fit around your existing teeth or gums, and can be used for everything your original missing teeth were!
Why would I want Dentures?
Missing teeth can make eating or talking more difficult. They can also leave cosmetically ugly gaps in your smile. Dentures allow you to eat and talk normally, and nobody will be able to tell that you are missing teeth!
What are the different types of Dentures?
There are several different types of dentures. Complete dentures areston used for people that are missing all (or most of) their teeth. Partial dentures are more useful for those who still have some original teeth left.
Dentures can also be prepared immediately after any teeth are removed. These temporary dentures, allow you to never have to go without teeth.
What do I have to do to get Dentures?
At our Weston dentist office getting dentures requires several appointments over a timespan of approximately one month. The first step is to take an impression and measure the jaws to determine what shape and size the dentures will need to be. There will then be several appointments to try on a trial version and make any necessary adjustments to color, shape, or size. Finally, there will be a final fitting and adjustment with your completed dentures.
If you have questions about dentures or any general dentistry topic, give our dental office a call and our staff will be happy to help. Read more: