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Prevention

“Prevention is the best cure.”

While that statement may sound like a cliché, it is nevertheless true. Our hope is for you to be able to enjoy your favorite foods, speak with confidence, and smile with pride every day. If you have cosmetic or oral health concerns, we will work with you to correct them as quickly and efficiently as possible, and then maintain the results. If your teeth are healthy and attractive, we would like to help you keep them that way for life. This is why there is an unwavering focus on preventive care for patients of all ages at Burman Dental, L.L.C.

Topics on this page

Hygiene | Topical fluoride and sealants | Mouth-healthy eating | Caring for your smile | Protective mouthguards | Performance mouthguards | Children's dentistry | Oral cancer screening | Tobacco | Piercing


Hygiene

A clean oral environment is vital to the longevity of natural teeth as well as dental restorations. We recommend brushing a minimum of three times daily and flossing at least once a day. There are various techniques, and the best one depends on the size and shape of your teeth. After an examination, we will explain the best method for you.

In addition to an at-home hygiene routine, it is important to visit for regular dental appointments. Professional teeth cleaning by a hygienist will remove any lingering plaque or tartar from hard-to-reach places you may have missed with your toothbrush. During this appointment, we will also check for any signs of decay or disease, and discuss any concerns you may have.

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Topical fluoride and sealants

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening natural tooth enamel. Research has shown it is helpful for the prevention of cavities in both children and adults. We recommend brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day (brushing and rinsing with plain water midday is acceptable). We also offer topical fluoride treatment, which is applied here in our office.

Sealants are a simple and invisible way to protect teeth from harmful bacteria. The thin, transparent liquid coating is applied in our office and hardened. It bonds to the tooth surface to prevent plaque and bacteria from settling in the pit and fissures (grooves and depressions), which are often too small for a toothbrush to clean. Sealants are not visible and do not interfere with chewing. Dental sealants are appropriate for both children and adults.

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Mouth-healthy eating

A balanced, nutritious diet is important for your overall health, including your oral health. Foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants, such as most fruits and vegetables, help maintain a strong immune system, which is your natural defense against infections, including gum disease. Calcium and other minerals are necessary for maintaining strong, healthy tooth enamel and bone tissue.

Avoid foods high in sugars and starches, sticky items, and extremely acidic foods or beverages, including most sports drinks. Mouth-healthy eating is a habit that should begin at a young age and continue for life. However, it is never too late to begin eating healthier!

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Caring for your smile

Because every patient and every smile is unique, we will help you choose the best products and techniques to care for your smile. We generally recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush with a head that’s a size and shape that enables you to reach all the surfaces of all your teeth with ease. An electric toothbrush can be a great benefit for patients with limited dexterity.

Daily flossing is also vital. Waxed dental floss may be beneficial for individuals with extremely tight spaces between their teeth; however, it tends to fray more easily than the unwaxed variety. Dental floss holders and other tools such as Waterpiks can be helpful for patients who have limited dexterity, or who are trying to clean around braces or dental appliances.

Many therapeutic mouth rinses are available to address oral health conditions such as bad breath, dry mouth, and plaque and tartar accumulation. We will make recommendations, as necessary, to help you achieve a healthy smile.

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Protective mouthguards

A mouthguard is a removable appliance worn to protect your mouth from injury caused by impact. Although mouthguards are commercially available and sold at most sporting goods stores, a custom-made appliance designed at the dental office can provide optimal protection because it is custom-molded to your teeth and generally a thicker material than a store bought, pre-made, or boil-n-bite device.

Wearing a mouthguard during both contact and non-contact sports is worthwhile for children and adults.

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Performance mouthguards

Today, athletes also wear mouthpieces to improve endurance and strength, increase oxygen intake, and reduce athletic stress during contact and non-contact sports. At Burman Dental, L.L.C., we work closely with Under Armour, a leader in professional athletic mouthguard products, to bring Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ to our patients who live an active, fitness-oriented lifestyle, as well as serious athletes.

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Children’s dentistry

Early dental care is important for many reasons. During the initial visits, we will educate you about caring for your child’s teeth, answer questions, and evaluate his or her oral health. We often recommend topical fluoride, sealants, and other preventive options for children to start them on a lifetime of healthy smiles. We also offer fillings and other corrective treatments if necessary.

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Oral Cancer Screening

We use the OralID® diagnostic system, which detects tissue abnormalities using light fluorescence. The process is comfortable, non-invasive, and completed in a matter of minutes. The handheld device illuminates the oral tissues, and abnormalities can be detected by color variations in the light. In addition to oral cancer, OralID screening can detect tissue abnormalities that indicate other oral diseases.

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Tobacco

Smoking or using smokeless tobacco is a known health risk for many reasons, including damage to the health and appearance of your smile. Tobacco use can cause stains on your teeth, increase your risk of periodontal disease, raise the chances of dental implants failing, and more. We strongly encourage anyone who uses tobacco to quit, and if you do not use tobacco, please do not start.

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Piercing

Smoking or using smokeless tobacco is a known health risk for many reasons, including damage to the health and appearance of your smile. Tobacco use can cause stains on your teeth, increase your risk of periodontal disease, increase the risk of dental implants failing, and more. We strongly encourage anyone who uses tobacco to quit, and if you do not use tobacco, please do not start.

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Please call Burman Dental, L.L.C. at 561-404-4325 with any questions or concerns, and schedule your appointment today!
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