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Tips from your dentist in Fort Lauderdale for a healthy beautiful smile.

  1. Check that your water is flouridated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that "fluoride can prevent and even reverse tooth decay by inhibiting bacteria that produce acid in the mouth and by enhancing remineralization, the process through which tooth enamel is “rebuild after it begins to decay."  Check with your municipality to see if your water contains the recommended approximately 0.7 ppm, or 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, particularly if you have kids.
  2. Use a timer. When you or your kids brush, use a timer to be sure you are brushing the recommended two minutes.  Gently yet thoroughly clean all surfaces.  Some of the electronic toothbrushes have timers that remind you to brush for the recommended two mintues. Your Lauderdale by the Sea dentist will notice the difference when you go in for your dental checkup!
  3. Floss first.  Floss first because we often tend to skip flossing if left to the end. Flossing before brushing removes and debri caught between your teeth allowing the bristles of your toothbrush to better reach between your teeth. 
  4. Chew sugarless gum.  If you can not brush after a meal or enjoy chewing gum, your dentist on Commercial Boulevard recommends chewing sugarless gum or xylitol gum. Xylitol has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria on your teeth and reduce formation of cavity-causing plaque.
  5. Eat carbs with meals. The naturally occuring bacteria in your mouth thrive on carbs.  Because your mouth produces more saliva while eating a meal, the sugary carbs are more likely to wash away before bacteria can produce plaque. Snacking on carbs between meals feeds the plaque producing bacteria.
  6. Use mouthwash before bed. After flossing and brushing, use a mouthwash to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Swishing with a flouride rinse has the added benefit of protecting your teeth as you sleep.
  7. Monitor your sugar levels. For our patients with diabetes, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle encourage maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.  Unhealthy blood sugar levels increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.  Your Fort Lauderdale dentist is here to help you maintain your oral health with diabetes. 
  8. Fight dry mouth. If you experience dry mouth, or xerostomia, you may be at higher risk of gum disease and dental decay.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nancy Rotroff or Dr. Gerard Wasselle to discuss remedies and treatment options.
  9. Wear your mouthguard!  If you participate in any sports, schedule an appointment with your dentist on Commercial Boulevard to have a mouthguard made to protect your teeth.  A custom made mouthguard fits better than flimsy ones bought at the pharmacy.
  10. Schedule your dental checkup and cleaning.  At Excellence in Dentistry on Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, we provide the highest level of dental care for your entire family.  From dental cleanings and exams to fillings, crowns, bridges, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, wisdom tooth extraction, implant crowns, clear aligner braces, professional tooth whitening and porcelain veneers, we strive to meet all of your family's dental needs in one location.  Call us at 954-928-1666 for all of your family's preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We look forward to seeing your smile in our office!

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