Category Archives: Preventive Dentistry

Why You Should Stay Away from Soda | Palm Harbor Dentist

It seems we drink them whenever we have a burger or a delicious slice of pizza. Americans love soda. They’re fizzy, refreshing, bubbly, they’re delicious…but if you are drinking them frequently, they’re also ruining your teeth. Drinking soda is one of the main culprits of teeth harm caused by your diet. Of course, in moderation it poses very little threat, but a steady consumption of soft drinks is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. Heavy soda consumption has also been linked to other health complications including diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. When sipping on soda all day the sugar and the acidity is sitting on your teeth, eating away at your enamel, staining your teeth, and setting off bacteria bombs.

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take. These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel. Kids and teens are most susceptible to tooth decay because their tooth enamel is not fully developed. Some guidelines to avoiding tooth decay:

  • Consuming two or more servings of dairy foods
  • Drink water – Water is beneficial in more ways than one in this instance
  • Restricting other sugared beverages to occasional use

If you’re interested in learning more about the effects of soda on your teeth, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Palm Harbor Dentist

When we treat our bodies well, it treats us well in return. But it’s not only in a general sense, a diet filled with nutrition can also help to improve and/or maintain our dental health as well. If the foods are not good for you, they can contribute to the development of gum disease; if they are, they will have the opposite effect.

Foods and drinks high in sugar and acid are typically bad for your teeth because they contribute to both tooth decay and periodontal disease, making them weaker and more vulnerable to tooth decay. Foods like celery can help brush food particles off of teeth, and they also encourage the production of saliva to cleanse the teeth. Foods high in calcium and protein (such as cheese, milk, meats, and nuts) tend to be low in sugar and key to stronger teeth by protecting tooth enamel.

In addition to the sugar and acid contents of food, patients should pay attention to how long the food is in contact with their teeth. Soft foods like peanut butter are more likely to be stuck between teeth, and drinks that are sipped throughout the day tend to stay in contact with teeth all day. In order to keep these foods from having adverse effects on your teeth, eat or drink the sugary ones in one sitting so you can brush or rinse afterwards. If a toothbrush isn’t handy, popping a stick of sugar-free gum in your mouth will create the saliva needed to rinse your teeth enough until a proper brushing is available.

If you’re interested in learning more about smile-friendly foods, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

Finding a Dentist Isn’t Easy | Palm Harbor Dentist

Are you new in town? Do you have a toothache but don’t know where to turn? Whatever the reasoning is, it is never easy to find someone to take care of your smile. And while the task itself can be quite overwhelming at first, choosing a dentist to suit your needs usually results in a long-term relationship. So, how can you make this process as painless as possible?

Always take word-of-mouth into consideration. Do your research. There are lots of resources available to you that can give you first-hand opinions and inputs from people around you regarding their dentists. You can also look to your local dental society for a list of recommended dentists in your area. Using a search engine online, look for a dentist catered to your specific needs. Their websites should show you a list of procedures that are offered at certain practices.

The next step is to narrow down these results to find a dentist that focuses on your personal needs. Do you have a family? Do you need emergency dental work? Like a medical doctor, there are a lot of dental specialties that go beyond general dentistry. Here is a quick reference guide to help you select the type of dental professional to suit your needs:

Pediatric dentists/pedodontists. Specialize in pediatric dentistry

Endodontists. Diagnose and treat diseased tooth pulp and perform root canal work

Prosthodontists. Crowns, bridges, and dentures

Oral Pathologists. Use laboratory procedures to diagnose diseases of the mouth

Oral/maxillofacial surgeons. Surgical treatments, such as removing cysts, tumors, and teeth

Orthodontists. Correcting improperly positioned teeth

Periodontists. Focused on the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease

If you’re interested in learning more about dental specialties, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

Nobody Likes Crowded Spaces | Palm Harbor Dentist

Losing you baby teeth is a natural fact of life, but how they come in depend on a few factors. And if the come in crooked, there is a way to fix the issues. Because it isn’t just a cosmetic issue – having crooked teeth can cause issues chewing, speaking and other dental issues. Today we have orthodontics to treat alignment and spacing issues, but if they are crowded, a number of different factors and the reason it developed may impact the treatment options.

One of the common causes of dental crowding is natural occurrence, where your front teeth drift slowly to the center of the mouth. In the past, some dentists believed this was caused by the presence of wisdom teeth which crowd the front teeth from the rear of the mouth. In reality, many of the problems are due to insufficient space for teeth, such as weakened support due to periodontal disease, thumb sucking, and tongue thrusting.

While many patients see crowding as a cosmetic problem, the reality is that poorly aligned teeth are at an increased risk for periodontal disease, tooth decay and TMJ problems as an irregular bite may cause strain on their jaw over time. For these reasons, fixing alignment should be looked at more than a cosmetic procedure – correcting the alignment allows the patient to have better access to brush and floss, and their bite will be more level.

If you notice crowding in your front teeth, ask your dentist about options. There are a number of treatments available and having them treated early can help prevent more serious problems from developing in the future.

If you’re interested in learning more about teeth crowding, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

September Is National Self Care Awareness Month | Palm Harbor Dentist

sedation dentistryBecause it is important to take care of ourselves, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the way we are treating ourselves. If we are treating ourselves well, it is easier to remain healthy. If not, this month is a great time to take stock and make any chances necessary to improve our livelihood. One way to do that is through your dental health. The mouth is the first line of defense against bacteria that can affect our overall health. In fact, gum disease as a result of poor oral hygiene, may be more detrimental to your health than you think…

Heart health. Individuals with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. Harmful bacteria from your mouth enter your blood stream and attaches to fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels, making you more prone to clots that may trigger heart attacks.

Memory loss. Researchers have found that there may be a close link to poor oral health with an increased risk of dementia. Oral bacteria may spread to the brain through cranial nerves that connect to the jaw, even contributing to a type of plaque linked to Alzheimer’s.

Diabetes. Gum disease makes it harder to control you blood sugar, resulting in a high chance for diabetic issues, and a higher chance of periodontal disease.

Breathing issues. Individuals with poor hygiene are hurting their respiratory systems. Gum disease may increase your risk of respiratory infections such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Fertility. Women with gum disease take an average two months longer to conceive a child that those who don’t have gum disease.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental health, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

Do You Have Trouble Sleeping Well? | Palm Harbor Dentist

It is important for us to get enough sleep every night. Not only does it help us manage our daily tasks, but it also affects how our overall health is looked after. Not enough sleep and your health will slowly begin to take a turn a turn for the worse. But why is it that you are having a tough time sleeping? Is it your lifestyle or is it something else?

If you find that you are waking up with headaches, jaw pain or something related to your face, you may be developing a sleep disorder known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. If would be a good idea to visit your dental professional as soon as possible to find out if this is the case. If left untreated, you will begin to develop other dental issues as a result.

Individuals suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, experience many symptoms such as discomfort and pain in areas surrounding the face or jaw. There are a series of remedies recommended in order to alleviate tension found in those areas. Some of these include:

  • Facial exercises such as stretching, relaxing, or massaging the muscles found around the jaw
  • Evading actions such as yawning, singing, or excessive chewing.
  • Learning new stress relieving techniques including but not limited to: Meditation, Breathing Exercises, or Personal stress relievers.
  • Formulating an exercise plan in order to increase our pain tolerance.

TMJ is nothing to worry too much about if you take care of it early. Dr. Lieberman highly encourages patients suffering from TMJ to follow these few techniques in order to alleviate TMJ pain and symptoms.

If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

The Kids Are Off School, Visit the Dentist | Palm Harbor Dentist

We are smack dab in the middle of summer vacation and you have lots of fun events planned for your family and friends in the upcoming weeks before the next school year starts. And not to burst your fun bubble, but it is also a great time to plan a fun family activity – to the dentist for your family’s bi-annual check-ups. Yes, we know you aren’t ready to get ready for heading back to school but heading over to the family dentist would be advantageous to check on any dental issues that may be occurring in your tiny human’s mouth.

If you have a family, it is a great idea to match your family with a dentist that specializes in families.  Not only do they know everything a regular dentist would, but they have also focused on being able to treat those tiny smiles with special techniques that will help your family relax during their visits. Your family dentist will have great ideas for preventive care that will ensure that your family’s oral health is in the ideal condition. Along with regular checkups, your family dentist can prevent oral hygiene problems with fluoride treatments, teeth cleanings and decay prevention, as well as these dental procedures:

  • Tooth-colored dental fillings
  • Root canals
  • Tooth extraction
  • Wisdom teeth extraction
  • Dental crowns
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bridges

Nothing makes a parent happier than seeing their child’s smile. So, avoid trusting just any dentist with your family’s dental problems. With a family dentist, your family’s oral health will be improved and enhanced like never before.

If you’re interested in learning more about family dentistry, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.

What Do You Mean I Have a Bad Bite? | Palm Harbor Dentist

Has your dentist ever told you that you have a bad bite? Have you ever wondered what that exactly entails? After all, you are eating just fine. So, what is going on inside your mouth giving you a bad name? Don’t worry – there is a perfectly good explanation.

A “bad bite” occurs when your teeth are misaligned, which causes the jaw muscles to apply extra pressure in order to compensate for the poor alignment of your teeth. This increased stress on the surface of the teeth leads to cracks and chips, and jaw pains. You know those headaches you get every so often? There is a possibility it is due to the alignment of your jaw.

When the muscle strain extends to the temporomandibular joint, located where the upper and lower jaws meet, individuals will suffer from temporomandibular disorder or TMJ. Dental professionals highly encourage patients to schedule an appointment is they experience the following symptoms that are indicators of TMJ:

  • Pain in multiple teeth or the jaw joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
  • Headache – especially when opening and closing your jaw
  • Ear pain – in front of or below the ear, with no other signs of ear infection
  • Noises “in your head” – grinding, crunching, or popping sounds

If you are experience any of the listed symptoms, it is essential to consult a dental professional about treatment options to diminish your tooth, jaw, and headaches caused by TMJ. Having a dental exam will not only diagnose what is going on inside your mouth, but why it’s happening and how to repair any damage.

If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

Why Visit the Dentist? | Palm Harbor Dentist

We all know proper oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. And regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. They will help keep your mouths in tip top shape, but the brunt of the work relies on you. So, don’t think of these regular dental appointments as a bad thing – they are doing more than you know…

Gum disease prevention. Gum disease is a tissue infection surrounding your teeth, and one of the major causes of bone loss if left untreated. Regular dental cleanings and DIY care are main factors in prevention.

Oral health maintenance. On these visits, your dentist will look closely for any problems that may have happened in between visits. The sooner you treat issues, the better.

Oral cancer detection. Early diagnosis of oral cancer is very important in improving of the prognosis of cancer. When you have dental cleanings, you are also screened for oral cancer.

A healthy smile. When you have a beautiful smile, you feel more confident and satisfied with your being. When you feel confident, you live it that confidence.

Brighten your smile. Our diets have a tendency to stain our teeth over time. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth.

Fresh breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.

Good overall health. There is a correlation between poor oral health and chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, premature and low birth weight.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental exams, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

If You Chip a Tooth, Act Fast | Palm Harbor Dentist

More often than not, a chipped or broken tooth is not our fault. Accidents happen all the time, and sometimes a tooth or two become the victim. Luckily, they can be repaired, but you are going to have to take some precautions until then. Teeth are very strong, but not indestructible. The funny thing is, when tooth chips, cracks or breaks, it will rarely hurt. At least, at first the pain seems to come and go. If a large enough piece breaks off, the nerves found inside the tooth could be damaged, which will cause some pain. In even worse cases, you can feel a sharp pain every time you expose the dentin to air, or hot and/or cold foods. The best way to know if you have a damaged tooth is if it hurts only when you try to release the bite whenever you apply pressure to it.

If you happen to have found yourself in this predicament, it is important to see the dentist as soon as possible to see if a cavity caused the tooth to break, or nerve damage necessitating root canal treatment. Until you get to the dentist, however, it’s best to do the following:

  • Rinse and gargle with warm water until your mouth is clean.
  • If any area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze or a tea bag for ten minutes.
  • Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the side of the broken tooth to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • If it is not possible for you to see your dentist immediately, try to cover the damaged part of the tooth with an over-the-counter temporary dental cement.
  • If the pain is too much, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you’re interested in learning more about damaged tooth repairs, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.