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Why You Need to Use Toothpaste | Palm Harbor Dentist

We know the importance of looking after our teeth. Not only will the process remove food debris and plaque while freshening breath, but it will also protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists recommend that you use toothpaste, especially fluoride toothpaste as this not only cleans your teeth but protects them as well. But why do we need toothpaste? Let’s take a moment to understand how this dental product helps keep our mouths healthy:

Toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. It contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen. Other special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time.

Contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, the amount of paste or gel needed on your brush for effective cleaning does not have to be a heaping amount. Simply squeeze a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush. If you brush correctly, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush inside, outside and between your teeth, the paste should foam enough to cover all of your teeth. Children under age 6, however, should be given a very small, baby pea-sized dab of toothpaste on their brush.

If you are having trouble choosing which toothpaste is best, ask your dentist. They are most familiar with your teeth and what is best for them.

If you’re interested in learning more about toothpaste, contact Dr. Lieberman 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.

What to Do When a Tooth Breaks | Palm Harbor Dentist

We are all under the understanding that teeth are very strong – but this does not mean they are indestructible. Much like the bone, teeth can chip, crack or break. This may happen if you bite down on something too hard, or if somebody hits you in your face or mouth. The same can also happen if you fall too hard on your face, your teeth have cavities, or your amalgam fillings no longer able to support the remaining enamel.

For cracked and fractured teeth, there’s no way to treat them at home. It is best to see the dentist immediately because even if the tooth looks fine, it may hurt whenever it’s exposed to temperature changes in your mouth. It may also be incredibly painful, a sign of a possibly damaged nerve or blood vessels, which warrants immediate medical attention.

For broken teeth, it is also important to see the dentist as soon as possible so they could see if a cavity caused the tooth to break or if there’s tooth damage.

Until you get to the dentist, here are a few tips:

  • Rinse and gargle with warm water until your mouth is clean.
  • If any area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze for ten minutes. If this doesn’t help, try using a tea bag instead.
  • You can also try applying 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 damages with a 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 broken teeth, contact Dr. Lieberman 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.

Is There a Link Between Alzheimer’s and Gum Disease? | Palm Harbor Dentist

According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68 percent of senior Americans (65+ years) have moderate or severe gum disease with 1 in 5 adults having lost all of their teeth. Alzheimer’s disease also serves as the prelude or leading cause of dementia and affects more than 6.2 million Americans in 2021. Why the stats? There may be a link between the two.

In 2013, Health Day News published an article pertaining research results that found a linkage between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. During this study, researchers analyzed brain samples of 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s and 10 individuals without a brain disease; the results were startling. Those with Alzheimer’s showed gum disease-related bacteria in the brain, while no bacteria were found in the brain samples from individuals without Alzheimer’s.

More recently, a 2016 study by University of Southampton and King’s College London set out to determine whether or not periodontitis or gum disease was linked to the severity of dementia. The subsequent cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients and seem to back up the original theories. Researchers concluded that because bacteria can enter the bloodstream from the mouth, the bacteria can travel its way through the blood and to the brain, causing potential hazards in the neurological region.

Growing evidence from a number of studies links the body’s inflammatory response to increased rates of cognitive decline, suggesting that it would be worth exploring whether the treatment of gum disease might also benefit the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Just one more reminder that it is important to keep up with our daily dental routines.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Alzheimer’s and gum disease connection, contact Dr. Lieberman 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.

When You Can’t Get Your Teeth Whitened | Palm Harbor Dentist

When You Can’t Get Your Teeth Whitened

Believe it or not, but everyone isn’t a good candidate for teeth whitening procedures. Tooth-colored fillings, crowns or bonding on your front teeth are going to remain the color that they are, so they will make them stand out against your freshly whitened smile. If this is the case for you, there are alternative options, such as veneers or dental bonding, that you may want to look into.

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance or function. Veneers can aid in improving teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshaped. Stain-resistant, this treatment option is very popular for people looking to have a perfect smile. There are two types of veneers:

  • Porcelain. This option is fabricated in a dental lab to fit your teeth and typically requires two office visits. Porcelain veneers costs a bit more but will last from 15-20 years, depending on your dental hygiene routine.
  • Composite. This type of veneer is bonded to your tooth enamel in a single visit. Composite veneers cost much less, but only last around 5-7 years.

Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin to restore teeth that are chipped or broken, slightly gapped, discolored or misshapen. Bonding can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to silver fillings. After applying a mild etching solution that slightly roughens the surface of your tooth and allows the bonding material to adhere, your dentist will apply the composite resin and will begin to sculpt and shape the bonding material. Following the sculpting, your dentist will use a high-intensity light to harden the material and then finely polish the restoration.

If you’re interested in learning more about alternative whitening options, contact Dr. Lieberman 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 How-to’s of Finding a Dentist | Palm Harbor Dentist

Are you looking for a dentist? The task itself can be quite overwhelming at first, as choosing your dentist usually results in a long-term relationship, so finding the ideal dental professional is very important. Everyone has different needs. Some may need weekend or nighttime hours, others may need a dentist that knows how to deal with children. You may just be new in town and need an exam. How do you even begin?

The first thing you should do when looking for a dentist is to ask around. Ask the people that you trust on their opinions and inputs on their dentists. Comfort is key in choosing your dentist. There is also the option of your local dental society for a list of recommended dentists in your area. But chances are, you are going to be using a search engine online, so look for a dentist catered to your specific needs. Check the reviews available.

There are a lot of dentists aside from general dentists that are available for any dental issue you may be having. Below is a list of options – perhaps trying one of these will be a better option:

  • Pediatric Dentists/Pedodontists: Specialize in pediatric dentistry
  • Endodontists: Diagnose and treat diseased tooth pulp and perform root canal work
  • Prosthodontists: Specialize in crowns, bridges, and dentures
  • Oral Pathologists. Use laboratory procedures to diagnose diseases of the mouth
  • Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeons. Performers of surgical treatments, such as removing cysts, tumors, and teeth
  • Specialize in correcting improperly positioned teeth
  • Specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease

If you’re interested in learning more about choosing a dentist, 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.

Reasons to Consider Porcelain Veneers

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There are many reasons that people choose to get porcelain veneers placed. Porcelain veneers can help improve many dental issues, ranging from brightening a discolored smile to repairing a cracked tooth. Porcelain veneers are thin custom-made shells of porcelain that are used to cover the front surface of one or more teeth. Now that you’ve got an idea of what they are, here’s a list of reasons one may consider getting porcelain veneers:

  • You have severally stained or discolored teeth. Not everyone’s teeth responded to teeth whitening techniques. Sometimes staining can go through the enamel, staining the dentin and discoloring it. Teeth whitening techniques, such as bleaching may not be viable in these types of cases. In such cases, porcelain veneers are a great alternative.
  • You have misshapen or worm teeth. Slightly misaligned teeth can be treated with porcelain veneers rather than with braces. Some orthodontic work can take years to improve misalignments, while veneers can improve one’s smile within a week or two. Veneers can even reduce the size of gaps and create a perfectly aligned smile.
  • Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting. By practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years.
  • Quick solution to enhance your smile. It can take as little as 3 visits to your dentist’s office to get a set of porcelain veneers, making them a quick and easy solution to obtaining a beautiful smile.
  • There’s no pain involved. Placing porcelain veneers is a simple dental procedure. Anesthetics are not required as the actual procedure doesn’t cause pain or any significant discomfort.
  • Veneers can change your life. Last but very not least, porcelain veneers can completely change your life in the most positive way. Not only can they drastically improve a patient’s smile, porcelain veneers can improve one’s self-confidence.

If you’re ready to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding porcelain veneers.

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

What Is A Dental Crown and Why Would I Need It?

dental crown and bridge palm harbor flCrowns are fixed dental artificial restorations that are fitted and cemented over the remains of a damaged tooth, or implants.

The dentist may recommend crowns for the following cases:

  • To replace a large filling when there’s little tooth left
  • To protect weak and damaged teeth from further fractures
  • To restore the form and function of fractured teeth
  • To act as an anchor where a dental bridge will be attached to
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover poorly shaped, damaged, and discolored teeth
  • To cover teeth after getting a root canal treatment

The Different Types

  • Ceramic crowns. These are porcelain-based filling materials and best used for front teeth because of their excellent aesthetic qualities that help them blend well with the natural teeth. However, even if the material is highly resistant to wear and staining, ceramic crowns may be susceptible to breaking or chipping if one chews often enough on hard materials.
  • Porcelain infused with metal. These crowns are much more durable than just ceramic ones. They are excellent in preventing leakage and decreasing the chances of recurring dental decay. However, to place this type of crown, a moderate amount of tooth structure will have to be removed by the dentist or prosthodontist.
  • Gold alloys. These types of crowns are often made from a mixture of gold, copper and other types of metals. They are very durable, resistant to wear, fractures and are highly biocompatible with the gum tissue.
  • Base metal alloys. These types of crowns use non-noble metals and are highly resistant to corrosion, as well as very durable. The material is also gentle to opposing teeth and even better is that dentists won’t have to remove as much healthy tooth structure to fit this type of crown.

What To Expect

Crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth or implants to restore the tooth’s shape, function and structure.

When using porcelain and ceramic crowns, dentists can match the color of the crowns to that of your natural teeth so that they do not stand out. However, the same can’t be said for crowns made out of gold and metal alloys.

The procedure for fitting or installing a dental crown typically takes two separate dental visits, with usually a week or two of interval in between each appointment.

During the first appointment, the dentist will have to examine the tooth to see if it’s a good candidate for a crown. If it is, the dentists prepared it by filling it down. If, however, the tooth has received significant damage, your dentist will have to fill it in with enough material so a crown can be properly fitted over it.

After filling the tooth to the proper shape, the dentist will then take an impression of it and its surrounding teeth, and then send it away to a dental lab. There, a dental technician will create the permanent crown. Though, before the first visit ends, the dentist will have to place a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth until the final crown is ready.

Once ready, the patient will then go back for a second visit where the dentist removes the temporary crown and place the new crown, using a special adhesive to bond it.

Afterwards, the procedure is done and the dentist will then explain to you what you should expect after (such as the adjustment period) and how to take better care of your crown.

Crowns are necessary to help improve, or restore the function and aesthetics of a broken and damaged tooth.

Do not let yourself suffer any longer from missing, worn down, as well as damaged teeth, and your dentist as soon as possible to see if your tooth is a good candidate for a dental crown.

If you are interested in repairing your damaged tooth with a dental crown, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-liberman.com for additional information regarding crowns.

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

Are You Suffering from TMJ? | Palm Harbor Dentist

200324634-001TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, is one of the most misdiagnosed syndromes in the world. Oftentimes, TMJ is overlooked, as jaw related issues can be linked to a multitude of different health issues. TMJ symbolizes the first three anatomic areas of the head. The Temporomandibular Joint is important in which it is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. As it is two joints acting to support as one, when they break down, it can cause a series of pains to occur.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ:

  • Pain in the Jaw, especially around the joint
  • Popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing or popping sounds in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Blurred Vision
  • Tight or sore jaw or neck muscles
  • Shoulder pain
  • Locking or dislocation of the jaw.

The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of problems, such as arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth, but many people habitually clench their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders. TMJ may cause anywhere from mild to severe pain and discomfort I people and can last for a short time or for many years. If you experience anything from chronic headaches, neck aches, dizziness, ear aches, hearing problems, pain or tenderness in the face, limited ability to open the mouth wide, or clicking, popping, or grating sound, contact Dr. Lieberman.

To find out more about TMJ contact Dr. Larry Lieberman and make an appointment 727-785-8017 or visit our website at www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Accepting patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and all surrounding areas.

Laser Dentistry is Less Invasive | Palm Harbor, FL

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Dr. Larry Lieberman is proud to offer laser dentistry. He believes visiting the dentist does not have to be a painful and uncomfortable experience. During traditional dental drilling the cause of pain is related to heat, vibration and pressure. Lasers do not produce heat, vibration or pressure, making it nearly pain free.

For more information on laser dentistry and making your dental visits easy and pain free contact Dr. Lieberman DDS in Palm Harbor, FL at 727-785-8017. Visit his website and learn more about his dental practice at www.dentist-lieberman.com.

 Accepting patients from Clearwater, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, Eastlake and all surrounding areas.