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What Can Good Oral Health Prevent?

 

what can good oral health prevent

When it comes to your teeth, practicing good oral hygiene should be at the top of your list. We only have one set of adult teeth and they are clearly important in every aspect of our lives. Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us! Having a well cared for smile can make the difference in your social life and your work life. Additionally, the ability to speak clearly and digest foods properly are dependent on good oral care as well. So, what are you doing to maintain or to your teeth? Good oral health can prevent several undesirable dental problems.

You may be able to prevent bad breath from plaque and food build-up by:
• Making sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.
• Scrape your tongue.
• Flossing daily.
• Gargling with mouthwash twice daily.

You may be able to prevent Gum Disease or stop the progression of gum disease by:
• Regularly flossing around the gums and teeth to loosen build-up and plaque that irritate the gums and cause cavities.
• Seeing the dentist at least once to twice per year to perform a periodic exam
• Seeing the Hygienist at least two to three times per year in order to make sure plaque is removed everywhere especially below the gum line.

Neglecting to maintain these good oral care habits could keep you from becoming the social butterfly you’ve always wanted to be.

Cavities are a pain. The toothache that comes from biting into a sugary treat can be enough to jumpstart your new oral health habits. In caring for your teeth, you can dramatically reduce the number of cavities that develop from the acid and bacteria left from foods, especially sweet ones.

Keeping your oral health in check may also inhibit costly dental procedures from accumulating. A cavity that is left untreated can quickly turn into a tooth in dire need of a root canal, and developing gum disease may require gum laser therapy or tooth extraction. Most certainly, teeth that are well taken care of will have less plaque build-up that causes bad breath, cavities and gum disease, and better oral health could potentially prevent overwhelming dental expenses in the future.

Want to know more about what good oral health can do for you? Give us a call to find out, and schedule your checkup today! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

Common Dental Implant Myths

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Insecure about a missing tooth? Don’t be. With dental implants, you can get your smile back to looking perfect. For many, dental implants provide the feeling of having their natural teeth back again. This is because instead of being a removable flipper or partial denture, dental implants become a permanent part of your jaw, which then allows a dental crown to take the place of the missing tooth. We understand that this procedure may seem intimidating, but we’re here to reassure you that it is a virtually pain free procedure that renders amazing results.

Below are the top three common misconceptions when it comes to getting dental implants.

Myth #1: Dental Implants are painful

This is a common fear. Many people hold back from pursuing a dental implant, simply because they’re afraid the procedure might be too painful. However, this is not true. The procedure itself is pain-free. As always after surgery, there may be some temporary discomfort, but your doctor will work very closely with you to ensure your comfort and ease.

Myth #2: Dental Implants are expensive

Although dental implants aren’t cheap, they’re a much better investment than dental bridges, which need replacing every 7-15 years. Dental Implants cost may be high initially, but it’s a better financial decision in the long run.

Myth #3: Dental Implants cause headaches

It’s a fairly common myth that dental implants can cause migraines or headaches. However, we’re here to let you know that this is not true. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support this. After the dental implant has successfully bonded with the jaw/gums, you should experience zero pain.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants, give our office a call at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024 so we can discuss the next steps.

Is it safe to have dental X-rays and dental care when pregnant?

The short answer is… yes!
If you are pregnant, a trip to the dentist should be on your long to-do list! The best time to visit a dentist is during the second trimester (14-20 weeks), when you will be the most comfortable, and your baby’s important fetal organ development is complete.

X-Rays and Pregnancy
First, let’s address the issue of X-rays. Dental X-rays emit extremely low levels of radiation when compared to other types of medical images. However, to protect you from radiation, we will also cover your abdomen and other important areas with leaded aprons. We only take X-rays when absolutely necessary, and take every precaution to minimize your exposure to radiation at every step.

Pregnancy and Dental Treatments
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is safe to have dental procedures such as fillings and crowns in addition to your regular teeth cleanings. In fact, it is recommended that if you have a problem, you have it treated promptly to prevent serious infections in the body. Any local anesthetic used for dental treatments is totally safe for you and the baby, and will help to keep you comfortable during treatment, avoiding unnecessary stress.

Pregnancy and Your Teeth and Gums
Not only is it safe to visit the dentist when you are pregnant, it is very important! The hormones that accompany pregnancy can bring changes to the mouth, including an increased risk of gingivitis (inflamed gums) and tooth decay. It is critical to get regular care in our office so that we can keep your gums healthy and watch for any potential infections that may need attention.

Always let us know if you think you are pregnant so that we can provide a thorough check of pregnancy-related oral health problems and keep you safe in our office! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

Role of the Hygienist

The dental hygienist’s primary role is the treatment, control, and prevention of periodontal disease. This is the disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth and is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals who have completed extensive educational and clinical preparation in preventive oral health care. Dental hygienists must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school, pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, and pass a state/regional clinical licensure examination. In addition, all registered dental hygienists must participate in continuing education courses, keeping them up to date on the latest trends in dental hygiene practice and legislation regarding the profession.

Registered dental hygienists can provide a wide range of services as determined by laws in each state.
These services include the following:

  • After assessing a patient’s individual oral health condition and incorporating the most current scientific research, including consideration of the impact of oral health on diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, dental hygienists plan a specific treatment plan designed to make sure each patient has the best oral health possible. Targeted and specific dental hygiene treatment for children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and patients who are medically compromised.
  • Because targeted and specific systemic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, as well as other conditions, have signs and symptoms that appear in the mouth first, dental hygienists monitor for evidence of disease, and where they find suspicious conditions, inform the patient and recommend a visit to a physician.
  • While assessing a patient’s overall health, they also look for problems such as caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease. Dental hygienists perform thorough head-and-neck examinations to look for oral cancer and other problems.
  • To prevent and treat disease, they remove plaque (a stubborn film that contains bacteria), and calculus, both above and below the gum line. To prevent caries, dental hygienists provide nutrition counseling, apply fluorides or pit-and-fissure sealants, and in some states, polish and contour fillings.
  • Because dental hygienists specialize in preventive oral health care, they educate their patients, the community, and schools on oral health and its effect on overall health, as well provide dietary education and counseling.
  • They expose, develop, and interpret oral X-rays. In many states, registered dental hygienists administer local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide.
  • Dental hygienists also evaluate how their recommendations are working and, when necessary, revise treatment as it progresses to help patients achieve their oral health goals.

A dental hygienist’s major role is in the provision of oral health education and the prevention of oral disease by promoting healthy oral behaviors. A dental hygienist’s primary task is in prevention and non-surgical treatment of periodontal diseases.

Dental hygiene practice is a subset of the practice of dentistry. Dental hygienists practice in a team situation, under the direct clinical supervision by a practicing dentist.

Dental hygiene practice includes teaching, research and management given that such roles influence clinical practice and public safety, but most of all we are there to help patients.

To meet our friendly, experienced dental hygienists, please call our office today at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024!

Dental Abscess: A Royal Pain in the Mouth

What is a dental abscess?

Ugh!

If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth, there’s a very high likelihood you’ve got a dental abscess – a fancy term for a pocket of puss in your tooth or gums caused by a bacterial infection.

What are symptoms of a dental abscess?

Ouch!

The main symptom of a dental abscess is pain. It is very important that you call us right away to set up an evaluation if experiencing any of the following:

  • Severe, persistent, throbbing pain that can radiate to the jawbone, neck, or ear
  • Sensitivity when chewing or biting
  • Swelling in face or cheek
  • Difficulty swallowing or opening mouth
  • Nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea (in extreme cases)
  • Foul smell or taste in your mouth
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

What causes a dental abscess?

Eww!

A dental abscess is caused by a growth in bacteria from an existing cavity. When cavities are not taken care of properly, tooth decay spreads and wreaks havoc in neighboring teeth and gums. That’s why it’s extremely important to brush and floss regularly. When poor oral hygiene is the norm, bacteria spreads and pain results. Other factors that can lead to a dental abscess are gum disease, a cracked tooth, complications from dental surgery, and trauma.

What are the treatment options for a dental abscess?

Ah!

If you have dental abscess symptoms, call immediately, and we will try to set up an appointment for you the same day›! Once you arrive, we will make an evaluation and proceed accordingly. Treatment may involve an x-ray for a more accurate diagnosis, a small incision to drain the infected area, and antibiotics to aid in recovery. In severe cases, root canals and extractions may be required, but invasive treatments are rare and can be avoided if the abscess is treated immediately.

What can I do to manage the pain myself?

Phew!

If you can’t immediately come to our office for treatment, take these steps to minimize pain:

  • Avoid food and drink that exasperate the infected area.
  • Chew on the side of your mouth that is not impacted by the abscess.
  • Use a very soft toothbrush
  • Refrain from flossing.
  • Do make every effort to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible so as to avoid any further complications.

How can I prevent getting a dental abscess?

Yay!

Good oral hygiene is the number one step to avoiding a dental abscess.

  • Regularly visit your dentist for oral exams and your dental hygienist for regular maintenance dental cleanings twice yearly.
  • Brush morning and evening.
  • Floss everyday.
  • Avoid surgary drinks and snacks.

There’s no doubt about it – a dental abscess is absolutely no fun. The good news is they can be easily avoided and carefully treated. Call us – your top dentist in NYC – today to set up a consultation if you think you may have a dental abscess. New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Just like the rest of your body, the health of your teeth depends largely on what you eat! Read on for a list of the best and worst foods for your teeth.

The Best Foods for your Teeth

  • Dairy: Calcium and vitamin D help to build strong bones and teeth, while phosphorous protects enamel and helps replace minerals in teeth.
  • Eggs: Eggs are another great source of calcium and vitamin D for tooth health.
  • Fish, Meat and Tofu: These are good sources of phosphorous, which helps with remineralization.
  • Dark Green Veggies: Green veggies are rich in vitamins and fibrous for great oral health.
  • Crunchy Veggies: Carrots, celery, and other crunchy vegetables gently scrub the surfaces of teeth and stimulate the flow of saliva, which has enzymes that buffer against acids.
  • Fake Sweeteners: Sugar-free gum does two important things: First, it is a good alternative to sugary treats, and second, the artificial sweetener Xylitol has shown great promise in preventing cavities.
  • Apples: High in fiber, apples scrub away plaque and keep your breath fresh.

    The Worst Foods for your Teeth

  • Citrus Fruit: High levels of acidity in citrus fruit damage enamel.
  •  Soda: A combination of acid, sugar and carbonation can be a disaster for your teeth (not to mention the rest of your body!)
  • Candy: Candy is full of sugar, which feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. In addition to that, candy tends to “stick around” because of its gooey texture.
  • Red Wine: Wine is very acidic (white wine too!), which wears down enamel and leads to staining.
  • Coffee: Tannic acids in coffee and tea wear down enamel, leading to excessive staining.
  • Tomatoes: Another highly acidic food, tomatoes can wear down the protective surfaces of teeth.
  • Pickles: Soaked in a bath of acidic vinegar and sugar, pickles can cause damage to teeth over time.
  • Dried Fruit: These otherwise healthy snacks tend to get stuck in teeth and contain high amounts of sugar.

Don’t worry! We don’t expect you to avoid all of the foods on the “worst” list. In fact, there are things you can do to minimize the damage posed by these foods. Use fluoride toothpaste twice a day to keep enamel healthy, and floss once daily. Rinse your mouth out with water after eating.

And call us today to set up your next hygiene appointment! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024.

What is an overdenture?

An overdenture is a removable denture that is attached to natural teeth or dental implants. It is different from a traditional denture, which rests on the gums unattached. Patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth have a variety of options available to them, the most well-known being dentures. For some patients, conventional, unattached dentures are the right choice in treatment. For others, however, an increased level of function and comfort is desired. This is when overdentures become a great option.

Overdentures take a hybrid approach to replacing teeth. The method combines dental implant technology with prosthetic dentures to bring patients closer to feeling like they have a full mouth of natural teeth in an affordable way. Patients can chew and bite almost anything. In addition to aesthetic and functional benefits, overdentures also protect your health by providing regular stimulation to the jawbone. Jawbone loss with conventional dentures is a very serious problem that has compounding negative health and aesthetic effects over time. With overdentures, four to six dental implants are anchored in the jaw and support the attached denture, providing the regular stimulation needed by the jaw to maintain health.

Benefits of Overdentures:

• Comfort: Doesn’t cover the palate

• Aesthetics: Protects facial appearance from jawbone loss

• Health: Protects the jaw

• Function: Allows for biting and chewing most foods with little restriction

• Proven: Has extremely high levels of satisfaction

• Easy Maintenance

• Proprioceptive response: Detects motion and position in mouth

• Reliability

Implant overdentures have a great track-record for improving people’s lives. To learn more about our tooth replacement options at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center, call us at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024 today.

Why and when is tooth extraction necessary?

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As dentists, we always try to preserve your natural teeth whenever we can. However, there are times when the tooth has been compromised to a point where we cannot save it. In this case, the tooth must be extracted and the site prepared for replacement.

Tooth Fractures

When a tooth is broken or fractured, even just microscopically, the tooth typically will require extraction. Sometimes this is because the fracture goes well below the gumline, which makes it impossible to fix with a filling or crown. Or, sometimes there is a tiny fracture of root that cannot be mended. The bottom line? Tooth fracture almost always requires extraction of the tooth.

 

Severe Decay

Severe decay is another common reason for tooth extractions. If a tooth has decayed beyond repair, you will probably need extraction to avoid serious infection and relieve pain.

 

Gum Disease

Gum (“periodontal”) disease is very common. In its most severe, untreated form, periodontal disease eventually compromises the safety of the teeth as they loosen and the gums recede. This is another common reason for extractions.

 

Extraction: What to Do

The process of extracting a tooth is simple and painless. Prior to your extractions, we will talk with you about your replacement options and help you decide what choice is right for you, your health and your lifestyle.

 

Extractions and Dental Implants

In some cases, we are able to place a dental implant at the same time of extraction. This saves patients hassle and allows them to expedite the dental implant process. For those who haven’t decided which replacement method to move forward with, we will place bone grafting materials in the site during extraction to preserve the socket and surrounding bone for future dental implant placement.

 

If you have injured a tooth or have severe decay, please call our office today at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024. We can help you determine the best course of action to preserve your oral health.

 

 

 

What To Do in a Dental Emergency

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If you think you have a dental or denture emergency, please call our office right away! We can help! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

What do I do if I have a denture emergency?

If you have a denture emergency, call our team – we can help!

Common Denture Emergencies

  • Broken dentures
  • Denture eaten by dog
  • Denture flushed down the toilet accidentally
  • Losing a tooth from denture
  • Needing to add a tooth to denture
  • Lost denture
  • Hospital threw away denture
  • Clasp broke off denture

What is a dental emergency?

Any situation that poses an immediate threat to your teeth or soft tissues is a dental emergency. Sometimes the condition is painful, but sometimes it is not. Either way, prompt professional care is of the utmost importance to save your teeth. Dental emergencies can be caused by impact, injury or infection.

Dental Emergencies we see Frequently

  • Swollen tooth or cheek
  • Toothache
  • Infection
  • Broken, cracked or chipped tooth
  • Broken fillings or crowns
  • Severe sensitivity
  • Swollen gums
  • Severe jaw pain

What if my tooth gets knocked out?

If you or your child loses a permanent (“adult”) tooth, seek professional help immediately. Often we can re-implant the tooth if we see you right away. Immediate steps to take when your tooth falls out: rinse the tooth with water, do not touch the roots. Try to place the tooth back in the socket. If that is not possible, you may place the tooth in a container of milk, water or saliva to keep it moist. Then CALL US right away! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

Pain and Home Care

If you can’t access care immediately, here are some effective pain management and home care strategies until you can be seen in our office:

  • Sore teeth and gums may benefit from warm water rinses.
  • Heating pads for jaw pain and toothaches.
  • Ibuprofen can relieve mild pain.
  • Ice packs on the outside of cheeks for jaw or tooth pain.
  • Dental anesthetics: use as directed on the package.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.
  • Place cotton over sharp edged teeth to protect soft tissues of the mouth.

If you are in pain or have another dental emergency, we will do everything we can to see you the same day. Please call our office for instructions: New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024.

Employee Appreciation

Each year, we celebrate our dental assistants, patient care coordinators, office manager, insurance coordinator, lab technicians and dentists with a special event and gifts in honor of Administrative Assistants’ day (April 25th).

National Administrative Professionals’ Day is observed on the Wednesday of the last full week in April of each year. It is a day of recognition of the hard work and support that the members of our team provide! Our team is the backbone of our practice. They play an integral role in patient care and in keeping “the doors open and the lights on.”

To all of our employees, we offer our sincerest appreciation for everything that you do to help keep our team moving forward!

History of Administrative Professionals’ Day

This holiday was created in 1952 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer. Initially the event was called “Secretaries Week” with “Secretaries Day” falling on Wednesday, but in 1981 the day was changed to “Administrative Professionals’ Day” to incorporate all administrative team members in recognition.

Employee Appreciation is:

  • A day for appreciating all employee work
  • Expressed in a variety of ways, from rewards to verbal interaction
  • A great way to increase job satisfaction
  • A powerful motivator

Employee appreciation is important to us at Herald Square Dental, and that is why, on this day, we say an extra-big “THANK YOU” to each member of our team!

Check out our busy New York team getting hot stone massages because they deserve to be pampered!