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Top 5 Reasons to Get Professional Teeth Cleanings

added on: February 18, 2015

Dental CleaningYou brush your teeth at home twice everyday, you floss at least once a day, so why is visiting my dental office in Sayville regularly so important? Professional cleanings and consistent checkups are crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth and body.

  1.  Money. Regular appointments and cleanings can help you save money. At each appointment, we focus on prevention and catching little problems before they turn into big problems. When small issues are left untreated, costly, time-intensive treatment is usually required.
  1. Whole Health. The health of your mouth is directly linked to the health of your whole body. This makes regular cleanings extremely important. Oftentimes, your dental team will recognize signs of a whole body issue first, which means treatment can start soon. The earlier we start treatment, the more successful it can be.
  1.  Oral Cancer. Cancer is a scary word, but oral cancer doesn’t have to be. When caught early, oral cancer is very treatable, but it has to be caught in the early stages. At every appointment, we check your mouth for an abnormal cells and work together to keep you healthy.
  1.  Cavities. Professional cleanings work to remove dangerous plaque from teeth. If left alone, plaque can lead to decay and cavities. Plaque can be removed with at-home care of brushing twice a day and flossing, but only a deep professional cleaning is successful at removing the really stuck-on stuff.
  1.  Bright Smile. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or other staining agent, your teeth can become tinted and less than your ideal shade of white. Professional cleanings can work away surface stains and get your teeth looking whiter. End with a polish and your teeth will be shiny, too.

Don’t put off your professional teeth cleaning any longer. Call my Sayville dental office as soon as possible. We’ll check your mouth for signs of problems and thoroughly clean your teeth for a smooth, healthy smile.

Serving patients from Sayville, Blue Point, Bayport, and surrounding areas.

The Connection Between Heart and Mouth

added on: February 4, 2015

Heart health monthEvery February, we place a lof of focus on hearts. There’s heart candy, heart shaped boxes full of chocolate, and we’re all about making our significant others feel loved. At my dental office in Sayville, we like all the things that go along with spreading the love, especially the heart. This February, take a second to put your heart first and learn about the risks associated with heart disease and the heart-mouth connection.

February marks American Heart Month and is a time to learn the ways to keep your heart, mouth, and body healthy. While many know the typical risks involved with heart disease, like smoking, a poor diet, and lack of exercise, a little known correlation between heart health is oral health.

The Mouth-Heart Connection

One of the biggest mouth-heart connections is related to gum disease. In fact, research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) states that those with gum disease are at increased risk for a heart attack. Additionally, many systemic or whole body diseases first show signs in the mouth. Heart disease is one of them.

If you have known heart problems, it’s crucial to let us know about it as well as any medications you’re taking. As an important part of your complete health care team, we can work with you to improve your oral health and your overall health.

Signs of Gum Disease

Regular dental appointments with your dentist in Sayville are crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth and are the first line of defense when it comes to gum disease and, in turn, keeping your heart healthy, too. Some common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Consistently bad breath
  • Chronic bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that appear to be pulling away from the teeth

If you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, or if any of the symptoms above relate to you, call my Sayville dental office as soon as possible. We’ll work with you to determine your risks, diagnose any current issues, and put together an appropriate treatment plan to keep your mouth and your heart healthy.

Serving patients from Sayville, Blue Point, Bayport, and surrounding areas.

Is Your Cough Medicine Making Your Teeth Sick?

added on: January 21, 2015

Cough syrup and your teethCoughs, stuffiness, colds, and the flu are at their peak this time of year. While we all try our best to keep germs away by washing our hands, avoiding other sick people, and exercising, there are times when catching the bug is basically unavoidable. At my dental office in Sayville, our goal is to help keep our patients’ oral and overall health in tip-top shape, and we’d like to share some surprising information about some of the medicine that’s meant to make you feel better.

 

Cough remedies like suppressing syrups or soothing drops help to ease your discomfort, however they not only have the traditional side effects like dizziness and queasiness that go hand in hand with any medication, they can also contribute to tooth decay.

 

The ingredients in many popular over-the-counter medications have been proven to lead to tooth decay and cavities.

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup & Sucrose

This duo of sugars is particularly dangerous to teeth. When these ingredients enter the mouth, bacteria begin to feed on them. This causes the sugars to break down into acids which are dangerous to the tooth enamel.

 

Alcohol

Alcohol reduces saliva production and may cause a mouth to become dry. In a normal mouth, quite a bit of saliva is produced every day – about 10,000 gallons in a lifetime! This saliva is great for the health of teeth since it helps wash away the dangerous sugars and acids that can lead to cavities.

 

So should you just suffer through the annoying symptoms of a cold? Not necessarily. There are a few ways to decrease your risk of cough syrup induced tooth damage.

  • Trying taking the medication as a pill instead of a liquid. This will greatly decrease or eliminate the duration of dangerous ingredients lingering on teeth.
  • Don’t take cough syrup right before bed. Saliva production naturally decreases at night, and since cough medicine also decreases saliva production, there is much greater risk for decay.
  • Take liquid medicine with a meal when saliva production is greater.
  • Brush your teeth after a dose of cough suppressant.

 

From all of us at my Sayville dental office, we hope you’re having a healthy winter. However, if this cold and flu season isn’t so kind and you find yourself under the weather, be careful  of how and when you take cough medicine, and keep your teeth healthy in the process.

 

Serving patients from Sayville, Blue Point, Bayport,and surrounding areas.

Dentistry of the Past… Way, Way Past

added on: January 7, 2015

Dentistry of the pastDentistry of the past differs drastically from what you’ve become accustomed to at my dental office in Sayville. There are now a multitude of options available: comfortable routine cleanings, painless fillings, aesthetically enhancing cosmetic treatments, all to get and keep your smile healthy. However, while dentistry has been around since at least 7000 BC., the level of care was extremely different.

 

Back in the day, the link between oral and total body health was not yet recognized. Dental care only occurred when there was already a problem, not before. Because of the lack of scientific information available, many civilizations crafted urban legends to explain tooth pain and devised excruciating treatments.

 

Teeth Worms

In 5000 BC., the Sumerians believed teeth worms caused tooth pain. It was widely accepted that the worms bored tiny holes through teeth, thus causing the pain. Some primitive dentists mistook the actual tooth root for a worm and extracted it (talk about painful!). Belief in teeth worms lasted until the 1700s when it was proven untrue.

 

Drill Like an Egyptian

Egyptians learned a lot about the human body from their practice of mummification. They figured out where things were, and developed methods for how to heal various problems, including teeth and mouth problems. The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus provides a guide for minor dental work available to early Egyptians. The guide shows evidence of drilling cavities and pulling teeth.

 

The Birth of Modern Dentistry

It wasn’t until sometime between 1650 and 1800 that dentistry as we know it came to life. French physician Pierre Fauchard, often called The Father of Modern Dentistry, developed many of the dental treatments we now use. Dental filling rationale was his brainchild, he helped link sugar to tooth decay, and his work  justified opening the first dental college in 1840.

 

Although dentistry of the past is frightening, the dentistry we perform at my Sayville dental office continues to improve and evolve with breakthroughs  in dental technology and treatment options. If you’re ready to experience dental care that’s designed to keep you comfortable, pain free, and healthy, give us a call today.

 

Accepting patients from Sayville, Blue Point, Bayport, and surrounding areas.

Awkward Dental Moments and How to Handle Them

added on: December 17, 2014

awkward dental momentsWe’ve all been there. We get home after an important business dinner, change out of our fancy clothes, head to the bathroom to wash our face and brush our teeth, we look in the mirror and… BAM! there it is. A piece of your sauted spinach side dish stuck right in between your two front teeth. You can’t help but slightly panic, “How long has that been there? Did everyone see it? Why didn’t anyone say anything?!” At my dental office in Sayville, we’d like to offer you some tips on how to avoid this post-meal worry, along with others, by fixing the problems when they happen.

What to do if There’s Food Stuck in Someone’s Smile

First and foremost, if you notice that one of your dining partners has a piece of food stuck between their teeth, it’s recommended that you politely and discreetly point it out. Nobody likes the feeling of seeing a food particle in their smile when they look in the mirror hours after the meal has ended, wondering why nobody told them. Help your tablemate avoid this fate by silently motioning to your own mouth while making eye contact. This is a great way to make them aware of the problem without causing unnecessary attention. They can then try several tricks to remove it with ease.

 

  • Swish with water. The active motion of moving water throughout the mouth can help loosen the stuck food particle and wash it away.
  • Chew sugarless gum. Sugarless gum is sticky and can work at removing lingering food just like a lint roller works on eliminating fuzz from fabric.
  • Floss. If floss is available, it’s the best option for removing anything that may get stuck between teeth. However, it’s best not to floss at the table. Politely excuse yourself and head to the restroom.
  • Paper towels. No floss? No problem. The corner of a folded paper towel can also work to unstick a piece of food from between teeth.

 

No matter which technique you use, never use tools that could damage teeth, gums, or your mouth. Avoid keys, pens, hairpins, wire, tweezers, or similar objects.

What About Bad Breath?

Bad breath can be caused by a variety of things, like a garlic-loaded dinner. When that’s the case, no problem. Just chew a stick of sugarless gum or pop sugarless mint. If neither of these options are available, water can help neutralize the bad breath agents on the tongue. Is bad breath more of a chronic problem, not just post-meals? It could be a sign of something serious and you should visit your dentist in Sayville as soon as you can.

With these tips in the back of your head, and a little pre-dinner stop for gum and floss, you’ll be ready to handle any awkward dental moment quickly and with ease.

Serving patients in Sayville, Blue Point, Bayport, and surrounding areas.

 

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