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Diet Soda Can Cause as Much Tooth Damage as Meth

added on: June 11, 2014

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We all know that sugary drinks like soda aren’t the best for your smile. And in an attempt to avoid the sugar, calories, and caffeine in regular sodas, we often turn to diet soda to quench our thirst. However, at my Sayville dental office, we want you to understand that even these sugar-free drinks can be just as bad, if not worse, for your teeth.

In fact, a study conducted in 2013 and published in the Academy of General Dentistry journal, General Dentistry, showed that excessive consumption of diet soda can have the same effect on your teeth as using illegal drugs like methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

In the study, the damage in the mouths of three individuals – a current methamphetamine user, a former cocaine addict, and an excessive diet soda drinker – was compared. The results showed that each of the mouths experienced similar damage, including tooth erosion, caused by high acid levels.

Soda, regular or diet, is highly acidic. And so are the ingredients in illegal drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine. The more food, drinks, or anything else with high amounts of acid that we put into our bodies, the more damage will be caused. Without tooth enamel, we’re more susceptible to cavities, sensitivity, discoloration, and damage. For this reason, I not only encourage everyone at my dental office in Sayvilleto put the soda down and drink more water, but also to keep up with regular dental appointments.

If you’re addicted to soda, already have damage caused by excessive intake of soda, or even have damage caused by past drug use, it’s time you see your dentist in Sayville. We can monitor your habits and make recommendations on how you can get your smile healthy and looking the way you want it to.

Cancer Diagnosis? See Your Dentist in Sayville.

added on: June 4, 2014

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Cancer is a scary word and a diagnosis none of us want to hear. But if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, seeing your dentist in Sayville before starting chemotherapy is a crucial step toward a successful treatment.

While chemotherapy helps treat cancer, it also causes several side effects to the rest of your body, including your mouth. In fact, some of the oral health problems associated with chemotherapy can actually cause a delay or stop in treatment. Clearly, when you’re dealing with something as serious as cancer, it’s never ideal to stop treatment. This is why I recommend visiting my dental office in Sayville at least one month prior to beginning chemotherapy.

How Does Chemotherapy Affect Your Mouth?

Since chemotherapy kills cancer cells, it’s often the treatment of choice. However, it can also cause harm to normal cells in the body and mouth. Side effects in the mouth can be serious and can include pain; difficulty talking, eating, and swallowing; dry mouth; or burning and swelling of the tongue. You’re also more likely to get an infection in your gums or in the moist lining of your mouth. When undergoing cancer treatment, any infection can be extremely dangerous.

How Does Seeing a Dentist Help?

Your dentist in Sayville is an important part of your cancer treatment and can help keep dangerous side effects away. Often times, the oral side effects from cancer treatment occur in unhealthy mouths, and while not all side effects can be avoided, the healthier your mouth is the more likely the side effects can be avoided and treatment can continue as planned. Ideally, it’s best to schedule an appointment at my Sayville dental office one month before cancer treatment begins.

When you visit, my team and I will perform an in-depth exam, clean your teeth, and take care of any mouth problems we may find. We’ll also discuss the best way for you to care for your mouth at home to prevent side effects.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer please give my dental office in Sayville a call as soon as you can. Our mission is to provide compassionate, quality care to allow for the most successful treatment possible.

Stressed? Your Oral Health May be at Risk.

added on: January 23, 2014

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We all get stressed. It’s a part of life. And while we’re all familiar with what stress does to our bodies –anxiety disorders, panic attacks, irritability – our mouths can also be affected by stress. In fact, researchers have found a significant link between stress and certain oral health conditions. At the West Sayville dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi, we’d like to talk a little bit about why staying calm isn’t just important for your mind and body, but why it’s also crucial to the health of your mouth.

Stress can cause us to grind our teeth at night, and sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Nighttime tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can lead to tooth damage and even problems with your TMJ (jaw) joint.

Additionally, several studies have confirmed that long-term stress affects our immune systems which can increase our susceptibility to infections. This is especially concerning for your West Sayville dentist as a lowered immune system can increase your chance of periodontal disease.

Dry mouth also often results from conditions caused by stress or can be a side effect of some medicines used to treat depression and other diseases. Dry mouth may sound like it’s just uncomfortable, but it can actually lead to a chronic sore throat, difficulty swallowing and speaking, and can even increase the risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth infections.

Although avoiding all stress isn’t possible, learning to handle it and relieve it in healthy ways can help keep your mouth, and your body, in good shape. However, if you have, or even think you have, any of the conditions or symptoms we discussed above, don’t hesitate to call the dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi in West Sayville. We can discuss what’s going on in your mouth and work together to fix it.

New Year, New Smile!

added on: January 10, 2014

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The beginning of a new year is when we say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new, make resolutions, and get a fresh start. Maybe you’re resolving to work out more, spend more time with your family, or finally get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. While we can’t help you with all of your resolutions, the West Sayville dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi would love to help you get that superstar smile.

Nobody should hide their smile from world. Especially when there are ways to straighten, whiten, and perfect it. Through cosmetic dentistry, we’re able to transform your smile from something you hide to something you’re proud of.

To us, cosmetic dentistry isn’t only about focusing on making smiles beautiful (though that is really important!), we also place importance on making people happy, more confident, and proud. Whether through the use of veneers to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, with a professional whitening to brighten your smile, or a complete smile makeover, our West Sayville cosmetic dentistry options are sure to get you smiling.

If you’re ready for the New Year and for your new smile, give Dr. Sigismondi a call to schedule your appointment today. We’ll discuss your desires and the best cosmetic dentistry options for you. There’s never been a better time to start fresh!

To Whiten, or Not to Whiten? Ask Your Dentist in West Sayville!

added on: December 24, 2013

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Sometimes our pearly whites can lose their luster and become less than our ideal shade of white. It’s natural, and anything from wine to berries can cause it. If your smile has become a bit dull, you may have been considering teeth whitening. But with so many choices, how do you know which is best for you? You start by talking with http://www.sayvilledentist.net/about-us/!

West Sayville dentist Dr. Richard Sigismondi wants to urge all who are interested in whitening their teeth to speak with us first. While whitening may seem like a harmless, simple task, there are a variety of things to take into consideration.

Over-the-counter options may be appealing because of their price tags, but they can also cause damage, and sometimes, even pain. The bleaches used in teeth whitening can damage the gums and other soft tissues inside your mouth, causing mouth sores and discomfort. Since the trays that are often found in drugstore kits are not custom fitted to your teeth, it’s possible for the whitening solution to sit on your gums for a prolonged period of time and cause irritation. Additionally, if you’re already experiencing, or are at risk for sensitive teeth, unsupervised drugstore whitenings can exacerbate these complications.

So does this mean you need to avoid a crisp, white smile forever? Not necessarily. If you come to visit us first and discuss your desires, we can suggest the best option for your teeth or even perform the whitening for you in our office. Sometimes we may even recommend a different option like veneers or bonding. Take the first step to a bright, white smile. Call our West Sayville dental office to schedule an appointment today!

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