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Why Should you Visit Your West Sayville Dentist Regularly?

added on: December 10, 2013

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In order to maintain a healthy mouth, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist at least twice a year, and we agree. All of us at the dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi in West Sayville want to express the importance of visiting us at least every six months for optimum oral and overall health.

When you maintain regular visits with your West Sayville dentist, you can avoid certain dental issues like tooth decay and swollen gums. While these may not seem problematic at first, they can lead to other major dental problems such as gum disease, abscesses, and sometimes even tooth loss if left untreated. During biannual visits, we not only conduct a thorough cleaning, we can also help diagnose any lurking problems and treat them before they become dangerous to your smile, and your health.

Many dental issues can lead to other serious health conditions like strokes, heart disease, and even certain cancers. Regular dental visits help prevent these scary health problems with early diagnosis and treatment. At your six month checkups, we’ll look for gum disease, oral cancer, evaluate your bite, and perform other preventive screenings. If you’re at higher risk for gum disease or decay, we’ll often recommend that you make appointments more frequently than every six months.

Don’t wait for dental problems to creep up on your or cause serious health problems. Be proactive with your health and call Dr. Richard Sigismondi in West Sayville to schedule an appointment today. We’d love to meet you and help keep your smile, and your body, healthy.

Is Flossing Really That Important?

added on: November 25, 2013

Woman Flossing Her TeethAt the dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi in West Sayville, we hear this question often, “Is flossing really that important?” The short answer is, “Yes, flossing is that important.” And here’s why.

Flossing is a crucial part of having a healthy mouth and healthy gums. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends daily flossing in order to achieve optimal oral health. By properly flossing, you’re able to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria that forms between teeth, something that brushing alone can’t do.

While brushing is a very important to the well being of your mouth, to get the healthiest mouth possible, it should be paired with flossing. A proper brushing-flossing combination reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease, and makes your West Sayville dentist very happy!

Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums

  • Floss before brushing your teeth

  • Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion

  • Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline

  • Repeat on the opposite tooth

  • Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each set of teeth

  • Finish up with a proper brushing

Even if you brush twice a day and floss daily, it’s still important to maintain regular visits to your dental office in West Sayville. Due for a checkup or professional cleaning? Don’t worry. Call Dr. Richard Sigismondi today to schedule your appointment today.

Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

added on: November 8, 2013

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For most people, brushing their teeth is simply something they do. It’s ingrained into their routines. They wake up, brush, go about their day, brush, go to bed. The fact that they’re brushing should be good enough, right? At Dr. Richard Sigismondi’s dental office in West Sayville we don’t think so, and you shouldn’t either.

Brushing your teeth isn’t so much about whether or not you do it — although that is pretty important — it’s more about how you brush.

By correctly brushing your teeth, you’re effectively removing plaque, tartar and bacteria, which protects your pearly whites from cavities, gum disease and a variety of other dental problems. Proper brushing also helps keep your teeth free of dangerous surface abrasions and can aid in keeping your gums healthy.

To correctly brush your teeth, it’s important that you follow some basic rules.

  • Brush at least twice a day

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush

  • Aim the bristles at a 45-degree angle

  • Use a soft, circular motion instead of a horizontal “scrubbing” technique

  • Clean every surface of each tooth, including the front, back and chewing area

  • Be sure to brush your tongue each time as well

Practicing optimal brushing techniques is sure to help protect overall oral health. However, it’s still very important to maintain regular visits to your West Sayville dentist and get professional cleanings as recommended. If you’re due for a cleaning or checkup, call Dr. Richard Sigismondi to schedule an appointment today!

Choosing the Right Toothpaste for Your West Sayville Smile

added on: October 15, 2013

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Choosing a toothpaste for you and your family isn’t as easy as it used to be. With so many options to pick from, how do you know if you’re using the right toothpaste? From fluoride to tartar control, whitening to easing tooth sensitivity, the multitude of options is confusing. But don’t worry, the West Sayville dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi wants to go back to the basics and explain what you should look for.

When choosing a toothpaste for you and your family, you should first narrow your search by looking for products with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. The ADA seal means that the product is safe and it does what it claims it will do. ADA approved toothpastes have undergone clinical studies by the association and the claims, whether it’s cavity fighting or tartar control, are backed by scientific findings.

Besides looking for the ADA’s approval, the most important component of a toothpaste is the ingredient fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to protect tooth enamel from decay and is crucial to maintain a healthy mouth. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%.

In addition to fluoride as a key ingredient to the best toothpastes, flavor is also important. While there are no real clinical benefits to certain flavors over others, it is important to like the flavor of your chosen toothpaste to encourage brushing twice a day.

Whether you choose a cavity fighting, tartar controlling spearmint toothpaste or opt for one that helps with sensitivity, using the right toothpaste is only part of maintaining a healthy mouth.

While using a fluoride infused toothpaste twice a day is a great at-home routine, it’s also very important to keep up with regularly scheduled professional cleanings and checkups. The West Sayville dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi can help get your smile back to health and keep it that way. If you’re due for a checkup or dental cleaning, give us a call today to schedule your appointment.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush in West Sayville

added on: October 2, 2013

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Walking down the toothbrush aisle at the local supermarket can be an overwhelming experience – especially if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. When choosing the right toothbrush for your smile, there are a few important characteristics to take into consideration other than simply your favorite color or the one that’s on sale. At the dental office of Dr. Richard Sigismondi, we want to go back to the basics and discuss a few of the things you should look for when buying your next toothbrush.

Size and Shape

The size and shape of your toothbrush is a good starting point when choosing the ideal toothbrush for you. The head of the toothbrush should easily fit into your mouth without any strain or discomfort. The toothbrush should also fit comfortably in your hand and should feel as natural as holding a fork.

Bristles

The bristles of your toothbrush are also important and should be taken into consideration. While many people tend to think that harder bristles will be better for cleaning teeth, it is, in fact, the opposite. Hard bristles can irritate the gums and even damage teeth. Our dental office in West Sayville prefers and recommends soft-bristle toothbrushes.

Manual or Powered?

According to the American Dental Association, both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective and thorough at cleaning your teeth. However, some individuals have difficulty using a manual toothbrush to successfully reach all areas of the mouth and find that powered toothbrushes are easier and more comfortable.

Whether you decide on manual or powered, it’s ultimately more important to make sure that your toothbrush is easy to use and that you’re comfortable with it. Dr. Richard Sigismondi also recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and to visit our West Sayville dental office regularly for professional cleanings and exams.

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