I’m Postponing Dental Treatment Because It’s Not Bothering Me

Brooklyn dentistDiscomfort from a toothache is a symptom that can identify a dental problem. But there are other indicators that you are dealing with dental issues that are easier to ignore, and the result can be much more costly than if you had just kept the appointment with the dentist in the first place.

For example, if your gums bleed without provocation, you could be experiencing the onset of gum disease. Left untreated, this can escalate into periodontitis which can lead to tooth loss. There are many other symptoms such as swollen, red gum tissue; chronic bad breath; teeth feeling loose; or gum tissue pulling away. Treatment is required at this stage to save your teeth. Prompt attention at the first sign of a problem would have been much easier.

You’ve been told you have a small cavity. You can’t feel it yet so you opt to get it filled at your next appointment. Very quickly that small cavity can grow allowing bacteria to permeate the tooth resulting in an abscess. You’re told the only action that can save your tooth now is root canal therapy. Costly and time consuming treatment could have been prevented if treatment had been rendered at the time of discovery.

Your wisdom teeth are impacted as there is insufficient space for them to erupt properly. You don’t have any discomfort, but your dentist has suggested you have them extracted as a pre-emptive measure. But it will require oral surgery and you don’t want to take the time. Over the next months you notice your teeth are shifting … those wisdom teeth are trying to find room to come in. So you end up having them extracted, and require teeth straightening as well.

You can experience tooth loss from trauma, decay, or disease; but if you don’t replace lost dentition in the belief that one or two missing teeth can’t hurt, you might be surprised at the result. Remaining teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; bone loss in gums where teeth are missing can result in appearance changes; and the inability to eat the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile with confidence can take the joys out of life we take for granted.

Postponing needed dental treatment can prove costly so follow your dentist’s recommendations to maintain great oral health.

Instead, schedule an appointment with our team today!

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A Healthy Smile and Healthy Body Go Hand in Hand

dentist BrooklynThere are many components that go into maintaining a healthy smile. The patient needs to brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste; floss daily; and visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam. But these are just the basics; there are many more things that can be done to keep both the smile and body in good health.

Research has concluded that oral problems and many health related illnesses are connected. One of the primary threads that link these issues is inflammation. Inflammation is actually the body’s response to an irritation. Left untreated, a minor irritation like a scratch on the skin may heal itself; but for many irritants, ignoring the problem can allow it to escalate from minor to chronic very quickly. You wouldn’t allow a major injury that threatens your health to go unattended; but problems with teeth and gums are serious as well and require professional attention.

Troubles with oral health often start due to negligence with daily brushing and flossing; inconsistent dental visits; poor diet; lifestyle such as tobacco or illicit drug use; inadequate rest; stress or anxiety; or a combination of these choices. These behaviors allow plaque to build up on teeth that can result in dental decay or gum disease.

Some of the symptoms of the onset of gum disease (gingivitis) include swollen, red gums; unprovoked bleeding gums; receding gum tissue; chronic bad breath; discomfort; and/or teeth feeling loose. Left untreated, these symptoms will likely worsen to the development of periodontitis. At this stage, the patient is facing tooth loss without immediate intervention.

A visit to the dentist can reverse many of the effects of gum disease, but it is up to the patient to follow the instructions given to maintain your oral health. Once periodontal disease has been diagnosed, the patient may require more frequent dental visits to prevent a reoccurrence.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will allow you to smile with confidence, eat the foods you need (and enjoy) for proper nutrition, and speak clearly without embarrassment.

A diet plentiful with fresh vegetables and fruit; water instead of sugary beverages; adequate rest; exercise; discontinuing or never starting tobacco use in any form … these are the basics that will contribute to better dental and overall health.

For more tips or to schedule a cleaning, call our office today!

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The Effects of Tobacco and Nicotine On Your Dental Health

family dentist Williamsburg NYIn the 1960’s the Surgeon General determined that tobacco (especially smoking) was hazardous to your health. Cigarette advertising was barred from television and radio; and a warning appeared on cigarette packs across the country. Lung cancer and heart disease were the primary concerns. But continued research has found tobacco use impacts dental health exponentially, which is why your family dentist continues to warn you about the effects of tobacco and nicotine on your dental health.

Whether you smoke cigarettes, a pipe, or cigars, the newest rage–e-cigs–or chew tobacco, the risk you impart to your dental health is major. Oral cancer, dental decay, gum disease, and eventually teeth loss are much more prominent problems for tobacco users than those who abstain. Serious risks tobacco users take include:

  • Oral cancer – The incidence of cancer of the throat, tongue, and soft oral tissues increases significantly for tobacco users.  Quitting tobacco or even decreasing its use improves your odds you won’t develop this dreaded (and potentially fatal) disease.
  • Cavities – Plaque and tartar growth on a tobacco users teeth is much higher; dental decay occurs when bacteria from plaque build-up permeates the dental enamel.
  • Gum disease – Gingivitis and periodontitis can occur for anyone, but tobacco users are more likely to develop these oral conditions that result in bleeding, swollen gums; chronic bad breath; and teeth pulling away from gums due to bone loss.
  • Tooth loss – Tobacco users face the likelihood that tooth loss is in their future. And bone loss eliminates dental implants as a solution due to inadequate jaw bone from smoking. 
  • In the event you must undergo any kind of oral surgery, healing is much slower.
  • Appearance – Teeth become stained and discolored.

Quitting a tobacco habit is not easy; there are nicotine patches and chewing gum to ease the transition. Your family dentist may help facilitate quitting by offering a smoking cessation program that can provide information and medication.

It is well documented how dangerous this habit is to overall as well as dental health, and nicotine is terribly addictive. The importance of never starting tobacco use can literally change your life, but it is not impossible to quit.

See your family dentist for assistance in quitting as well as information on the hazards of tobacco use.  This education could save your life. For more information, contact our team at Eurodental Studio.

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Help Your Teeth Age Gracefully With You

cosmetic dentist Williamsburg NYAging has many advantages … wisdom, experience, and life’s encounters can be very positive in allowing us to grow old gracefully. But pitfalls can occur that impact overall health … one of those setbacks is often controllable, and that is how we care for our dental health. Maintaining great oral health over the years may be rewarded with healthy teeth and gums later in life; but does that mean they will look beautiful? Maybe not, and that is where a consultation with a cosmetic dentist can enhance your appearance at any age.

As we age, teeth may have become stained; or maybe they are just drab. Teeth whitening may be all that is needed to lighten your dentition taking years off your appearance. There are many products on the market that promise to give you a dazzling smile. Let your experienced dental provider assess and recommend what is best for you.

Discoloration or stain, chipped teeth, or gum recession are often easily resolved with dental bonding. Your dentist will use a tooth colored composite to blend away stain, reshape chipped enamel or protect teeth where gum tissue has receded. The dental bonding material is the same type of resin used to repair dental decay, and it can be exactly matched to your tooth shade making these repairs virtually impossible to detect.

You may have worn away teeth leaving them uneven; one or more teeth may be misshapen; or you want to improve your smile without undergoing orthodontics. Veneers are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that are fabricated to match surrounding teeth that will be left untreated in shape, shade, and size. Veneers are simply cemented to the front of teeth you wish to improve.

Veneers are minimally invasive; and can be available in both a permanent or reversible treatment option. Lumineers do not require removing dental enamel to place.

Missing teeth can alter how you speak; limit what you are able to eat; and can be embarrassing when you’re out in public. There are different options for dental prostheses, but the one that is closest to having your natural teeth back is dental implants. You can restore your smile and eliminate any concerns about slipping or moving teeth. And you will be able to eat all the foods you love once again.

Your cosmetic dentist has a solution to improve your aging dentition, so call us today!

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Beware of a Highly Acidic Diet

dentist Williamsburg NYA daily diet of highly acidic foods can have a negative impact on overall health as well as dental health. Many people associate things like citrus as being highly acidic … is some cases they might be correct. However, many foods like meat, junk food (foods high in processed sugar and refined grains), and caffeinated drinks like soda all are highly acidic. In order to provide the best balance to enhance dental health, your dentist will recommend consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and more natural foods to offset the acids you consume.

Let’s focus on what can happen to your teeth when you eat and drink highly acidic foods on a regular basis. We have learned the primary source of dental decay and gum disease is plaque build-up.

Bacteria live on teeth; when you consume acidic foods the sugars and carbohydrates cling to bacteria already present on teeth. Throughout the day acids in the foods and beverages we’ve consumed just keep increasing resulting in plaque hardening on teeth. Over time that plaque can lead to cavities, gum erosion, and possibly even tooth loss.

Your dentist might discuss your brushing and flossing habits when you visit. But if you have developed and put into practice a daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste twice daily coupled with daily flossing, that discussion might be due to your diet. It might be time to try to offset those highly acidic foods with more natural, unprocessed foods.

A couple of helpful hints include:

Limit soda intake for overall health benefits, but if you do drink a soda use a straw. This allows much of the beverage to bypass your teeth.

Everyone appreciates a good snack, but review your choices. Candy and high carb foods like chips or cookies should be rarely eaten. Fruit, vegetables, nuts, or popcorn provides a more nutritious and healthier choice.

Try to maintain a better balance in the things you consume – maybe drink water instead of a soda, sugary beverage, or so-called “healthy” sports drink.

Make sure you are using a fluoridated tooth paste when you brush (at least twice every day). Daily flossing to remove what your tooth brush missed helps to keep gum tissue and teeth healthier.

See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam. If it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact our team at Eurodental Studio today.

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How can the appearance of misshapen teeth be improved?

cosmetic dentist GreenpointMisshapen teeth can occur for many reasons … overcrowding due to the jaw being too small to accommodate all teeth; grinding or jaw clenching which wears down dentition unevenly; premature tooth loss allowing remaining teeth to shift; a traumatic event that alters dentition; or manipulation due to overuse of a pacifier or thumb sucking. While some of these problems are inherited making them beyond our control, there are solutions that can correct or hide them. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will show you how.

Braces are used most often for children and teens to correct misshapen or misaligned teeth. When an overbite, under bite, or cross bite occurs, teeth appear crooked. This not only affects appearance, but dental health is put at risk. Misshapen or crooked teeth provide areas for plaque to build; this can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease.

The application of dental braces produces the result of shifting teeth to the correct occlusion. In the case of overcrowding, the need to extract permanent teeth prior to placing the braces is often needed. When the malocclusion is corrected, teeth are even and in correct alignment. Wearing a retainer is required to allow teeth to develop a memory of their new location and to prevent them from shifting back.

When teeth are uneven, chipped, ground down, severely stained, or have unwanted gaps between teeth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a faster solution … veneers. Veneers are wafer thin shells that are made to match your teeth in size, shape, and color. Veneers can be applied to one or multiple teeth.

The veneer process can be completed in a couple of dental appointments. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of teeth to be treated – this will allow the veneers to appear symmetrical with untreated neighboring dentition.

Impressions are taken; veneers will be fabricated at the dental lab. When ready to apply, they will be “tried in” to guarantee fit, comfort, and appearance. Small adjustments can be made at this time. Once they are perfect, they will be permanently cemented to the front of teeth.

Whichever avenue you choose to correct misshapen teeth, the final result will give your self-confidence a boost. With the proper care, you can enjoy your new smile for many years.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Eurodental Studio today!

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4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

family dentist Williamsburg NYHealthy teeth and gums not only help keep your smile bright, but your overall health can be impacted by your dental health. While visiting your family dentist every six months is a critical step in maintaining great oral health, there are several other things you can do every day as well.

Brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Brushing is an important step, but did you know there is a proper way to brush? You should use a soft bristle tooth brush; there is no need to use excessive pressure to clean teeth. In fact, scrubbing teeth can result in premature gum recession and worn dental enamel.

One way to clean teeth properly is to use an electronic toothbrush. The fast action of the bristles helps to remove food debris. You don’t need pressure … just guide the toothbrush around all oral areas. Another advantage of an electronic toothbrush is they come with a timer that lets you know when you’ve brushed the recommended two minutes each time you brush.

Floss your teeth every day. Dental floss comes in a variety of ways: waxed, flavored or plain, tape, flossed threaders and floss picks. Flossing every day will remove what your toothbrush missed between teeth. An added bonus is flossing correctly helps keep gum tissue stimulated.

Diet is important for oral health. Sugary snacks and beverages should be limited. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water are great options that will contribute to oral as well as overall good health.

Proper hydration is important. A dry mouth can contribute to many dental problems over time. Insufficient saliva prevents the natural flushing we need for oral health. If a dry mouth seems to be a chronic problem, your family dentist can recommend rinses that will help. If your dry mouth is due to medications taken, there may be a substitution available that will help.

Your family dentist has options available to assist you to stay decay free. Teeth not already impacted by dental decay can be treated with sealants that work to seal out the bacteria that contribute to decay. Fluoride keeps dental enamel strong, and fluoride treatments are available if needed. And of course, having teeth thoroughly cleaned and polished every six months will keep you looking great and your teeth healthy.

Call our team today to schedule your next appointment!

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Smile Makeover: What are my options?

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Enhancing your appearance by improving your dentition can be achieved in many ways. You can consult with our cosmetic dentist to see all the fabulous offerings that are available that can remake your smile.

Budgetary or time constraints are often given as reasons why a smile makeover may seem out of reach. But many cosmetic corrections once reserved for the well to do are now available to people everywhere. And very often a smile makeover can be achieved in a matter of a couple of dental visits. A few cosmetic problems and possible solutions include:

Stained or discolored teeth – Possibly one of the most economical ways to improve your smile is with teeth whitening. Drab, stained teeth can ruin your smile. Teeth whitening can lighten your dentition and help to eliminate the stains from food, drink, or lifestyle habits like tobacco use.

Missing teeth – If you have suffered from tooth loss due to decay, disease, or trauma your life can be dramatically improved if you supplant lost teeth with dental implants. This procedure involves placing titanium posts in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. While healing, bone in the jaw will integrate with the implant providing a solid base that will support a restoration that will look, feel, and act like your natural tooth did.

Dental implants allow the patient to enjoy all the foods they love without restriction, laugh with self-confidence without fear of slippage or tooth movement, and speak clearly now that teeth are again intact.

Misshapen, uneven, chipped dentition – These issues and more can be resolved with dental veneers. And porcelain veneers are available as a permanent solution; or you can select Lumineers which are veneers with the capability of reversing the procedure.

In either case, veneers are very thin shells that are affixed to the front of teeth requiring enhancement. You can correct one or multiple problems with veneers from deeply stained teeth to closing unwanted gaps between teeth.

Dark spots, chipped enamel, receding gums – Dental bonding uses a tooth colored resin material that your cosmetic dentist can apply to your teeth that can correct problem areas. It is malleable, strong, and can alter smaller areas of concern.

Whatever you feel is needed to enhance your smile, a consultation with your cosmetic dentist will outline the available procedures that can improve your appearance. Contact us at Eurodental Studio today!

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A Parent’s Guide to Infant and Toddler Dental Care

dentist in Williamsburg NYBaby teeth begin to form in the womb. At three or four months of age, teeth begin to emerge. Caregivers are responsible for the early years of dental care. When only a few teeth are present, wiping them with a clean soft cloth is ideal. Your baby should have their first visit with the dentist around the age of one.

There are a lot of months where the proper care can start your baby on a path to great oral health; or mistakes can be made that can be problematic. The positive steps include:

As more teeth begin to emerge, use a baby size tooth brush and age appropriate tooth paste to gently clean your child’s teeth. Never use fluoridated tooth paste as your baby does not know how to spit out the tooth paste; and you don’t ever want to risk your child swallowing a paste geared toward older children or adults.

At twelve months of age, take your baby for their first dental visit. This provides an opportunity for your dentist to do an examination to make sure your child’s oral health is on track. This is also a great time to ask questions and learn how to best support your baby’s incoming dentition.

The temptation to put your child down for a nap or at bedtime with a bottle of formula, milk, or juice should be resisted. When your baby falls asleep, they can have some of the bottle contents stay in their mouth for hours … this can lead to the formation of plaque on baby teeth. The only beverage baby should be able to take to bed is water.

Children learn best by example. Allow your child to watch you brush and floss your teeth. Your child will require hands-on assistance for years, but when you feel they are coordinated enough to try to brush on their own, encourage them to do so. However, this is a job that requires supervision for years … not only to make sure it is done, but to make sure it is done correctly.

Continue to take your child to the dentist for regular cleaning and check-ups. There are preventative measures that can be taken such as in-office fluoride treatments and dental sealants that can be placed on chewing surfaces to deter dental decay. A lifetime of smiles will be your reward.

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Common Causes of Tooth Wear

Brooklyn dentalWe use our teeth every day in ways we don’t consciously think about … speaking and chewing are the most obvious; but we put wear and tear on teeth in other ways. Brushing teeth too harshly or using the wrong kind of toothpaste can damage dental enamel. Nervousness or anxiety can result in grinding teeth.

Mindless chewing on a toothpick, pencil, or other inanimate objects can translate into daily minutes of putting stress on your teeth without giving it a thought. While a couple of minutes here and there don’t seem like a big deal, they can add up. And the result can mean loss of tooth structure, broken teeth, dental decay, and/or gum disease.

Do you chew ice, bite your nails, or use your teeth like scissors to open packages? These are all doing damage to your teeth. While all of these things are within our control, there are other concerns that may be more difficult to resolve. Illness and some medications can result in dentition damage.

If you have visited the dentist and had a tooth repaired, the restoration might be causing undue pressure on your ability to bite correctly. A malocclusion (a condition where the top teeth do not align properly with corresponding lower teeth), crooked or overlapping teeth, or misshapen teeth can alter how you chew producing tooth wear. Missing teeth can change how you bite as well.

Many of these situations can be rectified by giving more thought to how you treat your teeth. Eliminate the harmful habits; use the correct tools to brush daily (a soft bristle tooth brush and fluoridated tooth paste are recommended); floss daily; and visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning, polishing, and dental exam.

If you are grinding teeth, this will be apparent; your dentist may suggest a night guard be worn to help you stop. If straightening teeth is important to maintaining good dental health, orthodontics may be recommended. Missing teeth can be supplanted with some type of dental prosthesis. A poorly placed restoration can be adjusted.

Our permanent teeth are needed for chewing, digestion, speaking, and to help us look our best for our lifetime. Maintaining great dental health also contributes to good overall health.  Discontinue the things known to do dental damage; and initiate good dental habits to help eliminate unnecessary wear to teeth.

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