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National Ice Cream Month: Fun Facts About Your Favorite Summer Treat!

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Flashback to when you were a child
on a hot summer day, when all of the sudden you hear that magical jingle that captivated all of
our hearts; the ice cream truck! In the year 1984, President Ronald Reagan decided that from
then on out, the Month of July would be recognized as National Ice Cream Month! Because
really, what’s better than a big, cold, scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day? That was a trick
question—there is nothing better. Whether it’s vanilla, chocolate, mint chip, or pistachio,
there’s a flavor for everyone. Ice cream has that ability to brighten anybody’s day and for that,
we’re eternally grateful. With that being said, let’s celebrate this month by highlighting some of
the most fun facts about ICE CREAM!

#1: The best way to eat ice cream? In a waffle cone of course! However, it wasn’t until
1904 when an American ice cream vendor at World’s Fair in Missouri ran out of cups due to the
high demand of guests, so he quickly rushed on over to a local waffle vendor and asked him to
roll up his waffles so that they could hold the ice cream. The rest is history!
#2: Do us a favor really quick. Open your Freezer. Is there at least one form of ice cream
in there? There should be! In fact, approximately 98% of all U.S families have ice cream in their
homes at ALL TIMES! So, if your freezer is lacking, run to your local grocery store and pick up a
pint so you’re not the odd one out!

#3: Brain freezes…. Ice cream’s arch nemesis. A brain freezes is a short-lasting sensation,
normally lasting for about ten seconds, that often occurs when you eat or drink cold items in a
short amount of time. The most tried and true way to get rid of a brain freeze? Place your
tongue on the roof of your mouth and wait it out!

#4: Did you know one that one of the biggest ingredients in ice cream is AIR? That’s
right, air. Air is added cream to make the consistency lighter, while also improving the texture.
It’s often said that the amount of air added to the batch will determine the overall quality (the
more air, the cheaper the quality).

#5: Throwback to the year 1665, when the first documented ice cream recipe was
handwritten in a recipe book. The ingredients? Orange flower water, mace, and ambergris, also
known as whale barf. Let’s just say we sure are grateful for how far the flavors have evolved….
This month, we want you to enjoy all that ice cream has to offer. We challenge you to
try a new flavor that may be out of your comfort zone; who knows…maybe it’ll be your new
favorite. Give us a call at Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral
health!

Common Dental Implant Myths

Insecure about a missing tooth? Don’t be. With dental implants (link), 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 type of device, such as a dental flipper, dental implants are permanently embedded into the 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 it’s not as bad as it sounds. 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 Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 so we can discuss the next steps.

Smiling Is Good For Your Health

Have you ever considered how much you smile and what keeps you from proudly flaunting those pearly whites more often? We are in the practice of helping patients have their best smiles, and we want to do that for you, because smiling might be one of the very best, most effective things you can do to improve your health. Smiling has countless benefits for your mind, your body, and your overall well-being.

Smiling affects your brain.

  • Stress relief

    Every time you smile, neuropeptides (feel-good transmitters that fight off stress) in your brain are released, relaxing your body and lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. Make smiling be your go-to relaxation technique.

  • Pain relief

    Endorphins (more feel-good transmitters) are released from your brain to act as a natural pain reliever.

  • Anti-depressant

    Serotonin (even more feel-good transmitters) naturally lifts your mood without the side effects of prescription anti-depressants. So when you’re feeling down, try smiling instead of popping pills, and see if that improves your mood.

  • Heart health

    Smiling often leads to laughter, and when it does, your heart rate speeds up, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. So when you laugh, you’re also reducing your risk of heart disease!

  • Immune system booster

    Studies show that laughter (which, again, almost always begins with a smile) releases molecules in your brain that fight illness while, conversely, negative thoughts can bring down your body’s immunity. So turn the frown upside down, and it might just literally make you feel better!

Smiling affects your body.

  • Physical appeal

    A smiling person is generally perceived as someone who is relaxed and happy, confident and sincere, and therefore, more attractive than one who is not.

  • Longevity

    A 2010 study, using photographs of facial expressions to measure level of emotion, found a link between smile intensity and long lives. The bigger your smile, the longer your life!

Smiling affects your social life.

  • Kindness

    If smiling is contagious, your smile will bring a smile to someone else, altering his or her outlook. Do your friends a favor, and use your smile to cheer them up!

  • Relationships

    People are drawn to those who smile because they are seen as likeable and positive. And being likeable makes it simpler to develop and maintain friendships. Smile more and watch how your social circle expands!

So what are you doing to improve your smile? How are you striving to make it an object of confidence that you can share with everyone? There’s no doubt about it. Wearing a smile that you love is a worthwhile investment. It might just save your life!

Do not delay – smile away! Call us for a smile consultation today! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

    How To Care For Your Teeth When You’re Pregnant

    When you’re pregnant, there’s so much to think about! In fact, the mention of adding specific dental instructions to your already overwhelming list of to do’s may just tip you over the ever-encroaching edge. However, taking care of your mouth during your pregnancy is important for you AND your baby! You’ve got to do it, so let’s make it as simple as possible.

     

    First, continue doing what you’ve always done: regular brushing, flossing, balanced eating, and doctor visits. Keep on using toothpaste with fluoride. It strengthens your teeth while preventing decay, and it does not harm your baby. And keep on with your healthy diet, limiting sugary snacks while consuming plenty of calcium, which is good for your baby’s teeth and bones.

     

    But truth be told, everything is not same-o. Our bodies and hormones change during pregnancy, so here are tips for the 3 G’s you may run up against:

    Gagging

    Help! I’m gagging every time I try to brush my teeth!
    Don’t stop brushing!

    • Try using a soft small-headed, child size toothbrush.
    • Focus on your breathing.
    • Brush later in the morning when we are less apt to gag.
    • Don’t use toothpaste. (Smear some on your teeth when you are done and don’t rinse.)

    Gum disease

    Help! My gums are red, puffy, and tender!
    This is common, but be careful!

    • Attend regular check ups to keep your mouth healthy and lessen your chance of getting gum disease.
    • Brush and floss carefully to prevent plaque build up which leads to gum disease.
    • Ask your dentist about using a microbial mouthwash to reduce gum disease-causing bacteria.
    • Inform your doctor of any concerns. Delay in treatment of gum disease can lead to preterm and low birth weight delivery.

    Germs

    Help! I’m worried I’m ruining my teeth each time I vomit!
    The acid ridden germs in vomit can cause dental erosion and tooth decay, but there are things you can do!

    • Rinse mouth with water (and sometimes a teaspoon of baking soda).
    • Wait 30 minutes to brush, allowing enamel time to recover from the vomit-induced acid attack.
    • Attend regular dental check ups to keep your mouth healthy.

     

    Keep in mind that babies are born with no germs (decay-causing bacteria) in their mouths. Decay-causing bacteria is passed from parents and caretakers when spoons are shared, etc., so if you keep your teeth and mouth healthy, you will lower the amount of bacteria passed to your baby.

     

    Our oral health habits continue to directly impact our babies, during pregnancy and beyond. Taking care of our mouths and teeth while pregnant is so important that it should be as routine as an ultrasound. Remember that oral health is part of your overall health, so incorporate oral health care into your routine prenatal care today! Call us right away to set up a regular cleaning and maintenance check up! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait For Your Dental Implant

    clock sooner the betterYou need a dental implant, but you are reluctant to get started. We understand that there is some hesitation and life gets in the way. However, here are a list of reasons as to why you shouldn’t wait.

    1. Stop your remaining teeth from moving. Your teeth help keep everything in place. When you are missing a tooth, and have a gap, your teeth will start to shift to fill in that gap. That could cause not only uneven teeth, but teeth that are harder to clean and, in the end, that cost you more to fix.
    2. Save Your Jawbone. When you are missing a tooth, your jawbone slowing starts to deteriorate and shrink away. The roots of your teeth keep the jawbone stimulated to maintain the bone mass. The longer you are missing the tooth, the more the bone will disintegrate, making the implant process more difficult.
    3. The appearance of your face. Living without a tooth can eventually change how you look, especially if you suffer from bone deterioration. The longer you go, your skin could begin to make your cheeks sag, which will make you look older than you are.
    4. The way you speak. When you are missing a tooth, or teeth, it is difficult to enunciate words; you may sound like you have a lisp or simply begging to speak in an unclear fashion.
    5. Your overall self-esteem. Getting a dental implant will allow you to feel like your normal self. You won’t have to worry about how you look or how you sound. The implant looks and feels like a normal tooth. No one will know that you have an implant unless you tell them.

    These are just a few reasons as to why you shouldn’t wait to get your dental implant. If you are experiencing any hesitations or have further questions, contact our office. We are happy to ease your mind and get you on track to a beautiful smile. 212-689-0024

    Dental Check Ups: Why Making And Keeping Them Are Vital To Your Health

     

    What is it that keeps you from scheduling (and keeping) a dental check up appointment? For many of us, we feel fine, and maybe we subconsciously think “Why fix what’s not broken? I brush regularly and am an all around healthy person. I’m good.” Others know that something might not be quite right, but anxiety and fear of dental procedures keep us away. And then there are those of us who just don’t have the time or energy or money to squeeze in yet another appointment.

     

    No matter your reason for missing, whether it’s intentional or accidental, regular check ups are, hands down, one of the very best things you can do for your oral health and well-being. Here’s why dental check ups keep your teeth and gums healthy…

     

    Prevention and Maintenance

    The first part of a check up involves a full examination. We look for cavities, plaque, tartar, and gum disease. We check out your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck for swelling, redness or signs of cancer. Our skilled and experienced professionals are able to detect miniscule indications of decay and disease that the untrained eye would normally miss. A regular check up ensures that we identify potential problems and treat them appropriately before they’ve spiraled out of control and require more invasive procedures.

     

    Complete Cleaning

    Regular morning and evening brushing and flossing to remove plaque is critical to healthy teeth, but tartar build up cannot normally be removed at home. During dental check ups, we use special tools to more thoroughly clean and polish your teeth, removing stains and flossing areas between teeth. Professional cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy, and they are not usually painful. In fact, upon leaving our office, your smile will be fresh, confident and bright.

    Commit to maintaining a healthy smile by attending regular check ups, and start now by calling Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 today to schedule that next appointment!

     

     

     

    How To Whiten Your Teeth And Brighten Your Smile: Foods That Act As Natural Cleansers

    Everyone knows brushing your teeth twice a day is good, proper hygiene, but what if we could bump our good and proper to excellent and brush 17 times a day – without really brushing? And what if it whitened our teeth too? Spoiler alert: we can! Of course, we still must keep up our traditional morning and night routine, but this additional, alternative brushing is actually quite simple and, for those of us who like to eat, fun. There’s no need to excuse yourself to the bathroom again and again or stash toothpaste in your bag. The secret is in your garden, in your fridge, in the produce section of your favorite supermarket: raw fruits and veggies.

     

    It’s the crunch factor that turns these healthy snacks into serious scrubbers for our teeth. All we have to do is munch throughout our days, and like magic, we’ll be stripping away all those superficial stains that have piled up during our tea, coffee and wine binging. So if you want to brighten up those pearly whites, start by perusing the market bins and barrels for your favorite, fresh natural toothbrushes:

    • Carrots
    • Apples
    • Cucumbers
    • Celery
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli – also rich in iron, forming acid resistant film that coats and protects enamel

     

    It’s really a two-fer. These herbaceous plants are good for us AND their abrasive surfaces wipe away stains and even polish our teeth as we eat. What a bargain. Chomp away!

    Raw fruits and veggies are not only master brushers, but because they require vigorous chewing, they aid in stimulating saliva production. Why would we want more spit? It just so turns out, the more you salivate, the more you rinse your teeth. Brush and rinse, as you eat, in the comfort of the lunchroom. It’s that easy.

     

    We cannot live on fruits and veggies alone of course, so what other foods help produce saliva? Which foods are experts in triggering mouth-pools of sloshing goodness that wash away bacteria and food debris? You’ve got to look for foods with the following traits:

    • Spice – That which sets your mouth on fire will also heat up your salivary skill set: cayenne pepper, fennel, ginger, cardamom.
    • Strong– Apparently aged, sharp, intense, and hard cheeses are good for more than wining and dining: Gouda, Cheddar, Gorgonzola.
    • Bitter-tasting vegetables – Throw endive in your next salad.
    • Crunchy – Raw fruits and veggies seem to be popular around here.
    • Water – Of course. Celery has an exceptionally high water content, FYI.

     

    If you’re looking for more than a brush and rinse routine, these edible stain removers can wipe out the toughest of discolorations with their malic acid super powers. Malic Acid is an organic compound with many health benefits, but cleaning up stained teeth is one of its most popular. Added bonus: Malic acid stimulates saliva. More rinsing happening here.

    For best results, eat slowly and enjoy!

    • Strawberries
    • Apples
    • Nectarines
    • Cherries
    • Bananas
    • Peaches
    • Lychee

     

    Another bad boy in the stain-removing department is Bromelain. This small but mighty compound is found only in pineapples and contains an enzyme that is used in stain removing toothpastes to break up plaque and discoloration. If au naturel is more your style, skip your trip to the drug store and go straight to Hawaii. Or your local supermarket. Eat pineapple whenever you can.

    • Pineapple

     

    So whether you’re hoping to maintain your bright white smile or lighten it up a bit, a simple change in your diet could make all the difference. You may really be what you eat. And your teeth will tell the tale.

     

     

     

    Make A Difference on the Scale and in Your Mouth

    difference foodOne of the biggest topics that people buzz about is losing a few pounds and making healthier decisions when it comes to food. But did you know that making those changes could not only make a difference on the scale but also in your mouth?

    Here are 3 food tips that bring benefits to your body and your mouth.

    1. Meal Planning: When you’re meal planning, you are taking the time to choose healthier options. You won’t be wondering what your next meal will be and you won’t be choosing fattier, sugary foods. Keep in mind when you are planning to always have a protein, vegetable and grain. You will find yourself eating a fully balanced and healthy meal and saving money by not eating out.
    2. H20 on the Go: you might have chosen the soda over water, but lately, flavored water is the trendy choice. You can buy flavored water or create your own. Cut up some fruit like lemons and strawberries, add those to your water and let it sit overnight. The next day you can grab this flavor-packed water and not feel bad while drinking it. Not only are you staying hydrated, but you aren’t consuming all the sugar that comes in one can on soda.
    3. Snacking Smart: We all love to snack, but you may find that during your snacking time, you tend to choose unhealthy options. Surround yourself with healthy snacks that you won’t feel guilty about eating after and snacks that you will enjoy. Cut up some veggies on the weekend and create snack packs that are easy to grab on the go. Hard-boil some eggs, cheese sticks, individual yogurts, a variety of nuts, the list could go on. Mix and match and make different snack packs. If you are surrounding yourself with better choices, then you will be more likely to eat them!

    These three tips might not seem like a big difference, but in the end you will notice that you look and feel healthier. Not only will your body thank you, but so will your mouth. If you have more questions about what foods are good for your body and your mouth, contact our office at 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!

    Velscope Advanced Oral Cancer Screening Special


    With Velscope advanced oral cancer screening, our dentists and hygienists can visualize dysplastic cells before they become cancerous. This is the key to helping us save many lives. By having your Velscope exam every year, we can catch problems early, because once a lesion is visible to the naked eye, it is potentially already malignant.

    In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April), we are offering Velscope Advanced Oral Cancer screenings for only $46 (that’s more than a 50% discount!) New patients can combine this with other new patient special offers, and new patients and returning patients may continue to have 50% off on every Velscope exam for life as long as they come in for it annually along with their checkup and cleaning.

    Please schedule your Velscope appointment before May 15th, 2018 by calling us at Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024!