Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center

Wisdom Teeth Aftercare

Having your impacted wisdom teeth removed is a serious surgical procedure, and post-operative care is extremely important! Read on for instructions on how to care for your sore mouth, and how to minimize unnecessary pain and complications.

Immediately Following Surgery:
Keep a firm, yet gentle, bite on the gauze packs that have been placed in your mouth to keep them in place. You can remove them after an hour if the bleeding is controlled. If the surgical area continues to bleed, place new gauze for another 30 to 45 minutes.

Do Not:
• Rinse vigorously
• Probe the area
• Smoke (hopefully you don’t!!)
• Participate in strenuous activities

You Can:
• Brush gently (but not the area)
• Begin saltwater rinses 24 hours after surgery (mix 1 tbs of salt with 1 cup of water).
• Make sure to swish gently. These rinses should be done 2-3 times a day, especially after eating.

Enjoy some down-time! Keep activity level to a minimum! Enjoy a day of couch or bed-rest, as being active could result in increased bleeding. Avoid exercise for 3-4 days, and when you do begin exercising again, keep in mind your caloric intake has been reduced so you may feel weaker. There are also some diet restrictions to keep in mind!

Avoid:
• Extremely hot foods
• Straws (for the first few days)
• Chewing (until tongue sensation has returned)
• Smaller foods that can become stuck in the socket area
• Skipping meals—while eating may seem like a lot of work, you need your nourishment to be able to heal and feel better!

Swelling is a completely normal occurrence. Keep in mind, swelling will usually be at it’s worst in the 2-3 days after surgery. You can minimize swelling by applying a cold compress (covered with a towel) firmly to the cheek next to the surgical area. Apply the pack with 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off for the first 24-48 hours.

Since no two mouths are alike, do not take advice from friends (even well-intended advice could cause a healing set-back). The advice given to you from your doctor and team are tailored to fit your needs. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery. Happy healing!

How to Take Care of Your Dental Implant

Cleaning and taking care of your implant is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Here are some things you should know about caring for your implant.

Your implant and your natural teeth are similar because they both rely on healthy tissue for support! Just like with real teeth, plaque buildup can be harmful. It’s important to remove that plaque because it can develop into an infection. If the infection isn’t properly treated, it can result in a loss of bone around the implant which could progress to the loss of the implant itself.

It’s important to get your teeth cleaned on a regular basis so your dental hygienist can get biofilm off your teeth and keep your teeth infection-free. As always, you should be brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day.

Dental implants are the closest thing you can get to real and natural teeth. They don’t require any special products or treatment, just a simple brush and floss will do the job! If they are properly cared for, they can last a lifetime, avoiding any further dental work down the road.

With a dental implant, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods. It will not loosen or fall out if you are chewing something hard.

Overall, dental implants are meant to make life better and easier! You don’t have to go out of your way to take care of them – a simple brush and floss will ensure that they improve your overall quality of life for many years to come.

If you think a dental implant may be right for you, call Herald Square Dental at 212-689-0024 to schedule a consultation!

The dentist-recommended way to clean your teeth and protect your smile and your health

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Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to clean your teeth? And when you slack off on your routine, one problem can cascade into other problems that could impact more than your mouth? Yes, plaque and bleeding gums can escalate into dangerous health problems like heart disease and preterm labor.  

So if you’d like to stay healthy and keep your teeth for a lifetime, heed these dentistapproved tips for a healthier, brighter smile. 

How to choose a brush

Patients often ask whether an electric toothbrush is better than a manual. 

Dentists agree that the best type of toothbrush is the one you like best and use. Electric toothbrushes with timers are particularly good for people who don’t brush long enough: Two minutes is recommended. In a National Institutes of Health study, oscillating toothbrushes removed slightly more plaque than standard electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes.  

If an electric toothbrush makes you brush longer or you just like it better, go for it. Just be gentle. A soft brush, a light hand and thorough coverage will go along way in keeping your teeth decay free. Brush at least twice per day. The longer bacteria blankets your teeth, the more damage it can do. 

Replace your toothbrush or brush head every two to three months or when the bristles begin to splay. 

Here are some tips for proper brushing. Your dental team will advise you if extra steps are needed. 

  • Tilt the brush to a 45-degree angle toward the gums.  
  • Keeping the brush at this angle, brush the surfaces, front and back and biting area, of each tooth. 
  • Brush using a circular motion. 
  • Brush your tongue to remove more bacteria. 

How to choose a toothpaste

The American Dental Association considers fluoride the most important ingredient in toothpaste. If your toothpaste has the ADA seal of approval, you’re good. Look at labels so you know what you’re getting, including checking for any ingredients you are allergic to. If you have frequent sores in your mouth, some research suggests sodium lauryl sulfate, which makes toothpaste foam, could be to blame. You might do better with a natural toothpaste. 

If you notice your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, a desensitizing toothpaste might help block pain. If the over-the-counter brands don’t provide relief, ask your dentist if you are a candidate for a prescription toothpaste. 

No need to waste toothpaste, either. You only need a pea-sized amount.  

Whether to whiten

Life can make our teeth less than sparkling white. Whitening toothpastes are an easy way to remove light yellow staining from coffee, tea, colas, wine, curry, red sauces, dark fruits, and artificially colored foods and drinks such as candy and slushies.  Whiteners won’t remove brown stains from trauma or those on crowns or veneers. 

Whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter bleaching strips and trays, and dentist-office whitening are options. It’s best to ask your dentist what kind of whitening procedure is best for you. 

How to floss

The ADA recommends cleaning between teeth daily. Though many people opt for waxed or unwaxed flossing string, some prefer dental picks or water flossers. Ask your dentist for recommendations and try several options until you find one you like best. Any of these tools will do the job, so choose the tool you’ll actually use. 

If you use dental floss, make sure you are using it correctly. 

  • With an inch of floss between your two hands, gently rock the floss between each tooth. 
  • When the floss gets to the gum line, curve it into a C-shape and then scrape down the side of each tooth. 
  • Floss the back of your last teeth as well. 

Whether to use a mouthwash or rinse

Though they’re not a substitute for regular brushing, therapeutic mouthwashes or rinses can be a helpful addition to your dental care routine. They help control or reduce bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to plaque, tooth decay and gum disease. Read the labels. If the mouthwash doesn’t kill bacteria, it may freshen breath and taste good but do little else.  

As a caution, if you find you are using mouthwash due to bad breath, tell your dentist. Bad breath can be a sign of poor dental health and other general health problems.  

How often are dental checkups necessary?

Even if you have a healthy diet, don’t smoke, and take care of your teeth, you still need regular dental checkups. Why? Because dentists and their diagnostic tools can see problems in the earliest stage, making treatment easier. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which can be reversible. However, untreated it can lead to periodontal disease.  

Wondering what the right interval is between dental checkups? Every year? Six months? Three months? 

It depends. Six months is recommended for those with a low risk of problems. However, your dentist may ask to see you more often, especially if you have problems with tartar buildup, decay and pain. Additionally, your stage in life could influence whether you need shorter intervals between checkups. For example, a study by the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western and Cleveland Clinic found that postmenopausal women may need checkups more than twice per year. So ask your dentist and keep those appointments. Your health depends on it. 

The renowned dentists at  Herald Square Dental  and  The Denture Center  help thousands of people each year restore their healthy smile. Well known for their warmth and caring, in addition to the quality, precision care that is their hallmark, Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center have been caring for patients for more than 40 years. When it comes to your smile,  an  experienced dental team  counts. 

 

—Laura Strom for  Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center

 

The above content was provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider for medical advice, or reach out to  Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center  to schedule an appointment. 

Why You Should Whiten Your Teeth

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Just like we all have different hair and skin color, people also have different teeth color. Some teeth are naturally more yellow than others, while some yellow with aging. Your natural tooth color can also be affected by many factors like:

Using tobacco (smoked or chewed)
Drinking coffee, tea, or red wine
Eating pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries
Accumulation of plaque and tartar deposits
The natural aging process

Because of this people often choose to whiten their teeth. Whitening your teeth can help boost your confidence and self-esteem but can also help if you want to cosmetically achieve a more youthful appearance, brighten your smile for s special event, or just simply reverse years of staining and yellowing.

Teeth whitening works very simply! The teeth whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

A patient interested in whitening has a few different options including stain removal toothpastes, in-office bleaching, at-home custom bleaching, or over-the counter bleaching products. Talk to your dentist before starting and see what the best way is to put the shine back in your smile!

Once you’ve completed a whitening treatment, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile:
Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and wine
Use a straw when drinking beverages to keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth
Eliminating tobacco because tobacco can cause teeth to become discolored

Before beginning any whitening procedure, be sure to consult with your dentist. Only he or she can evaluate whether you’re a suitable candidate for a particular treatment! These are just a few of the options you should consider when getting a whitening treatment. For more information on how we can brighten your smile with a teeth whitening procedure, contact our practice today at Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 !

When Should You Consider Dental Implants?

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Dental implants typically consist of three components: the post, the abutment, and the restoration. The post is a screw which is inserted into the bone. The abutment is attached to the post and the restoration is placed on top, giving the finished product a beautiful, realistic look.

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth, but when is getting a dental implant the best option for you? There are a few circumstances where receiving an implant might be the best option for improving your smile.

To restore and preserve your appearance
One of the main functions of dental implants is to restore a smile back to its original glory. They are built to last a lifetime, and last much longer than dental bridges. If you are looking for a permanent solution to damaged or missing teeth, dental implants are your best option.

To protect and preserve a healthy jawbone
Missing spaces in your smile can lead your jawbone to deterioration. Dental implants are the only option which will protect and save your natural bone. Waiting to get a dental implant can continue to increase the chances of your jawbone not being able to support dental implants in the future.

To stop your teeth from shifting
Losing a tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and look unnatural. These teeth can become crowded or can be shifted unevenly. This can cause your teeth to become harder to clean and can also cause your face to sag and appear sunken.

These are just a few of the instances in which you should consider getting dental implants. Dental implants are one of the most useful and successful restoration options available today. For more information on how we can restore your smile with dental implants, contact our practice today at Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 !

All There is to Know About Veneers

 

Everything about Veneers

If you are looking for a way to freshen up your smile, veneers might the perfect choice for you! Veneers are usually made from porcelain and bonded to your natural teeth. Below are some frequently asked questions about veneers and how they can change the look of your smile.

Why do people get veneers?

There are many reasons as to why someone chooses to have veneers. Often people choose to them due to being unhappy with their current smile. Worn, chipped, stained, or cracked teeth are all candidates for veneers.

How long do veneers last?

If veneers are taken care of, they can last well over a decade. However, depending on the type of wear on the veneers, they may need to be replaced sooner.

It’s important to practice excellent oral care in order to ensure veneers last longer. Also taking steps such as brushing, flossing, and avoiding excessive teeth grinding. All of these steps will allow veneers to last longer.

Veneers that are worn or chipped, will need repaired or replaced.

Are veneers noticeable?

Dentists take special care to ensure that the veneers match the patients existing teeth. They will be color matched to surrounding teeth, making them look as natural as possible.

How much do veneers cost?

Depending on the type of veneer and how many veneers wanted, the price will differ. Contact our office to learn more about veneers pricing and payment plans.

If you are ready to take your smile to the next step or have any additional questions, contact our office to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

The Dos and Don’ts of Good Dental Hygiene

Dos and Don’ts of Good Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene is important. Those who practice good oral habits reap the benefits, while the latter… not so much. Most of us have a great deal of control over whether or not we keep our teeth as we age. Those who don’t follow a proper routine, end up losing their teeth, thus requiring the need of tooth replacement (such as dentures, dental implants, etc.). If you want to achieve an optimal level of oral hygiene, all you have to do is follow these do’s and don’ts!

Do…
• Brush your teeth twice a day! Use a soft-bristled brush with a fluoride tooth paste and be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth, even the hard to reach places.

• Floss your teeth every day! Floss removes food trapped between your teeth and the film of bacteria that forms before it turns into plaque.

• Visit your dentist every 6 months! Regular visits allow your dentist to discover early signs of cavities and gum disease.

• Eat a mouth healthy diet! Indulge yourself in foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and of course, water!

Don’t…

• Forget to replace your toothbrush! Tooth brushes should be replaced every 3 month—or after you recover from being sick. If you have an electric toothbrush, replace the head rather than purchasing a whole new one.

• Brush too soon after eating! Brushing immediately after eating acidic food can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. To be safe, wait at least 1 hour.

• Go overboard with bleaching! Over-bleaching your teeth can make them very sensitive to hot and cold foods, thus causing a variety of other problems.

• Ignore pain or abnormalities! Toothaches can be a sign of a more serious dental issue. See your dentist as soon as you discover changes in your dental health.

• Consume lots of soft drinks and sugary foods! These foods are highly acidic, which wears away your enamel overtime. Frequent consumption of sugary substances allow plaque to grow more rapidly—thus the likelihood of cavities will increase substantially.

When it comes to your dental hygiene—you have the option between keeping your teeth or not. By starting to practice these dental do’s and don’ts, you will be on the right track to a long-lasting smile. Give us a call today Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024!

5 mouth healthy snacks that are delicious too!

5 mouth healthy snacks that are delicious too

Not all foods are created equal. Some can be good for you and some can cause detrimental damage to your teeth (EEK)! Below are a few snack ideas that are not only tasty and easy to whip up, but healthy for your mouth too.

1. Apple Cinnamon oatmeal:

Due to the high fiber and crunchy consistency, apples naturally clean your teeth. They can also help fight plaque buildup and remove surface stains from teeth. By removing traces of bad plaque and residue from the back of the tongue, apples also fight bad breath.
Cinnamon contains a natural plant oil, known as cinnamic aldehyde, that has shown abilities to destroy bacteria in your mouth. Coupled with the apples, cinnamon takes fighting bad oral bacteria to the next level.
Now for the oatmeal. Whole grains have been linked to a higher quality of periodontal health. This is why we recommend to load up on the oats! Whole grain foods, such as oats, barley, bran and brown rice, may indirectly improve oral health by improving the body’s ability to process blood sugar.

2. Carrots and celery snack pack:

Celery is nature’s toothbrush! It acts almost like a toothbrush by scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that give the health of your gums a boost. Dip in some ranch or spread on some low-sugar nut butter for a satisfying snack!

Like apples, carrots are crunchy and full of fiber. Eating a raw carrot at the end of the meal increases saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Along with being high in fiber, carrots are a great source of vitamin A.

3.Yogurt parfait:

Studies have shown that yogurt reduces hydrogen sulfide, the chemical associated with bad breath! It also helps reduce plaque and gingivitis. Next time you’re at the grocery store, stock up on some yogurt!

4.Green garden salad:

Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel, making them strong. They also contain folic acid, a type of Vitamin B that has numerous health benefits, such as helping the body produce and maintain new cells.

5. Trail mix with almonds, raisins, and dried fruit:

Crunchy almonds are high in calcium and low in sugar. They’ve been shown to lower blood sugar while simultaneously increasing the production of saliva. On the other hand, raisins contain powerful phytochemicals that fight off the bacteria that can cause gum disease and cavities. Dried fruit, like Cranberries or dried plums, have a similar impact, as long as you brush your teeth after eating them as they still have quite a bit of sugar. Put all these together and mix them all up for a healthy power snack!

It’s easy to eat mouth healthy snacks when they taste good too! If you have any questions about foods that are good for your teeth, give our office a call today! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

Did you know problems with your teeth could make your body sick?

Tooth decay is the most common disease among youth ages 6 to 19 and affects 90 percent of adults at some time in their lives. Decay is caused by bacteria that create an acid that eats away at enamel — the hard protective surface of teeth.

Even if you brush your teeth every day, dental problems can still occur. If the gums and areas between teeth are not cleaned properly, gum disease can begin.

Here are some examples of how tooth problems such as decaying, cracked or missing teeth and gum problems can affect your health and make you sick.

Decay

Did you know you can be completely unaware that a tooth is decaying? And once started, decay will not resolve without treatment.

If a cavity is not drilled and filled in an early stage, bacteria can enter the pulp of the tooth, leading to infection and pain. This abscess, or collection of pus, can spread into the bone, making your whole body ill.

Symptoms of decay include tooth sensitivity, pain when you bite or chew and dark spots on teeth.

Some foods are more likely to cause tooth decay than others. A few of the worst offenders include honey, soda, milk, ice cream, hard candy, mints, dry cereal and dried fruit. Additionally, people with acid reflux or eating disorders (vomiting) may notice enamel erosion due to stomach acid.

Complications of decay include pain, infection, cracked or broken teeth, chewing problems and tooth loss. In rare cases, infections can spread to the sinuses and even into the brain, which can lead to death.

Decay is preventable with good dental hygiene. A checkup and X-ray will help detect decay when it is easiest to drill and fill, protecting you from infection, sensitivity and pain.

Cracks

A cracked tooth is a welcome mat to tooth and gum problems and it can affect more than just your mouth.

Whether from chewing ice or hard candy, sport injuries, accidents or teeth grinding, or because the tooth was weak to begin with, cracks can happen at any age. When a crack occurs, you may notice pain when chewing or when eating something very hot or very cold. Pain may be sporadic, or you may not feel any at all.

Cracks in teeth can irritate the gums. Depending on the severity of the crack, there are different courses of treatment. If the crack is shallow, topping it with a protective crown might save the tooth. If the crack extends to the root, then a root canal is needed before the crown. This might save the tooth. However, if the crack goes below the gum line, then it’s likely untreatable and the tooth must be extracted. Should this happen, you will have options for replacing the tooth — either partial denture, bridge or implant.

Complications of a crack include easier entry of bacteria to the pulp of the tooth and under the gum, causing decay and even infection. Additionally, a cracked tooth that is left alone may eventually break, leading to the need for an extraction. Damaged teeth become missing teeth.

Missing tooth

If you can avoid having a sunken or drooping face, wouldn’t you try?

Though it may be tempting to leave a gap due to time and cost, especially if it is a back tooth, consider these ways a missing tooth can affect you.

If you choose not to treat, one complication is that a missing tooth can affect your face. Not only might your smile be affected, but also your bite and jaw might not be supported properly, which can cause your face to sag or sink. Additionally, missing teeth can affect your ability to speak clearly, make chewing difficult and affect your self-confidence.

Treatment for a missing tooth includes removable temporary denture, partial denture, bridge or implant. Your dentist will recommend the best options for your situation. If the tooth has been missing for a while, there may be bone loss that could affect your ability to get an implant or a bone grafting procedure may be needed before receiving an implant. A partial denture or a permanent bridge might be a better and cheaper option.

Gum disease

Do you have red gums that are slightly swollen and bleed sometimes when you brush?

This might be gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, which is reversible if caught in time. However, untreated gingivitis can lead to more serious gum disease. When plaque forms under the gums, irritating them, a chronic inflammatory response occurs and gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. As the disease progresses, the gums separate from the teeth, creating pockets that become infected, destroying tissue and bone. Without treatment, teeth can become loose and have to be extracted.

Certain medical conditions may increase the likelihood of gum disease, such as pregnancy or diabetes, as well as your lifestyle, such as smoking, stress or poor diet.

Periodontitis can cause complications in other parts of the body as well. Research indicates there is a link between gum disease and heart disease and stroke. Scientists believe inflammation is responsible. At the very least, gum disease can irritate existing heart conditions.

So what can you do?

Make a promise to yourself today that you’ll make dental health a priority, which can save you money and toothache … and contribute to your overall health.

  • Floss before you brush, every night.
  • Brush with a soft bristle toothbrush for a full two minutes.
  • Call the dentist if your gums bleed when you brush.
  • Rinse with mouthwash after brushing to remove more bacteria than brushing alone.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups (ask the dentist how often).
  • If you crack a tooth, call the dentist to try to save the tooth.
  • If you have a missing tooth, ask your dentist whether a partial denture or implant might be right for you.
  • Eat a healthy diet, low in refined carbohydrates and sugar.

A healthy smile leads to a healthier you.

The renowned dentists at Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center help thousands of people each year prevent tooth loss as well as replace their missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, Herald Square Dental’s mission is to provide you with treatment options to restore your healthy smile. Well-known for their warmth and caring in addition to the quality, precision care that is their hallmark, patients have relied on Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center for more than 40 years. When it comes to your smile, an experienced dental team counts.

 
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3 Benefits of Dental Implants

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

Missing a tooth? Meet your new best friend—dental implants. Before choosing to opt for a dental implant, it’s important that you understand the in’s and out’s of these replacement teeth and how they will benefit your smile. When replacing a tooth or a gap with a dental implant, you are not only giving your smile the perfect finishing touch, but also allowing yourself the normalcy of a full set of teeth. Below are three reasons as to why dental implants are the best tooth replacement option.

Lasts A Lifetime: Dental implants are made with a combination of titanium (yes, the same titanium used in airplanes and spacecrafts!) and jawbone that creates a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. This replacement tooth is able to withstand numerous years of regular wear and tear when paired with a proper oral hygiene routine that is consistent and thorough. This powerful replacement tooth (or teeth) is permanent—so you won’t have to worry about getting a new one anytime soon. To ensure that you keep your dental implants in tip top shape, take the initiative to clean your implants after enjoying any foods or drinks—just as you would with your natural teeth.

Can Prevent Gum Disease: By having a dental implant in place of a gap, you are able to prevent any debris or bacteria from being trapped within the crevices between your teeth and gums. In fact, a dental implant can give you the appropriate amount of space you need to maintain a daily brushing and flossing ritual, reducing the risk of irritation of your gums, like periodontitis.

Restores Chewing Power: One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is being able to fully chew and eat again! In fact, studies show that many patients fail to even find a difference between a natural tooth and a dental implant, as they look and feel just the same. With the ability to chew properly, you’re able to maintain a normal and healthy balanced diet (and life) by being able to eat a variety of your favorite foods.

When looking for a replacement tooth option, consider dental implants. Need more information or want to learn more? Give us a call at Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 to explore the next steps to regain not only your smile back, but your confidence too.