Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center

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!

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!

Tips to Maintain Your Bright White Smile 

whiten teeth

If you have recently whitened your teeth and are looking for ways to keep your teeth bright and white, there are a few easy steps you can take to keep stains at bay.

Avoid Staining Food and Drinks

One of the most important things you can do to prevent tooth discoloration is to avoid eating and drinking foods that can stain your teeth. Foods such as pasta sauce, dark berries such as blueberries and drinks such as coffee, tea and red wine all havethe ability to stain your teeth.

Use a Straw

Using a straw when you drink will keep liquids away from your teeth. If you cannot stop drinking your morning coffee, try drinking with a straw to limit its contact with your teeth. If you are unable to use a straw, drink water after drinking staining beverages to wash away any potential stains.

Quit Smoking

Not only is it good for your health but also for your teeth! Teeth are naturally porous, and the nicotine and tar present in cigarettes build up in the pores, causing significant tooth discoloration over time.

Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing your teeth is also important in maintaining your pearly whites. Brushing your teeth after eating and drinking staining foods will help deter stain-causing plaque from sitting on your teeth too long and causing damage.

Take the Steps Towards a Whiter Smile

While doing the above steps will help prevent your teeth from staining, you may want to consider professional whitening treatments to keep your teeth vibrant and white. A whitening toothpaste and mouthwash can also help to keep your teeth white. Herald Square Dental offers Zoom and other whitening options, give us a call if you want to learn more!

If you want a bright, beautiful, confidence-enhancing smile, contact our office at 212-689-0024 to learn more about teeth whitening!

The Easter Bunny Brings Sugar—And Cavities

easter egg basket - candy and teethWhen people think of holidays that promote the consumption of sugar, they often think of Halloween and Christmas—but what about Easter? Now that Spring is in full bloom and the Easter bunny is rapidly approaching (or should I say hopping?), it’s important to keep your children’s oral hygiene at the forefront of your mind. Although it may be tempting to let your children indulge in special Easter treats such as chocolate eggs, jelly belly’s and sugar-coated marshmallows, it’s best to try and set a limit so that their teeth don’t get too harmed in the process.

Believe it or not, tooth decay in young children that is left untreated is one of the most common oral hygiene cases in our society today. Don’t fret yet though, as there are various ways one can help aid the negative effect sugar has on your children’s teeth. The first, and most obvious, is done by simply brushing your teeth. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends using a toothpaste with fluoride, otherwise known as nature’s cavity fighter. Fluoride does an eggs-cellent job at preventing tooth decay by making the teeth more resilient against acid attacks and plaque buildup from sugar. Another good tip (if your kids are old enough) is to encourage them to chew on some sugar-free gum. Chewing gum actually increases the production of saliva, which in return weakens the acids in your mouth that can eventually cause tooth decay.

If you instead decide that you want to avoid the hassle from all the sugary temptations this Easter Holiday, we recommend replacing the treats with healthier alternatives, as this is the easiest and most efficient way to avoid untreated tooth decay in children. Snacks like fresh fruit and granola bars can make great and delicious replacements. As always after a holiday like Easter, we recommend booking an appointment with your dentist to keep both your teeth and your children’s teeth, not only healthy, but happy too.

Have a Hoppy Easter!

Passover Guidelines to Eating Healthy

passover guidelines, passover foodWhen we think of holidays, we think of food. Food is the best part of holidays, and Passover is no exception to this! Herald Square Dental wants to make sure you’re eating healthy and tooth-friendly foods this Passover.

Matzo is the main staple food for Passover, and there does exist healthier alternatives! One Matzo contains the equivalent of two slices of bread. Before you go heavy on the Matzo, you may want to consider buying a light Matzo, which contains 2/3 the calories of regular Matzo.

That being said, there are a lot of healthy food options for Passover. Here’s some healthy Passover foods to eat:

  • Light meats such as chicken or turkey
  • Gefilte fish
  • Eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes or yams
  • Light Matzo
  • Nuts
  • Olive or grape seed oil and vinegar
  • Greek yogurt

As well as some Passover foods to stay away from in order to continue your healthy eating:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Potato latkes

While you can take the steps to make sure you’re having a healthy Passover, foods related to Passover are healthy in general. Eggs, Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish, Horseradish, and wine all have their added health benefits. Eggs are a good source of protein and have Vitamin A and D. Chicken Matzo Ball Soup contains chicken stock and vegetables, which are also high in protein and vitamins. Gefilte fish contains protein and vitamins and minerals such as zinc and potassium. Horseradish, another staple food item for Passover, is a low caloric food and contains vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Lastly, the wine! Red wine is known to have added benefits for your circulatory system, in minimum amounts of course.

While you’re eating healthy for Passover, you can also make other healthy decisions. Take a walk with your family and/or friends after a heavy meal, or just because! A short walk around could be the perfect opportunity to appreciate the people that are close to you and get some exercise while you’re at it.

References:
https://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/how-to-eat-healthy-at-passover-seder.html

https://www.health.gov.il/English/Topics/FoodAndNutrition/Nutrition/brochures/Pages/Passover.aspx

St. Patrick’s Day Dental Emergencies

men cheers on st paddys dayWith St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Herald Square Dental wanted to remind you to stay safe and drink responsibly! Did you know that emergency dental visits dramatically increase after St. Patrick’s Day? Typically, this is due to the heavy alcohol consumption associated with the holiday, as people are more likely to fall, injure themselves or get in a bar fight while intoxicated. We recommend taking it easy on the Guinness this year, as to avoid such accidents! You can still have fun and keep your teeth intact while drinking safely.

A study conducted by Sikka Software found that dental related emergencies increase as much as 64% in the United States. Specifically, in New York, the increase of emergencies goes up by over 50%.

One of the most common dental injuries after a holiday such as St. Paddy’s is a missing tooth. Herald Square Dental offers procedures such as dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. (link to pages), which can replace said missing teeth!

We hope you have a safe St. Patrick’s Day, but if the luck of the Irish is not with you and you need to make an emergency dental appointment, please give Herald Square Dental a call!

5 Tips for a Healthier Smile

woman smiling with fruitSometimes we skip a tooth brushing every now and then, which may seem like no big deal. While, in the grand scheme of things, it may seem like missing a tooth brushing here in there isn’t the end of the world, it may lead to unhealthy dental habits, which eventually could result in serious dental damage! By adopting healthy, regular dental habits, you can lower your chance of tooth decay and cavities. Here are some helpful tips towards a healthy, happier smile!

Brush and Floss Regularly:

You should brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once. If you want to have impeccable oral hygiene, you may also brush your teeth after each meal or snack. If brushing isn’t a post-meal option for you, thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water will help as well.

Use Mouthwash:

Using mouthwash twice a day after brushing is a great way wash away leftover bacteria and give your mouth that super clean feel.

Eat Tooth-healthy Foods:

Believe it or not, there are certain foods that are good for your teeth and will help to strengthen them and fight against bacteria and plaque build-up. Some foods that will benefit your dental health include but are not limited to: fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, unsweetened coffee, tea, and sugar-free gum.

Make Routine Dental Visits:

Professional teeth cleanings and dental check-ups should be scheduled for every six months. If you have a history of dental issues, or if you know you need special attention, visiting your dentist more often than every six months may be best for you.

Consider Dental Sealants:

During your next dental visit, ask about dental sealants. Dental sealants will seal up small grooves and nooks in your teeth, preventing bacteria build-up in those hard to reach places. They can also help prevent tooth decay and can last up to ten years with proper dental care!

If you have any questions about your oral health, please give us a call at Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024.

Time to Manage Your Dental Care!

how to manage dental careFebruary is Time Management Month, and we wanted to take this opportunity to demonstrate how you can best manage your dental care visits. Herald Square Dental understands life in NYC is busy, and it can be difficult to effectively schedule and attend your dental appointments. Preventative dental visits are quite affordable and not at all time consuming. It may seem like a hindrance in your schedule, but making these appointments actually is helping you later down the road. If you wait to make an appointment until your gums are inflamed and your teeth are hurting, then the appointments could last longer and may require more than one visit every 6 months.

How often should I make a dental appointment?

– Regular Dental Exam every 6 months (including an advanced Velscope oral cancer screening once per year):
– Prophylaxis Dental Cleaning 35 years & younger: every 6 months
– Prophylaxis dental cleaning 35+ years of age: every 4 months. Gum disease is more common with age; therefore, it is important to regularly maintain your oral health with more frequent visits.

Many insurance plans cover preventative care. If you don’t have dental insurance, check out our specials {page link}. Herald Square Dental aims to make your visit as affordable as possible. Give our office a call for any questions you may have, and make sure you’re managing your dental appointments!

Fruit: Good or Bad for Your Teeth?

image of fruitMost people like eating fruit as part of a healthy lifestyle that provides you with vital nutrients that keep your body (and your teeth!) healthy. Fruits such as lemon, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit and strawberries are sweet, juicy, refreshing and contain a lot of Vitamin C. Despite their benefits, consuming excessive amounts of these foods can damage your teeth. Eating too much fruit every day can increase your risk for tooth decay.

What about fruit causes tooth decay?

While at first it might seem that sugar contained in fruit could be blamed for enamel and tooth damage, it is actually the acidity that causes a majority of the harm. As hard as tooth enamel is, it can be weakened and demineralized over time if exposed to high acid content. Since fruit and fruit juice have high acid content, consuming these foods will initially result in softening and discoloring of the enamel and eventually lead to decay. It is important to point out that different fruit will have a different impact on enamel erosion depending on the acid content.

There is no reason to give up fruit in order to prevent erosion or tooth decay. Health professionals will always support and advise eating fruit and veggies as long you take precautions and control the amount of acidic fruit in your diet.

A few tips to keep your teeth healthy while enjoying the benefits of Vitamin C:

  • Do a little research on your favorite fruits, how acidic are they and what would be the safe amount to consume daily.
  • Use a straw when drinking fruit juices. This will keep the acidity from coming in direct contact with your teeth.
  • After eating fruit, rinse with water to dilute the acid in your mouth.
    Also, wait at least 30 min before brushing your teeth to give your enamel time to reset.
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride to remineralize and strengthen your teeth.

Sources:
https://www.ccsmiles.com/does-eating-fruit-damage-your-teeth/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/acidic-fruits-and-teeth-effects-0216

It’s February, be your own Valentine – Love yourself!

tooth holding heartValentine’s Day is the special time of the year to celebrate love in all its forms, because without it we feel empty. Let us all be our own valentine and after having all the chocolate and candy, we can cherish something better – love for yourself. Let your love for yourself shine through your bright, well cared for smile.

Here are some tips on how you can show your smile some love this month:

  • Schedule teeth cleanings every 6 months. Can’t remember your last appointment? Give us a call!
  • Limit your sugary intake. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we know this is easier said than done. Make sure to limit eating those chocolates – bring them to work and share them with your coworkers and spread the love around.
  • When you do eat those sugary treats – brush and floss twice a day! This will help ensure none of those sugars contribute to tooth decay.

Call now to schedule an appointment at Herald Square Dental to make sure your smile is continuously bright and beautiful. Happy February!