Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center

Oral Health: Know the Signs

Did you know that mouth cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide? The sad truth is that oral cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women, and the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. Now is the time to be proactive and get yourself checked for oral cancer.

 

Remember—early detection saves lives! It is more important than ever for young adults, as well as older men and women, to get regular screenings whether they think they’re at risk or not.

 

What are the risks?

Knowing the risks can help you make educated decisions about your health. There are several risks that increase your chances of developing oral cancer:

  • Smoking and using tobacco products are a known long-term historic cause of oral cancer.
  • Heavy alcohol usage also makes you more susceptible to develop oral cancer.
  • The HPV virus, a sexually-transmitted disease, is the leading cause of oropharyngeal (the back part of the mouth) cancer.

 

What are the signs and symptoms?

The mouth is one of the body’s most crucial early warning signs in the fight against oral cancer. In between regular dental visits, it’s important to be aware of the mouth’s signs and symptoms. Remember, if you see any of these signs or symptoms, schedule an appointment at the office if you don’t see improvement within two-three weeks:

  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • The development of white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together when you close your mouth
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth

 

Don’t wait any longer. Be proactive about your oral health, and get checked today!

 

Flossing: Absolutely Necessary!

Yes, You Still Have to Floss. No, the dance move “flossing” does not count. The AP recently released an article making the claim that “there’s little proof that flossing works”. Their review cited a series of studies that found flossing does little or nothing to improve oral health. Here’s the problem: the studies were flawed. The AP concluded that floss does little for oral health, but it’s important to note that the evidence they cited was very weak at best. In fact, they said so themselves.

As acknowledged by the AP, many of these studies were extremely short. “Some lasted only two weeks, far too brief for a cavity or dental disease to develop” (Associated Press). They also say that “One tested 25 people after only a single use of floss” (Associated Press).

Of course, the evidence is unreliable. You don’t simply develop gum disease because you forgot to floss yesterday. Cavities and gum disease do not happen overnight. Gum disease is preventable by maintain great oral health habits for a long period of time. Lets put it this way: If a study claims drinking milk does nothing for bone health, but draws conclusions after only three glasses of milk, is it a reliable study?

The fact of the matter is floss removes gunk from teeth. You can see it. Gunk feeds bacteria which leads to plaque, cavities, poor gum health, and eventually gum disease. Floss has the ability to reach the food particles that your brush can’t get to. Using a sawing motion instead of moving up and around the teeth to clean the cracks. Positive results come from correct use and it’s critical that people learn to use a tool properly before discarding it as useless.

That’s just what floss is: a tool. Just like your toothbrush, it is designed to keep your mouth clean, and therefore keep your body safe from infection. Both your toothbrush and floss are designed to do what the other can’t, and both successfully remove bacteria from your mouth. Just like proper brushing technique, it is important that you know how to use floss properly, so that you can reap the long-term health benefits of good oral hygiene.

Oral hygiene is a long-term process and requires long term observations to make worthwhile conclusions. In the meantime, it’s obvious that you should continue to do everything you can to protect your well-being, and floss is one of many tools that can help you do that. If you would like a refresher on the best, most efficient techniques for floss use feel free to call our office today

4 Reasons All-on-4 Dental Implants are Your Best Option in Manhattan

One in three1 people aged 18-34 are afraid to smile because of teeth issues, and more young adults in this age group than any other suffer from tooth decay. Does this describe you? If you’ve found yourself considering same day teeth replacement options in NYC lately, you are in good company.

As frontrunners in teeth replacement technology, Herald Square Dental, NYC has been placing same-day teeth since their inception. We truly understand the importance of sending our patients out the door with a radiant smile all in one day, and we are proud to provide All-on-4, a full upper or lower arch replacement right here in our NYC office.

All on 4 Benefits

All on 4 is Convenient.

The convenience of the All-on-4 treatment concept sends you right back out the door of our New York office with a fully functioning, complete set of teeth just hours after you’ve arrived. We use only 4 implants in most cases, to secure an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, and the implants are placed strategically, so no bone grafting is required. Part of the convenience is that it is less invasive and involves less surgical time than previous treatments.

All on 4 is Proven.

A leader in the industry of same-day teeth replacement, doctors at Herald Square Dental have been using same-day teeth replacements methods since 1977. Now with the advent of dental implants developed by Swedish Physician Per-Ingvar Branemark who proved that bone can fuse with titanium, decades of dental discoveries have led to the revolutionary implant solution. While very few dental implant specialists are trained and able to perform All-on-4, Dr. Arthur Yam has undergone the rigorous training required.

All on 4 is Cost-effective.

All-on-4 dental implants are the most affordable way to replace an entire upper or lower set of fixed teeth because no extra appointments are needed for extractions or bone grafting. All-on-4, (Same Day Teeth), is an excellent choice for those patients looking for a more time effective and affordable permanent solution to replacing missing teeth.

All-on-4 is Purpose-driven.

Make a positive impact on your world with a smile you can wear with confidence. No need to skip weddings or miss work. After just one visit, you’ll leave our NYC office with poise and positivity, as you continue to actively engage rather than hide behind bad teeth.

Spend less time in the chair and less time in our office when you receive All-on-4, Same Day teeth at Herald Square Dental in New York. Schedule a consultation with us today. To learn more about All-on-4, please contact us and someone in our Manhattan office will reach out to you!

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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!