Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center

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!

    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!