Eating disorders are an epidemic that plague over 10 million Americans. While they’re typically more common in teenagers and adult women, eating disorders can affect anyone despite age or gender. They’re particularly dangerous for the body and for mental health, but they can also negatively affect your mouth.
There’s nothing more pristine and white than fresh winter snow. But it doesn’t take much, and before you know it, the snow looks dingy and dirty. The same can be said for your teeth! But don’t worry, the friendly team at our Long Island dental offices is ready to help take your smile from drab to dazzling quicker than you can say blizzard. In the meantime, try these tips to help keep your smile bright
‘Tis the season for festive festivities and reminiscing with family and friends. Whether you’re standing under the mistletoe or possibly planting a smooch on a loved one’s lips, our dental offices in Long Island wants to help ensure your kiss is fresh and clean this holiday season.
Nearly a quarter of all U.S. adults 18 and older have engaged in one or more nights of excessive drinking this past year. Excessive drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men, and four or more drinks for women. While some may only see this as a concern for your overall health, at our Long Island dental offices, we’d like to explain how it can also be detrimental to your oral health.
As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, we’re faced with the stress of going here and there, buying presents, cooking food, visiting family, and the seemingly never-ending whirlwind that happens every year around this time. While we all know stress isn’t good for overall health, our dental practices in Long Island want to let you know how it can also affect your mouth.
By now, you have probably heard about Xylitol gum, but you aren't sure why it is such a big deal. Isn't it just another artificial sweetener? Not at all! While Xylitol looks and tastes much like sugar, it will not raise blood sugar levels the way sugar does. And since it’s found in many fruits and vegetables, Xylitol is considered natural. You even produce a little of it in your metabolism process!
But here is where the team at our dental offices in Long Island gets really excited about Xylitol: Xylitol has powerful benefits for your oral health!
Chewing a piece of Xylitol gum instead of choosing sugary snacks can:
- Prevent tooth decay
- Starve bacteria
- Prevent oral inflammation
- Reduce your risk for gum disease
It's true! How does it work? Well, one of the most common causes of oral health problems is a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans -- the bacteria mostly responsible for plaque. Sugar and other carbohydrates feed this bacteria. Or, in other words, this bacteria ingests the sugar we eat. It also ingests the Xylitol, but instead of being nourished by it, they are starved and die. Yep, you got it -- oral bacteria levels drop, sometimes by up to 75%!
And that's not all.
- Chewing Xylitol gum increases saliva production which protects your teeth and remineralizes them with naturally occurring calcium and phosphate.
- Acidity in your mouth can lead to enamel erosion. Xylitol in gum or mints can reduce the acidity of your saliva.
- Xylitol can help your body better absorb calcium which we all know can strengthen your teeth.
To learn more about how chewing Xylitol can benefit your oral health, or for suggestions about which Xylitol products to choose give our Long Island dental offices a call.
Accepting patients from Long Island, Great Neck, and Hicksville
“I’d rather have a root canal than be stuck in traffic.” “Liver for breakfast? I’d rather have a root canal!” “Wow. That board meeting was just about as fun as a root canal.” We have heard all the jokes, and we don’t like them! Not because we don’t have a sense of humor – you all know we can take a joke – but because they are so wrong!
The truth is, in spite of its bad reputation, a root canal could be your tooth’s best friend. That’s right!
If your tooth is badly damaged, decayed, or infected, a root canal could let you keep that tooth instead of having it pulled.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
The most common reason for a root canal is a tooth infection. Untreated, dental infections can worsen and spread into the bone at the end of the root. This infection is called an abscess, and can lead to severe health issues like skin infections such as cellulitis, infection in the jawbone, brain abscess, and pneumonia from the spread of the infection throughout the body.
Yea. We aren’t trying to scare you, but this stuff is pretty serious.
If you have any of the following symptoms, don’t delay, call us right away:
- Continuous toothache
- Jaw pain
- Bad breath
- Pain when chewing
- Swollen glands
- Swelling in the jaw
We start by offering sedation dentistry to anyone who is at all nervous or has trouble getting numb, and proceed with all the pampering extras patients have come to expect from our office.
What is a Root Canal?
Patients often ask why the procedure is called a root canal. While the name is intimidating, it is actually pretty simple and descriptive.
Inside your tooth is a network of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves. This is all contained in what is commonly known as the pulp. This pulp is under the hard surface of your tooth and extends all the way into your tooth’s roots – in other words, the root canal. When there is infection in this canal it causes severe pain, so maybe that’s where the bad reputation comes from: Infection in the root canal, not the root canal procedure!
To end the pain, save your tooth, and keep you healthy, we remove the dental pulp, along with any debris and infection, and seal your tooth with a porcelain dental crown. Our patients are absolutely amazed at the relief they find.
Now, stop making root canal jokes. If you get a toothache, you are going to thank us for this information. Want more? Give us a call. We are always happy to educate and inform.
A good ol' cup of joe is one of the best small pleasures in life. Yet, no one wants coffee stains on their teeth, prompting many to drink the beverage with a straw -- but is this really the best choice? Prevention magazine recently tackled the question in an article featuring our very own Dr. Arnold Tyrangel, who is one of the founding partners of the practice. Click on the image to read more.
Our general dentist Dr. Stephen Dallal has been spotlighted as a Doctor of Distinction by Long Island Pulse Magazine. Dr. Dallal is skilled in many cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. Congratulations, Dr. Dallal, and if you're a patient looking to improve your smile, call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Dallal or any of our other skilled dentists.
Dr. Eric Weiner contributed his dental expertise to Happi.com, describing the hottest trends in dentistry this Spring. He informs consumers about ways to avoid ingesting chemicals via dental care products, such as by using all-natural toothpaste and mouthwash. Dr. Weiner also mentions that patients should look for products that have been approved by the American Dental Association--a seal of acceptance appears on any product that the ADA has deemed safe and effective for oral care. Click the image below to view the article on Happi.com.