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Responsible for supporting/nourishing your teeth and protecting their supporting bone structure, our gums play an important role in your oral health. Consequently, if the gums fall ill, your entire state of oral health can become threatened. Fortunately, our team of family dentists at Silverman & Associates in Bellmore and Bayside, NY, carefully watch gum tissue and educate patients about a dangerous condition called periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects one's gum tissue, tooth roots, connective tissue, and jaw bone. The bacteria which causes this infection is also linked to many systemic diseases, as well, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and more.
The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Fortunately, it is preventable. Conscientious oral hygiene habits (both at home and in the dental office) remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. Left to accumulate, however, these biofilms degrade gums, expose tooth roots, and ultimately loosen teeth.
Do you have periodontal disease?
While the incidence of mild gingivitis and more serious periodontitis increases as people grow older, age is not a primary factor. Heredity plays a role, as does tobacco use, and men are twice as likely to develop gum disease as women are.
Here are some of the signs of periodontal disease that your Bayside family dentist looks for:
- Redness, tenderness, swelling
- Pimples on the gums
- Receding gum tissue and a "long in the tooth" appearance
- Exposed tooth roots
- Deep periodontal pockets as measured with a small metal probe at the dental office
- Shifting dental bite
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Accumulated plaque and tartar
- Pain when biting and chewing
Treating periodontal disease
Mild cases respond well to careful brushing/flossing at home and routine cleanings at Silverman & Associates. However, other people may require a more involved intervention, such as:
- Deep cleaning
- Root planing
- Antibiotic therapy
- Gum grafting
- Suture-less laser therapy
Of course, the best treatment for any oral health condition is prevention. Gum disease preventatives include:
- A low-sugar, high fiber diet
- Good hydration with several glasses of water every day
- Twice daily brushing with a soft toothbrush for two minutes
- Routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings semi-annually
- Once-a-day flossing
- Moderation in alcohol use
- No tobacco or cigarettes
Have your best smile right now
Healthy gums are the foundation of oral health, so why not contact the family dentists at Silverman & Associates to arrange your six-month cleaning and examination? We have two offices open six days a week. For the Bellmore location, phone (516) 781-9700, and for Bayside office dial (718) 225-0515.
Find out if your dental routine is actually promoting a healthy smile.
Caring for your teeth and gums doesn’t have to be difficult; however, it’s important that your daily habits are promoting good oral health and not negatively impacting it. Our Bayside, NY, family dentists are here to offer up some tips for making sure you are doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy and problem-free.
Here are some of the factors that can impact your oral health:
- Your oral routine (brushing and flossing)
- Your diet
- Lifestyle and habits
- Visiting the dentist regularly
While it shouldn’t be difficult to care for your teeth and gums it’s important that you also understand that there are certain habits that could be impacting your oral health that you might not even realize:
Brushing Too Hard
You should be brushing at least twice a day (make sure you are also brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush!) but how you brush can also affect the health of your teeth. While a vigorous cleaning might make it seem like you are doing a more thorough job, remember that brushing too hard can wear away teeth enamel and cause gum discomfort.
You should never feel like you are scrubbing your teeth clean. If you aren’t sure whether or not you are brushing too hard, ask our Bayside, NY, dentist who will be able to give you advice on proper brushing techniques.
While it might be tempting to snack, particularly when you are bored or feeling that afternoon slump, it’s important to keep those bad snacking habits to a minimum. Eating foods all day long could actually increase your chances for a cavity, particularly because a lot of the foods we tend to snack on are unhealthy (think about the last time you reached for some raw veggies or an apple instead of a bag of potato chips or candy bar).
Instead of grazing throughout the day, try eating balanced, healthy meals that are loaded with veggies and whole grains to keep you feeling full and preventing you from running to the office vending machine.
Using Teeth Like Tools
Teeth are meant for chewing, biting and speaking but they shouldn’t be used to rip into awkward plastic packaging or to pop a bottle cap off. Using your teeth in this way can greatly increase your chances of cracking or chipping a tooth. Instead of using your teeth, next time opt for scissors or a bottle opener.
Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bayside and Bellmore, NY, is here to provide thorough, comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you are concerned that you might have a cavity, call our dental team today.
Searching for one dentist for your whole family? Family dentists are one stop shopping for your family's oral healthcare needs. Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry, which has offices in Bellmore and Bayside, NY, offers full-service, state-of-the-art dental care to people of all ages. Here are some reasons why you should choose a family dentist to take care of your family's dental needs.
1. One-Stop Shopping
Family dentists want to cater to your busy, hectic schedule as much as possible. With the hectic pace of our busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to simplify our lives and save time. Going to a family dentist can mean fewer dental visits. You will save time by having the same dentist treat your whole family.
2. Education and Training
Family dentists have completed at least eight years of post-secondary education and received a dental degree. Family dentists must meet continuing education requirements for the remainder of their careers so that they keep current with the advances that are occurring in the field. Family dentists have also received the proper education and training required to work with kids.
3. Dental Care Services
Bayside family dentists diagnose, treat, and manage their patient's oral health care needs. They can diagnose and treat oral diseases and perform restorative procedures. They also participate in training their patients in good oral hygiene. Family dentists offer their patients a full range of dental services from dental exams and teeth cleanings to fillings and root canal treatments.
Putting off dentistry for a while? If oral health hasn't been a priority in your life in past years, it should be. Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy gums and teeth. Call Silverman & Associates at 516-781-9700 now to schedule an appointment in Bellmore, NY. Call 718-225-0515 to schedule an appointment in Bayside, NY. Regular visits to a dentist will get you and your loved ones the road to good oral health.
A good dental hygiene routine is important to maintaining good oral health and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. The family dentists at Silverman & Associates in Bayside and Bellmore, NY see many patients who want to improve their dental hygiene but aren’t sure where to start. The good news is that taking care of your teeth properly is simple. The information is detailed here:
Almost everyone knows brushing is important. But do you know why? The act of brushing helps to break up the colonies of bacteria-filled plaque that collect on the surface of the teeth and gums. These bacteria are the agents that eventually cause decay and gum disease if not properly and vigilantly cleared away. If plaque is not removed it can harden into calculus, at which point it becomes much more difficult to remove conventionally. To keep plaque and calculus at bay, your Bayside and Bellmore family dentist recommends brushing twice daily for two minutes each time with a good quality toothpaste. Your dentist can make suggestions on the best kind for you. Toothpaste that contains cavity-fighting fluoride is a good idea, for example.
Flossing seems to be one thing that people always mean to do but never follow through on a routine. Like brushing, the act of flossing helps to disrupt the colonization of bacteria, only it does so in the hard-to-reach places in between the teeth. Without flossing, cavities can go undetected for a long time, particularly if you’re not visiting your dentist regularly. To get in the habit, you can try using floss picks, which can be easier to maneuver. Place them in a spot where you’re most likely to use them. Flossing before or after brushing is totally up to you; it should be done once a day but the time is not important.
Visiting Silverman & Associates, your Bayside and Bellmore, NY family dental team, twice yearly for a cleaning and checkup is also part of a good oral health regimen. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, contact our office today!
Sealants provide a simple way to help protect your child from tooth decay. Your family dentists at Silverman & Associates, located conveniently in Bellmore, NY and Bayside, NY, explain how this painless and affordable tooth protection option prevents cavities.
What are sealants?
Sealants are made with resin, a safe, durable material that can withstand the force of chewing and biting. Liquid sealants are applied to your child's molars with a brush and are cured with the use of a special light.
Why does my child need sealants?
A good oral hygiene routine helps remove plaque and calculus and reduces the chance of tooth decay, but sometimes brushing and flossing alone just aren't enough. Back teeth contain grooves so tiny that they often can't be reached by toothbrush bristles. When these grooves aren't cleaned regularly, plaque and calculus form and begin to attack tooth enamel, causing cavities. Sealants provide a protective barrier that can't be penetrated by plaque and calculus.
When should my child get sealants?
Sealants should be applied as soon as your child's permanent molars appear for maximum protection, which is normally around the ages of 6 and 12. Applying sealants is an excellent way to ensure that your child has the ideal protection against developing cavities.
What happens when my child gets sealants?
Your child's dentist or hygienist at Silverman & Associates will apply an etching solution to his or her molars after they've been cleaned and dried. The etching solution helps the sealants cling to the teeth. After the etching solution has been applied, the dentist will use a small brush to apply the sealants to your child's back teeth. A special blue curing light that looks like a small flashlight is used to help the sealants harden fast. The best part about this procedure is that it is pain free!
How long do sealants last?
Sealants typically last three to five years, although they may last as long as 10 years. Sealants may wear off sooner if your child grinds his or her teeth. Your child's dentist will check the condition of the sealants regularly and if chipping or wear is detected, sealants can be reapplied in those areas.
Want to help your child beat cavities? Call your family dentists at Silverman & Associates at (718) 225-0515 (Bayside, NY) or (516) 781-9700 (Bellmore, NY) and make an appointment today. Protect your child's smile with this simple procedure!