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Why Now is a Good Time for Teeth Whitening

Why Now is a Good Time for Teeth Whitening

Time is on your side. That’s true until it begins to take its toll or if you ignore an opportunity.

Teeth whitening keeps you on the solution side of things. And speaking of solutions it’s an effective way to reverse the discoloration on your teeth from months or years of diet and lifestyle choices.

Time factors

Natural wear on your tooth enamel doesn’t happen overnight. As you age and enjoy your favorite foods and beverages your teeth will begin to dull and lose their brightness.

Teeth whitening can solve the yellowing effect  that impacts your teeth. A whitening treatment targets the enamel and transforms it from dull to bright.

An important consideration

Over-the-counter whitening products are numerous. Before you purchase one we recommend that you consult with your dentist.

Why?

A teeth whitening product or procedure might be ineffective and produce disappointing results due to dental conditions. A dental examination can save you time and costs especially if you have oral health issues such as tooth decay, significant tooth discoloration, or extreme teeth sensitivity.

A PROactive solution

A professional teeth whitening procedure can produce fast and effective results. Our in-office Zoom! Whitening treatment can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades of whiteness in one appointment.

Your procedure uses a proven whitening process that’s applied and monitored by a dental professional. The whitening solution gently penetrates your tooth enamel to eliminate the discoloration, staining, and yellowing on your tooth surfaces.

An at-home whitening kit can accompany your in-office Zoom! Whitening treatment. Custom designed trays and solution will be provided following your in-office treatment to help maintain your teeth whitening results.

You will experience white, healthier looking teeth including the professional support of our dental team.

And about “time being on your side…”

It’s time for prom, Mother’s Day, and wedding season. Brighten your smile or someone else’s.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office  and find out why Now is a Good Time for Teeth Whitening.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

How to Know if You Have Tooth Erosion and What to Do About It

 

You might not always feel vulnerable. But that doesn’t mean an attack isn’t underway.

Tooth erosion is one of those circumstances. The attack on your teeth occurs daily and pain and sensitivity are the first signs.

You’ll also recognize it if this happening

The appearance of your teeth can reveal much about their overall health and condition. Dental erosion is noticeable on your teeth as wear, cups or hollow areas, and a dark, yellow appearance just beneath the surface of your teeth (below the enamel covering).

Teeth sensitivity increases the more your teeth’s enamel has eroded. Hot and cold beverages and those that have high acidity can trigger it.

The primary cause and how to control it

The acid within your food and beverage choices are the primary cause of tooth erosion. Acidity in your diet softens your protective tooth enamel.

This good news is that saliva is a valuable neutralizer. It restores your mouth’s environment and helps prevent acid from overtaking it.

Although there’s a natural resistance due to saliva, frequent acid attacks on your teeth are damaging. Your teeth can be damaged gradually as small amounts of protective enamel are lost.

Guard your tooth enamel with a some new habits and by making a few dietary adjustments.

  • Enjoy foods and beverages that have high acidity during mealtimes to reduce the frequency of acid exposure.
  • Avoid holding each sip of your beverage in your mouth and swishing it around to reduce the time it remains on your teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum following your meals to enhance healthy saliva production that helps neutralize acid in your mouth.
  • Delay teeth brushing for an approximate hour after you eat to allow your tooth enamel to repair and harden.
  • Observe the condition of your teeth and stay current with your dental check-ups to determine if tooth erosion requires treatment such as dental bonding or veneers.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office about any issues with teeth sensitivity or tooth wear. Schedule an examination to diagnose any tooth erosion.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

Join us for Invisalign Day Friday July 15th 9am-5pm!

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Morris Park Dental is providing a 1-day Special Offer for patients who sign up for Invisalign on Invisalign Day, Friday July 15th from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. If you would like to find out how Invisalign can work for you, please call our office at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) to schedule an appointment for this special event. This generous promotion only extends to the first 25 scheduled appointments, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Invisalign Special Event promotion includes:

  • Free Consultation
  • An additional $500 off Invisalign full cases started that day (your treatment includes: intraoral photos, impressions, models, 3D images of your teeth throughout treatment, all appointments, Invisalign aligners, and up to 3 modifications to your treatment as needed)
  • Free Take Home Teeth Whitening (a $399 value)
  • 24-Month interest-free financing (payments typically range from $125 to $250 per month depending on your available benefits.

What is Invisalign?

premier_2016_logoAt this stage in your adult life, metal braces may not be a choice you are willing to consider. At Morris Park Dental we are pleased to offer Invisalign clear aligners to give you the convenience and flexibility to live life without the hassle associated with other types of treatment. You can be confident that office is a 2016 Invisalign Premiere Provider! Invisalign is a clear, comfortable and removable way of straightening your teeth without metal braces. Over 3 million patients worldwide have been treated using Invisalign.

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening your teeth and is a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. Invisalign is comfortable to wear and properly aligns your teeth to help improve your overall dental health. Invisalign can help you achieve that confident smile!

Benefits of Invisalign

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Invisalign Day & Invisalign Treatment

Here’s what you can expect on Invisalign Day:

  • A representative from Invisalign will meet with each individual patient to give a brief overview of Invisalign and to answer any questions you might have.
  • A doctor will give you a brief examination to determine whether you’re an Invisalign candidate. We need to make sure your teeth are healthy and free of cavities.
  • If it’s determined that Invisalign is right for you, the doctor will put together an Invisalign treatment plan.
  • One of our team members will go over the Invisalign treatment fee along with Invisalign Day promotions. This includes payment options and financing plans.
  • Finally, a team member will collect the necessary information needed for Invisalign to complete your case. This involves impressions, photos and x-rays of your teeth.

What happens during Invisalign treatment?

  • After we send all your records to Invisalign, Invisalign will put together a 3D representation of your teeth for the doctor to review. This process shows the doctor a before and after look of your teeth and acts as a virtual prescription/treatment plan for the doctor throughout your treatment.
  • Once the doctor has accepted your case, the aligners will ship to the doctor’s office approximately 2 weeks later. We will call you to schedule a time to receive your first aligners.

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  • Each set of aligners are worn for two weeks. You wear the aligners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, only removing them to eat, drink, and brush/floss.
  • During the treatment process, you will have occasional office visits approximately every 4 to 8 weeks in order to check the progress of your treatment and to give you more Invisalign aligners.
  • Once treatment has completed, the doctor will evaluate your case. If there are any adjustments that are needed the doctor will then take new records in order have more aligners made. If no adjustments are needed the doctor will then take new impressions to have a retainer made for you.

It’s IMPORTANT to note that retention is for life. To maintain your healthy and beautiful smile, you should wear your retainer as prescribed by your doctor.

Morris Park Dental Celebrates National Women’s Month

Morris Park Dental Celebrates National Women’s Month

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Here at Morris Park, we have many women who make our practice whole, and we want to honor them and thank them for their hard work and for helping to make Morris Park Dental the excellent practice it is. While we have many talented females in Front Desk and Administrative roles, as well as Dental Assistants, we want to give a special shout-out to the female dental professionals our patients see for their clinical work: Our talented General & Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Elena Holtzman; our Orthodontist, Dr. Maryam Hashemi; and our Dental Hygienists, Nicola Reidy and Rosetta Violetti.

Female Dental Professionals by the Numbers

Before 1970, the number of women in dentistry in the United States was virtually nonexistent, the lowest percentage in the Western world. In the 1960’s and 70’s, the women’s rights movement took off and an increasing number of women entered the dental profession. That number has steadily increased over the years.

It took a long time for women to become a consistent presence in dental schools. In 1970, only 1% of dental students were women. Initially, most dental schools would only take one or two women per year. There were also a few universities that did not permit any female dental students. Harvard, the first university-based dental school founded in 1867, did not accept women until 1952. Today women make up almost 50% all dental students.

In the 1970’s, fewer than 3.3% of American dentists were women. Today women make up 25% of practicing dentists, and in 2008 women accounted for 24% of deans and interim deans of dental schools. Geraldine Morrow, DMD, become the first female president of the American Dental Association (ADA) in 1991. The ADA projects that by the year 2020, women will make up 28% of the dental workforce. However, dentistry is behind other areas of medicine, where more than 30% of U.S. physicians are women.
While female dentists were eager to serve in the military, women were not even permitted to serve as medical professionals in the Army, Navy, and Air Force until 1949, by act of Congress.

It might seem incongruous then that other professions within dentistry are dominated by women. Currently, more than 90% of Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants are women. Like nursing, dental hygiene is largely considered a “female” profession, even though male dental hygienists and assistants are undoubtedly qualified as well.

Our Dental Professionals

It is undeniable that women have come a long way in bridging the gender gap in dentistry, and we are proud to employ a number of talented female dental professionals:

Dr. Elena Holtzman: General & Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Elena Holtzman is a General & Cosmetic Dentist, and can perform a wide array of treatment, whether you are experiencing a toothache, pain or sensitivity, are looking to get a more aesthetically appealing smile, or just need your six-month check-up. Dr. Holtzman loves helping her patients smile. Her services include: dental emergencies, dental crowns, porcelain or chairside bonded veneers, white composite fillings, bridges, dentures and partials, Invisalign, and Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Therapy.
Dr. Holtzman is also an Invisalign-certified provider, which means she can help you get straighter teeth with invisible clear aligners (rather than traditional braces).
In addition, Dr. Holtzman has special training in creating Sleep Apnea appliances for her patients who have Sleep Apnea Disorder, which is characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Many patients find that the traditional CPAP therapy (a machine that covers you nose and mouth and forces air into your mouth) is claustrophobic, loud or uncomfortable, and may disturb their spouse’s sleeping as well.  Dr. Holtzman can help you get the good night’s sleep you deserve with Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance. This oral orthotic device is fitted to your mouth specifically and should be worn while you are sleeping to help keep your airway open.

Dr. Maryam Hashemi, Orthodontist

Dr. Maryam Hashemi is an orthodontic specialist who will get your smile in line! Children and adults of all ages use her services for traditional metal braces, when they have crooked teeth which are too severe to be treated with Invisalign. Dr. Maryam Hashemi is a graduate of Columbia University who will make you or your child feel at ease in her chair. You can trust your smile to Dr. Hashemi.

Nicola Reidy and Rosetta Violetti: Our Dental Hygienists

Our Registered Dental Hygienists, Nicola Reidy and Rosetta Violetti will get your smile cleaner, healthier and whiter in no time! Nicola and Rosetta are caring and concerned about their patients, and will make you feel at ease. Both Nicola and Rosetta work closely with the general dentists and specialists of Morris Park Dental to make sure their patients come in for their routine dental cleaning visits, whether they need a regular dental cleaning every 6 months, or they are on a higher frequency periodontal maintenance program even 3 to 4 months. They can also perform deep cleanings (periodontal scaling & root planing) to remove heavy buildups of plaque and calculus below the gumline. Even a regular cleaning can remove surface stains and get your teeth looking whiter, but if you want to get a noticeable difference, you can make an appointment with Nicola or Rosetta for Zoom In-Office Teeth Whitening, which will get your teeth up to six shades whiter!

Women’s Dental Needs

Do women have different dental needs then men? Yes, they do. Men and women all are susceptible to cavities, need to brush and floss daily, and need to get our teeth cleaned twice a year. On the other hand, women do have different needs in their dental care then men need for their teeth.

Hormonal Needs

Recent studies have shown that women have a higher chance of gingivitis then men due to hormones levels. The soft tissues become inflamed from hormone levels. Certain types of bacteria also increase when these hormone levels are elevated. When the bacteria cause problems like gingivitis, a robust program of good oral hygiene is in need.

Pregnancy

One hormonal change that can affect teeth in women is pregnancy. Many women experience more sensitive gums during pregnancy.  Gums can become sore, inflamed, and bleed. Some women suffer from gingivitis during pregnancy and may need extra dental check-ups and cleanings. If women do not care for teeth properly during pregnancy, they may suffer from pregnancy tumors inside the mouth. These tumors do disappear after the baby is born, but it can affect the baby’s birth weight. During pregnancy, women can crave acidic foods and may vomit more, which wreaks havoc on teeth. Visiting a dentist during pregnancy can help wonders.

Oral Cancer Prevention

Even though men do suffer from oral cancer, those cancers are mostly due to tobacco and alcohol use. Women nowadays are showing increased numbers in oral cancers. Some are from also tobacco and alcohol use, but studies are finding another correlation that is affecting women. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common STD in women, which could cause oral cancer. During your 6 month dental checkup, your dentist and hygienist will check for oral cancer.

Whether you need a cleaning, dental restoration, or orthodontic work, the female dental professions of Morris Park Dental have you covered! Our female dentists are making strides in the profession, and no one is better suited than them to give our female patients the treatment they need!

Give us a call to schedule an appointment today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453)!

 

 

White Teeth Lead To Kissable Lips This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here!

valentines $50 offIs your smile kissable? At Morris Park Dental we can help your smooch become irresistible. Having white teeth has many benefits. Obtaining and maintaining white teeth is a breeze. Learn how to get white teeth and wow your lover this Valentine’s Day. Nothing is better than a bright, sexy smile. Call Morris Park Dental today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) for the best teeth whitening in town!

The Benefits of White Teeth

Zoom Professional Teeth Whitening is safe. In fact, millions of patient’s have had professional tooth whitening done with absolute success. Smiling will become a part of your look and smiling leads to happiness. After viewing your smile, others will smile too. A beautiful white smile is the key to happiness for you and spreads to others you encounter in the world. Spread the joy and love with a beautiful white smile. Become cupid this Valentine’s Day and spread the love from beaming those pearly whites.

White Teeth Gives Confidence

Teeth whitening can you confidence. That beautiful smile can help you feel appealing. If you already don’t have a Valentine’s having a bright white smile may give you the confidence to ask out and attract a Valentine’s mate.

White Teeth are Attractive

Teeth-Whitening before and afterA white smile is attractive. A bright, clean smile is very appealing. People are attracted to others that take care of themselves and their teeth. Also, clean white teeth give you the confidence to smile. Smiles are appealing especially with beautiful white teeth behind that happy grin.

Most people believe that healthy teeth are an important trait in a person. Make sure your teeth are healthy and clean by maintaining dental appointments twice a year. Ensure you brush and floss daily and ensure any defects like broken, chipped or crooked teeth are fixed by your dentist.

Also, make sure breath is fresh. The best way of keeping fresh breath is brushing after meals to remove any food from teeth. Correspondingly, mouthwash can help leave a fresh smell that will help white teeth stay kissable. Your Valentines date will not resist kissing those lips after viewing your beautiful smile.

White Teeth are Healthy

White teeth are healthy. Cleaning teeth regularly and maintaining a smile ensures that teeth and gums are continuously maintained. Healthy teeth and gums lead to overall health. Poor gums and teeth can lead to heart and other health risks; therefore, maintain a beautiful, healthy smile is healthy and appealing to others.

Steps to Obtain a Bright White Smile

Acquiring that bright white smile is easy. After learning how to receive gorgeous white teeth, learning how to keep that smile is easy. You will never want to give up that grin.

Professional Cleaning

A professional cleaning is the first step to that beautiful smile. A fantastic benefit of using Morris Park Dental services is that we offer in-office and at-home systems to receive white teeth. The white teeth solutions are by Phillip Zoom, who has put a lot of time and study in making your teeth gleam. Both in-office and at-home versions of teeth Whitening are aimed to diminish risks for teeth sensitivity and gives custom results. Have your smile the shade of white you desire using these systems from Morris Park Dental.

In-Office Whitening Method

zoomWhen receiving a Whitening treatment in the dental office, a special Whitening gel is used. This gel is used with activating light that helps remove the toughest stains on teeth. To move lips out of the way a special guard helps ensures the gel and light can reach every surface of each tooth. When the gel is completely applied light is directly exposed on the teeth for fifteen-minutes. After the fifteen-minutes are complete and the procedure did the mouth guard, and the gel is removed. Your smile will show brighter with the first visit and after a series of treatments, you will sparkle and gleam form the bright white results.

At-Home Whitening Method

The at-home teeth whitening method is another fantastic way to receive that loving smile. The teeth whitening kit provided for taking home has a robust Teeth Whitening system. The system can provide eight shades of white. The at-home version can also be used in addition to in-office treatments for touch-ups.

Professional Whitening Versus Drug-Store Whitening System

I know you are asking, why should I use professional Whitening systems when I can pick up a kit at the drug store? Here are three reasons why using a professional whitening system from Morris Park Dental is better than a kit from a drug store.

  1. Better Results – A professional teeth Whitening system is made to receive better results then the over the counter kits. The material and products are made to achieve better results because they are stronger. The stronger material is designed for professional use.

 

  1. An Even Shine – The professional teeth Whitening system is made for consistent and even results. The professional version makes sure that ever surface is the same shade of white. You will never have blotching of different shades and uneven results from a professional teeth Whitening.

 

  1. When using an over the counter kit, you are not protected. The professional teeth Whitening ensures teeth do not crack. Also, any issues like decay before Whitening is addressed before Whitening. Whitening before addressing issues like decay can cause problems.

 

Why to Book a Teeth Whitening Session

The Zoom Teeth Whitening system is effective and helps maintain clean, healthy teeth. Besides the cosmetic reasons for having a beautiful smile, teeth whitening keeps your teeth and gums healthy and clean. After a dental teeth whitening in the office, people walk out feeling healthy and beautiful. You walk out the same-day after the first session feeling beautiful. The results are immediately noticeable. Plus, professional cleaning systems like the Zoom system ensures teeth are evenly toned, and all health precautions are taken.

People go to salons to get their haircut and styled, get manicures and pedicures to maintain strong and healthy nails, and book massages to keep muscles relaxed. Booking a teeth style and grooming helps maintain a healthy and beautiful person. Pamper yourself and give your teeth and smile that gleam it deserves. Wow, your Valentines with a beautiful and healthy you. Your mate will not resist those beautiful white teeth, so prepare those lips for plenty of kisses this Valentine’s Day.

Tips to Keep Teeth White

Between Whitening treatments maintaining clean and healthy teeth is important. First remember to keep regular professional cleanings twice a year. Next remember to brush your teeth several times a day and floss. Flossing is especially important to remove any food particles, and tartar builds-up from teeth that brushing cannot reach that can cause decay if left on teeth. Flossing also helps gums stay healthy. Food particles can also discolor teeth. So removing remaining substances from teeth that my cause decay and discoloring can help maintain that sparking smile.

Foods That Help White Teeth

Yes, certain foods can help maintain white teeth. Foods like apples, carrots, and celery, can naturally remove stains from teeth because these foods increase saliva and help wash away food remains. Strawberries are excellent to eat on Valentine’s. Raw strawberries have malic acids that naturally whiten teeth and eliminate blemishes from teeth. Dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk have calcium that helps make teeth strong. Finally, remember to drink lots of water. Water is healthy for your overall body and can wash away causes of stains that can occur from coffees, teas, and red wines. Stay away from food causing products like red wine, coffee, and teas. If you do consume them remember to drink plenty of water and brush your teeth.

Other Teeth Whitening Tips

alcohol.dental.implantsOther tips to keep teeth white exist. Limit or eliminate smoking and drinking caffeinated beverages. Coffees and teas can stain your teeth. Sodas and other cola and sugary products can darken teeth too. If you do smoke or drink products like coffee and teas, make sure you brush soon after and floss soon after.

That Kissable Smile

Have that kissable smile this Valentine’s Day with white teeth provided by Morris Park Dental. Book your appointment today and the staff can ensure you get the results you desire from that healthy striking smile. Get that white smile and impress your honey this Valentine’s Day with a teeth whitening cleaning from Morris Park Dental. Book your appointment today and have a brighter beautiful smile for that Valentine’s Day date.

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Whether you’re considering Zoom Teeth Whitening for Valentine’s Day or all year round, Morris Park Dental delivers the highest standards of teeth whitening possible using state-of-the-art technology, in as little as one day. Call us today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) to schedule your complimentary consultation today!

A Relaxing Holiday Season with Relaxation Sedation Dentistry

A Relaxing Holiday Season with Relaxation Sedation Dentistry

Here at Morris Park Dental, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a relaxing approach to dental care for the New Year. This might sound like a paradox, the idea of dental treatment being relaxing, but with our relaxation and sedation dentistry techniques, it is exactly what you can expect when you book an appointment with us in the New Year.

After all the excitement of the festive season has settled and you’ve consumed your fair share of bubbly drinks and tasty treats, you will be keen to give yourself a post-holiday present with a trip to the dentist. Whether you need a thorough professional dental cleaning or regular six-month check-up, the New Year is the perfect time to get your teeth in tip top shape. And with our advanced relaxation and sedation dentistry, all the anxiety associated with the dentist can disappear for good.

How does Relaxation Sedation Dentistry work?

dental phobiaAn understandable question you may be pondering is how does relaxation sedation dentistry work? With sedation dentistry, you are essentially given the chance to doze off into a comfortable nap and wake with no memory of the dental treatment. The sedation medications can be administered to the patient through an oral sedative (non-IV conscious sedation) or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and both options start to work almost immediately.

What are the benefits of this treatment?

The most obvious benefit of relaxation and sedation dentistry is that the anxiety often felt at the dentist’s office is cast aside. There is also no residual trauma after the treatment has taken place because when you wake up, you won’t actually remember anything, unlike the risks associated with general anesthesia.

There is also no recovery period after sedation dentistry. You basically wake up fresh as a daisy and are ready to show off your smile with total confidence. The actual dental treatment doesn’t change while you are sleeping – the dentist still uses all the same procedures and instruments, but the great part of this is that you will be sleeping while it’s all happening. This means that you get the benefit of top quality dentistry but a pain-free experience.

If this sounds like the type of dental experience you are looking for, one where you wake from a blissful sleep with a beautiful smile, then get in touch with us today. If you have avoided going to the dentist and neglected your teeth due to fear and anxiety of the discomfort of being in the dental room, then this is the chance you are looking for to conquer the dentist once and for all. There are no tricks or gimmicks with relaxation and sedation dentistry – you really do just get a genuine, pain-free dental experience.

This is the best gift you can give yourself during the holiday season and keep that gorgeous festive smile going well into the New Year. This is the year to change the way you go to the dentist and it will certainly be a change for the better.

Call us today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) or click here to request an appointment for a complimentary consultation to learn more about whether Relaxation Sedation Dentistry is the right choice for you!

Post-Halloween Dental Care Advice

halloween-candy-dental-adviceThe silly season of Halloween festivities might be over, but the lingering affects off all that sugary candy certainly isn’t. For young kids, Halloween is a lot of fun dressing up in costumes and receiving a whole range of sweets and candies from across the neighborhood. However, this form of fun certainly has long term consequences for young and growing teeth if they aren’t cared for properly after the post-Halloween sugar binge. While the Trick or Treating might only last a night, the stash that your kids collect will last a lot longer than that, meaning you’re going to have an ongoing problem of how to handle all that sugar for the coming days in November. Your children will think it’s a good idea to eat candy just about every day, but their teeth are going to disagree with that.

Here at Morris Park Dental in the Bronx our Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist  is concerned about the healthy development of your children’s teeth and understands that after all this candy at Halloween you will have many questions about what exactly you should do to ensure there aren’t long term cavities and other problems caused in those young teeth. This article is here to help you take proper care of your kids’ teeth, and perhaps your own teeth for that matter, to make sure they remain happy and healthy.

One of the best things you can do for your kids’ teeth after Halloween is to take them to a dentist to get a regular check-up. In the meantime while waiting for an appointment, there are some things you can do at home during the post-Halloween season to keep your kids teeth healthy and well. When it comes to teeth care for your children, take these six important tips into consideration.

  1. Timing is important. Give your kids some of their Halloween stash shorty after meal time, as special dessert treats. This is an ideal time because the saliva production in your mouth increases during meals and helps to cancel out the acids which are produced by bacteria. This helps rinse away food particles, especially sugary substances from candies.
  2. Avoid sticky stuff. Odds are, your kids don’t really know what it is in their Halloween stash. Take a moment when they aren’t around to remove any extra sticky candies, such as taffy and gummy bears. These stick to your kids teeth and weaken the enamel because they take longer to get washed away by the saliva.
  3. Brush teeth twice a day. This is something your kids should already be doing on a daily basis, but it is extra important when they are having extra candies and gummies in their diet. For extra caution, it is helpful to get kids to brush their teeth a third time after lunch, just to be sure that sugar isn’t sticking around their teeth and gums.
  4. Clean between the teeth. Flossing becomes extra important when kids are having more sugar in their diet. By flossing, your kids are removing plaque and food particles between their teeth and preventing a build-up sugar and acidic substances which cause nasty cavities.
  5. Drink more water. Drinking water is always a good idea after sugar to prevent headaches, but it also prevents tooth decay. Water essentially washes away the sugar from your kids’ teeth. It is also worth keeping in mind that sugar drinks should be avoided during the post-Halloween binge as these will only increase the risk of tooth decay.
  6. Schedule a Post-Halloween Check-up and Cleaning with Our Office. If it has been more than 6 months since your child’s last cleaning and check-up, they are overdue and should come in as soon as possible. It takes about 6 months for a cavity to develop, which is why it is important to bring your child in regularly to make sure nothing new has come up since their last visit, especially if they have been snacking on a lot of sugary sweets lately, or they are complaining of tooth pain or sensitivity.

Allow some binging to occur, as bizarre as this may sound. When your kids eat sugar, there is sugary acidic damage occurring. Whether the kids eat a handful of candy all at once, or spread it over a few hours, this damage is inevitable. Bunching sugar sessions together in quick succession won’t alter the time it takes for the acid to dissipate. However, when a candy bar is eaten once every hour, it will take an hour each time for the oral pH levels to return to normal. This means that when you give your kids three candy bars and let them gobble them down all once, you’ll be doing their teeth a favor as well as earning points as best parent of the year. After the candy is consumed, make sure your kids brush their teeth almost immediately after to keep extreme acid damage from occurring.

Don’t make candy forbidden otherwise it will become all the more appealing for kids. It is a good idea to take the candy bounty away from your kids and store it somewhere safe so that they don’t have round the clock access to it. But it isn’t a good idea to make this secret location completely off limits. Children work in reverse psychology and as soon as something is untouchable, the more they are going to want it, especially when sugary sweets are involved. Make sure your kids know that the candy is theirs and they will get to eat it, but just not all at once.

Serve the candy in moderation and encourage some sort of healthy eating beside it. When your kids come running and begging for some of their hard-earned Halloween candy, there is only so much denying you can do. Use it your advantage and keep the Halloween stash as a sort of bribery for healthy eating. For example, allow the kids two pieces of candy alongside them eating some carrot sticks or cut up apples. This way, although they are getting sugar in their system, they are also having something healthy to balance it out, as much balance as can occur in the post-Halloween sugar sessions.

Get creative with the candy and encourage your kids to use it in different ways. Now that you have more candy that you ever imagined, try to get your kids thinking in different ways about how to use it. Rather than just shoveling it into their mouths, this is a great way to get kids creative in the kitchen and experiment with some cooking ideas. For example, you can use some of those M&Ms to create colorful cupcakes, or make a three-dimensional house out of Tootsie rolls using Hershey’s kisses as clouds above. This is a great way to get the kids in the kitchen, using their imagination, while having a side treat of candy snacks along the way. You can also encourage your kids to make baked gifts for special people in their life, such as their grandparents, which gives them a chance to learn valuable skills like sharing and concern about other people.

Call (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) or click here to schedule a post-Halloween check-up and cleaning with our Bronx dental office today!

November is National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month

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Health concerns regarding diabetes might not be something that crop up on your agenda, but November is the month to start thinking seriously about this health condition. November is National Diabetes Month and is a timely reminder to consider out overall state of general wellbeing. A thought that might not be so common during this month is to get a check up with you dentist. What many people don’t realize that there is a link between diabetes and dental concerns such as gum disease. This is why, as National Diabetes Month encourages you to become more aware of health problems related to diabetes, you shouldn’t forget about your mouth during this time.

Emerging research suggests that having diabetes puts you at risk of increasingly complicated gum problems. Gum disease, or periodontitis in its most severe form, is when gums begin to pull away from teeth. This leaves pockets of air between your gum and teeth, meaning that germs and pus can move in and create serious issues. Among the symptoms of gum disease are jaw pain, tenderness while brushing your teeth, and bleeding.

There is also research that indicates patients with diabetes are at risk of other oral health problems, such as gingivitis. This is because diabetes leaves you more susceptible to bacterial infection. Diabetes also decreases your abilities to fight and prevent bacteria from getting stronger between your gums.

Gum disease is also linked to diabetes in other ways. Serious periodontitis can potentially affect blood glucose control and contribution to diabetes progressing in patients.

During National Diabetes Month, consider these things about your oral health care to raise your awareness of dental concerns associated with diabetes.

How am I at risk of dental problems if I have diabetes?

As diabetes alters the blood glucose levels, this impacts infections in the mouth. A lack of control of blood sugar levels can lead to gum disease and teeth loss occurring more easily. Gum disease can also cause blood sugar levels to increase and have a negative impact for diabetics. There are also other oral hygiene concerns that increase with diabetes, such as thrush, dry mouth, ulcers, infections, and cavities.

What can I do to prevent these concerns if I have diabetes?

It is important to remember that just because you have diabetes or are at risk of having diabetes, this doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed to have increased dental problems. There are many preventative measures you can take to protect the state of your teeth if you have diabetes, for example:

  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Regularly brush and floss your teeth, and clean your teeth
  • Have a regular check up at the dentist every six months
  • Avoid smoking
  • Control your diet

What else can I do?

If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes, it is very important to tell your dentist during your routine check ups. If your dentist or oral hygienist is aware of your health condition, they can give you better advice and practical tips on how to care for your teeth as well as your diabetes, and might refer you to a periodontist. Your dentist or dental hygienist also needs to be aware of any medication you are taking to treat your diabetes as this can impact on the treatments they are able to give you and procedures they can do. Staying aware and informed with all your health professionals is the best thing you can do to take care of your health.

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

dr. kim 1Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
At Morris Park Dental, we have all specialists under one roof, including a dual board certified periodontist and prosthodontist Dr. Yung Kim! Dr. Kim is one of only four dentists in the country who has both board certifications, which means he is a specialist in gum disease as well as dental implants. Click here to read more about our periodontist, Dr. Yung Kim.

Call us today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) to schedule a complimentary consultation today with our periodontist or click here to request an appointment online!

$1000 off Invisalign for National Orthodontics Month!

MF_realpatient4_HR.JPEGAre you embarrassed about crooked teeth, but hesitant to straighten your teeth with metal braces? October is National Orthodontics Month, and the perfect time to start your orthodontic treatment and get yourself started on the path to a straighter healthier smile, without the metal mouth! We are even offering $1,000 your full Invisalign case, for a limited time only! Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, so it is important that you keep them straight, white and healthy. In the past, the only way to achieve a straight and even smile and to realign crooked teeth was to get wire braces and brackets. If you need orthodontics, but would really rather avoid those uncomfortable unattractive metal wires inside your mouth, then you will be pleased to know that there is a much more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable alternative: Invisalign Clear Aligners! Thanks to advances in technology in the dental field, Invisalign Clear Aligners are revolutionising the way we correct teeth.

Here at Morris Park Dental, we have the best Invisalign dental services available in New York City. Dr. William Wolfson and his team have been practicing this type of dentistry to correct occluded and misaligned teeth longer than most in the field and are considered leading experts in Invisalign technology. Both Invisalign treatment and traditional braces are available at our offices across New York City, including our Bronx office Morris Park Dental.

in_hand1The way that this technology works differently to traditional braces is a custom prescription is developed to suit your individual teeth. Using Align Technology with 3-D computer imaging technology, we are able develop a treatment plan to get your teeth aligned exactly how you want them to look in the long run. Some patients with mild cases may even be able to complete treatment in as little as six months!

After the initial treatment and computer scan, you will have scheduled visits for ongoing treatment. Over two week periods, you will wear aligners which will gently push your teeth into place, and after each two week increment the aligners will advance to continue the process. Adjustments and check-ups will be done every 4 weeks to ensure that everything is on track.

You may be wondering just what the differences between Invisalign dentistry and traditional braces are, and just why Invisalign is the better option. Below is a summary of the reasons why to consider Invisalign treatment over traditional braces.

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  • Comfort: unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign system does not use metal or ceramic braces that rely on brackets and wires. These brackets and wires tend to irritate the mouth and gums, causing abrasions. Invisalign eliminates many of these pain points making the whole process much more comfortable for you.
  • Aesthetics: in terms of looks, Invisalign is practically invisible meaning you don’t have to be shy or self-conscious about your smile. With braces, the metal bars can really have a negative impact on self-esteem, especially in adults who need teeth straightening. Invisalign removes all this so that you don’t have to worry at all.
  • Hygiene: in the dental field, we naturally care about your oral hygiene and want to ensure that you are able to take care of your teeth in the best way possible. The Invisalign system makes it easy to maintain good oral hygiene. The clear retainers are removal so you can go about your brushing and flossing routine as normal, without being hindered by traditional braces. Many patients with traditional metal brackets are unable to properly clean in between the wires, and can end up developing cavities or even needing root canals after their orthodontic treatment is complete!
  • Diet: unlike traditional wire braces, there are no dietary limitations with Invisalign. With the clear retainer that is part of the Invisalign treatment, you remove this before you eat and drink. This means that you can enjoy any food or beverage that you desire, brush and floss your teeth like normal, replace the retainer and still have effectively straight teeth.

While Invisalign treatment may not be suitable for everyone, it is certainly worth considering and looking into. This is why we offer a free consultation to see if this treatment will work for your teeth. The major benefits of Invisalign treatment include:

  • No hardware and ugly wires on your teeth
  • No diet restrictions or limitations
  • No cuts in your mouth and pain caused from the wires
  • No problems when it comes to brushing and flossing
  • No hassle services that will leave you with no regrets

Your Insurance may even cover Invisalign, the same way that they would traditional metal braces! Some insurance plans may have an age limitation on their orthodontics coverage, so be sure to check with your insurance company, or one of our friendly treatment and financial planners to verify your insurance benefits! You can even use your flex plan FSA to pay for Invisalign. You better hurry, though, since most flex plans or FSA’s expire at the end of the year and don’t roll over into the following year! If you don’t have insurance or a flex plan, don’t worry: we offer 0% financing payment plans as well. Our treatment planners are here to answer any questions you may have!

Since October is National Orthodontics Month, for a limited time we are also offering a $1,000 discount on any Full Invisalign treatment which is started from now until the end of October! There is no better time than now to get in touch with us and find out just how Invisalign can have a positive impact on your smile.

For the best in dental treatment and the chance to get your teeth perfectly straight without the pain and hassle of wearing braces, there is no one better in the industry to rely on than the expertise of Dr. William Wolfson. Here at out Bronx Office, Morris Park Dental, your dental care will be in the capable hands of our general dentist Dr. Mitchel Elias, a certified Invisalign provider. We provide treatments for Invisalign as well as traditional braces and we will work with you and your teeth to ensure that we get you’re the best outcome using either treatment. Should you still opt for traditional braces, we also have an orthodontist on staff, Dr. Maryam Hashemi. As always, Morris Park Dental is here for you providing quality dental care with all specialties under one roof. We offer our patients the best services and the treatment that’s right for them, whether traditional braces or Invisalign, and we are a preferred provider of Invisalign due to our early involvement with the technology.

Morris Park Dental is centrally located near the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Bronx Zoo. Call us today at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) at Morris Park Dental to schedule your complimentary consultation and see if Invisalign technology can change your smile and your world!

Strong Bronx Women Equals Strong Bronx Smiles

iStock_000005812265XSmallTake a moment off this month from your March Madness Basketball fantasy to thank the Bronx women in your life; whether they are your sister, mother, wife, grandmother, daughter or aunt. Women play an important role in society, and they don’t have to be Amelia Earhart to do so. We here at Morris Park Dental Associates in the Bronx salute the women in the Bronx and the women of America! Call 718-Dr-Smile (718-377-6453) or schedule a dental appointment online today and get the smile that every woman deserves.

Women like Alice Paul, Malvina Reynolds, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt, all have something in common. What is it? Confidence! This month, we’re celebrating Women’s history by sharing one of the easiest ways to boost your confidence – your smile!

Your pearly-whites can be become not-so-pearly when you consume things that stain your teeth, weaken your enamel, and build up plaque.

Some of the most popular drinks consumed on a daily basis that can stain your teeth in the Bronx consist of: red wine, coffee, darkly colored juices and teas, soda and sauces.

Most of these also weaken your enamel and promote tooth decay. In addition to the aforementioned liquids, we can also add acidic foods such as blueberries, prunes, plumes, cashews, bacon, fish, and lamb. The list goes on and on.teeth-whitening-damage

In replacement of these delicious foods we consume so often, try veggie juices, almonds, cucumbers, pumpkin, celery, carrots, avocados, watermelon, tomatoes, peas, and kale.

Keeping healthy teeth habits will prevent plaque buildup, as well as brighten your smile and gums. Habits to hold on close to are those such as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and using a mouth rinse for at least 30 seconds twice a day, not to be confused with a mouthwash. The difference is that mouth rinses are an antiseptic that decrease bacteria, whereas mouthwash just freshens your breath. Mouthwash doesn’t actually protect you against plaque. Habits to stay away from can conclude with staying away from sticky foods which cling to your teeth, such as raisins, candies, and sugary and starchy foods.

Others things to stay away from, and some of the more obvious ones, include hard liquors, cigarettes, drugs, tobacco, beer, chemicals and aspirin.

If you or your child is just too stubborn, or don’t have enough time to brush twice a day, it is essential that the brushing at night is done. The level of saliva in your mouth decrease significantly at night, making plaque buildup, bad breath and cavities thrive while you’re asleep. Not to mention that there are probably still microscopic food particles left in, around and between your teeth, from eating throughout the day. This is another reason why flossing is so beneficial – it gets to the parts in between your teeth that your average toothbrush can’t get to.

dr-kelsoIn the long run, it pays to follow the recommendations of our Morris Park Bronx dentist; brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and utilizing a mouth rinse. It saves you the pain, discomfort and cost of potential cavities, gum disease or plaque buildup.

Here are 5 tips that can make your teeth one step closer to that shine you desire:

  • Brush for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Brush in front of a mirror; watch where you get and where you have yet to get to. Make sure you are getting along the gum line, this is the most commonly missed area, yet one of the most important.
  • Brush in a circular pattern. Start small and get bigger.
  • Do NOT brush too hard, you are actually doing more harm than good as this can cause damage to your tooth enamel.
  • Brush with the right toothbrush. Buy a toothbrush that is fitted correctly to the size of your mouth, with soft or ultra-soft bristles to minimize damage.

Above all, visit our dental office in the Bronx! Who knows your teeth better than your Bronx dental practitioner? Come see us on a regular basis so that an accurate, professional tab can be kept on your oral health. If anyone can identify the early signs of a gum disease or abnormality, it’s the great Bronx Dentists at Morris Park Dental Associates.

Your smile says something about you. The great women we talked about above exuded confidence and high self-esteem. One can say; “In the face of adversity I press on and keep my head held high and my smile big.”

Call our Morris Park Dentist office and request a dental appointment and free consultation for all of your dentistry needs. From cosmetic dentistry to dental implants and dentures, we can help you look and feel confident! Call 718-DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) today to find out more about Dentistry In The Bronx.