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Preparing for your Braces

brooklyn-dentist-bracesHearing that you’ve got to get braces can be incredibly (and understandably!) overwhelming. From feeling potential pain, to worrying about the overall look, to having hesitations about which foods you can and cannot eat, it is easy to let confusion get the best of you. However, it doesn’t take long to get used to the look and feel of your braces, and, after all, they are beneficial in the long run! Use these tips and tricks to ensure a smooth transition from crooked teeth to beautifully straight teeth through the use of braces:

  • Things to avoid: It really isn’t hard to determine which foods you can or cannot eat. Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, or that would easily get stuck in your braces. This includes chewy candies like gum and hard candies, and crunchy snacks such as popcorn.
  • Be prepared for some discomfort: While it doesn’t hurt to have your braces put on, you may feel some discomfort over the next few days. To lighten the pain, stick to soft foods for the first week. You can also take advantage of some over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen. Orthodontic wax can also help to prevent poking and prodding.
  • Cleaning: Brushing your teeth may seem strange during the first tooth brushing session or two, but all it takes is a normal, thorough brushing. Additionally, you may gargle with salt water to get rid of any bacteria. You can also use a proxy brush to clean in between the wiring of your braces.
  • Embrace the look: Embracing your look is one of the hardest parts or having braces. While you may feel like you’re the only one with braces, rest assured that you are not! Plus, think about how beautiful your smile will be once they come off!

Keeping these simple tips in mind will ensure a smoother transition and an easier time while wearing your braces. If you’re getting braces in Brooklyn and looking for a dentist who can offer the smoothest transition, be sure to give Park Slope Dentistry a call at 718-768-1111!

Caring for your Dentures

brooklyn-dentist-denturesOuch! Lose your tooth in a sports accident? Or perhaps you’re beginning to lose your teeth simply due to natural aging? Your dentist may recommend either partial or full dentures. Simply put, dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out of your mouth and replaced as needed. As with any dental devices, dentures do take some time to get used to and do require some routine care and maintenance, but modern dentures are more comfortable and easy to care for than ever before. If you’re given dentures, utilize these tips for ensuring that they look great and last for as long as possible.

Cleaning your Dentures:

As with regular teeth, dentures require daily cleaning and brushing. Gently clean your dentures each day by soaking and brushing with a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Overnight, soak them in water or a denture-soaking solution, so that they retain their shape and fit comfortably within your mouth. Additionally, it is wise to rinse them after eating. Simply remove your dentures after eating and run beneath warm water to remove any leftover particles.

Things to avoid:

Because dentures are delicate, you should avoid handling them with abrasive materials such as firm-bristle brushes and harsh toothpastes. Dentures are crafted to look as natural as possible, and so you should avoid any potentially bleaching materials, such as whitening toothpastes or bleach, as this may leave permanent and unnatural looking marks. Hot water and high temperatures can warp your dentures, and so it is important to not expose them to these high heats.

If you’re experiencing the loss of your tooth or teeth and are interested in finding an office that provides dentures in Brooklyn, give us a call at 718-768-111 or visit us online at slopedental.com!

Preparing for your Dental Appointment

brooklyn-dentist-appointmentWhether you’re heading to a semi-annual checkup or an appointment to address a specific dental concern, heading out to the dentist can be a daunting task for so many patients. One of the easiest ways to ensure a smooth appointment is simple to prepare ahead of time! Whether you’re a new or existing patient, keep these tips in mind to help you prepare for your appointment:

  1. New patient information: If you’re a new patient to the specific practice, be sure to have any previous dental history transferred to the new office.
  2. Clean up: Prior to your appointment, it is wise to brush and floss, as you normally would. This will help you to feel clean and relaxed and ready to open wide. However, don’t brush or floss TOO strongly, as this will irritate your gums, and may lead to some discomfort.
  3. Prepare any personal information: Be prepared to fill out a form providing your medical history, insurance policy, or any changes to your health.
  4. Bring any questions or dental concerns with you: Prior to your appointment, make a note to mention any dental concerns or questions you may have. Be prepared to discuss any pain, soreness, or sensitivity that you may be experiencing. This is also a good time to bring awareness to any anxiety or fear that you may be having. Many dentists offer forms of sedation dentistry, or simply, know how to care for those with dental anxiety.

With these simple steps, you’ll be ensured an overall smoother, more efficient, and more comfortable appointment with your Brooklyn NY dentist!

Gingivitis: A Sore Situation

brooklyn-dentist-whiter-teethWe’ve all heard it before: “You better floss!” While we know that flossing should be a daily habit, and perhaps we do try to make it one, so many of us are lacking when it comes to properly flossing our teeth. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that so many of us don’t floss daily is because we’re not entirely sure just why it is so important. Today, we’ll be discussing one of the most common of dental diseases—gingivitis—which can easily be avoided by the habit of properly flossing!

Gum disease, more properly called gingivitis, usually is the result of improper dental hygiene, particularly as it relates to flossing. Gingivitis consists of a number of often uncomfortable symptoms, including inflammation and swelling of the gums, redness of the gums, and/or bleeding while brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. During this stage, the gums further recede from the teeth, allowing for more bacteria to be introduced. As time goes on, bone tissue can break down, leading to the decay or loss of teeth. Eventually, this can result in further complications, such as lung disease, suffering a heart attack, or a premature birth.

The most common reason for gingivitis is very simply, improper dental hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will greatly decrease one’s chance of this often painful condition, as well as reverse the symptoms if they do arise. If you experience painful brushing and flossing, or notice swelling or redness of your gums, give your Park Slope dentist a call for an evaluation and be on your way to a happier, healthier smile!

What are Porcelain Laminates?

Porcelain-Laminates-BrooklynFrom discoloration to crooked teeth to a chipped tooth, there’s nothing quite as damaging to our confidence as a smile that we’re simply not thrilled with. Fortunately, there are remedies for each of these problems! Porcelain veneers offer a unique solution, able to remedy tooth discoloration, crookedness, and the overall appearance of your smile. In addition to appearance, porcelain laminates are capable of aiding in the form and function of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They are fitted specially to your teeth and placed over your existing discolored, chipped, or misaligned tooth. Ideal for those looking to achieve a beautiful smile, they are both functional and attractive in their design. The process of putting in porcelain laminates is fairly simple. In addition to looking great, they are stain resistant, provide a natural look, and your gum tissue and surrounding teeth are unaffected. And the best part? They require very little attention! Once placed over your teeth simply brush and floss as usual. That means a painless, easily maintained, and gorgeous smile!

If you’re concerned about the discoloration, misalignment, shape, or overall look of your tooth or teeth, consider the many benefits of receiving porcelain veneers in Brooklyn! Give us a call today at 718-768-1111 to learn more.

A Whiter Smile, With Ease

brooklyn-dentistWho doesn’t love having a “thousand watt smile”? White teeth are an extreme confidence boost – you smile a little bit more frequently, and a little bit wider! Although, it’s true, our teeth can lose a little luster after indulging in darkly colored foods and beverages, there are ways to achieve that gleaming smile that you’re after. Teeth whitening allows you to keep your smile crystal-clear and sparkling, without any pain!

When looking for teeth whitening in Brooklyn, you may consider Park Slope Dentistry. Here at Park Slope, we offer Zoom!® Whitening. Anybody over the age of 16 can schedule their appointment or pick up our take-home treatment system. If you’re looking for immediate results, our in-office treatment results in a brighter smile in under an hour. If you’ve got more time on your hands, or have a tighter budget, our take-home treatment system allows you to gradually whiten over two weeks. There are options available for everybody, meaning more reasons to smile!

While a beautiful smile is what you’re after, some patients do experience tooth sensitivity during their treatment. Don’t be alarmed! This typically goes away within a couple of days after treatment. To avoid damage to the enamel, you should continue to brush and floss regularly.

If you’re interested in whitening your teeth, visit us online to give us a call at 718-768-1111!

Goodbye, Pain: Wearing your Night Guard with Ease

park-slope-dentistThere are many reasons why someone may need to wear a night guard while they sleep, including as a way to keep teeth in place after having braces, or to avoid the grinding and clenching of teeth at night. Though helpful, there is no doubt that wearing a night guard can be a daunting task. Uncomfortable, painful, and annoying are commonly used words to describe having to wear a night guard. However uncomfortable they may at first be, they are imperative to your overall dental health! Fortunately, there are some easy ways to make your time wearing a night guard easy and painless.

The first thing that we like to tell our Park Slope Dentistry patients is what to expect when wearing a night guard. Knowing what to expect helps to make the process of wearing one easier. Expect the first few nights to be a bit uncomfortable. However, know that after a couple nights, once you adjust, you’ll be sleeping peacefully and painlessly!

To make the process a bit easier, consider wearing your mouth guard for an hour or two during the day. This will help you to get used to the feeling, so that your sleep will be less disrupted. When you first begin to wear your mouth guard at night, simply relax. The more relaxed you are, the quicker you’ll fall asleep, and ultimately, the less you’ll even notice the mouth guard!  Finally, don’t skip nights wearing your mouth guard. While one night here or there may not necessary cause any damage, when the days add up, your teeth may adjust to not wearing one. This means you’ll have to re-adjust over and over again.

Though it may feel odd at first, night guards are meant to help the longevity of your teeth and to prevent further damage. Keeping these things in mind will help you to transition into wearing your mouth guard at night with ease!

 

Your Dental Appointment: What to Expect

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We all get a little nervous when thinking about going to the dentist, especially if we know that we that we may not be as adamant about flossing as we should be!  For most of us, the dentist recommends a six month check up for a comprehensive dental exam. For those who dislike or fear the dentist, this may seem like a daunting task. However, it is vital to your overall health! You want to ensure your teeth are in tip top shape to last you a life time, completely pain free.

Before heading to Park Slope Dentistry, it is helpful to know what exactly your dental exam will entail. Before the dentist examines you, you will be asked to provide them with insight into your overall health including new medicines or if there have been any changes in your overall health since your last visit. Are there any new pains or discomforts? After the initial health review, the physical exam starts, which will typically include the following:

  • The dentist will evaluate your head and neck to look for unusual signs like swelling or bleeding
  • The soft tissue inside of your mouth will be checked for unusual signs
  • The gums and teeth are next, looking for any unusual growth or spots
  • X-rays will be taken to take a further look into any decay or cavities
  • Depending on your appointment, you may receive a tooth cleaning, polishing, and flossing
  • Finally, you will be given recommendations and asked to schedule any necessary follow-up appointments

Your checkup really will be that easy! Again, for someone who hates the dentist, this may seem daunting, but the more relaxed you are, the quicker and easier your procedure will go.

 

Simply a Toothache or Something More?

brooykln-dentist-park-slopeTooth pain is one of the most common complaints, and while it’s important to listen to your body’s signals, not every twinge warrants an immediate dental appointment. Learning how to decipher the meaning behind your symptoms can help you decide whether your toothache is an emergency or just a case of passing discomfort.

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Slight, short-lasting sensitivity is usually not a sign of a serious problem, but if you’re experiencing severe pain that forces you to eat on the other side of your mouth, your tooth should be evaluated for physical trauma or deep decay.

Gum Swelling at Toothache Site
Swelling at the root of the tooth and pain that radiates throughout your jaw are classic symptoms of an abscess, an active infection. If you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth, contact a top-notch emergency dentist in Brooklyn for immediate treatment.

Sharp Pain When Eating
Sharp pain that only manifests when you bite on a specific tooth can be caused by loose fillings, cracks or naturally sensitive teeth. While not necessarily an emergency, temporary pain that can be described as severe needs to be checked out as soon as possible.

Even if your toothache is very mild, be sure to bring it up at your next dental appointment. Minor dental pain can be indicative of a wide variety of issues, ranging from teeth grinding to gum recession. Your dentist can diagnose your condition correctly and help you find the right long-term solution.

What You Need to Know About Halitosis

dental-exam-brroklyn-dentistHalitosis is a clinical term for bad breath, a common problem that affects virtually everyone at some point or another. While many cases of halitosis – like bad breath in the mornings or after eating certain foods – can be quickly wiped away with your toothbrush, some are more stubborn. Because long-term halitosis may be the first sign of a more serious problem, it is important not to put off investigating the source of your condition.

What Are Some Common Causes of Halitosis?

• Dry mouth
• Smoking
• Allergies
• Multiple prescription medications
• Pungent foods
• Weight loss
• Respiratory infections
• Stomach disorders
• Liver and kidney disease
• Chronic sinusitis
• Gum disease
• Poor oral hygiene
• Oral infections

How Is Halitosis Treated?

In the case of short-term halitosis, chances are that food or an incomplete oral care routine is the culprit. To eliminate odor-causing bacteria, brush your teeth at least twice a day and finish the evening with a quick scrape of your tongue’s surface. Dentists also recommend flossing every day to dislodge stubborn food particles that can cause bad breath and decay.

If you don’t see any improvements with better oral hygiene, schedule a dental appointment. Trained in diagnosing and treating halitosis, dentists in Park Slope can quickly determine whether your halitosis is caused by an oral issue or a potentially different, treatable medical condition.