If your teeth hurt when exposed to hot or cold drinks or even when you take a big gulp of air, talk to your dentist as soon as possible. Tooth sensitivity can often be treated, and allowing your dentist to determine the cause is the first step.
Watch this video to learn more about tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth are sometimes caused by aggressive brushing, and in other instances, teeth grinding is to blame. Diet, especially diets high in acidic foods or carbonated drinks, can also trigger sensitivity.
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It’s common knowledge that seeing a dentist regularly is one of the best ways to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. The dental hygienist will scrub your teeth until they gleam, and the dentist will diagnose and treat oral health issues before they turn into major problems. But beyond dentist appointments every six months, there are plenty of everyday things you can do to support your oral health.
Learn to love water.
Did you know that athletes are at a high risk of tooth decay and gum disease? It’s because sports drinks are often acidic and contain large amounts of sugar. Non-athletes who drink soda and fruit juice also have this problem. One easy way to keep your pearly whites looking their best is to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and skip the soda and fruit juice.
Choose soft-bristled toothbrushes.
Dentists strongly recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes, even though medium and hard bristles are readily available in stores. Although your enamel is quite hard and durable, hard bristles can gradually wear it down. Hard bristles can also encourage the gum line to recede, which can lead to tooth sensitivity.
Swish mouthwash for the recommended time.
Lots of people use mouthwash, and many of them even double-check the label to make sure it contains cavity-fighting fluoride. But not everyone knows how to use mouthwash correctly. Check the label. Depending on the product, it will likely say to swish the mouthwash vigorously for 30 seconds or one minute, then spit. You’ll also be instructed not to eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes, so refrain from swishing with water after you use mouthwash. Following the directions is important for keeping the cavity-fighting fluoride and any teeth whitening ingredients in contact with your teeth for the recommended time period.
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Many people never go to the dentist because they are nervous about having dental work done. Unfortunately, ignoring oral health issues will only make them worse. Gingivitis is easily reversed, for example, but advanced periodontal disease requires far more intensive treatment. If you’ve been delaying an appointment because of your nerves, it’s time to talk with your dentist about sedation dentistry.
This video introduces the concept of sedation dentistry. Patients can use a sedative, such as laughing gas or an oral medication, to help them feel better about sitting in the dentist’s chair. While sedated, time will seem to pass more quickly and few to no memories of the experience will be retained.
With sedation dentistry available in NYC, there’s no reason to be nervous about your upcoming dentist appointment. Just call Park 56 Dental at (646) 783-3529.
Every January, countless people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier. As an added bonus, many of the same foods that are good for your waistline are also good for your teeth. Dentists recommend eating plenty of fresh, natural foods that are low in sugar and high in calcium. Leafy greens, fruits, and nuts are all at the top of the list.
Apples are naturally sweet, making them a great alternative to desserts and snacks with added sugar. By choosing an apple instead of a few cookies, you’ll reduce the amount of sugar your teeth are exposed to, which can help fight tooth decay. Apples have other benefits as well. The crunchy, fibrous texture of the apple stimulates the gums and triggers the production of saliva. Saliva is important for washing away particles of food and bacteria.
Dairy products aren’t the only foods that are high in calcium. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are also chock-full of this important mineral, which helps keep your teeth and bones strong. Look for ways of incorporating more leafy greens into your diet, such as by adding spinach to your tacos or pizza. When you make salads, you can make your own sugar-free salad dressing from olive oil, vinegar, and freshly cracked pepper.
Almonds are often included on lists of superfoods. They contain lots of calcium and protein to help protect your teeth. And since they are naturally free of added sugar, almonds make the perfect snack or salad topper.
While cheese is too high in calories to be considered a diet food, it’s actually very good for your teeth. Enjoy small amounts of cheese in moderation to boost your calcium intake. Cheese may also offer a protective benefit beyond its calcium content. Research suggests that eating cheese will raise the pH level of the mouth, which reduces the risk of enamel erosion and tooth decay.
Even if you follow a smile-friendly diet, it’s still important to get a professional teeth cleaning every six months. Park 56 Dental provides comprehensive preventive, general, and restorative dentistry services. You can call our dental clinic in NYC at (646) 783-3529 to request an appointment.
If you have mild dental anxiety, your dentist may recommend nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This is the mildest level of sedation dentistry. It won’t put you to sleep, and you’ll still be able to respond to the dentist’s requests and questions. Laughing gas has an excellent track record of safety in both adults and children.
About five minutes before beginning the procedure, the dentist will apply a face mask to administer the inhaled gas. You’ll start feeling relaxed within a matter of minutes. Once the dental procedure is completed, the dentist will turn off the gas. You may continue to receive oxygen for a few minutes, which will help you regain alertness faster. Generally, it only takes a few minutes to shake off the effects of the gas. However, for safety’s sake, the office staff may ask you to remain for about 15 minutes to ensure that you’re fully alert before driving.
The team at Park 56 Dental is certified and licensed to administer sedation dentistry in NYC. Schedule an appointment today by calling a friendly staff member at (646) 783-3529.
Invisalign can dramatically improve your smile without the need for metal brackets and wires. However, to get the best possible results, it’s important to follow the strategies recommended by your dentist for getting the most out of your treatment. Your dentist will review the ins and outs of Invisalign with you. This information will also help you maximize your treatment results.
Wear Your Aligners
One of the things that patients like the most about Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed for eating and for brushing and flossing. However, this clear benefit can have a downside if you aren’t vigilant about wearing your retainers as much as possible. You should aim to wear your aligners at least 22 hours per day. If you don’t, not only is it likely that your treatment time will be extended, but also the condition you’re treating may get worse. If each set of new aligners seems to fit worse the last, then there is a good chance you haven’t been wearing them consistently enough.
Avoid the Chewing Habit
Many people have a habit of chewing on pen lids, nails, ice, and other non-food items. Although it may seem harmless, this habit is bad for your teeth and a disaster for your Invisalign aligners. It’s important to focus on breaking this habit when you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment, so that your aligners stay snug against your teeth and they don’t become damaged.
Wear Your Retainer
Your aligners are just part of your Invisalign treatment plan. Once your teeth are in the desired positions, your retainer will help to keep them there. Wearing your retainer is critical to ensuring that your teeth don’t shift back to their previous positions, so follow your dentist’s instructions regarding your retainer carefully.
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Nearly everyone has done it—expect maybe your dentist. You’ve had a late night, you want to get to bed, and you don’t feel like brushing your teeth, so decide to skip it. Maybe you can skate by without major damage after one night, but what would happen if you actually stopped brushing your teeth for an extended period of time?
Watch this video to learn more about the effects of not brushing your teeth. Not just your oral health is on the line, but your heart, lungs, and other parts of your body could be impacted as well.
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Your oral health plays a central role in your overall health, but there are many persistent myths about how to care for your teeth and gums that could actually have a detrimental effect on your wellbeing. Are myths about oral health having a negative impact on the way that you care for your teeth? Before you try any new oral care regime, vet the information with your dentist to make sure you have the facts. These are some of the common myths about oral health that could be putting your teeth and gums on the line.
Myth: You should scrub your teeth to get them clean.
Brushing your teeth is a cornerstone of good oral health, but scrubbing with all of your might is not necessary. When you brush, use gentle, circular or back-and-forth motions across the surfaces of your teeth, but resist the urge to dig in and scrub. Scrubbing your teeth too hard will actually cause the enamel to erode, which will lead to tooth sensitivity and leave your teeth more vulnerable to cavities. Treat your teeth with care by selecting a soft-bristled toothbrush and easing up on your pressure you use to brush.
Myth: You should stop flossing if it makes your gums bleed.
Bleeding gums are a sign that you have gum disease. This occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on the gums, causing inflammation and leading to gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease can be treated by focusing on your oral hygiene routine, but in more advanced stages, you may need professional care. If gum disease isn’t treated, it can lead to tooth loss, so see your dentist as soon as possible. Most importantly, don’t stop flossing if you see this early sign of gum disease emerge.
Myth: If your teeth are white, they are healthy.
The color of your teeth is not a clear indicator of their health. Thanks to whitening treatments, teeth can look bright and white and still be hiding decay, enamel erosion, and more. The only way to ensure your teeth are healthy is to see your dentist on a regular basis for checkups.
Cut through the myths and get on the right road to good oral health with the help of the dentists at Park 56 Dental. For checkups, teeth cleanings, root canals, and Invisalign in NYC, call us at (646) 783-3529.
Sedation dentistry allows patients who are nervous about dental care get the treatments they need comfortably. There are several levels of sedation, from mild oral medications to help to feel relaxed to deep sedation with which you may sleep through your procedure. Should you consider undergoing deep sedation dentistry?
Deep sedation could be right for you if you have intense anxiety about your dental care or if you need multiple treatments and wish to have them in a single visit. You must have someone with you to drive you home after the appointment, and you will likely need to take the rest of the day off from work. Our dentists are IV certified and licensed practitioners of sedation dentistry, so they can help you choose the safest, most appropriate kind of sedation for your needs.
Get the dental care you need without anxiety with sedation dentistry in NYC at Park 56 Dental. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (646) 783-3529.
Cavities occur when teeth become decayed. Left untreated, the decay can spread throughout the tooth and eventually infect the root, nerves, and bone around the tooth, triggering the need for a root canal or even causing the loss of the tooth. Fortunately, there are multiple things you can do to prevent cavities that are simple and easy enough to do every day. Protect your oral health can reduce the need for time-consuming dental treatments with these steps.
Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing are the easiest—and most effective—things you can do to reduce the risk of cavities. Brush and floss twice per day to remove the build-up of plaque and bacteria on the surfaces of your teeth and your gum line, and you will drastically cut your chances of getting a cavity. In addition to your daily teeth-cleaning regime, see your dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning, to remove any build-up on your teeth that cannot be addressed through brushing and flossing alone.
Your sugar intake is directly linked to your risk of cavities, since sugar feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Cutting your sugar intake overall will help to control your risk of cavities, but pay especially close attention to things that expose your teeth to sugar for an extended period of time. For example, sucking on a lollipop or slowly drinking a sugared beverage over a long period of time bathes your teeth in sugar, whereas eating a piece of candy causes a shorter exposure time. The longer the exposure, the worse it is for your teeth.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Not only does sugar-free gum help to remove some debris from eating from your teeth, but it can also stop the growth of bacteria. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in most sugar-free gum stops bacteria growth, protecting your teeth from decay.
Talk to your dentist in NYC at Park 56 Dental to find out about other ways you can keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. Schedule your appointment for a teeth cleaning or other dental care by calling (646) 783-3529.