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Have the Most Natural-Looking Crowns and Bridges

February 6, 2016

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 7:49 pm

In recent years, major developments have taken place in the area of improving the appearance of dental crowns and bridges. While we have always tried to create good color matches to natural teeth, we have never been able to do with porcelain–fused to metal what we are now able to do with the technology of All-Ceramics.

The most important feature of All-Ceramic crowns is that they are made from a translucent material which is attractive to look at and blends in naturally with the surrounding teeth. This means a top quality crown which will last for many years. The majority of all ceramic crowns are produced by the dental laboratory using computer technology, which is based upon 3D design. The all-ceramic crowns are also fracture-resistant and extremely strong.

When you are in our office or if you would like to know if All- Ceramics are possible for your teeth, please call us for a complementary consultation. We will be happy to answer your questions and show you models and photographs.

Yours in Health,

Gary C. Sherman, D.M.D.

What do they mean by “Teeth in a Day”?

January 23, 2016

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 7:51 pm

For patients who are wearing a denture, or more often, patients who have been advised that they have teeth that are becoming loose or “failing”, there is a solution now available in our practice for most to attain fixed teeth again with the use of today’s advancing dental technology. This procedure or more precisely, this “set of procedures” has many names in advertisements, webpages, and on-line articles. It has been called “teeth-in-a-day”, “all-on-four”, “Hybrid” denture, and other names.

The fact is that the procedure is remarkable and even life-changing, but is certainly not done in one day. What can be done in one day, is the implants used in the procedure can be placed and fixed teeth attached (in the form of a temporary set of teeth) in one (long) treatment day. There are however, a number of  preparatory steps which must be taken in leading up to the “magic day”.  This should not deter you, the patient from seeking to have this marvelous procedure, as it is truly life-changing. I just feel that I would not want you to be misled by the names given to the procedure. I think it would be better just to know that in most cases, you can indeed have teeth again that are not removed by you the patient to clean or at the end of the day. This procedure DOES involve having several diagnostic steps, very often a denture or temporary bridge of some kind, implants placed, and  a temporary “fixed” bridge, before the final bridge is placed.

For those who have had this procedure done, it is indeed life-changing. If you would like more information about this procedure, please call our office (516-538-1100) and we can arrange a consultation to answer your questions and show you a little more about this procedure.

So What’s New (in dentistry)? Part 1

March 1, 2015

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 7:52 pm

Just as technology is changing the rest of our world at an incredibly rapid rate, the way we can approach treating our dental patients is also changing for the better. When you come to our office, you will notice that there have been advances in just about every aspect of the way we do things compared to just a few years ago. I will share two of those things in this article! (Next time, I’ll tell you about two more!)

Digital Dental X-rays – At first, taking dental x-rays seems kind of the same, as we still shield our patients with that heavy apron for safety, and you still hear the little beep when we take the image of your tooth. But we are not using film! Instead, the little gadget that is held in your mouth is an electronic digital sensor which is connected to the computer that you see alongside the dental chair. The moment the image is taken, it appears on the computer screen! This way of taking x-rays brings many advantages to our patient, the dentist and dental hygienist, and even the rest of the world! Here’s a just a few- –

  1. Much Less Radiation! — digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays! While the radiation used for dental examination has always been extremely low compared to other x-rays such as chest or abdominal x-rays, the digital sensor only requires a fraction of the amount of radiation we used to require to pick up the image or your tooth! Great for our patients!!  
  2. Images Big and Clear! – As a dentist, I can tell you that my eyes are very thankful for digital x-rays! We can see many dental problems in their beginning stages, which often allows us to prevent your dental disease from worsening! Great for the dentist, dental hygienist and our patients!      
  3. Shorter Wait Time! – We don’t need to develop the film – It’s instantly right there on the computer! And, while we’re on the subject, this means no developing liquids, no storing films, no film coverings or environmentally harmful chemicals to be disposed of! Great for the world!                                                             

Please ask us more about digital x-rays at your next visit!                                                                                        

 

Better Bonding and Filling Materials

Thanks to another technological marvel, we have “my personal favorite” which are the natural tooth-colored filling and bonding materials that are available to solve so many of the problems that our patients present with. For so many years, dentists used amalgam (“silver”) fillings to restore cavities in most instances. While amalgam fillings are certainly strong, most people love to learn that there are newer, durable and more esthetic ways to treat teeth that have been damaged or decayed. Today’s bonding material is a resin (plastic), which is longer lasting than the substance used in the past.

In addition to durability, here are some of the benefits and uses of tooth colored fillings:

  1. Creating a Confident Smile! – Our tooth-colored resin materials come in many shades and thus create a noticeably natural appearance. Patients are especially please when an old, defective amalgam filling is replaced with a new resin filling!
  2. Safety! – The newer resin-based fillings do not expand and contract very much and so the pressure which can contribute to cracking of the tooth over time is much less! Because these fillings are bonded to the tooth they restore the strength lost to decay.
  3. Less destruction of tooth! – Because the resin fillings rely primarily on a chemical bond, the dentist can restore teeth with less removal of tooth structure than was necessary for amalgam fillings.
  4. So many uses! –  We use resin bonded materials to solve so many dental problems including, restoring decayed teeth, replacing unsightly fillings, repairing chipped teeth, closing small spaces between teeth and covering and protecting sensitive root surfaces.

Please ask us more about resin-bonded filling materials at your next visit!

See you soon- Spring is almost here!!

Yours in health,

Dr. Gary Sherman

A Healthy Mouth Lends Itself to a Healthier Body

February 1, 2015

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:14 pm

By now most people know that periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss. This is probably enough reason for all of us to visit our dentist and dental hygienist for our regular teeth cleaning and maintenance. But this is clearly not the only reason. It turns out that there is a direct correlation between gum disease and a great number of bodily ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other systemic illnesses. This is because gum disease is a bacterial infection which must be fought off by our immune systems and our metabolism. It turns out that  periodontal disease can increase blood sugar increasing the likelihood of incurring diabetes. Likewise, if you already have diabetes, you are more likely to attain periodontal disease.

Those with periodontal disease are more than twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. Studies at Columbia University suggest that those people having high levels of the bacteria found in gum disease are more likely to have atherosclerosis in the carotid artery, which in turn can lead to stroke.

Other diseases which may be worsened by the presence of gum disease are osteoporosis, pneumonia and kidney cancer.

The link between oral and bodily health is undeniable. Please visit us at your earliest convenience – we want you to stay healthy!!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Gary Sherman and Team

The Answer to Better Sleep and Better Health for 2015 May Be in the Dental Office

January 18, 2015

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:14 pm

Regularly getting a full night’s sleep can help achieve health-related New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight and lowering stress levels. For the many Long Island residents losing shut-eye to snoring and sleep apnea, a visit to our office may be the unexpected sleep solution needed to help accomplish their New Year’s resolution. In fact, many of our patients have already begun sleeping more soundly after consulting a dentist about their snoring and sleep apnea.   Loud and frequent snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes people to stop breathing from a few seconds to more than a minute at a time. These breathing pauses are repeated throughout the night, occurring up to hundreds of times during one night of sleep in severe cases. OSA is a potentially life threatening condition that can increase the risk for a number of serious health problems from stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence. Most people don’t know they can start 2015 on the right path by consulting Dr. Sherman about snoring and sleep apnea treatment. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Dr. Sherman can provide a treatment called oral appliance therapy, which uses a custom-fitted mouth guard-like device worn during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which are the traditionally-recommended treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP includes a face mask, tubing and a constantly running motor. According to the AADSM, up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. For many, oral appliance devices are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. The devices also are quiet, portable and easy to care for. Health solutions can be found in surprising places. Most people don’t know that a dentist can help treat snoring and sleep apnea, which can put them on the right path toward a healthier, happier New Year. Oral appliance therapy is highly recommended for people with mild to moderate OSA. Once a patient is diagnosed with primary snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, a dentist practicing in dental sleep medicine can provide treatment with oral appliance therapy. If you or a loved one snores loudly, OR if you have not tolerated CPAP therapy for any reason, OR to learn more about oral appliance therapy or to schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 516-538-1100 and we will schedule a free initial consultation to see if oral appliance therapy could help to alleviate the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dr. Gary C. Sherman, D.M.D. is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He will work closely with your family doctor and the sleep physician of your choice to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.   About The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), established in 1991, is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. The AADSM provides educational resources for dentists and promotes the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing.

Should I eat THIS… or THAT??

November 17, 2014

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:16 pm

With the Holidays fast approaching, many of us are making plans for great festive meals to share with family and friends. I thought it would be a good idea to write this week about some food choices you can make when they are out there on the coffee or dinner table! There are some obvious and also some “not so obvious” foods that can wreak havoc on our teeth, increase tooth sensitivity or even damage dental crowns and bridges. I really want you to have a great time this holiday season but just try to be a bit cautious when presented with your choices of holiday treats! Dried Fruits or Fresh Fruits??  Because the water is taken out (hence the word “dried”) in dried fruits, the sugars are concentrated and these are mushy and sticky. You will also notice that dried fruit is smaller than its equivalent fresh fruit so you will tend to eat more of it! (That’s more sugar AND more calories!!). If the dried fruit was packaged to begin with – guess what—the manufacturer almost always adds even more sugar! The bacteria in our mouths feast on these sugars and this can lead to decay and loosen dental restorations. Enough said. So what about fresh fruit? Well, because fresh fruit is fibrous and requires that we chew it well, it stimulates the flow of saliva in our mouths. The saliva washes away the particles of food and decreases the acid levels in our mouths. The best fruits to eat are pears and apples. There have also been studies that show that cranberries may reduce the ability of plaque to stick to teeth because they contain chemical structures called polyphenols. Polyphenols prevent the bacteria in our mouths from being so harmful. Watch out for cranberry products however that are loaded with excess sugars! (easy on the canned cranberry sauce!) So fresh fruit wins this battle!! (Also try to avoid canned syrupy fruits as well). Candy or Chips?? This is an interesting choice – Hard candies cause several problems because they contain sugar, are sticky (and so they remain in the grooves of our teeth longer, and they are HARD so they are capable of chipping teeth and fillings or restorations! Chocolate on the other hand, is the better choice for a candy since it will not remain on the teeth as long. So what about the chips?? Pretzels and potato chips may actually be worse than chocolate for your teeth! This is because these treats are cooked carbohydrates which really stick on the teeth and generate higher acid levels. So what do I munch on during the game?? Okay- Here’s the good stuff for your teeth- – Cheese!  High in Calcium, low in sugar, low in acid. Celery! – It’s right there in that platter! So fibrous that you’ll be salivating with the best of them! Those strands actually help to clean the teeth! Nuts! Go for them! These have plant proteins and are loaded with good nutrients for teeth especially almonds and brazil nuts. Sesame seeds are real high in calcium and may actually remineralize enamel. Eat nuts and seeds instead of chips! Tea or Coffee??  Black and Green Tea also contain polyphenols that keep bacterial infections at bay. Long-range studies have shown that tea drinkers have less plaque buildup! Alcohol – Alcohol decreases saliva and so is not good for teeth, and if mixed with juice the added sugar spells trouble—Have a drink to celebrate the holiday (as long as you’re not driving) just not too many!! Tap water – In most places tap water contains fluoride which is of course good for our teeth. It’s a good idea to have a glass of water to wash away the treats left in our teeth.   So I hope this helps you make some choices on the holidays! Have a great time and I’ll see you soon— All the best for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!   Yours In Health, Dr. Gary Sherman and Team

Do I have to floss??

November 3, 2014

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:17 pm

This week’s blog message comes from our Registered Dental Hygienist. I know you will benefit greatly from these important tips!

Your dental health is necessary for the health of your entire body. In addition to regular check-ups and professional cleanings performed by your hygienist, you can take care of your teeth at home on a daily basis. There are a variety of tools available to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.  Along with brushing twice a day, it is imperative to clean in between your teeth and under the gums. Most cavities that patients present with in our office occur between the teeth or at the gum line!

Interdental cleaners are designed to remove food and plaque that build up in between teeth and at the gum line, therefore helping to prevent dental decay from developing. Dental floss is the most commonly used tool to help clean in between teeth.  Dental floss may be waxed, dental tape and super floss.  Waxed floss is most recommended as it creates friction to effectively trap and remove food particles.  Dental tape is gentler on gums than floss. Super floss is a thicker strand of floss which is useful where gaps or spaces are present.

Some people find floss difficult to use, so there are alternatives to flossing. These other interdental devices might be easier to use and give you more of a chance in developing a habit of interdental cleaning to assure optimal dental health.

A waterpik is an electronic water flosser, also known as an oral irrigator.  A waterpik works by using pressure to flush particles out from between teeth by walking the hose from tooth to tooth.  Waterpiks can be used in conjunction with regular brushing or even as an addition to regular flossing. People with braces and bridges can also benefit from using a waterpik.

Interdental brushes are small, tapered, cone-shaped brushes designed to slip between teeth by maneuvering the handle. Interdental brushed are inserted between two teeth, and then pulled back and forth to trap and remove food particles. Rubber tips can also remove tartar and buildup from along the gum line gently and effectively.

Floss threaders are also available which are designed for people who have bridges and braces where connections between the teeth prevent flossing in the traditional way.

Finally, interdental cleaning are not intended to replace tooth brushing. The various interdental tools can supplement dental floss or replace flossing for those who find it difficult to use floss.  Using interdental cleaners to deep clean between your teeth and massage your gums will prevent the growth of plaque and tartar and block much of the bacteria which causes dental decay and gum disease.

Please call us at 516-538-1100 to schedule your regular cleaning appointment if you have not yet scheduled! We hope you have a joyous Thankgiving and look forward to seeing you!

Yours in health –

Dr. Sherman and Dental Team

Why Are My Teeth so Sensitive?

September 12, 2014

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:18 pm

Every day in our dental office, we see patients that complain of tooth sensitivity. This “discomfort” (our word for “pain”) is most often brought on by cold, hot, sweet or sour foods and drinks, or even by simply breathing in through our mouth. The American Dental Association reports that at least 40 million adults in the United States suffer at some time from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is also most common in people between the ages of 25 and 30 years of age.

So why do teeth become sensitive? Before I talk about causes and solutions for this common problem, allow me to tell you a little about the anatomy of our teeth. The tooth basically contains three layers. The outer protective layer of the teeth is the enamel– which is the hardest substance in the body. But underneath this outer layer is the middle layer called dentin, which is a softer and more porous part of the tooth. In fact, the dentin has channels containing fluid, called tubules, which provide a pathway to the innermost layer – the nerve chamber. So if the dentinal tubules becomes exposed, sometimes as a result of receding gums, the extreme temperature or sugar in food and drinks that we love causes movement of the dentinal fluid and  reaches and irritates the nerve inside your tooth, which results in the pain (oops- “discomfort”) –  that you feel.

So what causes this to happen?  Well- there are a number of possible causes. I’ll talk about a few of these-

First- Brushing too hard.  While we think we are doing our teeth some good with a hard scrubbing, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can erode enamel and expose the dentin!  This may also cause the gum to pull away from the teeth. If the bristles of your brush are frayed or pointing every which way you may be brushing too hard!  We also need to know what toothpaste we are using. Some toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that may not be good for people who have sensitive teeth. Ingredients found in some whitening toothpastes and sodium pyrophosphate, the main ingredient in tartar-control toothpaste, may also increase tooth sensitivity.Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) spokesperson William Kuttler, DDS. has stated that after using tartar-control toothpaste, about 10 to 20 percent of patients complain of tooth sensitivity, so sometimes we suggest they stop using it.

Other causes are tooth decay near the gum line, plaque build-up, gum disease, and cracked teeth. Many of our patients report munching on ice cubes, regularly chewing hard candies, or have large fillings which can all lead to chipping or cracking of teeth. When the cracks fill with bacteria in the mouth, discomfort often occurs.

We are finding that another very prevalent cause of tooth sensitivity is  teeth grinding. Grinding or clenching your teeth wears down the enamel and exposes the underlying dentin. As hard as the enamel is, it is no match for the power of clenching or grinding. A very common result of grinding and clenching are tooth abfractions, which is a chipping away of the enamel at the gumline.  We see this every day in our practice and these often-unconscious habits wear away tooth enamel, leaving your teeth’s nerves very close to the tooth surface and very sensitive.

Tooth whitening products. Some patients really overdo it when it comes to trying to lighten their teeth at home. These products may be major contributors to sensitive teeth. Tooth whiteners and toothpastes with peroxide-based bleaching solutions can cause sensitive teeth. The sensitivity is often temporary, going away once you stop using the product. It is highly recommended that you have your teeth whitened professionally or while provided with custon-fit trays and overseen by the dentist or hygienist.

Another “accidental” cause of tooth sensitivity is using too much mouthwash! If you love keeping your breath minty fresh throughout the day, you may be setting yourself up for sensitive teeth. That’s because some mouthwashes contain acids that may make already-sensitive teeth worse. The solution: Ask your dentist about neutral fluoride rinses.

Some of our patients love acidic foods. Regular consumption of foods with a high acid content, such as lemons and other citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea, can cause enamel erosion. These foods erode the protective enamel on your teeth, exposing the vulnerable dentin beneath.Bulimia and acid reflux can also result in erosion of the hard enamel and sensitivity due to acid in the mouth.

What Can I Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?

Some steps you can take to prevent tooth sensitivity include:

Maintain good oral hygiene. Continue to follow proper brushing and flossing techniques to thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Soft bristles will reduce gum irritation and toothbrush abrasion of the tooth surface. Brush gently and carefully around the gum line so you do not remove gum tissue.

Use desensitizing toothpaste. Several brands of toothpaste are available for sensitive teeth. With regular use, you should notice a decrease in sensitivity. You may need to try several brands to find the product that works best for you. Another tip: Spread a thin layer of the toothpaste on the exposed tooth roots with your finger or a Q-tip before you go to bed. Do not use a tartar control toothpaste; rather, use a fluoridated toothpaste.Toothpaste for sensitive teeth usually contains a desensitizing agent that protects the exposed dentin by blocking the tubes in the teeth that we referred to earlier. In most cases, these products must be used on a regular basis for at least a month before any therapeutic benefits may be noticed.A major advance in treatment has been the introduction of sensitivity toothpastes containing strontium chloride. These products, like Sensodyne and others, cause the minerals in your saliva to crystallize and cover the pores in your exposed roots thus protecting them. Sensitivity toothpastes containing potassium nitrate can also help reduce tooth sensitivity.

 

Watch what you eat. Frequent consumption of highly acidic foods can gradually dissolve tooth enamel and lead to dentin exposure. Acidic foods may also aggravate the sensitivity and start the pain reaction. More neutral foods like milk or cheese may help to neutralize the effects of acidic foods.

Use fluoridated dental products. Daily use of a fluoridated mouth rinse can decrease sensitivity. Ask your dentist about products available for home use.You may be prescribed a stannous fluoride gel or an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste containing fluoride and either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.

Avoid teeth grinding. If you grind or clench your teeth, a custom nightguard can be made for you in our office. Tooth grinding (bruxism) can fracture teeth as well. Many of our patients have experienced the pain-relieving effects that a nightguard can provide.

See your dentist at regular intervals. Get professional tooth cleaning, oral hygiene instructions, and fluoride treatments every 6 months (or sooner, depending on your condition). You don’t have to go it alone; talk to us to discover exactly what’s behind your sensitive teeth. To strengthen pearly whites, you may need to make a few more changes to your oral care routine, like switching to a soft-bristled tooth brush, using a desensitizing toothpaste, or a fluoridated mouth rinse.

Other Solutions:

Tooth-colored bonded fillings to cover exposed root surfaces. These easy to apply restorations are a great solution in many cases of sensitivity.

Fluoride varnishes applied to the exposed root surface

Dentin sealers applied to the exposed root surface

Desensitizing toothpaste. After several applications, desensitizing toothpaste can help block pain associated with sensitive teeth.

 

I hope this answers your questions about tooth sensitivity! Please don’t hesitate to  call or email if you have any further questions. I look forward to seeing you at your regular recare appointment.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Gary Sherman

Hey Doc – Why are my gums bleeding?

August 15, 2014

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:20 pm

Hello – Dr. Sherman here – I hope you are enjoying your summer! We certainly deserved a nice one after the icy winter we had this year. At Franklin Avenue Dental Care we are excited to bring you my new dental health e-newsletter entitled “The Honest Tooth”, where we will be happy to answer your most pressing concerns and questions. There are many exciting things happening in dentistry that will affect the choices you have in your treatment with us. I will share these things with you regularly in our website blog and in our e-newsletter so that you can stay on top of our changing world with us.

They’re all equally important to address! SO… Here’s a list of possibilities to consider.

  1. You’re late for your regular dental hygiene visit!! C’mon- I know we’ve reminded you – but the plaque and tarter returns on a regular basis despite your best efforts to self-treat. WE WANT TO HELP! WE DON”’T WANT YOU TO LOSE YOUR TEETH! Please make your appointment so we can help you to keep your gums healthy.
  2. Your “Healthy Diet” is Slipping a bit. What happened to the fruits and vegetables you said you were going to eat more of when you made that New Year’s Resolution?? Vitamin C is the best for preventing gum inflammation. Milk, cheese and eggs have Vitamin A. These are excellent for healing gum tissue. Vitamin D and Calcium work together to maintain healthy gums and teeth.. Fish oil and magnesium are also beneficial.- A healthy immune system means healthy gums. Try to get back with the program!
  3. You Need To Chill!! – Stress is another big enemy of our immune systems and a cause of bleeding gums. Lisa (our fabulous appointment secretary and Facebook guru), will tell you to go to Long Beach and walk or ride the boardwalk. Look at the ocean – calm your nerves regularly. We want to see your happy faces.
  4. It’s nice to share but….. NOT eating utensils and toothbrushes. You guessed it- the bad bacteria in our mouths can be contagious. I like that you want to share but I’m afraid this is where you need to draw the line. If you know your loved one has gum disease then sharing these things is not a good idea. The components of gum disease can be transferred in the saliva. So…. Use your own.
  5. Time to Quit! Cigarette smoke causes inflammation and the build-up of plaque and tarter. Smoking wreaks havoc on your gums. Please try to quit. It’s not good for your heart and lungs either, so make everyone around you happier and stop smoking.
  6. Three more quick onee:

Genetics. – could be contributing factor.

Some Medications – cause gums to bleed or dry mouth. Review your meds with Dr. Sherman at your next appointment.

You’re Pregnant. – Your gums will tend to bleed more during pregnancy. SO…….definitely come for your dental cleaning during your pregnancy – This will reduce the chances of a dental emergency also and allow you to enjoy this special time more!

Thanks for reading our blogs and e-newsletter!! We can’t wait to see you! And Thank You all for your kind referrals… we so appreciate it. Please forward this e-newsletter to a friend or family member!

New Year’s Resolutions!

January 22, 2014

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:23 pm

Happy New Year!

With the New Year well underway, the cold weather has many of us already forgotting about the resolutions we made only three short weeks ago. Our New Year’s resolutions are often focused on improving our health, so I will gently suggest a few healthy resolutions that will also lend to your enjoying a beautiful healthy smile in the coming year! You can start them today since we are only a few weeks into 2014!

  1. Change the snacks you choose – Instead of going for the candy or the chips, fill the fridge with fruits and vegetables. The apples are still good this time of year and those multi-colored sweet peppers are great and you can have a few at a time! Long stalks of celery are great too. Almonds are a great quick snack in between meals as well.You can bring a small bag to work! These foods are guilt-free and contain antioxidants which improve your body’s ability to fight the bacteria and inflammation which leads to gum disease. Chewing these types of foods can help to clean plaque from your teeth. These snacks also have very little sugar which is your teeth’s biggest enemy.

You may also find that this small change helps get you on the road to losing those few extra pounds- so there’s two benefits from one resolution! Check out eatingwell.com for recipe ideas.

  1. Okay- Quit smoking – It is well established that smoking stains your teeth, contributes to gum recession, and negatively affects your immune system and your ability to breathe freely. I know this is a big challenge but as dentists, oral cancer is not something we ever wish to find in our patients. Please give it a try! The website smokefree.gov is a good resource.
  2. Don’t Skip Your Dental Visits. – I know we are not on the “Fun things to do in 2014” list,   but seeing us twice a year prevents bigger problems from occurring. We can’t monitor your dental health if we don’t see you and your mouth will feel great after a thorough cleaning. Best of all, you will be satisfying another healthy New Year’s resolution! Make your appointment today so we may help you start the year off on a positive note!

 

Happy New Year!!

Gary C. Sherman, D.M.D.

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