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Halloween Candy

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in News | 0 comments

It’s almost Halloooooooooweeeeeeeeeeen…………………. In the midst of all the BOOS and OUCHS and SCREAMS etc., the fun part is the CANDY – candycorn, eyeballs, gummy worms, to name a few. Keep it in moderation and take care of your teeth by following your routine hygiene instructions plus brushing a little more often and drinking water. Don’t let the candy cause an oral health nightmare. Don’t let any creepy cavities get into your teeth. The chewy candy gets stuck in the grooves of your...

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Holiday Season and Dental Hygiene

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Holidays are here…  popcorn, cookies, blintzes, eggnog, candy canes, and all the good stuff. All these taste great but are not good for your teeth. Most of the treats are high in fat and sugar content. That doesn’t mean you should not enjoy these treats. Eat them in moderation. Sip water all day long to get rid of the food particles from your teeth and to wash off the sugary stuff from your teeth.  Try cheese as a snack – it protects your teeth from the acid that causes cavities. Chew some sugarless gum to increase salivation and...

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Geographic Tongue

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in News | 0 comments

I keep seeing patients with geographic tongues at least once a month. Sometimes patients know that they have something on their tongue.      Geographic tongue is a harmless condition. It does not lead to any other conditions and does not cause any major health risks. Normally a tongue has papillae on it. They are usually pink and white. In geographic tongue patches of tongue get denuded and the papillae are lost. The appearance is a white or red patchy tongue making it look map-like. The patches move around frequently. There is no known cause...

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Are your teeth sensitive?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Tooth sensitivity is such a common problem. It is caused when the enamel wears away and the second layer of tooth (dentin) is exposed or when the root surface is exposed. Dentinal structure is tubular and there is fluid in the tubules. The movement of this fluid causes nerve irritation. It can be caused by several factors: Worn down enamel – brushing hard with a hard toothbrush Grinding (click here for more details ) Receding gums – brushing hard, gum disease Cracked teeth Bulimia and acid reflux causing wear of enamel Symptoms...

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Use it or lose it! Don’t let your benefits expire!!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

It’s the end of the year 2014 and everyone is in a festive holiday mood. Along with that, a lot of patients have the burden of picking their insurance for the upcoming year and have been asking questions about Dental Insurances and how to pick one that’s good for them. If the company you work for is offering more than one choice….. My advice – look through the plans, read the fine print and talk to the benefits manager to get all the details and explanations. Couple of things to keep in mind: Make sure your doctors are on your plan that...

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Halitosis or Bad Breath

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in News | 0 comments

One of the most common complaints that my patients come in with and wanted corrected is Bad Breath or Halitosis. Bad breath can be caused by various factors: Poor hygiene (inadequate brushing, flossing, cleaning the tongue may leave particles of food which then invite more bacterial growth and cause odors from the bacterial degradation) Gum Disease (allows food to stay between the gums and teeth and cause more bacterial growth) Cavities (are food traps, also allow more bacteria to grow) Abscess (due to deep cavities or advanced gum disease...

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Dental Insurance: The mystery

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in News | 0 comments

A lot of my patients don’t understand how their insurance works and two of the the biggest questions I have from the patients is “IS MY INSURANCE GOING TO PAY FOR MY TREATMENT?” and “IF YES, HOW MUCH ARE THEY GOING TO PAY?” Easy question to ask, but DIFFICULT to answer. After all these years in practice, this is what I make out of it. Dental Insurance is different from Medical insurance. Medical Insurance usually has a fixed copay when you go in for a doctor’s visit. Dental Insurance is of various types. Again, this is my analysis after being...

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Hydrate yourself.

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

As all my patients know, I always ask about your water drinking habits when you come in as a new patient and during your check ups. Drinking water helps keep you hydrated and healthy. It helps your oral health by washing away bog food particles and sweet stuff from your teeth and your gums. Even if you drink coffee or tea with sugar, soda or juice, I always encourage my patients to drink water at the end of every meal or a soft drink so the residue left on your teeth, gums and tongue are reduced. Even for babies on bottles, if you cannot stop...

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness month

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Here is a quick overview Influencing factors: Smoking Drinking Human papilloma virus Chewing tobacco Decreased resistance (trauma,  infection,  poor nutrition, etc.) combined with any of the above factors Perform a Self-Exam Monthly The best way for diagnosis is by keeping your regular dental checkups. It is part of the routine exam to look for oral cancer. The self exam is not a replacement for a check up done by your dentist. You could check periodically at home by doing the following. Remove any partials or dentures you may have. Use a...

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Pregnant?? Is anyone you know pregnant?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Some dental and oral considerations during pregnancy: During Pregnancy it is more important to keep your routine cleaning and check-up visits. It is better to maintain health and treat all problems at an early stage. Babies while in the womb, start developing their teeth so make sure you follow your doctors’ orders on health, diet and vitamins. X rays are usually not taken during the pregnancy. If it is an emergency and x rays have to be taken, you, the patient, will be double shielded and only the minimum number of x rays will be taken to...

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