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By Dental Implant & Cosmetic Center
November 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Dental Implant & Cosmetic Center
November 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

After a dental examination revealed you had periodontal (gum) disease, you began undergoing treatment. Now after several cleaning sessions, the infection has subsided and your gums have returned to a healthy shade of pink.

But your gum care isn’t over — depending on the infection’s severity you may need to visit us more often than the normal six months between regular checkups.

Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants built up on tooth surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria cause an infection in the gums, which initiates a response from the body’s immune system that triggers inflammation.

Without proper treatment, periodontitis can come back in which the infection spreads deeper below the gum line. Pockets of infection can reoccur as gum tissues weaken and lose their attachment to teeth. This continuing damage can ultimately lead to both tooth and bone loss.

To stop the disease it’s necessary to remove all the infection-causing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from tooth surfaces, including around the roots. This is performed manually and could require surgery once again to access areas below the gum line.

To guard against this it’s necessary for you to undergo regular periodontal maintenance (PM). Besides cleaning, PM gives us an opportunity to check for signs of returning gum disease and, if found, plan for another round of treatment.

Although not written in stone, the interval between PM appointments that seems the most effective for preventing recurrence is every three months. In cases of advanced, aggressive gum disease, appointments may need to occur at even shorter intervals, for example every two months.

PM for susceptible patients with decreased resistance to disease require extra time and effort for the hygienist, along with a renewed daily hygiene habit of effective brushing and flossing by you to keep the disease at bay. But preventing another occurrence of gum disease and its consequences is well worth this extra attention for the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care after gum disease treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dental Implant & Cosmetic Center
November 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Discover the best ways to care for your dental veneers so they last for years.

Once your Yorktown Heights dentist Dr. Joseph Zaky places your dental veneers, this brand new smile is often enough to change many patient’s oral care regime for the better. Find out what you can do to ensure that your veneers sparkle and dazzle for years to come.Veneers

Maintain Stellar Hygiene

You’ve finally gotten the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted and if you want to keep it that way you have to put in a little effort. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily to keep your smile healthy and free of decay. Even though veneers can’t develop decay, veneers do leave some areas of natural teeth exposed and these areas are susceptible to cavities. By maintaining good oral hygiene you can prevent problems from taking over your smile.

Have the Right Dental Tools

Next time you pick up a new toothbrush be aware of the kind you are getting. Hard-bristled toothbrushes and abrasive toothpastes can be too harsh on your veneers and actually scratch them. So when it comes to brushing your teeth be sure to always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste and a gentle hand.

Don’t Skip Those Dental Checkups

Your Yorktown Heights dentist will be disappointed if you don’t take these six-month visits seriously. Especially now that you’ve spent time and money getting your new smile you want to make sure that you are giving it the proper care it deserves so that it remains healthy. Keeping up with these visits will ensure that if a problem does arise that it’s caught quickly so it doesn’t impact your smile in the long run.

Nix Bad Habits

We’ve all been there—we have something we need to open but there are no scissors around so we use our teeth instead. Whatever you do, resist the urge to treat your teeth as tools. Any motion that puts pressure on your veneers can lead to damage. This also goes for issues like clenching or grinding your teeth. If you have this bad habit talk to your dentist in Yorktown Heights about effective ways to combat this problem.

Interested in getting dental veneers? Need to schedule your dental cleaning? Your Yorktown Heights dentist at Dental Implant and Cosmetic is here to cater to all your dental needs. Call us today!