Happy Teeth, Healthy Holidays

Happy Teeth, Healthy Holidays

It’s that time of year that sweets are everywhere–at the office, in the coffee room, on a co-worker’s desk, and at every special event. Here are our NY cosmetic dental office, we see thousands of patients a year and, to a one, they want to keep cavities and dental erosion at bay. Here are some tips to foster a happy holiday season that will keep you smiling!

Celebrate Crudités! Those trays of veggies and dip can be a lifesaver both for your general health and your pearly whites! Not only are they super low in sugar, they contain water that washes away sugars from your tooth surfaces, require chewing that turns on the saliva spigot, and they actually “scrub” your teeth, due to their crunchy nature! Super Tip: Fill up on crudités first, to help you avoid the more sugary foods!

Check for Cheese! Cheeses of all kinds are your teeth’s best friend! Cheeses contain calcium and phosphorus, the building blocks of enamel! Super Tip: Enjoy the cheese without the fatty meats that often share space on the cheese board! Your waistline will thank you!

Nuts are Nutrition in a Tiny Package: Did you know that nuts are loaded with calcium and phosphorus? Especially beneficial are almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews, which help to fight bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Super Tip: Avoid nuts with coatings, such as chocolate and sugars!

Find the Fish & Fowl: Fish and turkey help keep your enamel strong and healthy by depositing calcium and phosphate, lost minerals, back into the lesions in your enamel that are caused by soda and other acidic foods and drinks. Super Tip: Skip the fatty dressings that go along with them, or have some raw veggies afterwards to clean your teeth!

Drink in Moderation: You knew that was coming, right? Alcohol bathes your teeth in acids, as does soda, including the sugar-free variety. Super Tip: Follow beverages with a glass of water, swishing a bit in your mouth, after each drink.

All of us at iSmile Cosmetic Dentistry, wish you a healthy and safe holiday season and a new year filled with happiness!

To your health & beauty,
Jeffrey Shapiro, DDS, PC and Glenn Chiarello, DDS
NYC Cosmetic Dentists

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Crowns vs Fillings

At our Manhattan dental practice, our patients sometimes ask us if it might be preferable to have a crown placed over a tooth rather than a dental filling. While these two treatments aren’t identical, they can be an alternative for some patients, depending upon the severity of the decay.

Criteria For Dental Fillings

When a patient has minor dental decay, a dental filling is the logical choice both from a treatment standpoint and a financial one. Once a cavity has developed, we must remove the decayed area of that tooth, both to prevent further decay and to restore stability to the tooth.  Through the use of silver amalgam, ceramic, porcelain or a tooth-colored composite, we restore shape to the tooth to ensure a correct bite and avoid further decay in that area. Almost all of our NYC dental patients want to avoid silver amalgams for a variety of reasons, including aesthetic ones.

Criteria for Dental Crowns

If significant decay has weakened a patient’s tooth to the point whereby we believe the tooth cannot support a dental filling, Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 12.39.21 PMa crown is a logical alternative, as it offers both strength and stability to a tooth. Further, in patients with cracked or broken teeth, whether caused by decay or trauma, a dental extraction can be avoided while preserving as much of the tooth’s structure as possible with a crown. Manhattan dental patients often receive a crown following a root canal to support and strengthen a tooth to avoid damage during chewing.

Applying a crown is a fairly simple matter. For patients with an extensive decayed area in a tooth, we will insert filling materials such as those above in order to create a bigger, more ideal surface on which the crown will be placed. The crown is then cemented to the tooth and becomes a permanent feature in that patient’s oral cavity.

We hope you’re sticking to a twice-a-day brushing and flossing schedule, as well as a twice-yearly visit to our office, to avoid the discomfort, inconvenience and financial investment in a crown or filling. However, if you do experience dental problems, such as tooth pain or sensitivity, schedule an appointment with us so we can treat these concerns while they’re still small!

To your health & beauty,
Jeffrey Shapiro, DDS, PC and Glenn Chiarello, DDS
NYC Cosmetic Dentists