Thanksgiving is a holiday all about giving thanks and breaking bread with the people in your life. Unfortunately, we rarely consider our dental health during these types of holidays. Our mouths are susceptible to much more because of it is where we ingest almost everything into our bodies, both good and bad. And because we love what we do and are thankful to help out our patients achieve the greatest smile possible, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you celebrate this delicious holiday:
Keep things short and sweet. Between the pre-meal snacks and the post-meal desserts, it’s impossible to not fall victim to grazing the entire day. The longer you allow the acids in foods to hang out in your mouth, the easier it is for cavity-causing bacteria to invade your teeth and set up camp. It’s all about moderation.
Stay hydrated. Keeping a glass of water handy will not only help with digestion, but drinking plenty of water will also wash away any food debris still lingering around in your mouth. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defender against the bad bacteria in your mouth.
Keep your routine. We can’t forget to pay special attention to our teeth during this delicious holiday. They work overtime for you during times like these. Make sure you brush, floss and rinse the way you normally would. Scratch that, pay more attention to them. Your teeth don’t know you’re celebrating. After the holidays, be sure to make an appointment for a quick dental check-up. Thanksgiving is a fantastic time to give thanks for everything in your life – and your teeth are no exception.
It’s Halloween…that one day of the year that children hold
dear to their hearts. Sure, there is Christmas. We all know there’s no
competing with Santa. But it’s the one day of the year that everyone can be anyone
or anything they want to be. And above all that, there’s candy. But how can you
monitor your child’s oral health during this sugar-infused time of year? Here
are some pediatric dental tips to keep in mind when going through your little
Instead of denying them the sweets, have them choose a set number of candies they want the most and let them have them. Whatever they don’t choose, throw it out or freeze it for later. Not only will you know that what they are eating is safe, but you can rest at ease that they aren’t sneaking it behind your back.
In addition to the limitation of sweet treats, set up a time
of day that your child will be able to eat that candy. Similar to snack time at
school, having a time when your little one knows a snack is allowed teaches
them that snacking isn’t an all-day event, making them less inclined to crave
sweets all day.
Lastly, good dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing before bed will prevent cavities from attacking while your little one sleeps. To make it more fun, let them pick out their own dental stuff. The key is to make brushing less of a chore and more of a fun way to fight “cavity crime”. Not only will they continue to love Halloween, but they can be their teeth’s superhero all year ‘round!
We are on the cusp of one of the most dangerous times in our mouth’s life – Halloween. Yes, this spooky holiday not only enjoys scaring us, but also scares our smiles if we aren’t careful. Candy is running rampant through the streets and if you aren’t careful, you can invite the cavity creeps into our mouth to wreak havoc. Their first moves? Plaque build-up.
Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or pale, yellow film
that is constantly forming on your teeth. When saliva, food and fluids combine,
plaque – which contains bacteria – forms between your teeth and along the gum
line. And it starts developing 4-12 hours after brushing.
Plaque is the root cause of many oral health issues. The
bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel causing cavities. The
bacteria in plaque can also cause the early stage of gum disease called
gingivitis. Plaque can also contribute to bad breath and can make your teeth
look dingy and yellow.
If plaque is not regularly removed from your teeth by proper brushing and flossing, it mineralizes into tartar, a hard, yellow or brown deposit that tightly adheres to the teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. If tartar is not removed it can lead to more serious gum disease.
Now, you may be wondering how you remove plaque from your teeth before it causes harm to your smile. Fighting plaque is the most critical factor in protecting and preserving your teeth, and gums, for a lifetime. The answer is simple – practice proper dental hygiene every single day and visit your dental professional for regular check-ups. They are the only ones that can tell you if you’re developing dental issues.
Waking up with a toothache is one morning most patients hope
to never experience. Not only is the pain relentless, but it will likely end up
in a visit to the dentist. This pain is the reason we avoid the dentist, but
now we need to face facts – we really need to take care of our teeth. Not only is
our smile the first thing someone sees when we meet, but it is also the first
line of defense against lots of our overall health issues. Fortunately, there
is a solution to your tooth pain – root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is infected due to exposure to bacteria. Because the buildup of bacteria is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene, it is essential to maintain excellent oral healthy by brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinse.
Although poor oral health is one of the main reasons for root canal therapy, failing dental restorations and cracked teeth also allow bacteria to leak inside the tooth and infect the nerve. Not only will this situation cause excruciating pain but will result in root canal therapy to treat your condition.
So, how do we prevent endodontic treatment and root canal
Regular dental visits. We are responsible for taking care of our own teeth, but without regular checkups, we won’t be sure if everything is healthy and issue free. Now, do you see how all the pieces fit together? Taking care of your smile is a team sport – everyone needs to pitch in, or we wake up with a toothache.
They come in all sorts of colors and flavors – it’s almost
impossible to choose a favorite. Some are used to bake. Some are better off as snacks
dipped in peanut butter or caramel and on a stick. Yes, we are talking about
apples. From infancy through adulthood, the apple is one sweet treat that we
have our entire lives, in all of its various forms. Originally from Central
Asia and with 7,500 varieties available around the world, apples have become
world-renowned as a go-to fruit. So much so, this Saturday (September 19) is
International Eat an Apple Day.
But it isn’t just the sweet snack that has captured our hearts – did you know that apples also have loads of health benefits that range from our bones to our heart, while also improving our smile? It’s true – this crispy fruit is fantastic for producing saliva, which is our natural way of keeping our mouths clean and bacteria free. Additionally, the fibers within the apple play an added role in cleaning our teeth in a way similar to a toothbrush. However, apples are a healthy snack, not a replacement for your daily dental hygiene routine. Just a natural way you can improve your smile while enjoying a tasty treat.
How will you celebrate International Eat an Apple Day? Snack on an apple with a bit of peanut butter or a slice of apple pie. In fact, because this fruit is international, why not try some German apple cake or Polish apple pancakes? Even the French and the English got in on the fun by making a popular fermented drink called cider. With so many options, you may need a week to properly celebrate!
We all try to do our best to have the brightest, healthiest
smiles we can. So, we brush, floss and rinse each day, avoid bad dental habits and
lead a healthy lifestyle. But life happens; accidents happen. And sometimes
these accidents result in damage to our teeth. Having a chipped or broken tooth
can not only look funny, but they can also lead to issues with speech, eating
and other daily activities. This is why it is imperative to make a dental
appointment as soon as possible.
Upon examination, your dental professional will suggest a treatment plan to remedy the situation. One of these options is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a great way for you to regain confidence in your smile if you have chipped or broken one (or more) of your teeth.
Bonding is a process of directly applying a tooth-colored composite to your tooth. Once the composite is applied, our dentist will sculpt and shape it to make a perfect looking tooth. A high-intensity ultraviolet light is then used to harden the composite and is finished off by a fine polishing. Not only is dental bonding useful for chipped and broken teeth, but it is great for stained teeth that are resistant to professional whitening treatment. Because believe it or not, if you have dental implants on your front teeth, they won’t be able to whiten like the rest of your teeth with a professional whitening treatment.
Although dental bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns; with proper care, dental bonding composites can last for years. Accidents will happen; it’s nice to know there is a fix it to a broken tooth.
When we go to the dentist, we cross our fingers that all of the effort we’ve put in between checkups is good enough to keep our mouths healthy. After all, a dentist is there to help keep your smile healthy, but your efforts are really what keeps things running smoothly. If you put in the work, the checkups go much smoother. If not, trouble will be afoot. One of the more common issues is developing gum disease.
While it is a common occurrence, periodontal disease, or gum disease, can cause a significant amount of unwanted damage to your oral health and hygiene. These dental damages include swelling, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, and permanent tooth loss. If you find that you have these symptoms frequently, it’s a good idea to have a dental professional examine the developing issue in order to ensure things are okay.
The good thing is gum disease can be prevented, and it doesn’t
take a whole lot of effort. To avoid having these long-term damages and prevent
periodontal disease, follow these simple steps:
Brush after meals. Brushing after meals is highly
effective when preventing periodontal disease because brushing allows you to
remove food particles and plaque that accumulate in the mouth. Just make sure
you wait a half hour after your meal.
Flossing. It may not be your favorite part of the
day, but flossing is also extremely important when preventing periodontal
disease because it removes any plaque buildup that cannot be removed from
Keep your dental appointments. Only a professional can thorough examine your teeth to determine how well your oral health is. Schedule regular appointment to ensure you are steering clear of periodontal disease.
They happen to the best of us, but they are awful any way you look at it. Those sharp pangs can become unbearable if you don’t get help soon. Unfortunately, you’ve gotten yourself a toothache. And if you’ve ever experienced an extremely painful toothache, you probably weren’t surprised to find out you needed a root canal. And who are we kidding – those two little words are some of the worst your dental professional can utter. But what exactly is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of your
tooth. If you have an untreated chip or cracked tooth (or other trauma), it can
expose the pulp which then can become inflamed and infected. Thus, the pulp
inside of your tooth becomes damaged. It is this point where you are likely to
set up an appointment, because if left untreated, the pain will continue to
worsen and may result in an abscess.
When your dentist performs a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed entirely from the inside of the tooth. After it is removed, your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or a filling for protection.
Modern root canal treatment is similar to having a routine
filling and may be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the
condition of the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canals relieve the
pain that an infected tooth is causing. The procedure isn’t as grim as it is
made out to be.
With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime with proper dental hygiene practices.
When we have a dental flaw, it becomes something that can
cause issues you may not have thought of before. It can cause further dental
issues, difficulty eating and drink or even speech impediments. This can begin
to cause issues, not only with social situations but cause take time out of
your schedule making various dental appointments to treat the issue. But what if
you can fix your smile in a single appointment? Dr. James Yankowskas is proud
to offer CEREC® to his patients.
CEREC®, is the world’s only system that allows our doctors
to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving
patients time and inconvenience. In fact, you can be in and out in a single
visit with a permanent, all-ceramic dental restorations with fewer injections,
less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule.
A tooth-colored restoration is natural-looking, compatible
with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. We no longer
need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because
of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.
During the procedure, the tooth that requires a CEREC®
restoration is prepared and a 3D photograph is taken of the prepared tooth.
From there, computer-aided design CAD software creates the restoration
digitally, then sent to a milling machine where your restoration is cut. The
milling process usually takes about 15 minutes per restoration. Once the
restoration is finished being milled, it is fitted onto the prepared tooth and
adjusted until the bite is accurate.
This procedure is great for dental crowns, veneers and the replacement of old fillings to give you the longest-lasting, best-looking restorations.
Now that we begin to loosen up restrictions in the world, it is a good time to make sure quarantine didn’t lead to any dental issues by visiting your dental professional for a quick checkup. But as we wait for an appointment to be scheduled, you can give your smile a bit of a boost by heading outside for a picnic. Not only does the sunshine improve your overall health with a burst of vitamin D but having a bit of a picnic while soaking it all in can also improve your smile. June 18th is International Picnic Day – so pack yourself up a healthy meal option and head on out to celebrate. Here are just a few of the picnic foods geared towards brightening your grin:
Traditional. If you are considering a traditional, family-friendly
option, there are lots of choices that can benefit your dental health. Cheeses
and various proteins can help strengthen your teeth, while fruits and veggies help
scrub them and encourage saliva production, which is key to rinsing
cavity-causing bacteria while you eat.
Wine and cheese. If you are of legal drinking age and
have a more sophisticated palette, you may opt for a nice wine and cheese
pairing. Cheese is full of calcium, which strengthens your teeth enamel, and
red wine also has dental benefits. But be careful – too much acidic red wine
will begin to break down your tooth enamel and begin to stain your teeth.
When you’re out and about, it is important to maintain some type of hydration at all times so make sure to pack plenty of water in your picnic basket. Enjoy your picnic!