It's time for newly sharpened pencils, brand new book bags, and fresh new sneakers. In addition to getting your child new school supplies for school, don't forget about their oral health. Before the school bus rolls around to pick up your little one for their first day of school, we have a few back to school tips to help keep your child's smile healthy and cavity-free all school year long.
Get a Dental Cleaning
Getting your kid in for a dental cleaning before the school year starts is ideal because then you don't have to worry about it interfering with their busy school and after school schedule. If you forgot to squeeze them in, though, don't worry; there's still time to do it now before the year picks up and things get hectic.
Pick Out Healthy Snacks
Kids love to snack, but the snacks that kids typically choose aren't necessarily good for their teeth. Go to the grocery store with your kids and let them choose some snacks that are good for their oral health like apple slices, carrots, almonds, and string cheese.
Get Into a Toothbrush Schedule
The hardest part for kids when they go back to school is getting back into a schedule. Not only do they have a new homework and bedtime schedule, but make sure that they are brushing their teeth as part of their schedule as well. Get them into the habit of brushing before school, right when they get home from school, and before bed every night.
Get a New Toothbrush
New school clothes and supplies are fun but don't forget to get them a new toothbrush. If they come into our office for a cleaning, they will get a free one to take home with them, but if not, then let them choose a new one out at the grocery store.
Heading into the school year with a clean and healthy mouth is a great way to get off on the right foot. To schedule your child's dental cleaning, contact our Melville office at (631) 423-6767.
What to Know About Nicotine and Your Smile
Aug. 15 2019
Smoking is one of the hardest addictions to quit; especially because it can be such a social thing. In addition to causing lung cancer and heart disease, however, nicotine is notorious for causing a host of other issues including oral health problems. From gingivitis to cavities, let’s take a closer look at a few issues that nicotine can cause.
Gingivitis or gum diseases is one of the most common oral conditions that we see patients for. Typically, patients get gum disease when they don’t take good care of their teeth and brush along the gumline. However, patients who use nicotine are way more susceptible to getting it. Nicotine causes bio-film (a thick, sticky substance) to form along the gumline which can cause bacteria to build up and results in gum disease.
The most severe thing that nicotine can cause (orally) is oral cancer. There are several types of oral cancer, including cancer of the cheek, tongue, and throat. Although it can be easily treated if it’s caught early on, it’s not something that we want any of our patients to have to endure.
Another thing that patients who use nicotine are prone to getting is cavities. Cavities are the most common oral issue that we see patients for. Similar to how nicotine causes gingivitis, that same biofilm can result in cavities. Plus, nicotine causes dry mouth, which can also lead to cavities.
Quitting smoking can literally save your life and your oral health. To help prevent your chances of oral health issues, schedule your next cleaning with us at our Melville office and call us at (631) 423-6767.
3 Tips to Keep Your Mouth Bacteria-Free
Jul. 15 2019
Whether you like it or not, bacteria and germs are all around us. Even though you can’t prevent yourself from breathing in airborne germs and bacteria every day, there are a few other ways that you can avoid having extra bacteria in your mouth. And because of a cold or other illness is the last thing that you want to get during the summer, we have a few tips to help you out.
Don’t Share Toothpaste
One of the quickest ways to spread germs and bacteria is to share toothpaste with people. If you think about it, when you touch the tip of the toothpaste tube against your toothbrush, and then you use that same tube on other people in your family, it will just spread germs from one person to the next. If you have it in your budget, try to get everyone their own tube of toothpaste; that way, germs only stay with the carrier and don’t spread to everyone else.
Watch Where You Put Your Toothbrush
Where do you keep your toothbrush? Are You the type of person who leaves it on the countertop after you brush? Do you have little kids who leave their toothbrush on the floor next to their toys? All of these places have dirt, germs, and bacteria that can hop on your toothbrush and make you sick or cause oral bacteria. Try to get into the habit of putting your toothbrush in a spot like a toothbrush holder after you use it every time. If you share a folder with other members of your family, make sure that your bristles don't touch.
Boil Your Toothbrush
We encourage patients to get a new toothbrush every three months on average or if your bristles start to wear down before then. To help you combat germs that are on your toothbrush, try soaking your toothbrush in boiling water. Or, you can even dip it in a pot of boiling water and boil it for a few minutes.
Use these basic tips to help avoid spreading bacteria and germs among your family members. Are you ready to schedule your next dental cleaning? Contact our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767.
How to Maintain Your White Teeth While Traveling
Jun. 15 2019
Whether you are traveling close by or somewhere far away this summer, make sure that you continue to take good care of your teeth. Not only should you try to brush at least twice a day and drink more water, but you should also make sure that you don’t come home with teeth that are a little yellower than you started with. So, what are some ways that you can whiten your teeth while traveling? Let’s take a closer look.
Get them whitened before
The first thing that you should do is start
your trip out on the right foot and get your teeth professionally whitened
before you hit the open road. Here at our office, we use in-office bleach which
will help give you a whiter smile in just one or two sessions. The great thing
about getting your teeth to whitened before you go out of town is that you
won’t only look good in pictures, but the only thing that you will have to do
afterward is maintaining them.
Use a whitening pen
Whitening pens are great because you can use
them without a mirror and while on the go. We encourage patients to use
whitening pens multiple times a day. For instance, if you just had a cup of
coffee, you can rinse your mouth with water and then use the whitening pen to
help prevent stains. The great thing about these is tha you don’t have to go back
to your hotel room to get the job done; in fact, you can do all of the touristy
stuff that you want!
Use whitening toothpaste
Once you have done all of the sightseeing and
are back at your hotel, use a whitening toothpaste to get off any stains that you
couldn’t get off with a whitening pen alone. The combination of your abrasive
toothbrush and the hydrogen peroxide in your toothpaste will help to get rid of
any surface stains.
Come back from vacation with white, bright teeth by using these tips. To learn some more, contact our Melville office and call (631) 423-6767.
The Importance of Starting Dental Care at Home
May. 15 2019
When you have young kids or babies you may think that their oral health starts after their first dental visit with Dr. Dean Glasser, but it actually should start far before that. We believe that dental care should start at home, but why? Let’s take a closer look.
You Can Start Early
On average, we don't need to see your child until they start sprouting teeth but you should start taking care of their oral health well before then. For instance, after your baby has milk, you should take a clean, warm, wet washcloth and gently rub their gums; this will help to get rid of any harmful bacteria and keep their mouth clean. By getting started early, you can instill good oral hygiene habits with your children right away.
They Are Less Likely to Get Cavities
The biggest benefit of instilling good oral hygiene habits in your kids at home is that they are less likely to get cavities. By incorporating toothbrushing into both the morning and nighttime routines, you can drastically cut down on the chances that they will get cavities anytime soon. Just make sure that you are using the right kind of toothpaste and the right amount of toothpaste depending on their age.
They Can Learn From Example
One of the best ways that little kids learn is by example. When you show your kids that you should brush your teeth multiple times a day, they are less likely to pitch a fit because they will see it’s just something that has to be done.
All good habits start at home. If you want to learn a little bit more about pediatric dental care, contact Dr. Glasser at our Melville office and call (631) 423-6767.
The Basics of Oral Surgery
Apr. 15 2019
Whether you are having a temporary implant placed or you’re having a tooth pulled, if you just found out that you have to have oral surgery done you may be a little bit nervous. One of our jobs here at our office is to ensure that all of our patients feel as calm and comfortable about all procedures— including oral surgery— before they walk in through our doors. To help you feel a little bit more relaxed and informed, Dr. Dean Glaser has created a list of three basics of oral surgery.
When it comes to pain during surgery, it’s the last thing that we want you to feel. Depending on the type of surgery that you are having, we may use one form of anesthesia over another. Typical forms of anesthesia include:
Local anesthetic is injected into the mouth to numb the area to be treated and block the nerves that transmit pain. It is commonly used during fillings, treating gum disease or preparing teeth for crowns.
Sedation is usually administered by inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This form of anesthesia is commonly combined with local anesthetic to help relieve anxieties.
General anesthesia is the strongest form of anesthesia available for dental procedures, and involves intravenous drugs to produce a temporary loss of consciousness.
We typically encourage all of our patients to at least take a day off work on average to help heal after oral surgery. If you are undergoing a larger oral surgery like having your wisdom teeth removed, then you may want to take even more time off of work. While you're recovering, try taking some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen to help ease any pain, discomfort, or welling. Additionally, we encourage some of our surgical patients to eat a diet of soft foods for the first few days so that they don’t exacerbate the incision site.
Before you come into our office and have any sort of oral surgery or procedure, we will make sure that you know the ins and outs of what you can expect before, during, and after. To learn more, contact our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767
Snore No More: 3 Surgeries for Sleep Apnea
Mar. 15 2019
If you have sleep apnea, you have more than likely been nudged or shoved awake by your spouse because of how loud your breathing is. As a condition that causes your airways to collapse while you sleep, resulting in a lack of oxygen to your heart and brain, sleep apnea isn’t something to mess with.
The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is with a breathing machine called a continuous positive airway pressure therapy machine (CPAP). A CPAP helps to increase air pressure in your throat so that your airways do not collapse when you breathe; that way your body gets all of the oxygen it needs (and your spouse gets more sleep). While sleep apnea treatment usually starts with conservative therapy like a CPAP machine or even weight loss, many patients end up having to have surgery performed. But what kinds of surgeries are available? Let’s take a closer look and see.
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During this surgery, the tonsils, adenoids, and tissue from the rear of the mouth are removed to stop vibration and snoring.
This procedure is done to help move the jaw forward to help create more space behind the tongue and the soft palate which reduces the risk of obstruction during sleep.
Usually, this procedure is only performed when other treatments have failed and is reserved for life-threatening cases of sleep apnea. During this surgery, a metal or plastic tube is inserted into the throat to help you breathe while you sleep. The opening will stay covered during the day but it will help pass air in and out of the lungs at night.
If you live with chronic sleep apnea, then it may be time to look into other options like surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Glasser, he will do a brief examination and then discuss all of these options with you. Are you ready to learn more about how you can sleep better at night? If so, contact us at our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767
How to Make Sure Your Elderly Parents Get the Dental Care They Need
Feb. 15 2019
As your parents age, it puts you in the position of caretaker. Whether Your parents are aging well or if they suffer from dementia or alzheimer's, Dr. Dean Glasser has the know it all to help. To make sure that your parents are staying up on their oral health and dental needs, we have created a list of things that you can do.
Find a Trusted Dentist
One of the best things you can do for your elderly parents is to find them a trusted geriatric dentist. Dr. Dean Glasser specializes in a variety of oral areas including geriatric dentistry. Unlike other forms of dentistry, geriatric dentistry focuses on special needs of older mouths such as crowns, bridges, dentures, dry mouth, and gum disease. Additionally, geriatric dentistry also requires that dentists— like Dr. Glasser— take into account age related changes such as sensory function, independent living, and slower reflexes.
Remind Them to Brush and Floss
As your parent start to age, you may realize that they need a little bit more help doing things such as showering, getting their house cleaned, getting groceries, and even brushing their teeth. Whether you have a nurse that helps them do all of these things or if you do it yourself, make sure that they brush their teeth at least twice a day. If you notice that their gums are bleeding when you are brushing their teeth or if they are complaining of pain, then make sure that you take them into our office. If they are having a hard time remembering to floss or if they have arthritis in their hands and can’t floss on their own, then consider getting them a water flosser.
Having a trusted geriatric dentist will give you an extra bit of reassurance that you are taking good care of your parents. To learn more, contact our Melville office at (631) 423-6767.
3 Resolutions to Help You Get a Healthier Smile in 2019
Jan. 15 2019
A new year means that you get to basically start all over. If you spent 2018 with a mouthful of cavities and a few chipped teeth, then make 2019 the year that we get your smile healthier and looking better than ever. To help you spend less time in our office and more time doing what you love, this article will list three resolutions to help you get a healthier smile.
Drink Fewer Sugary Drinks
Added sugar in your coffee, soda, juice, and tea have so much sugar in them that they are likely causing you cavities. Rather than reaching for one of these sugary drinks every day— or even multiple times a day— consider switching to a healthier alternative like water.
Brush More Often
Another resolution that you should make is to brush your teeth more often. If you are used to just brushing your teeth once a day, then make sure that you at least brush your teeth twice a day at minimum. If you can, try to make a resolution to brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to cut down on germs and bacteria that may lead to things like cavities later on down the line.
If you aren’t used to flossing, then 2019 is the year for you to get into this habit. If you aren’t fond of traditional dental floss, then consider using a water flosser. Water flossers use pressurized water to help get out food from in between your teeth. Another great thing about water flossers is that they can also massage your gums at the same time.
If you are interested in learning more about ways to take better care of your teeth in 2019 then schedule an appointment with us at our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Dec. 15 2018
If you are a cigarette smoker or tobacco user you know that you are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer, throat cancer, and heart disease. But did you know that you are also at a higher risk of developing oral cancer as well? Whether you smoke or not during one of your regular dental examinations, Dr. Glasser will check for any signs of oral cancer. But what are the signs and symptoms that you as a patient should be on the lookout for? Let’s take a closer look.
Have you ever had strep throat? If so then you may have noticed white patches on the back of your throat. Similarly, one sign of oral cancer to look out for are white patches on the inside of your cheeks or on the roof of your mouth. If you notice any of these patches and they aren’t going away, then make sure to contact Dr. Glasser
The tricky thing about persistent mouth pain is that it could be attributed to a variety of things including an oral infection, a cavity, or yes, even oral cancer. If you are experiencing any sort of persistent oral pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Glasser so that he can get down to the root cause of it.
Having a sore throat that’s accompanied by a cold and then goes away after a week is something that’s normal during this time of year. But having a persistent sore throat that you just can’t get rid of may be a sign of oral or throat cancer.
If at any point you are worried that you may have signs of oral cancer, don’t hesitate to give Dr. Glasser a call. To learn more about oral cancer screenings or to schedule your next examination, contact our Melville office at (631) 423-6767.
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