3 Unique Facts About Geriatric Dentistry Jul. 15 2017
Aging is something that few are excited about but that everyone eventually has to embrace. Not only can aging make you need to slow things down in life, but it can also change how your body functions and performs— including your mouth. Even though you may be in good physical health, your mouth may show signs of decay after you reach the age of 65. For individuals over the age of 65, geriatric dentistry may come as a shock because of all of the unknowns associated with it. To help you feel more informed about your mouth during this stage of life, we have created an article listing three unique facts about geriatric dentistry. Read on to learn more.
Prescription Medications Are An Influencer
According to the American Dental Association, the average individual who is over the age of 65 takes five or more prescription medications daily. These medications include things such as drugs for respiratory conditions, antidepressants, anticoagulants, analgesics, antihypertensive agents, and more. And although these drugs may be helping the rest of your body function, they may be negatively impacting your bone mass and overall oral health.
Cognitive Diseases Make It Worse
Patients who suffer from cognitive diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer's are at an increased risk of dental decay, erosion, and cavities because of the lack of consistent oral care. And because patients who have been diagnosed with these diseases are typically over the age of 65, it’s fair to say that cognitive diseases and geriatric dentistry go hand-in-hand.
It Involves a Lot of Dental Restoration
Geriatric dentistry involves a lot of dental procedures including, but not limited to, the following:
- Replacement Fillings
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
Aging can influence every part of your life, including your oral health. If you are over the age of 65, come into Dean Glasser’s office for a dental exam to make sure that your mouth age just as gracefully as the rest of your body. To learn more about geriatric and other forms of dentistry, contact Dr. Dean Glasser today!
Whiten Your Smile: 3 Tips for Coffee Drinkers Jun. 15 2017
Unless you get an average of eight or more hours of sleep a night and get an afternoon nap every day, you are likely reaching for either a bit more sleep or an extra cup of coffee. Whether you prefer your coffee black, iced, or as a latte, nothing can make you get out of bed quite like that delicious, freshly brewed drink. However, even though coffee can give you the energy needed to get you through the day, it can also wreak damage on your teeth; weakening the enamel and causing them to turn yellow. Luckily, Dr. Dean Glasser has created a list of three easy ways that you can take care of your teeth if you are a coffee drinker. Read on to learn more.
Drink Water With It
Coffee is not only acidic, but it can stain your teeth as well. To help cut down on the time that the coffee has to interact with your teeth, try drinking water with it. Not only will water dilute the acidity but it will help wash the coffee off of your teeth— leaving them whiter in the process.
Use a Whitening Pen
Whitening pens can easily be found at most drugstores, grocery stores, or supercenters on the toothpaste aisle. Filled with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, a whitening pen is a small pen-like device that you can brush your teeth after drinking coffee. As soon as you drink your morning cup of coffee, grab the whitening pen and paint it onto your pearly whites.
If you prefer to drink your coffee black, it is more likely to stain your teeth. However, if you dilute your coffee with cream, milk, or even ice cubes, it breaks down the acidity and the ability for it to cause your teeth. If you don’t like drinking cow's milk or if you are lactose intolerant, consider adding almond, soy, or coconut milk to your coffee instead.
Drinking coffee isn’t just a great way to get you up in the morning, but it can be considered a social activity as well. To help protect your smile from the damaging effects of coffee, try drinking water with it, using a whitening pen afterward, and diluting it. To learn more about these and other dental tips, contact Dr. Dean Glasser today!
When Less Is More: Discovering the Benefits of Cam X Spectra May. 15 2017
More money, more vacation days, a square footage in your house, and more time spent on the beach are all just a few of the things that you likely want more of in your life. However, sometimes there are certain scenarios where less is simply more; including the new Cam X Spectra. As a handheld device that allows Dr. Dean Glasser to take a closer look at your teeth, the Cam X Spectra uses fluorescent light technology to catch dental problems early on. Once the light is used, the images will be transmitted onto a TV screen for both you and Dr. Glasser to analyze. This process will let both Dr. Glasser and you see what areas of your teeth need to be fixed and create a plan. With less invasive procedures, less time spent in the dentist chair, and less discomfort, the Cam X Spectra shows that less, is in fact, more.
Less Invasive Procedures
With Cam X Spectra, Dr. Dean Glasser will be able to catch any oral problems early and start treating them right away. Because dental issues are caught before they get worse with the Cam X Spectra, you won’t have to deal with as many—if any at all—invasive procedures.
Less Time Spent In the Dentist Chair
The more dental problems you have, the more time you have to spend in our office. And although we love seeing all of our patients, you likely have other stuff you want to do with your time. By catching any dental problems early on with the Cam X Spectra, Dr. Dean Glasser will be able to treat it right away and hopefully fix the problem so that you can spend less time in the dentist chair.
Both infection and extreme dental procedures can leave you in a whole lot of pain and discomfort. Luckily, by detecting the problem early on with the Cam X Spectra, you can get rid of infections and reduce the likelihood of having to undergo extreme dental procedures—a win, win for you and your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about the Cam X Spectra and how it can make your whole dental experience easier and more efficient, contact Dr. Dean Glasser’s office today to schedule an appointment.
How to Tell if Your Baby is Teething Apr. 15 2017
If you are a new parent, welcome to the daily guessing game. Although there are pamphlets and thousands of online articles available to help make your life easier, there is no real manual on parenting. And because parenting is a guessing game, it can sometimes see impossible to know if what your baby is going through is normal or if it is something you need to be concerned about— especially when it comes to teething. This article will discuss a few of the most common signs that your baby is teething and how you can spot them. Read on to learn more.
Tons of Drool
Babies are natural droolers, but if you have noticed that your baby is drooling a lot more than usual, this could be a large sign that they are teething. Take a look at how much your baby is drooling. Many babies who are teething, go through several bibs filled with drool each and every day.
When babies are hungry, tired, and they need to be changed, they cry and get fussy. However, for the rest of the time, your baby should be pretty content. If you have noticed that your baby is more irritable than usual, this is another sign that they may be teething. Teething is unfortunately very painful for babies who can make them feel grumpy and out of control.
Not all babies run a fever when they are teething, but a lot of them certainly do. Make sure that your child isn’t exhibiting symptoms of a cold or the flu virus in addition to a fever. If they simply have small fever under 102, but they have the symptoms listed above, then their fever is likely due to teething. To help break their fever and with the permission of their pediatrician, you can give your child baby Tylenol or ibuprofen if they are over six months— this will help to not only lower their fever but make them feel more comfortable.
Having a teething baby is not only miserable for them but you as well. If you think your little one is teething but you just aren’t sure, look for the symptoms listed above. Although not all babies will have these exact symptoms, they are the most common. To learn more about pediatric dentistry, contact Dr. Dean Glasser’s office today.
3 Ways to Ease Your Dental Anxiety Mar. 15 2017
Going to the dentist isn’t exactly rated on people’s list of “Top 10 favorite things to do.” However, as one of the most important steps in ensuring that you have a clean and healthy smile, coming into Dr. Dean Glasser twice a year will keep your teeth in the best condition possible. Dr. Dean Glasser knows that some patients suffer from dental anxiety that causes them to miss appointments and regular cleanings. If you have dental anxiety, you are not alone— that is why we have created this brief list of three ways that you can ease your anxiety. Read on to learn more.
Both before and during your dental exam, try some deep breathing exercises. By slowing down and controlling your breath, you can help alleviate some of the anxieties you are feeling. Slowly inhale through your nose and then exhale through your mouth— focusing on every breath you take.
Remember It’s Never As Bad As You Think It Is
One of the most important things to remember when thinking about your dental procedure is that it is never as bad as you think it is. In fact, you likely imagine things and pain that you will never even experience.
Ask About Sedation
Here at Dr. Glasser’s office, we offer dental sedation to help ease your anxieties and feel calm during your entire procedure. Depending on the type of procedure you are having and the level of anxiety you are suffering from, sedation options include things like laughing gas and oral sedatives. Before you come in for your cleaning or procedure, contact our office to learn more about whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental sedation.
Dealing with dental anxiety can make even coming into Dr. Dean Glasser seem hard to do. If you would like to learn more about dental anxiety and how it can be treated, contact Dr. Dean Glasser.
50 Shades of Grey: How to Get Whiter Teeth In Time for Valentine’s Day Feb. 15 2017
The book, 50 Shades of Gray is a sure way to get you and your significant other ready for a hot and steamy Valentine's Day. However, the last gray thing you are going to want to see is a mouth full of gray tinged teeth. Don’t be the person that is repulsing others by their discolored teeth this Valentine’s Day and get your teeth whitened. From at-home whitening kits to in-office treatments, this article will discuss a few quick and easy ways that you can get your teeth white and bright before your Valentine’s kiss. Read on to learn more.
Try a Whitening Toothpaste
If you have never had your teeth whitened before, try using a whitening toothpaste to start out. Filled with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste will work to remove small surface stains on your teeth caused by food and beverages. Continue to use the whitening toothpaste for about 7-10 days, if you don’t notice a difference consider trying whitening strips.
Try Whitening Strips
Also found over-the-counter, whitening strips contain a stronger bleaching ingredient that can help to whiten your teeth. Available in different strengths, you can get whitening strips that work as fast as 24 hours. Although some people complain of tooth sensitivity following using whitening strips, that should subside after a few days.
If you have tried both whitening toothpaste and strips and still aren’t able to get your teeth white, come into see Dr. Dean Glasser. With either bleaching trays or laser whitening, Dr. Dean Glasser can whiten your teeth so that you are ready for Valentine’s Day.
There are some rare cases in which even with the help of laser whitening, Dr. Dean Glasser won’t be able to whiten your teeth-- such as if your teeth are stained from a medication like a tetracycline. However, by using whitening toothpaste, strips, or in-office whitening, you can get a brighter and whiter smile in virtually no time at all. If you would like to learn more about how you can get whiter teeth, contact Dr. Dean Glasser to schedule an appointment today.
3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Everyday Brushing Jan. 15 2017
Everyone knows that to have a healthy smile, they have to brush regularly and visit Dr. Dean Glasser for frequent cleanings. Brushing both morning and night not only helps to get plaque off of your teeth but it also helps to fight bacteria in your mouth. As something that you have hopefully been doing since you were around two years old, the last thing you likely think about is what type of toothbrush and toothpaste you are using. However, to make sure that you are getting your teeth as clean as possible, you should be using fluoride toothpaste, picking the proper toothbrush, and listening to your teeth. Read on to learn more.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
When strolling down the toothpaste aisle at your grocery or drug store, it’s going to be nearly impossible to find a toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride in it. Fluoride is an essential ingredient in toothpaste because it works to strengthen your enamel and prevent your teeth from weakening. Additionally, as an FDA approved ingredient, fluoride is safe to use on both children and adults, but you should consult Dr. Dean Glasser before your child starts using toothpaste.
Pick the Proper Brush
Another thing that is often neglected is purchasing the right toothbrush for your mouth and dental needs. Toothbrushes not only come in different shapes but also different bristle textures. For instance, you can choose a medium, soft, or extra-soft bristled toothbrush. Unless you have dentures, there is no reason that you should be using a medium toothbrush. Soft toothbrushes can just as effectively clean your teeth without wearing down the enamel. If you have gum disease or sensitive teeth, you should use an extra-soft bristled toothbrush.
Listen to Your Teeth
Are your teeth sore after you brush them? Do they feel sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages? One of the most important thing that you can do for your oral health is to listen to your teeth. If you notice that they are uncomfortable after you brush them, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser to get them looked at.
The art of tooth-brushing is something that often gets pushed to the side. However, by using the tips listed above, you can brush your teeth both morning and night. To learn more about your oral health or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser, contact our office today!
Is A Brighter Holiday Smile On Your Wish-List? Dec. 15 2016
There is nothing quite like the thoughts of family and friends gathering for the holiday season. And there is no better feeling than greeting the holiday season with a whiter, brighter, younger-looking smile. Now is the perfect time to spruce-up your smile with one or more of the services we offer.
- What is dental bonding? If you are concerned with chipped or cracked teeth (especially your front teeth), an unsightly dark tooth or a slight mis-alignment? Dr. Glasser specializes in resin bonding, a one-visit method of permanently covering cracked, chipped or off-color teeth. Dental bonding is one of the easiest ways to brighten and correct your smile. The composite resin used in the bonding process can be tinted, smoothed, shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Fast? Yes! Dental bonding usually takes from one to two hours per tooth and can last up to ten years.
- What do you know about teeth whitening or bleaching? Bleaching is one of the easiest and simplest ways to professionally get your smile on. Of course there are over-the-counter whitening products, from toothpaste to stick-on-strips. Whitening toothpaste is a great tool to add to your dental arsenal. However, whitening can be risky and must be carefully monitored by a qualified dentist. Dr. Glasser is trained to whiten your teeth - carefully and precisely - with the goal being the revitalization of the luster and brightness of your teeth through the use of chemical agents.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It matters. It can definitely add to your self-confidence. If you have been considering a whitening procedure or are concerned about a chipped front tooth, don’t wait. Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Glasser. We look forward to meeting you and to being your dental resource in Melville - as well as being the gateway to your most radiant smile this holiday season: (631) 423-6767.
Are you Thankful for your Dental Exam? Nov. 15 2016
This is the time of year when our sentimental side starts to show. It could be the Fall air and the colorful fluttering leaves the season brings. It might also have a little something to do with all the pumpkin spice lattes. Whatever your trigger for gratitude, we hope you enjoy all the joys of that the changing seasons bring. We want to express our thankfulness for our wonderful patients, and, in this post, we also want to point out a few of the reasons you might feel thankful for your dental exams.
A dental exam may seem an unlikely event to feel grateful for, but here are some of the things that these visits do for you:
1.Your exam can help you see more clearly. What? How can a dental exam help you see more clearly? Let's explain. What you see when you look in the mirror is only a small aspect of what may really be going on in your mouth. We're not just talking about the fact that dental x-rays see below the surface of your gums. Another thing that could happen during your routine exam is that we find plaque or tartar - or both. Sometimes, we even uncover habits such as clenching the jaw or grinding teeth, things that happen during the sleeping hours but that can cause a lot of problems for your mouth. When it comes to protecting your oral health, two heads really are better than one.
2.Your exam can keep you from extensive care. Consider how much easier it is for your dentist to remove a little plaque and tartar than it is to eliminate a nasty infection in the pulp of a tooth. When you keep regular appointments for exams and cleanings, this is far more likely to be the norm.
3.Routine care can mitigate dental anxiety. If you think about what makes you anxious before a dental visit, you may identify aspects of care like having a tooth drilled, or needing shots of anesthetic. If you knew that you wouldn't need these things, you might feel much more at ease seeing the dentist.
There are many more benefits that stem from seeing your dentist every six months. To get on and stay on a great path of oral health, call our Long Island office at (631) 423-6767.
Consider Your Breath Oct. 15 2016
If your co-worker slips you a mint or if a good-night kiss is but a memory, you may be suffering from bad breath - the very common, embarrassing condition also known as halitosis - and even your best friends may fail to tell you.
The main source of bad breath is a sulfur gas produced by accumulated bacteria in your mouth - which collects on your teeth, gums and tongue. However, there may be other bad breath culprits at work:
- It could be what you are eating. Garlic and onions, especially, contain compounds which are taken into your blood cells and expelled through your lungs. That means your breath actually smells, not just your mouth.
- It could be your nose or nasal passages. Bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities or a sinus infection can cause foul smelling secretions to exit your nasal passages. This is commonly a cause of bad breath. A saline nasal wash may help, but if the problem persists, you should see an ear, nose and throat specialist.
- It could be tonsil stones. Tonsil stones, also called tonsiloliths, are made of lymph tissue and bacteria which form lumps in the back of your throat, near your tonsils. They contain crevices where bacteria accumulates. If enough bacteria get caught, tonsil stones can contribute to bad breath.
- It could be your tongue. It’s a good idea to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Also try using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the back of your tongue.
- It could be your stomach. If none of the above is causing your bad breath, or if it persists in spite of your best efforts, you may want to see a doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can cause bad breath.
As a final reminder, have you had a dental check-up and cleaning lately? A dental check-up may reveal halitosis-causing plaque, gingivitis and tooth decay. Stay current with your twice-yearly check-ups and cleanings and don’t forget to brush and floss daily. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glasser, today: (631) 423-6767.