Posts for: July, 2014
We have time blocks blended into our schedule to see emergencies every week. If you have an emergency, we usually can see you the same day. Also, if you have a friend who wants to become a new patient, we have blocks of time set aside to see new patients quickly. Ask our office for a block appointment if you have an emergency or referral.
If you experience a cracked tooth, you will want to see your dentist as soon as possible. An untreated cracked tooth is an invitation for tooth decay. Deep cracks can cause deep decay resulting in an extraction or root canal. Preventing further cracking is important because a patient could develop a severe tooth ache quickly and perhaps at a bad time.
Mark Wolff, Ph.D., of NYU College of Dentistry, has some good tips for healthy teeth and gums. The lactic acid found in yogurt may ward off periodontal disease, but skip the sugary varieties. Chewing celery and other crunchy veggies helps “scrub” your teeth. Ones with Vitamin C – broccoli; red, green and yellow peppers – may also protect against periodontal disease. Sugar-free gum and hard candies promote saliva flow and also help fight cavities. Xylitol-sweetened ones work best.
Many patients ask if we are accepting new patients. Yes! We are accepting new patients! Any new patient referral from you is a compliment to our staff and we really appreciate your referrals!
Do whitening toothpastes really work? Well, yes and no. They have properties that have whitening bleach in the toothpaste. However, as little time as it takes to brush your teeth, the bleach is not on the teeth long enough to improve tooth color. Your best bet is to use whitening strips or whitening gel. In-office whitening, under a dental professional’s supervision, is the most effective way to bleach your teeth.