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By The Scarsdale Dentist
September 23, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By The Scarsdale Dentist
September 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition   sugar   diet  

Some of your favorite little guilty pleasures could be doing a number on your oral health.sugar

We all know how difficult it can be to say no to that delicious piece of chocolate cake or sweets, in general. You may feel like you have zero willpower when it comes to your diet. Maybe you just love drinking sodas or you find yourself reaching for sweet treats a lot during the day. Whatever the case might be, our Scarsdale and Westchester, NY, area dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Pike, is here to tell you how your diet can impact the health of your smile.

While we know that saying no to sugar all the time is pretty much an impossibility, it’s important to understand why sugar should be consumed in moderation. After all, sugar is the number one culprit of dental decay. Even though there are some healthy foods such as vegetables that contain sugars, these are naturally occurring and an important part of your diet. The sugars we are talking about are the added sugars found in sports drinks, sodas, yogurts, candies, cookies and other sweets.

Of course, it isn’t just sugar that we need to point a finger at. We also need to examine your diet in general. If you aren’t getting the proper nutrients your mouth needs to stay healthy and strong then it should go without saying that you’re going to have dental problems in the near future. Not getting enough key nutrients could leave you prone to infection or even gum disease. For example, calcium is crucial for strong bones.

So, how do you go about enjoying a smile-friendly diet? We recommend following the food pyramid to see what foods you should be consuming on a regular basis and which foods you may want to limit. Healthy foods include low-fat dairy, vegetables and fruits, lean proteins and whole grains.

Have questions about your diet? Want to make sure you are providing your teeth with the proper nutrients they need? If so, then it’s time you called The Scarsdale Dentist Scarsdale in Scarsdale, New York and serving the Westchester, NY area to schedule your upcoming cleaning. We would be happy to provide you with the advice you need to maintain good oral health.

By The Scarsdale Dentist
September 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sensitive teeth  

Like other living tissue, your teeth can feel. Dentin, the layer below the enamel, houses fluid-filled conduits that transmit temperature or pressure sensations to a nerve network within the tooth’s inner pulp. It’s so effective that incoming sensations must be buffered — “toned down”— to avoid a painful overload of the nerves. The enamel above the gum line and a bone-like substance called cementum below help do this.

Unfortunately, if teeth lose this protection they can become hypersensitive. This can cause a flash of sharp pain while eating or drinking something cold or hot or just biting down.

There are a number of causes for tooth sensitivity, any of which can influence how we treat it. While you’ll need a dental exam to know for sure, your hypersensitivity will more than likely stem from one of these 3 problems.

Periodontal (gum) disease. This is an infection caused by bacterial plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that accumulates on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene. The inflamed gum tissues weaken and detach from the teeth, causing them to shrink back or recede. This leaves the cementum unprotected, which easily erodes and exposes the dentin to acid and bacteria — and hypersensitivity. Clinically removing the plaque helps the affected gums heal. In extreme cases, the gums may need surgical grafting to regenerate.

Overaggressive brushing. While a lack of oral hygiene can contribute to gum recession, ironically too much hygiene — brushing too hard for too long — can damage your gums and cause them to recede. Brushing really doesn’t require a lot of elbow grease — a gentle scrubbing motion over all tooth surfaces is sufficient to remove plaque. Fine-tuning your brushing will help your gums to recover and heal.

Mouth acid. Although quite strong, enamel has one formidable enemy: acid, which can erode enamel and expose the dentin. Over-indulgence in acidic foods and beverages can make your mouth more acidic; more likely, though, bacterial plaque will again be the culprit, because bacteria excrete an acidic waste product. You can reduce mouth acid with daily brushing and flossing and consuming less acidic foods and beverages.

If you’re experiencing any kind of tooth pain, see us for an examination. We’ll determine the cause and initiate the appropriate treatment to regain your oral health.

If you would like more information on tooth sensitivity, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity: Understanding Your Options.”