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HowtoAvoidWhiteSpotDecayWhileWearingBraces

Straightening your teeth with braces or other orthodontic gear is a positive step toward a healthier and more attractive smile. You'll likely be pleased with your smile when they're removed.

But you may also notice something peculiar once the braces are off—dull, white spots on your teeth. These spots, usually located under or around braces hardware, are where mouth acid has “demineralized” calcium and other minerals in the enamel. As beginning tooth decay, these spots are a sign your hygiene efforts weren't sufficient in cleaning your teeth of plaque.

In many cases, the spots will improve on their own after the braces are removed. We can also strengthen the enamel with fluoride pastes or gels, or inject tooth-colored resin within the spot to restore the enamel's translucence and improve appearance.

But the best approach is to try to prevent white spots from occurring at all. Here's what you need to do.

Keep up your oral hygiene. Even though more difficult with braces, you still need to brush and floss to protect your teeth from tooth decay. To make it easier, take advantage of special brushes designed to clean around orthodontic brackets and wires. A floss threader can also help you better access between teeth—or switch to a water flosser instead of floss thread.

Practice a “tooth-friendly” diet. A diet high in sugar and acid could short-circuit your best hygiene efforts. Certain beverages are big offenders: sodas, energy and sports drinks, and even “natural” juices. Instead, eat foods high in vitamins and minerals like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.

Get your teeth cleaned regularly. While you're seeing your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments, don't neglect regular cleanings with your family dentist. Professional cleanings at least every six months reduce the risk of dental disease. These regular visits are also a good time for your dentist to check your teeth for any signs of dental problems associated with your braces.

It's not easy to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces, but it can be done. With help from a few handy tools and continuing care from your dental professionals, you can avoid unsightly white spots.

If you would like more information on dental care while wearing braces, 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 “White Spots on Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Beckelman
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Care  

Is there such a thing as a perfect smile? Yes, it's one that is healthy, bright, and gives you a sense of confidence. At Leading Dental Care in Garden City, NY, your cosmetic dentist can create this perfect smile through innovative services that are simpler than you may think—read on to learn more.

Changing your smile

It takes a little thought on your part: what smile features or flaws would you like to change? Most people dislike their tooth color. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says that Americans wish to improve the shade of their smiles more than any other feature. What do you think?

Dr. Beckelman will ask you that question at a cosmetic dentistry consultation at his Garden City office. He'll also perform an oral exam and X-ray screening to determine your baseline oral health, as well as recommend specific services to advance your smile goals.

Cosmetic dentistry services at Leading Dental Care

Dr. Beckelman may suggest any one or a mix of the following aesthetic treatments:

  • Professional teeth whitening: Choose from at-home whitening or a fast in-office treatment. Both use highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel which removes deeply embedded organic stains from foods, beverages, and smoking. Tooth color improves safely and dramatically—by up to eight or more shades.
  • Composite resin bonding: Your dentist recreates normal tooth shape and size with a blend of glass and plastic. He repairs chips, narrow gaps, cracks, and more and hardens the resin with a UV light. Polishing finishes the repair (which can last for up to 10 years).
  • Dental veneers: Made of high-grade porcelain, veneers cover flaws such as deep stains, cracks, and pits. Bonded to the front of teeth with a permanent adhesive, veneers also strengthen the weakened tooth structure. Customized veneers require a measure of enamel reduction to facilitate placement and fit. This resurfacing makes them a permanent renovation.
  • Dental implants: Many smile makeovers include dental implants, replacement teeth with titanium roots, metal posts, and porcelain crowns. Implants improve jaw bone health and provide natural biting and chewing. From the cosmetic side, dental implants look completely realistic, and they fill unhealthy and unattractive smile gaps permanently.

Interested? Give us a call

hone Leading Dental Care in Garden City, NY, for your personalized cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Robert Beckelman. Our office number is (516) 256-2424.

By Beckelman
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Why restore when you can prevent it? It's the philosophy of care practiced by Dr. Robert Beckelman and his team at Leading Care Dental in Garden City, NY. Family dentistry encompasses at-home habits and in-office services that keep teeth and gums healthy and your smile bright.

At-home habits

They are the foundation of great oral health. The American Dental Association (ADA) asks that you brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to floss daily, too. These habits reduce destructive oral bacteria and the decay and gum disease they cause.

Also, pursue these diligently:

  • A low-carb, high-fiber diet
  • High-calcium and high-protein menu choices
  • A no-tobacco lifestyle
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • Bite guards to avoid bruxism and TMJ, athletic mouthguards to protect teeth during sports, and snore guards to suppress dangerous sleep apnea
  • Chewing sugar-free gum and drinking plenty of water to freshen your breath and hydrate your mouth

If you have children, start their routine brushing and flossing early. Plus, bring your little ones to the dental office for a get-acquainted visit by the age of one year or earlier.

In-office care

At Leading Care Dental in Garden City, your family dentist checks each patient for tooth decay, gum disease, proper dental bite, the condition of fillings and crowns and oral cancer. Oral cancer takes the life of one American daily, says the Oral Cancer Foundation, but early detection leads to cure.

Also, Dr. Beckelman uses state of the art intraoral cameras to search for hidden decay and for signs of enamel erosion which causes dental sensitivity and decay. Digital X-rays instantly give exceptionally clear images of your root and bone structure.

Besides a thorough cleaning and exam, you and your children may take advantage of fluoride treatments and plastic sealants. They're simple, economical and proven to strengthen tooth enamel and protect against the ravages of bacteria and acid erosion.

Finally, your individualized treatment plan and in-office education guide your restorative and cosmetic dentistry choices. Your dental care is comprehensive, addressing current needs, forecasting potential problems and outlining your cosmetic dentistry goals.

Find out more

Preventive dentistry is an investment in you and your family. Take the time to model it for your children. See us for your routine check-ups and cleanings. And, of course, we'll provide state of the art treatments as needed and counsel you every step of the way. Phone Leading Care Dental in Garden City, NY, for your six-month visit with Dr. Beckelman: (516) 256-2424.

WhatsThatonYourTeethNickJonasHowtoAvoidaSimilarSmileOops

Think no one is looking at your smile when you’re out in public? Nick Jonas’ recent experience might convince you otherwise. While the Jonas Brothers were performing during the 2020 Grammys, fans watching on television picked up on some dark matter between his teeth.

To say Twitter lit up is an understatement. For many, it was that thing you couldn’t unsee: Forget the performance, what was that between his teeth? Jonas later fessed up by tweeting, “…At least you all know I eat my greens.”

We’re sure Nick and his brothers take care of their teeth, as most any high-profile entertainer would. You can probably attribute his dental faux pas to trying to squeeze in some nourishment during a rushed performance schedule.

Still, the Grammy incident (Spinachgate?) shows that people do notice when your teeth aren’t as clean as they should be. To avoid that embarrassment, here are some handy tips for keeping your teeth looking their best while you’re on the go.

Start with a clean mouth. You’re more apt to collect food debris during the day if you have built-up plaque on your teeth. This sticky bacterial biofilm attracts new food particles like a magnet. Remove plaque by thoroughly brushing and flossing before you head out the door.

Rinse after eating. Although your saliva helps clear leftover food from your mouth, it may not adequately flush away all the debris. You can assist this process by swishing and rinsing with clean water after a meal.

Keep a little floss handy. Even after rinsing, stubborn bits of food can remain lodged between teeth. So just in case, keep a small bit of emergency floss (or a floss pick) in your purse or wallet to remove any debris you see or feel between your teeth.

Watch what you eat. Some foods—like popcorn, sticky snacks or fibrous vegetables—are notorious for sticking in teeth. Try to avoid eating these foods right before a public appearance where your smile may be critical.

And here’s an added bonus: Not only will these tips help keep your smile attractive on the go, they’ll also help keep it healthy. Rinsing with water, for example, helps lower your mouth’s acid level after eating, a prime factor in tooth decay. And flossing, both as a regular practice and for occasional stuck food, decreases plaque and subsequently your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Remember, a healthy mouth is the starting place for a beautiful smile. Keep it that way with dedicated hygiene habits at home or on the go.

If you would like more information on tips for better oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene.”

By Beckelman
March 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Gum disease is an infection that damages the tissue and bone that supports the tooth. It can affect people of all ages and can lead to serious issues if left untreated. Visit Dr. Robert Beckelman at Leading Care Dental in Garden City, for your family dentistry needs. He helps patients with gum disease as well as any other dental issues.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when bacteria stick to the tooth's surface as well as the pockets surrounding the tooth. Soon, the bacteria multiply and begin to release toxins. This is when inflammation occurs. The mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis, and the more serious kind is called periodontitis.

It's important to get treatment for gum disease as soon as possible. That's because gum disease has been linked to cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, pneumonia, and osteoporosis. Gum disease eventually causes tooth loss too. If you live in Garden City and you need a family dentistry provider, set up an appointment with Dr. Robert Beckelman.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

When you have gum disease, there are several symptoms that may occur.

  • When you brush your teeth, your gums bleed.
  • You have a bad breath.
  • Your gums are red and swollen.
  • Your teeth wiggle or shift because they are loose.
  • Your teeth look longer, but instead, your gums are shrinking.
  • Your teeth are sensitive to cold drinks.

What are the Treatment Options for Gum Disease?

The goal of treatment is to eliminate bacteria from your teeth's pockets and stop the bone and tissue from being destroyed. Here are the ways you and your dentist treat gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Floss at least one time each day. Practice good oral hygiene so you can prevent infection.
  • If you have a mild case of gingivitis, your dental hygienist will give your teeth a professional cleaning.
  • When you have periodontitis, your dental professional will perform tooth scaling. During this procedure, a hygienist or dentist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and from the tooth pockets.
  • If you have periodontitis, your dental professional will also perform root planing. During root planing, the dentist or hygienist smooths the root surfaces. This allows the gums to properly heal and reattach to the teeth.
  • Your dentist may prescribe medication or prescription mouthwashes to help fight the infection and help with the healing process.
  • If scaling and root planing do not effectively treat your gum disease, the dentist will perform surgery on your gums and teeth. This will ensure that the dentist can clean bacteria from all of the areas that are difficult to reach.
  • After the surgery, the dentist stitches the gums back into their positions so they tightly adhere to the teeth.

Receiving Treatment Options

If you have gum disease, get it treated as soon as possible. Untreated gum disease leads to a host of other diseases that can cause your health to deteriorate. To set up an appointment with Dr. Robert Beckelman, call (516) 256-2424. Leading Care Dental offers family dentistry services in Garden City, NY. Visit us to learn more about how we can provide you with quality dental care.