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Ever notice a gap between your upper and lower set of teeth when you smile? This misalignment of the teeth is called an open bite. Although an open bite can be a very common oral problem, there is the possibility of serious negative effects on a person’s oral health and quality of life. Find out more on our blog.
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Sleep apnea is a very serious condition in which a person’s airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep, cutting off their air supply. Learn about the symptoms and treatment options on our blog.
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Halloween may be one of your children’s favorite nights of the year, but it can easily turn into a fright fest for oral health. This Halloween, protect your children’s teeth from the worst trick or treating candy offenders!
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It’s easy to brush off tooth or mouth pain you may be experiencing… until the issue develops into something more serious. Often times if you have mouth pain it is an early sign of a deeper issue, which is why it’s important to get to the root of the problem. Waiting for the problem to get unbearable before addressing it only leads to more pain, wasted time and unnecessary expenses. Check out our latest blog to learn about the five common tooth pains you should have your dentist or oral surgeon check out:…/5-reasons-your-teet…/
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10 Ways To Improve Your Smile And Oral Health

Want pearly whites and a healthy mouth?  Follow these ten steps to improve your oral health!

1.  Brush and Floss Daily
The most important thing you can do to improve your oral health is to brush and floss your teeth regularly.  No matter what, you should brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night.  Make it a part of your daily routine, no excuses!

2.  Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a check-up twice a year.  A dentist will make sure your oral health is good and will notice the early signs of any dental problems that you may not have noticed.

3.  Drink Lots of Water
We’ve all heard the 8 glasses of water a day rule, but you may not know that drinking water can also improve your smile!  When you drink water, it helps to wash away leftover food and promotes the production of clean saliva to help combat bad breath. Plus, water helps to keep your teeth and gums happy to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis.

4.  Stop Smoking!
Besides the other harmful effects of smoking, like cancer, smoking can be detrimental to your oral health.  Smokers are more likely to have gum disease and tooth decay because smoking increases the amount of dental plaque in your mouth.  Smoking also cause bad breath and stains your teeth.  These stains can sometimes be polished off but they can also soak deep into the enamel becoming permanent.

5.  Address Any Dental Pain Immediately
Many people tend to ignore any dental discomfort because they think it will go away on it’s own, or that it isn’t serious.  Big mistake!  You’re feeling pain for a reason and it could be a sign of a more serious issue.  If you are experiencing any aches or pains in your mouth you should consult your dentist or oral surgeon immediately.

6.  Get Other Health Conditions Under Control
When your body is strained or working hard to deal with one health condition it is difficult to treat another one.  If you have a  serious health condition, such as high blood, diabetes, or obesity, your oral health is being affected.  It is important to take care of your overall health and that will help to improve your oral health.

7.  Avoid Drinking Soda & Eating Processed Sugars
Soda is extremely damaging to your teeth and oral health.  The sugar in soda combined with the bacteria in your mouth creates an acid that attacks your teeth causing tooth decay.  If you won’t completely eliminate soda from your diet, then you should at least limit how often you drink it.  It is also a good idea to reduce the amount of sugar and processed sweets you eat because they increase your risk of getting cavities.  Plus sweets, like hard candy or caramel, cause cause teeth to crack or break.  It may be delicious in the moment but definitely not worth it in the end.   

8.  Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Many fruits and vegetables, like carrots and apples, can help to promote healthy teeth and gums. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables are known to help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.  Not only are they a tasty treat but they’ll keep you healthy too!

9.  Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Pry Bar
Although this step may seem obvious, many people make the mistake of opening bottles or packages with their teeth when they could easily use a bottle opener or scissors.  Teeth are fragile and can easily be damaged when trying to pry something open.

10.  Purchase a Quality Toothbrush
Most dentists and oral surgeons will recommend their patients use an electric toothbrush.  Electric toothbrushes are known to clean more effectively than manual brushing.  If an electric toothbrush is not in your budget than it is important to replace your toothbrush when necessary.  Anytime the bristles on your toothbrush start to spread or thin out they become completely ineffective and you know it’s time for a new toothbrush.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health contact Dr. Elias and Dr. Matt Paonessa to schedule an appointment, 914-873-0045.
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How To Deal With A Dental Emergency While Traveling

No one expects to get hurt or sick while on vacation but a simple accident can quickly turn your relaxing getaway stressful. When you’re traveling there are certain precautions you can take to prevent a dental emergency and ways to be proactive if something should happen.

Before leaving for your vacation, it’s always a good idea to schedule a dental checkup, especially if you’re traveling abroad where you might not have access to good dental care. If you have any of the following symptoms you should have them taken care of well in advance of your vacation to prevent pain or infection:

-  Schedule a teeth cleaning, if you have gum disease
-  Treat cracked or decayed teeth
-  Complete root canal treatments
-  Remove wisdom teeth

No matter how careful you may be, dental problems can happen to the best of us. When traveling, and away from your regular dentist, you need to decide if your symptoms need to be treated by a dental professional immediately or whether it can wait. Here are a few common dental problems that can occur and how you should handle the situation:

-  Rinse mouth with warm water
-  Carefully make sure there is no food or debris stuck in your teeth and gently use dental floss if needed
-  Depending on the level of pain and how long it continues, you may need to contact a dentist

Chipped or Cracked Tooth
-  Rinse mouth with warm water
-  Apply cold compress to control swelling
-  Call a dentist or visit the emergency room immediately

Knocked Out Tooth
-  Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it off with water
-  Try to salvage the tooth by putting it in a cup of milk or under your tongue and get to a dentist immediately

It’s always a good idea to call your regular dentist or oral surgeon for advice or to see if they can recommend anyone in the area. If not, ask for a recommendation from the hotel concierge or your insurance company. If you’re traveling abroad and need a dental referral you can contact the American Consulate or the American embassy in the country you are visiting. Keep in mind that being proactive and having a checkup and scheduling any oral surgery before you leave is the best way to prevent existing problems. 

To make sure you and your teeth are travel ready contact Dr. Elias and Dr. Matt Paonessa to schedule an appointment, 914-873-0045.
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Summer Vacation: The Ideal Time For Wisdom Teeth Removal

School’s out and summer vacation is finally here! Now is the time for dental check-ups, taking time to schedule an appointment with your oral surgeon, and getting your child’s wisdom teeth removed.

Oral surgeons recommend getting wisdom teeth removed between the ages of fifteen and twenty. Removing wisdom teeth at a young age is associated with fewer complications and faster healing.

Why is summer the ideal time of year to schedule wisdom tooth removal? With your child out of school, he or she has the free time to:

-  Have a consultation with your oral surgeon
-  Discuss any anxiety or fear with the doctor
-  Schedule the procedure and have wisdom teeth removed
-  Take as much time as needed to recover

Generally, it takes a few days after your wisdom teeth are removed to get back into your daily routine, but everyone heals differently. Missing a couple of days during the school year can be stressful for both kids and parents, with work piling up for both. Instead of your child to worrying about missing school, schedule a wisdom tooth removal during summer vacation. A child who isn’t worrying about homework and school can take the time to relax and recover properly.

Plus, there is finally an excuse to eat as much ice cream as they want this summer!

Don’t have an oral surgeon in the area or ready to make your appointment? Call Dr. Elias or Dr. Matt Paonessa to schedule your child’s wisdom teeth removal today, 914-873-0045.
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5 Rules for Diabetics to Prevent Oral Health Problems

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, there are many health concerns that you need to be aware of every day, including your oral health. Many people are surprised to learn of the correlation between diabetes and higher risks for oral health problems.

One of the main concerns diabetics have to be aware of is the increased risk for mouth infection. The most common oral health problem associated with diabetes is gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and periodontitis, a serious gum disease. The lowered immune system of diabetics increases the risk of a mouth infection. It is more difficult for them to fight a bacterial infection making them more susceptible to gum disease. Unfortunately, if you develop gum disease, it can cause your blood glucose levels to rise making it harder to control your diabetes. Other oral health problems associated with diabetes include dry mouth and thrush, a fungal infection in the mouth. Common symptoms include gum soreness, cavities, and painful mouth sores.

Diabetes is already a difficult disease to manage daily; you don’t want to make it even more difficult by adding on oral health problems. Follow these rules to prevent any oral health problems associated with diabetes:

1. Most importantly, control your blood glucose! Besides the other obvious benefits, controlling blood glucose levels can help prevent dry mouth caused by diabetes.
2. Practice good oral health habits by brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
3. Visit your dentist regularly and make sure he/she knows you have diabetes.  Your dentist will tell you how often to make an appointment, but the suggested time period is every six months.
4. If you have dentures, make sure to clean them everyday. It is also important for your dentures to fit properly.
5. Quit smoking! Smoking will make gum disease worse.

If you have any concerns or notice any changes in your mouth, you should contact your dentist immediately.

Contact Dr. Elias today if you have concerns about your diabetes interfering with oral surgery.

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3 Simple Rules for Long Term Dental Implant Care

After going through the surgical procedure to have dental implants, you’re going to want to make sure you take proper care of them. In order for your implants to last over time it’s important to know the long-term care instructions. Here are three simple rules to live by for long term dental implant care.

1. Good Oral Hygiene
Although it may seem obvious, it is extremely important to take the time for good oral hygiene. Many people that end up with dental implants have them because they did not practice good oral hygiene in the first place. It is extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly: make it a priority and part of your daily routine. As you grow accustomed to your new dental implants it is easier to keep up the good work, but overtime laziness can set in and your vigilance may start to slip: don’t let it! Always take the time to brush your teeth, floss, and remove food residue.

2.  Regular Appointments with a Dental Specialist
To guarantee you’re taking proper care of your dental implants you need to visit your dentist regularly. It is recommended to schedule check-up appointments every six months. Your dentist will make sure your teeth and implants are getting the care they need. Your dentist can also alert you if he/she suspects there might be something wrong and to schedule an appointment with your oral surgeon. In addition to visiting your dentist for regular exams, you should see your oral surgeon annually. During these visits your oral surgeon can see how well your dental implants are holding up and take care of any maintenance work that may be necessary. Although these are the typical time frames in which you should make your appointments, everyone is different. After your surgery you will be given the personalized instructions on how often to visit your dentist and oral surgeon.

3. Early Detection of Infection
If you think something might be wrong with your dental implants, you’re probably right. Don’t brush signs of infection away. If you suspect you have an infection, make an appointment with your oral surgeon immediately. The sooner an infection is detected the easier it is to treat. Plus, the less damage done the quicker the recovery.

If you continue to follow these three simple steps your dental implants will have a long lifespan. Contact Dr. Elias at (914) 873-0045 if you have any concerns about your dental implants or wish to have a consultation about getting started with your implants.

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According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury occurring in sports.

This National Facial Protection Month, make sure your kids have all their protective gear.

#NationalFacialProtectionMonth #NationalYouthSportsSafetyFoundation #littleleague #sports #kids #safety #mouthguard #helmet  
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