Westchester County Dental Blog

Soft Drinks and Your Teeth

When you consume soft drinks (soda), the sugars contained in the beverage interact with the bacteria that is naturally present in your mouth to form acid. The freshly-formed acid attacks your teeth and surrounding gum tissue. In addition, both regular sodas and those labeled as “sugar-free” also contain their own acids. These acids also form an assault on your teeth. With each sip you’re starting a damaging reaction that typically lasts for around 20 minutes. So as you can imagine, if you’re sipping all day, your teeth are under constant attack!

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What You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Are you at risk for gum disease? Gum disease (periodontal disease) begins when plaque, a sticky film that remains on teeth after eating, sleeping, or just going about your daily routine, is not properly removed. This plaque will eventually turn to tartar, which is the hardened form of plaque. Tartar can cause inflammation and pockets – areas around the tooth where the gums have been pulled away by the tartar. When bacteria get into these pockets they can cause pain, redness, inflammation and even bleeding. Learn prevention tips in this article.

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Family-Friendly Dentistry in Westchester County

Are you or someone you love looking for a dentist? Have you tried multiple practices but still just haven’t found the right fit for you and your family? It’s ok, we hear this all the time when we register new patients, and it’s certainly not uncommon. Much like choosing a physician, choosing a dentist can be one of the most important decisions you will make. You want a dentist and staff who understand your needs, your unique situation and, in many cases, your fears.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Let Your Smile Tell the Story

Unlike general dentistry, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of one’s teeth, mouth or overall smile. A great cosmetic dentist can correct a variety of problems that, while not necessarily health risks, make a person uncomfortable with individual appearance. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can be as simple as replacing a noticeable tooth filling (silver/mercury) with a filling constructed using tooth-colored substances. On the other hand, cosmetic dentistry can include very complex procedures such as tooth implants (dental implants) and complete smile makeovers. Whatever cosmetic dental procedure is necessary, once completed the patient’s teeth are healthier and drastically more appealing.

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Maxillofacial Surgery

Maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty. This specialty involves the diagnosis and surgical treatment of injuries, defects, and diseases of the soft and hard tissues of the maxillofacial and oral regions. Put in layman’s terms, a maxillofacial surgeon is much like an orthopedic surgeon of the mouth and facial region.

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Toothpaste: Here’s the 411

Brushing your teeth is step one of maintaining good dental health. But do you really know everything you need to know about what you are brushing your teeth with? Not all toothpaste is created equal. Here is a primer on the subject. For starters, toothpaste is not always paste. It can be a gel or a powder as well as a paste that you use to remove plaque, food, and other debris from your teeth and gums. Most toothpaste on the market today contains fluoride, which helps in the fight against tooth decay.

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When Should a Dentist Drill or Not Drill?

Unfortunately, fear of dentistry is a common occurrence. The image of a dentist as a frightening, masked figure wielding strange tools (think: a drill!) is all too common in popular media, and the benefits of dentistry are often swept aside in favor of these more dramatic portrayals. This isn’t helped by the fact that some of the instruments that dentists use can seem quite scary at first. The dental drill is a good example. Many dental procedures like cavity fillings and dental bondings require some amount of drilling done to guarantee the success of the procedure. Dr. Ira Morrow says dental drills are only used on an as-need basis. Knowing when it might be needed is important for every dental patient.

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Five Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

What did the phrase, “Go brush your teeth” mean to you when you were growing up? Had you been taught healthy habits so that you knew just what to do and didn’t mind it? Or was this something you dreaded and wanted to get over as quickly as possible — perhaps causing cavities and other problems as a result? You can and should teach your child how to keep his or her teeth healthy — and it doesn’t have to be hard, with these five tips.

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Reasons to Get Veneers: A Case Study

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a phrase every child knows. As children age, they realize that this maxim doesn’t describe the true situation in society. Whether you accept it or not, whether you like it or not, appearances do matter in social situations. You can get an edge over the person who originated this quote, though. You can do something about your appearance. As patients in Yonkers know, at Dr. Morrow’s dental practice, you can revamp your smile. All you have to do is take a small step and ask your dentist for dental veneers.

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Pillow Fights Can Be Dangerous

Pillow fighting is a fun and exciting game for kids and teens, but sometimes even the simplest of activities can go wrong. Take our young patient, for example. He and his sibling were having a wholesome pillow fight before bed one night last week, and before they knew it, BAM! His teeth were fractured! Read more to find out how Dr. Morrow helped this little pillow fighter.

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