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When It’s Better Not To Brush

September 22nd, 2017

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the vital job of safeguarding teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also safeguards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly extraordinary. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. encourages our patients to safeguard their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is beneficial, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva guards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water frequently can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Furthermore, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many White Plains residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s critical to get a mouthguard ASAP. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the cavities that can follow. Athletes should also protect their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already taken place. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can impair enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also impair enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can lead to cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental issues, Dr. Handschuh can help you guard what is left. To schedule a thorough examination, contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains at 914-574-2558!

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Not Happy With Your White Plains Dentist?

September 15th, 2017

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Welcome to The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains, New York. We provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. Our services include:

Invisalign
teeth whitening
restorative dentistry
periodontal disease
Immediate care for dental emergencies
Strong, natural looking restorations
A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

I’m Dr. Ira Handschuh. Our office is located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains, New York. I have been practicing advanced dentistry since 1996 and am a member of ESACD. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Perhaps your smile is sensational and you only need a cleaning. Our talented The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. for an informative consultation and examination.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

September 8th, 2017

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If you are the parent of a daughter or son, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know teens who skip meals and others who eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental issues manifesting in the adolescent years can affect teeth for life. Let’s look at some essential dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is critical to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the advice of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their young adult abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing challenging. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teenagers with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as indispensable for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit youth in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage White Plains parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral issues occur unnoticed. To schedule an extensive examination and cleaning, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Making The Cost Of Dental Treatment Palatable At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.

September 1st, 2017

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A healthy smile is priceless and superior dental care is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. But the cost for treatment and precision restorations can sometimes be prohibitive. Knowing what to expect can make your dental visit more palatable.

The cost of some procedures varies. X-rays can show the basic problem but sometimes the extent of the damage isn’t clear until we get in there. Our caring staff offers estimates based on best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Nailing down cost is much easier once we establish the overall treatment plan. Dr. Handschuh performs an oral exam, reviews your dental history, and consults with you before creating an estimate. The price is influenced by the patient’s current condition, cosmetic goals, and long-term functionality.

Usually, the cost of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, denture fittings, and the price of cosmetic dentistry can be explained at the initial consultation. We encourage our patients to take some time to review the options before they settle upon  which elective procedures to pursue. We never pressure our patients to make a quick decision about something as vital as dental treatment.

Here at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., we are passionate about customized patient-focused care. Often the treatment plan will be extended over several visits to allow healing and adjustment in the mouth before doing more work.

With restorations, the most cost-conservative treatment is always preferred. Ensuring eating and speaking functionality is our main priority. Personal confidence in appearance is also taken into account and given priority.

Dr. Handschuh has been practicing efficient dentistry since 1996. If you are in the market for periodontal disease or teeth whitening but are worried about how much it will set you back or whether your insurance company covers the procedure, then call 914-574-2558 today.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

August 25th, 2017

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the individual location can be hard to identify.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most frequent type of oral abscess stems from the pulp of the tooth and is typically caused by dental caries.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually result in pain.

An abscess can cause complete tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?
Sinus pain usually manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp shot of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both problems – an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your doctor can help you. This is a situation where you need counsel from both your dental and medical care provider.

 

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Smile Transformations At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.

August 18th, 2017

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Hello friends of The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.! Today’s post is for White Plains men and women who aren’t happy with their smile.  Common problems for patients include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or damaged teeth.

Few  people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many troubles that influence oral health and the attractiveness of their smile. But some  folks are unsatisfied with their smiles even though they practice vigilant oral hygiene.

The efficient team at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. cosmetic dentist Handschuh has the experience and know-how to transform ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, tooth implants, crowns, tooth whitening, crown lengthening (gum shaping), inlays/onlays, and orthodontia.

Here are some of the most important smile characteristics:

Bright teeth, free of stains
Pleasing gumline
No chips, cracks, cupping, or excessive wearing
Tooth size, length, and placement in harmony with facial features
Teeth aligned on three planes

Call 914-574-2558 today to speak with us about an exceptional smile makeover at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

August 11th, 2017

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, one could see only pearly white molar surfaces.

If you are like many  adults, you started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings that were used by family dentists. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now when you open wide – others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, those with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings are comprised of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which creates a natural tooth-colored material. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Westchester County smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, we invite you to come in for a consultation. We’ll develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth improved in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be pleased with your new beautiful smile.

Ask us about restorative dentistry, teeth whitening, Invisalign and periodontal disease. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 914-574-2558.

The Smile you deserve, the smile you desire is closer than you think!

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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The Future Of Tooth Decay In White Plains

August 4th, 2017

The Future Of Tooth Decay In White PlainsYou may wonder what would happen if you didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with us. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the White Plains area, come visit us here at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.. cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh has been a dentist in White Plains since 1996.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum contouring, and dental implants.

The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. offers:

Invisalign
teeth whitening
restorative dentistry
periodontal disease

Call 914-574-2558 to schedule an appointment!

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.: 914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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How To Get The Whitest Teeth

July 28th, 2017

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but I think it’s safe to say that most of us White Plains residents want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. can help you achieve that unforgettable smile you deserve. Today we want to share some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you!

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still overlook this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it curtails the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prevents it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too extreme to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. offer other powerful care to enhance your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these methods provide an effective solution to teeth whitening. The efficient at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. will work with you to find the best solution to upgrade your smile.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

July 21st, 2017

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and carrot sticks? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging pathway? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are in top shape? If you pictured a white, healthy smile or a dental x-ray showing no tooth decay, we salute you.

At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., we encourage everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an integral component of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to safeguard your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and make certain you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is needed for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at White Plains stores, so experiment until find one you like.

I’m cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh of The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.. As a healthcare provider, I am dedicated to helping each of my patients enjoy oral health and avoid dental distresses that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers provide cosmetic procedures, I also offer services that improve the esthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. today at 914-574-2558 or visit http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/practice/.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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