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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a captivating field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an essential role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The stability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play an important role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is essential for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be forward-thinking about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with innovative cosmetic dentistry, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

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10607

Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super substantial doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some helpful tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks damage your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and safeguard your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to weakening from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, examine teeth whitening and communicate with your dentist.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is essential to meet with your White Plains doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major problem for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your dentist is aware if you observe either of these issues.

Hi, my name is cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and enamel health is a key component. I also love helping my patients achieve the beautiful smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding, veneers, invisible braces, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants.

My practice, The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., is currently accepting new patients. Give us a call at 914-574-2558 to make an appointment!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

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

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

Dental Check Up — How Often?

dentist White Plains When is the last time you had a dental check-up? Most men and women need a dental check-up every six months. If you have an increased risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Welcome to The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.

We’re currently accepting new patients. If you do not have a dentist or need a change, we invite you to learn about our practice and meet our team. We are confident that you will like what you find. Many patients entrust us with their dental health and we appreciate the relationships we have with them.

Give us a call at 914-574-2558 to make an appointment. You can also visit our website at http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/ for more information about our services.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene habits, or suffer from medical conditions that impact your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is critical to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked without delay.

I scrutinize many factors to determine the state of your oral health and the outlook for your future. I want you to have the healthiest teeth possible so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life. The philosophy ‘”Ignore it and it will go away,” does not apply to a tooth or gum problem.

Call 914-574-2558 to schedule a check-up. We hope to hear from you soon.

 

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

 

Whitening vs Bleaching

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Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. provides in-office or through a take home kit. Results vary, but most patients experience significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile elevates self confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, mean two different things. Surface cracks and stains arise on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even stronger staining power.

Teeth whitener can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and competitively priced and can beautify teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, consistent use to see results.

Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for people with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. We counsel pregnant or nursing mothers to opt for the non-bleach whitening products.

The term “bleaching” is used to refer to a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be performed in-office by your dentist. Bleaching can typically achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains can be capably lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.

Call the efficient team at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. to set up a consultation!

The following online articles were used as source material for this post:

Linda Dyett, ‘Teeth Whitening: How it Works and What it Costs,’ Consumer Guide to Dentistry, September 12, 2011, http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/teeth-whitening/.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012
‘How to Whiten Teeth,’ What’s Cooking America, http://whatscookingamerica.net/HealthBeauty/TeethWhitening.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012

 

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

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

 

Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces?  Advancements in dentistry provides many new solutions for almost every possible dental trouble.

In the past, if a patient had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures because they were the best options at the time. These days, industry-leading dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most White Plains patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.

A tooth implant provides many vital advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:

Longevity – Dental implants are strong and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic problems, these can typically be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is needed.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.

Let’s highlight the tooth implant method:

If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Handschuh will complete an exam, take x-rays and listen to your concerns. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, you’ll come in for a dental implant procedure.

Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Handschuh will exactly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.

After the required time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will tailor your new, permanent crown.

Dr. Handschuh will then put the attractive permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create an exceptional new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups required.

If you want to determine if a tooth implant is right for you or desire details about smile redesigns, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. for more details. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Our Top Priority At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. In White Plains

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At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., our passion is helping NYC patients achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh’s considerable experience, advanced skills, and exacting standards ensure the ultimate in patient satisfaction.

Because each person has unique dental needs, we develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses each patient’s challenges and goals.

Some dentistry patients come in twice-yearly for an examination, cleaning, oral cancer screening, and fluoride treatment. We work with them to maintain their oral health and prevent common dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

Many smile makeover patients take advantage of modern cosmetic dental procedures to achieve the smile they deserve. If you are unhappy with your smile, contact us today at 914-574-2558. We offer a broad range of cosmetic dental procedures including dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening and tooth-colored filling replacement. We also offer sedation dentistry options for folks who become anxious during dental treatment. You can take comfort in the fact that we are dedicated to the highest standard of safety and sterility at our practice.

If you are looking for a family dentist or cosmetic dental specialist in the NYC area, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558. We invite you to visit our comfortable White Plains dental office and friendly staff.

 

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

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

 

The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. Works To Earn Your Trust

The Dental Design Center - Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains Hello! I’m Dr. Ira Handschuh, DDS, of The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains.

I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1996. Dentistry is a challenging and fascinating profession; dentists must have diagnostic skills, dexterity, extensive scientific knowledge, and good visual memory. Dentistry also requires artistic ability. In addition to the technical aspects of dentistry, I really enjoy interacting with my  dental patients.

I recognize that my patients have other choices in NYC area dental practices, and I work continually to earn their trust and surpass their expectations.

Each dental patient is unique. Many of my patients come in twice-yearly for an exam and cleaning. We help them maintain excellent oral health. Some cosmetic dentistry patients come to me seeking major restorative dental work. It is extremely gratifying to complete a smile makeover and see the patient’s reaction when they see their new smile for the first time.

When I have a pre-treatment consultation with a new  patient, it is very informative for both of us. The patient learns the specifics about the possible procedures and I learn about the patient’s goals, concerns and expectations. Then I work with the patient to develop a dental treatment plan that fits the patient’s needs, desired outcome and budget.

My dental practice is located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains. If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the NYC area, call 914-574-2558 to schedule a consultation.

I look forward to meeting with you.

 

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

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

 

Ready To Smile Again?

Are You Ready to Smile Again, White Plains? Are you one of those people who cover their mouth when they laugh? Do you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of you? It’s time to take care of those tooth problems and get a new lease on life.

Our practice, The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., can make it happen!

If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to us about dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that includes both root and crown. Because it is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Are your teeth yellow or gray? Have your teeth whitened at our White Plains dental practice and experience an instant transformation.

If your teeth are crooked, talk to us about the different types of braces now available. You may be able to straighten your teeth in less than a year.

Many of your friends and neighbors have benefited from porcelain veneers. They correct several types of imperfections and may cost less than dental crowns.

We look forward to developing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call 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

 

Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in White Plains. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an essential practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, communicate with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., we have an excellent office and efficient team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventative care. At each check up, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for any tooth decay, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is crucial so you can make certain that they don’t turn into larger issues. Schedule twice-yearly exams with us and Dr. Handschuh will ensure you avoid acute dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving quickly, so it’s critical to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past cosmetic dentist Handschuh. If is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, cosmetic dentist Handschuh will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

 

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

 

Looking For A Red Carpet-Caliber Smile?

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When you see pics of your favorite stars, do you ever wonder how these men and women can project such perfection? Can ordinary  folks ever achieve anything approaching celebrity-caliber attractiveness?

When it comes to remarkable smiles, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” There many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available that can produce compelling results. Complete smile transformations combine various procedures to transform your smile. These are the same procedures used by cosmetic dentists that serve the Hollywood A list.

A common and reasonably priced procedure is teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Many drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your cosmetic dental practice can recommend an effective one, or they may offer in-office bleaching. This is the quickest way to whiten your teeth, sometimes in less than an hour.

If you suffer from missing teeth, most White Plains cosmetic dentists will recommend dental implants. A dental implant is placed directly in the jaw bone. This provides strength, natural appearance and function, and comfort. It can also guard against the bone recession that is common with a missing tooth.

Veneers, which are custom-made for each patient, are designed to cover the front of the teeth. These are useful for patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth.

Bonding, enamel shaping, gum contouring, and braces are other important procedures that can be employed by your cosmetic dentist to help your teeth look their best.

If you are looking for premium dental care in the White Plains area, we hope you’ll give us a call at 914-574-2558. At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., we offer Invisalign, teeth whitening, restorative dentistry, and periodontal disease. Call for your appointment today!

 

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

 

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