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How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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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.

 

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280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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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

 

Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. urges you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on dental health.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

Inflammation of the mucous membranes
Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
Mouth pain
Oral bleeding
Lifelong risk of tooth decay
Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
Tooth loss

The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including: Invisalign, periodontal disease, and teeth whitening.

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment. It is a pleasure to serve your dental needs.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

 

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

 

Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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New White Plains parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth.

Parents are encourage to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least, twice a day.

It is critical to elect the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are useful. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food fragments that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is important to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most youth don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing methods will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time consuming, remember that it’s resulting in a daily habit that will protect their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but just as your White Plains pediatrician sees your baby regularly to make sure their physical health is on track and counsel you about your important role, you can rely on your dentist to look out for potential problems and guide you about how to help your child preserve a healthy smile.

Seek your dentist’s counsel regarding pacifiers and sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and x-ray safety. Dentist can guide parents with older children about sealants, tooth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

If you live in the NYC area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558 to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. Ira Handschuh. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our White Plains dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/practice/ for more specifics about our services. We provide Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental crowns and restorative dentistry.

 

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

 

Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s look at some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is attained by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are great for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may experience tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Moreover, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by The Dental Design Center, an outstanding dental practice in White Plains. We are enthusiastic about dental education and confident smiles for all.

cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh has been serving White Plains area families since 1996. We are located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains. Contact us at 914-574-2558 or http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/practice/.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

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

 

Contact The Dental Design Center:

914-574-2558

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

 

Pregnancy And Oral Health

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In today’s The Dental Design Center blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh and I want all expectant New York mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.  Always let your dentist know you are pregnant so we can take extra precautions with xrays and other treatments.

Many White Plains women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Most White Plains residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are a pregnant New York woman, my staff and I at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.

If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 914-574-2558. Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.

At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care for the entire family. Our White Plains patients can expect professional cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening.

 

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

 

Preventing Tooth Decay In New York

Preventing Tooth Decay in New York In New York, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. serves people of all ages to help fight tooth decay.

Bacteria is a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prevent tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local White Plains dentist in New York for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

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10607

 

Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

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You would never consider running a red light on a busy White Plains street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are a real danger to your oral health.

I’m cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh, a dentist serving the Westchester County and New Castle area, and I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing on a warm day in White Plains, but the soft tissue inside your teeth won’t appreciate it. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without proper mouth protection is a risk that no one in White Plains should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could occur (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest NYC sporting goods store and purchase an inexpensive mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our efficient staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to relieve the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening in White Plains. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

 

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

 

What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

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During routine dental examinations, your dentist may look for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer refers to cancers in the tongue, mouth, lips, jaw, and throat. Many White Plains dental patients don’t realize the seriousness of oral cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 39,000 people will get oral cancer this year.1

Consider this sobering news from the Oral Cancer Foundation:
“The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).”2

When your dentist performs an oral cancer screening during your dental examination, he/she will look for red or white spots, bleeding, lumps, difficulty swallowing, loose teeth, any color changes, and mouth sores. Is is vital to tell your dentist if your bite has changed, if you have sores that won’t heal, and prolonged hoarseness. An earache in only one ear can also be an indicator.

The existence of any of these symptoms does not mean you have oral cancer, as they can be caused by any number of other conditions. However, if your dentist does discover something unusual, he/she may order additional tests or refer you to a medical doctor for further diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

It’s probably no surprise that the main risk factor for oral cancer is tobacco use. This includes all forms, not just cigarettes. Those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are also more likely to contract this deadly cancer. People with HPV, a sexually-transmitted virus, have a higher risk and prolonged sun exposure to lips makes lip cancer more likely. All of these previously mentioned factors are lifestyle-related and, to a great extent, preventable. People who don’t use tobacco or drink heavily are statistically far less likely to get oral cancer and a host of other health problems.

For more information about oral cancer screening, contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558. If you are looking for an experienced dentist who provides comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to schedule a consultation with cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh. cosmetic dentist Handschuh has been serving the White Plains area since 1996.

1“Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer,” The American Cancer Society, January 6, 2015, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/oralcavityandoropharyngealcancer/detailedguide/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer-key-statistics, accessed on January 9, 2015.

2“Oral Cancer Facts,” http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/, accessed on January 9, 2015

 

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, NY
10607

 

Stick Out Your Tongue In NYC!

NYC oral cancer exams As health professionals, we know that NYC dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Ira Handschuh performs oral exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products in NYC. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local NYC grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many of my NYC patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at 914-574-2558.

Ira Handschuh DDS
The Dental Design Center
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