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Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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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

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

 

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

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

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

 

The Future Of Tooth Decay In White Plains

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.:

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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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White Plains, New York
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Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In White Plains

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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