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April 25, 2012

Receding gums are not as big a problem as gum disease or cavities but they can be a sign of major problems to come. When your gums recede they slowly move down the root. The tooth starts to become exposed and become sensitive to cold or touch. The reason for this is that the tiny tubules which  (microscopic tubes within dentin that spreads outward from the tooth’s center and carries dentinal fluid) in the teeth transmit these signals to the brain as pain. Sensitivity from receding gums can be so severe that they are impossible to ignore.

Why do we get receding gums?
There are two particular reasons why you...

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April 18, 2012

When clients come to see us for a consult, one of their biggest concerns is the dark line around their existing porcelain crowns. They are also concerned that, if they do more porcelain crowns and veneers, eventually they will see the same dark, ugly line around them. This is something that should not happen, or even be anticipated, when considering any type of cosmetic dentistry that involves porcelain crowns or veneers.
So, let’s go over the reasons why these dark lines appear, and what we do at NYC Smile Design to avoid them:

1) Metal-based porcelain crowns
Traditionally,...

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March 28, 2012

Oral hygiene is important for your health but, while you are encouraged to be meticulous about taking care of your mouth, it's just as important to pay close attention to the products you use to do it. Most people never question the ingredients that are in the products they use on a daily basis, and that's especially true of toothpastes. One of the most commercialized products, toothpaste is generally believed to be both effective and safe.   Is this actually true?  You be the judge! Let’s take a look at four key ingredients in your toothpaste:

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS):

Better known as detergent because...

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March 14, 2012

Carey was very busy in 2007. She was looking for a cosmetic dentist, and had scheduled five consultations (including one with our office) to see what her options were. When she made her final choice, she selected the practice that offered to design her treatment so that she could retain much of her original tooth structure. It seemed a good idea at the time. We realize that we are not the dentists for everyone, and we never feel offended if we are not...

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February 08, 2012

Mary Poppins tells us that a “spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down”, but what about a spoonful of honey? As dentists, we never encourage including a lot of sweets in your diet. Sugar can be damaging to your teeth, and to your overall health.  So it's always better to make sure you eat only a minimum amount of it. However, recent studies show that there is an exception to the rule: it doesn't necessarily apply to honey--and to one ...

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January 25, 2012

Darriane came to see us while she was in the middle of orthodontic treatment in her home state of Indiana. She flew in for a consult and explained that, after her orthodontics were completed...

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January 18, 2012

You have heard it several times- your mouth is the gateway to your health.  That's because oral diseases often have long-lasting ramifications when it comes to our bodies and general health.  Often we tend to forget that our body is a actually a number of systems that work well together, as long as every system is healthy and functioning as they should be.  So it is in your best interest to always be aware of the mouth-body connection and to remember that...

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December 28, 2011

You know by now that chewing tobacco causes oral cancer. Baseball players in the early 20th century learned the hard way that, while chewing tobacco on the pitch was “cool”, it was killing them slowly.  Smoking cigarettes proved an equally lethal alternative, as that causes oral cancer, and more, too.  In addition to causing oral cancer, tobacco will cause lung disease, heart disease and, in some cases, results in death. The understanding of the potential damage of both chewing and smoking tobacco resulted in strategies to make access to these products both mor...

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December 21, 2011

Out with the old, and in with the new – that should be your new motto for the coming year.  Are you one of the 150 million people who have amalgam fillings? In that case, out with silver fillings and in with the white!

By now, you know about the dangers of mercury. (If not, please refer to our previous...

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December 14, 2011

Over the last five years the numbers of dental patients seeking treatment from outside the country have surged. Popular destinations include (but are not limited to) Mexico, Hungary, India, and Thailand.  Before the economic decline of 2008 and its negative effect on dental insurance coverage, dental tourism was barely a fraction of medical tourism in general.  The common trend then was for Americans travelling abroad to get their cosmetic surgeries en route.  Today, the...

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