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February 09, 2011

Sixty million Americans will avoid going to their dentist because of their anxiety at the prospect of dental work.  Anxiety, a biological response to a perceived or real threat, is what is commonly referred to as the “fight-or-flight” response. Unfortunately, dental anxiety is all-too easily triggered by several issues: fear of pain, injection, numbing, side-effects of medicine, or the shame...

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January 31, 2011

Anjourlie knew what she wanted! During her consult she was very specific about her hopes and goals. Her front cap was too big, and she didn't like her gummy smile. So we knew just what to do. When we plan a gum lift, as cosmetic dentists we need to make sure we respect the anatomy of the teeth as well as the underlying bone structure that supports them. In Anjourlie'’s case we noticed that her gum...

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January 26, 2011

A recent study by Swedish scientists found a correlation, in a group of young people with asthma, between their asthma and a deterioration in their oral health. It was shown that those patients with a history of asthma reported of an increase in cavities, bad breath and gum problems.  In most cases, the medication to relieve asthma can also cause a decrease in saliva flow. The “dry mouth” resulting...

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January 19, 2011

Because we so often find ourselves treating patients whose problems are the long-term results of childhood dental neglect or mishap, we understand the importance of timely and skilled pediatric dental care.

There are many reasons for making sure that children receive regular checkups and treatment for any conditions they reveal: in particular, tooth...

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January 10, 2011

Recently there have been numerous inquiries, from prospective patients as well as those patients that visit us at NYC Smile Design, about the radiation dosages that they are exposed to when they have their teeth x-rayed. This topic is of great concern and recently, this has been highlighted by several newspapers including the New York Times, and US Today as TSA workers and...

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January 03, 2011

At NYC Smile Design we are aware of the dangers of silver/mercury fillings, and how negatively they can affect your mouth, your body, and your health.  Mercury is one of the most dangerous neurotoxins that exists, and half of that silver-colored filling in your mouth is composed of mercury.

So, why would anyone in their right mind want to have this toxic material in their mouth?  You...

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December 27, 2010

You mouth, being a gateway to most things that you consume, can be the greatest warning bell to the nature of your health. Whether it is the color of your tongue, or having bad breath, your mouth can be the first step in diagnosing any problems you might have. For instance, your tongue can tell you a lot about your diet. If you notice your tongue is red, or the color of a strawberry, it may indicate a deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12. If it has reddish spots with a white border, it may indicate stress, hormonal changes, or allergies, perhaps even scarlet fever (a strep infection that may require antibiotics).

Furthermore,...

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December 22, 2010

You might not be aware of it, but some of your habits might be harming the general health of your mouth. It is important to be nice to your mouth because not only does it play an important role for your speech, but it is the gateway to how well your body digests the food you eat. The same saliva in your mouth that helps in breaking down of food helps protect and repair your teeth from the...

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December 20, 2010

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your mouth is the window to your health. . It's not just about your teeth! In fact, inspecting the inside of your mouth, your tongue, and your gums on a regular basis can be crucial to your overall health. Even more significant, your mouth can serve as an alarm system for troubles to come. Therefore...

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December 15, 2010

No doubt your dentist has explained the importance of flossing, brushing, and rinsing – the oral good housekeeping that keeps the mouth clean. But there's much more to it than that. In the absence of good hygiene the mouth begins to break down, allowing plaque buildup on the gum line. This creates an acidic environment, encouraging the presence of bacteria and viruses that cause teeth decay. This is why you are encouraged to keep your mouth hygienic to maintain an alkaline environment.

Whatever the cause, if decay and plaque are not controlled, the gums become irritated, then swollen and infected and quick to bleed. Left untreated...

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