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Why Is It Important to Visit the Dentist Regularly? Oct 5th, 2020

The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies to many things, most especially your oral health. More than half of Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are missing all of them. Most of these losses can be tied back to tooth...

How Cosmetic Dentistry Is More Than Just a Smile Makeover Sep 9th, 2020

Did you know that smiling boosts your mood? That’s right! Just the simple act of sharing your smile can release neurotransmitters that boost your mood. Smiling also makes you more approachable, makes you feel less stressed, and leaves you feeling more confident.  But what if you don’t love your smile?...

The Best Foods to Support a Healthy Smile Aug 12th, 2020

Historical evidence suggests that hunter-gatherers, our distant ancestors, had little tooth decay, despite not having access to modern dental care tools such as toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.  Some specialists believe that the shift to an agriculture-based lifestyle harmed our teeth in two ways: It increased the amount of starch and...

How Wisdom Teeth Can Negatively Impact Oral Health Jul 30th, 2020

Your wisdom teeth are so named because of their late arrival in your mouth, at an age when you’re thought to have more wisdom. However, these late-erupting teeth can have a negative impact on your overall oral health, or that of your child, making extraction the only wise choice. At...

Preventing Periodontal Disease: What You Can Do Today Jun 23rd, 2020

Many American adults suffer from periodontal disease, and some are not aware that it is a serious oral condition that can impact their overall health. Fortunately, periodontal disease is reversible if caught and treated in the early stages. However, prevention is always preferable to treatment.  The dental team at Meadowbrook...

Dental Implants: Why They are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth May 15th, 2020

Missing teeth do more than wreck your smile. Teeth gone AWOL can hurt the way you chew, speak, look, and think about yourself.  In the past, dentures and bridges were popular ways to replace missing teeth. Today, we have dental implants that are being considered more and more as the...

Spring Sports Season is a Great Time to Update Your Mouthguard Apr 28th, 2020

If you have a child or teen who’s involved in playing sports, chances are good you already know about the recommendation to wear mouthguards. But depending on your league’s rules, mouthguards may only be a recommendation rather than a requirement. Even if your child is already wearing a mouthguard, spring...

How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth Mar 10th, 2020

The outer layer of your tooth — the enamel — is strong and hard. But the tissues inside the enamel are soft. Under certain circumstances, teeth get damaged or severe decay develops, compromising the integrity of the inside of your tooth.   While restorative dentistry gives you the ability to replace...

Bad Breath and What You Can Do About It Feb 18th, 2020

Bad breath (halitosis) is one of the most common dental complaints, affecting up to 25% of the population. It can cause distress, embarrassment, and anxiety among sufferers, but fortunately, it’s usually very easy to treat. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of bad breath and...

Resolve to Smiler Brighter This Year: Consider a Smile Makeover Jan 9th, 2020

If you want to greet the new year (and the new decade) with a smile that exudes confidence, vitality, and great health, there are a number of effective ways to accomplish this with our smile makeover. Whether your teeth are crooked, discolored, or just plain missing, we offer a full...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Dec 3rd, 2019

Due to their affordability and ease of use, dentures are still the most popular choice when you’ve experienced tooth loss. However, first-time denture wearers may struggle with having a foreign object in their mouth, especially when eating and speaking. For some, dentures may even cause irritation and pain.  At Meadowbrook...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Nov 21st, 2019

According to the American Dental Association, most people report the one thing they dislike the most about their smile is the color of their teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and simplest cosmetic dental treatments that can improve your smile and boost your confidence. But teeth whitening,...

Noncosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers Oct 24th, 2019

Veneers are a great way to brighten your teeth, make them more uniformly shaped and evenly spaced, and help you get a more dazzling smile. But beyond the cosmetic value of dental veneers, did you know there are many noncosmetic reasons to consider them? At Meadowbrook Dental Care in Mineola,...

Waking Up With Headaches? You May Need a Night Guard Sep 4th, 2019

If you keep waking up with a headache, you might be clenching or grinding your jaw when you sleep. Many people tense their mouth and jaw while sleeping. A night guard protects your mouth through the night, letting you rest comfortably and wake pain-free. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we offer...

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease Aug 1st, 2019

It can be hard to figure out the causes of persistent bad breath, especially once you've eliminated factors like oral hygiene and smelly foods. If you're struggling with persistent bad breath no matter what you do, your problem might actually be in your gums.  Chronic bad breath, or a bad...

Tips for Taking Care of Your InvisalignⓇ Trays Jul 1st, 2019

If you wanted to have straight teeth back in the day, you were subject to a mouth full of metal, plus a retainer for the rest of your life. Thankfully, times have since changed! You can now have straight teeth in less time, without the fear of tearing up your...

Playing Sports This Summer? Don’t Forget Your Mouth Guard Jun 1st, 2019

Wearing the right sports equipment can enhance performance and protects you from injury. Athletes at all levels must use the appropriate gear for their sport if they want to reduce their chances of getting hurt. While the need for helmets and padding is obvious, many athletes ignore the protection that...

5 Signs That You May Need a Root Canal May 6th, 2019

No matter how often you brush your teeth or floss, the time may come when you need a root canal. This occurs when the cushion-like pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or injured in some way and may cause you distress. The flesh of the tooth is filled with blood...

What to Expect When Saying Goodbye to Your Wisdom Teeth Apr 8th, 2019

Wisdom teeth get their name from the time of life they tend to appear: well after your “baby” teeth and as you’re entering adulthood, typically between ages 17 and 25. While not everyone has the large molars, many who do benefit from their removal. If they’re impacted or growing at...

5 Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity Mar 1st, 2019

Even if you brush and floss daily and see your dentist twice a year, you may still end up with sensitive teeth. You know you have sensitive teeth when you feel sharp pain or discomfort when you eat or drink something cold or hot. While you may think that sensitive...

How Icon Has Changed the Way White Spots on Your Teeth Are Treated Feb 1st, 2019

Your ideal smile is likely a row of white, immaculate teeth. You’re not alone, as teeth whitening solutions are one of the most requested dental services nationwide. Food, drink, and daily living can add up to stains on your teeth, which also tend to yellow with age. Lighter dental enamel...

Feel Confident In Your Smile This Year With New Veneers Jan 7th, 2019

The changing of the year is a time of renewal for many people, fresh starts and putting their best foot forward. If your smile has held you back, perhaps it’s time to consider a dental upgrade. Few of us are born with Hollywood smiles. Even your favorite stars need to...

Regain Functionality Permanently With Fixed Dentures Dec 18th, 2018

Do you have trouble envisioning dentures that are permanently fixed in place? The two seem contradictory, don’t they? But thanks to advances in dentistry, they’re not. You now have the option of permanent dentures, or implant-supported fixed dentures. The team at Meadowbrook Dental Care in Mineola, New York, offers all...

What to Expect During a Comprehensive Dental Exam Nov 28th, 2018

Regular dental exams are your first line of defense when it comes to preserving the health of your teeth. This type of preventive care serves you well, and instead of viewing it as a road to our dental chair, think of it as an exit from unnecessary visits brought on...

Periodontal Disease Symptoms You Don’t Want to Ignore Oct 16th, 2018

Your gums play a vital role in keeping your smile healthy. Periodontal (gum) disease can wreck that role. If left too long, it can eventually result in tooth loss and open the door to severe, even life-threatening infections.You may not notice the early warning signs, or take them seriously, but...

What Is the Cause of White Spots on Teeth? Aug 7th, 2018

What Is the Cause of White Spots on Teeth?White spots on your teeth may be more than just a bothersome distraction from the beauty of your smile. They’re most often a signal that decay is headed your way.Once you’ve got white spots, no amount of brushing or flossing can take...

7 Reasons to Have Your Teeth Whitened Jul 30th, 2018

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment dentists perform these days, and that’s certainly true here at Meadowbrook Dental Care. For people who are still contemplating the pros and cons of teeth whitening, our dedicated oral care professionals have put together a list of reasons why you might want...

5 Reasons Veneers May Be Right for You Jun 20th, 2018

Porcelain veneers can cover a multitude of problems with your teeth, giving you the smile you want. Following are five reasons why veneers may be a great solution for you.Increasing self-confidenceEveryone typically has some feature they wish looked different. Perhaps for you it’s your smile. Do you try to cover...

Your Headache May Be the Result of TMJ May 17th, 2018

When you’re frequented by headaches, it becomes more than frustrating; it can be life-altering. At Meadowbrook Dental Care in Mineola, New York, we understand the debilitating impact of headaches and want to help you feel better. If you can’t find relief from traditional treatments, your headaches may result from an...

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need To Be Removed? Apr 18th, 2018

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need To Be Removed? If it seems like everyone you know has had their wisdom teeth removed, it’s because wisdom teeth are often problematic. Your wisdom teeth are technically your third set of molars, and they usually come in — or erupt, as your dentist might...

The Importance of Taking Care of Baby Teeth Mar 22nd, 2018

As parents, you lay the foundation for healthy permanent teeth during the first years of your child’s life. Daily brushing, regular dental checkups, and healthy eating habits are the cornerstones of good oral care. Establishing a good routine early in life ensures that your child develops strong, healthy teeth and...

Do Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits Work? Mar 16th, 2018

Bright, white teeth certainly add to the beauty of your smile and can really increase your confidence. The American Dental Association notes your only choice for whitening back in the 1800s was in-office bleaching on nonvital teeth.Today’s consumer has many more options to choose from, including home-applied products that promise...

How to Avoid a Root Canal Infection Jan 30th, 2018

Believe it or not, most dentists share a common goal, and that’s to keep you from spending too much time in our chairs. And this holds true here at Meadowbrook Dental Care. While we love seeing our patients in Mineola, New York, our goal is to preserve and maintain the...

10 Truths About Invisalign Jan 11th, 2018

Braces are the traditional way to move your teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing bite, but they’re uncomfortable, unsightly, and inconvenient. Consider Invisalign® clear aligners as an alternative.As an official provider, the staff at Meadowbrook Dental creates a customized plan for the aligners to shift your teeth into a more...

Are You Making These Common Toothbrushing Mistakes? Nov 30th, 2017

You Use the Wrong ToothbrushHave you gone to get a new toothbrush only to be overwhelmed with the sheer number of options available on the market today? You can choose from a variety of colors, sizes, spinning brush heads, lights, and more. Most dentists agree that it doesn’t matter what...

Keep Your Teeth Healthy! Great Tips For Dental Success! Nov 30th, 2017

Brush Your TeethOkay, this one is obvious, right? But if you read our last blog, not only do many Americans not brush regularly, they aren’t brushing right! A soft bristled toothbrush, held at a 45 degree angle near the gum line, will help you keep your teeth clean. Brush in a...

Discover the Pinhole® Surgical Technique! Nov 30th, 2017

What is Gum Recession?Gum recession is a common problem, especially for older adults, where the gum tissue around the teeth pulls back and exposes more of the tooth and the tooth root. Gum recession can cause gaps or pockets to form between teeth where bacteria can be harbored. This bacteria...

Have You Considered Veneers? Nov 30th, 2017

What Exactly are Veneers?Veneers are thin pieces of acrylic or porcelain that are applied over your natural teeth to hide imperfections or change their appearance. Veneers made their debut in 1928 when a California dentist, Charles Pincus, used them to temporarily change the appearance of actor’s teeth in a film...

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups Nov 30th, 2017

CleaningsAn annual cleaning is important even for the most diligent brushers. A dental cleaning removes any tartar and plaque buildup, and can get into the hard to reach areas of your mouth. Your teeth will feel great after a dental cleaning!CavitiesIf you don’t remove plaque from your teeth, this sticky...

The Enemies of Your Teeth Nov 30th, 2017

SugarSo sweet, so delicious, and so bad for your teeth! Sugars in foods promote bacteria in the mouth that produce acids that dissolve and damage teeth. Sugar is in almost every prepackaged food we eat, and trying to avoid it can be a difficult task. Sugar is found in many...

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You Smile Again! Nov 30th, 2017

VeneersLike the name states, veneers are thin layers of porcelain that sit over your teeth and can hide a multitude of problems. Whether you are looking to hide stains, chips, fill uneven tooth spacing, or just make your smile more symmetrical and beautiful, veneers can help! Veneers look like natural...

Help Your Kids Love to Brush Their Teeth! Nov 30th, 2017

Buy a Fun ToothbrushMaybe as an adult you don’t care about princesses or Spongebob, but those characters can really make a difference to you kids! Getting your child a fun toothbrush or, better yet, having them choose their own toothbrush, can make brushing seem like a fun activity. Toothbrushes these...

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Nov 30th, 2017

Why Dental Hygiene Is ImportantWhen it comes to maintaining personal health, dental care is one of the most important practices to consider. Maintaining dental hygiene can have serious effects for your health, and reiterates why it is important to do so. At Meadowbrook Dental Care in Mineola, we offer expert...

The Importance of Flossing Nov 30th, 2017

Going to the dentist regularly, you hear the same thing from your dental hygienist and dentist—make sure to brush twice a day, as well as floss twice a day. As most of us complete the former to combat the inevitable bad breath resulted from ignoring it, flossing is sometimes extremely...

Getting Smart About Wisdom Teeth Oct 13th, 2016

Origins of Wisdom TeethWisdom teeth are your third set of molars, and anthropologists believe that they were useful back when a diet of rough food like leaves, roots, nuts, and meats resulted in premature wear on the teeth. Wisdom teeth would grow in later in life, when the other teeth...