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What is Fluoride, and Why is it Useful?

February 9, 2023

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Dentist holding a graphic that says "fluoride"

If you had a checkup recently, you may have had your dental hygienist ask you if you want fluoride treatment. You may have heard the word “fluoride” before, and that it has some benefits for your teeth, but you might have also been told that it’s dangerous.

Fluoride isn’t that much of a danger, but you still might not have a very good idea of what it does. Here’s a guide that can tell you a little more about that.


How Do I Get Rid of Coffee Breath?

January 10, 2023

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a woman covering her mouth due to coffee breath

Do you often enjoy a warm cup of joe in the morning? Not only does this beverage taste good, but it can even boost your energy levels and offer a few health benefits. However, you may have noticed that it affects your breath, causing a smelly odor. But why does this happen in the first place? To avoid feeling embarrassed or giving a bad first impression, read on to learn why coffee breath occurs, how you can fight against it, and what to do if it doesn’t go away.


Is It Possible to Whiten Bonded Teeth?

December 15, 2022

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A patient whitening their bonded teeth

If you’ve gotten dental bonding before, you know its great effect on pearly whites. Namely, the treatment uses a composite resin to hide your smile’s flaws. However, you might wonder whether you can whiten teeth that are already bonded. After all, can a whitening agent really affect previously-applied resin? Fortunately enough, however, your Mineola dentist can answer these concerns. To that end, here’s a summary of how a dentist can whiten your bonded teeth.


The Most Common Dental Flaws & Their Treatments

October 14, 2022

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Gapped teeth, one of the most common cosmetic dental flaws

If your teeth don’t look too great, you probably wish they were prettier. After all, everyone loves white and gleaming smiles — they make the world a happier place. That said, there’s a way to get pearly whites that live up to their name: cosmetic dentistry! With just one of its various services, it could fix your smile problems in very little time. To prove it, your local Mineola dentist is here with the details. Read on to learn about three common cosmetic dental flaws and their treatments.


Invisalign Cleaning Crystals: What They Are & How to Use Them

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — meadowbrook @ 9:33 pm
Invisalign cleaning crystals on table

You finally did it! After months of debating whether or not to get Invisalign, you bit the bullet and started treatment. In your kit, you may have noticed that it contained a few packets of Invisalign cleaning crystals. While you may know that it’ll help keep your trays nice and clean, you probably have questions about how to use them. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more about these crystals, how often you should use them, and a step-by-step of the process.  


What Is an Interproximal Reduction?

September 8, 2022

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Woman smiling

If you didn’t naturally develop the perfectly straight smile you wanted, this doesn’t mean that you need to settle for misalignment. Invisalign is an excellent way to correct alignment issues. For some patients, your dentist may recommend an interproximal reduction before beginning Invisalign treatment. Continue reading to learn what this is, what you can expect, and why it may be a good idea.


How Does Vitamin D Affect Dental Implant Success?

August 11, 2022

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Woman smiling

If you’re missing one or more of your teeth, you know just how difficult it can be to complete daily tasks, like eating, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Fortunately, dental implants are available to replace the entirety of your missing tooth. Dental implants have an incredible success rate of over 95%, but they aren’t completely indestructible. Read on to learn about how vitamin D takes a role in the success of dental implants.


The Causes of Gray Teeth and What You Can Do About Them

August 1, 2022

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Man covering mouth

Everyone wants to have a beautiful, white smile. However, this isn’t the case for many of us thanks to discoloration. You may even notice less familiar shades in your smile. Instead of white or yellow, teeth can appear bluish or gray. There are many reasons why this can happen, but you don’t necessarily have to settle for it. Here are some of the causes of gray teeth and what your dentist can do about them.


Can You Save a Knocked-Out Tooth by Putting It Back in Its Socket?

July 12, 2022

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man with a knocked-out tooth looking at his mouth in a mirror

If your tooth has recently been knocked out of your mouth, you’re probably panicking. A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency, after all, and one of the most urgent ones. The first thing you should do is try to stay calm while you call your dentist, but what should you do until your appointment? Should you try and save the knocked-out tooth by putting it back in its socket? Read on to find out!


Can Turmeric Be Used for Teeth Whitening?

June 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — meadowbrook @ 9:06 pm
Turmeric as a powder.

If you’re unhappy with the shade of your teeth, you aren’t alone! Many patients are embarrassed by their stained and yellow teeth and opt to do something about it. However, this has led to the emergence of some pretty interesting techniques and DIY whitening methods—some of which can work, but most of which are bogus. That said, maybe you’ve heard about people using turmeric, of all things, to whiten their teeth! Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about the connection between turmeric and your oral health, and why you should consider pursuing other whitening methods.

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