Dr Laura Torrado's Blog
March 16, 2018
Did you know that some of the earliest dental fillings were made of beeswax thousands of years ago? It’s a good thing that dentistry has come so far since then! But even the white fillings we have today are fairly recent. In fact, for around 150 years from the 1820’s to the 1970’s, metal fillings were considered the only modern option dentists had. Even in the 1970’s white filling material was hardly used because it wasn’t very effective. But in the 1990’s white fillings were significantly improved and began being widely used.
So if you’re of a certain age, there’s a good chance that you still have metal fillings in some of your teeth. What are the potential pitfalls of metal fillings? In this blog, a holistic dentist in Central Park South will answer that question.
March 12, 2018
As of March 1st, the staff at Dr. Laura Torrado, DDS decided to be better. Day in and day out, we educate patients on how to live their healthiest lives, but were we doing the same?
February 13, 2018
One of the most popular characters in comic book history is Superman, and many consider him to be the most powerful because of his great strength, ability to fly, super speed and breath so strong that it can cause tornado-like winds. One of his attributes that is often overlooked, though, is his X-Ray vision. He can see through thick, steel walls even, meaning that he can always alert his super hero-heroine friends when danger is lurking. But did you know that your dentist in Central Park South has similar powers? That she can see through a wall of skin, veins and other tissue to get a picture of your oral cavity? When it comes to maintaining your oral health, learn how capturing X-Ray images serves as a major benefit.
February 7, 2018
There are many people that experience uncomfortable symptoms when they first wake up—but from what? Extreme fatigue, morning headaches, and the inability to focus can cause anyone’s quality of life to decline.
Luckily, your dentist can help you with treatment for the condition that could be causing your health concerns: sleep apnea in 10019. In fact, there are a few different ways to address obstructive sleep apnea with the help of your dentist. Learn more in this week’s blog post!
January 30, 2018
Turmeric: The newest dental trend
By: Shira Newman, RDH
First, people were running to the local drugstore to get charcoal toothpaste, in an attempt to get a whiter smile without the expensive price tag of whitening strips or in office whitening. However, charcoal was never a ‘new’ concept. In addition, the safety of using such an abrasive material on your teeth and gums is a concern that most patients don’t know or realize. If the patient were to brush too hard or rough, charcoal products could hinder more than help, as they could break down the enamel over time exposing the dentin below, which is naturally yellow, therefore defeating the whole whitening process. Now, the internet is buzzing with talk of a tooth whitening agent that may be available in your own spice cabinet. Turmeric, or curcumin, is a known anti-inflammatory, supports cardiac function, is good for your joints and muscle health, but is now being touted as an at home whitener. Blogs are advising users to mix turmeric with a little bit of water to create a paste and to brush for two minutes straight followed by rinsing well, promising whiter teeth after a few weeks.
Is there any merit to this? The answer is that there is no research to suggest that you will see results from using turmeric as a whitening agent. If you are looking for a way to safely whiten your teeth, I would recommend using an ADA approved whitening toothpaste and mouthwash combo, whitening strips, or come in and schedule your in office whitening appointment so that you get the guaranteed results that you want.
An easy trick to make sure that your teeth dont succumb to staining is to prevent it before it starts! If you are a coffee drinking, make sure to rinse with water after so that the coffee or tea doesnt just sit on your teeth. If you drink coke, make sure to not nurse it! Not only does that put you at risk for cavities, but it allows for the brown stain to be on your teeth for a longer period of time. Use a straw when you can, and be vigilant about your at home care.
January 24, 2018
So your next semi-annual visit is coming up with your dentist, and you’re wondering what she’ll say about your oral care. There are maybe some things that you won’t mention, but there’s a little secret that you might not have known. She can figure out details about what’s going on in your life without you even expressing them. How?? Read on to learn the secrets of how your dentist of 10019 learns about your life just by you opening your mouth or describing certain symptoms.
January 15, 2018
By: Shira Newman, RDH
Happy new year! 2018 has begun with a colder than usual January, causing us all to relish in warm comforts like copious amounts of coffee, tea or hot cocoa while in hibernation. January is notorious for new beginnings and committing to those new year resolutions like going to the gym more, eating more healthy, spending more time traveling, etc. But, what about having a few dental resolutions! Everyone dreads getting a lecture about their teeth from their hygienist, so why not make this year different? Why not try and have a few dental resolutions that will help you create better homecare habits so that you can get that coveted gold star report from your hygienist! Below is a list of potential resolutions that you should adopt this year, so that you have the healthiest mouth and brightest smile possible. (more…)
January 5, 2018
One of the keys to excellent overall health is to get a good night’s sleep. But when you’re denied this very basic human necessity, you can expect to feel lethargic and in a constant daze. If this describes how your days are spent, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea in Central Park South. Learn what the symptoms of sleep apnea are and how your dentist can help you overcome this condition.
December 27, 2017
You’re a New Yorker! You’re tough, getting the job done no matter what. You’re a no-nonsense person. There’s no place for sensitivity around here! On some levels these mindsets are great, but when it comes to your teeth, your Central Park South dentist says it’s in your best interest to reconsider. Your teeth need care and attention, and there are certain activities that you should be careful to avoid.
December 21, 2017
When you have a full night of rest, you feel like a million bucks! On the other hand, when you don’t have an adequate amount of sleep, the following day can be dreadful.
Can you imagine feeling unrested every day? Patients that have sleep apnea in 10019 feel like that on a regular basis. The good news is that your local dentist is here to help you better understand sleep apnea and if you’re at risk of developing it.