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Turmeric: How does the newest dental fad stack up?

January 30, 2018

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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.

5 Things Your Expert Dentist of 10019 Knows About You

January 24, 2018

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man in dentist chair thumb upSo 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.


New Year, New You! Dental Resolutions to Help You Get The Smile You Love

January 15, 2018

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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…)

Overcome Fatigue and Sleep Apnea in Central Park South

January 5, 2018

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woman frustrated with husband snoringOne 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.


Central Park South Dentist Says Stop! These Habits Harm Your Teeth

December 27, 2017

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woman frustrated grinding teethYou’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.


Are You a High-Risk Patient for Sleep Apnea in 10019?

December 21, 2017

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man tired frustrated 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.


Maintaining Healthy Eating Practices Through The Holiday Season

November 27, 2017

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By: Shira Newman, RDH

We have all been there.  Thanksgiving, Channuka, Kwanza and Christmas come around and we lose all the willpower that we have in maintaining healthy eating habits in favor of delicious holiday favorites.  This year, try and incorporate a few healthy side dishes to make your holiday meal less of a binger, in order to maintain healthy eating practices!  Below you will find some healthy alternatives to your favorite holiday side dishes.  Bon Appetit!


Dentist in 10019 Says It’s Key to Brush Morning and Night!

November 6, 2017

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woman happy smilingHow many times did your parents tell you to brush your teeth before you went to bed? Brushing your teeth in the morning was almost always natural because you want to get rid of nasty morning breath, but brushing your teeth at night always took an extra reminder.

The fact is that your parents are right! Brushing your teeth not once, but twice a day will help you keep a healthy mouth for years to come. Your dentist in 10019 is here to explain why!


Your Dentist and Your Doctor Should Be Partners In Your Care

October 31, 2017

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By: Shira Newman, RDH

In the past, there was a common narrative.  Doctors make you better, and dentists fix your teeth.  However, now, that narrative is changing as the link between your mouth and systemic disease continues to strengthen.


Understanding the Two Types of Sleep Apnea in Central Park South

October 25, 2017

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doctor and “sleep apnea”Sleep apnea in Central Park South is a serious condition. Not only can it make you exhausted on a day to day basis, but it can also affect your systemic health. People who aren’t well rested are at an increased risk for many health issues, including diabetes and obesity. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, it’s important that you head to a medical professional for an official diagnosis. You may find out that you have either obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or central sleep apnea (CSA).


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