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Getting a child ready for their first dental visit can be challenging. You may be asking yourself hundreds of questions. What do I tell my child? Where should I go? Will they be scared? You may also think that your child is too young for a pediatric visit. But did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends you taking your child to see a dentist by their 1st birthday.
There are many benefits to starting your child off young at the dentist. They become familiar with the idea of going to see the doctor. The fear surrounding visits becomes very minimal. The majority of tooth decay can be avoided by scheduling an earlier appointment rather than waiting until your child is older. Standard 6 month visits allow the dentist to check for cavities with x-rays. Getting a child started on brushing their teeth early as well as having regular checkups prevent future problems. Avoid sweet and chewy snacks for your children as well as juice. Brushing your child’s teeth afterward or replacing the snacks with fresh vegetables and water can prove extremely beneficial.
For many kids, visiting the dentist can be very scary. However, at Advanced DDS Dr. Cristina Georgescu provides a very warm and friendly environment. There are many ways to have fun in the office! Your child will discover and experience a fun and friendly dental office with a popcorn machine, PlayStation 3, iPads, and other interactive games. Dr. Cristina allows for an interactive dental visit with the children encouraging them to get involved in the process. She lets the children choose stickers, the flavor of the prophy paste, and prizes from our very own treasure chest! At Advanced DDS we do our best to show kids of all ages that the dentist can be a fun place to visit! With February 1st as National Give Kids a Smile Day, our team at Advanced DDS can’t wait to help your child embrace their beautiful smiles!
Could you be risking your health by trying to save some money? Sometimes the cheapest ways are not always the safest ways. Although your wallet may temporarily be happy, you’ll end up paying more in the long run.
What if your dental insurance was actually the thing standing in your way of receiving the proper dental care? You may be risking your health by solely following your insurance. Insurance companies often try to do their best by suggesting the cheapest option for their benefit. This doesn’t always result in the best health option for you.
There are three basic types of dental insurance plans – DHMOs, DPPOs and Dental Indemnity plans – each one having their own group plan policies. Each plan may suit your needs differently, ranging from the price to the preferred coverage. It’s important to know that some procedures may not be covered by your policy. If you wait for your needed procedure, you risk your condition getting worse and the cost of treatment getting more expensive.
Here are three things to be aware of while going to an in-network dental office:
1) The office may not have enough time. You may not be getting the quality of care you deserve since the doctors are being rushed to see patient’s in a limited amount of time.
2) The office is solely focused on money. Majority of in-network dental offices are simply trying to meet their quota. Sometimes these offices, don’t supply the doctors with the necessary equipment or material, forcing the doctors to sacrifice the quality of dental care.
3) Dental instruments may not be sterilized after every patient. It may alarm you to know that some of the approved dental offices in an insurance network do not go through proper sterilization methods. For a lot of in-network offices, they are not given the necessary amount of dental instruments; forcing the doctors to wipe or rinse then reuse those dental instruments on the following patient. Does your office properly dispose of one-time use equipment? Do they use steam autoclaves for sterilization of hand pieces? Some dental practices do not take these issues as seriously as we do; understanding that patient care must always come first.
Re-think and be ready to ask questions the next time you walk into your in-network dental office. Don’t fall victim to these unethical practices, you may be risking your health with infections and transmitted disease.
For over 25 years, Advanced DDS has been dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care. Our patient’s walk into our office worry-free, knowing that we go above and beyond to provide them with the safest visit. Our state-of-the-art sterilization center ensures that all our dental instruments and equipment are properly sterilized. The water in the office is filtered through our VistaClear Water Filtration System, removing 99.9999% of bacteria and contaminants that may cause infection.
At Advanced DDS providing our patients with the highest quality of dental treatment is our priority. Service and care for our patient is key. Our advanced technology allows for less frequent visits and shorter stays in the dental chair. Ask yourself, are you or your loved ones worth the difference?
Call Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist, today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your dental care appointment.
The end of the year brings with it a time to gather around loved ones and remember times shared. Special times with family and friends, memories that will last a lifetime. It is a wonderful time to celebrate all the love and laughter shared throughout the year. As the start of a New Year is quickly approaching, we take some time out to reflect on the 2015 we’ve shared together.
This New Year, our team at Advanced DDS has a lot to be thankful for. We can reflect on the new friends we’ve made and relationships which continue to flourish. We look back on all the accomplishments we have achieved both individually as well as a group. We are extremely fortunate to have the continued support and trust of our patients.
Dentistry is so much more than just improving a patient’s oral health. We see the true reward through the eyes and smiles of our patients. We are able to change someone’s life and help patients regain their health, their confidence, and their smile back. There is no greater feeling than knowing that we have helped brighten up someone’s life by doing what we love to do.
From the team at Advanced DDS, we would like to thank you for standing beside us and giving us your continued trust and support. Our Advanced DDS family looks forward to many more years serving your family with the highest quality of care.
We wish you a healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year!
New Year’s Resolution of a whiter smile? Paying too much to make your smile bright again?
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Advanced DDS | (516) 825-1100
200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11361
(Across from Roosevelt Field Mall)
As a child, one might recall hearing the term “sharing is caring”, yet, how far should that go? Should that mean saliva, germs, and bacteria? Would it alarm you to know that your dentist could be saving money at the expense of your health? How would you feel knowing that the disposable dental instruments used on you were just in the mouth of the previous patient?
Single-use products should be used according to their title. They should not be reused multiple times solely for the cost benefit to the doctor. Patient care and aid should be the priority of the dental field. However, some dentists have been trying to cut corners by reusing these single-use products. Two major problems arise when this procedure is breached. Firstly, the instruments used are not durable enough to be administered for more than one treatment. Furthermore, the cleanliness of the product will likely not be completely sterile from its previous use.
The Hippocratic Oath seen for most dentists as a rite of passage clearly states “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure”. The dangers presented to patients by reuse of these items not only exposes oneself to high health risks, but also disregards the very pact vowed in this Oath.
Although high costs of these products can often lead many dentists to pinch pennies, the benefit of increasing the overall cost of services rather than endangering the patients’ health can be done fairly simply. In an article recently written by Robert Elsenpeter, he states “The logical way to combat that expenditure is to pass it along to the patient as a cost of doing business. However, that practice is still a foreign concept to some doctors.”
Ways to protect yourself against these dangerous practices can include…
–Checking instruments and sterilization. Something as simple as noticing if the doctor is properly disposing of equipment can make all the difference.
–Observe your surroundings. Examine the cleanliness and sterility of the environment.
–Being educated on the services and care you are receiving can be extremely beneficial.
At Advanced DDS, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care, including the safest dental visit imaginable. All of our instruments are properly sterilized in our state-of-the-art sterilization center. To ensure the safest visit possible here, our water is filtered through our VistaClear Water Filtration System, removing 99.9999% of bacteria and contaminants.
Call and schedule your peaceful and worry-free visit with Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist, today at (516) 825-1100.
October 21, 2015
Halloween is just around the corner, which means a bag full of free sugary goodness for kids. It also means that it’s a great opportunity for parents to teach their child how to stay healthy during Halloween and year-round.
Here are five dental tips to help protect your child’s beautiful smile:
SELECTING THE RIGHT CANDY
Avoid hard candy or any other sweets that may take a long time to finish. Tooth decay is at a higher risk when the sugary treat is in the mouth for a long period of time. It is best to try sugar-free treats.
Eat sugary treats with meals or shortly after mealtime can help reduce the chances of tooth decay. Saliva production is increased during meal time and can help cancel out acids produced by unwanted bacteria in the mouth.
AVOID STICKY TREATS
Sticky candy and snacks, like taffy and gummy worms, can stay on tooth surfaces longer. Sticky treats can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay since it may take longer to get washed away by saliva.
DRINK MORE WATER
Drink more fluoridated water. Fluoride helps make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities. Stay away from sugary beverages such as soda, sports drinks and flavored water.
BRUSH & FLOSS
Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or as soon as the bristles are frayed. Make sure to floss daily. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum lines.
These are just a few dental tips to help parents educated their child during this sugary holiday. Please make sure to schedule your child’s dental care appointment and your Pediatric Dentist will provide additional recommendations on protecting your child’s beautiful smile.
Dr. Cristina Georgescu, Advanced DDS Pediatric Dentist, is available Monday, Friday and Saturday to treat our younger patients (ages 14 years and younger) at our Garden City office. Call us today at 516-825-1100 to schedule you and your child’s dental care appointment.
October 16, 2015
A recent NYC TV news segment suggested ways consumers might be able to reduce or “slash” their dental procedure costs by “shopping around”, using one of a couple of online price comparison sites, heading off to a dental school for service or “negotiating a price” by paying cash.
Dozens of Long Island dentists have responded quickly in blogs, posts on their websites and conversations between themselves. Their take is as follows: why should going to the dentist be viewed as a commodity; in other words, all dentist are not the same? Their skills are not identical? Their post graduate training differs tremendously. The equipment in their offices differs. In essence, every dentist and every office is unique. Is cheaper better? Not often and definitely not when it comes to your health.
“Insurance providers have helped turn consumers into commodity buyers when it comes to dental care” says Dr. Brian Raskin of Advanced DDS in Garden City. “Many patients don’t take into account that there is an expertise to doing their dentistry. There is different quality of materials that can be used and different quality of laboratories. “ He continues; “You aren’t likely to shop around for the cheapest hernia operation…you check a Doctor’s experience, or perhaps use a referral. Why then do consumers consider “shopping” for dental work? “
Many area dental offices commit to keeping up with the latest state-of-the-art technology, advanced training and most important; maintaining patient safety through proper infection control. Dr. Raskin makes this suggestion on selecting a dentist; “check out their education, try to determine if they are up to date in their techniques and materials, do they participate in advanced training, have they invested in office technology, and again investigate the cleanliness of the office and their infection control protocols. Also, check out their online reviews. That way you are making an educated choice when it comes to something as important as long term dental care. Cheaper is not always better.
September 29, 2015
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many people forget to take action in detecting the disease. Early detection is the best way to fight breast cancer. Did you know that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women but millions of women are surviving the disease because of the early detection and improvements in treatment. Make sure you schedule your breast exam and mammogram. Consult with your doctor if you’re unsure when you should schedule your first mammogram.
The team at Advanced DDS would like to ask all of our family and friends to help with the continue fight against breast cancer. We are starting our first fundraiser to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Please help us with our goal of donating $2,000.00 to this magnificent cause. Remember every dollar donated counts. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
For the month of October, Advanced DDS will be selling pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons for $5. All proceeds will go towards the NBCF.
Are you or your loved one diagnosed with Periodontal Disease, also known as Gum Disease? You’re not alone. Many adults in the United States currently have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to severe causes that may lead to teeth lost.
What causes Periodontal Disease?
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can hardened forming “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning can remove tartar.
Common risk factors are ineffective home care, poor nutrition, and smoking. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious medical conditions.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease begins when a film called plaque accumulates on the teeth. Strains of bacteria that live in the plaque can cause damage to your gum tissue and the bone surrounding your teeth. Your body will naturally try to fight this infection with an inflammatory assault, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This stage of the condition is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed with regular professional cleaning and excellent home care. It is important to eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
If the infection and inflammation persist, the result is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the gums and bone around the teeth are slowly destroyed, often with no awareness or symptoms. This stage of the condition is called periodontitis.
What are Options & Alternatives for Periodontal Disease?
If the dental condition has progressed to periodontitis, surgical intervention is often necessary to eliminate the deep pockets which develop between the teeth and gums. If these pockets persist, they allow bacteria to organize even more colonies and this often leads to tooth loss.
Traditionally, periodontal treatment involves cutting away some of the gum tissue with a scalpel and reshaping the bone underneath.
At Advanced DDS we provide Laser Dentistry, which is a less invasive technique that uses a specialized laser to destroy the bacteria that causes gum disease. Laser dentistry also alters the tissue, allowing it the opportunity to heal. The use of the laser preserves more tissue than traditional scalpel surgery, resulting in a faster and less painful recovery. There is little to no gum recession following Laser Dentistry.
How Does Laser Dentistry Works?
The diagram above shows a step by step on how Laser Dentistry is done. First the depth of the pocket is measured under anesthesia. Then the laser selectively removes the infected pocket linings. The ultrasonic instrument then cleans the root surfaces. The dental professional will then laser your pocket to disinfect and create a blood clot. Your tissue will then compress against your tooth. Your bite will adjust through selective grinding and heal in its new attachment after 12 months.
What to Expect from Your Laser Treatment Visits?
Usually, we treat one quarter of your mouth at a time. The surgical visits are ideally made two weeks apart and take about one hour each on average. Local anesthetics are used to numb the targeted areas. You are able to drive home by yourself at the end of your visit. However, if you chose to be sedated during your laser treatment you must have a driver available to drive you home.
Most people experience some mild soreness of the treated areas for the first few days. The tissue will appear discolored around the teeth. It is important not to brush or pick this fibrin barrier, which allows for optimal healing and a new attachment. Initially, your bite may feel different. After all areas have been treated, and as further refinements are made, your bite should feel stronger and more stable.
Make Sure to Continue your Active Periodontics Therapy.
Professional cleaning is recommended every three months for the first year, and re-evaluation of your condition will be done after the 12 month visit. Most people with gum disease remain at risk for the rest of their lives and benefit from having their teeth cleaned every three months.
Call Advanced DDS about Laser Dentistry today at 516-825-1100.
Did you know that 50% of people say that a smile is the first thing they notice about someone?
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Receive 50% off professional teeth whitening treatment and a free take home whitening pen. Offer is valid on August 31, 2015 – September 4, 2015. Special cannot be combined with any other offers. Space is limited and will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Advanced DDS | 516-825-1100
200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11361
(across from Roosevelt Field Mall)