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Benefits of Drinking Water Daily

Daily Water IntakeMay 21, 2015

Take a second and think, how many glasses of water are you drinking a day? I’m not talking about any type of beverage, just water alone. According to Barry M. Popkin, Kristen E. D’Anci and Irwin H. Rosenberg, in the Nutrition Reviews, they have found that on average the normal adult should be consuming 8-12 cups of water a day!

This might sound impossible, especially, if you’re like me and drink at most 3 cups of water a day. But ever since I learned of the benefits and was determined to break my bad habits, I found several improvements in my life.

Here are the top benefits I have experienced from drinking the recommended amount of water daily:

My Complexion. My acne has significantly subsided and there is a glow to my face.

Bye-bye Dehydration. I no longer feel tired or dizzy during my normal routine. My body is fully energized and ready to go.

Weight Loss. Dehydration can trick your brain into thinking you’re hungry. I feel so much healthier now that I am snacking less.

Saving Money. Since I started using reusable water bottles I no longer need to spend my money on soft drinks and other beverages at home.

Significantly increasing the amount of water you consume is hard, but don’t give up. Have a reusable bottle filled with water by your side at all times and you’ll find yourself hydrating more frequently.

Please note that over-consumption of water is bad for you as well. Water intoxication is rare, but it can happen if you drink too much water too quickly. It can happen with levels as low as 3 liters, which is a little less than a gallon, per hour.

Please contact your physician before significantly increasing the amount of water you consume.

Referral Source: Popkin, B. M., D’Anci, K. E., & Rosenberg, I. H. (2010). Water, Hydration and Health. Nutrition Reviews, 68(8), 439–458. doi:10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00304.x

 

Top 4 Dentists in the Movies

Dentist in MoviesMay 7, 2015

Dentists are portrayed with a bad reputation in the movies and on television. In reality dentists are really nice people who spend their lives helping people smile brighter and maintain good health.

We gathered our resources and found the top 4 dentists in movies that will make you smile:

  1. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, 2003) – To some viewers, the dentist in this film may be portrayed as the villain because he was planning on give Nemo away to his abusive niece. However, the dentist is just a normal, nice guy who wants to do a nice thing for a young girl. It’s quite sweet, when you think about it.
  2. Thumbsuckers (Keanu Reeves, 2005) – The dentist in this film shares his wisdom with a young protagonist with a childhood thumb sucking habit.
  3. Eversmile, New Jersey (Carlos Sorin, 1989) – The dentist in this film is a positive and well-meaning character who travels to rural Argentina to offer free dental care to those in need.
  4. Ghost Town (David Koepp, 2008) – The dentist in this film is a good dentist with bad manners and a strongly disliked by people in general. However, when he was given an unique gift of seeing dead people he started to open up and see the world and people around him differently.

Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for KidsMay 1, 2015

Are you counting down the final hours until your kid is done with school? As parents, we understand the first few days will be fun, but then the “I’m bored” whines and cries set in.

We have collected ideas from the parents at Advanced DDS on some fun summer activities that can chase away your child’s boredom away. Here are 3 popular summer activities that are free or very inexpensive and allow your kid’s imaginations to run wild:

  1. Art on the lawn. Place a big sheet on the lawn and push some long nails through each corner of the sheet. Make sure the nails are all the way down into the grass so that only the nail heads are showing. Fill some styrofoam bowls with a variety of paint colors. Your kids can use either sponge paint brushes, hands or fingers to create a masterpiece.
  1. Sidewalk Chalk Games. There are many different chalk games your kids will enjoy such as playing sponge bull’s-eye. Simply draw a bull’s-eye full of colors on the sidewalk/driveway and assign point values to each circle of the target. Create a starting line for the kids and fill a bucket with water. Soak the sponge in the water then have your kids toss the sponge at the target.

Alphabet Treasure Hunt. Line the alphabetic letters in order outside in a spacious area. Have your kid look for the items that start with each alphabet and place it under the letter. See what creative items your kids will find.

 

We hope you and your child will enjoy these summer activities. Summer may be all fun and games but it also very important for your child to maintain their regular oral health routine.

Take advantage of your child’s summer vacation and schedule their preventive care appointment with Advanced DDS at 516-825-1100.

Childhood Tooth Decay Infographic

My Invisalign Story

April 14, 2015

For a year and a half, I’ve been asking myself, “Do I want to get Invisalign?” From far away, my teeth look perfectly straight. However, when someone is talking to me close up that I’m afraid they may notice that slight imperfection of my front teeth. My upper two teeth on top are slightly different in length and my lower front tooth is slightly crooked.

I never thought someone would ever notice the slight imperfections in my teeth, since I was always told by many that my teeth looked perfectly straight without ever having braces. However, one random day, my co-worker pointed out to me that my top front teeth are not the same length. I was shocked and I started to think, Wow, how many people have noticed this.

As a little girl, my mother stressed the importance of first impressions. Now, I constantly think back to how many people noticed my crooked lopsided teeth. As a young-adult, I feel that it is important to look my best from head to toe for business, social reasons and especially special occasions.

I asked my dentist, Dr. Brian Raskin at Advanced DDS, if I would be a good candidate for Invisalign. He reassured me that Invisalign Express is my answer. Now, I cannot wait to start my Invisalign treatment because I know once it’s completed I won’t have to worry if anyone will notice my slanted front teeth.

I’m extremely conscious of my spending budget. As a recent graduate from SUNY Geneseo, I’m doing my best balancing my money with rent, student loan, bills, car payments and more. However, regaining my confidence and happiness is priceless.

I’m currently waiting to have my wisdom tooth removed before starting my Invisalign treatment. But I know I’m one step closer to my perfect smile. Life is too short, you don’t know what tomorrow may bring, so why not invest in yourself.

Check out the chart below on what I’ve found regarding Invisalign treatment. I did over a year’s research on Invisalign and here are just the interesting facts and figures I have found.

Oh, Advanced DDS is currently giving $200 off Invisalign Express treatment. Click here to more information.

Invisalign Chart

What to eat after oral surgery?

soupMarch 18, 2015

Planning for meals after oral surgery or dental implants may be a headache. After certain oral procedures you may be required to eat liquid or soft foods only for a few days. Some people choose the all-you-can-eat ice cream diet. But we recommend eating food that will help your nutrition and dietary needs.

Foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and lean meats, eggs and beans are full of nutrient. They provide vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for healing such as zinc, protein, and vitamins A and C.

Here are some nutrition-rich food suggestions we have created for patients that require liquid or soft foods after their oral surgery:

– Scrambled eggs

– Oatmeal or cream of wheat (make it with milk instead of water to boost the nutrition)

– Soup with soft vegetables or pureed or cream soups

– Soft cheeses and cottage cheese

– Pudding and custard

– Meatloaf

– Mashed potatoes (mixed with powdered milk to boost nutrition)

– Sorbet and frozen yogurt

– Soft-cooked, shredded chicken and meat

– Protein shakes

– Tofu

– Ripe fruits cut into pieces like peaches and nectarines

– Pasta and noodles

– Peanut butter

– Avocado

– Applesauce

– Macaroni and cheese

– Pancakes

– Mashed bananas

– Cooked vegetables like carrots, squash, green beans and spinach

Do you have periodontal disease?

Beautiful White Smile

March 11, 2015

Do you know if you are at risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease? A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that nearly one out of two U.S. adults age 30 and over, 64.7 million Americans, has periodontal disease.

The study also indicates that prevalence is highest among ethnic minorities, with 63.5% of Hispanic-Americans, 59.1% of African-Americans and 50% of Asian-Americans affected by periodontal disease.

What causes periodontal disease?

Our mouths are full of bacteria and these bacteria constantly form a sticky colorless plaque on your teeth’s surfaces. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque however; plaque that is not removed can harden and form tartar. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque and tartar go untreated it will cause inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. The most common signs of gingivitis are redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. This form of gum disease is reversible and treatable.

What is periodontitis?

When gum disease is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis. At this stage your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces that have become infected. The bacterial toxins and your body’s natural response to infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that holds your teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that support the teeth will be destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and will have to be removed.

How do you know if you have gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease may include bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth and receding gums or longer appearing teeth. Some people may not notice any symptoms.

Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem, which should be evaluated by a dental professional.

Advanced DDS offers our patients active periodontal therapy. Our team will remove the plaque and tartar through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planning. Scaling helps get rid of the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planning gets rid of rough spots on the root surface of the teeth where the germs gather and help remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.

Juicing Secrets

Juicing Blog

February 26, 2015

Are you trying to improve your lifestyle by changing your diet, juicing, and working out? But do you know how healthy your new routine really is? For example, some juicers may cause more harm than good for your teeth if it contains high acidity levels and is full of sugar.

Here are 5 simple tips you can use to make juicing healthy:

  1. The majority of your juice should come from green veggies. Use leafy greens such as kale and collards which are rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These are important nutrients for strong bones and teeth.
  1. Use fruits sparingly. For example, use half of an apple or only a handful of berries. Also, be sure to always use ripe fruits as they have less acid than unripe fruits.
  1. Add Wheatgrass. Also known as the “liquid sunshine”, wheatgrass is a superfood that contains an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It also contains a high chlorophyll content, which is highly energizing.
  1. Don’t forget to add fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries and unsweetened cranberry juice contain compounds that help stop cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
  1. Use a straw. Drinking your juice with a straw will limit the contact of sugars and acid with your teeth.

Community Event Survey

We need your help!

Advanced DDS would like to show our appreciation for the continued support and praises from our patients and community by sponsoring a free event. Please fill out the community event survey that will allow us to provide you and the community an event that meets your interest.

Click here for the Community Event Survey

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

February 9, 2015

white teeth

Do you want a whiter smile? Are you considering buying an over-the-counter product or getting a professional teeth whitening? You should visit your dentist before starting any whitening treatments. Your dentist will advise you what whitening treatment will work best for you and what you may need done before you can whiten your teeth. At Advanced DDS, we offer various professional in-office teeth whitening treatments.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Patient comfort is important to the team at Advanced DDS. Our technology allows patients to whiten their teeth with less sensitivity. Our whitening treatment has adjustable intensity settings to help maximize patient comfort.  In fact, 99% of patients experienced little to no sensitivity during and after their whitening treatment. Our whitening treatment is so gentle that patients have low abrasion, low dehydration, and low sensitivity. Getting whitening treatments in-office allows you access to our top technologies and trained staff during your whitening process to lessen your sensitivity.

What kind of results should you expect?

 Results vary from person to person and treatment to treatment. Professional whitening treatment is fast and easy, unlike over-the-counter options that may take months before you see any progress or results. 

How long will your whitening results last? 

Your results are all dependent on your genetics and habits. Drinking or eating staining beverages or food and smoking can limit your results. It is very important to avoid any food or beverage with color until 48 hours after your whitening treatment. Brushing with a whitening toothbrush and toothpaste can help maintain your results.

What are the possible side effects?

 The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Ask our dentists to confirm that you are a good candidate for whitening. Getting a professional whitening treatment ensures that you are using the right concentration of whitening formula to help prevent side effects.

Call Advanced DDS today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your professional teeth whitening treatment.

How Healthy is Your Child’s School Lunch?

February 5, 2015

Healthier LunchesOver 93% of children understand the importance of going to school to learn, to be well educated, to further professional ambitions, and to prepare for a better future. As a parent, you can give them the vigor they need to power through the day with a healthy school lunch. A healthy lunch will give your child the nutrition and energy they need to do well in school. Use these helpful tips to give your child the healthy energy-filled lunch they need.

Offer nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods help your child feel fuller for a longer period of time. In order to meet the recommended daily amounts of protein, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, provide a wide selection of foods for your child. Foods such as lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will provide your child with the nutrients they need to feel energized throughout the day.

Limit fat intake. Saturated fats can lead to obesity and clogged arteries. The American Heart Association recommends children get no more than 25-35% of their calories from fat. Your child can receive healthy fat calories from fish, nuts, and olives.

Let your child choose some of their food. Giving your child the freedom to make food choices for their lunch will help them enjoy lunch more. Eating meals regularly will keep energy levels up during school and make your child less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks to fill hunger gaps.

Make small changes. Switch from white bread to whole grain bread and change from full-fat dairy products to fat-free dairy products. Small changes like this make a positive difference in your child’s diet. Your child may not even notice a change in texture or flavor. Many of your child’s favorite foods, such as chicken nuggets, pizza, and macaroni and cheese, can be made with healthier ingredients.

Remember, beverages count too. Giving your child a healthy lunch and then packing a sugar-filled, high-calorie drink negates your efforts. Calories from high-sugar beverages quickly add up. Water is always the best option for a healthy drink at lunch. Fat-free milk and real fruit juice in moderation is another healthy alternative to sugary beverages.

A healthier lunch means a healthier mouth. Your child will decrease their chances of tooth decay and cavities by eating a well-balanced nutritional meal. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s regular dental care appointments. Call Advanced DDS today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your child’s appointment.