Advanced DDS Blog
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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Advanced DDS | 516-825-1100
200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11361
(across from Roosevelt Field Mall)
The team at Advanced DDS (Garden City dentist) would like to thank everyone that came out this past Saturday to celebrate the opening of our new Pediatric area. It was truly an honor to have had you and your family as our guest.
We are excited to start our new journey with Dr. Cristina Georgescu and her young patients at our Garden City location. We would like to thank all our patients who have trusted us all these years and we promise to treat your child with the same high quality of dental care.
Below are photos from our Pediatric Open House.
Pediatric Open House Popcorn Machine (Miriam – Dental Assistant)
Come celebrate Advanced DDS’s new Pediatric Rooms for an afternoon of fun with free activities for kids:
Magic Show with Live Rabbit, Interactive Games, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Lunch & More…
Saturday, August 15th @ 11am – 3pm
200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City NY, 11530
(across from Roosevelt Field Mall)
We will be raffling away an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Nabi DreamTab 8″, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition, Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition & More…
You must be here before 2pm to receive a raffle ticket. Raffle drawing begins at 2:30pm.
Every child leaves with a Goodie Bag Gift.
July 29, 2015
The next time you’re at your local Garden City, NY grocery store, skip the chips and cookies and head straight to the popcorn. This delicious snack has been found by studies to have multiple health benefits. This super snack is packed with:
Protein. Ounce for ounce, popcorn has more protein and phosphorus than potato chips. Not to mention it also has more iron than eggs and spinach.
Low Calories. This dream snack is great for diets and weight-loss. Air popped popcorn is just 31 calories per cup.
Whole Grain & Fiber. Popcorn is a whole grain, which means it’s an excellent source of dietary fiber. In fact, 1 cup of this delicious snack has 1.3 grams of fiber. Grains are comparable in concentration of antioxidants to fruits and vegetables. An adequate amount of fiber intake may help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce blood cholesterol and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by regulating blood sugar.
Be careful though, this healthy snack can easily turn into an unhealthy snack. Plain natural popcorn may be filled with health benefits but adding to much salt, fat, sugar and flavoring can negate the benefits of natural popcorn. The healthiest way to make popcorn is to lightly season it with sea salt or a very small amount of butter or oil while air popping the whole kernels.
Dental Tip: Don’t bite on un-popped kernels because they may chip or break your teeth. Make sure to always floss and rinse after eating popcorn because it can easily wedge between your teeth. Remember, it’s not what type of food you eat that causes dental problems but how well you maintain a healthy oral hygiene.
Have you seen our new popcorn machine at Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist? You and your loved ones can now enjoy a box of freshly popped popcorn after your dental appointment.
Call our Garden City office today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your dental care appointment.
Advanced DDS located conveniently across from Roosevelt Field Mall at 200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530
June 24, 2015
There is no greater love than a parent’s unconditional love for their child. No matter what the situation may be, as a parent, you will stand by your child. You will guide them through life’s minor and major problems.
We understand that there are times when it gets stressful and we struggle to find the right choices for our children. With over 25 years of experience in the dental field, we would like to help your journey of being parents. Here are some important do’s and don’ts for parents during your child’s dental appointment:
Don’t Say: “Don’t worry; he’s not going to do anything today.”
It may never have occurred to your child that he/she should be worried about going to the dentist. This may also imply to your child that if anything is to be done they should be worried.
Instead… encourage your child to get to know their dentist.
Don’t Say: “He wants you to open your mouth.”
Repeating what the dentist is saying will cause your child to focus on your voice instead of the dentist. Instead… sometimes staying out of the room allows your child to feel more relaxed.
Don’t Say: “Don’t worry; I won’t let him hurt you.”
This will cause distrust between your dental provider and your child. They will see their dentist as someone that will hurt them.
Instead… teach your child that the dental team is friendly and trustworthy.
Don’t Say: “Are you giving him a shot?”
Word choice must be used carefully. Using the words like shot, drill, pull out, etc. may cause your child unwanted anxiety and fear.
Instead… when your dental team tells your child that they are putting “sleepy water” on the tooth, play along.
Don’t Say: “I told you not to eat candy! It’s your fault that this is going to hurt.”
Dental treatment should never be compared to a punishment. Your child should feel safe, relaxed and happy during their dental visit.
Instead… reinforce and supervise the tips your child’s dentist provides to help maintain a healthy mouth. This is also a perfect opportunity for your child to learn the importance of proper oral hygiene.
These are just a few suggestions from our years of experience with children. We encourage our readers to comment and submit additional parental suggestions. These suggestions will help other parents understand the do’s and don’ts when bringing their child to the dentist.
Building a relationship with you and your child is important to the team at Advanced DDS, located in Garden City, NY. Dr. Cristina Georgescu is our Pediatric Dentist who will be returning to the team in July. She had taken a few months off to complete her Boards Certification. Continuing education is an essential to our team at Advanced DDS because it allows us to provide the best service to our patients.
Call us today at 516-825-1100 to reserve you and your child’s dental care appointment.
Advanced DDS | Garden City Pediatric Dentist | 200 Garden City Plaza Suite 101
June 19, 2015
Dads are our heroes, best friends, protectors and providers. As Sigmund Freud once said, “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” With Father’s Day around the corner, we would like to help with your Father’s Day gift.
Our Garden City dental office is more than just dentistry; it’s sharing the incredible journey with them. Our patients are our family, and we would like to wish an early Father’s Day to all the special Dads out there.
In case you haven’t gotten anything for Father’s Day yet, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Father’s Day DIY gifts.
1. Make a book and title it A Book All About The Best Dad In The World. Include pictures of your family, draw out special memories you have with your Dad and write different reasons why your Dad is the best in the world.
2. Create a collage with your family members holding a sign stating why each one loves their Daddy. Make sure to have a small sign saying “Daddy, we love you because…”
3. Prepare a jar full of ideas on family activities you can do together. Try to pick a slip every weekend and enjoy the family fun. Here are some ideas: go bowling, try different recipes, a trip to the beach, watch a movie, go out to dinner, miniature golfing and amusement parks.