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Your Guide to Root Canals

Did you know that 45 million Americans suffer from tooth sensitivity as reported by the Academy of General Dentistry?

That’s a lot of mouths wincing in pain on a daily basis! Chances are that you or someone you know are affected by tooth sensitivity. You might be feeling it in temperature changes or in sweet or sour foods you are trying to enjoy. However, you might be surprised to know that these could all be early signs of a root canal.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

Within a year over a million teeth are saved with root canal treatments.

Root canal is a treatment to heal and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Some common causes of why someone may need a root canal treatment are that the affected tooth is cracked, contains a deep cavity, or has repeated dental treatment to the tooth.

The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected area of the tooth (known as the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A ROOT CANAL?

The term root canal may seem scary but at Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist, we go above and beyond to ensure our patients have the most comfortable and safest procedure process. There are a few steps that will occur during your root canal procedure:

Step 1: X-rays are taken checking for any infection to the bone and for a large cavity near the nerve.

Step 2: Anesthesia is then administered to make the procedure comfortable for the patient.

Step 3: The infected pulp is then removed allowing space for a filling.

Step 4: Filling is placed during the same visit or on your 2nd visit.

Step 5: A crown is added ensuring that your tooth is protected.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T GET A ROOT CANAL?

If your dentist has recommended a root canal and you do not get it, serious complications may occur. The infected tooth can spread from the tooth to the gum and jaw bone, from the decaying pulp. The decaying pulp may even cause you to lose your tooth or part of your jaw.

If your root canal is left untreated, it may also lead to dental abscesses and even life threatening sepsis such as heart attack or stroke.

HOW TO PREVENT A ROOT CANAL?

Here’s a few steps you can take to prevent a root canal from ever occurring.

Step 1: Following proper oral hygiene is always important.

Step 2: Avoiding foods with a high sugar content or that are highly acidic can protect your teeth. These foods reinforce the bacteria eating away at your tooth enamel causing infection.

Step 3: One of the most necessary steps in prevention is not waiting. It is crucial to see your dentist as soon as you begin to feel any pain. Allowing time to pass only makes the infected area worse, potentially leading to a root canal.

If these symptoms sound familiar or you are experiencing any pain at all, our Dentists at Advanced DDS are here to help. At Advanced DDS, we focus on spending time and providing the best treatment plan for the individual patient. Providing our patients with the highest quality of care is our priority.

Call and schedule your dental visit with Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist, today at (516) 825-1100.

Root Canal Guide

This Mother’s Day #MyMomMyHero

Make this Mother's Day extra special

Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” – George Eliot

Advanced DDS, your Garden City Dentist, would like to help our patients celebrate the Moms in their life this Mother’s Day!

Win a $50 Seasons 52 Restaurant Gift Card by participating in our #MyMomMyHero Contest.

Simply share on Facebook why your Mom is your hero before May 6, 2016. Make sure to include #MyMomMyHero in your post. Feel free to include a photo or video of you and your Mom.

We will randomly draw a winner on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Healthy Foods for a Healthy Mouth

With spring here and summer right around the corner, many of us are trying to get our “beach bodies” ready. We vow to exercise more often and eat healthy foods. We try to cut out carbs and sugar, and hope the pounds fly off. However, healthy foods don’t only affect your weight. Eating certain healthy foods don’t only affect your weight but could actually give you a whiter smile and a healthier mouth!

Some healthy foods that help promote strong teeth are chicken, cheese, and nuts. These foods contain calcium that protect tooth enamel from tooth decay.

TIP: Enjoy a refreshing glass of milk with these foods to strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of tooth loss.

Healthy foods also mean healthy snacking. Snacks with high water content such as apples or pears can help fight against tooth decay by washing food particles away. Firm and crunchy raw vegetables like carrots and celery also help clean plaque from teeth and freshens breath. Certain foods you should stay away from include sugary foods and citrusy fruits. Swapping soda or juice for water and tea can be extremely beneficial to your oral health as well.

Advanced DDS Garden City Dentist, believes in providing our patients with the highest quality of dental care. This includes promoting healthy options to improve your lifestyle. Keeping your body and teeth healthy leads to a longer and more vibrant life.

Healthy foods = healthy recipe! Try out this delicious and healthy creamy lemon pepper orzo with chicken and fig salad!

Orzo Chicken Salad

Recipe and Photo Credit Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

 

Ingredients
1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 cup whole wheat or other whole grain orzo
1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed and patted dry
4 ounces finely crumbled goat cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as basil and tarragon
6 cups prepared salad mix
1 cup dried figs, halved
2 tablespoons prepared balsamic vinaigrette

Directions
Whisk together the yogurt, 2 teaspoons of the oil, the garlic, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined.

Bring a pot of water to a boil and preheat an outdoor or indoor grill to medium heat.

Rub the chicken thighs with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Grill until nicely marked and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board at let stand for at least 5 minutes.

Add the orzo to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for al dente, stirring in the peas the last minute of cooking. Drain the orzo and peas, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Stir the orzo and peas into the yogurt mixture, along with half of the goat cheese, 3 tablespoons of the herbs and at least three-quarters of the reserved cooking liquid, until well combined. Evenly divide among four plates.

Thinly slice the chicken and arrange on top of the orzo. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and the remaining 1 tablespoon fresh herbs. Toss the salad greens, figs and vinaigrette together, divide evenly among four small salad plates. Sprinkle each with some of the remaining goat cheese. Serve.

Per serving (1 cup orzo, about 4 ounces chicken, 1 1/2 cups greens, 1/4 cup figs): Calories 430; Fat 15 g (Saturated 6 g); Cholesterol 55 mg; Sodium 650 mg; Carbohydrate 54 g; Protein 25 g; Fiber 8 g; Sugars 23 g

The Food Network

 http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/creamy-lemon-pepper-orzo-with-chicken-and-fig-salad-recipe.html#lightbox-recipe-image

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Say cheese with a selfie stick!

Love showing off your smile? How about spending time with friends and sharing in unforgettable moments? Now you can cherish all of those fond memories with just the click of a button! Selfies can help capture your radiant smile and share it with the world! Taking a selfie shouldn’t be a generational divide. If you’re proud of your beautiful smile, why not put it on display? Confidence transcends all barriers and can inspire others to embrace their incandescent smile as well.

Here at Advanced DDS, we are all joining in the fun with our new selfie sticks! Receive a free selfie stick at Advanced DDS by showing off your dazzling smile. Take a selfie in our office, tag the photo on social media with #AdvancedDDS, and then simply show us your post. (Limited supply. Based on a first come first serve basis). Our team is dedicated to keeping your mouth healthy with the highest quality of care. For over 20 years we have been working with our patients to keep their smile healthy and bright so they can smile with confidence.

It is commonly said that laughter is the best medicine. Just one smile can spark a chain which would bring joy to many lives. Take your selfie today and be on your way to getting a free selfie stick!

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Gray Markets And Their Trickle-Down Effect

Every year, millions of people visit the dentist for varying procedures. When sitting in the chair, most people don’t give a second thought as to what is going into their mouths during these appointments. For the most part, patients would be correct in assuming that their doctor’s dental instruments are of top-quality and sought from authorized dealers. However, there is a growing epidemic that is sullying the name of those who go the extra mile in providing the best possible care for their patients. One of the biggest threats to the future of dental care is ‘gray market’ dental supplies.

Though gray markets aren’t completely illegal, there are some protocols involved with this sub-industry that would make any dental patient cringe. Simply put, gray markets are networks of dental supply sales that fall outside the authorized dealing area. International suppliers will purchase bulk quantities of instruments and necessities to resell the items at a substantially discounted price. Well, when it’s explained like that, it doesn’t seem so bad, right? WRONG!

The issue lies with the fact that gray market products are making it increasingly difficult to provide optimal dental results and patient care. Light has recently been shed on this by exposing practices like changing material expiration dates and repackaging merchandise; gray market suppliers subvert thousands of hours of research and development as well as the millions of dollars in revenue spent in assuring the best result possible from their products.

What makes these markets ‘gray’ and not ‘black’ stems back from a jurisdictional loophole created by the governing bodies of dental supply. The purchased dental surplus is sent to countries where regulations and standards are basically non-existent. Suppliers can then pass along their unregulated merchandise at a substantially lower rate than their official counterpart. Since there is almost no quality control, suppliers are free to alter these products with little fear of negative legal repercussions.

To better illustrate this point, imagine a fresh water spring. At the top of the spring is the freshest, purest, and most-drinkable water. However, it took a long time and much sacrifice for you to find this out. You devise a method to bottle and sell this water at a price that benefits both you and your customers and grow a substantial business in the process. Years later and further downstream, another person sets up a water stand with the same water, only less pure. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, but it’s being advertised as ‘top of the stream’ water when it clearly is not. To makes matters worse, the downstream water is sold at half the price of your authentic water. Now customers are purchasing the less expensive water thinking they are getting a value, but in reality, they are unknowingly ingesting impurities that may cause health problems. Since downstream bottles are labeled as top-stream water, all the complaints people have are directed towards you and not your scamming friend. Your water business suffers because someone else wanted to make a quick buck. More importantly, your customers are potentially harmed by this deliberate neglect.

To relate this back to the dental supply industry, there is a growing demand for the less expensive, minimally regulated merchandise. To put it bluntly, doctors are more concerned with their practice’s bottom-line than they are with overall patient care. What makes this even more eye-opening is that doctors are putting a dollar amount to something that, for the longest time, was invaluable: providing the best care they possibly can. The decision to purchase their supply from second-rate distributors directly trickles down to the people who are the most vulnerable. Furthermore, by using the gray market, doctors devalue the services provided by those practitioners who take that extra step and buy directly from the manufacturers or authorized dealers.

Looking to the future, measures are being taken in order to close the inherent loophole in the system. Both the American Dental Association and dental supply manufacturers have been leading the way in both policy reform and product protection. (Inter)National standards and regulations are being reformatted to account for the illegitimate distributors around the world. Complementing the legislative effort, companies have been enforcing the patents on their products and filing suit against those who are wrongfully selling their items in an unsafe manner. Gray markets infringe on a concept that has always been an uphill battle in dental (and medical) patient care: Trust. Patient trust is what motivates Dr. Raskin and the Advanced DDS staff to only use authorized manufacturers and dealers for his dental supply needs, because the best results are achieved with the best equipment.

References: Soderlund, K. (2016, January 4). Dental Product Manufacturers Seek to Block Gray Market Sales . ADA News, p. 4.

Win a 2-Night Getaway

 

Win a 2-Night Getaway

WIN THE NEW GIVEAWAY

Refer a new patient to Advanced DDS for your chance to win a 2-night getaway to Rocking Horse Ranch Resort or Castle Hotel & Spa.

Have your referral call us today at 516-825-1100 to schedule their initial dental visit.

What’s included in the getaway:

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is located in Highland, NY (2 hour drive from NYC). The trip will include an all-inclusive stay for 4 family members (2 adults & 2 child). 

Castle Hotel & Spa is located in Tarrytown, NY (1 hour drive from NYC). The trip will include a stay for 2 adults and $300 towards their stay.

Rules for giveaway:

– Your new referrals must come in for their initial visit between January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016

– You will receive 2 raffle tickets for each new referral

– Winner will be staying at their desired destination for a total of 2 nights

– The prize is not-transferable

– Winner must accept giveaway within 7 days of being contacted, if not, we will assume you have rejected the prize and a new winner will chosen

– The winner will be announced April 1, 2016

First birthday, First dental visit

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!

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Is your dental insurance risking your health?

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.

Thinking

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.

Reflect Before the New Year

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!

The Doctors of Advanced DDS - Garden City DentistDr. Raskin and the team leaders of Advanced DDSElisa Raskin and the team members of Advanced DDSDr. Raskin and Elisa Raskin

 

 

 

 

Teeth Whitening Special!

Whitening SpecialRing in the New Year with a bright smile!

New Year’s Resolution of a whiter smile? Paying too much to make your smile bright again?

Not anymore!

Kick off 2016 with a brighter you! Let Advanced DDS make your smile sparkle with our end of the year whitening special. Receive 50% OFF Teeth Whitening & FREE take home whitening pen!

Take advantage of the variety of whitening treatments available at our Garden City office from December 28th 2015 -December 31st 2015.

Only $289.50 for your professional in-office teeth whitening treatment + free whitening pen.

This special cannot be combined with any other offer. Space is limited and will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis. This offer is only valid from December 28th-December 31st.

Don’t miss out!

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

 

Advanced DDS | (516) 825-1100

200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11361

(Across from Roosevelt Field Mall)