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Teeth Whitening Special

June 25, 2015

July 4th Whitening Special - Garden City DentistJuly Fourth Gift… you can save over $300 on your professional teeth whitening treatment with Advanced DDS. Your teeth whitening special includes a 50% off your whitening treatment and a free take home whitening pen.

This gift is valid for Thursday, July 2nd and Monday, July 6th.

We have opened additional appointments up for your whitening treatment so hurry and call now. Space is filling up quickly and will be based on a first-come first-serve basis. This whitening special cannot be combined with any other offers.

Whitening gift is available for existing and new patients.

Call Advanced DDS today at 516-825-1100 to reserve your teeth whitening appointment. We are conveniently located in Garden City, NY, across from Roosevelt Field Mall.

Do’s and Don’ts During Your Child’s Dental Appointment

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

Myths and Facts About Cavities

3 DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

DIY Father's Day IdeaJune 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.

Book Idea

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…”

Photo Collage Idea

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.

Family Bonding Activities

WHAT DOES YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE NUMBER MEAN?

Blood Pressure ChartJune 8, 2015

Do you often wonder what your blood pressure numbers mean? When you’re at your doctor’s office and you’re told “your blood pressure is 120 over 80” are you saying to yourself, “what over what”?

It’s important to take a few minutes and understand what your numbers mean. Understanding and knowing your numbers could save your life. High blood pressure is sometimes named the “silent killer” because if your blood pressure is high, you may not notice any symptoms. The first symptoms of untreated high pressures may be heart attack, stroke, or kidney damage.

So What Do The Numbers Mean?

SYSTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE (the top number):

The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure. When your heart beats, it contracts and pushes blood through the arteries to the rest of the body. This force creates pressure on the arteries. This is called systolic blood pressure. A normal systolic blood pressure is below 120.

If your number is between 121 and 139 you are borderline high blood pressure, also known as prehypertension. At this stage, you are at a higher risk of developing heart disease. If your systolic blood pressure is over 140, you are considered to have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

DIASTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE (the bottom number):

The bottom number is known as the diastolic blood pressure. It measures the force in your arteries when the heart rests between beats. A normal diastolic blood pressure is below 80.

If your number is between 80 and 89 you are borderline high blood pressure, also known as prehypertension. At this stage, you are at a higher risk of developing heart disease. If your diastolic blood pressure is over 90 you are considered to have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Do You Know How Often You Should Be Getting Your Blood Pressure Checked?

If your normal, you should get checked at least every 2 years or as your doctor suggests.

If your borderline high, you should get checked at least every year or as your doctor suggests.

If you blood pressure is high, you should talk with your doctor and they will advise you on the appropriate amount.

Please consult your physician if you have any questions about your blood pressure numbers or how often you schedule your appointments.

Can Your Blood Pressure Be Affected By Your Environment?

Yes. Your number can be affected if you have caffeine, cigarettes or exercise at least 30 minutes prior to your test. There are a hand full of things that can affect your blood pressure.

At Advanced DDS, our patient’s overall health is our number one priority. We provide all our new patients with a complimentary blood pressure test during their initial visit. Current patients can request a complimentary blood pressure test.

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, please let the dentist know at your next visit. This can affect the medications your dentist prescribes and the dental treatment you receive.

Call us today at 516-825-1100 to reserve your dental care appointment.

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.