How are you presenting yourself on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, dating sites etc? Take a look back at photos of yourself. Do you smile fully? Are you proud of your smile? Are you subconsciously hiding your teeth?
Fillings serve an important function in oral health by restoring tooth structure lost to the decay process. With the materials we use today, dental fillings usually last for many years, but they are subjected to the same stresses as your natural teeth are. Fillings don’t strengthen the tooth, they simply replace lost structure.
We hear this a lot, and although it is not always true – it is important to know when you do have a cavity. When cavities, also known as caries, are in their initial stages, people often will feel no symptoms, and they won’t experience any pain or discomfort.
It’s New Year’s time, which means we are all closing the 2015 books are looking to make our improvements for 2016. We clearly have a bias here, but we think setting oral health goals for 2016 should be a high priority! That said, here is a great 3 step guide to doing your part in keeping your mouth healthy.
Many people who grind or clench their teeth in their sleep have no idea they’re doing it. In fact, when they wake up in the morning they feel no jaw pain and their teeth are fine: if it hadn’t been for someone telling them about it or your dentist noticing a premature wear pattern, the teeth grinding or clenching would have gone unnoticed.
The biggest Halloween candy culprits are the types that are sticky and chewy. Think gummy bears, Sour patch kids and Swedish fish. The reason these are so harmful is that they are full of sugar and when you are done eating they stick to the grooves and pits of your teeth.
Toothpastes are one of the most over-marketed products on earth! Did you know that Colgate alone has over 32 brands available? It is a multi-billion dollar market so everyone wants a piece of the pie. At NYC Smile Spa, we will let you in a dirty little secret:
Over the counter whitening products have limited efficacy. There is no ability to customize the treatment for your specific needs and it’s a one size fits all approach.
Many of you may have heard the buzz about the benefits of xylitol. If not, here’s the scoop! Xylitol is a natural plant based sugar substitute. It is a carbohydrate that is recognized as such by the bacteria in your mouth that metabolize carbs and then normally produce acids as their waste product leading to the demineralization (softening) of your enamel and after repeated attacks, cavity formation.