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Grinding Your Teeth at Night? Reduce your Stress!

Grinding your teeth at night? Reduce your stress!Grinding teeth at night is quite common, but you may not know you do it until a loved one lets you know! Occasionally grinding teeth at night doesn’t do much damage. But, excessive and forceful grinding, Bruxism, can be very harmful to your teeth and jaw.

Stress is the most common cause to teeth grinding. Unfortunately, stress tends to be a constant companion for many people these days. Teeth grinding can lead to a weakened immune system, headaches, jaw and facial pain, and even sleep disorders. Besides these, excessive teeth grinding can wear away and damage the enamel on the teeth, cause teeth to crack, and cause a misaligned bite.

How can I stop teeth grinding?

Although teeth grinding is a common and natural way for the body to relieve stress, we’d rather that you address the stress and keep your teeth (and enamel) healthy and happy. Your Westchester dentist has some tips for you to relieve those stressful days and give your jaw a rest at night.

  • Massage

    An easy and quick help is to massage the sides of your jaw with your fingertips to help the muscles relax. Holding a warm towel around the jaw can also relax the muscles.

  • Nutrition

    Some substances can aggravate teeth grinding, like alcohol and caffeine. Reducing your intake will help relieve the tension. Also, try avoiding gum chewing and hard foods.

  • Jaw Exercises

    Try opening your mouth as wide as possible (but not painful!) and touch the tongue to the top front teeth. Repeat several times. During the day, be mindful of when your teeth touch, and what may be your triggers to grinding. Try to keep your tongue in the position it takes when pronouncing the letter ‘n’. This helps prevent clenching the teeth together.

  • Meditiation

    Psychological methods can help, too, so try periodic meditating to relax, especially before bedtime. This can include still meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Focus on breathing your stress out of your body, and be mindful of how your jaw feels.

  • Mouth Guards

    Mouth guards are also an option, but be sure to get one properly fitted from your Westchester cosmetic dentist. These provide a soft layer of material between the teeth to prevent them from grinding together and damaging the enamel.

No matter how you choose to relieve your stress, be sure to call us today for an appointment to help you determine the best course of action for your teeth!

New Year Goal: Whiter Teeth

New year goal: whiten your teeth!At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we aim to be your go-to cosmetic dentist in Westchester. We provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening. With the new year almost upon us, it is a great time to take stock of goals. If you want a whiter, brighter smile, having a goal to work on a whiter smile is a great one. This is the perfect time of year to get started.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that the number one thing people want to change about their smile is the whiteness of their teeth. It is no wonder that there are so many teeth whitening products available. While we offer many teeth whitening treatments in our office, there are also many homemade teeth whitening options you can use along with professional products.

How Do I Whiten My Teeth at Home?

Most products today use a substance called carbamide peroxide. This chemical can bread down into hydrogen peroxide and is the main bleaching agent. Generally, when it comes to do-it-yourself teeth whitening, it is best to use these solutions in moderation. Most of these homemade options use baking soda as their base.

Here are a few options for homemade, do-it-yourself teeth whitening solutions

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
    To use this method you should:

    • Use less baking soda than hydrogen peroxide in your mix
    • Combine two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon baking soda
    • Stir the mixture into a paste and brush your teeth with it
    • Let the paste sit on your teeth for a minute and rinse

    It is important to remember to rinse afterwards so that no baking soda or hydrogen peroxide remains on your teeth. Also, limit using this mixture to two or three times per week as excess use can break down tooth enamel overtime.

  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
    Using this product with baking soda can help remove stains and whiten teeth. Over a period of time, you are likely to see the impact. To make this paste, add two parts of the apple cider vinegar to one part baking soda. Use this solution a few times a week or use the apple cider vinegar as a mouthrinse along with your normal oral hygiene routine.
  3. Coconut Oil and Peppermint Leaf
    Using this product with baking soda can help remove stains and whiten teeth. Over a period of time, you are likely to see the impact. To make this paste, add two parts of the apple cider vinegar to one part baking soda. Use this solution a few times a week or use the apple cider vinegar as a mouthrinse along with your normal oral hygiene routine.

Schedule an Appointment

For tried and true teeth whitening methods, visit Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale. We can schedule an appointment that works for you and get you started with a whiter smile for 2018!

Travel Safe During the Holiday

Travel safe this holiday season!At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we would like to wish you all Happy Holidays! No matter how you plan on celebrating the season, we hope you have a great time and get to relax and enjoy the holidays with people you care about. We are grateful for our patients and to be able to help them with their dental health needs.

This time of year can come with travel hazards.

As your Westchester dentist, we care about you, our patients, and we know that the holiday season can get busy and hectic. Many people are traveling during this time of year. In upstate New York, snow and ice is definitely a factor during the winter. It is important to plan ahead and be aware of traveling conditions. This can lead to safer travels during the season.

We want you to have a safe holiday, so we put together a few tips on travel safety during the winter.

  1. Make sure and check ahead to see if your flight has changed.

    Weather during this time of year can impact flights. Even flights to warm destinations can change, so it is always smart to check up on the status of your flight and the weather.

  2. Be careful when driving in snowy conditions.

    Keep up to date on local weather and winter travel warnings. Even if you are anxious to be somewhere or in a hurry, it is better to be safe than sorry. If there is a travel warning, it may be best to skip driving all together and wait until road conditions have improved. If you must drive, make sure you have a full gas tank, a first aid kit, jumper cables, and warm gloves and a hat. That way, you can be prepared in almost any situation.

  3. Charge your smartphone before going on a trip.

    Make sure you have your phone and other electronic devices fully charged before leaving. At the airport, charging stations might be scarce because this time of year is busy for travel. If possible, bring a portable charger with you, too. If driving, bringing a car charger can ensure your phone is charged if an emergency situation does arise.

  4. Bring snacks with you.

    Keep snacks and drinks, including water, with you when you’re traveling in a car. Also, bring food and refill your water bottle after security if you are flying. It’s always good to have food on hand in case wait times are longer than expected.

  5. If you’re stuck at the airport, technology can be your best friend.

    Go to the ticket counter to see how they can help you first, but there are other ways to get help finding a new flight. Apps like Next Flight can be used to help you find a flight. You can also call the airline on the phone.

Contact us for help with your dental needs

As always, we are happy to work with you in the case of a dental emergency, or just making sure your teeth are healthy during the holiday season. Be sure to keep up on your brushing and flossing, and try to consume egg nog responsibly! Call us today for an appointment.

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist!

Happy Thanksgiving!

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving and the holiday season. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to eat a Thanksgiving meal and enjoy some time off with family and friends!

November brings so many wonderful things. The air begins to cool down, and the leaves are crunchy and colorful on the ground. The cold air might be brisk, but it allows for warm nights by the fire sipping hot cocoa and watching your favorite movies with family and friends. November is the start to the holiday season and all the unique, fun activities that come with fall and winter.

Plus, who doesn’t love food? Just think of all the great things to eat during Thanksgiving. There is pumpkin pie, turkey, rolls, and more. Whatever your favorite food is for the big Turkey Day, we hope you get to enjoy a lot of it. You can also try some yummy new pumpkin recipes we mentioned in .

We are Thankful For You!

Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is especially thankful for each and every one of our patients. You help make our office positive and fun. We love doing what we do because of you! Our patients are truly the greatest, and we are thankful we have been able to know each of you. We are also grateful you have chosen us to provide your cosmetic dentistry needs in Westchester.

If you are due for an exam, or have been having some cosmetic dentistry issues, coming into see us before the holiday season kicks off is always a smart idea. We can help you with teeth whitening services, so you are looking your best when you travel to see family and friends. The holiday break is also a great time to make an appointment for college aged children who are home for the holidays.

Come See our Cosmetic Dentistry in Westchester this Season!

Give Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale a call to schedule an appointment or consultation. We will work with you to find an appointment time that fits into your busy life. We strive to provide high-quality cosmetic dentistry services that you can count on. Our staff is friendly, and we are here to help you.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and hope your month is filled with fun fall activities!

Pumpkins are Good for Your Teeth!

Pumpkins are actually great for your teeth!

With Thanksgiving coming up, there are lots of yummy treats and food to go around. One of the most essential and tasty fall ingredients is pumpkin. Whether it is pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, there are so many great tasting recipes to make involving pumpkin.

Did you know that pumpkin can be good for your teeth? At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are always interested in educating our patients on how to make good choices related to their oral hygiene. Part of this involves helping patients make healthy choices related to diet. Pumpkin is a great health food that is good for teeth because it is nutrient-dense. It has many vitamins and minerals that are good for you while also being low in calories.

Why is Pumpkin Good For You?

The USDA National Nutrient Database found that 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin has 40 calories and 1.8g of protein as well as 3g of fiber. This can lead to feeling fuller longer. Overall, pumpkin is a healthy food–if you don’t add a ton of sugar.

When looking at the vitamins and minerals in pumpkin, it provides 100% of the daily intake needed for Vitamin A and 20% of the intake needed for Vitamin C. Pumpkin is also rich in potassium, manganese, copper, and more. Pumpkin seeds are packed in fiber, and they contain calcium, too.

How do Pumpkins Help Your Teeth?

With all these vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is a healthy choice all around. This food is also low in fat and carbs and high in protein and fiber. The magnesium in pumpkin is great for tooth enamel. It works like calcium to create an enamel that resists tooth decay.

Keep in mind that pumpkin flavoring and spices don’t give the health benefits of actual pumpkin. So, skip the pumpkin spice latte and go for recipes like soups and smoothies that will give you the actual benefits of real pumpkin ingredients.

Here are a couple of your Westchester cosmetic dentist’s favorite pumpkin recipes to get you started:

There are many more healthy pumpkin recipes out there. Enjoy the holiday season and Thanksgiving, and why not help yourself to some healthy recipes that are great for your body and teeth?

Don’t Let Your Teeth Become a Trick or Treat Situation!

Keep your teeth healthy this Halloween!

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are here to help our patients make educated choices for their oral hygiene. We know that there are certain times of year when it is hard to maintain healthy eating and oral health projects. Halloween is one of those times. There is so much candy around that it can be hard not to eat a lot of that candy. We get it! But, eating too much candy, and too many sweets in general, can lead to some bad oral hygiene habits. While you can enjoy some sweet snacks here and there, we do have some tips to help you maintain good oral hygiene habits during this sweet, spooky season.

Tips From Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist

Here are our tips for having a healthy Halloween. These tips can also help you keep your kids with healthy oral hygiene habits. We know that getting kids to put away all that candy can be a challenge. But, these tips can make things a little easier.

  1. Timing is Important

    Your kids (or you because we have all been there) should eat the Halloween treats with meals or shortly after meals. Saliva production increases during meals which can help rinse away food particles.

  2. Stay Away From Sweet Snacks as Much as Possible

    When you’re snacking in-between meals, sugary snacks aren’t a great choice. Try to cut down on snacking on sweets to improve oral health.

  3. Choose the Types of Treats You and Your Children Eat

    Hard candies and other sweets that sit in your mouth for long periods of time can be harmful. The length of time a sugary sweet is in the mouth can contribute to tooth decay. A sugar-free candy is also a good option.

  4. Avoid Sticky Candies and Sweets

    Candies like taffy and gummies can stick to teeth and take longer to wash away which can lead to higher risk of tooth decay.

  5. Drink More Water

    Drinking more water can prevent tooth decay.

  6. Maintain Healthy Brushing and Flossing Habits

    Stay up on your and your family’s brushing and flossing habits is important at all times of the year. These daily habits make a big difference in dental hygiene.

  7. Visit Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist

    It’s important to maintain regular check-ups, exams, and cleanings for you and your family during Halloween as well as all through the year. Come visit your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist to get a cleaning or exam.

Contact Us Today

Schedule an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale for a cleaning or for more helpful tips. We are happy to help!

Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

If you are wondering if you need to remove your wisdom teeth, contact our office today.At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we offer a variety of dental procedures. One of the procedures we can provide is the removal of wisdom teeth. Many of our patients wonder if they need to get theirs removed if they have not done so already. Also, some of our patients are parents who wonder if their child will need to get them removed.

Is it Necessary to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Many people have heard that wisdom tooth removal is always necessary. While often it is, there are some patients who do not need to have them removed. Many dentists suggest wisdom teeth removal and an early age to avoid problems down the road. They can cause issues once they are fully formed, so removing them early on can prevent possible problems.

What Problems Can Wisdom Teeth Cause?

Wisdom teeth often do not grow in properly. They might grow in horizontal or crooked. Also, many people do not have a big enough jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth. This can lead to an overcrowded mouth which can cause smiles to shift and become more crooked. And, the area where wisdom teeth sit in the mouth is often hard to brush which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria growth.

How Do I Know if I Need Mine Removed?

If you are wondering if wisdom tooth removal is necessary, here are some signs to look for.

  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Pain
  • Infections in the back of the mouth

If you have any questions about removal, please do not hesitate to ask. Our team at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale will work with you to figure out the smartest course of action.

What are Some Signs That Wisdom Teeth Can Remain in Place?

For some people, wisdom teeth do not cause a lot of issues. These signs include:

  • Wisdom teeth lining up with your other teeth
  • Having no issues biting or chewing with your wisdom teeth
  • Being able to easily reach and brush your wisdom teeth

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are having trouble, such as pain or discomfort, with your wisdom teeth, we are here to help. Our front desk staff are friendly and ready to schedule an appointment at a time that works well with your busy schedule.

Invisalign: What’s the Timeline?

If you are interested in Invisalign, contact your Westchester cosmetic dentist today!It’s no secret that a nice smile can take you far in life, especially when you can smile with confidence. As a Westchester cosmetic dentist, we understand that helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted is important. It is also a process that takes time and trust from you. That’s why we want to answer your questions and help you understand the process of Invisalign.

Why Invisalign

Invisalign in Westchester is an easy and inconspicuous way to get your teeth in line. It’s been growing in popularity for the past few years because of its easy-to-use process. The series of plastic aligning trays will slowly move your teeth to the way you and the dentist have determined they should look. Each time you get new trays, a different tooth (or set of teeth) will move, making for an almost painless process. You and your Westchester cosmetic dentist will predetermine which teeth will move when. They are also nearly invisible! This makes them a popular choice for those who don’t want to relive the 80s or spend time in the dentist’s chair getting metal brackets tweaked.

What’s the Timeline?

While each case is different, once you’ve gotten your trays made (from an impression or from a digital scan), you’ll begin wearing the aligner trays. Generally, you will wear a new tray every week, depending on which teeth are moving. The controlled force will either push or turn specific teeth each week. We’ll have you come see us approximately every 4-6 weeks to get your next set of trays, to track your progress, and to make sure your teeth move how you want. The average adult will need about a year to get it all done, but again, the time can vary depending on your needs. You’ll need to wear the trays at least 20-22 hours each day. But, the advantage is that you can remove them to eat and drink, brush or floss.

Come See Us Today!

With Invisalign, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. You’ll even be able to virtually view how your teeth will look when you’re finished before you even start! Depending on your teeth, your cosmetic dentist may suggest a retainer (also inconspicuous!) to wear, to keep those teeth where they should be. Call us today about Invisalign in Westchester, and we’ll answer all your questions!

Challenge–Keep Your Gums Healthy!

Teeth get all the attention, but your gums want some, too! They’re just as important as your teeth. Your Westchester periodontist knows that a hefty claim like that should come with some good advice. Gums are the bridge between the health of your teeth and the health of your body. Gingivitis, gum disease and periodontitis are much less likely when you care for them. We’d like to give you some tips on taking care of the stuff that holds those pearly whites in place.Your Westchester periodontist challenges you to keep your gums healthy!

Tips for Healthy Gums

  1. Put down the can of soda. No matter which way you look at it, it’s bad for you. It will erode your teeth, fill your mouth with bacteria, and contribute to plaque buildup. That will turn into cavities and gingivitis, not to mention what it does to the rest of your body!
  2. Brush twice per day. This is easier said than done when you’re busy. But, if you consider all the time and money you’ll spend at the dentist if you don’t brush twice per day, it’s worth the hassle. When you’re brushing near your gums, don’t brush in an up-and-down motion, because you don’t want to brush the gums away from the teeth. Keep them where they are.
  3. Get a good toothbrush. It’s sometimes tempting to get a hard-bristled toothbrush, assuming those scrubbers will get more stuff off your teeth. But soft-bristled brushes are what dentists recommend. You want to brush up by your gums (where lots of bacteria congregates), and the soft bristles are much better for that.
  4. Floss as much as you brush (or more). Flossing does something that brushing can’t; it gets those tight spaces between your teeth that the toothbrush can’t. These are the spaces where bacteria flourish. By flossing up to your gums between your teeth, you’ll keep the bacteria away and keep your gums stronger and healthier.
  5. Use a mouthwash. This will kill the bacteria on your gums above the teeth where you didn’t brush.

Don’t wait too long between checkups! We’d love to answer all your questions about gum health and challenge you to have 30 days of excellent gum care. contact one of the best dentists in Westchester for an appointment and gum evaluation.

Pack Healthy Lunches for School

Here are some tips from your Westchester dentist to pack healthy lunches for you your kids. It’s back to school time! That may or may not be exciting for all parties involved–we’re looking at you, Mom.The fact remains that the kiddies will need a lunch to eat away from home. If you’re a lunch packer, your Westchester dentist has a few tips on how to pack a healthy, teeth-friendly lunch that the kids will enjoy.

When we’re talking about oral hygiene, most people think about how often they brush or floss, or how often they go to the dentist. But many don’t consider how their diet can have a big impact on their oral health. There are foods that can really damage teeth and make those trips to the dentist less than fun. But, there are many foods that are great for your body and your teeth. Learn about what to pack from your Westchester dentist here.

What to Pack

Try to pack as much fresh stuff as possible. Fruits and vegetables are great for lunches. They can be cut into finger foods, and are easily eaten raw (no cook time!). If your kids don’t love to eat what’s good for them, make the fruits and veggies more palatable by pairing them with dips. You can make homemade veggie dips by combining plain yogurt and other vegetables in a food processor. You can also buy healthy insta-dips. For the fruit, pair it with some fruity yogurt for dipping. Some of the best dentists in Westchester also want you to make sure that you choose yogurts that are low in sugar.

Try to also include some whole grains, like bread spread with natural peanut butter, different varieties of cooked rice (not white) with chicken (also good cold!), or toasted flaxseed on avocado. There are lots of crackers that are made from whole grains, too. You can also include proteins, like hard-boiled eggs or nuts.

What to Avoid

Try to stay away from packing foods that are sticky or gummy, since that generally means they are mostly sugar. Same goes for lots of packable kids’ drinks, like juice boxes and cans of soda. While some of the juices may be 100% fruit juice, it’s still a lot of sugar, and can wreak havoc on young teeth. Make sure you check labels for the amount of sugar in your foods, since kids only get one set of permanent teeth! It’s usually best to stick with bottled water.

Come see your Westchester dentist for your next checkup and keep those smiles ready for school picture day! Our friendly office staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. Schedule an appointment with us today.