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Your Massapequa Dentist Discusses Foods that Harm Your Teeth

August 20, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , — South Shore Dental Care @ 3:45 pm

Your smile will be healthy and bright if you avoid these foods, says your Massapequa dentist. Some foods are so obviously bad for your teeth that they hardly need mentioning. Other foods may be good for your overall health, but not so good for your oral health. There are still other foods that you may have thought were not necessarily bad or good for your teeth. To set the record straight, Massapequa dentist Dr. Dory Stutman or Dr. Khalida Stutman want to take this opportunity to lists the foods you should try to avoid and why.

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What you need to know about gum disease in 2016

January 27, 2016

gum disease massapequaWe’ve got some unsettling news for you this morning. Did you know as many as 75 percent of Americans are suffering from gum disease? And that the condition has been linked to far more serious health problems — like cardiovascular disease, stroke and even breast cancer? It’s true. Fortunately, gum disease is incredibly easy to prevent. Keep reading for more information on how you can keep your gums as healthy as can be in 2016, from the trusted team at South Shore Dental Care!

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The Causes of and Treatments for Teeth Grinding and Clenching

November 9, 2015

woman with headache from teeth grindingA 2005 survey conducted by the Children’s Hospital Boston Dental Clinic collected data on childhood bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) from nearly 900 families. 38% of these families reported having children that engaged in night-time teeth grinding and clenching. Children whose parents brux were 1.8% more likely to engage in night-time bruxism. A 2013 study revealed that 5% of the population reported experiencing night-time bruxism, and 10% reported diurnal (day time) teeth clenching and grinding. However, day time bruxism may simply be more easily diagnosed than night time bruxism rather than more common. Bruxism is a fairly common problem with numerous causes, and appropriate treatments are almost as varied as these causes. It’s essential for patients who brux to seek appropriate treatment since bruxism causes or worsens numerous oral health concerns including dental wear, chips, cracks, damaged restorations, and TMJ disorder. If you experience day or night time bruxism, don’t hesitate to contact your South Shore Dental Care team for treatment recommendations.
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Metlife & BCBS Dentist Reminds You: Use Your Benefits!

October 30, 2015

metlife dentistLike so many other things related to insurance, it’s easy to forget you have a remaining balance left on your dental plan. But you need to use those benefits to your oral advantage — don’t let them, or your teeth, go to waste this year! If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup, or if you know you need a little dental work done, use those benefits to your advantage at your Blue Cross Blue Shield and Metlife dentist at South Shore Dental Care before time runs out! Dr. Dory and Khalida Stutman are ready to help you make the most of your 2015 dental benefits.

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The Dental Friendly Diet

November 24, 2014

179103931You might already be well aware of the foods and drinks you should be avoiding to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. But have you ever wondered what foods you should be eating to maintain good oral health? We found six great examples of foods that actually encourage healthy teeth and gums. We found that foods rich in vitamins A, C and D as well as calcium and phosphorus are especially beneficial for your teeth. Not surprisingly, foods that are good for your teeth are also good for the rest of your body. Don’t forget that visiting the dentist regularly is also an essential part of protecting your teeth and gums from decay and infection. Make an appointment with the experienced family dentists of South Shore Dental Care today. They can help you maintain a healthy smile. South Shore Dental Care proudly serves families throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and surrounding communities.

Dental Friendly Foods

  • Apples- Can act as a natural toothbrush.
  • Milk and Cheese- Helps to stimulate saliva production, also high in calcium and phosphates.
  • Celery- Another natural toothbrush that also has high water content and fiber.
  • Whole Grains- Full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Kiwi- Great source of vitamin C.
  • Sugar-free Gum- Contains Xylitol, a natural ingredient that can actually battle tooth decay.

Dental Appointments in Massapequa, NY

A healthy diet along with a good oral hygiene routine and comprehensive dental care will keep you smiling for a very long time. Eating teeth friendly foods is an easy way to keep your smile as vibrant and healthy as possible. The dentists of South Shore Dental Care want to partner with you to protect your smile. Make an appointment today for your next dental exam and cleaning. South Shore Dental Care creates beautiful smiles daily throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and nearby areas.

Have You Had an Oral Cancer Screening This Year?

November 10, 2014

122573542This year, over 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer. Traditionally, the death rate associated with oral cancer is much higher than other cancers not because it’s harder to diagnose, but because oral cancer is typically discovered far later in its development. Since oral cancer symptoms can be easily mistaken for less serious maladies, they are often ignored. Although oral cancer screenings are a routine part of a dental examination, the failure of many people to visit the dentist regularly has contributed to the fatality rate. It’s quite clear that visiting the dentist on a regular basis could literally save your life.  Make an appointment with the experienced dentists of South Shore Dental Care today. They want to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. South Shore Dental Care proudly serves patients throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and surrounding areas.

Oral Cancer Warning Signs

  • Painless in or around the mouth or throat
  • Sore on the lip lasting longer than a few weeks
  • Painless white or red patch
  • Pain, bleeding or numbness inside the mouth
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Pain or difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Jaw swelling
  • Hoarseness or voice changes
  • Each aches

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

  • Tobacco Use
  • Alcohol Use
  • Sun Exposure
  • HPV Infection
  • Risk increases with age
  • Twice as common in men than women

Oral Cancer Screening in Massapequa Park, NY

The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, thyroid and skin cancer. Remember that good dental care is an essential component to your overall good health. Don’t let oral cancer steal your good health. Make appointment with the highly qualified dentists of South Shore Dental Care today. South Shore Dental Care proudly serves families throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and nearby communities.

Tips On How To Handle Bad Breath

September 10, 2014

493881585Something that nobody wants is bad breath. It can be embarrassing, especially when you interact with others. When you want to make a memorable first impression, having bad breath is a way to do so, but not in a positive way. Though you may have tried conventional methods to tackle your bad breath, also known as halitosis, you may have found that nothing seemed to work. Dr. Khalida Stutman, Dr. Dory Stutman, and Dr. William Rubino want you to feel confident in all aspects of your smile, and they have some advice for those living with halitosis.

One of the simplest things someone can do to handle their halitosis is following an effective oral care routine. People may underestimate the importance and benefits of brushing and flossing their teeth every day, and not doing so can definitely affect the way your breath smells. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria, and when they are able to multiply and grow, they can wreak havoc on your smile, affecting your breath. Brushing your teeth and tongue, as well as flossing your teeth every day can definitely contribute to having fresher breath. Also, investing in a reliable antibacterial mouthwash can help with your halitosis, ensuring your breath stays fresh.

Another simple thing you can do to ensure fresh breath is visit our office every six months for your dental checkup. During your checkup, it allows our doctors to look for any problems, such as tooth decay, that can affect the way your breath smells. With our doctors taking the time to clean your smile and remove the harmful bacteria, you are able to have a healthy smile and clean breath! If you are not sure if you are living with halitosis, a couple of signs are a constant bad taste in your mouth and continuous dry mouth. Keeping these tips in mind, there is no doubt you will be headed down a road to having a healthier smile and fresher breath!

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

The Importance of Dental Checkups

July 1, 2014

shutterstock_149625803Many people underestimate the importance of a routine dental checkup. Though many people think they should see their dentist only when there is a problem with their smile, going to see your dentist every six months can actually save your life. With summer here, many people want to make sure that their smiles are in tip top shape in order to fully enjoy the summer season. With a general dental checkup with Dr. Dory Stutman and Dr. Khalida Stutman, you are sure to have the healthiest smile you have ever had.

Having your dental checkup performed by Drs. Stutman means thorough and quality care. One of the things our doctors will look for during your dental checkup is signs of gum disease. Gum disease affects millions of Americans, and if left untreated, has the potential to lead to many negative effects in different areas of your body. Our doctors will be able to halt the progress of your gum disease and get your gums back to where they should be.

Another thing our doctors will look for is signs of oral cancer. With over 30,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and most patients get this disease via tobacco or alcohol consumption. With early detection, we can greatly reduce the amount of deaths associated with oral cancer, and Drs. Stutman use VizLite to accomplish this. VizLite makes early detection of oral cancer possible, and saves lives every day.

We will also be able to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line, erasing the bad bacterium that infects your smile. Inspecting each and every tooth, making sure everything is well and looking for any signs of decay is also a part of our dental checkup. If we do find any signs of tooth decay, we will address the situation immediately, making sure your smile is as healthy as it can be. If you are due for your dental checkup, make an appointment at our office, and we would love to help!

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

How Chewing Gum Can Help Your Smile

May 26, 2014

shutterstock_110783549There are many habits that people have that they perform without even thinking about it. Biting nails, playing with hair- both of these are examples of habits people do unconsciously. Another habit may be chewing gum. Chewing gum is a simple yet effective habit that can ease your stress, keep you occupied, or simply cure a simple sweet tooth. What you may not know, however, is that chewing gum could be good for your teeth!

Since ancient times, the Greeks, Mayans, and Native Americans all enjoyed in some form of gum chewing, and today in the 21st century, we are no different. With so many options of chewable delights to choose from, sometimes the options can be overwhelming, but they all work to deliver a healthier smile. Chewing gum increases the production of saliva in your mouth, and that increase can neutralize and eliminate the acids and leftover food particles in your mouth after you eat. This also leads to a lower risk of plaque and tartar buildup, as the bacteria will not have enough time to stay in your mouth and attach themselves to your teeth.

Also, chewing gum, along with the increased saliva production, carries more calcium and phosphate, both of which help build stronger tooth enamel, meaning a healthier smile. Studies have shown that chewing gum for at least twenty minutes after eating a meal helps prevent tooth decay, which can really make a difference down the road in regards to your smile.

So the next time you put a piece of gum in your mouth, you will be able to relish in the fact that it is doing wonders for your smile!

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Just How Important is Fluoride?

March 31, 2014

shutterstock_44483749Though many people may not know this, fluoride is a key mineral that helps keep your teeth nice and strong. Especially important in children’s dentistry, fluoride treatments can begin a healthy foundation for your smile to thrive and take life’s knocks. In case you have forgotten, or do not know, about the many benefits fluoride can give, let South Shore Dental Care inform you!

One of the benefits to fluoride is the fact that it naturally makes your teeth resistant to cavities. The mineral acts as a shield, not allowing harmful bacteria to ruin your smile. Fluoride also strengthens teeth, making them resilient to the end! Fluoride treatments are common practice in children’s dentistry, as studies show that children who receive them are 40% less likely to get cavities.

Another great way to get fluoride is through tap water, as well as certain toothpastes and mouthwashes. Fluoride is also beneficial to those who suffer from constant dry mouth, people with crowns and bridges, people with braces, gum disease, and those who have a history of having continual cavities. Everyone young and old and benefit from fluoride, and we encourage you to find a source! So, as you see, though fluoride may be in the back of some people’s minds, it really should be at the forefront. It’s a wonderful way to protect your teeth, keeping them beautiful and healthy for years go come! If you have any questions about fluoride treatments, call our office and we will be happy to help!

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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