Some people wonder, “Do I really need to see the dentist twice a year?” They say just brushing and flossing should be enough. Massapequa dentists, Drs. Dory and Khalida Stutman, maintain that good dental health needs periodic maintenance. So, they prevent problems with dental treatments that ensure teeth and gums are healthy and strong. Learn here about semi-annual exams and cleanings.
See Your Massapequa Dentist Twice a Year
September 12, 2016
The Causes of and Treatments for Teeth Grinding and Clenching
November 9, 2015
A 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.
Dental Implants Massapequa Residents Rely On – South Shore Dental Care
September 4, 2015
Did you know that even one missing tooth can change your face? Over time, the jawbone and gum tissue that support and shape facial features deteriorate creating wrinkles, indentations, and sagging. Even patients who wear traditional dentures experience these changes because the root of the tooth actually stimulates the retention of gum tissue and bone density. Traditional tooth replacement options only restore the visible parts of teeth, but dental implants replace the entire tooth from the roots up. That means patients are better able to retain gum tissue and bone density, and maintain their youthful appearance. At South Shore Dental Care, we offer the dental implants Massapequa residents prefer. Our skilled dentists, friendly team, and patient-centered care make us the ideal dental implant dentist for all of Long Island. Call to schedule a dental implant evaluation today.
Perfect Porcelain Veneers
June 24, 2015
If you have significant damage to your front teeth, you may be tempted to hide your smile. Fixing chipped or cracked teeth or replacing missing teeth can be expensive and time consuming. At South Shore Dental Care we offer comprehensive dental care no matter what your oral health needs. We can restore your smile with crowns, bridges, dental implants or other restorative dentistry treatments, but for many the hours of dental work is too stressful. Porcelain veneers from the experts Dr.s Dory and Khalida Stutman can correct your smile without the time and financial commitments of restorative dentistry. We believe that all dentistry is cosmetic because a beautiful smile should be the end result of everything we do, but our traditional cosmetic dentistry services include teeth whitening, Invisalign and porcelain veneers. If you’re interested in any of our full-spectrum dental care options from pediatric to geriatric dentistry, our Massapequa Park, NY office has you covered. Call to schedule an appointment today.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Our office prides itself on offering our patients the widest array of dental treatment options, and this includes our cosmetic dentistry services. If you are interested in having porcelain veneers placed to correct your smile esthetics, our highly skilled dentists will start by explaining the numerous options our practice can provide.
Traditional porcelain veneers require two visits. An initial consultation/examination visit allows our staff to examine your teeth and determine whether veneers are a good option to correct your bite. If you and your dentist determine that veneers are right for you, molds will be made of your teeth so a customized veneer can be milled. At South Shore Dental Care we work with the renowned dental ceramist, Jason J. Kim to produce the highest quality natural looking and feeling veneers available. Once your custom veneer is ready, you’ll come in for your second visit to place the veneer.
For patients who need minimal-prep or no-prep veneers, we work with several of the leading ultra-thin veneer brands: Lumineers, DaVinci Veneers and Durathins. These brands offer similar look and function to the traditional porcelain veneer, and still require two dental visits one to take molds of your teeth and one to apply your custom veneer. However, these veneer options are made of extremely thin layers of porcelain so less tooth preparation is needed to place the veneers.
Who Should Consider Veneers
If you have chipped, cracked or broken teeth, veneers can be a less invasive treatment option that traditional crowns to correct smile esthetic. If you have dental damage caused by tooth decay, veneers help protect against future cavities or bacteria. Patients who are not healthy enough to undergo complex dental procedures like crown and bridge therapy or dental implants, are usually able to have veneers placed with no adverse health effects. Any patient who isn’t happy with the smile they have, but doesn’t have the time or budget to undergo extensive dental restoration treatments will benefit from porcelain veneers.
Schedule an Appointment
Whatever the reason you’re considering porcelain veneers, our expert staff can help you make a dental care decision that’s right for you. A consultation with one of our skilled cosmetic dentists will thoroughly explain your options, and give you the opportunity to hear about other dental treatments to correct your bite. If you’re in need of cosmetic dentistry treatment or any dental care, our convenient Massapequa Park practice is here to help. Call to schedule a consultation today. Our practice welcomes patients form surrounding areas including Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh.
Brilliant Teeth Whitening in Massapequa Park, NY
June 14, 2015
At South Shore Dental Care, we provide the full-spectrum dental service for our patients of all ages. From children’s visits to senior care, Dr.s Dory and Khalida Stutman have you covered no matter what your oral care needs. Cosmetic dentistry services from our practice are more than just esthetic enhancement. Because your smile is one of the first things people see when they meet you, our doctors believe that all dentistry should be cosmetic. We strive to give every patient a beautiful, healthy smile they can be proud of. Our traditional cosmetic services include porcelain veneers, Invisalign and Zoom! teeth whitening. Zoom! whitening is one of the leaders in office visit whitening and at home whitening, and we offer our patients both options. If you’re interested in learning more about Zoom! whitening or any of our other dental services, call our convenient Massapequa Park, NY office to schedule an appointment.
Time May Not Be on Your Side
You can brush and floss in the morning, before you go to bed, and after every meal and your teeth will still yellow as your age. The best way to keep your natural glow is to maintain great oral hygiene, but for a truly brilliant white smile, you might need a whitening agent to help. When we eat or drink or even breathe, we expose our teeth to molecules that can discolor our enamel. Brushing, flossing and regular hygienist visits remove the majority of stains from the surface of your teeth, but enamel is extremely porous. Even if we brush or floss after meals, some of the molecules still get trapped in the porous enamel. Over time, these molecules reach the inner dentine layer where regular brushing and flossing can’t reach them.
Unless you aced chemistry, you may not realize that these molecules bond to the molecules in your teeth changing the way the look and the way they react to other molecules. In order to remove the stains, you have to break that bond through oxidation. Using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, creates a chemical reaction that causes the foreign matter that discolors your teeth to release its bond.
Brighter Smiles for Summer
The good news for your smile is that, over the years, researchers have developed a great way to improve the whiteness of your teeth. At South Shore Dental Care, the Dr.s Stutman utilize one of the most effective whitening treatments on the market, Zoom! whitening. Created as an at home whitening gel, professional grade Zoom! whitening gel used in our office is paired with a special no-heat light that amplifies your results, but at home whitening is still an option.
At home whitening with Zoom! can be just as effect as our in office treatments, if you don’t need as much whitening or you’d prefer to whiten more gradually. We will create a customized application tray to be used with our professional whitening gel that is a much higher quality than gels you can buy in stores. Over the course of one or more weeks depending on how much change you desire, your teeth will gradually lighten leaving you with a brilliant smile.
In office whitening takes a little over an hour. We’ll need to prep your mouth before we whiten by protecting your lips and gums. Then, we apply a layer of whitening gel to your teeth. The no-heat light is placed over your mouth for about an hour to kick start the whitening process. After your teeth have whitened for an hour, we will give you a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth and make the whitening last. Patients who whiten in our office can see a difference of 6 to 10 shades with just one visit.
Find Out More
If you want to restore a brilliant shine to your smile, Zoom! teeth whitening makes a big difference. Whether you’re looking for a quick, significant change or a subtle, gradual lightening, the experts at South Shore Dental Care are here to help. For more information about our Zoom! whitening options, other cosmetic treatments, or any of our comprehensive dental care, call our Massapequa Park, NY office to schedule an appointment today. Our state-of-the-art facility and expert staff invite patients form Massapequa Park and the surrounding areas including Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh.
Have You Tried (And Failed) With At Home Teeth Whitening?
October 10, 2014
Lisa loathed the idea of going on a blind date. But a good friend finally convinced her to go on one with a smart and classy dentist from her hometown. With a few more days to go before the big date, Lisa was starting to get a little worried. In her opinion, she was looking better than she ever had, except for her smile. Lisa loved her coffee, and indulged in a cigarette or two here and there. She also enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner. Over the years, she noticed that these habits had begun to take a toll in her teeth. Instead of the bright white color they were in high school, now they had a yellowish hue and some brown spots near her gum line.
Lisa had a long standing fear of the dentist so she hadn’t had any dental care in a few years. Lisa tried switching to a teeth whitening toothpaste a few months ago, but hadn’t noticed any difference in the color of her enamel. So with only two days to go before her date, she decided to try an at-home teeth whitening system from her local drug store. She followed the directions correctly, or so she thought, but soon began to regret this decision. Not only did the harsh bleaches irritate her gums, but they failed to whiten her teeth any better than the whitening toothpaste and did nothing to affect the brown spots. That was the last straw. Lisa decided it was time to make an appointment with a dentist and get her teeth whitened professionally. She only hoped she’d be able to get an appointment in time for her date. Don’t waste time with inferior whitening treatments like Lisa. Make an appointment with the experienced dentists of South Shore Dental Care. They help patients like you everyday achieve the teeth whitening results they expect and deserve. South Shore Dental proudly serves patients throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and surrounding areas.
Do It Yourself Teeth Whitening Treatments
- Whitening Toothpaste- Whitening toothpaste can polish away shallow surface stains but can’t change the actual color of your teeth or lighten a stain that goes deeper than the tooth’s surface. Typically, whitening toothpaste takes two to six weeks to produce any results. Whitening toothpaste is probably most useful for maintaining the results of professional teeth whitening treatment.
- Store-Bought At- Home Whitening- Over-the-counter teeth whitening products contain much lower concentrations of whitening agents than the professional products used by a dentist. In most cases, you need to use them over and over again for many weeks before you will see any change in the whiteness of your teeth. This type of teeth whitening treatment can also irritate your gums or be completely ineffective if you have worn tooth enamel, gum disease, sensitive teeth or tooth-colored fillings and crowns.
Professional Teeth Whitening Solutions in Massapequa Park, NY
South Shore Dental offers Zoom Whitening. Zoom can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just in hour. You can also try their take-home teeth whitening option. This includes custom bleaching trays and teeth whitening bleaching gel to protect your gums from irritation. You may not have a date with a dentist, but you probably care just as much as Lisa does about how your teeth look. Remember that your teeth may have stains that require professional teeth whitening, or even more permanent cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers, bonding or dental crowns. Get the teeth whitening results you want the first time by making an appointment with the teeth whitening experts of South Shore Dental Care. They help people like you and Lisa achieve brighter, whiter smiles every day. South Shore Dental proudly serves patients throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and surrounding communities.
Tips On How To Handle Bad Breath
September 10, 2014
Something 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.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
June 18, 2012
Preventing cavities is one of the most important aspects of dentistry, whether you’re a dentist or a patient. After all, no patient wants to be told she needs fillings. That’s why we’ll spend some time today talking about ways you can prevent cavities.
The first and most obvious way is through great homecare. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing with a trusted antibacterial mouthwash.
But great brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to protect your smile, especially without healthy changes to your diet. That’s why, in addition to brushing and eating right, it’s important that you come to South Shore Dental Care about every six months for a regular cleaning and exam. With a professional cleaning, our hygienist can help you get your smile cleaner than is possible with even the best homecare routine.
What’s more, our Massapequa dental office also offers two great solutions for preventing cavities—dental sealants and fluoride supplements. Though used a lot in children’s dentistry, dental sealants and fluoride supplements can help patients of any age. Dental sealants work by physically protecting the surfaces of teeth, while fluoride supplements draw important minerals to teeth, helping them stay strong.
Do you have more questions about how you or your child can avoid getting cavities? We’d be happy to hear from you. Give South Shore Dental Care a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dory Stutman or Dr. Khalida Stutman. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh.
Relaxing Amenities from South Shore Dental Care
March 15, 2012
Every year, millions of people avoid going to the dentist for one reason or another. Often, anxiety is the root cause. Sedation dentistry is a great way for dentists to help ease anxiety, but not every case of anxiety is so severe that it requires sedation dentistry. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of a patient feeling more comfortable with his or her surroundings, as if they were visiting a friend’s house instead of a dental office.
At South Shore Dental Care, that’s exactly the feeling we want our patients to have. We want to create a warm and inviting feeling in others. To that end, we’ve included big screen TVs, personal headphones, and WiFi in our office.
We’ve included each one to make our North Massapequa office feel less like a medical facility and more like a home away from home. You can enjoy the Internet on your smartphone or tablet while you wait in our comfortable lobby, and during your appointment, you can enjoy listening to music as Dr. Dory Stutman or Dr. Khalida Stutman gently helps you coax your smile back into dazzling shape.
Luxurious amenities aren’t the only way we’re helping patients have easier, more comfortable visits, though. In our next post, we’ll take a look at some of the advanced technologies we’re also using. Until then, if you’re ready to experience our amenities firsthand, call our North Massapequa office to schedule an appointment. Drs. Dory and Khalida Stutman serve patients from New York City, Manhattan, Long Island, Merrick, greater Nassau County, and surrounding areas.