See Your Massapequa Dentist Twice a Year

September 12, 2016

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Preventive services from your Massapequa dentist protect teeth and gums. Added to home hygiene, six-month visits with Dr. Stutman support strong smiles.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.

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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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Dental Implants Massapequa Residents Rely On – South Shore Dental Care

September 4, 2015

Woman smiling with beautiful teeth thanks to the dental implants massapequa lovesDid 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.
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Perfect Porcelain Veneers

June 24, 2015

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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

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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 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.

A Stress-Free Appointment with Sedation Dentistry from Dr. Stutman

May 27, 2011

relaxedPatients who avoid scheduling dental visits because of anxiety may not be getting the care they need. Thankfully, with sedation dentistry, those who may have been too anxious or uncomfortable to sit through a dental procedure in the past can look forward to a pleasant visit to South Shore Dental. Using nitrous oxide, oral, or oral conscious sedation, patients can rest easy while Dr. Stutman delivers care that will improve the health of their smiles.

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Keeping Massapequa’s Littlest Patients Smiling with Pediatric Dentistry from Dr. Khalida Stutman

May 6, 2011

kid smilingAsk your child what their favorite foods are and you’re more likely to hear cookies, candy, and cupcakes than broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or bok choy. That’s why it’s essential you make regular dental visits a part of their life starting as young as two years old. Without proper care, kids’ teeth can become magnets for cavities and other problems.

Thankfully, there’s Dr. Khalida Stutman and South Shore Dental Care. Our Massapequa office offers a range of services to meet your family’s pediatric dentistry needs, from teeth cleaning to cavity care, and more.

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South Shore Dental Care Keeps Smiles Healthy with Comprehensive Checkups & Cleanings

October 14, 2009

oral-hygieneAt South Shore Dental Care, we’re known for full-service cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Every day, Dr. Dory Stutman and Dr. Khalida Stutman create stunning, life-changing smiles. A beautiful smile needs a firm foundation to withstand daily wear and tear and provide protection against dental disease and decay. So, after we’ve created the smile of your dreams, we’ll maintain it with comprehensive checkups and cleanings.

Our dentists recommend that patients attend six-month checkups and cleanings to keep dental problems at bay and increase the longevity of cosmetic and restorative treatments such as all-porcelain crowns, veneers, Lumineers, dental implants, and bridgework. You’ve made an investment in your smile. Keep the returns high with quality preventive care. (more…)