A study cited in the New York Post shows that a full 30 percent of Millennial Americans brush their teeth once a day, and the rest of that age group brush in a hit-and-miss fashion. What about you? Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? At ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY your dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin, stress how important regular oral care is--both at home and at the dental office. Read on about how to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Plaque and tartar
Dentists call them biofilms. They are the residues left on teeth after meals and snacks. Carbohydrate-based foods cause the most soft plaque which, if not removed by brushing and flossing, hardens into calculus, or tartar. Both plaque and tartar are vast reservoirs of Streptococcus bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum disease. To avoid both potentially devastating conditions, children through senior adults should follow strict habits of oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene habits
They start at home--in babyhood actually, when Mom or Dad wipes a little's one's mouth clean after each feeding. This oral hygiene habit progresses to brushing with non-fluoride toothpaste and eventually to fluoride toothpaste and flossing.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone brush twice a day and floss in between teeth once a day. Morning and bedtime are best and whenever sugary foods are consumed.
Additionally, a healthy diet actually is a great oral hygiene habit. Your Katonah dentists advise:
- Limiting processed sugars and carbohydrates
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables
- Consuming low-fat proteins, calcium from dairy products and dark leafy vegetables and upping the intake of whole grains (as opposed to refined grains), such as rice, oats, barley and wheat (if tolerated)
- Drinking water a day to help saliva production and keep teeth and gums clean
Finally, your partnership with ParkLin Dental is an important oral hygiene habit. Dr. Park and Dr. Lin usually recommend patients come to the office every six months for complete check-ups and hygienic cleanings. In-office prophylaxis avoids complicated oral health problems by diagnosing them early and by removing the tartar and plaque which inflame gum tissue and decay tooth enamel.
Your dentist will advise you if semi-annual check-ups are adequate or if you should come in more often (if you need periodontal maintenance, for instance). Also, the doctor may recommend fluoride treatments or plastic sealants, simple preventive services which protect teeth from developing decay.
How are you doing?
When you practice good oral hygiene, you can anticipate great check-ups and years of healthy smiles. If it's time for your six-month check-up and cleaning, please contact the office team at ParkLin Dental for an appointment: (914) 232-8182.
Would you like to join millions of people around the United States who have complete smiles? Yes, these individuals benefited from state-of-the-art dental implants, the modern solution to unsightly and unhealthy smile gaps. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer in-office dental implant placement at ParkLin Dental in Katonah. You can close the gaps in your smile and feel and look your very best.
Millions lost, millions restored
Each year, millions of Americans lose at least one tooth to gum disease, accident, cancer therapy or extensive decay. On the upside, about three million people annually in the United States undergo tooth replacement procedures involving dental implants, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
What's special about dental implants? Why choose these prosthetics over traditional bridgework or conventional dentures? The answer is simple: dental implants are lifelike. They look like real teeth. They have roots. They keep gum tissue and bone healthy just as natural teeth do.
Dental implants have three distinct parts: a titanium implant screw (which the dentist inserts into the jaw), an abutment, or extension post, and a porcelain crown. The titanium in the implant itself is key to dental implant success because human bone bonds exceptionally well to titanium.
This bonding process is called osseointegration, and while it takes time to complete, the result is an artificial tooth that is just as strong and functional as a natural tooth. Also, your dentist may use implants to support bridgework or full dentures, eliminating the denture slippage and reduced jaw bone density resulting from extensive tooth loss.
The implant procedure
Come to ParkLin Dental for a personal dental implant consultation. You'll meet with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin for a complete oral examination, including X-rays, to confirm your oral health is good and that you have sufficient bone in your jaw to support dental implants. Also, you'll discuss your smile goals and learn all about the implant process.
With a care plan in place, the treatment can proceed. Most implant surgeries require simple local anesthetic. The dentist numbs the area around the empty socket and places the screw-like titanium device. The gums are sutured closed, and healing begins.
After a period of healing and osseointegration, you'll return to ParkLin Dental where your dentist will re-open the implant site. Then, the doctor bonds on the abutment post and porcelain crown. That's it. That gap is gone.
In the long run...
Your dental implant can last the rest of your life. Just brush and floss as you normally would, and get routine exams and cleanings every six months.
Come see us
At ParkLin Dental, we love to see gapped smiles transformed. To arrange your consultation, please call the office at (914) 323-8182.
Have a cavity? Then you’ll need to get a tooth-colored filling from us!
According to the CDC, back in 2011-2012 about 91 percent of US adults between the ages of 20 and 64 had a cavity. This is a pretty startling statistic, especially since all adults have some degree of decay and some have cavities but don’t even know it. By visiting our Katonah, NY, dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin, for regular dental exams we are more likely to catch decay before it turns into a full-blown cavity. Of course, we can also detect and treat cavities before they wreak more serious havoc.
So, you have a cavity. What next? First thing’s first, we need to remove the decay. If decay is left untreated it will just continue to spread throughout the tooth until it breaks through the hard enamel and dentin layers and enters the inside of the tooth. The goal of our Katonah general dentist is to catch and treat the cavity before it ever reaches the inside of the tooth.
As most people already know, in order to remove decay we have to use a dental drill. While we know the idea isn’t pleasant the process is completely painless. Before removing decay we apply a local anesthesia to completely numb the area. We will continue to monitor you throughout the course of your treatment to make sure you are comfortable and that you don’t feel any discomfort.
Once the decay has been fully removed it is time to restore the tooth. After all, no one wants visible holes in their teeth. Plus, believe it or not, these little holes can actually make your teeth weaker. In order to ensure that your teeth are as strong as they can be after a cavity we will need to place a dental filling.
Fortunately, no one will ever be able to tell that you have a dental filling. This is because the filling material we use is first matched to the shade of your tooth to make sure that it blends in and isn’t visible. From there, we apply the first layer of the resin, molding and shaping it over the hole. Once the first layer is set we will shine a dental laser over it to harden it over the tooth. Now, we will apply the next layer. We will continue to apply layer after layer until the tooth has been fully restored.
ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, is ready to provide you with the dental care you need to keep your smile healthy. No matter whether you are dealing with a toothache or you just need to schedule your next dental cleaning, we are here for you.
Do your missing teeth make you feel as though your smile is lacking? Luckily, the gaps in your smile are no match for your dentist and dentures. Are you a candidate for this important and powerful dental treatment? Find out more about dentures and what they can do for you and your smile with Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at Parklin Dental in Katonah, NY.
What kinds of dentures does Parklin Dental offer?
Dentures can help a variety of people in many dental situations. When you think of a denture, you may envision an entire arch of teeth which fit onto the gums and replace a whole row of teeth. However, there are other types of dentures available. Partial dentures utilize any healthy teeth remaining in your smile. The denture fits on or around the teeth to incorporate them into the new smile. Immediate dentures, worn immediately after an extraction surgery, allow patients to have their teeth replaced the same day as they are removed, allowing them to go about their daily lives with a smile they feel good about.
How are dentures made?
A dental laboratory creates each denture by hand and customizes it especially for your mouth. This ensures the best fit and a natural look. The lab technician uses a mold of your mouth as a model to create the denture. The fit of the denture is especially important as this affects how the denture stays in the mouth and allows you to eat, chew, and speak. The laboratory creates a temporary denture to ensure the look and fit are up to par. With the denture approved, the laboratory creates a final prosthetic.
Dentures in Katonah, NY
If you think you could benefit from dentures, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment for you and decide which type of denture is right for you. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Park and Dr. Lin at Parklin Dental in Katonah, NY. Call (914) 232-8182 to schedule your consultation for dentures with your dentist today!
Teeth whitening services from your Katonah, NY dentists at ParkLin Dental alleviate the stains that naturally accumulate on the surface of your enamel. If you see yellow, brown or grayish discolorations on any or all of your teeth, find out if you're a candidate for this safe, effective and budget-friendly service. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin see patients of all ages and walks of life become proud of their smiles again.
Just what is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening in Katonah is a very popular cosmetic dentistry service. Accomplished at the dental office or in the privacy of your own home, whitening lifts deeply embedded organic matter out of the mineralized matrix we call tooth enamel. Dental stains come from a variety of sources such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, coffee, soy sauce and other darkly-pigmented and/or acidic foods and beverages.
While there are many over the counter whitening products on the market today--things such as whitening strips, mouth rinses and toothpastes--nothing is as effective or as safe as the procedures used by your cosmetic dentist. Why is that so?
Frankly, drugstore whitening products aren't powerful enough to dramatically enhance tooth color. However, if their active ingredient--hydrogen peroxide--is applied incorrectly, it can produce substantial irritation of the gums, lips and other soft oral tissues. Teeth may become sensitive, too.
The best whitening comes from ParkLin Dental. Dr. Park or Dr. Lin carefully evaluate their prospective whitening patients to ensure they are decay-free and that their gums are healthy, too. Then, each patient can choose whatever whitening process fits their needs and convenience best.
Who is most interested in teeth whitening treatments? Millions of people are. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that nearly 90 percent of people who want their teeth straightened also want them whitened.
The whitening process
The in-office treatment takes about an hour. The patient comfortably sits in the treatment chair as the dentist swabs on the powerful peroxide gel. A protective dam keeps the cheeks retracted and away from the bleaching agent. Then, the gel penetrates the tooth surfaces over the course of an hour. At the end, the gel is rinsed off and teeth are noticeably brighter--by eight shades or more in most cases.
If someone chooses at-home whitening, he or she applies a less concentrated whitening gel via custom-made acrylic trays. These appliances accurately place the bleaching gel on the teeth so there's no seepage onto gums or other tissues. When consistently worn for the prescribed length of time daily, patients have dramatically whiter smiles in about a week.
To keep a whitened smile bright, try to avoid tobacco and limit staining foods and beverages. Brush and floss according to American Dental Association guidelines, and see your dentist twice yearly for a thorough cleaning and oral examination.
Get that great smile
Find out more about teeth whitening at ParkLin Dental in Katonah. You'll enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence, too. Call (914) 232-8182 today for a whitening consultation
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