Do you need a new toothbrush after the flu?

Flu season is here, and many people have been plagued by the symptoms-nausea, tiredness, and a host of other issues. A common concern is, “I just got over the flu. Do I need to throw away my toothbrush?” My answer is usually, “It couldn’t hurt.” The reality is that most bacteria on a toothbrush will die in the presence of oxygen. So, you can take care of most bacteria by just letting your toothbrush air dry. Still, replacing your toothbrush after you’ve had the flu is a good way to make sure that any lingering bacteria don’t get passed on to your family (if you store all your toothbrushes together). Another option would be to put each family member’s toothbrush in a separate container or holder.


Health Benefits of Straight Teeth


You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health.1 Think about it — a smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one. Fortunately, with Invisalign®, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.


Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.


One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.


Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease,2 stroke,3 pneumonia4 and diabetes.5 Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.

Choosing the Right Dentist!

Choosing a healthcare provider is never an easy thing to do. Whether it be for yourself or your family, there are many things to think about. Location and whether or not your insurance is accepted are keys factors to consider. However they may not be the only ones. Most often we simply do a search like ” dentist near me” and choose the first practice that will pop up.  This may not be the best provider to fit your needs. Reading reviews and really understanding what the practices areas of specialty are could  benefit you. For example if you are interested in Invisalign, dental implants, or wisdom teeth removal,  choosing a dentist that doesn’t offer those services could only cost you more money and time. So do your homework in choosing a new provider.  Ask for recommendations from peers and try to read reviews written by current patients.

Here’s Why your Gums Hate Marijuana

Any Westchester dentist can tell you that there has been an increase in drug-related dental problems in the last few years.  And while many of these issues are related to opioid abuse, marijuana can also play a significant role in gum disease.  According to a study administered by the CDC and featured in the Journal of Periodontology, frequent cannabis use is associated with “increased indicators of mild, moderate, and severe periodontal disease.”  This predisposes marijuana users to issues such as toothache and tooth pain, tooth extraction, need for dental implants, and tooth decay.  And don’t forget that these individuals may need the best teeth whitening available!  So do yourself a favor and put away the pot!

Having a Toothache?

Toothaches are not fun. Anyone who has had one knows it can be the most unbearable pain. When you are experiencing a toothache there are several things you should do. First, don’t ignore it! Thinking “well maybe it will go away by morning” should never be an option. Always call the dentist! Schedule yourself for an emergency visit. Having a toothache could be associated with many things including wisdom teeth pain, tooth decay, need for tooth extraction, and root canal, just to name a few. The list of other reasons goes on and on. Treating the underlying reason of why the pain is happening should be your first concern. Leaving a dental condition untreated is only going to become more expensive and more invasive with time. It’s a good idea to call your treating dentist immediately to see what toothache remedies could be recommended until you are able to see them.

Toddler Brushing

Are they ready for a dentist yet? The answer is YES. It might be cute to give your little one a toothbrush and watch them mimic you as they “brush,” but keep in mind those are real teeth and need to be cleaned the same way adult teeth do (help from mom and dad is required). Your little one should be seeing a dentist on a regular basis for some gentle dental. Even though they aren’t quite ready for braces or Invisalign yet, routine visits will keep a good eye on oral development and HELP steer clear of any cavities. Seeing a pediatric dentist could be a good option if your toddler is very apprehensive, however it is not always necessary. They often get joy, excitement, and feel relaxed knowing their mommy, daddy, brother, or sister goes to the same Yorktown dentist. So make an appointment for your little one so they too can be added to your family chart and we can start them on the path to great oral health.

Cosmetic Dentistry

The holidays are here again. Gathering with family from near and far. Everyone laughs, eat, telling stories of Yorktown yesteryears. Remember tag football in the yard?
AnnMarie always tells the story of the year cousin Jimmy broke his front tooth on cousin Bobby’s head. Bobby had a headache, but Jimmy  had a broken front tooth. The pictures of that day tell the story!  Thank Goodness for Cosmetic Dentistry!  Start planning now for a safe and happy holiday!