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TEETH WHITENING TIPS Jan 8th, 2020

Why my teeth are not white even though I brush my teeth every day? There are many reasons why your teeth may not be as white as you want despite all the brushing and flossing.  Here are the causes of discolored teeth and the solutions to brighten them LACK OF...

WHAT IS A CROWN AND WHEN DO YOU NEED IT? Dec 11th, 2019

A dental crown is a restoration that completely encircles the tooth structure or implant abutment and looks exactly like a natural tooth. A dental crown or cap (layman’s word) can be fabricated with a variety of materials such as metal alloy or porcelain or commonly a combination of the two....

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF GUM SORES? Nov 14th, 2019

Have you ever had an experience with gum soreness that involves either pain, bleeding or swelling? Many of us have had at least one or more times where such gum soreness occurs in the mouth. So what are the causes? The answer is that there are several reasons for gum...

BACK TO SCHOOL AND WORK DENTAL HEALTH TIPS Oct 10th, 2019

Did you know that poor oral health can affect your kid’s school attendance and performance? A total of 1049 school days were missed by the 2120 children for any reason related to dental care, an average of 0.49 days per child. Of these missed days, 182 (17.3%) were the result...

CRACKED TOOTH | SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS Sep 11th, 2019

WHAT IS CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME? Cracked Tooth Syndrome is a condition where a tooth has incompletely or completely cracked but no part of the tooth has yet broken off and missing. The crack is almost never visible on X-ray since the crack needs to line up in 3 dimensions with...

PROS AND CONS OF TOOTH BONDING PROCEDURES Aug 15th, 2019

WHAT IS A “BONDING” PROCEDURE AND WHEN IS IT INDICATED? You have probably heard of “bonding” in dentistry and in this article, we clarify the indications, risks & benefits of bonding. Tooth bonding restores broken or missing tooth structure (due to decay or from trauma) with a tooth-colored resin material...

WHY YOU AND YOUR DENTIST NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR Jul 11th, 2019

There are many documented benefits of smiling.¹ It makes us feel good, it makes people around us feel good and it has a physiologic health benefit. But what about laughter? Sitting in the dental chair is stressful. Even if your dentist is excellent, it’s nerve-racking to get through treatment. Stress...

DENTAL IMPLANTS – THE BEST DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN DENTISTRY Jul 11th, 2019

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS? Think of a dental implant as a replacement for a root of a tooth, similar to the prosthetic hips or knees in orthopedics. Dental implants are surgically placed in one’s jawbone and they become osseointegrated, meaning the integrate with the bone. Healthy dental implants that are...

CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS MONTH | DENTAL TIPS TO KEEP OUR TEETH HEALTHY Jun 13th, 2019

Having a grandparent(s) who is healthy and well is a blessing. Chances are, you would know a grandparent or have one in your family. Or you yourself are a grandparent. In our society, grandparent’s age range can be wide from the 40s to over 100. We all want our grandparents...

HOW TO TREAT SENSITIVE TEETH AND WHAT CAUSES IT? – SURPRISING FACTS May 15th, 2019

Many of us either experience sensitive teeth or know someone has them. Estimated 1 in 8 people in the U.S. possibly has sensitive teeth. Why are we having sensitive teeth and what to do about it? Here are the top causes of sensitive teeth and treatments you could do at...

SUMMER TIME DRINKS AND YOUR TEETH Apr 18th, 2019

Memorial Day is approaching and the official summer season is here! Summertime means to most of us as fun, active and outdoor days in hot weather. We also tend to consume more drinks due to hotter temperature and dehydration from sweating. Increased number of social events(BBQ, weddings, etc.) to attend...

BEAUTIFUL SMILES FOR GRADUATION! Mar 13th, 2019

Graduation dental tips for fabulous smile. May and June are the Graduation months! The time that all graduating students and the family have long been waiting for. The moment that will become one of the most memorable days in your life! Pictures of you wearing your cap and gown are...

THE SURPRISING POWER OF A SMILE Feb 14th, 2019

Never underestimate the power of a smile! When meeting someone for the first time, wouldn’t it be great to have the power to present yourself as confident and attractive? Believe or not, a simple, beautiful smile would do exactly that. Smiling is our innate friendly gesture since it brings happiness...

NEW GENERATION OF CLEAR ALIGNERS – PROS AND CONS Jan 16th, 2019

Maybe you have seen advertisements or stores that offer new generation clear aligner treatments. If you and your loved ones are interested in the clear aligner treatment, this article should be a must-read. These new clear aligner treatments (e.g. SmileDirect and CandidCo), unlike the Invisalign or Clear Correct, allow patients...

Women and Dental Health: Your Oral Health at Every Life Stage Nov 7th, 2018

Ladies, girls, and to all women out there, your oral health depends on your different phases of life. For most women, as they go through various stages in life, the physical changes are directly related to surges in reproductive and other hormonal levels. The stages based on the reproductive ages...

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Wonder Wendy’s League Oct 18th, 2018

Finish the fight against Breast Cancer! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. It is an effort to create impact and reduce the stigma of cancer in the breast; through education on the symptoms and treatment. The pink ribbon or...

E-Cigarettes FAQS: Vaping and Dental Health Sep 7th, 2018

E-cigarettes 101: Dentists take on Electronic Cigarettes Quick Summary: E-cigarette smokers are exposed to a variety of chemicals that can potentially provoke common to rare life-threatening illnesses. Lung disease and other ailments can be caused by e-liquids used in electronic vaporizers. Liquid nicotine overdoses can poison the cardiovascular, circulatory, gastrointestinal...

3D PRINTING (CAD/CAM) TECHNOLOGY FOR DENTAL PRACTICES Aug 7th, 2018

WHAT IS CAD/CAM TECHNOLOGY? CAD/CAM means computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. CAD/CAM technology has been around in other industries. It was in the 1980’s when the CAD/CAM concept was introduced in the field of dentistry. Since them the quality and the precision of this technology has improved to obtain near...

HOLIDAY DENTAL TIPS: HAVE A HEALTHY WHITE SMILE Jul 7th, 2018

The holiday season is here and many of us are gearing up for the parties and events. All of us place great effort in making us look great for these special occasions. Despite the joyfulness and excitement, the holiday season can inevitably be tough on your teeth. The extra treats...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, WHITER NEW SMILE – BEST OPTIONS FOR YOUR TEETH BLEACHING Jun 10th, 2018

Teeth Whitening: Cheers for a Whiter Smile in 2019! The New Year is almost here and many of us have our own “New Year’s Resolutions” Most popular ones seem to be getting fit, healthy and looking our natural best amongst other goals. If you would like to look and feel...

MIND, BODY, DENTAL - COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CONNECTION May 7th, 2018

Bottom line: It’s all related. We need to take care of our teeth just as well as our body and mind. In this article, we touch upon this topic on how your dental health is closely connected to your overall health. Some of them may be shocking to you and...

LOVE YOUR MOUTH: VALENTINE’S DAY QUICK DENTAL TIPS Apr 7th, 2018

This coming Valentine’s Day, you’re probably going to spend a wonderful time with your loved ones. You are also probably enjoying that delicious piece of chocolate, cookie or any treats you receive to celebrate love. We want to give hugs and kisses to our loved ones without worrying about our...

CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH: THE BEST AND WORST FOODS FOR CHILDREN’S TEETH Mar 7th, 2018

The whole month of February celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month! We always want our children to feel their best and happy. A healthy body will definitely allow them to enjoy running around but healthy teeth are even more important for them to enjoy food and keep smiling. We have some...

9 SPRING BREAK DENTAL TIPS: KEEPING YOUR FAMILY’S TEETH HEALTHY Feb 4th, 2018

March is spring break time for college, kids in school and for adults at work. While we get excited with the spring break adventures, it is often easy to neglect your dental care. It is more important to implement daily dental care because breaks from school may sometimes mean a...

CELEBRATING NUTRITION MONTH – TOP 7 HEALTHY FOODS AND TOP 7 BAD FOODS FOR TEETH Jan 7th, 2018

March promotes eating healthy foods because it is a nutrition month! Our body needs key nutrition to keep itself strong and teeth and gums are no exception. We often think of teeth as not part of our body but they should be really considered as one of our digits or...

HALITOSIS: HOW TO PREVENT BAD BREATH? Nov 7th, 2017

Have you ever realized how bad breath causes timeless turnoff and how awful it gets? Bad breath or halitosis as what dental experts call it, is something that most of us suffer from at some point in our lives. Learn on how can you and your family deal with it....

Dental Implants: What Are The Advantages of Dental Implants? Oct 7th, 2017

We always want to keep our teeth. Surprisingly, almost 170 million individuals in the US loses no less than one tooth in their mouth, as per American College of Prosthodontics. Teeth can be lost because of a variety of reasons including rotted tooth (dental caries), cracked teeth, abscess in teeth....

WHY SHOULD I REPLACE MY MISSING TEETH? Sep 7th, 2017

So you already extracted your tooth and now you are wondering what can possibly happen when you have a missing tooth. Can we just let it be? This blog is written as a patient perspective on missing teeth. I admit it, the first time I had tooth extraction- I didn’t...

XYLITOL AND ITS UNIQUE BENEFITS IN PREVENTING CAVITY Aug 7th, 2017

Less Bacteria, Healthier Teeth While eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of water, and brushing with fluoride toothpastes are all popular solutions for a healthier teeth, Xylitol offers another excellent way to prevent cavities. How Cavities are Formed and How Xylitol Can Help Sugar cause bacteria (Strep. Mutans) to multiply and...

RECEDING GUMS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Jul 7th, 2017

Receding Gums refers to when your gums are pulled back from your teeth and exposing the roots of teeth beneath. One of the first signs tend to be increased tooth sensitivity. You might also notice a tooth which looks longer than normal or feel an indentation or incision on an...

DENTAL ABSCESS | HOW AN ABSCESSED TOOTH CAN DAMAGE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH Jun 7th, 2017

DENTAL ABSCESS A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth, face or jaw begins from infected tooth or gums. The abcess represents as a painful swelling filled with a thick fluid that is yellow in color (pus). There are two different types of dental abscess. First is a gum...

CARBOHYDRATES AND TOOTH DECAY: HOW CARBS CAN CAUSE DENTAL CARIES? Jun 7th, 2017

Carbohydrates are sugary and starchy foods, which sticks in our teeth — and if you are not brushing properly, flossing, nor visitin your dentist regularly – the build-up of plaque can cause problems in your mouth. What is tooth decay and how it is linked to eating carbs? What can...

Fluoride: Everything You Need To Know | Pros, Cons, Facts & Myths May 7th, 2017

FLUORIDE PROS AND CONS There are so many questions about fluoride and it’s safety. People and patients are curious about the difference between fluoride and non-fluoride toothpaste. What is really fluoride? You often hear it on toothpaste commercials but what is really it benefits? Read more and let’s find out...

STAINED TEETH: WHAT STAINS TEETH AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT? Apr 7th, 2017

Nothing ruins a beautiful smile quicker than stained teeth. Coffee and tea-drinking people aren’t the only ones who have to worry about stained teeth. Teeth stains can happen to anyone and can be extremely embarrassing, that is difficult to avoid. However, we have some great solutions for you and advice...

DENTAL IMPLANT FAILURE 101: HOW TO DEAL WITH A FAILING DENTAL IMPLANT? Mar 7th, 2017

Ever wonder why there are patients who have dental implant failure? What are the factors for causing failed dental implants? Let’s uncover the answers to these questions when we tackle this topic in this article. Dental implant therapy for missing teeth have been tremendously successful and it has changed many...

GUM DISEASE LINKED WITH OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS Feb 7th, 2017

CAN GINGIVITIS CAUSE OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS? Gum disease is frequently associated with other diseases. It is found in people who also have one of the other diseases. But we don’t know which came first or how the diseases are related. A study about Systemic Diseases Caused by Oral Infection last...

HOW A NAIL BITING HABIT AFFECTS TEETH Jan 7th, 2017

Nail biting is a common habit, and a tough one to break! Crunching the nails can put a lot of stress on your teeth over time, even though you may not be able to feel it on a more acute level. Some of the potential dental issues that occur from...

WHY REPLACING MISSING TEETH IS IMPORTANT? Nov 7th, 2016

Every day we see patients that have missing teeth. Sometimes they have teeth that have been recently extracted. Other times they have been missing for years. There are various reasons for why the teeth are missing. But the answers about why to replace them are usually the same. In the...

Best Electric Toothbrushes for 2019 By Madison Avenue Dentists Oct 15th, 2016

Dr. Stella Oh believes that great home dental care with correct brushing and flossing goes long way. Theoretically, traditional toothbrushes work just as fine, if used correctly, but many of us don’t. Dr. Oh personally sees the difference in patients oral condition when they invest in great electric toothbrush. “These...

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: IMPROVING YOUR SMILE AND YOUR CAREER Sep 7th, 2016

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help Your Career? According to a recent study, nearly one third of adult Americans are unhappy with their current smile. That’s why cosmetic dentistry exists. Cosmetic Dentistry has been transforming thousands of smile for many years. For many people, fixing their teeth feels like consuming too...

TEETH GRINDING (BRUXISM) | MADISON AVENUE DENTISTS Aug 7th, 2016

What is Teeth Grinding? Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Consistent teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, can cause minor to detrimental damage to teeth and TMJ or temporomandibular joints. Why do people grind their teeth? Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and...

DENTAL CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Jul 7th, 2016

You may be surprised if we tell you that there is a positive correlation between Alzheimer’s Disease and Poor Dental Health. We thought this article could really help our patients and loved ones who are diagnosed with this difficult disease. WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common...

THE LATEST DIY WHITENING TREND: CHARCOAL TEETH WHITENING Jun 7th, 2016

You might already heard about Charcoal teeth Whitening. You might as well seen videos of women brushing their teeth with black toothpaste showing up online for the past year or so. Many claims that their teeth are whiter using charcoal tooth. The logic is that the porous charcoal absorbs toxins,...

HOME CARE AFTER YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY- INTEGRATIVE APPROACH BY DR. STELLA OH May 7th, 2016

You just had your dental implant placed. So how do you take care of yourself and the treated area well so that you can heal quickly and feel great? Here are the tips and instructions by Dr. Stella Oh with an integrative approach to what to expect after dental implant...

4 HEALTHY DRINKS THAT MAY DAMAGE YOUR TEETH AND SOLUTIONS TO PREVENT DAMAGE BY DR. STELLA OH Apr 7th, 2016

KOMBUCHA Kombucha or kombucha tea is a fermented beverage derived from black and green tea and sugar. It has become so popular as it claims to have many health benefits as it has probiotics and vitamins. Dr. Oh personally does drink the kombucha tea and agrees that probiotic drinks can...

7 TIPS TO REDUCE TO CAVITY IN CHILDREN Mar 7th, 2016

According to ADA (American Dental Association), tooth decay isn’t a problem that only affects adults. Tooth decay in children is a concern for parents because 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 develop a cavity in their primary teeth, reports the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Nearly...

5 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthiest During the Summer! Feb 7th, 2016

Finally, summer is here! Memorial day is right around the corner, and we all look forward having the summertime activities. The list of wonderful activities going on – the barbecues, picnics, days at the beach, vacations, and parties. The delicious summer treats and drinks are part of a great time...

HOW TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY: A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR PREVENTING CAVITIES Feb 7th, 2016

Having good oral hygiene can help you prevent tooth decay and especially cavities. Adhering to a comprehensive oral hygiene regimen is the initial step to great oral wellbeing. In this article, Dr. Oh and Dr. Ash Estafan will help you learn the important tips to help keep away from having...

Gingivitis | Symptoms, Causes | How Can We Prevent Gum Disease? Jan 9th, 2016

GINGIVITIS: CAN WE PREVENT IT? Did your dentist ever tell you “you have a gingivitis?” Gingivitis is very common gum disease and it affects nearly 70% of the adult population according to the data findings by CDC. Poor oral hygiene is one of the major causes but there are other...

Popular Sugar Alternatives – Paleo Dentist’s Perspective Dec 7th, 2015

Do you realize that sweet foods were a rare delicacy for our ancient ancestors? Nowadays, the situation has changed. Today, we have an unlimited supply of sugary foods and beverages at our disposal. Natural sweeteners can be used effectively in moderation to provide the sweetness that most people crave. Below...

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign- An Alternative to Braces Nov 7th, 2015

Invisalign or clear aligners are a great alternative to traditional braces. It is used to straighten crooked or crowded teeth, as well as close gaps and adjust overbites. The entire Invisalign treatment involves wearing those clear, plastic trays that are custom-made for your mouth, making Invisalign a less-noticeable alternative to...

Why Stress Can Be Bad for Teeth- The Side Effects of Stress on Oral Health Oct 7th, 2015

We all hear that stress is bad for your mind and body. Healthcare professionals from doctors to health coaches, advised us to reduce stressing yourself since it can raise cortisol, insomnia, anxiety, overeating, weight fluctuations and other problems. But did you ever think that stress can also negatively affect the...

7 Food Items That Whiten and Strengthen Teeth Sep 7th, 2015

What are some of the food items that can help our teeth clean and healthy? Here are some top food items that you probably have in your household. Water Probably the most important and healthy drink is clean, healthy water. Drinking water, especially filtered alkaline water, will neutralize pH of...

How to Keep Your Teeth White for The Holiday Season Aug 7th, 2015

Holiday season is here and we all have so many holiday events to attend! The end of the year is exciting, busy and also sometimes can be stressful. Keeping your appearance as best you can while maintaining the work and family obligations can be challenging. We all make sure to...

Your Dental Insurance Benefits – Use It or Lose It! Jul 7th, 2015

It is official! Thanksgiving is over and the Holidays are here. During this hectic time of year, we find ourselves creating lists like holiday parties and holiday gift giving; But have you made time for yourself? Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give oneself and dental...

Porcelain Veneers the Long Term Solution for Whiter Teeth Jun 7th, 2015

Porcelain Veneers: Why Maureen Needs It Like so many of us Maureen O. cannot live without her morning coffee. She enjoys red wine, and drank soda growing up. Unfortunately over time the acids weakened her enamel that left her with porous and yellow teeth. She became self-conscious of her stained...

Patient with Hypodontia now has a Natural Smile May 7th, 2015

What is Hypodontia Hypodontia is an inherited condition characterized by developmentally missing teeth, without taking the absent third molars into account. Jennifer H. suffers from a genetic defect known as Hypodontia (congenitally missing teeth or tooth agenesis) that resulted in her adult teeth not developing properly. Unfortunately, this is something...

OVERBITE FIXED WITH INVISALIGN Apr 7th, 2015

What is Invisalign? Invisalign is at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry technology. Unlike the more traditional braces or retainers, Invisalign is a virtually invisible method of straightening your teeth. You will be fitted with removable, see-through aligners that have been specifically crafted to fit your teeth. What is an Overbite?...

10 Reasons Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups Mar 7th, 2015

Having regular dental checkups are very important because it will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. Detect Early Oral Health Problems Detecting any oral problem at an early stage makes...

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST DENTIST Feb 7th, 2015

Finding a dentist that you trust with your oral health can seem difficult especially if you live in New York; where there are many dental practices to choose from. You might simply want to go see someone participating in your plan or just go to someone who cost the least....

7 SURPRISING NUTRIENTS FOR TEETH- HEALTHY NUTRITION FOR HEALTHY TEETH Jan 7th, 2015

We often think that that we need to have lots of calcium to have great teeth. Also we have this general conception that brushing with fluoride would prevent cavity despite sugar consumption. In fact, what we eat can be just as important when it comes to maintaining a beautiful smile....

Negative Effects of Gluten on Dental Health Mar 7th, 2014

What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in such foods as wheat, spelt, Kamut, rye and barley1. Although it may not be a serious concern for many, for millions of American, and about 1% of the worldwide population2, gluten triggers a cascade of autoimmune reactions that can result in...

7 Vitamins and Nutrients for Healthy Teeth and Gums Feb 7th, 2014

How to Have Healthy Teeth and Gums? We need healthy teeth and gums to eat nutritious foods. And we need to eat nutritious foods for healthy teeth. Your teeth and gums are a part of your body, and as every other part, need great nutrition to have healthy teeth and...

Best Dental Care Tips During Pregnancy Jan 7th, 2014

Dental Care for Expecting Moms We see a lot of expecting or new mothers in my practice. Most often the number 1 goal for them is the health and wellness of the baby. One of the most crucial components of expecting moms’ health that needs special attention is actually their...