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Free Printable Teeth Brushing Schedule for Kids

Give your kids a new reason to stay on track when brushing their teeth daily. Download and print this fun checklist and keep it close to your kid’s toothbrush. Have them check each box every time they brush their teeth. Hopefully they’re checking two boxes per day!! With your help your kids will be on their way to being “Dental All-Stars!”

Just click the image below to open a PDF version and print away!

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How to Maintain Oral Care While Pregnant

Oral Health During Pregnancy

Maintaining good oral health is important for everyone regardless of age or life circumstances. Pregnant women, or those planning to become pregnant, are no exception. Oral health refers to healthy teeth, gums, and jawbones and plays a major role in the quality of life. According to the American Dental Association, it is important for a woman who is considering getting pregnant to schedule a dental assessment with their local dentist prior to becoming pregnant. Dentists want their patients to understand that it is important to take proper care of teeth and gums every day, but they require special attention while pregnant.

How Does Being Pregnant Affect Oral Health?

Many hormonal changes take place during a woman’s pregnancy that can have an effect on teeth and gums. The amount of harmful bacteria increases in the mouth during pregnancy. Dental plaque buildup increases causing gums to become sore and irritated. Women who suffer from morning sickness find that vomiting introduces acid into the mouth that may cause tooth enamel to erode over time. It is important to brush the teeth after each episode to rinse away this harmful acid. Brushing itself is problematic for some women because the smell and taste of toothpaste sometimes induces morning sickness. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to serious gum disease. Changes in the diet early in pregnancy and reduced attention to proper mouth care can result in the serious gum disease gingivitis. Ignoring or postponing professional teeth cleaning may aggravate periodontal disease during pregnancy. Improper brushing and flossing can lead to tooth decay that needs immediate attention.

Do I need to Tell My Dentist I Am Pregnant?

It is important to tell your dentist you are pregnant before receiving any type of dental care. Pregnancy is a medical condition that the dentist needs to know about in order to keep medical records up-to-date and accurate. Most dental procedures can be performed without issues during pregnancy, but the dentist needs to be aware of your condition before making dental decisions. Pregnancy should have very little effect on routine dental visits, but the dentist may take extra precautions when taking X-rays or prescribing medication. Your dentist should always be informed about any medical condition that might have a detrimental effect on your dental well-being.

Is it Safe to do Dental Work during Pregnancy?

Being pregnant should not be a reason to eliminate having dental work done. Preventive dental work may even be more important for an expectant mother, who must try to avoid gum diseases and other infections during pregnancy. Many pregnant women are concerned about having X-rays taken at annual exams and question their safety. The truth is that a single diagnostic X-ray does not expose a person to enough radiation to cause any adverse effects, even in a pregnant patient. According to the American College of Radiology, dental X-rays are safe for a pregnant mother when appropriate shields are in place. The risk of developing a serious gum disease is a greater threat when dental exams are put on hold during pregnancy. All preventive dental work is highly recommended and safe for most pregnant women. Most dentists advise avoiding elective dental procedures such as teeth whitening during pregnancy. In order to avoid any adverse effect on the developing baby during dental work, dentists choose to use the smallest amount of anesthesia. Certain antibiotics are considered safe to use to prevent infections in pregnant women. Penicillin and clindamycin are two of the most common medications that can be taken safely during pregnancy.

Dental Guidelines for Pregnant Patients

A normal pregnancy does not preclude routine dental work in most cases. According to the American Dental Association, preventive dental maintenance and annual exams are recommended during pregnancy. These essential dental exams can spot infections or gum diseases before they become a problem. Failing to practice good dental hygiene during pregnancy can cause damage to the teeth and contribute the onset of gum disease. Problems should be treated in a timely manner, especially advanced tooth decay. If extensive dental work is required during pregnancy, it is best to wait until the second trimester. To be completely safe, any unnecessary procedures should not be completed until after the baby is born, unless pain is causing stress for the mother and baby. Sometimes a root canal or a badly damaged tooth cannot wait and are considered emergencies.

Pregnancy & Oral Care: The Basics

  • Continue dental checkups to have teeth checked and professionally cleaned on a periodic basis. Have needed dental work done
  • Maintain a healthy diet and eat calcium-rich foods. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eliminate most starchy foods
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration during pregnancy. Drinking water and eating ice chips can help relieve morning sickness and prevent vomiting that can cause acid in the mouth
  • Brush and floss teeth at least twice a day to prevent cavities and gum disease
  • Pregnancy is a Good Motivator to Begin Practicing a Healthy Lifestyle

Being pregnant is both scary and exciting. When a woman becomes pregnant, her primary focus becomes staying healthy and giving birth to a healthy child. Her physical, mental, and dental conditions become especially important. A pregnant woman who neglects to address dental issues is putting herself and her unborn child at risk. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than 50 percent of pregnant women do not see a dentist during pregnancy. Women who do practice good dental hygiene during pregnancy are reducing the risk of premature birth and ensuring a healthier baby with a healthy mother.

If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, and have questions that remain unanswered, contact our Port Washington dental office today and speak with one of our helpful team members today.

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Full Mouth Restoration and Reconstruction

What Can Patients Expect from a Full Mouth Restoration?

There are many components to the human mouth and each of these must work together in harmony for good oral health and proper function. When one of these components is damaged, malformed or unhealthy, the overall health and normal function of the mouth can become compromised. Since the mouth is the gateway to the body, taking care of it is a must.

When there are multiple oral health issues in place, individuals have the option of seeking a full mouth restoration. With a full mouth reconstruction performed by our experience cosmetic prosthodontist dentists here in Port Washington, individuals can see improved function and a greatly improved smile appearance. If your smile does not function properly or you have multiple cosmetic concerns that are making you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, a smile makeover is an option for treatment.

What Is a Full Mouth Restoration / Construction?

With so many different components of a smile, it stands to reason issues can arise. Whether a person is born with abnormalities and oral health concerns or they develop over time, a full dental reconstruction is beneficial. With this process, individuals can ensure all of their dental needs will be taken care of properly, whether they be cosmetic or functional in nature.

Reconstructive dentistry involves multiple procedures and treatments that are carried out in succession, to improve the function and appearance of a person’s smile. Although each of these treatments can be performed alone, multiple issues with a person’s smile will likely require a full mouth restoration. The following are some of the treatments involved in a smile makeover.

  • Replace missing teeth
  • Repair teeth that have been damaged
  • Correct the jaw alignment
  • Treat gum disease
  • Treat oral diseases
  • Replace older dental work

There are several branches of prosthodontal dentistry involved in a smile makeover. The steps involved are carried out precisely to ensure the final result offers better function and a brilliantly beautiful smile. The following are involved in the reconstruction.

  • Implant dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Neuromuscular dentistry
  • Orthondontics
  • Bruxism therapy

Some individuals may only need a couple of these services, while others may require multiple procedures to ensure their smile is made whole again. Each and every smile transformation process is custom-made for the unique needs of the patient. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be offered by our local Port Washington dentists.

While a smile reconstruction and makeover will use some of the same types of dental procedures for correction, they are carried out for different reasons. A makeover is done for mostly cosmetic reasons while reconstruction is carried out to return normal function to the mouth. Typically, reconstructions are more involved and require a lengthier process to accomplish.

Full Mouth Restoration / Reconstruction Process

The first step in the process is to schedule a comprehensive examination by our prosthodontist. During this examination, your dentist will carefully check the condition of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. All of the components of the mouth will be checked for signs of damage, malformation, or disease.

The dentist will make note of any cavities, tooth damage, or loose teeth. They will check all dental appliances to see if they need to be replaced. The dentist will determine if their patient will need any crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, or bridges. The way the teeth align and how the jaws meet will also be noted, so the dentist can determine if any orthodontic intervention will be needed. It often takes a concerted and combined effort to get the best final results.

The gums will be carefully examined to check for any signs of gum disease. When the health of the gums is deteriorating, the teeth will not be healthy and could be lost. When pockets of infection develop, tooth loosening often occurs. As a part of the smile makeover, gum disease must be treated if it is present.

The temporomandibular joints will be checked for wear and tear. A stable bite is crucial for preventing uneven wearing of the teeth and for preventing pain while biting and chewing. In some cases, surgery is necessary to replace the joints when they become overly worn. Dental appliances can also be used to ease discomfort and correct the alignment.

Aesthetics is a big part of a full mouth restoration. Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile they can feel confident showing off. The size, shape, and color of the teeth can be modified with various dental treatments. The dentist will check the appearance of the teeth and how they match with the gums and lips. Aesthetic changes can be made in many ways to bring about a more beautiful smile.

Aside from a full examination, the dentist will take X-rays, make impressions, and take photographs. These play a big part in charting the treatment plan for the restoration process. The dentist will take all of the garnered information into account when deciding on the right methods of treatment. Those who are wondering how long does the process take will find answers to their questions at the consultation.

Is Full Mouth Reconstruction / Restoration Painful?

Aside from wondering about the price and the length of time involved, many people are concerned about feeling pain. With today’s advancements in dental care, procedures are more comfortable than ever before and healing times are greatly reduced.

Using sedation dentistry, individuals can be kept comfortable at all times, so their procedure can be carried out with as little discomfort as possible. Most people are able to continue their normal routine as they go through the steps involved in a full mouth restoration.

How Much Can a Full Mouth Restoration Cost?

There are many factors that will determine the price of a full mouth restoration. Obviously, the more treatments that are needed, the higher the cost. Many people who go through smile restorations will need work done to every tooth in the mouth.

Prices vary across the nation and depending on the dental office, and most cases are unique and customized to each of our dental patients. Some of the cost of the treatments may be taken care of by the patient’s dental insurance plan. In most cases, insurance will pay for some costs that are necessary for protecting the health of the mouth and restoring function. Dental insurance typically does not pay for any cosmetic dental treatments unless the patient has purchased a special plan.

For those who are concerned about the cost of a smile reconstruction, inquire with our dental office regarding payment plan options that can help to ease the financial burden. Before a patient becomes overly concerned about the cost, they should first discover their options, so they can learn about the steps that will need to be taken.

How Long Can I Expect the Mouth Restoration Process to Take?

The smile reconstruction process varies from patient to patient. These restorations are tailored to each patient. Most individuals will need more than one treatment, depending on the severity of their functional and cosmetic dental concerns.

The vast majority of 3V Dental’s full mouth restoration patients should plan on their reconstruction or makeover taking about one month. From that point, our dental team just needs to make adjustments to ensure you’re comfortable with your new smile. Orthodontic and surgical interventions can increase the time it will take for the process to be complete.

Patience is important because the steps can sometimes seem slow in the process, but each one is bringing an individual closer to their desired end result.

Once your dentist has drawn up the plan of care for their patient, they will be better able to tell how long the process will take. Although it can be lengthy, most people do not mind the wait times because they know their smile is going to look amazing. Simply viewing the before and after photos gives people the drive to keep going towards reaching their goal.

Full Mouth Reconstruction / Restoration Before and After

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3V Dental Can Make Your Smile Beautiful

Tired of looking in the mirror and being embarrassed about your smile appearance? Do you have oral health issues that are causing you pain and making eating and talking uncomfortable? With a consultation mouth restoration appointment, you can learn about the latest advancements in dental technology that can allow your entire smile to be overhauled. Not only will you experience better function and the protection of your oral health, but you will also see your smile completely transformed.

If you are ready to experience a more functional and beautiful smile than you ever thought was possible, give our Port Washington office a call today and schedule your appointment. At your consultation, you will learn about your treatment options, the price, and what you can expect from the process.

We love seeing smiles transformed and once you have your smile makeover carried out, you will not be able to stop smiling at the world. Allow us to show you what can be done with our extensive before and after photos of fully satisfied patients.

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Five of the Most Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Here at 3V Dental Associates in Port Washington, we pride ourselves on the ability to improve everyone’s smile, one appointment at a time. While we champion visiting our dental team at least once a year for your annual dental cleaning and checkup, we’re proud to offer some of the best cosmetic dentistry services in Port Washington and Long Island!

Cosmetic dentistry is a form of professional dental care that focuses on improving your smile. In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is an elective service rather than an essential dental service, but many cosmetic dental services provide restorative benefits as well!

Below are just a few cosmetic dentistry services we provide at our Port Washington dental office.

Inlays and Onlays

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Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect filings. Indirect filings are made in a dental lab, and are used in cases when the tooth can no longer support a traditional dental filing.

Inlays and onlays are made from composite resin and attached to the tooth with dental cement. This form of cosmetic dentistry provides support to help strengthen and restore the teeth, while being proactive against further tooth decay.

Bonding

Bonding, or composite bonding, is a commonly used cosmetic dental procedure when repair of a decayed, damaged, or discolored tooth is needed. Bonding allows for your dentist to drill out your tooth decay, then they’ll apply the composite onto your tooth’s surface. From there, your cosmetic dentist shapes or sculpts the composite into the correct shape. Essentially, this form of bonding covers the damage to your tooth and provides the cosmetic appearance of a healthy tooth.

Did you know that dental bonding is one of the more cost effective cosmetic dentistry procedures looking to reduce the negative appearance of the results of tooth decay, or chipped or cracked teeth?

Cosmetic Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are most commonly manufactured from ceramic, and provide a replica of your natural teeth. While veneers are manufactured and not natural teeth, they provide a practically spot-on replica of your natural teeth.

Some of the most common issues resolved by dental veneers are crooked or misaligned teeth, cracked or damaged enamel, or repairing gaps in one’s smile.

Teeth Whitening

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One of the most common and cost effective forms of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. We would all love to have a brighter, whiter smile, and 3V Dental makes that happen for hundreds of Port Washington teeth whitening patients each year!

At 3V Dental in Port Washington, our dental team uses Zoom! Teeth Whitening to bring your smile back to life.

Zoom! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.

Cosmetic Dental Implants

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Dental implants are a cosmetic dental procedure that’s used in the event there is tooth loss. Your cosmetic dentist here at 3V Dental inserts a small titanium screw into the jaw at the location of the missing tooth, which will be your anchor for your new dental implant. Dental implants are designed to match your current teeth, so they don’t stand out by looking overly fake.

Thinking about choosing a local cosmetic dentist for your next procedure? Contact our local Port Washington dental team today to schedule your cosmetic dental consultation.

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The Consequences of Thumb Sucking

The parents of many young children might recognize thumb sucking as an annoying habit that toddlers eventually outgrow. However, what Moms and Dads may not realize is that the relatively common habit can potentially yield several side effects impacting dental health. Fortunately, however, parents might also be able to employ certain method geared towards preventing or ceasing the act of thumb sucking. Questions about thumb sucking and how it can affect your child’s oral development? Check with your 3V Dental Port Washington Dentist!

The Side Effects Of Thumb Sucking

Tooth Misalignment

Children who suck their thumbs for extended durations, especially after age five or six (when they begin losing baby teeth and developing permanent ones) might be stricken with a condition that is medically referred to as dental malocclusion. In simpler terms, this means that the crucial oral components are moved out of position. These bad alignments can occur both the top and bottom front teeth (a condition known as open bite) and in the upper front choppers (referred to as overbite).

Not only do can these problems cause noticeable oral deformities but might also lead to issues affecting how the child’s face is shaped and said individual’s ability to smile. Should either of these conditions progress, impacted young persons might need corrective measures such as the installation of braces or be forced to undergo orthodontic work. To understand the full potential side effects of thumb sucking, ask your 3V Dental dentist how you can help prevent thumb sucking with your child.

Speech Problems

Thumb sucking has the potential to impact the proper formation of an affected child’s jaw (TMJ), tongue and palate. Eventually, the habit may result in lisping or other speech challenges that could precipitate speech and communications difficulties. In certain instances, speech problems could also result in scholastic struggles or social problems.

Damaged Skin

Long-standing thumb sucking could produce significant skin issues on the digit the child routinely places into said individual’s mouth. Continued exposure to the moisture created by saliva on the thumb in question could eventually cause skin sensitivities or damage such as cracked skin, sores and bleeding. Should skin problems progress, the child may be at an increased risk of developing skin infections that will require antibiotic treatment.

Increased Risk Of Mouth Or Other Bodily Infections

The skin on a child’s thumb might become exposed to toxins such as microbial elements and allergens that may eventually result in infections within the mouth or in other bodily regions.

How Can Parents Prevent Or Stop Thumb Sucking

Do Not Punish The Child Or Take An Aggressive Stance

Though the habit may be frustrating for parents to deal with, said individuals should not forcefully attempt to prevent their offspring from engaging in the activity, not should they yell or exhibit any other type of aggressive behavior. Such actions are more likely to cause increased tension and could even cause a young person to perform the habit more often.

Identify The Reasons The Child Engages In The Habit To Start With

On some occasions, children may suck their thumbs as a means of coping with stressful situations. If parents are able to identify what these tension-inducing circumstances are, said individuals might also be able to prevent their children from engaging in the activity.

Distract The Child’s Attention

When a parent notices their offspring engaging in the habit, some dentists recommend quickly attempting to distract their attention by giving said youths their favorite toy or turning their attention to some other kind of activity.

Cover The Child’s Thumb

A parent might find success covering the thumb or hands of the child in question with an item such as a sock or Band-Aid. This might be particularly effective for children known to suck their thumbs while sleeping.

Apply A Bitter-Tasting Medication Or Substance To The Child’s Thumb

If all other measures prove unsuccessful, parents might appeal to their dentists or family physicians who might prescribe a bitter-tasting substance that can be applied to the finger in question.

 

3V Dental is your local Port Washington dental team. For more information on how you can prevent or stop your child’d thumb sucking habit, schedule an appointment to speak with your dentist today. We’re more than happy to help!

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Oral Cancer Screening: What to Know and What to Expect

An oral cancer screening is performed by a doctor or dentist to look for any signs of the disease, or to search for precancerous symptoms in your mouth. Here at 3V Dental, our dentists can perform oral cancer screenings during your visit. Your screening can be performed as a form of preventative care, or in addition to your scheduled cleaning, exam, or during any service we provide.

The importance of an oral cancer screening is to detect issues at an early stage. It’s important to catch them early because at this point it is easier to remove it and it is more likely to be cured at an early stage. Some groups recommend screening while others don’t, since some groups don’t see any benefits. There are some risk factors that make testing more important. If you use tobacco of any kind, which includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco, you could be at a higher risk for oral cancer. Other factors to consider include heavy alcohol use, a previous oral cancer diagnosis, and a history of significant sun exposure, which can increase the risk of lip cancers. It’s important to ask your dentist why this screening is appropriate for you, as well as ways to reduce your risk of developing this disease. Unfortunately, this process can’t predict all mouth cancers, so it’s possible that a small percentage could go undetected. However, it’s still important to get screened.

Who Can Perform an Oral Cancer Screening?

Your dentist at 3V Dental will perform an exam during a scheduled dental visit. If a dentist notices something that could be precancerous, then he or she will refer you to a specialist for a biopsy.

What to Expect During Your Oral Cancer Examination

You don’t have to do anything to prepare for this exam. This examination is pretty quick and only takes about 60 seconds. During the exam, your doctor will check 10 places inside and around the mouth and look for lumps and irregular tissue changes. Your dentist will start by asking some questions about your health. Be open and honest with your dentist about any changes to your health. Even if you think these changes are small, they could be very important. Some of the questions could be about your regular dental hygiene routine, about any tobacco use, and if there are any symptoms, such as sores. You can feel free to ask any follow up questions. Once there are some general questions answered, the dentist will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in the neck, head, cheeks, and mouth cavity. The dentist will be looking for any sores or tissue that looks discolored. The dentist may use some other devices, such as rinses, dyes, or different types of lights, to detect any abnormal cells. Once the assessment is over, the dentist will discuss some findings. A test can’t diagnose this disease; it can only be diagnosed after a biopsy. Just because something looks abnormal doesn’t mean that you have this disease, which is why a medical professional will need to make the diagnosis.

How Is Oral Cancer Detected?

This disease is detected as part of a routine dental exam. Some of the things the dentist is looking for include red or white patches, a sore that bleeds easily or doesn’t heal after some time, any thick or hard spots or lumps, or a roughed or crusted area. Other symptoms that are important to discuss for detection include numbness, pain or tenderness, or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down. If there are any problems when swallowing, chewing, speaking, or moving the tongue or jaw, be sure to speak with your dentist.

There are certain oral cancer screening guidelines that have been developed by the American Dental Association, in order to perform this assessment. If something unusual appears during the screening, your dentist may reexamine you in one or two weeks to see if the sore has healed or to further evaluate your mouth. It’s possible to also just be referred to a specialist to determine your next steps.

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Reasons and Treatments for Grinding Your Teeth


Biting your nails, tapping a table with your fingers and fidgeting are all habits that many people share. They’re simply movements that occur when you’re thinking, actively bored or nervous about a situation. Grinding your teeth may be a habit also. If you notice teeth grinding as a regular occurrence in your life, it’s time to pay careful attention to it. The grinding action can damage your teeth. At 3V Dental Associates, a Port Washington NY dentist, patients often ask why they might grind their teeth and how they can prevent teeth grinding in the future. Let’s explore a bit more below…

Stress and Anxiety May Cause You to Grind Your Teeth

A common cause for teeth grinding is stress or anxiety. In today’s fast-paced world, there’s more stress than ever before. You might unconsciously clench your jaw and grind your teeth.

When this reaction is irregular, there’s no real need to worry. Serious treatment isn’t necessary because it’s more of a harmless habit. People who’re diagnosed with anxiety, however, may experience a different scenario.

People who’re constantly stressed out might find themselves with clenched jaws every day. The teeth cannot deal with that much force on the enamel. A prevention plan must be put into action. Ask your dentist how you can prevent teeth grinding. A common, non-invasive solution might be using a mouth guard, but it’s always best to check with your dentist first to ensure the teeth grinding is not related to something more severe.

Bruxism Diagnosis

If you’re noticing symptoms that point to teeth grinding, you may have an ailment called Bruxism. This term simply defines the activity of grinding your teeth as a real disease. You may not even notice that you’re clenching your jaw in the first place. For this reason, people who find themselves in this predicament should seek out treatment.

The average person with Bruxism will clench the jaw throughout the day. It’s an entirely involuntary action. Researchers are still trying to narrow down how or why this ailment occurs. At this point, the ailment is being considered as both a genetic and psychological phenomena.

Nighttime Teeth Grinding

It’s not unheard of for Bruxism-related symptoms to spill over into the evening hours. People who clench their jaw during the night have a different form of this disease. The symptoms of grinding the jaw are the same, but they occur as you sleep.

Most professionals see this ailment as a sleep-related disorder. It’s researched alongside sleep apnea and other issues. Nighttime grinding can go unnoticed until the teeth have significant damage. With enamel breaking down, the teeth can slowly wear down with chips and cracks in severe cases.

Concerning Side Effects from Teeth Grinding

Prevention is the key to a healthy smile once again. The side effects to continual grinding are significant. The jaw becomes tender and delicate as you try to chew food. Your teeth chip, crack and possibly fall out.

Your jawbone and facial structure also suffer. The bones may have damage that requires surgery or other procedure. Teeth grinding isn’t an ailment that can be ignored, especially if it’s a regular habit. The side effects are subtle and slow going, but they will cause permanent damage without professional help or advice from your dentist.

Your Local Dentist Can Help!

When your teeth grinding continues to be a problem, don’t hesitate to seek out a professional’s opinion. Contact 3V Dental today to talk to one of our dentists and get the treatment that’s right for you. Our professional team can spot dental problems from a mile away, so don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment if your teeth grinding is becoming a concern.

Be proactive about your attention to teeth grinding. If you notice a loved one with a similar issue, make them aware of the activity. Teeth can withstand a lot of pressure, but they aren’t immune to damage. Taking care of the cause of this ailment will solve many problems associated with it. A bright smile can be yours once again.

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How to Ease Your Child’s Fear or Anxiety of the Dentist

Regular dental visits are important for your child’s dental health and overall health. However, the fear of dentists can make an office visit very unpleasant. It is estimated that 20 percent of children suffer from dental anxiety. The good news is that there are things that you can do in order to ease your child’s anxiety.

Prepare Your Child for the Dental Visit

Many children are scared because they do not know what to expect. That is why it is a good idea to talk to your child before you take them to the dentist. You should let them know what to expect one week ahead of time. You do not want to wait until the last minute because this can worsen fears.

Choose Pediatric Dentists

All dentists are trained to work with patients of all ages. Pediatric dentists only work with patients who are under the age of 18. They complete an additional two years of training after they finish dental school. They know how to manage the fears in young patients. They can also design their office to make more kid-friendly.

Start Early and Have a Better Chance At Reducing Dental Anxiety

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The earlier a youngster is taken to the dental office, the easier it will be for them to adjust to the environment. There are several benefits that can be reaped from the taking your child to the dental office early. This not only helps them get used to the environment, but it can also help catch problems early.

Help Your Youngster Relax

You can help your child’s anxiety by helping them relax. There are several things that you can do in order to help them relax. You can encourage them to take deep breaths. Deep breathing helps instantly alleviate stress. Progressive muscle relaxation is another remedy that can be used in order to ease stress in the dental office.

This is something that can be done in the chair at the office. Your youngster will need to close their eyes and slowly relax all of the tense parts of the body. Not only can progressive relaxation be done at the office, but it can also be done at home.

Positive Reinforcement

Most children respond well to positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement can help in several ways. It can show a youngster that the dentist’s office is not a place that they have to fear. It can also show a youngster that if they are on their best behavior while at the dentist’s office, then they can expect a reward.

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You can give your youngster stickers, tattoos and baseball cards. You can also set up a token system. When your youngster gets a certain number of tokens, you can take them to get a reward.

Distract Them

Distracting your youngster can take their mind off of being at the dentist’s office. You can distract them with their favorite toy. You can also ask the dentist if they can bring a tablet in.

Don’t Tell That it Will Not Hurt

The pain is what scares most youngsters the most about going to the dentist’s office. Dental visits are pain-free most of the time. However, you should not tell your youngster that they will not have pain. If they happen to have pain during the exam and cleaning, then this may make them even more afraid to go to the dentist.

Don’t do a lot of Talking

It may be tempting to talk in order to calm your youngster down. However, you should let the dental professional do most of the talking. They can also help calm your youngster down.

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Improve Your Gum Health with These Simple Tips

We often think of brushing teeth and flossing as an essential routine for cosmetic reasons. However, we often overlook the care of our gums. Is taking care of gums different than caring for our teeth? If so, how do we maintain healthy gums? At 3V Dental we pride ourselves on oral health care, and love to share easy, helpful information that might help improve your oral health. Below are some easy tips, from our Port Washington Dental Team, to follow for improved gum health!

Reduce Bad Habits for Improved Gum Health

There are definitely substances that can increase your risk of gingivitis, even with regular dental visits and cleanings. For example, sugar can contribute to poor oral health. This is because the bacteria that help form plaque love sugar. Reducing the amount of sugar you consume will greatly improve your oral health in a natural way. Another important fact to consider is that tobacco consumption greatly increases your risk of gum disease. Ceasing tobacco use will make oral care easier and have the added benefit of cosmetic improvements.

Keep A Regular Dental Routine

You can’t expect to have healthy gums if you aren’t making a concerted effort to remove plaque. The truth is that our mouths are the perfect environment for many bacteria to thrive in. They are at a warm temperature and have foods, like sugar, that bacteria can feed off of. This is precisely why we’re always preached to about brushing and flossing. Brushing twice a day will certainly help you to keep a clean mouth but if you’re able to brush after every meal or after consuming harmful substances, it will help even more. Many people admit to skipping the flossing part of their daily routine because it can be a bit more time consuming. However, if you aren’t flossing your teeth on a daily basis, you’re allowing bacteria to settle in the crevices of your teeth. Ultimately, this will deteriorate the health of your mouth by causing cavities or gingivitis.

Many people also benefit from the daily use of an oral rinse. These can be helpful because they can reach additional areas you may have missed and break down bacteria that may be opportunistically hiding. You should always consult your dentist for personalized recommendations about oral care products because sensitivity level, bone health, and implants should all be considered. In general, most dentists will recommend a toothpaste with fluoride because they will be the most effective in eliminating bacteria.

Schedule Regular Oral Health Exams

You may pride yourself on how well you maintain your oral care routine at home. You may brush, floss, and rinse like clockwork and never have suffered a cavity. It is still critical that you maintain a routine with your 3V dentist for a cleaning though. With the latest technology, and dental equipment, our dentists can approach your mouth from an outside perspective. This allows them to achieve a deeper clean than even a flawless routine can achieve. Did you know that 3V Dental also offers non-surgical gum treatments? For more information, see here.

Improve Gum Health Naturally

The consumption of vitamin C can help you to prevent disease. Most people are aware that vitamin C can help you fight minor illnesses like the common cold by boosting your immune system. It works pretty much the same way for oral health. The healthier your gums are to begin with and the more prepared the immune system is, the better it will be at combating bacteria. Vitamin C also strengthens soft tissue, which is what largely what your mouth is made of. It is important to note that if you’re between appointments and are concerned about infection, check the area for redness, swelling, tenderness, and test the attachment to the teeth. These can all be warning signs of infection.

Gum health should be important to you and your family, so take pride in understanding the factors that may affect your gums and oral hygiene. Be sure to schedule a yearly visit to our Port Washington dental office at minimum for healthy teeth and gums!

Our Port Washington Dental Office Contact Information:

91 Main St.
Port Washington, NY 11050
**Additional 5 hour parking available around the corner.
(Make a right directly after Carlo’s Pizza)**

Phone :516-944-7000

Fax :516-944-4003

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What Does it Mean When Your Tongue is…

If you’re like me, you probably take your tongue’s color for granted. We have an image of what a tongue should look like, but what happens when your tongue’s color or texture is no longer in-line with what you THINK it should be? There are actually many health conditions that can affect the look and feel of your tongue. So if you tongue is not a healthy looking pink, say “ahhhh” in the mirror and take some notes. You may be able to spot an illness or medical condition based on what you see in the mirror! At 3V Dental we take dental and oral health care very serious. If you have any questions about your oral or tongue’s health, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is White?

If you can’t remove the white coating from your tongue with frequent brushing of your teeth or by rinsing your mouth, then the papillae on the tongue are likely contaminated with bacteria. This bacterial overgrowth is a buildup that occurs between the papillae of your tongue, and it is often difficult to remove. To remove this debris, you should use an antibacterial mouthwash and a tongue scraper several times a day.

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is Black?

When you notice a black hairy growth on your tongue, it is likely caused by yeast or bacteria on your tongue. The papillae on your tongue can become contaminated and irritated, causing the taste buds to lengthen and grow rather than shedding from the tongue’s surface. It is important to take medication for this condition so that the bacteria and yeast don’t infect your mouth’s gum tissue or alveolar bones. If you notice that your tongue is black, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation.

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is Red?

You can develop a red tongue from eating or drinking certain types of foods or beverages, but this condition can also occur from chronic inflammation inside your mouth or throat. The antibiotic treatment to cure strep throat can also make your tongue’s surface turn red. If you have white patches on top of an inflamed tongue, then you probably have oral thrush. To eliminate a yeast infection, you will need specialized medication to destroy the fungus.

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is Bumpy?

If you have a bumpy tongue, then something is irritating your mouth, causing an allergic reaction. Alternatively, you may have burned your tongue with a hot beverage or a spicy food, and the papillae on the tongue’s surface can swell and become tender. In most cases, the bumps will disappear within a few days, but occasionally, bumps on the tongue can indicate that you have cancer inside your mouth. However, before thinking the worst, contact our Port Washington office today to speak with an oral care consultant.

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is Coated?

A coated tongue will have a pale surface from an overgrowth of bacteria or because the papillae on the surface of your tongue are inflamed. You might have a coating on your tongue when you have a severe sore throat that is frequently caused by streptococcal bacteria. This coating on your tongue causes a foul and distinctive odor that is repellent. You will probably have a bad taste in your mouth when you have a coated tongue.

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is Fuzzy?

When your tongue feels fuzzy, you may want to visit a dentist for a professional teeth-cleaning procedure. The debris that collects on your tongue is made from dead skin cells, bacteria and food particles, and if your tongue has fuzziness, then it indicates that you aren’t brushing and flossing enough. Not only should you have your teeth cleaned to remove the bacteria, but also, you need to buy a plastic tongue scraper to keep your tongue cleaner.

What Does It Mean When Your Tongue Is Wrinkled?

During your examination for gum disease or cavities, a dentist can determine if you have a scrotal-type of tongue condition that causes deep fissures that makes it look wrinkly. Seeing a wrinkled tongue is one of the signs of having a serious infection in the mouth or body. It is also a symptom of having severe malnutrition that can affect the health of your alveolar bones, gum tissue or teeth. In most cases, this tongue condition is painless in the beginning, but it indicates that you must improve your daily diet to boost your immune system.

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