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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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Father’s Day Zoom! Teeth Whitening Promotion June 2018

To our dear patients:

In honor of Father’s Day and the amazing people you are, 3V Dental Associates would like to offer you a fabulous ZOOM!  Teeth Whitening Special! Call today, make your appointment for any day in June, and receive your bleaching treatment for $349! That’s it!

Appointments book up fast so give us a call today at 516-944-7000!

(Regularly priced $699, please mention this offer when scheduling)

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10 Foods that Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Getting a brighter smile is something we all try to do every single day, but did you know that you don’t always have to spend money on professional teeth whitening services and over-the-counter whitening trays to accomplish whiter teeth? There are several at-home methods that work for teeth whitening naturally, but one of the best ways is to simply eat foods that will help make your teeth whiter.

However, if all else fails 3V Dental is proud to offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening at our Port Washington dental office. Oh, and we also have a special promotion for teeth whitening too!

Here are 10 foods that naturally whiten your teeth.

1. Oranges

Throughout the day, your mouth collects and holds on to acid that leads to tooth decay if not washed our brushed out. Eating an orange will help keep the acid neutral and protect your mouth from decay while tasting delicious.

2. Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts exfoliate your teeth and help keep away stains and buildup. They act as a way to brush your teeth without having to actually brush your teeth.

3. Strawberries

Malic acid is a key component in strawberries that helps to diminish the appearance of stains on your teeth, even though they might not look like the best option to eat for tooth whitening due to the red color.

4. Celery And Carrots

Celery and carrots both have a high amount of water, so they are helpful in keeping your mouth fresh and clean as they wash out buildup on your teeth.

5. Broccoli

Ever look at a head of this veggie and notice how rough it looks and how it would be a great scrubber if you were trying to get foods off of a plate? Well, eating broccoli will do the same thing to your teeth and help keep foods off and your mouth clean. It is essentially brushing your teeth without having to go to the sink or use toothpaste!

6. Apples

Every time you eat an apple, you are making your gums stronger with each bite you take. The high levels of water help to clean out your mouth and help you to produce more saliva.

7. Baking Soda

If you are looking for a way to reduce the number of stains or plaque buildup on your teeth, try brushing with baking soda as it works to bleach your teeth without being too harsh.

8. Cheese

Cheese is a great snack choice because it is full of calcium that helps keep your teeth and gums strong. There is a milk protein that is called casein that helps to keep the number of minerals that are lost due to tooth enamel to a minimum.

9. Onions

Due to the not-so-pleasant smell you might have in your mouth after eating one, you might need to brush anyways, but eating an onion keeps plaque from building up on your teeth and gums. The onion trick only works if you are consuming an onion that has not been cooked yet.

10. Milk And Dairy

Yogurt and milk are great options to help keep your teeth white because they have lactic acid and mineral calcium that helps keep the enamel of your teeth healthy and strong.

Taking advantage of all of the above natural teeth whitening methods is an important step towards naturally whiter teeth. To schedule a teeth whitening consultation at our office, contact us today!

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Press Release: 3V Dental Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings

Local Long Island Dental Practice Offers Oral Cancer Screenings At No Cost

Port Washington, New York – April 12, 2018 – 3V Dental Associates, a general and cosmetic dentist in Port Washington, NY offers free oral cancer screenings during the month of April to build awareness during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week runs from April 8 through April 15, but 3V Dental Associates plans to offer screenings for the entire month of April. The offer is open to existing patients, as well as new patients. To take advantage of the offer simply mention this press release.

“Oral cancer is on rise and a good bit of cancers can be detected in the mouth first. It is very important to visit your dental office for regular cleanings and be sure to ask for an oral cancer screening once a year” says 3V Dental Associates’ Dr. Irina Kellerman-Volk

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 49,750 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the U.S. every day will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer, and that one person every hour of the day will die from oral cancer. While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus.

“3V Dental Associates would like to take the opportunity to get involved and give back to our local community in hopes to raise oral cancer awareness and the need for early detection in order to save lives.”

3V Dental Associates serves patients in all of Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and New York City, and their dentistry practice has been a fixture of Port Washington for over 15 years. The practice offers many services from check-ups and cleanings to fillings and dentures. 3V Dental Associates also provides cosmetic dental services such as Invisalign® and veneers.

To schedule your oral cancer screening, contact 3V Dental Associates today at (516) 944-7000 or visit the website 3VDental.com.

3V Dental Associates is located at 91 Main St. Port Washington, NY 11050

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The Importance of Gum Health

Maintaining healthy gums is not only paramount to exhibiting aesthetically-pleasing personal qualities such as a nice smile but also may have far reaching consequences in determining an individual’s overall health and well-being in both the near and distant future. This short article will highlight several ways in which the gums can impact general bodily health. Remember, our Port Washington dentist office specializes in oral care and gum health. Be sure to schedule your annual checkup with one of our dentists today for a full screening on gum health!

Oral Health

Failure to regularly perform oral care maintenance actions like tooth brushing, utilizing floss to remove food and other particles that may collect between the teeth and receiving regular and thorough dental and periodontal checkups can precipitate two types of gum infections known respectively as gingivitis and periodontitis. Though considered a mild oral malady, gingivitis can elicit several bothersome symptoms such as gums that are swollen, red, sensitive and easily susceptible to bleeding. Should this disease not be adequately managed, it could be the harbinger of the more serious oral ailment periodontitis, which precipitates more painful manifestations of the symptoms associated with gingivitis and can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Nutritional Intake and the Impact on Your Gums

Should gum disease progress, a stricken individual might notice pain while eating and drinking or may find performing actions like chewing difficult. In instances where he or she has experienced a significant degree of tooth loss, consuming certain foods altogether might be challenging. Prolonged eating challenges might precipitate problems that could one day manifest in a host of nutritional deficiencies and other diseases.

Prevent Infection with Improved Gum Health

People with gum disease often have an increased concentration of bacteria circulating throughout their mouths. In some cases, especially in individuals with weakened immune systems, this bacteria can spread beyond the mouth, enter the bloodstream and potentially cause infection to a vital organ or bodily region.

Prevent Heart And Circulation Problems with Better Gum Care

Scientific studies conducted have shown the bacteria that enters the bloodstream via the oral route may also precipitate inflammation, or swelling in the areas of the body in which it collects. One region these microbial organisms are believed to collect is in and around the blood vessels in the heart. Eventually, this process could lead to atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries, which may contribute to heart attacks and interrupted circulation.

Diabetes May be Prevented

Other scientific research has concluded that uncontrolled blood sugar may lead to oral maladies. Diabetes typically causes a thickening of the blood vessels which can result in a decrease in the body’s ability to eliminate waste products such as the plaque and bacteria that builds up on teeth.

Other Conditions

Poor oral care is also believed to potentially contribute to other medical conditions such as premature birth, respiratory ailments, and low birth-weight in infants born to stricken mothers.

How Gum Disease Can Be Avoided

The best way to avoid oral maladies is to devote significant attention to maintaining oral care. Most dentists recommend brushing of the teeth at least several times per day and flossing after each meal. In addition, dentists and periodontists recommend that their patients receive routine oral and periodontal checkups. However, should any significant dental or periodontal malady develop, patients might need to prevent the spread of such ailments by undergoing more aggressive forms of non-surgical gum treatments such as gum laser treatments.

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The Importance in Getting Your Bite Right!

There are many reasons for straightening your teeth. Most want their teeth to be straight strictly for cosmetic reasons. It is always good for your self-esteem to look your best, but there are many more reasons to have straight teeth then simply vanity. A correct bite can lead to an overall healthier body. The Invisalign system is an excellent way to achieve a healthier and more attractive smile. These amazing clear braces are hardly noticeable, and they can straighten your teeth comfortably and conveniently. At 3V Dental Associates, a Port Washington dentist, we’re proud to offer Invisalign as one of our many cosmetic dentist services.  The following are just a few of the benefits you’ll find once you try the Invisalign system.

A Better Bite

Straight teeth provide an over-all better bite. Having an overbite or an under bite can create excessive wear on the teeth over time. It can also lead to problems with your jaw or even your breathing. In addition, teeth that are crowded, crooked, or jetting out can cause red, swollen, bleeding gums. This is often the result of not being able to properly brush and floss.

Healthier Teeth

Straight teeth are naturally healthier. They are less likely to develop cavities, fractures from uneven wear, or become discolored because they are easier to brush. The gums will be healthier too as flossing is simpler. This means you are less likely to suffer from periodontal disease. Teeth that are straight and healthy won’t be as sensitive to heat and cold either, and the risk of expensive and painful dental problems is lowered.

Improved Self-Esteem

Many of us still want to straighten our teeth just to feel better about ourselves. It may sound superficial, but your appearance truly does matter. A bright and healthy smile can lead to advantages such as better job opportunities, the ability to make more money, and being able to attract people into your life more easily. Think of your smile as a reflection of who you are.

Potential for a Longer Life

One of the best reasons to try Invisalign is that you could potentially live a longer life. People that floss every day may live an additional seven years longer. Flossing is easy if there is room to floss. Crowded and crooked teeth can make it an impossible task. A study done by the American Journal of Cardiology in 2009 shows that those suffering from gum disease will have a 24 – 35% greater chance of experiencing coronary artery disease. Straighter teeth are easier to brush and floss which reduces the chance of gum disease.

Reduce Fractures

Teeth that protrude can break easily from sports related injuries, accidental falls, and rough housing. By using the convenience and comfort of the Invisalign system to straighten your teeth and reposition protruding teeth back in the mouth, you will be less likely to fracture them. Of course, a mouth guard is always recommended when playing sports to keep your smile protected.

 

For more information on Invisalign, or to schedule a dentist visit, please contact our team today!

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How to Avoid Those Pesky Coffee and Tea Stains!

For many people coffee and tea are as essential as the air we breath. Their mornings just cannot start without a little zip from the caffeine. As wonderful as these drinks make us feel, our teeth don’t enjoy them quite as much as we do. If consumed often enough, coffee and tea can leave stains on your teeth making them look dull and dirty. Fortunately there are ways to maintain your pearly whites without sacrificing your favorite caffeinated beverages!

Brush Your Teeth More Often

This may sound like a no-brainer, but dentists confirm that brushing your teeth immediately after you drink coffee or tea can help reduce stains tremendously. You should brush before and after your morning beverage of choice, and again in the afternoon if you decide to imbibe. Use a toothpaste that is designed to whiten your teeth. The more often you brush, the better chance you have at keeping your teeth sparkly white.

Use a Straw

Let’s be clear here, this advice should only be followed if you are drinking a cold beverage. Do NOT drink warm beverages through a straw as you run the risk of burning your throat. If you drink iced beverages through a straw, your teeth don’t have as much contact with the liquids, and reduces your chances of staining. Combine this tip with regular brushing for extra protection.

Rinse and Repeat

Chasing your favorite caffeinated beverage with a big old glass of water can help keep your teeth looking their best. Drinking water immediately after consuming your latte can help rinse away the compounds in these popular caffeinated beverages that discolor your teeth. If you don’t have access to your tooth brush after drinking that afternoon latte, keep a small bottle of mouth wash with you.

Go to the Dentist Regularly

Keeping up with regular teeth cleanings will help keep your teeth white as snow. You should strive to follow your dentist’s advice and floss your teeth as often as you can. Practicing good oral hygiene is important to making sure your mouth is as healthy as possible, and a bright white smile is a happy by-product of that!

Get Your Teeth Whitened

If the stains get out of hand, talk to your dentist about having a cosmetic teeth whitening procedure. Our team of wonderful dentists can help you decide if this procedure is right for you. Teeth whitening is a safe and painless process. Your dentist will use a special type of bleach that is designed to get rid of those pesky dark spots. The procedure is relatively quick and you can expect to be in and out of our office within a couple of hours!

We can also help you decide if at-home whitening trays are a good option for you. These trays will produce good results, but take much longer than in-office procedures. Whichever option you chose, remember that it is very possible to have a dazzling smile without giving up your daily caramel macchiato!

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Teeth Cleaning for that Perfect Smile

Caring for your teeth is both a medical and cosmetic issue. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and problems in your mouth can create or indicate problems in other parts of your body. That’s why proper dental care, including cleanings, is critical. But if you don’t know what to expect from a dental exam or cleaning, going to the dentist can be intimidating, and possibly even downright scary.

We want to ease your mind prior to your visit as much as possible. We hope the information provided on this page will make you feel better about what’s coming, and make you feel more confident about scheduling your appointment.

Why you need regular cleanings

The mouth is under a lot of stress. You use it to eat, to drink, to talk, and in some cases, you even grind your teeth. All of these things take a toll on your body. Proper brushing, flossing and rinsing at home goes a long way toward keeping your mouth healthy, but even with the best at-home care, tartar and plaque can still build up. Regular cleanings remove this tartar and plaque before it can create a problem elsewhere in the body. Regular cleanings and dentist visits also ensure that we can catch cavities before they destroy the tooth, and allow us to simply assess the overall health of your mouth.

What to expect from a cleaning

First, the dentist will do a general examination of your mouth, looking for tooth decay or gum disease, and possibly order X-rays to look for signs of problems that aren’t visible.

After that, the hygienist looks for cavities and any fillings you already have to ensure their integrity is still intact. She’ll then use special tools to remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth. As she does these things, she’ll keep you informed of her findings, letting you know where problems exist, and what you can do to improve or prevent them going forward. She may use a polishing compound and apply a fluoride treatment to finish up.

Cleanings typically don’t hurt, but if you’re anxious, let us know so we can help you with that. A regular dental exam and cleaning is critical to your overall health, as well as your visual appearance, so it’s important you don’t delay. Our energetic and enthusiastic Port Washington dental staff is eager to assist you with your dental health, so come check out our office. If the atmosphere and local feel don’t put you at ease, talking with one of our experienced staff will.

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What to Know About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as tooth or adhesive bonding is a quick and painless in-office procedure that can take as little as a few hours with one dental office visit. This dental procedure is often completed without anesthesia, and is often considered one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures.

In 1955, Dr. Michael Buonocore wrote a paper about the procedure that started a revolution in the industry for a better alternative in dental care. Over the years, the process has improved and come a long way to being a less invasive treatment for a lower cost.

What Is Adhesive Bonding?

The adhesive is usually a resin-based composite made from dimethacrylate monomers and filler materials like silica that are insoluble, very pliable, and can match the color of your teeth. When applied to the affected area, it can repair or restore one or more teeth. Once your dentist forms the resin to the shape of the needed repair, he will shine a blue light to cure or harden the resin so it stays in place. The curing light is at a 450 to 490nm wavelength, which gives it the blue color.

Conditions for Dental Bonding Treatment

Using the dental bonding procedure to repair your teeth can save you money and will last anywhere from three to ten years. The resin and curing process is sturdy enough for chewing and do not break down with your saliva. A few instances of use would be:

  • Fill cavities.
  • Close gaps.
  • To change the shape or lengthen a tooth.
  • Repair discoloration or brightening.
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth.
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Dental Bonding Before and After

The treatment process is fast, easy, and pain-free for most individuals. With the resins and light spectrum used in today’s procedures, this is a great way to fix your smile.

What to Expect During the Treatment

Nothing special needs to be done on your part before arriving at the office. You will be shown to a private room where your dentist will perform the treatment. Most of the time anesthesia is not needed.

The dentist will clean the tooth and use a palate to match the color to the rest of your teeth. The surface is roughened before washing with a conditioning liquid. The resin will be molded into the affected area and smoothed to the necessary shape. A blue light will be applied to harden the resin and cement it to the surface for a few moments before polishing.

Complete Dental Bonding in One Office Visit

The entire procedure is done in one visit at our Port Washington dental office and can be accomplished over your lunch hour. From start to finish, the treatment usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. There are no restrictions, and you may return to work immediately. Our office is friendly, is centrally located in the town of Port Washington, and we treat all of our patients like they’re our only patient. Call today! We are happy to answer any questions and make an appointment for you.

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Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be very distressing, not only can this cause physical pain, but it can also make you self-conscious. Fortunately, there are treatment options. Our experienced dentists will determine which option will work best for you based on the type of damage that has occurred. Read on to learn about the different ways to repair a damaged or chipped tooth below:

Dental Bonding to Repair a Chipped Tooth

Dental Bonding can be used to fix a small, cosmetic chip. In this procedure, composite material is molded over the unaffected part of the tooth to repair the damage. First, the remaining enamel is roughened up to better adhere to the composite. The composite is then shaped and set with a blue light to harden the material. Bonding can last for up to 10 years for small, superficial chips.

Veneers to Fix a Cracked Tooth

A veneer may be used when a cracked tooth results in significant damage. Veneers are porcelain covers for the front of your tooth, that provide a smooth, natural look. Typically veneers can last up to 30 years with proper care, although they may not be recommended for teeth grinders. To install a veneer, some of the tooth structure is removed to eliminate bulk. Your dentist will then take impressions that will help the lab create a natural looking veneer. You will then be fitted with a temporary veneer until your porcelain veneer is ready to be bonded onto the front of the damaged tooth.

Crowns Can Be Used to Fix a Chipped Tooth Too

Crowns are used when a tooth is significantly damaged or causes pain when drinking or chewing. Crowns are porcelain caps that cover the entire surface of the damaged tooth to improve its appearance and prevent the loss of the tooth. First, the tooth is prepared by removing some of the structures to accommodate the crown. Next, your dentist will take impressions that the lab uses to create the permanent crown. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready. The permanent crown is cemented to the remaining tooth structure.

Chipped teeth can result from many different causes which may lead to pain and emotional distress. Fortunately, there are several ways to repair the damage and restore your beautiful smile. With proper care, many of these treatment options may last several years without needing to be replaced. Let our friendly, experienced dentists and dental staff help you find the best treatment option for your damaged tooth.

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