December 9, 2016
High Sugar Holiday Food

Holiday Dishes with the worst sugar content

Many of us know that consuming too much sugar can lead to cavities. During the holidays in Suffolk County,  we are all tempted to consume all of those delicious treats that surround us. Although these treats can be quite delicious they might not be the best for the health of your teeth or your health at all. There are many holiday dishes that should be avoided for the benefit of both your teeth and your waistline; Flavored popcorn is one of them. It’s one of the cheapest, and yummiest things to give out at your holiday party. The problem is […]
November 16, 2016

2016 Commack Coalition of Caring 5K

We had a great time at last month’s Commack Coalition of Caring 5K! Our staff volunteered their time and handed out water bottles at the race finish line.
November 16, 2016

2016 Halloween Candy Buy Back

  Our 2016 Halloween Candy Buy Back was a success!  Thank you to everyone who participated in our Halloween Candy Buy Back. We donated  553 lbs of candy to Long Island Cares. Children who donated, received $1 for every pound of candy with a maximum of $5 given.
November 11, 2016
Suffolk County Mouthguard Dentist

Does your child athlete use a mouthguard?

Everyday, if you are a hygienic person, you brush your teeth and maybe even floss. It’s not a secret that taking care of your teeth is incredibly important and is constantly stressed for as long as you can remember. If you play sports that have any sort of contact, whether it be football, rugby, or basketball, you should wear a mouthguard, and more specifically, one that is customized or molded to your mouth. There is a difference between buying a mouthguard at a store and getting one from the dentist, however. This is because the ones bought from a store […]
October 14, 2016
Commack Pediatric Dentist

When to take your child to the dentist

When you have a baby, you may be asking questions like, “When should I begin taking them to the doctor?” However, the question of when to take them to the dentist seems to be overlooked. Going to the dentist is important and getting your child to go early in life is in not only yours, but also your child’s best interest. It is recommended that you take your child to the dentist approximately six months after the emergence of their first tooth. By taking your child to the dentist at such a young age is the best way to help […]
September 15, 2016
Suffolk County Arestin Dentist

Reasons you may need Arestin

The conditions of the mouth make it a perfect place for bacteria to grow and live. Everyone’s mouth is full of bacteria, only with other particles in the mouth form plaque on your teeth that may not always be visible. To help get rid of that plaque, you can brush and floss your teeth, but when the plaque on your teeth isn’t removed it may harden and then turn into what is called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed from brushing and flossing, a dentist or dental hygienist is the best way to remove this hardened plaque from your teeth. If […]
August 11, 2016
Commack Dentist

The benefits of using a water flosser in your everyday routine.

Dental hygiene is a very important part of taking care of yourself. Making sure you take the proper precautions by doing everything you can during your regular, everyday routine will leave you with great dental health and help you avoid painful complications down the line. One thing in particular that everyone should use in his or her daily routine is a water flosser. Along with regular flossing, the benefits of a water flosser are endless. Every year there are many people that suffer from various degrees of detail hygiene issues including gingivitis and periodontitis. Using a water flosser reduces your […]
July 7, 2016
Long Island Dentist

The differences between a dental bridge and a dental crown.

Your teeth are important to your overall appearance and your self-esteem. Bonnie Helfner DDS in Commack believes in providing you with the best overall appearance so that you have good oral hygiene as well as a beautiful smile. If you are missing teeth, odds are you’ve probably considered getting a bridge. Or if you have a badly damaged tooth that is causing pain or is embarrassing, you’ve considered getting a crown. But do you know what the differences between the two are? A crown is an application that is used to repair a badly broken tooth. The essential function of […]
June 2, 2016
The causes of gingivitis

What causes gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild gum disease that causes irritation, swelling, and redness of the gums. The cause of gingivitis is mainly poor oral hygiene like not brushing or flossing one’s teeth regularly, which leads to the buildup of bacteria and plaque.  Smoking also lessens the chance of the gums to repair themselves. There are other factors that contribute to this type of gum disease that not many people are aware of like hormonal changes in women during pregnancy. The changes in hormones make the gums more sensitive and more susceptible to gingivitis. Illness can also lead to gingivitis too because […]
May 25, 2016
Family Dentistry in Commack

Family Dentistry in Commack

Bonnie Helfner, D.D.S., located on 645 Commack Road in Commack, New York, has been providing the community with the highest standard of personalized dental services since 1997. Bonnie Helfer has been a member of the Commack/Dix Hills community since 1980 and believes in a philosophy of helping people of all ages achieve the happy and healthy smile they deserve with the least amount of anxiety or discomfort. Dr. Helfner received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from SUNY Stony Brook in 1990 and graduated from the SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1994. Dr. Kristen Curro, her partner, […]
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