August 4, 2017

Teeth Whitening 101

  There are many ways to whiten your teeth and improve your smile. Brushing and flossing are two main ways to keep your teeth white. Patients want to improve their smile by whitening their teeth. If you are in the Commack area you should make an appointment with Bonnie Helfner DDS. At Bonnie Helfner DDS., they can help clean your teeth, improve your smile, and whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is a process that makes your teeth appear whiter by removing stains and any other discolorations in your teeth. Different ways to whiten your teeth include whitening toothpaste, strips, mouthwash, […]
July 15, 2017

Bleeding Gums? Here is what you should do.

For many, the first thing you do in the morning is brush and floss your teeth. For some, issues may arise: Your gums start bleeding and appear more red and inflamed. There can be many causes of this; some are temporary but some can cause concern. In this scenario, although you might be tempted to ignore it, you should take precautionary measures and consult your dentist. There are different causes of bleeding gums. One factor that can cause this is gingivitis. When gingivitis occurs, your gums can begin to swell, become tender, and may bleed during brushing. The early stages […]
June 23, 2017

The Effects of Stress on Your Gums

  In today’s fast-paced world, it is hard to imagine not feeling stressed at some point in our day. It has become common knowledge that stress can wreak havoc on our mental and physical well-being, causing everything from headaches to anxiety attacks. But did you know that stress can affect your oral health in your gums as well? It’s important to be aware of the detrimental effects of stress on your gums and how you can take some simple, yet effective preventative measures to protect them today.   High-stress levels can lead to widespread inflammation in the body and can […]
June 8, 2017

Dental Implants

  Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are permanently attached to your jaw to feel and function like normal teeth. Dental implants are becoming more popular and are emerging as a recommended choice for tooth replacement. If you are a Commack resident and are looking for dental implants, look no further than Bonnie Helfner, DDS. There are many advantages of receiving dental implants. Dental implants improve your oral health, appearance, comfort, and self-esteem. With proper care, dental implants are very durable and will last for a while. Additionally, their natural characteristics mean that nearby teeth and chewing won’t be […]
May 5, 2017

The Dental Exam

  Dental exams are an important part of good dental hygiene. It is recommended that a patient should go for a dental exam twice a year. Dental exams are especially important since it allows the dentist to check the patient for any signs of cavities or gum diseases and ensure the oral health is well maintained. In order to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine, it is important to brush and floss your teeth daily. Using mouthwash will effectively bolster the cleaning process as well. If it’s been a while and you are in need of a dental exam, it’s […]
April 3, 2017

Foods That Stain Your Teeth

The same advice is given to everyone who wants to preserve their teeth’s whiteness: avoid coffee, smoking, wine, and tea. The punchline to that bit of advice is every main offender of teeth staining is addictive in some sense. There are specific qualities about these beverages which also cause other foods to stain teeth. Let’s say you prefer tea and replace black tea with green or white tea, well this is an immediate help since the tea is not directly staining your teeth however, what you eat after ingesting the tea will cause staining. Uniformly the beverages listed contain acid […]
March 3, 2017

2017’s Best Dentist and Best Cosmetic Dentist of Long Island

Bonnie Helfner DDS located in Commack has been serving the Long Island Community for over 20 years. It is with great excitement to announce they were voted Best Cosmetic Dentist on Long Island and Best Dentist on Long Island for 2017! There philosophy is to not only treat your teeth but to treat you and your comfort. They are known for making each and every client feel comfortable and informed on their needs and questions. With the professional and friendly staff the office is a warm welcoming place. Their impressive patient reviews show how every customer leaves with a smile. […]
February 1, 2017

New Year, New Dental Routine

2016 has finally come to a close which means New Year’s resolutions are right around the corner. As you get older, the possibility of you going to the dentist drops 20% at the age of 18. Almost 30% of adults and 20% of children go through the year with untreated cavities or decay in their teeth. This may lead not only to pain and difficulty eating, but also tooth loss. Even if you’re brushing everyday, it can sometimes be impossible to remove all bacteria and food deposits from the gums. Using mouthwash can also help keep your teeth strong, but […]
January 6, 2017
Commack Dentist

Why Flossing Is Good For You

Flossing is one of the most universal recommendations for people involved in public health; flossing daily prevents gum disease and cavities. But recently, the federal government published the latest dietary guidelines that state flossing recommendations has been removed without any notice to physicians. If the federal government claims flossing isn’t recommended for you why should you continue flossing? Dentists may disagree, so now the big question has come into light, “Is flossing a waste of time?” One study showed that people who brush and floss regularly are less likely to have gum bleeding compared to brushers alone.  If you do […]
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 […]
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