November 1, 2017
Oral-Health

How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health

November is National Diabetes Month A common study in the world of oral health is the theorized connection between itself and heart disease. Doctors’ have speculated that proper care of your teeth could potentially be a plausible method of preventing diabetes from occurring. However, this study requires more research in order to fully understand the association. If you have any questions about this correlation, contact your local Commack dentist Dr. Bonnie Helfner for some answers. According to a 2012 study done by the American Heart Association, scientific evidence suggests that there is no actual connection between the two. They also […]
October 9, 2017

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

  With October being National Dental Hygiene Month, we wanted to give you a refresher course on how to keep your pearly whites nice and healthy.  Dental Hygiene is crucial to not only maintaining a beautiful smile but for overall longevity. Here are some tips to keep the cavities and gum disease from occurring: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Use a toothbrush that reaches the back of your mouth safely with a soft-bristled brush. Even better – an electric toothbrush will be even more effective. Flossing after you eat or at least […]
October 3, 2017

Grinding Your Teeth?

Do you grind your teeth? It may be more serious than you think. Experienced Commack dentist Dr. Bonnie Helfner has treated many patients who grind their teeth, also known as Bruxism. Some of the symptoms that are caused by grinding your teeth are: Headaches Muscle aches Enlargement of facial muscles Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort Stiffness of the shoulders and neck Ear pain Sleep disorders Abnormal wear and mobility of teeth Loose teeth Micro-cracks and broken fillings (leading to nerve damage) Front teeth are flat and even in length Most commonly, people grind their teeth when they are asleep, but stress, […]
September 1, 2017
Tooth Decay in Children

Tooth Decay in Children

What Is Tooth Decay And How Does It Affect Children? A common, yet treatable issue, tooth decay is a permanently damaged area of the tooth that develops into small holes, often referred to as a cavity.  It is important to care for a cavity immediately in order to prevent a deeper cavity, toothaches, infection, or tooth loss. Often cavities can go undetected because of a lack of symptoms or because of failure to recognize what a cavity is, which is why they are common in children. Our Commack Dentist team knows how crucial it is to detect and treat tooth […]
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 […]
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