September 22, 2015

Top Causes Of Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, is an issue that all people face, but understanding the common causes can help you avoid an embarrassing situation. Dental hygiene issues are one the major causes of bad breath. Bacteria from food naturally builds up throughout the course of the day at the gumline and tongue. At the bare minimum, brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash should be apart of your daily routine every morning and night. It is important that you are spending at least 3 minutes during each brushing session, including your teeth, gums and tongue. The buildup of bacteria overtime will not […]
October 1, 2015

Common Oral Health Issues with Diabetes

Diabetes has a profound effect on the systems of the body. One area not commonly discussed is the mouth. Diabetes can cause changes in the mouth which may lead to serious problems if left unaddressed. Oral issues can also make diabetes symptoms worse. If you are experiencing any changes in oral health, it is important to address these issues immediately. One of the most common oral ailments for those with diabetes is gum disease. Gum disease can be the result of many factors, but universally, it is caused by poor dental hygiene. Taking the time to brush and floss your […]
October 6, 2015

National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month which means it’s time to reevaluate your routine! Oral health is a strong indicator of overall health. If you are failing to take care of your mouth, you can develop gum disease, which can lead to other health issues such as heart disease as the plaque in your gums travels into your bloodstream. You also can develop cavities and tooth loss as bacteria breaks down the enamel of your teeth. If those weren’t bad enough, poor dental hygiene can lead to cosmetic issues such as bad breath and teeth yellowing. There is no excuse […]
October 7, 2015

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October 13, 2015

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a medical disorder in which a person clenches their teeth together, most often during sleep. Teeth grinding is not considered a serious medical problem, but it can lead to misalignment of teeth as well as promoting gum disease and tooth loss if occurring on a consistent basis. Research estimates that about 8% of adults suffer from bruxism at night and that 1 and 3 parents report teeth grinding in their children.
October 19, 2015

Commack Coalition of Caring 5k 10/17/15

On Saturday 10/17/15 we participated in the 5th Annual Commack Coalition 5K.  While we’ve been sponsoring the event since 2010, Saturday we had the privilege of additionally sponsoring the finish line.  Dr. Helfner and members of our team were there supporting the community. The Commack Coalition of Caring is a dedicated group of parents, school professionals, experts in substance abuse, and community leaders, whose primary concern is the development of the whole child in helping to prevent substance use and abuse.  The Coalition recognizes the important influences of the child’s environment and is focused on interventions beyond the school setting. Many of our patients participated […]
October 20, 2015

How to Help Your Children Brush Better

Maintaining good dental hygiene is extremely important for a growing child. As parents, we have the responsibility of ensuring our children are well taken care of, and emphasizing the importance of good dental hygiene is essential to their overall health. Taking care of your child’s teeth helps to prevent plaque, cavities, and gingivitis, a gum disease causing irritation, redness, and swelling of the gums. There are many ways to help children brush well, and the first step you should take is to familiarize them with the basics. Brushing twice a day is the universal rule, particularly after breakfast and before […]
October 23, 2015

Healthy Living Radio: Dr. Bonnie Helfner. How to Choose a Dentist

Check out the latest of our very own Dr. Bonnie Helfner interviewed on Healthy Living Radio by Dr. David Schafer  
October 27, 2015

Schedule a Date with Your Dentist Before Your Due Date

It may be easy to overlook oral health during pregnancy, but it is very important for mothers-to-be to ensure proper dental hygiene. The hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy increase the chance of developing gum disease, potentially leading to more serious issues for the mother (e.g.: heart disease) and her unborn child. Pregnant woman should continue their personal at-home hygiene as usual. If the smell of toothpaste is causing nausea due to morning sickness, consult with your dentist for less offensive brand options. Regular flossing and mouth rinse are still important, and if you aren’t already using one, a water pick […]
November 3, 2015

Vote Us Best Dentist on Long Island!

We’ve been nominated for Best of Long Island’s “Best Dentist” category! Bonnie Helfner D.D.S., located in Commack, New York, has been serving the Long Island community for over 18 years. Finding a trustworthy and comforting dental practice can sometimes be a challenge. Bonnie Helfner D.D.S. has been the go-to dentist office in the Commack area for many years. A vote for her ensures the opportunity to change the lives of even more patients. Bonnie Helfner has been a Commack/Dix Hills native for the past 35 years. She graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 1994 with a degree in Dental Medicine as […]
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