September 1, 2015

Teeth Whitening: Can Teeth Be Too White?

That pearly-white smile you always dreamed of is now easier than ever to achieve with both over the counter and professionally-done teeth whitening services. However, is there such a thing as teeth being too white? The answer is yes, and the reasons dentists recommend professional teeth whitening services exclusively is because the ingredients used can potentially be harmful to both your teeth and your gums. Anyone whose whitened their teeth before knows it is unexpectedly painful, yet are willing to look past it in order to get the smile they’ve dreamed of. The sensitivity in teeth whitening occurs due to […]
September 8, 2015

Why you should visit your dentist twice a year

According to the National Dental Association you should visit your dentist once every six months. Between your six month checkups you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing your teeth daily and using mouthwash to help remove plaque and bacteria as well as freshen breath. You should also make sure that you switch your toothbrush every 3-4 months. These regular dental visits consist of a cleaning and a dental exam. During your checkup, Dr. Helfner or Dr. Curro will check for cavities and to see if there is tartar or plaque present. Dr. Helfner or Dr. […]
September 15, 2015

Sports Season Means Mouthguards!

As the school sports season gets underway, injury protection is a crucial component for success both on and off the field. While there are plenty of discernable ways to protect yourself during a practice or a game, many people often forget to regularly wear a protective mouthguard. Without a mouthguard, athletes are susceptible to tooth trauma such as cracks and avulsions (displacement of tooth from mouth), which can lead to potential infection if left untreated. To avoid this painful process, as well as the eventual need for expensive crowns or implants, athletes should make sure to wear mouthguards at all […]
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 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 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 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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