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    A Brief Look at Dental Problems Diagnosed by X-Ray

    Last updated 8 days ago

    When was the last time you had an X-ray? If it has been a while, you may be in for a surprise the next time you visit your periodontist! Gone are the days of the classic X-ray thanks to the innovative technology used by digital X-rays. This option is easier for both patients and periodontists, providing a better experience and doing a better job of protecting health!

    Digital X-rays can diagnose a variety of dental health issues that cannot be seen as easily by the human eye. Periodontists often use digital X-rays to look for abscesses and cysts inside of the mouth. These X-rays can also give periodontists a closer look at tooth decay between the teeth, tooth and root positions, and bone loss. Your periodontist might also want to perform a digital X-ray to look for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors that can be signs of oral cancer.

    Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS can help you discover the wonder of digital X-rays in his NYC periodontal office! Call us at (646) 461-6582 for more facts about digital X-rays or to schedule your next appointment.

     

    Lifestyle Factors That Impact Your Gum Health

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Most of us focus our dental health habits on teeth—but what about our gums? Your gums are just as important to dental health and overall health, which is why you should learn about lifestyle factors that can negatively impact your gum health:

    Poor Diet
    Healthy eating is good for all parts of the body—including the teeth and gums. A poor diet is a common lifestyle factor that leads to tooth decay and other issues with the mouth. If you eat a lot of sugary or acidic foods, you have a higher risk of developing plaque that can turn into gum disease. The longer particles from these foods stay on your teeth, the more damage they cause. Following a healthier diet that includes nutrient-rich foods will lower this risk. A good diet also improves your immune system so you can fight off infections that occur in your body, including your mouth.

    Poor Hygiene
    Even the healthiest foods can harm your teeth and gums if you do not have a proper oral hygiene habit. Good dental habits are essential for removing the leftover food and beverage particles that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush at least twice a day to remove particles from tooth surfaces and floss at least once a day to remove particles that wedge themselves between teeth and near the gum line. You can brush or floss more frequently if you like to eat sugary foods that leave your mouth feeling dirty or gritty.

    Smoking
    If you smoke or use tobacco products, you have likely heard from multiple sources that you should quit for your health. Well, you are about to hear it again: stop smoking to keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional! Smoking is a dangerous habit that can cause numerous dental concerns, including gum disease. The sooner you quit, the more your gums will thank you!  

    Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS can help you learn more about protecting your oral health! We specialize in providing excellent dental and periodontal care for patients throughout Manhattan. Contact us at (646) 461-6582 to learn more.

    Oral Cancer: Exams, Risk Factors, and Treatments

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Regular visits to the dentist allow you to take an active role in protecting your dental health. Regular visits to the periodontist can help you spot signs of oral cancer before they become too serious! Find out what to expect with our patient guide to oral cancer exams, risk factors, and treatments:

    Exams
    Early warning signs of oral cancer may be hard for patients to notice. Even if they do notice some changes in the mouth, they may not realize the severity of it. That is why it is important to schedule exams with your periodontist. These professionals know what to look for in order to determine a patient’s risk for developing oral cancer. Your periodontist will start the exam by asking you about your dental habits such as how often you brush and floss. He will also ask about lifestyle habits that could increase your risk for developing oral cancer before looking for common warning signs such as sores, red patches, lumps, or leukoplakia.

    Risk Factors
    Studies show that oral cancer tends to be more common in men than women, but this can be due to lifestyle factors that men are more likely to follow such as alcohol and tobacco use. Alcohol consumption is linked with approximately 70% of oral cancer cases while tobacco use is linked with approximately 80% of cases. People who spend more time outdoors may be more likely to develop cancer of the lip due to ultraviolet light exposure. HPV infection has also been linked with oral cancer in many cases.

    Treatments
    If your periodontist notices any signs of oral cancer, he will devise a treatment plan and perform a biopsy to determine if cancer is present and what stage it is in. Your treatment plan will depend on your unique situation. Common oral cancer treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and excision.

    Start protecting yourself from oral cancer with help from Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS. Our NYC dental office provides extensive exams and treatment options to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Visit us online or call us at (212) 683-2066.

    What Systemic Health Issues Are Linked to Periodontal Disease?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and avoiding tobacco products can all help you win the fight against gum disease. But these habits do much more than protect the teeth and gums; they also protect the body from a variety of illnesses and health issues!

    As you will see in this video, periodontal disease is a serious concern that affects approximately 75% of adults in the world at some point and to some extent. This mouth disease has also been linked to other health concerns such as poor circulation, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and complications during pregnancy.

    Scheduling an appointment with a periodontist can help you learn more about gum disease and how it affects other parts of the body. Contact Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS today at (212) 683-2066 to schedule an appointment and start protecting your teeth and gums! 

    A Look at Dental Bone Grafting [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile, but sometimes, trauma, accidents, heredity, and periodontal disease can detract from the way a person’s mouth looks and functions. Bone loss in the mouth can have negative effects on your oral health as well as your aesthetic appearance. Thanks to bone grafting, bone loss can be stopped in its tracks and reversed so that you can have a strong jaw that is eligible for dental implant placement if you have missing teeth. If your implant dentist suggests that bone grafting might be right for you, he will explain the entire procedure. Bone can be grafted from the pelvis or chin, or a synthetic bone can be used instead. Take a look at this infographic from your New York City periodontist to understand how and why bone grafts are used. Please share with your friends and family, and give everyone a reason to smile.  

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