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    What is Plaque?

    Last updated 1 day 15 hours ago

    You probably know that brushing and flossing are essential for your dental health, but do you know why these tasks are so important? Brushing and flossing your teeth as directed by your dentist helps ensure that you remove the plaque that accumulates on your teeth each day.

    This video provides an overview of plaque and the damage it can do to your teeth. Plaque consists primarily of bacteria which feed on the sugars you consume each day and release an acid that can damage your teeth and gums. Watch this full clip to learn what you can do to prevent plaque buildup on your teeth.

    Visiting your dentist twice each year is also an essential component of a good oral hygiene routine. To schedule an appointment with a dentist in NYC, call the office of Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS at (646) 461-6582.

    Understanding Your Risk for Oral Cancer

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Each time you visit the dentist for a dental checkup, he checks your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. This screening process is extremely important, as oral cancer is very treatable in its earliest stages, but very dangerous in its later stages. Talk to your dentist about your risk for oral cancer, and consider the following risk factors for the condition.

    Tobacco Use

    Using tobacco can increase your risk for a number of different cancers, including oral and oropharyngeal cancers. Smoking cigarettes or a pipe significantly increases your oral cancer risk, and using oral tobacco products like chewing tobacco is also a risk factor for the disease.

    Age and Gender

    Oral cancer has a higher incidence among individuals age 55 and up. This is because oral cancer generally takes several years to develop. Additionally, oral cancer tends to be more common in men than in women. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, oral and oropharyngeal cancers tend to be about twice as common in men as they are in women.

    HPV Infection

    Contracting human papilloma virus, or HPV, is another risk factor for oral cancer. HPV is actually a group of over 150 viruses that cause papillomas, which are non-cancerous growths or warts. Although these growths are non-cancerous, the HPV infection can lead to cancer in the affected area. HPV has been associated with many types of cancers, and certain HPV infections that affect the mouth can lead to oral cancer.

    UV Exposure

    Oral cancer does not just include cancerous growths on the inside of the mouth—the lips can also be affected by oral cancer. As with skin cancer, oral cancer on the lips tends to be more common among individuals who have experienced prolonged exposure to UV light.

    In addition to basic oral cancer evaluations during your biannual checkups, it’s recommended that you schedule one appointment each year that is dedicated to a thorough oral cancer screening. At the office of Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS, we offer these comprehensive oral cancer exams. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (646) 461-6582.

    Why You Should Consider Fixing Your Gummy Smile

    Last updated 14 days ago

    When you smile, does a significant portion of your upper gum line show? This type of smile is called a gummy smile, and many dental patients choose to fix their gummy smiles for an improved appearance. Gummy smiles are a result of having too much gum tissue covering the teeth, and range in severity from mild to advanced. If you suffer from a gummy smile, you may feel self-conscious when smiling, speaking, or eating, especially around people you’ve just met. This may cause you to feel isolated or to have trouble meeting new people. Making a habit of hiding your smile may also affect your professional life, as you may come across as unfriendly or insecure if you do not smile at the appropriate times. Your dentist can provide an effective treatment to reduce the amount of gums covering your teeth so you can feel confident about your beautiful smile.

    Dr. Charles Kaner, DDS in NYC offers treatment for gummy smiles, along with other services like lip repositioning and dental implants. You can find out more by exploring our website or by calling (646) 461-6582.  

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    What You Should Know About Lip Repositioning

    Last updated 21 days ago

    There are a number of factors that ultimately affect the way your lips and teeth look when you smile. If you feel that you have a “gummy smile” that shows excessive gum tissue when you smile, laugh, or speak, lip repositioning could be an ideal solution for you. This innovative cosmetic dentistry technique moves the lips into a better position to cover the gums and enhance the look of your smile. 

    What Lip Repositioning Corrects

    A gummy smile may be due to many factors. Excessive gum tissue that has grown over the teeth, worn or naturally shorter teeth, and jaw deformities that affect the look of your smile can all contribute to this effect. Previously, the only solution to correct a gummy smile caused by a jaw deformity was a complicated surgical procedure that involved hospitalization. Today, however, lip repositioning offers a faster, easier, and safer solution to correct your smile without the need for major surgery. Lip repositioning is primarily performed for cosmetic purposes and can even be combined with other plastic surgery procedures of the nose and face.

    What Lip Repositioning Involves

    Lip repositioning lowers the top lip to cover the gum tissue for a more natural appearance when you smile. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and a full recovery typically takes three to six months. During a lip repositioning procedure, your dentist will administer anesthetic before making small incisions in the tissue inside your mouth beneath your top lip. A small flap of tissue approximately 10-12 mm wide is removed, and then the lip is pulled downward and sutured into its new position with dissolvable stitches. You can return home immediately after the procedure; your dentist will prescribe pain medication and antibiotics as needed.

    Charles Kaner, DDS, is pleased to offer lip repositioning in addition to periodontal treatment and dental implants in New York. Contact our NYC dental practice today by calling (646) 461-6582 to find out how Dr. Kaner can help you love your smile. Click through our website for more information about popular cosmetic and restorative procedures.

    How Tooth Loss Can Affect Your Health

    Last updated 29 days ago

    A healthy, balanced diet is essential to maintaining good overall health throughout your life. However, the loss of teeth due to accidents or dental disease can affect your ability to get the nutrients your body needs.

    This video explains that a dental study found those with full or partial dentures ate fewer servings of fresh produce and more processed foods. Researchers believed this change was due to difficulty eating crunchy, fibrous fruits and vegetables. Eating processed foods high in fat and cholesterol raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other conditions, affecting your overall health.

    Don’t let tooth loss affect your wellness—contact Charles Kaner, DDS, by calling (646) 461-6582 to discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options in NYC. Dr. Kaner also offers periodontal treatment, lip repositioning, restorations, and sedation dentistry options for nervous patients. Click through our website to learn more!

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