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    When to Consider Tooth Whitening

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If your smile is looking dull, tooth whitening could be the answer. Whitening is a simple, non-invasive procedure that can have a dramatic impact on your smile. Although tooth whitening is not permanent, periodic touch-ups can help you keep your bright, new smile.

    A number of things can cause your teeth to become stained and yellowed. Dark colored foods and drinks, including red wine, coffee, and berries, are the most common culprits. Excessive fluoridation during childhood can also lead to stained teeth, as can certain medications, particularly tetracycline. To whiten your teeth, your periodontist will create personalized whitening trays that you will wear with a whitening solution for a set period of time each day until your desired results are achieved.

    If you’re unhappy with your smile, visit the office of Charles Kaner, DDS. We can improve your smile with tooth whitening, gummy smile treatment, dental implants for missing teeth, and more. Make your appointment by calling (212) 683-2066 today. 

    The Relationship between Dental Health and Overall Health

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When most people think about their dental health, they think exclusively about things like cavities and gum disease. However, your dental health has repercussions that extend far beyond your mouth. Issues with your dental health can impact your overall health in number of different ways, which is why it is so important to stay vigilant about problems with your teeth and gums. How does your dental health impact your overall health? Here is what you need to know.

    Heart Disease
    There are two ways tooth decay and gum disease can potentially impact your heart health. One is that the bacteria from infections in your mouth can spread to your bloodstream and attach to the walls of your arteries. Then, the bacteria can cause the arteries to narrow and may contribute to the formation of blood clots. In addition, inflammation from infections in your mouth can contribute to inflammation elsewhere and may lead to even more plaque build-up in the arteries, contributing to heart disease.

    Diabetes
    Gum disease and diabetes both impact each other in a negative way. Gum disease is dangerous for people with diabetes, because the infection causes blood glucose levels to rise. High blood glucose levels then make it more difficult to treat the infected gums. Because diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, it’s important for people with diabetes to control their blood glucose levels and to report any signs of gum issues to their periodontists right away.

    Pregnancy Complications
    Dental health problems and pregnancy are not compatible. Gum disease is associated with premature labor, as it increases levels of prostaglandin, a chemical that triggers labor. Gum disease can also increase the risk of preeclampsia and delivering a low birth weight baby.

    If you’re suffering from gum health issues, make an appointment with Charles Kaner, DDS. Our periodontal office in NYC can help you maintain your overall health by protecting your oral health. To find out more about our services, please call (212) 683-2066. 

    Causes of and Treatments for Receding Gums

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Receding gums can be painful and lead to dental health problems. The good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent receding gums and treat them when they occur. This video explains more.

    Using the wrong toothbrush is one of the most common causes of gum recession. Always choose a soft-bristled brush to avoid gum damage. Bruxism—or tooth grinding—can also lead to gum recession. Treatment for receding gums depends on the cause and the severity of the condition. Sometimes, simply dealing with the underlying cause is enough to resolve the issue.

    If you’re experiencing gum recession, make an appointment with Charles Kaner, DDS. At our NYC periodontist’s office, we can treat a range of gum issues, including receding gums and gummy smiles. Make an appointment today by calling (212) 683-2066. 

    What You Should Know about Gum Recession

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When the parts of the gums that surround the teeth pull back or wear away, the condition is known as gum recession. In addition to causing pain, gum recession can also lead to tooth loss. The good news is that gum recession is common and your periodontist can provide treatment to prevent further gum loss. If you’re suffering from gum recession, here is what you need to know.

    What Are the Symptoms of Gum Recession?
    In the early stages, gum recession usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. As it progresses, the first symptom of gum recession is often tooth sensitivity. This occurs because as the gums pull back, nerves are exposed, which causes pain. You may also notice that your teeth look longer than normal or that your gums seem be thinner than they used to be.

    What Causes Gum Recession?
    A number of different problems can lead to gum recession. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of gum recession. Brushing with a hard-bristle toothbrush or brushing your teeth and gums too aggressively can also lead to recession. Hormonal changes, tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene can also play roles in gum recession. Even lip and tongue piercings can cause your gums to recede by rubbing away gum tissue.

    How Is Gum Recession Treated?
    Treatment for gum recession varies depending on the underlying cause and how severe the recession is. For instance, in the early stages of gum disease with minor recession, simply improving your oral hygiene routine is often enough to treat recession. In other cases, addressing the underlying issue, such as by removing a tongue ring that is causing irritation, can ease gum recession. In severe cases, your periodontist may recommend surgery.

    If you have gum recession, fast treatment is crucial, so make an appointment with Charles Kaner, DDS. Our oral health team can provide the diagnostic and treatment services you need to keep your gums healthy. To reach our NYC periodontist’s office, call (212) 683-2066.

    Pre- and Post-Operation Instructions for Patients

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you’re getting ready to undergo a periodontal procedure, it’s essential that you follow all pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. These instructions help to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and that your recovery is as easy as possible. Failing to stick to the instructions could lead to your procedure being postponed or result in complications during recovery.

    Before your procedure, discuss all of your current medications with your periodontist. You may need to stop taking certain medicines, like aspirin, before the surgery. On the day of surgery, eat meals as normal and dress in comfortable clothing. If you have a cold, report the symptoms to your periodontist, as your procedure may need to be postponed. After the procedure, follow your periodontist’s instructions for diet and pain medication. Avoid smoking completely and wait a few days before taking part in strenuous activity.

    At the NYC office of Charles Kaner, DDS, we’re always available to answer your questions about periodontal procedures such as dental implant placement, gum disease treatment, lip repositioning, and more. Call us at (664) 461-6582 to schedule an appointment or get answers to your questions. 

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