When was the last time you received a dental cleaning? Many people underestimate the importance of this routine procedure. In today’s blog, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, explains the importance of undergoing a regular dental cleaning with a fun and informative quiz.
Straightening crooked teeth is a common necessity, and aside from improving your smile’s appearance, the correction can help your mouth function more efficiently. Nevertheless, many older teen and adult patients whose teeth aren’t ideally straight hesitate at the prospect of wearing metal braces to address the problem. Rather than decide whether you’d prefer crooked teeth or metal braces, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz may recommend ClearCorrect clear braces—the discrete, adult alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Learn more as your Astoria dentist outlines the advantages of clear braces over their metal predecessors
Get to Know ClearCorrect Braces
As their name suggest, clear braces are designed to be virtually invisible, helping you preserve your confidence throughout your treatment period. To accomplish this, ClearCorrect eschews the traditional bracket-and-wire construction of metal and tooth-colored braces, replacing the design with a series of clear acrylic aligners. (more…)
What would you do in the event of a dental emergency? At some point in our lives, many of us will be faced with a broken tooth or extreme toothache. Your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, provides emergency dental care to everyone, regardless of whether you are a current patient. If your dental emergency occurs outside of office hours, we will arrange for Dr. Leibowitz to see you as soon as possible. In today’s blog, Dr. Leibowitz explains the first steps to take in addressing discomfort associated with dental emergencies.
Do you hesitate to show your smile? Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? For many people, unsightly teeth stains can be an embarrassment. While over-the-counter teeth whiteners are popular, they rarely offer the same level of results as professional systems. In fact, many people who use store bought whiteners report tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Fortunately, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, offers an innovative alternative to over-the-counter whitening. In today’s blog, Dr. Leibowitz answers frequently asked questions about our professional teeth whitening techniques.
Dental treatment is most effective when it lasts. If your smile is afflicted by tooth decay or gum disease, then appropriate treatment should also reduce the risk of further infection in the future. When it comes to tooth loss, restoring your smile is most effective when you replace the entire structure of your lost tooth, the loss of which can devastate your oral health in the long-run. Today, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, tests your knowledge of tooth loss, and why dental implants may be the best option for replacing lost teeth.
Saving Your Smile from Tooth Loss
1.) Tooth loss is only significant when you’ve lost most or all of your teeth.
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Keeping your pearly whites bright and stain-free isn’t an especially difficult process; however, stains can occur for a number of reasons, even in the midst of excellent oral hygiene, and understanding their development can help you better protect your smile. Aside from brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, your Astoria cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, also advises taking care with the food and beverages you consume, which are the most frequent sources of cosmetic tooth stains.
Foods & Beverages Most Likely to Stain
- Wine—Red wine is a somewhat obvious candidate for stained teeth, but white wine isn’t the safer option that many people believe it is. The chromogens, or color molecules, in red wine are darker than those in white, but both beverages are highly acidic and weaken your tooth enamel, making it easier for chromogens to cling to your teeth’s surface. (more…)
Toothaches are common, but they aren’t the only sign that your dental health is in trouble. Many patients experience locking and/or popping jaws whenever they open and close their mouths, and the sound is often accompanied by various levels of discomfort. Like a toothache, a popping/clicking jaw isn’t normal and typically indicates trouble that shouldn’t be ignored. Unlike a toothache, the affliction typically associated with a popping jaw can hinder your mouth’s ability to function as well as its comfort. Today, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, explores the components of your jaw and why they may occasionally have trouble moving smoothly.
How Jaws (Should) Move
Like most moveable parts of your body, your jaw is hinged by two joints, called the temporomandibular joints, which connect your mandible to your skull. Located directly in front of each ear, your TMJs move in tandem as you open and close your mouth. (more…)
Sleeping with a snoring partner can be a challenge. Aside from the annoying noise, the lack of sleep can multiply your irritation and strain your relationship. As Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz explains, snoring is often the result of a problem with your oral tissues, and his expertise has helped many patients and their sleeping partners finally find the rest they deserve. Learn how you can stop snoring with help from your Astoria dentist, and what procrastination can mean for your overall wellbeing.
The Mechanics of Snoring
When you sleep, your body’s muscles and tissues release all of their tension. Normally, your body can do so comfortably and spend the next several hours resting peacefully. Sometimes, though, the tissues in your mouth and throat, such as your tonsils or the base of your tongue, can partially block your airway. (more…)
Much of the discussion concerning your oral health revolves around the over-600 identifiable bacteria that are found in a healthy mouth at any given time. Some of these germs erode your tooth enamel by producing acid, while others release toxins and incite inflammation to destroy your gum tissue. Nevertheless, not every microscopic entity in your mouth is dangerous. Today, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, discusses what experts have recently discovered tucked away in your gingival tissues—stem cells that can differentiate into other cell types, and contain a host of other exciting possibilities for the world of dental and systemic health care.
Understanding the Impact of Stem Cells
If you’ve never heard of stem cells, then you might be amazed to learn that they’re significance lies in their ability to differentiate, or transform, into any specific cell type to form organs and other body tissues. A stem cell is essentially a blank canvas, and with the right set of instructions, it can become the required cell type and reproduce by dividing itself into identical daughter cells; a process called mitosis. (more…)
Many patients who’ve suffered from chronic headaches, earaches, jaw pain, and other craniofacial discomfort are often surprised to learn that the origin of their troubles lies with a dental problem; specifically, with the joints (temporomandibular joints) and muscles that move your jaw. TMJ disorder describes a condition where undue stress and pressure (usually from an uneven bite) damage your TMJs, causing inflammation and misalignment that disturbs an important nerve in your jaw. To help you understand how TMJ pain can lead to a host of seemingly non-dental symptoms, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Leibowitz, examines what you should know about the trigeminal nerve that innervates your jaw and much more.