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.
The Largest Nerve of All
- Cranial nerves account for about 80% of the sensory input to your brain. Your trigeminal nerve, the largest of your 12 cranial nerves, consists of three branches (one of which passes through your jaw) and accounts for 70% of your cranial nerve input. (more…)
Even if you diligently brush and floss your teeth every day, your oral health still requires professional care and maintenance on a routine basis. Likewise, your smile’s appearance may need a professional cosmetic touchup from time to time to ensure that it remains bright and presentable. After all, a brighter smile is one of the most frequently-requested cosmetic dental procedures today, and professional results require professional treatment. Your Astoria cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, quizzes your knowledge of professional teeth-whitening, including when it’s needed and how it can be achieved without interrupting your busy schedule.
The Professionally-Brighter Smile Quiz
1.) Sometimes, tooth stains are inevitable.
b.) False (more…)
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your dental health. For instance, if you lose a tooth, then you may instinctively know that replacing it is important, but knowing the full effects of tooth loss can help you understand the benefits and shortcomings of your tooth-replacement options. As a dedicated dentist in Astoria, Dr. Leibowitz often recommends securing replacement teeth to one or more dental implants, which are the only option that can help preserve the longevity of your jawbone following tooth loss.
Tooth Loss—More than Meets the Eye
How much do you know about tooth loss? The gaps left in your smile aren’t the only influence that missing teeth have on your oral health. (more…)
Although many patients benefit from the use of dentures to restore their smiles after significant tooth loss, every dental prosthetic is custom-designed to address each case specifically. At your Astoria dentist’s office, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz offers a variety of dentures to match the severity of your tooth loss, whether you’ve lost all of the teeth on one or both of your dental ridges, or if some of your healthy teeth still remain. Today, we explore the difference between partial and complete dentures, and how dental implants can improve whichever one you need.
Partial and Complete Dentures
Restoring your smile’s ability to operate is a top priority when addressing significant tooth loss. For patients who’ve lost a significant amount of teeth, but retain some healthy teeth that don’t require extraction, a partial denture can be crafted to replace the teeth you’ve lost while fitting around existing health teeth. (more…)
Your smile doesn’t grow spare parts. Therefore, if you lose something, like a tooth, replacing it is of vital importance to the continued good health and function of your smile. To help motivate you to seek prompt treatment for the loss of one or more teeth, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, explains what tooth loss means for your remaining teeth, as well as for your oral health as a whole.
How Remaining Teeth React
The camaraderie of a full set of teeth is about more than making your smile beautiful. All of your teeth work together to balance the power of biting and chewing, evenly displacing the pressure among all of your teeth. When you lose a tooth, its absence can disrupt the balance and your remaining teeth may shift to try and take up the slack. Unfortunately, while noble, this attempt to cover for their lost brethren can lead your teeth to an increased risk of dental disease, as well as exposing them to a host of other dental issues. (more…)
Bad breath can offend even the most polite people, and when you’re aware that your breath is offensive, your confidence can suffer a significant setback. Most people experience bad breath at least once in a while, usually in the form of morning breath immediately after waking. Sometimes, however, morning breath can tend to linger long after it should have dissipated. Your Astoria dentist, Dr. Leibowitz, understands how chronically offensive breath, or halitosis, can affect your daily life. Today, we explain a common source of persistent bad breath and a few ways for you to defeat it.
Tracing the Source of Chronic Bad Breath
Most instances of bad breath, including common morning breath, are caused by an excessive buildup of oral bacteria (which, consequently, is the same reason tooth decay and gum disease develop). Some of these germs release volatile sulfur compounds—the same kind of compounds that lend rotten eggs their stench—as they metabolize protein and other nutrients. Poor oral hygiene or a lack of saliva can allow these germs to multiply exponentially, overwhelming your breath with the sulfuric gases they release. (more…)