Friday, October 18, 2019

Asthma and Oral Health

When people have chronic dry mouth, they are at greater risk for oral health problems. For this and other reasons, people with asthma need to be especially vigilant about maintaining their oral hygiene. We treat a lot of patients at the Oyster Bay Family Dentists whose oral health is compromised by limited saliva production (called xerostomia), so we wanted to provide asthma patients with some hygiene pointers.


Saliva is crucial to controlling oral microbes. It neutralizes acid, removes food debris, and contains enzymes that restrict the growth of bacteria and fungus. People with asthma commonly breathe through their mouths, particularly at night, causing them to be more vulnerable to microbial growth. This can cause them to have bad breath, tooth decay, and gum recession. Furthermore, asthma patients are often on medications that relax the sphincter separating the stomach from the esophagus, causing them to suffer from frequent acid reflux.


Asthma patients shouldn’t change medications without oversight from their doctor, but they should request changes when they are suffering recurrent dryness. We can assist them by prescribing stronger throat moisturizers, and they can stimulate additional saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum. Asthma patients should also brush their teeth at night after using inhalers, since inhaler medication often contains sugars which will be dispersed throughout the mouth.


Drs. Denise VeyVoda and Robert G. West operate The Oyster Bay Family Dentists at 123 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771. To schedule an appointment, call 516-922-5730 or visit Oyster Bay Dentists and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Incipient Lesions

If you see strange white spots lingering on your teeth, that’s not just a cosmetic issue. It’s the sign of an incipient lesion, meaning a developing cavity. We at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists specialize in replacing damaged teeth, but we want our patients to be able to exercise preventive care and see us early in the tooth decay process. To that end, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the development of white spots.


When enamel is being chemically eroded, it takes on a glazed appearance. This can be observed on the upper back teeth of people with chronic acid reflux, but is more often seen in people experiencing the early stage of tooth decay. As bacteria consume sugar, they produce acid as a by-product of their metabolization process. The acid gets stuck in the biofilm covering teeth, causing breakdown of the nearby enamel’s mineral structure and recession in gum tissue. If the demineralization goes on for as few as thirty days, a cavity will develop.


Incipient lesions are likely to appear in places where patients have difficulty brushing, such as the sides of teeth and around orthodontic brackets. Doing a better job of brushing can usually kill the infection, although the demineralized tooth may still look chalky afterward. We can help patients by assessing whether the infection is still active and by covering up the scar with bonding or a veneer. Our hygienists can also demonstrate brushing techniques to patients during regular check-ups, so that lesions will be less likely to develop.


Drs. Denise VeyVoda and Robert G. West operate The Oyster Bay Family Dentists at 123 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771. To schedule an appointment, call 516-922-5730 or visit Oyster Bay Dentists and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Senior Dental Care

Even though the Tooth Fairy stops visiting when you’re older, that doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of your teeth! As you age, your dental needs shift. Problems that never occurred before start to manifest. This is especially true for senior citizens. Your teeth, like all bones, weaken as you age. Patients over the age of sixty are at a higher risk for tooth decay, extraction, and periodontal (gum) disease. Drs. Robert West and Denise VeyVoda offer premium dental care for all ages. Learn more by contacting Osyer Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY.


 


When you get older, certain physical tasks become much harder. For senior citizens that struggle with brushing, your Osyer Bay dentists have some advice for you. The first thing you can do is buy an electric toothbrush. These are incredibly helpful. They provide you with a thorough cleaning while using minimal physical activity. You should also consider elongating the toothbrush handle. This lets you reach the back areas of your mouth effortlessly. Wrap the handle in materials like foam, rubber, or even tape tongue depressors to it. Any flexible material around the house will work. If you haven’t already, consider switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush. These are much gentler on your teeth and gums. Check out the oral hygiene aisle at your local grocery store. Many brands provide toothbrushes targeted toward senior citizens.


 


Dentures are an affordable and functional replacement for your natural teeth. Your teeth should come in a complete set. Dentures let you go about your everyday life as normal. If you’re interested, talk to your Oyster Bay, NY, dentists. At your initial appointment, a specialized mold is created from your mouth. This creates your personalized dentures. Doing so guarantees a perfect fit.


 


If you are a caretaker or live with an older individual, help them out with their dental routine. Remind them to schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert West and Denise VeyVoda at Oyster Bay Family Dentists. To contact our office in Oyster Bay, NY, visit their website or call 516-922-5730.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sealants

We offer a variety of prosthetics to repair dental damage at the Oyster Bay Family Dentists, but when it comes to healthy teeth, a sealant can be most useful. Children are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay, so we often talk to their parents about getting sealants during regular dental check-ups.


The crevices in our molars and premolars can easily get caked in food debris. The shape of these teeth is necessary for them to grind up food, but they are hard to keep clean and food debris stuck in them may remain in place for several hours. Sealants are plastic shields for the teeth that smooth over crevices. They are thin enough to allow the chewing teeth to continue to function, but add a layer of protection against acid and make brushing easier.


Placing a sealant doesn’t require any preparation from the patient. After cleaning a tooth, we’ll apply an etching acid to increase its surface area. This will allow it to more easily bond with the liquid sealant. We will then use a blue light to harden the plastic, and the patient should be able to soon resume eating normally.


Drs. Denise VeyVoda and Robert G. West operate The Oyster Bay Family Dentists at 123 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771. To schedule an appointment, call 516-922-5730 or visit Oyster Bay Dentists and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Oral Cancer Check-Up

At The Oyster Bay Family Dentists, we offer oral cancer screenings to our patients to look for signs of oral cancer.


During the exam our doctors will look for any lumps and spots in different areas in your mouth. Besides looking for lumps and abnormalities, our doctors might use their finger to feel the skin and tissue underneath your jaw for possible signs of cancer.


When possible, we advise our patients to avoid using tobacco as it increases your chance of developing oral cancer. If you consume alcohol regularly you have a higher chance of developing it. Our patients that have a family history of oral cancer or have previously been diagnosed with oral cancer are encouraged to have an exam at least once a year.


Don’t forget to ask for an oral cancer screening the next time you see us or if you notice any abnormalities in your mouth.


To learn more about all of the services provided at our practice, contact The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. Our office is located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert G. West or Denise VeyVoda, please visit our website or call 516-922-5730.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Preventing Gum Disease

Periodontal, better known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition of the gums and bone support around your teeth. Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoda encourages our patients to practice good oral health care to prevent gum disease from forming. Gum disease begins when bacteria grows in your mouth and causes you to loose teeth if not treated properly. When bacteria in plaque builds up on your teeth, your gums turn red or inflamed when brushing and flossing.


Some symptoms of gum disease includes swollen or bleeding in your gums, loose or shifting teeth, and persistent bad breath. Our doctors can diagnose the early stages of gum disease by examining your gums and the sensitivity of your teeth.


When possible, we encourage our patients to take the proper precautions to prevent gum disease. A few steps to ensuring your gums don’t become inflamed is to not use tobacco of any kind, brush and floss regularly, and follow a healthy diet.


To learn more about all of the services provided at our practice, contact The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. Our office is located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert G. West or Denise VeyVoda, please visit our website or call 516-922-5730.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dental Phobia

If you have a fear of going to the dentist or people working in your mouth, you likely suffer from dental phobia. Dental phobia is a serious condition that leaves patients with a fear of the dentist panic-stricken and terrified in the days leading up to their appointment. Our staff at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists advises patients with dental phobia to let us know prior to their visit with us about their fears.


Studies have shown that about 9% to 15% of people avoid going to the dentist every year due to dental phobia. We don’t want your fear of the dentist to deter you for getting your teeth cleaned and getting a checkup twice a year. People who suffer from dental phobia are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease.


Remember to give us a call a couple of days before your appointment with us so can accommodate you the best we can and make you feel comfortable.


To learn more about all of the services provided at our practice, contact The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. Our office is located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert G. West or Denise VeyVoda, please visit our website or call 516-922-5730.