Thursday, June 7, 2018

White Spots on Teeth

Everybody wants whiter teeth. But when white spots with a chalky character develop, they’re a warning sign of infection. We of the Oyster Bay Family Dentists don’t want our patients to let tooth decay take them by surprise, which is why this week we’re talking about white spot lesions.


Tooth decay is caused by an infection on the enamel. Bacteria produce acid, which sticks to tartar and plaque. When enamel is eroded by acid, it first takes on a glazed, white appearance as it loses minerals. (This can also be seen in people who suffer from acid reflux.) White spots don’t usually hurt, but if the infection is not stopped, it will create a cavity and remove the protection from the nerve in the tooth.


A white spot can form in as few as thirty days. They are particularly prone to appearing on the upper front teeth at the part where the crown meets the gum line and in the area surrounding orthodontic brackets. Although enamel cannot be regrown, it can be remineralized, so patients should not give up on fighting incipient lesions. We also offer Invisalign as an alternative to fixed braces at our office, which creates less of a risk for white spot development.


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, June 1, 2018

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

Arthritis can cause problems throughout the body, but patients may be surprised to learn that some kinds of it are highly correlated with gum disease. We of the Oyster Bay Family Dentists often have to provide patients with replacement teeth, so we want everyone to be aware of when they are at risk.


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the joints become inflamed because the body is attacking itself. New studies have found that it is extremely common in people with severe periodontal bleeding. While this could be partially explained by arthritis making it difficult for people to perform oral hygiene, periodontal disease often appeared in the very early stages of RA. Upon further investigation, scientists found that gum tissue has similar genetic processes in common with joint tissue, and in the case of autoimmune disorders, they may be affected the same way.


The studies found that oral hygiene is still beneficial for people with RA, even with their additional challenges. Scientists are investigating whether oral care can reduce other RA symptoms, but in the meantime, people with RA are advised to consider electric toothbrushes so they can brush more easily and to use artificial throat moisteners if their salivary glands are compromised.


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.


 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Medication Use and Oral Health

Most of us are unaware that medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter will have some sort of impact on oral health. Some medications may cause a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth, oral sores, inflammation of the soft tissues, and/or discoloration. Unfortunately, the side effects of medication are more negative than positive, and The Oyster Bay Family Dentists are here to explain why.


A common side effect of medication in addition to the complications we mentioned above is dry mouth. Saliva keeps food from collecting around the teeth and neutralizes the acids produced by plaque, so when saliva is eliminated due to dry mouth, the chance of developing tooth decay increases. Be sure to discuss the medications you are taking with one of our doctors to avoid complications and discomfort.


If you have questions or concerns about medications the effects they have on oral health, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Common Retainer Methods

If your orthodontic treatment has come to an end, The Oyster Bay Family Dentists would like to wish you congratulations! The orthodontic train doesn’t stop there because now it’s time to protect your hard work with a retainer. There are two types of retainers that are commonly suggested at the end of treatment, and we will explain the difference between the two. During your appointment, we can help you reach a conclusion on which choice is best for you.



  • Removable Retainer – a removable retainer is the most common type, but depending on the individual, it may not always be the best choice. A removable retainer is crafted from a clear plastic that is formed by heat and a model of your teeth.  Removable retainers can be virtually invisible, and easy to wear.

  • Fixed Retainer – also known as a bonded retainer, a fixed retainer consists of a wire being bonded to the back of the six bottom teeth. Bonded retainers tend to protect fewer teeth than removable retainers, but are ideal for the patient that may forget to wear his or her retainer at night.


If you have questions or concerns about retainer options, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tooth Sectioning

We hate for patients to lose their natural teeth, but at the Oyster Bay Family Dentists, we ensure they are extracted safely. Typically, teeth are removed by rocking or them back and forth while pulling or elevating them, but this is sometimes a risk with larger ones, especially wisdom teeth. In those cases, we may section them.


The wisdom teeth are held in place by thick ligaments. Pulling or levering them could require a lot of force and risk damaging the surrounding tissue, which includes major nerves. Additionally, a common reason for wisdom teeth to be removed is that they are trapped below the gum line, and there is not enough room for them to move. When this happens, we use a dental drill to cut the tooth into pieces. The patient is numbed before this happens and the surgical site is kept under a stream of water so the patient’s oral tissues will not be harmed by the drill’s heat. The smaller sections of the tooth can be moved with less force and through smaller openings in the gum pocket. This procedure is safe and common, but we provide nitrous oxide sedation to patients who are worried about undergoing it.


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.


 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dangers of Snoring

Are you waking up feeling fatigued after a full night of sleep? Is your partner kicking you in the middle of the night because you’re snoring too loud? Are you the one waking them up just to get some relief? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s important to understand that although occasional snoring is common, habitual snoring can be hazardous to your health. Fortunately, The Oyster Bay Family Dentists have a solution.


Snoring occurs when nasal air passages are obstructed when there is poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, or if a person is overweight. Frequent snoring can be a symptom of a sleep apnea and can put a strain on the heart, cause chronic headaches, or long interruptions of breathing during sleep. If you experience daytime sleepiness or fatigue, give us a call to discuss your treatment options.


If you have questions or concerns about sleep apnea, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sedation Options

Sedation dentistry is beneficial to patients who don’t want to feel a thing during a dental or an oral surgery procedure. Whether you wish to take the edge off during a cleaning, or are having wisdom teeth removed, or dental implants placed, The Oyster Bay Family Dentists offer a sedation option that is right for you. Allow us to explain what types of sedation we offer.



  • Oral Conscious – With oral conscious sedation, the patient remains awake but is left in a heightened state of mind. For this option, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.

  • Nitrous Oxide – Nitrous, also known as laughing gas, leaves the patient in a euphoric state feeling completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety will fade away and you will be able to respond to the doctor if need be. Nitrous wears off once the procedure is complete, allowing you to return to your daily activities.

  • Anxiolysis – This light sedative is not as strong as oral sedation but is recommend for those who have mild to moderate anxiety. You will be able to drive yourself home after anxiolysis is administered.


If you have questions or concerns about sedation options, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.