Poor Oral Health Affects Your General Health

An important part of overall health is making certain to properly take care of your mouth. Just as you schedule check-ups with primary care physicians and specialists when needed, routine visits to the dentist are also vital. Neglecting dental health does not only compromise showing off your beautiful smile but can negatively affect your entire mouth and body and have serious consequences. Dr. Lattinelli explains how poor oral health jeopardizes your general health below.

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We’ve heard time and time again that it is crucial to brush and floss our teeth every day. The reason for this goes deeper than solely for cosmetic purposes. Besides elevating your risk for tooth decay-causing cavities, infections including periodontal disease are able to develop and can wreak havoc on other parts of your body and increase the danger of serious health problems such as strokes, heart disease, and diabetes.

The mouth is connected to the body by way of the oral-systemic link. Bacteria located in the mouth causing periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, can work its way into the bloodstream and then be transported throughout the entire body. This awful truth may come as a surprise to the general public. Furthermore, a significant number of people diagnosed with heart disease have periodontitis, as the two often go hand in hand.

As stated above, caring for your teeth provides so much more than a happy smile. Preventative attention to your mouth is beneficial to your total health and can also counteract painful oral problems and expensive corrective procedures down the road. Scheduled appointments with your dentist every six months will certainly give you something to smile about.

Dr. Lattinelli’s dental practice is revered in the industry and well-trusted by patients. Our experienced and friendly staff puts clients at ease and is professional at all times. We are conveniently located at 121 East 60th Street in Manhattan, NY. Please contact us at (212) 752-7188 to make an appointment.

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Hygiene Tips for Those with Dental Implants

Implants are revolutionary for people who have damaged, discolored, broken, cracked, or missing teeth. They instantly improve the look of your teeth, and can instantly transform your smile. Once you get your new teeth, you are going to want to make sure that you keep them clean and as perfect as possible. Here is some additional information about taking care of your implants.

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What Are Implants? How Do I Care for Them?

Implants are made to look and feel like actual teeth. In fact, implants screw into your jawline, which means they will keep your gums and jawbone healthy. They are usually made of porcelain with a stainless steel or a titanium screw which makes them look very much like your natural teeth. Implants have been around for nearly 50 years to correct and perfect teeth. They are a great way to replace teeth that are missing due to an accident or injury.

There are a few hygiene tips you need to know about in order to properly care for your implants. First, you will want to brush and floss your implants twice a day, just like you would with your natural teeth. You need to avoid opening bottles and cans with your teeth. Although the implants are strong porcelain, they can break. You may want to make sure that you brush your implants after you eat foods that can stain your implants, such as berries or caffeine. If you smoke, you need to know that smoking will discolor your implants.

One great solution for dental implants is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a water cleaner. This way, you will have amazingly clean teeth, along with your implants that will last you for the rest of your life.

When you are ready to get implants for your teeth, you need to give us a call. You can reach us at 212.752.7188. You can also come by and see us at 121 East 60th Street, 10th floor, New York, New York 10022.

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National Dentist's Day

Without the dentist, we would have a lot of problems with our teeth and oral health. We owe a lot to our dentists for keeping our mouths healthy and our smiles bright. This March 6, show your dentist you care by celebrating National Dentist's Day.

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Dentistry has a long history. The first documentation of dentistry dates back to 2600 B.C. with dentist Hesy-ra of ancient Egypt. Many, many years later, the Book of Dentistry was written. In 1530, Artzney Buchlein published the "Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth." By 1990, cosmetic dentistry was on the rise. Everything from colorful braces, to bleaching, the veneers, to implants were used to help improve people's smiles.

There are a few ways to celebrate National Dentist's Day this March 6. First, brush your teeth. You should brush your teeth two to three times every day, but spend a few minutes on March 6 caring for your teeth as your dentist recommends. In addition to brushing, don't forget to floss and use mouthwash.

Another way to celebrate National Dentist Day is by scheduling an appointment with your dentist. We should see our dentists at least twice a year for semi-annual cleanings and check-ups. If you forgot to schedule your appointment this year, schedule it for March 6 so you won't forget again!

Finally, consider writing a thank-you note to your dentist. Being a dentist can be a thankless job, especially because so few people actually enjoy going to the dentist. To show your dentist you care, even if you don't like going to your bi-annual cleanings, write them a thank-you note. This small gesture can mean a lot to your dentist.

If you're in need of a new dentist. Consider Joseph C. Lattinelli, DMD. At our offices, we offer friendly, personalized care to each and every one of our patients. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at 212-752-7188. We are located at 121 East 60th Street in New York, New York.

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Avoid these Items to Protect Your Teeth and Gums

We’ve all been spending a lot more time eating these days. Often, we spend a lot of time eating things that aren’t good for us. You may have thought about watching your weight, but have you thought about watching out for your teeth and gums? Here are some foods you might want to avoid to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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What Foods Should I Avoid?

The number one food on your list of things to avoid is sugar, especially refined sugar. Sugar is the primary cause of tooth decay and gum disease. While you may be concerned about other foods harming your teeth and gums, sugar is a huge problem. Sugar enables the bacteria that is constantly in your mouth to grow and populate. Without proper brushing and flossing, sugar gives your mouth bacteria all of the fuel it needs to eat away at your teeth. Over time, you can develop both cavities and gum disease. If you have to indulge your sweet tooth every once in a while, make sure that you are brushing and flossing immediately after you eat sugar.

There are some sugar products that are more harmful than others. If you love caramels, taffy, toffee, or other sticky, sugary foods, it is even more important to brush and floss properly. Be sure that you use proper dental hygiene because sticky chewy, sugary foods are more difficult to get out of your mouth with absentminded brushing, which means they can stay on your teeth and cause more trouble.

Also, be sure that foods that are highly acidic, such as citrus, peppers, tomatoes, soft drinks, caffeine, and alcohol. Brushing after consumption of these foods will lessen the chances they will eat away at your tooth enamel.

When you are ready to have some help protecting your valuable teeth and gums, you need to come and see us. We’re located at 121 East 60th Street, New York City, New York 10022. You can call us to schedule a visit at 212. 752.7188.

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Can Invisalign Improve Your Oral Health?

When you look in the mirror, do you see a beautiful, straight, shiny smile, or do you see teeth that are crooked or poorly spaced? If you aren’t happy with your smile, you’re not alone. Researchers indicate that as many as 30% of adults aren’t happy with the way their smile looks. In addition to being self-conscious, you may also be suffering from poor oral health. Did you know that the Invisalign product can straighten your teeth and improve your oral health? Here is more information about the benefits of Invisalign.

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Invisalign is a set of clear, plastic aligners that are specially constructed to fit inside your mouth and no one else's. These aligners work to straighten out and respace your teeth gradually. The aligners are worn all of the time, except when you are eating or drinking, or brushing your teeth. This is great for people who are worried about eating or drinking with braces because while oral health suffers from braces, it improves with Invisalign.

Invisalign can fix spacing issues, mild overbite issues, or teeth that are crooked. Invisalign shortens the amount of time it takes to fix your teeth by as much as 6 months, which makes them cheaper than braces. Also, Invisalign can help improve your oral health. When your teeth aren’t crowded together, and when they are properly spaced, they are healthier teeth. You’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth more easily after they are treated with the Invisalign process.

If you need more information about Invisalign, or you have questions about other dental procedures, you need to give us a call at 212.752.7188. You can also come by and see us at 121 East 60th Street, New York City, 10022. Please feel free to call and reach out to us.

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