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dry mouth desert


Dry mouth, or xerostomia, results when glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva. Teeth, gums, and other soft tissues inside the mouth need saliva to stay healthy. A dry mouth is not a happy mouth. Ideally, the human body adjusts the output of saliva to keep things properly moist in there.  Kind of like the […]

porcelain veneers before after


Most people want to have a bright, white smile. There’s a popular belief that people with great smiles as better people, not just more attractive. In fact, some research suggests there’s some truth to this. In contrast, other studies don’t find attractiveness ratings related to tooth color. It’s a tough thing to measure accurately. In any case, […]


When an adult loses a tooth, things start to happen. The empty space seems to invite the neighbors to move in. They do move. Slowly, but surely.  And so do their neighbors, and then theirs. It’s chaos! The new gaps invite food bits to get comfortable where the brush can’t come. Dental hygiene becomes more […]

Gingivitis - Gum Disease


Know why that common gum disease is called “gingivitis”? Well, it’s because in medical terms, the gums are the gingiva. An “-itis” is an inflammation, so gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Hence, gum disease. But we’re getting ahead of the story. To begin with, let’s talk about the gums themselves. Our gums are part […]


CONDITION RED? Faced with troubling signs and symptoms in the general area where dentists do their work, a decision must be made. Is this a dental emergency? It’s an important decision, with consequences for the short term and the long term. Some types of dental emergencies have much better outcomes if the emergency dentist starts […]


WHAT AND WHY We know what causes tooth decay, and we know what the lifestyle and oral hygiene measures are that will reduce our chances of getting it to the minimum.  That minimum, unfortunately, is often not zero. Life is not fair. People with poor dental hygiene habits get cavities, but people with perfect dental […]


“Why me? ” This is the question dentists hear again and again from patients who brush twice a day, floss daily, eat right, and still seem to get more cavities than everybody else does. It seems unfair, since we all know people who neglect their oral hygiene and never have cavities or any dental problems […]

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The Top Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today. As the NYC-based cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Apa, says, the future of dentistry is swiftly progressing. “Cosmetic dentistry is always going to involve multidisciplinary specialties,” he notes. “I think the office of the future will have everyone under one roof to comprehensively treat a […]