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    Why Your Dentist Uses X-Rays

    Last updated 15 hours ago

    A dental examination can reveal important information about the state of your teeth and gums, but it may not disclose a full picture of your oral health. This video explains why X-rays are integral to dental wellness.

    Dental dangers can hide in regions other than the visible areas of your teeth and gums. Cavities can develop between your teeth, and abscesses can form under the gumline. X-rays can uncover dental problems that your dentist cannot see. Undergoing this procedure on a regular basis can aid in addressing oral health issues before they evolve into more serious problems.

    KFA Dental proudly offers digital X-rays, which can provide more comprehensive information about your teeth in comparison to traditional film X-rays. They also emit a significantly lower amount of radiation. To schedule your next dental checkup, call our Farmingdale office at (888) 829-9575.

    The Benefits of Invisalign for Adults

    Last updated 5 days ago

    It is never too late to have the beautiful smile you want. If you believe your chance at having straight teeth is over because you’re now an adult, Invisalign can make your rethink your options. This treatment alternative to braces is just as effective in eliminating cosmetic and clinical imperfections that can compromise the look and health of your teeth and gums. It also happens to be nearly invisible to the eye, making you and not your teeth the focus of your friends, family, and coworkers’ attention.

    No Dental Hygiene Hassles
    A common drawback to getting braces is the oral hygiene difficulties they present. Brace brackets can easily trap food and bacteria, making it harder to brush away these agents of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Brace wires also impede efforts to floss on a regular basis. Because Invisalign aligners can easily slide out of your mouth each time you want to clean your teeth and gums, you never have to worry about a heightened risk of dental problems as you undergo treatment.

    No Dietary Changes
    Many people with braces must give up their favorite foods for the duration of their orthodontic care. Yet treats like sticky caramels or gummy candies are not the only items that brace wearers must avoid. Even healthy foods such as apples, corn on the cob, and broccoli can become trapped between brackets and wires. With Invisalign treatment, you can keep eating the delicious and nutritious foods that you enjoy most.

    No Noticeable Metal Braces
    A significant advantage that Invisalign has over braces is its nearly undetectable appearance. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic that slips over your teeth. So each time you wear one, your smile takes center stage instead of your orthodontic appliance. Many Invisalign wearers receive new aligners every two weeks, which also prevents any cloudiness that could give away your devices. If you want to keep looking your best as you undergo orthodontic care, Invisalign might be the ideal treatment choice for you.

    Would you like to learn more about Invisalign treatment? The Invisalign experts at KFA Dental can discuss this orthodontic option with you so that you can decide if it is the right corrective measure for your smile. Call (888) 829-9575 today to make an appointment at our Farmingdale office. 

    The Link Between Oral Health and Whole-Body Wellness

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Poor oral hygiene can have ramifications well beyond periodontal disease and tooth decay. It can also affect the well-being of your metabolism, your heart, and even your unborn child. Studies are revealing in greater numbers how oral health impacts other facets of wellness. So when brushing and flossing, consider the following ways in which your oral hygiene habits can influence these aspects of your health:

    Pregnancy Health
    Enjoying a full-term pregnancy is important for a myriad of reasons. Many vital systems, including the lungs and intestines, continue to develop until birth. If a baby is born before its due date, these systems may be too immature to properly function. Research shows that periodontal disease can influence the risk of premature labor and delivery. Low birth weight, a common aspect of early birth, can further hinder a newborn’s overall health.

    Heart Health
    Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States, and healthcare providers believe that inadequate dental health may factor into this widespread problem. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which weaken and recede in response to tissue inflammation. When the gums fail to provide the protection that underlying blood vessels need, bacteria in the mouth may have an easier time entering them. This gives bacteria access to the cardiovascular system, where they can cause inflammation that increases the danger of having a heart attack.

    Metabolic Health
    Diabetes makes it difficult for the body to regulate its blood glucose levels. However, the impact of this disease encompasses multiple systems. In addition to metabolic dysfunction, diabetes can deteriorate blood vessels, damage nerves, and suppress the immune system. This makes periodontal disease a greater concern for individuals with this condition. Yet studies point to a reciprocal relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. The latter problem may also make it more challenging for sufferers to keep stable their blood glucose levels despite their best efforts.

    KFA Dental wants you to enjoy your best possible dental health. If you have concerns about your teeth or gums, we can help. Call (888) 829-9575 to set up a consultation with one of our capable dentists in the greater Long Island area. 

    Protecting Your Teeth While You Sleep

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Has your dentist noticed signs of chronic teeth grinding or clenching? If so, taking action now can prevent enamel damage that might compromise your oral health in the future. Teeth grinding might be an unconscious activity, but by taking the following steps while still awake, you can greatly reduce your risk of teeth deterioration.

    Cultivate Stress Relief Techniques
    Upon seeing the state of your teeth, did your dentist ask about your daytime stress? The connection between these two circumstances is strong. The higher your stress levels are, the stronger your propensity to grind your teeth could be. You can address this problem by identifying the stress triggers in your life and finding ways to combat them. For instance, using your lunch break to have a phone call with a good friend can bring down your stress levels and promote better well-being.

    Keep Up with Your Exercise Routine
    Working out is a great way to maintain your physical fitness, but it also can be an effective stress relief strategy as well. Physical activity can often purge muscle tension that builds in the body due to too much stress. When your body is in a relaxed state as you drift off to sleep, you’ll be less likely to grind your teeth.

    Invest in a Night Guard
    No matter the steps you take to lessen your teeth grinding habits, it’s important to speak with your dentist about getting a night guard. This device can offer important protective benefits when you cannot successfully eliminate your teeth grinding activities on your own. Your dentist can custom-make your night guard so that it fits perfectly over your teeth. As a result, you can sleep easy and your teeth can stay safe from undue wear and tear.

    KFA Dental can help you stop the damage that your teeth grinding might be doing to your smile. Our Farmingdale office offers night guard options that are convenient and comfortable. For more information on any of the services we provide to the greater Long Island region, call (888) 829-9575 or visit our website

    Uncovering the Reasons for Your Jaw Pain

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Did you know that your sleeping behavior could be the cause of your jaw pain? In this video, you can learn more about TMJ disorders, which affect the feel and function of the jaw joint.

    Stressful days at work, home, or school can segue into harmful slumber habits at night. Nighttime teeth grinding can put stress on the temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, and cause an assortment of problems. Waking up with facial soreness or headaches is common when you grind or clench your teeth. However, your dentist can address your discomfort with several effective remedies, including anti-inflammatory medication and night guard protection.

    Teeth grinding can also lead to enamel erosion that puts your teeth at greater risk for pain and tooth decay. To prevent the problems associated with TMJ disorders, call KFA Dental in Long Island at (888) 829-9575.

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