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    How Dentists Screen for Oral Cancer

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Did you know that your dentist is on the frontlines in the fight against cancer? Oral cancer screenings are an important part of regular dental check-ups. They’re simple, painless, and could save your life.

    Watch this video to find out how your dentist checks your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Sores and painless white patches in your mouth are two indicators of abnormal tissue growth. When your dentist spots one, he or she can take tissue for biopsy to rule out cancer or refer you to a specialist.

    It’s difficult to see the signs of oral cancer on your own, so be sure to schedule regular check-ups with Long Island’s KFA Dental. In addition to dental check-ups, we offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including Invisalign and teeth whitening. Find out more by calling (516) 249-1188.

    What Are Teeth in an Hour?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Do you have tooth decay, cracks, or chips that you’d love to get fixed, but are hesitant to commit to the multiple appointments usually required for restorative treatments? Now, you don’t have to wait. Crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers can all be created and placed in a single, hour-long appointment, thanks to the CEREC system at KFA Dental.

    With CERAC technology, your dentist can use a 3D digital image taken of your mouth to create a restorative dental treatment within a few minutes. That means you don’t have to go through the discomfort of biting on impression material or wearing a temporary device. An added benefit of restorations made with CERAC is that they last longer than those created in a dental lab, since they are made out of compressed porcelain instead of layered porcelain. Your dentist can match your restoration specifically to your tooth size and color, so you get natural results fast.

    Don’t delay your dental treatments any longer. Get the teeth you want in about an hour at KFA Dental. To make an appointment, call our Long Island office at (516) 249-1188.

    A Guide to Caring for Your Dentures

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore not only your dental health, but also your overall confidence in your smile. It’s important to take care of your dentures properly so they maintain their fit and continue to look great. Talk to your restorative dentist about his or her recommendations for caring for your specific set of dentures. These tips will also help keep your dentures in top condition.

    Clean Daily
    Just as you brushed your teeth daily, your dentures need to be cleaned every day. To clean your dentures, start with a soft-bristled toothbrush—ideally one that has been designed for dentures. Use water to brush your dentures, but avoid toothpaste. Most toothpastes are too abrasive and will scratch the surfaces of your dentures. In addition to brushing your dentures daily, it’s a good idea to rinse them out every time you eat to avoid letting food and debris build up. If you want to clean your dentures further, talk to your dentist about using a cleaning soak. Keep in mind that soaking your dentures can’t take the place of daily brushing.

    Practice Proper Maintenance
    You can avoid damaging your dentures with some simple maintenance tips. Always remove your dentures while standing over a folded towel or sink of water, so that there is cushion if you drop them. When your dentures are out, put them in cool water so they don’t get dry. Avoid hot water, which could warp them and change their fit. If you have metal attachments in your dentures, ask your dentist if soaking them in cleaning solution is OK, as this practice could cause metal to tarnish.

    Remove Dentures Nightly
    Be sure to take out your dentures every night and put them in a glass of water. This gives your gums a rest so that your dentures continue to feel comfortable. Placing your dentures in a glass of water will ensure they don’t get dry during the night.

    Your KFA Dental dentist will guide you every step of the way as you adjust to your dentures. Our Long Island office also provides other restorative dentistry services, including dental implants. To make an appointment for dental care, call (516) 249-1188.

    Are You Brushing Too Hard?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    It may seem like scrubbing your teeth hard will get them extra-clean, but in fact, vigorous brushing can take a toll on your dental health. If you are over-enthusiastic with your brushing technique, you could damage your tooth enamel and gums.

    Watch this video to learn more about the dangers of abrasive tooth brushing. If your toothbrushes tend to become worn very shortly after you buy them, you’re likely brushing too hard. Always use a soft-bristled brush and never brush for more than two minutes to help maintain your tooth enamel.

    Could your oral hygiene habits use a tune-up? Make an appointment at KFA Dental to get tips on maintaining good oral health. Schedule your appointment at our Long Island dental practice by calling (516) 249-1188.

    Are You a Good Candidate for Tooth Whitening?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Are you tired of dealing with discolored teeth? Tooth whitening can help you say goodbye to stains and hello to a bright, white smile. Is tooth whitening the right procedure to help you regain your confidence in your grin? Only your dentist can help you decide for sure, but here are some signs that tooth whitening may be the right procedure for you.

    Your Teeth Are Yellow
    Yellow teeth usually indicate surface staining. This kind of discoloration is often linked to eating staining foods like berries, drinking dark beverages like coffee and tea, or smoking. Simple aging can also be behind yellow teeth. Tooth whitening procedures are very good at removing these kinds of surface stains. If you have deeper stains caused by medications or too much fluoride, whitening may not help you achieve your desired results. Teeth with these kinds of stains usually appear brown or gray. Your cosmetic dentist can help you explore other options, like veneers and crowns, if you have deep staining.

    You Don’t Have Fillings on the Front of Your Teeth
    If you have tooth-colored fillings, bonding, crowns, or caps on your teeth, whitening is often not recommended. That is because the whitening treatment won’t change the color of these dental materials, so your newly-whitened teeth will have discolored patches. Your cosmetic dentist can examine any past corrective procedures you’ve had to determine if they would interfere with the results of your whitening treatment.

    You Don’t Have Gum Disease
    People with gum disease, as well as people with sensitive teeth, sometimes find that tooth whitening exacerbates their symptoms. However, that doesn’t mean that tooth whitening isn’t possible. Your dentist can help you pick a whitening treatment that is safe for you if your teeth are sensitive. You may also benefit from treating your gum disease before tooth whitening.

    To find out if tooth whitening is right for you, schedule a consultation at Long Island’s KFA Dental. While you’re here, you can talk to our dentists about our other cosmetic dentistry treatments, from Invisalign to gum contouring. Make your appointment now by calling (516) 249-1188.

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