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Help! My Toddler Won't Let Me Brush His/Her Teeth May 23rd, 2022

Many new parents constantly ask us how to brush their childrens' teeth without screaming and crying. Here are some tips for taking care of your young childrens' teeth. There may be a little crying in the process, but rest assured that you are not actually torturing your child (although they...

The Importance of SPF May 16th, 2022

The Importance of SPFAs summer approaches a lot of us will be spending more time outside in the sun. We know the importance of wearing daily SPF on our face, but how about our lips? Do we even need SPF on our lips? The answer is yes. The skin surrounding...

How to care for your Night Guard Apr 25th, 2022

How to care for your Night GuardSo you just got your first nightguard, how do you keep it clean? There are a couple of things to know about proper home care for a night guard.Cleaning a nightguard is very easy. We recommend first rinsing it with cold water when you...

What to know before, during and after whitening treatments Apr 19th, 2022

What to know before, during, and after whitening treatmentsBefore:Brush with fluoride toothpaste before your whitening treatment. If you tend to have sensitive teeth you can also use a prescription fluoride toothpaste from your dentist or a sensitivity toothpaste like sensodyne. You can also take up to 600mg of ibuprofen prior...

Spring Cleaning Tips Apr 4th, 2022

Spring is here! Here are some reminders to make sure you are up to date with all your dental needs! 1. Check your toothbrush: your toothbrush should be changed every three to four months. If you find the bristles are starting to look frayed or you've been using the same...

Cosmetic Bonding Mar 9th, 2022

Advancements in modern dentistry have made it possible to improve smiles with minimally invasive techniques.  One of these advancements is cosmetic bonding. Bonding is the application of a resin material to the tooth surface. Bonding can be used to close spaces between teeth, repair chips, lengthen teeth, change the shape...

Antibiotics and Dentistry Feb 18th, 2022

Antibiotics are frequently prescribed in the dental and medical world but what exactly do antibiotics do? Antibiotics kill bacteria that cause infections and have been critical in fighting many serious diseases. Because antibiotics are so effective when used properly, it has, unfortunately, become very easy to overuse them. There are...

Five Tips for Managing Sensitivity Feb 7th, 2022

Five Tips for Managing SensitivityMost of us have experienced sensitive teeth at some point or another.Sometimes this happens while eating or drinking and then goes away.Sometimes this even happens spontaneously. Tooth sensitivity is verycommon but there are many different causes and in turn many differentways to manage it.The teeth are...

The Truth About Mail Order Nightguards and Tooth Straightening Aligners Jan 12th, 2022

  The Truth About Mail Order Nightguards and Tooth Straightening Aligners   If you are like most of our patients, you have seen advertisements for nightguards and tooth straightening aligners that you can order online, without visiting a dentist. These services can seem very attractive due to their cost and...

Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips Part II Dec 23rd, 2021

Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips Part II   For many of us, the holiday season is synonymous with overindulging in food and drink. Believe it or not, this can have an effect on your teeth. I'm going to give you a few tips for keeping your teeth healthy during the holiday...

Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips! Nov 29th, 2021

Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips! 1. Maintain your normal routine The Holidays can be a crazy time. Even with a busy schedule, make sure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. This is especially important if you are enjoying some holiday treats! If you're traveling, make...

Tips for proper brushing Sep 27th, 2021

Using the correct tooth brushing technique is one of the most important things for your oral health that is often overlooked. Let's check in and make sure that you are brushing your teeth effectively to keep your teeth as healthy as possible!Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day...

Is it a sinus problem or a toothache? Sep 7th, 2021

  As the seasons change and fall approaches, so do allergies and sinus problems. Sometimes when we develop sinus pressure or a sinus infection it is accompanied by a sudden toothache. It can be hard to tell if we are having a toothache or if it is a symptom of...

Managing your Oral Health while Pregnant Aug 30th, 2021

The American Dental Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend women visit the dentist while pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy make women more susceptible to gingivitis (gum inflammation) and tooth decay. You should always let your dentist know you are pregnant...

Managing Dry Mouth Aug 23rd, 2021

Xerostomia is the subjective sensation of dryness in the mouth. Over 22% of the global population is affected by dry mouth. The most common causes of dry mouth include: medication, radiation therapy, aging, and autoimmune disease.  Antihistamines, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, decongestants, diuretics, muscle relaxants, antiseizure medications, and cannabis all...

How often should I see the dentist? Aug 16th, 2021

How often should I see the dentist? As the end of summer approaches many of us are back to work and back to school. As our schedules get busier, it's important not to forget about your teeth! If it has been more than six months since you were last at...

Your Pharmacy Dental Aisle Demystified Aug 9th, 2021

Have you ever walked down the dental aisle of your local pharmacy and been completely overwhelmed? Did you stand in front of the multitude of toothpastes, floss, and mouthwashes and wonder what their differences were? If you answered yes to those two questions then you are in luck because I'm...

White Spots Aug 2nd, 2021

White Spots Have you noticed white spots on your teeth? Some white spots are more visible than others especially if they are on the front teeth and can be seen when smiling. Several things can cause white spots to appear on the teeth including some early stage cavities, enamel demineralization,...

Clenching Jul 26th, 2021

Are you clenching your teeth? The past year has come with many changes and increased stress levels for a lot of us. Not only did these life changes translate to our physical health but it also has had an impact on our oral health. One of the most common stress...

My Dentist Recommended an Onlay. What is That? Jul 8th, 2021

My Dentist Recommended an Onlay. What is That?  There has been an increase in broken teeth over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a result of missed dental appointments and increased tooth grinding due to stress. You may be one of the many patients...

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month Jun 8th, 2021

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month  At Metropolitan Dental Care we join the fight to combat Alzheimer's and this month of June, we support the Alzheimer's Association's - Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. "In 2020 as many as 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer's disease" (Matthews et al.,...

Digital Dentistry May 24th, 2021

  Here at Metropolitan Dental Care, we use an iTero digital scanner. This scanner is one of the latest advances in digital dentistry that allows us to provide innovative digital dentistry which incorporates the use of computer-aided design and computer aided manufacturing technology to create a three dimensional digital image...

What You Should Know About Dental X-Rays May 18th, 2021

X-rays diagnose problems in the oral cavity that cannot be seen with just a clinical examination. These include cavities in between the teeth, bone loss around the teeth, poorly fitting dental restorations (crowns, bridges), pathology in the jaw bone, and infections in the jaw bone or teeth. The frequency of...

Whitening Your Smile May 11th, 2021

Behind the mask there is a smile waiting to greet you! Are you feeling like your teeth are stained or looking more yellow?  Here at Metropolitan Dental Care we provide patients who would like to whiten their teeth with the following options: take home whitening trays or Zoom Whitening or...

Is it Safe to Visit the Dentist During the COVID-19 Pandemic? May 6th, 2021

Many patients have wondered whether they should continue routine dental care amidst a global pandemic of an airborne virus. This is a legitimate concern given that the dental office is one of the few places where you are required to remove your face mask. We have all become accustomed to...

Visiting the Dentist Apr 29th, 2021

Visiting the Dentist As vaccine rollout continues throughout NYC with almost six million doses being administered in NYC facilities patients are returning to the city for dental and medical appointments. Many patients have missed their biannual dental check-up and dental cleanings. Without routine hygiene patients' gums will experience inflammation due...

National Facial Protection Month Apr 7th, 2021

April is National Facial Protection Month, which encompasses more than the average tooth chip or tooth injury. This month we are highlighting the importance of athletic mouthguards. Together with the American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and...

What are Sealants? Mar 22nd, 2021

A sealant is a thin coating of restorative material placed on the top chewing surface of the teeth. The thin layer will flow into the deepest grooves of the tooth and prevent bacterial build up in the deep grooves. The deepest grooves commonly known as deep pits and wide fissures...

When Should I Replace My Toothbrush Head? Mar 22nd, 2021

If you can’t remember the last time you replaced the toothbrush head on your electronic toothbrush then it's probably time to replace it. We agree with the American Dental Association in that it is recommended to replace the toothbrush head approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the...

The Legend of the Tooth Fairy Mar 2nd, 2021

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, a month where we celebrate the importance of taking care of children’s primary teeth. An infants first tooth is typically the bottom front central incisors that develop at six months. By three years of age children will have all 20 of their primary (baby)...

American Heart Month Mar 2nd, 2021

Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack or stroke. February is American Heart Month a month where we recognize a top silent killer of Americans - Heart Disease. Over the past several months many have engaged in poor lifestyle habits, this includes not exercising the recommended amount, missing doctors...

Implications of COVID-19 in the Oral Cavity Jan 20th, 2021

As research evolves, symptoms, treatments, and implications of COVID-19 are being studied. Through the evolving research, scientists and patients are trying to determine the link between COVID-19 and some dental symptoms that patients experience. 1. Loss of Taste - Dysgeusia        A theory for the cause of loss...

Invisalign Dec 2nd, 2020

Invisalign is a series of clear trays that help realign your teeth to an mproved position. Patients see an esthetic evolution of their smile as well as an improvement in their bite and function. Many patients had orthodontics at a young age and since then their teeth have relapsed and...

Implants, Dentures, and Bridges at Metropolitan Dental Care Nov 30th, 2020

There are several ways to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. 1. Implant Dentistry An implant is a permanent titanium prosthesis that is surgically placed in the bone to replace a single tooth or to retain a denture. First the bone in the missing space will be assessed...

Men's Health Nov 24th, 2020

Medical conditions like cardiac issues and diabetes have beenshown to be linked with oral health. Along with raising awareness forcommon medical concerns for men it is important to recognize the prevalenceof cavities, gum disease, and common oral health issues.A recent study shows that men are half as likely as women...

Occlusal Guards ...Do I really need one? Nov 7th, 2020

Sometimes an occlusal guard is known as a night guard because patients areinstructed to wear the prosthesis primarily at night while sleeping. Thepurpose of the guard is to prevent TMJ complications, relax jaw muscles,reduce headaches caused by clenching and most commonly, to protect thedentition.A sign of wear is often noted...

At Home Whitening Trays vs. Zoom Whitening Oct 28th, 2020

Here at Metropolitan Dental Care we provide patients who would like to whiten their teeth with the following options: take home whitening trays or Zoom Whitening or both. If you've been wanting to whiten, and make your smile brighter, make an appointment with us today! Staining can be a result...

The Paramount Importance of pH Oct 20th, 2020

The average pH of our saliva is 6.7 pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a logarithmic scale. The range is 0-14 and 7 is neutral. Greater than seven is a basic solution and less than seven is an acidic solution. The normal range...

Sugary Snacks...Beware! Oct 15th, 2020

Our mouths contain a variety of bacteria that are located on our teeth, gums, and tongue. The bacteria use the sugar found in the food we consume to multiply and grow. The bigger the bacteria grow the more acid they can form. Once the acid remains on the enamel for...

Water Flossers aka Oral Irrigators Oct 12th, 2020

Water flossers are a great addition to your home dental hygiene care routine. It is formally known as an oral irrigator and the way it functions is by spraying water in between teeth in the interproximal space dislodging soft plaque, food, and bacteria. To use it, lean over the sink...

Little Teeth, Big Smiles – Pediatric Dentistry Sep 30th, 2020

A child’s permanent adult teeth will erupt between six to seven years of age. Typically the first molars arrive first, behind the child’s primary teeth. Therefore it is especially important that as a parent you are helping the child brush their teeth in addition to monitoring. Following the first molars...

Oral Cancer Screening Sep 8th, 2020

When visiting the dentist it is routine that an intraoral and extraoralvisual and tactile examination is completed on patients. The dentistassesses the following parts of the patient’s mucosal and soft tissuesincluding but not limited to the tongue, under the tongue – floor of themouth, roof of the mouth, gums, cheeks,...

Fluoride Treatment Aug 25th, 2020

Fluoride prevents dental caries by inhibiting demineralization of enamel and encouraging remineralization of demineralized enamel. Topical fluoride applied at the dentist can create a temporary layer of calcium fluoride-like material on the outer surface of teeth, this layer will then respond to changes in pH levels and effect bacterial metabolism....

Back to School Dental Check-ups – Pediatric Dentistry Aug 12th, 2020

Summertime after the fourth of July goes by in a blink and before most know it – it’s time for Back to School. As you and your child prepare with new backpacks, new learning materials, it’s also a great time to bring your child to the dentist. Schedules are busy...

Diabetes & Dentistry Jul 31st, 2020

At the start of every dental visit your provider will review your medical history and medications. One of the most common chronic diseases in patients is Diabetes. “10.5% of the U.S. Population has diabetes.”*   According to the American Dental Association: “Oral manifestations of uncontrolled diabetes can include:   xerostomia...

Bleeding Gums Mar 5th, 2020

Bleeding Gums!   One of the most common dental concerns we hear from patients is “my gums bleed when I brush.” According to the CDC, around 47% of adults over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease. Bleeding gums is often a hallmark of gum disease and is a...

Wellness Trends and Your Teeth Jan 21st, 2020

With the new year upon us, the internet and social media are buzzing with wellness trends guaranteed to make 2020 your healthiest year yet. From workouts, to supplements, to diets, it is clear that the wellness industry is booming. Here at Metropolitan Dental Care, we are all about wellness for...

Adjuncts to Brushing and Flossing Dec 30th, 2019

  At your recall appointments, I am sure your dentist asks about brushing and flossing. How many times per day do you brush? How often are you flossing? While these are the workhorses for maintaining your oral hygiene, there are a myriad of other tools you can use in addition...

A Brush-Up on Brushing Dec 16th, 2019

A Brush-Up on Brushing When you walk into any pharmacy, the sheer volume of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and other oral care products can be overwhelming. What type of toothbrush should you be using and how? In this blog post, we’ll tackle all of your questions about brushing. The Basics In order...

The Knocked Out (Avulsed) Tooth Dec 9th, 2019

The Knocked Out (Avulsed) Tooth Knocking out a tooth, otherwise known as avulsion, can be a scary thing! Avulsion accounts for 0.3-5% of all dental injuries. This is one of the most serious dental injuries and many studies have shown that the first few minutes following the accident are key....

Dental Trauma Dec 3rd, 2019

Mild to Moderate Dental Trauma Chipped, broken, and fractured teeth are some of the most common dental emergencies. From biting on an almond to sustaining a blow to the face, there are a myriad of ways dental trauma occurs. Thirty-three percent of adults have experienced some type of dental trauma...

Internal Bleaching Nov 25th, 2019

You’ve had a root canal on one of your front teeth and now you’ve noticed the tooth is turning gray. Now what? Sometimes changing the temporary filling in the back with a permanent white filling is enough to eliminate this graying. If not, internal bleaching is a great option to...

Vitamin K2 Oct 27th, 2019

Most of us think about the effects of key nutrients in our diet and their effect on our overall health.  We are just beginning to learn about the importance of Vitamin K2 and its implications on our systemic health, including our dental health.  At Metropolitan Dental Care we are passionate...

Tooth Whitening Oct 22nd, 2019

“Want a whiter, brighter smile?” Countless advertisements begin with this question and wanting lighter and whiter teeth is a common patient request. To really understand the process of tooth whitening, we will discuss how teeth become discolored and traditional treatments for tooth discoloration.  Causes of Tooth Discoloration  There are a...

Are dental veneers right for me? Oct 18th, 2019

Thinking about veneers? They are a big step, and a big investment, but one that can make a world of difference. A sparkling new smile can give you the self-esteem and confidence to take on the world. Read on to learn if veneers are the right choice for you.A Versatile...

Botox/Dysport Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ Oct 14th, 2019

Bruxism or tooth grinding is a common behavior; reports of prevalence range from 8% to 31% in the general population.  There are two main types of bruxism: one occurs during sleep (nocturnal bruxism) and one during wakefulness (awake bruxism). Dental damage may be similar in both types, but the symptoms...

Mouthwash Lessens Benefits of Exercise Oct 8th, 2019

At Metropolitan Dental Care we are uniquely experienced with treating athletes for their dental needs. See an interesting new article on the relationship between antibacterial mouth rinses, such as Peridex (chlorhexadine) and Listerine relative to exercise in the article below: Mouthwash Lessens Benefits of Exercise By Dr. Oz and Dr....

Affordable and Effective Options for Tooth Replacement in 2019 Oct 7th, 2019

Teeth are amazing facets of the human anatomy and are comprised of some of the hardest mineralized substances in the body.  They are can withstand tremendous environmental stresses such as acidity, changes in temperature, everyday chewing, a build-up of biofilm, and often even nighttime grinding (or bruxing).  Most of us...

Is Bad Breath Holding You Back From Living Your Best Life? Oct 1st, 2019

Dental issues. Bad breath can be caused by dental issues such as gum disease or cavities. Crowded teeth or ill-fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath as bacteria can be entrapped where it does not belong. See your dentist to rule out any oral care issues as a culprit. Bacteria. Without...

Running and Your Pearly Whites Oct 6th, 2017

  Once again marathon season is upon us and the parks are full.   The leaves are turning beautiful shades of amber and arduous 18-20 mile training runs are being logged. As beautiful as autumn weather is, there is a fatigue that sets in when runs start to ratchet into double-digits....