Say yes to chocolate for Halloween treats

Time is of the essence when it comes to teeth and sugar, so not all candy is equal. Chewy treats and hard candy are particularly damaging because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth and are more difficult for teeth to break down. Hard candies tend to be the most acidic – especially[...]

Reasons for tooth extractions

Reasons for tooth extractions: Extensive decay that cannot be repaired with a filling or crown Trauma due to an accident When gum disease loosens or severely damages a tooth Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in. When sometimes baby teeth don’t fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth[...]

Don’t Suffer With Missing Teeth

According to the American Dental Association the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. A large space between teeth may affect the way you chew or speak. In addition, remaining teeth may shift and bone loss might occur. Dental implants are a stronger, more permanent and[...]

Medication Related Bone Disease

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are beginning to see a growing number of patients with symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaws, an often painful condition characterized by exposed dead or dying bone in their jaws. Biophosphonates are a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone mass.  High-potency intravenous biophosphonates have been shown to modify[...]

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

An estimated 35,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed each year.  An estimated 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk factors. However, there are some risk factors that are associated with oral cancer: Alcohol and tobacco remain the greatest risk factors (and using them in combination increases the risk 15 times over the[...]

The Age of Wisdom

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”When a tooth doesn’t fully grow in, it’s “impacted”-usually unable to break through the gums because there isn’t[...]

April is National Facial Protection Month

Prevent accidents first. . . …but, know what to do when they do occur Fractured/Broken tooth Find the broken pieces, store in water or milk. See dentist within 24 hours – may be able to reattach the broken pieces of tooth. Analgesics for pain. Displaced tooth See your dentist immediately. If the tooth is extruded[...]

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month which brings attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  5 Smile Ready Food Tips 1 SNACK ON FIBER-RICH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: Chewing high-fiber foods boosts saliva flow, helping wash away food particles and decrease acid. Consider: celery, apple slices, carrot sticks 2 LOAD[...]

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Tooth decay affects more than one[...]

E Cigarettes and Oral Health

Dental researchers want to know the oral effects of the increasingly popular battery-powered devices that deliver cigarettes electronically and in an array of flavors, vapors and venues ranging from convenience store to “vape shop” and including the Internet. As public health officials cast regulatory eyes on the relatively new and expanding e-cigarette market, an “evolving[...]

Oral Surgery with a gentle touch

Have a stress free dental visit at David Miller  DDS  in Commack NY. Several of our patients have said “The doctor and nurse were very nice, calm and accommodating.”  Our dental services include: dental implants, wisdom tooth extractions and other oral surgery.

Wisdom Teeth Complications

As many of us know, wisdom teeth can create problems for all of us, including teens and especially adults who still have their wisdom teeth.  Unfortunately unexpected problems with wisdom teeth often happen at the least convenient times. Fortunately early extraction can avoid complications and other health problems. Statistics are high.  Nine out of ten[...]

Oral Cancer and Biopsies

Close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of many other cancers not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. In general, you should take note[...]

Tooth Abscess

An abscessed tooth is an infection caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth. These problems allow bacteria to enter the pulp (the soft tissue of a tooth). When pus builds up at the root tip in the jaw bone, it forms a pus-pocket called an abscess. If the abscess is not treated, it[...]

Dental Implants – An Alternative to bridges and dentures

A person should have thirty-two teeth in their mouth, four being wisdom teeth.  As we all know, with age come problems with our teeth.  Over time and for a variety of reasons, we may have lost some of those precious teeth. As an alternative to bridges and dentures comes the magic of dental implants. Dental implants[...]

Do you have discoloration, ulcerations or a growth in your mouth?

n general you should take note of any changes occurring in the gums, the tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the skin on the inside of the cheek or any swelling in the bony areas of the mouth or face. Most growths are benign but be sure to have a biopsy in case[...]

Short Implants- A New Solution to an Old Problem

Have you been told that you don’t have enough bone height for a dental implant? Bicon short implants may be the answer. Many people want implants in the back part of the jaws. However, due to bone loss over the years, there may not be enough bone. Bicon short implants have been solving this problem for over[...]

How To Get Wiser Without Wisdom

Wisdom teeth do not improve with age… A common refrain from the parents of teenagers is that they have big mouths.  Although that might be true, those mouths are usually not big enough for wisdom teeth to grow.  Early extraction can resolve the problems of complications and health problems. Statistics are high.  Nine out of[...]

Oral Health and Calcium

Calcium is a mineral your body needs to help build strong bones and healthy teeth. Low-fat and fat-free milk and dairy products are especially good sources of calcium. Even before baby teeth and adult teeth come in, they need calcium. As the teeth are coming into the mouth, they continue to take in calcium so they can develop[...]

Post Op Oral Surgery Instructions

After dental or oral surgery follow these simple instructions. 1.Leave the gauze in place for at least 30 minutes, then remove. If abnormal bleeding occurs, fold a sterile gauze, place over socket and bite down on it for 30 minutes. Keep head elevated. (Slight oozing is normal for up to 24 hours.) 2.Nothing to eat[...]