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    Tips for Maintaining Your Newly Whitened Smile

    Last updated 5 days ago

    If your teeth are stained or yellowed, you may feel self-conscious when smiling, speaking, or eating around other people. The good news is that your dentist can help you get a sparkling white smile you can be proud of. However, after a teeth whitening treatment, it is important to take certain precautions to help keep your smile white. Check out the following tips to learn how to make your smile stay bright and white.

    Be Careful with Your Beverages
    Darkly colored beverages are one of the top causes of teeth staining. Coffee, tea, red wine, cola, and fruit juice can all take a toll on the color of your teeth. Try to cut back on these beverages to preserve your white smile. Drinking through a straw can also help to maintain your smile, as less of the staining liquid will pass over your teeth.

    Find the Right Foods
    There are certain foods that can actually help to scrub your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and pears will scrub away particles that could cause stains. In addition, these fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva production, which helps to rinse away staining substances on your teeth.

    Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
    Following a proper oral hygiene routine will help to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful after a whitening treatment. Brushing twice each day and flossing once each day will help to remove debris that could lead to new stains on your teeth. Using a whitening toothpaste a couple of times each week can help to eliminate surface stains on your teeth before they become a more serious problem. Rinsing your mouth with water after each meal is also essential for preventing discoloration.

    Stop Smoking
    Using tobacco can have a number of negative effects on your health and your appearance, especially when it comes to your smile. If you smoke cigarettes or use another form of tobacco, kicking the habit will help keep your teeth white and sparkling.

    Are you interested in teeth whitening? Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. and his NYC dental health team can help. We offer the BriteSmile whitening system to help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. For more information, contact us online or call (646) 833-0582. 

    What is Gingivitis?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. Tender, swollen gums, or gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing, are signs of gingivitis. Smoking, crooked teeth, and oral contraceptives can increase your risk for gingivitis. To prevent gingivitis, eat a well-balanced diet, brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, floss after each meal, and visit your dentists regularly. Watch this short clip from the American Dental Association to learn more about gingivitis.

    Gingivitis is reversible, so long as you visit your dentist early enough in its progression. For all of your dental care needs, visit Dr. Kenn Kakosian in NYC. From teeth cleanings to dental implants, Dr. Kakosian offers all of the dentistry services you need to have a beautiful and healthy smile. Call (646) 833-0582 to learn more. 

    The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

    Last updated 20 days ago

    You’re never too old to enjoy a straight, beautiful smile. Besides the aesthetic benefits of straight teeth, there are numerous health benefits of having a correct smile. And thanks to Invisalign, you can have straight teeth without the discomfort or embarrassment that comes with traditional wire braces. Consider these health benefits of straight teeth, and then talk to your dentist about the Invisalign system.

    Healthier Teeth and Gums
    The most obvious health benefits of straight teeth are healthier teeth and gums. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly improve your overall dental health. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. When your teeth are properly aligned, the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against periodontal disease. And because straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, you can more easily remove plaque buildup that eventually leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

    Lower Risk of Serious Ailments
    Your teeth and gums say a lot about your overall health. The better you can take care of your oral health, the better your overall health will be. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are caused by bacteria which, left untreated, can lead to serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. Not only are straight teeth easier to clean, but having a smile you are proud of will make you more likely to visit your dentist for regular cleaning and check-ups. By building a strong relationship with your dentist, you will greatly reduce your risk of developing serious ailments caused by poor oral health.

    If you want straighter teeth, Dr. Kenn Kakosian can help. Dr. Kakosian specializes in Invisalign treatments in NYC. He also offers teeth whitening services to give you the most beautiful smile possible. To learn more about Invisalign and the benefits of straight teeth, call (646) 833-0582. 

    Invisalign: The Convenient Choice for Your Smile

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Many adults who want straighter teeth are afraid of the embarrassment that comes with wearing traditional wire braces. Fortunately, Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted without the irritation, discomfort, or embarrassment other teeth-straightening methods can cause. Invisalign trays are smooth and comfortable to wear, and they are fully removable. This means you can brush and floss as normal, and eat whatever you’d like. And if you have a special occasion or big meeting coming up, you can take your aligners out and pop them back in when you’re ready—but it’s not like people will know you’re wearing them, because they’re virtually invisible!

    To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, contact Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S, P.C. Dr. Kakosian specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry at his practice in Manhattan. Call (646) 833-0582 or visit Dr. Kakosian today to learn if Invisalign is right for you

    How to Take Care of Your Dentures

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Dentures have come a long way over the years, and are now made from very advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance. However, just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for to remove plaque and food particles. Unclean or malformed dentures can cause infections, irritations, bad breath, and a number of other oral problems. Here are a few tips for taking care of your dentures.

    Clean Dentures Daily
    Brush your dentures each day the same way that you would brush your teeth. Use a soft-bristle denture brush, designed specifically for cleaning dentures. Be careful not to bend any attachments. You can use special denture cleaners to soak your dentures at night, but remember that soaking is not a substitute for brushing. After all, you wouldn’t substitute mouth wash for daily teeth brushing.

    Avoid Using Abrasive Chemicals
    When cleaning your dentures, avoid commercial types of toothpaste and other highly abrasive chemicals and pastes. Dentists recommend cleaning your dentures with cool or tepid water. Hot water may warp a denture, and vigorously brushing with hard-bristled toothbrushes can scratch or even crack your dentures.

    Visit Your Dentist
    Regular visits to your dentist are critical if you wear dentures. Your dentist can make minor adjustments to ensure that your dentures fit naturally and comfortably. Additionally, your dentist can use a powerful ultrasonic cleaner to remove hard accumulations of tartar and other substances on your dentures. If you notice any signs of irritation or gum disease, visit your dentist immediately.

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C., call (646) 833-0582. Dr. Kakosian’s office in NYC focuses on general and cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages. He can help keep your dentures looking and feeling great. If you live in NYC, visit Dr. Kakosian to learn about all of the dental services he offers, including dental implants and teeth whitening. 

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