Can Porcelain Veneers Give You a Better Smile?

Taking good care of your smile is about more than just preventing and treating issues like tooth decay and gum disease. It also entails maintaining a level of pride in your smile’s appearance and showing it as often as you can. For many patients, however, that pride is limited due to cosmetic blemishes such as stains, chipped surfaces, uneven spacing, and more. The good news is that cosmetic smile improvement may not be as challenging as many patients expect, especially with the help of one or more porcelain veneers. (more…)

A Look at Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Every tooth in your smile is unique, including wisdom teeth. Some patients may not grow their last four molars at all, while others may develop more than four. Certain patients experience little or no discomfort in their wisdom teeth, while others may grow third molars that can’t erupt properly for any number of various reasons. Even impacted wisdom teeth can vary in their nature, exhibiting a variety of personalities that can determine the severity of each patient’s condition. (more…)

Oral Cancer at a Glance

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 42,000 patients are newly diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Within the same amount of time, it may claim close to 8,000 lives. To keep an eye out for oral cancer, you should frequently perform self-examinations for the telltale signs of oral cancer, as well as attend routine dental checkups and cleanings (which include a thorough oral cancer screening). Today, we explore what to look for in your oral cancer screening, as well as some of the more interesting facts concerning the potentially deadly disease. (more…)

Is It Possible to Prevent Cavities?

Tooth decay, the dental disease that causes cavities in your teeth, is the most common chronic dental health issue for both children and adults. Surprisingly, they’re also among the easiest to prevent. Tooth decay and cavities develop from a combination of factors, such as inadequate hygiene, excessive sugar intake, and infrequent visits to the dentist’s office. By understanding those factors and how you can address them, you can significantly increase your possibility of preventing cavities from ever forming. (more…)

How Your Dentist Treats TMJ Disorder

As the hinges upon which your jaw opens and closes, your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) largely dictate how well your bite functions. When the joints are damaged or forced out of alignment, the impeded movement can generate debilitating levels of discomfort. For many patients, restoring symmetry to their bites can help relieve the discomfort that stems from TMJ disorder. Fortunately, treating TMJ disorder can often be accomplished with a small, comfortable oral appliance that you only have to wear at night. (more…)

Is Stress Threatening Your Oral Health?

You may already be aware of stress’ side effects, from headaches and stomach pains to high blood pressure and an increased risk of serious illnesses (including heart disease). Because of the wide range of concerns stress can generate regarding your physical wellbeing, its influence on your oral health is not as often discussed. To help raise awareness of stress’ threat to your oral health, we explore how it can negatively affect the integrity of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. (more…)

Syosset Dental’s Give & Get Sweepstakes!

“Giving back to the community is a top priority for us at Syosset Dental.” – Dr. Richard Kobak, partner at Syosset Dental

This summer, Syosset Dental is proud to announce our Give & Get Sweepstakes, where you can enter to win a $500 Visa gift card and a $500 donation to your favorite charity!

The contest is open to everyone, and can be entered through Syosset Dental’s Facebook page at Entries are limited to one per person, however, you can earn extra chances to win by sharing the link with friends and family (entries from a shared link will earn the sharer one extra entry). (more…)

Does Your Tooth Filling Feel Like It Doesn’t Fit?

If you’re an adult and you’ve had at least one cavity in your life, then you are among the over 90% of the adult population in America that has also been affected by tooth decay. If caught early, tooth decay can typically be treated and stopped before it causes irreversible damage, and the most common treatment for mild tooth decay is a dental filling. However, if your filling doesn’t fit correctly, then it will not only be unable to save your tooth, but may also increase the risk to your overall dental health. (more…)

Did You Inherit Your Oral Health?

It’s no secret that, for most people, their dental hygiene routine was taught and instilled in them by their parents. However, how much of a parent’s influence, or genetic makeup, determines the look, strength, and health of your smile? Your hair, eyes, facial symmetry, and even serious health issues and risks are largely inherited from your parents. Research suggests that the same hereditary DNA can determine your predisposition for certain oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Today, we explore how nature and nurture work to define the life of your smile. (more…)

You Deserve to Smile Confidently

As a universal sign of pleasantness, many people can automatically comprehend the joy and confidence in a smile. In fact, most people don’t need to be told that smiling makes them seem more attractive and approachable than frowning. A beautiful, vibrant smile can spread and lighten the mood around you, and there are many other benefits that stem from keeping your smile consistently healthy and beautiful. If your confidence in your smile is affected by its appearance, then your dentist can help you regain your self-esteem by improving your smile with a custom cosmetic dentistry treatment. (more…)