Did you know November is American Diabetes Month?

People with diabetes are at risk for many things, keeping your oral hygiene in control may be one of those challenges. Here are five tips to maintaining good oral hygiene and prevent gum disease:

  • Control your glucose level; a good blood glucose control can help prevent or relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes
  • Take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing at least twice a day
  • Have your regular check ups with your dental hygienist every four or six months
  • Avoid smoking, this will control thrush and fungal infection
  • If you wear dentures remove and clean them daily

 

Gum Disease in Children | New York Dentistry

There are three different types of Periodontal Diseases that may be found in children.

Chronic Gingivitis

This is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and professional dental care.  IF left untreated, it may eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.

Aggressive Periodontitis

This can affect young people who are otherwise healthy. Localized aggressive periodontitis is found in teenager and young adults and mainly affects the first molars and incisors. It is characterized by the severe loss of alveolar bone, and ironically, patients generally form very little dental plaque or calculus.

Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis

This may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually it can cause the teeth to become loose.

For more information about Periodontal Disease, call New Dimension Dentistry of New York, NY at 212-750-4590 or visit www.newdimensiondentistry.com.

New Dimension Dentistry of New York, NY proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and surrounding areas.

Meet Dr. Doris Giraldo | Hoboken Dentist

Dr. Doris Giraldo is a graduate from the New York University College of Dentistry, Class of 1989. Shortly after, she served as a clinical instructor in the Operative Department for her Alma Mater from 1989 to 1991.

In 1989, she began her own practice and has been practicing there since 1995. After opening her own practice, Giraldo headed back to school to expand her dental knowledge, completing and advanced two year program in surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry at the New York College of Dentistry. In 1996, she completed her invisalign training, and has been certified as an Invisalign provider ever since.

With restorative, endodontics, and general surgical procedures under her belt, Giraldo also completed the Aesthetic Advantage program at New York University College of Dentistry, and achieved the Masters Level of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Giraldo believes in the importance and value of continuing her dental education. She is currently attending a series of courses at the International Implant Institute in the state of California.

For more information about Dr. Doris Giraldo call New Dimension Dentistry in New York, NY at 212 -750-4590 or visit www.newdimensiondentistry.com.

New Dimension Dentistry also proudly accepts patients from New York, Hoboken, Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and surrounding areas.

Caring for a Young Child’s Teeth | Hoboken Pediatric Dentist

Maintaining good oral health begins when a child is born. It is important that a child grows into healthy dental habits and starts at a young age to further prevent and future dental issues.

Newborns

As a new born child develops, it may seem weird to have to care about their oral health, as they have no teeth. However, good habits start even before the first tooth appears. After feedings, brush your baby’s gums using water on a baby toothbrush that has soft bristles, or wipe them with a clean washcloth.

After the first tooth

When your child’s first tooth appears, brushing is the main priority. Brush your child’s teeth 2 times a day using water on a baby toothbrush with SOFT bristles.

When all of their teeth are there

At the age of two and a half, your child should have all of their primary baby teeth. During the process of teething, your child may show some signs and symptoms of irritability, mild fever, and even an upset stomach. This is perfectly normal.

Maintaining Baby Teeth

Many individuals believe that baby teeth aren’t as important as permanent teeth because children will lose them eventually. This is a sad fact that is untrue in pretty much all cases. 1 out of 10 two year olds will already have cavities by the time all of their teeth grow in. Dental decay in baby teeth may negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems.

For more information about Pediatric Dental care and other Pediatric Dental procedures call New Dimension Dentistry in New York, NY at 212 -750-4590 or visit www.newdimensiondentistry.com.

New Dimension Dentistry also proudly accepts patients from New York, Hoboken, Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and surrounding areas.

Afraid of a Root Canal? |General Dentistry| Serving Brooklyn, NY

 

Are you afraid of getting root canal therapy? Root canal therapy actually relieves pain, it does not cause pain. The pain comes from the infection in the root canal. The treatment removes the infection and leaves you feeling better after the procedure. The best part is you get to keep your natural tooth!

Don’t be afraid anymore; call Dr. Doris Giraldo of New Dimension Dentistry in NY at 212-750-4590. Learn more about her general dentistry practice by visiting her website at www.newdimensiondentistry.com.

Accepting patients from New York, Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn, Elmhurst and all surrounding areas.

 

Benefits of Laser Dentistry | WaterLase | New York, NY

laser dentistry

Dr. Doris Giraldo is proud to offer WaterLase laser dentistry. She believes visiting the dentist does not have to be a painful and uncomfortable experience. During traditional dental drilling the cause of pain is related to heat, vibration and pressure. WaterLase does not produce heat, vibration or pressure, making it nearly pain free.

With WaterLase laser dentistry Dr. Giraldo is able to remove tooth decay, bone and gum tissue without harming the surrounding areas. This keeps more of your tooth structure safe, helping you keep your natural teeth much longer.

The following are some more benefits to laser dentistry:

  • Less Damage – drills can cause hairline cracks in teeth leading to future dental problems.
  •  Better Fillings – increases the bond of tooth-colored restorations, ensuring longer lasting fillings.
  • Less Bleeding and Swelling: can perform procedures with little bleeding and less swelling.
  • Less Frequent Visits to the Dentist – many procedures can be done at the same time due to the lack of shots or anesthesia.
  • Flexibility – can be used for decay removal, cavities, root canals, smile design, gum and bone procedures and much more!

For more information on Water-Lase laser dentistry and making your dental visits easy and pain free contact New Dimension Dentistry in New York, NY at 212-750-4590. Learn more about Dr. Giraldo and her practice by visiting her website at www.newdimensiondentistry.com.

Accepting patients from Hoboken, Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn, Elmhurst and all surrounding areas.

 

Your Laser Dentistry options | New York, NY

Laser dentistry procedures are one of the fastest growing areas in both general and cosmetic dentistry. The use of lasers in dentistry is relatively new, but their proven safety and effectiveness has given Dr. Doris Girlado of New York, NY to provide her patients with a less invasive solution to a wide variety issues they face.

What Is Waterlase Dentistry?

Waterlase Dentistry uses a patented combination of laser energy and water—a process called HydroPhotonics. Lasers have been the standard of care for many surgical and cosmetic procedures such as hair removal, LASIK, and wrinkle removal. The Waterlase was approved more than ten years ago for hard tissue procedures and has been cleared for numerous additional dental procedures since then.

Benefits of Waterlase Dentistry

  • Fewer Dental Visits! Since you may not need shots or anesthesia, Dr. Giraldo may be able to perform cavity preparations in several areas of your mouth at one visit.
  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.

What Are Some Procedures that Can be Performed with a Waterlase?

  • Tooth, bone and gum procedures
  • Decay removal
  • Cavity preparation
  • General dentistry for enamel and dentin
  • Root canals
  • Smile design

For more information on Laser Dentistry and Waterlase, contact Dr. Doris Giraldo at (212) 750-4590 or visit our website.

Dr. Doris Giraldo also proudly serves Midtown, Manhattan, Hoboken, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and surrounding areas.

What is the difference between DMO and DDS? | New York, NY

Question:  What is the difference between DMO and DDS?

Answer: Nothing

Many of you may have noticed that dentists have either a D.D.S. or a D.M.D. after their name and you may have wondered what the difference is. Here, in a very condensed form, is the story:

Dental schools in the United States award two different degrees to graduating dentists: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Despite the difference in names, DMD and DDS mean essentially the same thing, and one is not superior or inferior to the other. DDS was the original degree, but this changed 1867 when HarvardUniversity opened their School of Dental Medicine. Harvard only prints their diplomas in Latin.  If Doctor of Dental Surgery was translated into Latin it would read Chirurgae Dertium Doctoris or C.D.D. Harvard thought that too many people would be confused by C.D.D. so they decided to change the name to Dentariae Medicinae Doctor or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

There are currently 58 dental schools in the United States including one school in Puerto Rico). Of these schools, 36 give DDS degrees and 22 give DMD degrees. The American Dental Association is aware of the public confusion and has made numerous suggestions on how to address it including:

  1. Eliminate the DMD degree,
  2. Eliminate the DDS degree, OR,
  3. Eliminate both DMD and DDS.

The American Dental Association would then create a new degree that all dental schools would agree to use. Thus far, there has been no solution and it does not look like there will be one anytime soon.

Sorry for the confusion!

Call Dr. Doris Giraldo for a general dentistry appointment today and achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted at (212) 750-4590 or visit our website.

Dr. Doris Giraldo also proudly serves Midtown, Manhattan, Hoboken, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and surrounding areas.

10 Foods to give you a brighter, healthier smile | New York, NY

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums.

The following 10 foods were recommended by the academy for a healthy, brighter smile.

  • Pineapples can help whiten teeth. Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover. Bromelain also helps break up plaque.
  • Ginger can protect against periodontal disease, an inflammatory process that causes the loss of bone and supportive connective tissue in your mouth.
  • Carrots contain vitamin A, which is needed for healthy tooth enamel. Eating them raw stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleanser.
  • Basil is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth.
  • Cheese is rich in protein, calcium, and phosphorus, all of which help reduce acid in your mouth.
  • Sesame seeds help “scrub” away the plaque on your teeth. Chewing nuts can also provide a coarse, scrubbing action. Sesame seeds also contain bone and teeth-strengthening calcium.
  • Shiitake mushrooms contain a compound called lentinan, which inhibits bacteria from growing in your mouth.
  • Onions contain the sulfur compounds, thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates, which reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay. Eating them raw is a must as cooking will destroy these tooth-friendly compounds.
  • Salmon not only provides calcium but also vitamin D, another nutrient needed for healthy bones and teeth.
  • Broccoli contains iron, which helps form an acid-resistant film or barrier that can protect the enamel of your teeth.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry or other ways to brighten your smile, contact Dr. Doris Giraldo and make an appointment at (212) 750-4590 or make an appointment online.

Dr. Doris Giraldo also proudly serves Midtown, Manhattan,Hoboken, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and surrounding areas.

Complicated Pregnancies Caused by Periodontal Disease | New York, NY

A new study shows that untreated periodontal disease can complicate pregnancy in woman.

A study of 366 pregnant women, revealed an oral bacteria in the amniotic fluid of women whose pregnancies were complicated by preterm birth. A prior study showed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy could lower the rate of preterm birth.

Periodontitis was also found more prevalent in woman who had preterm low birth weight infants than in woman whose infants had a normal birth weight.

Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, cause an increase in the number of oral bacteria, which enter the blood and negatively impact on certain female health issues.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, woman should visit the dentist at least twice a year, and more often if women are pregnant, suffer from bone loss or gum problems.

Dr. Doris Giraldo of New York, NY wants to emphasize the importance of regular dental checkups and good oral health.

Contact her office today to schedule an appointment 212-750-4590 or www.newdimensiondentistry.com.