Did you know that your memory can be linked to your oral hygiene?? A report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (webmd.com) showed that adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths. Individuals with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly in mainly two areas, subtraction and verbal recall.  Both are skills that are needed every day.

A common hindrance to good oral hygiene is crooked teeth.  Having crooked teeth makes it harder to floss and many give up flossing because it is difficult to get in between teeth.  What people need to remember is that flossing is THE best way to remove plaque from in between teeth!  Plaque is essentially bacteria and, if not removed, grows within the gums, causing gingivitis.

Let Long Island Orthodontics help you and your child with good oral health. The staff in Suffolk County is available to do a full evaluation of your mouth and give expert advice on how to have optimal oral health.  Who knows it may help increase your child's test scores. Why not give it a try.

Research supports that a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand (webmd.com). Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years.

Give Long Island Orthodontics a call today in their office in Suffolk County to improve your oral health and improve memory!

Over 4 million Americans suffer from dry mouth or Sjögren's syndrome.  Unfortunately, dry mouth can lead to increased oral health problems. Long Island Orthodontics in Wading River explains that when individuals have Sjögren's syndrome, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks tear ducts and saliva.  This in turn leads to constant dryness.

Even though saliva isn’t a desirable topic to talk about, saliva has a very important job -- saliva helps protect teeth and gums from bacteria.  When there is a lack of saliva, an individual’s teeth are unprotected and leave them susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.  One important characteristic of saliva is that it is rich in calcium and minerals.  When saliva washes over your teeth, the calcium and minerals get deposited over your teeth strengthening the enamel.  Saliva also helps to dilute the acidity in your mouth, especially after you eat.

If you suffer from dry mouth, Long Island Orthodontics says you may want to check your medicine cabinet.  There are medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers and antidepressants that can contribute to dry mouth. If dry mouth continues to be a problem, you may need to change your medication regiment.

Healthy gums should appear pink and firm with no redness or swollen.  Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and see your dentist regularly.  Let Long Island Orthodontics help you keep your mouth healthy. Call Long Island Orthodontics in Wading River with any questions. 

Long Island Orthodontics in Port Jefferson is proud to support the annual observance of Kick Butt's Day which is March 19.  Since 1996, Kick Butt's Day has been observed as a national day of activism that aims at empowering youths to live a tobacco free lifestyle. As a dental health care provider in Port Jefferson, Long Island Orthodontics encourages its patients to make healthy choices and influence their peers to do the same.

Research has found that kids are three times more sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and therefore, more likely to be influenced by cigarette marketing. Long Island Orthodontics encourages teachers, youth leaders and health advocates to participate in the Kick Butt Day and raise the awareness of the problem of tobacco in Port Jefferson and Nationally.

Long Island Orthodontics encourages our youth to reject the tobacco industry's marketing and to stay tobacco free.  By living a healthy life style, this will eliminate preventable oral and health problems in the future.  The main oral health problems that may result from tobacco use includes, but not limited to:

·         bad breath

·         stained teeth

·         inflammation

·         increased plaque and tartar build-up

·         increased risk of gum disease

All of these are preventable by choosing a tobacco free life style.  According to WebMD, even smokeless tobacco (such as chewing tobacco) can cause damage to your teeth.  Surprisingly, chewing tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes making it even more addictive than cigarettes!

For more information on Kick Butt Day, please refer to the website.  Long Island Orthodontics in Port Jefferson is always available to help in your overall oral health.

As more people turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient: Fluoride.   Most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride! Long Island Orthodontics in Terryville wants to remind its patients that if they drink bottled water, they will need to get their fluoride elsewhere. Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. Our friends at the American Dental Association have endorsed both community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-containing products as a safe means of preventing tooth decay.

 

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also warned that “bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.” Many townships add fluoride to their local water source. If you are avoiding fluoridated tap water in favor of the ever-more-popular bottled water, Long Island Orthodontics warns that you could be missing out on the levels of fluoride necessary to make a difference in your oral health. One 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry found that more than 65 percent of parents using bottled water did not know what levels of fluoride it contained.

 

If bottled water happens to be your or your children’s beverage of choice, check the label to make sure your brand contains fluoride. Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth. To keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape, Long Island Orthodontics reminds that it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake. 

 

Questions about fluoride? Give Long Island Orthodontics a call at our convenient Terryville area office! We look forward to hearing from you and keep drinking water!

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  At Long Island Orthodontics, we want to get our patients aware of this important subject.  Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health--important?

Here at Long Island Orthodontics we encourage developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits.  By developing these good habits, it helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay.

Here at Long Island Orthodontics in Suffolk County, we promote good oral hygiene and are available for our client’s questions.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with your concerns.

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the ones we love.  What better way to celebrate than with a kiss!  But, no matter if it's your 5-year old, your spouse, or your significant other, no one wants to kiss or be kissed by someone with bad oral hygiene.  In order to keep your mouth healthy and attractive, Long Island Orthodontics offer these easy steps to follow that can make your mouth kissable.

  • Brush 2 Times Per Day -- This is probably the most important thing you can do for your oral health. Brushing after every meal is even better!
  • Floss Every Day -- Flossing reaches the surfaces that your toothbrush can't.  If you don't floss, you are missing 35% of your teeth's surfaces, allowing plaque to continue its rampage on your teeth.
  • Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months -- By getting a check-up and cleaning every six months, this will allow you to stay ahead of potential oral health issues, such as decay and gum disease.
  • Limit Sweets -- Each time bacteria comes into contact with sugar in your mouth, acid is produced, which attacks your teeth for at least 20 minutes and can cause tooth decay.  If you wear braces, be sure to stay away from sticky, gooey, or hard candies.  Not only are they bad for your teeth, they are bad for your braces.
  • Eat Healthy Snacks -- Certain healthy foods are not only nutritiously good for you, they also help your oral health.  Carrots are a natural abrasive for your teeth, stimulating your gums and helping to get rid of sticky plaque.  Pears contain a natural enzyme that actually freshens your breath.
  • Drink Plenty of Water -- A dry mouth is one of the main causes of halitosis, or bad breath.  Water keeps the mouth moist and helps to rinse bacteria off of your teeth.
  • Do A Self-Assessment -- Lick the back of your hand, let it dry, and then take a whiff.  If it doesn't smell very good, you may need to take some action to make your mouth kissable.  If you have time, brush your teeth and your tongue. If your date is coming soon, try chewing some sugarless gum, if you don't wear braces, or chew some fresh mint.


Long Island Orthodontics wants you to enjoy your Valentine's Day and be sure to let your loved ones know how much you love and appreciate them!

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. For a healthy mouth and smile Long Island Orthodontics in Port Jefferson recommends you:


Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.


Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Long Island Orthodontics also says make sure to use ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

The proper brushing technique is to:


Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.


Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.


Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.


To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.


Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.


Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete oral care routine. You should also make sure to:

Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.


Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.


Although you are visiting Long Island Orthodontics, the Drs recommend that you visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact us in our Port Jefferson location.

New Year, New Knowledge! It’s the start of a new year, and that means the start of a whole new outlook on braces. Sure, you already know the basics. But there is a lot of important information you may not already know. Ever wonder what certain orthodontic terms mean? OrthoSmiles4U, the best Orthodontist on Long Island, according to LI Pulse Magazine, has created an orthodontic dictionary so you can brush up (pun intended J) on your facts!

Brackets- Brackets are the metal or ceramic pieces that attach directly to the tooth. They hold the wire in place and can be personalized with colorful bands.

Arch wires- Arch wires are the metal pieces that run along the teeth through the brackets. They create force and move the teeth into the proper position.

Elastics ligatures- These are the part that physically attaches the arch wire to the bracket. They are small loops of metal.

Hooks- Attach to the bracket and hold a rubber band in place. They are made of small pieces of the same metal that are same material as the brackets.

Rubber bands- provides special force on the teeth to help them move into their final position.

Retainer- A device used after the removal of braces to keep teeth from shifting out of their new positions. Very important to wear!!

Wax- Placed on the brackets or arch wires to prevent them from hurting or irritating lips, cheeks and gums.

These are just a few of the terms that are important to know if you already have, or are considering getting, braces. OrthoSmiles4U is Long Island’s most reliable and accommodating orthodontist. We offer traditional braces to adults and teens alike, and also provide alternative treatments such as Invisalign. Catering to patients all over Suffolk county, the OrthoSmiles4U team is eager to help you get a new, perfect smile in 2014! Contact us to see the full orthodontic dictionary, learn more about the practice, or book an appointment!

With the spring sports season gearing up for kids, mouth guards are a very important piece of safety equipment that should not be forgotten. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker are four expert orthodontists serving Long Island that want to inform you about the importance of protective mouth guards and about the different types of mouth guards available.

According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, an athlete is 60% more likely to incur damage to their teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard!  A properly fitting mouth guard will help cushion the teeth, cheeks, tongue, and jaw from a serious blow to the mouth. This is especially important if your child wears braces, as a mouth guard will help protect the soft tissue of the mouth from the metal brackets should an impact occur.

There are three types of mouth guards: stock, boil and bite, and custom. Stock mouth guards come ready to use and don’t require any additional customization. These are the least protective and the least expensive.  Boil and bite mouth guards are customized by the user at home by boiling the material to soften it and then biting into it to mold it to your teeth. Boil and bite mouth guards offer more protection than stock ones, but are often bulky and cumbersome. Custom fit mouth guards are the most expensive option of the three, but offer the best protection and the most comfort for the wearer.  In order to get a custom fit mouth guard, visit your dentist or orthodontist to get an impression done of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where a mouth guard is molded directly from your impression. Whichever mouth guard you choose, it’s better than no mouth guard at all!

If you have additional questions about custom fit mouth guards on Long Island, Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker are more than happy to answer them!  Please contact one of our three state-of-the-art, convenient locations -- Port Jefferson Station, Shirley, and Wading River -- for a free orthodontic consultation. We provide orthodontic solutions for children and adults using traditional braces, clear braces and Invisalign. You can reach us at any of our three offices:  Port Jefferson Station, NY  (631)928-2655; Shirley, NY  (631)399-1600; or Wading River, NY  (631)929-0700. You can also find out more about our offices at www.orthosmiles4u.com.

Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker and their experienced teams work hard to bring beautiful smiles to adults and children. Their state-of-the-art orthodontic offices in Suffolk County NY feature a combination of comfort and technology, with orthodontists who are sure to put a smile on your face.

Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker's orthodontic expertise for children and adults include traditional braces, expansion appliances, TMJ treatment, snoring appliances, sleep apnea, sports mouth guards, clear braces, and Invisalign. No fee is charged to meet with the patient and evaluate their orthodontic needs. If the patient chooses to take the next step, x-rays, photographs and diagnostic study models and create a complete proposal for the diagnosis and treatment options are taken. A nominal records fee is charged if records are taken. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.

Dr. Goldman obtained his orthodontic degree from Columbia University and started practicing in Port Jefferson starting in 1971. Along with running his practice, he is currently a member of the dental staff at St. Charles/Mather hospital in Port Jefferson as an Attending Dentist.

Dr. Taynor earned his orthodontic certification from Columbia University in 1971 and started practicing in Port Jefferson that same year. One of the areas he specializes in is sleep apnea. His awards include the Fellow of International College of Dentistry and Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Sabo received his orthodontic degree at SUNY Buffalo. Before joining Drs. Goldman and Taynor's practice in May of 2000, Dr. Sabo practiced orthodontics for 9 years in Maryland and Massachusetts. He specializes in Early Intervention Treatment and Invisalign.

Dr. Rienecker completed his D.D.S. degree at SUNY Buffalo and his Orthodontic Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He has been practicing in Suffolk County since 1997 and specializes in TMJ and early treatment.

For a free consultation, call us at one of our three accessible locations: Port Jefferson (631)928-2655, Shirley (631)399-1600, or Wading River (631)929-0700. To find out more information about our practice, visit our website at http://www.orthosmiles4u.com.