Thursday, 29 December 2016

The Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

Lots of people ask their dental professional if there’s a difference between plaque and tartar-and it’s a great question. Both plaque and tartar buildup are common dental problems. Significant plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is calcified plaque. Arming yourself with the facts can help you be smarter about how you care for your teeth. 

The Facts About Plaque
Plaque is sticky, colorless film containing bacteria that builds up naturally on tooth surfaces and especially along the gum line within four to 12 hours after brushing. Sugars in food and drinks can combine with plaque bacteria to release acids. These acids attack tooth enamel and break it down, which can then create cavities. Plaque bacteria can also contribute to gum disease, like gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing are your most effective tools in the fight against plaque. If it’s not removed daily, plaque eventually accumulates and hardens into tartar.  

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Receding Gums

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about receding gums.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Dental Mouthguards

Preventing Tooth Loss from Injury

It is a little known statistic, but nearly 5 million teeth are lost every year because of athletes who have no or inadequate protection to teeth while playing sports. We provide custom-made mouthguards that will fit properly and give the necessary protection. The mouthguards you buy in the store are all one size. They are neither secure in fitting over your teeth nor do they provide adequate defense against injury and trauma.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

What to Know About Gingivitis

What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria on the tissues that surround the teeth. Plaque, a naturally occurring biofilm containing bacteria, can lead to gingivitis if not removed by daily brushing. 

Who Can Get Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is quite prevalent. But while almost 80% of adults will experience some symptoms of gingivitis, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s inevitable. It’s important to note that occasionally there might be no noticeable pain or apparent signs, leaving people unaware that they have it. That’s another good reason to schedule regular checkups with your dental professional every six months so he or she can identify it and suggest treatment options.

Gingivitis Symptoms
Some symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and chronic bad breath. If these symptoms persist, it's important to talk with your dental professional to determine the best treatment. In the meantime, learn what you can do to protect against gingivitis.

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Dental Plaque

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about dental plaque.

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Dental Concepts ~ Bruce Braverman, DMD
2500 North Military Trail, Suite 230
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Telephone: (561)241-1010

Monday, 19 December 2016

Dental Advancements to Clean Teeth

Beyond Clean

When we use the Piezo Scaler™ to clean patients' teeth, we hear them comment that their teeth have never felt so clean! This advancement for scaling teeth is a high-frequency tool that removes any build-up on teeth easily and faster than any other scaling tool. It even effectively cleans the deep pockets in gum tissue. Best of all, patients like that there is very little or no discomfort from the treatment.

Lifetime Family Dentistry
Elena Bielawski, DDS, FICOI, FMIII
66 Maple Avenue
Collinsville, CT 06019
(860) 605-2075 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Parts of the Tooth

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about about what makes up the tooth.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Custom Dental Dentures

Secure Dentures for Confident Smiles

When traditional dentures are your best option, we use modern advancements in dentistry to design dentures that will fit like they should. This improvement will allow you to eat whatever you like without the worries of slippage and clicking. Let us make your meals more enjoyable with properly fitting dentures.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays - continued

#5: Watch out for starchy foods 
These are sneaky because they often get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in chips and cakes, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up. 

#6: You can still have fun 
So, what can you eat? Lots of stuff! Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish and vary your diet. Eat whole grains and choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. The holidays are a great time of year to start thinking about healthier habits. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables-for your overall health and the health of your teeth.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Dental Visits are Important

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the importance in visiting the dentist.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays - continued

#3: Limit your alcohol intake 
’Tis the season for egg nog, Brandy Alexanders and glog! If you choose to imbibe, try to drink water alongside your drinks. And remember: Too much alcohol can dry out your mouth. 

#4: Take it easy on the hard candies 
Some candies are more problematic than others. Hard candies can put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they’ve also been known to cause broken or chipped teeth. (Be careful not to break or chip your teeth when eating nuts as well!) 

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Dental Teeth Whitening

Will Remove Even the Toughest Stains

Dr. Bielawski provides the most advanced tools and techniques and is very pleased to offer patients KöR™ Whitening. This system will remove severe staining, even the discoloration from the antibiotic tetracyline. She is among the few dentists in our area that provide this whitening method for patients. 

If you have been disappointed with other whitening treatments, you won't be with KöR. Instead, you will be amazed at the brightness of your smile with this very effective treatment. 

Other Teeth Whitening Systems Have These Drawbacks:
  • Results are not lasting.
  • Teeth become sensitive.
  • Results vary and often fall short of patient expectations.
  • Consumption of coffee and wine need to be limited.
KöR Solves These Problems:
  • With basic periodic at-home maintenance, you can continue to enjoy coffee and red wine, as your teeth will stay white FOREVER.
  • Use of KöR typically has very little to no tooth sensitivity.
  • KöR is the ONLY system recognized to significantly whiten even tetracycline-stained teeth.
  • KöR's thin, form-fitting trays are worn at night while you sleep, so there is little effort involved to whiten your teeth.
  • KöR is 100% proven safe with years of research, and millions of patients are pleased with the results.
  • KöR can effectively whiten teeth for anyone from ages 14 – 90.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Sunday, 20 November 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays

#1: Timing matters 
Timing matters. While everything is fine in moderation, it helps to eat sweets and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.  

#2: Be picky if it's sticky
When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky and sticky foods tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating a lot of dried fruits such as cranberries, make sure to rinse with water and brush carefully. 

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Dental Tooth Extractions

When a Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

Sometimes it's necessary to remove a tooth. Usually, this is for impacted third molars or if there is extensive damage and infection in a tooth. We do extractions in our office, and in most cases you will not need to be referred to another practice. We provide this service in our customary, compassionate manner.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Dental Treatment Information

Patient Education for Treatment Information

If you need a dental treatment you are not familiar with, you will have questions about it. We take the time to answer your questions, and we also provide a comprehensive education tool that gives even more details about a procedure. With the CAESY™ patient information program, you can find out everything you need to know from a basic restoration to cosmetic improvements and everything in between. This will let you understand what the procedure entails and let you feel comfortable with the treatment before any work begins.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Manual Tooth Brushing and Flossing Technique

An effective oral hygiene routine starts with a few simple steps:

A Proper Brushing Technique for your Teeth 
A proper brushing technique is the first step to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Plus, it helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss.

Before You Begin 
While there are several tooth brushing techniques with a manual toothbrush, always ask your dental professional for their recommendation and be sure to follow their instructions. To start, use fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristle toothbrush, and don't forget to replace it every three months.

Two Minutes, Twice a Day 
To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using a recommended brushing technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. Since most manual toothbrushes don't have built-in two-minute timers, you may want to have a clock handy so you can be sure you're brushing long enough.

Positioning the Toothbrush 
How you hold the toothbrush depends on which part of the tooth you're brushing.

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

How to Brush with an Electric Toothbrush - Dental Care

You can achieve better plaque removal and gingivitis reduction with an electric toothbrush that utilizes oscillating-rotating technology than with a regular manual toothbrush.

This brushing action is very different from ordinary manual toothbrushes, as it does the job of brushing for you. Be sure to guide the brush head to all parts of your mouth.

Rotating Electric Toothbrush Instructions

Hold the brush parallel to the floor, against the side of your teeth.

Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, following the curve of the teeth and gums.
It isn't necessary to press hard or scrub. Simply let the electric toothbrush do all the work.
Hold the brush head in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next tooth.

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Lifetime Family Dentistry
Elena Bielawski, DDS, FICOI, FMIII
66 Maple Avenue
Collinsville, CT 06019
(860) 605-2075 

Sugarless Gum

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about sugarless gum.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Custom Dental Nightguards

Custom Nightguards to Eliminate Problems from Teeth Grinding

Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) is a problem that puts unnecessary wear and strain on your teeth and jaw joints. This usually occurs when you are stressed or while asleep. With a custom-made nightguard that we can provide, you can maintain more of your natural teeth structure and relieve other symptoms that may occur. For best results in lessening the distress to your teeth, fillings, and jaw joints, nightly use of this oral appliance is recommended.

Lifetime Family Dentistry
Elena Bielawski, DDS, FICOI, FMIII
66 Maple Avenue
Collinsville, CT 06019
(860) 605-2075 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Dental Hygiene for Kids

Your child’s well-being is your biggest concern and their oral hygiene is an important part of their overall health. The care of your child’s teeth and gums begins with you - - you can set them on the right path for a lifetime of excellent oral hygiene.

Oral Hygiene for Infants
Babies are born with all their teeth - you can't see them because they are hidden in the gums. Baby teeth start to break through the gums around 6 months but it is important to start good oral care for infants even before the first tooth comes in. From healthy gums come healthy teeth.

  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft washcloth after feeding. This helps remove the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
  • Once they begin to erupt, brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear the size of a grain of rice - use a soft-bristle toothbrush.

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Girl's Sports Mouth Injuries

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about mouth injuries due to sports.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Dental Crowns

Crowns Repair a Broken or Damaged Tooth

Sometimes a filling will not restore a tooth to its full functionality. If a tooth is broken or worn down from daily use, a crown will be the suitable restoration. We use the highest quality e.max™ materials to make your crown. It looks like a natural tooth and provides full chewing capabilities. We also make bridges, which may be necessary if a tooth is lost or cannot be saved, from the same materials.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Prevention Dentistry with Microscopes

Microscopes in Dentistry – Accurate, Less Invasive Treatment Catches Problems When They Are Small

From the very beginning, Dr. Bielawski's practice has focused on three key philosophies: prevention, early diagnosis, and minimally invasive intervention whenever possible. The most important tool in her technological arsenal is therefore the dental microscope. 

Less than 1% of general dentists in the U.S. use the dental microscope, which provides much stronger magnification than that of simple dental loupes. The increased precision in turn offers a higher level of confidence that, for example, a tiny spot of decay is caught early, before it becomes a full-fledged cavity; all decay has been removed during treatment; a tiny crevice can be addressed before it becomes a full crack; and cosmetic results will appear flawless. Small problems are often much easier, far less invasive to treat, and less costly to the patient. More healthy tooth structure can be preserved, and tooth strength is significantly increased. Even better? Patients benefit from less postoperative discomfort, faster healing, and better results.

Lifetime Family Dentistry
Elena Bielawski, DDS, FICOI, FMIII
66 Maple Avenue
Collinsville, CT 06019
(860) 605-2075 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Five Surprising Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

Having your kids brush their teeth before they go to bed each night helps them learn good oral hygiene practices. And while twice-daily toothbrushing is good for developing teeth, it always enough to stop bad breath from occurring. Bad breath isn't always solely an oral health issue, there can be other causes that need a different solution. Here are five surprising causes of bad breath in children and how to stop them.
Sinus Infection
Have any of your kids complained about a sore throat or stuffy nose lately? It might be a sinus infection. Sinus issues cause fluid to collect in the nasal passages and throat, making your child's throat the perfect place for bacteria to gather. The result? Stinky breath that can't be cured with toothbrushing and mouthwash alone. If you suspect a sinus infection (potential sore throat, burning nasal passages and post nasal drip), call your doctor for a visit and see if antibiotics will be prescribed.
Foreign Objects
It may not be your first thought, but your child's bad breath could be the result of something stuck in her nasal passages. Kids are curious, and their nostrils are just the right size for inserting small items such as beads, beans, toy accessories and food. Pediatrician Dr. William Sears explains that when an object gets lodged in a child's nasal passages it can create a nasty smell. If you suspect this is what is causing your child's bad breath, you'll need a doctor to help check your child's nasal passages and remove the object.

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Dental Caries: How They Are Formed and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Dental caries (cavities) are the most common form of oral disease known to man, and the process of getting caries is called tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel -- the hard, outer layer of your teeth. This issue can affect children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is constantly forming on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods or beverages containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth, and over time the enamel can break down, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The types of caries formed can be broken down into two major groups:

Pit and fissure caries. These are found most often on the chewing surfaces of the back (molar and premolar) teeth, and the back of the front (anterior) teeth. Your teeth are composed of several sections of enamel, and where these sections meet, pits and grooves can trap plaque, causing decay. The proper application of pit and fissure sealants, a hard plastic material applied to seal the grooves and pits when the teeth have erupted, can prevent this type of dental caries. The sealants also make it less likely that you will need restorations (fillings) on those surfaces of the teeth.

Smooth surface caries. These are found most often along the gumline or where two teeth touch (interproximal or the space between teeth), if plaque forms in those areas. With the proper use of dental floss, you can prevent most smooth surface caries in the interproximal area, and using a manual or power toothbrush along the gumline can prevent caries in that area as well.

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The Benefits of White Dental Fillings

Modern Fillings Create a Pleasing Smile

Although some practices still use silver-mercury amalgam fillings, we do not. They were the standard for a number of years, but provide only a reasonable restoration. As metal does not bond well to tooth structure, eventually the fillings can loosen and allow decay to set in. The main objection patients have about amalgam fillings is the appearance of a dark patch in a light-colored tooth. This can be very noticeable and detract from a pleasing smile.

We offer the latest filling materials that do not have any metal. They bond very well to a tooth to diminish the chances of loosening and the onset of decay. They are made to match the shade of the tooth and provide additional strength to the natural tooth structure.

Monday, 19 September 2016

What is Dry Mouth?

What is Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth means you don't have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth moist. Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while, especially if you're nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to more serious health problems or indicate that a more serious medical condition may exist. That's because saliva does more than just keep the mouth wet -it helps digest food, protects teeth from decay, prevents infection by controlling bacteria in the mouth, and makes it possible for you to chew and swallow.

There are several reasons that the glands that produce saliva, called the salivary glands, might not function properly. These include:

  • Side effects of some medications - over 400 medicines can cause dry mouth, including antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and medicines for high blood pressure and depression.
  • Disease - diseases that affect the salivary glands, such as diabetes, Hodgkin's, Parkinson's disease, HIV/AIDS and Sjogren's syndrome, may lead to dry mouth.
  • Radiation therapy - the salivary glands can be damaged if your head or neck are exposed to radiation during cancer treatment. The loss of saliva can be total or partial, permanent or temporary.
  • Chemotherapy - drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, or "ropey," causing your mouth to feel dry.
  • Menopause - changing hormone levels affect the salivary glands, often leaving menopausal and post-menopausal women with a persistent feeling of dry mouth.
  • Smoking - many pipe, cigar and heavy cigarette smokers experience dry mouth.

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Dental Root Canals

Root Canals are Manageable and Will Save a Tooth

It is now known that extraction of a tooth should be performed only if absolutely necessary. Keeping a tooth intact will prevent other oral health problems later on. Dr. Bielawski is experienced in the latest procedures that make root canals easier for patients. During this treatment, rotary tools provide precise preparation to remove the pulp interior of the tooth. It is repacked with a special type of filling material. If necessary, a crown is placed over the tooth to give added strength for chewing. Your tooth will be saved and you will not need to be referred to another practice for the procedure.