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Healthy Teeth and Gums for Life

At Eastwood Dental Office, Dr. Joan Laura does not simply maintain and restore smiles. Using her artistic background, she combines the skills of a dentist with the eye of an artist to transform smiles and renew the confidence of her patients.

We offer many preventive, routine, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to our patients. All of our work is done using modern equipment in a homey and comfortable atmosphere at our James Street office.

Serving the needs of your family, from children to seniors, we are a dedicated family-owned dental practice. We are open four days a week with convenient appointment hours, perfect for working around your busy schedule.

Call Eastwood Dental Office today at (315) 849-9055 , or visit our appointment page to complete our convenient online form . Dr. Laura and our staff look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you have always wanted!

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By Eastwood Dental Office 20 Oct, 2016
Hello again. Have you ever noticed the abundance of questionable information there is to be found online? This is especially true when it comes to oral health. That’s one of the reasons why you are lucky to have a straight-shooter like Dr. Joan Laura as your go-to dentist here in Syracuse, NY .

Our team will be here to help you keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great at every stage of life. Additionally, we will be here with good information for you and your family as you attempt to maintain excellent oral health along the way.

Keep reading as we expose some common myths about dentistry-related issues, and then be sure to follow up with any questions you might have, and to schedule your next preventive appointment at Eastwood Dental Office !

Myth: Fluoride Is Bad For You

Not true! To receive any harmful effects from fluoride you would need to be exposed to twenty times more than you likely get on a daily basis.

The fluoride you’re exposed to isn’t only safe, it’s essential for good oral health because it rebuilds damaged tooth enamel. Find as many sources of fluoride as you can (such as public tap water, mouthwashes, etc).

Myth: Replacing Your Toothbrush Is Not Essential

Not true. The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. This will help you optimize the effectiveness of this preventive exercise. Find one you like, but don’t get too attached to the tools of the trade!

Myth: Bleeding When Brushing Is Normal

It is NOT normal. There is no reason whatsoever for bleeding while brushing! It’s not due to brushing too hard. If your gums are bleeding it’s most likely a sign of the early forms of gum disease (gingivitis). And you will want to take action before it gets any worse. Dr. Laura can treat gum disease, but if it gets out of control before you come in for a visit, you may experience unintended consequences.

Myth: Young People Are Not At Risk For Gum Disease

Many people think that gum disease only happens to those advanced in age. In actuality, gum disease is a very real possibility for people of any age or background.

The older you get, your chances increase, and over the course of your life you have a high likelihood of ending up with some form of gum disease .

Myth: Stained Teeth Are Indicators Of Poor Health

Nope! Yellow or stained teeth can make you feel self-conscious about smiling and less likely to socialize. But there really is no correlation between tooth color and health.

Sure, a teeth whitening treatment from Eastwood Dental Office can help improve the look of your smile, but it’s not going to do anything for your wellness. Let us know if you want to get a brighter, whiter smile, but don’t think you are in jeopardy in the meantime.

Myth: Preventive Appointments Are A Waste Of Time

Not if you value your health and happiness. We can help you avoid major oral health issues when you stop by every 6 months for a comprehensive exam and professional teeth cleaning. You deserve the best preventive care around, so don’t put it off any longer.

Myth: You Should Brush Your Teeth Soon After Meals

Don’t brush your teeth right after you eat!

Here’s why: you aren’t going after food particles per se. When you brush your teeth within a half hour of eating you could actually be doing significant damage because your enamel is softened by sugars, acids, etc. That said, you should still be brushing at least twice each day for two minutes per session.

Myth: There Is No Permanent Way To Replace Missing Teeth

This one is definitely not true. Restorative dentistry can work wonders. And dentures are better than ever at our Syracuse dentist’s office .

Fact: We Can Help!

We hope that today’s post has been informative. If you are ready to take the next step, contact us now to schedule your consultation with Dr. Joan Laura at Eastwood Dental Office of Syracuse, NY ! We’ll get you smiling in no time!
By Eastwood Dental Office 10 Oct, 2016
Hello! We’ve been looking for you. Now that you’ve found us, let’s talk about the condition of your teeth and gums. Could your smile use a little bit of a boost? Of course it could!

And Dr. Joan Laura is just the person to get the job done. Cosmetic dentistry is one of her very favorite components of the life-changing work we do here at the Eastwood Dental Office of Syracuse !

So, keep reading to hear about some of our great services, and then make your appointment with one of the best smile “artists” in the great state of New York!

Cosmetic Crowns

Dental crowns are not only used to strengthen and protect restored teeth. They can also be used to aesthetically enhance your smile. If the years have been unkind, a cosmetic crown might be just what you need to reinvigorate your look!

Teeth Whitening

Do your yellow teeth have you feeling blue? With us directing the process, you can achieve stunning results from teeth whitening . Safer and more effective than at-home kits, our professional whitening method will give you a brighter, whiter smile in no time.

Tooth Contouring

Few folks were born with perfect smiles. Sometimes a tooth is too long, too pointed, or just differs in size and shape from the surrounding teeth. Tooth contouring removes a minimal amount of enamel from the tooth to reshape or resize it. The tooth is then polished to finish the look.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a great way to ease into the world of cosmetic dentistry. With this solution, a composite resin is applied to the teeth in question to give them a fresh, refurbished look. This is a great fix for minor issues and it is not cost-prohibitive at all.

Dental Veneers

This is a great catch-all solution for many problems. Dental veneers are a long-term solution that will make your damaged or stained teeth appear to be totally refreshed!

They are thin but durable shells that get applied to the front of your existing teeth. Their job is to cover-up any noticeable imperfections.

Our veneers are made of porcelain to provide a more realistic, tooth-colored look. No need to worry, we can blend them in seamlessly.

In preparation for the placement of veneers, we will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the front of each tooth. This makes room for the porcelain veneer to fit perfectly on the tooth while looking natural with your gums and other teeth.

After the enamel is removed from each tooth, each veneer is carefully placed and bonded to your teeth with a very strong resin cement. The cement is hardened with a special light, making the bond permanent.

Go For It!

We hope that you have been inspired by the possibilities outlined in today’s post. If you live in the Syracuse, NY area, we can help you improve the appearance of your teeth with a cosmetic dental solution. Dr. Laura has the tools, training, and technology to take your smile where it needs to go.

Contact Eastwood Dental Office right away to schedule your autumn smile makeover consultation! We can’t wait to get started!
By Eastwood Dental Office 20 Sep, 2016
We are your trusted source for comprehensive dentistry solutions in the Syracuse, New York area . You may have noticed that, around here, we like to talk a lot about teeth. But if you care about your smile, you really ought to pay more attention to your gums. You should never take them for granted! We certainly don’t. That’s because we have seen what kind of damage gum disease can do to a smile, and we can tell you that you won’t want any part of that.

Gum Disease Goes From Bad To Worse

You see, gum disease is an infection of your gums and soft tissues. It is caused by the sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, that constantly forms on your teeth.

Though gum disease often begins as a painless infection known as gingivitis, it gets ugly fast, and if it get into your bloodstream it could cause some major health problems for you.

As oral health professionals, what concerns us the most is that the more advanced stage of gum disease (aka periodontal disease) can cause your gums to separate from your teeth. That’s when that dangerous bacteria will begin to attack the bone that holds your teeth in place.

This can cause your teeth to feel loose or fall out of their sockets. It will be traumatic and embarrassing to say the least.

In our Syracuse dentist’s office , we spend a lot of time cleaning, repairing, and replacing teeth for people. We know that it is always better for you to prevent tooth loss altogether now rather than enlisting us to find a restorative solution later.

Eastwood Dental Care Can Help

So, what does it take to keep your gums safe and healthy?

Good practices at home like brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash will go along way.

Diligently scheduling your preventative dental appointments (we recommend coming in every 6 months) is the other essential component of gum disease prevention.

Regular cleanings and checkups are important because brushing and flossing are not enough to remove tartar and bacteria in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

The most important thing to consider is that, if you seldom come in, we won’t know what’s developing in your mouth and we won’t be able to catch and treat issues early on before the damage is devastating. If we aren’t aware of the problem and you aren’t empowered to take the steps necessary to treat your gum disease in the early, easily-reversible stages, then you will be in a world of hurt.

Plus, like we said, your overall wellness could be at stake. The bacteria behind gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, respiratory problems, and even cancer!

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

We hope you have been inspired by today’s post. In our Syracuse, NY dentist’s office we can help you prevent and treat gum disease before it gets out of control. To make your next appointment, contact us online today or give us a call at (315) 849-9055.
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