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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.
By Eastwood Dental Office 10 Sep, 2016
If you are looking for a great dentist’s office in Syracuse, NY, you have come to the right place. Following in her father’s footsteps as a dentist, our leader, Dr. Laura, has now been practicing for more than 25 years. So, you can trust that you will be in good hands while you are in our care.

We will do our best to keep your oral health on track, and quickly restore it, should anything ever go awry. Living in this day and age, chances are good that you will, at some point, have to work through some level of tooth decay.

Stay On Top Of Your Health

Here’s the good news: a small cavity that is caught early on won’t be any big deal to correct. But you have to come in regularly for us to be able to detect what is going on. Once we notice a cavity, we can get right to work stopping the spread of the decay through a dental filling.

Fillings are a time tested method for halting decay, and there has long been more than one type of dental fillings for treating cavities.

In the old days, most dentists used silver or gold to make fillings. That technique worked well enough for the era. And some folks didn’t mind it. But these fillings did have their limitations. As it happens, silver is a stable compound made with mercury, silver and traces of other metals.

That can be problematic if you have allergies!

Beyond that, they were known for creating ugly metallic splotches on top of your teeth. If you are of a certain age, you can probably still see the ones you got in your youth. They are hard to miss.

There have also been concerns raised about the potential for dental fillings that are loaded with mercury to adversely impact a patient’s overall health. So far, there has not been conclusive evidence that silver fillings are harmful, but why would you want to take the risk? Especially when there is a better way available.

A Better Kind Of Filling

In our Syracuse dentist’s office we now use a composite resin material that blends in with and bonds to your tooth as opposed to the old-school fillings that destroyed your smile and made you worry about levels of toxicity.

The treatment will be safer and more subtle. And we will make sure you don’t feel any pain. It will be a fast and easy experience all in all.

Take The Next Step!

If you have a cavity, you now have an alternative to metal fillings. Your teeth will look and feel great! Plus, with fillings from us, you won’t have to worry about any root canals or extractions in the near future.

Call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Joan Laura at (315) 849-9055 or simply contact us online to learn more about getting your oral health back on the good road!
By Eastwood Dental Office 25 Aug, 2016
At Eastwood Dental Office , we realize that, with August already upon us, back to school routines are the new normal for families all over New York.

Our Syracuse-based dental team knows how chaotic this time of year can be. Still, we want you to keep oral health top of mind.

As a parent, like it or not, you have a big responsibility to set a good example and establish high expectations for your children. So, if things have gotten lax or outright crazy in regards to oral hygiene habits over the summer, now is the time to rein it back in.

In an effort to make oral health practices easier for families in our area, we have come up with a few easily taught tips and explanations that should make good sense no matter what your age is.

Keep reading and then be sure to follow up to schedule your next preventive appointment with Dr. Laura !

Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day

For brushing to be fully effective, it is very important to brush for at least two minutes when you do engage in this activity. But brushing is only the beginning!

Dental Floss Is Just As Important As A Toothbrush

We’ve established that daily brushing is non-negotiable. But did you know that this exercise, even when done correctly, only reaches a fraction of your teeth’s surface area?

The truth is, you will only ever be able to reach certain areas of your mouth with dental floss.

Flossing is one of the only ways you can hope to remove plaque from the often overlooked regions in between your teeth.

While your kids are young, instill flossing as a healthy habit that they will want to carry with them as they grow. It is better than fillings, root canals, and extractions later in life!

Come To See Us Twice A Year

Stopping by regularly for professional teeth cleanings will make it much easier for us (and for you) to repulse plaque and tartar from your teeth and keep any disease and decay at bay.

During your comprehensive dental exam with Dr. Laura, you will be screened for gum disease, oral cancer, and other issues that could be affecting your overall health and wellness. Depending on your situation, we might recommend extra protection like dental sealants or fluoride treatments while you are here.

Rest assured, we want nothing more than to keep you on the good road. But in order to do that, we have to see you often enough to be in-tune with your ever-changing needs.

Teach Them Well

We trust that you will take your family’s oral health as seriously as we do. A healthy mouth and a great-looking smile will be important as life goes on.

For now, the burden is on you to teach your children good habits through your own rigorous example.

Teach them how to brush and to floss. But also teach them how to find a dentist that they can trust so that they will never be alone in their efforts to lead a healthy, happy life.

To learn more about preventive dentistry in Syracuse, NY , or to schedule your next appointment, contact us now!
By Eastwood Dental Office 14 Aug, 2016
If you live in the Syracuse, New York area, and are tired of dealing with the indignity and unhealthy situation caused by missing teeth, we would love to help you get a complete-looking and better functioning smile.

We know just what you are going through, and we have the tools and the training to turn things around once and for all.

How can we do it?

Dr. Laura will create some modern dentures just for your mouth.

We have found that many people are apprehensive about dentures because they are afraid that their dentures won’t fit well or feel natural enough. Plus, they are worried that they won’t like the way their dentures look.

Well, get all of that stuff out of your head right now!

We have several fittings when we make dentures. It may take me a little longer to make the dentures at our office, but the dentures you go home with do fit better. Also, you can can see your dentures before they’re finished, and if you don’t like the way they look, you can make changes before they’re finished. Doesn’t that sound like a good deal?

This isn’t only for folks who have never sought restorative treatment in the past.

If you are among the millions of people in America that are experiencing difficulties with their existing dentures, we can help with that too. If you can’t eat well with your dentures, if your dentures won’t stay in, odds are we can come up with some solutions to your denture problems.

What Are Dentures?

Basically, dentures are removable, artificial, replacement teeth, also known as dental prosthetics. These are made by a “dentures dentist.” Makes sense, right? If you have missing or extracted teeth, this dental prosthetic is an excellent solution for helping you with chewing fiber-rich food as well as improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence. Who wouldn’t want those things?

The Two Primary Types Of Dentures

Complete Dentures are a removable dental appliance that replaces all your teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or both. Complete Dentures are placed when all of your teeth are missing or have been extracted. One nice benefit is that this kind of solution prevents a sunken facial appearance so you can avoid looking elderly before you’ve actually reached your golden years.

Partial Dentures are a removable dental appliance with a set of several artificial replacement teeth to fill a gap or gaps of missing teeth. These are placed when some natural teeth remain. The big benefit here is that this solution can help to keep your remaining natural teeth from shifting away from their positions and causing more trouble for you.

Effective, Affordable & Accessible

In the end, dentures provide a practical and less expensive solution to restore your smile following tooth loss as an adult. They will help you take back your normal life as well.

Learn More, Get Started!

To see if you are a good candidate for partial or complete dentures, get in touch with our Eastwood Dental Office team to arrange for a consultation with our leader, Dr. Joan Laura .

Dr. Laura is an experienced denture dentist who specializes in making our patients look and feel fantastic.

Call us today at (315) 849-9055 or contact us online to learn more and get started!
By Eastwood Dental Office 23 Jul, 2016
If you live in the Syracuse, New York area, we’d love to see your smiling face in one of our chairs this summer. There are so many things that we can do to help keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great.

The nice thing is that at Eastwood Dental Office , we treat every patient like family, and you will feel very much at home with us. This is, in part, because we are located in the James Street house that has been in our family for years. How many other offices can say that? But beyond that, we’ll make it easy for you and your family to get the quality dental care you deserve.

Eastwood Makes It Easy

Here’s how it works with us: when you show up for your visit, you will be greeted and checked in by our administrative team. Then we will get to work.

Our services are comprehensive and range from general preventive dentistry to customized cosmetic smile makeovers . You tell us the direction you would like to go in, and we’ll make it happen!

Preventive Care At Its Best

The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist at least twice a year. We certainly concur. Keeping up with these appointments will help boost the health and appearance of your smile in a big way.

When you come to see us for your regular 6 month session, we will clean your teeth with professional-grade instruments that can effectively eradicate any lingering tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food particles that are waiting to do damage. This can help save you the pain and expense of fighting tooth decay, gum disease, and other bad things down the road. Trust us, it is always better to prevent problems in the first place. Plus, after we are through with you, your teeth will look great until we see you again, and your breath will be fresh enough for any close encounters over the summer.

We also offer fluoride treatments and dental sealants for an extra layer of protection.

When you are here for your next checkup, Dr. Laura will examine your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and inside your cheeks. She can also screen for oral cancer, a silent killer that all too often goes unnoticed until it is too late. After your exam, our team will make treatment recommendations and advise you about how to improve your oral hygiene habits at home.

Take Back Your Health!

We hope you have been inspired by today’s post. Remember, your oral health needs don’t take a summer vacation! You will still want to have a trustworthy dentist around to look after you and your family!

The good news is that we have a fantastic opportunity for new patients who sign up with us this summer: you can get your first cleaning, exam, and X-ray (a $298 value) for just $99!

Contact us today to schedule your next appointment at Eastwood Dental Office .
By Eastwood Dental Office 12 Jul, 2016
At our New York dental practice , we truly enjoy putting our education and experience to work for you and your family. We are committed to providing excellent, compassionate care in a warm, inviting atmosphere. We like to say that it feels like home around here, because we are actually set up in a house that has been in Dr. Laura’s family for generations. So, if you live in the Syracuse area, you really should come see for yourself!

Today we want to talk about an easy way to improve the appearance of your smile.

If you have bothersome dental issues or visible damage to your teeth, odds are you have already had to endure some embarrassing situations this summer. Weddings, graduations, family reunions, and other special events can be a lot of fun. Unless you have a smile that is worse for wear.

If you can relate, we have some great news for you! Dental veneers are an easy cosmetic treatment that we offer in our office to cover over a variety of dental imperfections.

They can close small gaps, hide discoloration, cover small chips and fractures, and make teeth appear to be straighter. Since our veneers are made of porcelain, they are not porous and susceptible to stains like natural enamel. That means they will look good for quite some time.

Most patients are blown away by how much their smiles are transformed through such a minimally invasive procedure. Keep reading to hear more about the process, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Laura .

Veneers: A Great Catch-All Solution

The process for getting dental veneers can be completed during two short appointments.

In preparation for the placement of your veneers, Dr. Laura will remove a small amount of enamel from the front of each tooth. This is not reversible so you will need to be sure this is the solution for you!

This preparation makes room for the porcelain veneer to fit perfectly on your tooth and blend in with the natural surroundings of your mouth.

Once sufficient amounts of enamel have been removed, each veneer will be bonded to the tooth with a very strong resin cement. The cement is hardened with a special light, making the bond permanent.

That’s all there is to it!

Just so you know: you do have to be in good health overall with a mouth that is free of disease and decay in order to be considered for veneers. But if you are determined to be a good candidate, our veneers can quickly change your life for the better.

Make The Fireworks Happen!

Would you like to change the size, shape, or color of your teeth this summer? Then you really should see if dental veneers will work for you. This fast and easy solution will brighten up your smile like firecrackers on the 4th of July!

Contact us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation in Syracuse, NY!
By Eastwood Dental Office 20 Jun, 2016
We are your trusted source for comprehensive dentistry services in the Syracuse, New York area . Our office is situated in a historic home and we treat every patient as an honored guest. Sounds nice, right? It is and we hope you’ll come see for yourself.

Our team is here to help you keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great all year long. And now that summer is here, you will definitely want to have a camera-ready smile! Otherwise you won’t feel much like frolicking with friends. And who could blame you for wanting to hide out and lay low? At Eastwood Dental Office, we know that yellowed or damaged teeth can be a source of real embarrassment. Especially when everyone is looking!

Fortunately, we have a couple of easy cosmetic dentistry solutions that might just work for you: dental bonding and porcelain veneers . Trust us, either way, you win!

Keep reading to learn more about these offerings, and then be sure to get in-touch with us to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation. That way we can make sure we come up with the plan of action that makes the most sense for your current situation (dental needs, budget, and so forth). With Eastwood Dental Office on your side, it might just be the best summer ever!

Dental Bonding Is Easy At Eastwood

Not everyone feels comfortable with the process of getting a complete smile makeover. That’s why we think 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 very affordable! What more could you ask for?

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a long-term solution that will make your damaged or stained teeth appear to be flawless! 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. Don’t 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.

Get A Better Smile Today!

If you live in the Syracuse, NY area, we can help you improve the appearance of your teeth fast with a cosmetic treatment such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.

Contact Eastwood Dental Office right away to schedule your summer cosmetic consultation! We can’t wait to get to work!
By Eastwood Dental Office 10 Jun, 2016
Now that June is here, we are so happy that the summer fun has begun in Syracuse. It’s time to pile on the slatherin’ sauce over at Dino’s while enjoying some tasty blues music! And, in general it’s time to relax a bit!

Just be sure you don’t get lax with your oral hygiene habits! And don’t forget about us. We are here to help you keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great all year long. But it is a partnership! Just so you can be sure that you are doing your part, we’ve come up with a few suggestions for the summer season.

Read on, and then plan to get in-touch with us to set-up your next preventive dental appointment. We can’t wait to see you!

Avoid Sugar

A soda pop or sugary snack is tempting, especially when you are on the road. But that won’t be good for you because all that sugar will feed the bacteria that causes cavities.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water will help your general health and wellness. Plus, it can help keep your breath fresh by producing enough saliva to eradicate the bad-breath causing bacteria. Look for water that is fortified with fluoride when you can!

Brush With Care

All summer you should still be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes or more, at least twice each day. This will keep cavities and disease at bay, plus it will leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.

Flossing Is Not Optional

Brushing is the least you can do to protect your teeth and gums. Really! Brushing alone is never going to be enough to get the whole job done.

To eradicate the plaque and tartar that remains between your teeth and in other hard to see areas, dental floss will be necessary. Do it every time you brush!

Rinse With Fluoride

There are some excellent fluoride mouthwashes available that can bring added oral health benefits. Be sure to check the labels for age-appropriateness.

Visit Eastwood Dental Office

Stopping by our dental office every six months will go a long way towards keeping your oral health on-track.

Here’s why: our professional teeth cleanings can get rid of of any remaining bacteria, tartar, or plaque that wants to wreak havoc in your mouth.

Additionally, our in-depth dental exams will give you a better idea of what is going on in your mouth. Early detection and treatment is always less painful and less expensive.

Plus, we offer more protection than that! We can provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants for children and adults alike. Our hope is that, with these, you may be able to avoid fillings or dental crowns in the future.

Start The Summer Off Right!

Avoiding sugar, drinking plenty of water, brushing your teeth, flossing, rinsing with fluoride, and visiting Dr. Laura are the sort of things that will keep you smiling all through the summer season! So will the BBQ at Dino’s, but that’s another story altogether!

If you have any questions about tooth decay prevention or treatment, contact Eastwood Dental Office of Syracuse, NY today!

Eastwood Dental Office Blog

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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