Dairy products may help Your Smile

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Say cheese to improve your smile. Glaser Orthodontics near Yorktown Heights wants to know if dairy is a part of your diet. If not, it should be because it can help your overall oral health! According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), regular consumption of dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can actually lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (gum disease).

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth that affects the gums and jaw. Gum disease results in a loss of teeth and bone, and has been connected to certain cases of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.

Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but it’s essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Did you know that cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your teeth? In addition to providing large amounts of much needed calcium and phosphorous that reduce and/or prevent decreases in the plaque’s pH level and work to remineralize the enamel of your teeth, cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack cheese, for example, stimulate the body’s salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect them from acids that weaken them.

The next time you reach for a quick snack get creative with some dairy products, and remember with each bite and every sip you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles and good oral health!

For more information about keeping your mouth healthy, please contact Glaser Orthodontics, or stop by for a visit at our office near Yorktown Heights!

Say No to Nail Biting warns Orthodontist

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Glaser Orthodontics cautions his patients about the danger of nail biting on your teeth. Nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement or boredom. Experts say that about thirty percent of children and fifteen percent of adults are nail biters, however most will stop chewing their nails by the time they turn thirty.

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

  1. It’s unsanitary. Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and they are almost twice as dirty as your fingers. Moreover, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.
  2. It wears down your teeth. Biting your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.
  3. It can delay your orthodontic treatment. For those wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.
  4. It can cost you; literally. Our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry estimate up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.

Glaser Orthodontics recommends the following to kick your nail biting habit:

  1. Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
  2. Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
  3. Ask us about obtaining a mouth guard, which can help prevent nail biting.
  4. Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to bite on your nails.
  5. Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
  6. If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting.

If you are interested in more information about nail biting or would like to assess your oral health, please contact Glaser Orthodontics or stop by his office near Shrub Oak!

Make Toothbrush Jewelry during Snowstorm

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What’s a cooler than recycling your old toothbrush and making a toothbrush bracelet? Glaser Orthodontics near Jefferson Valley recommends that their patients replace their toothbrush every 3 months or when there is noticeable wear, or when we have an illness. So when it’s time to replace your toothbrush, try making toothbrush jewelry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. An old toothbrush

2. A pair of pliers

3. Vise grips

4. Tongs

5. A pot big enough to accommodate your toothbrush

6. A parent!

Step 1: Take your old toothbrush and have your parent gently remove all of the bristles from the toothbrush with a pair of pliers. Support should be applied to the neck of the toothbrush to avoid breaking it.

Step 2: Once all of the bristles are removed from the toothbrush, have your parent boil it for an hour. Be patient, you get to wear it whenever you want. Let your parent do all the hard labor. And it has to boil for a whole hour so that when your parent starts the bending process the toothbrush doesn’t snap.

Step 3: Because the toothbrush is very hot, your parent needs to bend it using the tongs to hold the toothbrush in the middle, and vise grips to shape the toothbrush.

Step 4: To set the shape and cool the bracelet down, let it sit in a bowl of cold water.

Please contact our practice if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. Glaser Orthodontics near Jefferson Valley hopes you have fun making your new toothbrush jewelry. Keep Smiling!

Good Oral Health Linked to Your Diet

Did you know that good oral health is linked to your diet? Glaser Orthodontics near Shrub Oak say to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health examine your diet — what you eat and how often you eat — are important factors. Dr. Glaser says changes in your mouth start the minute you eat certain foods. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. Dr. Glaser warns the more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay or cavities.

Glaser Orthodontics recommends certain foods that will keep your mouth healthy. The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices that Glaser Orthodontics includes are firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. Dr. Glaser tells us that these foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). All of the food items are available in or near Shrub Oak. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Glaser Orthodontics says it is common sense that some poor food choices include candy — such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints — cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. Dr. Glaser warns that these foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay.

If you’re looking for good beverage choices, the best choice is water (especially fluoridated water). Dr. Glaser says milk, and unsweetened tea are also good but Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Glaser Orthodontics recommends limiting your expose of sugary substances to your teeth.

The team at Glaser Orthodontics is always available to answer any questions regarding your oral health. Contact us at our office near Shrub Oak to get the best oral advice. We work hard on giving you the best smile!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/diet-oral-health

Westchester Orthodontist recognizes National Wellness Week

Did you know that September 15 thru 21st is National Wellness Week? Don’t forget your oral health during National Wellness Week. Glaser Orthodontics located in Westchester wants to remind you to add oral health to your wellness week.

What do you do to enhance your wellness? Take a walk? Practice yoga or meditation? Drink a veggie or fruit smoothie? Floss more? Read? Garden? Connect with a friend? Improve your smile with braces? Get a massage? Sleep more? Swim? Improve oral health? Share what you do on social media with #ShareWellness!

For National Wellness Week, September 15–21, 2014, Dr. Glaser encourages his patients in Westchester to share on social media some of your favorite wellness-enhancing activities. What do you do to improve your physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, occupational, and/or environmental wellness dimensions?

Dr. Glaser says that wellness —the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness—is integral to our behavioral health. Practicing wellness has become an essential part of good health.

If you have any questions on how to create oral health wellness into your lifestyle, contact Glaser Orthodontics in Westchester. Start this week with National Wellness Week to start living that happy healthy lifestyle.

Source: http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/10by10/wellness_week.aspx

Orthodontist Yorktown Heights says Preserve Your Memory through Good Oral Hygiene

oral health yorktown heightsDid 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 Glaser Orthodontics help you and your child with good oral health. The staff in Yorktown Heights 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 Glaser Orthodontics a call today in their office in Yorktown Heights to improve your oral health and improve memory!

Orthodontist Encourages to Keep Kids Tobacco Free in Cortlandt Manor

Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor 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 Cortlandt Manor, Glaser 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. Glaser 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 Cortlandt Manor and Nationally.

 

Glaser 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.  Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor is always available to help in your overall oral health