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Leap Year - Start Your Own TraditionThis year we have the pleasure of enjoying an extra day to accomplish our goals, as ...
02/21/2020

Leap Year - Start Your Own Tradition

This year we have the pleasure of enjoying an extra day to accomplish our goals, as it is a Leap Year. Lore insists that Julius Caesar introduced leap year in the Roman Empire 2000 years ago. The purpose for adding this extra day was to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year. This means that the Earth’s revolutions around the sun do not equal 365 days exactly, so by adding an extra day nearly every four years we can keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions. If we didn’t do this, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year and 24 days off our calendar every 100 years!

Countries often created their own traditions to explain or celebrate these special years. One that goes back centuries states that on a leap year, woman had the opportunity to propose marriage to men instead of the other way around. However, if a man refused the proposal he owed the woman a kiss and a silk gown, as long as she was wearing a red petticoat at the time of the proposal.

What traditions will you create on this special day, during this special year? Will you take advantage of this extra day to accomplish a goal you’ve been putting off? Will you use the extra time to finish a task you’ve been procrastinating? Perhaps you will use this day to prepare perfecting your dental health & beauty?!.....

Brushing Can Have Negative Effects?We are not saying that brushing your teeth will lead to negative results for your tee...
02/20/2020

Brushing Can Have Negative Effects?
We are not saying that brushing your teeth will lead to negative results for your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard – pressing the bristles against the teeth and gums with too much force can definitely lead to oral problems. Our team of professionals with years of experience, and our phenomenal hygienist has seen numerous cases of over-brushing and the effects it can have on the mouth. Brushing too hard can cause gums to recede, allowing for bacteria and plaque to build, and it can cause tooth enamel to wear away. Our magnificent staff can provide several solutions and fix any of the problems that arise.

Smile BrightSchedule your whiting appointments
02/19/2020

Smile Bright
Schedule your whiting appointments

Smile ChecklistBefore the Big Day, it’s imperative that the new age bride and grooms take care to look their best. Since...
02/18/2020

Smile Checklist

Before the Big Day, it’s imperative that the new age bride and grooms take care to look their best. Since the Big Day will come, you and your smile will be the centre of all attention and the photos and videos will record memories for many years to come.
If you are conscious of the way your teeth look for your wedding, then you’ll need to add some dental appointments to your to-do list. Whether it’s a change in colour, shape or alignment, your dentist can provide you various options. Some cosmetic dental treatments can take longer than a few weeks, so you’ll want to be sure that you get that desired smile within the time frame you have.
We have listed down some of the common issues that our brides have faced and the time you will need to bedazzle your smile on your BIG DAY !!!

9 Things You Should Do for Perfect Teeth by Your Wedding DayWhether you need a few months of at-home TLC or a full profe...
02/17/2020

9 Things You Should Do for Perfect Teeth by
Your Wedding Day

Whether you need a few months of at-home TLC or a full professional overhaul, here are nine things dentists wish they could tell you the minute you get engaged.

1. Go for a Consultation
First things first: Get your yourself into the dentist's chair. Depending on what you want to do to your teeth, it's important to get the process started early, so you're not scrambling right before the wedding. Veneers can take two to three months, and orthodontic treatments like straightening and realignment can take up to a year.

Check in first with Dr. Georgescu!

2. Get a Cleaning
"You wouldn't wax a car without cleaning it. You shouldn't whiten your teeth without cleaning them either," This will also help you see what, exactly, you need to do professionally versus what you can take care of at home.

3. Start Whitening
Don't leave whitening until the last minute! The whitening process generally takes at least one to two weeks, depending on your desired results, so it's important not to try to cram it in.

4. Maintain Your Oral Health at Home
There's a lot to think about in the months leading up to your wedding, but treating your teeth the right way should be a priority. "The best thing a bride can do for her teeth at home is to maintain her oral health during these busy times.

5. Follow the White Smile Diet
"Munching on crunchy snacks like apples or celery is as effective as a brushing, Raw fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber, a natural abrasive that can help clean teeth. Avoid foods that are dark and sticky—the worst culprits for staining such as red wine, coffee, barbecue sauce, or balsamic vinegar."

6. Watch Your Toothpaste
"Avoid toothpastes with abrasive ingredients like silica, especially if you have sensitive teeth or you don't have much stain buildup. Look for things like Kaolin clay and bentonite clay, which are the safest, most effective, and least abrasive toothpaste ingredients for polishing off surface stains.

7. Be Mindful of Your Mouthwash
Mouthwash may make your morning breath more bearable, but it can also harm your teeth. "The alcohol in mouthwashes dries out dental work such as composite bondings. It can also weaken the overall tooth structure, so it's best to rinse with a natural formula that is alcohol-free. A colorless mouthwash is best for keeping your pearly whites gleaming.

8. Sip Smartly
"Sip your coffee, tea or latte through a straw to avoid direct contact with teeth, which helps prevent staining," Go ahead and add bendy straws to the list of things you'll need to keep in your purse for the next few months, easier to do that then gasp give up caffeine.

9. Consider Quick Fixes
Even if you don't go for a major overhaul, there are certain things you can do the day of to make your teeth look close to perfect. Stay away from gold jewelry, which tends to bring out yellowish tones, while simple sparkly earrings can make your teeth appear whiter. A lipstick shows off your pearly whites the best, and rose, pink, and sheer colors also offer a good contrast. Steer clear of red or magenta, which can make teeth look yellow. If you have any minor defect in your smile (such as a stain or crack), wipe a small dab of petroleum jelly over it, which will help diffuse the aberration in your photos.

Get your mouth kiss-ready for Valentine’s with these easy tips from Wappingers Dental, PLLC, Dr. Vanda Georgescu5 top ti...
02/12/2020

Get your mouth kiss-ready for Valentine’s with these easy tips from Wappingers Dental, PLLC, Dr. Vanda Georgescu

5 top tips for before you pucker up

Oral hygiene is important… really.
It might go without saying, but no one wants a kiss from someone with sub-par oral hygiene. Brushing twice and flossing once daily is recommended. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, you’re leaving the bits of food that get stuck between your teeth in a warm, dark, damp environment where it starts to rot and, understandably, smell pretty terrible. There’s nothing worse than dirty, smelly teeth to kill the mood.

Banish bad breath
Even those of us with really good oral hygiene practices get bad breath sometimes. Regular brushing and flossing doesn’t safeguard against the perils of coffee and garlic bread, so it’s best to be prepared with some quick fixes.

Keep some floss with you and if a case of bad breath strikes you can use a quick trip to the bathroom to get rid of smelly food particles and lurking bacteria.

If you like to keep gum or mints on hand, look for ones that use xylitol as a sweetener. Sugar feeds bad-smelling bacteria, so sugary gum and mints should be avoided. Xylitol is sweet like sugar but oral bacteria can’t feed on it so it leaves your mouth fresh and kissable. If your bad breath refuses to be banished, it may be time to speak with your dentist as it can be a sign of dental issues or a symptom of other health problems.

Eat chocolate
That’s right. We’re advising you to eat chocolate. We know that Valentine ’s Day is a time for treats, and we’re not going to try to tell you to deny your sweet tooth. We’ll just gently suggest that you give some thought to your indulgence. Sticky, gooey treats like caramels and gummy bears stick to your teeth and feed decay-causing bacteria. Solid chocolates (without sugary fillings) don’t stick to your teeth as much and dark chocolate especially is a great option with less sugar than milk chocolate.

Drinking water is sexy
Not only does staying hydrated give your skin a healthy glow, it’s also key to keeping your mouth kissable. Drinking lots of water helps to promote healthy production of oxygen-containing saliva which deters the growth of smelly oral bacteria.

Sugary drinks like soft drink, sports drinks and some iced teas contain a preservative called citric acid which strips away the enamel on your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay and damage.

A smiling face is a beautiful face  A smiling heart is a happy heart...
02/11/2020

A smiling face is a beautiful face
A smiling heart is a happy heart...

New research finds that brushing the teeth three or more times a day significantly reduces the risk of atrial fibrillati...
02/10/2020

New research finds that brushing the teeth three or more times a day significantly reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

Brushing your teeth three times or more a day may significantly protect the heart.
The bacteria in our mouths may hold the key to many facets of our health.

Researchers have found intriguing clues about pancreatic and esophageal cancer risk in mouth bacteria, and some studies have linked poor oral hygiene with respiratory problems.

Mounting evidence is also strengthening the link between oral health and cardiovascular health.

For instance, some studies have found oral bacteria in the blood clots of people receiving emergency treatment for stroke, and experts have linked severe gum disease with a significantly higher risk of hypertension.

Conversely, destroying "friendly" oral bacteria that help maintain a healthy and balanced oral microbiome could disrupt blood pressure levels and also lead to hypertension.
"Improved oral hygiene care was associated with decreased
risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
Healthier oral hygiene by frequent toothbrushing and professional dental cleanings may reduce risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure."

However, they also note that, as with any observational study, the research is limited and cannot explain causation. The study is also limited because it only looked at people living in one country, so the results may not be generalizable.

While most people are aware that lifestyle choices such as eating right, getting enough exercise and quitting smoking ca...
02/07/2020

While most people are aware that lifestyle choices such as eating right, getting enough exercise and quitting smoking can help prevent cardiovascular disease, they may not know that by just brushing and flossing their teeth each day, they might also be avoiding this potentially lethal condition. “The findings of this new analysis of previously published studies suggest that the long-term effect of chronic periodontitis, such as extended bacterial exposure, may be what ultimately leads to cardiovascular disease.”

02/05/2020
Dr. Vanda Super DentistAll your dental needs in one place
02/05/2020

Dr. Vanda Super Dentist
All your dental needs in one place

Don't Panic! Call to Schedule TodayJust a Couple of Hours to have a Whiter Smile
02/04/2020

Don't Panic! Call to Schedule Today
Just a Couple of Hours to have a Whiter Smile

The Psychological Study of SmilingEric JaffeA smile begins in our sensory corridors. The earcollects a whispered word. T...
01/31/2020

The Psychological Study of Smiling
Eric Jaffe
A smile begins in our sensory corridors. The earcollects a whispered word. The eyes spot an old friend on the station platform. The hand feels the pressure of another hand. This emotional data funnels to the brain, exciting the left anterior temporal region in particular, then smolders to the surface of the face, where two muscles, standing at attention, are roused into action: The zygomatic major, which resides in the cheek, tugs the lips upward, and the orbicularis oculi, which encircles the eye socket, squeezes the outside corners into the shape of a crow’s foot. The entire event is short — typically lasting from two-thirds of a second to four seconds — and those who witness it often respond by mirroring the action, and smiling back. Dr. Georgescu can help you achieve the confidence when you want to shine your brightest!

BRUXISM:Bruxism the clenching or grinding of teeth, is an involuntary action that often occurs at night but may also hap...
01/28/2020

BRUXISM:
Bruxism the clenching or grinding of teeth, is an involuntary action that often occurs at night but may also happen in the daytime. It’s a fairly common condition and affects an estimated 8-16% of adults (source nih.gov). Frequently, people who suffer from bruxism are not aware of the fact they’re grinding and clenching their teeth.While stress and anxiety are believed to be contributing factors, the cause of bruxism is not clearly known. The symptoms of bruxism include:
Extreme tooth sensitivity and toothache
Worn or flattened teeth
Chipped or cracked teeth
Pain in the jaw or facial muscles
Headaches
The most often recommended method for treating bruxism is to wear a dental night guard.

What's the biggest mistake or misunderstanding people make when it comes to dental hygiene?It's not the amount of sugar ...
01/27/2020

What's the biggest mistake or misunderstanding people make when it comes to dental hygiene?
It's not the amount of sugar consumption that's a problem, it's the frequency. If you chug a 2L bottle of coke in under a minute...I mean it's not great but your teeth are exposed to the sugar and acid for under a minute.

Compare that to sippin on a giant cup of soda throughout the morning at the office. That's a near-constant exposure of sugar and acid to your teeth all throughout the morning.

Compare it to ripping a Band-Aid off quickly versus slowly taking it off through a four hour period.

Sugar is bad because bacteria eat the sugar and convert it into lactic acid, which erodes your teeth and creates cavities. Black coffee skips the sugar part and jumps straight to the acidic part. Frequently consuming black coffee all day long will cause problems as well.

A 10-second “intimate kiss” can transfer 80 million bacteria from mouth to mouth, according to a new study. Scientists h...
01/25/2020

A 10-second “intimate kiss” can transfer 80 million bacteria from mouth to mouth, according to a new study. Scientists have demonstrated that boys (well, men) really do have cooties (a simplified term for bacteria) that can spread to girls (OK, women) by kissing them.

01/25/2020
Brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can damage your teeth and gums, leading to problems like enamel wear and...
01/24/2020

Brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can damage your teeth and gums, leading to problems like enamel wear and receding gums, which can in turn lead to tooth sensitivity

Cold Weather Dental Care Hints 1. Prevent Seasonal Illness The flu and common cold affect your oral health. You can avoi...
01/23/2020

Cold Weather Dental Care Hints
1. Prevent Seasonal Illness
The flu and common cold affect your oral health. You can avoid sickness in your mouth by protecting yourself against bodily infections. Wash your hands regularly and stay away from people who are sick. If you do develop a cold or the flu, change your toothbrush afterward. This will ensure you do not return harmful germs to your mouth.

2. Protect Your Teeth
Many people experience tooth sensitivity during winter. Bitter temperatures and blustering wind can make teeth feel sore. Brush with a sensitivity toothpaste to protect your mouth from sharp pain and tenderness. Avoid cold foods and beverages, which may cause discomfort.

3. Treat All Cavities
Did you know that cavities can cause colds? If left untreated, an infection from a hole in your tooth may lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fever, sweats, and chills. See your dentist as soon as possible if you have a cavity and develop the signs of the flu.

4. Remember Oral Hygiene
Even if you are sick or busy, it is important to remember oral hygiene during the winter months. Forgetting to brush or floss your teeth may cause a mouth infection. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash for better protection. Do not clean too hard or overbrush, which may lead to increased tooth sensitivity.

5. Visit the Dentist
Visiting Dr. Georgescu office during winter will ensure your mouth is healthy and that your family dentistry professional treats you for problems like cavities, canker sores, and tooth sensitivity. After your examination and teeth cleaning, you can discuss your concerns about winter dental health.

The First Power Drills Were Powered by FeetOne of George Washington’s dentists invented the “dental foot engine” by turn...
01/21/2020

The First Power Drills Were Powered by Feet
One of George Washington’s dentists invented the “dental foot engine” by turning his mother’s spinning wheel into something that could rotate a drill fast enough to get through the first president’s mouth. Sounds like quite a workout!

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to ke...
01/20/2020

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Why Do Your Teeth Chatter?The most common reason your teeth chatter is because you are cold. When your body gets the sen...
01/17/2020

Why Do Your Teeth Chatter?
The most common reason your teeth chatter is because you are cold. When your body gets the sense that its internal temperature might drop below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), it starts to shiver, during which the muscles rapidly relax and contract. When shivering occurs in the jaw muscles, it moves the jaw up and down, causing clicking teeth.

01/16/2020
Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing yo...
01/16/2020

Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.

01/15/2020
9 Fascinating Historical Dental Facts Too Good Not to ShareHow much do you know about the history of dentistry?Everyone ...
01/14/2020

9 Fascinating Historical Dental Facts Too Good Not to Share
How much do you know about the history of dentistry?

Everyone knows that today’s dental industry is continually exploding with innovation that leads to new and exciting developments to better take care of oral health. But the history of dentistry is just as fascinating. In fact, as far back as 5000 B.C. there are texts describing tooth decay and its effect on oral health!

There’s a treasure trove of information about the history of dentistry out there, but we found some tidbits that were particularly interesting to share. So next time you’re figuratively or literally around the water cooler, feel free to spread the word about these nine interesting historical dental facts.

The earliest known reference of someone as a dental professional is on the tomb of an Egyptian scribe named Hesy-Re from around 2600 BC. An inscription on his tomb read “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.”
There is evidence of dental implants as far back as 2000 BC. Remains from ancient China were found to have carved bamboo pegs in the place of missing teeth. The earliest known metal implant was found in the remains of an Egyptian king from around 1000 BC—a copper peg had been hammered into his upper jaw.
A coarse paste comprised of “one drachma (about 0.01oz) of rock salt, two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower and 20 grains of pepper” is believed to be the first recorded toothpaste recipe. It was written around 400 AD and created a gritty mixture that was light years ahead of any other known substance for effectively cleaning teeth at the time.
The first known bristle toothbrushes (similar to what we use today) were invented in China in 1498. These brushes consisted of handles made from either bamboo or bone, and the bristles were coarse hairs from a boar’s neck.
Both Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote extensively about dentistry, including suggestions for treating decayed teeth and gum disease. They also recommended using wires to stabilize loose teeth or fractured jaws—a precursor to today’s wire braces.
Ancient Mayans expressed themselves with bejeweled teeth. They would chip out small amounts of enamel and glue in colorful gems. The effect would have been quite interesting to look at, but without modern anesthesia also very painful.
Paul Revere (of “The British are coming!” fame) practiced dentistry at one point. Due to his dexterity from working as a craftsman, one of his skills was providing patients with dentures crafter from walrus ivory or other animal teeth.
During the Civil War there was more than one secession. After southern states seceded to become the Confederate States of America, southern dentists left the ADA (American Dental Association) to create the Southern Dental Association (SDA) in 1869. After the North won the war these dentists rejoined their northern dental neighbors and in 1922 the ADA was fully restored.
In 1905 Novocain was invented as a fast-acting anesthesia to use on soldiers injured during war time. However, it ended up being much more popular for dental procedures, which is why it’s so prevalent in dentistry today.
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