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Baby Teeth Eruption Chart . When do they come in and when do they fall out. Oct 16th, 2018

           Have you ever wondered when your child’s next baby (primary) tooth is going to fall out? or when will the permanent teeth come in? Usually there’s no definite answer to that question, but a teeth eruption chart works well to make an estimation.         ...

Oral Cancer Awareness Apr 15th, 2018

This week we are going to take a small break from our Invisalign series to acknowledge Oral Cancer Awareness Month.The month of April is an especially important month to encourage all dental professionals to conduct oral head and neck cancer screenings. At Pearl Dental NYC an oral cancer exam is...

Things you should know about your Invisalign treatment! Mar 28th, 2018

So you had your consultation appointment with your Pearl Dental Invisalign Provider and had your Invisalign impressions taken!Now that you have decided to take the plunge and begin your invisalign treatment there are a few things you should know before you start.Invisalign aligners produce incredible results, but in order to achieve...

Invisalign Vs. Braces Jan 10th, 2018

While both Invisalign and braces will straighten your teeth, there are benefits to choosing Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces you will never have to worry about hiding your smile because you are embarrassed for people to see your brackets and wires! Invisalign is also removable so you can enjoy a nice...

Invisalign Dec 20th, 2017

Having straight teeth not only provides you with a beautiful smile, but also improves daily function and increases the longevity of your teeth. Invisalign is an orthodontic system that generates customized removable clear aligners that gradually align your teeth into the proper position to optimize aesthetics and function. The clear aligners...

Brushing and Flossing for Two! Sep 17th, 2017

Pregnancy is an exciting and hectic time for women. There are many aspects of your overall health to be concerned with and oral health should be near the top of the list. Pregnancy can affect your mouth in several different ways. Pregnancy gingivitis is one of the most common oral health concerns...

How does your kitchen sink prevent tooth decay?! Jul 11th, 2017

We all enjoy going into our refridgerator or our local drug store and grabbing a nice cold bottle of water, but other than convenience bottled water is in fact, not as beneficial as tap water. There is a common belief that bottled water is "healthier" and goes through more structured filtration...

Want some gum?! Jun 11th, 2017

Whether you are just finishing a meal or in need of quick fix to fresh smelling breath, chewing gum has been the go to for people for over 9,000 years! In ancient times gum consisted of simple tree sap, but we have come a long way from chewing on tree...

What’s In your toothpaste?!? May 14th, 2017

As you walk down the oral health isle in your local pharmacy you are bombarded with many toothpaste options. The variety of brands, flavors, forms, purposes, and prices can be extremely overwheming! It is important to understand what toothpaste is and which toothpaste is most beneficial for your oral health. Toothpaste contains...

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Apr 28th, 2017

Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and throat) kills oneperson every hour of every day. In the United States, approximately 50,000people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with 132 newcases diagnosed every day.So what puts you at risk for getting oral cancer?Like most cancers, age...

Do You have Enamel Fluorosis? Feb 22nd, 2017

It’s funny how decisions we Make as a child, creep up later in life. Even the simplest choices such as sucking our thumbs, playing with your food, and even swallowing our toothpaste when brushing our teeth. In fact, ingesting toothpaste as a child has a high influence on our teeth...

Love Soda? Jan 19th, 2017

There’s something about sweet carbonation we LOVE. It may not be the healthiest of beverages, but for many, soda is addictive, satisfying, and great with a burger. Like we’ve said before, indulgences are fine in moderation, but remember, those bubbly, sugary drinks have acid which can harm your teeth. A...

On the Grind? Dec 8th, 2016

Approximately, 10 percent of American adults grind their teeth while sleep. Usually the behavior is due to high-stress influences. It’s very common for people to unfortunately, ironically lull themselves to sleep by thinking about anxious situations. This subconscious act is detrimental to dental health. Reported by the American Dental Association,...

'Tis the Season for Sweets Oct 12th, 2016

 It’s that time of year when delicious baked sweets raise to fame once again. October is officially pumpkin season, ushering in fall and its harvest treats such as apple pie, spiced cookies, and reunited us with other candied, honeyed, syrupy delights. Those of us with a ‘sweet tooth’ rejoice, but we still need to be aware of how much sugar we consume, especially added sugar. The American Dental Association (ADA) recently congratulated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for requiring food packaging companies to indicate added sugars on nutrition labels. This development is another tool we as consumers can use to make informed decisions on the food we eat and ultimately be in better control of our oral and physical health. The convenience of reading the label for quick, additional food facts can help decrease the frequency of cavities. (Acid produced by sugar and germs, eats away at our teeth.)So as the season progresses into winter and holiday goodies, remember nutrition labels, limit added sugars, and as always, everything in moderation. Season’s greetings!Photo credit: Flikr: L.A. Foodie/CC BY 2.0

No Insurance? No Problem! Sep 23rd, 2016

Dental insurance. People can take it or leave it. Those who don’t have insurance tend to stay away from the dentist; thinking, I’ll be OK. Truth is, we should do all we can to maintain superb dental health which includes regular visits to the dentist. Pearl Dental NYC happily welcomes those without insurance. That’s right- no insurance is no problem! The Pearl Dental Patient Club is a yearly reduced-fee savings club for families and individuals. There’s many benefits to joining the club such as no monthly premiums, only pay for services needed, no waiting for approval for services and no limitations.The cost? It’s an affordable $395 for an entire year which includes two cleanings, two exams, one set of x-rays and 15% of dental work. Plus each family member who joins will receive $50 off the membership fee reducing his or her price to $345. Sounds too good to be true, but it’s absolute truth.And yet there is more. Once you become a patient, and start to refer friends, family, co-workers, your dog walker (whoever!) you automatically become a part of the Referral Appreciation Program. As a ‘thank you,’ all referring patients will receive you choice of either a $50 American Express gift card or Pearl Dental NYC credit toward dental work. You may benefit from this offer for every friend/ family member you refer when he or she makes an appointment. But wait - it gets better. If you recommed five or more people and they schedule appointments, you will receive $100 in office credit or an American Express gift card for every person referred. So, what are you waiting for?For more information, visit our insurance membership page.Photo Credit: blog.menonlyfamilylawonly.com

No Radiation? No Problem! Aug 17th, 2016

There’s enough for us to worry about: bills, children, job, the next president… you get the picture. Our countless stressors  shouldn’t include radiation exposure. Lately, there has been concern regarding overuse of x-rays at dental offices. The use of x-rays are to properly diagnose damage and diseases which are not visible during the regular dental exam. The frequency of film images taken depend on various factors such as an individual’s age, current oral health,"risk for disease and any signs or symptoms of oral disease” (ADA). We’re not knockig x-rays, but the staff at Pearl Dental in the Financial District care about oral health and unnecessary radiation exposure. As repeated use of radiation isn’t ideal for anyone, our office also uses the latest imaging dental tools such as Dexis CariVu and dental digital sensors which are better, efficient alternatives to x-rays. The Dexis CariVu is not your mother’s typical radiograph gadget as it  does not use radiation and provides exceptional results.The cool thing about the imager is that it makes patient’s teeth transparent as it takes images. Plus it’s super small and convenient to use. This nifty camera is ideal for pregnant and cancer patents. The dental digital sensors use use radiation, but only a whopping 70 percent less than traditional methods. Digital sensors yield clearer images providing for a more accurate diagnosis. So, the moral of the story is whether you are concerned about radiation or not, dentists are able to offer safe alternatives for your best oral health.Photo Credit: dexis.com

What the Floss?! Aug 3rd, 2016

Flossing. Yes, it seems like an irking chore - one which is often pushed off until “tomorrow” but “tomorrow” never comes. Nonetheless, we at Pearl Dental NYC in the Financial District, are huge believers in flossing. You may have seen the recent New York Times article about flossers guilt - it looks like you don’t have to feel super guilty if you don’t floss daily or even at all. It seems a bit blasphemous for us shed light on this news, but we want you to be informed. You may not be a religious flosser but we strongly recommend incorporating the habit to prevent cavities and gum disease. Although this sounds like a hall pass for non-flossers, the development from officials at the Department of Agriculture Health and Human Services is not super reliable. Officials weren’t able to thoroughly research the effectiveness of proper flossing on a regular basis. Apparently, the lack of participants and researchers could not examine the effects of flossing over an adequate amount of time to determine definite results. Thus, the real affects of flossing has not shown concrete evidence of preventing cavities and severe periodontal disease. Either way, quite rankly, if something so minimally invasive as flossing has potential to improve your oral health, wouldn’t you want to give it a go?  Naturally, the American Dental Association (ADA) stands by the importance of flossing as a part of an adequate dental hygiene. Spokes person, Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett, enforces the association’s stance, “we are confident that disturbing the bacteria in plaque with brushing and flossing is, indeed, beneficial.” Luckily, there is some evidence which shows running the waxed string between your teeth can reverse the effects of gingivitis (bloody and inflamed gums) which is a valid reason to take a couple more minutes to floss. Late-stage periodental disease is a real possibility for those who give up on flossing. It’s like taking a gamble - don’t take your chances on your teeth, but we feel your odds are better in Vegas.  Photo credit: Thinkstock

Simple Hacks For a Celebrity Smile Jul 27th, 2016

How Famous People Keep Their Smiles White: It all starts with a banana.by Weekly Dental by Maria1. Apparently banana peels have natural teeth whitening effects. After eating one, keep the peel and rub it against your teeth top and bottom. keep mouth open for 10 minutes and try not to touch...

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer Jul 20th, 2016

It may be the beginning of July, but there’s plenty of summer left to bask in the sun and create memorable moments. Summer fun always includes great pictures. We want to make sure your grin is at its best and those pearly whites stand out. That’s why the staff at Pearl Dental NYC  in the Financial District has compiled quick and easy tips for a beaming summer smile. Follow these nifty suggestions for a photogenic snap shot. Click here and scroll through our top tips for your pearly whites this season.First TipImage credit: Flickr/Rupert Taylor-Price/CC BY 4.0

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer - Acidic and Dairy Products Jul 20th, 2016

Balance Acidic Foods with DairyApples, strawberries, grapes and carrots are natural tooth-cleaning aids but their acidity can negatively affects tooth enamel making it porous. However, we recommend pairing these favorite snacks with calcium rich foods like milk, cheese and yogurt. You can even rest assured when indulging wine and cheese - the cheese counteracts the acid without compromising the wine. Cheers!Next TipImage credit: flickr/Jordan Johnson/CC BY 4.0

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer - Floss Jul 20th, 2016

Be a Boss with the FlossIt may seem unnecessary, but there’s a reason why dentists make a fuss about floss. It helps to get the nasty plaque in between our teeth and prevents gum disease. We’d hate for your picture perfect smile to be ruined by the enemy plaque. Here’s a quick and easy guide to flawless flosisng. Next TipImage credit: Flickr/G M/CC BY 4.0

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer - Habits Jul 20th, 2016

Good Habits, Lasting Effects It may seem like no-brainer, but it’s all about proper oral hygiene. According to Carol Gomez, President of the American Dental Association, good habits (brushing for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting a dentist regularly) helps keep smiles healthy."  Click here for more on the right way to brush or watch this video. Next Tip Image Credit: flickr/Steve Snodgrass/CC BY 4.0

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer - Toothbrushes Jul 20th, 2016

Mind Your BrushAll of us are in a hurry, but take a couple extra seconds to rinse out to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush under running water and tap out excess. Store upright to dry by itself without touching other brushes. After all, who’d want to use a dirty brush anyway? Yuck! Reminder: Change brushes every two months, at least. If the colored bristles are starting to fade, or bristles start to flair outward, it’s time to exchange.Next TipImage Credit: flickr/pau.artigas/CC BY-SA 3.0

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer - Eat Yogurt Jul 20th, 2016

Opt for YogurtBelieve it or not, yogurt is a super-food for beautiful teeth. Dr. Perlroth explains that the probiotics produces oxygen which helps whiten your ivories. The probiotics also helps decrease halitosis (bad breath). Next TipImage credit: flickr/yoppy/CC BY 4.0

Tips for a Pearly White Smile this Summer - Avoid These... Jul 20th, 2016

Fun in the sun begs for tasty snacks but here are a few foods you should avoid or at least enjoy in moderation.Citrus: Fresh squeezed lemonade, ice tea with lemon, and even a recently picked orange are all signs of summer solstice, but be careful - too much citrus can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.Hard candies: If you’re craving something sweet, you can have some candy, but alternatively, chew sugarless gum with the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval.Ice cubes: All of us want to beat the heat, but use ice cubes to chill your drink instead of chewing cubes. You don’t want to make an emergency dental appointment due a cracked tooth! But if that happens, Pearl Dental NYC in the Financial District is here for you!Image credit: flickr/Paul Haahr/CC BY 4.0

Introducing Weekly Dental by Maria! May 29th, 2016

Weekly Dental by Maria is Pearl Dental's newsletter: where you can get comprehensive, up-to-date dental news! 

Will a Probiotic Pill Prevent Cavities? May 20th, 2016

"In 2011-2012, dental cavities, or caries, affected 91% of adults aged 20-64 years in the US, exacerbated by consumption of sugary foods and drink, lack of oral hygiene and not paying regular visits to the dentist.For the mouth to stay healthy, pH levels must be neutral. Too much acid can...

Electronic Cigarettes: The Tobacco Industry's Latest Threat to Oral Health? May 20th, 2016

"Case reports and adverse event reporting suggest that e-cigs carry their own range of health risks.These health effects include pneumonia, tachycardia, congestive heart failure, seizure, airway resistance, and burns from exploding devices.Though clinical studies on oral health effects of e-cig use have not yet been reported, the high levels of nicotine...

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush May 20th, 2016

"Nowadays, you can purchase everything from a frills-free manual toothbrush to a top-of-the-line, electric version. With all the options it can be tricky to decide which is better: the new tech or your old standby? To help, here are all of the factors to consider before buying your next toothbrush.Check...

Men's Oral Health Mar 8th, 2016

Men are less likely than woman to take care of their physical health and, according to research, their oral health is equally ignored. Good oral health has been linked to longevity, yet one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male. Men are less...

What is Bad Breath or Halitosis? Mar 8th, 2016

Bad breath, or halitosis, affects more than 80 million people in the United States. In most cases, people with bad breath aren't even aware of the problem. Halitosis has a significant impact, both personally and socially, on those who suffer from it. If you think that you suffer from bad...

Flossing FAQ Mar 8th, 2016

DON'T FORGET TO FLOSSFlossing is an integral part of your oral health regimen; however, many people don't spend enough time flossing their teeth, or they don't floss at all. By flossing just once a day, you can decrease your risk of gum disease and increase your chances of maintaining good...

Easing Dentistry-Related Anxiety Mar 8th, 2016

Going to the dentist can cause anxiety, and that's a normal reaction. You can overcome this fear by educating yourself and talking with your dentist and the dental team.Why do people experience dentistry-related anxiety?There are many causes of dental anxiety. Among them are:Fear of painFeeling like you are not in...

What is a Root Canal? Mar 8th, 2016

Nerves enter at the tip of the tooth's roots and run through the center of the tooth in small, thin root canals, which join up in the pulp chamber. Each tooth has at least one root canal but may contain more.Why might I need Root Canal Therapy?Injury or trauma to...

What might cause an allergic reaction in the dental office? Mar 8th, 2016

Allergic reactions that occur in the dental office may be caused by materials or medications. These allergens may include:LatexLatex can be found in many medical or dental supplies and devices, such as masks, gloves, and syringes. Unlike some consumer goods made from synthetic latex, natural rubber latex is derived from...

Perceptions About Flossing Mar 8th, 2016

Results of a national survey released this past June 23 have revealed that 27% of US adults admit they lie to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. Additionally, more than one third of Americans (36%) would rather perform an unpleasant activity like cleaning the toilet (14%) than...

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Harmful on Kids Mar 8th, 2016

Smoking around children is a bad idea due to the potential for respiratory illnesses. But researchers at Kyoto University in Japan also have linked it to tooth decay in deciduous teeth.Their study assessed 76,920 children born between 2004 and 2010 in Kobe City, Japan, who received periodic municipal health checkups...

No Correlation Between Fluoridated Water and Lower IQ's Mar 8th, 2016

New research from the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult intelligence quotient.The Dunedin Study has followed nearly all aspects of the health and development of about 1,000 people born in Dunedin in 1972 and 1973 up...

What Does Chewing Gum Do For Your Teeth? Mar 8th, 2016

The physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can...

Dental Implants: What's All the Hype? Mar 8th, 2016

These days, we all know someone who has a dental implant, and you have probably heard us champion these teeth substitutes, as they become more and more the common cure for missing teeth!But why?  We think that’s a valid question and it deserves a good answer!Bone LossAny oral health professional...

Seeking Whiter Teeth? Not So Fast! Mar 8th, 2016

We’ve all seen them, those bulky little boxes of whitening strips and gel potions, calling our name out from the aisles as we casually pick up a fresh tube of toothpaste. I would even bet that more than a few of you have left the store clutching that box, hoping...

Strawberries and Baking Soda for Whiter Teeth: Debunked Mar 8th, 2016

You may have heard the recent claim that a mixture of fruit and baking soda applied to the teeth will whiten them dramatically, inexpensively and in a much more “organic” way than traditional bleaching methods.In particular, young adults and teens have shown themselves to be susceptible to this advice. They...

Some "Health" Foods May Be Harmful Mar 8th, 2016

Many treats that profess to be healthy options to consider instead of sweets or chocolate may, in fact, contain excessive amount of sugar or high acidity levels. Some studies even show that raisins or cereal bars and drinks like smoothies or fruit juices can be as damaging to teeth as...