Monday, December 30, 2013

Don’t forget about your teeth this festive season!

As the year draws to a close, our bodies are likely to be faced with a battering of bad foods and drinks. As we indulge in fatty and sugary foods, our intake of alcohol goes up and late nights become the norm in the lead up to the New Year, we need not forget about the health of our bodies. While many of us can see the obvious effects of festive season over-indulgence in the form of weight gain and a generally tired appearance, there’s one part of our bodies that we rarely give a second thought to – our teeth.
At this busy time of year, where routine goes out the window, who has time to think about our oral hygiene routine? Well, maybe you should.
Not only could you be paying the price come January, but at the time of the year when we’re likely to be getting up close and personal in the form of hugs, dancing with friends and family, and kisses under the mistletoe, many of us could be putting people off without a second thought.
In a recent survey by Wrigleys (the makers of chewing gums like Extra) over 70 per cent of people say bad teeth or bad breath would be their biggest turnoff if they were to kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s or at a holiday party, with over a quarter ranking fresh breath at the most important factor when preparing for the seasons parties.
So how can you make sure your breath is fresh and our teeth and oral care is in top form ready for the festive season?
Regular brushing, flossing and mouth washing will minimize buildup of acid-producing plaque which not only causes bad breath, but also damage to your pearly whites. Dentists also encourage regularly chewing of sugar-free gum after meals (such as Extra), to increase the production of acid-buffering saliva, to neutralize the oral environment. This however is NOT a substitute for tooth brushing.

On behalf of the team at Alina Bergan D.D.S, we wish you and your family a happy and blessed New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Who Is a Good Candidate for Veneers?

Are you looking for a way to give your smile a makeover? If so, speak with your dentist about the benefits of veneers. Veneers are made from porcelain or a composite material, and are fitted over the surfaces of the teeth, correcting minor flaws and discoloration. To learn who is a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure, keep reading:
Those with healthy gums:
Before getting veneers, you will want to ensure that your gums are healthy and that you are not suffering from gum disease. Since gum disease can cause tooth loss and other damage to the teeth and gums, veneers are not a good option for those with mild to severe gum disease.
Those with only minor tooth decay:
If you have major tooth decay or tooth loss, veneers may not be your best cosmetic option. Because the surface of the tooth must be removed prior to placing the veneer, it is essential that your teeth are strong and healthy.  Furthermore, severe tooth decay can affect one’s bite, which can then affect the longevity and effectiveness of the veneers.
Those with minor cosmetic issues:
Veneers cannot correct for severely crooked teeth. They can, however, address gaps between the teeth, discoloration to the enamel, and minor cracks and chips. If you have minor cosmetic issues that you want to address, then veneers may be your best option, providing the white, straight smile you’ve been looking for.
With just two sessions—one to mold the veneers and another to attach—and little to no pain, dental professionals can give you custom-made, natural-looking veneers that give you the smile you always wanted.
If you’re in the 5 Towns area and would like to learn more about veneers or other cosmetic dental options, check out Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S..Visit us online or call us at (800) 223-0801for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Friday, December 13, 2013

What Is TMJ Disorder and How Is It Treated?

Have you been experiencing severe jaw pain while chewing or simply opening your mouth? Your dental pain could be indicative of temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Review the following information and schedule a consultation with your family dentist to learn more:

Diagnosing the Disorder
In order to begin treatment for TMJ disorder, your family dentist must formally diagnose you with this disorder. If your jaw pain has become unbearable, schedule an appointment with your dentist. You may also discuss your jaw pain and potential TMJ disorder symptoms during your routine dental examinations.
Identifying TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Before your dentist appointment, pay close attention to your symptoms. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include headaches, earaches, and general soreness. Make sure you notify your family dentist if you experience increasing difficulty with simple jaw-related tasks, such as opening and closing your mouth. Sudden jaw pain or clicking of your jaw may also indicate that you have TMJ disorder.
Seeking Treatment
While your TMJ disorder symptoms may be uncomfortable, there are effective ways to manage your symptoms and reduce your pain. For example, oftentimes, TMJ disorder is a result of a misaligned bite. By replacing missing teeth, straightening teeth, and filling in spaces between your teeth, your dentist can help to correct bite problems, helping to relieve your symptoms. Other TMJ disorder treatment options include a mouth piece to reduce grinding and jaw clenching and in severe cases, surgery.

At Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S, we pursue non-surgical TMJ disorder solutions to avoid the costs and recovery of corrective surgery. Jaw pain is a serious dental symptom that should be addressed immediately. Don’t endure your TMJ disorder symptoms for another day—schedule an appointment with us by calling (800) 223-0801.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Enhance Your Smile at Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S.!

A variety of corrective and cosmetic dentistry procedures are currently available to enhance your smile. Read the articles below for more information on whitening your teeth and treating TMJ disorder. For more information, speak with the expert family dentist at Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. by calling (800) 223-0801.

·         Learn about revolutionary Zoom! teeth whitening treatments on Zoom’s official website.
·         Before your teeth whitening treatment at Lake Grove Dental, find out what to expect by reading this Oral B article.
·         Look for these TMJ disorder symptoms to find out if your jaw pain could be caused by this disorder.
·         If your dentist has recently diagnosed you with TMJ disorder, review this National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research article to learn about this dental condition.

·         This guide from can help you understand more about TMJ disorder.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tips for Caring for Your Dentures

Many dental patients wear dentures as a convenient and comfortable tooth loss solution. To ensure your dentures remain comfortable and clean for years to come, it’s imperative to exercise proper oral care. Use these denture care techniques to protect your dentures and preserve your oral health.

Practice Regular Dental Hygiene
The health of your dentures and gums depends on regular dental hygiene. Just like natural teeth, dentures require cleaning multiple times throughout the day. Remember to brush your dentures carefully. Damaging the plastic parts of your dentures can result in costly repairs. Before putting your dentures in your mouth after cleaning them, brush and rinse your natural teeth and gums. Regular dental hygiene will help ensure good oral health and keep your dentures looking great.
Soak Your Dentures Overnight
Never sleep with your dentures in your mouth, as this could allow lingering bacteria to infect your gums. Purchase a denture cleaning solution and soak your dentures in a mixture of the cleaning solution and cool water. A thorough oral solution should cleanse your dentures throughout the night so they look clean and feel refreshed in the morning.
Schedule Regular Dental Appointments
Attend regularly scheduled dental appointments to ensure your dentures are being worn properly. Poorly-fitting dentures can cause sores and gum sensitivity. Alert your dentist of any discomfort or pain resulting from wearing your dentures. Be sure to schedule appointments with your dentist for professional cleanings and oral examinations. Even if you wear full upper and lower dentures your gums should be examined at least once per year for signs of infection or oral cancer. Your dentist will also assist you with any oral hygiene questions and tips regarding the care of your dentures.
If you need a new pair of dentures, schedule an appointment Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. today. Our experienced, gentle dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry services, such as teeth whitening, as well as dental reconstruction through dental implants and dentures. Check us out online or call (800) 223-0801 today to learn more about our 5 Towns location.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Understanding the Importance of Regularly Visiting the Dentist

Regular visits to your family dentist aren't just something to mark on your calendar twice a year—they’re an important part of your oral health care routine. Here’s why regular dental visits are so important:
Regular Professional Cleanings
Getting a professional cleaning at your dentist’s office is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing regularly remove most of the plaque buildup from your teeth, but some parts of your teeth can be hard to reach—and sometimes your regular brushing habits just aren’t enough.
Over time, plaque deposits on your teeth harden into tartar, which cannot be removed at home. Tartar can lead to gum inflammation and disease as well as dental caries, or cavities. Your family dentist has specialized tools designed to remove tartar, so regular visits will ensure that your teeth remain clean—and healthy.
Regular Dental Exams
At most every visit, your dentist will perform a thorough checkup and inspection of your teeth, mouth, and jaws. He will look for signs of tooth decay, either visible on the surface of your teeth or via x-rays of your teeth and jaw. He will also look for signs of gum disease and perform an oral cancer screening.
All of these services are designed to keep your teeth, mouth, and body healthy. A small problem is much easier to deal with than a large one, so it’s important to visit your dentist for screenings and checkups regularly to avoid letting any condition go untreated for too long. This can result in the need for aggressive dental treatment or, in some cases, permanent damage.
Maintain great oral health with regular visits to your family dentist at Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services for you and your family in our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. Check us out online or call (800) 223-0801 today to learn more about our 5 Towns location.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Why You Should Floss Daily

Although flossing is an integral part of any dental hygiene routine, many individuals forgo this step. Unfortunately, simply brushing your teeth or rinsing with mouthwash will not remove all the harmful bacteria and plaque buildup that flossing can.
Appropriate flossing techniques are necessary to remove all plaque and food debris from between the teeth. Wrapping the floss around your fingers, slipping a clean section between two teeth, and wiggling the floss gently back and forth are the ideal motions. Be sure to floss all teeth, reaching below the gum line, and don’t forget to floss the back of each molar. For a guide to flossing, watch this helpful video.
For more tips on proper dental hygiene, contact Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. Our team of dentists and dental hygienists can answer any questions you may have. Call us today at (800)223-0801 or visit our website for more information.

Friday, November 8, 2013

To Get in Touch with Your Dental Health, Click Through These Resources

Do you want to know more about how you can work with your dentist to achieve a bright, healthy smile? The dental professionals at with Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S are committed to providing the best in personalized care. If you are in the market for a new family dentist, considering cosmetic services, or need advanced dental treatment, schedule an appointment by calling us today at (800) 223-0801. The resources below also offer great tips for maintaining your dental health:

·, the American Dental Association’s new website for consumers, offers detailed information about the most common symptoms of dental problems.
·         To learn more about how to prevent gum disease, visit the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website for an overview of the condition.
·         For additional information about the connections between osteoporosis and oral health, visit this page from the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center.
·         Check out this page from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to find out more about teeth whitening and the causes of tooth discoloration.

·         Would you like to learn more about Zoom! Whitening? If so, visit this page on the manufacturer’s website.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene As You Age

Although maintaining good dental health is important no matter what your age, adults over 60 should focus on their oral hygiene even more. Certain medications and health concerns can cause dental problems, so it is important that you floss and brush twice a day and visit your dentist for regular checkups. Watch this short video for more information about maintaining good dental health as you age.

To schedule a routine dental checkup with Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S., call our helpful staff at (800)223-0801. We also offer cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures at our office in Cedarhurst. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Browse These Links To Be Informed About Your Oral Care

At Alina Bergan D.D.S, we’re invested in giving you the best oral care possible. Click these links for advice on maintaining great oral health between dental visits. When you need dental care, from preventative cleanings to cosmetic dentistry, you can trust our family dentist. Make an appointment at our Cedarhurst office  today by calling (800) 223-0801.

·         If you want whiter teeth, avoid these teeth-staining foods, as reported by Everyday Health.
·         This article explains the importance of brushing after eating acidic foods.
·         Is your oral hygiene routine up to snuff? Get tips from the Mayo Clinic on making sure you’re brushing and flossing the right way.

·         Find out how to choose the best toothbrush with this advice from Colgate.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

More Dental Health Information

Dental work is serious business that can have a long-term impact on your health and your appearance. For this reason, you should always choose a reputable dentist whom you can trust. After researching dental veneers and root canal treatment in these helpful resources, call Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. at (800) 223-0801 if you are looking for general or cosmetic dental services in the 5 Towns Area.

·         For a reader-friendly overview of the root canal treatment process, explore this guide at
·         Learn about the importance of dental pulp removal in the root canal process at
·         Check out this American Dental Association publication for some considerations to make whenchoosing porcelain veneers.
·         For information about the pain that some patients experience during and after a root canal procedure, visit
·         Find out even more about root canals in this New York Times health guide.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Understand the Internal Structure of Your Teeth

There is much more to your teeth than meets the eye. When you smile, you actually reveal only the very top part of each tooth—what dentists call the crown.
As you will learn in this video, your teeth are covered in hard, shiny enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body. The middle of each tooth is filled with blood vessels and nerve tissue called pulp, which keeps your teeth alive. Every tooth is held in place in the jawbone by a periodontal ligament. For more information on your dental anatomy, be sure to watch this clip.

Having a basic understanding of the internal structure of teeth can help you work with your dentist to maintain the best dental health. If you live in the 5 Towns  area, consider Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. for your family’s dental eeds. For more information, call our office at (800) 223-0801

Friday, September 27, 2013

How to Care for Your Mouth After Oral Surgery

Oral surgery serves a variety of dental benefits, including restoring damaged or missing teeth. To ensure your smile heals properly, it’s important to take extra care following your oral procedure. Use these oral surgery after-care tips to protect your dental health and ensure your smile heals to its fullest potential.
Take Prescribed Medication
To soothe any feelings of discomfort following your oral procedure, it’s essential to take your prescribed medication. If your dentist instructed you to take medication during your oral surgery recovery, he has identified a reason that medical intervention was necessary. Whether you need to protect yourself from infection or reduce painful symptoms, take your oral medication as instructed by your family dentist.
Begin Teeth Cleaning Gradually
Whether you've received dental implants or you had wisdom teeth extracted, your mouth will be sensitive for several days following your dental procedure. It’s important that you continue eating while recovering from your surgery and it’s equally as important that you protect your teeth from bacteria and food particles. Be sure to gently rinse (don’t swallow!) your mouth with warm salt water (a half teaspoon in a glass of water) to dislodge any sugar particles from the surface of your teeth. Continue gently rinsing your mouth out after every meal until your dentist approves your use of a toothbrush. Post extraction it is also very important to discontinue the use of straws until the socket has healed, usually about two weeks.
Adjust Your Diet
To accommodate your sensitive teeth, you’ll need to adjust your diet during the days or even weeks after your oral surgery. Depending on the involvement of your procedure, your dentist may recommend that you abide by a liquid diet for a few days. Keep your body filled with fluids to ensure you receive the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals. Despite your teeth’s sensitivity, it’s important to provide your body with energy to heal properly.
Attend Follow-Up Appointments
The best way to ensure you are healing properly from your oral surgery is to attend your scheduled follow-up appointment. Your dentist will schedule an appointment with you several days after your procedure date to examine your initial healing status. Maintain any other follow-up appointments and ask your dentist about any sensitive areas or strange growths.
Do you have questions about your upcoming oral surgery? Call the expert dentists at Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. at (800 223-0801 for information about oral surgery procedures or general dental care.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Check Out These Expert Oral Care Tips!

If you’ve recently acquired dentures or you have an oral surgery scheduled, read the following resources for expert oral care tips. Call Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. at 800-223-0801 to schedule an appointment with a family dentist in the Cedarhurst/5 Towns area.

·        Explore these denture care tips at and learn how to care for your dentures the right way.
·        If you’ve recently schedule a wisdom teeth extraction, plan for your oral surgery after-care with these tips.
·        The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons explain how to adjust your nutrition intake following oral surgery.
·        Maintain the shine and health of your dentures by incorporating these cleaning tips into your dental care routine.
·        This Mayo Clinic article explains what to do before and after your oral surgery procedure.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What to Expect from a Root Canal Procedure

Cavities form when the bacteria in our mouths turn sugars and starches into acids that can wear through tooth enamel. When the decay associated with a cavity extends through the tooth enamel and into the dental pulp, a root canal is generally required to stop the spread of decay and improve comfort. The stages involved in a root canal dental procedure include:

Application of Anesthetic
Because root canal treatment involves the removal of nerves, it can be highly painful without the help of a local anesthetic. Before starting the root canal treatment, your dentist will numb your tooth and the area surrounding it with an anesthetic that you have decided on together.
Access Creation
Next, your dentist will use special tools to open your tooth to make way for the removal of affected tissues and any other necessary procedures.
Removal of Nerves and Blood Vessels
Once access has been created, the dentist will remove nerves and blood vessels that are affected by the decay. This will stop the nerves in the dental pulp from sending pain signals throughout the body and protect blood vessels from contamination.
Fill Tooth
After removing the decay and affected dental matter, your dentist will fill the space that has been created with a combination of materials designed to last long and prevent the tooth from further damage.
Crown Affixation
After a final comfort check, in which the dentist will check your bite, a seal or crown will be affixed to your tooth. Generally, this will be done at a follow-up appointment several weeks after the initial procedure.
Are you a resident of the 5 Towns area who has experienced discomfort in your teeth or gums? Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. has the technology and the expertise necessary to provide you with safe, efficient, and painless root canal treatment. To arrange to have a general, cosmetic, or advanced dentistry procedure performed in our office, call (800) 223-0801 today!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How Your Dental Care Needs Change Through the Aging Process

As you age, it is natural for your health needs to change; this is true for both your overall health and your dental health. When you are a senior, it is important for you to focus on some specific aspects of your oral health. Here is a quick look at how your dental care needs change during the aging process:

Dry Mouth Becomes More Prevalent
Dry mouth, which occurs when there is not a sufficient amount of saliva in your mouth, is a common side effect of the aging process. You may be at a greater risk for gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay if you have chronic dry mouth. If you begin to notice that your mouth is uncomfortably dry, your dentist may be able to recommend treatments and lifestyle changes to alleviate your dry mouth.
Your Risk of Developing Cavities Increases
If you want to avoid tooth decay and painful cavities, continue to brush and floss your teeth properly. Regular visits to your family dentist are also essential for decreasing your risk of developing cavities. Your dentist can identify tooth decay at early and more treatable stages.
Your Teeth Become More Prone to Staining
Teeth become more prone to staining and yellowing with age. To combat this, visit your dentist regularly for routine cleanings and whitening treatments. Be sure to follow a proper dental hygiene routine every day to reduce the staining and maintain a bright smile.
You Become More Susceptible to Gum Disease
While periodontal disease is common among people of all ages, it is a more pressing concern for senior citizens. Your gums may be at greater risk if you have other health conditions, such as diabetes. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so it is important to brush and floss thoroughly every day and see your dentist at least twice each year.

Would you like to learn more about taking care of your dental health as you age? If so, visit Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. for regular dental checkups. To make an appointment at our Cedarhurst, call us at (800) 223-0801 today! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

For Great Dental Advice, Check Out These Links


Dr Alina Bergan DDS has a state-of-the-art facility where you’ll find friendly staff, experienced dentists, and an unparalleled level of care. We are dedicated to providing our dental services in a personalized and comfortable environment, which is why our patients are so satisfied with our practice. To schedule your appointment today, call (800) 223-0801 or visit our website for more information. To find more dental care information, explore the following links.

·        If you’re concerned about your risk for gum disease, check out these gum disease treatments from WebMD.
·        Are you wondering what happens when a dentist applies a dental crown? If so, check out this article from
·        This comprehensive article on cavities provides the lowdown on what’s going on inside your mouth.
·        Check out these toothbrush tips from to select the brush that’s right for you.

·        Teeth Whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the country. Learn how it works with the help of this article from