Friday, December 30, 2016


As 2017 gets underway in New York, many patients are looking for ways to make improvements in every aspect of their lives. A bright, white smile is a great way to boost your confidence so you can take on all the New Year has in store for you. Professional teeth whitening is an easy and fast safe way to get dramatic results.
Many people turn to at home teeth whiting products only to discover they do not get the results they are looking for. Some also cause harm and damage to the enamel of their teeth. If you want to use a product at home, please contact our office before you use it so we can advise you properly on the use and let you know if it is one that may cause harm to your teeth.

Start your New Year off right with a healthy white smile by calling Dr. Alina Bergan DDS today at 800-223-0801. You can also schedule online:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Many people think babies don’t need to brush their teeth, especially when they don’t have any. But by starting good habits like brushing when your child is young, you can lay the foundation for them to continue those good habits into adulthood.
When do I start?
The best time to start brushing your baby’s teeth is before he or she has any. Develop the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with a wet, soft washcloth or gauze every day. There is no need to use toothpaste, just wrap the gauze or cloth around your finger, moisten it with a little water, and gently rub it over the gums.
This helps your little one get used to brushing while it eliminates bacteria in the mouth that can harm emerging teeth. You don’t need to apply a lot of pressure or even take very long: just a quick, gentle rub over the gums will do it.
What do I use?
When your child’s teeth begin to come in, you will need to switch from a cloth to a baby toothbrush. Find one that has a grip big enough for your hand, but a head that is small enough to maneuver easily in your infant’s mouth.
You don’t need to use any toothpaste until your son or daughter is about a year old. Even then, though, you’ll want to use just a tiny amount: about the size of a grain of rice. When your toddler is about two years old, you can use a pea-sized amount.
By around six years of age, your child will probably rinse and spit without your help. At that point, you may want to introduce a child-friendly fluoride mouthwash.
How do I do it?
Your child probably won’t be able to brush his or her teeth alone until about the age of five or six. This means that you will need to do it. To brush your child’s teeth, gently use the brush over all the teeth and gums, even areas where the teeth have not come in yet.
As your child grows and becomes more independent, you can allow him or her to hold the toothbrush while you guide your child’s progress. Make sure you talk to your child while you are brushing, and explain why you brush: what you are doing and how you are doing it.

In addition to regular visits with Dr. Alina Bergan, instilling good oral health habits in your child early on will ensure a lifetime of good dental health. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan at 800-223-0801. You can also schedule online:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Gum (gingival) recession occurs when gums recede from the tops of the teeth enough to expose sensitive roots. People typically experience increased sensitivity to cold drinks and sugary foods and when gums no longer cover and protect teeth roots. In addition, untreated gum recession may lead to loosening of teeth and accelerated tooth decay, something Dr. Alina Bergan DDS sees all too often.

Causes of Gum Recession
·         Periodontal disease – a serious oral disease arising from poor oral habits
·         Gingivitis – gum disease characterized by bleeding and swollen gums
·         Aging
·         Overly aggressive brushing and/or flossing – brushing hard in a scrubbing fashion will erode gum tissue at the roots of teeth
·         Genetic predisposition to gingival recession – having inherited thin, insufficient gum tissue facilitates gum recession
·         Bruxism – a condition where someone regularly grinds their teeth, usually during sleep
·         Chewing tobacco/smoking – promotes chronically dry mouth and reduced gum health
Periodontal gingivitis may also cause causing drooping of the gums instead of gum recession. A gingivectomy removes excess gum tissue weakened by bacterial decay while a gingivoplasty can reshape gums around the teeth. If sagging or receding gums are left untreated, they may develop pockets (gaps) that provide hiding places for food particles, mucus and other mouth debris conducive to anaerobic bacteria growth. As the most destructive type of oral bacteria, anaerobic bacteria is responsible for tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and chronic halitosis (bad breath).

Treatments for Gum Recession
Corrective actions need implemented as soon as possible to reverse gum recession by addressing the cause. For example, people who brush with hard-bristled toothbrushes should switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush more gently. If gum recession is the result of poor oral hygiene, improve oral hygiene habits by brushing after meals, flossing, rinsing with non-alcoholic mouthwash, and getting dental checkups and cleanings every six months. For severe cases of gum recession, soft tissue grafts can add gum tissue to exposed roots by removing tissue from the person's palate and attaching it to existing gums at the area of recession via laser surgery.

If you’re worried about gum recession, visit as today at our Cedarhurst, NY office. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan at 800-223-0801. You can also schedule online:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Do you give your toothbrush any serious thought? Sure, you use it every day (and ideally twice) to make sure your breath is good, and you know that with a dollop of toothpaste it waxes up your pearly whites nicely, not to mention preventing bacteria, plaque, and inflammation.
But what are the things you should never do with your toothbrush? Here’s a brush-up on 5 toothbrush No-Nos, from Alina Bergan DDS.
1. If you have your toothbrush too close to the toilet, you’re brushing your teeth with what’s in your toilet. In other words, keep your toothbrush stored as far from the toilet as possible.
2. The average toothbrush harbors ten million microbes. Most families keep their toothbrushes jammed together in a cup holder on the bathroom sink, but this can lead to cross-contamination. Family members’ toothbrushes should be kept an inch apart. Don’t worry; they won’t take it personally.
3. Don’t delay replacing your toothbrush. It’s best to purchase a new one every three to four months, get one sooner if the bristles are broken down due to your frequent and vigorous brushing. If you have a cold or the flu, replace your toothbrush after you recover.
4. Make sure to store your toothbrush out of the reach of toddlers. The last thing you want is for your toothbrush to be chewed like a pacifier, dipped in toilet water, or used to probe the dusty heating ducts.
5. Sharing is caring, right? Your parents probably taught you the importance of sharing back when you were, well, dipping their improperly stored toothbrushes in toilet water. But here’s the thing: As important as sharing is, there are some things you just don’t share, and your toothbrush is one of them.

Come in a get a free toothbrush today, contact our Cedarhurst, NY office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan. Call us at 800-223-0801. You can also schedule online:

Monday, October 31, 2016


Whether you are planning to go door-to-door trick or treating, attended a party dressed in a clever, funny or scary costume, or a simple get-together with friends and family to watch scary movies, we have you had a fun and safe holiday!

We also wanted to give you some Halloween tips for the Best and Worst candies that you could receive this year.

Chewy/sticky sweets, such as caramels, gummy candies, taffy, and even some dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. They are also a major cause of damage and sometimes removal of dental fillings and crowns.
Sour candies, sour patch kids and other sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth.

Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth.
Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.

If you are concerned about what types of candies you should consume, contact our Cedarhurst, NY office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan. Call us at 800-223-0801.  You can also schedule online:

Friday, October 14, 2016


I think it is safe to say that everyone knows smoking is bad for you. Unfortunately, the truth is its broad-reaching health effects are not all known by everyone. This is especially true of oral health. Smoking can have serious repercussions in this regard. To give you a better idea of how smoking can affect your oral health, Dr. Alina Bergan and our team have listed some issues that can arise. 
Tooth Discoloration and Bad Breath
At the very least, it is fair to say that as a smoker you will often have bad breath. While you may try to cover up your bad breath with gum or mints, tooth discoloration is a whole other story. The chemicals and substances in cigarettes stick to your teeth staining them brown and yellow colors that are increasingly difficult to disguise. If you are wanting whiter teeth, please come into the office for a free consultation with Dr. Alina Bergan, as many people damage their teeth my access use of over the counter whitening products. 
Oral Cancer
Smoking increases your risk of all cancers especially oral cancer. Oral cancer can have steep ramifications for anyone that gets it. Surgery can be required to eliminate the cancer before it spreads to more vital parts of your body. The type of mouth surgery required with oral cancer can leave your face deconstructed in certain areas. This can also affect the ability to chew food and the overall appearance of your face.  This is all due to smoking or use of other tobacco products.
Gum Disease and Loss of Bone
Another effect of smoking is the increased risk of gum disease. Your gums may start to recede, which can eventually lead to the loss of teeth. Smoking can also increase bone loss and density in your jaw which is vital to the health of your mouth. Gum disease and bone loss are two signs that smoking is definitely bad for your mouth.
When it comes to the health of your mouth, the question is not whether smoking affects your health, it's how does it affect your health and to what degree. If for no other reason than because smoking involves your mouth as its entry point, it is safe to say that it can have long-lasting and detrimental consequences on your oral health.
To learn more about smoking and your oral health, contact our Cedarhurst, NY office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan. Call us at 800-223-0801.

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Friday, September 30, 2016


It is the close of September and everyone is now thinking of Halloween and scary Haunted Houses. Your dental health should never be a scary topic. In an effort to help put an end to dental health hoaxes, here are five dental myths to chew over.
1    1-     Sugar Is the Number One Culprit of Tooth Decay
Sugar will rot your teeth. If you’re a parent, chances are you tell your children this myth, every time they ask for something sweet. Chances are your parents told you the same thing. There’s no denying that sugar leads to cavity formation, but it's not the number one culprit of tooth decay. Sugar adds fuel to the fire, but it doesn’t light the match.
2    2-     Going to the Dentist Is a Painful Experience
There are many people who don’t go to the dentist because they think it’s going to be a painful experience. It’s time to put this myth to rest. The new dental technology, developments in anesthetics and analgesics, and more conservative dental procedures have made visits to our Cedarhurst, NY office a more comfortable experience. Dr. Alina Bergan DDS takes the time to answer questions and makes sure her patients are never in pain during their visits.
3   3-     Bad Breath Means You’re Not Brushing
Poor dental hygiene can cause bad breath, but it’s not the only thing that will leave you looking for a breath mint. There are many factors that can cause bad breath, including illness, acid reflux, medication, and dehydration. In addition, sometimes what you eat or drink can give you bad breath no matter how many times you brush and floss. Next time you order a sub for lunch, skip the onions and garlic to ensure you are subjecting your clients and coworkers to your bad breath. We like to encourage our patients to have a toothbrush and toothpaste at their offices so they can eat freely at lunch time and brush after.
4    4-     Bleaching Products Weaken Teeth
Gels, pastes, strips — there are all sorts of products available to make our pearly whites even whiter. If used according to the directions, bleaching products are harmless. They do not affect the health or strength of the teeth, only the color. At the same time, too much bleaching can cause temporary tooth sensitivity or irritated gums; the enamel, however, is not weakened. When in doubt it is best to get a free whitening consolation from Dr. Bergan.
5    5-     You Will Know When You Have Tooth Decay

This is the type of false information that can lead to serious dental problems. There are no early symptoms of tooth decay. By the time you experience pain, your tooth decay has led to nerve damage, which means your decay is advanced and extensive. The only way to know if you have tooth decay —and to prevent it — is to visit Dr. Alina Bergan DDS twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Come into our convenient Cedarhurst, NY office for your cleaning and exam. Call us at 800-223-0801. You can also schedule online:

Friday, September 16, 2016


Kids are back to school & football season is underway so it means it’s already September. September is national gum care month and at Dr. Alina Bergan DDS, we know that gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs, bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. Since this month has a national campaign is under way to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we wanted to help do our part to spread the word!
Dr. Alina Bergan DDS, will tell you early recognition and action are the most important steps to health gums, and ultimately a health body, too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:
·         Gums that appear red or swollen
·         Gums that are tender 
·         Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
·         Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
·         Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
·         Loose teeth
·         Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these signs with you or your child, please schedule an appointment at our convenient Cedarhurst, NY office as soon as possible at 800-223-0801. Dr. Alina Bergan and our team can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your or your child’s daily oral hygiene habits. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016


At Dr. Alina Bergan DDS, we know your dental health is closely connected to your total overall health. We also know that the mouth can oftentimes be the first place to show signs of other bodily health issues.
Studies have shown possible links between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease, and researchers have found that people with gum disease have an elevated risk of suffering from a stroke or developing coronary artery disease. Believe it or not, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of North American adults currently have some form of gum disease.
Gum disease, effects the tissues that surround and support the teeth, is an infection caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque that forms on the teeth, mainly along the gum line. In its early stages, called gingivitis, gum disease can be treated by Dr. Alina Bergan and often reversed.
To help keep your mouth and heart healthy, we’ve provided following tips to help prevent problems before they arise:
·         Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Make sure you brush gently beneath the gum line around each tooth.
·         Floss at least once a day.
·         Have a dental checkup and cleaning twice a year, or as recommended.
·         Eat a healthy diet. This includes avoiding foods with a high concentration of sugars or starches and consuming more fruits and vegetables.
·         Use a straw when drinking acidic or sugary drinks
·         Avoid tobacco and copious levels of alcohol. If you smoke, quit. And remember, heavy drinking dramatically increases the risk of developing mouth and throat cancer.

Don’t put off your next visit to Dr. Alina Bergan DDS any longer! If it has been a while since your last visit to our Cedarhurst, NY office, please give us a call at 800-223-0801 today.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Are energy drinks bad for your teeth?

Are energy drinks bad for your teeth? Many of our patients at Alina Bergan D.D.S ask us this question, so here’s the scoop.

Energy drinks have been on the rise, taking up more and more space on grocery store shelves. Drinks such as Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster Assault, Rockstar, and the like promise to jump-start your day, give you more energy, and help you feel more alert. But unfortunately they also do a lot more than that. Turns out, they do a pretty good job of stripping your teeth of enamel, which is a very bad thing.
A lot of the energy drinks on the market are loaded with a lot of citric acid. In addition, they are laden with preservatives (not to mention sugar), not only to enhance flavor, but extend shelf life. While enamel loss, tooth decay, teeth sensitivity, and cavities cannot be blamed entirely on energy drinks (improper oral hygiene at home and lack of professional dental care also play a role), they can wreak havoc on the health of your teeth and gums, especially when consumed in more than moderation. Over time, energy drinks can strip enamel, which is the outer layer that protects your teeth.

What can you do?

Although Dr. Alina Bergan and our team aren't recommending you drink energy drinks at all, if you must drink one occasionally, there are a few things you can do to minimize the damage to your teeth.

·         Drink through a straw.
·         Don’t hold the drink in your mouth before swallowing.
·         Rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking this kind of beverage. Water helps both to neutralize the acid and to increase the production of saliva.
·         Chew sugar-free gum immediately after, to increase saliva production.
·         Don’t brush your teeth right after drinking an energy drink. Wait at least an hour instead, because the combination of the acid and brushing will further damage tooth enamel.
The best advice is to refrain from drinking energy drinks altogether. One of the best hydrators is water. Water is a natural energy-booster and hydrator, and it doesn’t contain calories. You can now buy electrolyte water in stores if you wanted a boosted water.

Give us a call today at our Cedarhurst, NY office at 800-223-0801 if you have any questions or concerns about energy drinks and dental health. We can provide additional tips and a treatment plan to help reduce enamel loss, eliminate tooth sensitivity, and repair cavities and tooth decay as a result of drinking energy drinks.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016



Its official summer is here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Alina Bergan DDS.
Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around! Here are a few tips to keep your smile dazzling like the sun.
1.     Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks, or dark colored juices. Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you're working on!
2.     Try and focus on brushing your teeth; everyone knows that when busy schedules start picking up, getting a good brushing session in tends to take the backseat!
3.     A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to rinse your mouth with water after any meal you can’t fully brush your teeth after. Your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!
And remember, whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or just having fun in the backyard this summer, we are always here with convenient appointments in our Cedarhurst location.
Want a fabulous white smile fast? Give us a call today at 800-223-0801 and ask about our Teeth Whitening Special!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Have you ever watched your child sleep and see them breathing through his or her mouth? Mouth breathing or breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may lead to trouble for youngsters. Kids who typically breathe through their mouth—most often are children who suffer from allergies—experience problems getting enough oxygen into their blood, a condition that affects their weight, size, sleep, and even their performance in the classroom and daily life.
Mouth breathing is a condition that can lead to sleep apnea, behavior and learning problems, delayed speech, dental and facial abnormalities, and even breathing problems as your child grows. There are a multitude of reasons for an individual to mouth breathe, such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and deviated nasal septum, but the cause is usually allergies.

What are the symptoms of mouth breathing?

The tongue plays a large role in influencing cranial and maxillary growth. A newborn child’s forward thrusting of the tongue to express milk from the mother’s breast is the force that drives the horizontal or forward growth of upper jaw. The tongue acts like a natural tooth retainer when the mouth is closed gently pushing the top teeth into their correct position. When the mouth is open, the tongue rests on the floor of the mouth instead of roof. When this is done continuously the upper jaw narrows forcing the teeth to grow in a forward position or to overlap each other.
·         Breathing primarily with mouth open and breathing will often sound shallow and raspy.
·         Mouth breathers tend to grow at a slower rate than other children
·         Chapped or dry lips
·         Swollen tonsils
·         Children who mouth breathe typically do not sleep well, causing them to be tired during the day and possibly unable to concentrate on studies
·         Dark circles under the eyes
·         Gingivitis
·         Narrow palate, and crowed teeth
·         Increasingly long and narrow faces termed as long face syndrome or adenoid faces
·         Gum tissue shows when smiling
·         Snoring or sleep apnea
·         High incidence of airway infections
·         Mouth breathing dries out saliva which plays important role in cavity prevention so the incidence of dental caries increases.
·         Increased rate of plaque accumulation
As bad as the mouth breathing condition sounds, we want you to know mouth breathing is a treatable condition. Doing so requires early diagnosis and treatment. Since our team at Alina Bergan DDS sees our patients every six months, we may be in a position to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing.

If you suspect your child is a chronic mouth breather, give us a call today at 800-223-0801 so that Dr. Alina Bergan in our convenient Cedarhurst, NY office. You can book online

Friday, April 29, 2016


We often have patients coming into our dental office wondering why a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee becomes such a painful experience or why brushing or flossing makes them wince or cringe. The answer, usually, is sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity typically occurs when the underlying dentin layer of the tooth is exposed in the oral cavity, and most people will experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives.
Why do people experience tooth sensitivity and how do you know if tooth sensitivity is something to be worried about? The most common cause of the sensitivity is exposure of the dentin, which is the layer surrounding the tooth’s nerve. Contributors to tooth sensitivity include teeth whitening and dental work such as fillings, periodontal treatment, and the placement or adjustment of braces. These are temporary and should be of no concern.
Permanent hypersensitivity, however, may require treatment at with Dr. Alina Bergan DDS. The first step is to determine the cause, and that begins with a visit to our Cedarhurst office.
The reasons your teeth may become sensitive vary, but possible causes include:
·         Brushing too hard
·         Tooth decay (cavities) near the gum line
·         Cracked or fractured teeth
·         Fillings that are worn
·         Gum (periodontal) disease, or recession of the gums
·         Worn tooth enamel
·         Consuming acidic foods
Dr. Alina Bergan and our team want you to know that sensitive teeth can be treated, and the type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Dr. Alina Bergan may suggest one the following treatments:
·         Using a desensitizing toothpaste, which contains ingredients that seal off the microtubules inside the exposed dentin to reduce tooth sensitivity
·         Fluoride gel, which strengthens compromised tooth enamel, helps prevent tooth decay, and decreases hypersensitivity of the teeth
·         A crown, inlay, or bonding, which is used to treat tooth decay and prevents sensitivity
·         A surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this procedure will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
·         Root canal: If you are experiencing severe and persistent sensitivity which cannot be treated by other means, Dr. Alina Bergan may recommend you undergo a root canal to eliminate the problem.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, give us a call today at 800-223-0801 so that Dr. Alina Bergan in our Cedarhurst, NY office can provide you with some much-needed relief!

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