Sunday, January 31, 2016


Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association seal of approval can help prevent tooth decay and relieve other conditions, such as bad breath, gingivitis, tartar, and sensitive teeth.
Beyond these health effects, another motivation for frequently brushing your teeth with high-quality toothpaste is to keep your teeth white. If you want whiter teeth but do not want to undergo in-office or at-home bleaching treatments, then you might consider choosing whitening toothpaste for your daily brushing.
Why Whitening Toothpaste
Whiter teeth are more attractive, which can help you feel more confident in your smile. Your smile is also one of the main components of the first impression you make on people in your professional and personal life. Having a whiter smile and greater self-confidence can send the message that you take care of yourself and are confident in your abilities.
How Whitening Toothpaste Works
The American Dental Association explains that all toothpaste has whitening properties because they help to remove food particles from your teeth. To carry the American Dental Association seal for whitening, however, toothpaste must contain certain chemicals that help remove stains.
Unlike bleaching products, which contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, whitening toothpaste only cleans the enamel rather than changing the color of your teeth. To get the benefits of whitening toothpaste, you need to use it regularly.
The Effectiveness of Whitening Toothpaste Varies
Due to individual variations in the color of your teeth, some people are more likely than others to achieve the desired results with teeth whitening. Teeth that are tinted grayish are unlikely to respond well to bleaching, while brown teeth can sometimes respond, and yellowish teeth are most likely to become pearly white with bleaching.
Come see Dr. Alina Bergan and our staff to see if in office teeth whitening is faster and safer option for you.  Proper oral hygiene and the use of whitening toothpaste are your best bets for keeping your teeth as white as possible. In addition, avoid using tobacco products, and rinse your mouth after drinking coffee or wine.

For more information on teeth whitening, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan, at her convenient Cedarhurst, NY office call 800-223-0801. You can book online

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Flossing seems to be the one dental hygiene techniques you can use at home to promote clean teeth and good oral health that is likely to most troublesome for most people. It can be viewed as confusing and time-consuming, but when you learn how to floss your teeth correctly, you’ll find it’s easy to do on a daily basis. The more you floss the easier it will become.
Proper flossing techniques are vital to the health of your teeth and gums. These tips will help you with the correct flossing procedures. Likewise, Dr. Alina Bergan and our team can also help you learn how to floss effectively and efficiently.
Steps to Flossing Your Teeth Properly
1.     Choosing Dental Floss. You can find dental floss in various flavors, as well as waxed or unwaxed. If the floss you use seems to get stuck between your teeth, switch to waxed to make it easier. On your next cleaning in our office ask our hygienist to give you both kinds to try.   
2.     Flossing “Helpers.” Beginner flossers who have trouble coordinating the floss and the movements of their hands can use a floss holder to help them get in and around teeth.
3.     Preparing the Floss. Cut an 18-inch piece of floss to use for flossing a few teeth. This allows you to make progress before you must stop and cut another piece of floss.
4.     How to Hold It. Wind the ends around your middle fingers. Hold the floss taut, pinching each side with your thumbs and index fingers. Make sure to leave a couple inches free in the middle.
5.     The Process of Flossing. Use your index fingers to guide the floss toward your gum line. Bring it down between the teeth with a zigzag motion. Hold the floss in a C-shape around the tooth, and move it up and down along the side.
6.     Where to Floss. Use a clean portion of the floss to clean around and in between each tooth. Make sure you don’t forget about the molars in the back of your mouth.
Flossing: A Vital Part of Oral Care

Flossing is used to prevent periodontal disease that begins at the gum line. Regular flossing helps you remove plaque from the gum line and between your teeth to avoid gum disease. In conjunction with daily brushing and twice-a-year visits to Dr. Alina Bergan DDS, floss each day to maintain good oral hygiene and overall health. Gum disease can have an impact on your general health, but it doesn't have to. This easy-to-prevent condition can be avoided with regular visits to our Cedarhurst NY  office and daily flossing. Allow our team to partner with you in maintaining a bright, shiny smile and good oral health.
For more information on proper flossing techniques, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan, at our convenient Cedarhurst, NY office call 800-223-0801. You can book online