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!

You can book online http://www.alinabergandds.com.

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 http://www.alinabergandds.com.