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5 Symptoms of Oral Cancer That You Should Look For Oct 12th, 2021

Taking responsibility for your health involves being screened for various types of cancer and other conditions on a regular basis. We often hear about the importance of mammograms and routine colonoscopies in detecting breast and colon cancer, respectively.  But did you know that, just by visiting your dentist, you can...

Improve Your Smile with Veneers Sep 15th, 2021

Although the term “cosmetic dentistry” may make you think of sparkling, straight teeth, you may not realize that the procedures your dentist performs to improve the look of your smile can also enhance your oral health.  One such popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is veneers. Like a dental crown, veneers offer...

Is Your Bad Breath Due to Gingivitis? Aug 12th, 2021

There are few things more embarrassing than halitosis, or bad breath. The mere thought of it can leave you frozen at a social event, shying away from a close conversation and wondering if there’s something people just aren’t telling you.  Did you know that bad breath is caused by more...

Complications of a Missing Tooth Jul 20th, 2021

You might assume that a missing tooth is no big deal. Perhaps you don’t have pain, or your gap isn’t visible. If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. An astonishing 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and that number is expected to hit 200 million over...

Nervous for Your Extraction? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Prepare Jun 22nd, 2021

There are many reasons your dentist may advise a tooth extraction. These include severe decay, gum disease, tooth crowding, traumatic injury, and even damage to your bone due to tooth infection.  Sometimes extraction is advised if your immune system is at risk, like when you’re preparing to receive chemotherapy or...

Who’s at Risk for Oral Cancer? May 13th, 2021

We know, we know. It seems like we’re forever talking to you about the importance of maintaining good oral health through conscientious oral hygiene practices. The truth is, the frequency and quality of your brushing and flossing help determine everything, from whether you get a cavity to your likelihood of...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Gum Disease Apr 12th, 2021

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss in the United States. That’s a sobering fact in and of itself, but it’s due to the fact that people often aren’t aware of the severity of their gum disease until it’s progressed to a late stage....

Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth Mar 11th, 2021

While there’s no arguing that straightening your teeth gives you a more smashing smile, a well-aligned mouth doesn’t just convey cosmetic benefits. There are actually proven overall health benefits to having straighter teeth. At their office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Dr. Marlisa Popper, Dr. Jason Popper, and Dr. Howard...

What You Need to Know About Dental Crowns Feb 4th, 2021

Dental crowns may be the unsung heroes of dentistry. They solve a great many dental issues and are long-lasting, and dental professionals have perfected the fitting and placement procedures wonderfully.  At Popper Dental on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the family team of Dr. Marlisa Popper, Dr. Jason Popper, and Dr....

Taking Care of Your Teeth: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid Jan 8th, 2021

You hear it from your dentist at every visit: Practice good oral hygiene to avoid problems down the road, including cavities, gingivitis, and advanced gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. And doesn’t “good oral hygiene” mean brushing twice a day and flossing daily? This is what taking good...

How to Take Care of a Dental Implant Dec 3rd, 2020

Dental implants have offered countless people who have gaps due to missing teeth a chance to feel proud of their smile again, while erasing the oral health risks associated with missing teeth.  You might assume that a missing tooth primarily affects only tooth fairy devotees. In reality, a startling number...

5 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Gingivitis Nov 1st, 2020

With so much going on in our fast-paced lives, brushing twice a day and flossing daily sometimes get overlooked.  Unfortunately, if you skip these steps too often, bacteria accumulate on your teeth and cause plaque to form. Next thing you know, your gums bleed a bit when you brush and...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Broken or Missing Crown Oct 2nd, 2020

Dental crowns are synthetic caps that are permanently attached to your tooth or dental implant, and their advantages are both functional and cosmetic.  They restore strength and beauty to your mouth if your tooth is damaged by trauma or decay — or by your decision not to pass up that...

Bleeding Gums: Could It Be Gum Disease? Sep 11th, 2020

Bleeding after you brush your teeth and swollen gums are things you shouldn’t ignore. It could point to advanced periodontal disease, which affects nearly 65 million Americans. Periodontal disease is responsible for the majority of tooth loss in the United States. Tooth loss brings many other dental complications, so if...

What Does a Smile Makeover Entail? Aug 5th, 2020

Few people win the natural, 100,000-watt smile lottery. You might’ve lived with tooth problems since childhood, or perhaps they’ve developed over the years due to wear-and-tear, overlooked oral hygiene, or injury.  The good news is that you can have your smile beautifully redesigned without sacrificing comfort, loads of time, or...

Understand Dentures and Partials Jul 20th, 2020

Dentures have come a long way from the days of George Washington’s storied wooden teeth. According to scholars at historic Mount Vernon — Washington’s home — the president had multiple sets of dentures, but none made of wood. Modern dentures are worlds away from what Washington grappled with, wood or...

The Main Reasons People Choose All-on-4 Dental Implants Jun 25th, 2020

The statistics are eye-opening when it comes to the number of American adults who are missing teeth — about 178 million are missing at least one tooth, and many are missing several or all of their teeth. Leaving those gaps unfilled can have negative effects you may not be aware...

Learn Why Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth Mar 25th, 2020

If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, a staggering 178 million adults are missing at least one tooth. That said, there are multiple options for patients to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth (or teeth).   A bridge is a...

What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Dental Extraction Feb 3rd, 2020

If you’ve been counseled by your dentist that you should have a tooth removed, or extracted, you’re likely worried about the pain that accompanies the procedure, and what recovery is like. You’ll feel much better armed with knowledge about how to prepare for the procedure, what the experience is like,...

Invisalign®: Get Straight Teeth Without a Mouthful of Metal Dec 31st, 2019

The benefits of a straighter smile reach from improved dental health to a boost in self-confidence. When your teeth align correctly without gaps or tight corners, cleanings become more effective at preventing tooth decay or gum disease, and it's easier to assess any potential problems. A straightened smile can also...

A Professional Teeth Whitening is the Quickest and Simplest Way to Look Years Younger Dec 4th, 2019

A bright, white smile radiates confidence, happiness, and youth. That’s because white is the most reflective color in the visible light spectrum.  A dingy, yellow smile radiates… well, it doesn’t. At least not the presentation you want your family and coworkers to see. Yellow, grayish, or dingy teeth probably have...

Combining Dental Procedures for a Custom Smile Makeover Just for You Nov 1st, 2019

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your smile must be the ultimate expression of your personality. When you’re less than satisfied with the appearance of your smile, it can diminish your self-esteem and erode your confidence in social situations. Your best smile, on the other hand,...

The Link Between Gum Disease and Other Serious Medical Conditions, From Diabetes to Heart Disease Oct 1st, 2019

Your mother always told you to brush your teeth. Turns out she was more right than we knew. Not only does brushing your teeth keep them clean and healthy, but it also prevents gum disease, which in recent years has been linked to many other serious medical conditions, including diabetes,...

Dental Implants: Why There's No Better Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth Sep 20th, 2019

Your teeth are tough and can withstand a lot, but even the strongest teeth can succumb to injury or tooth decay. In fact, a whopping 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. To fill in the gap, we have...