Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Providing better smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

March 09, 2016
Taking care of your teeth for a great smile

Your dental appointment is wrapping up and your dentist asks if you have any questions. You did, but being put on the spot causes any specific questions you may have thought about to leave your mind. Be prepared for the next time with these ideas to get more information about your dental care:

  • What types of problems may I be at risk for? After getting a routine cleaning or dealing with another problem, other potential problems may not be in the forefront of your mind. Now is the time to ask if there is anything else you should be aware of, while both you and your dentist are thinking about your dental health.
  • What can I do to take better care of my teeth? Chances are your dentist will reiterate the need to brush for two minutes at least twice a day (including your tongue), to floss once a day, to avoid sugary snacks and beverages, and to be aware of what you are eating or drinking that may stain your teeth.
  • What do you think I'm doing right to promote my oral health? In addition to what your dentist will tell you to take better care of your teeth, it's also helpful to know what you're doing right. Many times a simple pat on the back about what we're doing right that can make the difference in maintaining good oral health. You're probably doing more that's right than you think.

Asking these basic questions will cover a lot of ground in oral health and may open the discussion further to topics you and your dentist haven't thought of. The experienced dental team at the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry can answer any dental questions you may have.

For more information on general dental health or to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Sussman or Dr. Pogal, contact our experienced and compassionate dentists at the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 585-227-4390. We have been serving patients in Upstate New York for nearly 35 years.

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February 19, 2016
Whitening your teeth

There are many things that contribute to our teeth losing the pearly whiteness of our youth, from foods we eat and beverages we drink, to behavior such as smoking or using chewing tobacco. Luckily, you can avoid or diminish many of the worst offenders by limiting your intake or changing how you use them.

  • Coffee: Your morning cup of joe has strong pigments and is high in acids, making it a prime stainer of teeth. Some evidence has shown you can minimize staining by adding dairy milk.
  • Tea: Actually worse than coffee for staining, tea is also full of acids and tannins (plant-based compounds that make it easier for stains to stick to teeth). For iced tea, use a straw to bypass your teeth.
  • Wine: Reds are the worst, being high in tannins, acids, and with strong pigments. White wine, while not having as strong colors in its tannins, nonetheless preps your teeth for other types of stains because of its high acidity, which weakens tooth enamel and makes it more vulnerable to stains.
  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, pomegranates: basically anything that can stain your clothes can stain your teeth.
  • Tomato Sauce: As with berries, the stain potential of anything tomato-based is high due to the high levels of pigments.

Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid staining your teeth. Brush your teeth as soon as you can after enjoying any of these drinks or foods, or at least swirl water in your mouth to rinse away staining material. Keep your regular dental appointments for cleanings that can help remove stains.

If your smile seems a bit duller recently, you may want to consider a teeth whitening procedure. For more information on these procedures and to schedule your consultation, please contact our experienced and compassionate dentists at the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 585-227-4390. We have been serving patients in Upstate New York for nearly 35 years.

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February 12, 2016

Dry mouth treatment in Rochester, New YorkDry mouth can be annoying, uncomfortable and aggravating. It can also lead to serious problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and mouth infections. It can also make it hard to wear dentures. Saliva is necessary to keep your mouth clean and to moisten and help digest food. When your mouth fails to produce enough saliva, you can develop dry mouth. You may have dry mouth if:

  • You have frequent thirst
  • You have constant mouth sores and cracked lips
  • You have a dry, sticky mouth and/or throat
  • You have a feeling of tingling or burning
  • You have a dry tongue
  • You have bad breath

Numerous things may cause dry mouth, such as:

  • Medication side effects
  • Disease or infection side effects
  • Medical treatment side effects
  • An injury to the head or neck area resulting in nerve damage
  • Dehydration
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Constant breathing with your mouth open

The experienced and compassionate dentists Dr. Meredith Pogal and Dr. Paul Sussman will determine if there is a dental-related cause. We can also recommend treatments and help you get back on the path to optimum oral health.

If you think you have dry mouth, please call the experienced dentists Dr. Meredith Pogal and Dr. Paul Sussman at 585-227-4390 for a free consultation. Our dentists can determine the cause of your dry mouth and get your dental health back on track. We have been serving patients in Upstate New York for nearly 35 years.

February 12, 2016
Cosmetic Dentistry smile

The reasons for choosing cosmetic dentistry are different for every resident of Rochester. Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of treatments for common dental problems, from teeth whitening, to porcelain veneers. If you have a single flaw that you can’t get out of your mind, or are looking for a smile makeover, Rochester cosmetic dentists Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal have the experience and knowledge to provide individual attention for a brilliant outcome.

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry is Versatile

Cosmetic dentistry employs many different techniques to address a wide range of problems including stains, misshapen teeth, proportionately small teeth, chips, cracks, gapped teeth, ragged gum lines, and more.

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Oral Health

While most people seek cosmetic dentistry because they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, repairing aesthetic problems often makes teeth stronger and gums healthier. People who take pride in their smile are more likely to take care of their oral hygiene.

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Self Esteem

A beautiful smile can be a big boost to your confidence. With a greater sense of self-assurance, you may feel ready to take on more responsibility and leadership at work, or simply feel more relaxed and happier among your friends.

Whatever your cosmetic dentistry goals may be, finding an experienced, caring Rochester dentist who can work with you to develop a personalized approach is the key to success. Please call Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390 to schedule a consultation.

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February 01, 2016
Invisalign aligners

Invisalign® is a great alternative to metal braces. It requires less maintenance, but more personal accountability for leaving the aligners in as many hours as possible. To make the most of your Invisalign treatment you must be diligent about wearing the aligners for the proper amount of time. Make sure to keep the aligners in for at least 20-22 hours of the day, and only remove them during meals and for brushing and flossing.

Brushing your teeth and flossing during Invisalign treatment remains essential to great dental hygiene. The aligners fit tightly around your teeth in order to gradually move them into the correct place. Plaque can collect between your teeth and irritate your gums if you don’t brush and floss. You must brush your teeth after eating and before putting the aligners back in your mouth. Regularly cleaning your aligners is another way to make your Invisalign treatment successful. Ask our dentists how to correctly clean them.

Invisalign can be used to correct both minor and severe teeth crowding and gaps. The process involves using a series of aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The treatment produces straight, aligned teeth, all without unsightly metal braces. Make sure you replace the aligners on time to achieve the best results.

If you’re looking for an orthodontist in the Rochester area, contact Dr. Sussman and Dr. Pogal at 585-227-4390 to schedule your free consultation. We have been serving patients in Upstate New York for nearly 35 years. 

January 25, 2016

Young Couple - Healthy Super Bowl SnacksIn Rochester, the Super Bowl is about more than football. It’s a time for friends and family to get together, and collectively scream at the TV screen while munching on savory snacks. Most of those munchies are chowing down on your teeth though. So, in order to keep your teeth and your general dentist happy, here are a few ways to make your snacks teeth-friendly.

Nachos. Nachos are a staple of a Super Bowl party. The best part about nachos is the cheese, which is good for your teeth. Cheese is loaded with vitamin K2 and calcium, both of which work hard to strengthen weak points in your teeth. One way to make your nachos healthier for your teeth is by staying away from acidic foods like tomatoes that attack tooth enamel. Opt for calcium-rich cilantro instead. Don’t forget to add in some high-fiber beans. Beans promote good digestion, but they also take some extra chewing which is good for your mouth.

The Veggie Platter. No Super Bowl party would be complete without the veggie platter. Stacked high with celery, broccoli and carrots, it’s usually one of the last snacks left at the end of the party. Don’t shy away from the veggies. Try adding powdered ranch to Greek yogurt to make it all the better for your teeth. Have some fun and design your veggie platter like a football field.

Cucumber Sandwiches. Grab a cucumber, slice it and add Greek yogurt to create another teeth-friendly snack. These are loaded with vitamins B and C that naturally make your breath fresher and your teeth whiter.

There are many ways to make your Super Bowl snacks healthier for your teeth. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with sliced apples and peanut butter, or wheat crackers and hummus. The best thing you can do for your teeth is to brush and floss after Super Bowl Sunday.

Dr. Sussman and Dr. Pogal have been serving patients in Upstate New York for nearly 35 years. Please call our office in Rochester today at 585-227-4390 to schedule your free consultation. 

January 15, 2016
Adults Smiling - Adult Orthodontics

A smile comes in many shapes, sometimes straight, sometimes crooked, sometimes with overcrowding or gaps. Many adults choose to hide their smile rather than correct it. There’s no reason to go on ashamed of your teeth, when an orthodontist can easily correct the problem in less time and with less money than you think. There are more options than just metal braces, and in as little as a few months you could be smiling wider than ever. Here are 5 reasons to consider adult orthodontics if you are unhappy with your smile:

1) Flexible options. Adults have more options than children when it comes to braces. You don’t necessarily have to have a mouth full of metal to straighten your teeth anymore. Invisalign has been revolutionizing the world of orthodontics for nearly 20 years. This translucent form of braces involves aligners that are switched out over time to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign can be used to correct minor and major overcrowding and gaps. They are easy to care for, and you can still eat whatever you’d like. 

2) Requires less time.  Many adults are afraid that they will have to wear braces for up to two years, and that it will severely impact their quality of life. The time required can be as little as three months for aesthetic issues. In less than a year you could have the smile you’ve always wanted. Of course, your treatment time could be longer. The only way to know for sure is to visit our dentists for a consult.

3) Your health. Seeing an orthodontist is about more than the way your teeth look, it’s about paying attention to tooth decay, tooth placement, and the condition of your gums. If you don’t address the problem, you could put your teeth and gums in trouble years from now.

4) Financing. The cost of braces has gone down, but can still be quite high depending on the extent of your dental needs. Invisalign or metal braces start at about $3,500 and go up from there. With financing and payment options, we can help you find a way to pay for orthodontics that meets your financial needs.

5) Build your confidence. You’ve been shying away from showing off your teeth for too long. With straighter teeth you will stop being self-conscious and have the confidence to show off your new smile at work and at home.

Stop putting off getting braces. There’s no need to wait when you have so many options. If you’re looking for an orthodontist in the Rochester area, contact Dr. Sussman and Dr. Pogal at 585-227-4390 to schedule your free consultation. We have been serving patients in Upstate New York for nearly 35 years. 

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December 21, 2015

Keeping your teeth stain-freeMaintaining a beautifully brilliant smile between professional teeth whitening treatments in Greece NY doesn’t have to be a lot of hard work. However, there are many common foods that can cause staining to your tooth enamel. Knowing which foods cause staining and what you can do to prevent it is the best way to keep your smile looking great between visits to our Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry office.

Foods that Stain

Many foods can stain your teeth, including some you probably haven’t thought about. Here are a few of the most common culprits:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fruit Juices
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Berries
  • Hard Candies
  • Red Wine
  • Frozen Fruit Flavored Treats

Some of these staining foods are also some of the healthiest options (think berries and green tea), so avoiding them all together is not the answer. So what else can you do?

Coffee and Tea:  add some milk to reduce the effects. Dairy milk has been shown to bind with the stain-causers in coffee and tea, helping to reduce their contact with your enamel.

Fruits and Wine:  Drink water while consuming them. Swish some water across your teeth with each mouthful to rinse away the stain-causers.

Artificial Colorings:  The best way to handle hard candy or other artificially colored foods is to avoid them. Look for alternatives colored with natural components.

To schedule your next routine dental checkup or tooth whitening procedure in Greece, NY, please call experienced general dentists Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390. We serve patients from Greece, Rochester, Webster and the surrounding areas of New York

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December 15, 2015
Learn how to floss your teeth

We all know the importance of flossing at least once a day for great dental hygiene, but for some people this can be a frustrating process. Our Rochester dentists would like to help you get the most out of flossing between professional cleanings and exams and reduce the frustration of not knowing the right way to do it. Over time, you may find that proper technique can make flossing an easy process that you don't want to skip.

Perfect Flossing in 5 Steps

  1. Using about a foot and a half of floss, wind one end around one of your middle fingers. Once most of the floss is on one hand, wind the other end on the other middle finger. As you floss, the line will move from one hand to the other.
  2. Grip the floss between your thumbs and forefingers with each hand. Choose one spot to begin, making sure each tooth is flossed on all sides.
  3. Gently guide the floss between your teeth with a rubbing motion avoiding any sharp movements that can cut the gums.
  4. Just above the gum line, curve the floss into a C shape along the side of one tooth. Carefully slide floss between the gum and the tooth to clear debris from below the gum line.
  5. Use the floss to rub the side of each tooth as you move around your mouth.

To schedule your next routine dental checkup in Rochester, NY, please call experienced general dentists Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390. We serve patients in Rochester, Greece, Webster, and the surrounding areas of New York.

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December 09, 2015

How Do You Recognize Gum Disease?Gingivitis is a common type of gum disease in its early stages.

Gingivitis starts with gum inflammation, which may cause your gums to bleed while brushing. If you often see blood while brushing, contact Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal.

Since early signs of gum disease are mild (bad breath is a sign of gingivitis) and painless, they're often overlooked by the untrained eye. Regular checkups help you catch gum disease before it progresses.

Although the gums are inflamed in the early stages of gingivitis, the damage is reversible. In the early stages, your gums may also be swollen, soft, or puffy. They may also start to recede.

Receding gums may be a sign that your gum disease is progressing. You may also notice that your gums are a dusky red. Your gum discoloration may be localized, which gives an irritated appearance of a certain tooth. It also may be spread across a larger area.

In later stages of gum disease, the tooth (or teeth) becomes poorly anchored as the body's enzymes attack the tissue holding them. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Seeing your dentist every six months for routine professional cleanings and regular checkups is one of the best ways to prevent and diagnose gingivitis. If you're in the Rochester area, please contact our experienced dentistry staff at 585-227-4390 to schedule an appointment. 

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