Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Our Rochester office provides smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

December 21, 2015
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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

December 15, 2015
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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.

December 09, 2015
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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. 

November 23, 2015
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Yes! There is a wrong and a right way to brush your teeth. The American Dental Association outlines the most effective tooth brushing techniques to incorporate into your dental hygiene routine:

  1. How to Brush Your TeethBrush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damaging your enamel and gum tissue
  3. Hold your tooth at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  4. Gently brush all surfaces of your teeth – the outer, inner and chewing surfaces
  5. To brush the back of your front teeth, tilt your tooth brush into a vertical position and brush gently up and down
  6. Brush your tongue

These measures should help you avoid cavities, gum disease enamel erosion and other problems. Remember also that flossing should be an essential component of your routine. Floss once a day, every day, to remove the plaque and food debris hiding between your teeth and beneath the gum line. Flossing can help you prevent gum disease and will prevent tooth decay between your teeth.

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 look forward to helping you maintain outstanding oral health!

November 19, 2015
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Building a Relationship with Your DentistCollaboration between you and our general dentists is essential to keeping your oral health in tip-top shape. There are really two components to your dental healthcare: the dental health measures you perform on your own and the dental treatments provided by our dentists. So how can you make sure you are working collaboratively with the dentist to maintain your best smile? Consider these 4 tips:

  1. Adopt effective at-home dental hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing is the bedrock of dental hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice a day (for two minutes each time) and flossing once every day, you'll be significantly reducing your risk for cavities and gum disease.
  2. Build a relationship with a specific dentist. By visiting the same dentist year after year, you can better ensure that any subtle changes to your mouth will be spotted early on by your dentist. Once our dentists establish a baseline for your oral health status, they can quickly recognize any changes and determine the cause.
  3. Note any dental-related changes. You can also notice changes and report them to our dentists. Things like tooth sensitivity, changes in your bite or any discomfort in your mouth are important things to communicate to our dentists.
  4. Communicate openly with our dentists. Our dentists want you to enjoy fabulous oral health and a great smile. By talking to us about your concerns, goals, questions and expectations, we can better tailor treatment to you as an individual.

If you are searching for an experienced, caring Rochester dentist who will be able to provide dentistry for your long-term oral health, please call Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390.

November 10, 2015
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Signs you should visit the dentistVisiting the dentist for routine exams is important to promoting and maintaining great oral health. Even if you haven't been to the dentist for some time, our experienced Rochester dentists can help you get your oral health back on track. The following are seven signs that you should visit the dentist:

  1. Tender, swollen gums
  2. Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
  3. Loose or shifting teeth
  4. Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  5. Chronic bad breath
  6. Jaw popping/clicking and soreness around your jaw
  7. You feel unhappy with the appearance of your smile

Even if these symptoms are not present, you should schedule a routine exam and cleaning if it's been several months since your last general dentistry appointment. The best way to maintain optimal oral health is to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Routine exams and cleanings are an essential component of preventive dental care, as our dentists can look for the earliest signs of problems and our hygienists will help you avoid tooth decay and gum infection.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced, caring Rochester dentists, please call Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390 or fill out the online contact form.

October 23, 2015
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A happy Greece resident sits down with her general dentistGreat dental health takes more than brushing and flossing. Regular checkups and dental cleanings are crucial to achieving the highest levels of health for your mouth, and your total wellbeing. Finding the right Greece general dentist can be a bit overwhelming with so many options available, so how can you make the best choice?

Tips for Finding the Right Dentist

The relationship you build with your general dentist can make all the difference. You need an experienced dental professional like Dr. Paul Sussman or Dr. Meredith Pogal who can provide optimal preventative care as well as the best treatment for any conditions you may have such as TMJ disorder.

Here are a few tips from the American Dental Association (ADA) to help your search:

  • Ask family and friends for recommendations
  • Ask your family doctor for a referral
  • Ask your neighbors, co-workers, or your pharmacist
  • Closely examine the reviews page on your prospective general dentist’s website.

If you are looking for an experienced Greece general dentist in the New York area, please contact the office of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal by completing the form on this page, or by calling 585-227-4390 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Webster, Rochester and neighboring areas of New York.

October 19, 2015
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October. The temperatures begin to cool, leaves begin to change and kids excitedly plan their costumes for Halloween. October is also National Orthodintic Health month. Our Greece orthodontics practice would like to wish you a fun and safe Halloween, and offer some tips to help keep your family’s mouths strong, clean and healthy.

Candy is a traditional reward for braving the cold night, walking door-to-door, ringing the doorbell and in unison asking “Trick or Treat?” While kids hungrily eye those bowls full of candy, parents are wondering, what is the damage all that sugar will do to my children’s teeth?

Creating good habits before Halloween sets the precedent that dental care is a year-long regiment. Such regiments include:

  • Eating a healthy diet- do not let your kids supplement Kit-Kats and Smarties for their chicken with broccoli
  • Brush teeth twice daily
  • Floss daily
  • Maintain regular dentist visits; recommended cleanings are twice a year

We all know kids in Greece aren’t considering orthodontics when surveying all the sugary goodness they receive Halloween night. Some additional tips to help with dental care during this time are:

  • Eat candy with meals or shortly after a meal
  • Avoid hard candies that take a long time to dissolve in your mouth
  • Avoid sticky candies and sweets like taffy and gummy bears
  • Avoid drinks with added sugar such as soda, sports drinks, flavored waters
  • Drink more water
  • Chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals or eating candy to clear away excess food and bacteria

If you live in the Greece area and are in need of orthodontics care, contact Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal today online or at 585-227-4390 to schedule your consultation. With more than 30 years of dental practice experience, we are here to meet your child’s dental needs. We welcome patients from Rochester, Webster and surrounding areas of New York.

September 23, 2015
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Although straighter teeth and a better bite can benefit many high school students, the prospect of attending class with a mouth full of metal braces can discourage kids from getting the treatment they need. For many teens in Fairport, Invisalign® offers a welcome alternative to conventional braces.

Instead of using traditional brackets and wires to correct crooked, crowded or gapped teeth, Invisalign® orthodontic treatment involves the use of removable plastic trays. Each aligner tray is customized to fit the patient’s unique bite. While often classified as “adult” orthodontics, Invisalign® can be a suitable option for children as young as 13 years old.

Some benefits for teen Invisalign® patients include:

  • No restrictions on what you can eat, since the aligner trays can be removed at any time.
  • Aligners will not interfere with extracurricular activities such as music or athletics.
  • Self-confidence is improved for social, academic and formal events.
  • Aligners are nearly unperceivable to the naked eye or camera lens.

Traditional braces can sometimes take up to two years to straighten teeth and correct bites. Most Invisalign® patients complete treatment within only a year. Invsialign® is not right for everyone, so it’s important to meet with our Rochester dentist for an evaluation of your child’s Invisalign® candidacy.

If you have a child suffering from tooth alignment or bite issues in Rochester or Fairport, Invisalign® could be an ideal solution. Contact the office of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal today by completing the form on this page, or by calling 585-227-4390 to schedule an appointment.

September 21, 2015
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A man displays the rewards of regular general dentist visitsThe American Dental Association recommends that every day, you brush your teeth twice and floss once.  Assuming you meet these basic requirements, and suffer no discernable dental issues, is it really necessary to visit your Greece general dentist twice a year for routine dental check-ups? The answer is yes!

Regular dental exams don’t just help keep your teeth clean, they give your dentist a chance to evaluate the current state of your oral health, and identify emerging concerns, such as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • TMJ
  • Obstructed airways that cause sleep apnea
  • Oral cancer

Catching symptoms early can help save you money and avoid discomfort.  Visiting Dr. Sussman or Dr. Pogal twice a year helps prevent small problems from becoming major issues.

Neglecting your teeth, whether from poor oral hygiene or an inadequate number of dentist visits, can have a detrimental effect on your oral and general health. Some concerns include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

Our Greece general dentist is committed to providing you with the exceptional dental care you deserve. Don’t put off another appointment until next year, or wait until a serious dental crisis develops.

If you live in Greece, and want to schedule a check-up with our experienced general dentist, please contact the office of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal by completing the form on this page, or by calling 585-227-4390 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Rochester, Webster and surrounding areas of New York.