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Choosing A Dentist In Staten Island

Choosing A Dentist In Staten Island The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Staten Island. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor in how many people find a dentist. Here are some things you should look for in an Staten Island dentist:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Staten Island. If you live in the Staten Island New York area, there are many options. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Staten Island dentist should be approachable, and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral hygiene; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Staten Island dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Staten Island. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Staten Island dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and work with you to through the years.

If you are looking for a dentist in Staten Island, please come by and speak with me. I can address your interest in any of these critical areas, and will be happy to introduce you to Staten Island Dental Care.

I look forward to meeting you.

-Frederick Hecht, DMD

(347) 695-4370

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Staten Island

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Staten Island

Hopefully you are one of many health-conscious Staten Island residents who is finding ways to get outside or to the gym and get moving. There has been an explosion in the variety of activities offered by personal trainers, all-purpose Staten Island gyms, specialty facilities, and New York recreation departments in recent years. With all these exciting ways to exercise becoming commonplace, people in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne areas may not be aware of the tooth risks associated with them.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht, a concerned Staten Island dentist and fitness enthusiast, and I want to talk to you today about mouth protectors.

You might think that mouth protectors are only for ultimate fighters and football players, but actually mouth guards can and should be used during any activity where a blow to the face is possible.

This includes many common sports such as pick-up basketball games, volleyball, gymnastics, and bicycling. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.

Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores in the Staten Island area. They are to be softened in water and then formed to your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your Staten Island dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.

The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work, not to mention the damage that can be caused to the orthodontic appliances themselves. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for Staten Island patients undergoing these treatments. Your Staten Island orthodontist may even suggest a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.

If you have questions about sports dentistry in Staten Island or any other dental issues, please contact my office and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.

Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island New York
(347) 695-4370
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Child-Friendly Staten Island Dentist

Child-Friendly Staten Island Dentist

It’s a question that many parents in Staten Island debate: When should I take my child in for their first dental appointment? The answer may be a little earlier than you think.

The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist around twelve months of age. This happens to be about the time when the first teeth tend to erupt.

Some Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne parents may wonder why dental visits are needed so early in their child’s life. Not only will your Staten Island dentist want to clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride, it’s also important for small children to get used to seeing the dentist.

Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your Staten Island child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

If you have a child that is apprehensive about visiting Staten Island Dental Care, you might want to think about bringing them to your next Staten Island dental appointment. Seeing you in the dental chair will help them become more comfortable with the idea.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht, a child-friendly Staten Island dentist, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at (347) 695-4370.

At Staten Island Dental Care we offer:

sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
porcelain veneers and crowns
root canals

Thanks for visiting our Staten Island dental blog, and contact us today for all your dental needs!

Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
(347) 695-4370
http://www.afraidofthedentist.com/pages/about.htm

How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but I think it’s safe to say that most of us Staten Island residents want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht can help you achieve that remarkable smile you deserve. Today we want to share some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you!

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still forget this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it decreases the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it restricts it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too acute to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht offer other effective procedures to brighten your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these treatment plans provide an effective solution to teeth whitening. The comfortable at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht will work with you to find the best solution to beautify your smile.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Staten Island. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are a vital practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, communicate with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we have an excellent office and comfortable team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative care. At each check up, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for any dental caries, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is vital so you can be certain that they don’t turn into larger problems.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Frederick Hecht at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht will ensure you avoid acute dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving speedily, so it’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Hecht. If is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be established.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Hecht will detail what is needed moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Helping Staten Island Love Dental Visits

Helping Staten Island Love Dental Visits

It’s no secret that many Staten Island people dread going to the dentist. Everyone knows it and despite your best efforts, even your NYC area dentist knows it. But when you start visiting your dentist for the latest cosmetic dental treatments, you may find that you LOVE going to the dentist!

Dentists in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne areas have so many procedures and advanced materials at their disposal to make your smile as beautiful as it can be. Dental crowns, veneers, implants, teeth whitening, bonding, inlays and onlays, and short term braces are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in and around Staten Island.

Many NYC residents are surprised to find that most of these procedures are more convenient than they supposed and more affordable than they expected.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht, a dentist in Staten Island and I want to help you love your dental visits and love your smile. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1976, and I find it especially rewarding when Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne residents find renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

At my Staten Island practice we offer restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and porcelain crowns. If you have any questions, the amazing staff here at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht would be happy to answer them and schedule an appointment to see what cosmetic dentistry procedures would be right for you.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

The Dream Of No Drill In Staten Island

The Dream Of No Drill In Staten Island

If you ask dental patients in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne area what they hate the most about dental visits, chances are that they’ll mention the drill. Just the sound of it is enough to make people cringe.

Many residents of Staten Island, New York may wonder if there will ever be an alternative to the dreaded dental drill. Guess what? Now there is!

Drill-less dentistry is also known as air abrasion or microabrasion. Air abrasion can be used for common dental procedures such as removing tooth decay or preparing tooth surfaces for sealants or bonding. These instruments work like a little sandblaster that aim a fine stream of particles at the area that would normally be drilled. After the stream of particles strikes and removes the decay, the materials are suctioned out of the mouth.

Hi. I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht of Staten Island. I want my patients to be aware of the latest dental technology available, especially as it pertains to cosmetic dentistry.

If you are in need of quality dental care in the Staten Island area, or if you are interested in a smile makeover, give Staten Island Dental Care a call at (347) 695-4370. We can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, or dental implants.

Make your appointment today so your teeth can look and feel their best!

Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
(347) 695-4370
http://www.afraidofthedentist.com

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-faq, accessed on May. 2, 2012

Into The Thick Of It – The Skinny On Toothpaste

Bayonne dental hygiene

Welcome to our blog, Staten Island! I’m encouraged with how much I have to share with you about toothpaste and oral hygiene in the short time we have together. Enjoy!

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive nature of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Rough brushing becomes unnecessary for Staten Island dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering food particles and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty options?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, effective toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for Staten Island men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to avoid periodontal disease and to also brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious NYC residents for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another essential dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing aids in averting bacterial growth, tooth decay and plaque buildup by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash simply adds yet another powerful layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Dr. Frederick Hecht and the staff at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht encourage a committed, consistent approach to dental hygiene.  We are located at: 1520 Richmond Ave in Staten Island, New York 10314

If you need information about dental implants, restorations, veneers or crowns, call us today at 347-695-4380. We are proud to serve Staten Island, New York with comprehensive dental services.

Comfortable Care For the High Fear Patient

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht of Staten Island Dental Care and I want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. I advise my patients to think of mouthguards as an important part of their protective gear. Most Staten Island parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. I encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.

You are probably aware of the main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed but are definitely not one-size-fits all and probably provide the least amount of protection. (Though they are better than nothing.)

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at Staten Island sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Some Staten Island dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard. Ask your dentist about custom mouthguards.

Mouth protection is extremely important for Staten Island patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some Staten Island orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.

If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call my Staten Island office immediately at 347-695-4380. I will do everything in my power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.

 

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

chipped tooth

There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See Dr. Frederick Hecht right away and get on with life.

Dr. Frederick Hecht at Staten Island Dental Care can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 347-695-4380 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York 10314

We’ve been around since 1976 – serving your neighbors in Staten Island  and improving smiles for Brooklyn patients.

When Staten Island residents need sedation dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Bayonne patients have needed restorative dentistry, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need dental implants, we are excited for the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and root canals. Trust Dr. Hecht to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No worries.

Relax.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

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