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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Coffee can actually protect your teeth

Like most people, I like my morning cup of coffee. It wakes me up and helps me get on with the day and it’s also my energy booster in the afternoons when I need to stay on schedule. Thankfully, there is new research out that reveals our mugful might do more than just boost energy; it could protect our teeth too.  Boston University researchers discovered that men who drank one or more cups of coffee per day showed significantly less bone loss in their teeth over 30 years than those who sipped less.

Along with having sturdier and yes, more stained teeth, the daily coffee drinkers showed no signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums. This was even after the researchers controlled for factors that could increase their risk, like alcohol consumption, smoking, and brushing or flossing too hard. Coffee, it seems, was an X-factor in keeping these teeth healthy.

According to study's author Raul Garcia, this could be thanks to the chemical components in brewed coffee, which have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. These compounds, including caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid combat the oxidative damage and inflammation that cause gum disease. Oxidative damage can also lead to a whole host of diseases that affect your whole body, like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

Although these benefits are encouraging, too much coffee per day may have other negative consequences, such as sleeping problems.  More than four cups a day has also been linked to irritability, rapid heartbeat, and even an increased risk of early death.

So how much coffee is ideal for our teeth?  In the study Garcia didn't report any data about it but it was suggested that an average of two or more cups a day had the most benefit. One important note to remember is that if you take your coffee with sugar, you up your risk of cavities.  So I’m happy with my two, none sweeten cups of coffee and I use teeth whiting treatments to combat the stains. Cheers!! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


A throbbing toothache can make you feel helpless if you don’t know how to solve it. Many times we think it’s a cavity which can only be remedied by a dentist. The truth is there is a list of reasons and home-remedies for any type of toothache. Loose cavities, gum disease, infection or even an exposed root can cause lingering pain in teeth, whether it’s a throbbing tooth or a sharp pain through the jaw. Of course, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible to find the cause, but in the meantime, try a few of these remedies for a quick fix.

Warm Salt Water Rinse

 This is a fairly common suggestion for any pain or discomfort inside your mouth. Mix a half of a tablespoon of salt in an 8 oz cup of warm water. Stir until the salt is dissolved and swish in your mouth for about a minute. Salt is an ingredient that will be seen throughout this list as an antibacterial solution as well as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Vanilla Extract

 Vanilla is a scent and flavor known for it’s soothing remedy. Dab vanilla extract on a cotton swab and apply it to the affected area, it will cause slight numbness to take pain away on the spot and if used for days in a row it will provide lasting pain relief.

Wheatgrass Concentrate

 Wheatgrass is known as a superfood that boosts our immune system and stamina. It also has antibacterial properties that can help heal tooth or gum infection at the surface level. Many people choose to use the juice as a mouthwash to kill bacteria and absorb toxins from the gums.


 Although it is terrible for your breath, garlic is a great source for toothache relief because of its antibiotic properties and medicinal benefits. The best way to receive the benefits of garlic is to crush a fresh clove and create a mixture with salt. Place this directly on the affected area and your pain should quickly subside. If you can handle it, some people prefer to chew directly on a garlic clove. After a few days, your toothache should disappear.


Using any of these remedies in the short term is a good idea to immediately relieve a toothache. If these cures do not provide lasting relief, contact us at Cohen Dental Care 718-658-8341.  I can determine the root of your pain fast and find a lasting cure for your toothache.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Dental Crowns


Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks and discoloration. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient. If you feel your smile is not what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Is flossing better before or after brushing?


I’m frequently asked about this question and scientifically, there aren’t a lot of studies that address it directly. Based on existing evidence, flossing first isn’t necessarily better for oral health than the other way around. Although dentists have their own opinions on this matter. The America Dental Association recommends flossing first and the reason for it is purely based on the fact that if you get the unpleasant task out of the way then there is less temptation to not do it. Honestly, if you were going to skip one of these tasks, which one will it be? Most likely the flossing!!

I personally recommend my patients to brush first with fluoride toothpaste, then floss.  Your mouth will be clean and covered with fluoride as you maneuver the floss. Surprisingly to many, the main benefit of flossing is not to prevent cavities even though some dentists or hygienists suggest it. Rather, flossing is to prevent bloody gums and reducing the gum inflammation known as Gingivitis. Flossing can dislodge food particles that if left in will gradually cause inflammation.  Unfortunately, many patients lose teeth due to Gingivitis.

As far as flossing technique is concerned, guide the floss along the curves of the gum line at the base of each tooth to assure all food debris are taken out. When it comes to children and their oral care, I recommend to have an adult do the flossing for the child or at least supervise till you feel confident that he or she has mastered this important skill which will surly help them have a life time of better oral health.  As long as they floss, it can be their choice to do it before or after brushing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Healthy Diet Healthy Teeth!


What and how often we eat can affect our teeth. Bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth, use the sugar in foods and drinks to make acid that attack the teeth. Each time we eat or drink, that acid can attack the teeth for 20 minutes or longer. Over time tooth decay can develop and a cavity can form which will need to be taken care of by a dentist before it develops into infection and pain.

The types of food you choose to eat can also have an impact on the health of your teeth. Fortunately for me my wife is a Registered Dietitian and my family and I have learned to maintain healthy eating habits which in turn also helps keep our teeth healthier. Some basic tips to keep in mind are to limit in between meal snacks. Snacking more often means more acid attacks and a higher risk for tooth decay. If you’re thirsty or need a snack, avoid cookies, sweet drinks, or sticky foods. Instead drink water, have a fruit, vegetables sticks with a dip or a yogurt. Limit processed food since they contain lots of sugar and starch that can increase the acidity of your mouth. Save sweets for meal time, when the mouth makes more saliva to help rinse out food particles.

For good dental and overall health, be sure you’re eating a mix of foods from the major food groups. For more information about a healthy diet, see www.choosemyplate.gov.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gum Disease

Gum disease can be preventable, and even reversible in the early stages, by regularly brushing teeth, flossing and having routine dental check ups.

Here are some of the warning signs of gum disease:

• Red or swollen gums
• Tender or bleeding gums
• Bad breath that won’t go away
• Sensitive teeth
• Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth 

If you are concerned or believe that you may have gum disease, make an appointment to come in for an evaluation.

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