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Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Finding out you need dentures may trigger memories of your grandparents’ “fake teeth” and how they used to pop out unexpectedly. Today’s dentures are a far cry from what you remember. Check out our tips for living with your new and improved dentures.

Feb 16th, 2021
The Advantages of Choosing Invisalign®

If you’re tired of crooked teeth or an abnormal bite, consider Invisalign®, a popular tooth straightening option for teens and adults who don’t want metal braces. Read on to learn about the advantages of choosing Invisalign.

Dec 21st, 2020
Cold Comfort

The sounds of the season are filling the air—falling leaves rustling along the sidewalk, football cheers, holiday greetings—and the coughs and sneezes of your fellow sufferers. Yes, it’s cold and flu season, and you’re one of the unfortunate people...

Nov 4th, 2020
Teeth Grinding

It might seem like you’ve gotten a great night’s sleep—but why aren’t you well rested? Worse, why are you waking up with...

Oct 28th, 2020
My gums are shrinking!

Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your teeth looked longer? Does it seem like your gums are shrinking? This condition is called recession—many adults have it. Let’s look at some of the causes and what you can do about it.

Oct 21st, 2020
Suffer from tooth discoloration? Don’t panic!

Like many other parts of the human body, teeth age. You may look at old photos and realize your smile was significantly brighter in the past than it is now. Many adults experience tooth discoloration and find it embarrassing.

Oct 14th, 2020
Fall’s in the Air? Think Fall Dental Care

Whether you already miss the sun’s bright rays, or can’t wait for some cool, crisp weather and colorful leaves, summer is making way for fall. And the change of seasons might mean it’s time for some adjustments to your dental care routine.

Oct 7th, 2020
What are mini implants used for?

The use of mini dental implants (MDIs) is on the rise. MDIs are about the diameter of a toothpick (1.8 to 2.9 millimeters with lengths between ten to 18 millimeters) and are primarily used to secure loose upper or lower dentures or partial dentures.

Sep 30th, 2020
Preventing Toddler Tooth Decay

You do everything you can to protect your toddler with safeguards large and small. Installing that complicated car seat. Figuring out which sunscreen is best for delicate skin.

Sep 23rd, 2020
Root Canal FAQs

Most people hear the word root canal and panic. With today’s state of the art equipment and improved local anesthetic devices, and some knowledge, a root canal does not have to cause panic. Root canals are a common dental procedure, done quite often at...

Sep 16th, 2020
Playing “Tooth or Dare”

Our teeth perform several vital roles for us. We use them to bite and chew, to help form words, to support our facial structure. And never underestimate the power of a smile!

Sep 9th, 2020
Football Season? Practice Dental Defense

It’s finally football season, and whether you’re on the field, at the game, or watching at home with friends, it’s time to work on some defensive dental strategies.

Sep 2nd, 2020
Tips for Managing Oral Pain

Experiencing tooth or oral pain is not fun. If you cannot get to OK Tooth right away, the pain may even seem to increase. The old saying that a tooth will stop hurting once you get to a dentist is not that far from true.

Aug 26th, 2020
The Advantage of Philips Zoom Whitening

Today, we thought we’d talk a little about Philips Zoom whitening at OK Tooth. Philips Zoom, a professional teeth whitening treatment, gets your teeth an average of eight shades whiter in just one hour at our convenient New York, NY office.

Aug 19th, 2020
What can I expect during my implant procedure?

Dental implants are a surgical procedure done by Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin right here at our New York, NY office. Screw-like parts made of titanium are inserted into your jaw bone and act as the root of your tooth.

Aug 12th, 2020
Dental Infections

Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin and our team at OK Tooth will tell you that dental infections can be very serious; sometimes, they develop into a life-threatening situation.

Aug 5th, 2020
How Computers Help Dental Implants Look Natural

Never before have dental implants looked as natural and aesthetically pleasing as they do today. With the help of computer-aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin and our team are...

Jul 29th, 2020
Diabetes and Dental Care

When most people think of complications of diabetes, they think of an increased risk of blindness, limb amputation, heart disease, and neuropathy. However, Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin and our team want you to know that...

Jul 22nd, 2020
The History of Dental Implants

The earliest endeavors for dental implant tooth substitutes on record dates back to the Mayan civilization, to 600 AD. Archeologists recovered primeval skulls in which the teeth had been replaced with materials the ranged from wood, stones, and jewels...

Jul 15th, 2020
What are the advantages of dental implants?

Losing a tooth can affect a lot more than just the look of your smile. Missing teeth affect your ability to chew and can also cause problems for your other teeth. It is essential to replace missing teeth in order to maintain oral health as well as...

Jul 8th, 2020
Are dental implants painful? What You Need to Know

Whether it is the result of tooth decay, gum disease, or injury, millions of people suffer tooth loss. Dental implants provide a strong replacement tooth root for fixed replacement teeth that are designed to match your natural teeth.

Jun 24th, 2020
Most Valuable Dental Treatments

At OK Tooth, we work to find a dental plan that will work best and most effectively for you. But we’ve found that three treatments tend to be the most common and useful. If you ever find yourself in any of the following situations, we suggest you look...

Jun 17th, 2020
Treating Gum Disease with Antibiotics

Why does gum disease develop? Our mouths are home to bacteria, which form a film called plaque. Plaque sticks to the surfaces of our teeth, at the gumline, and can even grow below the gumline.

May 27th, 2020
Been a While? Come See Us!

Guilt is a powerful feeling. It can keep you from doing many things, including going to the dentist. The good news is that OK Tooth is a judgement-free zone, and coming back (even after an extended period of being MIA) can be easier than you think.

May 13th, 2020
What exactly is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Our team at OK Tooth wants you to know that this common ailment can be fixed with little worry if treated properly.

May 6th, 2020
Common Wisdom Teeth Problems

Have you ever wondered why people have wisdom teeth? These are a third set of molars that come in behind the rest of all your other teeth, usually during early adulthood. Scientists and anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth are a result of evolution...

Apr 29th, 2020
Every Day is Earth Day

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies.

Apr 22nd, 2020
I’m on a diet and getting MORE cavities!

Health gurus rave about replacing unhealthy food choices with healthy ones in your diet. If you want to maintain your beautiful smile as well as your waistline, choose foods that are good for your teeth and good for losing weight.

Apr 15th, 2020
Fluoride Treatment: Do You Need One?

Over the past decade, most people have been ingesting less and less fluoride. This is not such a great trend, since fluoride has a history of successfully reducing tooth decay and promoting good dental health.

Apr 8th, 2020
April is National Facial Protection Month

Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry...

Apr 1st, 2020
March is National Nutrition Month!

While you don’t have to wait to start eating right, March is the month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks everyone to pay special attention to what goes into our bodies. The Academy has designated the month of March for focusing...

Mar 3rd, 2020
Amalgam Fillings vs. White Fillings

Many varieties of fillings are available at our New York, NY office. Most people are familiar with traditional amalgam fillings: those big silver spots on top of teeth.

Feb 25th, 2020
The Start of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, has been said to originate with a Catholic priest named Valentine several thousand year ago. Valentine defied the emperor at the time by secretly marrying men and their brides after the emperor had...

Feb 11th, 2020
Improve Your Overall Health with Regular Cleanings

It’s common knowledge that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months. But do you know why that timing is crucial? Studies have shown that your oral health connects directly to the rest of your body.

Feb 4th, 2020
Are you a tooth grinder?

Perhaps you had a particularly irritating commute home from work, and you realize at the end that your jaw was clenched tight the entire time. Or maybe you grind your teeth when you are nervous or anxious about an upcoming business meeting. Most people...

Jan 28th, 2020
Safety of Dental X-Ray Radiation

We all want to live our healthiest lives. We know that part of keeping ourselves healthy is regular visits to our New York, NY office for checkups and necessary dental work. And that dental work might require an X-ray. Should the amount of radiation...

Jan 21st, 2020
Overall Health Can Be Influenced By Oral Hygiene

Keeping on top of your oral health is key when it comes to making sure your whole body stays healthy. The bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth can produce harmful bacteria such as strep and staph, which can lead to serious infections and sickness.

Jan 14th, 2020
Intraoral Cameras

It seems today’s technology has made every moment a camera-ready opportunity. (Just check your friends and their latest selfies.) What you may not expect is the opportunity to see a close-up of your teeth and gums in vivid detail the next time you’re...

Jan 7th, 2020
A Brighter Smile for the New Year

The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start for you and your smile. At OK Tooth, a brighter smile is quick and easy!

Dec 31st, 2019
What is Nitrous Oxide?

Many patients experience anxiety during dental appointments. Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin and our team want to help you overcome any fear you may feel when you come to your regular visits.

Dec 24th, 2019
When Snoring Becomes More Than Just Annoying

Snoring occurs when the tissues in the throat relax enough to block part of our airways, or physical conditions such as enlarged tonsils or a deviated septum prevent air from flowing freely. This obstruction causes the tissues around the airway...

Dec 17th, 2019
What to do about Sensitive Teeth

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you already know the frustration of having a type of pain that is hard to deal with. Because tooth sensitivity is sometimes unpredictable, you can't necessarily take medication to ward off the pain like you could...

Dec 10th, 2019
Five Common Reasons for Emergency Care Visits

A dental emergency can strike anywhere, anytime, and without warning. Perhaps you’re playing a game of touch football on Thanksgiving and your brother-in-law decides to up the ante and tackles you, accidentally knocking out your two front teeth.

Dec 3rd, 2019
Thanksgiving in North America

Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like such a...

Nov 26th, 2019
Thumb Sucking

Learning to suck their thumbs is one of the first physical skills babies acquire. In fact, ultrasound images have revealed babies sucking their thumbs in the womb! Babies have a natural sucking reflex, and this activity is a normal way for your baby...

Nov 19th, 2019
Educational and Entertaining Enamel Experiments

Let’s talk about the science of our teeth for a moment. Our enamel has a very high mineral content, making it extremely strong. In fact, enamel just happens to be the hardest substance in our bodies.

Nov 12th, 2019
Smile! It’s Time for Arts & Crafts!

If you have a child who loves arts and crafts, try some of these creative projects with a dental twist. One of these activities is sure to give your child something to smile about!

Nov 5th, 2019
Anatomy of a Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is usually a combination of one or more cosmetic dental procedures. To achieve your desired result, Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin may perform or suggest a variety of options. The entire process is designed...

Oct 29th, 2019
What is an Impacted Tooth?

You may have heard this term the first time you or a friend got your wisdom teeth. That makes sense, as wisdom teeth are the teeth most often impacted in teenagers and young adults. But other permanent teeth can be impacted as well. What exactly do we...

Oct 22nd, 2019
Is a Crown Necessary for My Child’s Baby Tooth?

Part of the charm of your child’s smile is those delicate, diminutive baby teeth. We enjoy those smiles while we can, because soon enough, primary teeth make way for the adult teeth that will last your child a lifetime. So you might be surprised...

Oct 15th, 2019
Dental Fear in Children: Brought on by parents? (2)

A study conducted in Washington State in 2004 and another conducted in Madrid, Spain in 2012 both reported findings that support a direct relationship between parents’ dental fear and their child’s fear of the dentist.

Oct 8th, 2019
How to Handle an Unexpected Dental Emergency

Regardless of the type of dental emergency you experience, it is important that you visit OK Tooth for emergency dental care as soon as possible. A chipped or cracked tooth requires professional attention, as bacteria may gather in these areas...

Sep 24th, 2019
What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues, and is something seen all too often by Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin. Extending from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more...

Sep 17th, 2019
How Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Health

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, an estimated three out of four Americans suffer from gum disease. In milder cases, the disease is called gingivitis. More severe cases are called periodontitis. Despite the prevalence...

Sep 10th, 2019
September is National Gum Care Month!

Can you believe it's already September? At OK Tooth, we know that gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs, bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease.

Sep 3rd, 2019
Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is upon us, and that means the non-official end to summer. Before the kids head back to school and temperatures start to cool down, this is your last chance to barbeque in the beautiful New York, NY community, head to the lake, and wear...

Aug 27th, 2019
Dental-Healthy Snacks for Your School-Aged Child

Kids are constantly active and constantly growing. No wonder they’re constantly hungry! When it’s time for a snack, here are some tips to make between meal treats timely, tasty, and tooth-friendly.

Aug 20th, 2019
Top Ten Ways to Improve Heart Health

The human heart truly appreciates it when we eat healthy foods, don’t smoke, and exercise regularly. But there’s something else that can improve your heart’s longevity and you may not know about: keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Aug 13th, 2019
Gum Disease in Children

When it comes to gum disease and your child, it’s a good news/bad news situation. The very good news is that children rarely suffer from advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. The not-so-good news? Early gum disease, called gingivitis, is unfortunately...

Aug 6th, 2019
Radiation and the Safety of Dental X-Rays

It is not uncommon to be concerned about your safety when you have dental X-rays performed. Putting on a heavy lead vest may make you apprehensive. The benefits of dental X-rays far outweigh the risks when safety procedures are followed and the number...

Jul 9th, 2019
Happy Fourth of July! (2)

Happy Independence Day from Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of...

Jul 2nd, 2019
Top Five Dental Myths

Sometimes the line between fact and fiction is easily blurred. This is certainly the case when it comes to dentistry, where myths and misconceptions abound. In a bid to put an end to health hoaxes, here are five dental myths to chew over.

Jun 25th, 2019
Stress and Your Oral Health

Stress symptoms—which include high blood pressure, severe aches, and insomnia—may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is the culprit when in fact stress may actually be the reason. While stress can be...

Jun 18th, 2019
Fluoride Use in Adolescents

Fluoride is a mineral that plays an essential role in oral health. In fact, the significant reduction in American tooth decay in recent decades can be attributed to a greater availability of fluoride in public water supplies, toothpaste...

Jun 11th, 2019
The Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco

Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. This simply isn't the case! In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns.

May 9th, 2019
Why Adults Are Choosing Invisalign®

These days, it’s become more common to see adults at our office getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners . . . that is, if you can see them! Whether they are seeking to overcome the stigma that “braces are just for kids,”...

Apr 25th, 2019
Earth Day

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in.

Apr 18th, 2019
I chipped a tooth. What can I do?

You just crunched down on a piece of hard food when you suddenly realize there is something hard still in your mouth. Your nightmare is confirmed when you retrieve a piece of your tooth from your mouth. You chipped your tooth; now what?

Apr 11th, 2019
Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Happy Oral Cancer Awareness Month! We know oral cancer can be kind of a scary topic, but it’s worth using this opportunity to learn about the disease and spread knowledge so everyone becomes more aware. The more we know, the better we can work to...

Apr 4th, 2019
Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Millions of people, around New York, NY and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt, sport a St. Patrick’s Day button...

Mar 14th, 2019
The Connection Between Your Mouth and Your Heart

At OK Tooth, we know your dental health is closely connected to your overall health. We also know that the mouth can oftentimes be the first place to show signs of other bodily health issues.

Mar 7th, 2019
Good Nutrition Leads to Healthy Mouths

At OK Tooth, we know the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and periodontal disease (or gum disease), and both are among the easiest to prevent. One of the most common ways we recommend to boost your oral health is by improving your diet...

Mar 1st, 2019
What's the connection between gum disease and diabetes?

People who have diabetes are usually familiar with many of the other health risks they face, including damage to the nerves, eyes, heart, and kidneys. But did you know that if you have diabetes you also have a much greater chance of developing gum disease?

Feb 22nd, 2019
Choosing the Dental Filling Option that's Best for You

Did you know there are as many types of dental fillings as there are flavors of ice cream? Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Still, when you visit the dentist with a cavity, there are many filling options. Most of us just sit in the chair, open our...

Feb 15th, 2019
Valentine's Day History

Valentine’s Day is best known as a celebration of love in all its forms. Pink hearts, red roses, and cute greeting cards adorn every surface you see. What many people don’t realize is that the modern Valentine’s Day celebration arose from a religious holid

Feb 8th, 2019
How to Choose the Best Mouthwash

As we all know, or should by now, the key to maintaining great oral health is keeping up with a daily plan of flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash. These three practices in combination will help you avoid tooth decay and keep bacterial infections at...

Jan 25th, 2019
Tips for a Whiter Smile

Everyday life can take a toll on the whiteness of our teeth: Foods we love as well as soft drinks and coffee can stain them over time. Poor brushing and flossing can also leave behind tooth stains. Even injuries to teeth or gums can cause...

Jan 17th, 2019
Charcoal Toothpaste

Despite the extraordinary claims made for charcoal toothpaste, most dentists think that the accuracy of these claims is a very gray area. So, what is the theory behind using activated charcoal in your toothpaste?

Jan 11th, 2019
Tooth Protection and Winter Sports

Just because it’s cold out there doesn’t mean you’ll give up keeping fit and active! Winter is the season for some of our favorite team sporting activities, and when you’re donning your protective gear, don’t forget to protect your teeth as well.

Jan 4th, 2019
Caring for Your Invisalign® Aligners

You’ve selected the Invisalign system because of the many benefits Invisalign offers: comfort, convenience, appearance, and even potentially shorter treatment time! And to add to the good news, caring for your Invisalign aligners is easy and uncomplicated.

Dec 14th, 2018
Are you a candidate for dental implants?

When you are missing teeth, it is critical to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can be challenging, as well as uncomfortable. Missing teeth can also destabilize your bite. Dental implants are a great option for replacing teeth...

Dec 7th, 2018
Is Invisalign® Right For You?

When patients ask Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin about who benefits from Invisalign clear aligners, the simple answer is this: almost everyone. Unlike conventional braces, they are removable, which makes eating and cleaning your...

Nov 30th, 2018
Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® Make You Smile

Many adults and teens in our New York, NY office would love to have their teeth straightened but are unwilling to go through the long and often embarrassing process of wearing traditional metal braces.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Thanksgiving

At OK Tooth, we love to celebrate the holidays with vigor! Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin would love to share some unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving from beyond the New York, NY area to the national level!

Nov 16th, 2018
Easing Your Allergies with Latex-Free Dentistry

Imagine this scenario: you go to the dentist to have a cavity filled, and an hour after the procedure you have a runny nose, scratchy throat, and your arms are breaking out in blotchy, red hives. In other words, you’re in worse shape after the visit...

Nov 9th, 2018
The Intriguing History of Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday.

Oct 26th, 2018
Are baby teeth really that important?

Your infant’s first teeth will begin to appear around six to 12 months of age. You might wonder how important these primary teeth really are. After all, baby teeth are destined to fall out within a few years and be replaced by a full set of permanent...

Oct 19th, 2018
Is there really a link between my mouth and heart?

Yes, indeed! While brushing, flossing, and regular visits to OK Tooth are all key to maintaining a healthy smile and mouth, Drs. Marks, Leder, Ghusson, Kudryk, Safin, and Mazlin and our team want you to know the state of your oral health has...

Oct 12th, 2018