By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
June 15, 2017
Category: family dentistry
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your teeth can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene oral hygienehabits. When you do not practice good oral hygiene regularly, the result can be tooth decay, gum infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits with a family dentist are an important part of good oral hygiene and an excellent way to maintain a healthy mouth. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro are your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists.

Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene becomes a habit when you stick to a daily routine that includes brushing at least twice a day. It is also important to develop a habit of visiting your Niskayuna family dentist every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning. A few specific steps you can take at home to maintain good oral hygiene include:

  • Brush teeth twice daily
  • Floss daily
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Rinse with a fluoridated mouth rinse daily
  • Limit consumption of sugary snacks and foods

Proper Brushing

Even if are keeping good oral hygiene habits by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, it is still possible your teeth aren’t fully clean if the proper brushing technique is not used. The proper way to brush is to gently scrub all of the surface areas inside the mouth, including teeth, gums and tongue. Brushing all surface areas helps clean away the bacteria that cause gingivitis and cavities. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that are not too abrasive. The toothbrush should also fit comfortably in your mouth so be sure to select an appropriately sized toothbrush.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is important for preventing gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. Maintaining good oral hygiene, which includes regular dental visits, will help your teeth last a lifetime. To schedule a dental visit with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro, your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists, call the office at (518) 377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Learn about Invisalign from your Niskayuna dentists.invisalign

Do you want a great smile? Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY, offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign for a straighter smile. Here are five reasons to consider Invisalign.

1. Correct Dental Issues

Dental issues of all sizes and shapes can be corrected with Invisalign. The Invisalign system effectively corrects a variety of dental issues, including: gapped teeth, crooked teeth, an underbite, cross bite, overbite, overcrowded teeth and protruding teeth. If you are experiencing any of these issues, consult with an Invisalign dentist to fix your smile.

2. Avoid Embarrassment

Are you too embarrassed to wear metal braces? You can achieve a straight smile without a mouthful of metal wires and brackets. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of virtually invisible aligners. With Invisalign, you don't have to hide your smile while going through treatment.

3. Improve Dental Health

Invisalign can improve your dental health. Metal braces make cleaning teeth difficult because plaque and food can stick to the teeth and brackets. One advantage of Invisalign aligner trays is is that they are removable. You can remove the Invisalign aligner trays to floss and brush your teeth.

4. Enjoy the Foods You Love

With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can adhere to the teeth and brackets. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat the foods you love with comfort and confidence.

5. Improved Comfort

Traditional braces can be uncomfortable to wear, pressing against your teeth and irritating your gums. Invisalign aligner trays are smooth and comfortable to wear. Invisalign aligner trays are much more comfortable to wear than conventional braces.

Millions of people around the world have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Don't wait another minute - call Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Niskayuna, NY. Remember, a better life starts with a great smile.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about dental bonding from your Niskayuna bonding

Small imperfections in your smile can have a big effect on your self-esteem. Luckily, many problems are easy to correct with dental bonding. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro, your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists explain how you can benefit from bonding.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a fairly simple technique that can dramatically improve your smile. Flexible composite resin, the bonding material dentists use, can be manipulated into any shape, making it the ideal choice to restore chipped portions of a tooth or cover a stain. After the composite resin is applied to your tooth, it's hardened with a special curing light.

Is bonding a good choice for me?

Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that can address multiple issues. In addition to repairing chipped or broken teeth and covering stains due to medication side effects or dental work, it can also be used to:

  • Repair Cracks: Small cracks disappear when the bonding material is applied. Larger cracks and chips may require dental crowns.
  • Lengthen Teeth: Short teeth can affect your bite, making it more difficult to chew and even triggering headaches in some cases. Bonding lengthens naturally short teeth and those that have become too short due to grinding.
  • Cover Tooth Roots: Receding gums expose your tooth roots, triggering sensitivity any time you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Bonding covers roots, reducing sensitivity.
  • Change the Appearance of Oddly Shaped Teeth: Bonding can transform teeth that are crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped.
  • Close Gaps: Do you dislike the small gaps between your teeth? Bonding offers a simple way to close those gaps. If you have large gaps, orthodontic treatment may be a better option.
  • Fill Teeth: Since composite resin is available in a variety of shades designed to match the most common tooth colors, your new filling won't be obvious.

Make over your smile with dental bonding! Call Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro, your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists, at (518) 377-3628 to schedule your appointment.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Have you been considering veneers but aren't sure if they're the right choice for you? Dr. Todd Vaccaro and Dr. Kent Molino, your veneersNiskayuna, NY dentists, answer a few commonly asked questions about veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are an innovative cosmetic dentistry option that hide imperfections under a thin layer of porcelain bonded to teeth. Since veneers are added to the fronts on teeth only, they don't require extensive dental work. Porcelain is usually used in veneers because it reflects light in the same way tooth enamel does.

Will veneers help me?

Veneers are an excellent choice if your teeth are healthy but just have a few flaws. They're also a good option if you have chips in teeth, or the surface of your teeth are pitted or uneven. Veneers can also hide discolorations that can occur if you've taken tetracycline or other strong antibiotics in the past or if large fillings or other dental procedures have discolored a tooth.

Do you dislike the gap between your front teeth? Although orthodontic treatment can close the gap, there's no need to spend several years wearing braces if your gap is small and doesn't interfere with your bite. When you add veneers to your front teeth, annoying little gaps disappear.

Veneers are also used to make problem teeth blend in with the rest of your smile. If one tooth is pointed, twisted or too short, adding a veneers offers a simple way to transform your smile.

How long does it take to get a veneer?

You'll need two treatment sessions if your choose veneers. During your first appointment, your Niskayuna dentist will prepare the fronts of your teeth to make sure the new veneers fit well without being too bulky. After preparing the teeth, he'll make impressions of your mouth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory that will create your veneers. If you want your new veneer to match the color of your other teeth, your dentist will select a shade that closely matches your natural tooth color. If veneers are used for all-over whitening, your dentist will ask you to select the shade you prefer.

In a week or two, you'll return to the office and be fitted with your new veneers. After your dentist makes a few adjustments, he'll bond them to your teeth and you can begin to enjoy your new smile.

Improve your smile with veneers. Find out if veneers are a good option for you by calling Dr. Vaccaro and Dr. Molino, your Niskayuna, NY dentists, at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an appointment.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
October 28, 2016
Category: family dentistry
Tags: toothbrush   brushing  

Learn which toothbrush is best for you from your Niskayuna dentist.

Choosing the best toothbrush will help you ensure that your teeth stay strong and healthy. Dr. Kent B. Molino and Dr. Todd L. Vaccaro, tooth brushyour Niskayuna, NY family dentists, share a few tips that will help you pick the right toothbrush.

Red, blue or green?

There's a lot more to toothbrush selection than just choosing a color. When you shop for your next brush, consider:

  • Bristle Type: Soft bristle toothbrushes are the best choice for your tooth and gums. Although it might seem as if harder bristles would be more effective at removing plaque, these brushes can damage your enamel and cause your gums to recede, which can cause tooth sensitivity. Soft brushes are just as effective at removing plaque, but won't damage your teeth and gums.
  • Head Size: Your toothbrush should fit comfortably in your mouth. If your toothbrush head is too large, it may be difficult to reach all of your teeth. It may take longer than necessary to clean teeth with a head that's too small. If your mouth is small, there's nothing wrong with buying children's toothbrushes to make brushing easier.
  • Manual or Power: Both manual and power toothbrushes do a good job of getting your teeth clean. The choice really depends on your personal preference. Power toothbrushes, particularly those that play music when they're turned on, can make toothbrushing a more pleasant experience for children in some cases. Power brushes are appropriate for children (and anyone) aged 3 and up.

The two-minute rule

If you can brush your teeth in 30 seconds or less, you're probably not getting your teeth clean enough. Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth to make sure that you've adequately cleaned very surface.

Don't forget about other oral hygiene products

Flossing once a day removes plaque and food particles from between teeth. It doesn't matter whether you floss in the morning or evening, as long as you make flossing a daily habit. The next time you buy mouthwash, read the label to make sure the product is antimicrobial and fluoridated. These substances kill bacteria that can cause cavities and help strengthen your tooth enamel.

Good oral hygiene, combined with regular dental visits, are essential for a healthy smile. If it's time for your next visit, call Dr. Vaccaro and Dr. Molino, your Niskayuna, NY family dentists, at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an appointment.

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