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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
November 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist   Oral Health  

Good health habits start in childhood. While your children are young, you can set a good example of oral health and habits that will last a lifetime. At Vaccaro Family Dentistry, Dr. Todd Vaccaro and Dr. Megan Curran want to help you and your family maintain the best dental health by becoming your family dentist in Niskayuna, NY. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of children's oral health. 

Good Habits 

Oral health is all about good habits. These habits start in childhood. When children see good examples of oral health in their parents and are required to establish good oral habits of their own, dental problems can be negated. 

Good habits such as brushing and flossing should be a daily item on your child's agenda. In addition to this, you can also help your children by encouraging other good oral habits too. Limiting the number of sugary drinks and snacks will help with both dental health as well as physical health. 

Consistent Care 

It is vitally important that your children have consistent dental care from an early age. Creating a good connection with a family dentist in Niskayuna, NY is the first step in creating this consistency of care. When your children become familiar with their dentist, it will make future visits more stress-free. Children do better when they know what to expect. When children know their dentist and have a comfortable relationship with them, it is more likely that appointments will be kept and your child will have positive dental experiences.  

Oral Health 

Many parents do not realize that their child's oral health will also have an effect on their physical health. Children who have problems with their teeth may refuse to eat properly. This can have an effect on their growth and development. In addition to this, if a child has untreated dental issues it could develop into serious infections. Staying on top of your child's health with a family dentist in Niskayuna, NY will have a positive impact on their overall health throughout childhood. 

If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact Dr. Vaccaro and Dr. Curran at Vaccaro Family Dentistry in Niskayuna, NY, at 518-377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Prosthetic Crowns  

Dr. Todd Vaccaro and Dr. Megan Curran of Vaccaro Family Dentistry restore decayed and damaged teeth with prosthetic crowns and bridges in Niskayuna, NY. Crowns and bridges are custom restorations that can repair or replace teeth to keep your smile looking great and keep your mouth healthy.

Crowns and bridges in Niskayuna, NY

Dental crowns can save teeth that have been damaged or are badly decayed. A crown fits over a tooth like a cap to strengthen it. First, the tooth is repaired so that only healthy and strong natural tooth structure remains. That remaining tooth is then sculpted down to make room for the crown around it.

You may wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is created. Crowns are usually made of porcelain material that is strong and blends in with your natural smile. At a final appointment, your custom-made dental crown is cemented into place and you leave with a new tooth!

Bridges are restorations made to replace missing teeth. They utilize dental crowns by placing them on the healthy teeth on either side of a gap. These crowns will hold up one or more prosthetic teeth in the gap to complete your smile.

Caring for your crowns and bridges is easy when you keep up a great oral hygiene routine. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect the crown from damage. It's also important to stick to your regular teeth cleaning appointments so your crowns are examined regularly, too.

Vaccaro Family Dentistry can save your teeth with crowns and bridges in Niskayuna, NY. Dr. Vaccaro and Dr. Curran place crowns and bridges for patients to repair or replace damaged teeth and keep smiles beautiful! Contact us to schedule an appointment at 518-377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
August 17, 2021
Category: Dental Care

For many people, the idea of seeing a dentist brings anxiety and feelings of dread. However, preventive dental care is very important. Dr. Todd Vaccaro and Dr. Megan Curran at Vaccaro Family Dentistry, located in Niskayuna, NY, offer preventive dental services from a family dentist you can trust that are key to long-term oral health.

Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care involves actions on your part and the part of your dentist to prevent oral diseases and maintain a healthy smile.

Your family dentist, Dr. Vacarro or Dr. Curran, in Niskayuna, NY, are providing preventive care with services like:

  • Routine dental check-ups
  • X-rays
  • Professional cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Sealants

Each service allows your dentist to monitor your oral health, prevent new diseases, promote healthy habits, and catch any signs of oral disease early. In addition, these services will prevent any worsening problems and possibly reverse an issue.

Routine Dental Check-Up

When you visit your dentist for a check-up, they will perform an oral exam to ensure there are no signs of decay or gum disease, wear and tear on teeth, improper alignments, soft tissues disease, and more. It is recommended to have routine dental check-ups twice a year.

Preventive Care at Home

Outside of the dental chair, you are also responsible for your preventive care at home. Maintaining excellent and effective oral hygiene habits is essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy between dentist appointments.

These good oral habits include:

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily.
  • Using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing at least once per day.
  • Avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Eating a balanced diet.
  • Avoiding sugary food and drinks.
  • Avoiding starch and high carbohydrate snacks.
  • Drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry reduces your risk of developing the following conditions:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Premature wear and tear of your teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Other oral health conditions
  • Chronic health issues like diabetes and heart disease

As parents, it is essential to teach our children good oral health habits that start when they get their first tooth.

If it has been more than six months since you've had a check-up, call your family dentist, Dr. Vaccaro or Dr. Curran at Vaccaro Family Dentistry, located in Niskayuna, NY, to make a preventive care appointment today at (518) 377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
May 19, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Have you been wondering if Invisalign is a good option for you? The orthodontic treatment method offered by your Niskayuna, NY, dentists, Dr. Megan Curran and  Dr. Todd Vaccaro of Vaccaro Family Dentistry, helps you straighten your smile discreetly.

The Invisalign approach to orthodontic treatment

Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional, wire-and-bracket braces. Straightening is accomplished with a series of clear, removable aligner trays. These trays exert constant pressure on your teeth and slowly realign them.

Your trays are designed using a 3D image of your mouth created by CAD/CAM technology. Creating the image involves combining digital photographs, impressions, and X-rays taken at the Niskayuna, NY, dental office.

Invisalign offers a subtle way to improve your smile

Although metal braces are certainly effective, there's no hiding that flash of metal when you smile, laugh, or speak. If you'd like a more discreet option, Invisalign is an excellent choice. The clear aligner trays fit over your teeth snugly and won't draw attention to the fact that you're improving your smile.

Invisalign trays are designed for your comfort

Your trays are made of smooth plastic for a comfortable wearing experience. Since Invisalign is a wire-free treatment method, you'll never have to worry about stray brace wires that can cut your mouth.

Adjustments are eliminated with Invisalign

Periodically changing the tension of brace wires is a crucial step when you wear traditional braces. Since Invisalign is a wire-free straightening method, adjustments are unnecessary.

Each tray in the series accomplishes a particular straightening goal and is worn for about two weeks. At the end of two weeks, you'll trade your current tray for the next one in the series. Although you won't need adjustments, you'll still need to visit the dental office for follow-up appointments.

Invisalign provides a convenient way to straighten your teeth

You won't have to avoid any foods during your Invisalign treatment. In fact, you can eat anything you want after you remove the trays. As soon as you finish eating, you'll rinse the trays and put them back in your mouth.

Caring for your teeth is incredibly easy too. You'll simply take out your tray and brush and floss normally. You can even remove your trays for a few hours to play sports or attend special events, although you should wear the trays for about 22 hours most days.

Enhance your smile with Invisalign! Call your dentists in Niskayuna, NY, Dr. Curran and  Dr. Vaccaro of Vaccaro Family Dentistry, at 518-377-3628 to schedule your appointment.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
March 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Planing   Scaling  

If you are suffering from gum disease, quick and effective intervention is key to restoring your oral health. While early-stage gum disease can often be remedied with a deep cleaning by your dentist, more extensive cases may require scaling and root planing procedures that remove hardened, intrusive plaque and help the root of the tooth reattach to your gums.

Family dentists Dr. Todd Vaccaro and Dr. Megan Curran of Vaccaro Family Dentistry in Niskayuna, NY, can help treat your painful, problematic gum disease with scaling and root planing.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the extreme build-up of plaque which spreads to and irritates the gums.  It may result in gum inflammation and redness, loosening of your gums, or the development of pockets. You may experience bleeding and pain when brushing or eating.

What is scaling and root planing?

To remove stubborn plaque which can't be brushed away, your family dentist will scrape, or scale, away the hardened tartar using professional tools, which can reach along the gum line and in pockets where plaque can hide and effectively remove build-up on the teeth themselves. Next, your family dentist will perform root planing, with consists of smoothing out the roots of your teeth to allow your teeth to properly reattach to your gums.

What is the recovery for scaling and root planing like?

Pre-procedure at our Niskayuna, NY, office, you will receive a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may experience swelling, mild pain, gum tenderness or bleeding, and sensitivity for a few days. Your family dentist may prescribe a pain reliever or mouth rinse to help promote healing. Once fully healed, make sure to keep your teeth healthy with frequent brushing, flossing, and visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and exams.

Call the Niskayuna, NY, office of family dentists Dr. Vaccaro and Dr. Curran at by dialing 518-377-3628 for all your dental care needs.

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