Blog Archive

How to Prep for Your Child's First Dental Visit Oct 20th, 2020

There are a few sage pieces of advice that we’ve used to prep our own children for their first dental visit, and these tips have worked for many of our adult patients who are parents and bring in their little ones. These pieces of advice can be helpful regardless of...

Cavities and Fillings Oct 7th, 2020

While the field of dentistry offers many innovative procedures to protect and repair your teeth, dental fillings remain one of the most common treatments used to save teeth damaged by cavities. The procedure is so frequently administered that adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of...

Daily Habits That Discolor Your Teeth Sep 17th, 2020

Having a bright, dazzling smile is considered a sign of youth and attractiveness. However, teeth can easily become discolored, leaving you feeling less confident about the way you look. The issue is so relevant that 48% of people report being unhappy with their teeth, with 64% of those citing discoloration...

Complications of Untreated Gum Disease Aug 20th, 2020

Despite widespread patient education on the advantages of preventing gum disease, almost 50% of U.S. adults over age 30 have an advanced form of this condition. If you’re not taking care of your gums with regular tooth brushing and flossing, you’re risking permanent tooth damage and a wide range of...

Foods That Boost Your Oral Health Jul 28th, 2020

You’re on the right track to healthy teeth and gums if you brush twice daily as recommended by the American Dental Association. However, you can complement your hygiene routine by eating certain foods that can improve your dental health and provide natural protection against cavities and gum disease. While too...

What to Expect During Your Root Canal Treatment Jun 23rd, 2020

An infected or decayed tooth can cause tooth discoloration, gum swelling, and persistent pain. You may also experience discomfort when you chew, have cold and hot food and drinks, or put pressure on the affected tooth. A root canal, technically called endodontic therapy, can relieve your symptoms and avoid the...

5 Brushing Habits You May Be Doing Wrong Mar 17th, 2020

You can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease if you follow the American Dental Association’s (ADA) recommendation to brush your teeth twice every day. However, if you use the wrong toothbrush, brush too forcefully, or apply other bad habits, you may offset the benefits of regular brushing....

How Unhealthy Gums Affect Your Overall Health Feb 1st, 2020

You increase the likelihood of developing health problems if you ignore recommendations for keeping your mouth clean. Poor oral hygiene results in gum disease — an infection of the soft tissue, tooth ligaments, and bone that support your teeth.  Increasingly, there’s more evidence indicating that people with gum disease are...

How a Root Canal Procedure Can Bring You Much-needed Relief Jan 1st, 2020

When the pulp of your tooth — the inner core that contains blood vessels and nerves — dies because of decay that becomes advanced or injury, the only solution is one that you probably don’t want to hear: root canal. Take heart, because the root canal of today bears no...

Nighttime Ops — A Simple Night Guard Can Correct Snoring and Grinding Dec 1st, 2019

Snoring or grinding your teeth at night can keep you awake and prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep. Grinding can also bring on painful headaches or toothaches. Night guards won’t help you break bad habits, but they do provide a protective layer against wear-and-tear on your teeth from...

Most Common Dental Emergencies (And How to Avoid Them) Nov 1st, 2019

Dental emergencies can be stressful and also present a potentially dangerous problem for your oral health. Letting dental issues linger for longer than they should results in permanent damage to your teeth, and the need for more serious and expensive treatment later on. Dental problems like chipped teeth, toothaches, missing...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Oct 1st, 2019

Professional teeth whitening is a popular and affordable cosmetic procedure that can improve the look of your smile. With this treatment, your dingy and discolored teeth become bright and sparkling in a short amount of time. The results of your professional teeth whitening treatment leave you with a more radiant...

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease Sep 1st, 2019

If your dental care routine hasn’t changed but bad breath now lingers, even with more brushing or mouthwash added to the mix, the problem might run deeper than you think. Chronic bad breath could indicate that you have gum disease. The causes of bad breath Those who enjoy plenty of...

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Aug 14th, 2019

You may consider your desire for a more perfect smile a cosmetic issue, but there’s more to your pearly whites than just your looks. Having straighter teeth is better for your oral health now and in the future.  At Rifkin Dental in Yorktown Heights, New York, we don’t just recommend...

How BOTOX Can Complement Your Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Jul 17th, 2019

You’ve got a lot riding on your smile. After all, your smile and your teeth are among the first features people notice about you, whether they’re meeting you for the first time or the hundredth time. Having a beautiful smile and healthy-looking teeth makes you look more attractive and feel...

How a Night Guard Can Reduce Your Chronic Migraines Jun 14th, 2019

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints among both women and men. While most of us know stress and illness can contribute to a lot of acute and chronic headaches, including migraines, what many people don’t know is that their teeth — or more specifically, their bite —...

Calm Your Dentist Chair Jitters With Sedation Dentistry May 10th, 2019

You know taking care of your teeth and gums is important. And you know that in order to do that, you have to see the dentist, both for regular checkups and exams and to treat toothaches and other problems. And you even know that putting off care or skipping routine...

Understanding the Process of Dental Implants and How They Can Improve Oral Health Apr 16th, 2019

What are dental implants? A dental implant is an alternative to a bridge, dentures or another device used to replace lost or damaged teeth. Dental implants are fused to your jawbone, replacing both the chewing surface of the tooth and its root.  Each dental implant consists of three parts: the...

Why Veneers Are a Great Choice for Boosting Your Smile Confidence Feb 28th, 2019

Your smile is often the first feature people notice about you. That’s true whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or whether you’re “old” friends or colleagues who see each other on a daily basis. And when your smile is beautiful and healthy looking, it can make a big...

What Is the Difference Between a Routine Dental Cleaning and a Deep Cleaning? Feb 5th, 2019

Pretty much everyone knows how important it is to have routine dental cleanings to help prevent both cavities and gum disease. But what many people don’t know is that there are actually two types of cleanings — the routine cleaning you have (or should have) every six months and a...

How to Prepare for Your First Root Canal Jan 22nd, 2019

Over the years, root canals became synonymous with the worst of the dental experience. Fortunately, the pain that was once a necessary part of the procedure is long gone, thanks to contemporary anesthetics and pain management techniques. There remains much mystery around root canals for many people, though — questions...

What to Expect If You Need to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Jan 9th, 2019

Some people never develop wisdom teeth; those that do typically find they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. No matter when they erupt, your dentist might flag your wisdom teeth for removal for a number of reasons, including impaction (meaning the teeth get trapped in the jawbone or...

5 Smile Flaws That Invisalign Can Correct That You Didn't Know About Dec 12th, 2018

For years, aligning your teeth meant having to deal with months or even years of unsightly metal braces cemented to your teeth. Along with this, you had to have frequent adjustments, which meant tightening wires to get the correct position and spacing. Though there have been advances to conventional braces,...

Great Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth Nov 15th, 2018

There’s a reason teeth are often referred to as “pearly whites.” If your teeth aren’t as bright or white as they used to be, teeth whitening treatment can help. We love offering whitening services to people seeking a more radiant smile. The following items are some of the most popular...

How Does Sugar Actually Affect Your Oral Health? Oct 12th, 2018

Most of us have been taught some version of the idea that sugar will rot our teeth. That’s why our parents rationed our Halloween candy (and why we parents tend to ration our kids’ Halloween candy). Even though sugar has a bad rap, Americans love the stuff. Research suggests the...

8 Ways Cigarettes and E-Cigs Can Impair Your Oral Health Sep 30th, 2018

You don’t need us to tell you that cigarettes are bad for you. Cigarettes can impair oral health in a variety of ways, from provoking gum disease to increasing the risk of oral cancer. We hope you enjoy this blog, but please remember, it should NOT take the place of...

6 Potential Reasons Why Your Child Has Bad Breath Sep 26th, 2018

Nothing beats having your child crawl into your lap for a cuddle session at the end of a long day—unless that child’s breath is so stinky it could stop a hungry mountain lion in its tracks. Just like adults, children can develop bad breath (aka halitosis) for a variety of...

Why You Should Care About Receding Gums Aug 30th, 2018

Most of us consider a trip to the dentist successful if we don’t have any new cavities. But as we waltz out the door—giddy about avoiding another filling—we may neglect to hear the dentist’s warnings about gum recession. Gum recession is generally a slow process by which gum tissue starts...

A Brief Guide to the Developmental Stages of Teeth Aug 18th, 2018

Raise your hand if you remember one of the first times you lost a tooth. Maybe it was fairly uneventful—say, your tooth dropped onto the table while your parents were cajoling you into eating your peas. Or maybe your family opted for more fanfare by tying your loose tooth to...

What to Expect When You Need to Get a Dental Implant Aug 12th, 2018

If the thought of getting a cavity taken care of fills you with dread, then you might find yourself running for the hills when your dentist suggests a dental implant. But in actuality, these procedures—though more involved than a standard cavity filling—are relatively painless and almost always successful. In fact,...

8 Potential Causes for Those Pesky Mouth Sores Jul 9th, 2018

Buckle up folks, because it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite dinner table subject: mouth sores! Okay, so we’re kidding. Mouth sores don’t exactly make for delightful conversation, nor are they a delightful experience. But they are common, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with their causes so you can...

5 Ways Athletes Can Take Better Care of Their Teeth Jul 5th, 2018

As an athlete, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about your physical health. But in the midst of powering through intense training sessions and tossing back energy gels, it’s easy to lose sight of one critical aspect of that puzzle: your oral health. Athletic pursuits can complicate oral...

Beyond a Pretty Smile: Why Is It Helpful to Straighten Your Teeth? Jun 28th, 2018

Many of us think of teeth straightening as the stuff of adolescence. We imagine metal braces, embarrassing moments marked by food getting stuck in said braces in the school cafeteria, and so on. But in reality, more and more adults are electing to straighten their teeth using a variety of...

6 Tips for Fitting a Dentist Appointment Into a Crazy-Busy Schedule Jun 25th, 2018

These days, it seems like we’re all busy. Between shuttling the kids to soccer practice, juggling a demanding job, and staying on top of household chores, it can be tough to squeeze in a dentist appointment. Nevertheless, regular trips to the dentist are a critical aspect of oral health. That...

5 Signs It's Time to Buy a New Toothbrush Jun 17th, 2018

We all know the signs that it’s time to head to the grocery store for more food: Your stomach is rumbling, your pantry is bare, and you fridge is home to nothing more than a rotting tomato and some ancient takeout. But fewer people know how to recognize when it’s...

Is It Actually Bad to Munch on Ice? Jun 11th, 2018

We all have that friend or coworker who loves to crunch on ice cubes as they go about their business. (Or maybe that friend or coworker is you.) Ice chewers can rattle off plenty of reasons for why they enjoy munching on ice, from relieving stress to cooling down or...

6 Things to Know About Oral Care As You Age May 26th, 2018

From creaky knees to chronic back pain, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate getting older. As you’re tallying up your new list of aches, pains, and medical considerations, make sure you don’t overlook your dental health. Aging can influence our oral health in a number of ways, and it’s...

Here's Why You Should Take Your Time When Chewing Food May 21st, 2018

Most us can remember that admonishment from our childhood: “Chew your food!” But in spite of the fact that many of our parental figures spent years trying to teach us to slow down and chew each bite of food before swallowing, it seems most of us failed to internalize the...

What Is Tooth Remineralization All About? Apr 29th, 2018

If you’re worried about getting a cavity (or you already have one), then you may have found yourself heading down an internet rabbit hole in pursuit of information about preventing or even reversing cavities. During that search, you’re liable to have come across the concept of tooth remineralization. While the...

5 Technological Innovations that Are Changing the World of Dentistry Apr 23rd, 2018

Dentistry has come a long way. Just as technological innovation has revolutionized virtually every other medical industry, so too is tech transforming the oral health landscape. Here are five major innovations that are changing dentistry as we know it. Advanced Digital Imaging For years, dentists have had to rely exclusively...

A Brief History of the Toothbrush Apr 16th, 2018

It may seem like toothbrushes have always been ubiquitous. After all, people have probably been telling you to use a toothbrush your whole life. In actuality, the toothbrush as we know it is a relatively modern invention. But that doesn’t mean ancient people didn’t come up with some fairly ingenious...

6 Things to Know About Getting a Dental Extraction Apr 14th, 2018

Tooth extraction involves removing the entirety of a tooth from its socket. In other words, it’s most people’s #1 choice when it comes to choosing how they want to spend a few hours off work. In all seriousness, we realize tooth extraction might not sound very enticing. But here’s the...

Here's What Happens When You Skip Brushing Your Teeth Mar 3rd, 2018

We get it: When you’re tired or tipsy (or both), your bed looks a lot more inviting than your toothbrush. This helps explain why pretty much everybody has skipped a nighttime tooth brushing session at least once. (And a lot of people have done it a lot more than that.)...

Here's What to Know About Using a Night Guard Mar 1st, 2018

So your dentist just advised you to start wearing a night guard. Now what? Here are five things you should know about properly using your new device. If your dentist has prescribed a night guard, it’s important to use it. Night guards are prescribed to folks who regularly grind or...

A Brief Guide to Common Cosmetic Dental Procedures Feb 23rd, 2018

Our culture places a premium on an attractive smile, which helps explain why cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever before. More and more people are flocking to their dentists in search of ways to address a range of aesthetic dental concerns, from crooked, cracked, or missing teeth to...

6 Things to Consider When Buying a New Toothbrush Feb 13th, 2018

Over the course of your lifetime, you’re likely to spend upwards of one thousand hours brushing your teeth. So you might as well make the most of that time by choosing a good brush. The right toothbrush for you will fit comfortably in your hand, reach the farthest crevices of...

What to Expect When You Need to Get a Root Canal Jan 27th, 2018

Few words strike more terror into the dental patient’s heart than these: “You need a root canal.” In fact, root canals have earned such a bad reputation over the years that they’re commonly used as the bar by which a given situation is deemed either more or less terrible. (How...

7 Simple Strategies for Coping with Dry Mouth Jan 22nd, 2018

If you’ve ever dealt with chronic dry mouth, then you know how distracting and uncomfortable the condition can be. Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth arises when the mouth’s saliva glands don’t produce adequate amounts of saliva. This may result from smoking, dehydration, depression or anxiety, certain medications, cancer therapy,...

What Is Plaque, and Why Should You Care? Jan 20th, 2018

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, then you’ve probably gotten an earful about plaque and the importance of removing it from your mouth. But just because people have heard the word “plaque” a lot, that doesn’t mean they actually know what it is. If every dental patient in America...

7 Potential Causes of Bleeding Gums Jan 17th, 2018

Even though it’s fairly common, there’s something unnerving about spitting into the sink and noticing some blood mixed in with your saliva. Luckily, bleeding gums don’t usually indicate catastrophe. Instead, they’re most commonly a signal that your oral health routine could benefit from some tweaks. So before you panic at...

What Are Tongue Scrapers, and Should You Use One? Jan 11th, 2018

Oral hygiene devices have come a long way since the invention of the toothbrush. The original toothbrushes were devised in the 1400s and consisted of hog’s hair bristles attached to a handle made of bone or bamboo. From these simple tools arose a whole slew of oral care products ranging...

What to Expect When You Have to Get a Cavity Filled Jan 7th, 2018

Got a cavity? You’re not alone. Research suggests more than 90 percent of American adults have had a dental cavity at some point. This means developing a cavity isn’t some kind of moral (or—ahem—oral) failing. Just as comforting? The solution is very straightforward. The standard treatment protocol for your run-of-the-mill...

5 Smart Ways to Cope with Sensitive Teeth Dec 18th, 2017

Tooth sensitivity has a lot of causes, ranging from improper tooth brushing technique to cracked teeth or the consumption of acidic foods and beverages. No matter the cause, one thing is certain: Sensitive teeth are a real pain in the neck. One minute you’re enjoying your ice cream or hot...

8 Potential Causes of Tooth Sensitivity Dec 14th, 2017

If you’ve ever experienced tooth sensitivity, then you’re well aware of its symptoms. You bite into some freezing-cold ice cream or knock back some soda, and suddenly you’re wracked with tooth pain. If you experience this on a rare or frequent basis, you’re most certainly not alone. The Academy of...

5 Natural Ways to Enjoy Whiter Teeth Nov 7th, 2017

When it comes to whitening teeth naturally, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Some people think that gargling with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing an orange peel across your chompers will do the trick. But the reality is that there is no shortcut to whiter teeth. Instead, the best...

Common Causes of 7 Tongue Problems Nov 2nd, 2017

The tongue is one of those body parts that we don’t spend much time thinking about—unless and until something goes wrong with it. When changes in our tongue’s appearance, function, or sensations occur, it can be a nerve-wracking experience simply because it never occurs to most of us that anything...

Different Types of X-Rays Explained Oct 31st, 2017

X-rays are a powerful tool for identifying dental health issues and planning appropriate treatments. Without X-rays, your dentist’s understanding of your teeth, jaw, and mouth would be limited to only what they can see with the naked eye. With X-rays, dentists can develop a much deeper picture of everything that’s...

4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Caring for Their Kids' Teeth Oct 30th, 2017

As a parent, it’s easy to invest so much energy into making sure your child is clean, fed, and clothed that you overlook the state of their teeth. (After all, which are you going to prioritize first: a loaded diaper or the vague notion that your kid should be flossing?)...

4 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Tooth Decay Sep 30th, 2017

Cavities fall into the same category of unpleasantness as sitting beside a screaming child during a flight or getting a paper cut as you sort through the mail: They’re not fun, but they are a common experience. In fact, cavities are the second most common health disorder in the U.S.,...

5 Reasons Why Your Dentist Might Want You to Get an X-Ray Sep 28th, 2017

X-rays are a staple of dentist appointments, yet they frequently provoke concerns about their cost and necessity. The reality is that any dentist worth their salt isn’t asking you to fork over cash for X-rays just so they can buy a new couch for their beach house. Instead, dentists use...

5 Ways to Help Your Child Not Dread the Dentist Sep 25th, 2017

Dental anxiety affects up to 20 percent of American adults, and odds are good many of them learned those fears in childhood. (If you’re one of those adults, check out our list of tips for feeling more comfortable at the dentist.) Research suggests approximately nine percent of children exhibit anxiety...

Improve Your Oral Hygiene with These Toothbrush Care Tips Aug 29th, 2017

Toothbrushes are designed to keep our mouths clean. But in the process, they often get very, very dirty. That’s the conclusion of the American Dental Association (ADA), which reports that toothbrushes can become contaminated in several ways. For starters, microorganisms in your mouth can stick around on the toothbrush after...

6 Myths About Common Dental Procedures, Busted Aug 23rd, 2017

In the world of dentistry, myths are abundant. Have you heard the one about how root canals are more painful than childbirth? What about your friend’s cousin’s boyfriend who got a dental filling and could never chew again? A quick internet forum search or a survey among friends is all...

Improve Your Flossing Routine with These 5 Simple Tips Aug 20th, 2017

We’ve talked about the importance of flossing before, and we’ll do it again and again until the whole world knows it: Flossing is essential for reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and even heart disease. It’s also an important strategy for helping your teeth look and feel healthy and...

6 Ways to Help Yourself Feel More Comfortable at the Dentist Aug 16th, 2017

Nervous about going to the dentist? You’re most definitely not alone. Studies have found that approximately 20 percent of Americans go to the dentist as rarely as possible because they’re anxious about going, while five to eight percent of Americans avoid visiting the dentist entirely for that same reason.  ...

6 Unexpected Ways to Enjoy Fresher Breath Jul 29th, 2017

There’s a reason conventional wisdom holds that you shouldn’t eat garlic or onions while on a first date: The freshness of your breath (or lack thereof) can affect the impression you make on other people. From dates to board meetings, knowing that you have minty-fresh breath is a major confidence...

What to Do If You Think You've Chipped or Broken a Tooth Jul 20th, 2017

Here’s a quick way to ruin a vacation: Break one of your teeth. While the physical lives of children are more likely to result in cracked teeth than most adults’ lifestyles, the reality is that anyone can chip or break a tooth. Teeth that have been weakened by cavities or...

Switching Dentists? What to Bring Along from Your Old One Jul 16th, 2017

There are several reasons you might be considering a switch to a new dentist. Perhaps you’ve moved away from your old haunt, your beloved dentist of several years has just retired, or you’ve been feeling unsatisfied with the level of care you’re receiving and are ready to make a change....

What to Look for When Buying New Floss Jul 11th, 2017

When you head to a pharmacy or grocery store, you’re bombarded with decisions. By the time you’ve chosen a new shampoo and selected a milk brand, your brain is getting tired of picking and choosing. Then you head to the oral care aisle to pick up some new floss, only...

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Children Actually Brush Their Teeth Jun 24th, 2017

Rare (and lucky) is the parent who has never faced a child’s meltdown over the topic of brushing their teeth. While it can be easy to get frustrated in these moments, forcing tooth brushing on a child can backfire: Not only will it make them less willing to brush their...

4 Reasons to See a Dentist Even if You Have Dentures Jun 16th, 2017

It’s a common myth that if you have dentures, you don’t need to see a dentist as often as someone who still has all their permanent pearly whites. At first glance, this makes sense: If you have fewer or no natural teeth, then why would you need to consult someone...

8 Common Causes of Teeth Discoloration Jun 15th, 2017

If the prevalence of teeth whitening products is any indication, Americans are concerned about the color of their teeth.  Even though it might make us self-conscious, teeth discoloration is incredibly common, and it can result from a wide range of issues. Understanding these potential causes is essential for anyone who...

Here's Why You Wake Up with Morning Breath Jun 11th, 2017

We’ve all been there: You wake up in the morning, roll over to kiss your partner, and they lovingly request that you go brush your teeth instead. It’s the dreaded affliction of morning breath, which is incredibly common—and incredibly annoying. If you’ve ever wondered why you wake up with breath...

5 Simple Ways to Avoid Gum Disease May 29th, 2017

If you’re a human being with teeth, it’s important to concern yourself with preventing gum disease. Merely having gums puts you at risk for gum disease, which affects a whopping 75 to 95 percent of adults.  Otherwise known as inflammation and/or infection of the gums, gum disease can manifest in...

4 Things to Know About Oral Care During Pregnancy May 24th, 2017

Note: The information on this blog is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner and/or oral health professional before undertaking any changes in your regular oral care. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, there’s no doubt you have a lot on...

6 Dental Issues that Can Crop Up As You Age May 21st, 2017

As if it wasn’t bad enough that your knees are giving out and your back creaks whenever you stand up from the LA-Z-Boy, there’s another bodily issue you need to contend with as you age: an increased risk of dental problems. In fact, some of the most common health issues...

7 Common Causes of the Dreaded Toothache May 16th, 2017

If you’re among the few people who have never experienced a toothache, count yourself lucky. As for the rest of us, we’re all too familiar with the discomfort that accompanies dental aches and pains—and we can easily rattle off a list of symptoms. The primary symptom of a toothache is...

The Toothbrush Showdown: Manual versus Electric May 7th, 2017

It’s one of the oldest conflicts in human history: Are manual or electric toothbrushes the better option? Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration. The war between manual and electric is hardly the stuff of nighttime news. But it is a common refrain among dental patients. While manual toothbrushes aren’t without...

The Pros and Cons of Using Mouthwash Apr 24th, 2017

For many Americans, using mouthwash is a habitual part of their oral health routine. We floss, brush, rinse with mouthwash, and then step off to work or to bed. Because using mouthwash often feels like second nature, many people don’t take the time to consider why they’re using mouthwash in...

6 Questions to Ask When You're Looking for a New Dentist Apr 22nd, 2017

Whether you’ve moved to a new locale or your long-time dentist just retired, finding a new dentist can be a daunting prospect. Dentists play an up-close-and-personal role in your health, so it’s important to find a practitioner with whom you’re comfortable. And because the dental field is constantly evolving, you’ll...

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Toothpaste Apr 16th, 2017

There are so many types of toothpaste on the market these days that selecting the right product for your oral health needs can feel like a daunting prospect. Do you go anti-plaque, or anti-cavity? Are whitening varieties a good idea? What about desensitizing ingredients? We can get so overwhelmed that...

8 Foods that May Boost Oral Health Apr 9th, 2017

Note: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not substitute for advice from a trained professional. We’ve all heard the saying: “You are what you eat.” Turns out the same is true for our teeth. When we aren’t eating a healthy diet, the health of our teeth and...

8 Reasons You Might Need to See a Dentist More Often Apr 4th, 2017

Here at Rifkin Dental, we recommend—for the most part—that our patients follow a standard yearly calendar for dental health. This includes brushing and flossing daily and heading to the dentist for a professional cleaning and exam every six months. Even though these recommendations hold true for the general population, the...

This Primer on Oral Anatomy Will Help You Better Understand Your Visits to Dentist Mar 30th, 2017

Imagine walking into a doctor’s office and saying “Doctor, there’s an issue with my body.” They’d probably ask you to name the part of your body that’s causing you trouble, right? Now imagine if you didn’t know anything about the body part in question. It probably sounds crazy to imagine...

A Quick Introduction to Common Dental Terms Mar 27th, 2017

Sometimes a visit to the dentist can feel like traveling to a foreign country. As your oral hygienist and dentist poke through your mouth while conversing about “interproximal” this and “malocclusion” that, it may seem like they’re speaking a language that isn’t known to you. And in some ways, that’s...

6 Surprising Factors that Can Compromise Your Oral Health Mar 7th, 2017

If you polled a few random people on the street, most of them could probably name one or two factors that might increase the risk of cavities or other oral health problems. People might know that a high-sugar diet can cause cavities, for example, or that smoking can cause oral...

6 Reasons You Should Never Skip Flossing Again Feb 28th, 2017

Tooth brushing is a critical component of good oral health. But your dental care routine shouldn’t stop there. To be truly effective, your routine needs to include flossing. In fact, some evidence suggests flossing is responsible for as much as 40 percent of plaque removal, which is essential for oral...

6 Simple Tips for More Effective Tooth Brushing Feb 20th, 2017

Tooth brushing is something we all do (hopefully!). But that doesn’t mean we all do it right. While it might seem mundane, there’s actually an art to brushing your teeth. When it comes to tooth brushing, certain approaches are more or less effective at removing plaque and preserving your oral...

Meet the Dentists of Rifkin Dental Feb 11th, 2017

For 32 years, Rifkin Dental has served the Carmel and Yorktown Heights communities with an eye toward exceptional customer service. The practice started out as a one-man show founded by Dr. Richard Rifkin. Since its founding, Rifkin Dental has grown into the bustling operation that clients know today. The practice...

Your Yearly Calendar for Dental Health Feb 4th, 2017

We all know it’s important to take good care of our teeth. But unfortunately, anxiety about going to the dentist sometimes means that people take a “head in the sand” approach when it comes to mental health. In fact, millions of Americans express dental anxieties that can get in the way...

A Brief History of Rifkin Dental Jan 29th, 2017

Rifkin Dental operates a lot differently today than it did when Dr. Richard Rifkin first acquired the practice in the 1980s. But we never forget our roots. The practice has grown from a one-man operation to the vibrant dental center patients are familiar with today. One thing that’s never changed?...

What Is the Future of Dentistry? Jan 28th, 2017

Rapid technological progress has transformed virtually every industry on the planet—and dentistry is no exception. Advancements in technology have made the practice of dentistry more accurate, efficient, and predictable in a number of ways. Technology isn’t the only factor influencing the future of dentistry. Cultural trends and educational efforts are...