Dentures for Seniors: Enhance Your Smile

Tooth loss is common among older adults, and many seniors have lost most or all of their teeth.  Dentures for elderly patients provide artificial teeth and gums in a convenient, removable package and are the most popular option for tooth replacement. Here is a look at how dentures for seniors offer three benefits for improved living.

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Why Wearing a Retainer is Critical After Braces

Although braces are the first step and key component for bite correction, patients of all ages must wear retainers to ensure that orthodontic improvements last for life. Read this overview to understand the role retainers play in overall dental health.

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Best Teeth Whitening Method: Bleaching vs. Whitening

White teeth are essential to a good-looking smile, but numerous factors can stain teeth. When discoloration appears, many patients look for a solution to restore their appearance. Modern options for eliminating tooth stains include at-home and professional whitening treatments. Most options in each category whiten teeth using the same basic process, but some differences exist and should be considered by patients who want a beautiful smile. Here is a look at your choices to help you choose the best teeth whitening method for your needs. Continue reading

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Symptoms of Dental Abscess and What to Do About It


Tooth Abscess: Symptoms of Dental Abscess and What to Do About It

An abscess is a collection of pus within tissues, and it is a potential symptom of neglected tooth infections. Teeth can develop infections after they are affected by severe decay or extensive trauma that breaches the enamel and dentin, which normally protect the pulp and nerve inside the tooth. Bacteria can enter at that point and attack the tissues there, resulting in a painful infection that can spread outside of the tooth over time. An infected tooth should be treated right away, but when it has resulted in an abscess, emergency dental treatment becomes even more important to prevent possibly serious medical problems from developing. Continue reading

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UWS Dentist & Giving Back to the Community: Lincoln Hospital Lecture

With over 20 years of experience as a family dentist on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Dr. Shaun Massiah values what the Manhattan community has to say. Here’s more from a lecture at New York’s Lincoln Hospital.

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Why Dental Fluoride Treatment for Adults is Important

Dental fluoride treatment involves using fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, to support healthy teeth. While fluoride is already added to most tap water and toothpaste, the fluoride concentrations are higher in professional formulations. Patients of all age groups can benefit from receiving fluoride treatment, particularly when there is a history of cavities or tooth sensitivity. Fluoride can also be used after certain dental treatments to speed recovery and minimize risks of tooth sensitivity. Here is more about how fluoride treatment is valuable for adult patients. Continue reading

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Q&A: UWS Dentist, Dr. Massiah Supports the Bloomingdale Family Program

Q. Could you introduce yourself and tell us what you do?

Dr. Massiah: I am Dr. Shaun Massiah, and I am an Upper West Side dentist in New York City. After a dentist visited my town in Guyana when I was a child, I was inspired to become a dentist. Today, I provide all types of dental services at my office, ranging from fillings to cosmetic dentistry, in-office tooth whitening, emergency care and more. I focus on giving every patient the attention they deserve. I love the Upper West Side, where I live with my wife and son and walk to my office. Continue reading

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5 Biggest Causes of Tooth Sensitivity & What You Can Do

Teeth sensitivity can ruin your enjoyment of your favorite foods and beverages. Moreover, this sensitivity can indicate a problem that could become much worse without treatment. Fortunately, solutions to tooth sensitivity do exist. Here are the five biggest causes of sensitive teeth and options for tooth sensitivity treatment in each case. Continue reading

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Restore Your Tooth Enamel: Best Treatment Options

Enamel, the outer layer of teeth, protects against abrasion and erosion. When enamel loss occurs, the teeth become more prone to tooth decay and can become sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and sour foods and drinks. Abrasion can result from teeth grinding as well as from a fiber-heavy diet and excessive teeth whitening. Soft drinks, fruit juices, acid reflux and certain medications can be to blame for erosion. Whatever the cause behind the condition, a host of treatment options are available to restore comfort and protection to the teeth. Continue reading

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Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Dental Phobia

Dental phobia can cause patients to avoid the check-ups and treatment they need, raising their risks of oral health problems in the process. When children are afraid of the dentist, their long-term oral development may also be put in jeopardy. Fortunately, taking the right steps with your child can help them stay comfortable with the care they need for healthy teeth and gums. Here are a few tips for how you can help your child with overcoming fear of the dentist. Continue reading

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