By LaRoche Dental
February 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Will Dental Implants Help Me? What you need to know about the benefits of dental implants.

When your teeth are missing or removed, it’s difficult to decide how you want to replace them. You can choose bridgework, or a removable option like a partial or denture. But now there is another choice--dental implants, the modern, more permanent solution to complete your dental implantssmile. Implants are an investment, so you need to seek out the best care available with Dr. Cecilia LaRoche, in Hollis, NY, your neighborhood dentist and implant expert.

Your Hollis dentist wants you to know about all the ways dental implants are superior when compared to bridges or removable appliances. Dental implants are:

  • Stable--they are fixed in place unlike partials and dentures
  • Convenient--you don’t have to take them out to clean them
  • Beautiful--you will be more confident about the way you look
  • Conservative--you don’t need preparation of your other teeth, unlike bridges
  • Natural--they look just like your other teeth

A major benefit of dental implants is that they help you retain the dense bone of your jaw, which gives you a firm jawline and makes you look younger. The pressure of partials and dentures resting on your jaw can actually cause you to lose bone, which can cause sagging in your face and make you look older.

Dental implant parts are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that will fuse with the bone in your jaw. The result is a permanent, natural looking addition to your mouth. Dental implants also have a success rate of over 95%, which is the highest of any surgical implant.

If you care for your dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime, and you are worth the investment. Dental implants will provide you with a beautiful new smile and enhance your life. Stop in and visit Dr. Cecilia LaRoche, your neighborhood dentist in Hollis, NY and discover the many benefits of dental implants. Don’t wait, call today!

By Dr. Cecilia La Roche
December 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  
Find out if orthodontic treatment is the right option for your smile right now.

There comes a time in many people’s lives where they are fed up with crooked or misaligned teeth and dream of having a straighter smile. No matter your age, braces can always be a great way to get the smile you want. Find out if it’s time you talked to your Hollis Bracesdentist Dr. Cecilia LaRoche about braces.

The Magic Age Number for Braces

When it comes to children and their teeth it’s recommended that they get screened around seven years old to see if braces are right for them. By this time in their life all of their permanent teeth have come in so we have a better idea of what their smile will look like without treatment. Usually issues such as overcrowding and bite problems also present themselves by this age, and the sooner these problems can be corrected the better.

Remember, just because getting braces young is recommended it doesn’t mean that you can’t start orthodontic treatment at any age. In fact, almost 20 percent of braces wearers are adults. It’s never too late to see your dentist in Hollis about whether braces are the best option for you.

Reasons to Consider Braces

If you are unhappy or embarrassed by your smile then getting braces can certainly be the next step to getting a smile that you will feel confident in. A healthier smile will go a long way to improving your self-esteem and to keeping teeth healthier, since crooked and misaligned teeth are prone to gum disease and cavities. Plus, keep in mind that age is just a number when it comes to getting orthodontic treatment.

If you are dealing with any of these issues then it might be a good time to talk to us about braces:

  • Overcrowding
  • Overbites and underbites
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth

You think you’re ready to get braces and want to find out which one is right for me? We have a ton of different orthodontic options including Invisalign for teens and adults wanting to straighten their smiles more discreetly. Call your general dentist in Hollis, NY at LaRoche Dental today. Let’s schedule your next orthodontic consultation with us!

By LaRoche Dental
November 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


For people with edentulism (total loss of teeth), removable dentures is a viable option for regaining both lost function and an attractive appearance. From the moment they begin wearing them, denture wearers can chew food, speak and smile with confidence.

But there are downsides to dentures, especially if they’re not cared for properly. Dentures put pressure on the gums and bony ridges of the jaw, which can cause bone to dissolve (resorb) and decrease its volume over time. Without proper maintenance they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that not only lead to bad breath but, in cases of partial dentures, can increase the risk of dental disease. They could also contribute to serious systemic diseases.

You can reduce some of these risks by following these 3 important denture maintenance tips. Doing so will help extend the life of your dentures, as well as keep your mouth healthy.

Clean your dentures at least once a day. In addition to taking your dentures out and rinsing them with water after eating, you should also brush them daily with dish detergent, antibacterial soap or denture cleaner — but not toothpaste, which is too abrasive. Effervescent (fizzing) cleaning tablets also aren’t a viable substitute for manual brushing in removing disease-causing plaque from denture surfaces.

Take your dentures out at night while you sleep. Wearing dentures 24/7 can hasten bone loss, as well as increase your chances of dental disease or even more serious illnesses. A recent study, for example, found nursing home patients who left their dentures in at night were twice as likely to experience serious complications from pneumonia as those who didn’t. While you sleep, store your dentures in water or in a solution of alkaline peroxide made for this purpose.

Brush your gums and tongue every day. Keeping your gum surfaces clean will help reduce the levels of bacteria and other microbes that can cause disease. You can either use an extra-soft tooth brush (not the one you use to clean your dentures) or a damp washcloth.

If you would like more information on caring for dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”

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