Posts for: October, 2014

By LaRoche Dental
October 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health

What would it take to get you to give up tobacco? For major league baseball player Addison Reed, it took the death of his former coach, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn, a Hall-of-Famer who played for the San Diego Padres in addition to coaching at San Diego State, was just 54 years old when he died of oral cancer. As soon as Reed heard the sad news, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ relief pitcher says he knew what he needed to do: He took every can of smokeless tobacco he owned and dumped them all in the trash.

“It’s just become a habit, a really bad habit,” Reed told an interviewer at “It was something I always told myself I would quit.” But quitting took him many years — in fact, Reed admitted that he first started using smokeless tobacco as a junior in high school.

People begin using tobacco — in the form of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or smokeless types (snuff, chewing tobacco, or dip) — for a variety of reasons. One major draw is that they see others doing it. And, while smoking is prohibited in most all Major League venues, the use of smokeless tobacco has remained fairly widespread.

Smokeless tobacco isn’t a safe alternative to cigarettes. According to the National Cancer Institute, it contains 28 carcinogenic agents. It increases the risk not only for oral and pancreatic cancer, but also for heart disease, gum disease, and many other oral problems. It’s also addictive, containing anywhere from 3.4 to 39.7 milligrams of nicotine per gram of tobacco — and its use has been on the rise among young adults.

But now the tide may be turning. After Addison Reed’s announcement, his former college teammate Stephen Strasburg (now a pitcher for the Washington Nationals) resolved that he, too, would give up tobacco. “[The] bottom line is, I want to be around for my family,” said Strasburg. Mets left-hander Josh Edgin has vowed to try quitting as well. It’s even possible that Major League Baseball will further restrict the use of smokeless tobacco at games.

What does this mean for you? It may just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for… to stop using tobacco. Dentists have seen how quickly oral cancer can do its devastating work — and we can help you when you’re ready to quit. The next time you come in for a checkup, ask us how. Your teeth and gums will thank you — and your family will too.

By LaRoche Dental
October 21, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   Floss  
The advantage of getting braces is that you are taking care of your malocclusion. The disadvantage to wearing an orthodontic device is that food debris and plaque bacteria are hard to remove, causing more exposure to acid.
Tooth decay occurs when enamel wears down, allowing bacteria to reside in those cavities.
To strengthen enamel and combat cavities, give yourself the allotted time to clean your teeth and use the correct techniques.

Braces ImageOral Hygiene 101 for Braces Wearers in Hollis

First, you will need your dental tools: toothbrush, floss and mouthwash. For braces wearers, floss will be your best friend.
  • Rinse mouth out with water to remove loose food particles
  • Floss between teeth using the “C” technique to get between the gumline and tooth
  • Repeat rinse
  • Brush teeth for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse once more with mouthwash or water

Why should you floss first?

Floss can loosen the bacteria and floss stuck between the teeth, and this ensures optimal removal of bacteria with a toothbrush.
Invisalign makes maintenance easier, but that doesn’t mean you can get lazy with brushing and flossing. Bacteria will still cling to teeth and the removable plastic aligner.

Is It Enamel Erosion? 

Certain symptoms can indicate if the issue you are dealing with is enamel wear. Keep an eye out for the most common ones:
  • Sensitivity to temperature change
  • Sensitivity to sweet and acid food or drinks
  • Rough edges along the teeth
  • Yellow teeth (thin enamel reveals the yellowish dentin)
  • Dents on the chewing surfaces of the teeth

Call LaRoche Dental For More Information On Braces

If you aren’t sure whether it’s enamel erosion, come see us at our dentist office in Hollis. Call (718) 776-0600 to schedule an appointment.
Have you had braces before? What tips do you have to your keep you teeth clean? We would love to hear them!


Now in your adult years, you feel you’ve functioned pretty well even with a few misaligned teeth. You may also think having them straightened at this point may not be worth the effort and expense.

But there are solid reasons — beyond, of course, the psychological and social benefits gained from a new smile — why straightening teeth even as an adult can be a wise investment. Orthodontics not only enhances your appearance but may also improve your long-term oral health.

Restores proper oral function. Teeth that are aligned properly will tend to function properly. Although you can still chew, speak and smile with teeth that aren’t quite aligned properly, over time you’ll put more stress on both the teeth and the jaws, which could lead to more wear than what normally occurs with aging. By re-aligning teeth to a more normal position you could be extending the life of your teeth and reducing your risk of other functional problems.

Reduces the risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Some people with misaligned teeth are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Besides difficulties with bacterial plaque removal (a must to avoid gum disease), a person with misaligned teeth can also encounter more defects involving bone and gum tissues like gum recession that can contribute to the progression of gum disease. By straightening teeth (and performing plastic periodontal surgery if needed), we can reduce this risk dramatically — as long as we’re performing periodontal treatment for existing gum disease before and during orthodontics.

Facilitates tooth replacement. When we lose a tooth, the mouth’s natural mechanism is to move remaining teeth to fill the void left by the lost tooth. This can make it difficult to position a dental implant or similar tooth replacement in a functional and aesthetically appealing way. By applying orthodontics to move drifting teeth back into their proper place, we restore the best condition for achieving success with a tooth replacement.

The best way to know how much you could benefit from orthodontic treatment is to visit us for a full dental evaluation. From there, we can help you decide if treatment for straightening misaligned teeth is right for you.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Straighten Teeth.”

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205-07 Hillside Ave Suite #17
Hollis, NY 11423
(718) 776-0600

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