Why Scientists Suggest Scheduling all Dental Appointments at 2:00 PM

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Scientists have been studying the effect of sleep cycles (or circadian rhythm) on overall health and it’s effect on various biological processes in the body. Chronotherapy, or the use of timing to maximize treatment taking into account the body's natural rhythms and cycles has recently proven some interesting facts:

1) The body is the least sensitive to pain between 2:00- 3:00 PM. In fact, expert Albina Davletova says, “The best time to go to the dentist is between 2:00- 3:00 PM.”

2) Probiotics, and antihistamines work best if taken between 9:00- 10:00 PM.

3) Antibiotics and antidepressants are best absorbed and most efficient if taken at 7:00 PM.

Note: LaTooth NYC practices painless dentistry so although we would love to see you at 2:00 PM feel free to schedule anytime. Ladies, maybe 2:00 PM waxes are a good idea though!

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Smile Science: Swish and Floss

Smile Pro Tip of The Day: End every sip/ bite with a swish of water.

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Let’s be real, we don’t all carry floss and toothbrushes around with us all day (yet :) ), so here’s a quick solution to keep your teeth cavity free: end each bite/ sip with a swish of regular old H2O!

Water swishing rinses the sugary residue off your teeth, and stimulates salivary flow. So not only is it removing the sugary remnants, it stimulates saliva aka your bodies natural defense against bacteria causing cavities.

And, of course, when you get to your floss (which should be in your pockettttttt, but we will work on that), end your day with a nice #socialfloss session. Everything is more fun in groups. Floss with your roommates, your significant other, your coworkers, fellow NYC subway folk, etc. It’s like working out, better with company!

Open Enrollment Party!

Happy Open Enrollment!  

It is currently open enrollment period for companies (aka the time when employers allow their employees to select their benefits for medical health life dental etc insurance).

Are you confused about your dental benefits and which one to pick? Are you being bombarded with an alphabet soup of letters like PPO, PDP, EDP, HMO that sound sorta familiar (but confusing!)?? We have been flooded with questions from patients just like you who want to make sure they’re picking the best plan for them that maximizes their personalized clinical need.

If you are wondering why this is a happy time, then contact us to find out! 

Tomorrow, 11/06, we are having an ENROLLMENT PARTY. LaTooth NYC team will be available to call, text, email, or chat between 10-5 PM to help YOU pick the best plan for your clinical needs. 

Phone: 646-692-6670

Text: 201-493-5451

Emailinfo@latoothnyc.com

We’re here to help, so let us! Join the party and tell your friends. Let’s get you the best plan for your needs.

Have You Ever Wondered Why Vampires’ Teeth Always Look So Clean?

HINT: It’s not because they use Crest white strips….

The real (well ‘real’) answer is all about the blood drinking (and that they come to LaTooth NYC obviously :D)

Do vampires shop for Crest vampire product line? Sensodyne White: Vampire Strength ? Listerine Blood Stain Removal?

Our patients asked jokingly, and Dr. Lattouf paused with intrigue (as she always does with curiosity and excitement). Here’s what she had to say:

Vampires probably have EXCELLENT teeth! All the blood drinking creates more saliva in the mouth, which breaks down the enzymes that lead to cavity causing bacteria! No wonder their canines are always so pearly white!

Should blood swishing be the new oil pulling??? And as my 22 year old patient would say, “Weird flex, but ok.”

Happy Halloween from LaTooth NYC! Enjoy your candy and don’t forget to swish with water after each treat.

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Smile Science: We have Ancient Egypt to thank for toothbrushes!

We all know the Ancient Egyptians were innovative. I mean, the pyramids, hieroglyphs, paper and more. But did you know, they also invented tooth brushes and breath mints?!

This toothbrush probably stung your gums!

This toothbrush probably stung your gums!

According to ScoopEmpire, the Egyptians were the first to use toothbrushes and toothpaste made from eggshells and ox hooves! All this somewhere around 5,000 BCE. They also invented breath mints, which were pellets made out of cinnamon, myrrh, frankincense and honey.

Check out the article and other Egyptian firsts here.

Get softer toothbrushes and lots and lots of floss at LaTooth NYC. Book an appointment by going here.

We're Open on Columbus Day!

Don’t let your smile get like Mr. Pumpkin’s. Come see us!

Don’t let your smile get like Mr. Pumpkin’s. Come see us!

Get ahead of the Halloween candy rush and come in to LaTooth NYC Dentistry this Columbus Day (Monday October 8)!

You'll probably want to stop by Columbus Circle anyway, and we're right down the street! What better way to commemorate the beginnings of America than to create the radiant confident smile that built us the land we call home :D 

Plus, Halloween is coming up soon so let's educate you on how to have your candy and eat it too!

Schedule via web schedule

To schedule over the phone, call office cell: 646 692 6677 

Or you can email info@LaToothNYC.com

Smile Science: Like sugar? So do we! Sugar life hack:

To avoid dental cavities from eating those irresistible mid day snacks, (which for Dr. Lattouf and the LaTooth NYC team is a mid day popsicle :D) swish your mouth with water as soon as you take that last bite/sip. The water will rinse off the sugar from the surfaces of your teeth. The quicker you swish the better! We want to get the sugar rinsed off before it begins to breakdown into the cavity causing organisms. 

Dentists eat sugar too? 

Dentists eat sugar too? 

SmileScience — Drink more wine to keep dental problems away?? Don't have to say that twice!!

Recent research by the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry gives evidence to the polyphenols in wine being important in prevention of dental bacteria that leads to periodontal disease.

AKA drink more wine keep mouth healthy. CHECK IT OUT: Chemicals in wine could fend off some dental problems via Healthcare Learning

 

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Smile Science: Learn more about how Amazon’s consumer trend is affecting our oral health.

Amazon has undoubtedly become the easiest and most convenient website for pretty much any and everything. From sales, to services, it far outcompetes all others. Is it the consumers that drive Amazon sales or Amazon that drives the consumer trend? A recent Bustle article of the 26 most ‘random but brilliant products skyrocketing in popularity on Amazon’ shows 2 of the 26 related to oral health, and both incorrectly advertised.

As licensed professionals responsible to educate and treat all matters relating to oral health, LaTooth NYC is here to debunk the myth.

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#12 advertises, “floss without pain or inconvenience with [a] water flosser”. It claims to rid you of your least favorite activity, flossing. Waterpik’s are an adjunct to flossing but NOT a replacement. Waterpik’s are useful for hard to floss areas like under dental bridges or around implants and can be useful between teeth but most people have teeth that are so close together that physical floss is necessary to remove all the plaque and food debris between the contact point of the teeth. It doesn’t take a [D]MD to rationalize that a stream of water is not as strong as a physical thread, or does it? A waterpik is better than nothing but it is not a replacement for traditional floss. Sorry Amazon, myth busted.

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#16 advertises, ‘a natural teeth whitener with amazing before/ after pictures.’ This product is activated charcoal. Myth buster part 1: Activated charcoal is not naturally found it is a manufactured product. Let’s start by describing what “activated” even means. It means that carbon molecules are inserted into it’s pores to expand its surface area. Charcoal has been used in household appliances for cleaning, in backyard grills for burning, by farmers as a pesticide, and by dry cleaners/gasoline dispensing operations to capture volatile organic contents. Now, let’s talk about teeth. It is true that activated charcoal has proven to whiten teeth. It adheres to stains and removes them from the tooth surface. The results are truly shocking, as amazon’s article says… so shocking; it makes us wonder if it’s too good to be true.

There is no conclusive evidence that confirms the safety of this manufactured substance on your teeth, surrounding gums, and to take it a step farther, on any existing fillings or dental materials you may have. It is very caustic. If we were to follow other trends in life we can conclude the following 1) if it’s too good to be true it’s probably not true and 2) if it’s not found in nature, its risky to wager. Teeth are the only part of your body that doesn’t regenerate. You get a cut and your skin heals itself. You break a bone and your body works to regenerate it. You lose tooth structure, and it’s gone forever. So at LaTooth NYC, we recommend staying away from quick fixes that lack the support of scientific evidence.