Thursday, March 2, 2017

Treat Your Bad Breath

Do you have bad breath? No, not the “I’ve just eaten garlic bread”  kind of breath, more like the  “I have bad breath all day every day no matter how many mints I take, breath”. Chronic bad breath is what experts call halitosis and it usually means that you have some bad bacteria growing between your teeth from lack of flossing or you may be a culprit of gum disease.  Bad breath can be a symptom of a medical condition such as a simple cold or acid reflux. Doctors Bram Dental gives us advice on how to handle chronic bad breath.
Bad breath can be embarrassing! However, it is treatable and preventable. Brushing and flossing twice a day will kill all the bacteria in between your teeth. Remember to scrub your tongue with your toothbrush after you are done brushing. Try to eat foods that promote saliva, like carrots, celery, and apples. If you smoke, try to quit. Make regular appointments with your dentist to assure a healthy mouth. Remember that a person’s mouth is a window to their overall body health, so eating healthy and keeping a good lifestyle all plays a part in having a healthy mouth.
If you have questions about your bad breath, dental health or oral care, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Bram or Dr. Lea Bram at Bram Dental in Plainview, NY, call 516-681-3322.

Dental Implants

Since Drs. Mark and Lea Bram started their practice, new technological developments in dentistry have made a wide array of tooth restorations popular. The chief among these is the endosteal implant. Whereas patients once had to make do with only above-the-gum restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, dentists are now able to install implants which can substitute the root of the tooth, as well as the cap.

The caps, or crowns, of the teeth are what people see and are aware of using, but the roots are vital to their facial shape and health. The roots stabilize the jaw bone tissue, and without them, the jaw bone recedes, causing the patient’s face to sag, and other teeth to weaken. Titanium or ceramic screws implanted into the jaw bone can reverse this damage, although there must be enough jaw tissue for them to fuse with. If patients lack the requisite jaw bone tissue, they may discuss a bone graft with the doctors.

Implants are inserted through an incision in the gum. The incision is sutured, and the patient is given about six months to heal, during which they are fitted with an artificial crown. The lengthy waiting period is necessary not because the surgical wound is extensive, but because it takes time for the jaw bone and artificial material to fuse together. (The scientific term for this is osseointegration.) When this is complete, an abutment will be screwed to the top of the implant, and one of the doctors will make an impression of the patient’s mouth to use as the blueprint for a custom-made artificial crown. The manufacturing process may take a few weeks, but at its end, the patient will have a sturdy new tooth which, if maintained like natural teeth should be, could last for decades. Multiple implants can be installed at once. 

Drs. Mark and Lea Bram operate Bram Dental at 998 Old Country Rd, Suite 3, Plainview, New York, 11803. To set up an appointment, call 516-681-3322