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Keep Those Buggers Out of Your Heart

Your Heart Health is Related to Your Dental Health

del1Many of the risk factors involving in poor gum health, including gum disease, are the same as those for heart disease, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes. Overall, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Gum disease (called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages) is caused by plaque buildup along and below the gum line; that is plaque that is not removed in your daily oral cleansing routine. According to an article on https://www.authoritydental.org/, some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. It has also been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.
There some things to remember when it comes to your dental care:

  • Stop brushing your teeth. Instead massage your gums.
  • Throw away your toothbrush. Buy a super soft or ultra soft toothbrush. Use warm water to soften the bristles. Place the brush angled 45 degrees into the gum pocket. Gently vibrate and massage the gum in this area. Do that for each tooth. Take 2-3 minutes to get this done. Then floss. Yes it will take you longer. You only need to do this once a day. Find the time. Remember it is your heart health you are taking care of every day you do this.
  • Provide us with a complete list of the names and dosages of all the drugs you are taking for your heart condition (as well as any other prescription or nonprescription drugs that you may be taking). Knowing this will help us make necessary changes to make your at-home and in-office dental care more effective.
  • Give us the name and phone number of your doctor(s) in case we need to speak to him or her about your care.
  • If you are particularly nervous about undergoing any kind of dental care because of a heart condition, talk with us and/or talk to your heart doctor. Together we can provide you with information and strategies for controlling dental pain and easing your fears.

del2Your health is our highest priority, so please take the steps that will keep your heart (and your teeth) in the best shape possible.

We’re here for you. If you have any questions about how your heart condition could possibly affect your dental care, please call our office at 203-624-5256. You can also contact specialists in Coast2Coast First Aid/CPR Toronto.

Proof Is Here: Bright, Healthy Smiles Make You Happier!

Dental FearsOK – we have a new one for you.  You know that visit to the dental office, the one you put off, the one that has a low grade PIA factor, the one where you would MUCH rather be at the Zoo eating ice cream while making eyes at the chimps?  Yes that one…research now shows that all those regular visits to the dentist CAN actually make you happier! And from the inside out!

Recently,  more that 10,000 American participated in a health study where researchers found a link between poor dental health and depression.  In fact, the more dental problems a person reported, the more severe their depression.  Further 61 percent of the participants in the study who reported being depressed also described having an “aching mouth” in the previous year. And when asked about the condition of their teeth, 57 percent of those depressed said that their teeth were in fair or poor condition.

What does this all mean?  There appears to be a strong link between oral health and depression.  Current research points to oral bacteria being the common thread.  If the researchers are right, then the treatment and management of depression could come down to regular, comprehensive cleanings in the dental office with good flossing and bushing habits during the intervening months.  And maybe even some whitening gel to boost the happiness factor!

Seduction: Your Most Powerful Tool

procelain-dental-crownsWhat is the most powerful tool of seduction in your arsenal? What is the one thing you have that, when used properly, can turn an ice queen into a kitten and make even the strongest women become bubbly little girls?

  • Is it your sense of style?
  • Your suave demeanor?
  • Perhaps your silver tongue?

Those things all are great, but there’s one thing you can use to greater effect than quite possibly all of them combined. Want to guess what it is?
It’s your smile.

When you don’t smile, others tend to see you as the doom and gloom person. You become one of those background people that simply, blends in. Even if you change how you dress or cut your hair, your smile is still your sexiest feature. I’ve seen people who suddenly change their attitude and start smiling more often. They go from wallflower to the person everyone wants to know.
So open your arsenal and use your most powerful tool!

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are placed over an existing tooth to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and overall strength.  They are typically used to restore a tooth that may be broken, support a tooth that had a large filling, cover severe tooth stains as in tetracycline, hold dental bridges, and/or to protect a weak tooth.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD knows that oral health and beauty in smiles are both important traits when treating teeth.  Dr. Lerch and her team work to provide patients with the procedures and services to achieve a healthy and stunning smile.  Through this blog, you will learn more about porcelain fused to metal crowns and the benefits that this procedure can provide to an individual.  Keep reading to learn more about this procedure offered at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC we are always looking for methods to improve dental procedures for patient comfort and durability.  The same can be said about our dental crown procedures.  Dental crowns come in many forms – some with metal under copings, some with zirconia or white underpinnings and some with no central core; these depend on bond strength for durability.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD offers porcelain fused to metal crowns or PFM specifically where strength is needed. There are many advantages to considering porcelain fused to metal crowns, which include:

  • Metal fused with porcelain adds stability and strength to a crown
  • PFM’s can be very beautiful in the hand of skilled craftsman
  • High rates of success with the procedure

During a consultation, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will discuss all of your dental crown options with you, and evaluate which method might be best for you.  With Dr. Lerch, you can rest assured that all of your questions will be answered and that you can have a smile that is not only healthy, but beautiful as well.

Learn More about Our Dental Services

If you would like to learn more about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and our dental procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us at our New Haven office.  We will answer all of your questions about our services, and offer insight into which type of dental crown may benefit your needs.

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we are passionate about delivering outstanding patient care with every procedure and service that we offer.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD combines technical skills with artistry to provide patients with unparalleled results, no matter what procedure is performed.  Learn more about the Art of Smiles difference.  Give a call today at 203-624-5256.

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Design and Materials of Dental Bridges

Considering Dental Bridges

You have just been told that you might need a dental bridge.  A flood of questions starts rushing through your mind—what is a dental bridge? What will a dental bridge do for me? What types of dental bridge materials are available for my dentistry needs?

Through this blog, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will explain the different types of dental bridges and the materials used for each.  With Dr. Lerch’s high level of expertise, you can rest assured that if you need a dental bridge, you have a dentist who knows the best solution for your individual needs.  Keep reading the Art of Dentistry’s blog to learn more about dental bridges.

Dental Bridges and Your Dentistry Needs

Patients who may require dental bridges are those who have a missing tooth, but also have healthy teeth around the gap that can keep the bridge in place and stable.  There are multiple dental bridges to consider, and during a consultation with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, you will learn which bridge may be best suited to you.

These types of bridges include:

  • Traditional dental bridge
  • “Maryland” dental bridge
  • Cantilever dental bridge
  • Implant supported dental bridge

In addition to the type of dental bridge, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will also discuss the materials that can be used for these bridges.  These materials include:

  • All porcelain bridges
  • Porcelain fused to types of metal, including gold
  • All metal bridges

All porcelain bridges and porcelain bridges that are fused to metal are both tooth colored bridges, and can blend seamlessly with the color and look of your existing smile.  With Dr. Summer Lerch’s attention to detail and artistry in dentistry, you can rest assured that with any of our dental bridge options, you will have a smile that is not only functional, but beautiful too.

Learn More about Dental Bridges

For more information about the materials and types of dental bridges that we have available to you, please contact our dental office.  We will answer all of your questions about dental bridges, and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will explain which dental bridge options might be good solutions for you.

We are committed to offering our patients unparalleled care and services.  To experience the Art of Smiles difference for yourself, contact our Center for Esthetic Dentistry located in New Haven.

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Evolution of Dental Technology

Dental Technology and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

Technology is all around us.  We see it as we head down the grocery aisles and television monitors promote the latest products.  We see it when we are at the movies and the latest high-definition images are projected at us.  And we see it everyday in our pockets, as the latest smart-phones have become the normal accessory.

But in addition to all of these forms of new gadgetry, we also see technology transformations in dentistry.  At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is always researching the latest dental technology to assure the best for patient comfort, recovery times, and satisfaction.  Through this blog, you will learn about our latest dental technology and find out how this technology can enhance your overall dental experiences.  Keep reading Dr. Lerch’s blog to learn more.

New Dental Materials for Patient Comfort

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we offer a wide array of dental procedures with the latest dental technology to ensure that our patients can achieve their dentistry goals.  Some of our most popular technology features include:

  • Porcelain veneers- dental veneers can transform your smile in only a few visits to see Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD.  Veneers are affixed to the fronts of your teeth and can yield a “Hollywood Smile.”
  • Teeth Whitening- for a quick and simple way to erase years off of a smile, then look no further than teeth whitening.  Our patients can leave our dental office in an hour with a smile that is multiple shades whiter than when they started the treatment.
  • Laser Recontouring- to improve the look of the gum line, laser recontouring can make a dramatic difference in a short amount of time.  With laser recontouring, patients can see a gummy smile, high lip line, or uneven gum line disappear in one office visit.  The procedure is painless and the recovery time is minimal.

We offer even more procedures that combine artistry and dental technology to deliver beautiful smiles.  Contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today to find out more information about all of our procedures offered.

Learn More about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

If you would like to learn more information about our dental materials and technology at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, please contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her team.  We will answer any of your questions about our dental procedures, technology, and techniques, and offer guidance as to the procedures that you might best benefit from in our office.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is passionate about offering unparalleled services to her patient to ensure that they can have the smiles that they have always wanted.  To learn more about how Dr. Lerch can make your smile dreams a reality, with less recovery time and better dental materials.

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Press Release

For Immediate Release

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, our team has over 100 years of combined experience.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is the only female Board Certified Accredited Cosmetic Dentist in lower New England, and is one of only 423 accredited dentists in the world.

We are dedicated to offer unparalleled procedures and services to our patients.  Our staff loves to see the transformation in our patients.  We approach the patient as a whole person. We want our patients’ smiles to compliment their life.  We want to our patients to achieve the smiles that they never thought possible. In short, we care about how we interact and perform for our patients.

In addition, our patients leave us feedback about our procedures and services, including, “Dr. Lerch has found her passion.  I love the detail, the meticulousness required to provide beautiful, high quality, long term smile design treatment.”

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we believe in one common mission, “Beautiful smiles; life enhanced. Extraordinary patient satisfaction. A dental practice where honor and dignity are commonplace forever.”

To learn more about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her New Haven dental team, please contact our dental office today.  You deserve to have a smile that you are proud to show the world—allow our dental team to show you how the impossible can be possible.

 

 

Oral Benefits of Kissing

Your Oral Health and Kissing

Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means.  Before you know it, you will be decorating your table for a family dinner at Thanksgiving, and then it will be time to deck the halls. With the season for mistletoe fast approaching, you might be thinking about some extra smooches.  But did you know that there are multiple health benefits to kissing?

Through this blog, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will discuss some of the health and oral benefits of kissing.  Some of the information may surprise you, so pucker up those lips and get ready for a good read!

Health and Oral Benefits of Kissing

Everyone remembers their first kiss.  It is magical!  People can typically recall every detail of the moment from the outfit they wore to the twinkle in the other’s eyes.  You might even be able to feel a few butterflies fluttering about your stomach as you recall that kiss.

But your first kiss is not the only time that your body reacts in such a positive way to a peck on the lips.  Every kiss triggers a series of physiological processes that boost an individual’s immunity. Yes you can get healthier through kissing!

A wet kiss with extra saliva can help wash bacteria off of your teeth to reduce oral plaque.  You see, kissing increases saliva flow which helps remove cavity-causing materials from the surfaces of teeth.

Further, French kisses exercise the underlying muscles of the face, which in turn can keep your face looking younger.  And a younger you is a happier you!

Finally, one of the most important health benefits of kissing is the intense bond that two individuals can feel together with a kiss.  Kissing is seen with all different types of animals and species, and has been shown to be important for connection and comfort.  When you feel comfortable and loved, you are more likely to care for yourself.  You will likely brush and floss to keep your mouth fresh for your mate. That in turn makes your gums firm and healthy.  It is a win – win – win all the way around!

So what are you waiting for?  Go find your loved one and give them a kiss—your mouth and health will thank you for it!

Learn More about Your Oral Health

If you would like to learn more information about how to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth at their best, do not hesitate to contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD.  Dr. Lerch will answer all of your questions about your oral health, and offer oral tips to keep your mouth healthy for the long term.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her team are passionate about delivering outstanding dental care to patients to ensure that smiles are both healthy and beautiful.  To find out more good oral health tips (like the power of kissing), contact our New Haven office today at 203-624-5356.

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http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/kissing-benefits

Sparkle and Shine This Holiday Season

Sparkle and Shine This Holiday Season!

 

So now that you know how your smile can enhance your life and how to choose a cosmetic dentist, because of the holiday season, I thought you might like to know how you can sparkle and shine like the star you are!

It is considered to be one of the simplest and safest cosmetic procedure, whitening.  Yes, it’s that simple.  Brightening your smile will brighten your every day for years to come.

You might be wondering what type of procedure is best for you.  As you know, there are numerous products you can purchase almost anywhere.  Have you tried them?  Are you dazzled with the results?   To be truly dazzled the best results will come from a dental professional.

We offer take home whitening and “Zoom”, an in office procedure.

With take home you will visit the office for impressions from which your custom trays will be fabricated.  Your bleaching kit will include your whitening gel and custom whitening trays.  You will be fitted with your trays, given instructions, take your kit home, use for a week , perhaps two depending on the shade of your teeth and the results you desire.

“Zoom” whitening is an in office procedure that gives you instant, amazing results in 3 – 4  15 minute sessions under a specially designed light.  This procedure includes take home trays and gel for future touch ups.

How does this system work?  Well, I shall tell you.  The “Zoom” light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide.  As the peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin of the teeth, bleaching away staining while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.  The light helps activate the peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

This procedure begins with a simple preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed.  The gel is then applied, under the light go your teeth and Voila!   We have dazzled away the dinge and you are shining like a star!

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than before!

This is a great time of year to treat yourself or a loved one to a lifetime of smiles.  It makes the perfect gift and who doesn’t need a pick me up this time of year?

Our sun kissed glow has long since faded, we are covered up in hats and scarves but our smiles can shine through the darkest days!

It is also “Holiday Special” time of year!  Discounts are available and we can mail that special person on your list a customized gift certificate!

I hope everyone has the whitest, brightest, holiday season!!!!!!!

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