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Three Reasons to Make Your Smile Your New Year’s Resolution

January 10, 2020

With the 2020 New Year upon us it is a great time to make some resolutions and improve ourselves.  Why not make this year about caring for your oral health?  There are many reasons why taking care of your teeth is a great resolution.  The Drs. Boyd in Midtown East go over the top three.

The Mouth is the Gateway to the Body

Diseases of the mouth have a significant impact on the rest of our body.  The bacteria that builds up on teeth causes inflammation of the gum tissue and infiltration of that bacteria and other inflammatory chemicals into our blood stream.  Poor oral health leads to an increased likelihood of heart attack and stroke.  The inflammation of the mouth creates inflammation within the blood vessels which creates a higher risk for arterial plaques to form and break off.  The inflammation also creates higher pressure in the vessels themselves.  There is also current research that suggests bad oral health is associated with premature birth and low birth weight.  This New Year, it is important to remember to take care of your whole body to have the best long term health.

Your Smile is One of the First Things People Notice About You

First impressions are a huge factor in how people think and feel about you for the rest of your relationship with them.  Whether we like it or not we are often judged by our appearance.   According to a Kelton study, many Americans say teeth are a standout feature when it comes to what they notice and recall when they first meet someone.  People are more likely to remember something that they find attractive than something that is unpleasant.  This is why it is so important to take good care of your teeth and maintain a nice healthy smile.  Fortunately, there is very high quality dental care available today.  We can provide thorough dental cleanings that leave gums healthy and teeth looking clean.  There are also ways to brighten your smile with in-office teeth whitening or go for perfection with porcelain laminate veneers.  Put forth the best version of yourself this 2020 with glistening smile.

Better Teeth Can Lead to Better Jobs

We know that your teeth are one of the first things people look at and also what creates a positive memory in their minds but did you know having a nice smile can land you a better job?  Having a straight nice smile give the perception of success and professionalism.  Americans are 45% more likely to choose someone for a job that has straight teeth versus someone that does not with the exact same skill set.  This does not just apply to straight versus crooked teeth.  This also applies to how healthy and clean someone’s smile is as well.  So lets start taking care of ourselves so that we can improve our professional lives!

As you can see, there are many great reasons to put your teeth and oral health at the top of you New Year’s resolutions.  The Drs. Boyd are here to help bring that goal to fruition.  Whether you want to improve your oral health with a deep cleaning or turn your smile around with Invisalign/Invisible braces and porcelain laminate veneers, they are here to help you out.  Give our office a call to schedule a consultation today, (212) 755-9055.

7 Myths of Teeth Whitening

September 26, 2019

There are SO many “tips and tricks” for teeth whitening.  I am here to remove some of the myths about bleaching your teeth.

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Whitening Toothpaste Whitens Teeth

The reason why there is no clear recommended whitening toothpaste from dentists is that none of them really work.  At least for what patients are looking for.  Toothpaste in general contains an abrasive that serves to help microscopically scrape away plaque and tartar.  Whitening toothpastes have additives that can remove some minor surface staining but to get at the yellow core of the tooth you need something that will absorb deeply into the tooth. 

Bleaching Your Teeth is Bad for Them

This is a common misconception.  Whitening your teeth is not dangerous for your teeth when done in a controlled way with your doctor at Drs. Boyd.  Unfortunately, there are some side effects which include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.  Tooth sensitivity is difficult to predict from patient to patient.  Generally it can be minimized with careful protection of the sensitive root areas and exposed dentin.  Gum irritation can occur with poorly fitting whitening trays or over the counter whitening strips.  When the whitening gel sits on the gum tissue for a prolonged period it burns the tissue and is painful.

Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide Whitens and Cleans Teeth

This is simply false.  Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial and is actually damaging to your gum tissue.  Hydrogen peroxide is good at initially cleaning our cuts that we get outside of our mouth.  We should not be rinsing with it.

Charcoal Toothpaste Whitens and is Good for Your Teeth

Activated charcoal has many health benefits! Unfortunately, they aren’t found by putting them in a toothpaste.  According to a study in the British Dental Journal, the charcoal added in the toothpaste is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.  None of the products are actually shown to be of any benefit for what they say they can do.  It doesn’t whiten teeth.  It may remove surface stain but so does regular toothpaste and at a fraction of the cost.

In Office Whitening is Better than Professional At-Home Whitening

This is actually false.  Single visit in office whitening is just as effective as at home whitening.  The main difference is the concentration of the whitening gel that is used.  The benefit is that you can have whiter teeth in one quick visit in about an hour and a half.  We use Philips Zoom whitening because we have had a the best whitening results with that system.  For patients that have had sensitivity with the higher concentration gel, we can use a very comfortable low concentration gel for a longer duration. 

You Can Whiten Your Existing Crowns and Veneers

Unfortunately this is not true.  Whitening gel cannot whiten existing restorations of any kind.  If you have existing crowns and want a whiter smile we can replace them using state of the art ceramic veneers and crowns that look like white natural teeth.

You Can’t Whiten Your Teeth in a Day

You can professionally whiten your teeth in as little as an hour and a half.  Using Philips Zoom whitening, we can lighten teeth up to 8 shades.  So if you have a big social event and want a fast bright smile, this is the way to go.

There is no bad time to get a whiter smile.  If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our office at 212-755-9055.  You may also reach us by email at

Welcome to the Blog of Drs. Boyd, Dentists in New York City

September 1, 2015

The Drs Boyd the Dentist in New York CityWhen it comes to Midtown Manhattan businesses, it doesn’t seem like anything stands the test of time in the fast-paced New York landscape, but Drs. Boyd dental practice has provided outstanding dental care to Madison Avenue patients since 1930. Without a doubt, our dental practice is one of the most respected in New York City, and all of New York State. The atmosphere at Drs. Boyd is different than any other dentistry office. Our office is truly a family affair as we have multiple generations of the Boyd family working under one roof. We welcome your entire family to visit us for outstanding dental care, and we hope you’ll truly feel like a part of our dental family before you leave. If you’re looking for exceptional dentistry in Midtown Manhattan, look no further than the Drs. Boyd. Call to schedule an appointment today.