Blog Archive

Nervous About Going to the Dentist? Try These Tips to Feel More Comfortable Jul 20th, 2020

Are you afraid to visit the dentist? Dental anxiety isn’t uncommon. But putting off dental work due to fear can do greater damage to your oral health. At Madison Square Dentistry in the Flatiron District of New York City, Dr. Lawrence Wang provides expert dental treatment while keeping you relaxed....

Keeping the House Awake With Your Snoring? A Dental Appliance Can Correct This Sleep Disorder Jun 12th, 2020

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder. Plus, 48% of Americans reportedly snore. If snoring is keeping you or your family members awake at night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Located in the Flatiron District of New York...

Gum Disease and the Lanap® Laser: Here's What You Should Know May 14th, 2020

If you’ve been putting off treatment for gum disease because needles or anesthesia make you nervous, the modern Lanap® laser can put you at ease. With reduced pain and recovery time, this minimally invasive surgical procedure cleans and heals your teeth and gums before gum disease escalates to tooth loss....

Spring Clean Your Teeth With a Comprehensive Dental Checkup Apr 1st, 2020

One of the most important elements of maintaining good oral health is having regular comprehensive dental checkups. You need healthy teeth for more than a beautiful smile. At Madison Square Dentistry in the Flatiron District of New York City, Dr. Lawrence Wang provides state-of-the-art dental checkups. He examines your mouth...

Surprising Benefits of Straighter, Whiter Teeth Mar 1st, 2020

Nearly half of all Americans over 30 have gum disease, and a whopping 70% of Americans over age 65 do. Misaligned teeth could be the culprit. When your teeth fit together correctly when you close your mouth, you’re preventing problems like gum disease. And a cleaner, brighter smile helps, too,...

Bridges vs. Crowns: What’s Better? Feb 1st, 2020

Dentists use all kinds of different tools to improve your oral health, including prosthetic devices like crowns and bridges. If you don’t know the difference, that’s OK. We can help guide you in deciding the best option for your smile when the time comes. That’s what we’re here for.  Dr....

What Causes Bleeding Gums? Jan 1st, 2020

If you have bleeding gums, a likely cause is gingivitis — inflammation of the gums that can cause them to bleed easily when you brush. Gingivitis can lead to a more serious condition, periodontal disease, which means your gums are infected. Periodontitis affects the gum tissue that holds your teeth...

How Nighttime Teeth Grinding Can Turn Into TMJ Dec 1st, 2019

Do you grind your teeth at night? Lots of people do. This condition is also known as bruxism. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can leave you at risk for a number of dental issues, as well as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.  If you're worried about your teeth-grinding habits, Madison...

Here's What Your Dentist Is Looking For During Your Cleaning Nov 1st, 2019

You hopefully know that going to the dentist on at least a bi-annual basis is an important part of maintaining good oral health. But once you get settled into the dentist chair, do you really know what’s going on? It can be a little intimidating to keep track of everything,...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Oct 1st, 2019

What comes to your mind when you think of straight teeth? Your mind likely jumps to magazine covers or models, proudly showing off their perfectly straight pearly whites. For better or worse, straight teeth are seen as a feature of beauty, as something to be coveted. Whether you’re lucky enough...

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Gum Disease Sep 1st, 2019

You’ve tried chewing gum and popping mints after you eat, but your partner still says your bad breath hasn’t gotten any better. They don’t want to be close to you, and you can’t be sure other people aren’t avoiding you, too, because of your bad breath. What can you do?...

It's Not Just Snoring: Understanding the Dangers of Sleep Apnea Aug 1st, 2019

We live in a fast-paced world, where we currently average a measly total of 6.8 hours of sleep a night, and 40% of Americans get less than 6 hours. So, it’s no wonder that 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleeping disorder, and sleep apnea is the most prevalent, with...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Those TMJ Symptoms Jul 9th, 2019

Without your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, you wouldn’t be able to eat, speak, or even yawn normally. The joint, located on each side of your jaw, functions as a sort of sliding hinge. It connects the jawbone to your skull, allowing for proper function and movement. TMJ disorders, more commonly...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Jun 12th, 2019

Common beverages, smoking, plaque buildup, and genetic factors can discolor your teeth. Professional teeth whitening can help make up for these issues, creating a brighter, whiter smile you can feel confident about. Whiter teeth can also create a more youthful appearance, since stained teeth become more common later in life....

Recognizing the Symptoms of Early Periodontal Disease May 10th, 2019

About half of adults in the US have periodontal disease, to some degree, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just because it’s common, though, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Left untreated, the inflammatory condition also known as gum disease can lead to tooth loss and...

Why Crowns Are an Effective Solution to Restore Damaged Teeth Apr 12th, 2019

Damaged teeth aren’t only unattractive to look at, but they often cause mouth pain and make it difficult to chew. Ignoring a damaged tooth can lead to decay, gum disease, and complex dental problems. Here at Madison Square Dentistry, in the Flatiron District of New York City, our skilled dentist,...

How Do I Know If I Am Suffering From Gum Disease? Mar 5th, 2019

Red, puffy gums, or gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth could be signs of the early stages of gingivitis — the precursor to a more serious gum disease called periodontitis. How do you know when to seek treatment? Here at Madison Square Dentistry, in the Flatiron District...

How Choosing Clear Braces Over Traditional Braces Can Benefit You Feb 7th, 2019

Do you need braces? Braces can improve your appearance, your self-esteem, and even the way other people perceive you. But, if you don’t want to spend two years with a mouth full of metal, you may not be too excited about the idea of braces. Advances in dentistry and improvements...

Feel Confident In Your Smile This Year By Trying The KOR Whitening System Jan 9th, 2019

Starting a new year with confidence can set a positive tone for your personal and professional life. But if you have stained or yellow teeth, it can be challenging to feel self-assured. At Manhattan Square Dentistry, Dr. Lawrence Wang offers the most effective, highly rated teeth whitening system available today....

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Treat Mild Sleep Apnea Dec 11th, 2018

When you have sleep apnea, you may be willing to try just about anything reasonable to get a good night’s sleep. While medical treatment can be crucial for your overall wellness and for staving off complications such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack, lifestyle measures can help significantly,...

5 Tips for Maintaining Oral Health Between Annual Exams Nov 15th, 2018

There’s no magic secret to good dental hygiene. If you’re visiting Dr. Lawrence Wang every six months to a year, you’re staying on top of many of the threats to the health of your teeth. However, regular dental checkups are only part of an effective care program for your mouth....

How the Lanap Laser Has Improved the Treatment of Gum Disease Oct 30th, 2018

According to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. For senior citizens, the rates of periodontitis (gum disease) are higher than 70 percent. If gum disease is left untreated, it can weaken the bone...

5 Great Benefits of Six Month Smiles® Adult Braces Sep 26th, 2018

Are you unhappy with your smile? Have you spent most of your life hiding your teeth when you laugh or talk? Maybe you didn’t have braces as a child and you feel it’s too late to correct any issues now that you’re older. Or perhaps you think that wearing braces...

The Importance of Addressing Sleep Apnea and How We Can Help Aug 23rd, 2018

It’s important not to overlook the negative impact sleep apnea can have on your overall health. Your body uses sleep to rebuild and repair tissue. You also require consistent levels of blood oxygenation to remain healthy. Sleep apnea interferes with both.Along with a long list of other problems, sleep apnea...

Headache or TMJ? Ask Your Dentist Jul 31st, 2018

It’s estimated that as many as 10 million Americans are living with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and only about half of them seek treatment for the condition. TMJ is a misalignment of the jaw that interferes with the way the jaw works, and headaches are a common symptom that something’s...

Teeth Whitening 101: We Answer All Your Questions Jun 22nd, 2018

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the United States, and it continues to gain in popularity with each passing year. There are some good reasons for that popularity, too. A bright, white, sparkling smile is memorable, helps you look younger and healthier, and is...

How to Prevent Tooth Decay During the Holidays Jun 18th, 2018

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, and it’s no secret that there is often an influx of sugary foods made available to you during the month of December because of the holidays. It seems like every Christmas cookie you see is made of pure sugar, and...

Laser Gum Surgery Jun 18th, 2018

Until recently, treatments for gum disease have been invasive and involve cutting, stitches, sutures and (in some cases) even required the extraction of teeth, replacing them with dental implants. But now, a better alternative has arrived.LANAP® is the first and only FDA-cleared laser protocol on the market for fighting gum disease. And...

3 Common Enemies to a Healthy Mouth May 10th, 2018

Recently, we started sharing some tips in a series of nutritional and lifestyle changes you can make to help promote healthier gums and teeth. We started off by sharing 4 Foods for Healthier Gums.And, since we provide general dentistry in Midtown Manhattan, with advanced, patient-friendly techniques, our goal is to make sure...

5 Tips for Proper Dental Hygiene Apr 14th, 2018

Dental hygiene is not only an important habit in your everyday life, but it can also be a winding road of different rules of thumb depending on who you ask. Since it is so important to your oral health, however, it is absolutely paramount that you figure out what works,...

Signs of Oral Cancer Apr 4th, 2018

April is oral cancer awareness month, and a time when we focus heavily on making everyone aware of the significant risks associated with oral cancer. The National Cancer Institute projects that each year more than 50,000 people will receive a diagnosis of oral cancer with men being twice as susceptible...

Can Gum Disease Cause Heart Disease? Feb 1st, 2018

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February to be the American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, “Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.” It’s never too early to start focusing on...

Nutrition for Oral Care Jan 1st, 2018

Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a series of nutritional and lifestyle changes you can make to help promote healthier gums and teeth. To kick that off, we'd like to share four foods that you can add to your diet today to improve your oral health (and overall...