Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dental Care with Braces

Taking care of your teeth while you wear braces is vital to the health of your teeth. In addition, poor oral care can result in uneven staining once the braces come off. At Elite Dental Arts in New York, NY, we want all of our patients to understand the extra care needed when wearing braces.



Since braces create new surfaces for plaque to hide in, you will need to make sure you brush these areas to avoid build-up. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but then also brush along the tops and bottoms of all your brackets. To reach the sides, you will need an interdental cleaner. These are tiny brushes that are able to get underneath the wires. Make sure you can see the edges of all sides of the brackets. To floss, it helps to have floss threaders or floss with a threader attached to it. These threaders make it easier to get the floss underneath the wires.

Special brushing and flossing are important with braces because the plaque has more places to hide. Plaque that is left alone can lead to staining and decay.

Along with good care at home, make sure you are seeing your dentist for routine cleanings. To schedule an appointment at Elite Dental Arts in New York, NY, call our office at (212) 681-0939 or visit our website, www.elitedentalarts.com.

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 681-0939
drmobilia@EliteDentalArts.com

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Stages of Gum Disease




Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth and there are a few stages that you need to be aware of. You should always schedule professional cleanings and oral exams with Dr. Nick Mobilia at Elite Dental Arts twice a year to avoid this condition.


  • Gingivitis – This is the earliest stage of gum disease, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gum line. If daily brushing and flossing do not remove the plaque, it produces toxins that can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. This is when you’ll notice blood in the sink after you complete your brushing routine. However, at this early stage, damage can be reversed, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected.

  • Periodontitis – This is the second stage of gum disease. By this point, the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. Your gums may even begin to form a pocket below the gum line, which traps food and plaque. 

  • Advanced Periodontitis – This is the final stage of gum disease, and the fibers and bone supporting your teeth are officially destroyed. In this case, your teeth may begin to shift or loosen and your bite may also be affected. If aggressive treatment can’t save them, the teeth will need to be extracted.  

If you experience gum sensitivity, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.



Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Flossing with Traditional Braces


As Dr. Nick Mobilia, DDS at Elite Dental Arts will tell you, flossing can be difficult when you have traditional metal braces, but it’s more important than ever to keep the gaps in your teeth clean when you have a mouth full of metal. Many folks who have braces don’t know how to floss with them or think that they can’t floss at all if they have braces and this is not true. Therefore, here are some tips for flossing effectively and keeping those brackets and wires clean.


  • Use waxed floss, because unwaxed floss is more likely to get caught and shred in your braces.

  • Use about 18 inches of floss and thread it carefully.

  • Take the floss and gently thread it under the main wire of the braces before passing it between two teeth. Then remove the floss and re-thread it under the main wire to pass between the next pair of teeth.

  • Be sure not to snap the floss. Simply move the floss up and down carefully against the side of each tooth.

If you have questions about orthodontic oral care, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia, DDS of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.


Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 681-0939
drmobilia@EliteDentalArts.com

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bad Breath

Bad breath is not pleasant and it’s really bad when it keeps coming back. At Elite Dental Arts in New York, NY, we want our patients to know how bad breath is caused and what to do about it.

Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth. There are bacteria that develop on our teeth just hours after brushing them. There are also bacteria in certain foods that smell worse than others. Keep reading to learn how to defeat bad breath.



If your mouth is dry, bacteria can thrive. Make sure to keep hydrated by drinking your recommended amount of daily water. It is also important to have a great dental care routine. Brush your teeth two or three times per day and floss your teeth once per day. Plaque is the sticky bacterial film that develops on our teeth throughout the day. In addition, clean your tongue each time you brush your teeth. Bacteria can also form there and cause bad odor.

Dairy is a food that often has those stinky bacteria in it. Milk products are the main culprit. If you want to avoid bad breath, avoid these types of products beforehand. Yogurt, however, is a dairy product that actually has bacteria in it to fight the stinky bacteria. You can also reach for green tea. Not only will it hydrate you , but it also has odor-fighting bacteria in it.

If you have questions about your breath, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939. 

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 681-0939
drmobilia@EliteDentalArts.com

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Teeth Types



Have you ever wondered why we have teeth? It’s because if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to provide our bodies with the nourishment they need to survive. We also wouldn’t be able to speak properly or have a radiant smile. At Elite Dental Arts, it is our job to take care of all your teeth, but if you’ve ever wondered why your teeth look the way that they do, that’s because they each serve a different purpose in your mouth.



The types of teeth we have and their functions are listed below:

  • Incisors – located at the front of the mouth, these teeth have a sharp biting surface and are used for cutting or shearing food into small chewable pieces.  
  • Canines – located at the ‘corners’ of the dental arches, these teeth have a sharp pointed biting surface. Their function is to grip and tear food. 

  • Premolars – Unlike incisors and canines, these teeth have a flat biting surface. Their function is to tear and crush food. 

  • Molars – The molars are the largest teeth in the mouth and they too have a large flat biting surface. The function of these is perhaps the strongest of all as they chew, crush, and grind food.  

If you have questions about your teeth, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 681-0939
drmobilia@EliteDentalArts.com

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Tips for a Radiant Smile



Keeping our teeth their whitest is difficult. With all of the food and beverages that we consume that have the ability to stain our teeth, even proper maintenance call dull their shine. Fortunately, at Elite Dental Arts, we offer ZOOM! Whitening services to provide you with a brighter smile. However, if there is any reason you can’t go the cosmetic route at this moment, we can provide you with these tips that will give you a photogenic smile.

  • Be natural – when it’s picture time, smile gently. That way, your face looks relaxed. Your mouth opens slightly, and your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth.

  • Check your teeth and gums – getting your smile camera-ready sometimes calls for a little behind the scenes prep work. If your pearly whites have yellowed with age, try an over-the-counter whitening product or pay us a visit! Also, don’t forget about taking care of your gums. They play a critical role in your nice smile. So keep them in good shape by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash every day.

  • Practice – your perfect smile may not happen overnight, but if you have a big photo event like a wedding or a graduation coming up, it doesn’t hurt to try out your grin in front of the mirror!

If you have questions about our whitening services, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.


Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 681-0939
drmobilia@EliteDentalArts.com

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Avoiding Staining to Keep a White Smile

Look your best this spring by keeping those pearly whites bright! At Elite Dental Arts in New York, NY, Dr. Nick Mobilia, DDS offers professional whitening. Take some tips for keeping your smile white after your whitening procedure!

The most important part of keeping a white smile is keeping it clean. A great at-home oral hygiene routine is important to keep away stain-causing debris, as well as routine professional cleanings. Sticky plaque that develops on our teeth just hours after brushing them can hold stain-causers close to teeth. Brush two to three times per day and floss once per day to keep away plaque and debris!

After drinking dark liquids or eating dark foods, like cola and soy sauce, make sure to rinse your mouth out. Brushing too soon after eating or drinking anything but water could harm your enamel, but rinsing with water will not. After thirty minutes, it is then safe to brush. In addition to rinsing afterward, drink your dark liquids through a straw to minimize contact. Avoiding tobacco use will also help keep stains away.



To find out more about our professional whitening, be sure to contact Elite Dental Arts. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia in our New York, NY office, call us at (212) 681-0939 or visit our website, www.elitedentalarts.com.

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE  DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 681-0939
drmobilia@EliteDentalArts.com

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