What the Color, Size, Shape, and Feel of Your Gums Say About Your Health

Gum disease is no joke. When it gets severe enough, it can even lead to tooth loss.The good news is that having gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is one of the few occasions in which you can turn back time. “It’s still a reversible situation,” Mazen Natour, D.M.D., a clinical assistant professor in the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry, tells SELF. When gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, however, the bacteria spreads below the gum line and can even affect the bone, which may eventually lead to tooth loss.

self.com – Nov 21, 2017

14 Reasons Your Tooth Hurts

From a cavity to infected gums to a sinus infection to too much exercise, a toothache can have a lot of (sometimes surprising) causes. Our guide outlines all the possible reasons, plus how to treat it and keep the pain from returning.

Ignoring discomfort just gives the underlying cause time to get worse, and it’s easier to treat tooth pain before it becomes a serious problem, says Manhattan-based prosthodonist Mazen Natour, DMD. “You don’t want something that could have been fixed very easily with a simple filling to become a big production like a root canal or a crown,” says Dr. Natour. Untreated tooth pain, he adds, could eventually even lead to the loss of a tooth.

health.com – Nov 15, 2017

Bridal Guide: Tips for Your Pearly Whites

Tip of the Day: If you don’t want to get a professional whitening treatment done prior to your wedding day, you can still take precaution to avoid adding more stains. “Use a straw when drinking anything that is not clear and might stain teeth, such as red wine, tea, coffee, orange juice,” says Dr. Mazen Natour DMD, Manhattan-based Prosthodontist. “This also applies to foods, like tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and yes, even smoking!”

bridalguide.com – Nov 13, 2017

Why Your Breath Reeks So Bad When You Wake Up

A lot of it comes down to lack of saliva production while you’re sleeping, says Mazen Natour, D.M.D., a Manhattan-based prosthodontist. Saliva normally clears out odor-causing bacteria. So overnight, when we’re not producing enough of it, the smelly bugs can multiply.

In most cases, morning breath is nothing to worry about. But in some situations, unusually bad breath could indicate an underlying health problem. It’s often the first sign of gum disease, which is linked to heart disease and strokes. Other times, it indicates an infection like an abscess or a gastrointestinal problem like GERD, says Dr. Natour. Talk to your doctor if your breath is suddenly stinking more than usual.

menshealth.com – Nov 10, 2017

Journal of Oral Biology – Novel Cover Screw Design for Flapless Stage II Surgery

This case report demonstrates the use of an innovative covers screw and a Conical Explant Kit at the second stage surgery. The technique is minimaly invasive, preserves the keratinized tissue, and reduces the patient’s discomfort and treatments time.

Click here to view/download the report

5 Fall Foods That Could Harm Your Teeth

We all know the drill: Floss, brush, visit the dentist bi-yearly, repeat. And while that routine is the key to a healthy mouth, lesser-known culprits, like the season’s trendy foods, may be working against your good-for-you habits. “Fall foods related to Halloween and Thanksgiving are high in sugars and are not so good for your teeth,” Mazen Natour, DMD, a Manhattan-based prosthodontist says. It’s safe to say that moderately indulging won’t cause the Austin Powers effect, but just in case, go easy on these autumn favorites.

brit.co – Oct 29, 2017

Viral Teeth Cleaning Videos Are The Extremely Gross But Incredibly Satisfying Trend You Didn’t Know You Needed

Remember, the general public isn’t used to having a front row view into other folks’ mouths, but dentists and dental hygienists see this all the time. There are many people out there who have years of plaque buildup on their teeth. “We do see these types of patients in our practice,” Mazen Natour, D.M.D., a Manhattan-based dentist and prosthodontist, tells SELF. “At least once or twice a week, we get a new patient that hasn’t seen the dentist in 10-plus years.”

bustle.com – Oct 25, 2017

Watch as Dentist Extracts His Own Wisdom Tooth in Viral Video

Aside from the obvious risks (like, for instance, excessive pain), Manhattan-based prosthodontist Mazen Natour, warns that wisdom tooth extractions can cause a host of complications — all of which are more likely at the hands of an inexperienced dental surgeon. Speaking to Allure, Natour explains, “[Tooth] extraction is generally easy for a professional, but for a non-professional, no one should attempt this…You can bleed a lot, you can cut yourself, [you could] break the tooth, [or] get an infection…This video is sending the absolute wrong message” If the thought of a potential oral infection doesn’t scare you enough, know that improper wisdom tooth removal can cause irreversible facial paralysis. So, while this video is certainly entertaining in a sick, twisted kind of way, please heed Dr. Natour’s warning and do not try this at home. Or anywhere, for that matter.

allure.com – Oct 03, 2017

Dental Cleaning Videos Are Disgusting and Satisfying

But for as popular as they are, the appeal clearly isn’t universal: “It makes me cringe,” says Mazen Natour, a Manhattan-based prosthodontist who also endured the video, adding that he sees people with horribly neglected teeth and gums every week at his New York City practice. Natour says that while he can’t say for sure how long that kind of buildup would take, his best guess is that it likely resulted from a decade or more of neglect. And that, strangely, could be the lone silver lining to these clips, he says. Natour hopes people will find them motivating, a chance to pause and perhaps think, “I don’t want this to happen to me, and I need to get my act together,” he says.

vice.com – Oct 03, 2017

Here’s What Actual Dentists Think of Those Viral Dental Cleaning Videos

At least once or twice a week, we get a new patient that hasn’t seen the dentist in 10-plus years. We do see these types of patients in our practice,” Mazen Natour, D.M.D., a Manhattan-based dentist and prosthodontist, tells SELF. People may put a lot of time between dental visits due to neglect, a fear of the dentist, or being on a budget, he say

self.com – Sep 22, 2017

You Will Either Love Or Hate These Viral Teeth Cleaning Videos

Manhattan-based Prosthodontist Dr. Mazen Natour, DMD, tells us these are mostly extreme, overdue cases of plaque build-up. “If you noticed, there was a lot of bleeding and the buildup invaded the gum space into the bone, which caused an irreversible gum and bone recession,” he says. “In one case shown, the patient will lose her or his teeth — the anterior lower teeth — to the extreme damage done by the plaque and the bone loss that followed.”

refinery29.com – Sep 21, 2017

Can Toothpaste and Mouthwash Prevent Gum Disease?

“I don’t recommend using chlorhexidine long term, however,” cautions Mazen Natour, D.M.D., a Manhattan-based prosthodontist and a clinical professor at New York University College of Dentistry. “We typically prescribe chlorhexidine mouth rinses for one week prior to dental implant surgery and two weeks after. If you use them for longer than that, you may stain your teeth permanently.”

healthcentral.com – Sep 14, 2017

Could Squid Ink Make Your Visit to the Dentist Easier?

Dr. Mazen Natour, DMD, is a prosthodontist — an expert in the restoration and replacement of teeth — in practice in New York.

“In theory this is a great idea,” he told Healthline.

But he has a list of unanswered questions.

healthline.com – Sep 14, 2017

Why Celebrities Are Keeping (and Celebrating) Their Gap Teeth

“It’s possible, but you have to be careful, because you cannot just make a gap out of nowhere,” Natour explains. “One option is to push teeth, if there’s room and that’s a long procedure—several months of orthodontic work. You have to make sure you can do it without make any permanent damage. Another option is to take a burr and cut into the two central teeth to create a gap, but you have to carefully study the proportion and size, and that might involve veneers or crowns.

billboard.com – Sep 6, 2017

Is It Gross to Not Brush My Teeth Before Bed?

“At night the saliva flow is reduced tremendously and saliva is a natural lubricant. It flushes things away from the teeth,” says Mazen Natour, professor of periodontology and implant dentistry at the NYU College of Dentistry. “By having saliva at a reduced flow at night, things tend to stick easier and faster.” Natour adds that if you’re only brushing in the daytime, you’ve got a lot of hours and meals between brushing for plaque to build up on your teeth. “As a personal opinion, if you really want to choose to brush once a day, I would say [brush] at night.”

tonic.vice.com – Sep 5, 2017

Drinking Champagne Is Doing More Damage To Your Looks Than You Realise

That being said, clear drinks like Prosecco and champagne aren’t as harmful as bubbly drinks with deeper shades (i.e. Coca Cola and other dark-shaded sodas). ‘Anything that is not clear or still can – and will – potentially cause damage if not consumed in moderation,’ said prosthodontist Mazen Natour to Allure.

lifestyle.one – Aug 18, 2017

Drinking Prosecco Could Be Hurting Your Teeth — Here’s How to Avoid the Damage

Yes, Prosecco is indeed acidic, but that doesn’t make it as harmful as its bubbly cousins with deeper shades(i.e. sodas with additive colorants),” says New York City-based prosthodontist Mazen Natour. “Prosecco also does not have the heavy concentration of tannin, which is present in red wines and black tea, or the added colorant in soda, so all in all, it’s probably the least harmful of what you can drink,” he says. “Now, don’t get me wrong, it still has sugar in it, and it’s still a bubbly drink — bubbles are notorious for eroding enamel due to their high concentration of phosphoric, malic, citric, and tartaric acids. They melt the enamel.”

allure.com – Aug 16, 2017

5 Things People With Great Teeth Always Do

“Most have to work to achieve pearly whites,” Dr. Mazen Natour, DMD, Prosthodontist, says. “And some are more susceptible to gum disease and cavities [than others].” Whether you’re bleaching or born with it, though, you still have to take special care of your set.

refinery29.uk – Aug 8, 2017

9 Things You’ll Eat This Summer (and One Thing You’ll Do) That Can Really Stain Your Teeth

While citrus is loaded with vitamin C, which can fight off colds and aid in fat burning, too much can affect your teeth. Excessive citrus fruit consumption or habits such as sucking on lemon, lime, or orange wedges and letting them touch your teeth can make your teeth more susceptible to staining, explains Dr. Natour. “Over time, the acidity from citrus fruit will erode the enamel, creating small perforations and creating an entry for more staining.”

rd.com – Jul 29, 2017