October is National Dental Hygiene Month: Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin Encourages a Dental Visit This Month

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time for all consumers to reconsider their oral health habits, and to consider enhancing their smiles by visiting their dentist. The truth is, early gum disease is silent and painless. If left untreated, early gum disease can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and other health problems. Dr. Austin encourages all to take charge of their smile this month by visiting the dentist for a check up and cleaning. In celebration of the release of her book "5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile" and Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Austin is offering 50% off popular cosmetic dentistry services and a new patient special for only $59 for exam, xrays, and cleaning! You can also meet Dentist to the Stars Dr. Catrise Austin on Monday October 18th in Harlem at the famous Hue Man Book Store from 6-8 pm as she will be signing copies of her book and sharing free tips on how to have a beautiful and healthy smile.

Dr. Catrise Austin

In my practice, 75% of my new patients have gum disease. Most don't even have a clue until after we've assessed the health of their gums during their routine visit. Red and swollen gums or gums that bleed during brushing are all signs of gum disease!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time for all consumers to reconsider their oral health habits, and to consider enhancing their smiles through cosmetic dentistry by visiting their dentist.

Today's dental hygienists no longer solely clean patients' teeth. A contemporary hygienist is responsible for detecting oral cancer, examining cracked crowns, and promoting the benefits of cosmetic dentistry to the patient before the dentist ever looks in the mouth. Dr. Catrise Austin of VIP Smiles located in New York City has a trained staff that goes the extra mile when it comes to dental hygiene and is always ready to serve not only her clients, but the community at large by speaking to the public about oral health and the importance of a beautiful smile. Dr. Austin says, "One of secrets to having a smile like the stars is to have a clean, healthy looking smile".

Regular professional visits are important because gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is usually painless and patients may not be able to detect it on their own. "Don't ignore the warning signs of gum disease," says Dr. Austin. "Red, swollen or tender gums; Gums that bleed with brushing; and recurring bad breath are all key signs of gum disease. In my practice, 75% of my new patients have gum disease and don't even have a clue until after we've assessed the health of their gums!"

Dr. Austin takes the time to perform a 4 step gum evaluation on each and every patient in her practice. Here's how it works:

Step 1, Dr. Austin does a thorough evaluation of each tooth checking for cavities, defective fillings, and tooth mobility.
Step 2, she checks the gum tissues for redness, swelling, abscesses, as well as for oral cancer lesions.
Step 3, x-rays are taken to detect hidden tartar and bone loss due to gum disease.
Step 4, Dr. Austin measures the spaces between your teeth and gums (these are called "pockets") to see if the pockets are shallow, cleansable, and do not bleed upon touch (healthy) or if the pockets are deep, traps food/bacteria, and bleed upon touch (unhealthy).

Based on the results of her examination, Dr. Austin is then able make an accurate diagnosis of her patients' gums and customize a professional gum therapy plan that individual patient. Fortunately, early gum disease such as gingivitis is completely reversible with professional treatment and oral home care. "Brushing frequently and most importantly flossing are the habits that I teach my patients to do at home between visits" say Dr. Austin. "Once my patients are educated on the importance of keeping their pockets cleaned by flossing at home, I usually see a major improvement when they return for check up visits". Visiting a dental hygienist and dentist team, every six months or as scheduled, is vital in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If left untreated, early gum disease can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis which can result in tooth loss and other life threatening health problems!

In addition to daily care and visiting a dentist-hygienist dental team, total oral health requires proper nutritional habits. Several foods that help build healthy teeth and gums include:

  •      Dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D that strengthens teeth and bones
  •     Breads and cereals supply B vitamins for growth and iron for healthy blood, a key contributor to healthy gum tissue.
  •     Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C and other important vitamins, which are essential to maintaining healthy gum tissue.
  •     Meat, fish, poultry and beans provide magnesium and zinc that strengthen teeth and bones.

In celebration of the release of her book "5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile" and Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Austin is offering 50% off popular cosmetic dentistry services and a new patient special for only $59 for exam, x-rays, and cleaning! You can also meet Dentist to the Stars Dr. Catrise Austin on Monday October 18th in Harlem at the famous Hue Man Book Store from 6-8 pm as she will be signing copies of her book and sharing free tips on how to have a beautiful and healthy smile.

For more information about cosmetic dentistry and oral hygiene or to book Dr. Austin for an appointment, media appearance, or to speak at your next company or organization event, call 212-262-6054. Don't forget to pick up or order your copy of "5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile: How the stars get that perfect smile and how you can too!" and for the latest dental news updates and to find out when Dr. Austin will be in your area, follow Dr. Catrise Austin on Facebook, Youtube, and her dental blog.

About Dr. Catrise Austin:
As the first private practice dentist in the nation certified to offer HIV testing to patients while in the dental chair, Dr. Catrise Lynette Austin is a trailblazing expert in the field of dentistry. She is a professional speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of VIP Smiles - a modern dental practice in New York City (http://www.vipsmiles.com). Notable celebrities such as Paula Abdul; Dancing With The Stars dancers Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Apprentice Diva Omarosa; HBO’s Entourage Actor Rex Lee; Songstress Toni Braxton; TV talk show host Wendy Williams; Food Network Chef Sunny Anderson; Dallas Cowboy tight end Martellus Bennett, 2010 Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor, and Grammy Award-winning rapper Common (to name a few) have all placed their teeth in her capable hands. Austin is an award-winning dentist and columnist who has solidified her reputation in her field with national radio as well as national TV appearances on The Discovery Health Channel, Today Show, and Good Morning America, among others. Dr. Austin is available for local and national interviews, as well as speaking engagements on dental health, HIV testing in the dental office, entrepreneurship, careers in dentistry, and improving your image with your smile.

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