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Dr. Maria E. Gennarelli, D.M.D.

Dentist

Dr. Maria Gennarelli is a Dentist practicing in Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Gennarelli specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
26 years Experience
Dr. Maria E. Gennarelli, D.M.D.
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • University of Connecticut
  • Accepting new patients

What is the difference between an oral surgeon and a dentist?

Oral surgeons receive several extra years of training in a specialized residency. They have advanced skills in treating trauma and dealing with difficult oral surgical procedures. READ MORE
Oral surgeons receive several extra years of training in a specialized residency. They have advanced skills in treating trauma and dealing with difficult oral surgical procedures. Many also have an MD degree in conjunction with a DDS or DMD degree. While all dentists are capable of doing tooth extractions, many times they will refer the more involved cases to an oral surgeon.

What is the best way to treat dental plaque?

A professional cleaning and scaling by a dentist or hygienist. Followed by brushing twice daily with a rotary toothbrush, floss, flops pics, and alcohol free mouth rinse.

Braces

You may be a candidate for Invisalign. Consult with an Orthodontist.

Can you suggest some way to reduce sensitivity?

Sensodyne toothpaste works very well

Why are my gums swollen?

It sounds like gingivitis or periodontitis. Which is an inflammation of the gums due to plaque and calculus build up. It could also be a minor infection. You should visit your READ MORE
It sounds like gingivitis or periodontitis. Which is an inflammation of the gums due to plaque and calculus build up. It could also be a minor infection. You should visit your dentist for an exam and X-rays to identify the problem. Periodontitis can be treated and managed if caught early enough.

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What are the natural ways to deal with tooth sensitivity?

There is no real need to wait till the end of your pregnancy if you have an active tooth infection. You should treat it now in the second trimester. Just have the Dr. limit the READ MORE
There is no real need to wait till the end of your pregnancy if you have an active tooth infection. You should treat it now in the second trimester. Just have the Dr. limit the X-rays and ask for two lead aprons, if X-rays are needed. If the tooth needs a root canal, you can have a pulpotomy to alleviate symptoms. It is worse to let it go and run the risk of an abscess and potentially needing an extraction and/or antibiotics.

Is bleeding of gums dangerous for a diabetic patient?

Diabetics have a higher rate of gum disease and infection due to reduced ability to heal properly. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. READ MORE
Diabetics have a higher rate of gum disease and infection due to reduced ability to heal properly. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. You should be evaluated by your dentist. Early treatment and proper maintenance of your gums is your best chance to keep your teeth healthy.

How can I reverse yellowing of my teeth?

Yellowing can occur from aging, smoking and drinking dark liquids such as coffee,tea and red wine. Start with a Dental Cleaning to remove stains, then whiten with a carbamide peroxide READ MORE
Yellowing can occur from aging, smoking and drinking dark liquids such as coffee,tea and red wine. Start with a Dental Cleaning to remove stains, then whiten with a carbamide peroxide whitener. Maintain whiteness using a whitening toothpaste and touch-up kit.

Could wisdom tooth extraction cause an infection?

It could be an infection. It could also be something called a dry socket. It is a painful condition that can be treated by your dentist who will pack a medication in the socket READ MORE
It could be an infection. It could also be something called a dry socket. It is a painful condition that can be treated by your dentist who will pack a medication in the socket to help it heal faster. A follow up visit to the dentist is recommended.

How many times should I floss?

You should be flossing once a day. If you have large spaces where food gets stuck, then floss as often as you need. It will not cause damage. The purpose of flossing is to physically READ MORE
You should be flossing once a day. If you have large spaces where food gets stuck, then floss as often as you need. It will not cause damage. The purpose of flossing is to physically remove plaque from between your teeth. The more you floss the cleaner your mouth will be.

Does switching toothpaste matter?

Not really. As long as the toothpaste contains fluoride there is no reason to alternate brands.

How often will I have to replace my braces?

Hi. Your orthodontist will be adjusting the braces and changing the wires and bands periodically. Probably every month or so. Depending on how long your treatment is (usually 24 READ MORE
Hi. Your orthodontist will be adjusting the braces and changing the wires and bands periodically. Probably every month or so. Depending on how long your treatment is (usually 24 months) they will be tightened frequently. The orthodontist may also add brackets, wires and different elastics during the course of treatment. Thanks for you question.

I wear my retainer, so why are my teeth still shifting?

I do not specialize in orthodontics, however I will try to answer. You may need to be wearing your retainer for more hours each day. You should have it checked to make sure it READ MORE
I do not specialize in orthodontics, however I will try to answer. You may need to be wearing your retainer for more hours each day. You should have it checked to make sure it is fitting properly and is tight enough to prevent movement. Teeth will try to move back to the original positions after the braces come off, so an accurate fitting retainer is important. Hope that helps.

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What can I eat or avoid eating to reduce plaque?

Thank you for your question. It sounds as if you are taking all the right steps towards a clean mouth. Some people have a tendency to create plaque and tartar faster than others. READ MORE
Thank you for your question.

It sounds as if you are taking all the right steps towards a clean mouth. Some people have a tendency to create plaque and tartar faster than others. Many things can contribute such as dry mouth, mouth breathing, and some medications. Also, many foods have hidden sugars such as yogurt, wine, sauces, fruit juices, breads and cereals. Try to make sure you are well hydrated with water. If you find the plaque is still developing, dental cleanings every 4 months would help. Make sure to use an alcohol-free mouthwash as the alcohol kills bacteria initially, but will dry the mouth more. Also, use a tongue scraper to remove more bacteria from the mouth.

Wisdom teeth removal

Fully erupted wisdom teeth can be more easily extracted and can be done by a general dentist. All general dentists are trained to extract wisdom teeth. In some cases, the teeth READ MORE
Fully erupted wisdom teeth can be more easily extracted and can be done by a general dentist. All general dentists are trained to extract wisdom teeth. In some cases, the teeth may be impacted in the bone or may lie close to a nerve or the sinus. These cases are usually referred to an oral surgeon, because they are more involved. Also, some patients may want sedation and that is often provided in an oral Surgery practice.

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

Trauma to the teeth can cause damage. You should have it evaluated by a dentist. They tooth may be fractured. If it is loose, it needs to be stabilized. Also, it may require root READ MORE
Trauma to the teeth can cause damage. You should have it evaluated by a dentist. They tooth may be fractured. If it is loose, it needs to be stabilized. Also, it may require root canal treatment in the future. You should have an X-ray as soon as possible. It is possible that it can be saved if treated promptly.

Thank you for you question.

Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

You can use baking soda to whiten teeth if mixed with water. Be sure to rinse all extra baking soda out of the mouth when you are done brushing and do not swallow the baking soda. READ MORE
You can use baking soda to whiten teeth if mixed with water. Be sure to rinse all extra baking soda out of the mouth when you are done brushing and do not swallow the baking soda. An easier way to incorporate baking soda is to use a premade toothpaste such as Arm and Hammer or Mentadent. Always visit your dentist twice a year.