Friday, February 26, 2016


The other day we were walking at the track at Huntington High School and saw that someone had left a mouthguard on the field. It reminded us of how easy it is to forget such a small piece of equipment, but how important it is to wear a mouthguard when engaging in any kind of contact sport.
Do you know how important it is to wear a custom fitted mouthguard?
An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth if they are not wearing a protective mouthguard. Many of these injuries lead to permanent damage that requires medical intervention.
No mouthguard means that you are far more likely to experience:
Fracture – which means that your tooth breaks, get chipped or the root of your tooth is broken.
Avulsion – knocking out the entire tooth, including the root structure that anchors it in place. If the tooth cannot be re-implanted, you’ll need to have an artificial tooth glued in permanently to your mouth.
Luxation – when your tooth is still in the socket, but in the wrong position – pointing forward, pushed way back or poking out.
Mouthguards reduce the risk of jaw injuries and absorb some of the force exerted on the head and neck. Custom mouthguards are thicker and fit better, so they provide even better protection.

Gellerman Orthodontics has offered FREE custom mouthguards to the young athletes in our community for many years .If you or your team wants to protect your smile and your health, please call our office to arrange for individual or
a group visit.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Acceledent to Expedite Tooth Movement- Dr. Inna Gellerman, Orthodontist,...


For a snowy cold month, February has a LOT of events – from the Super Bowl – congratulations Broncos!  – to Valentine’s Day and the Grammys.  But don’t forget that February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. We celebrate this month every year because we know that when children learn these good dental health habits at an early age, they are far more likely enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth, gums and smiles.

A Spectacular Smile doesn’t happen by magic. It takes brushing and flossing and eating the right kinds of foods to grow a great smile!

Eating patterns and food choices play a big role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re the first steps in the digestion process. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth! A balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.

Here’s what a healthy diet should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined, these should cover half your plate at meals.
  • Grains. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice. 
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods most often.
  • Protein. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Vary your protein choices to also include eggs, beans, peas and legumes. Eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week.

For kids with braces, good dental care is even more important.  It takes a little more time and effort to remove the bits of food particles that get caught between the teeth and braces, but careful brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to the orthodontist, means that when your braces do come off, your teeth and gums will be Spectacular!

Monday, February 8, 2016


We’ve had a LOT of snow days here in Huntington, NY and what better way to spend a day indoors but to look back at the fun from last year.  One of my favorite events was the Long Island Business News Top 50 Influential Women in Business awards dinner.  It was a thrilling evening, and I was so proud to be included among this group of outstanding women.

The award recognizes the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. The program’s honorees are selected by a judging committee and receive a unique crystal memento at the elegant dinner attended by more than 600 of the Island’s top business leaders, and represent the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit fields.

I was proud to be recognized for the success of our practice, and want to thanks everyone whose lives and smiles we have touched! We have such wonderful patients and a great team in the office, and that makes for a fantastic combination!

The award also recognized our level of community involvement. Regular readers of this blog know that every September for the past four years Gellerman Orthodontics presents the Kiss Cancer Good-Bye Walk, held in Huntington’s Heckscher Park, to raise money to support Kids Need MoRE, a not-for-profit organization that serves pediatric cancer patients. I’m also an active board member of the Junior Welfare League of Huntington, a trustee of The Heckscher Museum of Art and a board member and treasurer for Dentists for a Better Huntington.