• Importance of Flouride

    March 24, 2017

    Over the past 20 years, there has been a huge reduction in the prevalence of childhood cavities. As oral health care providers, we attribute this improvement to two main reasons: 1. The use to fluoride supplements and 2. Dental sealants. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that helps strengthen the tooth’s enamel, the hard outer layer. It can be given two ways, systemically or topically. The systemic benefit starts a 6 months of age while teeth are developing. When Fluoride is delivered systemically, it helps strengthen the enamel as it is forming before the teeth erupt. Once teeth have erupted, they are constantly under attack of acidic foods and cavity causing bacteria; this can weaken the enamel over time. Topical fluoride can be applied to repair those weak spots and remineralize small incipient breaks in the enamel. When used in combination with proper home oral care, this line of defense is very effective against cavities. If you live in an area that has fluoridated water, you are already receiving systemic fluoride. Topical fluoride can be applied at your dentist office. It is most commonly offered to children up to the age of 16, but adults can benefit from its application as well. You can also receive topical fluoride from over the counter fluoride rinses or prescription strength fluoride toothpaste. Topical Fluoride application has also been proven to help reduce tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist if you can benefit from fluoride treatment.

  • Professional Teeth Whitening

    February 14, 2017

    As a dentist, I frequently get asked by my patients how they can get their teeth to be more white. With images plastered all over the media of celebrities with ultra white “hollywood” smiles, it’s easy to become insecure about the color of your teeth. So what can be done to maintain a healthy white smile? First step is to discuss your concerns with your dentists. Although there are many whitening products that can be purchased over the counter, they may not be safe for you to use. If you have very sensitive teeth or active cavities or infections, stay away from over the counter whitening products because they can be harmful. Once you get the clearance from your dentist, over the counter whitening products such as white strips are a good, cost effective way to brighten up your smile; but the whitening power of these products are limited. Your dentist may offer an in-office professional whitening treatment. The strength of the whitening product is much higher than what can be found over the counter. With this option you can actually leave the office up to 6 shades whiter than when you came in. With the professional whitening technique, a strong concentration of gel is placed on your teeth and may activated by a blue light. Although most people have great results with this product, it is not recommended for people with very sensitive teeth. If you are not in a big rush to have your teeth white, your dentist may also recommend at-home whitening with custom trays. With this technique, your dentist will take an impression of you teeth in order to make a custom tray that only fits over your teeth specifically. Then you are given gel whitening to take home and put into your custom trays. You will be instructed to wear your trays for a specified amount of time daily and you can achieve optimal results within 2 weeks.

    Here are some tips to keep your pearly whites sparkling

    Avoid drinks that cause staining, yes that means your coffee! Red wine, teas and coffee will stain your teeth just like they would stain a white shirt. If you absolutely cannot part with these drinks, try using a straw to help bypass your teeth. Also, smoking is the number one cause of dark staining on your teeth, not to mention it is bad for your overall health and can cause severe periodontal disease. If your teeth are not sensitive, use a whitening toothpaste on a daily basis, to help remove surface staining. Finally, make sure to schedule regular dental cleanings every 6 months to help remove any staining, plaque and calculus.

  • Lifestyle Changes Can Make A Difference

    June 1, 2016

    You may be right in assuming that if your ancestors suffered poor oral health that you are genetically inclined to follow suit.  But before you go blaming Grandma for the fact that you spend so much time in the dentist’s chair consider the part that you play. Your genetic structure can contribute to your susceptibility but there are things that you can do to decrease your risks.

    Take on some of the responsibility by making changes in the habits and outlooks that shape your lifestyle. Scientists have determined that fluoride is an effective weapon in the fight against tooth decay. Yes it’s true that you can get too much of a good thing, but the risks are minimal and considering the benefits that fluoride provides comparison is disproportionate.

    Take advantage of the time and resources that researchers have invested, make sure that your family is being exposed to an adequate daily supply of fluoride. It can come from your community drinking water, fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes and professional in office treatments, or all of the above.

    If it’s hard for you to resist sweets or acidic fruits, at least have them in solid form. Sweet soft drinks and fruit juices tend to stick to the teeth and create a feeding ground for the bacteria that causes tooth decay.

    Talk to your dentist or hygienist at the Dental Wellness Center in Hazlet about more ways to combat oral disease. Call the office today @ 732-264-2888.