Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJ

Bad Breath Doesn’t Belong in a Beautiful Smile

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJMore people are taking care of the cosmetic aspects of their smile today. This may include using whitening toothpaste or visiting the dentist for some cosmetic treatment. The popularity of cosmetic dentistry demonstrates the strong desire we have to make a good first impression. The appearance of the smile is, in fact, one of the primary aspects of a good impression. When we smile and speak to others, we don’t want that great first impression to run straight into a wall of bad breath.

Do you ever feel concerned about bad breath? Is this a problem that you face more frequently lately? There are a few common explanations for chronic bad breath. Let’s take a look at them here.

Bacteria

One of the primary causes of halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. This can happen relatively quickly even if you brush your teeth every morning and every night. The sticky biofilm of saliva, food debris, and bacteria that we call plaque begins to adhere to the gums and teeth over a few short hours after brushing. This is why there are specific guidelines for oral care, including:

  • A full two-minute brushing routine every morning and every night before bed.
  • Flossing before bed inhibits bacterial activity overnight.
  • Antibacterial mouthwash freshens the breath and helps maintain a healthy mouth.
  • Tongue-scraping is crucial to the fight against odor since bacteria like to accumulate on the back of the tongue. Brushing does not substitute for scraping with an appropriate instrument.

Infection

If routine hygiene improvements do not resolve odorous breath, there may be a need for restorative dental treatment. Any form of infection in the mouth, including a cavity or gingivitis, can manifest as bad breath. Early dental treatment may do wonders for the breath, and also save you from a potentially painful or ongoing dental issue.

Dentures

Men and women who wear dentures have an increased risk for chronic bad breath. This happens for two reasons. One is that the fit of dentures changes progressively over time as bone resorption occurs. Any amount of looseness between the denture and the gums and bacteria can accumulate on the underside of fixtures. Keep dentures in good condition with daily cleaning and routine relining. Further, improve the fit of dentures by securing them onto dental implants.

We would love to see you and help you maintain fresh breath and a healthy smile. Call 973-328-1225.

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJ

Summertime Smile Tips

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJThe months of warm weather and no school are a prime time for travel. Families may pile in the car and hit the open road to visit Grandma and Grandpa, or Mickey Mouse. Road trips, rail trips, and plane rides often lead to lasting memories of that special summer vacation. These treks away from home can also lead to small frustrations. With a little planning, those that pertain to the mouth can be managed. Here’s how . . .

  1. Remember to feed your teeth. Food choices may seem limited when you’re away from home; it’s so easy to stop at that vending machine or grab soda and chips on a long car ride. These choices may be convenient, but they could lead to numerous issues in your mouth. Packing apples, celery, and other crunchy foods mean that your teeth get a good cleaning while your taste buds are treated to the goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Drink it up. Water that is. Most other beverages are either acidic or sugary or both. Drink choices like soda and even sports drinks wash over enamel and deposit acidic substance on teeth. As this sits in place, the surface of teeth is being eroded. Water hydrates, but it also encourages saliva flow and reduces oral acidity when it is sipped throughout the day.
  3. Fight dirty mouth the right way. You may have heard the term “dirty mouth” on a television commercial for a certain chewing gum product. This term describes that feeling. You know it. The one of an obvious “fuzziness” on teeth and the tongue; the one that makes you want to keep your mouth closed for fear of chasing someone off with your breath. Dirty mouth indicates bacteria and dryness. This can be handled easily, as long as you have packed a travel-sized antibacterial mouthwash in your bag or glove box of your car. While you’re at it, throw in a small roll of floss and a travel toothbrush.

You know what else is good to do during the summer months? See your dentist! Call 973-328-1225 to schedule that routine checkup and cleaning.

Are you Misinformed about Dental Care?

dental care Succasunna, NJ | Dr. GoldbergIf we have learned anything from the widespread use of the internet, it’s that the ease of finding information could be overshadowed by the difficulty of sorting through all of it. Just because you read something on the web does not make it true. In fact, there are numerous myths spread across the world, found with the click of a button. There is danger in the transmission of information that may be more fiction than fact, even when it comes to how you care for your teeth. Here, we will set the record straight on a few fallacies.

  1. Cavities? Sugar is to blame! The idea that sugar is the “bad guy” in the game of tooth decay originated long before the worldwide web became the newest sensation. This theory was first developed many, many moons ago when patients who consumed sugar presented with more tooth decay than those who did not. Over time, research uncovered the true, direct culprit to decay: acid. Sugar is only the fuel which drives oral bacteria to deposit acid byproduct throughout the mouth.
  2. Baby teeth are not important. Baby teeth or primary teeth will, in fact, fall out. Until they do, they serve a crucial purpose: to hold space for the teeth that are developing within the jaw. Baby teeth support biting, chewing, speech, and jaw development. Loss or extraction could mean misalignment down the line.
  3. Apply an aspirin on a toothache for fast relief. We know how much patients would like to resolve tooth pain quickly, and often on their own. Pain indicates that there is a problem somewhere inside the tooth. This means you need to see the dentist, not apply an aspirin. That won’t work, anyway. For temporary pain relief, take an over-the-counter pain reliever by mouth, as directed, then call our office.
  4. A crown will prevent a cavity. This is a concerning bit of misinformation that must be put to rest. It is possible for a cavity to develop underneath a crown. This restoration extends over the tooth to the gum line. That does not equate to full coverage. If plaque forms around the base of the crown, there is a chance for decay.

For personal care that manages your oral health, call Morris County Dental Associates at 973-328-1225.

 

 

Why beating Cavities may be a Challenge

damaged teethBeating cavities. For many, this may feel like a challenge that will never be won. Cavities are typically a condition that is limited, for the most part, to our younger years. When you spend the recommended amount of time brushing and flossing your teeth, and your diet is low in sugar and acidity, you would expect that your oral health would be a reflection of your good habits. Most of the time, this would be a reasonable assumption. However, there are hidden triggers that could present an obstacle to your goal of being cavity free for the long haul.

Positioning

The position of your teeth affects a lot more than the appearance of your smile. If you have teeth that are overlapping, or even somewhat crowded,  you may find that it is difficult to avoid getting food stuck in tight spaces. If cavities are a prevalent problem, it may be necessary to consider straightening the alignment of your teeth with a discreet system like Invisalign or clear braces.

Moisture

The mouth needs to be a moist environment in order for teeth to stay healthy. We take for granted the ongoing production of saliva, and what it does for oral health. In fact, you probably don’t even think about this process. It’s a given, right? No. Many adults develop chronic dry mouth, a condition referred to by dentists as xerostomia. When the glands that produce saliva do not function properly, teeth are not remineralized as well as they should be. Also, saliva dilutes residue that can break down enamel, such as sugar and acid. As a result, people with dry mouth may find that they are in a perpetual fight against tooth decay. If you can relate, add sips of water to every hour, and chew sugarless gum. You may even want to talk with your doctor to see if certain medications may be at the heart of your problem.

The spacing and general moisture of the mouth are just two of the common conditions that may make it difficult to beat cavities for good. We are here to help you manage your oral health! Schedule a visit to Morris County Dental Associates, LLC at (973) 328-1225.

Why Dental Care can’t Wait

Dental CareFinding out that you need dental treatment can feel overwhelming. Life is busy. You have a budget. You may have hundreds of other responsibilities that tug at your time and your wallet. Amidst all that you have going on, you may feel frustrated at the very thought of having to spend a few hours in the dentist’s office. We can understand this. However, there are very good reasons to get the dental treatment that has been recommended for you sooner rather than later.

Putting off dental care may seem like a necessity, but it can lead to consequences that are far more disruptive than the initial treatment. Here’s what can happen if you wait to see the dentist:

  • That small cavity that was seen on your x-ray will grow larger. Complications are the natural byproduct of untreated dental problems.
  • You may need care that you didn’t need initially. A small cavity can be repaired relatively quickly and easily with conservative restorative treatment like a tooth-colored filling. If the problem goes untreated and then becomes a bigger problem, you may need to have more natural material removed and a larger restoration, such as a crown, to restore form to the tooth.
  • Higher costs. Obviously, the more extensive damage becomes, the more that goes into successful repair. This typically means a greater investment into the right materials; those that will last years under the force of biting and chewing.
  • Pain. Let’s not forget that dental problems typically cause pain at some point. If you are lucky enough to be told you have a cavity before you feel it, you are lucky, indeed. Take the earliest opportunity to correct the problem before the nerve in the affected tooth become irritated.

The best way to know if you have a small dental problem (or no dental problems at all!) is to see your dentist. Now is a great time to schedule your routine checkup or consultation for symptoms that have developed since your last visit. Speak with a friendly staff member at Morris County Dental Associates when you call 973-328-1225.

Sleigh Bells and Other Stresses of the Holiday Season

bruxismWho doesn’t love the merriment that extends from Thanksgiving to the New Year? With all the joy being spread around, we are encouraged to keep up a busier pace than usual; and for most of us, our usual pace is pretty busy already. The sounds of sleigh bells and fluttering of snow may not send you into a tizzy of stress, per se, but the season as a whole can leave you feeling depleted, to say the least.

Why it Matters
Why would we devote a blog post to the stress of the holiday season? Because we recognize the hidden ways that stress can sneak straight into the smile. Unmanaged or excessive stress is one of the primary factors in bruxism, the habit that many people engage in on a nightly basis. Visible jaw-clenching tends to be something we only see in movies or soap operas. In real life, we don’t see it, nor do we see teeth grinding. That’s because we do it while we sleep.

How to Make it Through the Season without Unmanaged Stress
It sounds easy to say that we need to learn to manage our stress. Even when you understand the immense value of doing so, you may struggle to implement stress-reducing habits. What’s important to recognize right off the bat is that stress-reduction looks different for all of us. Some suggestions that may get you thinking include:

  • Set an earlier bedtime for particularly busy weeks of the holiday season.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages after noon as much as possible.Limit alcohol consumption to one glass (after the sedative effect wears off, alcohol sugars stimulate the body and mind!).
  • Take a long walk – alone!
  • Spend a few minutes each day sitting in a quiet spot where you can watch the world pass by.
  • Listen to soft, calming music.
  • Maintain a daily exercise routine.

Options for reducing stress are endless, and they do not have to involve a yoga mat or meditation app on your phone. Whatever it is that helps you mitigate stress, do it. Your smile will thank you.
To the patients of Morris County Dental Associates, we wish you a joy-filled holiday season!

After Halloween Cleaning: 3 Ways to Get Your Child Into the Dental Chair

teeth cleaning | morris countyHalloween is a festive time of year for kids to dress up, stuff their faces with candy, and enjoy time spent with friends and family. And although Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids everywhere, it’s basically our worst nightmare at Morris County Dental Associates. Not only are kids indulging in more candy than usual but most of them forget to brush their teeth before bed which means that the sugar has a longer amount of time to settle into the teeth and cause dental decay and problems. In order to ensure that you child’s teeth are in working order— especially after Halloween— bring them into Morris County Dental Associates for their bi-annual cleaning. If, however, you have a hard time getting your child to do much of anything, especially visiting the dentist, try these three tips and tricks.

Hide the Candy

As a good rule of thumb, it’s important to let your kids know that they should brush their teeth after they eat a piece of candy— even if it’s just one. If you can’t seem to get your little one to come into Morris County Dental Associates, consider hiding the candy altogether and let them know that once they see the dentist and get their teeth cleaned, they will be able to enjoy a piece or two of candy everyday once again.

Show Visuals

Now, we aren’t suggesting sitting your child in front of terrifying images of people who have spiders crawling out of their teeth, but by simply showing your child an image of what a cavity— or a hole in their tooth— looks like, you can help them better understand the importance of getting their teeth cleaned. Additionally, make sure to show them what it looks like to have your teeth cleaned from the inside of the mouth. Once they see how much tartar and plaque is scraped away, they might be more inclined to visit us.

Answer Questions

As a parent, it’s easier to simply answer your children’s questions with a “Because I said so” or “Well, those are the rules.” However, in order to help your child gain a better understanding of the importance of good dental care, answer their questions in the best way possible. If you don’t know the answers to their questions, feel free to contact Morris County Dental Associates.

If you are worried that your child’s teeth are rotting away after Halloween, use the three tips above in order to convince them to come see us at Morris County Dental Associates. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Your Tongue Needs Cleaning, Too

clean tongueTaking care of your teeth and enhancing your smile should, of course, include the following four things:

1.Brushing
2.Flossing
3.Using alcohol-free mouthwash
4.Visiting your dentist twice a year

You deserve a well-earned pat on the back if you are doing these things regularly. You’re off to an impressive start towards a life-long plan for good dental health.

But, wait. Take another look at the list. There’s something missing, something that you should be taking care of that’s not on the list – cleaning your tongue. If you’re not cleaning your tongue you’re missing an important part of your daily dental care routine.

Here’s why a clean tongue is so important to your dental health:
•Cleaning your tongue can slow down and reduce plaque build-up on your teeth.
•Plaque can also develop on your tongue, and needs to be removed.
•Cleaning your tongue can reduce bad breath by removing small particles of food and bacteria that accumulate throughout the day.
•Cleaning your tongue results in healthier teeth and gums and you may reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
•Cleaning your tongue can help prevent some illnesses that affect your overall health.

What to do? Add a gentle tongue cleaning to your daily dental routine. You can use your toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your tongue while you’re brushing your teeth morning and night. However, a tongue scraper is a much more effective way to effectively clean your tongue.

Ask us about how to use a tongue scraper as part of your daily oral routine if you are not familiar with how it works. And, please, add, “Tongue cleaning” to the list of important ways to keep your mouth fresh, healthy and clean.

Your dental care routine is a large part of your overall, full-body health. Call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. Fall is here! Now is the perfect time to switch-up your dental routine: 973-328-1225.

The Sensitive Problem Of Sensitive Teeth

sensitive teethCoffee. Ice cream. Ice tea. Soup. All of these can be very problematic to those with sensitive teeth. If this is you, and you find that you experience dull or shooting pain in your mouth when eating or drinking something hot or cold, you more than likely suffer from sensitive teeth. You are not alone, if that is any consolation. A comprehensive dental exam and cleaning is what we recommend to better diagnose your sensitivity issues and offer a treatment plan. We invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment, but before you do, here are 4 things to think about:

1.Try a Desensitizing Toothpaste. If the pain and discomfort associated with hot and cold beverages or foods is just an occasional nuisance you may want to try a desensitizing toothpaste. They are readily available at pharmacies, and are designed to block the transmission between the pain and the nerve.
2.Ask About a Fluoride Gel Application. Fluoride gel is applied as an in-office dental procedure. The gel is placed on your teeth to strengthen the enamel and lower their sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
3.You May Need a Dental Crown. Tooth sensitivity is commonly caused by tooth decay. However, it may also be caused by the erosion of tooth enamel due to eating too many acidic foods or over-whitening your teeth. If your tooth sensitivity is caused by tooth decay, your tooth will be prepared and then toped with a dental crown to prevent the further spread of decay.
4.You May Need a Root Canal. Depending on the severity of your pain and following an exam, we may recommend a root canal. Root canals involve completely removing the root nerve, treating the exposed tissue and covering it with a dental crown.

There is no need to suffer from sensitive teeth. Let us help you get your tooth sensitivity under control so that you can fully enjoy those upcoming holiday meals. Our priority is your oral health. If you have sensitive teeth, call our office to schedule an appointment, today: 973.328.1225.

How Smoking Affects Your Oral Health

oral cancerSmoking…yes, it can be hard to quit. But it’s important to know that besides heart and lung problems, there are oral health concerns that can be directly linked to smoking. If you are a smoker, we strongly advise you to quit or at least cut back to prevent health and oral health concerns.

How does smoking affect your oral health?
First and most intimately, smoking directly and negatively impacts your breath. Additionally, the nicotine in cigarettes causes your teeth to become yellow and stained. In more serious cases, smoking can impact your gums by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking can interfere with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease and potential tooth loss. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, smoking can lead to various cancers of the mouth and throat. Pipe and cigar smokers are not immune to these concerns, especially oral and throat cancers, even if they don’t inhale.

Quitting is a journey. A path. You can do it, but “Ya Gotta Wanna.”
With proper guidance and determination, you can quit smoking. One trick that seems to work for many people is to remove the triggers that influence smoking, such as that morning cup of coffee or a drink at the bar. You can also consider using e-cigarettes, which have helped smokers gradually quit the habit. Most of all, when crafting a quit-smoking plan, make sure you have the support of family and friends.

Whether you smoke or not, practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting your dentist twice each year for regular checkups are essential to oral health. Why twice a year? Because that gives us the opportunity to diagnose any potential problems early and begin necessary treatments.

Call to schedule an appointment, today, especially if you have concerns about your oral health: 973-328-1225.