Erosion Affects the Landscape of your Mouth

tooth care Succasunna, NJ | Dr. GoldbergThe enamel that covers the outermost layer of each tooth is the strongest substance in the body. It is intended to defend the softer dentin, tubules, vessels, and nerves that lie beneath the surface. Because we bite and chew all sorts of hard and chewy foods throughout our lifetime, we quickly develop the sense that our teeth are, for the most part, pretty indestructible. More and more, dentists and their patients are realizing there are more hazards to tooth structure than had been imagined. Today, one of the prevalent problems facing children and adults is erosion.

Research has discovered that enamel can be eroded, worn away, by acid, much in the same way that the natural landscape can disintegrate beneath the force of the wind, rain, and other elements. Where does this acid come from, and what can be done to safeguard tooth enamel? We’re about to take a look . . .

How Diet can Erode Teeth

Humans have progressively moved toward a more processed diet. Even our healthy foods, like salads, are covered in dressings that are loaded with acidic ingredients. Perhaps the biggest culprits of tooth erosion, though, are carbonated beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks. These beverages have been measured for acidity, and fall in line just a few points short of battery acid.

The Sad Truth

One of the most unfortunate aspects of tooth erosion is that a large percentage of the patients who are troubled by this condition are children. The cause is often fruit juice and sports drinks that are offered to children and teens as an alternative to the sugary soda that causes cavities. Parents, in trying to do the right thing, actually fall into the pit of misinformation.

Mitigating Risks

Erosion, like cavities, is a problem that can be prevented with awareness and good habits. It may not be necessary to completely change your dietary habits, but there are certain modifications that can preserve the life of your teeth.

  • Drink more water! For flavor, add lemon, a citrus that is more alkaline than acidic.
  • Rinse with water after drinking or eating anything acidic. Rinse only! Brushing enamel that has been softened by acidic ingredients can hasten erosion rather than combat it.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval.
  • Consume calcium-rich dairy and vegetables, or take a calcium supplement to encourage strong bones and teeth.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

For a visit with your friendly family dentist in Succasunna, call 973-328-1225.

 

Family Dentistry

It’s Never Too Early To Teach Your Kids Good Dental Habits

You may be a product of the dental habits your parents taught – or didn’t teach – you. But hopefully, as an adult, you know the importance of good habits in your exercise, diet, work and dental routines. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to convince kids to brush, floss, eat right, exercise and do their homework!

You are the example. Your kids are watching you…so if you have good oral hygiene habits, they will copy you. Setting a good example teaches your kids that oral hygiene is important to you and that it should be important to them.

Show them.

  • Let your kids see you brushing and flossing or, better yet, do it together.
  • Your kids should see you make time for dentist appointments.
  • Eat healthy foods as a family, and avoid sugary beverages, sweets and carbohydrates that can damage tooth enamel and promote the growth of bacteria.

Teach them.
It’s a fact: People are more likely to do something if they understand why they need to do it. This holds true for kids as well. Find a movie or book that teaches your kids about oral hygiene in an educational, fun way. If your kids still need convincing, get a dissolving chewable tablet from your dentist or pharmacy that sticks to the plaque on your kids’ teeth. This is a great graphic and a clear visual explanation of why oral hygiene is important.

Make brushing and flossing fun!
If your kids avoid brushing and flossing their teeth because it is boring or they want to do other things, find ways to get them excited and involved.

  • Let your kids choose their own toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.
  • Make a chart and give your kids a sticker or star every time they brush and floss.
  • Reward them for their efforts – but not with candy!
  • Play or sing a song while your kids brush their teeth…tell them they can’t stop brushing until the song is over.

At Morris County Dental, we put smiles on the faces of the ones you love!
Call for an appointment with Dr. Goldberg, today: (973) 328-1225.

Oral Cancer in succasunna nj | Morris County Dental

ORAL CANCER IS PREVENTABLE WITH PROPER DENTAL CARE!

The word “cancer”… is at once scary, fear producing and something we don’t want to talk about.
It’s ok to be fearful. Most of us are when it comes to cancer.

“Going to the dentist”…additionally scary, fear producing words that can complicate matters surrounding the discovery of oral cancer.

Did you know?

  • Approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year.
  • Just over half will be alive five years later.
  • Oral cancer’s high death rate is primarily due to its late discovery.
  • If caught early, oral cancer is highly treatable.
  • Twice yearly dental exams and cleanings are vitally important in the early detection, prevention and treatment of oral cancer.

What is it?

Oral cancer is the growth of abnormal cells on any part of the mouth, lips, tongue, or gums. It can also occur on the lining of the cheeks and the roof of the mouth. Most oral cancers begin in the lining of the mouth or lips, which is made up of thin squamous cells.

What causes it?

  • Tobacco use, in all forms. Tobacco use accounts for 90% of all oral cancers
  • Alcohol Use
  • Marijuana use
  • Exposure to UV light from the sun or the use of tanning beds
  • Having some types of human papillomavirus (HPV)

What should I look for?

  • Persistent pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere on your lips or in your mouth
  • A change in your voice that isn’t due to a cold or allergies
  • An earache that doesn’t go away.
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, talking or moving your jaw or tongue
  • Feeling like something is caught in your throat
  • Red or white spotty patches on your tongue or in your mouth
  • A lump or thickening in your cheek or neck
  • A thick, rough spot or a small area in your mouth that looks like it’s wearing away
  • An irritation on your mouth or lip that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal

It is important to visit your dentist regularly…to prevent oral cancer or catch it early!
Call us at 973.328.1225 for a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

Smile

YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE!

Mona Lisa has nothing on the smiles seen in today’s healthy, white teeth! Maintaining your beautiful smile is easier than ever! But if you aren’t smiling because of chipped or broken teeth, severe decay or because you have missing teeth for whatever reason, we can help!

At Morris County Dental Associates, we specialize in veneers, implants and cosmetic dentistry.

Whether you have natural teeth, crowns, veneers, implants or bridges, a good dental health care routine is vitally important.

  • Consider this: Your oral health impacts more than your smile. It is also about protecting your mouth from plaque, bacteria that weakens tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay and gum irritation. Plaque can cause periodontal disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • Ask yourself:
    • Do I have a daily dental health routine?
    • What kind of dental care products am I using?
    • Should I consider using additional dental health care tools?
  • Here are some tips and suggestions:
    • Remember to brush and floss at least twice a day for three minutes.
    • Choosing the right toothbrush is important!
    • Choose a brush that fits your mouth, has soft bristles rather than stiff and is easy to use, whether manual or electric.
    • Be gentle, focus on every tooth and don’t forget to brush your tongue! Bacteria hide in the crevices of the tongue and can be responsible for bad breath.
    • Use a fluoride toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
  • May we also suggest using:
    • A Waterpik – An essential tool for cleaning between crowns, veneers and implants. Its gentle massaging action is also good for your gums.
    • A Tongue Scraper – Designed to fit the curve of your tongue, it deeply scrapes and cleans your tongue’s surface, where the germs that cause bad breath tend to hide.
    • A Whitening Toothpaste – When used twice a day, surface stains on your teeth caused by coffee, tea and red wine are broken down by these peroxide-based toothpastes.
  • The rules for maintaining healthy teeth and gums apply to all ‘types’ of teeth!
  • Contact us today to schedule an consultation!