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Dental Health Information

Our Family Dentistry practice focuses on your complete dental health which includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions affecting the teeth, gums and what’s called the “maxillofacial” areas of the body, which are associated with the jaw and face.

Dental Health and Preventative Care

The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist at least every six months to take full advantage of the "preventative" treatments and therapies available today for proper hygiene and bite alignment for the optimal function and appearance of your teeth and gums. Regular checkups and proper maintenance can prevent the development of serious dental problems that may become quite costly to restore to health if left untreated.

Proper dental hygiene includes primarily brushing your teeth and flossing. Twice a day or after meals, each time, make sure you brush for at least 3 minutes with an ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Ask your dentist for suggestions as to the best products for your use in cleaning your teeth as part of a daily routine.

Plaque builds up in and around your teeth and gums resulting in bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Infections can develop in children and adults who do not take proper care of their teeth and gums. Other dental health tools available for proper dental hygiene can be purchased from any good pharmacy, and can include toothbrushes, inter-dental cleaners like picks, waxed and un-waxed floss, mouth rinses and more.

Dental Disease

If you have swollen and bleeding gums, this usually means that you may have a periodontal disease and your gums may be infected with bacteria. Dental disease may take many forms such as:

Plaque.  When bacteria accumulates it forms plaque, a gelatinous substance that allows bacteria to thrive and manufacture tooth-eating acids. Your best defense? Good oral hygiene.

Cavities.  When bacteria eats through a tooth's enamel, you get cavities. Your dentist will drill out and fill these holes to stop decay.

Periodontal disease is disease of the gums. You may have heard of Gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by plaque and tartar. Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which causes gum recession, damage to soft and hard tissues, and can lead to loss of the tooth.

Other Problems: Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) and myofacial pain dysfunciton (MPD) are two stress-related dental disorders.  These can cause pain in the teeth and jaw. If you suffer from tenderness or tension in the cheek muscles, if you can’t open your mouth wide, or if you hear unusual sounds like clicking, cracking, or popping when you open your mouth, you may have a stress-related dental disorder.

Root Canal - Symptoms

Got tooth pain?  Don’t fear the root canal.  If you need this procedure, it will be the solution that alleviates your pain and will bring you welcome relief. Endondontic or “root canal” therapy is used to resolve many dental problems including inflamed nerves, dying or dead nerves, cracked teeth, and more.  The symptoms may differ depending upon the condition that exists.  In any case, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your dentist to schedule an appointment:

  • Persistent tooth pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or eating hot or cold foods.
  • Persistent pain or swelling when chewing or biting on a tooth or a tooth that is sensitive to the touch.
  • Your toothache pain wakes you up at night and you are taking pain relievers.
  • You have a sore or bump in your mouth, especially if it bleeds.
  • You have pain in one tooth then radiates to other teeth or to your jaw or head.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your dental Hygienist and Dentist will perform examinations of your mouth, teeth and gums to identify existing or potential oral health problems. We will look for signs and symptoms from our patients’ medical and dental history and from our examination to determine if there is any risk for disease such as oral cancer and periodontal disease. When a risk is identified, your dentist will conduct the appropriate screening and diagnostic tests to confirm any presence of disease.

Treatments are designed to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease or pyorrhea). Whether the treatment is a restoration such as fillings, or an extraction, scaling or endodontic root canal, your dentist will recommend the best procedure to treat and cure your particular problem. 

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973-777-2524 or 973-473-8543