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Posts for: February, 2015

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
February 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
TheSecretsBehindVannaWhitesSmile

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
February 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medication  
NewGuidelinesIssuedforAdministeringAntibioticsBeforeaDentalProcedure

One of the possible side effects of dental work is the introduction of oral bacteria into the bloodstream, a condition known as bacteremia. Although not unusual — it can also occur when you eat or brush your teeth — bacteremia could trigger a dangerous infection for some patients.

For many years, we in the dental profession have taken extra precautions with two such categories of patients: those with congenital (“at birth”) heart conditions who are more susceptible to infective endocarditis, a life-threatening infection of the heart lining or heart valves; and patients who’ve undergone joint replacements and are at a higher risk of developing blood-borne infections at the replacement site. It’s been a standard practice for many years to administer antibiotics to patients in these two categories sometime before they undergo a dental procedure as a way of curtailing the effects of any resulting bacteremia.

Recently, however, the guidelines for antibiotic pretreatment for dental work have changed as two major medical associations have revised their recommendations on the procedure. The American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends dentists administer antibiotic pretreatment only to heart patients with a history of endocarditis, artificial valves or repairs with artificial material, heart transplants with abnormal heart valve function and other similar conditions.

Likewise after a series of joint studies with the American Dental Association on infections in dental patients with orthopedic implants, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons no longer recommends pretreatment for artificial joint patients. It’s now left to the dentist and patient to determine whether antibiotics before a procedure is appropriate based on the patient’s medical history. For example, premedication may still be prudent for joint replacement patients with compromised immune systems caused by systemic illnesses like cancer or diabetes.

Although the guidelines have narrowed, it’s still important for you tell us about any heart condition you may have, or if you’ve undergone any type of joint replacement therapy. It’s also advisable for you to discuss with your primary doctor how your condition might be impacted by any proposed or scheduled dental procedure. Our aim is to always minimize any risk to your overall health as we treat your dental needs.

If you would like more information on antibiotic treatment before dental procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Gentle Dentistry
February 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum disease  

Discover the minimally invasive dentistry treatment that effectively treats gum disease.

While gum disease is rather common, it doesn’t mean that it should go ignored. If left untreated this condition causes irritation, sensitivity and even tooth and bone loss. To prevent these serious dental issues from occurring it’s important to see your Bergen County, NJ dentist right away for treatment. One minimally invasive treatment known as Perio Protect Method® could help effectively combat your gum disease.

How Gum Disease Develops

Bacteria are to blame for the development of gum disease. While gum disease can be prevented with thorough brushing and Gum Diseaseflossing, if you don’t do this regularly or effectively you risk leaving plaque and food particles behind. If the plaque isn’t removed it can quickly turn to tartar, which your toothbrush won’t be able to get rid of. The bacteria responsible for gum disease then attach themselves to the tartar where they grow and thrive.

For those with serious forms of gum disease, the bacteria begin to form deep infected pockets within the gums. These pockets will continue to get larger, eventually separating the teeth from the gums and the bones. This leads to tooth loss. While laser treatment and even surgery can be options for treating serious forms of gum disease, there is an easier and less invasive way. For more on gum problems and disease visit our page.

About The Perio Protect Method®

The Perio Protect Method® uses a set of clear dental trays to deliver medication to the infected gums and pockets where the bacteria are growing. This easy-to-use system only requires you to place medication into the trays and to wear the trays all from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to worry about sitting in the dentist chair for hours to receive treatment. Now you can effectively treat your gum disease at home.

However, you will still need to see your dentist for routine cleanings. These cleanings in conjunction with the Perio Protect Method will ensure that you get the healthiest smile. Some patients only have to wear the trays for a few minutes a day and as healing begins and your gum disease improves, we will change how often you need to receive treatment in order to manage your condition.

If you want to find out whether the Perio Protect Method® could help reduce your gum disease problems. Call your Bergen County, NJ dentist, Gentle Dentistry, today to find out more or to schedule a consultation.