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Posts for: July, 2015

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  
TheTypeofToothPainYouHaveCouldbeTellingYouWhatsWrong

As with the rest of the body, tooth pain is an indication that something’s wrong. While the exact cause requires a dental exam, the location, quality and duration of the pain could narrow the possibilities. With that in mind, here are 3 types of tooth pain and what it might be telling you.

Sensitivity. Pain or discomfort when you eat or drink cold foods or bite down could mean you have a small area of decay in the tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface from gum recession. Dental work to repair a decayed tooth or filling could alleviate the pain; in the case of gum recession, you may need to reduce overaggressive brushing or seek treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, the two main causes of the condition.

Dull or lingering pain. A dull ache in the rear sinus area could indicate a problem with a back tooth — they share the same nerve pathways as the sinuses, so you may be feeling referred pain. In the case of lingering pain after eating or drinking something hot or cold, there may be decay within the inner pulp chamber of the tooth that’s damaging or even killing the nerve tissue. If so, a root canal treatment might be in order.

Sharp pain. That sudden, excruciating pain when you bite down could mean you’re experiencing advanced decay, a loose filling or possibly a cracked tooth. If the pain seems to radiate from the gums — and they’re swollen and sensitive — you may have developed an abscess brought on by periodontal (gum) disease. In all these cases, appropriate dental treatment like decay removal and filling, root canal treatment or plaque removal may be necessary, depending on the cause and extent of the problem.

Regardless of what kind of pain you’re feeling, you should see us as soon as possible — in many situations waiting will only make the problem worse. The sooner we discover the cause, the sooner we can begin the right treatment to solve the issue and alleviate your pain.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatment of tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Electric   Manuel  

Find out which toothbrush could best fit your dental needs.

When you wander down the oral care aisle of your local grocery store or drugstore, you may be surprised by all the different kinds of ToothBursh toothbrushes you have to choose from. Electric toothbrushes are certainly touted as giving the most thorough and effective teeth cleaning (aside from the powerful teeth cleaning your Bergen County, NJ dentist at Gentle Dentistry can give you, of course). So let's find out if this evidence is true, and discover which toothbrush will give you the healthiest smile.

Electric versus Manual: The Great Debate

Electric toothbrushes have certainly grown in popularity over the last few years. Some of these toothbrushes even offer fun designs and shapes to appeal to children. This may be enough for you to ask your Bergen County, NJ dentist if an electrical toothbrush is the best way to clean your smile.

We are here to tell you that research has not found electric toothbrushes to be more effective at cleaning teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush. The main factor in preventing cavities and tooth decay is how you brush your teeth. Since how you brush is key to a healthy smile, here are some things to consider before purchasing your next toothbrush:

Comfort: Some people, especially children, enjoy the fun vibrations of an electric toothbrush, which make them more likely to brush their teeth. If an electric toothbrush with fun colors or shapes gets your little one or even you to brush two times a day for two minutes each, then opt for that one.

Size: You also want to find a toothbrush head that is small enough to get into those hard-to-reach spots like behind those molars. For adults, this means you want to find a toothbrush that has a head no larger than a half-inch wide or one-inch tall.

Ease: Some patients with arthritis or other conditions that affect their dexterity may find it difficult to brush effectively with a traditional toothbrush. If this is the case, then it might be easier to opt for an electric toothbrush that does some of the work for you and can take pressure off sore muscles and joints.

Protection: Has your Bergen County, NJ dentist told you that you brush too hard? If so, you could be wearing away healthy enamel, which, over time, can cause some serious damage to your smile. Since electric toothbrushes already apply the necessary pressure, it might be safer on your smile to opt for this kind.

While at-home oral care is vitally important for healthy teeth and gums, it’s still just as important that you see your Bergen County, NJ dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. Only our specialized tools can remove tartar and plaque effectively. Call Gentle Dentistry today to schedule your next routine appointment.