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Posts for: May, 2016

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Have your teeth darkened, stained or yellowed over time? The American Dental Association says that the 5 top reasons for changes in teeth whiteningtooth enamel color are:

  • dietary choices (coffee, red wine, blueberries, soy sauce)
  • the aging process
  • smoking and chewing tobacco
  • pharmaceuticals such as chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, high blood pressure medications, and tetracycline, among others)
  • accidents, such as a blow to the mouth, or procedures, such as root canal therapy

While professional teeth whitening procedures from your Bergen County dentist won't brighten intrinsic stains from drugs or trauma, it will significantly change teeth discolored from extrinsic sources such as diet and smoking. What kind of teeth whitening is best? Ask your dentists at Gentle Dentistry of Haworth, NJ.

How Teeth Whitening Works

All teeth whitening systems--whether over the counter strips or professionally applied gels--use some form of hydrogen peroxide. Combined with water, hydrogen peroxide essentially bleaches away staining material caught in the mineral matrix of the tooth enamel. Use of store-bought products runs the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity and of simply not working. On the other hand, professional teeth whitening is fully supervised to minimize or eliminate sensitivity and to maximize effectiveness.

At-home and In-office Teeth Whitening

At Gentle Dentistry of Bergen County, your dentist will help you decide what kind of teeth whitening is right for your smile. A thorough oral exam always precedes any cosmetic dentistry service, including teeth whitening. Your doctor wants to be sure teeth are free of extensive restorations, decay and gum disease. It's important to note that whitening does not work on crowns, porcelain veneers and tooth-colored fillings.

If an individual is a good whitening candidate, they may choose the fast in-office treatment or the more gradual at-home application. The dental team carefully protects the soft tissues of the mouth with a rubber dam or retractor and swabs on the powerful peroxide gel. In about an hour, the gel is removed, and teeth look up to 8 full shades brighter.

The at-home version features custom-made whitening trays that fit on the top and bottom teeth. The patient fills the trays with supplied hydrogen peroxide gel and wears the trays for the prescribed amount of time daily for about 2 weeks. The at-home results, while more gradual, are just as spectacular as the in-office kind!

With good oral hygiene--brushing and flossing twice daily--and semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at Gentle Dentistry you can make sure your teeth whitening lasts. Touch-ups, limiting staining foods and smoking cessation are highly recommended.

Would You Like to Smile Confidently?

You can with professional teeth whitening from Gentle Dentistry in Bergen County. Set-up a cosmetic dentistry consultation today, and ask about professional teeth whitening and other great services to transform your smile and your self-confidence. Call (201) 384-1611 for an appointment.

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  

As a parent you’re always on the lookout for dangers to your toddler’s well-being: sharp corners on furniture, uneven walks or the occasional stomach bug. But a situation could be brewing in their mouth you might not be aware of until it’s become a full-blown problem.

The silent danger is tooth decay, which could be developing as early as infancy. Undiagnosed and untreated, it could ultimately cause premature loss of primary (“baby”) teeth with adverse effects on the eruption of incoming permanent teeth.

Tooth decay arises from certain strains of mouth bacteria, often passed down from parent to child. These bacteria produce acid as a byproduct after feeding on carbohydrates (especially sugars). The more food available, the more acid they produce. This wreaks havoc on tooth enamel, the teeth’s outer protective covering by softening and dissolving its mineral content. This gives decay an opening to infect the interior of a tooth.

Combine inadequate hygiene practices (especially brushing) with poor dietary habits, and you have the conditions for a perfect disease storm in your child’s mouth. That’s why you should begin oral hygiene as soon as you notice their first teeth. Wiping them with a clean, wet cloth is sufficient in the beginning, but you should start daily brushing (with fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen young enamel) by their first birthday.

You should also practice good dietary habits. For example, avoid giving an infant or toddler a bottle filled with juice, milk or formula to sleep with through the night — the constant sipping bathes the mouth in sugars bacteria feed on. Instead, use plain water. You should also focus on nutrition from the get-go to help build overall good health as well as strong teeth and gums.

As an added measure, begin regular dental visits by their first birthday. A checkup and cleaning every six months will help us detect early tooth decay and lessen its impact. We can also provide sealants and topical fluoride to give added protection against decay.

Catching and treating decay early before it gets too far is the best way to prevent early tooth loss. Your child’s future dental health might depend on it.

If you would like more information on your child’s dental care, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”