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Posts for: December, 2016

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Children have a lot of energy that's often channeled through physical activities and sports. Unfortunately, this also increases their risk of injuries, particularly to their teeth.

Injuries to the mouth can endanger permanent teeth's survival. For an older tooth, a root canal treatment might be in order. Not so, though, for a pre-adolescent tooth, even if it is permanent.

A young permanent tooth is still developing dentin, the large layer just below the enamel. This growth depends on the connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves within the pulp in the center of the tooth. Because a root canal treatment removes all of this tissue, it could stunt dentin and root growth and endanger the tooth's future.

Instead, we may need to treat it with one of a number of modified versions of a root canal, depending on what we find. If the tooth's pulp is unexposed, for example, we may need only to remove the damaged dentin, while still leaving a barrier of dentin to protect the pulp. We then apply an antibacterial agent to minimize infection and fill in the area where we've removed tooth structure.

If some of the pulp is exposed, we may perform a pulpotomy to remove just the affected pulp and any overgrown tissue. We then place a substance that encourages dentin growth and seal it in with a filling. If we go deeper toward the root end, we might also perform procedures that encourage the remaining pulp to form into a root end to stabilize the tooth.

If the entire pulp has been damaged beyond salvage, we may then turn to a procedure called an apexification. In this case we clean out the pulp chamber; at the root end we place mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA), a growth stimulator that encourages surrounding bone to heal and grow. We then fill in the root canals and chamber with a special filling called gutta percha to seal the tooth.

The deeper we must penetrate into the pulp, the higher the chances the young tooth's dentin and roots won't form properly, leading to later problems and possible loss. But by employing the appropriate one of these methods, we can minimize the risk and give your child's damaged tooth a fighting chance.

If you would like more information on children and dental injuries, 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 “Saving New Permanent Teeth after Injury.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if your child could benefit from getting dental sealants in Bergen County.

You want to make sure that your child’s teeth stay healthy, we figured that much. Maybe you are still brushing your child’s teeth or maybe sealantsthey are doing it themselves at this point. You always think about their diet and make sure they are eating healthy, smile-friendly foods rather than foods and drinks that are unhealthy. However, there are some ways to protect your child’s teeth from cavities that only our Bergen County, NJ dentists can help with. Find out more about dental sealants and whether they are right for your child.

Dental sealants are a fast, simple, painless and inexpensive way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Dental sealants have been around for a while but they are an easy preventive treatment option for your little one.

What is a dental sealant?

This thin plastic material is placed over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, which contain a lot of grooves and pits, to prevent bacteria and plaque from getting into these fissures and causing decay. Molars are particularly susceptible to decay because of all these nooks and crannies and also because it’s often harder for children to get all the way in the back to properly clean every surface of these teeth. This is why dental sealants can be a wonderful protective measure for your child’s teeth.

Who should get dental sealants?

With more and more kids developing cavities early in life, it’s never too soon to be thinking of preventive measures to protect their teeth. Sealants are a great treatment for children who aren’t the best brushers or who forget to brush their teeth sometimes. Of course, even good brushers can miss spots and that’s why it’s a good idea to consider sealants once your child’s adult teeth start to erupt.

Do you have questions about dental sealants? If so, then it’s time to schedule an appointment for your little one with Gentle Dentistry in Bergen County, NJ. Let’s protect your child’s smile for life!