Monday, 29 December 2014

Recognizing and Treating Oral Thrush

Recognizing and Treating Oral Thrush
Oral thrush, also known oral candidiasis, is a condition that occurs when a fungus called Candida albicans builds up on the lining of your mouth.

Anyone can develop oral thrush, but babies, young children, older adults, or anyone with a compromised immune system due to an illness such as HIV are more susceptible. Conversely, candidiasis lesions can be an early sign of an HIV infection.

The main symptom of oral thrush is creamy white lesions in the mouth, usually on the tongue or inner cheeks. In some cases, the lesions may appear on the roof of the mouth or on the back of the throat.

Interestingly, oral thrush is not caused by poor oral hygiene. Thrush is caused when the naturally occurring fungi in the body get out of balance, which is why the very old, very young, and people with weak immune systems are at higher risk. Good oral hygiene, however, is an essential part of treating oral thrush. Healthy adults and children can recover fairly easily from the infection, especially if they follow a complete oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily proper flossing.

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Better Image Dentistry
Drew Fairweather, DMD, Michael H. Dodd, DMD
21 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 214-7686
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Children's Dentistry

 Children's Dentistry Bridgewater NJ
Kids Dentist Bridgewater NJYour Kids and Our Care
Our doctors use the latest techniques to make your child's dental care comfortable and efficient. They deliver treatment with thoughtfulness and compassion, putting their young patients at ease to relax and enjoy their visits.

Our team teaches them how to brush and floss properly to help them keep their teeth for a lifetime. We enjoy all their visits starting at age three, and love building relationships as they grow and change each year.

No More Fears of Dental Visits

We strive to make a difference by eliminating the nervousness children may feel when they come to the dentist. Whether your child is overly active or even afraid, our approach and skill allow them to actually enjoy their visits. We have many happy parents who can attest to this!

Children Are Prone to Cavities
At every visit, we encourage children to take care of their teeth every day with proper brushing and flossing. Their teeth can develop cavities more easily than an adult's teeth due to several factors.

Kids typically do not brush thoroughly on their own. We advise parents to participate in their child's daily hygiene until they do a good job without help. Children also eat frequently throughout the day, and eating produces acid in the mouth. Continual exposure to acid can cause more cavities.

If teeth are not clean to begin with, this stimulates continued acid production and will increase the rate that cavities develop. We encourage children to eat healthy foods and continue to clean their teeth each day. We also recommend one application of a mineralizing sealant to greatly reduce the chance of cavities developing. 


Better Image Dentistry
Drew Fairweather, DMD, Michael H. Dodd, DMD
21 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 214-7686
BetterImageDentistry.com

Monday, 8 December 2014

Preventive Dentistry

Gum Disease Treatment Bridgewater NJ
Lost Teeth Due to Gum Disease
Most tooth loss is due to infected gums, not decay. There may or may not be symptoms. Signs of infected gums are red and painful gums and bleeding gums from brushing and flossing. If treatment begins before the infection is advanced, there are easier, nonsurgical methods to combat the problem. Otherwise, surgery may be the only option.

Gum Disease Linked to Serious Health Problems
Medical research has proven that gum disease plays a role in the development of potentially fatal diseases such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Dentists now consider periodontal disease a much worse condition than losing your teeth - you can lose your life. Eight out of ten Americans have some stage of infected gums, as estimated by the American Dental Association. This is at an epidemic level, and if it were another type of life-threatening disease would receive more attention from the general public.

The bacteria infecting the gums flow throughout the body via the bloodstream, affecting other vital organs. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that "studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases."

Effective Ways to Treat Gum Disease
Gum surgery is often the only way to remedy advanced cases of periodontal disease, as you are at the point of nearly losing your teeth. In less severe cases, nonsurgical methods are often very successful in reversing the problem. Together with thorough daily hygiene, the infection can be stopped. Both methods are generally covered by most insurance plans.
Missing One Tooth Can Cause Other ProblemsPeriodontal Disease Treatment Dentist Bridgewater NJLosing even one tooth can cause other teeth to start to shift, move, and even loosen. It also affects how well you chew and your ability to obtain nutrients from food. If too many teeth are missing, you may start to eat softer foods that are less nutritious; often these types of foods result in unwanted weight gain. Without the support of a full set of dentures, your face may seem to sink, giving you an aged appearance. Speech can be affected too, resulting in embarrassment.

The best solution is to replace lost teeth with dental implants for as many teeth as you have missing. They look completely natural and function like regular teeth. Even a dentist would have a hard time telling they were not your original teeth.

An Effective Way to Reverse Gum Disease
More teeth are lost due to gum disease than either decay or trauma. Our doctors use an Wellness Dentistry Bridgewater NJeffective antibiotic called ARESTIN™ to eliminate the bacteria. It is time released and applied directly to the infected pockets between teeth and gums. The powder works through the use of invisible microspheres to combat the disease painlessly, and succeeds in killing all the bacteria to allow your gums to return to a state of health.

We Provide Wellness Dentistry
Wellness Care is a different type of approach to maintaining your good health. Instead of waiting until you are sick, it addresses any problem before you reach that state.

We use this same idea in our practice by providing a thorough examination to identify any potential dental issues. We search for oral cancer, gum disease, and signs of worn or distressed teeth. We observe your bite to see if your teeth come together properly. We also discuss with you how to avoid certain problems. Many patients have never had such a complete dental check-up, but love our preventive approach. We want to take care of problems before they develop to the level of affecting your overall health.


Better Image Dentistry
Drew Fairweather, DMD, Michael H. Dodd, DMD
21 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 214-7686
BetterImageDentistry.com

Monday, 1 December 2014

Clear Dental Braces Dentist

Clear Dental Braces Dentist Bridgewater NJ 
Invisalign Dentist Bridgewater NJ

Invisible Orthodontics to Straighten Your Teeth in Less Time
If you have been putting off having braces because you do not want the appearance of metal braces on your teeth, let us welcome you to the innovative world of Invisalign™ invisible aligners. These orthodontics are barely noticeable and will straighten all the usual problems of crossbite, underbite, overbite, overcrowding, and widely spaced teeth in only 9 - 15 months!

The Invisalign system uses 3-D computer imaging to formulate a complete treatment plan. It starts with the current alignment of your teeth and progresses to your new look with straight, even teeth. Thermoplastic aligners are made from the computerized plan. They are like whitening trays and fit over your teeth. Approximately every two weeks you progress to the next set of aligners, and continue to do so until you reach your final goal with a new smile. Evaluation is made in our office at one-month intervals. Total treatment time varies according to your needs and goals.

Comfort, Ease, and Discreetness with Invisalign

There are advantages to straightening your teeth with Invisalign. Most people like the fact
Preferred Invisalign Dentist Bridgewater NJthat they are nearly invisible and do not significantly alter the appearance of their teeth during correction. Someone would have to look extremely closely to notice that you are wearing aligners. This increases your confidence throughout active treatment.

Comfort is another benefit of these aligners. They are easy to wear in one piece with no wires wrapped around brackets and no mouth irritation. No headgear is necessary, and trips to the dentist for progress checks are minimal. Even better, you can eat and drink whatever you like during your treatment time. The aligners are removable for proper cleaning, so there are no food or drink restrictions. It is easy to keep your teeth clean by removing the aligners and brushing and flossing for proper daily hygiene and then easily re-insert them to continue alignment progress. 





Better Image Dentistry
Drew Fairweather, DMD, Michael H. Dodd, DMD
21 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 214-7686
BetterImageDentistry.com