Thursday, 30 July 2015

Diabetes and Your Mouth # 1 : 4 Signs You May Have a Problem

Diabetes puts you at risk for dental problems. It impairs the ability to fight bacteria in your mouth. Having high blood sugar encourages bacteria to grow and contributes to gum disease. You may have gum disease if you have:

  • Gums that are red, sore, bleeding, or swollen, or that pull away from your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • An irregular bite or dentures that don't fit well

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Smile, It's Important

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about smiling and healthy teeth.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Bone Grafting to Reduce Bone Loss

Preserving Strong Bone

Sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary due to disease, decay, or trauma. A dental implant is the usual solution for a replacement. If a patient does not have sufficient strong bone in the jaw, an implant may not be suitable. Immediately after a tooth is extracted, bone density starts to diminish. We can provide a bone graft shortly after the extraction to preserve strong bone. Whether or not you decide to have an implant thereafter, grafting is important to reduce the loss of bone.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Aging & Your Oral Health

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about aging and your oral health.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Dental Overdentures

Increase Your Confidence with Overdentures

If you can no longer tolerate slipping and tilting dentures, we have a solution for you. Overdentures completely eliminate these problems. They provide the stability of implants to stop denture movement and keep food from being trapped. We are experienced in giving a great look as well as the correct fit. You will be worry-free and want to smile even more. Come in and let us tell you how we can solve your denture problem.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Oral Care On The Go

Ways And Products To Maintain Oral Care On The Go

These days, it seems like everybody is going non-stop. But just because you’re busy or traveling - whether for work or play - that’s no excuse for neglecting your daily dental care routine. One of the easiest ways to maintain oral care on the go is to carry a small container of floss with you. If you’re hiking or camping and want to travel light, floss takes up less space than your electric flosser.

A variety of products make oral care easier when you are traveling or time-strapped. Soft flosses, such as Oral-B’s Satin Floss, can be used by anyone. They slide easily between the teeth to make flossing faster and easier. Also, interdental brush cleaners, made of nylon bristles and narrow enough to fit between teeth, combine brushing and flossing for surfaces between the teeth.

If you are hiking, camping or traveling where space is at a premium, buy a small travel toothbrush that folds up. The brush will stay clean and it will take up less of your valuable space.

Another point: If you’re going to be traveling for an extended period of time, and especially if you will be traveling overseas or in the wilderness, be sure to schedule a checkup with your dentist before you go. The last thing you want is a dental health problem to erupt when you are far from reliable dental care. Problems can still occur, but you can reduce the risk by being as prepared as you can before you travel.

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Quick Nutrition Tips

Nutrition Tips
Following a proper and nutritious diet not only helps keep your body healthy, but your mouth as well. Nutrition plays an important role in the health and cleanliness of your teeth, gums and mouth.

Limit Soda, Coffee and Alcohol
Although these beverages contain a high level of phosphorous, which is a necessary mineral for a healthy mouth, too much phosphorous can deplete the body's level of calcium. This causes dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored. Therefore, it is best to choose beverages like milk, which helps strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel, giving you a healthy, beautiful smile.

Drink Tap Water When Possible
If bottled water is your main source of drinking water, you could be missing the decay-preventive benefits of fluoride.

Monitor Your Low-Carb Lifestyle
Despite their popularity, low-carb diets can cause bad breath. A balanced, dental-healthy diet can help reduce tooth decay.

Increase Your Calcium Intake
After age 20, both men and women lose more bone mass than they form so it is important to restore lost calcium with a daily supplement and by eating fruits and vegetables high in calcium, such as dark leafy greens. These foods will also help to lower the acid buildup in the saliva that can lead to breakdown of tooth enamel.

Take a Daily Dose of Vitamins C and D
These vitamins help support the absorption of healthy mouth minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which support the bone and gum tissue, keeping it healthy. This is an easy way to maintain dental hygiene and fight gum disease.

Put Out the Cigarette
Smoking cigarettes is one of the greatest contributors to the aging mouth. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 22 million women in the United States smoke cigarettes. In addition to staining teeth, smoking interrupts calcium absorption in the body and can also cause potentially life-threatening diseases such as oral cancer. So stop smoking and enjoy the health benefits as well as a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Oral Health for Senior Citizens

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about dental care for senior citizens.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Reduce Dental Cavities

Xylitol Can Help to Reduce Cavities

Xylitol is now the preferred sweetener approved by dentists and endorsed by dental associations in seven European countries. It is a naturally occurring substance produced by our own bodies and found in fruits and vegetables. Not only is it effective in preventing tooth decay, it is also effective in combating tooth decay from consuming foods high in sugar and starch. Xylitol is often used in chewing gum, candy, and dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. It has also been proven to help those suffering from allergies and is used in a nasal spray. 

We encourage our patients to use xylitol products if you want fewer cavities and improved respiratory health. Please feel free to ask us for information on xylitol.

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