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Posts for: April, 2019

By Glen Ridge Dental Arts
April 24, 2019
Category: Oral Health

How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.

Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”

How does she get her two young sons to do it?

Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”

As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:

Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!

Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.

The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.

Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.

For more information about oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read the interview with Mayim Bialik in the latest issue of Dear Doctor magazine.

April 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Top 6 Most Popular General Dentistry Procedures

Want a great smile? General dentists make up the vast majority of dentists in the United States. They diagnose, treat, and manage their dentistry procedurespatient's overall oral healthcare needs. General dentists have a wide array of tools at their disposal for improving your smile. Led by Dr. Paul Dionne, Glen Ridge Dental Arts (located in Montclair, NJ) offers a complete range of dental services. Here are 6 of the most popular general dentistry procedures available today.

1. Dental Implants. Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into your jawbone to hold a false tooth. There are many advantages to dental implants, including improved speech, easier eating, and improved appearance. Dental implants also stop bone loss and stimulate bone growth. Dental implants exert appropriate, natural forces on the jawbone to keep it healthy.

2. Dentures. A denture is a removable oral appliance that is used to replace missing teeth. A Replacing lost teeth with a denture improves your smile, improves your speech, and helps you chew food. Dentures also help keep facial muscles from sagging, which can make people look older. Dentures can last many years if you take good care of them. With proper care, a denture can last as long 10 years or more.

3. Dental Bonding. Dental bonding can be used for a variety of purposes. For instance, it may be used to repair cavities and fractured teeth. It may also be used to close gaps between teeth and hide tooth discoloration. Sometimes dental bonding is used to make teeth look longer or to change their shape, so that they appear more attractive. Dentists also use bonding to protect the exposed roots of teeth. Bonding can be completed in just one visit.

4. Dental Bridges. Fixed bridges are dental restorations that close the gaps where teeth are missing. A fixed dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth being held in place by crowns that have been cemented onto the adjacent teeth. A dental bridge can restore your smile and improve your appearance. Bridges look great and match natural teeth exceptionally well. A bridge will also improve your ability to chew food and prevent teeth shifting.

5. Teeth Whitening. Professional teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall appearance. Professional teeth whitening erases years of dental stains and the process is completely safe. Take-home teeth whitening involves customized dental trays filled with bleaching gel that you can use at home. Professional teeth whitening produces very effective results.

6. Dental Veneers. Dental veneers can help you achieve a Hollywood smile with no shots, no drilling and no pain! These wafer-thin, customized shells fit over the teeth changing their size, length, and shape. Dental veneers are used to repair teeth that are misaligned, worn-down, crooked, or fractured. It's also possible to fix gapped teeth through the use of dental veneers. The process of applying dental veneers usually involves two visits to your dentist.

Your smile. It defines you. It's a part of your personality. That's why it's important to take great care of your smile by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist in Montclair, NJ. If you want to improve your smile, call Glen Ridge Dental Arts at 973-748-7790 today to schedule a dental consultation in Montclair, NJ. We want you to live your best life!

By Glen Ridge Dental Arts
April 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay  

Each year thousands of people develop sinus infections from various causes. But there's one cause for sinusitis that might surprise you—tooth decay.

Tooth decay begins when the acid produced by oral bacteria erodes a tooth's enamel protection to create a small hole or cavity. Left untreated, the infection can move into the inner pulp of the tooth and tiny passageways leading to the roots called root canals. The decay can then infect and break down the structure of the supporting jawbone.

This could affect the sinus cavities, hollow air-filled spaces in the upper portion of the face. The maxillary sinus in particular sits behind the cheek bones just above the upper jaw. Tooth roots, particularly in back teeth, can extend quite near or even poke through the floor of the maxillary sinus.

If decay affects these roots, the bone beneath this floor may begin to break down and allow the bacterial infection to enter the sinus. We call this particular kind of sinus infection maxillary sinusitis of endodontic origin (MSEO), "endodontic" referring to the interior structure of teeth.

While advanced decay can show symptoms like pain or sensitivity with certain hot or cold foods, it's also possible to have it and not know it directly. But a recurring sinus infection could be an indirect indication that the root of your suffering is a deeply decayed tooth. Treating the sinus infection with antibiotics won't cure this underlying dental problem. For that you'll need to see a dentist or an endodontist, a specialist for interior tooth issues.

The most common way to treat deep tooth decay is with root canal therapy. In this procedure, the dentist enters the decayed tooth's pulp (nerve chamber) and root canals and removes the diseased tissue. They will then fill the empty pulp and root canals with a special filling and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. The procedure stops the infection and saves the tooth—and if you have MSEO, it eliminates the cause of the sinus infection.

So, if you're suffering from chronic sinus infections, you might talk with your dentist about the possibility of a tooth infection. A thorough examination might reveal a decayed tooth in need of treatment.

If you would like more information on how dental problems can affect your overall health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Glen Ridge Dental Arts
April 04, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Although teething is a natural part of your baby's dental development, it can be quite uncomfortable for them—and upsetting to you. During teething, children can experience symptoms like pain, drooling or irritability.

Teething is the two or three-year process of intermittent episodes of the primary ("baby") teeth moving through the gums. These episodes are like storms that build up and then subside after a few days. Your aim as a parent is to help your baby get through the "stormiest" times with as little discomfort as possible. To that end you may have considered using over-the-counter products that temporarily numb irritated gums.

Some of those numbing products, however, contain a pain reliever called benzocaine. In recent years, this and similar ingredients have been found to increase the level of a protein called methemoglobin in the bloodstream. Too much methemoglobin can result in less oxygen delivered to body tissues, a condition known as methemoglobinemia.

This oxygen decrease can cause shortness of breath, fatigue or dizziness. In its severest form it could lead to seizures, coma or even death. Children and infants are at high risk for benzocaine-induced methemoglobinemia, which is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned marketing for benzocaine products as pain relievers for teething infants and children.

Fortunately, there are alternatives for helping your child weather teething episodes. A clean, chilled (not frozen) teething ring or pacifier, or a cold, wet washcloth can help numb gum pain. You can also massage their gums with a clean finger to help counteract the pressure exerted by an emerging tooth. Be sure, though, that you're not allowing anything in your child's mouth like lead-based paint that could be toxic. And under no circumstances should you use substances containing alcohol.

For severe pain, consult your physician about using a pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and the proper dosage for your child. With these tips you can help your child safely pass through a teething episode.

If you would like more information on helping your child cope with teething discomfort, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.