How Do I Keep My Pearly Whites Pearly? | Hoboken Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-126819730When you think of a great smile, what qualities are you looking for? Chances are, you are going to say straight teeth and white teeth are at the top of the list for a great smile, dimples coming in a close third. The problem is, having a fantastic smile isn’t as easy as it seems. Corrective surgery can help out with the physical structure, but keeping up a bright white smile is an entirely different animal. Our diets and lifestyle choices can hinder your teeth being their pearliest and there’s nothing you can really do to help it. We need to eat to survive. You can brush & floss every day, but your teeth may not keep its natural sheen. Having a professional take care of it in a single appointment is obviously the best way to go, but that can get pricey. So what sort of options do we have while we wait for these dental visits? Over-the-counter versions give you the luxury of doing it at home, but how good are the results? Is there a better, more natural version available? How do you decide? The following is a breakdown of some ways you can do at home:

First let’s start with the things you may have lying around the house as we speak – food. You would be surprised by some foods that can actually help whiten our teeth while also keeping us healthy. You can always make your own toothpaste with a little hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Known as an age old go-to product, this is the DIY way for you to replicate the manufactured products at home. But did you know that strawberries and bananas can produce similar results? Strawberries contain malic acid, and malic acid is fantastic at breaking down teeth stains. A couple berries crushed into some baking soda is a great, and fruity, version of the more chemical version. Even simpler, rubbing a banana peel over your teeth like a toothbrush will also shine up your smile. The minerals in a banana, like potassium, will absorb into your teeth and brighten it in a very healthy way.

Whitening products sold over the counter in the form of strips, trays, or paste work by using the oxidizing agents to remove pigment on the surface of the enamel. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are commonly used in these products and contain 3 to 10 percent hydrogen-peroxide level, as opposed to the 15 to 38 percent level dentists can use. The products are effective at removing surface stains but should be used in moderation. They vary in price and instruction and which version you choose is up to you. They will vary in effectiveness, but all will give some type of whitening to your teeth.

But regardless which way you choose to go about keeping your teeth white in between whitening appointments, nothing will have a better result than a good professional whitening session. Now there’s ZOOM! whitening, a treatment that can either be applied by your professional, or customized so you can do it in the privacy of your home. Ask your dental professional which whitening options will work best for you. And prepare for the compliments to roll in.

For more information about teeth whitening by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit  www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.

Childhood Gum Disease | Hoboken Dentist

122406213When it comes to our children, we do whatever we can to make sure they are healthy and happy. And while they only have their first set of teeth right now, there is no reason why they can’t start to cultivate a really great oral care routine that will last a lifetime. After all, just because we get two sets to deal with before we even hit adulthood doesn’t mean we can teach them fundamentals early. Sure, ask a child what they’d like to eat and chances are they will choose something full of sugar and not the best option. But did you know they can actually get gum disease? Yes, even little people can have gum disease issues. Here are the top three versions of gum disease that affect them most.

Chronic gingivitis. Common with children, chronic gingivitis causes gum tissue to turn red, swollen, even bloody. Easily preventable with good hygiene and regular dental visits, this type of gum disease is a common childhood issue that can be bypassed with good fundamentals. Because children are losing lots of teeth during this time, mistaking a more serious issue as your typical growing process is something that is pretty typical. Look for the signs. If they are complaining about brushing and they say it hurts when they do, it may be time to pay you dentist a visit to ensure there isn’t something more serious.

Aggressive Periodontitis. This one will not affect the younger children as much as it will the bigger kids and can affect even the healthiest of patients. Focusing mainly on the molars and incisor teeth, it is characterized by a severe alveolar bone loss.

Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis. Similar to aggressive periodontitis, the generalized version tends to affect those going through puberty and will affect the entire mouth. Inflamed gums and extreme plaque and calculus are distinctive traits of this version. The hormonal imbalance we go through during this time of our young lives makes it very easy for adolescents to develop gum disease. The more hormones raging through their blood, the more sensitive gums are and easily susceptible to irritations. Keeping a good dental regime will help them get through this tough time. As they progress through puberty, being prone to infections will also lessen.

It is important to provide your child with a good role model when it comes to keeping up good oral health. It will prevent them from having a lot of painful days and isn’t that what we want for them as parents?

For more information about childhood gum disease by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.

Toothaches Are Nothing to Ignore | Hoboken Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-452459879Many patients tend to schedule dental visits only when they have an immediate need, such as tooth pain. Generally speaking, pain is a protective response that ranges from minor sensitivity to severe pain and informs the body that something is wrong. As for tooth pain, it is caused by a reaction of the nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber with the severity dependent upon the type and degree of the stimulus. There are many different types of dental pain, for example:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink may not be a serious problem, especially if only lasts a few moments after contact; however, if it lasts longer than a few moments, it could be caused by decay, a loose filling, or an exposed tooth root due to receding gums.
  • Pain when biting down on food is often caused by decay or cracked teeth, and depending on the severity of the decay, may require an endodontist to perform a root canal to clean out the damaged nerve pulp within the tooth.
  • A dull ache or feeling of pressure above your upper teeth may not be tooth related at all – sometimes it can be sinus congestion from a cold or flu. Of course, it could also be tooth related, as dull aches can also be caused by grinding or clenching, which can cause significant problems to your teeth over time.
  • Constant pain along the gum line can be caused by periodontal disease, and can be accompanied by swelling and bleeding gums. Periodontal disease should be treated quickly, as it often involves both teeth and gums, and the infection can spread causing significant health problems.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, be sure to make an appointment to have your dentist check on the underlying cause as soon as possible. Finding and treating the cause early can save both pain and money, as most of the underlying causes of pain tend to become more expensive to fix the longer they’re left untreated. Regular cleanings and checkups are a great opportunity for your dentist to find small problems before they turn into big problems, hopefully keeping your mouthy healthy enough that you’ll have no tooth pain at all.

For more information about oral health by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.