Don’t Ignore a Toothache | Hoboken Dentist

Generally speaking, we have a bad habit of only scheduling dental appointments when we are in extreme pain. Tooth pain is caused by a reaction of the nerves inside a tooth’s pulp; the pain dependent upon the type and degree of the stimulus.

During these cooler months, you may find that you have a bit of sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink. It isn’t an issue if it only lasts a few moments after contact, but if it lasts longer, it could be caused by decay, a loose filling, or an exposed tooth root due to receding gums. If you find it’s painful biting down on food, it may be caused by decay or cracked teeth. An endodontist will need to perform a root canal to clean out the damaged nerve pulp within the tooth.

Constant pain along the gum line can be caused by periodontal disease, and can be accompanied by swelling and bleeding gums. This should be treated quickly, as an infection can spread causing significant health problems.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, be sure to make an appointment 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.

To learn more about toothaches, call Dr. Flynne Weingarten at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Ways to Brighten Your Smile | Hoboken Dentist

When you think of a great smile, we generally think of bright white teeth. The problem is, keeping up a bright white smile isn’t exactly easy. Our diets and lifestyle choices can hinder our teeth being their whitest. You can brush & floss every day, but your teeth may not keep its natural sheen. So what sort of options do we have? The following is a breakdown of some ways you can do at home:

Kitchen items. You can always make your own toothpaste with a little hydrogen peroxide and baking soda at home. But did you know that strawberries and bananas can produce similar results? Strawberries contain malic acid, which breaks down teeth stains, so crush a couple of berries with some baking soda. Even simpler, rubbing a banana peel over your teeth like a toothbrush will also shine up your smile due to the potassium.

Whitening products. 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. The products are effective at removing surface stains but should be used in moderation. They will vary in effectiveness, but all will give some type of whitening to your teeth.

In-office visits. 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.

To learn more about teeth whitening call Dr. Flynne Weingarten at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.