Is Your Mouth the Cleanest It Can Be? | Hoboken Dentist

We know that we need to brush on a daily in order to keep our teeth their cleanest. But how often have you thought about how clean your toothbrush is? Not only because you keep it in the bathroom, but because you stick it in your mouth every day. As you reach for your toothbrush every morning, think about what’s hanging out on its bristles. Now, don’t get freaked out, but researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria! In fact, studies have found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth. Toothbrushes also don’t have to be sold in sterile packaging, so they may even have bacteria right out of the box.

With all of these germs surrounding our toothbrushes, what do we do to keep them clean? Make sure to run your toothbrush under tap water and then let it air dry in an upright position. You should allow sufficient time for your toothbrush to dry before you decide to use it again. If you are really worried about bacteria and germs, soak your tooth brush in a mouth wash solution, or use some hydrogen peroxide mixed with water to form your own solution.

Now that we have an idea about its care, how often do you need a new one? There isn’t a real specific answer, however the American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush about every three months.

To learn more about toothbrushes, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers | Hoboken Dentist

When thinking about improving the look of your smile, it is important to weigh out the pro and cons of each option. Porcelain veneers are one of the most natural looking restorations in cosmetic dentistry, while also providing durability and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel. The porcelain veneers are fingernail thin, shells that are directly bonded over damaged, misshapen or stained teeth and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

Advantages of porcelain veneers:

  • They are stain-resistant to classic stains like coffee, tea, soda and smoke, so they won’t have any discoloration over time
  • Porcelain veneers can improve multiple flaws such as stains, cracks, gaps or discoloring
  • Porcelain produces natural looking results because the material mimics the light reflecting properties of the natural tooth
  • The material is very durable, and the strength can be comparable to natural tooth enamel, also have a lifespan of 10-20 years, making them a great investment with proper maintenance
  • Porcelain veneers produce fast and dramatic results, such as whiter or bolder teeth
  • It is more conservative than a full crown, by persevering more of your natural tooth
  • The shape, color and size are all customized just for you

Few disadvantages include:

  • The shape or color cannot be alter once bonded to your tooth.
  • If broken, the whole veneer has to be replaced.
  • They can be quite pricey, costing around $1,000 per tooth

Overall, there are many more advantages than disadvantages when picking porcelain veneers. So if you are in the market to improve your smile, make an appointment with your dental professional to discuss a treatment plan to getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Looking After Your Child’s Dental Health | Hoboken Dentist

children losing teethBecause we are aware that children will lose their first set of teeth, we tend to think that their dental hygiene isn’t all that important. After all, the first set completely falls out – why do they need to be looked after? They shouldn’t be overlooked because the first set sets to tone for the second set. If you have dental issues in the beginning, it is possible for those same issues to plague the following set. So, as soon as you child begins to show they are beginning to teethe, or it’s their first birthday, take them to a dental professional. They will not only give you indications of any issues that may arise in the future but can also alleviate any dental anxiety going forward.

Plaque has bacteria that produces toxins and damages gums. The bacteria gather around pockets in your gums. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. This will lead to bleeding gums and gums pulling away from the teeth. Eventually teeth will become loose and possibly fall out. As you begin to teach your child dental hygiene practices, keep these tips in mind to help your child ward off gum disease:

  • Be sure your child brushes twice a day for two minutes and flosses as well
  • Brush with toothpaste that has fluoride
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush; replace every 3 months or after any illness
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy diet. Avoid sugary snacks and junk food
  • Take your child for regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings

To learn more about pediatric dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

A New Parent’s Guide to Dental Hygiene | Hoboken Dentist

When we have a newborn, we are consumed with all the different ways we can be perfect parents. We buy the books, we dote on our child and put up a proverbial force field around them. One aspect of health we tend to overlook is dental health. Because you are in charge of your child’s dental health until they can do it themselves, get a head start from infancy with these tips:

Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.

As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. If you are considering using toothpaste, ask your dentist first. It’s usually unnecessary the first two years.

To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.

Let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then the parent can follow up to ensure that all plaque is removed.

Usually by age 5 or so, the child can learn to brush his or her own teeth with proper parental instruction. The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene. Make it a family affair!

To learn more about pediatric dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Toothpaste: Is It Necessary? | Hoboken Dentist

As we embark on a brand-new year, we do our best to try to put our best selves forward. We change our bad habits into good ones and hope for the best. After all, a great year needs a sense of self-confidence that helps the universe see you and send those good tidings. We break out our new threads and get a new haircut – everything needed to start the year off right. But what about your smile? How can you brighten this year with a dingy grin? It’s time for some TLC to our teeth.

Ever wondered why we use toothpaste? Sure, we are all taught that toothpaste helps to clean our teeth of plaque and food debris without damaging our delicate enamel. While some toothpaste can be created with a little water and baking soda, we tend to opt for the over-the-counter options. These toothpastes contain fluoride which helps to protect enamel. If you are looking for additional advantages to your dental hygiene routine, you may choose a specific toothpaste, including those that brighten our teeth, help with sensitivity or reduce plaque. Toothpaste is a huge part of preventive dental care.

Toothpaste is made up of several ingredients that help to clean your teeth, such as:

Abrasives. These help to remove stains and plaque.

Detergents. Detergents are what makes the toothpaste foam once it hits your mouth. It helps to dislodge food debris.

Humectants. Gives the toothpaste texture and moisture.

Thickeners. Helps the toothpaste stay on your brush and squeeze out of the tube that way it does.

Preservatives, flavoring and coloring. These give toothpaste the look and taste it has.

To learn more about proper dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Are You Taking Good Care of Your Teeth? | Hoboken Dentist

According to the American Dental Association, an individual should be brushing their teeth two times a day for at least two minutes. Are you surprised by this fact? Are you brushing enough? Two minutes is just barely the appropriate amount of time to sufficiently remove dirt from the front and back ends of the teeth. After you have brushed your teeth for at least two minutes, use dental floss to get in between and hard to reach areas. Floss removes any extra food particles left in between teeth. If left untouched, those particles may turn into plaque, resulting in a higher risk for gum disease.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. The process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, reminiscent to a shoe shine fella’s rag. What you’re trying to do is gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Finally, rinse your mouth with an ADA-approved mouthwash to seal the cleanliness in and for a trace of fresh breath and there you have it – the ideal dental routine.

To learn more about proper dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Take a Deeper Look at Your Little One’s Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

thumb suckingWe want nothing but the best for our children, especially when it comes to their health. And while a fact of life that they will lose those baby teeth, it doesn’t give any reason to neglect their dental health. Dental appointments should start early, so any issues can be caught before they become worsened. X-rays are valuable diagnostic tools dentists may use to help evaluate your child’s teeth and your dentist may suggest getting one done every six months in order to track progress. Here is a quick x-ray rundown:

Bitewing x-rays. These X-rays are used to view the areas between teeth to show where cavities are starting, but only done once the molars make contact. In some children, this doesn’t happen until the first permanent molar has erupted.

Periapical x-rays. Periapical x-rays show the supporting bone structure of the teeth and the permanent teeth growing below the baby teeth and used to look for abscesses and gum disease.

Panoramic x-rays. These x-rays are used to view all of the teeth on one film, especially to show the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and the sinuses above the upper teeth. They are often used if a child has hurt his or her face, has orthodontic problems, or is mentally or physically disabled.

Occlusal x-rays. Used to view most of the upper or lower teeth on one film, these are useful when the dentist does not have a panoramic x-ray machine.

Orthodontic x-rays (cephalometric or lateral skull). Used to evaluate growth of the jaws and the relationship of bones in the skull, these help to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

To learn more about x-rays, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Crowns and Bridges, but Not the UK | Hoboken Dentist

Having a nice smile is not only an attractive feature to have, but it can also help to stay healthy. Because our mouths are the first line of defense to our overall health, keeping our dental health is very important. If we have a flaw, whether accidental or due to disease, it is a good idea to have it fixed in order to prevent future dental issues. Many of these issues can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry, like crowns and bridges.

Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dentist. But what is the difference between the two?

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

A crown covers a damaged tooth in order to strengthen a damaged tooth, improve the tooth’s appearance or shape, and fix alignment issues. Your dental professional may suggest a crown to…

  • Attach a bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protect weak teeth
  • Repair fractured teeth
  • Cover a dental implant, discolored tooth or a tooth that has had a root canal

Crowns and bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Your typical practice of good oral hygiene and avoiding hard foods such as ice are just a couple of simple ways to ensure your crowns and bridges last a lifetime.

To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Your Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

We are on the eve of the sweetest holiday of all. Yes, it’s a dentist’s archenemy – Halloween. If you have a family, you are sure to be carving pumpkins and dressing up in your scariest costumes to venture out into the night in search for candy confections. It is a fun time for the entire family, but it is also very important not to forget about our dental hygiene during these candy-covered events. After feasting on these spooky treats, keep these dental tips in mind:

Babies and children:

  • Clean each new tooth gently with a clean wet washcloth. As your baby grows you can switch to a child’s toothbrush.
  • Do not use toothpaste on a child younger than 2 years old.
  • Do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle. This leads to what is called “baby bottle tooth decay.”
  • Take your child to the dentist regularly starting at 1 year of age.

Teenagers:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • If your teenager plays sports be sure they wear a protective mouth guard.
  • Make sure they see the dentist for all regular checkups.

Adults:

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Check with your doctor to make sure any medications you are taking might damage your teeth.
  • Check your mouth regularly for sores, red swollen gums or anything out of the ordinary.
  • See your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.

To learn more about dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Why Getting Veneers Is the Ideal Choice | Hoboken Dentist

If there is anything we envy celebrities for is their fantastic Hollywood smiles. Those bright, shiny pearly whites not only look perfect but never seem to stain or have a single flaw. Porcelain laminates, or veneers, offer superior benefits over other cosmetic dental procedures, like dental crowns or braces. These fingernail-thin shells, which are adhered to the front surface of the tooth, solve a myriad of aesthetic problems with just a single treatment. Sound too good to be true? Here are ten reasons why you are going to want veneers:

Natural looking. Porcelain is a translucent material that mimics the look, luster, and feel of enamel.

Achieve that Hollywood smile. When adhered to the front surface of your teeth, veneers you’re your teeth look instantly whiter.

Straighten the crooked. Veneers offer a great alternative for patients with crooked teeth who do not want to endure the process of having their teeth straightened with dental braces.

Fix the damaged. Veneers can fill in and improve the look of teeth that are chipped or broken.

Fill in gaps. Veneers can be customized to repair smiles with unsightly gaps.

Youthful lift. A whiter, brighter, more lustrous smile can immediately you’re your face a more youthful appearance.

Conservative change. Unlike other cosmetic procedures that require removing a large portion of healthy, natural teeth, veneers can be applied with little alteration.

Dental protection. Once applied, the veneers also serve to provide a protective shield to the front surface of teeth.

Stain-resistant. Porcelain is stain resistant, which will make your smile stay brighter and whiter longer.

Gum friendly. Gum tissue is not irritated by porcelain.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.