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.

Toothbrush 101: When to Replace | Hoboken Dentist

We all know the basics of dental hygiene – we need to do it on a daily basis, we need to do brush for at least two minutes, along with flossing and rinsing with a good anti-bacterial mouthwash to rinse away the cavity-causing bacteria. But what we may not always think about is maintaining the tools you need to keep that smile bright and healthy, namely your toothbrush.

How often should you replace your toothbrush? A question that most individuals fail to answer. To be fair, there isn’t a real specific answer, however the American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush about every three months. A strikingly odd fact about your toothbrush is that it probably is covered with 10 million germs and bacteria. Though this sounds awfully unsettling, have no fear! These bacteria aren’t big enough to threaten your teeth.

There is a proper way to clean and handle your toothbrush right after usage to ensure yourself a greater chance of less bacteria. Make sure to run your toothbrush under tap water and then let it air dry in an upright position, and you should allow sufficient time for your toothbrush to dry before you decide to use it again. When you happen to catch a cold, make sure to replace your toothbrush afterwards to prevent your cold from returning. If you are really worried about bacteria and germs, soak your tooth brush in a mouthwash solution, or use some hydrogen peroxide mixed with water to form your own solution.

Everyone wants a smile to be proud of – make sure you have the proper tools to keep it.

To learn more about toothbrush care, 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.

Pssst…You Need a Piece of Gum | Hoboken Dentist

Nobody wants someone to point out they have bad breath. Whenever we eat, food particles and debris often get trapped in between teeth and along the gum line. Brushing your teeth and flossing helps take care of this. Minding what types of food you eat is another way that your breath can begin to cause your breathe to have a foul odor. In rare cases, bad breath can also be a symptom of a serious illness like liver failure, kidney disease, or even diabetes. Thankfully, there are ways to help prevent you from getting a bad case of dragon breath:

Proper oral hygiene. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth should remove and take care of all the food and bacteria trapped in between your teeth and gum line.

Including your cheeks and tongue. May sound strange but, your cheeks and tongue can also host bacteria and be the cause of your bad breath. Always use the tongue scraper on your toothbrush to clean them whenever you brush your teeth.

Drink water. Without saliva, your mouth is unable to clean itself and wash away food particles, which causes bad breath. You can help prevent this by stimulating saliva production throughout the day by keeping yourself hydrated.

Be mindful of what you eat. Garlic, onions, and alcohol are just a few of the many types of food that causes bad breath. High protein and low carb diets have also been known to cause bad breath.

Visit your dentist. Visiting your dentist regularly will not only helps keep your mouth clean and healthy, but it also helps you stay on top of any oral complications you might have.

To learn more about bad breath, 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.

Tips for Parents: Dental Anxiety Edition | Hoboken Dentist

Believe it or not, but dental anxiety is a real issue. In fact, it is so real that people have now been diagnose with dental anxiety when they have a legitimate fear of going to the dentist. As adults, we can rationalize the need to go to the dentist with the continuation of good dental health. As a child, these types of fears are real and scary and difficult to shake.

It is estimated that over 50 percent of dental predicaments occur because children refuse to see the dentist due to fear and anxiety. And since 50 percent of these dental predicaments can easily be solved, so when you are preparing your tiny human for their first dental visit, think about these simple suggestions to make visiting the dentist something silly to fear:

Avoid a late start. Ideally, your child should be visiting a pediatric dentist after the eruption of their first tooth, which usually appears at the age of one. Schedule appointments as soon as possible so that your little one is comfortable with a dental office. Avoid bringing your child at a later age, as this could lead to a fear of a dental office.

Keep procedures simple. Do not start the first dental visit with extensive procedures. Dental examinations and teeth cleaning are perfect for the first couple visits to a pediatric office.

Frequent visits. We encourage parents to regularly visit our office not only to ensure that your child has good oral health, but to alleviate any fears of the dentist.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, 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 History of the Toothbrush | Hoboken Dentist

Brushing our teeth has long been touted as an important part of oral health. Using a toothbrush, a very simple personal hygiene tool found in every household, we’ve come to make a habit of using it more than twice a day. But have you ever thought about how it came to be? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so while you are teaching your little one to brush their teeth, teach them a little history of the toothbrush:

Ancient Egyptians are widely regarded as the first group of people to use a toothbrush, constructing one made of twigs and leaves to clean their teeth. By the 15th century, the Chinese had begun using a toothbrush that closely resembles what we use today. A century later, English noblemen and privileged families began using toothbrushes made out of silver.

William Addis would then go on to invent what’s widely considered as the first modern toothbrush in 1780 while in prison. It’s believed that the idea came about while watching how the floors were swept clean using a brush. He’d then fashion the toothbrush using a bone and bristles he had obtained from the guard and went on to make a fortune once released.

The design of the toothbrush would then be refined over time and in 1938, soft-bristles toothbrushes were invented. Soon enough, companies such as Oral-B would begin mass producing soft-bristled toothbrushes.

Innovation still has not left toothbrushes and up to this day, the design and the bristles are still being refined to better meet modern needs, including the development of toothbrushes made of recyclable materials.

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, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Should My Little One Use Mouthwash? | Hoboken Dentist

Instilling good dental hygiene habits is important for every new parent to know. The sooner you teach them, the easier it will be for them to take those lessons throughout life. But what about mouthwash? Is it safe for a little human to use mouthwash? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children younger than six shouldn’t use mouthwash that contains fluoride. Better yet, they shouldn’t use mouthwash at all, unless advised by the dentist. This is because children that young tend to swallow when rinsing and may end up ingesting too much fluoride. While small amounts of fluoride help keep teeth strong and free of cavities, large amounts can lead to what’s known as fluorosis, or enamel discoloration.

When choosing a mouthwash for your kid, try to stay away from adult mouthwashes because most contain alcohol. Instead, choose a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. It’s a big plus if it’s specifically targeted towards children. Once you’ve chosen the right kind of mouthwash, it’s important to keep in mind these two tips:

Supervise your child. If your child is between 6 and 12, or even below 6, make sure that you’re always around while he or she is using mouthwash, so they don’t swallow it or use it as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Once they get the hang of it, you won’t need to monitor them anymore.

Keep mouthwash out of reach of children. Because most mouthwashes are brightly colored and well flavored, it’s best to store them way out of reach of your children.

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

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Let the Holidays Ruin Your Smile | Hoboken Cosmetic Dentist

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we think it’s a good idea for you to start looking towards your daily dental routine. With all of the hustle and bustle and festive events, the holiday season is tough on the ol’ grin so it is important to remember not to neglect your dental health. After all, your teeth will most definitely go through a roller coaster as you indulge in the sweets only this holiday has to offer. Don’t deprive yourself, just be wary of what you’re consuming and give your mouth a quick scrub. Who wants to start the new year off in a dentist chair? Here are a few things to consider this holiday season:

Brush, brush, brush. It is important for you to maintain an effective dental hygiene routine as the holidays go on. This means brushing for at least two minutes straight, flossing, using mouthwash, and during this time of year: cleaning your tongue.

Brush well, not hard. Individuals have the common misconception that the harder you brush, the more effective it’ll be. This is terribly wrong. Brushing too hard can cause damage to your teeth.

Hydrate. Drink a lot of water, especially after you eat. This will help flush out the harmful bacteria that will be lying around in your mouth. This will also keep the digestive system healthy. The more water you drink, the less cavities you will have.

While it is completely fine to get lost in the holidays, make sure to keep your teeth in mind so they will still be there after the holidays are completed.

To learn more about holiday health tips, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Make Sure Your Little One’s Smile Stays Healthy | Hoboken Dentist

New parents typically have no shortage of questions they must answer when dealing with their child’s “firsts”. Pediatric dentistry is no exception – there are a number of “firsts” for children as it relates to their teeth, and navigating them effectively is key to setting the foundation for good oral health for their children.

The first question for new parents is typically when they should expect the first teeth. The two lower front teeth should erupt around 6 months of age, followed by the two upper center teeth. The remaining will appear in no predictable order – but all 20 baby teeth should be present by 3 years of age.

The next natural question is typically when the parent should schedule their child’s first dentist appointment. You should make sure the first appointment is within 6 months of the first tooth appearing, but definitely before the child’s first birthday. The first visit is typically a checkup to look for signs of decay, check the bite, and look for problems in the gums, jaw, and tissues within the mouth. The dentist will take this opportunity to provide guidance on topics such as brushing, fluoride, teething, and problems like thumb sucking.

Just like adults need to brush twice a day, parents also need to brush the teeth of young children. Your child’s first toothbrush should be a soft-bristled brush with a small head (age appropriate size). As an infant, you should clean the gums with a soft brush and water. Once teeth appear, start brushing twice a day with non-fluoride toothpaste; once your child can spit, you can transition to fluoride toothpaste.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, 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.

Great Nutrition, Great Oral Health | Hoboken Dentist

teeth-whitening (2)Having a proper dental routine is definitely going to help keep your smile bright and pretty, but is there anything else you can do to perpetuate that grin down to your little ones? You can.

I’m talking about your diet. And I don’t just mean your personal diet. Your entire family should be aware of the good things that happen from eating well. Sure, we all know that eating well is good for us, but did you know that putting more of these foods into your diet can work wonders on not only your health, but also on your teeth? You heard it right…there are some foods that also excellent for your smile. So, you ready to get your shopping list ready? Let’s go!

We’re going to start with the obvious…milk. Milk is extremely good for your teeth because of a little chemical called calcium. Calcium is one of the main elements that make up your teeth so of course drinking plenty of the stuff is quite necessary. Not only does drinking a glass make your teeth stronger but milk actually helps neutralize the plaque bacteria in your mouth too. But don’t think any kind of milk will do. Unfortunately for the little ones, cereal milk becomes sugar milk once it hits the bowl. Not the same as drinking a glass. Sorry kids, cereal milk is not good for you; it’s just delicious. But honestly, all dairy foods are great for you in moderation. It’s the calcium that is doing the work.

The next in line would have to be fruits and vegetables. Yes, this one is even tougher to convince little ones to get into. We all know eating these types of food are great for our overall health, but they are also great for keeping your teeth strong, even whiter between whitening appointments! A great way to talk your little ones into it? Tell them to think of celery and broccoli and natures toothbrush and floss. Lots of crunchy fruits are great for your health, not only because of all those vitamins, but because these crunchy foods are also producing saliva and saliva is our mouth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria so munch away. Just keep in mind that these sweet treats are still sugary so try not to overindulge in these thinking you are helping your smile. They are good for you in moderation.

Finally, if you have a family of meat-eaters, you will be pleased to know that similar to the crunchy foods mentioned in the prior paragraph, this protein-packed food also produces saliva because of all the chewing. The more you and your family are keeping your teeth clean and healthy, your overall health will reflect this. And twice a year, take the family to visit the dentist to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your smiles bright and healthy.

For more information on proper daily dental care, contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Learn more about their practice by visiting www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Accepting patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.