The Health and Social Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry | Hoboken General Dentist

Smiling young couple in loveCosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that mainly deals with the appearance of teeth. The several procedures involved, which includes but are not limited to, teeth whitening, teeth straightening, veneers, crowns, bleaching and reshaping, are elective and considered “unnecessary” by many. The fact that most dental insurance companies do not cover the total costs of many cosmetic dentistry procedures seem to promote the notion that they are not really necessary.

While it is true that cosmetic dentistry is “elective” in more ways than one, in just as many ways, cosmetic dentistry also offers plenty of benefits, all stemming from a much improved smile and a better appearance.

Social Benefits

Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Now, a million dollar smile may not be on top of many people’s priorities, but that’s not to say that it is not without its benefits. A much better looking smile helps improve your self-confidence and self-esteem significantly. This then makes it easier for you to go out, smile and socialize with other people.

Simply put, an improved smile helps you see the world in a different and much more positive light. Not only that, but because you have a reason to smile a lot more than before, you’ll project yourself as more approachable, affable and attractive.

By helping you become more confident about yourself and feel more attractive, you have a much better chance of living a better and more positive life.

Health Benefits

The word “cosmetic” always gives off the impression that the main, and only, beneficiary is one’s appearance and that it’s only done to improve one’s look. Though, as far as cosmetic dentistry goes, it’s not always just about esthetics, it’s also about improving your oral and overall health.

You surely want to have straight, better shaped, white teeth and once you have that, your teeth will only stay that way if you put an emphasis on sticking to a strict oral hygiene regimen. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash preferably. Also, you’ll have to stay away from certain stain-causing food, such as coffee, tea and most especially, carbonated drinks or soft drinks. Certain habits should be avoided too, such as chewing on ice or other hard objects, smoking, frequent alcohol consumption and so on.

As a result of making the necessary lifestyle changes to make sure that your teeth remain perfect, your health too will improve significantly.

Not only that, but there are many other cases where cosmetic dentistry helps in improving the overall function your teeth.

For example, bonding can help strengthen worn-down teeth. Also, those with misaligned teeth or bites often develop worse dental problems that may result in painful areas outside of one’s teeth and this is something that cosmetic dentistry can help with.

Improved social confidence, better health and of course, the smile that you’ve always wanted, what more can you ask for?

Contact your dentist today and get to know just how cosmetic dentistry can help change your life for the better!

For more information on oral care contact 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.

Gingivitis | Hoboken Dentist

close up smile red lipstickExperts estimate that as many as 70% of Americans suffer from some level of gum disease. The mildest form – gingivitis – is both easily treated, and easily prevented, with proper oral hygiene. Knowing the causes and symptoms can help patients identify problems before they become serious, and treat them before they advance into full periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, including gingivitis, is characterized by the presence of bacterial colonies within the gums, causing infections, inflammation, pain, and soreness. As the bacteria multiplies and feeds, it creates acids that damage teeth, gum tissue, and even bone. While healthy gums can resist superficial bacteria, poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to remain in constant contact with gums, which inevitably allows the bacteria to penetrate below the gum line, where brushing, flossing, and mouthwash have little impact.

The primary symptoms of gingivitis are red, sore, swollen gums that bleed easily. Many people will suspect a problem when they see blood on their toothbrush or bleeding after flossing. It’s likely that early phases of gingivitis will have little to no pain – in this phase, professional cleaning, brushing and flossing properly and regularly may be enough to impact the bacterial colonies beneath the gums. Visiting a dentist will allow the dentist to assess the extent of the bacterial presence, and your dentist may recommend deeper cleaning (such as periodontal scaling) to help clean the bacteria from below the gum line.

If you see blood on your toothbrush, or if your gums bleed when you floss, it’s likely that you’re in the early phases of gingivitis/periodontal disease. While you don’t need to panic, you should be aware that the problem could become very severe if left untreated. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and schedule a routine professional cleaning. If you have questions about the impact of gingivitis, ask your dentist during your next appointment.

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.

Halloween & Your Childs Oral Health | Hoboken Pediatric Dentist

57224815Most dentists agree: Halloween can be scary for parents, but it’s OK to let kids enjoy some treats. While tooth decay is a serious concern, parents can enforce a few simple rules to make Halloween candy safe and fun for their children.

First, understand the risk. The problem of Halloween candy is simple: eating candy day after day allows bacteria-fueling sugars and enamel-weakening acid to sit on teeth, breaking down the protective layers and encouraging decay. Once bacterial colonies begin to set in, the tooth material will be damaged, leading to cavities, fillings, and in some (hopefully rare) cases, full extraction.

Knowing that the risk is related to allowing sugar and acid to sit on the teeth, parents should realize that it’s not the amount of sugar consumed, but the amount of time children are allowed to keep the sugar on their teeth. Where teeth are concerned, it’s less damaging to teeth for a child to eat five chocolate bars in 5 minutes than one bar every hour for five hours – if they’re eaten quickly, the child should brush his or her teeth immediately after finishing, which then cleans the sugar and acid from the teeth.

It’s important to note that not all candy is created equally. While chocolate is often considered bad by many parents, it’s fairly easy to brush off of teeth. Sticky, gummy candies are likely to get stuck to teeth and survive the brushing process. Sour candies tend to be more acidic, which weakens enamel. Chips and pretzels tend to soften and stick to teeth.

Finally, remember that just because Halloween candy is OK from a dental perspective, childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes are a growing problem, and parents should encourage moderation in their treat-seeking children. Set and enforce limits – while kids should be encouraged to enjoy Halloween, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat all of the candy they can gather, and diabetic (or pre-diabetic) children should be especially limited in their treat consumption.

If you have questions about Halloween candy and your children’s dental health, ask your dentist. They’ll be more than happy to help explain the pros, cons, dos, and don’ts of enjoying treat filled holidays.

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.

When would I need Crowns or a Bridge? | Newark, NJ

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. The Dental Associates of Hoboken, Newark, NJ specialize in restorative procedures such as crowns and bridges and would like to offer some insight into this popular procedure.

Dental Bridge

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.

Crowns

A crown covers a damaged tooth. They are used for various reasons such as strengthening a damaged tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance or shape and to fix alignment issues.  As with bridges, crowns can be made of porcelain.

When would I need a crown?

  • To attach a bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protecting weak teeth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Crowns and bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Also, steer clear of chewing hard foods such as ice. Follow these simple rules and your crowns and bridges could last a lifetime!

For more information on crowns and bridges or any other restorative procedures contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 or www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

When would I need Crowns or a Bridge? | Newark, NJ

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. The Dental Associates of Hoboken, Newark, NJ specialize in restorative procedures such as crowns and bridges and would like to offer some insight into this popular procedure.

Dental Bridge

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.

Crowns

A crown covers a damaged tooth. They are used for various reasons such as strengthening a damaged tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance or shape and to fix alignment issues.  As with bridges, crowns can be made of porcelain.

When would I need a crown?

  • To attach a bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protecting weak teeth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Crowns and bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Also, steer clear of chewing hard foods such as ice. Follow these simple rules and your crowns and bridges could last a lifetime!

For more information on crowns and bridges or any other restorative procedures contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 or www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.