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Dental Sealants to Protect Your Smile

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Princeton NJ Pediatric DentistThere are few guarantees in life, and some of those guarantees you simply want to avoid as long as possible. Yet, knowing that guarantees do not come often does not keep people from searching for “easy, fail-proof” methods of achieving their goals. While people know that hard work is required for most of what they want, it is still tempting to look for an easy way out. Well, here is some good news: your dentist offers a simple procedure that can help protect your teeth from cavities – without you having to put forth any effort.

Dental sealants are a preventive measure that involves a quick and painless application to the back teeth. Patients of all ages can benefit from dental sealants because this application “seals out” harmful bacteria, sugars, and acids that assault the teeth each day. (more…)

Oral Cancer: Your Doctor Knows The Signs

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Princeton NJ Oral Cancer ScreeningsPeople avoid going to the dentist for all kinds of reasons: they do not like the scraping on their teeth, they had a prior bad experience, they have not taken care of their teeth since their last visit, or they are scared of a bad diagnosis. While all of these reasons are understandable, none of them should ultimately keep you from visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Being scared of receiving bad news will not keep bad news from coming; avoiding something bad will only make it worse in the end. Your dentist understands that by keeping regular dental visits, s/he is doing much more than just cleaning your teeth. Your dentist has the job of checking your mouth for a variety of issues, and s/he is often able to spot areas of concern long before you will ever be aware of an issue. The time in between when your dentist can identify a problem and when you will identify a problem – that timeframe can save your life. (more…)

A Toothache is a Major Concern

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Princeton NJ Tooth Pain ReliefMany people hate going to the doctor, and they will wait until they absolutely must go before making an appointment. People are often the same way, or worse, with dental visits. While we understand that sometimes it is hard to make taking care of yourself a priority, Prime Dental Care also understands that some issues with your oral health truly cannot wait. A toothache is a major dental concern because most of the time it is a symptom of a greater problem. Ignoring the toothache is allowing the underlying issue to get worse, and to cause further pain and harm to your smile. (more…)

Fluoride Treatments

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Princeton NJ Fluoride Treatments for ChildrenJust as children require active attention to their oral health as their teeth develop and erupt, adults require active attention to their oral health to ensure that their teeth last for a lifetime. Every day, your body takes in fluoride and loses fluoride. Fluoride is a natural compound found in the element fluorine, and it is found in foods and treated water that you consume. As your teeth are attacked by oral bacteria each day, your teeth lose fluoride through demineralization. Those with a healthy diet and who take an active role in their oral health often find that they can “put fluoride back” into their teeth in order to keep their smile healthy. However, for those who lose fluoride faster than they take it in, they are vulnerable to tooth decay. (more…)

Making Dental Visits a Priority

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Princeton NJ Family DentistCertain priorities are easy to keep – eating, going to work, and paying bills on time – because you understand the dire consequences that come if you do not keep them. Then there are some priorities that you know you should keep, but often “overlook” them – eating well-balanced meals, exercising, getting enough sleep, and keeping dental appointments. All of these are essential to living a healthy life. (more…)

Gum Disease and Pregnancy

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Princeton NJ DentistWhen a woman finds out that she is pregnant she usually has three phone calls to make: one to her mother, one to her best friend, and one to her OB/GYN. However, another name needs to be added to that list – her dentist. Many people do not realize how important it is to visit the dentist during pregnancy due to how vulnerable a pregnant woman’s mouth is to gum disease and pregnancy complications. Some women avoid visiting the dentist during pregnancy because they are worried that routine treatment could harm their growing baby, when in fact the opposite is true. What pregnant women need to understand is that leaving oral conditions untreated during pregnancy is extremely dangerous to her health and the health of her baby. (more…)

Gum Recession

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Princeton NJ DentistWhat do the following all have in common?

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Improper oral hygiene
  • Gum disease

Receding gums can be linked to all of the above. Gum recession is the pulling away of the gum tissues from the teeth. If you have ever heard the expression “getting long in the tooth,” the original meaning comes from teeth that appear to grow in length. Of course, the structures of the teeth themselves do not grow, but when the gum tissues pull away from the teeth it looks as though the teeth are longer than they used to be. (more…)

Smoking: Detrimental To Your Oral Health

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Princeton NJ DentistSmoking and chewing tobacco have been around for centuries, and it is a habit that a large fraction of the U.S. population still picks up each year. Despite the known effects that tobacco usage has on a person’s health, millions of Americans light up each year. Countless medical studies have proven that tobacco is a direct cause of devastating conditions and diseases, yet one specific area is often overlooked that is specifically affected by smoking: the mouth.

Your mouth is home to one of your most personal features, known as your smile. People often judge others based on the appearance and condition of their smiles. Smoking is well known for causing foul breath and discolored teeth – neither of which make a good first impression. Those who are seeking a new job, hoping to land a promotion, or hoping to snag a great date are often at a great disadvantage if they smoke and/or use other types of tobacco. However, there are much more serious consequences for smokers aside from the appearance of their smiles. (more…)

Does Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities?

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Princeton NJ Family DentistChewing gum has been a habit that millions of Americans have enjoyed for over a century. It has been used to break habits (e.g. smoking, biting fingernails), to relieve stress, and to freshen breath. Yet, there is another benefit to chewing gum that some people find hard to believe: it prevents cavities. You read that right! Chewing the right kind of gum can benefit the health of your teeth and protect your smile.

Chewing gum benefits the mouth by increasing saliva production. Now, many people overlook the importance of saliva – that is until they experience a severely dry mouth. Saliva keeps the mouth moist, and a moist mouth is less likely to develop cavities. (more…)

Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Princeton NJ DentistWisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 15-25. They are referred to as “wisdom” teeth because of the wise years of becoming an adult. While not everyone grows wisdom teeth, most people do. Wisdom teeth removal is the most common oral surgery, done to correct or prevent problems with these extra teeth. (more…)