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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…)

Root Canals

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Princeton NJ General DentistThe permanent teeth are mature, adult teeth that are meant to last for a person’s lifetime. Taking care of them properly helps to ensure that your smile is healthy and complete. While no one plans on damage happening to a tooth, decay, infection, and trauma can all lead to the impairment of the oral health. Teeth are living features of the human body, and any type of damage can lead to pain and loss. One of the most common dental procedures done to save a tooth and restore the health of the entire mouth is root canals.
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Signs You Have a Cracked Tooth

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Princeton NJ Cracked Tooth RepairFew emergencies in life happen at a convenient time, yet most emergencies present themselves with obvious signs so that you know to seek immediate attention. However, a cracked tooth is often overlooked or ignored simple because people do not know the signs that they have a cracked tooth.

While tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not invincible to damage. Many people crack their teeth doing common, yet bad habits: biting their fingernails, chewing ice, or biting down on hard candy. Biting down on something hard puts a great amount of pressure on the teeth, and it can cause the tooth enamel to crack. Avoiding these bad habits is very important in protecting your teeth. It is also important to protect your teeth with appropriate mouth guards and/or helmets when participating in recreational sports and activities. Protecting your teeth needs to be a high priority because you only get one set of permanent teeth. (more…)

Dealing With Bad Breath

portrait400Bad breath causes uncomfortable and awkward situations for all those involved. If you have ever indulged in a flavorful Italian meal, then you understand how strong bad breath can be. However, for some, bad breath is a constant condition that hinders them socially and professionally. If bad breath is an issue that you are concerned with, it is time to speak with your dentist. Your dentist is an oral health expert and is your greatest advocate in dealing with bad breath at its source.
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What is Plaque?

checkup-2Plaque is the buildup of a thick, sticky substance that develops throughout the body. Plaque can lead to serious damage wherever it occurs, and it is considered to be the most damaging substance inside the mouth. Your mouth is the host to millions of bacteria on a daily basis that feast off of the foods and beverages that you eat each day. Every meal, snack, soft drink, cup of coffee, glass of wine, or piece of candy leaves tiny particles behind, and the bacteria inside the mouth react. Due to the fact that bacteria are present inside the mouth all of the time, they are constantly assaulting your teeth through the damaging effects of plaque buildup.
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