New Jersey has been an interesting place to live over the past year. For many months, we have adjusted to a change in our way of life. Many of you are still working from home, children might be virtually learning or going to school in a hybrid model of learning, restaurants are still not open to capacity, and we rejoice when our local supermarket has paper towels or toilet paper in stock. During the height of the pandemic many of our patients cancelled their dental appointments. We want to encourage them to reschedule hygiene examinations or treatment procedures as soon as possible. Delaying and postponing an examination or needed treatment can greatly affect not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. It also isn’t great for your wallet as additional treatments lead to added costs. Continue reading to learn more about the harm in delaying dental treatments.
Over the past year, we have had to change the way we think about our daily lives. Parts of our day that we took for granted, such as running to the store for a quick errand, are now a little more complicated with the added steps of mask wearing, standing 6 feet apart and sanitizing after leaving the store. However there is one part of your daily routine that should not have changed – your oral hygiene routine. We hope that through all of the life changes over the past year you have maintained brushing and flossing your teeth. We also hope that you have still been visiting our office for your routine hygiene examinations. You might think that we are concerned about the possibility of tooth decay, and you would be right. Except, there is another threat to your oral health that we are equally concerned about. This threat could possibly cause additional risk if you were to contract COVID-19. Continue reading to learn more.
Dental treatment has come a long way over the years and is continuing to change at a rapid pace. Gone are the days of using technology that would fill the air and your body with radiation. At Joel Singer, DMD, we believe in taking a holistic approach to dentistry and use various state-of-the-art digital technology advancements to provide the best results for our patients. We have adapted practices that not only benefit the health of the patients, but also improve the quality of care they are receiving. There are numerous benefits to using technology in our office, such as detecting problems more easily, planning and performing procedures more efficiently, and customizing treatment to the needs of the patients.
While we know the importance of brushing, flossing, and maintaining proper oral health, there are times when pesky tooth decay creeps in and a cavity needs to be filled. If a cavity is ignored, it can cause bacteria to continue to grow, adding additional concerns and issues in your mouth.
It’s safe to say that the past months have been challenging for us all. The way we have been living is unlike anything we have experienced during our lifetime up until this point. Staying at home for months at a time, working from home, virtual learning, holiday celebrations cancelled, among many other adjustments are adding stress to all of our lives.
The fall is a time where it is easy to allow poor eating habits to overcome your good judgement, between the Halloween candy and Thanksgiving festivities, not to mention all of the deliciousness that is awaiting you in December. While it is important to be mindful of healthy eating to maintain proper physical and mental health, it is just as important for your oral health. Continue reading to find out how you can improve your eating habits during the holiday season to maintain proper oral health.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common condition that affects up to 47% of American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Receding gums are one of the signs of this prevalent disease and can increase the risk of tooth decay, as well as tooth loss. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue around the teeth is worn away, exposing the root of the tooth. Pockets are created between the gum line and the teeth, allowing bacteria to build up and cause gum infection.
When you hear the word ozone, you might think of the ozone layer in the atmosphere. It is made up of a naturally-occurring gas that protects us from harmful sun rays that can cause cancer. Due to its sterilization properties, here on land, cities across the world have used ozone to sterilize their public water systems and the European medical community has been using it for decades to heal wounds faster. We use it as part of our holistic dentistry practice to sterilize and heal, as well.
When a patient gets a cavity, it’s important to seal that opening with the help of special materials that will help prevent infection, pain, and the eventual loss of the tooth. The mouth is a very unique environment, though: it’s constantly moist, there’s a lot of motion, and bacteria accumulates pretty quickly. The material of choice, therefore, needs to be very resilient.