• Understanding Common Causes of Cavities

    One of the most common oral health problems that dentists encounter is cavities. Cavities occur in people of all ages, and although most are easy to treat with a filling, they can cause pain, bad breath and a persistent bad taste in your mouth, and the need for more extensive treatment, like a root canal, if they aren’t caught early. Here is a look at what causes cavities and how you can reduce your chances of getting them.

    Plaque Formation

    The first step of cavity formation is plaque formation. Plaque forms when the bacteria you have naturally in your mouth combines with the sugars in the food you eat. This creates a sticky substance called plaque that clings to the surfaces of your teeth. The mix of sugar and bacteria in plaque forms acids that will gnaw away at your enamel and make tiny openings all over the surfaces of your teeth. This allows the bacteria to get beneath the top layer of your teeth and begin to affect the inner layers.

    Decay

    Once this bacteria enters the inner layers of your teeth, it can begin to spread and grow, causing decay. This decay is a cavity. Once a cavity forms, it doesn’t stay static but rather continues to grow and spread throughout the affected tooth. Eventually, the decay may become so big that if your dentist removes it to give you a filling, it won’t leave enough of your tooth intact. In this case, you may need a root canal and a crown. The cavity can also move deep into the pulp of your teeth, which will also create the need for a root canal.

    Prevention

    The best ways to prevent cavities is to brush your teeth twice a day and see your dentist for a checkup and teeth cleaning every six months, or more often if he or she recommends it. Limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks will also help.

    For teeth cleanings and other services, make an appointment at Glenwood Premier Dental. Call our dental office in Hazlet at (732) 264-4477 to find out more about all of our services.

  • What Causes Dry Mouth?

    Dry mouth is more than an annoyance. In addition to being a nagging, uncomfortable condition, dry mouth can increase your chances of gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, mouth sores, and other problems. What causes this condition and how can your dentist help you reverse it? Here’s what you need to know.

    There are a few different things that can trigger dry mouth, or xerostomia. A common cause is medications. Many medications cause dry mouth, so talking to your doctor about changes or taking steps to alleviate your dry mouth can help. Autoimmune diseases frequently cause dry mouth, as do oral health issues, including swollen salivary glands.

    If you experience dry mouth, don’t ignore the symptoms. Instead, visit your dentist at Glenwood Premier Dental. We can determine the root cause of your dry mouth and help you find a solution that works. Schedule a consultation with a dentist in Hazlet by calling (732) 264-4477.

  • Explaining Tooth Enamel Erosion

    Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. Enamel disappears in response to erosion, and when it occurs, you may find yourself at the dentist complaining of sensitive teeth and dealing with an increase in tooth decay.

    Watch this video to learn more about tooth enamel erosion. Erosion occurs when your teeth are exposed to acidic substances, such as soda and sports drinks, that wear away the enamel. When the enamel is gone, your teeth will be more sensitive and more susceptible to bacteria.

    Your dentist at Glenwood Premier Dental can help you understand healthy habits to protect your teeth and gums. Make an appointment for a teeth cleaning in Hazlet by calling (732) 264-4477.

  • A Look at the Risk of Gum Disease in Young Adults

    Many young adults are making a crucial mistake about their oral health—they think that they are too young to get gum disease. In reality, gum disease can happen to anyone at any age, and causes in young adults are on the rise. Gum disease can have disastrous effects on not just your oral health but your systemic health as well. One of the many reasons that you should see your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning is so he or she can monitor your gum health, as catching gum disease early is critical for effective treatment. Here is what you need to know about the risk of gum disease in young adults.

    Gum disease often starts without symptoms.

    In its early stages, gum disease causes very few symptoms, if it causes any at all. This means that young adults who have gum disease may not know it, because they don’t experience any signs of a problem. Instead, the gum disease may be allowed to progress unchecked for an extended period of time, until more serious symptoms occur that send people to the dentist, like loose teeth.

    Young adults underestimate their risk because their teeth look healthy.

    Many young adults think that they can’t have gum disease because their smiles look healthy. In reality, there is no link between teeth that appear bright and healthy and the presence of gum disease. The only way to know if you have gum disease, as well as some other oral health issues, is to see your dentist regularly for a teeth cleaning.

    Gum disease can have unexpected consequences for young adults.

    Gum disease is a contributor to preterm deliveries and low birth weight babies, so many young adults who are starting families experience these things without knowing that their gum disease has put them at risk. Gum disease can also cause complications for young adults who have diabetes and increase the risk of heart disease.

    Find out your risk of gum disease and how you can prevent it with a visit to Glenwood Premier Dental. Our dentist in Hazlet offers preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to help your teeth gums stay healthy. For more information or to make an appointment, call (732) 264-4477.

  • What to Do About Common Denture Problems

    Dentures can be an excellent way to replace missing teeth, although they won’t prevent jawbone density loss the way implant dentistry can. There can be a bit of a learning curve for new denture wearers. The more you wear them, the sooner you’ll get accustomed to their presence in your mouth. However, you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist if you think your dentures don’t fit properly.

    Denture Slippage

    Slippage is a common problem, especially among new denture wearers. It can happen because you aren’t yet accustomed to holding your dentures in place with your tongue and cheek muscles. When your dentures slip out of place, you can gently bite them back into the right position. Your dentist may recommend using a tiny amount of denture adhesive. However, this isn’t intended to be a long-term solution. If your dentures continue to slip out of place while you talk or eat, it’s time for a dentist appointment. The oral appliance may need to be adjusted if it doesn’t fit properly.

    Mouth Irritation

    New denture wearers often complain of mouth irritation. Gum and mouth irritation can be caused by improperly fitting dentures or by poor oral hygiene. Try the following tips to relieve your mouth irritation:

    • Take your dentures out before you go to bed.
    • Massage your gums gently to boost blood circulation.
    • Follow your dentist’s oral hygiene and denture care recommendations.

    Mouth Infections

    Taking good care of your dentures can help reduce the risk of infections such as stomatitis and cheilitis. Many new denture wearers find that they have trouble adjusting to their new oral care routine. It can be helpful to do things in the same order every time. Use the following tips:

    • Lay a hand towel on the bathroom counter before removing your dentures, just in case you drop them.
    • Use a commercial denture cleaner or mild dishwashing liquid.
    • Avoid using regular toothpaste to clean your dentures.

    You’ll find complete denture care services at Glenwood Premier Dental. Our highly trained dentists in Hazlet also offer implant dentistry to patients who prefer a permanent solution for missing teeth. New and current patients can get in touch at (732) 264-4477.

  • Should You Replace Old Fillings?

    Fillings enable the preservation of the structure of a tooth that has been affected by tooth decay. For decades, silver amalgam fillings were the gold standard. Unfortunately, these have significant drawbacks, such as an unsightly appearance. If you still have these old fillings in your mouth, consider talking to your dentist about whether you should replace them. Your dentist can remove the old fillings and apply a cosmetically appealing composite material instead, which will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.

    Dental fillings aren’t permanent.

    Dental fillings can last for years. However, they aren’t necessarily a permanent solution for a tooth damaged by decay. Over the years, the accumulated stress of biting, chewing, and teeth grinding can cause a dental filling to fail. When you get your routine exam and dental X-rays, your dentist will check your old fillings for signs of failure. He or she may recommend replacing them if they show signs of wear and tear.

    Damaged fillings can encourage bacterial growth.

    One reason why it’s important to replace failing fillings is because they enable the growth of bacteria in your mouth. As a filling becomes chipped or worn away, it creates small hiding spaces for bacteria. It’s possible for the bacteria to enter the tiny spaces between the filling and the tooth, where they are virtually impossible to remove with a toothbrush. This can result in tooth decay, and so it’s important to get the old, damaged fillings removed and replaced.

    Silver amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury.

    Silver amalgam fillings are made with a blend of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Mercury is highly toxic to human health and is known to cause many medical problems, including kidney problems. While evidence is inconclusive as to whether mercury in dental fillings is a concern, many patients prefer to remove them, if only for peace of mind.

    At Glenwood Premier Dental, it’s our mission to help our patients enjoy a smile that is both healthy and beautiful. If you’d like to replace your old fillings or if you’re in need of another dental restoration, give us a call at (732) 264-4477. Our cosmetic dentistry practice in Hazlet is conveniently located on Bethany Road.

  • What Causes Recurring Gum Abscesses?

    An abscess is a pocket of infection. It develops when pus and other infected debris accumulate within an area that is walled off from surrounding tissues. It’s essential to get to a dentist as soon as possible if you think you might have a gum abscess. Left untreated, the infection can spread and get worse. Only a dentist can give you an accurate diagnosis. However, if you continue to get gum abscesses, it may be due to untreated periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection characterized by inflamed, tender gums.

    A related cause of recurring gum abscesses is the existence of deep periodontal pockets. A periodontal pocket refers to the space between the gum and the tooth. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it will get worse, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth and form a pocket. The pocket becomes a trap that holds bacteria in place, potentially leading to an abscess.

    Glenwood Premier Dental offers preventive and emergency dentistry services in Hazlet. To request our next available appointment, call our friendly office staff at (732) 264-4477.

  • Surprising Facts About Teeth

    Did you know that a Canadian dentist once paid more than $36,000 to acquire one of John Lennon’s teeth at an auction? Find out why when you watch the accompanying video. You’ll also learn other surprising facts about teeth. For example, before the first toothpaste was created and sold in 1873, people typically cleaned their teeth with charcoal or a mixture of ground chalk.

    This video also offers some facts about wisdom teeth and explains why frequent snacking is more harmful for your oral health than eating sizable meals. You’ll also learn how your dentist can tell if you’re at risk of diabetes or heart disease just by looking at your teeth.

    For complete dentistry care in Hazlet, you can contact Glenwood Premier Dental at (732) 264-4477. Our friendly dentists pride themselves on clinical excellence and judgment-free patient education.

  • Tips for Keeping Dentures in Top Condition

     

    Dentures are a big investment that also can have a life-changing effect on your appearance. Many people who are embarrassed by their tooth loss feel a renewed sense of confidence when they get their smiles back. Also, dentures can help you look younger by restoring structure to your face that is often lost when you have missing teeth. Because of all of these benefits and the cost of the dentures themselves, patients are often eager to do everything that they can to keep their dentures in good condition. These strategies will help you care for your dentures so that they look their best for as long as possible.

     

    Practice Careful Handling

    A common way that dentures get damaged is when people drop them when they are trying to clean them. When it is time to clean your dentures, remove them in the place where you will be doing the cleaning, and hold them over a soft towel while you are working on them. Standing on a bath mat may also help to protect them if they fall. If you do drop them, let your dentist inspect them. You could easily overlook a small area of damage that will eventually become worse and cause pain and irritation if not repaired.

    Stay Hydrated

    A dry mouth will make the artificial gum portion of your dentures become stiff and brittle, causing them to feel uncomfortable and eventually break. Staying well-hydrated will help to keep your mouth moist. If you do remove your dentures, don’t allow them to sit out. Instead, keep them in a glass of water or denture solution.

    Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

    Even when you have dentures, it is important to maintain a routine of cleaning your gums, tongue, and cheeks, so that your mouth is healthy enough for your dentures. You can still develop infections that cause bone loss and change the way your dentures fit, so stick to a good hygiene routine.

    Glenwood Premier Dental provides high-quality dentures plus assistance with ongoing care so that your dentures always look and feel their best. If you’re considering dentures, schedule a consultation with our dentist in Hazlet by calling (732) 264-4477.

  • Reducing Your Risk of Tooth Loss

    Tooth loss is a common problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one in five adults over 65 has lost all of their teeth, and many more have at least one missing tooth. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of tooth loss, from poor diet to gum disease and a lack of consistent oral health care by a dentist. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to reduce the chances of tooth loss happening to you.

    A critical part of keeping your teeth is seeing your dentist regularly. Gum disease can start slowly and go undetected, but when it reaches advanced stages, it can be painful, difficult to treat, and contribute to tooth loss. Your dentist can spot the early signs and provide treatment before it happens. Eating a healthy diet, brushing at least twice per day, and flossing at least once daily will also help.

    At Glenwood Premier Dental, we can help you maintain the best oral health possible. If you do experience tooth loss, we can offer solutions, such as dental implants and dentures in Hazlet. Schedule an appointment today by calling (732) 264-4477.