• 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.

  • Whitening Teeth with Severe Stains


    Many people visit their dentists seeking teeth whitening treatments, but some people have staining that is so severe that they cannot get the results that they want from traditional teeth whitening alone. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry treatments can be the solution.

    Watch this video to learn more about how your dentist can whiten your teeth with cosmetic dentistry treatments such as veneers and crowns. These treatments obscure the yellow surfaces so that your teeth look white and bright.

    At Glenwood Premier Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you look and feel your best. Make an appointment with our dentist in Hazlet today by calling (732) 264-4477.

  • Exploring Common Reasons for Root Canals

     

    Root canals might have a bad reputation, but it is undeserved. They are extremely effective treatments that can help you retain your natural teeth, and most people who undergo a root canal report that it is not painful or traumatic—in fact, they find it similar to getting a filling. There are several reasons that your dentist may recommend that you consider a root canal. Here are some of the most common causes for root canal therapy.

     

    Deep Tooth Decay

    When tooth decay first begins, the portion of the tooth that is impacted is usually small enough to fix with a filling. However, when that cavity gets larger and the decay moves deeper into the tooth, infecting the roots and pulp, then a root canal is necessary. During a root canal, your dentist can remove all of the infected portions of the tooth and then protect what is left with a crown. Without this intervention, the tooth may eventually cause severe pain or an abscess may develop.

    Repeated Fillings on the Same Tooth

    Sometimes, the area of decay or damage on a tooth may be small enough to seem not to need a root canal, but problems keep creeping up with the same tooth, requiring more fillings or treatments. When this happens, your dentist is likely to recommend a root canal in order to prevent further issues from happening and to save the tooth from having to be removed in the future.

    Tooth Cracks or Chips

    Damage to the outside of a tooth can have major implications for pulp and nerves on the inside. When this happens, your dentist may recommend a root canal in order to protect the tooth and prevent complications from developing. After a root canal, a crown will be used to make the tooth look natural and to protect the surface.

    Don’t let your oral health problems go untreated. Make an appointment at Glenwood Premier Dental to get the care you need, from teeth cleanings to cosmetic dentistry treatments in Hazlet. You can

    schedule a visit by calling (732) 264-4477.

  • Why Oral Piercings Aren’t a Smart Idea

    Dentists generally advise against getting oral piercings for a number of reasons. Any time skin or tissues are penetrated there is a possibility of infection. Since the mouth is teeming with millions of bacteria, an injury in the mouth is highly prone to getting infected. Oral piercings are essentially intentional injuries. If an infection isn’t detected and treated right away, it’s possible for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which may result in a life-threatening complication. 

    Oral piercings can also be harmful for your teeth and gums. Biting on the piercing can lead to sensitive, chipped, or cracked teeth. It may also inadvertently lead to gum tissue injuries. Additionally, the act of piercing the tongue can result in nerve damage, which may become permanent. Permanent nerve damage can affect your sense of taste and your ability to move your mouth properly.  

    The dentists at Glenwood Premier Dental are dedicated to providing compassionate, judgment-free patient education because your oral health is our top priority. Call (732) 264-4477 to schedule a dental exam in Hazlet.

  • What To Do When You Knock Out a Tooth

    Tooth avulsion is the term for a completely knocked-out tooth. It may occur as a result of a sports injury, fall, or motor vehicle accident. It may be possible to save the tooth if you get to the dentist’s office in time. To increase your chances of salvaging your natural tooth, you should know the following dos and don’ts. Even if your natural tooth can’t be saved, you can still get a complete smile again with implant dentistry. 

    Do retrieve the tooth carefully. 

    As soon as you realize your tooth is missing, look around the area for it. Pick it up by the white part only. Do not touch the root because it can easily sustain damage.  

    Don’t scrub the tooth clean. 

    If the tooth is dirty, your first impulse might be to scrub it clean. But this can do more harm than good. Instead, rinse it gently. Use milk if it’s available. Otherwise, use clean water. Afterward, don’t wipe the tooth with any sort of fabric. 

    Do try to reinsert the tooth gently. 

    You can try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. Make sure it’s facing the right way, and then gently place it in the socket. Don’t apply any pressure to force the tooth back in place. If it won’t go in, you should abandon the attempt. 

    Don’t let the tooth dry out. 

    If you aren’t able to reinsert the tooth in the socket, you’ll need to keep it moist. You can use a tooth preservation kit if you have one available. If not, use a cup of milk. If you have no milk, you can place the tooth in a cup of water. As a last resort, tuck the tooth inside your mouth. Hold it between your cheek and your gum, and be very careful not to bite the root. Before placing the tooth in your mouth, call the emergency dentist and let the office know you’ll be over right away with an avulsed tooth. 

    Emergency dentistry in Hazlet is available at Glenwood Premier Dental, conveniently located on Bethany Road. Our dentists use cutting-edge technology that may save your natural tooth, or we can begin planning its replacement with reliable implant dentistry. You can reach our office at (732) 264-4477.

  • Overcoming Common Issues with Your Dentures

    Your dentist is your best source of information about denture care. However, you can also watch the accompanying video for some quick tips about overcoming common denture issues, such as slippage and excess saliva. You’ll also find out why some of these issues occur. 

    For example, excess salivation occurs because the mouth isn’t yet used to the dentures. You may find it helpful to suck on a sugar-free mint. If your dentures are causing soreness, you can rinse with warm salt water. However, if soreness persists, talk to your dentist. Your dentures may need an adjustment. 

    For complete denture care in Hazlet, call Glenwood Premier Dental at (732) 264-4477. Our dentists can help you adjust to your new dentures, and provide adjustments or replacements if needed.

  • Keeping Baby’s Smile Healthy

    Your baby’s smile is precious. Sometime between four and seven months of age, you’ll begin seeing teeth erupt. It’s essential to take good care of your baby’s smile because, even though the baby teeth are temporary, infant dental decay is a serious problem. Dentists recommend scheduling the first dental exam within six months of the appearance of the first tooth, and by the baby’s first birthday. But if you notice any problems, you should bring your child in to see the dentist right away.  

    Caring for Your Baby’s Gums 

    You can promote oral health from the first day of your baby’s life. Moisten a soft, clean washcloth or a pad of sterile gauze, and wipe your baby’s gums gently at least twice daily. You should also wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding and before putting your baby down to sleep. 

    Preventing Baby Bottle Decay 

    Baby bottle decay is a term used for tooth decay in infants. Tooth decay in children this young is often caused by the common practice of putting babies to bed with a bottle. Avoiding this habit is one effective way to protect your child’s oral health. You should also avoid giving your baby fruit juice, which is high in sugar. Additionally, clean your baby’s pacifier with water, instead of cleaning it with your own mouth. Swapping saliva with your baby will transfer germs from your mouth to your baby’s. 

    Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth 

    As soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts, you can begin brushing it gently. Use an infant-sized toothbrush. Add just a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste—no bigger than a grain of rice—and gently brush the teeth using circular strokes. Once your child turns three, you can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. You can also begin teaching your child to brush his or her own teeth, but kids still need to be supervised until they are at least six or seven. 

    We care for patients of all ages here at Glenwood Premier Dental. If you have any questions about your baby’s oral health, one of our dentists in Hazlet will be happy to assist you. Give us a call today at (732) 264-4477.

  • Common Oral Health Issues for HIV/AIDS Patients

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cause a number of serious health complications. If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, your dentist will become an important member of your HIV care team. It’s common for HIV patients to experience certain oral health complications, such as oral warts, oral thrush, and hairy leukoplakia. Call your dentist promptly if you notice any unusual changes with your mouth. You should also be aware that changes in your oral health may indicate an underlying change in your immune status. Notify your primary physician accordingly.

    Oral Warts

    Oral warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). People with a suppressed immune system are more likely to develop them. The warts themselves aren’t typically painful. However, they may become uncomfortable if they are irritated from food or accidental biting. Oral warts look like smooth or raised blemishes. They can develop anywhere in the mouth or tongue. If you have bothersome oral warts, your dentist can remove them with a laser or cryosurgery.

    Oral Thrush

    Oral thrush is a fungal infection that results in white lesions. You’ll typically see them on the tongue or the insides of the cheeks. Occasionally, the lesions may spread to other areas, like the roof of the mouth. Other symptoms may include a cottony feeling in the mouth, loss of taste, and difficulty eating. Your dentist may recommend an antifungal medication.

    Hairy Leukoplakia

    Hairy leukoplakia is the result of the Epstein-Barr virus. Since individuals with HIV have weakened immune systems, they are more susceptible to developing it. If you have hairy leukoplakia, you’ll notice white, hairy patches on the tongue. These will resist your efforts to remove them with a toothbrush. Hairy leukoplakia could be a sign that your doctor needs to adjust your current HIV treatment. An antiviral drug may be prescribed to clear up the white patches.

    Your health, wellness, and safety are our top priorities here at Glenwood Premier Dental. Our dentists serving Hazlet encourage each of our patients to share information about their underlying medical conditions so that we can customize an appropriate oral care plan that suits your needs. New and current patients can call (732) 264-4477 for an appointment.

  • What to Expect at Your First Invisalign Consult

    Invisalign is a household name, but many patients aren’t quite sure of how the process works. It all starts with a consultation at an Invisalign provider’s office. The dentist will take dental X-rays and do a scan of your teeth. These images are transmitted to the Invisalign software platform. You’ll be able to see the 3D rendering of what your smile will look like after you’ve completed your treatment.

    To learn more about this process, you can watch the accompanying video. Be sure to bring your questions to your consultation. Your cosmetic dentist will help you understand the treatment process and learn how to care for your new aligners.

    Glenwood Premier Dental is pleased to provide Invisalign treatment in Hazlet because we’ve seen how effective it is at transforming our patients’ smiles. Become our next success story and call our office today at (732) 264-4477.