• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.