Mt. Holly Family Dentistry's Blog
June 25, 2015
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) effects millions of Americans every year, but CPAP therapy may not be the only solution. Many OSA sufferers notice significant relief by using a small dental appliance. If you suffer from OSA, a visit to the dental team at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry may do you more good than an appointment with a sleep specialist. Find out more about sleep apnea therapy from Mt. Holly Family Dentistry today. Call to schedule a consolation or an appointment for any of our other dental health care services with one of our skilled dental professionals.
Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea exhibit a wide range of symptoms, and can be misdiagnosed for years. Seek sleep apnea care if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Excessive tiredness throughout the day
- Inability to remain alert or pay attention
- Loud, continual snoring
- Cessation of breathing during sleep
- Frequently awakening during the night or trouble staying asleep
- Awakening short of breath
- Dry mouth, sore threat, or headache in the morning
While mild or moderate occurrences of these warning signs may not be indicative of OSA, see a physician if snoring wakes you or others from sleep, if you wake frequently unable to catch your breath, or your daytime sleepiness causes you to fall asleep at inappropriate times.
Sleep Apnea Left Untreated
Those who suffer from OSA without treatment are more likely to develop numerous chronic illnesses such as:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Heart failure or arrhythmia
As you sleep, your body is able to do the work of memory consolidation, cell regeneration, and other bodily healing and repair. Thus, when you don’t get enough sleep, you begin to feel confused and have poor memory because your mind doesn’t have the chance to properly organize and store the events of the previous day. This can contribute to developing depression or ADHD. Other diseases common among long time OSA sufferers are the result of lack of cell regeneration, and excessive strain without repair time.
You may think that sleep apnea is only treatable with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. While this is an effective treatment for both obstructive and central sleep apnea, many patients find it difficult to adjust to sleeping with CPAP machines in place. CPAP consists of a machine that continually pumps air into the mouth and throat through a facial mask. This air ensures that your sleep will be unobstructed. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, there may be a better option.
Snore Guards in Mt. Holly, NJ
A small dental appliance, sometimes called snore guards, can be used to open your airway as you sleep. These small oral appliances move the jaw forward and the tongue away from the back of the throat. This shift in positioning removes the blockage that leads to sleep apnea, letting you rest peacefully throughout the night.
Find Out More
If you want to know more about how Mt. Holly Family Dentistry can help you overcome sleep apnea, call to schedule an appointment today. Our convenient Mt. Holly, NJ practice welcomes patients from surrounding areas including Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, and Pemberton.
May 24, 2015
Summer is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to get your smile ready for the good times ahead. Whether you’re planning to take the family to Philly for an educational visit to Independence Hall and a photo op in front of the Liberty Bell, or a vacation on the Jersey shore building sand castles and finding seashells, you want to freely share a smile that reflects your happiness. Come to Mt. Holly Family Dentistry in Mt. Holly, NJ, for teeth whitening and your smile will be as brilliant as the summer sun.
As people age, their teeth tend to become stained and discolored for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the age old aging process itself. Other reasons are:
- Some of our favorite foods and beverages, such as chocolate, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, coffee, tea, cola and red wine
- Chips and cracks in teeth that hide stains from food particles and other debris
- Teeth grinding and clenching, which tends to darken teeth’s biting edges
- Certain medications, such as the antibiotic tetracycline
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Traumatic injury
Teeth Whitening for You
At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry, we have used an at-home teeth whitening system for several years. Our at home tray system uses a professional grade gel that is safe and effective. The custom made tray, which fits snuggly over your teeth is what makes this teeth whitening work well. The gel is held against your teeth where it works without being diluted with saliva or running out into your mouth. Your Mt. Holly dentist will instruct you on how to wear your trays, but typically they are worn for one or two hours every day for 2-3 weeks, possibly longer for stubborn teeth stains.
Call Our Office Today
To have a whiter smile this summer, call Mt. Holly Family Dentistry today and schedule an appointment for teeth whitening. We serve patients from Mt. Holly, NJ, as well as from Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
May 12, 2015
Did you know that people with straight teeth are commonly considered more intelligent, friendlier and—no surprise—more attractive than people who have smiles that are not straight? If you’re now thinking, “Well yeah, I’d like to have a straighter smile, but I sure don’t want to wear braces at my age,” then think again. You can wear braces that almost no one will notice. With Invisalign from Mt. Holly Family Dentistry in Mt. Holly, NJ, you can have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted without the hassle and appearance of traditional metal braces.
Invisalign, as the name implies, straightens teeth almost invisibly with clear plastic aligners. These clear braces are made of BPA-free plastic that will not cause mouth sores inside your cheeks or on your gums the way metal braces can. Invisalign aligners simply fit snuggly over your teeth to gently move them into their proper position.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
Dr. Julie Ko-Kim is the certified Invisalign provider at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry. At your first meeting with her, she will evaluate your smile and determine if there are any oral health concerns to address before beginning Invisalign orthodontic treatment. We’ll take x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth that Invisalign will use to create a 3-D image of your existing smile. Dr. Ko-Kim will then develop a treatment plan based on this image. This image will show you how your Invisalign treatment will progress and will also be the road map that the Invisalign lab uses to fabricate your aligners.
The Invisalign aligners come in a series of sets. You’ll wear each set for about two weeks, watching your teeth move as you progress through the series. In about a year, treatment will be completed and you’ll have that straighter, more attractive smile.
Call Our Office Today
If you’re ready to have a smile that impresses, then call Mt. Holly Family Dentistry for more information about Invisalign. We serve patients from Mt. Holly, NJ, as well as from Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
April 28, 2015
When you get into bed each night, do you look forward to a quiet and restful night of reinvigorating sleep? Or, is your night filled with either the sound of loud snoring or are you the one constantly hearing the words, “Stop snoring”? No matter which one is you, you’re not getting the quality sleep you need at night to have a safe and productive day. Let the dentists and their team at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry help. We prescribe snore guards Mt. Holly, NJ, uses to restore peace and quiet and provide rejuvenating sleep.
Snoring in Mt. Holly, NJ
There’s snoring and then there’s snoring. What we mean is snoring can be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. This chronic condition actually causes breathing to stop at intervals during the night. However, those intervals can come as frequently as once every minute, which—needless to say—can be quite disturbing to sleep.
The most common form of this bothersome and life-threatening condition is obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, the tongue and other soft tissue in the throat relax during sleep and tend to fall back against your airway. Hence, breathing is blocked and snoring ensues. And while you may not realize you’ve stopped breathing, your brain certainly knows and signals the body to wake up in order to restart breathing.
Not only do these interruptions in breathing add up to hours of lost sleep, they can also lead to serious health consequences including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, obesity, diabetes and depression.
Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Although the gold standard in treating snoring and sleep apnea has been the continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine, there is another alternative that works and is much less obtrusive. At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry we can prescribe a custom-fitted oral appliance. Oral appliances are very effective in opening the airway. These appliances shift the lower jaw forward. Bringing the jaw forward moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, thereby removing the blockage that impedes breathing.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you suspect that you or the person lying next to each night may have sleep apnea then call Mt. Holly Family Dentistry. With snore guards, Mt. Holly, NJ, will sleep peacefully again. We also serve patients from Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
April 21, 2015
Mouthguards tend to be considered uncomfortable necessities for playing sports. But what if you could wear a custom mouthguard that didn’t just protect your teeth, gums, lips and tongue, but also enhanced your athletic performance? All of the sudden that uncomfortable necessity becomes a winning advantage. The dentists at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry offer custom mouthguards Mt. Holly, NJ, needs to achieve the best in sports performance.
The Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM) is a custom mouthguard that improves an athlete’s strength, power and endurance. Whether you are an amateur or professional athlete, you can look forward to better results on the field, on the court or on the track—anywhere your game is played—simply by wearing the PPM.
How Does the PPM Work?
The Pure Power Mouthguard uses neuromuscular dental technology, the same technology we use at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry to help patients who have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. Researchers and dentists have found that if your jaw joint is out of proper alignment, then the rest of your body tries to compensate for this misalignment. As a result, strength is drawn away from the muscles in your arms and legs. Wearing the PPM custom mouthguard, you release the energy to your moving muscles.
In addition, the PPM positions your jaw forward and down. In this position, your airway is widened and you are able to breathe in more air for better and longer endurance.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Mt. Holly Family Dentistry is one of the few dentistry offices in the United States that is certified to provide the PPM. Each one is custom-fitted, so you can be sure yours is designed and fabricated to give you the best athletic performance results. To learn more about the custom mouthguard Mt. Holly, NJ, trusts for protection and performance, call our office today. We also serve patients from Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
March 31, 2015
Remember when you were a child and the tooth fairy magically removed the tooth from under your pillow and left a surprise in its place? Well, those days are gone. However, if you have one or more missing teeth, there is still something magical that can replace them. Dental implants are the most lifelike tooth replacement option. For dental implants in Mt. Holly, NJ, people rely on the dentists at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry.
Teeth may be missing because of:
- Severe tooth decay
- Traumatic injury
- Advanced gum disease
- Failure of a root canal
- Excessive wear and tear, possibly from teeth grinding and clenching
- Congenital defects
Whatever the cause, replacing missing teeth is vitally important to avoid a host of other problems including difficulty chewing and talking, shifting teeth, and of course, the embarrassment of having an incomplete smile.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants, also called teeth implants, can be used to replace one tooth, and they can also be strategically positioned along an arch to securely hold a denture in place. In either case, one of our highly skilled dentists will surgically implant a titanium post in the jaw bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. As you heal over the course of three to six months, the post and surrounding bone tissue will fuse together. This fusion mimics the relationship between a tooth root and the bone, thereby creating a strong foundation. Once healed, you’ll return to Mt. Holly Family Dentistry to have a custom-fitted crown attached to the post. The finished teeth implants will look, feel and function much like natural teeth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have one or more missing teeth, then call Mt. Holly Family Dentistry to find out about dental implants in Mt. Holly, NJ. We also serve patients from Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
March 25, 2015
Did you know that some 60 million Americans have gum, or periodontal, disease? Many don’t even know that they have the disease. Yet, the consequences of gum disease might not only affect your oral health, but your overall health, as well. Therefore, treating and managing this disease is imperative. The dentists at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry offer gum disease treatment in Mt. Holly, NJ, so you can enjoy the benefits of optimal oral and overall health.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. Both forms can be caused by insufficient dental hygiene; organic changes in the mouth that result from metabolic or hormonal fluctuations brought on by pregnancy, puberty or menopause; certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease, as well as some medications; dry mouth; and teeth grinding or clenching, which may affect surrounding gum tissue.
The typical signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Bad breath
- Gums that are red and swollen
- Loose teeth or teeth that have shifted out of position
The trouble with gum disease, however, doesn’t end in the mouth. The same bacteria that cause gum disease can also lead to other serious health concerns, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and low birthweight or preterm babies.
Treating Gum Disease
At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry, we offer a few options for treating gum disease, depending on the severity of the case. Some may only require more frequent dental cleanings in the office and a better home regimen. More advanced gum disease may necessitate root scaling and planing, a procedure that involves removing hardened plaque from below the gum line and smoothing the root. If necessary, our dentists can also apply a topical antibiotic to treat infection.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re noticing any of the signs of gum disease, then call Mt. Holly Family Dentistry for gum disease treatment in Mt. Holly, NJ. We also serve patients from Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
February 26, 2015
Invisalign is the clear path to straighter teeth. Traditional orthodontic treatment can be a long and drawn-out process with embarrassing metal brackets and daily inconveniences. Because of this, many adult patients feel that straighter teeth are always out of reach; so they continue to avoid the orthodontic treatment they need. For these patients, modern dentistry offers a comprehensive solution. With Invisalign clear orthodontics, you can have the straighter teeth you’ve always wanted, without all the hassles of old fashioned metal braces. To discover the Invisalign difference, schedule your personalized orthodontic consultation with us today. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry is the trusted orthodontic destination of Mt. Holly New Jersey, Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the surrounding communities.
How Does Invisalign Create Straighter Teeth?
Invisalign straightens teeth using a custom-fabricated sequence of clear aligners. The clear aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and practically invisible plastic. By wearing the clear aligners for at least 20 hours per day, you will incrementally shift your teeth into proper position. The movements are based on a pre-determined treatment path, designed specifically for you, by Mt. Holly Family Dentistry. With Invisalign, there are no metal brackets to attach or wires to tighten. The only thing required is that you exchange your aligners for a new set about every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You can undergo the entire orthodontic treatment process with minimal interference to your daily routine, and all without having to broadcast your treatment to the world.
Are straight teeth really that important? Yes. In fact, study after study has revealed that adults with straight teeth are actually perceived to be more successful, more socially confident, and more attractive. One recent study revealed that 45% of those surveyed thought that people with straight teeth were more likely to be chosen for a job, and were also more likely to be perceived as wealthy, intelligent, and healthy. What does your smile say about you? If you’re seeking a convenient path to a more confident smile, schedule an Invisalign orthodontic consultation appointment with us today. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry is the leading orthodontic destination of Mt. Holly New Jersey, Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
February 16, 2015
If you are one of the millions of self-conscious adults in need of Six Month Smiles. Some patients spend most of their time covering their mouths when they laugh, talk, eat, or smile. They are dissatisfied with their smiles, but their equally dissatisfied with traditional orthodontic solutions. Traditional bracket and wire braces can be embarrassing, invasive, expensive, and prolonged. Fortunately, Mt. Holly Family Dentistry now offers an effective, discrete, and convenient cosmetic braces solution with new Six Month Smiles. If you’re ready to finally get the orthodontic treatment you need, schedule a Mt. Holly, NJ Six Month Smiles consultation appointment today. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry proudly welcomes patients of all ages throughout Mt. Holly New Jersey, Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Six Month Smiles?
Six Month Smiles is a short term cosmetic orthodontic treatment. Six Month Smiles successfully utilizes the best aspects of traditional braces with modified treatment and materials, to give busy adult patients a common-sense cosmetic solution that fits any lifestyle.
How Does Six Month Smiles Work So Fast?
The Six Month Smiles solution works through a combination of tried and true and well documented orthodontic techniques. These techniques were successfully combined over twenty years ago and the technologies to fully implement them have finally become available. A key feature of the advanced Six Month Smiles technology is the use of hybrid nickel and titanium arch wires in a natural tooth color. These wires can precisely exert a light but continuous force to gently reposition teeth in the most efficient manner possible.
What Can Six Month Smiles Correct?
Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment can quickly correct:
- Gaps and spaces
Discover the many benefits of Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment for yourself; schedule a Mt. Holly, NJ orthodontic appointment today. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry delivers quality care daily throughout Mt. Holly New Jersey, Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the neighboring areas.
January 30, 2015
Do you know who to call in a dental emergency? Accidents happen, and knowing what to do and who to call when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to visit a dentist or emergency room as soon as possible. If you, or someone you love, need emergency dental care, contact our office at (609) 261-2928 immediately for treatment. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry proudly serves families daily throughout Mt. Holly, NJ, Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the surrounding communities.
What Qualifies As a Dental Emergency?
Anytime you’re in pain or discomfort, it qualifies as a dental emergency. Common dental related emergencies include:
- A knocked-out permanent or adult tooth
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Injury to your tongue or other soft tissue
- Severe toothache
- Objects stuck in between teeth
- Painful or bleeding mouth sores
- Broken or knocked out dental restorations (fillings or crowns)
- Broken dentures
We’re Open Later than Any Other Mt. Holly New Jersey Dentist
If you need immediate emergency dental care, don’t worry. We’re dedicated to fulfilling the emergency needs of the Mt. Holly community. That’s why we offer late hour appointments with availability Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m until 8 p.m and Friday from 8 a.m until 4 p.m.
Remember, any dental emergency, such as an injury to the teeth or gums, can be potentially serious and should never be taken lightly. Ignoring dental pain or trauma can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the potential for more invasive and expensive treatment in the future. Contact our office immediately at (609) 261-2928 for the fast and convenient emergency dental care you deserve. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry delivers quality care daily throughout Mt. Holly, NJ, Westampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Springfield, Pemberton, and the nearby areas.
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