Mt. Holly Family Dentistry's Blog
September 3, 2015
Good oral health is something we take for granted. When I’m crunching on an apple (or biting into the occasional big juicy burger), I’m not giving my teeth a second thought — and I’m even in the healthy tooth business. No, it’s not until we have a problem with our mouths that we really realize how lucky we are to have strong, healthy, beautiful teeth.
We want to remind you at every opportunity how important it is to care for your teeth while they’re healthy, instead of waiting until there’s a problem to get serious about brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist. By that point, it may be too late. At your Mt. Holly dental office, we’ll never get tired of seeing your healthy, beautiful smile — so keep the following tips in mind and enjoy good oral health for a lifetime.
August 19, 2015
When you brush your teeth (twice a day, we hope), are you also flossing? If the answer is yes, good job! Keep doing what you’re doing. If you aren’t flossing, you’re not doing your mouth any favors. Flossing is one of the most important steps in keeping a healthy mouth. It should always be a part of your daily dental hygiene regimen no matter what. When you wake up in the morning, does your mouth feel a little bit clean or did you bypass brushing and flossing the night before? If you did, does your mouth feel a lot nastier than normal? That’s because all those tasty bits of food you enjoyed last night are now caught in between, on and around your teeth. Brushing helps remove most of it, but floss reaches those tiny spaces where said food particles and other bacteria love to hang out. The Mt. Holly Family Dentistry team is headed by the dentist Mr. Holly, NJ calls their own: Dr. William Greenberg.
Flossing can keep your teeth a lot cleaner than you think. Those tiny spaces can keep food particles trapped, and that’s what causes some side effects including bad breath. It’s time to stop punishing your oral health and give it the care it deserves.
Ready, set, floss!
August 12, 2015
There are a lot of denture wearers in this country. Our elderly population contains the most denture patients, but there are other patients who aren’t elderly who have to wear them. Dentures offer great support and dental aesthetics for people who have lost their teeth. However, denture wearers have been known to suffer the effects of facial imbalance, lost volume in the face, and other appearance problems. We don’t want you to suffer any longer. At our office in Mt. Holly, NJ, Dr. Williams Greenberg is proud to offer this fantastic service for all of our denture wearers. This blog isn’t meant to downplay the importance of dentures, because they are very important for patients with missing teeth. However, this will focus more on the effects dentures can have on a patient’s face, and that is what we want to fix. Just because you have to wear dentures doesn’t mean you have to suffer from the effects it can have on your face. Dr. Greenberg is the dentist Burlington County can trust.
August 10, 2015
A straight smile isn’t something that’s reserved for celebrities and rich people. There are a lot of patients just like you who want a straight smile. A straight smile is not only beautiful, it also is easy on the eyes and can give anyone who has one a lot of confidence. Confidence is a good thing to have whether you’re out and about or in the office. People listen to a confident person, and confident people know how to get things done. Having a straight smile can help you have all the confidence in the world. Long gone are the days of metal braces being the only way to get a straight smile. Now, there are many alternatives to traditional orthodontics, including a state-of-the-art system called Six Month Smiles. Our office in Mt. Holly, NJ wants you to take advantage of this fantastic system that can deliver excellent results in only six months. Dr. Greenberg is the cosmetic dentist Mt. Holly, NJ residents can trust to get their smiles looking fantastically straight.
July 17, 2015
Mt. Holly, NJ family Dentistry suggests ways to fight bad breath. Sometimes related to food habits or poor oral hygiene, bad breath, also called halitosis, may signify a health problem. Read some ways to fight halitosis.
Have you ever been told you have bad breath? It’s embarrassing, isn’t it? Your Mt. Holly family dentists, Doctors H. William Greenberg, Julie J. Ko-Kim, Adam Cygler, and Vrishali Govitirkar want to spare you that kind of predicament. They also want your oral health and overall well-being to be at its absolute best. As such, they educate their patients all about bad breath, or halitosis, what it may mean and how to prevent it.
Bad breath may be related to habits
Our lifestyles can give us halitosis. Aromatic foods such as garlic and onions stick to the soft tissues of the mouth and also are inhaled into the lungs. People exhale their vapors for days. Other dietary habits leading to bad breath include not eating frequently enough or being poorly hydrated. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily enhances saliva production, allowing the mouth to self-rinse food particles and odor-causing plaque.
Of course, one of the worse bad breath offenders is tobacco. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco causes many well-known health problems, plus it contributes to gum disease which, when left untreated, causes serious bad breath.
Other factors may cause bad breath
Your Burlington County dentist will tell you that xerostomia causes bad breath. Xerostomia is dry mouth. When oral mucosa lacks sufficient saliva, breath smells strong and unpleasant. Xerostomia comes from:
- certain health conditions
- sore throats
- postnasal drip
- gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD
Your 08060 dentist can help you fight bad breath
Doctors H. Greenberg, Ko-Kim, Cygler and Govitirkar recommend several strategies to combat halitosis. Most are easier to adopt than you may think.
Stop smoking or using tobacco. Your breath with thank you and so will your overall health. Speak to your Mt. Holly, NJ family dentists about ways to kick the habit.
Limit aromatic foods. While onions and garlic are good for you. think about when and how often you consume them.
Hydrate. Drink plenty of water, and eat breath cleansing foods such as strawberries, celery and other hard-textured fruits and vegetables.
Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss each day. This healthy habit controls plaque and the germs it contains. The same applies to dentures. Mouthwash is nice, but not really necessary to maintain fresh breath unless your Mt. Holly, NJ family dentist recommends a special kind.
Also, brush all soft tissues, including the roof of the mouth, cheeks, gums and the tongue. Because of its bumpy and sometimes grooved surface, the tongue requires extra brushing. Some 08060 dentists may recommend an implement called a tongue scraper to get it extra-clean and odor-free.
Treat gum disease. If your Burlington County dentist says you need periodontal scaling, get it done. Gum pockets hold destructive bacteria, causing gum and bone recession, tooth loosening and loss and yes, halitosis.
Get a check-up with your primary care physician. A physical condition outside the mouth could cause halitosis.
Why not begin fighting bad breath now?
Call Mt. Holly Dentistry today to set-up your six-month exam and cleaning appointment. It’s a great time to ask one of the doctors or hygienists for additional ways to keep teeth and gums healthy and breath fresh, too.
July 16, 2015
When an emergency arises, we want you to be prepared. We also want you to know that you have our team in your corner whenever a dental emergency happens. Drs. H. William Greenberg, Julie Ko-Kim, Adam Cygler and Vrishali Govitrikar are here whenever any type of dental emergency pops up. Our Mt. Holly, NJ office is well-equipped to handle any kind of dental emergency, which is why our office is open late four nights a week just in case the unexpected happens. Time, as they say, is extremely important during an emergency and can often be the difference between saving and replacing a tooth. Our family dentists take your oral health very seriously and they know how detrimental any dental emergency can be for your mouth and your psyche. We want you to know that you don’t have to fight this alone, and that our team is at the ready for a dental emergency.
July 14, 2015
Doctors H. William Greenburg, Julie J. Ko-Kim, Adam Cygler and Vrishali Govitrikar combine varied backgrounds to achieve compassionate patient care for the entire family. They invite you to look into their website, read and listen to online testimonials and to come to the 08060 dentist’s office to discuss your concerns and goals.
Your best Mt. Holly, NJ family dentist is highly-skilled
Your family deserves precise dental care. From basic exams, x-rays and cleanings to restorations such as crowns and dental implants to cosmetic improvements such as teeth whitening and veneers, your best Mt. Holly, NJ family dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums and even address whole health issues such as sleep apnea, snoring, headaches and orthodontics.
Diagnostic tools, materials and most of all, skill and credentials, should be up-to-date. Look for membership in professional associations such as the American Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Dentists should participate in advanced training such as at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
Your best 08060 family dentist stresses availability and comfort
Be sure your new 08060 dentist has plenty of treatment hours, including evenings, to accommodate busy family schedules. Ask about fees, payment schedules and accepted Mt. Holly, NJ dental insurance plans. When a dental emergency arises, who is available to respond quickly and personally to your need?
Additionally, tour theoffices. Are the treatment rooms comfortable and inviting with patient amenities such as TVs? Is the staff open to questions, and do they emphasize patient teaching? Your best Mt. Holly Family dentist must offer sedation dentistry to relax and control discomfort.
Your best Mt. Holly, NJ family dentist delivers a wide range of services
Just as each patient, whether child, teen adult or senior adult, has varying oral and systemic needs, the family dentist you select must be prepared to fully address those issues.
Preventive services should include:
- exams, digital x-rays and other imaging, and hygienic cleanings
- periodontal treatment for gingivitis and advanced gum disease
- oral cancer screenings
- modern tools such as DIAGNOdent lasers and intraoral cameras to diagnose and treat decay
- bite checks
- mouthguards for bruxism, sports and snoring
Restorative services should include:
- natural-looking full and partial dentures
- porcelain crowns
- fixed bridgework
- dental implant restorations
- tooth-colored fillings
Cosmetic services should include:
- orthodontic options such as Invisalign clear aligners or Six-month Smiles
- in-office and at-home teeth whitening
- composite resin bonding
- complete smile makeovers
- cosmetic work previews such as Smile Vision
Contact Mt. Holly Dentistry to explore their popular dental practice
Don’t hesitate to contact Doctors Greenburg, Ko-Kim, Cygler and Govitrikar for a personal appointment to discuss their services and practice philosophy. They will be answer your questions and to get you and your loved ones on track for excellent dental health.
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.