August 16, 2016
You are struck in the mouth during a ball game. You bite a piece of peanut brittle. These incidents and more cause cracked, chipped and avulsed teeth. They even may precipitate a throbbing toothache. Your Mt. Holly emergency dentist has the skill to repair damaged teeth for strong and functional smiles. Modern cosmetic and restorative procedures relieve pain and make smile defects disappear. (more…)
November 17, 2015
According to some recent research, mild to severe periodontal (gum) disease may affect up to 80% of US adults over 30. More conservative estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention place the number between 50 and 60%, but don’t include patients with gingivitis, the mildest from of periodontal disease. The research may not agree on the number of people who suffer from periodontal disease, but dental researchers agree that gum disease is a serious problem in the US. Gum disease occurs when plaque or tartar build up around the gum line causing tissue irritation. Sources also vary on why the number of US adults with gum disease is so high, but some of the leading causes of gum disease include poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes, diabetes, genetic predisposition, and high risk behaviors (smoking, high sugar diet, and excessive drinking). Whatever the cause, it’s essential that patients know the signs of gum disease, and seek treatment as soon as possible. The best way to avoid developing advanced periodontal disease is to make six month dental checkups and teeth cleanings part of your oral hygiene routine.
November 7, 2015
You’ve probably heard the phrase you are what you eat. This adage is commonly repeated by physicians, diet books, and mothers to their children, but it was originally used in 1923 by Victor Lindlahr. He was a nutritionist, and one of the first people who believed in a direct link between the foods we consume and our health. While his research was a bit spotty, a 1993 study revealed that diet was the 2nd leading cause of death in the US linked to 300,000 deaths compared to the 400,000 deaths that were tobacco related. Suffice it to say, Lindlahr, your doctor, diet books, and mother may have been right when they said you are what you eat. It will likely come as no surprise that dentists agree. Nutrition significantly impacts oral health. Maybe even more than it does whole body health since the foods and beverages we consume react directly with bacteria in the mouth, and high sugar or carbohydrate diets create an acidic biofilm that causes tooth decay. When it comes to protecting oral and overall health, maintaining a well-balanced diet in addition to thorough at-home hygiene and regular dental checkups is essential.
September 15, 2015
In the last few years, the United States has seen a significant fall in the number of people who smoke tobacco. In fact, the number recently fell below 17 percent for the first time ever. That’s excellent news for public health, as we all know the detrimental effects that smoking has our bodies.
Over the years, we at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry have seen the terrible side effects smoking has on the mouth. It’s harmful for the gums, the tongue, it accelerates decay and makes your breath smell terrible — and those are only a few of the ways smoking affects oral health. While there definitely are some long-lasting effects, the good news is that the mouth is able to recover from the damage done by smoking. To help our patients understand this, sometimes we use a real-life example — one that we’ve witnessed firsthand many times.
One Mt. Holly Patient’s Smoking Story
One of our patients was in otherwise excellent health: a father of two, he exercised regularly and made a point to eat as well as he could. The only mar on his health record was that he was a moderate smoker. Unfortunately, this habit almost negated everything else he was doing right in terms of his health — especially in his mouth.
Short- and Long-Term Effects of Smoking
The fact is it doesn’t quite matter how well you brush and floss if you’re smoking regularly. This patient’s gums were red, inflamed and he told us that they were likely to bleed after flossing. These are all signs of gum disease, a common side effect of smoking — smokers are actually six times more likely to develop the condition than nonsmokers. Other side effects are dry mouth, excessive tartar buildup and bad breath.
This patient knew he was on his way to serious problems if he didn’t kick the habit soon. We told him all about the long-term effects of smoking — increased risk of bone loss in the jaw, leukoplakia (white spots in the mouth) and oral cancer — and that quitting now was the only way to greatly reduce his chances of contracting a serious disease.
Quitting Smoking for Oral Health
It’s a speech we’ve given to many of our patients: the importance of quitting smoking, today. Unfortunately, smoking is a powerful habit that many have extreme difficulty breaking. When this patient left our office, we were unsure if he’d be able to kick the habit.
When he came back for his next visit in six months, however, he was thrilled to tell us something. Little by little, he’d managed to quit smoking! When his Mt. Holly dentist examined his mouth, he was happy to report gums that were less swollen, and less tartar and plaque buildup than in previous visits. This patient is now on his way to a mouth that’s healthier than ever — and we’re so happy to have been a small part of his health success story.
Visit Us Today
If you’re among the less than 17 percent of adults who still smoke — or if you have a loved one who is — please don’t fall behind on your dental checkups. Smoking increases your risk for a host of oral problems, so come see us today. Maybe we can help you kick that habit, too.
September 8, 2015
Could you use a confidence boost? This fall, don’t waste your time with crash diets or drugstore hair dye. If crooked teeth are getting in the way of a confident, beautiful smile, you need a little professional help — and your friends at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry have an excellent solution for straight teeth using the Invisalign system.
It may surprise you to know that more adults are choosing braces than ever before. When I say “braces,” though, it’s probably not what you’re thinking — not the kind that gave you nightmares in high school. Today’s adult braces are clear, removable trays that straighten teeth faster than traditional metal braces. We’ve been giving adults the straight smiles they dream about for years using Invisalign — read on to learn more about the process, and if it’s right for you.
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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