September 14, 2017
Did you know your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and it’s also one of the main physical attributes people remember after meeting someone new? It’s true! In fact, a social media poll indicated that those who have beautiful smiles were perceived as smarter, healthier, wealthier, and younger. In fact, research indicates that people who have attractive smiles are thought to be about ten years young on average. That’s not too shabby. If you want to take a sip from the fountain of youth, a visit to your local cosmetic dentist may be just what you’re looking for.
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.
October 27, 2015
Your doctors at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry have been practicing dentistry for a long time. They’ve seen it all, and have been asked just about every question related to teeth (and then some). The most common question? You probably know what it is already. Your dentist in Mt. Holly NJ is in with the answer. And the question is…
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.
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 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.