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.
October 27, 2016
Do dingy stains spoil your smile? That yellowed look comes from what you put in your mouth. Drs. Greenberg, Govitrikar and Cygler offer at-home and in-office teeth whitening as part of their cosmetic dental services. Results are amazing, and you can maintain that dazzling look with some common sense care. (more…)
October 14, 2016
Some people think dental procedures are a lot like sidewalk repair. Bring in the jack hammer, pound out the damaged portion and fill it in with concrete. Well, in days past, they weren’t far wrong. However, modern dentistry offers easier, quicker and more effective restorative services and techniques, such as air abrasion. Drs. H. William Greenberg, Vrishali Govitrikar and Adam Cygler at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry offer air abrasion and other amazing services for superior and patient-friendly dental care.
April 4, 2016
Want whiter teeth? Of course you do. But your quest for a brighter smile doesn’t necessarily have to lead you to a professional whitening treatment. Your Mt Holly dentist recommends adding these five foods to your diet to help you flash a brighter smile — naturally.
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.
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.