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Monthly, your Belleville and Parsippany NJ dentist will be compiling blogs written on topics such as dental hygiene, maintenance, news and more for your consideration. It is our strong belief that the more familiar our patients become with these topics, the more likely they are to benefit from applying the tips and information to their own oral health regimens.
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July 2022
3 Ways Dental Hygiene Can Affect Your Overall Health

Did you know that Healthy People 2020 chose dental health as one of the 10 leading indicators of a person’s overall wellness? This is alongside categories such as human relationships, financial prosperity, and more.  


Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this connection, making it easier to neglect oral health until it’s too late.  


Keep reading to learn about some fascinating ways your dental hygiene can affect your overall health! 


1. Periodontal Disease and Pre-Diabetes  


Pre-diabetes occurs when your glucose levels are higher than usual, leading to type 2 diabetes. In addition, researchers found that when people are exposed to periodontal bacteria for an extended amount of time, they could develop glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.  


Diabetes can also be accelerated with the presence of periodontal disease. With this in mind, you must make regular appointments with your dentist so that they can assess whether you’re at risk of developing periodontal disease. If you do have gum disease, they’ll help you manage it and keep your teeth healthy.  


2. Heart Disease  


Next, poor dental hygiene over time can also affect your heart. This is because as plaque and tartar develop on your teeth, harmful bacteria have a greater chance of invading your bloodstream, developing plaque inside your blood vessels.  


If this isn’t addressed, the buildup of plaque in your coronary arteries can eventually lead to a heart attack. For this reason, brushing and flossing daily can go a long way to reducing your chances of developing heart disease.  


3. Respiratory Infections  


Lastly, poor dental health can also affect your respiratory system. Bacteria that has built up on your teeth and gums over time can be breathed into your lungs or can travel to your lungs through your bloodstream.  


This harmful bacteria in your lungs can lead to COPD, pneumonia, respiratory infections, and more. 


Schedule an Appointment with Your Dentist Today  


Along with brushing and flossing every day, one of the best ways to ensure that you have excellent oral health is to schedule twice-yearly appointments with your favorite dentist.


Along with cleaning plaque and tartar from your teeth, they can also apply fluorides and sealants to your teeth, making them less prone to tooth decay in-between visits.  


Dentists can examine your teeth and ensure you’re not suffering from gingivitis or gum disease. Ready to schedule your first appointment with us? Give us a call today!  

June 2022
How Do You Keep Your Teeth Healthy Over the Summer?

If you want healthy and shining teeth this summer, paying attention to your dental hygiene is essential. However, this can become harder with changing schedules, travel, and possible life changes–such as your children being off from school.   


Fortunately, there are some simple ways to ensure that you’re taking the best care of your teeth.   

Keep reading for simple tips on keeping your smile glowing and teeth healthy during the summer!   

Drink Plenty of Water  


As the heat index rises, you must drink water frequently throughout the day to avoid overheating and dehydration. However, water also plays a vital role in your dental health. If your mouth is dry, you become far more susceptible to cavities as food, and harmful bacteria linger in your mouth.


Stick With Your Routine  


If you’re vacationing this summer, it can be easy to forget about your dental hygiene routine when visiting new places or have a full schedule. However, it’s important that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day–no matter where you are.  


Set reminders on your phone if you need help remembering or consider brushing in the shower so you can bundle two habits in one. This method of combining habits is called “chunking.” 


If you know it will be hard to access a toothbrush and toothpaste, try keeping healthy, crunchy snacks in your bag or some xylitol gum. You can also opt to purchase a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, which are small and easy to put away.  


Use a Straw  


Drinking sugary drinks throughout the day can be hard to avoid when you’re vacationing or enjoying time by the pool or ocean. However, these drinks can significantly increase your chance of tooth decay because of the constant exposure to sugar.   


If you can’t limit your sugary drink intake, use a straw instead. This can help limit the sugar from coming into contact with your teeth.   


Keep Your Smile Shining in the Summer  


By paying attention and incorporating these simple tips into your summer habits, you won’t have to worry about cavities or tooth decay during your vacation. Make sure to set alarms to remind yourself to brush your teeth or bring along a travel toothbrush if you’ll be away from home for a long time.   


No one is perfect, but the important thing is that you’re striving to stick with your routines.   

Ready for more healthy teeth tips? Keep reading our blog!   


May 2022
How to Have Sparkling Teeth Without a Toothbrush

Do you often travel or find yourself in a rush in the morning and frequently forget to brush?


Although once or twice won’t hurt the long-term health of your teeth, these bad habits can quickly add up, leading to a mouth more prone to tooth decay and cavities.   


However, the good news is that you can keep your dental health routine on track by preparing a little in advance.   


Keep reading to learn some simple tips for what to do when you’re stuck without a toothbrush and toothpaste!   


Keep Floss in Your Bag  


Unlike toothpaste and a toothbrush, floss is far easier to put in a bag or purse without adding bulk. You can also purchase multiple packs of floss and put them in your car, bathroom, and frequently used bags so that you’re never caught without it.   


When you can’t brush your teeth, flossing your teeth can be a great alternative compared to doing nothing. This is because you’ll be able to remove plaque and food debris buildup before swishing your mouth out for water.   


Chew Sugar-Free Gum  


Beyond toothpaste, it’s also recommended to stock up on some sugar-free gum–xylitol is a common ingredient that’s approved by the American Dental Association. This is because gum with xylitol doesn’t add harmful sugars to your mouth.  


Here are a few of the benefits of xylitol gum that you can enjoy:   


  • Increases saliva production  

  • Low glycemic index  

  • Reduces harmful bacteria in your mouth   

  • Improves digestive health  

  • Freshens breath  


If you’re stuck without a toothbrush and toothpaste for extended amounts of gum, sugar-free gum can help offset the harmful effects of bacteria. However, keep your gum away from your pets–it’s highly toxic for dogs.   


Invest in Disposable Toothbrushes  


If you often travel or forget to brush your teeth, consider investing in disposable toothbrushes. These small toothbrushes are travel-friendly because they have toothpaste already applied to the bristles.   


Once you’re done brushing your teeth, you simply dispose of the toothbrush. These toothbrushes can also be beneficial when you get sick or suffer from mental illness. In addition, keeping some disposable toothbrushes at the side of your bed can make it easier to attend to your oral hygiene because you don’t need to get up in order to use a disposable toothbrush.  


You can throw out the toothbrush in a nearby trashcan afterward. After you get used to using those toothbrushes, you can consider investing in a reusable travel toothbrush so that you’re contributing less waste.  


Make Healthy Choices   


If you know that you won’t be able to brush your teeth anytime soon, we recommend focusing on drinking as much water as possible throughout the day and snacking on crunchy vegetables and fruit. The more water you drink, the easier it is to keep leftover food and plaque from building up in your mouth.   


Crunchy fruits and vegetables can also help scrub away developed plaque and provide a much-needed energy boost.   


Create a Paper Towel Toothbrush  


Lastly, consider creating a makeshift toothbrush with a paper towel if you have toothpaste but no toothbrush. The thicker the paper towel, the better. Wrap a piece tightly around your index finger and use the same brushing motions you normally use on your teeth.   


You can even use this method with just water because the paper towel still provides an abrasive surface that can help remove plaque.   


Taking Your Dental Health Routine Seriously  


By taking your dental health routine more seriously, even when traveling or at work, you’re less likely to develop more serious issues later on. This is especially important if you’re prone to tooth decay, gingivitis, and cavities.   


Keep in mind that no matter how good you are at sticking with your dental health routine, your teeth aren’t immaculate until you visit a dentist twice a year. So schedule an appointment with us today for your cleaning!   


April 2022
4 Easy Steps to Spring Clean Your Dental Routine

Spring is a time of new growth, meaning it’s also the opportunity for cleaning to make room for a new environment, habits, and mindset. The same can be true for your dental hygiene routine.  


If you’re unhappy with the state of your teeth, these simple tips can get you started on the right foot and motivate you to build healthy habits.   


Keep reading to learn some easy ways to spring clean your dental routine today!   


1. Purchase a New Toothbrush 


If you don’t have a soft bristle toothbrush, it’s time to invest in one today. These are often recommended more than medium and hard toothbrushes because they’re easier on your enamel and less likely to cause your gums to recede. However, medium toothbrushes may also be a good choice if you tend to brush your teeth for less than two minutes.  


You can also take this opportunity to purchase an electric toothbrush if you’re ready to step up your oral hygiene routine.  


Keep in mind that the ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, even if the bristles don’t appear frayed.   


2. Clean Your Toothbrush Holder  


It’s vital that you store your toothbrush upright and exposed to air so that it’s less likely to harbor harmful bacteria. However, the holder you keep your toothbrush in can get dirty and grimy over time.   


Take this opportunity to clean your toothbrush holder with warm water and soap and wipe it down with disinfectant.   


3. Minimize Sugar  


When it comes to dental hygiene, how much sugar you consume throughout the day can make a big difference in the health of your teeth. This is because the more often you drink or eat foods with high amounts of sugar, the more acids develop in your mouth that slowly eat away at your enamel.   


With this in mind, try keeping your sugar intake to one time in the day, such as for dessert or after lunch. You can also make a point of swishing your mouth with water after eating or drinking sugary foods or beverages.   


4. Schedule an Appointment  


Keep in mind that no dental routine is complete without scheduling a yearly appointment with your dentist. Many dentists won’t judge you and will take the time to educate you on simple ways you can improve your dental health.   


Even better, you can get started on your journey to improve your smile and start this season on a clean slate.   


Supercharge Your Spring Dental Routine  


Minimizing sugar, cleaning your toothbrush holder, and replacing your toothbrush with a new one every three to four months are great ways to refresh your dental routine this spring.  


If you’re having trouble forming new toothbrushing or flossing habits, this kind of spring cleaning may be just what you need to motivate you to begin again.   


We can also help you get started with a dental cleaning. Call us today to schedule an appointment!   


March 2022
5 Easy Tips to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Today

Beyond brushing your teeth twice a day, did you know that there are even more simple ways you can improve your oral hygiene? It only takes about five minutes a day to brush your teeth and floss your teeth.  


Even better, you’ll benefit from a reduction in cavities and tooth decay, fresher smelling breath, improved overall health, and a sparkling smile that you can feel confident in.   


Keep reading to learn five simple ways to jumpstart your dental care routine today!   


1. Wait Before Brushing  


Brushing your teeth twice a day helps remove food particles and plaque that slowly eat away at your tooth enamel. However, brushing your teeth too early after eating can actually do more damage than you realize.   


Acidic foods, in particular, soften your tooth enamel temporarily, making it more susceptible to be stripped away if you brush immediately after and open you up to a greater chance of tooth decay.  


With this in mind, make sure that you wait 30 to 60 minutes after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks before you brush your teeth.   


2. Avoid Sipping on Sugary Drinks  


While drinking sugary drinks in moderation is completely fine, you’ll want to avoid sipping on them throughout the day. This is because the constant exposure to sugar will turn into harmful lactic acid because of the bacteria in your mouth.   


Over time, lactic acid dissolves your tooth enamel, leading to increased tooth decay and cavities. This is one of the reasons why athletes experience more tooth decay than anyone else—they sip on sugary sports drinks frequently.   


Make sure to drink sugary drinks all at once instead of throughout the day. You can also swish your mouth with water after consuming them.   


3. Don’t Neglect Your Tongue  


Did you know that along with your teeth, it’s essential to give your tongue a brush as well? When your tongue is white, this is a sign that bacteria and dead cells are trapped between the papillae on the surface of your tongue.   


However, regardless of whether you notice that your tongue is white or not, you should take some time to brush it with your toothbrush or, even better, a tongue scraper. It only takes a few extra seconds in your routine and can even improve your breath if you suffer from halitosis.   


4. Pay Attention to Your Toothbrush  


It’s important that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth so that you’re not causing your gums to recede or wear down your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, your toothbrush can also harbor harmful bacteria, so make sure to rinse it well after brushing and store it in a place where it gets airflow to dry quickly.   


You’ll also want to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. The bristles can become worn, meaning that brushing your teeth will be far less effective.   


5. Use Fluoride  


Last but not least, we can’t understate the importance of fluoride for your dental health. This naturally occurring is found in water, soil, plants, rocks, and air. Used commonly in drinking water, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and supplements, here are some of its numerous benefits:   


  • Remineralizing your tooth enamel  

  • Reversing early tooth decay  

  • Preventing harmful bacteria from proliferating   


This is why it’s imperative that you use toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain this vital ingredient. Without fluoride, you won’t experience the full benefits of brushing your teeth!   


Improve Your Dental Hygiene: One Step at a Time  


Keep in mind that improving your oral hygiene doesn’t happen overnight. Focus on improving one tip from the above list at a time until it becomes a habit. You can then move on to another technique so that you’re not overwhelmed by too much change!   


We recommend starting by brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time, morning and night. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be gentle as you use small circles to brush the surface of your teeth, the inside, and the biting surfaces.   


Of course, your routine isn’t complete without scheduling annual appointments at the dentist.


Contact us to schedule an appointment today!   


February 2022
4 Simple Ways to Treat Gingivitis

Did you know that according to a recent CDC report, 47.2 percent of adults in the United States have some form of periodontal disease? As you get older, your chances increase–70.5 percent of adults 65 or older have periodontal disease.   


Without treatment, your teeth will start to become wobbly and eventually fall out. Fortunately, gingivitis is the early stage of this disease when prevention and treatment are possible.  


If you’re experiencing signs, keep reading to learn simple ways to treat gingivitis today!   


What are the Signs of Gingivitis? 


You must schedule an appointment with your dentist if you suspect you have gingivitis. Here are a few signs:   


  • Swollen and puffy gums  

  • Red gums  

  • Receding gums  

  • Tender gums  

  • Bad breath  

  • Gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing  


Your chances of gingivitis heighten if you have a pattern of poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, genetics, dry mouth, older age, and more. Even hormonal changes or certain medications can increase your chances of gingivitis.  


This is why it’s crucial you focus on solutions rather than blaming and shaming yourself for the condition!   


How to Treat Gingivitis: Start Simple   


It’s essential to keep in mind that your oral health isn’t doomed if you experience signs of gingivitis. Instead, consider it a warning from your body to start taking care of your oral hygiene before things worsen.   


1. Schedule Regular Appointments 


If you haven’t seen your dentist in over a year, it’s time to schedule an appointment today. They’ll be able to give you customized tips on how to take care of your teeth and take care of gingivitis.   


Your dentist will also be able to monitor your progress during subsequent appointments so that you can be assured it’s not worsening.   


2. Use Fluoride or Antibacterial Mouth Rinses 


Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s one of the most critical ingredients in toothpaste. It helps strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities.   


By increasing the fluoride your teeth are exposed to, you can help strengthen them over time, so they’re more resistant to plaque that causes gingivitis.  


Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes before rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. This is because you don’t want to rinse off the fluoride on the toothpaste you just used.   


Your dentist may also prescribe you a chlorhexidine mouthwash to reduce the bacteria in your mouth. Recent studies have found that tea tree mouthwash gives you similar benefits.  


3. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day  


Did you know that you only need to brush your teeth for about four minutes each day? So morning and night, brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, or 30 seconds per quadrant of your mouth.


The motion of your soft-bristled toothbrush combined with the fluoride in toothpaste will help reduce plaque. A reduction of plaque means reducing the chance of bacteria attacking your teeth and gums with harmful acids.  


4. Floss Every Day  


Flossing is a habit that many people failed to develop when they were children, making it even harder to pick up as an adult. Keep in mind that flossing at least once a day before you go to bed is all you need to do to increase your dental health.   


You can use water picks, dental tape, pre-threaded floss, or interdental picks to make your life easier. You can also opt to floss one section of your mouth in the morning and one at night to speed up the process!   


Take Time to Treat Gingivitis Today  


It’s essential to keep in mind that ignoring the signs of gingivitis won’t make them go away. Over time, your condition will worsen. Before this happens, make sure you start treating your gingivitis and enhance your oral health habits by going to the dentist, brushing twice a day, using oral rinses, and flossing.   


Not only will you find relief from the pain and discomfort of your gums, but you can also develop a renewed confidence in your smile.  


Ready to take charge of your dental health? Schedule an appointment with us today!


January 2022
Regular Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning: What Do You Need?

Did you know that according to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults experience chronic gum disease? In those cases, you need a deep cleaning to help mitigate the damage and get your gums healthy again.  


Is it time for your routine checkup, but you’re unsure whether you should get a regular cleaning versus a deep cleaning at the dentist? It helps to know a little about each procedure.  


Read on to learn the difference between regular cleaning versus deep cleaning and whether you need one or both!  


What is a Regular Dental Cleaning?  


Regular cleaning is probably what you’re most used to. Although it’s less extensive than deep cleaning, it’s necessary for both the look and cleanliness of your teeth. Hygienists will remove tartar buildup with a scaler as well as brush and floss your teeth till they shine.  


You’ll find that regular dental cleaning is a preventative measure against tooth decay and gingivitis. However, if tartar has already begun to invade your gumline, you’ll need to have a deep cleaning. 


What is a Deep Cleaning?  


If you have gums that are red and swollen, a deep cleaning may be necessary. This indicates that your gums are suffering from a bacterial infection. In this case, your hygienists will clean below your gum line to the roots of your teeth.  


Using a manual scraper and an ultrasonic device, they’ll remove plaque as well as rub the rough spots at the roots of your teeth. Over time, this process will help your infected gums attach to your teeth and become healthy again.  


Do You Need Deep Cleaning? 


You’ll know that you may need a deep cleaning if your hygienist recommends it for a future appointment. They may have noticed that you have tartar that wasn’t able to be removed with a regular cleaning.  


You may also be experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums when you brush, loose teeth, swelling of your gums, and more. Your hygienists may also find that you’re at risk for periodontal disease when your gum pockets are over 5 millimeters in depth.  


In this case, a deep cleaning is necessary.  


What to Expect During a Deep Cleaning 


If you do need a deep cleaning, there’s no need to be afraid. Your dentist may choose to use a local anesthetic in order to minimize any pain or discomfort. A deep cleaning also means you’re on the road for healthier teeth and gums!  


If you find that a deep cleaning may be necessary, make sure to speak to your dentist about your options. They may find that twice-a-year regular cleanings are all you need to get back on track.  


Regardless of what type of cleaning you need, make sure you’re brushing and flossing twice a day. You can prevent gingivitis or alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.  


Ready for more simple oral health information? Keep reading our blog or contact us to schedule an appointment today!  


December 2021
The Most Common Tooth Brushing Mistakes You’re Making Today

Good oral hygiene and a sparkling smile all start with brushing your teeth, but did you know that you may not be brushing your teeth properly?


By taking time to learn the proper techniques, you can avoid painful cavities and gingivitis. Even better, you’ll feel more confident in your smile. 


With this in mind, read on to learn about the most common tooth brushing mistakes that you might be making today.


Rinsing Out Your Toothpaste

When you’re done brushing your teeth, most people fill their mouths with water, swish, and spit out all the toothpaste. However, you’re actually making your toothpaste less effective.


Instead, when you’re done brushing your teeth, simply spit out the excess toothpaste and keep the rest on your teeth. This will allow the fluoride to work more effectively in keeping cavities away.


Keeping the Same Toothbrush

Do you know the last time you got a new toothbrush? If you can’t remember, you’ve most likely kept it far beyond its lifetime. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. 


The reason for this is that you don’t want to brush your teeth with a toothbrush that has bacteria buildup in the bristles. If the bristles are bent and warped, you also aren’t brushing your teeth as effectively. 


You’re Not Brushing Long Enough

Most dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and evening. Why two minutes? This is just long enough to brush each quadrant of your mouth thoroughly, getting rid of as much plaque as possible. 


Any shorter means that you may be missing areas, or you won’t be brushing long enough to make a difference. Your time is valuable, so make sure that you’re brushing your teeth long enough to make an impact on the plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth.


Take Time to Brush Your Teeth Properly

By taking the time to brush your teeth properly twice a day, not only will your oral hygiene improve, but so will your bank account. The reason for this is that you’ll be able to avoid costly procedures, such as cavity fillings and root canals. 


You’ll also be able to recognize issues with your teeth before they become major issues. For instance, cavities often start out as dark spots on the surface of your teeth. 


Ready to improve your oral hygiene? It all starts with routine cleanings. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

November 2021
Fluoride Myths and Facts

Fluoride Myths and Facts


Fluoride is a controversial topic, but is fluoride dangerous? Learning about fluoride and how it affects you and those you care about is incredibly important.


Fluoride and Water


Fluoride occurs naturally in drinking water without additions needing to be made at all. Fluoride is added to drinking water because the naturally occurring amount of fluoride in the water isn’t enough to help strengthen our teeth and bones.


Strengthening Enamel


Your enamel is the part of your tooth that your food touches as you chew. This part of your tooth protects the rest of it, like a shield. Once the enamel is cracked or broken, your tooth quickly decays, leading you to tooth pain. Fluoride helps you by strengthening your enamel both when you brush and when you drink water.




When you’re a child, you’re taught to spit out your toothpaste, not to swallow it, because of fluorosis. When appropriately used in products, fluoride is entirely harmless, but ingesting too much fluoride, just like any other vitamin or mineral, can have consequences in the form of fluorosis. Fluorosis is incredibly rare and usually happens when small children get ahold of a tube of toothpaste. You should always follow the guidelines on toothpaste use for both adults and children.


Fluoride isn’t a danger to your health or the health of your loved ones when used as intended. It can have some adverse effects if you ingest a larger amount of it at a time. Do you have more questions about fluoride and how it helps you? Feel free to ask us at your next appointment!


October 2021
3 Things to know about Replacing your Toothbrush



Replacing your toothbrush is an easy task, so much so that many people don't often think about doing it until it's been a significant amount of time. Here are three things you should know about replacing your toothbrush.


Bacteria Buildup


Bacteria builds up on your toothbrush daily; though it's a very small amount in relation to surfaces like the bathroom sink, bacteria does still build up. After about three to four months, your toothbrush is a bacteria playground.


You Should Replace Your Toothbrush More Often


Because of the bacterial buildup, it's suggested you replace your toothbrush every three to four months to avoid bad breath and tooth decay. If you don't replace your toothbrush regularly, it'll become less effective, potentially leading to dental illnesses.


Different Kinds of Toothbrushes


The kind of toothbrush you use doesn't matter nearly as much as you think it may. So long as the American Dental Association approves it, it's an excellent toothbrush. Regular toothbrushes and battery-operated toothbrushes don't have a different cleaning ability either, so picking the right toothbrush boils down to which you'd prefer.


Replacing your toothbrush is incredibly important, and so long as you replace it regularly and get a toothbrush you'd like to use often, you'll have the right tool to maintain your dental health. If you have any more questions about your toothbrush, ask us at your next appointment!


September 2021
Dentures or Dental Implants?

What is the Difference?


Dentures and Dental Implants are two very different kinds of dental health solutions. Both have pros and cons and concluding which is better for you is essential for your dental health plan. Which one should you consider, though?




Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to be supported by hard and soft tissue where your teeth used to be. You can get these both in full or partial dentures, ensuring that your current teeth are kept. 




Both removable and permanent options are available


Look Natural




Cant eat certain foods, 

non-permanent varieties cannot stay in while you sleep

Cannot eat certain foods

Not as natural as implants


Dental Implants


Dental implants are a far more permanent solution to any missing teeth and are often considered the best option for getting your smile back. This process gives you durable, efficient teeth that can be cleaned and tended to without issues for the rest of your life—helping you eat what you like.




Durable and long-lasting

Restores chewing and speaking ability

Promotes healthy gums




Lengthy healing process

Requires surgery to install, which can lead to pain and swelling


Both dental implants and dentures are great ways to come to dental health solutions for your best smile. Deciding your best option, though, is up to you. If you’d like to talk about your options, feel free to ask us about your dental health plan at your next appointment!



August 2021
How to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Our Office Shares Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Excited about Dental Care

Many kids are averse to brushing, and as a parent, it can be difficult to get them to brush regularly. Kids will be sneaky as they try to avoid brushing, so how do you get them to want to brush their teeth? Learn more with the help of our dentist!


Make it a Game

For younger kids making brushing their teeth, a game is a great way to get them to start brushing regularly. Fighting the sugar bugs, or the tooth monsters is a great idea that can get them excited about brushing twice a day.


Let Them Pick Their Tools

Kids like to feel independent so letting them pick their toothbrush and toothpaste can make them feel empowered and encourage a desire to brush their teeth. They get to use their cool toothbrushes and their awesome toothpaste to brush away those tiny tooth monsters.


Start Early

This is essential, getting them excited about brushing their teeth early will make this daily habit easier to enforce as they get older. Learning to brush their teeth while their young seriously reduces the probability that they’ll see not brushing their teeth as a sign of rebellion later in their teen years.


Positive Language

One way you can make a positive impact on your child is by using positive language and a positive angle with brushing your teeth. Don’t threaten that they’ll have a bad smile, or that their teeth will break down, paint a triumphant picture. Paint your child as the hero, slaying the sugar bugs in their mouth. Using positive language and tactics will get them excited about brushing.


If you’re still having trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth, feel free ask at your next appointment with our dentist for more tips to get them brushing again! Call our office to schedule your visit and our front desk staff will happily assist you.


July 2021
Summer Dental Health Tips on the Go
Summer is officially in full swing! We know how busy your summer schedule gets and since it’s time to enjoy the beautiful weather, it’s important to enjoy it with a shining smile. Whether you’re going on a trip soon or your days are completely full, our Belleville family dentist doesn’t want your dental health to be pushed to the wayside and forgotten. Let’s take a look at some easy and simple ways to take care of your teeth and gums while you’re on the go so your smile can stay healthy all summer long!
Carry a Travel Toothbrush
Let’s face it – sometimes, we forget to brush our teeth in the morning, especially if we’re in a rush. If your schedule is tight, you may not realize that you’ve forgotten to brush your teeth until you’re already out the door and it’s too late to turn around and go back. Without brushing your teeth in the morning, your smile is vulnerable throughout the day and you won’t be able to properly clean it until you get home.
By carrying a travel toothbrush – something small, compact, and easy to store – you’re able to keep your smile fresh even when you’re on the move. The importance of brushing your teeth in the morning is to remove the excess residue that built up overnight, as well as protecting your teeth throughout the day with the help of your toothpaste’s protective ingredients. Travel-sized toothbrushes and toothpastes are found in most convenient and drug stores – you can even get them at our office after your routine appointments!
Don’t Forget to Floss!
Every morning and night during your brushing routine, it’s important to remember flossing, too! This step cleans the hard-to-reach places between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t clean to the best of their ability. Without flossing, that stubborn bacteria and lingering food particles are sticking around and slowly but surely causing havoc to your smile.
If you find yourself forgetting to floss every morning and night, try carrying it around with your travel kit! Leave floss in your car, purse, bag, desk, and anywhere that you check on a regular basis to remind you of this important step. This doesn’t require a sink and some water and can be done anywhere. While it’s certainly not a glamorous habit, your smile will thank you in the long run – and so will we!
Enjoy Sugar-Free Gum
A beneficial habit you begin is chewing sugar-free gum. If you find yourself forgetting to brush your teeth in the morning before you’ve left the house, enjoying sugar-free gum help to stimulate saliva flow in your mouth. Your saliva works to clear away plaque and food particles from your teeth and gums to protect them from bacterial build-up and lowers your risk of cavities. Don’t hesitate to ask our team about which sugar-free gums are best to use (hint: they usually have an ADA seal on them!).
There are countless other ways to keep your smile healthy while you’re on the move this summer, so be sure to ask our Belleville family dentist during your next routine cleaning! Call our office at (973) 751-6600 to get ahead of schedule so the rest of your summer vacation will be a breeze.
June 2021
Benefits of Orthodontics for All Ages
Looking for a straighter smile? If you’ve never had orthodontic treatment as a teen and are looking for ways to correct your dental alignment, there are options available for adults. It’s never too late to straighten your teeth so you’re confidently sharing your smile with the world. Our dentist in Parsippany breaks down orthodontics, including its benefits and common concerns patients may have.
Why Orthodontics?
Let’s start at the very basics. When it comes to your oral health, it’s essentially a window into your overall health. You may not know it, but if your teeth and gums aren’t properly taken care of, you’re at risk for other health issues. By ignoring certain care, your oral health isn’t the only thing that’s vulnerable, but it is the beginning. With the help of orthodontic treatment, you’re able to ensure proper function of your teeth and maintain a long-lasting and healthy smile.
Orthodontics isn’t solely done to improve the aesthetics of your grin. If your teeth are properly aligned, you’ll have an easier time biting, chewing, and speaking. You’ll also have an easier time cleaning your teeth, even the hard-to-reach places in the back, since misaligned teeth give patients a harder time properly maintaining them during their daily routine. Without addressing misalignment in a timely manner, your tooth enamel will wear down in abnormal ways, causing extensive and expensive corrections in your future.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there is no quick fix, so don’t be fooled by any promotions that promise speed. It’s a complex and intricate process that ensures your teeth are being properly aligned in an efficient and safe method that has been thoroughly studied for years by thousands of dental professionals. It’s more than adjusting your smile – your facial structure is being changed, as well, so everyone’s treatment will be different and unique depending on their case. We encourage patients to ask as many questions as possible about their treatment to ensure comfort, expectations, and results.
Age and Orthodontic Treatment
One of the most well-known recommendations when it comes to orthodontic treatment is to receive care as early as possible. The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7. This age is chosen because kids have enough permanent teeth for orthodontists to evaluate their developing teeth and jaw, finding enough information to decide what the next best step is. Orthodontists are also able to monitor children’s developing teeth and jaw over time and make sure that either things are going in the right direction or that treatment is necessary.
If you’re well past the age of 7 and haven’t had any orthodontic treatment, you may be thinking: well, what next? Thankfully, adults’ teeth can be moved, too. Our dentist in Parsippany wants patients not to feel discouraged from receiving orthodontic treatment at any age since there are always options available. One of the biggest differences between kids and teens getting orthodontic treatment compared to adults is the length of treatment time – since adults are no longer growing, their teeth may take longer to be properly shifted in the correct place. Like we’ve mentioned, everyone’s smile is different, so don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions and concerns you have to ensure all of your inquiries are addressed.
Still wondering if orthodontics is the right step for your smile this Summer? Call our dentist in Parsippany today at (973) 882-5005 to learn more and see how your smile can get more than just an aesthetic upgrade with the help of orthodontic treatment.
May 2021
Avoiding Dental Visits
It’s no secret that countless patients aren’t fond of visiting the dentist. Whether it’s due to your personal anxiety or putting off an issue that should be addressed, it may have been some time since you’ve gone to the dentist and now it’s time! Scheduling an appointment with our family dentist in Belleville is a huge hurdle to make, but first let’s break down the worries and fears and why battling these issues is the best choice for your smile.
Finding the Perfect Dentist
One of the many difficulties patients run into is finding the best dentist that’s right for their oral health. When searching for a professional in your area, the results may be overwhelming! This is where it’s important to know what you’re looking for when it comes to a dental professional like our family dentist in Belleville.
When visiting a website, be sure it has all these things:
Easy, simple, and quick accessibility
The information you need upfront – phone number, address, etc.
The dental services or procedures you need or may look for in the future
Helpful information about the staff and office environment
Your goals deserve to be met and your worries deserve to be addressed. Our staff understands that every patient has their own concerns when it comes to their dental health and we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We pride ourselves in carrying an open dialogue with every patient to ensure their needs are being heard and met. There is no wrong or uninformative question – we encourage you to ask any and everything you’re wondering so we can provide the knowledge you need for a healthier smile.
Why Avoiding the Dentist is a Costly Choice
There are numerous dental problems that go by unnoticed, getting worse and worse until it becomes painful! Therefore, we highly encourage visiting every six months for a routine cleaning and check-up. While brushing and flossing regularly is helpful, there are areas that even this daily routine can’t properly clean. Your teeth may look great and feel great, but there is constant bacterial buildup that can only be cleaned off by a professional.
If you’ve experienced a sharp pain in your tooth, only for it to go away after a moment, this is still worthy of addressing to our family dentist in Belleville. These are warning signs, your smile trying to tell you that something is wrong, so just because the pain goes away doesn’t mean it won’t come back. We want all patients to tell us every sharp, dull, short, or long-lasting pain they’ve experienced so we can address it as early as possible and get your dental health back on the right track.
By avoiding going to the dentist every six months, every year, and longer, your smile may not be the only thing that suffers. Your oral health is well connected to your overall health, so if there’s an untreated infection, it may lead into your bloodstream. As time goes on, complications will continue to arise, so visiting our office for a thorough exam goes a long way.
The priority of our family dentist in Belleville is to provide a healthy and long-lasting smile for every patient that walks through our doors. Give our office a call at (973) 751-6600 to discuss when your last appointment was, what your concerns are, and we’ll work together to restore and improve your dental health. It’s not too late to have the smile you want!
April 2021
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
This April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 54,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021. Every appointment with our Belleville dentist scans for any signs or symptoms, which is why it’s extremely important to maintain your routine visits to our office. Learn more about oral cancer below, including causes, symptoms, and treatments.
There are multiple areas that oral cancer is detected – the lips, cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, sinuses, throat, and the hard and soft palates. If it’s not diagnosed and treated early, it may be life threatening. There are several risk factors for oral cancer, some that may be more obvious than others. According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer and men over the age of 50 face the greatest risk.
Further risks include tobacco use, whether by smoking or other tobacco products. People who smoke cigarettes and cigars are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers. People who use other tobacco products like chewing tobacco are 50 times more likely to develop a form of oral cancer in their cheeks, gums, and the linings of their lips due to the direct and immediate contact. Oral cancer is not the only health risk of tobacco use, but it is one of the greatest risks.
Other risk factors include excessive consumption of alcohol, which is six times more common in those who drink than others, a family history of cancer, excessive sun exposure, and certain HPV strains. It is also important to note that over 25% of the instances of oral cancer occur in people who do not smoke and only drink occasionally. Because of this information, visiting our office every six months for routine scans and x-rays is a small price to pay to catch any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Here are the most common symptoms of oral cancer:
Lumps, bumps, swelling, or tough spots around the lips, gums, or other areas inside your mouth
White, red, or speckled patches in your mouth
Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
Persistent sores that bleed easily and don’t go away or heal within 2 weeks
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Chronic sore throat, as if something is caught in the back of your throat
And more
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms, or something simply just doesn’t feel right when it comes to your mouth, teeth, or gums, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with our Belleville dentist right away to address these issues.
During your routine dental exam, we’ll conduct an oral cancer screening. We’ll externally check for any lumps or irregularities in your neck, face, and oral cavity. When we examine your mouth, we’ll look for any sores, discolored tissues, or other notable symptoms or signs. If we find a suspicious area, we call for a biopsy for further examination. We’ll explain the different kinds of biopsies and which one we find is best for you, since no two smiles or treatments are the same.
To get ahead and prevent oral cancer, there are simple but notorious changes that patients can make to protect their smile. Quitting the harmful habit of tobacco use will sharply cut down your chances of oral cancer, but other prevention methods include a well-balanced diet and properly caring for your skin when exposed to the sun with the help of protective lotions and lip balms. Ask us about ways to potentially detect any symptoms or signs early, including conducting a self-exam at home.
Call our office at (973) 751-6600 to schedule your routine visit and ask us more about oral cancer as well as numerous ways to protect your smile, not just today, but every day. 
March 2021
Time for Your Spring Cleaning

The Sun is Out - Make Your Smile Shine with Our Dentists in Parsippany and Belleville NJ

It’s officially Spring! After a long and dreary winter, it’s time to break out and enjoy the sun. As you begin your spring cleaning throughout your home, it’s important to schedule the spring cleaning for your smile. Let your teeth and gums stay healthy and happy through the warmer months by scheduling your routine cleaning and exam with our dentists in Parsippany and Belleville before you’re swept away in all the fun in the sun.
During Your Spring Cleaning
When you visit our office for your cleaning and exam, we’ll catch you up to speed on how your dental health is and answer any questions or concerns you have about your smile. We’re here to help and we want to ensure you’re getting the cleanest, strongest smile possible.
Our dentists in Parsippany and Belleville will perform a thorough exam first to see what’s changed since your last visit. If it’s been over a year, it’s likely that x-rays will be taken so we can see what’s under the surface. With the help of x-rays, we’re able to see what can’t be seen with the naked eye and address any problems in their early stages in order to prevent them from worsening. There are numerous dental issues that, if addressed too late, cannot be reversed including gum disease.
After this, you’ll receiving your cleaning from one of our amazing hygienists. The build-up of plaque and bacteria will be efficiently removed from those hard-to-reach places that can’t be done at home. Then, we’ll polish your teeth to increase the resistance of stain and bacterial build-up on the surface to further protect your smile. Around this time, we encourage you to ask all questions you have about your dental health that our professionals can assist with, whether it be tips to better care at home or other procedures that may benefit your smile.
Starting Fresh
Now that you’re starting fresh with your newly cleansed smile, be sure to keep up the care! Adjust your daily routine to make sure you’re brushing AND flossing every single day. You’ve got a clean slate and it’s time to keep it that way. Be sure that you are:
• Brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, for at least two minutes. Your brushing routine should be careful, but thorough. Aggressively brushing your teeth won’t make them any cleaner – in fact, that will do more harm than good! Small, gentle circles are the best way to give your teeth and gums the best cleaning possible.
• Floss, floss, floss! This step is usually skipped and trust us, we can tell. It’s essential for warding off cavities, plaque buildup, and gum disease. Try flossing after your meals and be sure to floss before bed, too.
• Wondering about mouthwash? There are several kinds of mouthwashes that have different treatments, so don’t hesitate to ask our team about if mouthwash is right for you and which to try.
Benefits of Routine Cleanings
One of the most common reasons that people skip their routine visits to the dentist is that they don’t see anything wrong with their smile, so there’s no reason to go. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. Many dental issues can’t be seen with the naked eye until they’ve gotten so extreme that extreme, advanced measures need to be taken. As dental health professionals, we don’t want you to get to that step! It will be completely avoided if you maintain your bi-annual visits for cleanings, exams, and x-rays.
By visiting our dentists in Parsippany and Belleville every six months, you’re ensuring the following benefits for your smile:
• Healthier teeth and gums
• Fresher breath
• Brighter teeth
• Reduced risk for dental problems
• Improved overall health
• And more!
Call us today at one of our convenient locations to get your spring cleaning started and ask us about ways to maintain a routine to protect, improve and strengthen your smile. We can’t wait to see you!
February 2021
What to Expect at Your Latest Dental Visit

Belleville and Parsippany Dentists Break Down Your Routine Visit to Our Dental Office

Visiting the dentist, while a seemingly simple appointment, is something that countless people dread! Whether it’s the uncertainty of your results or due to previously difficult experiences, these moments may keep you from taking the next step and scheduling your appointment. The goal of our Belleville and Parsippany dentists is to give you the healthiest and happiest smile possible. Below, we’ll break down what patients should expect when visiting our office.
Before Your Visit
We want everyone to feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before their visit to our office, so there are helpful steps to take that will put you at ease before you even walk through our doors!
We encourage patients to ask as many questions as they would like to put your mind at ease when it comes to your appointment. From how long a cleaning and exam typically takes for a first visit in a long time to inquiring about your current insurance, there are numerous things that patients may not have the answers to, and we are here to help. When it comes to paperwork, we will either guide you to our online forms or send you copies to print and fill out in the comfort of your own home. If you have any concerns about the contents of the forms, don’t hesitate to ask us!
During Your Visit
Once you’re called back for your appointment, our team will meet with you to take a look at your teeth and gums. During this time, we’re checking out how your teeth have been since your last appointment. X-rays will almost always be necessary to see what’s lying underneath your smile since our team can’t see everything about your smile with the naked eye. Most dental issues can be spotted early with the help of x-rays, so without them, some dental problems may be irreversible if they go unaddressed for too long!
If you’re experiencing any dental pain during your appointment, please let us know right away. We want to give you the best possible experience – your comfort is just as important to us as your dental health.
During your cleaning, our hygienists will thoroughly exam and clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth to get rid of the built-up plaque and bacteria. We recommend visiting our office every six months so this build up doesn’t get out of control and can be better and easier removed during your appointments.
If there are any other issues brought up by our team, we’ll thoroughly discuss them with you and when the best time to return to our office is.
After Your Visit
After you’ve finished your cleaning, it’s important to schedule your next appointment! That gives you the best choice of appointment dates and times, as well as eliminates the possibility of forgetting to schedule it in the future. It’s quick and efficient to do it right after your appointment before leaving the office. Be sure to jot down the date and time in your phones and calendars with reminders, so once the time approaches, you’ll have just enough time to prepare for your routine visit.
If you have any questions about your future appointments or other services we offer at our practice, don’t hesitate to give our dentists a call at one of our convenient locations - reach Belleville at (973) 751-6600 and Parsippany at (973) 882-5005 and we’ll happily assist you in any and all of your concerns.
January 2021
Create Your New Years' Smile
We’re no stranger to New Years resolutions, but it’s time to make 2021 the best it can be! That starts with improving our own overall health, which includes our smile. While you may not believe it, there are countless people that have dental resolutions they wish to address. Whether you’re trying to rework your daily dental routine to include more healthy habits or you would like a complete smile makeover, our dentist in Parsippany is here to assist you in every way possible!
Below, we’ll break down steps whether big or small that will help you on your journey towards an overall healthier smile. Consistency is key!
Growth Starts at Home
One of the most important places to start working towards your goal is at home. You’re ideally only visiting our office twice a year, so during those long stretches of time in between your appointments, your dental care is in your hands. It’s no secret that brushing and flossing are necessary for a healthy smile, but how closely are you following this daily routine? Are there mornings when you’re in a hurry and may have skipped brushing your teeth? Did you forget to floss yesterday? Are you brushing for the full two minutes?
Since consistency is key, it’s important to keep up with brushing and flossing your teeth and gums twice a day, every day. If you fall into a pattern of skipping or forgetting, your dental health is at risk. Try leaving notes or reminders for yourself, whether on your phone or in your bathroom, so you’re less likely to forget. If you have trouble of brushing for at least two minutes, try integrating your favorite song or jingle to make the time go by faster.
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If the bristles are aggressively frayed, it’s far past time for a new brush! To ensure an efficient brushing, we recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Frayed and broken bristles aren’t properly cleaning your teeth and gums as well as a new brush would, so don’t get too attached to an ineffective tool. Be sure to change your toothbrush after you’ve been sick – that harmful bacteria sticks around and can easily get you sick again!
A Healthier Lifestyle
One of the most popular resolutions for the New Year typically have to do with dietary changes. There are many choices that are beneficial but keep an eye on how your new diet affects your smile, as well. If you’re changing your eating habits, like additional healthy snacking throughout the day, you’ll have to also include the number of times you floss. Leaving food particles to sit in between your teeth throughout the day, no matter how healthy they are, put your teeth at risk for cavities and decay. Carry around a pack of floss and ADA approved sugar-free gum to neutralize acids and reduce the build-up of bacteria.
Smile Transformation Services
To begin your journey towards the smile of your dreams, take the first step and schedule a consultation with our dentist in Parsippany. There are numerous services available, but we must find which one is best suited for your smile. Every patient is different and has their own unique smile, which means your treatment won’t be the same as anyone else’s!
If you’re looking for a brighter smile, there are several teeth whitening options available. From over the counter to in-office treatments, we want your smile to shine! We encourage you to ask all questions you have regarding these different options to see what would give you the most natural-looking results. There are whitening toothpastes that may benefit your teeth, as well.
Have you been thinking about braces, but feel like you’re too old for them? Don’t fear – braces are for patients of all ages! Like we said, everyone’s treatment is different, so we’ll thoroughly discuss what is the best path to align your teeth. Thankfully, there are alternate options like invisible or clear braces that won’t disrupt your professional appearance while also straightening your smile into its proper place.
If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, ask us about replacement options like bridges, dentures, or dental implants. Going long periods of time without filling in those gaps in your smile causes your remaining teeth to shift to fill that space again. This causes a change of facial structure, vulnerable and exposed gums and roots, and more. Ask us about the best tooth replacement procedure for your smile.
The lists go on! There are countless ways to improve your dental health and that’s what we’re here for. Call our dentist in Parsippany at (973) 882-5005 to schedule an appointment and discuss your resolutions to see how we can give you the smile of your dreams. You’ll be proud to share your smile with friends, family, and even strangers! We can’t wait to start this journey with you.
December 2020
Dental Safe Holiday Meals
The holiday season is in full swing and there is no way to hide the excitement of all your favorite delicacies that are spread across the table. While you can’t wait to dive in, it’s important to consider how these foods and drinks are going to affect your overall oral health. With the help of our family dentist in Parsippany, you’ll still happily enjoy this wonderful season without harming your teeth and gums.
Balance is Key
While some of your holiday exclusive favorites will only be around for a short amount of time, be sure you’re not overindulging. Balance is important and your smile will be grateful. In between some of these meals, enjoy some crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots to reinvigorate your teeth. Don’t forget to drink some water throughout this time of year, too!
Avoid Harmful Sweets and Treats
During this time of year, there are a plethora of candy canes, chestnuts, and numerous other over-crunchy, sticky, and sugary foods. It’s no secret how harmful these are for your smile, so we urge you to avoid them as much as possible. Look for other, safer alternatives to put your sweet tooth at bay instead of taking the fast line to several cavities.
Combine a Light-Colored Beverage with Delicious Cheese
Being conscious of your dental decisions all year can take a quick turn if you’re over-indulging during the holiday season. If you wake up one morning after a few nights of drinking red wine and consuming other dark-stained foods and drinks, the shade of your teeth may drastically change. A simple tip would be to switch over to lighter colored drinks that don’t have so much tannin that will stain your teeth. This choice, combined with snacking on cheese to neutralize the acidity of your drinks, will do far more for your smile than you may think.
Don’t Forget Your Daily Dental Routine
Despite the excitement around the holidays, don’t forget to stick to your daily dental routine. Every morning and night, it’s necessary to brush and floss your teeth in order to maintain a strong and healthy smile. If you let your seasonal plans get the best of you, your teeth and gums will suffer.
Get Ahead of Schedule
The holidays are busy for everyone! Once they’re over, you’ll certainly want some time to simply relax before getting back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, everyone is thinking the same thing. Get ahead of the rest by scheduling your routine cleaning and exam with us now so you won’t have to rush around to find an appointment later. With this tip, you’ll be able to keep your smile healthy and happy.
Looking for more simple tips to keep your smile shining during this holiday season? Don’t hesitate to give our family dentist in Parsippany a call today at (973) 882-5005 to learn more or to schedule that appointment for the new year. We look forward to giving you the healthiest and strongest smile in 2021!
November 2020
Oral Health Care for Adults
It’s no secret the way your body changes as you get older. From childhood, to your teens, to young adults and beyond, your body continues to grow and change throughout each walk of life and it’s important that you keep up! One part of your overall health that changes as you age is your dental health, constantly adjusting to the foods and drinks you consume, as well as your daily dental routine and bi-annual visits to our office.
Unfortunately, without maintaining a routine for your dental care, you’re at a higher risk for dental issues that affect your teeth and gums down the road. See how, with the help of our Parsippany dentist, our team can strengthen and protect your smile, so you have one less thing to worry about in the future.
Common Oral Health Problems in Adults
As you get older, you may not think that it’s pertinent to address any dental problems because you believe nothing is wrong or that it’s something that can wait. We highly encourage to kick that mindset to the curb! Waiting to address any dental issues will only lead to further dental issues sooner than you think.
These are the most common oral health problems that adults face:
Tooth Decay: 1 in 5 adults over the age of 65 have untreated tooth decay
Gum Disease: About 68% of adults over the age of 65 suffer from gum disease
Tooth Loss: Nearly 1 in 5 adults aged 65 or older have lost ALL their teeth and the percentages rise the higher the age
Oral Cancer: Median age at diagnosis is around 62 years
What Adults Should Do to Maintain Good Oral Health
Everyone can keep their natural teeth for a lifetime! By following these helpful but simple steps, your dental health will thrive for years to come:
Brush your teeth twice a day, every day, with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day, but the benefits will show if you floss after each meal
Visit our office for your bi-annual cleanings, exams, and x-rays so we can monitor your teeth and gums to stop any issues before they get worse
Quit bad habits like smoking and other tobacco use
Limit or quit consumption of alcoholic drinks
Align your diet with how it affects your dental health
Discuss how any medication may be affecting your oral health if you’re experiencing side effects like dry mouth
And much more!
You and your smile deserve the best care possible and that’s what our Parsippany dentist is here to do. Call our office at (973) 882-5005 and our team will help you pick the best date and time for your appointment. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions or concerns you have for your smile—we’re here to help.
October 2020
The Importance of Choosing an Emergency Dentist
Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, so it’s difficult to expect the unexpected! A dental emergency requires immediate care, but patients should know where to go. Our first reaction would be to go straight to the hospital, but the health professionals there aren’t the same as our Belleville dentist when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums. Finding the best emergency dental care saves more than just your smile, so learn more about the importance below.
Why Go to a Dental Office Instead of a Hospital
When you experience a medical emergency, your first thought is to visit the ER for immediate care, but when it comes to a dental emergency like a broken or loose tooth, you should call our emergency dentist right away. You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to care for your damaged tooth while you’re on your way to our office. Once you arrive, you’ll receive immediate care to address the problem. With this prompt treatment, we’re able to not only care for the injury now, but work with you to prevent long-term problems you may run across in the future.
Emergency Dentistry is for More than Tooth Loss
Emergency dental care is more than just caring for a missing or damaged tooth.  There are numerous dental issues that constitute as an emergency that may not be as obvious, but it’s important to recognize them and act accordingly. An example would be a broken or damaged dental crown; if the tooth underneath the crown is exposed, it’s susceptible to coming in contact with harmful bacteria and food particles. This can quickly cause an infection and lead to further damage to your overall oral health.
How to Determine a Dental Emergency
Like we’ve mentioned, your first reaction during an emergency would be to go to the ER, but it’s important to think of your choices and what’s the most logical choice. The best first step is to give our Belleville dentist a call to discuss the issue and determine whether or not it’s a true dental emergency, or if it can wait until your next scheduled appointment. Instead of rushing to the emergency room, where there are no dental professionals or experts like us, we’ll give you detailed instructions on how to care for your injury until your next visit, or what steps to take before coming into our office.
Be sure you have our number in your phone to call if ever a dental emergency happens! Accidents are unpredictable, so it’s important to be as prepared as possible. Contact our Belleville dentist at (973) 751-6600 to learn more about addressing a dental emergency or to schedule a consultation today.
September 2020
How to Avoid Snacking
It’s no secret that snacking is an enjoyable and tasty past time. The thought of your favorite snack is something that will get you through the day, just to enjoy your treat at the perfect moment. Whether that treat is something sweet like a cupcake or something sour like a candy, it’s important to consider one thing – your teeth!
Every time you enjoy a sugary snack, the natural bacteria in your mouth works to increase the acidity. This acidity attacks and tries to break down the layer of your enamel – the surface of your teeth – that’s protecting the nerves within the dentin. This causes tooth decay, which leads to cavities and increases your risk of dental disease.
Whether you snack throughout the day, have a sweet tooth, or prefer sugary drinks like soda, your smile is in danger. Learn more below with the help of our Parsippany dentist.
Why Good Nutrition for Your Smile is Important
While it’s extremely difficult to have a complete sugar-free diet, it’s important to keep an eye on how much sugar you’re consuming for a number of beneficial reasons. There is natural sugar in many foods we eat, but when it comes to additional sugar from desserts and snacks, your teeth may not be able to handle it. This greatly increases the risk of getting cavities as your teeth break down to the harmful bacteria of sweets and treats.
A balanced diet is essential. Not only will your smile be grateful, but your whole body will be, too!
The Harm of Snacking
If you snack throughout the way, in between your standard three meals a day, your teeth and gums don’t get a chance to rest and recuperate. The reason that health professionals insist on sticking to three meals a day is for the benefit of your overall health, including dental. If you continue to eat in between your major meals, your mouth doesn’t have time to create saliva to help fight back against the harmful bacteria of foods or help rebuild and strengthen your enamel. Instead, you’re allowing bacteria to continuously break down your enamel and weakening your teeth in the process. The time in between meals is valuable for your smile and should be cherished. During this time, drink some water instead to further increase the speed with which your saliva is protecting your smile. By the time your next meal comes around, your teeth will be prepared.
What are Ways to Stop Snacking?
To cut back or stop your snacking habits, check out some helpful tips below:
Meal Prep or Plan Ahead: Having your meals planned out will give you a better idea of what you’ll be eating, and how much you’ll be eating, too. Without the structure, you may be tempted to graze and snack throughout the day.
Don’t Forget Breakfast: There are numerous reasons why breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, but are hungry before lunchtime, you’re likely to snack on small things to be held over until your next meal. Having a balanced breakfast eliminates that possibility.
Hydrate with Water: Instead of that extra cup of coffee, or looking for a boost with an energy drink, enjoy some water. Diuretics will only make you thirstier and dry out your mouth, harming your teeth even further. A cool glass of water will make you feel better in all the ways you’re looking for!
Don’t hesitate to ask our Parsippany dentist for other helpful tips on ways to limit or avoid snacking for the benefit of your smile. Give our office a call at (973) 882-5005 for further questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment today!
August 2020
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene

After you’ve visited our office for your routine dental cleaning and exams, your dental care doesn’t stop here! When you go home with your brand new toothbrush, it’s time to examine your daily routine to see what ways to improve your smile. See what our Belleville dentist has to share so you can keep a healthy and beautiful smile at all times.

Make Sure You’re Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way
Yes, brushing your teeth every morning is a necessary step to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but are you doing it right? People mistakenly think that there is no “wrong way” to brush your teeth, but without the proper technique, your smile may suffer. It’s important to reach all the right spots and brush for at least two minutes. Some people underestimate the length of two minutes when brushing your teeth, but we promise, your healthy smile with be worth it!
When you’re brushing, remember that you’re not only cleaning your teeth, but your gums and tongue, too. These areas are just are sensitive and need to be properly protected. Bacteria is able to hide and build up in the smallest places, so your technique is key to reach all these areas to continuously improve your oral hygiene. Without cleaning these places, you’re susceptible to gingivitis and advanced gum disease.
There is also a common misconception that the faster you brush your teeth, the cleaner they’re going to be, but this isn’t true! If you rush through your brush, you’re not giving your teeth the proper cleaning they deserve. It’s also important to note that if you’re aggressively brushing, you’re not doing your smile any favors. Brushing too hard will wear down your enamel, the protective surface of your teeth, and cause dental sensitivity. With a weak enamel, you may experience sharp, stinging pains when you have food or drinks with drastic temperatures.
Flossing Must be Done
When we bring up flossing during your appointments, we do it out of love and care for your smile! Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine, so be sure to do so at least once a day to improve your smile. While the bristles of your toothbrush are made to clean some of those hard-to-reach places, your floss is guaranteed to get those spots and remove the build up food particles and bacteria and protect your smile from cavities.
Avoid Harmful Foods and Drinks
The first step to good oral hygiene is ensuring your smile is being properly taken care of with the right tools, like your toothbrush and floss. In between these routine steps, it’s important that your diet isn’t counteracting the hard work you’ve done! There are numerous acidic and dangerous foods and drinks that break down your smile much faster than other. Try to avoid intake of things like coffee, sweets, tomato-based products, and the like.
Looking for more helpful tips to improve your smile? Look no further than our Belleville dentist. Give our office a call at (973) 751-6600 to schedule your consultation or appointment with our team. We’ll get your smile on the right track!
July 2020
Flossing 101: Tips from the Pros
One of the most common questions patients get when they visit our office for a cleaning is, “Have you been flossing?” This is because it’s one of the most important steps in your daily dental routine and should not be skipped! We understand that this task can be uncomfortable and tedious, but you deserve the healthiest smile and that can only be accomplished with this necessary step.
What Does Flossing Do for Your Smile?
When you floss, you’re reaching all the spots that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t get to, like the spaces between your teeth. With the help of floss, you’re removing the build up of plaque and bacteria that’s harming both your teeth and gums. If these are left behind, you’re vulnerable to cavities, dental decay, and even gum disease. If there is decay between the teeth, multiple fillings may be necessary, or other cosmetic restorations to improve your smile, depending on how much damage is done.
The lingering bacteria from foods, drinks, and lack of proper care negatively affects your gums, as well. They’re start swelling and bleeding, making them prone to infection and further pain. Once gum disease occurs, the structure of your smile is at risk. Your teeth will become loose and start shifting and eventually, they’ll fall out. The foundation of your jawbone becomes compromised due to gum disease and it can no longer support the roots of your teeth.
When Should You Floss?
If you floss on a regular basis – at least once a day – your teeth and gums will stay healthy, you’ll prevent cavities, and prevent infections and gum disease from occurring.
Try flossing before you brush your teeth at the end of your day to loosen any lingering food particles. It doesn’t hurt to floss once more after you’ve brushed, just to ensure you’ve gotten everything.
If you have a hard time remembering to floss, try putting it in an area near your toothbrush so it’s visible and easy to spot, instead of in a cabinet or hidden somewhere else. The sooner you integrate this simple step in your daily dental routine, the healthier your smile will be.
How Should You Floss?
One of the most popular statements we hear about flossing is that it’s difficult. Patients find it tough to reach all the spots in between their teeth with the typical floss spools we associate with the task. With traditional floss, we recommend breaking off about 18 inches of string and wind up most of the floss while only leaving a few free inches of space. Using your thumb and pointer finger to hold the floss taut, glide the floss between your teeth and dislodge any visible or invisible bacteria. Be sure to be gentle as you floss since aggressive flossing will only cause sensitive and bleeding gums.
If you’re not a fan of the traditional floss, there are other options available to you, including threader floss and water flossers. Don’t hesitate to ask us about the best choice for you, as well as a demonstration on how to properly floss if you’re still not comfortable with the task yourself.
We want to encourage top oral hygiene in every way possible, so please ask any questions, comments, or concerns you have about taking care of your smile at home or on the go. Give our Parsippany dentist a call at (973) 882-5005 and our staff will happily assist you. We can’t wait to work together with you towards a healthier, happier and stronger smile.
June 2020
Summer Foods for Healthy Teeth
Summer is right around the corner! We’re getting warmed up, so it’s time to have some of your favorite foods and drinks. In between, make sure that your snacks and indulgences are safe for your smile. Below, our Belleville dentist shares summertime foods that are tasty, full of flavor, and healthy for your teeth and gums.
The summer brings some of the most refreshing, delicious fruits, many of which are beneficial for your smile. Don’t forget – while these fruits are nutritious in many ways, they are also acidic and have the ability to break down your enamel if you’re eating them too much and too often. When you’re enjoying these fruits, pair them with minimal-acidic foods like almonds and wash them down with a glass of water.
While apples are commonly picked in the fall, there are variations that grow in the summer. Apples increase saliva production, which wash away bacteria and food particles built up between your teeth and other hard-to-reach places. The harder texture of the apples also enhances your gums, as well.
Other great fruits to enjoy are strawberries and peaches. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, which minimize inflammation and produce a protein that combats periodontal (gum) disease. Peaches naturally contain fluoride, which enables the remineralization and reconstruction of enamel while also strengthening your existing enamel. They are also filled with vitamin C and calcium to strengthen your teeth.
Seasonal cheeses, much like vegetables and fruits, have beneficial ingredients for your smile. Choices like feta cheese, goat cheese, ricotta, and mozzarella contain calcium and protein that reinforce your teeth and bones. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which assists in cleaning the bacteria and food particle build-up in your mouth.
Meats and Fish
Grilling is a favorite pastime in the summer, so be sure to include some of the healthier options for your smile! Lean meats like turkey and chicken and fatty fishes are rich in protein and contain phosphorus, which assist in fortifying your jaw and teeth. Combine that with delicious sides like leafy greens (compromised with vitamin A that produces enamel) and even a side of beans, which are high in fiber, and you’ve got a smile-friendly meal!
Looking for other summertime foods that will strengthen your smile? Simply give our Belleville dentist a call at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll happily help!
May 2020
Smile Transformation Options
When you’re looking to transform your smile, there’s no better place to go to than our office. Our Parsippany dentist provides numerous cosmetic services that give you the new look you’ve been dreaming of, no matter how big or small. While many people think of a complete smile makeover when they think of cosmetic dentistry, there are small, yet notable changes that we’re capable of creating to drastically improve the way you feel about your smile. Dive deeper with us below!
Inlays and Onlays
Also known as indirect fillings, this cosmetic service is used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay and there isn’t enough of a tooth structure to support a filling. While this is also seen as a restorative procedure, applying these inlays and onlays restore the shape of your teeth and gives you confidence to laugh out loud without fear of showing any damaged teeth.
Composite Bonding
With the help of cosmetic bonding, we repair decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth utilizing a helpful material that closely resembles your enamel. It gives your restored smile a natural look, boosting your self-esteem and strengthening your teeth. We remove the tooth decay and apply the composite material onto the surface of your tooth, sculpting into the right place to mimic the size and shape of your surrounding teeth.
Dental Veneers
As one of the most popular cosmetic services around the world, dental veneers completely transform the way your smile looks with no actual surgery involved. Each veneer that is placed on the surface of your natural tooth is created for your smile and your smile only. Your smile is unique and will always be treated as such with our team.
Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is another extremely popular cosmetic service, so much so that you can buy teeth whitening kits at the store. There are numerous brands of teeth whitening to buy online or over-the-counter, beginning your journey towards a brighter smile in the comfort of your own home.
If you find that the store products aren’t giving you the smile you were hoping for, we have the solution. All the box whitening products only have one setting of whitening your smile, which may not work as well for you as it does someone else. Thankfully, our whitening service is personally created for your smile and your smile only! Everyone’s smile is unique, which means they should be treated as such.
Dental Implants
This is the biggest smile makeover procedure around, giving patients a completely new smile for them to share with friends and family, even themselves in the mirror! If you’ve experienced tooth loss, there is still a way for your smile to recover. We surgically insert a small titanium screw into the jaw at the site of your missing tooth, which acts as the tooth to hold the custom-created crown in place.
Your implants look, act, and feel just like your natural teeth. They’re also cared for in the same way! Be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day, to ensure the strength of your implants. You’ll visit our Parsippany dentist for checkups and routine maintenance, but your confidence will be through the roof with this incredibly new smile.
If you’re considering one of these cosmetic services, call our office today at (973) 882-5005! Your smile deserves to be the best it possibly can be and we’re here to make that happen. Contact our team and we’ll assist in picking the best date and time for your consultation. 
April 2020
Keep Your Teeth Healthy at Home
A well-structured routine helps you get through your day faster and more efficiently. It’s beneficial your well-being, which includes your smile! Our Parsippany family dentist provides helpful ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy in between your bi-annual visits below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Our goal is to keep your smile strong.
Don’t Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth
To keep your teeth bright and healthy, it’s important to brush them twice a day, every day. Ideally, you’re brushing your teeth every morning and every night. While it’s easy to remember to brush in the morning, you may be exhausted at night and just want to fall right into bed. That’s where routine comes in! Create a nighttime routine, which includes brushing your teeth, to ensure you’re protecting your smile. Be sure to include flossing in this routine, too.
Without brushing your teeth at night, you’re allowing the bacteria and food particles built up from the day continue to linger and cause harm to your oral health even longer as you sleep. If you don’t remove or get rid of these harmful bacteria, you’re at a higher risk for cavities, dental decay, and other dental issues.
Be Sure You’re Brushing Properly
As you remember to brush twice a day, every day, it’s also important to recall the right way to brush your teeth. Dental professionals like our Parsippany family dentist say to brush for at least two minutes. This allows you to reach every area of your mouth, even the tough-to-reach places. Spend 30 seconds brushing each “quadrant” of your mouth to ensure a proper cleaning.
When you’re brushing your teeth, be gentle. Brushing your teeth faster and harder won’t guarantee a better cleaning – in fact, it’s the opposite! If you brush too hard, you’re weakening your enamel (the surface of your teeth) and risking your nerves to exposure and sensitivity. If you don’t brush for the recommended two minutes, you’re not giving your teeth the proper cleaning they deserve, allowing the harmful bacteria to continue damaging your mouth.
Use the Right Toothpaste
It’s certainly overwhelming to stand in the store and stare at the wall of toothpastes! How do you know what’s best? How do you know what your smile needs? Thankfully, that’s why we’re here. During your next appointment at our practice, be sure to ask us what toothpaste is best for your smile. We’ll even give you a sample!
Fluoride is one of the most beneficial ingredients in toothpastes to clean your teeth. This is a leading defense in tooth decay; not only does it fight back against bacteria, but it strengthens your enamel and creates a protective barrier on the surface of your teeth to make it even harder for bacteria to get in.
Don’t be Afraid to Floss
Flossing, although one of the most important steps in your dental routine, is also one of the most neglected. Flossing guarantees you’re reaching the spots that your toothbrush can’t clean, and without this task, you’re at a higher risk for cavities and dental decay. When you floss, you’re stimulating the gums, reducing plaque build-up, and lowering inflammation in those tiny spots.
If you’ve brushed your teeth and seen some red, flossing is even more of a necessity. Your gums are extremely vulnerable at this point and you’re at a higher risk for gum disease. While flossing is seen as difficult, there are numerous ways to ensure these areas between your teeth are getting cleaned. Ask us about the best tools that will work for your individual smile.
Have any other questions about improving your dental routine at home? Our Parsippany family dentist is here to help! Call our office at (973) 882-5005 and we’ll answer any questions you have, as well as schedule your next appointment for your dental cleaning.
March 2020
Maintain Your Dental Care Routine at Home
During the six months in between your routine dental appointments, we want to ensure you’re taking care of your teeth and gums to the best of your ability. We know how important your smile is in relation to your appearance and confidence, which is why we want you to thrive in every way possible when you’re not visiting our office. With these helpful tips from our dentist in Belleville, your smile will shine all day, every day, and stay healthy, too!
Brushing Your Teeth
When you brush your teeth, remember to brush for at least two minutes. This gives you time to reach all areas of your mouth and provide a thorough cleaning. We recommend brushing each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds, which tackles a great cleaning and hits the two-minute mark.
When you’re brushing your teeth every morning and night, hold your toothbrush at an angle – about 45 degrees – where the bristles are pointed towards your gums. With this technique, you’re able to get those food particles and bacterial build-up that want to linger on or in between your teeth.
As you’re brushing, move your toothbrush in a circular motion instead of brushing back and forth. With this technique, you’re reaching all the surfaces of your teeth while also jostling and loosening up those stubborn food pieces. Of course, don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day, every day!
Flossing Your Teeth
We recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day. This includes flossing in between every tooth, including the ones in the back. We understand that they’re a bit harder to reach, but don’t hesitate to ask our Belleville dentist for helpful tips or tools to use so you can cover each area.
As you’re flossing, follow the curve of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums. If you used an aggressive up-and-down motion, you’re likely to add too much pressure, which may cause bleeding. You’ll want to cover as much space as you can reach with your floss, so we encourage you to check out instructional videos provided by the American Dental Association and other reputable organizations to take care of your smile.
Additional Oral Hygiene Tips
While mouthwash isn’t for everyone, it’s still an effective tool to cleanse your mouth. There are different available types of mouthwash, ranging from cosmetic to therapeutic. Overusing mouthwash can weaken the surface of your teeth (commonly known as the enamel) and give bacteria access to the nerves of your gums and teeth. Ask us about the best mouthwash for your oral health.
As you’re cleaning your tongue, put a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush and continue the circular motions like you would on your teeth. There are also tongue scrapers available, where you’ll gently drag the curved area to clean the surface. If you’re interested in learning more about available tongue scrapers, don’t hesitate to ask.
Of course, a healthy balanced diet is an important factor to a healthy smile. There are fruits and vegetables that are both good for your overall health and your dental health. Celery, carrots, apples and strawberries are all great foods to include in your diet for a stronger smile!
When you’re visiting our dentist in Belleville for your routine dental appointment, be sure to schedule your next appointment while you’re there – you won’t have to worry about it in the future and we’ll contact you for a reminder once your next visit approaches. Call our office at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll assist in any questions or concerns you may have about your daily dental routine.
February 2020
Celebrate Children's Dental Health Month!
February often comes with handmade valentines, chocolate, candy, and flowers, but did you know it should also come with a dental checkup? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. That means it is the perfect time to bring your kids in for their annual dental cleaning and checkup to make sure their smile is healthy and happy! Your Belleville dentist is dedicated to helping children throughout the community have beautiful and healthy smiles. Call our office today to schedule your child’s next visit! 
Schedule Their Next Visit
Call your Belleville dentist today to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning. No matter how good of a job your child does taking care of their teeth, no smile is complete without a professional dental cleaning. Brushing and flossing daily is essential, but it is not enough to combat plaque and tartar, at least not completely. Brushing twice per day and flossing at night can help prevent the buildup of plaque, but it can’t remove tartar. Tartar is created on the surface of your teeth when plaque hardens onto the surface. If not removed, tartar can cause cavities and bacterial infections. Your child needs to visit their Belleville dentist every six months to have this tartar scaled off of their teeth so that their smile can stay healthy.
Get Them New Dental Tools
An easy way to encourage a healthy smile is to get your child some new tools to help care for their smile! A new toothbrush or toothpaste can be an excellent motivator when it comes to dental hygiene. A toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months for it to remain effective. Children’s toothbrushes come in a variety of colors and sometimes even have characters from their favorite shows! Bring your child to the store to help them choose a toothbrush they can be excited about using! This can help motivate them to brush more often and for longer periods of time. 
Bond Through Dental Care Activities
One way to help improve your child’s smile is to make their dental care routine more fun! There are several ways to help your child enjoy the process of caring for their teeth. Some ideas include playing music, a rewards calendar with small prizes, or even just making tooth brushing time a bonding activity. One of the best ways to model good brushing technique is to brush your teeth with them. Your Belleville dentist may also have activity sheets for your child to complete that can encourage good brushing habits. Ask your Belleville dentist if they have any recommendations for making your child’s dental hygiene routine more fun!
Show Them The Plaque
One way you can teach your child about the dangers of plaque is by having them try a plaque-disclosing tablet. This is a simple and safe way to highlight the plaque on your child’s teeth. This tablet can help your child see where they may be missing when they brush and floss. 
January 2020
New Year, New Smile! This Year’s Smile Goals
The start of a new year is the perfect time to commit to some new goals. This year, start to consider some dental health resolutions to add to your self-care routine. Whether it’s flossing daily or even whitening your smile, take this opportunity to examine your own dental health. Check out these suggestions below to get some ideas on how you can improve your oral health this year.
Consistent Dental Care is Key
When determining your dental health goals, let’s start with the basics: brushing and flossing. While this may seem like common sense, you should be consistently caring for your smile daily. Sometimes it may be easier to just go to bed without brushing your teeth, or to skip flossing if you feel like you don’t need it, but don’t underestimate the power of plaque! The difference between a healthy smile and a smile with gum disease is consistency. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. 
Floss once per day before you go to bed to remove any food debris and bacteria from between your teeth. Plaque is always hiding in your smile, even if you don’t feel it. If plaque sits in place, it hardens and becomes tartar. Over time, tartar can be extremely damaging to your teeth and gums. Be consistent with your dental care to ensure that you have a healthy smile!
Choose the Right Snacks
Choose healthy foods and drinks to protect your smile from damage. Anything that is too acidic or contains too much sugar can break down your enamel. Weakening of the enamel can lead to cavities and dental disease, so it’s best to avoid harmful foods altogether. Instead, try chewing on some crunchy vegetables like carrots or cucumbers. These types of foods can help keep your teeth and gums clean and may wash away some plaque in between brushing. Of course, eating vegetables is helpful for your dental health, but it is no replacement for actual dental care. Still brush regularly and visit your dentist every six months. 
Visit the Dentist Regularly
You should be visiting our office every six months for a professional dental cleaning and checkup. If you can’t remember the last time you visited, give us a call! No matter how well you care for your smile, you can’t remove tartar without the help of a dental health professional. Tartar must be removed through the process of scaling; which your dental hygienist does every time you visit them for a cleaning. Every smile is unique, so it’s important to understand the needs of your teeth and gums.
While gum disease is often common in people with poor oral hygiene, it can still occur due to genetics or even due to medications or pregnancy. While you’re here, ask us for some tips on how to care for your individual smile.
Improve Your Smile
If you’ve always been self-conscious of your smile for any reason, it’s possible that one of your goals could be to correct this issue! Whether you have crooked teeth, discoloration, or even gaps in your smile, we can guide you on treatments that can give you the smile of your dreams! Don’t keep pushing off your smile goals until next year, tackle your insecurities head on. Ask our team how we can help you improve the appearance of your smile. Whether you need braces or teeth whitening, the smile you’ve always wanted is within reach!
December 2019
Dental Habits to Break in the New Year
As the year comes to an end, resolutions are on the front of everyone’s mind and what they can do to make personal improvements in 2020. Resolutions can range from exercise to diet to therapy, all of which have their own benefits for every individual. When you’re looking to make improvements to your overall health, don’t forget about your smile. Below, our Belleville dentist dives into dangerous and harmful habits we encourage you to break to get your dental health back on track.
Nail Biting
A common nervous habit, people bite their nails when they’re anxious or dealing with something stressful. If you continue to bite your nails, you could easily chip a tooth or have a negative impact on your jaw. Don’t hesitate to ask us what some tips are to avoid biting your nails, like fidgeting toys or types of nail polishes.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
When you brush your teeth, remember to be gentle with your smile. Brushing aggressively doesn’t mean you’re getting a more efficient cleaning. In fact, you’re causing more damage to your smile than you realize! Instead of efficiently cleaning the surface of your teeth, you’re damaging the enamel. As it weakens, you’ll deal with dental sensitivity when drinking and enjoying hot and cold foods and drinks. Find a new toothbrush with soft bristles and, instead of “scrubbing” your teeth, “massage” them in gentle circles with the bristles to reach every area while providing a proper cleaning.
Grinding Your Teeth and Clenching Your Jaw
This stress-induced habit can easily crack and chip your teeth, as well as cause a lot of tension and discomfort in your jaw. It’s important to realize when it’s happening, since this action is seen as unconscious, and to react immediately to relax your jaw. Don’t be afraid to ask us about relaxation exercises, as well.
Constant Snacking
A common habit, due to either nerves or just to kill time, is snacking. There are countless delicious snacks available and we understand how hard it is to avoid them! But if you’re constantly putting your teeth to work, especially with harmful snacks like chips, candies, and cookies, your smile will quickly weaken. You’re at a higher risk for cavities and decay, so be sure to seriously cut back on the snacking and try to eat more balanced meals to keep you fuller for longer.
Do you have any other harmful dental habits you’re looking to break in 2020? Give our Belleville dentist a call at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll happily set you up for a bright and shiny new year!
November 2019
Thanksgiving Food & Dental Health
Thanksgiving is here! This holiday is filled with loved ones, both family and friends, as you enjoy and cherish the quality time this time of year. As you sit around the table full of delicious foods and drinks, we only ask you to keep your dental health in mind. Some of your favorite Thanksgiving meals are also the most harmful to your teeth, gums, and overall dental health, so our Belleville family dentist wants to ensure your smile is the best it can be during this busy season.
Below, we’ll dive into the Thanksgiving items that are best to avoid, as well as some of the other tasty options that are beneficial for your smile! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask us.
Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid
A common, delicious staple in a Thanksgiving meal, stuffing is made in all kinds of varieties. Unfortunately, the main ingredient is starch, which is full of sugary carbohydrates that can cling to your teeth. This is more difficult to get away from your teeth, so if it hangs around for too long, you’ll have built-up bacteria in your mouth that leads to cavities. It’s important to drink water after enjoying stuffing as to not allow the bacteria to linger.
Sometimes, nothing is better than catching up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a long time! Enjoying a glass of wine or a beer during this time is perfectly fine but be sure to keep an eye on the amount of consumption. Alcohol dehydrates you, which reduces saliva production, and breaks down the enamel on your teeth that is protecting the nerves in the dentin. In between a glass of beer or wine, enjoy a refreshing water!
This time of year may be the only time you’ll get to enjoy your favorite dessert, but moderation is important! Sweets like apple pie, ice cream, brownies, and cookies are all dangerous for your dental health, and could easily give you a few cavities if you’ve been in indulging far more than usual during the holidays. Be sure to wash your desserts down with water and enjoy them sparingly.
Thanksgiving Food to Enjoy
Thank goodness! The main course of your Thanksgiving meal can be enjoyed without worrying about your smile! There’s no starch or sugar, and turkey also contains a significant amount of vitamin D, which encourages strength for your enamel. Just be sure to watch the additional gravy added on top!
While this is no surprise, there are numerous enjoyable sides to enjoy during your Thanksgiving dinner. Vegetables like carrots, celery, corn, green beans are all beneficial in their own way and simply tasty!
Pumpkin Pie
Don’t worry – desserts aren’t completely banned from your Thanksgiving meal! Pumpkin pie has a lot of beneficial calcium, as well as some vitamin C. Be careful of the amount of ice cream and whipped cream you put on top, though!
If you’re overdue for a dental cleaning, be sure to schedule an appointment with our Belleville family dentist before the rest of your year’s schedule is full. Give us a call today and our front desk staff will assist you in picking the best date and time for your cleaning, exam, and x-ray.
October 2019
Tips for a Healthy Smile This Halloween
With Halloween quickly approaching, it is important to remember your dental care routine so that your smile stays healthy this spooky season! Sugar can be bad for your teeth, so maintaining a healthy routine is essential to combat all that Halloween candy. Read below for some helpful tips to keep your smile healthy and bright all Halloween long!
Be Mindful of Types of Candy
One of the first ways to protect your dental and oral health is to know which types of candies would be more harmful to your teeth. This can give you the opportunity to choose between candy and find the least harmful option for your teeth and gums.
The Most Harmful Candy:
Hard candy - candy that is hard and difficult to chew can lead to tooth breakage. Sucking on hard candy also requires people to keep sugar in their mouth for a longer duration of time. It is best to avoid hard candies as much as possible.
Gummy Candy - caramel, taffy, and gummies are bad for your teeth because they are sticky and can stay stuck to teeth for hours. Anything chewy that can attach to the crevices of your teeth can lead to the deterioration of the enamel.
Sour Candy - Sour candies are typically chewy and can get stuck between teeth. This type of candy is also highly acidic and contains a lot of sugar, so they often do twice as much damage as other candies.
The Least Harmful Candy:
Chocolate - Not only is chocolate the least harmful candy, but some types of chocolate actually contain extra benefits for your smile! Chocolate melts away instead of sticking to the surface of your teeth. That means there is less of a chance that dental decay will occur and the chocolate can easily be washed away by saliva.
Sugar-free gum - Some low-calorie sweeteners in sugar-free gum can help rid your mouth of harmful bacteria. This can also help promote saliva which will help keep your teeth clean until you can brush them later on. It should be noted that sugar-free gum is not a suitable replacement for quality dental care. Be sure that teeth are still properly brushed and flossed at the end of the day before going to bed. 
End Your Day With Dental Care
It is so important not to skip your regular dental care routine, especially on Halloween after eating all those treats! Before going to bed, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash to rid your mouth of any harmful bacteria. Don’t forget to scrub your tongue as well, which can be coated with a film of plaque after a day of snacking. Don’t sacrifice your healthy smile this Halloween season!
Of course, everything can be enjoyed in moderation, but it is important to keep your dental health in check. Always brush your teeth after consuming Halloween candy and floss to avoid any lingering food debris. Use fluoride toothpaste to help shield your enamel from future bacteria and always try to balance your diet with healthy fruits and veggies. Ask your dentist for more information on how you can maintain your oral health this Halloween!
September 2019
Identifying and Preventing Cavities
When you’re told that you have a cavity, all dental professionals will recommend that you have it taken care of as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to busy schedules between work, friends, and family, patients can find it difficult to find the best time to visit our office again to take care of the cavity. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 92% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Even worse, around 26% of them have untreated dental decay!
Below, your Belleville dentist dives into the different classes of cavities, how they damage your teeth, and how our professionals can improve your smile.
Class I: This class of tooth decay is visible to our dentist. They’re noticeable on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, like your molars and premolars, as well as decay noted on the front or back surfaces of your front teeth.
Class II: These cavities, while they appear on your molars and premolars, are typically between your teeth and aren’t visible to the human eye.
Class III: This class of decay occurs between your front teeth and are also not visible without the help of x-rays.
Class IV: This type also occurs between your front teeth, but it involves the cutting edges of your teeth.
Class V: These cavities appear on the surface, or behind, either your front or back teeth, near the gumline.
Class VI: This decay is found on the top surfaces of your teeth, either on the edges of your front teeth or on the cusp of your back teeth.
Now that you know where these cavities can lie, and how they’re identified, it’s time for you to know the levels of severity and what tooth decay can do to your smile. To further understand, the outer layer of your tooth is made up of calcified enamel, which protects the softer, inner portion that holds the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When this area of your tooth is damaged, you’re at risk for regular tooth aches, dental sensitivity, and other issues.
The levels of severity for your tooth decay gives our Belleville dentist a better idea of how to properly treat the cavity. Incipient, moderate, advanced, and severe cavities are all necessary to take care of, but the longer you wait, the more you’re at risk of completely losing the tooth. By maintaining routine visits to our office, you’ll be able to prevent serious complications to your smile and have our professionals assist you.
Following these simple steps will help you avoid a lifetime of dental issues! While cavities are common, they’re also the easiest preventable dental disease and should be taken seriously. Use these helpful tips to avoid dental decay:
Brush your teeth twice a day – once in the morning, once at night – with a fluoride toothpaste, or another recommended toothpaste from our dentist
Floss at least once a day, preferably after a meal to get rid of any lingering, stubborn food particles
Change up your diet to include more nutritional foods and drinks, removing sugary and sweet things to lessen the damage done to your enamel
Looking for more helpful tips, or are you overdue for your routine dental cleaning? Give our Belleville dentist a call today at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll help pick the best date and time for your appointment.
August 2019
Back-to-School Dental Visits
School is back in session! While you’re helping your children get the best accessories and outfits, there’s something else that’s just as important – their smile! Your Belleville dentist wants to ensure that your entire family is getting the dental care you deserve, which is why it’s important for everyone to visit our office around this time. Take a look at some common questions we know parents have for your children’s visit.
How is your child’s oral health?
During your child’s exam, we’ll be able to take a look at the big picture (meaning your child’s teeth and gums). We want to ensure that you’re taking care of their baby teeth since they’re just as important as their permanent ones. We’ll take a look at their alignment, making sure their teeth are lining up correctly, as well as their bite and the possibility of orthodontic treatment.
Why does my child need a cleaning?
These cleanings are a must! During our exam, we’ll be able to see the state of your child’s teeth, whether they need fillings or other dental treatments, and provide a top-of-the-line cleaning when all is said and done. This cleaning will take care of the build-up of bacteria and plaque that are around their teeth and gums, which can quickly turn into decay if not properly cleaned. Without these cleanings, your child could suffer from premature tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, and much more!
Does my child need an x-ray?
While we complete a thorough dental examination, x-rays are extremely important so we can see the root of a problem – literally! Sometimes, we’re not able to see any problems below the surface, but that’s what x-rays are for. With the help of x-rays, we’re able to see how your children’s teeth are developing and if there are any problems underneath the surface.
We want both kids and adults to know the necessary steps to taking care of their smile, no matter what time of year it is. Call our Belleville dentist today at (973) 751-6600 to schedule your family’s appointment and start your Fall journey towards a healthier and happier smile!
July 2019
Popular Foods that Stain Teeth
Everyone has a favorite meal, their go-to dish that brings them the comfort and warmth of their favorite day, a memory tied to the food, or something particularly fond that always cheers them up. While there could be one meal or countless meals, your dentist in Belleville wants to ensure that you’re still taking proper care of your smile if your favorite dish has a specific eliminate – or ingredient – that can damage or dim the surface of your teeth.
Dive deeper into common culprits that are popular for their flavor, but can do a decent amount of harm to your smile if you’re not careful:
Marinara (Pasta) Sauce
This sauce compliments countless types of foods, whether it’s your favorite pasta dish or a dipping side to some mozzarella sticks. Unfortunately, there are some negative aspects to this kind of sauce. Because of their acidity, bright red color, and clingy tendencies, the tomatoes used to create the sauce can easily cling to the surface of your teeth, staining them faster than others.
With the help of a fresh spring, green salad as an appetizer, these vegetables (including others within the same green tint) create a protective film over your smile and can fight back against the deep red sauce. 
There are numerous health benefits to some of our favorite berries, but your smile may not always be on the receiving end of those benefits. Because of their dark colors, similar to pasta sauce, they can easily cause staining and even the potential of getting stuck in between your teeth, showing the same sort of qualities as tomatoes. Whether berries like cranberries, raspberries, or blueberries are consumed whole, enjoyed as juice, or spread as jam, these staining qualities are still strong!
Once you’re finished enjoying these delectable fruits, be sure to wash it down with a glass of water to rinse away the acidity or pair it with some cheese to neutralize the acidity while it strengthens your teeth.
Whether it’s coffee in the morning or wine at night, there are negative dental side effects that your favorite drink may cause.  Due to the qualities of excessive carbonation, high amounts of sugar, and high acidic levels, your teeth are coming in direct contact with these drinks and suffering. We encourage you to limit the number of harmful beverages you consume throughout the day, or always try to pair it with a glass of water to help wash away the harmful build-up the drinks have caused.
Looking for other ways to protect your smile and enjoy some delicious foods and drinks? Don’t hesitate to ask our dentist in Belleville for suggestions on foods and drinks that strengthen your smile AND taste good, too! Give our office a call at (973) 751-6600 to schedule your appointment today.
June 2019
Dangerous Dental Habits
You may not always realize how certain dental habits can affect your smile, but it’s important to realize the best ways to take care of your teeth and gums so you can keep your natural smile for a lifetime! Whether it’s summer vacation or it’s time for the holidays, your Parsippany dentist wants you to know how your oral hygiene routine and certain habits relate to your overall dental health.
Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely
Choosing the right toothbrush goes beyond picking your favorite color. When you want the best cleaning, you’ll want to find a toothbrush that has soft, gentle bristles. It may seem like rougher toothbrush bristles are the ones that will clean better, but your teeth are more sensitive than meets the eye, so you’ll want to treat them with the best care possible.
Softer bristles are also far gentler on your gums, which can easily bleed by aggressive brushing and lack of proper care. When you do brush your teeth, it’s supposed to be an easy, but thorough scrubbing in a circular motion to ensure you’re reaching all the right areas to clean. Don’t hesitate to ask us about any recommendations for the best toothbrush for your smile.
Don’t Underestimate the Benefits of a Mouth Guard and Night Guard
All professional athletes wear the necessary gear to protect themselves when participating in their preferred sport. This should also translate to everyone! No matter if you’re playing for fun or you’re playing professionally, it’s extremely important to wear the protective gear – like mouthguards – to lower your chances of experiencing a dental emergency. You could suffer from cuts, bruises, lacerations, or even chipped or lost teeth.
Another type of guard that protects your smile is a nightguard, worn when you’re sleeping if you tend to grind your teeth unconsciously. If you’ve been waking up with headaches, or if your teeth have been more sensitive than usual, you could be unknowingly grinding your teeth as you sleep throughout the night. This could weaken your enamel, expose the nerves and sensitive areas of your teeth and cause cavities, infections, or worse. Schedule a consultation with us to see if you’ve been wearing down your smile.
Keep Your Utensils and Toothbrush to Yourself
While sharing is caring, utensils are something you should avoid sharing too often. If you have children, it may seem natural and parent-like to put a small bite of your food on your utensil before sharing it with your baby, but the mixing of bacteria can easily get your child sick. Everyone has their own bacteria, and unfortunately, you could pass yours along that your child can’t handle.
This sharing technique is also applicable for toothbrushes. Everyone has their own brush for a reason! The bristles are covered in your bacteria, so mixing them with someone else’s could get one of you sick faster than you realize. This is also why we suggest switching out your toothbrush after you’re sick – that bad bacteria is all over your toothbrush, so be sure to start fresh after you’ve gotten better!
There are more habits that can harm your smile than you think, which is why your Parsippany dentist is here to help! Give our office a call at (973) 882-5005 for more helpful tips on caring for your overall dental health and how we can be an integral part of your smile.
May 2019
Share the Dangers on No Tobacco Day
On May 31, health professionals around the world will be celebrating No Tobacco Day. It’s no secret that there are countless negative side effects to tobacco usage, but it’s still one of the most common oral health issues that people face. Your teeth and gums aren’t the only parts of your body that are harmed by excessive tobacco usage, but they’re first in line when you smoke a cigarette or use dipping tobacco. Dive into the five major health complications that are tobacco related and how your 07109 dentist can help save your smile.
Bad Breath
Bad breath is one of the more inconvenient and embarrassing instances you can run into but can typically be solved by some chewing gum or by brushing your teeth. If you’re constantly smoking, you could suffer from bad breath constantly. Smoker’s breath, clinically known as “halitosis,” combines the tobacco with the bacteria in your mouth and clings to your gums and tongue, leaving the lingering smell of tobacco itself.
The only way to get rid of this consistent bad breath is to simply stop using tobacco! We know it’s far more difficult than it sounds, but if you continue this bad habit, your smile will continue to suffer.
Stained, Yellow Teeth
Nicotine and tar in tobacco products like cigarettes are so strong, they can stain more than your teeth. Your fingers can start showing a yellowish tint, your walls can become stained, so your teeth will be suffering the same way. The outer layer of your teeth, also known as your “enamel,” will quickly turn a dimmer, darker color as they continuously encounter nicotine and tar.
While there are multiple at-home options to brighten your smile – a whitening toothpaste, a take-home whitening kit, or a whitening treatment at our office – the shade of your smile will continue to suffer if you keep up the bad habit of tobacco use.
Gum Disease
This bacterial infection causes your gums to become red, swollen, and can cause bleeding as the soft tissue and bone fall apart around your teeth that support them in place. Without maintaining top oral hygiene, like brushing, flossing and keeping up with your professional dental cleanings, you’re susceptible to gum disease. Smoking cigarettes and abusing tobacco products exacerbates the bacterial infection and can quickly bring your smile to a scenario that cannot be reversed.
Oral Cancer
Tobacco use is a major cause of oral cancer due to the carcinogenic chemicals that are extremely harmful to the oral tissues in your mouth. By chewing or smoking tobacco products, genetic changes may occur within the cells of your oral tissues, which will lead to this extremely harmful form of cancer.
Your risks for developing oral cancer decreases significantly when you stop using tobacco products, so why wait?
Maintain the healthiest, strongest smile you possibly can and quit tobacco products. By keeping up with your visits to your 07109 dentist, we’ll be able to protect your teeth and gums while we work together to fight against tobacco. Celebrate No Tobacco Day with us by scheduling your cleaning today! Call 973-751-6600 and our staff will work together to pick the best date and time for you.
April 2019
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancers affect about 53,000 people every year, with 10,000 of those being deadly cases. Oral cancer can appear as a sore or bump in the mouth that does not heal over time. This can mean that oral cancer could form on the lips, tongue, throat, or anywhere in your mouth. It can cause severe damage to all surrounding tissue, and if left untreated, it can be life threatening. Studies show that men are at twice as much risk as women to get oral cancer. If you start showing symptoms of oral cancer, be sure to consult with your general oral health practitioner right away.
Symptoms can include:
Persistent sores in the mouth
Bleeding that does not go away after two weeks
White patches in the mouth
Numbness in the mouth, face, or neck
Difficulty swallowing or chewing
Ear soreness
Substantial weight loss
Dentures don’t seem to fit anymore
What are the risks of oral cancer?
Smoking is the leading risk factor in patients who develop oral cancer. Tobacco users who indulge in chewing tobacco products are also 50 times more likely to have cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips. Drinking alcohol excessively will also put you at risk of developing oral cancer. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are six times more likely to develop oral cancer over people who don’t drink. Lastly, exposure to the Human Papillomavirus, specifically strain 16, is a leading risk factor in developing oral cancer. Consult with your doctor on how to protect yourself from HPV. Just like most cancers, a family history and increased exposure to the sun will dramatically affect the likelihood of developing oral cancer.
How do you treat it?
If you experience any persistent symptoms, consult with a health professional immediately. Different types of oral cancers have different treatments, so it is important to consult a medical professional to determine what would be the right option for you. Only about 10% of people who develop oral cancer have no correlation to high risk factors, which means that there are steps you can take to try to prevent from developing oral cancer. Don’t smoke or drink excessively and protect yourself from HPV. Call us today at 973-751-6600 and consult with your dentist in Belleville on how you can help fight oral cancer.
March 2019
Nutrition and Your Smile
When you brush your teeth every morning and night, you know that this is an integral part of your oral and dental health. Skipping this step can be dangerous and can allow bacteria to form, causing cavities, decay, and other potential issues. As you’re ensuring that your dental routine is up to par, your Parsippany dentist urges you to do the same with your daily diet!
The nutrition you consume plays a huge part in your dental health and can start to show negative side effects if your diet doesn’t include enough healthy and beneficial foods. A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, protein-rich foods, calcium-rich foods, and other beneficial factors will give you the right nutrients that can only make your teeth stronger, your smile wider, and your overall health simply better!
Calcium-Rich Foods
With the help of these calcium rich-foods, you’ll be able to both strengthen your teeth and bones:
Low-fat/fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese
Dark green leafy vegetables
Soy drinks/tofu
Vitamin C Foods and Drinks
To better your gum health, integrate some of these naturally sweet and tasty items:
Citrus fruits and natural citrus beverages
Why Nutrition is Important for Your Teeth 
Remember, too much of a good thing can also be dangerous, so don’t hesitate to ask us how to enjoy these things moderately to get the most out of their helpful ingredients and resources. For example, while citrus fruits have plenty of natural Vitamin C, they’re also extremely abrasive and can weaken and erode your enamel. Without the protective surface of your tooth, you’re exposing the root of the tooth, which holds the nerves and can cause sharp pains when in contact with foods and drinks of varying temperatures and ingredients.
What to Know about Snacking
We know that there are countless snacks out there that promote healthy living, but not all these snacks apply to the healthiness of your teeth and gums. The act of snacking in between meals can be extremely harmful by itself – the more often you eat, especially in between your major meals like breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the more likely you are to expose your teeth to acidic, damaging ingredients that weaken your smile.
If you do choose to snack, be careful on what you pick! Fresh produce is some of the best options, like celery, carrots, peppers, and cucumbers. Dried fruit, while convenient, is packed with sugary ingredients for longevity and sucked of their natural, truly beneficial aspects. Many naturally grown fruits already contain water, a beneficial factor for your smile, and dried fruit removes this to preserve the snack for longer periods of time. Trust us – still to the natural stuff!
Looking for more ways to maintain a healthy smile? Give your Parsippany dentist a call at 973-882-5005 and schedule a consultation with our office. Every smile is unique, and our goal is to give you the best treatment that’s right for your teeth!
February 2019
Your Child's Smile
As National Children’s Dental Health Month ends, we always want to share helpful tips and tricks for parents (and parents-to-be) as they watch their children grow. A child’s smile, while shiny and brand new, it’s extremely sensitive and vulnerable, so it’s important that their teeth (both baby and permanent) are being taken care of as they get older. Break down how your children’s smiles grow with the help of your dentist in 07109.
Baby Teeth
Your child’s baby teeth, a full set of 20 primary teeth, start appearing between six months and a year. The reason you see so many wide smiles with only one or two teeth on display is that their front teeth, on both the top and bottom, are usually the ones to come in first.
During this time, your children may also be feeling discomfort due to their teeth coming in. This time can cause tender, sore gums, causing them to feel irritated and fussy. Try gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger or a wet gauze to reduce the discomfort. There are also teething products available for children, like rubbing rings, for them to chew on.
While these teeth aren’t permanent, they’re still extremely important to your child’s overall health and development. With these teeth, your child learns how to properly chew and speak, all while their body grows and makes room in their jaw for their permanent teeth that will come in next.
How to Take Care of Your Child’s Smile as They Grow
As your child grows older, the ways you take care of them will change over time. In the beginning, gently wipe down their gums with a clean, damp gauze or a soft washcloth. It’s important to keep this area as clean and healthy as possible for when their teeth begin to appear. Once they do, they’re at risk for decay, so be sure to be diligent in cleaning their teeth and gums properly.
As soon as teeth appear, start to brush them! Don’t hesitate to ask us the best kind of toothbrush to use for your child during these stages of their life. You’ll want a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste that helps clean and strengthen their smile. Use a very small amount of toothpaste since it can be extremely abrasive and can cause more harm than good if there’s too much. Be sure to brush their teeth twice a day, every morning and night, and help them learn how to brush and floss as they get older.
If you’re looking for more ways to protect your child’s smile, ranging from their diet to athletic involvement, don’t hesitate to call your dentist in 07109 at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll be happy to help your family’s healthy development in the best way possible!
January 2019
How Exercise Affects Your Teeth

How has your New Year been treating you? We hope that you’re continuously working towards your resolutions and accomplishing each and every one of them! Between dieting, exercising, and other lifestyle changes, you may not notice how one change can affect other aspects of your health. Below, your Belleville dentist delves into the ways that exercise can negatively affect your smile if you’re not aware of the potential problems you could run into.

Cavities and Tooth Decay

While everyone is at risk for cavities and tooth decay, athletes have a higher intake of sports drinks, energy bars, and other sugar-filled items that could be overwhelming for their teeth and gums. While not every athlete will be negatively affected this way, it’s always important to keep up with your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing twice a day, every day.

Dental Grinding/Bruxism

Clenching and grinding your teeth typically happens out of habit or due to your anxiety, but athletic activities like weightlifting can cause people to grit their teeth and brace themselves during this strenuous activity. Be careful! The more you clench your teeth, the more likely you are to suffer from severe jaw pain, which can potentially lead to TMJ. Don’t be afraid to ask us about utilizing a mouth guard to protect your smile.

Lack of Saliva

You don’t typically think about your saliva when you’re exercising, but as you’re sweating and panting, you may not be producing enough to protect your mouth, which is one of saliva’s most important jobs. Your mouth can become drier when you’re working out due to the lack of saliva being produced, which can negatively affect the strength of your teeth and cause them to become weaker.

Exercising is one of the best things you can do for your body, so we greatly encourage it, but your Belleville dentist wants to be sure your smile doesn’t miss out on the best care in 2019, either! Call our office at (973) 751-6600 to schedule your appointment today.

December 2018
Working on Your New Year's Smile
Another incredible year is coming to an end, allowing us to have a fresh start as 2019 approaches. You may be compiling your list of New Year’s resolutions and insisting that you’ll be sticking to them – which you should! Any positive work to improve yourself is always a great thing, so we want to make sure that you’ve added your dental care to that list, too. See some resolution suggestions from your 07054 dentist to protect and strengthen your teeth and gums next year below.
First Things First – Make an Appointment!
There’s no better way to start this resolution than taking that first step and scheduling an appointment with us! We know this can also be a difficult step, as well. If you haven’t visited our dentist in a while, you’re not the only one. According to the American Dental Association, about one-third of people in the United States don’t see a dentist yearly, despite it being highly suggested that you visit every six months.
There are dental conditions, like sensitivity, loose teeth, or bleeding gums that are important and urgent signs that you should visit our office as soon as possible. Remember, even if your teeth and gums look healthy, there could be hidden issues underneath that only our dentist can spot.
After you’ve successfully gone to your first appointment, always schedule your next one before leaving the office so it won’t be put on the back burner.
Commit to the Important Step of Flossing
Despite being one of the most commonly ignored steps in dental hygiene, flossing is an extremely beneficial and necessary part of taking care of your smile. When you floss, you’re getting into all the hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush just can’t clean. When you leave it there, you’re allowing the built-up bacteria to sit, linger, and cause damage to the surrounding teeth. This can make your smile weaker by creating cavities and tougher forms of decay.
A helpful tip is to simply bring floss with you wherever you go! Whether you have it in your car, in your bag or purse, in your desk at work, you’ll never have an excuse to skip this step. If you’re having trouble flossing properly, don’t hesitate to ask us for helpful tips – that’s what we’re here for.
Cut Back on Unhealthy Diets and Harmful Habits
These two resolutions are some of the most popular, the ones that we always hear our friends and family say. Reducing the amount of sugar intake and quitting habits like smoking cigarettes are great for your overall health, but especially your mouth. Your teeth, gums, and tongue are the first to encounter all your favorite sugary treats and the tobacco from your cigarettes, so they’re the first line of defense and usually take the most damage.
If you’re looking for ways to cut back and quit, please ask us for advice. We know that everyone is unique, and their cravings are all quite different, but we would be more than happy to point you in the right direction, so you can start caring for your body that much more.
While making your New Year’s resolutions are simple enough, executing on them is the tough part, but your 07054 dentist is ready to give you the push you need! Schedule an appointment with our office by calling (973) 882-5005 and we’ll help you start 2019 with a brighter, healthier smile.
November 2018
Smile-Friendly Holiday Meals
Within the next month, we’ll be swamped with so many holiday plans, we won’t know which dinner to go to! Sometimes, the right answer is to go to all of them, and while your friends and family may appreciate seeing you during this wonderful time of the year, your smile may not be so grateful. This month, your Belleville dentist wants to share some helpful tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy during all these holiday meals.
Everything in Moderation
During at least one of these dinners, you may see your favorite holiday food, whether it’s mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie, but it’s important not to over-indulge on these things. Your teeth will not be used to this kind of treatment, so your smile is likely to get a little bit weaker with the addition of sugar and starch wearing down your enamel and building up bacteria in hard-to-reach places. Be sure to always floss once you’re finished with these meals and never skip out on brushing your teeth at the end of the day!
Pass on the Candies
While this may be difficult, your teeth will thank you. You’ll be having multiple hearty meals, certainly way more than usual, and adding candies on top of that, whether hard or chewy, will weaken your smile and put you at a higher risk for cavities. Don’t let your sweet tooth help encourage tooth decay!
Load Up on Veggies
We know these holiday meals are all about the major proteins and some delicious starches but don’t forget about all the great vegetables that wonderfully compliment these plates. We highly encourage you to fill your plate with an assortment of your favorite vegetables that are packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals. Here’s another helpful tip: red and orange vegetables, like peppers, are high in vitamin C, which are good for your gums, while leafy green vegetables, like spinach and broccoli, are great sources of calcium, which helps strengthen your enamel.
Looking for more smile-friendly ways to make the most out of your holiday meals? Don’t hesitate to call your Belleville dentist today at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll be happy to give you the right tips for your smile. And don’t forget to schedule an appointment, too! We know how busy this time of year can be, so be sure to take care of your teeth and gums in between.
October 2018
Ways to Protect Your Teeth on Halloween
Parents around the nation may be worried about the amount of candy that they’ll have to keep away from their children come Halloween night, but there is a positive side to this spooky and sweet holiday. Instead of doing your best to hide the enormous amounts of candy away from your kids, your 07109 dentist encourages parents to teach their family about the dangers of too many treats, how to prevent cavities, and why it’s important to make healthy choices when it comes to their smile.
Make Sure to Brush Your Teeth, No Matter What
Keeping your routine of brushing every morning and night is essential for a strong and healthy smile. When it comes to Halloween, this routine is more important than ever. No matter if you or your children have had one piece of candy or twenty pieces, remember to brush your teeth by the end of the night to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Flossing is a necessary step, as well! Sticky candy can easily get stuck between your teeth, so help your children properly clean their smile after a fun night of trick-or-treating.
Be Realistic about the Amount of Candy Collected
While the goal of Halloween night is to collect as much candy as possible, we urge you to sit down with your children and let them know that they won’t be eating all of it, and certainly not on the night they bring it home. This may come as a surprise, but there are some candies and sweets that are easier and better for your teeth than others, so when it comes to sorting their rewards, teach your children what candies are better and why.
Sometimes, your children can even collect far too much candy than you know what to do with. There are plenty of options to donate your candy to food drives and other beneficial companies, so others around the nation – maybe even around the world – can satisfy their sweet tooth, too.
Swap Candy for Other Rewards
Your kids may be upset that they won’t be able to enjoy all their candies, but if you can exchange it for a small gift or toy, they may not be so sad after all! Try different and fun alternatives that your children can enjoy so they don’t feel like they missed out by over-indulging on candy.
Don’t let Halloween be the spookiest time of the year when it comes to dental health. If you’re looking for other helpful tips to protect your family’s teeth and gums, call your 07109 today at 973-751-6600 to schedule an appointment or consultation.
September 2018
Common Dental Injuries in Sports
As the weather changes, kids, teens, and adults alike are shifting into a new season of sports. Our athletes participating in football, field hockey, soccer, and other potentially aggressive contact sports are all at risk for several kinds of injuries, including dental. According to the American Dental Assistants Association, 5 million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries every year.
Your Parsippany dentist wants to share the kinds of tooth injuries that athletes can suffer from and the complications connected to them. No matter the sport, it’s always important to wear the necessary protective gear that can help avoid any traumatic injuries.
Chipped and/or Cracked Teeth
When a player sustains an abrupt blow to the face, they’re extremely likely to suffer from a cracked or fractured tooth. This can vary in levels of severity, but the pain is very real! If an athlete doesn’t wear a mouthguard or any other protective gear used to shield the facial area, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that they’re 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. This damage can also turn into long-term issues, all which can be avoided with the right safety gear.
With a cracked tooth, some of the symptoms you may suffer from include:
Sharp tooth pain when you bite down on something, although it dissipates after
Dull, aching tooth pain that comes and goes, but isn’t constantly present
Pain and difficulty eating and drinking, especially with extremely cold/hot foods
Fractured Roots of Your Tooth
Tooth injuries aren’t only limited to the visible part of your smile. Damage can be done to the inside of your teeth where the roots reside. If a crack in your tooth exposes the inside of your tooth, any sort of bacteria or food particles can worm their way inside and force you to deal with a lot of pain. In this area, infections can grow and spread faster than you may realize. Saving your tooth with a root canal treatment may be the next step in protecting your smile.
Tooth Being Knocked Out (or Knocked In)
There are some famous hockey players with smiles to remember – mostly because they could be missing one of their front teeth! The aggressive contact of many sports can cause a tooth to be knocked out, but it’s also possible for a tooth to be shoved back into the jawbone area instead.
The chances of a tooth being knocked in, also known as tooth intrusion, have a low likelihood, but it’s still an extreme dental injury involving your permanent teeth that should be considered. While the chances are low, it’s still more likely to happen to children since the area that holds the tooth sockets don’t have the same strength as an adult’s.
Sports-related dental injuries have the potential to cause long-term dental problems, no matter what age, so your Parsippany dentist strongly advises all athletes to wear the proper protective gear like mouthguards and helmets with facial protection. If you have any questions about finding the best gear to save your smile for a particular sport, don’t hesitate to call us today at 973-882-5005 and we’ll be happy to help.
August 2018
Brushing Habits to Break
Brushing your teeth has become a staple in your routine since you were a child, working every day to maintain a strong and healthy smile. Your 07054 dentist understands that there are some habits you can easily fall into, especially ones that you may not even notice are harmful! Thankfully, that’s what we’re here for. Below, we’ll break down some brushing habits that could be doing more damage to your teeth than good.
Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long
Even though your toothbrush doesn’t look any different after three months use, we still recommend getting a brand new one. The bristles will start to fray and break with months and months of use, which is one of the most notable signs that you’ll need to switch your brush. With a brand-new toothbrush, your teeth will be getting the best possible scrub to get rid of the food particles and bacterial build-up.
Not Brushing for Two Minutes
By brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, you’re ensured to reach and properly clean the intricate, small spaces of your mouth. We know that two minutes seems like a long time, so we recommend keeping a timer on hand if you think you’re not meeting this time. The average time that people brush their teeth for is around 45 seconds, which isn’t nearly long enough, so be sure to slow it down – and don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!
Using a Brush with Rough Bristles
It’s a common misconception that rough toothbrush bristles will give you a better cleaning. While scrubbing hard on some surfaces will get the dirt out, that isn’t the case for your smile. The surface of your teeth, called your enamel, is very sensitive and if it’s weakened or damaged by rough bristles, you could experience dental sensitivity and have a tough time enjoying hot or cold food and drinks. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush on your teeth and gums during your dental routine.
Are there any other teeth-brushing tips that you’re looking for to get the healthiest smile? Don’t hesitate to ask your 07054 dentist by giving us a call at (973) 882-5005 today. Make sure to schedule your next cleaning, too!
July 2018
Prepare Your Smile for Vacation
When you begin planning a vacation, it’s hard to focus on what needs to be done before you head off for ultimate relaxation. Before you go, we believe that having a peace of mind about your smile is important, so you can fully enjoy your trip without worrying about cavities, tooth pain, and any other dental issues. Below, your dentist in Belleville discusses helpful travel tips to make sure that you have a wonderful vacation with a healthy and strong smile.
Make an Appointment before You Leave
Prevention is the first step that patients of all ages should take to protect their smile. We know that your mind is drifting away into vacation mode, but we want to care for your teeth to the best of our ability, so you don’t have to worry about a thing before you go! With our thorough exam, we’ll be able to spot any issues you could be experiencing and work to solve them.
Know how to Handle an Emergency
There’s no such thing as being too prepared! Let us know about your vacation and talk to us about what to do if you experience a dental emergency. Sometimes, it can be tough to know what’s an emergency and what isn’t, so ask about the best way to contact us and how to treat certain situations to see what can wait and what needs to be addressed.
Properly Care for Your Dental Tools
Air drying your toothbrush is the safest way to keep your brush at home, but what do you do on vacation? When packing your toothbrush, make sure to protect it with a resealable bag, but don’t keep it in there the entire time. If you keep the toothbrush in the bag, the moisture of your bristles invites bacteria and can get you sick, which is something you certainly don’t want to happen on your time off!
Get Back on Track When You Get Home
It can be hard to get back into the swing of things after a nice, relaxing vacation, but we encourage you to do so. Sometimes after indulging in too many sweets while you’re enjoying yourself on a break, your dental routine can fall off. When going back to work and getting back on schedule, make sure to include flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day, every day.
First and foremost, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist in Belleville. Give our office a call at (973) 751-6600 and we’ll help you schedule the best date and time for your visit (hopefully before you’re off on vacation)!
June 2018
Men's Oral Health Awareness

See how Your Belleville Dentist Shares Awareness about Men’s Oral Health

Oral and dental health is important for men and women alike, but there are differences between them that can put one or the other at a higher risk for certain issues like cavities, gum disease, and other common dental problems. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, men are more likely to neglect oral health issues that they're experiencing, which makes them more likely to suffer from these difficult occurrences. For Men's Health Month this June, your Belleville dentist will explain the challenges that men can face and what the next best step is.
Taking the First Leap and Going to the Dentist
It can seem inconvenient or simply unnecessary to go to the dentist, which will stop patients of all ages from visiting our office for months, maybe even years at a time. Unfortunately, skipping this crucial step to your health will result in furthering any problems that you may not currently know about.
Many oral and dental health issues aren't noticeable to the naked eye, which is why you always have x-rays completed during your routine visits. If there's something underneath the line of sight that you can't recognize, the problem will only get worse and can cause pain, infection, and potential tooth loss. While these appointments are typically harmless, it can be nerve-wracking to take this step - many patients haven't gone to the dentist in a very long time and they would rather avoid unwelcome news if they can, even though it won't solve any problems.
Gum Disease Strikes before You Know It and Needs to be Addressed
One of the most common, but preventable diseases that people of all ages face is periodontitis, also known as gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly 57% of men have some form of infection in their gums. Because of this, men are more likely to suffer from other overall health issues, including heart disease, prostate issues, and more.
Inflammation is the main cause of both gum disease, as well as the connection to the other health problems. When inflammation occurs in the gums, it can damage your blood vessels if bacteria gets into the bloodstream. By brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining a balanced diet, men are more likely to live a longer, healthier life. 
Although June is coming to an end, your Belleville dentist wants male patients of all ages to understand the importance of oral and dental health and how we're able to help. Give our office a call today at 973-751-6600 and we'll be able to schedule your appointment on the best date and time that works for you.
May 2018
Maintain Dental Care on Vacation

When you’re getting ready for a vacation, you have countless things on your mind – the places you’ll go, the people you’ll see, the food you’ll eat – that you don’t always remember the important items to pack like your trusty toothbrush, your favorite toothpaste, and a container of floss. Maintaining proper oral and dental hygiene when you’re traveling and on vacation can be tough to remember in between the fun activities and adventures, but your 07109 dentist wants to give you the best tips to remember that your oral hygiene isn’t on vacation, even if you are!

Indulging in Snacks? Don’t Forget to Floss!
One of people’s favorite parts of vacation are all the different foods, drinks, and treats that they’ll be enjoying that they otherwise don’t get to when they’re at home. Unfortunately, since your teeth aren’t so used to the new meals, you could be dealing with more sugar than you might have expected.
On your trip, try to carry around a small, travel-sized container of floss so you’re able to clean your teeth in between your meals. It’s better than doing nothing, which allows the bacteria to build-up and stick around for much longer than necessary. Your teeth will be grateful, and your smile will stay strong!
Don’t Let Your Morning and Nighttime Routine get Interrupted
It can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of fun you’re having on vacation that you can forget to brush and floss before falling asleep from exhaustion. Make sure that, as you’re packing for your big trip, you pack a case that’s designated for your morning and nighttime routine for brushing and flossing your teeth.
With the help of this case, every time you go to the bathroom in the morning and night, you won’t forget to care for your smile. Getting ready for your day with a healthy, minty grin and ending the night with a satisfying brush before going to bed will make you AND your smile happier than you know!
We understand that vacations are important for you and your family to take a much-needed break from work, but we want to make sure that your oral hygiene isn’t taking that same, extended break. If you’re looking for more helpful tips, or you want to schedule an appointment before you take off this summer, give your 07109 dentist a call today at (973) 751-6600 for a cleaning and thorough exam.
April 2018
April is National Facial Protection Month
Have you ever watched a high-action sport and seen a tough collision or a player in pain? While much of their uniforms include protective gear on their legs, arms, and head, there is one important piece of equipment that should never be ignored or forgotten and that is a mouth guard.
Your Belleville dentist wants our patients to know that the month of April is National Facial Protection Month, where the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and many other academies and associations discuss the importance of staying safe and protecting your teeth by wearing a mouth guard.
A mouth guard, also known as a mouth protector, helps cushion any blows to the face that an athlete may experience. This minimizes the risk of chipped or broken teeth, injuries to your lips, tongue, cheek, or jaw, and gives you the extra protection you need to maintain your healthy smile while staying active.
Some examples of sports that need their players wearing mouth guards are:
Those are only some of the sports that require this athletic piece of equipment – there are numerous other sports where players can experience this kind of trauma, so it's important to protect your smile at all costs.
Custom-made mouth guards are the ideal choice for any sport. Your teeth will properly fit in place, there'll be no movement or shifting when wearing the custom mouth guard, and it'll provide the utmost comfort. There are other options for mouth guards, including a stock version or a boil-and-bite version, but don't hesitate to ask us what's best for your smile!
According to the ADA and the AOO, children between the ages of 7 and 11 are the most vulnerable to sports-related mouth injuries. This is a great time to introduce children to sports and see if they would like to pursue it in the future, but parents need to be sure to share their knowledge of mouth guards, like why they're important to wear during sports, so they can protect their smile now and in the future. Athletes are at least 60% more likely to suffer from a dental injury if they're not wearing a mouth guard.
Interested in learning more? Don't hesitate to ask us! Contact your Belleville dentist by calling (973) 751-6600 and schedule a consultation with our office to learn more about the different mouth guard options for you or your family. Stay athletic and stay safe!
March 2018
Foods that Can Brighten Your Smile

Integrate These Foods Suggested by Your 07109 Dentist for a Healthier Smile

When it comes to your dental care and its relationship to food, we commonly find many lists of some of your favorite meals that aren’t good for your smile. It can be discouraging to note all the delicious and tasty foods that are harmful to your teeth. Instead of that, your 07109 dentist lists all the foods that ARE good for your teeth, as well as the benefits that they provide. Knowing this list can help you incorporate these foods into your daily diet and help you smile more, too.
These sweet fruits contain an enzyme that’s called malic acid. As you eat them, the strawberries that encounter your teeth and the malic acid can help remove dull and yellow stains, working to make your smile brighter. Strawberries are quite acidic in nature, so try not to overdo it, but enjoying a small batch occasionally will benefit both your diet and smile.
Carrots and Celery
These two veggies may not have a lot of flavor to them, but they work to naturally clean and floss your teeth as you’re eating them. They also increase saliva stimulation, which serves as your mouth’s self-cleaning agent. If you’re dealing with bad breath, try snacking on a few of these veggies to remove the built-up bacteria and potentially get rid of the smell.
Yogurt, Milk and Cheese
Dairy products contain lactic acid that can help protect your teeth against bacterial build-up and eventually tooth decay. The protein found in most yogurt works together with your teeth by binding and preventing attacks from acid attacks. Hard cheeses are also great for teeth whitening, as they can help remove food particles that are trying to hide in between the hard-to-reach places.
Looking for more helpful tips to both improve your diet and your smile? Give your 07109 dentist a call today at (973) 751-6600 to schedule your appointment or consultation.
February 2018
Share the Importance of Children’s Dental Health Month
Learn the Benefits of Top Children’s Dentistry with Your Dentist in Belleville
Each February, the American Dental Association works with thousands of dentists, orthodontists, and other dental professionals around the United States to promote the importance of pediatric dental care by celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month. This information spreads to parents, friends, caregivers, and more, so our children can continue to grow healthy and strong. Having a healthy smile goes a long way, so your [KEYWORD] wants to share helpful habits and why regular check-ups are important to further improve the chances of a long-lasting smile for kids.
Baby Teeth are Just as Important as Adult Teeth
Don’t let the myths fool you! Baby teeth are extremely important and should be taken care of just as well as adult teeth. While these teeth eventually fall out and are replaced with the adult ones, these baby teeth are valuable for overall development and are holding the space for the permanent teeth coming in after. That’s why these teeth need to be properly taken care of by flossing and brushing twice a day, every day.
Tooth Decay is Extremely Common in Children
While it’s very preventable, tooth decay is very common in children due to lack of education and standard routine. We want all parents to know the simple steps they can take for preventive measures to ensure the safety of their children’s smiles. Try switching out certain snacks that contain a high amount of sugar for more fruits and vegetables, as well as incorporating more fun activities while brushing their teeth like short games and small prizes.
Keep Up with Routine Check-Ups and Cleanings
The professionals are here for a reason! We want to properly clean and take care of your children’s teeth in between their daily routine of brushing and flossing. By keeping up with these appointments, your children will also be able to learn the importance of a healthy smile with the help of a dentist, who can answer any questions or concerns either the kids or parents have.
Prevention is one of the strongest components to a strong and long-lasting smile. Let your dentist in Belleville help by scheduling an appointment at our office today. Call 973-751-6600 to ask us any questions to pick the best date and time to bring your child in for their visit!
January 2018
Why You Should Avoid Snacks
What makes snacks so appealing? Is it because they're quick? Is it because they're so easily accessible to enjoy? Is it because it feels like you're enjoying something you know you shouldn't, but it's just so tasty? If you've answered yes to these questions, then you're one of the many people who are tempted by delicious and convenient snacks. Unfortunately, while many of your favorite snacks are consumed on a daily basis, they may not be good for your health, including your smile.
Below, your Parsippany, NJ dentist breaks down the dangers of snacking and how your smile is one of the first parts of your body that is negatively affected by this habit.
What makes snacking so harmful?
Having a healthy, but fulfilling breakfast, lunch and dinner is ideal when it comes to taking care of your body. If you're skipping meals or replacing them with snacks, you're not getting the proper nutrition your body needs.
You also be may snacking on something unhealthy that affects your teeth, too. Snacks that are either sugary or salty come in direct contact with your teeth and can weaken your enamel. When you have these snacks multiple times a day, you're continuing to break down the protective structure of your enamel, which can lead to sensitivity and other dental issues.
How can I snack smarter?
If you want to snack smarter, try to minimize the amount of snacking you do. When you snack in between meals, you're giving your mouth a limited time to try and protect your teeth. Throughout the day, your mouth creates saliva, which contains calcium and phosphates that neutralize acids and correct the pH levels in your mouth. If you continue to snack in between meals or replace an important meal with snacking, you're not allowing saliva to do its job!
Instead of the salty or sweet snacks that you may love, try switching them with foods that are good for your teeth, like carrots, celery, vegetables, strawberries, cucumbers, and other raw fruits and vegetables. Not only will these improve your diet, but they'll work with you to stimulate your saliva glands and continue to correct those pH levels.
While snacks don't have to be completely ruled out of your routine, your Parsippany, NJ dentist urges you to make some conscious changes on what you're snacking on and how often so you can protect your teeth. If you are interested in learning more about snacking options or how to take care of your teeth if you snack, simply give our office a call at (973) 751-6600 today.
December 2017
New Year, New Smile
The new year is right around the corner! 2018 gives everyone a brand new start and the motivation to work on a list of achievements that will benefit them in a number of ways. You may already have some resolutions that you’ve been working on! One of the most popular goals that people set is to have a healthier, everyday lifestyle. What better way to start than with the help of your 07109 dentists to ensure that your dental health is in the best shape it can be?
Below, we’ll list some resolutions that you can work on RIGHT NOW to begin your journey into 2018 with a stronger, healthier smile.
Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
Remember when your parents told you to eat more fruits and vegetables as a kid? Well, we hope this habit stayed with you as you grew up! There are numerous health benefits to eating fruits and vegetables and many of those benefits apply to your teeth and gums. If you don’t consume clean and healthy foods and drinks, your oral and dental health are one of the first areas affected.
In the new year, try to integrate fruits and vegetables if you’re looking for a snack instead of chips and candy. Nutrients found in fruits, veggies, and nuts can fight against bacterial build-up. Vegetables like celery and fruits like apples can help clean bacteria and plaque that get stuck in between your teeth.
Cut Back on Alcohol Consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption can be extremely harmful for your overall health, but your oral health can take a heavy hit if you’re not careful. Alcohol can damage and weaken your gums, causing them to recede, which can lead to weakened enamel or a potential loss of teeth. It’s true that if you use tobacco products on a daily basis, have a poor diet, and consistently consume excessive amounts of alcohol, you’re at a much higher risk for periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease.
Finally – Visit Your Dentist!
Keeping up with your appointments will help you prevent oral and dental health issues and allow us to monitor and solve any problems before they require a more comprehensive treatment. With these regular visits, you’ll receive a thorough exam and cleaning, as well as tips and advice on how to improve your smile in areas that may need additional help.
Let 2018 be the year that you’re proud to share your smile with friends, family and more! To start your year off right, call your 07109 dentists at 973-751-6600 to schedule an appointment for your routine cleaning or ask us about other services that may benefit and improve your dental health.
November 2017
Protect Your Holiday Season Smile
The holidays are here and your schedule is filling up fast! The next month and a half may be a little hectic, but don’t forget to keep up with your oral hygiene routine every morning and night. There are going to be family dinners upon family dinners with an overwhelming amount of delicious food. Unfortunately, not all of these tasty meals are going to be too nice to your smile. Below, Belleville, NJ dentists discuss the best way to maintain a healthy smile during these busy holiday gatherings.
There will be some dishes that you only have during the holiday season – stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and more – that make your mouth water just thinking about them. Your taste buds could be going crazy, but your teeth and gums may start to ache. There will be countless sugary treats spread across the table, but if you indulge in too much, you’re quickly causing bacteria build-up and putting you at a higher risk for cavities and decay.
Thankfully, there are a couple of tasty things that don’t totally ruin your teeth. Cranberry, a popular addition to a holiday meal, contains compounds that fight against certain bacterial allies so there’s a lesser chance of plaque build-up. Red wine also contains compounds, like polyphenols, that can halt the plaque-forming process and limit the amount of acid that the bacteria produces.
While these are certainly tips to look forward to since you now know that your entire meal isn’t destroying your smile, too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing. Having too much cranberry or red wine can still negatively affect your teeth – their deep, dark colors have the ability to stain your enamel and make your smile look a bit dimmer than before. Your holiday meals typically contain so much sugar, starch, and carbohydrates that there could be little to no benefits even if you enjoy some wine or cranberry.
Our goal is to help you identify the foods and drinks that can harm your oral health and try balancing it by maintaining your dental routines and avoiding having too many delicious but dangerous meals.
To protect your smile during this holiday season, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Belleville, NJ dentists. Don’t forget that the end of the year is fast approaching, so we want you to get the most out of your insurance benefits! Call our office at (973) 751-6600 to pick the best date and time for your visit.
October 2017
Avoid a Spooky Smile
During the month of October, children and adults across the US are anticipating the spookiest day of the year, Halloween. Between the creative outfits and the delicious sweets and treats, there’s a lot to look forward to on this popular holiday. Of course, we want you to be careful about enjoying too much candy since it’ll hinder your overall health, including your smile, but there’s more to dental care than just monitoring the amount of sweets you eat. Below, your Belleville dentist wants to discuss other potential, harmful instances you can run into on your Halloween night.
Start Out the Night Right – With a Clean Smile
There are tons of costumes that go above and beyond, helping trick-or-treaters and others who dress up to look exactly like their ideal design. Sometimes, this includes wearing fake or false teeth. Whether you’re looking for fangs to complete your vampire aesthetic or you need to add some gold to your grin with your swanky, rich outfit, these additions can help bacterial build-up.
Once you get your new (temporary) smile, make sure it’s properly cleaned and you feel comfortable wearing it in your mouth. If it’s uncomfortable or causing you pain, it could tear up your gums and potentially cause bleeding. We highly recommend forgoing the additional smile if it’s hurting you. If you feel comfortable, then make sure to brush your teeth before wearing them for an extended period – the latest bacteria and debris won’t have anywhere to hide and won’t linger while you’re out having fun.
Don’t Wear Your New Smile for Too Long
While you don’t want to downplay your outfit, you also want to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and unharmed. We highly suggest limiting the amount of time that you wear your fake teeth to reduce the chance of any damage or discomfort. Obviously, these teeth aren’t made to bite and chew like your natural smile, so we want you to avoid using them as such. Remove your plastic teeth when eating or drinking to avoid any difficulty or potential damage.
Be Careful – Not Everything is Safe for Your Smile
Besides plastic teeth, there are other costumes that may require a “mouthpiece.” For instance, if you’re playing the popular Sherlock Holmes, your costume may come with his infamous pipe. But if you’re not entirely sure of how it was made, you may want to either complete a thorough cleaning or avoid the piece altogether. Your oral health is much more vulnerable than you think and on this night of costumes and candies, your teeth could be in danger!
Believe us: we want you to have a fun and special Halloween night! But we simply wouldn’t be doing our part of your Belleville dentist if we didn’t give you some helpful tips and tricks to protect your teeth. We hope you have a wonderful Halloween and don’t forget to schedule your visit with us by calling our office today at (973) 751-6600.
September 2017
Importance of Caring for Children's Teeth

Help Your Children Share their Strong and Healthy Smile with the Right Snack Choices


We’re all familiar with tasty sweets, chocolates, and candies that we love to indulge in. It’s no surprise that children are big fans of those treats, too. Unfortunately, too much of something as delicious as candy can be detrimental to your smile, especially against baby teeth. That’s why we believe it’s extremely important to establish good, healthy habits to help children avoid cavities, decay, early tooth loss, and other oral health problems.


There are numerous ways that candy is intertwined in a child’s life. Sometimes, it’s reflexive, like giving them candy or chocolate to stop them from being upset. Other times, it’s a reward for doing well in class or in a public situation. This can be used as a default tactic, but we highly encourage patients to not use this method. Instead, we want children to know how candy can hurt their teeth and why they shouldn’t have such a large amount in one sitting and so frequently.


What are the best snacks and drinks for my child to have?

Some of the best snacks for children to play are, of course, fruits and vegetables. While they’re not always the ideal snack for kids, their teeth will be thankful. Some of the most convenient and tasty are bananas, tangerines, carrot and celery sticks. Rice cakes and plain popcorn are also great alternatives.


Because of their convenience, parents are likely to buy dried fruits since they don’t expire nearly as fast as fresh fruits do. Unfortunately, dried fruits can be extremely high in sugar and are quite sticky. They can get in hard-to-reach places in your teeth and can cause bacterial build-up. Try to avoid enjoying these as often as fresh fruits, but note that they can be a better alternative than other candies and snacks.


Instead of sodas and sugary fruit juices, try to switch their daily beverage to water. Another great drink for children to have is plain milk. Don’t be afraid to ask us which kind of milk, whether it’s whole milk or skimmed milk, that is best for your children’s teeth.


Protect your family’s smile by avoiding too many sweets and treats

No matter how old you are, candy is still dangerous to your oral and dental health. We want to share this information with our patients because children’s teeth are extremely sensitive and aren’t as strong as adult teeth. It’s important to take care of their baby teeth to make sure this area is healthy enough for their adult ones to grow in. If children suffer from cavities and decay when they have their baby teeth, their adult teeth are also at risk.


If you’re interested in learning about more tips to protect your child’s smile, whether it’s about food, drinks, or bad habits, please feel free to call your Belleville dentist at 973-751-6600 today.

August 2017
Common Brushing Mistakes

Stay Healthy with these Brushing Tips and the Help of your Belleville Dentist


To ensure the best oral health, we believe that you should brush your teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, to ensure the best oral health possible. Don’t worry, we understand – you lead a busy schedule that may cause you to skip or forget your daily dental routine, but we don’t want bacterial build-up to get the best of you and harm your teeth. Below, we’ll discuss a few mistakes that may occur while brushing your teeth and what you can do to correct them.


Before you start, you have to make sure that the toothbrush you have is the best one for you. There are tons of various kinds of toothbrushes available, but we highly recommend using a soft bristle brush that has a head size you’re comfortable with. If you have a toothbrush with the head that’s too big for your mouth, you could be missing some areas that you’re supposed to brush. This is where the bacteria can build up and cause cavities, decay, and more. Electric toothbrushes are also a viable option, but make sure you’re still performing the right technique.


Speaking of technique, you’re probably wondering – what is the best technique to brushing your teeth? There are several notes that you have to remember during your morning and nightly routine, including brushing for at least two minutes, making sure you’re cleaning every area of your mouth (yes, this includes the very back), and holding your brush at the right angle to reach all of those tough spots.


Something you may not have known is that brushing your teeth for too long is harmful! Your teeth, while strong and durable, can also become sensitive if it’s exposed to the ingredients in toothpaste for too long and too often. You’ll weaken your enamel, which will cause sensitivity when enjoy hot or cold foods and drinks.


Another note to take down is knowing when to get rid of a toothbrush. It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months, or after you’ve been sick with something contagious like a cold or flu. When you see your bristles starting to fray, that’s when you know it’s time to go! Even if you don’t see them fray, the bristles aren’t cleaning at their full potential and we want you to have the best brush each and every day.


By correcting some of these common mistakes while brushing your teeth, you can be working towards the best, healthiest smile for you. Couple these practices with your routine, bi-annual visits with us by calling us today at our Belleville location at (973) 751-6600 or our Parsippany location at (973) 882-5005 to schedule your appointment.

July 2017
You Cracked a Tooth… Now What?
The sound and pain of cracking or chipping a tooth can be terrifying. Not everyone has been there, so if you have experienced this feeling, consider yourself among the minority. Depending on the severity, there are many ways you can recover from this travesty. 
Repairable – In the Front 
Maybe you fell and broke your fall with your front teeth (if that is the case, we are very sorry that this happened to you) … or perhaps you were trying to open a bottle of champagne and accidently corked yourself in the mouth (trust us, you’ll be laughing about that later on in life). Either way, chipping a front tooth (or teeth) can be a scary experience. 
The first time you smiled in a mirror, your heart probably sank. Worry not, though, 90% of front tooth damage is repairable! Here are a few ways: 
- Dental Bonding (composite material that is shaped to replace the missing parts of the tooth and cured)
- Veneers (porcelain cover for the front)
- Crowns (porcelain cover for entire tooth) 
Ultimately, you don’t need to worry too much about your cracked or chipped tooth. At least not for long! 
Irreparable – Any Tooth
If your tooth is so heavily damaged that the root is impacted from the chipping or crack, you’ll find that more drastic measures will need to be taken to save your smile. You may find in some cases that the tooth is complete unsalvageable and will require extraction. 
If your tooth is salvageable, it will require a root canal and a crown. This is often the case with severely damage molars. If the root can be repaired, you can keep your natural root and simply have a crown placed on top. 
However, if your tooth is not salvageable (could be the case with both molars and front teeth), you will likely need it extracted. You can either get a bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth or teeth. A bridge will crown the outer teeth (the teeth around the missing tooth) and a filler tooth will be firmly affixed between them. A dental implant will replace the tooth altogether with an anchoring screw. 
What is the Next Step? 
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, schedule an appointment with your 07109 dentist right away. They will be able to determine what your best solutions will be. The longer you wait, the more likely it will become irreparable and require extraction! Please call 973-751-6600 to schedule an appointment at Belleville Dental Center today.
June 2017
When Teeth Removal is a Must
With proper teeth care, most people try to avoid removing a tooth. In the mind of many people, a tooth is only removed because there is no hope for the tooth. And this is the case sometimes. However, this is not always the reason for removing a tooth. 

Why Teeth are Removed?

There are several reasons why teeth are removed, and it is important that you realize this does not mean that you did not take care of your teeth. Even those who brush and floss twice daily still have some issues with their teeth, as many teeth issues are genetic. Some of the reasons why the teeth may be removed:
1. There are extra teeth coming into the mouth that are not needed
2. Baby teeth sometimes have to be removed in order for permanent teeth to come in straight
3. Certain drugs, like those for cancer, can weaken the teeth and these have to be removed
4. If the tooth is causing an infection, then these teeth are almost always removed
5. Wisdom teeth are constantly removed from people due to lack of room or having infections set in

How Teeth are Removed?

There are two main ways in which teeth removal occurs in the dental office. These extractions are:
1. Simple Extraction: this is performed when the tooth can be seen in the mouth. These are rather common, especially if baby teeth are being removed. 
2. Surgical Extractions: These are a bit more in-depth, as they are used when the tooth may be broken off into the gum line, it has yet to break through into the mouth. These are done by specialists called oral surgeons. Many people find that this is who their wisdom teeth are removed. 
It is important to remember that teeth removal is often a must for the health of the person’s mouth. It is important that you go see your dentist about any tooth related injury you may have and ensure that you are following their directions to a “T” in order to stay healthy! 
May 2017
Oral Care Routine

Checklist for Brushing Properly


You may think you have been brushing your teeth correctly, but there are many facets that entail maintaining proper oral health. There are many different factors that go into optimizing your dental hygiene. Below are some suggestions from your Belleville NJ dentist, Belleville Dental Center, on how to make the most of each time you brush your teeth.


1. Time Spent Brushing


The time spent brushing your teeth is the top priority when it comes to brushing. Many people do not adhere the recommended two minutes, the average brushing length of an American being just fort-five seconds! Ideally, the best length of time is three minutes, encompassing one and a half minutes on both the upper and lower teeth. Listening to your favorite song to get those optimum three minutes in is the best way to do it. Feel free to dance while you brush!


2. Clean Every Part of the Mouth


Complete dental health includes more than just focusing on brushing your teeth. Tartar and plaque buildup occurs near the gums and requires just as much attention as your teeth.  The tongue is also a place where build up can occur, causing bad breath. Using a tongue scrapper can assist in reducing the amount of buildup on the tongue and flossing can help remove plaque on the sides of the teeth and reduces gum inflammation.


3. Perfect Your Technique


Brushing up and down does not cover the entire surface area of each tooth. Make sure you clean your teeth completely, by brushing in a circular motion on each tooth. Start by brushing the front of your teeth in a circular motion, and then proceed to the inner portion of your teeth, making sure to clean the top and bottom of your molars in the process.


4. Think Beyond the Brush


It takes more than just a toothbrush to meet all of a patient’s dental hygienic needs. Flossing regularly and properly helps reduce plaque buildup. Using a water pick can help remove plaque and tartar in those hard to reach places. A water pick is especially helpful for those with braces. A mouthwash at the end of brushing and choosing a toothpaste that is effective will help solidify your stellar oral care routine! Consult our office about choosing the appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash for your specific needs.


Keeping up with dental health keeps your mouth healthy, your breath fresh and your teeth white. Call our office today to schedule your regular cleaning or to ask us any questions regarding your oral care health.

April 2017
The Importance of Family Dentistry

Know the Importance of visiting your family dentist in  Belleville, NJ

When it comes to your family, you want everyone to have top oral and dental health. The best option for your family is to find a dentist that offers numerous services for family members of all ages. There are countless benefits to going to one family dentistry that can take care of your smile, as well as your children’s.
The key to top quality dentistry is prevention. There are several procedures that are available at a family dentistry that includes cleanings, exams, x-rays, and other common dental work to ensure that your smile is healthy. According to the American Dental Association, it is highly recommended to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups and cleanings. If you’re not taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and keeping up with your visits, you’re putting your smile at risk.
If you don’t make a point to visit our family dentistry, you could suffer from the following symptoms:
·         Bad breath
·         Cavities
·         Toothaches
·         Stained
·         Tooth decay
·         Weak or loose teeth
·         Tooth loss
These are only some of the things that a patient can suffer from if they don’t regularly visit the dentist. Your smile is more sensitive and unique than you may think, so it’s important to know if your teeth are in any risk of problems or concerns.

How You Can Help Educate about Family Dentistry

While the steps to proper oral hygiene are well known, many people may not understand how beneficial it is for you and your family to keep up with your dental care. Your teeth deserve to be treated with the best care around, so here are some helpful tips to maintain a healthy smile:
·         Brush your teeth every morning and night
·         Floss your teeth during your brushing routine
·         Avoid foods and drinks that stain and weaken your teeth
·         Schedule your visits to your family dentist in advance
·         Share these tips with family, friends, and children

Take Your First Step Today – Schedule an Appointment with Your Family Dentistry

To get your smile on the right track, call us today to schedule your appointment for a routine cleaning and exam. We’re able to provide you with even more helpful information for your unique and individual smile so your teeth can shine for years to come.


March 2017
Fight the Myths Harming Your Smile

Get Rid of Dental Myths and Fears with the Help of Your Dentist in Belleville NJ 


Dentistry is one of the most important and beneficial practices that people of all ages can benefit from. Your smile is something that you want to last for a lifetime, but if you don’t take care of it, then there will be more consequences than you think. Unfortunately, there are countless dental myths and widespread rumors that stop people from visiting the dental, whether it triggers their phobia or tricks them into believing something that simply isn’t true.


While some myths seem inconsequential, there are others that can negatively affect your smile in the long run. Below, your Dentist in Belleville NJ discusses some popular myths within dentistry and debunks them for the safety and enhancement of your oral health.


MYTH: Baby Teeth aren’t Important – They’ll Just Fall Out, Anyway
There are countless news stories and articles that continue to stress the importance of pediatric dental care and monitoring baby teeth. While the baby teeth will eventually fall out, you want to make sure that their mouth and gums are still in top shape for their permanent teeth that are soon to come. If the roots of the baby teeth are rotten and decayed, the surrounding gums will also rot and their adult teeth coming in will be affected by this, as well.


MYTH: I’m Too Old to Get Braces Since My Teeth Won’t Change
Orthodontic treatment is for everyone, not just for teenagers and young adults! There are several ways braces and aligners can improve your smile and it doesn’t matter how old you are. The numbers of adults in their 30s and 40s that are receiving orthodontic treatment is growing and we want to keep it that way. Dental misalignment can be extremely harmful for your oral and dental health if not properly corrected, regardless of your age.


MYTH: I Don’t Eat Candy, So My Teeth are Perfectly Healthy
While limiting the amount of candy and sweets you’re enjoy is certainly beneficial for your smile, there are numerous foods and drinks that contain much more sugar than one may think. Sodas, fruit juices, and snacks contain harmful ingredients that damage the surface of your teeth, your gums, and more if you aren’t monitoring the things you eat and drink.


There are countless myths that harm your smile if they aren’t debunked and corrected and that’s why we’re here! If there are some myths or fears that you’re concerned about regarding your oral and dental health, don’t hesitate to contact your Dentist in Belleville NJ to schedule an appointment or consultation. Call us today at (973) 751-6600 or (973) 882-5005 and start improving your health in more ways than one!


February 2017
What Are the Different Causes of Loose Teeth?

Learn the causes of loose teeth from your Belleville NJ Dentist 


People of all ages often suffer from tooth loss, which can often leave negative effects on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It can result in a lacking smile, one that leaves patients unsatisfied and embarrassed. Tooth loss often starts when your tooth starts to detach itself from the jaw bone. So, what are the causes of loose tooth?


Causes of Loose Teeth


· Gum Disease

One cause of tooth loss is untreated gingivitis. During the early stages of gum disease, patients would often experience inflamed and bleeding gums. Although this is usually painless, the more you prolong this problem, it can cause periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a more serious gum disease that causes severe irritation and inflammation in your gum area. As this disease progresses, your gum tissue slowly deteriorates and eventually loosens your tooth, thus leads to tooth loss.


· Osteoporosis

Another reason would be osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a health condition wherein the bones in your body slowly weakens and becomes less dense. Loose tooth often occurs when bone density around the jaw lessens. People with osteoporosis are more at risk of loose tooth compared to others.


· Tooth Trauma

Tooth trauma can also cause your tooth to loosen.  For minor mouth trauma, it often takes a day or two for the tooth to loosen out. But for harder mouth trauma caused by accidents, it would cause an immediate effect. The damage is inflicted in the supportive ligaments that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. It can lead to a medical condition called bruxism. Bruxism can cause the tooth to loosen because of the constant grinding and clenching.


· Pregnancy Hormones

Pregnant women often experience loose teeth because of the high levels of estrogen and progesterone in their body. These hormones cause the tooth to loosen and move from side to side.  Usually, this event is temporary and doesn’t lead to tooth loss.


There are many reasons why your tooth would loosen. If you feel this is happening and disregard this issue, you may not only lose the one tooth, but those surrounding it, as well! Visit your Belleville NJ Dentist if you’re experiencing any issues with your teeth like the ones mentioned above.

January 2017
History of Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

Learn how People Used to Clean their Smile in Early Centuries and how far We’ve Come with Our Modern Tools!

When we brush our teeth every morning and night, we don’t always think about where it all started. How was toothpaste created? How did we know that we needed something like this to clean and improve our teeth? How did we figure out the right tools to properly clean our teeth? Below, your dentist in Parsippany NJ will discuss the history of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and how we’ve dramatically progressed for the better of our smile.

History of Toothbrushes

If you can believe it, tooth brushing tools date way back to around 3500 BC! The Egyptians had created the cleaning utensil by fraying the ends of a twig, which created the “bristles.” There were even tombs in the ancient Egyptians that had contained these tooth-sticks right alongside their owners. The Chinese developed a type of “chewing stick” that was made out of aromatic tree twigs that helped freshen their breath around 1600 BC.
The type of toothbrushes that we’re more familiar with is believed to have been created in the 15th century by the Chinese, who created bristles from pigs’ necks and attached the bristles to a bone or bamboo handle that they can use. Eventually, when this invention was brought from China to Europe, the idea and design were adapted and the Europeans often either used softer horsehairs or feathers as their bristles.
Around 1780, the first toothbrush of a modern design was created by William Addis in England. The bristles were still made out of swine bristles and the handle was carved out of battle bone for a secure structure. In 1844, the design was improved when the first 3-row bristle brush was executed.
With the invention of nylon by Du Pont, natural bristles were replaced with nylon bristles, which was highly preferred. The modern toothbrush that we all know and recognized was officially created in 1938 and the first electric brush was created in 1939. Electric toothbrushes didn’t even make it to the United States until 1960—it was called the Broxodent.

History of Toothpaste

Did you know it’s recorded that toothpaste was invented way before toothbrushes? Egyptians are believed to have started using a personal-made paste in order to clean their teeth around 5000 BC. Going down the line, Greeks and Romans are also known to have used a type of toothpaste, as well as people in China and India first using toothpaste around 500 BC.
The reasoning for toothpaste then is the same now—people were concerned about keeping their natural smile, so they wanted to use a type of cleansing paste that will keep their teeth and gums clean, their teeth bright, and their breath fresh. However, the ingredients greatly varied overtime. The Greeks and Romans combined an abrasive mixture of ingredients that included crushed bones and oyster shells; the Romans added more of a flavor to it to beat bad breath, so they included darkened charcoal and bark. The Chinese had also used a wide variety of substances and ingredients, but ones that we feel much more comfortable with like ginseng, salt, and herbal mints.
Around the 1800s, more modern toothpastes began to develop. Early versions of toothpaste included soap and chalk. In England around the 1860s, their ingredients also included ground charcoal. The first type of toothpaste was usually powder, but around the late 1850s and towards the 1870s, new toothpaste that came in a jar was introduced and Colgate began to produce it. The toothpaste tube that we’re all familiar with made its way into our lives in the 1890s.
It wasn’t until the second half of the twentieth century that toothpaste became what we’re all extremely familiar with today. In 1914, toothpastes that contained fluoride were introduced, helping fight cavities, stimulate saliva, and improve other areas of oral and dental health.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way! Even though your toothbrush and toothpaste are simple tools that you use on a daily basis, they’ve gone through tons of changes to make them the most beneficial, everyday routines you could participate in.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment or check-up with your dentist in Parsippany NJ, call our office today at (973) 751-6600 or (973) 882- 5005. 
December 2016
Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

View Some New Year’s Resolutions by Your Belleville NJ Dentist so Your Smile can Shine Bright for 2017

The New Year is just around the corner! While everyone has had their ups and downs, we want to make sure that all of our patients are looking forward in a positive light to see what 2017 can bring us. As always, it’s important to make new year’s resolutions in order to improve and better yourself, whether it’s your overall health or your relationship with others. Today, your Belleville NJ dentist will discuss some of the things that your smile could benefit from with a resolution to take better care of your smile.
First Thing is First – Schedule Your Appointment
The first step is always the hardest, but it’s also the most important. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, you’re not alone. Did you know about one-third of U.S. citizens don’t see a dentist yearly (source)? Whether you think it’s time-consuming or you’re afraid, making time to better your oral and dental health will only benefit you in the long run. Booking an appointment is the most important step to taking care of your teeth. You may not think anything’s wrong, but just because you can’t see or feel if there’s an issue doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Floss, Floss, Floss!
Remember to floss on a daily basis can be difficult, but find ways to help remind you! Unfortunately, brushing your teeth isn’t enough to get rid of the build-up of plaque and bacteria that gets stuck in the hard-to-reach places. Try to get into the habit of flossing by putting the container in a place where you’ll see it every day, like next to your toothbrush or even in your bedroom. Buy some extra containers to carry around with you to places you frequent – your car, your work, your bag or pocket, just so you can still floss even if you forgot to do so at home.
Kick Bad Habits
Whether it’s your love for sweets and treats or your inkling to use tobacco products, there’s no better time to quit than now. While candies are certainly delicious, they do much more harm than good. The ones that are sticky and sweet are the ones that do the most damage, ruining your enamel and causing cavities. If you don’t monitor the amount of sugar you consume, your teeth won’t be happy! This goes for bad habits like smoking cigarettes and other uses of tobacco products. They not only stain your smile, but can quickly cause cavities, decay, and other severe dental issues that can lead to tooth loss.
Start working on your New Year’s resolutions by contacting your Belleville NJ dentist today and scheduling your first appointment for 2017! Call us today at 973-751-6600 and have a Happy New Year!