If you’re at all familiar with how oral hygiene impacts your whole body health, you’ve probably heard of the link between heart disease and oral health. For decades, a link between heart disease and gum disease has been reported, but until the last few years, the reasons for this connection were not known. We now have a clearer understanding of why these two health issues are linked, and dentists and medical professionals are better equipped to diagnose and treat the two diseases in conjunction. Keep reading to learn more about the links between heart disease and gum disease and why visiting the dentist for your six month preventive dentistry exams is so essential.
You may have heard of the “mouth body connection,” but many patients think that only refers to how poor oral health impedes the ability to consume nutritious foods. Actually, there’s much more to it. Numerous whole body health concerns have early warning signs that manifest as oral health concerns, and those patients with poor oral hygiene seem to have a greater risk for health issues, including pancreatic cancer. Oral hygiene is essential no matter what, but if you’re at an increased risk for pancreatic cancer, it may be even more important. In this post, we’ll discuss current research that has linked poor oral hygiene with increased risk for pancreatic cancer. The result of this research makes keeping up with regular preventive dentistry appointments even more essential.
Many patients don’t know that April is oral cancer awareness month. There’s no better way to celebrate than to visit a trusted dentist for screening. Most dentists offer oral cancer screenings during six month preventive dentistry exams. If you’re not sure that your dentist offers this service, you should ask about oral cancer screening next time you visit their office. By taking a few extra moments at your dental office, you can significantly reduce your risk for this common health concern.
If you’re missing one tooth or a full row of teeth, restoring your smile is essential to ensure your confidence and give you the ability to speak clearly and chew a variety of foods. More dentists than ever are recommending dental implant supported tooth replacement as the gold standard in dental care, but many patients still don’t know much about the dental implant tooth replacement process. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect.
Patients with missing teeth often forego the tooth replacement process out of fear that they will receive an unnatural looking replacement, dentures that slip and slide, or experience additional pain or discomfort. Dental implants offer many patients a safe, effective tooth replacement option that leaves them with flawless, natural looking smiles. In the past two decades, innovations in the dental implant supported tooth replacement process have made it possible for more patients than ever before to be considered good candidates for this restorative treatment. Still, there is no such thing as a one size fits all solution when it comes to dental care. Before you begin the dental implant supported tooth replacement process, we encourage you to consider some of the reasons patients may choose a different tooth replacement solution.
In recent years, more patients than ever before have visited their dentists seeking orthodontic treatment as adults. While many of these patients want to straighten their teeth, they don’t necessarily want to spend months or even years sharing a smile marred by metal brackets and wires. Instead, your general dentist or orthodontist can provide a comfortable, clear alternative – Invisalign. This clear alignment tray orthodontic system allows patients to achieve their perfectly aligned smiles without having to worry about the impact on their personal or professional images.
No dentist can force you into the dental chair every six months, but this recommendation is made with the best interest of patients in mind. Even the most thorough at-home hygiene routine isn’t enough to keep patients’ smiles healthy. At every age and stage of dental development, daily at home hygiene coupled with regular checkups from a general dentist helps patients maintain their healthiest smiles. If you want to keep your natural, beautiful smile for life, visit your phillipsburg dentist for a dental checkup twice a year.
When you see your smile in the mirror, or in a family photograph or in a Facebook post (which the whole world can see, too!), are you happy with the smile looking back at you? Or is there something you’d like to change about that smile? If so, then consider one of the many cosmetic dentistry services offered at DeMartino General Group in Phillipsburg, NJ. Drs. DeMartino and their staff of dedicated dental hygienists and dental assistants are not only committed to helping patients have healthy smiles, they also want patients to have smiles that are as attractive as possible, too.
It’s October, and this is one of our favorite months of the year. The air is crisp, and we’re seeing more and more pumpkins on our way to work every day. Yes, Halloween is almost here, and the kids won’t let us forget it. There’s no doubt it — it’s a fun time of year for them, but what about their teeth? Post-halloween, children are binging on sticky, sugary candy for days, and that creates a firestorm of bacteria inside their mouths. This year, don’t let your child’s favorite holiday ruin their smile — help their teeth stay healthy with a post-Halloween cleaning from your dentist in Phillipsburg.
If you have recently cracked or broken your tooth, had an abscessed tooth, or just have a tooth ache or sensitivity that you can’t shake, you may need a root canal. In the past, patients went running for the door at the sounds of that, but advances in technology allow the dentists of DeMartino Advanced Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry to repair your tooth’s damaged root quickly, efficiently and with much less pain. If you think you may need a root canal, don’t wait. Call the knowledgeable team at DeMartino Advanced Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry in Phillipsburg, NJ today to schedule an examination.
Endodontics is a combination of two Greek words “endo” inside and “odont” tooth. Endodontics is the dental specialization that repairs damage to the inside of the tooth, and especially to the roots of teeth through what is referred to as root canal therapy. Many patients think that root canals are extremely painful, but in truth, the root canal therapy actually alleviates pain by removing infection. Infection can cause a good deal of pain especially when it enters the root canal. Within the root, the canal protects nerve fibers. As bacteria breakdown the root wall, they can enter the canal and affect the nerves. This is where the extreme pain associated with root canals comes from.
Luckily, our dentists have years of experience, and know how to utilize technology to limit the invasiveness of the root canal so as not to damage gums, and will work to retain your tooth by removing all of the infection. Your tooth will then be filled with gutta-percha. If a large portion of your tooth is lost to decay, your dentist may need to place a crown to protect the remaining tooth.
Reasons for Root Canals
There are a number of reasons why patients need to undergo root canal therapies. Root canals are especially common for patients who experience trauma to their teeth, who suffer from gum disease, and who have experienced repeated or severe tooth decay. Whatever the cause for a root canal, it is essential to have it treated in a timely manner.
When trauma occurs, your tooth can be cracked, chipped or broken. Even if it is just a small crack, bacteria can break down the tooth more quickly, and reach the nerve causing a severe tooth ache. Even if you don’t think you need dental care after dental trauma, see a dentist to check for small cracks or breaks. Patients who suffer from gum disease are at a higher risk for root canal because the bacteria from their gums can easily begin to break down the root of their tooth. Finally, if you have repeated problems with tooth decay in specific areas of your mouth, you are much more likely to need root canal therapy at some point. No matter how careful we are during treatment, the chances of further damage and decay increase each time a tooth is infected.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
If you have a persistent tooth ache or severe sensitivity to cold or heat, you may need a root canal. Call our convenient Phillipsburg, NJ office to schedule an appointment today. DeMartino Advanced Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry is here to restore your smile and ease your pain. We welcome patients from Phillipsburg, Stewartsville, Easton, Bethlehem, and the surrounding communities.