What Are Canker And Mouth Sores?

What are Mouth Irritations and Oral Lesions?

Mouth irritations and oral lesions are swellings, spots or sores on your mouth, lips or tongue. Although there are numerous types of mouth sores and disorders, among the most common are canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis (thrush). These are discussed below. If you have a mouth sore, you’re not alone-around one third of all people are affected at some point. Nonetheless, mouth sores, irritations and lesions can be painful, unsightly and can interfere with eating and speaking. Any mouth sore that persists for a week or more should be examined by your dentist. A biopsy (tissue taken for testing) may be advised and can usually determine the cause, ruling out such serious diseases as cancer and HIV.

Read More: https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/canker-sores-apthous-ulcers/what-are-canker-mouth-sores

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush

We know and love our toothbrushes as the tools that kick plaque to the curb, help keep cavities at bay (with the help of fluoride toothpaste, of course) and freshen our breath. But what else can we learn about them? Read on for some toothbrush facts.

  1. When selecting your toothbrush, look for the ADA Seal. 
  2. The toothbrush is 5,000 years old.
  3. The first mass-produced toothbrush was invented in prison. 
  4. Manual or powered? Your teeth don’t care.
  5. There is no “correct” order for brushing and flossing.
  6.  Toothbrushes like to be left out in the open.
  7. Lifespan = 3-4 Months
  8. When it comes to choosing a brush, go soft.
  9. Remember: 2 minutes, 2 times a day.
  10. Sharing is caring, but not for toothbrushes.

Read more: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/toothbrushes?content=10_things_about_toothbrushes

Composite Fillings

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings.

Read more: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/composite-fillings

Smiles for Life

We are excited to announce that we participate in:

From March 1 through June 30, hundreds of dental practices throughout the United States and Canada professionally whiten teeth to raise money for seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children in their local communities and around the world. They are members of the Crown Council, an alliance of leading-edge dental teams who are passionately committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer and serving their communities through charitable work.

 

HOW AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING WORKS:

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO WHITEN THE STAINS IN YOUR SMILE, it is always safer and more effective to choose a professional teeth whitening system under the direction of a dentist. We, as a participating Smile For Life dentist, are offering at-home teeth whitening systems. The media is flooded with advertisements for do-it-yourself remedies, but some of these treatments can be damaging to your teeth and ineffective at fully whitening. With Smiles For Life, you can enjoy a professional at-home teeth whitening system under the care of us while making a difference in the life of a child.

 

At-Home Teeth Whitening Procedure:

A dental cleaning and oral exam are both recommended prior to professional teeth whitening. WE can help you determine whether you qualify and are a candidate for at-home teeth whitening.

After your initial consultation with us and we find you are a candidate, you will be fitted with custom-molded teeth whitening trays and given a teeth whitening formula. With Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems, the tooth whitening formula is applied directly to the whitening trays, which are worn nightly or daily, respectively, until the desired shade is reached. The teeth whitening formula contains active ingredients, which slowly penetrate through the tooth enamel and bleach out any stains. Length of treatment varies depending on the current tooth shade and post-op visits will help determine the length of time needed to achieve the desired results.

When you choose US, (participants with Smiles For Life) for your at-home teeth whitening system, 100% of your teeth whitening cost goes towards benefiting children locally and all over the world.

 

Make an appointment by calling 908-852-6626 or email at office@drstephendeehan.com

Whiten your teeth and change a life!!!

Our New Camera and Scanner

We are excited to announce our new equipment with all our patients!

CS 3600 Digital Scanner

There is no question that 3D printing is rapidly changing the field of dentistry which is why we are excited to share our innovative current technology the CS 3600 digital scanner. This new intelligent scanner enables our staff to easily capture scans correctly on the first try, which allows scanning to be efficient resulting in higher quality scans before they’ve even been rendered. The ability to scan in high-resolution also improves quality and clinical details to aid in more precise restorations.

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CS 1500 Intraoral Camera

The CS 1500 is an intraoral camera that streamlines our patient exams by delivering clear, true-to-life images. It lets our practice view flawless, precise images of your teeth and gums. These images allow us to make a more accurate diagnosis and develop a better treatment plan for each patient. A quicker, more accurate diagnosis means less chair time for you and enables you to see everything we see and know everything we know!

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Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

Read more: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/the-truth-about-sparkling-water-and-your-teeth?source=facebook&content=sparkling_water

How a Bruxism Mouth Guard Protects Your Teeth

Night guard

Bruxism, which makes you clench and grind your teeth, is a very common condition. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests as many as 20 percent of adults suffer from it, and it can be very damaging if not taken care of. To keep your teeth safe, your dentist may recommend a bruxism mouth guard.

Click here to read How Bruxism Damages Your Teeth, How the Guard Is Made and How Well Do They Work?

 

Diabetes Resources – Tools, Guides, Stats, Tip Sheets

Diabetes Resources – Tools, Guides, Stats, Tip Sheets

Diabetes can strike you at anytime from anywhere. This often misunderstood disease affects more than 300 million people worldwide. According to DiabetesResearch.org, there are 29 million Americans struggling with the disease. In the U.S, three Americans die every minute from this disease. Diabetes costs the American public an estimated $245 billion annually. The most common types of the disease are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Here are some important topics that will help you understand the disease and learn whether or not you are at risk.

Read more: https://www.dietspotlight.com/diabetes-resources/

Bad Breath: Causes and Solutions

Bad breath happens. If you’ve ever gotten that not-so-fresh feeling on a date, at a job interview or just talking with friends, you’re not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives.

What Causes Bad Breath?

There are a number of reasons you might have dragon breath. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.

  • Bacteria, Dry Mouth, Gum Disease, Food, Medical Conditions, Smoking and Tobacco

How Can I Keep Bad Breath Away?

  • Brush and Floss, Take Care of Your Tongue,  Mouthwash, Clean Your Dentures, Keep That Saliva Flowing, Quit Smoking and Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Read more: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/bad-breath

Why Should I See A Dentist?

Oral health is an important part of your overall health. Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.

Here are 15 signs you should see a dentist:

  1. Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  2. Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  3. You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, or dentures
  4. You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  5. You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  6. You are pregnant
  7. You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  8. You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  9. You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  10. You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  11. Your mouth is often dry
  12. You smoke or use other tobacco products
  13. You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  14. Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  15. You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

7 Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids

If you think you’re busy, try being a kid. In addition to school, activities and family time, they’re learning how to take care of themselves and others in new ways every single day.

One of those necessary life skills every child needs to learn is brushing his or her teeth. Helping your child get in the habit of brushing twice a day for two minutes is no small feat, but a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to his or her long-term dental health.

Here are the 7 Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids:

  1. Have 4 Minutes of Fun
  2. Start a Routine and Stick to It
  3. Reward Good Brushing Behavior
  4. Characters Count
  5. Make Up a Story
  6. Go Shopping
  7. Make Brushing a Family Affair

Read more: 7 Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids