Bridge Smiles Dental Group P.A.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How to Clean Retainers

When the first phase of your orthodontic work is done, you’ll find oral hygiene much easier. But you’ll also have to learn how to take care of your retainer. At Bridge Smiles Dental Group, we understand that our patients have questions about this, which is why we’ve provided this guide.


Always make sure your mouth is as clean of food debris as possible before putting your retainer in. Rinse it off before reinserting it, and rinse it when you take it out, as well. But be careful to only use water that is cool or room-temperature; hot water can permanently warp a retainer’s shape, requiring it to be replaced. Once a day, you should thoroughly, but gently brush your retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush (not the same one you use for your teeth). Be careful when deciding which toothpaste you use, as fluoridated toothpaste contains minerals which can scratch the retainer, allowing bacteria to colonize the crevices. It is better to use soft toothpaste, such as the kinds made for dentures.


Also be sure to regularly clean the retainer’s protective case. People need to use retainers for a long time, but if one becomes damaged, don’t hesitate to get it replaced.


Drs. Meghadri and Grewal run Bridge Smiles Dental Group at 820 US Hwy 202 North Neshanic Station, NJ, and 15 North Bridge St. Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit BridgeSmilesDental.com.


 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Can You Remineralize Tooth Enamel?

Though tooth enamel isn’t necessarily a bone, it’s one of the strongest substances in the body. Enamel is what helps you chew your food, and plays an important role in periodontal health. When our enamel loses minerals, this can result in white spots on the teeth as well as cavities. Your health, diet, and lifestyle all relate to the status of your enamel, and our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. encourage patients to keep it healthy.


Tooth enamel can’t be restored, therefore once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. However, there are many preventive measures you can take to ensure that your enamel stays strong. It helps to avoid acidic foods that can break down enamel and make it weak, and you should always brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to maintain a healthy oral status.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Extrinsic Tooth Stains

When we enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, we don’t think of the damage it does to our teeth. This damage we refer to isn’t a cause for concern, but tooth discoloration can be aesthetically unpleasing. Our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. offer whitening services to eliminate these stains to help boost your confidence and restore the shine in your smile.


Tooth stains that occur on the surface of enamel are called extrinsic stains and they are easier to remove than their counterpart – intrinsic stains. Teeth whitening or bleaching do an excellent job of improving the shade of a tooth and can revive a person’s smile in a short period of time. To prevent stains from accruing, drink beverages that lack pigment, such as water and milk.


If you have questions or concerns regarding teeth whitening or tooth discoloration, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Causes of Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are a sadly common occurrence, and they don’t have to be. At Bridge Smiles Dental Group, we provide periodontal therapies to help get patients’ gums healthy again, but we want people to know how to avoid this problem in the first place.


Periodontal disease follows from severe gum inflammation. This happens when a large amount of plaque had built up on teeth next to the gum line. The gums are irritated by acids caught by the plaque, which causes them to swell, bleed, and recede. The teeth and jawbone tissue also lose mass. Although plaque should be removed by professional hygienists, it may be possible to prevent further build-up by brushing for longer and with fluoridated toothpaste.


Patients should be cautious that brushing too hard can also bruise the gums. Pregnant women’s gums are likelier to become inflamed due to hormonal changes, and people who suffer from dry mouth are likelier to have bleeding gums because saliva plays an important role in preventing the spread of decay-causing bacteria. Certain medications can also increase the likelihood of gum disease if they are blood thinners.


Drs. Meghadri and Grewal run Bridge Smiles Dental Group at 820 US Hwy 202 North Neshanic Station, NJ, and 15 North Bridge St. Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit BridgeSmilesDental.com.


 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Children's Biannual Check-Ups

Big Smiles Dental Group is committed to maintaining the preventive care of all our patients, including our youngest ones. It is recommended that everybody visit the dentist twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. This is especially important for children, who have high rates of tooth decay.


Caries, the small dental surface infections which create cavities, can be very painful and seriously impact a child’s development. Tooth aches disrupt sleep, causing children to be irritable and have difficulty focusing. They also discourage children from chewing and speaking. This may prevent them from getting enough nutrition, and in young children, may delay their mastery of speech. Untreated tooth decay is a common problem, which in the mid-2000s, affected about one in five children. Tooth aches can also result from bruxism, which is the scientific name for teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This often results from stress.


Tooth decay is difficult to reverse on its own once bacteria are able to hide in cavities but is a routine matter for our dentists. It is important, however, for decay to be stopped before it becomes larger and before it disrupts a child’s schoolwork and development.


Drs. Meghadri and Grewal run Bridge Smiles Dental Group at 820 US Hwy 202 North Neshanic Station, NJ, and 15 North Bridge St. Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit BridgeSmilesDental.com.


 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sugar and Tooth Decay

It’s no secret that plaque is harmful to teeth, but the sugars that we consume can make it worse. Sugar causes bacteria in the mouth to produce acid that attacks the teeth. Over time, these acids can cause teeth to decay if they are not eliminated by proper brushing and flossing. At Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A., our doctors don’t expect you to cut sugar out completely, but we’d like to encourage you to reduce your intake to protect your teeth.


Sugars in food and drinks provide no nutritional value to tooth enamel. When a person doesn’t brush and flosses away plaque that accrues on the teeth, they raise the risk of developing cavities. Cavities are small holes that form in a tooth, and they require dental fillings to fix. Prevention is a key factor when it comes to tooth decay. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Don’t forget to visit us twice a year for professional cleanings.  


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth decay, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our office, visit www.bridgesmilesdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Bridge Smile Dental Group P.A. in Somerville, NJ, call 908-725-0400.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Intrinsic Stains

We provide care for patients’ cosmetic needs at Bridge Smiles Dental Group, but it is important for patients to understand that intrinsic tooth stains need to be treated differently from other kinds. Extrinsic tooth stains are the ones on the surface layer of the teeth that are acquired from what the patient consumes, and they can be removed with bleach, but intrinsic stains may be too deep for whitening to work.


Intrinsic stains may be acquired or caused by the tooth absorbing dark molecules during its formation. The latter usually happens because the tooth was exposed to tetracycline antibiotics or excessive fluoride, and since these stains do not present a health threat, they can simply be covered with veneers. But the former is due to dental pulp inflammation, which results from trauma or infection. An infection could spread, with painful or deadly consequences for the patient, so the inflamed pulp needs to be removed during a root canal. As part of the root canal, the tooth will be filled and sealed, but the tooth may still require a veneer or a new crown afterward for cosmetic satisfaction.


Drs. Meghadri and Grewal run Bridge Smiles Dental Group at 820 US Hwy 202 North Neshanic Station, NJ, and 15 North Bridge ST. Somerville, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit BridgeSmilesDental.com.