Cleanings And Exams
Having a dental practice perform a checkup and regular cleaning gives a preventive approach to dental care. These general dentistry treatments help prevent problems with your teeth, gums and jaw bones, or they catch and manage problems before they worsen. During your visit, our doctors will take a picture of the current standing of your dental health and what would be needed to keep your oral hygiene in its best state.
A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.
Composite fillings act as a dentistry solution for problems such as tooth decay or cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth.
Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.
An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area.
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that get stuck to your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes (or longer), though most people rush through this time. You need to make sure that you reach every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep your breath fresh, you should also brush your tongue. Then, you can begin flossing.
Dr. Rosenfield and the staff at New Town Dental love to treat children! Our office is kid-friendly, and our treatment operatories are non-threatening. DVD’s are available for viewing while children are being examined, if desired. At New Town Dental, we agree with The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which recommends that the first dental visit be scheduled within six months after the first baby teeth come in and no later than 12 months of age. It is extremely important to diagnose and prevent early decay, in addition to establishing good habits and introducing your child to regular dental visits at a young age.
At your child’s visit, we will be able to answer many of your questions regarding your child’s dental health, but here are some simple points to remember:
- Never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. This can lead to severe decay.
- Pacifier use should stop by three years of age. Thumb or finger sucking should be stopped before the permanent teeth erupt, around age 6.
- Children should brush at least twice per day under parental supervision.
- If you have non-fluoridated water, fluoride supplements should be administered in liquid or tablet form while the teeth are developing.
- Sweet and sticky snacks should be avoided. Fruits and vegetables, cheese and yogurt are preferred.
- Juices contain large amounts of sugar, and should be limited. Milk or water are good alternatives.
While most all dental emergencies are avoidable, they do unfortunately occur. During business hours, your call will be promptly answered by a staff member, and every effort will be made to address your emergency on the same day. During non-business hours, Dr. Snydman is generally reachable for your dental emergencies. Simply call the office and follow the instructions on the answering machine. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.