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Tooth Enamel and Erosion

What is Tooth Enamel? Tooth enamel acts as an outer layer to help protect your teeth from mechanical, thermal, and chemical insults. As time goes on, your teeth are worn down from the different items you consume, oral habits, and also from normal wear and tear. What Causes Tooth Enamel to Erode? There are several potential causes that lead to tooth enamel erosion. These include drinking excessive amounts of sodas, energy drinks, or high acidity… Read more »

What Causes Bad Breath?

  Dental Health Issues Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) and tooth decay can actually cause bad breath (halitosis). The health of your gums has a direct impact on the health of your teeth and mouth. To keep your gums clean and healthy, be sure to floss once a day and brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove bacterial plaque. Poor Oral Hygiene Habits If you look closely at your tongue, you will notice… Read more »

Do You Have Dental Phobia? Learn How To Ease Your Fear Of The Dentist.

Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is something many patients face. This fear could stem from a negative experience at a dental office, fear of pain, an embarrassment about teeth appearance, or a number of other causes. Overcoming this anxiety is highly recommended to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Below are a few coping techniques that we recommend. These skills will help ease your dental phobia at your next appointment: Ask Questions —… Read more »

Why Are Dental Sealants Important?

   What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They help reduce and prevent tooth decay by creating a physical barrier on your teeth. Sealants are most effective on your back teeth as these are often areas that can be hard to reach when brushing and flossing. Why should a patient consider getting dental sealants? Dental sealants are recommended by Dr. Festa for patients… Read more »

What Are Tooth Fillings? What Can I Do To Avoid Them?

Tooth fillings: the dreaded word and feeling that is often associated with it. At Gregg Festa, DDS, we ensure that you are comfortable and at ease when getting a tooth filling. Getting your tooth filled should not be painful. If you ever experience pain while getting a tooth filled, you should let your dentist know immediately. The cause of this pain could be a need for more anesthetic or more in a different area. There… Read more »

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? Get the Facts.

  What is teeth whitening? Tooth whitening is one of the most popular treatments requested by patients. Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens the discolorations of tooth enamel and dentin. Common tooth whitening services include a mild solution in a custom fitted mouth tray that is worn over your teeth. The active ingredient in the gel solution, enters the enamel and dentin, and bleaches the discolored areas. The improvement of tooth coloration is… Read more »

Xylitol and Natural Sugar Substitutes

Xylitol is an ingredient used in many gum and breath mint products that is healthier for your teeth than regular sugar. It is a common natural sugar substitute recommended by dentists for patients that still want to chew gum and eat mints but also do not want to consume as much sugar. Xylitol also has far less calories than typical gum and mints that do not include this ingredient. Products with this ingredient will not… Read more »

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer is visible in patient’s mouth as a sore. But unlike many other oral sores, oral cancer sores do not go away. Early detection of oral cancer is imperative for proper treatment and healing. As a patient with Dr. Gregg Festa, you will receive an oral cancer screening at every regular check-up exam. Dr. Festa will check a patient’s face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, oral tissues, and gums for any early signs of oral… Read more »

New Year, New Smile with Day White ACP

Happy New Year from the Gregg Festa, DDS team! This year, make your new year’s resolution to get a whiter smile. We can help you achieve this goal with Day White ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), a whitening solution by Philips Zoom!. What is Day White ACP? Day White ACP is proven to comfortably and safely whiten your teeth in a matter of days. The active whitening ingredients include carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide which can… Read more »

Gum Disease and How You Can Improve Your Oral Health

What is Gum Disease? Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal Disease in the advanced stages, is a common inflammatory condition caused by plaque irritating and inflaming the tissue surrounding your teeth. Plaque is formed on everyone’s teeth but buildup can be avoided through regular flossing and thorough brushing. However, if you do not practice daily flossing and brushing, the bacterial plaque releases toxins which can cause major damage to your gums. Over a long period… Read more »