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Signs of Gingivitis

You hear it every time you go to the dentist: “make sure you brush and floss your teeth regularly.”  Some people take this to heart and have incorporated it as their daily routine, while others may promise to do so only to give up on it a few days later. Not flossing may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is lack of proper oral hygiene can lead not only to bad breath… Read more »

Is there such a thing as Over-Brushing Teeth?

  What is Over-Brushing? Over-brushing can include brushing the teeth too hard, too frequently, or for too long which can cause pain and also damage the tooth structure. Some of the effects of over-brushing teeth are as follows:   It can cause tooth abrasion, the wearing away of the tooth structure, which will make the teeth more sensitive and more susceptible to decay.  It can weaken the teeth as you’re wearing away the outer tooth… Read more »

Stained Teeth: Causes, Preventative Measures & Treatment Options

  There are many contributing factors to discoloration or staining of teeth, some of which can be prevented or treated with proper care. While stained teeth can be due to genetics or aging, it is often caused by diet, hygiene, and other lifestyle choices.  Some of the most common causes of teeth discoloration are as follows:  Poor Dental Hygiene – Lack of brushing and flossing on a daily basis using proper brushing techniques and ADA… Read more »

Oral Hygiene Best Practices

Oral hygiene is an extremely important part of your daily routine and habits. There are many factors that go into maintaining good oral hygiene practices such as brushing your teeth, flossing, making regular trips to the dentist for exams & cleanings, and keeping a balanced diet. There are proper ways to use these various dental aids that will help keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful! Proper Brushing Techniques You should brush your teeth… Read more »

Gum Abscess: Causes & Course of Treatment

A gum abscess or tooth abscess is caused by an infection that generally stems from the nerve of the tooth or an infection from the gum pocket. With an abscess you may experience pain, swelling, redness in the gums, and possibly a fever. The infection in the tooth or surrounding supporting structures, such as the gums or bone, is caused by the following: Periodontal Disease Tooth Decay A Cracked or Damaged Tooth Trauma to the… Read more »

Dry Socket: Steer Clear of these Habits to Avoid this Painful Complication

Dry socket is a painful complication that can occur after a tooth extraction. After the extraction, a blood clot will form, which is part of the natural healing process. If that blood clot is removed before the healing process is complete, it leads to exposed nerves and bone. The condition is not life threatening, however, it is extremely painful and should be immediately addressed with your dentist. While the etiology of dry socket is technically… Read more »

Receding Gums: Causes and Treatment Options

By Dr. Gregg M. Festa, DDS What are Receding Gums & Who is at Risk? When your teeth are healthy, the gum tissue will fit around each tooth perfectly. With receding gums, the gums begin to pull away or recede from the teeth. When the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, it can leave the tooth roots exposed. Due to the fact that the root surface does not have hard enamel covering it the… Read more »

Jaw Strain Treatment Recommendations

By Dr. Gregg M. Festa, DDS The jaw joints consists of a ball, socket, and disk. Any component of the jaw and/or the muscles associated with it, the way your teeth move and/or come together, systemic conditions, stress or trauma can cause jaw symptoms.   The following are a few (easy, non invasive) steps that take care of the majority of jaw symptoms. A few people will need additional more invasive treatment. Consult with your… Read more »

Considering Dental Implant Surgery? What Are The Benefits?

By Dr. Gregg M. Festa, DDS What Are Dental Implants? Every year millions of dental implants are placed by dentists in the United States, making them not only a common option for replacing teeth, but a very popular one as well. Dental implants are essentially posts that are surgically placed into the upper and or lower jawbone, replacing one or more teeth. Implants are made out of titanium, which is a strong yet lightweight metal,… Read more »

Dentistry For Children

By Dr. Gregg M. Festa, DDS Children’s Teeth and the Transition from Primary to Permanent Teeth   The transition from primary teeth to permanent teeth in your child’s mouth is an exciting and monumental time. Not only does your child get a visit from the tooth fairy but they are also gaining their new permanent teeth. During this six year period, children will most likely have a mix of both primary and permanent teeth in… Read more »