Did you know that 64.7 million Americans, 30 years old and up, have some degree of gum disease? This statistic from the American Academy of Periodontology is frightening considering what gum disease ultimately leads to--that is, tooth loss and systemic health issues. How healthy are your gums? Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo of Personal Choice Dental want all their patients fully educated about gum disease in Old Bridge, NJ. Healthy gums are a sure way to strong teeth and a vibrant you.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
From milder gingivitis to more aggressive periodontitis, this inflammatory condition of the gums starts with the bacteria which live in biofilm. What's biofilm? it's the plaque and tartar which builds up at the gum line and in between teeth. If not removed with professional cleanings at Personal Choice Dental and with daily flossing and brushing, plaque and tartar degrade your gum tissue and underlying jaw bone.
From its mildest to its most advanced form, gum disease symptoms include:
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Bad breath
- Periodontal pockets (spaces between teeth and gums) deeper than three millimeters
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in dental bite
- Exposed tooth roots (a "long tooth" appearance)
Gum disease progresses more quickly than most people realize. Also, it leads to bigger health problems such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, dementia, liver and kidney problems and more. That's why six-month cleanings and exams with your dentist in Old Bridge are so very important. Both Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo are vigilant about preventing and treating gum disease.
How to treat gum disease in Old Bridge
Even children can have gum disease, but frankly, adults who smoke, drink too much alcohol or don't keep up with their oral hygiene are at greatest risk. Plus while gum disease runs in families and is more common during pregnancy or when a patient is immunosuppressed, it can be treated and reversed if it has not progressed too far. Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo work hard with their patients to develop the habits that prevent gum disease:
- Brushing and flossing
- Staying hydrated
- Smoking cessation
- Limiting alcohol
- Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
However, if gum disease takes hold, the dentists offer treatments which help people regain healthy gum tissue and to retain their teeth. At Personal Choice Dental, periodontal therapy includes:
- Scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar and to smooth the rough spots on roots
- Flap surgery which moves gums away from tooth roots so they can thoroughly be cleaned
- Installation of oral antibiotics to quell infection
Know the Basics
They could save your smile. If it's time for your regular oral exam and professional cleaning at Personal Choice Dental, please contact the office team today for an appointment. Call (732) 727-1211.
You are never too old to get that beautifully straight smile. We can help!
You couldn’t imagine going into a room full of coworkers wearing metal brackets and wires on your teeth. Of course, you still dream of having a straight smile that you can’t wait to flash to coworkers, but you just don’t want to have to wear braces in order to achieve the results you want. Fortunately, our Old Bridge, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Anthony Vitale, and periodontist, Dr. Jin Yoo, are offering Invisalign so teens and adults can get the straighter smiles they want more discreetly.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses customized clear aligners that are made to fit over upper and/or lower teeth to fix common issues such as overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, spacing issues and even crowding. Our dentists in Old Bridge specially design each aligner to gradually shift certain teeth into the ideal position to give you the straighter smile you’ve always wanted.
Aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time, after which they are replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment. As your treatment progresses, you will even be able to see the changes to your smile (which can be extremely rewarding). While aligners can be removed before meals and also before caring for your teeth, it’s up to you to be dedicated to wearing your aligners as much as possible to ensure that you get the results you want.
Who should consider getting Invisalign in Old Bridge, NJ?
Children are not ideal candidates for Invisalign, but teens and adults are. Invisalign can handle a variety of tooth movements but won’t be able to make serious changes or shift jaws into the proper position to correct a bite (traditional braces will be the best option for these cases). When you come in for a consultation we will be able to determine whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign.
Another factor to consider before deciding whether Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment to fit your needs is your dedication to treatment. It can be tempting to leave these aligners off whenever you feel like it, but it’s important to wear them for at least 22 hours out of the day. A good rule of thumb is to wear these aligners whenever you aren’t brushing your teeth or eating something. The more often you wear them the more successful and efficient your Invisalign treatment will be.
Do you have questions about what it takes to get Invisalign in Old Bridge, NJ? Then call Personal Choice Dental today to schedule your no-risk consultation to find out if you are an ideal candidate.
As a parent, you have plenty to worry about when your child comes into this world. Between vaccinations, doctor’s appointments and simply watching your baby grow, it is easy to forget about one of the main pillars of your child’s health. Oral hygiene is important to children’s oral and general health and should begin before their teeth ever see the light of day. Learn more about pediatric oral hygiene with Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ.
When should my child see the dentist?
Most dentists suggest that children see their dentists by the time they reach their first birthday or, if it occurs before their first birthday, by the time their first tooth erupts. This general rule of thumb works for most children, but those with special circumstances may need to see their dentist earlier or later. Sticking to a regular dental examination schedule will not only keep your child’s teeth healthy and clean, but help them build a good relationship with the and their office to help nip any dental anxiety issues in the bud.
How should I care for my child’s teeth?
Caring for your child’s teeth will begin before their teeth erupt from underneath their gums. Wipe down your infant’s gums with a soft, damp cloth after feedings and before bedtime. When your child’s teeth begin erupting, brush them with a soft toothbrush twice a day. As soon as the teeth grow close enough together to touch, you should begin flossing them at least once a day. Stick to this very important routine to help your child develop a good oral care routine which will benefit them for the rest of their life.
Family Dentistry in Old Bridge, NJ
Family dentists see the whole family, from helping grandma with her dentures to introducing the new baby to dental check-ups at their first appointment. Family dentists help busy families stay organized with the ability to schedule appointments for family members the same day to save a trip. For more information on family dentistry or your child’s oral health, please contact Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ. Call (732) 727-1211 to schedule your child’s appointment today!
Is your mouth trying to warn you that you might have periodontal disease?
According to the CDC, about half of Americans are suffering from some form of gum disease, an inflammatory disorder that can lead to tooth and bone loss. What makes gum disease so scary is that you may not even know that you have it. Of course, there are some warning signs to look out for that should send you visiting our Old Bridge, NJ dentist Dr. Anthony Vitale and periodontist Dr. Jin Yoo right away.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Chronic bad breath
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed, particularly when eating, brushing or flossing
- Chewing that is painful
- Loose teeth
- Receding gum line
These symptoms could be a sign of gum disease or another serious dental issue, so it’s important that you get checked by our Old Bridge general dentist.
Who is at risk for developing gum disease?
While gum disease can happen to anyone, symptoms of this disease don’t usually manifest until a person is in their 30s or 40s. Men are also more likely than women to develop gum disease. Other risk factors include:
- Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause; pregnancy)
- Cancer treatments
- Medications that reduce the production of saliva
What can I expect during my dental visit?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s important that you see us as soon as possible. When you come in we will discuss your medical history and determine if there are any risk factors that predispose you to gum disease. We will also examine your mouth to check for gum inflammation and other symptoms. We will use a small instrument known as a probe that will help to measure pockets within your gums to see if they are in the healthy range or if they show signs of gum disease.
In some cases, x-rays may also be taken to check for bone loss. If we do find that you have gum disease there are a number of ways to treat this condition, depending on the severity of your disorder. The most common treatment option is root planing and scaling, in which we go in and remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line and at the roots of the teeth.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease it’s important that you turn to Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ to get the treatment you need. The sooner you seek dental care the better. We are here for you!
If you have considered straightening your smile with orthodontic care, you have probably come across traditional metal braces in your research. However, Invisalign, the clear answer to traditional braces, is also available for a more discreet orthodontic treatment. Comparing these two options may bring up questions as to whether Invisalign works as well as tried-and-true traditional braces. Find out with Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
- Appearance: The most noticeable difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is Invisalign’s lack of metal components. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth while Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligner trays. These trays are mostly unnoticeable at first glance and are completely removable, making everyday tasks like eating or brushing less difficult.
- Caring For Your Braces: Traditional braces require several extra steps in your oral care routine. Special threading flossers help floss underneath the brackets and wires and a water pick can help remove any debris or food particles lodged in or between the teeth. Invisalign simply requires that patients remove their trays, brush and floss normally, then rinse and reinsert the tray afterward.
- Easy to Wear: Traditional braces’ wires are notorious for being sharp and potentially damaging the inside of the mouth. Invisalign’s trays are made from comfortable, flexible yet sturdy plastic which are custom-designed to fit precisely inside the patient’s mouth based on an impression of their mouth.
Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?
In short, the answer is yes. Invisalign effectively and safely corrects the same problems as traditional braces. In some complex cases, traditional braces may provide faster or better results than Invisalign though Invisalign can treat most orthodontic issues. All in all, for most patients, Invisalign and traditional braces will provide similar, adequate results.
Patients in Old Bridge should wear Invisalign at least 22 hours a day. Wearing the trays the proper amount of time is directly related to your final result. This means that failing to follow your treatment plan to the letter may result in lengthened treatment times or unsatisfactory results.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ. Call (732) 727-1211 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!
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