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Best and Worst Holiday Foods for Your Smile

November 26, 2019

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Specially written for Roselle Park Dental & Implants by Sara Magnola Taner

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry. We all know that some foods and drinks are worse for our waistline and our overall health than others, but did you know that some foods are extra harmful to our oral health? Foods that are high in sugar – such as candy and soda – are obvious cavity causing culprits, but some others are less obvious, but just as bad.

The good news is, by making a few quick swaps, you can still enjoy all the holiday festivities while protecting your healthy smile. So before the celebrations begin, take a few minutes to read what to avoid and what’s the better alternative.

Eat: Cheese NOT Bread
When faced with pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres choices, skip the bread basket, but cheese lovers rejoice! According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry enjoying some cheese is a great choice for your oral health, since it raises the pH level in your mouth, which lowers the risk of developing tooth decay. Eating refined bread on the other hand causes cavities, because once chewed, bread breaks down into a sticky paste that easily gets stuck between teeth and turns into plaque.

Avoid Dried Fruits – Enjoy Fresh Apple Slices
While dried fruit may seem like a relatively healthy choice as a party snack, it is not the best option for your teeth and gums. Dried apricots, figs, and prunes are extremely sticky, and have a high concentration of sugar, which is a dangerous combination for your oral health when all that sugar adheres to the tooth surfaces like super glue. Fresh fruit – especially apples – are often found on cheese plates and are lower in sugar than their dried counterparts. Additionally, chomping on fibrous apple slices helps to scrub other foods particles off your teeth and increase saliva production which aids in rinsing them away.  

Sip Water, Skip Seltzer
Since seltzer and sparkling water are soda’s sugar-free cousin, you might assume it is the better choice. However, these beverages are carbonated so they have a higher acid level than plain water. Some reports indicate that sipping sparkling water can weaken your tooth enamel, making them more susceptible to cavities developing. So, while seltzer and sparkling water are the healthier option over soda – plain old water is the BEST choice for your teeth and gums.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Roselle Park Dental & Implants! It’s not too late to schedule your next dental cleaning before the season is over – call us today: 908-998-4698.

A Few Minutes with Your Dentist Could Save Your Life

November 19, 2019

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Woman smiling in dental chair

When you think about the dentist’s office, you may picture getting your teeth checked. However, your dentist examines much more than your pearly whites. As a part of your routine checkup, your dentist will carefully look for oral cancer. In fact, dental professionals alone detect around 84% of oral cancer cases. One of these screenings takes just about 2 minutes, making this potentially-lifesaving visit well worth your time. Keep reading to learn more about oral cancer and why screenings with your dentist in Roselle are so important.

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End of the Year Insurance Reminder – Less than Two Months Left!

November 4, 2019

As a friendly reminder, if you have dental work you’ve put on hold, now is a good time to schedule an appointment to maximize your insurance benefits.

Even if you don’t need extensive treatment, you should schedule a regular checkup and cleaning appointment to help prevent costly procedures in the future.

You’re probably paying a monthly premium to keep your insurance, so be sure to use it before the year end!

It is also a great time to use any remaining flexible account dollars you may have saved up. Flexible accounts are created to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical and dental expenses, but if that money is not used before the end of the year, it is lost to you forever.

Our holiday season does book quickly, so call us today at (908) 998-4698 or visit roselleparkdental.com to schedule your appointment. If you have any questions about your insurance coverage or benefits, we would be happy to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

There’s Still Time To Get a Beautiful Holiday Smile From a Cosmetic Dentist

October 25, 2019

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Smiling people at a holiday party

The holidays always seem to sneak up on you and it’s hard to believe that they’re almost here again. If you find yourself wishing that you had a beautiful smile every year, this is the time to make it happen! Instead of covering your mouth at parties or avoiding the camera, a cosmetic dentist in Roselle Park can give you a smile you’re proud of with a variety of fast, easy procedures. In fact, many of them can be done in just 1-2 visits. Want to know more? Read on to learn about some of the most popular cosmetic procedures and how they’ll help your smile shine its brightest this year.  

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Happy National Dental Hygiene Month

October 22, 2019

Three of our amazing dental hygienists: Bonnie, Sanchia, and Anne Maira. (Pictured from left to right.)

Written for Roselle Park Dental & Implants by Sara Magnola Taner

This October, celebrate national dental hygiene month by thanking your dental hygienist and taking great care of your teeth!

Good dental hygiene is of the utmost importance to your oral and overall health, and visiting your dentist and hygienist twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups is one of the best ways you can ensure your healthy smile will last for a lifetime!

This year, the American Dental Association (ADA) is focusing on four routines to help people maintain healthy smiles: brush, floss, rinse, and chew!

  1. Do You Know the “Correct” Way to Brush Your Teeth? Proper brushing technique is to hold the tooth brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and gently move it back and forth, making sure to clean both the inside and outside of your teeth. Make sure to use a soft bristle brush that fits easily around your teeth and replace it every two to three months.
  2. To Floss or Not to Floss – Despite recent media surrounding the effectiveness of regular flossing, dental professionals still advise that we floss every day to keep our teeth and gums their healthiest! In addition to preventing gum disease and tooth decay, it provides a regular opportunity to closely exam inside the mouth for redness, swelling, or chipped or broken teeth.
  3. #DoTheSwish – We all know that using mouthwash is a great way to freshen our breath, but did you know it also helps to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis? When used before brushing and flossing, it can help to remove additional food particles that could otherwise become cavity causing plaque build-up.
  4.  Choose What You Chew Wisely –Enjoying sugar-free gum can have several benefits for your oral health in most instances. The physical act of chewing causes the body to increase salvia production, which then helps to wash away food particles after a meal or snack.  Additionally, most sugar-free gum is sweetened with xylitol, a naturally occurring alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is proven to inhibit the growth of a bacteria that causes cavities.

This year for the very first time The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has partnered with Walgreens and Listerine to raise awareness for national dental hygiene month. Search for a participating Walgreens near you and #DoTheSwish for a chance to win!

Call us today to schedule your next dental cleaning and checkup: 908-998-4698!

Reminder: Use Your Dental Benefits Before They Expire!

October 5, 2019

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Can you believe that there is less than three months left until 2019 is over??? Have you been paying for dental insurance all year? Then now is the time to schedule an appointment to visit us and use your remaining benefits before you lose them! Here are some tips on how to get the most out of the money you have already paid towards your dental benefits:

Have You Maximized Your Dental Benefits? Most insurance providers cover two dental cleanings every year. Having your teeth professionally cleaned and inspected by a dentist regularly is very important for your oral health. Since you have already paid for it, make sure to come in for a checkup before 2020.

How to Find Out What is Left in Your FSA? If you have been contributing to a flexible spending account (FSA) all year, now is the time to call the number on your FSA card to find out what your balance is. Since FSA funds will most likely not roll over to 2020, you must use that money before December 31, 2019. Do not let your money go to waste! FSA funds can be used at our office for any medical dental procedure – from cleanings, to cavity fillings, or even getting started on more complicated dental work.

What Are The Top Dental Benefits to Know? You’re probably paying a monthly premium to keep your insurance, so be sure to use it before the year ends!We can help you maximize the dental care you are still eligible to receive based on your coverage. But don’t wait to schedule an appointment – we fill up fast at the end of the year.

Call now and beat the holiday rush: 908-998-4698! For information on all the services we provide, please visit our website: www.roselleparkdental.com.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Teeth in a Day?

September 30, 2019

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You’ll want a long-lasting, natural-looking replacement for your missing teeth, and for many patients that might mean getting dental implants. With a normal procedure, it might be many months after the implant placement surgery before you can receive the actual prosthetic you can use to speak and chew—but if you’re a candidate for Teeth in a Day in Roselle Park, you can enjoy your new, fully functional smile immediately!

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Fall Wedding Smile Makeover

September 26, 2019

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ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED THIS FALL? Transform your smile to be picture perfect for the big day!

We are offering HALF OFF whitening treatments and $500 off Invisalign for all  brides and grooms tying the knot before Dec. 21st 2019*.

Call us today to take advantage of this great offer: 855-983-7083.

*This promotion cannot be redeemed for other dental products or services. Limited time offer. Appointment must be booked/or patient seen before 12/21/19 in order to qualify.

Celebrate Fight Procrastination Day – Visit Your Dentist!

September 6, 2019

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Written for Roselle Park Dental & Implants by Sara Magnola Taner

Today, September 6th, is Fight Procrastination Day – a day to encourage people to fight the urge to delay doing important tasks – like visiting the dentist! In honor of this unofficial holiday, we looked into why we procrastinate in the first place, why it can be bad for us, and how to stop for good.

Why do we procrastinate? So why do we put off certain tasks? When faced with doing something that we think might be challenging, time consuming, or uncomfortable, we might try to avoid the hardship by putting it off. For instance, for some people visiting the dentist can seem intimidating if they have had a bad past experience. Other people who are perfectionists often procrastinate due to the need to do a task perfectly – which is often impossible – so they don’t do it at all. 

Is this avoidance bad for us? Sometimes procrastinating can actually be a good thing: some people are deadline driven and work well under pressure. However, the longer we avoid doing something we don’t want to do, the more overwhelming it becomes. For example, if we have a fear of visiting the dentist we might avoid going and miss our annual dental checkup. Then the next year, it becomes even scarier since you know you have not had your teeth checked in a while. In this way, procrastinating creates even greater anxiety. 

How can we stop putting things off? The scientific rule that an object in motion stays in motion, is the perfect solution for changing habitual procrastinating. The best thing to do when faced with a task you would rather wait to accomplish – is to get started right away! Breaking down a task that seems daunting into small steps makes taking the very first step quick and easy. For example, when we think about visiting the dentist, instead of wasting time and energy stressing about the future appointment – we could take action by calling and scheduling the cleaning. Once that is done, we will have a date in place to take the next step, which feels more manageable. 

Once we get started, how do we keep going? Consistency is key! Keep seeing the dentist every six months to keep your momentum going and book your next appointment before you leave the office each time. Here are some other tips on building good habits or combating bad ones:

  • Create accountability for yourself by asking a friend to check in with you about your progress.
  • Ask yourself: “What is the worst thing that could happen if I do it today?”
  • Reward yourself.
  • Stop trying to do it perfectly … and just DO IT!

Don’t delay! Call us today to schedule your next dental cleaning and checkup: 908-998-4698!

Tuesday Tip: Go Back to School with a Healthy Smile!

August 27, 2019

Here are three back-to-school tips to help your little ones maintain great oral health throughout the school year: 

  1. Visit Your Dentist: Schedule your child’s dental cleaning now before the hustle and bustle of school starts in September. 
  2. Choose Healthy Snacks: Instead of packing your little ones processed snacks or sweets, fill their lunchboxes with fresh fruits and veggies, along with some protein, such as sunflower seeds and cheese.
  3. Build Brushing and Flossing into the Daily Routine: Back to school means a new – often busy –schedule. Kids should brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss each night before bed. Make sure they have enough time before heading out the door each morning, and floss as a family at night. 

Call us today to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental cleaning and checkup: 908-998-4698!

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(Source: www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/back-to-school-tips.html.)

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