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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:

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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!


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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August 22, 2019

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Wondering what the going rate for a lost tooth is these days? Find out …

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

Fluoride Supplements: Should Your Child Be Taking Them?

August 15, 2019

We all know that fluoride is an important part of caring for our children’s teeth. But how much do they need? And how do we know how much they are actually getting? Read on to get answers to all your fluoride questions.

What is Fluoride and How Does it Get into the Water?

Fluoride is derived from fluorine, which is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust. Years of study have shown that consuming fluoride – and applying it to the surface of the teeth – helps to protect teeth from decay.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that over 60% of people living in the United States get fluoride through their tap water. In some instances, the fluoride is added to the water source and in others it is naturally occurring. The optimal level of fluoridation in water is 0.7 milligrams per liter.  Call your local water authority or public health department to inquire about your fluoride levels.

If you and your family drink mostly bottled water or water from a reverse osmosis filtration system, then you are probably not consuming any – or only very little – fluoride. Most bottled water has none, and the filtration systems remove most of the fluoride from tap water.  Water filters such as Brita or PUR pitchers do not remove fluoride.

Why Does Fluoride Matter for Our Dental Health?

Fluoride protects teeth in two ways.  When it is ingested, it strengthens the tooth’s structure.  When it is applied to the surface of teeth – via toothpaste, mouth rinse, or a fluoride treatment – it creates a barrier that prevents bacteria found in plaque from breaking down tooth enamel, which over time will lead to decay and cavities.  

According to the CDC: “For 70 years, people in the United States have benefited from drinking water with fluoride, leading to better dental health. Drinking fluoridated water keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities by about 25% in children and adults.”

Does Your Child Need a Fluoride Supplement?

To answer this question, you must first determine the age of your child and if they are consuming fluoridated water or not. Babies under the age of six months old do not need any fluoride supplementation. Only if your water supply is not fluoridated would your dentist or pediatrician prescribe a fluoride supplement – such as a vitamin, tablet or drops – for your child after the age of six months.

While it is important to start brushing baby teeth as soon as they start coming in, using a fluoride free training toothpaste for the first few years of a child’s life is recommended to prevent them from ingesting too much. Once a child has mastered the ability to spit while brushing, switch to a fluoride toothpaste, but still only use a pea-sized amount on their brush. An adult should always be present while young children are brushing with paste containing fluoride, since too much fluoride can be harmful for children.

Visit us online or call today to learn more about your child’s fluoride needs – 908-998-4698.

Have Complaints About Your Smile? Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

August 13, 2019

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woman with gaps in front teeth

You find yourself instinctively covering your mouth with your hand whenever you laugh. When someone pulls out a camera, you find any excuse to not be in the picture. If this sounds like you, odds are you have issues with the appearance of your pearly whites. Maybe they aren’t so white anymore. Maybe they’re misaligned or strangely shaped. Whatever your complaint with your smile, your cosmetic dentist in Roselle Park can soothe your woes. Continue reading to learn how.


Tuesday Tip: Keep Your Teeth Healthy on Vacation

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Sunscreen? Check. Phone charger? Check. Toothbrush? Oops. If you find yourself temporarily without a toothbrush, you can rinse vigorously with water to wash away some of that cavity-causing bacteria. You could also put some toothpaste on a clean washcloth or your clean finger in a pinch. When you finally get to the nearest drugstore, look for a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If there aren’t any Seal products, buy the softest brush you can find


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