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Dental Health

Frequently Asked Questions

At Platinum Dental Group in Somerset, New Jersey we are focused on patient-centric dental health care. Our philosophy is to create beautiful smiles for everyone of our patients and keep them smiling for years.

Here at Platinum Dental Group in Somerset, we are frequently asked this question by our patients: “How can I get whiter teeth?” The most important thing to know first is how to know is that proper diet and simple dental hygiene are the first steps. You need to know how to follow the proper dental plan and know how teeth get stained in the first place.

Dental Health – What causes teeth to stain?

There are two factors which cause tooth discoloration, internal and external factors. External factors occur when one does not follow proper dental care like brushing their teeth properly or flossing. Other external factors are by smoking or by drinking dark-coloured beverages, such as tea, coffee or wine. Internal factors occur when the inner structure of the tooth darkens or gets a yellow tint or the outer layer of the tooth enamel wears away, exposing the dark or yellow shade underneath. If you think you have stained teeth, talk to your Platinum Dental Group dentist in Somerset, NJ to see the right treatment for you.

Depending on the type of tooth discoloration, our dentists at Platinum Dental Group in Somerset will determine if bleaching is a good option for you. At times, stains from fluorosis or tetracycline are difficult to eliminate with bleaching, so other options such as veneers or crowns can resolve this problem by covering the stained tooth. But since only natural teeth enamel can be whitened, you may need to replace old dental work after bleaching, in order to match the color of your newly whitened teeth.

Whitening with bleaching is a simple non-invasive dental treatment which enhances the bright color of your natural tooth enamel. Over-the-counter tooth whitening products are also available in stores but they may not be approved by the American Dental Association and are less effective than the treatments we provide at Platinum Dental Group. Tooth whitening may not keep your teeth white forever, but with proper dental care and treatment and regular check-ups at Platinum Dental Group in Somerset you can maintain your brilliant smile and oral health.

You may think cosmetic dentistry is  just a service to correct dental flaws, but what you might not realize is that the presence of dental flaws may indicate that other problems may exist, which can impact your overall dental health. Teeth that are missing, decayed or cracked can affect your appearance and make you feel embarrassed about your smile. But all these problems have the potential to lead to more serious oral health problems. Here at Platinum Dental Group we want you to have a beautiful smile, but more importantly, a healthy one too. We provide many cosmetic procedures, supported by superb dentists and a friendly and helpful staff.

Dental Health –  Platinum Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening lightens the color of your natural teeth by bleaching the discolored, stained or darkened teeth which were subject to age, smoke or certain types of drinks. Depending on the degree of stain, using the teeth whitening bleaching method may not always give the best results. Talk to your Platinum Dental Group dentist to advise you of the best ways to whiten your teeth for that perfect smile.

Composite Fillings

Nowadays composite fillings are the most common way to repair cavities. They fill in gaps in teeth, protect tooth surfaces and also serve as cosmetic treatments by matching the fillings to the color of your existing teeth. Talk to your Platinum Dental Group dentist in Somerset about replacing your old fillings with composite fillings.

Porcelain Veneers

These custom designed thin pieces of porcelain are used to create the natural and uniform look of teeth while also providing resilience and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alteration, or change tooth size, shape or color. Talk to your Platinum Dental Group dentist to see if porcelain veneers are right for you.

Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns, also called caps, fit over broken, decayed or fractured teeth that cannot be restored with a filling. They also serve a cosmetic purpose, restoring a discolored or misshaped tooth to match your other teeth. Talk to your Platinum Dental Group dentist in Somerset to see if porcelain crowns are right for you.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants replace tooth roots by placing an artificial root into the jaw, providing a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Talk to your Platinum Dental Group dentist to see if dental implants are right for you.

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is a very important part of dental health because floss reaches the hard-to-reach areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. Food debris, bacteria and plaque can grow well between the teeth and cause gum and periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important to floss daily between your teeth and under your gum line. Don’t give plaque colonies and bacteria the chance to flourish and destroy your dental health. If you do not take any oral health measure, plaque will form underneath your gum line and will eventually turn into tartar. This eventually leads to inflammation of the gum and the decay of bone. It is only the beginning of periodontal disease.

Dental Health – Proper flossing advice

  1. 15 inches of floss are needed to floss your teeth every time. Wrap the piece around your middle fingers. See that both middle fingers are about two inches away from each other.
  2. Move the floss gently between your teeth up and down and underneath the gum line. Have your thumbs help the middle finger to guide your motion so you have better control of the movement of the floss and thus not hurt your gum tissue.
  3. Make sure the floss moves up and down each tooth in a round motion.  
  4. Tips for dental pros: Use a floss holder if you have having a hard time using conventional floss.

Daily flossing will keep your teeth and gum health and beautiful.

Four out of five people have periodontal diseases and don’t even know it. In the early stages periodontal diseases are painless and are therefore not always noticeable so easily. Routine dental exams help detect early stage periodontal diseases before they can advance to a more severe stage. Gums become inflamed by plaque which produces acid on the gums and teeth that can lead to bone loss. Brushing and flossing will avoid having bacteria, saliva turn food debris turning into plaque.

Dental Health – What are the symptoms and signs of Periodontal Diseases?

  • “I have a genetic condition.” Patients with a genetic condition have a high chance to get aggressive periodontitis. Therefore, our dentists in Somerset advise you to get more information from our dentists and develop a dental treatment plan in order to pay attention to possible tooth loss and gum decay.
  • “I don’t keep best oral health.” If you do not treat defective fillings or restorative dental products that do not properly fit, plaque, bacteria and other debris can easily attach in the spaces between your teeth and gum.
  • “I smoke tobacco.” Tartar and plaques are likely to build when you chew or smoke tobacco.
  • “My medication gives me side effects.” Blood pressure, oral contraceptives, steroids and cancer therapy can cause plaque to easier stick to your gums and teeth.
  • “I have a systemic disease.” Diabetes or any blood type disorder can lead to a gum infection.
  • “My hormones have changed.” Your gum sensitivity can be caused by several changes like oral contraceptives, puberty or pregnancy.
  • What are the symptoms and Signs of Periodontal Diseases?
  • “My gums are swollen, red and puffy.” Your gum should never be puffy, red or swollen.
  • “My gums are bleeding.” Even when you brush and floss your teeth very roughly, your gum should never bleed.
  • “I have constant bad breath.” Bacteria in your mouth cause you to have a bad breath.
  • “I have gaps between my teeth.” Bone loss can cause you to have gaps or spaces between your teeth.
  • “My teeth are loose.” Loose teeth can be caused by bone loss and weak periodontal fiber.
  • “I have pus on my gums.” Having pus on your gum indicates a gum infection.
  • “My gums are receding.” Having receding gums shows that you are losing your teeth slowly as your receding gum loosens your teeth over time.
  • “I feel discomfort or tenderness.” Your teeth and gums can be irritated by plaque and bacteria.

Normally a patient makes a visit to the dentist bi-annually. The frequency of visits may vary depending on the recommendation given by your dentist. Your dentist and dental hygienist will examine your dental health and clean your mouth. Making regular dentist visits is a basis for a good oral hygiene.

Dental Health – What to expect during a dental exam?

  • Medical history: Your medical history will be review by looking at whether any changes have occurred in your medical conditions, medications or illnesses.
  • X-rays: A diagnostic dental radiography will be taken by your dental hygienist and dentist. It determines whether the patient is suffering from loss of bone, having cysts, decay or tumors. The x-ray also determines the position of the teeth and roots.
  • A screening will be taken to check whether you show any signs of oral cancer on your gums, tongue, mouth tissue, face, neck and lips.
  • Your gums will be analyzed to determine any signs of periodontal diseases.
  • A tooth decay examination will be conducted to see whether you teeth suffer from any tooth decay.
  • Your existing restorations like crowns, caps, fillings and bridges will be checked.
  • The dental hygienist will remove tartar, calculus that manifested on your teeth above and below your gumline.
  • Plaque will be removed by your dental hygienist that formed on your teeth over time.
  • Your dental hygienist will take off remaining strains and polish your teeth.
  • Your dentist and dental hygienist recommend for your oral hygiene to review your oral hygiene as needed.
  • If you are undertaking a special diet that influences your dental health, your dentist will give you recommendations accordingly.

It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, especially at night before bed, to maintain good oral dental health. Routine brushing and flossing will help you remove the food debris and bacteria that can turn to tartar and cause plaque and tooth decay.

After each brushing, floss and then rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water.

Dental Health – Tips for better teeth brushing

  • Brush your teeth using small, gentle circles while holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.
  • Be sure to reach every area of the tooth – the biting, inner and outer areas.
  • To brush the inside of your front teeth, use the tip of your toothbrush head.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria.
  • Using an electric toothbrush can help you maintin good orgal hygiene easier.

Dental Health – Tips for how to floss better

  • Flossing daily will help keep the area beneath the gumline and between teeth clean.
  • Floss by using a piece of floss, about 16 inches long, and wrap it between the middle fingers on both hands until have about two inches between your hands.
  • Gently move the floss in-between teeth using your thumb and forefingers to gently slide floss back and forth.
  • Move floss around each tooth being careful to slide it beneath the gumline to remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar.
  • If you have trouble using floss, use an over-the-counter floss holder.

Dental Health – Tips for Rinsing

  • It’s important to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after brushing your teeth.
  • If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water. After you eat something and you have no way to brush your teeth, it is also recommended to rinse your mouth with water.

Halitosis, commonly referred to as bad breath, can be embarrassing but it can happen to anybody and as a result of various causes. Typically, bad breath is caused by microbial bacteria on the back of your tongue. Using tongue scraper or brushing your tongue can reduce bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

Dental Health – Why do I have bad breath?

  • Do you have dry mouth. Xerostomia, as it’s technically called or dry mouth, can cause bad breath.
  • Do you eat or drink recently? The saliva in your mouth helps eliminate bacteria from your mouth after you eat. Also if you’re hungry or dehydrated, it can cause bad breath.
  • Did you eat something smelly like garlic and onions? The odor-causing elements will enter the bloodstream and will be exhaled through your lungs.
  • Did you brush your teeth? If you didn’t, then any bacteria growing in your mouth.
  • Do you have periodontal disease? This can cause the pockets beneath your teeth to become inflamed.
  • Do you have an illness or medical condition? Some diseases such as pneumonia, sinus infections, bronchitis and liver and kidney diseases can cause bad breath.
  • Do you have problems with your dental work? If you had any dental treatments that fit poorly or were done improperly, it can cause bad breath.
  • Do you use tobacco products? Tobacco products will cause dry mouth and lead to bad breath.
  • Are you on a diet? I you are currently on a diet that causes your body to burn fat  body releases ketones which is a chemical that is released through your breath.
  • Do you have morning breath? While you are sleeping, saliva production almost stops completely and bacteria in your mouth can spread.

Our dentists at Platinum Dental Group will help you determine the cause of your bad breath. We’ll review your medical history with you and help create a plan for you to combat bad breath.

Dental Health – How do I get rid of bad breath?

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing your teeth twice a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. Change your toothbrush or your electric toothbrush head every two to three months. Daily flossing will discourage the growth of plaque and bacteria that can be caused by food debris. Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper will also help reduce bad breath. Cleaning any removable dental product every night will help reduce bad breath.
  • Schedule routine, bi-annual, dental cleanings and checkups with your dentist. If you have signs of periodontal disease, we will recommend quarterly deep cleanings.
  • Stop using tobacco products. If you need help quitting the habit, ask your dentist for recommended methods.
  • Drink more water. Drinking water helps wash away bacteria that causes bad breath.
  • Use mouthwash. Although only a temporary solution, using over-the-counter mouthwash will overpower bad breath. An antiseptic rinse will help kill the bacteria that causes bad breath. Talk to your dentist about your options for controlling bad breath.

Practicing good oral hygiene will control bad breath but if you have any questions, your Platinum Dental Group dentist will be able to assist you.

Platinum Dental Group offices in Somerset and Bayonne accept most dental insurance. Contact a location near you and have our staff determine which dental benefits are included with your insurance.