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Why Is A Great Smile Good For Your Self-Esteem?

Somerset NJ dentist shares why a great smile boosts self confidence

A Dazzling Smile Looks Healthy

Donning a dazzling white smile doesn’t just show the world how healthy your teeth and gums are, your dental health also plays a significant role in how confident you feel.

Have you ever had yellowing teeth or maybe a discolored tooth or two?

If so, you were probably pretty self-conscious about it. And if you’re self conscious about your smile then you’re not going to feel so great about your appearance when interacting with others.

With this smile self-esteem question in mind, we’d like to expand on this article from to hear psychologist Ann Demarais, Ph.D., and dental hygienist Kristy Menage Bernie give the scoop on why having a great smile matters – and how to get your pearly whites looking their brightest. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Are Diabetes & Dental Health Related?

Are Diabetes & Dental Health Connected?

“Both gum disease and diabetes are chronic diseases, and they both make each other worse.”

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects our body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of our bodies.

In addition, diabetes can lower our resistance to infection and slow the healing process.

According to the American Diabetes Association, here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes: Read the rest of this entry »

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Do We Have A Taste For Fat?

Somerset NJ dentist shares taste for fat news

Is Fat Our New Sixth Taste?

Our taste buds identify five primary tastes – bitter, salty, sour, sweet and umami (or savory).

But recent news may have us identifying a sixth, new taste…oleogustas.

In Latin, “oleogustus” translates to “a taste for fat.”

And according to this post from Purdue University, there is new evidence of a sixth, disgusting taste – FAT. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Causes Yellow Teeth? These 5 Things…

Franklin Township Answers Why Teeth Yellow

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

In the age of digital photography, social media and other picture sharing websites, people are under more pressure than ever to look their best.

Having a beaming smile with radiant white teeth is now as important as having the latest trendy hairstyle or clothing.

Tooth discoloration, however, is not something that can be quickly fixed before a photograph is taken.

Also known as yellowing teeth, tooth discoloration is the process whereby teeth lose their white sheen and turn dark yellow in color.

It occurs naturally when the outer shell of dental enamel begins to weaken and turns translucent, showing the darker or more yellow colored dentin underneath.

Enamel is the coating that protects our teeth, and it weakens itself naturally over time.

For some people, this coating weakens quicker than others and their teeth begin to lose their white glow.

How can this be?

Here, we list the five most common reasons why teeth begin to prematurely turn yellow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teeth Whitening Compulsion Leads To Bleachorexia

Somerset NJ dentist talks too much teeth whitening

Bleachorexia Is Really A Thing?

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend over a billion dollars a year just on over the counter teeth whitening products. That is a pretty staggering figure, in any economic climate.

But what is it about over the counter teeth whitening products that have us clearing the shelves at the local apothecary?

According to an AACD® national survey:

• Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset.
• 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the
opposite sex.
• Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
• And when respondents were asked, “What would you most like to improve about your smile?”

The most common response was: Whiter & Brighter Teeth. (see the survey here…) Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Swimming Pools Damage Tooth Enamel?

Somerset NJ dentist shares how swimming pools damage tooth enamel

Tooth Enamel Erosion & Swimming Pools

It’s summertime, who doesn’t want to go in the pool?

Well maybe that childhood friend you had with the in-ground pool…who never wanted to go swimming!

Aside from the beach, lake, river, or any other aquatic respite from the summer heat, lounging in the pool is something we can all relate to.

Whether we’re floating on a raft, bellying up to the bar, or exercising, swimming pools offer a cool, healthy summertime activity.

Swimming is a great total body workout that burns tons of calories, but is it completely safe for your smile? Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Be an Extreme Cheapskate with Your Dental Health

Somerset NJ dentist says just say no to DIY dentistry

Is Dentistry A DIY Thing in Your House?

There are just some things in this world that we’re better off paying a professional to do rather than going the do-it-yourself route.

Tooth extraction has to be high up there on the list. But evidently not high enough for this couple…

In this not so recent episode of Extreme Cheapskates – a TV show on the cable network TLC – this couple opts for some DIY dentistry from the comfort of their own living room.

Don’t be DIY dentistry dummy!

Somerset NJ Dentist Shares DIY Tooth-Pulling Essentials

No tooth extraction dummy can incorrectly perform their job without first having and knowing how to use the correct tools.

Without being able to deftly wield a hundred year old pair of pliers, any foray into DIY dentistry performed will most certainly go awry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Invisalign: The Discreet Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Invisalign Clear Braces In Somerset NJ

Discreet Teeth Straightening With Invisalign

Are you confident about your smile?

Perhaps you’re shy about flashing a broad grin or embarrassed about showing your less than straight teeth in public.

If you’re an adult who missed out on orthodontic treatment as a teenager, it’s not too late.

Straightening teeth is about much more than mere aesthetics – straight teeth are healthy teeth!

Poorly aligned teeth can affect their longevity as well as your overall oral health, being harder to keep clean and more likely to develop cavities, fractures and uneven wear.

Luckily, orthodontic technology and dental treatment options have come on in leaps and bounds over the last 15 years or so.

It is now possible to correct misaligned teeth, close gaps and much more in a way that doesn’t involve unattractive looking and uncomfortable ‘train track’ type traditional braces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protect Your Child’s Smile This Summer

Somerset NJ Kids Dentist Talks Summer Prevention

Protect Your Kids’ Smiles In Summer

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, do you see yourself looking for ways to keep them busy and happy?

Some of your summer vacation plans are probably already set, but there is one sure-fire way to help fill your children’s summer schedule.

Make sure they go to the dentist!

Along with a diligent, daily dental hygiene regimen of brushing for #2mins2x, flossing & rinsing, everyone should see the dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Maintaining regular dental visits are important for preventing small problems from becoming larger – more expensive – ones.

Summer is a great time to make sure the kiddos are all set for the smile season! Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Simple Tips for a Healthy Looking Smile

Somerset NJ dentist shares 3 tips to save your smile and MONEY

A Little Smile Maintenance Goes a Long Way

Maintaining a healthy smile is easy, and can even save you money at the dentist. All it takes is some super simple – but consistent – dental hygiene habits to keep your kisser in tip top shape.

A diligent daily dental hygiene regimen along with some preventative dentistry is the first ingredient toward keeping a beaming & bright, healthy looking smile.

Why Is Dental Hygiene So Important?

Because we can avoid major treatment plans that cost significantly more than preventative dentistry – seeing your dentist on the regular. Read the rest of this entry »

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