Icon – A new way to remove white spots from your teeth

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What Chlorine Does to Your Teeth

Some people have white spots on their teeth.  The spots can be the result of decalcification of the enamel after orthodontic treatment due to poor home care.  Plaque around orthodontic brackets can cause the enamel on the teeth to turn white or decalcify, which is the start of the decay process.  White spots can also be present from the time the teeth erupt into the mouth, being a developmental defect. It is also common to see white opaque areas around the gum line,  that are a result of plaque accumulation and acid formation that causes the teeth to decalcify, which is the first step in the decay process.

By using the icon process, white spot lesions can be removed by a process called ICON, resin infiltration.  The white spot lesions disappear without drilling or any physical alteration of the tooth structure. In this   special proces , a clear resin is absorbed by the affected tooth surface and the tooth regains its natural color.  This is a permanent process and the white spot lesions do not come back.

Icon requires no local anesthesia or tooth preparation.  It is totally non-invasive and entirely pain free. The entire process takes only one visit and is usually complete in about an hour.   If you see white spots on your teeth, or your children’s teeth after orthodontic treatment, call Diamond Dental Associates, and Dr. Chanin will be happy to discuss this treatment with you and if it is appropriate to treat these lesions.  

Icon, a pain free treatment to remove unwanted white spots on your teeth and give you the beautiful smile that you deserve.

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Phone: (908) 838-0004
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Things You Should Know About Getting a Whiter, Brighter Smile, Still Time to Get a Brighter Smile for the Holidays!

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Things You Should Know About Getting a Whiter, Brighter Smile, Still Time to Get a Brighter Smile for the Holidays!ur Teeth

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they would most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.

Thinking about teeth whitening? Get the facts first. Here are five of the most commonly asked questions about the process. 

Why Did My Teeth Change Color?

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use
Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Age
Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

Trauma
If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.

Medications
Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Does Whitening Work on All Teeth?

No, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneerscrowns or fillings. It also won’t be as effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.


What Are My Whitening Options?

Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are several ways to put the shine back in your smile:

In-Office Bleaching 
This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth.  We suggest that you follow up in-office bleaching with home whitening trays.

 

At-Home Bleaching 
Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth.  If you are thinking about using an over-the-counter bleaching kit, discuss options with your dentist and look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That means it has been tested to be safe and effective for teeth whitening. The American Dental Association has a list of all ADA-Accepted at-home bleaching products.


Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment for a few days and then start again.  Fluoride gel can also be used for sensitivity during whitening. Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist.

Whitening is a cosmetic procedure and requires maintenance.  Your teeth will continue to discolor from coffee, tea, red wine etc.  so touch up is part of the whitening process. At Diamond Dental Associates we have a Whitening for life program.   Dr. Chanin at Diamond Dental Associates will be happy to discuss whitening and the options that are available to you.  Call our office at 908-838-0004 to make an appointment to discuss whitening, today.

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Phone: (908) 838-0004
For more information e-mail Jen at info@diamonddentalassociates.com

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Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

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Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

  There is now an alternative to surgical periodontal treatment.  In many cases, soft tissue management can be combined with some medicine placed below the gum line to kill the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and soft tissue pocketing. This medicine is supplied in the form of a medicament embedded in a small chip that is inserted under the gum line.  It is called Perio Chip (Chlorhexidine Gluconate).  Gum disease has several causes. While daily oral hygiene routines, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing, are critical elements in preventing or controlling gum disease, genetic disposition also plays an important role.

Some reasons for gum disease are:

  • Lack of adequate oral hygiene, resulting in local bacterial infection.
  • Deficient crowns/fillings.
  • Poor nutrition/diet.
  • Smoking.
  • Extreme tension/stress.
  • Genetic disposition.
  • Uncontrollable, systemic diseases (cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, etc.)
  • Drugs influencing the health of the gums (medicine for hypertension, epilepsy, etc.)

The primary cause of gum disease is an adhesive, colorless layer, called plaque, which accumulates on the surface of the teeth. If plaque is not removed, it hardens and turns into tartar (calculus). Bacteria in the plaque cause infection and destruction of the gum tissues supporting the teeth. When this occurs, the gum separates from the teeth, creating a pocket.

There are various types, or classes, of gum disease. Chronic gum disease is the most common class, affecting mostly adults. You can and should check yourself for the warning signs of gum disease. You may, however, have gum disease that has spread to the bone without any symptoms whatsoever. Most people do not experience any pain as a result of gum disease and, as a result, it often goes undetected. It is important to have regular dental checkups, including a periodontal examination.

The warning signs of Periodontal disease are:

  • Swollen gums.
  • Bright red or purplish gums.
  • Gums that feel tender when touched.
  • Gums that recede from your teeth, making your teeth appear longer.
  • New spaces between your teeth.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Bad breath.
  • Bad taste in your mouth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • A change in the way that your teeth fit together when you bite.

Although there are surgical treatments for gum disease, there are also non-surgical therapies, such as scaling and root planning,   also called soft tissue management. . This usually involves anesthetizing the gum tissues with an anesthetic. The dentist or hygienist then scrapes the diseased tooth root until it is clean and no longer contains bacterial waste and smooths the root surface.

 

Scaling and root planning combined with the use of an antiseptic such as Perio Chip, has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing pocket depth.  Once gum disease has been diagnosed, immediate action is required in order to avoid its progression. If left untreated, the gum may deteriorate.

A growing number of dentists and hygienists have discovered that they can be more effective in treating and removing one of the underlying causes of gum disease (i.e., bacteria in the pocket) by adding a locally applied antiseptic substance, such as PerioChip® (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) following soft tissue management. Studies have shown that patients who received PerioChip® after scaling and root planning experienced a statistically significant reduction in the depth of their periodontal pockets versus patients who were treated with scaling and root planning alone when measured at nine months after initial treatment with PerioChip.  PerioChip remains in place for about 10 days and there is no need to remove it since it is biodegradable and dissolves by itself. There is a follow up visit to see the results and determine if any additional treatment is necessary.

We recommend Perio Chip as part of a periodontal maintenance program as a proactive way to treatment pockets with scaling and root planning. Call Dr. Chanin at Diamond Dental Associates,  908-838-0004, for further information about PerioChip and to determine if you are a candidate to treat your particular condition with this non-surgical technique.

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Phone: (908) 838-0004
For more information e-mail Jen at info@diamonddentalassociates.com

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Periodontal Disease and Increased Blood Sugar Levels

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Periodontal Disease and Increased Blood Sugar Levels

Gum Disease can raise your blood sugar level
Gum disease is an infection by germs in the gums around the teeth. It is one of the most common infections in people around the world. In its more serious form- known as “periodontitis”-the infection is long lasting. The soft gums and bone around the teeth dissolve over time. This can lead to loss of teeth. One-half of the US population 30 years and older has periodontitis, as do 60 percent of 60-year-olds.

 

Periodontitis Raises Blood Sugar and May lead to type 2 diabetes.
People with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, have more gum disease than those without diabetes. At a recent meeting of top experts in dental and diabetes research from around the world, scientists looked closely at the latest research into how gum disease could affect diabetes. They found that, compared with those with healthy gums, people with severe gum disease

-have higher long-term blood sugar levels

-might be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes

-may be at a higher risk of developing pregnancy (gestational) diabetes

-have a harder time controlling their type 2 diabetes

-are at a higher risk of experiencing harm to eyes and kidneys, as well as a heart attack and stroke if they have diabetes.

 

How does gun disease make blood sugar levels go up?
Scientists think that some of the germs in infected gums leak into the bloodstream after normal activities such as chewing or toothbrushing. This starts a reaction from your body’s defense system, which, in turn, produces some powerful molecules that have harmful effects all over your body. An example is raising your blood sugar level.

Can gum disease treatment help control your diabetes?
Yes the good news is that in people with type 2 diabetes, treatment of severe disease (for instance, deep cleaning) can lead to a drop in blood sugar levels. The benefit is about the same as you might find if you added another drug to your usual diabetes medicine.

 

What you can do

Keep your gums as healthy as possible, whether or not you have diabetes.

-Brush your teeth gently twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste.

-Clean between your teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner daily.

-Visit your dentist regularly for check- ups and cleanings.

-At Diamond Dental Associates, we will often request to see our diabetic patients more frequently to preventively control the effects of dental plaque and your diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes, keeping your gums healthy could help lower your risk of experiencing problems, such as blindness and kidney disease, because of your diabetes.

The latest research on links between gum disease and diabetes shows how important it is to have healthy gums.

A healthy mouth is an important part of good overall health.

Call Diamond Dental Associates today to determine if you have periodontal disease that may be increasing your blood sugar levels and maintain that beautiful and healthy smile that you deserve.  At Diamond Dental Associates we change lives one smile at a time.  908–838-0004.

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Phone: (908) 838-0004
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Do You Snore? We can help!

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Do You Snore? We can help!

 

If you snore loudly and often, you may be accustomed to middle of the night elbow thrusts and lots of bad jokes.  But snoring is no laughing matter. That log-sawing noise that keeps everyone awake comes from efforts to force air through an airway that is not fully open.

An estimated 10% of adults snore. For most, there are no serious medical consequences, but for some, it is the first indication of a potential life-threatening disorder called “Obstructive Sleep Apnea”.  

What is Snoring?

Snoring is caused by a change in airflow through the nasal and throat tissues.  It’s basically like water running through a pipe. If the water runs abnormally through the pipe it will vibrate.  The same thing happens with airflow when it is partially obstructed.

Snoring can be categorized by its severity.  

  • The Benign Snorer:  snores occasionally but experiences no physical problems.   
  • Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome: With UARS, the snoring is so loud and breathing so labored, that it still wakes the snorer up numerous times throughout the night.  This leaves them tired in the morning.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Occurs when the tissues of the snorer’s upper airway (throat) collapse down and restrict
  •  or prevent them from breathing for extended periods of time while they sleep. A person with sleep apnea can have hundreds of events throughout the night. They rarely wake up and patients don’t often recall not breathing, even though it happens many times. The body is deprived of valuable oxygen; it is essentially being suffocated at night, every night over and over again.

How we can help

We work with some of the leading sleep specialists and surgeons to help diagnosis and treat snoring problems and sleep apnea. We’ve found that many of our patients who suffer from these issues prefer a conservative non-surgical approach.  In our office, we can treat snoring and mild sleep apnea with non-surgical, removable devices called sleep appliances.

These sleep appliances are worn while you are sleeping to decrease your sleep apnea occurrences and reduce your snoring. Sleep appliances may offer several advantages over other therapy choices.  They are inexpensive, non-invasive, easy to fabricate, reversible, and quite well accepted by patients.

Our office uses different appliances to fit your needs and circumstances. The procedure is quite easy.

An impression is made of your teeth. Measurements of the forward and sideways maximum movements of the jaw are recorded. The impression is sent to tour dental laboratory for manufacturing the appliance. About two weeks later we will fit the appliance to your mouth along with specific instructions on how to use it. Over a few appointments we will adjust the appliance to maximize its benefits.

The treatment objectives for appliance therapy are to reduce snoring, resolve any OSA issues, get a higher amount of oxygen into your system, eliminate excessive daytime sleepiness and allow you to function normally.  It does this by holding your lower jaw open and slightly forward during sleep. This prevents the tongue from falling back and contacting the back of your throat and creating an obstruction.

                      In addition to these treatments, there are steps you can take to reduce your snoring:

  • Weight loss: Weight loss of even 10% can reduce sleep apnea. People with severe sleep apnea are almost always over weight.  Losing weight will reduce redundant tissue volume in the upper airway, decrease the load on the chest wall and abdomen, and improve respiratory muscular efficiency.  In mild cases, weight reduction alone may result in a cure. In other cases it enhances the effects of additional therapy.
  • Sleep on your side– Many studies have shown that patients who sleep on their back have a significantly higher level of sleep disturbance.  It is believed that sleeping in the supine position causes a gravitational pull on the tongue forcing it to come in contact with the posterior pharyngeal wall.  Therefore any technique that keeps you sleeping on your side could be beneficial.
  • Avoid alcohol within two to three hours of bedtime.  Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and changes motor activity to the muscles that control normal inspiration.  These changes create unfavorable forces in the upper airway causing it to collapse.
  • Avoid certain pharmacological agents– Benzodiazepines, narcotics, barbiturates, and testosterone have all been reported to affect the occurrence of apnea episodes.  For example, Flurazepam has been shown to worsen apnea episodes in patients who already suffer from this disease and trigger apnea in patients who have no history of a problem.

 

Give our office a call to come in for a complimentary evaluation to see if we can help both you and your neighbors get a restful night sleep.  Call Dr. Chanin for more information at 908-838-0004

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Diamond Dental

North, 334 NJ-31 #1 Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 838-0004
For more information e-mail Jen at info@diamonddentalassociates.com

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