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Breaking Bad Oral Habits

October 17th, 2018

The effects of bad oral habits are something our team sees all too often. You might have bad oral habits that stem from childhood, possibly because your parents did not know about proper oral care or force you to follow it. Or, your bad habits could develop gradually, like slacking on your frequency of brushing.

Bad oral habits can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and consequences such as losing teeth and experiencing bad pain. They may be deeply ingrained and easy to continue, but you can break them with a little effort. Focus on developing good habits to replace your current ones, and eating a diet that is healthy for your teeth.

Replace Bad Habits with Good

Breaking your bad oral habits may not be as difficult as you expect when you focus instead on developing good habits. These new good habits can naturally replace your bad habits.

  • Brush your teeth after each meal or at least twice a day.
  • Visit a dentist every six months for an exam and a professional cleaning.
  • Floss your teeth every day.

These good habits may not seem natural, so you can take steps to make sure you follow these behaviors. For example, make a daily checklist with your scheduled sessions of brushing and flossing your teeth and using mouthwash. You can also set a timer to be sure you brush your teeth for the full recommended two minutes.

Eat Properly

Poor eating habits can be detrimental to your teeth. A common mistake is to let food, especially carbohydrates such as starch and sugar, stay on your teeth for a long time. You can stop doing this by rinsing your mouth with water after each meal or snack. Also, avoid candy and soft drinks between meals, since the sugar sits on your teeth.

A healthy diet provides the nutrients you need to maintain strong teeth. The mineral calcium is key for healthy teeth, so try to get your three daily servings of high-calcium foods, such as low-fat milk or yogurt, canned fish, or fortified soy or almond milk. Also include vegetables and fruits, which have a high water content.

If you need more tips about breaking your bad oral health habits, contact our Randolph, NJ office and speak with Drs. Kaplan, Friedlander, and Mansey. or a member of our team.

Boo! Celebrating Halloween with Randolph Dental Associates

October 15th, 2018

If you’ve visited us lately, you know that we love fall. We decorate our office with beautifully  colored chrysanthemums, especially burgundy and maroon ones. You’ve probably also seen a pumpkin that keeps the office festive and reminds us that Halloween is coming!

While we’ll wear Halloween-themed scrubs to celebrate the holiday, we’re counting on you to bring in your scariest Halloween costumes. Seeing kids wearing their costumes to get their teeth cleaned is absolutely our favorite part of the holiday. You all have come in with so many great costumes. In the past few years, we’ve seen princesses, candy, emojis, PAW Patrol, Power Rangers, and Star Wars characters. We love seeing your creativity shine through and always welcome you to bring your best costumes.

Many of our favorite Halloween memories as children are from trick-or-treating with family. And it’s still true today! Lots of our staff members still go trick-or-treating with their children or stay at home handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Sometimes we’ll even have our four-legged friends running around with spooky Halloween costumes, too!

If you’re looking for halloween movie recommendations, we’ve got you covered. For adults and people looking for a serious scare, you’ll enjoy both Halloween and Friday the 13th. For the whole family, we recently had a great time watching Hotel Transylvania. Needless to say, we always cherish a classic Halloween TV Special like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

And what would Halloween be without tasty treats? Our team loves any and all kinds of chocolates. Some of our thoughtful patients have brought us brownies, caramel apples, and other yummy goodies to share at the office. Just don’t forget to brush your teeth extra well after enjoying those sweet snacks!

We hope you have a great Halloween, and we hope to see you in the office soon.

Why You Should Avoid Energy and Sports Drinks

October 10th, 2018

In a world where everything moves so quickly and teens and young adults find themselves pulling “all-nighters” or working long hours, energy drinks have grabbed the spotlight. You’ll have one (or three) and suddenly you have the drive you need to keep going.

The same can be said for sports drinks. It’s common for people to have one even when they’re not engaged in any strenuous physical activity, which is what they were designed for. People will drink them simply because they’ve grown to love the taste.

Although they might taste great and boost your energy, there’s a serious down side to consuming energy and sports drinks on a steady basis. Studies have shown that these drinks contain so much acid that they start to destroy your teeth after just five days of consistent use.

The acid in these drinks destroys your tooth enamel, which makes your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria. This can progress to staining, tooth decay, and hypersensitivity.

That’s why Drs. Kaplan, Friedlander, and Mansey. and our team want to encourage you to try to limit the amount of sports and energy drinks you consume. If you do enjoy either or both of these drinks, you should make it a habit to rinse your mouth with water immediately after consumption, and brush your teeth about an hour later, after the period when acid has a softening effect on your enamel has passed.

If you feel like you’re already experiencing the side effects of heavy energy and sports drink consumption, visit our Randolph, NJ office, and our team can provide solutions for how to prevent further damage from occurring. It’s never too late to change a bad habit!

What is a crown?

October 3rd, 2018

Drs. Kaplan, Friedlander, and Mansey. and our team at Randolph Dental Associates, LLC hear this question all the time. Millions of people have dental crowns that artificially restore the chewing surface of a tooth. Also known as caps, these restorations surround the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gum line. Crowns are custom fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of other teeth and are visually undetectable to others. Several types of materials can be used to create crowns, including stainless steel, resin, metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. When properly cared for and accurately fit, crowns can stay in place for a decade or more.

There are many reasons to get a dental crown, including:

  • To restore a broken or cracked tooth
  • To protect a tooth after a root canal
  • To restore a severely decayed tooth
  • To help anchor a dental bridge
  • To complete a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth that is at high risk for developing decay
  • For cosmetic purposes

Getting a dental crown

The process of getting a dental crown begins at our Randolph, NJ office. X-rays are used to ensure the teeth are healthy enough to receive a crown. If the roots and surrounding bone are in satisfactory condition, the tooth will be numbed, filed, and reshaped in preparation for the crown. If the tooth root is not healthy, a root canal may be necessary first.

After the tooth is prepared, a special paste is placed over the upper and lower teeth to make impressions. These impressions serve as blueprints for the dental laboratory responsible for making the crown. They also help ensure the position of the new crown will not negatively affect a patient’s bite. The prepared tooth is protected by a temporary crown while the permanent one is made. When ready, the permanent crown replaces the temporary crown and is cemented in place.

To learn more about crowns, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Kaplan, Friedlander, and Mansey., please give us a call at our convenient Randolph, NJ office!

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