Jan 14

Receding gums, to most people is a vanity issue. They worry about what their smiles are going to look like, and how others will look at them. However, it becomes much more than that when the causes and possible outcomes are brought to light; it can be a serious health risk.

Causes of receding gums

In many cases, receding gums, also known as gingival recession, refers to the exposure of the roots of the teeth due to the loss of gum tissue. The most common cause for the loss of gum tissue, is gum disease , or periodontitis. This begins when plaque, formed by bacteria,  accumulates on teeth and gums. When plaque is not removed daily, it produces toxins that irritate the gums. Eventually, these toxins destroy the tissues of the gums, causing them to separate from the teeth (recede) and form spaces called pockets. 

Progression of receding gums

The loss of gum tissue is more common in adults, but often begin the early stages as teenagers. 

Healthy gums are usually pink, tight to the teeth, and has a scalloped or curved appearance. The early stages of problem is characterized by red or swollen gums that are tender and bleed easily when brushed. At this point, it is reversible and can be detected by your dentist during regular checkups. As the disease progresses, it can destroy the bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth. The teeth may become loose and have to be removed by a dentist. When the disease get to the advanced stage of peridontitis, there is usually a sever case of bad breath, inflammation of the gums which may contain pus, and the teeth get so lose that they fall out. 

Dangers of receding gums

While the most obvious danger of having receding gums is the eventual loss of teeth, there are many more serious health risks that can be associated with this. Receding gums is known as the “Silent Killer” because is the gateway of serious afflictions, such as periodontal disease which has been proven to be linked to much more serious conditions. Among these are heart disease, heart attack, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even  premature and underweight babies. Taking care of receding gums, and getting treatment in the early stages is extremely  important in helping to maintain the overall health of your body.

Treating receding gums

It has been said that the best treatment to any condition is prevention. However, many are not aware of  the risks of receding gums, until they are already affected. Regular dental checkups help with early detection, and further recession can be preventeed by regular flossing and brushing. However, it may be too far gone where this will help. Depending on the stage of the disease, gum recession can be treated by  surgically moving healthy gum tissue to the areas where the gum has receded. This procedure is usually done in the dental office with local anesthetic.

 

Your Dumont Dentists are dedicated to providing the best dental care. Fell free to drop in at our office to discuss further treatment options that may be available for you.

 

Dec 24

 

We have always been told about the importance of brushing and flossing in the promotion of healthy gums, and also that we should try to stay away from all the sugary foods that contribute to teeth decay. However, not too often are we told about that foods that are good for our teeth and gums! Here at the office of you Dumont Dentists, we are dedicated to educating our patients about the effects of the foods that we eat on our overall oral health.

There are a lot of food that are rich in the vitamins that are very essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth.

Foods rich in Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the the normal structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A , can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get Vitamin A from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

Foods rich in Vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage and is vital in the promotion of healthier gums by preventing the gums from breaking down. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of fresh fruits including citrus fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Foods rich in Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is essential in preventing the inflammation of gums which can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While plenty of sunlight aids in the body's production of Vitamin D, you can get additional Vitamin D from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.


 

 

 

Oct 18

Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease (American Academy of Periodontology).

We have helped both men and women of all ages from local areas of Dumont and Teaneck and even New York City maintain healthy bodies and helped the eliminate gum and bone destroying bacteria and their dangerous toxins- JUST WITH REGULAR DENTAL CLEANINGS!

Regular dental cleaning is one important, easy thing you can do to stay healthy and possibly live longer.

 

 

 

 

Sep 05

(Original article from Dumont Dentists' Patients News - Summer 2012)

........& keeping your balance!!!                                                                                                                                                 

Is it a coincidence that even the ordinary people on reality shows have great smiles? Seems unlikely... just ask the casting directors! True, looking good can thrust you into the limelight, yet it takes more than white even straight teeth to give you your best smile. Consider proportion, balance, and symmetry. If these are missing from your smile, it might be that your gums need some attention.

Here are some problems we see all the time, along with time-tested solutions that provide beautiful and predictable results...

Too much gum tissue & too-small teeth

Removing excess gum tissue to reveal more tooth can make a great difference! This is called gum contouring, gum recontouring, a gum lift, or crown lengthening.

Teeth that look different lengths

Recontouring can also even out an irregular gumline thatmakes teeth appear to be different lengths.

Gum recession, exposed roots, & too-long teeth

Root-coverage procedures or natural-looking veneers can restore proportion and help prevent root caries.

Distracting red puffy gums

Gum disease is treatable, so you can prevent the prematurely ageing look of tooth loss and jawbone loss and consider cosmetic treatment options.

Give us a call if you avoid smiling for any of these reasons. We will help you.                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

Aug 07

(Original article found in our Patient News - Summer 2012)

Your child: from six weeks to six years

Your child's dental development begins as early as six weeks into pregnancy - a little early for brushing and flossing! Usually around six to eight months after birth, tiny tooth buds will break through their gums, lower incisors first, uppers usually later.  A child learns to eat and speak properly with the help of these first teeth. These teeth also hold space open for permanent teeth, and help the jaws find their correct alignment.

The average child will have a full set of primary teeth by the age of 2 1/2  years. Spaces between teeth are normal and reduce the likelihood of orthodontic work like braces later... as will early intervention for crowded teeth, or accidental tooth loss.

 

Around your child’s sixth birthday, permanent teeth begin to erupt. Don’t worry if other kids your child’s age have lost more or fewer teeth. Teeth usually erupt earlier in girls than in boys.

Sometimes the permanent teeth appear behind the primary incisors before the baby teeth are even loose. This can look like two rows of teeth. Usually, with time, the baby teeth will be pushed out and the permanent teeth will take their place.

Please make sure you schedule your child's first visit to our office between the ages of two and three. We can get to know each other, and make sure their dental development and oral health is on the right track.

 

 

 

Jul 03

(Original article in Dumont Dentists' Summer 2012 Patient Newletter)

Language can be sooo telling. For instance, the word ”stress” is derived from the Latin stringere which means to draw tight. Thats exactly how your face looks; pinched, tight, and strained when you leave Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) problems untreated. TMD can impersonate migraines, tension headaches, neuritis, and neuralgia. The pain can lead to fatigue, insomnia, and the symptoms of depression.

The most common cause of  jaw-related problems is an uneven bite or jaw position - something you may have been born with, or which you developed through grinding, tooth loss, clenching,and wearing down teeth and restorations. It you can’t open your mouth fully, hear clicking noises or experience pain and tenderness in and around your jaw, face, ear, and head, a simple effective dental solution may be all you need to loosen up and put a smile on your face!

 

Jun 06


Dr. Schneider featured in 201 Magazine
as one of the top dentists in Bergen County, New Jersey!

Read about Top Bergan County Dentist Dr. Schneider in 201 Magazine

Imagine dentistry with no drilling, no cutting and no pain. It's not only possible, but its an integral part of Dr. Herbert J. Schneider’s everyday practice. This futuristic approach to dentistry is manifested through the use of three separate lasers, digital X-rays and the accompanying techniques.

Dr. Schneider says, "I realize that every time people come to me for dentistry they're trusting me with something precious to them -- their smiles." Respecting that trust, the recipient of a mastership award from the World Clinical Laser Institute has dedicated himself toward remaining on the cutting edge of the latest high-end technology.

- 201 Magazine

 

May 16

(Article from our Patient Newsletter - Spring 2012)

Let’s face it-all mature adults experience the effects of gravity and a life well-lived on their appearance. Though when teeth are missing, the bite and facial structure can alter, exaggerating signs of normal ageing and creating a sunken aged appearance. You may be surprised to learn that dental implants, which were invented as a permanent way to replace teeth and to avoid bone loss, actually have a cosmetic benefit and can even prevent the need for a surgical facelift.

Implants have two parts: a root made of biocompatible metal and a custom-made enamel tooth crown which is attached to it. Here’s how they can help save your oral health and appearance....

Immediate placement after tooth loss can save supporting bone, adjacent teeth, and your great looking smile.

Implants can be an attractive alternative to a denture or bridge.

An implant-supported bridge can be used when more than one tooth is missing to provide greater stability and save underlying bone.

An implant-supported denture can solve the problems of eating, speaking, and socializing associated with wobbly fitting dentures and permanently removes the need for adhesives.

We are committed to helping you prevent tooth loss, but when the need arises, we'll be happy to discuss whether implants are a suitable option for you. Not only can they save your looks — they look and feel natural too!

 

May 02

Dental x-rays are used to take an internal "picture" of your teeth and your gums and surrounding tissues, and are seen as a necessary part of dental care. With the use of these machines, your dentist is able to discover and see problems within the mouth, the teeth, and the jaw and surrounding tissues, problems that would otherwise be undetectable with the naked eye.

Traditionally, dental x-rays are frowned upon by many, from the amount of radiation emitted, to the amount of time required to get it done and the quality of the images. However, dentists are trying to resolve these issues with the use of Digital Radiography, or digital x-rays.

While traditional x-rays are already relatively safe, digital x-rays have been proven to emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays! This is particularly helpful and a positive for all of those who require regular x-rays, and even those who are more concerned about being exposed to any type of radiation in general.

Digital x-rays can also mean a quicker appointment at your dentist's office. While traditional x-rays are taken with a machine on the outside of the mouth, need to be developed to view the images, digital x-rays uses a small camera placed inside of the mouth that is hooked up to a computer and available for viewing immediately by dentist and patient.

With digital x-rays, because of the advanced technology, the quality of the images are much better than that of the regular dental x-rays. The dentist is able to manipulate the image to get a better visual, something that is not possible with traditional x-rays.

Your Dumont Dentists are dedicated to providing their patients with the most advanced dental care at all time. Using digital x-rays provide them the opportunity to continue providing the best dental care to their patients!!!!

Mar 19

With Spring upon us, there is also the resumption of outdoor sports and activites. Recent research by the American Dental Association found that individuals who were participating in contact sports or even rigorous excercises, were sixty (60) times more likely to damage their teeth if they were not wearing mouthguards. Also, The American Academy of General Dentistry found that using mouthguards help to prevent over two hundred thousand (200,000) injuries to the mouth and/or teeth every year. 

In addition to the trauma of having a mouth injury where the tooth (or teeth) has been knocked out, the cost of treating/repairing these types of injuries can be staggering. It has now been recommeded by the ADA that mouthguards be used in at least twenty-nine (29) different high contact sports and activities, including baseball, field hockey, martial arts, lacrosse, football and wrestling.

There are three main types of mouthguards that are used:

Boil-and-Bite                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

These are usually cheap and can be bought at any sporting goods store. They can be discarded immediately after each game. They are usually one-time use because they tend to break down after first use, mainly due to improper do-it-yourself molding. Also, they are just hard to clean, beacause they were not really meant for reuse.

Stock                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

These can also be found at any sporting store,and even pharmacies. These are can be covered by insurance, are inexpensive also, and unlike the boil-and-bite, are reusable. However, these tend to provide less safeguarding than the other's because these are typically one-size-fits-all. There is not custom molding to YOUR mouth and usually you may never find one that will give you the perfect fit, or the maximum protection.

Custom Fit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Having a custom fit mouthguard is usually the preferred method by most. It combines the best qualities of the prior two types.  It is molded to fit to YOUR mouth, by your dentist, so that you can receive the maximum coverage and protection, and also, it is reusable. It is, of course, the most expensive of the selections, but when considering its use and the protection that it will provide, it may be the better choice.

Please feel free to call or come in to make your child's apointment to get fitted for their mouth guards today!!! Remember, it can save you a lot more to have one, than not to!!!!