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Does Poor Oral Hygiene Effect Whole Body Health?

July 23, 2017

woman with braces brushing teethMost of our patients know how their whole body health effects their teeth. Certain foods can be detrimental – more sugar means higher risk for cavities, dark foods and drinks may lead to staining, and acidic foods weaken the enamel. Certain health conditions lead to reduced saliva production and chronic dry mouth. However, many patients aren’t aware of how their oral health and hygiene effects their body. At Resnick & Rosenfeld, DDS, we believe it’s essential for patients to be educated about all of the ways oral health and whole body health intersect. Contact our friendly Edison dental team to schedule a checkup today. Our knowledgeable dentists and team members will be happy to walk you through the most effective oral hygiene practices to ensure your optimal oral and overall health.
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Defending Against Gum Disease at Resnick & Rosenfeld, DDS in Edison, NJ

March 10, 2014

Shutterstock Health Body PerioStatistics show that approximately 80 percent of the American population suffers from some form of gum disease, an oral health condition that can lead to a variety of other health problems when left untreated. At our cutting-edge dental practice in Edison, NJ, Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld protect patients from the unseen dangers of periodontal disease with microscopic monitoring and laser dentistry services.

The Importance of Early Intervention

When a patient’s gums are infected, whether there are symptoms or not, bacteria that reside beneath the gingival tissue can spread to other areas of the body via the bloodstream. If unchecked, this infection can lead to the following conditions:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Fortunately, patients who visit us at Resnick & Rosenfeld, DDS can dramatically reduce their risk of developing these serious health issues with periodontal therapy. We utilize only the latest in microscopic monitoring, a gum disease detection and treatment method that is completely non-surgical and proven effective. Our doctors will happily explain the entire process at your appointment in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

If you or anyone in your family has noticed any of the common signs of gum disease – or you simply want to ensure that you’re taking a proactive approach to this common oral health condition ­­– contact our office in Edison, NJ today to schedule your appointment with us. Dr. Resnick and Dr. Rosenfeld look forward to providing you with the latest in periodontal disease detection and treatment. We also happily serve families from nearby communities in Scotch Plains, Plainfield, Clark, Colonia, Westfield, and the surrounding areas. We can’t wait to see your smile!

Learn the Signs of Gum Disease and Get the Thorough Care You Need at Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS

April 30, 2013

You may be surprised to hear that out of all the dental health issues a person can experience over their lifetime, gum disease is both one of the most common and one of the most destructive conditions. Three out of four Americans today are suffering from some level of the disease, and a large percentage of that number isn’t even aware that they have it in the first place! While gum disease is relatively harmless in its earliest stages, sometimes not even exhibiting any noticeable symptoms, it can quickly progress if left untreated, causing serious pain, inflammation, and even tooth loss. Worse, it can contribute negatively to conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Thankfully, Dr. Resnick and Dr. Rosenfeld take the threat of gum disease very seriously, and our team is committed to doing everything we can to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy at our Edison, NJ office, which includes keeping our patients well-informed about the possible signs and symptoms of gum disease. These include:

  • Bleeding that occurs when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath that isn’t helped by mouthwash
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Receding gums (your teeth look longer)
  • A sudden change in the way your bite feels
  • Loose teeth

Of course, it’s also important to remember that in many cases, gum disease won’t exhibit any symptoms that are visible to an untrained eye. That’s why attending routine check-ups at Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS is so important. Because periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection, we routinely sample all our patients for the presence of disease-associated bacteria. In this non-invasive procedure, the dentist or hygienist obtains a sample of the bacteria growing under your gum and observes it with the aid of a specially designed phase contrast microscope. This allows us to determine if a patient is harboring bacteria associated with periodontal disease.

If breakdown has already started to occur, the identification of the bacterial problem allows us to treat the disease with the goal of eliminating the cause of the disease: the bacteria. Once the cause is eliminated, the body can heal itself naturally. This technique is completely non-surgical. It is effective even in the most advanced cases; it allows patients to be cured of periodontal disease without the pain, disfigurement, and tooth sensitivity that can follow surgical procedures. Better yet, it is not nearly as costly!

Contact our Edison office today if you’d like to schedule an appointment! Dr. Resnick and Dr. Rosenfeld are here to help you with thorough, personalized dental care that puts patient comfort first. We also are happy to see patients from Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, and Colonia.