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Smoking and Your Oral Health: More Serious Than Yellow Teeth and Bad Breath

April 8, 2014

shutterstock_175855586When most people think of tobacco’s effects on the mouth, the first things that come to mind are stained, yellow teeth and breath that resembles the odor of an ashtray. While these are certainly common side effects of smoking cigarettes, there are more serious factors to consider as well. At the family dental practice of Resnick & Rosenfeld, DDS in Edison, NJ, our doctors provide patients with pertinent information about smoking and its effects on overall oral health.

Tobacco’s Effects on Dental Health

In addition to causing yellow stains on enamel and contributing to chronic halitosis, smoking can cause a variety of problems that aren’t necessarily as readily noticeable. Smokers are, for instance, substantially more likely to experience periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Plaque and tartar build up more quickly on the teeth, further increasing the risk of gum disease. Gum disease comes with its own list of potentially serious complications, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia.

Patients who smoke regularly are also at a higher risk of developing oral cancer and typically experience adverse reactions to any type of oral surgery. Bone density within the jaw is also affected, resulting in teeth that may shit in their sockets and become loose.

Reserve Your Appointment Today

Whether you’re a current smoker and concerned about your oral health, or you’ve succeeded in quitting but still need guidance regarding lingering effects of tobacco, our caring, compassionate team is here to help. Contact our office in Edison, NJ today to schedule your appointment with Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld. We’re always happy to provide our patients with useful tips and information regarding oral health and hygiene, as well as with suggestions and recommendations for cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry. We proudly serve patients from throughout Edison, Scotch Plains, Plainfield, Clark, Westfield, Colonia, and more.

Custom-Made Mouthguards from Resnick & Rosenfeld, DDS Help Protect Your Beautiful Smile

March 25, 2014

Shutterstock Mouth Guard Athletic BaseballYou do so much to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, brushing and flossing regularly and attending routine checkups at your dentist’s office. But are you doing everything you can to protect your oral health? Children, teens, and adults who engage in recreational sports and athletic activities are at a substantially higher risk for dental emergencies, particularly if they’re not properly equipped. At the Edison, NJ office of Dr. Steven J. Resnick and Dr. David S. Rosenfeld, active families get the dental protection they need with custom fit athletic mouthguards.

The Importance of Athletic Mouthguards

While wearing a protective oral appliance for games like football, hockey, and rugby may seem like an obviously smart choice, their use during many other physical activities goes largely ignored. The truth is, any sport you pursue presents a risk of oral injury. Common injuries sustained include lacerations to the tongue, gums, lips, and cheeks; dislodged or loosened teeth; and severe contusions to the jaw, face, and head. The American Dental Association recommends that athletic mouthguards be used in many sports and activities, including the following:

  • Baseball and softball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics and acrobatics
  • Cycling
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting and wrestling
  • Soccer and football
  • Skateboarding

Fortunately, custom athletic mouthguards from Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS can help protect the delicate tissues and teeth within the entire oral cavity. If you or anyone in your family participates in recreational sports or activities, contact our office today to find out more about how our custom made mouthguards can help protect your smile while you have fun. From our conveniently located office in Edison, NJ, Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld warmly welcome patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Clark, Westfield, Plainfield, Colonia, Scotch Plains, and beyond. We look forward to seeing – and protecting – your smile!

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!

Get Rid of Bad Breath Fast with Tips from the Team at Resnick & Rosenfeld

February 3, 2014

Though it happens to us all at one point or another, bad breath is always embarrassing when it hits. Whether it’s a problem you only deal with after eating certain foods or you’ve noticed that it’s a common occurrence, you want to know how to address it as soon as possible. At Resnick & Rosenfeld in Edison, NJ, our expert team of dentists and hygienists wants to give you the tools you need to banish bad breath once and for all.

Find the Cause, Find the Treatment

For some people, chronic bad breath can signify an underlying health concern that must be assessed by a medical professional. Certain patients with liver problems, for example, may experience an unpleasant odor and taste in their mouth when their liver is unable to sufficiently eliminate toxins in the body. If, however, you know that your bad breath is not caused by a medical issue, there are certain things you can do to keep it at bay. Try the following:

  • Use a tongue scraper. Bacteria tends to accumulate on the tongue, especially in the back near your throat, even when you brush and floss regularly. A tongue scraper can effectively remove the bacterial plaque that hides between your taste buds to quell bad breath.
  • Swish with antibacterial mouthwash every time you brush. This not only helps to kill bacteria that are currently present in your mouth, but may help to defend your teeth and soft tissues from future buildup.
  • Chew sugar-free gums and breath mints. While these only mask the problem of bad breath temporarily, they can help keep you out of embarrassing social situations until you’ve had a chance to address the root problem.
  • Avoid problem foods. Foods like onion, garlic and dairy products are notorious for causing an undesirable odor in the moist environment of the mouth.

If chronic bad breath has caused you social embarrassment one too many times and you’re ready to make a positive change in your life, contact us at our Edison, NJ to see how Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld can help you. We also proudly serve the areas of Scotch Plains, Colonia, Plainfield, Clark, Westfield and beyond.

Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign Clear Braces!

January 22, 2014

Many people have reservations regarding their smile for many reasons, especially if your teeth are misaligned or your bite is off. Though you may think there is not a solution aside from traditional braces, you are wrong. Our amazing team at Resnick & Rosenfeld is proud to offer Invisalign Clear Braces to our patients!

Invisalign is better than traditional braces because they are virtually invisible on your teeth! There are no wires or brackets involved, leaving your more comfortable and confident in your smile. Using innovative technology, Invisalign gently straightens your teeth and aligns your bite between 6-24 months. Invisalign involves a series of aligners, each one representing a different stage in your straightening process, so you never wear the same aligner twice. Invisalign aligners are made to fit your mouth and your mouth only, and gently straighten your teeth, eliminating a lot of the pain associated with braces. You simply wear one retainer for two weeks, and then move to the next stage!

There are a lot of plusses associated with Invisalign, one of them being better oral health. At any point where you need to eat, drink, brush, or floss, you simply remove the retainer, and then reapply it when you are done. You also will be able to avoid the mouth full of metal you may have been worried about. With Invisalign, you look as natural as ever, doing your job while the braces do theirs. If you have any questions about Invisalign and how it can improve your smile, make an appointment at our office, and we’ll be glad to help!

Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Our team puts your comfort first each and every time you come into our office. Let us give you something to smile about! We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.

Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

January 8, 2014

You may not believe us when we say there could be a quick and easy way to transform your smile in little to no time. Well, we have great news!  Everyone at Resnick & Rosenfeld is here to make sure you are as happy with your smile as possible, which is why we offer porcelain veneers to our patients.

A wonderful solution for anyone who has discolored, misaligned, even chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can revolutionize your smile in as little as two visits. The journey begins with a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. There, they will be able to assess your smile, come up with a game plan, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. When you are ready to have your porcelain veneers applied, your natural tooth is prepared by removing a small amount of enamel. Your custom made porcelain veneers are then applied and made permanent by dental resin cement. In the end, you are left with a gorgeous, flawless smile!

There are many benefits to getting porcelain veneers. One of them being they look very natural. They do not look like the fake teeth you may be afraid of. They are also stain resistant, promising your smile will be as dazzling three years later as they were you got the procedure done! They also give you the confidence back you may have lost being insecure about your smile. You will have the confidence to do things you were too anxious to before, and with proper maintenance, porcelain veneers can last up to 10 years! If you have any questions on how we can help you change your smile, make an appointment today!

Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Our team puts your comfort first each and every time you come into our office. Let us give you something to smile about! We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.

Fear of The Dentist? We Can Help!

December 30, 2013

Whether it is heights, spiders, or the dark, many people live with many different fears. One of the most common fears is the fear of the dentist. For some, the fear is very mild, only making them feel anxious. For others, however, the fear can be crippling, preventing them from having much needed dental work done. At Resnick & Rosenfeld, our experienced team offers nitrous oxide to fear your dental fears!

Many people have dental woes because of past experiences visiting their dentist. We take your concerns into account, striving to give you the best experience possible. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a face mask. We are able to control the amount of nitrous you get, making sure you are as safe as possible. The gas makes you feel relaxed and alleviates you of pain during your dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is a conscious anesthesia, so you are able to respond to the doctor while he is performing the work.

There are many benefits to nitrous oxide, one of them being you are able to carry on after the procedure. The effects of the nitrous dissipate after the mask is removed, so you do not need to find a ride after your work is done. Another is that your body will be able to heal quicker. When the body is anxious and in defense mode, it makes it more difficult to perform normal bodily functions, one of which is healing itself. When you are relaxed, your body is able to heal itself quicker and more efficiently. If you have any questions about how our team can help you with your dental woes, make an appointment!

Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Our team puts your comfort first each and every time you come into our office. Let us give you something to smile about! We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.

Whiten Your Smile for 2014 with Zoom!

December 23, 2013

There is an endless list of things that can affect the gleam of your smile. Coffee, tea, and wine are only a few things that can contribute to your less-than-bright smile.  Though there are many things you can do to whiten your smile, the Resnick & Rosenfeld team believes that Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a fantastic solution to bring back the brilliance of your smile!

Do not be fooled by the over-the-counter solutions to whitening your smile, because they do not last as long nor come close to the results of a professional teeth whitening at our office. Zoom! Teeth Whitening has patented no-heat activation laser that gives you amazing results that last for quite a long time. In as little as an hour, your smile can transform and brighten up to 14 shades! Because it requires such a little amount of time, you can make an appointment during your lunch break, between errands, or whenever it is most convenient for you!

There are many benefits to teeth whitening. Because you may have insecurities about your smile, especially the color, it can stop you from doing a lot of things. When you make an effort to assume responsibility of that insecurity, it can give you a new outlook on life and yourself. If you’re curious on how our very experienced doctors and team can help you whiten your smile, make an appointment at our office today!

Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Our team puts your comfort first each and every time you come into our office. Let us give you something to smile about! We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.

Nitrous Oxide Can Help Edison Patients Relax At Last and Receive the Dental Care They Need to Smile Brighter

December 6, 2013

Dental fear is a very common and very real problem among Americans – in fact, a vast majority of the population has reported in various studies that they experience some level of anxiety or stress when faced with an impending visit to their local dentist.  Here at Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS, our team understands and empathizes with how crippling this fear can be; however, it’s important for patients in Edison and beyond to maintain regular check-ups with our office so that they can receive the crucial oral health care they need to keep their smile happy and healthy. After all, if left untreated for too longer, dental problems can get out of hand and end up requiring even more time and money to fix than before. So what can you do to overcome your dental anxiety? Thankfully, Dr. Resnick and Dr. Rosenfeld offer a solution: nitrous oxide. With this effective sedation dentistry method, we can help take the edge off of your negative feelings, allowing you to feel comfortable and content as we do all the heavy lifting.

How does nitrous oxide work?

It’s simple – once you’ve settled into your comfy seat, we’ll administer nitrous oxide through a mask that fits over your nose, and very quickly, you’ll begin to experience feelings of comfort, warmth, and even maybe euphoria. If the dose seems too strong or too weak, no problem – our team can easily adjust the amount of gas you’re receiving in order to ensure complete relaxation.

Unlike other sedation dentistry methods, nitrous oxide has the distinct advantage of possessing effects that wear off in a matter of minutes. That means no frustrating downtime or arranging rides with friends or family – you’ll be back to normal immediately after your dental work is completed, with no recovery time required!

Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Our team puts your comfort first each and every time you come in to our office. Let us give you something to smile about! We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.

Protect Your Smile from the Threat of Gum Disease with Help from Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld

November 22, 2013

Many dental patients are surprised to learn the most common threat their oral health faces isn’t something obvious like common cavities or grinding – in fact, it’s an ailment that doesn’t directly affect your teeth at all. Nearly 80% of the population suffers from a stage of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease), and although this condition only exhibits mild symptoms in the early stages, it can lead to devastating consequences if left untreated, include jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. Studies have even shown that its presence can worsen illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Here in at Resnick and Rosenfeld, DDS in Edison, our team takes the threat of periodontal disease very seriously; that’s why we rely on microscopic analysis, which can predict (even in its earliest stages) which patients have the potential to develop the condition. If you’re between check-ups, however, Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld still want you to feel well-informed when it comes to your oral health.  Here are some common symptoms concerning periodontal disease that you can keep an eye out for in the comfort of your own home:

  • Bleeding that occurs during or after brushing/flossing
  • Gums that appear red, swollen, or tender
  • Bad breath that isn’t helped by brushing, flossing, or mouthwash
  • Teeth that appear longer (this means your gumline is receding)
  • A sudden change in the way your bite fits together

It’s crucial to remember, though, that in many cases of periodontal disease, symptoms won’t develop at all for some time. That’s why attending regular check-ups at our office is key! Our team specializes in anti-infective, non-surgical periodontal disease treatment that helps patients avoid surgery allows natural healing to occur in your gums.

Contact our Edison office today to schedule an appointment! Drs. Resnick and Rosenfeld are committed to providing patients with kind, comprehensive dental care that puts their comfort first. We also serve the areas of Clark, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Colonia, and beyond.

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