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By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Health

If you’ve ever felt pain after taking a bite of ice cream or drinking hot tea, you’re definitely not alone. Pain caused by extreme temperatures could be a sign of a cavity, but it’s also an issue for people who have sensitive teeth. There are many different causes for tooth sensitivity and Dr. Steven Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, can help determine the cause of your toothaches and tooth sensitivity.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can affect one or multiple teeth and usually feels like pain or discomfort in your teeth after being exposed to something like hot or cold foods. Your dentist in Washington, NJ, can determine the exact cause of your toothaches and tooth sensitivity and can help figure out the best form of treatment to get your smile comfortable again.

Some common causes of tooth sensitivity may include:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a hard toothbrush
  • Grinding your teeth while sleeping
  • Eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks

Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by conditions such as GERD, which can cause acid to come up into your mouth and expose your teeth and break down your enamel over time. This can also be caused by conditions that cause frequent vomiting.

You may also experience temporary sensitivity after certain dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, or teeth whitening. The sensitivity should go away after a few days, and if it doesn’t, you should be sure to contact your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Your dentist will likely recommend that to soothe sensitivity, you switch to a softer toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth for at least a few weeks.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

There are many things that may cause your smile to feel sensitive to factors like temperature and it’s important to talk to your dentist about what might be causing tooth sensitivity. Contact Dr. Steven Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, to learn more about the causes of toothaches and tooth sensitivity today. Call for more information and to set up an appointment at (908) 689-5129.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
February 15, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental hygiene  

Proper brushing and flossing are essential for your dental health. Brush up on your cleaning routine and come see Dr. Steven Riesenberg, your Washington, NJ dentist at Washington Family Dentistry for regular cleanings.

Brushing your teeth may seem simple enough, but several common mistakes could be keeping you from getting the best possible clean out of your brushing routine. These are the most common mistakes people make brushing their teeth. If you're doing anything on this list, adjust your routine and come to Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, for a cleaning.

  1. Not brushing long enough. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Try setting a timer to meet this goal.
  2. Brushing too hard. Scrubbing too hard in the mouth can actually damage your gums. Gentle brushing is best for removing food and plaque.
  3. Keeping your toothbrush too long. When the bristles of your brush start to look frayed, it is no longer as effective and needs to be replaced. The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  4. Improper technique. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums to brush the surfaces of the teeth. Also, brush the chewing surfaces, and hold your brush vertically to clean the insides of the front teeth.
  5. Brushing right after eating. It's actually best to wait up to 60 minutes after eating to brush. Drinking water or chewing sugarless gum are good ways to freshen your breath while you wait to brush.
  6. Storing your toothbrush improperly. Make sure you store your toothbrush upright where it has a chance to completely dry out. In a closed or damp space, germs multiply easier.
  7. Skipping flossing. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth for preventing cavities. Floss at least once a day to remove food stuck between the teeth.

Even when doing your best to care for your teeth at home, it's still important to come in for annual cleanings. Call Washington Family Dentistry at 908-689-5129. Dr. Steven Riesenberg in Washington, NJ, is here for all your dental needs.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Looking after your gums not only benefits your oral health, but it is also important for your overall health. Your gums are vital for protecting your teeth and jawbone from infection. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults, but it can also lead to an increased risk of serious diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Dr. Steven T. Riesenberg is a dentist at Washington Family Dentist in Washington, NJ. He is dedicated to providing excellent dental care to all his patients and can stop the early signs of gum disease and treat it before it becomes a serious problem.

Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease

Washington dental patients may have early stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis if they notice the following signs and symptoms:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums that are tender to the touch
  • Bleeding gums
  • Black or purple gums
  • Receding gums

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent gingivitis, such as:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice each day
  • Floss at least once each day
  • Avoid smoking
  • Minimize the amount of sugar in your diet
  • Have twice-a-year dental checkups

Practicing good oral hygiene will not only protect you from gingivitis, but it will also help to reduce your risk of diseases associated with gum diseases, such as blood clots and blocked arteries.

If you are already noticing signs of gum disease, you should talk to your dentist as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can allow gingivitis to develop into periodontal disease, which increases your risk of losing teeth.

If you live in or around Washington and you would like to find out more about gum disease, call Dr. Reisenberg at (908) 689-5129 to schedule an appointment.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Toothache  

Whether your tooth hurts constantly or only occasionally, it's important to pay a visit to your Washington, NJ, dentist, Dr. Steven Riesenberg. During your appointment, he'll diagnose the cause of your toothache and offer treatments that will ease your pain.

Why do I have a toothache?

Tooth decay is a common cause of toothaches. Although small cavities usually aren't painful, your tooth may begin to hurt as the decayed area expands. Other toothache causes may include:

  • Damaged Filling: Old fillings may become loose due to years of normal wear and tear, or you may damage the filling if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep.
  • Sensitivity: Do your teeth hurt after you eat or drink hot, cold, or sugary foods and drinks? Sensitive teeth may be the reason for your pain.
  • Cracks: Cracks in teeth aren't always obvious but can cause significant pain.
  • Gum Disease: The pain you feel in your teeth may actually start in your gums.
  • Inflamed Sinuses: Your sinuses are located very close to the roots of your upper teeth. Inflammation in the sinuses can irritate the roots, causing pain.
  • Infection: A bacterial infection in your tooth can cause severe pain, lymph node and facial swelling, pus around the tooth, a pimple on the gums, fever, and painful gums. If you have any of these symptoms, call the Washington dental office immediately.

How are toothaches treated?

Toothache treatment varies depending on the cause of your pain. If you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and replace it with a filling. You will need a new filling if your old one is damaged or loose, or if you've developed a new area of decay around the filling. Of course, you'll receive a local anesthetic before any type of dental treatment to ensure that you feel no pain.

Sensitivity can be reduced by using special toothpaste or receiving a fluoride treatment that helps strengthen your tooth enamel. Infections usually require antibiotic treatment and root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp. Treating inflamed or infected sinuses will also decrease your tooth pain.

Placing a crown over your cracked tooth will end your pain and strengthen your tooth. If the crack is caused by grinding or clenching, your dentist can also provide you with a nightguard that will prevent further damage to your crowns or teeth.

Do you have a toothache? Call your dentist in Washington, NJ, Dr. Riesenberg, at (908) 689-5129 to schedule an appointment.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
August 03, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Are you having problems with the following?

  • Persistent toothache
  • Teeth sensitivity due to an oral infection
  • A larger-than-normal cavity that hasn’t been treated or a damaged dental filling
  • A knocked-out, broken, or fractured tooth that’s causing you pain
  • A missing tooth

Here at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington NJ your dentist Dr. Steven Riesenberg can address all these issues by using dental crowns. Find out how crowns help fix all these issues, and, in turn, your smile.

Repairs Teeth

Once tooth decay has started ravaging the tooth enamels, a cavity will eventually develop. When caught early on, through routine exams and cleanings, the tooth’s decayed portion can be removed, sealed, and protected with a filling.

If your cavity is larger than normal and the affected tooth doesn’t have enough enamel structure to support a filling, your Washington NJ Dentist might recommend a dental crown to repair and protect your tooth instead. The crown will go over your entire tooth and ensure its health.

Strengthens Teeth

Did you know that the tooth enamel is considered one of the strongest substances in the body? However, like other strong body parts such as the bones, your teeth can weaken or become damaged due to exterior forces including injuries, poor oral hygiene, daily wear and tear, as well as bacteria. Depending on the tooth’s specific problem and its severity, like a chip or crack, a crown can fortify the affected tooth and keep it away from further damage.

Beautifies Teeth

While dental crowns are most known for their restorative abilities, they are also commonly used for making teeth more aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain crowns, in particular, look like real teeth and can be used for covering teeth that have stubborn stains or uneven shapes to ensure that they blend in flawlessly with your smile.

Replaces Missing Teeth

Dental crowns are attached to abutments that connect dental implants and restoration. Essentially, it’s the dental crown that you see when you undergo a dental implantation surgery to replace a missing tooth. Crowns can likewise be utilized for dental bridges to support the pontic or false tooth.

For More Details on How Dental Crowns Can Benefit You, Contact Us

Call (908) 689-5129 to schedule a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Steven Riesenberg, here at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington NJ.

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