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By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
December 23, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Toothache  

If you suffer from shooting or dull pain in your teeth or gums, difficulty chewing or swallowing, headaches, or generalized tooth or jaw pain, Dr. Steven Riesenberg, a dentist serving in Washington, NJ at Washington Family Dentistry can help you remedy this problem quickly. 

The Most Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Dr. Reisenberg’s team sees toothache patients in Washington, NJ for many common causes including:

  • Nerve root exposure
  • Decay of a tooth
  • Injury to the mouth causing tooth damage or loss in sports or another accident
  • Gum or tooth infections

Pain can sometimes seem to be because of a tooth issue even though it appears elsewhere, such as in the jaw, due to temporomandibular joint stress (TMJ) from clenching the teeth at night when you sleep or due to stress. You may also experience pain in your ears, sinuses, or even occasionally in your chest due to teeth and gum issues that need to be addressed.

When Should I Contact a Dentist for Tooth Pain?

The best time to contact your dentist is before tooth pain ever happens. Preventative care can prevent many problems that cause tooth pain like cavities, or gum disease. A regular check-up is the best way to avoid future tooth pain. That being said, if you’re experiencing tooth pain now, don’t wait for it to subside. Apply a cold rag, and call to make an appointment as soon as possible so that you can find the underlying cause of the pain and take care of it quickly. 

Are There Non-Invasive Ways of Curing Tooth Pain?

Sometimes your tooth pain can be remedied without a tooth extraction, crowns, bridges, or other invasive procedures. Sometimes these procedures are necessary, but they can also be administered while keeping you very comfortable so that you experience almost no pain. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment if your tooth issue is impeding your quality of life. Take care of it quickly before it compounds into larger problems. If you’re ready to deal with your toothache pain with a warm and caring staff guided by Dr. Reisenberg in Washington, NJ, call Washington Family Dentistry at (908) 689-5129.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
November 08, 2021
Category: Dental Health

Tooth decay in babies is preventable. It’s important to practice prevention to protect their primary teeth so their permanent teeth are in good condition for the rest of their lives. At Washington Family Dentistry, Dr. Steven Riesenberg wants to team up with you to keep your child’s teeth healthy.

It’s important to learn about baby bottle tooth decay and to visit your Washington, NJ, family dentist every six months to stay on top of signs of decay. Signs usually manifest in the form of spots on the baby’s teeth. This kind of decay occurs for several different reasons like:

  • When babies are put to bed with a bottle
  • When parents share an eating utensil with their baby
  • When babies are exposed to too much sugar

Even breast milk can contain enough sugar to cause decay if it sits in the baby’s mouth and on their teeth for long periods of time. Fortunately, with such a small list, it’s easy to prevent baby bottle tooth decay, especially with guidance from your Washington, NJ, family dentist.

To prevent tooth decay, try these baby bottle tooth decay prevention methods:

  • Don’t share utensils with your baby or place their bottles or pacifiers in your mouth at all
  • Make sure the baby finishes the bottle before going to sleep, and if they fall asleep while feeding, remove the nipple from their mouth
  • Clean the baby’s gums after feeding with a baby-safe toothbrush or soft washcloth and using a tiny amount of child-safe toothpaste
  • Don’t coat baby pacifiers with sugary or sweet substances
  • Don’t fill their bottle with sugary drinks like juice or soda

Baby tooth decay can be hard to spot, which is why your child needs regular dental checkups as soon as their first tooth erupts or by the age of one . Clean your baby’s teeth with kid-safe fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice until the age of 3 before moving on to a pea-sized amount. Make sure your baby doesn’t swallow the toothpaste. When your child is old enough to brush on their own, you should still supervise to make sure they are doing a thorough job.

For a Washington, NJ, family dentist who can provide the quality of care your child needs, trust Dr. Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry. Checking for tooth decay in babies should be entrusted to a professional every six months to monitor the health of their primary teeth. Setting the foundation for healthy teeth starts now. Call us at (908) 689-5129 today to book an appointment, or fill out a contact form on our website.

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.