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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.