A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
As nice as it is to look your best, it’s even more important to retain your healthy teeth and gums. More teeth
are lost because of gum disease than any other reason, and recent studies have established a link between gum
disease and your overall health. Fortunately, gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery.
At Jockey Hollow Dentistry, we want all of our patients to have exceptional oral health. Our commitment to you
includes paying strict attention to all of your needs so you look great and achieve superior health.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
One of the most critical reasons to visit your dentist routinely is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional
hygienist. Even when you take painstaking care to properly brush and floss, some bit of soft and sticky plaque is
left behind. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which is even more difficult to remove with your average
toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth. Unremoved plaque
and tartar increase your risk of more serious infections developing. Recent research shows a definite link between
untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having your teeth
cleaned regularly is one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy!
What is Wellness Dentistry?
Going to the doctor and receiving care because you’re ill is important and vital to improving your rate of recovery.
But what if you visited your doctor when you were NOT ill and you learned how NOT to get sick? That would be even
better! That’s what we call “Wellness Care,” and that’s just what we do in our practice. Like any other dental office,
we can get your teeth and gums healthy and repair any existing damage. But we go even further and show you how to avoid
dental problems before they become issues. We start with an extensive examination. Most of our patients say they’ve never
had such a comprehensive study of their gums or teeth. We scrutinize your bite and how your teeth fit together. We look
for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of wear on your teeth, and any problem that you might encounter at a later date. We
want to head off any future complications, making your teeth and gums healthier so you will be spending less time in the
dental chair later!
Oral Cancer – Early Detection Can be a Lifesaver
When oral cancer is found early, treatment is quicker, easier, less invasive and 90% successful. With approximately 29,000
cases of oral cancer diagnosed last year, a fast and painless oral cancer screening is better than a good idea. That’s why
we conduct a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If the hygienist or doctor sees
anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could literally save your life!
Dentistry Without Drills or Needles?
Is it conceivable to go to the dentist and never experience the drill or the pinch of that awful needle? One of the most
sensational advances in modern dentistry is called air abrasion. Instead of a traditional drill, this tool aims a stream
of tiny particles and air at the area of decay and gently mists it away! Most patients need little or no anesthesia. The
reverberation of the drill is gone – and so is most of the pain! For many procedures, it’s good-bye needles, good-bye drill!
No Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!
The commonly stated issue with the traditional silver-mercury amalgam filling is the appearance. Most people just
don’t want an ugly black plug in their teeth. While they’re an acceptable restoration, still used by many practices,
amalgam metals are actually not the most secure bond available for reconstructing your tooth, so decay can and does
eventually seep around the metal into your tooth. We offer state-of-the-art restorations that are a natural-looking
white, contain no metals, and can actually strengthen your teeth. They bond very tightly with the healthy part of
your tooth, so there will be much less chance of decay in the future.
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Missing teeth present a serious risk to your overall dental health. A root canal can salvage teeth with roots
that have been injured or infected and that used to require extraction. A root canal is a procedure that mends
a tooth by extracting the pulp chamber and packing the space with filling material. This is often necessary
when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and beyond the scope of a
simple filling. At Jockey Hollow Dentistry, we are skilled in advanced root canal therapy. The root canal has
acquired an unwarranted reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern anesthetics and technology,
root canals are actually a manageable form of treatment.
TMJ/TMD – Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Helps You Say ‘Goodbye’ to Headaches and Jaw Pain!
Are you aware that the aches and pains that plague your neck and shoulders may be the result of a misaligned dental
occlusion (i.e. your bite)? Excess tension in your jaw muscles may also cause frequent headaches and aching or popping
jaws. If your teeth have been ground down over the years or lost due to accident or dental disease, your jaw is not
capable of settling into a naturally relaxed position. It is time to recover your dental occlusion and allow your jaw
to regain the alignment that nature intended, so you can stop living with the pain.
At Jockey Hollow Dentistry, we offer a highly technical procedure, known as full-mouth rehabilitation. If you have been
coexisting with the pain and discomfort described above, we invite you to discover the benefits this procedure may
bring to your quality of life.
What is Xylitol and What Does it Have to Do With Reducing Cavities?
Our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams of xylitol every day. In fact, xylitol is a natural substance found in most
living organisms, including fruits, berries, mushrooms and other vegetables. Over 25 years of clinical testing substantiates
that xylitol is a superlative sweetener for protecting teeth. It has been endorsed by dental associations in Finland, Norway,
Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia, and the Netherlands. It is particularly effective in combating tooth decay caused by
consuming foods high in sugars and starches.
Xylitol can be produced in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. It’s also very helpful for
those suffering from allergies and is available in a nasal spray. In our office we offer and encourage our patients to use
xylitol products. The results have been astounding. If you desire fewer cavities and improved upper respiratory health, ask
us about xylitol!
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a
no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (973) 543-4828.