The Practice of Dr. Frank V. Maldonado

DIY Dentistry…Just Don’t Do It!

Wayne NJ dentist says just say no to DIY dentistry

Is Dentistry A DIY Thing in Your House?

There are just some things in this world that we’re better off paying a professional to do rather than going the do-it-yourself route.

Tooth extraction has to be high up there on the list. But evidently not high enough for this couple…

In this not so recent episode of Extreme Cheapskates – a TV show on the cable network TLC – this couple opts for some DIY dentistry from the comfort of their own living room.

Don’t be DIY dentistry dummy!

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares DIY Tooth-Pulling Essentials

No tooth extraction dummy can incorrectly perform their job without first having and knowing how to use the correct tools.

Without being able to deftly wield a hundred year old pair of pliers, any foray into DIY dentistry performed will most certainly go awry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Oil Pulling Good For You?

Wayne NJ dentist shares oil pulling questions and answers

Is Oil Pulling OK With Your Dentist?

It’s all the rave these days, oil pulling for oral health.

Chug some coconut or sesame oil and swish, gargle, swoosh…then spit. Now watch years of tooth decaying plaque and yellowing teeth stains wash away!

Could a healthy, white smile really be that easy?

After all, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice – an alternative system of medicine native to India – that has reportedly been around for thousands of years.

What Is Oil Pulling?

According to this 2009 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy for many years for strengthening teeth, gums, and the jaw and to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of the throat, and cracked lips. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Swimming Pools Erode Tooth Enamel?

Wayne NJ dentist shares how swimming pools damage tooth enamel

Tooth Enamel Erosion & Swimming Pools

It’s summertime, who doesn’t want to go in the pool?

Well maybe that childhood friend you had with the in-ground pool…who never wanted to go swimming!

Aside from the beach, lake, river, or any other aquatic respite from the summer heat, lounging in the pool is something we can all relate to.

Whether we’re floating on a raft, bellying up to the bar, or exercising, swimming pools offer a cool, healthy summertime activity.

Swimming is a great total body workout that burns tons of calories, but is it completely safe for your smile?

Aside from the purple pee protector or an overdose of chlorine, there could also be some other hidden dangers lurking in that swimming pool.

In addition to altering hair color and drying out your skin, long periods of swimming in a pool could lead to the erosion of your tooth enamel.

But don’t just take our word for it, according to researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, pools with an imbalance of maintenance chemicals can lead to the rapid erosion of tooth enamel.

“Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel,” warned Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor and the Chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics.
 
“It is a difficult balance to maintain home pools properly,” Jahangiri contends. “Proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”
 
“Maintenance by a professional pool service may cost thousands of dollars a season, so many homeowners try and maintain their pools themselves,” Jahangiri said. “Improper pH levels can result in irreversible damage to one’s teeth,” the good doctor added.

Why Do Swimming Pools Damage Tooth Enamel?

Although many of us aren’t aware how much swimming in pools can damage tooth enamel, this is old news for dentists.

In September 1982, two Charlottesville, Virginia residents were found by their dentists to have general erosion of dental enamel consistent with exposure to acid.

Both patients were competitive swimmers at the same private club pool.

And in 1986, a survey of 747 swimmers published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that 39 percent of competitive swimmers suffered from dental enamel erosion.

The NYU College of Dentistry study released a compilation of enamel damaging data on a 52-year-old male swimmer who had gone to his dentist complaining of tooth sensitivity.

This patient also reported tooth stains to his dentist. Upon examination, tooth enamel loss was clear, and this had occurred over a relatively short amount of time – only five months.

When the pool rat in question was questioned by the dentist, the culprit of the sensitivity and staining wasn’t the cavity creeps, it was his 90-minute daily swimming routine in his backyard pool.

How Can Your Protect Your Tooth Enamel When Swimming?

The answer is to properly maintain your swimming pool, pools are supposed to have a pH balance.

This balance in pH levels occurs with the use of chemicals which help keep the water healthy and safe, so we can enjoy our swim without having to worry about damaging our smile.

The problems (damage to tooth enamel) happen when the pH balance of the pool water drops too low – becomes too acidic.

Remember learning about pH in junior high science class, or high school chemistry?

We’ve all been in a pool when your eyes start to water, what causes this is the low pH level – not too much chlorine as we’ve sometimes been told.

To protect yourself – and your smile – from tooth enamel erosion by swimming pool, you can purchase some pH test strips, they’re pretty inexpensive and you can buy them on Amazon.

The optimal pH of a swimming pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. To test this, read the directions on the box, then just take your trusty pH test strips and dip them in the water.

Why Does A Low pH Level In A Pool Damage Tooth Enamel?

When the pH of pool water drops too low, it becomes corrosive. This can lead to staining on the surface of teeth and skin irritation.

Remember that NYU study?

In that case, the pH of the pool water was discovered to be 2.7. The recommended pH of the average swimming pool is 7.2 to 7.8.

Why was this guy’s pool so low in pH levels?

The gentleman backyard swimmer admitted to never having his pool maintained by a professional, and didn’t even know the pool’s pH.

He figured he could save a few dollars by taking the DIY approach.

Only after experiencing the extensive damage to his tooth enamel (and smile), the aquatic aficionado in question quickly realized that paying a professional to properly maintain his pool was worth the cost after all…

Much like paying for biannual preventative visits to your dentist will ultimately save you money on the long run by preventing small dental health issues from becoming larger – more expensive – oral & overall health problems.

After all, there’s never any reason for DIY dentistry!

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We proudly provide all phases of emergency dental services for Wayne and the surrounding North Jersey communities of Franklin Lakes, Montville, Kinnelon, Oakland, Pompton Lakes, Pompton Plains, Towaco, Butler, Paterson, Lincoln Park, Pequannock, Little Falls and Fairfield.

If you ever experience a dental emergency, we’re just a phone call away…call us at (973) 694-8625.

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How To Protect Your Kids’ Smile…In Summertime

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares Tips for Keeping Kids Smiles Healthy In Summer

Protect Your Kids’ Smiles In Summer

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, do you see yourself looking for ways to keep them busy and happy?

Some of your summer vacation plans are probably already set, but there is one sure-fire way to help fill your children’s summer schedule…Make sure they go to the dentist!

Along with a diligent, daily dental hygiene regimen of brushing for #2mins2x, flossing & rinsing, everyone should see the dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Maintaining regular dental visits are important for preventing small problems from becoming larger – more expensive – ones.

Summer is a great time to make sure the kiddos are all set for the smile season! Read the rest of this entry »

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A Healthy Diet = Healthy Teeth!

Eat Healthier for Healthy Teeth

A Healthy Diet Equals a Healthy Smile

Did you make a resolution back in January to eat healthier this year? Are your dietary habits on track, or did they fly off them?

Adhering to a healthy diet is important any day of the year, not just because a well-balanced diet helps us keep our bodies and minds in tip-top shape, but also because what we eat has a direct impact on the health of our teeth and gums.

Check Out Some Smile Friendly Foods to Add to Your Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet has a significant impact on the health of our teeth and gums.

Our diet – however healthy or unhealthy – not only has affects our waistlines and dental health, but also our cholesterol numbers, energy levels, sleeping patterns, blood pressure, and risk for heart disease, among other overall health issues.

Let’s looks at some smile-friendly foods to add to your diet… Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Dentures Look Fake?

Wayne NJ dentist shares the stigma of dentures looking fake

Dentures for Missing Teeth

Do you or someone you know where dentures? Show them this.

When patients are seeking a solution for one or more missing teeth, we usually have to choose between Dentures or Dental Implants.

Dental bridges can also mind the gap between a missing tooth – or teeth – by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Today, we’re talking dentures – and more specifically the stigma that is often associated with dentures. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Toothbrush Hacks To Use Around The House

Wayne NJ Dentist Says Recycle Your Toothbrush to Go Green

Why Should You Recycle Your Toothbrush?

Some items are easy to recycle: Old books make great additions to your local school. Hand-me-downs can be given to a neighbor or youngest child. Glass bottles make delightful DIYs.

What about old toothbrushes?

While we wouldn’t recommend giving them to anyone at Thursday night book club, we do have a few (sanitary) ideas.

By reusing old toothbrushes, you are saving energy, preventing pollution and more.

So do your part for Mother Earth! These toothbrush hacks will benefit the planet and Y-O-U.

Toothbrush Hack #1: Beauty Brush

Who knew your old toothbrush could be your best-kept beauty secret?

Here’s how your old toothbrush can help you…Look good!

Your brush works hard for your pearly whites. Once the bristles fray, it’s time for your toothbrush to make the rest of you sparkle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wayne NJ Dentist Deciphers The Most Common Dental Terms

Wayne NJ NJ dentist shares common dental health terms

When patients visit our Wayne NJ dentist office, sometimes we catch ourselves using some pretty scientific sounding terms to describe normal dental health problems and procedures.

We usually figure this out by the quizzical looks we receive from our patients, but just in case we’ve compiled this dental dictionary list of terms to help you understand what we’re talking about the next time you find yourself in the dental chair here at Wayne Dental Arts.

Do You Know What Your Dentist Is Talking About?

Patients may hear their dentists talking with hygienists or assistants and think they need a dictionary to decipher what’s being said, but usually it’s just clinicalspeak for what is most likely routine type dental health treatments and procedures.

Dental professionals may think it’s perfectly normal to say something like,

“Take care of the prophy first, then we can go ahead and address the mesial perforation on that pesky lateral incisor.”

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Is Your Dentist A Little Too Talkative?

Wayne NJ Doesn't Talk Too Much

See How to Deal with a Chatty Dentist

We’ve all been there…your dentist is what seems like shoulder deep in your mouth when they start asking questions.

So, how’s the family?
Have you been flossing daily?
How does my wristwatch feel on the back of your throat?
Yada, yada, yada…

These aren’t some obscure, rhetorical, meaning of life type questions requiring a simple yes or no answer, no.

These talkative tooth jocks ask questions they actually expect an answer to, all while they’re busy scraping, shaping, & spelunking their way through our mouths.

And while for us it’s darn near impossible to muster up any type of audibly accurate answers, our Chatty Cathy dentists – much to their credit – do seem to actually understand what HE double hockey sticks we’re saying in reply.

But what if you’re an anxious dental patient, would rather zone-out on music – or nitrous, or would just plain rather skip the dental terminology education while someone is probing your mouth with sharp, pointy metal instruments?

Let your dentist (and hygienist) know how you really feel… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Two Most Important Minutes Of Your Day

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares the Most Important 2 Minutes of the Day

Two measly minutes…that’s all it takes to brush your teeth.

Do it two times a day, for two minutes at a clip – along with daily flossing – and you’ll be well on your way to not only optimal oral (& overall) health, but saving money on healthcare as well!

Along with potentially saving $1000s on oral & overall healthcare, regular brushing & flossing can prevent nasty bacteria that could actually become so toxic as to enter our bloodstream & lead to all types of overall health maladies.

Rampant mouth bacteria can cause damage to your heart & brain…resulting in a heart attack or stroke. And during pregnancy this unchecked oral bacteria could actually lead to low birth-weight babies. Read the rest of this entry »

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