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Iceland’s Soccer Coach Is Also A Dentist

Iceland's Soccer Coach Is A Dentist

A Dentist & A World Cup Soccer Coach

In case you missed this past Sunday edition of the New York Times, Heimir Hallgrimsson, the head coach of the Iceland National Soccer team pulls teeth when he wants to relax.

In addition to leading Iceland into this year’s World Cup, Heimir Hallgrimsson pulls double duty as a dentist.

When Coach Hallgrimsson isn’t talking set pieces on the pitch, he’s at home in Heimaey running his dental practice.

“It’s a good way to relax.” “Some coaches play golf, shoot reindeer, whatever — everybody has something,” he said. “But I really enjoy going back home to my clients.”

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3 Reasons Why Dental Implants Are Healthier Than Dentures

Wayne NJ dentist shares 3 reasons why dental implants are better than dentures

Why Are Dental Implants Healthier Than Dentures?

Do you have one or more missing teeth?

It has been estimated that sixty-nine percent of Americans age 35-44 have at least one missing tooth, and 1 in 4 adults over the age of 74 have lost all of their teeth.

When most people consider dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, the concern most often heard is how they will improve your smile’s appearance.

Aesthetic concerns aside, there are many health benefits of dental implants as compared to dentures.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, whereas dentures are removable, but that’s not all.

Let’s examine some of the most important health benefits of dental implants over denturesRead the rest of this entry »

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National Smile Day Is May 31st

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares National Smile Day News

National Smile Day

There is a new “national day” on the calendar this year, May 31st is National Smile Day!

According to National Day Calendar, there are over 1,500 national days, and that number just increased by at least one as of the time of writing this dental health blog post.

INCYMI last week when we kicked off the annual #NationalDentalCareMonth celebrations, you have one more chance to commemorate your smile before we head into June.

When Is National Smile Day?

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May Is National Dental Care Month

May Is National Dental Care Month Wayne Dental Arts

National Dental Care Month Is In May

There’s a new national month dedicated to taking care of your smile, May 2018 marks the first annual National Dental Care Month.

National Dental Care Month will be observed annually, beginning in 2018.

According to the good folks at National Day Calendar – who commemorate these days & months:

National Dental Care Month brings awareness just in time for a summer full of family reunions, weddings, and vacations – all times when we love to take pictures and smile! So, brush up on your dental care and check up with your dentist.

It seems like there is a day of celebration for everything, from National Walnut Day to National Harvey Wallbanger Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tooth Decay Prevention for Kids Starts When They’re Babies

Wayne NJ Kids Dentist Talks Tooth Decay Prevention

Preventing Kids Tooth Decay

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, about 40 percent of children have tooth decay by age 5.

Improper or infrequent brushing and flossing are the main causes. Proper oral care can prevent children’s tooth decay, and you can start now to teach your child good habits.

Here are a few tips to help you protect your child’s teeth, and prevent tooth decay.

3 Phases of Preventing Children’s Tooth Decay

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Here Are 10 Ways To Avoid Bad Breath

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares 10 Ways to Avoid Bad Breath

10 Ways To Avoid Bad Breath

Do you – or someone you know – suffer from chronic bad breath?

Maybe it’s your overbearing boss who comes into your office like clockwork after hammering down 4 cups of coffee and smoking three butts by the time your 9:50 am pre-meeting meeting takes place.

Or perhaps it’s your spouse or loved one whose morning breath seems to last all day long.

Two things about bad breath are certain:

  1. Nobody wants bad breath.
  2. Nobody wants to be the person with bad breath – without actually knowing it.

While it may be easier to tell someone you know well that they have bad breath, it’s not exactly enjoyable to be the bearer of bad news either.

So how can you avoid bad breath for yourself, or help someone you know to avoid it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Pregnancy Lead to Tooth Loss?

Does Pregnancy Cause Tooth Loss

Pregnancy and Tooth Loss

Have you ever heard the old-wives tale, “gain a child, lose a tooth?

Every pregnant Mom knows how important it is to take care of themselves, but expecting Moms also need to understand the impact that pregnancy has on dental health.

Hormonal changes that expecting Moms go through during pregnancy can increase the risk of tooth loss, gum disease, and other dental health concerns, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose a tooth – or worse.

By adhering to a diligent daily dental health regimen of brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash, AND seeing your dentist regularly, expecting Moms can stave off the negative oral health impacts of those hormonal changes to ensure that a new baby doesn’t equal tooth loss.

Pregnant Moms see their doctors a lot during their pregnancy, there’s no reason why a dentist appointment or two shouldn’t be included.

If you’re concerned about losing a tooth during pregnancy, or any other oral health issue, just be sure to talk with your doctor AND dentist.

After all, oral health IS overall health!

Is There A Link Between Pregnancy and Tooth Loss?

Maybe that old wives tale isn’t such a tall tale, according to a recent study out of the Netherlands. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dentists Look For These 6 Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares Oral Cancer Detection News

Dentists Detect Oral Cancer Too

Dentists don’t just diagnose cavities & gum disease, your dentist can also detect oral cancer.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 51,550 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.

This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth.

That number represents a significant increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers over the past decade.

If you’ve used tobacco or had a history of HPV, you’re at a higher risk of contracting oral cancer.

Fortunately, oral cancer can be detected early. And your dentist can be the key to your diagnosis.

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it timely to share some more oral cancer news.

6 Symptoms of Oral Cancer


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What Is The Best Sports Mouthguard For Kids?

The Best Sports Mouthguards by Wayne NJ Dentist Frank V Maldonado DDS

The Best Sports Mouthguard Is Custom-Fit By A Dentist

When it comes to choosing the best sports mouthguard to protect your smile, or your little athlete’s smile, choices abound.

Since April is National Facial Protection Month, let’s define the absolute best sports mouthguard once and for all.

Aside from a helmet – in some sports – a mouthguard could be considered the single most important piece of protective equipment.

Accidents happen, in fact, sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children.1

A 10 year study of 3,385 craniomaxillofacial trauma cases presenting to an oral and maxillofacial surgery department found 31.8 percent of injuries in children occurred during sports activities.2

Children are most susceptible to sports-related oral injury between the ages of seven and 11 years.3-6

But how do you choose the best one?

Let’s take a look at the three primary choices, and examine the pros & cons of each. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Screen Yourself for Oral Cancer

Wayne NJ Dentist Shows How To Do A Self-Screening for Oral Cancer

Can You Screen Yourself for Oral Cancer?

Self-screening for oral cancer can be done at home, in very little time.

But that doesn’t mean we should skip our regular dental appointments, dentists do more than detect cavities. You’ll be screened for oral cancer when you go in for your next regular dental exam, but a regular at-home screening is highly recommended as well.

When it comes to leading a long, healthy life, it’s always best to know yourself…and to give yourself a once over every so often.

While this advice can take on significant philosophical meaning, we’re talking about knowing yourself better physiologically speaking…of course.

Being in tune with your body and watching out for early symptoms of oral cancer can make your next dental visit a little more enjoyable.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, every hour of every day somebody in the United States dies of oral cancer.

This serious dental disease, which can lead to and indicate other, even more serious health concerns is primarily caused by smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcohol abuse, and the human papilloma virus (HPV).

This is even more true for those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke or use tobacco products, AND have lip-biting and cheek-chewing habits, or ill-fitting dentures.

All those things already put you at a higher risk for oral cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

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