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4 Times Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Work

4 Times Teeth Whitening Won't Work Wayne NJ Dentist Frank Maldonado DDS

Teeth Whitening Is Very Popular

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular Cosmetic Dentistry procedures at our office, hands down.

A recent survey showed 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 want whiter teeth, with women leading in this area at 85%.

And 6 out 10 people believe a whiter, brighter smile would boost their self-confidence especially in the 18 to 24 age range.

Americans reportedly account for more than $1.4 billion of the $3.2 billion dollar global cosmetic tooth bleaching industry.

Everyone wants a healthy looking dazzling white smile, but there are times when you won’t get the desired results with teeth whitening.

When Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Get Results

Whether you plan on using an over-the-counter teeth whitening product or you elect to have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office, there are times when you will not be happy with the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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FDA Issues Benzocaine Warning for Parents With Teething Babies

Benzocaine Puts Teething Babies At Risk

Got a teething baby?

Don’t give your baby anything that contains benzocaine!

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,

“The FDA is committed to protecting the American public from products that pose serious safety risks, especially those with no demonstrated benefit,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
 
“Because of the lack of efficacy for teething and the serious safety concerns we’ve seen with over-the-counter benzocaine oral health products, the FDA is taking steps to stop use of these products in young children and raise awareness of the risks associated with other uses of benzocaine oral health products.”
 
“In addition to our letters to companies who make these products, we urge parents, caregivers, and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain. We will also continue working with Congress to modernize our over-the-counter drug monograph regulatory framework as part of our mission to protect and promote public health.”

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4 Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Non-Surgical Root Canal Treatment in Wayne NJ by Frank V. Maldonado DDS

When Is A Root Canal Necessary?

Despite the fear-inducing reputation, root canal treatment preserves the dead or infected tooth.

Root canal therapy is recommended when there is a need to repair and preserve a severely damaged or infected tooth.

Here at Wayne Dental Arts, we perform non-surgical root canals when there is a need to remove an infection from the nerve or tooth pulp – the collection of tissue & blood vessels inside the tooth structure.

Infection of the tooth pulp can be caused by trauma, tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth, or repeated dental procedures.

In order for the infection to be removed, root canal treatment is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Steph Curry’s $25,000 Mouthguard Is For Sale

Steph Curry's Mouthguard Could Sell for $25,000

Steph Curry’s Mouthguard Could Sell for Over $25,000

Steph Curry’s mouthguard from Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals is up for auction.

Which begs the question, would you really want someone else’s mouthguard?

Even though Steph’s mouthguard spends a lot of time out of his mouth, there are more bacteria in our mouths than there are people on the planet.

And I get that some of us love to collect sports memorabilia, but a used mouthguard?

Yes, the mouthguard in question is Steph Curry’s, arguably one of the greatest pure shooters to ever play in the NBA.

And yes, Steph’s mouthguard is from the final sweep game of Golden State Warriors 2018 NBA Title winning season.

But someone is really going to pay upwards of $25,000 for it?

That looks to be the case considering that the game-worn mouthguard could fetch upwards of $25,000 on the auction block. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Coffee & Tea Are Good for Your Teeth

Are Coffee & Tea Good For Your Teeth

Coffee & Tea Can Be Good for Your Teeth

It’s common knowledge that drinking coffee or tea is one of the most popular ways to begin your morning, and you probably also know that regular coffee & tea consumption can lead to stained or yellowing teeth.

But what are the dental health benefits of coffee & tea?

Recent research points to yes, in moderation that is. As with most things, there are both positive & negative factors to consider, whether we’re talking about food, drinks, or medications.

If you have any questions about how coffee and tea affect your teeth, talk with your dentist.

Before we get into how coffee & tea is good for your teeth, let’s first examine why these morning beverages of choice can have negative effects. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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