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November 11th, 2014

Our Bergenfield Family Dentist suggests replacing your toothbrush every two monthsA recent study has found that hollow-headed toothbrushes can contain up to 3,000 times the bacterial growth as their solid-headed counterparts. A majority of store-bought toothbrushes have hollow heads.

While this news may seem shocking, there is really no need to fret – toothpaste contains antibacterial portieres that help prevent contamination from toothbrush heads. However,... Read More

October 22nd, 2014

Fewer than 50 percent of Americans self-report flossing daily, even though flossing is known to be one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. One of the largest reasons people list for not flossing is that they simply forget.

Forgetting to floss is, in a way, like forgetting to wash your hands: failure to do it can lead to a host of health issues, but getting into the habit may require reminders. To help you get into this habit, Dumont dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter offers the following suggestions:

October 10th, 2014

A six-year study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research has found that patients taking SSRIs experience dental implant failure at more than twice the rate of those who are not. The study, conducted on 490 patients with a total of 916 dental implants, found the rate of implant failure just above 10.5 percent for patients taking some of the most common antidepressants. Among patients not taking SSRIs, the rate of implant failure was closer to 4.5 percent.

SSRIs have long been known to inhibit bone regeneration... Read More

Tags: Dental Implants
September 18th, 2014

No single sedation dentistry option will be ideal for the needs of each patient. That’s why Dumont sedation dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter offers a number of options for increasing patient comfort. What option is best for your needs can be determined during your comfort dentistry consultation.

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is one of the oldest and most trusted forms of conscious sedation. Once inhaled, nitrous oxide produces a feeling of well-being by promoting physical relaxation and a euphoric mental state. It also has... Read More

September 4th, 2014

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study has determined that probiotics, specifically lactobacillus reuteri, increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by 53 percent. This news is welcome for those suffering from chronic periodontitis who have found other methods to be of little use – particularly because probiotics have no adverse side-effects and are naturally found in many foods and beverages including yogurt and kefir.

It is important to note that this study concluded that probiotics are equally effective to antibiotics in the treatment of... Read More

August 22nd, 2014

An overactive gag reflex can make even routine visits to the dentist very uncomfortable and may be enough to push some people to avoid dental care entirely. However, avoiding dental care is never a good solution, nor is it necessary with the numerous sedation options available at our Bergenfield family dentistry practice.

Sedation dentistry allows people with an overactive gag reflex to become completely relaxed in advance of their treatment. This reduces involuntary reflexes while still allowing for complete consciousness, enabling us to address... Read More

August 8th, 2014

Al Khiday 2 is a pre-Mesolithic burial site in Central Sudan where researchers have recently discovered something very interesting: fewer than one percent of the tooth remains located in the burial site contain even the slightest sign of tooth decay. No cavities. No infections. Just clean, healthy, and strong teeth. And what has been identified as the source of these uncommonly healthy teeth? Purple nutsedge, a noxious weed more likely to be killed than eaten by New Jersey gardeners.

Researchers have found that the tubers of purple nutsedge contain bacteria inhibiting properties and... Read More

July 20th, 2014

An abscess is a collection of pus that accumulates internally around infections. An abscessed tooth occurs when the root of a tooth is infected, generally resulting from untreated tooth decay. Infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can spread to surrounding bone tissue resulting in tooth loss and other oral health problems. The only way to treat a tooth abscess is with a root canal.

Bergenfield dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter uses advanced technology to ensure the root canal procedure is both comfortable and effective. However, if you are nervous... Read More

July 3rd, 2014

If you feel anxious, nervous, or fearful prior to dental treatments, conscious oral sedation may be exactly what you have been looking for. This type of sedation dentistry allows for complete relaxation of both body and mind, helping produce optimal comfort. Better yet, it does not come with the complications and risks associated with deeper IV sedation.

Bergenfield dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter is pleased to offer conscious oral sedation to patients who need assistance feeling comfortable before their procedure. If you are nervous about dental... Read More

June 20th, 2014

Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease. It is also the easiest to treat. When symptoms of this common oral health issue occur, Bergenfield dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter can provide a deep gum cleaning along with detailed home-care instructions. Your at-home instructions will include enhanced daily care such as regular brushing and flossing. Dr. Perlmutter will also recommend a medicated or antibacterial mouthwash if such steps are necessary in your case. This can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to our office.

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