Posts for: February, 2017
Veneers give you a runway-worthy smile. Here's how.
If you've lived with damaged or unsightly teeth for a long time, covering your mouth with your hand might be second nature to you. You might smile with your mouth closed to avoid anyone seeing the stains, crookedness or chips that might be affecting your teeth. There's good news for people like you in Ringwood, NJ: porcelain veneers from Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi offer an amazing smile transformation that leaves you feeling confident and comfortable. You can learn more about the process here.
What are veneers?
Veneers are sections of porcelain shaped to look like the fronts of the teeth. They are expertly shaped, painted and polished in a dental laboratory and are bonded to the natural teeth by your Ringwood dentist. Each veneer is custom-made from precise measurements. The end result covers up almost any cosmetic dental issue, giving you a flawless smile worth showing off.
What do veneers fix?
In just two words: A lot! Veneers are designed to mask cosmetic flaws that come from natural defects like crowding, misshapen teeth or gaps, as well as stains, chips and cracks that have developed over time. Because teeth aren't completely opaque, the translucent porcelain hides the flaws while still maintaining a natural appearance. You and your Ringwood dentist will discuss your goals for your new smile and how to achieve them at a consultation.
Ready to show off your smile this year? Contact the dental office of Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ, to schedule your veneers consultation today!
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”