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3 Things You Need to Know When Shopping for Dental Implants

August 12, 2018

Woman in dental chair giving thumbs upIf you’re looking for the right dentist to help you replace missing teeth with dental implants, cost is one thing that may be on your mind. Before settling on a dental practice to perform your procedure, there are a few basics you should know about making implant retained crowns, bridges, and dentures more affordable. In this post, we’ll discuss three things to look into before settling on a dental office to perform your implant tooth replacement plan. Keep reading to learn more.

1 – Dental Implants are Worth the Investment

When you’re getting started with your search for an implant dentist, you may wonder whether or not implant supported tooth replacement is worth the investment. Unlike other forms of tooth replacement that only restore the visible parts of the tooth, implant retained replacement teeth restore both the roots and crowns, making them look, feel, and function more like natural teeth.
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Do You Know What to Do If You Experience a Dental Emergency During the Holidays?

December 18, 2013

Emergencies happen when you least expect them, and that includes during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Food is often involved, but not always. A fall on an icy sidewalk can just as easily create a dental emergency. So what should you do if you have an urgent dental need over the next few weeks?

Your first step is to call Randolph Dental Care. Even if your emergency doesn’t require immediate attention, we want to know if our patients are in need of help. Three of the most common emergencies that one can experience over the holidays are:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Toothache

If you’ve just lost a tooth, get in touch with our Randolph dental office right away. Reattachment for a lost tooth is possible if we can see you quickly enough. While you wait to see us, rinse the tooth gently with water but don’t scrub it. Try to hold the tooth in the socket it came from, or, if that’s not possible, store it in a container of milk or under your tongue.

In cases where a tooth has broken, your first step after letting us know is to rinse your mouth with warm water. Applying a cold compress will help with any swelling or pain. To repair your tooth, Dr. Goldstein may create a crown with his office’s CEREC machine.

Lastly, for a toothache, try rinsing your mouth or flossing before you call us. It may be that you only have something stuck between your teeth. If your discomfort persists, give us a call.

Don’t let an emergency ruin your holiday. Contact us if you have any problems. And from all of us at Randolph Dental Care, we hope these two weeks are happy and safe for everyone.

Heart Disease, Gum Disease and CoQ10

November 30, 2013

Heart disease is a major health problem. But as with so many other major health issues, some degree of prevention is possible, whether through regular medical exams, a healthy diet and exercise, or through nutritional supplements.

Today we’d like to take a moment to look at one such supplement—CoQ10. This enzyme is found naturally in the body, in some foods, and can be safely made in a laboratory and used to treat certain medical problems

One of those ways it can be used is in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. In research, it was found that patients with a cardiovascular disease often have a CoQ10 deficiency. By adding CoQ10 to your diet with a supplement, it may help you prevent or reverse a range of different problems, some related to heart health and some not. Those problems may include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Angina
  • Diabetes
  • Immune deficiency

Another condition that CoQ10 may help with is periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. In some studies, it has been found that CoQ10 may help patients treat this common oral health problem when it’s taken my mouth or applied directly to the patient’s gum tissue. Advanced gum disease has also been linked to heart disease in some studies.

Do you have questions about CoQ10 and its benefits? Do you struggle with the symptoms of gum disease? Call Randolph Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldstein. Our office serves patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

Remote Area Medical—Helping Those Who Need It Most

November 14, 2013

Back in 2007, The New York Time Magazine published a short profile on Remote Area Medical. The organization, which frequently goes into developing countries to provide medical care to the poor, has increasingly been turning its focus on those in rural and suburban parts of America, where many don’t have health insurance, or the number of hospitals and primary-care doctors is lower.

Care at a Remote Area Medical event ranges from basic medical help to dermatology and even dentistry. Over the course of a weekend, a team of medical volunteers donates their time and expertise to improve lives and make a difference.

Dr. Goldstein participated in such an event earliest this year, back in February. Over a matter of three days, patients who needed important dental care were able to see a dentist with years of experience.

Why is dental care so important? Because poor oral health goes beyond your smile to affect your overall health.  To enjoy good oral and overall health, make regular dental appointments a priority, and follow a good oral care routine daily.

Call Randolph Dental Care to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and surrounding areas.

You can also donate your time and resources to Remote Area Medical. Visit their site to see how you can help.

Oral Health and Pregnancy

November 1, 2013

Every patient needs to take good care of his or her teeth, but pregnant women are especially vulnerable. Why? The reason is simple: studies have shown that there’s a link between gum disease and instances of premature birth. Other complications are possible as well.

By contrast, maintaining optimal oral health throughout the length of your pregnancy will protect you from common oral health issues, and can even have a positive effect on other kinds of health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Why are pregnant women at a greater risk of gum disease?

It has to do with the higher levels of progesterone in the body during this time. The increase of this hormone means your gums are more prone to irritation from plaque, which can lead to gingivitis.

So how can you protect your smile as you prepare to welcome a new member of your family into the world? We recommend three pieces of advice:

  • Brush and floss on a regular basis, and pay special attention to your gum line.
  • Limit the number of processed, sugary foods you eat. Enjoys fruits and vegetables instead.
  • Ask Dr. Goldstein for personal recommendations based on your own health needs.

Are you expecting a little bundle of joy? Protect your smile from gum disease with regular dental care. Call Randolph Dental Care today for an appointment. We serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

Oral Bacteria and Colorectal Cancer

October 15, 2013

In our last post, we talked about the link between a magnesium deficiency and a vulnerability to type 2 diabetes. Today, we’d like to talk about another recent discovery, this time between oral bacteria and colorectal cancer.

We’ve talked before on this site about the different ways oral health affects overall health, and this is just one more. The connection was discovered by Yiping Han, Ph.D. of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and a group of collaborators. Working together, they discovered how a type of microbe, known as fusobacteria, can encourage the growth of colorectal tumors by switching on cancer growth genes and stimulating the body’s inflammatory response.

News like this should encourage patients to make regular brushing and flossing, plus regular oral exams and cleanings, more of a priority. Dr. Goldstein of Randolph Dental Care wants to see every patient of his twice a year. That often will help us monitor and remove bad bacteria from your mouth. Bacteria haven’t just been linked to colorectal cancer—they’re also the cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you need to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Goldstein and his Randolph dental team? Call us today to schedule something. We’re happy to serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

Magnesium Deficiencies, Oral Health, and Diabetes

October 3, 2013

Recent studies have established a connection between a lack of magnesium in the body and type 2 diabetes. More specifically, a patient with a magnesium deficiency is at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. What’s more, it was found that oral supplementation of magnesium to non-diabetic patients led to a reduced risk of developing the disease. In fact, those with a high intake of magnesium were significantly less likely to develop it as those with lower magnesium intake.

What does this have to do with your oral health? There isn’t an overwhelming connection, but dentistry isn’t just about treating cavities and gum disease—it’s also about encouraging patients to make smarter nutritional choices on a daily basis.

There is, however, a connection between oral health and a condition like diabetes. When untreated gum disease is allowed to become a serious problem, patients with diabetes are more likely to experience complications. Does your family have a history of diabetes? Then it’s important to take a careful look at how you’re eating on a daily basis and how well you’re taking care of your smile. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once, with regular visits to Dr. Goldstein’s Randolph dental office.

Do you have questions about nutrition, or about your own oral health? Dr. Goldstein of Randolph Dental Care is happy to help. Call our Randolph dental office today to schedule an appointment with our friendly, knowledgeable dental team. We’re happy to serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and all surrounding areas.

 

Get a Head Start on Your Year-End Cosmetic or Restorative Care

September 10, 2013

In our last post, we encouraged patients to come to our Randolph dental office for a back-to-school visit. Today, we’d like to do the same for patients thinking of having restorative or cosmetic care before the end of the year.

Planning and implementing cosmetic or restorative can take as little as one appointment, but more often more like two of three. If you’re goal is to have a whiter, straighter, more complete smile in time for the major holidays in November or December, don’t wait to get started. Call Randolph Dental Care today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Goldstein.

During your consultation, Dr. Goldstein will complete an oral exam and talk to you about what kinds of results you’d like to see in the future. Once we know what you’re looking for, we can begin putting together a customized treatment plan that will help you, using services that fit your needs and medical history.

For patients who need basic restorative help, with a crown for instance, we can provide single-visit care with CEREC. Likewise, teeth whitening with Zoom! or wrinkle treatments with Botox or Juvéderm can be also be done quickly. If you need help with dentures or dental implants, though, the process will be more involved.

Do you want to learn more about cosmetic and restorative care from Dr. Goldstein and his Randolph dental team? Call Randolph Dental Care today to reserve your appointment. We serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

Have You Scheduled a Back-to-School Appointment Yet?

August 27, 2013

Across the country, students are heading back to school. That means that from here on out, your schedule is going to get busier.

So why not schedule a back-to-school checkup for yourself or your son or daughter now, before that happens. With a back-to-school checkup out of the way, your family can focus on the important activities and holidays coming up over the next few months.

Why are regular visits with Randolph Dental Care so important? Because they give Dr. Goldstein a chance to catch common oral health issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and more early on, before they’ve had a chance to develop. If left untreated, common problems can escalate, potentially even leading to a higher risk of health problems in the rest of the body. Gum disease in particular has been linked with other common problems, like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. A checkup and cleaning takes just a short amount of time to complete, and the positive impact on your oral health is incalculable.

Do you have questions about the benefits of regular care? Or maybe you just need to schedule a back-to-school visit with Dr. Goldstein. Regardless, call our Randolph dental office today.

We serve patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and all surrounding areas.

What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Gum Disease

August 12, 2013

We’ve said it on the blog before—gum disease doesn’t just affect your oral health. It’s also been linked to a variety of health conditions in the rest of the body, including diabetes.

But what exactly is the relationship between gum disease and diabetes? That’s what we’d like to spend some time talking about today.

The true nature of that relationship isn’t fully understood yet, but researchers do know that it runs two ways. On the one hand, the infection caused by caused gum disease raises the body’s blood sugar levels, increasing a diabetic’s chance of experiencing complications. On the other hand, a patient with diabetes is more susceptible to developing an infection because of the differences in his blood sugar. So regardless of whether one causes the other, or vice versa, a link definitely exists between them.

That means regular checkups are essential for monitoring gum health. Even if you’re not diabetic, you may still have a mild form of gum disease.

Dr. Goldstein provides effective periodontal therapy with scaling, root planing, laser and Arestin, a topical antibiotic that can help you fight infection. Are you concerned about your gums?

Call Randolph Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Goldstein provides excellent periodontal therapy to patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

 

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