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301 N Harrison St. Suite F, Princeton, NJ 08540

F. Charles Wightman, D.D.S.

Darren S. Brummel, D.D.S.

Patrick H. Pagana, D.M.D.

Elisa A. Marantz, D.M.D.

Alisa H. Wain, D.D.S.

Reena M. Varghese, D.M.D.

Joseph Luzzo, D.M.D.

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By princetondental796, Mar 25 2019 12:39PM

It is normal to experience occasional bad breath.This is particularly true if you have a lingering cold or have eaten foods that have a high sulphur content. However, chronic bad breath (halitosis) may indicate an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. A few potential sources of chronic halitosis include poor dental hygiene, poorly fitting dental appliances, oral yeast infections, and dental decay. A chronic dry mouth (xerostomia) and underlying medical conditions may also result in halitosis.

While mouthwashes, gum and mints may temporarily mask halitosis , it is important to try and find the source and treat it.

If you feel you suffer from halitosis we recommend setting up an appointment for an examination and consultation to discuss your particular situation and possible treatments.

Princeton Dental Group

301 North Harrison Street, second floor

Princeton, New Jersey 08540

( 609) 924 -0796

By princetondental796, Mar 21 2019 12:28PM

Everyone has been in the situation where a piece of food becomes lodged between their teeth. Usually the debris can be removed by gently taking dental floss and cleaning the area. However, you must be careful not to push the debris further under the gum by aggressively forcing the floss. You should never attempt to use a pointed or metal object to force the piece of debris out. If you are able to remove the debris, rinse with warm salt water after to thoroughly clean the area. If you can not remove it,or the gum swells in the days after you thought you removed it call your our office to have the debris removed and the site disinfected.

Princeton Dental Group

301 North Harrison Street

Princeton, New Jersey 08540

(609) 924 -0796

By princetondental796, Mar 20 2019 05:52PM

According to a Stanford University study nearly 47 million Americans under the age of 17 participate in sports activities annually. The US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions reported that 7 million of those athletes suffer sports injuries in any year. The report also claimed that 3 million teeth were knocked out.

In our office we typically see cracked teeth, intrusion or extrusion of teeth, temporomandibular joint dislocation and knocked out teeth resulting from sports injuries. Many of these injuries can be prevented by wearing a properly fitting sports mouth guard. Injuries to the teeth, jaws and temporomandibular joint are 60 times more likely to occur when a mouth guard is not worn according to the American Dental Association.These guards should be used during games and practice since 62% of dental sports injuries occur during practice. Ideally the mouth guard should be custom fitted so that it can effectively absorb the forces of a blow without damaging the teeth or jaws.

If a tooth is completely knocked out, try and find the tooth immediately. Try not to handle the tooth by the root. Rinse the tooth under milk or water to remove any dirty and debris. Do not scrub the tooth or try and remove and tissue fragments they may be attached to the tooth.If possible gently place the tooth back into its socket. If the tooth cannot be gently placed back, then use milk, saline or at least water to keep the tooth moist while it is being transported to the dentist’s office for reimplantation. Contact tour office immediately since time is critical for successful reimplantation.

If you have other questions about dental injuries or your child’s dental health please set an appointment with our office to discuss them.

Princeton Dental Group

301 North Harrison Street, Second Floor

Princeton, New Jersey 08540

(609) 924-0796

By princetondental796, Mar 20 2019 05:42PM

When a patient is referred to the periodontist there first questions are usually “is it really necessary and what will the periodontist do to me ?”. There are many reasons why a periodontal consultation may be necessary. It may be to establish a baseline after an irregularity of the gums are noticed, or because the gums are spongy and have “pockets”. There may be areas where the gums have pulled away and exposed root surfaces or even where the gums are covering too much tooth. Sometimes the periodontist may be consulted about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant.

Regardless of the reason for the referral, the periodontist will take detailed measurements of the gums, and possibly X rays and photos. Based on the findings, the periodontist will develop a plan with you to optimize the health of your gums. This could mean simply monitoring the health of the gums for further change, a “ deeper cleaning” or possibly a surgical procedure. Typically the sooner these problems are addressed the easier they are to treat.

If you have questions about your gums or your general dental health, feel free to make an appointment with one of our general dentists or our periodontist to discuss your concerns.

Princeton Dental Group

301 North Harrison Street, 2nd floor

Princeton, New Jersey 08540

(609) 924 -0796

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