Why is Fluoride Important for Your Teeth?

fluoride_wordcloudThis month is National Dental Hygiene Month, and East Madison Dental is celebrating by offering free fluoride treatments for patients coming in for a cleaning throughout the month of October.

Why is Fluoride Important?

Put simply, fluoride helps to fight tooth decay. Every day, the enamel, or outer layer of your teeth, loses and gains certain minerals. If you lose more minerals than you gain, tooth decay will start to occur as bacteria is able to start dissolving tooth enamel. Increasing minerals such as fluoride, calcium and phosphate in your saliva can keep tooth decay from occurring by strengthening your teeth’s enamel. In some cases, fluoride can even help to reverse early tooth decay that has already begun. Fluoride is a great choice for gaining minerals because it’s available in water, foods, toothpaste, and as a dental treatment.

drinking_waterWhere is Fluoride Found?

Fluoride can be found in tap water in some areas, certain foods and toothpastes, and at the dentist’s office. Drinking a lot of water not only helps your saliva increase its fluoride content, it also promotes good dental hygiene by flushing out food particles and hydrating your body. Using a toothpaste with fluoride is also a good way to help keep your teeth strong. Your hygienist can recommend one for you. During your hygienist appointment, you can also request a fluoride treatment. Fluoride treatments use a more concentrated amount of fluoride than what is found in regular toothpaste. This fluoride is applied directly to your teeth by your hygienist.

Fluoride for Children

When fluoride is given to children before teeth eruption, it can help to strengthen tooth enamel once teeth do appear. If a child has had cavities or is at risk for teeth decay as determined by a dentist or hygienist, then increased topical fluoride may help to fight tooth decay, such as toothpastes containing fluoride. Speak with your dentist or hygienist about fluoride supplements, treatments, and how to best provide fluoride intake for your child.


October is National Dental Hygiene Month

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, East Madison Dental is providing tips and information about dental hygiene, and offering free fluoride treatments for all patients receiving cleanings during the month of October.

Why is Dental Hygiene Important?

First, let’s start with the basics. Good dental hygiene is important because it is the best defense against tooth decay and other dental issues. By engaging in a daily routine of good dental hygiene, you are helping your mouth to get rid of the build up of bad bacteria that can lead to decay.

When bad bacteria builds up in your mouth, it forms plaque on the enamel, or the thin outer covering of the tooth. This plaque then begins to dissolve the tooth it is on, leading to cavities and eventually decay of the entire tooth. This plaque can also penetrate the gum line, causing gingivitis and other serious gum issues.

Research suggests that the build up of bad bacteria in the mouth, infections and inflammation of the gum, and other oral problems may play a role in the development of more serious health issues such as diabetes, premature birth and low birth weight.  A good dental hygiene routine and seeing your dentist and hygienist twice a year (or more if recommended) are great ways to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

What Can You Do to Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay?

Fortunately, there are many ways to help your mouth fight against bad bacteria. The best place to start is a daily dental hygiene routine. In some cases, starting a routine of good oral hygiene can even reverse tooth decay you may already have. Here is an easy list of steps you can take to maintain good dental hygiene.

The Daily 4: Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew.

The first step in a good dental hygiene routine is engaging in the Daily 4….daily. You probably know already that brushing is important, but the other three–flossing, rinsing and chewing sugarless gum–are just as critical. Here is a quick breakdown of the Daily 4.

  1. Brush: Make sure to brush your teeth for two minutes, two times a day. Brush in a rolling motion over the fronts, backs, and tops of teeth. Don’t forget those pesky molars in the back! Plaque loves to build up on the backs of your teeth, especially in the back of the mouth. For children, it’s best to get them started on a brushing routine early. Make brushing fun by doing it with them, singing a (preferably 2 minute) song that they like while they brush, using a timer, or letting them select their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste.
  2. Floss: Flossing tends to get a bad rap, but it’s actually quick and easy. Make sure to floss once a day, using about 18 inches of floss and sliding it along each tooth to the gum line. Use this guide for a great flossing technique. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t even need to stand in front of the mirror to do it (and can reduce all the mirror splatters!). Here’s a tip: keep floss next to the TV remote so you can floss quickly while you watch TV in the evening before bed.
  3. Rinse: While brushing and flossing keep your teeth clean, rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash will keep your whole mouth clean and free of bad bacteria. Just swish about 2 teaspoons for 30 seconds after you brush to keep your mouth healthy. Ask your hygienist or dentist which rinse is best for you at your next appointment.
  4. Chew: Last but not least, chew sugarless gum after meals and snacks, especially when you can’t brush. Chewing stimulates your saliva glands to produce more, which can fight against bacteria and also helps clean out food particles.

Regular Cleanings with Your Hygienist

A very important part of good dental hygiene is to get your teeth cleaned every six months, or more if your dentist and hygienist recommend it. Your hygienist will be able to remove plaque and tartar build up that may be hard for you to reach, can do fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities and in some cases even reverse tooth decay. Regular visits to the dentist will also ensure early detection of any oral problems such as gum infections or cavities, which will allow you to get the treatment you need before the issue becomes more serious. Comprehensive exams at East Madison Dental also include oral cancer screenings.

At East Madison Dental, your hygienist and dentist will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan and maintenance routine that will keep you smiling (pun intended).

If you have any questions about good dental hygiene, or when you should schedule a cleaning, feel free to contact East Madison Dental at 201-501-8282.


Congratulations Graduates!


Congratulations Graduates!

Here at East Madison Dental we would like to congratulate all graduates both big and small! All Graduates grades K through college will receive one complimentary movie ticket to see a movie of your choice. Just come in for your hygiene maintenance before August 31st. Call us at 201-501-8282 to schedule your hygiene appointment!

Patient Appreciation Drawing!


Fall ContestDon’t forget to enter our Patient Appreciation Drawing in the month of October & November. You can enter 1 of 2 ways! Either visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/emdental or fill out a slip in our office at your next appointment. On our Facebook page just click the link that says “Fall Contest” and it’s very easy to fill out your information there!

It’s our way of saying thank you for being such wonderful patients. It’s because of you that we get the opportunity to do what we LOVE each and every day.

The winner will be announced at the end of November and we will contact you directly. Stay tuned for the winner. Good Luck!


Happy New Year!

The new year is here! We are excited to start 2015 together with our patients and team.

What’s new at East Madison Dental

happy new year
As you know, we are always staying on top of the latest in dental health and technology. Before the new year, Dr. Jain attended a talk on tongue-tied babies and nursing mothers. Unfortunately many mother’s find it difficult to nurse their newborn. Most of the time this is due to a condition called tongue-tie. A tongue-tied infant has limited movement of their lip or tongue which prevents them to latch onto their mother. Babies with lip tie often do not have a good seal when latching which causes the baby to take in excess air making them gassy and fussy. If this condition is left untreated, it can impair the child’s speech and proper tooth alignment.

Dr. Jain is currently correcting this condition by performing a laser frenectomy to detach the excess tissue. The healing and recovery time after the procedure is fairly quick and bleeding is usually minimal.

East Madison Dental also happy to announce our new iTero iOC scanner! With the iTero scanner, the goop and gagging of the old way to take dental impressions is no longer the only option. Instead of the putty clay like material in your mouth, we can now take a digital scan of your teeth thanks to this new technology. The iTero machine is accurate, faster, safe and comfortable!

We are very happy to start off this new year and look forward to seeing you throughout the year.
All of us at East Madison Dental wish you a promising and fulfilling New Year.