Breastfeeding and Tongue-Ties: What It Can Mean for Your Baby

Difficulty Breastfeeding? You are not alone.

The first patient to walk into East Madison Dental last Saturday morning wasn’t a typical dental patient–for starters, she didn’t have teeth yet. She was a 2 week old infant tucked into a baby carrier held by her beaming, but perhaps slightly exhausted, mom, Kristen. Since the first time she tried to feed her baby, Kristen had difficulty. The infant would try to latch and would suck hard, but wasn’t getting any milk. The constant attempts were causing her pain, and her baby wasn’t getting fed. Read the rest of this entry »

Gum Recession: What You Should Know

 Have you noticed that your gums don’t cover as much of your teeth as they used to? Do your teeth look longer to you? Is it more painful than before to eat cold food and beverages like ice cream or iced water? You may be experiencing gum recession. Gum recession can occur from aggressive tooth brushing, braces you had as a child, genetics, or periodontal disease. Don’t worry! There are some great solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

Eating Ice Cream Shouldn’t Hurt: How to Help Sensitive Teeth

Does the thought of taking a big bite of ice cream make you cringe? It shouldn’t, but it does for millions of Americans. Sensitive teeth and gums can make ice cream eating painful, as well as cause discomfort when eating all sorts of cold or hot foods and beverages. July 16th was National Ice Cream Day, and if your ice cream holiday was soured by teeth sensitivity, read on. We’ve compiled some great tips on how to help your sensitive teeth. Read the rest of this entry »

Gum Problems? You’re Not Alone

If your gums bleed when you floss or brush, or are red or swollen, or if you have bad breath, you’re not alone.

Nearly 50% of US adults 30 or older have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can be mild or severe, and can cause more than just discomfort. It has been linked to other serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Recently, research has shown a connection between gum disease in pregnant women and early births.  It’s clear that it’s an important issue, so we want to go over a bit about what it is, why it happens, and what to do about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Gums, Healthy Baby: All About Gum Health & Pregnancy

Did you know that pregnant women are 70% more likely to experience gingivitis than the average adult? Even more alarming, studies continue to show a link between gingivitis in pregnant women and low-weight or premature births. Fortunately, practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dental provider during pregnancy can significantly reduce these risks. Read on for more info. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Local: Things to Do in and Around Tenafly May 22-29

We feel proud to work in such a great community. Every day, our patients let us know about different, fun events happening in and around Tenafly. We want to share some of these exciting happenings with all of our patients. Here are our picks for this week, May 22-29! Read the rest of this entry »

What Are HSA and FSA Savings Accounts?

Many employers have begun offering FSA or HSA options to their employees, which can provide additional savings on dental care. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are pre-tax accounts that can be used for medical expenses–eyeglasses, medical co-pays, dental services, etc. This post explores what they are, and how they can help with health care costs. Read the rest of this entry »

What Alternatives to Dental Insurance Are Out There?

Dental Insurance isn’t for everyone

Dental insurance isn’t for everyone, and fortunately, there are great alternatives out there. Perhaps the first, most important thing to note about dental insurance is that IT IS NOTHING LIKE MEDICAL INSURANCE. In a Simple Dollar article written by Meghan Nesmith, an insurance coordinator at a dental practice in Sacramento notes, “Dental insurance needs to be thought of more like an assistance plan, not a full, comprehensive plan.” This is because insurance plans cover a certain percentage of a procedure cost, have annual maximums that are the maximum amount they will pay out in any year, and can include deductibles and co-pays. Read the rest of this entry »

Root Canal Awareness Week: What is an Endodontist?

Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth

It was not that long ago that the only effective treatment for a serious infection inside your tooth would be to remove that tooth. Thanks to endontontists, or root canal specialists, there are now many options when it comes to saving teeth. Endodontists have at least two years of additional education to become experts in performing root canal treatment and diagnosing and treating dental pain, according to the American Association of Endodontists. While general dentists perform an average or 2 or 3 root canals a week, root canal specialists perform 25 or more, allowing them to become very proficient and precise, which results in positive experiences for patients. Read the rest of this entry »

Get to Know: Dr. Adriana Correa, Root Canal Specialist

Our new series Get to Know allows you the opportunity to get to know East Madison Dental providers through interviews that look at each doctor’s specialty, strengths, experiences, and advice.

Dr. Correa EndodontistDr. Correa: “Endodontics is an evolving specialty- it is always changing and improving”

Dr. Adriana Correa received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. She continued there to receive her specialty degree in Endodontics. Dr. Correa practiced General Dentistry for 2 years before devoting herself exclusively to endodontics.

Find out more about Endodontics in our Root Canal Awareness Week Series

Q: Why did you decide to become a root canal specialist?

During my last years in dental school I had the guidance of a professor who saw in me the skills and strengths that he felt would make me a great endodontist. I followed his recommendation and 20 years later…here I am.  Read the rest of this entry »