March 29, 2017
You take great pride in caring for the health of your teeth and gums. You brush twice a day and floss daily. In addition, you visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and dental cleaning in Westfield. However, despite your best efforts, you may be overlooking one vital aspect—your vitamin C intake. It is estimated 10 to 20% of adults do not receive the recommended 500 mg of vitamin C through diet each day. As a result, the health of your gums could become at risk for periodontal disease. As your dentist in Westfield, we want to ensure your gums stay healthy.
May 23, 2016
Dental anxieties hold a lot of people back from going to the dentist. The fears and phobias make many avoid going to the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. As a result, dental complications often go undiagnosed and untreated until serious damage has occurred. Even then, when patients know they have a dental complication, they still put off going to the dentist because they know they are going to require treatment. The longer you wait, the more severe the problem is going to become, requiring more extensive treatments. As your Westfield family dentist, we are here to put your fears to ease to make restorations as stress-free as possible.
March 24, 2016
Easter is quickly upon us, and now is the time to start planning what you’re going to do for your children’s Easter baskets. Children love waking up to all of the goodies in their baskets while parents love watching their happiness and excitement. This year, we encourage you to take a little more time planning your children’s Easter basket to make sure they include healthy treats. As a 07090 family dentist in Westfield, we want to see your children stay healthy. While it may only be for just one day, even one day of unhealthy treats can send the wrong message to your child. Not to mention, it can impact your child’s oral health.
November 23, 2015
Well, it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is upon us, Christmas is around the corner and the New Year follows closely behind. Speaking of the New Year… have you used all of your dental benefits for 2015? If not, now is the time to schedule the preventive and restorative dentistry procedures you and your family need to maintain their healthy and happy smiles.
October 9, 2015
Your general health is always important, but it’s especially crucial during pregnancy. Because pregnancy causes certain hormonal changes that can affect your oral health, it may be necessary for you to take a few things into consideration during your pregnancy — and number one is to visit your dentist for an oral checkup when you’re pregnant. Keep reading for more tips on how to maintain your oral health during pregnancy — for the health of you and your baby — from Dr. David M. Weinman, your family dentist in Westfield, NJ.
September 17, 2015
In Westfield, general dentist Dr. David M. Weinman and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants are committed to providing you and your family with the most comprehensive dental checkup. At these twice yearly appointments, we clean and polish your teeth to make sure your smile is as healthy and attractive as possible. We also examine your teeth for any signs of decay or newly developed cracks; we assess the health of your gums and the other soft tissue in your mouth and throat; digital x-rays are taken when necessary to find any spots of decay that are not visible to the naked eye; and we conduct a thorough oral cancer screening to catch this usually curable disease as early as possible.
August 12, 2015
Think of all the medical doctors you may need to see in order to keep your family healthy. There’s the pediatrician for your children, an OBGYN for mom, a specialist in sports medicine for the athlete in your family who worked out a little too hard last weekend, and the list can go on and on. Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could find all of the dental care your family needs under one roof? Well, you can. Dr. David M. Weinman and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants in Westfield, NJ, serve patients of all ages with comprehensive general dentistry services.
July 14, 2015
A recent study from Bupa, an international health organization, revealed that 81% of Britons believe their smiles are unattractive in photos, and 28% refuse to smile for photos all together. Similar studies conducted in the United States reveal similar findings, and an even higher percentage of people who feel pressured by celebrity photos to perfect their smiles. While our vanity may influence us to want a perfect smile, what we may not realize is the importance of flossing to maintain our oral health and smile radiance, retain gum tissue and bone density, and remove tooth decay causing bacteria. If you need a superior preventive, family dentist, Westfield, NJ call Dr. David M. Weinman to schedule an appointment today. The expert dental hygienists at our practice can help you learn to love flossing, and keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life.
Benefits of Flossing
It’s been six months. Your dental hygiene appointment is in two days, and you haven’t flossed since the last checkup. You don’t want yet another lecture about flossing from your hygienist, so you decide to cram six months of flossing into the next two days. The result? Bleeding, irritated, swollen gums, and a profound distain for the entire subject of flossing. You go to your hygiene appointment, and hear the same refrain, “How often do you floss?” Only now, it’s coupled with, “Your gums seem irritated. That could be a sign of gum disease.” That’s it! You think. Flossing is useless.
Unlike tooth brushing which makes your mouth look, feel, and taste clean right away, flossing’s early effects can be mostly negative. If you don’t floss on a regular basis, your gums will likely become irritated as you remove bacteria that has built up. Many patients report flossing once or twice directly after dental checkups and in the days leading up to their appointment, but rarely flossing at any other time. This inconsistency probably does more harm than good because it leads patients to believe flossing can only be unpleasant.
However, the benefits of regular flossing far outweigh any initial discomfort and irritation. In fact, recent studies showed that flossing not only helped to improve oral health, but the positive effects on oral health improved overall health too. Some benefits of flossing include:
- Significantly reduced bacteria – less cavities and $$$ spent to treat tooth decay
- Reduced Risk for gingivitis and periodontitis – the most commonly sighted benefit is one of the most important since more than ½ of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease
- Improved breath – halitosis or bad breath is often caused by bacteria that could be removed or reduced by flossing keeping your breath fresher longer than brushing alone
- Better overall health – gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and other systematic disease in a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study
Flossing Tips from your Preventive Dentist, Westfield
Many of the issues associated with flossing stem from irregularity of practice, but there are some things you can do to make flossing more pleasant from the outset. Here are some things you should consider to improve your flossing routine:
- Habit – Just in case you missed it, the most important part of flossing may just be doing it every day even if you’re tired or busy or just don’t want to do it.
- Floss type – Choosing a floss that you like can help make the task more enjoyable. There are numerous types of floss, but we recommend polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) especially for patients new to flossing. PTFE flosses are also called shred free/resistant, and are made from one fiber rather than numerous combined, rope-like fibers in nylon floss.
- Floss right! – A number of patients who are dedicated enough to floss everyday never learn the proper technique. During your next hygiene appointment, ask our hygienists to show you the best way to floss your teeth. Until then, just remember that the whole point of flossing is to remove bacteria between teeth and between teeth and gums. So, if you’re not flossing all the way under the gum line, you’re not flossing. The easiest way to floss is using the “C” method. Gently glide the using a back and forth movement into the spaces on either side of each tooth in a “C” shape. Doing in this around the front and back of each tooth is extremely effective.
Contact Dr. Weinman for Great Westfield Dentistry
We know what you’re thinking right now. That’s it, I’m going to start flossing, and this time I mean it. You may even be in your car on the way to your local pharmacy to stock up on fun flossing equipment. We appreciate the enthusiasm, but encourage you to keep it simple and start slow. Choose a floss you think will be gentle and effective, then set a goal to floss at least 3 or 4 times a week for a month. After the first month, we know your teeth will look and feel better, and you’ll want to change your oral hygiene routine to include daily flossing. If you need a general checkup or want to find out more about flossing, call the office of Dr. Weinman to schedule an appointment today. Our Westfield, NJ office welcomes patients from surrounding areas including Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, and Mountainside.
January 20, 2015
A solid exercise regimen can do wonders for your overall health, but do you know how your workout routine may be affecting your teeth and gums? Recent research has uncovered a correlation between strenuous exercise and an increased risk for potentially serious oral health problems, including gum disease and tooth decay. At David M. Weinman, DMD in Westfield, NJ, Dr. Weinman and his staff place an immense amount of emphasis on preventive dental care for patients of all ages, particularly athletes at risk for oral health complications.
Why Runners Have More Cavities
While we would certainly never advise that our patients quit their healthy workout routine, we do highly encourage athletes to be especially aware of their oral health in addition to their overall physical state. Running, for example, can be great for muscle tone, joint strength, and cardiovascular health, but it can also wreak havoc on your gums and teeth. This is because of a rather substantial change in saliva production and composition during and after a particularly demanding run.
Athletes and non-athletes alike were tested by researchers at a hospital’s dental lab in order to determine the cause of oral health issues in runners. Saliva was collected from both groups while the patients were sitting still and relaxed; the results showed no indication of heightened risk. When the athletes were sent off on an arduous run, however, something of interest was discovered. During and after exercise, saliva production actually lessened and the runners’ mouths became more alkaline.
Diminished saliva and an alkaline environment within the mouth have been linked to enamel erosion, dental caries, and an increased risk for periodontal disease. While previous studies had hinted at sugary sports drinks as a possible cause of poor oral health in runners, this new research has proven otherwise. Fortunately, there is an easy solution for this unique problem in athletes: regular visits to Dr. Weinman for preventive dentistry checkups and cleanings. We’ll help you identify your risk factors for cavities and gum disease, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that takes your athletic lifestyle into consideration when protecting your smile.
Healthy Smile, Healthy Body
If you’re an athlete, you already take great care of your body. If you haven’t visited the dentist in more than six months, now is the time to start taking better care of your smile. Contact us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Weinman and our experienced, knowledgeable staff. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for years to come. Conveniently located in Westfield, NJ, our office proudly serves families from nearby communities in Cranford, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Fanwood, and more.
December 22, 2014
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner; what will your resolutions help you achieve in 2015? Many people resolve to get into better shape, to save money, or to spend more quality time with family and friends. While these are certainly important and worthwhile resolutions, we have another idea we’d like to propose as well. At David M. Weinman, DMD in Westfield, NJ, we invite you to make a unique sort of New Year’s resolution this January 1st: giving your smile the high-quality, personalized attention it deserves. With a comprehensive range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions available, Dr. Weinman and his team make it easy, convenient, and affordable to repair and rejuvenate your smile for 2015.
Making Your New Year’s Resolution Count
From gaps between teeth and stained enamel to chips, cracks, and teeth that are overlapped or crooked, the majority of us have at least one thing we wish we could change about our smile. For many, the problem isn’t so much cosmetic as it is a worry over decay or gum disease. Why not take the New Year as a fresh opportunity to treat yourself to a healthier, more beautiful smile? Dr. Weinman and his caring staff can help make your vision of a radiant smile a reality with cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, including:
- Dental implants
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Teeth whitening
- Crown and bridge
- Cosmetic bonding
- Invisalign clear aligners
We look forward to providing you with the exceptional oral health care you need and deserve, all within an environment designed with your comfort and satisfaction in mind. We aren’t happy until you absolutely love your smile!
Say Hello to 2015 with a Smile
If you’ve spent 2014 hiding your smile due to common issues like discolored teeth, damaged enamel, or receding gums, there’s never been a better time to take a step in right direction with restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Westfield, New Jersey. Dr. Weinman and his team genuinely can’t wait to share with you the innumerable possibilities afforded by our state-of-the-art technology and extensive experience. Contact us today to begin your new year off on the right foot with a consultation at David M. Weinman, DMD. Our family-friendly, patient-centric dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Westfield and the surrounding communities, including Scotch Plains, Cranford, Mountainside, Fanwood, and beyond. We look forward to making 2015 the year your smile truly shines.