November 26, 2017
Many patients with CPAP systems find it difficult to travel with the necessary equipment. Frequent travelers often find themselves foregoing sleep apnea treatment altogether when they’re travelling. While this may not seem like a big deal, the cumulative effects of irregular sleep cycles can be detrimental to your health. Read on to learn more about how to travel with your CPAP system and sleep soundly anywhere you go.
December 18, 2015
For many years, edentulous (without teeth) patients had just one reliable tooth replacement option, removable dentures. In recent years, success rates for implant retained dentures have increased making them an attractive alternative to removable dentures. If you’re in need of dentures in Westfield, contact Dr. David M. Weinman and his dental team today. We offer patients skilled smile restoration with traditional or implant supported dentures.
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.
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.
June 23, 2015
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 76.4 million baby boomers. Boomers makeup nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population and these people born between 1946 and 1964 are known for enjoying, well… the finer things in life. And some of those finer things are their own teeth! So, if they should happen to need tooth replacement, then a bridge or denture simply will not do. They will expect a more lifelike alternative and fortunately there is one: dental implants. For Westfield implant dentistry, people in and around the area turn to Dr. David Weinman.
So, now that we know how many baby boomers there are, can we predict how many will need tooth replacement? Research from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that approximately 69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth due to traumatic injury, failure of a root canal, gum disease or severe tooth decay. Those number are made even more significant by the fact that they’re not even baby boomer age! But by the age of 74, we can expect more than 25 percent of adults to lose all of their teeth. In 07090, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for baby boomers and beyond.
Dental Implants for You
With a dental implant, Dr. Weinman surgically places a small titanium screw in your jawbone just beneath the exposed gum tissue where your tooth is missing. This screw does the job of a natural tooth root. As you heal from surgery, the screw and the surrounding bone tissue fuse together in a process known as osseointegration. The screw becomes firmly set in your jaw and as such forms a solid foundation for your eventual tooth restoration. In addition, the implanted screw stimulates healthy bone growth, an important step in avoiding bone and muscle deterioration that leads to the appearance of a sagging face that often happens to people who are missing teeth.
When you’ve completely healed, you’ll return to our office for Dr. Weinman to attach a custom designed prosthetic. Whether your tooth restoration is a single crown or a specially created bridge or denture that is secured in place by your new dental implant, you will be able to smile, eat and speak with confidence.
Call Our Office Today
To learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinman in Westfield, NJ. We also extend service to our neighbors in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Mountainside and surrounding areas. Dr. Weinman and our team look forward to meeting you and making you smile.
March 19, 2015
Despite our best efforts to keep our teeth looking their best, most of us experience some sort of cosmetic damage to our smiles at some point in our lives. When your smile is something you’d rather hide than share with those around you, it’s time to make a change for the better with cosmetic dentistry. At the Westfield, NJ dental practice of Dr. David M. Weinman, we offer an all-encompassing range of cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, stain-resistant sheaths of dental ceramic that are affixed to the front surfaces of your teeth to mask a variety of aesthetic flaws. Veneers are commonly used in cases that involve one or more of the following issues:
- Gaps between teeth that are visible when you smile
- Deep stains, particularly those that are resistant to professional teeth whitening
- Chips or cracks in enamel
- Teeth that are too small or misshapen
- Mild to moderate crowding or misalignment
Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment option for patients who are facing multiple cosmetic issues, including everything from deep discoloration to chips or gaps between teeth. These custom shells of dental porcelain are finely crafted to precisely mimic the shape, size, and color of natural teeth. The porcelain used to create your veneers even reflects light in the same way that tooth enamel does, so you know that your smile will look natural and radiant.
A Brighter, More Confident Smile
Do you find that you often avoid showing your teeth when you smile? Are you embarrassed or self-conscious about your appearance due to aesthetic flaws? There’s never been a better time to take the first step on your journey toward a beautifully revitalized smile with porcelain veneers. Contact our office in Westfield, NJ today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Weinman. Our team can’t wait to welcome you to our family-friendly, state-of-the-art dental practice. We proudly serve patients from throughout Westfield and the surrounding areas, including Scotch Plains, Cranford, Fanwood, Mountainside, and beyond.
February 19, 2015
Healthy, properly aligned teeth serve as the foundation for a confident, attractive smile. If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or unevenly spaced, you may find that you feel self-conscious around others, particularly at work or in social situations. You may have thought about orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth in the past, but the notion of wearing metal braces simply doesn’t appeal to you. Fortunately, there is an alternative: Invisalign clear aligners from Dr. David M. Weinman in Westfield, NJ.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear and durable acrylic material that is smooth and comfortable against your gums and lips. While metal brackets and wires may cause discomfort and irritation of the soft tissues in your mouth, Invisalign aligners are virtually unnoticeable and they can be removed for daily oral hygiene and eating.
Many Invisalign patients are adults who would like straighter teeth but also want to maintain a polished and professional appearance – something that is often difficult to achieve with conspicuous metal braces. Invisalign is also a great option for many teens; it is particularly helpful for adolescents who play sports or a musical instrument. Whereas regular braces can interfere with these activities, Invisalign can easily be worn comfortably and discreetly on the field, on the court, and in the band hall.
Dr. Weinman has actually used Invisalign himself, so he understands everything there is to experience when it comes to this innovative orthodontic treatment. He and his caring team are always here to answer any questions you may have about your treatment, offering their knowledge and guidance as you watch your new smile emerge.
Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation with Dr. Weinman
Dr. Weinman is your premier Westfield, NJ Invisalign provider, providing his expertise, training, and personal experience at every step of your treatment until your smile is flawless. If you’d like to find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you, give us a call today to schedule your consultation. We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our practice and helping you achieve the healthier, more beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Our team proudly serves families from throughout Westfield, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Cranford, Fanwood, and beyond.
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.
November 20, 2014
For more than 150 years, cavities and other forms of tooth damage have been repaired with an amalgam of liquid mercury, silver, copper, tin, and other trace metals. While sufficient for restoring the structural integrity of a weakened tooth, amalgam fillings can be unsightly and unpredictable. Composite resin fillings – often referred to simply as tooth-colored fillings – are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to amalgam fillings, offering a natural look and long-lasting durability. At the office of Dr. David M. Weinman in Westfield, NJ, Dr. Weinman offers a comprehensive selection of restorative dentistry solutions, including tooth-colored fillings.
Advantages of Composite Resin Fillings
The most obvious reason that patients prefer composite resin fillings to silver amalgam fillings is the cosmetic benefit that they offer. Meticulously customized to match the shade of your existing enamel, tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly into your smile for a completely natural appearance.
Composite resin’s cosmetic advantages aren’t the only reason that they’ve become more popular over the past 20 years; unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings are resistant to changes in temperature. Teeth repaired with mercury amalgam fillings are substantially more susceptible to microfractures that eventually compromise the strength of the enamel, whereas composite fillings maintain their shape and size regardless of exposure to heat and cold. Tooth-colored fillings also require that less of your natural tooth structure be removed, making them a considerably more conservative dental solution as compared to amalgam fillings.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Whether you are in need of a new filling or you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile with composite resin restorations, Dr. Weinman and his experienced, friendly team of dental professionals can help. Contact our office in Westfield, NJ today to schedule your consultation, and discover for yourself what a difference our genuinely caring approach and advanced technology can make in your next dental experience. Our warm, welcoming Westfield dental office is proud to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Cranford, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Fanwood, and more. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted with cosmetic and restorative dentistry.