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Why American Kids Risk Dental Injury in High Contact Sports

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jan 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Only 11% of kids in hockey wear mouthguardsSports safety has made the headlines in recent years, especially with concerns over long term head injuries and concussions. An alarming new fact has gotten the attention of Fairfield Dental Associates. Four out of 10 American children do not use mouthguards when playing high contact sports such as football or hockey. A new survey from Delta Dental found only 60 percent of children participating in fall and winter sports wear mouth protection. More alarming? Only 32 percent of parents said their child wears a mouthguard for football. The amount is even lower for field hockey at 14 percent. LaCrosse and ice hockey have the worst compliance at 11 percent. So, why is this happening? Perhaps is it a lack of good information on sports safety which can easily be gotten from your dentist. Fairfield Dental Associates is a practice who can advise parents and also customize dental proection for their young athletes.

"Something as simple as a mouthguard could be the difference between a safe sporting activity and a trip to the emergency room," said Bill Kohn, DDS, Delta Dental Plans Association's vice president of dental science and policy. "A conversation with your dentist, and a well-fitting mouthguard, can help ensure children who play contact sports keep their smiles healthy."

A 10-year study of mouth and jaw injuries found that roughly 32 percent of facial trauma cases in children occurred during sports activities. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry points to research showing baseball (just 22 percent of children wear mouth protection while playing the sport) and basketball (24 percent) have the highest number of sports-related dental injuries.    

Mouthguards by Type

There are three types of mouthguards:

  • Ready-made or stock: Since the fit can't be adjusted, they're less effective than a fitted option.
  • Mouth-formed "boil and bite": These can be purchased at many sporting goods stores, and can be molded to the individual's mouth.
  • Custom-made: These are considered the best option, but are also the most expensive. Since they are made by your dentist from a mold of your child's teeth, they fit tightly and correctly, are the most comfortable and more likely to be worn.

According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouth protection should be comfortable, resistant to tearing and resilient. It should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned and not restrict speech or breathing.New Call-to-action

Beware O-T-C Varieties

Mouth protection can help but you must be selective. A 2014 study published in General Dentistry by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) found that athletes wearing over-the-counter (OTC) devices were over twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injury than athletes wearing protection made by a dental professional. The study gathered data from 412 players from six high school football teams. Scientists believe the thickness of these guards greatly impact the rate of head injuries. Custom-made devices in this particular study were 3.50 millimeters, with OTC devices measuring 1.65 millimeters.

Custom mouth protection provides a custom-fit which is especially important. In most cases OTC protection does not fit correctly. That means they lack the best protection and they tend to be uncomfortable which leads to lower compliance rates among young athletes. It is really money wasted when there is a dis-incentive to wear a protective appliance because it is ill-fitting. Fairfield Dental Associates makes custom mouthguards and can fit young athletes with the protection they need for the specific sports in which they participate. OTC alternatives cannot do this.

Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is an expert at fabricating mouthguards to protect your young athlete in all kinds of sports.  A custom device will give you the piece of mind you need as a parent that your child is protected. 

Contact our office with any questions or to schedule your young athlete for a fitting.

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Topics: mouthguards, dental safety, sports safety

Why Your Face Needs Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jan 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

why your face needs teethA picture is worth a thousand words.  If you ever wondered how important teeth are to our faces, check out what people look like without them. Your face needs teeth. It can seriously kill a first impression if any are missing. Besides maintaining the shape of our mouths, our teeth really serve an important function to our faces and jaw line structure. Not having them is serious. Healthy teeth are essential as Fairfield Dental Associates has reported in all of our blogs.

Toothless is More Than Ugly

Even though many people consider our teeth cosmetic, we really do need - all of them! The human mouth only has 32 teeth when you count wisdom teeth. Teeth support the basic structure of our face and jaw. Tooth loss is nothing to laugh about. 

Just a couple of teeth can make the difference in the health of your jawbone and your appearance. Did you know if you don’t have teeth, the body doesn’t recognize the jawbone as necessary, so it gets rid of it? Chewing stimulates the alveolar bone (the portion of the jawbone that anchors your teeth). When teeth are gone, so is the stimulation. The bone breaks down where the tooth is missing and is absorbed back into the body. A group of oral surgeons in Atlanta compiled a partial list of what missing teeth can also cause:

  •         Wrinkling around the mouth
  •         Distorted facial features
  •         Misalignment of remaining teeth
  •         A collapsed facial profile
  •         TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain, facial pain and headaches
  •         Difficulty speaking
  •         Difficulty eating
  •         Difficulty kissing
  •         Dementia (in a NUN study cited by the American Dental Association)
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Fairfield Dental Associates Saves Teeth

Have we gotten your attention? If you don’t think teeth are important, think again.  Periodontal disease, tooth extractions, facial/jaw trauma and teeth misalignment can result from the complications of missing teeth. That’s why it is so important to get regular dental care. You need every single tooth in your mouth. Let Fairfield Dental Associates help you and your family keep your pearly whites. We specialize in restorative dentistry and can get your smile back the way you want it. We want everyone to have to enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Contact our office for an appointment. New Call-to-Action


Topics: missing teeth, Healthy teeth

Seeing the Dentist a Top Resolution for 2018

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jan 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Make a smile resolution for 2018Saving money, losing weight, going to the gym, and seeing the doctor usually are four top new year's resolutions Americans make in the new year. Not so for 2018. Fairfield Dental Associates found a new survey by Delta Dental that ranks seeing the dentist as a top resolution this year. Saving money and losing weight were at the very top of the list, but 15 percent of people surveyed said they want to see the dentist. Twenty percent said they wanted to improve their oral health. Dental visits outranked joining a gym (12 percent) or seeing the doctor (11 percent) by respondents who were surveyed. Delta Dental was glad to see a change that favors oral health.

"We're glad to see so many Americans making an early commitment to getting to the dentist and improving their oral health in the New Year," said Bill Kohn, DDS, Delta Dental Plans Association's vice president of dental science and policy. "A healthy smile means better overall health and that's a great goal for 2018."

Smiles Ranked High for Past 3 Years

Improving oral health and smiles have been climbing to the top of the new year's resolution list for Americans the past three years - especially among women. In 2015, a  Kelton Self Improvement survey sponsored by Invisalign showed the majority of American women planned to make smile improvement a huge priority. At Fairfield Dental Associates, we like that. An improved and beautiful smile is considered key to self-improvement, along with good health and happiness, according to researchers and survey participants. 

Ninety-eight percent of women surveyed said they were deternubed to achieve at least one of their self-improvement goals they resolved to make on New Years. Sixty-five percent said they were successful. Many said they thought improving their smiles was an attainable goal within 90 days. What's your smile goal this year and how quickly can you achieve it? We can help.New Call-to-action

See Fairfield Dental Associates

Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a holistic dentist who not only helps you get your teeth healthy, but makes suggestions on improving your smile. She is an expert in restorative dentistry and can restore your smile to the luster you used to have or always wanted. Dr. Finkel is a highly experienced cosmetic dentist with a host of satisfied patients who are thrilled with their smile transformations. Dr. Finkel is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She believes a smile should be more than functional. It should also be beautiful. 

Dr. Finkel stays current with the latest cosmetic dentistry technology through continuing education. She takes the time to learn exactly what your expectations are before designing a treatment plan that will give you the best results. 

For a free no-obligation cosmetic dental consultation, contact our office to arrange an appointment.

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Topics: New Years Resolution, seeing the dentist

Will Your Smile Cost You a Job in 2018?

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

will your smile sabotage your next job?The first five minutes of an interview will make or break your chances of landing a job as Fairfield Dental Associates has read. A  Careerbuilder survey of 400 HR managers in Canada found body language can overpower your resume and ruin your chances with a hiring manager in job interviews.

One really big factor in the interview? A smile. It is the second biggest reason people don't get hired according to this survey! There are 10 big no-nos that may be the reason you didn't get that position. 


10 Biggest Body Language Mistakes

These are the biggest body language faux-pas job seekers can commit. HR managers ranked them by their order of importance:

  • Failing to make eye contact - 72%
  • Not smiling enough - 44%
  • Playing with something on the table - 38%
  • Fidgeting too much - 38%
  • Crossing their arms over their chests - 37%
  • Bad posture - 34%
  • Playing with hair or touching face - 26%
  • Having a weak handshake - 19%
  • Too many hand gestures - 9%
  • Too strong of a handshake - 8%

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The power of your smile is enormous in an interview. It tells the prehistoric part of other people's brains that you are safe and friendly. Not smiling and using irritating or aggressive body language is a turn off. The HR manager may perceive you as a threat without even knowing it. says a smiling is so important, it should even be done during a phone interview. People can actually "hear" a smile! It changes your vocal tone, adding a friendlier tone to your voice. Of course, don't use a fake smile. Try to make it genuine, even when you are nervous. There are smiles you want to avoid. Fairfield Dental Associates wrote about several. You can check them out here.


New Call-to-actionWhy Don't People Smile?

Lack of confidence is one of the biggest reasons people don't smile in a situation where they want to be friendly. They don't like it, are hiding imperfect teeth, or trying to display a smile that shows only the "good" teeth. The problem with this? You come off as insecure. HR managers will either think you are hiding something (because you are), you are unfriendly, you lack confidence or don't care about the job. Your teeth say a lot during an interview. Will your smile cost you that next position?

Teeth whitening and a cosmetic makeover are just as important as that resume. They will give you a confident edge. You won't be spending time thinking how your smile is being perceived. You will be able to live in the moment and be free to concentrate on taking control of that interview to impress the hiring manager. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a true artist when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. She has scores of highly satisfied patients. She can work with you to achieve just the exact look you want to give you the mojo you need in today's job market. Isn't that dream position or promotion worth it? Be sure to contact our office for a free consultation!

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Topics: job interviews, 2018

Make a Smile Resolution for 2018

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM

make a smile resolution this yearWe all want a beautiful smile. It is the first thing people see about us. It makes us approachable, likeable, and appealing. Healthy, beautiful teeth can help us get a job, a promotion, and even a mate. As you make your New Year’s resolution for 2018 – why not include your teeth on that list? Fairfield Dental Associates has compiled some tips that will help you achieve a beautiful smile this new year.

Go For That Beautiful Smile!

New Call-to-ActionFairfield Dental Associates found these tips from Colgate, Delta Dental, and the American Dental Association (ADA).

  • Make sure to schedule that dental appointment – Believe it or not, brushing and flossing is not enough. You can still develop periodontal disease even with a professional grade electric toothbrush. According to the ADA, one-third of Americans doesn't see the dentist yearly. Six-month dental checkups and cleanings can prevent or cure teeth or gum sensitivity, bleeding gums, and remove plaque which erodes your gum line and eventually your jaw bone. Put a reminder on your Smartphone to make that appointment before your New Year’s celebrations.
  • Promise to floss – Yes, as dentists we know not all people really like to floss. A beautiful smile depends on flossing to get rid of food particles your toothbrush can’t reach. Resolve to floss in 2016. If you don't like string floss, try a water flosser. Flossing helps prevent cavities between teeth or worse – gum disease. Make flossing part of your routine and don’t forget to floss even at work. You can even floss on the go!
  • Eat Teeth-Health Foods – Delta Dental suggests dairy products and foods that are high in fiber to strengthen and clean your teeth. Foods like celery are a natural toothbrush and increase saliva which washes away bacteria that causes plaque.
  • Reduce the sugar – BMC Public Health found a direct link between the number of cavities people develop and the amount of sugar they consume. Your waistline and teeth will thank you for cutting down those sugary snacks. No, you don’t have to cut out sweet treats altogether. Just be mindful of how much you are eating. When you do eat sugar, follow up with a glass of water or brush 30 minutes after eating. This removes sugary residue which plaque-causing bacteria love.
  • Stop smoking – Studies show that tobacco products double the chance for gum disease because it makes plaque harder to remove. That is one more reason to kick the habit in 2016.New Call-to-action

New Call-to-actionSee Your Dentist

Don't forget to schedule your dental checkup and cleanings with Fairfield Dental Associates. Dr. Katherine Finkel is an expert in holistic dentistry and can advise you on the best ways to care for your family's teeth and gums for a lifetime. She specializes in preventivepediatric, and cosmetic dentistry as well as full restoration. After the holiday rush is over - why not start out the New Year early? Be sure to contact us for your next dental appointment. You'll be glad you did!

Make an Appointment with Fairfield Dental Associates!

Topics: New Year's resolutions, Healthy teeth


Topics: New Year's resolutions, 2018

How to Give a Healthy Smile This Christmas

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM

put a smile in your holiday shopping cartHoliday gift giving is all around us. We all want our loved ones to smile when they open our gifts. But have you thought about a gift that ensures a healthy smile? Oral hygiene products make great stocking stuffers and are some of the best presents to give to the person who has everything.

Fairfield Dental Associates did some research and found some great holiday and Christmas gift ideas that can help shorten your list. Colgate recommends making a holiday basket for your little ones that are filled with fun oral hygiene products. You can do that for the adults too! Check out some more ideas.

Wrap Up a Smile!

  • Give a really cool electric toothbrush. Advances in these brushes make them real cleaning machines. For little ones, get a custom theme that they like. For teens - splurge on a more expensive variety. Entice them with the promise of teeth-whitening if they use it. They will be excited.
  • Be sure to add some plaque disclosing tablets as gifts. As these tablets dissolve on teeth, they leave behind a removable red stain that shows areas that need more brushing. This encourages your loved one to brush and floss better.
  • Include toothpaste tailored to your loved ones needs. These include pastes that control plaque, gingivitis, whitening paste, or paste that is for sensitive teeth.
  • Give a year's supply of manual toothbrushes. Manual brushes should be replaced every three to four months. Be sure to include at least four brushes. For electric brushes - be sure to include at least four replacement brushes.
  • Include waxed or unwaxed dental floss. For people who have trouble using floss, consider giving an inter-dental cleaning tool that has special picks or sticks to clean between teeth.
  • Does your loved one travel? Be sure to put together a dental travel kit!New Call-to-action

Give the Gift of Cosmetic Dentistry

Nothing will make your loved one smile more than a beautiful smile in the mirror or on their selfie. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is an expert at cosmetic dentistry. She can offer many cosmetic dental options that will guarantee a grateful smile. We offer professional teeth whitening at a discount. You can purchase that for your loved one this year!

Be sure to contact our office to see how you can wrap up a beautiful smile this holiday for your loved ones! Gift certificates are available.

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Topics: Christmas, gift ideas, healthy smile

Mouthwash and Diabetes - Possible Link

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM

could mouthwash cause diabetes?Disturbing the natural balance of bacteria in our mouths could be detrimental to our health. Fairfield Dental Associates recently read results from an observational study reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that indicates the over-use of mouthwash could lead to diabetes. A total of 1,206 people participated in the San Juan Overweight Adults Longitudinal Study (SOALS) over a three-year period. Dr. Rakesh Patel of the Department of Pathology and Center for Free Radical Biology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham co-authored the research. Study findings were published in the journal Nitric Oxide.

Forty-three percent of study participants used over-the-counter mouthwash at least once a day, while 22 percent used it twice daily. Those using it two times a day significantly increased their risk of prediabetes and diabetes compared to less frequent users. No risk was associated with participants who used it less than twice a day. Researchers concluded the antimicrobial properties of mouthwash decrease good bacteria which can alter blood sugar metabolism in the body, impact oral microbes needed for nitric oxide formation, and lead to diabetes. This is of  particular concern for people with a family history of the diabetes or who are obese. Researchers say causational studies are needed to positively determine that mouth rinse is a risk for diabetes.

It has been proven that mouth rinshes kill microbes we actually  need. The mouth has a series of checks and balances according to Colgate. It has good bacteria that eradicates bad bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay. Good bacteria such as Streptococcus salivarius K12 actually cancels out the microbes that cause bad breath. Mouthwash kills good bacteria which disturbs the mouth’s natural microbiome.

See the Dentist About Chronic Halitosis

New Call-to-actionCuring halitosis is not a DIY and the overuse of mouthwash is not recommended. Over-the-counter remedies are just a band-aid. If you have chronic bad breath, you need to speak to a dentist to find a solution that really works. The American Dental Association recommends you make a list of all the foods you eat and medications you take as these can give you halitosis. 

The only real way to head off and cure bad breath is to consult your dentist. He/she can find the source of your problem just by looking. There are prescription mouth rinses and medications that can assist you in warding off that anti-social odor. Your dentist can educate you on certain foods to avoid and proper ways to brush and floss to get rid of bad breath once and for all. Fairfield Dental Associates are experts in helping patients deal with halitosis and other oral health issues.

Contact our office to get started on a lifetime of healthy, odor-free smiles.New Call-to-Action



Topics: bad breath, diabetes, mouthwash

5 Tips to Protect Your Teeth Over the Holidays

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM

holiday tips to protect your teethThe holiday season is fully underway and so are a host of holiday parties and associated goodies that can compromise our waistlines and our teeth.  Fairfield Dental Associates has written about ways we can protect our smiles. We ran across some more just for the holiday. The American Dental Association says while it fun to indulge in the season’s delights, there are foods you should avoid and steps you can take to protect your teeth.

"Sweet treats are everywhere during the holidays, from your office party to baking cookies in your own kitchen," said Alice G. Boghosian, D.D.S., ADA spokesperson. "The key is to practice moderation and make healthy choices when you can. And don't forget to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth every day!"


Tips for Teeth

1. Avoid hard or sticky foods – That peanut brittle may be tempting but your smile won’t appreciate it. Hard foods like brittle and sticky foods like dried fruit wreak havoc. Opt instead for chocolate which rinses off easily.New Call-to-action

2. Limit carbs – Starchy foods such as sweet potato casserole get stuck between our teeth. This causes plaque buildup. Always clean your teeth daily to remove food particles that can cause tooth decay and erode your gums.

3. Limit sugary cocktails – Sugary cocktails and drinks like eggnog can dry out your mouth. This encourages bacteria growth. If you imbibe, be sure to have a water chaser to rinse away sugar.

4. Avoid too much citrus – While lemon in your tea tastes good, too much citrus will erode tooth enamel. You may want to add milk to your tea instead.

5. Don’t use your teeth as tools – It is tempting to break a ribbon on a package with your teeth but it is better to reach for the scissors. Our teeth are not tools. It's way too easy to chip or break them.

Why These Items Are Bad for Your Teeth

Citrus Fruits – These are an excellent source of Vitamin C, but are highly acidic. Too many oranges, grapefruit, or lemons can eat away at your enamel. When you consume a beverage or eat citrus be sure to follow with a big glass of water to rinse away the acid.

Coffee and Tea – Caffeine in these beverages have a drying effect which can interfere with saliva. Saliva is a natural cavity fighter that washes away bacteria and food particles. If you are prone to low saliva production, limit these beverages. Resist the temptation to add sugar too. Opt for non-caffeinated tea or coffee.

Alcohol – Excessive alcohol consumption is not only bad for your liver, but can impair your saliva glands. Over time, drinking too much can lead to more cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.

New Call-to-actionCrunchy Foods – Many snacks like chips and pretzels are high in starch. This makes them much more likely to stick to your teeth. If you choose to eat these, be sure to floss later to make sure you get rid of any residue between teeth and gums.

Sports and Energy Drinks – Although these beverages are popular today, they are high in sodium and sugars. They not only hype you up but are also hard on your teeth. Unless you are running a marathon, you may want to skip these drinks for plain old water.

Ask Dr. Finkel

Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a holistic dentist who knows how the body and mouth work together. She can recommend the best foods and oral hygiene to keep your teeth beautiful for a lifetime. She can also assist in restoring your tooth if you happen to break it.

A broken tooth requires a trip to the dentist. If a tooth has been knocked out, there are ways you can save it. The tooth starts to die within 15 minutes once it has been knocked out. Time is of the essence, so call the dentist right away. recommends ways to save the tooth so the dentist can reattach it. 

  • Never handle a tooth by the root. That can damage it.
  • Rinse it in a bowl of water
  • Immerse it in saliva, sterile saline solution or milk
  • After cleaning the tooth, gently try to put it back in the socket where it fell out to help preserve the root.

Fairfield Dental Associates are a highly qualified cosmetic and general dental practice who  assist with any dental emergency you may have. We specialize in dental implants and restorations too. Dr. Katherine Finkel has scores of highly satisfied patients who love their restorations. If you have cracked, broken, crooked, missing teeth or a dental emergency - be sure to contact us. Your teeth will thank you!

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Topics: holidays, ADA, tips for teeth

Treating Gum Disease May Lower High Blood Pressure

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM

could the dentist help stop high blood pressure?High blood pressure afflicts over 29% of American adults ages 18 and over. Recent iinternational research published in a news release by the American Heart Association reveals that treating gum disease may help stop this silent killer. Gum disease such as periodontitis is chronic inflammation of the gum tissue. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, endothelial dysfunction (surfaces of blood and lympatic vessel), and blood pressure elevation. Fairfield Dental Associates read that a group of patients in China in a gum disease study had a 3 point drop in their systolic blood pressure readings after undergoing intensive gum disease treatment that involved scraping, planning, and tooth extraction. Study participants included 107 Chinese men and women ages 18 and over who had prehypertension and moderate to severe gum disease. Researchers also found:

  • Three months after treatment systolic levels were nearly eight points lower and diastolic pressure had dropped nearly four points in these patients.
  • Six months following treatment systolic levels had dropped almost 13 points, while diastolic pressured was nearly 10 points lower.

New Call-to-Action“The present study demonstrates for the first time that intensive periodontal intervention alone can reduce blood pressure levels, inhibit inflammation and improve endothelial function,” said study lead author Jun Tao, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the department of Hypertension and Vascular Disease and director of the Institute of Geriatrics Research at The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Is the Dentist the Cure for Hypertension?

Going to the dentist cannot assure you will never have high blood pressure as there are many causes for it including lifestyle, diet, and heredity. Dentists can prevent gum disease which has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Think about it. If a six-month dental cleaning and check up gives you protection against heart disease, it is certainly worth its weight in gold. You'll have peace of mind and clean teeth at the very least! 

Gum disease does not have to happen. Most people don't know if they have it. That is why it is so important to see the dentist twice a year. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is highly trained in detecting gum disease. In addition toNew Call-to-actionregular cancer screenings on bi-annual exams, she also looks for telltale signs of other disease that can show up in the mouth, long before it becomes a life-threatening condition.

Certain people are more at risk for gum disease. Fairfield Dental Associates are specialists at reducing your risk factors. Risk factors include:

  • a predisposition due to genetics
  • poor oral hygiene
  • smoking
  • pregnancy
  • diabetes
  • steroids, anti-epileptic drugs and contraceptives

You need to see the dentist if you have any of these symptoms:

  • bleeding gums
  • swollen, red or tender gums
  • loose teeth
  • bad breath
  • a change in the way dentures fit
  • a change in your bite

Be aware that children are subject to gum disease too. Don't ignore their smiles either. Fairfield Dental Associates can treat and often reverse gum disease. If you are the 50 percent who may have periodontitis and not know it, you need to find out.

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Topics: Gum Disease Study, high blood pressure

Dental Restorations That Prevent Cavities?

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

fillings that prevent cavities?Approximately 91% of Americans ages 20 to 64 had cavities in 2012 according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Dental restorations or fillings are regularly used to remove tooth decay and restore teeth. These dental fillings sometimes can be prone to the growth of plaque or biofilm which can lead to more tooth decay. Fairfield Dental Associates has read that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have evaluated a new dental material that not only kills bacteria but resists the growth of plaque or biofilm. It contains a low dose of an antimicrobial agent that kills only the bacteria that comes in contact with it so it has minimal toxicity to surrounding tissue.

 “Dental biomaterials such as these need to achieve two goals: first, they should kill pathogenic microbes effectively, and second, they need to withstand severe mechanical stress, as happens when we bite and chew” explained Geelsu Hwang, research assistant professor in Penn’s School of Dental Medicine in a UPenn article, “Many products need large amounts of anti-microbial agents to maximize killing efficacy, which can weaken the mechanical properties and be toxic to tissues, but we showed that this material has outstanding mechanical properties and long-lasting anti-biofilm activities without cytotoxicity.”

Hwang collaborated on the study which was published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, with Penn Dental Medicine professor Hyun (Michel) Koo and Bernard Koltisko and Xiaoming Jin of Dentsply Sirona.

New Call-to-actionThe newly developed material is made of a resin embedded with the antibacterial agent imidazolium.

The material is made of a resin that is embedded with an antibacterial agent called imidazolium. The material is non-leachable and it only kills microbes that touch it. Hwang says the material can reduce the likelihood of antimicrobial resistance.

Dentists Stop Cavities

No one wants tooth decay, so cavity prevention is essential. Fairfield Dental Associates works to keep all our patients free of decay and gum disease. Dr. Katherine Finkel is highly trained in preventive and holistic dentistry. She knows how the body and the mouth interact and the risk factors that can affect each patient differently. Dr. Finkel can guide you with educational materials and at-home regimens to reduce or eliminate your chances of developing tooth decay. The biggest thing is regular check ups - twice a year. This active monitoring involves six-month dental visits and is even more important for children. Children have much thinner enamel in primary (baby) teeth making cavity progression a faster process. You cannot ignore baby (primary) teeth in children.

Dr. Katherine Finkel is great with kids and an expert on pediatric dental care. She was interviewed on the topic by She will work with you and your child to develop a healthy dental regimen to keep your child cavity-Click here to schedule an appointmentfree for a lifetime. She can recommend dental sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth to block out cavity-causing bacteria and ensure they stay cavity-free.

Without a healthy mouth, you won’t have a healthy body. Your family deserves that six-month dental checkup to discover what you can’t see at home. 

Contact our office with any questions you may have.

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Topics: Cavities, cavity prevention, dental fillings, University of Pennsylvania

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About this blog

This blog is a service of Fairfield Dental Associates. We are a family practice that believes in the importance of family wellness. Our warm environment and ultra-friendly staff make patients instantly feel at home and stress-free. We place great emphasis on patient education. We hope this blog gives you useful tips on how to maintain your family’s dental and overall health.







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