Posts for: January, 2015

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
January 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  
4FoodsThatMayHelpYouPreventToothDecay

What you eat (and how often you eat it) is a major factor in the ongoing battle to prevent tooth decay. High levels of sugar or similar carbohydrates in your diet could encourage the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Constantly sipping on acidic beverages like sodas or sports drinks can lead to enamel erosion.

You may be well aware of the kinds of foods that contribute to tooth decay. But did you know some foods can actually protect us from this damaging disease? Here are 4 kinds of foods believed to inhibit tooth decay.

Cheese. This food formed from milk is rich in calcium and has a stimulating effect on saliva. By eating a little cheese after a sugary snack, the increase in saliva can help neutralize the acid produced by the bacteria feeding on the sugar; the added calcium will also strengthen tooth enamel.

Fibrous plant foods. Beans, peanuts and leafy vegetables are rich in fiber and many require vigorous chewing. This in turn stimulates saliva flow, which as previously noted helps to neutralize high levels of acid.

Black and green teas. Beverages brewed from these plants are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, providing an antioxidant effect on cells. Black tea also contains fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

Chocolate. There’s some evidence that cocoa (from which chocolate is derived) may have some properties that inhibit tooth decay. But there is a catch — this evidence is based on unrefined cocoa, without the addition of any sugar. The high levels of sugar in processed chocolate negate this effect. Sorry chocolate lovers!

Of course, any of these and similar foods (like cow’s milk) should be considered complements to a comprehensive prevention approach that includes daily oral hygiene, limits on sugar and acidic food consumption and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

If you would like more information on preventing tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nutrition & Oral Health.”


By Jeffrey Mason, D.M.D.
January 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

ImplantsFor people with cracked, broken or missing teeth, dental implants from Hasbrouck Heights' Dr. Jeffrey Mason, DMD are one excellent and trusted option. Not only are dental implants durable, comfortable and long lasting, but they look and feel just like your normal teeth as well.

If you are considering visiting Dr. Mason for dental implants in Hasbrouck Heights, you will likely want to know more about dental implants, including how they work, so that you and Dr. Mason can make the best dental treatment plan for you. Here's how the dental implant process works.

First, you will need to make an appointment with Dr. Mason to make sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will examine your jaw bone to make sure that it is thick and sturdy enough, and he will want to know what sort of treatment options you've tried in the past.

Next, you will visit Dr. Mason to have your dental implants placed. Dental implants are titanium posts in a cylindrical or tapered shape that the dentist will surgically implant into your jaw bone. The process usually takes between half an hour to a few hours, depending on the amount of work you need done, and you will be given anesthesia.

Once your dental implants are placed, you will then have a healing period while your dental implants fuse to your jaw bone. You may need to take an over-the-counter pain medication for the first couple of days, but after that, the process should not be painful at all. In most instances, you will have a pair of temporary teeth to wear until your permanent teeth are created, but you will need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks.

Once your implant has had time to fuse to your jaw bone, you will visit Dr. Mason again so that he can attach an abutment to the top of your implants. The abutment is what connects the implants and the new teeth.

A few weeks later, it will be time to try on your new teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you are having replaced, you may get one new tooth, a bridge or a set of dentures. You will need to make multiple visits to Dr. Mason to try on your new, permanent teeth in order to ensure that they fit properly and look natural. This process can take one to two months, but it is essential for achieving the perfect fit.

Once your new teeth and your healing process are complete, your new teeth will be permanently placed in your mouth and you'll care for them just like normal teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference!

The total process of getting dental implants in Hasbrouck Heights takes between five and eight months, but it is worth it for strong, durable and life-like teeth!


TVsNateBerkusDiscussesDentalSealantsFluorideTreatmentsandFlossing

Nate Berkus, author, interior designer and host of his own television program, The Nate Berkus Show, is a consummate professional who has always focused on “helping others love the way they live,” as he puts it. Berkus is known as one of America's most beloved go-to-guys for inspiration on the latest design trends. And then there is his captivating smile.

In an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Berkus discusses his trademark smile. Unlike most people in Hollywood, his smile is totally natural — he never wore braces or had any cosmetic work. However, Berkus does give credit to his childhood dentist for the preventative healthcare he received as a young boy. Berkus states, “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child. Healthy habits should start at a young age.”

As for his oral hygiene routine today, Berkus says he brushes his teeth at least two times a day, and sometimes three times a day. Berkus is also an avid “flosser” and follows the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist: “Floss the ones you want to keep.”

In addition to his design expertise, Berkus is right on the mark with his opinions on oral hygiene. In fact, he inspired our office to put together the following list of facts and oral health tips:

  • The first step in improving your oral health is to learn good oral hygiene behavior. Simply put, to maintain optimal oral health, you must brush and floss properly so that you thoroughly remove the dental plaque.
  • The second step is a thorough evaluation system. We are a key part of this step. During your next office visit, we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, examine the health of your tongue and discuss any questions you have. We can also clean your teeth and ensure that you leave our offices confident with your new oral hygiene routine. And if you don't have an appointment, contact us today to schedule one.

To learn more about improving your oral hygiene, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health For Life.” And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the article “Nate Berkus.”


By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
January 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

VeneersPorcelain veneers are designed to be stain resistant, but having veneers isn’t a guarantee of a stainless, pearly white smile. You still have to practice proper oral hygiene and be careful about what you eat, in order to preserve their appearance.

A cosmetic dentist bonds veneers to your natural teeth, which can still stain and affect the whiteness of your smile. Additionally, abrasive substances may wear away the glaze that keeps veneers stain resistant, so using abrasive whitening toothpastes may be counterproductive to keeping your veneers white.

How can I keep my veneers clean?

Focus on maintaining a gentle, thorough cleaning routine particularly after eating and drinking certain foods. To keep your veneers as stain-free as possible, avoid foods known to stain teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine and acidic foods like citrus fruit and their juices can seriously affect the color of your teeth. Rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth soon after consuming these foods and beverages will significantly minimize your risk of enduring stains.

Getting porcelain veneers will without a doubt improve your smile, but it’s crucial you take good care of them, so they remain bright and last for many years. Consult with your cosmetic dentist about how best to care for your veneers. You should discuss your current oral hygiene habits and ask how you can improve them to best preserve the integrity of your veneers. Generally, routine brushing, flossing and mouthwashing will keep your teeth in good shape. Consider touching up your smile from time to time with at-home teeth whitening products, but always run your plans past your dentist first, to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your teeth and veneers.

Make an appointment with Dr. Mason to learn more about veneers

Just like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers require consistent, thorough daily care and regular check ups with your cosmetic dentist. If you want to learn more about veneers in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, have any questions about porcelain veneer care or want to know how the products can enhance your smile, the cosmetic dentistry experts at Dr. Jeffrey Mason D.M.D. can help. Give us a call at 201-288-4447!