Hoboken Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dr. DePaola

General & Cosmetic Dentist serving Hoboken, Jersey City & Hudson County areas of New Jersey

October 18, 2012

Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular both as a dental procedure and an over-the-counter treatment. In general, teeth whitening is safe both ways (if you only buy over-the-counter products with the ADA seal of approval), but it you want to make sure you get the safest teeth whitening possible, you should follow these tips.

First, talk to a dentist. Whether you are going to have a dentist whiten your teeth or not, it’s best to talk to a dentist about teeth whitening before getting it done. Your dentist will advise you about possible risks or concerns about teeth...

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October 15, 2012

Sleep apnea is more than a serious condition–it can be life-threatening. People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for death from heart attack, stroke, even car accidents. If you have sleep apnea, it’s important to get treated, but the best treatment depends on the cause of your sleep apnea. There are two types of sleep apnea–obstructive and central–with different causes and often different treatments.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the condition. It is caused when your airway collapses at night due to muscle relaxation, weight, and anatomy. Obstructive sleep apnea is most...

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October 10, 2012

There are many possible causes of tooth sensitivity. Some are serious. Some are minor. Generally, only your dentist can tell the difference, so it’s best to talk to your dentist about tooth sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth can be caused by:

  • Thin enamel and exposed dentin
  • Gum disease that can cause gums to pull away from teeth
  • Surface-level cracks
  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth restorations
  • Teeth whitening

Our enamel naturally thins with age, leading to an exposure of the underlying dentin, which may transmit more stimuli to the tooth nerve. Gum disease...

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October 05, 2012

We often think about the “environment” as being a synonym for the natural world, the rocks, plants, air, and trees that surround us. We often associate with environmental problems such as acid rain, toxic waste, or global climate change. It may seem silly to suggest that these things could affect your teeth, and it would be hard to figure out the degree of impact these may have on your teeth.

But your environment is actually more than that (and less)–it’s everything that surrounds you and that you interact with on a daily basis, and many aspects of your environment can have a major impact on your teeth.


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October 02, 2012

People live a lot longer now than they used to, and the impact of longer lives on our bodies can be significant. Our teeth were not designed to serve us for a hundred years, and if you want to keep your teeth well into your golden years, you need to take extra care of them.

To maintain the health of your teeth, it’s even more important to practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing, flossing, and making regular visits to the dentist for cleanings.

Even with good oral hygiene, your gums may recede, exposing your tooth roots to the risk of attack by dental bacteria. Periodontal...

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September 30, 2012

Chronic, migraine-like headaches are the most common symptom of the painful jaw alignment problem known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).

Although these intense headaches are typical of TMJ/TMD, most people who suffer from this condition experience multiple symptoms. Because many TMJ/TMD symptoms are shared by other health problems including arthritis and sinus ailments, temporomandibular joint disorder can be difficult to diagnose for those who lack training in the specialized field of neuromuscular dentistry.

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September 27, 2012

Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth because they look, feel and work like your natural teeth.

Although dental implants are safe and effective for most patients with missing teeth, they are not right for everyone; your consultation will determine if dental implants are the best treatment option for you.

The dental implants procedure requires two office visits between three and six months apart. The first phase of dental implants involves the placing of your actual dental implant, which is a titanium post...

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September 24, 2012

One of the primary benefits of porcelain veneers is their versatility.

Porcelain veneers can be used to treat a variety of common cosmetic dental problems including:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Prematurely worn teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Unevenly sized teeth

In addition to their versatile nature, porcelain veneers are extremely durable and last longer than many alternative treatments for common aesthetic dental...

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September 19, 2012

One of the best ways to prevent teeth stains is to practice a good dental hygiene and teeth cleaning routine.

A quality oral health regimen includes brushing your teeth at least twice every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once a day. Rinsing with an antiseptic or anticavity mouthwash after you brush and floss can help remove lingering food particles and kill additional bacteria.

Your oral health routine should also include regular check-ups and professional teeth cleanings with Hoboken, New Jersey, dentist Dr. Frank DePaola. These visits allow us to help you...

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September 17, 2012

Invisalign has a lot of things about it that are revolutionary. The durable, BPA plastic aligners, the computer software that designs the ideal sequence of your teeth movement set Invisalign apart from other orthodontic treatments, but it’s important to remember that Invisalign is also very similar to other orthodontic treatments in its basic working principles. Although Invisalign’s remarkable technology provides many benefits in terms of comforts and convenience for its users, it relies on proven, and long-established orthodontic principles to perform its realignment of your teeth.


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