Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Caring for Clear Aligners

Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS recommends Invisalign for patients with mild to moderate spacing or crowding of the teeth.  Invisalign’s clear aligner system straightens teeth without the metallic look of braces. Another perk of Invisalign clear aligners is that they require less maintenance and won’t prevent you from eating certain foods.  Although you won’t have to make too many changes, there are still guidelines you should follow to wear and care for your aligners!


You should remove Invisalign each time you eat, but if you do eat anything while wearing the aligners make sure to clean them thoroughly afterwards. It is also best to brush and floss your teeth before putting the aligners back in.  Ideally when wearing clear aligners, you would only drink water. Colorful drinks can stain the aligners and too many hot drinks can eventually warp the plastic.  If you do drink anything other than water while wearing the aligners you should rinse them with warm water afterwards. 


Cleaning the clear aligners regularly is important for your teeth and straightening treatment.  Clear aligners can become discolored over time without losing their effectiveness, but the color can show on your own teeth and continue to darken.  Invisalign offers its own brand of cleaning solution, and there are several soaking solutions available over the counter, but brushing the aligners is also a sufficient cleaning option.  Do not use toothpaste to brush the aligners because subtle abrasive properties of toothpaste could harm the aligner.  It is best to use a mild dish soap and a soft bristle brush to clean the aligners each time you brush your teeth.


If you have any more questions about Invisalign, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tooth Sensitivity

Below our enamel is a part of the tooth called dentin. Dentin contains microscopic canals that contain nerves and roots. When these roots become exposed, it can cause a tremendous amount of pain. If biting into an apple or drinking a hot cup of coffee makes your teeth wince in pain, then you may be a victim of tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, can help you take the proper measures to reduce the sensitivity and help you improve your oral hygiene technique.


If your oral hygiene routine is adequate but you still suffer from sensitive teeth, perhaps you are brushing too hard. If you use too much force while brushing your teeth, discomfort and sensitivity will occur. Sensitive teeth can also be caused by an underlying condition called bruxism, in which a patient grinds his or her teeth. Treatment for tooth sensitivity will depend on the cause, which Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS can evaluate during your next dental appointment.


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth sensitivity, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sedation Options

Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS understands that not all of her patients feel comfortable in the dental chair. This is why she offers a variety of sedation options to patients who wish to ease their anxiety during a dental procedure. The most common form of sedation utilized in the office is nitrous oxide, a safe and effective sedative agent that is also known as laughing gas.


Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas” is not intended to put you to sleep. Instead, nitrous oxide allows patients to be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions that Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, may have. After deciding if this form of sedation is right for you, Dr. Shah will ask you to breathe normally through your nose. Within a few short minutes, you will begin to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide by feeling very relaxed, no anxiety. Before you leave, nitrous oxide is turned off an you are given 100% oxygen to breath so you feel completely normal as you leave our office, no one needs to drive you and no need to fast before the procedure. 


If you have questions or concerns regarrding this, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Laser Therapy for Gums

Everyone likes to make a good impression with a nice smile.  The look of your smile includes your gums, and even patients without any damage to their teeth feel like their gums keep them from enjoying their best smile.  Some people naturally have more gum tissue than others and it results in a gummy smile.  Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS is skilled at laser therapy for gums, which removes infected tissue as well as excess tissue that gets in the way of a patient’s smile.


Laser tools are so effective in periodontal treatments because they can target unhealthy gum tissue and leave healthy tissue undisturbed. The precision that can be achieved with a laser results in less trauma to the mouth and less recovery time.  In the past, periodontal treatment was completed using more aggressive tools and often required stitches. With a laser, treating only the affected gum tissue and not damaging any healthy gums is more efficient and causes little to no bleeding, which means less swelling after the procedure.  Patients often find the laser procedure relatively painless, so less and sometimes no anesthetic is needed.  Please contact us to improve your oral health with a laser treatment for your gums!


To learn more about laser treatments for gums and all the services we provide, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sealants

Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth.  Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS applies sealants for young patients to start protecting teeth early and help children avoid becoming part of this statistic.  Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early. 


In children and teenagers, most tooth decay occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars where the pits and grooves can trap food and bacteria.  Dental sealants are applied to surfaces of these back teeth much like paint. The plastic resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface and hardens. Now the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck, and bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.  Sealants also protect tooth enamel from plaque and acids, and can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years.


To learn more about sealants and all the services we provide, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thank You for Your Continuous Reviews!

At the dental practice of Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, we love to hear from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Though this particular patient chose to remain anonymous, we would still like to thank them for reviewing us. Additionally, we encourage the rest of our patients to write testimonials and thank each and every one of you for your feedback!   


“If you are looking for an HONEST, professional, knowledgeable, caring dentist DR DIPIKA SHAH is the one. I have been to many different dentists over the past five years and all were non-caring and obviously in dentistry for the money. Dr. Shah you can trust! Dr. Shah makes you feel comfortable, safe and is upfront with what your financial responsibility is before she does the work so there are no surprise charges! She does not make you have unnecessary work done and truly cares for your mouth to be in perfect health. She will also listen to you about what you would like done and she will help you work toward that goal. Thank you, Dr. Dipika Shah -all dentists SHOULD BE LIKE YOU! – Anonymous “


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

How Sugar Hurts the Teeth

If you want to keep your permanent teeth for a lifetime, then it’s time to throw the energy drinks, fruit juices, and soda in the trash. Sugar feeds on the bacteria in the mouth and provides no nutritional benefits for tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel is gone, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS cannot restore it. Instead, she will need to explore cosmetic options, such as fillings and dental bonding to restore the tooth.


Soft drinks, diet soft drinks, and sports energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and/or acid that promote tooth decay. Fruit juices contain sugar and acid. To promote a healthy smile, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS encourages patients to drink more water and milk. Water cleans the mouth with every sip, while milk contains calcium to to strenghen your bone.


If you have questions or concerns regarding diet and dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180.