Invisalign — Clearly Superior Straightening

Despite the fact that we’re not sure if our kids are heading back to “actual” school this fall or the Zoom variety, there’s one universal truth — many of them will be sporting braces. And when you’re a kid at that impressionable age, who wants a mouth full of metal? That’s what will happen if […]


Respect Your Teeth and They Won’t Come Back to Bite You

Since we’ve all been pretty much stuck in our homes and apartments for all of spring and into summer, you’d think our teeth would be perfectly maintained and gleaming, our gums pink and healthy. Uh no. Despite having created a permanent butt imprint on their couch, just paces away from their bathroom and the trusty […]


Lose the Silver

Caries. Do you know what word means? At Gentle Dental, we may use the term “caries,” but you may know it be another term, tooth decay. It’s the most common form of oral disease known to man, dental caries. You probably think of them as “cavities.” But that term doesn’t really fit what’s going on. […]


Why You Need to Replace that Missing Tooth

There’s a perception that “other” people are missing a tooth or two…or more. Truth be told, the esteemed American Dental Association says that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And — this may give you pause — 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. You read that right. The ADA […]


Tetracycline — Why It Made Teeth Grey

When tetracycline was introduced over 60 years ago, people were thrilled to have another alternative antibiotic. While it was bad for bacteria, tetracycline also proved bad for the dentin in children’s teeth, causing a reaction that stained many patients’ teeth grey. The first case of reported tooth discoloration in children occurred in 1956. Many, many […]


Say Goodbye to Caveman Teeth

OK, so this has been a really weird spring thanks to this dumb virus. But life will get back to normal sooner than later. After all, how many jigsaw puzzles can one family do when they’ve never before done a single one together?! In the dental world, regular twice-yearly exams and professional cleanings with the […]


What is Root Scaling and Root Planing?

When you come in to see us for a regular cleaning and exam at Gentle Dental offices in Edison, our talented hygienists do some “scaling” on your teeth to remove plaque and tartar all the way down to the gumline and across the entire surface of each tooth. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy. […]


What’s Up with Sports Mouth Guards?

While the current craziness of this virus has sidelined sports of all levels, they will return. And if you have kids playing (or if you’re a weekend warrior yourself), they should be wearing a sports mouth guard for most of those sports. OK, maybe not golf! When we all get back out on the fields […]


Sugarless Gum Should Be in the Lineup

In a normal year, we’d be well into the baseball season by now, and whether you’re a Mets or Yankees fan, there’s one universal truth — there is always lots of gum chomping going on. Heck, dugouts have bowls full of Hubba Bubba, Big League Chew, and Bazooka. Tasty bubble gums one and all, but […]


Making Your Smile Look Mah-velous, Darling

Most of us older than our 40s probably remember Billy Crystal’s impersonation of Fernando Lamas on Saturday Night Live back in the mid-80s. His catchphrase was “It’s not how you feel, but how you look. And, darling, you look mah-velous.” At Gentle Dental, our three dentists have always felt the distinction between “general” and “cosmetic” dentistry […]


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