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Tackling Childhood Tooth Decay — Fillings, Sealants or Other?

Mommy wars and parent shaming are real — everyone has a different way of doing things, and this can often cause conflict and ruffle feathers. The common link between all parents is wanting to do what’s best for their children, especially when it comes to their medical and dental needs.

 

As infants grow into toddlers, preschoolers and grade schoolers, their dental care needs increase, too. One thing all parents worry about at one time or another is the best way to prevent decay. There are a number of solutions to help combat tooth decay and cavities in children, but which is truly the best? 

New Study Results

The results of a three-year, multi-university study are in: active prevention is the best way of dealing with childhood tooth decay. According to the FiCTION study, the results of which were published in the November 26, 2019, issue of The Journal of Dental Research, the best way to deal with childhood tooth decay is to stop it before it starts. Although this nugget of wisdom is conventionally held as true based on common sense, medical science now backs it as fact. 


Study findings concluded that, once decay sets in and treatment is started, there’s not much difference in the outcome. Most children will experience pain and infection regardless. So by default, the best way to treat your child’s teeth for cavities is to make sure they don’t happen in the first place. 

How to Prevent Childhood Cavities

Preventing childhood cavities starts with regular dental checkups, starting about six months after infants get their first tooth and continuing at least twice a year. Checkups allow dentists to spot problems before they start and offer preventative treatments. For example, children who lack adequately strong enamel may require fluoride treatments to escape cavities. Starting and maintaining a regular dental visit schedule also ensures that your child’s teeth come in properly and on time — and that they can get early treatment for any spacing issues or abscessed teeth. 

 

Regular checkups also allow dental staff to adequately clean your child’s teeth — something that brushing and flossing alone cannot do. It’s easy for young children to miss spots while brushing or to have trouble flossing because of the small size of their mouths. Dental cleanings give your child a fresh, clean slate to work with. 

Home Care

In addition to making and keeping regular dental appointments for your child, you can help prevent cavities by getting your kids into the habit of taking care of their teeth at home. Kids should brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, using a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. 

 

If your child isn’t old enough to avoid swallowing toothpaste, skip those containing fluoride. Once they can spit their toothpaste out, switch to a formula containing the mineral. Flossing, too, should happen at least twice a day. Mouthwashes and rinses are optional but can help — and your dentist may recommend an additional rinse or wash containing fluoride if your drinking water lacks it.

 

A variety of brush types, styles and sizes exist — while some research suggests that electric toothbrushes may get children’s teeth cleaner, it’s most important to pick one that your child likes and will use regularly. If possible, let your kids help pick out their toothbrushes. Similarly, devices that help kids floss (like GumChucks or branded, shaped single-use flossers) are available to get kids interested in flossing and make it easier. 

Treating Cavities — What’s Best?

Even with religiously kept appointments and adequate home care, some children will develop cavities. Whether it’s due to sneaking sweet, sugary candy, genetic factors or spacing issues that can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria between the teeth, cavities that form must be treated to avoid pain and infection. 

 

There are two main ways of dealing with tooth decay in children — drilling it out of the tooth and filling it to prevent further damage, or sealing it under a crown or filling without drilling it to stop its spread to surrounding teeth.

Research suggests that there’s no marked difference in outcomes between children whose decayed teeth are drilled and filled or sealed — the incidence of complications and future cavities was about the same.

Still, every child is different, and your child’s teeth may have factors that make one option or the other better for their unique situation. So it’s important to work with your dentist to choose the treatment option that’s best for your child. 

How We Can Help

The office of Drs. Krieger and Hur loves to get kids excited about dental health and hygiene. Our staff is friendly and patient — we want to make sure your kids are happy to come back after their first appointment. We employ a pain-free dentistry approach to our practice, and part of that is reducing the anxiety that often surrounds a trip to the dentist.

Whether you’re booking baby’s first dental appointment, just moved to the area and need a new family dentist or are seeking treatment for a cavity, we’re honored to have you choose us. To book a spot, simply call our office at (201) 560-0606. You can also reach out to us by email by clicking here, and someone will be in touch to confirm your appointment. 



Dental Benefits | Dental Fear | Dental Hygiene | Oral Appliances | Oral Health | Wellness



Hard to Shop for a Teen? Give the Gift of Good Teeth This Holiday Season

It can be tough to shop for teens during the holidays. With wish lists saturated with high-tech gadgets that will be outdated by Easter to the ubiquitous answers of “I don’t know” or “nothing” when questioned about what they’d like, it’s difficult to give a gift that’s thoughtful, useful and enduring. Although a visit to the dentist may not top every teen’s holiday list, the gift of good teeth is one that keeps on giving throughout their lives — whether they know it or not. 

The Social Benefits of Good Teeth

Your teen will have an easier time in life if their teeth are straighter, brighter, whiter and in all-around good shape. It might seem superficial, but studies have proven that people with better teeth are viewed more favorably than their peers. The benefits extend to everything from romance (after all, who wants to kiss someone with bad breath?) to more positive results from job interviews (equating to better financial soundness). 


Part of the social benefit of having good teeth comes from within. When your teeth look and feel their best, your self-esteem and self-confidence improve. You’re better able to present yourself as a capable, desirable person, projecting an aura of authority and confidence. Some of the benefits are due to the stigma surrounding bad teeth — the appearance of which is sometimes associated with negative attributes like laziness, poverty or lack of self-care. 


For a teen who is worried about their dating life, or one who will soon start the journey on to college, getting their teeth in shape can be the boost they need to feel and be more confident. 

The Health Benefits of Good Teeth

Regular checkups and twice-yearly cleanings to keep your teeth healthy don’t just prevent dental problems — they can also prevent major issues in your overall health. The bacteria that cause dental decay can enter the bloodstream and cause issues in many parts of the body. As one notable example, the bacteria associated with periodontal disease can contribute to the development of heart disease. 


As if keeping your teen’s heart healthy wasn’t enough of a benefit, helping your child attain good teeth can potentially ward off diabetes and lessen the risk of some forms of cancer. Although your teen might not have to worry about fertility issues, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease at this stage in life, helping them attain a healthy mouth now can possibly reduce their risk of encountering these issues in the far-off future. 

 

Dental Care as a Gift

Giving your teen the gift of dental care may earn you the title of “lamest parent ever,” but it’s all in the presentation. Some teens, for example, may be excited to get straighter teeth with the prospect of Invisalign invisible aligners. Others may be stoked to know they’re going to get whiter teeth or veneers like their favorite Instagram influencer. 


Booking your teen’s appointment doesn’t look good wrapped up under a tree or handed off around a menorah, though: so giving the gift of dental care in a way that counts can be tricky. Some parents may opt to print out a fancy certificate for their teen. Others might go further and hand their child a novelty trophy. Still others might find a heartfelt card with a personal message written in it best — especially if cosmetic dental procedures are something your teen has been hinting at or asking for. 

How We Can Help

How you give the gift of good teeth to your teen is up to you, but when you book their appointment, the delivery is in our hands. The office of Drs. Krieger and Hur utilizes the latest technology to make every aspect of the process pain-free, pleasant and as non-stressful as possible.

To book an appointment for your teen this holiday season, give us a call at (201) 560-0606. One of our staff will be happy to set you up with a time that works. If you’re busy and on-the-go, you can also click here to send us an email and someone will be in touch to get your teen on our schedule.

We’re honored that you’d give a visit with our staff as a gift to your teen, and beyond thrilled to play a part in making sure the smile they have at the holidays is one they’ll have for many years to come. 



Brushing | Dental Fear | Dental Hygiene | Oral Health | Teeth | Wellness



Cold Weather Got Your Teeth Hurting? Here’s How Sensitive Teeth Work (And How We Can Help!)

Cold weather is a nightmare for those with sensitive teeth. While it’s reasonable for those with extra-sensitive smiles to expect a twinge when biting into something cold or sipping something hot, it’s another thing entirely to feel discomfort or pain from merely walking outdoors in the winter. Although this phenomenon may seem downright disrespectful, it’s something that can be remedied, in most cases, with a trip to your dentist and some self-care steps. 

Tooth Anatomy and Pain

Your teeth have nerve endings, which are usually well-protected by the enamel of your teeth. These nerve endings, like others, respond to outside stimuli and send your brain signals accordingly. When exposed to cold weather, those nerve signals can translate to pain. 

 

Eroded enamel can happen from exposure to acidic food or beverages, over-brushing, improper teeth whitening or accidental damage, to name just a few common causes. When the enamel wears down, it exposes the next layer of the tooth: dentin. Dentin is the layer that surrounds the pulp, which holds your teeth’s nerves and blood vessels. Without the hard outer shell of the enamel to shield exposed dentin, cold weather can cause pain to teeth. 

Expansion and Contraction 

Don’t discount the contraction and expansion of your teeth when exposed to extreme temperatures as a source of pain, either. Teeth can fluctuate up to 120 degrees in their temperature. Like other organic matter, they contract in cold temps and expand in hot ones. As they do this, your teeth may develop minor cracks or fissures to accommodate the changes. Although they don’t typically cause damage to your tooth’s health or integrity, they can cause discomfort. If you’ve had previous dental work with metal amalgam fillings, the discomfort may skyrocket into pain, because metal expands and contracts at a quicker rate than the surrounding tooth. 

Sinus Pressure Hurts, Too

Cold and flu viruses make the rounds at the same time as cold weather — not as a result of the weather but because more people are congregating indoors and sharing their germs. It’s no coincidence that tooth pain can occur during these times. Likewise, those with seasonal allergies may find early autumn cold weather difficult on their teeth, too — and it all boils down to sinus pressure. 

 

Our sinus cavities, when full of mucus and other gunk, can put pressure on the roots and nerves that lead to our teeth. If you find your upper teeth hurting more during cold weather, it may not be the temperature at all: it could be your sinuses wreaking havoc on the nerves that serve your mouth. 

What You Can Do — And How We Can Help

The only acceptable amount of dental pain is none at all. The first step in figuring out the root of the problem and the most effective solution is to book an appointment with your dentist. With a visual exam and a set of X-rays, your dentist and their team can figure out how best to stop the pain.

Some people with large amounts of exposed dentin may need a protective coating painted onto their teeth to stop the discomfort, pain and sensitivity. Others may need only brush with a toothpaste designed to give relief to those with sensitive teeth. If you have a cavity or another dental problem, this can exacerbate the pain — your dentist will work on that to give you relief. 

 

Self-care of your teeth and gums is important when you’re having cold-related sensitivity or pain. Brush and floss as normal to reduce plaque and lessen decay. Eliminate at-home whitening treatments (which you should be avoiding anyway!), abrasive toothpastes containing charcoal (which you should also be avoiding!) and folk remedies like baking soda, and reduce or avoid acidic foods and drinks like coffee, citrus and tomato-based products, which can make the sensitivity worse.

Taking protective measures to keep your mouth warm when you step outside may also help. Breathing through your nose, rather than your mouth, can keep the pain at bay, as can bundling up with a scarf. 

Let Us Help You

Although going to the dentist is rarely anyone’s favorite task, the office of Drs. Krieger and Hur does everything we can to make it as pleasant and enjoyable an experience as possible. We use the latest technology to deliver a pain-free experience from the moment you book your appointment to the moment you leave after being seen.

To that end, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment. You can snag your spot by giving us a call at (201) 560-0606. Or you can book your appointment by email. To do so, click here and one of our team will reach out to you to firm up your details. We look forward to helping give you the smile you deserve — whether it’s the dead of winter or the height of summer. 



Dental Benefits | Dental Forensics | Dental Hygiene | General Dentistry | Oral Health | Teeth | Teeth Whitening



Dentistry has, at times, been accused of being archaic and draconian. Indeed, it can seem like dental care stays the same as the rest of the world marches on — but that’s simply not the case. The implementation of painless dentistry practices or new teeth-whitening methods and the move from conventional braces to Invisalign are advances worth talking about.

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Dental Forensics | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | Oral Health | Teeth | Wellness



High school students everywhere know that teeth can tell them things about the diet of the creatures that used them. Pointy teeth like canines might be for tearing meat, where flat, crushing teeth like molars are useful for grinding up fibrous plant materials. As it turns out, there’s even more that fossilized teeth can tell us about our distant past and our path to today’s mouth. (more…)


Dental Fear | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | Oral Health | Teeth | Wellness



It’s a well-known thing that bacteria cause plaque on teeth, but what you might not realize is that something as common as teeth can also sometimes harbor microorganisms that have caused some of the worst plagues humanity has faced. Bubonic plague (not the same as plaque!) for example, has popped up many times even within the somewhat limited span of written history, generally with devastating ends.
They didn’t call it the Black Plague because it was a good time and made you look fabulous. Oh no, bubonic plague was disfiguring and, worse, highly contagious. Humans haven’t seen a massive outbreak like those of the Dark Ages recently, but that doesn’t mean plague is a thing of the past. It actually continues to persist globally!
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Dental History | Dental Hygiene | Dental Implants | Oral Appliances | Teeth



It seems like every day there’s a new celebrity sporting a diamond in their teeth or a decorative gold grill. While it might seem like a new fad amongst the high-fashion elite or those searching for Instagram stardom, cosmetic dental adornments are anything but. In fact, enhancing teeth with precious gems, metals and more has a long history — and one we’d be wise to learn from when it comes to the risks and downsides of having a blinged-out smile. (more…)


Children | Dental Fear | Dental Hygiene | Oral Health | Teeth



Pop quiz: What is scarier than your child changing their mind about their Halloween costume at the last minute and having to brave stores? The damage caused to their teeth by Halloween candy! While everyone loves a sweet treat every now and then, the upcoming holiday has the potential to become a major dental disaster. These four Halloween candy favorites are the top worst offenders when it comes to harming your child’s teeth — or yours, if you are raiding their candy haul. Read more


Dental Benefits | Dental Fear | Dental Hygiene | Teeth Grinding | Wellness



Smoking is bad for your health: there’s no way around it, and every part of your body suffers when you indulge in the vice, including your teeth. Vaping, now trendy as a way to avoid some of the more harmful aspects of nicotine use, comes with its own health risks. The risks of vaping or e-cigarette usage are becoming more apparent as time passes, but it’s been clear from the start that this bad habit can still harm the health of your teeth and gums. (more…)


Brushing | Cosmetic Dentistry | Dental Benefits | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | General Dentistry | Oral Health | Wellness



How you look as you age is determined by a number of factors largely out of your control — genetics, environmental exposure to hazards and toxins and underlying health issues, to name a few. Along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are a few things you can do to ensure you age like a fine wine, rather than an organic banana relegated to the bottom drawer of the fridge. One of those things is making sure your teeth and gums are well taken care of. 
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What our patients are saying...


Tina Hines
Tina Hines
22:34 16 Oct 19
EVERYONE IN THE OFFICE IS FABULOUS!!!! LOVE THEM!!
Carlos Salcedo
Carlos Salcedo
03:28 26 Sep 19
Great service. Very friendly staff. Clean office. Highly recommended.
Josianne Hunter
Josianne Hunter
13:18 29 Aug 19
We are new patients this year of Matthew Krieger's office and it's the best experience we have ever had. The staff is so nice and welcoming and great with kids. My son has chipped his tooth twice this year and they were able to fix it both times. You can't even tell the difference. Wonderful experience!read more
Marilyn
Marilyn
21:20 15 Aug 19
What a great experience.... coming from me, who has a fear of dentists! Dr. Kreiger was fabulous. He is kind, gentle and understanding. He made me completly relaxed and explained everything he was going to do and as he was doing it. His staff is just as friendly and helpful! I wish i found him 2 years ago. I would highly recommend anyone go see him for any problem!!!read more
Barbara Dardia
Barbara Dardia
13:21 18 Jun 19
After my dental insurance changed, it took me 4 years and 4 dentists to find Dr. Krieger's office. I have found my dental home! Jen, the hygienist, is excellent, knowing how to manipulate her instruments thoroughly and efficiently without inflicting any pain. The office is modern and all staff are pleasant and efficient. I saw Dr. Hur on my first visit and she alerted me to potential problems, but did not push and just recommended monitoring. Five stars!read more
Cindy Shinn
Cindy Shinn
22:57 19 Feb 19
I needed a crown to replace a broken silver filling. I went to Dr Krieger's office for this service and I have never been to a better dental office. First thing I would like to say is that they are honest. Before I came to Dr Krieger, I went to another dental office who told me I needed 2 crowns, one for the broken filling and one for the silver filling on the other tooth right next to it. When Dr Krieger took my xray he said I absolutely needed a crown on the broken filling but just a new filling on the tooth next to it. The other place tried to rip me off big time but this place did not at all and that I am very pleased with. Dr Krieger is a pleasant guy to deal with and does excellent work. Secondly, this place has all the modern, top of the line equipment, they made my crown right then and there, it was so convenient! And last but def not least, his office staff is amazing! The girls there are so welcoming and nice, plus you can tell they know their stuff and they are very knowledgeable and great at what they do! I personally dealt with Sharon, Cathy, and Jen- awesome girls .. thank you all so much for taking such excellent care of me :) happy to be a patient here!read more
Christopher Sakowski
Christopher Sakowski
23:25 23 Jan 19
Friendly staff and a beautiful office!
danielle linteris
danielle linteris
12:14 18 Sep 18
Wonderful experience. The staff is welcoming professional and friendly. Dr Krierger was descriptive and efficient during the procedures with little pain compared to other dental visits. Great dentist and they are not trying to overcharge you for anything other than you need. I get honesty and integrity from this office!read more
Deborah Lawyer
Deborah Lawyer
18:47 19 Jul 18
Dr. Krieger's office staff is very professional, pleasant to deal with and always trying to accommodate when scheduling appointments. I've never had any issues after cleanings or with any other work done. I would recommend Dr. Krieger to anyone looking for a trusty worthy, reliable and excellent dentist!read more
Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson
12:12 13 Jul 18
I have been going to Dr. Krieger's practice since 2008, when I first saw him for a root canal treatment. Not only was the treatment pain-free, but he was also able to do it through a crown, saving me the expense of replacing it! Since then, I have been going there for all my routine cleanings, as well as any procedures that have been necessary. All of the hygienists and assistants are great! Very professional and personable too. After 10 years, I finally needed a root canal treatment on another tooth. This time it was performed by Dr. Hur. As with Dr. Krieger, I felt like I was in the hands (literally) of not just a top-notch dentist, but an artist as well. I did need to have the crown replaced this time, but the new one was formed and fitted on the spot using their CAD and 3-D printing technology. It fits perfectly! I can't say enough good things about Dr. Krieger, Dr. Hur and all their wonderful staff!read more
Don O'Hagan
Don O'Hagan
13:36 19 Jun 18
John Wooden once told me: You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. That's the way I felt about my root canal (multiple) work yesterday featuring the talents of Dr K!
Gina Amesbury
Gina Amesbury
03:41 22 Feb 18
Love it here! Everyone is so friendly and down to earth .
Gary Goodmark
Gary Goodmark
14:44 16 Feb 18
The office staff are the real stats of the office. They run the show in a professional, caring, and highly efficient manner. They are warm and make you feel at home. It was also great meeting the newest member, Daniel. Dr. Goodmark, D.C.
Eileen Heuer
Eileen Heuer
20:28 31 Jan 18
The staff is friendly and professional. Everyone is knowledgeable and put me at ease. All my questions were answered without issue. Scheduling was easy! Highly recommend Drs. Krieger and Hur!
colt jodoin
colt jodoin
19:35 04 Jan 18
The staff at MKDMD is the best of the best. I cracked my tooth the day after Christmas and they were able to squeeze me in as an emergency to make me comfortable temporarily as I was leaving for a trip. This morning they completed the treatment in spite of the snow storm. My tooth is all put back together and I look forward to going back for a cleaning.read more
Joan Sattler
Joan Sattler
01:27 18 Oct 17
Dr Krieger and his staff are always very informative regarding dental procedures. This emergency visit really showed how gentle, caring and talented he and his amazing staff are. Their facility is state of the art.
Joseph Frodella
Joseph Frodella
19:45 06 Jul 17
A great Experience at Dr Krieger along with his great staff.
Kathryn DiPeri
Kathryn DiPeri
00:23 01 Jul 17
I had broke my front tooth haneously years ago and Dr Krieger fixed it to perfection back then. This past weekend I bit down on Saturday re-fracturing off a piece of the prosthetic tooth. I was devestated. There was no pain bc the nerve was gone from prior root canal so that was good at least. I work 12 hour shifts and was on all weekend. I left a message at the office Saturday night explaining what had happened and stating "I'd appreciate if they could squeeze me in just for consultation Monday as it was my only day off." I got a text response from one of the office staff on SUNDAY asking if I could come in Monday at 11am!!! PERFECT. It wasn't only a consult. In less than an hour, Dr. Krieger and Lauren assisted in replacing the broken tooth for a shiny new one at a HUGE discount and i even opted to get some whitening done in the mean time while the mold of new tooth (which was kept on record) was formed with their state of the art technology! I couldn't have been happier with the service or outcome of my beautiful smile. I always get compliments on my smile and teeth and no one believes the front one is fake!!! This Office is accommodating and asthetically the best. Thank you so much Doc, Lauren and the rest of the team!read more
Kruno Kunkera
Kruno Kunkera
13:57 27 Jun 17
good as always. Very reliable and courteous. My teeth are in good hands.
Kate R
Kate R
15:29 22 Jun 16
My experience with Dr. Krieger and his whole team was GREAT. No pain even though all my teeth had to be pulled.And my replacement looks SWEET! Not afraid to smile anymore . They are all very professional and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable. And if you have any questions they are happy to answer them.I LOVE THEM ALLread more
Mary P
Mary P
02:09 24 May 16
They are friendly , professional, and always do a great job. They make accommodations for me and my family whenever they can. I've NEVER had a bad experience and I can't imagine going anywhere else!
Jason S
Jason S
15:55 19 Feb 16
What a great experience! The office was clean and organized and everyone was extremely friendly. I had a broken tooth and was taken care of by Dr. Hur. She was very caring and she and Lenia worked together like a well oiled machine. One of the best parts (besides the dental chair that had heat and massage built in!) is that I went in with a broken tooth and left with a finished crown! It's unbelievable to have had it completed in one visit. At other practices I've been to, it would have been at least 2 visits. Super awesome technology!read more
Julie D
Julie D
00:10 03 Dec 15
I have been to some pretty horrible dentists in my life. Dr. Hur has been helping me to get back on track with a lot of the dental work I need. She is as gentle as can be and makes you feel relaxed and at ease even if she is performing a root canal. The other staff members also make you feel right at home and really value your time. I would recommend this practice to anyone, but especially for people who have special dentistry needs as the technology and great attitude offered by this group makes your experience much more pleasant. read more
Samantha R
Samantha R
15:48 13 Oct 15
I have just completed my cosmetic case at the Franklin Lakes location. The staff there go above and beyond to make sure that you are set for your appointments, comfortable while waiting and check if you need anything while you there. I was traveling abroad for work and they made sure to i was set and comfortable with my case before i hopped on the plane for a week! I was so grateful for them since I was nervous about starting the case early but with Dr. Krieger and his staff everything was smooth sailing. Thanks to Dr. Krieger and his wonderful team!!read more
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