April 27th, 2022
Our team at Princeton Restorative & Implant Dentistry recently learned that in the decade between 2000 and 2010, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined, according to research released by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC). In fact, the HPRC found that the percentage of adults who had regular checkups every six months declined from 41 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010. The largest decline in dental care occurred in the 35- to 49-year-old age group. That’s down from 43 percent in 2003 to just 38 percent in 2010.
There is some good news, however. While adult visits may have decreased, children's visits were on the rise, particularly among low-income families. More low-income children are visiting the dentist now than they were ten years ago. And the HPRC notes that between 2000 and 2010, dental visits among low-income children increased in 47 states.
Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and Dr. Hudis recommend that you come in for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months? While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at Princeton Restorative & Implant Dentistry ensure your and your child’s teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning. In addition to a thorough cleaning and teeth polishing, regular visits at our Princeton, NJ office help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue for symptoms of any oral disease. We will also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, clenching, or grinding at night.
If you are predisposed to oral diseases due to age, pregnancy, tobacco use, or medical conditions such as diabetes or dry mouth, Dr. Hudis may recommend you visit our office more often than every six months.
If you are overdue for your next checkup and cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment!
April 20th, 2022
Earth Day began in 1970 as an event to raise awareness of our environment. What began as a single day in April is now recognized around the world to bring attention and education to global environmental issues. Conserving our natural resources, reducing water and air pollution, and developing green technologies are all ways in which we can improve the environment around us.
Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse
One of the easiest ways to participate in Earth Day is by simply reducing the amount of refuse that ends up in landfills. Many communities have recycling programs for paper, plastic, and metal refuse. By keeping recyclable items out of landfills, we reduce the need for new disposal space and the amount of energy needed for burning refuse. Recycling products also helps conserve the resources that are used in making new products.
You can save money by reducing your consumption of many everyday products. Single disposable water bottles can be recycled but they are costly. By using filtered faucet water, you can conserve your financial resources. Disposable paper towels can also be wasteful. Consider reusable cleaning rags for the majority of your chores.
Reusing items saves both the environment and your finances. A large number of products can be re-purposed to create a new item. Old furniture can be remade into a new piece. Old clothing can be used for craft items. If you are not able to find ways to reuse your old items, donate them to a charity. Remember to continue your positive environmental steps on a daily basis.
Other things you can do to improve the environment
Everyone, young or old, can find ways to participate in improving the environment. Some ideas include:
- Planting trees
- Picking up litter
- Reducing energy consumption
- Walking, bicycling, or carpooling to work or school
- Disposing of hazardous waste properly
- Using rain barrels to conserve water for plants
Earth Day is designed to appreciate and celebrate the health of the earth. Keeping the earth healthy is important, but keeping your mouth healthy is important, too. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to your overall health and well-being, so remember to call our team at Princeton Restorative & Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Have a happy and healthy Earth Day, from Dr. Hudis!
April 6th, 2022
National Prosthodontics Awareness Week is a designated time each year devoted to raising awareness about the importance of healthy teeth and gums, as well as the benefits of working with a prosthodontist to achieve oral health goals. Throughout the week, prosthodontists around the world, including Dr. Hudis, work to educate the public and their patients through activities, promotions, and service announcements.
Why replace missing teeth?
The majority of American adults – approximately 178 million – are missing at least one tooth; and many have no teeth at all. Though many choose to have their teeth replaced for cosmetic purposes, prosthetic tooth replacement is about more than aesthetics. In fact, gaps between teeth can lead to serious health implications.
Over time, surrounding teeth begin to shift from their original positions, affecting your alignment. This can complicate oral hygiene, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Some people even develop bite occlusions and painful TMJ syndrome. The result is pain and oral dysfunction; not to mention, many people with missing teeth experience embarrassment and low self-confidence.
There is no better time to find out more about prosthodontic dentistry and how it can benefit you than during this special time of year. Prosthodontists work in a specialized area of dentistry devoted to restoring your smile. By choosing a prosthodontist for cosmetic or restorative dental work, you gain the expertise and experience of a person who has committed his or her life to creating natural-looking and long-lasting smiles.
For more information about missing tooth replacement or to schedule your appointment, contact our Princeton, NJ office to speak with a member of our care team. We cannot wait to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
March 30th, 2022
Great question. If you need dental implants, crowns, bridges, cosmetics, or dentures the best decision you can make is to visit our Princeton, NJ office. Prosthodontists are one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, and they are the experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth and surrounding tissues.
What does a prosthodontist actually do?
A prosthodontist typically provides care for patients who are missing teeth or have substantial damage to their existing teeth, as well as with congenital defects and other problems arising from trauma and neglect. They can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition or merely in the replacement of one or two teeth. While your general practitioner is capable of handling minor crown and bridge procedures, prosthodontists have been specially trained to handle all types of cases especially the more challenging ones.
If you have any questions about prosthodontics, want to schedule an appointment, or find out how we can help you attain the beautiful smile you've always wanted, we invite you to give us a call at Princeton Restorative & Implant Dentistry. We look forward to seeing you!