Bethlehem Town Family Dental
Making Dental Care Simpler

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Patient education is an essential part of the services we provide at Bethlehem Town Family Dental. When you understand the impact that your oral health can have on your life, you’re more likely to be proactive about dental care. 

Nobody expects you to know everything about dentistry, which is why we’re available to answer all your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.  All the answers below are written by our team instead of some template that is used by hundreds of other dental offices.  

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dentist glenmont ny We are proud to offer our secure ceiling-mounted TVs for your entertainment while you are in the dental chair!  While some of our patients simply wish to close their eyes, most of our patients would pick their favorite channel and enjoy!  This is exceptionally great for kids because we all know their favorite cartoon is going to glue their attention to the TV so they would sit in the chair quietly.  We often find kids pointing at the TV because their favorite cartoon is on or the toy they wanted is shown.  Our ceiling TV and background music are great distractions to the dental environment.

dentist glenmont nyUnfortunately, we have found this sales tactic to be very popular in corporate dental offices operating in chains and franchises.  At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we simply do not believe, and will not consider, in this type of business model.

Our Model is Based on Trust

Instead, we believe in building a strong trust with our patients and the community.  Every procedure we recommend will be explained and any procedure that could be considered preventive or optional will be communicated to our patients.  We believe healthy teeth are teeth that don't need any dental work.  

Picture of individual drinking soda | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThe simple answer is no. 

Moderation is Important

The important part about controlling sugar intake is the frequency of exposure to sugar.  While we strongly advocate the elimination of sodas, sports drinks, and candies, we understand we need sugar to survive. 

The Thirty Minute Rule

If you had to drink a cup of coffee with sugar, we recommend drinking that cup within 30 min to lower the frequency of sugar exposure.  Every sip or bite of something sugared will turn your mouth acidic and will take 30 min to return back to normal.  If you sip your coffee every 30 min you can imagine your mouth is acidic at all times.  This is also why sticky candies and candies that dissolve in your mouth are the worst culprits because they take a long time to eat.  

Rinsing After Sugar Intake

On top of limiting the frequency of exposures to sugar, we also recommend reducing sugar concentration and acidity of the mouth after the intake of sugar.  Ideally, you should brush your teeth, floss, and/or rinse your mouth with mouthwash after each exposure to sugar.  This is especially important if you had something sticky that will stay on your teeth for a while.  However, we understand not everyone has access and time to a brush, floss, and/or mouthwash every time you eat or drink.  We recommend at least rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink something with sugar to wash away some of the sugar and acids. 

Contact Us

If you feel you have negative impacts from your sugar intake, or you're due for a check-up, contact our office today! 

At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we are delighted to serve patients in Glenmont and all surrounding communities. If you live in one of Bethlehem's many hamlets—including Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, North Bethlehem, Selkirk, Slingerlands, and South Bethlehem—we can help you!

Dr. Henry Huang and Dr. Fei Xu are general dentists who provide patients in our area with exceptional dental care for everyone in your family. As parents, Dr. Huang and Dr. Xu have a special place in their hearts for children and love being part of keeping their smiles healthy. 
 
Adults in Delmar and surrounding hamlets can find all the general dental services they need in one comfortable, friendly location. If you need tooth fillings, crowns, bridges, or dentures to restore broken or decayed teeth, we custom-craft beautiful, natural-looking tooth restorations.

Maybe your teeth and gums are already healthy, and you would like us to help you maintain them with routine teeth cleanings and dental exams. Or, you might be interested in cosmetic dentistry and treatments like dental veneers, bonding, Invisalign, and teeth whitening.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Delmar Dentist

If you are looking for a dentist that serves patients in Delmar or any of the other hamlets in the Bethlehem area, we can’t wait to meet you! Call us today to schedule an appointment to get started. 

Image of sweets and other sugar filled foodsHow did I get a cavity?

Specific types of bacteria on your teeth would take in sugar that you eat or drink and convert the sugar into acids.  The acids that are released would dissolve your teeth and make them weaker.  As more minerals are dissolved away from your teeth, you would eventually get a hole, also called cavity.  At this point, your teeth are decaying as the bacteria multiply and this process just gets repeated as the hole gets larger. 

What can I do to prevent a cavity?

There are different stages of cavity depending on the progression of decay.  Unfortunately, once the “hole” is formed, the only option you have is to drill away the bacteria inside your tooth and fill the hole with a filling.  However, we can reverse the progress if you are still in the early stages of forming a cavity, this is called the demineralization stage. 

Teeth are made up of mostly minerals.  The acids released by bacteria causes your teeth to lose the minerals and making the teeth weaker.  This process creates areas called the demineralization zones on your teeth.  Fortunately, these areas can be remineralized again if it’s returned back to health by following the recommended protocols.  Remember, these protocols do not make your existing cavities go away, they also do not make you immune to cavities.  The caries prevention protocols simply lower your risk to getting more cavities by killing bacteria and making the teeth stronger.  

Image of couple riding their bikes in the forest | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYNo Silver Fillings​

We do not use any amalgam (silver) fillings in the office so we do not introduce more mercury into the environment.  Any old amalgam (silver) filling, placed by other dentists, that's removed from patient's teeth are captured by a mercury trap so we do not leak any mercury into the environment. 

Dry Pump System Reduces Water Waste

We use a dry pump system to supply our air and suction, this means we significantly reduce the amount of water we utilize and conserve energy.

Digital X-Rays Reduce Harsh Chemicals

Our office has digital x-rays.  We do not use any conventional x-rays so we avoid the use of harsh chemicals like developer and fixer for films.  Modern technology and equipment ensure less energy consumption.  (The LED light bulbs help too!)

dentist glenmont ny We Want to Make Your Experience Convenient and Enjoyable

While insurance companies certainly aren't fun to deal with, we strive to provide the best service possible to make your experience easier.  We work with over 20 dental insurances and each of them have additional sub-plans that all have different policies, rules, and regulations.  Because of this complicated situation, we will request some basic information from you and your insurance policy ID so we can call and ask for the breakdown of your specific plan.  

We Work With You

Once we obtain the specifics of your plan, we will work with you to come up with an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs based on your treatment plan.  A lot of times we will send out a pre-authorization for you to your insurance company and see if certain larger procedures would be covered, and if they are, how much of it is covered.  We work hard to avoid financial surprises.  

What If the Insurance Company Denies Coverage?

Sometimes after all of our efforts, the insurance company can surprise all of us with a denial.  Rest assured we will work with you to resolve the issue, but it is important to understand that we do not control the insurance company and the decisions they make.  In the rare instance where the insurance decided not to cover for a procedure, it would be your responsibility to pay for the completed procedure.  With all of our efforts mentioned above, this is very rare and can usually be solved when we work together and get you involved to call the insurance company.  We are confident we can keep financial surprises down to a minimum.

dentist ravena nyWe couldn't agree more.  Bethlehem Town Family Dental is owned by the dentists, Dr. Henry Huang, and his wife, Dr. Fei Yang Xu.  They moved into the area in 2012 and have established permanent residence and do not plan on moving away or retiring anytime soon.  They wish to start a family in this area so they will be around for quite a long time.  Also, we work very hard to retain our staff as well.  We believe happy staffs will make your visit better.  This means every time you come back for a 6 month check up, you will see a lot of familiar faces!

dentist feura bush nhWe Hear Your Concerns

We have read the same news articles and we were shocked just like everybody else.  We take sterilization and infection control in our office very seriously.  In our office design, we strategically placed the sterilization center right at the center of the office so every patient who enters the office can visibly see the area.  

Our Sterilization Process

Sterilization center is where all the instruments are sterilized and go from the dirty (red) side to the clean (blue) side.  We are confident to show our sterilization protocols and we have nothing to hide.  Our sterilization center cabinetry is specifically designed by a dental manufacturer to make the sterilization process as efficient as possible.  We encourage every patient to ask for a tour of the office.

Cavities | Glenmont, NY Cavities Can Be Unpredictable

Getting cavities is just like any other medical conditions.  We can predict your risk of developing a cavity to a certain extent, but there will always be cases that are unpredictable.

Getting to the Root of the Problem

If you are following our caries prevention protocols closely and still getting cavities, then we must examine other possibilities.  If your teeth are congenitally weaker than normal due to a genetic defect you can certainly have a much higher risk for cavities.  If you have a dry mouth because you take a lot of medications or you have a condition that causes dry mouth, you can have a higher risk for cavities.  If you are eating something frequent that has sugar or will be converted to glucose in the mouth and you didn’t know about it, this can increase your risk to get cavities as well. 

Last but not least, some patients think they are doing a great job brushing and flossing, but when we discuss oral hygiene techniques we realized they weren’t really doing the right things.  You could’ve missed cleaning multiple areas in the mouth and result in bacteria build up.  

Contact Us to Learn More

If you're worried about tooth pain or a possible cavity, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

dental cleaning glenmont ny A Thorough Examination

When we do an exam, we check everything in the mouth thoroughly to screen for dental decay (cavities), periodontal disease, oral cancer, and any other abnormalities.   When we do a cleaning, we are removing plaque and tartar, also called calculus, on the teeth to reduce the amount of bad bacteria on the teeth that cause periodontal disease and dental decay.  

Preventative Care Saves You Trouble Later On

At the interval of every 6 months, new issues such as new cavities can develop and become observable in our exam and new plaque and tartar build-up can accumulate and requires removal.  It's always better to find problems early so they can be treated with a less invasive procedure.  For example, a small cavity found early may only need a small filling while a big cavity found late could require a root canal therapy and crown.  It's also better to keep the teeth tartar free as frequent as possible to avoid the bacterias that cause bad breath, inflamed gums, and bone loss.  Some patients may require a cleaning interval of 3-4 months because of their periodontal condition.  

Good Oral Health Affects Your Wellbeing

Good oral health is very important, not only does it affect your ability to eat, it also affects your general health.  Poor oral health has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, premature birth, and respiratory diseases.  Fortunately, most dental insurances allow an exam and cleaning and certain x-rays every 6 months.  Let's work together to maintain your overall health.  Call our office today to schedule your appointment.

Topical Fluoride | Glenmont, NYFluoride has been shown to do two very important things: it slows bacteria growth and strengthens teeth surfaces. 

Slowing Bacteria Growth

Fluoride inhibits the way bacteria utilizes sugar and grow, this eventually stops them from multiplying and releasing acids.  While fluoride is brushed onto your teeth, it also bonds to the substructure of your teeth surfaces, making them much tougher than before.  Now your teeth are a lot more resistant to the acids and if your teeth start to dissolve it would release the fluoride bonded to the surface and inhibits bacteria growth again.  

Our Recommendation

Topical fluoride is not the same as systemic ingested fluoride.  We strongly recommend topical fluoride such as fluoride found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and varnish because they're generally not ingested.  We understand a very small amount can be swallowed, but the amount is minuscule and does not post a threat to our health.  

Dr. Huang | Glenmont, NYPlease don't ever feel awkward to ask me this question because people ask me all the time.  My wife and I have been living and breathing for more than 34 years even though we don't look anywhere close to 34 years old.  We have been practicing dentistry for 8 years.  During these years, we attended many continued education courses, found the best dental products, and worked with the most amazing people to bring you our modern dental office.  We have learned the newest techniques and incorporate the newest technology into our practice to ensure you receive the best treatments.  We are very confident in our dentistry and our smile gallery, blog case studies, and reviews are there to back us up.  We also work with some of the best specialists in the area and can refer you to the specialist for specific treatments.  We welcome you to visit the office, take a tour, and meet us so we can answer any questions you may have.  

dentist glenmont nyHaving healthy teeth is not difficult, but it does require a commitment on your part. Basically, there are three things that contribute to your oral health – oral hygiene, diet, and genetics. You don’t really have any control over your genetics, so we will leave that out of our discussion for now.

Taking Daily Steps

To achieve good oral hygiene, you must brush twice a day for at least two to three minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. We also recommend the use of mouth rinse and, if needed, we may prescribe a prescription-only toothpaste that has a higher amount of fluoride to fight cavities. 

Maintain A Healthy Diet

For diet, we recommend that you avoid prolonged and frequent exposure to sugar. For example, if you have a cup of coffee with sugar, finish it quickly rather than sipping it every 20 minutes. Each sip you take deposits sugar on your teeth, and it takes 30 minutes for your mouth to bring the acids back to a neutral level.

The same recommendation applies to sugar-filled snacks and beverages. Additionally, we recommend that you reduce your overall sugar intake and avoid eating sticky candies and sweets that slowly melt in the mouth. 

Contact Us to Learn More

If you’d like more information about the steps you can take to improve your oral health, please give our Glenmont dental office a call. We’ll be happy to arrange an appointment for your next exam and cleaning.

dentist glenmont nyMeet Dr. Huang

As a new patient, you will start by meeting the doctor. He’ll then prescribe the necessary x-rays and, with the help of our hygienist, determine the type of cleaning you need.

If your general gum health is good, a regular cleaning will be suggested, which will be done on the same day with our hygienist.

If we find that your gum health is not so great, we would first complete a regular cleaning, but in addition, we would also recommend that you consider a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planning. This procedure will allow us to clean beneath the gum and remove calculus build-up, bacteria, and toxins to return your gums back to health. Local anesthesia will be provided to ensure your comfort during the procedure. 

Because it's a time-consuming process, we would most likely schedule this procedure on another day for a longer appointment. After the cleaning, the doctor will return, evaluate the x-rays, and do a comprehensive exam.

We Make A Treatment Plan for You

With a thorough exam, we can make a treatment plan and we will walk you through each step of the plan to make sure you understand every detail before we move forward. Afterward, we will schedule convenient appointments to complete your treatments.

Please contact us if you’d like to make your first appointment with Bethlehem Town Family Dental!

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Patients who brush and floss daily and visit their dentist on schedule for dental exams and professional teeth cleanings are often disheartened when their teeth are not straight despite their attention to care.

Your dentist in Glenmont understands the frustration, which is why we offer Invisalign clear aligners to help you reach your smile goals.

Invisalign consists of clear aligners designed from a direct impression taken of your teeth. These aligners bring your teeth in line gradually—provided you wear them as directed, which is usually 22 hours per day. You switch aligners approximately every 14 days.

Invisalign may correct an overbite, underbite, and crossbite, and generally crooked teeth. However, your dentist determines whether this treatment is right for you and whether it will correct your bite issues before recommending Invisalign therapy.

An aligned bite and straight teeth promote better dental health. An even bite can mean less wear on specific teeth when chewing or biting. Straight teeth are also easier to clean effectively with your toothbrush because there are fewer nooks for bacteria to hide and collect.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for Invisalign in Glenmont, NY, or if you have questions about the treatment, contact a member of our friendly dental team today.  

It’s essential to have a healthy smile that you can be proud of, and aligned teeth not only enhance the appearance of your smile but also contribute to better oral health.

Invisalign is considered by many to be the clear alternative to braces. It is a way to straighten your smile without using metal and wires. It’s a way to align your bite discreetly. Many choose Invisalign for these reasons, and typically the clear aligners can correct mild to moderate:

  • Crooked, twisted, and overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Bite alignment issues—overbite, underbite, crossbite

The process starts with an exam and conversation with your dentist in Glenmont, NY. We want to make sure that Invisalign is the right treatment for you, and this includes your smile goals and the current state of your oral health.

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are custom-designed to fit your teeth. You change your aligner approximately every two weeks until you’ve completed the series.

Your dentist will determine how long you should wear Invisalign. For minor issues, Invisalign can work in as little as six months. For more complex cases, the treatment can take one year or longer.

If you would like to schedule your Invisalign consultation, contact a member of our team today.

If you’ve decided to straighten your teeth, it’s a good decision! Misaligned teeth can mean covering your mouth when you smile and never feeling confident to laugh out loud with friends. This is no way to live your best life, and it can certainly take a toll.

Misaligned and crooked teeth also put a lot of pressure on specific teeth that are tasked with all the chewing. This can mean cavities or other dental health complications.

While traditional bracket braces can straighten your smile, the majority of our patients prefer Invisalign in Glenmont, NY. Invisalign is made from clear plastic, and it is virtually invisible. Remember, if crooked teeth make you feel uncomfortable smiling and laughing, months or years of metal and wires will not make these social necessities easier!

With Invisalign, you change aligners every few weeks, and you get to watch your teeth move and straighten as you journey through treatment. Invisalign is also rated more comfortable compared with cumbersome metal braces.

Your dentist near Delmar will evaluate your smile to make sure Invisalign is the right option for you.

Contact Our Dental Office

If you’re ready to schedule your straight-smile consultation, get in touch with our dental team today.  

Children's Dentistry

childrens dentist glenmont nyWe are proud to say that we treat patients of all ages in our office!  Our doctor had worked in an office that saw more than 50% kids for 3 years.  We have ceiling TVs and nitrous oxide sedation to help with treating kids and we constantly find ways to make the reception area more kids-friendly.  We also work closely with local pediatric dentists and will refer to them if the patient requires further sedation. Call today to schedule your child's appointment.

man smiling in dental exam chair I sedation dentistry glenmont ny Nitrous oxide gas, also called laughing gas, is a very mild sedative gas that acts within minutes.  The gas does not put the patient to sleep, it simply relaxes the patient and makes them happier.  

Nitrous Oxide vs. IV Sedation

Patients often confuse nitrous oxide gas sedation with IV sedation, these are not the same.  Nitrous oxide gas sedation is best used on anxious patients that are concerned about the local anesthetic injections, concerned about the loud sounds of dental procedures, or for pediatric patients.  If patients require further sedation we will refer them to the right specialists for IV sedation.  

The Effects of Nitrous Oxide

While you are under the effect of nitrous oxide gas, you will feel less anxious, happier, and you may laugh at silly things such as the shows on TV that we have installed on the ceiling.  You may feel some tingling in the fingers and toes, sleepiness, and "funny", these are all normal responses.  If you feel light-headed or nauseated, we will turn the gas down to ensure your comfort.  After the procedure is completed, the gas will take a few minutes to leave the body and you will feel normal again.  Using the gas does not hinder you from driving or perform normal daily activities.  You do not have to ask a friend or relative to accompany you unless you are under 18.  Please visit our nitrous oxide gas page for more information and give us a call if you have any concerns.  

Stainless Steel Crowns | Bethlehem Town Family DentalStainless Steel Crowns (SSCs) have become a controversial topic recently and we are here to explain our position.  SSCs are pre-fabricated crowns that snap onto primary teeth, or baby teeth, to restore function.  When baby teeth develop large cavities, we have to chase the decay and remove them.  After removal of large decay, SSCs could be needed if the cavity has reached the nerve or if there isn't enough remaining tooth structure to put a filling on. 

Why Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is used because this thin metal is able to be bent and snap onto teeth, effectively grabbing the teeth securely. Porcelain crowns don't allow flexing because it will fracture the crown. Porcelain is commonly used for adult crowns, but not for pre-fabricated baby teeth crowns.  

Conservative Dentistry

At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we strongly believe in conservative dentistry.  This means if the baby tooth only requires a filling then that's what we will do.  We will only do an SSC if the teeth condition requires it, not because of anything else.  If we recommended an SSC for your child, we will provide a detailed explanation and show you the large cavity on the x-ray and whatever is visible in the mouth.  If your child's oral condition requires multiple SSCs, we may refer your child to a pediatric dentist to complete the work under deeper sedation. 

We Want to Do Right By You

Our long-term goal is to gain the community's trust through good and responsible service.  We will never randomly place a bunch of SSCs on your child's teeth for no reasons. Please call to inquire more information regarding SSCs and our practice.  

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Follow ADA and AAPD Recommendations

Both the ADA (American Dental Association) and AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommend that you bring your child for their first visit when their first tooth erupts. For children from one to three years old, we’ll do a simple oral exam to make sure everything is developing properly. We’ll also review proper home care with parents to ensure good oral hygiene for the child.

We Meet Your Child Where They're At

If your child is receptive, we would attempt to do a child cleaning on their baby teeth. But we don’t want to frighten your child if they’re not receptive, so we may choose to reschedule the cleaning for another time. 

For kids four and older, we are usually able to do an exam, a child cleaning, and x-rays if needed. In most cases, we usually don’t take x-rays until around the age of five or six.

However, if we see cavities on a younger child, we will try to take x-rays to make sure we can get a full view of what’s happening inside their teeth and find all the cavities present. This way, we can treat the cavities early and restore the child's oral health. If the patient does not allow us to take x-rays, we would try again in six months.

Child's Dental Appointment | Glenmont, NYAt Bethlehem Town Family Dental parents are always allowed to be in the room with their child!  Leaving your children alone with a few strangers can become worrisome and we understand your concerns. Some parents choose to be with their children during their dental visit while some parents choose to stay in the waiting room. The decision is entirely up to you, and we respect whichever choice you make.  

childrens dentist glenmont ny Keeping Baby Teeth Healthy is Important

Even though baby teeth will eventually be lost, they should be kept healthy in the mouth until they are ready to fall out. We treat baby teeth and restore them because if the baby teeth are lost too early, your child could develop spacing problems and they could eventually require braces.

The baby teeth essentially hold the space for the adult teeth that are underneath, and if the baby teeth are lost too early space can close up. Then, when the adult teeth need to come in, there’s not enough space, and the tooth will likely come in at a bad angle, direction, and position. 

A Child's Dental Health Stays With Them as an Adult

Also, if the baby teeth have untreated cavities, the bacteria in the cavities could also affect the adult teeth that are already developing in the gums. We do not want adult teeth to come into an oral environment full of dental decay. For all these reasons, we recommend treating these cavities early so we avoid losing the baby teeth and maintain a healthy environment for the adult teeth. 

If you’d like to learn more about your young child’s dental care, please call our Glenmont dental office. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our family!

Cosmetic Dentistry

dentist glenmont nyWe Accept Patients of All Types

At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we have seen patients with all types of dental conditions.  From patients that come in every 3 months for cleanings to patients that never seen a dentist in their entire life, we have seen it all.  We are proud to say that we treat everybody with the same great service and we will never judge our patient based on their dental condition. 

We Will Work With You

Instead, we will work with you, help you obtain good oral health, and teach you how to maintain it.  Our staffs are eager to help and our doctors do not have any doctor's ego to deal with.  We encourage you to come in and take a look for yourself! Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Image of patient about to undergo treatment | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYSilver fillings, also called amalgams, have been placed for decades and have served their purpose in dentistry.  However, there are a few fundamental problems with silver fillings:

  • They continue to introduce mercury into the environment.  Patients are also generally concerned about mercury exposure.  
  • They do not actually adhere to tooth structure, which means they only physically sit there in the cavity space.  This results in an abundance of fractures caused by large silver fillings.
  • They don't look very good and they can even stain your teeth dark.  
  • Patients don't typically want to put more metals in their mouth.  

How We Solved the Problem

With the recent advancement in resin composite material, also called tooth - colored fillings, we are able to solve all the above problems.  Tooth - colored fillings are very technique sensitive and new technology and products continue to be developed.  Dr. Henry only uses tooth - colored fillings and has been placing them for years.  He always keep up with the most recent technology and techniques to ensure the fillings are placed properly.  We strongly believe tooth - colored fillings are the future of dentistry.  Please visit our "Tooth - Colored Fillings" page and our smile gallery for more information. 

Crowns & Bridges

Image of individual with questions | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThere are a few options to replace a tooth or multiple teeth:

Flippers or Partial Dentures

The most economical option would be to make a flipper to replace a few teeth or a partial denture to replace multiple teeth and areas.  Flippers are usually used as a temporary solution while patient explores other options.  Flippers will help greatly with the look by filling the missing space with denture teeth so it appears as if you are not missing a tooth.  However, it's not meant for heavy chewing or grinding food.

Partial dentures are designed to replace teeth more permanently with stronger retention and better fit.  The denture will grab onto teeth that are next to the missing space and fill the missing space with denture teeth.  Partial dentures will be great for both the look and chewing food.  Flipper and partial dentures are both removable so patient must remove them at night before sleep.  Please visit our partial denture page for more information about the material selection.  

Dental Bridges

Bridges have often been the most optimal choice in the past prior to implants.  Bridges can be a good choice if you wish to replace 1 or 2 teeth, but as the bridge gets longer, the risk for problems can increase.  The main problem with bridge is the requirement to cut teeth next to the missing space down to a smaller size so we can properly insert the bridge.  If teeth next to the space already need crowns or have large fillings, this may indicate the use of a bridge.  

However, if the teeth next to the space are healthy teeth that never had any dental work done, bridges will not be a great choice.  Bridges are also hard to keep clean because it's a connected piece so cleaning under the bridge can be challenging.  Bridges are a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without having to take it in and out.  There are multiple criteria we screen for prior to suggesting a bridge and we welcome you to come in for a consultation.

Implants

Implants have become the best option to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in the recent decade due to the advancement of implant technology.  While implants can become very confusing and requires multiple steps, the end result is much better than any other options available at the moment.  The treatment plan for implants will involve a surgeon (oral surgeon or periodontist) that places the titanium screw into the bone and after adequate healing we, will place the abutment and implant crown onto the implant screw.  For details of how the implant procedure work, please visit our implant page for more information.  

Implants can easily be cleaned and do not require us to cut an adjacent tooth.  Once implants are completed it will feel like your own tooth and you don't have to worry about getting more cavities on this implant tooth.  The set back for patients to receive this treatment has primarily due to cost.  However, with payment plans such as Care Credit and insurance companies coverage, its popularity has continued to climb in the recent years.  Please contact us to set up a consultation appointment as we are more than happy to continue this discussion.  Implant is a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without the need to take it in and out. 

 

 

 

Same-Day Crowns | Glenmont, NYThe idea behind same day crowns is awesome and we are very excited about the concept behind this technology.  However, there are major drawbacks based on the technology that is available today with same day crowns and we have outlined our concerns below:

Drawbacks to Same-Day Crown Technology

The technology behind same-day crowns is unable to effectively use the latest dental materials such as Zirconia.  Zirconia material was recently introduced and have shown to have much stronger strength while maintaining good esthetics when compared to other dental materials.  Due to its strength, we are also able to make it thinner so we don't have to cut down as much tooth structure.  Zirconia material requires several hours of firing inside an oven to achieve its regular strength and esthetic.  Unless you would like to camp and do a sleepover inside a dental office, it's not feasible to wait several hours. 

The zirconia crowns that are fabricated under same-day crown technology had to find compromises to shorten the wait time.  By reducing the firing time inside the oven significantly, Zirconia material will lose strength and/or esthetics.  We can also choose other dental materials for same day crown, but they are not as strong as zirconia and require us to cut down more of your teeth.  

We Won't Compromise on Your Dental Care

We have not adopted the same day crown technology because we do not want to compromise on the strength or esthetic of our crowns.  This is why we use a dental laboratory, who specializes in digital dentistry, to make our crowns.  They receive the scan we take from our intra-oral scanner, design the crown or bridge, and go through the necessary time it takes to fabricate the beautiful and strong crown or bridge, which could be several hours.  This allows us to provide our patients with the best dental product available today.  

Let us be clear that we love new technology and we are intrigued by the same day crown concept, but we refuse to compromise on our dental work for convenience.  If a new technology emerges in the future that can utilize zirconia or other new dental material efficiently and effectively, we will be more than happy to acquire the technology.  

 

Dental Implants

Image of individual with questions | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThere are a few options to replace a tooth or multiple teeth:

Flippers or Partial Dentures

The most economical option would be to make a flipper to replace a few teeth or a partial denture to replace multiple teeth and areas.  Flippers are usually used as a temporary solution while patient explores other options.  Flippers will help greatly with the look by filling the missing space with denture teeth so it appears as if you are not missing a tooth.  However, it's not meant for heavy chewing or grinding food.

Partial dentures are designed to replace teeth more permanently with stronger retention and better fit.  The denture will grab onto teeth that are next to the missing space and fill the missing space with denture teeth.  Partial dentures will be great for both the look and chewing food.  Flipper and partial dentures are both removable so patient must remove them at night before sleep.  Please visit our partial denture page for more information about the material selection.  

Dental Bridges

Bridges have often been the most optimal choice in the past prior to implants.  Bridges can be a good choice if you wish to replace 1 or 2 teeth, but as the bridge gets longer, the risk for problems can increase.  The main problem with bridge is the requirement to cut teeth next to the missing space down to a smaller size so we can properly insert the bridge.  If teeth next to the space already need crowns or have large fillings, this may indicate the use of a bridge.  

However, if the teeth next to the space are healthy teeth that never had any dental work done, bridges will not be a great choice.  Bridges are also hard to keep clean because it's a connected piece so cleaning under the bridge can be challenging.  Bridges are a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without having to take it in and out.  There are multiple criteria we screen for prior to suggesting a bridge and we welcome you to come in for a consultation.

Implants

Implants have become the best option to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in the recent decade due to the advancement of implant technology.  While implants can become very confusing and requires multiple steps, the end result is much better than any other options available at the moment.  The treatment plan for implants will involve a surgeon (oral surgeon or periodontist) that places the titanium screw into the bone and after adequate healing we, will place the abutment and implant crown onto the implant screw.  For details of how the implant procedure work, please visit our implant page for more information.  

Implants can easily be cleaned and do not require us to cut an adjacent tooth.  Once implants are completed it will feel like your own tooth and you don't have to worry about getting more cavities on this implant tooth.  The set back for patients to receive this treatment has primarily due to cost.  However, with payment plans such as Care Credit and insurance companies coverage, its popularity has continued to climb in the recent years.  Please contact us to set up a consultation appointment as we are more than happy to continue this discussion.  Implant is a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without the need to take it in and out. 

 

 

 

If you’re interested in tooth replacement in Glenmont, NY, bridges and dental implants are two of the options available. They both have their advantages, and which you choose would depend on your overall oral health, your preference, and your budget.

Most people are familiar with dental bridges because until recently, they were the only solution available to replace a single tooth. A bridge is a prosthetic that uses an artificial tooth to sit in the space left by the missing tooth. While bridges solve the aesthetic problem and restore some function, there are a couple of drawbacks.

First, our dentists need to anchor the bridge to the teeth on either side of the open space, which means we must alter their structure. Also, since a bridge sits on top of your gum, it doesn’t do anything to prevent gum recession or bone loss.

On the other hand, dental implants in Glenmont, NY are a standalone tooth replacement. A small titanium post is anchored in your jaw bone, and a prosthetic is attached to restore function. In the case of a single missing tooth, we would use a crown; if we replace several missing teeth, we will combine the implants with a bridge or denture.

With dental implants, we don’t need to alter healthy teeth as we do with bridges. The implant takes the place of the missing tooth root, so it helps keep the bone in your jaw strong and healthy.

If you are looking for a dental implants dentist, please call Bethlehem Town Family Dental and request a consultation with Dr. Huang or Dr. Xu to learn more.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants in Feura Bush NYDental sealants are a valuable tool for protecting healthy teeth. At our Feura Bush dental office, we commonly use them for children to protect their healthy teeth from decay. 

But it is not uncommon for adults who are at high risk for decay or fillings to have dental sealants placed on their teeth. The purpose is exactly the same is it is for children – to protect a healthy tooth.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin coating of plastic placed on molars that have depressions and uneven surfaces. It can be difficult to clean all these surfaces properly, and sealants provide a barrier that prevents bacteria from penetrating the enamel. The process takes only a few minutes, and the majority of patients don’t need anesthetic because we work only on the surface of the teeth. 

During your regular checkup, Dr. Huang will evaluate your situation to see if dental sealants are a good idea for you. The important thing to remember is that sealants can only be used on teeth that are healthy and have not had any previous dental work. 

Contact Us to Learn More

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and find out if you’re a good candidate, please call our Feura Bush dental office and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment.

Digital Dentistry

Dental Technology | Gelnmont, NYAt Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we’re proud to offer modern, state-of-the-art dental technology for our patients. Read on to learn more about all of our different offerings and how they benefit you. For a complete list of our technological features, please visit our technology page.

State-Of-The-Art Sterilization Center

Located right at the center of our office, our sterilization center ensures transparency of our sterilization protocols.  You can see exactly how we clean and sterilized our instruments as you walk through the office, we have nothing to hide!

Intra-oral Cameras 

Located in every treatment room,  intraoral cameras are used to take pictures of your teeth so we can show you the issues we see.  Pictures are worth a thousand words!

Ceiling-Mounted TVs and Plush Leather Dental Chairs

Located in every treatment room.  They are used for your entertainment and comfort while you lean back on the dental chair.  Time passes by faster when you are entertained and relaxed.

Nitrous Oxide Gas

Located in two of our treatment rooms nitrous oxide gas, also known as laughing gas is used for your relaxation.  It's often used for kids and for adults that requires an extra layer of comfort.  

Newest Composite (Tooth-Colored) Filling

These tooth-colored, natural-looking fillings are used for every filling we place in our patients.  We do NOT carry amalgam, or silver filling, in this office.

Dental-Vibe

These are used on our pediatric patients and anxious patients to lessen the initial "poke" of injections.  The vibration from this device distracts the nerve endings around the injection site to ease the sensation of injection.  

Intra-oral caries detection camera

Located and used in our hygiene rooms, these cameras are able to detect the presence of bacteria inside the grooves of your teeth from the latest fluorescence technology.  When the grooves of your teeth have discolorations that resemble decay, or cavity, we use the camera to help us determine if it's decay or stain.

Portable Digital X-Ray

Our portable digital x-ray is used to take x-rays inside our treatment rooms so you don't have to get up and move to x-ray rooms in the middle of a procedure.  This is very convenient for procedures like root canal therapies. Digital x-rays in general also offers 60% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.

Intra-oral Scanner

This high-tech scanner is used to accurately scan teeth for fabrication of dental products such as crowns, bridges, and implants .  The scanner replaces traditional impressions to achieve faster processing speed from dental laboratories, better accuracy of dental products, and more comfortable visits.

Electric Handpieces with Fiber-Optic Illumination

These modern tools are used throughout our office to enhance our cutting capabilities when drilling teeth.  The electric handpieces cut faster, make less noise, and work smoother to enhance our work efficiency and your comfort.  

Velscope

Velscope is used routinely in our office at recare visits to screen for oral cancer.  It utilizes fluorescent reflection of oral soft tissue to check for initial stages of oral cancer.  

Iso-dry Isolation System

This mouthpiece is used on almost every procedure we do in the office.  The mouthpiece provides isolation by helping you stay open, suctioning out water, and gently pushing away the cheek and tongue.  This disposable device ensures our dental work are done efficiently and effectively.

Soft tissue laser

This laser is used in special occasions to relieve extra gum tissue away from our work area, such as a crown preparation.  Laser allows immediate cauterization and disinfection of cut gum tissue to enhance recovery time and reduce inflammation.


 

dentist glenmont ny X-Rays Detect Many Things

Dental X-rays are needed to detect dental decay (cavities), bone level, pathology, infections and status of existing dental work.  At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we have a system in place to determine what type and number of x-rays you may need at each recall appointment.  The system takes into account your risk for dental decay, periodontal disease, and other abnormalities and assigns a frequency for x-rays.  For example, if you are high risk for cavities, it means your chance of having a new cavity within 6 months is considerably high so we take a few x-rays every 6 months to screen for new cavities.  

New Patient Procedure

For new patients, we will determine the type and number of x-rays you need based on your current dental condition.  We do not just automatically take every single possible x-ray on every patient.  We follow the rule of A.L.A.R.A. (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) on radiation exposure very seriously.  

Your Safety is Our Concern

Rest assured, every x-ray taken in our office has a reason behind it and please feel free to ask us why.  Digital X-rays have come a long way and has truly minimized the amount of radiation used.  Please visit our "Digital X-rays" page to learn more.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

man smiling in dental exam chair I sedation dentistry glenmont ny Nitrous oxide gas, also called laughing gas, is a very mild sedative gas that acts within minutes.  The gas does not put the patient to sleep, it simply relaxes the patient and makes them happier.  

Nitrous Oxide vs. IV Sedation

Patients often confuse nitrous oxide gas sedation with IV sedation, these are not the same.  Nitrous oxide gas sedation is best used on anxious patients that are concerned about the local anesthetic injections, concerned about the loud sounds of dental procedures, or for pediatric patients.  If patients require further sedation we will refer them to the right specialists for IV sedation.  

The Effects of Nitrous Oxide

While you are under the effect of nitrous oxide gas, you will feel less anxious, happier, and you may laugh at silly things such as the shows on TV that we have installed on the ceiling.  You may feel some tingling in the fingers and toes, sleepiness, and "funny", these are all normal responses.  If you feel light-headed or nauseated, we will turn the gas down to ensure your comfort.  After the procedure is completed, the gas will take a few minutes to leave the body and you will feel normal again.  Using the gas does not hinder you from driving or perform normal daily activities.  You do not have to ask a friend or relative to accompany you unless you are under 18.  Please visit our nitrous oxide gas page for more information and give us a call if you have any concerns.  

Dental Anxiety | Glenmont, NYFear of dentists is very common and nothing to be embarrassed about. The reasons for feeling anxious are different for everyone, but we’ve got the solution you need, whatever your concern.

Fear of the Unknown or Loss of Control

We’ll take time with you to explain what we’re doing every step of the way. Just knowing what’s happening around you can do a lot to restore your sense of control.  During the procedure, we will stop at almost any time when you express concerns and address them.  We want you to know that you do have control during your dental procedure.  

Fear of Injections

First, we always start with a topical anesthetic before the injection to make sure the surface area is numb. Next, we’ll administer the injection very slowly and gently to reduce the pain sensation. Distractions like our ceiling-mounted TVs are helpful, and we can also administer nitrous oxide gas during the injection phase to help you relax.

Fear of Injury

We use the Isodry system that helps keep your mouth open and blocks the tongue and the cheek to prevent accidental injury. It also forms a stop at the back of the mouth to prevent anything from going down the throat.  

Fear of Drilling Sound

We have purchased the top of the line dental handpieces (drill) and the new technology has reduced the drill sound significantly.  However, because the drill is operated by air pressure, most likely there will still be sound present when we work.  With our ceiling-mounted TVs, the sound from the TV should distract you from the drilling sound.  You are also allowed to bring in earphones to play your favorite music if the TVs don't work for you.  

General Dental Anxiety

We’ve found that nitrous oxide is very effective in these cases, and you can choose to have the nitrous on for the entire procedure. We have also found some mild sedative medications may help in conjunction with nitrous oxide gas.  The sedative medications can be prescribed by your physician. 

Most importantly, we encourage you to come in and meet Dr. Huang. You will be pleasantly surprised to find he's not scary or intimidating at all!  

Partial Dentures

Image of individual with questions | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThere are a few options to replace a tooth or multiple teeth:

Flippers or Partial Dentures

The most economical option would be to make a flipper to replace a few teeth or a partial denture to replace multiple teeth and areas.  Flippers are usually used as a temporary solution while patient explores other options.  Flippers will help greatly with the look by filling the missing space with denture teeth so it appears as if you are not missing a tooth.  However, it's not meant for heavy chewing or grinding food.

Partial dentures are designed to replace teeth more permanently with stronger retention and better fit.  The denture will grab onto teeth that are next to the missing space and fill the missing space with denture teeth.  Partial dentures will be great for both the look and chewing food.  Flipper and partial dentures are both removable so patient must remove them at night before sleep.  Please visit our partial denture page for more information about the material selection.  

Dental Bridges

Bridges have often been the most optimal choice in the past prior to implants.  Bridges can be a good choice if you wish to replace 1 or 2 teeth, but as the bridge gets longer, the risk for problems can increase.  The main problem with bridge is the requirement to cut teeth next to the missing space down to a smaller size so we can properly insert the bridge.  If teeth next to the space already need crowns or have large fillings, this may indicate the use of a bridge.  

However, if the teeth next to the space are healthy teeth that never had any dental work done, bridges will not be a great choice.  Bridges are also hard to keep clean because it's a connected piece so cleaning under the bridge can be challenging.  Bridges are a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without having to take it in and out.  There are multiple criteria we screen for prior to suggesting a bridge and we welcome you to come in for a consultation.

Implants

Implants have become the best option to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in the recent decade due to the advancement of implant technology.  While implants can become very confusing and requires multiple steps, the end result is much better than any other options available at the moment.  The treatment plan for implants will involve a surgeon (oral surgeon or periodontist) that places the titanium screw into the bone and after adequate healing we, will place the abutment and implant crown onto the implant screw.  For details of how the implant procedure work, please visit our implant page for more information.  

Implants can easily be cleaned and do not require us to cut an adjacent tooth.  Once implants are completed it will feel like your own tooth and you don't have to worry about getting more cavities on this implant tooth.  The set back for patients to receive this treatment has primarily due to cost.  However, with payment plans such as Care Credit and insurance companies coverage, its popularity has continued to climb in the recent years.  Please contact us to set up a consultation appointment as we are more than happy to continue this discussion.  Implant is a fixed option so it will stay in the mouth without the need to take it in and out. 

 

 

 

Periodontal Treatment and Prevention

Gum Disease Treatment | Glenmont, NYRoutine Check-Ups Are Vital

Gum disease is a serious oral health problem, and routine exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent it. If you do develop gum disease, we offer the customized solution you need to get your oral health back on track.

In its mildest stage, we refer to gum disease as gingivitis. We treat gingivitis with comprehensive professional dental cleaning and suggestions for improving your oral hygiene practices. Going forward, your hygienist will monitor the health of your gums to keep them healthy and disease-free.

If we don’t treat gingivitis, it will advance to periodontitis. You will notice symptoms like bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Advanced gum disease is a chronic condition that is treatable, but not curable.

Scaling and Root-Planing

To treat advanced gum disease, Dr. Huang will recommend a procedure called scaling and root-planing (SRP). During SRP, your hygienist scrapes away plaque and tartar that collects on your teeth and below the gum line. Then she smooths the root surfaces of your teeth to prevent bacteria buildup and to help your gums reattach to your teeth.

At Bethlehem Town Family Dentistry, we provide customized solutions for gum disease and educate you on how to avoid it in the future. Please call us to arrange your appointment so we can restore your beautiful smile.

dental cleaning glenmont ny A Thorough Examination

When we do an exam, we check everything in the mouth thoroughly to screen for dental decay (cavities), periodontal disease, oral cancer, and any other abnormalities.   When we do a cleaning, we are removing plaque and tartar, also called calculus, on the teeth to reduce the amount of bad bacteria on the teeth that cause periodontal disease and dental decay.  

Preventative Care Saves You Trouble Later On

At the interval of every 6 months, new issues such as new cavities can develop and become observable in our exam and new plaque and tartar build-up can accumulate and requires removal.  It's always better to find problems early so they can be treated with a less invasive procedure.  For example, a small cavity found early may only need a small filling while a big cavity found late could require a root canal therapy and crown.  It's also better to keep the teeth tartar free as frequent as possible to avoid the bacterias that cause bad breath, inflamed gums, and bone loss.  Some patients may require a cleaning interval of 3-4 months because of their periodontal condition.  

Good Oral Health Affects Your Wellbeing

Good oral health is very important, not only does it affect your ability to eat, it also affects your general health.  Poor oral health has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, premature birth, and respiratory diseases.  Fortunately, most dental insurances allow an exam and cleaning and certain x-rays every 6 months.  Let's work together to maintain your overall health.  Call our office today to schedule your appointment.

dentist glenmont nyHaving healthy teeth is not difficult, but it does require a commitment on your part. Basically, there are three things that contribute to your oral health – oral hygiene, diet, and genetics. You don’t really have any control over your genetics, so we will leave that out of our discussion for now.

Taking Daily Steps

To achieve good oral hygiene, you must brush twice a day for at least two to three minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. We also recommend the use of mouth rinse and, if needed, we may prescribe a prescription-only toothpaste that has a higher amount of fluoride to fight cavities. 

Maintain A Healthy Diet

For diet, we recommend that you avoid prolonged and frequent exposure to sugar. For example, if you have a cup of coffee with sugar, finish it quickly rather than sipping it every 20 minutes. Each sip you take deposits sugar on your teeth, and it takes 30 minutes for your mouth to bring the acids back to a neutral level.

The same recommendation applies to sugar-filled snacks and beverages. Additionally, we recommend that you reduce your overall sugar intake and avoid eating sticky candies and sweets that slowly melt in the mouth. 

Contact Us to Learn More

If you’d like more information about the steps you can take to improve your oral health, please give our Glenmont dental office a call. We’ll be happy to arrange an appointment for your next exam and cleaning.

dentist glenmont nyMeet Dr. Huang

As a new patient, you will start by meeting the doctor. He’ll then prescribe the necessary x-rays and, with the help of our hygienist, determine the type of cleaning you need.

If your general gum health is good, a regular cleaning will be suggested, which will be done on the same day with our hygienist.

If we find that your gum health is not so great, we would first complete a regular cleaning, but in addition, we would also recommend that you consider a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planning. This procedure will allow us to clean beneath the gum and remove calculus build-up, bacteria, and toxins to return your gums back to health. Local anesthesia will be provided to ensure your comfort during the procedure. 

Because it's a time-consuming process, we would most likely schedule this procedure on another day for a longer appointment. After the cleaning, the doctor will return, evaluate the x-rays, and do a comprehensive exam.

We Make A Treatment Plan for You

With a thorough exam, we can make a treatment plan and we will walk you through each step of the plan to make sure you understand every detail before we move forward. Afterward, we will schedule convenient appointments to complete your treatments.

Please contact us if you’d like to make your first appointment with Bethlehem Town Family Dental!

Tooth Colored Fillings

Picture of individual drinking soda | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThe simple answer is no. 

Moderation is Important

The important part about controlling sugar intake is the frequency of exposure to sugar.  While we strongly advocate the elimination of sodas, sports drinks, and candies, we understand we need sugar to survive. 

The Thirty Minute Rule

If you had to drink a cup of coffee with sugar, we recommend drinking that cup within 30 min to lower the frequency of sugar exposure.  Every sip or bite of something sugared will turn your mouth acidic and will take 30 min to return back to normal.  If you sip your coffee every 30 min you can imagine your mouth is acidic at all times.  This is also why sticky candies and candies that dissolve in your mouth are the worst culprits because they take a long time to eat.  

Rinsing After Sugar Intake

On top of limiting the frequency of exposures to sugar, we also recommend reducing sugar concentration and acidity of the mouth after the intake of sugar.  Ideally, you should brush your teeth, floss, and/or rinse your mouth with mouthwash after each exposure to sugar.  This is especially important if you had something sticky that will stay on your teeth for a while.  However, we understand not everyone has access and time to a brush, floss, and/or mouthwash every time you eat or drink.  We recommend at least rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink something with sugar to wash away some of the sugar and acids. 

Contact Us

If you feel you have negative impacts from your sugar intake, or you're due for a check-up, contact our office today! 

Image of sweets and other sugar filled foodsHow did I get a cavity?

Specific types of bacteria on your teeth would take in sugar that you eat or drink and convert the sugar into acids.  The acids that are released would dissolve your teeth and make them weaker.  As more minerals are dissolved away from your teeth, you would eventually get a hole, also called cavity.  At this point, your teeth are decaying as the bacteria multiply and this process just gets repeated as the hole gets larger. 

What can I do to prevent a cavity?

There are different stages of cavity depending on the progression of decay.  Unfortunately, once the “hole” is formed, the only option you have is to drill away the bacteria inside your tooth and fill the hole with a filling.  However, we can reverse the progress if you are still in the early stages of forming a cavity, this is called the demineralization stage. 

Teeth are made up of mostly minerals.  The acids released by bacteria causes your teeth to lose the minerals and making the teeth weaker.  This process creates areas called the demineralization zones on your teeth.  Fortunately, these areas can be remineralized again if it’s returned back to health by following the recommended protocols.  Remember, these protocols do not make your existing cavities go away, they also do not make you immune to cavities.  The caries prevention protocols simply lower your risk to getting more cavities by killing bacteria and making the teeth stronger.  

Caries Prevention | Glenmont, NYAfter your initial exam, you will be assigned to a certain level of risk for your likelihood of developing new cavities in the future.  The levels will determine your individualized x-ray frequencies, recommended preventive treatments, and the protocols you need to do at home to lower your risk.  You will stay at your assigned level for 2 years and will be re-evaluated again for possible increase or decrease of risk level. 

Low Risk

  • Practice good oral hygiene techniques at home.  This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and optional use of mouthwash.
  • Regular toothpaste is sufficient. 
  • Your individualized x-ray frequency: 12-18 months

Moderate Risk

  • Practice good oral hygiene techniques at home.  This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and use of fluoride mouthwash such as Act mouthwash with fluoride daily.
  • Regular toothpaste is sufficient.
  • Optional recommendation of Fluoride Varnish. 
  • Your individualized x-ray frequency: 6-12 months

High Risk

  • Practice good oral hygiene techniques at home.  This includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least daily, and use of fluoride mouthwash such as Act mouthwash with fluoride twice a day.
  • Prescription of Prevident 5000 plus Toothpaste.  (it’s a stronger toothpaste with higher concentration of fluoride)
  • Strong recommendation of Fluoride Varnish.
  • Optional use of MI Paste.  This product has calcium and phosphate, which are the building blocks of teeth.  Using this product has shown to remineralize teeth and make them stronger.
  • Chew sugar free xylitol gum up to 4 times daily.  Xylitol is a sugar substitute that cannot be used by bacteria.  Xylitol has shown to prevent bacteria from adhering to teeth. 
  • Reduce overall intake of sugar and the frequency of sugar exposure.  Avoid sodas, sports drinks, candies, etc.  
  • Consideration of sealants, if qualified. 
  • Your Individualized x-ray frequency: 6 months

The caries prevention protocols are designed to lower your risk of getting a cavity.  The protocols do not make you immune to cavities, or tooth decay, and do not cure existing cavities that are already present.

Cavities | Glenmont, NY Cavities Can Be Unpredictable

Getting cavities is just like any other medical conditions.  We can predict your risk of developing a cavity to a certain extent, but there will always be cases that are unpredictable.

Getting to the Root of the Problem

If you are following our caries prevention protocols closely and still getting cavities, then we must examine other possibilities.  If your teeth are congenitally weaker than normal due to a genetic defect you can certainly have a much higher risk for cavities.  If you have a dry mouth because you take a lot of medications or you have a condition that causes dry mouth, you can have a higher risk for cavities.  If you are eating something frequent that has sugar or will be converted to glucose in the mouth and you didn’t know about it, this can increase your risk to get cavities as well. 

Last but not least, some patients think they are doing a great job brushing and flossing, but when we discuss oral hygiene techniques we realized they weren’t really doing the right things.  You could’ve missed cleaning multiple areas in the mouth and result in bacteria build up.  

Contact Us to Learn More

If you're worried about tooth pain or a possible cavity, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Topical Fluoride | Glenmont, NYFluoride has been shown to do two very important things: it slows bacteria growth and strengthens teeth surfaces. 

Slowing Bacteria Growth

Fluoride inhibits the way bacteria utilizes sugar and grow, this eventually stops them from multiplying and releasing acids.  While fluoride is brushed onto your teeth, it also bonds to the substructure of your teeth surfaces, making them much tougher than before.  Now your teeth are a lot more resistant to the acids and if your teeth start to dissolve it would release the fluoride bonded to the surface and inhibits bacteria growth again.  

Our Recommendation

Topical fluoride is not the same as systemic ingested fluoride.  We strongly recommend topical fluoride such as fluoride found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and varnish because they're generally not ingested.  We understand a very small amount can be swallowed, but the amount is minuscule and does not post a threat to our health.  

Image of patient about to undergo treatment | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYSilver fillings, also called amalgams, have been placed for decades and have served their purpose in dentistry.  However, there are a few fundamental problems with silver fillings:

  • They continue to introduce mercury into the environment.  Patients are also generally concerned about mercury exposure.  
  • They do not actually adhere to tooth structure, which means they only physically sit there in the cavity space.  This results in an abundance of fractures caused by large silver fillings.
  • They don't look very good and they can even stain your teeth dark.  
  • Patients don't typically want to put more metals in their mouth.  

How We Solved the Problem

With the recent advancement in resin composite material, also called tooth - colored fillings, we are able to solve all the above problems.  Tooth - colored fillings are very technique sensitive and new technology and products continue to be developed.  Dr. Henry only uses tooth - colored fillings and has been placing them for years.  He always keep up with the most recent technology and techniques to ensure the fillings are placed properly.  We strongly believe tooth - colored fillings are the future of dentistry.  Please visit our "Tooth - Colored Fillings" page and our smile gallery for more information. 

dentist ravena ny Recovery Depends on Your Treatment

Generally speaking, we will provide instructions after each procedure to make sure you understand the steps you need to take during your brief recovery. Of course, the instructions depend completely on the type of work we do.

If you had a temporary filling placed on a tooth or just received a new crown we always ask you to wait 30 minutes before eating for the materials to fully set. If you had a filling done, the tooth-colored composite fillings do not require a waiting time to set (another advantage of composite fillings since amalgam requires a 30-minute wait before eating).

However, if you had local anesthesia and your lower lip and/or your tongue is numb, we do ask you to wait until the numbness goes away before eating. First, it’s just easier to eat when your mouth’s not numb, and it also helps you avoid biting your tongue or cheek while eating.

The numbness will usually last for a few hours. The length of time depends on the processing time of the body, the amount of anesthesia used, and the location of anesthesia.  Numbness in the upper lip usually doesn’t affect eating because it's generally difficult to bite your upper lip.  

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