Garden State Dental of East Brunswick
422 Highway 18 North, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

FAQs

Q. What causes tooth loss?

A. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.

 

Q. How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

A. Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health

 

Q. When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?

A. A child should have his first dental appointment no later than his third birthday. Many dentists recommend a child have his first appointment when the first tooth comes in.

 

Q. Is it important to floss your teeth?

A. Yes. flossing once a day prevents the buildup of plaque and deters the onset of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

 

Q. What is cosmetic dentistry?

A. Also known as “aesthetic dentistry” cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that implements many different procedures to improve the beauty of your smile.

 

Q. What is a root canal?

A. Root canal is necessary when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth (also known as the pulp) is infected due to injury or decay. Root canal treatment involves removal of the diseased pulp, followed by the cleaning and sealing of the pulp chamber and root canal.

 

Q. What are dentures and who needs them?

A. Dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth used to occupy the upper or lower jaw, usually attached to a plate. Simply put, dentures are a set of false teeth. If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you are a perfect candidate for complete dentures. If you still have some natural teeth remaining, a partial denture is recommended to help improve chewing ability, speech, and support for facial muscles.

 

Q. What causes oral cancer and what are some of the warning signs?

A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 

Q. What are the treatments for periodontal disease?

A. If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root-planing (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots’ surfaces). If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone.

 

Q. What causes oral cancer and what are some of the warning signs?

A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 

Q. What is gingivitis?

A. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stage of periodontal disease and it is characterized by red, swollen gums.

 

Q. Who needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted?

A. Anyone who is in danger of developing impacted wisdom teeth (third molars that only partially erupt or get trapped or stuck in the jaw) should have them removed so that they do not damage adjacent molars and cause other oral problems. In addition, anyone who is getting dentures should have their wisdom teeth removed.

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We have been going to Garden State Dental for more than 12 years and we always leave happy with our experience. They treat us with kindness and respect. We love coming here and love the people […]
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EVERYONE in the office is very helpful, knowledgeable and kind. Making appointments is very easy and you are seen within a few minutes once you arrive. The facility is impeccably clean and […]
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Awesome staff!!!!!Ruth Ana is amazing!!! Made me feel so comfortable.
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Let’s just say that if every doctor’s office/dentist was like Garden State Dental, the world would easily be a better place. The first time I went there for an x-ray/cleaning, I went to […]
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This office is all around great! they took my husband in last minute as a new patient for an emergency and set him up with a dental plan that night. great staff, down to earth and very friendly! we […]
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Been coming here for as long as I can remember and I love this office!
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Thank u for your service best cleaning in town front desk always on point wouldn’t go anywhere else
Elvis V.
I always have so much anxiety going to the dentist but everyone here is so nice and they calmed me down, let me know what exactly they are doing. Great place.
Samantha F.
Have been going to this office for the past 12 years. Wait time is short and Dr Mark and his assistants are very professional and friendly. A few times I had to come in for emergency fillings and […]
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Another fun time with Dr. Mark, Ruth Ann, Alina and the gang. HAPPY SMILES!!!
Michael U.
Awesome experience here getting my wisdom teeth removed. Would definitely recommend.
Darwin C.
My mom was being treated well with her teeth that needed a lot of work.
Christina A.
I was very happy, able to make appointment . Taken on time with very professional service. Highly recommended!.
Joann A.
The dentist and the dental assistant where very warm and friendly. The dental assistant was very considerate and did everything she could to make me feel comfortable.
Karan W.
Dr Littman is the best. Caring about his patients is his top priority. He always makes sure you are comfortable and pain free. I have already recommended GSD to my friends.
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I love it here ! The staff are amazing !!
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Great office highly recommend thank u for great service
George M.
Great office and staff. Dr. Marc is very patient and informative. His assistant RuthAnn is very sweet and helpful. Overall great experience at this office.
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