Family and Preventative Dentistry
At Beautiful Smiles by Dr. Harold A. Pollack, our primary objective is to assist our patients in achieving optimum oral health. In addition to our restorative dentistry procedures such as dental implants and our cosmetic dentistry offerings including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening, our family and preventive care services are geared to help keep both our young and more mature patients smiling for many years to come.
- Beautiful Smiles for Kids & Teens
- Cleaning and Patient Education
- MicroLux Transilluminator
- Dental Sealants
- Regular Checkups
- Sports Mouthguards
- Periodontal Disease Treatment
- Prenatal Dental Care
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Nitrous Oxide
Cleaning and Patient Education
Brushing and flossing daily is not enough – a professional cleaning is needed every six months to keep your entire mouth healthy. But in addition to preventing dental disease, your twice-yearly checkup also serves as a forum for educating you on your dental health. We keep you abreast of the latest cleaning techniques, as well as what you can do to improve your at-home dental care. If you are need of treatment, we will recommend a procedure to you.
MicroLux™ Transilluminator Technology to Reduce X-Rays
With the advanced MicroLux™ Transilluminator, Dr. Pollack can often identify problem areas along your teeth without the need for additional x-rays. This innovative technology utilizes fiber optics and a Light Emitting Diode (LED) to find decay, fractures, tartar, and other teeth conditions that may not be visible with the naked eye. The instrument itself looks much like a standard penlight, and helps Dr. Pollack and his experienced dental team visualize any problems so they can recommend an effective treatment plan.
A dental sealant is a plastic material placed over an existing tooth in order to prevent cavities and decay. Applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, dental sealants provide protection against bacteria that like to sit in the crevices of your teeth, which can later damage your teeth. The best candidates for dental sealants are children, as they can protect for a lifetime. If you are interested in dental sealants, contact our practice to schedule a consultation.
Regular dental checkups ensure your mouth’s health and function. They can help in the early detection of gum disease and other oral health problems. They can also make future treatment more effective if problems are caught early. To schedule a checkup, call our office today.
If you clench or grind your teeth, nightguards can prevent damage. Please keep in mind that nightguards do not prevent you from grinding your teeth, they merely protect your teeth against the wear and tear associated with grinding. For increased comfort, our nightguards are molded to your mouth each day.
The American Dental Association documents that over 200,000 sports injuries are prevented every year in the United States by utilizing sports mouthguards. Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained by: children, high school and college athletes. Essentially, there are 2 different types of sports mouthguards. Stock mouthguards are your typical “boil & bite” variety found in sporting goods stores. While these do provide a very limited form of preventative protection, they are often categorized by athletes as uncomfortable and not being very conducive to speaking and breathing. PLAYSAFE ® dentist-fabricated mouthguards offer an enhanced level of tooth & gum protection and are custom-fitted to your mouth to ensure optimum respiration and communication . PLAYSAFE ® mouthguards are fully customizable as we offer a broad spectrum of styles and colors to choose from for our athletes. PLAYSAFE ® also fabricates 6 different levels of mouthguard protection, with the designs based on the sport to be participated in.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If your gums are swollen and tender or bleed easily when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. We offer these important services:
- Charting and Diagnostic Services
- In-office Therapy – (nonsurgical periodontal therapy)
Dental Care for Expectant Mothers
A mother’s oral health is independently important within itself, as it can lay the foundation for the positive oral hygiene habits of her children. When a mother’s oral healthcare really comes into perspective is during times of pregnancy. It is pivotal for pregnant women to keep their maternal teeth free of decay, as we know that this decay-causing bacteria can be easily transmitted to the unborn child. While it is perfectly normal for pregnant women to consume more food and to snack more frequently, it is important to note that this is a potential open invitation for the tooth decay process. Plaque, gingivitis and even periodontal disease can have an adverse effect on your pregnancy sometimes even linked to premature delivery and low birth weight.
Unborn children usually start to develop teeth within the second month of pregnancy and these teeth will harden during months 3-6. A well-balanced diet consisting of adequate levels of vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium & phosphorus is vital for the optimal development of an unborn child. Insufficient nutrition during pregnancy can yield tooth enamel that is poorly-suited to fight off cavities once these teeth have erupted. We strongly advise our mothers to come and see us throughout pregnancy and to be proactive about their oral health as a means of reducing risks and ensuring the healthy teeth and gums of both mother and child.
For more information about the preventative dental care treatments we offer to our expecting mothers or to schedule your exam, we invite you to call our office at 973-947-4331 or contact us via email.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a serious condition that can become life threatening if left untreated. Our comprehensive checkups include a basic evaluation of your mouth, cheeks, tongue, and other soft tissues. This method can identify visible oral cancer symptoms, including white lesions and other irregularities. Additionally, we offer advanced screenings using the VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening System. This technology is designed to quickly and painlessly detect abnormalities in your oral tissues that may not be observable with the naked eye. Dr. Pollack recommends that patients get an in-depth screening using the VELscope® once every 18 months.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a very safe and effective inhalation sedation technique that can be administered to patients who feel overly anxious during dental procedures. The colorless, odorless gas is simply breathed in through the nose and the effects are noticed within seconds. Patients who have severe gag reflexes may also benefit from the treatment. For more information about nitrous oxide, please feel free to call our office or discuss with Dr. Pollack during your appointment.
Contact Our Preventative, Restorative, and Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
If you are interested in any of the above general and preventative dentistry services, please contact Dr. Harold Pollack, a top New Jersey dentist.