May 26, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. 

 

You will see some visual changes when it is time for your next appointment. We are taking every precaution necessary to limit the exposure of any virus or disease within our office, and we ask that you help us by participating in these precautions.

 

-Please fill out our electronic screening questionnaire before your next appointment using the following link: https://forms.gle/Q3196pNWaSjLdB1s9

 

-All patients will be asked to call the front desk (973-691-8200) upon arrival and wait in their cars until instructed to enter. 

 

-All patients are asked to wear a face covering upon entering and exiting the office. 

 

-Temperature will be taken with a no-touch forehead thermal scanner. 

 

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. 

 

-Touch free hand sanitizer and soaps will be available for your use.  

 

-Viral filtration units have been installed in the office. Doctor, Assistant and Hygienist will be operating in positive air pressure protective personal equipment (PPE). 

 

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Steven Abrams and Staff

 

*A PPE charge will be applied per appointment. 

 
By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Smiles are meant to last a lifetime, and it takes diligent, daily dental care to make that happen. With proper oral hygiene, you can have healthy, attractive teeth, and your family dentist, Steven Abrams in Budd Lake, NJ, is here to help you master caring for your teeth.

From keeping your teeth strong to assisting with total body health, here is why proper oral care is so important:

Cavity Prevention

Many of us have experienced cavities, and remember how painful and unsightly they can be. Cavities develop when the bacteria in your mouth turns acidic and creates plaque. That plaque then eats away at your tooth, creating cavities.

To keep cavities at bay, it is essential to brush your teeth thoroughly, at least twice a day or after meals, to make sure that food particles aren't stuck on or between your teeth. Flossing is also crucial for removing any bits from the tight spaces between your teeth.

If you already have a cavity, make sure to visit your family dentist at our Budd Lake office right away to have it cleaned and filled before it becomes worse.

Gum Disease Prevention

Plaque buildup can also lead to gum disease, a serious condition that could lead to extreme decay and possibly weaken your jaw line, causing your teeth to loosen or fall out. Once again, brushing, including along the gum line, is needed to keep tartar and plaque from building up and hardening.

Make sure to make regular appointments with your family dentist at our Budd Lake office so they can look for signs of gum disease, and remove any stubborn plaque with special tools. An exam and deep cleaning at our Budd Lake office is also important for scraping away any tartar that your toothbrush can't remove and ensuring none of your teeth are loose or damaged.

Total Body Health

Dental issues can negatively impact your whole body, meaning it is imperative to practice good oral hygiene. Poor dental health can increase your risk of health conditions like heart disease, as well as preventing you from eating nutritious foods that ensure your body is getting the proper vitamins and minerals it needs to be strong and healthy.

During your visit to our Budd Lake office, your family dentist will look closely for any signs of tooth decay, gum infection, or other signs of poor oral health. Your family dentist will help you restore your oral health with any necessary treatments.

With consistent at-home care, combined with the assistance of your family dentist, you can achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Make an appointment at our Budd Lake office today by calling 973-691-8200.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
March 26, 2020
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Dentist  

Life is stressful enough without having to worry about your household's different dental needs. Fortunately, if you live in or around Mount Olive Township or Budd Lake, NJ, you can rest assure that you can rely on Dr. Steven Abrams to provide your whole family with quality dental care.

Why Regular Dental Checkups are Important

Regular dental visits are important for you and your family because they keep your teeth and gums in a healthy condition. In fact, dental professionals recommend that you have a checkup at least every six months, as these appointments help you and your family avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

What Happens at a Dental Checkup?

A regular visit to your family dentist is comprised of two procedures:

  • Examination: Your family dentist will examine your gum health using a specially designed tool that measures the depth of any spaces between your teeth and gums. If your gums are in good shape, the spaces will be shallow. Deeper spaces may indicate gum disease. Next, your dentist will examine your teeth for cavities and also check the level of tartar and plaque on your teeth.
  • Cleaning: At each checkup, after your examination, your dentist will clean your teeth with special tools to remove tartar. This process is called scaling, and once your teeth are scaled, your family dentist will polish them with a special paste to remove any stains on their surface.

Between dental visits, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should also floss regularly and use mouthwash.

Give Us a Call

You need a dentist that you can count on to help you maintain your dental health and hygiene. Call Dr. Abrams's Budd Lake office today on (973) 691-8200 to make appointments for your whole family.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Safeguard your child’s smile from decay with the help of dental sealants.

If you’ve ever wondered if there is a simple way to shield your child’s teeth from cavities, there is. Molars, or back teeth, are often the most challenging to clean, especially for kids. While nothing is as important as making sure that your child is brushing and flossing every day, our Budd Lake, NJ, family dentist Dr. Steven Abrams can also provide your child with dental sealants for additional protection against decay.

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a thin, transparent or tooth-colored plastic that is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to protect the enamel from the harmful effects of plaque. The chewing surfaces have all these ridges and crevices, which make it much easier for food and bacteria to get trapped. Dental sealants can provide your child’s molars with a barrier to prevent decay.

How is a dental sealant placed?

As your family dentist, our goal is to provide your child with gentle, welcoming care every time you come into our dental practice in Budd Lake, NJ. You’ll be overjoyed to hear that placing dental sealants is a simple, non-invasive preventive treatment that can even be done at the same time as your child’s next routine cleaning.

Once teeth are cleaned, a solution is applied to the child’s back teeth to roughen the surface so the sealant sticks to the tooth. Then the solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried. Then the sealant is painted on the chewing surfaces and hardened into the place with a dental light. The whole process takes a couple of minutes per tooth.

Should my child get dental sealants?

All children can benefit from dental sealants, especially because there are no drawbacks to getting sealants, only additional protection against cavities. Of course, there are some children that despite eating a healthy diet and brushing and flossing regularly are still prone to decay.

Children who are at high risk for decay should absolutely get dental sealants once their first set of molars erupts (usually around the ages of 7 or 8). You will also want to bring them back in for sealants once their second set of molars comes in (around 11 to 12 years old).

Our family dentist Dr. Abrams and his team are proud to provide compassionate dentistry to families living in and around Mount Olive Township and Budd Lake, NJ. If you want to discuss whether dental sealants are right for your child, call our office today at (973) 691-8200 to learn more.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
January 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: General Dentistry  

Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Mount Olive, NJ dentist for the answers you need.Cavity

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
 
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.





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