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By Isabel D Lemus, DDS
October 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you, but if you have stained and discolored teeth, it makes it difficult to show off your smile. If your teeth need whitening, like others you may be concerned about which option will give you the best results. To help address your concerns, here are the pros and cons of visiting Dr. Isabel Lemus for professional teeth whitening in Teaneck, NJ.

Teeth Whitening Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons that come with either over-the-counter or professional teeth whitening in Teaneck, NJ. However, whitening treatments from an experienced dentist are the ideal option for brightening your smile.

Pros of Professional Teeth Whitening

  • Better results-professional teeth whitening allows you to have a whiter, brighter smile in less time. Your dentist will use products that contain stronger amounts of peroxide than over-the-counter products. This allows you to get whiter teeth in less time.
  • Safer application-teeth whitening chemicals may damage tooth enamel if they aren’t used correctly. Your dentist is experienced in applying the whitening gel in a manner that will not harm teeth and gums and the process will be supervised from beginning to end.

Cons of Professional Teeth Whitening

Although the pros definitely outweigh the pros, like anything, some people may find cons with professional teeth whitening, including:

  • Cost-For most people, using over-the-counter whitening products are less costly than professional whitening treatments.
  • Inconvenient-some people may find that scheduling an appointment for whitening services is inconvenient as opposed to using over-the-counter products at home.

Pros of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

  • Cost-home whitening kits are a less expensive alternative to professional treatments. The at-home whitening kits vary in cost depending on the quality.
  • Convenient-using at-home whitening kits allow you to apply to the gel or strips while you are at home, so there’s no need to schedule a dental appointment although this makes them easy to misuse.

Cons of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

  • Risk of tooth and gum injury-When you have professional teeth whitening, the dentist monitors the application, your dental health, and the length of time in which the product is on your teeth. With at-home treatments, there is a high risk of misuse and risk of burning your gums.
  • Uncontrolled results-home whitening kits often have lower quality results. Over-the-counter products generally only provide lightening by one or two shades, so several treatments are required to obtain desired results.

Professional teeth whitening in Teaneck, NJ, can transform your smile. The ideal way to determine which option is best for you and your needs is to talk with Dr. Lemus about your oral health. For more information about teeth whitening or to schedule a consultation, contact us at (201) 836-0454.

By Isabel D Lemus, DDS
April 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants offer an excellent solution if missing teeth have changed your smile. Your dentist in Teaneck, NJ, Dr. Isabel Lemus, can help you decide are implants are right for you.

6 reasons to choose dental implants

Dental implants offer an innovative approach to tooth restoration. Unlike other restoration options, dental implants make it possible to replace the bottom (root) and top (crown) of missing teeth.

The implant process starts with minor oral surgery to add a titanium post to your jawbone. The post, known as an implant, bonds to your jawbone over the course of several months, making your synthetic root just as strong as your natural roots. Your dental implant is connected to a dental crown to fill the gap in your smile and restore your biting ability.

If you've been thinking about replacing your missing teeth, you'll want to take a look at these dental implant benefits:

  • A Long-Term Solution: Since implants become securely attached to your jawbone during the bonding process, they may last your entire lifetime.
  • Comfort: You're likely to experience painful gum irritation if your restorations slip and slide when you eat. Dental implants don't move when you eat, which helps you avoid sores and irritation.
  • Versatility: Whether you lost one tooth or all of them, dental implants can restore your smile.
  • Natural Appearance: The crowns connected to the top of your dental implants are created from an impression of the mouth made during a visit to the Teaneck dental office. The impression is used to ensure that your new teeth look just like your natural teeth.
  • Excellent Biting Power: A loss of biting power can occur if your restorations only replace the tops of your teeth. Tooth roots give you the power you need to eat hard, tough and sticky foods. Restoring your roots with dental implants means you won't have to change your diet or face a loss of biting power.
  • Better Nutrition: Losing one or more teeth may make chewing, tearing, and grinding food difficult. If you've lost multiple teeth, you may just give up and opt for a soft or liquid diet instead. While a soft diet may fill you up, it won't necessarily offer the nutrients you need for good health. Thanks to your implants, you'll be able to eat a variety of foods.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Teaneck, NJ, dentist, Dr. Isabel Lemus, at (201) 836-0454 to schedule your appointment.

By Lemus DDS
February 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Teaneck NJ dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants In  Teaneck NJ

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Teaneck NJ Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Teaneck NJ dentist to schedule an appointment.

By Isabel D Lemus, DDS
April 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  

The food we eat not only provides us energy, but it also supplies nutrients to help the body remain healthy. The most important of these nutrients are minerals and tiny organic compounds called vitamins.

While all of the thirteen known vitamins and eleven minerals play a role in overall health, a few are especially important for your mouth. For example, vitamins D and K and the minerals calcium and phosphorus are essential for strong teeth. Another mineral, fluoride, helps fortify enamel, which can deter tooth decay.

Other vitamins and minerals serve as antioxidants, protecting us against molecules called free radicals that can damage cellular DNA and increasing our risk of cancer (including oral). Vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium fall into this category, as well as zinc for DNA repair.

We acquire these nutrients primarily in the foods we eat. But for certain people like older adults or pregnant or nursing women a healthy diet may not be enough. Any person who can't get enough of a particular vitamin or mineral should take a supplement to round out their nutritional needs.

If you don't have a condition that results in a nutrient deficiency, you may not see that much benefit from taking a supplement. In fact, taking too much of a dietary supplement could harm your health. For example, some studies have shown ingesting too much supplemental Vitamin E could increase the risk of heart failure or gastrointestinal cancer. And some dietary supplements can interact poorly with drugs like blood thinners or ibuprofen.

The best way to get the vitamins and minerals your body — and mouth — needs is to eat a healthy diet. Dairy products like fortified milk are a good way to get vitamin D, as well as calcium and phosphorus. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of Vitamin C. And while you can take in fluoride from toothpaste or other oral hygiene products, you'll also find it in seafood and tea.

While good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are necessary for dental health, your diet can also make a difference. Be sure you're getting all the nutrients your teeth and gums need.

If you would like more information on the role of diet in oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Vitamins & Dietary Supplements.”


Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”

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