6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Teeth Where They Belong – In Your Mouth!

Dental HygieneRemember dental checkups when you were younger? The only thing that mattered was finding out “Do I have any cavities?”  As we get older, life gets more complicated. We stop thinking about cavities and start thinking about everything else.

Even though we have other things to think about, cavity prevention is still vital to a healthy mouth, which translates to a healthier body overall.

A cavity isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Bacteria in your mouth produce acids that literally eat away at the tooth, causing tooth decay. If left untreated, it can lead to infection and tooth loss.

You already know brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and keeping up with regular dental checkups is standard cavity prevention.

In addition to brushing, flossing and seeing you Danbury Dentist Dr. Gerfen at least twice a year, here are six simple things you can do to help lower your risk for tooth decay:

  • Rinse between meals: Even if you can’t brush, rinse your mouth with water after eating.
  • Use a straw: Carbonated drinks weaken enamel (the hard, protective outer layer of your tooth). Using a straw helps keep the drink away from your teeth.
  • Avoid sticky foods: That candy bar might taste delicious, but the gooey goodness sticks to your teeth longer, increasing your risk for tooth decay.
  • Avoid acidic foods: Acids in foods and drinks weaken tooth enamel for up to an hour after you eat them.
  • Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing gum (especially if it contains xylitol) increases saliva, which helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Drink more water: Water promotes saliva production and helps remove food particles.

These tips are universal, but if you have specific concerns, Danbury dentist Dr. Gerfen can provide personal tips and information to help you avoid tooth decay and cavities. If it’s time for a checkup, call us at (203) 743-1972 to schedule your appointment in our Danbury office.

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Help Wanted! Write an Online Review about Your Dental Experience

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Whether you’re looking to buy a new vehicle, choosing a hotel, or deciding which dentist to trust, online reviews can influence your decisions.

Why Patient Online Reviews Rule

If you’ve visited Dr. Gerfen at our Soams Dental office, you’ve no doubt formed an opinion. That opinion matters to us and we would love to hear from you! Your friends, family, neighbors, and those checking reviews online would also value your input because it helps differentiate between quality dental care and “flashy” advertising.

We’re proud of the dental services we provide and are asking you to please help us spread the word. It only takes a few minutes to write an online review about your experience with us— and your honest evaluation can help prospective patients for years to come.

Click here to watch a super easy How-To video!

You Possess Valuable Insights

Not sure what to write? Here’s what most would love to hear regarding your experience with us:

  • Accuracy of diagnosis
  • How well did we explain the procedures?
  • How well did we listen?
  • Delivery of treatment
  • Time spent with you as patient
  • Friendliness of staff
  • Ease of scheduling
  • Office environment, wait times, & cleanliness

We truly care about every one of our patients and want to help others achieve beautiful, healthy smiles, too. Please help spread the word with your online review!

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Understanding 10 Common Instruments Your Dentist Uses

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You hear the word “dentist”—what does your mind conjure? Most people relate it with, “The Drill.” So you may recognize certain noises or sensations in a dental visit, but what’s actually being put in your mouth?

A Dentist’s Tool-Belt

Most tools of the trade will be visible to you from the dental chair. Since we often fear the unknown, why not learn to identify these tools often used by your Danbury dentist?

Mirror, Mirror, on the…rod—this small, round mirror angled on the end of a metal stick allows the dentist to view the hidden side of teeth.

A little probe here, a little probe there—a sickle probe, also known as a dental explorer, is a metal stick with a thin, curved hook. You’ll notice the dentist touches the surface of your teeth with this tool to determine the amount of enamel, plaque, and tartar on a tooth and to test the tooth’s hardness. Periodontal probes look very similar to the sickle probe except the end is blunted. Its design enables a measuring of the amount of space between your gum tissue and tooth—signs of gum disease.

The melodious drill—perhaps it’s the high pitch, but for some reason, most people unnecessarily dread the dental drill. Different drills are used for different things, such as filling cavities, repairing chips, smoothing teeth, or removing tooth decay. No wonder it feels like it’s always running!

Cotton pliers—they look like small tongs with tapered points that bend at an angle. They’re used to handle cotton or other small items placed in or removed from the mouth. Isn’t that better than your dentist’s fingers?

Excavation by spoon—really it’s another metal stick-type tool but designed with a tiny spoon-shaped end. Variations of this tool allow the dentist to remove different levels of softened decay or temporary fillings.

“Spill in aisle 3”—your head is tilted back and there are dental instruments working in your mouth—don’t panic! The disposable saliva ejector provides a low amount of suction to remove saliva, blood, water, or debris during procedures.

A little pinch—for procedures known to cause some pain, a numbing or freezing agent must be administered. Check out this brief, animated video by KirrilyRae and note the visual difference between a “regular” needle and a dental syringe.

“I saw a blue light”– The material used in tooth repairs will not harden until exposed to the dental curing light. You may remember it as a “blue light” with an orange shield.

Dental Instruments, Not Scary…Fascinating!

Is it time for your bi-annual dental check-up or cleaning? Make that appointment today with Dr. Gerfen, your trusted Danbury dentist—and then congratulate yourself for knowing exactly how you came about having that dazzling smile!

Share your guessimate—what dental tool uses wavelengths to reshape a person’s gum line?

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Helping Those in Need During the Holidays!

The holidays are a time of giving. Here are 5 ways you can give back and spread the joy!

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Our Danbury dental team would love to hear how you give back at holiday time.

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5 Merry Holiday Drinks

Your Danbury, CT dental team has gathered 5 amazing recipes for drinks that will surely raise your spirits and make you feel merry during the holiday season. Check it out!

Our Danbury, CT dental team would love to know your favorite holiday drink!

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4 Natural Ways to Brighten Your Smile for the Holidays!

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During the holiday season, it’s easy to get carried away with the delectable treats that can put a damper on your smile. While we all love the holiday cheeriness from wine and stained foods –such as red sauces, coffee, candy, etc—these items can dull the brightness and damage your smile.

Never fear!

There are many delicious treats you can enjoy during the holidays that can naturally whiten your smile over time. Consider these options:

  • Drink water—It’ll offset the stains caused by colored foods and white/red wine.
  • Eat Strawberries— Inside a strawberry, there’s a substance called malic acid, which acts as a natural at-home whitener removing discoloration on your teeth surfaces.
  • Eat apples, celery, and carrots—These crunchy items are natural stain removers, increasing saliva production and washing all the debris away.
  • Eat and drink milk, cheese, and yogurt: All these dairy products have calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. It also fights off any harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Need a bright smile fast?

We want you to love your smile and have the confidence to show it off.

We offer teeth whitening treatments, which are safe and can effectively brighten your smile sooner than you think! Our in-office treatments can enhance your smile by 8-10 shades in as little as one hour. You could walk out of our office with a glowing new confidence.

Our teeth whitening treatments beat over-the-counter methods because those products use less quality in their agents. We care about your smile and want you to be happy and confident with it.

Brighten your smile for the holidays! Browse through our website and learn more about our teeth whitening services, and schedule your consultation with our Danbury, CT dentist today!

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6 Tips to Host the Perfect Holiday Party!

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The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than throwing a festive party. Of course, hosting a holiday party does not have to be stressful. Just follow these 6 tips and your holiday party will be the talk of the neighborhood.

1) Plan your menu

Don’t wait the day of your party to start buying and making your meals. A week before your party, go to the grocery store and buy what you need and start setting up the locations of your food and drinks. Also, do not make meals you’ve never made before. Stick to what you know.

2) Don’t Forget the Little Details

Food placement, music, lighting, decorations, silverware—these are all important (and often overlooked) factors to a good party. Be sure to set the holiday mood by selecting the right music and lighting. Place your food throughout your home so your guests are not cornered into one area. These little details will make your holiday party that much more enjoyable.

3) Decorate Your Party with Things You Already Own

You don’t need to spend money to decorate your home. Bust out the ornaments and Christmas lights and use those to liven up your party.

4) Always have extra ice.

Your freezer’s icemaker will not sustain an entire party. Keep your beverages chilly by buying extra ice bags.

5) You Don’t Need to do Everything Yourself

Ask help from a close friend to help set up, cook, or clean your holiday party. No one is expecting it to be achieved all by yourself. You could even hire your babysitter to wash dishes and help with clean-up.

6) Have fun!

While planning a holiday party is a lot of work, you started it to get your friends and family together. So, why not enjoy it? Mingle with your guests; drink and gorge on your hard-earned meals; and just have fun.

Share with us your holiday party tips! Do you have any suggestions? If you are looking for other fun holiday party tips, visit these websites:

For your dentistry needs before the holiday parties contact our office in Danbury CT!

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Surviving the Season: 7 Steps to Successful Shopping on Black Friday!

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Cha-ching! Statistics show in 2012, the Black Friday long weekend brought in millions of shoppers and $59.1 billion in sales. On November 29, 2013, will you be fighting the crowds to scope out Black Friday’s offerings?

As part of our “Holiday Survival Tips” series, here are a few secrets to capitalize on your Black Friday shopping experience!

Think Before You Shop

1. Make a Shopping List: Before you leave home, have in mind what stores you want to visit and for what items. This doesn’t mean you can’t peruse other products on sale, but it’ll go far in making sure your main items are covered.

2. Is there an Online Deal? Why not skip fighting for parking spots and those long waits in lines? Before joining the crowds, check if your favorite stores have online promotions. There’s even a good chance an online sale would begin at midnight—hours before store-doors even open to the public!

3. Speed It Up: Leave the kids at home on Black Friday and shop with a friend who shares your shopping style. Use team-work to search out shopping list items or hold a spot in super long lines—it’ll all help expedite your day. Tip: Bringing a couple of snacks and beverages from home; it may help keep you energized while on-the-run.

4. Get Out the Scissors: Advertisers stuff the Thanksgiving Day newspaper with coupons for even better sales prices. Many companies also offer online coupons. Read the small print to note any restrictions. Thirty seconds with a pair of scissors could save you more than a couple bucks—how can you complain about that?

5. Be a Savvy Shopper: Just because it’s 70% off does NOT mean you should buy it. Stores often use Black Friday to clear out old electronic stock items (such as phones). Even with a great price, are you ready to commit to something already obsolete? Are there hidden costs—such as expensive replacement cartridges for that super-cheap printer they’re selling?

6. Watch Your Wallet: Huge crowds and frenzied shoppers create the perfect setting for thieves. Keep your wallet/purse close at all times. If you have to carry a wad of cash, don’t keep it all in one location. When paying with debit or credit cards, be aware of shoulder-peepers trying to catch your PIN number. It pays to be paranoid sometimes.

7. How Much Can I Spend? Most of us don’t have an unlimited spending budget. Set a maximum dollar amount you’re willing to part with. Swiping your credit card is easy; paying for it later—not so much. Unpaid credit card bills accrue interest quickly, and your great Black Friday savings could soon be forfeited.

For those who simply must join the whirlwind of Black Friday shoppers, hopefully implementing the above tips will keep a little extra jingle in your pocket and a lasting smile on your face! For your dentistry needs in Danbury make sure to call us before the big holiday parties!

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Surviving the Holidays with Cozy Winter Treats!

At Danbury Dental we do more than work to make your smile shine. We share other good things like these cozy winter treats!


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