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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D.
September 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Seeing a dentist regularly for preventive care is one of the most important ways you can safeguard the health of your teeth and gums. A primary goal of preventive care is to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues by maintaining better oral health. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your experienced dentists in Putnam, CT, also serving the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT, areas offer preventive dentistry services to help you enjoy a healthier mouth.

Dental Checkups

Dental checkups are one of the most effective ways to promote better oral health and prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Preventing oral health problems means you’ll never have to deal with them. Most patients benefit from scheduling a dental checkup once every six months. Checkups include an oral exam performed by the dentist and thorough teeth cleaning. The dentist might also recommend certain preventive care services, such as dental sealants or fluoride treatments.

During the oral exam portion of your checkup, Your Putnam, CT, dentists will look for signs of oral health issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Seeing the dentist regularly helps with the detection of new oral health issues that may have developed since your last visit. Identifying problems early on allows them to be treated promptly before they progress and lead to other issues or become more complicated to treat.

Another aspect of dental checkups is professional cleaning. Even the most thorough at-home oral hygiene routine can fail to clear away trapped bacteria that can cause infection and decay. Additionally, brushing and flossing cannot remove tartar buildup, which occurs when lingering plaque hardens on the teeth. Tartar buildup bonds to tooth enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional during an in-office cleaning. Regular professional cleanings help prevent serious oral health problems.

Developing Healthy Habits

Preventive care is not limited to dental visits. There are many things you can do on your own to maintain better oral health and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Some healthy habits you can develop to enjoy better oral health include:

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoid smoking or tobacco products

The importance of preventive care for maintaining a healthy mouth cannot be understated. Preventing oral health issues can help you avoid complicated and costly treatments down the road. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon can help you enjoy better oral health through preventive care visits. To schedule an appointment with the dentists at our Putnam, CT, office, also serving the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT, areas, call (860) 928-6533.

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health

You probably don’t come running to your doctor whenever you get the sniffles. In the same vein, you also don’t have to run to your dentist for every single tooth issue. On the other hand, there are specific red flags you shouldn’t ignore. If you’re experiencing any of the following five warning signs, contact the office of Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon here at Putnam, CT, to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Toothache

Tooth pain could be caused by various things, but it’s typically a sign that something’s not right in your mouth. A toothache can indicate gum disease, cavity, or worse, an infection. Left untreated, decay will worsen, which, in turn, can result in gum disease, and then tooth loss. Additionally, an infection could spread and become harder to treat.

Red, Swollen, and/or Bleeding Gums

These are telltale symptoms of gum disease, which also include bad breath. Gingivitis or gum disease is caused by an infection in your gums. It is a very serious oral health problem since it is the number one reason that people lose their teeth. Luckily, your dentist is capable of treating gum disease.

Pain or Any Problem with Your Jaw

Lots of conditions could impact the jaw, including TMJ, gum disease, arthritis, teeth grinding, and sinus infections. See your dentist in Putnam, CT, if your jaw makes clicking or popping noises, or is painful. Without proper treatment, your symptoms could worsen. Your dentist can recommend ways to alleviate your symptoms and get them under control.

Loose Teeth

One of the most common causes of loose teeth is gum disease because it causes the gums to detach from the permanent teeth’s root. Keep in mind that permanent teeth should never be loose so if you have loose permanent teeth, go to your dentist ASAP to determine the potential causes and figure out ways to keep your teeth.

Persistent Mouth Sores

These could indicate an underlying condition or an infection. They can likewise develop from irritation from sharp teeth, dentures, or braces. But, mouth sores, as well as bumps and lumps, could also be symptoms of oral cancer. Figuring out the cause of your mouth sores is vital for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Any Concerns or Questions About Your Oral Health, Call Us

Set an appointment with Dr. Stephen Solomon or Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your Putnam, CT, dentist here at Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D. by calling (860) 928-6533. We also serve Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thompson, and Windham County, CT.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reveal that as much as 70% of American adults from 35 to 44 years old have lost at least one tooth. The common reasons include tooth decay, dental fractures, accidents, and gum disease. If you belong to this segment of society, you may be wondering what tooth restoration options are available to you.

Here at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT, our dentists commonly utilize dental implants and dentures for addressing tooth loss. But what’s the difference between these options? Read on to find out.

Understanding Dentures

Modern dental dentures feature a look and feel that make them almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dental dentures are not only intended to beautify your teeth, but to also help in the restoration of your oral functions. Having dentures likewise provides support to your lips and cheeks to prevent your face from sagging. Other benefits include:

  • A natural-looking smile.
  • Quick treatment time.
  • Surgery isn't necessary.

Understanding Dental Implants

Implants are a long-term permanent replacement for missing teeth. Made from titanium, implants are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as the root for prosthetic replacement. As time passes, they will fully integrate into your jaw and provide amazing facial support. Dental implants have their own sets of benefits for those who qualify for treatment, including:

  • A look, feel, and functionality similar to your natural teeth.
  • Jawbone stimulation to prevent shrinking.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Dietary freedom.
  • The ability to last for decades.

Your Putnam dentist might recommend the use of implants if you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth that might not necessarily be adjacent. In case you need a whole arch replacement for your teeth, there’s also a full arch restoration option available.

Contact Us

Dial (860) 928-6533 to set an appointment with one of the dentists here at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
May 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Drs. Stephen and Jonathan Solomon, of Putnam, CT, provide oral cancer screenings to prevent and/or detect oral cancer. "Close to 53,000 Oral_CancerAmericans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 53,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years," according to The Oral Cancer Foundation.

More About Oral Screenings

Oral cancer examinations are fast and painless and detects early stages of cancer. Your Putnam dentist uses visual and tactile means to search soft tissue lining, lips and tongue. A small tissue sample is taken to a laboratory for further testing if your dentist finds any abnormalities.

Detecting Oral Cancer

Oral cancer affects those over 40, and although it was once thought of as an older person's disease, that's not actually the case. Younger people are the fastest-growing group diagnosed with oral cancer because of sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus.

Major risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Moderate to heavy drinker
  • Long-time tobacco user
  • Chronic exposure to the sun
  • Genetic factors

Sores and/or other unusual changes that don't go away on their own after 2-3 weeks, should be examined. During your routine dental checkup your dentist will check for:

  • red or white patches or unusual sores
  • lumps and swellings
  • abnormal sores
  • discoloration of tissue in your mouth, lips, and tongue

Your dentist also uses a special light or dye to check for any suspicious areas. If anything appears out of the ordinary, a biopsy is performed to evaluate if it's benign or malignant.

Consultation

Oral cancer is as serious as any other cancer. Drs. Stephen and Jonathan Solomon, of Putnam, CT, provide oral cancer screenings to prevent and/or detect oral cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, just call (860) 928-6533 today!

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
May 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Woman with toothbrushBad breath, cavities, and gum disease are more likely to occur if your oral hygiene habits are lacking. Our Putnam, CT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon, Dr. Gerald Cohen, and Dr. Jonathan Solomon can explain how good oral hygiene can help you avoid these problems.

Regular brushing prevents plaque attacks

Removing bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth is the easiest and most effective to prevent cavities. Plaque interacts with sugars in foods, forming acids that eat through tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth twice a day reduces plaque, preventing or limiting enamel damage.

Brushing won't be as effective if you just make a quick pass over your teeth with the brush. In fact, a 2009 study published in The Journal of Dental Hygiene discovered that 55 percent more plaque was removed from teeth when study participants brushed for 180 seconds instead of 30 seconds.

Don't forget to remove plaque from between your teeth, too. Flossing teeth daily gets rid of both plaque and food particles, keeping your breath fresher.

Ingredients matter

Does the toothpaste you use contain fluoride? Fluoridated toothpaste can help you avoid cavities, even if acids have begun to damage your enamel. Fluoride remineralizes weak areas of enamel, stopping cavities from forming.

If you use mouthwash, look for products that are alcohol-free. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can dry your mouth and cause bad breath instead of preventing it. Anti-bacterial or anti-cavity mouthwashes help kill bacteria in your mouth and provide a little extra cavity protection.

The foods you eat can help you avoid cavities

Sugary foods, foods high in carbohydrates, and acidic foods, candies, and beverages all raise your risk of tooth decay. If you enjoy sipping soft drinks throughout the day, even if they're diet, you may increase your cavity risk. Diet sodas may not contain sugar, but they're full of acids that can weaken your tooth enamel. Apples, carrots, and celery are healthy snack choices that help clean your teeth naturally.

Regular dental visits are crucial

It's possible to miss a few spots no matter how carefully you brush and floss, particularly if your teeth overlap a little. When you visit our Putnam office every six months, you'll receive a thorough dental exam and a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

Keep your smile in excellent shape with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits. Call our Putnam, CT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon, Dr. Gerald Cohen, and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, at (860) 928-6533 to schedule your appointment.