Marvin A. Fier, DDS
In This Issue
New Year's Resolution
An Ounce of Prevention
A "Gummy Smile"


New Year's Resolutions
An Ounce of Prevention
Cosmetic Procedures for Softies
What is the soft tissue laser?
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January 2013 Newsletter

Welcome 2013 ! 


We hope you've had a good start to the new year and are happy to bring you our office newsletter.  We hope you'll find it interesting and informative.


Our patients know as part of being thorough we regularly do oral cancer screenings including the high tech, non-invasive Velscope exams. This allows us the earliest possible detection if something unusual appears. On more than one occasion, our thorough examination prolonged several patients lives and in one case, saved a patient's life. 


     We hope you find the articles helpful.  Forward your newsletter to friends, relatives, and co-workers. They can visit our website, and sign up to receive their free copy.  There is lots of health-related information from which everyone can benefit.


Phyllis, Gretchen, Debbie, and I wish you a healthy and happy 2013.  We hope it brings you and your loved ones much of what you wish for.


We look forward to seeing you soon,  


Dr. Fier


PS- Ignoring a dental problem or postponing treatment only makes matters worse. Treatment will become more involved and end up costing more.  


New Year's Resolution:
Just three easy steps to good oral health

The beginning of a new year is a time for renewed commitment. People resolve to eat better, get more sleep and other healthy habits designed to make life better. In fact, six of the most popular annual New Year's resolutions are about having better health. When you are making your resolutions, don't forget your oral health.

Good oral habits contribute to your overall health by reducing inflammation, limiting infection and maintaining your natural teeth. In addition to cutting back on pain and sensitivity, people with healthy teeth and gums are able to eat a variety of good-for-you foods and maintain your overall well being. 

The steps to having good oral health include:


Removal- Remove oral biofilm by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing at least once every 24 hours. Finish with an anti-microbial mouthwash.


Regular checkups - Everyone should see their dentist at a minimum of twice a year for a comprehensive examination and cleaning. However, many people benefit from coming in every three months for a professional cleaning that helps maintain healthy gums and reduces periodontal disease.


Diet - Focus on foods that are not high in carbohydrates or simple sugars. Foods with anti-inflammatory properties like blueberries, salmon and broccoli can help fight dental plaque.

Adding ten minutes for good oral practices to each day can help you maintain your overall health and move you forward on your New Year's goal of better health and wellness. 


An Ounce of Prevention:
Flossing & Brushing
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and in the case of oral health, prevention is sold by the ounce.

Just as you have a beauty routine or a fitness routine, it's important to maintain an oral health routine. Brushing is essential but it's only one component of a complete routine. It's also not just important that you brush but that you brush properly and at least twice a day.

First up, it's time to floss. Flossing isn't just for removing food particles but also biofilm and bacteria. It is ideal to floss at least once every 24 hours.
 Proper Flossing Techniques:
1.     Unspool approximately 18 inches of floss.
2.     Wrap the floss between both middle fingers, leaving several inches between.
3.     Move that floss around and between each tooth, getting under the gumline.
4.     Unwind a fresh section of floss as you go.
Now that all of your surfaces are uncovered, it's time to brush.  Use proper brushing techniques
and tools such as:
1.     A clean soft-bristled toothbrush
2.     Apply a pea-sized amount of a fluoride toothpaste
3.     Point the bristles toward the gum and brush in a circular motion, including the backs and insides of each tooth.

Finally, you can finish off with a germ-killing oral rinse. Look for an alcohol-free formula that contains fluoride or xylitol for an extra tooth-strengthening punch.

The final piece of your Oral Health routine is to schedule and maintain your regular visits every three to six months. Ask us anything about helping you set up a winning oral routine.
Cosmetic Procedures for Softies
A Soft Tissue Laser
before treatment
You will be pleased to know that many of the procedures in which we once used a drill are now being done with laser technology. The soft tissue laser is an excellent choice to correct a "gummy smile," for example.
Cosmetically, a gummy smile refers to
excess gum tissue that partially covers the body of a tooth or several teeth, making the teeth look short. The gumline can also be uneven.

A gummy smile can also refer to a tooth that has broken off under the gumline, or there isn't enough tooth structure for a restoration such as a crown or bridge.

Some people are very self conscious about having a gummy smile, and they avoid social situations and smiling. Unfortunately, they may also avoid the dentist because they become so anxious when hearing the high-pitched whine of a dental drill.

Enter the soft tissue laser that uses a focused beam of light to sculpt and cauterize an area, cell by cell. This means there is little or no bleeding, which helps you heal faster. And the only noise you will hear is a soft hum or a pop. The laser sterilizes the area, which reduces the chance of getting an infection. And best of all, sometimes we do not need an anesthetic.

We gently remove the excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth body so that the crown will have the room it needs or to give you back your confidence.
If you are unhappy with your smile, come in and see us. We will discuss your options and create a treatment plan to give you the smile of your dreams.

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