Dr. M. Corey Johnson DDS, Dr. Karen K. Fenichel DMD and the team at Jockey Hollow Dentistry are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Mendham NJ and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, preventive and restorative dentistry.
Maybe you remember that TV show, Extreme Makeovers? They took people who were unhappy with their appearance and let surgeons and dentists perform cosmetic miracles on their bodies and teeth. Well, a complete smile makeover like that can be done by many dentists, And often it only takes two visits!
Going to the doctor and receiving care because you’re ill is important and vital to improving your rate of recovery. But what if you visited your doctor when you were NOT ill and you learned how NOT to get sick? That would be even better! That’s what we call “Wellness Care,” and that’s just what we do in our practice. Like any other dental office, we can get your teeth and gums healthy and repair any existing damage. But we go even further and show you how to avoid dental problems before they become issues. We start with an extensive examination. Most of our patients say they’ve never had such a comprehensive study of their gums or teeth. We scrutinize your bite and how your teeth fit together. We look for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of wear on your teeth, and any problem that you might encounter at a later date. We want to head off any future complications, making your teeth and gums healthier so you will be spending less time in the dental chair later! Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
Tooth enamel is very hard but... That doesn't mean you can't break it. Our office recommends to avoid eating "hard foods" such as popcorn. Don't crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel. It's not just the sugar - it's also the acid Sugar and acids are your teeth's worst enemies. What are we talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. There is even a name for the damage it does and it is called "Dew Mouth." These erode the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay. Parents, watch your kid's consumption of these because young children's enamle hasn't developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), it is recommended to always brush and floss after every meal. If you can't, use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after a meal. Also rinse your mouth with a high quality dental mouthwash.
Have you noticed that brushing your teeth causes your gums to bleed? Are your teeth shifting unexpectedly or appearing a bit loose? If yes, then you may be experiencing symptoms of gum disease. Most people assume that the majority of tooth loss is due to decay. It’s not. It’s because of gum disease. And it can be completely unnoticeable right up until you lose your teeth. If you’ve been told you require gum surgery, you should know we offer solutions that make it possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Sher Warkentin Maintaining good oral care during the holidays can be tough with the bombardment of sugary sweets all season. Counting down to Christmas with an advent calendar is a fun activity for your kids, but if they are filled with chocolate and sweets, it won't be so great for their teeth. Check out these simple sugar-free ideas to fill your countdown instead. Holiday Activity Fun Fill your child's countdown with special moments that they will cherish all year round. For each day of the month come up with a fun holiday activity that you can do together as a family. Some ideas include: watching a holiday movie, going ice skating, building a snowman and looking at Christmas lights. Write down the activity on a slip of paper and tuck one note into each day of your advent calendar. A Puzzling Treat Give your child a fun challenge with a customized puzzle. Draw a picture or write a special message on a blank puzzle. Break the pieces apart and place one puzzle piece in each day of your advent calendar. Every day your child can add the pieces together until they have a completed puzzle revealing a special holiday message or fun activity to do together. To read the entire article visit Colgate.com. The remainder of the article details the following:
Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Elizabeth SanFilippo Chances are good that visions of cookies, desserts and candy canes may be dancing in your children's heads this holiday season. While you will do what you can to limit their intake of these sugary treats, your kids will probably be eating their fair share of sugar at your family holiday parties. Despite their consumption of sugar, there are ways to keep your kids' healthy teeth and gums in shape and to minimize damage to their dental health. Why Is Sugar Bad for Dental Health? Whether your kids are eating chocolate cake, sugar cookies or peppermint candy, they are ingesting sugar. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth feed on this sugar, and the byproduct is acid. This acid can eat away at tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. The more time teeth spend exposed to sugar, the higher the risk that your children will face dental health problems. Hard candies, and sticky candies such as taffy and caramel, can be worse for teeth than other treats such as cake and cookies. Brush after Eating a Sugary Treat In general, the ADA recommends that everyone brush their teeth and gums at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Flossing should also be done at least once a day. During the holidays, encourage your kids to brush and floss even more than this, particularly right after they finish dessert. If a toothbrush is not handy, the next best thing to do is rinse. Encourage your kids to rinse their mouths with water - not soda or even sparkling grape juice ó which will help wash away sugar, acids and any other food that may be stuck to their teeth. To read the entire article visit Colgate.com. The remainder of the article details the following:
Often times, snoring is an indicator of a more critical health concern known as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea experience an obstruction in their airway. The blockage prevents them from getting oxygen regularly throughout the night. Unfortunately, they often don’t even realize it. Sleep apnea is a major contributor to heart disease. Those suffering from sleep apnea experience elevated blood pressure, which is a key risk factor in experiencing heart disease and strokes. The outcome of sleep deprivation may result in serious health concerns and even premature death. Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on the function of your brain, increasing stress hormones and leading to depression.
Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Donna Pleis You already know the value of regular tooth brushing and flossing to the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease, but what you eat can help too. Here are a few tips for healthy teeth involving simple foods that may be more helpful to your dental health than you thought they were. An Element of Strength The mineral, fluoride, plays an important role in building strong teeth and bones, and ultimately protecting your teeth against tooth decay. This is why fluoride has been included in toothpastes like Colgate Cavity Protection and many community water supplies. But did you know it's also found naturally in many foods? Any fluoride you ingest is absorbed and distributed throughout the body, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), though most of it deposited into your bones and teeth. So, to give you and your family's teeth an extra bit of strength now and then, serve up foods with naturally high concentrations of fluoride. Most seafood is a good source of this because oceans are full of natural sodium fluoride. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), tea and gelatin contain fluoride as well. Carrots, beets, canned pork and beans also have significant amounts (who would've thought?), as well as infant formula, juices, canned tomato products and cheeses. And if you like baked potatoes, don't peel off the skin; that's where most of the fluoride is found. You can identify more fluoride-rich foods at the USDA National Nutrient Database. To read the entire article visit Colgate.com. The remainder of the article details the following:
There are some distinct advantages to the Invisalign system. The best part is that no one will be able to tell you’re straightening your teeth because the aligners are so clear they’re almost invisible! People would have to know the aligners or there, or look extremely closely, to be able to detect them. You’ll have much more confidence about your smile during active treatment than many people have with traditional braces.
Comfort is another benefit of Invisalign. Because the aligners are all in one piece, with no metal or wires to poke or pinch, there’s no mouth irritation. The lack of wires to be checked and adjusted also means you spend less time in the dentist’s chair. They’re also unbelievably convenient. You wear the aligners all day, including during sleep. But they are easily removable for eating and brushing. You can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, with no food restrictions. And keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque is just as easy as it was before treatment, because there are no braces to get in the way of brushing and flossing. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
A tooth can become so impaired that it is impossible for a simple filling to return it to function. When that happens, a crown will cover and strengthen the damaged tooth. Our crowns are made of the most cutting-edge materials available. The finished product will look so natural you won’t be able to tell it from an original tooth. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect your dental health. Below is one way that diabetes can affect your oral health. Slow Healing
Have you ever noticed a cold sore or a cut in your mouth that doesn’t quite seem to go away? This can be another way that diabetes may affect your mouth. Poor control of blood sugar can keep injuries from healing quickly and properly. If you have something in your mouth that you feel isn’t healing as it should, see your dentist. To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health. Change in Taste
Your favorite flavors might not taste as rich as your remember if you have diabetes. It can be disappointing, but take the opportunity to experiment with different tastes, textures and spices to your favorite foods. Just take care not to add too much sugar to your food in an effort to add flavor. Not only can this affect the quality of your diet, it can also lead to more cavities. If you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth, see your dentist or doctor. Infections
Diabetes affects your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infection. One common among people with diabetes is a yeast infection called oral thrush (candidiasis). The yeast thrive on the higher amount of sugar found in your saliva, and it looks like a white layer coating your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. Thrush is more common in people who wear dentures and can often leave a bad taste in your mouth. See your dentist if you think you have thrush or any other mouth infection. To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
As nice as it is to look your best, it’s even more important to retain your healthy teeth and gums. More teeth are lost because of gum disease than any other reason, and recent studies have established a link between gum disease and your overall health. Fortunately, gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery. At Jockey Hollow Dentistry, we want all of our patients to have exceptional oral health. Our commitment to you includes paying strict attention to all of your needs so you look great and achieve superior health. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health. Gum Disease
Notice some bleeding when you brush or floss? That may be an early sign of gum disease. If it becomes more severe, the bone that supports your teeth can break down, leading to tooth loss. Early gum disease can be reversed with proper brushing, flossing and diet. Research has shown gum disease can worsen if your blood sugar is not under control, so do your best to keep it in check. Dry Mouth
Studies have found people with diabetes have less saliva, so you might find yourself feeling parched or extra thirsty. (Medications and higher blood sugar levels are also causes.) Fight dry mouth by drinking water. You can also chew sugarless gum and eat healthy, crunchy foods to get saliva flowing. This is especially important because extra sugar in your saliva, combined with less saliva to wash away leftover food, can lead to cavities.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
The results are shocking! Recent medical research has proven the link between gum disease, stroke, and heart disease. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental Association has concluded that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease, making it the number one reason people lose their teeth. These are epidemic proportions, but because no one ever considered losing a tooth deadly, that label was never applied. But that’s all changed.
The American Academy of Periodontology states that “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” The naked truth is that the bacteria that characterize periodontal disease moves into your bloodstream – straight to your heart. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
Our dentists treat dental care as a joint effort. One of the ways they succeed in this approach is through the use of the high-tech intra-oral camera. This tiny video camera delivers a close-up image of the interior of your mouth. You become an active participant in each dental decision, because you can see what work needs to be completed and which teeth are doing well. You'll be delighted with the results! Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies-and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities. But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.” To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth: Chocolate Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. ìChocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy,î Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says. “Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.” Sticky and Gummy Candies Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. “This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work,” Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says. To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org. The remainder of the article details the following:
Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. Here's how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round. Time It Right Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles. Stay Away from Sweet Snacks Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says. Choose Candy Carefully Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay. To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org. The remainder of the article details the following:
Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org When he’s feeling under the weather, ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo says one thing always helps him feel a little more like himself. “Brushing my teeth when I’m sick actually makes me feel better,” he says. “My mouth feels clean, and in a way, I feel like my health is starting to improve.” When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is your top priority-and that includes your mouth. “It’s important to take care of your dental health all year round, but especially when you’re sick,” Dr. Romo says. Here are some simple ways to care for your dental health when you’re not feeling well: Practice Good Hygiene When you’re sick, you know to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Don’t forget to keep up your dental and toothbrush hygiene as well. According to the CDC, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours. “The number one rule is not to share your toothbrush anytime, but especially when you are sick,” Dr. Romo says. You also probably don’t need to replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. Unless your immune system is severely compromised, the chances of reinfecting yourself are very low. “But if you’re still in doubt, throw it out,” says Dr. Romo. “Especially if you’ve had your toothbrush for 3-4 months, when it’s time to replace it anyway.” Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops Read the label before you pick up a bag at the drug store with an eye to avoid ingredients like fructose or corn syrup. “Many cough drops contain sugar, and it is like sucking on candy,” says Dr. Romo. “Sugar is a culprit when it comes to cavities.” The longer you keep a sugary cough drop in your mouth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria has to feast on that sugar, which produces the acid that can leave holes in your teeth. To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org. The remainder of the article details the following:
We Care About Kids! Dr. Johnson and Dr. Fenichel strive to make children of all ages relax and enjoy themselves, so schedule the whole family! You can rely on our expertise, knowing your child will receive the most advanced techniques in children’s dentistry, delivered with caring, sensitivity, and understanding. We train children in proper dental care habits and teach them how to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them first when they are four years old and watching them grow year after year.
Our plan is to secure that this and future generations of children will grow up without a fear of the dental office. According to our many appreciative parents, we are doing just that! Our office is an inviting and exciting place that children love to visit. Whether you have an adventurous six-year-old or a nervous eight-year-old, we are here to help you. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com
Always Tired? The Importance of Getting the Rest You Need to Maintain Good Health Sufficient rest and sleep are primary ingredients for your overall health. You need air. You need water. You need food. You need sleep. It is essential that your brain and body have the time to shut down and re-boot every single day.
Your body, particularly your heart, gathers stress throughout the day. In sleep, your brain and body revitalize themselves. When you finally rest at night, your heart slows and begins to decompress, giving up the stresses it has collected. Your blood pressure lowers, and the pace of age-related diseases reduces. At the same time your body recoups enough energy to tackle another day. In this way, you can curb illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, memory loss and diabetes.
A Faster Approach for Straighter Teeth Dr. Johnson is excited to be able to offer Invisalign™ invisible aligners to his patients! This innovative solution allows someone with crooked, crowded, or widely spaced teeth to have a straight smile in as few as 9 - 15 months! These aligners can also correct overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
The Invisalign system uses advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to prepare your entire treatment plan. It starts with the current positioning of your teeth and progresses incrementally to your final smile. From this plan, clear thermoplastic aligners are created. They fit and look similar to teeth-whitening trays and are custom made to precisely fit your teeth. Each set of aligners uses gentle forces to move your teeth into a new position. Approximately two weeks later, you replace the first set with the next set of aligners, and progress through treatment for about a year. Evaluation in the office is only required every four to eight weeks. Total treatment time is based on your personal needs and goals. Jockey Hollow Dentistry M. Corey Johnson, DDS Karen K. Fenichel, DMD 5 Cold Hill Road South Mendham, NJ 07945 (973) 543-4828 JockeyHollowDentistry.com