As you know by now, because your overall health and safety is our utmost priority, we are closely following every safety and infection control procedure recommended by the ADA and CDC. However, going way beyond these recommendations, in July we installed 2 Jade Surgically Clean Air Filtration Systems. Our office size would require only one Jade unit to kill viruses and bacteria 6 times an hour, but we are so committed to you that we have installed 2 units, one in front of each dental chair. You can be assured that our air is always the safest because we leave the systems on 24/7.

The Jade is patented and industry-leading and is the only air purification system that incorporates 6 different technologies which include, Hydroxl, UV and electronic cell catalytics, and Hepa-RX. The Jade is measured and peer-reviewed to eliminate viruses less than 0.1 microns (the corona virus is measured at .125 microns) and is tested globally with over 70,000 units installed worldwide.

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Tooth Brushing Tips for Those with TMD

Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Tue 01/03/2017 - 09:00

Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton Prosthodontics is compassionate to those that suffer pain related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). He encourages anyone that is in pain to contact him for more information about diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime, Dr. Cortese wants patients to know how important it is not to let dental health habits slide just because of jaw pain. Here, he shares a few tips to help those with TMD maintain good oral hygiene.

Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely

Two things matter when it comes to selecting a toothbrush: soft bristles and a small head. Soft bristles can clean away plaque and bacteria just as well as medium or hard bristles, which may hurt the teeth.

Use Flossing Aids

Opening the mouth wide enough to floss can be a challenge for those with TMD. Luckily, there are several types of flossing aids available at most drugstores to help with the task. Floss holders, rubber tip stimulators or interdental brushes can be valuable, especially for flossing the back teeth.

Rinse with an Antiseptic Mouthwash

For days when jaw pain makes brushing and flossing unbearable, an antiseptic mouthwash can kill bacteria and germs. Dr. Cortese does not recommend using mouthwash as a substitute for brushing and flossing, but during bouts of extreme pain, rinsing the mouth can be helpful.

Alert Your Dental Team

If your dental team is not already aware of your jaw pain, give them a heads-up prior to your next appointment. The hygienist can use certain techniques to clean your teeth while avoiding exacerbating your pain. Perhaps you could take medication before your appointment to make you more comfortable during the visit. Or, to avoid keeping your mouth open for an extended period of time, you might explore having your top and bottom teeth cleaned during separate visits.

Contact a TMJ Specialist

There is no reason to spend years suffering from the chronic pain of TMD. Treatments are available to address the root of the problem and free you from your constant discomfort.

The first step is to contact New Jersey TMJ specialist Michael Cortese and schedule an informational consultation. Call or email Princeton Prosthodontics today to make your appointment.

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Dr. Michael Cortese is a leading and highly sought-after Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. Having completed his education at the University of Notre Dame and Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, he received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He has over three and a half decades of experience and constantly focuses on ensuring that patients have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Cortese takes pride in providing his patients with customized treatments using modern equipment and techniques. He sincerely believes in thoroughly understanding your concerns and requirements to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the course of any treatment or procedure.