Laser treatment for infants unable to latch during breastfeeding, available in Jersey City!

Many patients in our neighborhood are couples starting a new family and raising young children.  Soon after a child is born, it may be found that there are issues with the infant's ability to latch properly to the mother's nipple to breastfeed. When this happens, your physician may suggest that you feed your infant via formula and bottle instead. Many times, the anatomy and size of an infant's oral soft tissues can be why proper latching is not physically possible. The frenum is a soft tissue attachment between the inner aspect of the lip to the gums. Both upper and lower jaws have one frenum in the middle and one on both left and right sides.  There is also a lingual frenum that attaches the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If any or all frenums are too large, broadly attached, or thick, it is difficult for an infant's lips to create a complete seal around the nipple to produce efficient suction.  Tongue tie is a term that refers to restricted movement of the tongue due to the lingual frenum attachment.  Furthermore, infants with large frenums can latch and consume breastmilk but simultaneously suck in too much air, resulting in gastric disturbances. 

Modern Family Dentistry offers laser technology to treat infants needing frenum reductions (frenectomy). The use of lasers in dentistry has provided a modern technique to perform infant frenectomies in a safe and beneficial manner.  We first apply local anesthestic that is calculated specifically for your infant,  then painlessly shrink the frenum(s) with a diode laser.  Lasers allow us to perform minor oral surgery without bleeding and allowing for rapid healing time.  If you are considering frenectomy for your infant to improve latching upon breastfeeding, be assured that our dentists will explain every step and all expectations.  

Consultation with mommy and baby Lo. Photos taken for diagnosis and discussion.  

Consultation with mommy and baby Lo. Photos taken for diagnosis and discussion.  

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There is much publicized research about the immense benefits of breastfeeding during infancy including their ability to thrive.  We offer a simple solution to what can be keeping your baby from experiencing the bond that exists naturally.  Give us a call to schedule a consultation   

Modern Family Dentistry Offers Comprehensive Treatment Options For Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you snore, grind your teeth at night, wake up often during sleep, generally feel low energy and tired, or feel like you doze off very easily during awake hours, you may have Sleep Apnea.  This is a condition where you wake up several times at night because your breathing stops and your brain tells you to take a gasp of air. Research indicates that patients with sleep apnea are at risk of developing other serious medical problems such as stroke, heart disease, heart attack, and diabetes if left untreated.  A combination of factors such as your family history, the shape your tongue and neck, the size of your tonsils, your weight, or asthma can make you predisposed to this very serious health condition.  

The only way to know if you have sleep apnea is to have a sleep study, whether at a clinic or at home. After being diagnosed, your doctor will talk to you about the two available treatment options: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and Oral Appliance Therapy.  This is where MFD dentists come in...😀

Modern Family Dentistry offers a complete plan for treating sleep apnea from diagnosis to Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). If you think you have sleep apnea, book an appointment with one of our Jersey City dentists. We will then walk you through the process of finding out if you do have sleep apnea, if you would benefit from OAT, how much your medical insurance covers OAT, then fabricate a custom oral appliance.  

If you are already diagnosed with sleep apnea, use a CPAP, and are looking for an alternative, look no further!  Patients often complain about not using their CPAP as often as they should because they feel uncomfortable sleeping with it.  We can discuss with you the benefits of using OAT for treating sleep apnea instead of CPAP.  If you do not your CPAP as indicated, you may be putting yourself at risk to developing serious medical problems.   Let us help you find out if OAT is right for you. Give us a call to schedule a consultation. 

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Jersey City Dentist begins Invisalign treatment!

Thanks to my best friend from dental school/orthodontist Dr. Anna, I completed Invisalign two years ago and was thrilled with my results! After wearing plastic trays in my mouth round the clock that I changed every two weeks, I never thought my smile could look so good!  I really felt like the 18 months I dedicated to this treatment flew by and were really worth the outcome.  However for the past 8 months, I have been really bad about wearing my retainers at bedtime and noticed exactly what I warn my patients about- my teeth have shifted and become crooked again (orthdodontic relapse). Ari and I are newly engaged and I decided that I want to straighten out my act before our wedding. I remember feeling really confident and good when I saw how I looked in photos- and I want that feeling back!  I am excited to share my second time around with my patients and followers. I will also periodically share other Invisalign cases I am treating in progress so that you can hear about my own patient's experiences as well! Stay tuned 😁

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FREE 15 minute photoshoot Event with Jersey City family photographer Colleen White!

In celebration of this upcoming winter season, MFD and beloved Jersey City family photographer Colleen White!  We are offering a FREE 15 minute photoshoot and a 5"x7" print.  All the fun is happening Saturday December 12th, 2015 starting at 10 am.  To sign up for a spot with Colleen White Photography visit www.colleenwhitephoto.appointy.com and select a time!  Families, couples, singles, and kids are all welcome.  

We want to create a fun and easy series of photos, so don't fuss too much, dress in whatever makes you feel good!  We especially love mint green hues, layers, fun accessories, and most importantly smiles!

Ladies, feel free to have fun with your makeup- rosy lips and cheeks are a do!  Please avoid wording and logos.

This is event is FREE!  All we ask is permission to share your photo in our office and on social media (you are also allowed to decline).  

Hope to see you all soon!

 

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE PHOTO SHOOT!

 

Modern Family Dentistry offers a full variety of whitening systems FOR ALL LEVELS OF BLEACHING NEEDED!

Modern Family Dentistry in Jersey City offers a full range of whitening systems in office and to take home! When it comes to whitening, it is important to first know if it will work on your teeth.  A quick visit to see an MFD dentist will prepare you for the best results.   For the whitening gel to penetrate effectively, it is recommended to clean off any surface stains due to our diets.   MFD dentists utilize a variety of bleaching systems that are high quality, top rated, and cutting edge products!  Depending on your individual needs, we may combine any of these following treatments: 1. In-office whitening, 2. Pre-fillled bleaching trays, 3. custom trays with bleaching gel.  Give us a call at our Jersey City location if you would like  to schedule a free 15 minute whitening consultation with an MFD dentist!

 (201) 798-1000

Meet the newest member of our team!

We are so happy to announce that Amy Mauro, RDH has joined our team!  Amy is a dental hygienist and professor at Rutger's School of Dental Medicine.  She is knowledgeable, friendly, gentle, and offers great advise about how to keep your smile healthy!  If you are due for a cleaning and would like to schedule an appointment with Amy, call us at (201) 798-1000 or click on the "Book Appointment" link at the bottom of this page!

Modern Family Dentistry sponsors Jersey City Soccer Association's Very First All Girls League!

It is our huge pleasure to sponsor Jersey City's  first all girls soccer league!  We designed and provided their team jersey , gave out free toothbrushes, and joined them out on the field today during their first practice.  The Jersey City Soccer Association has been around since 1978 and is operated by a community of volunteers.  So much fun to hang out with these talented Jersey City athletes!  

Oral Health and Wellness Presentations for Local Jersey City Schools

Are you a teacher or school administrator looking for dentists to present oral health and wellness topics to your students or parents in Jersey City?  We offer FREE  presentations, which includes  toothbrushes for children to take home, stickers, and a toothbrushing guide for parents!  We have presented at multiple schools and daycares in Jersey City with great success!  Please call us and ask for Dr. Jen if you would like to learn more about how Modern Family Dentistry can present at your Jersey City school.  (201) 798-1000

Grand Opening celebration with Mayor Fulop!

We had an amazing turn out at our Grand Opening party to celebrate Downtown Jersey City's newest dental office!  Mayor Fulop joined us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and took a tour of our brand new facility.  He also posted about Modern Family Dentistry on Twitter, where he mentioned the importance of supporting small business and maintaining healthy teeth!    As if being a local neighborhood Jersey City dentist wasn't cool enough, we now have the support of our very own mayor!

 We were so happy that Loulou Arena from Madame Claude Wines joined us for a few hours to present our wine selection and make delicious wine cocktails.  She has amazing taste in wine and we loved the recommendations she made!

 

Our guests also got to check out our in-office art gallery that currently displays the works of 7 Jersey City artists until January 2015!  We plan to continue rotating works from  local artists, so please contact us if you would like to participate.  

Until next time,

MFD