Dr. James C. DeFinnis's Dental Blog

Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

Halloween is scary enough

Even more frightening is how much plaque and tartar could be left between your teeth after you brush!
Floss away those demons of dental decay with the REACH Access Flosser. It has a  toothbrush-like handle to easily reach back teeth and dark corners of your mouth. And don’t be spooked by germs on your floss – the Access Flosser Refill Heads ensure you have clean floss every time.
Also excellent for exorcising those ghosts between your teeth, are the small and nimble Plackers Piks. Effective and convenient flossing on the go or at your desk.

REACH Access Flosser

  • Ergonomic handle for convenience
  • Disposable snap-on heads
  • Helps reach difficult interdental spaces
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Price: $1.99

REACH Access Flosser Refill Heads

  • Easy to use snap-on floss heads
  • Help clean between teeth effectively
  • Contains 28 unflavored floss heads
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Price: $5.49

Plackers Dental Piks – 120ct

  • Super-slim interdental gum stimulators
  • Flexible design for maximum effectiveness
  • Contains 120 piks
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Price: $1.99

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You may also be interested in Waterpik Power Flosser – FLA220.

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October 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Get Back to School Agent Cool!

This week’s new products at BMD Smile Store

Kids need more than than paper and pens to be ready for school – they need great oral care tools! Find them in the new Kids section.
Parents of athletes – worry no more! The Brain-Pad LoPRO+PLUS Mouth Guard will not only protect their teeth and braces, but will also help prevent concussions.
We all know kids love to color, but rather than painting your walls, let them try some healthy coloring. Listerine’s Agent Cool Blue Rinse highlights areas of plaque on their teeth so kids know just where to focus when brushing. Even more fun: Watching the highlighted plaque disappear as they brush it away with the Sonicare Kids Toothbrush.

Brain-Pad LoPRO+PLUS Mouth Guard

  • Offers protection for teeth while playing sports
  • Creates a safety space between the skull and jaw
  • Helps reduce impact energy to base of skull
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Price: $18.99

Agent Cool Blue Tinting Pre-Brush Rinse

  • Tints teeth blue to show where to brush
  • Helps teach kids proper brushing habits
  • Makes brushing more fun
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Price: $7.99

Kids Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush

  • Fun interchangeable panels
  • 2 Kid-friendly power modes deliver a gentle, effective clean
  • Age-appropriate brush heads
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Price: $58.99

Shipping: FREE

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Try Something New!You may also be interested in The Natural Dentist’s Cavity Zapper Anticavity Gel Toothpaste.

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August 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wilkes Barre Dentist Explains Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Woman with Sensitive ToothFor some patients, tooth pain and sensitivity may occur with no visible signs of injury to the enamel. In some cases, this scenario represents cracked tooth syndrome (CTS). Teeth may have small fractures, invisible even to X-rays. These fractures are actually miniscule cracks in the enamel, called craze lines by some, and they can exist below the gum line, making them even harder to detect. In some cases, one fracture in a location not visible to the naked eye can cause intense pain.

Causes of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

CTS often occurs in lower molars because they absorb most of the shock from chewing. Patients who grind their teeth excessively are susceptible to developing CTS, as are those who chew on ice, pens, or anything else that is hard. A tooth with a filling that is too large may develop cracked tooth syndrome, as well. Similarly, teeth weakened by a root canal are at risk. CTS is also caused by accidents resulting in a blow to the mouth or misaligned teeth that cause undue stress on teeth. Continue reading

August 7, 2012 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Bruxism, Tooth Sensitivity | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is a Dental Bridge?

When it comes to replacing teeth, our Wilkes-Barre dentist gives you options. We offer a variety of dental restorations to address missing teeth because we understand that tooth loss can cause several more problems down the road without adequate treatment. Our Wilkes-Barre dentist, Dr. James Definnis will explain everything you need to know about dental bridges, a popular tooth restoration.

Dental Bridges Prevent Teeth Drifting

Dental bridges prevent teeth from drifting out of place in response to a missing tooth. This is a common problem associated with tooth loss since the remaining teeth will attempt to make up for the missing tooth. Since teeth are placeholders, without a tooth, shifting often occurs as a result of everyday functions like speech patterns and eating habits that push certain teeth out of place.

The Makeup of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is obviously modeled after a structural bridge. Two abutment teeth, or the teeth surrounding the void, support the artificial tooth, the restoration which bridges the gap. The entire bridgework is made of two porcelain crowns placed over the abutment teeth, and one or more artificial teeth to replace the missing teeth in an arch.

Advantages of Dental Bridges

The advantages of a dental bridge include aesthetics. Bridgework is comprised of dyed porcelain material that mimics the natural coloration of a tooth. In addition, the porcelain will be shaped to match every detail of the tooth it replaces from size and shape to cuspids, allowing for better chewing function as well as cosmetic appeal.

Maintaining Dental Bridges

Bridges are also beneficial because they are durable. With meticulous oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings, your dental bridge can last for decades to come. Since dental bridges require some extra effort to clean between the gums and dental restoration, our Wilkes-Barre dentist may offer you advice for using special flossing tools or interdental brushing methods. Continue reading

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Missing Teeth, Restorative Dentistry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Complete Dental Care at Back Mountain Dental

At Back Mountain Dental, we’re proud to provide advanced, high-quality dental services with a personal touch to patients of all ages with a variety of dental needs. To do this, Wilkes Barre dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis and the Back Mountain offer three kinds of top-notch dental care.

Cosmetic Dentistry

As a leading cosmetic dentist in the greater Wilkes-Barre area, Dr. DeFinnis has created beautiful, fully functional smiles for countless patients, and he’d like to do the same for you. If you hide your smile due to embarrassment about the current state of your teeth, you’re not reaping the benefits—in the workplace, in your personal life, and otherwise—of a smile that you’re proud to show off.

To help you achieve new heights with your appearance and self-esteem, Dr. James DeFinnis offers porcelain veneers, Lumineers, teeth whitening, Invisalign, and general restorative dentistry. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your less-than-ideal smile, call Back Mountain Dental today at (570) 763-4360 to reserve your cosmetic dentistry consultation appointment with Dr. DeFinnis.

Sedation Dentistry

In addition to cosmetic and restorative dental services, Dr. James DeFinnis is also an expert in sedation dentistry, and, as a result, has helped countless patients overcome their dental fear and anxiety and receive the care they need and deserve.

Do you avoid the dentist because you’re uncomfortable in a dentist office, because you have a strong gag reflex, because you’re embarrassed about the current state of your dental health, because you’re afraid of possible pain, and more? If so, you’re avoiding the dental care you need to maintain a healthy body and, therefore, a healthy life, and Dr. DeFinnis can give you options when it comes to your dental care. Using various levels of sedation, including oral and IV sedation, Dr. DeFinnis will safely and effectively administer your sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed while in the dental chair.

General Dentistry

For patients seeking comprehensive dental care with a personal touch, Dr. DeFinnis offers general dental services, including dental exams and cleanings, white dental fillings, dentures/partials, inlays/onlays, dental crowns, dental care for children, and more. We look forward to seeing our patients every six months for routine dental checkups and cleanings, and we’re always available for dental emergency appointments. Continue reading

July 5, 2012 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Family Dentistry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trucksville Dentist Explains How Acid Reflux Can Cause Cavities

Do you often experience strong chest pains after eating? If so, you might have acid reflux disease. Many people think this condition only affects one’s eating habits, but it does more than that. Your Trucksville dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, explains how acid reflux can affect your dental health as well.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux disease, also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease, occurs when stomach acid moves up the esophagus, causing chest pain and nausea. Some common causes include lying down after a big meal, eating spicy or fatty foods, and smoking.

How can it Cause Cavities?

Not only is acid reflux extremely uncomfortable, but it can also have damaging effects to oral health and can actually contribute to cavity formation. After the stomach acid travels up through the esophagus, it often makes its way into the mouth. The acid then erodes the tooth enamel, making those teeth more prone to decay. In addition, dry mouth is a side effect of acid reflux, which some patients attempt to cure by sucking on hard candies or throat lozenges. Many of these candies are high in sugar, though, and can thus contribute to further tooth decay. Continue reading

May 31, 2012 Posted by | General Dentistry, Healthy Living | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

Teeth Need Enamel for Protection

Do your teeth feel sensitive when you eat ice cream or drink coffee? Do you find yourself needing more fillings than usual? You may be suffering from enamel erosion. Your smile depends on your tooth enamel to protect the sensitive pulp from extreme temperatures, bacteria, and decay. With this layer diminished, your teeth are more vulnerable to toothache and cavities. Trucksville dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis would like to help you discover what habits or dental conditions might be deteriorating your tooth enamel and your oral health.

Teeth Grinding Weakens Smile Defenses

One of the most common culprits of excessive tooth wear is bruxism. Known as teeth grinding, bruxism is a condition that involves the sufferer unknowingly clenching and gnashing his or her teeth together. Although bruxism more frequently happens during sleep, teeth grinding can also occur during the waking hours when the person is not paying attention. Bruxism is especially dangerous for tooth enamel because grinding involves scraping tooth against tooth, meaning the enamel is up against something equally as hard. The damage compounds since both upper and lower teeth are experiencing extreme pressure.

Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes Wear Away Enamel

While some people believe the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth become, unfortunately, harsh brushing means weaker tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush because harder bristles can actually scrub away the protective outer layer of your tooth. Additionally, beware of brushing too soon after you eat. Fermentable carbohydrates like white bread, pastries, and bagels can temporarily stick to your teeth and cause your tooth enamel to become soft. In this vulnerable state, vigorous brushing could actually do more harm than good. Instead of brushing immediately after eating, try drinking plenty of water to flush away food particles after meals; then, do not forget to brush before bed. Continue reading

May 3, 2012 Posted by | Bruxism, Tooth Sensitivity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Back Mountain Smile Store!

It is Wilkes Barre dentist Dr. James DeFinnis’ goal to help our patients from across the Trucksville, Scranton, and Back Mountain areas achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. We believe that this quality of dental care expands beyond regular dental checkups and cleanings at our Wilkes Barre dentist office, so we’ve started a new program at Back Mountain Dental that will help you care for your smile in the best way possible at home.

The Smile Store

Welcome to the Back Mountain Dental Smile Store! Here, you’ll find professional-strength dental hygiene products that Dr. DeFinnis recommends for prices that you’ll love.

It is our hope that you take advantage of the Smile Store and care what we do for your teeth in the dental chair to what you do for your teeth on a daily basis. You can purchase professional breath remedies, dental appliance accessories, denture care products, electric toothbrushes, floss and interdental cleaners, manual toothbrushes, special mouthwash, teeth whitening products, and various formulas of toothpaste from the Smile Store. Not sure where to start? At your next appointment, talk to Dr. DeFinnis about improving your at-home dental hygiene routine. He’ll be happy to suggest products you can use to boost your oral health and help keep your teeth and gums sparkling for life. Continue reading

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

National Children’s Dental Health Month

As you can see, it’s been a while since we posted on this blog, but Wilkes Barre dentist Dr. James DeFinnis and the Back Mountain Dental team are happy to announce that it’s back up and running. Today, we’re talking about the same topic that we left off on exactly a year ago: children’s dental health.

Doing Our Part to Help Children Smile Bigger and Better

If you read the last Back Mountain Dental newsletter, you know that, over the past month, our new dental hygienist Daiphin has been traveling to schools across the Trucksville community to educate little ones about the importance of having healthy teeth and gums.

When she visits schools, Daiphin discusses proper brushing and flossing, the importance of going to the dentist, how to eat healthy, and more. Today, Dr. DeFinnis wants to talk about the same topics so that you and your child can finish National Children’s Dental Health Month on a high note. Continue reading

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Children's Dental Care | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are You Scared of the Dentist?

 Half of Americans don’t visit the dentist each year, many because of a genuine fear of dentistry. If you feel stressed, scared, or anxious about visiting the dentist, I want to recommend that you visit my blog, http://www.SedationDentistWilkesBarre.com to learn how IV sedation dentistry can give you complete peace of mind and body during dental procedures. You don’t have to endure anything less than optimal oral health, a beautiful smile, and a comfortably functioning mouth. IV sedation has helped countless dental phobics overcome their fears – and it can help you!

December 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment