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By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Considering correcting gaps in your smile? Visit Dr. Mark Gleckner in Florham Park, NJ to discover more about dental implants and what they can do for you. Below are a few reasons why dental implants may have a positive impact on your oral health.

5 Reasons to Get Dental Implants

  • Dental Implants Are Easy to Use and Maintain

Forget about removing them each day as you would dentures. Implants remain in the mouth as you perform your normal activities, like talking, chewing, and drinking. Because implants are affixed to the jaw, efficiency is an advantage over having dentures.

  • A Smooth, Even Smile

Many individuals think dental implants look just like natural teeth. Dental implants are custom-fitted with various choices of colors, sizes, and shapes to choose from to improve your smile. Patients opt for implants instead of other choices because they want beautiful results.

  • Dental Implants Offer Longevity

Many implants are made from different kinds of materials, but porcelain implants can withstand many of the demands made of natural teeth. Diligent oral care will be enough to preserve the beauty and health of your dental implants.

Of course, this means brushing twice daily, flossing, and avoiding hard, sticky foods. Bypassing the overconsumption of alcohol and tobacco helps, as well. Dental implants can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance.

  • They Help with Daily Activities

With dental implants, activities like biting, chewing, and talking are restored. This is because gaps in the teeth can lead to shifting of tissues in and around the mouth, making it much harder to engage in these activities. No more worries about biting down on painful areas of the mouth or swallowing large pieces of food by mistake.

  • Smiling Better and More Often

Your dentist will work with you to get the best implant to fit your smile. That means no more embarrassment about difficult-to-remove stains, gaps or other worries. As your implants are installed you will find that your smile improves, and so does your confidence.

For information about dental implants, and what they can do for you, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Gleckner in Florham Park, NJ at (973) 377-1174.

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
January 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

In the midst of the current global pandemic, we're all focused on staying healthy and avoiding infection. For many, their first thought before resuming any regular activity is, “Will I or my family be safe?”

If you've asked that about visiting the dentist, rest assured, it is. In fact, dentists have been at the forefront in protecting patients from viral and bacterial infections for decades. Here's why you're in safe hands at the dentist's office.

Barrier control. Although we're focused at the moment on Covid-19, there are other pathogens (microorganism that cause disease) for which there has been an ongoing concern among healthcare providers. Many of these like the viruses that cause hepatitis or HIV/AIDS spread through blood-to-blood contact. That's why we routinely use gloves, face shields and other barrier devices, even during routine visits, to prevent bloodborne transmission between patients and staff, or other patients.

Disinfection. Viruses and other pathogens may continue to live on surfaces in treatment areas for various durations. To prevent their transmission to humans, we follow strict procedures for disinfecting all treatment-related surfaces after each patient visit. One-use treatment items are disposed separately from regular waste. Permanent instruments and equipment are cleaned and thoroughly sanitized to the highest standard.

Protocols. There are approximately 170,000 dentists across the U.S., yet each generally follows the same high standards for infection control. Regulating bodies at state levels have made infection control a crucial part of licensing requirements and continuing education, and every dental practice must have an infection control plan they meticulously follow. Because of these strict standards, an infection occurring in a dental office setting is extremely rare.

In addition to these regular procedures, dentists have also added extra safety measures to better address the current crisis, and will continue these until the crisis has abated. Staying knowledgeable and flexible to new challenges is also a feature of dental providers' infection control mission.

If you do have concerns, please feel free to contact us to learn more about the specific measures we have in place to keep patients safe. Protecting you and your family during dental care will always be our top priority.

If you would like more information on patient safety at the dentist's office, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Infection Control in the Dental Office.”


This year's Carol Burnett Award, presented at the Golden Globes, goes to Ellen DeGeneres for her “outstanding contributions to the television medium on or off the screen.” This is the latest in a long list of honors for the comedienne, talk show host and activist that includes Emmys, Grammys and Teen Choice Awards. And one not quite as well-known: a 2004 “Flossy” award.

DeGeneres received this honor from the National Flossing Council in recognition of her passionate promotion of oral hygiene, particularly flossing. She wrote about its virtues in her 2003 book, The Funny Thing Is…., saying, among other things, “Don't even think for a second that you can get away with not flossing.”

DeGeneres's motivational cheerleading for flossing is helpful and necessary because, well, many of us just don't like doing it. It requires more manual dexterity than its more popular sibling, brushing. And the tendency for the floss to gunk up with plaque residue for some is simply unpleasant.

Mainly, though, many folks think brushing is enough. Not so fast, according to dental professionals. While brushing removes disease-causing bacterial plaque from broad tooth surfaces, it can't effectively get into the spaces between teeth. It takes flossing to clear plaque from these more difficult areas.

But don't fret: There are ways to make flossing an easier—and more pleasant—task.

Ask us for help. As we said before, flossing does take some hand dexterity and coordination to perform. You may also wonder if you're doing it effectively. We can provide training and tips on how to be a more effective flosser at your next visit.

Practice, practice, practice. You probably think nothing of riding a bicycle, and yet it probably took you weeks or months as a kid to become proficient. Similarly, your first attempts at flossing might feel awkward, but you'll improve with practice, so don't give up.

Brush before you floss. Most people floss before brushing, but if you tend to encounter a lot of soft plaque debris that makes flossing “icky” for you, then try brushing first to clear a good portion of it out of the way before you floss. Just be aware, most professionals believe that flossing first is better because it loosens up debris between teeth so the bubbles from the toothpaste can carry it away. But any flossing is better than no flossing!

Try flossing tools. For some people, floss picks, small pre-threaded tools you can use with one hand, seem easier to maneuver than regular floss thread. If you have issues with manual dexterity, an oral irrigator can make the task easier: This handheld device uses a stream of pressurized water to loosen and flush away plaque between teeth.

So, follow Ellen DeGeneres's advice she gave Tulane University graduates during a commencement speech: “Remember to exfoliate, moisturize, exercise…and floss.” The latter, along with brushing, will certainly help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information about best oral hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene.”

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
December 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Botox  

Botox is not just for facial treatments. This minimally invasive procedure can also restore your smile and manage pain. Dr. Mark Gleckner specializes in botox and other cosmetic dentistry treatments at Smiles by Mark in Florham Park, NJ, and can help with black triangles in between your teeth and other concerns.

What is botox?

Botox or botulinum toxin is very safe when administered in small amounts. This chemical is a bacterial toxin that blocks any signals that your nerve receptors may receive concerning pain. More relaxed muscles are the result.

Botox can help when you: 

  • Are having difficulty fitting the muscles of your mouth around newly fitted dentures
  • Experience migraine headaches as well as intense clenching and pain in the jaw. It is a simple, safe way to reduce painful sensations for a prolonged period.
  • Want to achieve a more natural smile line due to higher, tighter muscles or other abnormalities of the lips, cheeks, and chin.
  • Struggle with the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

How long does botox last? 

The effects of botox can last up to four months. Because botox is not a permanent solution, this means you can decide how long you want to engage in treatment.

Talk to your dentist. 

Your dentist is the best source of information regarding how botox can work for you. Prepare for your appointment with questions, and do not be afraid to ask them. Perhaps you may wonder if your insurance covers botox, or you need a specific portion of the procedure explained in greater detail. These questions are welcome!

Botox is a safe, reliable way to attain long-lasting relief from pain and get the smile you deserve. Reach out to Dr. Gleckner concerning dental botox at Smiles by Mark in Florham Park, NJ. Call us today at (973) 377-1174 for a consultation.

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
December 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

Despite momentous strides in recent years in the fight against cancer, treatments can still disrupt normal life. Both radiation and chemotherapy have side effects that can cause problems in other areas of health—particularly the teeth and gums.

If you or a loved one are undergoing cancer treatment, it's important to get ahead of any potential side effects it may have on dental health. Here are 4 things that can help protect teeth and gums while undergoing cancer treatment.

Get a preliminary dental exam. Before beginning treatment, patients should have their dentist examine their teeth and gums to establish a baseline for current dental health and to treat any problems that may already exist. However, patients should only undergo dental procedures in which the recovery time can be completed before starting radiation or chemotherapy.

Be meticulous about oral hygiene. Undergoing cancer treatment can increase the risks for developing tooth decay or gum disease. That's why it's important that patients thoroughly brush and floss everyday to reduce bacterial plaque buildup that causes disease. Patients should also reduce sugar in their diets, a prime food source for bacteria, and eat “teeth-friendly” foods filled with minerals like calcium and phosphorous to keep teeth strong.

Keep up regular dental visits. The physical toll that results from cancer treatment often makes it difficult to carry on routine activities. Even so, patients should try to keep up regular dental visits during their treatment. Besides the extra disease prevention offered by dental cleanings, the dentist can also monitor for any changes in oral health and provide treatment if appropriate.

Minimize dry mouth. Undergoing cancer treatment can interfere with saliva production and flow. This can lead to chronic dry mouth and, without the full protection of saliva against dental disease, could increase the risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Patients can minimize dry mouth by drinking more water, using saliva boosters and discussing medication alternatives with their doctor.

It may not be possible to fully avoid harm to your oral health during cancer treatment, and some form of dental restoration may be necessary later. But following these guidelines could minimize the damage and make it easier to regain your dental health afterward.

If you would like more information on dental care during cancer treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Health During Cancer Treatment.”

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