Posts for category: Oral Health

By Carrie Polster, DMD
June 18, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Can one dentist serve your whole family? If that family dentist is Dr. Carrie Polster in Midland Park, NJ, the answer is yes. In her modern, family dentistcomfortable office, patients of all ages receive the preventive, restorative and cosmetic care they need for best oral health and smile aesthetics. From cleanings and fluoride treatments to cosmetic fillings and crowns to dental implants and porcelain veneers, your family can receive it all in one convenient location.

What makes a great family dentist?

Of course, advanced credentials are essential, and Dr. Polster has those, including being named a NJ Top Dentist for several years. Also, she mentors other dentists in CEREC processes--those restorative services which produce dental crowns, inlays, onlays and bridges on-site in just one appointment.

Additionally, a compassionate listening attitude makes Dr. Polster your best choice for family dentistry in Midland Park. She enjoys caring for patients from three years old on up and plans their treatments with a careful eye toward the dental changes which come with childhood and adolescent development as well as the aging process.

You should know, too, that she and her staff are available for quick and accurate emergency advice and treatment. Whether you need help for your son whose tooth was fractured during a ball game or your mom lost a crown from a front tooth, Dr. Polster will tell you what you should do right away and get you in for an appointment the same day if necessary.

Available services

Of course, preventive treatments are foundational to healthy teeth and gums. Following American Dental Association guidelines, Dr. Polster sees her patients every six months for oral exams and hygienic cleanings to:

  • Scale plaque and tartar from on and between teeth and at the gum line
  • Check for decay, gum disease and oral cancer (beginning in the teen years)
  • Assess dental bite and jaw joint function
  • Apply fluoride varnishes and/or plastic sealants to protect against decay
  • Check the condition of fillings, implants, crowns, veneers and other restorations
  • Formulate and continue with a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Take digital X-ray imaging

As needed, Dr. Polster and her team deliver state-of-the-art restorative services to bring teeth and gums back to best health and function. These services include:

  • Dentures (conventional and implant-supported)
  • Cosmetic (tooth-colored) fillings
  • Fixed bridgework
  • Dental implants
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Scaling and root planing (to heal gum disease)
  • Extractions, including removing wisdom teeth

Finally, your family can take advantage of the finest cosmetic dental services available today. Zoom! in-office teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, gum contouring, composite resin bonding and more ensure that your healthy smile also is one you're proud to show off.

It's all here

A family dentist specializes in serving all your loved ones. Just come to Dr. Carrie Polster's office in Midland Park, NJ to find your dental home. We are handicapped accessible and have off street parking for your convenience. Call today for your routine exams and cleanings: (201) 444-5675.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
December 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health

According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Midland Park, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Carrie Polster, for your bi-annual dental checkup.

Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.

When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.

Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:

  • Bad breath or bad taste that persists
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen

Reasons for Gum Disease:

Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:

  • Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Medications
  • Genetics


You should have an oral and dental examination at your Midland Park family dentist's office every six months. In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.

In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food particles.

If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carrie Polster for a bi-annual checkup or because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call 201-444-5675. Her office is conveniently located in Midland Park, NJ, so don't hesitate to visit her as soon as possible.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
November 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Your child’s oral health begins with you!oral hygiene

The minute your child is born you have so much to think about. Of course, it’s a given that you want your child to grow up healthy and strong. Our Midland Park, NJ, family dentist Dr. Carrie Polster provides some tips on how to keep your little one’s smile healthy.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Knowing when your child should start visiting our Midland Park, NJ, dentist for routine cleanings is important. These checkups are often the only way to detect minor issues before they become serious problems. Establishing rapport with our family dentist as soon as possible will go a long way to promoting good oral health for the long term.

Other Ways to Promote a Healthy Smile

For the first six or seven years of your child’s life you will want to brush and floss their teeth for them until they are able to do so on their own. The amount of toothpaste you use will vary depending on your child’s age. This is also something we can discuss during your child’s first visit.

Another way to promote a cavity-free smile is to make sure your child has a healthy diet. Sure, the occasional sweet treat won’t hurt them but it’s important that they are eating a diet that has variety and balance. Moderation is key when it comes to foods that contain sugar, starches or bad fats (E.g. junk foods or desserts). If your child eats a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, proteins, low-fat dairy products and fruits, this can go a long way to staving off gum disease and decay.

Also make sure your child is drinking enough water throughout the day, particularly if they are physical active. Water is a great way to wash food and debris from teeth particularly because it promotes salivary production, which is also important for neutralizing acid within the mouth to reduce enamel erosion.

We know that new parents will have questions along the way when it comes to caring for their child’s smile. Don’t hesitate to call our Midland Park, NJ, family dental office to schedule your child’s first visit or to turn to us for advice.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
June 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Staying organized with your family's various activities and appointments can feel like a full-time job. Finding a way to minimize frustrationfamily dentist would be great, right? By choosing a family dentist like Dr. Carrie Polster in Midland Park, NJ, you can cross a few things off your to-do list! Learn why a dentist like Dr. Polster is the right choice for busy families like yours!

What is a family dentist?

A family dentist offers the best in dental care for all members of a family, who have a wide span of ages and dental health needs. Dr. Polster, your Midland Park dentist, has completed a multitude of certifications in several different branches of dentistry, allowing her to effectively diagnose and treat different conditions that affect children, adolescents, and adults. For example, she has received expert-level training in the creation and installation of in-office crowns and dental implants, but not many children need these services. Fortunately, she also has the experience necessary to apply sealants, perform extractions and carry out other pediatric-focused treatments.

How can choosing a family dentist help me?

If the members of your family are currently patients at different dentists' offices, think about everything that goes into each appointment: scheduling time out of school or work, checking on insurance coverage, recalling addresses, phone numbers, and office policies... it can be overwhelming! Family dentists like Dr. Polster in Midland Park eliminate these hassles by being a "one-stop-shop" for your entire family! You can schedule everyone's appointments in one day and have all of their records and information in one convenient place while knowing you're getting the most professional and personalized care possible!

If you're ready to streamline a few of your family's obligations, contact the office of Dr. Polster, your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, and ask about scheduling consultations today!

By Carrie Polster, DMD
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

Discover some of the common causes of dental pain and what you should do.tooth ache

A toothache can be downright annoying, and it can also put quite the damper on your day. If you have a persistent toothache, this could be a sign of a more serious underlying issue that our Midland Park, NJ, dentist, Dr. Carrie Polster, will need to address right away. Find out what can cause a toothache and what can be done to finally make that pain go away!

There are many reasons why you could be experiencing a toothache including:

  • Dental decay
  • An infection
  • Gum disease
  • Dental trauma
  • A bad bite
  • Teeth grinding
  • Erupting teeth (in young children)

In many cases, dental pain can be a serious warning sign that you are dealing with decay or gum disease. Pain is often a symptom of a much bigger issue. By turning to our Midland Park, NJ, general dentist for care, we can treat the underlying problem and eliminate your pain. If you leave your toothache untreated, this could lead to more severe decay or other health complications. To preserve as much of the tooth as possible, it’s important that you treat your toothache like a dental emergency.

You may also notice other symptoms along with your dental pain including:

  • Bad breath
  • Swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth (known as an abscess)
  • Fever
  • Problems swallowing

While you will want to make an appointment with us right away, we also understand that dealing with dental pain can be pretty miserable. Here are some things you can do to at least, temporarily, alleviate your discomfort until you can get the care you need:

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Add about ½ tsp. of salt to 8 ounces of warm water and swish it around in your mouth for a minute before spitting it out. This can reduce swelling and ease your pain.
  • Take an OTC pain reliever or anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
  • If there is any facial swelling apply a cold compress to your face
  • Consider applying a commercial numbing gel like Orajel® around the tooth to temporarily numb the pain.

Don’t let dental pain get the better of you! Find the relief you need by visiting our dental specialists. Call our Midland Park, NJ, dental office right away if you are dealing with a toothache. We will get you in as soon as possible.