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Why you should not remove plaque on your own

May 25th, 2021

What is Plaque?
Plaque is an extremely sticky buildup of bacteria in your mouth.
The bacteria mix with food byproducts and proteins to form a sticky film called dental plaque.

It acts as a coat on your teeth and can get under the gumline. This is between the tooth and gums. Have you ever seen buildup in the corners of your teeth where the gums are? That's plaque building into tartar. The plaque can develop into a hard substance we call calculus and tartar.

Plaque and tartar can damage your tooth enamel.
The gums can bleed from this. If this is happening, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It is important to not try and remove tartar on your own. The best action to take is to schedule an appointment so a trained hygienist can remove tartar professionally.

How do you remove plaque on your own?
Flossing can help to prevent tartar.
Brushing your teeth twice a day especially in the morning and at night before you go to sleep can be very helpful to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Brush regularly, twice a day for 2 minutes a time.
Brushing for 30-seconds twice a day won’t remove plaque or prevent tartar.

Removing plaque and Tartar:
Do not attempt to use any other appliances to remove plaque or tartar. You can damage your child's gums or teeth.

Dental Hygienists and Dentists make it look easy when removing tartar from your teeth. This leads to the belief that one can do the removal themselves and save themselves from an appointment.

It is very important that you don't attempt to remove tartar on your own. It can be very dangerous to do this because it can cause damage to your gums and create recession in the gums. This is where gums move away from the teeth and expose roots. These roots are sensitive, can be damaged,
and can lead to infections.


As stated above, If your child is bleeding, has gum damage,
or is in pain, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
all (973) 742-4200 to schedule an appointment. ( Orthodontics ext: 21 )

Serving Paterson, NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatmentWe are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.

Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200


Easter Coloring PDF and Egg coloring Instructions!

April 4th, 2021

Easter is a time for joy and family!

Hello!  Kids just love coloring. It keeps them actively creative and entertained.
We have provided below a link to follow for Easter egg coloring instructions!


Easter Activity Links below:

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Instructions for Easter Egg coloring here
Download the Easter Coloring PDF Here

Here is what the coloring PDF looks like:

Happy Easter everyone!

Top 14 questions to ask your dentist

February 26th, 2021

1. How can I improve my child's smile?
This is a broad question and it is awesome because
there are quite a few ways to improve your smile.
This question keeps things open for your dentist to address. The learning possibilities here are ample.

2. What should my child's oral hygiene regimen be?
Not everyone does the same routine. Your dentist
can address how to set up an at-home care regimen
that fits yours and child's lifestyle.

Some examples are:
Brush, floss, and rinse daily.
Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking.
Examine your mouth regularly.
Develop a partnership with your dentist.


3. When should my child have their first checkup and how often should they have a dental exam and cleaning?

Asking your dentist this question is good because
the dentist can address your child's specific case.

For average, every 6 months is good practice.
It is still good to ask your dentist this question.

4. How can I keep my child's teeth whiter?
This is a good question to ask because you may find out extra ways to combat staining your teeth while staying overall healthy.

5. Does my child have any dental health conditions I should know about?
There are some things that concern me.

This question will be a great way to start a conversation about
your health goals for your child, and how you can reach your goals
as well as reach improvement.

If you have some concerns, let your dentist know so they can
address these so nothing gets missed.

6. When Do Baby Teeth Typically Fall Out?
Most children begin losing their baby teeth between the ages of six and eight.
Every child is different and their teeth may fall out in different times.
Consult with your dentist.

7. Is mouthwash safe for kids?
Typically mouthwash is not advised for kids until they reach the
age of 6 or 7. But it is highly advised to consult with your dentist.

8. What is Causing the Pain in My child's Teeth?
Pain in your children's teeth can be caused by several
reasons such as tooth sensitivity, a broken tooth,
or an infection.

It is very important to seek consultation and ask your dentist
questions if your child is experiencing pain.

X-rays will be taken but causes can be detected by a full examination.

9. Are Sports drinks good for my teen?
This question is great for several reasons.
Sports drinks may be good for energy and performance, but they
contain alot of sugar and artificial elements which can be very harmful
to your childs or teens teeth.

Ask your dentist about sports drinks and healthy drinks.

10. Does my child need any dental treatments?
Even if you feel your childs mouth or teeth are fine,
dental treatments may be beneficial.
Talking about potential options with your dentist
is a good strategy.

11. What are your payment and financial policies?
Asking about a Dental firms policies and practices is
important so you may be fully informed before you move forward
with any treatments.

12. Is my child grinding their teeth and why?
What should I do?
Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you involuntary grind,
gnash or clench your teeth. Some people may not
know they are experiencing it and why, especially kids.

13. Should I change my diet in any way?

Believe it or not, food has a big impact on dental health.
A great way to improve your childs smile is to ask your dentist
about a healthy diet that promotes great dental health.

Every child needs a healthy diet but some may have allergies and other conditions. Make sure to speak with your dentist about this.


14. What is your continuing education policy?
This is a great question but it can better be asked the following way.

Do your dentists continue learning about dentistry, tools,
Are your dentists part of any organizations?

Dentists have supporting organizations that keep them
informed and educated as science and dentistry practices
undergo change.

It's ok to ask them how they keep up with continuing education.
Our Dentists stay diligent on trends and continuing education in several ways.



Next time you visit the dentist, don't be afraid to ask these questions.
They are there to help your child with their dental health, overall health and to educate the community about dental health.

To schedule a first consultation or visit, please contact us at
one of our locations:
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What do you do when your child refuses to brush their teeth?

February 12th, 2021

There are many reasons why the little ones don't like to
brush their teeth. Many parents have questions and say things like,
"What do you do when your child refuses to brush their teeth?"
and "help little one just won't brush their teeth"

Toddlers tend to take control of what's theirs. In this case, their mouth.

But there are a few ways to get your reluctant toddler to scrub their pearly whites. Toddlers don't like to stand still. They have to be constantly on the move.
So in their mind, 2 minutes of brushing can seem eternal.

  • Get them involved:
    Have them pick out their favorite color toothbrushes at
    your general store of choice.
  • Let them lead the way!
    If they are the ones holding the toothbrush,
    they feel more in control.
    Stay aware that they make a mess and that's normal. Kids are not proficient in
    brushing until they reach the ages of 7 - 8.
  • Supervise how much toothpaste goes onto the toothbrush
    and the activity of brushing.
  • Singing a cute children's song while they do it may help make it fun.
  • Standing behind them in front of a mirror or embracing them
    can help give them a sense of security. If they can't see the mirror,
    use a stepping stool if needed. This helps them see everything
    going on rather than blindly waiting on the activity.

The "Deep Pressure technique"
Pressing firmly on their shoulder can keep your child grounded
and can keep them calm especially when their teeth are sensitive.

Is my toddler refusing to brush their teeth due to pain?
What to do?

It's very possible that their teeth are sensitive.
Don't be alarmed. This does not require a diagnosis of any sort.
Simply ask them if they don't like brushing their teeth.
If it's no. Ask them why.

But here's a little winning tip.
Don't ask them when their emotions are up.
They most likely will answer with bias.

Your tot can surprise you with their response.
Once you know why they don't like it, you can move forward from there.

Is your child a picky eater. It's a clue.
When a child is a picky eater, it means they are sensitive to textures. The feel of the brush alone may be the reason why they don't want to brush.

What if my toddler child doesn't like the taste?
Introducing to them another flavor may come in handy.
If they are involved in picking it out, it may
make things go smoother.

  • Your toddler may then get excited when it's time to brush because
    the flavor they chose is fun.
  • On the next visit, ask your dentist to help
    explain why brushing is good and (hint: fun )
  • Characters can play an important role.
    Characters like Disney princesses and Spiderman play big roles
    in making tots feel more comfortable and at ease.
    It feels like they're not alone in this journey.
  • Also having a favorite toy or stuffed animal near
    can give a sense of security and comfortability.
  • Practice makes perfect! Well, not really but it helps.
    you can make things fun for your toddler by giving them
    an extra toothbrush for them to practice on a doll
    and supervising them.
  • The Toothpaste battle avoidance
    If your little one doesn't want the toothpaste,
    you can use just plain water in the meantime as you gradually
    try again later to get them used to toothpaste.

More Character Examples:

The act of brushing is more important than the toothpaste battle.
- The laughing technique.
Your toddler can fall into some giggling
from you brushing their nose or chin and making it look
like an accident. Oops. That doesn't go there.

  • While practicing on a doll, you can make a joke about the
    doll using a hairbrush to brush its teeth.
    Ask your child if that's right. They will tell you
    it's supposed to be a toothbrush

Sensory Activities before brushing. The "Sensory Diet technique"
When a child is active, they can tire out or slow down
after a while. Having them be active before bath time
and brushing can make them more toleratable to
brushing their teeth especially when they
are sensitive.

  • Use a routine.
    Having a routine can ensure the consistency of brushing their teeth
    as well as promoting good habits.
  • Brush in the morning after waking up.
  • Brush after a bath or before bedtime.
  • 5 - 10 minute reminders can be helpful
  • Have a special song or a few different ones to sing
    while they brush, before or after.
  • Maybe singing a victory song afterward can help.


We hope that this helps with your reluctant tot.

If your tot is still reluctant, you can always sing a song while having
an exciting visit to the dentist.
Our experienced, caring, and dedicated Children's general team of
dentists and hygienists are looking forward to providing
comprehensive dental and gentle care for your child.
Please contact us for an appointment.


Our Team!
Our experienced, caring, and dedicated Children's general team of
dentists and hygienists are looking forward to providing
comprehensive dental and gentle care for your child.
Please contact us for an appointment.

To schedule a first consultation or visit:   Appointment Request Form here



Braces vs Invisalign

October 22nd, 2020

Have you been considering treatment for straightening your child's teeth?
Perhaps you are looking to make a decision towards a more confident, beautiful smile that your child deserves.


We currently have two treatments for straightening your child's teeth over time. Both will improve your smile and overall dental health. However, you may have questions about the differences between the two.

So what is the Difference between Traditional Braces and Invisalign?

Traditional braces refer to metal brackets, wire, and rubber bands used to straighten your child's teeth. Metal braces include a wire called an archwire.
Your orthodontist will attach brackets to each tooth with bonding material.
These are gradually adjusted over time by tightening the wire which is held in place with rubber bands. This will place the teeth properly. People may shy away from braces and go with Invisalign due to the maintenance that metal braces include.

Time Involved:
- Braces don't come off until its time Braces 2 yrs treatment.
But patients often see results early. This helps to boost self-confidence and may encourage you to keep it up.
Completion expectancy of treatment can vary from patient to patient depending on what is being corrected therefore time frames are estimated whether the patient is advised metal braces or Invisalign treatment.
- Brackets can be tricky.
- Visits: About every 4-6 weeks. Fortunately, these visits are short ( about 30 min to 1hr)
- Slight soreness may occur with adjustments but should be temporary.


Traditional braces may provide better results depending on the challenging orthodontic needs a patient may have.

example: Teeth that may sit in different positions that are noticeable.
You may, however, want to consider this:
They may be a bit more involved to navigate around while flossing but it's not impossible and can be learned and there are accessories available that make cleaning easier. Visits for broken wires may occur.

Food Restrictions:
Unfortunately, there are some foods to avoid while wearing braces.
These may include:
- Popcorn, gum, apples, and other chewy stuff.

Traditional braces tend to be more affordable than
Clear aligners. Both treatment options have accompanying payment options.
Most insurances are accepted as well as payment plans

Brushing vs Soaking:

Traditional braces are more likely to trap food and tend to be difficult to clean because they are fixed in the mouth.



Invisalign is a popular treatment option due to being removable and virtually invisible.

Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and rubber bands.
It uses a series of clear, customized, removable devices called aligners.
Braces have been around longer than Invisalign but this doesn't take away from
Invisalign at all. Both are very effective. Invisalign aligners are a bit more smooth.

Proven results: SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features are clinically proven to improve control of tooth movement with Invisalign clear aligners
Your treatment might include as little as 12 trays or as many as 48

Time Involved:
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
you could see your new smile in as little as 6 months, however, completion expectancy of treatment can vary from patient to patient depending on what is being corrected therefore time frames are estimated whether the patient is advised metal braces or Invisalign treatment.

- Invisalign - Less time than traditional braces.
- 22-24 hrs wear Invisalign a day
- Braces 18 months to 3 years


Invisalign treatment is ideal for your busy schedule since you only need to visit our office every six weeks. Invisalign Clear aligners can treat a wide range of teeth-straightening conditions, including crossbites, crowding, open bites, gapped teeth, overbites, and underbites. Virtually invisible. Most people will not even notice that they are being worn. They are often referred to as more comfortable than metal braces due to the SmartTrack material. Straightens teeth more predictably and comfortably covered by many orthodontic insurance plans paying with pre-tax dollars from your HSA arranging a monthly payment plan


Food Restrictions:
Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want.


Invisalign can typically cost more than their metal counterparts but there are available payment options. Most insurances are accepted as well as payment plans


Brushing vs Soaking:

It is as easy as taking your aligners off to brush and floss your teeth and then putting them right back in. Your aligners will stay cleaner if they are placed on clean teeth.

Must be considered:
Invisalign trays must also be cleaned.
Because bacteria can build up on the trays while you sleep during the night.
It's best practice to establish a routine to clean them in the morning and at night,
for the best oral health.

Soaking and Rinsing them is also a great practice.


Invisalign Clear Aligner



Frequently asked questions:

Why Invisalign Treatment?

The Invisalign Treatment Process

Your First Consultation

Your Custom Treatment Plan

Here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?




Made from SmartTrack Material Yes
In-person consultations with real doctors Yes Yes
Easily removable for eating, drinking & flossing Yes Yes
No emergency visits for broken wires Yes Yes
Virtually invisible Yes Yes
Made from traditional brackets and wires Yes
Each aligner is trimmed to your gum line
for optimal comfort and appearance
Blue compliance indicator dots
to help you stay on track
Covered by many orthodontic insurance plans Yes Yes Yes


There’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth with the most advanced clear aligner in the world. Our office is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign clear aligners, which give you a clear, convenient, and comfortable option to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. This does not indicate that metal braces are not a great choice.


Regardless of which orthodontic treatment you choose, the professional staff at
Smile Central Dental is skilled at providing you quality treatment giving you a winning smile with the best options for you.

Braces are the popular choice for most of our patients which is perfectly fine.
It all boils down to the patient's preference.

Consults are free for metal braces treatment and, or Invisalign treatment.
Most insurances are accepted as well as payment plans.
Convenient office hours and open on Saturdays.

To schedule a first consultation or visit, please contact us at
one of our locations:

1. 140 Market St, Paterson, NJ 07505
Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
Orthodontics Center - 2nd Floor
Treatment Center - 4th Floor
(973) 742-4200


2. 625 Main Ave
Passaic, NJ 07055
Children's Dentistry - 3rd Floor
(973) 574-1000


3. 3196 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Blvd
3rd Floor
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 325-8444





Facts, Quotes and benefits to Smiling!

May 20th, 2020

Facts and Quotes about Smiling!

Smiling gives us so many benefits that may be subtle and unnoticeable.

Group of friends smiling

  1. It's so much easier to smile than to frown for our muscles.
  2. It's contagious! When people see others smile, they tend to smile too.
  3. Smiling actually reduces blood pressure.
  4. Smiling makes you happier or can change your mood.
  5. Smiling Boosts Heart Health
  6. A smile helps with optimism. It's been said that people who smile for optimism tend to have a more positive attitude and strive for success.
  7. Happiness Adds years to your life.
  8. Smiling is a universal language. And since smiling is contagious, it doesn't matter what language people speak.
  9. Smiling can lead to work promotions.
  10. Smiling while speaking on a telephone makes you sound happier.
  11. Smiling can attract people to you. It opens up opportunities.
  12. Smiling can often be a first facial expression when meeting someone.
  13. It's possible, women smile more than men
  14. A neurologist of the 19th century, Duchenne de Boulogne ran an experiment to discover how many types of smiles there are. The claim is 19.
  15. Smiling reduces stress.
  16. Smiling releases endorphins.
  17. Smiling helps your life span.
  18. Happy people tend to not get sick as often as those who are unhappy.
  19. The current claim to the number of muscles used to smile is 17 out of 43.
  20. 99.7% of people say a smile is a social asset. These numbers vary.
  21. 74% of people believe a bad smile hurts careers. These numbers vary.
  22. 47%of people will notice your smile before anything else. These numbers vary.
  23. At least half of the people you smile at will smile back. These numbers vary.
  24. Less than 25% of people think their smile looks best closed.
  25. Waiters and waitresses tend to be tipped more often because of their inviting smiles.
  26. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
  27. It's free to smile. You pay nothing.
  28. People seem to trust you more with a great smile.
  29. Almost half of the young adults worldwide have untagged themselves from a photo on social media due to their smiles.
  30. Kids laugh a lot more than adults every day. kids overall, laugh from 300-400 times a day while adults overall may laugh about 15 times a day or less.
  31. Babies Can Smile Moments After Birth.



Here's some cool smile quotes:

  1. "Everyone smiles in the same language." - George Carlin
  2. "You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile." - Charlie Chaplin
  3. “A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others. “– Dalai Lama
  4. "Somehow when you smile, the day seems brighter" - Phil Collins
  5. "Share your smile with the world. It's the symbol of friendship and peace." - Christie Brinkley
  6. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”– Dr. Seuss
  7. “I love those who can smile in trouble.”– Leonardo da Vinci
  8. “The robbed that smile steals something from the thief.”– William Shakespeare
  9. “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. “– Tom Wilson
  10. “When things are difficult, smile by faith. Don’t wait until you feel better.”– Joel Osteen
    “A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.”– Marilyn Monroe
  11. "Smiling is free therapy" - Douglas Horton
  12. “Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.”– Sri Chinmoy
  13. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”– Mark Twain
  14. “Smile! It increases your face value.”– Robert Harling
  15. "You're never fully dressed without a smile." - Martin Charnin
  16. “A smile is a friend maker.”– Bangambiki Habyarimana
  17. “I wake up every day with a smile on my face.”– Henry Ian Cusick
  18. “A smile cures the wounding of a frown.”– William Shakespeare
  19. “Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability.”– Joe Brown
  20. "When I wake up, I smile because I'm alive and ready to succeed" - Raul Perez


If you think your child requires dental braces to correct an alignment issue call (973) 742-4200 to schedule an appointment. ( Orthodontics ext: 21 )

Serving Paterson, NJ, and the surrounding communities, we offer comprehensive oral health services ranging from routine cleanings to emergency treatmentWe are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment to keep all members of the family comfortable in the office.

Find reviews and updates on Facebook, learn more about our practice online, or give us a call (973) 742-4200


Oral hygiene mistakes to avoid

November 19th, 2019

1. Brushing too fast
brushing should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes twice a day
You can damage enamel brushing too fast. Slow to moderate speed brush strokes is ideal.



2. Not Flossing
Flossing helps to remove bacteria hidden. In one corner we have gum disease and the other corner, the heavyweight champ, Floss! Gum disease affects mainly adults but can happen at an early age, especially if you don't have a proper oral care routine, which includes flossing every day. Floss comes out the winner!



3. Not using the right toothbrush
We recommend buying a chargeable electric toothbrush.
We realize that is not always an option, so we recommend using toothbrushes with soft bristles as these are much more effective. Avoid buying hard toothbrushes. These can damage tooth enamel and toss out toothbrushes after 2-3 months because they get rough. These can damage tooth enamel.



4. Not brushing your tongue
When brushing your teeth, brushing your tongue gently will rid
of bacteria that gets collected on your tongue called biofilm.
This type of bacteria can lead to bad breath and even tooth damage.
The tongue itself has peaks and troughs that are a perfect place for bacteria to thrive and settle. In fact, Its a leading cause of bad breath.
Let's brush those tongues and battle bacteria.



5. Not rinsing after brushing and flossing
Flossing and brushing is not enough. You can leave particles behind.
Rinsing is an important last step to brushing and flossing. Rinsing will
help rid of these excess particles.


6. Not drinking enough water
Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth
dry mouth can result in growth of bacteria and fungi which can,
in turn, lead to bad breath.



7. Frequently Snacking
An occasional treat is fine, but repeated sugar intake and other carbs will increase the risk of cavities. Sugar can stay stuck to your teeth.
These sugars can damage your teeth. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in
the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that
dissolve and damage the teeth.

It's important to monitor and moderate children's sugar intake.


8. Eating Acidic food at night
The acid in the saliva can damage can affect the health of your gums.
It is said to be best to eat at least two hours before your bedtime.
We recommend brushing the teeth before bedtime. This will help to keep
your mouth clean of acids.



9. Waiting too long before your final brush time and bedtime
It is very important to brush right before you go to bed.
Cavities can develop and grow rapidly when the mouth is dry.
Bacteria will eat away at your teeth eventually creating
holes (cavities) and leaving you without your teeth.
Plaque is also an issue. It can harden to form tartar.
plaque and tartar cause irritation, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums,
as well as dental decay, also known as cavities.
Let's make sure to brush our teeth before bedtime.




This article is intended to provide an understanding and knowledge about
Oral hygiene mistakes to avoid. Always seek advice from a professional dentist with any questions you may have regarding your child and medical conditions or treatments.

Benefits to smiling

October 16th, 2019

Many people can testify to feeling great due to smiling on a daily basis. The act of smiling brings quite a few health benefits. Let's explore the benefits! 

1. Smiling releases endorphins
Smiling helps us feel good. Studies have shown that endorphins are released into the bloodstream when people smile. These natural chemicals help to elevate your mood and relax your body. Smiling can trick your brain into happiness ... and boost your health. Smiling and activating facial muscles can trick your brain into thinking that you are happy and have been seen by specialists to actually trigger happiness when being stressed or feeling down.


2. Smiling is contagious
Ever find your self smiling because someone else was smiling? It happens a lot more often than you may think, especially when our children smile at us or vice versa.
Smiling is an unconscious and automatic response. Since smiling tends to keep us upbeat even when we were down, it creates a good vibe around you which people tend to gravitate to.


3. Smiling Boosts Heart Health
It helps bring stress levels down. Scientists have tested heart rates and have discovered that smiling reduces body stress.


4. Smile to Strengthen Immunity
Laughter and smiling lower risk of cancer. The studies reveal that the brain secrets immunoglobulin ( mucosal antibody used by the immune system to identify and kill bacteria and viruses) Smiling also lowers your blood pressure.


5. Smile for success
Smiling promotes optimism and vice versa. Smiling has been known to help people be in a better mood and keep people in an upbeat state. This can lead to positive vibes. People who feel positive and act positively, tend to be more successful in all they do.


6. Happiness Adds years to your life. Studies have it that smiling can add 7 years to your life. It takes 46 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile. According to experts, a happy disposition and positive outlook on life can have a powerful impact on health.

Whether you want to trick your brain into happiness or not, smiling proves to be a great way to boosting your health. Let's all a smile as often as we can!


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