Pierson Dental Blog

Your Sicklerville Dentist is Now Accepting New Patients!

August 30, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 12:24 pm

Female dental patientWhen you move to a new town, finding new doctors and dentists can be difficult. You’re looking for a clinic that offers treatments you need, is located near to your work or home, has convenient office hours, and perhaps most importantly, delivers treatment in an environment free from stress or discomfort. If you’re looking for a new dentistry practice to call home, your Sicklerville dentist, Dr. Melvin Pierson, and his team at Pierson Dental invite you to give us a try. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable and friendly dentistry team today. We pride ourselves on offering the best possible dental services in a uniquely relaxed environment.


After I brush and floss I still have a bad taste in my mouth, what can I do?

August 22, 2016

Filed under: Dental News,VLog — Melvin Pierson @ 8:00 am

Ask Doctor Pierson ? Do you have a bad taste in your mouth after brushing your teeth? Pierson Dental Sicklerville, Williamstown, Franklinville, Mullica Hill, NJ

Why do I need a check-up every six months?

August 17, 2016

Filed under: Dental News,VLog — Melvin Pierson @ 8:00 am

Dr. Pierson of Pierson Dental Sicklerville, Williamstown, Franklinville and Vineland NJ discuss How important is it to keep your dental appointments?

I need a root canal, why can’t I just have the tooth pulled?

August 8, 2016

Filed under: Dental News,VLog — Melvin Pierson @ 8:00 am

Dr. Pierson of Pierson Dental Sicklerville Williamstown and Franklinville NJ answers patients questions about root canals.

I’m embarrassed and have a missing tooth, what are my options?

August 1, 2016

Filed under: Dental News,VLog — Melvin Pierson @ 8:00 am

Ask Doctor Pierson! Are you afraid to smile? Well listen to the doctor’s advice!

Ask Dr. Pierson VLog Series

July 28, 2016

Filed under: Dental News,VLog — Melvin Pierson @ 11:12 pm

Ask Dr. Pierson is a series of vlogs that allows patients a comfortable, private, informative and educational forum to ask questions directly to Dr. Pierson. Think of this as your local Dr. Oz, or an interactive wikipedia.

Bad Breath?

January 21, 2015

Filed under: Dental News — Melvin Pierson @ 9:40 am

With the starting of a New Year, there is usually hope, renewed commitments, resolutions, diets, fasts and Bad Breath. Yes, that dirty word “Bad Breath”!

What is Bad Breath?

Bad Breath (Halitosis) usually starts from the gums and the tongue. Bad Breath is produced by sulfur compounds of food or food particle. Bad Breath can also be caused by Fasting or Dieting. Both fasting and dieting cause a decrease in salivary gland production of saliva. Saliva is one of the human body’s natural cleansing mechanisms, and the key source in your mouth to control unwanted odors. A decrease in saliva allows bacteria to grow inside the mouth and bad breath to develop. For example, when you sleep, saliva flow decreases, therefore allowing bacteria to grow in your mouth. This causes a condition called “Morning Mouth” or “Dieting Mouth”. Another cause of bad breath is created with poor oral hygiene.

Bad Breath is NOT just a mouth problem. Bad Breath can also be caused by medical infection, diabetes, kidney or liver failure. Even stress, snoring, age, hormonal changes, and post nasal drip can have an effect on your breath. Another big culprit of bad breath is Xerostomia (Dry Mouth). Dry Mouth has several causes, including various medications, tobacco, radiation and chemotherapy.

It is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice/day under normal conditions. However, with dieting or fasting, brushing and flossing should increase to 3-4/day. Proper brushing, including brushing the tongue, cheeks and the roof of the mouth. This will remove bacteria and food particles. Flossing removes accumulated bacteria, plaque and food that may be trapped between teeth. To alleviate odors, clean your tongue with your toothbrush or tongue scraper, ( a small plastic tool that scrapes away bacteria that build on the tongue). If you wear dentures, clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth.

I know, I know, you have heard it 1000 times, but visit your dentist regularly because dental checkups will help detect and problems early. If you think you suffer from bad breath,  your dentist can determines its source and provide proper treatment.


If you have any dental health related questions, don’t forget to Ask Dr. Pierson. You question may be the next blog.

Dry Mouth, That Dirty Word!

May 6, 2014

Filed under: Dental News — Melvin Pierson @ 10:54 am

What is dry mouth? Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is caused by a decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth. The salivary glands help keep your mouth moist, which helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. In addition, approximately 30% of persons over the age of 65 are affected by dry mouth.
Dry mouth may be a sign of a health problems, like patients receiving radiation and chemotherapy, or diabetic patients. There are numerous other health conditions that can cause dry mouth, including over 400 different medications.
As a whole, you want to prevent dry mouth if possible, because it can cause difficulty in tasting, chewing, or swallowing. It also leads to more cavities. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath, mouth soreness, gum disease, and difficulty in wearing dentures.
How we can help you:
After a comprehensive oral exam, we can assess your individual situation, and develop a specific plan for you. In addition, you should do the following:
• Brush and floss twice a day
• Chew sugar-free gum
• Drink plenty of water
• Regular dentist visits
• Flouride and or reminerilization treatments in our office
You should avoid to following:
• Avoid smoking
• Avoid acidic juices (i.e., tomato, orange, grapefruit)
• Avoid dry foods, such as toast or crackers
• Avoid overly salty foods

If you have a dental question, email me at pdastaff@gmail.com, and “Ask Dr. Pierson”. Your question may be the next blog.

Is there an alternative to a CPAP?

November 13, 2012

Filed under: Dental News — Melvin Pierson @ 4:55 pm

Last year, I wrote a blog about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). I did not quite know the reach of that blog, but since then, I have received more questions about the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and alternative treatments. OSA is a serious, life-threatening disorder that is characterized when individuals stop breathing completely for 10 seconds or more, several times in a single night, while asleep. If your partner hears loud snoring, punctuated by silences and then a snort or choking sound as you resume breathing, this pattern could signal sleep apnea.

I have had several patients ask me about treatment of OSA. For the record, let me state, that “Continuous Positive Air Pressure or CPAP therapy is the #1 method to treat OSA”. A CPAP mask is worn during sleep and delivers various degrees of airflow to assist with breathing while sleeping. However, what happens when a person cannot wear or will not wear their CPAP? Are there any treatment options? Yes, there are!

One option is Mandibular Advancement Appliance (MAA). This is a NON-SURGICAL treatment. A mouthpiece is custom made in your dentist’s office, usually in 1-2 visits. It is a very simple solution for mild to moderate sleep apnea, or a patient that will not or cannot wear their CPAP. Simply by moving the bottom jaw forward, more oxygen is allowed into the body. There are several different types of MAA available and your dentist, working with your physician, and sleep study center will determine which one is best for you specific needs.

Another OSA treatment options are available. Most are SURGICAL options. One is the Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) removes soft tissue on the back of the throat. Another surgical procedure is the Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), the Pillar Palateal Implant, and the Tracheostomy. Your physician is better suited to discuss the surgical treatment options with you and your loved ones.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental problems or just want useful information, don’t forget to “Ask Dr. Pierson” at pdastaff@gmail.com. Your question may be the next blog!

Why can’t I visit my dentist just once a year?

May 3, 2012

Filed under: Dental News — Melvin Pierson @ 1:05 pm

During my 19 years as a practicing dentist, I get several questions daily regarding dental treatment, dental regiments, routines etc. Many of the questions are excellent questions. With that in mind, I’ve decided to turn actual patient’s questions into blogs.

[quote]Dr. Pierson, “Why do I have to visit the dentist every 6 months? And why can’t I visit just once a year?”[/quote]

As a patient you have the right to pick and choose when you visit the dentist. If you want to visit once a year, you can. A once a year dental visit is not recommended and here’s why. What happens during a tooth cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar. Everyone has heard this a thousand times. But what is also happening is the removal of harmful bacteria that causes gum disease, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes and a host of other medical/dental problems. If the mouth is the gateway to the body, you can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mouth”. The ideal of time to visit your dentist for cleanings is “Every 3 months”. Why, because the harmful bacteria re-organizes, and regroups in 90 days, or 3 months. So to keep teeth truly healthy you should visit your dentist every 3 months. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop gum disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications. Diabetic patients should maintain 3 months visits. Dental visits every 3 months is usually NOT covered by most dental insurances, so you have to make a determination on how healthy you want to be.

If you have a dental question, email me at pdastaff@gmail.com, and “Ask Dr. Pierson”. Your question may be the next blog.

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