FAQ

What is the best way to care for my mouth?

To care for your mouth properly, prevention is key! We recommend that you brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and floss once a day. We also recommend that you see us twice a year for professional cleanings and to have your mouth screened for oral cancer and gum disease.


How does my oral health affect my overall health?

If you have poor oral hygiene, your health will be greatly affected. This connection between oral health and overall health is referred to as an oral-systemic connection. Gum disease and severe dental decay can cause inflammation and infections that travel throughout your bloodstream. Problems in your mouth have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other serious conditions. It is important for us to see you regularly to check for and treat any problems to help avoid medical complications.


How does sleep apnea affect my health?

Sleep apnea is marked by blockage in your airway while you sleep. It is linked to heart disease and stroke and can be a life-threatening condition if it is not treated properly. Sleep apnea also leaves you feeling tired and can affect your alertness, mood, and blood pressure. Dr. DiBona offers several sleep apnea solutions to help you breathe, prevent complications, and get a good night’s sleep!


What is gum disease?

Gum disease is characterized by swollen, red, and inflamed gums. The disease is caused from a lack of oral care and can result in bone and tooth loss when not treated promptly. Our practice knows how to detect gum disease and provide treatments that will stop it in its tracks. Call our office now at 732-945-5343 if you think you may have symptoms of gum disease.


How can early intervention orthodontics help my child?

Early intervention orthodontics  can help your child by preparing you and them for the orthodontic treatment they may need. Early intervention allows Dr. DiBona to begin assisting the jaw and face as they grow so that your child can prevent future problems and maintain an attractive smile.


Are your procedures safe for my health?

Yes. All of our dental procedures are considered safe to have performed. We will always go over your medical health with you, and if we feel a procedure is not safe, then we will let you know and suggest another treatment.


How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

You might know that you have sleep apnea if you have trouble sleeping at night and find yourself waking up in the middle of the night from an interruption in your breathing. Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea usually feel fatigued throughout the day and may have trouble staying awake or concentrating, no matter how much sleep they get. Oftentimes, however, it’s your spouse or bed partner who notices your symptoms, which also include chronic loud snoring, gasping for air, and making choking sounds during the night. See Dr. DiBona for a sleep apnea consultation to confirm a diagnosis and get the treatment you need. Call us at 732-945-5343 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.


Can my child’s teeth be straightened?

Yes. Your child’s teeth can be straightened through a variety of orthodontic procedures. We will recommend the best treatment for your child based on his or her needs. We specialize in both traditional braces and Invisalign for teens.


How does your office stop dental pain?

We use a local anesthetic to provide pain relief when you are having a procedure performed. Dr. DiBona is highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of dental services, so your treatments are done with precision and minimal discomfort. We also offer comfort options in our office to help keep you relaxed, including movies, blankets, and pillows.


What are the most common dental emergencies?

There are a variety of dental emergencies that can happen, and the most common ones include a knocked-out tooth, severe dental decay and toothaches, and loose teeth. If you experience any of these emergencies, call our office immediately at 732-945-5343.