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The Best Dental Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

It’s that special time of the year and everyone is starting to get their holiday shopping done. As a dental practice, we love to always consider health conscious gifts or items that can help to make brushing your teeth and caring for your oral health fun, for both kids and adults. We figured we’d put together a few ideas that may help you with your shopping to do list this year. We hope you like our ideas and happy shopping!

Gift Card Towards Any Cosmetic Dental Services

Things like teeth whitening or something even as big as getting clear braces such as Invisalign may always be on someones want list, but something they may not always want to buy for themselves. A Campi Dental gift card can give them just the push they need to finally get those desired treatments. You can call the office any time to come by and pick up a gift card for any amount. It can also be used towards any dental service or co-pay.

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Professional Level Electric Toothbrushes
  • Clear Braces
  • Any Dental Services or Co-Pays

If your little one has a tough time in the dental chair, or if they despise their daily dental health routine, these cute and clever toys can help make it easier and fun for them. By giving your kids the instruments of the dentist, they suddenly have control and autonomy that they might not otherwise feel with dental-related matters.  Let them get familiar with what it takes to be a dentist, and they just might start flossing and brushing like a pro! Below are a few toys that are out there, you can find them at various retailers online and in person.

Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill kit

Make sure your child is old enough to play with Play-Doh (and not eat it). With this kit they can fill cavities, put on braces, and even operate a buzzing electric drill.

A game called “Crocodile Dentist”

Your kids try to find the one tooth that’s causing the crocodile’s pain; otherwise, they’ll get their hands chomped on!

Amazon.com: Hasbro Crocodile Dentist Kids Game Ages 4 And Up (Amazon Exclusive): Toys & Games

Doctor Playset by Mumu Sugar

This wooden playset offers children dental tools and a jaw with removable teeth!

Amazon.com: Mumu Sugar Wooden Toys Doctor Set for Kids Ages 3 and Up,Funny Dentist Pretend Play Medical Kit with Realistic Stethoscope: Toys & Games

Barbie Careers Dentist Playset

Have a little one who’s into Barbies? This would be perfect!

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Playmobil Dentist with Patient

Includes the exam chair and everything!

PLAYMOBIL Dentist with Patient (6662). Now € 11.99 at Amazon.it, -20% below the Playmobil retail price - Playmowatch Germany - Playmobil® Pricewatch

Alma’s Designs Dental Kit

This kit includes plush instruments to help your little one get used to a great dental routine.

Alma's Designs Dentist Kit : The Best Dentist Toys for Kids - Red Apple Pediatric Dental Team

Gamzoo Doctor Kit

This kit allows children to pretend they’re a dentist, doctor, or nurse.

Amazon.com: GAMZOO Doctor Kit for Kids-Pretend Play Toy for 3,4,5 Year Old Boys and Girls Birthday Gift,Medical Set Playset with Electronic Stethoscope,Light & Sounds for Age 3-6: Toys & Games

 

“All in the Family Dental Care” Rebrands to “Campi Dental”

“All in the Family Dental Care” Rebrands to “Campi Dental” and Continues Decades of Quality of Care That Diminishes Dental Fear and Anxiety

Have you ever felt fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist? Now add COVID-19 as an additional layer, and it could be a recipe for total avoidance of care. While this might be the truth for most dental patients, the voice of a patient receiving care at All in the Family Dental Care beats to a different drum. Five-star accolades speak to the kindness, safety, thoroughness, quality of care, comfort, and commitment to technology that have inspired families to visit repeatedly for decades. The 87-year-old practice, one of NJ’s oldest family-owned dental operations based in Wall, is currently led by third-generation partners John G. Campi III, DMD (Dr. Jack Campi), and Joseph G. Campi, DMD (Dr. Joe Campi). Together, both doctors demonstrate compassion for their patients and selflessness in their actions by providing comprehensive dental care that offers general/cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, and periodontics in one location. It’s not just an excellent dental practice, but a “life-long relationship” that starts with a personal tour, provides consultations to instill comfort, and personalized, comprehensive care that has generations of families referring loved ones to their practice. Today, the practice showcases their leadership, strength, and plan for their fourth-generation expansion, by renaming and rebranding the practice to Campi Dental. This includes announcing new technology, and reinforcing its commitment to the community through their Campi Cares philanthropic initiatives.

“Our legacy of doing right by our patients and our community, especially through Campi Cares, has history. It demonstrates strength and stability in the present, as well as hope and vision for the future. Rebranding to Campi Dental is affirming the foundation for present and future Campi leadership” – Dr. Jack Campi

The new logomark incorporates the iconic C representing the Campi Dental umbrella, which stands for the positive energy and wave of change that the practice is forecasting in their future growth. The tagline, “All in the Family Since 1933” has been instituted to showcase the company’s longevity. Red and navy blue were selected as the new brand colors, not only to reinforce their commitment to the community but also for what they represent. Vice President of Community Affairs, Karen Campi, stated, “Color says so much about a brand, and for us, it represents the community that has supported our growth over the years, and the quality of care that we provide on behalf of our patients. Red conveys confidence, determination, passion, and care, while navy blue stands for a feeling of trust, loyalty, and integrity. This matches our goals and core values of today and tomorrow.”

Advanced dentistry and technology have always been a top priority, as the practice pioneered the field of dental lasers in 1985. When Dr. Jack Campi partnered with his uncle, Dr. Thomas Campi in 1991, they made advancements by incorporating dental technologies such as digital radiographs, air abrasion, and new laser wavelengths. In 2003, brothers Dr. Jack and Dr. Joe Campi joined forces and continued pioneering technological developments, including high-powered magnification, digital imaging, same-day crowns, and intraoral cameras to deliver precision dentistry.

Innovation has not stopped during COVID-19. Campi Dental was one of the first dental practices to confidently re-open at full capacity during the pandemic, while maintaining and exceeding stringent state and CDC guidelines. While health and safety precautions have always been a priority, the practice has taken it to a whole new level going above and beyond the required PPE protocols. Campi Dental has invested in Surgically Clean Air, a multi-stage air purifying technology that cleans, purifies, and re-energizes indoor air. The 6-stage filtration system captures dust particles, pollen, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), gases, mold, allergens, viruses, odors (like formaldehyde and smoke), bio-aerosols, and many other pollutants that are not ideal but common components of air in workplaces. Campi Dental’s patients are breathing sanitized air that is pure, clean, and energized to combat fatigue. This level of elevated detail to air quality and purification parallels every aspect of quality standards at Campi Dental.

“We consistently reinvest in our practice: technology, renovations, continuing education, and team training. Our rebrand is in line with our commitment to reinvest in the practice and striving to improve every day. Our core values will remain the same as we always treat our patients like family, providing them with the best and safest dental care available, forming long-standing relationships with them, and earning their trust.” – Dr. Joe Campi

Along with the rebrand, Campi Dental kickstarts its annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program under Campi Cares, which provides money for children, and treats for our troops! On November 7 from 1-4pm, Campi Dental will collect candy outside in front of their building and will pay $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds of candy, and pay it forward to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, supporting all veterans.

Vice President of Operations and Wall native, Cheryl Campi, stated, “Wall has always been home. Giving back is a huge component of who Campi Dental is, and our rebrand elevates our Campi Cares initiatives even more. Yes, we could contribute to individuals and causes in other places or countries, but we see that there are real needs right in front of us. The fact that we get to touch and feel the impact of our efforts leaves a lasting impression. Campi equals community. Our doors are always open for our current and future patients to come visit, and experience a culture that puts people first.”

Our Investment in Clean Air and Our Patients

While clean air is important in all workplaces and parts of life, it’s absolutely essential in the dental field. The nature of our work with open mouths, water tools, air tools, and the number of patients we see every day can cause many types of particles and microbes to become airborne and spread within our office. When it comes to the health of our patients and team, we don’t take any risks. We know that their health and well being is worth the extra investment to get the best equipment possible, and our brand new, state of the art Surgically Clean Air system is the best of the best.

The past few months have changed the way many of us live and breathe every day. We are more aware, more cautious, and more particular about how we live and where we’ll go than ever before. As a practice, we spent many, many hours focusing on how to enhance the health and safety of our patients and staff within our building. Cleanliness and proper sanitation have always been our priority, but we knew we needed to take it a step further. Across the board, we made several upgrades and improvements to the equipment and products we use, and the process in which we use them. Investing in the Surgically Clean Air System was our #1 initiative and something we are beyond proud to now offer our patients and staff.

What is Surgically Clean Air (SCA)?

The summarized answer is that SCA is an air-filtering system. The longer answer is that it’s a top-of-the-line, thorough, and effective way to maintain the cleanliness of our dental practice. This remarkable air filtering system helps us meet the high standards of excellence we strive to provide to our valued patients and staff. With SCA, we can work today with less risk of cross-contamination, exposure to allergens, or the growth of dangerous microbes. The air does, in fact, become surgically clean.

What exactly is in the air we breathe?

  • Dust and dirt
  • Skin cells
  • Allergens
  • Mold, bacteria, fungus & viruses
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

The dangers of mold, bacteria, fungus, and viruses are well-known, but this may be the first time you are hearing about VOCs. These are harmful, man-made chemical compounds that can be found in perfumes and air fresheners. All of these air impurities can make breathing difficult and cause serious, sometimes chronic, illness.

How Our Surgically Clean Air System Works

Core Technologies

Many air filters have one filtering platform. The better ones have two or three. SCA goes beyond all of that by employing a six-stage filtering process. With such thorough processing, we are able to keep all manner of particles out of circulation.

The six (6) stage filtration system works to clean, purify and re-energize the indoor air and captures dust particles, pollen, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), gases, mold, allergens, viruses, odors (like formaldehyde and smoke), bio-aerosols, and many other pollutants that are found in the inside air in our dental office. The negative ion generator makes indoor air feel more pure, clean and energized to help combat fatigue. For an air purifier to deliver its benefits throughout the indoor space it needs to move large volumes of air through its filtration system effectively without impacting those people that are closest to it or being too loud.

Our Surgically Clean Air System successfully filters out bio-aerosols, odors, gasses, disinfectants, particulates, molds, bacteria, fungus, allergens, and viruses. With these out of the way, we are able to offer each of our patients a truly safe and healthy environment in which to receive excellent dental care.

Benefits of the Surgically Clean Air System

  • Removes harmful toxins, pollutants & airborne microbial contamination
  • Prevents the transmission of viruses and other illness
  • Improves the cleanliness of the equipment and office
  • Improves patient and staff alertness & mental energy
  • Increases team productivity
  • Increases patient confidence and comfort during each visit

Our Investment in Clean Air and Our Patients

At Campi Dental, we’re always looking for ways to invest in our patients’ health and whole-body wellness. Recently, we’ve added a Surgical Clean Air Purifier to our office and all of our treatment areas. They operate 24/7 to assure that our team and our patients breathe only clean, germ-free air.

By breathing cleaner air, the World Health Organization states that you can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases such as asthma. Our Surgically Clean Air System removes airborne pollutants and thereby greatly reduces the health effects associated with breathing bad indoor air.

Surgically Clean Air Purifiers have been proven by independent lab testing (RTI) to remove 99% of indoor air pollutants (ie. bacteria, fungus, and viruses). In practice, more than a thousand Dental Offices, Hospitals, Dental Labs, and Commercial Offices are implementing the new school of thought on the use of our standalone air purifiers.

We want every patient to walk in our office with absolute peace of mind that everything in our office, right down to the very air they breathe, meets even the most rigorous of patient health and infection control standards.

For us, it was a no brainer that we needed to implement this state of the art clean air technology within our office. If this can improve the health and wellness of our patients and staff, we had to have it. We hope that you enjoyed learning about this new technology and will spread the word on how important clean air is within your dental practice.

To learn more about how the Surgically Clean Air System works, you can watch this video:

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How to Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System

What If  Your Child’s Body Could Fight Infection Better Than Ever Before?

There is no better time than now to focus on building your family’s immune system. There are many natural ways to do this, and Dr. Greg will show you how.

At Campi Dental, Orthodontics is about a whole lot more than just straight teeth.

Kids love our orthodontist, Dr. Greg Campi because he is kind, gentle, and fun. Parents love him because he always creates beautiful smiles and has a deep passion for the overall health of his young patients.

Everything You Need to Know About Braces for Kids

Dr. Greg has a knack for catchy sayings. One of our favorites is:

“The mouth is designed for eating, drinking and talking. The NOSE is designed for breathing.”

What are the BIG benefits of nasal breathing?

  • Strengthened Immune Response. The nose filters and humidifies air before it reaches the lungs. This helps fight off infection and strengthen the immune system.
  • Better sleep. Nasal breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system which keeps the body calm and leads to more restful and restorative sleep.
  • Optimal Growth & Development. Breathing through the nose leads to more attractive facial development, a larger airway, and healthier jaw joints.

How to know when noisy breathing in kids is a sign of something ...

If you notice your child’s mouth hanging open while he or she is awake or breathing loudly/snoring while asleep, your child may be a mouth breather.

Left untreated, mouth breathing can cause crowded and crooked teeth, narrowing of the airway and TMJ problems.

Dr. Greg posted a few videos on his YouTube Channel that demonstrate some exercises to help kids breathe through their noses. Click here to view his nasal breathing exercise videos. 

Dr. Greg loves to create beautiful smiles for kids AND set them up for a lifetime of better health.

Call us today for an appointment to meet Dr. Greg – 732-449-2228 or click here to schedule online.

 

Our Road to Reopening

The past few months have been something we’ve never seen before and we are in the beginning phases of our reopening strategy. Like many other parts of the states reopening plan, we will be opening with precautions and taking everything one day at a time. We encourage open communication and are available to answer any questions you may have, call our office 732-449-2228 during our normal business hours.

We are now scheduling appointments and accepting new patients. Call us today or book online to request your next appointment. If you were scheduled for an appointment during March through May 2020, we will be in contact with you soon to reschedule with our office.  

Your health and safety are always first and foremost in our minds.  As you may know, at Campi Dental, we have always adhered to the strictest infection control guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).  We continue to regularly monitor these agencies for changes and updates.

We have made changes for your safety that you will see on your next visit.

Also please keep these three things in mind:

  • Be sure to take advantage of your unused dental insurance benefits before they expire—if they are unused you will lose them.
  • We will be offering additional financial options to assist with the cost of your care.  Some options have a 0% interest rate.
  • Based on the cost of our upgraded infection control procedures stipulated by the government agencies, we have instituted a $15 per visit infection control fee. As always, our main objective is to protect the safety and health of every patient.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 732 449-2228 and we will be happy to assist.  Thank you for being a valued patient at Campi Dental.  We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back.

           – Dr. Jack and Dr. Joe and All the Family Dental Care Team

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Routine Dental Check-up Postponed? Here Are At Home Dental Tips

We hope that you and your family are safe, healthy, and in good spirits during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

As you all know, access to routine and non essential dental care is currently being restricted to help protect the health of our patients and our staff. As a family run practice have not experienced anything like this in our 85 years of business. We’ve been doing our part in only performing emergency procedures within our office to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to relieve the burden on hospital emergency departments. Our team has been working hard to provide our patients with additional care and service during the local stay-at-home orders. We recently began handling many of your dental concerns using “Teledentistry” which will enable us to provide quality dental care safely via computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Many of you have had to postpone your routine dental check-ups. Even though you can’t come into the office for your professional cleaning and exam, maintaining your oral health at home during this time is critical.

Healthy Home Care

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and before bed. If possible, brushing after lunch is a good idea
  • Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles
  • Floss daily
  • Try alternative interdental cleaning devices if flossing is difficult
  • Minimize consumption of sugary and starchy foods, especially hard candies and sticky/gummy snacks
  • Look for foods with Vitamin D and calcium to maintain healthy gums
  • Remember lean meat, fish and poultry are great sources of protein
  • Replace toothbrush head every 3-4 months
  • Clean your tongue. Invest in good tongue scraper and clean your tongue after brushing your teeth.
  • Drink more water. This is good for your overall health and your oral care. It cleans tooth decay and fights mouth germs.
  • Don’t smoke or drink. It’s good for your teeth. And above all, it’s good for your health.
  • Pick the right toothpaste. The market is filled with many different varieties, just make sure the toothpaste includes fluoride.
  • Actively look out for bleeding gums, lumps and other oral problems. Just because they aren’t evident doesn’t mean they don’t exist, let us know if anything hurts or seems unusual

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If You Need Emergency Dental Care

  • Our office is open from 9am-1pm Monday-Friday for emergency dental care appointments
  • You can call our office at anytime in the case of a dental emergency
  • If you call outside of the 9am-1pm hours we are on-call and can still receive your message. We can arrange to meet you at the office for an emergency visit

Teledentistry, the next step in the evolution of dental care?

If You Have a Non Emergency Dental Need

  • We are proud to now offer teledentistry for our patients
  • You can schedule an appointment with any of our doctors to discuss a dental related issue or question
  • We can communicate through video for this appointment using your phone, tablet, or computer
  • Many insurance companies are covering teledentistry appointments

We will continue to update our patients on the status of our office through email and Facebook. We are closely following all recommendations from the ADA and the CDC and hope to reopen to full service capacity as soon as it’s deemed safe and healthy for our patients as well as our doctors and staff. Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time.

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How Same Day Crowns Will Change Your Life

Anyone that has needed crowns, or knows someone that has gotten crowns, knows that the procedure can span over two weeks involving temporaries and messy impression material. We have offered same-day crowns at Campi Dental for many years, something our patients love and really value. There is no impression material, no temporaries, and a state of the art crown is delivered in one visit.  We have now made the same day crowns process even greater. As of January 2020, we now offer the CEREC PrimeScan and PrimeMill technology which has revolutionized the way we perform our crown procedures.

Let’s start with the basics. What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is similar to a cap that is designed to cover the visible portion of the tooth and restore its size, shape, and strength, while also enhancing the look of the tooth. Using a very strong, bonded dental cement, the crown is attached to the tooth structure.

We often recommend dental crowns to our patients to:

  • Protect a tooth that is cracked or weakened by decay
  • Restore a tooth that has been worn down
  • Support a tooth with a large dental filling , where a significant portion of the tooth enamel has been removed
  • Hold a dental bridge or cover an implant
  • Enhance the tooth cosmetically

The older way to do it.

Many dental practices still perform dental crowns in what we call “the old fashioned way” which takes about 2 weeks to complete. That process consists of first preparing the tooth by fixing any issues it may have had, such as cavities, decay, etc. Then they prepare the tooth to make room for the crown, and make an impression with a putty-like substance or a digital scanner. After selecting the right shade of white and matching the design of the crown to the rest of the patient’s teeth, a temporary crown is made and applied using temporary cement. The patient then schedules to come back 2 weeks later to have the temporary crown removed, and the permanent crown is placed on the tooth and inspected for acceptable fit, bite, and smooth margins. After any necessary adjustments have been performed, the crown is cemented with a permanent cement or dental glue.

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The better way to do it.

At Campi Dental we have delivered quality dental crowns to our patients since they existed. Only instead of the process taking 2 weeks or more with multiple steps and drawn out appointments, we perform the entire procedure during one visit! Same-day crowns have been performed in our office since 2008, something that had set us apart from many other dentists in our area. As time goes on, technology continues to advance, allowing us to improve our techniques and procedures. To continue being a leader in technology and following our practice’s mission, we recently upgraded our same-day crowns procedure by adding the CEREC technology to our arsenal of tools. We want to improve our patients’ oral health while being conscious of their comfort, stress, and time. The same day crowns produced through this process are the same, if not better quality than traditional crowns. There is no quality spared by condensing the procedures time from weeks, to one hour. By investing in the CEREC technology, we are improving the value we bring to our patients everyday.

Are same day crowns more expensive than traditional crowns?

Offering same day crowns to our patients is something we pride ourselves on and many patients truly value the improved experience we offer. It makes us very happy to offer same day crowns in a single appointment, for the same cost of traditional crowns. There are no added fees or expenses when having your crowns completed in one day.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows us to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit…in, out, and on with your busy life. Although we use this technology very often for crowns, we can use it for multiple procedures. CEREC is an acronym, standing for:

  • Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
  • Economical: The procedure is economical for both us and you, the patient
  • Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
  • Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
  • Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.

In the past, patients with multiple failed restorations and other serious issues typically required several appointments to achieve a full restoration. With CEREC, however, multiple inlays and onlays can be fabricated, bonded, polished and installed at once. CEREC technology completes the multiple restorations in one visit, resulting in a beautiful smile in a fraction of the time.

How does CEREC work?

This video created by CEREC does a great job explaining the new technology, the benefits it offers, and how we’ll be using it at Campi Dental to improve our patients’ oral health and overall experience.

CEREC Acquisition Unit

The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Your dentist uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software convert the digital picture to a three-dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist in designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and teeth veneers. Once your dentist has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he or she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.

CEREC Milling Unit

Our team selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. We insert the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond-coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, the restoration is polished, and the finished inlay, onlay, veneer, crown, or bridge is bonded into place.

What’s Next?

If you or someone you know needs crowns or other dental work, don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule a free consultation to learn more. Our team is happy to further educate you on our practice’s and technology. We hope to hear from you soon!

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CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems

2020 – A New Decade, A New Lifestyle

Happy New Year to all of our patients, families, friends, and followers! Like many other blogs out there, we are using the first of the year as an opportunity to help our patients and readers start fresh, initiate a new lifestyle and promote good health and habits for the year ahead. Some may say its cliche to begin a new health plan in January, but why not? Sometimes its just psychologically supportive to know you have a clean slate, and that this marks day 1 of a new journey. Day 1 of a new lifestyle. Day 1 of a new you. As a dental practice, we try to go above and beyond in what we offer our patients when it comes to health. For us, it’s more than teeth, gums, and flossing. We like to look at how your oral health impacts your overall health, and how by beginning healthy habits you can really achieve great results.

When it comes to achieving long term success that will last, it’s not about the quick wins or the fad diets. You don’t need just a diet or fitness change but an overall lifestyle change. It’s when you achieve this that you’ll find lasting results. Our team at Campi Dentale has worked with health professionals to put together a series of ways to change your lifestyle for the better. We hope the strategies outlined below will help you to become the best version of yourself, and we are here for any questions or feedback along the way.

7 Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle

Develop positive thinking. We put this first because we think it’s the keystone habit that will help you form the other important habits. Sure, positive thinking by itself won’t lead to success, but it certainly goes a long way to motivate you to do the other things required. Develop a personal mantra, meditate, pray, or do whatever it is that will make you feel at peace and have a clear mind.

Make a plan and stick to it. Your plan is a map that will guide you on this journey of change. When making your plan, be as specific as possible. Want to exercise more? Eat smaller portions? Detail out specifics such as the time of day when you can take walks and how long you’ll walk and document your meals, what did you eat and how much? Write everything down, and ask yourself if you’re confident that these activities and goals are realistic for you. If not, start with smaller steps. Have your plan easily accessible where you’ll most often see it as a reminder or use an app that can help track things like food and activity.

Start small. After you’ve identified realistic short-term and long-term goals, break down your goals into small, manageable steps that are specifically defined and can be measured. Is your long-term goal to be active 4 days a week over the next five months? A good weekly goal would be to start being active once a week, twice a week, and so on until you can build up to your goal. If you would like to eat healthier, consider as a goal for the week replacing dessert with a healthier option, like fruit or yogurt. At the end of the week, you’ll feel successful knowing you met your goal.

Change one behavior at a time. Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time, so replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Start with one at a time. For instance if every day you get home from work and tend to snack or overeat, plan to go for a walk as soon as you get home instead. Many people run into problems when they try to change too much too fast. To improve your success, focus on one goal or change at a time. As new healthy behaviors become a habit, try to add another goal that works toward the overall change you’re striving for.

Involve a buddy. Whether it be a friend, co-worker or family member, someone else on your journey will keep you motivated and accountable. Perhaps it can be someone who will go to the gym with you or someone who is also trying to stop smoking. Talk about what you are doing. Consider joining a support group. Having someone with whom to share your struggles and successes makes the work easier and the mission less intimidating.

Eliminate the non-essential. First, identify the essential — the things in your life that are most important to you, that you love the most. Then eliminate everything else. This simplifies things and leaves you with the space to focus on the essential. This process works with anything — with your life in general, with work projects and tasks, with emails and other communication. This will change your life because it will help you to simplify, to focus on what’s important, prioritize your goals and to build the life you want.

Kindness. Yes, kindness is a habit. And it can be cultivated. Focus on it every day for a month and you’ll see profound changes in your life. You’ll feel better about yourself as a person. You’ll see people react to you differently and treat you better, over the long run. It’s karma. How do you develop the kindness habit? First, make it a goal to do something kind for someone each day. At the beginning of the day, figure out what that kind act will be and then do it during the day. Second, each time you interact with someone, try to be kind, be friendly, be compassionate. Third, try to go beyond small kindnesses to larger acts of compassion, volunteering to help those in need and taking the initiative to relieve suffering. In the end, be sure to always practice the golden rule. Always treat others as you would want to be treated.

We hope that this post was informative and can help guide you to where you want to be in life. Good health is the most important thing in life, without it, where would we be? Feel free to share with us your stories and progress, or as one of our doctors how your oral health can help you along your journey.

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October is Invisalign Month at Campi Dental

October is Invisalign Month here at Campi Dental. You can view our promotional offer below, or click to read our full Invisalign blog post that discusses the benefits, costs, timeline, and process of how Invisalign works.

If you’d like to schedule a free Invisalign consultation, please call 732-449-2228 or click to schedule. 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Dental Implants Will Improve Your Life

How confident are you in your smile? A study conducted by Kelton Global discovered that 39 percent of those surveyed say a person’s smile is the first thing they notice. And 44 percent say it is the facial aspect they remember most after meeting someone. Those statistics place huge importance on the health of your mouth, and even more so on your teeth. At Campi Dental, we work with our patients to have a healthy and beautiful smile, but sometimes it takes some work to get to that point. We offer many services that can restore and perfect a patient’s smile, and dental implants are one of the best. 

Many people are not familiar with dental implants, or the positive impact they can have on someone’s life, which is why we believe writing this blog post would be beneficial. We’re going to explain in detail what dental implants are, when they’re needed/recommended, who can perform the procedure, how much they can cost and the lifetime benefits of getting them. If after reading this post, you have additional questions or would like to have a consultation to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact us – 732-449-2228. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are often the best way to replace missing or hopeless teeth and can be used in a variety of methods to restore optimal health, function, and esthetics for your mouth. They allow you to live the way you want to – by not only giving you a beautiful smile but allowing you to confidently eat, laugh, talk, kiss, and enjoy all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth. For some people, the thought is that these things would never be possible for them. The advanced technology behind dental implants has made this one of the safest and successful dental procedures available today. In the past, before dental implants were a common solution, dentists would use bridges and/or loosely retained removable dentures that are not as effective and could sometimes negatively affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime with minimal to no negative effects on the mouth. 

How do dental implants work?

When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they integrate with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. You can think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. 

A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).

Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years and allow our patients to feel like they have real, natural, new teeth. They are the #1 recommended solution for replacement teeth. 

 

How do I know if dental implants are right for me?

There can be several contributing factors to someone losing an adult tooth, in fact millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss every year. The most common causes are due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, infection, or from injury. Dental implants can be a smart choice for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have lost it at some point in your life. Dental implants can also occasionally be an option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has been completed. Generally, this occurs around age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys. At Campi Dental, we do a thorough analysis to determine if dental implants are right for the patient, especially in teens. If we feel their mouth isn’t mature enough yet for implants, we can advise them on proper steps until they are ready.

Who performs dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is just that, surgery. Dental implant surgery needs to be performed by a trained oral surgeon or periodontist. We proudly offer both oral surgery and periodontal services right within our office. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon has the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles, and nerves involved to ensure you get the best possible results. A 2014 study suggests greater implant success rates when the procedure is performed by a specialist or surgeon, rather than a general dentist. Dr. Paul Galante is our trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is not only extremely accredited and accomplished in his 25+ year career, but has great knowledge and experience specifically with dental implants. He says his true passion is changing patient’s lives with dental implants. Learn more about Dr. Paul. Dr. Jeff Milone is our office Periodontist who also performs dental implant surgery. He joined Campi Dental to accommodate our patients who require both surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatment. Call to schedule a free consultation with him to discuss dental implants. 

How can dental implants improve the quality of life?

  • Appearance. Dental implants are a major factor of increased self-confidence because they look and feel like your own teeth. Because implants are designed to fuse with the bone, they become permanent.
  • Self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Speech. With dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry of slipping teeth and having embarrassing social encounters. 
  • Comfort. Most patients can’t even feel the difference between implants and natural teeth.  Because dental implants essentially become a part of you, they also eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. 
  • Eating. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Oral health. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years, especially when the patient is vigilant with dental exams and taking good care of their teeth. With proper care, many implants last a lifetime.

Now for the million-dollar question, how much do they cost?

You might be surprised how affordable dental implants are compared to other tooth replacement options, especially when you take into account long-term cost-effectiveness and quality of life.

The total cost will always depend on several different factors, including how many teeth need replacing and where they are located, the number and type of implants, and whether any additional procedures are necessary to prepare your mouth for the implants.

Since dental implant treatments are customized for your specific needs, the costs vary accordingly. An evaluation by Dr. Paul Galante is the best way to ensure that you are getting an accurate cost estimate for quality work.

Many corporate dental offices promote ads for dental implants with low prices that seem too good to be true – well, you know what they say. And if you receive a quote for dental implants without being examined, please be cautious.

At first glance, dentures or removable bridges can appear much less expensive than dental implants, given their lower upfront costs. However, the full cost – both financial and emotional can run much higher. The initial price of bridges or dentures doesn’t include the cost of replacing them, which is necessary as often as every 5 to 15 years. It also doesn’t include the ongoing maintenance costs, such as fixatives and adhesives.

 

Campi Dental also offers financing and payment options to make dental implants even more affordable, so be sure to ask what plans are available during your evaluation. 

Does insurance cover dental implants?

An increasing number of insurance companies have started to provide some coverage after recognizing the long-term benefits of dental implants over other tooth replacement options. If your company does not offer this coverage, ask if you can receive an allowance toward implants that is equal to the cost of a bridge or traditional dentures.