Family Dentistry

We are a caring, friendly team of dental professionals committed to providing a comfortable dental experience.
At New Canaan Dental Care, our goal is to provide the best dental care possible for you and your family in a compassionate, caring environment. We want to help you maintain your oral hygiene in a way that will keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime.  Dr. Festa is a good family dentist in New Canaan with years of experience in the field of dentistry.

Many people don't see a dentist on a regular basis. They go only when they feel they have a problem.  At New Canaan Dental Care we call this "crisis treatment" as opposed to "preventive treatment".

While these patients may feel they are saving money, it usually ends up costing much more in both dollars and time.  The reason for this is that most dental problems don't have any symptoms until they reach the advanced stages.

An example is tooth decay.  At New Canaan Dental Care we hear all the time, "Nothing hurts... I don't have any problems".  But tooth decay doesn't hurt!  Until, that is, it gets close to the nerve of the tooth.

Then a root canal and crown are usually necessary, instead of the small filling, which could have been placed several years ago when the cavity was small.  Dr. Festa can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it may develop any symptoms.  It is not uncommon to see a patient with a tremendous cavity and they have never felt a thing!

Diet and Dental Health

Diets low in certain nutrients reduce resistance to oral and dental infections, that is, periodontal disease (gum disease) and decay. Dr. Festa feels a healthy immune system is essential to controlling periodontal disease.

Counseling in the Four Basic Food Groups will improve dental health and general health.  The consumption of sugar, especially in sticky forms or in a baby bottle while sleeping, contributes to the rapid development of dental decay.

The trace nutrient fluoride, may not be adequately supplied by bottle or municipal water supplies throughout the New Canaan area.  Supplementation with oral tablets and topical application will reduce the incidence of dental decay by more than 60%.

Together, a balanced diet, daily use of fluoride, effective brushing, and sensible eating habits can reduce the risk of, or even prevent, infectious dental disease.

Please don't hesitate to call New Canaan Dental Care at 203.966.9696 if you need more information on diet or fluoride supplementation and its relationship to dental health.

Dental Decay

Fluoride has been a great benefit to patients of all ages in helping prevent dental decay.  Regular brushing and flossing lowers the chance of developing "cavities."

At New Canaan Dental Care we know that the most decay-prone areas of teeth are the grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which require further preventive care.

To prevent decay, a plastic-like coating called a sealant should be painted on the chewing surfaces of all the back teeth. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce tooth decay by as much as 90% to 100% in the New Canaan area and nation wide.

The American Dental Association recommends, and Dr. Festa agrees, that sealants be placed as soon as the first adult back teeth come in at age 6 or 7.  Sealants should continue to be used as each adult back tooth comes into the mouth.  All back teeth that need to be sealed are present by age 13.  Sealant application is simple, fast, and painless.

Please call New Canaan Dental Care with any questions you may have about the benefits using a sealant in preventing dental decay.

Plaque Build Up

One of the easiest problems to spot is a build-up of plaque. Plaque is the soft, sticky layer of bacteria, which is constantly forming on the teeth.

Usually it is invisible to the naked eye, but when a person is not brushing adequately, it can build up to where it appears to be a thick whitish coating on the teeth at the gum line.  If not removed, it can lead to gum disease.
Another potential problem, which is easy to spot, is missing teeth.  Many patients Dr. Festa sees assume that if they are still able to eat, they are O.K.

But very often, losing just one tooth can lead to the loss of support, and teeth begin to drift into the empty space, causing a change in the bite.  It also forces the remaining teeth to carry an additional load, sometimes past their ability to adapt.  In most cases, when even one tooth is lost, the remaining teeth suffer and are more likely to be lost as well.

At New Canaan Dental Care our focus is in the treatment of problems such as these. Call our office at 203.966.9696 for the care you need.


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