We’re Giving Athletes Free Mouthguards Spring Lake!

September 14, 2015

Young man with mouthguard spring lake tursts from Dooley DentalAt Dooley Dental, we love sports. And not just our professional teams, I actually think high school football provides some of the best entertainment I’ve ever seen. That could because my son Brendan was a committed Warrior football player during high school — who knows. I still believe that at the high school level, you can see pure passion, and a love of the game that you don’t find anywhere else. But we want you to remember that while they’re learning and growing on the field, young athletes are also at risk of injuring something they need for now and the rest of their lives — their teeth. That’s why this season, like every season, Dooley Dental is offering free athletic mouthguards in Spring Lake!

Prepare Your Child’s Smile with a Back to School Dental Checkup at Dooley Dental

August 14, 2014

140303575The time for summer vacation is drawing to a close and it’s time to get the kids ready for the new school year. You stay busy gathering supplies, begin to return to an earlier bed time, and coordinate your schedule to accommodate recreational activities. There’s one more important step to keep in mind before getting the kiddos back to school: scheduling your child’s general dentistry checkup at Dooley Dental in Spring Lake, NJ.

Find Real Relief from Nighttime Teeth Grinding with Bruxism Treatment in Spring Lake, NJ

July 23, 2014

Shutterstock Sleep SedationBruxism, or teeth grinding, is a potentially serious issue that affects millions of men and women in America. Because most people who suffer from bruxism are asleep when it happens, they aren’t aware of their behavior until it leads to physically apparent symptoms. By this point, however, it may be necessary to take restorative action, so it is best to diagnose and treat the problem as early as possible. At Dooley Dental in Spring Lake, NJ, Dr. Ed Dooley and his team help patients dealing with bruxism find relief from nighttime teeth grinding in a way that suits their individual needs.

Why is it Important to Treat Bruxism?

Though grinding your teeth while you sleep may not seem like something that impacts your daily life, the consequences of repeated grinding and clenching can be serious. Over time, the teeth begin to wear down, taking on a flatter and shorter appearance. Worn enamel that is subjected to the immense pressure of the jaws over and over again, every night, is far more susceptible to cracks and decay. In addition, patients with untreated bruxism often suffer from headaches and jaw pain, further detracting from your quality of life.

Fortunately, Dr. Dooley can help. With a customized oral appliance (often simply referred to as a mouthguard or nightguard), we can effectively alleviate the pressure your teeth sustain throughout the night. You wear it only while you sleep, and its comfortable contours fit your unique dentition precisely. If your bruxism has caused damage to any of your teeth, we can also help with a variety of restorative dentistry procedures and cosmetic solutions.

Schedule Your Visit with Dr. Dooley Today

If you or your partner is suffering night after night with teeth grinding and you’re ready to take a step toward improved oral health, we’re here to help. Contact our office in Spring Lake, NJ to schedule your consultation with our team, and see the extraordinary difference our dedication and skill can make in your life. Our family-friendly, state-of-the-art dental practice happily welcomes patients from nearby communities as well, including Wall Township, Avon, Manasquan, Brielle, Belmar, and beyond.

How Does Fluoride Affect Your Oral Health?

June 13, 2014

shutterstock_156782423Most people know that fluoride is a common ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes, but do we really understand its purpose and significance in our overall oral health? At Dooley Dental in Spring Lake, NJ, Dr. Ed Dooley and his team offer an extensive array of general and preventive dentistry services to keep your teeth and gums healthy, including fluoride treatments that help protect your pearly whites from damaging decay.

Protecting Your Smile with Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring anion of the element fluorine. It is found commonly in many of the foods we eat, including leafy greens like spinach and kale, citruses like grapefruit and oranges, and even in our tap water. Fluoride acts as a remineralizing agent that fortifies tooth enamel, replacing microscopic layers that are eroded daily by the various components of our diet. People who drink an excessive amount of soda, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages, and sports drinks, for example, are at a higher risk of tooth decay due to acid erosion. Fluoride helps to return some of your tooth’s natural strength and defends against cavities over the long term.

Fluoride treatments may be recommended for children and adults whose teeth are susceptible to decay. Ask about fluoride supplements at your next visit to find out how this all-natural solution can help bolster the strength of your enamel and keep your smile shining brightly.

Improved Oral Health for a Lifetime

Preventive measures – like those that you take every day by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste – help keep your mouth looking and feeling its best. Whether your teeth are in excellent shape already or you feel that they could use some help from a caring, experienced dentist like Dr. Dooley, our team is here to help. Contact our office today to reserve your appointment and discover the numerous benefits of proper preventive dentistry. We look forward to serving your smile! Our conveniently located dental practice in Spring Lake, NJ happily welcomes patients from Avon, Brielle, Wall Township, Belmar, Manasquan, and beyond.

What are Dental Caries?

May 15, 2014

shutterstock_140040793More commonly referred to as cavities, dental caries are areas of decay within tooth enamel and its underlying material, dentin. Caries are caused by bacteria that adhere to the teeth, producing acid that eats away at the enamel. At Dooley Dental in Spring Lake, NJ, Dr. Ed Dooley and our team help prevent and treat caries before they develop into more severe oral health problems. Our comprehensive array of general dental services includes preventive and restorative treatments that address the issue of cavities at any age.

Caries: What You Need to Know

When most people think of dental cavities, the first thing that comes to mind is a problem that develops when you simply don’t brush your teeth often enough. Though proper oral hygiene is certainly a factor in the prevention of cavities, there are plenty of other aspects to take into consideration as well. Routine visits to your local Spring Lake, NJ dentist at Dooley Dental are also vital, keeping plaque and tartar at bay as well as checking for early signs of decay.

If dental caries are not treated in a timely manner, they can worsen and infect the pulp of the tooth where all the sensitive nerves reside. At this point, a root canal treatment becomes necessary. Fortunately, preventing and repairing cavities before they reach this level of severity is easy with help from Dr. Dooley and his caring team.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Has it been longer than six months since your last dental checkup? If so, please contact our office in Spring Lake, NJ today to schedule your next visit. Our comfortable, welcoming practice and exceptional patient amenities make each appointment a pleasant experience. In addition to serving families from throughout the Spring Lake area, we also welcome patients from nearby communities in Manasquan, Belmar, Wall Township, Avon, Brielle, and beyond. We can’t wait to show you what a difference our dedication, skill, and experience can make for you and your family.

Schedule Your First 2014 Appointment with Dr. Dooley

January 17, 2014

The goal of preventive and general dentistry is to help patients keep their natural smile for as long as possible. That goal can be achieved in two ways. The first starts with you at home. With brushing and flossing, you can limit the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth. At Dooley Dental, we recommend brushing twice a day (or after every meal, if possible), flossing at least once a day, and using an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

General and preventive dental care doesn’t stop with a good home care routine, though. Regular checkups and professional cleanings are also important because they give Dr. Dooley a chance to look for problems you might not be aware of. Many patients develop symptoms when they have a cavity or gum disease, but not always. In some cases, you might have a problem that’s flying completely under the radar. It takes a doctor with years of experience to diagnose and treat such problems before they can develop and become more serious.

Besides looking for (and treating) gum disease and tooth decay as early as possible, your Spring Lake dental team will also look for alignment issues and even oral cancer. And if you have questions about how you can brush and floss more effectively between appointments, we can offer oral care tips to help you.

Has it been more than six months since your last appointment? Call Dooley Dental in Spring Lake today to reserve a visit with Dr. Dooley. We serve patients from Spring Lake, Avon, Brille, Manasquan, Wall Township, Belmar, and the surrounding New Jersey cities.

Use Your Benefits Before the Year Is Up

November 21, 2013

November is almost over. After that, 2014 is just a blink away. Have you gotten the most out of your dental benefits this year? If not, there’s still some time to take advantage of what you have left with a regular checkup or a general and restorative service from Dooley Dental.

Every year comes with a deductible set by your insurance company. Once your deductible’s been paid, your insurance company will start covering your care, until your yearly maximum has been reached. But many patients who have paid their deductible may still have part of their yearly maximum left over. Why not use that to receive extra year-end care from Dr. Dooley?

Any amount of your yearly maximum not used up by the year’s end will be gone when 2014 arrives. The New Year will also come with a new deductible, and possibly new premiums or co-pays. All of which means that, if you already know you need help, don’t put it off.

With what’s left of 2013, find out how Dr. Dooley and his Spring Lake dental team can help you. Call us today to schedule your final appointment with Dooley Dental. Even if you just want to see us to start planning your care for next year, we’re always happy to help.

We’re committed offering excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative care to patients from Spring Lake, Avon, Brielle, Manasquan, Belmar, Sea Girt, Wall Township, and surrounding New Jersey cities.

Free Athletic Mouthguards for Manasquan High School

September 26, 2013

Dr. Dooley Provides Free Mouthguards for Manasquan High School

It’s that most wonderful time of year of again—football season! Get ready for tailgating, cheering, and excitement. This year, like every year since 2006, Dr. Dooley is providing custom-made athletic mouthguards to any JV or Varsity Manasquan High School football players free of charge.

The Big Blue Warriors work hard on and off the field, and a little extra protection never hurts. In fact, it can help quite a bit. Up to 40% of all injuries involve the face,  with 13 to 39% of all dental injuries being sports-related. A custom-made athletic mouthguard helps athletes of all ages protect their teeth, gums, and tongue, and can even soften the severity of a concussion.

Before football players began using mouthguards or even facemasks, dental injuries were much higher. But once high schools and colleges began using both, injuries dropped by a startling 200,000 per year.

Custom-made athletic mouthguards aren’t the only type of mouthguard there is, but they provides the best fit and the best protection—and Dr. Dooley is offering them for free.

Dr. Dooley counts himself blessed to be able to help local high athletes! His son Brendan played football for Manasquan High School from 2005 through 2009, and it was quite a ride! Manasquan Football has pride and produces Warriors for life. Many thanks to the school, coaches and volunteers who make it all possible.

For a list of this year’s games, click here. Go Big Blue!

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