Are Heart Disease and Gum Disease Related

Heart Disease and Gum Disease
Is it possible to have a healthy body with poor oral hygiene? More and more the research says “no.” Your oral health is surprisingly significant when it comes to the health of your heart. Doctors have been researching the link between gum disease and heart disease for over two decades, and are convinced that chronic gum disease contributes to the onset of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States.

Understanding gum disease

Gum disease happens when plaque goes unnoticed. When you eat and drink, bacteria gets caught between your teeth and under your gums. If left too long, it turns into plaque; a soft, yellowish film that can be brushed and flossed away. If left for even longer, it begins to harden. The plaque will start to inflame the gums, making them swollen, sensitive, and prone to bleeding.

What about my heart?

Sometimes the swelling can go unnoticed until the pain starts. The pain is from the infection and bacteria. Your soft gum tissue starts to deteriorate, causing tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw. If the infection goes even further, the bacteria can travel via the blood stream and attach to deposits in the blood vessels near the heart, leading to blood clots. Another connection between gum disease and heart disease is diet. An unhealthy and high-in-sugar diet will contribute to both maladies, so keep the sugar to a minimum. The American Academy of Periodontology says that those with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease!

What can we do about it?

The prevention of gum disease is the priority. Your dentist can help you determine the best course of action for your oral hygiene. But if gum disease is already developing, let’s consider the LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). A laser (less than the width of a human hair) is inserted between the tooth and the infected tissue, lasering the bacteria and damaged tissue around the root. This clears the area for tiny ultrasonic root cleaners that vibrate the deposits off the tooth’s root. The laser is then used a second time to clean out the remaining damaged tissue and sterilize the pocket. This makes the blood around the tooth coagulate and form a seal, developing the proper environment for healing to begin.

We offer this procedure and others depending on your specific situation.  For all gum disease treatments in Boston, call us today to schedule an appointment with our dentists!

Sedation Dentistry To Overcome Dental Anxiety

fear of the dentist is common, but sedation dentistry can help ease the fear and worry

We totally understand. Some people have pretty bad anxiety and stress when it comes to going to the dentist. We don’t take this lightly at all, and we aren’t offended by it. We know that for some, this anxiety can reach the point of phobia and coming in to see the dentist can be a hard thing to do. Even though most dental procedures aren’t painful it still is very unnerving being at the dentist, which can cause a lot of stress.

For the majority of people who have anxiety about going to the dentist, that stress can be managed. But, for those people who have a dental phobia, the thought of a dental visit can be very scary and stressful. For these cases, people will often try to avoid going to the dentist at all. A phobia is an intense, irrational fear. We understand some live with dental phobia, but we also know how important going to the dentist is to avoid big dental issues that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

We can help those with severe dental anxiety.

At Dental Partners of Boston, we do our best to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly. We also provide options for our patients who have severe anxiety and phobias surrounding going to the dentist. In fact, dental anxiety is fairly common. It is estimated that around 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That’s about 40 million people!

We also recognize that anxiety and phobia are different. A dental phobia is a more severe condition that can cause people to feel terrified. Those individuals with a dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and other dental problems. Avoiding the dentist can also lead to emotional problems as discolored or uneven teeth can leave people feeling self-conscious about their smile. This can cause people to want to hide their teeth and even hurt their personal and professional lives. Luckily, dental phobia can be treated.

What are the causes of dental anxiety and phobia?

There are a variety of reasons for these phobias. But for many people it is the fear of pain that is the cause. Some people had bad experiences in the past before modern updates in dentistry made going to the dentist easier and more comfortable.

Luckily, at Dental Partners of Boston, we stay up to date on new methods to make patients comfortable and make dental procedures efficient.

Dental health is connected to overall health.

It is also true that individuals with dental phobia are likely to suffer from poorer health overall. Poor oral health has been linked to many life-threatening  conditions including heart disease and lung infections. For these reasons and more, we must stress how important it is to regularly see a dentist. Going for regular visits can make the whole process easier. Also, keeping up with consistent dental visits means for easier, less uncomfortable visits. If you wait longer between going to the dentist, cleanings will be more difficult.

We have sedation dentistry options.

We offer sedation dentistry options at our offices. These options are helpful for patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety or have a dental phobia. We will also work with you to make sure you have enough pain medication and anesthesia if you are particularly tense or anxious at your appointment.

We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options including nitrous oxide(laughing gas) as well as sedation dentistry administered through pills.

 

Schedule an Appointment – We Will Work With You

If you deal with severe dental anxiety or dental phobia, please call us or schedule an appointment online. We are happy to talk with you about how we can help address these issues and mitigate your anxiety. We can give you more information about our sedation dentistry options and which one might work best for you. Good dental hygiene is important to overall health, both physical and mental. Let us help you receive great dental health care and put you at ease.

Natural Ways to Protect Gums

Coconut Oil can actually help keep your mouth healthy and free of bacteria
At Dental Partners of Boston, we love to help our patients make good choices related to their oral health. We care about each one of our patients, and we work to create an environment that is welcoming and calming for them. Our team will listen to each one of our patient’s needs and concerns and do everything we can to address them. We will respect you and listen to you; we won’t just hurry you through a system and rush you out the door.

We also work with our patients and the community to educate on oral hygiene and making good oral hygiene choices.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease as it is often called, impacts many people. It is important to make good dental health care choices in order to prevent gum disease and other serious oral health problems.

Some of the important ways to prevent periodontal disease include:

-Maintaining daily habits such as flossing and brushing.

-Avoiding behaviors such as consuming too much sugary soda.

-Not smoking or using other tobacco products.

-Going to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

Along with these habits, there are many foods that can help prevent the spread or onset of gum disease. These natural foods can help maintain a healthy mouth and a bright smile.

Two ingredients in natural foods that can prevent gum disease are licorice root and coconut oil.

In 2012 a study conducted by the American Chemical Society found that licorice root can kill two kinds of bacteria that are known to cause cavities and have been linked to gum disease. Licorice root can have certain side effects if used too much, so it is important to talk to your doctor before using it too much.

Coconut Oil

Another study done in 2012 by the Society for General Microbiology found that coconut oil can be used to fight Streptococcus bacteria. This bacteria has been found to cause tooth decay. Some patients may be familiar with coconut oil pulling, which has shown some benefit to those that practice it, along with routine oral hygiene habits. Further research needs to be done on this product. Nothing can replace daily brushing and flossing to keep your mouth healthy. 

Schedule an Appointment

One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is to regularly see a dentist. At Dental Partners of Boston, we can screen for gum disease and treat it once it starts. We can also advise you and help you maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum disease before it starts. Our friendly staff are happy to schedule an appointment at a time that works best for you.

A Healthy Mouth can Equal a Healthy Body

Good oral health leads to a healthy body

At Dental Partners of Boston, we strive to provide high-quality dental services at the individual level. We work to create an environment where each one of our patients gets personalized care. Our team will listen to your needs and work with you to provide the dental care and procedures you need. We know that you deserve to be treated with respect and to have your concerns listened to.

Part of what we do here is provide our patients with education on good oral hygiene habits and findings in the dental health sciences. This education is important because the mouth-body connection when it comes to healthcare is strong. Having good oral hygiene can lead to many positive impacts on other aspects of your health while having dental health problems can lead to negative impacts on your health.

Oral hygiene is an important part of overall health. Here is how:

Having good dental health can lower your risk of disease. Some of the diseases linked to poor oral hygiene are heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

This is because infections in the mouth can lead to and spread to other parts of the body. Having good dental health habits can prevent these infections. Keep in mind, it is important to have healthy habits overall including a good diet and exercise if you want to prevent issues and serious health problems like heart disease.

Healthy diet can also be an important part of a good oral hygiene.

It is important to avoid excess sugar and to have a healthy, balanced diet. Excess sugar can lead to bacteria surviving longer in the mouth. This can cause tooth decay. We highly recommend cutting down on sugary foods, especially on sugary drinks that can be very damaging.

Getting regular dental checkups can lead to early detection of some health issues.

Since some disease show up in the mouth first, it is important to maintain regular dental visits. Periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and oral cancer. If you come visit Dental Partners of Boston, we can screen for periodontal disease.

Schedule an appointment with us.

Keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright by scheduling an appoint with the team at Dental partners of Boston. We can screen and look for periodontal disease along with many other oral health issues.

What is Peri-implant Disease?

Inflamed gums around a dental implant leads to peri-implant disease

At Dental Partners of Boston, we are committed to giving each one of our patients individualized care and attention. We will listen to your concerns and work with you to come up with a customized plan to ensure you get the best dental care possible. We also work to make our office welcoming and comforting to our patients.

Part of the work we do is to educate our patients on different dental procedures and conditions. One condition that is not as well known is called peri-implant disease. We offer dental implants in Boston, and, as such, we know the importance of educating patients on the risk of peri-implant disease if these implants are not taken care of properly. This disease impacts people who have had replacement teeth put in.

What is peri-implants disease?

Gum disease issues can lead to certain teeth needing to be removed. When this happens, replacement teeth, often inserted through implant dentistry, are used to replace the natural tooth that was removed.

Dental implants are functional and look like natural teeth. It is easy to think that at this point there is no more risk of periodontal disease, but, unfortunately that is not always the case. Dental implants require care and upkeep just like regular teeth do. If regular care and maintenance is not done to implants, this can lead to peri-implant disease.

Peri-Implant Disease

This condition is a disease that is caused from inflammation of the gums around the implants that have been placed. The process and impact is similar to periodontal disease on natural teeth. Bacteria can grow and form at the base of the implant and cause similar pain, swelling, and bleeding that is caused from periodontal disease.

After receiving dental implants, follow-up care is still necessary.

If you have received dental implants instead of partial dentures or bridges, it is important to keep up on the maintenance and care of these implants. The biological and environmental factors that contributed to your gums becoming unhealthy in the past are still risk factors for many people. It is important to monitor and manage your dental health in order to not have the same problems crop up again.

Schedule an Appointment with Dental Partners of Boston

If you have recently received dental implants, make sure and keep up on their care. If you have any questions or feel like your gums are inflamed around your implants, schedule an appointment with us right away.

Halloween Candy & Cavities

Halloween can be a really fun time of year. Adults,  and children, can enjoy dressing up as spooky ghosts, silly monsters, or a favorite movie character. But of course don’t forget that Halloween is a time of year when there are lots of treats and sweets almost anywhere you go which are very tempting. If you are worried about how to keep your oral hygiene habits up during this sweet time of the year, the team at Dental Partners of Boston has you covered.

Everyone deserves some candy here and there and during Halloween, and you’re going to want to enjoy some of those sweets as well. But, to mitigate some of that damage that can be caused by lots of candy, we have some helpful suggestions:

These tips can help you maintain good oral hygiene habits and healthy mouths even during Halloween time

1: Brush away the treats with good brushing and flossing habits.

Brushing properly is important to prevent tooth decay. After you, eat some candy, make sure to brush and floss. Use good brushing and flossing habits such as to use short, gentle strokes and to hold the brush at a 45 degree angle towards the gum line.

2: Making a plan.

All good things in moderation decide to eat the candy slowly over time or to set a limit on, use the treats as a reward after you have completed a difficult task, or share some of your candy with a friend, co-worker, or family member  There isn’t one right answer, but making a plan can lead to better, smarter choices for your candy intake.

3: Another idea is to swap candy for a healthier snack

If you feel the urge to have more candy, when you know you have already had enough, look at an alternative snack like a piece of fruit which is still sweet, but also has the vitamins and nutrients that can help you stay healthy. This is also important as cold season is here.

Schedule an Appointment

After the sugar rush of Halloween, it doesn’t hurt to stop by your dentist for a check-up. Dental Partners of Boston, can schedule a teeth cleaning or exam at a time that works best for you with our very convenient hours. Also, do not hesitate to ask our dentists questions while you visit about oral hygiene habits, we are happy to help.

How Do Beer Hops & Tooth Decay Relate?

Hops and Dental Health

At Dental Partners of Boston, we like to educate our patients on how different foods and habits can impact oral hygiene. We know that with education and information on your side, you can make good choices for your individual oral hygiene.

Oktoberfest is in full swing which means beer.  Are you a beer drinker? Do you enjoy craft beers or just regular, old-fashioned beer?  We all have a preference but, maybe we don’t stop to think about how beer impacts our teeth. All types of alcohol can have an impact on teeth. Red wines can cause stains, for example. But, there are some certain, specific impacts from beer drinking on teeth. This page goes into detail on how tooth decay and gum disease are related to beer ingredients.Now, don’t worry, we aren’t trying to say you should never enjoy a beer again. But, this information can help you make informed choices.

A Recent Study

A new study found that ingredients in beer can actually prevent cavities or gum disease. Bet you weren’t expecting that, right? You can go ahead and keep drinking those hops as it appears they can prevent tooth decay. This is due to the hop leaves, called bracts, that contain antioxidants that appear to be helpful in fighting tooth decay.

Not a lot of research has been done on this topic yet but still this is rather interesting!

This study is one of the first on the compounds found in bracts. The study used a lab technique called chromatography and found many interesting results.

-They discovered three new compounds.

-One of these was not known to be found in plants.

-Finding these compounds can lead to new products being created that can lead to better dental health.

What does this mean?

First, it shows that science is still discovering exciting, new things. Also, some of these new techniques could lead to better services for you and your family in the future.

While not all beers contain these ingredients, beer could actually be partially good for your dental health!

Schedule an appointment.

We can treat tooth decay in Boston and the surrounding areas. If you are due for a teeth cleaning, give Dental Partners of Boston a call. We are happy to schedule an appointment that works with your schedule.

Oral Cancer Screening

Dental Partners of Boston recommends Oral Cancer Screenings
Dental Partners of Boston strives to provide each of our patients with up-to-date information on what is going on in the dental industry. We are dedicated to helping our patients make good choices related to their oral hygiene.When patients are educated, they can make better choices and look ahead to necessary steps related to protecting their teeth and mouth. Our team also strives to offer preventive measures so that our patients can catch and prevent problems before they occur.

One of the services we provide at our office is oral cancer screenings. These screenings are performed by one of our dentists in order to look for signs of cancer in the mouth. These screenings are performed in order to catch mouth cancer early. If oral cancer is caught at its onset, or even when precancerous conditions have begun to occur, there is a much higher chance of curing the disease.

What is an oral cancer screening?

While preventing the disease is best, if you are at high risk of oral cancer, a screening is a good way to check for signs of oral cancer. It is important to note that these screenings are not foolproof. However, they can catch some signs of oral cancer, and, if your dentist finds anything unusual, further tests can be conducted.

These oral cancer screenings can be performed during a routine examination, and sometimes additional tests might be used to look for abnormal cells.

How do you know if you’re a high risk patient?

If you are at high risk of oral cancer, we are more likely to screen for signs of the disease.

Some behaviors that contribute to oral cancer include:

-Tobacco use such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, etc.

-Heavy alcohol use

-A history of sun exposure which can increase the chance of lip cancer

-Family history

If you have noticed any unusual lesions or discoloration in your mouth, please bring that up with us. We are happy to provide more throughtput screenings if necessary.

The only way to know for sure if a patient has oral cancer is to perform a biopsy. During the oral cancer screening, we will look for unusual sores and may conduct further tests to determine the cause of sores or lesions.

Contact us to find out more about oral cancer screenings.

Give the team at Dental Partners of Boston a call to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your oral cancer screening. Our friendly staff are happy to help find a time that is convenient for your busy schedule.

Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Can you Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?
At Dental Partners of Boston, we are your Boston dentist that offers a variety of different oral hygiene services.We can provide procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction. We know that many of our patients have questions about wisdom teeth removal and if this is a procedure that needs to be done for them. Many of our patients want to know if they can keep their wisdom teeth or not. We like to educate our patients on our dental procedures and also educate them on which procedures may or may not be necessary.

Do you need to get your wisdom teeth removed?

For the majority of people, wisdom teeth removal is necessary, but not every patient needs to have this procedure done. Many dentists encourage wisdom teeth removal at an early age because wisdom teeth can cause serious problems for some people when they are developing and can have complications in adulthood. If they are removed before they finish growing into adults, many of these problems can be avoided. If they have not been removed, and you may be experiencing some of these symptoms mentioned below:

What are some of the potential problems with wisdom teeth?

For many people, wisdom teeth do not come in all the way as they should. They often form horizontally. Also, for some people, their mouths and jaws are not big enough to accommodate the new teeth which can lead to an overcrowded mouth. This can lead to teeth shifting. Also, wisdom teeth can be hard to brush which can cause cavities.

Do you need your wisdom teeth removed?

Here are some signs to watch out for to know if you might need your wisdom teeth removed:

-Tooth decay

-Gum disease

-Pain in your mouth

-Repeated infections occurring at the back of your mouth

Consult Dental Partners of Boston to learn more and see if you need wisdom teeth removal.

If you are wondering if you need your wisdom teeth removed, please schedule an appointment to come in to see us. It is best to see one of our dentists and let them evaluate if wisdom teeth extraction is a good option for you. At Dental Partners of Boston, we are happy to answer any other questions you might have about wisdom teeth removal.

If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth, or if you have a child complaining about them, please make an appointment. Our friendly staff will be happy to accommodate you and will respond quickly to your request.

Tips for Finding the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Boston

At Dental Partners of Boston, we provide cosmetic dentistry services along with many other kinds of dentistry. If you are new to the area, or maybe your old dentist isn’t working out for you, you might be wondering how you can find a great cosmetic dentist you can rely on.

You can trust us to provide a comfortable environment and great quality care.

Our team of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and the rest of our staff at Dental Partners of Boston is committed to you, the patient. We will listen to your concerns and take them seriously. We work with you to create an individualized dental plan to keep your oral hygiene in great shape. We can work with you for both maintenance and restorative cosmetic dentistry needs. We know that a healthy, bright smile is important to many of our patients, too. We will work with you to achieve the smile you want.  

We know that the relationship between the dentist and the patient is highly important. It is just as important as the quality of the procedure. We work to provide you with the best of both. We create a warm, welcoming environment along with modern, up-to-date dental procedures.

We offer cosmetic dentistry and much more.

We provide a place for all of your dental needs. Our offices provide specialists in many areas of dentistry. This means when you come to us you are getting a team that works together to provide high-quality dental health services. Our specialists work together for you benefit. You do not have to go to many different offices for different procedures and kinds of dentistry. So, if you come to see us for cosmetic dentistry services and then need treatment for a periodontal issue, our dentists can confer together and help you.

Another way to ensure you are finding a reliable cosmetic dentist is to look at reviews. Our website offers many patient reviews. .We encourage you to read over them and see for yourself how our patients feel about our practice.

Call us to schedule a consultation.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist you can rely on, give us a call to schedule a free consultation. Our team at Dental Partners of Boston is happy to help. Coming in for a consultation is a great way to get a feel for our office and meet our staff.