Happy Post Halloween! How to handle all that candy.

Once again, it’s the scariest time of the year — and your teeth have good reason to be afraid! All that Halloween candy can increase your risk of developing cavities. However, there are things you can do to limit the effects of Halloween on your dental health. Here are a few useful tips.

Schedule a Professional Cleaning

One good way to reverse the damage of the scary season is to schedule a professional cleaning Post Halloween. During a professional cleaning, we can use high-powered water jets and other specialist tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, therefore reducing your risk of tooth decay. While you’re at it, why not come in for a professional teeth whitening procedure if those pearly whites are looking a little dull?

Don’t Graze on Candy

Snacking on candy throughout the day is a bad habit that many people get into around Halloween. Grazing on sugary foods is the most damaging way to consume them, as it means that the bacteria in your mouth have a constant supply of sugar to eat. As they feast on the sugar, these bacteria release acids that soften tooth enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay. You can limit the contact that the harmful acids have with your teeth by only eating candy once a day as a treat, rather than snacking on it continuously.

Clean Your Teeth

Remember when you joyfully dug into your Halloween candy, only to hear your mom say, “sugar rots your teeth,” and limited your candy, she was right. If you’re a parent saying the same thing to your kids, good! During the Post Halloween period, it is more important than ever to keep teeth clean through daily brushing and flossing. Make a deal with your kids — they can have a piece of candy each day only if they maintain a good brushing and flossing routine. Every morning and evening, make sure they brush for the full dentist-recommended two minutes and that they remember to floss as well. Even baby teeth need to be kept clean to avoid painful cavities developing.

Avoid Caramel

The worst kind of candy for your teeth is anything sticky, such as caramel. When sugar sticks to your teeth, its harmful effects are prolonged due to the longer contact time. Chewing sticky caramel can even loosen or pull off dental crowns, leading to you need an urgent repair. Chose less chewy types of candy to protect any dental work.

Holidays are a dangerous time for teeth, but by following these tips you can limit the potential of candy and sugary treats to cause lasting harm to your dental health. If you have any concerns about your teeth in the aftermath of Halloween, please contact us today.

Broken Tooth? We can Fix That.

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Come see us if you’re hiding a chipped tooth. The world needs your smile!

A broken or cracked tooth is a more common dental problem than many people think. Although human teeth are strong, they could break or fracture in the right situation. For instance, a tooth can crack or break due to an accident, tooth decay, or even biting hard objects. A broken tooth can cause pain or tooth sensitivity and negatively affect the beauty of a smile. The good news is that this is a problem that we dentists at Dental Partners of Boston can help you to fix. Here are some of our restorative and cosmetic solutions for broken or chipped teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are resin or porcelain laminates that are usually bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are better in the sense that they last longer, look more natural, and are stain-resistant. If you take good care of your dental veneers, they can last for up to 30 years, and therefore, you will not have to worry about replacing them from time to time.

Dental Bonding

Composite bonding is a common way of repairing broken, chipped, or decayed teeth. During the procedure, we will begin by roughening the surface of the damaged tooth and applying a conditioning solution. Putty will then be applied and smoothed. Once the putty has been applied, the composite is subjected to UV light to harden. Lastly, the composite is polished to look like the rest of the tooth. With proper care, composite bonding should last for up to 10 years.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cap designed to cover and protect a tooth and even improve its appearance. When you have a badly broken or chipped tooth, chewing food and drinking hot or cold beverages can be painful tasks. With a dental crown, you can give your badly damaged teeth the ability to withstand the pressure of chewing and even protect it against further damage.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the ideal solution to replace missing teeth. They look and feel so much like a natural tooth that you may forget you have one. You can even eat anything you like.

Prevention Tips

Perhaps, the most effective solution to the problem of broken teeth is prevention. To this end, you have to ensure that you avoid using your teeth for anything else apart from speaking and eating. For instance, you should not use your teeth as tools. To keep your teeth strong, healthy, and less vulnerable to cracking, you need to brush at least twice per day and visit us for routine checkups. Furthermore, if you, or your kids, are involved in contact sports, such as wrestling, football, and basketball, you should wear mouth guards to protect yourself against dental injuries.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there are several ways in which the problem of broken teeth can be fixed. If you need a reliable dentist to help you treat a broken tooth, Dental Partners of Boston is an excellent choice. We can also with all your emergency dental issues. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Keeping the Smile You Love Healthy

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Brush, floss, regular dental visits. Keep those pearly whites shining!

Most people want whiter and healthier teeth to keep the smile they love looking perfect. For you to have whiter and healthier teeth, oral hygiene should be your priority. To achieve healthy and white teeth takes a lifetime of care. It is not something you do once, and you are good to go. Even teeth whitening treatments should be repeated.

You need to take the proper steps every day to take care of your teeth and prevent dental issues. It could involve using the right oral care products along with being mindful of your daily habits. The following tips should help you keep that smile you love healthy for a lifetime:

Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily

Gum disease and tooth decay are among the top oral health issues worldwide among people of all ages. Avoid such complications by brushing at least twice a day and flossing every other day. However, remember to change your toothbrush at least thrice a year. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you have braces, talk to your orthodontist for help on the kind of brush to use.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

You might not know this, but just as your bones need good, nutritious food to stay healthy, so do your teeth. Every time you eat sugar, the bacteria in your mouth creates acid, which erodes the tooth enamel and ultimately causes tooth decay. If you are looking for the best diet that keeps your teeth healthy, you should consider whole foods low in sugar. Consider lean meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and dairy products.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the worst problems for anyone trying to achieve a bright smile. Smoke stains teeth and smoking will put you at risk for bleeding gums and gum decay, so quitting is one step in the right direction towards gum health. What’s more, when you smoke, you weaken your immune system, diminishing your body’s ability to fight against infections, including gum disease.

Clean Your Tongue

Every morning use a tongue scraper that removes tongue plaque while freshening the breath. Sometimes bad breath results from a bacteria buildup on the tongue. Brushing your tongue daily controls bacteria buildup.

Visit Our Offices for Checkups at Least Twice a Year

While you might be dedicated to brushing and flossing, you still need to come to visit a dentist at least twice a year. At our office, we can remove calculus, look for cavities, spot potential issues, and offer treatment options before they become severe. Regular dental visits give the dentist a chance to catch issues before they progress. We believe tooth loss can be avoided if intervention is availed in good time.

Keeping the smile you love is not as unattainable as it might appear. With good oral hygiene, almost all tooth decay and most gum diseases are preventable. Follow the proper measures every day and do not forget to schedule an appointment every 6 months to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Give us a call today or schedule an appointment online.

Customized Dental Care

Woman in dental chair for Customized dental treatmentYour smile plays a significant role throughout your life. Everyone has a unique smile since each tooth is shaped uniquely depending on genetics and daily habits. There are so many ways that dentists use to preserve oral health and natural beauty. Unfortunately, treatments that may have worked for someone else may not suit your needs, and this is where customized dental care comes in. It is a necessary feature for anyone who wants to have that bright smile they have always wanted.

As summer has come to an end and you are planning for the fall season, this is the time when you start to think about the holiday activities that are on the horizon. At the same time, after a summer fully packed with activities, it is worth getting your oral health in check. Thanks to customized dental care, you can have your set of perfectly white teeth and keep them protected throughout the upcoming season. Here are some of the options you should consider:

Try Invisalign

Everyone wants a perfectly straight smile. So what if we told you it is achievable without dealing with the troubles of metallic braces? It is possible! Invisalign inconspicuously straightens your teeth quicker than the traditional braces. Within six months, you will be good to go. Thanks to custom-molded and removable aligners, your comfort and convenience are not compromised. Furthermore, Invisalign uses clear aligners, which are not noticeable by everyone; you can easily brush or floss since they are removable, and in under a year, your own teeth can be straightened. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile, and Invisalign is one way to achieve that.

Custom Sports Guard

As the kids participate in sports, a custom sports guard is the perfect protective device to use when engaging in athletic activities. We can create effective guards and make them comfortable to wear. Since they are custom, they conform to the shape of the mouth and bite perfectly. The good thing about having a custom sports guard reduces the risk of tongue, mouth, and lip injuries. Likewise, you will not have to worry about chipped, broken, and damaged teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Anyone who wants a touch-up at the end of summer should consider teeth whitening. At Dental Partners of Boston, your teeth whitening can go up to eight shades whiter, giving you that perfect smile you crave for. Additionally, you get individualized care, safer professional treatments, access to better and more potent products, and more excellent results.

Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of and not ashamed to share it. Through customized dental care, you get to address many conditions and achieve the brightest smile possible. With whiter and straighter teeth, you can build your confidence and be happier with your smile. Contact us today!

4 Signs it’s Time to Have Your Dentures Refitted

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Smile easily, and feel like yourself, with dentures that fit right.

Today’s dentures are designed to be comfortable and long-lasting, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. They are an excellent solution for various oral health issues. They can reduce pain and discomfort related to lost or damaged teeth and enhance your confidence in your daily interactions.

However, over time, dentures that used to be comfortable can start causing you pain or sometimes slip while eating or speaking. There is nothing wrong with that since your mouth structure will change over time. You might find, for example, that where there wasn’t a pressure point before, there is now. This is normal and can be fixed with a denture realignment.

If you are tired of wearing dentures and want a permanent solution, dental implants are an excellent alternative. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots where the implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants appear and function like natural teeth.

Dentures, however, are still an excellent option and should last you between 5-7 years with regular maintenance. Unfortunately, dentures go through wear and tear with daily use, and they may just not fit like they used to. When that happens, your dentures will need refitting. If you are not sure when to contact us for refitting, just give us a call! In the meantime, here are some signs to look out for:

1. Dentures are Getting Loose

Loose dentures are one of the first signs that you need to come in for a denture realignment. If you notice your dentures are not fitting like they once did and are loosening frequently, get them refitted right away. If you don’t address the problem early enough, it may lead to other oral health complications.

2. Difficulty Speaking Clearly

Over time your dentures may become loose, making it difficult to communicate appropriately. When they are loose, you may sound slushy and slur your words. To speak clearly again, talk to us about refitting or replacing your dentures as soon as possible.

3. Presence of Pressure Sores

If you have pressure sores, or any pain while wearing your dentures, there is a high possibility that the structure of your mouth has changed so your dentures don’t fit anymore. For example, the jaw bone will recede in the absence of teeth. The denture doesn’t situate as securely in place as it did before. This could lead to pressure sores. They mainly develop on your gums, where the dentures put more pressure.

The pressure applied to your dentures should distribute evenly across your gums and underlying bone. Please contact us quickly if you feel pain while wearing your dentures.

4. Denture Fractures or Breaks

If your dentures have dents or cracks this can lead to other injuries in your mouth. Impacted food may that is hard to remove can lead to bad breath. Be sure to check for any fractures in your dentures while you clean them. If you see anything that concerns you, please give us a call.

Dentures are an excellent solution for missing teeth. However, they must be properly fitting to enjoy their benefits. You don’t have to live with denture pain. We can adjust your dentures to fit perfectly so they are comfortable again. Please contact us or request an appointment today for denture refitting.

What Our Patients Are Saying

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Caption: We love reading reviews so we know if what we’re doing is working.

Reviews are important to any business, but for our periodontal office in Boston, reviews are vital to ensure that you—our customer—are happy about the procedure.

At Dental Partners of Boston, we believe that our service is about you. Your needs are our main priority. We have an experienced team on board, including Dr. Sergio Guzman, our periodontist in Boston. Patients come to him from all over due to his high regard and reputation. You can see by reading our reviews from current patients why he’s so popular!

Reviews Help Our Commitment to Excellence

Our reviews prove our commitment to excellence, and we believe that every patient should benefit from an exceptional, completely tailored treatment plan. No two plans are the same because no two patients are the same. You will have the benefit of all of our specialists, from the front of the office to the dentists you work with. Every single patient review is important to us, and each review helps us to better our service for the next patient. The more reviews we receive – good, bad, and everything in between – the better we get. Reviews help us to understand your experience of each treatment and each doctor who works with you.

Client Review from PM

At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer more than general dentistry and specialized dental services, we make the whole experience exceptional. A client with the initials P M left a review to express appreciation for our services. P M appreciated the appointment reminder, parking validation, and COVID-19 safety measures. It’s reviews like this that help us to understand that we are doing the right thing for our patients. Our policies are important to us, and we hope to continue to reflect this with our efforts placed on health and hygiene in our practice. 

Outstanding Care
P M
★★★★★
“Go to Dental Partners of Boston for outstanding care, professionalism and safety. The entire team is wonderful. Appointment reminders are sent via email and text. There is parking validation. Covid-19 safety protocols are in place, and everyone is caring and responsive.”… read more

Client Review from Carolyn

Another review, mentioning our COVID19 practices, came from Carolyn in December 2020. It was her first visit, and she was happy with the cleanliness in the office and the safety procedures in place. Carolyn mentioned that she felt comfortable and that Dr. Carolina Mujica met her and listened to all of her concerns. We’re proud that the review mentions that the plan of action given to her was thorough, which isn’t something that she experienced elsewhere. We aim to make our patients feel like VIPs, just like Carolyn!

Dental Partners of Boston at Prudential Center
Carolyn Stolov
★★★★★
“I visited Dental Partners of Boston at the Prudential for the first time. I was impressed with the COVID safety procedures in place and the clean office. Most of all I was impressed with the staff!… read more

Client Review from Lisa

As well as being praised for our efforts in keeping our offices and services at the highest level, our patient, Lisa, recently left us a review praising Linda, one of our dental hygienists. Lisa feels fortunate to have access to a talented team across the board. We aim to remain confident in our field and ensure that our patients feel comfortable at all times—from the front desk to our clinical team and dentists.

A Talented Team
Lisa Fiore
★★★★★
“Linda is an amazing and caring person. We have been coming to this practice for decades and it is truly her work that we count on and reference when talking about the practice. We feel fortunate to have access to such a talented team and are confident in the expertise shared.”

Our reviews are proudly on display for our patients to see and for our dentists to thrive from. With our professionals on hand, we put your dental care first before anything else, and we’re proud to be able to do this for all of our patients. Want to know more? Give us a call today and book an appointment!

Invisalign: Descreet, Effective, Reliable

Invisalign aligners: Young woman smiling with straight teeth

Caption: Invisalign’s clear plastic aligner system is the ideal way to straighten teeth.

Invisalign® is a great solution when for adults who want to straighten their teeth. Traditional braces are always an option, but their unattractive appearance may be stopping you from seeking that beautiful straight smile you wish you had. They’re also difficult to keep clean and can be painful against your inner lips and cheeks.

Invisalign® doesn’t present these problems and can correct anything from a single crooked tooth to more severe bite problems.

Enjoy Your Smile with Invisalign®

When you make an appointment to discuss your options, our orthodontist Yael Frydman will be delighted to hear about the goals you have for your smile. She loves her profession because it changes our patient’s lives. Having confidence in your smile is a wonderful feeling. If you hide your smile, avoid pictures, and hate seeing it in the mirror, imagine living without those feelings. You could, in as little as 6 months, be sharing your smile with the world and feeling more like yourself than you have in a long time.

The Invisalign® Process

After understanding just what it is that you’re looking for, Dr. Frydman will determine whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign® and begin the process of creating custom teeth straightening trays. With special tools, she will take measurements and scans of your mouth and teeth to create detailed 3D images. From here, she will be able to design your smile and map how the teeth will need to move into their new positions.

She’ll show you the digital results so you can see exactly how the process will go. Once the digital plan is finalized, your custom aligners are created by Invisalign® and sent to our office. Dr. Frydman will confirm that they fit well and are comfortable. She will show you how to wear them, how to clean them, and when and how to change to the next aligner. Any questions along the way will be answered and she’ll let you know what to expect.

Invisalign® Doesn’t Disrupt Your Life

As you wear your aligners, you will be able to live your life as you usually would. You can eat your favorite food, keep brushing and flossing as usual, stay active in all the activities you love. Going out for coffee or to the movies? Take your aligners out to crunch on that popcorn and enjoy your coffee break! Brush your teeth and stick them right back in to stay on track. The best results will come when you’re able to wear them 20-22 hours a day. You can even wear them to work as they are virtually invisible. Others may not even notice you’re wearing them!

Regular Checkups

You’ll have regular checkups with Dr. Frydman every 6-8 weeks so she can ensure that the process is going smoothly and ask how you’re feeling. When you switch to a new set of trays, you may have some discomfort from the pressure, but it will lessen over a few days.

If you are ready to make an appointment to discuss Invisalign® or even traditional braces, please contact us and request an appointment with Dr. Frydman. We look forward to welcoming you to our office!

 

Transforming Your Smile to Suit Who You Are

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Caption: Transform your smile and feel like your best self with cosmetic dentistry.

Confidence is something that helps open many doors. It’s attractive to others because it shows you to be more capable. You carry yourself in a way that says, “I got this.” It’s in a natural, easy, bright smile that you don’t hesitate to show the world.

It’s a common belief that self-confidence is something that you have to be born with, but we say that is a false idea. We challenge it because we know that humans go through experiences that transform them into better versions of themselves. We all work toward growing and learning in our lives. What you learn through these experiences shows in your character.

However, we are also not born with a set of perfectly formed, picture-perfect, set of pearly white teeth. Most of us need help in that area. If you want your smile to reflect your inner strength, contribute to the image you project, and boost your confidence, contact us for an appointment to talk about cosmetic dentistry options. Tell us about the goals you have for your smile, the ways you want to improve it, and we’ll recommend solutions that will work for you.

Complete Smile Makeovers

When you want a completely different smile, we can design a new one through a series of cosmetic procedures that consider tooth color, alignment and spacing, missing teeth, and harmony and balance in the overall look of your teeth.  We’ll consider tooth length, your smile line, tooth proportions, tooth texture, and even characterization. Have you always wished for a more feminine smile, for instance? We can do that. We will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan to create the smile you wish for.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is a brilliant cosmetic dental system designed to straighten teeth discreetly. Many adults who need orthodontic treatment choose Invisalign because they can achieve a straight smile without the undesirable appearance of traditional metal braces. They are also much more comfortable to wear and easy to use.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are thin laminates made of porcelain or resin bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers correct small imperfections in your teeth, concealing stains, chips, even slightly misaligned teeth. They are shaped and colored to appear natural-looking in each individual’s unique smile. Veneers can cover a single tooth and still not look out of place next to the natural neighboring tooth. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure truly worth the investment.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure and the fastest way to achieve a smile free of color blemishes from food stains or color differentiation in the tooth enamel. It also lasts much longer than a typical take-home tooth whitening kit. We can specifically target teeth or areas of teeth necessary to create a uniform look in your smile.

When you work hard in your daily life to be your best self and live your best life, but your smile is something that seems to weigh on your self-image and affects your confidence, go ahead and request an appointment for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with us. You’ll be amazed at the transformation you see in your smile, and also yourself. Enjoy feeling on top of the world as you unhesitatingly share your smile.

5 Tips for Healthy Gums and Teeth

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A man brushing his teeth in his bathroom while looking in the mirror. Caption: Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits will keep your teeth healthy.

Good oral hygiene habits are vital in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. With neglect comes gingivitis, periodontal disease, discomfort, tooth decay, and eventually the need to extract teeth. Those patients who come to us needing intensive dental care to save their teeth sometimes have a long road of treatments and care to restore their dental health. Avoiding the need for expensive periodontal disease care or dental implants can start with your own habits at home.

1. Brushing Regularly

Make it your habit to thoroughly brush your teeth twice every day.  Use a soft-bristled brush and be gentle as you brush in small circular movements. Vigorous brushing can damage gums and enamel over time. Clean your teeth before bed and in the morning. Change your toothbrush about every six months. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria responsible for bad breath!

2. Floss Daily

Flossing removes food particles from between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. When food is left for bacteria to feast upon, it multiplies and begins to irritate gums. You may begin to notice some blood as you brush your teeth. This could be the first sign of gingivitis and requires a visit to the dentist.

3. Fluoride Is Important

There is a natural mineral, called fluorine, that is found to be effective in protecting tooth enamel. Using fluoride on a regular basis will help prevent the formation of cavities.  In the United States, we have fluoride added to our drinking water. Children are sometimes given fluoride tablets as their adult teeth come in. You can also find a toothpaste that contains fluoride, but using an anti-cavity mouthwash containing fluoride is the best.

4. Avoid Sugar

Bacteria loves sugar! When you consume sugary food or drinks, these bacteria will flourish. It’s actually their waste that infects your gums and eats away at your teeth.

5. Visit the Dentist

Of course, no dental health regimen is complete without regular visits to the dentist. We recommend you come in once every six months for an exam and professional cleaning. We’ll aid in prevention but step in when other treatments become necessary to maintain or restore your oral health.

Following these 5 tips will ensure the long-term health of your gums and teeth. If it’s time for a cleaning, please contact us to set up an appointment. If it has been a long time in-between visits because you struggle with anxieties that keep you from getting the care you need, please let us know. We have options and methods to help you feel comfortable in our care. Keep up these habits, and schedule an appointment today.

Temporary to Permanent Dentures

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Dentures are perfectly tailored to fit your unique smile.

For many people, dentures are the ideal solution to replace missing teeth. Being able to depend on a beautiful smile and a functioning chewing surface can make life much better. However, it can take some time before patients are able to switch to permanent dentures. Additionally, they sometimes worry about how they’ll handle the transition period. Fortunately, we’re able to ensure patients never have to spend a day without comfortable dentures.

Why Wait for Permanent Dentures?

When teeth are extracted in preparation for dentures, it takes time for the mouth to heal. Swelling goes down over a period of weeks. Furthermore, the mouth adjusts itself over time and may change shape a bit in the process. Because of this, fitting permanent dentures right away means they wouldn’t last long. Therefore, there needs to be a temporary solution.

How Do Dentures-In-A-Day Work?

Before tooth extraction, our team takes measurements of the mouth to prepare the temporary dentures. Because of this, patients visit the dentist before their teeth extraction in preparation. We are careful to schedule appointments to ensure patients have their temporary dentures immediately upon leaving our office, so there’s no need to worry about a subpar smile.

Are Temporary Dentures Difficult to Manage?

Today’s dentures-in-a-day let patients resume normal life activities right away. There are some important care steps to keep in mind. Patients must wear their immediate dentures for at least 24 hours and clean them at the right intervals. Fortunately, maintenance is easy, and our care team prepares patients well before they leave. It’s important to not smoke and to avoid hot liquids for 24 hours after the placement of temporary dentures.

Are Temporary Dentures Painful?

Patients might feel a bit of pain due to having their teeth extracted. However, this pain generally only lasts for a few days and should completely subside. Simple painkillers tend to do a great job at helping patients feel comfortable during the early phase of the healing process. Feel free to ask us if you have any questions.

we understand that using dentures can be an anxious process, especially while waiting for the mouth to heal, but we’re here to support you through the experience. We’re only a call away. Countless people are successfully using dentures and enjoy great smiles and excellent functionality. If you’re interested in switching to dentures or have any other questions, make sure to contact us to learn more.