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.

What is a Boston Prosthodontist

The work specialty dentistry requirements are often needed to maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. Patients dealing with tooth loss, jawbone problems, and other dental issues seek out treatment from a prosthodontist. What is a prosthodontist and how do they differ from a general dentist? Here are some things you need to know if you are seeking care from a Boston prosthodontist.

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. These are Dentists with an advanced degree in dentistry procedures. A prosthodontist will complete three additional years of schooling to provide services related to Prosthodontics focus on restoration and replacement of teeth.  Many dentists with this advanced degree will help patients dealing with difficult procedures including dental implants, dentures, and temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD).

Replacing Missing Teeth

Prosthodontists have additional training in dental implants. When a patient is seeking a smile makeover due to a missing tooth, or they simply want to restore their smile, a prosthodontist is a wise choice. The loss of your natural teeth is the most invasive dental procedure. While many general dentists are now offering tooth replacement options, prosthodontists have the proper training needed to determine the right dental implant, and will be able to perform the treatment to provide long-term success.

Cases that are difficult require the work of a prosthodontist to ensure color matching, and complicated bite issues are addressed correctly. Many patients are able to receive teeth in a day, all on four dental implants, dentures, TMD/TMJ, and other specialty dental treatments thanks to our in-house prosthodontists. A prosthodontist can help with a vast range of dental issues starting with an in-house consultation to determine the extent of dental procedures needed all the way to treatment and follow-up care.

Smile Enhancement

Some patients are embarrassed by their smiles due to staining, crooked and cracked teeth, and missing teeth. If you do not like to share your smile due to embarrassment, you need to contact our office. We are dedicated to providing patients with affordable, long-term solutions to improve and enhance your smile. Some of the procedures we provide in our Boston dental office include:

  • Placing crowns/caps on teeth to improve the shape, color, and function of a tooth
  • Using veneers to improve problems with tooth gaps and staining
  • Advanced bonding treatments to change tooth shape and fill in gaps
  • Dental implants to replace single or multiple missing teeth
  • Dentures and all on 4 dental implant supported devices

Call our office today to schedule your consultation and be on the road to a smile you can be proud to share with others!

Can Adults Get Braces?

At Dental Partners of Boston, we provide a high quality range of services for each of our patients. We listen to their needs and do our best to provide individualized services. We offer adult orthodontics in Boston along with orthodontic services for teenagers and children.

Reasons Why People Want Adult Braces Vary

If you are an adult who never had braces, or maybe you had them but the results weren’t what you wanted, we have the orthodontic options you are looking for. It is actually quite common for adults to receive orthodontic care including braces. One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

There are many problems that may need to be addressed for adult patients including fixing crowded teeth or bad bites, including overbites and underbites. Without treating these problems, they become worse over time. This can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, pain, and tooth decay. Also, many adult patients want orthodontic services for cosmetic reasons. If you are looking for a straighter smile, we can provide you with braces to work towards getting the cosmetic results you desire.

Dental Partners of Boston provides convenient orthodontic treatments of a variety of kinds. Some of our options are even invisible to the eye so that these procedures can fit with your busy lifestyle. We have Invisalign braces that are transparent and straighten teeth without metal wires or bands.

Can you get braces as an adult? Of course!

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is all about preventing and treating crooked and imbalanced teeth and bites. Crooked, unaligned teeth can be hard to clean and can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss if not treated. Some people may also have teeth problems that contribute to stress on gum tissue and the jawbone which can lead to pain and other dental problems.

At our Boston office, our orthodontists will work with you and coordinate with your other specialists such as oral surgeons, endodontists, and family dentists to make sure you get an individualized treatment plan. We are committed to giving you customized care that you can count on.

Give us a call to find out about adult orthodontics options.

We are happy to provide you with more information or schedule an appointment for you at your earliest convenience. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options for adults.

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What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist? If you are one of the 30 to 40 million people with a fear of visiting the dentist, take heed! We provide sedation dentistry services to all of our Boston patients, and is designed to help you relax while receiving the dental care your teeth and gums need to stay healthy. For people who tend to avoid cleanings and exams, sedation dentistry is designed to help relieve some of the anxiety you can feel. Sedation can be used for general cleanings and examinations up to serious dental procedures such as root canals and tooth extractions. The amount of sedation needed depends on your level of anxiety and fear of visiting the dentist.

Sedation Dentistry in Boston

What is Sedation Dentistry?

What exactly is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help a patient relax during a dental procedure. Sedation will calm the nerves, making some people feel like they want to sleep as they become extremely relaxed. However, sedation does not cause you to fall asleep, it allows a patient to remain awake, but in a relaxed state.

What Types of Sedation are Used?

For routine procedures, we prefer to use inhaled minimal sedation. What this means is a small plastic covering is placed over the nose. The patient will take deep breaths initially and then resume normal breathing as their body begins to relax. The nitrous oxide used is commonly called “laughing gas” as it helps you to relax and may enhance your mood. The dentist is in control of how much sedation is needed during the procedure to ensure you are only given enough to aid in reducing anxiety. Once the procedure is done, the gas is turned off and the effects will wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation that allows a person to resume normal behavior following treatment, such as driving yourself home.

Oral sedation is a little different as it is given through a pill you take before visiting the dentist. With oral sedation, we will provide you with Halcion, which needs to be taken an hour before your appointment. You will not be able to drive while the medication is in your system. Halcion is a member of the Valium drug family and will make you drowsy. If you have extreme anxiety, this medication is one of the preferred method. Some people can fall asleep during dental procedures.

Compared to IV sedation and deep sedation, oral sedation is typically preferred. IV sedation is a drug administered through a vein. If patients in need of IV sedation, the doctor will need to continually adjust to prevent health concerns. Deep sedation and general anesthesia is used for patients that are unable to receive dental procedures while conscious. You will receive medications that will render you totally unconscious. If you need more information about Boston sedation dentistry, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

 

Teeth in a Day in Boston

Is it possible to have a tooth removed and new one placed in the same day? Dr. Guzman can make this happen with modern treatment methods allowing for teeth in a day. At Dental Partners of Boston, we care about long-term solutions to enhance our patients smiles. Our solutions are designed to bring you a new smile, restore your confidence, and boost your self-esteem.

Teeth in a Day in Boston

What is a Dental Implant Teeth in a Day Procedure?

So how does this procedure work? When you select teeth in a day in Boston, we focus on creating a patient treatment plan designed specifically for your needs. A dental implant will be inserted into the jawbone, where it will fuse with the bone and become strong. An abutment is placed on gums where a dental crown is attached to it. Dental implants look and feel just like a traditional tooth. Dental implants provide important health benefits as they continue to stimulate the jawbone, allowing it to remain healthy and strong. Without an implant, a missing tooth will simply lead to deterioration of the jawbone.

The Implant Process

To determine if you are healthy enough for dental implants, we will need to examine the area and take x-rays to measure the bone density. As long as the jawbone is healthy, we can do the implant in a day. Proper placement requires precision and skill, which is why you want to trust a provider like Dr. Guzman to handle the implant procedure. A porcelain crown will be created and attached to the dental implant once it has been secured into the jawbone. Typically, the dental implant healing time will take a few days to feel normal and not tender, but the jawbone fusing time frame is normally 6 weeks to 6 months. We will bring you back into the office after a few weeks to check on the healing process to ensure it is strong and healthy. Rarely do dental implants fail, but if there is a concern we will address this with you and determine the best possible treatment.

State-of-the-art Dental Implants

Thanks to modern treatments and methods, dental implants in a day are possible for healthy dental patients. Permanent tooth replacement has revolutionized dentistry as people finally have an option to enhance their smile if they had a tooth extraction. Dental implants are easy to care for as they simply need routine brushing and flossing to remain healthy. Dental implants are one of the most successful dental procedures, with a 98% success rate.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in dental implants, and would like to have a consultation with our dentists schedule an appointment today

What is Dental Botox?

Dental Botox is a procedure used in cosmetic dentistry where injections are made into various muscles around the mouth in order to improve your smile. This is done by relaxing frown lines or lowering top lips to cover more of your gums to avoid a “gummy smile”. This has transformed and improved cosmetic dentistry in Boston in many ways, however, Botox is no longer just for cosmetic reasons, it has also been proven useful in treating a variety of non-cosmetic symptoms including tension headaches, chronic orofacial pain, and TMJ.  

Tension Headaches: Headaches caused by the contraction of muscles in the face can be extremely painful and difficult to ease. Our treatments work by creating a partial paralysis of those muscles which contract and cause pain, with the muscles relaxed the tension dissipates and the headache pain is eased.

Chronic Orofacial Pain: How dental Botox treatments work to treat chronic orofacial pain is by numbing the neurotransmitters that inform your brain that the body is in pain. By doing this it stops those transmitters from sending that alarm to your brain and thus easing the pain.

TMJ: TMJ can be caused by the unconscious grinding of teeth and can lead to many symptoms that cause major discomfort. To treat these symptoms, we inject the treatment into the muscles that contribute to the grinding of teeth, causing the muscles to relax. With our dental Botox treatments, patients experience relief as soon as a few days after the treatment.

Risks: There are minimal risks involved with our dental Botox treatments including a dry mouth, drooping or swollen eyelids, blurred vision, or allergic reactions. In order to avoid these side effects, make sure that there are no infections in or around your mouth before coming in for a treatment, provide a full medical history to your doctor and treatment specialist. Also, be wary of receiving treatments if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you have a history of MLS or other muscle or nerve conditions as these may create complications with the treatment.

We at the Dental Partners of Boston are dedicated to helping you to ease the pain caused by tension headaches, chronic orofacial pain, TMJ, and other complications. Our procedure is safe and has a high satisfaction level with those who have received treatments. Our dental Botox treatment may be right for you, contact us at the Dental Partners of Boston to schedule an appointment for a dental Botox treatment today.