Have a Safe Holiday This Winter!

At Dental Partners of Boston, we want to wish you Happy Holidays! We are excited for the holiday season and grateful to get to share it with family and friends. We are also grateful for our patients, and we wish a warm, safe holiday season to all of you. No matter what or how you celebrate, we hope you get to share some joy, food, and gifts with the people you care about.

During this time of year, it is important to keep up on your dental health as there are so many enticing treats around. We recommend paying close attention to your gum health during this holiday season and to be sure and maintain regular, routine brushing and flossing habits.

This time of year is particularly busy with all the hustle and bustle of the season. Many people are travelling to visit family and friends. Also, the roads in the winter can get dark and icy. We care about our patients and want them to stay safe beyond just their dental health.

We have compiled a few tips on how to stay safe while travelling during the holidays.

1: Make sure and check your flight for bad weather.

No matter where you’re travelling to, it is always a good idea to check in and see if bad weather is impacting flights. This will help you plan ahead before you get to the airport.

2: Don’t drive into a storm and heed travel warnings.

Even if you are anxious to get started or have somewhere to be, always err on the side of caution. Check local weather warnings and regional forecasts. If there is a safety advisory, it might be best to stay off the roads.

3: Keep your electronic devices charged before you travel.

Before you leave on a trip, make sure you phone and other devices are fully charged. If you are travelling at an airport, you might have to deal with crowds and it might be hard to charge your phone there. If you can, bring a portable charger with you.

4: Bring snacks with you, too.

If you are driving, make sure and keep nonperishable snacks and drinks in your car, including water. For the airport, bring snacks and be sure to fill up your water bottle after you go through security.

Stay safe this holiday season!

At Dental Partners of Boston, we hope you have a great holiday season and stay safe! Remember to take care of your teeth, too!

Adult Braces Are A Thing of the Past

At Dental Partners of Boston, we are always looking to provide high-quality, modern procedures to our clients. We know that each one of our patients is an individual with different needs and concerns related to their oral hygiene.

Many adults are not happy with the appearance of their teeth. Some adults didn’t get the chance to have braces when they were teenagers, and now they are looking for ways to straighten their teeth and attain a straight, even smile. But, many adults do not want to wear clunky, metal braces that can be uncomfortable and also be extremely noticeable.

Luckily, there is a solution to this problem. Getting the straight smile you’ve always wanted is attainable, and you can get it without the time and issues that come along with metal braces. This procedure is known as Invisalign, and we offer this option at our office. This method will straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time than traditional braces, and it is also much less noticeable.  We are proud to be able to offer Invisalign in Boston.

Invisalign Logo

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

These are transparent braces that are used to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign usually straightens teeth in a short amount of time, in many cases as little as six months. This process is done using a series of clear plastic aligners. The aligners are custom-made and can be removed at your convenience. Over half a million people have used Invisalign.

The benefits include:

  • The clear aligners are much less noticeable than traditional braces
  • The aligners don’t have metal wires which can be irritating and uncomfortable.
  • It is easy to brush and floss with Invisalign because they are removable.
  • Invisalign can often straighten teeth in less than a year.

Invisalign is a great option for adults who want straighter teeth. There are many advantages to this option over traditional braces, and many patients have been pleased with the results.

What is the process like?

We will take a 3-D images of your mouth and use it to create custom aligners that will guide your teeth into place.

Next, custom aligners that snap-on are created. You will switch out to the next aligner every two weeks, so you don’t have to deal with tightening or adjustments. The aligners can be removed for short periods of time.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking to create a straighter smile, schedule an appointment with us to get started with Invisalign. We are happy to tell you more about the process and how it can help you

A Dentist Can Help Treat TMJ?

TMJ Treatment at Dental Partners of Boston

TMJ is a common and frustrating condition. If you’ve ever suffered from TMJ pain, you know what we’re talking about. The pain can range from aching jaw and earaches to full-blown migraines. Let’s talk about what it is, what causes it, and how we can help.

What is TMJ (or TMD)?

TMJ is the name of a joint: the temporomandibular joint. If the joint becomes injured and causes problems, then it is referred to as temporomandibular disorder, but most people, including dentists, refer to it as TMJ. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw bone to your head (near your ears). It can hinge, glide, or rotate, making it a very useful, but very complex joint. Basically, a lot can go wrong.

How do I know if I have it?

TMJ can manifest in a variety of ways, none of which specifically means you have TMJ. If you suffer from jaw tenderness, headaches, facial stiffness, popping jaw, earaches, painful chewing, or misalignment of teeth when you bite down, then TMD is a possibility.

How does one ‘get’ TMJ?

Just like its variety of manifestations, it is also caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause is whiplash (injuries to the head and neck), but can also be caused by grinding and clenching teeth, arthritis, or an uneven bite (if your teeth don’t line up properly when closing your mouth).  

What can I do about it?

Once you and your dentist have determined the cause of your pain, there are several things you can do to ease the pain. Sometimes TMJ resolves in a few weeks on its own, but often more concerted measures are needed to assuage the symptoms.

  • Use your jaw less. Let it relax.
  • Keep cold and hot packs on it like any other muscle injury.
  • Make sure you have good posture. Slouching can push your lower jaw forward
  • Use a bite guard.
  • Use anti-inflammatory medication (temporarily).

Lastly, if the cause of your TMJ is a misaligned bite, consider Invisalign. This is an easy and inconspicuous way to realign your teeth and jaw so that your bite is more comfortable. Invisalign can provide immediate relief as it prevents teeth from clenching in the wrong position.

Here at the Dental Partners of Boston, we are ready to offer the best TMJ treatment in Boston. Schedule an appointment today if you are experiencing TMJ.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dental Partners of Boston

Happy Thanksgiving from Dental Partners of Boston
At Dental Partners of Boston, we are thankful we get to be your Boston implant dentist. All of us here are excited that November is upon us. We can’t wait for Thanksgiving to get here. Because, at least for us, we can’t wait to eat some of our favorite foods and enjoy some downtime with those we care about. Just thinking about the Thanksgiving table makes us hungry. There are so many yummy things to eat like pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, turkey, and rolls.

Fall is full of fun!

While the cold weather might seem like not so fun, there are so many great things about fall and the holiday season. There is an excitement in the air, and there is time to ponder and reflect on the things in our lives that make us happy. We hope you will get to enjoy some of your favorite fall activity and spend time with those you care about during this November.

This time of year is also filled with unique activities and beautiful colors. We love to see the leaves as they fall off the trees and coat the ground. Children and dogs run around and play in the leaves, and the brisk fall air makes cozying up inside that much warmer and sweeter.

We are thankful for many things at Dental Partners of Boston:

 

  • Great food
  • Fall air
  • Spending the holidays with family and friends
  • Colorful leaves
  • Our loved ones
  • Cozying up next to a fire or heater

And, we are especially grateful for you, our patients.

You all make the work we do worthwhile and fulfilling. We love to help people have a smile that gives them self-confidence. We love to work with you to create a bright, happy, healthy smile. All of you make our jobs enjoyable and fun. We thank you for the opportunity of getting to know each and every one of you. We are grateful you have chosen us for your dentistry needs.

All of us at Dental Partners of Boston wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a great holiday and get to enjoy some of your favorite foods with your family and friends.

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.