Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

Dental Partners of Boston offers a variety of dental services as your Boston dentist. We have periodontal, orthodontics, and general dental health care services. Our staff is friendly and professional and will take the time to listen to your individual concerns and help you with your oral hygiene concerns. We also want to help our patients make healthy, smart choices related to oral health. A healthy mouth and a beautiful smile starts with the choices and habits made on a daily basis. This means good teeth brushing habits, regularly flossing, as well as check ups at the dentist.

A huge part of keeping your mouth healthy is brushing your teeth twice a day. This also keeps your smile brighter and whiter and reduces bad breath. One thing that many people don’t realize is how important it is to brush their tongue each time they brush their teeth. We highly recommend making tongue brushing a daily part of your oral hygiene routine.

Teeth Brushing Tips and Tongue Brushing Importance

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day as well as floss twice daily. Along with this, remember to brush your tongue to keep it clean, too. The tongue plays host to lots of bacteria as the surface of the tongue is uneven creating a warm, cozy place for bacteria to hide. B brushing your tongue, you can reduce the bacteria in your mouth which helps fight bad breath and also improves oral health in general.

In order to clean the bacteria on your tongue, you will need to scrape it off. This can be done using your toothbrush and gently brushing the surface of your tongue. The tongue doesn’t get cavities, but the bacteria on your tongue can impact your teeth and cause dental problems. The bacteria on the tongue tends to stick there, so it can’t just be rinsed off. Also, scraping this bacteria off leads to better breath. This will help you feel more confident when you know your breath smells better.

Keeping your tongue clean is simple.

It’s easy to keep on top of keeping your tongue clean. Just brush from back and forth and then from side to side. After that, rinse with water. Be careful not to brush too hard as their is no need for it, and you don’t want to cause any damage or break the skin.

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Pinhole Surgery; A Solution for Receeding Gums

When you look at your smile, are your gums neatly lining the crowns of your teeth? If they have started to pull back, you might be suffering from the early stages of gum recession, which is when the gum tissue recedes from the natural gum line. Caused by everything from aggressive brushing and certain medications to dental trauma and simple genetics, gum recession is exceptionally common, and causes several serious problems with the health of your teeth.   

Issues With Gum Recession

Your gums have several important roles in the oral cavity, but their primary responsibility is supporting the teeth and protecting your dental roots from oral bacteria. Unfortunately, when the gum tissue starts to recede, the teeth can become loose, and the area around the tooth can be attacked by these bacteria. Eventually, these bacteria can even attack the periodontal ligament, causing the teeth to fall out.

Gum recession also makes the smile look older, since the dental roots aren’t covered by natural white enamel. Additionally, since dental enamel protects your teeth from decay, recession paves the way for cavities along the dental roots, which aren’t as protected.

Pinhole Surgery: An Effective, Long-Lasting Solution

Pinhole Surgical Technique Certified Boston Dentist
In the old days, the only way to repair gum recession was through a complex and invasive surgery called gum grafting. During this procedure, a flap was cut into the gum tissue around the exposed areas, and then a graft harvested from another part of the mouth was sewn into place. Although gum grafting is still used today, the procedure can be time intensive and require a long recovery, which is why the pinhole surgery technique, which we provide for all of Boston, is so helpful.

During pinhole surgery, a very small incision, about the size of a pinhole, is made in the gum tissue above the affected teeth. Next, Dr. Guzman uses specialized tools to gently push down the gum tissue to cover the exposure, and tiny collagen strips are inserted into the tunnel to keep the tissue in place. The procedure is minimally invasive, fast, and incredibly effective, with patients enjoying beautiful results immediately.

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If you are living with gum recession, make an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today to talk about your options. Pinhole surgery is an excellent choice for the majority of patients, as multiple teeth can be treated simultaneously and the recovery is incredibly simple.  

Your Tongue: A Diagnostic Tool for Oral Issues

Einstein sticking his tongue out

Dental Partners of Boston wants to give each one of our patients the best care possible. This means we also try to help our patients with tips on how to maintain great oral hygiene in their daily lives. While of course this includes brushing and flossing daily, there are also other important things to know about your oral hygiene. Being aware of what is going on with your dental health can help you avoid long-lasting problems and also keep your smile looking great.

What many people don’t realize is that their tongue is a great indicator of what is going on with their oral hygiene. The appearance of the tongue can tell you a lot about potential problems. Here are some of the things to look for, that you can even look for outside of the dentist’s office, when using your tongue as a diagnostic tool

  1. Swollen grey/white balloon like blob under tongue: This could mean that you have a blocked salivary gland. These small openings can become blocked and fill with fluid. If this doesn’t go away after a few days, consult your dentist.
  2. Sores that have halos around them: A healthy tongue is pink and mostly smooth. If you have red or white patches or a spot surrounded by a red ring, you should contact your dentist. This could be an indicator of skin cancer.
  3. Red, thick tongue: This could be an issue of diet. If you don’t have enough B12, your tongue can often show this problem by becoming red and thick. This could be an indication that you need more B12 in your diet.
  4. Swelling: This could be from an allergic reaction. If the swelling is causing your tongue to push forward and block your airway, this is a serious problem, and you should seek medical attention right away.
  5. Dry, white gloss tongue: Dry mouth happens when the mouth isn’t making enough saliva. This can lead to an uncomfortable dry, heavy feeling. This can also change the appearance of your tongue. Dry mouth could indicate issues such as gum disease. Consult your dentist to see what is going on.

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Contact Dental Partners of Boston to make an appointment if you would like a check-up or may believe you have one of the symptoms mentioned above. We strive to be the best dentist in Boston and the surrounding area. We can help you if you notice any of the problems above. Also, remember to schedule routine dental visits to keep up your oral hygiene and overall health.

How Much Money Could You Save Flossing Your Teeth?

Smiling woman sitting on a swing during sunset.

A smiling woman who takes good care of her tooth by brushing and flossing sitting on a swing during sunset.

At Dental Partners of Boston, we are committed to giving our patients the best dental care possible. That means going beyond just quality service during a typical visit. As one of the best dental offices in Boston, we are dedicated to educating and helping our patients make good decisions about their dental health.  The best way to ensure great dental health and a beautiful white smile is to consistently take care of your teeth through daily brushing, flossing, and making good diet choices.

While many people brush regularly, we still find that flossing isn’t always the favorite activity. If you’re like many of us, sometimes flossing becomes an optional part of your oral health regimen. If you’re one who doesn’t routinely floss or maybe doesn’t floss at all, please continue reading to see how it can help you and your overall health.

The Benefits of Flossing

Consistent flossing leads to better oral hygiene that can have long-lasting benefits. Not only does this mean you will have a healthier mouth and teeth, but it also means you will have a better aesthetic appearance through frequent, consistent flossing. Not only that, flossing can save you a lot of money in the long run by keeping you from having dental health problems in the future.

Flossing doesn’t have to take a long time, and once you get in the habit, it only adds a few minutes to your morning and evening routines. The benefits of adding flossing to your habits are far-reaching! There are many tools to make flossing easier and less of a chore. No longer do you have to wrap floss around your fingers while going in-between each tooth. There are flossing picks, and an oral irrigator (water jet) to remove any food particles.

Getting into the habit of flossing will increase your overall oral health! Which has been shown to have a very positive impact on your health as a whole.

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum Disease is a term that refers to a wide range of issues from gum inflammation, gingivitis, and advanced periodontal disease. This is caused by bacteria in the mouth that is left untreated. Over time, this can cause major problems such as tooth loss and even bone loss. Flossing your teeth plays a big role in reducing bacteria and preventing gum disease which in turn saves you money!

Cost Saving Benefits

By flossing your teeth, you can prevent long-lasting, expensive oral hygiene issues. Gingivitis can cost upwards of $3,000 when you factor in all the follow-up visits, and possible surgeries will cost even more. If you get periodontal disease and need dentures, you could end up paying closer to $8,000. Making flossing a part of your regular routine can save you a lot of money in the long run!

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Dental Partners of Boston can help prevent as well as screen for gum disease. We also offer dental cleanings, dental implants, dental bridges, and help you figure out a treatment plan that works for you. Call or schedule an appointment with one of the best dentists in Boston today!

Protect Your Teeth This Summer

At Dental Partners of Boston, we do our best to give our patients tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the year. We want our patients to incorporate smart, safe practices related to their dental health in their day to day lives. This is the best way to have long-lasting, far-reaching positive oral health. Also, by making smart choices and having a consistent routine, you can ensure a better looking smile and appearance that you can feel self-confident about.

As your cosmetic dentist in Boston, we can provide many services related to your teeth and overall mouth-related appearance. Our dentists have many years of experience providing a wide range of services in the area of cosmetic dentistry. We can fix cracks in teeth, help with stained teeth, and even work with you if your teeth are misaligned.

Summer Activities and Oral Health Safety

Summer is an exciting, active time. Kids are out of school and everyone is outside enjoying the outdoors and all it has to offer. There are a lot of exciting outdoor sports that we like to enjoy in summer, but these sports can post a risk to teeth. You might crack a tooth when jumping off a diving board or fall while playing basketball and chip off their front tooth. Being aware of how to protect your teeth during different activities is important. Many sports require mouthguards, and when playing these sports, such as football, a mouthguard is essential.

But, in the case of an emergency, because even with the best prevention accidents still happen, we are here to help. We provide services for emergency tooth loss and to fix things like cracks and chips. So, if you find yourself with a cosmetic problem, whether it is a crack or a more serious problem, we provide a wide variety of services and procedures. We also can provide emergency dental services because we realize that accidents don’t always just happen during regular business hours.

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To learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you with emergency dental services, give our office a call. Our staff are friendly and helpful and will do what they can to address your problem. We can also give you tip on how to stay safe and prevent damage to your teeth during the busy, active summer months.

Single Tooth Implants vs. Dental Bridges

Dental Partners of Boston is committed to giving you the best dental implants in Boston. We also think it is important to educate our patients on different dental procedures and what the advantages and disadvantages of different methods are.

When it comes to losing a tooth, there is often discomfort and even pain. This is something that many patients want fixed quickly, and they want to make sure they are receiving the best replacement for the tooth they lost. When a tooth is lost in an area that is highly visible, patients also want to be sure that the dental implant will be cosmetically pleasing. But more than just being an aesthetic issue, missing teeth can cause damage to the jawbone and reduce the strength of the jawbone over time.

The Advantages of a Single Tooth Implant

A dental bridge has drawbacks because it strains the teeth next to it. The dental bridge is often supported with a retainer or metal brackets which puts pressure on supporting teeth during chewing. A single tooth implant, on the other hand, does not cause damage to the neighboring teeth.

Overall, a single tooth implant protects teeth better than a dental bridge does. There are many other reasons that a single tooth implant is often a better choice than a dental bridge. Here are some of the other benefits of using a single tooth implant to replace a missing tooth.

  • They can increase confidence. When using a dental bridge, many patients worry about the bridge falling out since it is attached with a retainer. This makes patients feel unsure about eating certain foods especially around others. With a dental implant, the tooth is securely in place, so this worry is no longer a factor.
  • They can improve appearance. Single tooth implants are fitted to match the color and contours of your natural teeth so that they blend in with your overall smile.
  • They make continued dental hygiene simpler. Single tooth implants can be kept clean with regular brushing and flossing. So, you won’t have to change or add anything to regular dental hygiene routine to keep the implant clean.

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For these many reasons, a single tooth implant is a preferred choice for a dental implant in Boston and the surrounding area. These implants are long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to keep clean.

Contact Dental Partners of Boston to make an appointment and learn more about single tooth implants and if they are right for you.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign® aligner held in someone's hand

Dental Partners of Boston is invested in your oral health. As a team of dental specialists, we listen to your concerns and offer solutions to better your dental health and enhance your smile. We suit the needs of our patients by offering many different dental services. The way you feel about your smile is important to us because a good-looking smile can boost your confidence.

Alternatives to Adult Braces

There are many adults who don’t feel happy with their teeth. Additionally, many of these patients didn’t have braces as teens and are now looking for a way to improve their smiles. Moreover, many adult patients don’t want traditional braces.

We offer an alternative method to straighten adult teeth called Invisalign®. These clear aligners can straighten teeth for teens and adults, making them a popular alternative to traditional braces. They offer the results many people are looking for without the hassle of metal braces.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® is a clear aligner custom-fit to your teeth. This product applies gentle pressure over time to move teeth into the desired position. You receive different aligners during the course of treatment that targets specific teeth. Usually, around 8-12 aligners gradually move your teeth into alignment over a period of 12-24 months.

The product is mostly invisible and doesn’t involve attaching brackets to your teeth as metal braces do. There are also no metal wires involved, and aligners can be removed.

Benefits of Invisalign®

Many patients love the ease of using Invisalign® and the comfort of the product. Here are some of the reasons adult patients find this method works great with their busy lifestyles.

  1. Nearly invisible even when patients smile
  2. Comfortable to wear
  3. Removable for brushing and flossing
  4. No need to cut out certain foods from your diet or change your oral hygiene routine.
  5. No painful wire tightening appointments to deal with.

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Contact Dental Partners of Boston to learn more about Invisalign® or schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you and answer any questions about Invisalign® aligners.

The Ultimate Guide to Toothpaste

Ultimate guide to toothpaste

As your Boston dentist, we are committed to providing you with helpful information related to your oral hygiene. Dental Partners of Boston wants to give you timely, useful tips on how to maintain good oral health habits.

One topic we are regularly asked about is that of which toothpaste to use. There are many different brands of toothpaste out there that come with different purposes, flavors, and ingredients. It can be a bit confusing to go to the store and know which kind of toothpaste will be best for you.

We have compiled this handy guide of kinds of toothpaste and attached a rating system. Of course, every person is different and needs toothpaste for different purposes. Some people are looking to whiten their teeth, some are looking fora good overall toothpaste, and some are looking for the best organic toothpastes with natural ingredients.

This specific list evaluates different toothpastes based on organic labeling and looks at how organic and natural the ingredients actually are. We have attached a rating system based on toothbrushes as opposed a star rating system. So, a “five toothbrush” rating would be the best and a “one toothbrush” rating would be the worst.

These toothpastes are rated based on how organic the ingredients are, if they are certified organic, and how much fluoride they contain.

Toothpastes with a “Five Toothbrush Rating”

  • Happy Teeth Toothpaste (Poofy Organics)
  • Natural Miessence Toothpaste (ONE Group)
  • Natural Mint Sweet Orange Toothpaste (Made Simple Skin Care)
  • Natural Green People Toothpaste
  • Natural Green People Toothpaste (Kids)

Toothpastes with a “Four Toothbrush Rating”

  • Face Naturals Tooth Cleanser
  • Herbal Choice Mari Natural Tooth Gel (Nature’s Brands)
  • Cinnamon/Peppermint Toothpaste (Krista’s Natural Products)
  • Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder (Primal Life Organics)
  • Tooth & Gum Powder with activated charcoal (InVitamin)

Toothpastes with a “Three Toothbrush Rating”

  • Logodent Naturkosmetic Kids Dental Gel (Logona Naturkosmetic)
  • TruthPaste Natural Toothpaste (Diamond Dental System)
  • Just the Goods Vegan Toothpaste
  • Redmond Earthpaste Toothpaste
  • The Peelu Co. Toothpaste

Toothpastes with a “Two Toothbrush Rating”

  • Logodent Naturkosmetik Oral caren (Logona Naturkosmetic)
  • Dr. Brite
  • Healthy Home Company Toothpaste
  • Coral White Toothpaste
  • Healing Scents Toothpaste

Toothpastes with a “One Toothbrush Rating”

  • Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care Toothpaste
  • Tea Tree Toothpaste by Tea Tree Therapy (Uneet Co. Inc.)
  • Vita-Myr toothpaste
  • Xyli White Toothpaste (Now Foods)
  • Cleure Toothpaste

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Remember that every person is different and that each person may need a slightly different kind of toothpaste for the best oral hygiene results. If you have questions about a certain kind of toothpaste or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Dental Partners of Boston today.

Are Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis Related?

We take pride in educating our patients on oral hygiene and the importance of maintaining good habits. Oral hygiene has far reaching impacts that go beyond just a healthy smile. There are many links between poor oral hygiene and other diseases and conditions. We want our patients to be educated on these links so that they can understand the importance of regular upkeep on their teeth and the importance of seeing a dentist regularly.

One topic that is of interest is possible links between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis.If you have a family history of either of these problems, this might be of particular interest to you. There is research that suggests a link between these two things.

What the research suggests…

University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in Kentucky conducted a study and found that bacterium that causes gum disease seems to also be present in the early onset stages of rheumatoid arthritis. According to their study, they think that the connection could possibly cause rheumatoid arthritis to progress more quickly and even become more severe in nature. Rheumatoid arthritis can be a very debilitating and painful disease, so learning about links like these are helpful to figure out how to aide people with this form of arthritis.

More about the disease and the process…

According to the research, it seems that the bacteria from the gum disease causes a reaction that between some proteins. This makes the body respond to this reaction as if it was an intruder and prompts an immune attack. This attack causes inflammation. If this inflammation becomes chronic, it can destroy cartilage. Dr. Jan Potempa from the study notes that further research will need to be conducted to understand the link more fully.

What does all of this mean?

To reduce chances of this link becoming a factor, regular brushing and flossing as well as seeing your dentist for checkups regularly is important. Maintaining regular, good oral hygiene habits could reduce the likelihood of rheumatoid arthritis as this study suggests.

Dental Partner of Boston is committed to giving the best gum disease treatment in Boston. We are here to help you prevent and treat gum disease and also answer any questions you might have about gum and periodontal disease. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Brings Comfort and Peace of Mind

Sedation Dentistry
If the thought of visiting the dentist sends a chill up your spine, you are not alone. Fear of visiting the dentist is common for 30 to 40 million Americans. At Dental Partners of Boston, we understand that dental anxiety and fear of dental treatment is a common problem. Sedation dentistry is one of the best options available to help patients relax during dental visits. Sedation can be used for all procedures from simple tooth cleanings to dental extractions.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help a patient relax while they are receiving dental procedures. Patients are normally awake during the procedure, but the sedation helps a patient to relax during the procedure.

Types of Dental Sedation

There are three common types of dental sedation:

  • Oral sedation
  • In-office IV sedation
  • General anesthesia

Oral sedation is a medication that is taken prior to a dental appointment. The sedative helps to reduce anxiety, making it easier for a patient to receive multiple dental treatments at one time.

In-office IV sedation is administered through a small needle that is inserted into the hand or arm. IV sedation is recommended for dental patients that have severe anxiety and fear of visiting the dentist. IV sedation works quickly and provides a deeper sedation from oral sedation.

General anesthesia is used when a patient has a severe fear of the dentist and cannot be awake during dental procedures. Patients with physical disabilities and other health issues are good candidates for general anesthesia.

Which Dental Sedation Should I Use?

All three methods of sedation dentistry are available at Dental Partners of Boston and have their advantages to work well in helping to reduce dental anxiety. At Dental Partners of Boston, each dentist is skilled in all three methods of sedation dentistry. We will sit with you to discuss the best option to make it easier for you to receive the dental care you need.

Schedule a consultation to discuss your dental anxiety and dental fears. Our team needs to know your fears so we can provide you with the best sedation option, and aid in helping you throughout your appointment. If you have put off visiting the dentist due to fear of the dentist, the tools, or the procedures, we encourage you to call Dental Partners of Boston today to schedule a consultation. Let our team make it easier for you to receive the dental work you need without all the stress, fear, and frustration that often accompanies dental anxiety.