A Guide To Avoiding Cold Sores

FEVER BLISTERS, OR COLD SORES are small groupings of blisters that occur around the mouth. These might heal in a few days or in a few weeks.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know how frustrating cold sores can be. So here are a few tips for avoiding them.

Common Triggers For Cold Sores

Certain medications can make cold sores go away faster, but the best way to be rid of them is to prevent them in the first place. Not everyone’s cold sore triggers are the same. That why it’s important to review a bit when you get a cold sore, and see if you can troubleshoot. Here are some ideas for you to consider.


Stress can mess with our bodies in many ways, including wearing down our immune systems. If our immune system is low, it is easier to develop cold sores.

You can counteract this by having healthy stress-coping techniques. Build up your immunity by eating well and exercising. And give yourself time to relax and decompress after a stressful day or week.


Just like stress, being tired can drain your immune system. Having low defenses can lead to a dormant cold sore becoming active. Getting enough sleep can keep the cold sores away and boost your immune system.

Dry Lips

Dry lips can be caused by a number of factors, including the sun and cold weather. Protecting your lips from the weather can keep cold sores from developing. Whether it is wearing a scarf when it is cold or applying lip balm with sunscreen in it, protecting your lips will help prevent cold sores.

Keep Track Of When And Why You Get Cold Sores

The next time you get a cold sore, pay attention to things that may have been a trigger, whether it is your health or the weather outside. Being aware of your triggers can help you avoid future cold sore outbreaks.

If you have any questions, contact us! As your lifelong oral health partner, we care about your whole body’s health.

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We Offer Procera® AllCeram Crowns

HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON we want to offer the very best in technology and services to our patients. Patients often come in seeking dental crowns that do not have any metal or alloys in them. We are one of the few practices that offers Procera® AllCeram Crowns, a tooth-colored crown free from any metal or alloy.

Dental Crowns Protect Teeth From Further Damage

Dental crowns are used to fix misaligned, discolored, and misshapen teeth. They cover and protect damaged teeth from further damage while helping maintain the integrity of the rest of your teeth. Getting a crown is a simple process. We will x-ray your teeth, correctly size and color the crown, and then place the crown and cement it into place.

Procera® AllCeram Crowns Are An Ideal Option

Procera® AllCeram Crowns are made of a dense sintered ceramic, which is very strong. Other crowns may be more noticeable because of the presence of metal. Procera® mimics the translucency of teeth, allowing it to blend in with your natural teeth. Procera® uses a bio compatible material, minimizing the risk of an allergic reaction.

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you would like to know more about Procera® AllCeram Crowns, please contact us. Whether you need a new crown for a damaged tooth, or you would like to replace your old metal crowns, we can help you get it sorted out quickly.

Thank you for being our valued patients and friends!

Start The New Year With A Brighter Smile

LIFE CAN BE HARD on our teeth. Over time, we all notice a little bit of staining and discoloration. Whether that staining is from coffee, wine, sauces, or berry juice, it can make us self conscious.

Are you finding yourself hiding your teeth, or smiling less? Here at Dental Partners of Boston we want to help you feel 100% confident in your smile. That’s why we offer great whitening solutions to our patients.

We Offer Two Great Whitening Options

In-Office Whitening

Our in-office whitening is a one-time procedure and takes less than an hour to complete. In-office whitening is done by our trained cosmetic dentists to ensure you get the shade you want. You’ll see results instantly and be able to go home that same day with a whiter, brighter smile.

At-Home Whitening

Whitening at home is convenient, easy, and effective with our whitening kit. We’ll provide custom trays, molded to fit the shape of your mouth, for comfort and efficiency. We’ll instruct you on the use of the trays and the whitening gel. This method is amazingly easy. It will give you control of the shade of white you achieve, and allow you to schedule whitening around your busy schedule.

Ring In The New Year With A Brighter Smile!

Is your resolution to smile more this year? Contact us! Teeth whitening is an easy way to look younger and boost your confidence. Call us for a consultation today.

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Explore Adult Orthodontics Options From Dental Partners Of Boston

YOUR SMILE IS A POWERFUL tool for good! It can relieve stress, make you appear more attractive, and can even help you get promoted at work. So what’s keeping you from smiling more? If you’re self conscious about a not-quite-straight smile, we can help you with that!

It’s Never Too Late To Get A Straight Smile

Here at Dental Partners of Boston we know having a straight smile can boost confidence. That is why we offer adult orthodontics in our office. One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Orthodontic Treatment May Be Important For Your Health

When our teeth are crowded and misaligned, they can be harder to clean. As teeth put pressure on each other and block proper cleaning, we can find ourselves with gum disease, possibly leading to tooth loss and severe discomfort.

Another way that orthodontic treatment can help your health is by aligning your bite. An uneven bite can cause teeth to become unevenly worn down. It can also cause strain and discomfort in the jaw, which may contribute to chronic headaches and teeth-grinding.

We Offer Invisalign

We understand that having a mouthful of metal can be unappealing for many adults. Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that is metal-free and can be worn without anyone noticing. Invisalign uses clear custom-made trays to straighten your teeth. Dental Partners of Boston has been an Invisalign Preferred Provider for years. We have the skills and experience necessary to give you the stunning results you want.

Contact us today for a consultation and we’ll get you on your way to a straighter, more beautiful smile.

For Oral Health, Drop That Soda and Drink Water

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY WEEK a new study is published adding to the list of reasons why drinking soda is harmful. We at Dental Partners of Boston would like to emphasize just one of those reasons: soda consumption is a major cause of tooth decay.

Soda Damages Teeth And Gums More Than You Think

Soda is loaded with sugar and acid which erodes tooth enamel (the hard coating of your teeth). Sipping soda over a long period of time only compounds the problem. Every time you take a drink it covers your teeth and gums again for up to 20 minutes. The constant presence of bacteria-growing sugar and acid contributes not only to tooth decay, but gingivitis as well.

Drink Water for a Healthier Mouth

There are few things more important to your overall well-being than staying properly hydrated, but have you ever considered how beneficial drinking water is to your oral health? Drinking water during and after meals helps to wash away food particles and sugar, reducing bad breath and bacteria growth by up to 30 percent! Less acid-producing bacteria means less risk of cavities and gum disease. When brushing after eating isn’t possible, make sure to at least swish your mouth with water.

Minimize Damage From Soft Drinks

Completely cutting out soda isn’t something everyone wants to do, so when you do drink soda, remember these tips:

  1. Don’t sip over a long period of time.
  2. Don’t drink soda shortly before bedtime.
  3. Use a straw to keep the soda off your teeth.
  4. Brush your teeth or at least swish with water after drinking soda.

As part of your effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we at Dental Partners of Boston encourage you to remember these tips the next time you reach for a soda!

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A Guide To Holiday Foods From Dental Partners Of Boston

AS WE APPROACH the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in all the festivities with family and friends. While the holidays are fun, they can be hard on our teeth. Here are a few foods to watch out for during this exciting time of year!

Holiday Drinks

Drinks like hot chocolate, cider and eggnog are delicious… but they’re also loaded with sugar, which can interact with bacteria in your mouth to create tooth decay. Limit your intake of these sweet drinks. After enjoying your drink, rinse it down with a glass of water to wash away any sugary residue.

Peppermint Sticks

Candy canes are delicious, but they pose a double threat to your teeth. Firstly, candy canes take a long time to dissolve, which extends the amount of time your mouth is filled with sugar. Secondly, we’re often tempted to simply chomp down on them. Chewing on candy canes can be particularly bad for your teeth because the candy sticks to the crevices in your teeth.


These chewy sticky treats are problematic because they spend so much time stuck to your teeth. In addition, the sticky carmel can wreak havoc with braces, fillings and crowns.

Here Are Some Things You CAN Do To Keep Your Smile Healthy

We’re not saying you should deprive yourself of all holiday sweets this year. However, we encourage you to be diligent in taking care of your smile. Limit the number of treats you eat. Eat them with meals, or just once a day. Drink a lot of water, chew sugar-free gum and always keep up your brushing and flossing.

Happy Holiday and thanks for being our patients and friends!

Diabetes Is Linked To Periodontal Disease

NEARLY 30 MILLION AMERICANS suffer from diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that brings many complications with it, including nerve pain, glaucoma and kidney disease. Those with diabetes are also more likely to develop periodontal disease (gum disease).

You Can Prevent Periodontal Disease

Whether or not you have diabetes, gum disease can be prevented. Inform us if you have diabetes. We’ll be able to give you any special care necessary to manage or prevent gum disease.

Regular professional cleanings are essential to keep gum disease under control. If you have diabetes, you can’t afford to skip your regular appointments. Give us a call if you’re overdue!

Maintaining excellent dental hygiene habits will also go a long way. Brushing and flossing each day will help keep your mouth clean and minimize the bacteria that can cause gum disease.

Controlling Gum Disease Can Also Help You Control Blood Sugar

Recent research has shown that not only does diabetes contribute to gum disease, but periodontal disease may also make it harder to control diabetes. Keep your whole body healthy by keeping your teeth and gums clean. Contact us if we can help.

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Good Dental Health Starts Young

GOOD DENTAL HEALTH is a life-long pursuit, and it starts with great dental habits. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know that helping kids develop a dental routine can be tricky. So here are three ways to help.

1. Start Early

Tooth decay can start as soon as a baby’s teeth come in, so it’s important to start caring for your baby’s teeth as soon as possible. You can brush the teeth with a tiny amount of toothpaste (the ADA recommends the size of a grain of rice), using your finger or a child-size toothbrush. Start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that are touching.

2. Get The First Dental Appointment Done At Age One

Children should start visiting the dentist around the age of one. Establishing a pattern of going for regular check ups and preventative care will help your child feel comfortable with visits to the dentist. It also allows the dentist to monitor your child’s dental health.

3. Monitor Their Dental Routine

Watching your kids brush and floss their teeth can help you know if their teeth are getting clean or not. Monitoring them while they brush will help you determine if they need help and if they are brushing long enough.

If you have any great tips for helping kids develop good dental habits please share! If we can help in anyway please contact us! We value you as our patient.

Thank you for trusting us with your family’s oral health.

Snoring’s Simple Solution

YOU MAY BE AMONG the 45% of adults who snore, or you likely know someone who does. Snoring is not only a nuisance, but it has very serious health implications. 75% of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea (when, for short periods, breathing is disrupted during sleep), which increases the risk of developing heart disease. Snoring can also lead to other serious health issues like stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure if left untreated. Fortunately, at Dental Partners of Boston, we have a simple solution to correct snoring.

A Simple Solution for Snoring

Snore guards are small flexible pieces of plastic that are worn in your mouth during sleep. The unit fits snugly over your top teeth and is designed to keep your lower jaw in a comfortable forward position. This design prevents the air passage from being restricted by the jaw and tongue dropping back into the throat. The snore guard greatly reduces snoring by keeping the airway in the throat open and clear.

A Snore Guard Could Protect Your Sleep, And Your Health

If your sleep is being compromised because of your own (or someone else’s) snoring, then the snore guard is perfect for you. Snore guards are molded to the unique shape of your mouth to provide ultimate comfort when wearing it.

The Process Is Surprisingly Easy

The entire process of getting your snore guard is done without tools, drugs, needles, x-rays, or lab work! All it takes is one painless visit to our office. Simply call us to make an appointment today!

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Dental Bridges Can Restore Your Beautiful Smile

UNFORTUNATELY, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. These accidents sometimes cause serious damage, causing us to lose a tooth, or damaging it beyond repair.  In these cases a dental bridge from Dental Partners of Boston is a great option to repair the damage.

A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like. It bridges the gaps between teeth. A traditional bridge is made up of a filler tooth that is attached to a crown on each side.

Dental Bridges Can Improve Your Dental Health

There are several advantages to getting a dental bridge. A dental bridge helps hide the damage that was done to the teeth. Besides having aesthetic value, a bridge also helps maintain dental health. A bridge keeps teeth from drifting. Drifting teeth can lead to serious issues like periodontal disease. Bridges also help restore the ability to chew and speak properly in some cases.

Dental Partners Of Boston Makes The Process Easy

Dental bridges take a few steps to place. The first step is to prep the teeth around the area where the bridge will be placed. This may require shaping the teeth on either side. Then, impressions are taken and a dental bridge is created. After the bridge is created the dentist will check to make sure the dental bridge is fitting correctly. If it feels perfectly comfortable and functional, it is then cemented into place.

If you think you may be in need of dental bridge please call and make an appointment today. Here at Dental Partners of Boston we have many qualified, experienced doctors that can give you excellent dental care. 

Thank you for trusting us with your dental health.