Are You Remembering To Floss?

FLOSSING IS A KEY COMPONENT in your personal dental care. However, it may not always be the most convenient.

Why Should I Floss?

Brushing & flossing is more effective than brushing alone. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people still do not regularly floss. A toothbrush does a great job at removing the plaque from open surfaces, but does little good cleaning in between the teeth. If you only brush then you miss 35% of the surface area of your teeth.

Flossing protects your gums. Flossing is your first defense against gum disease. If unchecked, gum disease can lead to red swollen gums, bleeding, tooth and bone loss. Not only is gum disease bad for your mouth, but it’s been linked to a number of systemic diseases, such as heart disease and dementia.

Are You Flossing Correctly?

The American Dental Association has a few tips for flossing:

  • Do it! Make a habit and pick a time every day when you can floss.
  • Be gentle. Flossing should not be painful and your gums should not be bleeding. If either of these happen while you floss, come see us.
  • Use about 18 inches of floss so you can wrap it around your fingers, and so you can use a clean bit for each tooth.
  • Don’t forget your kids! Help your children floss while they are young and teach them to floss when they are old enough. This will help them develop good oral health habits.

Being diligent in your flossing is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall health. Flossing will keep the plaque and tartar away and keep your mouth healthy.

Let us know if you have any questions about flossing or any other dental-health subject. We love hearing from you!

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Overall Health Is Linked To Your Oral Health

DID YOU KNOW PROBLEMS in your mouth can have a huge effect on the health of the rest of your body? When you protect and care for your oral health you are protecting your total-body wellness.

How Can Dental Issues Affect My Health?

Gum disease is perhaps one of the the most serious problems for both your oral health and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to many other diseases that affect the rest of the body. For example…

Heart Disease: Bacteria and inflammation from periodontal disease can get into your bloodstream and harm your arteries.

Dementia: Gum disease has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Gingivitis-causing bacteria has been found in the brains of those affected with Alzheimer’s.

Diabetic Complications: If your gums are inflamed it can make it harder to control your blood sugar, and exacerbate your diabetes symptoms.

Other Things That Affect Both Oral and Overall Health:

Certain medications can affect your oral health. Things like decongestants, antihistamines, oral contraceptives and painkillers can all reduce saliva in your mouth. This will increase the acids and bacteria in your mouth.

Other diseases that are associated with the body and oral health include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, and obesity.

So let us know if you have any of the health conditions we’ve mentioned in this post. We want to be able to factor that into your treatment and our advice for your home care, in order to give you the best oral health possible.

Take Care Of Your Mouth, Take Care Of Your Body

Even though we view the mouth and body as separate, they’re very closely connected. Taking care of your body is key to oral health, and vice versa. Let us know if you have any questions at all. You can submit a comment below, check us out on our Facebook page, or give us a call!

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Dental Health And Pregnancy

CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS EXCITING time of life! You have so much to think about during pregnancy… so let us make it a little easier. We want to give you a friendly reminder to care for your teeth and gums during pregnancy! Good dental health has been linked to better health for both mom and baby.

Pregnant Women Often Develop Gum Disease

During pregnancy, you may experience what is called “Pregnancy gingivitis”. Pregnancy gingivitis is triggered by the increased amounts of hormones in the body. High levels of progesterone and estrogen can increase inflammation in your gums.

A Few Tips To Help You Keep In Good Oral Health:

  • Make sure you floss every day. It is even more important to floss during pregnancy because of increased bacteria and inflammation.
  • Brush at least twice a day. Most dentists suggest using a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol, just to be safe.
  • Let us know that you’re expecting. We can meet with you and go over a treatment and care plan for the duration of your pregnancy.

Dental Visits During Pregnancy Are Safe And Recommended

Keeping up with regular dental treatment is highly recommended. Any major dental work that is not an emergency is usually put off until after the baby is born. However, if there is an emergency we are prepared to take every precaution necessary to help keep you and your baby safe and healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns please call and make an appointment with us today!

We Offer Same Day Partial Crowns

NOBODY LIKES GETTING DENTAL WORK DONE. Taking time out of your busy schedule to be prodded and numbed is just not appealing. We know that you have things to do and people to see, and that’s why we offer same-day partial crowns.

Sometimes tooth decay is too big of a problem for a dental filling, but too small for a dental crown. In those cases, we often use partial crowns, also called inlays and onlays.

It Means Less Time And Stress For You

Inlays and onlays are designed to fit your tooth like a puzzle piece, replacing the decayed parts of the tooth. We use Cerec 3 technology so we can offer you same day partial crowns. This means we can fix up your teeth in one quick and easy visit, instead of two.

  • First, we carefully match the partial crown to the color of your teeth.
  • Then, we’ll numb both your gums and teeth.
  • When you’re comfortable, we’ll clean your tooth and remove anything that will impede the placement of your partial crown.
  • Then, using Cerec 3, we create a custom-milled partial crown that will perfectly fit in your tooth. The crown is then placed and bonded to your tooth.

Partial Crowns Protect Your Mouth’s Healthy Function

We use porcelain in our partial crowns. This reduces the risk of allergic reactions, and is aesthetically ideal, since it blends perfectly with your natural teeth. Partial crowns are strong and long-lasting. They will help protect your tooth from further decay and keeps your tooth’s natural structure in place.

Our Resources Give You The Very Best Care

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we pride ourselves in keeping on the cutting-edge of dental technology and techniques. Whatever your needs, we have the resources to provide you with effective, convenient, and high-quality care.

If ever you have any questions about the methods and technology we use to treat your oral health, just ask! We’re always happy to talk with you.

Thanks for your trust in our dental practice. We appreciate you!

Keep Your Smile Strong As You Age

TIME CAN REALLY DO A NUMBER on our bodies. And your smile is no exception. Here are a few pointers for keeping your teeth in tip top shape, no matter your age.

Eat A Balanced Diet

First of all, be conscious of the foods you eat and whether they clean your mouth, or feed oral bacteria. Fresh fruits and vegetables often help fight plaque by scrubbing your teeth as you chew them. However, sugar and starches help cavity-causing bacteria to multiply in your mouth.

Second of all, make sure you’re supporting your dental health with the proper vitamins and minerals. Milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium, which will help strengthen your teeth. Vitamin D helps your body regulate and store calcium. Vitamin B and vitamin K are also important to support the health of your teeth and gums.

Treat Heartburn

Heartburn is when stomach acids escape into the esophagus. If these acids reach your mouth they can do serious damage to your tooth enamel. If you have symptoms of chronic heartburn, talk to your doctor. Solving the problem will help both your overall health, and your teeth.

Avoid Over Brushing

Brushing too hard or too fast can wear down your enamel very quickly. You should choose toothbrushes with soft bristles. These are easier on your teeth. Also, here’s an important tip to keep in mind: wait 30 minutes after eating acidic foods to brush your teeth. Acidic food softens the enamel. Brushing right after an acid attack can further weaken the enamel.

Don’t Neglect Regular Dental Cleanings

One of the very best ways to avoid dangerous gum disease is by keeping your regular dental cleanings. At these appointments, we can clean beneath the gum line.

Keeping your teeth strong is important for your health. Make sure you keep up with your daily oral hygiene along with your regularly scheduled visits.

Let us know if you have any questions about how to keep your teeth healthy and strong for life!

Digital X-Rays Are A Part Of Your Routine Dental Care

HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON, we care about your oral health, and your overall health too. That’s why we use digital dental x-rays.

Digital X-Rays Help Us Provide Better Care

Concerned about the level of radiation you’re exposed to by dental x-rays? Well, digital x-rays cut your exposure to radiation by 50%.

There are other benefits, too. Digital x-rays provide clearer images of your teeth. This allows us to diagnose and treat your teeth better. The x-rays are also instantaneous so we can immediately pull up the results and talk about them with you. In the digital format, it’s also much easier to share images with other specialists to coordinate your treatment.

Why Do You Need Dental X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are used to find and diagnose different dental conditions. Some of the conditions x-rays help address are:

  • Cavities
  • Dental implant placement
  • Root canals
  • Tooth removal

We Use The Best Technology For Your Health And Convenience

By using digital x-rays we can give you the best dental treatment possible while giving you the safest environment possible. If you are pregnant we suggest you wait to have your dental x-rays until after you have your baby. However if an x-ray is absolutely necessary we will provide the proper protection for you and your baby. Our first concern is always your best health.

Thank you for trusting us with your dental health.

Missing Teeth Can Be Replaced By Dental Implants

MISSING TEETH CAN BE distressing. They can affect your self esteem and overall health. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace your teeth and enjoy your smile again.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

The process of dental implants is fairly simple. There are three basic steps:

  1. We’ll make a space for the dental implant first. Any trace of the old tooth is removed and the area is prepped for the implant. Next, we’ll place a post in the gum where the tooth was. Over the next few months, your mouth will heal around the implant. The titanium rod actually fuses with your jaw bone.
  2. Once the post is in, we’ll put an abutment in place. The abutment connects to the rod and holds the crown that will go on top.
  3. Finally, the prosthetic teeth–which have been milled, designed, and colored specifically to suit your mouth–will be attached to the abutment, completing the implant process.

Dental Implants Are The Best Choice For Health And Aesthetics

Teeth implants not only look good… they also help your overall health. They prevent bone deterioration and preserve your facial structure. Also, dental implants can improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston we have performed thousands of implants for people across New England. With our team of experienced periodontists and cosmetic dentists, you can rest easy knowing that your smile is in good hands.

Contact us today if you think you may need a dental implant.

Are Sensitive Teeth Driving You Crazy?

DO YOU EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT when you eat something hot or cold? Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know that sensitive teeth can be miserable.

So What Causes Teeth To Be Sensitive?

A variety of things can cause tooth sensitivity. It may be that acidic drinks or foods are eroding your enamel over time. It could also be that you brush your teeth too hard, or more than 3 times a day. That may wear down your teeth and gums, causing the sensitive dentin to be exposed. Other things may cause temporary sensitivity, like getting braces on and off, whitening, and cleanings.

What Can I Do?

Sensitive teeth can be a huge nuisance. They make eating and drinking some of your favorite things a painful experience. So what can you do to help your teeth be less sensitive?

  • Try using a softer toothbrush.
  • Brush your teeth correctly to prevent unnecessary abrasion and gum recession.
  • Limit acidic foods and drinks, and always rinse out your mouth with water after eating or drinking.
  • Use a special toothpaste for sensitivity, like Sensodyne.

We Can Help You Figure It Out

The type of treatment you need may be dependent on what is causing your sensitivity. If you can’t tell what is causing your sensitivity, call us and we can help you figure it out.

As your trusted dental professionals, we have more options and information to help you strengthen your teeth. Give us a call!

Avoid Bad Breath With These Tips

HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED bad breath? Don’t feel bad… we’ve all been there at one time or another. The team here at Dental Partners of Boston put together a few tips to help you win your battle against bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath?

  • Foods like garlic and onions may give you bad breath. In this case, brushing your teeth or using mouthwash can mask the smell…but it has to work its way out of your body before the smell goes fully away.
  • Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the built-up plaque on and around teeth. This bacteria can fill your mouth with toxins that can make breath smell. If gum disease is causing your bad breath, see us for treatment.
  • Dry mouth is another cause of bad breath. Saliva plays a key role in cleaning your mouth. Saliva neutralizes acids and prevents plaque. Without saliva, bacteria thrives, and your breath suffers.

Get Rid Of It With These Tips

Have no fear! There are a few things you can do to keep the bad breath at bay.

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss and use mouth wash. Good oral hygiene will keep away plaque and prevent gum disease.
  • Drink lots of water. Water will keep your mouth moist, stimulate saliva and wash food particles out.
  • Chew sugarless gum. Chewing  gum can not only mask  the smell of foods like garlic, it also stimulates saliva production, which will also battle stinky breath.

If you are experiencing bad breath, come and talk to us! We can help you find the solution.

Let’s Talk About Wisdom Teeth

“OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND?” Let’s hope that’s not the case with your wisdom teeth! “Wisdom teeth” are what we call your set of third molars. They usually start growing in during the late teenage years, or early 20’s.

What’s The Big Deal With Wisdom Teeth?

Sometimes wisdom teeth can grow in and not cause any problems. This happens when the mouth is fully grown and the teeth are all properly aligned. However, most of the time wisdom teeth can cause some major problems. Here are just a few of the issues that can be caused by wisdom teeth growing in incorrectly:

  • damage to to adjacent teeth
  • crowding of the teeth
  • damage to the jawbone
  • damage to the nerves
  • headaches
  • infections (in the case of a partial eruption)

We Can Help With Your Wisdom Teeth!

We have vast experience in diagnosing and removing wisdom teeth. Our team of oral surgeons have performed thousands of wisdom teeth extractions. Most of those procedures take about an hour or less and can be done right in our offices.

We know that this can be a nerve-racking experience, so we will walk you through the procedure step by step and answer all of your questions. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth give us a call!