Four Reasons To Be Thankful For Modern Dentistry

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Modern technology is something that we can be so very thankful for. We are blessed with a range of things that can help our lives, that even twenty years ago we might not have thought were possible. As best dentists in Boston, we know just how much technology and education have progressed and helped the field of dentistry, and at this time of Thanksgiving, here are some of the reasons why we should give thanks for modern dentistry.

1. Sedation and anesthesia

For a number of people, fear of the dentist can be due to anxiety around procedures and fear of potential pain. This fear is sometimes why people cancel appointments. Modern dentistry can help to alleviate fear and anxiety, as we have the wonder that is anesthesia available for patients. If treatments are necessary for you, then having anesthesia is going to make the treatment much better than going without anesthesia. At Dental Partners of Boston, we also have sedation options available, if patients are particularly nervous. So don’t avoid the dentist because of fears or nerves as pain-relief is available. Please be sure to communicate with us about any anxieties and we will work together so you’re comfortable in our care.

2. Non-invasive procedures

Modern dentistry techniques mean that there are a number of non-invasive procedures that can be performed that would have been much more extreme in years gone by. Take gum grafting surgery, for example. In the past, a periodontist would take gum tissue from other areas of the mouth. A flap of gum tissue was cut around the exposed teeth. The gum graft was then sewn in place, meaning a long and sometimes painful recovery. With the modern Pinhole Surgical Technique for the same treatment, all that it involves is a tiny incision just above the affected teeth. Using proprietary tools, we then push down the existing gum to cover the root exposure. Collagen strips hold the tissue in place, as well as encouraging healing. This procedure is wonderful because of the faster healing time, and also because the results are instantly pleasing to see.

3. Dental Implants

Dental implants are another reason to be thankful for modern dentistry. They are extremely beneficial for any patients suffering from tooth loss. You might just be missing one of your teeth or a number of them. Regardless, the best dental implants mean that you can get your smile back. Not only do they look good, but dental implants mean that our dentists can restore the full functionality of your teeth, and with that, restore all the health benefits that come from natural teeth. They have an extraordinary success rate, and dental implants are a better option than dentures. They not only look like your natural teeth, but they also feel and function just like natural teeth.

4. Preventive Dentistry

Modern dentistry, with us at Dental Partners of Boston, is all about preventative dentistry. Brushing and flossing daily is so important to keep your mouth healthy. But you can’t forget the importance of regular professional cleanings and dental examinations. Dental Partners of Boston provides a complete oral exam that looks out for any potential issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and occlusion analysis before any of them become an issue. 

All that is left now is to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families and thank you for being a part of Dental Partners of Boston! If you would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.  

Taking Care of Your Dentures

Caption: The proper care of dentures will keep them functioning and make them last.

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Removable partial or full dentures require proper care to enjoy a great experience when wearing them. Keep them clean, free from stains, and comfortable to wear. If you want to make sure that your dentures last as long as possible, then here are some tips that will help you. We will also give you instructions and advice when you first receive your dentures, but we always invite questions, so please feel free to contact us at Dental Partners of Boston to get the best comfort and performance out of your dentures.

Rinse Your Dentures After Eating

When you have finished eating, you need to make sure that you run some water over your dentures to remove any food debris. Handling your dentures carefully is also important. You don’t want to bend or damage the plastic when handling them.

Clean Your Mouth

It’s also very important that you clean your mouth after you have removed your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on your natural teeth and then use a soft brush to clean your palate, gums, cheeks, and tongue. Any residual denture adhesive should be thoroughly removed.

Brush Your Dentures

Brush your dentures every day. Remove and gently clean them with a soft-bristled brush and some non-abrasive denture cleaner. This will remove any plaque, food, and other deposits. If you happen to use denture adhesive, then make sure that you clean the grooves that fit in your mouth.

Soaking Dentures

Soaking your dentures overnight is a crucial step in keeping them clean. Dentures are commonly made of acrylic materials, which are full of tiny pores that brushing can’t clean. Bacteria can survive in those pores, which might result in a foul odor, bad breath, or even lead to gum disease. Soaking your dentures in a commercial denture-soaking solution removes 99% of oral bacteria.

Schedule Regular Check-ups

It’s also very important for you to continue to schedule regular check-ups even when you wear dentures. You will need to have any remaining teeth professionally cleaned and examined, your mouth cleaned, and your dentures checked and cleaned. We will also ask about their fit. Over time, the structure of your mouth can change, altering the way your dentures fit. They may become uncomfortable to wear or begin to slip out of place, but they can be adjusted to fit comfortably once more. This will help you to stop slippage and it will also stop irritation.

Avoid Abrasive Cleaning Materials

It’s important that you avoid stiff bristles, harsh toothpaste, and even strong cleaners. All of these can damage your dentures.

Don’t Use Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste often contains some form of peroxide. This may slightly change the color of your dentures. You should also avoid any bleaching products as well, as this can also damage your teeth.

If you follow this guide and if you do everything you can to take care of your dentures you will soon find that you are able to protect your mouth while also making sure that your dentures last. If you need support with your dentures, please contact us. Our team is more than happy to advise you about dentures and the appropriate steps to take for your unique situation.

Winners of Boston Magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020


Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020

For years, Dental Partners of Boston has been striving for excellence in all aspects of its work. And this year, just like last, we’ve been recognized by Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 under many winning categories — a tremendous achievement for our team.

Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ award has been running for many years. The goal is to list all of the top dentists in the city, helping patients find the best professionals in the area. It operates differently from most awards. Dentists are not nominated by the public or a panel of experts, but rather by their peers — part of the reason the award is so prestigious. Any professional on the list must gain the support of others in the dental community for the quality of their work, including those from rival clinics.

That’s why our team’s achievement this year is so spectacular. Our peers voted for all our doctors to be selected for the award, confirming our place as one of Boston’s premier practices.

We believe our success comes from our ability to synergize and work together. Everyone at DPB is on the same page and shares the same values. We all understand that the patient experience is paramount, something that we hold front and center in everything that we do.

We’re honored to be recognized by our peers for these awards. It incentivizes every team member to continue to strive for excellence in all that they do and pushes them to give their best every day.

Why We Won Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020

Part of the reason we won comes down to the features of our practice. Teamwork is important — and something that significantly improves the patient experience — but it isn’t the only factor working in our favor.

For instance, DPB believes in reaching out to the community. We’ve been building relationships between doctors and patients for more than fifty years, giving us intangible social capital in the local community that other practices just don’t have. When patients come to us, they often automatically trust us to do a great job, which helps doctors give their best every day in the clinic.

Thanks to our convenient locations at the Prudential Center and Charles River, we’re also ahead of the pack. We fit around patients’ schedules and access requirements, making it easy to slot treatment into hectic schedules.

Then there’s our advanced experience. DPB provides a tremendous range of cosmetic and general dentistry options for patients, including some of the latest therapies and techniques. Rarely do we have to make referrals or send patients to specialists. Patients can get all the treatment that they need through us.

We are also firm believers in excellent customer service. Dental practices should build partnerships with patients to ensure the best possible oral health throughout their lifetime. Patients who come to our clinic feel like cherished members of our extended family, not just treated but also cared for.

Finally, we never cut corners and always manage patient expectations. While it is possible to achieve semi-miraculous dental treatment results, it takes careful planning, time, and considerable patience. Heavily-promoted faster methods exist, but they often force a compromise somewhere along the line, leading to poorer patient outcomes.

Our Award Winners

Here are the DPB members who received awards this year:

Sergio Guzman D.M.D., M.S.D.Sergio A. Guzman – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – PERIODONTOLOGY, DENTAL IMPLANTS
Carolina Mujica D.M.D.Carolina Mujica – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
Maria E. Cardenas D.M.D., C.A.G.S.Maria E. Cardenas- D.M.D.- C.A.G.S. – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
Michael O'Toole, DMD, M.M.SC.Michael O’Toole – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – PROSTHODONTICS
Yael Frydman D.M.D.Yael Frydman – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – ORTHODONTICS
Barry J. Goldberg D.M.D., M.Sc.D.Barry J. Goldberg- D.M.D.- M.Sc.D. – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – ENDODONTICS
Shiro Kamachi D.M.D.Shiro Kamachi – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – PROSTHODONTICS
Kumi Kamachi D.M.D.Kumiko Kamachi – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – PROSTHODONTICS
Carly F. Park D.M.D.Carly F. Park, DMD – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – PROSTHODONTICS
Karessa A. Kuntz D.D.S.Karessa A. Kuntz DDS – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
Brett Stein M.M.Sc.Brett Stein – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – PROSTHODONTICS
Zachary Kano D.M.D.Zachary Kano D.M.D. – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – ENDODONTICS
Mani Moulazadeh D.M.D.Mani Moulazadeh D.M.D. – Boston magazine’s Top Dentists™ 2020 – ENDODONTICS


Having so many winners is a delight for DPB and confirms our position as one of the premier practices in Boston. Our team has made tremendous individual sacrifices to get to this stage, giving the public the best reason to choose us as their dental service providers.

Your Dental Guide to a Happy Halloween

Caption: Keep up with your dental health after all that Halloween candy!

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Halloween might look a little different this year for many of us. Due to COVID-19, big Halloween parties might be out of the question, and not everyone will feel safe out and about trick or treating. However, there is no getting away from the fact that Halloween means candy! So whether you are going to be out trick or treating with your kids or staying home and watching Halloween movies, the chances are you will be enjoying some candy. But how can you best care for their teeth, and yours, with the extra sugar? 

Dental Crowns and Sticky Candy

If you are having sticky and chewy candy, you should take extra care. These kinds of candies can easily stick to your teeth, and as a result, they can pull out crowns and fillings. If this does happen, it can be quite painful, so calling for an emergency dental appointment with one of the best dentists may be necessary. If you have a lot of fillings or crowns, then these kinds of candies might be best to avoid altogether. 

Cracked Teeth and Hard Candy

A popular choice at Halloween is hard candies. These should also be eaten with caution, as given the name, they can break teeth if you are not careful. If you are going to have hard candy, then it is best to suck them, although this isn’t ideal. The reason being is that hard candy is a feast for the bacteria that live in your mouth. The longer that the candies are in your mouth being sucked, the more time it gives the bacteria to get to work. 

Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss Your Teeth

We know that kids love candy, and especially like to enjoy some at this time of year. So it is a good idea to use this holiday as a chance to teach and remind your kids about just how important it is to take care of their teeth. The candy stash can last for a long time, so reminding them just how important it is to brush teeth and to floss after eating candy is a good idea. 

Chocolate vs Hard or Chewy Candy

Choosing chocolate can be a better choice than candy. Chewy candy and hard candy can stay in your mouth for a long time, whereas chocolate does not last for as long, which is better for teeth. Chocolate also washes off teeth more easily. Another option is that dark chocolate also tends to have a lot less sugar than other candy, so if you are going to treat yourself this Halloween, dark chocolate could be the best option for the health of your teeth. 

The key thing to remember is that you should always brush your teeth after eating anything that is particularly sugary. Getting into the habit of doing this, as adults and children, can make a difference to your teeth. 

At Dental Partners of Boston, one of the best dentists in Boston, we offer comprehensive services to keep you at your dental best. Why not get in touch with us today and schedule an appointment? Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

What Causes Teeth Stains?

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Teeth can become stained for various reasons. The main cause of teeth staining is certain food and drink, but medication and oral hygiene can also play a part as well. Some teeth stains can appear on the surface of the tooth, whereas others can appear underneath the enamel. Teeth whitening services are available here at Dental Partners of Boston that can remove those stains permanently.

Types of Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration often happens as the result of surface stains. Take a look below to find out more.

Extrinsic Teeth Stains: It’s important to know that extrinsic tooth stains are essentially staining on the main surface of the tooth. It usually happens when stain particles, which can include pigmented residue from either food or drink, build up on the surface of the tooth in the form of a protein.  These stains can be caused by the regular consumption of cola, wine or coffee.  This staining responds well to whitening toothpaste and regular dental cleaning.

Intrinsic Teeth Stains: Intrinsic teeth stains are essentially staining below the surface of a tooth. It happens when the stain particles work their way through the tooth’s surface and they accumulate within the enamel. Too much fluoride can sometimes be linked to intrinsic staining. Stains like this can be removed with teeth whitening treatment.

Age-Related Teeth Stains: Age-related teeth staining is often a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration. The core of your teeth is dentin, and this naturally yellows over time. The enamel on your teeth will become yellow over time, and this allows the dentin to show through. Age-related staining cannot be prevented entirely, but if you undergo a teeth whitening procedure, then you will soon find that a lot of it can be reversed. 

Common Culprits for Teeth Staining

  •       Coffee, dark soda, red wine, and tea
  •       Smoking tobacco and chewing tobacco
  •       Trauma or disease
  •       Chemotherapy
  •       Irregular brushing
  •       And more

The Solution? Teeth Whitening!

It doesn’t matter whether intrinsic or extrinsic conditions stained your teeth because you can whiten your teeth to the beautiful shade you desire. Things like whitening toothpaste, strips, and even mouthwash can help. If you want to get the best result out of your teeth whitening experience, come in for a teeth whitening procedure.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we are very proud of the results we help our patients achieve. We always cater the services we provide according to your goals for your smile. We are always investing in any new emerging technology and products. If you want whiter teeth, then why not schedule a consultation with our team today? We are always open to seeing new patients and we cannot wait to see how we can help you to gain confidence once again with your smile.

Defending Against Gum Disease

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Stages of Gum Disease

The first signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums. You may see blood in the sink after you brush or on your floss string. It may seem like a passing irritation, but it’s important that you take steps to prevent the development of gum disease. These are warning signs that bacteria growth around the teeth and along the gum line is building up in your mouth. You may already have developed gingivitis, the first stage of fully developed gum disease.

A Boston periodontist, such as Dr. Guzman at Dental Partners of Boston, is the dental professional who is trained specifically to treat gum disease should it be allowed to develop after it is first detected.

Gingivitis – The Early Stage of Gum Disease

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and is caused by plaque buildup on teeth. Gingivitis is entirely reversible. When plaque isn’t removed properly through good at-home oral health care (brushing, flossing, and swishing with mouthwash), inflammation of the gums will be the result. If you notice irritation in your gums, it is time to come in for an exam and a professional cleaning. We’ll take care of the problem before it gets worse, and send you home with instructions to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between your teeth at least once a day, and to use an effective antiseptic mouthwash every day. Your habits at home are the first defense against gum disease.

Periodontitis – The Later Stages of Gum Disease

The term periodontitis describes the later and more severe stages of gum disease. When gingivitis goes untreated, it will develop into periodontitis, which leads to gum recession, damage to the bones supporting your teeth, damage to the connective tissues around your teeth, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

How to Fight Gum Disease

Establishing a daily oral care routine is essential. Twice daily brushing and flossing once a day will keep plaque from causing problems. A good antiseptic mouthwash further reduces your risk of developing gum disease.

Healthy Eating Habits

Eating a healthy diet will aid your efforts, especially a diet that is well-balanced and avoids tooth damaging foods—sugary treats, soda, and acidic foods. Even bread can be damaging. Bread is full of starches, which are simple carbohydrates that hang around in your mouth and dissolve into the type of sugar that the bacteria in your mouth thrive on.

Avoid Smoking

If you are a smoker, begin reducing how much you smoke or stop smoking now for the sake of your whole body, which includes your gums. Chewing tobacco is also harmful to gum health. These, and other drugs, interfere with the normal function of gum tissue cells, making your mouth vulnerable to gum disease. Let us know if you need support kicking these habits.

Regular Dental Checkups

Plaque that allowed to remain on teeth will eventually harden and turn into tartar. Tarter is hard and crusty and appears both above and below the gum line. Brushing your teeth cannot remove tartar, especially under the gums. Your dentist, hygenist, or periodontist must remove the tartar from your teeth.

Taking action to prevent gum disease will save you from facing eventual tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Home habits will make a big difference in your defense against gum disease. Your second line of defense will be regular visits to see us at Dental Partners of Boston. Exams and professional cleaning will catch gingivitis early. Develop these routines, and you will never be in danger of developing gum disease. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

When You Want Only the Best

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When you’re looking for dental services, you want to find the best dentist you can. This is because great dentists produce great results. As you search, choose from among the top dentists in Boston to find the right dental practice. Good dentists have years of experience, plenty of positive reviews, and recommendations from their happy patients.

What Makes a Great Dental Office?

A great dental office comprises of professional receptionists, well-organized patient flow, and a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. They also have a clinical team that is fantastic at their job. The team assist the dentists and provide thorough cleaning practices to ensure you are in capable hands.

Exceptional Communication

A successful consultation comprises excellent communication from exam to treatment planning to financial discussions. A practice with multiple specialists available makes it so you can have all your needs met at one location. They’ll work together to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your unique situation. This is what Dental Partners of Boston has created to give you one of the best dental experiences you’ve had.

“They are amazing, super organized, clean, kind, and supportive. Been going here for ten years. Even more impressed with their work to protect everyone during COVID-19 – Prudential Tower temperature check, then booties for shoes, sanitizer, mouth rinse, etc. Highly recommend!” -Caitlin DiMartino

We believe dentistry is all about YOU!

Because we are a multi-specialty practice, we can draw upon each other’s experience and expertise to create personalized treatment plans. Together, we will explore every available option and present them to you. We aim to exceed our patients’ expectations for this reason we aim to excel with every interaction. Answering your questions to your complete satisfaction is important to us. We will ask our own questions so that we are clear about your goals for your oral health. Our team members will treat you with nothing but the utmost respect and friendly professionalism while you’re in our care. We want you to feel safe and know that you are in good hands.

Distinctive and Comprehensive Dental Care

Beautiful teeth and a healthy smile boost your confidence and increase your overall sense of well-being. We know your smile is important to you and we work hard to ensure that every treatment has beautiful results.

As a group of dentists with a range of experience and specialties, we offer a wide range of services including:

There is no need to refer you to another practice. We have it all under one roof so you can come to one of our locations for complete care. Whatever your needs, whether it’s to replace a missing tooth or brighten those pearly whites, we can see you through.

When you’re looking for the perfect place for you, consider coming to see us at Dental Partners of Boston. We are among the best of the best, and we are committed to each of our patient’s oral health. Please contact us today to schedule your first appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!


Dental Prosthesis: 5 Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth

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There are many different reasons why people suffer from tooth loss. For example, tooth loss can happen as a consequence of gum disease, or because of an injury or trauma. If you have gaps in your smile, there are different solutions available to you here at Dental Partners of Boston. A dental prosthesis is an artificial replacement of missing teeth. Examples of available options include dental implants, dental bridges, dentures, dental crowns, and veneers to replace missing teeth.

Here are five reasons why it makes sense to replace missing teeth with a dental prosthesis:

1. Get Dental Prosthesis to Improve Your Smile

A smile with gaps in it may cause a lack of confidence because a missing tooth or teeth can impact how you speak, smile, and laugh freely with family and friends. A dental prosthesis replaces your missing tooth with a prosthesis that looks and functions like a natural tooth. A tooth replacement will make it appear as if you never suffered tooth loss, and no one will notice the restoration.

2. Protect the position of remaining teeth

Gaps between teeth will eventually cause teeth to move if left untreated with one form of a dental prosthesis or another. Your teeth will begin to drift out of alignment toward the empty space, causing discomfort in your bite, and making chewing painful.  As they move, teeth may also become loose, causing further irritation and a higher risk of losing additional teeth. When you replace the missing tooth, your remaining teeth will stay solidly in place.

3. Ensure Healthy Chewing Function

As remaining teeth move into gaps, additional small spaces between your teeth appear and food traps are created. These gaps become uncomfortable and can lead to impacted food that will irritate your gums and threaten gum health. Chewing food properly is essential to proper digestion and nutrition. If chewing becomes painful, eating will lose some pleasure for you.

A dental prosthesis allows you to chew normally and without pain or discomfort, therefore, you should care for all prostheses to extend their life. Your dentist will explain to you how to care for your particular prosthesis as each type of prosthesis is different. For example, some dentures need to be removed at night to soak in a solution that cleans them and prevents bacteria build-up. Dental implants on the other hand remain in your mouth and are cleaned by brushing twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and floss.

4. Keep Speech and Pronunciation Intact

Certain sounds in our speech are shaped with the tip and edges of the tongue against the teeth. When air is allowed to pass through a gap in the teeth, those sounds come across as slurred or strange. Replacing missing teeth with a dental prosthesis can help with the pronunciation of certain sounds of words that would be difficult if teeth were missing.

5. A Dental Prosthesis Can Prevent Bone Loss

Chewing and biting food keeps the bone structures in our mouths healthy and strong. If bone tissue is weak the jawbones can’t support the remaining teeth and there is an increased chance that more teeth will be lost. Additionally, when there isn’t a tooth root or a prosthesis, the body will reabsorb the bone. Your facial features will eventually be affected, giving you a sunken-in appearance because the bone structure is no longer intact.

Our prosthodontists at Dental Partners of Boston will be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your options. He or she will answer all your questions carefully and be sure you understand what will be involved in your treatment plan. We caution you against leaving gaps because it may lead to additional problems. We will work with you to find a solution that works for you and your individual needs to replace your missing teeth so you have a healthy and beautiful smile once again.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments: More than Aesthetics

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When you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Boston, naturally you want the best because your smile means a lot. You want someone with experience and someone you can trust to improve your smile. From teeth whitening to dental implants, there are many types of cosmetic dental treatments from which to choose. Choosing a talented cosmetic dentist will ensure you have a beautiful smile and one you can be proud of.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments Is About You

One of the main benefits of cosmetic dentistry treatments is the confidence boost people experience. When you ask someone what they notice first about another person’s appearance, a lot of people will say their smile.  If you are embarrassed by your smile, this can be a great cause of sadness and concern.

If you decide to get cosmetic dentistry treatment, you will be proud to show off your smile. This will result in more smiles and more laughter, which is good for the soul. The confidence boost you can experience from cosmetic dentistry treatments is significant. It is no exaggeration to say that this has actually changed the lives of a lot of people. Suffering from low self-esteem is no fun. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry is one solution.

Cosmetic Dentistry Is Good for Your Health

A lot of people assume that cosmetic dentistry is only about aesthetic benefits, but it also concerns your health. A chipped tooth, for instance, could end up causing a toothache. Additionally, tooth loss without dental implants can result in teeth misalignment, impacting your bite, and causing the bone to deteriorate. This can make it difficult for you to chew, and in some cases, even cause problems in your jaw.

The health implications and physical benefits of cosmetic dentistry will differ from patient to patient. When you contact us at Dental Partners of Boston, we will discuss all your options together in a consultation.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many different cosmetic dental treatments available for people to choose from today. Some of these treatments include:

People are becoming more open to these treatments. However, a lot of people do not realize the positive impact cosmetic dental treatments have on the individual. Yes, the aesthetic benefits are incredible. Nevertheless, you are also going to experience a great boost in your self-esteem and your confidence. Plus, cosmetic dental treatments can also be beneficial when it comes to ensuring the health of your teeth and jaw. The health implications associated with cosmetic dentistry will differ from person to person, depending on what you need and what your goals are.

You are going to feel a great boost in self-confidence that comes with having healthy teeth. A radiant smile will make you feel happy about sharing it with the world. Please contact us today to talk about what you would like to change to improve your smile and dental health.

Recognizing and Treating Gum Disease

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Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is something a lot of people around the world experience today. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that keep your teeth in place and develops usually as a result of poor dental hygiene. Bad habits of not brushing and/or flossing is a straight road to gum disease and other illnesses of the body.

Sometimes certain medications can affect gum health. But, when teeth aren’t cleaned on a regular basis at home, and at the dentist’s office, plaque can build up quickly along the gum line and harden. The plaque causes irritation of the gum line and can develop into gingivitis and then periodontal disease. Chewing can become painful and bleeding may occur. Your gums will feel painful, swollen, and all this may lead to tooth loss.

If you see redness or feel irritation around your teeth, or notice bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, please contact us for an appointment today. We’ll help you stop gum disease before it has a chance to progress into a significant problem.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are a number of signs and symptoms you should watch for that may indicate you have gum disease:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Continued bad breath
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Red, irritated looking gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose Teeth

Who Is Most at Risk for Gum Disease?

When it comes to developing gum disease, there are factors that indicate you may be more at risk.

Poor Dental Hygiene

The most obvious is poor dental hygiene. It is vital to keep up good habits at home. Carefully flossing between each tooth, brushing away food debris, and using anti-cavity mouthwash every day will ensure healthy gums. Coming into see us for a regular exam and professional cleaning every six months will confirm your success in keeping gum disease at bay. If your cleaning habits are spotty at best or even rarely performed, more frequent visits are recommended. We’re here to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Tooth loss is an experience that can be avoided through regular care at home and in the office.


Smoking is also a significant risk factor, not only in developing gum disease, but treatments are less effective if the patient is a smoker. Please let us know if quitting is something you struggle with the next time you come in. We want to come up with the best solution for your particular needs and circumstances.

Other Factors

Some other risk factors include:

  • medications that reduce the flow of saliva
  • dry mouth
  • hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause
  • genetic susceptibility
  • illnesses like AIDS and diabetes

If these are concerns of yours, please let us know so we can decide on the best treatment for you. There may be products and treatments we can recommend to help you.

How to Treat Gum Disease

Because gum disease is essentially an infection, one that can affect whole-body health, the main aim of gum disease treatments is to control the infection. The types and number of treatments available depend on how severe the infection has become. LANAP, a cleaning done with a laser, is the most effective for advanced cases. It removes diseased tissues and promotes healing between the gums and tooth surfaces that have become exposed as the disease progresses. Of course, any treatment we recommend will require you to keep up good oral care at home, and certain lifestyle changes (such as quitting smoking) may be necessary.

There are other actions you can take to keep your gums healthy such as brushing, flossing, and visiting us for regular dental cleanings. When you are here for treatments and consultations, we will recommend products that will help you and give you advice and instructions to keep your gums healthy.

If you have noticed any of the signs or symptoms of gum disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can identify and treat gum disease, the better your chances of keeping your teeth. We’ll get you on the right track to oral health, reduce and eliminate symptoms, and rebuild gum health.