Toothpaste: It Does Matter

toothpasteWhen you go to the store to buy toothpaste, you’re confronted by a myriad of different brands and additives, all of them promising to improve and protect one aspect of your oral hygiene or another. With so many different choices, it’s important to know whether differences in brand really matter, and if the different additives and various kinds of toothpaste can really help keep your mouth both clean and attractive. At Dental Partners of Boston, we want you to have the best preventive dentistry that is available, and choosing the right toothpaste is an important part of that. Here are some things to know when you go shopping for toothpaste:

Brands don’t matter too much. Brand-name and generic toothpastes generally have the same ingredients, which you can check by looking at the toothpaste box. What is important, however, is that you select an ADA-approved toothpaste, which is also printed on the box. ADA approval means that the toothpaste has undergone rigorous testing to ensure quality, safety and usefulness. Some generic toothpastes are not ADA-approved, but many are.

Know what different additives are in toothpaste. Anti-cavity toothpastes, for example, contain more fluoride than regular toothpastes, which does help to strengthen the teeth against the acid made by bacteria, assuming that good oral hygiene practices are followed. Whitening toothpastes do work to remove stains from the teeth, but they do so using abrasive additives that scrape the teeth. Though this whitens teeth, it also scrapes away at the enamel, eventually leading to tooth damage and sensitivity. Hypersenstivity or desensitizing toothpaste contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride that helps dull the nerves that register tooth pain. Anti-gingivitis toothpastes contain antibacterial agents that can alleviate gingivitis, but only in its mild stages. This is less important, however, since brushing with normal toothpastes and carefully flossing also alleviate mild gingivitis.

Consult with your dentist before making decisions. You know how your mouth feels and what you want for your smile, and we at Dental Partners of Boston have decades of experience in helping people have the healthiest mouths possible. Let us examine your teeth and then help you decide what you need and what methods will be help you meet those needs.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to using specialty toothpaste, whether brand-name or generic. In order to better understand the risks and choose the toothpaste that will be of most use to you, contact Dental Partners of Boston today and let one of our experts examine you and help you decide what toothpaste is right for you.

How Dental Implants Work

It might surprise you to know just how prevalent tooth loss is in our society. Here are some astounding numbers:

  • More than 35 million people in America don’t have any teeth.
  • 175 million people in America are missing at least one tooth.
  • 69% of Americans, age 35-44, are missing at least one tooth.
  • 25% of Americans over 74 are missing all of their natural teeth.

With the statistics in mind, it’s more important than ever to understand the solutions to missing teeth, and why they’re so important to health and happiness.



It’s very important that the gaps left by missing teeth be filled, and dental implants are the most stable, secure and permanent way to do so. When one tooth falls out, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift into the empty space, ruining the alignment and the orientation of the remaining teeth. Worse, the bone structure under the missing tooth will begin to dissolve, leading to a loosening and sagging of the facial structure. Dentures can alleviate these problems, but to a much more limited degree than full implants. Besides that, dentures are a hassle to constantly remove and reattach, and can easily fail, restricting the kinds of foods you can eat and lowering your confidence.


Dental implants anchor single replacement teeth or bridges that link separated replacement teeth, or even bridges that hold a full set of replacement teeth. The implants themselves are drilled directly into the jawbone, and over time they fuse together with the bone, providing a strong, supporting base. These anchors serve the dual purposes of holding the false teeth permanently and securely in place and maintaining the integrity of the bones of the jaw and face. The replacement teeth feel and operate just like natural teeth, and must be properly cared for just like natural teeth. Without continued oral hygiene, the mouth is still vulnerable to plaque and gum disease, which threatens implants just like normal teeth.

If you have damaged or missing teeth, take advantage of implant dentistry right away! Implants can not only give you new teeth that are just as secure and effective as your old, but can help maintain the integrity and shape of your jaw and facial bones. Contact Dental Partners of Boston, and let our top experts help you evaluate your needs and pick a treatment that’s right for you!

What does DMD stand for?

At Dental Pexpertsartners of Boston, we’re proud to host some of Boston’s top professionals in dental medicine. We’ve brought together a select group with varying qualifications so that we have an expert for any dental service that you may require. Check out the Doctors & Staff page on our website to see the specializations and qualifications that our dental experts bring to the practice. But what qualifications do those abbreviations indicate, and what do those qualifications tell you about our dentists’ education and experience? Here’s a translation:

D.M.D./D.D.S. – Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Surgery. These are the same degrees, and are earned after four years of undergraduate education followed by four more years of dental school. Before a dentist can practice, he or she must pass qualification and licensing exams, and throughout their careers must meet continuing education requirements to ensure that they stay abreast of all modern developments in dental science. These requirements are on par with those required for other types of doctors. Dr. Yael Frydman here at Dental Partners of Boston is a D.M.D. and specializes in orthodontics, or teeth-straightening services.

M.S.D. – Master of Dental Science. The degree is earned for specialized post-graduate training in a specific field of dentistry. Our own Dr. Sergio Guzman, for example, is a M.S.D. in Periodontics, or the study and care of the gum tissues and supportive bone structures of the mouth and jaw.

C.A.G.S. – Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. This certification is earned by an advanced post-graduate program that focuses on developing clinical care skills in a specific area of dentistry. C.A.G.S. programs are tailored to ensure that recipients are experts in the practice of specialized dentistry. At Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Carolina Mujica and Dr. Maria Cardenas each have a C.A.G.S. in restorative dentistry, which deals with cosmetic dentistry needs for those who have damaged teeth, jaws or faces. Dr. Gustavo Infante has a C.A.G.S. in prosthodontics, which makes him a specialist in attaching dental implants for missing teeth.

M.M.Sc. – Master of Medical Science. These are advanced post-graduate programs focusing on the development of clinical and research/training skills – in other words, creating dentists that are both experts and giving dental care and also highly knowledgeable in their specialized aspect of dental care. We at Dental Partners of Boston have three recipients of this special qualification: Dr. Michael G. O’Toole, and Dr. Priyank Taneja. All three specialize in prosthodontics, or the making and attaching of dental implants.

M.Sc.D. – Master of Science in Dentistry. Similar to the M.S.D. above, this degree indicates post-graduate training in a specialized field of dentistry. Our own Dr. Barry Goldberg possesses a M.Sc.D. in endodontics, making him an expert in the dental pulp, or the sensitive tissues in the center of the tooth. He treats damaged teeth with root canal therapy and other similar techniques.

At Dental Partners of Boston, we’ve brought together a wide variety of some of Boston’s top dentists. Contact us or visit our website to see how we can bring our expertise to bear to help you with your specific dental needs.

We Believe Dentistry is All About You!

Dental Partners of Boston believe that dentistry is all about you and your own results! We want our patients to pursue dentistry treatment options that are best suited for them. This not only includes necessary dental treatments based on your dental health, but also cosmetic dentistry options. Dental Partners of Boston stands apart from other dental practices as a result of our dedication to excellence, our commitment to working as a team, and treating every patient as unique. We will explore every possible treatment option to ensure that you achieve the results that you’re after!

one roofDental Partners of Boston Commitment to Excellence

The dentists, the dental staff, and the office staff with Dental Partners of Boston is committed to excellence and to exceeding your expectations. A few of the qualities that we embody for our patients include insight, experience, and dedication. For more than 40 years, our distinctive group of specialists have been providing the best dental care possible for our patients in our luxurious, spacious offices. Through the excellence that we’ve dedicated ourselves to, we want to help all of our patients improve one of their best assets – their smile.

Working as a Team

As a part of being committed to our patients, Dental Partners of Boston is also committed to working as a strong team. Whether it is assisting, educating, or learning from one another, we strive to work as a team and continually strengthen our bonds and skills. We know that while we are each strong as individuals, we’re even stronger as a team. Due to that, we have ensured that each of our dentists is an expert in their respective specialties. We leverage each other for our unique skill sets. By working as a team, we are able to provide you a wide variety of dentistry services such as dental implants, restorative dentistry, periodontology, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and endodontics under one practice.

Every Patient is Unique

Our belief is that every patient is unique. You are unlike any of our other patients. While you might have similar dental problems that we’ve come across before, your circumstances are always unique to you. As a result, we are dedicated to treating every patient as unique; that means doing what works for you. Dental Partners of Boston likes to create customized treatment plans for our patients. We also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

Dental Partners of Boston, At Your Service

As one of the leading dental practices in Boston, Dental Partners of Boston is proud to serve our patients with the best dental care possible. By treating every patient as unique, by working as a team, and by emphasizing our commitment to excellence, we have created something truly special. We truly believe that dentistry is all about you and what you want out of it. Call or contact us today. We’ll help you get the results that you’re after!

Implants Must Be Done Right the First Time

implants3Whether you are suffering one missing tooth or you have multiple teeth missing, dental implants are one of the standard procedures that we recommend as a solution for our clients. Dental implants act as a true replacement for teeth; restoring full functionality to your mouth and renewing the natural beauty of your smile. However, it is crucial that when a dental implant is done, it is done right the first time. To ensure that your dental implants are done right the first time, you’ll want to ensure that you have a skilled doctor. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we just don’t have one skilled doctor who specializes in dental implants—we have three!

Our Skilled Dental Implant Doctors

GuzmanDr. Sergio Guzman has been practicing dentistry since 1996 and has been Dental Partners of Boston since 2005. He specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal diseases. He ensures that he is on the cutting edge of dental techniques for dental implants including immediate function protocols like Teeth-in-a-day, All-on-four, and Teeth-in-an-hour. Dr. Guzman has been named one of America’s top dentists for eight consecutive years by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.




For over seventeen years, Dr. Maria Cardenas has been one of leading professionals in the field of dentistry. Her passion is dental esthetics. As a result, she has honed her skills and talents in porcelain veneers, ceramic restorations, mouth esthetic reconstructions, and of course dental implants. She utilizes Digital Smile Design to carefully analyze and plan your esthetic treatment through the use of video and digital photography.





MujicaAnd finally, Dr. Carolina Mujica is the third skilled dentist at Dental Partners of Boston specializing in work with dental implants. She has years of practice behind her and has dedicated her education and life to providing the best dental care possible for patients that she cares for. These three dentists at Dental Partners of Boston are skilled practitioners for their field and are ready to help you with your dental implant needs.




If you receive a dental implant from a surgeon who is not skilled, then there are numerous complications that can arise. Fractures, nerve loss, and bone loss are just a few of the things that can occur if a dental implant is not placed in the mouth properly. For the sake of your overall health and your oral health, it is important for your dental implants to be done right the first time.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants essentially are replacement teeth that are designed to match your natural teeth. When utilized properly, dental implants act as a strong foundation for your mouth—a replacement for the tooth roots. Dental implants offer the following benefits: easier eating, improved comfort, improved speech, and improved appearance. The procedure can require multiple stages and it varies based on the patient’s unique circumstances, but the team at Dental Partners of Boston is skilled and will customize a dental implant treatment plan just for you.

Dental Implants: Renew Your Smile

If you have any questions regarding dental implants that we have not answered, please get in touch with us immediately! We are available to address your concerns about dental implants while making sure that you’re properly educated on when to receive dental implants, what the procedure looks like, and why it is important to have a skilled doctor handle your dental implants. We have years of experience in dental implants between our three skilled doctors: Dr. Sergio Guzman, Dr. Maria Cardenas, and Dr. Carolina Mujica. Whether you want to learn more about dental implants or make an appointment to receive a dental implant, Dental Partners of Boston is here to help you!

Some Amazing Facts About Dental Implants

Dental implants are all oveanyoner the news. You probably see advertisements for them in printed media, online, and on television. Here are some amazing facts about dental implants that you probably didn’t know.

Talk To Your Orthodontist About Dental Implants

Your dentist can refer you to an orthodontist about the dental implant process, right here in our Boston office. Generally, it takes a few months and a three-phase approach to get dental implants installed. Here is generally how the process works:

  • Your orthodontist will meet with you about setting up a treatment plan.
  • You will get CT scans and other images taken that will be fitted to a computer-aided design program, making sure that your new implants will compliment your existing jawline.
  • Your orthodontist will install the root, the abutment, and a resin-based crown, giving you teeth that will last a lifetime.

Dental Implants are Affordable

Many people shy away from dental implants because they are afraid that their insurance won’t cover the cost. Dental implants, in the long run, can save a lot of money. One dental implant can be used as a critical anchor for a bridge treatment if you can’t afford a whole compliment of dental implants. The market is also as such that you can shop around, finding the best price from a qualified dentist. Ultimately, dental implants will reduce your need for future dental maintenance, other than checkup visits.

Who Can Use Dental Implants?

Anyone who is missing any number of teeth can benefit from a dental implant. Here are some facts and figures about missing teeth in the United States:

  • More than 35 million people in America don’t have any teeth.
  • 175 million people in America are missing at least one tooth.
  • 69% of Americans, age 35-44, are missing at least one tooth.
  • 25% of Americans over 74 are missing all of their natural teeth.

Most of these adults can benefit from a high-tech dental implant. If you are among them, please call our office today to set up an consultation with one of our doctors.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many prosthetic dental solutions. Howeverimplant:

  • Only dental implants provide the look, the feel, and the complete function of natural teeth.
  • Dental implants, 98% of the time, will last for the rest of your life.
  • In most situations, dental implants are better than dentures, allowing your jaw to retain its natural shape.

In addition, there are many cosmetic benefits of dental implants. Dental implants can make you smile confidently, increasing your chance of a promotion at your next job interview. Dental implants can also help you speak more clearly, as missing teeth can change how clearly you speak.

In some ways, dental implants are a better solution. With missing teeth, your jawbone structure will change, even if you get dentures. Dental implants, fitted to your jawbone, will make your jaw retain its natural shape, eliminating the need of future denture adjustments.

The History of Dental Implants

For thousands of years, civilizations have tried various ways to replace missing teeth. The ancient Mayans, in 600 AD, tried treating patients with tooth-like pieces of shell. Other cultures have used animal teeth, pieces of precious metal, and gemstones to fashion dental implants. Thankfully, dentists have perfected the art of dental implants in modern times, with the discovery of a process called osseointegration. In the 1950s, a dental surgeon discovered that titanium, as well as other high-strength metals, fused well with bone. The principle of osseointegration is a key component of today’s dental implant technology.

Dental Implants: Built To Last

Here are a few other facts about the strength of modern dental implants:

  • Dental implants are built to last, with a titanium “root,” a strong abutment to hold the implant, and a strong, resin-based crown to look like a real tooth.
  • While crowns often need replaced after fifteen years, dental implants will last for the rest of your life in most cases.
  • You will never have to worry about cavities or additional work on a dental implant.

Also, dental implants can be used with other treatments if you can only afford one or two implants. Dental implants provide a strong base for fitting crowns, which can support other natural teeth.

Did you know that dental implants last for the rest of your life, 98% of the time? With computer-aided design and high-tech imaging techniques, your implants are made with high-tech, durable materials and can withstand most stress.

Dental Implants to Last a Lifetime

How Do Orthodontists Plan Dental Implants?

Each dental implant treatment requires a custom treatment plan by a qualified orthodontist. Generally, the orthodontist considers:

  • Overall oral health of the patient.
  • The patient’s medical history: diabetes, smoker/non-smoker, and other conditions that might impact the success of the dental implant.
  • Timing of implants with removal of teeth.

The most important stage of planning includes imaging to design the dental implant treatment. Orthodontists depend upon CT scans, and other imaging technology to capture a 3D image of the patients jaw. The images are combined with CAD (computer-aided design) processes to create the “perfect” set of implants for a patient.Dental Implants

What Do I Need to Do Immediately After My Dental Implant Procedure?

 There are some basic care considerations for after your dental implants. Here are a few of the most important things:

  • Make sure that you wear gauze as recommended and replace it as necessary.
  • You will need to stick to a liquid/soft-food diet for a while, while gradually transitioning back to solid foods…make sure not to skip meals!
  • Rinse with salt water at first, but be sure to brush your teeth, being gentle around the implant site.

In the long run, you will need to practice good oral hygiene as normal and attend your regular dental visits.

How Long Will My Dental Implant Last?

 Your dental implant will last a lifetime, given the right conditions. Like your regular teeth, dental implants need to be taken care of with daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or cancer, can cause a dental implant to fail. Conversely, a crown over a root canal will most only often last for 10 to 15 years. Mouth location is often a major determinant in the life of your dental implant. Dental implants to replace molars receive more “wear and tear,” due to the chewing force in the back of the mouth.

Realistically, dental implants have a success rate of 98%. Given the recent advances in dentistry and implants, your dental implants will likely last for the rest of your life.

Dental Partners of Boston – A Full Service Dental Practice

At Dental Partners of Boston, a comprehensive team of skilled dentists and specialists have partnered to provide full dental services, all from one practice, here in the heart of downtown Boston. In all, nine doctors are committed and available to ensure that each patient is provided with proper care, treatments, and solutions to meet every dental need. From general dentistry to specialty dental care, this varied team of partners has a dental practice fully equipped to provide excellent and inclusive dental services.

Each partner hoFull Servicelds the degree of D.M.D. which is Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, or sometimes Doctor of Dental Medicine. The level of education and clinical training required to earn this degree is on par with those of medical schools. Three or more years of undergraduate education is requisite, plus four more years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist.

General dentistry encompasses a patient’s regular check-ups and exams, plus any preventive measures necessary to avoid damage from decay, disease, or even trauma, with the aim of maintaining health and function of one’s teeth. A general dentist will also use restorative procedures to repair the effects of oral maladies such as these.

When a general dentist chooses to continue his education, he becomes a specialist in a particular aspect of dental care. At Dental Partners of Boston, each doctor has pursued and achieved additional credentials to that of D.M.D. In addition to providing general restorative services such as tooth colored fillings, dental crowns,  dentures, or dental bridges, special emphasis can be provided in services such as dental implants, LANAP laser treatment, oral surgery, periodontics & gum therapy and prosthodontics.

Further specialties include full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. Complete smile makeovers can be performed as well as teeth whitening, invisible braces, lumineers, and even botox and dermal fillers to help relax muscles of the jaw when patients present with TMJ pain, which can be addressed with TMJ appliances at Dental Partners of Boston. Also night guards, adult orthodontics, snore guards, and sports guards.

It is a unique conglomeration of skills combined with the highest consideration and attention to detail that is Dental Partners of Boston; truly a full-service dental practice. Call or Contact Us today for an appointment.

Why Cosmetic Dentists Like to Smile

Smiling Cosmetic DentistCosmetic dentists are smiling about the latest procedures out there to help their patients smile better. The latest technology, treatments, and affordable options help their patients get a great-looking smile. Here are some of the latest treatments we found out there that can help you enjoy all the benefits of a pearly-white smile.

Gum Lift (Gingivectomy)

 Before lasers became a common staple in the dentist’s office, gum lifts were complicated and somewhat painful procedures. Now, cosmetic dentists can shape your gums with a high-tech laser light show! Dental lasers can vaporize excess gum tissue to give you that smile that you always wanted.

Laser-guided gum lifts can be done for three reasons:

  • An uneven gum line that makes a smile look crooked.
  • The gum line hasn’t fully receded when a permanent tooth emerges.
  • A lot of gum shows when a person smiles.

With the aid of modern lasers, gum lifts are done with minimal invasion, low pain, and very little bleeding.

Don’t Get Veneers, Get Lumineers!

 Cosmetic dentists are getting excited about Lumineers, a new dental solution that replaces old-fashioned veneers. Regular veneers often require drilling and extensive temporary acrylic covers. Lumineers can be fitted within two clinic visits. Here is how the two-visit approach works:

  • Your dentist takes and impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab.
  • After etching your teeth, your Lumineers are fitted one-by-one to ensure the perfect bite.

Lumineers are affordable, high-tech, and painless. They can be fitted in two clinic visits.

Enamel Shaping and Bonding

 If your teeth are a little bit uneven, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get your perfect-fit smile. Your dentist uses their tools to remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth so that they align nicely. The benefit of this procedure is that it can be done quickly, even during a routine dental visit. It is a great way to even out a small chip in a tooth or smooth out worn teeth.

Some cosmetic dentists prefer to use bonding to adjust the length of your teeth. If one tooth is shorter than others, the application of bonding agents will lengthen the tooth, giving you the even smile that you desire.

Braces vs. Invisalign

 In terms of pros. vs. cons, Invisalign and metal braces come in at a pretty close tie. Metal braces are better for treating more complicated alignment issues, but there is an increased chance of enamel damage if the braces are too tight. Metal braces also are not good for active teenager. Metal braces and Invisalign also cost about the same.

Invisalign treatments are more cosmetically appealing and can be used to treat simpler jaw alignment issues. Invisalign treatments generally are:

  • Invisible
  • Removable for sports and activities.
  • Less likely to have issues with food getting trapped.
  • More comfortable than wire braces.
  • Can be adjusted easier as teeth straighten.

Amalgam Fillings

 Older dental fillings consist of metal material, which can crack and expand as the filling ages. Metal fillings are often selected because they are cheaper. However, there are other solutions for filling materials. Many people use their cosmetic dentistry visit as an opportunity to replace their old silver fillings with tooth-colored composites. Some people prefer the aesthetic color of amalgam fillings, while others may have concern with some of the compounds contained in metal fillings.

Amalgam fillings have a tendency to better bond with the existing tooth structure and match the natural color of your healthy smile more easily.

In-Office Tooth Whitening

 Many patients think that over-the-counter and home tooth whitening procedures will benefit them. However, there are several benefits associated with in-office tooth whitening. For example:

  • In-office tooth whitening tends to produce desired results faster.
  • Many over-the-counter gels and pastes contain hydrogen peroxide that can damage your tooth enamel; in-office tooth whitening is safer and requires fewer high-pH materials be applied to the surface of your teeth.
  • Dentists tend to have access to better pastes and gels, and can monitor your gum sensitivity as treatment is applied.

In-office tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental service, and dentists can often meet your whitening needs in a quick office visit.

Faster Appointment Settings and Clinic Visits

 All of the latest trends in dental cosmetics are being driven by major changes in technology. In addition to gum lifts, dental lasers can also be used for teeth whitening. In addition, digital imaging and other techniques make your dentist visit quicker than before, as film and images no longer need to be processed.

Are you too busy to make a phone call to schedule your next dental appointment? Many cosmetic dentists now offer easy ways to schedule appointments, including:

  • Email
  • A website calendar
  • Social media

You can easily enjoy the benefits of a smile adjustment, helping you improve your self-confidence with cosmetic dentistry at Dental Partners of Boston. Call us today for a consultation!