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!

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!

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.

Do You Eat More Sugar Than You Should?

RECENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, (WHO), has revised their guidelines for the amount of free sugar that should be consumed each day. “Free sugar” is sugar that does not naturally occur in food. Foods high in natural sugar, like honey and fruit juices, are also counted as free sugars.

WHO Recommends We Eat Half As Much Sugar

Research has shown sugar consumption is the leading cause of cavities. The bacteria in our mouths feed off of sugar and create acid. This acid removes minerals from the enamel of our teeth and causes decay. Reducing sugar intake can drastically cut the amount of tooth decay we experience. The World Health Organization has suggested that sugar should account for only 3% of our daily calories, or 5% at the very most. The previous suggested maximum limit was 10%.

Cavities Are Preventable

Sugar reduction is one way to protect your teeth from cavities. Here are a few more ideas that will keep the cavities away.

  • Brush and floss regularly. This may seem elementary, but it really works!
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking acidic foods.
  • Keep your regular check ups! Your dentist will be able to watch and detect any signs of trouble.

Thank you for being our friends and valued patients. If you have any thoughts on the World Health Organization’s guidelines please comment below. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Guard Yourself Against Oral Cancer By Knowing The Signs

ORAL CANCER IS A GROWING problem in the United States, and around the world. We care about our patients and want to increase awareness of the risks and signs of oral cancer.

Some Risk Factors For Oral Cancer

  • Alcohol: 75-80% of people who develop oral cancer drink alcohol regularly.
  • Tobacco: This includes any form of tobacco, chewed or smoked. If you use chew tobacco your chances of developing cancer are 50 times greater.
  • Age: As people get older, the chances increase for developing oral cancer.
  • HPV: HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is one of the primary reasons for the rise of oral cancer. 20% of Americans with oral cancer also have HPV.

Some Early Symptoms Of Oral Cancer

  • Sores in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Lumps in the cheeks, or the thickening of cheeks
  • Red or white patches in your mouth or on your tongue
  • Numbness in the tongue or mouth

We Check For Early Signs Of Oral Cancer At Each Checkup

The best defense against oral cancer is keeping your 6 month checkups. The dentist and hygienist will do a visual check of your mouth and tongue each time you visit. If they see anything to be concerned about they will discuss other tests that can be administered. If you have any concerns about oral cancer please contact us.

Thank you for your trust in our practice.

We Offer Microscope Assisted Endodontics

ENDODONTICS IS A SPECIAL area of dentistry that focuses on the root, pulp and tissue around the roots of the teeth. At Dental Partners of Boston we have excellent endodontists on our staff. Our endodontists have years of experience. They stay up to date on the latest treatments and technologies, which enables them to give the best care possible to our valued patients.

Our Endodontists Are Highly Experienced

Our endodontists are all trained in a number of microscope-assisted endodontic procedures, including root canals. The microscopes help the doctors by magnifying the area and giving us the best view possible. The microscope improves the accuracy of the surgical incisions and allows the endodontist to use smaller instruments. Smaller instruments cause less trauma to the soft tissue. This means better, faster healing for the patient. Microscope procedures also decrease the chance of necessary secondary procedures.

Choose A Specialist For Your Needs

Endodontist are specialists focusing on the pulp and root of the tooth. This allows them to gain years of experience and become highly efficient at performing procedures. By using advanced tools, we can provide our patients with the very best that modern dentistry has to offer.

Thank you for trusting Dental Partners of Boston with your dental health. We strive to give you the best care possible. If you have any questions about endodontics feel free to contact us!

3 Dental Health Tips For When You’re Sick

FALL IS HERE! THE LEAVES are changing and it’s getting colder. Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes flu season. We want to help you keep your teeth healthy even if the rest of your body is sick.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy When You’re Sick

Being sick is tough on both your body and your teeth. Minimize the impact being sick can have on your oral health by being mindful of these tips.

  1. Don’t fall asleep with cough drops in your mouth. Cough drops can contain large amounts of sugar or sugar-like substances. When you fall asleep with one in your mouth, your teeth and gums are coated in sugar (and bacteria!) all night long.
  2. Be careful of liquid cold medicines. They contain sugar and acids that can be harmful to the enamel of your teeth, especially if they are taken before going to sleep.
  3. Drink lots of water. Many liquid cold medicines have alcohol in them and dry your mouth out. Water will keep your mouth hydrated and keep the bacteria from growing as quickly.

Good Dental Health=Good Overall Health

We hope that you won’t need these tips! But just in case you do start feeling under the weather, we hope that you take good care of your teeth. Good dental health is an important part of overall health.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

3 Ways To Avoid Gagging During Dental Appointments

DID YOU KNOW 1 IN 5 patients tend to gag while receiving dental treatment? This can be more than an unpleasant problem. Many people avoid the dentist because of their strong gag reflex. Here at Dental Partners of Boston we want you to feel comfortable and confident whenever you come to see us. So here are some tips, if you suffer from an overactive gag reflex.

Tips To Combat A Strong Gag Reflex

Communicate Your Anxiety.

Let your dental team know that you struggle with a strong gag reflex. We have methods to help you cope and have a less stressful dental appointment.

Remember To Breathe.

Breathing through the nose helps patients with strong gag reflexes relax, which in turn helps them avoid gagging during their dental procedures.

Master The Art Of Distraction.

Distracting yourself from what is going on inside of your mouth is probably one of the best ways to keep from gagging. Whether it is talking to the person working on your mouth, moving your foot or listening to some music, distraction has been found to keep people from gagging.

We Want To Provide The Best Care Possible

Do you have tips of your own to help other patients? It’s surprising the simple things that can help. Some patients schedule appointments later in the day. Some swear by putting a little bit of salt on the tongue. Share your own tips below!

If you need any special care or attention please let us know. We want to give you the care you deserve.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

A Surprising Solution To An Aging Smile

IS YOUR SMILE LOOKING tired and worn down? Maybe it’s time to think about cosmetic dentistry from Dental Partners of Boston. Think about the perks that come from being proud of your smile: being glad to smile in pictures again… having confidence when you meet new people… that glow of satisfaction when you smile at yourself in the mirror each morning.

It’s easier than you think to rejuvenate an aging smile. And you’ll be amazed at the results.

Our Lumineers Are Non-Invasive, Natural-Looking, And Effective

We have options for minimal-prep, non-invasive veneers that give you beautiful results.

Learn more about Lumineers on our website.

How Can Veneers Renew Your Smile?

Eliminate Stains

Some discoloration happens to all of our teeth as we age. Since this is often a result of thinning enamel, a simple whitening procedure may not give you the results you want. Veneers will bring a glow to your smile. But, thanks to our experienced cosmetic dentists’ training, we’ll carefully plan the shade to match your face, giving you a natural look.

Smooth Worn, Misshapen, Or Chipped Teeth

Life knocks us all around a bit. And since our teeth don’t regrow, or repair themselves, you may simply be left with little chips and cracks that give away your age. But veneers can restore the shape of your teeth, giving your smile a balanced, more youthful look.

Add Supportive Volume To Your Face

This is the most surprising change for most people. Veneers (depending on how we shape and plan them) can add supportive volume to your smile. As we age, our teeth wear down, both on the surface, and on the chewing edge. Lowered volume in both these places can make your smile look collapsed-in. But if we can add volume to your teeth, it will fill out your face better. It can even take away the appearance of aging lines around your mouth.

Take care of your smile – it’s an important asset.

Curious? Talk to us about what veneers can do for your smile.

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

Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies

WHEN’S THE RIGHT TIME to learn what to do with a knocked-out tooth? BEFORE a tooth gets knocked out, of course! Here at Dental Partners of Boston we want to help you be prepared if you ever have to face a dental emergency, so read on for some simple instructions.

Tips For Your Dental Emergencies:

Here are a few tips that will help minimize the damage until you can come in to see us.

Knocked Out Teeth

If you get a knocked out permanent tooth, make sure to keep it moist at all times. If possible try and put the tooth back in its socket. If that doesn’t work, keep the tooth in between your cheek and gums or in milk. Knocked out teeth have the best chance of being saved if you are seen by a dentist within the hour.

Cracked Or Chipped Tooth

Rinse out your mouth with warm water to clean out your mouth. Put an ice bag or cold compress to your face near the area of the tooth to keep the swelling down. Save any pieces and try to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Hardware

Whether it is a broken crown or filling, it is important to come see us as soon as possible. If you have lost a filling you can place some sugar-free gum over the tooth until your appointment (sugary gum will cause pain). If you have a broken crown, try and see if you can get the crown back over the tooth until you can come see us.

We Do What We Can To Accommodate Emergencies

These tips will help minimize the damage but the most important thing is to call your dentist right away. If you have an emergency when our offices are closed, we’ll forward your call either to your personal dentist, or our doctor on-call. We’ll be able to give you the necessary treatment to restore your smile. If you have any questions about what do during any type of dental emergency feel free to contact us!