Why You Should Consider Sedation Dentistry

DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO RELAX at the dentist’s office? Has anxiety or fear of discomfort ever kept you from attending an appointment? If you answered yes, sedation dentistry from Dental Partners of Boston may be perfect for you!

There Are Many Benefits To Using Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry allows you to relax before and during dental procedures. You can receive the treatment and care you need without apprehension or pain.

You’ll feel like your visit lasted only a few minutes—when in fact, it may have lasted for much longer. You can finally stop watching the clock and just take it easy.

Procedures that typically take several visits can be accomplished in one visit, helping you to save a lot of time and stress.

You can select the type of sedation that best works for you. At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer a variety of effective sedation options, including prescribed oral medication and IV sedation. We’ll speak with you to determine the perfect fit for your particular situation. Making you comfortable is a top priority.

Sedation dentistry is also great for patients that struggle to stay still, have poor gag reflexes, or sensitive teeth.

Learning More About Sedation Dentistry Is Easy

We are very proud of, and confident in, the sedation methods we use. If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry, feel free to set up a consultation with us! We’d love to go over options with you. We look forward to helping you or a loved one better understand how sedation dentistry can take the worry out of dental visits.

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What Makes A Good Candidate For Orthodontic Treatment?

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT ISN’T JUST FOR KIDS AND TEENAGERS. It can be used to improve the smiles of adults as well. Regardless of your age, you may have questions about whether or not you’re a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, or, if you’re already an orthodontic patient with Dental Partners Of Boston, you may need a reminder of why you’re doing it. Well, let us help.

Do you want to…

Improve The Look Of Your Smile

Your smile is perhaps your most noticeable feature. Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth, spaces, and positioning of teeth. If you’re happy with your smile, you’ll be more likely to show it off—and that can help boost your self confidence!

Have Better Oral Hygiene

Food debris and plaque tend to build up more between crooked teeth. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. The more thorough you can be while cleaning your teeth, the less likely you are to have problems with tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Protect Your Teeth

Crooked or misaligned teeth can also cause unnecessary wear and can lead to fractured, chipped, and damaged teeth. Orthodontic treatment can help you avoid these problems!

Avoid Health Problems

Your teeth and their position can affect your health. Malocclusions, or the imperfect positioning of teeth when the jaw is closed, can lead to other problems such as TMJ disorders and difficulty eating and speaking.

Let Us Know If You Have Questions

We want to help improve your smile and oral health. If you have questions about braces, Invisalign treatment, or other concerns regarding adult orthodontics, feel free to call us, or get in touch with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

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5 Life-Improving Reasons To Smile

AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON, we are in the business of smiles. Why? Because we know that a lot of good is packed into such a small expression.

When you smile, great things can happen—for your appearance and your health.

5 Great, Life-Improving Reasons To Smile

  • Smiling lifts the face, making you look younger and more approachable, whereas frowns or scowls can be aging and are often interpreted as a cues to “stay away.” If you want to put people at ease in your presence… then show off your grin.
  • Studies have shown that a smile, even a forced one, can alter your mood and help reduce stress. If you’re feeling down, get rid of the frown! A healthy display of your pearly whites can lessen physical tension, make you feel more capable, and can even help keep you from looking tired and overwhelmed.
  • People who smile more tend to get sick less. Smiling boosts the immune system and can protect you from maladies such as the flu and cold. When you smile, there is also a noticeable reduction in your blood pressure.
  • Smiling makes you feel better. That’s the simple and perhaps, the most important truth. Research shows that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. It’s an all-natural drug that can lead to the best side effect… happiness.
  • Smiling is contagious. It makes you and those around you smile. We know you and your grin have large potential to change the world for the better and that’s why we want to make sure you’re happy showing off your pearly whites.

If, for any reason, you’re uncomfortable with your smile or dental health, let’s visit. We want you to feel 100% confident when you smile. Feel free to call or reach out to us on our Facebook page.

Thank you for trusting your smile to our practice!

3 Good Reasons To Whiten Your Teeth For Spring

ONE OF OUR MOST popular procedures here at Dental Partners of Boston is teeth whitening. Our team is experienced in creating bright, beautiful smiles that give a clean and healthy appearance. If you’ve been thinking about whitening, we have three reasons for you to get it done this spring.

1: Spring Cleaning Just Feels So Right

Doesn’t it feel great to shake off the New England winter? People freshen everything up for spring—we clean our cars, shampoo the carpets, and clear out cluttered closets. Make your smile a part of it too. A whitening can make you feel brand-new and ready for spring.

2: It’s Photography Season

There’s no way around it—photo season is coming up. Between the flurry of weddings, the graduation photos, class and family reunions, and vacation pics, your smile is about to be very well-documented. Later on, when you’re scrolling through pictures and reminiscing over good times, you won’t want to be distracted by yellow, dingy teeth.

3: Dental Partners Of Boston Offers Great Options

We offer a wide variety of whitening options. If you want powerful results fast, there’s in-office Zoom! or BriteSmile whitening. We also offer at-home whitening if you want a cheaper option that works around your schedule.

So get spring in full swing—contact us about tooth-whitening. Remember, if you have questions about any of our procedures, you’re always welcome to comment below, or post your question on our Facebook page.

Thanks for your trust and confidence in our practice.

Some Tips For Preventing Canker Sores

CANKER SORES ARE ANNOYING. What’s especially annoying about them is that canker sores are sort of a mystery—there’s no straightforward, single cause for them. They seem to just be a very irritating side effect of… well, irritation. It‘s nice to know, though, that they’re not harmful to your oral health, exactly. They just hurt. A lot.

Some Common Triggers Of Canker Sores: 

  • Sour candies
  • Stress
  • Irritation (from braces, for example, or harsh brushing)
  • Food allergies

Stop Them From Coming Back

If you’re stuck with a canker sore, there’s really not much anyone can do to help. Salt water rinses can help to soothe it, and you’ll definitely want to avoid acidic foods. But really, it’s mostly a matter of waiting it out. However, if you frequently get canker sores, there may be some things you can do to prevent them.

  • Get an antiseptic rinse and use it regularly.
  • Check your toothpaste—some research shows that SLS, which is in most toothpaste, can aggravate canker sores.
  • Take a closer look at your diet. Do certain foods trigger mouth sores?

A Very Important Note

Most canker sores will go away and leave you alone after two weeks. If you have a sore that’s lingering for longer than that, we recommend that you contact our Dental Partners of Boston team, or ask your physician about it. Sometimes the early signs of oral cancer are mistaken for harmless canker sores.

Here at our practice, we put the health and comfort of our patients first. If you have any questions regarding your oral health, don’t hesitate to ask! Leave a message below, or you can reach out to us on Facebook.

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Are You Grinding Your Teeth At Night?

A FEW WEEKS AGO, we addressed the challenge of snoring, and discussed how appliance therapy from Dental Partners of Boston can help. This week, we’d like to tackle another issue that’s interrupting the sleep of millions of Americans every night.

Night Bruxism

Do you ever clench or grind your teeth when you’re feeling frustrated? This is called bruxing, and it’s not a big deal… unless you do it hour after hour, night after night. Many people tend to clench or grind their teeth while sleeping, so much so that it creates major problems down the road for their oral health.

How It Hurts

1. It puts unnecessary strain on jaw muscles, which can cause constant headaches.

2. It wears down tooth enamel.

3. Existing dental work like crowns and fillings can chip and crack under the pressure.

A Night Guard Can Help

Very basic night guards help by providing a shield for your teeth. However, a well-fitted night guard designed by our team can do more: it can relax your jaw muscles by easing your bite into a more comfortable position while you sleep. In some cases, a good night guard can stop bruxing behavior altogether.

Let Us Know If You See The Signs

Often, our team can spot the later signs of night bruxism—small cracks in the enamel, or a worn look on the surface. However, can catch it early yourself if you notice that you wake up with headaches or a sore jaw. Often, the first one to notice night bruxing is the bruxer’s partner, who hears the grinding at night.

If bruxism has been interrupting your sleep, let us know. We can take a closer look and see if a night guard can help.

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Dental Partners of Boston Warns About The Effects Of An Acidic Diet On Teeth

MOST PEOPLE THINK that tooth decay is caused by sugar. That’s not technically true. The decay is actually caused by acid, which is a byproduct of the sugar and bacteria in your mouth interacting.

Acid is what corrodes and dissolves your tooth enamel. And sometimes we skip the sugar-bacteria reaction and go straight to the source. When we drink or eat acidic things, we don’t even need the bacteria’s help to create a major attack on our teeth.

Common Symptoms Of A High-Acid Diet

  • Teeth that are especially prone to cavities
  • A yellowish, dingy appearance to your teeth, due to thinned enamel
  • Painful tooth sensitivity

Watch Out For These Super-Acidic Foods

1. Soft Drinks

Soda is loaded with acid—phosphoric acid, and citric acid. Think you’re drinking a special brand that’s free of those? Get this: anything carbonated can combine with water to create carbonic acid in your mouth.

2. Sour candies

Sour candies are becoming more and more popular. It’s no surprise that they’re acidic—that’s why people like them. But you might be surprised at this study showing that many sour candies are just one step away from battery acid.

3. Fruits

Fruits are good for you, so we don’t want to discourage you from eating them. However, you should be smart about it. Apples, peaches, and citrus fruits can all take their toll on your teeth—especially if you frequently sip on fruit juices.

4. Processed Foods

Highly processed foods often have acid added to them as preservatives. So when you buy canned, boxed, and shrink-wrapped foods, check the labels.

Minimize The Damage With Smart Habits

Acidic foods are a part of our lives, but you can minimize the damage to your teeth by swishing some water around in your mouth after downing a Coke, or eating some cheese (or other neutral food) to encourage saliva flow afterward.

If you have any questions about the effects of diet on your oral health, ask us! Comment below or on our Facebook page—we love hearing from you.

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What You Should Know About Whitening Toothpastes

WITH ALL THE WHITENING products out there on the market, it’s hard to know which ones are worth the fuss. That’s why the team here at Dental Partners of Boston wants to give you some insights.

There’s A Difference Between Whitening And Bleaching

Your teeth may not be as white as they used to be. Sometimes that’s due to staining, from eating and drinking. Sometimes, it’s simply a result of wear. See, when the white, protective outer layer of your teeth (the enamel) wears away, it leaves the dentin layer underneath (which has a yellow color) visible.

Whatever shade of white your teeth are after a deep-cleaning from our team…that’s how white your teeth are naturally, and that is as white as whitening toothpaste can get you. Whitening toothpastes can only scrub off stains and residue. They can’t make your teeth whiter than their natural shade.

Only bleaching can do that.

Don’t Use Whitening Toothpaste Every Time You Brush

Most whitening toothpastes contain extra abrasives—that’s how they whiten: by scrubbing off residue.

Because of their abrasives, whitening toothpastes are not meant to be used more than once a day. It can irritate your gums and wear down your tooth enamel (which—now you know—makes your teeth darker in the long run). So make sure you have a tube of regular toothpaste too, and you’re alternating between both.

Now, If You Want Tooth Bleaching…

If you want your smile to go beyond the white you see after a deep cleaning from our team, we recommend that you talk to us about your options for bleaching. We offer Zoom! Whitening, BriteSmile Whitening, and at-home options too.

Feeling sensitive after whitening? Read up on the causes, and how to relieve the sensitivity.

Let us know if you have any questions about any other whitening products. Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook page.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

Rest Easy With Simple Appliance Therapy From Dental Partners Of Boston

WHEN YOU HAVE PROBLEMS sleeping, it may not occur to you to look to your dentist for help. But the truth is, appliance therapy from Dental Partners of Boston may be able to help with two of the most common sleep disorders: snoring, and grinding teeth.

If your problem is with grinding teeth, check our blog later for our post about night bruxism. If you snore (or if your bed partner does), read on to learn how a snore guard can help you.

How Snore Guards Help

Snoring happens when your tongue and the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax, obstructing your airway while you sleep. Snore guards work by slightly adjusting your jaw’s position, to copy the way you hold your jaw while you’re awake. This straightens out the soft tissues in your mouth and throat, and naturally opens up your airway.

Appliance Therapy Is Simple Yet Effective

The great thing about appliance therapy is that it doesn’t require surgery, needles, or anything else invasive. We just fit the appliance—which is surprisingly simple—to your bite to ensure that it’s as comfortable and effective as possible. There are no tubes, strings, latches, or machines included in the appliance. In fact, it kind of looks like a sports guard.

It’s a tiny thing that makes a huge difference.

A Note About Sleep Apnea

Sometimes, snoring is a side effect of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for a period of time as you’re sleeping. Snoring is really common, whereas only a small percentage of snorers have sleep apnea.

But since sleep apnea can become a danger to your health very quickly, we may refer you to a physician or sleep specialist if we think your snoring is a symptom of more.

Questions?

So if you’re missing out on much-needed sleep due to snoring, let us know! And if you have any questions about our appliance therapy, comment below.

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Periodontal Disease? You Can Still Keep Your Teeth

A FEW WEEKS AGO we told you to floss in order to prevent gum disease. But what about those patients who are already experiencing advanced periodontal disease? After a certain point, flossing no longer does the trick, and it may seem like you’re stuck in a slow—or not so slow!—progression towards tooth loss and dentures.

New Technology Can Save Your Natural Teeth And Gums

Well, here at Dental Partners of Boston, we have new technology that helps us to take care of advanced periodontitis. LANAP, or laser periodontal surgery, gives us precision that we never had before. Using the laser, we can gently pull back the gums enough to access the deep pockets hiding bacteria, and to get rid of the bacteria and the diseased tissue without hurting your living gums.

Some Advantages Of LANAP:

  • Healing time is shorter than other periodontal surgery
  • You get to keep more of your own gums
  • There’s no cutting or stitches
  • Patients get consistently great results

Check out this video to understand more about how LANAP works:

This procedure offers hope for people who thought that they had run out of options. If you’re confronting gum disease, contact us. Our periodontal specialist, Dr. Guzman, can help determine how far your periodontal disease has advanced, and what level of treatment will be best for you.

Thanks for trusting our team with your care.