Are Sensitive Teeth Driving You Crazy?

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

So What Causes Teeth To Be Sensitive?

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

What Can I Do?

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

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

We Can Help You Figure It Out

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

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

Avoid Bad Breath With These Tips

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

What Causes Bad Breath?

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

Get Rid Of It With These Tips

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

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

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

Let’s Talk About Wisdom Teeth


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

What’s The Big Deal With Wisdom Teeth?

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

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

We Can Help With Your Wisdom Teeth!

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

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

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

5 Great Foods For Your Dental Health

FOOD GIVES OUR bodies the nutrients needed to function and stay healthy. But did you know that there are certain foods that will help your teeth stay strong? Here are are some of the foods that provide extra help to keep your mouth healthy!

5 Foods That Help Your Oral Health

Dairy Products

Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt contain calcium and phosphates. These foods replenish the minerals your teeth has lost due to other more acidic foods. Dairy gives your teeth the calcium and protein needed to stay strong.

Sugarless Gum

Bacteria relies on sugar to produce plaque. Sugarless gum doesn’t promote bacteria growth. In fact most sugarless gum contains xylitol, which battles tooth decay. Sugarless gum also stimulates saliva production which helps your mouth stay clean.

Water

Water is important for both tooth and gum health. It is an excellent way to rinse off your teeth and clean your mouth after eating or drinking a sugary drink like soda. It is important to rinse with water after eating or drinking anything acidic.

Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants, named catechins, that kill the bacteria that turn sugar to plaque. This also decreases the amount of tooth-attacking acid in your mouth

Raw Fruits & Vegatables

Crunchy foods like celery, apples, pears, and carrots are cleaning agents. As you chew these foods they gently clean your teeth. Apples stimulate the gums and reduce the amount of cavity-causing plaque on your teeth. Carrots and celery, along with scrubbing your teeth, help your mouth produce more saliva and help neutralize the acid in your mouth.

All These Foods Will Help Keep Your Mouth Healthy

If you have any questions about the ways that diet connects to your oral health, please ask! You can leave a question below, or on our Facebook page. You can also give us a call anytime.

Thanks for being our valued patient and friend!

Are You Getting All The Benefits You Should Out Of Your Smile?

SMILING DOES MORE THAN let people know we are happy. Smiling has an amazing power to affect your life, and the lives of people around you. Smiles influence how people perceive you, how you feel about yourself, and can even have a positive impact on your health!

Here Are A Few Fun Facts About Smiling:

  • 63% of people say they look best in photos when they are showing their teeth.
  • 99.7% of adults say an attractive smile is an important personal asset.
  • 74% of people say that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for business or career success.
  • Even a forced smile can make you happier. Psychologists have found that when someone is feeling down, a smile has a positive impact.
  • Smiling improves your immune system. It allows your body to relax and contributes to good health.
  • 69% of people find women more attractive when they are smiling than when they are wearing makeup.

We Want You To Be Confident In Your Smile

Here at Dental Partners of Boston we realize that over time your smile may not be as white as it once was. This is why we offer a variety of easy whitening options to help your smile stay young and white. We offer two different options for whitening.

In Office Whitening:

Our in-office procedure is quick and easy. In fact, it usually takes less than an hour. The results are instant and you will leave the office with a whiter smile.

Take Home Whitening:

We also have an option for a take-home whitening kit so you can whiten at your convenience. The kit consists of customized trays and whitening gel. You can use these trays whenever you want and will see great results.

Contact us today to discuss the best way to get your confident white smile!

Straighten Your Smile Without Braces

DO YOU WANT A STRAIGHTER, HEALTHIER smile? What’s holding you back? Is it the thought of braces? If you have the desire to straighten your teeth but don’t want to have traditional braces, we have a solution for you.

Let us introduce you to Invisalign. Invisalign is a way to get your smile nice and straight without the braces. Dental Partners of Boston has been a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign treatment since 2011. We have had extensive experience helping people achieve the smile they want.

Invisalign Straightens Without Being Seen

Invisalign uses clear trays that are custom made to fit your mouth and align your teeth. You can also remove the trays in order to brush, floss and eat like you normally would. Here are some of the advantages to choosing Invisalign over traditional braces:

  • You can eat whatever you want.
  • The trays are removable.
  • Invisalign allows for better periodontal and dental health, since you can brush and floss like normal.
  • There is less mouth and gum irritation. Invisalign consists of smooth plastic; not rough metal
  • You only have to come in for visits every 4-6 weeks.
  • You can straighen your teeth without everyone knowing.

What Can I Expect If I Get Invisalign?

If you’re ready to get started, we’ll first need to set up an initial consultation. Here, we’ll analyze your bite, see if you’re a candidate, and go over treatment details. After some x-rays and impressions, we can actually show you digitally what you can expect through each phase of Invisalign – clear up to your final result! Pretty cool, right?

Call us today for your consultation!

How To Care For Your Baby’s Teeth

YOUR BABY’S TEETH MIGHT BE small, but they play an important role in the development of your child’s mouth. Baby teeth help a child talk, eat, and act as placeholders for the adult teeth that come in later.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we care about your whole family’s dental health. Follow these tips to keep your baby’s teeth healthy and strong.

Tips For Babies

Most dentists suggest that babies visit the dentist by the age of one. This helps them get used to the dentist, and sets a pattern of preventative, rather than restorative care. It’s also a great chance for parents to learn how best to care for their child’s teeth. Here are a few pointers to help you and your baby:

  • Don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle full of juice or milk. It can pool in his or her mouth and coat teeth, which can lead to decay, even before teeth have appeared!
  • Start brushing with an extra soft toothbrush as soon as your baby gets a tooth.
  • Before teeth appear, wipe the gums with a warm cloth or piece of gauze. This will help promote healthy gums and protect baby teeth as they come in.

Tips For Toddlers

Here are a few tips to keep your toddler’s teeth in good shape:

  • Brush their teeth at least twice a day
  • Have them drink a glass of water after eating. This will help rinse away any leftover food, sugar or acid from the meal.
  • Make sure their dental visits feel safe and fun.

If you have any questions about your baby’s dental health, give us a call or make an appointment today.

Keeping Your Teeth Safe With A Custom Sports Guard From Dental Partners Of Boston

DID YOU KNOW THAT 5 million teeth are knocked out each year in sporting activities? Here at Dental Partners of Boston we’ve seen the results of those accidents. Repairs to your smile can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and expensive. So we want to help you prevent those unexpected accidents. An excellent way to do this is by wearing a mouth guard while playing sports.

Studies have shown that custom mouth guards (meaning they are fitted specifically to your mouth) can reduce the chance of dental injuries up to 99%.

Sports Cause Dental Injuries

The American Dental Association states that approximately 200,000 suffer dental injuries while playing sports each year. These injuries include:

  1. A fractured tooth
  2. Dislodgment of teeth
  3. Damage to previous dental work such as crowns, veneers, bridges, braces and dental implants.

Get A Mouth Guard You Actually Like To Wear

Mouth guards have a reputation of being bulky, smelly and uncomfortable. If you come to us, however, we can make a custom mouthguard that will be comfortable, tasteless, resilient, tear resistant and will minimally impede breathing and speaking. We take great pride in helping the athletes of Boston.

Your Visit Will Be Easy

Getting a mouth guard is really easy. All you have to do is call and make an appointment. Your appointment will be simple and painless. You won’t need x-rays or a dental exam so no drugs or tools will be used. It will be a quick, straightforward visit.

It is important to protect your teeth while doing the activities you love. Let us help you protect your smile and stay safe as you play the sports you enjoy.

Keeping Scheduled Dental Appointments Can Save Your Life


AN ESTIMATED 37,000 AMERICANS will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. And approximately 7,300 people will die from oral cancer this year in the United States alone. Here at Dental Partners of Boston we want to do all we can to help prevent and detect oral cancer in our patients.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Researchers have found a few different things that increase a person’s chances of getting oral cancer. For example, men are two times more likely to get oral cancer than women. Some other risk factors are:

  • Tobacco– About 90% of people who have oral cancer have used tobacco, whether it is smoking or smokeless tobacco.
  • Alcohol– About 75-80% of people with oral cancer reported drinking alcohol. The combination of tobacco and alcohol use has been found to be particularly lethal.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)– HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that has been found to cause types of cancer. A high correlation has been found between those infected with HPV and oral cancer.
  • Ultraviolet light– Prolonged unprotected exposure to sunlight can lead to higher risks of cancer.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, please call us and make an appointment!

  • Sores in your mouth that last more than two weeks
  • Lumps or thickening of the cheeks
  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Numbness of the tongue or jaw

We Screen For Oral Cancer At Your Regular Visits

We conduct oral cancer screenings at every regularly-scheduled cleaning. That’s one of the many reasons that it’s so important to keep your regular, preventative appointments. Oral cancer is deadly, but your odds of beating it are MUCH better with early detection.

If you have any concerns feel free to contact us. Thanks for your trust in our practice!

5 Tips For Extending The Lifespan Of Your Veneers

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VENEERS ARE AN INVESTMENT in your smile. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we take a lot of pride in using quality materials and creating a look that you will be proud of.

However, in order to keep your veneers strong and white, they need to be taken care of, just as natural teeth do.

Five Tips To Keep Your Veneers In Tip-Top Shape:

1. Hygiene– Just as with natural teeth, it is important to have good oral hygiene with veneers. This will help keep your mouth clean and free of the bacteria that can cause plaque buildup and decay, which can jeopardize your veneers.

2. Avoid Injury– Dental accidents may cause large chips or cracks in the veneers. Always remember to wear a mouth guard when you play sports.

3. Don’t Grind or Clench– Grinding and clenching your teeth usually occurs while sleeping. This can put a lot of undue pressure on your veneers, causing them to chip or break. If you clench your teeth at night, it’s essential that you get a night guard to protect your veneers and your teeth.

4. Get Veneers Checked Regularly– Natural teeth need to be examined and so do veneers. It is important for your veneers to get checked for signs of decay, disease, chips and cracks. In order to keep your veneers for as long as possible it is important to schedule regular cleanings.

5. Avoid Food and Drinks That Stain– While veneers are designed to avoid staining, the cement that holds them, unfortunately, can stain. This can cause the sides or edges where the glue is to discolor, thus ruining the aesthetic appeal of the veneers.

Take Good Care Of That Show-Stopping Smile

With proper care, and our team’s help, your dazzling smile will last for years to come. Let us know if you’re curious about getting veneers in order to achieve that smile that you always wanted.

If you have any questions on how to care for your veneers feel free to contact us!