Is Chewing Gum Bad For Your Teeth?

GUM IS FUN! It is fun to chew and usually has a great taste. It has a lot of perks, too. It can relieve stress and keep your mouth moist and, if sugar-less, clean right after a meal.

Don’t Go Too Wild, Though

Gum has some pretty unappealing side effects for your teeth too. Here are few things to consider if you or someone you know is a chronic and consistent gum chewer.

Are You Experiencing TMJ And Migraine Headaches?

Constantly chewing gum can strain your jaw and trigger TMJ. When your jaw is overused, the muscles in your jaw might contract causing pain in your head and neck.

In fact, many studies have been done showing a link between migraine headaches and teenagers that chew gum consistently.

Is It Sugarless?

More and more people are switching to sugar-sweetened gum to avoid the laxative properties of artificially sweetened gum. Hey, we don’t blame you. But, chewing sugary gum will line your teeth with sugar and cause tooth decay.

On the other hand, sugarless gum encourages saliva flow and can actually clean your teeth after a meal. We recommend gum flavored with xylitol, a natural sweetener that can actually fight against tooth decay.

Does It Curb Your Appetite, Or Encourage You To Eat More Junk Food?

There is an unproven myth that chewing gum curbs appetite and helps with weight loss. We have actually noticed the opposite.

After chewing flavored gum, more people reach for potato chips than carrots because the flavor in the gum makes vegetables and fruits taste bitter.

Chewing Gum Is Not A Bad Thing!

It is good in moderation, so be careful you don’t overdo it. Look for gum sweetened with xylitol, and let us know if you think you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms–we can help.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at Dental Partners Of Boston.

Understand The Difference Between Plaque And Tartar

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, plaque and tartar are not exactly the same! Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we’d like to debunk some popular myths and remind you why professional cleanings are so important.

You Can Treat Plaque At Home

Plaque is the film of bacteria constantly forming on your teeth. It is always growing: after you eat, while you sleep, in pleasant conversation–all the time.

The good thing is that you can treat your own plaque. Most of the plaque on your teeth can be removed when you brush your teeth and floss. The bad news is that it never stops developing, so it is important to be consistent in your teeth brushing and flossing.

Tartar Is A Little Bit More Tricky

Tartar is the leftover plaque on your teeth combined with additional bacteria, and your saliva. This creates a hard mineral deposit on your teeth, which acts as a breeding ground for other bacteria. Excessive tartar may lead to periodontal disease and other dangerous conditions.

Tartar is tricky because at-home brushing and flossing cannot get rid of it. You need the help of a professional. It can only be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist.

Keep Up Your Daily Habits, And Remember Your Six-Month Cleanings

Of course you can take preventative measures. Brushing for 2 minutes twice daily and flossing regularly will keep the plaque down and prevent tartar.

But remember, it’s still important you see your dentist every 6 months. No one can perfectly rid themselves of plaque every time they brush their teeth. There will be a little bit of tartar buildup. Regularly seeing our team keeps it under control and saves you from problems down the road.

Is it time for your regular cleaning? Give us a call, and set up your appointment.

As always, we are so happy you belong to our dental family! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us!

We Can Give You A Crown In Just One Visit

WE KNOW HOW BUSY YOU ARE. We know you don’t want to schedule three different appointments in order to get a crown on that tooth. It’s both a hassle and a huge loss of time!

We Have CEREC® Single-Visit Crown Technology

Great news! At Dental Partners of Boston, we have the technology to give you back your time with very little hassle.

You won’t need to wear a temporary crown or come back for a second appointment. We can create and place the crown on your tooth within just a couple of hours. With CEREC® technology, we’ll give you a crown in just one visit.

CEREC® Is A New And Exciting Technology

CEREC®, CEramic REConstruction, is a product that allows us to create a crown that matches and fits your teeth while you are still sitting in our chair. It uses 3D technology to build your ceramic crown while you wait.

It’s A Simple Process

First: Your tooth is photographed and saved as a 3D digital model. This model is used to create the shape of the crown using comparisons of the surrounding teeth.

Second: Once the model is perfect, it is immediately sent to the milling unit which creates the crown using a ceramic block.

Last:The crown is bonded to your tooth with a resin cement.

Questions? Just Ask!

Here at Dental Partners of Boston we keep up to date with the most advanced technologies so we might provide you with the highest quality of dental care.

If you have questions or are interested in CEREC® Single-Visit Crowns, contact us.

Get The Best Care For Your Gums From Dental Partners Of Boston

MANY PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE that caring for their gums is just as important as caring for their teeth. Maybe even more so!

Periodontal Disease Is The #1 Cause Of Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease outrageously common, and once it progresses, it’s very hard to get control of it all by yourself.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, which attacks not just the supporting tissue of your teeth, but also the bone that locks your teeth in place.

The More Progressed, The Harder To Control

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, in which you may experience some tenderness and bleeding in the gums.

The next stage is periodontal disease, wherein gums become more inflamed and can start receding.

Untreated, this can become advanced periodontal disease, where your tooth’s support structure has deteriorated. Teeth can become loose, or even fall out.

We Offer Treatment For Every Stage

It’s incredibly important to take charge at the first signs of gum disease. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we offer a variety of treatments for gum disease.

This may include root planing and scaling, a non-surgical procedure which makes it easier to clean and monitor your gums and teeth. If gum disease has progressed farther, we may need to remove the diseased tissue to prevent further spread of the infection. We do this cleanly and accurately with laser technology.

Regular Appointments Are Crucial To Monitor, Prevent, And Treat

Your regular appointments are so important. You may not notice the signs of gum disease until it’s very progressed, but our team can!

Remember, if you want to keep your teeth into your old age, it’s important to take good care of your gums NOW.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice. We appreciate you!

The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth

YOU HAVE BEEN BRUSHING for years! In fact, you can’t even fall asleep without brushing your teeth. You might even consider yourself a teeth brushing professional, but are you really that good? Although it’s basic, a lot of people don’t brush their teeth correctly.

Here Are Five Rules To Follow:

#1. Brush For At Least 2 Minutes Twice A Day

We recommend once before breakfast and right before you go to bed. If you can, brush about a half-hour to an hour after lunch as well. Brushing for 2 minutes gives you enough time to really brush off that plaque and bacteria in hard to reach spaces.

#2. Brush In Circles

Using a circular motion, clean all parts of the tooth– the outer surface, the inner surface, and the chewing surface.

#3. Don’t Scrub Too Hard

You can tell if you’re scrubbing too hard if your toothbrush looks gnarly and battered within the first couple weeks of use. Brushing too hard can erode tooth enamel and cause damage.

#4. Pay Attention To Your Gums

Tip your toothbrush at 45-degree angle and, in a circular motion, gently brush excess food or bacteria away from your gums.

#5. Brush Or Scrape Your Tongue

Your tongue carries a lot of plaque and bacteria. If you brush/scrape your tongue every time you brush your teeth, your mouth will be a lot more fresh and healthy.

If you have any questions or want further instruction, contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Protect Your Teeth From Our Boston Winter

IT MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER YEAR, but we are still in the middle of winter. The achy bones and the cold toes are annoyingly predictable this time of year, but are you also feeling tooth pain?

Winter Chill And Teeth Sensitivity

It is common for your teeth to feel extra sensitive in the winter. Much like other objects which expand and contract when exposed to sudden temperature changes, our teeth can form cracks when quickly exposed to that freezing winter air. These cracks are not visible or particularly dangerous but they can cause sensitivity.

What Else Might It Be?

The cracks may not be the only reason your teeth are extra sensitive this time of year, though. You may already have problems that the cold weather can exaggerate.

Problems may include:

  • Cavities
  • Cracked teeth
  • Weakened enamel
  • Gum recession
  • Clenching and grinding teeth


There are many ways to prevent that immediate chill from shocking your teeth. When stepping outside your house, try covering your mouth with a scarf or breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Also, toothpaste for sensitive teeth can alleviate some of the pain.

If this exaggerated tooth sensitivity is driving you crazy, contact us. It could be a sign of a bigger problem. We would love to help you so you can enjoy the beauties of our Boston winter.

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

The Importance Of Replacing A Missing Tooth

WHETHER IT HAPPENED ON THAT TUESDAY AFTERNOON when your game of catch resulted in your first missing permanent tooth, or whether you have been secretly missing that molar for the past five years, Dental Partners of Boston can help.

The Effects Of A Missing Tooth On Your Overall Health

Many people assume that missing teeth are not health risks because they only affect appearance and speech. But choosing not to treat a missing tooth can actually create many health problems. Fortunately, Dental Partners of Boston can take care of it.

Bone Re-Absorption

In the space where the tooth is missing, bone cells die causing the jaw bone to reduce in volume and deteriorate. This may lead to facial collapse, which makes your face look prematurely older.

Misaligned Teeth/Jaw

The rest of your teeth may move closer to the gap and then pull both your alignment and bite out of place. This can also loosen other teeth.

Problems With Eating

Fewer teeth make eating the foods you love more difficult, especially those crunchy veggies and chewy proteins. This may lead to bad nutrition and an unhealthy decrease in caloric intake, impacting your immune system.

Psychological Effects

If the missing tooth/teeth are visible to others, there may be a drop in confidence, causing a decrease in social activity.

Dental Implants Can Save You From These Problems

Today, we have many different options that can prevent any damage to your jaw, diet, or psyche.

  • Single-Tooth Dental Implants
  • Multiple-Teeth Implants
  • Full Upper or Lower Jaw Replacement

In fact, at our office, we can even perform immediate dental implants with either our Teeth in One Visit Treatment or our Teeth in an Hour Treatment.

Contact us today for a consultation and an experienced Dental Partners of Boston implant dentist will be happy to show you how you can have a healthy and beautiful smile.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice.

Care For Your Smile After Whitening

HAVE YOU RECENTLY WHITENED your teeth at Dental Partners of Boston? Congrats! We know your results are dazzling. Now, how do you make sure that those beautifully white teeth stay white?

Your Teeth Are Extra-Prone To Staining After Whitening

For the first couple of days post-whitening-treatment, your teeth will be even more likely to pick up pigmentation from food and drink.

Why? Well, our in-office whitening system reaches below the surface of your teeth, through little tubes, or pores in your teeth. After whitening, those pores may still be open for a little while, leaving your teeth vulnerable to pigmentation from food and drink.

Wait Forty-Eight Hours Before Having Any Of The Following:

  • wine
  • coffee
  • tea
  • berries
  • curries and Indian food
  • soy sauce

Always Rinse After Eating For A Whiter Smile

Those foods and drinks you’ll want to avoid right after whitening are the same foods that contributed to staining in the first place. So if you can acquire the habit of simply rinsing your mouth with water after having, for example, blueberries, or red wine, you’ll take a big step towards protecting your white, bright smile.

If you have any questions about your dental health, or about our tooth-whitening services, just ask! You can comment below, or on our Facebook page.

Thank you for allowing us to be partners in your dental care and health. We appreciate you!

What You Can Expect During Our Complete Oral Exams

YOUR HOME ORAL HYGIENE ROUTINE is crucial to your oral health but so are your regular dental appointments. Complete oral exams with the team at Dental Partners of Boston help keep your smile healthy and bright.

When You Visit Us, You Can Expect To Receive…

Low-Radiation X-Rays

X-rays help us see your tooth and root positions and can detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, helping us to determine any treatment that may be necessary.

An Oral Cancer Screening

We will thoroughly examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums to look for any signs of oral cancer.

A Gum Disease Evaluation

Our knowledgeable dental team will examine the gums and bone surrounding your teeth to check for any signs of periodontal disease.

An Examination Of Your Restorations

We’ll make sure any fillings, crowns, or other restorations that you have are still in good condition.

An Occlusion Analysis

Improper bites can affect the structure of your face and smile and can contribute to TMJ. To avoid problems, we’ll examine your bite and alignment.

A Smile Analysis

We want to make sure you love your smile and you’re happy to show it off! If you have any reservations about your smile, let’s work together to create the smile of your dreams.

Set Up An Appointment Today

The experienced and caring team at Dental Partners of Boston will work with you to ensure you have a beautiful, healthy smile. To set up your appointment for a complete oral exam today, give us a call.

Thanks for being our patient. We appreciate you.

5 Simple Habits That Help Get Rid Of Plaque

A STICKY SUBSTANCE KNOWN AS PLAQUE is formed when bacteria in your mouth, along with sugars from the food you eat attach themselves to your teeth. If plaque stays on your smile too long, it can harden, become tartar, and lead to oral and even general health problems. Your team at Dental Partners of Boston is providing the following tips to help you avoid the negative effects of plaque:

Five Simple Habits That Help You Get Rid Of Plaque

  1. Brush softly, twice a day. If it doesn’t sit too long on your teeth, plaque can easily be removed with gentle brushing. So don’t forget to brush!
  2. Floss the areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing helps remove the plaque that’s in between your teeth and at your gumline. Antibacterial mouth rinses also help.
  3. Go to your regular dental visits. Our team can help find and remove any plaque that you may have missed. Remember, you need professional help to remove plaque that has hardened and become tartar. Professional cleanings help prevent cavities and gum disease.
  4. Eat toothbrush foods. Certain foods like crunchy vegetables and unpeeled fruits actually help remove plaque. They’re good for your oral AND general health!
  5. Go easy on the sweets. Sugar helps plaque form. The bacteria in your mouth also breaks the sugars down into acids that can damage your smile. Sugary snacks and sticky foods are really bad for your smile, so eat them sparingly.

Be Prompt And Consistent

Remember, the key to removing plaque is promptness and consistency. Clean your teeth soon after eating and never skip your oral hygiene routine or regular dental visits! If you have additional questions about removing plaque or your oral health, please contact us.

Thanks for being our valued patients!