Does Mouthwash Do Any Good?

WHILE FLOSSING AND BRUSHING are necessary parts of keeping your teeth clean, mouthwash can be a bit more confusing. Is it actually helpful?

We have a lot of patients ask this, because it’s not that simple. It depends on a few factors.

Mouthwash Can Be Helpful In Managing Plaque

Several studies have shown that mouthwash can be helpful in minimizing plaque and keeping it from returning as quickly. In one study, 100% of subjects using mouthwash, in addition to their usual oral health routine, saw a reduction in signs of gingivitis.

So yes, mouthwash is beneficial to your oral health.

It May Also Be Recommended For Specific Problems

There are certain dental health issues for which we may recommend certain mouth rinses. For example, some prescription mouth rinses help with:

  • Sensitivity
  • Fluoride/Cavity repair
  • Defense against bacterial infections (especially if you’ve just had certain treatments performed)

But Mouthwash Can Also Have Drawbacks

Some patients experience dry mouth as a result of mouthwash use—especially with alcohol-based mouthwashes. Dry mouth can be harmful to your oral health, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

We have also known patients who can experience irritation in the form of canker sores, which may be linked to mouthwash usage.

If you’re experiencing either of these problems, mouthwash might just not be worth it for you—especially if you use mouthwash simply to keep your breath fresh.

Talk With Us About Any Specific Problems

If you experience any of the above issues, talk to us about mouthwash. Depending on the situation, we may recommend that you use certain kinds of mouth rinse, OR we may recommend that you skip mouthwash.

If you experience chronic bad breath, that’s certainly something you’ll want to talk with us about. Sometimes mouthwash simply masks a problem for which you actually need a professional’s help.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks for being a part of our practice!

Refresh Your Smile With Beautiful Veneers

A LOT OF GREAT THINGS come with age—things like wisdom, maturity, and perspective. However, some changes are less welcome—like wear and tear on your smile, for example.

The Effects Of Aging On Your Smile:

Although good diet and a faithful dental hygiene regime can help you resist the negative effects of aging on your teeth, there are some things that happen despite our best efforts. Fortunately, some care from Dental Partners of Boston can help!

Staining

Over time, pigments from food and drink like coffee, or curry, can accumulate and dim the natural shine of your pearly whites.

Chips And Cracks

Little chips and cracks may not be unsightly enough, or painful enough, to prompt you to get them taken care of right away. But over time, they can give your smile a worn, aged appearance

Lost Volume In Facial Structure

As we age, and teeth become more worn and thin, it may gradually come to seem like your face sags inward. This can be especially apparent around the lips.

Veneers Can Solve All Of These Problems

Many turn to plastic surgery and other drastic methods to reverse the effects of aging. But for some, the problem can very simply be fixed with veneers from Dental Partners of Boston. Veneers cover your teeth with a thin layer of porcelain laminates, thereby brightening stained teeth, covering cracks and chips, and building out the tooth structure.

Dental Partners Of Boston Is The Perfect Place

Our CEREC method allows us to plan and sculpt beautifully-fitting veneers right in the office. And our dentists are trained in the latest methods to give you the very best care possible.

We use Lumineers, minimal-prep veneers that aren’t invasive. They allow you to keep your natural underlying tooth structure, and they can be placed quickly and efficiently.

Ask us about a smile makeover consultation. With veneers from Dental Partners of Boston, you can achieve a smile that’s as youthful and beautiful as you feel!

A Night Guard Can Protect Your Smile While You Sleep

IF YOU WAKE UP with headaches or jaw pain, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Grinding your teeth (also known as bruxism) not only causes damage to your smile, it can also lead to neck and facial pain and loss of sleep. At Dental Partners of Boston, we can fit you with a custom night guard that can help protect your smile and your rest.

Bruxism Affects A Lot Of People

Because stress is one of the main reasons people grind their teeth, bruxism is fairly common. Some sources estimate that nearly 20% of adults suffer the negative effects of grinding and clenching their teeth.

A Few Reasons To Use A Nightguard

  1. Mouth guards fit over your upper and lower teeth and reduce the damaging effects caused by clenching or grinding.
  2. Night guards can help correct your bite as they hold your teeth in their correct position.
  3. Because they keep your teeth from touching, mouth guards can also be helpful in alleviating chronic headaches resulting in less interrupted nights and fewer morning headaches!

Contact Us To Learn More

To find out how your team at Dental Partners of Boston can help protect your smile while you sleep, give us a call. We can set up an appointment to discuss your teeth grinding habits and to fit you with a protective night guard.

Thanks for being one of our valued patients!

How Medication Can Affect Your Oral Health And What You Can Do About It

THE MEDICINE YOU TAKE to feel better can negatively affect your oral health. To help you better protect your smile from some of medications’ harmful side effects, your team here at Dental Partners of Boston wants you to know the following information.

Side Effects, Some Medications That Cause Them, And Precautions You Can Take

Dry Mouth

Side Effect: With less saliva in your mouth to wash food debris from your teeth and neutralize the acid produced by plaque, you’re more likely to experience gum disease and tooth decay.

Potential Cause: Antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure/heart medication, decongestants, inhalers, etc.

Precaution: Drink water regularly, chew sugarless gum, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and spicy foods, ask your doctor about an artificial saliva product.

Swelling Of The Gums

Side Effect: Swollen gums that grow over your teeth can trap bacteria and damage your gums and tooth structure.

Potential Cause: Anti-seizure medication, Immunosuppressants (taken with organ transplants), blood pressure medication (calcium channel blockers), etc.

Precaution: Careful daily brushing and flossing, more frequent dental visits (every 3 months), ask us for additional care tips.

Tooth Decay

Side Effect: The sugar that exists in many medications can lead to cavities.

Potential Cause: Cough drops and syrup, vitamins, antacids, etc.

Precaution: Do your best to take the medication during or around the time you eat, brush after consumption, take tablets instead of syrups.

Read The Label, Ask Your Doctor

Before you take any medication, make sure to read over medication labels and pay close attention to side effects. Consult with appropriate health professionals. Let your oral health team at Dental Partners of Boston know what medications you’re taking before receiving treatment so we can provide you with the best care possible.

Thanks for trusting us with your oral health.

Candy Isn’t The Only Cavity-Causing Culprit To Consider

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED ABOUT CANDY and its harmful effects to your teeth since before you can remember. Possibly even since before you even had teeth!

And it’s true: candy can do a real number on your teeth. However, we’ve noticed that many patients here in the Boston area never learned that there are OTHER foods that can be just as bad.

Carbs Cause Cavities Too!

Both sugars AND starches can cause trouble for your teeth. How? Well, sneaky fermentable carbs can break down into simple sugars while they’re still in your mouth. And whether it’s sugar from a croissant, or sugar from a peppermint patty, the reaction in your mouth is the same.

Look Out For These Troublesome Foods:

  • White-flour crackers (like goldfish, or saltines)
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Potato chips

Have you ever noticed how these munchies stick in your teeth long after you’ve finished them? That’s breaking down into sugar, forming a paste on your teeth, and reacting with bacteria to cause an acid attack.

Be Smarter About Your Snacks

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go carb-free. We just need you to know that these snacks aren’t harmless. Make sure that you clean your mouth after eating, or follow the crackers up with some sugarless gum or water.

If you don’t have time to brush, you may want to opt for these snacks instead:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Apples
  • Nuts
  • Cheese

Bonus! These tooth-healthy snacks are good for your waistline too.

Just Remember To Brush

So… ready for that Thanksgiving feast full of starches? Awesome. Just remember to brush, even though there’s no candy on the plate.

Have a great holiday, and thanks for your trust in our practice!

Coffee And Your Oral Health

A STUDY DONE by the American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer. While this is good news for your oral health, coffee can still pose a threat to your smile.

To help you protect your smile—from decay and staining—your team here at Dental Partners of Boston has compiled the following lists of coffee-drinking tips.

To Lessen The Damaging Effects Of Coffee…

  • Don’t sip coffee throughout the day. This limits the amount of time your teeth are exposed to harmful sugars. Going easy on cream and sugar can also help.
  • Try eating fruit or plain yogurt, not a sugary donut or pastry, with your coffee.
  • Rinse with water or brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste shortly after breakfast.

To Help Prevent/Deal With Staining…

  • Limit the amount of time coffee touches your teeth. Drink with a straw and don’t swish the hot liquid around in your mouth.
  • Try coffee made from Arabica beans which is supposed to stain less.
  • Rinse with water and brush your teeth shortly after drinking your coffee.
  • Don’t skip your regular dental visits! Scaling and polishing your teeth can help with stains.
  • Talk to us about our whitening services

We know many people can’t start their day without a cup of jo. Just keep your smile in mind as you’re drinking. If you have any questions about coffee and its effects on your oral health, please feel free to call us.

Thanks for visiting our blog and for being our wonderful patients!

Don’t Be Fooled By These Oral-Cancer Myths

ABOUT 42,000 AMERICANS will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That number has continuously risen in the last five years, and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

As your trusted Boston dentist, we’re taking defense against oral cancer seriously, and that’s why we want you to be well-educated about the facts of oral cancer. Don’t fall for these three common misunderstandings:

Myth #1: Regular Dental Check-ups Aren’t That Important

Regular check-ups for our patients always include oral cancer screening. Early detection is the key to beating oral cancer, so make sure not to skip this important health screening.

Myth #2: Lingering Sores In Your Mouth Are Nothing To Worry About

Canker sores and cold sores are irritants, and they go away after a couple of weeks. If ever you have a sore that DOESN’T go away after a couple of weeks, please give us a call, or consult your physician. Oral cancer’s first signs are small red or white sores on the cheeks, gums, or tongue.

Myth #3: Oral Cancer Only Affects Elderly Smokers

The most well-known risk factors for oral cancer are smoking, drinking, and old age. However, the fastest-growing demographic of oral cancer patients are 20-something non-smokers.

More recent research is showing a major correlation between HPV and oral cancer. There are other risk factors and correlations that we don’t even know about yet. The lesson here is that oral cancer screening is important for EVERYONE, whatever your age or habits.

If You Ever Have Concerns, Contact Us

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we want you to live a long, healthy life! So be aware of the signs of oral cancer, and please let us know if you have any concerns.

Thanks for being our valued patient!

Custom Crowns In One Visit With CEREC Technology

HAVE YOU EVER BENEFITED FROM the CEREC technology in our practice? It’s pretty amazing. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, our patients have access to the best in modern dentistry, and our CEREC system is an excellent example of the convenience and functionality that brings.

Crowns Previously Took A Couple Of Visits

Once upon a time, dental crowns (and other restorations) took a couple of visits. At the first appointment, we’d take an impression of your tooth and fit you with a temporary crown, then send you on your way.

While you wore the temporary crown, we would send the impression to a dental lab. There, they’d craft a ceramic crown perfectly fitted to your mouth. When we got the new, permanent crown back, we’d set up another appointment with you to replace the temporary crown with your permanent crown.

Now, We Can Create Your Permanent Crown In Our Office

Now, with our in-office CEREC restorations, we can skip the lab, and all that extra time you spend going back and forth. Our machine uses 3D technology to create a perfectly-fitting permanent crown while you wait!

No second visit, no temporary crown.

We Believe In Providing The Best For Our Patients

We’re dedicated to providing you with the newest technology and highest quality care. That’s why we utilize CEREC restorations to help your visit go smoother and get you back to health and functionality quicker.

If you have any questions about this or any other technology that we utilize in our office, ask us!

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

Modern Orthodontics Has More To Offer

MANY PEOPLE IN THE BOSTON AREA have considered getting braces now and again, but hesitate to take the plunge, discouraged by stories and memories of old-fashioned braces. Well, here at Dental Partners of Boston, we’re excited to let you know that the days of awkward braces are over!

Modern materials make it so much better than the 70’s orthodontia people remember. Today, orthodontic treatment is:

  1. Less painful
  2. Much quicker
  3. Less visually noticeable

New Technology Makes Modern Orthodontics Better:

New material for arch wires

One really cool new material is nickel titanium for arch wires. It was actually developed by NASA, with shape-memory properties, so that it continuously moves instead of losing elasticity after a few days. Nickel titanium gives you softer but steadier movement throughout the weeks between your orthodontic appointments.

Better brackets

Today, we also have smaller, stronger, and less visible brackets.

Imaging technology

We can make more efficient treatment plans, thanks to advanced imaging technology, which allows us to predict your tooth movement.

You Can Also Get Alternate Options Which Won’t Be Visible

Lingual Braces

Our practice offers lingual braces to those who would like to avoid the more visible aspects of orthodontic treatment. In this method, brackets and arch wires are placed on the inside of the teeth, instead of the outside.

Invisalign

You also have the option of using clear aligners. Following a particular treatment plan, we’ll give you a series of tooth-trays that gradually guide your teeth into that straight, beautiful smile that you want.

Contact Us With Any Questions

Don’t hesitate any more about braces! Our practice has all the new technology and techniques you’ll need to build your dream smile. Call us for a consultation, and we can do an evaluation and see which options will be right for you.

Thanks so much for your continued trust in our practice!

Gum Disease Can Also Affect Your Jaw Health

HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON, we’ve been fighting a war against gum disease for a long time. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that in adults, tooth loss is usually a direct result of gum disease! And new research is showing that gum disease hurts even more than your teeth…

Periodontal Disease Hurts Your Jaw In Two Ways

Apparently, the bacteria that causes gum disease is a bad influence on the whole chemistry of your mouth. It causes proteins that are normally protective to turn traitor and start attacking bone mass (in your jaw) instead.

The second way gum disease hurts your jaw is through lost teeth. When teeth fall out, the jaw bone underneath deteriorates.

Make Sure You Have An Anti-Gum-Disease Strategy

Plan A: Preventative Care

Your best option is to prevent gum disease in the first place. If gum disease hasn’t progressed, then you can stop it simply through your careful home routine. Cleaning appointments with our team are also an important part of gum disease prevention.

Plan B: Periodontal Treatment

However, if gum disease has already progressed, you’ll need some extra TLC. We may recommend planing and scaling, which will make it easier to clean your teeth and prevent hidden pockets of bacteria. We also have advanced laser periodontal treatment, which removes the diseased tissue without hurting your healthy gums.

Plan C: Dental Implants

How do you restore oral health once it’s gone so far that you have tooth loss? Don’t let your jaw suffer the consequences—the best solution for tooth loss is dental implants. Unlike bridgework, implants can actually fuse with the jawbone and prevent jawbone deterioration.

Questions? Let’s Talk

Let us help you work out a plan to prevent or treat gum disease. Contact us for an appointment. You can also ask a quick question below, or privately on our Facebook page.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice!