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!

Tips For Maintaining Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON we know that oral health is an important component of general health. For that reason we encourage expecting mothers not to put their dental care on hold during pregnancy—for their own and their child’s sake.

To Maintain Good Oral Health During Pregnancy…

  • Don’t skip the dentist. Pregnancy changes hormones and can increase your risk for periodontal disease. We want to keep an eye on (and you should to) any changes in your oral health.
  • Tell us you’re pregnant so we can make any necessary adjustments to your treatment.
  • Tell us which medications you’re taking and the doses.
  • Don’t delay treatment. Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment (X-rays, anesthesia, tooth extraction, root canal, cavity filling, etc.) is safe with proper precaution. Your safety is our priority!
  • If you’re not already, start a strict routine of oral hygiene. You should be brushing twice a day (some recommend using fluoridated toothpaste) and flossing at least once a day.
  • Ignore the cravings and limit sugary foods! If you snack too much you may increase your risk of tooth decay.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eating dairy is good for your developing baby’s bones, gums, and teeth!
  • If you’re dealing with vomiting, caused by morning sickness, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse (some recommend using a baking soda solution).

See Us After Delivery

Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes that can affect your oral health. After your child is born, call us to set up an appointment. We want to make sure that your smile is healthy.

Thanks for being our valued patient!

Reduce Sensitivity By Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

THE MOST COMMON cause of sensitive teeth is exposed dentin. Dentin is the tissue below your tooth’s enamel that’s full of microscopic nerve fibers. If exposed, the nerves can overreact to hot, cold, or sugary foods. The best way to avoid problems with exposed dentin is to properly care for your tooth enamel.

To Protect Your Tooth Enamel And Reduce Tooth Sensitivity…

1. Use desensitizing toothpaste that can fill small openings in your dentin and help relieve sensitivity.

2. Limit acidic food and drink consumption. Soda, fruit juices, even citrusy fruits and pickles contain acid that can attack your tooth enamel. If you do eat/drink them, waiting 20 minutes and then brushing your teeth can help reduce the damage.

3. Brush softly. Brushing too hard can wear away your enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity. Make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing for at least two minutes. Regular brushing also helps get rid of acid producing plaque.

4. Don’t grind your teeth! If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw or a headache, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Talk to us about a night mouthguard.

5. Eat less hard candy. Sucking on hard candies can also damage your tooth enamel.

Don’t Let Sensitive Teeth Interfere With Your Daily Life

Your dental team at Dental Partners of Boston cares about your comfort! If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, we advise you to schedule an appointment with us right away so we can determine the cause of your sensitivity and help find a solution.

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We Offer One-Stop, Comprehensive Dental Care

YOUR CONVENIENCE MATTERS TO US. That’s why our team of general dentists and specialists at Dental Partners of Boston (including our cosmetic and restorative dentists) work in the same practice—so your dental needs can be met by a competent team, in one convenient location.

Our Multi-Specialty Team Can Help!

We have dentists representing eight specialties, as well as a team of experienced dental technicians, hygienists and staff who attend to your every dental need. Whether it’s dental implants, teeth whitening, or adult orthodontics, our team has you covered. We’ll work together to create a healthy, natural, beautiful smile for you.

On Top Of Convenience, You Can Expect:

  • Quality comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry
  • State-of-the-art technology in our cosmetic dental work
  • Gentle dentistry
  • A comfortable, spa-like environment
  • A caring and highly competent professional team of Boston dentists

We Look Forward to Seeing/Meeting You

Contact us to set up an appointment or a consultation at our Boston office. If you’re looking for a new dentist and would like to take a look at our facility, let us know. We’d love to meet you!

Thanks for trusting our team with your oral health!

A Few Things To Consider When Choosing A Toothbrush

WITH SO MANY OPTIONS at the store, buying a new toothbrush can feel overwhelming. And so, to help you make a more informed (and hopefully quicker) decision, we—your team over here at Dental Partners of Boston—have decided to go over some toothbrush basics.

When To Replace Your Brush

The ADA suggests replacing your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months. That being said, worn toothbrushes are less effective at cleaning your smile, so don’t wait that long if the bristles on your brush become frayed earlier!

Shape and Size

The handle of your toothbrush should be easy and comfortable to hold. Select your toothbrush head with accessibility in mind. You’ll want a head that makes it easy to reach all surfaces of your teeth—even those hard-to-reach back teeth.

Hard or Soft Bristles?

Since hard-bristled brushes are more likely to damage your gums and the soft enamel of your teeth (especially if you’re brushing too hard), most dental professionals suggest using a soft-bristled brush. If used correctly, soft-bristled brushes can effectively, comfortably, and safely clean your teeth.

Do Expert Recommendations Matter?

If you want a toothbrush that’s undergone quality control tests, then yes, reviews matter. At Dental Partners of Boston, we are more than happy to recommend a great toothbrush, or you could look for one that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.

Talk To Us!

Perhaps the easiest and quickest thing you could do to find a toothbrush that’s just right for you is TALK TO US. We deal with oral hygiene every day, all year, and we love talking about it! We want you to have the best tools available to maintain your good oral health!

We’re happy to be your oral health care partners. Thanks for your trust.

Four Things Everyone Should Know About Soft Drinks

AS YOUR TRUSTED BOSTON DENTIST, we’d like to speak out on a topic that has major relevance to your oral and overall health.

Do You Like Soft Drinks?

Lots of people love to sit down to a Coke every now and then, and honestly, we don’t think that’s a problem! However, our team has noticed that many people have misconceptions about soda.

The effects of soda on your entire body are complex, but the effects on your oral health are pretty straight forward. Too much, too often can wreck your teeth.

Four Things Everyone Should Know About Soda:

1. Even diet soda can rot your teeth. It may not have the sugar, but it has as much (or more) acid as regular soda.

2. Sip all day, get decay. If you’re sipping on soft drinks throughout the day, your mouth never has the chance to recover from the acid bath. When you drink soda, we recommend that you drink it all at once, not in sips throughout the day.

3. It’s a major factor in tooth sensitivity. One in eight adults suffers from frustrating tooth sensitivity. In many cases, this is due to enamel worn thin by an acidic diet.

4. Brushing right after a Coke can hurt your teeth. Your teeth are feeling pretty vulnerable right after that soda, and brushing can scrape off the softened enamel. So help your mouth rebalance with a swish of water, some cheese, or some sugarless gum, and wait about 30 minutes to brush.

No Need To Change Your Diet, Just Be Smart

We’re not saying you have to cut soft drinks out of your diet! However, use moderation, and keep these factors in mind so that your teeth can stay bright and healthy.

If you have any questions about your oral health, please let us know. As your trusted health partner, we want to help you stay informed for better health and quality of life.

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

5 Benefits Of All-Porcelain Crowns

IF YOU HAVE a damaged or seriously decayed tooth it can affect the health and appearance of your smile. The good news is, all-porcelain dental crowns from Dental Partners of Boston can help restore your smile.

5 Benefits Of All Porcelain Crowns

  1. Aesthetically pleasing. Because the shape, type, and color of porcelain crowns can be made to perfectly match your smile, they look natural and beautiful. And they’re stain resistant!
  2. Improved functionality. Porcelain crowns cover damaged teeth and can restore biting and chewing capabilities.
  3. Comfortable. Porcelain crowns can be molded to comfortably fit your bite and smile AND they feel like real teeth!
  4. Durable and protective. Porcelain crowns are strong and long lasting and can cover and protect damaged teeth.
  5. Improved Confidence. Because porcelain crowns look and feel real, you can feel confident in showing them off to your family, friends, and co-workers. Just don’t be surprised when they compliment you on your smile!

All-Porcelain Dental Crowns Add Beauty To Your Smile!

At Dental Partners of Boston we are skilled at crafting comfortable, beautiful, long-lasting dental crowns! If you have a misshaped, misaligned, discolored, or cracked tooth, our porcelain crowns can help! Call us today to set up an appointment. You no longer have an excuse to hide your smile!

Thank you for being our valued patient!