How Bad Habits Affect Your Teeth

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Our goal at Dental Partners of Boston is to not just assist in improving your dental health but also to help you prevent problems from ever arising. One of the bigger issues our patients run into is their bad habits. Simple everyday things that many people do subconsciously that can weaken the enamel on your teeth.

Enamel has the impressive title of being the hardest substance in the human body. Despite this beneficial trait, enamel can chip quite easily, putting your dental health and well-being at risk. Despite seeming quite harmless, over time these habits can do a significant amount of damage to your smile. Of course if a chipped tooth or other item arises that requires an emergency dental appointment we are here to help! Here are a few habits to be aware of that can cause complications with your dental health:

A Few Habits To Work On Breaking

  • Nail Biting

Biting nails is often associated with nervousness or anxiety. There are many reasons to avoid and break this habit but for dental purposes the repeated pressure from nail biting causes the enamel on the front teeth to weaken and fracture. The pressure of repeatedly biting a surface as hard as your nails can also increase the the risk of tooth resorption, causing the roots of your teeth to shorten and eventually resulting in tooth loss.

  • Your Teeth Are Not Tools

Many people, especially small children, use their teeth like their pliers or scissors, cutting or ripping into packaging.  Doing so can lead to fractured or broken teeth and even tooth loss. A common side effect of broken enamel is tooth decay and cavities. It can be tempting to use your teeth when a proper tool isnt nearby, however, we encourage you to make the effort to do whatever it takes to break this habit.

  • Chewing On Pens And Pencils

Your jaw is capable of applying immense pressure to your teeth, far more than most people realize. People that tend to chew on pens usually do so while thinking or working and dont realize theyre chewing on the pen or how hard they chew on it. When chewing on hard items like a pen, the molars are often used. Molars are generally where people most often get fillings or crowns to repair damaged teeth or dental restorations. Chewing on pens significantly increases the chances of damage not just your teeth but also the comparatively fragile restorations.

  • Chewing Ice

Chewing ice has been a popular idea since ice become commonplace in the home. Some people chew ice regularly as a simple habit and others chew ice daily as a way to control their appetite and lose weight. Regardless of why you chew ice, it;’s important that you stop. The hardness and cold temperature of ice don’t just damage the enamel, it can chip the tooth itself.

Emergency Dental Work In Boston

Whether your teeth have been damaged by one of these common habits or something completely different, Dental Partners of Boston is equipped to handle and provide excellent emergency dental care. Schedule an appointment with us today if you have a dental emergency or would like to schedule a regular dental visit for the Boston area. Your dental health and well-being is our top priority!

A New Year & A New Smile!

Our team at Dental Partners of Boston wants to wish you and yours a Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, spending it with those that you cherish and love! With the new year come hopes, dreams and resolutions. For many of us we make goals and within a few weeks or months unfortunately forget about them. We put ourselves and our needs on the back burner while we take care of the daily parts of our lives and the people around us. Now is the time to change that! Make 2019 the year you take care of you!  

Your smile is important to you. The way you present yourself is important but not more important than how you feel. Having a beautiful smile that you are confident to show the world can really improve your self esteem and quality of life. Let us share some of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can help give you a brighter and whiter smile.

We offer many cosmetic dentistry services such as: botox and dermal fillers, dental bonding, dental implants, dental veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign and much more. Here’s a closer look in to what some of these services can do for you.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are small pieces of porcelain that fit over a tooth’s enamel, covering teeth abnormalities. Porcelain has long been the material of choice for dental crowns and bridges and now veneers. Porcelain is a trusted material by dental professionals because the material is flawlessly imitaties a tooth’s enamel surface. We will select the right shade of porcelain for your teeth making it look as natural as possible. Veneers can fix small or medium gaps between teeth, correct slightly crooked teeth, improves badly stained teeth and more.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can really take your smile to the next level. We offer take home and in-office options. Basically we want to accommodate whatever teeth whitening needs you have and we’ve paired that with different choices for the best quality and convenience.

Invisalign

Invisalign or invisible braces offer many benefits and is something that is very popular in our practice.  Some benefits include:

  • Fewer food restrictions
  • Easier care than braces
  • Less Painful than braces
  • Freedom to play sports
  • Ease of playing musical instruments

Invisalign can also improve self-esteem. Having a beautiful smile helps build comfort and confidence with your appearance, which can lead to improved happiness as well.

Cosmetic dentistry is so much more than just aesthetics. It’s about improving your smile to be able to fully function the way it was meant to. It helps bring peace of mind and improves quality of life. Let your cosmetic dentist in Boston help improve your smile in 2019. It’s time to take care of you. Why not start with finding confidence in your smile again? Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today!

Things to Consider Before A Gum Graft

If your gums are receding, a gum graft may be something that you are considering. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion.

What To Expect With A Gum Graft

During a gum graft pieces of tissues from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gum tissue are removed. Then the tissue is attached to the area where your gums have worn away.

There are steps you need to take when preparing for a gum graft. There are three types that will be discussed: free gingival graft, connective tissue graft, and pedicle (lateral) graft. These options will be discussed and recommendations made, based on your needs by your Boston Periodontist. Some things to keep in mind before your gum graft include:

  • There is no need to fast or change your diet on the day before or the day of the procedure. You will just need to show up and the type of graft you will be getting will be confirmed.
  • You will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment. You’ll be given medication for pain and discomfort that may make it unsafe for your to drive.
  • Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be done.
  • The procedure usually doesn’t take long. Once the procedure is finished the graft will be sutured up. You will likely then wash your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Discussion of care will follow the procedure to make sure it heals completely.

If gum grafting in Boston is something you are interested in, please schedule an appointment with us today. Our team of dentists are experienced and ready to help you make the decision for gum grafting or give you other options.

Another Option: Pinhole Surgical Technique

If something less invasive is what you are looking for to help with receding gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be what you are looking for. The treatment is usually done in one visit, and patients typically have needed only over the counter pain medicine for the minor discomfort they may feel post treatment.

When the procedure is performed the affected teeth are cleaned and prepared. Then the gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small entry point is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth that need to be treated. Next a specialized instrument is used to free the gum tissues at the entry point and gently move the gums down to their proper position. Then a small angled instrument helps to pass collagen strips or gum graft material through the entry point and place them under the gums. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is beneficial to the individual by: improving their level of comfort, speeding up procedure time, and providing instant results.

If the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Boston sounds like something that would benefit you, our team at Dental Partners of Boston, is ready to help you feel confident in your smile again. Schedule an appointment today.

Consider Saving A Tooth Before Removing It!

Can you Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing along with six-month dental check-ups, can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes thought your teeth may have an infection or disease which needs additional care. When possible, talk with your boston dentist to consider treatments that can save your teeth instead of losing them.

Getting your tooth pulled because you think it’s easier or most cost-effective is not a always a good reason to lose a natural tooth. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and start to disfigure your smile. Tooth extraction often is more painful that the infection itself, and replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one, such as a dental implant, requires additional appointments that can add up quickly.

What is a root canal?

There is a common misconception that root canals are painful. In reality, a root canal helps relieve tooth pain and helps to save your tooth by removing the infected tooth nerve and pulp. White enamel and a hard layer called dentin create the structure of a tooth. These layers house a soft, delicate tissue called pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissues that helped the tooth develop.

A root canal targets the inside of the tooth. This becomes necessary when the pulp is inflamed or becomes infected. Tooth decay, cracks and chips can all be causes of the infection inside your tooth. If left untreated, the infection of your tooth’s pulp can lead to severe pain and an oral abscess.

Treatment includes removal of the infected pulp, and the area is carefully cleaned and disinfected by your Boston Dentist. Once complete a dental crown or filling will be placed on top for added protection. After a root canal, the tooth is still fully functional.

What if my tooth has to be removed?

Sometimes a root canal isn’t enough to save a tooth. When this happens and a tooth needs to be removed, and as mentioned above, dental implants are a great option. Dental implants are not only a popular way to replace missing teeth but they are effective as well. They are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.

The development and use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry over the past 40 years. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Posts are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a study anchor for a replacement teeth.

If you are looking for an office that performs root canals in Boston or dental implants, then schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today. Our experienced dentists will work with you to develop your unique treatment plan to create your healthy, and beautiful smile!

Periodontists Who Use Lasers Are Becoming More Commonplace

Lasers are a relatively new tool in the dental field. Laser dentistry can be used in a variety of applications, and more uses for these powerful medical tools are evolving every day. It rapidly is becoming an everyday tool a dentist office, especially at Dental Partners of Boston.

The medical laser is becoming more and more commonplace. They not only help with medical procedures but can also help dentists perform different types of dental procedures more easily. Boston Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, has benefited from the use of a laser as a versatile tool in our dental office. Some of the more common applications of lasers include:

●    Preparing teeth for fillings

●    Removing plaque from teeth

●    Activating whitening agents

●    Laser Gum surgery

Lasers use a focused beam of light to wipe out and remove diseased or unhealthy tissue while at the same time keeping healthy tissue intact better than traditional methods such as gum grafts.

Not only have studies proven that healing times are reduced but patients like you have experienced added benefits of laser treatment as well . Because of these remarkable and beneficial results, we are seeing more and more use of lasers when treating gum disease and for re-contouring gums. When lasers are used in the correct way the procedure is faster and more comfortable for the patient with a significant reduction in bleeding, tissue damage and post-treatment discomfort. Incisions do not need to be sewn up, since they are closed by the action of the laser. They also tend to heal more quickly.

Other oral surgeries can also benefit from lasers. If you have growths in your mouth that need to be removed, laser dentistry can make this procedure less traumatic. Lasers are efficient, highly accurate, safe, and fast when used by an experienced team of dentists like those at Dental Partners of Boston. Your time in the dental chair will be more comfortable, and often it speeds up your recovery. All from the simple change of a more modern surgical tool.

If you are suffering from gum disease and have nowhere else to turn, then laser gum treatment could be the solution you are looking for. At Dental Partners of Boston we offer LANAP as a possible option for treating extreme cases of gum disease. LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is a newer treatment that has been approved for the correction of advanced gum disease. If you have looked for offices who are skilled in LANAP in Boston, look no further. Dr. Guzman is a certified periodontist that can provide this procedure. He will work with you to determine if LANAP is the right choice for your unique case and will ensure you to feel comfortable with your treatment plan

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What Causes Teeth To Stain?

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Stained teeth can make an otherwise beautiful smile look unattractive. The fact is it’s easy to stain your teeth. Just like any food or drink that will stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth, too. Even though stained teeth are common, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. The first step to a brighter, whiter smile is to learn exactly what causes stained teeth. The next, and most important, step is to come in to Dental Partners of Boston where our Boston cosmetic dentists can help you find which solution is best for your smile.

Dental professionals have identified three main categories of tooth discoloration:

1)Extrinsic Teeth Stains
2) Intrinsic Teeth Stains
3) Age-related Teeth Stains.

Extrinsic Teeth Stains

An extrinsic tooth stain is staining of the surface of the tooth. It happens when stain particles, like residue from food and drink, build-up in the film of protein that covers the tooth enamel. Extrinsic tooth stains are typically caused by:

  • Tobacco
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Cola Drinks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Hard Candy
  • Berries
  • Tomato Sauce

These items don’t usually have an immediate effect on the teeth, but can effect them over time. It is wise to drink plenty of water after consuming any of these and to brush your teeth regularly and attend your regular dental cleanings.

Intrinsic Teeth Stains

An intrinsic tooth stain is staining below the surface of the tooth. It occurs when stain-causing particles work through the exterior of the tooth and accumulate within the tooth enamel. Excessive fluoride use also has been associated with intrinsic stains, especially in children. An intrinsic tooth stain is trickier to remove, but it can be done. An intrinsic tooth stain may require bleaching using professional methods or an at-home chemical teeth whitening products.

Age-Related Teeth Stains

Age-related teeth stains combine the results of both intrinsic and extrinsic tooth discoloration.  Because the core tissue of your teeth, the dentin, naturally yellows over time, teeth will discolor with age. As we age, the enamel that covers the tooth becomes thinner, allowing the dentin to show through. These intrinsic causes of discoloration combined with extrinsic causes such as the effects of certain foods and beverages will cause most adults’ teeth to discolor with age.

We Offer The Solution

We know that some teeth discoloration is inevitable,  whether it’s caused from extrinsic or intrinsic sources or it’s just happened because of age. Because of this we have made it easy to find a teeth whitening solution for you. We have both at-home and in-office teeth whitening options. Both options are fairly simple and may be exactly what you are looking for. We know that these solutions can help you achieve the beautiful and bright smile that you’ve wanted and will help you say goodbye to those discolored teeth. If you have been looking for a Boston Cosmetic Dentist, look no further. We can help you with your teeth whitening needs and will help you feel confident in your smile. Schedule an appointment with us today!

If You’re A Runner Are You At Risk For Worse Oral Health?

If you are a runner you might be prone to worse oral health. Visit Dental Partners of Boston to check your oral health today
Many who run know that there are many physical and mental benefits from running.  It helps improve our metabolism, state of mind, and gives us more energy than we might have otherwise.  But did you also know that if you are a runner you also have the risk of having worse oral health? The discussion of running has magazines, books, training, and more encouraging us to run and stay active, but the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports a few years ago conducted a study looking at negative effects of running.

Runners do have their fair share of sport related injuries, but many do not consider any effects that could cause problems with your oral health.  The German scientists who were conducting the study found that tri-athletes are more prone to teeth erosion and cavities compared to non-athletes. This study also showed that additionally athletes who trained more often and harder than other athletes were at an even higher risk of poor oral health.  What would be causing this to happen?

What Causes Poor Oral Health In Athletes?

What the study showed was that this deterioration actually came about from the larger amounts of carbohydrates athletes take in to keep feeding their body while they are active.  It takes a larger amount of calories to maintain an athletes level of energy than that of an average person.  A lot of these carbohydrates come from sports drinks, gels, bars and other foods that can decreate the PH level inside of your mouth to below 5.5.  A lower PH level can result in eroded teeth and a higher chance of cavities.  Additionally there is the fact that the majority of athletes breath more through their mouths which leads to dry mouth. Dry mouth happens when you have less saliva, which can actually protect your teeth from cavities and damage.

What Can Prevent Bad Oral Health For Athletes?

Based on the findings of this study large physical activity can have a detrimental effect on our oral health.  Does that mean we shouldn’t exercise? Of course not!  Our bodies need to be in motion to remain healthy, and there are many other benefits from physical activity as well.  But if you are involved in higher endurance training it probably is best to schedule an appointment with one of our dentist to ensure that you don’t have any cavities or damage to your teeth that could cause additional problems down the road.

If you have had damage such as a chipped tooth, or a damaged tooth that needs to be replaced the dentists at Dental Partners of Boston can help you bring back your healthy smile. Also you can come in and we can build a custom sport mouth guard as well to protect your teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today to let us help you protect your beautiful smile!

 

Can Poor Dental Health Increase The Chance of Depression?

In an age of unlimited research, there are so many topics and items that are being discussed that had not been addressed before. One item that has been brought up a lot more in recent years are how our physical health affects our mental health.  There have been some very interesting pieces of research recently that have covered have embraced virtually every aspect of my life in one way or another. Of course our interest is in the area of dental health,  and there is a lot of ongoing research into how the condition of our mouths can affect other parts of our bodies — both negatively and positively.  The topic of this article is how our oral health can potentially cause depression.

Depression Affects Many Of Us

In the past few years you perhaps have noticed that many people you know are starting to become more open that they suffer from some degree of depression. From working in the medical field we see how many various medications our patients are prescribed. Patients are taking a myriad of anti-depressant medications.  It does make some of our Boston Dentists if their might be any correlation between mental health and oral health.

Some Scientists Did Ask That Question

Researchers in Geelong, Australia looked into the correlation between oral health and depression. They gathered very interesting data from more than 10,000 patients. They found that when they considered poor dental health and depression that a patient with more dental conditions had greater or more severe depression.

For the study, researchers utilized data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  It showed that 61 percent of the participants who reported depression also reported the presence of oral pain over the past year.  Also more than half of the study participants reported that they considered their own oral health to be only in fair or even poor condition.

While there has not yet been extensive study into the context of poor dental health and its correlation to mental health, this study does provide a “snapshot” so to speak that will open the door for further investigation. 

Perhaps, down the road, we will see some significant innovative therapies and even preventative interventions be born from this research.  In the meantime, please don’t neglect your mouth. 

Schedule An Appointment Today

Your Boston Dentist can evaluate, identify and treat any gum disease in any member of your family.  Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today and we can help you improve your oral health! 

How Long Does It Take To Adjust New Dentures in Boston

There are many different reasons that can cause tooth loss.  From trauma, gum disease, poor oral health care, genetics or another factor. One affordable option that many patients choose to replace these missing teeth are dentures, or they will opt for dental implants. Dental implants in Boston can be a great option to replace a missing tooth, and at times a partial denture may need to be used while your dental implant is healing.  So there can be multiple reasons that a patient would need to have a denture, which in turn means there will be needs for dentures.  It is estimated that there are over 35 million Americans that have had dentures and have had to go through the adjustment of learning how to use them to speak, eat, and function throughout the day.  We will talk about what can be expected if you are interested in dentures and how they can be more comfortable than dentures of the past.

How Do Dentures Feel In The Beginning?

Once you have worked with your Boston Prosthodontist to get your dentures in place you will probably notice how different they feel at first. This is completely normal and that can include some gum tenderness and a bigger increase in saliva in your mouth.

Typically you will need to schedule an additional appointment in a few weeks so that some adjustments can be made to help it fit better in your mouth and relieve any kind of pressure you might feel.

Remember, that it can sometimes take awhile to feel comfortable and become used to having the dentures in your mouth.

How Long Does It Take To Become Used To Your New Dentures?

Most patients adjust to having dentures within a few weeks, but there are a few things to consider as far as your comfort level. Such as having had other dental surgery such as teeth being extracted or gum disease treatment your gums are going to be more prone to irritation.

Every patient’s case is going to be unique, and it’s especially important to follow your Boston Prosthodontist’s recommendations for every step of the process. It is the best way to help you adjust to your new dentures and become more comfortable in your mouth.

How To Make The Transition To Dentures Easier

Below are a few recommendations from Dental Partners of Boston‘s Prosthodontists:

  • Start by eating soft foods and slowly work towards smaller pieces of solid food. Try the best that you can to chew evenly on both sides of your mouth to prevent your denture from tipping on one side.
  • For the first few weeks be extra careful with hot foods or any foods with a sharp edge.
  • Reading or even singing a song out loud can help you feel more comfortable to speak.  If your dentures start to make a clicking sound then speak or sing more slowly.
  • Keep your denture and gum tissue clean with good oral hygiene habits at home.
  • Schedule follow-up appointments for any adjustments that need to be made.

If you are considering dentures or are in need of dentures after having dental implants placed consider the experienced Boston Prosthodontists at Dental Partners of Boston. Schedule an appointment with us today!

 

How Are Psoriasis, Gum Disease & Smoking Related?

Back in 2014 there was a study conduced within Hungary to look at a potential link between Psoriasis and Gum Disease, also known as Periodontitis, because surprisingly both of these conditions are caused by inflammation. The researchers at the Facility of Dentistry at the University of Szeged in Hungary worked with the university’s dermatology department, and took in volunteers to monitor and determine of their might potentially be a link between these conditions.  Within Hungary there are many who also smoke which also ended up being added to the study as well because it became another significant factor as the study progressed. The results of the study we will get to in a minute.

Even though you may not have Psoriasis there is a big possibility that you do have some form of gum disease.  According to the CDC nearly half of the US population has gum disease, and it is a condition that can cause severe problems if it is not treated. Gum disease is a condition that causes more than red, swollen & bleeding gums. It is a condition that can cause tooth loss and bone loss, not to mention the fact that it can also contribute to other conditions that can be detrimental to your health. It must be treated sooner than later, and that is why you should schedule an appointment with our Boston Periodontist if you have noticed any symptoms such as:

  • Puffy red gums
  • Bleeding gums after brushing
  • Tenderness when they are touched
  • Puss between your teeth and gums
  • Severely bad breath
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Painful chewing

Some of those symptoms sound fairly severe and can be if you do not address some of the minor symptoms first.  Gum Disease treatment in Boston is so much easier to address when you schedule an appointment and let our Periodontist Dr. Guzman treat it before it can start to lead to worse symptoms that include tooth and bone loss.

Now back to the study results. It was found that those who did have Psoriasis were more prone to have gum disease. Added to that, if they were smokers the severity of the gum disease or are more at risk for having gum disease.  We all must be vigilant in maintaining proper brushing and flossing to prevent gum disease from becoming a problem that can take more time and expense than we would want in-order to be treated.  Schedule an appointment with us today if you are concerned you may have symptoms of gum disease and let our Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, work with you on a treatment plan to heal your gums and improve your quality of life.