Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore A Missing Tooth

WHILE MANY PEOPLE readily acknowledge the aesthetic problems of a missing tooth, they don’t know about the health risks that it poses. The longer you let a gap in your teeth stay, the more problematic it can become.

1. Shifting Teeth And Misalignment

When one tooth is lost, your other teeth move to fill the gap. This can cause issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth.

2. Open Spaces In Your Gums Increase Infection

Basically, a missing tooth leaves an open wound in your gums, with deep pockets for bacteria to hide in. This causes gum disease, which will result in receding gums and possible more lost teeth.

3. Lost Bone Structure In Your Jaw

The bone mass in your jaw is dependent on the connection with your teeth. Once a tooth is gone, the jaw’s bone mass deteriorates. This causes instability for the surrounding teeth and it can lead to a visible loss of bone structure in your face.

4. Dental Implants Are A Great Solution

Up until a few years ago, the most common solution was a bridge. A bridge is helpful in preventing shifting teeth, but it doesn’t address the lost bone mass or the increased infection risk.

Modern dentistry has developed another method of dealing with missing teeth—a method that’s taken off, thanks to its high functionality, high success rate, and the fact that it’s a permanent solution: dental implants!

For a dental implant, we first plant a small post, or rod, into your gums. This imitates the function of your natural tooth’s root, reaching down and fusing to the jawbone. Once the rod is well-established, we put a permanent crown over it, which looks and functions just like your natural tooth.

Leaving An Empty Space Is Bad For Your Mouth’s Health

Whether or not we recommend dental implants for your case will depend on a number of factors. However, our team wants to make sure that you realize that finding a solution for missing teeth isn’t an option- it’s something that needs to be done. The longer you wait, the more problematic it will be. So if you have a missing tooth, be sure to talk to us about your options.

If you have any questions for our team, let us know! Write a comment below, or give us a call.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

How To Make A Great First Impression

YOU’RE GOING OUT for the night, and you want to make a good impression. What are you spending your time on? Hair? Clothes? Makeup? How about your teeth?

According to a recent survey conducted by match.com, the first thing that singles judge the opposite sex on is their teeth. Surprised? Think about it for a second. When you see someone with good teeth, it indicates that they have good health, and that they take good care of their appearance.

Not only that, but we make a lot of assumptions about smiles. Smiling people are perceived to be more successful, more confident, and more friendly.

You Only Have A Few Seconds…

For better or worse, it takes about 30 seconds for people to make an initial evaluation of your personality, career success, intelligence and priorities. In fact, some experts estimate that it takes as little as 7 seconds. So how do you make sure that those first 7 seconds go your way?

Take good care of your smile! Over a third of Americans are unhappy with their smiles. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we can help with that. We have experience with cosmetic dentistry, and when we plan your smile makeover, we take care to match your new smile to your face shape, your skin tone, and even your personality.

We Offer A Wide Range Of Options

Talk to us about your options. Our practice has all the facilities and resources that you’ll need, along with the team you already know and trust. We can give you a simple fix with bonding or whitening, an overall adjustment with veneers, or more in-depth procedures like implants or orthodontics.

Let us know if you have any questions about our treatments, or about your own smile.

With trusted procedures, and your continued routine of home oral care, you can make a fantastic first impression every time.

Thanks so much for your continued trust in our practice!

Troubleshooting Your Bad Breath

WANT FRESH BREATH? Of course you do—we all do! The team here at Dental Partners of Boston knows that bad breath is embarrassing. It can cause friends and acquaintances to pull away, and it’s a surefire way to kill a romantic situation.

How Do You Know If You Have Bad Breath?

Many people with bad breath aren’t aware of the problem. You can check yourself with this test: lick the back of your hand, wait for your saliva to dry, then check how it smells.

Troubleshooting The Causes Of Bad Breath

Have you brushed today?

Bad oral hygiene is the single most common and most easily-fixed cause of bad breath. Brush after meals, floss every day, and don’t neglect your tongue! 80% of odor-causing bacteria is hanging out there.

Have you brushed this month?

More serious oral health problems can also contribute to bad breath. So if you’ve been neglecting oral hygiene for a while, you may have gum disease, lost teeth, or an abscess, all of which will cause bad breath.

Did you eat strongly-flavored food last night?

Strong foods can linger on your breath for a long time. Mix fresh fruits and veggies in your diet to sweeten breath and scrub your mouth.

Are you feeling sick?

Colds can cause bad breath, thanks to increased mucus and postnasal drip. Drink lots of water, and get better soon.

Have you checked your meds?

Many common medications cause dry mouth, and dry mouth is a major contributor to bad breath (and cavities!) Check the labels of your medications, and talk to your doctor if dry mouth is becoming a problem.

If None Of These Factors Are Causing It…

Still not sure what’s causing your bad breath? Talk to us! We know it can be awkward, but we’re here to help, and a closer look will help us find the problem.

P.S. Did You Know…

Most people pop a breath mint when they worry about bad breath, but sugary mints just mask, and even feed, the problem! We advise you to opt for sugar-free gum and mints when you’re looking for a quick solution and don’t have time to brush.

Do you have any questions about bad breath? Let us know! And thank you for your trust and participation in our practice. We love our patients!

Let’s Get Serious About Invisalign

YOU MAY THINK THAT Invisalign is just about avoiding the silver smile. While it’s true that that’s a great advantage of clear aligners, there’s more to it than that. We want to get serious for a second about the reasons that we offer Invisalign for our valued patients here at Dental Partners of Boston.

Some REAL Ways Invisalign Can Benefit You

  1. You’ll have better oral hygiene while you’re wearing them. Since you take out the trays to eat, and carefully clean your teeth before placing the trays back in, you’ll develop some great habits to keep throughout your life.
  2. Your hygienist’s job will be much easier. Just as your home care will be easier than it would be with braces, so will your professional cleanings.
  3. Trays can serve a dual purpose, and protect your teeth from night grinding and even sports injuries.
  4. The smooth plastic will be more comfortable than metal wires and brackets, which sometimes cause sores and irritation.
  5. They’re removable, so you can eat whatever you want! (As long as you brush afterward)

And of course, there’s the looks! For many adults, the biggest thing holding them back is fear of reverting back to an awkward teenager. With Invisalign, you don’t have to let that stop you.

Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Your Oral Health

Whether you choose Invisalign or traditional braces from our practice, the results will be spectacular. Even more than the aesthetic benefits, orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health in the long run. It can solve (or prevent) problems with malocclusion like TMD and uneven wear on your teeth. It also gets rid of crowded teeth, which give plaque places to hide, even when you brush your teeth.

So ask us about our options for adult orthodontics. You can call today for a smile consultation, where we can determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you.

We can’t thank you enough for your trust and participation in our practice. We appreciate you!

Advice For Sports Fans From Dental Partners Of Boston

IT MAY BE COLD OUT THERE, but that doesn’t stop the true sports fans from getting in the game. While you’re out there, though, Dental Partners of Boston wants to make sure that you’re aware of the risks to your oral health.

How Important, Really, Is A Mouth Guard?

It’s really important. Think about it: what’s more expensive—a mouth guard or treatment for a dental emergency?

Many people just take a chance, assuming they won’t be unlucky enough to lose a tooth. But check out these stats:

  • You have a 10% chance of sustaining an orofacial injury each season that you’re playing a contact sport.
  • Throughout an athletic career, your chances are at least 1 in 3.

So don’t risk it. Ask us about sports guards. There are plenty of options out there to suit your needs.

A Reminder About Sports Drinks

Sports drinks can be as harmful as soda. They’re just as sugary and acidic, and because of timing, they can cause even more problems. You drink sports drinks when you’re dehydrated. But when you’re dehydrated, you’re probably experiencing dry mouth—a lack of protective saliva in your mouth to rebalance the pH level in your mouth.

So drink your sports drinks before you get hydrated, not after. Rinse them down with water, and opt for water when you’re off the court.

And A Special Note For Swimmers

For those who spend more than 6 hours a week in the pool, there may be a risk of swimmer’s calculus. This is caused by overexposure of your teeth to chemically-treated water. It causes increased tartar deposits, usually on your front teeth. If you’re finding the telltale signs of swimmer’s calculus, don’t worry! A simple cleaning by our team can usually clear it up completely.

Questions? 

If you have any questions about the oral health risks associated with sports, ask us. And remember, should a problem happen, we’re available to help with your dental emergencies.

Thanks for your trust in our practice. We’re grateful for patients like you!

Defy Age With Your Smile

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IS YOUR SMILE KEEPING YOU young, or is it aging you? A genuine smile, especially when it’s well-taken-care-of, can have a powerful impact on your life.

Simply Smiling Can Make You Look Younger

For instance, check out this study. In Germany, men and women were asked to judge the ages of people in 1000 photographs. Those photographed were wearing smiles, frowns, and neutral expressions. While the age of those with neutral expressions were judged fairly accurately, people who were smiling in their pictures were usually estimated to be younger than they actually were.

So the lesson here: one of the best, easiest things you can do to look younger is to simply smile!

Ways Your Smile Gives Away Your Age:

What do you do, though, when your smile itself ages? Well, the biggest giveaways can be counteracted with good home care, and trusted procedures from our team here at Dental Partners of Boston.

1. Staining

Over time, tiny cracks appear in your tooth enamel. This makes stains from things like cigarette smoke, red wine, and coffee much more pronounced.

Surface stains like this can be lifted with some professional whitening from our office—whether you choose to do a quick Zoom! or BriteSmile in-office procedure, or a home whitening system.

 2. Gum Disease

Your risk of gum disease increases with age, usually due to reduced salivary flow and decreased immune function. So keep flossing, and if you’re seeing signs of gum disease (like puffy or bleeding gums) talk to us about ways to combat it before it develops further. Advanced periodontal disease can cause shifting and lost teeth, and nothing will age you faster than that.

3. Lost Facial Volume

Did you know that some cosmetic dental procedures can work much like a facelift? Your face shows aging effects because it’s lost supportive structure. By using veneers or bonding, we can build up dental support for your cheekbones and your lips, giving your face a more filled-out, youthful appearance.

Questions? 

If you have any questions about ways to improve your smile, and keep it looking young, ask us!

Keep smiling, and keep your smile healthy.

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

How To Create A Flossing Habit

IF YOU’VE EVER talked with our team, you know that flossing is a big priority for us. Why? Well, flossing keeps your gums healthy. And in case you haven’t yet heard how awful gum disease can be, here are some side effects and symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Painful, bleeding gums
  • Loose, shifting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss

Some Simple Tips For Making Flossing A Habit

Few people floss daily, even though they’re familiar with the problems of gum disease. In fact, 60% of Americans KNOW they have gum disease. So…why don’t we floss?

It’s because it’s a hard habit to start! So here are some great tips for forming a good habit like flossing, adapted from the Huffington Post:

  1. Pick A Trigger. A trigger helps you remember to floss. In this case, the obvious trigger is brushing, since that’s already a habit. But here’s a tip: floss BEFORE you brush so that you can avoid that “Oh, I don’t have any time left” excuse.
  2. Start Small. And we mean really small. Just get out your floss, and floss one or two teeth. The next day, do a couple more.
  3. Celebrate! Physically pat yourself on the back. Look in mirror and say out loud “Wow—look at your beautiful teeth. Way to floss like a rock star!” It might feel silly. But your brain is paying attention and it loves the praise.
  4. Focus On The Good. Don’t dwell on things you dislike about flossing. Instead, make it enjoyable for yourself by listening to music, or flossing with flavors and textures that you like. Focus on how good it feels to have your mouth feel so clean.

We do offer periodontal therapy and reconstructive procedures for receding gums. However, we prefer to help you prevent gum disease through regular cleanings and informed home care.

If you have any questions about preventing and managing gum disease, ask us! You can comment below, post on our Facebook, page, or you can always call for a more in-depth conversation.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice!

Feeling Sensitive After Your Whitening?

TEETH-WHITENING IS AWESOME. It’s hands-down the simplest, quickest way to enhance your smile. But every once in a while—whether it’s due to unforeseen conditions or misuse—patients can experience sensitivity after whitening. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we do our best to eliminate pain and discomfort for our patients. But since we can’t be with you all the time, here’s some useful information from our team:

Why Does Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Most of the time, sensitivity is a reaction to whitening agents like peroxide. Especially when you try powerful whitening without the guidance of a dental health professional, the nerves in your teeth can become inflamed from overexposure to bleach.

Sometimes, sensitivity is due to bigger issues like cavities or receding gums. If you have sensitivity that persists days after whitening, make sure to consult us to make sure that there aren’t any problems with your oral health.

A Special Note About At-Home Whitening

It has been estimated that up to 50% of patients using at-home bleaching will experience some level of sensitivity. Usually, this is because they’ve left in the trays for longer than indicated. Make sure that if you’re using our at-home whitening system, you use it according to our guidelines. There’s no need to exceed the time that we set.

The whitening agents are most effective for the amount of time we prescribe. Often, if you go longer, you’re no longer getting effective whitening—just irritation.

What To Do About Sensitive Teeth

If you’re experiencing sensitivity, there ARE some ways to solve it:

  • Cut back on your use of whitening products—whether they’re over-the-counter or from our office.
  • Brush with fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen your tooth enamel.
  • If brushing is causing your gums to be tender, soften your toothbrush with warm water before brushing.
  • Remember, if the sensitivity persists after a few days, give us a call to see if there’s a bigger problem.

If you have any questions—about whitening, sensitivity, or anything else— don’t hesitate to ask! Call, request an appointment, leave a reply below, or post on our Facebook wall. We’re happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you might have.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice!

Some Resolutions For Healthier Teeth In 2013!

THE BEAUTY OF A NEW YEAR is that we all get a fresh start. That’s why our team is sharing a quick list of some habits which you may not know are hurting your teeth.

1. Stop chewing on ice, pens, and fingernails!

These habits may seem innocuous, but they can cause major problems down the road. Chewing on hard objects can crack your teeth, cause misalignment, and inflame your gums. Try carrying some sugarless gum and a nail file with you and see if that helps.

2. Don’t drink so much soda pop!

A 2010 study found that the average American drinks about 45 gallons of carbonated soft drinks in a year. That’s almost twice the amount of bottled water that we drink.

A can of coke is equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar. And for your teeth, it’s not just the sugar you need to be concerned about. Even diet soda is loaded with acid, which wears down your tooth enamel and makes it more vulnerable to cracking and decay. So this year, set a goal and cut back.

3. Limit your midnight snacking.

Snacks can cause problems for your teeth because not as much saliva is produced as during a full meal. This means that your mouth doesn’t have the chance to remineralize, clean, and rebalance.

Snacks are especially a problem when you eat them late at night, or after you’ve brushed your teeth for the night. When you sleep, you don’t produce as much saliva. Your mouth is left unprotected and vulnerable to that chocolate cake that you sampled after you got ready for bed.

So cut back on snacking, and make sure you ALWAYS brush your teeth between eating and sleeping.

Questions? 

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we believe that being your partners in oral healthcare means that you’re informed about effective home care and habits. If you have any questions about these tips, or anything else regarding your oral health, ask us! We love hearing from you! You can comment below, or you can write on our Facebook wall at any time.

Thanks for being our valued patient, and have a Happy New Year!

Dental Partners Of Boston Provides Beautiful Veneer Options

CURIOUS ABOUT VENEERS? Veneers are the perfect way to create an unforgettable smile. But we know that people have a lot of questions about them. Remember that you can always schedule a smile consultation with our team to discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry. In the meantime, here are some answers to common questions about veneers:

How Will They Change The Way I Look?

Besides creating a glamorous smile, veneers can also add support to your mouth and give your entire face a more filled-out look. They can even make your lips look fuller.

How Long Will They Last?

The average life expectancy of veneers is about 10 years, but this is really a rough estimate. Some people need them replaced after 5 years, and some veneers last 30 years or more.

This is because the life of your veneers completely depends on how you treat them. Behaviors like teeth clenching or ice chewing will, of course, wear them down faster. Veneers last longest when you take good care of them.

Will My Natural Teeth Be Healthy?

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we offer minimal-prep veneers, which means usually we do only very minor adjustments to your natural teeth. Your teeth will still be strong and healthy underneath the veneers.

Will They Look Fake?

Absolutely not. Our team is experienced in cosmetic dentistry, and we know how to create the look you want. We match the color of the veneers to your skin tone, and we specially design the size and shape in order to achieve the look that you want.

Do You Have More Questions?

If you have more questions, make sure to set up a smile consultation with our team. You can also leave your question in a comment below, or send us a message on our Facebook page.

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