HAVE YOU BEEN TEMPTED ON OCCASION TO cancel or postpone your regular 6-month checkups? It’s OK to admit it. We’ve all been tempted to do so. It’s probably because—regardless of your insurance situation—checkups feel like an “expense”, right?
The Truth Is, Checkups Save You Money (and hassle)
In reality, studies show that preventive care typically SAVES you money over time by helping you avoid far more serious (and expensive) treatments down the road.
You already know the value of regular oil changes for your car. It’s the same principle. The little investment every few thousand miles helps your vehicle run better for years longer than it would otherwise—AND helps you avoid much larger, more costly repairs.
The remarkable dentists and team members here at Dental Partners of Boston can make it possible for you to keep your teeth for life—a huge benefit that your ancestors didn’t enjoy. In the “old days”, people just assumed that they would end up with false teeth when they reached their fifties or sixties. But today, the key to keeping your teeth for life is regular maintenance. It just takes a little bit of preventive dental care.
Typically, A Twice-Each-Year Checkup Will Include:
Looking for Tooth Decay – Old fillings and other treatments need more frequent examination and x-rays than untouched teeth. The more dental restoration that’s been done in the past on a specific tooth, the more attention it will need over time. If there’s microscopic space between the tooth structure and the filling it can result in decay. Catch this early to avoid losing the tooth.
Checking for Changes in Soft Tissue – Checking for signs of oral cancer is a huge part of your routine checkup. Did you know, according to the oral cancer foundation, that the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma)? Don’t take the risk.
Examining Your Bite – An unbalanced bite can not only damage your teeth, but also wear on your joints and cause arthritic problems. Your bite should be checked to be sure that teeth are in harmony with each other.
Checking for Gum Disease – Gum disease is the #1 reason people lose teeth. It’s often called a “quiet destroyer”, because it progresses slowly causing inflammation and regression in your jawbone that supports your teeth. Without checkups, by the time you notice something wrong it may be too late.
Examining Your Breath – Sure… It’s not a subject we like to talk about. Problem is, many people are unaware they have bad breath. And plaque (not what you eat) is the most common cause of this condition. Our team can help.
Don’t Wait. Really.
Don’t wait until something hurts. Visit with our practice. We love to hear from you. Mom was right—an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
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Contact us to be sure your next routine checkup is scheduled!
DO YOU HAVE PRE-TEENS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD right now? And are you in the middle of trying to make the best decision about straightening their teeth? Perhaps you should be considering Invisalign from Dental Partners of Boston as one of your options!
Invisalign Advantages For Your Child
Of course, as with any dental-related treatment, there’s never a universal “right answer” for every person. However, in many cases Invisalign is the perfect solution for your son or daughter. Here are just a few things to consider:
Invisalign braces are nearly invisible. You KNOW how self conscious they are!
Maintain better oral hygiene. Remove them to easily brush and floss.
They’re cost effective. We’ll outline Invisalign’s great value for you.
They’re more comfortable. Less irritation to gums and cheeks.
Your child can eat the foods he or she enjoys. You know how kids are!
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Invisalign Is Often An Optimal Solution
Invisalign’s clear aligners provide the best of both worlds. Not only do they straighten your child’s teeth like regular braces, but they also allow your son or daughter to maintain a confident smile during treatment—without all that metal.
Your Child Can Learn More From Invisalign Teen’s Facebook Page
Invisalign Teen has a Facebook page where other teens have shared their experiences with Invisalign. Have your son or daughter learn more about it. By doing so, you don’t have to “nag” all the time. They’re on the same page—and that makes completing treatment a lot less stressful on your relationship.
Let Us Help You Decide What’s Best For Your Child
Let our Invisalign experts here at Dental Partners of Boston help you make this important decision about the best method for straightening your child’s teeth. You can trust our recommendations. We only want the very best solution for you and your family. Bring your teen in with you for a consultation. We want to directly answer all of his or her questions—in addition to yours.
If You Have Questions…
Leave us a comment below if you have any questions, OR you’re always welcome to send us a private message on our Facebook page. We’ll respond quickly. And, thanks for being our valued patients and friends. We appreciate the trust you place in our practice.
OCCASIONALLY, WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR, do you ask yourself what things would change in life if you had a drop-dead-gorgeous smile? What effect would that confidence have in your day-to-day activities? Your relationships? How would that increase in confidence affect the way you approach other people and carry yourself through the day?
According to recent surveys, MANY people are not proud of their smiles?
65% of the people asked believe that a beautiful smile not only helps people psychologically, but also in their career pursuits.
75% of the people asked DON’T feel confident when they smile for a photograph.
Over 45% admit to making judgements about other people simply based on the way their smile looks.
Over 65% are convinced that an attractive smile helps significantly in one’s romantic pursuits. Surprised? Probably not.
Consider A Smile Makeover
Smile makeovers utilize one or more integrated procedures to improve smile aesthetics. In some cases work may be done on your gum line to change the proportional relationship between your teeth and your gums. In other cases the length, the shape and/or the color of your teeth are modified. Teeth often also need to be straightened through conventional, invisible or “instant” orthodontics. And many times, smile makeovers include using cosmetic veneers to cover existing teeth.
Each Smile Is Unique
Remember that smile makeovers are as individual as people are. Although you may admire a famous movie star’s smile, that doesn’t necessarily mean THEIR particular smile will suit YOU. Creating a beautiful smile that’s truly YOURS merges art, science, and experience—the experience found here at Dental Partners of Boston.
Smile Makeover Questions?
We’d love to answer your questions. Share your question in the comments section below. Or, you’re always welcome to send us a private message on our Facebook page. We’ll answer your question(s) promptly!
Thanks for being a valued Dental Partners of Boston patient!
HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON we are constantly urging our patients to exercise good oral care. Unfortunately, what even the most consistent brushers and flossers may not realize, is that there is a right and a wrong way of taking care of your teeth! So, here are some tips from our doctors that we thought you’d find helpful!
Brush for a full two minutes, twice a day. Brushing for under two minutes means you aren’t effectively brushing your teeth, and some plaque may get left behind!
Watch yourself in the mirror and focus on brushing every section of your mouth. Don’t forget the gum line! That’s where plaque and tartar love to settle.
Focus on technique. Your enamel consists of tons of tiny delicate glass-like rods that are easily damaged. In order to avoid damaging it, don’t brush side-to-side! Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and brush in circular motions!
Don’t brush too hard. Like we said, your enamel is easy to damage. Brushing too hard can result in sensitive teeth, gum recession, cracks, and abfraction lesions.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replace it every 3 months to minimize germs. This is another way to ensure you aren’t hurting your teeth each time you brush them.
Choose the right toothpaste. If your teeth are sensitive, stay away from baking-soda toothpastes, as they are a little harder on your smile. Your best bet is probably sticking with something ADA-approved and gentle on your mouth.
FLOSS! We can’t stress the importance of flossing enough. Simply brushing your teeth isn’t going to get out all the plaque. Though it’s great at removing bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, toothbrushes just can’t reach those tight spaces in between your teeth. If you want to avoid cavities and decay—floss your teeth daily.
Rinse with mouthwash. This will ensure you’ve really killed all the bacteria in your mouth after brushing and flossing
Well, there you have it! Some helpful tips on the best way to take care of your smile. Your oral health is our number one priority.
Please contact our practiceor leave a comment below if you have any additional questions about the best way to take care of your smile!
TOOTH LOSS IS SOMETHING WE DO OUR UTMOST TO PREVENT here at Dental Partners of Boston. However, sometimes it just simply can’t be avoided. Fortunately, thanks to modern-day technologies, walking around with gaps in your smile is no longer something you’ll have to live with. For cases with only one or two missing teeth, dental implants may be the best plan of action. For more serious cases, like those of you with 3 or more missing teeth, or hardly any teeth left at all, we recommend dentures.
Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we offer both complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when very little of your original teeth remain. One of our highly specialized dentists will first remove any of your remaining teeth so that your dentures can be fitted. Next, a mold of your gums will be created and sent it off to a dental lab that will create your customized set of dentures. Oh, and don’t worry—we will fit you with a temporary set until your permanent dentures are finished!
Partial dentures are recommended for patients with only a few missing teeth. Not only do partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, they prevent other teeth from changing position. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we are also pleased to offer implant-supported dentures.
If you are missing teeth, or have a loved one or friend that is, request an appointment with one of our dental specialists today. We will work with you to create a individualized plan that best fits your specific needs. There’s no need to live with those gaps any longer! It’s time to fill in the holes and give you a smile you’re proud of.
THOUGH IT MAY SEEM ODD, hormonal changes in women’s bodies during pregnancy actually increase their risk of dental health problems. Not only can this affect the mother’s overall health, it can affect the baby’s birth as well. Multiple studies have found links between gum disease and complications during pregnancy…most of which end up resulting in premature births. That is why it’s even more important for women to focus on having sound oral health when they are expecting.
Because gum disease is a greater threat for pregnant women, here are some ways to help prevent it:
Brush your teeth twice a day.
Floss once daily.
Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash daily.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Visit our practice regularly during your pregnancy.
Signs of gum disease include swollen/red gums, bleeding (especially when brushing), and soreness in the gums, and you should make an appointment with one of our doctors asap if symptoms develop. Fortunately, here at Dental Partners of Boston, thanks to the many advanced treatments our periodontists offer, we can help you manage and reverse your gum disease. Soft tissue grafts can help decrease sensitivity, cover up exposed roots, and replace missing tissue.
So, take care of your mouth! And be extra careful if you’re pregnant. We look forward to serving you.
HERE AT OUR PRACTICE WE ARE ALL ABOUT making sure our patients have great oral hygiene and healthy smiles. As you probably already know, the most effective way to preserve the health of your teeth and gums is to maintain a great oral hygiene routine. This obviously means daily brushing and flossing, but what a lot of people seem to forget is that it includes regular examinations and professional cleanings too!
Dental Partners of Boston is one of the nation’s most respected dental practices, and that is because we offer the highest level of dental care available. When you come in for general dentistry services, you can be assured that you will be in the best of hands. Like we said before, your oral health is our number one priority.
Our complete oral exams include:
Low-Radiation X-Rays: A simple x-Ray will allow us to detect decay, cysts, tumors, and bone loss. They also allow us the ability to determine the position of your teeth and roots.
Oral Cancer Screening: These complimentary screenings include a thorough exam of the neck, face, tongue, lips, throat, tissues, and gums to detect signs of oral cancer. Gum Disease Evaluation: Our team checks your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth for signs of periodontal disease.
Tooth Decay Screening: All tooth surfaces are examined for decay. Examination of Your Existing Restorations: The conditions of our existing fillings and crowns are evaluated.
Smile Analysis: For those patients who are unhappy with their smiles, we can create the smile of their dreams.
Occlusion Analysis: Our dentists are trained to evaluate your bite for occlusion problems. Improper bites can contribute to TMJ and affect the overall structure of your face.
THAT’S RIGHT—THIS UPCOMING MONTH HIGHLIGHTS oral cancer awareness and prevention. Did you know that oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer, and 40,000 new patients are diagnosed each year!? Those are some scary statistics, and that’s why we at Dental Partners of Boston are here to help.
Oral cancer typically begins with a tiny red or white spot somewhere in the mouth that oftentimes goes unnoticed. It most commonly involves the lips or the tongue, but it can also occur on the gums, cheek lining, or floor/roof of the mouth. Oral cancer can be caused by a variety of things, but smoking and tobacco use are the biggest culprits. Alcohol use also increases your risk of oral cancer.
Typical symptoms involve difficulty chewing/swallowing, tongue problems, mouth sores, weight loss, swollen lymphnodes, etc. If you have any of these symptoms, and think you may be a victim of oral cancer, please come visit us as soon as you can.
Early detection and preventative care go a long way in eliminating problems in the future. So, don’t wait until you start noticing symptoms to get checked!! Our skilled Boston dentists perform free oral cancer screenings and examinations each time you come in for a routine cleaning! That’s just one of the many reasons people from all over New England choose Dental Partners of Boston for their dental care.
Your comfort and well-being are our number one priority, so take care of yourself, and your mouth! Your oral and overall health will thank you!
HAVING A SMILE YOU ARE PROUD OF CAN DO MUCH MORE than make you feel beautiful. In fact, smiling has been proven to boost immune systems, change moods, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and even bring success. However, some people don’t feel comfortable flashing their smiles to passersby all day long when they are burdened with discolored, crowded, aging, and/or crooked teeth. That’s where Dental Partners of Boston comes into play.
No need to worry about visiting a million dentists to fix your smile—all of our dentists and specialists work in the same practice, giving you the convenience of one-stop dentistry and coordinated care.
So, if your teeth have been neglected over the years, or are badly crooked and/or stained, request a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. It’s time to restore your teeth and bring back your bright smile!
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THERE IS A HUGE MISCONCEPTION ABOUT ROOT CANAL TREATMENT—everyone is scared it is going to be painful! What most people don’t realize is that the actual infectionis what hurts, and the endodontic treatment we use to heal it is no more painful than filling a cavity!
There’s nothing to be afraid of! Root canals are actually one of the most common dental procedures: nearly 16 million are performed in the United States alone each year! Don’t let the rumors you’ve heard about the procedure scare you away. Like we said, it isn’t the procedure that hurts—it’s the pain you’re already dealing with that causes the discomfort!
Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we have great experience with endodontic treatment. After an initial comprehensive exam, we will determine the best treatment plan for your particular case. Then, along with our advanced technologies and highly effective anesthetics, our multi-specialty team will perform the procedure painlessly and efficiently—alleviating your discomfort and leaving your mouth a much happier place!
The personal touch our doctors place on every procedure they perform is what makes Dental Partners of Boston the #1 practice of choice in all of New England. If you are experiencing any oral discomfort, or have any additional questions about endodontics, come visit with our team! It’s time to say goodbye to the pain, and hello to a healthier smile!
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