Dental Care During Pregnancy

QUALITY DENTAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE ON YOUR TEETH IS VITAL when you’re pregnant. Not only is gum disease linked to birth defects such as prematurity, but pregnant women are prone to more oral health issues of their own during those important nine months.

When pregnant, women usually experience more issues with gingivitis and gum problems because of the radical hormone changes. In addition, gums can be more easily irritated, causing inflammation and/or bleeding.

Remember… although hormones do increase the potential for dental problems, plaque is still the underlying cause of most gingivitis problems. This means that carefully maintaining your oral care can significantly reduce potential problems; constant attention better insures a healthy mouth during your pregnancy.

So, what can you do to ensure you maintain YOUR oral health, and YOUR BABY’S health, during pregnancy? The first advice we’ll give is probably exactly what your doctor has been advising you about—eating healthy! Consuming foods with a high sugar content can cause plaque and gingivitis for anybody, but the effects can easily be exaggerated during pregnancy.

It’s important to keep your scheduled dental checkups while you’re pregnant to be sure problems don’t arise. The very best time for these appointments is between your fourth and sixth months of pregnancy. This window is an important time in the baby’s development—and it’s suggested that dental appointments be done BEFORE the last trimester because of added stress during that time.

Everyone wants to stay healthy during their pregnancy to help ensure that their baby will be healthy as well. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the best way to do this. Let us know that you’re pregnant when you contact us so we can best assist you. Be comfortable in knowing that your oral health and your baby’s health are in the best hands.

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All About Dental Sealants

OK…WE KNOW THAT THE TOPIC OF “DENTAL SEALANTS” HARDLY SOUNDS EXCITING, and it may not be the funnest thing to talk about, but this simple and quick procedure is one of the easiest things we can do for you to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Our Doctors here at Dental Partners of Boston recommend that sealants be used as preventive dental care for most children. Unlike adults, children’s teeth have small depressions and grooves in them that make them harder to properly clean by mere brushing alone. Sealants offer protection to these small depressions and grooves and help keep plaque from forming in the small crevices. Even though it’s ideal to get sealants as a child, adults are also often good candidates for them.

Sealants can easily be applied during a very short visit here at our office. After we have cleaned and prepped your teeth, we will paint the sealing solution directly onto your tooth surfaces. We then use a curing light to harden the sealant and can then send you on your way—no need to wait to eat or drink. Routine dental checkups will allow us to keep tabs on your sealants and make sure they stay in good condition.

Sealants are oftentimes covered by many insurance agencies, and the procedure can last up to 10 years—meaning that one application can last from childhood well into adulthood. To see whether or not it’s the right time to get sealants for your children or yourself, feel free to ask us using our contact form. Or, send us a message on Twitter or on Facebook with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dealing with TMJ

FOR THOSE OF YOU EXPERIENCING CONSTANT OR OCCASIONAL JAW AND FACIAL PAIN, our partners here at DPB can help through “neuromuscular dentistry.” (more…)

Links Between Heart Disease And Oral Health

IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE THE REST OF OUR PATIENTS HERE AT DPB, you understand the importance of taking care of your heart, right? Of course! Did it ever occur to you that your measly toothbrush ranks up there with cardiovascular exercise in keeping your heart healthy? Crazy, but true! According to Dr. Guzman, “Many recent studies suggest that gum disease—and other oral health issues—are DIRECTLY related to heart problems.”

In a recent study by the American Academy of Periodontology, it was found that people with periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease. An additional study found that common oral health problems, including gingivitis, cavities, and/or missing teeth are just as good at predicting heart disease as are bad cholesterol levels!

There is still a ton to learn about these discoveries and the evidence seems to be mounting each year. Dr. Guzman adds, “The bacteria you have in your mouth can enter your bloodstream through your gums. These same bacteria can then clump up in artery plaques. There is one theory gaining more acceptance that suggests the bacteria sticks to the fatty plaques in your bloodstream and directly contributes to blockages.”

Inflammation is another theory that revolves around your body’s defenses against bacteria. Oral bacteria in your bloodstream can cause your blood cells to swell, leading to clot risks and the narrowing of arteries.

The EXACT relationships between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease are still unclear, but, as todays research suggests, there is definitely a connection. DON’T forget about all of the other things you can do to keep your heart healthy like exercising, eating healthy foods, and taking care of risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

Since it’s SO easy to treat periodontal problems, take advantage of DR. GUZMAN AND HIS ENTIRE TEAM’S HELP! And don’t forget that PREVENTION goes a long way in avoiding problems in the future!

If you have any questions, be sure to contact us! We love treating our friends and patients.

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Catching Oral Cancer Early Saves Lives

THOUGH JUST AS SERIOUS, ORAL CANCER DOESN’T SEEM TO GET QUITE THE “PRESS” that other types of cancer seem to get. In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. While early detection boosts the survival rate to 80–90%, most cases aren’t caught in time for this statistic to help their chances.

Why does oral cancer so often go undetected? One of the most probable reasons is that a lot of the symptoms are not painful so people don’t even realize they have it.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should have Dr. Guzman take a look:

  • A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
  • A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
  • Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • A lump or thickening of your cheek
  • Numbness inside your mouth
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Jaw swelling

Although having these symptoms doesn’t mean you definitely have oral cancer, getting them looked at by any of our dentists will help us pinpoint the cause and fix the problem.

The best offense is the best defense… keep those regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and checkups. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any signs of oral cancer will be detected early. It is definitely worth it.

It is our goal to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. Let us know if you have any other questions about oral cancer or any of the symptoms mentioned above. Feel free to become a fan of our Facebook Page to stay informed and stay healthy!

Our CEREC Technology Saves You Time And Hassle

DENTAL CROWNS ARE PART OF A NUMBER OF DENTAL PROCEDURES—and are an important component in restoring smiles and keeping mouths healthy. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we provide our patients with dental crown procedures that are more comfortable and less time consuming. The system is called the CEREC method.

Dental crowns can protect teeth that are weak or cracked and in danger of breaking by forming a protective layer around the tooth. If a tooth has a large filling, or is already broken, or is naturally misshapen or discolored, a dental crown can also be used. Dental crowns are also used with dental implants and dental bridges to form and support other teeth in your mouth.

Crowns are used to provide a natural looking smile. Sometimes they’re made of porcelain which gives a translucent effect similar to your teeth, allowing the dental crown to blend with the rest of your smile. Porcelain crowns also have the added benefit of being very strong; creating a dental crown that will last.

We utilize the CEREC method because our PATIENTS love it! Why? Because typically, crowns are done in multiple office visits. After a tooth impression is taken, a dental lab makes the dental crown while you wear a temporary crown and wait a couple weeks. CEREC crowns are done completely in-office, allowing your complete procedure to be done on the spot to reduce discomfort. CEREC crowns are beautiful and reduce the number of visits you have to make to our office.

IF DAVID LETTERMAN HAD BEEN A DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON PATIENT, THE CROWN PROCEDURE HE TALKS ABOUT BELOW WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN ONE SITTING! It would have been worth the trip to our Boston or Brookline office!

The procedure for receiving CEREC crowns is straightforward. An infrared camera takes images of your damaged tooth, sending them directly to our CEREC machine, creating 3-D images. Your CEREC crown(s) are then milled inside the machine right here in our office, providing us with the ability TO COMPLETE YOUR PROCEDURE THE SAME DAY! No annoying impression trays, no waiting for a lab somewhere else, and no uncomfortable temporary crown.

To find out how our dental crown procedure can benefit you, contact us. We’d love to talk to you. We’ll help you understand the benefits of the different types of dental crowns, including our same-day CEREC crowns.

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Sedation Dentistry Can Be The Big Difference

RECENTLY, SOMEONE IN OUR PRACTICE OVERHEARD a person (NOT one of our patients!) compare dental visits to washing dishes—you don’t like it but everybody knows that it needs to be done. Well, in response, may we suggest an analogy of our own?

What if every time there were dirty dishes you could simply snap your fingers and they would be scraped, washed, dried, and back in your cupboard!

Although it doesn’t work quite so miraculously, sedation dentistry DOES work in much the same way for many people who have trouble going to the dentist—with results that “feel” faster (and really are faster).

Sedation dentistry has proven helpful to many of our patients, for a variety of reasons, and for a number of different procedures. Sedation dentistry often helps people feel like their visit lasted only a few minutes—when in fact, it may have lasted for hours.

There are many different kinds of sedation dentistry. The dentists here at Dental Partners of Boston work with you to determine what’s best for your particular situation. In some cases, sedation can be much like anesthesia during surgery. But more often, sedation doesn’t actually put you completely out. Most patients who choose sedation dentistry are awake, functional, and responsive.

One of the biggest benefits of sedation dentistry is that procedures that typically take multiple visits can be accomplished in one visit—saving you a lot of time, hassle, and stress. And obviously, the second biggest benefit is that patients who experience dental anxiety can better relax, resolving their fears or worries.

We are very proud of, and confident in, the sedation methods we use. We are on the leading edge of this service—continually updated our skills and techniques.

Learn more about sedation dentistry by asking us a question, or giving us a call. Or, next time you’re in our office, visit with one of us for more details. We look forward to helping you, a loved one, or friend better understand if sedation dentistry is for you.

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Like Us On Facebook

DO YOU GET TIRED OF BUSINESSES SCREAMING, “HEY!!! WE’RE ON FACEBOOK!” when it doesn’t really mean anything FOR YOU!?

So are we. It just seems goofy. Lots of businesses have “jumped on the bandwagon” because they think they’re “supposed” to be on Facebook. They really don’t think it through from YOUR point of view.

Refreshingly, we HAVE thought it through from YOUR point of view…

Here are three direct benefits of “Liking” our Facebook page:

1. Content That’s Relevant

We provide short, concise information and wall posts about your (and/or your family’s) comfort, health, and appearance—things you’ll actually use and find interesting. Meaningful content at your fingertips without having to search.

2. Take Advantage Of Exclusive Offers

By Liking our page, you’ll take advantage of promotions, offers, drawings and contests that are ONLY available to our Facebook fans.

3. Being Part Of Our Practice Culture Is Easy And Fun

Fun? A dental practice… fun? YES! What’s cool about connecting with us on Facebook is that it’s honest, transparent, and spontaneous. The best way to BE ASSURED you’re with the right dentist is by getting to know us in this untraditional, and “un-staged” way. Indeed, it’s unexpected and fun! The fact is, we all prefer associating with people we ENJOY being around. It’s just human nature. YOU’LL get to know our practice culture better, and WE’LL get to know YOU better too.

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And again, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends.

Follow Us On Twitter

OK… If you’re already a Twitter user, you get it… So, just follow us!

If you’re NOT using Twitter yet, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Twitter, and why should I care?!”

We understand, and here’s a quick course:

Twitter Is A Real-Time Information Network…

that connects you with information you find interesting. Small bursts of information (140 characters in length) called Tweets share a lot in a little space. Connected to each Tweet are linked rich details, deeper context, and embedded media.

You Don’t Have To Tweet To Get Value From Twitter

Whether YOU CHOOSE to tweet a lot, OR NEVER, you still have access to the voices and information that interests you. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve.

Why Follow Our Dental Practice On Twitter?

You may be asking yourself, “Why use Twitter at all, when there are already so many other distractions in my life?” Good question. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn from little tiny snippets. Life is busy. Sometimes there’s no time to sit down and read a newspaper article, magazine story, or lengthy blog post. You may be sitting, waiting for somebody, and have a couple minutes. Our Twitter stream provides meaningful info and/or links to things you can consume and benefit from in a minute or two.

Whether or not you are already a Twitter user, you can click on the icon below to see our Twitter feed. Then, you can decide if you’d like to sign up for your own Twitter account:

As your lifelong oral health partner, we want to be accessible to you in as many ways as possible, and to connect with you in whatever ways are BEST FOR YOU! As always, thanks for being our valued patient.

Watch Us On Youtube

What Comes To Your Mind When You Think About YouTube?

If you’re like most people, the first thing you probably think is, “The place for funny, viral videos.” But did you know that YouTube is now the #2 search engine on the web? That’s right. People love watching videos—not just for entertainment, but also to better digest the information they’re looking for.

On our practice’s YouTube channel, we try to create, and/or aggregate, some of the very best thinking in dentistry today. We do that so you can reference a hub of useful, relevant information about your oral health, your dental comfort, and your appearance.

And sometimes, we just like to have a little fun too.

So take a moment to browse the videos on our YouTube channel. We go out and collect a lot of the best thinking on the web so you don’t have to spend hours searching, or wondering about the credibility of what you’re watching.

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And as always, THANKS for the trust you place in our dental practice, and for being our valued patient.