October 19, 2020
Would you like to have straighter teeth? You may have thought about getting Invisalign in Belmont. Not only is Invisalign convenient, but its clear aligners will allow you to maintain a professional image throughout your treatment period. For many adults and responsible teens, it is the best way to achieve a straighter smile. If you are interested in Invisalign, right now may be the ideal time to begin your treatment. In this article, we discuss why that is the case.
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October 16, 2020
Do you have dental benefits? Your insurance is a precious resource that can provide you with financial aid if you ever face a dental emergency. However, if that is all you use it for, you may be missing out on its real value. In this article, a dentist in Belmont shares five simple and useful tips to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits in 2020.
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January 5, 2015
Will Pregnancy affect my oral health?
Expectant mothers (and women who take some oral contraceptives) experience elevated levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This causes the gums to react differently to the bacteria found in plaque, and in many cases can cause a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” Symptoms include swollen, red gums and bleeding of the gums when you brush. Remember that the bacteria in plaque (not hormones) is what causes gingivitis. Brush twice a day and floss before you go to bed to help avoid plaque buildup.
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December 22, 2014
Mouth rinses or mouthwash is a product used for oral hygiene. Antiseptic and anti-plaque mouth rinse claims to kill the germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Anti-cavity mouth rinse uses fluoride to protect against tooth decay. Mouth rinses are generally classified either as cosmetic, therapeutic, or a combination of the two. Cosmetic rinses are over-the-counter products that help remove oral debris before or after brushing, temporarily suppress bad breath, diminish bacteria in the mouth and refresh the mouth with a pleasant taste. Therapeutic rinses have all of the benefits of cosmetic rinses but also contain an added active ingredient that helps protect against some oral diseases. We prescribe special rinses for patients with more severe oral problems, such as cavities, periodontal disease, gum inflammation and dry mouth. Therapeutic rinses are also strongly recommended for those who can’t brush due to physical impairments or medical reasons.
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December 8, 2014
Tooth decay is the disease known as caries. Caries is highly preventable and it affects most people to some degree during their lifetime.
Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) like soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, cake and even fruits, vegetables and juices. Natural bacteria live in your mouth and form plaque. The plaque interacts with deposits left on your teeth from sugary and starchy foods to produce acids. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving, or demineralizing, the mineral structure of teeth, producing tooth decay and weakening the teeth.
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