Showing Our Warrior Pride!

Future of Dentistry is proud to be part of the community, and to support 3_finished windowsprograms and organizations throughout the region. Recently we had our windows decorated by three young ladies from Wakefield High School. It was part of the Visual Arts Department’s annual Holiday Window Painting Project. The students did a great job, and our window looks very festive! Thank you to Mia, Alyssa and Samantha for their efforts.

We also had a recent visit from the coach and co-captains of Wakefield High’s varsity boysWarriors hockey1 hockey team. We’re “Trophy Sponsors” again this year and we’re excited about another awesome season! Coach Chris Gianatassio does a great job and we know he’ll lead the team to many victories.

Remember to stay safe on the ice (and on the field) with custom mouth guards. We have programs that help – for details, call 781-245-2299, email info@futureofdentistry.com, or contact us through FutureOfDentistry.com or on Facebook.

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6 For 2016: Simple Tips For Better Teeth

Welcome to 2016, and to the Future of Dentistry! It’s amazing how far dentistry has come even within our own lifetimes. At Future of D6 Tips For 2016_graphic to go with blogentistry, we utilize sophisticated tools and techniques. One example is laser detection of tooth decay, which can even reduce the need for fillings.

Not everything about oral health is modern and high-tech, however. In honor of 2016, here are six essential components to protecting your smile and improving your oral health.

1) Stop Grazing
There’s nothing wrong with healthy snacks, but “grazing” throughout
the day exposes your mouth to harmful acid attacks. Sugars and carbs are the worst offenders, and unfortunately, they’re often in office break rooms. Keep in mind your beverages, too. Sipping on high-acid drinks (including sugar-free soda!) can be as bad as unhealthy snacks.

2) Swish!
Mouthwash should be part of your daily regimen, and it should be an antimicrobial rinse. The minty fresh taste is great, but the key here is fighting plaque and gingivitis. Mouthwash can reach places your toothbrush can’t access.

3) The Clean Team
Regular dentist visits are important – from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the American Academy of Pediatrics, health experts agree. Think of your hygiene appointment as an oral health checkup. Like any checkup, it’s important to go before there’s a problem. If you’re uninsured, don’t let that be a barrier to oral health. Call our office and ask about our Membership Plan. It’s designed to help patients save money on treatment at Future of Dentistry.

4) Brush better, not harderSix essentials1
Brushing twice a day is the foundation of oral health. There are countless varieties of toothbrushes and toothpastes, but what really matters is how long you brush and the way you brush. Pressing very hard on your teeth can actually make things worse. Instead, spend about two minutes gently brushing. For kids, a timer is helpful.

5) Floss Like a Boss

The simple truth is that flossing needs to be part of your daily routine. It’s essential for removing plaque – that yucky film that can cause receding gums, cavities, tooth loss and disease. Many patients floss as part of their before-bed ritual, but go with whatever works best for you. Some people are more inclined to floss when they have floss picks, so you may want to give them a shot.

6) Chew On This
Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes every day is great for your teeth. We recommend products that have xylitol as a main ingredient. For more information, see our previous newsletter, where we delve more deeply into this topic.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health. Call 781-245-2299, email info@futureofdentistry.com, or contact us through FutureOfDentistry.com or on Facebook.

The perils of piercing

Body art is one of the earliest forms of artistic expression known to humankind. Oral piercings date back at least 5,000 years and are increasingly popular in today’s culture. Unfortunately, they can also affect your teeth and oral health. Here, Dr. Casazza shares some insights on this topic.

By definition, oral piercings are any piercings of the tongue, lips or stock photo from freeimages_pierced tongue_used in blogcheek. The jewelry used comes in many styles including studs, barbells and rings. Although popular, there are a number of health-related risks associated with oral piercing.

There is a risk of infection by bacteria from the mouth entering the wound. Oral piercing presents a potential risk factor for the transmission of herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C. Numbness or loss of sensation at the site of the piercing or movement problems (for pierced tongues) can occur if nerves have been damaged.

People with oral piercings — especially long-stem tongue jewelry (barbells) — have a greater risk of gum disease than those without oral piercings. Teeth that come into contact with mouth jewelry can chip or crack. One study in a dental journal reported that 47% of people wearing barbell tongue jewelry for four or more years had at least one chipped tooth. An allergic reaction to the metal in the jewelry can occur in susceptible people.

If you have decided to go through with the oral piercing procedure despite the risks, consider the following tips when looking for an oral piercing studio.

  • Ask friends who had a good experience to recommend the studio they visited.
  • Ask the studio if they sterilize or use disposable instruments and if the staff uses disposable gloves.
  • Ask to see the studio’s health certificates.
  • Look closely at the premises. Are all the needles, as well as the studs, hoops, and barbells, kept in sterilized packaging?
  • Are all staff members involved in the piercings vaccinated against hepatitis B? They should be.

If the staff is not friendly or willing to answer all of your questions, consider finding another piercing studio. Make an appointment with your dentist or hygienist if you suspect a problem or have a concern and schedule regular visits to check your teeth, gums, tongue, and soft tissues for early signs of any problems.

Dreaming of a white Xmas? We can help!

Cosmetic dentistry is increasingly popular, especially whitening. Whitening options vary widely in quality and price. The solution for many people is at-home, prescription-strength whitening trays. It offers better quality than over-the-counter products, and it’s an affordable option.

Future of Dentistry offers “White for Life” as a way to white photos3make whiter teeth an attainable goal for our patients. With this program, you get free whitening gel every six months when you come in for your hygiene appointments. For $275, you receive custom-made whitening trays and enrollment in the program. All you have to do is maintain your twice-a-year hygiene appointments.

You’ll receive a tube of prescription-grade whitening gel at these appointments. We offer the Zoom! brand from Philips, which is not available OTC. The trays stay in place for good coverage, whereas strips sometimes fall out of place. While in-office whitening is potent and effective, some patients feel the trays offer flexibility. They like being able to whiten on the go, around the house. They also like being able to whiten before a special occasion like a wedding.

If you already have Zoom! whitening trays but aren’t enrolled in White for Life, you can pay the cost difference to be upgraded into the program.

For an on-the-go option, ask us whitening pen for blog entryabout the Zoom! pen. It’s ideal for touch-ups in between whitening treatments, especially when things get busy around the house or when you’re traveling.

All Sugar-Free Gum Is Not Created Equal

Sugar-free gum is a great alternative to sugared gum, and it helps foster good oral health. However, there are some points of confusion that we’d like to clear up.

TRUTH: Chewing sugar-free gum promotes the production of saliva. Yes, that’s astock photo from freeimages_GumForCHEWING good thing! Saliva washes away food particles, neutralizes acids in the mouth, provides disease-fighting substances, and carries calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

MYTH: All sugar-free is the same. The most important thing is getting your saliva going without the use of sugar. But we suggest gum or mints with xylitol (rather than aspartame or sorbitol) because studies suggest it promotes good plaque pH levels. Look for gum with xylitol as the first ingredient, and look for products with the ADA seal (American Dental Association).

TRUTH: You have to chew for a while for gum to work. When you hear about studies where sugar-free gum is linked to fewer cavities, it’s predicated on the idea that you’ll be chewing for a while. About 20 minutes should do it.

MYTH: It has to be gum to work. Xylitol-based, sugar-free candies are an acceptable alternative. They may even be preferred for some patients, such as those with TMJ. As with gum, duration is important. Choose a hard candy and let it melt slowly in your mouth — don’t chew it up.

Myth: Sugar-free gum causes side effects. Xylitol has no known toxicity to humans. While everyone’s body is different, xylitol is well studied. You shouldn’t expect any side effects from chewing a few pieces a day. However, dogs can have a toxic and life-threatening reaction to xylitol, so be sure to keep it away from pets.

Sugar-free gum, even with xylitol, isn’t a “silver bullet” answer for good teeth. There’s no substituting for brushing, flossing and regular hygiene appointments at the dentist’s office. But it’s a useful tool to help you fight cavities and maintain your oral health.