Future of Dentistry, Future of Community

Just before the school year ended, our hygienist Cillen managed to fit in one more lesson. She visited the Columbus School in Medford to talk to the kids about dental care. Ms. columbus school medfordKarpowich has a great group of kids!

Our amazing hygienists are highly skilled and trained, but they’re also awesome in the role of “Dental Health Ambassadors.” Cillen makes the presentation really fun and interactive, with games and skits. For younger groups, she even brings two stuffed animals that have full sets of teeth, so kids can practice brushing on something fun.

If you’d like to have one of our clinical team talk to your school or organization, email lisa.futureofdentistry@gmail.com or call our office at 781-245-2299.

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We had some wonderful visitors of our own recently! As you may remember, we’re doing a monthly giveaway for our “Share a Smile” program. Once a month, a patient is selected to receive a special thank-you gift.

We started the giveaways at the beginning of 2016, which is our 25th anniversary year. It’s our way of saying thanks to our amazing patients!

The gift is different every time. We present it to one of our many loyal patients, who’ve shown trust in us by referring their friends and family. Because we have so many fantastic

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patients, anyone can win! Like our Facebook page to find out who the recipient is each month, at www.facebook.com/FutureOfDentistry.

This program also allows us to support local businesses. For example, in May a patient received a $50 gift card to Cibo Cafe & Bistro and a $50 gift card for Bellino’s — both local eateries with outdoor seating, perfect for a lovely spring day.

Thanks again to all our amazing patients!

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Tooth Truths for Pregnancy

If you’re planning to become pregnant in the future, start thinking about your teeth now. Your child’s future health can be affected by your own oral care. Here are two important examples:

  • Low birth weight and premature birth are more common among mothers with periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Children are more likely to get cavities before age 5 if their mother has untreated or severe tooth decay.

We believe in taking care of your mouth at all times. But if you’re planning to have a baby,
make a special effort beforehand to keep your biannual

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Sure, it’s the miracle of life, but it can take a toll on your teeth. You habits can affect your child’s oral health too.

cleaning and exam appointments. If you’re hesitating for financial reasons, ask the Future of Dentistry team about our Membership Program, which covers basic services and offers discounts on many additional treatments.

When you book your visit, tell our front desk staff about your plans. If you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, we may want to take x-rays and have the doctor see you. This reduces the risk of a dental emergency during pregnancy.

Your nutrition will affect your teeth, so a diet with vitamin-rich vegetables and protein is important for your mouth as well as your baby’s development. Snacking throughout the day is bad for your teeth. Though it’s easier said than done, try to limit snacking to sittings where you can brush and floss afterward!

During Pregnancy
You can, and should, maintain regular dental appointments during your pregnancy. Keeping your mouth healthy is part of keeping you healthy overall. Make sure to notify our staff that you’re pregnant.

Pregnant woman are prone to certain oral health issues that we watch out for during your biannual hygiene visits. These include increased risk of tooth decay, the temporary condition called “pregnancy gingivitis,” as well as “pregnancy tumors.” The latter sounds scary, but it’s actually a swelling that happens on the gums, often between teeth. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance.

Morning sickness is no fun. Make sure you use a finishing rinse during this time, to help protect your mouth from corrosive acids. CloSYS has a neutral flavor that appeals to many expectant moms. Or, try a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water.

Many women prefer bland or subtle toothpaste and mouthwash flavors during pregnancy. Whatever you use, make sure it carries the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval to ensure it’s safe for both mom and baby.

X-rays are generally avoided during pregnancy, but if it’s a dental emergency, it’s acceptable. We take steps to ensure your safety and your baby’s too. The same is true of sedation for dental procedures.

When it comes to oral surgery, it’s better to wait till after the baby is born, especially with procedures like wisdom tooth removal. But treating serious dental emergencies should not be postponed. Call our office if you’re not sure. Our team is happy to discuss how to proceed with a treatment.

One more tip: Research suggests a pregnant mother’s stress affects the baby’s future risk of tooth decay. A good reason to keep calm!

Keep Your Smile in Shape This Summer!

The last thing you want to do on a summer day is run to the dentist’s office for an emergency visit. But all too often, our summertime habits create problems that must be fixed immediately. Here are some tips for putting your best face — and smile — forward during the summer.

• Dental care doesn’t take a vacation. It’s tough to keep your oral hygiene routine when you’re away, but it’s worth it. Keep brushing and flossing twice a day and you’ll help keep your vacation worry-free.

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• Use a mouth guards for summer sports. Over-the-counter guards are okay for the occasional pickup game, but if you or your kids are very active in sports, talk to us about a custom-fit guard. They offer far greater protection for your mouth and head.

• Watch out for “problem foods” that are common in the summer. If your teeth aren’t in great shape, it’s best to avoid corn on the cob. But even if your mouth is in stellar shape, be sure to floss soon after eating. Not just where you feel those little strands and pieces — floss all your teeth! Ice is another danger, so try to resist the temptation to chew the cubes from your cup. Be careful with dried fruit too. It’s healthier than candy and convenient for outings, but it’s not great for teeth, especially when you can’t brush till hours after eating.

• Staying hydrated is essential during the summer, but watch out for ice tea, lemonade, sports and energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, and soda. The sugar and acid can cause serious problems. You don’t have to drink water all the time. But if you’re drinking a sugary, acidic beverage, try to enjoy it all in one sitting. Sipping over the course of a day doesn’t give your mouth a chance to recover from the unhealthy ingredients.

• Outings with family and friends often means snacking. Try to stick to fresh veggies, fruits, and granola. Carb-heavy snacks are bad for your teeth as well as your health. The same goes for sugary snacks and those made with high-fructose corn syrup.

• Oral care includes the lips, so don’t forget the SPF15 lip balm!

• Many people want to whiten for special occasions during the summer. Talk to our staff about our two summer offers in honor of our 25th anniversary — you can get 25% off laser whitening or $25 off custom whitening trays.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Ready For A Close-Up On Your Dental Health?

What Are Intra-Oral Images?

An intra-oral image is defined as a photographic image obtained by intra-oral or extra-oral camera. Intra-oral cameras deliver high-quality images that help our patients learn about problem areas and better understand their treatment options.

Mounted on tintra-oral camera for blog entry_july2016he end of a pen-shaped instrument, the tiny intra-oral camera can be used to provide detailed imaging of the teeth and gums.

Digital images are captured instantly and displayed on a monitor, where our patients and clinical staff can view them together. The intra-oral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment. It will enable you to see what we see which can greatly increase your comfort before and during a procedure.

Why Do We Take Them?

Intra-oral images are quickly becoming essential in patient care and are integral to the treatments we offer to our patients. There are several reasons why we take intra-oral images. Intra-oral images are important diagnostic aids for our clinical team. With an enlarged intra-oral image of your patient’s teeth on your computer monitor, you have the benefit of seeing, cracks, leaking restorations, calculus, periodontal abnormalities, oral lesions and many other disorders.

These images enable our clinical staff to map out a clear plan and assessment of the patients’ needs, as well as being able to clearly envision how to correct a problem.

See For Yourself

The standard digital x-ray is essential in determining any dental problems that may be present, but unfortunately, it may not reveal everything happening inside your mouth. Here, at Future of Dentistry, we are proud to have added the diagnostic technology of intra-oral cameras which has enabled us to provide optimal patient care.

The intra-oral camera captures images and displays them in a magnified version which provides our clinical staff with a better understanding of how to correct a potential issue. It also identifies problems that may not be detected by the traditional method of examination, including cracks in fillings or hairline fractures in teeth.

This technology provides our patients with a new level of education, elevating patient understanding. Patients can now see for themselves these defects and make better decisions regarding their own treatment. They can now see the same things we see and understand the implication of not correcting the problem.

Help With Insurance

Intra-oral images are also beneficial when it comes to dealing with dental insurance companies. There are times when our best digital x-rays are not enough to support our clinical recommendations to a dental insurance company.

Our dental team and our patients have the advantage of seeing firsthand the clinical condition of a tooth but, how can a dental insurance company sees it? Sending an intra-oral image to the insurance company allows us to show a dental insurance company exactly what we see. These diagnostic photographic images provide accurate documentation of the tooth’s condition before treatment is performed.

So, the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is certainly appropriate when it comes to intra-oral images. When a patient and an insurance company can see for the first time what we see, it can add a whole new dimension to treatment plan acceptance and patient motivation.