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    Tips for Preventing Periodontal Disease

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The number of people in this country who suffer from some form of periodontal disease is startlingly high. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 are battling gum disease. This guide helps you prevent this oral ailment and keep your mouth healthy and your teeth strong:

    Brush Frequently and Well
    There is a reason that your dentist advises you to brush your teeth at least twice a day: it helps get rid of bacteria and leftover food that can eventually lead to gum disease. Use a quality toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes each time you do it for the best results. It is also helpful to brush after you eat to give yourself an even better chance of getting rid of food.

    Use Floss and Mouthwash
    On top of your regular brushing routine, you should also use dental floss and mouthwash to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible. These extra methods get rid of leftover debris in the mouth and help kill bacteria. Floss also helps you get rid of plaque on the teeth that can lead to cavities and periodontal disease.

    Visit the Dentist Regularly
    You should schedule checkups with your dentist every six month. This way, he or she can give you a deeper cleaning that helps maintain a clean and healthy mouth. Regular dental visits also help you spot problems early and start the proper treatment to get rid of them.

    Choose Belmont Dental Group as your primary dentist to aid you in the fight against periodontal disease. With some of the best sedation dentistry services in all of Belmont and Cambridge, we can even cater to people who suffer from dental fear or anxiety. To learn more about our services, visit our website or call (617) 484-2431. 

    How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy this Holiday Season

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The holiday season brings plenty of delicious treats and beverages that are almost impossible to pass up. Keep your tasted buds and your dentist happy this year by using the following tips to keep your mouth healthy while you indulge on holiday treats:

    Opt for White Wine over Red
    Red wine is not a good beverage to drink if you care about white teeth. With the dyes, acids, and tannins found inside each glass, every sip of red could lead to a stained smile. If you want to enjoy a few glasses of wine at your holiday parties, opt instead for the white. Brush your teeth after a glass of any kind of wine to clear your mouth of the acids that could eventually break down tooth enamel.

    Add Some Milk to Your Coffee
    A nice cup of Joe is a quick way to warm up on a cold day during the holidays, but it can wreak havoc on your mouth. Coffee is full of tannic acid, which can crawl into the grooves of your tooth enamel and leave them looking brown and dull. Add some milk to your coffee to minimize the staining potential and drink some water after each cup. Water helps clear away some of the acid that could leave you with stained teeth.

    Drink More Water
    Staying hydrated is important throughout the year, but it is especially important during the holiday season when you probably eat more sweets than normal. Try to add a few more cups of water to your daily routine to rinse out the mouth and prevent sugar and bacteria from building up inside. You should also make an effort to brush your teeth more often to keep your mouth healthy throughout the season.

    Come to Belmont Dental Group to help keep your teeth in top shape this holiday season. With some of the best sedation and regular dentistry options in Belmont and Cambridge, we help you maintain a healthy smile all year. Call (617) 484-2431 to set up an appointment. 

    Dental Hygiene Essentials

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Keep your mouth clean and healthy in between visits to the dentist with at-home dental hygiene essentials. The right tools make it easy to clean, get rid of bacteria, and keep plaque out of your mouth. Keep reading to learn how to find the right hygiene essentials for your mouth:

    Toothbrush
    The toothbrush is your primary weapon against food and bacteria that can cause serious issues for your teeth and gums. Choose a toothbrush with a head that can easily reach all of your teeth. Opt for soft-bristle brushes and look for brands that have gotten a Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA).

    Toothpaste
    It seems like there is always a new kind of toothpaste available on the shelves, so how do you narrow the selection and choose the right one? The ADA Seal of Approval is also a good sign on toothpaste. Try to choose an option that has fluoride and provides tarter control to help prevent tooth decay.

    Floss
    Get rid of that hard-to-reach food and bacteria in the mouth with the right kind of floss. There is not one type of floss that has been proven better than the others so just try out a few different styles until you find one that is comfortable for you. Floss regularly in conjunction with brushing for the best results.

    Mouthwash
    Your mouthwash should also have fluoride to aid in the fight against tooth decay. Talk to your dentist about the best kind of mouthwash for you and be sure to use it throughout the day to keep your mouth and gums clean and healthy.

    Belmont Dental Group is one of the top dental offices in Belmont and Cambridge because we offer services that actually help our patients maintain a healthy mouth. Whether you need a checkup or sedation dentistry, we are here to help you fight bacteria, plaque, and decay. For more information on our office or to make an appointment, call (617) 484-2431. 

    Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Are you in need of orthodontic treatment? If so, ask your dentist if you qualify for Invisalign. This innovative procedure lets eligible candidates attain the beautifully straight teeth they want without having to undergo conventional orthodontic techniques. Here are few reasons why you might consider Invisalign for your orthodontic needs.

    Easier Oral Hygiene
    People who get braces may be at a higher risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Brackets and wires can make it extremely challenging to properly clean your teeth. Food particles can stick to the brackets and hide in places where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Bacteria can also linger along the gum line where wires and brackets obstruct floss. However, Invisalign aligners are removable, and allow patients to continue their oral hygiene practices as they did prior to getting orthodontic treatment.

    Lower Incidence of Orthodontic Injuries
    Some individuals with braces suffer from orthodontic abrasions. Metal brackets can rub against soft mouth tissues, creating sores and lacerations. Wayward wires can also cause cuts and puncture wounds. Invisalign wearers do not have to worry about these potential injuries. The smooth plastic of the aligners make your orthodontic care comfortable and free from complications.

    Subtler Orthodontic Treatment
    Your wish to have straight teeth may be strong, but even stronger is your desire to keep others from knowing about your orthodontic treatment. Metal braces are not subtle, and if you undergo orthodontic treatment as an adult, it can affect your relationship with your coworkers and friends. Aside from their convenience and comfort, Invisalign aligners are also inconspicuous. Their transparent plastic makes them nearly undetectable to others. So if you want to keep your orthodontic treatment to yourself, Invisalign can help you achieve that goal.

    Would you like to learn more about Invisalign care? Call Belmont Dental Group at (617) 484-2431 to schedule a consultation with a dentist. Our practice provides Invisalign treatment to individuals in the Belmont and Cambridge communities. 

    Inside Flossophy - Gifts for Naughty or Nice

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Dental themed gifts come in any price range for parents, spouses, and children, and even your favorite dental professional.

    Children are delighted with a new Dora the Explorer or Spongebob brush. Get a sock stuffed with toothbrushes and an adult feels richer than Midas. During cold and flu season, it’s a great idea to toss that toothbrush away frequently. Throw in a cutesy sand timer; it takes two full minutes to brush well.

    Battery powered Spin brushes are fun gifts. They whir like a floor waxer, making quick work of greasy dental biofilm (plaque). Rechargeable devices are great, but more expensive. Developed to help kids clean around braces, the electric toothbrush a dental aid for anyone. 

    Some electric brushes produce teeny ‘sonic’ bubbles. These ‘cavitation bubbles’ supposedly burst in cramped places, loosening plaque. Various manufacturers ‘claims are confounded by whether they test their toothbrushes on people, live pigs, or on dead ones.  Whatever you do for a living, it has to be better than brushing pigs’ teeth.  Let us be grateful.

    There are devices to reduce the bacterial load on your brush. They come with some pretty intimidating names, such as Germ Terminator (the Germinator?), Germ Gaurdian, Steribrush UV, or the bucolic Purebrush sterilizer. The ZAPI UV looks like a cutesy egg, in different colors.  The batteries make it wobble and spin delightfully as it cleans your brush. 

    Dentures, typically worn every day for 15 years or more, take on a breath of their own. Dental Depot offers a device that claims to use UV light and Ozone to disinfect dentures, mouthguards, retainers and the like. 

    These devices call themselves ‘sterilizers’. Sterilization is the complete removal or deactivation of all microbial life. Sterilization is the standard your dentist uses for his/her instruments. Ultraviolet light performs disinfection- reducing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Just so you know.

    Oral Irrigation devices put Dentists and Patients at different poles of appreciation. Patients love these high powered squirters. It makes their mouths feel clean. Dentists want the teeth to actually be clean; only manual cleaning will do.

    Your dentist would cheerily issue a gift certificate. Usually the request is for tooth whitening. This time of year we have many spouses and parents offer to pay for someone’s major dental work. Caring for someone’s health is really caring.

    The sweetest of gifts is the keepsake tooth box. There are a variety of charming ceramic shapes that preserve these personal artifacts of childhood. Charming tooth boxes are themed like Beatrix Potter, Lillian Rose, Disney characters and the like. 

    For your favorite member of the dental team, look on the web. Ties, t-shirts, hanging glass toothbrush ornaments, key chains and charms, watches and socks…  on and on… are available. I think I have been given every one of them. The very best gift to any of us is a card, written by you, that says anything like ‘Thank you, I appreciate who you are to me.’  Those dearest gifts we keep forever.

    Dr. Jim Nager is a practicing dentist and resident of Belmont, and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard. Call Belmont Dental Group today at (617) 484-2431 to arrange an appointment for any of our general dentistry services.




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