Yellow is for Bananas – Not Teeth!

Everyone wants a bright, gleaming-white smile! However it is common for teeth to get discolored over time, due to the enamel becoming thinner and more transparent. Teeth also get stained from drinks like red wine, coffee, tea and cola.

While getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist is the safest and most effective way to get a cleaner, brighter smile; home whitening methods continue to be popular among consumers. If you do go with the home-whitening route, be sure to have us perform a professional cleaning and mouth exam first. At Dentist At Watertown, we can let you know if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening, and a cleaning will help maximize your results

Whitening products come in pastes, gels, pens, and strips. Be sure that the whitening products you use are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Peroxide, which is a bleaching agent that is generally safe for teeth, is the main ingredient in most whitening products. You’ll want to choose a product that has no more than a ten percent concentration of bleach.

Do not attempt to whiten your teeth if you have dental crowns or Veneers, as they won’t whiten properly and thus will not match the rest of your teeth. In addition, you should try whitening if your teeth are especially sensitive.

Don’t go too overboard with whitening… You don’t want to start looking like the Cheshire Cat, where all you see is blindingly bright teeth when you walk into the room… Too much bleach can even give your teeth a bluish tint! Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on whichever product you choose.

You really will get faster and more effective teeth whitening results in our office, but as long as you use safe products that are approved by the ADA, you’ll be okay doing the whitening at home. If at-home whitening doesn’t get you where you want to be, we can help you get that Hollywood smile!

Please remember that at Dentist At Watertown, we are here for you! If you have any questions about this or anything else concerning your dental health, please give us a call at 617-923-8159, or visit our website at http://www.DentistAtWatertown.com.

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Are Sugar-Free Foods Good For Your Teeth? Not So Fast…

There’s no question that chewing sugary candy and gum wages quite an assault on your teeth. The sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth and forms acid, providing the ideal environment for cavities to form. But what about sugar-free foods? Are they good for your teeth?

Not Necessarily.

Remember, Cheetos are low in sugar content, that doesn’t make them a health food! Sugar-free foods can be preferable to alternative to sugary foods, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to eat them with reckless abandon. It’s true that sugar-free products do not promote tooth decay, and in fact, can actually help to prevent cavities. Xylitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free gum, has been found to help fight tooth decay. Some research has shown that Xylitol can inhibit growth of Streptococcus Mutans, the oral bacteria that causes cavities.

But beware, sugar-free foods can actually cause other dental problems. Many sugar-free products often contain preservatives and flavors that are highly acidic, thus contributing to erosion of your teeth. Diet soda(just like regular soda) also contains phosphorous and carbonation, which wear away the enamel on your teeth.

So it is true that advertisers can accurately say that sugar-free foods do not cause tooth decay. They could also accurately say their products don’t cause blindness or leprosy… It sill doesn’t mean they are healthy for your teeth, and may actually contribute to enamel erosion!

Overall, it’s probably a good idea to swap out sugared gum with sugar-free alternative, but don’t assume that “sugar-free” means tooth friendly! And let’s face it, it’s tough to go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water, and brushing after every meal and snack!

At Dentist At Watertown we care about your health!! If you have any questions about this or any other dental issue; or would like to make an appointment for a dental exam, cleaning or consultation, please give us a call at 617-923-8159. We are here for you!

Are You Brushing Your Teeth Properly? Somebody’s Watching

As the holiday season is upon us, bringing with it all kinds of sugar dreams which can beget dental nightmares, it’s not a bad idea to brush up on your brushing techniques. Brushing, like any habit, can be good or bad. It’s a daily chore, so it’s easy to slide into a lazy routine that’s not benefiting your dental health as much as you think.

Here are some quick and easy reminders to get the most out of your brushing routine:

  • BE SURE TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRUSH: The Ideal brush is one with soft bristles, which will remove plaque effectively without being too rough on your teeth and gums. A toothbrush with a small head is also advisable so that it fits well in your mouth and can get to those hard-to-reach places.
  • THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER:  Aim to brush your teeth two to three times daily, but no more! Twice is probably ideal to keep your teeth healthy without overdoing it. Brushing too much can damage gums and wear away your tooth enamel.
  • USE A SMALL AMOUT OF TOOTHPASTE:  A pea sized amount works just fine. Remember, the actors in television commercials who squeeze a big blob on there are just trying to sell more paste. You don’t need to cover the whole brush!
  • DON’T BRUSH TOO HARD: Brushing too hard can push back your gums and damage your teeth. It’s fairly easy to remove plaque, so a gentle touch will do it.
  • LET IT GO: That ubiquitous earworm from FROZEN provides good advice as far as replacing your toothbrush. After 3-4 months, it’s time to let it go! By then, the bristles will have worn down considerably and will no longer clean your teeth properly.

Practice these good brushing techniques and you can indulge in holiday treats without getting coal in your stocking (or stains on your teeth). Keep in mind that brushing should not be painful or cause bleeding. If you are experiencing those or any other issues or simple need a dental cleaning and checkup, please give us a call at 617-923-8159. We are here for you.

Thanksgiving Dinner – The Best And The Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Your teeth have, hopefully, survived the sweet, sticky, sugar coated event that was Halloween. Time for the next holiday to potentially put a dent in your dentin… THANKSGIVING! We here at Dentist At Watertown have put together a list of the good, the bad, and the starchy food of this all-American food-fest.

Foods That Are Good To Gobble

  • Turkey- Protein-rich foods, like good old Tom Turkey, can actually be good of your teeth. Turkey contains phosphorus, which can help foster strong teeth and bones when mixed with Vitamin D and calcium.
  • Yams – Yams are naturally sweet, so hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows, please. Served baked or roasted, yams are nutrient-rich and don’t stick to the surfaces of teeth. If you must sweeten them up, a touch of brown sugar or molasses will suffice.
  • Veggies – Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amount of Vitamins A and C which are instrumental in repairing gums from periodontal disease.
  • Pumpkin – Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin C and calcium, a great combination for strengthening bones and teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth after eating Grandma’s delicious pumpkin pie, though.
  • Cranberry Sauce – Cranberry gets the Gold Star of Dental Health as far as Thanksgiving goes! Recent research has indicated that cranberries contain special compounds that disrupt the development of plaque-causing bacteria.Be sure to make your cranberry sauce with real cranberries and not the stuff that keeps the shape of the can…

Turkey Day Hall of Shame Foods

  • Pecan Pie – A sticky sugary, chewy disaster for teeth. At least pumpkin pie has some vitamins to offer!
  • Popcorn Balls – The popcorn and caramel can easily get stuck in your teeth prompting tooth decay, not to mention discomfort!
  • White Wine – Although it won’t stain your teeth like red wine, white wines has a high pH level and packs an acidic punch that can erode your teeth.
  • Stuffing, Cakes, and Rolls – That’s right. Pretty much all the good stuff! These carb-loaded, starchy treats are great for causing tooth decay.

Okay, we don’t want to ruin all your holiday fun. Go ahead and indulge – in moderation- in some of these forbidden treats. We won’t tell! Just be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water or, better yet, brush your teeth after your big holiday meal.

Bon Appetit!

As always, to schedule a cleaning, examination, or consultation, give us a call at 617-923-8159. Dentist At Watertown, we are here for you!!!!

Dental Potpourri

With Autumn in full swing, this month seems like a good time for some potpourri, not just for your home, but for your teeth as well! Here are some random, non-related dental items of interest for your enjoyment.
Am I brushing long enough?
You no longer have to leave this questions up to chance. The toothbrush company Oral B has a new iPhone app that you launch every time you brush! It encourages you to brushy for a full two minutes. Just don’t drop the phone in the toilet!
 
Is Halloween bad for my child’s teeth?
We don’t want to discourage costumes and trick-or-treating, but the fact the typically sticky and chewy candy given out on Halloween are some of the worst foods possible when it comes to cavity prevention. If your children indulge, please make sure their teeth are thoroughly cleaned before they go to bed. That’s when most of the damage is done.
Why does my breath stink in the morning?
At night, the saliva flow slows down considerable, causing normal mouth bacteria to have a party. As gross as it may be, when you wake up your tongue is littered with bacteria poop! Make sure to do a meticulous oral hygiene routine at night and upon arising, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and yes – tongue cleaning! This will help to eliminate morning breath and make the world a better place.
If dental x-rays are so safe, why do you run out of the room when taking them?
At Dentist At Watertown we use the latest technology, digital x-rays. This decreases the amount of radiation by ninety percent or so; a level that we feel is perfectly safe. The lead apron we have you wear makes the amount of radiation you receive almost imperceptible. However, being exposed to that every day for months and years is a different story. That’s why we take extra precautions.
Chewing gun, is it good or bad?
Good question, and a tough one! The motion of chewing is believed to help rinse particles and debris from your teeth and gums, so that is good. Sugar-free gun contains xylitol, which can actually reduce cavities, that’s good as well. But for some people the chewing action causes painful inflammation of the jaw joint, and of course gum that contains sugar is a major no-no. And in case you’re wondering, swallowed gun does NOT stay in your stomach for seven years!!!
Any more questions?
At Dentist At Watertown, we are here for you! If you have any questions about your dental health, are in need of an examination and cleaning, or would like to refer someone to our growing family of happy dental patients, please give us a call at 1-617-923-8159. We accept most insurance plans, and consultations are always free!

The Best Way to Save Money On Dental Care!

If you are like most people, you always enjoy the opportunity to save money! And We all know that health care can be expensive. So we are frequently asked by our patients how they can receive the highest quality care in the most cost-efficient manner. Here are some suggestions for you – and we’ll save the best for last.
 
1. Dental Insurance
 
If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance, be sure to thank your employer! However, unlike medical insurance, most dental plans are designed to assist in paying for dental treatment, not cover most or all of it.
 
At Dentist At Watertown we will work closely with your plan to maximize your benefits and give you the best estimate possible. Melanie, our insurance expert, will be glad to assist you with any questions you have and help make your dental car as affordable as possible.
 
2. Payment Plans
 
If you don’t have insurance, or if your dental needs are not well covered by your plans, we are glad to offer you monthly payment options to make your arrangements much more affordable! We work closely with Care Credit, the country’s top provider of health care financing. Many times we can offer payments that are interest free!!!
 
3. Refer a Friend!
 
The nicest compliment you can give us is a referral of a friend or family member. We promise to give them the same high level of care you are accustomed to at Dentist At Watertown. To show our tanks when your friend makes an appointment we will give you a gift card for fifty dollars off your next dental services!
 
4. The BEST Way To Save On Dental Treatment!
 
Believe it or not, the absolute best way to save money on dental treatment is to commit to taking care of your teeth and gums in the best way possible! Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and examinations will save you more money than anything else you can do!
 
According to The American Dental Association advisor Dr. Matt Messina,
 
“The absolute cheapest way to make your own dental experience better is to commit to brushing, flossing your teeth and eating a healthy diet. Those are pennies a day that breed dollars of savings later on. The cheapest cavity is the one you never get.”
 
At Dentist At Watertown it is our goal to provide you with the highest quality dental care in the most of fordable way possible. We will work closely with your dental insurance and always provide a thorough estimate before any treatment is performed.
 
If you have any questions of would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 617-923-8159. We are here for you!

Nine Things Rich People Do – The Last One Will Surprise You!!

Thomas Corley, the author of “Rich Habits:” The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy People,” spent five years studying what rich people do differently than everyone else. (For his study he defined “rich” as someone with an annual income over $160,000 and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million of more – no too shabby!!)
He then went on to define nine habits that rich people had and the non-rich people didn’t. He explained that just about everyone had a few rich habits, bit it would be a good idea to increase that to fifty percent. Here they are!
 
1. Rich people always keep their goals in sight.
 
76% of the wealthy actually put their goals in writing.
 
2. Rich people maintain a daily “to-do” list
Not only do the wealthy keep to-do lists, but two-thirds of them complete 70% or more of those listed tasks each day.
 
3. TV is not important to rich people.
 
Mostly wealthy people watch one hour or less of the boob-tube per day, and only 6% watch reality shows!
 
4. Rich people read… But not necessarily for fun.
 
86% of rich people love to read, and most read for self-improvement every day!
 
5. They like to listen to books too.
 
63% of the wealthy spend their commute listening to audio books.
 
6. They make a point of going above and beyond at the office.
 
81% of the rich agree with this statement: “I do more than my job requires.” They tend to enjoy their work as well.
 
7. They aren’t hoping to win the jackpot.
 
Only 6% of the rich people play the lottery on a regular basis, but they are willing to take financial risks with their money when the time is right.
 
8. Rich people watch their waistline.
 
Wealthy people value their health, and over 60% count calories every day.
 
9. And they take care of their smiles.
 
“I floss every day!”