How Long Do Dental Implants Usually Last?

April 18, 2023

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Smiling older woman, showing her dental implants

Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard in tooth replacement because they seamlessly rebuild lost dentition, provide a strong bite, and look incredibly natural. However, they can cost a significant amount of money. How long do dental implants usually last? Do they endure long enough to be a good financial value? Yes! This blog post provides useful information on the lifespan of dental implants.


Can I Get Dental Implants if I Smoke?

April 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 3:57 pm
Man pulling cigarette from carton, preparing to smoke

An estimate published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that around 40 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. This habit is strongly connected to a number of health problems, including respiratory issues, cancer, and more. If you smoke, it is logical to wonder if this activity may also affect your prospects for tooth replacement. You might ask, “Can I get dental implants if I smoke?” This blog post provides helpful information.


Can I Drink Alcohol After a Tooth Extraction?

March 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 2:59 pm
Two glasses of wine against white background

In most cases, it is perfectly acceptable to indulge in a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine. However, it is a different story if you recently underwent a major dental treatment. In fact, it is the course of wisdom to avoid drinking alcohol after a tooth extraction for at least 7 – 10 days. Read on to learn why that is the case.


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 4:33 pm
Cartoon kids, teeth, dental tools, and healthy foods with the words "Brush, Floss, Smile"

The children are indeed the future. Promoting healthy habits for our children is one of the most important things we can do for them. February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA). One of the main focuses of this national observance is prevention of dental issues by practicing good oral health.


When to Say Goodbye to the Baby Bottle

February 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 4:43 pm
Sleeping infant holding a baby bottle

Wondering when to start weaning your baby from a bottle? From a dental perspective, this is an important topic as bottle use has a significant impact on the oral health of your baby. Although every child is different, there are some guidelines to consider to help transition your little one away from the bottle.


Taking Care of your Heart

February 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 4:14 pm
Digital illustration of an anatomical heart

Each February many of us are reminded to focus on our heart health as  American Heart Month sheds light on all things related to the heart. Love is truly in the air all of February and our hearts require a lot of love when trying to maintain its health. Heart disease is a general term that covers many heart problems. One of the most commonly known heart diseases is Coronary Artery Disease, which occurs when the arteries connecting to the heart become blocked by plaque build-up.


Do I need Probiotics for my Oral Health?

February 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 4:24 pm
Spread of healthy foods

Many of us have heard the benefits of probiotics, but did you know those benefits extend to your oral health? Probiotics, found in certain supplements and foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, may help you control dental tarter and bacterial plaque.

Probiotics are comprised of “good” bacteria and yeasts. These good microorganisms help fight off the body’s “bad “bacteria. Many individuals have heard about probiotics when referring to improving digestive issues, but research also has shown that they can help benefit your skin, lungs, urinary tract, and oral cavity. Researchers have suggested that probiotics may help combat gum disease, dental plaque, bad breath, and potentially cancer.


What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

February 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wellesleydg @ 1:56 pm
Smiling dental patient relaxing in treatment chair

Has your dentist suggested that you be sedated for an upcoming treatment? If you have never been sedated before, you may be curious about what to expect. What does dental sedation feel like? How can you be sure that it is right for you? This blog post provides helpful information to prepare you for the road ahead.


Vaping is Putting your Smile at Risk

January 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Smith @ 9:42 am

Vaping is becoming increasingly popular, but so are it’s damaging health effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9.1 million American adults and 2 million teenagers use vaping products containing tobacco. Previous researchers have linked vaping to the development of lung disease and gum disease. Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have now reported a potential link between patients using vaping devices and having an increased risk of developing dental cavities.


New Study on Oral Bacteria and Brain Abscesses

January 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Smith @ 3:37 pm

We all know how influential bacteria can be on our health. A new study, published in the Journal of Dentistry, discovered break through research on bacteria and our brains. Researchers from the University of Plymouth and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust examined brain abscesses and their link to bacteria known to cause oral infections. They looked at 87 patient records who were admitted to the hospital with brain abscesses and analyzed the microbiology data from their abscess samples. Only 35 of the patients had an exact cause of the abscess identified. They found that of the 52 patients where a cause of the abscess had not been found, they were approximately 3 times as likely to have oral bacteria present in their samples. They also identified a higher presence of Streptococcus anginosus, which is a bacteria often associated with pharyngitis, bacteremia, internal organs infections, and even dental abscesses. Although the incidence of this type of brain abscess is rare, it can be life-threatening, according to the researchers.

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