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3/31/2017 6:00:00 AM | Prosites SMM

Knocking out a permanent tooth is a true dental emergency. Don’t be afraid to contact your dentist right away. If you knock out a permanent tooth, here is what to do. 1. Hold the tooth by the crown and not the root so as not to spread bacteria unto the root. 2. Rinse dirt or any debris off with room temperature water but be gentle with the root. 3. Try to reinsert the tooth until you get to the dentist and hold it into place. 4. If reinserting is not an option, keep it moist by covering it with milk or water. 5. For optimal outcome, try to get to a dentist within 30 minutes.

5/31/2016 8:00:00 AM | Prosites SMM

Root canals - almost everyone has heard of them and many have feared them, but fortunately root canals are not the painful, drawn-out treatments that most patients imagine. Used to relieve pain and prevent tooth loss caused by deep bacteria (cavities), root canals are very common. In fact, each year millions of people receive root canal treatments that improve their overall oral health and keep them from losing their teeth. When you understand more about what a root canal is, you won’t be afraid to take advantage of this innovative treatment.

What Conditions do Root Canals Treat?

If the pulp - or soft tissue - inside the root of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, a root canal can treat the condition before it becomes too severe, causing pain or abscesses (severe infection). Your pulp might become infected or inflamed if you have experienced tooth decay, tooth damage, and/or excessive or invasive dental procedures on the affected tooth. Pain, tenderness, and temperature sensitivity are all symptoms of pulp infection, but pulp infection does not always present symptoms.

How does a Root Canal Work?

Without treatment, you’ll probably lose a tooth with infected pulp. Using a root canal, your dentist can save the tooth by removing the inflamed/infected pulp and filling/sealing the space with antiseptic material. The procedure is typically completed in three office visits. First, your dentist will assess your condition to ensure a root canal is necessary. Second, your dentist will remove the pulp and fill the empty area. During the third visit, your dentist will place a crown or other restoration on the top of the tooth to protect it and ensure it functions and looks just like the rest of your teeth!

Is the Process Painful?

Though root canals are famous in pop culture for being among the more painful dental procedures, modern technology and advances in anesthetics have virtually eliminated both pain and discomfort from the root canal process. Your doctor will provide you with a local anesthetic during the procedure and will either recommend an over-the-counter or prescription pain medication for the first few days after treatment. Most patients report feeling some sensitivity when not on pain medication, but when you are properly medicated, the procedure and recovery period is typically very comfortable.

If you have an infected tooth, a root canal might be just what you need to save your tooth and restore your healthy, beautiful smile. Don’t let rumors of pain and discomfort convince you to abandon the treatment you need! Most dentists would agree that it is the needing a root canal that causes pain, not actually getting one. In Stoneham, Dr. Doyle is among the leading providers of root canal treatments in his modern and relaxing office. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your treatment options and put tooth pain behind you!

5/24/2016 4:33:00 PM | Prosites SMM

Brush and floss regularly for healthy gums and healthy teeth! If you’re like most, you’ve been hearing this mantra since you were a child. By now, you probably know that keeping your gums healthy is just as important as keeping your teeth healthy, especially because gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Healthy gums are key to a healthy smile, but did you know that the health of your gums can also affect other aspects of your health, making a significant impact on your overall wellbeing? Science has linked gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, to several other systemic health problems, which can significantly impact your ability to live your best and healthiest life.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, and gum disease in diabetic patients can lead to diabetic complications, as well as increases in blood sugar. Scientists believe that gum disease and diabetes are linked because people with diabetes are more likely to have infections than the general public. If you have or are at risk of developing diabetes, keeping your gums healthy through regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits can help you avoid potentially serious complications while ensuring that you maintain your beautiful smile.

Heart Disease
Though research hasn’t proven that gum disease causes heart disease, it is a risk factor, meaning that if you have gum disease, you are more likely to develop heart disease. Most doctors believe that inflammation of the gums can make heart disease worse. Some research also indicates that gum disease may be a contributing factor to strokes.

Respiratory Disease
If you have gum disease, you have bacteria in your mouth, and if you have bacteria in your mouth, it’s just a few short breaths away from traveling to your lungs. Once bacteria is in your lungs, it can cause respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia. Respiratory diseases are frustrating for everyone, but they can be especially dangerous for the very young, very old, or those with compromised immune systems.

Healthy Gums and Healthy Bodies
If you want a long-lasting, healthy smile full of brilliant, white teeth, taking care of your gums is a necessity, but the brilliance of your smile isn’t all that is at stake. If you have diseased gums, you are more likely to have poor health overall, so be proactive and protect yourself against gum disease through regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Dental visits are of special importance because most people who have gum disease don’t know that they have gum disease because periodontitis doesn’t always present symptoms until it is severe. Regular dental checkups are the only foolproof way to keep your mouth healthy and clear of bacteria.

If you’re hoping to boost your overall health by maintaining a healthy smile, schedule an appointment with Stoneham dentist, Dr. Doyle today. Our team is ready and wanting to help you get healthy!

12/18/2015 11:44:00 AM | Prosites SMM

When you hear the jingles in the stores and see the decorations on your neighbor’s house, you know that the holiday season has arrived. Among other traditions, you can also expect food to play a big part of the holiday, whether it’s snacks for a party or a big family dinner. Unfortunately, a lot of traditional holiday food can be harmful to your teeth, from sticky candy canes to sugary, maybe alcoholic eggnog. Thankfully, there are also lots of seasonal dishes and treats that can keep your smile as healthy as ever.

You probably already have a sizable list of foods you know to be bad for your teeth: soda, coffee, and candy. However, what about the crackers you set out as hors d’oeuvres? Even without extra-sweet ingredients added in, bread and related snacks are full of carbohydrates – that is, sugar – and their crumbly, dissolvable nature means that these bacteria-feeding carbs get stuck to your teeth. Alcohol, not counting the sugar it is often made of or mixed with, will dry out your mouth; dry mouths are the perfect environment for bacteria. Even the cough drops you take for colds and the flu not only have sugar in them, but also expose you to that sugar over a long period of time. Cough syrup, despite having similar amounts of sugar in it, is quickly swallowed and doesn’t expose the teeth to that sugar too long. Simply put, too many holiday edibles encourage the decay of your teeth.

Not to worry! Lots of holiday foods diminish, if not reverse, the damage other foods can do. Two common party snacks, for example, are meat and cheese. The calcium and proteins provided by meat and cheese can actually strengthen your teeth and gums. Nuts, like meat, also provide your mouth with a burst of protein and saliva production that help defend your teeth from bacterial build-up. Instead of sweetened cranberry sauce in your dishes, try using fresh cranberries; they can interrupt the bonding process of the decadent bacteria. Though dried fruit is a bad idea, crunchy fruit and raw vegetables can help scrub plaque off of your teeth.

The holidays and their traditions are fast approaching. If you eat too much of the wrong kinds of traditional foods, or you find yourself chewing on that food for a long period of time, your teeth can suffer. However, holiday tradition have also given us a lot of food to protect and strengthen our teeth as well. So, when planning out the next holiday party or dinner, keep these foods in mind. They may just save your smile.

8/20/2015 4:05:00 PM | Prosites SMM

What it is
Periodontal disease, known as gum disease or periodontitis, is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. In the United States, it is estimated that half of Americans aged 30 or older have advanced gum disease.  While highly prevalent, this dental condition is preventable with a good oral health regimen.

Periodontal disease symptoms become apparent as bacteria and debris accumulate around teeth and below the gum line and hardens into tartar. If not removed by a professional, tartar and bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums and weakening of teeth.
There are variables that can increase your risk of periodontitis that range from genetic predisposition and underlying health conditions, to certain lifestyle habits. Diet, taking certain medications, decreased immunity, and hormonal changes can also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Periodontitis begins with the onset of gingivitis. In this early stage, bacteria builds up, irritating the surrounding gums. As bacteria accumulate and plaque builds and hardens into tartar, there is a weakening of bone and connective tissue that keeps teeth in their sockets. As bacteria spreads, pockets that trap further bacteria begin to form around teeth and under soft tissue. In patients with advanced periodontal disease, teeth become loose and fall out.

One of the most difficult aspects of spotting periodontal disease without help from a dentist is that the condition can progress slowly in patients and may not always produce obvious signs. Patients may notice:
- Gum tenderness
- Gum recession
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth or a change in teeth alignment
Diagnosis of gum disease typically involves visiting a dentist for a visual examination of your oral condition, as well as charting pocket depths and using X-Rays to check bone loss in areas with deeper periodontal pockets.

Early diagnosis gives patients the greatest chance of reversing damage with nonsurgical treatments. These procedures include root scaling and planing, which removes tartar and bacteria from surfaces of teeth and beneath the gums and smooths root surfaces,. Antibiotics that are either taken orally or topically as a rinse, can also be used to reduce bacteria and inflammation.
For patients with advanced periodontitis, dental surgery may be the most effective option to reduce pocket size and restore the healthy appearance and supportive structure of soft tissue.

Periodontal disease is preventable by practicing consistent and good oral hygiene. As a rule of thumb, you should be taking between 3-5 minutes twice day to care for your teeth and gums by flossing first to loosen any food particles and bacteria, and brushing to clean all surfaces of teeth. You should also visit your dentist twice a year for thorough teeth cleanings. Patients displaying early signs of gum disease may require more frequent dental visits throughout the year.

If are exhibiting signs and symptoms of gum disease, you should contact Dr. Doyle as soon as possible. The sooner you can receive treatment, the more likely you will be able to reverse any damage caused by periodontal disease.

5/26/2015 4:45:00 PM | Prosites SMM

Brushing your teeth everyday is one of the best ways to take care of your smile. For optimal dental health, follow these six tips:

1) Pick the right brush that fits your needs – Not all toothbrushes were created equal. Between varying sizes, bristle strengths, and the recommendations given to you from your favorite dental care provider, there are plenty of options to choose from.

2) Master the technique – Brush your teeth at gum line using a 45-degree angle. Gently move your toothbrush back and forth in short motions, cleaning the outer surfaces of your teeth. Move your brush in gentle up and down motions to clean the inner surfaces of your teeth. Then be sure to brush your tongue!

3) Take your time – Follow the “2 minutes x 2 times per day” rule.

4) Don’t overdo it – Ever hear of having too much of a good thing? Over-brushing can cause dental issues such as wearing down the enamel on your teeth or receding gums.

5) Good hygiene is the way to go – Always rinse your toothbrush before and after brushing; germs tend to linger if you don’t keep your toothbrush clean. (Also, do not keep your toothbrush capped or near a toilet. Trust us on this one.)

6) Let it go – Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when you start seeing frayed bristles. Also, if you’ve been sick, think about throwing out the old one and replacing it with a new brush.

By practicing proper dental care daily, we minimize the risk of cavities and developing other dental health related issues. To make an appointment with your Stoneham dentist, Dr. Bruce M. Doyle, call us today at (781) 438-1666 .

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