The Causes & Solutions for Sore, Inflamed Gums

October 19, 2023

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A young woman showing inflamed gums

When people imagine oral health issues, they normally think of their teeth. That’s only natural – your chompers are the most notable parts of your mouth. However, don’t forget: your gum tissue can also get serious problems. In particular, you might develop sore and inflamed gums. Luckily, your local Billerica dentist has a few tricks for dealing with them. Read on, then, to learn the causes of gum inflammation and some great ways to fix it.


How to Get Rid of Periodontal Pockets

September 22, 2023

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Healthy tooth and tooth affected by gum diseaseYour oral health involves much more than just your teeth. Your gums are the foundation for a healthy smile. Cavities aren’t the only threat to your dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. Initially, your gums may be red, swollen, or bleed easily. Over time, the infection can spread deeper into the tissues surrounding your teeth, causing periodontal pockets. Here’s what you need to know to stop the infection and get rid of the pockets.


Why Would My Dentures Smell Bad?

August 11, 2023

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Dentures can be an excellent solution to extensive tooth loss, but some patients find that their removable restorations can start to smell bad after a while. However, if you clean your dentures and take great care of them, they’re unlikely to develop an unpleasant odor that’ll drive your friends and colleagues away! Here’s more about why dentures might smell bad and what you can do to keep your breath fresh with your restored smile.


How Many Hours Daily Can You Wear Dentures?

July 13, 2023

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A hand holding an upper denture

True enough, dentures are highly effective as replacement teeth. You can trust them to help you eat, speak, and even smile. That said, you shouldn’t wear these restorations every hour of every day. You’ll suffer from some major oral health problems otherwise. Luckily, your local Billerica dentist is here to address the obvious question: “How many hours can you wear dentures?” To learn the answer, read this summary of the proper denture wear time and the dangers of overusing your new teeth.


Try These Tips for Your First Month with Dentures

June 13, 2023

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a man in Billerica smiling with his new dentures

Now that you’ve received your brand-new dentures, you’re likely excited to enjoy your fully restored smile and bite. However, it can take some time to get used to your prosthetics, as your gum line will need to get accustomed. According to many patients, the first month with dentures can be particularly challenging. To help create a smoother transition, here are a few helpful tips for learning to use your new pearly whites.


Can Professional Fluoride Treatment Be Useful for Adults?

May 10, 2023

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grown man receiving fluoride treatment

Fluoride is one of those things that most people have heard of, but that many people may not completely understand the importance of. They might know that it’s good for their oral health, but may not really know why.

For example, it’s a common misconception that children are the main people who can benefit from fluoride treatment. There is evidence to suggest that adults could potentially enjoy the merits of fluoride treatment as well. If you’re curious, here’s how.


What to Expect After Getting a Root Canal

April 11, 2023

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person resting on couch after getting a root canal

Root canals are dental procedures aimed at saving and restoring severely damaged or infected teeth by removing the infected pulp and sealing the tooth’s inner canals. Often associated with fear and discomfort, they are misunderstood procedures that can bring relief and save your natural tooth from having to be extracted. Contrary to popular belief, they are generally simple and nearly painless. If you are preparing to undergo root canal therapy, keep reading as we explore what to expect after the procedure as well as how you can prepare.


Can You Still Align Your Smile with Invisalign if You Grind Your Teeth?

March 13, 2023

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a dentist placing aligners into a patient’s mouth

Invisalign has given countless people the smile they’ve always wanted. No longer do you have to avoid getting straighter teeth because you don’t want to wear the clunky metal wires and brackets. The clear aligners of Invisalign can provide you with a discreet and convenient way to gradually move your pearly whites into their desired position. But since you must wear them for at least 20 hours a day, which will include while you sleep, can you still get the treatment if you grind your teeth at night? Here’s what to know about Invisalign and teeth grinding.


Reasons Why a Root Canal Might Actually Be a Good Thing

February 13, 2023

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illustration showing root canal process

The American Association of Endodontists has said that approximately 41,000 root canals are performed every day. Due to the spread of misinformation about this treatment, it’s feared by many. Fortunately, this procedure is incredibly reliable. With a 95% success rate, it’s rare for patients to run into complications with this treatment. Read on to learn why getting root canal therapy is a good thing.


What Dental Emergencies Cause Facial Pain?

January 4, 2023

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a patient struggling with dental pain

Life can come to a screeching halt when you sustain a dental emergency—and sometimes these situations can cause a great deal of facial pain! But how do you know when this discomfort necessitates a visit to your emergency dentist? Here are some dental problems that are known for causing facial pain and why it’s always in your best interest to visit your dentist for relief.

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