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Doctors and dental experts all agree that one of the best preventive steps you can take for your teeth and gums is to come in for cleaningsprofessional cleanings twice each year. It seems like a small thing, but a 30 to 45-minute visit to a dentist at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA for a professional cleaning can give your smile a new chance at health and vitality. It can also help you avoid having to go to the dentist for more concerning and urgent issues.

Professional Cleanings
When you brush your teeth every day, you do your smile a great service. It stops the formation of plaque and keeps your tooth enamel strong. But even the best toothbrush cannot do as good a job as your dentist. When there is an accumulation of hardened tartar or calculus, only your dentist can safely, properly, and thoroughly remove it using dental tools. Your dentist can also polish the enamel, giving it a smoother feel and appearance. 

Your Oral Hygiene Routine
If you follow the suggestions of the American Dental Association, that means that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least one time per day (before you go to sleep at night). That is a major step in the right direction if you want to have a healthy smile and strong teeth. But you also need a second pair of eyes to look at what’s going on in your mouth, to prevent unwanted dental problems like tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. Some dental issues aren’t pinpointed until there’s a sensation of pain, but your Billerica dentist can help you avoid getting to that stage. 

Your Smile Can Be Healthier
You may take excellent care of your smile at home, but if you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, it’s time to make an appointment. A dentist can address numerous issues besides just preventing dental diseases, such as whitening your stained smile, correcting the position of your teeth, and keeping your breath fresh.

Schedule Your Cleaning Today
Now that you understand the value in regular professional cleanings, start making them a part of your lifestyle. You’ll soon see the benefits of seeing your Billerica, MA dentist for six-month checkups. Call (978) 667-2741 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig, or Dr. Lili Tayari.

By BARRY H. DANZIG, DDS
June 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Jaw pain can keep you up at night and make eating and speaking painful or difficult. Our Billerica, MA, dentists, Drs. Barry and Adam jaw pain, tmjDanzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, discuss several common causes of jaw pain and discuss treatments that may relieve your pain.

Problems with your bite

Your bite, the way your top and bottom teeth fit together, may be the source of your pain. Bite problems can occur even if you have perfectly straight teeth. A misaligned bite can stress your jaw joints and muscles, causing considerable pain.

Grinding and clenching

Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, or even while you're awake, also stresses joints or muscles. In some cases, you may wake up with your jaw tightly clenched, but in others, you may not even be aware that you grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth not only causes jaw pain, but can also crack your teeth and damage fillings, crowns, bridges and dental implants.

Infections

Infections in your jaw or an abscessed tooth can also cause jaw pain. Infections may be accompanied by facial swelling, fever and swollen lymph glands. If you notice these symptoms, call our Billerica office as soon as you can.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Your jaw joints are made up of muscles, ligaments and bones. Misalignments or damage to any of these structures can cause TMJ symptoms. Symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain, morning headaches, clicking sounds when you open your mouth, jaw locking, ear pain and stiffness in your jaw, back and neck muscles.

How do dentists treat jaw pain?

Treatment of jaw pain depends on the cause. If you have a bite problem, braces will realign your bite, while grinding and clenching can be reduced by wearing a nightguard while you sleep. If you have TMJ, you may benefit from wearing an oral splint at night. The splint reduces pressure on your jaw and also helps improve alignment. Steroid injections or prescription pain medications may be helpful if you suffer from severe pain.

Thanks to effective treatment options, there's no need to live with jaw pain. If you experience jaw pain, call our Billerica, MA, dentists, Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, at (978) 667-2741 to schedule an appointment.

By BARRY H. DANZIG, DDS
December 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canals   tooth decay  

Unfortunately, many dental patients see a root canal as the enemy and think of it as a long, drawn-out and painful procedure. Luckily, root canalthis is a simple myth which your dentist can help you bust by helping you understand more about root canals and how they work. Learn more about root canals and how they can help your smile with Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA.

When is a root canal necessary? 
Tooth decay begins with the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel, and works its way very slowly through the tooth until it reaches its inner pulp chamber. This chamber houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve, known as the tooth’s pulp. When decay begins infecting the pulp, it affects the tooth’s nerve and causes a toothache. If the decay has almost reached or actually reached this point, your dentist will recommend a root canal to remove the decay and infected contents of your tooth’s pulp chamber.

Does a root canal hurt? 
A root canal should never hurt. Your dentist will begin the procedure by numbing the tooth, ensuring that you feel no pain. Considering that your tooth is probably painful when you walk into your appointment, this first step will likely come as a relief. Additionally, by removing the infected tissues and the tooth’s nerve, which allows it to feel pain, your dentist renders your tooth unable to feel pain, eliminating your toothache and providing you with immediate relief.

Root Canal Treatments in Billerica, MA
A root canal begins with a small access hole in the top, or crown, of the tooth. The opening allows your dentist to reach the infected contents of the tooth using specialized instruments. After removing the infection and the tooth’s nerve, your dentist cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth to ensure it is completely infection-free. Then, the tooth is filled with composite resin materials and fitted for a dental crown to protect it from further damage and stabilize your tooth’s natural structure.

For more information on root canals or what they can do for you and your smile, please contact Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA. Call (978) 667-2741 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By BARRY H. DANZIG, DDS
September 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothbrush  

The tools you use to keep your smile clean can be just as important as how you brush.

 

If you’ve been thinking about ways to improve your oral health then you may be thinking about how well you care for your smile on a daily toothbrushbasis. While brushing and flossing every day are certainly crucial to healthy teeth and gums the toothbrush you use may or may not be helping your cause. From the office of our Billerica, MA dentists Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, find out more about your toothbrush options.

Did you know that the average American spends almost 1,000 hours brushing their teeth during their lifetime? When you think about it that way, don’t you want a toothbrush that will get the job done and keep your smile looking its best for the rest of your life? But from angled toothbrush heads to electronic toothbrushes, which one is right for you?

Our Billerica general dentists are here to tell you that any toothbrush that feels comfortable to you and makes it easy to brush your teeth is the best one. How you brush is a major factor in which toothbrush will be ideal. Many people don’t brush long enough, only brushing for about one minute rather than the required two to three minutes twice a day.

So, how do you find the right toothbrush for you?

Consider some of these pieces of advice before you buy your next toothbrush:

  • The toothbrush you use should have soft bristles, which will be gentler on teeth and sensitive gums. Hard bristles can also wear away at enamel, which can cause tooth sensitivity and other issues.
  • If you’ve been wondering whether powered toothbrushes might provide a more effective clean than a manual, we are here to tell you that they both clean teeth and gums equally well; however, if a powered toothbrush feels easier to maneuver and motivates you to brush your teeth then this is obviously the better choice for you. We also find that those with braces, as well as those with dexterity issues in their hands may like the ease of a powered toothbrush over a manual one.
  • You should also be replacing your toothbrush about every three months, or once bristles start to look worn out. An old toothbrush head will not be as effective at keeping teeth clean. You should also always toss that toothbrush after a bout of illness.
  • Children should have toothbrushes that are designed for their small mouths. This usually includes brushes that have soft bristles, a large easy-to-grip handle and a small head that can get into all those hard-to-reach areas.

Grateful Dentists is here to make sure that you always have expert dental care in Billerica, MA whenever you need it most. Call our office today and get the general, cosmetic or restorative dentistry you’ve been looking for.

By Grateful Dentists
September 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Scaling   Root Planing  

Scaling and Root Planing The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than half of American adults have some form of gum disease or periodontitis. That means gums that are bleeding, red, swollen, pulling away from tooth roots and infected to one extent or another. Not only does this condition loosen teeth and cause gum and jaw bone recession, but gum disease affects many aspects of overall health, particularly the cardiovascular system.

What's the Solution?

The solution for active gum disease may be scaling and root planing. Performed at the offices of Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA, this important dental service restores the health and function of gum tissue damaged by excessive plaque and tartar build-up at and beneath the gum line. Doctors Adam Danzig, Barry H. Danzig and Lili Tayari advise the procedure when they discover symptoms of periodontitis upon oral examination.

Periodontal probing is part of a routine dental exam. It measures gum pocket depth, an indicator of periodontal health. When the depth of the space between gums and tooth enamel is greater than 3 mm, dentists become concerned and often advise in-office scaling and root planing to restore gum tissue.

Scaling and Root Planing

Your Billerica dentist uses topical anesthetic to make this procedure more comfortable. He or she then employs a hand scaler or ultrasonic cleaner to remove plaque and tartar build-up between teeth and under the gums. For very deep cleaning, the mouth may be divided into quadrants, with scaling done one section at a time.

Cleaning extends to the root surfaces where the dentist removes hard tartar and smooths root surfaces so that the gums can reattach to the teeth. He or she may instill antimicrobial medication to quell the infection and prescribe special at-home rinses or medication to aid healing.

Periodontal Treatments are Helpful

Keep gums healthy with twice daily brushing and flossing. Also, your Billerica dentists advises semi-annual exams and hygienic cleanings to keep ahead of plaque and tartar. While some individuals are more prone to periodontal disease than others (diabetics, cancer patients, people with gum disease in their families), much gum disease is preventable with good dental hygiene. When gum health deteriorates, though, scaling and root planing proves effective in restoring tissue to good function and longevity.

Concerned About Your Gums?

Contact Grateful Dentists right away for an exam and cleaning appointment. Your gums are critical to your oral health and overall well-being, too. Doctors Barry H. Danzig, Adam Danzig and Lil Tayari will be pleased to discuss ways to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful. Call (978) 667-2741 to speak to a member of the team.