Spring Newsletter
April 2017

Spring Is Here
Hooray! Spring is Finally Here!
Welcome to the East Grove Family Dental Spring Newsletter! We would like to take this opportunity to update you on what’s new as we continue to brighten smiles in 2017! Our spring newsletter is filled with news and information that we hope you’ll enjoy including new team members, patient Q&A and dental health resources for you and your family.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our patients for your kind referrals of other families to our practice. Trusting us with your friends for care is the greatest compliment you could give us!


Team News
We are growing to better serve you! We have 3 new staff members who recently joined us. Please give them a warm welcome next time you’re in the office!

AbbyAbby, Dental Hygienist
Abby joined the practice in February of 2017. She enjoys helping patients maintain excellent oral hygiene and educates them for a happier healthy smile. She finds her job very rewarding, especially when patients get excited about improvements in their own oral hygiene. Abby lives in Wareham with her boyfriend Matt and their two cats, Muzzy and Samantha. During the summer months, she likes to spend time fishing and hiking, and believe it or not, she can juggle! Abby is looking forward to forming lasting relationships with her patients and is thrilled to be a part of the East Grove Family Dental team.


AmyAmy, Front Desk
Amy joined East Grove Family Dental in January of 2017. She can be found at the front desk, ready to help with insurance questions and appointment scheduling. She enjoys working with our doctors because she feels they are “excellent at what they do.” Amy truly believes that smiles are contagious - and she always wears her smile to the office. She lives in Middleboro with her husband Dennis and their 13-year-old twins, Tess and Kasey. Amy loves spending time with her family, enjoying the beach and making memories. Amy’s goal is to make your dental experience the best it can be.


KimmieKimmie, Dental Hygienist
Kimmie joined the practice in January of 2016. As a dental hygienist, Kimmie provides her patients with the best dental care possible by listening and understanding their needs. She enjoys getting to know her patients and building relationships with them. She really feels that our entire office is like a family and that we extend that feeling to our patients. Kimmie lives in Wareham with her boyfriend Germaine. Together they enjoy anything outdoors including walking, kayaking and simply spending time with family.

Office News

  • Abby is now on our Smart Smiles Team! She recently gave a presentation at the Early Childhood Memorial School in Middleboro.

  • We proudly continue to serve veterans referred by the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville and Raynham Veteran’s Administration.

  • Dr. Bartek and Dr. Gomes attended the Yankee Dental Conference in January at the Boston Convention Center and had an opportunity to connect with other dentists and learn about new techniques in dentistry.

Recent Patient Questions

Oil pullingQ: Does Coconut Oil Whiten Teeth?
A: If you're interested in natural remedies and organic products, you've probably heard all about the practice of oil pulling. Oil pulling requires you to use a teaspoon or so of an edible oil (usually coconut) to swish around the mouth as a way to care for your teeth. Some claim that coconut oil offers benefits like healthier gums, plaque removal and even whiter teeth. But before you make oil-pulling part of your morning routine, it's important to ask, "How can I benefit from using it?”

Here's some more information about this natural remedy:

The practice of oil pulling dates back hundreds of years in South Asian and Indian medicine, according to a study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Both cultures consider oil a healthy ingredient for body tissue, and the idea is that as the oil is swished and pulled through your mouth, it's removing the bacteria that can lead to plaque and gingivitis. Some claim that the practice has led to whiter teeth and decreased sensitivity. With more and more people seeking natural remedies for a healthier body, oil pulling is one of those remedies that crops up in dental hygiene topics. Natural living enthusiasts have eagerly picked up the habit of oil pulling, with some swishing oil for up to 30 minutes a day in search of the supposed benefits.

Does coconut oil whiten teeth? The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that there is not enough scientific evidence to prove oil pulling is beneficial to your oral health at all. Without reliable research and testing, the ADA cannot recommend the practice. At best, swishing with oil is ineffective. At worst, it could result in diarrhea or an upset stomach.

Why head to the specialty food store for a jar of coconut oil when the best whitening products are found in your drugstore? Brushing with a hydrogen peroxide whitening toothpaste may whiten your teeth in as few as three days. Or, if you're looking for instant whitening, you can talk to our office about professional methods that we can complete in-office to get the bright smile you want.

Oil pulling might be popular in some circles, but in the end, its whitening and oral health benefits are untested and unlikely to compare with methods that have been properly researched. If you really want whitening results, rely on the ingredients that have been proven to work and you won't have to add more time and effort to your oral care routine.


40Q: I just turned 40 and I’m really trying to focus on healthier habits. I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to keep my teeth healthy, what do I need to know?

A: As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. The key to keeping a bright, healthy smile throughout adulthood is to practice proper oral hygiene. Adults can get cavities, as well as gum disease that can lead to serious problems.

Throughout your adult life, it's important to continue to:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove dental plaque – the sticky film on your teeth that's the main cause of tooth decay and inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a dental hygienist during a professional cleaning.
  • Limit sugary or starchy foods, especially sticky snacks. The more often you snack between meals, the more chances you give bacteria to create the acids that attack your tooth enamel.
  • Visit our office regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.

Here are a few of dental conditions to be aware of:

Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by a dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.

How to Floss Teeth Properly

Do you floss every day? Do you know how to floss properly? If you’re not flossing your teeth, you can be missing out on cleaning 40% of the tooth’s surface. Flossing is an important part of your oral health and we are here to help educate our patients the best way we know how. Please take a moment to watch this great video for a healthy reminder on the correct way to floss!

How to Floss

Spring Cleaning: Take Advantage of Your Dental Insurance Benefits

CleanDon't let your dental policy become a black hole! Take advantage of all the benefits they offer – benefits you're already paying for. 

We would like to give those patients with flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits a friendly reminder to schedule your dental visits so you can optimize your flexible spending, insurance benefits, or health savings account throughout the year (and not feel rushed in December when the holidays are upon us).

Most dental plans have a set dollar amount to be paid out annually. Any benefits not utilized by the end of the plan year are lost. If you have dental treatment that you have been delaying, including routine preventive treatment, please give us a call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions concerning your or your family's remaining dental treatment or benefits, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you!


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Thank you Sean for this wonderful Google review - we appreciate it!

 “I have been going here for years. Everyone is friendly, especially Dr. Bartek! I may only see him a few times a year, but he always remembers what has been going on since the last time we met. I used to hate going to the dentist at my previous place, but Dr. Bartek and his employees make it a comfortable experience that I don't need to fear!”  -Sean F.

Keep Smiling!

The Team at East Grove Family Dental
East Grove Family Dental
70 East Grove Street
Middleboro MA 02346
Phone: (508) 947-4770