|December 9, 2019|
In This Issue:
Use It Or Lose It!
It's that time of year again. The holidays are nearly upon us and the calendar year is swiftly coming to a close. We would like to remind you that as the calendar year ends - so do most dental insurance and flex spending plans.
Don't let your insurance benefits go to waste! If you have dental treatment you have been putting off, it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible. Remember, any insurance or flex plan benefits not utilized before December 31, 2015 will be lost forever. Call us today to make your appointment!
The Truth About Acid and Your Teeth
Acids found in food and liquids can have a harmful affect on your teeth. Each tooth has a hard protective layer called the enamel. When acids come in contact with the enamel, it can soften. When this happens repeatedly, your enamel can wear away and it cannot be restored naturally. Teeth that are regularly exposed to food with high acid content are also more prone to cavities.
Acidic foods are found everywhere. While it is impossible to make a complete list, the following are some of the more common acidic food and beverages: Beer, Beef, Soft drinks, Coffee, Fish, Lamb, Pasta, White Flour, Table Salt, Pork and White Bread. Even grazing on fruits and vegetables slowly throughout the day can expose your teeth to acid damage. Bacteria in your mouth, which feeds on sugars, can also create acid.
The best way to ward off acid damage is to avoid continuous snacking throughout the day. Rinsing and flossing, and chewing sugar free gum after eating can also be helpful. Although, brushing right after eating acidic foods can actually damage the teeth, because the enamel is soft from the acid. Too much to remember? Check out this list of the best and worst foods for your teeth!
Addressing Dental Anxiety
Although we know, our patients love coming to Smileboston, dental professionals get a bad rap when it comes to thinking about pain and discomfort. Even though we all know dentists do so much to improve our health and well being, there are still many patients, even Dr. Spitz's own father, who have serious anxiety surrounding dental visits.
For the sake of your oral health, there are many ways to combat dental anxiety; a condition left untreated, is sure to cause additional issues. During your visit at Smileboston, you can relax and listen to music or watch your favorite movie. However, if positive reinforcement and behavior management techniques don't do the trick, we offer dental sedation and Nitrous Oxide to help ease your mind and complete dental treatment.
Sedation can occur through inhalation (Nitrous Oxide aka laughing gas) or orally through a pill or liquid. These sedation methods are safe and can address most forms of dental anxiety. Usually these forms of sedation do not relieve pain, so a local anesthetic is still needed. They do, however, relieve stress and allow you to have a healthy smile without the worry.
Happy Thanksgiving from
Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving shared with family and friends. As we celebrate the season, the Smileboston office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27th. The office will reopen for business on Monday, November 30th. Should you have a dental emergency during this time, please call 617-277-4100.
Have a great day!
Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
|Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 1180 Beacon Street Suite 2B - Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
ph: 617-277-4100 - email: email@example.com