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Can I be Infected with Gum Disease from Another Person?

April 6, 2021

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woman red gums from gingivitis

Over 60% of adults in America have gingivitis or a more acute form of gum disease, which is the inflammation and infection of the soft tissue inside the mouth. What does this mean for the rest of the population? Are they at risk of being infected with the condition from other people? A local dentist answers and explains how to fortify your gum health.


Can Receded Gums Grow Back?

March 15, 2021

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receding gums

When you think of receding gums, you might associate the condition with an older crowd, but studies have shown that it can affect younger people too, and not just those with gum disease. One of the first things people want to know when they are told that their gums are receding is whether or not the tissue will grow back. Unfortunately, the answer is no. There is good news though! Even though gum tissue does not regenerate once it has receded, there are plenty of ways to avoid it and slow the process. Keep reading to learn some of the causes of gum recession and how you can deflect it.


How Does Coffee Affect Your Dental Health?

January 21, 2021

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Hot cup of coffee on a book.If you’re like many adults, you need coffee to jumpstart your day. Whether you brew a fresh cup of java at home or head to the closest Starbucks, the National Coffee Association reports 54% of Americans over the age of 18 begin their day the same way. Besides giving you a boost of energy, it also provides many health benefits, like a decreased risk of cancer, stroke, and diabetes; however, your dentist has a few concerns about frequently drinking coffee. Believe it or not, it can harm your teeth. If you can’t skip your cup of Joe in the morning, here’s what you need to know to keep your smile healthy.


How to Ramp Up Your Dental Health in the New Year!

December 21, 2020

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man happy with his New Year’s resolutions

With the next 12 months on the horizon, you’re ready to make some positive and lasting changes. This includes improving your dental health. All you need is the right strategy to achieve your goals. As you continue reading, learn some effective ways to hit your New Year’s resolutions for strong and healthy teeth and gums!


5 Signs You Need Dental Crown Replacement

November 20, 2020

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Person needing dental crown replacement. A dental crown is widely used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry because it can improve the overall health, function, and appearance of a tooth. It covers the entire visible surface above the gum line, allowing it to also provide an added layer of protection. It’s not uncommon for a crown to be used along with another treatment, like a root canal. A crown can last for several decades with the right aftercare, but you will need a new one eventually. Here are 5 signs you need dental crown replacement to restore your smile.


What Makes You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

September 9, 2020

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Dental implant

If you’re one of the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you have several different options when it comes to replacing them. A favorite by dentists and patients alike is dental implants. They have all sorts of benefits including that they act like natural teeth, prevent jawbone deterioration, and restore as much as 90% of your chewing ability. However, implants aren’t for everyone. Read on to learn which characteristics make a good dental implant candidate in Belchertown.


How to Take Care of Dental Implants After Surgery

August 17, 2020

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Dental implant illustration

Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile if you’re missing teeth. They are becoming increasingly popular because of their many benefits. They restore almost all of your chewing power and preserve the integrity of your jawbone. However, you can’t just walk right out of surgery and start consuming everything you want. Before you can experience all the wonderful benefits of implants, you must allow them to heal. Here is everything you need to know about dental implant aftercare.


How to Correctly Wear a Face Mask

June 17, 2020

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Woman properly wearing a face mask as instructed by Belchertown dentist

As more studies about the current COVID-19 pandemic are conducted, researchers are discovering that many cases present very few or no symptoms. This means that you may be sick and contagious with the coronavirus while still feeling healthy. Wearing a face mask can help stop the rampant spread of germs from asymptomatic carriers, but only if worn correctly. Your Belchertown dentist shares how to properly wear a face mask and keep those around you safe in the COVID-19 pandemic.


How Your Dental Team Keeps Their Hands Clean During COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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Belchertown dentist washing their hands and practices excellent hand hygiene in COVID-19

Keeping your hands clean is an important part of protecting yourself from COVID-19. Excellent hand hygiene has always been especially important in a dentist’s line of work since their hands come in such close proximity to all their patients’ mouths. Now more than ever, dental professionals are taking numerous steps to clean their hands thoroughly throughout the day to keep themselves and their patients safe. Here’s how your Belchertown dentist and his team keep their hands germ-free so you can get the treatment you need safely during COVID-19.


Call the Doctor! – How to Tell If You Are Having a Dental Emergency

April 12, 2020

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Person with emergency dentist

You’ve gone all day with a painful throbbing in your teeth. Though it hurts, you’re trying to power through and wait it out. Due to COVID-19, most dental practices aren’t open for their regular hours and you’re hoping that the pain will just go away. Since you can’t often see the cause of tooth pain, it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist.

Even though most dental practices are currently not seeing patients for regular appointments, they are still available and eager to help those having dental emergencies. Many emergency dentists are available for same-day appointments and will get you out of pain as quickly as possible. The following advice from an emergency dentist will help you to gauge when you should pick up the phone and make an appointment. 

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