June 21, 2018
To keep your smile healthy, the American Dental Association recommends that everyone over the age of two sees their dentist in Beacon Hill twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Unfortunately, many people believe that these appointments are unnecessary. They feel that they only need to see their dentist after a problem has developed. As a result, a recent Gallup poll found that one-third of adults did not schedule an appointment last year. If you are skipping your routine visits, you are not only placing your oral health at risk, but you are also increasing your long-term costs for care.
October 22, 2015
During the day, your life moves full steam ahead. There’s work and family and home and groceries and cooking and laundry and the boss and the kids and the in-laws… Whew! Just reading that can set your teeth on edge. Unfortunately, for many people the daily stresses of life actually do set their teeth to grinding and clenching at night when they go to sleep. Also called bruxism, this unconscious habit can wreak havoc on your teeth and your bite. Fortunately, there is a solution. Dr. Share can prescribe a nightguard, also called a bite guard, which will protect your teeth against the daily grind.
February 15, 2015
Many recent studies have shown that the health of your teeth and gums are a good indicator of your overall health. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tarter build up. Even if you brush and floss every day, some plaque will not be removed and will harden to form tartar. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove these harmful deposits. In the early stages, gum disease is usually painless, and many patients are completely unaware of its presence. In the more advanced stages, gum disease can cause sore and bleeding gums along with painful chewing and loosening teeth. Advanced gum disease has also been linked to more systemic medical conditions like heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. The only way to stop gum disease from wreaking havoc on your good health is preventive dental cleanings and comprehensive gum disease therapy. Make an appointment with Dr. Share for the gum disease therapy you need today. Dr. Share is a highly qualified general and restorative dentist conveniently located in the heart of the Boston Financial District, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the surrounding communities.
Will You Develop Gum Disease?
Gum disease is never harmless, but can range from simple inflammation to chronic disease. The two main stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. With gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed after brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be easily treated with improved oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings. When gingivitis goes untreated, it can advance to the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. With periodontitis, your gums may pull away from your teeth and form deep pockets of infection. At this point, your body’s immune system will begin to fight the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response mechanisms will start to destroy your bone and the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. In a short amount of time, the bones, gums, and tissues that support the teeth are left in ruins, ultimately resulting in the loss of your natural teeth.
Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?
In most cases, yes. Gum disease therapy focuses on controlling and eliminating infection. The number and types of treatment necessary to do this will vary, depending on how far your gum disease has advanced. All treatments require that you improve upon your daily oral hygiene routine. In addition, Dr. Share will use deep cleaning treatments like scaling and root planing, to remove the harmful plaque and tarter deposits. Scaling involves the gentle scraping off of tartar from above and below the gum line, while root planing smoothes out rough spots on the tooth root where bacteria accumulates, helping to remove the bacteria that contributes to the disease.
Don’t allow gum disease to ruin your good health. Preserve your natural smile by making your gum disease therapy appointment with Dr. Share today. Dr. Share is trusted throughout Boston, including the Financial District, Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and neighboring areas.
January 15, 2015
Protect yourself from the dangers of oral cancer. Over 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers in 2015. The five year survival rate of those diagnosed with oral cancer is only 64 %. That’s because oral cancer is usually found in the later stages since many patients fail to have the semi-annual oral cancer screenings they need to detect the disease in the earlier stages. However, when oral cancer is detected and treated early, positive treatment-related health outcomes are possible. Make an appointment with Dr. Share for the oral cancer screening you need to stay healthy today. Dr. Share is conveniently located in the heart of the Boston Financial District, and proudly restores smiles daily throughout Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the surrounding areas.
Who Needs Oral Cancer Screenings?
Recent studies have identified demographic and behavioral factors that contribute to the development of oral cancers. Male tobacco and excessive alcohol users over age 50 are the most at risk. Additionally, contraction of the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, has also been associated with oral cancer development. HPV-positive oral cancers are related to the increasing incidence of throat cancers in non-smoking adults.
What Do Oral Cancer Screenings Check?
- a mouth sore or irritation that doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks
- red or white patches anywhere in the mouth
- pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
- a lump, thickening, spot, crust or small eroded area anywhere in or around the mouth
- difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw
- a change in your bite or the way your dentures fit
Dr. Share uses the OralCDx BrushTest to painlessly diagnose suspicious spots in the mouth. The test uses a small brush to take a surface sample of an infected area which is sent to a certified lab for analysis. If your BrushTest shows the presence of abnormal cells, a surgical biopsy may be required to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Make your oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Share today. Dr. Share is an experienced family dentist, proudly serving patients throughout the Financial District of Boston, MA, Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and nearby communities.