The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Salem can offer Holbrook patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Holbrook Dental, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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Dental Friends with Benefits

At Holbrook Dental, our goal is to make your dental visits as pleasant as possible. Part of this effort includes taking the complication out of utilizing your insurance benefits. Dr. Salem knows there can be confusing terms and stipulations in insurance plans that can be a barrier between you and the care you need. We aim to remove that barrier by filing paperwork for our Holbrook patients and providing the details necessary for you to make the best decisions possible for your oral and overall health. If you have further questions, we’re just a phone call away! Read more ›

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Brushing Your Teeth – Are You Doing it Wrong?

Did you know that certain times of day might be better for brushing than others? While it’s always recommended to brush your teeth twice per day, and floss once per day, your timing is also important.

If you love your pearly whites and want to keep them around as long as possible (because face it, life would be pretty difficult without your teeth), read more to improve your tooth brushing game. Read more ›

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Holbrook children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Holbrook Dental, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Salem can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call. Read more ›

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I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

Have you ever heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal?” Most of us in Holbrook are used to hearing root canals compared to some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Salem would like to set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good.

Root Canals Save Teeth

Here it comes, the question on everyone’s mind – why on Earth would you want a root canal?! There is one thing all dentists in Holbrook and beyond will agree on – saving your natural teeth is always the best option. There are many ways that Dr. Salem can replace missing or damaged teeth, but nothing is as good as the real thing. If you have a tooth with inflamed or infected pulp, a root canal can eliminate the infection and save it. Thus, root canals are preferable to extraction. Here are some more advantages of endodontic root canal treatment:

  • Natural appearance
  • Efficient chewing
  • Tolerance of normal bite force and sensation
  • Surrounding teeth are protected from extra wear and/or strain

Root Canals Get Rid of Pain

Perhaps if you had a root canal before modern techniques and anesthetic options, it would live up to its reputation. Fortunately, that is no longer the case today. If you have had a root canal, you are six times more likely to say that it was “painless” than those that have never experienced the procedure. The truth is, root canals alleviate pain by removing infected, damaged tissues. When Dr. Salem performs a root canal at Holbrook Dental, she cleans out the infection, sterilizes/disinfects the inside of the tooth, uses a rubber sealant to fill the gap, and then places a crown or filling on top to protect the tooth. Once it is done, the tooth functions just like its neighbors. Voila, your tooth is now healthy again!

At Holbrook Dental, we love changing people’s minds about root canals, so please give us a call to find out if you can benefit from this treatment. Maybe then you’ll start saying, “That was almost as pleasant as a root canal!”

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/root-canals

http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx

http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx

 

 

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Professional Dental Cleanings Make a Big Difference

You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Salem twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular professional dental cleanings are so important, Holbrook Dental would like to take this opportunity to let Holbrook residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned by a professional.

Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

Unfortunately, some folks believe that visiting the dentist is unnecessary as long as you brush and floss regularly. That just isn’t the case. In addition to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, regular visits to our expert hygienists ensure that we can have a good look at your pearly whites and make sure nothing is wrong. If you don’t come in for cleanings, you’ll only need more expensive work later in life.

Here are a few reasons get your teeth cleaned: Read more ›

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Do Whitening Strips Actually Work?

Whitening strips are among the most popular health and beauty products in Holbrook. Brightening up your pearly whites is a great way to give your smile a boost, and with all the over-the-counter options, there’s no reason not to pick one up and try it out. Dr. Salem wants you to be informed about every aspect of dental health, so here’s a guide to which whitening options can give your teeth a bright new shine. If you have any questions or would like to visit Holbrook Dental for a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Teeth Whitening: The Basics

Nowadays, there are three basic types of in-home whitening: toothpastes and mouthwashes, whitening strips, and gel trays. While whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are the least expensive products on the market, they are also the least effective at creating a noticeable change in the short-term. This is because they don’t have a significant amount of the active ingredients in most whitening products, which are hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. However, they are effective at removing surface stains. On the other hand, gel trays and whitening strips can produce some serious whitening in as little as a week.

How Whitening Strips Work

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The Science of Tooth Decay

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in Holbrook has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Dr. Salem can do to protect your smile.

The unique makeup of your teeth

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Can You Treat a Toothache at Home?

When you’re suddenly struck with a toothache, floating ideas of home remedies may quickly come to mind. Whether you heard it from your great-aunt or saw it on Pinterest, at-home treatments are everywhere. Holbrook dentist, Dr. Teresa Salem can explain more about how to care for a toothache and when to come in for a visit.

Common causes of toothaches are infections, cavities, damaged enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed root – all good reasons to get yourself to the dentist! Home remedies for a toothache may work for immediate relief, but they’re not likely to last long and they may not be completely safe.

If you like using household ingredients for personal care, you may go looking into your own pantry for something to relieve the pain, but do your research first. And before things get too out of hand, call your dentist to prevent worse pain or problems.

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Baby Dentistry: Teething and Other Joys

It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t important. They make their grand entrance (however painfully) and leave your baby’s mouth so soon thereafter. But your baby’s oral health is very important today and to set the stage for a lifetime of health.

Let’s talk about those tiny teeth: teething and how to take care of your baby’s oral health. Read more ›

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