Smile Times – August 2014

Smile Times – August 2014

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August 2014
Pembroke Team
Dr. Spitz,
You Need a Root Canal!
Hi there. This is Dr. Spitz, your dentist. I am completely embarrassed to tell this story, but I hope my mistake will save at least one of my patients from having the same experience.

Obviously, I am in the dental office everyday and have many talented hygienists on my team. I knew I needed a cleaning, but time got the best of me and I missed my regular hygiene visit. In fact, when I looked at the date of my last visit, I found that it was over two years ago! What prompted me to look? I woke up one morning with a pain in my neck and I thought I might be getting sick. It was an odd feeling as it was on only one side of my throat and my neck; It felt like a swollen gland and was painful to touch. However, I felt good, I was not tired, I did not have a fever and my teeth felt fine.

Since I was in the office, I decided to take some well overdue x-rays to rule out any dental infection. I knew the symptoms, but that could not be the reason. A dental issue?! I looked at the x-ray and to my surprise, and utter embarrassment, I found the cause of my swollen gland. It was a giant cavity in my tooth that now affected the nerve. I could not believe it. I called my endodontist and scheduled an appointment for a root canal.

I have since had my teeth cleaned, a full set of x-rays and a comprehensive exam. I am happy to report that I am now cavity free, healthy and have my six month appointment scheduled. I explain the consequences and benefits of regular hygiene visits and yearly x-rays to all my patients. If I had only listened to my own advice this would not have happened.

I hope my story gave you a good laugh and will also serve as a reminder to keep up with your own dental health. How long has it been since your last hygiene appointment? E-mail ( us today to find out!
Team Profile – Amy Corcoran
Dental Assistant
You may recognize this friendly face but did you know that Amy Corcoran has been Dr. Spitz’s right-hand since she joined the Smileboston team in April 2012? In fact, this dynamic duo (who share a love of country music), will be working together in both the Brookline and Pembroke offices beginning in September.

With over 10 years experience under her belt, Amy is a seasoned dental assistant who says that the best part of her job is working with patients and helping them enjoy their dental experience.

A Massachusetts native, Amy loves exploring the state’s numerous beaches, shops and restaurants. As a lover of wine and wine tasting, she recently visited Northern California’s wine country. These days, most of her free time is occupied with wedding plans. Amy and her fiance, Nick, will be tying the knot on December 31st. The venue? A winery, of course, right here in Dorchester!
There’s an App for that:
Our Favorite Dental Apps

It seems like there’s an app for practically everything these days – games, cooking, music, fitness, you name it! Believe it or not there are even apps to help you take care of your beautiful smile and have fun at the same time. Here are some of our favorite dental apps.

MyTeeth ( helps kids learn to properly brush their teeth. Funny tooth brushing buddies (pictured above) can be chosen to show kids of all ages four brushing techniques. Also included is up-to-date medical information, useful tips and an information guide for parents.

Brush DJ ( helps you to brush your teeth for a full two minutes by randomly selecting songs from a playlist. Because the app entertains you with music while you brush, a once mundane chore becomes fun and exciting. The app also allows you to set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, and see your dentist regularly.

Teeth Whitener ( is an app that shows what you and your friends would look with a whiter and brighter smile. Using a photograph from your library, you “brush toothpaste” on areas that need to be whitened and compare before and after pictures of how you look with whiter teeth.

Monster Mouth DDS ( is a fun – in a gross kind of way – app that allows you, a dentist for monsters, solve dental problems before their mouth slams shut. Examples of problems include examining x-rays to find hidden cracks or pulling out creepy cavities with tongs.
Word of Mouth
We want to know what you think! Smileboston will be conducting its first ever patient survey. Keep an eye on your e-mail inbox for more information.
It’s a fact; Elvis Presley was obsessed with brushing his teeth. Follow “the King’s” lead and brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
Great news for South Shore patients! Starting in September, Dr. Spitz will be working in Smileboston’s Pembroke office on Wednesday and every other Monday.

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