Smile Times – July 2015

Smile Times – July 2015

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July 2015

** Table of Contents
* Oral Health – A Window to Your Overall Health (#1.)
* PerioSciences – Antioxidant Oral Care (#2.)
* Team Profile: Jessica Hard & Melinda Dove (#3.)
* Word of Mouth (#4.)

Oral Health –
A Window to Your Overall Health
It is said that the eyes are at the window to the soul but did you know that your oral health offers important clues into your overall well being? Your oral health is more important than you may realize and problems in your mouth can, in turn, affect your entire body. An unhealthy mouth, especially in conjunction with gum disease, may increase risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor. Likewise, keeping your mouth healthy may ward off future medical problems.

While dentists have long been aware that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body, there has been a recent swell of media exposure discussing the oral-systemic connection. The mouth is good vantage point for detecting the early signs and symptoms of systemic disease — a disease that affects or pertains to your entire body, not just one of its parts. Systemic conditions such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes, for example, often first become apparent as mouth lesions or other oral problems. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. It’s important to keep in mind that a number of dietary habits and lifestyle factors can affect oral health, including:
* Smoking – Dental professionals have long known that smoking cigarettes, cigars and using tobacco products can cause periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay, and oral cancer.
* Alcohol – Drinking alcohol can indirectly contribute to oral problems because alcohol dries out the mouth allowing for bacteria growth.
* Medication – Some antibiotics can stain teeth, as well as contribute to dry mouth which can, in turn, cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.

To maintain your oral health — and overall good health — you should see your dentist regularly to head off any problems early. Practicing good oral hygiene, regular brushing and flossing, is also necessary to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. It is also important not to ignore any unusual growth (lump, spot or sore) in the mouth.

Has it been awhile since your last visit to Smileboston? Call us ( today to schedule a hygiene visit.
Pembroke Team
PerioSciences – Antioxidant Oral Care

Smileboston is proud to offer patients PerioSciences – antioxidant-based oral care and dental hygiene products. As highlighted in the previous article, a major focus in both science and medicine is the link between oral health and overall systemic health. We know that oral disease can lead to many health problems and through the use of topical antioxidants, PerioSciences created products to keep your mouth and body healthy.

Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage including cancers. The body creates antioxidants but they are also found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. PerioSciences approach is to work with the natural antioxidants found in saliva to eliminate harmful bacteria in the mouth.

PerioSciences’ products are natural, plant-based and aim to address concerns ranging from dry mouth to whitening to oral sensitivity. Smileboston uses PerioSciences products post-op to reduce inflammation and help promote healing. Dr. Spitz also introduced the PerioSciences suite of products this year at Red Sox ( spring training.

Click here ( to learn more about PerioSciences or order products directly from the Smileboston web site ( . Be sure to use the ProCode “11902” at checkout to receive free shipping.

Team Profile:
Jessica Hard & Melinda Dove

Meet our stellar dental assistants in Smileboston’s Pembroke office – Jessica Hard and Melinda (Mindie) Dove. These women are an essential part of the Smileboston team. They act as an extra set of hands and allow for a more streamlined and efficient dental treatment.

Jessica (pictured left) was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts and currently resides in Weymouth. She completed a dental assisting program in 2012 and is currently attending UMass Boston with plans to become an English teacher. Jessica joined the Smileboston team in August 2013 and is know for putting patients at ease during their visits as well as providing a good laugh. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s a day at the beach or hiking at Blue Hills Reservation.

Mindie (pictured right) was also born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She dreamed of becoming a dental hygienist and began taking dental assistant classes to become familiar with the field. Ironically, during her third month of classes she was hired as a dental assistant and has been happily assisting for the past 18 years. Mindie found that being a dental assistant was all she needed to fulfill her dental career. When she’s not in the office, Mindie enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her children.
Word of Mouth
On June 20th, Smileboston was a proud sponsor of the 10th annual Hanover Day. The Smileboston team had a great time talking to members of the community about what we love most – making you smile!
In the last edition of the Smile Times ( we discussed how dental x-rays are an integral part of your overall oral health. Check out this interesting blog post (!XRAYS-AND-THE-HOLISTIC-DENTIST-Why-Do-We-Need-XRays/c1sbz/559eaf880cf25b8bf7e52b26) on the topic from the perspective of a holistic dentist.
Eat up, July is National Blueberry month. These berries contain beneficial acids that make it difficult for bacteria to adhere to teeth. While the pigment in blueberries can stain teeth, they have more antioxidants than any other fruit.

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