Smile Times – May 2015

Smile Times – May 2015

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May 2015

** Table of Contents
* All About Dental X-rays (#1.)
* Try Xylitol for Oral Health (#2.)
* Team Profile: Nida Veitas-Purins (#3.)
* Word of Mouth (#4.)

All About Dental X-rays
Dental x-rays are a critical part of your overall dental health assessment. In fact, as your health care provider, the dentists at Smileboston are required to maintain current dental x-rays as part of your health record. These x-rays serve as a baseline to compare changes that may occur over time. Additionally, x-rays help your dentist see things they cannot during an exam such as:
* Areas of dental decay in its earliest stages. Catching and treating decay early, before it is apparent in an exam, saves you time and money. It also helps you avoid unnecessary pain or the risk of needing a root canal.
* Identify decay occurring beneath an existing filling – the most common condition causing infection. The decay growing under the filling may be completely painless until it’s too late and requires a root canal or extraction.
* Bone loss occurring in conjunction with gum disease. Gum disease is known as the “silent killer.” While it doesn’t hurt, the infection that causes gum disease destroys the bone that supports your teeth and spreads bacteria throughout your body. In fact, this bacterium may also been linked ( to heart disease.
* Assists in the preparation of crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants and other restorations. Your dental x-rays provide us with essential information on the “foundation” for which we are building. Think of your gums as the foundation of a home. Would you build a new home on an unstable foundation? The same goes for dentistry.
* Diagnose abnormalities such as cysts and some types of tumors that could lead to oral cancer – one of the most aggressive and deadly cancers of all.

For the majority of patients, the frequency of dental x-rays are:
* Full mouth series (3-5 years) – This is a set of 18 individual x-rays showing the details of every tooth, with the exception of wisdom teeth. The series is taken on all new patients. Patients who have had a full mouth series taken at another office can have them transferred as long as they were taken within the past five years.
* Bite-wing x-rays (Yearly) – These four x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth, the teeth causing a majority of problems.
* Panoramic x-ray (As needed) – A panoramic film is a specialized x-ray (see photo above) that shows all the teeth, the jaw, and the wisdom teeth.
* CT Scan (As needed) – This image (see photo below) is most commonly used for patients receiving dental implants. It provides us with additional information relating to the width of the bone that the implant will be placed.

Advances in dentistry have led to a number of measures that help minimize the risks associated with x-rays. And because Smileboston uses digital images, the dose of radiation you are exposed to is extremely small.

Hopefully this article provided some insight into Smileboston’s responsibility as your health care provider. However, if you are concerned about radiation exposure or the frequency of dental x-rays, please talk to a member of the Smileboston team.
Pembroke Team
Try Xylitol for Oral Health

Xylitol is an all-natural sugar alcohol made from birch trees, corn cobs and fruit. Chemically, it is considered a sugar and is contained in chewing gum, candy and toothpaste in lieu of refined sugars. Xylitol is interesting because, not only does it taste sweet but, it actually helps to prevent many health conditions including dental cavities, sinusitis, and ear infections.

In fact, chewing gum containing xylitol after meals can help reduce cavities by up to an impressive 70%. How does it work? While xylitol tastes sweet, unlike sugar, it is not converted into acid causing tooth decay. It actually reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva.

Pet owners should know that xylitol can be toxic to dogs, even when the relatively small amounts from candies are eaten. If your dog eats a product that contains xylitol, it is important to take your four legged friend to a veterinarian immediately.

Click here ( to learn more about xylitol.
Team Profile:
Nida Veitas-Purins

Nida Veitas-Purins is one of our wonderful dental hygienists in Smileboston’s Brookline office. A native of the Bay State, Nida was born, raised and currently lives on Boston’s south shore. She is a graduate of the Forsyth Institute and Northeastern University, holding both a bachelor’s degree and a degree in Advanced Dental Hygiene.

In 1998, Nida began working as a dental hygienist for our own Dr. Jay Morgenstern and has been working with him for nearly 17 years! When Dr. Morgenstern joined forces with Smileboston in 2008, Nida happily became part of the Smileboston team. It goes without saying that Nida will greatly miss Dr. Morgenstern, her mentor and friend, when he retires at the end of this month.

Professionally, Nida prides herself on the long term relationships she has built with her patients. In turn, she has built a loyal and robust patient base. Nida currently resides in Westwood with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Word of Mouth
Our very own Dr. Jay Morgenstern has retired. Help us show how much he’ll be missed by sharing a favorite memory or a message ( on Dr. M’s tribute page.
Smileboston is a proud sponsor of the 10th annual Hanover Day ( , Saturday, June 20, 2015. Come say hello to the Smileboston team at this fun art & music festival in Hanover, MA.
Having a hard time kicking the soda habit? Can’t seem to drink enough water? Spa water ( – with flavors raspberry lime and watermelon rosemary – is good for your teeth, skin & tastes great!

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