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Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Brooks

November 21, 2020

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Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Brooks for her completion of the Implant Dentistry Continuum! This October, she received her certificate of membership into the International Dental Implant Association. She will be completing Phase II of her advanced learning at the end of the year. She is excited to complete her training so she can join Dr. Martins in placing dental implants here at Brooks Dental.

Got Unused Benefits?It’s Time to Use Them

Although many businesses have reopened, life is far from “back to normal.” Even with the risk of COVID-19, there are necessary tasks we need to resume in order to stay healthy and to keep extra costs to a minimum.

Long before the pandemic, we took safety measures seriously. Now, more than ever before, we are closely monitoring and following guidelines from the CDC, OSHA, and Boston authorities to ensure a healthy environment for oral healthcare. In fact, there are very few places that are as safe as our office! If you were unable to visit us for preventive services because of COVID-19 and you’re overdue for an appointment, it’s time to get back on track.

Maximizing Your Benefits

If you’re like most families right now, you probably feel a financial pinch. Every dollar counts, and you want to make sure you get the most value for what you pay for. If you have paid your monthly premiums for dental insurance benefits, for instance, you’ll want to make sure you’re using your coverage in 2020 before it resets in January and you lose that money.

As a result of the pandemic, many insurance companies are relaxing some of their rules. For example, you may be able to complete your dental checkup and cleaning without waiting a full six months in between. This means that you could fit in another visit before the end of the year; otherwise, you forfeit that coverage. If you aren’t sure what your insurance allows, you can contact your insurance provider or give Kim a call at our office. We’ll be happy to guide you through this situation so that you receive the care you deserve.

Prioritizing Preventive Care

Have you heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? That is definitely the case in dentistry! It is estimated that for every dollar spent on prevention, patients save between $8 and $50 on restorative or emergency care.

Although routine preventive care (i.e., checkups and cleanings) doesn’t seem exciting at first glance, these services play an essential role in protecting your smile and saving you money on your dental healthcare costs. Brushing and flossing at home, while effective and important, aren’t enough to keep cavities, gum disease, and other serious issues from causing damage. When you come into our office for preventive care, we can stop problems early and remove plaque and tartar to avoid future trouble.

Our family here at Brooks Dental wants to help you keep your smile bright and strong through these challenging times. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

October 21, 2020

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While modern dental bridges and dentures are more comfortable, precise, and durable than ever, they still wear down and lose their fit after a few years of use. If you’re looking for the longest-lasting way to replace missing teeth, look no further than dental implants! This unique solution to tooth loss has the potential to rebuild your smile for decades to come. Read on as we break down everything you need to know about this tooth replacement option and answer the question: “How long do dental implants last?”

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Back to School, Back to Smiles

October 1, 2020

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It’s that time of year again—time to get your child ready to go back to school! Whether your child is going in-person to campus or staying home for remote learning, it is no less important to prepare them for the challenges they will face this year. While you’re checking off school supplies from your list, don’t forget to care for their smile! If it has been a while since their last checkup and cleaning appointment, now is a great time to get them back on track. Here are just three ways that this appointment at Brooks Dental can help your child as they start a new school year.

Transition from Baby to Adult Teeth

As your child gets older, they make the transition from primary (or baby) teeth to permanent, adult teeth. Along the way, their primary teeth may not come out in a timely manner, creating impaction of permanent teeth, or the permanent teeth may erupt behind baby teeth. We can monitor their tooth development and act quickly when necessary to make sure everything progresses properly. That way, they can have a comfortable, confident smile.

Monitoring Jaw & Arch Development

Particularly between the ages of seven and nine, your child enters a significant stage in their oral development. At this point, our highly trained and experienced dentists can determine whether orthodontic treatment will be needed. During their appointment with us, we’ll check in on their jaw growth, evaluating their smile and looking for constricted arch issues and the need for expansion of the arch. If we detect any of these problems, we can address them right away while their oral structures are still developing, potentially reducing the overall treatment time.

Regular Maintenance & Cleaning

Did you know that your child’s oral health could impact their performance in school? Not only do children with poor dental health tend to miss more time in the classroom, but they can also struggle to focus as a result of painful cavities and other issues, causing them to earn lower grades. But simple dental checkups and cleanings can stop these problems before real damage can be done. If you want to set your child up for success this school year, make sure they are current with their dental checkups and cleanings.

Whether on Zoom or in the classroom, your child deserves to have a healthy, radiant smile they can be proud of. No matter what school looks like this year, help your child feel confident and prepared by bringing them to Brooks Dental!

Can Dental Implants Save You Money in the Long Run?

September 17, 2020

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Are you missing one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth? Then you are not alone. In fact, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Fortunately, thanks to advanced technology, high-quality materials, and the latest techniques, tooth replacement options today are safe and natural-looking – leaving you to just determine which alternative is best for your budget. However, it is crucial to remember that although the upfront dental implant cost is higher, they may save you money in the long run. Read on for four factors to consider when making your decision!

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3 Alternatives to Dental Implants

August 13, 2020

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If you are missing one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants in Revere can be a life-changing treatment option. In fact, many much-loved celebrity smiles are brought to you by restorative procedures like this (Demi Moore, George Clooney, and Tom Cruise to name a few!). However, if dental implants aren’t a good fit, it is important to know that innovations in dentistry and technology provide patients today with a number of solutions that are safe, effective, and virtually undetectable. Read on to find out what they are!

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Mini-Implants can Stabilize Your Dentures

August 6, 2020

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If you wear conventional dentures, you’ve undoubtedly had the experience of biting, chewing, sneezing, talking, or laughing and having your dentures slip out of place. This can be very frustrating and embarrassing to say the least.

Although dentures have come a long way over the years, they definitely aren’t perfect, even when they’re brand-new! These days at Brooks Dental, you can take advantage of advancements in dentistry that make your dentures more comfortable and more retentive than ever before.

More Problems with Traditional Dentures

People that are new to dentures have to get used to the denture covering the roof of their mouth. This can be a nuisance for several reasons. Your palate helps your mouth gauge the temperature of foods and drinks before you ingest them. It acts like a warning system so that you won’t swallow liquids that are too hot for your throat. When the palate is covered by a denture, you are more likely to damage sensitive throat tissues. The palate also helps you fully taste your food, so covering it up with a traditional denture can impact your ability to truly enjoy what you eat. An extra layer of material on the palate can also affect your speech when wearing dentures.

Mini Implants, Big Benefits

Fortunately, there’s a simple alternative — mini implants. Placing mini implants into the jaws is a non-invasive procedure. They are small in diameter, and they have ball bearings that are designed to snap right into your dentures, enabling you to eat corn on the cob, steak, and other foods you probably thought you had to give up. You won’t have to worry any longer about slipping and sliding around of your dentures. Mini implants also allow us to remove the material from the palate, which makes for more comfortable eating and speaking. Mini implants can be placed in both jaws to accommodate both upper and lower dentures.

Are you ready to discuss mini implants to enhance your traditional denture? Contact our team and schedule a consultation today! We can answer your questions, examine your smile, and see if you are a good candidate for this life-changing treatment.

July Birthdays

We also want to take this chance to celebrate our July birthdays! Mary, our clinical team leader, Kim, our business team leader, and Debby, our assistant and front desk receptionist, all had birthdays in July. We are so grateful to have these incredible people as part of our team!

Considering Dental Implants? Here Are 5 Things to Look for in an Implant Dentist

July 7, 2020

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Dentist explaining dental implants in Revere

For patients with tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental injuries, your dentist’s top priority is saving your tooth. However, if these issues are neglected or you are missing a tooth, then opting for a dental implant is the next best option. In fact, roughly 3 million patients in the U.S. have dental implants, and an additional 500,000 implants are placed each year. Plus, this popular restorative procedure increased by over 6% between 2019 and 2020 alone! If you have a missing tooth, poor bite, or impaired speech and are thinking of opting for dental implants in Revere, then priority number one is finding the right dentist. To prevent the process from becoming overwhelming, read on for five things to look for in an implant dentist.

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We Are Open!

June 26, 2020

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Hello everyone! As of June 8th, we are officially open! We are ready and excited to see you for dental cleanings, orthodontics, and all related dental care.

Your safety continues to be our top priority. Our team has implemented a number of new safety protocols, some of which include checking patient temperatures, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, limiting the number of patients in the waiting room, and increasing our personal protective equipment. If you had to miss your routine dental cleaning due to COVID-19, give us a call and we’d be happy to reschedule your visit.

Is My Dental Cleaning & Checkup Really That Important?

At first glance, compared to the threat of the Coronavirus, your dental hygiene appointment may not seem like a big deal to skip. However, this routine visit with our experienced dentists plays a critical role in supporting your overall well-being. If you were unable to come and see us during the last few months, we invite you to return to our office as soon as possible to take care of any dental work you may need.

Adult Orthodontics: It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth

When you think of orthodontic treatment, you likely envision a child or teenager with metal brackets on their teeth. As an adult, perhaps you may think you’re “too old” to realign your teeth, but that’s simply not true. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18!

Orthodontic treatment can accomplish so much more than simply a good-looking smile:

✔ When teeth are moved into a favorable position, they accumulate less plaque and tartar and are thus easier to keep clean, reducing your risk of cavities and periodontal (gum) disease.

✔ Misaligned teeth can cause increased tooth wear and chipping if you happen to grind your teeth at night.

✔ Struggling with sleep apnea? Believe it or not, in some cases, orthodontics can improve one’s sleep by opening up the airway and creating more space for the tongue.

If you have your heart set on orthodontics but would prefer not to have metal brackets placed, our experts at Brooks Dental can offer an adult-friendly, metal-free treatment option—Invisalign clear aligners.

Have you always wanted to have straighter teeth? If you were to rate your smile on a scale of 1 to 10, would 9 or 10 be your honest answer? At Brooks Dental we can help you reach your perfect smile with Invisalign wireless metal free braces. The average treatment time is on average eight months, and your friends and co-workers will be unaware that you are straightening your teeth. They are comfortable, inconspicuous, and can be removed when brushing your teeth or eating at your favorite restaurant.

While straightening with Invisalign, you will also receive free at-home whitening treatment. This means that you can truly revitalize your smile and enjoy your newfound confidence.

Want to Hear Some Good News?

Amid the unfortunate events this year, we are so happy to be able to congratulate Dr. Doyle on her beautiful new baby, born this past April. Dr. Doyle is back from maternity leave and we are now scheduling orthodontic appointments, so give us a call today to start your orthodontic treatment!

Although many things in the world have changed, one thing remains the same—Brooks Dental always puts our patients first. We look forward to welcoming you back to our practice and hope to see you soon!

How to Practice Social Distancing at Your Dental Appointment

May 18, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, including our focus on infection control. If you need dental care after weeks in quarantine, you’ll probably be looking for a “safe dentist near me” specifically. Thankfully, your Winthrop dentist has implemented several additional safety measures to safeguard your health while you receive the dental treatment you need. Find out how they’re helping you practice social distancing when you come in for your appointment during COVID-19.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Smile Healthy During Quarantine

April 25, 2020

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During the quarantine, you’re doing your best to practice social distancing and stay home. You’re working from home, ordering your groceries online, and avoiding direct contact with other people as much as possible. Now is not the time to take unnecessary risks, which is why many businesses, stores, and practices are temporarily closed. Although your emergency dentist in Winthrop is still available for urgent treatment, you want to avoid putting you or their staff at risk of infection. In this blog post, you’ll learn how you can prevent dental emergencies during the quarantine and keep your smile healthy until some normalcy returns.

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