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Health and Wellness Screenings

May 6, 2021

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Our team at Brooks Dental hopes you and your loved ones are doing well! Your well-being matters to us, and we’re proud to play a role in helping you stay in optimal health.

New Team Member

We are happy to welcome Lauren Cullinane to our team. As a dental assistant, she brings 20 years of experience with all kinds of patients, including children and those with special needs. In her travels, she has learned Farsi and can cook authentic Persian food. We’re excited to have her onboard!


Health Screenings

Did you know that we do more than just check for oral health issues? During your routine preventive appointments, we take the time to conduct a couple of quick health screenings too.

In addition to looking for tooth decay and gum disease, we look for potential signs of oral cancer, which kills on average one American every hour every day. When found and treated early, this form of cancer has a survival rate of 90 percent! We perform this screening every six months in hopes of catching this disease and saving the lives of those affected.

During your appointment with Brooks Dental, you’ll also be screened for sleep apnea, a condition that disrupts breathing. Our dental office screens for this condition because it is often the result of facial tissues blocking the airway. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to fatigue, inability to focus or remember, high blood pressure, or even a cardiovascular event. By addressing sleep apnea with a simple oral appliance, you can improve your quality of sleep and your overall health.

We strive to do our part in keeping you and your smile healthy, but we can’t help you if you’re not coming in to our office for your health and wellness checkups regularly. We invite to start this healthy habit so that you can smile for many more years to come.

Contact us today to set your appointment!

From Julianne C. Doyle to Dr. Julianne D. Bruno

March 30, 2021

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Our wonderful Dr. Julianne C. Doyle has recently changed her name to Julianne D. Bruno. We wanted to make you aware of the change. She hopes to see you in person soon and provide the same great care that you are accustomed to at Brooks Dental.

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How Straighter Teeth Can Benefit More Than Just Your Appearance

March 19, 2021

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When embarrassed by crooked or gapped teeth, it can be difficult going to work or school; however, once you undergo the necessary orthodontic treatment to repair and rebuild your smile, having straight teeth can help you to feel more beautiful than before. But it’s not only your aesthetics that will benefit from this change. A local dentist explains how your overall health can be positively impacted by your decision to straighten your pearly whites.

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2021: Time for a Fresh Start

February 16, 2021

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Happy New Year! Everyone here at Brooks Dental hopes you and your loved ones had a safe, wonderful holiday season. We’re excited to begin another year serving our patients and making our community a healthier, better place.

During this time, many people reflect and think about how to make the new year better than the last. While there’s certainly plenty of room for improvement, may we suggest that you make your health a priority? One of the easiest ways to improve your overall well-being is to take care of your mouth. With Brooks Dental, we make it simple to take charge of your oral health in 2021. Below are some reasons why you should give us a call for an appointment soon!
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Give Your Partner the Romantic Gift of Good Sleep

January 28, 2021

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For Valentine’s Day this year, you want to plan a special night for your partner. After everything you two have been through together, it’s time to celebrate your love. While a candle-lit dinner with roses may be a romantic gesture, if you have chronic snoring, what your partner may really need and appreciate is a peaceful night’s rest. Now is the perfect time to finally address your sleep apnea and allow you both to recharge as a couple.

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Silent Nights: Handling Sleep Apnea during the Holidays

December 18, 2020

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From shopping for the perfect gift to making everyone’s favorite dishes, your stress levels may climb to an all-time high this holiday season. In this situation, quality sleep becomes even more important than usual. If you are dealing with sleep apnea during the holidays, you need to do everything you can to ensure that you and your partner are getting the rest you need to take on whatever comes your way. Here are some ways you can enjoy silent nights and fun-filled days ahead.

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Sleep Apnea Dangers and What We Can Do to Help

December 11, 2020

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The ADA recommends that all dentists should be screening for sleep related disorders (view the full story here).  At Brooks Dental, we aren’t just concerned about your teeth and your smile. We aim to improve your overall health. As a prime example, we offer sleep apnea therapy, which can have an effect on your total wellness. This condition isn’t typically considered a traditional “dental issue,” but we are able to address this issue and potentially save lives.

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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!

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