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Periodontal Disease and Your Health: What You May Not Know About the Link

February 26, 2014

Shutterstock Health Body PerioWhen most of us think about periodontal disease, we imagine things like redness, swelling, bleeding after brushing and even tooth loss, but that’s usually where it stops. Unfortunately, gum disease has been linked with a variety of other, potentially more serious health problems that many people don’t associate with oral health at all. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson treats gum disease with Laser Periodontal Therapy to keep his patients healthy and feeling great, for both now and the future.

Hidden Dangers of Gum Disease

When periodontal disease is left untreated for an extended period of time, the bacteria that causes the infection itself can spread from the mouth to the bloodstream. It travels throughout the body, adversely affecting a number of other tissues and organs. Some of the health complications linked to poor oral health include the following:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems
  • Low birth weight and preterm birth in infants of mothers with periodontal disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
  • Increased risk of diabetes complications
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Higher risk of heart attack and stroke

Fortunately for individuals suffering from gum disease, the Laser Periodontal Therapy™ procedure performed at Boston Smile Center effectively treats gum infection and can thereby help lower your risk of developing these conditions.

If you or someone in your family has experienced any of the common symptoms of gum disease – including redness along the gum line, bleeding, gum recession or sensitivity – now is the time to take control of your health and contact Dr. Sasson for help. At our office in Brookline, MA, Dr. Sasson happily welcomes patients from Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Chelsea, Somerville and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sasson’s General Dentistry: Putting Your Family’s Oral Health First

January 22, 2014

Shutterstock Child at DentistGreat oral health and beautiful, white teeth begin with a foundation of consistent general dentistry, making those biannual visits to Dr. Sasson’s office one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, we emphasize the importance of regular exams and cleanings to ensure a solid basis for future oral health.

We Welcome You to Our Dental Family

At routine checkup appointments, Dr. Sasson and his caring, compassionate staff will begin by making you feel secure and comfortable in the welcoming atmosphere of our Brookline, MA office. Your teeth, gums and all other parts of your mouth will be carefully assessed for any signs of decay and periodontal disease, as well as any other problems that may require treatment.

Following a routine examination, your teeth and gums will receive a thorough cleaning to ensure optimal health and to protect against future problems. This process has been described as relaxing and rejuvenating, giving you that wonderfully clean feeling you can only achieve at the dentist’s office.

If you’re having your children seen in Dr. Sasson’s office, don’t worry – our experience spans the entire spectrum of family dental care and we’re always prepared to treat our patients in the gentlest way possible, no matter their age. In some cases, we may suggest the use of safe, proven sedation techniques to relieve anxiety for a more effective and pleasant experience.

General Dentistry Care You Can Trust

At Boston Smile Center, we treat all of our patients like family, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction from the very start. From our office in Brookline, MA, Dr. Sasson proudly serves patients from Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Chelsea, Somerville and beyond. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and find out how our family and general dentistry services can benefit you!

Congratulations to Dr. Sasson and Boston Smile Center!

December 30, 2013

Here in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson and his team would like to be the first ones to wish our patients a Happy New Year! Our team has had a great 2013 that’s been filled with countless teeth transformations and rejuvenated smiles, and now, we’ve received something special to cap it all off: the esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award.

What does this award mean for our practice? It reflects the opinions of members who use Angie’s List to leave consumer reviews about our office and others, and according to them, we’d provided them with an absolutely outstanding dental care experience, including exceptional customer service, clinical excellence, and going above and beyond expectations. Only 5% of dental and medical practices on Angie’s List are able to earn this award, due to strict eligibility requirements, which include having an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade.

Dr. Sasson is very honored that his practice has won this award, as providing excellent customer service is a crucial part of our team’s goals. We can’t wait to welcome more patients and help them improve the health and beauty of their smiles too as 2014 begins!

Contact Boston Smile Center in Brookline today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson.

Protect Your Smile from the Threat of Gum Disease with Help from Dr. Sasson

November 15, 2013

gum diseaseThe oral health problem patients experience most, surprisingly enough, isn’t cavities or teeth grinding; in fact, it doesn’t directly affect your pearly whites at all! Gum disease (also referred to as periodontal disease) is actually the most commonly experienced disease period, affecting a staggering 80% of the population. It commonly goes unnoticed due to its initial, milder symptoms, but patients with cases that have progressed to more advanced levels often experience devastating oral damage, up to and including tooth loss. But how can you tell whether or not you’re suffering from gum disease? Here in Brookline, Dr. Sasson and his team are committed to helping patients better understand the facts behind their oral health and what they can do to ensure their smiles stay happy and healthy for years. While a professional opinion is always best for determining the true threat of common issues such as gum disease, here are some symptoms that you can keep an eye out for at home:

  • If your gums bleed during or after brushing/flossing
  • If you suffer from bad breath that persists even after the use of mouthwash
  • Any tenderness, swelling, or discoloration of the gums
  • If your bite begins to feel strange or looser, in a way
  • If chewing becomes painful
  • Teeth that appear longer (a sign of receding gums)

Here at Boston Smile Center, patients suffering gum disease can receive the treatment they need with the help of our Laser Periodontal Therapy™, which relies on our Biolase Waterlase Dental Laser instead of a scalpel to quickly and comfortably remove infection without compromising tooth structure. It’s really that simple!

Contact our Brookline office today to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson! Our team loves giving patients a reason to smile with our transformative dental care.

Achieve a Smile That’s Finally Pain-Free with Root Canal Therapy at Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA

August 15, 2013

root_canal2Out of all the dental problems that a person can experience over their lifetime, “root canal” is often the phrase that strikes the most fear into patients’ hearts. Over time, root canal treatment has inexplicably garnered a reputation for being an invasive and outright unpleasant procedure – so much so that many people willingly avoid the process. Here at Boston Smile Center, Dr. Sasson and his team want to be the first ones to assure you that root canal therapy is a perfectly reasonable and comfortable procedure that can restore health and form to teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Its success rate is through the roof, too!

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Common signs that could indicate the need for root canal therapy include:

  • Severe pain that occurs when chewing or applying pressure to one or more teeth
  • Gums that look tender, red, or swollen
  • Excessive sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • A sudden discoloration (usually darkening) of a tooth

What happens during root canal therapy?

First, Dr. Sasson will create a small opening in the affected tooth in order to clean it thoroughly of all the bacteria and diseased pulp and then fill it with a biologically inert substance. Once this is complete, he and his team will seal the area to protect it from further threats of infection. In most cases, a custom-made crown is placed as well in order to restore the tooth’s full form. With today’s advanced technology and techniques, many patients find root canal therapy so comfortable that they even doze off!

Contact The Boston Smile Center today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson. Our team works hard to ensure that all our patients feel comfortable and cared for when they visit our Brookline office, and it shows!

Bottled Water and Your Kids’ Fluoride

July 24, 2013

shutterstock_29235628Is it safe for my child to drink tap water in Brookline, Massachusetts?

The short answer is yes. Locally fluoridated tap water is actually beneficial to the health of your child’s teeth, in fact many children today drink so much more bottled water than  fluoridated tap water that it may be a concern. Even thought they get fluoride from other sources like tooth paste it may still be an issue. A rich and steady source, like the water they drink all the time, to help strengthen the enamel and protect their teeth from decay may be lacking. Most bottled water has minimal to no fluoride added by the manufacturer. Furthermore, the FDA does not monitor or regulate the amount of fluoride in bottled water as it does in municipal tap water. Fluoride in tap water is mandated to have a concentration of 1 part per million (ppm).

Below is a list of some popular brands of bottled water and the amount of fluoride contained. I would recommend that you contact the company of the bottled water you buy to inquire as to the level of fluoride it contains. Ideally bottling your tap or filtered water at home would be best, providing your tap water is fluoridated.

  • Aquafina 0.05 ppm
  • Calistoga 0.07 ppm
  • Dasani 0.07 ppm
  •  Evian 0.10 ppm
  • Perrier 0.30 ppm
  • Poland Spring 0.10 ppm

At Boston Smile Center we primarily treat adults. However from time to time we post family dental related issues that are important to your lives. For more about my practice visit our services page today!

Brookline Patients Can Have a Smile That Shines Again with White Spot Removal

July 11, 2013

Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed ugly white spots on your front teeth? While there’s no real danger or damage associated with these marks, they can be a real eyesore, not to mention an embarrassing flaw on a smile you may have worked hard to perfect. Thankfully, Dr. Alan Sasson has seen this problem before many times, and he has the perfect solution to correct them – no pain required! Visit Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA to improve your pearly whites and discover the beautiful look you deserve at last with the help of white spot removal.

What exactly causes those strange white spots?

In most cases, white spots occur as a result of calcium loss from the enamel, which can happen due to wearing braces when you’re child or simply by eating too many foods or drinks that are high in acids. While they don’t signify any sort of dangerous oral health condition, they do make the tooth more sensitive and can leave it susceptible to decay.

How can you help me?

Dr. Sasson is happy to offer frustrated patients the help of Icon. Icon is an incredible new technology that rebuilds a tooth’s enamel on the service and restores the correct color to even the most stubborn spots. You don’t even need any scary shots of invasive drilling or cutting – instead, the process is clean, quick, and provides wonderfully dramatic results!

You don’t have to settle for a smile that’s lackluster – instead, achieve the stellar look you’ve truly always wanted with help from the accomplished team at Boston Smile Center! We’re committed to providing patients with top-notch dental care that goes above and beyond their expectations. Contact our Brookline office to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson.

Experience Healthy Gums at Last with Laser Periodontal Therapy from Dr. Sasson

June 3, 2013

Did you know that nearly three out of four Americans is currently suffering from one of the stages of gum disease? That’s a large percentage, and one that Dr. Sasson takes very seriously at his Brookline, MA dental office. He and his staff also understand that a  very, very small number of those patients actively seek out treatment, whether due to not knowing they have the disease in the first simple or instead dreading the invasive and uncomfortable surgery that may be used during their treatment. That’s why our team at Boston Smile Center now offers Laser Periodontal Therapy™, a revolutionary method for treating infected gums – no blood, discomfort, or fear required!

Protect Your Smile and Your Self-Confidence

In the past, dentists used scalpels and sutures to effectively carry out surgery on the gums – an unsettling experience in many patients’ eyes, for sure. With the help of Laser Periodontal Therapy™, these tools are things of the past, though. Instead, Dr. Sasson removes infection in the pockets between the teeth and gums with the help of a dental laser, which provides a much more comfortable experience. Better yet, the laser even seals the newly disinfected site with a blood clot, which eliminates the need for messy stitches.

Laser Periodontal Therapy™ also allows dentists to preserve much more of your healthy bone and tissue structure, making it one of the most conservative procedures available. Studies have even shown that it can regenerate disease root surfaces and reconnect tissues by enlisting your own body’s healing mechanisms!

If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, contact Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson. Our team is dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive and personalized dental care that always puts their comfort first. Don’t let infection sneak up on you – instead, face it head-on with our help!

Preview Your Brand New Smile with SmileMagic in Brookline, MA

April 30, 2013

87550037Whether you’re hoping to undergo teeth whitening, orthodontic treatment, or porcelain veneers, deciding to enhance your smile cosmetically is a big decision, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, how can you know for sure that your smile will turn out like you’ve always imagined it? What if you’re unhappy with the look of the final results? These are difficult questions. Other dentists may try to pressure you to go in blindly, but here at Boston Smile Center, we know that pictures are worth a thousand words. That’s why Dr. Sasson has invested in SmileMagic, a revolutionary new digital imaging tool that can show you a precise image of what your brand-new smile will look once treatment is over. Guessing games and crossed fingers are now a thing of the past for patients in Brookline, MA and beyond!

How does SmileMagic work?  

It’s simple – our specially trained imaging technician will utilize SmileMagic’s software to manipulate digital photographs of your current smile according to the detailed instructions provided by Dr. Sasson. Both professionals will work together closely, putting in however much work is needed until the new picture is an accurate representation of what your brand-new smile will look like after treatment. Our team will be happy to show you the outcomes of a variety of different procedures, including orthodontic work and porcelain veneers! With the help of SmileMagic, patients who come in to our Brookline office don’t have to second-guess themselves about procedures; instead, they can have a direct look into the future!

Dr. Sasson and his team are committed to providing smiles of all shapes and sizes with thorough, personalized care that puts patient comfort first. Contact our Brookline office if you have any questions about our services, or if you’re ready to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson.

Trust Your Teeth in Good Hands with Dental Technology in Brookline, MA

March 20, 2013

digitalxrayIn order to provide patients with the most effective and thorough care available, it’s imperative that dentists keep up with the latest technological advances in the field of dentistry. Using modern equipment and procedures provides many valuable benefits that will keep patients healthy and happy – comfort is enhanced, information is more easily relayed and shared, and dentists are able to make much more precise and extensive diagnoses, resulting in much more effective care. Here at Boston Smile Center, Dr. Sasson believes strongly in providing for his patients the best dentistry has to offer; that’s why he’s equipped his Brookline, MA office with a variety of dental technologies, all guaranteed to make your next dental appointment as comfortable and efficient as possible.

Here are just a few of the technologies our team is happy to offer:

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays offer countless advantages over the traditional machines doctors used to rely on. Instead of having to wait for film to slowly develop, detailed images of your mouth are available immediately for both you and Dr. Sasson to see. Better yet, they emit up to 90% less radiation, resulting in a much healthier environment for you and your pearly whites!

Intraoral Cameras

With the help of intraoral cameras, Dr. Sasson and his staff can do what lights and mirrors never could – actually show you every last detail of your teeth and gums. With the help of a pen-sized camera, we can transmit video of your mouth to a convenient screen and directly point out affected areas. You don’t have to be a helpless bystander any longer when it comes to your dental care – now, you can be a knowledgeable insider!

Laser Technology

Dr. Sasson is only one of a few Boston-area dentists to offer a highly sophisticated new laser for various dental procedures! With the help of this revolutionary dental technology, we can treat early-stage gum disease, prepare cavities for treatment, relieve tooth sensitivity, and so much more!

To learn more about the other dental technologies we offer, look here! Dr. Sasson and his staff are committed to providing all of their patients with precise and personalized dental care, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! Call our Brookline, MA office today to schedule an appointment.

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