Dentist Smile Blog

In Poor Taste: Bad Hygiene, or Something More?

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Perhaps you’ve caught an episode of the Bizarre Foods, a Travel Channel favorite in which host Andrew Zimmern travels around the world eating things that you won’t find on the menu of your favorite fast food joint.

Sea squirts, cow skin soup, jellyfish--foods most of us will never have the dubious pleasure of tasting.

You can’t help but admire Zimmern’s ability to remain objective and open-minded about what most would consider a full assault on our tastebuds.

This brings up an interesting question: What role do your tongue and taste buds have in maintaining oral health? Dr. Janice Spada, a general dentist near Boston, MA takes a closer look.

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Topics: Framingham Dentist, Oral Health, Dental Hygiene

A Link Between Your Mouth and Your Mindset? Sudbury, MA Dentist Explains

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

As an adult with missing teeth, even a casual social interaction can set off a chain reaction of anxiety and self-consciousness--everyone knows this.

What not everyone realizes, however, is that the impact of badly damaged or lost teeth can also impact quality of life in more profound ways.

According to one team of Australian researchers, poor oral health significantly increases the risk of depression.

Dr. Spada, whose Sudbury dentist office provides comprehensive dental exams and professional teeth cleaning, discusses the team’s findings and what it means for you.

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Topics: Preventive Care, Sudbury MA Dentist, Oral Health

School’s Out, but Your Child’s Oral Health Isn’t

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

Life takes on a more relaxed paced as we enter the summer months, especially for families with children.

Kids stay up later--sleeping later, too--and fill their hours with fun pursuits and, often, unhealthy foods.

Then there’s the inevitable panic that comes with the impending school year, filled with hair cuts, shopping for school supplies, and physical exams.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Family Dentistry, Oral Health

Oh, Grow Up! Oral Hygiene for Teens from a Sudbury MA Dentist

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Thu, May 29, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

Although it’s tempting to think of cavities as a matter of child’s play, the fact is that teenagers, too, are particularly susceptible to tooth decay.

Between school, work, extracurricular activities, and socializing, it’s easy for a busy teen to lapse in the oral hygiene department.

When you combine this with a penchant for junk food and soda, you have a perfect storm for tooth decay.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Family Dentistry, Oral Health, Dentistry for Woman

Sudbury MA Dentist Looks At Oil Pulling, Oral Health, and Amalgams

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

If you’ve opened a magazine or read a health blog lately, you’ve most likely heard about the increasingly popular practice of oil pulling.

According to proponents of the traditional Ayurvedic remedy, oil pulling eliminates bad breath, prevents gum disease, and makes teeth appear naturally whiter.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Teeth Whitening, Oral Health

Sudbury MA Dentist Talks Sugar and Teeth: Not Just Child’s Play

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 09:54 AM

As an adult, it’s easy to dismiss sugar as a problem for children’s teeth. After all, how many times have you seen your boss storming around the office with an oversized lollipop or a pocketful of jelly beans?

Actually, no one is completely safe from the effects of sugar. Sugar and acids erode tooth enamel, making you more prone to cavities and stained teeth.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Preventive Care, Oral Health

Framingham Dentist on Busting Bad Habits

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Excellent oral health isn’t just a matter of maintaining an attractive smile. The health of your teeth and gums has a major impact on your overall health, as well.

Neglecting your dental hygiene can have dire consequences for your body, such as strokes, diabetes, and heart attacks.

If you partake in any of these dreadful dental habits, it may be time to take swift action.

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Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Framingham Dentist, Oral Health

Sudbury, MA Dentist answers questions about Xylitol

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 01:11 PM

By now, you’ve probably heard of xylitol, a sweetener found in many types of chewing gum. The American Dental Association recommends using products that contain xylitol instead of sugar.

Multiple studies show that lozenges, hard candies, and chewing gum containing xylitol are effective for cavity prevention, and that patients who have a high risk of tooth decay could benefit from a combination of fluoride and xylitol products.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Preventive Care, Oral Health

Sudbury MA Dentist Talks Foods That Benefit Your Mouth and Your Heart

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

These days it seems like health risks are everywhere, from the air we breathe to the foods we eat. We’re bombarded by cautionary tales, some of which are legitimate and others that are passed along as fact by would-be “experts” on the Internet.

At the Sudbury, MA dentist office of Dr. Janice Spada, we want only the best for our patients and their families.

When raising a family in this hectic world, the ability to multitask is an absolute must.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Healthy Smile, Oral Health

Your Sudbury, MA Dentist Decodes Dental Ingredients

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

From the time you awaken to the time you retire for the night, you subject your body to a barrage of chemicals, toxins, and potentially hazardous compounds.

You may do so deliberately by smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, or choosing fast food over healthier fare. Sometimes, however, you subject yourself to unhealthy substances, having only the best intentions.

For example, consider the information found on the ingredient list of your toiletries and hygiene products, such as shampoo, mouthwash, facial creams, and toothpaste.

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Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Healthy Smile, Oral Health

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