Share a Smile: Give A Gift to Someone in Need

Dr. Jill Smith

In the spirit of giving this winter…

Do you have a charity you would like to donate to, or know an individual who could benefit from a little help this winter?  Dr. Jill Smith and the Dental Health and Wellness Boston Team would like to make it just a little bit easier.

For every new patient you refer now though January 31st Dr. Jill Smith and her team at Dental Health and Wellness Boston will donate $50 to the individual or charity of your choice.

Share the gift of a healthy smile and give a gift to someone in need.

Dr. Jill Smith, founder of Dental Health and Wellness Boston, shares, “Last spring I shared with you my daughter’s campaign to help the organization Free the Kids, and our subsequent trip to Haiti to do hands on work with some of the children that the organization helps.  It was truly a one of a kind experience and I returned home wanting to do more both abroad and locally.  It allowed me to see first hand how much charitable organizations can achieve, with help from people like you and I.

With that in mind, and in the spirit of giving this winter, and along with my team at Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we pledge that for every new patient you refer now through January 31 we will make a donation to the charity, or individual in need, of your choosing.”

Join Dental Health and Wellness Boston in making a difference.

Dental Health is Whole Body Health

Healthy Gums

As if there wasn’t already enough reason to find a Local Respected Boston Dentist like Dental Health and Wellness Boston, your future good health may depend on it. A recent study on medpagetoday.com reveals a correlation between periodontal disease and strokes. Of the 10,000 healthy participants in the study who had their teeth cleaned regularly, only 14 suffered a stroke, whereas their gum diseased counterparts suffered strokes at a rate of nearly one in 100.

Here at Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we believe that a healthy mouth creates a healthy person. A healthy mouth should be a universal standard, and it was in creating this standard that the Healthy Mouth Baseline came to be. The Baseline revolves around the idea that healthy gums yield healthy teeth, which in turn yield a healthy bite, creating a healthier you.

If issues such as pocketing, receding gums, or plaque and tartar are occurring in the mouth, this leads to issues in tooth structure, such as decay and cavities, or weak enamel. This can lead to missing teeth, a collapsed bite, headaches and tooth pain, all of which are avoidable through proper gum maintenance. By implementing the healthy mouth baseline, we now have a standard of care for all of our patients so they can have their teeth for the rest of their life and achieve whole-body wellness.

Whether you are a new patient or a seasoned veteran, your friendly hygienist will explain the healthy mouth baseline and help you find ways to improve your oral health. Some healthy habits that improve oral health include diets low in refined sugars and acids, oral cancer screenings, brushing and flossing and refraining from tobacco products.

As your downtown Boston Dentist, Dental Health and Wellness Boston strives to help each patient reach their dental goals. Our patients will eagerly share how their lives have been changed for the better due to our tireless efforts as a Wellness Team.

Billy’s Broken Teeth: Cosmetic Dentistry Care

Often when it comes to cosmetic dentistry work, people take weeks, months, or even years to think about and plan for their treatment.  Unfortunately, like so many things in life, sometimes the decision is made for you.  Often an accident, or unexpected event makes the work unavoidable, and you need Dr. Smith and her caring, professional team at Dental Health and Wellness Boston for cosmetic dentistry care in Boston.

Billy’s wife called one morning, as they were leaving the emergency room.  He had had fallen and broken his front teeth.  After the visit to the emergency room he and his wife both knew that they needed Dr. Smith.  She saw him that afternoon and assured them both that she would take care of him, alleviate his tooth ache and fix his broken teeth, and that in the end he would look like nothing had ever happened.  Both Billy and his wife were relieved and comforted by the care and concern of Dr. Smith and her entire team.

After his lip was healed and the swelling had diminished, Dr. Smith started planning.  She consulted with specialists to evaluate the health of the teeth and, after their work, began planning for the all-ceramic crown process.  Billy’s goal wasn’t to change his smile but to recreate it.  He was happy with his appearance before the accident and he wanted the smile he loved back again.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Smith worked with Billy, and her lab to ensure that she achieved his goal. It was important to match the size, shape and color of the crowns to Billy’s existing teeth, and to how they had been before his fall.  Dr. Smith worked to do just that.

Billy returns every six months for his cleanings and always tells Dr. Smith that no one would ever know what had happened.  Dr. Smith did such a great job matching his smile that unless he tells, no one will ever know his secret.

Sometimes it isn’t about changing a smile, it’s just about getting it back again, and Dr. Smith and her team at Dental Health and Wellness Boston can help you!  Contact them today for your complementary consultation.

4 Numbers to Know for Your Health and Wellbeing

Health and Well-Being

Most people in today’s world do not know which four numbers are most tied to overall happiness, health and wellbeing. If you took a poll, the four numbers most people probably know best are their Bank Account Balance, Phone Number, Social Security Number, and Marriage Anniversary (You wouldn’t still be living if you forgot it)

However, your friends at Boston Dental Health and Wellness have the numbers you SHOULD know. The numbers above are important but do not affect your health and wellbeing (Well, maybe the anniversary one does). The numbers you really need to focus on are the ones that revolve around your overall health and wellbeing. According to Raytheon’s MISSION: HEALTH, the four numbers that drastically impact your overall health and wellness are:

  1. Body Mass Index– Excess weight can lead to high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal issues, and other chronic conditions. Being underweight can just as drastically change your health as well, with issues such as lower bone health, weakened immune system, fertility and pregnancy complications, and Iron Deficient Anemia. Strive for a BMI Between 19-25, which is the range considered “healthy” by the Dental Community.
  2. Blood Sugar levels (Glucose) – If your Glucose levels are outside the acceptable range, you may suffer from diabetes. This is a serious problem as diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney damage, blindness and amputations.
  3. Cholesterol: Too much bad Cholesterol in your bloodstream results in a hardening of the arteries, significantly increasing the risk of serious heart problems such as a heart attack at an early age, or a stroke.
  4. Blood Pressure – The higher your blood pressure, the higher the stress on your arteries. Blood pressure is divided into diastolic and systolic pressures. Systolic pressure is when pressure is highest in the arteries and occurs when the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure is the moment of minimum pressure in the arteries and occurs when the heart relaxes. A normal blood pressure is 120 systolic over 80 diastolic or less, with anything higher than that putting you at extreme risk for Heart Disease or Stroke.

Here at Dental Health and Wellness Boston, Our team strives to provide our patients with the latest news and treatments in the Dental and Medical Fields. Our dedicated staff works tirelessly for your health and wellbeing, so you can enjoy your life as healthy as you can be. Of course if we were making this list, we would have #5 be the number of times per week that you floss!

TMJ Treatment: Easy, Drug-free Migraine Relief

TMJ TreatmentMost people suffering from headaches and migraines are quick to pop pills for relief. But a drug-free approach rids pain that stems from Temporomandibular Joint disorders (TMJ), where over- activity of the jaw muscles leads to jaw pain. This TMJ treatment, called the NTI Tension Suppression System, reduces the intensity of teeth clenching and reduces nerve tension, bringing much needed relief to those suffering from gnawing headaches and prolonged jaw pain.

Over 10 million people across the U.S. suffer from some form of TMJ. Although women suffer from this jaw disorder more commonly than men, people of all ages and dental histories are susceptible to TMJ. TMJ can lead to tooth sensitivity, neck aches, and can even make eating an intolerable experience. Each day becomes a struggle against jaw pain, with heavy doses of prescribed migraine medications and temporary medications like ibuprofen no longer helping. But this tool brings clench-free smiles to patients everywhere.

The FDA-approved appliance, known as the NTI NTI Tension Suppression SystemTension Suppression System, is a custom-fitted device worn while sleeping. This miracle treatment reduces the intensity of teeth clenching and decreases nerve tension by way of a small, removable appliance worn over the upper or lower teeth during the night. This NTI wonder device eliminates the need for medications and prescriptions.

 

Dr. Alan BuddDr. Alan Budd, a Boston-based dentist and crucial member of the Dental Health and Wellness Boston team, specializes in the treatment of TMJ / TMD. Countless lives have been changed by Dr. Budd’s dedicated work, gaining Dental Health and Wellness Boston the highly respected reputation of the best dentistry in Boston for the treatment of teeth-clenching and grinding- induced migraines.

Dr. Budd was featured on a Local News program about the advances in dentistry, and the widespread success of these treatments. Budd has also lectured at renowned meetings such as the Yankee Dental Congress on the benefits of drug-free, patient- specific treatment for TMJ.

 

If you are looking for help with you migraines or TMJ condition, or are seeking a new dentist in Boston, call Dr. Jill Smith and her team at the best dental office in Boston.

 

Overcome Dental Phobia

The Boston Dentist Who Understands Sedation Dentistry/Sleep Dentistry. We Help You Overcome Dental Phobia.

We know that going to see the dentist can be nerve-racking for many and scary for some. That’s why Dental Health and Wellness Boston goes above and beyond to make your visit enjoyable! If you have dental phobia, we have a warm environment and friendly staff to make you feel at home. We also have options to help you relax and to make your visit as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible.

Known as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry, oral medications are administered in pill form prior to your appointment, leaving you alert and able to respond to questions while feeling calm with the emotional anxiety and stress caused by your dental phobia greatly reduced. A member of the DOCS Sedation Care network, Dr. Jill Smith’s practice provides oral conscious sedation, relaxation techniques and nitrous oxide and has received certifications and training as well as facility licenses and permits to provide this wonderful service to Dental Health.

Creating trustworthy and lasting relationships with our patients is of utmost importance to us. We are here for you and will ensure your dental visit is comfortable and relaxing.

Overcome Dental Phobia

Infographic courtesy of West Chester Dental Arts.

http://www.wcpadentalarts.com/709069/2013/06/05/dismiss-dental-fears-with-sedation—infographic.html

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer - Dental Health and Wellness Boston

The weather is getting warmer, birds are singing, and days are getting longer.  Yes, with the month of April comes spring, but April also brings Oral Cancer Awareness month – yearly reminder of the need for an oral cancer screening at your Boston dental office Dental Health and Wellness Boston.

The major causes of oral cancer are tobacco use and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). While poor oral health can cause oral cancer it historically has most often associated with tobacco use. Almost 80% of people with oral cancer cells have used tobacco. That includes both people who smoke and/ or use chewing tobacco. While chewing tobacco may cause a decrease in lung cancer it has a negative effect on the rates of oral cancers, pancreatic cancer, periodontal disease, and the chronic infections that it produces may even link it to heart disease as well.  Statistically speaking, the other major cause of oral cancer is one of the most common viruses today. HPV infects nearly 20 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This sexually transmitted disease is now being linked to increased instances of other health issues and is known to be found in over 50% of newly diagnosed cases of oral cancer in both men and women.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer? A swollen tongue or throat, lumps in the oral cavity  or on  the neck, numbness in the mouth, white or red spots visible on the cheeks, gums, or flesh underneath the tongue, a hoarse voice lasting an extended time, pain when chewing and/or swallowing, and bleeding sores that do not heal within the oral cavity.  Most abnormalities in the oral cavity heal within 7-10 days, so if you notice a bump or lump, or a white or a red spot appearing for more than 2 weeks please call Dental Health and Wellness Boston and set up an appointment to have an oral screening as a part of your next dental visit.

According to a Washington Post Article, (http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/modern-smiles-dr-ali/2013/apr/6/oral-cancer-month-april/) oral cancer kills someone every hour of everyday.  This high lethality rate is mostly due to individuals not getting oral cancer screenings, leaving oral cancer undetected until it is too late.  Once diagnosed 40% of patients die within 5 years, and 78% die within 5 years if diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Early detection of oral cancer significantly decrease the potential for death, screenings that are done by Dr. Jill Smith and her trained hygienist at routine cleaning appointments.  So when you think of spring think of Dental Health and Wellness Boston, and make sure you have your routine dental cleaning appointment scheduled today.

Guest blogger Brian Cabral RDH: Brian joined our Boston dental office last summer and has been a welcome addition to the team at Dental Health and Wellness Boston. Brian is an experienced hygienist who is experienced in oral cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis, and health and wellness.

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We are off on our Haiti adventure!

Traveling with 5 women into family we are on a mission trip to an orphanage with over 600 children. After months of planning today has finally arrived…. and I am both nervous and excited but can not wait to meet the children finally.

A special thanks to everyone who has wished us well and sent donations for the children in Haiti at the Pwoje Espwa. With the fund raising help of our family -my daughter, sister-in-law and neices we leave for Haiti tomorrow with $5000 in donations, 6 large duffle bags full of supplies -600 toothbrushes, 300 tubes of tooth paste, 105 tote bags, 35 pairs of sneakers donated by New Balance, toys, art supplies, literally hundreds of pairs of childrens underwear and clothes……and hugs and smiles from all of you to them.

Check out where we will be headed to www.freethekids.org
Thank you again, keep us in your thoughts!

Bon Voyage!
Dr. Jill Smith

Dental Hygiene is for Pets Too!

Dental Hygiene for Pets - Dental Health and Wellness Boston

Dr. Jill Smith explains why dental hygiene is just as important to pets as it is to humans. Unfortunately it is something that is often overlooked by pet owners.

Have you noticed Fido or Fluffy having bad breath all of a sudden? It may be gum disease or a tooth infection and you didn’t realize it. Bad breath, drooling, and tooth loss – all of which may be signs of serious dental disease – are often overlooked. Untreated gum disease in dogs and cats can lead to tooth loss and expensive dental treatment that could be avoided with a little prevention. Dr. Jill Smith, your Boston dentist and animal lover with 11 pets, found an interesting article in a great veterinarian magazine called Healthy Pet in the Winter 2012 issue that she would like to share with you.

Read our new Pet blog post at the Dr. Jill Smith Wellness Blog!

A note from Dr. Jill Smith about her upcoming visit to Haiti …

Free the Kids Haiti - Dr. Jill Smith

For spring break this year, 5 female relatives in our family – my twelve year old daughter, nieces, sister-in-law, and myself – are going on an adventure to volunteer at a rural Haitian orphanage called Pwoje Espwa for one week. Pwoje Espwa (meaning Project Hope in Haitian Creole) is a non-profit organization, also known as Free The Kids, that houses, feeds, educates and nurtures orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti.  Originally focused on boys, they have expanded and opened their doors to include girls after the terrible earthquake in the country that happened 3 years ago.

This trip is a first of a lifetime adventure for our family; much different than anything we have ever done before. We are not world travelers or wealthy philanthropists, but we would like to make a difference in a child’s life.  We feel we are so lucky in our lives and want to experience firsthand the struggles other people face and the reality of their difficult worlds. We also want to assist these children and this wonderful organization by raising money and raising awareness for this cause.

Just by taking the time to read this letter or visit their website, we will have raised awareness for the children of Haiti.

My girls are fundraising to raise money, new children’s underwear and backpacks to bring with us for the children of the orphanage.  They have set a goal of $3000; in their minds that equals $5 for each of the 600 children we will be visiting. These donations may be made through our Fundly Page or mailed to our address:

Dr. Jill Smith
Haiti Trip
Dental Health and Wellness Boston
31 State Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Please make checks payable to “Free the Kids”. For more information about our cause, visit www.FreeTheKids.org.  It costs Pwoje Espwa $150 a month to provide medical care, education and clothing for each child, so they could definitely use our help.

We appreciate your help and support, and want you to keep us in your thoughts for a safe journey.  I look forward to sharing our stories and adventures with you when we return!

Bon Voyage!
Dr. Jill Smith

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