Blog

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Dumplings
03/11/2019
We have updated our blog. This week Dr. Ben Roth writes about a fun event he attended.
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Triclosan
03/04/2019
We have updated our blog. This week Dr. Alex Becker writes about an ingredient that may be in toothpaste.
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Mount Washington Hotel
02/25/2019
We have updated our blog. This week Dr. Scott Harsfield writes about interesting history he learned while staying at the Mount Washington Hotel.
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The Ins and Outs of Laughing Gas
02/19/2019
We have updated our blog. This week Dr. Kathleen McCafferty writes about using nitrous oxide for pediatric patients.
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Take Home Tips
02/12/2019
We have updated our blog. This week Dr. Anne Hertzberg shares helpful tips with parents about dental care at home.
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National Children's Dental Health Month
National Children's Dental Health Month
02/04/2019
We have updated our blog. This week Dr. Cristen Kowalski reminds us of the importance of brushing and flossing.
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Books
The Joy of Reading
01/28/2019
I love to read. I have three stacks of books on my night stand: 1.) Dental journals 2.) Parenting books 3.) Fun reads
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Pregnancy Ginvigivitis
01/22/2019
During pregnancy, about half of women experience a symptom that is called pregnancy gingivitis. Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums, and is typically caused with the accumulation of plaque and tartar, and the bacteria associated with it.
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What Does a Palatal Expander Do?
12/31/2018
Happy New Year everyone! This week I am writing about palatal expanders, a tool we frequently use in orthodontic treatment. Most children and teens who need braces will get them during the middle school years. However, some children also need a short course of orthodontic treatment earlier, during elementary school, to treat an emerging bite problem such as a crossbite or crowding.
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Charcoal Toothpaste - Good or Bad?
12/26/2018
Multiple patients have asked me about using charcoal toothpaste to whiten their teeth, and also, as a daily toothpaste. I personally have not tried charcoal toothpaste, but I have looked into its benefits and cons.
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Sleep Apnea
12/11/2018
In 2017, I obtained board certification in a small but growing field within dentistry: dental sleep medicine. No, it does not mean doing fillings and crowns on patients while they are asleep – that is more appropriately referred to as “sedation dentistry.” Dental sleep medicine is the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with dental appliances that resemble a mouthguard or nightguard.
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ZOOM! In-Office Whitening
12/04/2018
These days everyone seems to be looking for the fountain of youth, a way to look and feel young. Whitening your teeth can be one of the easiest and quickest ways to look more refreshed and youthful.
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Dental Emergency Phone Calls
11/26/2018
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We had a wonderful time with family and with our of town friends visiting us. On top of celebrating the holiday I also took calls for our 3 offices. While this seems to some like it could be a challenging part of our job it is really an opportunity to help, guide and sometimes change people's lives.
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Daylight Savings With a Toddler
11/07/2018
We have once again reached that time of year where we apparently gain an extra hour of sleep. The glorious “falling back” of daylight savings. For those of you with small children, of course this means absolutely nothing of the sort for you.
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Before and after braces
Thinking About Braces? A Post-Op Review
09/04/2018
Last December, I wrote about beginning Orthodontic treatment as an adult. My traditional metal braces were put on last October
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Congratulations to Our Doctors
08/08/2018
Chestnut Dental is thrilled to announce that 14 of our doctors are on the 2018 Top Dentists List in the August issue of Boston Magazine. We are honored and humbled that our doctors were selected to be included on this list through a survey of 4,000 dentists in the Greater Boston area.
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Teeth Whitening
07/31/2018
Patients often ask about teeth whitening: Is it safe? Will it work on me? Chestnut Dental recently added the ZOOM! line of products to our whitening offerings and I’ll review the basics here.
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Non-Nutritive Sucking Habits
07/16/2018
On a daily basis, I get asked by parents when is the best time to stop a pacifier or thumb-sucking habit. As we all know, it is normal for most babies to use a pacifier or thumb as a self-soothing mechanism from an early age, even in utero!
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Orthodontic Correction
Orthodontic Treatment for Thumb Sucking Habit
06/20/2018
As an orthodontist the most common treatment I provide is braces or Invisalign to straighten teeth and correct the bite. However, I see patients with a wide range of needs that require treatment beyond the typical scope.
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Cracked Teeth
05/07/2018
Cracked teeth. Inevitably, our teeth will develop cracks with time. For most, it is simply the accumulation of a lifetime of normal wear and tear.
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Orthodontic Treatment forMissing Teeth
03/26/2018
As an orthodontist I use braces and Invisalign to align teeth for a nice looking smile and make the upper and lower teeth fit together correctly when you bite. However, sometimes patients have extra teeth or are actually missing teeth.
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Fluoride Toothpaste and Babies: Do They Mix?
03/19/2018
Fluoridation of water in the United States was named by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Obviously, given my profession, I one hundred percent support the fluoridation of water and to go one step further, I endorse the use of fluoride toothpaste.
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E-cigarettes: A Threat to Health
E-cigarettes: A Threat to Health
11/27/2017
On this chilly Friday morning in late November, I casually mentioned to my husband that I needed him to watch the kids for a few minutes while I sat down to write my blog post on Juuling. His response? "What's Juuling?" This, my friends, is exactly why I am taking the time to write this post.
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