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What Causes Bad Breath, and How do I Get Rid of It?

May 12, 2018

Woman covering her mouth to hide bad breathOne of the most common questions dentists hear from their patients is how to get rid of bad breath. For those patients with occasional bad breath, you may be able to get rid of it by making some small changes in your oral hygiene and dietary habits. For patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), you may need more advanced preventive dentistry services, prescription oral hygiene products, and/or gum disease therapies to improve your breath. A good dentist can help you achieve minty fresh breath and keep the smile on your face. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the causes of bad breath and how you can improve your breath in partnership with a trusted dentist and dental care team.

Get Great Tips for Taking Care of Dentures Medford Residents

October 19, 2015

Tips on caring for dentures Medford residents can trustWhen advised to consider full or partial denture tooth replacement, patients have many concerns including impact on their ability to chew and speak clearly and smile appearance. Advances in denture creation and materials makes them more comfortable and attractive than ever, and for patients with numerous missing teeth, they are an affordable, comfortable tooth replacement option. Once you’ve chosen to have a denture proper care is essential to retaining comfortable fit and extending the life of your denture. With thorough at home care and regular maintenance visits at Giamberardino Dental Care, denture wearers are able to enjoy comfort and stability like the day they received their dentures for years.

Dental bridges vs. Dental Implants, Medford, What’s Right for You?

August 5, 2015

Woman smiling with dental implants from giamberardino dental careDental bridges are tried and tested. The first dental bridge was used 1000s of years ago as jewelry! In 700 BCE, the Etruscans adorned their teeth and filled in gaps with precious metals to display their wealth. Many people think that dental implants are a relatively new smile restoration option by comparison, but actually the Mayans who lived only 100 years later used sea shells, jade, and other human or animal teeth for restoration. Despite the rudimentary methods, these implant procedures were actually quite successful. Skulls discovered in recent years show that these materials fused with the bone, and the bond has lasted long after the patient’s death. So, how’s a modern patient to choose? Dr. Anthony Giamberardino and his Medford, MA team are here to help you choose the restoration method that’s right for you, but first, we recommend finding out more about each treatment. Call to schedule a tooth replacement evaluation and consultation today.

Superior General Dentist, Medford, MA

July 20, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-474778960A century ago, poor oral hygiene among Americans joining the military during WWI was considered a national security risk. Less than 10% of people in the United States owned a toothbrush, and even fewer purchased toothpaste (a snake oil type product peddled by door to door salesman). Today, more people own smartphones than toothbrushes. It was clear in 1914 and it remains clear today, a stronger emphasis on preventive dentistry could help keep people healthy, save them time and money, and allow them to keep their smile for a lifetime. A study started in 2006 by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention showed that in less than a decade the percentage of North Americans over the age of 60 who needed dentures has decreased from 31 to 25%, and this seems to be a growing trend. Preventive dentistry is responsible for increased numbers of adults who can retain their smile for life. Preventive dentistry including regular dental checkups can help you keep natural smile. Call to schedule a six month checkup with Dr. Anthony Giamberadino in Medford, MA, or to ask about our new patient specials.

Why Six Month Checkups?

As a result of the distressing number of military personnel with severe oral health issues during WWI, dentists decided that preventive care should be stressed. They knew people should start seeing the dentist before they had problems rather than after, but there wasn’t a lot of research letting them know how often would be the most beneficial, so they made a guess. They started recommending regular dental visits twice a year. Now, this was a highly educated guess made by professionals, and it may not have worked if it weren’t the help of the marketing masterminds behind Pepsodent tooth powder.

In a series of advertisements in the 1920s, Claude Hopkins created ads that promoted twice daily tooth brushing with Pepsodent, and twice a year dental visits to keep teeth feeling clean. The ads used a simple habit building formula: cue, result, repeat. The “cue” was the gritty feeling on the surface of the teeth. The ads encouraged people to run their tongues over their teeth in the morning and at night before brushing to feel the texture. Then, brush with Pepsodent tooth powder (paste didn’t come along until the 1950s), and run your tongue over your teeth again. The result clean, smooth, perfect smiles. The only way to keep your smile that way? Twice a day brushing and twice a year dentist visits.

This habit created an entire industry. The first dental hygienist was trained in 1913, but the wide spread training of hygienist started in conjunction with the ad campaign. Additionally, tooth brushes and powders were sold at the local apothecary or pharmaceutical store not just by door to door salesman, and many dental offices began giving free tooth brushes to patients around this time. Eventually, dental insurance companies were formed, and they too supported the six month checkups by covering dental checkups twice a year. Mr. Hopkins, in short, may have had more influence on dental health than any dentist ever has.

Missed a Few Checkups and Need a General Dentist, Somerville?

So the source of the six month dental visit may be a little lacking in research based, evidentiary support, but since the 1920s, the dental community has gathered some hard evidence to support their predecessors’ lucky guess work. Studies show that patients who have their teeth cleaned every six months have a significantly lower risk for ever having tooth decay, gum disease or tooth loss. Children who have six month visits starting from the eruption of their first tooth can receive preemptive orthodontic care so their teeth develop straight and evenly spaced rather than fixing them later with more difficult, painful orthodontia. Dental innovation has also allowed screenings and treatment of bruxism, oral cancer, and TMJ disorder during six month visits. These potentially serious health concerns when diagnosed in their early stages can be treated with minimally invasive, conservative dental methods.

Some behavioral habits indicate that you may need more frequent visits to the dentist. This includes smoking, eating large quantities of sugary or processed foods, irregular oral health care routines, and conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) and dry mouth that make the teeth more susceptible to decay. Other patients who eat healthy, maintain an excellent at home dental hygiene routine, and are physically healthy may be able to get away with skipping a checkup, but why risk it? For every year without a dental checkup your chances for serious periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer and tooth loss increases exponentially. It turns out that the habit started by a toothpaste ad in the 1920s, may just be one of the best habits you can adopt today.

Call Your General Dentist, 01890

William Bernbach once said, “The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.” At Giamberadino Dental Care of Medford, MA, we agree. Our practice is dedicated to providing individual, preventive care so our patients have fewer cavities, and more smiles. Call to schedule your checkup today. Our friendly dental care staff welcomes patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and nearby communities.

When Should I replace my Toothbrush?

July 13, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-76765623We all know that tooth brushing is essential to properly care for our teeth and maintain good oral hygiene, but we may not be paying as much attention to how we care for our toothbrush. Studies have shown that improper care of toothbrushes can increase the likeliness of many oral health issues, but the same studies make toothbrush sanitation seem like an uphill battle. The main thing to remember is never keep your toothbrush for more than 4 months to avoid the most harmful bacterial contamination. If you want to know more about tooth brushing or toothbrush care and maintenance, call Giamberadino Dental Care of Medford, MA to schedule your dental hygiene appointment and general checkup today.

Other Not So Pleasant Toothbrush Truths

You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day and maybe you’d rather not think about it, but when’s the last time you cleaned your toothbrush? How about the last time you replaced your toothbrush? You may be feeling annoyed. What do dentists want from you? You brush, you floss, you visit them twice a year, and now you have to clean your toothbrush everyday too. In short, yes you really should clean your toothbrush after every use.

Your toothbrush removes bacteria and food particles from your teeth. Some of these particles become trapped in the bristles and can replicate. Overtime, it becomes increasingly likely that your toothbrush will further contaminate your teeth rather than cleaning them. Then, there’s the other things that can contaminate your toothbrush. Most people store their toothbrush in a bathroom where it’s regularly exposed to debris from perfumes, hairsprays, cleaning products, and the dreaded fecal matter from toilet bowl spray. Even more disturbing, toothbrushes are not required to be stored and sold in sterile packaging meaning your toothbrush may be contaminated the moment you buy it.

At the end of the day, the cleanliness of our toothbrushes should be treated with a reasonable amount of concern. Thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush before and after each use and storing the brush in an open, upright container is generally more than enough care to keep your toothbrush from causing illness. However, it never hurts to rinse the toothbrush with an antimicrobial mouthwash from time to time, or even run it through the dishwasher to ensure sanitation. It’s essential to remember that our bodies are swarming with bacteria and only a tiny percentage of those is harmful. Oral hygiene and cleaning will never remove all the bacteria from our mouths, but it may help us remove the harmful ones.

Toothbrush Tips from Skilled Dentist, Sommerville

Okay, so now you’re afraid to brush your teeth, but you still need to. Here are some helpful hints from Giamberadino Dental for toothbrush maintenance:

  • Replace your toothbrush regularly. We recommend 4 times a year, every 3 months.
  • Replace your toothbrush if you’re sick. When you’re sick more of the harmful bacteria may be populating your mouth. Using the same toothbrush after you feel better can lead to recontamination.
  • Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone. Your body is a delicate ecosystem and introducing another person’s bacteria to the ones your body is used to makes it more likely you may develop an illness and increases your chances of tooth decay.
  • Don’t store your toothbrush covered, lying down, or upside down. Storing the toothbrush upright allows the water to run from the bristles and dry out relatively quickly making it more difficult for bacteria to grow. Whereas storing a toothbrush in a container or lying on its side or upside down helps create a moist environment where bacteria flourish. Additionally, storing toothbrushes in a container can lead to mold growth as well as bacteria propagation.
  • Clean your toothbrush before and after use. Allowing the toothbrush to dry out between uses exposes bacteria to oxygen which kills them. Rinsing the toothbrush with warm water before and after use removes foreign matter that may have collected on the bristles between usage. If you’re concerned about contamination rinsing your tooth brush with antimicrobial mouthwash while you gargle can help kill bacteria on your brush as well.

There’s no way to clean all the bacteria and debris off of your toothbrush or out of your mouth, but maintaining good hygiene routines can help remove the majority of harmful bacteria. Remember that this care applies to mechanical toothbrushes as well as manual toothbrushes. If you want to invest in an electric toothbrush, find one that has removable heads that are easily replaced.

Call Your Dentist, 01890 to Find Out More

Dr. Giamberardino is a skilled general, restorative and cosmetic dentist in the Sommerville area. He can help you achieve and maintain the best possible dental health. Call to schedule your six month checkup today. Our Medford, MA practice invites patients from local communities like Somerville, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and Melrose .

Holiday Dental Care Advice from Giamberardino Dental Care

November 24, 2014

148323489Four course meals, delicious desserts and fine wines make this an especially indulgent time of year for most Americans. We all deserve a chance to enjoy our favorite foods with our family and friends during the holidays. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse to neglect our oral health. Don’t abandon your teeth this holiday season. No one wants to start off the New Year with a toothache. Incorporate our easy mouth healthy suggestions this season and then make an appointment with Dr. Giamberardino for your holiday dental care check –up. Dr. Giamberardino is an experienced and trusted family dentist specializing in preventative dental care. Giamberardino Dental Care proudly serves families throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding communities.

Five Easy Holiday Dental Care Tips

  • Be Prepared– If you go to a holiday gathering or take a trip, remember to pack a spare toothbrush, toothpaste and some floss so that you don’t have to skimp on your oral hygiene routine.
  • Make Healthy Choices– Make a choice to avoid over indulging in sugary foods and drinks. Plan to fill up on healthy foods first.
  • Chew Gum- Keep a pack of sugar-less gum handy. The Xylitol found in sugar-less gum has been shown to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.
  • Got Dairy?-Low fat dairy products like milk and cheese contain tooth fortifying calcium. Milk also helps to wash away sugary residue and bacteria.
  • Get Dental Care You Need Now– It’s easy to put off or neglect one’s dental care because of the holidays. The extra sugar we consume over this time of year can exacerbate existing dental issues and wreak havoc for your teeth and gums in the New Year. Don’t put off needed holiday dental care.

Holiday Dental Care Appointments in Medford, MA

Taking good care of your teeth is a year round responsibility. Make sure you pay extra attention to protecting your teeth during the holidays, when they can be most vulnerable. Be proactive and make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for your holiday dental care needs.  Dr. Giamberardino will help you and your family stay healthy throughout the holiday season. Dr. Giamberardino is a trusted dental care provider conveniently located in Medford, MA, serving patients from Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and nearby cities.

Making a Dentist Appointment Today Can Save Your Life Tomorrow: Oral Cancer Screenings

October 10, 2014

working dIf you are over forty, you probably make it a point to see your doctor regularly for breast or prostate cancer screenings. Yet most people don’t make a point to see their dentist for regular dental checkups. This oversight can be a costly mistake to your good health. Oral cancer screenings are just as important as other cancer screenings and are a routine part of a regular dental examination. Often, there is no pain associated with oral cancer development, therefore it can progress without detection if you avoid seeing the dentist. The good news is that oral cancer can be effectively treated if it is caught early enough. Don’t let a fear of dental care keep you from getting the oral cancer screening you need. Make an appointment with Dr. Giamberardino today. Dr. Giamberardino and his team proudly serve patients in Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding communities.

You May Be At High Risk for Oral Cancer If:

  • You use any tobacco or alcohol products.
  • You have an HPV Infection  (infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus has been linked to 80% of oral cancer cases)
  • You are over the age of 40.
  • You enjoy a lot of sun exposure (cancer of the lips can be caused by sun exposure)
  • You have a poor diet (diets low in nutrients may play a role in oral cancer development)

Oral Cancer Symptoms:

  • A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat
  • A white or red patch inside the mouth
  • A constant feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing normally
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in any area of your mouth
  • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to become uncomfortable
  • Pain in one ear without hearing loss

Oral Cancer Screenings in Medford, MA

Life is unpredictable. While we may not be able to prevent some health issues from occurring, we can certainly do all we can to catch them at the earliest stages for treatment. Oral cancer can be treated successfully. Possible courses of treatment may include chemotherapy and surgery.  Make an appointment with Dr. Giamberardino today for better care, a better experience and a better treatment outcome. Dr. Giamberardino and his team proudly serve patients in Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding areas.

See how Dr. Giamberardino is helping to raise awareness for oral cancer here:

Regular Checkups for Good Dental Health

March 5, 2013

Has it been a while since your last visit to our Medford dental office? Here at Giamberardino Dental Care, we want to see all of our patients every six months for a checkup to make sure their teeth stay healthy and beautiful.

Taking proper care of your teeth is essential to ensure a healthy smile. It is important to form a foundation for dental health by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. However, this alone is not enough to keep your teeth clean.

A dental checkup is an essential part of having a healthy smile. We will clean the stubborn plaque from your teeth and make sure your smile is healthy. We also inspect your teeth for cavities, decay, and signs of gum disease and oral cancer. These conditions are all best caught early on, and is why preventative dental care is so important.

Your dental checkup is also a good time to address any questions or concerns about your smile. We can discuss other treatments available for your teeth. Most importantly, we just want to make sure your teeth are staying healthy and looking beautiful.

Don’t forget to schedule your next checkup with us! Good dental health is dependent on you coming to visit us every six months. Take the first step towards better dental health and call us today to schedule your next dental checkup.

Giamberardino Dental Care provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry from our Medford, MA dental office. We serve patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding communities. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

Inflammation and Heart Health

February 22, 2012

For some patients, it might come as a surprise that heart health and oral health are connected. But as we mentioned in our last post, your oral and overall health are deeply connected. And with February being so well known for Valentine’s Day, we thought now would be a good time to reiterate that connection.

Gum disease starts with bacteria and plaque building up around the teeth and gums, causing your soft tissue to become irritate and inflamed. As this inflammation and irritation continue, pockets can develop in the gum tissue. These pockets give bacteria and plaque access to the heart via the bloodstream.

Once in the heart, further irritation will cause protective plaque to build up around the arterial walls, eventually blocking the flow of blood. It’s this lack of blood flow that could someday trigger a heart attack. All of which is why regular visits to Dr. Giamberardino’s Medford dental office are essential.

Would You Like To Learn More About The Oral Health-Heart Health Connect?

To learn more about the connection between the heart and your smile, schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Giamberardino at our Medford dental office. We’re committed to helping patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, and Everett lead healthy lives and have healthy smiles.

Seniors and Oral Health: What You Should Know

November 10, 2011

Caring for your teeth and gums will always be an essential part of life. But aging can make it difficult to give your smile the kind of attention it needs to stay strong. For some patients, arthritis pain can make it difficult to brush and floss. For others, dry mouth can increase the risk of both gum disease and tooth decay.

Neither of these has to keep you from having a healthy smile, though. Thanks Dr. Giamberardino’s gentle touch and years of experience, he can help patients from Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and surrounding areas stay on top of their oral health.