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Healthy Gums: Getting There

February 15, 2016

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The other side of the coin in dentistry from no cavities is health gums.

I am amazed about how many patients do not know of the health benefits of salt water rinses.

Salt water rinses are very therapeutic for mouth sores and are especially good treatment for healing gingivitis and holding it in check.

A proper mix of water and table salt can be made easily.

Mix enough sat in the water until it tastes like sea water.

Another way to do this is to mix enough salt so that there is a little residue of salt in the cup that doesn’t mix with the water.

The salt water mix should be approximately body temperature.

Sip enough water so that you can cover the teeth and gums.  This would be about 1.5 fluid ounces.

Hold the solution in your mouth, rinse for about a minute, and spit. Then try not to eat or drink for about a half hour so the salt water can work on your gums.

An added feature would be to brush your teeth with the salt water. This also helps reverse gingivitis.

Try and do this once a day or every-other-day.

Remember to use fluoridated toothpaste when you are not brushing with salt water.

We are committed to preventive oral health care and helping you keep your natural teeth your whole life.

So, if you live or work in Burlington, Winchester, Woburn, Billerica, Wilmington, Chelmsford or Lexington, come see us for all your dental needs.  We are one of the few offices where all your dentistry can be done under one roof.

Today’s Topic: Gingivitis

January 4, 2016

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Bad Breath…? Irritated Gums…? Eeeeww! It could be gingivitis and at Dr. Lewis & Associates, we are here to help you!

Have you ever noticed bad breath on a person with whom you are speaking? This is not bad breath caused by food. Rather, it is kind of a foul odor that you smell when you stand near a person with gingivitis. The actual term for this type of bad breath is “halitosis” or “fetore ex ore” in medical literature.

The foul odor, typically accompanied by swollen, scarlet red gums are both signs of gum disease or gingivitis, which is a chronic infection. Often times gingivitis causes gums to feel irritated, swell and bleed. Gingivitis is literally a low-grade chronic infection and if it goes untreated, will eventually loosen teeth so much that it can lead to dentures.

The good news is that today, Dr. Lewis and Associates has many methods available to patients to prevent tooth loss and healthy gums. Practicing good oral hygiene and developing good dental homecare habits are your best defenses against gingivitis. Additionally, Dr. Lewis recommends regular dental cleanings two to four times a year in order to prevent gingivitis from creeping up on you!

Don’t wait until you have the experience of swollen, sore and bleeding gums and terrible breath that offends your family, friends and colleagues. If you live or work in Burlington, Woburn, Arlington, Billerica, Winchester, Lexington, Wilmington, or Bedford, give us a call and schedule a regular dental check up with our team of experienced hygienists and dentists to put you on the correct path to healthy gums, clean breath and keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime. That is something to smile about!

Richard Lewis DMD

 

Tis the Season

December 14, 2015

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Use it or lose it! Flexible Spending Accounts – “FSA”

November 30, 2015

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December is a hectic month, but make sure you don’t overlook one simple task in the holiday rush. If you have a medical flexible savings account, commonly known as “FSA”, check its balance – and check with your benefits department – make sure you don’t end up wasting your money.

Typically FSA accounts are set up to be used during one calendar year and the balance is lost if it’s not used during that year. However, an FSA is a good idea to cover annual dental and medical expenses using pre-tax dollars.

You can use your FSA for medical and dental related expenses that insurance doesn’t cover. There are many services offered at Richard Lewis, D.M.D. & Associates that are covered by a FSA.

Do you need a check up? A cleaning to make your teeth sparkle for all those holiday pictures? You can use your FSA for the co-pay. Thinking about a whitening procedure? Veneers? Is a tooth bothering you, do you need a filling? Or would a mouth guard ease your jaw pain?

Request an appointment today!

Email: drlewis@richardlewisdmd.com or phone: (781) 272-5890.

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ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING YOUR OPTIMUM SMILE

October 30, 2015

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Do you live in Burlington, Bedford, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn, Lexington, or Billerica? 

If you answered yes, this blog can help you a great deal by introducing Richard Lewis DMD & Associates to you!

Have you ever wondered what it would take to have and maintain the beautiful and confident smile that you wanted?

It does not have to be a fantasy.

With today’s modern dentistry and some diligence, you can achieve this.
Here are a few tips:

1. Make daily home care a very top priority in your life.
2. Come in for regular check- ups.
3. Make use of tooth bleaching, veneers, implants, and Invisalign.

I have seen these habits work very well over the years.

Consistency and diligence are the key to a beautiful smile!

Thinking about fixing your smile? Give us a call! We are friendly, well equipped and have the latest technology and experience to improve your smile.

Call us today to start your journey. Call or email to schedule an appointment. 

Phone: 781 272 5890 or email us: drlewis@richardlewisdmd.com

Richard Lewis DMD

Relieving Dental Stress

October 16, 2015

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If you live or work in Burlington, Woburn, Winchester, Wilmington, Billerica, Lexington, or any other community near Richard Lewis DMD & Associates, 281 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803, this blog can be very valuable to you.

 

Do suffer from toothaches, headaches, or jaw pain?

Are you stressed?

Are you grinding or clenching your teeth at night?

Are you waking up with a sore jaw?

Grinding and clenching are very destructive to your teeth, muscles and jaw joint.

These habits can also lead to headaches.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions,  then you should very seriously consider coming  in for a checkup!

Wearing a nightly mouth guard may prevent an extremely painful cracked tooth.

Over the years, we have successfully treated many patients by relieving their pain and protecting their teeth.

We are here to help.

Call us at 781 272 5890 or email us:  drlewis@richardlewisdmd.com

Rain hats protect us from the rain

September 16, 2015

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Brush Floss Rinse Often= Good Check Ups!

 

How to Buy a Water Pick

September 2, 2015

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By Richard Lewis DMD & Associates Proudly Serving Burlington, Woburn, Winchester, Billerica, Wilmington, Bedford, and Lexington MA

I went to the internet to buy a new oral irrigator, or “water pick”, very recently. I was deluged with choices of models to choose from.
I read reviews and had a very pleasant surprise.
The surprise was that there are a lot of people out there that have the proper concepts about cleaning their mouths.
Bravo for this crowd! They brush, rinse and floss appropriately. Not an easy task.

Getting back to my choice for a new water pick:
This was not easy since there are so many choices on the internet.
Here’s what I did.

First, I decided on a wireless power supply. My new water pick runs on 2 AA batteries. (My experience is that this set up lasts about a month.)
Then I had to figure out how hard the water jet would be. I had to rely on my past experience and what the reviewers said.
Next, I had to consider overall size of the machine and its footprint.
After weighing all these factors, I decided that my previous model that I used for 3 years was still my best choice. I purchased it again.
It is made by Panasonic it is their EW DJ10.
If you want to have proper oral health, come see us. We are a modern family oriented dental practice with the latest concepts and equipment for establishing and maintaining oral health.

Enjoy the confidence of proper oral health. You can do this.
For more tips on dentistry, browse other pages on our website or call us at 781 272 5890 for a free consultation to discuss your dental care needs.

How Far Back Does Dentistry Go?

July 29, 2015

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Do you ever wonder how people in ancient times dealt with dental cavities?

Apparently they knew about decay and how to use flint to clean out decay.

I hope they didn’t know too much about toothaches.

I recently came across a blog from a dental technology report that I regularly read.

The subject of that particular blog was the earliest record of dentistry.

Prior to a recent discovery, it was commonly thought that the earliest dentistry was about 5,000 years ago.

A new archaeological discovery dates dentistry to about 14,000 years ago.

That’s quite a leap!

It’s interesting that the humans living in that Stone Age (Upper Paleolithic Era) were aware enough to clean decay out of teeth.

Very recently, the remains of a male “hunter-gatherer” were found in a cave and the skull and teeth were present.

Tooth decay had been cleaned out of a molar tooth.

The scientists believe that a shard of flint was used to excavate the decay.

Today we are fortunate to be living in times where dental treatment, decay, and prevention are commonplace.

If you are fearful and have (or think you have) untreated dental problems, call our office 781 272 5890.

We have general dentists and specialists who use the most advanced technologies to treat our patients.

We are specially equipped to treat apprehensive patients of all ages. This means we treat children, teens and adults in a caring, anxiety-free environment and that all of your  and your family’s needs can be tended to under one roof.

Call today as procrastination doesn’t help.

TRAVELING? PLEASE REMEMBER THIS ITEM!

July 16, 2015

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I was traveling to San Francisco recently.

lewisbrushAfter a flight delay of over 3 hours in Boston, I finally took an alternative flight to my destination, San Francisco.

I arrived at the equivalent of 3 am Boston time and was very weary.

I exited the plane and walked down the concourse towards the baggage claim area. I turned the corner and took a picture of the illuminated advertisement that caught my eye. (See the accpmpanying photo).

I got a kick out of it.

Of all the items to see first on my journey, I saw a reminder to purchase a toothbrush at SFO, the airport itself!

I can report that the billboard was very amusing and also that I had at least two toothbrushes in my travel bags.

I hope you do the same….

 

Richard Lewis DMD

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