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Dental Implants in Burlington MA – A popular option for tooth replacement

Do you have missing teeth and want to improve something about your smile, ask yourself these three questions

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  1. Do you want the most natural-looking smile?

Because implants fuse to your jaw bone, which provides support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges which are mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth when you eat and speak. This tight bond fit helps to secure dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns that are placed over implants and feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.   A dental implant feels, fits and like a natural tooth and does not interfere with your normal everyday eating, smiling, and speaking.

  1. Do you want a hassle-free smile?

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are not comfortable or even possible, this can be due to various reasons such as, sore spots, poor ridges or gagging.  In addition, ordinary bridges must be connected to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth.  An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be touched to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.  Dental implants allow you to bite naturally, eat virtually anything you like, and brush your teeth like you would your natural teeth.  Dentures on the other hand can feel uncomfortable when eating, restrict your food choices, and need to be removed for cleaning.

  1. Do you want a smile that won’t embarrass you?

Implant treatment requires healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits will keep your gums and mouth healthy and are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.  Dental implants are fixed in place to the bone, so they won’t move, click or shift, giving you confidence in your smile.  Dentures are removable and may slip when eating, talking or even laughing, which isn’t so funny and might embarrass you.

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of the questions, then dental implants might be right choice for you.  The next best thing to real teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth so you can be confident in your smile.

Because of all these advantages, dental implants provide excellent long-term value and can be a terrific investment in long-term oral health.

Ready for a consultation?

Ultimately, you will need to consult with your dentist to determine the relative benefits of each type of dental implant in your particular case. Dr. Sarita Malhotra has years of dental experience in helping patients achieve the smiles they love.  Book a consultation to restore your smile and confidence!

Dr. Sarita Malhotra is a dentist in Burlington MA at Modern Smiles Dental Care.  Modern Smiles Dental Care is a dental practice in Burlington MA that treats both children and adults. Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the dental care and smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile. Modern Smiles Dental Care dentists have patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on cosmetic and restorative dentistry, affordability and a commitment to total dental oral health.  They offer a wide range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental procedures such as Invisalign, dental crowns, dental implants, dental veneers, teeth whitening, root canals, extractions, etc.  The dental practice is open for dental emergencies and same day appointments and uses the latest state-of-art technologies.  Modern Smiles Dental Care accepts most dental insurances and they strive to make dental treatment affordable and comfortable.  Call them at 781-505-1900.

Halloween Dental Care in Burlington MA

Plan To Trade Your Kid’s Halloween Candy Without Causing an Uproar

Kids have been working hard at their costumes and Trick and Treat neighborhood route.  They know the houses who give out the good candy and remiss them all year.
Burlington Dental Care HalloweenOnce the candy haul is in they meticulously compile their loot.  Parent dread looking at the heaps of candy fearing the impact of those sweet treats on their teeth and health. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says Burlington MA dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra.

Before you let the kids eat all the candy they collect have a plan that will keep our little ones mouths health all year around.

  1. Plan on eating Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and this helps neutralize acids produced by bacteria in our mouth and rinse away sugar and food particles. Snacking on candy all day not good for your dental health or diet.
  2. Plan to choose candy carefully since hard candy can stay in your mouth a long time. The longer the time the candy stays in our mouth the increased risk of tooth decay.
  3. Plan to avoid sticky candies, since these can cling to your teeth and stay for a long time increasing the risk of tooth decay.
  4. Plan to get rid of the candy stash after Halloween day. Let the kids pick a few favorites and donate the rest.  Organization like Operation Gratitude will send candy to troops overseas.  Modern Smiles Dental Care is a location accepting candy take-back for Operation Gratitude.  For the little ones we have a Halloween Trade-back that will entice them to part way with their candy.
  5. Plan to take care of your teeth for the rest of the year, that includes drinking plenty of water, maintaining a healthy diet, brushing and flossing twice a day.
  6. Plan on visiting your dentist, dentist can catch problems early before when they are easy to “treat” and dental prevention beats treatment very time.

Here is some information about Operation Gratitude.  The program was created a decade ago and has expanded massively since. Today, roughly 3,000 dentist offices and other businesses around the country participate as drop-off—and payout—sites for Halloween booty. In general, the way the program works is that children bring some or all of their trick-or-treat candy over to a participating dentist’s office for a trade-in.  Organizations and adults can also drop candy at Modern Smiles Dental Care.   The candy is then divvied up into care packages that are sent to troops overseas with the help of a partner group called Soldiers’ Angels.  It’s a win win plan for everyone !!!  Kids are also encouraged to write letters to soldiers abroad—hopefully to cheer them up, not to make them feel guilty about taking candy from children.  Lets start selling this plan to the little one now 😊

Dr. Sarita Malhotra a dentist in Burlington MA at Modern Smiles Dental Care treats both children and adults.  She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health.  Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry.  Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile.  In her office Dr. Sarita Malhotra does Invisalign, crowns, fillings, implants.  She accepts various dental insurance plans and is open for tooth pain emergencies.   Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to Schedule an appointment today!

Mark your calendar, the Halloween Candy Give Back runs from 1st – 15th Nov, 2017.  We hope to see boxes full of candy !

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The Clock Is Ticking ….

 

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The holiday season is around the corner and your calendar is filling up with obligations. But, even though holiday season is a busy time for families, it might be worthwhile to add a few dental appointments to your schedule. Give yourself the gift of good oral health this season while making the most of your unused insurance benefits. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plan participants reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. In addition many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with pre-tax dollars, that might expire at the end of the year.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Use It or Lose It!”, that is true when it comes to dental benefits. Each year, you work hard to earn your benefits and, before you know it the year is gone and so are your unused benefits. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, listed below are some of the reasons why you should make a dental appointment now

  1. It All About Saving Money

Did you know that you could actually save hundreds of dollars in dental benefits by using them before the end of the year? All your dental benefits will reset at the end of the year. By planning your dental treatments you might save a significant amount of money by taking care of these appointments now, instead of waiting until 2018.

2. Those Deductible Reset Too

Every year the insurance companies makes you pay out of pocket before your they will pay for any services. This fee varies from one plan and the average deductible for a dental insurance plan is usually around $50 per year. Your deductible resets at the end of the year. Dental insurances provide little to no coverage for major procedures until you spend the deductible out of your pocket. If you’ve used your insurance this year, you might have met your deductible for this year.

3. Don’t Lose Your FSA Contributions

A lot of employers provide flexible spending accounts (FSA) for employees using pre-tax dollars and you can use those accounts to pay for dental work. If you don’t use your FSA contributions by the end of the year, you lose them, don’t let that money go to waste.

4. Dental Problems Worsen With Time
Furthermore, addressing dental problems now rather than putting off treatment can prevent the problems from getting worse, a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. By delaying dental treatment, you are there might be a risk that the dental problems might get worse and result in more extensive and expensive treatment down the road.

The clock is ticking…

Dr. Sarita Malhotra, a Burlington MA dentist at Modern Smiles Dental Care provides Invisalign treatment for both teens and adults. Teenagers and adults love Invisalign because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile. People living in the Burlington MA area, trust Dr. Sarita Malhotra to help them achieve their smile goals in a way that is comfortable and convenient. She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health. Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile. Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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Modern Smiles Dental Care accepts Delta Dental Insurance

Delta Dental Dentist in Burlington MA

Dr. Sarita Malhotra, DMD is a Delta dental provider.   As a Burlington Delta dental in network provider, we work with Delta Dental to offer you excellent dentistry that meets your needs.  Your Dental Dental insurance benefits will be accepted, and we will be happy to file your insurance claims and estimate your benefits for your convenience.

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With a Delta dental plan, you’ll get coverage for many services, not just routine cleaning and X-rays. Save the most when you stay in network.  As an in-network dentist you will enjoy a wide range of dental coverage, including:

Preventive care (cleaning, routine x-rays, and more)
Basic care (fillings, non-routine x-rays, basic restorative work)
Major services (bridges, crowns, root canals and more)

Services Provided by the Delta Dentist in Burlington

Call us with questions about your dental health or about you dental insurance. As a Delta dentist in Burlington, we want you to be informed about your options.

We’re happy to help you in any way we can. At Modern Smiles Dental Care, Dr. Sarita Malhotra will offer full service dental solutions.

Your insurance benefits may cover some or all of the following services:

  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Inlays
  • Periodontics
  • Dental Veneers
  • Invisalign and Braces
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Invisalign Clear Braces – Do you wish to change something about your smile?

Do you wish to change something about your smile, are you considering Invisalign braces?

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Burlington dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra discusses Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses clear aligners instead of metal brackets that are custom-made for you. The aligners are virtually invisible and fit snugly over your teeth. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor. The total length of the treatment can last from 6 months to 18 months depending on the range of teeth movement desired. During this period you will visit the dentist every six week for assessment and to pick up new aligners. Many dental insurance plans can cover part of the cost of Invisalign.

Dr. Sarita Malhotra, a Burlington MA dentist at Modern Smiles Dental Care provides Invisalign treatment for both teens and adults. Teenagers and adults love Invisalign because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile. People living in the Burlington MA area, trust Dr. Sarita Malhotra to help them achieve their smile goals in a way that is comfortable and convenient. She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health. Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile. Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to schedule a complimentary Invisalign consult, to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign braces.

 

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Navigating the Dental Insurance Maze

Dental insurance can be difficult to understand and navigate.   Consider this statistic from a study reported in the New York Times,

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Navigating the dental insurance maze

  • A doctor in America spends on the average $80,000/year dealing with insurance companies
  • An employee in a doctor’s office spends 21 hours per week dealing with insurance companies

There are a myriad of dental insurance companies with varied rules and regulations.   In takes a lot of experience and effort to navigate the maze of dental insurance acronym, codes, paperwork and regulations.  Though the dental insurance can be confusing and a maze there are few things that I want you to learn about your dental insurance.

1. Dental and medical insurance are completely different and this is the cause of confusion for many people.  Dental insurance is really a dental benefit, confused yet!!!  Let me explain, the dental insurance company agrees to pay a predetermined amount for procedures rendered, up to a certain amount per year.  As a patient, you need to understand these “dental benefits” to plan your dental treatment and make informed choices.  These dental benefits are very valuable to offset the cost of dental procedures.  

2. Two things that you want to know about your dental insurance are

Annual Maximum–The maximum amount your policy will pay per year for dental care. It is often divided into costs per individual, and (if you are on a family plan) per family

Coverage – This is percentage of the cost that the insurance company will pay, this varies by procedures.  

Great dental benefits have great annual maximums and great coverage !!

An the end of the year, for most dental companies, dental benefit are reset back to the dental maximum.  Therefore, it is important to track your benefits throughout the year so you can appropriately plan your dental treatment.

Navigating the dental insurance maze can be time consuming, but it is a great benefit for families.  Modern Smiles Dental Care is network provider for numerous dental insurance companies and our office goes to great lengths to work with your dental company to maximize your benefit and to stay on top of the changes to dental insurance rules and regulations.

Dr. Sarita Malhotra  a Burlington dentist at Modern Smiles Dental Care treats both children and adults.  She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health.  Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile.  Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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Time to Brighten and Whiten your smile

According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when people are asked what would improve their smile, most answered it would be whiter teeth.

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Burlington dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra address the teeth whitening options

These are some of the survey results from people request whitening.

Percent of orthodontists who had patients request tooth whitening  88.8 %

Percent who say they are “concerned by the look of their teeth” 32 %
Percent who say they usually conceal their teeth in photos 18 %
Percent of adults who believe an attractive smile makes you more appealing to the opposite sex  96 %
Percent of adults who believe an unattractive smile can hurt chances for career success  74 %

Before you choose teeth whitening or pick a whitening product or make a whitening appointment it is useful to understand the most commonly asked questions about the topic.

Lot of people ask why did their teeth change color?

There are a lot of reasons for teeth changing color.

  •  Drinking coffee and tea can cause teeth to stain over time. Intense color pigments in these drinks called chromogens bind to the white, outer part of your tooth’s enamel to stain it.
  • For people who use tobacco, it has two products, tar and nicotine. These two products will stain your teeth with a yellowish, surface staining substance.
  • As we age, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.
  • Trauma to the tooth can change its color. If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.
  • If you are on certain medications, it can change the tooth color. Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming may have discoloration of their adult teeth. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

How Does Teeth Whitening make my teeth whiter?

Teeth whitening and whitening products uses two kind of tooth bleaches – hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, these bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Does Whitening Work on All Teeth?
No, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.

What Are My Whitening Options?

Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile:

Whitening Toothpastes
All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth.  Look for the ADA Seal for safe whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents to provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

In-Office Bleaching
This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

At-Home Bleaching
Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist would use in the office.

Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?
Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again.

Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist.

If you are interested in your tooth whitening options , make an appointment to see Burlington dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra.

Dr. Sarita Malhotra a Burlington dentist at Modern Smiles Dental Care treats both children and adults. She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health. Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile. Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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Why do we get bad breath ?

Bad breath happens. If you’ve ever gotten that not-so-fresh feeling at a meeting (surrounded by your co-workers) you’re not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives.

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Burlington dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra address the importance of treating bad breath

Bad breath starts in the mouth and there are many causes, they include

  1. Food – breakdown of food in your mouth can increase bacteria and cause odor.
  2. Tobacco – smoking can cause unpleasant mouth odor and gum disease
  3. Poor dental hygiene – lack of proper brushing and flossing can leave food in your mouth and this can promote growth of odors and plaque to form on your teeth
  4. Other causes include Dry Mouth, medications, infections, or underlying medical conditions.

There are some simple things you can do to prevent bad breath.  Practice good oral hygiene, brush and floss twice a day.  Stop smoking and drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist.  See your dentist regularly to check for any underlying dental problems.

If you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see Burlington dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra. Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease or dry mouth and stop them before they become more serious.

Dr. Sarita Malhotra a Burlington dentist at Modern Smiles Dental Care treats both children and adults.  She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health.  Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile.  Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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Does my young athlete need an Athletic Mouthguard ?

If you have a young athlete in the family, then the answer is YES.  Children playing any form of contact sport need to protect their teeth, just as you would wear helmets while biking or football.

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Burlington dentist Dr. Sarita Malhotra address the importance of mouth guards

Mouthguard help cushion an impact, typically they protect the upper teeth since the top teeth take the brunt of the trauma during an impact.  Contact sport like football, basketball or soccer have a high risk for collisions and impact to mouth but even non-contact sports like gymnastics or skating can cause falls and trauma to mouth.  As a dentist we recommend a mouthguard for every sport.

Consider these stats

  • According to an ADA study more than 5 million teeth are knocked out each year through sport injury, accident or play
  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard! from an American Dental Association study
  • It is estimated that mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year! from an Academy of General Dentistry study
  • Sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year! from U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Consider the costs

  • the cost to repair a knocked out teeth and follow-up dental treatment can cost thousands of dollars which is many times the price of a mouthguard
  • if the child wears orthodontic appliances like braces it will take additional costs to repair them

There are three types of mouth guards 

  1. Custom made mouth guard – these are made by the dentist and fit the mouth.  They offer the most protection since they are created individually for fit and comfort.
  2. Boil and bite :  These mouth guards are pre-made, they are softened in water (boiled) and inserted to adapt to the shape of the mouth.  The athlete must keep the upper and lower jaws together to hold the mouthguard in place, which is a conscious and uncomfortable situation.
  3. Stock:  These mouth guard are pre-formed and do not adapt to the mouth.  They do not fit well and can make breathing and talking difficult.  When an athlete receives a blow during an athletic event, the mouth guard is forced rearward, and it contacts only a few of the teeth and only a portion of the soft tissue.  We do not recommend wearing these mouth guards.

The best mouthguard remains one that is custom designed and made by a dental professional with the athlete’s individual needs taken into account. It allows the dentist to address the age of the athlete and the possibility of providing space for growing teeth and jaws, these can be accommodated with a custom-made guard.   A properly fitted mouthguard is important if you have have braces.  Those braces are delicate and you want to protect them from impact.  A blow to the mouth can damage braces or other bridge work you have in the mouth.  

Dr. Sarita Malhotra a Burlington dentist at Modern Smiles Dental Care treats both children and adults.  She takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health.  Dr. Sarita Malhotra has a patient-friendly philosophy, which focuses on aesthetics, affordability and a commitment to total oral health. By incorporating advanced technology with meticulous compassion, and pain-free dentistry Dr. Sarita Malhotra offers patients the smiles they dreamed about because she loves to see you smile.  Please call our office at 781-505-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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Healthy Mouths Happy Children !

During February most of us in New England start looking forward to Spring but dentists look forward to February because it is National Children’s Dental Health Month. During this month dental professionals will raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.  Why do we need a whole month to raise awareness? Let’s look at some facts,

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Healthy Mouths Happy Children In Burlington

– Tooth decay in children is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
– Gum disease is contagious, parents can transfer the bacteria in saliva to their children by sharing spoons.
– According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses.
– Almost 50% of tooth decay remains untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
– Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of children aged 2–5 years and half of those aged 12–15 years.
– According to a study, children in the Los Angeles School District who had tooth pain performed poorly in school.

Despite these seemingly staggering dental health statistics, many children still do not visit the dentist. It’s not their fault, caregivers need to make dental health for children a priority…

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children and is almost entirely preventable. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth and this is the main reason that we use the month of February to raise awareness. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay. Eat healthy and remember the rule of two – Brush for two minutes, 2 times per day, don’t forget to floss.

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Dr Sarita Malhotra with her pet dinosaur

At Modern Smiles Dental Care, Burlington dentists, Dr. Sarita Malhotra treats both children and adults. During the month of February she is visiting schools with her pet dinosaur to educate children about oral health. In case your school would like to invite her, please call her office at 781-505-1900 to schedule a time. Make sure as a caregiver you are doing what you can to instill good dental health habits with your little ones. It is a shared responsibility between the parents, teachers and your dentist.

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