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By contactus@danamcmasterdmd.com
February 22, 2015
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By contactus@danamcmasterdmd.com
February 22, 2015
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Does your bed partner snore so loud that your sleep is disturbed? 

Sharing a bed with a snorer can affect your quality of life and also be harmful to your physical and emotional health. In many cases, both bed partners suffer from sleep-disordered breathing and sleep deprivation although only one has clinical signs and symptoms of snoring or sleep apnea. Often, snorers do not take complaints from their bed partner seriously or act in denial – which can make the situation worse.

Research shows that people who sleep next to someone who snores also experience physical and emotional consequences. Snoring and sleep apnea are unique in that they are  conditions that can affect two people, although only one person has the problem.

If you or your spouse snore, contact my office and lets discuss an appliance that has been very successful in treating the snoring problem. Contact me in Westborough at 508-366-2210, and lets talk.


By contactus@danamcmasterdmd.com
February 17, 2015
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Did you know that the average American now consumes a whopping 50 gallons per person per year of sugar- sweetened beverages? This is the second highest consumption rate in the world (after Mexico), equivalent to approximately 1.5 cans of soda per person per day!

Sugar sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet. Besides having no nutritional value, SSBs displace healthier beverage options. They are cheap and readily avaialble, and they are one of the most widely advertised products, particularly to children and low income groups. The United States in in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Americans are among the most overweight and obese population in the world. 

There is a strong link between the amount and frequency of sugar consumed and dental cavities. The primary cause of dental cavities is a diet high in sugar, and the primary source of sugar in our children's diets is sugary drinks. These are products that we should prevent our children and youth from drinking.


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She received an academy award for best supporting actress in Chicago (2002); she regularly stars in big Hollywood films like Oceans Twelve and Side Effects. And she’s been named one of People magazine’s “most beautiful people” of the year… a total of five times so far. According to big-screen heartthrob Antonio Banderas, “She has one of the most beautiful close-ups in cinematography today.”

So would it surprise you to learn that Catherine Zeta-Jones had a little help from cosmetic dentistry along the way? In her childhood, the actress said, “I was teased because I had a really flat-looking nose, and before I got braces, my teeth used to stick out a bit.” According to press reports, she has also had various dental treatments to make her teeth look whiter and more even.

Because she’s been in the spotlight since a young age, Zeta-Jones had her cosmetic dental treatments performed over a number of years. But if you’re unhappy with your smile right now, there’s no need to wait: Getting a complete “smile makeover” starts with a consultation at our office. How does it work?

We begin with a thorough dental exam to check for any underlying issues, and some basic questions, including: What do you (and don’t you) like about your smile? Are your teeth as even and as white as you’d like them to be? Is your smile too “gummy”, or do the teeth seem too large or small in proportion to your facial features? Do gaps, chips or cracked teeth detract from your appearance?

Next, working together with you, we can develop a plan to correct any perceived problems in your smile. We’ve already mentioned two of the most common ways to enhance a smile that’s less than perfect: orthodontics for straightening crooked teeth, and whitening treatments for a more brilliant smile. If your teeth are otherwise healthy, both treatments can be performed at any time — in fact, more and more of today’s orthodontic patients are adults.

Other treatments that are often used include cosmetic bonding to repair small to moderate chips or cracks in teeth; crowns (caps) to restore teeth with more extensive structural damage; and veneers to remedy a number of defects — including discoloration, small irregularities in tooth spacing, and even teeth that appear too long or too short. Plus, we have even more procedures designed to remedy specific dental issues.

Will having a better smile get you on the “most beautiful people” list? We can’t say for sure. But we think you’ll feel better about yourself… and people will notice.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “The Impact of a Smile Makeover” and “Great Expectations — Perceptions in Smile Design.”


By contactus@danamcmasterdmd.com
February 12, 2015
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Getting enough vitamin D, either through the diet or from sunlight, could be important for your oral health, according to a new study. It's demonstrated that the higher the levels of vitamin D in volunteers blood, the better their gum health. Among men and women aged 50 and older, those with the lowest vitamin D levels had 25 to 27 more tooth loss than those in the highest range. The findings are important because both gum disease and vitamin D deficeincy are widespead.