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April 14, 2014

Dental checkups should occur every six months. These general dentistry visits are an essential part of your preventive dental care and can help every member of your family maintain optimally healthy teeth and gums.

Cleanings and Examinations        

Your biannual dental checkups are focused on dental hygiene and teeth cleaning. Your visits will include an initial cleaning from one of our experienced dental hygienists followed by a thorough examination from the dentist. We will take x-rays of your teeth to check for problems below the enamel, allowing us to address issues that cannot be seen, but could eventually result in significant problems if not detected and treated early.

While most people find these visits to be quick and comfortable, we understand that others may experience increased anxiety before dental appointments. If this is the case for you, we would be happy to discuss your sedation dentistry options prior to your appointment.

To keep you and your family's dental health on track, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your next appointment with one of our experienced Ludlow dentists. We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Westfield, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham. 

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April 11, 2014

Each member of your household has unique dental needs. A family dentist is someone who has undergone training in general, pediatric, and family dentistry, enabling him to meet the specific needs of young and old alike. However, simply being able to provide oral healthcare for each member of your family does not necessarily make a dental practice family-focused.

A true family dentist will offer hours that work with your family’s schedule, be able to see more than one member of your family at a time, and offer an environment that is comfortable and safe in which your family can feel relaxed and completely cared for.

Why Choose Baystate Dental?

Baystate Dental family dentistry practice is equipped with advanced technology, allowing us to provide the safest and most effective treatments available. We take time to provide age-appropriate education on maintaining oral health, empowering every member of your family to take an active role in the health and beauty of their smile.

We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Westfield, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham.

During your family dentistry consultation we will to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and discuss how we can help your family maintain strong and attractive smiles for a lifetime.

If you are ready to schedule your family's next dental visits with one of our experienced dentists, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616.

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April 04, 2014

Cavities are tiny holes in the enamel of your teeth that can eventually lead to tooth infections and other serious oral health issues. Formed by tooth decay, cavities are made through the acidic excretions of bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria prefer to feed on simple carbohydrates and sugars, which is one reason to avoid eating processed and sugary food.

However, a healthy diet alone is not enough to prevent cavities. Adopting a good oral health routine complete with biannual visits to your dentist is essential for maintaining optimal oral health.

Tooth Decay

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which occurs when food particles and bacteria are left on your teeth for too long a period. Plaque, a naturally occurring biofilm, begins to form within minutes of consuming most foods and beverages, and works to hold bacteria firmly to teeth. Unless promptly removed after every meal and snack, plaque can quickly harden into tartar, which is nearly impossible to remove with at-home teeth cleanings.

To remove tartar and check for potential cavities you will want to ensure that you and your family visit the dentist every six months. These preventive dental visits are essential in keeping teeth and gums clean, and providing swift treatment should cavities or other oral health issues occur.

To keep you and your family's dental health on track, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your next appointment with one of our experienced dentists. We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Westfield, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham. 

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March 28, 2014

Tooth loss is difficult for anyone to deal with. At Baystate Dental, our dentists are dedicated to helping you find the right solution for you. Dental implants have many advantages as a tooth replacement option. These include:

  • Permanent solution for missing teeth
  • Prevents jaw bone shrinkage
  • Less hassle than dentures or a bridge
  • Provides full functionality like your natural teeth
  • Easy to clean with your regular dental hygiene routine
  • Restores your attractive, natural-looking smile

Dental implants can benefit most patients and are a great long-term solution for tooth loss. The dental implant process does take a period of months from start to finish. You will want to ensure that you are a good candidate for implants by scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists.

If you would like a permanent tooth loss solution, please call 877-507-1616 today or contact Baystate Dental to schedule your dental implant consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham. 

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March 21, 2014

A very common dental complaint is tooth sensitivity. There can be many reasons that you are experiencing sensitive teeth, including:

  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively
  • Using abrasive tooth paste
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Gum disease

You can often relieve the unpleasant sensation of sensitive teeth by using a soft toothbrush and avoiding abrasive toothpastes. However, you should always report tooth sensitivity to your dentist for the best recommendation for care of your teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be a symptom of a cracked tooth or abscess that should be treated in order to relieve your discomfort.

If you are experiencing prolonged tooth pain, you should schedule a visit. This can be a sign of a more serious problem that should be evaluated as soon as possible.   

Don't suffer any longer with sensitive teeth. Call 877-507-1616 today or contact Baystate Dental to schedule your next appointment with one of our experienced Springfield dentists. We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham. 

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March 14, 2014

Many of our patients are unsure of the difference between a general and cosmetic dentist and the services they provide.

A general dentist normally focuses on restoring function to your teeth and mouth. This can include routine examinations and dental cleanings, along with restorative procedures, such as dentures and root canals.

A cosmetic dentist will focus on restoring the beauty and the function to your smile. Cosmetic dentists can restore your teeth with natural looking tooth crowns or correct all the imperfections in your smile with a complete smile makeover.

A dentist who is experienced in cosmetic dentistry can do more than just fix the problem areas of your smile. He or she can beautify your smile so that you face with world with more confidence.

If you are interested in learning about the possibilities in restoring your beautiful smile, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your next appointment with one of our experienced Westfield dentists. We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Springfield, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham. 

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March 07, 2014

Tooth loss is not something anyone wants to think about, but neglecting your teeth and good dental hygiene habits can lead to tooth loss. The following factors put you at greater risk for losing your teeth:

  1. Failure to brush your teeth daily
  2. Not flossing your teeth daily
  3. Smoking (past or present)
  4. Skipping regular checkups with your dentist
  5. Diabetes
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Rheumatoid arthritis
  8. Front teeth are AT higher risk for gum disease
  9. Being male
  10. Being over the age of 35

You can't control all of these factors, such as your age and gender, but you can control many of the risk factors. You can make the choice to brush and floss daily and keep your dental appointments to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. Make the right choices to help prevent tooth loss.

To get your dental health back on track and prevent tooth loss, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your next appointment with one of our experienced Springfield dentists. We have 13 convenient office locations in Massachusetts, including Westfield, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham. 

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February 28, 2014

One of the great benefits of choosing Invisalign® to straighten your smile is that maintaining good dental hygiene habits is not complicated. Unlike traditional metal braces that require special tools and a dedication that not all patients have to keeping their teeth clean, Invisalign allows for a simple dental hygiene routine.

Invisalign aligners do not require special instruments or a special routine.

Because the clear plastic aligners that you wear are removable, you can brush and floss just like you normally would. In order to maintain a healthy smile while undergoing treatment, you should remove the aligners for meals and brush after each meal before you replace the aligners. This will keep food debris from getting trapped under your aligner which can lead to discomfort and tooth decay.

If you are interested in finding your straighter, whiter smile with Invisalign, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced Westfield dentists. We have several convenient office locations in Massachusetts.

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February 26, 2014

Teeth crowns can be the correct solution for many common dental problems. In Westfield, our experienced dentists can recommend the right dental treatment for you after a thorough examination. You may benefit from teeth crowns if you have:

  • A worn tooth
  • Discolored tooth
  • Decayed tooth crown
  • Missing tooth

Tooth crowns can also be used to anchor a dental bridge. Many patients simply want to replace old metal fillings with less noticeable tooth-colored fillings that blend with their smile.

We offer our Westfield patients several options for teeth crowns. You can select from porcelain crowns, gold alloy crowns, or porcelain fused to metal crowns. We can help you make the choice that best serves your smile goals.

If you are suffering with dental problems that may require teeth crowns, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced Westfield dentists. We have several convenient office locations from Belchertown to Springfield.

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February 26, 2014

The short answer is yes. If you have had a difficult time in the dentist's chair in the past because of a strong gag reflex, most likely our Westfield dentists will be able to use sedation dentistry to provide you with a more relaxing dental experience.

The gag reflex can be both physiological and psychological. It is often related to panic or fear of being at the dentist, and it is more common than you might think.

At Baystate Dental, we offer a variety of sedation options and will help you select the one that best fits your situation so that you can stop dreading the dentist. You may benefit from nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV sedation, or even general anesthesia.

If you suffer from an extreme gag reflex and would like to learn more about your sedation dentistry options, please contact Baystate Dental today at 877-507-1616 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced Westfield dentists. We have several office locations from Springfield to Belchertown for your convenience.

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