Dentist Blog
By Murphy Dental Group
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
InTodaysNFLOralHygieneTakesCenterStage

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Murphy Dental Group
June 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Crowns  

Are you in need of a crown? Putting off treatment could jeopardize the health of your natural tooth and cause it to be damaged further. Dr. JohnPorcelain Crowns Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group, which is located in Milton, MA, offer state-of-the-art porcelain crowns to their patients. Here's everything you need to know about porcelain crowns.

Porcelain Crowns Overview

Porcelain crowns are fabricated using dental ceramic. Porcelain crowns are used to strengthen and repair damaged teeth and improve the appearance of teeth. They are routinely used to restore cracked, chipped, and badly decayed teeth. Porcelain crowns are also used to protect teeth following root canal therapy.

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are the most popular type of dental crowns because they look like natural teeth. Nothing gives the same luster, translucency, and depth like porcelain dental crowns. Porcelain dental crowns are very strong and durable. They will restore the structure of your teeth so you can eat in comfort and with confidence. Porcelain crowns will also give you the ability chew all of the foods you love again. 

Your Crown Consultation

Dental crowns can be selected for cosmetic reasons or necessity. If you want a healthy, beautiful smile, the first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During your first consultation, your Milton, MA dentists Drs. John and Patrick Murphy will examine your tooth to determine if it needs a dental crown, discuss your options with you, and answer any questions you have about the process.

If you need a dental crown, why wait? Start your journey today! Call Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group at 617-696-3900 today to schedule a consultation in Milton, MA. Porcelain crowns offer both cosmetic and oral health benefits, reinforcing the structure of teeth while helping to make a smile look whole and natural again.

OnlyaDentalExamcanIdentifytheRootCauseofYourToothPain

A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment.

A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth pain as you consume hot or cold foods might indicate localized tooth decay easily repaired by a filling. But it could also mean the tooth's root surface has been exposed as a result of periodontal (gum) disease — aggressive plaque removal and maybe even gum surgery might be necessary. Or it could be a sign of inner pulp decay: in this case you'll likely need a root canal treatment to save the tooth.

Pulp decay can also announce itself with a very sharp and constant pain radiating from one or more teeth. You shouldn't hesitate to see us for an examination — even if the pain goes away. Pain cessation most likely means the nerves in the pulp have died. The infection, however, still exists, so you'll still probably need a root canal treatment.

If you notice severe, continuous pain and pressure around a tooth, particularly about the gums, you may have a localized, inflamed area of infection called an abscess. An abscess can be the result of gum disease, but it might also stem from a foreign body like a popcorn husk, getting stuck below the gums. We'll need to conduct a complete dental examination to determine the cause and how to treat it.

Finally, a sharp pain when you bite down could mean many things such as a loose filling or a fractured (cracked) tooth. The latter especially requires immediate attention to save the tooth.

These are just a few of the possible causes behind mouth or facial pain. Although all of them are serious, a few are true dental emergencies and can't wait if we're going to save a tooth. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help relieve the pain, minimize any damage and avert disaster.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

EvenCelebritiesLikeJenniferLawrenceArentImmuneFromBadBreath

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”

By Murphy Dental Group
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Imperfections in your smile can wear down your self-confidence and cause you to feel as though your appearance is sub-par. Luckily, these imperfections can be fixed with help from your dentist and dental veneers. This procedure provides dramatic results in just a few dental appointments. Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for you with Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA.

What can dental veneers do for me? 
Dental veneers are a versatile procedure which treats many dental issues. The most common situations treated by dental veneers include:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • slightly overlapped teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • worn teeth
  • misaligned or uneven teeth
  • misshapen teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth

The Dental Veneers Process 
We will need to prepare your teeth before placing your veneers. This process involves removing a very thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. After preparing the tooth, an impression is taken of your teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental laboratory used in the design process of the veneers. The laboratory creates your veneers individually and returns them to your dentist’s office. You will have a second appointment to fit and place your veneers.

Dental Veneers in Milton, MA 
Veneers are versatile and can help you overhaul your smile or simply repair a single tooth. Depending on your situation and your teeth, your dentist will suggest the best course of treatment for you. This is best assessed at a consultation between you and your doctor. You can also ask about veneers at a routine dental examination or cleaning. Patients should see their doctor every six months for these appointments, especially after receiving their veneers. A strong at-home oral care routine coupled with regular dental appointments will keep your teeth healthy and clean for years to come.

For more information on veneers, please contact Drs. John and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA. Call (617) 696-3900 today to schedule your appointment!





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