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Posts for: July, 2014

By Murphy Dental Group
July 25, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Brushing   Dental Health  
oral healthThe end of May will be here before you know it. What does that mean for you? Since it’s summer and school will be out, most families believe this to be the opportune time to take a vacation. Traveling by car, train or plane can be stressful. While you may rush to make time, don’t rush away from your oral hygiene practices.

Murphy Dental Group’s Number One Packing Item

You probably have your travel toothbrush packed and ready to go. Did floss make the cut? We can’t stress it enough—floss can determine the state of your oral health. A toothbrush can’t clean teeth alone. If you only use a toothbrush, food particles and plaque bacteria are only removed from the surface of teeth, and bacteria still lurks in the space between the teeth.

Pack Flavorful and Healthy Food Packs

Your family needs sustenance during those long hauls. Junk food (chips, snack cakes, jerky, etc.) is the go-to travel food for most families, but eating healthy is better for energy levels and appetite.
It’s even better if the whole family eats tooth-friendly food and beverages, such as the following:
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Chicken breast (add to a wrap or sandwich)
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews and walnuts)

Check In At Your Local Family Dentistry Practice in Milton

Before you board the car or plane, let us check out your teeth and gums. If you haven’t had a checkup and cleaning in awhile, there is a chance tooth decay may be present or another issue. You don’t want to be on vacation and experience a dental emergency.
Pencil in a dental appointment before or after your vacation. That’ll be one less thing to stress about. Contact (insert link to contact section) our Milton family dentist office, Murphy Dental Group, at (617) 696-3900. Or submit an online appointment form (insert link to appointment form).


During Nancy O'Dell's interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the former co-anchor of Access Hollywood and new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight could not resist her journalistic instincts to turn the tables so that she could learn more about a baby's oral health. Here are just some of the facts she learned from the publisher of Dear Doctor about childhood tooth decay, pacifier use and what the right age is for a child's first visit to the dentist.

Many moms-to-be and parents or caregivers of young children are surprised to learn that around age 1 is the ideal time to schedule a child's first visit to the dentist. This visit is crucial because it sets the stage for the child's oral health for the rest of his or her life. It can also be quite beneficial for the parents, too, as they can be reassured that there are no problems with development and that the child's teeth appear to be growing properly. And if by chance we identify any concerns, we will discuss them with you as well as any necessary treatment strategies.

Nancy also wanted to learn more about pacifiers — specifically, if it is a good idea for parents to encourage their use. Obviously, children are born with a natural instinct for sucking, so giving a child a pacifier seems totally harmless. Pacifiers definitely have some advantages; however, if used for too long — past the age of 18 months — they can cause long-term changes in the child's developing mouth (both the teeth and the jaws).

Another problem that parents and caregivers need to be aware of is baby bottle syndrome. This is a condition that develops in children who are perpetually sucking on a baby bottle filled with sugary fluids such as formula, fruit juices, cola or any liquids containing a large amount of sugar, honey or other sweeteners. It is important to note that a mother's own breast milk or cow's milk are good choices for feeding babies, as they both contain lactose, a natural sugar that is less likely to cause decay. However, if these liquids are placed in a bottle and a child is allowed to suck on it throughout the night, they, too, can promote tooth decay. The key is to feed your child properly while avoiding all-night feedings and liquids loaded with sugar.

To read the entire Dear Doctor magazine article on Nancy O'Dell as well as to learn more about a baby's oral health, continue reading “Nancy O'Dell — A life full of smiles.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, listen to your concerns, answer your questions and discuss any necessary treatment options.

By Murphy Dental Group
July 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene   floss  

Think of New Orleans, Louisiana, and what comes to mind? The sound of jazz pouring out from a nightclub in the French Quarter… the smell of shrimp boiling in a spicy gumbo… the fresh feeling you get after you’ve cleaned between your teeth with dental floss?

You may not know it, but besides its culinary charms and musical mojo, New Orleans has another claim to fame: It’s the historical home of dental floss. In the early 1800’s, a pioneering dentist by the name of Dr. Levi Spear Parmly recommended that his patients clean between their teeth with a silken thread. Long before the role of oral bacteria was recognized, it was Dr. Parmly’s belief that cavities were caused by foreign material on the tooth surfaces. But it took until nearly the end of the century for his invention to become available in handy dispensers. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, of course, we know much more about the causes and treatment of tooth decay. For example, we know that harmful bacteria in plaque — the sticky biofilm that builds up on your teeth in the absence of effective cleaning — release chemical substances that erode tooth enamel; this causes cavities (tiny holes in the tooth) to begin forming. We also know that while brushing alone helps remove plaque, it’s far and away more effective when combined with flossing.

Yet there’s one thing we’re still not sure of: Why don’t more people use dental floss regularly? Did you know that with careful attention to your oral hygiene, tooth decay is almost completely preventable? Plus, dental floss is now available in many different varieties: It’s no longer made of silk, but can consist of nylon or gore-tex thread; it comes waxed or unwaxed, round or flat… even flavored like mint or bubble gum!

So here’s our suggestion: Find a style of dental floss you like, picture yourself on Bourbon Street… and spend a few minutes flossing every day. Your teeth will say “merci beaucoup.”

If you would like more information about flossing and cavity prevention, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Decay.”