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By Nashua Smile Makers
December 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
AnyTimeAnyPlaceCamNewtonsGuidetoFlossing

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Nashua Smile Makers
December 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Do you want to fix your smile problems? Dental veneers will give you the perfect smile you have always wanted. Nashua Smile Makers veneersin Nashua, NH offers state-of-the-art dental veneers to their patients. Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta are some of Nashua, NH's finest dentists. Read on to learn about the top five benefits of porcelain veneers. 

#1- Restore Chipped Teeth

Do you have chipped or cracked teeth? Dental veneers can be used to restore your cracked or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that fit over the teeth changing their shape, length, and size.

#2- Look Years Younger

Do you want to look and feel younger? It's no secret that your smile plays an important role in defining how young or old you look. Porcelain veneers will improve your appearance and make you look and feel younger.

#3- Fix Gaps in Your Smile

Are you embarrassed by the gaps in your teeth? Your dentist can fix small gaps in your smile through the use of porcelain veneers. These shells fit snugly over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.

#4- Veneers are Long-lasting

Porcelain veneers are made of strong, durable materials. With proper care, your new porcelain veneers will last for many years. Dental veneers can last from seven to twenty years or more.

#5- Whiten Your Smile

Do you want to fix up those not-so-pearly whites? Porcelain veneers will give you a whiter, brighter, more attractive smile. Porcelain veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear white. Dark-colored drinks do not stain dental veneers as they do natural teeth because unlike tooth enamel, porcelain isn't porous. You still want to take care of your veneers through regular brushing and flossing.

Give yourself a smile you love. Say yes to dental veneers! Call Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua NH at (603) 882-3727 right now to schedule your dental appointment. It's never too late for a beautiful smile.


By Nashua Smile Makers
December 07, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: geographic tongue  
ThoseRedPatchesonYourTongueareNothingtobeAlarmedAbout

If you've ever been alarmed to find oddly-shaped red patches on your tongue, you can relax for the most part. Most likely, you're part of a small fraction of the population with a condition known as geographic tongue.

The name comes from the irregular shape of the patches that seem to resemble land formations on a map. Its medical name is benign migratory glossitis, which actually describes a lot about the condition. The patches are actually areas of inflammation on the tongue (“glossus” – tongue; “itis” – swelling) that appear to move around or migrate. They're actually made up of areas where the tiny bumps (papillae) you normally feel have disappeared: the patches feel flat and smooth compared to the rest of the tongue.

We're not sure why geographic tongue occurs. It often runs in families and seems to occur mostly in middle-aged adults, particularly women and non-smokers. It's believed to have a number of triggers like emotional stress, hormonal disturbances or vitamin or mineral deficiencies. There may also be a link between it and the skin condition psoriasis. Under a microscope the red patchiness of both appears to be very similar in pattern; the two conditions often appear together.

The bad news is we can't cure geographic tongue. But the good news is the condition is benign, meaning it's not cancerous; it's also not contagious. It poses no real health threat, although outbreaks can be uncomfortable causing your tongue to feel a little sensitive to the touch with a burning or stinging sensation. Some people may also experience numbness.

Although we can't make geographic tongue go away permanently, you should come by for an examination to confirm that is the correct diagnosis. Once we know for sure that you do have migratory glossitis, we can effectively manage discomfort when it flares up. You should limit your intake of foods with high acidity like tomatoes or citrus fruits, as well as astringents like alcohol or certain mouthrinses. We can also prescribe anesthetic mouthrinses, antihistamines or steroid ointments if the discomfort becomes more bothersome.

It may look strange, but geographic tongue is harmless. With the right care it can be nothing more than a minor annoyance.

If you would like more information on benign migratory glossitis, 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 “Geographic Tongue.”