Dental Associates of Walpole Blog

Gingivitis, the souvenir you don’t want to bring home!

Floss, what’s that? Oh, mouthwash! I thought you said Pina Colada. I’m going to Costa Rica! I can’t wait to get there and floss! - said no one, ever. The fact is for many of us, daily oral hygiene practices take a hit while on vacation. And why not? Are you really going pass on taking that day long boat trip because you won’t be able to brush after lunch? Ah…no. Tricks to help keep your mouth happy while on the road 1) Travel size mouth wash/ floss/ throw away toothbrush! If you can travel with your electric tooth brush Continue Reading


Vaping and Your Oral Health

What is vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used in lieu of "smoking," because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.  Vaping has grown in popularity with the rise of e-cigarettes, which were introduced to the mass market in the U.S. Continue Reading


Life Changing Bar-B-Que

Sorry for the dramatic title but I thought it was a nice catchy way to get you to read this. I love to bar-b-que, love to talk about BBQ and most of all love to eat BBQ. Because we live in the north east the best chance we have of eating some really good BBQ is to make it. To clarify true BBQ is food that is cooked in the presence of smoke. If you are used to grilling (open flame cooking without smoke) then this will be a small step towards deliciousness. BBQ is also done at a lower Continue Reading


Nacho Ordinary Billing

It all started with a plate of nachos. I bit down. Crunch! Immediately I knew I had broken a tooth. I made an appointment with my dentist and found out I had broken off half of a molar. He temporarily fixed the tooth by bonding a large filling to the existing tooth. I was told I would need to return and have that tooth fitted for a crown. When I asked about the cost for the service I got worried. I had little to no room in my budget to pay for it. So what did I do? I put Continue Reading


You Can Can

As the summer months come to a close, it’s time to start thinking of preserving those fruits and vegetables you enjoyed throughout those warm months. When one thinks of canning or preserving you may envision a grandmother on a farm cooking up leftover crops. The process of making jams, jellies, syrups and pickles may seem complicated but, with a few basic tools and some fresh fruit, it is really quite easy and rewarding! I love to cook and loved receiving homemade jam from a friend at the holidays. So, I investigated what it took to can at home and realized Continue Reading


Why Bother With Surveys?

“I received a survey from your office the other day and I didn’t fill it out because nobody reads them and nothing ever comes of them.” I wonder…has this ever been your thought? At Dental Associates of Walpole, patient satisfaction is a core pillar of how we operate. We are constantly working to improve your experience, ensuring you are comfortable and at ease when visiting us. Hearing from the people who come in everyday, forming fresh, new opinions about the office atmosphere and about their time spent here, is an extremely valuable way for us to measure where we excel and identify Continue Reading


WHY DENTAL INSURANCE SHOULD NEVER DICTATE YOUR TREATMENT

"I don’t want any x-rays or to see the doctor today, my insurance isn’t going to cover that, so I am not going to do it. Unfortunately this is a statement I hear a few times a week. It makes me sad to realize that we have not done a good enough job educating our patients about their dental treatments. It is difficult trying to explain to people that their dental insurance companies cannot see what we see in order to determine what is needed to properly treat and diagnose a person. I like to tell people about the time Continue Reading


How are you sleeping?

How are you sleeping? Or maybe more importantly how is your spouse sleeping? A good night’s sleep helps restore the mind and body. However, it is estimated that 25 million people in America do not get a good night’s rest due to the fact that they have a sleep related breathing disorder. The most commonly discussed of these is obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more repeatedly during the night. Dentists are often the first ones to diagnose sleep apnea because we typically see our patients more frequently than Continue Reading


Giving Back Through Project Stretch

In 1988, Dr. Jess Kane, Dr. David Tesini and I formed a dental outreach program to provide preventive dental care to children in need.  Project Stretch, Dentistry Reaching Out to Children has been fortunate to be involved in bringing dental healthcare to children in Massachusetts, other areas in the United States and other countries over these past 29 years. The mission of Project Stretch is to not only treat the acute needs of the children we see, but to provide dental health education, fluoride rinse programs and the tools communities need to sustain these goals.  We strive to get local Continue Reading