• Board Certified
  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine 1996
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine 1992
  • University of Colorado 1988
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    Dr. Carrie Webb
    102 Church Street
    Whitinsville, MA 01588
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    Brushing and Flossing

    Mouthguards

    If you are an athlete, we highly suggest the use of an orthodontic mouthguard while you are in braces. This is not only used to protect your teeth, but also your lips and cheeks should a significant bump to the face occur.  Read More...


    Separators

    Welcome to the first part of your orthodontic treatment.  Today you received blue elastics called separators.  The separators are placed between your teeth to open a little space which is necessary for your next appointment.  Read More...

     

    How to care for your braces:

    When you first get your braces, teeth may become sore. Take what you would normally take for a headache until your teeth begin to feel better. (An anti-inflammatory such as Advil, Motrin, etc will typically work best.) Because everyone is different, soreness can vary anywhere between a few days up to a week.  Read More...

     

    Minor Emergencies and Braces

    Throughout the first few appointments as the teeth become aligned, the wire may become long and scratchy in the back behind the band. Wax can be used until a quick appointment is made to trim the wire. Read More...

     

    Appliances you may receive throughout your treatment

    The expander is designed to widen the palate and/or correct your child’s crossbite. Here are a few helpful tips for home.  Read More...

     

    Orthodontic Elastics

    Elastics create a continuous force causing the upper and lower teeth to move into alignment.  The elastics are connected to specific teeth to move the teeth in a planned direction. Read More...

     

    Retainers

    The essix retainer is made of clear durable plastic, it snaps into place over your teeth.  Our office uses the essix retainer as a temporary retainer to maintain your orthodontic results.  In a few weeks you will receive acrylic retainers which you will wear as instructed. Read More...

     

    Certain kinds of medications can have an adverse effect on your teeth.

    Long ago, children exposed to tetracycline developed tooth problems, including discoloration, later in life. The medication fell out of use, however, and is not an issue today.

    The best precaution is to ask your family physician if any medications he or she has prescribed can have a detrimental effect on your teeth or other oral structures.

    A condition called dry mouth is commonly associated with certain medications, including antihistamines, diuretics, decongestants and pain killers. People with medical conditions, such as an eating disorder or diabetes, are often plagued by dry mouth. Other causes are related to aging (including rheumatoid arthritis), and compromised immune systems. Garlic and tobacco use are other known culprits.

    Dry mouth occurs when saliva production drops. Saliva is one of your body's natural defenses against plaque because it acts to rinse your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other harmful materials.

    Some of the less alarming results of dry mouth include bad breath. But dry mouth can lead to more serious problems, including burning tongue syndrome, a painful condition caused by lack of moisture on the tongue.

    If dry mouth isn't readily apparent, you may experience other conditions that dry mouth can cause, including an overly sensitive tongue, chronic thirst or even difficulty in speaking.

    Heart Disease

    Poor dental hygiene can cause a host of problems outside your mouth—including your heart.

    Medical research has uncovered a definitive link between heart disease and certain kinds of oral infections such as periodontal disease. Some have even suggested that gum disease may be as dangerous as or more dangerous than other factors such as tobacco use.

    A condition called chronic periodontitis, or persistent gum disease, has been linked to cardiovascular problems by medical researchers.

    In short, infections and harmful bacteria in your mouth can spread through the bloodstream to your liver, which produces harmful proteins that can lead to systemic cardiac problems. That’s why it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene to keep infections at bay—this includes a daily regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

    Antibiotic Prophylaxis

    In some cases, patients with compromised immune systems or who fear an infection from a dental procedure may take antibiotics before visiting the dentist.

    It is possible for bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream during a dental procedure in which tissues are cut or bleeding occurs. A healthy immune system will normally fight such bacteria before they result in an infection.

    However, certain cardiovascular conditions in patients with weakened hearts could be at risk for an infection or heart muscle inflammation (bacterial endocarditis) resulting from a dental procedure.

    Patients with heart conditions (including weakened heart valves) are strongly advised to inform our office before undergoing any dental procedure. The proper antibiotic will prevent any unnecessary complications.


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