• 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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    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...

     

    Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers today and has one of the lowest survival rates, with thousands of new cases being reported each year. Fewer than half of all people diagnosed with oral cancer are ever cured.

    Moreover, people with many forms of cancer can develop complications—some of them chronic and painful—from their cancer treatment.  These include dry mouth and overly sensitive teeth, as well as accelerated tooth decay.

    If oral cancer is not treated in time, it could spread to other facial and neck tissues, leading to disfigurement and pain.

    Older adults over the age of 40 (especially men) are most susceptible to developing oral cancer, but people of all ages are at risk.

    Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, but the tongue appears to be the most common location. Other oral structures could include the lips, gums and other soft palate tissues in the mouth.

    Warning Signs

    In general, early signs of oral cancer usually occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks, in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages, making even self-diagnosis difficult.

    Here are some additional warning signs:

    • Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.
    • Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won't heal.
    • Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck.

    If a tumor is found, surgery will generally be required to remove it. Some facial disfigurement could also result.

    Prevention

    Prevention is the key to staving off oral cancer. One of the biggest culprits is tobacco and alcohol use. Certain kinds of foods and even overexposure to the sun have also been linked to oral cancer. Some experts believe certain oral cancer risk factors are also hereditary.

    A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against oral cancer. Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended.


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