The Holiday Season is Here - How to Care For Your Teeth During the Holidays!

December 1st, 2022

Everyone loves the holiday season.  We tend to be more relaxed with our hygiene and our eating habits change during the holidays.  During this busy season filled with family gatherings and parties with friends, Dr. Mary Rose has helpful tips to keep your smile bright and healthy.

  1. Limit your intake of sodas – The holiday parties have wonderful festive drinks that  contain sugary sodas.  The sugar and acid in sodas are not healthy for your teeth.  Try limiting these drinks by drinking carbonated water and use a straw to help minimize the acid on your teeth.
  2. Be cautious with hard candies – Candy Canes and other hard candies are very popular during this time of year. Biting down on hard candy can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong.  Mary Rose suggests limiting hard candies.  If you do enjoy hard candies, allow the candy to dissolve in your mouth instead and make sure you brush thoroughly after eating candy.
  3. We all love the dessert spreads during the holidays. Tasty cookies and cakes are hard to resist.  Try heading to the vegetable trays.  Vegetables are loaded with vitamins.  Carrots and Broccoli are loaded with vitamin A which helps strengthen your enamel and are low in calories.
  4. Enjoy your turkey!  Turkey is one holiday food that is tasty and is healthy for your teeth.  Turkey is loaded with phosphorus and protein which can help your body fight tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy and strong.
  5. Snack on cheese while drinking your alcoholic drinks – Cheese helps with PH balancing as well as neutralize the acid in your drink.  The calcium in cheese is a healthy bonus.
  6. Avoid snacking all day – During this time of year we tend to leave treats out all day. Grazing all day can put your teeth at risk for decay.  Try putting out food at mealtimes only, which will help your teeth and your waistline.  Try activities like games, craft projects or watching holiday movies instead of snacking.

Dr. Mary Rose and the entire staff at Twohig Dentistry wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

Unsure if Dental Implants Are Right For You? Let's Discuss the Benefits of Implants!

November 2nd, 2022


Losing a tooth is a frustrating experience, fortunately, there is a simple solution for those with missing teeth.  Dental Implants look like real teeth and are a viable option for many, however, some individuals are unaware of the benefits.  Let’s discuss the benefits of Implants.

  1. Self-esteem – If you have a missing tooth (or teeth that need to be removed), it can prevent you from smiling in public. Dental Implants look and feel like a real tooth which will give you confidence in your smile.
  2. Dental Implants behave like natural teeth – Dental implants are anchored into your jaw with a titanium post that replaces the tooth root, allowing you to chew most like a natural tooth.
  3. Prevents Bone Loss – When you lose a tooth, you also tend to lose bone mass in your jaw. Dental Implants are the only tooth replacement option that also replaces the jaw bone stimulation it needs to maintain its mass, helping to prevent bone loss.
  4. Convenience – Dental Implants do not need to be removed or kept in place with adhesives. Caring for the implant will not require special products like other tooth replacement options. You can brush and floss your implant the same way as your natural teeth.
  5. Enables Natural Speech – Tooth replacement options, like dentures, can sometimes slip causing difficulty pronouncing words correctly.
  6. Durability – With Proper care, dental implants can last for years.

Dental Implants are a realistic and life-changing option.  If you have any questions regarding implants, Dr. Mary Rose would be happy to help you with your decision.

Dr. Mary Rose Twohig, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the Massachusetts AGD Support Question 2 Proposal

October 12th, 2022

Please read the important article below from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) regarding the upcoming Massachusetts ballot initiative Question 2.

AGD and Massachusetts AGD Support Question 2 Proposal

  • by AGD Staff
  • Oct 10, 2022

An important initiative is underway in Massachusetts – Question 2 — that would require  dental insurance companies to spend at least 83% of premium dollars collected on dental services or refund the difference to patients.

Massachusetts law establishes an 88% medical loss ratio (MLR) for medical insurance plans, but there is currently no MLR for dental insurance plans. An MLR is the portion of premium revenue that a healthcare insurance company spends on claims, patient care and healthcare quality for its customers. One dental insurer’s IRS 990 form documents it spent less than 60% of premium revenue on patient care and kept the remaining $383 million for administrative costs, executive salaries and profits.

“Dental insurance companies must be held accountable, and we have an opportunity to defend our profession and ensure that our patients’ premiums are used to provide them with the care they deserve,” said Gerry Feldman, DDS. “All eyes are on Massachusetts to see what happens here, and, if this initiative is successful, I believe it will have huge implications on the insurance industry and how MLRs are structured elsewhere. Everyone in the oral health community, especially general dentists, must spread the word to their patients, friends, families and communities to let them know that this ballot initiative is about increasing care and the responsibility of insurance companies to use premium dollars for patient care.”

The Massachusetts AGD endorses this dental insurance reform. AGD’s Board approved a contribution of $50,000 from its AGD Advocacy Fund to support a statewide ballot initiative in Massachusetts.

“This issue is about accountability,” said Gerald J. Botko, DMD, MAGD, AGD president. “We know that the insurance companies are threatened by this initiative, and they will do whatever it takes to protect the status quo, including spending tens of millions of dollars. That is why our Board felt it was imperative that we support this ballot initiative. We are pleased to join organizations like the Massachusetts AGD, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and other state and national dental groups to ensure that patient care dollars are protected.”

Through a ballot initiative, a dental insurance MLR will appear as Question 2 on the statewide ballot in the Nov. 8 election. The referendum will ensure MLRs apply to dental plans in the same way they currently apply to medical plans. This ballot initiative would make dental providers more transparent and accountable to the patients they serve. If passed, this consumer protection law is a value-guarantee that requires dental insurers to pay at least 83% of premium revenue toward patient care or refund patients the difference in premium dollars not spent.


Do You Know What Is In Your Toothpaste?

September 1st, 2022

Everyday, we squeeze toothpaste onto our toothbrush.  Have you ever wondered what is in the toothpaste that makes it clean our teeth?  With so many varieties and flavors of toothpaste they do share common ingredients.

  1. Fluoride:  Fluoride “remineralizes” tooth enamel by bonding to areas of decay and attracting other minerals, like calcium, to the damage.  Fluoride stimulates the production of fluorapatite, a type of tooth enamel that is highly resistant to acids and bacteria.  Fluoride cannot reverse cavities that have already been established but it can slow the rate at which they develop.  Mary Rose recommends you brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss twice daily for cavity prevention.
  1. Detergents: Detergents makes our toothpaste foamy when you brush. The most common detergent is sodium lauryl sulfate.
  1. Abrasives: Abrasives like calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels and hydrated aluminum oxides scrub and polish the surface of the teeth.
  1. Humectants: Humectants keeps your toothpaste from drying out and becoming crumbly. A common humectant, sorbitol, traps water in the toothpaste to get a nice, smooth paste when you squeeze the tube.
  1. Flavors: Our toothpaste needs fluoride, detergents, abrasives, and humectants but without flavoring our toothpaste would not taste pleasant.  Toothpaste flavors like saccharin and sorbitol is added to make the toothpaste taste sweet.  The good news is that the toothpaste does not contain sugar, so it won’t cause tooth decay.

Questions about which toothpaste to use?  Dr. Mary Rose, Melissa and Lucie would be happy to answer any questions you have and make recommendations.  Call today and schedule your hygiene appointment.

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