Cleanings & Prevention

Teeth Cleanings & Preventive Care in Newton

The most beautiful smile in the world is one that’s healthy. With regular cleanings and preventive dentistry, we can help you enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Dr. Ted Filandrianos and the rest of our talented dental team combine years of dental experience with first-rate dentistry to help you protect your smile. From simple checkups to periodontal care, we provide personalized treatment for exceptional dental care.

Ready to get your teeth in shape? Schedule a visit to our office today!

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How Do Cleanings & Preventive Treatments Help My Smile?

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit to our office, your regular cleaning and exam are essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Regular exams allow us to view how your dental care is progressing and catch any health issues in the early stages when they can be easily treated. Professional cleanings also protect your teeth by removing hardened plaque and calculus that regular brushing and flossing can’t.

How Often Should I Have a Cleaning and Exam?

On average, we recommend cleanings and exams every six months. If a patient has chronic health issues or is recovering from an illness, we may recommend visits as frequent as three months.

What Does Preventive Treatment Mean?

As dentists, we believe the best treatment approach is ensuring that you can enjoy healthy, natural teeth as long as possible. Preventive treatment is any treatment that protects your smile from complex health issues like gum disease, dental infection, and more.

Better Oral Health with Regular Dental Exams

We perform thorough exams regularly at our dental office. We’re passionate about getting to know our patients and providing personalized care, and the exam is a great way for us to get to understand you and your health better.

During your exam, we:

  • Examine your teeth for decay, damage, and other problems.
  • Check to see if your gums, tongue, and soft tissues are healthy.
  • Take digital x-rays once a year (and more if needed).
  • Check your head and neck for common oral diseases, such as TMJ or bruxism.
  • Perform an oral cancer exam.

Am I at Risk of Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a dangerous disease, and something we check for regularly. While it’s impossible to say who will or won’t develop cancer, the risk can increase in people who:

  • Smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Frequently drink alcohol.
  • Have prolonged sun exposure without sun protection.
  • Have been exposed to HPV.
  • Are 45 and older.
  • Have poor oral hygiene, especially if paired with tobacco or alcohol.

What Can I Do to Protect Against Oral Cancer?

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A healthy lifestyle is the best way to protect against cancer, including oral cancer. Avoiding tobacco use and limiting alcohol to occasional use goes a long way toward keeping your cells healthy.

Good nutrition, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, will ensure your body is in good shape and has the nutrients it needs to help prevent or combat cancer.

If you’re regularly outdoors, be sure to always use sunscreen on your face and around the mouth. Some lip balm brands offer mild sun protection.

Finally, make sure to keep up with your 6-month exams. This gives us a chance to monitor your health and makes it easier to spot any abnormalities.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, we use specialized tools to clean bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. This includes cleaning beneath the gum line, where normal brushing and flossing can’t reach.

After rinsing your mouth, we apply a fluoride treatment, which helps your tooth enamel to stay strong. We then finish by polishing the surface of every tooth. When the cleaning is done, your teeth and gums will feel fresher and healthier.

Do Cleanings Make My Teeth Whiter?

It can, but only to a certain degree. Dental cleanings can lift surface stains from the teeth, especially if you haven’t had a cleaning in a while. If you have deep set stains, or discoloration from a different source such as damage, a cosmetic treatment like teeth whitening or veneers may help.

Do Dental Cleanings Hurt?

Standard dental cleanings are designed to freshen your mouth, not damage it. If you experience pain during your cleanings, it could be a sign of a health problem. Be sure to let our team know if you feel pain during a cleaning.

Do I Really Need a Dental Cleaning Every 6 Months?

Dental cleanings help to clean your mouth of the tartar known to cause cavities and gum disease. While this may build up at different rates between individuals, six-month cleanings ensure that this buildup doesn’t get out of hand.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to infection, gum loss, and tooth loss if left untreated. About half of all adults over thirty have some form of gum disease.

Is Gum Disease Serious?

Yes, gum disease is dangerous and must be taken seriously.

In the early stage, called gingivitis, the symptoms of gum disease are minor. Inflammation, bleeding when brushing, and sensitivity to temperature are the most common symptoms. However, this stage can change suddenly and rapidly to the advanced stage, periodontitis.

With periodontitis, the gums become infected and start pulling away from the teeth. Pockets form between the teeth and gums, which can be filled with bacteria and cause cavities at the root.

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Without the gums holding them in place, teeth become loose, and may even fall out or need to be extracted. Infections in the gums can also spread to other parts of the body, including the heart, and can cause life-threatening situations.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease has several factors, with poor oral hygiene being only one aspect. It may develop due to any combination of:

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  • Infrequent or inefficient brushing and flossing
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Diabetes and other illnesses
  • Certain medications
  • Ill-fitting dentures and bridges
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy

How Do You Treat Gum Disease?

The best treatment for gum disease depends on how severe the symptoms have become. In the earliest stage, regular cleanings and good at-home care may be enough to reverse the inflammation.

If an infection has occurred and pockets have begun forming, the dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning. During this procedure, the pockets will be irrigated to flush out any bacteria. The dentist then smooths out the root surface to make it easier for the gums to heal back into place.

If the gums have receded, they unfortunately won’t grow back. However, it may be possible to restore the gumline with a gum graft.

In severe cases, a tooth may be too lose or weakened and may need an extraction. If this happens, there are several restoration options to help replace the lost tooth.

Helping You Enjoy Healthy Smiles at Home

At our dental office, we know that healthy teeth come from a partnership between dentist and patient. One of our goals is to help patients better understand their dental health and to provide the tools and education to help them make good oral decisions at home.

If you have any questions about your teeth, gums, or oral health, our friendly staff will be happy to help! Contact our office, and we’ll do all we can to work with you and help you protect your dental health.

Why Do I Get Cavities?

Cavities are the result of bacteria living in the mouth. They feed on the food we eat and produce a sticky, acidic substance called plaque. If not removed, plaque hardens into tartar and begins to eat away at tooth enamel. The pockets of decay become cavities, and if left untreated, could reach to the tooth center, allowing bacteria to infect the inner tooth.

How Do I Prevent a Cavity?

Although many factors can lead to a cavity, there’s a lot you can do at home to reduce your chances of getting one.

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Limit sugary and acidic foods
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco use
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash
  • Drink plenty of water, especially after meals

If you’re especially prone to cavities, ask the dentist if sealants may be a good idea. While mainly used for children, adults can sometimes benefit from this treatment as well.

Not Sure if You’re Doing Enough at Home? Here are 5 Questions to Ask the Dentist

  1. What else should I do at home to protect my teeth?
  2. Do you recommend any dental products?
  3. Are there any health concerns with my smile?
  4. Are there any symptoms I should let the dentist know about?
  5. Do you have any tips for starting good dental habits?

Working With You to Protect Your Dental Health

At our dental practice, your oral health is as important to us as it is to you. Dr. Filandrianos and the rest of our talented team are passionate about helping you enjoy years of healthy smiles.

Let’s build a dental health plan we can work toward together. Schedule a visit to our office today!


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7/9/2019--Over the past several years I had a number of dental problems which were addressed by several Doctors in the Dr. Ted Filandrianos and Associates Service. These included regrouping of some teeth (Dr. Steve Bader), installation of implants (Dr. John Govostes) and restoration (Dr. Ted Filandrianos). In all cases I found the service and the quality of the work to be of the highest quality. The regrouping of the teeth and the installation of implants were very successful. Dr. Ted Filandrianos in particular, with whom I had interacted for a longer period of time, in addition to his outstanding technical skills and the use of state of the art digital imaging tools, he worked patiently over a number of months to address difficult anatomical problems towards an excellent outcome. Also, the Dental Assistants, that I interacted with during my treatment, were very skillful and highly professional. Similarly, I found Zuzana, the dental hygienist, to be highly professional and skillful. She makes your periodic visits to be something you look forward to it rather than to dread it. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that Zuzana is the best hygienist I have had during my entire life. Finally, Emily and Ali, who run the front office, are highly professional. They were always strive to accommodate the patient's needs and time requirements. Particularly, if you are facing a dental emergency they will always figure out ways to accommodate you. In conclusion , during my long life with a number of difficult dental problems I sought treatment in a number of dental services in the Boston area. I found the dental care that I received by the Dr. Filandrianos and Associates Service to be by far the best.

Theodore Moustakas

06/19/19--A recommendation for a dentist: His skill, his up to date equipment (computer driven replacements of tooth decay) and the efficiency of his office.
Dr. Filandrianos is the most efficient, and thoughtful and - yes - pain free doctor in his field that I have ever encountered. I have had dental work done in Ohio, Washington , New York, Baltimore, Guatemala city and Panama city....and the care and treatment I have had from"Dr. Ted", as he is known, surpasses them all. He is a very kind person. His staff is always excellent, considerate and efficient. His notifications of appointments and willingness to make changes in scheduling , when necessary, have made him and his office people and dental assistants the most appreciated in their field, I cannot give a higher recommendation . I am grateful to have found this office whenI first came to live in Boston.

Gay P. Lord

06/18/2015--Carolyn Z.

I wish there were a Yelp "location" category called "The Universe"...because Dr. Ted Filandrianos and the outstanding dental team in his Newton Centre office are the absolute BEST in the Universe.

I should know. I've had it all there...cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, bone grafts, implants, crowns...and every single treatment was performed impeccably...and as an added treat, with chair-side manners that make you feel relaxed, anxiety-free and...dare I write this about a dental experience?...well-loved! Dr. Ted and his colleagues will do everything they possibly can to save a tooth. And when they can't, these brilliant, topnotch specialists will spring into action with their specialties...and save the day!

Dr. Ted has saved or restored so many of my teeth. He is the perfect blend of scientist and artist and his work is second to one. Add to that the warmest and most empathetic treatment I've ever received from a dentist (I used to dread the dentist!) and you have, as I said, the best dentist in the Universe. I also want to say that if you ever, ever need a dental implant, and I needed two...and a bone graft...right after an extraction of an infected tooth...and you are nervous about it...periodontist Dr. Jean-Marie Biebuyck aka "Dr. B" will remove that anxiety when he puts his talents to work. I could not believe it. He calmed me, he assured me that all was going well, he made me laugh a few times and, most importantly, he was visibly proud of how well each procedure turned out and put me at ease each step of the way.

And how about those dreaded root canal treatments? Not here. Just this past weekend, I was in horrific pain from an infected lateral incisor (top). Dr. Ted put me in touch with my now-hero Dr. Barry Goldberg, the endontist in his office - and Dr. Goldberg called me and put me on an antibiotic immediately (on a Sunday!) so that I'd be prepared for the next day's root canal appointment. His chair-side manner is exceptional as well...and he put me at ease from "hello". I love how he explains what's going on with the tooth while we look together at the x-rays - and the steps he is going to take. Even the way he administers Novocaine is a pleasant experience if you can believe that. I just went back yesterday so Dr. Goldberg could fill the canals and put a temporary filling - and everything went perfectly. No more pain - and he saved my porcelain crown...he was so careful when working on it! Next step - permanent filling with Dr. Ted.

I could go on and on (which I already have!) but I also need to mention that Zuzana is an outstanding dental hygienist who knows I can act like a 3-year old baby when it comes to the probing during a cleaning - and she makes it as painless as possible with her talent and skill.

And the dental assistants (I apologize for not remembering all the names from the past several years) are wonderful...topnotch...and a huge component of the overall positive experience I've had in Dr. Ted's I want to thank Marina and Wendy for being the best and taking good care of me.

Now...last but in no way least...I need to give a shout out to the very professional and vibrant Emily and Ali who are at the front desks - and who help ensure that Dr. Ted's practice runs smoothly. Whether it's a phone or in-person conversation, you will feel like the only patient in the practice...because of how Emily and Ali greet you, treat you, listen to you and reassure you that you are in the best dental the Universe! Dr. Ted struck gold when he found them!

But don't take my word for any of the above. Experience it yourself - and you'll see what I mean!

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