We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 978.635.9995 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.

Handa_AboutUs_Watermark Handa_AboutUs_Main

Archive for June, 2015


How Stress Might Be Hurting Your Teeth


We all know that stress can take a toll on our overall health. Chronically stressed people can develop anxiety disorders, sleeping disorders, and stress can even go as far as heightened blood pressure, risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. In fact, stress is very bad for your health. But what toll does stress take on your oral health?

When it comes to oral health, stress can manifest itself in a number of ways that can hurt your teeth. In today’s society it can be pretty easy to get stressed out, there are a lot of balls in the air and a lot of juggling required to make ends meet. It is common to experience stress, but what is less common is teeth grinding as a manifestation of stress.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 8% of adults grind their teeth at night. But, a recent article reveals that grinding may be on the rise.

Grinding your teeth and clenching your teeth is known as bruxism, and stress is a contributor to that. A 2010 study by Head & Face Medicine found that sleep bruxism is common in people who experience daily stress and problems at work. That means that the stress you feel at your desk to get things done, impress your boss, and move up in the company could be making you grind your teeth while you sleep.

It might not seem like a big deal to you that grinding is the way you release your stress, far better than some alternatives such as lashing out at coworkers, or having aggressive outbursts, but it has a big impact on your oral health.

Grinding or clenching your teeth leads to cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. Many people don’t realize that they are grinding at night until they break a tooth. If you are grinding your teeth because of stress, you will likely end up with multiple crowns and other dental procedures.

Try using a night guard or talk to you dentist about how you can stop grinding, or at least inhibit its affects on your teeth. Trying to de-stress may seem impossible, but it is key to leading a healthier life overall and it is crucial for your oral health.



What’s the Link Between Gum Disease and Your Prostate?


Every year more than 3 million men suffer from prostatitis. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate that can cause pain, difficulty urinating, and even flu-like symptoms. While this is a fairly common disease, what isn’t as commonly known about it, is that prostatitis and gum disease are linked.

One study found that men who had prostatitis and gum disease got better as their gum disease was treated. In the research study, 21 of the 27 men tested saw improvement in their prostatitis symptoms while they received treatment for their gum disease.

The link may lie in inflammation. Gum disease affects more than just your mouth and can lead to inflammation in other parts of your body. By treating the inflammation in their mouth, most of the men within the study saw symptom improvement in their prostate inflammation. This helped to improve their quality of life.

Take care of your mouth and it may just lead to better overall health. If you think you are at risk for gum disease or see something irregular in your mouth, head to the dentist and see if your mouth needs attention.



Oral Concerns of Older Adults


As we age, our overall health, as well as our oral health, changes. As we get older, it is important to maintain a healthy diet so that we continue to get all the vitamins and minerals we need for our overall health, and our oral health.

Older adults, however, face certain challenges as they age which makes it difficult for them to maintain their oral health. Many older adults have teeth and mouth issues, which affect their diets. These issues often lead to the consumption of softer foods, which means that they are typically eating more carbs and eating less of the nutritious foods that they need.

Some of the challenges they face include; changes in chewing ability, dry mouth, which is often times a side effect of medications, changes in taste and smell, untreated tooth decay, loose teeth, and ill-fitting dentures. All of these issues can seriously alter nutrition. If an elderly man has difficulty chewing, then he will move away from foods that are difficult for him, such as raw vegetables, nuts, and fresh fruit—all of these foods are packed with nutrients.

A way to combat these issues is to get creative with your food. Try canned foods with no added salt or sugar, since they can be easier on teeth. Opt for chopped or ground up meats and cook fresh vegetables to soften them. If you continue to have mouth pain, or are still having trouble eating your favorite foods, or nutritious foods, then visit your dentist. They will be able to address the issues in your mouth that prevent you from eating a healthy diet.



When is the Best Time to Floss?


To floss before or after brushing, a question that even dentists debate over.

Whatever your style – flosser, string, AirFloss – you have heard that flossing is one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy teeth. Thankfully, we have passed the question of why you should floss and have moved on to when. But even dentists are divided on this issue.

Dislodging the bits of corn and seeds from your teeth may be something of an urgent matter, so it makes sense to reach for the floss first. The particles that you’ve stirred up can be swept away by your follow-up brushing. But, running the thread in between your teeth after brushing has the benefit of bringing fluoride into those hard-to-reach places. A rinsing can also remove whatever the floss has dislodged.

Studies directly examining the sequence of brushing and flossing are surprisingly few. There is no definitive advice, so the best timing for your daily flossing should be tailored to your convenience. Are you one to rush through washing up before bed because you’re constantly exhausted at the day’s end? Are you prone to skipping any part of your routine? You may want to consider flossing first, as getting into that habit will minimize abandoning the task after brushing. Try switching up your order and see if there is any difference in results or your willingness. If you are too tired late at night, try getting a good floss in earlier in the day. Consider the most important part of your flossing habit is that 1) you do it, and 2) you do it right. Know yourself, and floss on!



Hormones and Oral Health: The Difference Between Men and Women


When it comes to oral health, the risks faced by men and women are not the same. Hormonal fluctuations cause women to be uniquely susceptible to gum disease in at least four stages of life. Even when all else remains unchanged, you or a women you know may be confused by heightened vulnerability to certain conditions.

Red, swollen gums during puberty, menses, or pregnancy can be one result of hormone fluctuations. As the levels of estrogen and progesterone rise, blood flow to the gums increases and changes the way gums react to plaque. Women may experience bleeding during brushing and flossing, heightened sensitivity, or swelling of the gum tissue. Menstrual gingivitis can develop near the start of your period but also ends just as quickly while pregnancy gingivitis is a real cause of concern for many women any time during their term. Dry mouth can also develop during pregnancy as the composition and volume of saliva produced changes.

During menopause taste perception and burning sensations in the mouth may occur, which can lead to a host of other problems – eating disorders and self-induced vomiting being a few. Inform the women in your life of their increased susceptibility to certain oral conditions. For ladies, there is a lot on your mind during hormonal transitions, but don’t forget about your oral health!


Request an Appointment
To book an appointment, feel free to call us at 978.635.9995 or complete the form below.

Terms and Conditions

Here at Ratti Handa, we work diligently to protect our patient's rights and privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what HIPAA has identified as electronically protected information (ePHI). Unfortunately, despite the best efforts we make or take, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the box, and electronically making an appointment, you understand that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Ratti Handa will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may not illegally intercept this communication. As a result of continuing, you are sending this transmission and accepting the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. As an alternative, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.


The information presented here is not intended or implied to be medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It should be used for informational purposes only.