Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
October 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Dental Hygiene  

Keeping your smile healthy and clean while wearing braces is critical for good oral health.

Whether you’re about to get braces or our Norfolk, MA, dentists Drs. Minda & Shabtai Sapir just recently placed your braces, we know you may have lots of questions about living with and caring for your smile right now. We are always happy to talk you through proper care instructions both for your braces and for caring for teeth and gums while wearing braces. Here are some helpful tips for how to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the orthodontic process.

Carry an Oral Care Kit with You

One of the best ways to keep teeth healthy and clean is to make sure that you travel with a mini dental kit that contains a soft toothbrush, floss threaders (which make it easier to floss around brackets and wires), and an oral rinse. You may wish to put interdental brushes in your kit, which can make it easier to remove food from between teeth and around wires and brackets. Carrying this kit with you will make it easier to keep your teeth clean between meals and snacks, as well as on the go.

Reduce Sugar Consumption

We know how tempting sweet treats are, but if you want to reduce your risk for decay then you’ll want to avoid, or at the very least, limit sugar. We know that this is a good rule of thumb for anyone to follow, but especially if you have bracket-and-wire braces, as eating lots of sugary foods and drinks may increase your risk for cavities. Plus, it may also lead to stains, which no one wants on their big reveal day when their braces finally come off.

Take Time to Brush Properly

When you have braces you’ll need to really take time to ensure that you are getting into all the nooks and crannies, while also being gentle on your braces. Even though braces are made from durable steel, they can still break or become damaged if you are too rough with them. We recommend taking at least five minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth and along the gumline. You should brush once in the morning and again at night, as well as after each meal.

Avoid Certain Foods

Once braces are placed, our Norfolk, MA, family dentists will provide you with a list of foods that you should avoid because they could damage your braces. These foods include anything sticky, crunchy, or hard such as popcorn, baguettes, and bagels, hard or sticky candies, chewing gum, and corn on the cob. Ask our dental team for an extensive list of foods to avoid while wearing braces.

Why is dental hygiene important with braces?

While braces are designed to shift teeth into the proper alignment, they don’t actually do anything to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You have to practice good dental care every day to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, as well as decay. By maintaining good oral hygiene with braces, you prevent bacteria, food particles, and plaque from building up and causing problems that our Norfolk, MA, dentists will then need to treat.

If you are currently wearing braces, it’s important that you are visiting our Norfolk, MA, dental team every 4-6 weeks so we can monitor your treatment progress and also make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. If you have questions about braces, or how to care for them, simply call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850-6992.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
August 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal is a procedure by which your dentist removes the soft tissue inside your tooth. This is necessary when this tissue at the center of your tooth--called the pulp--becomes infected. It is made up of nerves and blood vessels and these run through pathways, or canals, through the roots of your tooth. That is where the name is derived, as all this connective tissue is removed from the center of your tooth all the way through the roots. This tooth-saving procedure will halt the infection by eliminating it, and also cause the pain to stop. There is a whole lot more to know about root canals and to learn if you require one you can contact your Norfolk, MA, dentists of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Minda Sapir, and Dr. Shabtai Sapir.


Pain is the most common indicator that you may require a root canal. Pain in itself could signal a number of conditions, it could just mean you have a cavity that needs a filling, a previous filling or a crown that needs to be repaired, or even a sinus infection, among others. Whatever the source of your pain it needs to be examined and treated, but if your tooth requires a root canal the pain will be hard to miss, as it's a pain that is severe and will linger for long periods.

Hot and Cold Sensitivity

Similarly to pain symptoms, sensitivity alone is common. Typically you can address very mild sensitivity by switching to a softer toothbrush, a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and a visit to your dentist's office is still advisable. But if your sensitivity lasts long beyond contact with the hot or cold food, if it turns into pain, then a root canal may be necessary.

Tooth Trauma

When teeth become chipped after an injury, if there's no immediate pain, if there is no nerve damage, then they can usually be restored employing dental bonding, or a veneer. But a chip or a crack that has cut deep into the tooth has a chance of becoming infected, to the point where it will need a root canal to save it.


Gums that are inflamed and tender are a sign of a problem that needs to be treated by your doctor. It could be gum disease, but depending on the severity it could mean your tooth is deeply infected. If you notice a bump on your gums, almost like a pimple in appearance, it can mean that you have a tooth abscess, which can be confirmed with imaging tests. This is a certain sign that a root canal will be needed.

Root Canal Treatment in Norfolk, MA

Don't endure the pain any longer, if you reside around the Norfolk, MA, area, schedule a consultation today by dialing (508) 850-6992 and make an appointment with your Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry professionals, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
August 09, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Pediatric dentistry is tailored toward protecting your children's teeth from the very first visit, which is recommended at one year of age, all the way until they are teenagers and their dental needs change. Learn more about how pediatric dentistry can help protect your children's smiles by contacting your Norfolk, MA, pediatric dentists of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Shabtai Sapir.

Protecting Against Cavities

The plaque that builds on our teeth can cause cavities as the bacteria that call it home expel acids that damage our tooth enamel. Children can be especially susceptible to cavities so your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments and dental sealants to further guard against them. Dental fillings can keep the cavity from becoming bigger and can provide relief to your child.

Protecting Their Smiles

It's not just cavities that can threaten your children's smiles. If they play sports their dentist can have them fitted for a protective mouthguard. Baby teeth still need to be protected, so in case they do have an accident and lose a tooth they should be examined by their dentist. When a baby tooth falls too early it can impact the permanent tooth's eruption, so a space maintainer can be used for this purpose. These are devices that, as their name suggests, can keep the other teeth from shifting and allows for the permanent tooth to erupt correctly.


Not all children will require corrective orthodontics at a young age, but many may benefit from them even as early as seven. These are often referred to as interceptive orthodontics and they are used first while baby teeth are still present, then after a pause for all the permanent teeth to come in, the second phase begins. Interceptive orthodontics can correct a number of conditions and your child's dentist can advise you if they're necessary after an evaluation.

Sedation Dentistry

For children who are very anxious about having dental work done sedation dentistry can be the best solution. It is also an excellent option for children with special needs. Sedation allows for an anxiety and pain-free dental visit, and may even be possible to perform longer procedures that would typically take multiple appointments in one session.

Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA

These are just some of the ways that your pediatric dentist can keep your children's teeth healthy, so schedule a visit to the Norfolk, MA, office of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry with Dr. Shabtai Sapir by dialing (508) 850-6992.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
April 05, 2021
Category: Dentist

Did you know that Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offers emergency dental services? Although you'll hopefully never need to use them, the services and treatments provided by your emergency dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, can help you protect your smile.

What is a dental emergency?

You may need an emergency dental treatment if any of these things happen to you:

  • Your tooth is throbbing and you feel unwell: If you have a severe toothache and feel terrible, you may have a dental abscess. Abscesses are bacterial infections that affect the pulp in the center of your tooth. Other symptoms may include fever, facial swelling, swollen lymph nodes, and pus around your tooth. Abscesses must be treated immediately to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.
  • You had an accident and now your tooth is loose: A blow to the face, a fall, or another type of accident can loosen teeth and even move them out of their normal position. You'll need to see the dentist as soon as possible if your tooth is loose. If the tooth has moved, try to gently move it back. If it won't move, don't force it.
  • Your tooth was knocked out: Accidents and blows to the face can also knock out teeth. Rinse the tooth with clean water and place it back in the socket. If the tooth won't fit in the socket, put it between your cheek and gum or in a container filled with milk or your own saliva. Time is of the essence if you knocked out your tooth. Reimplantation of the tooth is possible if you can visit the Norfolk, MA, dental office within an hour of your accident.
  • You have lacerations in your mouth: Your dentist also treats cuts in your mouth. Place a clean cloth against your mouth or face to slow the bleeding during the drive to the dental office.
  • You broke a tooth: Broken teeth can be very painful. Covering the broken ends of the tooth with dental cement, available in dental repair kits sold in drugstores, can dull the pain until you see the dentist.

When you have an emergency, get in touch with the dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, right away. Call your emergency dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, at (508) 850-6992 to schedule your emergency appointment.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
December 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental anxiety should never prevent you or a loved one from getting oral health care. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir offer sedation dentistry to relieve fear and make you completely comfortable. We encourage our Norfolk, MA, patients to learn about this helpful service.

The problem of dental phobia

Phobia, fear, or terror. However you describe it, dental anxiety prevents almost one-quarter of adult and pediatric patients from getting the oral health care they need. This startling number comes from Harvard Health which also reports that many people stop dental visits altogether because they are so fearful.

Dental phobia crosses all socioeconomic measures, including age, ethnicity, and income. Most fearful people report a problem due to:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Shame over the condition of their teeth and gums
  • Limited ability to sit still in a dental chair
  • Traumatic experiences at dental offices

At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, we offer sedation dentistry options that allow patients to feel at ease. Also, our office is comfortable and our patient care, soothing and respectful. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shagtai Sapir put their patient's health and well-being first in all they do.

Sedation dentistry options

Here's how we can help:

1. Local anesthetic: Your dentist injects numbing medication right where it's needed. If you require a filling, extraction, root canal, or something else, your procedure will be pain-free.

2. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas: Administered to children, teens, or adults via a facial mask, nitrous oxide relaxes you, even making you feel a bit giddy. You still will be awake and able to respond to directions from your dental team.

3. Oral sedation: This medication is in pill form. Typically a tranquilizer such as Valium or Versed, oral sedation makes you drowsy you may nap during your treatments. After your appointment, an adult friend or family member must drive you home.

4. IV sedation: Administered through a needle in the arm, intravenous sedation also confers drowsiness. During your treatments, your dentist may increase or decrease the medication as needed. You will feel at ease and may drop off to sleep. An adult must take you home.

5. General anesthesia Some dental treatments are complex and lengthy and can be painful without the benefit of sedation. So, Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry offers both in-office and in-hospital general anesthesia. You'll wake up with a new smile.

Find out more

At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in helping people overcome dental anxiety. Let us assist you, too. Phone our Norfolk, MA, office for a consultation with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir regarding sedation dentistry needs for you or a family member: (508) 850-6992.

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