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Posts for: September, 2017

September 22, 2017
Category: MDP
Tags: MDP  

Dr. Valerie Martins; Martins Dental Partners - Beverly, MAI have always been fascinated by people. I truly love the process of getting to know someone and their life’s story -- successes, failures and dreams for the future.

My parents and I immigrated to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine, when I was just 8 years old. Watching my parents rebuild their lives and focus their energy on my education motivated me to excel in my studies. The summer before college, I worked at a family friend's dental practice. I spent much of my time shadowing the Doctor, observing treatments and getting a sense of the practice's flow. During those two months, I was struck by the team atmosphere and camaraderie in the office—everyone genuinely enjoyed working together and helping others. I also couldn't help but notice the dentist who owned the practice loved everything about his career, from being a business owner to his ability to positively change lives. That summer experience made it clear to me, dentistry was a perfect fit.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Brandeis University, majoring in psychology while following the pre-dental track, and went on to attend dental school at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Remaining in the Boston area just felt right—especially since my then-boyfriend, now husband and business partner, lived there as well.

While at Tufts Dental School, I grew fascinated with dental surgery, and the way implants and regenerative procedures can help restore patients' health and function. I am still fascinated by the ongoing technological advancements and clinical research that makes it possible to rebuild someone’s smile and improve their quality of life. After graduating dental school, I stayed on at Tufts, completing a three-year residency in Periodontology. I've been working in private practice as a Board-Certified Periodontist since graduation in 2010.

For years, my husband Derrick and I dreamed about opening a practice together. His entrepreneurial spirit and career in Business Intelligence and Analytics made us the perfect team. Together, we wanted to reinvent dentistry by understanding and delivering what people truly wanted most when going to the dentist – a relaxing and enjoyable experience. With our combined knowledge we knew we could build a practice that offered both exceptional care and an amazing patient experience. Finally, on June 1, 2016, Martins Dental Partners opened its doors in Beverly, Massachusetts. Collaborating with Derrick—and the rest of our growing team—to launch our practice and realize our dream has been incredible.

Martins Dental Partners is a group practice located in the heart of Beverly, MA specializing in comprehensive treatment. In addition to myself, we have two General Dentist Associates who excel in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to my responsibilities as the owner of the practice, as a Board Certified Periodontist I am also able to offer many advanced services including dental surgery and implants. Collectively, my team and I are able to provide exceptional, convenient, all-inclusive care to every patient.

The mission of Martins Dental Partners is to provide every patient with an amazing experience. For us, that means that every step of the way—from visiting our website to scheduling an appointment to the visit itself —we've prioritized the patient experience.

Our modern, technologically advanced office is warm and friendly. All patients receive a tour of the office during their first appointment and patients are welcomed to listen to music or watch Netflix using noise canceling headphones during treatment. We offer a range of sedation options to make the visit as comfortable as possible for patients who may have dental anxiety.

Derrick and I have deep roots in Massachusetts: We both grew up in the state, he on the South Shore and myself on the North Shore. We chose to open Martins Dental Partners in Beverly because we enjoy the vibrant nature of the city, proximity to the coast and the opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of Cabot Street. Our logo is inspired by Beverly’s own Hospital Point Lighthouse and we continuously seek ways to engage with others in Beverly's community. Through a collaboration with SJ Art Consulting, a local installation business, we recently hosted our first “Art is Medicine” gallery night, featuring Morgan Dyer, a local artist known for her abstract pieces. We’ve also worked with Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art students to host a puppet show for the local preschool, using puppets to teach kids about nutrition and oral hygiene. Our goal is to keep things local: from the coffee we brew to the art we display, when you visit our office you can’t help to notice a number of connections to Beverly and the North Shore community. We are truly happy to call Beverly, MA home!

Dr. Valerie Martins
Martins Dental Partners
130 Cabot Street Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 288-1946

September 19, 2017
Category: Wellness
Tags: MDP Tips  

Here are 5 simple tips to keep your mouth healthy, fresh and clean:

1) Brush & Floss Regularly:  The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and flossing your teeth at least once a day.  Together, these two activities help remove the sticky film you sometimes feel on your teeth called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria (the cause of bad breath) and releases acid which eats away at the enamel of your teeth and causes cavities.  If plaque is not removed it will eventually harden into a hard substance called tartar which can lead to gum disease.  Also, remember to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months.

2) Don’t Forget Your Tongue:  Don’t forget your tongue when you brush.  Your tongue also collects food and bacteria so it’s important to brush it as well.  Better yet, use a Tongue Scrapper – a specialized tool designed to remove food and bacteria from the tongue’s surface.

3) Rinse After Meals:  In addition to regular brushing and flossing, it also helps to rinse after meals.  When possible, rinse with an antiseptic mouth wash which will kill bacteria responsible for bad breath.  If you don’t have mouthwash readily available, simply rinsing with water can help remove food particles and plaque between brushing.

4) Chew Sugarless Gum:  Another “between brushing” habit that benefits your teeth and promotes fresh breath is chewing sugarless gum.  In addition to the fresh taste of the gum itself, chewing gum stimulates the release of saliva which is mother natures’ natural defense against the plaque acids responsible for bad breath and tooth decay.

5) See Your Dentist Regularly:  While individuals have varying needs in terms of dentistry, the average person should visit their dentist every 6 months to receive regular check-ups and cleanings. Regular visits not only help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of plaque & bacteria, they also provide an opportunity for your dentist to identify potential problems early which can save you a lot of pain, time and money.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer or Dr. Suzanne Fisher please, call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

September 09, 2017
Category: MDP
Tags: Video  

Click the image below to check out a short video in which Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer and Clinical Director Jessica Cusumano share Martins Dental Partners' mission of delivering an amazing patient experience during every visit.

Why Martins Dental Partners?

Martins Dental Partners - What is a General Dentist?The most common type of dentist is a General Dentist.  A General Dentist, sometimes referred to as a Family Dentist, treats patients of all ages.  They provide support for your oral health on a regular basis by focusing on preventative maintenance such as regular dental cleanings, dental X-rays and patient education regarding proper home care.

General dentists also provide “restorative” care including treatment of tooth decay (i.e. fillings), root canals, repairing cracked or chipped teeth and can assist you with the processes of getting braces, false teeth and/or mouth guards. Finally, many General Dentists offer additional “add on” services ranging from tooth whitening to Botox.

While General Dentists can address most potential needs of a patient, they will sometimes refer you to a dental specialist such as a Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontist, Periodontist, Endodontist, Prosthodontist or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.  We will review each of those specialists in a future “Types of Dentists” post.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer or Dr. Suzanne Fisher please, call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.