Dream Smile Dental
2184 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
appointments@dreamsmiledental.com (781) 330-0900
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Frequently Asked Questions

To consult a professional hygienist on your specific oral health questions, please e-mail us.

Courtney Wager R.D.H.

Courtney Wager R.D.H

Stacey Morris R.D.H.

Stacey Morris R.D.H

  • Q. It's been recommended that I use an electric toothbrush, but I've been using a manual forever.
         Is there really a difference?

    A. Here at Dream Smile, we recommend the Sonicare Flexcare toothbrush because of it's clinical studies that show that it's far superior to manual toothbrushes. In fact, ninety-nine percent of the time, your dentist or hygienist can tell, just by looking in your mouth, whether you use a manual or electric. Sonicare states that their brushes are inspired by dental equipment. It's motion creates a "high velocity dynamic fluid cleaning action" that is able to dislodge plaque under the gum line when used properly. The Sonicare also has a built in two minute timer, so that patients are more aware of how long they should be brushing for. The electric toothbrush does the work for you, just by applying a light touch to the tooth surface. The electric brush heads, just as manual brushes, need to be changed every three months, not six as previously thought.

  • Q. What is Periodontal Disease?

    A. Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection in the supporting structures surrounding your teeth, including bone and gums. Periodontal Disease is caused by plaque and bacteria, and the longer the disease goes undetected, the greater the risk of tooth loss. Being diagnosed with Periodontal Disease indicates that there has been a loss of bone or attachment surrounding your teeth which could ultimately, without treatment, lead to loss of the tooth. Periodontal Disease does not just affect your teeth, however. Research has shown the disease to be correlated with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even pre-term labor. There is no cure for the disease, but we can help you maintain your current condition with individualized therapies to prevent it from getting worse.

  • Q. What are the warning signs for Periodontal Disease?

    A. Statistics show that 3 out of 4 Americans have Periodontal Disease, which is the greatest reason why adults lose their permanent teeth. Many of these adults are unaware they have it. Symptoms can include bleeding or tender gums, bad taste or oral malodor, but often can have no symptoms at all. We want our patients to be well educated on their oral health which is why we offer annual periodontal examinations with one of our hygienists, so we're able to detect and treat the disease in it's earliest stage.

  • Q. My hygienist wants to see me every three months instead of six, is there a reason for this?

    A. Not everyone takes the same doses of medication, similarly, hygiene appointments need to be individualized for each patient as well. Patients aren't all at the same risk of developing disease, therefore, many patients need to be seen by their hygienist more often. People have different needs and some people need to be seen every three months, just as others need to be seen every six months. Each and every day new research is showing us more correlations between oral health and general systemic health, so now, more than ever, we need to take initiative to maintain good oral health. Appointments with your hygienists are no longer considered to be just for aesthetic reasons, or to "clean the junk off your teeth", rather to check for cavities, monitor for evidence of disease, perform oral cancer screenings, and offer patient education.

  • Q. I feel like every time I have a cleaning, x-rays are taken. Is this necessary, because I'm concerned
          about high levels of radiation?

    A. We use digital radiography, which has significantly less radiation than the paper system still used today by many offices. A series of radiographs can detect cavities, Periodontal Disease, abcesses, and areas of decay surrounding restorations that are not visible clinically. Early detection of disease through x-rays can potentially save the patient unnecessary pain, money and time. Our goal is for you to have a beautiful, healthy smile and keep each tooth in your mouth forever. With regular hygiene appointments, x-rays, and proper homecare, it's easily attainable.

  • Q. What is fluoride and what are its uses?

    A. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, even the oceans. Fluoride is effective in preventing and reversing the early signs of dental caries (tooth decay). Researchers have shown that there are several ways through which fluoride achieves its decay-preventive effects. It makes the tooth structure stronger, so teeth are more resistant to acid attacks. Acid is formed when the bacteria in plaque break down sugars and carbohydrates from the diet. Repeated acid attacks break down the tooth, which causes cavities. Fluoride also acts to repair, or remineralize, areas in which acid attacks have already begun. The remineralization effect of fluoride is important because it reverses the early decay process as well as creating a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay.

    In addition, because older Americans are now keeping their teeth longer, fluoride will continue to be important for preventing tooth decay in this age group. Older Americans are especially susceptible to tooth decay because of exposed root surfaces and mouth dryness that may result from many medications.



All of my life, the financial needs of my children and my business took precedence over my own personal desires. One of these was to improve the appearance of my smile. Once my children were grown and my business had sold, I decided that it was time to do something special just for me.

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I was confident that my expectations would be met because of my positive experience with Dr. Ronkin. Honestly, when I first sat with Dr. Ronkin, my one and only fear was if it was going to be all worth it.

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After years of visiting different dentists and leaving with my questions unanswered, Dream Smile Dental provided the solution that I had been looking for.

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What our Patients are Saying

Front desk people were awesome as usual. Courtney the hygienist is always great too. Pushed me to go have something on my lip looked at which proved to be pre cancer that needs to be removed.

LZ 3-26-13

Dr. Barton was great with my son. He let him "play" with some of the instruments before actually using them so that made my son feel more comfortable. My son, at age three, loves going to the dentist and hopefully this will continue.

CC 11-7-12

Courtney Wager was excellent......she had a thorough understanding of my Son's needs. She also advised me to seek a total diagnosis with an ENT doctor. She was looking at the whole condition (tongue-thrust swallow) not just her speciality. Great experience over all!

RL 11-4-12

Ever since I have been coming to Dream Smile I have had nothing but great experiences. All the employees are very professional and cater to your every need, especially Nicole.

EDC 7-28-11

My visit, from start to the end, was great. When I do have the work done on my tooth, I would prefer the dentist that was on duty that day, as he took the time to explain things to me about the tooth. Also, special thanks to the girls behind the desk who were patient and extremely nice as my Delta Dental Plan was being determined.

MG 8-24-11

There was some confusion re: my appointment time. Courtney was kind enough to fit me in. The front desk team is excellent!

PC 9-20-11

I am always treated with respect and Service is always provided in a prompt timely and professional manner. Also Courtney does a great Job cleaning my teeth and providing needed information so that I don't have to make so many vists to the Dentist. Thank you.

PC 9-21-11

All the staff were wonderful!

JF 9-22-11

Sandy and Courtney are awesome. And the girls at the desk treated me great. Always look forward to going to Dreamsmile.

TR 9-30-11

All of the staff was wonderful and the office was the nicest dentist's office I have ever been to. Even my son had a good time and is looking forward to his visit in November.

MD 10-2-11

I just want you to know that Courtney and Sandy are the best!!!

DO 10-5-11

Your office is extemely professional and talented. Thank you so much. I will continue to be a patient here.

CC 10-8-11

The entire staff at DSD is outstanding, professional and makes you feel very comfortable...outstanding!!

MD 10-12-11

The girls were great and were very knowledgeable about what they do.

EC 10-19-11

It is always a pleasure to come in and see everyone again.

AL 10-19-11

Many offices to choose from, but nothing else compares, THE BEST.

RO 10-21-11

Ashlee is always so friendly! It was our first time meeting Dr. Barton but he is also great!

QG 10-25-11

I would like to thank Courtney and Dr Shwartzman for cathing my sinus infection. I saw Dr Dana and I am now on amocicillin for 2 weeks.

DC 10-25-11

It was a very pleasant experience! I'm hoping to dazzle family and friends with my pearly whites during the holidays.

NM 10-25-11

My appt. was for a whitening and the dental technician explained everything clearly and was very attentive to my comfort during the whole procedure. I'm sorry I don't recall her name but she was very friendly, professional did a very good job.

PS 10-27-11

Staff is always friendly, efficient and highly skilled. Although the idea of "going to the dentist" is not something I look forward to, DreamSmile Dental makes it a positive end result.

JV 10-27-11

I think Courtney is a great dental hygenist. She has alot of energy, does a great job, and knows her stuff.

MC 10-27-11

My appointment was at 4:30, I was running late due to traffic. I called and I believe her name was Jeannine. She was great. She reassured me that my late arrival was not an inconvenience for anyone! The administrative assistant at desk, was also very kind and polite. Excellent, flexible with appointments Thanks so, so much. What a great team! Thank you!

CD 10-28-11

Loved the whole team. Courtney was amazing! Very passionate about her work

KR 10-28-11

Jeanine is always so friendly and welcoming!

RG 10-30-11

Everyone was great and actually dont mind coming to the dentist office. Great job.

Anonymous 11-7-11

Staff was great...Yelena was great as well. Thanks

BM 11-16-11

Love Stacey. She is always gentle, kind and keeps me entertained so the time flies by quickly.

RE 11-17-11

Dr. Ronkin is a tremendous asset. He is very helpful. Courtney is a terrific hygenist. I think the world of her and am graeful for the care she provides.

BD 11-28-11

Everybody was great from front desk people to Sandy, Courtney, and, of course, Dr. Shwartzman. Considering a year ago I was totally dental phobic, I can't believe how comfortable everybody has made me feel. Lucky to have such great workers.

JL 11-29-11

The staff and especially my hygienist make my visit enjoyable despite the fact that I hate going to the dentist.

DM 11-30-11

everyone who greeted me was welcoming,those who treated me were efficient and timely.

VP 12-3-11

very good experience! everyone was super friendly and seemed very capable.

RP 12-9-11

Stacy is great!!!!!

JC 12-11-11

I had a wonderful visit. Everyone was very conscientious.

KR 12-14-11

Everyone was polite and professional . didn't have to wait . the service was explained and i'm very happy with the result .

DM 12-15-11