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Clear Braces Instead of Ugly Metal Braces – Boston, Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYou teenage son or daughter needs braces and they just don’t want a set of metal braces to interfere with the social life and self-confidence. With clear aligners, your teen can straighten their teeth without dealing with metal wires and brackets.

With clear braces, no one needs to know you teen has braces. They are made of a smooth, clear plastic that are practically invisible! Their peers won’t even know they’re wearing them. And, they’re so comfortable your teen may not know they are wearing them! They can be comfortable posting their picture and hanging out with friends.

With clear braces your teen can eat whatever they want without worry. Metal braces prohibit you from eating certain foods. With clear aligners, your child is free to eat all their favorite foods whenever they want because the aligners are completely removable. This also means that their teeth are more easily cared for, brushing and flossing as they normally would. This is impossible with traditional braces.

If your teen plays sports or a musical instrument, metal braces can often prevent them from completely enjoying their favorite activities. Additionally, metal braces can make them self-conscious of their smile or their appearance. Invisible braces allow them to be a teenager. Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for more information.


A Rise in Temp During Teething Probably Isn't a Fever- Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughA teething child's temperature doesn't usually rise enough to be considered a fever, according to a new AAP report.

There's nothing new parents dread quite so much as the teething stage. There's the drooling, the gagging, the teething rash, the night wakings, the fever... But wait a minute on that last part. Researchers who analyzed studies from eight different countries found that while teething can, in fact, make babies (and their parents!) miserable, it usually won't make them sick.

The study examined the commonly held belief that teething causes babies and young children to develop a fever and other symptoms of illness. Here's what they discovered: Using data collected from 10 major studies, the researchers found that gum irritation, irritability, and drooling were the most frequent symptoms of teething in infants and toddlers. They also found that symptoms of teething tended to peak during emergence of a child's primary incisors or front teeth, which can occur between 6 and 16 months of age, and decreased as the child got older. But while a slight rise in body temperature was another common symptom, it was most often not high enough to actually be considered a fever. According to the authors of the study, this distinction is important because if a child develops a true fever (higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), assuming that the cause is teething may lead doctors or parents to miss possible illness or infection that requires treatment.

This means if your little one does develop a temperature lower than 101 degrees while he's cutting a tooth, it's probably not a cause for concern. But if it's higher than 101 or accompanied by any other symptoms of illness, you may want to call your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. For more information contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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Teeth Brushing, How it Should be Done - Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAMost dentists see patients almost every day who are damaging their teeth and gums by brushing too hard. In fact, it is possible that as many as two out of three patients brush their teeth too hard. This is a problem for your teeth. A stiff-bristled toothbrush combined with overzealous brushing teeth can cause serious dental problems over time, including gum disease and tooth sensitivity.

People think that if they brush twice as hard, they will do twice as much good. In fact, overzealous brushing can cause significant damage to the periodontal tissues and bones that support the teeth. If you used the same amount of force and brush the side of your arm, you could take your skin off.

One way to avoid damaging your teeth and gums is to purchase a "soft" toothbrush featuring rounded bristles which are less abrasive to teeth. You should hold the brush between the thumb and forefinger, not with the fist. When brushing, do not `scrub' the teeth with a horizontal, back-and-forth motion.

Instead, start at the gum line and angle the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush both the teeth and the gums at the same time. Push hard enough to get the bristles under the gumline but not so hard that the bristles flare out. It's also a wise move to limit the amount of toothpaste because it is abrasive.

The irony is that dentists want people to brush longer, not harder. Children and adults tend to spend less than one minute at a time brushing their teeth, even though removing plaque from the mouth requires at least two to five minutes of brushing at least twice a day. Remember: brush longer, not harder.

For more information on dental health, or to make an appointment, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.


Prevent Cavities: Some FAQs That Can Help – Boston, Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAMost of us have had at least one cavity. Usually the cause of cavities is not enough brushing, flossing and dentist appointments. Sweets don’t help. Here are some FAQs about cavities:

Q: How do I know if my kids have cavities?

A: Cavities are one of the first things your dentist looks for during a regular dental exam. X-rays allow your pediatric dentist  in Acton, MA to diagnose whether your kids have dental cavities and how extensive they are. Sometimes a tooth cavity is visible to the naked eye; if you see black holes or spots in the teeth, those could be signs. Another cavity red flag is a toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks.

Q: How do dentists treat dental cavities?

A: Treatment depends on the size of the cavity, your age, and the degree of damage. Although many dental cavities are treated with fillings, onlays may be necessary to treat large cavities affecting the cusps of teeth, while cavities affecting the areas in between the cusps may be treated with inlays. In some cases, dental crowns are used to protect a tooth from further tooth cavity damage. Dental sealants are often applied to children's teeth as a preventative measure against cavities.

Q: What's the difference between tooth decay and tooth cavity?

A: Most people think tooth decay and a cavity are the same thing. But they're not. Tooth decay refers to a gradual process during which bacteria in the mouth produce acids that destroy the surfaces of teeth. Over time, tooth decay can erode enamel to the point that a hole, or cavity, forms.

Still have questions about cavities in kids teeth? Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


Allergy Season Can Affect Your Dental Health – Boxborough, Acton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Acton, Boxborough, MAIt’s allergy season. Many of you are taking medication for your seasonal allergies. But did you know that it may affect your dental health? Medications for certain health conditions can affect your oral health. While most people take medicine to better their physical well-being, a variety of prescribed medications can affect your teeth.

Antihistamines for stuffy nose and runny eyes – allergies - can cause dry mouth syndrome. Dry mouth syndrome can lead to sore gums which make your mouth more prone to infection. But these are not the only medications that can change your oral health.

Contraceptives and blood pressure medications may cause mouth sores as well as gum inflammation and discoloration.

Blood thinners can interfere with your ability to form blood clots or cause heavy bleeding after you have a tooth pulled.

Anti-seizure medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue which can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene.

When you're taking more than one medication, regardless of if it is prescribed or over-the-counter, you can change the effects of both medications. If you have an upcoming dental appointment or need to schedule a dental appointment, it is important to keep your dentist informed about all the medications you are taking.

For an appointment contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


Teeth Whitening Enhances Your Smile - Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MACosmetic dentistry is generally elective rather than necessary. It focuses on improving the appearance of a person's smile and teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

In-office teeth whitening or dental bleaching gets your teeth whiter than over the office products. With whiter natural looking teeth you will have the confidence to smile wider. But teeth whitening also give you a younger look as well.

Age changes the mineral structure or your teeth which causes them to darken. But also, overtime lifestyle habits like smoking, as well as food and drink such as wine and coffee, along with antibiotics will stain your teeth causing them to darken as well.

However, there are many different ways to whiten teeth: bleaching strips, pens, gel, and lasers, and most are traditionally done at home. However, in-office whitening techniques are more effective and will last longer. Additionally, some dental work will not lighten through teeth whitening, so whatever option you choose, it is always best to consult your dentist before you begin any teeth whitening procedure.

With teeth whitening in a dentist’s chair, patients will receive a deep dental bleaching which will whiten the entire tooth rather than just the front. Teeth are porous, so whitening the entire tooth is essential to attain a bright natural look faster and more effectively.

A whiter smile is a younger more confident smile which changes how you present yourself, how you interact and how others perceive you. Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for a teeth whitening consultation and see how in office dental bleaching can change your smile.


Finding a Pediatric Dentist - Acton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Today's Dental of  Boxborough, Boxborough, MAWhether your child has a gummy grin with a couple of brand-new teeth or already has a mouthful of baby teeth, getting regular dental care with a dentist they are comfortable with can help ensure that they maintain a healthy smile as they grow. As with your child's pediatrician, you'll want to choose a competent, patient pediatric dentist who is understands working with children.

Pediatric dentists are different than standard dentists because they have completed two to three years of training beyond dental school and are well-versed in child psychology, growth, and development, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). You can also expect them to offer a welcoming staff and a cheerful office -- often complete with kid-size play equipment, popular video games, and a waiting room full of toys and kids' books. Other child-friendly details such as sunglasses to shield kids' eyes from the bright lights during an exam, toothbrushes with characters, and favorite shows playing on televisions can make the visit less intimidating and more enjoyable for kids.

To find a pediatric dentist in Acton, MA, ask your child's pediatrician, other parents, or your own dentist for recommendations. Local pharmacists and family doctors can also sometimes give you a few names. If you are relocating, ask your child's current dentist if he can refer you to someone in your new hometown.

Evaluating the Office

Once you've gotten the name of a dentist you want to try, meeting her in person and seeing the office can help you determine if she is the right fit for your child. Consider these questions.

Before the visit, ask the office:

  • Does the dentist have special training or interest in treating children?
  • Is the dentist a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry?
  • Is the dental office set up for children? For example, does it offer toys, books, games, or child-sized furniture?
  • How does the dental office manage emergencies? (Many practices have an answering service available during off hours.)
  • Is the office conveniently located near your home or your child's school?
  • Does the practice accept your dental benefit plan?

After the visit, ask yourself:

  • Was your child seen promptly?
  • Were you asked for a complete medical and dental history for your child?
  • Was the dentist gentle but thorough when examining your child's mouth?
  • Did the dentist or staff talk to your child, encouraging her involvement in dental health?
  • Were you informed about your child's tooth development, the causes and prevention of dental disease, and appropriate dental care at home?
  • Were your questions treated with concern and respect?
  • Was the visit positive for your child?

For more information on Today’s Dental of Boxborough, contact us.

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Finding a Pediatric Dentist in Acton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Boxborough, Acton, MAIt is recommended that kids should visit a pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. Our checklist will help you pick the best pediatric dentist to fit you and your family’s dental needs.

Finding a pediatric dentist that takes good care of your child's teeth, while making the experience relaxed and fun, sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Use our checklist to help you find the right dentist for your family.

Finding pediatric dentists

  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family.
  • Ask for a referral from your pediatrician.
  • Search local websites for recommendations.
  • You will find pediatric dentists working in medical centers, private practices and dental schools.
  • Ask about training: A pediatric dentist has two additional years of residency training for babies, kids, teens and kids with special needs.

Care provided to your child

Your child will see a pediatric dentist from infancy through adolescence. Here is what kind of care you can expect:

  • Oral exams and risk assessment for cavities for infants.
  • Knowledge of dealing with dental habits, such as thumb sucking, teeth grinding or pacifier use.
  • Repair of tooth cavities or other tooth defects.
  • Preventive dental care, including cleaning, sealants and fluoride treatment.
  • Assessment of normal tooth development.
  • Assessment of the need for orthodontics to straighten teeth or correct improper bite.
  • Manage and prevent gum diseases, including periodontal disease and gingivitis.
  • Manage dental and oral conditions, including short frenulae and ulcers.
  • Care of knocked-out teeth, fractured teeth or displaced teeth.

Parent and child education

It is important your dentist and their staff educate you and your child on proper dental care at home. Your pediatric dentist should talk to you about the following:

  • Education on how diet and drinks affect teeth.
  • Educating parents on the proper care of infant or baby teeth.
  • Educating kids and teens on the proper care of teeth.
  • Demonstration on the proper way to brush and floss.
  • Education on the proper handling of knocked-out teeth or fractured teeth.
  • Education for the parents on when they can expect their child's permanent teeth to come in.

Atmosphere

The pediatric dentist offices should be catering to children, with colorful paint and hands-on toys in the waiting room to make the experience fun. Your dentist should also come across as friendly and welcoming.

  • Is the dentist office kid-friendly?
  • Are the instruments appropriate for your child's mouth?
  • Is the office staff friendly and accessible?
  • Is the dentist friendly and accessible?
  • Do the dentist and staff explain to your child what to expect?
  • Is the atmosphere friendly and positive?
  • How does your dentist respond to a scared or crying child?

For more information on pediatric dentists in Acton, MA, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Regular Dental Checkups Can Save You Money – Acton, Boxborough, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughStrange but true, spending $100 on your teeth can actually save you thousands. The average cost of a dental exam and cleaning, without insurance, is $50 - $135. If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket expense may range from nominal to nothing for basic dental care services including X-rays.

This can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you have dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer, regular dental visits give your dentist a chance to catch it early. With any dental issue, this is key. The earlier your dentist diagnoses a problem the easier it is to treat. Gum disease left untreated for too long may result in the need for extensive and expensive treatment. Regular dental checkups allow you to stay ahead of dental problems, which means thousands of dollars eventually saved.

A professional dental cleaning is also a must because it's the only way to effectively remove tartar or hardened plaque. You should brush and floss regularly, but still that’s not enough. Besides tartar being unattractive with a brown or yellowish tint, it also contains cavity-causing bacteria. Preventing cavities and paying for multiple fillings will save you thousands in the long run.

But dental health is related to your physical health. Therefore, the most important reason to invest in regular dental exams is the positive impact they have on your overall health. Recent studies have shown that there’s a link between periodontal disease and heart disease; when the former is present, the latter is twice as likely.

Did you know that gum disease can have a domino effect on your health? The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and attach to your heart's blood vessels, causing dangerous blood clots. Another scenario is that the plaque buildup caused by periodontal disease can cause the heart's blood vessels to swell.

Regular checkups and cleanings are not only money-saving but life-saving. To schedule a dental appointment, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth – Boxborough, Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Dental implantsDental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are placed in the jawbone.

Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Additionally, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

With today’s dental technology there is another, better option for patients who are missing teeth. Instead of removable dentures or fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that take the place of permanent teeth both in appearance and functionality. Composed of a titanium root that is place in the jawbone, dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth," and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.

Even after 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed dentists and oral surgeons continue to function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you cam enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that come with dental implants. For more information, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.