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Healthy Dental Habits for Teens – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Brushing and Flossing

Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it. It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A bright smile makes you feel good inside and out. Make sure to see your dentist regularly, too.

Sealants

Dental sealants are a type of special plastic coating that act as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone areas. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth and are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves in other teeth. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing but sometimes a reapplication is needed. Talk to your dentist about sealants. Remember: Just because you have sealants doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush and floss every day. Sealants are added protection against decay!

Mouthguards

If you play a sport or are active in things like skateboarding or snowboarding, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard. It may feel funny at first, but mouthguards are the best thing you can do to protect your teeth from getting broken or knocked out. They cushion blows that would otherwise cause injuries to the lips and face and sometimes even jaw fractures. There are different kinds of mouthguards; ask your dentist which one is right for you.

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

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Cosmetic Dentistry Improves Self-Confidence for Women and Men – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry showed that virtually all Americans -- 99.7% to be exact -- believe that a nice looking smile is an important physical asset. Countless patients are seen who don't like the way their teeth look and are eager to improve their smiles through cosmetic dentistry. There is an extensive selection of cosmetic solutions for patients who utilizes the latest dental technologies and methods.

Self-confidence is serious business. Only 4% of all women worldwide think that they are beautiful and six out of 10 girls stop doing the things they love when they aren't happy about their looks. It's not surprising that the majority of patients seeking cosmetic dental treatments are women. But it's not just women -- a research study found that more than four in five men use language that shows they have anxiety about their appearance.

The modern treatments that Today’s Dental of Boxborough offers often helps improve self-confidence in patients when it comes to their smiles. Some of his procedures include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and dental crowns that can last for many years with good care.

In-office teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic service that patients often request. A high grade whitening gel is applied on the teeth with custom trays. The entire process takes about an hour and leaves patients with very desirable results that can last for two years or more. The length of time that the teeth stay white depends on each patient's commitment to regular care and maintenance.

You can often achieve fast and efficient solutions to aesthetic issues with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic options have improved significantly over the past couple of decades. Patients can now have straight, nicely aligned white teeth faster than ever before. For the first time in a long time, you can feel confident about smiling.

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

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Bringing Teeth Into Alignment With Braces - Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In the United States 4.5 million people are wearing braces or other dental appliances to straighten teeth and provide a healthy, beautiful smile.

Why Do Teeth Become Crooked?

Both heredity and environmental factors can create crooked teeth and bite problems. Hereditary factors include crowded teeth, teeth where there is too much space and malocclusions. Crooked teeth can be caused by thumb sucking and tongue thrusting as well as accidents occurring to the jaw.

What are Treatment Options to Straighten Teeth or Malocclusions?

There are three stages of orthodontic treatment. The first is when appliances are used to gain space in the mouth. For example, palatal expanders are used to expand the width of the palate and lingual bars are used to expand the lower jaw. The active corrective stage is next when the braces are placed on the teeth. The teeth are then adjusted and then straightened and malocclusions are corrected over a period of time based upon the severity of the irregularity of the teeth and jaw issues. The third stage is the retention stage after braces are removed and when the teeth are monitored through the use of a retainer (removable or fixed) and semi-annual orthodontic visits are conducted to maintain the straightened smile.

Types of Braces

Tiny brackets are placed onto the front surface of the tooth and are made of metal or ceramic. The brackets are bonded to the front tooth surface with a glue-like material and metal bands can be used on the back teeth. Arch wires are placed inside the brackets and are made of a heat-activated nickel-titanium source that can become warm due to the temperature in the mouth, which will allow it to apply constant pressure on the teeth as well as when the arch wires are adjusted at the orthodontist’s office.

Another newer alternative to braces is clear braces which use a series of clear removable aligners that are worn during the day and night to help in moving teeth into the correct alignment. When eating or brushing and flossing, the aligners may be removed.

How to Maintain a Smile After the Braces are Off

After your orthodontist has determined that your braces can be removed, it is very important that a retainer (a plastic appliance) be worn during the day or night as recommended by them. The retainer can be cleaned with warm water or toothpaste and a toothbrush after you wear it and placed in a plastic container when not in use.

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

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Back-to-School Dental Health Tips for School Age Kids - Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Your child may be getting ready for back-to-school with the latest wardrobe, school supplies and sports equipment for the new school year, but do they have a healthy mouth and the tools they'll need to maintain it?

According to the American Dental Association, dental examinations are as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning as well as millions of hours of missed school.

Your child's back-to-school checklist should include:

  • Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems. Parents and teachers may not realize there's a dental problem, so regular checkups are important. Your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments or sealants to prevent decay and can diagnose and treat dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time.
  • Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Head for the dental care isle when you're out shopping for notebooks, binders and pencils. If parents buy several toothbrushes they could have their child change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness. If it's hard to remember when to change a brush, you could try to change it every time report cards come out. Ask your dentist for a recommendation on how often to change toothbrushes.
  • Eating healthy lunches and snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child's sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, review healthy, balanced food choices with him before the first day of school. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.
  • Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in organized sports, PE classes or playground activities.

For more dental health tips, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Fix Damaged and Missing Teeth with Dental Implants – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Do you have damaged or missing teeth that you are tired of trying to hide? If you’re looking to improve your smile and self-confidence, dental implants can improve your smile and even make your teeth healthier. In fact, dental implants can be used for just one missing or damaged tooth or for  multiple tooth restorations.

In years past, the only solution to missing teeth was bridges or dentures. This was an uncomfortable and often inconvenient temporary solution. Dental implants are a permanent, surgical solution for people with missing teeth caused by either accidents or genetics.  Implants are a great alternative to those who were under the impression that dentures were the only solution.

Dental implants can be used for people who have missing, severely cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth. They can also repair the smile in those who are suffering from advanced and severe periodontal disease. The tooth is extracted and then replaced with a dental implant which is comprised of a titanium screw set in the jaw and a cap. The cap looks just like a natural tooth and with proper care can last a lifetime.

Your smile affects your confidence, and dental implants will restore your confidence by creating a smile that is attractive once again. Implants will also allow you to comfortable again while eating and talking.

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


Clear Braces for Straighter Teeth When Your Teen Goes Back to School - Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Does your teen need braces? Clear Braces may be able to help. At Today’s Dental of Boxborough we  offer clear braces instead of those metal brackets. Has your teen been self-conscious about getting braces? If so, clear braces can help.

Every ten wants straight teeth. But getting straight teeth often meant getting unattractive metal braces. Well, today, braces no longer need to be ugly. In fact, they can be invisible.  Clear braces are perfect for the teen who is uncomfortable by the look of their teeth or uncomfortable about getting metal braces.

Clear aligners are comfortable, affordable and effective. Best of all, they are  invisible. Clear braces use clear removable aligners so your teen can keep on brushing and flossing the way they normally do, keeping their teeth healthier and whiter than with traditional metal braces.

Because there are no brackets or wires, your teen can have confidence in their smile even while their teeth are being straightened.  Don’t let your teen be uncomfortable. With clear aligners they’ll have a happy, confident smile for their school photo this year.

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


Teeth Grinding in Children – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching is a common problem for children. Medically, this is termed bruxism and it affects at least 20% of kids. It usually occurs during sleep or when a child is under stress. Episodes last for about four seconds and happen approximately six times per hour during the night.

Kids may grind their teeth for different reasons, including improper alignment of jaws, as a response to pain such as teething, and stress. Studies have shown that kids with ADHD, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, and those taking certain medications are more likely to grind their teeth or clench their jaws.

If your child grinds or clenches his teeth, you should take him to the dentist. While grinding teeth often has no adverse effects and most kids grow out of it by adolescence, it can still cause dental problems and should be treated. Minor problems resulting in kids who grind their teeth are:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Painful chewing
  • Sore face or jaw
  • Grinding sound annoying other family members

More serious consequences of childhood teeth grinding include:

  • Worn down tooth enamel
  • Chipped teeth
  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • Facial pain and jaw problems, such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disease)

To help stop your child from grinding or clenching their teeth the dentists at Today's Dental of Boxborough may suggest a mouth guard specially molded to your child’s mouth. If teeth grinding is the result of stress, try talking with your child about his feelings regularly and doing soothing activities before bed.

For an appointment, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Invisible Dental Care Options For a Perfect Wedding Smile – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Summer is wedding season. If you are a soon-to-be bride or groom now is the time to have dental work done before the big day. You don’t want to be disappointed in your wedding photos. Before your wedding day there are invisible and effective dental procedures that can be done to improve your smile in just a few visits.

With so many invisible dental solutions you can be sure your wedding photos will be perfect.

In-office teeth whitening is the fastest, most effective way to a natural, white smile. In-office whitening ensures that teeth are natural looking. Over the counter teeth whitening products are not nearly as effective, fast-acting or long-lasting and won’t give you the smile you want for your big day.

If you have chipped teeth, spaced teeth, misshaped teeth or discolored caps or crowns then dental veneers are another invisible dental solution. Veneers create a beautiful white smile for your wedding day and beyond. These thin porcelain veneers adhere to the front of your teeth and, with proper care, can last a lifetime. They are used to elongate and brighten teeth and to make teeth more uniform for a beautiful wedding smile.

For your big day, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for more information on invisible cosmetic dental procedures for your big day.


Advantages of Dental Sealants – Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

By age 19, tooth decay affects nearly 70 percent of children. Left untreated cavities may result in pain and infection.

One highly effective option to help prevent cavities is dental sealants – a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of teeth.

Dental sealants have been proven a safe and cost-efficient dental procedure for patients prone to cavities. Even health care task forces are recognizing the benefits of dental sealants, recommending school-based programs.

Sealants on teeth can hold off tooth decay for an average of five to seven years. Studies show that many children are exceptional candidates for dental sealants. Parents should consider sealants as a preventive measure in their child's oral health and discuss this option with their dentist.

Dental sealants act as a barrier to "seal-off" space between the tooth surface and any small food particles or bacteria that may otherwise cause a cavity in an "unsealed" tooth.

Paired with brushing twice-daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, a healthy diet and visiting the dentist twice a year to monitor the sealants' placement or bond on the tooth, properly applied dental sealants are 100-percent effective in preventing cavities.

Benefits of dental sealants:

  • Paired with good oral health care, sealants are 100-percent effective against cavities in teeth that are sealed and properly maintained.
  • Minimally invasive, safe and effective preventive procedure.
  • Costs less than getting a cavity filled.

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

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Preventative Dental Care with Regular Check-Ups and Good Dental Habits – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Preventive dental care is all the things you should do to take care of your teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist regularly for cleaning and checkups.

When it comes to health of your body and of your teeth and gums, preventive dental care is important. Healthy teeth directly relate to your physical health and well being.

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps remove plaque from on and between your teeth. A healthy, low sugar diet helps keep your body, including your teeth in shape.

Regular dental exams and dental cleanings can help prevent tooth problems. Through regular checkups, you can detect and prevent larger tooth issues faster and for less.

You should see your dentist once or twice a year. The amount of yearly visits necessary depends on your dental health, your dental history, and your risk of dental disease. Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for help determining the frequency of dental visits that's right for you.