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Stop Tooth Decay - Boston, Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tooth decay affect millions of men, women and children. People become susceptible to the factors causing rotting teeth virtually the moment that their first baby teeth appear. The cause of rotting teeth is complex. But for sure, if it is left untreated, a rotting tooth is destined to become a dead tooth.

Tooth decay and rotting teeth the result of the demineralization of tooth enamel by the acid-producing bacteria that normally grow the human mouth. This is process is how cavities and rotting teeth appear discolored and translucent. In so-called "best-case" scenarios, the acid responsible for rotting teeth will create a small dental cavity. In worst-case scenarios, the acid will eat through the enamel and dentin into the pulp of the tooth producing first a toothache and then a dead tooth.

The amount of sugar and starchy foods you eat consumption creates the perfect environment for the growth of the acid-producing bacteria responsible for rotting teeth. This partially explains the alarming number of children who experience decayed or rotten teeth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 6 out of 10 children in the U.S. will have a least one cavity filled by age 5. This is linked to:

  1. the omnipresence of sugary snacks;
  2. bottles of juice, milk, or formula to drink during the day or overnight;
  3. inconsistent oral hygiene.

Preventing rotten teeth takes common sense and commitment. The key to avoiding rotting teeth is reducing the amount of cavity-causing bacteria and dental plaque in your mouth. This requires a real commitment to good oral hygiene, including

  • Brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day
  • Using tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride
  • Flossing daily
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash
  • Cutting back on starchy and sugary foods
  • Increasing saliva flow by chewing xylitol gum
  • Regular dental cleanings by a dentist DDS, DMD or dental hygienist

For more information on dental hygiene and preventative care, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Options for Replacing Missing Teeth – Acton, Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

There are many options for replacing missing teeth, single or multiple teeth. Dental implants generally have the most going for them, but the other options definitely have their place as well.

Dental implants. Implants have revolutionized the world of tooth replacements. One of the greatest advantages that implants have over bridges is that they stand alone - they don't require any cutting or alteration of adjacent teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to secure a denture in place. Dental implants allow bone growth in the area of the missing tooth/teeth. Without the implant acting as a placeholder, the bone recedes over time, making it difficult to hold a denture in place.

In addition to these benefits, a dental implant cannot get cavities or decay. The success rate of single dental implants is as high as 98% over the long term. Compare that with a bridge which has at least two teeth that can decay causing failure of the entire unit.

Bridges. Fewer bridges are done now because of the benefits of dental implants, bridges still represent an important way to address gaps in your smile from missing teeth. A bridge relies on the strength of the surrounding teeth for support and for that reason, it is even more important than ever to take care of your teeth after getting a dental bridge.

Dentures. This is a removable solution (it comes in and out of your mouth) and is usually reserved for cases where there are several missing teeth. For a single tooth, most people don't use this option unless it is a temporary fix until something more stable can be done.

For more information on your options for replacing missing teeth, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

In Office Teeth Whitening vs. At Home Whitening – Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Do-it-yourself teeth whitening methods aren't the same as getting your teeth whitened by a dentist. You'll want to consider a few important differences.

Strength of bleaching agent. Over-the-counter products and dentist-supervised at-home products usually contain a lower strength bleaching agent, with about a 10% to 22% carbamide peroxide content, which is equivalent to about 3% hydrogen peroxide. In-office, professionally applied tooth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide in concentrations ranging from 15% to 43%.

Mouthpiece trays. With dentist-supervised at-home bleaching products, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and make a mouthpiece tray that is customized to exactly fit your teeth. This customization allows for maximum contact between the whitening gel, which is applied to the mouthpiece tray, and the teeth. A custom-made tray also minimizes the gel's contact with gum tissue.

For more information on in-office teeth whitening, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Seasonal Allergies can Affect Your Oral Health – Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When allergy season is in full swing, your dental health may not be on the top of your mind. But a case of hay fever can make an impact on your teeth and gums. Here’s what to look out for and how to protect your mouth.

Tooth pain

Sinus pain is a common symptom of your immune system waging war on pollen and dust. The hollow spaces in your head fill up with mucus, causing aches and pains in your face. The maxillary sinuses, the largest sinuses in your face, are located above your mouth. When pressure builds in these sinuses, it can push down on the roots of your upper molars. You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold or notice pain that shifts as you sit, stand or lie down.

Try antihistamines to see if you can get any relief. If your toothache goes away after taking antihistamines, the tooth is likely allergy-related. But if it persists after your allergy symptoms disappear, or occurs somewhere other than your upper molars, talk to your dentist. The pain may be caused by decay.

Dry mouth

Allergies can cause dry mouth in two ways. First, you’re more likely to breathe through your mouth when your nose is stuffy. Second, many antihistamines include dry mouth as a side effect. This condition isn’t just uncomfortable — it also increases your chances of developing cavities, gum disease and bad breath. One of the main functions of saliva is to wash away harmful bacteria. That means a dry mouth is the perfect place for cavity-causing bacteria to multiply.

Sore throat

An irritated sore throat is a common result of allergies, caused by postnasal drip. This sore throat can cause bad breath, but since it originates in the throat, brushing your teeth won’t do much to help.

What to do

Follow these tips to keep your dental health in check.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water to keep your mouth and body hydrated. Not only can this counteract the effects of dry mouth, it can also help your body flush away the excess mucus.
  • Gargle with salt water. Dissolve a tablespoon of salt water in a glass of warm water. Gargle and spit until all the water is gone. The salt can help draw mucus out of your sinuses, relieving your symptoms. It also cuts down on harmful bacteria in your mouth and throat, reducing the effects of bad breath and plaque.
  • Keep brushing and flossing. A serious attack of allergies is no excuse to slack on your oral health routine. Regular brushing and flossing are especially important when you’re experiencing dry mouth, so make sure you’re brushing twice and flossing at least once a day.
  • Treat your allergies. Controlling your allergies can help reduce their impact on your mouth. Avoid known triggers, and talk to your doctor about long-term treatment options, such as prescription medication or allergy shots.
  • Talk to your dentist. Continue going to scheduled dental appointments. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, mention it to your dentist. Your dentist can help you figure out whether it’s allergy-related or caused by other problems.

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

What is Sedation Dentistry? – Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

If you suffer from dental anxiety, or a fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry may be the answer. You certainly do not want to put off dental visits, this will just result in bigger dental problems  with larger costs – down the line.

But what is sedation dentistry? There are many different types of sedation dentistry. There is oral medication (pill), Nitrous Oxide (gas), intravenous sedation — and combinations of each.

Levels of sedation include:

Minimal sedation: You are awake but relaxed; generally used for a patient that is just mildly fearful. This can be achieved through pills or Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” This is the only form of sedation where you can drive yourself to and from the office.

Oral sedation: Minimal sedation that is achieved through ingesting a pill. The pill is usually taken an hour before your dental procedure and will make you drowsy, but you will still be aware.

Depending on the dose of oral medication given, one can achieve a range from minimal to moderate sedation. While oral sedation offers a deeper level of relaxation than Nitrous Oxide, it is difficult to adjust the level since the pill does not take effect immediately.

Intravenous sedation: This is the greatest development for fearful dental patients. You will receive sedative drugs through a vein, which goes into effect quickly and can be adjusted continually. You are very relaxed, but still conscious enough to maintain your protective reflexes, respond to stimulation, and breathe on your own.

Another type of intravenous sedation under general anesthesia. While under general anesthesia you are unconscious, and not responsive to any stimulation. You are intubated and your breathing is assisted by a ventilator.

For more information on Sedation Dentistry contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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How to Choose the Right Dentist – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No matter what age you are, going to the dentist should be a regular part of your health routine.  However, many people put off going to the dentist and many don’t have a regular dentist.

Putting off regular dental exams is not a good idea. In fact, dental disease does affect your overall health and can ultimately lead to more invasive dental procedures and more expense down the line. You may put it off because you have been going to the wrong dentist for years. Your dentist is like a shoe, they have to be the right fit for you.

You need to feel comfortable with your dentist and your dentist office. Many people have an innate fear of the dentist, but the fact is that taking care of your mouth and teeth is imperative. So you need a dentist who can be informative and relaxing, and in cases of dental anxiety, you need a dental office that can provide sedation dentistry.

Choose a dentist office with the latest in comprehensive dental care with expertise in restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, general cleanings, and TMJ pain. This way, no matter what comes up you have an office that can handle it all.

When searching for a new dentist, here are some suggestions.

It’s not as easy as seeing who is in your insurance provider pool. Ask friends and relatives for their recommendations, read reviews, and pay attention to how you are treated over the phone when you make the appointment. During your appointment, be sure that the dentist explains any necessary procedures and why you need those procedures.

For more information on a comprehensive dental office in Boxborough, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Improve Your Smile, Your Love Life, And Your Self Esteem – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

If you are unhappy with your teeth, you are not alone. According to a study, more than 1/3 of American adults are unhappy with their smile. But with today’s dental technology, you no longer have to be the victim of genetics. You can have the smile you want.

If you want a new love, a new job, a promotion or if you just want make a life change and are unhappy with your teeth, read on because you can make a change.

Thirty six percent of those people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, especially young adults, believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth and a better smile. In fact, 48% of Americans between 18 and 24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they don’t like their smile.

Additionally, the study found that bad teeth represent the biggest dating turn-off among men and women. According to the study, 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. In fact, 22% of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love live.

On a professional level, 78% of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. But, on top of that, 14% of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job.

Cosmetic  dentistry treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options such as clear aligner trays, lingual braces, and ceramic braces. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and it's important for adults to know that they are never too old for dental treatment.

For more information on improving your teeth and changing your smile, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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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.


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!


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.

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.