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Why it is Important to Bring Children to a Pediatric Dentist – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When kids are young, they look up to their parents. Kids try to mimic their parents’ actions and take every opportunity to do what they do. If your child is hesitant about going to the dentist, it may help if you begin taking them to the same dentist that you yourself visit. What usually interferes is that children require a specific pediatric dentist to properly care for their constantly changing dental needs. Luckily, multi-specialty dental practices like Today’s Dental of Boxborough has a team of highly-trained dentists specializing in a variety of dentistry subcategories.

Parents can get all of their general and cosmetic dentistry needs fulfilled while being assured that their children’s complex needs are being met as well. Here are three reasons why it’s important to bring your child to an experienced pediatric dentist:

Physical Differences – Since children’s teeth are at very different stages of development, a pediatric dentist needs to be trained in a wide variety of situations to decide the right course of action when treating a child. Knowing how baby teeth will affect a child’s permanent smile is a vital skill while assessing if or when a child should be referred to an orthodontist. This decision is made easier by multi-specialty practices.

Comfort – Since many children have anxiety about going to the doctor or dentist, it’s important that your child goes to a specialist trained to provide care and comfort along with expert dental care. A general adult dentist might be more cold and clinical and can have trouble connecting to children on a personal level.

Habits – Another important aspect of pediatric dentistry is educating young patients on how to develop proper brushing and flossing habits that will last them a lifetime. Children also are naturally curious about everything in their world, including their teeth, so a pediatric dentist is there to answer any and every question that a child may have. Pediatric dentists generally have much more patience and better bedside manner than general dentists.

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


Malocclusion of Teeth: What is it, What Causes it, What are the Symptoms? Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Occlusion refers to the alignment of your teeth. Your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing and none of your teeth should be rotated or twisted. The teeth of your upper jaw should slightly overlap the teeth of your lower jaw so that the points of your molars fit into the groves of the opposite molar.

Malocclusion is when this does not occur. If the teeth are misaligned, they will not be able to perform vital functions and can cause health problems. Alignment of the upper teeth is needed to prevent the cheeks and lips from being bitten, while alignment of lower teeth is needed to protect the tongue.

Malocclusion of teeth is also known as: crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite, or open bite.

Causes of Malocclusion?

Malocclusion is typically inherited. In fact, only 30% to 40% percent of the population has perfectly aligned teeth.

However, there are some conditions or habits that may alter the shape and structure of the jaw to cause malocclusion. These include:

  • cleft lip and palate
  • the use of a pacifier after the age of three
  • the prolonged use of bottle feeding in early childhood
  • thumb sucking in early childhood
  • injuries that result in the misalignment of the jaw
  • tumors in the mouth or jaw
  • abnormally shaped or impacted teeth
  • poor dental care that results in improperly fitting dental fillings, crowns, or braces

Symptoms of a Malocclusion

Depending on the classification, the symptoms of malocclusion may be subtle or severe. Typical symptoms of malocclusion include:

  • improper alignment of the teeth
  • alteration in the appearance of the face
  • discomfort when chewing or biting
  • speech problems, including the development of a lisp
  • breathing through the mouth rather than the nose

Next week in this blog post, we will discuss diagnosis and classification of malocclusion as well as treatment and prevention.

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

Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth for a Great Smile – Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year. You have probably heard that song “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”. Well in is not too late. You can, is possible to replace missing teeth with dental implants.

Dental implants are a great breakthrough for restoring missing teeth. The concept is simple. A titanium post is placed in the area of the missing tooth, acting similar to a tooth root that can be restored with a dental crown.

Though the process takes time, there are many great advantages of placing a dental implant. First, your teeth are stabilized within bone and act as a scaffold for this bone. When a tooth is lost, the bone can be resorbed and lost. Because the dental implant actually fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration, the bone in the area of the missing tooth can be preserved. Also, a successful dental implant is fixed within the bone such that it can function as a tooth and be cared for with regular brushing and flossing. Finally, dental implants can be used to restore large areas of missing teeth when used as the foundation for dental bridges or for retaining dentures.

Today’s Dental of Boxborough can help you replace your missing teeth with dental implants. There is nothing better than a great smile. For more information, contact us.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Boxborough – Boxborough, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Boxborough.  We would like to thank our patients and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2014. We wish you a wonderful and prosperous 2015!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in oral health care and pediatric dentistry, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and the patient care you desired. If you are moving to the area, or thinking about changing dental practices in 2015, we hope that you consider Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship. From all of us here at Today’s Dental of Boxborough, have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

Sincere best regards to you all.

Skip DIY Teeth Whitening - Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cheap DIY teeth whitening "can leave you with teeth of an 80-year-old": Some products are so strong they can strip away enamel.

  • Teeth-whitening is now very popular with people looking for Hollywood smile
  • But leading dentist says some beauticians use swimming pool bleach
  • Also warns against kits available claiming they don't work

Over-the-counter whiteners promise a perfect smile at a fraction of the price of professional teeth whitening treatments.

But cheap teeth-whitening methods and DIY remedies can do permanent damage to your teeth.

Some are so harsh they strip away the enamel, leaving healthy young people with dull brown teeth usually only seen in the elderly.

A leading cosmetic dentist, said: ‘You only get so much enamel in your life and once it has gone, you are in serious trouble.’

Teeth-whitening has become increasingly popular as regular folks seek the Hollywood smile sported by celebrities.

He said they are so desperate for white teeth they ignore warnings and will use any and all products. "People want white teeth and will move hell and high water in an attempt to get them."

Others are putting their faith in cut-price treatments offered by beauticians and hairdressers or in kits bought over the counter.

Budget bleaching sessions are at best useless and at worst dangerous. Research shows that only hydrogen peroxide and derivatives of it, such as carbamide peroxide, whiten teeth.

However, some beauticians use chlorine dioxide, which is better known as swimming pool bleach.

It eats away at the enamel, exposing the dentine below, which looks brown. Also, patients should be warned against buying kits online. Some contain five times as much whitening agent as needed.

They will whiten teeth but also leave them extremely sensitive.

Some people are under the impression that the citric acid in strawberries and lemon juice whitens teeth. Strawberries do not whiten teeth, while too much lemon juice just damages enamel.

For professional teeth whitening, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Early Orthodontic Treatment , When to Start it – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 05, 2014

Like in any medical field, early treatment is important in ensuring results. So when should early orthodontic treatment for children first be considered? Phase I treatment for children should generally begin around age 7, when several permanent teeth in most children have come in. This allows dentists to effectively evaluate a child's orthodontic condition.

Previously held beliefs that patients should wait to visit with the orthodontist can result in even more difficult orthodontic treatments for the patient.

A Phase I orthodontic examination generally answers five questions: Whether a problem exists, how it can be corrected, if teeth removal is needed, how long treatment will take, and how much treatment will cost. Most Phase I treatments to last between 12 and 21 months, with checkups occurring every 6-10 weeks. These checkups allow Team Orthodontics to monitor a child's facial growth, bite, and amount of dental crowning.

The primary objective for Phase I orthodontic treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe, and to improve self-esteem and self-image. In some cases, a child may require a second phase of treatment, which usually spans between 12 and 20 months. This phase generally involves braces on all of the permanent teeth. It is best to assume a child will need braces even after Phase I treatment.

So, what does this all mean for adults who never received orthodontic care as a child but may now need it? A surprising percentage of patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness, and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is 'too old' to wear braces.

For more information on early orthodontic treatment, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Take Advantage of Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year -Boston, Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving is here and the end-of-the-year is right around the corner. The end-of-the-year means your dental benefits will be expiring.

Too many people do not take advantage of their annual dental insurance benefits letting them expire at the end of each year. What many people do not realize is that even though their coverage may not pay in total for certain dental procedures, most dental plans fully cover routine dental care. Also, if you know that you are going to need extensive dental work done, you can plan your dental visit for later in the calendar year, like October. Your dental benefits will renew again at the first of the year. This makes it more affordable to have procedures such as root canals and crowns done, by using the available benefits from two calendar years towards one or two major procedures.

Dental insurance benefits often made available to employees through employer's health insurance, PPO, or HMO plans. Unlike regular medical insurance plans, most dental insurance plans do not offer large amounts of coverage or cover as many expenses. You are usually allotted a pre-determined maximum amount of coverage per calendar year per person covered under the plan. Now is the time to begin or schedule extensive dental work if you need it.

As a general rule, most dental insurance plans offer coverage at 100% on preventative dental care such as routine exams and teeth cleanings. Be sure to have your dental office contact your dental insurance carrier prior to having any work performed, this way you will understand the potential out of pocket expenses that may be involved.

To make the most out of your dental insurance benefits, make sure to get your annual dental check ups and cleanings that are fully covered. Keep in mind that an ounce of prevention in regards to dental care could save you much out of pocket expense that your dental insurance may not cover.

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


Dental Implants Give You a Confident, Natural Smile for the Holidays – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 20, 2014

The holiday season is fast approaching. You want to enjoy all of the seasonal get-togethers, and snapping photos is a big part of the festivities. If you’re not comfortable with your smile, now may be the time to fix that. If missing teeth have you hiding your smile, dental implants could be the solution to enhance your outward appearance and restore function.

If you suffer from missing teeth, whether from genetics or an accident, a dental bridge may not give you the natural feel you want. Dental implants give you the confidence of a natural tooth, along with a healthy bite. This is a permanent fix.

Dental implants give you the ability to have natural looking teeth that are comfortable and that you can be confident in. They taste and chew food as well as a natural tooth would.

A dental implant is an artificial root inserted into the jaw to replace a tooth, much like its original, natural structure, and very strong.  The dental implant is made out of medical grade titanium, very similar to any sort of knee or joint replacement.

The process starts with 3D X-rays to diagnose the exact problem, then surgery can be done the same day. If a tooth needs to be extracted it can be, and the dental implant can be inserted any time after that.

A custom mold is created for each patient.  The dental implant has three parts: an anchoring root, an abutment and a crown;  just like a tooth which is prepared for a crown and then you put the tooth on top of it.

Patients can undergo sedation dentistry if they are worried about feeling any pain. Dental implants can be an option for one or two missing teeth, or the entire mouth.

Be thrilled to be showing off your full smile again this holiday season.

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

Kids Need Regular Dental Check-ups – Boston, Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 14, 2014

Every child is unique, but children’s healthcare plans tend to follow the same schedules. Nowhere is this more true than in pediatric dentistry, which follows that general rule that says children are seen once every six months, starting at age 1. However, recent research shows this model has many problems.

A 2010 survey published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal found that 7.5 million children ages 6 to 12 experienced a toothache within a six-month period; one in seven children reported having pain associated with a toothache. These toothaches also affected the child’s performance at school.

Children from low-income families were especially impacted by toothaches, which caused about a third of elementary school absences among children from low-income families. Students who reported experiencing pain from toothaches were four times more likely to have a grade point average of under 2.8. The most common cause of toothaches is tooth decay, which can be reversed with preventive care.

The president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), says, “We're reaching epidemic proportions of a rapid form of tooth decay especially in younger children, often from disadvantaged backgrounds”.

Two reports cite the American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry’s (AAPD) guideline for the regularity of kids visits to dentists. The AAPD guideline supports an increase of preventative care, especially frequent fluoride varnish applications to children who are high risk for dental caries. Providing fluoride treatments frequently can reduce cavities by 30%.

Not only does increasing preventive care help decrease the epidemic of tooth decay, it is also highly cost effective. Fluoride varnishes provide a return of 65 cents per dollar spent and follow-up care for children who already had cavities provides a return of 77 to 88 cents per dollar. It is also approximately 10 times more expensive to provide inpatient dental care for dental caries than to provide preventive care.

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

In-Office Teeth Whitening for Faster, Better Results – Boston, Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 06, 2014

Today we put much emphasis on bright white teeth. Everyone wants them and with access to so many teeth whitening products, white teeth are no longer only available to the rich and famous. But do over-the-counter teeth whitening products really work?

Brushing your teeth with a strawberry and baking-soda mixture  — which "The Dr. Oz Show" and YouTube videos have touted as a natural, cheap, easy, do-it-yourself way to brighten teeth — does not actually whiten teeth, and may even weaken them, new research shows.

In the past, lemons had also been advocated as tooth-whitening agents. However, researchers very soon discovered that the high concentration of citric acid in lemons made their juice acidic enough to potentially erode teeth.

Studies were also done with three other groups of human molars, which they subjected to other teeth-whitening remedies — over-the-counter whitening strips, prescription tooth-whitening products and a procedure mimicking professional teeth whitening at a dentist. All of these methods produced discernible, yet very different whitening results over different lengths of time.

However, for the most productive and effective solution, in-office teeth whitening is best. In-office whitening jump starts the process. Then you are sent home with custom trays and whitening agent to finish the job in the comfort of your own home.

In-office teeth whitening brightens the entire tooth, not just the front. Also, because it is applied in the dentist’s office and then with custom trays, in-office teeth whitening is better for your gums and the other soft tissue in your mouth.

For a more effective and faster solution to natural looking white teeth, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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