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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.

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.

Pediatric Dentists for Good Dental Health Habits in Kids – Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Caring for your child’s teeth should begin as soon as the teeth arrive. This goes a long way in making sure your child’s teeth stay healthy, and in instilling good dental habits in your kids.

When you help kids care for their teeth early, brushing and flossing, then good dental habits are formed too.

Children's dentists also help.

Typically kids are exposed more often to sugary food and drinks early and more. Caring for kids teeth early ensures that you can help counteract the damage that sugar can do to kids’ teeth. Diet and oral hygiene at home are the biggest factors in preventing dental problems in children down the road.

Usually, the first tooth appears at 7 or 8 months. For parents who aren’t comfortable putting a toothbrush in their baby’s mouth there are also rubber fingertip devices available to clean baby teeth.

By age 3 years, you can let your child do a little teeth brushing on their own. But make sure you monitor to ensure that the job is done thoroughly.

Pediatric dentists also help form good dental habits in kids because they are specifically geared and educated for treating all kids, from infants to teens. Children’s dentists are able to treat kids without the standard fear of the dentist. Because there is little to no fear or anxiety related to going to the dentist, the habit of regular dental appointments is formed.

In other words, dental visits when kids are young increases their comfort level and make future visits easier.

To best help a child learn good dental care habits depends on the parents’ ability to establish a routine. For more information on children’s dentistry in Boxborough, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Dental Veneers That Look Natural – Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Dental Veneers are increasingly popular, with celebrities leading the way with beautiful teeth leading more and more people to choose this cosmetic dentistry procedure.

The treatment involves filing down your natural teeth to place porcelain veneers on top of each tooth, and if done well, the result is a beautiful natural white smile which can truly transform your face and appearance.

Many celebrities have beautiful natural looking smiles, while others choose those that are too big or too white, making their smiles look manufactured and unnatural. Here are some tips when considering dental veneers to keep them looking natural and nice.

Do your research - Take your time researching different cosmetic dentists that offer veneers. This is a lifelong investment, so you want to make sure you find a dentist that will offer you the very best treatment. You may not need an entire mouth of veneers, only a few veneers may be required to create the desired effect.

Ask questions - At a consultation; don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want to gather as much information as possible and a good dentist’s office will take the time to answer all the questions you may have. Plus you want to be prepared for what the treatment involves and how to care for them.

Think of the long term - Having dental veneers fitted is a procedure that should be thought about in great detail before going ahead. Veneers typically need to be replaced every 5-10 years, so you need to plan for this also.

Go for a natural look - When having veneers fitted, be sure that they are natural looking. During your consultation, ask the dentist to show you past case studies as well as explaining what the veneer tooth will look like, selecting veneers that will enhance your face. You veneers should be shaded to match your teeth, mimicking the beauty of natural enamel.

Be realistic - When considering the finished article, you need to be realistic in terms of what can be achieved. Veneers are designed to enhance your smile so it is important to have realistic expectations.

Quality - When considering the best dental practice to go to for the cosmetic treatment, consider the price. This will be a telltale sign of the quality of treatment. Don’t be tricked into going for the cheapest deal you find; this is an investment and you want to have confidence that you will be delighted with the end results.

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

Pediatric Dentists Teach Good Oral Habits for Life – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry lays out strong arguments for why parents should start taking their children to the dentist before they turn 1.

Topmost among those reasons: Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic infectious disease among U.S. children. It can lead to all sorts of long-term health problems and adversely affect a child's development.

The good news is that it is preventable.

Why is introducing an infant to a dentist is a good idea? What does that first visit typically entail? What are some tips on getting children off on the right foot when it comes to oral health?

Pediatric dentists have a couple extra years of training with young patients, and that's important when it comes to setting children and their parents at ease during what can be a scary experience.

Not surprisingly, first exams with infants are really more about educating parents, along with examining the baby's mouth.

Mostly, though, at these first appointments, parents will learn tips on building good oral habits, on brushing a baby's teeth, on how much fluoride your child should get information about thumb sucking, sippy cups and pacifiers. That first visit should happen within six months of the time the first tooth pushes through the gums, and no later than 1 year.

Pediatric dentists in Boxborough, MA continue coaching parents as their children grow. Rest assured that if your children cry during tooth brushing sessions at home, you are not hurting them. Babies and children just must get used to it.

Parents sometimes give in too easily when a child fusses or cries, which only serves to cement the notion that tooth brushing is negotiable.

If it seems too much to add tooth brushing to the pre-bed routine of bathing and reading to a child, keep his or her toothbrush in the kitchen and brush right after dinner.

It is also good to get babies in to see a pediatric dentist by the time they are 1 because it ensures that they have a ‘dental home. The younger they start, the more they'll feel comfortable when they come in at 2 or 3 and then for the rest of their lives. A dentist is a long-term relationship.

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

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Beautiful Wedding Photos with Invisible Dental Care - Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 23, 2016

June is almost here, and June is wedding season. If you are a soon-to-be bride or groom now is the time to get dental care. Don’t be disappointed in your smile. For your wedding there are dental procedures that can improve and beautify your smile in just a few visits.

In-office teeth whitening is the fastest, most effective way to get a natural, white smile for your wedding photos. Professional teeth whitening ensure s natural looking teeth. Over the counter teeth whitening products won’t do the job or get you the smile you want for the photos of your big day.

Do you have chipped teeth, spaced teeth, or slightly discolored teeth? Dental veneers are an invisible and effective way to create a beautiful healthy smile for your wedding day. Dental veneers are permanent, thin porcelain veneers that adhere to the front of your teeth. Then can brighten your teeth and make them more uniform for a smile that you want to show off.

For your wedding day, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for wedding photos that you will love to look at.