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Dentistry Under General Anesthesia for Kids– Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Todays Dental of Boxborough, Boxborough, MA Safety is of greatest concern for children receiving dental sedation. Dentists may recommend sedation for long, complex procedures and for patients who are especially young or nervous. Sedating a patient is a safe procedure, and parents can help reduce the risks and stress level for their child before, during and after the treatment.

Types of Sedation

Oral sedation, nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation are the major types of sedation dentists provide. Oral sedation is taken by mouth or through the nose as soon as the patient arrives at the appointment, as the medicine usually takes up to 20 minutes to work. Oral sedation doesn't put patients to sleep, but it helps them stay calm and relaxed.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, also helps children remain calm. A mask delivers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, and within five minutes, the patient relaxes and experiences euphoric feelings. At the end of the procedure, pure oxygen is given to the patient to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.

Intravenous sedation is delivered through a needle inserted into the patient's vein. Nitrous oxide is used to send the child to sleep before intravenous sedation is administered.

Safety Checks

For dentists, ensuring the safety for pediatric dentistry under general anesthesia is paramount. While sedated, the patient's blood oxygen level, blood pressure, temperature and heart rate are closely monitored. A patient who requires general anesthesia may be referred to the dental hospital.

Dental sedation is a safe and fuss-free procedure with the right preparation and proper care after it's over. By communicating clearly with your child's dentist, you'll provide the best possible experience for your child.

For more information on pediatric dentistry under general anesthesia, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.


Happy New Year 2017 from Today's Dental of Boxborough!

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 05, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughA fresh new year has arrived once again. It’s the time to be thankful for everything we have and for everything we have achieved in the past year. But it is also time to start new, start strong, and accomplish everything we want to do this year.

It is also time for us to say “Thank You” for our success last year. If you are an existing associate, we have enjoyed working with you. If we are just embarking on a new relationship with you in 2017, we look forward to the opportunity. We are excited for what we all can achieve in 2017.

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie

Happy New Year from Today's Dental of Boxborough!

Myths About Baby Teeth – Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Boxborough, MAWith so many years of dealing with your own teeth, you’d think that caring for your baby’s teeth would be no big deal. Yet there’s still a lot of confusion about what to do when teeth start coming in at around 6 months. Here we will answer some questions and dispel some common misconceptions.

MYTH: Baby teeth aren’t that important.

FACT: Yes, your baby’s primary teeth are temporary and will eventually fall out. However, they have many functions beyond looking adorable. Baby teeth are essential for eating and getting proper nutrition, for the structure of the face, and for holding space for the adult teeth to come in properly. If a tooth is lost too early because of decay, the other teeth could shift so there’s not enough space for the adult tooth to grow in, she says. Another reason those tiny teeth are critical: your baby’s speech development. They need those teeth to be able to eventually produce sounds like l, th, and sh.

MYTH: Teething can make your baby sick.

FACT: Although you may have heard that teething causes diarrhea, fever, and a whole host of other problems, recent research shows that any symptoms are actually quite mild. Gum irritation, drooling, and irritability are the most common symptoms associated with teething; some babies may also experience a slight rise in temperature. However, a true fever (100.4°F or higher) isn’t related to teething. If your baby has significant signs of sickness, contact your pediatrician.

MYTH: You should brush your baby’s teeth once daily.

FACT: Twice a day is better. It takes approximately 24 hours for the film of bacteria that causes cavities, commonly referred to as plaque, to build up enough strength to damage the tooth structure. It’s unlikely any person—child or adult—will get all of the plaque removed on once-a-day brushing. Therefore, we recommend brushing twice a day, to improve the likelihood of more thorough plaque removal. Before your baby has any teeth, clean her mouth and gums with a damp washcloth. Once the first tooth sprouts, switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush, and use fluoridated toothpaste sparingly. A small amount, the size of a grain of rice, is all you need. Use the same brushing technique you use: Put the toothbrush on your baby’s gum line and brush in small circles, making sure to get the front and back of every tooth. And don’t worry about dental floss yet: You can wait until there are two teeth that touch each other before you floss.

MYTH: Kids shouldn’t have fluoride toothpaste until they’re 2 years old.

FACT: This was once the thought, but experts now advise using a fluoride toothpaste right from the start. Fluoride significantly decreases the chances of decay. The reason fluoride was once delayed is because too much can affect the appearance of a child’s teeth, causing white spots or rough, pitted surfaces, and very young children swallow toothpaste instead of spitting it out. That’s why you should use only a small smear. Parents also often wonder whether they should use a toothpaste with a “baby” label. If the baby-labeled toothpaste does not have any fluoride, then it does not provide any cavity-prevention benefits. Technically, any fluoride toothpaste will have the same concentration of fluoride, but the flavor of kids’ toothpaste may be more pleasant. You certainly want to avoid adult toothpastes that have additional ingredients for things like whitening or tartar control.

MYTH: Babies can’t get cavities.

FACT: If you have a tooth, it can get a cavity. And even though your baby’s teeth will fall out eventually, that doesn’t mean decay is a small or temporary problem. If left untreated, a cavity in a baby tooth may cause the tooth to become infected or abscessed, which can cause pain and swelling. In addition, the permanent tooth is forming right at the ends of the root of the baby tooth, so any infection in the baby tooth can damage the permanent tooth, he says. In fact, one study found that children who had cavities in their baby teeth were three times more likely to develop cavities in their adult teeth. In addition to brushing, the most important way to reduce your baby’s likelihood of developing cavities is to avoid putting them to bed with a bottle of formula or juice, or breastfeeding him on and off throughout the night; the bacteria that cause cavities love sugar and carbohydrates. Also avoid sharing utensils with him or cleaning his pacifier with your mouth, which can pass on your adult cavity-causing germs to your baby. Contact a pediatric dentist if your baby shows signs of a cavity, which may include a white, dark brownish, or black spot that doesn’t brush or wipe off or a tooth that looks chipped or cracked (when no previous trauma has occurred).

MYTH: You should schedule the first dental checkup by age 3.

FACT: The American Academy of Pediatrics and the AAPD now both recommend that a baby see a dentist after they gets their first tooth or by their first birthday. About 60 percent of children in the U.S. have tooth decay by the time they’re 5 years old and it’s not uncommon for babies to show signs of early decay. At the first visit, the dentist will do an exam to evaluate your baby’s current cavity risk and talk with you about what you can do to keep her mouth healthy. After the first visit, your baby should have a dental checkup every six months or as recommended by your dentist.

For more information on caring for baby teeth, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Happy Holidays from Today's Dental of Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Boxborough, MAIt is once again "end-of-year" blog post reflection time.  If you are reading this blog post, you care enough about us and our business to invest a minute or two reading here.  That means a lot to us.  The primary reason for this blog is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of 2016, we hope that we have made a difference in many personal and professional lives. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.

It is our sincere wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and within the warm confines of family and friends throughout this Holiday season and throughout 2017. Cheers!

Happy Holidays!

-from all of us here a Today's Dental of Boxborough.

What You Need to Know About Pediatric Dentistry – Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Boxborough, Acton, MAUnfortunately children don’t come with a manual.  As parents we try to make the best decisions for their care but we don’t always know what the right answers are.  To help you with the care of your children’s teeth we have assembled the most commonly asked questions and, most importantly, the answers you’ve been looking for.

Why should I use a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

When should you child first be seen by a dentist?

It is recommended that children first be seen by a dentist within 6 months of when their baby teeth start to come in. This gives the dentist the ability to check for any issues with the child’s teeth that may have developed through nursing or bottle feeding. Early dental visits are also a great opportunity to get a child familiar with the dental office.

What is Fluoride and is it safe?

Fluoride is an important mineral for all children. Bacteria in the mouth combine with sugars and produce acid that can harm tooth enamel and damage teeth. Fluoride protects teeth from acid damage and helps reverse early signs of decay. Most municipalities in the state of New Jersey do not have fluoride added to their water. This makes it extra important to give fluoride supplements to infants and children as it acts to strengthen developing teeth that are forming below the gum line.

At what age should my child be brushing their own teeth?

As a general rule, dentists suggest you brush and floss your child's teeth for them until they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoes, usually around age 6. Even at that point you should still remain involved to be sure they are brushing properly.

How much toothpaste should they use?

While using a fluoride toothpaste is important, most young children are not able to spit out the toothpaste.  For this reason the ADA recommends using a "smear" of toothpaste on children once the first tooth appears and until your child is 3. Once your child has turned 3, a pea-sized amount can be used.

Is all toothpaste safe for children?

Parents should always use a toothpaste formulated specifically for children as adult toothpastes are too abrasive for a child’s softer baby teeth.

What are sealants and are they necessary?

Dental Sealants area thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. Sealants take just a few minutes to apply. It is a painless procedure that is usually done when the 6 year molars are fully in.

The doctors and staff at Today’s Dental of Boxborough are uniquely qualified, and willing to provide guidance on all your oral care questions.  For more information, contact us.

Holiday Dental Tips for Kids from a Pediatric Dentist – Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Pediatric Dentist, Acton, BoxboroughMaintaining good oral care for kids during the holidays can be tough enough with the bombardment of sugary sweets all season. The Holidays are full of food and drinks packed with sugar and calories, which can be bad for the kid’s oral health. However, pediatric dentists encourage parents to follow these helpful tips for kid’s healthy teeth.

Each year Americans spend nearly $9 billion on candy and much of that candy ends up on the teeth of the 41 million children ages 5 – 14 across the U.S. When it comes to keeping children’s teeth healthy, not all treats are created equal.

Sweet and sugary food and drinks activate the naturally-occurring bacteria that live in our mouths. These bacteria feed off the sugar and produce the acids that harm teeth. Instead of weighing down the Christmas table with cookies, candy and other Christmas favorites, balance it out by providing alternatives. Make sure there’s a veggie tray with crunchy carrots, celery and broccoli. The natural crunch can help clean teeth in between sugar cookies.

Christmas is traditionally a break for children and adults from school and other commitments. While this is a great time to relax, too much down time can mean overindulging in sweets. Engage family members and friends in games or toys received during the holiday. Offer sugar-free chewing gum while they play to keep both mouths and hands busy!

Dr. Anna Kalmanovich is a pediatric dentist in the Acton, MA area who specializes in providing the best treatment available in a comfortable and caring environment. For more information or to make a dentist appointment for your child, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Teeth Whitening and Oral Care for the Holidays – Acton, Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Today's Dental of Boxborough, Acton, Boxborough, MANow is not a time to ignore your oral health.  Not only do the summery treats eat away at your precious pearly whites, but they cause staining and bad breath, too. Don’t grab a teeth whitening kit from the store, they often cause more harm than good. This is especially the case with people who already have sensitive teeth.

“Bleach” those teeth

White teeth will boost your confidence greatly, but over-the-counter teeth whitening products can also increase the sensitivity of your teeth. However, in-office teeth whitening won’t cause this harm. Instead, it will get deep into the teeth to lift unsightly stains, while leaving your mouth pain free

Be nice to your mouth

When you’re running from place to place, sometimes oral hygiene can slip your mind. Make it priority! Think about it: brushing, flossing and rinsing doesn’t take too much time at all. Get rid of bad breath, keep your teeth sparkling white and eliminate any unwanted bacteria. Your mouth with love you for it - as well as all the people you may run into!

For more information on professional teeth whitening and oral care, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Professional Teeth Whitening For a Gorgeous Holiday Smile – Boxborough, Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Today's Dental of Boxborough, professional teeth whiteningNow that the holiday season is here, you want to look your best. Holiday pictures, class reunions and get-togethers are incentives to find a way to improve our appearance and our confidence. Teeth whitening is a fast, easy and effective way to improve your smile and take years off your appearance.

Many people choose over the counter teeth whiteners because they think that this is easier than in-office teeth whitening. With all the whitening products available over-the-counter, such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, and related products it can be confusing. But, all have similar complaints: from blisters, to skin peeling inside the mouth, and permanent taste-bud damage. Store-bought whiteners do not use custom trays which leaves the chemicals in the products to irritate your mouth and gums.

Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening, which means that over-the-counter whitening products can leave your teeth looking worse.  Fillings and dental reconstructions can stain, but can’t be whitened or brightened which means you may end up with teeth that are darker than the rest.

Professional teeth whitening is convenient, fast and the procedure is performed by a dental professional in a safe environment for better, longer-lasting results.  In-office teeth whitening procedures have the best, longest lasting results and can whiten teeth up to 9 shades.

Today’s Dental of Boxborough gives you a bright, natural looking, white smile just in time for the holidays. Find out if teeth whitening is the right for you by consulting us first. To schedule a consultation, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Pediatric Dentists to Take Care of your Children’s Teeth – Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Children also struggle with dental problems. Pediatric dentists are trained to work on children’s teeth, from young babies to teens. In fact, dental decay is the leading cause of missing school in the nation.

The best way to avoid this is to take your child for periodic dental checkups at a pediatric dentist. If you child is suffering with tooth decay or teeth issues they cannot eat properly or sleep comfortably.

A Pediatric dentist will know the best to take care of a child who needs dental care and is more able to care for a child who has a fear of the dentist. The offices of Today’s Dental of Boxborough are designed to make your child comfortable. Kids need to be comfortable at a dentist office and pediatric dentists understand a child’s behavior.

Pediatric dentists know how to explain and treat children’s teeth. When your child is comfortable and knows what to expect they will have less fear and the dental procedure will go more smoothly and the dentist can perform the job easier and faster.

Pediatric dentists have extra training and are more able to care for pediatric patients effectively and efficiently.  With a pediatric dentist your child will have a better and more comfortable experience which will help to encourage a healthy respect for dental care and future dental appointments to make good habits for the rest of their life.

You don’t want your child to grow up fearing the dentist, or having bad experiences at the dentists office. Healthy dental habits as children will result in healthy habits throughout adulthood.

End your search for a pediatric dentist office near Acton, MA contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Dental Insurance Benefits: Use Them or Lose Them – Acton, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Here we are approaching the holiday season. Many dental insurance plans are just sitting there with benefits unused and poised to go to waste as soon as the clock strikes midnight on December 31. In fact, dental insurance companies make millions of dollars off of patients who never use their insurance benefits, because unbeknownst to the consumers, many of these plans provide coverage up to a certain dollar amount annually.

But insurance companies certainly aren’t going to alert customers, and most patients are too busy to study how much remains on their policies. So we are here to get the word out to our patients. It is our gift to you this holiday season.

First, identify if you have unused insurance benefits. Have you had two dental cleanings this year? Ask your dentist if you need new dental x-rays as well.  See if the office can check their computer estimates to find if you still have unused dental insurance benefits available to you. Unfortunately, you will lose those benefits if you do not use them by the end of the year. Today’s Dental of Boxborough wants to help you secure the insurance coverage available to you on every dental procedure you schedule, and this is an excellent time to take care of any hygiene visits or dental treatments that you might have been putting off.

For more information on general dentistry or to make an appointment, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.