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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.

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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