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Winter Weather Can Cause Toothaches and Sensitivity

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When tooth enamel wears down or the gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is very sensitive to temperature changes. If something too hot or too cold touches this part of your mouth, you’ll feel some pain.

But you aren’t just at risk for this type of discomfort because of your diet. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you experience when you bite into ice cream. Take a look at how the cold can affect your teeth, how this relates to winter weather, and what you can do to fix aches and sensitive teeth or nerves.

Can Cold Weather Make My Teeth Hurt?

Yes, cold weather can make your teeth hurt. In response to extreme heat and cold, your teeth expand and contract. Over time, this can lead to cracks in your teeth, exposing the vulnerable microscopic tubes beneath your enamel. This is the same tooth pain you feel because of cavities, gum disease, and other bad oral habits.

This layer below the enamel is called dentin. It’s the “core” of your teeth, with the enamel covering the top of this layer and the gums covering the bottom portion. Unfortunately, the dentin is covered in nerve fibers. Therefore, any problems with your enamel or gums, such as periodontal disease, could leave you vulnerable to cold weather pain.

Weather sensitivity can occur regardless of how well you care for your teeth, but you’re at greater risk if you don’t practice good oral hygiene and live in an area that has extreme temperature swings. To minimize sensitivity, you should learn about the common causes for sensitive teeth and what you should do when you notice pain because of the cold weather.

Common Culprits Responsible for Seasonally Sensitive Teeth

Your dentin could be exposed for a number of reasons. People often wear down their enamel or suffer from receding gums and tooth sensitivity because of one of the following reasons:

Periodontal disease: Diseases of the gums, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone can expose the dentin and cause sensitivity. Gingivitis is one of the earliest stages of periodontal disease.

Brushing too vigorously: You may think that you need to bear down hard to remove surface stains, but brushing with too much force can start to wear down your enamel.

Clenching and grinding: Some people may clench or grind their teeth in their sleep. This can wear down tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity.

Tooth decay: Sensitivity to cold is an early sign of an undetected tooth decay problem. If you start to experience tooth pain, go see a dentist.

Tooth whitening agents: Have you started using a new tooth-whitening agent? The ingredients that make your teeth whiter may strip past surface stains and start wearing down your enamel. If the agent starts hurting your teeth, stop the treatment and consult with your dentist.

Acidic beverages: Sodas, coffee, tea, and other drinks with a high concentration of acid, such as juices, can erode your teeth and expose the dentin layer.

Other lifestyle habits: Other bad oral health habits, such as using tobacco products or not brushing or flossing properly, can cause your gums to recede. When this happens, the dentin at the base of the gums is exposed and can lead to temperature-sensitive teeth.

Try These Fixes for Your Sensitive Teeth

If you’re experiencing sensitivity, a dentist may recommend one of these fixes for your sensitive teeth:

A fluoride application: Fluoride is a natural mineral that a dentist can apply to your sensitive teeth. This application strengthens the enamel and thus prevents sensitivity because of exposed dentin.

Covering root surfaces: A dentist can apply a sealant to fix problems with receding gums.

Making a mouth guard: If you clench or grind your teeth, a dentist can make a mouth guard to prevent you from damaging your teeth in your sleep. This can help with jaw pain as well.

Root canal treatment: During a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the soft pulp inside the damaged tooth. This is recommended to fix issues with deep decay or a cracked or chipped tooth.

When to See a Dentist

You should see a dentist whenever you experience tooth sensitivity. This is also necessary if you need a more complex solution, such as a mouth guard. A dentist can also determine exactly which teeth are exposed to sensitivity and recommend an appropriate treatment or prescribe a special toothpaste or similar product. Finally, if your teeth are especially sensitive, a dentist can schedule a root canal, filling, or other advanced procedure.

Whether you’re just starting to struggle with sensitivity or always have issues in the cold weather, it’s worth visiting your dentist and finding a solution to resolve your pain.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.

Invisible Fillings Instead of Silver

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWhen it comes to cavities, the most common material used to treat and fill them is silver amalgam fillings. When you think of fillings, most people think of silver because it has been used to fill cavities for over 150 years. Amalgam is one of the most durable restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam is affordable and it can endure for years, but…it doesn’t look good. Invisible fillings are made from composite resin that matches your natural tooth color. This means that no one will be able to see you fillings when you choose composite or invisible fillings.

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Previously they were only used to restore the front teeth, but as technology evolves, they have become stronger, so today they can be used on any teeth.

Today's invisible fillings look more natural, are stronger and tougher, and are more versatile. This means they can be used to restore small- to mid-sized cavities, reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth, and replace silver amalgam fillings There are additional benefits to composite fillings. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.

For more information on invisible fillings, contact Today’s Dental.

Cosmetic Dentistry Will Improve Your Smile and Your Life

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MACosmetic dentistry improves the overall appearance of your teeth. While there are health benefits, cosmetic dentistry is mostly for aesthetics. However, there are several other benefits such as improved self- esteem and self-confidence, and a beautiful smile that makes a lasting, positive first impression.

The cosmetic dentistry performed by Today's Dental has helped numerous patients to improve their confidence with a few modifications to their teeth. These patients have achieved a smile they never thought possible. Many of these patients are public personalities, however, many are people who want to improve their smiles in order to get the new job, promotion, or improve their quality of life.

Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants are just a few of the procedures to make your smile what you want it to be in 2019. This year, make the change to improve your life with cosmetic dentistry and make your smile last forever.

With the rising popularity of cosmetic dentistry the procedures have become more attainable.Today's Dental believes in educating you on all the procedures that would work for you so that you can make the best and most informed decision. Cosmetic dentistry varies from traditional dentistry, so it is important that you choose a dentist with a great reputation and who is educated in the most recent technologies.

For an expert in aesthetic dentistry for that stunning smile using the latest technologies and techniques contact Today's Dental.

Happy Holidays from Today's Dental

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 24, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAOur warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Today's Dental. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Teeth whitening for a Brighter Smile in the New Year

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MATeeth whitening has become increasingly popular. While it is possible to whiten your teeth at home, getting teeth whitening treatments professionally done is a faster, better way to get a healthy looking bright smile for the holidays. In fact, it is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform your smile.

As the New Year approach, everyone wants to look and feel their best. Teeth whitening can get you that Hollywood looking smile for the party season. At Today's Dental we create custom tooth whitening trays and provide professional strength gel to brighten your smile. For a longer lasting, more natural looking white smile. Once your teeth whitening is completed, there are ways to maintain your healthy white smile.

Eating food that is firm or crisp are known to help clean teeth as they're eaten. Apples are considered to be ‘nature's toothbrush’ and are a great way of cleaning teeth on the go or at lunch time when you are at work and unable to brush your teeth. Other choices include raw carrots, celery, and popcorn. All of these foods are known as 'detergent' foods, as the rough edges act as a cleaner to remove bacteria from the teeth. Try to make these the final foods you eat in your meal if you know you won't be able to brush your teeth right after eating.

Calcium, specifically cheese, is also known for helping to maintain healthy white teeth. Cheese speeds the neutralization of acid and remineralization of enamel. Less damage to our enamel equals fewer discolorations. In addition, cheese is also high in calcium which is known for strengthening bones and teeth. For a healthier alternative, milk and yogurt act in the same way.

Wash away the stains. Water is vital for great oral health. Water acts as a natural cleaner and has the power to wash away bacteria and residue left on the teeth after eating so be sure to drink a glass of water after every meal.

Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular and is the most cost-effective way to change your smile. In-office whitening begins with a consultation, you are then provided with the most effective, state of the art whitening product, and custom whitening trays to use at home. Only qualified dental professionals can legally and safely supervise bleaching using these stronger products, you can be sure that you are in safe hands!

Chewing gum is beneficial when it comes to maintaining a white smile this season. Sugar-free chewing gum helps to clean teeth mechanically by removing debris, and it stimulates production of saliva, which increases your saliva’s ability to neutralize acid and remineralize your enamel, ultimately strengthening teeth.

Lifestyle choices can cause stains on your teeth and affect your smile with smoking being one of the biggest causes of teeth decay and discoloration. The nicotine and tar in the cigarette result in teeth darkening, losing their natural white. Stop smoking.

Try to avoid dark colored foods and drinks such as coffee, balsamic vinegar and red wine. These are also notorious for causing discoloration in the naturally white teeth enamel.

For more information on teeth whitening, contact Today's Dental.

Dental Treatments Can Improve Your Personal and Professional Life

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAA study was conducted that focused on adults who had recent dental treatment. The results of the survey showed that adult cosmetic dental treatment contributed to significant improvements in both personal and professional lives.

75% of those surveyed attributed their improved personal or career relationships to newfound self-confidence and their new smile. 92% of the respondents would suggest dental treatment to others. Before treatment, patients were concerned with questions such as “Am I too old?”, “How will I look?” and “What will others think?” However, after their dental treatment, an overwhelming majority no longer had such concerns.

This survey shows that a healthy, beautiful smile can be a critical factor when it comes to personal and professional success. Adults are seeking cosmetic dental treatment in record numbers and cosmetic dentists encourage anyone, at any age, to consult a professional to learn if they could benefit from cosmetic dentistry. It’s never too late to have healthy teeth.

Over the years, there has been an increase in adult patients, ages 18 and older, seeking cosmetic dentistry. More adult men were also reported to be seeking dental treatment, according to the study. In fact, results show 44% of adult patients were male; a 29% increase from the previous study results.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.


Teeth Whitening So You Can Smile with Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Today’s Dental of BoxboroughThe first thing people notice about you is your smile. It is your foot forward, your greeting. And nothing says healthy and confident like beautiful white teeth. A white smile is more attractive, more confident, and younger looking. If you don’t genetically have a perfect, white smile, you can have one anyway. With dental technology today, it has never been easier to get radiant white teeth. There are over-the-counter, do-it-yourself options available, but none professional whitening services cannot be matched.

Do your homework and choose an effective, long lasting and a healthy option for your teeth.

The color of your teeth is affected by your daily habits. Various products from toothpastes to whitening strips are effective only for surface stains and typically give you one shade lighter improvement. Generally, they don’t make big impact on the color of your teeth.

In all products, the strength of the ingredients can differ significantly. Whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, whitening strips and whitening gels are the most common. These products that are available over-the-counter are lower strength versions and your dentist can help you decide if they are right for you. The major difference between at-home products and in-office whitening products is the strength of the solution. In office teeth whitening is five to 15 times stronger. Therefore, your dentist can get your teeth whiter, quicker, and make it last longer.

Additionally, in-office whitening ensures that your gums are protected from bleaching agents. Gums are very sensitive, and using an improperly fitting, one-size-fits-all store kit mouthpiece is asking for problems. A dentist will reduce the contact between the solution and your gums.

For more information on in-office teeth whitening, contact Today's Dental.

Do you Have Sensitive Teeth?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo you have sensitive teeth? Does ice cream or hot coffee cause you pain? Is brushing or flossing uncomfortable sometimes? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” you may have sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth is caused by many things, but some of the possible causes may be tooth decay (cavities), cracked teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root. Whatever the cause of your tooth sensitivity, you don’t need to suffer, all of these issues are treatable.

A layer of tooth enamel protects the crowns of your teeth, or the part of your tooth above the gums, when your teeth are healthy. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.

Dentin is less dense than both enamel and cementum. It contains microscopic hollow tubes or canals and when dentin loses its protective covering of enamel these tubules allow heat and cold foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity which can be painful or at best, very uncomfortable.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest one of a variety of treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
  • Fluoride gel. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
  • A dental crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
  • Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.

Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask Today's Dental if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or if you need treatment for tooth sensitivity.

Oral Health for Better Physical Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAIt is never too early to start safeguarding your physical health and appearance. None of us can stop the clock, but there's plenty you can do to keep yourself looking and feeling as good as possible. Invest some time and money in well-being routines now and your future self will thank you: you'll save yourself the stress of potentially expensive and time-consuming treatments further down the line. This includes taking care of your teeth and gums.

When it comes to establishing how best to care for your personal health, choosing the right products is important. A recent study was done to find out how adults spend their money, when it comes to health and fitness.

The survey revealed that taking care of oral health is seen as a top priority for most people. Teeth are the number one concern for most people (35%) in terms of their general health and well-being. A third of respondents (33%) said they were most likely to spend their money on toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash, to keep teeth healthy and their breath fresh, and to make sure their smile looks good.

This survey makes for encouraging reading because, in terms of safeguarding your future health, oral hygiene is hugely important. Gum problems can often lead to an unwanted session in the dentist's chair, and can prove expensive to treat too. But by taking care of your gums at any age, you're helping to protect yourself against problems that can affect your looks and avoid big problems down the line.

It's vital to look after your skin and body, too. Daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing will undoubtedly pay dividends, helping to keep skin smooth and hydrated. Regular facial massages can also make a difference, improving circulation, enhancing muscle tone and improving surface skin cell renewal. Caring for your teeth and skin will keep you younger looking longer.

Spend time now, save money later

Dental treatments can be costly and gum problems can start at any age. Preventing the onset of gum problems is the best way to invest in your future oral health. Use a great-quality toothpaste twice a day to help reduce and help to prevent gum problems.

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You Can Make Seeing the Dentist Easy for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAToo many kids are scared or nervous about visiting the dentist. But, with your help, dental visits can be a positive and fun experience for your kids. At Today's Dental, we have pediatric dentists, specific for children’s dentistry. Our staff will spend a lot of time with your kids to help them feel comfortable and understand what they can expect. You can help us make their next dental visit a successful one by working with us to accomplish this goal!

Before your child’s dental visit:

  • Use positive encouragement when answering your kids’ questions.
  • Avoid using negative words like pain, hurt, needle and shot. These words make kids scared and anxious.

After your child's dental visit:

  • After treatment is completed, you can help continue the positive experience by praising your child and referring to the fun time they just had.
  • Don’t ask negative questions after the appointment like: Did it hurt? Were you scared? Did you get a shot? These comments could make your child think that there was a reason to be afraid even though they were cooperative and had a good time. It might also make them afraid of future visits.
  • If your child receives any kind of anesthesia, assure them that their “tickly” or “sleepy” tongue will go away in no time. Most kids don’t mind the numbness, and some even think it is fun – that’s a good thing.

For more information on pediatric dentistry, contact Today's Dental.