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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.

For more information, Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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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.