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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.


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.

Dental Crown FAQs Answered

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWhat is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or "cap," is a tooth-shaped restoration that is made by a machine. It is designed to cover and strengthen the entire tooth.

Why might I need a dental crown?

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a tooth that has had a root canal, or one that has had a large filling, to help keep the tooth strong for biting and chewing. Crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. A crown may also be recommended to protect a weak, broken, or discolored tooth.

What types of materials are used to make crowns?

Metal Alloy - gives a silver appearance. Metal crowns are very strong and therefore tend to last longer than other crown materials.

Porcelain (including Ceramic and Glass-Like materials) - the most natural looking and the color can be designed to closely match surrounding teeth. Because it is not as strong as metal, porcelain crowns may break or fracture due to heavy biting or grinding.

Porcelain Fused to Metal - Covering a metal crown with porcelain creates a more natural looking crown. The metal provides an additional level of strength to the crown, even though the porcelain may still be prone to fracture.

What is involved in getting a crown?

Getting a dental crown typically takes two dental office visits. Today's Dental create precise shapes and sizes for dental restoration including bridges and crowns. We use this technology to design the anatomical features, size, and shape of the tooth.

An image of your mouth and gums allows us to draw the precise design of the tooth restoration giving you a perfect fit. This first step creates the “thimble” which sits over the tooth against the gum. Then an artisan layers the ceramic over the thimble in order to create the life-like look.

Will I need a root canal if I get a crown?

No, not all teeth that get crowns need to have a root canal. Typically, teeth that have had a root canal treated do need to have a crown placed on the tooth.

For more information on dental crowns, contact Today's Dental.

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Invisible Braces Let You Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo you or your teen need braces? Invisible braces are a clear, more comfortable alternative to braces. For teens and adults, clear aligners are a popular alternative because they straighten teeth while being invisible. With clear braces, you can smile with confidence no matter what your age.

Invisible braces are as effective as metal braces, but the clear plastic aligners are removable allowing you to more easily care for your teeth. Remove them while you eat, brush and floss. Clear braces make dental care easy and more effective than traditional braces.

Too many teens and adults who need braces lose confidence while they are wearing metal braces because they are embarrassed by their smile. In fact, this is the reason why too many adults forgo straightening their teeth with traditional braces.

At Today’s Dental we see more patients deciding to take better care of their teeth through clear braces. Did you know that crooked teeth can lead to other dental health issues? This is why we are happy to provide an option to traditional braces. Healthy teeth are important to your dental and overall health.

No longer do you need to avoid getting braces. With invisible braces, patients don't have to hide their smile while straightening their teeth.

In many instances, clear braces can straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time, and with less dental visits than regular braces. For more information on invisible braces, or to see if you are a candidate, contact Today’s Dental.

Regular Dental Checkups Can Save You Thousands

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAIt might sound crazy, but spending $100 on your teeth can actually save you thousands. How? First let's look at what $100 covers. The average cost of a dental exam and cleaning is $50 - $135. If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket expense may range from nominal to nothing for basic dental care services including X-rays.

Now let's go over how this can actually save you thousands.

If you have dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer, regular dental visits give your dentist a chance to catch it early on. That's key. Because the earlier your dentist diagnoses a problem the easier it is to treat. For example, if you have gum disease and let it go unchecked (and untreated) for too long, you may need extensive -- and expensive -- gum disease treatment. Regular dental checkups allow you and your dentist to stay ahead of problems, which can translate into thousands saved.

A professional dental cleaning is also a must because it's the only way to effectively remove tartar (hardened plaque). Even if you brush and floss regularly, that’s not enough. Besides looking unsightly (tartar is a "stain magnet" and often has a brown or yellowish tint), tartar also contains cavity-causing bacteria. Preventing the need for a mouthful of fillings every year easily adds up to thousands saved in the long run.

Perhaps one of the most important reasons to invest in regular dental exams and cleanings is that it has a positive impact on your overall health. Recent studies have shown that there’s a link between periodontal disease and heart disease; when the former is present, the latter is twice as likely.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease can have a domino effect on your health. The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and attach to your heart's blood vessels, causing dangerous blood clots. Another scenario is that the plaque buildup caused by periodontal disease can cause the heart's blood vessels to swell.

In this way, regular checkups and cleanings are not only money-saving but life-saving. And that’s priceless.

For a dental appointment, contact Today's Dental.

Teeth Whitening Products that Are Not As Safe As You Think They Are

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Celebrities and TV personalities all have white teeth. As a result, Americans are infatuated with the idea or a sparkling white smile. Teeth Whitening is the most common cosmetic procedure performed today. There are plenty of options to choose from as well, from teeth whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and mouth washes to in-office teeth whitening procedures.

But there are some things you should know.

Some of these over the counter whitening products have not been tested and there are lawsuits that are pending for materials that have actually caused gum trauma or caused the tooth to actually dissolve.

Teeth are porous. Dark food, drink and smoking all stain teeth and cause them to stain and darken. Bleaching causes teeth to be more porous. This means, that once you begin bleaching your teeth, your teeth are more porous than when you started, so dark food and drinks, like coffee, wine and tea, can stain your teeth even more.

Many people find that if they stop teeth bleaching, their teeth eventually regress to a shade worse than it was before they started because the bleach makes tooth enamel more porous.

Going to a dentist for an in-office whitening procedure is safer. The American Dental Association said in a report that bleaching is generally safe when done under the guidance of a professional.

At Today's Dental we fabricate custom tooth whitening trays and provide professional strength gel to brighten your smile. Custom whitening trays are made specifically for your teeth, whitening the front, back and in between for better results. Additionally, because they are custom fitted, there is no damage to your gums.

In-office teeth whitening last longer as well. Under your dentists supervision, whitening results can last up to 2 years with good hygiene and lower exposure to staining foods or beverages. With periodic touch-up applications and regular dental hygiene visits, your whiter, brighter smile will last indefinitely.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.

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Teeth Grinding: Causes and Preventative Care Steps

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Whether you're stressed or just anxious, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism , comes in many shapes and forms. And while the occasional grinding doesn't hurt and is quite common, constant grinding can wear down your health in more ways than one.

The worst part of the condition is that it can be difficult to know whether or not you're affected. Why? Because most grinding occurs during rest, meaning that while there are symptoms of a dental issue, it is not immediately apparent what the cause is.

By understanding the causes of and preventative care for bruxism, you can find relief from the condition and ensure that both your teeth and your general health are as vibrant as possible.

What is Bruxism?

Put simply, bruxism is a condition characterized by the clenching and grinding teeth. Most often, the condition affects individuals at night in a condition specified as sleep bruxism, however it can also occur during the day.

For many, the condition goes unnoticed but when symptoms begin to surface, the issue becomes more obvious. Symptoms may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which is often loud enough to wake others
  • Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth
  • Increased sensitivity of the teeth
  • Soreness or tightness in the jaw or face
  • A dull headache or earache
  • Ringing in the ears known as tinnitus

Why Does Bruxism Occur?

Bruxism is a quite mysterious. In fact, many health professionals find it incredibly difficult to identify a specific cause for the condition.

However, several psychological and physical causes have come to the forefront:

Emotions – Anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration, can trigger bruxism.

Coping or Focus Strategy – Some clench or grind teeth to alleviate pressure or help them focus. While this often occurs during the daytime, individuals may still be unaware that they're doing it.

Oral Structure – Individuals with poor teeth alignment, also known as malocclusion, may develop bruxism.

leep Conditions – Individuals with sleep apnea may also experience bruxism as part of their condition.

Other Medical Complications – Grinding can also be caused by specific psychiatric medications, complications from other medical disorders, and even acid reflux.

There Are Three Major Treatment Options You Can Turn to for Relief

If you suffer from bruxism, there's no need to fret. Some individuals actually grow out of the disorder, whereas others suffer such minimal disruption that no treatment is required.

But if you must seek treatment, rest assured that you have options:

Dental Approaches – A visit to your dentist can give you access to splints and mouth guards to prevent damage to your teeth. Of course, you can also consult your dentist to determine if misalignment is causing your problems and, if it is, you can determine an appropriate treatment solution.

Therapies – For bruxism due to psychological factors, stress management, behavior therapy, and/or biofeedback may help address the underlying cause and eliminate teeth grinding in the process.

Medications – Medications aren't a common treatment for bruxism but in some extreme cases, doctors will prescribe muscle relaxants or Botox injections to relax the muscles and prevent grinding.

As a disorder that manifests most commonly during sleep, it can be incredibly difficult to recognize what is causing your discomfort or dental complications.

By better understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of bruxism, you can ensure that you find the relief you need, protect your smile from damage, and rest easy knowing that grinding isn't wearing down your health. For more information, contact Today's Dental.

Dental Implants: What you Need to Know

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Today’s Dental of BoxboroughDental implants are a good long-term solution to replacing lost teeth. Patients need to consider their options and make educated decisions when they are deciding between bridges and implants.

1. An implant beats bridges or dentures

Bridges, dentures, and implants replace missing teeth.

A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and prone to decay. Dentures often have fit problems and can interfere with taste. For an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and a prosthetic tooth is attached. A proper implant has no physical downsides and has good longevity.

2. Implants are more expensive generally.

One of the biggest ‘problems’ patients see with implants is the cost. Implants are rarely covered by insurance. But when considering cost you need to consider value. Implants are a permanent, long-term solution that exactly matches your existing teeth. Implants are for the rest of your life, and can replicate your teeth in appearance and functionality.

If you need an implant near a nerve or sinus cavity, it's worth paying for a dentist who has specialized training.

3. Not all implants are equal

Most dentists use implants made by the original Swedish manufacturer; studies have found that these implants have high success rates (90% or more).

There are also some newer, generic implants that are cheaper but may not have been studied yet. So ask your doctor what kind of implant he uses and the success rate he's had with it.

4. Timing can also help

Implants are usually a two-part process -- first putting in the implant, then covering it with a crown six to 12 weeks later.

If you know you need one, schedule the initial procedure at the end of a calendar year, then have the crown put on in the following year. That way you can use two years' worth of your pretax flexible spending account at work to pay a chunk of the cost. You'll reap as much as 30% savings if you're in a high tax bracket.

For information on dental implants, contact Today's Dental.

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Your Smile is Your Best Asset

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

The first thing people notice about you is your smile. Nothing is as noticeable as a beautiful set of teeth. White smile are more attractive and they present a more healthy appearance. If you have not been born with a perfect smile, you can get one fairly easily.

It has never been easier to get that beautiful smile, from teeth whitening to dental veneers to one day dental crowns, you can get that smile with minimal dental visits.

In office teeth-whitening gives you results that are not available over the counter. They are also safer and more effective than over the counter whitening products. In office whitening also protects your gums from ill-fitting trays and bleaching agents. Gums are very sensitive, and using an poorly fitting whitening tray is asking for gum trouble. A dentist will give you custom-made whitening trays which reduces the contact of the solution and your gums.

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are adhered to your teeth. Veneers can give your teeth the appearance of being larger or brighter, they can also cover uneven, discolored or chipped teeth.

Whatever dental procedure you choose to improve your smile, be sure you talk to your dentist and choose the procedure that is an effective, long lasting and a healthy option for your mouth. Contact Today's Dental.

Back-to-School Dental Tips for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA

Your child may have the latest wardrobe, school supplies and sports equipment for the new school year, but does she have a healthy mouth and the tools they need to maintain it?

A dental examination for kids is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. 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 dental 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 aisle 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 information on your child's dental health contact Today's Dental.