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Make Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health Fun for Kids – Boxborough, Acton, Maynard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Part of the responsibility as parents is to get our kids to learn good dental hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. Sometimes this can be a frustrating chore.  Up to age 12 you should try to continue to supervise your kids brushing and flossing at least twice daily.

You can make this process fun and easier on you and your children. But the reality is that kids won't do anything unless it's fun. So how do you make brushing, flossing and pediatric dental care fun for kids? Try these tips to help make brushing and flossing as much fun as possible for your children:

1. Get your kids a fun, good quality, electric toothbrush - Make sure to ask your pediatric dentist which is recommended for kid’s teeth.

2. Make brushing into a contest - Ask your dentist for disclosing solution, or visit your local pharmacy. This solution or tablet will show you exactly how effective a job was done in brushing their teeth. Make a game out of this every now and then and give them a small reward for doing a great job. This will make it fun and hold your children accountable.

3. Make a reward system - Whether it's a little every day reward or one every week, create some sort of incentive for your kids to brush and floss like they should. Maybe it's a TV show or movie that they can watch, a delicious  healthy treat, or a sticker or prize.

4. Have kids brush to their favorite song - This can be fun for and it can keep them brushing for longer  since most songs are at least 2 minutes.

5. Brush together - Take advantage of this time and brush your teeth with them. This will be fun for them and it will give you the ability to supervise their brushing.

In recent years, children's cavities have been on the increase. Make sure your kids don't end up falling into this negative trend and make brushing and flossing fun for them by utilizing some of these simple but effective tips. For more information on pediatric dentistry, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Happy New Year from Today's Dental of Boxborough!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 03, 2014

We would like to thank all of you, our patients, for allowing us to be part of your lives. We wish you a wonderful, warm and prosperous 2014!

If we have had the pleasure of providing you with a pediatric dental care, traditional oral health care or cosmetic dentistry procedures, we hope that you were provided with the best care and the highest level of customer service that you have come to expect from us. If you find that you are looking ways to improve your smile and your dental health in 2014, we hope that you consider Today's Dental of Boxborough to provide you with any of your pediatric dentistry or dental health needs.

It is our sincere wish that all year long, you are surrounded by warmth, family and friendship. From all of us here at Today's Dental of Boxborough, have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

A Dentist Passionate About Dentistry - Boxborough, Acton, Maynard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dr. Ben from Today’s Dental of Boxborough takes dentistry and children’s dental health very seriously. Two times per year for one week, Dr. Ben ventures to underprivileged countries, like Honduras and Guatemala, where there is no formal dental care.  His passion for dentistry has led him to partake in missionary trips where he can help others who do not have the luxury of dental care.

During his first trip, he accompanied a team of medical doctors and was the only dentist to make the trip. For many of the local villagers, Dr. Ben was the first dentist they had ever seen in their life. As a result he spent one week pulling hundreds of teeth a day. People traveled hundreds of miles and sat in line for days to meet with Dr. Ben to get them out of pain.

On his most recent trip, Dr. Ben was accompanied by other dentists as well as an anesthesiologist. As a result he was able to perform more extensive and comprehensive  dental procedures. He was able to save many teeth in the children and young adults. He performed dental procedures such as root canals and cosmetic dental restorations.

If you are interested in choosing a children's dentist in Boxborough and the surrounding area that is passionate about dentistry, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Sedation Dentistry Cures Dental Anxiety – Boxborough, Acton, Maynard

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 19, 2013

Many people suffer from dental anxiety. Their heart begins to race when just considering heading to a dentist appointment. In fact, about 20% of Americans suffer from dental phobia or fear of the dentist. So relax, you are not alone.

People who cannot solve their dental anxiety issues will not receive the best dental care because they choose to neglect their dental health unless a problem arises. Unfortunately, this often means more trips to the dentist that will most likely last longer and cost more. By not getting the preventative dental care necessary, those who suffer from fear of the dentist may inadvertently end up with more dental anxiety because their visits tend to be for dental procedures rather than for easy and pain free dental exams and cleanings.

Dental health is essential to the health of your teeth, jaw and mouth as well as to your overall physical health. At Today's Dental Of Boxborough, we can help patients get past their dental anxiety with sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry offers patients with dental anxiety a safe, comfortable way to receive dental treatment by offering different methods of relaxing before and during their appointment.

Dental fear is nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it a reason to neglect your dental health. We respect your fear of the dentist and, with sedation dentistry, we strive to make your visit more comfortable. Sedation dentistry can help you put aside the very real fear of the dentist’s office. If fear has kept you from your dental appointments, now you can get the proper dental care you need. For more information, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

A Children’s Dentist takes Proper Care of Your Child’s Teeth – Boxborough, Acton, Concord

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 12, 2013

It is important to take proper care of your child’s teeth. Not only to keep your child’s teeth healthy, but also to instill the right dental habits for life. Children’s dentistry is actually more important than just aesthetics. A healthy, happy smile helps develop self-esteem in your child which creates a foundation for a confident adulthood.

But oral health is important as well. Pediatric dentists are specifically trained to treat teeth in babies, toddlers, tweens and teens. By finding potential oral health problems and issues early, you can prevent larger (and more expensive) issues down-the-line. In fact, in some cases, being treated by a pediatric dentist can allow your child to forgo orthodontic treatment in their formative teenage years.

Pediatric dentists are able to work with your child, creating a healthy relationship between kids and the dentist’s office. This allows for regular and proper care of your of their teeth and gums without fear, creating good dental habits for the long run.

Caring for children’s teeth includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing and routine dental exams. It also includes regular necessary dental treatments like fluoride, extractions, fillings, and more.

Help your child achieve good health, start with healthy teeth and gums.  Poorly developed and teeth can result in poor nutrition, toothaches and infections, and problems with speech development.

In addition to regularly seeing a pediatric dentist, proper  care of children’s teeth includes:

  • Brushing at least twice daily and especially before bed.
  • See a pediatric dentist 2 times/year.
  • Permanent teeth should be flossed every night before bed.

For a pediatric dental visit, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Children’s Dentistry and Good Oral Health Habits Help with School - Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Poor oral health can affect children in many ways. Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school and reduced self-esteem.

What parents can do to support oral health in kids:

  1. Have your child seen by a dental professional when they get their first tooth or by their first birthday
  2. Brush at least two times daily
  3. Limit the amount of sugary snacks.

Students with preventable or untreated oral health problems may have trouble concentrating and learning, have frequent absences from school or develop permanent disabilities that affect their ability to learn and grow.

Children who take a test while they have a toothache are unlikely to score as well as children who are not distracted by pain.

Poor dental health in kids has been related to decreased school performance, poor social relationships and less success later in life. Children experiencing pain are distracted and unable to concentrate on schoolwork.

Children are often unable to verbalize their dental pain. Teachers may notice a child who is having difficulty attending to tasks or who is demonstrating the effects of pain, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, depression and withdrawal from normal activities. However, teachers cannot understand their student's behaviors if they are not aware that a child has a dental problem.

Children with chronic dental pain are unable to focus, are easily distracted and may have problems with schoolwork completion. They may also experience deterioration of school performance, which negatively impacts their self-esteem.

Left untreated, the tooth pain and infection can lead to problems in eating, speaking and learning.

If a child is suffering pain from a dental problem, it may affect the child’s school attendance and mental and social well-being while at school.

School nurses report a range of oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, malocclusion (poor bite), loose teeth and oral trauma in children.

When children’s acute dental problems are treated and they are not experiencing pain, their learning and school-attendance records improve.

For more information on children’s dentistry and how good oral health habits can help in school, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for a Healthy, Youthful Smile – Boxborough, Acton, Hudson, Maynard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry is the process of creating a healthy, natural, stunning smile. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective, but with such an emphasis on a youthful appearance, cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular elective cosmetic procedures today.

The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to turn a smile you are not thrilled with into a smile you love to show off. There are many procedures that can help you turn crooked, stained, or gapped teeth into a straight confident smile: dental implants, dental crowns, dental veneers as well as invisible fillings and teeth whitening.

Your smile is how you present yourself, it puts your best face forward and it is your first impression. Now, you can capture all of the potential that a beautiful smile has to offer. Boost self-confidence and self-esteem with a perfect, natural looking smile.

The first step in cosmetic dentistry is to determine what you are looking for in your smile. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is functionality along with enhancing beauty. We will work with you, and give you the smile you are looking for along with facial harmony using the shape of your face, width of your smile, and your teeth.

Enhancing and improving your smile can be as easy as whitening your teeth, or more complicated using dental implants. Regardless of the process, we will help you achieve the youthful smile you want. We will help you make the right decisions on the dental processes you choose. At Today’s Dental of Boxborough, it is our goal to make you comfortable and to answer all of your questions.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your self-confidence, improve the health of your teeth, and give you a youthful smile. Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough to get the smile you have always wanted.

A Misaligned Bite Can Affect Children’s Overall Health – Boxborough, Acton, Hudson, Maynard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

We want our kids to live the healthiest lives possible. We take care of their physical health and ensure that they are happy. Parents bring them to regular dental appointments and teach them to brush and floss. But, did you know that an improper bite can impact our kids’ physical health?

When a child’s bit is off, their entire body can become misaligned. This carries over into adulthood.  In fact, over 75 million Americans have a misaligned body due to an improper bite.

The term ‘misaligned teeth’ does not refer to straight teeth. Children’s teeth can be straight and still be misaligned. We are referring to your bite. How your teeth come together, along with the with the muscles and joints of your jaw, is what we are referring too when we talk about “your bite”.

All of the muscle and bones in the body are related to each other. If your child has a misaligned bite, they can have a misaligned body affecting the sleeping habits, their sports performance and their posture. All can have an effect on their physical health.  So, if your child’s jaw is out of line, causing an improper bite, the discomfort can start affecting the outside of their face, as well as their head and neck, causing headaches and migraines.

By re-aligning the muscles of the face, jaw and neck the causes of regular headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and jaw discomfort can go away. This also results in a more attractive appearance, boosting your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence, changing their way of life, their future, and how they live. Do you want your child’s bite evaluated? Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Pediatric Dentist for Your Childrens’ Oral Health – Boxborough, Acton, Maynard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It is hard to choose a dentist for your kids. But pediatric dentists are the right kind of dentist for your children. Children have completely different emotional and physical needs. A pediatric dentist can build a comfortable, trusting relationship with your child at a young age. This fosters great oral health habits for life.

Children need to learn about the benefits of good dental health, beginning with brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits twice a year. Getting kids to understand that they need to brush morning and night is not so hard, but visits to the dentist may be more challenging. Pediatric dentistry makes explaining this much easier on parents.

It is difficult for parents to convince their child to go to the dentist. Additionally, many kids are afraid of the dentist. If your child has a fear of the dentist, don’t use this as an excuse to put off their dental appointment. Oral and dental health is very important in children and neglecting it can- and most likely will- lead to serious oral health and teeth problems as well as other health problems as an adult. Choosing a children's dentist in Boxborough can help your child overcome their fear of the dentist. For a child the dentists’ office should be comfortable and fun!

Talking to your children about the importance of dental health will have very positive results. Talk to your kids and tell them why it is important to visit the dentist. But at the same time, be sure they don’t hear you complain about your own dental visits!

Pediatric dentists try to make dental visits as fun as possible. In fact, at Today’s Dental of Boxborough we use Audiovisual distraction which has been shown to reduce patient anxiety and pain during dental procedures. We offer a special video headset for our young patients. A child will enjoy any movie or cartoons during the treatment from our selection or you can  bring in their favorite DVD.

At Today’s Dental of Boxborough our personnel cater specifically to the emotional and physical stage your child is in. Our communication style has been carefully implemented to ensure a pleasant experience for your child and your family. Contact us with questions or for an appointment today.

Pediatric Dentist who Focus on the Needs of Young Teeth – Boxborough, Acton

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Pediatric Dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people. Very young children, pre-teens and teenagers all need different approaches in dental care and it dealing with their dental fears and anxiety, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems.

The pediatric dentist who completes two or three additional years of rigorous training in addition to a four year dental school curriculum, is the best qualified dentist to meet your family’s needs.

Are you looking for a dentists’ office that specializes in dental care for children and teens? Today’s Dental of Boxborough specializes in preventative and cosmetic dentistry as well as interceptive orthodontics for children and young adults through their teenage years. It is important to relieve kids of dental anxiety with a dental office  that has an atmosphere where children feel comfortable and safe.

Preventative dentistry is an approach to keeping patients cavity-free and giving them a healthy, beautiful smile. To do this, high-tech dentistry is used. The most advanced and high-tech equipment and materials help keep our patients cavity-free and comfortable.

Like pediatricians, Today’s Dental of Boxborough only treats children. Because of this, we are able to keep current of the latest diagnostic and treatment procedures for young people. We are experienced at communication, growth modification and other techniques used to promote the establishment of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. We will monitor your child’s dental condition regularly to provide the highest level of prevention and treatment.

For more information, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.