Todays Dental of Lunenburg Blog

Curing Bad Breath Through Better Oral Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MAWe have all met someone with bad breath, we have also all wondered about our own breath at one time or another. In social, professional, or personal situations, oral health is important in making connections and in developing our own self-confidence.

Of course there are certain foods that, after being eaten, can cause bad breath; onions and garlic in particular. However, even if you avoid these foods you can still have bad breath. Bad Breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by oral health issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease.

In fact, the main symptoms of periodontal disease are bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you should immediately visit Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

Did you know that a dry mouth can cause bad breath too? Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva. Without enough saliva, bacteria grows in your mouth and causes bad breath.

Of course, smoking is not good for your mouth either. With smoking, the worst case scenario for your mouth is oral cancer, the best case scenario, which isn’t great, is bad breath, mouth irritation, gum disease, stained teeth and a loss in our ability to taste.

Why be self-conscious about your breath? At Today’s Dental of Lunenburg we can suggest treatments like mouthwashes and dental cleanings to solve bad breath. Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing daily can reduce your risk for bad breath.

For information or assistance in curing bad breath, contact Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

Repair Missing Teeth for Health and Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MANo one knows better the importance of a beautiful smile than one who struggles with missing teeth. You may hesitate to meet people and struggle in new situations. Your smile is directly related to your self-confidence.

But missing teeth don’t only affect your smile and self-esteem. Missing Teeth can have a far reaching domino effect on your bite and overall oral health. Healthy teeth can do more than give you an attractive smile; they can protect you from more serious health problems. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth,.

A missing tooth usually causes other teeth to shift into the missing space. This miss-aligns your upper and lower jaws causing teeth to space out, crowd, flare out or chip due to uneven forces when the teeth come together. Tooth movement can also lead to root damage and extreme wear and tear on your gum line and jawbone. Gaps in teeth are also the perfect place for food and plaque to collect which leads to tooth decay.

Dental Implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dental Implants substitute for the missing tooth’s root so they are perfect for replacing missing adult teeth, because they are a permanent, comfortable solution that resemble natural looking teeth. With dental implants, your teeth will never feel unnatural; you will only see the difference in your smile. Today, implants provide you with quick, comfortable, affordable and attractive permanent teeth that will improve your health and your self-confidence.

While it is important to have your missing teeth repaired for aesthetic reasons, it is also very important to have them repaired for health reasons, contact Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

How to Find A Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MAMany people want to improve their smile, but they don’t know where to start. How do you find a cosmetic dentist you can trust short of heading to LA and seeing the cosmetic dentist of the stars? If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist to help fix your smile, here are some tips that you should look for and consider.

Find out what the dentist approach is. Are they using or utilizing the natural tooth structure for strength or are they relying only on the porcelain veneer? What is their training? How much continuing education do they have? This decision is not just about Googling “cosmetic dentist”. You want to find out how much experience a dentist has behind them.

Dr. Ben at Today's Dental of Lunenburg has the skills, experience, technology and materials to create a beautiful individual and natural looking smile specifically for you. When choosing the shape, size and color of your new smile, the doctor will take precise measurements and factor in the color of your complexion and your facial features. These tiny details are what make your smile look natural. People won't even notice what's different about you, they'll just see that you're glowing.

Choosing a cosmetic dentist is a very important decision, everyone, including you, will see the results every day. Find out about their experience and what type of work they have done. Find out how and if they will stand behind their work. Look at their before and after images, and be sure that it is work they have done. Find out where the work is being processed as well. Is the lab work done in house, or overseas?

Your smile is important, it lets everyone around you know how you're feeling, and it's the feature that people notice about you first. So whether you want to improve your smile with dental veneers or a full- smile makeover, you want to make sure to choose the right cosmetic dentist to help you out.

For more information, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

Treating a Chipped Tooth

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MATeeth are the hardest tissue in the body, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. Here are some ways Dr. Ben may repair your broken or chipped tooth.

Dental Filling or Bonding

If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, Dr. Ben may repair the damage with a filling. Bonding is a simple procedure that typically does not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first etches its surface with a liquid or gel to roughen it and make the bonding material adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth followed by a tooth colored resin. After shaping the bonding material to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses a light to harden the material.

Dental Cap or Crown

If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, you may need a crown to replace the missing tooth structure. Permanent crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic. Different types have different benefits. Typically crown procedures take two visits. At the first appointment the dentist will remove part of the remaining tooth in order to cover it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap. Impressions will be taken and you will go home with a temporary crown. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and permanent crown is bonded into place.

Dental Veneers

If a front tooth is broken or chipped, a dental veneer can make it look whole and healthy again. A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material that covers the whole front of the tooth (much like a false nail covers a fingernail) with a thicker section to replace the broken part of the tooth.

To prepare your tooth, your dentist will remove from about 0.3 to 1.2 millimeters of enamel from its surface. Next the dentist will make an impression of the tooth to be sent to a dental laboratory, which will make the veneer. When the veneer is ready, usually a week or two later, you'll need to go back to the dentist to have it placed. To place the veneer, your dentist will first etch the surface of the tooth with a liquid to roughen it. The dentist then applies a special cement to the veneer and places the veneer on the prepared tooth. Once the veneer is in position, your dentist will use a special light to activate chemicals in the cement to make it harden quickly.

For more information on repairing chipped teeth, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

Head and Neck Pain May be Caused by TMD

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MAThousands of people suffer from chronic pain caused by problematic temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This condition is referred most commonly referred to as TMD which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD may be a result of the joint in your jaw, but it can affect different parts of the body causing neck, ear, head and jaw pain.

Dr. Ben offers advanced treatments for TMD sufferers that can lessen their pain and discomfort. Your temporomandibular joints stabilize the upper jaw. A malfunctioning of these joints, which are on both sides of your jaw, is the most common reason people suffer from TMJ disorder. One side of the jaw, will work prematurely during different movements. This is caused by sleeping on it awkwardly. Typically it is caused by night teeth grinding.

TMD can be very painful and causes a lot of discomfort. However, oftentimes patients don’t know that their pain is a result of TMD.

Some symptoms of TMD are:

  • Discomfort in the neck, back and shoulder
  • Headache
  • Pain with chewing and swallowing
  • Clicking of the jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Ringing in the ears

Once one side of your jaw joint becomes inflamed, the mouth cannot open symmetrically. Additionally, the inflamed joint can cause pain around the ear. Dr. Ben can offer solutions to patients suffering from TMD.

TMD symptoms are treated with a mouthpiece, also known as a nightguard, to relax the jaw. The mouthpiece rests on the teeth so you cannot grind them and gradually, the mouthpiece helps heal the joint.

At Today's Dental we educate our patients about how they can relieve TMD symptoms. For more information on TMD, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation As Seen On The Doctors

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, the revolutionary treatment for receding gums makes national news on the award winning "The Doctors" show. In this segment, titled the "Lunchtime Gum Lift"™Los Angeles dentist and inventor Dr. John Chao moved receded gums over ten teeth back to normal position in under an hour, with no cutting and no stitches.

This new technique is "quick, easy and instantly pleasing," says Dr. Chao. To date, over 200 dental professionals from around the world have been trained in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ by Dr. Chao.

For more information on the pinhole gum grafts, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

Gum Grafts Pinhole Surgical Technique for Receding Gums

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 29, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MA

Do you have receding gums or do your gums feel extra sensitive? If so, it is time to make an appointment at Today’s Dental of Lunenburg. Receding gums are a sign of two things: gum disease or overly aggressive brushing. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and possibly heart disease. Early stages of gum disease can be treated with a non-surgical scaling and root planing treatment. However, excessively receding gums sometimes requires a surgical treatment called a gum graft. At Today’s Dental of Lunenburg we perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique which is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.

When receding gums start, lighter brushing will be effective if there is still enough gum tissue left that can act as a barrier from disease and bone loss. But if your gums have receded to the extent that your tooth roots are exposed, you may need a gum graft. Exposed tooth roots can cause sensitive teeth or make your teeth appear longer. Most importantly, exposed tooth roots can leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria and periodontal disease.

The frenum is the muscle between the upper or lower front teeth. If it pulls on the gum, this could result in gum recession. This is called high frenum attachment. Gum grafts can also be used to fix this as well. Additionally, orthodontics can also stretch the gum line and cause the gums to recede. In all cases, gum grafts are an excellent way to protect the underlying bone and prevent the gums from receding further.

For more information on Pinhole Surgical Technique, contact Today’s Dental of Lunenburg.

Sedation Dentistry For A Better Experience at the Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MADo you or does someone you know suffer from fear of the dentist? If so, sedation dentistry is and option. Sedation dentistry allows patients have relaxing and anxiety-free dental visits. You know longer have to put off your visits to the dentist because with sedation dentistry you will be able to relax with the help of an oral sedative.

Combat dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, one of the latest trends in dentistry today. Now you can stay on top of your dental healthy and therefore, your overall health will improve. Sedation dentistry eliminates fatigue, fear and pain that comes with dental anxiety. This saves patients time and makes dental treatment more convenient. Most often throughout the procedure patients are conscious but often have no memory of their dental visit.

The option of sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who suffer from dental anxiety eliminating the worry associate with visiting the dentist. You visit to the dentist will be more comfortable and relaxing with oral sedation.

Dental anxiety happens for many reasons but for those who need dental care or want an attractive, healthy smile sedation dentistry is the right option. If you are fearful of having dental work done, there is a sedation dentistry choice for you. For all types of dental services including teeth whitening, cleaning, fillings, implants, crowns, and other dental treatment, the dentists at Today's Dental of Lunenburg can help.

There are multiple options for sedation for patients including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, anti-anxiety medication, or oral sedation. You and your dentist will decide together which option is best for you. To see if sedation dentistry is right for you, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

Straight Teeth Have More than Just Cosmetic Benefits

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Today's Dental of Lunenburg, MAPerfectly formed, gleaming teeth in neat and even rows: On television, everyone has them, and in real life, everyone admires them. Cosmetic reasons for getting teeth aligned are pretty self-evident, but did you know that having straight teeth comes with additional health benefits?

Since oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, this is just one way having straight teeth can improve one’s well-being.

1. Easier to Keep Clean

Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than crooked and overlapping teeth, which are more likely to trap food particles.

If teeth are crooked, there are places the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, and plaque and tartar accumulates. People with straight teeth are able to keep them clean without extra effort.

2. Lower Disease Risk

Having easy-to-clean teeth will then lower your risk for gum disease, which can lead to heart disease and may contribute to diabetes.

Oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and affect the inner lining of blood vessels and brain.

While the plaque on your teeth is not the same stuff in arteries that cause heart attacks, the same species of bacteria that cause periodontitis is also found in artery-clogging plaque.

3. Avoiding Tooth Loss

Ten percent of 50- to 64-year-olds have lost all their teeth, and most adults lose at least one tooth over their lifetime.

Since the most common reasons for tooth loss are periodontal disease and tooth decay, it pays to make sure that your teeth are as easy to take care of as possible.

4. Keeping Your Jawbone Healthy

Some people are born with gaps in their teeth or have adult teeth that never came in. Others lose an adult tooth. A missing tooth leaves that area of the jawbone with little to do, so the bone in that area grows weak, leading to possible tooth loss.

Braces might not be the best option to close a gap where an entire tooth is missing. In that case, the most popular restorative option is to get a dental implant.

5. Fewer Headaches

Alignment issues contribute to bad bites and teeth grinding, both of which can lead to headaches. Correcting alignment will help alleviate these issues.

6. Less Chipping

The more your teeth jut, the more likely they could get cracked or chipped in an injury. This is a particularly important consideration for players of high-impact or contact sports.

In aligned teeth, the pressure from the bite will go along the long axis of the teeth versus hitting from the side. This makes it less likely for the teeth to be chipped or abraded, and the long-term prognosis for the teeth is much more favorable.

7. Lower Risk of Lip and Gum Injury

Crooked teeth can push against soft tissues in the mouth. If you routinely bite your cheek or lips due to a misaligned bite, it can result in cuts, sores, and infections—not to mention the annoyance.

8. Better Digestion

Poorly aligned teeth can compromise chewing, and chewing is the first step of proper digestion. When you chew, saliva carries enzymes that help break down the food, making it easier for the stomach and intestines to do their jobs and reducing the number of bacteria needed to help break down nutrients in the gut.

So when chewing is a chore, people are often tempted to gloss over this important—and pleasurable—part of their meals. A lot of patients report they can enjoy food better after getting their teeth aligned.

9. Clearer Speech

Try pronouncing “van” or “fan” if you have a gap in your front teeth, and you may find that you’ll whistle a little.

A lot of times when people have diastema, during speech, they have trouble [pronouncing clearly. Patients who straightened their teeth have experienced improved speech. Diastema” is the term for a gap between teeth.

Clearer speech is naturally a confidence booster and may help correct psychological causes for speech impediments like stuttering.

10. Smiling More, Feeling Happier

Research shows that smiling—even if it’s forced—actually makes you happier. If you are self-conscious about crooked teeth, you might not be smiling as much as you would otherwise.

Straight teeth give a confidence boost, you can’t imagine. A lot of people suffer loss of self- esteem due to crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth and then get a confidence boost when their teeth are aligned.

For more information on cosmetic treatments for misaligned teeth, contact Today's Dental of Lunenburg.

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Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Lunenburg

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today’s Dental of Lunenburg, MAHappy New Year from Today’s Dental of Lunenburg. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in dental care, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service, patient care, and met all of your dental care needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Today’s Dental of Lunenburg we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens