Veneers vs. Straightening: Which to Choose? | Tyngsboro Dentist

Having the best smile we possibly can is one of the main focuses we have when going to the dentist. Sure, our dental health is important, but people see our smile – we need a nice one. Thankfully, there are loads of dental procedures available to improve your smile, and each has a focus, so the procedure chosen is on a case-by-case basis. Together, you and your dental professional will discuss a treatment plan based on your wishes and your mouth’s health. Yes, your dental efforts every day will dictate what types of procedures you are a good candidate for.

When it comes to straightening, many patients have asked about the benefits of veneers when compared to Invisalign. Both will straighten your smile, but they are very different procedures. While veneers are certainly an option for improving your smile, they only cover up certain dental imperfections, rather than correct them.  This means that some existing periodontal problems could still remain.

Applied to the front side of the teeth only, veneers also require the removal of the surface enamel of each tooth – an irreversible procedure.  Often considered a quick fix, veneers typically need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years – this can become very expensive in the long run.  Coffee, tea and red wine need to be avoided to prevent discoloration, and care must be taken to prevent chipping or breaking the veneer. So, while the surface look of the teeth may improve with veneers, the underlying tooth and gum problems could still exist.

Of course, there’s always the option of not seeking treatment at all.  Ultimately, the choice is yours, but do keep in mind that, if left untreated, many orthodontic issues can often lead to more serious dental and health issues.

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A Is for Autumn and Apples | Tyngsboro Dentist

Now that we are smack dab in the middle of Autumn, I think that it’s time to talk about one of our mouth’s very best friends – the apple. Autumn is the time of year nit begins to cool down and the apple is the centerpiece of many of our autumnal celebrations. The leaves change from bright, vivid greens to more rust-like, “apple-y” colorations and we trade out our lemonades for apple cider. ’Tis the season of the apple and we are here to help you celebrate this tooth-friendly food properly.

Apples aren’t only a fruit used to sweet talk the teachers or keep away the doctors. They also help keep our smiles strong and bright. Apples are naturally full of vitamins A and C, key to keeping our gums nice and healthy. The small amount of acid and the crunchiness of the skin that acts as an astringent on your teeth when you bite into it. Scrubbing your teeth as you chew, the juiciness of the apple causes you to produce saliva. The more saliva you have going on, the less chance the bacteria has to bury itself in your mouth, wreaking havoc.

Just because the apple is now our favorite go-to snack, please remember that these sweet fruits do have sugar content, so be sure to brush afterwards to make sure you get rid of the loosened plaque left behind by your apple. If you don’t have a toothbrush handy, do a quick rinse with some water.

So, stock up on those amazing apples. Not only are they great at keeping us healthy, they are also great in lots of healthy autumnal recipes!

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Can a Philosopher Keep Your Smile Healthy? | Tyngsboro Dentist

Galileo was a philosopher that helped shape the world we know today. Can he help you get a healthy smile? Not exactly. But thanks to the ever-changing advancements in dental technology, there is a piece of dental equipment that will give your dental appointments a revolutionary improvement. Not only can it give your dentist better visuals of your smile, but it will flag any issues that are beginning to develop in the future. That equipment is the Galileo 3D CT scanner.

You may be thinking, why do we need 3D scans of my mouth? Interesting enough, these scans will give your dental professional a live feed of your dental anatomy from various angles. The various perspectives allow for a better view of the structure of the bones, making it easier to locate root fractures and canals. Even more importantly, 3D scans provide dentists the ability to gain more accurate measurement of their patient’s dental structure. These scans can be used in both diagnosis and treatment planning to increase its possibility of success and allows dental practitioners to be more confident in preparing for various dental procedures, such as extractions, root canals, implants and so on.

The use of 3D dental scans also creates a more engaging environment where dental practitioners and professionals can assess their patient’s dental health, while at the same time the patient can also ask questions about what they see on the screen. This allows for constant communication between patient and doctor, allowing for a more comfortable dental visit for the patient, which may help put them at ease, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety.

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Celebrate the Summer with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables | Tyngsboro Dentist

In order to have a relaxing dental checkup, we need to take care of our teeth. But let’s not pretend it isn’t tough to do when we are outside having fun in the summer sun. We are surrounded by delicious frozen confections and sweet treats! Hate to break the news, but if you want to keep your smile healthy and bright, we need to look after our smiles, and that includes what we put into our mouths. So, what are our options to get back the “pearl” back in our pearly whites? Believe it or not, it’s fresh fruits and vegetables. Since this is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, here are some options you may want to consider:

If you’re looking for a tastier teeth whitener, the crispiness of the apple is helping to strengthen our gums. And the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, which clears out cavity-causing bacteria. If you’re looking for a citrus version, try the orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, but citric acid also scours your teeth. Just keep in mind – too much can wear enamel. Even strawberries can benefit our smiles.

Lastly, the vegetables. Correlating an onion as a dental secret seems improbable, but this colorless veggie prevents stains on your teeth, and if you eat anything with onion, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Broccoli is Mother Nature’s most blatant toothbrush, while giving us an iron boost. Carrots and celery are the next in this line of veggies. If you think about it, celery is like nature’s dental floss so grab some peanut butter and celebrate!

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Not-So-Fun Facts About Gum Recession | Tyngsboro Dentist

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As a dental professional, there are some very common questions asked when patients come in for a check-up: Does gum tissue grow back after they’ve receded? Is it the result of brushing too hard? Do gums recede because of gum disease? And many of them are asked because of a misunderstood oral condition known as gum recession.

The gum tissue is nothing more than a layer of skin that covers the bone tissue of the upper and lower jaws. And, so long as the underlying jawbone stays intact, the gum tissue will stay straight and high on the teeth. Simply put, gums recede only because the bone responsible for supporting the gum tissue has withdrawn. Four reasons you jaw would begin to demineralize would be advanced gum disease, bruxism, trauma and genetics.

Gum disease. If left unchecked, gum disease can progress to the point where it can compromise your jaw bones and your overall health. Advanced forms of gum disease can’t be cured, so make sure to keep your appointments.

Bruxism. Whether it’s caused by stress or sleep apnea, the habitual clenching and grinding of teeth can compromise the strength and structure of the jaws, which can make it prone to gum disease and in turn, gum recession.

Trauma. Your teeth are built to be solid, but not indestructible. If left untreated, a chipped tooth – or in worse cases, a lost tooth or two – can put you at more of a risk for gum disease and subsequently, gum recession.

Genetics. Sometimes, though, the thickness of the facial jaw bones may be determined by genetics. Although it may sound unfortunate, those born with thinner jaw bones are more prone to demineralization and are at a much higher risk for gum recession.

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How You Can Protect Your Smile | Tyngsboro Dentist

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Whether we like it or not, dental checkups and cleanings are designed to help patients keep as many natural teeth as possible. They’re necessary. Yes, proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings are three key components to maintaining natural tooth health. However, there are many threats to good oral health, and knowing the threats can help patients minimize risk. Here are some common threats to consider when you think about your overall oral health:

Smoking damages oral tissue causing gum recession, increases risk of oral cancer, stains teeth, and causes other long-term health risks.

Periodontal disease – infections below the gum line – can spread to teeth, gums, and supporting bone, and can cause one or more teeth to be lost.

Obesity has been linked to an increase in oral bacteria, which contributes to increased rates of periodontal disease among obese patients.

Patients who regularly bite their nails are more likely to chip, crack, or cause atypical wear on their front teeth, and are statistically more likely to suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding or clenching), which can cause issues with tooth sensitivity, recessed gums, and tooth loss.

Research shows that patients who get less than six hours of sleep per night are shown to be more likely to have periodontal disease, which is generally attributed to a lowered immune response due to fatigue.

Patients with a diet high in sugar, especially sugary drinks, are significantly more likely to suffer from tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Extended periods of anemia (often due to poor diet) can contribute to periodontal disease and the body becomes unable to push sufficient nutrients to the gums to combat infection.

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Thank Your Smile This Thanksgiving | Tyngsboro Dentist

Thanksgiving is a holiday all about giving thanks and breaking bread with the people in your life. Unfortunately, we rarely consider our dental health during these types of holidays. Our mouths are susceptible to much more because of it is where we ingest almost everything into our bodies, both good and bad. And because we love what we do and are thankful to help out our patients achieve the greatest smile possible, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you celebrate this delicious holiday:

Keep things short and sweet. Between the pre-meal snacks and the post-meal desserts, it’s impossible to not fall victim to grazing the entire day. The longer you allow the acids in foods to hang out in your mouth, the easier it is for cavity-causing bacteria to invade your teeth and set up camp. It’s all about moderation.

Stay hydrated. Keeping a glass of water handy will not only help with digestion, but drinking plenty of water will also wash away any food debris still lingering around in your mouth. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defender against the bad bacteria in your mouth.

Keep your routine. We can’t forget to pay special attention to our teeth during this delicious holiday. They work overtime for you during times like these. Make sure you brush, floss and rinse the way you normally would. Scratch that, pay more attention to them. Your teeth don’t know you’re celebrating. After the holidays, be sure to make an appointment for a quick dental check-up. Thanksgiving is a fantastic time to give thanks for everything in your life – and your teeth are no exception.

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An Apple a Day | Tyngsboro Dentist

They come in all sorts of colors and flavors – it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite. Some are used to bake. Some are better off as snacks dipped in peanut butter or caramel and on a stick. Yes, we are talking about apples. From infancy through adulthood, the apple is one sweet treat that we have our entire lives, in all of its various forms. Originally from Central Asia and with 7,500 varieties available around the world, apples have become world-renowned as a go-to fruit. So much so, this Saturday (September 19) is International Eat an Apple Day.

But it isn’t just the sweet snack that has captured our hearts – did you know that apples also have loads of health benefits that range from our bones to our heart, while also improving our smile? It’s true – this crispy fruit is fantastic for producing saliva, which is our natural way of keeping our mouths clean and bacteria free. Additionally, the fibers within the apple play an added role in cleaning our teeth in a way similar to a toothbrush. However, apples are a healthy snack, not a replacement for your daily dental hygiene routine. Just a natural way you can improve your smile while enjoying a tasty treat.

How will you celebrate International Eat an Apple Day? Snack on an apple with a bit of peanut butter or a slice of apple pie. In fact, because this fruit is international, why not try some German apple cake or Polish apple pancakes? Even the French and the English got in on the fun by making a popular fermented drink called cider. With so many options, you may need a week to properly celebrate!

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Celebrate Your Smile with a Picnic | Tyngsboro Dentist

Now that we begin to loosen up restrictions in the world, it is a good time to make sure quarantine didn’t lead to any dental issues by visiting your dental professional for a quick checkup. But as we wait for an appointment to be scheduled, you can give your smile a bit of a boost by heading outside for a picnic. Not only does the sunshine improve your overall health with a burst of vitamin D but having a bit of a picnic while soaking it all in can also improve your smile. June 18th is International Picnic Day – so pack yourself up a healthy meal option and head on out to celebrate. Here are just a few of the picnic foods geared towards brightening your grin:

Traditional. If you are considering a traditional, family-friendly option, there are lots of choices that can benefit your dental health. Cheeses and various proteins can help strengthen your teeth, while fruits and veggies help scrub them and encourage saliva production, which is key to rinsing cavity-causing bacteria while you eat.

Wine and cheese. If you are of legal drinking age and have a more sophisticated palette, you may opt for a nice wine and cheese pairing. Cheese is full of calcium, which strengthens your teeth enamel, and red wine also has dental benefits. But be careful – too much acidic red wine will begin to break down your tooth enamel and begin to stain your teeth.

When you’re out and about, it is important to maintain some type of hydration at all times so make sure to pack plenty of water in your picnic basket. Enjoy your picnic!

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Why Choose Dental Crowns? | Tyngsboro Dentist

When we break or lose a tooth, we are forced to answer one question: do I fix it, or do I just deal with the loss? Your answer should always be to get it fixed. And the reasons go beyond aesthetics. Missing teeth can cause issues with your speech, eating and shifts the remaining teeth around as they try to naturally fill in the space. No, if you have a missing or broken tooth, have it looked at as soon as possible.

One of the treatment options that may be suggested will be a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its strength and appearance. So, not only will no one know you’ve had an issue, but your new tooth will be much stronger. Need more reason? Here are ten…

Natural looking. Porcelain and composite dental crowns have the look and feel of natural teeth

Durable. They last up to fifteen years depending on their care

Stain-resistant. Crowns are made from porcelain

Cosmetic. Dental crowns improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth

Non-slipping. Crowns are cemented or anchored in place, unlike dentures

Protection. Extra protect the tooth from further decay

Restorative. Restores your tooth to a full function

Comfort. Dental crowns and do not irritate gums like partial dentures

Speech. Missing teeth and dentures can affect speech. Crowns make speech sound clearer.

Confidence. Damaged, discolored or missing teeth causes confidence issues. Dental crowns help with that.

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Dr. Yankowskas proudly accepts patients from Tyngsboro and all surrounding areas.