An Emergency Dentist Burlington Can Trust

September 13, 2015

man with tooth pain needs to call the emergency dentist burlington residents loveCracked or broken teeth are more than painful — they’re a dental emergency. That’s because when your teeth have suffered trauma, it can have serious implications on your overall oral health. Unfortunately, many patients ignore the break or crack and choose to live with damaged teeth — at a serious cost to the rest of their teeth.

Please, if you have broken or cracked teeth, don’t wait to contact your dentist for care. Your dentists in Burlington will attend to your case quickly — on the same day, usually — and are committed to preserving your natural tooth when possible.

The Dentists Burlington Trusts – Complete Dental Care

August 3, 2015

Young boy smiling at dentists burlington trustsIf you recently moved to the Burlington, MA area or are looking for a new dental practice for any reason, the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Complete Dental Care is waiting for your call. Our state-of-the-art office offers unsurpassed quality with maximum comfort, allowing our patients to relax and enjoy their dental visit.  Call to schedule your first appointment today. We can’t wait to meet you.

Emergency Dentistry, Burlington: Being prepared

July 16, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-466239056Your daughter’s wedding is tomorrow.  You have been running around like crazy making sure you are doing everything in your power to make her day special.  At the rehearsal dinner you reflect on how well everything has come together and you start to get excited for the long awaited day.  You reach for the fresh bread at the center of the table, take a big bite and….’CRACK.’  That front filling that has been there for years gives way at the worst moment you can think of.   It’s Friday night!  The wedding is at 1:00pm the next day and all you can think of is showing up as the Jack-o-lantern in all of the pictures!  Here at Complete Dental Care, James P. Kostas, DMD, P.C. we understand there is no truer dental emergency.  Our office is here to put your mind at ease in situations like these.  Dental emergencies can occur any time and any place; that’s what makes them an emergency!

Our Burlington office has recently expanded hours, increased coverage and added more providers to better serve the Middlesex County area.  With new office hours 6 days a week and being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for dental emergencies, Complete Dental Care wants to make sure you are never without coverage.   Whether the emergency is esthetic, trauma, or infection related Dr. Kostas and are ready, willing and able to take care of you in your time of need.  We understand that our patients come first.  We understand that as service providers we are here to make your life easier, and better yet, we find happiness in doing so.  Our office is trained in the latest in dental technologies.  With the advancements of CEREC same day crowns we are equipped to provide you a beautiful porcelain replica of your tooth within 1 and a half hours.

Contacting our office in an emergency is easy!  Our convenient website directs you to our emergency number where you will be placed in direct contact with the office.  After hours, our system will send your message directly to one of our providers who will promptly respond to your needs.  Even if you are uncertain if you have a dental emergency, you can contact our doctors who can help you determine if immediate action needs to be taken.

Examples of dental emergencies include: Knocked out or avulsed tooth, discomfort or pain, large swellings, uncontrolled bleeding, and immediate esthetic concerns (including broken dentures).

Speed counts in saving a knocked out tooth.  That is why Dr. Kostas and are available 24/7 to help protect your smile.  If you do lose a tooth, contact our offices immediately and then follow these steps:

  1. Do not touch the root! You will be introducing bacteria and foreign particles to the part of the tooth that will be re-integrated.
  2. Rinse the tooth and ensure that all foreign particles are removed.
  3. Carefully try to re-insert the tooth back into its socket. Gently hold the tooth in place until you can see your provider
  4. If the tooth cannot be inserted it should be carried to the office in a medium. Milk works great and is usually accessible but saliva and water can work as well.  These mediums however, carry a less successful prognosis.

We’re here to Help in Any Dental Emergency

We at Complete Dental Care with Dr. Kostas hope that you never have to experience a dental emergency, but our promise to you is that we will be available and prepared if you ever should. Call us immediately in case of emergency.  We handle emergencies from all of Middlesex County including Burlington, Bedford, Woburn, Wilmington, Lexington and Billerica.

Why Endurance Runners Have More Cavities: Oral Health for Athletes

April 11, 2015

451855347A study conducted in 2014 aimed to evaluate the correlation between endurance training and compromised oral health, a relationship that had been previously discovered but not thoroughly investigated. Today, we’d like to take some time to talk about the various ways that endurance training can affect your oral health.

Running & Tooth Decay: What’s the Connection?

The two don’t seem to have much to do with one another at first glance. After all, exercise is good for you, right? People who work out regularly are typically less prone to health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But can your time at the gym actually give you cavities? According to a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, it certainly can.

Researchers studied 70 men and women, half of whom were triathletes who trained nearly 10 hours per week running, swimming, and cycling. The other half of the group was comprised of non-exercising controls to ensure the validity of the study. Tests included saliva assessment, dental exams, and questionnaires regarding oral hygiene habits as well as dietary choices during training. The researchers discovered that nearly half of the triathletes consumed sports drinks rather than water during exercise and that 74 percent used sports bars or gels.

Often full of carbohydrates and sugars, these products bathe the teeth in the types of compounds that acid-causing bacteria love to eat. This significantly increases the risk of dental caries, or cavities. A carb-heavy diet has also been linked to increased pH levels in the mouth, another problem that is commonly associated with cavities. It was also found that a decrease in saliva production – coupled with breathing rapidly through the mouth during exercise – contributed to an environment that is more conducive to enamel erosion.

Reducing Your Cavity Risk

Naturally, we’d never tell you to quit your running or exercise routine in order to preserve the health of your pearly whites. There are, however, some things you can do to mitigate potential damage. Staying hydrated is a top priority as it aids in proper saliva production. Avoid sugary sports drinks and snacks, and opt for a cool bottle of water and fresh fruits or cheeses instead. Of course, home hygiene is as important as ever, so be sure to brush and floss twice daily.

If you have any other questions about how exercise affects oral health, please feel free to give us a call. Our Burlington, MA dental office proudly serves patients from communities in Bedford, Woburn, Billerica, and beyond.