Breastfeeding has been shown to have countless benefits for both mothers and babies. But although the benefits are well established, what should you do if you need dental work during this early phase of your child’s life? You don’t want to neglect your dental needs, but it’s natural to be concerned about the effects of any medications or numbing agents that you might need. In addition, certain dental procedures are truly necessary and can’t be put off. But rest assured, we’ll put your mind at ease in this blog by reviewing the guidelines of dental care while breastfeeding in Nashua. Learn more today!
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April 19, 2017
Our professionals at Dental Designs of New England know that accidents happen—usually at the worst times, too. If you have a dental emergency, your emergency dentist in Merrimack wants you to be prepared with the correct information to handle it calmly. Even if you’re not local, we’re only a phone call away. Not only can you always reach out to us, but if you’re out of town and don’t know what to do, we have an emergency referral list with trusted dentists that participate in the same Dental Referral Network that we do. Wherever you go, you’ll be able to address your dental emergency and find the health care you need.
March 28, 2017
If you have ever been to our office and heard ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’, it is because either a puppy or baby is visiting! We welcome a visit from our patients ‘babies and fur babies’. And lately, I seem to have a lot of pregnant moms in the practice. This is always a good thing. Some moms and moms- to -be have been in the practice for a while, and others are new moms and new patients to the practice, wanting to know if it is safe to visit the dentist while pregnant.
Should I See the Dentist When I am Pregnant?
Good oral health and basic dental care is just as important to a healthy pregnancy as pre-natal care, nutritional awareness, abstaining from smoking and drinking, and taking care of yourself as well as your baby to be.
In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published their official position that routine and preventive dental care, including local anesthetics, is safe during pregnancy.
I always advise anybody thinking of getting pregnant to include a dental visit part of your preparations. And seeing the dentist and hygienist for preventative care during pregnancy is also important. Hormone changes, and pregnancy itself, can causes changes to gum health. While the old wives tale that ‘the baby can take calcium from your teeth’ is definitely not true, it is important to make sure that you don’t have any cavities or infections before you become pregnant. Pregnancy is hard enough, and a mother to be doesn’t need the added stress and psychological
But sometimes a pregnant mom may need dental work (of course elective procedures can always wait). The best time to have dental work is in the second trimester. The use of “novocaine” is considered safe. Most pregnant patients can take Tylenol for pain. And antibiotics are generally considered safe. Tetracycline-related antibiotics should be avoided because they can cause staining of teeth in the developing baby.
And what about Xrays? In the age of digital xrays, with proper lead aprons and well trained office, it is considered safe. Unless absolutely necessary, we try to avoid xrays. But a few xrays to help diagnose pain or infection will be safe.
March 3, 2017
As the head of the house, it’s your duty to schedule family pictures and do the fun coordinating of colors for everyone’s outfits. But lately, you’ve been putting it off later and later in the year. Every time you’ve looked at the past family portraits, your crooked teeth have stuck out like a sore thumb. Over the years you and your partner have raised a beautiful family. Now it’s time to focus on attaining some of your personal goals. Why not start with straightening your smile in a modern, discreet way? Dental Designs of New England have a practically invisible alternative to straightening your teeth once and for all: Invisalign in Nashua. Adults can have aligned, healthy smiles without the hassle or embarrassment of metal braces.
February 28, 2017
Bring the best out of your smile! Veneers are designed to be ultra-thin—about as thin as a contact lens—so they can be applied seamlessly over your teeth.
Modern Thin Veneers have an innovative design that not only makes application far less invasive than traditional veneers, but it also makes for a speedy treatment process. Most cases can be taken care of in as little as two visits. That’s right, only two visits!
Veneers, or porcelain restorations, are designed to Solve A Variety Of Dental Problems:
Here are just a few of the problems that can be solved:
• Brighten stained and discolored teeth
• Restore chipped teeth
• Eliminate spacing and gaps
• Align crooked teeth
• Reshape small or misshapen teeth
• Renew old dental work
• Perfect your Hollywood smile
What other issues can be solved with Veneers?
Veneers are a great solution if you don’t want to have braces. Veneers are also a great solution if your teeth are worn down. Check out some of our patients’ smiles !
What are the advantages of veneers to other dental treatments?
Veneers are designed to be thin, so many times not a lot of ‘drilling’ has to be done.
What should I consider when inquiring about veneers?
Patients should consider what their dental care routine is. For any dental treatment to be a success, proper oral hygiene at home and consistent visits to the dentist will help preserve your new smile.
What if I want to see how my teeth/smile will look before I undergo the process?
YES! We offer digital photo enhancement of your smile so you can take a ‘preview’ of what we can do. If you like the photo, we then move onto a mock up for your teeth so you can experience the changes first hand.
How do I get started?
Give us a call for a complimentary consultation to learn more! We are at 60
February 7, 2017
FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON, you only see your dentist twice a year. While you may think going to the dentist simply requires you to show up and open wide, it’s important to take advantage of each and every dental visit!
We want to answer your questions and address your concerns. Here are some easy tips that will help you maximize your time with the dentist and make the most out of your biannual visits.
Make a Checklist of Questions and Concerns
It’s easy to forget about all the questions you’ve had about your oral health over the past couple of months when you’re sitting in the dental chair. Writing a checklist or note beforehand of things you’d like to ask us or talk to us about can help you remember! For example, have you experienced bleeding while brushing or any new pain or sensitivity? Are there any wounds in your mouth that haven’t healed normally? Let us know–we’re here to help!
Keep Us Updated
You’ve probably heard of something called the mouth-body connection. It simply means that your oral health and overall health are strongly connected. This is why it is important that your dentist knows your complete medical history.
Alert your dentist if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with diabetes or other illnesses since your last visit. Inform them of any new medications you are taking. Certain illnesses and medications can increase your risk of dental problems and disease. The more your dentist knows about your health, the more personalized your care will be.
Connect With Us On Social Media
We use social media to connect with our patients and facilitate one-on-one relationships with them! Since we only see some of you every six months, our social media tools–like our blog and Facebook page–help us stay in touch.
We try to provide you with relevant and easily accessible information on our social media platforms so you can be informed about both your dental health and our services. Like us on Facebook to learn more and feel free to comment or leave us a private message. Your relationship is important to us!
We can’t say it enough… Thank you, valued patients and friends! We love seeing you healthy and happy!
January 30, 2017
Some things are worth making a drive for — like seeing your favorite band, finding the best shopping, and of course receiving quality medical services. Nashua residents should know they can find superior dental care just a few minutes down the road in Merrimack — at Dental Designs of New England. From quality general and restorative care to cosmetic treatments and services for relieving your anxiety, Dr. Jini Shetty is the dentist Nashua can trust! And right now, we’re accepting new patients just like you.
December 6, 2016
Congratulations! Today is the beginning of the next chapter of your life, because you’ve just found out that you are pregnant. To say you’re overwhelmed with emotion would be a gross understatement. Everything is going to be different now, and you have 9 months to prepare for the most important person ever to come into your life. Your body is going to go through a lot of changes, and this includes your teeth. Should you take care of them any differently now that you’re pregnant? Dr. Jini Shetty, your dentist in Merrimack, is going to answer all of your pregnancy and oral health questions. (more…)
November 21, 2016
It’s that time of year again when many of have to think about health insurance (and dental) plans for 2017. I have many patients and new patients ask us what plans we think are best. As I look at the dizzying array of options, I have to tell you, none of them qualify as ‘insurance’ as we know it. And dental is in no way representative of what Medical Insurance has become.
First, it’s not like home insurance or auto insurance, where you pay a premium in exchange for blanket coverage in the event of losses or expenses. If dental insurance were really insurance, patients would submit their claims for all necessary work that needed to be done and be fully reimbursed (minus an agreed-upon deductible). Think about that: if you have a car accident, you pay a deductible and the ‘insurance’ covers the rest. Same for home owners insurance. And we all know that with medical, once we meet our deductible, that emergency appendectomy is covered.
But that’s not how dental plans work. What dental plans offer are benefits – a limited allowance to go towards funding dental care costs, which is a different thing. These are indeed useful and valuable benefits to patients and it is perfectly understandable that dental practices would want to help patients manage and maximize their benefits. But it is also important that patients are not fooled by the term “insurance” to the point where they have false expectations.
That’s a word that dental plan providers (read: Insurance Companies) use. It’s a mindset trap, one we should not fall into. Great dentistry comes at a cost. If that cost can be offset by a patient’s benefit plan, great. Because that’s what they are: allowances, benefits, economic supplements. It is not insurance. AND WORST OF ALL BENEFITS HAVE NOT HAD MEANINGFUL CHANGES SINCE THE 1960’s!!! Think about that: the $1000 you got in 1965 is not the same as $1000 in 2016.
So what are we to do? Well, I don’t expect a revolt against dental ‘insurance plans’ (whose primary goal is to make money, after all). But I do expect employees to complain to their HR departments and demand better choices. And, like any other insurance that you shop around for, question what you are paying for and see if you are a getting a value and benefit for what your expenses are.
And, though I want this post to be about educating the patient and consumer, I would like to mention that we offer a plan that can make better financial sense. While not ‘insurance’ it is a membership plan that give you access to care with significant savings on treatment. Check it out at Our Plan Page
Call us today to find out more!
November 5, 2016
Let’s be honest, no one likes to be told that they need a root canal. Due to common horror stories from the past about pain and discomfort, many people tend to put off the procedure. However, you really have no reason to fear root canal therapy in Merrimack. Advancements in dentistry now make root canals no worse than your typical dental filling. At Dental Designs of New England, we understand your hesitation to undergo a root canal. As your dentist, we encourage you to have the procedure performed to promote your oral health while preventing complications from an untreated tooth.