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  • Summer Smile Tips

    During the summer months, it is easy to fall out of your regular routine. Kids are out of school and adventures are around every corner. With longer days that turn into long nights, brushing and flossing may not be at the top of your summer bucket list. Here at Apex Dental, we get it. We know you want to soak up the sun and enjoy the days with your children, but to avoid the post-summer oral hygiene blues, we offer some tips on how to keep everyone’s smiles bright all summer long.
    portrait of a group of children running on the beach

    Steer Clear Of Too Much Sugar

    Everyone should enjoy a tasty sweet ice pop or snow cone now and then, but be sure to limit your family’s sugar intake. When the weather is hot it is easy to guzzle down sports drinks, soda-pop and ice cream all in one day. All that sugar adds up and promotes tooth decay.

    Water, Water, Water!

    Be sure everyone drinks plenty of water. It is good for your teeth and helps you to stay hydrated. Most water is treated with fluoride which helps build strong tooth enamel and may prevent cavity development. Water also helps wash away any food particles that may build up in your teeth.

    Try Not To Graze

    Snacking is easy in the summer. Especially at BBQs and family parties when food is abundant and at arms reach. Enjoy the summer snacks, but try to limit your grazing. Grazing all day can reduce saliva production and may cause food to become stuck in between your teeth.

    Brush Your Teeth!

    Be sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day, if not more. Even if you and your kids hit the hay later than normal, it is important to brush for two minutes twice a day. Encourage your whole family to stay on track to avoid complex oral health concerns.

    Schedule A Back To School Exam

    Schedule your back to school exam early to avoid the rush. Contact our Northborough, MA dentist office or schedule your consultation online. Our family dentist can see you, your kids, and everyone else in your family to make visiting the dentist convenient and fun!

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  • Be Our Guest

    out of town dental care Dr. Robert Gauthier’s experience, skill, and our excellent patient experience draw patients from all over the world to our Northborough, MA dentist office. Conveniently located between two major cities, Boston and Worcester, Apex Dental invites any patient seeking high-quality smile makeovers or complex restorative dentistry to contact our office to learn more about our comprehensive concierge out of town guest services. Dr. Gauthier has developed a unique and comprehensive system to ensure results for our out of town patients. Using advanced technology Dr. Guathier is able to complete most cosmetic dental restorations in a single visit.

    Concierge Guest Services

    Our compassionate and highly trained staff offer our out of town guests personalized concierge services. Our team can help you find accommodations and can recommend the best local places in town to eat. Our dental care team is here for you every step of the way from your initial consultation through your procedure and all the way to your follow appointment. They will help handle payment, and insurance claims to maximize your benefits package. If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of our team members, they will be happy to spend time with you to ensure you are comfortable and well informed.

    Dental Technology for Same Day Dentistry

    • In-House Dental Lab: 
    • Apex Dental of Northborough, MA is equipped with a state of the art in-house dental lab. Our team is highly skilled in creating porcelain dental restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. In-house dental labs allow for more accurate and quicker restoration by eliminating a 3rd party lab.

    • CEREC Same Day Dentistry: 
    • CEREC CAD/CAM technology is an innovate machine that can design, fabricate and fit high quality dental restoration with more precise results in less time. CEREC allows for same day dental restorations.

    To coordinate out of town guests treatment, Dr. Gauthier spends extensive time planning the case. Depending on where the patient is based, consultations can happen either in our Northborough office or by phone. Dr. Gauthier is able to get a firm understanding of the patient’s health situation as well as their cosmetic concerns. The patient’s visit is scheduled to work conveniently in their schedule and allow Dr. Gauthier ample time to complete treatment.

    Restorative and Cosmetic Dental Procedures

    Contact Apex Dental For Smile Makeovers

    No matter where you live, near or far, Dr. Gauthier can help you restore the beauty, function, and health to your smile. To learn more about our out of town guest services, contact our Northborough, MA dentist office or request an appointment online.

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  • Smile Makeover For A Whole New You

    cosmetic dentist northborough maYour smile is the focal point of your appearance. The health and aesthetics of your teeth and gums can change the way you look and feel about yourself. A beautiful smile can improve the quality of your life, and cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your smile goals. Northborough, MA dentist office Apex Dental provides comprehensive and personalized cosmetic dentistry for the smile of your dreams.

    Cosmetic Treatments Northborough, MA

    In order to meet your needs, budget and cosmetic goals, APEX Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dental treatments. Dr. Gauthier provides personalized treatment planning and will help outline your course of treatment and all the ways it will benefit your oral health and quality of life.

    It is important to keep in mind that many cosmetic concerns such as missing teeth or brooken or worn down teeth are actually more than just cosmetic. Many cosmetic concerns are, or can develop into orla health problems. If you have cosmetic issues with your smile, be sure to see Dr. Gauthier for a consultation to avoid the development of long term advance dental problems.

    CEREC for Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Gauthier uses CEREC, a CAD/CAM technology that can design, fabricate and fit custom dental restorations often in just one visit to our Northborough dentist office. CEREC makes getting the smile of your dreams more convenient and assessable than ever before. CEREC uses the most modern dental materials to create natural, comfortable and highly durable restorations. Your restorations will also be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural smile for beautiful results. CEREC eliminates the need for messy impression trays and third party dental labs. All of your restorations are designed and fabricated in-house using digital imaging and software.

    Choosing Dr. Robert Gauthier for Cosmetic Dentistry

    When looking for a cosmetic dentist you want to find a dentist who is not only highly trained but highly skilled with a natural eye for facial aesthetics. Dr. Gauthier has the artistic talent and advanced training in the most modern cosmetic dental technique and technology and provides patients with natural and balanced results. To learn more about how Dr. Guathier and our dental care team can help you get the smile makeover of your dreams, contact our Northborough, MA dentist office or schedule an appointment online.

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  • Dental Implants for Natural Results

    ThinkstockPhotos-86532128Are you hiding your smile behind your hand or smiling with your mouth closed because you are embarrassed of your missing teeth? Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic dental concern. Patients with missing teeth could suffer long term oral health consequences if they leave their missing teeth untreated. Apex Dental dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier offers the dental implant treatment in the comfort of his Northborough, MA dentist office.

    Why Replace Missing Teeth?

    Missing teeth, especially if they are in the “smile-zone” can be unsightly and embarrassing. Having missing teeth can diminish the quality of your life, or hold you back from living life to the fullest. But, missing teeth may also cause a whole spectrum of other concerns. Untreated, missing teeth can lead to bone deterioration, jaw recession, and increased chance of developing additional tooth loss and gum disease. Replacing your missing teeth is essential in maintaining your long term oral health. Many patients who do not replace their missing teeth may look prematurely aged and have a sunken in look to their face.

    Why Choose Dental Implants?

    Dental implants act as a prosthetic root structure. The small titanium post is implanted into the jaw bone and stimulates natural bone regeneration. Dental implants are over 98% successful and can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or all of your missing teeth. Dr. Gauthier will help you determine what implant style is best for your oral health. Your implant could be covered with a dental crown, bridge or full denture depending on your personal needs and cosmetic goals. Dental implants allow for almost full chewing function and look and feel comfortable and natural.

    Why Apex Dental for Dental Implants?

    Dr. Gauthier is able to perform most dental implant procedures from start to finish in his Northborough dentist office. This allows for consistency of care and reliable results. If needed, Dr. Gauthier works closely with a specialist and will refer to him if appropriate. Dr. Gauthier offers years of experience and advanced dental education. Our family friendly dentist office provides full-service dentistry for your convenience and comfort. Schedule a consultation with your Apex dentist or schedule a visit online to learn more about the dental procedures that can restore the aesthetics and health of your smile.

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  • Oral Health & Bad Breath

    Unbelievable news!Bad breath stinks. No one wants to have smelly breath, but did you know your chronic halitosis could be an indicator of a much more serious concern? Bad breath could be your body’s way of letting you know that there may be something more going on. Northborough, MA Apex Dental provides patients with comprehensive oral health care that can help get to the root of your bad breath.

    Everyone experiences unpleasant breath once in awhile, especially in the morning, or after eating potent smelling foods. This type of bad breath is normal and can be eradicated with good oral hygiene. Bad breath becomes a concern if it is persistent, and does not subside with proper brushing and flossing.

    What Could My Bad Breath Be Telling Me?

    Chronic halitosis may be an indicator of a health concern of the mouth, or of the body. If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, be sure to schedule a dental exam with your Apex dentist. Early diagnosis could allow for more effective and conservative treatment. Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Olga Krikunenko, and Dr.Meaghan Murray provide comprehensive and personal dental treatment plans that will address the root of your halitosis and restore your smile.

    Oral Health Concerns & Halitosis

    • Tooth Decay: When sugar or food debris builds up and around your teeth, bacteria will begin to grow. The bacteria eats away at the enamel of your teeth and causes tooth decay. The bacteria has a smell to it and could be causing your halitosis. Apex dental can treat your tooth decay. Addressing your tooth decay as soon as possible can help prevent root canal or tooth extraction. Dr. Gauthier provides white fillings for aesthetically pleasing results.
    • Dentures: Your dentures need to be cleaned every day to prevent them from growing bacteria. BE sure to remove plaque and debris from your dentures to avoid infection of the gums or bad breath.
    • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth can be caused by medication, chemotherapy, salivary gland conditions, or mouth breathing. Dry mouth is a condition where your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva to keep your mouth moist and clean. Dr. Gauthier may recommend a hydrating oral rinse. You should also be sure to drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.

    Schedule An Appoinment

    If your Northborough dentist determines that your bad breath is not caused by an oral health concern, they may recommend you visit your general physician. Bad breath may also be an indicator that you are experiencing diabetes, liver or kidney conditions or gastrointestinal disorders. If not an oral health concern, your chronic halitosis could also be a sign of a lung, sinus or throat infection. These are serious health concerns that should be addressed by a doctor. Schedule a consultation with your Apex dentist to find out the cause of your bad breath.

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  • Zoom® Teeth Whitening

    zoomAre you looking for a quick and effective way to rejuvenate your smile? Northborough, MA Apex Dental offers Zoom® whitening for the convenience of our patients. Zoom professional whitening is an innovative whitening system that combines bleaching gel with special light technology to whiten teeth in just one sitting.

    In just 4 easy steps completed in just 1 hour, your teeth can be up to 8 shades whiter. Zoom whitening offers immediate and stunning results. One of our Apex dentists will perform Zoom Whitening in the comfort of our Northborough dentist office.

    To receive optimal results our dental care team will recommend a thorough dental cleaning prior to using Zoom. After your dental cleaning, your mouth and gums will be covered for their protection. The whitening gel will then be applied to your teeth. Your Apex dentist will then apply the special Zoom light. The light is designed to interact with the whitening gel to break up stains. Treatment takes about 45 minutes for optimal results.

    Benefits of Zoom

    • Immediate results
    • Makes teeth up to 8 shades whiter
    • Reduces sensitivity
    • Quick treatment time
    • Long lasting results

    Patients will experience a visibly whiter smile immediately after their treatment. Whiter smiles can improve your confidence and quality of life. As you age, your teeth naturally appear stained, or more yellow. Zoom whitening can take years off your smile. Teeth whitening is an economical and convenient way to rejuvenate your smile.

    For patients who have bleach resistant stains, ask one of our cosmetic dentists about what cosmetic treatments are available to whiten your teeth. Apex Dental also offers take home whitening gel trays so you can whiten your teeth at your own pace. Gel trays offer gradual results for an affordable price.

    Schedule a Dental Exam Northborough, MA

    Schedule an appointment at our Northborough dental office. Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Olga Krikunenko and Dr.Meaghan Murray offer comprehensive dental care for your optimal oral health. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy. Our Apex Dental dentists utilize state of the art technology and their years of experience and education to offer patients quality dental care in a supportive environment.

    Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Make A Resolution for Better Oral Health

    stk66291corIt is a new year and that means we are setting new goals and breaking old habits. Dedicate a few of your new year’s resolutions this year for your oral hygiene. The health of your teeth and gums can affect the health of your entire body. Taking care of your smile can improve your health, and your confidence. Northborough MA dentists Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Olga Krikunenko and Dr. Meaghan Murray know that proper at home oral hygiene is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Be sure to end your bad brushing habits in 2017 for your best oral health.

    Break Your Bad Oral Hygiene Habits

    Bad Habit: Brushing Immediately After Eating
    Why It Is Bad: Brushing immediately after you eat can actually cause damage to your teeth. The acids in the foods and beverages we consume can wear away tooth enamel. When you brush right after eating you may spread the acid around causing more damage to your enamel.
    How To Break It: We understand wanting to freshen your breath and remove food debris from your teeth. You should just wait 30 minutes before brushing. While you wait to brush, you can chew a piece of ADA approved sugar free gum or drink a large glass of water to help rinse out your mouth.

    Bad Habit: Tight Toothbrush Storage
    Why It Is Bad: You might think putting a cap on your toothbrush will keep airborne particles from making contact with your brush. The reality is that putting your damp toothbrush in a dark case can lead to bacteria growth. Your toothbrush needs air to dry in between uses.
    How To Break It: Store your toothbrushes at least 6 feet away from your toilet. Make sure you store your toothbrush with the bristle side up, and separate from other brushes. The air will dry out your brush in between uses which will keep bacteria and mold from growing in the bristles.

    Bad Habit: Keeping A Toothbrush Too Long
    Why It Is Bad: Bristles only last so long. If you keep your brush for too long the bristles weaken and can not clean your teeth as effectively.
    How To Break It: Replace your brush every 3-4 months or a soon as the bristles begin to wear. A good reminder to change your brush is the changing of seasons. Change your brush every time the seasons change to be sure you are getting your optimal clean.

    Schedule a Dental Exam Northborough, MA

    Schedule an appointment at our Northborough dental office. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy. Our Apex Dental dentists utilize state of the art technology and their years of experience and education to offer patients quality dental care in a supportive environment.

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  • Diabetes Linked To Oral Health

    Oral health and aging, northborough, MAMillions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. A medical condition that prohibits the body to regulate blood sugar, diabetes may affect the whole body. Symptoms of diabetes may also cause dental problems and contribute to deteriorating oral health.

    It is important to know the signs of these dental health concerns for early diagnosis and the prevention of advanced dental problems. Northborough, MA Apex dentist office wants you to know more about how diabetes could be affecting your oral health.

    Diabetes commonly decreases the body’s ability to fight infection, making patients more susceptible to gum disease, fungal infections, or dry mouth.

    Gum Disease

    Periodontal Disease is a common bacterial infection of the gums. Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gingivitis and can lead to complex oral health concerns. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased rates of medical conditions such as heart attack, stroke and even Parkinson’s disease. Periodontal disease is more prevalent in those with diabetes because your body’s defense to fight off bacteria is compromised. Those with uncontrolled diabetes who develop periodontal disease are also more likely to lose teeth due to the effects of gum disease.

    Thrush

    Thrush is a fungal infection that will show most commonly on your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. Thrush may cause burning, swelling and difficulty in swallowing. If you notice red or white patches or sores on your tongue, gums, or cheeks, contact our Northborough dentist office.

    Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth is a common side effect of diabetes. Diabetes increases the levels of glucose in the saliva and slows the natural production of saliva down. With less saliva to wash away debris and to keep bacteria levels in check, tooth decay may become more prevalent. Saliva is an important natural defense against tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water and proper oral hygiene may help decrease tooth decay due to dry mouth .

    Schedule a Dental Exam Northborough, MA

    If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, schedule an appointment at our Northborough dental office. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy. General dentists Dr. Robert Gauthier and Dr. Olga Krikunenko utilize state of the art technology and their years of experience and education to offer patients quality dental care in a supportive environment.

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  • Porcelain Veneers

    Cosmetic Dentistry, Northborough, MA

    Beautiful and Healthy Smiles Northorough, MA

    The beauty of your smile is just as important as the health of your smile. Do you feel self conscious about your natural smile due to a gap in your teeth or crooked, discolored or chipped teeth? Dental veneers may be the cosmetic dental procedure that could give you the smile of your dreams. Dental veneers offer lasting, natural looking results that can restore confidence in your smile.

    Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers with Dr. Gauthier

    Porcelain Veneers are a custom- fit, permanent dental restoration. Made from a thin layer of porcelain, After conducting a thorough oral health exam, Dr. Gauthier will discuss what cosmetic and restorative dental procedures will best help you achieve your aesthetic and oral health goals.

    Porcelain Veneer Procedure

    The porcelain veneer procedure can be completed in our comfortable Northborough dentist office. Using dental technology CEREC, Dr. Gauthier can offer patients a digital preview of what their smile will look like prior to receiving their cosmetic dental treatment. Some porcelain veneer procedures can be completed in just a few dentist visits.

    Dr. Gauthier will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel to allow room for the veneers. Once the veneers are fabricated with our advanced CEREC technology system, Dr. Gauthier will adhere the veneers to your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers are a secure cosmetic dental restoration that can create a whiter more beautiful smile resistant to future staining and damage.

    Once your porcelain veneers are permanently secured to your teeth you may continue to eat a normal healthy diet and maintain your daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting Dr. Gauthier regularly will help maintain your veneers for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

    Schedule An Appointment Northborough, MA

    Smile with confidence with porcelain veneers. Dr. Gauthier encourages patients to call our office or schedule an appointment to discuss cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to restore and rejuvenate your functional and beautiful smile.

    Posted in: Apex Dental

  • Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

    Halloween candy and teeth, Northborough, MAThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

    Northborough, MA Dentists Dr. Robert J. Gauthier Jr. and Dr. Olga Krikunenko have some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

    Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

    Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

    Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

    Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Drs. Gauthier and Krikunenko.

    Family dentists Drs. Gauthier and Krikunenko also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

    Posted in: General Dentistry, Oral Health