The Positive Coaching Alliance Makes Sports Fun Again

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Positive Coaching Alliance

Jeffrey Tocci treats patients at his dental practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He offers an array of dental services including implants and TMJ treatments. Jeffrey Tocci also coaches youth sports and is involved with the Positive Coaching Alliance.

The Positive Coaching Alliance seeks to transform youth sports into a positive and enriching experience for all players. It brings players, coaches, and parents together to encourage sportsmanship, growth, and development.

The Positive Coaching Alliance centers on what it calls the Double-Goal Coach. Like all coaches, Double-Goal coaches work toward the goal of winning games. Unlike many coaches, they put equal focus on the overarching goal of teaching life lessons. These coaches want to reward effort as much as success and help players grow from mistakes rather than putting them down.

Parents are encouraged to be Second-Goal Parents, who focus on raising a whole person, not just an athlete. The Alliance believes that everyone is better off if coaches focus on coaching and parents focus on parenting.


Dental Implants – Lifelong Tooth Replacement

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Tocci Dental Associates

Jeffrey Tocci helps patients maintain healthy smiles at Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jeffrey Tocci offers an array of dental services for children and adults, including cosmetic services like porcelain crowns and dental implant restoration.

Dental implants are cylindrical, tapered posts. They are most commonly made from titanium. These posts are surgically placed inside the jawbone, where they fuse with existing bone to create a sturdy base; this base replaces the tooth root.

Abutments are connectors that fix the new tooth to the implant. Sometimes these are built into the implant; sometimes they are placed on top after the fact. Once the abutment is in place, a crown is attached to it. These replacement teeth are custom made for each patient, so they match existing teeth perfectly.

Dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly. They will never get cavities but still require care and regular dental checkups. Patients who opt for dental implants enjoy the freedom they bring, allowing them to eat, drink, and talk naturally.

What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

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Jeffrey Tocci

Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has been the owner of Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, since 1986, when he took over the dental practice from his father. Jeffrey Tocci has several dental specialties, including cosmetic surgery and restorative therapies, and has advanced training in oral conscious sedation.

Sedation can be used in several contexts in dentistry, including surgeries and simple cleanings. For some people, going to the dentist for even a minor reason is a cause for major fear and anxiety, and in these cases conscious sedation may be able to help.

Sedation can mean the minimal relaxation that comes from inhaling nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) or taking a Halcion pill, which is similar to taking Valium and can cause drowsiness. Deeper sedation can be given intravenously, which allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation continuously, and the deepest form of sedation is general anesthesia where the patient is completely unconscious.

Many forms of sedation for oral procedures are relatively safe, some of them even for children. When a patient suffers from extreme anxiety, sensitive teeth, or a bad gag reflex, oral conscious sedation with a qualified dentist may be the right choice for a painless dental experience.

Healing from TMJ Disorders

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Jeffrey Tocci

Dr. Jeffrey Tocci is the owner and dentist at Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Alongside several other specialties, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci helps many patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and he completed a residency on the topic at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

TMJ disorders are quite common, with some estimates suggesting that there are over 10 million American sufferers, more of them tending to be women than men. The temporomandibular joints are the most complex in the body, comprising many nerves and muscles that allow for coordinated movement in three dimensions. There’s no clear or consistent cause for TMJ disorders, but arthritis, jaw injuries, and chronic stress or pain disorders may be major contributors.

Often TMJ disorders are associated with imbalanced chewing due to misaligned jaw joints. While surgery can work in some cases, relieving tense muscles and improving blood flow through ultrasound therapy, microcurrent therapy, cold laser therapy, or trigger point therapy can often correct the misalignments and relieve pain without the need for any invasive procedures.

The Importance of Mouth Guards to Dental Health

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Jeffrey Tocci

Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has owned a private dental practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for more than three decades. Through his practice, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci provides his patients with various services in the areas of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sports dentistry.

The field of sports dentistry primarily deals with the prevention and treatment of oral injuries resulting from athletic engagements. In terms of prevention, dentists’ can provide services as diverse as nutritional advising and custom mouth guard fitting. The mouth guard is arguably the single most important tool in a sports dentist’s arsenal when it comes to preventing oral trauma.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), as many as 2 million teeth are lost each year during athletic contests. Sports injuries, which are three times more common than auto accidents, are the leading cause of oral trauma. Despite the frequency of these injuries, only 7 percent of soccer and basketball players use protective mouth guards. Both sports present a higher risk of facial injuries compared to football and hockey. In particular, basketball players are seven times more likely to experience a serious oral injury.

The ADA further advises individuals involved with field hockey, gymnastics, rugby, volleyball, and martial arts to wear mouth guards. However, sports dentists will help patients involved in any type of athletic activity obtain custom mouth guards.

An Overview of General Dentistry Procedures

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Jeffrey Tocci

Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has studied dentistry at the Harvard Dental School for Implantology, Tufts University of Dental Medicine, and the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. As a dental practitioner in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for more than 30 years, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has performed an array of dental procedures, including fillings, crowns, and extractions.

Fillings, crowns, and extractions represent three of the most common dental procedures a patient may experience. Dental fillings are necessary when a tooth has been compromised by decay. Dentists replace the decayed portion of the tooth with various materials, and in many cases can naturally blend the color of the material with the surrounding teeth, rendering the simple procedure unnoticeable.

Crowns, meanwhile, also can be used to repair a decayed tooth, though a patient may also require a crown if they have cracked or completely broken a tooth. The installation of a crown helps dental professionals to strengthen and restructure the damaged tooth. Crowns are designed to function in the same manner as a healthy tooth so that patients can chew and bite without issue.

Finally, extractions involve the complete removal of a tooth. While dentists prefer to salvage a tooth through fillings or crowns, a tooth subjected to excessive decay or severe trauma may need to be taken out of the mouth and replaced. Patients have a variety of choices when it comes to replacing a tooth after extraction. Following extraction, dentists will ensure that patients retain a proper bite pattern so as to prevent additional oral problems in the future.

TMD Treatments

Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci is a dental surgeon with years of experience treating patients. In addition to a DDS from Georgetown University’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci obtained certification from the Harvard Dental School for Implantology and received certification in TMD therapies from Tufts University of Dental Medicine.

TMD (temporomandibular disorder) refers to a condition in which a person has difficulty using his or her temporomanidbular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. TMD can be very painful and disruptive to a normal daily routine. While a dentist may make the initial diagnosis (using X-rays or more advanced technology such as MRIs and CT scans), he or she typically refers the patient to an oral surgeon for additional treatment.

Individuals suffering from TMD can change their behaviors in order to alleviate symptoms. At-home remedies include taking over-the-counter medication, using hot or cold packs, and eating soft foods. For more extreme pain, a dental surgeon may recommend stronger medicine or a splint or night guard. In some instances, the surgeon may suggest dental work or special therapies, including TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).

If you’re experiencing intense jaw pain, please contact your dentist for more information.