Foods That Strengthen Your Teeth Naturally

You may know that sugary and acidic foods are bad for your teeth. Do you also know which foods are beneficial to your oral health and which can help in strengthening your teeth? Read on to find out:

Cheese – According to a Consumer Trends report, 96% of Americans are cheese eaters and would rather be stripped of coffee than having cheese removed from their diet. This is good news for your teeth! Coffee cannot only stain your teeth, it can create acids that can cause tooth and enamel erosion. Cheese, on the other hand, can help lower the risk of tooth decay by balancing pH levels in the mouth, according to EruekAlert. Since cheese contains calcium and protein, it can also help to strengthen tooth enamel.

Yogurt – Just like cheese, yogurt can help strengthen your tooth enamel because it contains calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains probiotics and has been found to be beneficial to gums. The good bacteria from the yogurt push out the bad, cavity-causing bacteria keeping them healthy. However, stay away from flavored yogurt, as it can contain high amounts of sugar that can damage your teeth.

Leafy Greens – Look at any list of healthy foods and you’re sure to see leafy greens included. Beyond being generally good for your health, they can help strengthen your teeth, too. Leafy greens are full of vitamins and calcium, helping to reinforce the enamel of your teeth. They are also full of folic acid (a type of B Vitamin), which can help prevent gum disease. If you aren’t fond of the taste, throw greens in your smoothie.

Apples – While you may think apples wouldn’t be on this list due to their high sugar content, they contain a high amount of water and fiber. Eating an apple causes your mouth to produce saliva, which rinses away bacteria. Additionally, the texture of an apple can help stimulate the gums.

Carrots – Carrots can help reduce the risk of cavities by increasing saliva production in your mouth. Like apples, they are crunchy, full of fiber and have a good amount of Vitamin A.

Celery – Similar to apples and carrots, celery can help to scrape away pieces of food and keep bacteria off of teeth. Celery also contains a good amount of Vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that can help to improve your gum health.

Adding these six foods into your diet can help to strengthen your teeth naturally and work to improve your overall health. Pay close attention to what you are drinking, too, as many drinks these days contain high levels of sugar, which can be damaging to teeth. Swap these drinks for water, which is always the best pick and can help to keep your mouth hydrated and bacteria-free.

 

Have You Heard About Hybridge® Dental Implants?

Hybridge is an innovative full-arch tooth replacement technique, giving patients the look and feel of natural teeth. Beyond that, Hybridge shortens the amount of time from start to finish over other implant methods and offers patients a permanent solution at a competitive price point. After completing multiple rigorous training courses where he learned the Hybridge clinical process, Dr. Gregory Bennett is a Hybridge Certified Dentist.

Why Hybridge®?

Hybridge Dental Implants function just like a full set of dentures without the worry of the teeth slipping and sliding, allowing regular and comfortable oral functionality and care. The Hybridge solution is a cost-effective approach to replacing a full-arch since the restoration can be supported by only 5-6 implants, versus other traditional methods requiring an implant on each individual tooth. Also, unlike other methods, Hybridge offers a permanent solution by attaching to the implant rather than the gums or natural teeth. This means the Hybridge implant will never slip or slide when eating or speaking.

What is the Hybridge® process like?

The process consists of two stages. The first stage involves removing all remaining teeth for full-arch restoration, and then allowing the jaw to heal for 11 weeks. Once the jaw has healed, the dental implants are surgically implanted. During this stage of the treatment process, temporary and comfortable tooth replacements are placed, so the patient is never without teeth. Once healed, a computer-generated surgical guide is made, which allows Dr. Bennett to plan the best locations for implants in a precise manner. With extreme accuracy, the dental implants are surgically placed using a minimally invasive technique. Once inserted, the Hybridge Laboratory creates a single restoration that not only replaces the teeth but the gum line as well. A full-arch treatment can be finalized within 5-weeks of implant placement. From start to finish, a full-arch restoration can be completed in 16-weeks, significantly shorter than conventional methods.

What is the cost?

There are many variables that go into determining the cost for Hybridge treatment, such as: number of teeth remaining, available bone, etc. Dr. Bennett will be able to provide an accurate cost estimate after your initial consultation.

How long do Hybridge® implants last?

How long Hybridge implants last is dependent on individual wear and tear. For most people, maintaining implants requires minimal effort beyond regular and routine care for natural teeth. Habits such as tooth grinding, clenching and chewing hard objects (candy, ice, etc.) may lead to higher maintenance costs. If the materials become worn or damaged, they can be replaced for less than the cost of conventional crowns.

Have more questions about Hybridge Dental Implants and want to know if they are right for you? Call Arvada Dental Center today at 303-421-7611.

Botox – What You Need to Know

Botox has become one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment options, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. Most people use it to enhance their appearance by removing wrinkles and smoothing their skin. We are proud to announce that Dr. Arnold now offers Botox treatment for patients, making it that much more convenient to get a beautiful look.

What is Botox?

Botox is derived from a bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum, which is found in many natural settings, including soil, lakes and forests.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking signals between the nerves and muscles, therefore paralyzing the muscles. This is how it works to smooth wrinkles – it immobilizing the muscles surrounding fine lines, making the lines less likely to move and therefore making them less noticeable. Botox can be used on forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines (lines around the nose), chin (for dimpling), skin bands on the neck and around the mouth (for smile lines).

What should you expect?

When you visit Arvada Dental Center for Botox, Dr. Arnold will use a very fine needle to inject the product into specific muscles. The patient will only feel minor discomfort. The procedure just takes a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. It may take 3-7 days, and in some cases up to two weeks, for you to notice the full effect, but the results last for about four to six months. To maintain results, we recommend coming in for routine treatment, as after multiple injections, lines and wrinkles will typically appear less severe as your muscles have been trained to relax.

Are there side effects?

The main side effect of Botox is temporary bruising and slight pain near the injection areas. Headaches are another common side effect, which are rare and typically last 24-48 hours. A small percentage of people develop eyelid drooping, which usually resolves in three weeks. This is often caused when the Botox moves around, so avoid rubbing the treated area for 12 hours after the injection, or lay down for three to four hours.

Botox can help reduce wrinkles, smooth skin, and help you look younger. Thinking of getting Botox? Dr. Arnold now offers injections and can provide you with more information. Call 303-421-7611 today to schedule your appointment.

Top Five Questions About IV sedation

Comprehensive and regular dental care is a must. Whether it’s twice annual check-ups or more extensive work, going to the dentist is essential. Unfortunately for some, dental visits can be quite anxiety inducing.

IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is ideal for patients who:

– Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past

– Have high anxiety or fear regarding dental visits

– Have an overactive gag reflex

– Don’t respond well to regular Novocain

– Fear needles

  1. What is IV sedation dentistry? IV sedation dentistry is an anxiety drug that is injected directly into the bloodstream through an IV. The medication takes effect almost immediately, and patients do not feel anything during the procedure. It is unlikely that patients will remember anything until the drugs wear off.
  1. How is it administered to patients? The medication is given to patients through an IV, usually in the arm. The IV does not hurt and takes effect almost immediately.
  1. Is IV sedation safe? Yes, IV sedation is 100% safe, when administered by a licensed provider. Be sure to consult with your dentist before the procedure, and make your dentist aware of all allergies that you have.
  1. Am I a candidate for IV sedation dental work? If you’re afraid of the dentist, have had bad experiences with dental work in the past, or want to be sedated for more extensive work, then you are probably a candidate. Talk to your dentist if you have an upcoming crown, bridge, implant, root canal or tooth extraction. IV sedation is not typically done for routine cleanings and checkups, though it is an option.
  1. How much does IV sedation cost? It may cost as much as $500, depending on the procedure and your dental benefit plan. If you want to know specific prices for you, call us at 303.421.7611.

IV sedation is a great option for patients of all ages. Be sure to ask Dr. Bennett about IV sedation at your next visit!

Your Teeth and Your Heart: How Oral Health is Related to Heart Disease

Oral health, specifically your gum health, can have a huge impact on overall health. The gums set the foundation for all other aspects of your oral health, and keeping gums healthy is something that many struggle with. According to Colgate, over 80% of American adults have signs on periodontal disease and studies show that there is a link between poor gum care and heart disease. This is an important discovery, considering the fact that heart disease is one of the top causes of death in the United States.

Patients often wonder how the state of their gums affects something in a completely different part of their body, but the answer is simple: bacteria. The bacteria that cause plaque and cavities can make its way to other parts of the body. In the case of the heart, scientists believe that the bacteria in the mouth make their way into the bloodstream (your gums are filled with blood vessels) and thus block blood vessels leading to the heart.

Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, but this is a matter of how many malignant bacteria are hanging out in there. Malignant, or harmful, bacteria lead to periodontal disease.

Prevention is dependent upon routine. Make it a habit to brush your teeth for two minutes every morning and every evening. Make it a priority to floss once daily. Never miss a dental checkup. If you already have a heart condition, this is even more essential.

To check for signs of periodontal disease yourself, look for swollen or bleeding gums. If you notice these symptoms, ramp up your oral care routine. If you notice small pockets between the tooth and the gum, call your dentist. If you’re unsure about any of these warning signs, call Arvada Dental Center at 303.421.7611. Dr. Bennett offers an array of periodontal services to get you back to your best self.

Grinding Your Teeth: Causes, Effects and Solutions

Teeth grinding is a very common problem that we see among patients. It most commonly occurs while the patient is asleep, but can also happen throughout the day, usually without conscious action. Light grinding of the teeth can be harmless, but most of the time we find that it is best to nip this habit in the bud as soon as possible. Below, you will learn why you may be grinding your teeth, how that effects your oral health, and what solutions are available to fix the habit.

Causes

Grinding of the teeth is frequently caused by stress and anxiety. During sleeping and waking hours, you are more likely to grind your teeth if there is something stressful going on in your life. Keep in mind that because it can be habit forming, teeth grinding can continue even after the anxiety-inducing stimulus is removed. Grinding of the teeth can also be caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth. If there is something awry in your mouth, grinding is an unconscious way to try and fix the problem. Sleep apnea also causes most patients to grind their teeth when sleeping.

Effects

The effects of grinding your teeth are numerous. Perhaps the most significant impact is on your enamel and the surface of your teeth. Over time, constant teeth grinding can wear down the divots on the surface of your teeth and cause them to be more susceptible to bacteria, and ultimately cavities. Very severe grinding can even lead to tooth loss. Symptoms to be aware of are lower jaw pain or morning headaches. Your significant other may also be able to tell you if are grinding while you sleep.

Solutions

If you think that you’re grinding may be stress related, ask a medical professional about ways to reduce stress and anxiety. These methods will be different for each patient, so make sure that you consult a professional. Additionally, one of the most common and most successful solution is to get fitted for a night guard. A night guard is a small, comfortable and fitted piece of equipment that will protect your teeth from grinding at night. If you grind during the day, make sure to be more cognizant of your habit to train yourself away from it. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they are known to lead to higher levels of teeth grinding. Minimizing gum chewing can also help alleviate symptoms. If your teeth are already severely damaged by grinding, give us a call at (303) 421-7611 for a complimentary consultation. We will work to find your ideal solution.

 

The Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

What you eat and drink can seriously affect the health of your teeth. In turn, the health of your teeth can seriously affect the rest of your body’s health. For example, poor oral health can lead to heart disease, tooth decay, and even problems with pregnancy. This is why it is imperative to keep your mouth in tip-top shape. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you which beverages you need to stay away from in order to keep your teeth health.

1. Soda. Soda has exceptionally high levels of sugar. The bacteria that live in your mouth feed on sugar. This feeding creates an acid production that can seriously wear down your enamel. Even diet sodas contain acid that can contribute to enamel wear. Drink soda and you risk getting cavities.
2. Coffee. Coffee can stain the surface of your teeth, but that’s not the only thing you should be worried about. The acid in coffee has the ability to wear down your teeth. Plus, sugar is commonly added to coffee, which can also wear down enamel and cause cavities.
3. Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages can wear down enamel due to their sugar content. Your gums may also suffer because alcohol is dehydrating. Drinks like red wine can also stain your teeth. Bottom line – try to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
4. Fruit juice. Even those considered “healthy” should be avoided. Similar to soda, fruit juices contain high amounts of sugar and will therefore wear down your enamel and aid in plaque buildup. If you can’t give up your morning orange juice, make sure you’re washing it down with a glass of water and a hearty two-minute brushing session.

The only surefire way to battle drink related tooth decay is to drink water. Tap water, specifically, contains minerals and fluoride which will keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you can’t say goodbye to the beverages listed above, be sure to supplement them with water, brushing and flossing.

The Scoop on Same-Day Crowns

Getting a crown placed can be inconvenient, time-consuming and even intimidating. At most dental offices, the crown procedure is completed in two dental visits and about 7-10 days is needed to create the crown based on an impression of the tooth .

While this process is effective, it’s also a bit tiresome and outdated. In today’s fast-paced environment, it can be difficult to make two separate dental appointments and wait a week to get your smile completely restored. Thankfully, dental technology and professionals strive to offer more progressive solutions that help the people that matter most: the patients.

Here at Arvada Dental Center, we are proud to provide crowns within one single dental appointment. The key to same-day crowns is Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. We are able to use this advanced technology to speed up the crown-making process. Instead of taking an impression, we use technology to take a very specific photograph of your tooth. This photograph is then transformed into a three-dimensional model of your tooth. That gives our doctors all that they need to create your permanent crown.

Ever heard of a 3-D printer? This is similar. The 3-dimenstional model creates a perfect ceramic crown that can be fixed onto your tooth within minutes!

 

Completing a crown in one visit will save you both time and money. Call us at 303.421.7611 and we’ll get you in and out, and smiling in no time!

If You Haven’t Been to the Dentist in Years, Here’s What to Expect

We often find that many new patients who come in for a cleaning are long overdue. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years, first of all, do not be embarrassed or ashamed. We see teeth of all shapes and sizes, some very healthy and others in need of some TLC. No matter how long it’s been, it’s never too late to get back in the chair.

When scheduling your appointment, make sure that you are honest when reporting your last dental visit, as it will give your dentist and hygienist an idea of what to expect, what tools are needed, and how long the appointment will be.

If it’s been a few years since your last cleaning, here is what you might expect at your appointment:

1. Bleeding gums. When your hygienist goes to floss your teeth, you will likely experience some bleeding. This occurs because your gums are not used to the pressure of the floss excavating between your teeth and gums. You can prevent some of this bleeding by flossing thoroughly, every day prior to your appointment.

2. Since you have not had your teeth professionally cleaned in some time, you can expect a significant amount of plaque build up on the surface of your teeth. It is for this reason that your cleaning may take longer than usual.

3. X-rays. Your dentist will want to take X-rays of your teeth and mouth to make sure that no serious problems have developed in the time since your last appointment. From the X-rays, your dentist will be able to assess your oral health in its entirety and then provide any necessary treatment recommendations from there.

4. Comprehensive mouth-check. After your teeth have been cleaned by the hygienist, your dentist will meticulously check your mouth for cavities, signs of gum disease, and possible problems that could have occurred. If you haven’t been to the dentist in over 10 years, it is likely that you will need to fill a cavity and/or take preventative action against gum disease.

5. One-on-one conversation. After your examination, you will want to chat with your dentist about next steps. You may have to make a follow up appointment for a filling, or perhaps you will be referred out for a more intensive procedure. Before leaving the office, make sure to schedule an appointment for six months out to continue on your journey to optimal dental health.

We understand that visiting the dentist every six months can be hard on your schedule, but we cannot stress enough the importance of bi-annual cleanings. You may feel as though life gets in the way of your oral health, but if the proper preventative measures aren’t taken, your oral health may start getting in the way of your life.

Whether it’s been six months or 16 years, Arvada Dental Center is happy to see you for a consultation and cleaning. Call 303.421.7611 today!

Cosmetic Procedures to Beautify Your Smile: Which is Right for You?

Your smile is often the first thing someone notices upon meeting you. For this reason, it is important that your smile reflect the beautiful person that you are. Often, you are able to maintain your smile by brushing and flossing. Sometimes, additional work is needed. Here at Arvada Dental Center, we offer veneers, bonding, whitening, crowns and bridges, inlays and onlays, implants, and dentures – all cosmetic services geared towards providing you with a beautiful smile. With such an extensive list, it can be difficult to know which type of cosmetic dentistry will help you to achieve your ideal smile. We’re here to help you out.

Veneers: Veneers may be right for you if you have misshapen or crooked teeth. Maybe one of your front teeth are severely discolored or perhaps one of your teeth doesn’t blend in with the rest of your smile. Veneers involve adhering thin strips of porcelain onto the outside of your teeth to reshape and enhance the appearance of your tooth.

Bonding: Bonding may work best to improve your smile if you have a chipped or cracked tooth. If you are unhappy with the shape of your tooth, we can bond a resin material to your tooth to give it the shape and feel that you desire.

Whitening: A professional whitening treatment is right for you if you notice your teeth looking yellow, brown, or discolored. Maybe you have tried whitening toothpaste and at-home treatments with no luck. With the use of a laser, we can really get to the root of your problem.

Crowns and bridges: You may be in need of a crown or a bridge after a particularly severe cavity or root canal, if you have a broken tooth, or if your tooth is about to break or crack. In both a crown and bridge procedure, a protective cap is placed over your tooth to restore it’s look and function.

Inlays and onlays: These may be right for you if need any kind of tooth restoration. Perhaps you need a filling or a crown. Inlays and onlays are cosmetic alternatives to fillings and can also replace a crown if the decayed area is small enough.

Implants: You are in need of an implant if you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, and desire a permanent solution. An implant acts as a prosthetic tooth root that is attached into your jawbone, which secures it in place. A crown is placed on top of the implant to restore the look and function of your missing natural tooth.

Dentures: Dentures may be the right choice for you if have multiple missing teeth or multiple shifting teeth. A denture is removable, and keeps your existing teeth from shifting into unwanted areas.

Cosmetic dental surgery, in all its forms, has the amazing ability to not only restore your smile, but also to restore your confidence. If you would like more information about our cosmetic dentistry services, give us a call at 303.421.7611. We will be able to consult with you on precisely what is the right procedure to perfect your smile.