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While this process is effective, it’s also a bit tiresome and outdated.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.

DIY Toothpaste: What to Know

Do-It-Yourself products are becoming increasingly common. Did you know there are several ways to make your own toothpaste? While DIY toothpaste isn’t for everyone, making your own toothpaste allows you to use organic products as well as save some money.

Outlined below are a few ways that you can make your own paste, while still keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean.

 

Charcoal: Charcoal may seem dirty, but it actually can help to whiten your teeth! Mix 1 teaspoon activated charcoal, ¼ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, and a few drops of mint extract. These all-natural products work just as well as your favorite toothpaste brand.

Baking soda: Baking soda is also known for it’s whitening abilities. It also can be good for your stomach, so no need to worry if you swallow it while brushing. For this recipe, mix 2/3 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon mint extract, and water (add until you have your desired consistency).

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is all-powerful; its uses seem unlimited. Unsurprisingly, it is also fantastic for your teeth and gums. Mix ½ cup coconut oil, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and a few drops of mint extract. Mix together and get brushing!

 

Homemade toothpaste can be a great organic option, though we are not suggesting that standard, store-bought toothpastes are inferior. Whichever toothpaste you choose for your pearly whites, make sure you are brushing twice a day, for two minutes each time. If you’re due for a professional cleaning, give Arvada Dental Center a call at 303.421.7611.

Dental Gifts for the Whole Family!

Finding the right gift for everyone on your list can be a difficult task. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of gifts that the whole family will love. These gifts will even contribute to your friends’ and family’s oral health, because, after all, there is no better gift than that of health. Check out these five dental related gifts for both adults and kids.

1. Electric toothbrush. These can be pretty pricey, but they are well worth it. An electric toothbrush can reach in between your teeth and do a better job of all-around cleaning. Plus, there are several different designs for both kids and adults, ranging from different colors to different cartoon characters.

2. A tooth-brushing timer. Bathroom timers come in all shapes and sizes – some will sing to you, some are similar to an hour glass, some even stick right to the mirror. Brush timers are great because they allow you to brush for exactly two minutes, leading to optimal dental health care. The gift recipient and his or her teeth will thank you.

3. A children’s dentist Play-Doh set. Allow kids to play dentist! This is an awesome gift for kids because it will get them excited about visiting the dentist. In turn, your kiddos will be more likely to brush, floss, and stay away from cavity-inducing foods.

4. Socks with a dental print. These are a perfect stocking-stuffer. Not only are they warm and cozy for these cold winter months, but they will keep caring for your teeth top of mind.

5. A selfie-stick. A frequent selfie-taker will see their teeth much more often, reminding them to keep his or her smile in tip-top shape. Being more aware of how your teeth look may lead to more interest in caring for them. Talk about intrinsic motivation to brush!

 

These gifts are practical and fun – perfect for anyone close to you this holiday season. Remember, oral health contributes to the overall health of the body, so it is important to schedule cleanings bi-annually, as well as brush and floss everyday.

 

The Need-to-Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth replacement option available for patients today. They are permanent, comfortable, and maintain the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. If you are considering dental implants to improve your smile and quality of life, there are several things to keep in mind:

Dental implants function as natural tooth root substitutes and the benefits are plentiful. Aside from preserving the functionality of natural teeth, they also prevent other teeth from shifting or weakening, which can lead to additional, more severe complications. Even more so, dental implants enhance the appearance of your smile and therefore increase overall self-esteem.

Every implant case is unique, which means the cost of dental implants vary depending on the number of implants, severity of the case, treatment time, etc. There are several financing options available to help make your dream smile a reality. Recently, a greater number of insurance plans are recognizing the long-term benefits of dental implants, over other restorative methods, and are beginning to provide coverage.

If you feel that dental implants are the right solution for you, schedule an oral examination with Dr. Bennett at Arvada Dental Center. During this examination, he will thoroughly examine the condition of your teeth, gums and jaw. He will also ask you a series of questions to get to know you and your smile goals.

When proceeding with dental implants, there is much to consider. Take the time to sit down with an expert and create your ideal treatment plan. You should always have authoritative reign in your care. Know that there are countless options to achieve your best smile!

We welcome your questions. Please call 303.421.7611 or email info@arvadadentalcenter.com for more information.

Now Offering: IV Sedation Dentistry

We are proud to announce that Dr. Bennett is now certified in IV sedation dentistry. He received his certification from the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth L. Reed and Dr. Stanley F. Malamed. Dr. Bennett completed continuing education lecture and is board certified to administer IV sedation in the state of Colorado.

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 a strong gagging reflex
  • – Have difficulty getting numb
  • – Have a phobia for needles
  • – Have temporomandibular (TMJ) joint problems and cannot open their mouths for very long periods of time
  • – Have very sensitive teeth
  • – Dislike the sounds and smells of the dental office
  • – Would like to accomplish a significant amount of dental work in one appointment
  • – Wish to experience the ultimate comfort in the dental setting

Throughout the duration of your dental appointment, you will never be unconscious. You will be awake, pain and discomfort will be minimized or non-existent, and any nerves or anxieties you have about your dental treatment will be washed away, though you may not fully remember your dental appointment.

IV sedation is extremely safe, when performed by a certified, specially trained dentist. That is why Dr. Bennett has completed 60 hours of didactic lecture and CE courses to become certified in IV sedation dentistry.

We welcome your questions. Please call 303.421.7611 or email info@arvadadentalcenter.com for more information about sedation dentistry.

Bad Breath: The Causes and the Solution

One in four people are affected by bad breath. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused and exacerbated by a variety of foods, drinks, and oral hygiene habits. Fortunately, most underlying causes of bad breath can be alleviated with slight lifestyle changes.

The five worst offenders for bad breath are:

  • Coffee and cigarettes: They are known causes of bad breath, and may increase the chance of bacterial build up in your mouth.
  • Dental issues: If it’s been a while since you last visited the dentist, you may be suffering from oral health issues that are leading to bad breath. By regularly visiting the dentist, you can prevent bad breath related to oral hygiene issues.
  • Throat or sinus infections: A common cold or virus that originates in the throat or sinus may be the culprit due to inflammation or infection. Antibiotics may be necessary.
  • Digestive problems: Heartburn from a recent meal may also lead to bad breath due to your stomach acid breaking down the food. If this is a persistent problem, it may be worth talking to a doctor about a more permanent solution.
  • Food particles: Leftover food particles wedged in your teeth or gums can lead to unwanted odor and bacterial build up. Daily brushing and flossing will help minimize and even eliminate this problem.

Developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits will do wonders to manage and decrease your chances of having bad breath. However, if bad breath persists, visit your dentist for a cleaning and to check for more significant underlying causes.

Arvada Dental Center is happily accepting new patients. Schedule your initial consultation today. Call 303.421.7611 or visit arvadadentalcenter.com for more information.

Source: https://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/bad-breath/article/causes-of-bad-breath-the-five-worst-offenders-0214

Replacing a Missing Tooth: Find Your Best Solution

When missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, replacing them is always the best option for aesthetic, functional, and emotional reasons. If missing teeth are not replaced, your ability to speak, chew and drink can greatly decrease. Additionally, missing teeth may eventually cause alignment, support and other significant jaw and bite issues.

There are numerous approaches to replacing missing teeth, depending upon your physical, financial and time restraints. Three of the most common solutions are dental implants, fixed partial dentures, and removable partial dentures.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options, as they provide the closest alternative to your natural teeth and are the only permanent solution.

Pros:

-Aesthetically appealing, functional and permanent

-Keeps jawbone stimulated, which helps to provide a solid foundation for your remaining teeth

-Minimizes risk of gum disease

Cons:

-Higher up-front investment, but due to its longevity, is likely one of the most cost-effective long-term solutions

-Considered surgery, requires anesthesia and longer healing time

Fixed Partial Denture

Also called a fixed bridge, a fixed partial denture uses the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth as support to a permanent false tooth.

Pros:

-Allows for normal function and appearance

-Less waiting time for treatment than implants

-Less healing time than implants

-Less expensive than implants

Cons:

-Neighboring teeth are permanently reshaped to fit the crowns

-Greater chance of tooth decay

Removable Partial Denture

Removable partial dentures are a set of artificial teeth anchored in plastic that is constructed to look like gum tissue. It has hooks that connect to your remaining natural teeth to stay in place.

Pros:

-Allows for normal function and appearance

-Least expensive (of the three)

-Can be removed for cleaning

Cons:

-Greater chance of gum disease and tooth decay

-May loosen natural teeth

-May cause some discomfort

-May need to be refitted with time

All three of these are viable and available solutions, depending on your health, time constraints and financial circumstances.

We welcome your questions. Please call 303.421.7611 or email info@arvadadentalcenter.com for more information.

Source: https://www.deardoctor.com/dentistry/blog/you-have-options-for-replacing-a-lost-tooth