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Ask Your Fort Worth Cosmetic Dentist: Smile Makeovers Aren’t Just for the Stars

June 5, 2017

Celebrities are often known for their flawless smiles. You don’t have to be a star to have a smile like one! In fact, smile makeovers and cosmetic dentistry services are available to anyone who is interested in improving aspects of their smile. Archstone Dental in the Fort Worth, Weatherford, and Granbury, TX communities offers a variety of procedures that can fix broken, missing or damaged teeth along with discoloration and even crooked teeth!

To show you what is possible, here is an overview of some celebrity smile makeovers including the procedures and services that were likely used to achieve their impressive smiles.

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl only needed some subtle improvements to achieve a Hollywood-worthy smile. Her smile makeover was complete just in time for her wedding with the use of clear braces, regular whitening and good oral hygiene. This noninvasive approach is often a preferred option for patients who have healthy teeth & gums and are simply unhappy with the appearance of their smile.
See an interview where she talks about her wedding and Invisalign® treatment here.

Photos courtesy of: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/celebrity-skin-problems/p77152/page4

Ben Affleck

A star that chose to have a full smile overhaul, Ben Affleck corrected the look of his teeth with a complete set of veneers. Veneers alleviated any spacing issues and helped Ben achieve a perfectly white smile. He also had some gum work done to manage signs of recession.

Photos courtesy of: http://www.tomorrowoman.com/beauty/10-celebs-who-owe-their-smiles-to-cosmetic-surgery/4/

Celine Dion

Based on her before and after photos, Celine Dion probably coupled her veneers with a procedure known as a “gum lift.” This is a process where her dentist removes the excess gum tissue that is visible when she smiles. The end results are equally natural and stunning, creating a truly radiant celebrity smile.

Photos courtesy of: http://www.tomorrowoman.com/beauty/10-celebs-who-owe-their-smiles-to-cosmetic-surgery/11/

Zac Efron

Not a fan of the gap between his teeth, we believe Zac chose to use orthodontics (probably braces or Invisalign®) to correct the spacing of his teeth.

Photos courtesy of: https://au.be.yahoo.com/lifestyle/#page1

Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise of movies, also appears to have taken advantage of orthodontic options to straighten his teeth and some whitening to brighten up his smile.

Photos courtesy of: https://au.be.yahoo.com/lifestyle/#page1

Hilary Duff

We believe Hilary Duff’s original smile was beautiful and wouldn’t have needed much beyond some whitening treatments. It appears though, that Hilary chose a full set of veneers to achieve her mega-watt smile. She still looks stunning!

Photos courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

If you are interested in having a smile just like the celebrities, talk with your Fort Worth, Weatherford or Granbury dentist to see what options are available to correct your concerns. Your dream smile may only be an appointment away.

Ask Your Fort Worth Cosmetic Dentist: The Benefits of Dental Implants

May 15, 2017

Looking for a New Dentist? Here’s How to Find the One that is Right for You

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be overwhelmed by the number of restoration options available. While there are many services offered by your Fort Worth dentist, dental implants are often considered a popular and effective long-term solution to damaged or missing teeth.

Although there are several benefits to dental implants, here are just a few!

Secure & Permanent
Dental implants are an artificial version of real tooth roots that are secured into the jawbone just like your natural teeth. They provide a permanent, secure base for replacement teeth.

With other solutions to missing teeth (such as dentures or bridges), you run the risk of your replacement teeth coming loose because those solutions do not offer a secure & permanent base. Implants eliminate the risk of your tooth coming loose during normal activities like eating and talking.

Eat the Foods You Enjoy
Since the implant is permanently secured, you can still eat all your favorite foods! Alternative options, such as partials, do not offer the same luxury. Instead of struggling to limit your food options, you can eat just as you did before.

Natural Results
Dental implants are topped with a prosthetic tooth made to blend into your smile perfectly so that results look natural! The material used for dental implants is usually zirconium or porcelain that is very durable and looks very similar to natural teeth. These high-quality materials mimic the appearance of your other teeth, making them almost impossible to spot. Unless you tell someone, they won’t be able to tell you have a dental implant.

Dental implants also feel and function naturally because there are no removable parts. You can continue to care for your teeth and dental implants in the same way you always have, brushing and flossing daily and visiting your Fort Worth dentist every 6 months for a comprehensive exam and cleaning.

Reclaim Your Confidence!
One of the most amazing benefits of dental implants is that patients can get back to smiling! Often we hear that patients have been avoiding photos, or smiling with their lips closed due to being self-conscious about their missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants give patients beautiful results that can restore confidence and get patients back to smiling, and that is a beautiful thing.
Schedule an appointment today with our cosmetic dentist at Archstone Dental & Orthodontics with dental offices in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Granbury and Azle to see if dental implants are a good option for you.


Looking for a New Dentist? Here’s How to Find the One that is Right for You

May 12, 2017

Looking for a New Dentist? Here’s How to Find the One that is Right for You

Fort Worth, like most cities, has a great selection of dentists that could work for you and your family. There’s more to choosing a dentist than simply selecting one out of the available listings and scheduling an appointment. You want to make sure that in addition to having a qualified dentist, you’ve chosen a dentist that meets all of your needs.

Before you settle on the first dentist you find, here are some tips for evaluating dentists in your city so that you can choose the best option for your family.

Consider Convenience
When it comes to selecting a dentist in Fort Worth, location needs to be a factor. Certain parts of the city are more convenient than others depending on where you live, where you work and where your children go to school.

No one wants to have to leave work early, race over to pick up their kids, then rush across town hoping to make it to their appointment in time. Instead, see which dental offices are located along common routes you’re already taking on a daily basis. So even if you are pressed for time, making it to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bigger challenge than necessary.

Also, you’ll want to check to see what appointment times are offered by each dentist. What days of the week are they open and how early or late does the office offer appointments? Since you’ll be scheduling your dental appointments in addition to your normal busy schedule, it will be important to choose a dentist who can offer appointment times that are convenient.

Review Your Insurance
Every dental insurance program covers a different network of professionals. Some dentists in Fort Worth may be part of one network, but not another. Be sure to check that the dentist you choose is an in-network provider so you can take advantage of your dental insurance benefits.

While many insurance policies cover work by out-of-network dentists, you won’t get the same level of coverage or billing convenience as you would with an in-network dentist. This means if you choose an out-of-network provider, you will be on the hook for more of the costs than you would with an in-network provider.

At Archstone Dental, we also offer an in-house dental discount plan that can help you lower your out-of-pocket costs for dental procedures. The plan is called Priority Dental Plan, and can be a great substitute for those patients without dental insurance or paying out of pocket.

Financing Options
Even if you have dental insurance, you’ll likely have co-pays and will need to cover part of the cost of certain procedures - especially larger restorative or cosmetic care like bridges or implants. Some offices in Fort Worth, like Archstone Dental, offer financing options to their patients to make your portion of the expenses more manageable. Often, these programs allow you to divide up the cost of a procedure into smaller payments, making it easier to get the high-quality treatment you deserve without having to pay a large bill upfront.

Make sure you ask all of the right questions so you can be confident you’ve chosen a dentist that offers the services you need to keep you and your family healthy. Review the provider’s website for additional information about the office and schedule an appointment time that works for you. In the end, you’ll be glad you took the time to review your options.


Ask Your Dentist: How to Choose Easter Candy for Better Dental Health

April 13, 2017

Ask Your Dentist: How to Choose Easter Candy for Better Dental Health

Many of us have fond memories of Easter. Hunting for Easter eggs is often a rite of passage along with enjoying large helpings of Easter candy. But, when it comes to dental health, not all of these seasonal treats are created equal. So before you purchase any Easter candy for your children (or yourself), here are some tips from your local dentist at Archstone for making the healthiest choice possible for their teeth.

Sugar-Free Candies
Candies that are high in sugar can lead to significant problems when it comes to your oral health. In fact, sugar feeds the harmful bacteria which can lead to plaque, tooth decay, and even gum disease. Candy that is sugar-free can be a great compromise – it’s a smarter option for your teeth and still allows you to indulge a little.

Sugar-free candy is still sweet, but with the lower sugar content, you are less likely to promote the negative bacteria. And since they stimulate the salivary glands, they can even help fight off cavities instead of causing them.

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate has larger amounts of cocoa than milk or white chocolate, making it a better option for children who enjoy chocolate. It is important to be sure your child consumes dark chocolate in moderation to prevent the overconsumption of sugar.

When it comes to controlling their sugar intake, choose smaller candies instead of large candy bars. This helps limit the portion size through individual pieces and presents less of a temptation than a full bar. If you want to give a chocolate bunny, look for one that is hollow in the middle, limiting the amount of chocolate they consume.

Chewy Candies
Most dentists agree that chewy candies are one of the worst offenders when it comes to sugar and plaque buildup. These are more likely to linger on the teeth and can even get stuck in the spaces between teeth or other crevices, exposing the surfaces to sugar over a longer period of time. That means treats like gummy candies, jelly beans and taffy should be avoided, along with sweets featuring caramel or marshmallow.

Hard Candies
Hard candies that aren’t sugar-free present a similar issue to chewy candies. Since hard candy takes time to dissolve, it exposes teeth to sugar for an extended period of time. Additionally, children who chew on hard candies may end up with pieces stuck between their teeth, exposing even more of the surface to sugar. In the worst of cases, biting down on a hard candy can even lead to a cracked tooth.

Sour Candies
Sour candies are a double-edged sword in regards to tooth damage. Unless they are sugar-free, they can have the same amount of sugar as the previously discussed hard and gummy candy. They also contain a type of acid that produces the sour taste. Acid can damage tooth enamel, making your child’s teeth more susceptible to damage and decay long-term.

Easter and candy often go hand-in-hand, especially if you have children. However, by making smarter choices, you can help keep your kid’s teeth healthy between visits to your Archstone dentist while still enjoying some fun, seasonal treats.


Ask Your Dentist: What’s the difference between Invisalign and Metal Braces?

April 11, 2017

Ask Your Dentist: What’s the difference between Invisalign and Metal Braces?

Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that addresses irregularities in teeth, especially alignment and the way the top and bottom rows of teeth meet or fit together when your mouth is closed. Specialty trained dentists and orthodontists provide treatments to assist with the correction of crooked or misaligned teeth. The goal in each case is not only to achieve beautiful results that can provide you with a boost of confidence, but also to help you achieve the optimum level of health for your mouth and smile.

Adults and children who have all their adult teeth can be good candidates for orthodontics. The options and technology are always evolving in the dental industry. Now there are more orthodontic options than ever if you are interested in straightening your teeth! The pioneer in invisible braces is Invisalign. Here at Archstone Dental, we are happy to be your provider for either Invisalign or traditional braces.

Let’s talk a little about the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces, and which one may be right for you.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a series of customized clear, removable and comfortable aligner trays that are practically invisible. So you can smile, eat the foods you enjoy and straighten your teeth at the same time. Invisalign aligners are made using 3D computer imaging technology and have been proven to be safe and efficient for straightening teeth and improving your oral health. Every couple of weeks, you will be sent a new set of aligners to ensure progress is always being made. You will see your teeth move gradually week by week, until they have straightened to their final positions. About once every six weeks, you will have to come in for a visit to our dental office in Gainesville to ensure that you are making the planned progress. Your total treatment time with Invisalign can range from nine to fifteen months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is usually around 18-30. Both the duration of treatment and number of aligners will be customized to your case and your goals!

Are Traditional Metal or Clear Braces Right for Me?

Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose from brackets that are clear or metallic! Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!

Clear or tooth-colored braces are made to be appealing. They use clear materials like ceramic and are less visible on your teeth as compared to traditional metal braces. These clear braces are a viable option for older patients who have cosmetic concerns, because they are visually less prominent than traditional metal braces.

Invisalign and clear or metal braces are all great options for helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Deciding the treatment type that is best for you is a personal decision you can make with your orthodontist or dentist specializing in orthodontics. Make an appointment with the dentist or orthodontist at Archstone Dental to discuss your options for orthodontic treatment. It is our goal to keep you smiling confidently!


Ask Your Dentist: Tax Returns & Your Dental Health

April 4, 2017

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It is tax season! Completing your taxes is not necessarily a fun task. Those eligible for a tax return have an extra monetary incentive to get their taxes completed on time. Tuesday, April 18th is quickly approaching. And don’t stress, there are many online resources now to make filing your taxes easier than ever! Here are a few we found:

If you are eligible for a tax refund, thinking through the possibilities of what to spend that extra boost of cash on can be exciting! Do you have plans for your refund?

Here are some of the top things people use their tax refund on:

  • Paying down debt
  • Vacation
  • Shopping spree
  • Saving and investing

What about investing that refund in yourself for improved health and confidence? Have you been putting off an important larger treatment or dental procedure? Have you thought about potentially exploring a cosmetic smile investment like Invisalign®, braces or veneers? March or April could be the time to start! Here are some dental treatments that could be a great use of your tax refund: 

Not only will you experience a boost in confidence and feel good about investing in your happiness and health, treatment can be made affordable for you and your family. Your tax refund combined with dental insurance benefits and/or the financing options available at our practice can make the treatment you’ve been delaying more affordable than ever.

If you’ve been hesitant to ask about improving your smile or have delayed treatment that could significantly improve your dental health due to concerns with payment and financing, use your tax refund and invest in yourself! You can join our other happy patients smiling with confidence. Visit the dentists at Archstone or give us a call should you have any questions.


Ask Your Dentist: Did George Washington Wear Wooden Teeth?

March 10, 2017

Ask Your Dentist: Did George Washington Wear Wooden Teeth?

Oftentimes, we remember the facial expressions and smiles from famous portraits like that of George Washington. However, we rarely know the true story behind them.

George Washington’s adult life was plagued by tooth loss and tooth decay. Did you know that George Washington’s first tooth was pulled when he was 24 years old? At his inauguration in 1789, he had only one tooth left. It was revealed that the former president was self-conscious and reluctant to make public speeches due to his troublesome teeth.

George Washington’s dental problems were mostly due to factors that were common during his era, such as imbalanced diets, diseases and genetics. Consequently, Washington experienced frequent pain throughout his life.

Did George Washington wear wooden teeth?

Although general dentistry lacked sophistication during his time, George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth. According to the American Dental Association, his dentures were made of different materials that include bone, hippopotamus ivory, copper screws, gold wire, human teeth and lead. A New York dentist and a former Revolutionary soldier, Dr. John Greenwood, fashioned advanced dentures just for the president!
George Washington’s dentures (dentures page) caused him severe pain while leading to his facial disfigurement. His wife, Martha, had a partial denture too. Due to the travails of her husband, she urged both her children and grandchildren to maintain proper dental care.

Dental hygiene in the 18th Century

George Washington’s dental problems do not depict him as a person that was sloppy about oral hygiene. It’s only that in the late 18th century, dental hygiene was basically non-existent. Nevertheless, Washington was in constant quest throughout his adult life to have teeth and maintain good oral health. That’s why purchases of teeth scrapers, toothbrushes, cleaning solutions and toothache medication as well as payments to dental professionals were regularly present in his communications.

Dental hygiene today

The good news is that in 2017 dental hygiene and advancements in dental technology have come a long way! At Archstone Dental, we want you and your family to maintain healthy dental hygiene. We offer state-of-the-art technology and procedures to ensure our patients achieve and maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime! If you have a dental problem, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our dental office for immediate or emergency dental care.

Online Sources

  1. MountVernon.org – The Trouble with Teeth
  2. AllThingsLiberty.com – Drilling Holes in George Washington’s Wood Teeth Myth
  3. Mouthhealthy.org – Presidential Facts

Ask Your Dentist: Children's Dental Health Month

February 14, 2017

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Tooth decay and bad oral health are almost entirely preventable! That being said, did you know:

  • Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children today
  • Kids with poor dental health are almost three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain than their fellow students with good oral health
  • School absences that are caused by toothaches are associated with poorer performance in school

With these statistics in mind, it is a huge priority in the dental industry to educate and emphasize the importance of proper dental health for our children, starting at an early age.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Through the month of February, thousands of committed dentists along with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the American Dental Association raise awareness on the importance of good dental and oral health in children. The campaign slogan for this year’s Children’s Dental Health Month is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” The campaign message encourages kids to choose tap water with fluoride over sugary drinks to help promote good oral health. Fun kid’s activity sheets about good oral health and the 2017 National Children’s Dental Health Month campaign can be found here!

So, how can you do your part to help your child keep their smile sparkling and mouths healthy? At Archstone Dental in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Granbury or Azle, we recommend your child visit a dentist by their first birthday, and then have regular dental check-ups every six months. It’s also recommended that your child brushes his or her teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Follow proper toothpaste measurement instructions to ensure little ones are using a safe amount! Flossing daily is also important once baby teeth begin to touch, because flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can’t. You can also check with your Fort Worth, Weatherford, Granbury or Azle dentist about a fluoride supplement which helps tooth enamel become harder and more resistant to decay.

Now is a great time to schedule your child’s dental check-up with our dentist at Archstone Dental in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Granbury or Azle. Let’s start early with the kids in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Granbury or Azle to promote a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums for the children in our community.

Online Sources

  1. https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NewsAndFeatures/Announcements/ChildrensDentalHealthMonth.htm
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222359/
  3. http://dentistry.usc.edu/2012/08/10/poor-oral-health-can-mean-missed-school-lower-grades/
  4. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/article/ADA-02-national-childrens-dental-health-month
  5. http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month
  6.  http://www.kidsmentalhealth.org/national-childrens-dental-health-month/
  7. http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month

Insurance Benefits Have Renewed - Are You Making Your Dental Health a Priority This Year?

February 6, 2017

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A new year marks a new, fresh beginning for many people. This is the time to make resolutions that may include getting your mouth and smile to a healthy and beautiful state! Dental Insurance benefits from your employer can be a huge help in making sure you receive the best care for your mouth and smile. Plus many dental insurance plans that are on a calendar year cycle have renewed benefits as of January 1st.

At Archstone Dental, we know that understanding your dental insurance benefits can be confusing. Working with insurance companies is our expertise! We want to help you make sure you are maximizing the benefits you receive from your dental insurance plan and assist you in making your dental health a priority this year. The following are a few tips to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.

Stay In-Network

Visiting a dentist that is an in-network provider will save you on your out-of-pocket costs and also will keep you from having to file claims yourself. In-network providers will work directly with your insurance company to seek payment for services performed. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand if a dentist is in-network or out-of-network.

First look at your plan, is it an HMO plan (Health Maintenance Organization) or a PPO plan (Preferred Provider Organization)? Call a few dentists in your area and ask them if they are an in-network provider with your insurance company and plan type.

Here at Archstone Dental we are an in-network provider for most dental PPO insurance plans, including:

  • Delta Dental
  • Metlife
  • Dental Network of America/Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • United Concordia
  • Guardian
  • Unicare/Anthem BC
  • DHA/Assurant

Call us with your insurance information and we can let you know if we are an in-network provider for your plan specifically.

Utilize All of Your Benefits for Preventative or Diagnostic Dental Services

Most dental insurance plans fully cover or cover at a very low patient cost a standard dental cleaning twice per year, periodic bitewing x-rays and full-mouth x-rays every five years. When you are utilizing those preventative benefits you ensure that any potential oral health problems are caught early. Catching a problem early can significantly lower the cost of treating a problem before it worsens or turns into something more serious ensuring your dental care is more affordable in the long-run.

Our dentists at Archstone Dental use our time with each patient at preventative exams and utilize patients’ regular diagnostic x-rays to ensure that problems are caught and handled early to ensure patients stay healthy for years to come!

Use your Insurance Online Tools and Resources

Most Insurance companies have a host of online tools and resources that you can utilize to help understand your benefits, view your provider options or ask questions about your plan. If you are unsure where to look, let us know! We may be familiar with your online Insurance portal and be able to point you in the right direction.

The Archstone Dental team are experts at ensuring you are making the most of your dental insurance to the benefit of your dental health and overall well being. Call or visit our dental offices and we would be happy to help you understand your benefits or answer any other dental-related questions you might have.

No Insurance? No Problem! We offer an in-office dental plan called Priority Dental Plan. Visit their website or call our office to learn more about the benefits of Priority Dental Plan and how it can help you with your dental care this year.

3 Simple Dental Care Tips to Improve Your Overall Health in the New Year

January 25, 2017

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New Year, New You

Every year, we create resolutions aimed at improving our health. It is important to include your dental health too! Taking proper care of your gums and teeth can have a significant impact on your overall health and life. Perhaps, you want to ensure that you don’t neglect any important aspect of taking care of your gums and teeth. At Archstone Dental, we want to help you improve your dental hygiene and health this year by sharing dental care tips that will enhance your overall health.

  1. Brush better
    Proper brushing helps your mouth and your entire body. Ideally, you should visit your family dentist at least twice a year. Before your next dental visit and between appointments, make sure that you brush your teeth properly and regularly. You may have a toothbrush but it won’t help you if you don’t use it properly. For instance, timing is very important when it comes to brushing. Our dentists at Archstone Dental agree with the American Dental Association suggestion that you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every three or four months. A worn or frayed toothbrush doesn’t do as good of a job cleaning your teeth.

  2. Improve your flossing habits
    It is common to brush your teeth but often neglect flossing since it can be frustrating and time-consuming. However, flossing is very important and you should never neglect it! Flossing properly will ensure you are taking care of your gums and between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing can help you to prevent periodontal disease and potential bone loss. Generally, flossing is not hard as long as you know how to do it properly and it will help in preventing some of the most common dental problems.

  3. Make healthier beverage and food choices
    An important aspect of family and general dentistry is making healthier beverage and food choices. This is especially true for snacks. Consuming beverages and foods that are especially acidic or sugary like sodas, sugary juices, candy and other sweets can promote tooth decay. Make healthier, nutritious snack and meal choices to help promote good oral and overall health. Foods like fruits, vegetables cheese, milk and plain yogurt benefit tooth health and overall health due to their nutritional value.

Generally, these may seem like simple aspects of general dentistry or pediatric dentistry. However, they are important in addition to regular dental visits. At Archstone Dental, we want you to have a better dental health this year. Visit our dental clinicor get in touch with us for help with any dental problem.

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Comfortable with Dental Visits

December 8, 2016

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Routine dental appointments are critical to the maintenance of our health, especially for kids. It’s important that parents instill this habit in their children at an early age. A trip to your dentist at Archstone Dentalmay seem like a trivial task for adults who know what to expect, but can be intimidating – and even scary – for young kids.

According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, the leading cause of childhood illness results from tooth decay. Approximately 16 million kids in the United States have tooth decay that has been left untreated. Tooth decay and oral problems from a young age not only affects teeth, but overall health and all aspects of life.

Getting your child to the dentist can be a daunting task for parents, especially if your child has peers with prior negative experiences. If you are unsure of how to get your child comfortable with dental checkups, you’re not alone. Below are five tips for helping your child overcome any fear and actually enjoy visits to the dentist.

Tell Them What to Expect

Fear can stem from the unknown. Getting on the website of the dental office you plan to visit to show your child pictures of the office can be helpful. When you call the office to schedule a visit, ask for a rundown of the appointment so you can later relay that to your child. As you brush your child’s teeth, explain that the dentist will also be doing the same type of thing. The more information the child has, the more empowered they can feel.

Be Honest and Understanding

If your child needs dental work, it can be tempting to lie about things like how cavities are treated. Honesty is the best policy, however, it is important to remember to use words that are non-threatening to your child. If your child has dental visit fears, ask them to tell you what they are specifically; try to listen and understand how they may be feeling. Answer their questions, and offer positive experiences of dentals visits you have had.

Explain that Dentists are the “Good Guys”

Children need to know that dentists are superheroes for their teeth. Explain to your kids that they only get two sets of teeth, and we have to take good care of them because they have to last a lifetime. Explaining that similar to brushing and flossing, visits to the dentist are part of that routine to grow big and strong. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should take your child to the dentist twice a year. These visits should begin when your child starts getting his/her teeth, or around age one.

Make It Exciting!

Showing your child pictures of the dental office– as we previously mentioned in the first step – can inevitably spark some enthusiasm. Some dentists have really neat play areas and unique toys, which makes it something your child can look forward to. Going to the dentist is a new adventure! Using encouraging language such as, “We get to go to the dentist” instead of, “We have to go to the dentist” can also be helpful in making it a fun experience.

Be There

Being physically present during your child’s appointment goes a long way in ensuring they feel confident and safe. For a lot of kids, separation from their caretaker or parent can cause anxiety and/or fear. Make certain the person scheduling your appointment is okay with you staying with your child during the duration of the visit.

Other than eating healthy foods and practicing good oral maintenance, taking your child to the dentist is the single most important way to support healthy teeth. Utilizing these five tips will help ensure your child is not only comfortable visiting his or her dentist at Archstone Dental, but they enjoy it too!

Conquering Gum Disease - 4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

November 8, 2016

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If you have gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease, you are not alone. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of Americans 30 years-old or older have gum disease. If you are over 65, your risk for gum disease is even higher, over 70%. At the same time, symptoms of gum disease should not be ignored. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to your overall health.

Gum Disease Is More Serious Than You Think

Most people relate gum disease with tooth loss, but, as serious as that is, it isn’t the only consequence of gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to the progression of other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Inflammation in your gums, just like inflammation elsewhere in your body, causes your body to work harder to maintain your health. Tooth loss, which can result from gum disease, affects a person beyond the loss of a chewing surface. Tooth loss can also lead to bone loss in your jaw and changes to the positioning of your remaining teeth. Tooth and bone loss in the jaw can also affect the shape of your facial features, causing your cheeks to seem sunken or give a more aged appearance than your actual years.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Proper care of your teeth and gums is important for preventing gum disease, but there can be other contributing factors. Changes in hormone levels in women through pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives can increase the risk of gum disease. Diseases like diabetes and some auto-immune diseases can also affect your gum health. Crooked teeth or poorly fitted dental bridges can make teeth harder to clean, causing a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Smoking, stress, dry mouth, your diet and heredity can all contribute to periodontal disease. In basic terms, gum disease starts with inflammation, which can be caused by one or more of the conditions listed. If left untreated, that inflammation can grow, threatening not just your gums, but your teeth, heart and other aspects of your overall health.

4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

The good news about gum disease is that there are ways to lower your risk of developing gum disease and effective means of treating it once it starts. Follow these steps to keep your gums and mouth healthy.

  1. Prevention of Gum Disease Consistent and proper oral health care is the first step in preventing gum disease. This includes brushing and flossing daily, but it also includes professional teeth cleanings and regular visits to your dentist. If you smoke, this is another good reason to stop.
  1. Recognize the Signs of Gum Disease Being aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease can help you to correct it in its early stages. If you experience any of these gum disease symptoms, you may need to seek treatment:
  • Red, swollen gums or tender spots
  • Gums that bleed when brushing, flossing or eating
  • Constant bad breath
  • Gums receding from teeth
  • Partial dentures or bridge not fitting properly
  1. Seek Professional Advice If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is important to visit our dental office Archstone Dental for an evaluation and proper diagnosis. When gum disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it can often be reversed with prescribed hygiene care and dental cleaning. More advanced stages of periodontal disease will require more intensive treatment to restore health to the diseased tissue of your gums.
  1. Commit to Your Treatment Plan Good advice must be followed in order to experience the benefit. Your dentist at Archstone Dental will make recommendations for a treatment plan that may include both home care and professional cleaning and treatments at our dental office. It is always important to follow through on the recommended treatment plan to reverse gum disease and to prevent it from returning.

Gum disease is a common, but serious threat to your health if ignored. Ignoring the symptoms will not make it go away. Visit your dentist at Archstone Dental and learn about your treatment options. It may be simpler to restore your oral health than you think!

 

Mouth Guards and Sports

September 20, 2016

Mouth Guard Care Fort Worth

Ask any dentist, and they’ll say mouth guards are essential when playing sports. Why? Of all the oral injuries they see every year, 13 to 39% are sports-related. Furthermore, the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety finds that athletes who fail to wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to experience a dental injury. Sports can lead to collisions with other players, the ground, and flying objects like balls and bats. Wearing a mouth guard prevents many possible injuries to the face and mouth – chipped or broken teeth and jaw bones, root damage, and cuts to soft tissues. They’re especially designed to cover and absorb impact to the upper teeth, where 80% of all dental injuries occur.

When to Wear Mouth Guards

So mouth guards should be worn during high-contact sports like football, hockey and wrestling, right? Yes, and more. You can still experience serious oral injuries during other sports and activities like gymnastics or skating. Based on injury statistics, the American Dental Association recommends wearing mouth guards for a much fuller list of sports.

Types of Mouth Guards

Before you run out and buy the cheapest mouth guard you can find, consider the features of the three main types:
  • Good – Stock mouth guards run as cheap as $5, but you’ll get what you pay for. While they’re better than nothing, they tend to be bulky, fit poorly, and slide around or fall out easily.
  • Better – A better option is called a boil and bite mouth guard. This kind is softened before insertion, allowing it to conform to the shape of the mouth. A little more expensive than stock guards, they’re available at many sporting goods and drugstores.
  • Best – The best type of mouth guard is one that’s custom-fit by a dentist. Although they can cost more than other options, they provide the best protection and fit. Custom-fit guards are ideal for those with braces or bridges, since they need to fit well to protect the braces and prevent them from hurting your cheeks or lips.

Mouth Guard Care

To function best, mouth guards should be kept in good condition and replaced whenever they show signs of wear (or every season). It’s also important to wash them in cold, soapy water after every use, keep them away from heat, and store them in dry but ventilated containers. Most of all, take your mouth guard with you to dental checkups at Archstone Dental so a professional can clean it, examine it, and make recommendations based on your individual needs.

8 Benefits of Invisalign

July 18, 2016

Invisalign Dentist Fort Worth

While there are many options to straighten your teeth Invisalign is the only clear option that is free of brackets and wires. Invisalign allows you to work, eat, and participate in social situations worry free! All while giving you a perfect smile. Invisalign has many benefits for the wearer, such as comfort and flexibility, below we will look at 8 of the many benefits Invisalign has to offer.

  1. Invisible Appearance Invisalign trays are invisible! They are completely clear so they don’t detract from your face or smile. This is an especially great option for adults, teens, and young adults who want to live life without the brackets and wires associated with traditional braces.
  2. Comfort Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic making Invisalign much more comfortable than traditional metal braces. There are no sharp/extruding edges or pieces of Invisalign and the trays are custom made to fit your teeth and mouth!
  3. Improved Cleanliness Invisalign trays are removable - when you are ready to brush and floss your teeth just remove the trays, clean your teeth, then pop them back in. The trays themselves can also be cleaned! To make sure there is no build up just remove the trays and rinse or brush them with your toothbrush. A clean mouth is a healthy mouth! It is important to have healthy teeth and gums while straightening your teeth so you will have to best smile possible at the end of treatment!
  4. Saves Time With Invisalign you will be able to spend less time at the orthodontist or dentist’s office as they only need to be maintained every 6 weeks on average. Other teeth straightening options can take much more time and many more appointments.
  5. Safe and Removable Is your child or teen in sports or band? Invisalign allows for a more comfortable experience without the scrapes other orthodontic options can cause. Invisalign trays are also removable which makes brushing your teeth, eating, and everyday life more convenient than other options.
  6. Eat Whatever You Want Food restrictions are one of the worst parts about teeth straightening with many orthodontic options. Some of your favorite foods are off limits, which can really ruin a special celebration, anything too hard, chewy, or sticky is off limits! These issues are not a problem for Invisalign. You can remove the trays and eat whatever you want!
  7. Better Dental Health Straight teeth are better for your gums and dental health. Eliminating crowding and gaps makes it easier to care for your teeth, better dental health leads to better overall health.
  8. Beautifully Straight Teeth The result speak for themselves and Invisalign leads to beautifully straight teeth and a wonderful smile. Possibly the best reason to use Invisalign!

Now that you know some of the benefits of Invisalign speak to your dentist at Archstone Dental about getting fitted and begin your journey to a perfect smile!

Your Smile After Graduation

May 9, 2016

Cosmetic Dentistry Fort Worth

Having the best smile on campus

Of all of life’s transitions, perhaps one of the most monumental is when a young person graduates high school and enters the “real” world for the first time. Adjusting to life as an adult can be exciting, but it’s important to keep your well-being, including your dental health, a priority.

If you’re starting college, your teeth are an important part of your life and even your future career. Here’s how to keep your smile in the best shape possible.

College students and dental visits

Between studying, sports, activities, friends, and more, you probably have a packed schedule. But skipping your regular dental visits when you go to college could end up costing you in the long run. Even as you’ve become a young adult, your teeth are still susceptible to cavities, and gum disease is a common problem even in younger adults. And the longer these problems go untreated, the worse they can become.

Regular checkups will ensure you can prevent dental problems before they start. Your dentist will look for potential spots of weakness or decay, gum problems, and other oral health issues that you can’t detect on your own. You’ll keep your teeth and gums in optimal shape so you can have a healthy smile that looks great, too.

If you’re away from home and don’t know how to find a dentist locally, use the power of the Internet to quickly and easily find a great dentist. The American Dental Association’s website has a dentist finder that can help you find one close to you. If you have dental insurance through your parents or your own policy, check with your insurance provider for a list of participating dentists.

Your career and your smile

As a college student, you may be looking to land an important internship or get a great job that will help you pay your bills. Eventually, you’ll be entering the workforce full time, and most likely interviewing and meeting new people in the process. Having a strong, confident smile is one of your best assets when you’re making a first impression in these situations.

If your teeth are yellowed due to stains, past dental issues, or heredity, you may not feel as comfortable meeting people in an important career setting. But with today’s variety of advanced whitening techniques available from your dentist, you can get a safe, effective whitening treatment that can give you the confidence you need in your job interviews. Even tetracycline-stained teeth or other problems that are resistant to over-the-counter whitening products can be greatly improved with the help of your dentist.

Don’t neglect your dental health when you go to college! Your teeth will be one of your most important features for years to come. Archstone Dental can help bring out the very best in your smile and keep you looking and feeling great! Call today to schedule an appointment!

Dear Tooth Fairy

May 4, 2016

Pediatric Dentistry Fort Worth

Do you recall visits from the Tooth Fairy as a child? Children are often so excited about losing a tooth, because they know a visit from the Tooth Fairy is imminent. Traditionally, the Tooth Fairy takes children's lost teeth from under their pillows as they sleep, replacing it with money. Some children even have special boxes, pillows, or stuffed animals designed to keep the tooth safe while it awaits its collection from our fictional flying friend.

Although the Tooth Fairy is relatively new to human traditions, people from all cultures have been celebrating or commemorating the loss of children’s baby teeth for centuries, according to The Salon. Some ancient cultures would bury, hide, or even burn the lost teeth as part of a cultural ritual. And although her exact origins are unknown, she is a common figure in well over 90 percent of American households, according to one survey.

Whatever traditions you hold, the loss of a child’s baby teeth is an important milestone. It’s one small step closer to adulthood and independence. And, as many children have proven in these hilarious and adorable letters to the Tooth Fairy, they are more than up to the task:

A few favorites from Buzzfeed:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
Please don’t take any of my teeth because I love them all and if you can give my all the others back pretty please. But you can still give me money still.
To: Tooth Fairy
From: Hailey

To Tooth Fairy,
Dear Tooth Fairy I lost my tooth yesterday, but I didn’t put it under my pillow because Christmas Eve was tomorrow so I saved it so Santa and you could meet each other. That’s why. And now it’s Christmas Eve. Now you and Santa will meet each other.
Love Allister

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I can’t find the thing I put my tooth in so I’ll have to do without. Anyway here is a 15c for working very hard and instead of you giving me money I give you it.
Kristy.
P.S. My tooth is a little brown from the blood.

More cute letters from Babble:

Dear Tooth Fairy:
I have just lost my 11th tooth. I have been working on it all morning! Sorry it has been so long since I lost a tooth. I have been doing a lot of busy stuff this year.
Your fairy loving friend,
Elizabeth

Dear Tooth Fairy,
The tooth is outside. Please don’t come inside. Thank you because Lucy is scared of you.

And finally, from POPSUGAR Moms:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost my tooth on the 23rd of October. It is now the 12th of November. I lost my tooth in pizza. I lost both today.  You owe me $1. Not to be hard, but I need money.

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost my tooth, so it will not be under my pillow tonight. I do not take credit cards.

If you have young children at home, celebrate the loss of their teeth in whatever way you like! And to help them keep those adult teeth healthy for life, teach them good brushing and flossing habits now - and take them to the dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. Good dental health is the gift that keeps on giving - long after that Tooth fairy money has been spent.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gum Disease

March 22, 2016

Gum Disease Fort Worth

When people think of dental care, they often think of teeth. But healthy teeth are only part of the equation. The tissues and bone that surround your teeth, including your gums, are critically important to your overall dental health.

You may be thinking, “There’s no way I could have gum disease. My mouth feels fine.” But gum disease often shows no obvious symptoms and doesn’t cause pain - so many people have it and don’t know it. Nearly half of adults age 30 or older have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. And, nearly 70 percent of adults age 65 and older have it, according to the CDC.

Why does this happen to so many people, and how can you avoid it? Get the facts about this common problem and seek treatment early to keep your mouth healthy.

  1. Early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, may cause subtle symptoms such as mild bleeding or red or swollen areas on your gums. If your gums bleed when you floss them, this is not normal. See your dentist for a proper cleaning, and be diligent about daily brushing and flossing thereafter.
  2. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate brushing and flossing - but many other things can cause it too. Diabetes, normal aging and genetics, smoking, stress, poor nutrition, certain diseases, and hormonal changes can trigger gingivitis. Even people who are in otherwise good health can get gingivitis or more severe gum disease, so no one is immune.
  3. Gingivitis is completely reversible with proper intervention. This includes a thorough cleaning by your dentist followed by twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and sometimes a special mouthwash recommended by your dentist. This is one of the many reasons you should see your dentist every six months for routine care. He or she can detect gingivitis in its earliest stage and help you restore the health of your mouth.
  4. If gingivitis isn’t treated, it leads to more severe gum disease known as periodontitis. This occurs when plaque moves below the gum line and causes inflammation and irritation. If it continues to progress, it leads to infections, pockets or holes in the tissues, and tooth loss.
  5. Gum disease is about more than your mouth. Because bacteria gets under your gums and can invade your body, periodontal disease may be linked to other serious health problems. Researchers believe there may be a link to heart disease, stroke, premature birth in pregnant women, and lung problems.

Gum disease is preventable and treatable - so no one should have to lose teeth to this condition. Your dentist wants to partner with you to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. If you haven’t seen your dentist lately, call Archstone Dental today to make an appointment. Your mouth - and your whole body - will thank you!

3 Ways To Get A Movie-Star Smile

March 8, 2016

Cosmetic Dentistry Fort Worth

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s arguably your most important feature. But if you struggle with a smile that’s not as good as it could be, your confidence could suffer.

Many people have problems with their teeth that make them feel self-conscious. It may hold you back in your personal life and even in your professional pursuits. In fact, 74 percent of people feel that an unattractive smile could hurt your career, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

You don’t have to live with a smile that you don’t love. Perhaps you have an important event coming up and want to have an unforgettable smile. Or, maybe you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile or laugh, worrying about your teeth when you interact with others. If this sounds like you, it might be time to take a look at all the cosmetic dentistry options available today.

Teeth whitening

The number one cosmetic dental procedure in America is teeth whitening. Many people have teeth that have gotten yellowed or stained over time, either from food and drink, certain medications, smoking, or just normal aging. Teeth that are not bright white can be embarrassing, even if you take good care of your mouth with proper dental care.

If you’re looking for a way to get whiter teeth fast, start with your dentist. Most dentists have safe, highly effective whitening systems that can get you a dramatically whiter smile in just one treatment. These specialized treatments are more powerful than the over-the-counter whitening products you see in stores, and are generally more comfortable too. Even those with sensitive teeth can often tolerate the professional systems used by dentists, and they can be customized for your unique needs.

Porcelain veneers

If you’ve ever looked at the perfect teeth of a celebrity and wondered how they got that smile, there’s a good chance they used veneers. Veneers are thin and durable porcelain shells that are custom made for your mouth and adhered to your natural teeth. They give the appearance of beautifully shaped, white, natural teeth and they last for years with proper dental care.

Veneers are useful for a variety of issues, including:

  • Teeth that are severely discolored or difficult to whiten
  • Gaps
  • Teeth that are misshapen
  • Chips or broken teeth
  • Misalignment or mildly crooked teeth

Repairing specific areas of concern

Our teeth take a lot of abuse in our daily lives. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things like chips, cracks, or other issues can’t be avoided.

A broken tooth can affect your overall smile and detract from your entire face. Tooth bonding is a process that involves directly attaching special material to a chipped tooth to “fill in” and repair the chipped area. Bonding provides a very natural, beautiful look that is customized to the size, shape, and color of your teeth.

Porcelain crowns and fillings are also great options if you need a cavity filled, or if you have a tooth that needs to be restored due to erosion or other damage. Today, you don’t have to get silver fillings and gold crowns. Porcelain crowns can be designed to look even better than your original tooth! Often, people decide to get their teeth whitened and then have their porcelain crown matched to the new, whiter color for a whole mouth makeover.

Your mouth speaks volumes about you

With the expertise of your dentist, you can get a smile that will turn heads. Don’t settle for less than a radiant, healthy smile that makes you feel great. Teeth that don’t look their best may be holding you back from having the confidence you deserve. Take action by calling your dentist at Archstone Dental today – it may just change your life!

February is Children’s Dental Health Month! Here are 5 Ways to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy

February 9, 2016

Archstone Dental Fort Worth

Children are notorious for their love of sugary treats. Candy, juice, and soda are just a few of the things many kids consume on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, these habits are causing major dental health problems. Dentists are seeing an increasing number of very young children – many even younger than age 3 – who need invasive dental surgery due to decay. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so it’s the perfect time to cover how we can help children get a healthy smile - and keep it that way for life.

  1. Cut back on juice, soda, and sports drinks. Sugary drinks are one of the top offenders for tooth decay in children. The entire mouth gets bathed in sugar as they sip, and many kids drink these beverages throughout the day. It’s a hard habit to break, but it can be done in gradual steps. Replace one sugary drink a day with water or skim milk. Dilute juice with 50 percent water, and only select juices with no added sugar. Try adding fresh or frozen berries to make flavored water, or try cucumber slices or mint leaves.
  2. Keep bottles out of bed. If you have a toddler, he may get in the habit of falling asleep with a bottle - but this can lead to dental problems later. To gradually wean your toddler off the bedtime bottle, feed him before he falls asleep or use water instead of milk or juice in the nighttime bottle.
  3. Beware the chewy foods. This includes so-called healthy options like dried fruits, as well as the obvious gummy candies and even gummy vitamins. These foods stick to the teeth for long periods, leading to cavities. Whenever possible, have kids snack on fresh fruits like apples and strawberries, and look for xylitol-sweetened vitamins for kids. When they do have a sweet treat, choose something like a piece of chocolate, a scoop of frozen yogurt, or some fruit with a touch of whipped cream.
  4. Start brushing early. Toothbrushes are available for babies, toddlers, and older children. Infants’ teeth can be cleaned with a damp washcloth. Toddlers can start brushing with a toothbrush and water (with your help) once they have a few teeth. At age 3, kids should brush with fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Supervise your child’s brushing until at least age 7 to ensure they are cleaning all surfaces.
  5. Take your child to the dentist sooner rather than later. Your dentist at Archstone Dental Fort Worth can help you spot problems early to keep your kids’ teeth healthy. They may see areas that aren’t getting brushed thoroughly (a common problem with children) or may see weak spots that need extra attention to prevent a cavity. In addition, your child’s dentist can do fluoride treatments and other preventive care - possibly saving your child from fillings or invasive procedures later.

Your dentist at Archstone Dental Fort Worth is your advocate for healthy teeth - starting with the youngest members of your family. Establishing good dental health in childhood leads to beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. Call and schedule a dental appointment for your children at Archstone Dental only. It could be one of the best things you do for their health!

Your Heart Loves Your Dentist

January 26, 2016

Dental Care Fortworth

You know you should take care of your teeth to prevent problems like cavities and bad breath. Perhaps you brush your teeth quickly each morning as part of your routine, but don’t think much about it. You may assume that as long as your teeth don’t hurt, you don’t need to worry too much about your dental health.

But your dental health affects your overall health. In fact, for some people, it may even be the difference between life and death. That’s because recent studies have shown that poor dental health may increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.

Plaque, tartar, and gum disease

Your mouth is constantly being attacked by plaque, a sticky film containing bacteria and acids that clings to your teeth each day. Fortunately, proper dental care will remove plaque before it can cause long-term problems.

But, when plaque isn’t removed within 24 hours, it hardens into tartar - which is the main cause of gum disease, or periodontitis. This causes inflammation and damage to your gums, allowing potentially dangerous bacteria to get inside your gums and invade your mouth and body. Millions of Americans have gum disease but many don’t know it, because the symptoms are often mild at first.

The heart connection

Most people wouldn’t think that forgetting to floss or skipping their dental appointments could affect their heart health. But, numerous studies have shown that people with higher levels of gum-disease-causing bacteria in their mouths also have higher risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

Although experts aren’t sure how - or why - bacteria in the mouth can harm the heart, they do know there’s an association. And physicians and dentists agree it’s a risk that’s not worth taking. How can you keep those bad germs in check and keep your mouth - and body - as healthy as possible? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Brush at least twice a day with a toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association and a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss once a day. Get between each tooth all the way down to the gum line.
  3. Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear.
  4. See your dentist at Archstone Dental every six months for a cleaning and exam. Your dentist can remove any tartar build-up, check the health of your gums, and address any problems with your teeth.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in our country today - so doing whatever you can to minimize your risk will help you lead a longer, healthier life. Keep in mind that many other factors can affect your heart health, such as smoking, being overweight, poor diet, or lack of exercise. See your physician regularly to discuss your overall health and any screenings you may need.

Is it time to see your dentist for a checkup? Call your dentist today at Archstone Dental Fort Worth to schedule your next cleaning and exam. It could be one of the best things you do for your mouth - and your heart.

New Year, New Smile!

January 19, 2016

Each January, millions of people resolve to change their lives for the better in the new year. Often, their goals involve losing weight, getting more exercise, or similar healthy habits.

But there is one resolution that could truly improve your health and your life in many ways - no gym required. It’s a resolution for good dental health.

Not only can a healthy mouth improve your physical well-being, but it can also give you more confidence to help you achieve other positive change in your life. Are you giving your mouth the respect it deserves?

Great Smile, Pure Confidence

General Dentist FortworthIt’s no secret that the health of your teeth can make or break your smile. If you don’t like the appearance of your teeth, you may unconsciously cover your mouth with your hand or shy away from interactions with others. This can affect your confidence, making it difficult to do things like ask for a promotion, approach new people, or participate in new, exciting activities you’ve been wanting to pursue.

Even if you don’t realize it, your self-esteem could be suffering and you could be missing opportunities for a happier, more productive life. Others may even perceive your behavior as standoffish or aloof when you don’t intend it to be.

If you’re happy with your teeth, however, you’ll feel relaxed and confident when talking with others in personal and professional settings. You’ll be comfortable in business meetings, on a date, performing a presentation, or taking a class. Having a confident smile can mean the difference between achieving positive goals in your life and just sitting on the sidelines for another year.

Dental Health and Your Body

If you’ve thought about improving your health in 2016, you may want to start with your mouth. The list of diseases linked to poor oral health is extensive. From heart disease to Alzheimer’s to osteoporosis, research has shown that an unhealthy mouth can lead to health problems throughout the body.

The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to improve your oral health this year. Start with daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and seeing your dentist every six months are basics for healthy teeth. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months - or sooner if it’s showing signs of wear.

Your Dentist, Your Partner in Health

If you are experiencing pain, bleeding, or other problems in your mouth, tell your dentist at Archstone Dental in Fort Worth. Just as you should see your physician regularly for health problems and screenings, your dentist should be an important part of your health care team. Problems like cavities and gum disease can be treated with the help of a qualified dentist - and the sooner they are treated, the better. Even if you’ve lost teeth or have issues with misaligned teeth, these problems can be corrected to give you the healthy mouth you deserve.

With a little extra effort and attention to your dental health, you can be on your way to a more beautiful smile, a healthier body, and an outstanding year!

Kids and the Orthodontist: Is it Time?

January 14, 2016

Orthodontics FortWorth

From the moment that first baby tooth erupts, your child’s teeth require proper care to stay healthy. You already know your child needs to brush and floss daily and see her dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.

But some children’s teeth need extra care - with the help of an orthodontist. So when should your child see an orthodontist - and how do you know if she needs one?

Dentists can spot problems early

During a routine dental exam, your child’s dentist can look for potential problems like crooked teeth, a misaligned jaw, or problems with your child’s bite. This is one more reason your child should see her dentist regularly. Your dentist can often spot things that only his or her trained eye can detect.

If your dentist sees a potential problem, your child will likely be referred to an orthodontist for further evaluation and treatment. An orthodontist specializes in straightening teeth and correcting bites that don’t align properly.

Typically, a dentist will send a child to an orthodontist between the ages of 8 and 14 - but some as early as 6 or 7. This is when potential problems are most likely to be detected during a dental exam. The American Dental Association says some bite and teeth misalignments are best treated at younger ages, while your child is still growing. But, even teenagers and adults can have teeth and jaw problems successfully corrected by an orthodontist - so it’s never too late.

More than a cosmetic dentistry issue

Braces FortWorthSome parents wonder if their child really needs to see an orthodontist so soon if the child isn’t bothered by his crooked teeth. After all, braces might be uncomfortable - so why not just wait a few years? But correcting crooked teeth or a misaligned bite benefits much more than just your child’s appearance. Teeth that aren’t properly aligned can be more difficult to keep clean, leading to cavities, gum disease, speech problems, and even tooth loss. A misaligned jaw can lead to pain or other jaw issues too.

If your child’s dentist spots a potential issue that can be treated by an orthodontist, don’t delay. Most orthodontist will see your child for a consultation and talk with you about potential treatments before you move forward. This way, you can get the proper information to put your mind at ease and make an informed decision about your child’s treatment.

Healthy mouth, healthy child

A healthy mouth is an important part of good overall health for children and adults. Just as your child needs to see his physician regularly for checkups, he needs the care of a dentist to ensure his teeth and jaw are healthy too.

Your dentist is an important part of your family’s health care team. Call your child’s dentist at Archstone Dental in FortWorth today to set up your child’s cleaning and exam.

How do braces work?

September 8th, 2015

How Braces Work

Even though teeth seem to be firmly fixed in their sockets, all teeth can be persuaded to move when orthodontists, certified dentists and orthodontic assistants attach brackets and wires to them called braces. Years ago, all types of braces were made of stainless steel, but with today’s advancement in dental technology there are a number of options for you to choose from. You know have the choice to wear transparent, acrylic mouth trays called Invisalign, ceramic tooth-colored braces or you can rely on the traditional metal braces for correcting your smile.

Arch Wires, Slots, and Brackets – What does it all mean?

If light pressure is put on the teeth, they will slowly move in the direction of the force. Here is an example, fixing brackets to the front of teeth and threading the flexible metal wire through the front of the bracket lets our orthodontic team adjust the arch wire just enough to achieve the desired movement of the teeth. Generally, our patients come back once a month to have the arch wire tightened to keep your teeth moving at a steady pace and moving in the right direction.

As your braces are working, the tissues surrounding the moving teeth will slowly (and, generally, painlessly) stretch. This allows the tooth socket to enlarge so that your tooth and root become temporarily looser. The root will then be able to move without bleeding or pain. Once our orthodontists are happy with the way your teeth have repositioned, they will remove your braces and let the bone material fill the socket in so that your teeth are solidified into their new and straighter positions.

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign

Both types of orthodontic devices move teeth in the same way. So you may be wondering which option to choose. Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are mouth trays made of a hard acrylic material that you wear for at least 23 hours a day. Unlike the traditional metal braces, Invisalign can be removed for a more comfortable eating experience and teeth brushing purposes. The aligners are also nearly invisible because they are transparent.

Each case is unique. Depending on the kind of results you are looking to achieve for your smile, our orthodontist will recommend the available options to you so that you can achieve the desired results whether that be ceramic tooth-colored braces, traditional metal braces or Invisalign.

Please call Archstone Dental office if you have any questions! Our knowledgeable staff are waiting to help you.

Why water should be your best friend

April 6th, 2015

Benefits of Drinking Water

Water doesn’t get enough credit for all of the hard work it does to keep your mouth healthy and fresh. Water is your best friend for these reasons:

Mouth:

Water is great for preventing bad breath. One of the most common causes of bad breath is dehydration. When your mouth doesn’t have enough saliva, bacteria will thrive and causes the bad breath we all hate.

Water is one of the most useful tools for keeping your teeth clean in between brushings. It is great for washing away food and liquids that can damage your teeth. It is not a replacement for brushing and flossing, but it definitely helps.

Body:

Water is great for keeping you cool. You can drink it, spray it, pour it all over yourself, or even jump in it. There is really no bad way to use water to cool you down.

When you’re dehydrated, your skin can become more prone to cracking and wrinkling. Water rejuvenates and hydrates your skin.

Need refreshment but are watching your figure? Drink water! Water is a great calorie free way to quench your thirst. You can drink it sparkling, iced or plain; any way is healthy for you.

Why You Should Go In For Invisible Braces

February 2nd, 2015

Fresh Dentist Smile

Do you have uneven teeth? Are you seeking a way to avoid metal braces? Is your social image too vital for you? If you answered yes to any and all these questions then you should know that there is a solution that can help you. The solution is not a painful surgery or a complicated procedure.

The solution is to use invisible braces. These braces are equally effective as metal braces and would keep your teeth even in a short span of time. These braces would not harm your social image as they are not easy to detect.

Some of the other benefits of these braces include:

Suitable for all: Most people are of the opinion that braces are needed by children and adolescents only. They do not realise the fact that teeth can change their alignment even in adults and thus there arises a need for braces. So if you are an adult who is looking for an effective way to retain your charming smile then invisible braces is your best choice. These braces would make sure that your teeth retain their normal alignment in no time. These braces are suitable for people of all ages and both genders too.

Social Appearance: Invisible braces are also a must for people who have a very vital social life. These braces would help you not to be a matter of laughing among your friends which is generally the case with metal braces. When your dental problems are not known by everybody and people don't make fun of you behind your back, it would help you to retain your self esteem. These braces are a must for sensitive people, kids and adults who do not want others to make fun of them and get emotional when someone laughs at them.

Easy Process: The process of putting on these braces is also quite simple and uncomplicated. You can get done with it within a few hours. Most dentists who would offer the service of best invisible braces in Delhi/NCR would also have access to latest computer technology. This technology would help them to put on the braces perfectly in the first go as they would have a detailed image of your teeth from the inside and outside in their computer. So there would be less chance of a mistake.

Good for your career: If you have to meet with your clients on a regular basis or work on the Front Desk, then opting for the invisible braces is a must for you. These braces would not look ugly on your face and your clients would barely notice them. It's a fact that even in today's advanced world people want others to look good while discussing a business proposition.

How to Keep A "Fresh From the Dentist" Smile

January 2nd, 2015

Fresh Dentist Smile

People love to experience that “fresh from the dentist” feeling, when the tip of the tongue glides effortlessly and smoothly over a freshly cleaned set of pearly whites. So, why not have that feeling all of the time?

If you want a healthy mouth, follow these tips:

• Brush regularly. Yes, you’ve heard it over and over: brush your teeth twice every day. It also helps to brush after eating and snacking, whenever possible. Brushing keeps small food particles from becoming food for harmful bacteria. If possible, brush for a full two minutes.

• Drink green tea. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology in 2009, found that routine consumption of green tea may help promote healthy teeth and gums. Of the 940 men evaluated, the study found that those who regularly drank green tea had superior periodontal health than subjects who consumed less green tea.

• Use probiotics. The use of products like EvoraPlus probiotic mints goes a long way in securing a good base for oral care. The probiotic mints add beneficial bacteria to the mouth, leaving less room for harmful bacteria to grow.

• Floss once a day. Flossing helps clean and remove tartar where your toothbrush cannot reach.

• Irrigate the teeth and gums daily. Oral irrigation helps to remove food particles trapped below the gum line. The addition of an antimicrobial fluid in your irrigator can further help remove the plaque that harbors harmful bacteria.

• Take nutrition seriously. Avoiding sugar is key, but also watch out for simple or highly refined carbohydrates. Consume plenty of vitamin C, as it plays a vital role for building healthy gums and helps boost the immune system. One of the best defenses against poor oral health is a strong immune system — and healthy food is your best source of essential vitamins and minerals.

Impress the family this season with a whiter smile!

December 16th, 2014

Teeth Whitening

It’s the season of joy and it’s pack with good food, music, and lots of smiles. Thanks to gifts, holiday spirit, and the sweet smell of peppermint we have a lot of reason to smile brightly. With all that smiling, wouldn’t you want to impress your relatives with a healthy white smile?

It’s easy for our teeth to lose its vibrancy over time due to things like coffee, sodas, and many of other things. However, this is luckily something you can fix! If you’re worried about stunning the family with some pearly whites, you can schedule an professional teeth whitening today! In about just an hour you have a dazzling white smile to impress all your in-laws.

If you’re somebody who’s been looking for a good way to brighten your teeth you may have immediately ran to a teeth whitening toothpaste. However, this is going to be your least effective method. These toothpastes only reach the surface and don’t contain and bleaching agents that are required for a thorough whitening.

Up next, you may consider at home whitening kits; things like whitening gels, strips, or rinses. These will have a much more promising result compared to the toothpaste but however take several days or weeks before your notice any significant results.

The quickest and most reliable choice for teeth whitening would be to visit your dentist for a professional teeth whitening session. Professional dentists will use powerful bleaching agents to whiten you teeth several shades brighter in just an hour! Also, unlike at home kits, dentists can be sure to avoid any irritation.

Don’t wait aroung – get that brighter and whiter smile for this holiday season today!

Coconut Oil – The Miracle Oral Bacteria Killer

December 2nd, 2014

Oil Pulling

If you are looking for an alternative to toothpastes that can be loaded with sulfates and other ingredients such as fluoride, mainstream science is now fully recognizing the “miracle” powers of coconut oil. Coconut oil not only combats tooth decay and can drastically improve overall mouth health, but also to specifically crush a yeast known as candida albicans that can lead to deadly infections.

The research comes from the Athlone Institute of Technology, where Ireland-based scientists examined the effects of natural and digested coconut oil on common strains of bacteria within the mouth. What they found was that not only did the coconut oil effectively inhibit a majority of the bacteria strains single-handedly, but it was also particularly harmful to candida albicans. This is important when considering the fact that an excessive amount of the yeast known as candida albicans can be brought upon by a poor diet consisting of processed foods and sugar.

Candida infection, also known as candida overgrowth or the ‘candy disease’ can be associated with symptoms like chronic tiredness, recurring yeast infections, and digestive issues. It can also lead to a mouth infection known as thrush — a condition typically ‘treated’ using anti-fungal medications preceded by an x-ray of your esophagus. Now, researchers are highlighting how coconut oil intake can be an alternative solution with far less side effects and concerns.

In their report, the scientists state that coconut oil could be ‘an effective alternative to chemical additives’ in most dental hygiene products. This refers to the many sulfate chemicals linked to numerous conditions, added fluoride, and many others.

It is important to ensure that you purchase the right kind of high quality coconut oil when purchasing it online or from your local supermarket. An important consideration is that the scientists conducting the study may have actually used an inferior low quality coconut oil, meaning that the results may have actually been even more positive if they were to use a 100% organic, extra virgin source. As a general rule of thumb, just as with vitamins and other supplements, avoid purchasing a generic brand of non-organic coconut oil from your local chain supermarket.

Instead, look for a USDA certified organic or 100% organic label that is unrefined and cold-pressed. Personally, we would recommend Nutiva’s coconut oil on Vitacost for a high quality source that isn’t going to be highly expensive (I have no ties to either company). As a side note, coconut oil is also great to store as a preparedness food as it has a very long shelf life and is packed full of nutrients.

Foods to eat after Wisdom teeth removal

November 17th, 2014

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

A lot of us are told that after getting our wisdom teeth removed we’ll be stuck a pudding and ice cream only diet. Now of course those two options are both plausible and well enjoyable there are a few other things you can easily eat. You want to be sure that your body is still receiving the protein and nutrients it needs to help the healing process.

  • Muscle milk and protein shakes: These are a great way to be sure your body is getting its proteins and it’s in liquid form! There are a lot of flavors to try and the cool iciness or the shake can feel relaxing on your jaw.
  • Mashed Potatoes: If you’re looking for something to fill you up mashed potatoes are a great option for lunch or dinner.
  • Mac 'n' Cheese: This is a great and delicious choice mainly towards the end of the healing process. You’ll want to eat this will small bites – however if you feel you are recovering quickly you can eat this whenever you feel fit.
  • Popsicles: Popsicles are a great treat because they taste good and the cold temperature can help with any discomfort.
  • Hummus: Another great source of protein is hummus and this can even be eaten with small pieces of soft pita bread.
  • Soup: Thinner broths are most likely to be the most comfortable to eat. As you continue to heal you can upgrade to chunkier soups.

As you’re healing be sure to listen to yourself. Some people heal more quickly or more slowly than others. If you feel something is still too uncomfortable to eat that’s okay! However be sure to avoid straws and foods that require a lot of chewing!

Help Your Children Reduce the Risk of Tooth Decay

November 7th, 2014

Children's Dental Health

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States? The good news is it can be prevented. This year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind parents to “think teeth.”

Parents can help children combat cavities and tooth decay by practicing good daily oral hygiene — even at an early age. Ask your pediatrician about your baby’s oral health at the six-month check-up. And start regular dental check-ups beginning at age one.

“Children’s access to dental services is essential to maintaining good oral health and reducing the risk of tooth decay,” says Dr. Lynn D. Mouden, Chief Dental Officer with HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal government agency that oversees Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). “If children don’t already have dental coverage, they may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, which includes teeth cleanings, check-ups, x-rays, fluoride, dental sealants and fillings.”

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria interacting with sugars in the mouth. The bacteria can be passed from parent to child when, for example, they share spoons or cups. If untreated, this dental disease can result in difficulty eating and speaking, and can interfere with physical and social development and school performance. Tooth decay can be prevented. Using a fluoride varnish, fluoride painted on the teeth, protects “baby” teeth. Dental sealants, plastic coatings that keep bacteria and sugars away from areas most likely to decay, protect back teeth.

“Simple steps to help prevent tooth decay can begin when a child is a baby,” says Dr. Mouden. “Put only water, milk or formula in bottles or sippy cups, and never put babies to bed with a bottle. And as your child gets older, limit sugary foods and drinks and make sure he or she brushes twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste.”

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Routine Dental Cleanings

November 4th, 2014

Dental Cleanings

Most people brush and floss their teeth regularly. However, many of these same people are also skipping trips to the dentist. Yes, money may be tight. But is the long-term risk worth the temporary monetary reward?

Lack of coverage may be contributing to skipped dental cleanings. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, of the 172 million Americans under 65 who have health insurance, 45 million don’t have dental care. Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care, and many dentists don’t accept Medicaid. Dental procedures can be costly – Americans spent $102 billion on dental services in 2009. Yet, a simple routine cleaning costs much less than a root canal.

Insured or not, these tips will help you with the preventive care that could save you big in the long run:

  • If you have insurance, use it. Don’t view the dentist as an inconvenience.
  • Uninsured? Don’t worry. People without insurance can seek out dental clinics or training schools associated with universities. Training schools often search for patients to help develop students’ skills. Volunteering for a practice cleaning session may only cost a small fee – or it may be free.
  • Watch what you eat. Sticky, sugary foods adhere to teeth, providing food for the destructive bacteria that cause dental diseases. Try to avoid candy and sodas, and limit snacking, so you’re not constantly bathing your teeth in sugar. Drink water after eating to flush food from your mouth.
  • Clean your teeth regularly. Yes, you’ve heard it before – brush twice daily and floss at least once daily. You may also want to try oral care probiotics, or “beneficial” bacteria, such as EvoraPlus. The probiotics compete with harmful bacteria for both nutrients and space, making it difficult for harmful bacteria to survive.
  • Replace your toothbrush if the bristles become frayed. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should purchase a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric toothbrush every three to four months.

4 Natural Ways to Brighten Your Smile

October 22nd, 2014

Teeth Whitening

Whether it’s for a wedding, work, summer, or simply the holidays, we all love to have a beautiful white smile. Unfortunately sometimes our unique lives cause us to enjoy some things not so good for your teeth like coffee, candy, wine, etc., all which can cause your bright smiles to fade.

Luckily, there are many tasty treats you can enjoy that will help enhance your white teeth.

  • Water – We all know water is important but water actually helps cancel out the damage cause by things like white/red wine and artificially colored foods.
  • Strawberries – This tasty fruit contains something called malic acid. This acts like a natural teeth whitener and removes the discolorations residing on your teeth.
  • Apples, celery, and carrots – These crunchy veggies are natural stain removers and increase saliva production to help remove left over food.
  • Milk, Cheese, and yogurt – All of these dairy items have calcium which helps strengthen your bones and teeth all while fighting off bacteria!

White teeth aren’t as hard to get as you may think, simply eat these foods and see the wonderful results!

10 Fun Dental Facts

October 8th, 2014

Dental Facts

It can be difficult to get your child to be excited about their dental health, but we have put together a list of 10 fun (and a few gross) dental facts to help make oral health, well, fun!

  • George Washington did not have wooden teeth. His fake teeth (dentures) were made out of gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory, and other people’s teeth.
  • Tongues are sort of like fingers – like fingertips, the design on your tongue is completely unique to you. Can you imagine if we used tongue prints instead of fingerprints to identify everyone?
  • Try to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible! When flushed, a toilet can spray particles up to 6 feet away. Yuck!
  • The average human makes about 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That means one person can fill up 2 swimming pools with their spit!
  • In 1994, a prison inmate got the idea to braid his dental floss into a rope, he then scaled the wall and escaped.
  • Do you know who has the longest teeth in the world? It’s the elephant! Its tusks (tusks are elephant’s teeth) can sometimes weigh over 400 pounds.
  • A long time ago in Medieval Germany, you would cure a toothache by kissing a donkey.
  • China created the first tooth brush with bristles in 1498; they would use the hair from hogs, horses, and even badgers. The first toothbrush commercial toothbrush was made in 1938.
  • A snail’s mouth is as big as the head of a pin needle, but it has over 25,000 teeth in it!
  • Smiles are important to keep healthy especially for you kids; kids can smile up to 400 times a day!

All About Wisdom Teeth.

September 3rd, 2014

wisdom teeth extraction

More often than not wisdom teeth, or the large molars at the very end of your jaw, become a problem and need to be removed. Typically, the reasons for wisdom teeth needing to be removed are because the wisdom teeth are too large to fit in your jaw or they grow in crooked (sometimes horizontally!).

Everybody’s wisdom teeth are different; some erupt all the way out of the gums, some half way, and some not at all. Wisdom teeth that remove hidden become impacted within your gums. Wisdom teeth that erupt half way become highly susceptible to bacteria due to how difficult it is to clean that far back in your mouth. This breeding ground for bacteria can cause oral infections and even gum diseases.

Typically, wisdom teeth are removed in young adulthood either once a problem arises or before the wisdom teeth roots have been fully developed. Some people experience jaw aches due to these teeth while some people don’t even feel a thing. It hard to determine if the teeth need to be removed until your doctor looks are you teeth through an x-ray. If you feel you may need your wisdom teeth removed consult with your doctor.

Now you may be wondering what the process is like getting your wisdom teeth removed. Some doctors will remove all four teeth at once while some remove only one or a few at a time. Either local anesthetic, numbing the specific area, or general anesthetic, causing you to sleep, will be used for the procedure. Normally, you will be asked not to eat after the midnight before your surgery so your body can handle the anesthetic.

Once the teeth are removed you will most likely be given stitches. Some stitches dissolve naturally over time while some are need to be removed a bit after the procedure.

The recovery typically lasts a few days to a week and you will be subscribed painkillers from your doctor. Be sure to relax, high activity may cause increased bleeding. Eat soft food like gelatin, pudding, and soups. You will be asked not to use straws since the sucking motion may cause a blood clot to loosen and remove itself. Salt water rinses are also a good idea to promote healing.

Unfortunately, in some cases people develop a “dry socket” or a loose opening where the tooth was removed and you may even see white bone. You will feel a noticeable amount of pain a few days after surgery that may radiate up your cranium. If you develop a dry socket you will need to see your dentist to have the hole cleaned and filled.

Toothbrush of the Future.

August 22nd, 2014

future toothbrush

Is your dentist always scolding you for not brushing your teeth long enough or correctly? Beam Technologies has made a tooth brush to help with that!

This toothbrush of the future monitors how long, and how often you brush your teeth. It can even report the information it collects to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

While the brush may have a chunky look and feel to it, it is only because it holds an AA battery and a Bluetooth chip. The toothbrush is otherwise very attractive and easy to handle.

When synced with the Beam App you will be able to earn rewards and if you have a competitive bone multiple Beam Brushes can be added to the same smartphone! Another motivation the Beam Brush offers is the music feature. If you find yourself needing a little extra motivation to reach that two minute mile marker the Beam Brush will time you with a song.

On top of it all, your brushing habits can be sent to your dentist.

The brush itself costs $50 dollars and the replacement heads at $4 apiece. As if this Brush and App combo wasn’t helping you enough already it will even alert you when it’s time to replace the head and allow you to order new ones directly from your phone!

Dental Crowns or Fillings?

August 11th, 2014

Dental Crowns

You just went to the dentist and found out that you have tooth damage. After examining the tooth your dentist gave you two options, repair it with a filling or a crown. But what is the difference?

Both options will remedy the situation. The dental crown will cost significantly more than the filling. The filling takes just one visit while the crown takes two office visits. Why not just choose the quicker cheaper route and choose to have the filling?

The dentist offers a crown to be placed for a number of reasons. These include greater strength, longevity, better tooth protection, as well as more control over the tooth’s cosmetic appearance.

The size and shape of the hole greatly affects the situation as well. If the hole is large the walls of the tooth may be weak and thin and have difficulty holding the filling in. Another example, if the hole that is being filled in has an entire corner missing, it presents more of a challenge for the dentist to anchor the filling. On the other hand if the hole is smaller in size a filling is a great remedy that is quick and quite dependable.

So all in all, a filling offers a cheap quick fix that could last just as long as a crown and a crown is a more expensive option that is stronger and visually more appealing. So take the time to think it over and make the right decision for yourself.

How To Properly Brush Your Teeth.

August 1st, 2014

Oral Health Care

Brushing your teeth properly is massively important. Proper care for your pearly whites helps to prevent issues like gingivitis and tooth decay. Brushing your teeth incorrectly can also lead to tooth abrasion which causes your tooth’s surface to be worn away.

In two minutes follow these steps: 1. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.
2. Start with your upper back teeth and focus on the front surface of your tooth.
3. Hold the toothbrush parallel to your teeth and angle the bristles in the direction of the tissues.
4. Move the brush gently in a circular motion for 10 seconds.
5. Continue the steps above on the surfaces of both the top and bottom teeth.
6. Once you finish that you are now ready for the inside surface of your teeth.
7. For your top teeth take the tip of your brush and in a flicking motion direct your brush from the gumline down.
8. For your bottom teeth do the same motion but this time you’ll be direction your brush up.
9. After this brush your tongue and inside of your teeth then finish by rinsing with water or mouthwash.

Why Take Your Kids For Dental Visits Early In Life?

July 22nd, 2014

Pediatric Dentist

Tooth decay is a common situation for kids because almost all of them have already had at least one cavity once they reach the age of four. For this reason, parents or guardians are encouraged to bring these kids to get acquainted with an Albuquerque family dentist while they are young.

What are the causes of tooth decay? The way children are fed will have a lot to declare whether they will form cavities or not. If they are given milk while being put to bed, they get used to sucking milk as they are falling asleep. Since this a sweetened liquid, the child's teeth can become decayed quickly. If they are fond of eating snacks with plenty of sugar such as donuts or preserved fruit snacks, they are most prone to developing tooth decay. When watching the dental health of a kid, make sure that soft drinks and sweets do not become a large part of their diet. Also, for teeth cleaning, it is good to implement daily brushing with the use of fluoride toothpaste.

For some children, gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD is real for them. Food will flow back to the esophagus, causing a range of other discomfort like sour taste, heartburn, bloating abdomen and uneasiness. As stomach acids are brought in contact with teeth, there's a deterioration of the enamel. Stomach acid is corrosive to the teeth surface so tooth decay will easily follow if a child has the habit of vomiting due to GERD.

Tooth decay, in its simplest definition is the result of infection which is brought by bacteria that reside in the mouth. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria will reproduce well, which makes the mouth foul-smelling. Dental cavities can be quick to progress so that it reaches the gum, and the nerve endings. When the decay reaches the nerve and blood supply of the tooth, infection is sure to follow. This will get complicated to that the pulp become inflamed. As the tooth is not viable for uprooting due to inflammation, the best remedy is to perform a root canal treatment on the affected tooth.

Raising kids is a difficult job. You need to possess enough dental awareness so that oral problems can be eliminated. In case there is already tooth decay, you must take the child to a dentist to avoid making the issue worse. Expert dentists will know how to treat oral complains in children and teach them how to have healthy dental habits.

HOW TO KEEP A HEALTHY MOUTH WITH BRACES

July 7th, 2014

Orthodontic Care

Cleaning your teeth with braces can be a challenging and extremely frustrating task. It can be a real challenge to brush and floss around all those wires and rubber bands. Regardless of these challenges keeping your teeth healthy and clean is of major importance.

If you don’t properly remove the plaque stuck between your teeth and around your braces your teeth may decay or even become discolored. Most people brush then floss their teeth, but with braces it’s recommended to floss before you brush. This helps dislodge any food or plaque and will then be brushes away from your toothbrush. If you floss last, you may dislodge the food but it will remain on your teeth until your next brushing.

Using a proxabrush will help dislodge even more plaque and food within your braces. Even electric tooth brushes help wipe away the plaque in those hard to reach places.It may be a tedious process at first, but creating a daily routine will help you create a healthy habit and a beautiful smile.

How to detect and prevent a cavity

June 27th, 2014

Cavities

Most people will get a cavity at some point in their life. Regardless as a child, teen, or adult cavities are something commonly dealt with when it comes to oral health. Luckily, you can detect a cavity within the beginning stages to prevent more serious damages.

Some of the major symptoms of a cavity are pain, sensitivity, and bad breath. There are many things that encourage the development of a cavity and knowing these things can help stop cavities from developing.

We all naturally have bacteria in our mouth but things like sugar and starch causes the bacteria to strengthen and produce acids that can damage your enamel. Once the enamel is broken, it is too late to reverse the cavity. Once a cavity is developed the dentist must remove the decay and fill the whole.

Reducing the amount of sugar you consume, brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing are helpful ways to prevent cavities, but most importantly, visiting your dentist regularly is a great way to spot cavities early.

How to get your kids to brush their teeth

June 20th, 2014

Children's Dental Care

We all forget to brush our teeth sometimes, but getting kids to brush their teeth in general is a challenge. There are many ways to encourage your child and even make brushing their teeth a fun experience.

Creating a daily routine helps add structure to your child lives as well as encourage a good daily habit for teeth brushing. You could also use a reward system but celebrating when they’ve brushed their teeth twice a day for a whole week.

Kids love their sweets so why not let your child pick their own toothpaste flavor and brush, this gives them some control and make teeth brushing delicious and fun! There is a wide range of oral hygiene products that promote fun characters and even tooth brushes that play your child’s favorite music! These toothbrushes are great because the song is times to the perfect length for a proper tooth brushing.

It’s also a good idea to explain to your child while they should be brushing their teeth and warn them on what could happen if they don’t keep up their oral hygiene. You can also brush your teeth with your child to show them that it’s a good thing and to remind yourself to keep up your own oral hygiene!

Be creative! Brushing your teeth doesn’t have to be boring, and keep your childs teeth sparkly and clean will encourage a healthy mouth as they get older.

How to keep a healthy mouth with braces

June 13th, 2014

Orthodontic Care

Be creative! Brushing your teeth doesn’t have to be boring, and keep your childs teeth sparkly and clean will encourage a healthy mouth as they get older.

If you don’t properly remove the plaque stuck between your teeth and around your braces your teeth may decay or even become discolored. Most people brush then floss their teeth, but with braces it’s recommended to floss before you brush. This helps dislodge any food or plaque and will then be brushes away from your toothbrush. If you floss last, you may dislodge the food but it will remain on your teeth until your next brushing.

Using a proxabrush will help dislodge even more plaque and food within your braces. Even electric tooth brushes help wipe away the plaque in those hard to reach places.

It may be a tedious process at first, but creating a daily routine will help you create a healthy habit and a beautiful smile.

Treating tooth decay

June 6th, 2014

Tooth Decay

Do your tooth decay is in the first stages, then dentist apply you a fluoride varnish to the affected area. This will help you to stop decay further, probarbly if you decrease your sugar intake.

If corrosion remove your current enameled surface as well as triggered any hole, your current dental practice may remove the decay as well as regain your current dental with a filling. When the nerve during your current dental is usually harmed, you'll need any origin root canal therapy, which in turn takes away the neural as well as restores the dental with a filling or perhaps crown.

If your tooth is too badly damaged then we cannot restore it, there is only one option that you have to remove it.

Fluoride Fluoride is just about the most reliable treatment intended for avoiding as well as restricting the distributed of tooth decay. It is just a normally transpiring mineral obtained from drinks and foods ingredients as well as tea, fish although it is synthesised (manufactured). Synthetic fluoride is utilized inside toothpaste, from where most of the people get their fluoride.

Fluoride shields teeth by means of making strong the enameled surface, making teeth additional immune for you to acidity violence which could bring about dental corrosion. It lowers the flexibility of plaque bacterias to produce acidity, as well as enhances the mend (remineralisation) of enameled surface.

Root canal remedy has had any trustworthiness of becoming painful, although enhanced dentist approaches suggest it can be currently fairly simple.

Fillings and crowns The filling replaces your current absent enameled surface. There are many different filling materials available, including amalgam (silver coloured), composite (tooth coloured) as well as wine glass ionomer (tooth coloured).

They will exclusively fill the shape and size of your hole, and are also set up with dentist bare concrete. Inlays as well are generally made out of silver, since it does not take the majority of long-lasting as well as hard-wearing filling substance.

Tooth extraction Inside severe conditions of dental corrosion, the dental could possibly be taken away to prevent the distributed of infection coming from a dentist abscess. removing particular teeth can impact is very important as well as functionality of surrounding teeth, so the dental practice may need to exchange the dental with a partially denture, connection or perhaps implant.