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Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower — Gross, or No Big Deal?

Is it unsanitary or just more efficient? We break down the debate about brushing your teeth while you shower. While brushing your teeth in the shower isn’t an extremely common practice, one dental health survey has found that around 4 percent of Americans maintain this habit — or between 13 and 15 million people. This
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What Causes Bad Breath?

Everyone gets bad breath from time to time, but long-lasting bad breath can indicate a serious issue. Here’s what you need to know. Morning breath, coffee breath, garlic breath — everybody suffers from bad breath from time to time. In fact, according to the Bad Breath Institute, 35 to 45 percent of people in the

Influencer Teeth Whitening Hacks: Do They Work?

These influencer-approved teeth whitening techniques are all the rage, but will they actually brighten your smile? Here’s what you need to know. Everyone wants a bright smile. Having white teeth makes you feel more confident, and it communicates to others that you take oral health seriously and practice good dental hygiene. For influencers — people
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5 Easy Tips to Prevent Teeth Stains

If your teeth are looking a little dull, there are many things you can do to prevent future stains — start with these five easy tips. Everyone wants to have a bright, stain-free smile. When you have white teeth, you exude confidence from the inside-out, and your friends and you can see the benefits of
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Is Seltzer Really Bad for Your Teeth?

Here’s what you need to know about carbonation, how it can affect your teeth, and whether or not sparkling water is actually bad for you.  We all know that staying hydrated throughout the day is key to staying healthy. Many people drink sparkling water to add a little fizzy fun to their daily water intake,
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Treatment Options for Overbites and Underbites

Malocclusion — also known as overbites and underbites — can be corrected with a number of different treatments that each offer unique advantages.  Overbites, underbites, and crossbites are all variations of a condition known as malocclusion— an improper alignment of the jaws. All three are common orthodontic issues, but when left untreated, they can lead
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Can You Really Get “Mask Mouth?”

If you’re experiencing bad breath or other dental issues, your mask isn’t to blame.  To stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are following medical advice and wearing face masks in public to protect ourselves and others. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about the efficacy and safety of masks out there.
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Is the Waterpik Better Than Floss?

Water flossing might seem like an appealing alternative to traditional flossing, but it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for traditional dental floss.  In the past decade, water flossers have quickly become a popular component of many people’s dental hygiene routines. Water flossers like Waterpik help to remove dental plaque using pressurized water — all
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7 Tips for an Anxiety-Free Dental Visit

Do you dread going to the dentist? A little nervousness is normal — but don’t let your anxiety stop you from taking care of your oral health. Afraid to go to the dentist? You’re not alone. Many people feel anxious before their semi-annual dental visit. Fear of the dentist is usually rooted in a fear
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How Aging Impacts Your Oral Health

Our teeth and gums change as we age — fortunately, most harmful age-related dental conditions can be prevented with good dental care.  As we age, our bodies change in almost every way, and our teeth are no exception. The impact of aging on dental health is often overlooked, but monitoring changes to your teeth can
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5 Common Myths About Children’s Teeth

There are plenty of misconceptions around children’s dental care — to help their children develop healthy adult teeth, parents must constantly discern fact from fiction.  As you worry about the many factors that can impact your child’s health, dental concerns can sometimes end up on the back burner. Too often, parents believe that children’s teeth

How Prosthetic Teeth for Movies Are Made

Find out how accomplished dental technicians — and cosmetic dentists — help actors and directors achieve their unique vision.  To play certain roles, actors must become nearly unrecognizable from their normal selves. Luckily for them, they’re able to do that with the expertise of makeup artists. Like special effects wizards who help actors alter their

How to Know If Dental Bonding Is Right for You

Dental bonding offers a long-lasting solution to cosmetically improving the appearance of chipped or discolored teeth.  Dental bonding is a procedure in cosmetic dentistry that can be a cost-effective way to regain confidence in your smile. Everybody wants to ensure their teeth look healthy and strong. For people who are self-conscious about their smile —
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Your Guide to Dental Care While Social Distancing

Dental care is especially important when regular dentist appointments are made difficult by an ongoing pandemic. Here’s what you can do at home.  Lockdown is easing in many states, and dental offices are reopening in hard hit areas. Yet the Centers for Disease Control still recommends following social distancing guidelines — including quarantining at home
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What Is a Dental Bridge?

Learn all about dental bridges — specialized crowns that fill in missing teeth and help maintain the alignment of your smile. Teeth can fall out for a variety of reasons, but a missing tooth can lead to serious dental issues if not attended to. One way that you can have the gap in your smith
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How Soon Can I Eat After Getting a Filling?

Curious about eating after getting a filling? Here’s everything you need to know about eating when caring for a dental filling.  A filling is a common dental treatment that repairs and restores a missing part of the tooth. If you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decaying portion of the tooth and fill
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How Long Should I Wait for a Tooth Implant?

People who lose a tooth should consult their dentist as soon as possible to learn when an implant can be safely inserted.  Tooth loss can be caused by a variety of factors, and missing teeth often require an implant to ensure your dental function returns to normal. Common reasons for tooth loss include major trauma
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How Long Can I Delay Treatment for a Toothache?

Never ignore dental pain. It could be a sign of a serious dental problem that needs immediate treatment. With so many elective medical procedures postponed due to the COVID19 crisis, you may be wondering when you will be able to see a dentist about your toothache. Non-emergency dental care has resumed in the Denver Metro
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How Often Should I Schedule Teeth Cleanings?

Regular teeth cleanings can help to prevent tooth decay and detect other oral health issues before it’s too late.  Getting your teeth cleaned regularly helps you keep a healthy, white smile — but that’s not all it’s good for. Every time you visit the dentist for a teeth cleaning procedure, you lower your risk of
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5 Dental Care Tips for Teens

Teens are susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth injuries — but these dental maladies can be easily avoided with the right precautions. Once your child enters their teenage years, there’s a lot that can go wrong with their dental health. Sugary drinks, unhealthy snacks, and even tobacco use could play a new role
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How to Recognize and Treat an Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth can be painful or completely pain-free, but it always requires treatment and professional diagnosis to fully disappear.  Dental abscesses are relatively common, but they aren’t well understood. Abscesses can occur at any age, so it’s important for adults and children alike to know the symptoms of an abscessed tooth. An abscess is
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Autoimmune Diseases and Your Oral Health

Autoimmune diseases can impact your oral health — here are the conditions that may require extra attention to dental care.   Your immune system defends your body from harmful bacteria and viruses but in autoimmune diseases, a disruption in your immune system can cause it to attack your own tissue. Millions of Americans suffer from autoimmune
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Should You Use Apps to Manage Your Dental Health?

Smartphone users now have access to a variety of apps that can help you keep up with your dental hygiene routine and stay engaged with your dental health. Mobile healthcare is on the rise. Every week, companies are producing new smartphone apps that help you manage your dental health at home. Mobile health apps (also
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What You Need to Know About Dental Anesthesia

Because many dental patients have questions about dental anesthetics, let’s discuss the major types of dental anesthetics and how each one works.  Many dental patients have anxiety around dental procedures, especially when they require anesthesia. Concerns about anesthesia are understandable, but understanding the differences between your options can help assuage your anxiety.  What anesthesia is

How Can You Tell If You Have a Cavity?

Cavities are one of the most common reasons for dental visits, and everyone should know a cavity’s warning signs.  It’s a popular misconception that only children get cavities. Cavities are common among adults too, and they can happen for many different reasons — not just because of a sugary diet. What is a cavity?  Before

How to Cope With Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are painful injuries to your teeth that require immediate attention from a qualified dentist — learn more about what to do.  Dental emergencies are common — in fact, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered one. Teeth and bone tend to not heal on their own very easily, but minor soft-tissue injuries can be
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6 Tips for Managing Bruxism

Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding) is a harmful dental condition that can be managed with the right tools. Do you find yourself waking up with morning headaches? Biting into food with soreness in your jaw? Or maybe you’ve noticed you’re clenching your teeth all the time? If these symptoms ring a bell, you might
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Eight Lipsticks That Make Your Whitened Teeth Look Whiter

Did you know that the right lipstick can make your teeth look whiter? Find the perfect shade to brighten your smile. Wearing lipstick can feel like an almost magical experience at times. But did you know that the color of your lipstick can improve your smile? The right lipstick can make your teeth appear whiter
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Are Dental Problems Genetic?

Most dental issues have a genetic component, but habits and environmental factors also play a key part.  As you probably know, daily habits play a determining role in your dental health. Sugary and starchy food and drink, alcohol and tobacco use, dehydration, and inadequate dental hygiene can all lead to dental problems. In addition to
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Can You Stop Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Tooth enamel erosion can be painful, but there are ways to reduce symptoms and strengthen your enamel — both at home and at the dentist’s office.  Your tooth enamel is tough. It protects the sensitive inner core of your teeth from the chemicals that might cause damage. Healthy enamel also insulates your teeth from extreme
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What You Need to Know When Bracing for Your Wedding Day

Interested in getting braces before your wedding day? Here’s what you need to know.  If you’re prepping for the big day, you likely already have a list of worries to keep you up at night. What if the dress doesn’t fit right? Am I forgetting to invite anyone? And, of course: will my smile look

Can Pregnancy Impact Your Oral Health?

Pregnancy affects nearly every part of your body, and your dental health is no exception.  Pregnancy affects nearly every part of your body, including your mouth and teeth. For expecting mothers, oral health concerns might take a backseat to more common symptoms of pregnancy. But, even though going to the dentist probably isn’t a top

How Athletes Can Protect Their Teeth

Despite having healthy dental habits, elite athletes tend to have poor teeth — here’s how athletes can protect their teeth.  According to a recent study from University College London, high-level athletes are significantly more likely than most people to have poor dental health — despite having better oral hygiene overall. The study came as dentists

Invisalign for Perfect Teeth at Your Wedding

Invisalign retainers can help you straighten your teeth for your big day. The best part? No one needs to know.  For many people, their wedding day is a day to remember,  But when you’re the center of attention and the cameras are flashing, looking your best is crucial. Beyond the perfect dress or tux, it’s

Your Guide to Whiter Teeth for Your Wedding Day

Teeth whitening is a common pre-wedding procedure — but there are several different options that you should be aware of.  Your wedding day memories will last a lifetime, but so will your wedding day photos. No one wants to be self-conscious about their smile when the camera bulbs are flashing. For couples with a wedding

Upcoming Wedding? Braces Take Years, Consider Veneers!

For your wedding, get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Veneers can help make that happen.  We all want to look our best on our wedding day. Whether you’re posing for photos or simply having fun, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is how your smile looks. Depending on your timeline and the

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Maximize the lifespan of your veneers by taking care of them just like you’d normally take care of your teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are permanently bonded to the front of the tooth to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as breaks, chips, discoloration, or unusual size. Veneers can also be applied to

What is a Composite Filling?

If you need a filling, a composite resin filling can offer you a more affordable, natural-looking alternative to a metal amalgam filling.  If you’ve ever had a cavity, you’re probably familiar with the ordeal of getting a filling. But cavities aren’t the only reason that you might need a filling. Whenever a tooth gets cracked,

The Importance of Digital X-Rays

Getting a dental X-ray might seem intimidating for some. But there’s nothing scary about dental X-rays — especially with new digital X-ray options, which greatly reduce radiation exposure. A simple X-ray checkup can allow your dentist to detect damage that isn’t visible to the naked eye, which is why medical experts recommend regular dental X-rays

Your Options for a Straighter Smile on Your Wedding Day

If you’re nervous about your smile on your wedding day, visit a dentist as soon as possible — and know what questions to ask. You’re excited for the big day, but you’re anxious about your appearance. You know the memories you make at your wedding will last a lifetime, and the photos will too. With

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Studies have established a connection between gum disease and heart disease — though scientists are still trying to determine why.  You may have heard the odd claim that keeping your gums healthy can ward off heart disease. Naturally, this raises questions. Is there really a connection between gum disease and heart disease? How much evidence

Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy Over the Holidays

Your holiday eating habits can damage your teeth and lead to cavities — for a healthy smile, follow these dos and don’ts.   You know holiday feasting can take a toll on your figure, but what you may not know is that the holidays can also take a toll on your teeth. It’s alright to indulge

Can You Correct a Gummy Smile?

Don’t let a gummy smile get in the way of your self-confidence. Depending on the root cause, there are several corrective options available for a gummy smile.  Not liking your smile can have a serious negative impact on your overall self-confidence. People who are self-conscious about their smiles will often try to cover their mouths
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What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?

While sensitive teeth are usually caused by worn-down enamel, anyone with sensitive teeth should consult a dentist to ensure they aren’t a symptom of a more serious condition. Let’s say you’re biting down into your morning cereal, and your teeth hurt with every crunch. Maybe it’s an acidic beverage, like lemonade, that gives you a

What You Need to Know About Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth pulled can be a stressful ordeal — but with the right preparation, you can ensure that your recovery is as swift and painless as possible.  We know that visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience — according to some studies, nearly 60 percent of people are afraid to do so. We
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The Five Stages of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay occurs in five distinct phases. Each successive stage is more uncomfortable than the last, and every stage requires a unique method of treatment.  Tooth decay takes place in five distinct phases, each more uncomfortable than the last. Everyone is at risk for tooth decay, and the risks increase with high sugar consumption. Although
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The Link Between Diabetes and Dental Health

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can increase your risk of gum disease and infection, meaning diabetics should pay special attention to oral health care.  Diabetes can affect nearly every part of your body, and your mouth is no exception. If left untreated, diabetes can alter your teeth, gums, and saliva. Fortunately, there are
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Six Tips to Help Children Keep Their Healthy Smile

Teaching your kids the importance of good oral hygiene brings lifelong benefits. Here are a few tips for keeping their teeth bright and healthy. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of those skills that’s essential to learn early in life and important to maintain as you age. For many of us, it’s second nature to

Three Tips for a Brighter Smile

Wish you had whiter teeth? Here are three natural ways you can brighten your smile. We’ve all seen them — those dazzling smiles almost too bright and gleaming to be real. The good news is that everyone can have their own set of pearly whites, often just by making some easy lifestyle changes. While new

Is Your Headache Related to TMD?

Persistent headaches or jaw discomfort may be signs that you have a temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. Find out more about the symptoms and the many ways TMD can be treated. The temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is the spot on either side of your face where the jawbone connects to the skull. Between the two bones

How Full and Partial Dentures Work

Have you been told you need dentures? Here are your options to restore your smile and make you feel more confident. Dealing with missing and painful teeth may lead you to be less self confident in social situations — but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re missing teeth due to decay or

How Invisalign Can Help Your Smile

Curious about Invisalign orthodontic treatment? Learn more about how it works and if it might be the right treatment for you.  Up until roughly two decades ago, people who wanted to straighten their misaligned teeth had only one option: unsightly and painful metal braces. But that all changed in 1997 when Invisalign hit the market,

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

A dental implant offers a strong, natural-looking replacement for a lost tooth. Find out if you’re a good candidate for this safe and effective procedure. Tooth loss affects millions of Americans, whether it’s due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or traumatic injury. Regardless of the cause, a dental implant can serve as a replacement for

Which Teeth Whitening Method is Right for You?

If you’re looking for a whiter smile, there are two main methods to brighten your teeth — in-office whitening sessions and take-home kits. Here’s how to decide which is right for you. Americans love a bright smile — and the statistics prove it. According to U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey results, 40.5

Which Type of Dental Crown is Right for You?

Want a brighter smile, or need to replace a damaged tooth? A dental crown may be the answer. Some patients are apprehensive about getting a dental crown, but replacing a decayed or broken tooth can actually promote good oral hygiene, strengthen the tooth, and improve your smile. Typically, crowns are used in the case of

Is Your Sleep Apnea Causing Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)?

Here’s how sleep apnea and nighttime teeth grinding are related — and how you can get possibly get some relief. Do you wake up in the morning with sore jaw muscles and don’t know why? It could be because you grind, or clench your teeth during the night.  Though you may feel more tired throughout

What are Sealants?

Sealants are a protective coating used mostly on back molar teeth to help them from getting cavities. One of the most common places to get a cavity is on the biting surface of the teeth where all the little grooves catch bacteria and food.  When we place sealants we first clean the grooves out of

Advantages of Digital X-Rays

At Espire Dental we have a digital x-ray system rather than older methods of taking x-rays on film. Similar to most of the world using digital cameras instead of film cameras to get better results and images, the medical world has adapted to digital imaging as well.  Digital x-rays are far better as they are

Toothaches and Sinus Infections

Tis the season when colds are abundant and are the gift that keeps on giving. Most of winter in Colorado, someone you know probably has a cold, you either had it or are going to get it. Many times in our office during cold season and even allergy season, we have patients coming in with

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown, which many patients call a cap, is something that covers the tooth like a helmet. Crowns are used when a tooth has cracked a piece away or has been filled so many times that there is not a lot of tooth structure left to encase the filling, so something to cover and protect

Are Mercury Fillings Outdated?

At Espire Dental, we do not use mercury fillings and haven’t used them in years. Doctors Brett and Jen haven’t placed them since dental school.  Dental amalgam is made of mercury, silver, tin and aluminum.  These fillings actually expand and contract from temperature changes in your mouth, resulting in cracked teeth that often end up

Keeping Your Smile White and Bright

WITH WHITE CLOTHES, SOMETIMES IT TAKES a little bleach and a little sunlight to bring them back to their beautiful brightness! Over time, and even when freshly washed, a t-shirt and socks will start looking like they’re losing some of their zip. The same goes for your smile! Your teeth may not feel the same as a cotton

What Age Should Kids Start Seeing the Dentist?

Your kids smile is incredibly important to their overall health and confidence. If they do not visit the dentist early on in life, it is going to be difficult for them to make it a habit later on when they are grown up. This is why it is important that they visit the dentist as

The Top 5 Things To Look For In A New Family Dentist

Many people fear the dentist, but there is no reason to dread these routine checks. If you want your smile to beam to the masses, then it requires getting your teeth tended too. If you are in the market for a new dentist, you may be concerned about finding the right fit for you and

The Best Way to Find a Good Family Dentist

Finding a good family dentist can be a real challenge. In rural areas, there may be a lack of nearby dentists to choose from. Some communities only have one or two options. In cities and other densely populated areas, there may be a significant number of dentists to choose from. However, the excess of options

Advantages of Using Invisalign

The Advantages of Invisalign In recent years dental health has been increasingly linked to many chronic health issues. It is thusly more urgent than ever to ensure that we take the utmost care of our teeth. Traditionally, braces have been used to rectify many teeth and mouth abnormalities that have contributed to poor dental hygiene.

Different Types of Braces

Most often braces are applied to the teeth to straighten them out and are the biggest complaint of children and adults. Other times even adults need braces. Let’s take a look at the most common types of braces available. The most common and well-known braces which are referred to as “traditional braces” are metal braces.

All About Adult Braces

Many people have crooked teeth. As an adult, many people feel self conscious if they do not have a nice smile. They want to do something about their situation so that they can have more confidence in everything that they do. That is why many adults end up getting braces. They want to have a

How to Find a Great Orthodontist

Orthodontists are responsible for helping a person’s teeth become straighter and more beautiful. Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware of how to find the right professional so that they are able to easily and quickly get the smile that they have always wanted for themselves. There are several factors that go into finding the

The Top Five Things You Need To Know About Braces

Braces are something that most people can get fairly easily if they need to fix their teeth, but there are people will need to learn about braces so that they do not have a problem. You need to study braces so that you are not concerned about the way that your teeth will be fixed

Can You Prevent Needing Braces?

Every health field is evolving, and has changed rapidly over just the last few generations. It is only recently that braces have been available, but then again, the same can be said for formula, pacifiers, and many other advances that parents now rely on. All parents make the tough choices that they believe are best

Types of Teeth Whitening

People want to look good for as long as possible; the health and look of one’s teeth is important to this practice. Nobody wants rotting, or stained and yellow teeth. There are many ways to whiten the teeth. Some more effective and expensive than others. Let’s take a look at some of the ways, shall

Teeth Whitening Strips

Why and How to Use Teeth Whitening Strips Getting a big, beautiful and white smile can be difficult if you’re limited on funds. When going to a dentist for whitening, you can expect the procedure to cost a few hundred dollars, which can be quite problematic for those who cannot afford this amount. Plus, most

DIY Teeth Whitening

One of the things that people often want to have is whiter teeth. The truth is that a lot of people’s teeth are not as white as they want them to be. Also, it is not that they don’t brush their teeth. Many people brush and floss at least once a day. It is just

Types of Dental Implants

There are a number of different dental implants. The kind that you will get will depend on a number of different factors such as what kind of work you need to get done and how strong your jawbone is. Your jawbone needs to have enough bone, and it also needs to be strong enough for

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants

It is important to one’s health to be able to eat a variety of foods. Many foods are hard to chew. In addition, having a nice, complete smile makes one look more professional, and gives more self esteem. Tooth loss happens, though, very frequently. For someone who is missing teeth there is a variety of

What Are Dental Implants?

Obtaining a full and beautiful smile is important to feeling your best. Unfortunately, when you are missing one or more teeth, it can be downright difficult to feel good about the way that you look. If this has been a problem for you and you’re ready for a change, you might want to consider having

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental implants are excellent devices that create an artificial root in the mouth that can help to keep dental crowns, bridges or dentures in place. It takes the place of the missing root when a tooth falls out or has to be removed. When it comes to replacing teeth, dental implants are often the best

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

For most people, the most important thing is how they look from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes. They also love to have wonderful smiles. The problem with a fantastic smile is that your teeth must be in perfect health and look white and dazzling. Unfortunately, often teeth are the

Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Hello beautiful smiles!, Would like to start off with given some examples of what is considered Cosmetic Dentistry. We have: Teeth whitening, Dental bonding, Dental crowning, Dental implants, Dental veneers, and sometimes Braces. The cheapest thing on the list of course is the teeth whitening( up to $350 ), the highest is on the list

What You Need To Know About Full Mouth Restorations

Full mouth reconstruction can be a very daunting process, especially if you are just beginning to research it and question whether it is right for you. Luckily, your dental specialist can give you full answers on exactly what procedures you may need. In the meantime, the why, what, and how are explained for you to

The Top 5 Things To Look For In a Cosmetic Dentist

There are a number of things that you should look for when considering a cosmetic dentist. You can’t assume that all cosmetic dentist is the same and it never hurts to do a little research to make sure that you will get a dentist that coincides with what you are looking for and expecting from

The History of Dentistry

Dentistry and Its Rich History Dating as far back as 7,000 B.C., dentistry has been around for quite some time. According to a source, dentistry began with the Indus Valley Civilization. This civilization is located what is now Pakistan and northwest region of India, today. How It All Started As previously mentioned, the dentistry profession

How to Choose the Right Dentist

In this day and age, we have so many more options to choose from for our medical professionals. It’s important to all of us to find doctors and dentists that we can trust and build a relationship with; however, it can often be a difficult task choosing the right one. Nobody wants to jump around

Is Buying Dental Insurance Worth It?

Someone who wants to know whether purchasing dental insurance is worth it needs to know what kinds of insurance plans are available, how much plans costs, and if dental insurance is cost-effective. Types of Dental Insurance Plans There are three types of dental plans. An indemnity plan allows patients to choose any dental professional. Secondly,

How Much is the Average Visit to the Dentist?

The cost of clean teeth Keeping your teeth clean is fundamental to your overall health. You can keep from tooth decay, stinking breath, and other various dental diseases. But keeping your dental hygiene “fresh” isn’t cheap. Sure you can brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash, but that isn’t always enough. To keep your dental

What Education is Needed to Become a Dentist?

A dentist is a person who provides oral care to adults and children. You have general practitioners and specialists such as Orthodontics. Most dentists obtains a four-year undergraduate degree but some students do not get a four-year degree but instead, they take all the needed science courses such as biology, anatomy, chemistry, and microbiology. Once

Dealing With TMJ Problems

The temporomandibular joint is a kind of hinge that forms a connection between the temporal bones in your skull and the jaw. This joint is what allows you to articulate your jaw vertically and horizontally for such common tasks as yawning, chewing and talking. When you start to have problems doing any of these things,

Don’t Ignore These 6 Dental Emergencies

Most people know that when they knock out a tooth during a sporting event that they should get emergency dental care, but there are other instances when you should make an appointment with your general dentist in Aurora, CO outside of your annual visit. These problems may not seem like an emergency, but by taking care of them

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in remembrance of the victory Mexican forces had against the French in 1862. It is a time to celebrate, and relax with friends and family which usually gives us a good reason to have food and drink. From tacos to margaritas, no matter what you choose to indulge in this

3 Most Effective Tactics for Straightening Teeth

If your teeth are a little crooked, then it is in your best interest to seek orthodontic treatment. Not only will it make your smile more attractive, but it will help prevent certain dental problems from forming in the future. You have several options to choose from, and a general dentist can assist you in picking the

A Complete Guide to Dental Implants vs. All-on-4 ™

When you have lost a tooth, numerous procedures are available to you to replace the structure. You should discuss every option with our dentist in Aurora, CO to go over the advantages of each one and which treatment would work ideally for your needs. Two procedures are particularly popular with tooth replacement: dental implants and All-on-4™. They are both

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

Based on how much most adults dread going to the dentist’s office; imagine how terrified many children feel about the prospect. Yet the reason why so many fear getting into the dentist’s chair is due to several common misconceptions, especially when it comes to pediatric dentistry. Today’s providers have countless resources at their disposal to

Does Your Child Have a Teeth Grinding Habit? We Can Help

Children who grind their teeth at night may be doing serious damage to their jaw and oral health. That is why parents should be proactive if they notice their children making grinding noises or clenching their jaw repeatedly. At Meadow Hills Dental, Dr. Mark Braasch and his team offer pediatric dentistry services that can also help treat and

Can Having a Healthy Smile Actually Boost Your Career?

While having a bright, beaming smile is a benefit we would like to enjoy, there are many excuses cited as to why teeth whitening treatments are unnecessary. They may say those relying on resources such as cosmetic dentistry/veneers are wasting their money on procedures whose results can be replicated through less-expensive alternatives. Others may simply say the

There Could Be A Reason

A permanent set of teeth is meant to last a lifetime, then why do so many of us lose one or more of our adult teeth prematurely?  Studies have shown that there are specific factors that contribute to the loss. Some medical conditions are known to increase our chances of gum disease, which is the

Complete Your Oral Care Routine

The tongue may not be the most attractive part of the human body but it certainly does a lot for us.  It allows us to speak clearly and enjoy the foods that we love and need to maintain our general health.  The rough surface of the tongue, however, provides the perfect place for acids and

Fend Off Any Ill Effects

A good workout at the gym may contribute to your overall well being and a regular exercise routine is mandatory for some competitive athletes but all this physical activity is not especially good for your oral health.  Vigorous exercise tends to dry your mouth.  The nature of your saliva is beneficial in fighting off the

Are You A Statistic?

The basic difference between regular teeth cleaning and deep cleaning is that the regular treatment is applied to the surface area of the teeth while a deep cleaning goes beneath the gum line. Deep cleaning is also known as scraping and root planning is done for patients who suffer from gum disease that has progressed

Professional Evaluation Is Advised

Some of the over the counter tooth whitening systems are more effective than others.  Whitening strips, for instance, seem to do a better job than toothpaste that claims to contain a bleaching agent, and the strips are perfect for people who want to whiten just their front teeth. The strengths of the various tooth whitening

Diagnostic Technology Has Improved

X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool in dentistry because many diseases can’t be detected in the early stages simply by performing an oral exam no matter how thorough it may be.  Tooth decay and bone deterioration may be lurking below the surface. If your medical and dental history is good and you have had a

Treatment Is Particular To Age

Family dentists see patients of all ages and treatment plans are developed with that in mind, dentistry is not a “one size fits all” operation. Prevention is key no matter what the age group, we all want to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible.  The older you are the more dental work

Get Professional Advice

You know that a home regimen is vital to the maintenance of your oral health.  Regularly scheduled professional checkups are important but a lot can happen over the months between dental appointments.  Brushing and flossing every day and following a well-balanced diet will help prevent any minor issues that may crop up during that time.

Water Is By Far The Healthier Choice

Sugar is bad for your teeth, that’s a matter of fact.  Exposure to highly acidic foods and drinks is another contributing factor for the invasion of tooth decay.  Any product that combines the two poses a double threat.  Soft drinks, for instance, are a perfect example.  Even the sugar-free type contains enough acid to do

Take The Time To Do It Right

We all know that brushing our teeth is an important preventive method in the fight against oral disease, but what is this about brushing for two minutes, why does it matter how long it takes?  After much collaboration dental professionals have concluded that it takes at least two minutes – some advise three – to thoroughly clean

Stop Invasive Decay

The only thing standing in the way of a cavity is your tooth enamel.  Although it is said to be the strongest element in your body tooth enamel can be vulnerable to outside forces such as bacterial plaque and acids.  It’s important to make every effort to protect the enamel and what lies beneath.  If

What More Can You Do?

Adults get cavities too.  If you seem to be making more frequent dental appointments due to a toothache or some other issue associated with your oral health it may be due at least in part to the foods and drinks that you’ve been consuming.  A proper diet is essential to healthy teeth. Your tooth enamel

Are Your Fears Realistic?

If you had a lot of cavities as a child and have had more than your share of dental work done over your adult life chances are that you may have had one or two bad experiences along the way.  An invasive dental procedure can be unnerving, to say the least, but your dental health demands that

Voice Your Concerns

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints that a dentist or dental hygienist hear from their patients.  It has been estimated that about half the adult population will at some time experience a level of sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or even a breath of cold air.  Tooth sensitivity can be a

Could You Be Guilty Of Brushing Too Hard Or Too Often?

Is it possible that you may be brushing your teeth too often?  Dentists and hygienists have stressed the importance of daily brushing for years, the ADA has advised that we all brush twice a day and that we devote a full two minutes to it each time.  So with this in mind, how could brushing

It Is Good To Ask Questions

Try not to think of your next dental appointment as just something you have to get through.  Instead, it is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about the state of your oral health and what you can do to improve it.  Poor oral health has been linked significantly to medical conditions such as diabetes or

All About Bruxism

Bruxism, the act of clenching and grinding one’s teeth together, is commonly thought of as a childhood concern, something that kids do in their sleep and a habit that they usually just grow out of.  While this is the most commonly recognized scenario, bruxism can also affect adults. Dental professionals describe bruxism in two forms.

What’s The Damage?

If you’re suddenly experiencing pain when you chew or you notice that your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks you may have cracked a rear molar.  The molars are most susceptible since, after all, they do most of the chewing.  If this happens to you don’t risk further damage, see

When It’s An Emergency

A dental emergency can be anything from a toothache to having a permanent tooth knocked out.  The pain from a toothache can stop you in your tracks, it’s hard to carry on with a daily routine when you’re so distracted.  If the pain becomes more intense or if it lasts for more than a couple

What Can You Do At Home?

A nice healthy smile and that fresh mouth feeling that you have after leaving the dentist’s office can’t help but boost your self-esteem, especially if you’ve come away with a clean bill of health.  But did you take the time to ask your dentist or hygienist what more you could be doing to keep that

Why The Change?

Are you one of those dental patients that always has a good checkup, no cavities and pearly whites that you’ve always been proud to show off?  If that’s been the case up to now but things have begun to change there must be a reason why it isn’t just coincidence. Tooth decay is caused by

Your Dentist Will Follow Up

Have you ever been surprised by a call from your dentist inquiring how you’re doing after having had a procedure done earlier in the day or the previous day?  Aftercare is very important after any dental treatment and your dentist will want to make sure you’re recovering well and following post-procedure instructions to avoid the

Home and Professional Care

Prevention takes top billing when making a list of ways to avoid the discomfort and expense of having to deal with major oral health issues.  Home care begins with brushing twice a day and flossing at least once – flossing and rinsing after every meal or snack would be the ideal.  In addition, dental hygienists

Early Diagnosis Is So Important

The treatment plan is at the heart of every dental evaluation.  The goal is to assess the overall oral health of the patient, pinpoint any issues and design a schedule for tending to each one in order of urgency.  Digital imagery has been a great help in explaining the plan so that the patient can

4 Reasons Why Dental Health Care is Critical for Seniors

Dental hygiene and habits—brushing and flossing daily, and visiting our dentist for a checkup every six months—are always important, not only for our oral health but for our overall health. However, they can sometimes fall by the wayside as we age. It’s important to remember that getting out of these habits can be detrimental to

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How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

PREGNANCY AFFECTS NEARLY every aspect of your life–your lifestyle, your diet, your health, and much more! Your mouth is no exception to the changes your body may experience during pregnancy. During this special time, you’ll need to pay particular attention to your oral health for both your sake and your growing baby’s.  Our practice has a