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Avoid a Spooky Smile from your Halloween Costume | October 2017

During the month of October, children and adults across the US are anticipating the spookiest day of the year, Halloween. Between the creative outfits and the delicious sweets and treats, there’s a lot to look forward to on this popular holiday. Of course, we want you to be careful about enjoying too much candy since it’ll hinder your overall health, including your smile, but there’s more to dental care than just monitoring the amount of sweets you eat. Below, your dentist in Albuquerque NM wants to discuss other potential, harmful instances you can run into on your Halloween night.

 

Start Out the Night Right – With a Clean Smile

There are tons of costumes that go above and beyond, helping trick-or-treaters and others who dress up to look exactly like their ideal design. Sometimes, this includes wear fake or false teeth. Whether you’re looking for fangs to complete your vampire aesthetic or you need to add some gold to your grin with your swanky, rich outfit, these additions can help bacterial build-up.

 

Once you get your new (temporary) smile, make sure it’s properly cleaned and you feel comfortable wearing it in your mouth. If it’s uncomfortable or causing you pain, it could tear up your gums and potentially cause bleeding. We highly recommend forgoing the additional smile if it’s hurting you. If you feel comfortable, then make sure to brush your teeth before wearing them for an extended period – the latest bacteria and debris won’t have anywhere to hide and won’t linger while you’re out having fun.

 

Don’t Wear Your New Smile for Too Long

While you don’t want to downplay your outfit, you also want to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and unharmed. We highly suggest limiting the amount of time that you wear your fake teeth to reduce the chance of any damage or discomfort. Obviously, these teeth aren’t made to bite and chew like your natural smile, so we want you to avoid using them as such. Remove your plastic teeth when eating or drinking to avoid any difficulty or potential damage.

 

Be Careful – Not Everything is Safe for Your Smile

Besides plastic teeth, there are other costumes that may require a “mouthpiece.” For instance, if you’re playing the popular Sherlock Holmes, your costume may come with his infamous pipe. But if you’re not entirely sure of how it was made, you may want to either complete a thorough cleaning or avoid the piece altogether. Your oral health is much more vulnerable than you think and on this night of costumes and candies, your teeth could be in danger!

 

Believe us: we want you to have a fun and special Halloween night! But we simply wouldn’t be doing our part of your dentist in Albuquerque NM if we didn’t give you some helpful tips and tricks to protect your teeth. We hope you have a wonderful Halloween and don’t forget to schedule your visit with us by calling our office today at (505) 888-2606.

 

 


 

 

 

Importance of Caring for Children's Teeth | September 2017

We’re all familiar with tasty sweets, chocolates, and candies that we love to indulge in. It’s no surprise that children are big fans of those treats, too. Unfortunately, too much of something as delicious as candy can be detrimental to your smile, especially against baby teeth. That’s why your Albuquerque dentist believes it’s extremely important to establish good, healthy habits to help children avoid cavities, decay, early tooth loss, and other oral health problems.

 

There are numerous ways that candy is intertwined in a child’s life. Sometimes, it’s reflexive, like giving them candy or chocolate to stop them from being upset. Other times, it’s a reward for doing well in class or in a public situation. This can be used as a default tactic, but we highly encourage patients to not use this method. Instead, we want children to know how candy can hurt their teeth and why they shouldn’t have such a large amount in one sitting and so frequently.

 

What are the best snacks and drinks for my child to have?

Some of the best snacks for children to play are, of course, fruits and vegetables. While they’re not always the ideal snack for kids, their teeth will be thankful. Some of the most convenient and tasty are bananas, tangerines, carrot and celery sticks. Rice cakes and plain popcorn are also great alternatives.

 

Because of their convenience, parents are likely to buy dried fruits since they don’t expire nearly as fast as fresh fruits do. Unfortunately, dried fruits can be extremely high in sugar and are quite sticky. They can get in hard-to-reach places in your teeth and can cause bacterial build-up. Try to avoid enjoying these as often as fresh fruits, but note that they can be a better alternative than other candies and snacks.

 

Instead of sodas and sugary fruit juices, try to switch their daily beverage to water. Another great drink for children to have is plain milk. Don’t be afraid to ask us which kind of milk, whether it’s whole milk or skimmed milk, that is best for your children’s teeth.

 

Protect your family’s smile by avoiding too many sweets and treats

No matter how old you are, candy is still dangerous to your oral and dental health. We want to share this information with our patients because children’s teeth are extremely sensitive and aren’t as strong as adult teeth. It’s important to take care of their baby teeth to make sure this area is healthy enough for their adult ones to grow in. If children suffer from cavities and decay when they have their baby teeth, their adult teeth are also at risk.

 

If you’re interested in learning about more tips to protect your child’s smile, whether it’s about food, drinks, or bad habits, please feel free to call your Albuquerque dentist at (505) 888-2606 today.


 


 

 

 

Common Brushing Mistakes | August 2017

To ensure the best oral health, we believe that you should brush your teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, to ensure the best oral health possible. Don’t worry, we understand – you lead a busy schedule that may cause you to skip or forget your daily dental routine, but we don’t want bacterial build-up to get the best of you and harm your teeth. Below, your Albuquerque NM dentist discusses a few mistakes that may occur while brushing your teeth and what you can do to correct them.

 

Before you start, you have to make sure that the toothbrush you have is the best one for you. There are tons of various kinds of toothbrushes available, but we highly recommend using a soft bristle brush that has a head size you’re comfortable with. If you have a toothbrush with the head that’s too big for your mouth, you could be missing some areas that you’re supposed to brush. This is where the bacteria can build up and cause cavities, decay, and more. Electric toothbrushes are also a viable option, but make sure you’re still performing the right technique.

 

Speaking of technique, you’re probably wondering – what is the best technique to brushing your teeth? There are several notes that you have to remember during your morning and nightly routine, including brushing for at least two minutes, making sure you’re cleaning every area of your mouth (yes, this includes the very back), and holding your brush at the right angle to reach all of those tough spots.

 

Something you may not have known is that brushing your teeth for too long is harmful! Your teeth, while strong and durable, can also become sensitive if it’s exposed to the ingredients in toothpaste for too long and too often. You’ll weaken your enamel, which will cause sensitivity when enjoy hot or cold foods and drinks.

 

Another note to take down is knowing when to get rid of a toothbrush. It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months, or after you’ve been sick with something contagious like a cold or flu. When you see your bristles starting to fray, that’s when you know it’s time to go! Even if you don’t see them fray, the bristles aren’t cleaning at their full potential and we want you to have the best brush each and every day.

 

By correcting some of these common mistakes while brushing your teeth, you can be working towards the best, healthiest smile for you. Couple these practices with your routine, bi-annual visits with us by calling us today at (505) 888-2606 to schedule your appointment.

 

 


 

 

 

You Cracked a Tooth... Now What? | July 2017

The sound and pain of cracking or chipping a tooth can be terrifying. Not everyone has been there, so if you have experienced this feeling, consider yourself among the minority. Depending on the severity, there are many ways you can recover from this travesty.

Repairable – In the Front

Maybe you fell and broke your fall with your front teeth (if that is the case, we are very sorry that this happened to you) … or perhaps you were trying to open a bottle of champagne and accidently corked yourself in the mouth (trust us, you’ll be laughing about that later on in life). Either way, chipping a front tooth (or teeth) can be a scary experience.

The first time you smiled in a mirror, your heart probably sank. Worry not, though, 90% of front tooth damage is repairable! Here are a few ways with the help of your Albuquerque NM dentist:

-          Dental Bonding (composite material that is shaped to replace the missing parts of the tooth and cured)

-          Veneers (porcelain cover for the front)

-          Crowns (porcelain cover for entire tooth)

Ultimately, you don’t need to worry too much about your cracked or chipped tooth. At least not for long!

Irreparable – Any Tooth

If your tooth is so heavily damaged that the root is impacted from the chipping or crack, you’ll find that more drastic measures will need to be taken to save your smile. You may find in some cases that the tooth is complete unsalvageable and will require extraction.

If your tooth is salvageable, it will require a root canal and a crown. This is often the case with severely damage molars. If the root can be repaired, you can keep your natural root and simply have a crown placed on top.

However, if your tooth is not salvageable (could be the case with both molars and front teeth), you will likely need it extracted. You can either get a bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth or teeth. A bridge will crown the outer teeth (the teeth around the missing tooth) and a filler tooth will be firmly affixed between them. A dental implant will replace the tooth altogether with an anchoring screw.

What is the Next Step?

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. They will be able to determine what your best solutions will be. The longer you wait, the more likely it will become irreparable and require extraction!

Call your Albuquerque NM dentist today at (505) 888-2606 to schedule your visit and protect your damaged teeth.


 


 

Teeth Removal: When This is a Must | June 2017

With proper teeth care, most people try to avoid removing a tooth. In the mind of many people, a tooth is only removed because there is no hope for the tooth. And this is the case sometimes. However, this is not always the reason for removing a tooth.

 

Why Teeth are Removed?

There are several reasons why teeth are removed, and it is important that you realize this does not mean that you did not take care of your teeth. Even those who brush and floss twice daily still have some issues with their teeth, as many teeth issues are genetic. Some of the reasons why the teeth may be removed:

  1. There are extra teeth coming into the mouth that are not needed
  2. Baby teeth sometimes have to be removed in order for permanent teeth to come in straight
  3. Certain drugs, like those for cancer, can weaken the teeth and these have to be removed
  4. If the tooth is causing an infection, then these teeth are almost always removed
  5. Wisdom teeth are constantly removed from people due to lack of room or having infections set in

 

How are Teeth Removed?

There are two main ways in which teeth removal occurs in the dental office. These extractions are:

  1. Simple Extraction: this is performed when the tooth can be seen in the mouth. These are rather common, especially if baby teeth are being removed.
  2. Surgical Extractions: These are a bit more in-depth, as they are used when the tooth may be broken off into the gum line, it has yet to break through into the mouth. These are done by specialists called oral surgeons. Many people find that this is who their wisdom teeth are removed.

 

It is important to remember that teeth removal is often a must for the health of the persons mouth. It is important that you go see your Albuquerque dentist about any tooth related injury you may have and ensure that you are following their directions to a “T” in order to stay healthy!

 

 


 

 

Checklist for Brushing Properly | May 2017

 

You may think you have been brushing your teeth correctly, but there are many facets that entail maintaining proper oral health. There are many different factors that go into optimizing your dental hygiene. Below are some suggestions on how to make the most of each time you brush your teeth.

1. Time Spent Brushing

The time spent brushing your teeth is the top priority when it comes to brushing. Many people do not adhere the recommended two minutes, the average brushing length of an American being just fort-five seconds! Ideally, the best length of time is three minutes, encompassing one and a half minutes on both the upper and lower teeth. Listening to your favorite song to get those optimum three minutes in is the best way to do it. Feel free to dance while you brush!

2. Clean Every Part of the Mouth

Complete dental health includes more than just focusing on brushing your teeth. Tartar and plaque buildup occurs near the gums and requires just as much attention as your teeth. The tongue is also a place where build up can occur, causing bad breath. Using a tongue scrapper can assist in reducing the amount of buildup on the tongue and flossing can help remove plaque on the sides of the teeth and reduces gum inflammation.

3. Perfect Your Technique

Brushing up and down does not cover the entire surface area of each tooth. Make sure you clean your teeth completely, by brushing in a circular motion on each tooth. Start by brushing the front of your teeth in a circular motion, and then proceed to the inner portion of your teeth, making sure to clean the top and bottom of your molars in the process.

4. Think Beyond the Brush

It takes more than just a toothbrush to meet all of a patient’s dental hygienic needs. Flossing regularly and properly helps reduce plaque buildup. Using a water pick can help remove plaque and tartar in those hard to reach places. A water pick is especially helpful for those with braces. A mouthwash at the end of brushing and choosing a toothpaste that is effective will help solidify your stellar oral care routine! Consult our office about choosing the appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash for your specific needs.

Keeping up with dental health keeps your mouth healthy, your breath fresh and your teeth white. Call our office today at (505) 888-2606 to schedule your regular cleaning or to ask us any questions regarding your oral care health.

 

 


 

 

The Importance of Family Dentistry | April 2017

When it comes to your family, you want everyone to have top oral and dental health. The best option for your family is to find a dentist that offers numerous services for family members of all ages. There are countless benefits to going to one family dentistry that can take care of your smile, as well as your children’s.

The key to top quality dentistry is prevention. There are several procedures that are available at a family dentistry that include cleanings, exams, x-rays, and other common dental work to ensure that your smile is healthy. According to the American Dental Association, it is highly recommended to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups and cleanings. If you’re not taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and keeping up with your visits, you’re putting your smile at risk.

If you don’t make a point to visit our family dentistry, you could suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Toothaches
  • Stained
  • Tooth decay
  • Weak or loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

 

These are only some of the things that a patient can suffer from if they don’t regularly visit the dentist. Your smile is more sensitive and unique than you may think, so it’s important to know if your teeth are in any risk of problems or concerns.

How You Can Help Educate about Family Dentistry

While the steps to proper oral hygiene are well known, many people may not understand how beneficial it is for you and your family to keep up with your dental care. Your teeth deserve to be treated with the best care around, so here are some helpful tips to maintain a healthy smile:

  • Brush your teeth every morning and night
  • Floss your teeth during your brushing routine
  • Avoid foods and drinks that stain and weaken your teeth
  • Schedule your visits to your family dentist in advance
  • Share these tips with family, friends, and children

 

Take Your First Step Today – Schedule an Appointment with Your Family Dentistry

 

To get your smile on the right track, call us today to schedule your appointment for a routine cleaning and exam. We're able to provide you with even more helpful information for your unique and individual smile so your teeth can shine for years to come.

 


 

 

Fight the Myths Harming Your Smile | March 2017

 

Dentistry is one of the most important and beneficial practices that people of all ages can benefit from. Your smile is something that you want to last for a lifetime, but if you don’t take care of it, then there will be more consequences than you think. Unfortunately, there are countless dental myths and widespread rumors that stop people from visiting the dental, whether it triggers their phobia or tricks them into believing something that simply isn’t true.

 

While some myths seem inconsequential, there are others that can negatively affect your smile in the long run. Below, your Albuquerque dentist discusses some popular myths within dentistry and debunks them for the safety and enhancement of your oral health.

 

MYTH: Baby Teeth aren’t Important – They’ll Just Fall Out, Anyway

There are countless news stories and articles that continue to stress the importance of pediatric dental care and monitoring baby teeth. While the baby teeth will eventually fall out, you want to make sure that their mouth and gums are still in top shape for their permanent teeth that are soon to come. If the roots of the baby teeth are rotten and decayed, the surrounding gums will also rot and their adult teeth coming in will be affected by this, as well.

 

MYTH: I’m Too Old to Get Braces Since My Teeth Won’t Change

Orthodontic treatment is for everyone, not just for teenagers and young adults! There are several ways braces and aligners can improve your smile and it doesn’t matter how old you are. The numbers of adults in their 30s and 40s that are receiving orthodontic treatment is growing and we want to keep it that way. Dental misalignment can be extremely harmful for your oral and dental health if not properly corrected, regardless of your age.

 

MYTH: I Don’t Eat Candy, So My Teeth are Perfectly Healthy

While limiting the amount of candy and sweets you’re enjoy is certainly beneficial for your smile, there are numerous foods and drinks that contain much more sugar than one may think. Sodas, fruit juices, and snacks contain harmful ingredients that damage the surface of your teeth, your gums, and more if you aren’t monitoring the things you eat and drink.

 

There are countless myths that harm your smile if they aren’t debunked and corrected and that’s why we’re here! If there are some myths or fears that you’re concerned about regarding your oral and dental health, don’t hesitate to contact your Albuquerque dentist to schedule an appointment or consultation. Call us today at (505) 888-2606 and start improving your health in more ways than one!

 

 


 

 

 

What Are the Different Causes of Loose Teeth? | February 2017

People of all ages often suffer from tooth loss, which can often leave negative effects on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It can result in a lacking smile, one that leaves patients unsatisfied and embarrassed. Tooth loss often starts when your tooth starts to detach itself from the jaw bone. So, what are the causes of loose tooth?

 

Causes of Loose Teeth

 

· Gum Disease

One cause of tooth loss is untreated gingivitis. During the early stages of gum disease, patients would often experience inflamed and bleeding gums. Although this is usually painless, the more you prolong this problem, it can cause periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a more serious gum disease that causes severe irritation and inflammation in your gum area. As this disease progresses, your gum tissue slowly deteriorates and eventually loosens your tooth, thus leads to tooth loss.

 

· Osteoporosis

Another reason would be osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a health condition wherein the bones in your body slowly weakens and becomes less dense. Loose tooth often occurs when bone density around the jaw lessens. People with osteoporosis are more at risk of loose tooth compared to others.

 

· Tooth Trauma

Tooth trauma can also cause your tooth to loosen.  For minor mouth trauma, it often takes a day or two for the tooth to loosen out. But for harder mouth trauma caused by accidents, it would cause an immediate effect. The damage is inflicted in the supportive ligaments that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. It can lead to a medical condition called bruxism. Bruxism can cause the tooth to loosen because of the constant grinding and clenching.

 

· Pregnancy Hormones

Pregnant women often experience loose teeth because of the high levels of estrogen and progesterone in their body. These hormones cause the tooth to loosen and move from side to side.  Usually, this event is temporary and doesn’t lead to tooth loss.

 

There are many reasons why your tooth would loosen. If you feel this is happening and disregard this issue, you may not only lose the one tooth, but those surrounding it, as well! Visit your Albuquerque NM if you're experiencing any issues with your teeth like the ones mentioned above.

 

 


 

 

 

History of Toothbrushes & Toothpaste | January 2017


When we brush our teeth every morning and night, we don’t always think about where it all started. How was toothpaste created? How did we know that we needed something like this to clean and improve our teeth? How did we figure out the right tools to properly clean our teeth? Below, your dentist in Albuquerque will discuss the history of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and how we’ve dramatically progressed for the better of our smile.

 

History of Toothbrushes
If you can believe it, tooth brushing tools date way back to around 3500 BC! The Egyptians had created the cleaning utensil by fraying the ends of a twig, which created the “bristles.” There were even tombs in the ancient Egyptians that had contained these toothsticks right alongside their owners. The Chinese developed a type of “chewing stick” that was made out of aromatic tree twigs that helped freshen their breath around 1600 BC.

 

The type of toothbrushes that we’re more familiar with is believed to have been created in the 15th century by the Chinese, who created bristles from pigs’ necks and attached the bristles to a bone or bamboo handle that they can use. Eventually, when this invention was brought from China to Europe, the idea and design were adapted and the Europeans often either used softer horsehairs or feathers as their bristles.

 

Around 1780, the first toothbrush of a modern design was created by William Addis in England. The bristles were still made out of swine bristles and the handle was carved out of battle bone for a secure structure. In 1844, the design was improved when the first 3-row bristle brush was executed.

 

With the invention of nylon by Du Pont, natural bristles were replaced with nylon bristles, which was highly preferred. The modern toothbrush that we all know and recognized was officially created in 1938 and the first electric brush was created in 1939. Electric toothbrushes didn’t even make it to the United States until 1960—it was called the Broxodent.

 

History of Toothpaste
Did you know it’s recorded that toothpaste was invented way before toothbrushes? Egyptians are believed to have started using a personal-made paste in order to clean their teeth around 5000 BC. Going down the line, Greeks and Romans are also known to have used a type of toothpaste, as well as people in China and India first using toothpaste around 500 BC.

 

The reasoning for toothpaste then is the same now—people were concerned about keeping their natural smile, so they wanted to use a type of cleansing paste that will keep their teeth and gums clean, their teeth bright, and their breath fresh. However, the ingredients greatly varied overtime. The Greeks and Romans combined an abrasive mixture of ingredients that included crushed bones and oyster shells; the Romans added more of a flavor to it to beat bad breath, so they included darkened charcoal and bark. The Chinese had also used a wide variety of substances and ingredients, but ones that we feel much more comfortable with like ginseng, salt, and herbal mints.

 

Around the 1800s, more modern toothpastes began to develop. Early versions of toothpaste included soap and chalk. In England around the 1860s, their ingredients also included ground charcoal. The first type of toothpaste was usually powder, but around the late 1850s and towards the 1870s, new toothpaste that came in a jar was introduced and Colgate began to produce it. The toothpaste tube that we’re all familiar with made its way into our lives in the 1890s.

 

It wasn’t until the second half of the twentieth century that toothpaste became what we’re all extremely familiar with today. In 1914, toothpastes that contained fluoride were introduced, helping fight cavities, stimulate saliva, and improve other areas of oral and dental health.

 

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way! Even though your toothbrush and toothpaste are simple tools that you use on a daily basis, they’ve gone through tons of changes to make them the most beneficial, everyday routines you could participate in.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment or check-up with your dentist in Albuquerque, call our office today at (505) 888-2606.

 

 


 

 

 

Resolutions for a Healthy Smile | December 2016

 

The New Year is just around the corner! While everyone has had their ups and downs, we want to make sure that all of our patients are looking forward in a positive light to see what 2017 can bring us. As always, it’s important to make new year’s resolutions in order to improve and better yourself, whether it’s your overall health or your relationship with others. Today, your Albuquerque NM dentist will discuss some of the things that your smile could benefit from with a resolution to take better care of your smile.

 

First Thing is First – Schedule Your Appointment
The first step is always the hardest, but it’s also the most important. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, you’re not alone. Did you know about one-third of U.S. citizens don’t see a dentist yearly (source)? Whether you think it’s time-consuming or you’re afraid, making time to better your oral and dental health will only benefit you in the long run. Booking an appointment is the most important step to taking care of your teeth. You may not think anything’s wrong, but just because you can’t see or feel if there’s an issue doesn’t mean it’s not there.

 

Floss, Floss, Floss!
Remember to floss on a daily basis can be difficult, but find ways to help remind you! Unfortunately, brushing your teeth isn’t enough to get rid of the build-up of plaque and bacteria that gets stuck in the hard-to-reach places. Try to get into the habit of flossing by putting the container in a place where you’ll see it every day, like next to your toothbrush or even in your bedroom. Buy some extra containers to carry around with you to places you frequent – your car, your work, your bag or pocket, just so you can still floss even if you forgot to do so at home.

 

Kick Bad Habits
Whether it’s your love for sweets and treats or your inkling to use tobacco products, there’s no better time to quit than now. While candies are certainly delicious, they do much more harm than good. The ones that are sticky and sweet are the ones that do the most damage, ruining your enamel and causing cavities. If you don’t monitor the amount of sugar you consume, your teeth won’t be happy! This goes for bad habits like smoking cigarettes and other uses of tobacco products. They not only stain your smile, but can quickly cause cavities, decay, and other severe dental issues that can lead to tooth loss.

 

Start working on your New Year’s resolutions by contacting your Albuquerque NM dentist today and scheduling your first appointment for 2017! Call us today at (505) 888-2606  and have a Happy New Year!


 


 

 

 

Correct these Common Dental Problems | November 2016

 

There’s a dramatic myth that as you get older, your teeth will naturally become weaker and unhealthy until they eventually fall out. Seniors are typically related to dentures and fake teeth for a number of reasons – from movies to personal experiences, there’s the assumption that your teeth will simply disappear and go away forever in your elder years. But not so fast! Your smile doesn’t have to suffer as you get older. Below, your dentist will discuss some of the most common dental problems and what you can do!

 

Tooth Decay
Don’t be fooled – you can still get cavities the older you get. Cavities aren’t just for kids and teens. Not only could you deal with damage on teeth that have never had an issue before, but they could also reappear around old fillings and other teeth that have received dental work. If you don’t brush or floss your teeth, or keep up with your routine cleanings, your teeth become more exposed and vulnerable.

 

Thankfully, there are helpful solutions! Using toothpastes that contain fluoride fight against the bacteria that tries to build up and break down your teeth. Ask about a fluoride rinse, fluoridated water, or prescription fluoride gel!

 

Gum Disease
If you’re experiencing bleeding while you brush or floss your teeth, you’re very likely suffering from gingivitis. This is reversible, but if you allow it to progress, your smile could suffer! Swollen, tender and bleeding gums are a huge warning sign for gingivitis and maybe periodontitis, the final form of gum disease that can cause a number of overall health problems. Other risks include infection, blood flow issues, tooth loss, and more.

 

If you notice that you’re bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible! We’ll be able to provide you with a professional dental cleaning, treat your gums, and help you take care of your smile when you’re at home, at work, or on the go.

 

Don’t let the myths fool you! Your smile deserves to be treated with the utmost care and that’s what your Albuquerque dentist is for. To schedule an appointment or consultation, call our office today at (505) 888-2606.


 


 

 

Scary Away a Spooky Smile! | October 2016

 

Happy Halloween, from our family to yours! On this spookiest day of the year, there are some important requirements for participants—a great costume and some delicious candy. While this generally excites children down to their very core, parents aren’t always as excited. When you’ve come home from a long night out, your children want to dig right in to all the candies and sweets that they possibly can. But remember, their teeth could be in danger if they indulge in too many treats! Below, see how your Albuquerque NM dentist can help limit the overconsumption of chocolates and candies on the following days after Halloween.

 

Be Thorough and Keep Your Limits
Before your children gorge on their collection, ensure that every piece of candy and chocolate is safe and there’s nothing within them that could cause harm to you or your family. Once you do that, try to separate and sort the sweets into categories; create a pile for chocolates, chewy candies, hard candies, and the like.

 

Once this is completed, break these groups up into smaller, gift-sized bags, perhaps adding one candy from each category. This will limit the amount of candy that your children can enjoy so they won’t give themselves a toothache or a stomach ache if they delve into the large piles now. Stash the rest of the portions in a safe place so you can make sure that your children are unable to sneak some when you’re not looking!

 

Keep Snacking as Healthy as Possible
Although it can be hard to equate health with candy, we believe that balancing any sugar intake will protect your teeth. If your children are indulging in their favorite sweets, try to pair it with a glass of water that needs to be finished. The water will help trigger your saliva, working against the acidity and sweetness to protect the enamels from harm.

 

Perhaps you can pair some treats with healthy additions—raisins, peanut butter and celery sticks (also known as “ants on a log”) is a popular combination of treats that lives up to its tastiness and has the addition of a vegetable that naturally holds water.

 

As a parent, you don’t have to dread Halloween night after your children have collected their treats. Work with them, educate them on the harmful nature of certain sweets, and your spooky holiday won’t turn into a nightmare! Give your Albuquerque NM dentist a call to schedule an appointment for a cleaning by reaching out to us at (505) 888-2606. Have a Happy Halloween!

 

 


 

 

Start the Conversation: Daily 4 | September 2016

 

The month of October is right around the corner; the weather gets cooler, the sun goes down earlier, and the nights are longer. It’s also inching closer to Halloween, one of the most popular holidays for children to run around dressed in their favorite costumes collecting copious amounts of candy. But did you know that October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? With the help of your dentist in Albuquerque NM, we’ll discuss the importance of dental hygiene for kids and adults and what some simple tips are to keep your teeth shining throughout this lovely fall season.

For the seventh straight year in a row, the American Dental Hygienist’s Association and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program work together to bring all of our patients National Dental Hygiene Month. This year, we want to help share the word about dental hygiene by Starting the Conversation. We’ll discuss the steps of the Daily 4, the four steps that we want our patients to follow on a daily basis in order to ensure that they’re getting the best smile possible.

Brush!
Brushing two times a day, once in the morning and once at night, are highly recommended by your dental professionals. Also, brushing for at least two minutes is required to ensure that your teeth are getting the best cleaning that they possibly can. You’re able to brush and reach every area of your mouth to efficiently take care of your smile.

Floss!
A large majority of patients, whether they’re adults or children, don’t floss for a number of reasons: they find it too difficult or they don’t think that their teeth need flossing, but that isn’t true—everyone’s teeth need to be flossed! If you have a hard time flossing, don’t hesitate to ask us for help so your smile can stay healthy.

Rinse!
Helpful mouth washes and rinses have the ability to clean out any loose food particles from sticking around and lingering for too long. It also helps clear the bacterial film that coats the surface of your teeth while also strengthening your enamel.

Chew!
Enjoying some sugar-free gum after meals and snacks help protect your teeth and contribute to a healthy oral and dental care routine. Chewing also stimulates your salivary glands, which increases the flow of your saliva by up to 10 times during the first few minutes of use. Ask us about some of the best sugar-free gums that will benefit your smile!

Make sure you help Start the Conversation this October for National Dental Hygiene Month! Contact our office to reach out to your dentist in Albuquerque NM by calling us today at (505) 888-2606 and schedule an appointment or consultation. Be ready to share the Daily 4 with your friends and family!

 


 


 

 

 

Back-to-School Tips for Your Smile | August 2016

Whether your children are about to start school or they’re already back, there’s a lot to keep up with as a parent! New outfits and school supplies are always a must, but so should a visit to the dentist. We believe it’s important to help children understand the importance of visiting the dentist for a routine cleaning and check-up so their teeth can stay strong and healthy—this goes for teens, younger and older adults who may be heading back to school, too! Here are some helpful tips from your Albuquerque NM children's dentist for students of all ages to maintain a healthy smile.

Choose the Best Toothpaste for You
Everybody has their own unique smile, which means not all toothpastes are the same. There are pastes that are specially made for those with sensitive teeth and some that work on strengthening your enamel. During the check-up, don’t hesitate to ask what kind of toothpaste would work best for either your smile or for your children’s. Fluoride is an important part of toothpaste and works to clean your teeth and prevent decay. This can save you a lot of time and protect your teeth from any aches and pains!

Improve Your Diet
As a parent, it’s your job to ensure that your child is getting the best possible diet that they can; this includes energizing, natural nutrition that will keep their minds sharp and teeth healthy throughout the school day without any sugar crashes. Include some snacks like carrots, celery, fresh fruit, cheese, and yogurt. When you’re an adult responsible for your own meals, you’ve got to make the smart choice—try to find the healthiest alternatives at the cafeterias. Your teeth will thank you the longer they stay strong and bright!

Keep Up with Appointments
Although it may prove to be difficult to bring your child to the dentist, ensure that you’re still regularly scheduling them so their baby teeth are healthy and provide a good future for their adult teeth. As for adults, it’s easy to skip out on an appointment since you’re the one responsible for scheduling them, but your teeth will thoroughly suffer for each day that goes by without a professional cleaning. You want your natural teeth to last as long as possible, so make sure you’re taking care of them as efficiently as possible!

Looking to schedule an appointment or learn more tips to protect your or your children’s smile? Don’t hesitate to contact your Albuquerque NM children's dentist today by calling our office at (505) 888-2606.

 

 


 

 

Consequences of Not Flossing | July 2016

It’s no secret that every dentist you’ve visited has told you to floss in order to protect and improve your oral and dental health. While this is an important part of your cleaning routine, how come a third of Americans never floss? Below, your Albuquerque NM dentist is going to explain the importance of flossing on a daily basis and what happens to your teeth when you ignore this necessary step!

First things first—how come people skip their flossing routine in the first place? Researchers believe that it has to do with education, whether it is at school or at home. Parents may not stress the importance of flossing on a daily basis, so they don’t find this part of dental care to be as important as the rest. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Flossing is just as important as the rest of your routine and should be treated as such.

Here is what happens over time when someone doesn’t brush their teeth:

·  Going a couple of days without flossing will cause plaque build-up
·  Over time, the plaque begins to harden and turn into tartar—this can only be removed by your dentist
·  Without flossing on a daily basis, it can result in cavities between the teeth and potentially gum disease

The bacteria from the foods and drinks that you consume on a daily basis will hide in the places between your teeth and in the pockets underneath your gums. When this happens, the only way to get them out is with dental floss. If you’re not flossing, you’re allowing this bacteria to linger and stick around for much too long!

Gum disease can also occur, which causes extreme inflammation of your gums. This results in extremely sensitive gums that can cause bleeding and discomfort when you eat or drink. During this process, your gums become weak and you have the ability to lose your teeth since your support system is practically gone! Patients who are pregnant have a higher chance of suffering from gum disease, as well—it is linked to preterm labor and a low birth weight for the child.

While flossing many seem like an irritating step in your daily dental routine, it can completely save your smile! Schedule an appointment with your Albuquerque MN dentist by calling our office at (505) 888-2606 and start your journey towards the healthy, happy smile that you deserve today.

 

 


 

 

Keep a Healthy Smile All Summer | June 2016

New Mexico Dentist Shows how to Enjoy Your Summer While Maintaining a Strong Smile


Summer time is officially here! This means having fun in the sun with your friends and families at parties, barbeques, at the beach, and more! While it’s certainly a time to celebrate and have the time of your life since school and other obligations are put on hold, there’s one thing that we want to protect and that’s your smile. Your New Mexico dentist will discuss how to keep up with your dental and oral hygiene and care this summer.

 

Find a Healthy Diet and Stick With It!

We understand that it can be easy to fall into a bad diet during the summer. With all of the barbeques and backyard parties full of snacks, sweets and treats, it’ll certainly be difficult to ignore it. While it’s fun to splurge, make sure that you’re still eating right for a majority of your meals. This means limiting the amount of snacking that you’re doing—if you can’t help but snack, try to replace the chips and candies with celery, carrots, or other healthy vegetables!

 

It also highly recommended not to eat very late at night, especially if you plan on going to bed relatively soon. You’re allowing the bacteria and food particles to linger in your mouth overnight instead of giving your body time to properly digest. If you eat and then go to bed, you’re also skipping your nightly brushing routine, making it easier for your teeth to suffer from cavities and potential decay. Eat at appropriate times and don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed to protect your smile!

 

Drink Water—Lots of It

It’s no secret that summertime can bring some of the hottest recorded temperatures around, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated. This won’t only help your dental health, but it’ll help your overall health, too! In between meals, try to consume as much water as possible, since there are many popular drinks that can cause you to dehydrate or dry out your mouth (coffee, sodas, sports drinks, alcohol).

 

Protect Your Teeth as You Play Sports

Summer is a great time to participate in a number of sports activities, like baseball, soccer, football, and more! But accidents can happen and your teeth can easily suffer from a hit. Most dental injuries in children are sports-related, so we recommend using mouth guards for these times. There is no intention of anyone getting hurt, but that doesn’t mean it can’t potentially happen! Your teeth will thank you in the morning.

 

If you want to learn some more helpful summer tips about protecting your smile, or if you’d like to make an appointment for your bi-annual check-up, don’t hesitate to call your New Mexico dentist at (505) 888-2606 today! We wish you a happy, safe and healthy summer!

 

 


 

 

World No Tobacco Day 2016 | May 2016

Every year an estimated 6 million deaths are caused by tobacco related products worldwide. And although they are the most vilified, that is not just for cigarettes- that include pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other related products. To help smokers and non-smokers alike  identify and take on this issue head on- the World Health Organization has named May 31st, 2016 “World No Tobacco Day.

To do our part, today your Albuquerque NM dentist wanted to review more about how tobacco can impact your oral health specifically. From sheer aesthetic issues to cancers, smoking any type of tobacco product can lead to:

 

-Discoloration of the teeth.

-Halitosis (chronic bad breath).

-More plaque and tartar building up on the teeth.

-Bone loss, tooth loss, and gum disease becoming more likely.

-Healing time following oral surgery becoming delayed.

-Dental implant placement being less-successful.

-Inflamed salivary glands.

-Increased risk of developing oral or other cancers.

 

Don’t fall victim to tobacco’s detrimental side effects.

For more information on World No Tobacco Day or to get more help quitting tobacco, you can visit the WHO’s site by clicking here.

If you have more questions about the impact of your smoking habit on your oral health, make sure to review details with your Albuquerque NM dentist at your next visit. You can request an appointment by calling (505) 888-2606 today!

 

 


 

 

National Facial Protection Month | April 2016

Now that it’s getting warmer, baseball season is just about here! Not only for the professionals, but for children and young adults, too. We know that playing sports is fun and exciting, but we as dentists want all of our patients, young and old, to know the importance of protecting your teeth while you’re participating in recreational sports and other activities. That’s why your dentist in New Mexico wants to spread awareness about National Facial Protection Month.

April isn’t quite over just yet, which means it’s still as good of a time as any to spread awareness! It’s an important reminder for sports players and other recreational participators to protect your teeth with mouth guards when they’re playing.

Mouth guards, also known as mouth protectors, help cushion any hit to the face. It minimalizes the risks of loose, cracked, chipped, broken or loose teeth. It also lessens the chances of biting your lips, cheek, and tongue, as well as protecting your jaw.

Around the ages of 7 to 11 is when children are most vulnerable to dental injuries, especially during sports-related activities. Athletes are also 60 percent more likely to suffer harm to their teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard.

Patients also have the option of getting a custom-made mouth guard if they choose to do so! Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about them—they’ll have the most comfortable fit. Even without a custom guard, purchasing a stock mouth guard from a sporting goods store is providing your teeth with the protection they deserve!

Spread the word about National Facial Protection Month. We want all of our patients to keep their smile strong, so schedule an appointment today with your dentist in New Mexico by calling our office at (505) 888-2606.

 

 


Dental Fossils Show Our Smile's Progress | March 2016

 

We’ve come a long way in terms of evolution, but have you ever wondered how our teeth have progressed, as well? Our smiles have gone through a lot and still do to this day, even with all of the advances in technology that is at our disposal. Your Albuquerque NM dentist wants to share some history about the way our teeth have molded to how they look now.

The most common fossils of our ancestors, also known as hominin, are mostly teeth since they’re the hardest part of the human body. This provides a lot of helpful information of the time period that they’re from, their diet and more. As humans continued to evolve, the teeth actually shrink. It’s most noticeable in the teeth in the back, which are your wisdom teeth. Nowadays, because of the work done to wisdom teeth over a period of time, most wisdom teeth are extremely small and in some cases, not even developed. But with hominins, their wisdom teeth were about two to four times larger than that.

The reason that modern human’s teeth have shrunk is because of the professional work that has been done over the years, molding smiles in the future.

There are also other speculations and ideas for the shift, literally and figuratively, in our teeth. Click here to read more about what researchers and scientists have to say about these fossils.

Make sure you’re always taking care of your smile by visiting your Albuquerque MN dentist! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling PHONE (505) 888-2606.


New Mexico Dentist on March (Nutrition) Madness! | February 2016

 

While it may be a little too late to qualify for a “New Year’s Resolution” diet- your New Mexico dentist wants you to know it is never too late to change the way you eat! This coming March marks another National Nutrition Month, where the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics try to make everyday people more aware of what they eat and drink on a daily basis. We wanted to do our part today to let you know how your nutrition can impact your oral health in particular.

It is safe to say that most people aren’t thinking about oral health as soon as they eat something. They may consider how it tastes…smells…what it will do to their waistline and a whole load of other thoughts before the damage it can do to a smile. Even the small things, or supposedly healthy ones, such as “diet” products or a little lemon, can slide under the radar completely.

Items high in acid content (like those above) or especially sugary ones can lead to all sorts of dental detriments. Cavities, gum disease, lost teeth- you name it, and it is possible from your diet alone. Without being overly pessimistic, there are a whole group of things that can do your oral health good too.

Yes, milk, albeit a cliché- can do your mouth good. It, along with whole grain and wheat foods and more, contain vitamins and nutrients that not only improve your overall health- but the health of your mouth too. Many fruits and vegetables can also deliver mouth-saving blasts of vitamins and nutrients that ward off bacteria, whiten your smile and keep you healthy.

As with many things in the world of food and drink, there is a fine line between just enough and too much. The world won’t end if you have a soda every once and a while, but if you have a few a day, your mouth and body may not be thanking you for it in due time. Being aware of the difference between these two realities and knowing what it is you put in your body is the main National Nutrition Month- and we hope you stay vigilant of your diet not only through March but year-round as well.

For more information on National Nutrition Month as it relates to your oral health, call the office of your New Mexico dentist today at (505) 888-2606  to schedule an appointment!