June 26th, 2018
June is National Candy Month, so what better time to discuss the impact that sugary treats can have on your teeth?
We know that many of our patients love candy...in fact, we do too! However, knowing some tips and alternatives in order to minimize the damage that candy can cause is always helpful.
Let's start by addressing some of the worst aspects of candy: The longer candy is in your mouth, the more damaging it can be. Hard candy that you suck on falls into this category. Instead of eating the candy within a couple minutes, and then allowing your saliva to start to neutralize and wash it away, sucking on hard candies for long periods of time, allows your teeth to be continually bathed in sugar. Alternatively, if you eat hard candy quickly and crunch down on it, you risk fracturing a tooth, filling or even a crown! If you've got to satisfy your hard candy fix, opt for a hard candy with an alternative sweetener (something not made from sugar, such as Xylitol) and don't bite down on it.
Chewy and sticky candy can also wreak havoc in your mouth. The stickier and chewier candy is, the more it bind to your teeth, especially all of those little grooves on the chewing surface of your molars. Again, the longer the sugars are present in those little grooves, the more likely that the sugars will cause damage. Also, chewy and sticky candy can bind to permanent crowns and pull these off rather easily. Avoiding chewy and sticky candy altogether is probably your best bet here.
"Is gum chewing OK for my teeth?" is a question we get often. Chewing gum that has the sweetener Xylitol in it, can actually fight cavities! Your best bet is reading the label on gum to see if it contains Xylitol or real sugar. The downfalls to gum chewing (even with Xylitol in it) can include the gum binding to crowns and pulling them off. For some people, chewing gum can exacerbate the tightness of their chewing muscles, causing pain and discomfort. If you're going to chew gum, choose one with Xylitol in it. If you notice your jaw joints and jaw muscles are feeling tight or painful, stop chewing gum for a few days a give your muscles and joints a break.
We hope that your June is filled with delicious treats in celebration of National Candy Month, but proceed with caution!
June 5th, 2018
Whether there is a big occasion coming up, or you are just wanting to freshen up the esthetics of your smile, teeth whitening can be a great option for you.
We will discuss several different options to whiten your teeth in this blog.
The most well-known are whitening strips, that can be bought over the counter. These typically have a lower strength of Hydrogen Peroxide, which is the active ingredient, than whitening options used professional by dentists. The greatest benefit to this option is the ease of purchasing. Most grocery stores sell these types of strips in the dental care section. However, a major downfall to the strips is the one-size-fits all model. People have very different sizes and shapes of teeth and with an over-the-counter strip, you are not getting a custom fit of the strip, thus may not achieve optimal results.
A second option is In-Office Whitening, where you schedule an appointment at our office to have your teeth whitened in approximately 2-3 hours. Most of the time during the appointment, you are relaxed and reclined in the dental chair and can be watching our TVs over head to pass the time! The benefits to In-Office Whitening are an all-at-once result and no further steps or time are needed at home. This is a great option prior to a big event, such as wedding, or for the super busy person that just doesn't have time to put towards whitening at home. One downfall to the in-office whitening, is an increased chance of post-operative sensitivity. Since In-Office Whitening uses a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide, you may experience more sensitivity. However, we always offer our patients that are completing In-Office Whitening, custom fluoride trays to use for sensitivity afterwards. In most cases, the sensitivity goes away within a couple days. The fluoride trays, can also then be used for custom at-home whitening in the future!
A third option is At-Home Whitening with custom trays made by our office. We offer this option *AT NO CHARGE* to all of our patients after they have completed their recommended dental treatment. In addition, we give one tube of whitening gel to our patients at their cleaning visits, so they can maintain the shade of their smile. This option is nice, as you, the patient have control over the final shade achieved and have more control over post-operative sensitivity. If you have achieved your desired shade, you can simply stop using the gel and save it for another time. Also, if you begin to have sensitivity, you can take a few days off, until it subsides and then try again. The biggest downfall to this option, however, is the amount of time it takes. Depending on the percentage of whitening gel you are using, the whitening session can take anywhere between 30 minutes to over night. In addition, two dental appointments are needed (approximately 15 minutes each) to first, take impressions for the custom trays and second, to deliver the custom trays and ensure proper fit.
We never recommend whitening with any of these methods if you have active dental decay, as this can increase your chance of sensitivity, and can progress the decay at a quicker rate.
We would love to see you at the office soon, for either In-Office Whitening or impressions for At-Home Whitening with custom trays!
February 16th, 2018
The month of February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that a child see a dentist for their first visit by age one, or six months after their first tooth erupts, whichever happens first. At Stevens Family Dental, we love seeing patients of all ages and encourage you to bring in your children for regular check-ups.
We have found that children who are familiar with the office and our team from a young age are more comfortable coming into the office when there is a more emergent situation, like trauma to a tooth. It helps when the emergency dental visit isn't the first dental visit to our dental office.
At our children's dental check-up visits, we review home-care tips with parents and kids (age-appropriate). We also polish teeth, place fluoride and take x-rays if warranted. If you have any questions about what the first dental visit would be like for your child, don't hesitate to contact our office.
November 13th, 2017
Happy Holiday Season to you all!
During this Season of Thanks, we want to take the opportunity to tell you how grateful we are for our patients! Seeing each of you at the office brightens our days and we enjoy working with each of you.
Our Candy Buy Back was a great success! Thanks to our Colorado National Guard Members who came out for the afternoon and everyone who donated their candy.
From now until December 15, we are hosting a food drive to support Food Bank of the Rockies. Drop off non-perishable cans and boxes of food, diapers, toiletries and dog food anytime during business hours at the office. Thanks in advance for your support.
Tis the season for picture taking and social events. This month, we will have our whitening gel buy one get one free, so that you can look your best for all of your holiday events. Stop by the office anytime during business hours to purchase whitening gel.
We hope that this is the start of a wonderful holiday season for you and those you care about!
September 6th, 2017
Are you ready for some football? Tomorrow is opening night for the NFL season, which reminds us of the importance of protecting our teeth while playing sports. All sports, but especially contact sports put teeth at risk for trauma.
Trauma to a tooth can range in severity. Most minimally, a tooth can fracture which then requires a tooth-colored filling to be placed to repair the fracture. A more severe fracture can make it necessary to have a root canal and crown to repair the tooth when the fracture has gone into the nerve. Or, the trauma to a tooth can be so severe that the tooth dislodges entirely from the socket. Any of these outcomes can be concerning and costly. The best part is however, that many injuries to teeth can be prevented or at least lessened, by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard.
Did you know that Dr. Stevens is an authorized Under Armour mouthguard provider?
This month we are offering 10% all of our Under Armour mouthguards. This includes both the stock and custom mouthguards. Stop by the office to pick up your stock mouthguard, or call to schedule for impressions for your custom mouthguard.
We hope everyone has a *SAFE* and fun fall sports season!
August 8th, 2017
It's Back-To-School this month. Teachers and children are gearing up for the start of a fresh, new school year. Backpacks-check! Pencils-check! Clean and healthy teeth-CHECK!
This month we are focusing on prevention, which is not only applicable to children, but adults as well. As a reminder, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend that a child have their first dental exam within six months of the first tooth erupting, or no later than their first birthday. We love seeing your children and grandchildren at our office!
Having children visit the dental office early on helps establish positive experiences with the dental team. It also gets them accustomed to the office and our equipment. This is especially important in the case of a dental emergency, where a child traumatizes a tooth and may require an exam and x-rays. If they are familiar with our office, it is oftentimes much easier to get the needed information to assess the situation.
We wish everyone their best school year yet and look forward to seeing you at the office!
July 31st, 2017
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