There are plenty of reasons to seek out a new dentist. You may have moved recently, or you're simply not satisfied with your current dentist. Whatever your reasons, it may have been a while since you stepped into a new dentist's office for the first time. It's natural to be anxious, but knowing what to expect before you go can certainly make things easier. Let's talk about your first visit to a new dentist and what you can expect.Read More
When you're home, dental care, even in emergency situations is relatively easy to deal with. You know your family dentist well, hopefully in this case your dentist is Grace & Leedy Family Dentistry, and you can trust them to be honest about your dental health and effectively give you all the care you need. This can all change when you jump on a plane and fly far from your home. Suddenly every dentist is a stranger and a dental emergency can feel like a nightmare. While you'll never be completely comfortable with dental care while traveling, there are some measures you can take to make it easier. Here is what to do for your dental health before and during travel.Read More
A trip to the dentist can bring up a lot of emotions for a patient. Some people will be nervous, while others will be eager to get a cleaning, and still others will be downright relaxed. We like to foster the third option in our patients, which is why we do all we can to keep our patients and prospective clients informed and comfortable. It's natural to come to the dentist with a lot of questions in mind, but it can be a bit nerve-wracking not knowing what the answers will be. We thought we'd put your mind at ease by answering some of the frequently asked questions we hear everyday in our office.Read More
If you're considering dental crowns as a potential treatment option, it can be hard to know what you're facing both in the procedure and costs. Crowns are a substantial treatment option that many patients turn to when they have a problem tooth. You're not alone in considering this treatment option, and we'll help you understand the process before you decide at your next office visit. Let's break down the basics on dental crowns.Read More
You may have heard veneers suggested as a potential treatment for damaged or unsightly teeth, but you may not know exactly how the process works or what the pros and cons of such a treatment are. First, it should be noted that veneers are primarily a cosmetic procedure, and if your teeth are failing, then you'll need to investigate more substantial options like bridges or dental implants. This said, veneers could be a great way to improve your smile. Let's investigate what veneers do and if they're right for you.Read More
Dealing with failing teeth can be a stressful time for any patient. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are several options to consider before you make the choice right for you. Bridges, dentures and dental implants can all be used to treat missing teeth, but which to choose for your mouth isn't so simple. Your budget and the condition of your teeth will be important factors in your choice, but you should also know the strengths of each treatment option. Today let's examine the most reliable treatment option available - dental implants.Read More
Keep your toothbrush fresh and stored properly with these tips.
Your toothbrush is the key tool in your arsenal for proper oral heath, but without correct care it can become far less effective in cleaning your teeth. Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, the head or the brush itself needs to be swapped out periodically. Storage of the brush ban be just as important as you want to keep it as clean as possible. Here are a few tips to keep your toothbrush in good shape month after month.Read More
It's common to want to brush your teeth right after you eat something. This is especially true when you consume items that may be hard on your teeth like acids from coffee, soda or juice. You want to get right in there and scrub that bad stuff off your teeth. It's a natural impulse, but the best course of action is to wait. You have a better form of defense than brushing, and there are a couple other measures you can take to fight the bad stuff on your teeth until it's safe to brush. Let's examine why you shouldn't brush your teeth right after you eat or drink.
Dentists probably carry the most misconceptions around their profession. There are countless jokes and tall tales about dentists who inflict pain and the nervous patients that sit in their chairs. The reality is these stories couldn't be further from the truth. Dentists are highly trained professionals that go through years of training before they are approved to practice their profession. Let's dispel some of the most common myths about dentists and focus on what you can really expect when you schedule a visit.Read More
Sensitive teeth can be an annoying, or downright painful condition to live with, but it doesn't have to impact your day to day life. A visit to your dentist is the best option to relieve the pain associated with sensitive teeth, but there are a few options you can do at home as well. Once your dentist has pinpointed the issue, you can approach a treatment plan that will leave tooth sensitivity in the past.
We all hate to think that we may have bad breath, and there is always the fear that someone isn't telling you when you do. Worse yet is the thought of having chronic bad breath. You don't have to suffer through this embarrassing condition with no hope of stopping and preventing it. There are both measures you can take at home and at the dentist that will prevent bad breath, or Halitosis, to keep your breath fresh. Let's take a look at how to fight Halitosis.Read More
The unexpected has happened, and chances are the timing is far from perfect. You're experiencing a dental emergency, and it can be hard to know exactly what to do. From an early age we're taught what we should do in a medical emergency, call 911. However a dental emergency calls for a different response. You won't need to call an ambulance, but you will need to act quickly depending on the injury you've sustained. Here are some tips on how to react during a dental emergency.Read More
Dry mouth, or Xerostomia, is a chronic condition that impacts people of all ages, however it is more common in older individuals. Left untreated, Xerostomia can lead to more severe problems including tooth decay and gingivitis. Individuals suffering from Xerostomia produce less saliva, and saliva is your mouth's natural deterrent to bacteria and acids that attack teeth. The lack of saliva can leave your teeth vulnerable to decay and infections.Read More
Here in Colorado, we pride ourselves on our active lifestyle. From winter sports like skiing and snowboarding to summer sports like mountain biking, skateboarding, and more, there is plenty to do in this great state. Thousands more participate in organized sports such as football, basketball, hockey, and much more. Aside from the prescribed protective equipment for each sport (i.e. football helmets for football), there is a valuable protective device that far too few athletes and outdoor enthusiasts use. Even those who participate in sports or activities that don't involve contact can benefit from this device. Today we're talking about athletic mouthguards.Read More
Millions of Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), but often the pain and discomfort that comes from TMD goes undiagnosed. TMD causes a frustrating amount of symptoms and those suffering from TMD may live in discomfort for months or even years before understanding what is going on. Many know this disorder by the name of the joint, the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ, but the correct term for the condition is Temporomandibular Disorder. If you're concerned you may be suffering from TMD, here are the causes and symptoms to be aware of as well as how your dentist can diagnose and treat it.
Today, teeth whitening treatments are more popular than ever. After all, who doesn't want bright white, shining teeth? All you need to do is flip on the TV to see numerous ads promoting easy whitening treatments and toothpastes you can use in the comfort of your home. For many, these treatments can make a real difference in their smile, but it's easy to wonder which choice is the right one for you. Is it better to stick with home treatments or schedule an appointment with your dentist for whitening procedures?Read More
Previously we touched upon the positive foods for your teeth, and you probably didn't even realize that you were eating foods good for your teeth. Hopefully after reading that article, you've made an effort to include more of those positive foods into your diet. The bad news is you may be eating harmful foods and not even realize that they're impacting your teeth. Foods bad for your teeth have a habit of sneaking their way into your diet, often because they taste good. However, you should make an effort to limit these guilty pleasures for the sake of your dental health.Read More
When we think of dental care, we tend to think only of the three big tasks: brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. However, there are certain foods that can help your overall dental health as well. In fact, you may be eating or drinking several of these foods and not even know they are good for your teeth. After learning about what foods are good for your teeth, you'll want to pack even more of them into your daily meals as well as center family meals around them. Let's take a closer look at several foods that have a positive impact on your teeth.Read More
Teaching your children effective brushing habits can be a challenging process, but the benefits are well worth the effort if you get your kids started early. While younger children will need plenty of supervision and guidance, older children need to branch out on their own and start brushing their own teeth. Here are some tips to help your children develop good brushing habits as well as guidelines on when to start brushing.Read More
The new year is full of resolutions and commitments to make the coming year better than the last. While most people are thinking about losing weight or saving more money, you should forget about doing more to protect your teeth in the coming year either. Here are several dental resolutions that will make 2017 a healthier and better year for your teeth.Read More