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September 1, 2022

Loving your smile doesn’t have to stop as you age or experience dental health issues. You may even love your smile more! Here’s how to love your smile no matter what challenges you face.

Dental Challenges are Normal

Many people feel self-conscious when they experience dental health issues or challenges, but that’s often because they don’t know how common they are, especially when they are age-related. Recognizing that you’re not the only one suffering from challenges can help you to love your smile with confidence and feel less alone as you seek ways to resolve those challenges.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Thanks to modern dental technology, dentists can do amazing things to help maintain and restore your beautiful smile. There are so many options now, you might find it hard to choose! From dentures and bridges to implants and crowns, you’re sure to find a solution that works for you! Let’s examine some of the pros and cons of each option.

The Best Solution for You

Dentures can be a great cost-effective solution for people who want a simple and affordable solution, but it also has some downsides. Dentures aren’t as strong as some of the other options available, might become loose at inopportune times, require dietary restrictions, and need to be removed for soaking overnight.

Bridges and implants with crowns, on the other hand, can provide a more permanent solution because they are fixed in place like your natural teeth and made of stronger material. Because of this, they also function more like your natural teeth, reducing or eliminating the need for dietary restrictions. They can also be cleaned by brushing and flossing, just like you’re used to!

Schedule a Consultation

The best solution for someone else might not be the best solution for you, so it’s important to talk with a dentist you trust about which options are available to fit your specific dental needs, budget, and lifestyle. Our goal is for each of our patients to truly love their smile, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have!

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

Better Dental Care for Seniors
August 1, 2022

Quality dental care knows no age limit! Better dental care for seniors starts with having the right tools and support. Here’s what you should know to keep your dental health in top shape and feel confident about your care.

Caring for Your Teeth at Home

Age can bring its own set of challenges and sometimes they catch us by surprise. But better dental care for seniors often starts with having the right tools. When it comes to dental care, we have lots of tips that we’ve found to be helpful.

If you suffer from arthritis or dexterity-related conditions, it can feel extra challenging to maneuver a regular toothbrush with a slim handle. Using a toothbrush with a larger handle — or an electric toothbrush — can help make it easier to grip and control the toothbrush. Your toothpaste container should also have a large, easy-grip, easy-open cap that doesn’t require twisting for greatest ease of use!

If flossing also feels challenging, floss picks can be useful because they can help eliminate the need to wind a long strand of floss around and between your fingers. Floss picks are essentially plastic handles with a small section of floss stretched across one end, so you simply hold the handle to floss.

Caring for Your Teeth at the Dentist Office

Visiting the dentist regularly is important, too. Getting a regular exam is helpful to catch problems early before they cause discomfort and so that they are more easily treatable. When you visit the dentist, ask how often you should visit to keep your teeth in optimum health.

It’s also important to see the right dentist who has experience with the challenges and conditions you face. Better dental care for seniors starts with having a dentist who is as compassionate as they are passionate about dental care.

Your Dental Care Team

When choosing your dentist, make a list of questions so that you can get to know your dentist and what they specialize in. You deserve a dental care team that cares about your comfort, understands the unique conditions you face, and works with you to solve any challenges.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

July 1, 2022

When you move to a new town or your favorite dentist retires, searching for a new dentist can be overwhelming. You’re not alone! We’re here to help. Here’s a handy guide to help you with finding a new dentist that meets your needs.

Make a List of Questions

When beginning the journey of finding a new dentist, it can be helpful to start by making a list of questions. Does the dental care provider you’re looking at accept your insurance? Do they specialize in the conditions or treatment you’ll need? Are their office hours and location convenient?

Having a list written down for reference can help you to clarify what you’re looking for so that you can more easily find a new dentist who meets all of your dental care needs.

Ask Your Insurance

If you have insurance that covers dental care, you can start by calling your insurance company to ask for a list of local dentists that are within your plan’s coverage. Seeing a dentist within your insurance network can help to save you a lot of money.

If you don’t have dental insurance, don’t worry! We’ve got more tips ahead to help you with finding a new dentist!

Ask Friends, Family, and Neighbors

Whether you’re looking for a new dentist in the same town or you’ve moved to a new town, one of the easiest ways to find a new dentist with a great reputation is to ask people in your social circle.

Ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and other doctors or medical providers if there’s a dentist they’d recommend. If you have special dental care needs, ask people you know who might have the same needs as you which dentist they visit. If people are happy with their dentist, they’ll be more than glad to recommend them to you!

Visit a Few!

Once you have a recommendation (or a few!), make an appointment for a consultation! Just because you visit a dental office doesn’t mean you need to stay with them, but it’s always best to visit in person so that you can choose the dental care team that makes you feel truly comfortable and confident in their care.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

3 Signs of Dry Mouth
June 1, 2022

Dental discomfort is often a sign that your dental health needs some extra attention. Dry mouth can be uncomfortable and it can also lead to more serious issues. Let’s talk about 3 signs of dry mouth you shouldn’t ignore and what to do about it.

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is one of the most common signs of dry mouth, but many people don’t realize that the root cause is dry mouth. Since saliva is your body’s natural way of keeping your mouth in balance and your teeth protected, reduced saliva flow can lead to many problems, such as an overgrowth in bacteria that causes bad breath. This isn’t just bad news for your social life, it can also turn into cavities and gum disease if left untreated.

2. Sore Throat or Hoarse Voice

Another common sign that you’re suffering from dry mouth is if you regularly experience a sore throat when swallowing or a hoarse voice when speaking. While these symptoms can seem like a mild annoyance, it’s important not to ignore them because dry mouth can cause a lot of problems for your dental health.

3. Difficulty Chewing, Speaking, or Swallowing

Other signs of dry mouth can include difficulty chewing thoroughly, difficulty speaking without coughing or clearing your throat, and difficulty swallowing. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your dentist about a treatment plan.

What to Do About Dry Mouth

If you believe you may be suffering from dry mouth, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible before it leads to other conditions that may be more serious or difficult to treat.

Dry mouth can be caused by many factors, such as dehydration, anxiety, side effects from medications, and other medical conditions. It’s important to find out what’s causing dry mouth for you so that your dentist can recommend a treatment plan that can help provide quick, effective, and lasting relief.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

May 2, 2022

If you’re facing dental loss, you’re not alone. Dental loss happens to a lot of people. We know that facing dental loss can feel like a big deal, but dental implants can be a great, long-lasting solution. Here are 5 things we love about implants.

1. Dental Implants Look like Natural Teeth

One of the top things we love about implants is that they look just like natural teeth! If the idea of dental loss makes you feel anxious about losing your beautiful smile, talk with your dentist about what dental implants can do for you.

2. Dental Implants Feel and Function like Natural Teeth

Not only do dental implants look like natural teeth, they also feel and function just like natural teeth! Unlike dentures, you won’t have to worry about them falling out at inopportune times. There’s also no need to restrict your diet as you would with dentures. With dental implants, you may even forget that you ever suffered from dental loss!

3. Dental Implants are Easy to Care For

Another great advantage to dental implants is that they are easy to care for! No need for removing or soaking overnight with special solutions. Simply care for them just like you’d care for your natural teeth!

4. Dental Implants Help Protect Your Smile

Another one of the great things we love about implants is how they help to protect your surrounding teeth. If a lost tooth is left untreated, the resulting gap can allow the surrounding teeth to shift and the jaw bone to lose its structure. But when you replace a lost tooth with a dental implant, it can help to maintain your beautiful smile long-term.

5. Dental Implants are Long-lasting

Dental implants are also incredibly long-lasting. In fact, they are designed to last for the lifetime of the patient! Imagine not having to worry about your missing tooth ever again. With dental implants, you’re not just choosing a temporary solution, but one that can help to ensure a beautiful smile for many years to come.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

Safest Candy Choices for Dentures
April 4, 2022

The Easter holiday is often a time for family, fun, and candy. But not all candy is created equal! Some types of candy are safer than others for dentures. Let’s talk about the safest candy choices for dentures so you can enjoy the holiday without unnecessary worry.

Candy to Avoid

When looking for the safest candy choices for dentures, it can help to start by knowing which types of candy to avoid. These include any candy that is chewy, sticky, crunchy, or hard.

Chewy or sticky candy like caramels or taffy can pull your dentures out of place while crunchy and hard candies, such as those that contain nuts, may result in damage to your dentures. Avoiding these types of candy can go a long way towards keeping your dentures and gums looking and feeling their best.

Safer Candy Options

Now, let’s talk about some of the safest candy choices for dentures! In general, chocolate is one of the safest candy choices for dentures because of how it melts in your mouth. Just make sure to select chocolate that is free of nut pieces, chewy caramel or truffle centers. Some popular chocolates with peanut butter or mint fillings that are soft and not chewy or sticky can be denture-friendly options. If the chocolate is thick or requires biting into, break off smaller pieces with your hands instead.

Other candy options that can be safe include hard candies or suckers (if they are not chewed, but rather sucked on until they dissolve completely).

Candy Alternatives

If you’ve got a sweet tooth around holidays, it can also be a great option to plan ahead a bit and bake or buy some delicious baked goods. Soft pastries, cookies, or cakes can all be excellent options to satisfy your sweet tooth while also being safe for your dentures.

Holiday After-care

It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water and clean your dentures thoroughly after enjoying candy or other sugary foods. This can help to ensure that your dentures stay in top shape and your gums stay healthy and comfortable.

If you experience any discomfort while chewing candy or other foods, make an appointment with your dentist to ensure that your dentures fit properly and are in good shape. As always, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist any questions you have about denture-friendly foods and denture-related care.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

Implants or Dentures?
March 1, 2022

When you have a missing, failing, or damaged tooth, it’s important to know your options. Implants or dentures are both solutions for dental loss. How do you know which one is right for you? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each option so that you can find the best fit.

What are Implants?

Dental implants are one of the most remarkable advancements in modern dentistry, offering patients who are faced with dental loss an option that feels and functions just like natural teeth. As the name suggests, dental implants are installed directly into the jaw, replacing the root of a tooth or group of teeth that have fallen out, been knocked out, or become severely damaged.

The great thing about dental implants is that you can clean them and eat with them just as you would with your natural teeth. There is no need for adhesives or fear of them falling out. They also do not negatively affect the surrounding teeth, as a dental bridge might. In fact, dental implants can actually help to maintain your jaw structure and reduce bone loss and degeneration after the loss of a tooth.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are another common solution for dental loss. Dentures are false teeth that are usually custom made to fit the patient’s gums and held in place temporarily by a liquid adhesive. Dentures can be a cost effective and non-invasive way to ensure a beautiful smile.

Some disadvantages of dentures are that they can slip out of place and the adhesive can become messy. They also need to be removed to soak at night for cleaning. In addition, wearing dentures can limit which foods you can eat because chewy or hard foods may pull them out or damage them.

How to Choose

Knowing whether implants or dentures are right for you can take some time. It’s a big decision! The best way to make a decision that you’ll feel satisfied with is to make sure that you get all the information you need about each option. Make an appointment with a dentist who specializes in dental loss treatment so that they can talk with you about the benefits and effects of each option. Knowing whether to get implants or dentures can be a tough decision, but your dentist will be happy to explain everything you need to know so that you can feel confident about the treatment you choose.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

February 1, 2022

Congratulations on your beautiful new smile! Tooth loss can be challenging, but thanks to modern dentistry, many of the challenges can now be a thing of the past, resulting in a new smile you can feel confident about. How will dentures or implants change your dental care routine? Let’s discuss how to care for your new smile to ensure that it continues to look its best.

Caring for Your New Dentures

Just like with natural teeth, it’s important to take good care of your dentures to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking its brightest. Dentures that are not properly cleaned can harbor food debris, bacteria, and even fungus that can lead to irritation, soreness, and more serious issues if left untreated. Learning how to care for your new smile is easy, though. Caring for your dentures can take a bit of getting used to, but if you’re diligent it will soon become second-nature.

First of all, don’t use regular toothpaste on your dentures. Toothpastes that are made for natural teeth are too abrasive for dentures. Simply brush your new dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm water. When you remove your dentures at night, it’s important to keep them from drying out. Use a product for soaking that is designed specifically for dentures and recommended by the American Dental Association to ensure that it’s safe for both you and your dentures.

Caring for Your New Implants

If you’ve gotten dental implants, the good news about learning how to care for your new smile is that it’s just like caring for your natural teeth! Typically, your dentist will recommend brushing after each meal and flossing daily. Ask your dentist to demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your new implants to ensure that you thoroughly clean all surfaces of your new teeth and along the gumline, as well.

Ensuring Your Natural Teeth Stay Healthy

When you’ve experienced the loss of one or more teeth, it’s important to continue to maintain the health of your remaining natural teeth to prevent further dental loss. Tell your dentist about any challenges that come up with your dental care routine. For example, if you experience increased dental sensitivity, chronic dry mouth, or have arthritis that makes it difficult to grip or maneuver a regular toothbrush or traditional floss.

Your dentist may be able to recommend tips or tools to help, such as a prescription mouthwash or toothpaste to help relieve your symptoms, an electric toothbrush that can enable you to achieve a more thorough and efficient cleaning, or a waterpik flosser to make flossing easier and more gentle. Your dentist is here for you, so don’t hesitate to enlist their help in keeping your new smile looking its brightest and best.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

5 Things that Cause Dry Mouth
January 3, 2022

It’s important not to ignore dental discomfort. Dry mouth can be uncomfortable and it can also cause long-term problems. Saliva is part of your body’s natural defense system against bacteria and tooth decay, so insufficient saliva flow can seriously impact your dental health. That’s why it’s important to treat dry mouth as soon as you notice it. Let’s talk about 5 things that cause dry mouth to help you get relief and prevent it from causing issues down the road.

1. Medications
If you’re suffering from a sudden increase in dry mouth symptoms, it might be helpful to look in the medicine cabinet for any new medications you may have started taking recently. As we age, the likelihood of having a condition that requires either prescription or over-the-counter medication increases. Unfortunately, dry mouth is a common side effect listed for many medications. If your doctor has prescribed medication, it’s important not to stop taking it unless your doctor recommends it, but it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or your dentist if you think a medication may be contributing to your dry mouth symptoms.

2. Dehydration
Dehydration is another leading cause of dry mouth. Since our bodies are made up of about 60% water, it makes sense that it’s so vital to our bodies’ health to stay hydrated. Medical professionals recommend that adults drink about 2 liters or 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. If you’re feeling thirsty, it usually means that you’re already dehydrated. Keeping a water bottle with you can be useful both as a reminder to drink enough water and as a way to track how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.

3. Sinus or Breathing Problems
If you suffer from a chronic lung condition, congestion, or any other condition that causes breathing or sinus problems, it’s important to remember that these can all be things that cause dry mouth. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, try to notice if you’re breathing through your mouth more than usual. If so, it may help to talk to your doctor about ways to treat the underlying condition in order to prevent dry mouth.

4. Exercise
Exercise is good for you in many ways, but higher levels of physical exertion can also lead to an increased need to breathe through your mouth. If your mouth tends to get extra dry after a walk or workout, make sure you’re staying hydrated. Try to build up the intensity of the exercise more gradually so that you can continue to breathe comfortably through your sinuses throughout your workout.

5. Age-related and Hormonal Changes
Dry mouth is an especially common problem for older adults. There are many reasons for this, but two things that cause dry mouth in older adults are simply advancing age and hormonal changes related to aging. If you’ve tried everything to resolve your dry mouth symptoms and haven’t found relief, it’s time to talk to a dentist. They may prescribe a special mouthwash or other solution to help treat and prevent dry mouth.

A Dentist who Understands
When you’re suffering from dry mouth or other age-related conditions, it’s important to have a dentist who understands and has experience in treating these conditions. A geriatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in treating senior patients and conditions that are commonly related to aging. If this sounds like a good fit for your dental care needs, call a geriatric dentist today to schedule an appointment.

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

December 1, 2021

Dental insurance is designed to give you peace of mind and help you obtain the best possible care for your teeth. Dental insurance offers many benefits, but did you know some benefits can expire? Here’s how to make the most of your insurance so you don’t miss out.

What Does My Insurance Cover?

Dental insurance often covers many preventative dental services, such as routine exams, professional cleanings, x-rays, and more. It may also cover some treatments to repair or restore your smile. Each insurance plan is different, so it’s important to check with your insurance company to find out what your plan covers so that you can make a plan for how to make the most of your insurance.

Can I Use the Services Anytime?

While it’s typically true that you can schedule covered services anytime during the year, it’s also true that the coverage for these services can expire, which means that you could miss out if you don’t use them in time.

Insurance coverage is divided into terms, usually annually. What this means is that your insurance coverage may reset at the end of each year. So if your insurance covers two professional dental cleanings this year, then if you don’t use those cleanings by the end of the year, they may no longer be available. Utilizing your benefits before they expire maximizes how much coverage you get from your insurance plan. For example, if your insurance allows $3,000 worth of coverage, you want to use up all of the money that they put toward your treatment before the year ends so you can put the fresh benefits in January toward completing any remaining treatment. The coverage is there to help you get healthy, don’t let it go to waste.

Can I Schedule in Advance?

If you’re wanting to learn how to make the most of your insurance, making a plan ahead of time is a good place to start. Dentists can get very booked up, especially at the end of the year with many people trying to fit in services and treatments before their insurance benefits expire, so scheduling in advance can be a good option. Many dentists offer the option to schedule your next exam or cleaning months in advance to ensure you get the optimum care on time, so ask about this at your next visit and do your best to keep your reserved spot so you don’t postpone your care.

What Should I Ask My Dentist?

When you visit your dentist, it can be helpful to talk with them about how to make the most of your insurance coverage. Your dentist can let you know the treatments and routine services that would best benefit your dental health to help you come up with a plan to ensure that you are utilizing your insurance fully to receive the greatest care possible. Your dental health is a priority, let us help you prioritize it!

Call our Greenwood Village Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

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