What’s all the Hype about Teeth Whitening?

By Meg Benjamin

Here at McGlone Dental Care, we have patients asking to have teeth whitening done every week.  Everyone seems to want a whiter, brighter smile these days, but worry that teeth whitening may damage their teeth.  While using, whitening toothpaste can erode your enamel and cause your gums to recede, having professional teeth whitening treatments is less abrasive than whitening toothpastes, and doesn’t cause as much damage to your teeth or enamel.

Our teeth whitening is not done in the office.  We don’t have a “Zoom” machine.  If you want to whiten your teeth, it’s not a quick fix.  You can, however, whiten your teeth in the privacy of your own home.  Our teeth whitening process (only 2 very short visits) will only cost you $200 total.  We realize that may be quite a bit lower than other dentists in the area.  We keep our prices low because we want our patients to feel like they are being taken care of. If they feel well taken care of, they will come back for other, more intensive services in the future.  Most insurance does not cover any teeth whitening service, trays, in office whitening, or a ZOOM treatment.  If you schedule an appointment for teeth whitening to be done here or any place, make sure you can personally pay the charge out of pocket. 

Teeth Whitening Denver

At McGlone Dental Care, your teeth whitening treatment is completely customized to your teeth/mouth.  You’re may be wondering…how is that possible?  Here are the steps that we take to make sure that you have the best teeth whitening experience.  First, we have you come in for us to make a mold of your upper and lower teeth.  This is step 1.  Once the molds (you’ll get two molds, one for the upper teeth & a second one for your lower teeth) are hardened, we then pour a clear solution on both molds and wait for the clear solution to harden up on the molds.  Then we pull the trays off each mold and trim them up.  Once they are trimmed and ready for you to use, we will call you to let you know they are done, it’s time for you to pick them up. 

You will then come in to pick-up your trays and two tubes of whitening gel with directions on how to use them together.  Each tube we give you should last for about three whitening treatments.  I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “a little goes a long way”.  It’s true in this case!  You only need to put one small dab of the solution onto each tooth area of your trays.  In fact, you should only whiten the teeth that are visible when you smile or talk.  Why whiten the teeth in the very back of your mouth that no-one can see?  If you whiten this way, your whitening gel will last a little bit longer.  You may be able to get four treatments out of one tube.

This treatment is done at home, most of the time, while you are sleeping or during a “quiet” time.  Quiet time is any time where you won’t be talking, eating, or doing anything else with your mouth than maybe meditating, napping, listening to music with headphones, or anything else you can do with your mouth closed.  You can sleep in the trays, if it doesn’t bother you.  After use, clean both trays with warm water.  Let dry, and store the trays in the container they came in, with the trays on top of the molds.  Keep in a drawer or handy place so you can locate them when it’s time to repeat.  Make sure you store the gel in a dark, cool place.  The refrigerator is a great place to store your gel.  The fridge or anywhere cool and dark will work for storing your solution.

So really, what is all the hype about?!  I believe that now-a-days, everyone wants to have a great smile.  They want it to shine bright!  Here are a few theories of what I think may be going on.  The baby boomers are getting older, living longer and want to look more youthful.  The 40+ set is doing all they can to NOT age (me included).  The millennial generation is trying to prevent this thing called “aging” and are doing this and other things to set back the clock now for when they are older.  They want to look 25 forever!  I hate to burst their bubble! 

Whatever you’re your theory is on teeth whitening, we are happy to help you slow down the aging process, prevent the look of aging now and into the future, or just make you feel more confident, and good about yourself, no matter your age.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to get your very own custom made trays, give us a call – 303-759-0731.

McGlone Dental Care’s New Building – Coming Soon to the Rosedale Neighborhood!

By Meg Benjamin

We are so excited about our new building in the Rosedale neighborhood.  We are in the remodeling stage of the project and hope that all the work will be complete by April or May at the latest.  We did most of the demo, had the exterior of the building painted and planned and executed the landscaping over the summer and fall months. 

We had to be patient and wait for permits and asbestos tests to be done before the professionals could get into the new building and make our vision a reality.  The new building is being designed to fit into the current neighborhood.  We have exposed some of the brick walls and uncovered hardwood floors that will be refinished.  The new building faces West and has a great mountain view from the lobby/reception area.  That’s a view we are excited to see every day & share!

We plan to have 4 rooms; 3 opatories and 1 skin care (and possible) massage room.  Skin care you ask?  I have many talents and being an Esthetician is one of my many capabilities that I’m excited to be able to share once we move.  The details are still being worked out, but we do plan on offering skin care services to include; Many types of facials, facial waxing services and others to be announced later.   It’s an exciting time for McGlone Dental Care as we make plans to expand our business and move into a new building.

We will be posting more about the remodel as it progresses. We are just at the beginning of the project now.  So stay tuned to see our progress and hear about when we will be moving to our new building!  We couldn’t be more excited to be in a neighborhood and have the opportunity to become that neighborhood’s “go to dental and skin care practice”.

 

Coming Soon to the Rosedale Neighborhood – A new Dental Practice!

Coming soon:  McGlone Dental Care in the Rosedale neighborhood

by Meg Benjamin

We are eager to move into our new building in the Rosedale neighborhood. The building is located at 2100 S. Lincoln Street.  It is currently being remodeled.  We are anxiously anticipating the project be complete by April or May of this year. Dr. Greg McGlone has done most of the demo himself,  except for the exterior paint on the building.  Dr. McGlone and his fiance, Maria, planned and planted most of the external landscaping during the fall of last year.  The yard and exterior of the building turned out great. It will be a pleasant place to sit in the garden area while you wait for your appointment to being.  When the weather is nice, of course.  There will be a bike rack to lock your bicycle to if you like to ride your bike around the neighborhood, weather permitting, of course.

We’ve had to be patient.  Getting the building & construction permits have taken longer than we hoped.  We’ve patiently waited for the permits and asbestos test to be completed before the professionals could get in the building to make our vision a reality. The building is being designed to fit into the current neighborhood. We have exposed some of the brick walls and uncovered hardwood floors that will be refinished. The building faces west and has great mountain views from the lobby/reception area. 

The building is being designed to fit into the current neighborhood. It will have exposed brick in the lobby and the patient rooms. The uncovered hardwood floors that will be refinished. The building faces west and has amazing mountain views from the lobby/reception area. 

We plan to have 4 rooms; 3 opatories and 1 skin care and (possible) massage room. Skin care you ask?! I have many talents and being an Esthetician is one of my specialties.  I’m excited to be able to share my love of anything “skin” with our patients. The details are being worked out still.  We plan on offering skin care services to include; many types of facials, facial waxing and, other services to be announced later. It’s an exciting time for McGlone Dental Care as we make plans to expand our business and move to the Rosedale neighborhood.

We will be posting more about the remodel as it progresses. It’s just the beginning of the project now, so stay tuned to see the progress.  We are enthusiastic about moving and having the opportunity to become the Rosedale neighborhood’s “go to dental and skin care practice”.

What kind of Toothpaste are you using?

At McGlone Dental Care, we ask our patients regularly, what kind of toothpaste they use. We aren’t surprised to hear that most patients are using very abrasive toothpaste that are actually doing more harm than good. With whitening toothpastes being so popular and also very abrasive, it’s no wonder that most patients have an excess of ridges and loss of enamel. We also see receding and gum loss that can be attributed to using abrasive toothpaste, such as whitening ones.

There is a way to see which toothpaste is rated as low and high on the abrasive scale. Relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) is a method to determine the abrasive value of toothpaste. See the chart below with the value of abrasivity next to each toothpaste listed.

Click the image to open a larger version of this chart.

Lower the number the better, when it comes to toothpaste.  You will notice that the “whitening” toothpastes that are listed on the chart, rank higher on the list.  Therefore they are more abrasive.

You can see that all toothpastes are not created equal.  If you’d like to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a very long time, opt for a lower RDA value of toothpaste to use daily.  If you want to whiten and brighten your smile, then think about doing an in office professional whitening treatment or having whitening trays custom made for you so you can use whitening gel at home.  The gel works great and you won’t be damaging your enamel and gums by using an abrasive toothpaste every day.  Your smile will actually be brighter and whiter a lot quicker than it takes with the toothpaste!

For more information about RDA check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relative_dentin_abrasivity

Don’t Forfeit Your Dental Benefits!

DON’T FORFEIT YOUR DENTAL BENEFITS BACK TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY!Don't Forfeit Your Dental Benefits!

Now is a great time to be a Scrooge and check your insurance coverage and see what your maximum dental benefit coverage is for the year.  If you still have money left, don’t give it back to the insurance company.  Call us and make an appointment for an exam & cleaning.  Or get that crown or implant you’ve been putting off.  We will be open all day on Tuesday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 28th to ensure we have enough appointment times available to fit everyone in who wants to have their dental work done before the end of the year.

 

 

December Teeth Whitening Special

 

whitening-tubeMcGlone Dental Care is excited to offer a special on our custom whitening trays and tubes for the month of December.  This a great gift for someone on your list that you don’t know what to get or has been wanting their teeth whitened but hasn’t had the time or money to do so.
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Call the office at 303-759-0731 to schedule your appointment to have your custom trays made.  You will get the trays and two tubes of whitening gel to take home with you that day.  The cost is normally $200, but for the month of December we will be dropping the price to $150.  We will also be selling gift certificates and honor them through 2017.  Come in and get your smile brighter for all your holiday activities and photos!

Why Do We Suffer From Tooth Sensitivity?

Why Do We Suffer From Tooth Sensitivity?Do you ever wonder why do we suffer from tooth sensitivity? Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat ice cream or acidic foods? Our dental team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver assures you that most of the time tooth sensitivity is not a major dental problem.

Of course, we know that it can be uncomfortable and bothersome, but we can help you manage it and make sure it doesn’t lead to something more serious like tooth decay. For now, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.

You may be using the wrong toothpaste or mouthwash.

You may not know this, but sometimes manufacturers of dental products like toothpaste add chemicals that are too strong for your teeth. These added chemicals may be wearing down your tooth enamel.

If this occurs then your teeth are stripped of their protective layer. If the nerve endings of the teeth are exposed from the outside, your teeth become sensitive. When that happens, eating cold foods like ice cream or acidic foods like pickles or red wine will make your teeth hurt.

Really the only thing you can do is be very careful about which toothpaste and mouthwash you use. Make sure you look at what’s in them and avoid the damaging chemicals. If you don’t know what chemicals to avoid, feel free to ask us. We are always happy to give you advice.

You could be grinding your teeth when you sleep.

Grinding your teeth as you sleep is a habit often started when you are a teenager or younger. You need to try and stop the grinding when you are young because if you don’t, people often find it harder to stop as an adult.

What happens when you grind your teeth is that your enamel gets worn down and after a while, it will expose your tooth’s dentin. Dentin is connected to your tooth’s nerves. So you know what that means. When your nerves are not protected, you will experience the discomfort of tooth sensitivity when you eat acidic or cold food.

Luckily there’s a solution. We can help you get a mouth guard to wear while you sleep which will prevent the grinding and protect your teeth. Sometimes, with a mouth guard preventing the unintentional grinding, the habit may go away on its own.

You may be eating too many foods that are acidic.

It’s interesting to know that eating acidic food can make you feel the discomfort from tooth sensitivity caused by the issues we’ve already mentioned, but it can also be the cause of your tooth sensitivity.

Try not to eat too many acidic foods because it can wear down that protective layer of enamel on your teeth and over time expose the dentin. Common fruits to avoid are oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Also keep an eye on pickles, cranberries and anything tomato based like pasta sauces and ketchup. Coffee and wine are also big culprits.

Your toothbrush’s bristles could be too hard.

The bristles of your toothbrush should be soft. If the bristles are too hard and you brush with too much pressure, it may cause the outside layers of your teeth to be worn down. Having a soft bristle toothbrush gives you the best chance of not having sensitivity from hard bristles. Double-check the packaging of your toothbrush next time you pick one up.

If you’re feeling discomfort and wonder why do we suffer from tooth sensitivity after you eat something cold or acidic, make an appointment with our dentist at McGlone Dental Care in Denver. We can take a look at your teeth to make sure the enamel is not worn down and help you get some relief from your tooth sensitivity. Call or contact us today.

Maximize Your Annual Dental Insurance Benefits

Maximize Your Annual Dental Insurance Benefits

This is our favorite time of the year in Colorado!  The temperature is cooler and you can sleep with your windows open.  The leaves are changing colors and are beautiful with gold and red hues.  It also means that year-end is fast approaching.

That brings us to the point of this post.  It’s a great time to maximize your dental benefits.  If you are like the majority of insured people, your insurance runs on a calendar year. You have paid into your dental plan monthly so be sure that you use your yearly maximum dental benefit allowed amount according to your plan. 

  • As long as your dental work is completed before 12/31/16 and billed on or before that date, that work will be applied to this year’s maximum amount that is allowed according to your plan.
  • Most insurance plans cover 2 cleanings per year and cover 100% of any preventive work.

If you are unsure what amount of your remaining benefit has not be used, contact Meg and she will be more than happy to help you find out.

If you contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) remember many FSAs do not roll over into the following year.  Maximizing your dental benefits is a good way to use the money you have already saved (pre-tax) for medical expenses.

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle ThemYour teeth are important and you need to make sure you take care of them. You should know not only how to keep them clean but also about common dental emergencies and how to handle them. Our team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver want you to know what to do if you have a broken tooth, a bitten lip or tongue, a toothache, a knocked out tooth or a broken jaw.

Dental emergencies that can happen anytime, day or night. They can be very painful and sometimes scary. Knowing what to do can help a lot. 

If your teeth bite your tongue or lip, you should apply pressure and a cold compress to stop the bleeding and keep the swelling down. If it doesn’t stop bleeding, go to your doctor or hospital. You may need stitches.

If you suffer a chipped or broken tooth, which can happen to anyone, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the tooth. Then apply a cold compress so it doesn’t swell. If possible, contact your dentist right away. If you have the piece of tooth that came off, keep it and give it to your dentist. Sometimes it can be reattached to the tooth. Either way, we can restore the loss.

When a tooth aches, it can be many things, including a tooth abscess, broken tooth, damaged filling, or infected gums. You should always rinse your mouth with water and floss your teeth just to make sure there’s nothing stuck between them. If you have a toothache, don’t hesitate to call McGlone Dental. We can take a look at and see if it needs an antibiotic, filling or root canal. We know how painful a tooth can be, so the sooner you come in the better. Sometimes it’s as simple as making a mouth guard to prevent grinding your teeth at night.

If your jaw gets broken, go to the hospital right away. This is a very serious medical issue that requires a doctor. You will have pain, swelling, and bleeding in your mouth. Don’t wait to get medical attention. With a broken jaw often comes damaged teeth. We can help you with your teeth, but first, have your jaw taken care of by medical professionals. You should apply an ice pack or bag of frozen peas or beans to your jaw. To help stabilize the broken jaw you can tie a towel or cloth under your jaw and around your head.

If you ever get a tooth knocked out, and can find it, hold it by the crown and rinse the root. Try not to touch or remove any of the tooth’s attached root tissue. After it’s clean, put the tooth back into its socket if at all possible. If not, keep the tooth moist by putting it in a container with milk and saliva. Call us as soon as you can and bring the tooth with you to your appointment.

Have you ever gotten something wedged between your teeth and even floss won’t dislodge it? Just call us and we can take care of it quickly. Please don’t find something sharp to pick your teeth with as this can often create a bigger problem like a chipped tooth.

Our team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver wants you to know about common dental emergencies and how to handle them, for your comfort and safety, and to aid us in being able to fix any issues you might be experiencing with your teeth. 

4 Surprising Health Conditions Relating to Gum Disease

4 Surprising Health Conditions Relating to Gum DiseaseStrong, healthy gums are not only important for your teeth but also for your health. Our team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver want to share with you 4 surprising health conditions relating to gum disease.

Recent research shows that gum disease can lead to other health problems. This is just another reason why dental health is so critical. Here are four health problems relating to gum disease:

Stroke

Did you know that people who have severe gum disease are more likely to have a stroke? It’s true. This is due to the harmful inflammatory response, as well as the presence of oral plaque in the blood created by gum disease. Dental check-ups are critical because gum disease is often painless and can go undetected for years until you have bleeding gums and loose teeth.

Coronary Artery Disease

Gum disease causes oral plaque, the same plaque that causes heart attacks, to travel through the bloodstream and increases your risk for coronary artery disease. The stents used to help coronary circulation have a higher risk of failure when you have gum disease. If you have coronary artery disease you should always take antibiotics before dental cleanings and your dentist should be aware of your condition so they can monitor it closely.

Stomach Ulcer

A harmful bacteria called helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers. Where it starts and how it spreads has not been pinpointed, but what we do know is that people who have gum disease, with deep, 5 mm or greater pockets between their gums and their teeth, are twice as likely to carry this dangerous bacteria than those with healthy gums. Gum disease not only doubles the chance of getting stomach ulcers, it also increases your risk of developing stomach cancer.

Arthritis

When you have an infection in your mouth, your immune system responds with inflammation. If you have arthritis, the inflammation occurring in your mouth can greatly increase the severity of inflammation around your arthritic joints. There is some research that suggests there may be a connection between gum disease and actually developing rheumatoid arthritis, but this has not been confirmed. 

These 4 surprising health conditions relating to gum disease show just how important it is to manage your oral care with the help of McGlone Dental Care in Denver. It’s not just about having shiny white teeth and minty fresh breath. Ignoring your gums can have serious, even critical effects on your overall health. So, trust your gums to our Doctor McGlone who will help you prevent or eliminate this harmful disease. Contact us today for more information.