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!

7 Ways to Improve Your Baby’s Dental Health

7 Ways to Improve Your Baby’s Dental HealthYour baby’s new teeth are healthy and it’s natural that you’ll want to keep them that way. To help you along, our dentist at McGlone Dental Care in Denver wants to share 7 ways to improve your baby’s dental health. First of all, good dental habits start as soon as they have teeth and maybe even before.

Now, let’s look at the 7 ways to improve your baby’s dental health.

Dental Check-Ups

Make sure your child goes to the dentist for a check-up before their first birthday. It’s important to have our dentist make sure everything is going well. Even a CDC report shows that dental care costs can be reduced by about 40% over a period of five years for children who visit a dentist before the age of 5.

Plus, starting early typically helps kids get more comfortable going to the dentist.

Good Dental Habits

This is crucial to the health of your baby’s teeth. Start by using water and a soft baby toothbrush, or if you want you can use a soft washcloth to clean their gums even before their teeth appear. Once your baby has teeth, you should brush them twice per day using a baby toothbrush and a little bit of fluoride toothpaste.

When their teeth touch, that’s the time to start flossing. Gently brush their teeth and then floss right before bedtime. Remember, once their teeth are brushed don’t give them anything else to eat or drink unless it’s water. If you do, be sure to brush their teeth again.

Finally, don’t give your child mouthwash until they can spit it out without swallowing it.

Limit Sippy Cups

Sippy cups are great to help get kids off of the bottle, but they really shouldn’t be using them all day. The reason is that constant use of sippy cups causes tooth decay on the back of the front teeth. If they drink sugary drinks from a sippy cup it is even worse. The use of a sippy cup should be limited.

No Pacifier Past Age Two or Three

Pacifiers are fine, but don’t let your children use a pacifier after they are two or three years of age. Using a pacifier beyond that can affect the arrangement of their teeth and the shape of their mouth.

No Bottle At Bedtime

It’s important not to let your child lay down for a nap or bedtime with a bottle of juice or milk. What happens is the sugary liquids stick to their teeth. This keeps bacteria on the tooth enamel and can cause the teeth to rot. If they have to have a bottle, go with water.

Restrict Juice

Did you know that giving your child large quantities of juice can lead to tooth decay? When you do give them juice make sure it is 100% juice and only give them four ounces each day. If you can, restrict juice only at mealtimes and as a treat, not as a regular drink.

Brush After Medicine

The medicines your child might have to take for a cold or even for asthma are often loaded with sugar to make them taste better. However, sugary medicines can stick to their teeth and lead to cavities.

In addition, you should be aware that some asthma medicines and antibiotics can create an excess of candida. This can cause a fungal infection known as oral thrush. The warning signs of oral thrush are creamy, curd-like patches inside the mouth or on the tongue.

To keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy, we’re here to help starting with a check-up before their first birthday. Our dentist at McGlone Dental Care in Denver can discuss the 7 ways to improve your baby’s dental health and check their teeth. Good dental habits begin young, so call or contact us today.

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.

Dental Veneers and Teeth Whitening are Bringing New Smiles to Many

teeth_whitening_in_mcglone-dental_denverCosmetic dentistry with dental veneers and teeth whitening are bringing new smiles to many people. McGlone Dental Care in Denver knows fixing cavities and broken teeth with veneers, and removing stains with teeth bleaching can change people’s lives.

Both procedures can drastically alter the appearance of teeth and enable people to show their teeth while talking or smiling with confidence and pride. With today’s improved dentistry, chipped, stained or broken teeth, as well as gaps in teeth, can easily be fixed and are painless.

Whitening Teeth

Bleaching teeth return them to a beautiful white again, getting rid of old stains from smoking, wine, coffee, and other things.

There are several methods used for dental whitening in the dental office, some even brightening your teeth up to eight shades. This type of whitening usually provides the fastest and best results.

There are also whitening treatments that can be done at home with custom-made trays from the dentist and whitening gel provided by the dentist. This type of whitening takes longer but can produce good results.

Teeth whitening in a dental office usually takes one hour or less, during which a bleaching gel is placed on the surface of the teeth for periods of 15 to 30 minutes. A high-intensity light is often used to speed up the process. Patients will notice whiter teeth immediately after treatment. 

Although results are immediate, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution to discoloration and certain foods, drinks, and habits like smoking, should be avoided. 

Dental Veneers

Veneers are applied permanently to the front surfaces of teeth to help improve its shape, color, and position. Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells of porcelain or composite placed over the surfaces of the teeth to correct uneven alignment, worn tooth enamel, spacing issues, discoloration, chips, and cracks. Veneer placement requires the permanent shaping of the host teeth. Veneers are custom-made by a dental laboratory and are applied to teeth with a very strong bonding glue.

Veneers can take up to six weeks, and two dental visits, each lasting several hours. The initial visit will include a diagnostic evaluation and color selection. Some dentists use outside labs, while others use CAD/CAM technology to fabricate veneers at the dental office in a single visit. Depending on your dentist, temporary veneers may be used between visits. A local anesthetic is administered to minimize discomfort. Veneers may need to be replaced after 15 years. 

If your issue is simply tooth discoloration, dental veneers may not always be the best treatment. It requires the permanent alteration of your natural teeth, and can be much more expensive than whitening options. 

The average cost of teeth whitening in a dental office is around $650. Composite veneers can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,500 per tooth, and porcelain veneers cost between $950 and $2,500 per tooth. 

When people have a beautiful smile they are more confident in every facet of their lives. McGlone Dental Care in Denver says in addition to dental veneers and teeth whitening bringing new smiles to many, smile improving procedures include fillings that are tooth-colored, braces, dental implants, bonding, and dentures.

Dentist Visits Can Be Less Painful With These Helpful Innovations

mcglone dental denverDentist visits can be less painful with these helpful innovations in technology, many of which are used by McGlone Dental Care in Denver.

Dentists on the front line of dental innovations are using digital technology to plan and create inlays, crowns, bridges, onlays, veneers, dentures, full-mouth reconstructions, and orthodontic work. Using digital technology can be faster and longer-lasting than traditional methods.

CAD/CAM Technology
One technology uses computer-aided design, (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing, (CAM).

CAD designs use detailed two-dimensional  or three-dimensional models of physical objects. CAM uses computers to control, monitor, and adjust the tools and machinery to produce the parts. The CAD/CAM technology is seen as more accurate, flexible, and patient-friendly.

CAD/CAM machines used in dentistry can be expensive with systems starting at around $80,000 and upward to nearly $130,000. But it is expected that the number of CAD/CAM dentists will grow as more dentists become trained to use the technology.

A CAD/CAM system can use a digital impression to create a crown faster, usually allowing completion in one visit and does not need the temporary crown with a return visit.

But there is even more digital technology helping dentists care for their patients.

3-D Images
Forget the old dental ways, now dentists can use a handheld digital scanner to take 3-D images in seconds. These scanners provide a more precise map of a mouth, without the goop of old impressions. They also are able to limit the image-taking to a small area, compared with traditional dental x-rays, thereby minimizing the radiation exposure. Three-dimensional imaging also improves diagnosis and treatment in complicated cases and improves accuracy. It also increases safety and comfort.

Oral surgery is also improved with computers providing graphics for incisions and implants. The new digital dental treatments allow precision, predictability and have fewer complications.

Aligners
Computers have also changed orthodontia. Traditional metal braces are painful and take longer. Computer-designed, clear tooth aligners such as Invisalign reduces the time and the discomfort. Metal braces also require a careful diet, whereas aligners can be taken off for eating and teeth cleaning. Aligners aren’t available yet for severely crowded teeth and may not be as good for those with overbites or underbites.

Dentures
Dentures as well are changing due to digital technology. Dentures can be designed and milled by computers and can be faster and fit better.

3-D Printing
Three-dimensional printers might someday help change dentistry as well. As this technology improves, the costs of 3-D printers should decrease in cost. The 3-D printers will allow dentists to keep the work in-house and can get dental devices, like orthodontic aligners, into patient’s mouths faster. This will also reduce the need for patients to make multiple visits.

Technology is allowing the dentist to control the entire procedure, which will make it a faster, cheaper, more accurate, and streamline the process.

The 3-D technology will hopefully and eventually help patients with jaw defects resulting from cancer or trauma.

Amazing new technology promotes dentist visits that can be less painful with these helpful innovations. Digital technology is the wave of the future for dental care, improving speed, accuracy, and the comfort of patients. At McGlone Dental Care in Denver, we’re implementing many of these technologies to make your visits much more pleasant.