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By Hearthside Dentistry
July 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: At-Home Oral Care  

These hygiene tips will make sure that your smile is as clean as possible

How you care for your smile has the biggest impact on your long-term oral and general health. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, as you should, you could fall victim to gum disease and decay. Our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon wants everyone to walk out of the office with a clean bill of health, and the best way to do that is to practice good at-home oral care.

Here are some habits to adopt right now for a healthier smile and a healthier you,

Brushing Your Teeth

When it comes to brushing your teeth make sure that you are,

  • Brushing at least twice a day
  • Brushing after each meal if you have braces
  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Brushing both the front and back surfaces of your teeth, angling the brush 45 degrees
  • Brushing your tongue and gums
  • Brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush
  • Replacing your toothbrush head once bristles begin to wear (about every 3-4 months)

Flossing Your Teeth

Along with brushing you should also make sure that you are,

  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Flossing ideally at night, so that plaque that has built up throughout the day is removed before bedtime
  • Using a generous amount of floss (approximately 18 inches)
  • Using a clean section of floss for each tooth
  • Using threader floss to clean between braces or partial bridges

Eating for Your Smile

We already know that our diet impacts our health, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that what you eat also affects your teeth and gums. The cavities that our Thornton, CO, dentist treats usually could have been prevented through good oral hygiene and a healthier smile. Reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease by following these dietary suggestions,

  • Your diet should consist of the five food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and (low-fat) dairy
  • Reduce sugar consumption
  • Read labels on all foods and drinks beforehand to check the sugar content
  • Avoid these foods and drinks as much as possible
  • Snack in moderation
  • Make sure to drink enough water every day to flush out toxins and bacteria

If you are dealing with an urgent matter, or to schedule a preventive visit, please call Dr. Christina O. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO at (303) 280-2285.

By Hearthside Dentistry
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

How dental implants from your dentist in Thornton, CO, can give you back your smile

Do you know what happens when you lose teeth? It doesn’t just impact your appearance—losing teeth also causes changes in your bite and your chewing ability. Fortunately, there are several ways you can get your smile back, and your dentist can help. Dr. Christina O. McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, offers several tooth replacement options for you to consider. Read on to learn more.

Tooth loss and you

These are just a few of the negative effects of tooth loss:

  • You lose your self-esteem, because you know your appearance isn’t all it could be
  • You lose your self-confidence, because your ability to speak clearly has changed
  • You lose your chewing ability, so you may not enjoy all of the foods you love
  • Your digestion is impacted, because you can’t chew as well
  • Your overall health may be impacted, because your digestion is compromised
  • Your bite has changed, which can cause problems with your jaws
  • Jaw problems can lead to TMJ issues, causing jaw pain

When you lose teeth, it can also lead to losing some of the bone in your jaws and your face, causing facial sagging and a slack jawline. These issues can make you look much older than you are.

The good news is, your dentist offers a wide variety of tooth replacement options to give you your smile back. Consider:

  • Dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. They offer a permanent tooth replacement solution that never moves. Dental implants also restore full chewing ability, and to maintain them, you can simply brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental appliances, which include partial and full dentures. Dental appliances have been a mainstay of tooth replacement for decades, providing a convenient tooth replacement option that you can remove for cleaning.
  • Dental bridgework, which contains prosthetic teeth to fill the space created by the missing teeth. A dental bridge is anchored by the adjacent teeth, which are crowned to provide added support.

You don’t have to suffer the negative effects of tooth loss. Call Dr. Christina O. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, at (303) 280-2285 to get started on your new smile.

Find out how a tooth-colored filling can restore your smile after decay.

If our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon detected a cavity during your routine checkup then it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Of course, once the decay has been removed, our dental team will want to restore the tooth back to its normal strength, resiliency, and shape. This is why a tooth-colored filling is placed—read on to learn more.

What is a dental filling?

A filling is a custom restoration made from durable tooth-colored material such as composite resin or porcelain that fills the holes in your teeth after a cavity. A filling is designed to treat minor to moderate cavities, and can restore functionality and strength back into a tooth. Everyone who has a cavity will need to get a dental filling.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

Our Thornton, CO, family dentist has noticed an array of benefits when using tooth-colored fillings over other types of fillings. Here are some of the reasons our dental office chooses to place cosmetic fillings,

  • Blends right in with your smile: We choose a shade of resin that most closely matches the shade of the tooth we are treating. The result is a restoration that blends right in as soon as it’s shaped and hardened to the tooth. You won’t even notice the filling and no one will notice it either.
  • Preserves more of your natural tooth: Since the resin that we use to fill teeth is applied in thin layers, this means we won’t have to remove as much natural, healthy enamel as we would with other types of fillings. This ensures that we preserve as much of your tooth’s healthy structure as possible, which keeps it strong.
  • Boosts confidence: A cavity may have you feeling a bit self-conscious about your smile but a filling will not only restore and strengthen the tooth but also cover holes left over by decay. No one will even be able to tell that you have a filling so that you can smile with complete confidence.

Need dental care? Give us a call

When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then it’s high time you sat down in the chair for a checkup. Prevent cavities from happening in the first place by visiting our dentist at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, for routine cleanings and care. Call us at (303) 280-2285 to schedule your next cleaning.

Find out when a dental crown may be needed to improve the health of your smile.

Even though teeth are amazingly resilient even teeth can fall victim to injury and damage caused by cavities, trauma and accidents. When a tooth is damaged it’s important that you turn to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon as soon as possible for immediate care. A dental crown is a commonly placed restoration and it is used to preserve the tooth’s natural structure.

A dental crown is a hollow tooth-shaped cap that fits over the tooth and encapsulates it. The crown will then be cemented into place over the tooth where it will cover it all the way to the gum line. Think of a crown as armor for your damaged tooth, providing it with protection and stronger defenses. Our Thornton, CO, family dentist may recommend getting a dental crown in these circumstances,

Strengthen a weak tooth

There are many things that can weaken your tooth, from a sports-related injury and a traumatic blow to the face to severe decay. If a tooth is weak the best option will be to place a crown over the tooth to protect what’s left of the tooth’s healthy structure to prevent further problems.

Replace a large filling

If one of your teeth has had severe decay in the past you may now have a large filling; however, over time, a large filling may no longer be able to properly support the tooth’s structure. To prevent fracturing from happening to the tooth a dental crown can be used in place of the old filling to provide the tooth with more stability.

Improve the appearance of a tooth

While a dental crown is most often used to restore a weak or damaged tooth we can’t ignore the cosmetic benefits that it can offer patients, too. A crown is customized to fit your appearance and needs; therefore, if you have a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored we can place a crown over the tooth to hide discolorations and improve its overall size and shape.

Support a dental bridge

Are you getting a dental bridge to fill gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss? If so, dental crowns will be instrumental in this process. A dental bridge has crowns on both sides with a false tooth in between. The crowns are then placed over natural teeth to anchor the bridge into place and to fill gaps.

There are many instances in which your smile could benefit from the restorative and cosmetic benefits of a dental crown. If you have questions about dental crowns then call Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today at (303) 280-2285.

Thanks to all the amazing dental technology we have at our disposal, it’s now easier than ever to replace teeth with realistic, resilient tooth replacements that look just like the real thing. Find out why more and more people are turning to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillion to get dental implants.

How does a dental implant work?

A small metal screw is inserted into the jawbone in the gap where your tooth used to be. To do this, our Thornton dentist will first administer local anesthesia to the area prior to making a small incision the gums, then placing the implant into the jawbone. Several implants can also be placed along the jawbone to support multiple false teeth (e.g. dentures).

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

It can several months to get a complete dental implant. The implant itself, which is placed into the jawbone, will not be visible when you smile. The purpose of the metal post is to support the false tooth, which sits above the gums. It can take several months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. Once the bone and implant have bonded, then we will still need to place a special piece that links the implant with the false tooth.

This piece is known as an abutment. After securing the abutment on top of the implant, then we can cement the custom crown in place over the abutment.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are a healthy adult who is missing one, several or all of your teeth in Thornton, CO, then dental implants could be the ideal way to replace your missing teeth. We will need to check your teeth, gums and jawbone to make sure everything is strong and healthy enough to support the implant. These are things our dentist will discuss with you during your consultation.

Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, prides itself on providing comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental care to patients of all ages. Dealing with tooth loss? We can help you.

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