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For That Whiter, Brighter Smile – Options for whiter teeth
Flashing that smile of yours not impressing during the interview? Too many swiping left on your profile picture? Your once dazzling smile faded to a middle-aged funk?
Let’s face it, as much as we might want to tell ourselves we don’t judge others by their smile, we really do.
It’s simply human nature to notice a person’s smile. And when that toothy grin resembles a child’s study-in-yellow coloring project, people will notice (and not for the right reasons). So now you need to whiten your teeth to get that smile you’ve always wanted. Well, there are options out there to help you achieve the pearly whites of your dreams.
The following information will help you make an informed decision when going for whiter teeth:
Dental Teeth Whitening: Doing a search for the best dentist in Santa Fe will find you a lengthy list of choices and one thing the bulk of these dentists will have in common is teeth whitening. With dental teeth whitening, whitening agents are used with or without specialized machinery.
With in-office teeth whitening, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and a special light is then applied to activate the agent. This method is fast and can provide the best results sometimes with one application. Other bleaching methods use similar whiteners but are done at home with specialized dental trays. This method isn’t as fast as in-office whitening but still produces equally dramatic results with only a few applications.
Over the Counter Whitening: Going down the dental care aisle of your local store will show a wide variety of at-home whitening products. From toothpastes to strips, there are a multitude of options to choose from. While mostly inexpensive and safe, there is still a lot of confusion about which product will meet individual needs. Many times, despite multiple uses, only minimal whitening is achieved.
With the cost being cheaper, this may be a good place to start for whitening, but noticeable results may take some time if they are every fully achieved.
The Bottom Line: While OTC whitening products are cheaper and safe to use, they might not give you the results you’re looking for. With dental whitening, the price is higher but impressive results achieved much faster.
No, it’s not about some hidden loot left over from a bank robbery or a past crime lurking in the background. This confession is a little different. You see, your favorite dentist, Haley Ritchey DDS, and El Dorado Dental isn’t actually in Santa Fe.
Take a moment to compose yourselves….
El Dorado Dental is located about seven minutes south of Santa Fe. Now you may wonder if it’s worth the trip. The extra time! The distance! The Driving! But…is seven extra minutes really too much to get the best dentist and dental work in the area? NO!
El Dorado Dental is worth the trip because:
* We see everyone! Young, old, middle-aged, age-less or hiding your age, we really do see everyone. From pediatric to everyday customers, we provide the best dental care in the area for the entire family.
* It’s ONLY a seven-minute drive. While we might not be in the heart of Santa Fe, we are only a seven-minute drive from the city. And what a drive it is! The short drive south lets you get out of the busy city and drive past the beauty of the surrounding hills and landscape. What better way to meet the dentist than relaxed from a short scenic drive.
* Most insurances accepted. There is nothing more aggravating than going to a dentist you think is approved by your carrier only to find that they aren’t. El Dorado Dental accepts a wide variety of dental plans and carriers. Not sure if we accept your insurance? Give us a call and see. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
* More than just a dentist. El Dorado Dental does all the stuff the other dentists do and so much more. Along with the dental procedures, we also have spa services that provide Botox, Juvéderm, and other facial treatments like chemical peels. All this and the best cosmetic dentist in Santa Fe, NM will leave you looking as good as your teeth will feel after the work is done.
While El Dorado Dental may not be in the heart of the city, we are definitely close. A short, scenic drive, a dentist for everyone, most insurances welcome, spa treatments along with dental work—We really do have it all. Take that short drive to the best dentist around.
I just love do-it-yourself shows! You know, when a couple buys a run-down home and works to fix it up themselves, they end up with a mansion and increase their property value by 500%. However much we may love to do tasks ourselves there are some things that should not be attempted by yourself. I’m talking about DIY dentistry. From New York to the best dentist in Santa Fe, no dentist that’s worth their tartar scraper would ever suggest DIY dentistry. It really should be self-explanatory as to why this is a terrible idea, but if it’s not, lets go over some of the reasons why DIY dentistry is a really bad idea.
You don’t know what you’re doing.
No matter how much DIY dentistry videos you watch on YouTube or how many dental instruments you’ve purchased, you haven’t been through dental school and you aren’t qualified to work on yourself. Trying to work on your own teeth will lead to problems that you will cost more to fix than seeing the dentist in the first place.
That guy at the mall and on that website don’t know what they’re doing either.
Mall kiosks offering quick and easy dental solutions like teeth whitening for a cheaper price can be dangerous. These set-ups are not always run by professionals and are using instruments and chemicals with minimal training. The same goes for on-line orthodontic services. Again, these newer DIY dentistry practices aren’t always regulated and are run by business professionals not medical professionals. If you need whiter, straighter teeth, avoid the internet and the mall and visit your dentist instead. Your dentist knows how to get the right results safely.
You will damage your mouth.
Trying to perform even minor dental work on yourself or having a “buddy” help you out is a recipe for disaster. Without proper training and practice, you are introducing instruments and procedures to your mouth that can have some serious backlash. Tooth loss, tooth damage, gum damage, and infection are only some of the things you could be facing if you opt for your own skill rather than relying on a qualified dentist. Don’t do it! Your smile is too pretty to ruin in lieu of saving a couple dollars on DIY dentistry.
I can’t stress this enough! Leave the dental work to the dentist. They are trained professionals with years of experience and can help you more than DIY dentistry. If money is an issue, talk to your dentist and work out an arrangement to get the work you need. Leave the DIY to house flippers and go see the dentist.
We all want to have the brightest smile and we’re ready and willing to explore new avenues of experimentation to achieve the optimum oral health even if this means brushing with charcoal toothpaste. The seeming popularity of new and trendy dental health practices only fuels our desire to achieve the best mouth possible. And when trend meets medical practice, meets internet popularity we just must try it! After all, we all love an easy to follow trend (so says the leg warmers and parachute pants haunting your closet).
But, just because a practice is used by supermodels and actors doesn’t always mean it’s best, or even a safe practice. And you know where I’m going with this…activated charcoal toothpaste. Nation-wide and even local practices like Eldorado Dental aren’t jumping on the charcoal toothpaste express because, well, charcoal toothpaste isn’t the cure-all dental care it claims to be.
Charcoal, on its own, is useful beyond the bar-b-q. In medical applications, charcoal can be used to absorb and eliminate toxins from the body. The dental applications aren’t as useful. While there are claims that charcoal toothpaste adheres to tooth ridges, removing debris and staining to leave a whiter surface, there is little to no evidence that supports this claim. In fact, a review of 118 articles found little to no evidence that activated charcoal toothpaste did any good. One study noted that using the tooth cleaner actually caused enamel erosion which led to cavities. Not the look any of us are going for.
What’s more alarming, while so many people are jumping on the activated charcoal bandwagon, one major point is being ignored. Charcoal tooth paste is lacking in fluoride. Fluoride is essential in building up strong teeth and fighting off decay. Removing it from your daily brushing can be detrimental to your teeth.
And, here’s the big one, do you really want black specks flung around your sink and faucet? Many activated charcoal pastes come in a powder form and trying to brush your teeth with powder is messy not just for your face but your sink as well. No one wants their sink to look like your toothbrush and a dirt clod had a fight.
So, skip the ugly black stuff that makes you look like you’ve been enjoying mud pies in the backyard and invest in a good solid whitening toothpaste to really deliver on the promise of strong, pearly whites.
A recent Huffington Post article cited a National Geographic study which determined the happiest places to live in the United States. They used metrics like the amount of civic engagement, financial security and…. how often people visited the dentist. And when you think about it, it just makes sense. Happy people need those pearly whites to look and feel their best. So, it’s no wonder that a great dental practice like Eldorado Dental, plays such a vital role in overall happiness. Here are some reasons why;
· A healthy smile inspires confidence. It’s true, when you feel confident enough to let your smile shine, people notice. The best way to maintain a radiant smile is daily brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist.
· Tooth aches drive away happiness. Nothing brings you down quite like dental pain and living with tooth and mouth pain can really drain the joy out of even the most enthusiastic person. Visiting the dentist at the first sign of pain can fix the problem and restore your happiness. If it aches, don’t wait, get to the dentist and get your happy back.
· Those stained teeth don’t need to bring you down. Suffering from discolored teeth makes you want to hide your smile and put a kink in your happiness. Taking a trip to the dentist for a little whitening will make your teeth look better, you feel better and uncover that gorgeous smile.
· A great dentist will help you overcome any fears you may have. Regular visits to the dentist can bring fear to many people, taking away their joy. Finding a good dentist and working with them to overcome fears will keep your mouth looking and feeling its best. Shop around for the right dentist to help you ditch the fear and keep the happy going.
· Regular visits to the dentist help you get out there and make friends. That’s right, a healthy mouth and great smile helps you get out there and make friends. Mouth and teeth issues can stop you from being the social butterfly you were meant to be. Practicing great oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly can help you keep your beautiful smile and feel more social.
While it might not be the most obvious predicter of happiness, taking the time to visit your dentist and care for your smile is an important aspect in achieving overall joy.
We all need to see the dentist to maintain healthy teeth, gums and mouth. In many cases, you don’t want to see the actual dentist, you want to see is the dental hygienist. While the best dentist in Santa Fe may wear the white coat, flash that dazzling smile, swoop in and poke around in your mouth for a minute or two, the dental hygienist is the powerhouse, doing the grunt work and making the dentist look good.
So, in honor of Dental Hygienist Month, we are going to show some much-deserved love to all the hygienists out there who spend their days elbow-deep in patients’ mouths, flinging saliva and wielding their ultrasonic scalers all in the quest to provide us the best dental care.
Little known fact: Hygienists do the heavy lifting. Don’t get me wrong, the Dentist is the great and powerful when it comes to dental work, but for the day to day work of cleaning and spotting oral health problems, the hygienist is the ruler.
Think you might have mouth issues? Yeah, your hygienist already knows. It’s true, since hygienists spend the bulk of their time cleaning and examining your teeth, they can spot problems your gums and teeth may have before you even suspect.
Your mouth condition is causing other problems. Oddly enough, the mouth acts as a sort of canary in the mine shaft for the body. Problems in the mouth can either signal unknown problems in the body or contribute to them. When you have your teeth cleaned your hygienist can spot problem areas that may indicate whole body issues or get the gunk off your teeth to help prevent further disease.
Prep work is a necessary pain. The hygienist lays the ground work for the dentist to work efficiently, and an efficient dentist needs to spend less time stretching out your smile to get the work done. Prep work isn’t fun but let the hygienist do their job. You don’t want an un-prepared dentist firing up that drill to work on your teeth. You may end up with a bridge to nowhere that you didn’t need.
There you have it. The dental hygienist is a necessary health professional you want in your life. They are the un-sung heroes of the teeth and gums. The next time you go in to have your teeth cleaned, give your hygienist a hug. Or if you want to avoid a restraining order, just tell them thanks for all the hard work.
The early days of dental work required a great deal of patience and pain tolerance if anything inside the mouth was amiss. Thankfully, modern dental practices have replaced the early form of dental work, saving the patients from pain with anesthesia. While the standard shot of Novocain seems to work fine for routine dental work, the use of IV (or Intravenous) sedation can be a better option for many patients and procedures.
When considering IV sedation for your dental work, do some homework to find out if your office of choice, like Eldorado Dental, is equipped and certified to administer and monitor IV sedation. While you are doing your research, here are a few things to know about IV sedation and dental work:
The shot goes in your vein, not your mouth. Unlike traditional dental anesthesia, intravenous sedation is given through a vein in the arm or hand. This allows the medication to quickly move through the body and speed the sedation process.
You might be awake but you won’t feel a thing. Depending on the type of IV anesthesia used, you may be awake for your procedure. If you are awake, you will be completely relaxed and pain free. This is a useful option for many lengthy procedures especially for patients who have trouble sitting in a dentist’s chair for an extended time.
It’s a great alternative for high fear patients. If dental work fills you with anxiety, consider IV sedation if you are having a considerable amount of work done. The anxiety will leave, you will be relaxed and the work will be completed unhindered.
It helps the dentist work. Since sedation works to completely relax the patient, it’s ideal when extensive work needs to be done. A relaxed patient is easier to work on which makes the procedure more efficient and easier to complete.
Whatever the reason for IV dental sedation, make sure you are informed and prepared before going in for any dental procedures. Follow the instructions given by your dentist and make sure to show up for any-and-all follow up appointments. With a little prep on your end and a qualified dentist, your dental work will be done quickly and without pain while you get to relax.
Deciding to invest in better oral care starts with brushing and flossing at home. No matter who you ask, from the recent dental grad to the best dentist in Santa Fe, they will agree brushing and flossing is the best and first step in the war against decay and gum loss. But choosing what kind of toothbrush to use can be a daunting task. Do you get electric or standard? Square shaped head or diamond shaped? What toothbrush will be best for you and your needs?
Consider the shape: there are a variety of head shapes when it comes to toothbrushes. The three main types are square, diamond or round (though round is mainly for electric toothbrushes). The head shape that fits best in your mouth is probably your best bet since it will allow you to reach all of your teeth to give them a thorough cleaning.
Electric vs Standard: While electric toothbrushes have become a popular choice, if brushing for the proper amount of time with adequate technique, a standard toothbrush can be just as good. In this case you might want to save your money and stick with a solid standard toothbrush.
Soft, Medium or Hard: Toothbrushes come in three bristle strengths meant to meet the brushing requirements for all mouth and tooth types. While medium and hard bristles might feel like they are giving you a better clean, they may be hurting your gums. If you choose the harder bristles, remember to be gentle with your brushing. Otherwise, stick with soft bristles to avoid any mouth injuries.
Consider the cost: The more expensive, newer toothbrushes may seem like a worthwhile investment, but in the end, you are going to throw it away. When choosing a solid toothbrush, first find what works best for you in the price range you want. New and pricey isn’t always the best when a cheaper model may fit your mouth and be easier for you to use.
In the end, the right toothbrush for you is the one that gives you the best clean. Electric or standard, square or diamond, what matters most is that your teeth and gums are clean.
When your little one’s first tooth pops through it’s a time of excitement. Another milestone has been reached and it is usually documented by numerous pictures. Soon more teeth make an appearance and your baby is officially growing up. While first teeth are a huge move forward for your son or daughter, many parents don’t realize the importance of starting their child off with good oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist .
Within six months of their first tooth or at least by age one, a child should see the dentist. Yet the average age that a child first sees a dentist is after two years of age.
To ensure a lifetime of good oral hygiene for your little one a trip to the dentist is necessary. Your first step is to find a quality, local family dentist, Santa Fe and make an appointment around their first birthday.
By taking your child to the dentist by age one you are setting a healthy precedent and showing your child that the dentist is a friend to their teeth; a trusted medical professional who will show them how to practice good oral hygiene and reinforce good habits. These trips will also help your child feel more confident around the dentist and help ease any fear your son or daughter may have. The dentist’s office will be a common place and the appointments will be easier for a child who isn’t scared.
Early trips to the dentist can also help the dentist spot any problems and take steps to correct issues he or she may find. Since the mouth is still very new at age one, it is easier to correct small problems and stop them from becoming bigger issues.
If your child is getting ready to celebrate their first birthday, or has a tooth that popped through a few months ago, make an appointment to see the dentist. Your child’s road to healthy oral hygiene can start now.
Many people may not know that April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month; after all when people hear about cancer awareness it usually refers to breast or lung cancer. We should be aware and educated on all types of cancer and research is needed to beat this deadly family of diseases, however, most people are not aware of the dangers of oral cancers and how deadly this disease can be.
Oral cancers can affect the:
Lining of the lips and cheeks
Upper and lower gums
Tongue and floor of the mouth under the tongue
Hard and soft palate
People who smoke, heavily consume alcohol, have poor oral hygiene or have been infected with the Human papillomavirus (HPV virus) are at increased risk for oral cancer.
While this cancer is not as well-known as other types, it will affect over 49,000 people this year with an 83% survival rate if found and treated early. So how is oral cancer found?
Regular visits to the dentist for screenings is the first and best way to detect oral cancer.
In honor or National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Eldorado Dental will be preforming free oral cancer screenings. Simply call and make an appointment to receive your free screening.
Prevention coupled with regular dental visits and screenings work together to help us conquer this disease.
Call 505-466-0999 today to set up your free screening in April.