Our team of dental professionals provide the best in dental care for all your family members. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a positive, safe environment. Our focus is to respect your concerns and promote optimal health.
How important is kids oral care and what’s your role? Let’s talk about it!
But first, let’s establish a foundational tooth truth. Brushing teeth is not optional. You make your kids bathe, right? (Okay. The pool counts.) Kids oral health is especially important because not only are their teeth a valuable asset but by establishing a healthy routine, this hygiene habit follows your kids into adulthood. Like puppies. Here are some evidence-based and/or fun kids oral health facts.
Kids should brush twice a day.
Every day. Listen. I don’t make the rules. Blame the ADA.
Floss. Floss. Floss. Floss. Floss.
(Join me in a rhythmic, fist-pumping chant.)
Create healthy routines at an early age.
Establish a morning and evening time to brush. Model by brushing your teeth with them (or before you help them.) Rabbit trail: This is an ideal time to ask your Alexa to play Raffi’s “Brush Your Teeth” song. It’s a classic and kids love the interaction and playtime. Make it FUN! Another rabbit trail. Find an app that supports teeth brushing for kids. Also interactive and fun. But really, just take two minutes to spend time together while teaching stuff and things. Because when they’re older, they won’t want to a) brush their teeth at all b) refuse to let you help c) believe that tooth decay can happen to them. Teens are masters of denial. But that’s another blog titled “Teens. They’ll Lose Their Retainer. And You’ll Have To Pay For Another One.”
Choose snacks wisely.
Think salty and crunchy vs. sugary and soft. Allow me to self-disclose. I was raised on sweet tea in a bottle. That’s just what you did in West Virginia in the late ’70s. I paid for it until I was an adult and got veneers. Limit sugary drinks and snacks. Repeat number 1 and 2.
Let your kids choose their toothbrush and toothpaste.
Even little ones can be empowered to participate. Make sure the bristles are soft and the toothbrush follows the ADA recommended age guidelines for kids. (Kids need a kid-sized toothbrush.)
For kids up to age three- grain of rice. For kids over three- a pea-sized amount. And make sure to supervise them and teach them to spit it out.
Educate in kid terms.
Talk about “Mr. Placky” (plaque) and why it’s wacky (because he likes to team up with Mr. Sugarbuns and cause cavities. Or something fantastically creative like that.
Get a dental check-up twice a year.
This may be something often underestimated and dismissed. Just as an annual physical is important, so is seeing your dentist. This is an opportunity to catch Mr. Placky being wacky and stop cavities in their tracky. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.) Equally important is finding a dentist experienced in working with kids. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Finding family dental service in your area is easy.
Science is advancing in unprecedented ways. The field of regenerative medicine continues to research effective ways to use stem cells to treat many diseases like leukemia, type 1 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. A stem cell is a master cell within the human body that contributes to regenerating or repairing tissue. There are four types of stem cells, but the most well-researched and hopeful is the mesenchymal stem cell.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are found in concentrated amounts in the dental pulp of teeth! It’s a non-invasive way to bank your child’s stem cells through the natural loss of their baby teeth: the younger the teeth, the more youthful and healing the cell. Younger is better for cryopreservation. Imagine getting your stem cells at age 70 that were preserved when you were seven! Treat diseases, form tissues, reduce inflammation and experience wellness longevity like never before.
Benefits of Stem Cells
The short answer? Stem cells save lives. Stem cells can treat cancers like leukemia and other disorders, Type 1 diabetes, suppress inflammation, regenerate bone growth and other injuries by repairing damaged tissue. By banking teeth, your child will have the ability to use his stem cells in the future to repair disease – by working with your dentist to ensure the teeth are correctly extracted and processed through your dentist. Imagine being able to use your very own stem cells into adulthood to treat diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Store-A-Tooth partners with dentists to ensure your child’s teeth are correctly extracted, processed and stored using cryopreservation. When you need the stem cells, Store-A-Tooth will deliver the cells to the location of therapy.
Contact Eldorado Dental in Santa Fe for more information on the benefits of dental stem cells and your child.
So, you think you’ve mastered dental care. You brush twice a day, use the best toothpaste money can buy and never ever skip your scheduled cleanings. You’re such a pro! Not that I want to put doubt in your mind, but are your really doing all you can do for your teeth? Have you forgotten about your…gums? If you have forgotten about your gums, don’t worry, they will remind you, and in some of the most unfortunate ways. Finding the best dentist in Santa Fe won’t help you save your gums if you are ignoring them at home. So, for the best in dental care, you must spend some time on your gum health. Also, here’s some more information about the gums that will motivate you to keep them clean.
The gums are also known as the gingiva and are part of the soft tissue that lines the inside of the mouth.
They cover the root structure of the teeth and protect them from trauma or decay.
Unhealthy gums can be an indicator that there are other problems with the body.
Many times, hygienists and dentists will use the gums as a guide to suggest a patient seek further medical investigation if they look ill, but the patient seems fine.
Healthy gums appear a lovely shade of pink or a darker shade for those with darker skin tones.
When gums appear red or even white, this can be a sign of irritation that can lead to further gum disease.
Healthy gums look like they have little ridges or scallops on the edges around each tooth.
The ridges should fit snuggly to the tooth and protect the tooth root from invasion from food particulates.
Healthy gums should be firm and resist movement.
This helps them in covering the root system. Unhealthy gums are easier to move and may even appear swollen or puffy.
Good news though! Periodontal disease can be halted by the simple acts of daily brushing with a soft toothbrush, daily flossing, cutting sugar intake and keeping regular dental visits and cleanings.
So, the gums aren’t just there to make our smile more interesting, they really make out smiles possible. Take the time to care for your gums as well as your teeth. Your smile will look gorgeous and your gum health will be superb.
Ah, Halloween! Probably one of the most fun holidays of the year. Kids (and adults…we don’t judge) get to dress up and pretend to be scary, magical or something in between. They race through neighborhoods, collecting mountains of candy. And at the end of the night, they come home with their bounty, looking forward to the days (weeks…months…) of candy eating. What’s not to love about Halloween?
Eldorado dental (and me, Dr. Haley Ritchey) don’t want to sound prudish nor do we want to be a major buzz kill, but Halloween isn’t the best holiday. I mean, we love the fun and the costumes and the cute kids shouting, –“Trick or treat!” –we just don’t like all that candy. Candy is fine in moderation, but Halloween causes moderation to go flying out the window like a witch on a broomstick.
As most of you know, sugar is the enemy to healthy teeth. The mouth is full of good and bad bacteria and there is a constant struggle for balance. When sugar is introduced, like with Halloween candy, the bad bacteria then starts to destroy teeth. Next, you’ll be left with;
We really don’t want you or your kids to go through that so Eldorado Dental is offering a fantastic opportunity to part with your excess candy, make a little green and make our service men and women smile.
Eldorado Dental is hosting a Candy Exchange the first week of November. That’s right, just bring that candy in and exchange it for money or fun gifts. We will be sending all the goodies to Operation Gratitude and sent overseas to our men and women in the armed forces. Just think of it! Thousands of men and women serving our country in foreign lands get a little taste of home.
It’s that simple!
Send out the kids to get as much candy as they can carry
Come home and go through it to pick out a few favorites
Bring the rest of the candy to Eldorado Dental
Exchange the candy for money or gifts
Candy gets donated and makes our men and women in uniform feel loved
Go home with a good feeling and some cool stuff
Enjoy Halloween and collect that candy. When you are done, bring it on by. Candy exchange will be the first week of November (November 5-9, 2018) at Eldorado Dental 1 Caliente Rd. Ste E. We look forward to seeing you!
The magic of braces has fixed everything from crossbites, underbites, crooked smile or just plain old snaggle teeth. Those brackets, wires and rubber bands all work together to slowly move teeth into the proper place, giving the client the beautiful smile they want.
While braces are incredibly beneficial, they aren’t necessarily the easiest procedure to endure. After all, it can take several years to get those teeth into shape. Not to mention the cost and constant visits to the orthodontist for checkups and wire tightening. They are, however, effective…but they aren’t the only tooth straightening solution.
Doing a web search for “invisible braces” will bring up not only adds but information about clear braces and the two biggest companies that provide them: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. But in the world of invisible braces, which is best?
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect provide similar products: clear braces. Both companies also function similarly, providing precisely measured, clear, plastic straighteners to slowly move teeth into the desired position. The differences are slight but may help clients choose which brand works better for them.
Invisalign started in the late 90’s, providing and alternative to traditional braces. Clients would go to a dentist or orthodontist to have their teeth scanned and the scans, with instructions, would be sent to Invisalign to have a series of plastic trays fabricated that fit snuggly to the teeth. These straighteners would slowly move teeth without the added notice of traditional braces.
Likewise, ClearCorrect also provides clear tray-straighteners that fit the teeth and enable straightening without notice. Teeth would be scanned, and scans sent out to have trays fabricated to fit the client’s teeth, just like Invisalign.
While both companies are similar they do have some slight differences. Invisalign is older than ClearCorrect, which started in the late 2000’s, giving Invisalign more experience.
ClearCorrect was started as a discounted form of invisible braces. To save on costs, the plastic they use for their trays is an older formula. The trays are somewhat thinner and can be prone to breakage. Invisalign trays are slightly more resilient, using a proprietary plastic blend for their straighteners.
Both provide similar results, but if the price is a factor, ClearCorrect does come out ahead as the cheaper alternative.
In the end, whichever invisible braces a client chooses will be based on needs vs cost. The results, however, will be the same; a gorgeous smile with perfectly straight teeth.
The summer has come and is quickly on its way out. You and your family have spent time at the lake, ocean, river, waterpark, picnic, fireworks show and everything in between. You’ve had so much fun with your kids…maybe too much. Now that school is starting, you feel that sense of hope returning. You find yourself smiling at the memories, but are ready to send your child out the door for school.
Getting the perfect backpack and right amount of pencils is a breeze to get life back into the swing of things. There is, however, one thing many parents don’t plan for and it’s kind of important.
Eldorado Dental is here to remind you that as you get erasers, crayons, paper and binders for your children you also need to get their teeth ready for the school year.
The end of summer is the perfect time to bring your son, daughter or the entire family in for a dental checkup and cleaning. Think of it like back-to-school for everyone’s teeth.
Start by making an appointment. For younger children, talk to them about what to expect at the dentist’s office. Mention how important it is to get teeth checked regularly to keep them strong and healthy. Notify the dentist if any of your children are nervous, they can take extra steps to ensure they feel comfortable. Bringing a comfort toy/item doesn’t hurt either.
Be sure your children brush and floss before your appointment to present clean teeth. It’s easier for the dentist and hygienist to work on a clean surface and spot any problem areas. Don’t forget to mention any issues your children might be having with their teeth.
Use this opportunity to make a fun day out of the dentist visit. A quick stop at a favorite store or even the park before or after the visit will give your kids something to look forward to.
Getting back to school is a yearly right of passage for kids everywhere. Don’t just stop at school supplies for your family, get them to the dentist to keep those teeth strong and healthy.
There is always a reason to celebrate (we like National Smile Month), and with twelve months in a year, there are twelve ways to recognize unique events year-long. For instance, did you know that July is considered Hot Dog and Pancake month (although you probably should celebrate those separately)?
Or that November is World Vegan Month (sorry Thanksgiving) and April is National Car Care Awareness Month? It seems there is something fun or even practical to celebrate every single month. But this month is near and dear to my heart. I, Haley Ritchey DDS. Love June because it’s National Smile Month.
I know, I might be a little biased but what’s not to love about sharing a gorgeous smile? So, in honor of National Smile Month, I have compiled some facts about and ways to protect that smile of yours:
* Feeling better is only a smile away! That’s right, the simple act of smiling can help you feel better, more relaxed and even happier. So, share that smile.
* For a good clean choose a soft bristle brush. A simple, soft-bristle brush will give your teeth a thorough cleaning. If you need a medium bristle, be sure to be gentle as you brush. Hard bristles are best used for removing rust from metal or cleaning grout.
* There is more than one type of smile. Researchers found out that there are nineteen different types of smile. From social smiling to love, or genuine happy smiling, they each have a purpose.
* For a whiter and brighter smile, see your dentist. Teeth whitening is an effortless way to refresh your smile with whiter teeth. It’s a simple procedure with fast results that can leave you with the brighter teeth you’ve been hoping for.
* A good smile can de-escalate tense situations. Having problems with a co-worker? Greet them with a genuine smile. Showing genuine happiness through facial expression is a wonderful way to calm tensions…or make them wonder what you have planned.
* Tartar control leads to healthier teeth and healthy teeth make for beautiful smiles. Twice-yearly cleanings not only remove tartar they preserve tooth health. Healthy teeth just look better when you give a smile.
The dental experts at Eldorado Dental know how to protect teeth and restore smiles to their full brilliance. In honor of National Smile Month, give us a call and see what we can do for your gorgeous smile.
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.