Super Smile Treatments: Composite Dental Fillings

When a cavity appears on one of your teeth, it is important to visit your dentist to discuss possible dental filling treatment options. One of the most highly desirable and popular treatment options for dental fillings is present in the form of a composite filling.

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are highly desirable due to their fact they mimic the natural colors of your teeth. Since they seamlessly blend with your natural tooth color, they can even be used on smaller cavities that appear on teeth that are easily visible when you smile. Composite fillings are known for their durability. They typically last between 7 or 10 years. They are also extremely effective for sealant of the margin between the tooth and the enamel. This is crucial to prevent bacteria from working its way between the tooth and the filling. Composite fillings are also mercury-free and can be repaired without having to remove the original filling.

Are you in need of a dental filling? To schedule a composite filling procedure at Alamogordo Dental Group with Dr. Gonzalez and our team at our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico, you can give us a call at 575.437.7473.

Smile Improvement: Essential Oral Health Care Tips

Do you ever wish that there was a way that you can improve your smile without drastically changing your life? Do you feel like no matter how hard you may try to clean your teeth, that you’re still falling behind? Are you routinely suffering from dental erosion, cavities and other forms of dental damage? If so, you are in luck. Modern dentistry can help you improve your oral health without having to constantly worry about it. Even minor changes to your oral health care and lifestyle can provide massive benefits.

Are you aware of the benefits that saliva can provide for your mouth? Saliva has been proven time and again that it is essential for optimal oral health care. This is because saliva is a naturally-occurring substance designed to provide disease-fighting protection for your mouth. Saliva can help eliminate food particles and debris that build up in your mouth, as well as neutralize harmful acids that can chew through your tooth enamel. You can help produce additional saliva by chewing sugarless gum after meals, or by eating crunchy foods with a high water content, such as apples or pears.

Your smile’s health also depends on remaining clean. It’s important to keep in mind that your teeth may be extra sensitive after eating and may require cleaning methods other than brushing and flossing to keep it safe. This is because toothbrushes and toothpaste are often too abrasive for the increased sensitivity that teeth feel after eating. Instead, try chewing gum or eating high-water foods to produce saliva. You can also use mouthwash or a water flosser to clean out your mouth. For additional help, visit our dentist for product recommendations, routine checkups and professional cleanings.

The pinnacle of oral health comes from maintaining optimal oral health care habits. To book a visit to our dental office in Alamogordo, New Mexico, please contact Alamogordo Dental Group at 575.437.7473. Dr. Gonzalez and our other dentists look forward to taking your smile’s health to the next level!

Those With Sleep Apnea Might Appreciate a Boil and Bite Snore Guard

Sleep apnea commonly causes problems with chronic snoring and breathing interruption. It is often caused by the soft palate slipping back in the mouth and obscuring the free passage of air while sleeping.

At first, sleep apnea can result in a poor sleep quality; however, long-term sleep apnea can start to stress your heart and circulatory system. This can lead to problems with high blood pressure, which can also increase your chances of suffering from heart disease and stroke.

There are several different treatment strategies that might be used to address sleep apnea symptoms. Deciding which one is right for you will vary depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, as well as your personal preference. With that said, it’s wise to have your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed by a physician.

If you only suffer from moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant symptom relief from sleeping with a snore guard in your mouth. These units can be provided by our dentists and staff at Alamogordo Dental Group.

Some sleep apnea sufferers appreciate boil and bite snore guards for its custom fit and comfort. They are made from a special thermoplastic material that softens when heated in water. While the snore guard is in its malleable state, you place it in your mouth and bite down hard. It will then firm up to match the unique shape of your teeth and bite pattern.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area, and if you need help mitigating the symptoms from mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 575.437.7473 to explore the snore guard options available at Alamogordo Dental Group.

Are Dental Sealants Right for You?

Dental sealants, according to the American Dental Association, have been proven to be safe and effective while providing protection for cavity-prone teeth. The sealants work by shielding the chewing surfaces of the teeth, sealing off the grooves and crevices where bacteria and plaque can collect. This is important since cavities are still a common dental issue.

While dental sealants aren’t offered to everyone as a standard procedure, they do help those who struggle with cavities, as well as teens and children. Adults who need help with their molars or third molars still have to have no decay or fillings in them to get sealant protection.

So, what is a dental sealant? It is a coating derived from plastic that is painted onto the molar crevices. The reason for this is that these molars, which sit in the back of the mouth, are difficult to clean properly, so they tend to attract cavities. Once the sealant is painted onto the tooth, it bonds quickly to the grooves, providing effective protection for the tooth enamel.

With a dental sealant you can be sure that the molars won’t be decaying because the crevices won’t be able to trap food particles and bacterial debris.

Besides sealants, however, brushing and flossing faithfully every day is the best way to prevent tooth decay, along with regular professional dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque. To find out more about dental sealants, you can schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Gonzalez, by calling Alamogordo Dental Group in Alamogordo, New Mexico, at 575.437.7473 today.

The Christmas Dental Tips for a Top-Notch Smile

Our dentists, Dr. Jaime Gonzales and associates want you to have a top-notch smile this Christmas. You deserve it! So, we encourage you to keep your teeth and gums in mind while you open presents, partake in traditions, and spend time with loved ones. To help you, we would like to give you some Christmas dental tips, which are:

-Don’t use your teeth as tools, which means don’t use your teeth to open your presents. This is recommended because using your teeth to open your gifts can damage the outer shells of your teeth. This is because the unnatural pressure that is applied to the teeth can crack the enamel and damage the smile.

-Try to eat sweets in moderation. Christmas is a day filled with sugary cinnamon rolls, candy canes, chocolate, and more, and those treats can all promote dental problems. So, it’s best to avoid eating every sugary treat you see and only eat them in moderation.

-Don’t forget to clean your smile. Christmas is a fun, exciting, and busy day and it’s easy to forget to brush and floss. This can be dangerous for your oral health, so please remember to clean your teeth and gums, even if that means you need to set an alarm for yourself.

Call Alamogordo Dental Group today at 575.437.7473 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to have a top-notch Christmas smile in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our dental team is happy to hear from and help you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to your phone call!

Teach Your Smile New Tricks: Dental Floss


Oral hygiene routines are essential to ensuring your smile can continue to thrive for the rest of your length. Although brushing is extremely effective for cleaning away debris in your mouth and helping wash away acids that can be present, it cannot reach all areas. In situations such as this, dental floss will be needed to clean between teeth to reach areas that brushing cannot reach on its own.

In order to make sure that you are flossing effectively, take your time. This includes flossing for at least 2 minutes per session. In addition, always be sure that your flossing between each and every tooth and behind the teeth in the first row back. Furthermore, it is essential that you are using effective products that can accurately clean between teeth safely and precisely. To help with flossing and brushing, speak with your dentist about product recommendations or suggestions, or look for cleaners that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. As an alternative interdental cleaner, consider a water flosser.

When flossing your teeth, it is important to make sure your threaded floss is shred-resistant. Also, try to aim for a piece of floss that is roughly 18 to 20“ in length, so you can accurately clean between all teeth without using the same section of the strand more than once. Once you’re finished flossing, be sure to throw out the strand as you should never use the same strand for more than one flossing session. For additional help with your flossing techniques, contact your dentist.

When you are ready to take the plunge into your quest for a superb smile thanks to interdental treatments, come speak with Alamogordo Dental Group to learn which treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Gonzalez and our team at our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico, simply give us a call at 575.437.7473.

Different Styles of Braces Are Available for Correcting Your Child’s Teeth

There are several factors that can contribute to alignment issues with your son or daughter’s permanent teeth. This could include the loss of one or more primary teeth, genetic factors, or a facial trauma in childhood.

The severity and location of the deviation in their alignment issue can give them an unattractive smile that leaves them feeling self-conscious. If the problem isn’t addressed in a reasonable amount of time, it could also contribute to dental fractures, and dental attrition problems later on in adulthood.

To prevent this from happening Dr. Gonzalez and his team of orthodontic specialists at Alamogordo Dental Group might recommend installing orthodontic braces in your child’s mouth. There are different styles and variations.

Traditional orthodontic braces use small metal brackets that are secured to the faces of the relevant teeth with a special dental adhesive. They are incorporated with a strong metal wire and often include other hardware components to create a functional system capable of gradually repositioning their teeth.

This will require regularly scheduled adjustment sessions, as well as good oral hygiene habits.  

If your son or daughter is uncomfortable with noticeable orthodontic hardware on the front of their mouth, Dr. Gonzalez can apply a ceramic glaze to many of the components. It can be shaded to match your natural tooth enamel making the braces less noticeable.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area and your child has misaligned teeth, you should call 575.437.7473 to set up a braces consultation at Alamogordo Dental Group.

Maintain Optimum Oral Health with Jaw Pain Treatments

If you are suffering from any form of jaw and facial pain, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to determine what is causing it. Typical symptoms of jaw and facial pain include tenderness of your jaw, pain in and around your ear, difficulties biting or chewing, headaches, and earaches that do not arise in your ear. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, visit your dentist for a thorough examination.

Potential causes of jaw pain can vary greatly. Jaw pain can arise from numerous sources including sinus problems, oral infections, arthritis, oral accidents and injuries, and other similar issues. In addition, numerous oral health ailments can also lead to jaw and facial pain, including bruxism, periodontal disease, TMJ disorders, and toothaches.

If you are suffering from jaw or facial pain, your dentist can help determine what is the best treatment plan for your individual oral health care needs. Potential forms of treatment that can be extremely helpful include antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, medications, muscle relaxants, as well as oral health care exercise routines. Your dentist may also recommend the addition of mouth protectors including mouth guards, night guards, or bite plates. Furthermore, extensive treatments may be needed for joint pain if a severe underlying condition exists. Thus, root canal therapy, periodontal treatment, and potential tooth extractions may be required.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your possible jaw pain treatment with Dr. Gonzalez and our team at Alamogordo Dental Group, please call 575.437.7473 to stop by our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico.


Your Toothbrush and Your Teeth Both Need Care

Because we learned how to brush our teeth when we were children, we don’t often think about whether or not our current technique is actually getting our teeth clean. Let’s take a look at the proper way to brush your teeth.

First, use gentle pressure. Some people use a lot of pressure on their toothbrush, thinking this will clean their teeth more effectively. However, rough scrubbing on teeth rips up the gum tissue and puts tiny scratches in the tooth enamel. Instead, stick with gentle brushing for 2 full minutes, twice a day, and you’ll be fine. Place the toothbrush with the bristles against your teeth at a 45* angle to your gums. Make short, tooth-wide strokes, moving back and forth or in small circles. Make sure you brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Use a clean toothbrush! To keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, rinse it off with warm running water after each use, to remove food particles and other debris. Store the brush upright, in an open, well-ventilated area. This reduces the rate of bacterial growth on your toothbrush. Store it away from other toothbrushes

Toothbrushes should not be used for more than 3-4 months. If your toothbrush’s bristles look frayed or worn out, replace the brush even sooner. If your brush becomes contaminated, throw it away immediately.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Alamogordo Dental Group in Alamogordo, New Mexico, at 575.437.7473. Dr. Gonzalez and our team look forward to making your smile shine!

Tips for a Healthy Halloween Smile

Have you set forth any potential plans to ensure you and your children are safe from sweets and treats that can come your way this Halloween season? It is important to always care for your teeth, and more so with the increased temptations of the holidays. Always make sure to exercise caution with any products you consume.

Most of the biggest risks that come with eating candy are due to the consumption of sugar. Bacteria in your mouth can convert sugars into harmful acids capable of eroding your tooth enamel. Beyond sugar, numerous candies are high in acidity naturally due to other ingredients. This includes sour candy which has a pH level comparable to battery acid.

In addition, physical damage can arise, as numerous sweets and treats can chip or crack your teeth. This includes all forms of hard candy, popcorn balls, and popcorn kernels. Always exercise caution when biting into any substances.

Another hazard that candies can create is an increased risk for damage due to debris lingering on your teeth long after consumption. Hard candies are typically difficult to wash away, as are sticky and chewy sweets such as taffy and caramels. Always make sure your mouth is free of debris after consuming any type of snack for the holidays.

Stop by to get an oral exam from our qualified dentists at Alamogordo Dental Group. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez, please call us at 575.437.7473, or stop by our office in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Have a safe and happy Halloween!