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!

What Do You Know About a Cracked Tooth?

When many people think of a cracked tooth, they don’t worry too much. When our dentist, Dr. Gonzalez, and dental team think of a cracked tooth, we cringe at the thought of the potential consequences. If you’re not careful, a cracked tooth can cause more damage than you realize.

Oftentimes, a cracked tooth results from small actions, like using your teeth as tools and chewing on pens and pencils. The unnatural pressure threatens the tooth enamel until the enamel isn’t strong enough. This creates a small fracture. As you continue to do these small things, the crack can get bigger and bigger.

It’s important to get a cracked tooth fixed. The sooner you get it fixed, the less invasive the treatment can be and the better off your smile will be. If you don’t get the crack treated soon enough, it could get worse and affect the pulp and nerve of the tooth. When this happens, you might experience severe pain.

The process involved in treating a cracked tooth varies depending on the severity of the crack. Your dentist will typically use a dental filling, a dental crown, root canal therapy, or tooth extraction to restore the tooth’s health and function. To know if you need treatment, you need to look for the signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms include a sharp pain when chewing or biting with the tooth or tooth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold products.

Call Alamogordo Dental Group today at 575.437.7473 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about a cracked tooth in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our dental team is more than happy to assist you, and we look forward to giving you the answers and information you need!

Dental Sealants Can Be an Effective Option for Cavity Prevention on Your Back Teeth

The molars and premolars in the back of your child’s mouth play an important role in helping them chew, and grind the foods they consume. They are especially helpful for breaking down tough foods like beef jerky and crunching into hard foods like seeds and nuts.

To help them be better prepared for their intended task, many people have deep textures, pits, and fissures in the biting surface of the tooth enamel. Unfortunately, some of these deep recesses can also trap bacterial deposits that encourage cavities.

Should Dr. Gonzalez find a problem like this during your son or daughter’s regular dental checkup, he might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars.

Once the dental sealants have been painted onto the biting surface cured by a special ultraviolet light they will fully bond with the tooth enamel. This will effectively create a barrier blocking bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your son or daughter’s back teeth, you should call 575.437.7473 to schedule a checkup at Alamogordo Dental Group.

Restoring Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Did you know that there are numerous cosmetic dentistry options available to enhance and improve your smile either by restoring the natural look of your teeth, repairing any damage that may have occurred on the surface of your teeth, and even replacing teeth entirely? Depending on your oral health care needs and the health, condition, and the style of your smile, your dentist can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry treatment will be best for you.

If you are missing any teeth, it is important to have them restored as soon as possible. If left unchecked, the gaps between teeth can become havens for bacteria and can cause the gums to destabilize, which will lead to tooth slippage. Dental implants and dental bridges are permanent options that can be customized for the look you desire. As a removable option, dentures can also be created.

If you’re only looking to repair or correct damage teeth, or simply enhance them beyond their current levels, restoration treatments can be used. For surface damage, dental bonding treatments are ideal. If you wish to cover up a tooth, dental veneers can cover up the fronts whereas dental crowns can completely conceal a tooth on all sides. For stains and discolorations, and to enhance the color of your teeth, tooth whitening treatments are your best option.

Consider a cosmetic dentistry treatment to vastly enhance your smile. Schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning at Alamogordo Dental Group with Dr. Gonzalez and our team at our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico. We can be reached at 575.437.7473. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!

Sleep Apnea 101

Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common disorder that is characterized by abnormal breathing patterns while you sleep. This can be caused by lack of oxygen in your airways or even an interruption of the signals from your brain telling your body to breathe while you sleep. Some of the potential dangers from sleep apnea include high blood pressure, stroke, and even death. For more information about sleep apnea, see below:

– If you are a male over the age of 40, you are at a higher risk for sleep apnea.
– Sleep apnea is more commonly seen in individuals with oversized tonsils, tongues, or undersized jaws.
– If you have a family history of sleep apnea, you may suffer from it as well.
– Allergies and sinus problems increase the potential for sleep apnea.
– A deviated septum can lead to sleep apnea.
– Nasal blockages and obstructions can increase your risk for sleep apnea.

Dr. Gonzalez and our team are located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Alamogordo Dental Group for sleep apnea treatment, please call our office at 575.437.7473. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!

Dental Fracture Treatment Can Vary Depending on the Severity of the Damage to the Tooth

There are several things that can increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture on one or more of your teeth. This could be the result of unprotected night grinding, sports injuries, or bad oral habits.

The location and severity of the dental fracture will influence the treatment and restoration method Dr. Gonzalez advocates.

A minor dental fracture in a non-essential location might not cause immediate distress. However, it can still come to harbor tooth decay. So, it’s wise to have Dr. Gonzalez diagnose and repair it to prevent undue complications. Sometimes, this can be as simple as applying an amalgam or composite dental filling.

If a dental fracture is large or it compromises a critical surface of the tooth, Dr. Gonzalez might recommend restoring the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.  

If the fracture causes significant discomfort it might also call for Dr. Gonzalez to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structural integrity to anchor the dental crown in place.

If the damage is severe and the socket structure of the tooth has also been badly compromised the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed Dr. Gonzalez can help to restore the tooth by either installing a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 575.437.7473 to seek timely treatment at Alamogordo Dental Group.    

Why Is It Important to Floss Daily?

Do you ever wonder why flossing is important? If so, you have selected the right blog! Flossing is strongly recommended because it benefits your smile in many ways. To elaborate, Dr. Gonzalez would be happy to list those benefits.

First, flossing can remove plaque from the crevices of your smile. This is important because plaque is a dangerous substance that can harm your smile by causing gum disease and tooth decay. To prevent these major and serious dental issues, you need to floss once a day.

Second, flossing can help you have a pristine breath. Sometimes odorous food pieces can get stuck between your pearly whites. When this happens, those pieces can release an odor and result in bad breath. Flossing can remove those pieces and give you a fresher breath. This is even more possible if you use flavored floss, especially mint.

Third, flossing can help you avoid embarrassing times in your life. Oftentimes when you eat, food can get stuck in your smile—and most of the time you don’t even know! This can be embarrassing when you talk with friends, family members, or even someone you have feelings for. However, if you floss after you’re done eating, you can avoid these awkward moments.

Now that you know the benefits of flossing, we hope you continue caring for your smile by flossing at least once a day. If you have any questions about flossing in Alamogordo, New Mexico, feel free to call Alamogordo Dental Group at 575.437.7473. Our dental team will be thrilled to talk with you and give you the answers you need to successfully care for your smile!