Taking care of your teeth!

How To Have A Great SmileWe have been told for years and years that brushing our teeth is so important. Have you ever stopped to consider why?

The first reason brushing is important is that it removes plaque which is clear film of bacteria (yes you read that right, bacteria) that builds up on your teeth. These bacteria are actually attacking the sugar that is on your teeth and breaking it down into acids. These acids eat away at your tooth enamel and over time can cause cavities. Plaque can also cause gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease that makes your gums swollen, sore and red. Long story short on this one, brushing your teeth can solve A LOT of problems.

So now that you are convinced about brushing (twice a day, right?) Let’s move on to flossing. We see more problems caused by not flossing than we see for any other tooth care problem! Using your toothbrush to clean off plaque is great but brushing doesn’t get rid of plaque between teeth. Only flossing will make sure that plaque is not sitting right there on your gum line. Once you develop gingivitis disease from not flossing, it is a skip and a jump to periodontitis which hurts the alveolar bone that holds teeth in the jaw. It is at this stage that bone loss or tooth loss occurs.

So now you are scared about plaque, what about her ugly cousin tartar. Tartar is created when plaque is calcified by the saliva in your mouth. Tartar is a much more tricky thing to get rid of (plaque is removed with brushing and flossing, tartar requires scaling or regular cleanings at the dentists’ office).

Basically, taking the time to brush and floss each day can mean that you never have to hear the word plaque or worse yet tartar come out of your dentist’s mouth!

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Why should you use an electric toothbrush?

Take Care Of Your Teeth - Denver DentistsEver wonder why using an electric toothbrush is such a great idea! When you visit Dr. Jim’s office for a cleaning, one of the first things they are going to ask you is if you have been using your electric toothbrush. We thought you might like to know why we are such nags about it!

5 Reasons To Use An Electric Toothbrush

Reason #1 – An electronic toothbrush can make up to 3,000 motions a minute (most of us can’t come even close to that manually!)

Reason #2 – If left to our own devices without a timer handy, we probably don’t brush as long as we should. The electric toothbrushes have a handy feature that pauses to let you know when you are done!

Reason #3 – Some configurations of bristles have been shown to be better at plaque and preventing gum disease. It seems that “rotating-oscillating — appear to be more effective than manual brushes and other electric brushes that spin in only one direction.” everydayhealth.com

Reason #4 – While they may cost a little more up front, the maintenance cost has been found to be lower as the bristles last longer than conventional tooth brushes. Additionally, you can get heads for each family member and just one base that you can keep charged up!

Reason #5 – If you have any any trouble with your hands, like carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, using an electric toothbrush is a great solution. Instead of adding more repetitive (painful) tasks to your day, spend just a couple of minutes being nice to your teeth AND your hands!

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Tips For A Great Smile

Having a great smile is not just about having clean teeth and nothing stuck in the front. Here are some tips about how to make your smile shine!

Tips for a great smile - Denver DentalStart with confidence! Too many of us remember when we were smiling and someone told us that we looked silly, or said something not so complimentary about our teeth. Well, it is time to move beyond that and just start grinning at people. The more you smile, the more they will smile back!

Brush and floss! Okay, you didn’t think that Dr. Jim was NOT going to tell you to brush and floss did you? Your teeth are one of your great smile assets and you should take care of them.

Practice your smile! Seriously? Like in front of a mirror? YES! Feeling good smiling is a skill like any other and you want to practice it until you feel good about what you see in the mirror….some great smile tips from wikiHow

Take some tips from the stars! When we don’t like our teeth (or our smile) we tend to look funny in pictures because we are trying to avoid them all-together. How about instead you commit to looking GREAT in every picture. Instead of ducking, ham it up a little bit!

Stop picking yourself apart. Last but not least, not everyone spends as much time obsessing about your crooked tooth or stained teeth as you do (shocking right?) I guarantee that if you ask three of your friends what they notice about you when you are smiling they will say things like, “how your eyes crinkle” or “how happy you look”. NONE will say, “well you are such a pretty gal but hey that tooth is just so distracting I can’t see past it”.

Smiling is about more than how your teeth look. That said, if how your teeth look is stopping your smiling, give Dr. Jim a call today and let’s get started with making your smile stunning! 303.751.5558

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