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October 04, 2017

With Halloween rapidly approaching, it’s time, once again, to think about the kind of candy you’ll be handing out, the kind of candy you’ll be stealing from your children, and the kind of candy you’ll want to avoid in both situations. Remember, eating candy, while not ideal for your teeth, is not something you have to avoid entirely for optimal oral health. However, choosing the right kinds of candy (and avoiding the most damaging) is essential for the long-term health and beauty of your smile.

Worst Halloween Candy. Denver. Cherry Creek. Family Dentist

So, what are the worst types of candy you can eat on Halloween?

1.Gummy and chewy candy. Gummy bears, gummy worms, taffy, and similar treats can get stuck in between the cusps of teeth where their lingering presence allows the slow release of sugar. What’s more, these sticky treats may be strong enough to pull loose dental fillings and other restorations, making them an especially bad idea for people whose teeth have been treated for trauma or decay.

2.Caramels and sticky candy. Like chewy candy, sticky sweets can damage, loosen, or remove restorations. Many of these treats are even strong enough to damage dental bridges and to loosen crowns placed over dental implants.

3.Hard candy. Not only can hard candy, when bit, chip, crack or break teeth, when allowed to dissolve, the sugars in these candies stay in contact with teeth for extended periods of time, allowing acid erosion and decay to take hold.

4.Citrus and sour candy. Adding acid to sugar doubles the impact citrus and sour candies have on the teeth. Because many of these candies are also gummies, that impact is extended, making these candies among the worst offenders for tooth decay and enamel erosion.

5.Healthy candy.” That’s right, dried fruits, fruit leather, organic gummies, and similarly marketed candy alternatives are just as bad as their competitors. Sugar and acid are present in these sticky candies just like in the others. Worse yet, things like “naturally sweetened” and “sweetened with fruit juice” are meaningless marketing terms that can confuse and mislead consumers into thinking they’re making smarter candy choices. Here’s the bottom line: sugar is sugar. Your teeth do not differentiate between fruit sugar, honey, cane sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. All of it damages teeth in the same way, at the same rate.

Chocolates and non-sticky candies are the best bet at Halloween, but how and when you eat them will play a role in your oral health.  Choose one time daily to indulge rather than spreading consumption out over the course of the day. And make sure you brush and floss after eating candy to remove any remaining sugars and acids from the teeth – but wait for at least 20 minutes after eating candy to allow your saliva to remove some of the acids and reharden your enamel.

Should you eat candy at Halloween? That’s a personal decision. If you choose to, do it smart, avoid the biggest problem candies, and be mindful of changes in tooth sensitivity or restoration security. If you end up with a dental emergency get in touch with the Cherry Creek dentist at DeWitt Dental Associates right away. And above all else, have a safe, fun and enjoyable Halloween.

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning and examination, please call our Cherry Creek office at 303-566-4036 today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and all Metro Denver communities and suburbs. 

Tags: Dental Health, Halloween
September 13, 2017

At DeWitt Dental Associates, our dentists and team want you to be able to enjoy a relaxing experience each time you visit our office. If dental care makes you anxious or uncomfortable, you may avoid going to your routine dental appointments. If this sounds like you, you may be a great candidate for sedation dentistry. Schedule a consult with one of our dentists to learn more and to ask any questions you have on your mind, such as:

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Cherry Creek Sedation Dentist | IV Sedation | Nitrous OxideDuring your consultation, our dentists will help you decide if our relaxing dental services are right for you. Many of our sedation dentistry patients seek these services because of the following issues:

  • Anxious about dental treatments
  • Fearful feelings during dental appointments
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Physical discomfort or an overly sensitive gag reflex during dental treatment

Sedation can allow you to overcome these problems, which can be essential to getting the dental care you need.

Which Type is Right for Me?

Our experienced dentists provide two types of sedation:

  • IV sedation. We are licensed by the State of Colorado to provide minimal to moderate sedation using IV medication. This level of sedation allows you to remain awake but deeply relaxed.
  • Nitrous oxide. Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask over your nose. You'll feel relaxed and maybe slightly sleepy. As soon as the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will quickly dissipate, so you'll be able to drive yourself home afterward.

The dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help you decide the type and level of sedation that will allow you to comfortably receive dental care.

What are the Side Effects or Risks?

Today's sedation dental techniques are safer and more effective than ever before, but you should still discuss all the possible side effects with our dentists. We are extensively experienced in the methods of sedation we offer, and we want to make sure it will be optimally beneficial for you before recommending it.

To schedule a consultation to learn more about sedation dentistry, please call DeWitt Dental Associates in Denver at 303-566-4036.

Tags: Sedation Dentistry
August 21, 2017

Sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective way to quell many discomforts before and during your treatment at our Cherry Creek office. With sedation dentistry, we can help even the most anxious patient feel at ease, allowing us to protect and perfect your smile without sacrificing your comfort.

Sedation dentistry can be used for general or cosmetic dentistry services and is often a good solution for patients receiving porcelain veneers, tooth whitening services, and dental crowns. It may also be perfect for patients too nervous to undergo routine cleanings and examinations. The best way to learn what benefit this service can offer you is by calling DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to schedule your consultation.

DeWitt Dental Associates is a full-service general and cosmetic dentistry office located in the Cherry Creek area. We welcome patients from all Metro Denver communities and surrounding areas of Northern Colorado.

Tags: Sedation Dentistry
August 01, 2017

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common stress response. It is also something that often occurs during sleep – a factor that can allow teeth grinding to go unnoticed until damage has already been done.

Is bruxism ruining your smile? The dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help. Call our Denver office to learn how we can restore comfort and prevent further damageDuring your routine cleaning and examinations, our highly trained hygienists and Denver dentists will look for signs of bruxism such as uneven tooth wear or surface trauma. You can assist us in detecting these signs by informing us if you are experiencing symptoms of tooth grinding as well. These can include:

  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Pain or swelling in the jaw joint
  • Jaw stiffness or lockjaw
  • Loose teeth

These symptoms may indicate nocturnal teeth grinding and should not be ignored.

Left unaddressed, bruxism can result in chronic pain, limited ability to bite and chew, significant tooth damage, and even tooth loss – all of which is entirely avoidable when tooth grinding is caught and treated early on.

Am I a Tooth Grinder?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be a tooth grinder. If you struggle with anxiety or have difficulties dealing with life’s stressors, you may be a tooth grinder. If you notice your jaw is clenched at various points throughout the day, you may be a tooth grinder. If you even suspect this is the case, a call to our Cherry Creek dental office for a complete examination is essential for the preservation of your smile.

Not everyone knows if they grind their teeth. This is just one reason it is important to maintain biannual visits with our dentists for thorough examinations. If we discover indications of tooth grinding, we can provide safe and effective treatments that both protect teeth from future damage and restore teeth that have already been impacted by your habit.

Teeth Grinding Treatment

To help prevent future damage from bruxism, we typically suggest a customized mouth guard. Worn while sleeping, these custom-fitted orthotics rest comfortably in the mouth where they provide a buffer between the teeth. While these mouth guards do not prevent the clenching of the jaw, they do prevent that clenching from chipping, cracking, breaking, and wearing down the teeth.

We may also recommend stress reduction techniques, reduced late-day caffeine intake, and other behavioral changes that can help prevent the clenching of the jaw itself. These simple changes can complement the tooth protection offered by your mouth guard and help and provide a lasting solution for your teeth grinding.

Teeth that have already been damaged through grinding can be restored with same day dental crowns. Designed, shaped, shaded, and crafted for your unique smile during a single office visit, CEREC crowns are durable, attractive, and effective at protecting teeth that have been damaged through bruxism.

The high-quality ceramics from which these “crowns in a day” are milled look and feel like natural tooth enamel, making your restorations unobtrusive and allowing them to seamlessly match surrounding teeth. During your initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists, we will discuss tooth grinding prevention and available treatment options to help you find the solutions ideally suited to your needs.

Please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to learn about tooth grinding treatments in Denver. Our dentists welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, and surrounding Metro Denver communities at our convenient and comfortable Cherry Creek office. 

July 26, 2017

Strawberries whiten teeth about the same amount as toothpaste. However, the acid in these berries reduces enamel harness by 10%, making it inadvisable to use them for such purposes.Like charcoal teeth whitening, using strawberries to brighten your smile has been touted as a miracle at-home treatment by some holistic bloggers and websites. According to these sources, mixing baking soda with crushed strawberries and brushing with the mixture can remove surface stains and help whiten teeth. And this is not entirely false.

Indeed, research conducted at the University of Iowa found that this mixture was capable of removing surface debris from teeth. Unfortunately, due to the high concentration of both citric and malic acid in strawberries, this mixture reduced surface hardness on subjects’ teeth by 10%. Not only can this lead to tooth sensitivity, it can allow dentin – the yellowish, calcified tissue just below your enamel – to show through, further yellowing teeth.

The takeaway? Strawberries have the same tooth whitening properties as most over the counter toothpaste. Their acid content aids in the removal of surface debris and plaque, but it also impacts enamel strength and offers nothing to counter this negative impact. Therefore, as with charcoal teeth whitening, brightening your smile with strawberries is not recommended. In fact, it is discouraged by most dental professionals.

If you are looking for a safe and effective tooth whitening option in Cherry Creek or surrounding areas of Colorado, DeWitt Dental Associates can help. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can determine the cause of your tooth discoloration and the types of staining present to personalize your tooth whitening treatment for optimal results – without reducing enamel hardness and increasing risks of tooth sensitivity.

We offer in-office whitening with Zoom! and take-home kits by Opalescence®, giving you an opportunity to improve the shade of your teeth in the manner and amount of time you find most appealing. What’s more, because teeth whitening at DeWitt Dental Associates is done under the supervision of an experienced and highly trained cosmetic dentist, you can rest assured that your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are held as top priorities.

To schedule a tooth whitening consultation at our Cherry Creek office, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 today. Our cosmetic dentists provide exceptional services and individualized treatments for men and women living in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Englewood, and the entire Metro Denver area.  

Tags: Tooth Whitening, Charcoal Tooth Whitening, Strawberry Tooth Whitening, Natural Tooth Whitening
July 20, 2017

Topical tooth whiteners will not remove stains from porcelain veneers. However, veneers are designed to resists stains. To learn more, contact our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists today.Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, but cannot be whitened once they have discolored. This makes taking care of your veneers absolutely essential for their continued beauty. Unlike natural tooth enamel that can be lightened with topical bleaches, veneers do not respond to tooth whitening treatments. However, you can reduce prematurely staining your restorations by:

  • Never smoking or chewing tobacco products
  • Reducing your intake of dark beverages and sauces
  • Drinking coffee, soda, and tea through a straw
  • Brushing your veneers after every meal and snack
  • Visiting our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists every six months for cleanings

When you brush, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to protect your veneers from damage. Proper care instructions and advice on how to prolong the life expectancy of your porcelain veneers will be covered by our dentists during your time in our care.

Tooth Whitening

Porcelain veneers cannot be whitened with topical teeth whitening solutions. However, surrounding natural teeth can be – and these often benefit from biannual or yearly whitening to ensure color consistency with adjacent restorations.

We offer a range of tooth whitening options at our Cherry Creek office including in-office whitening during a single office visit. If you are considering tooth whitening in Denver, we would be honored to meet with you and discuss these options and to help you learn which would best produce the look you desire.

To schedule your tooth whitening consultation at DeWitt Dental Associates, please call 303-566-4036 today. We serve the Metro Denver area and surrounding Front Range and I-25 Corridor communities including Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Evergreen, and Broomfield.

Tags: Tooth Whitening, Porcelain Veneers
July 13, 2017

Chipped teeth are more than a cosmetic issue – they can increase risks for infection and decay. If you have chipped teeth, call our Cherry Creek dentists to learn about quick and lasting solutionsChipped teeth may not seem like a big deal, especially if they aren’t causing any pain. However, even a small chip in the enamel of your teeth can increase risks for tooth decay and infection.

Tooth infection may produce symptoms including increased tooth sensitivity and persistent bad breath. An infected tooth may also allow bacteria to spread into the gums and throughout the body, increasing risks for additional oral and systemic health problems.

While not all chipped teeth will lead to infection, the possibility exists, making it a good idea to call our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation as soon as a chip occurs.

Dental Bonding

One of the most common fixes for a chipped tooth is dental bonding. Applied in layers to the surface of the tooth, bonding can be built up, colored, and shaped to restore the appearance of the tooth. Dental bonding prevents bacteria from entering the tooth, acting as a shield against food particles as well.

This solution is not as long lasting as other chipped tooth treatments and may require somewhat frequent reapplication.

Benefits offered by dental bonding include:

  • Swift results
  • Customized shading
  • Minimal tooth preparation

Porcelain Veneers

If your chipped tooth is a canine or incisor, porcelain veneers may be the most effective option. Incredibly durable and beautifully crafted, porcelain veneers are placed over the front of chipped teeth to improve appearance and help prevent infection.

The process for placing veneers typically takes three to four weeks, but results can last for ten years or more.

Benefits offered by porcelain veneers include:

  • Long lasting results
  • Full restoration of appearance
  • The ability to fix multiple problems at once

Dental Crowns

When a bicuspid or molar is chipped, a dental crown may be the most effective treatment. We offer same day dental crowns at our Cherry Creek office, allowing us to restore complete strength and function in a single office visit. What’s more, these crowns are created to look and feel just like your natural teeth – and shaded to fit seamlessly into your smile.

Benefits offered by same day dental crowns include:

  • Single visit solution
  • Complete functional restoration
  • Lasting protection against subsequent damage

Choosing What’s Best for You

There are several options when it comes to fixing chipped teeth, but not each will be ideally suited for every patient. When you come to our office for a restorative treatment, we will carefully evaluate your smile and discuss all of your options, helping you find the solution that meets your desires, your needs, and your budget.

We take great care to provide individualized solutions for our patients and look forward to learning how we can help protect and perfect your smile.

If you live in the Metro Denver area and are living with chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Arvada, and all surrounding areas.

Tags: Porcelain Veneers, Dental Bonding, Same Day Dental Crowns, Solutions for Chipped Teeth
July 07, 2017

Porcelain veneers are safe, but they are not right for everyone. To learn if they are right for your smile, visit the Denver cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates for a consultation.Porcelain veneers offer a remarkable solution for the treatment of cosmetic dental problems such as chipped or cracked teeth, gaps in between teeth, irregular tooth shapes and sizes, and severe staining. One of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures, the placement of porcelain veneers requires minor tooth preparation – leading some to question their safety. This is entirely unnecessary.

Porcelain veneers are a safe and effective way to perfect your smile. Placed over the front of teeth impacted by cosmetic malocclusion and aesthetic imperfections, porcelain veneers offer a durable, nontoxic, and relatively fast treatment option for men and women looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. If you have questions about the safety or effectiveness of porcelain veneers, please give us a call at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation with one of our Denver cosmetic dentists and learn if this option is ideal for your needs.

While porcelain veneers are safe for most patients, they are not right for those with underlying oral health problems such as gum disease or serious tooth infection. If you have an existing oral health condition, our Denver cosmetic dentists can provide you with targeted treatments that address the problem and improve your candidacy for porcelain veneers. During your initial consultation, we will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine if preexisting issues need to be addressed – and will discuss with you all cosmetic and general dentistry services that will be suitable for your smile now and in the future.

Porcelain veneers are safe, but they are not right for everyone. To learn if they are right for you, call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 and schedule a consultation today. Located on East 1st Ave. in Denver, we welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and all surrounding areas. 

Tags: Porcelain Veneers
June 21, 2017

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are designed to address the same cosmetic dental problems. Issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, cosmetic gaps and spaces, uneven tooth sizes, and crooked tooth presentation can be fixed with either option. However, there are some distinct differences that may make one solution better suited than the other for individual patients.

If you are unhappy with your smile and are looking for an ideal solution, the Denver cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help. Call us at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation today.

To learn if porcelain veneers or Lumineers® can be used to perfect your smile, call 303-566-406 and schedule a consultation with the Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at DeWitt Dental AssociatesA Difference in Thickness

Lumineers are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. This can be beneficial for men and women with less pronounced imperfections as it allows Lumineers to be placed without any significant tooth preparation. Lumineers are, as such, an entirely reversible treatment.

On the other hand, Lumineers are too thin to cover more pronounced imperfections – such as larger gaps or stains caused by tetracycline and fluorosis – making their slimmer design ineffective for some patients.

Porcelain veneers require the removal of some natural enamel for seamless placement. Because enamel is removed prior to placing them, veneers are irreversible. However, traditional veneers are incredibly strong and long-lasting, and can be replaced one at a time, as needed, by our Denver cosmetic dentists.

Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers offer remarkable benefits for good candidates. The best way to learn if one of these solutions would be of benefit to you is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable and inviting Cherry Creek area office. Please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule your consultation today.

Located in Denver, DeWitt Dental Associates is a full-service general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry office. We welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro and I-25 Corridor communities.

Tags: Porcelain Veneers, Lumineers, Cosmetic Dentistry
May 24, 2017

Gum recession occurs when gum tissue begins to shrink or pull away from the roots of teeth. Visible tooth roots are one of the main indications of gum recession, but increased tooth sensitivity is often a sign as well. If you are experiencing gum recession, call 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation at our Cherry Creek office right away.

Some amount of gum recession can be caused by aging. If you have a genetic predisposition to gum recession, this may be more pronounced, particularly if you have engaged in activities that exacerbate a loss of gum tissue. These include:

Once gum recession begins, existing damage cannot be reversed. You can, however, halt its progression by switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush, making sure you brush after every meal and snack, flossing twice daily, and visiting our office every six months for professional cleanings. If gum recession is present, we can discuss treatment options during these visits to protect your teeth and help prevent sensitivity and pain.

Dental bonding and gum grafting are the most common treatments for gum recession (exposed tooth roots). To learn more, call our experienced Metro Denver dentists at 303-566-4036Gum Recession Treatments

Gum recession cannot be reversed, but current damage can be addressed through both general and cosmetic dentistry services. Most commonly tooth roots are simply covered with dental bonding, providing a protective layer while restoring a consistent shade to the tooth. If gum recession is excessive, grafting procedures may be needed to fully restore contour to the gum line. Which option is right for your needs is something best determined during your gum recession treatment consultation at our comfortable and welcoming office.

If you are dealing with gum recession in the Metro Denver area, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a treatment consultation today. We welcome patients from Englewood, Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, and surrounding areas.