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June 08, 2016

Denver Sedation DentistryDo you have anxiety or fear of the dentist? Nearly 30 million people avoid seeing the dentist due to this anxiety. However, our experienced dentists Dr. Michael DeWitt and Dr. Jennifer Scott located in Denver recommend you see them at least twice a year for check-ups and routine cleanings. So, how can you create a stress-free dental visit? Sedation dentistry may be the answer for you.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene

Keeping up on your oral hygiene habits every day will help you significantly down the road, including:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Flossing properly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Avoiding acidic and sugary foods/beverages

The healthier your teeth, the easier your general dentistry check-ups will be. By following the above guidelines, you will be less likely to need a major dental procedure.

Communicate With Our Staff

If you're feeling anxious about any procedure, let our staff know. We are happy to explain in detail what we will be doing for your treatment, as well as offer sedation techniques. At DeWitt Dental Associates, we offer patients with anxiety or fear of the dentist unique sedation options including nitrous oxide and IV sedation. Depending on the severity of your anxiety, one option may be a better fit for you than the other. Our goal is to replace your bad dental experiences with good ones!

Create an Anti-Anxiety Routine

Having a calming routine can help you prepare for your upcoming appointment. Utilize stress-relieving techniques, including:

  • Deep breathing
  • Positive thinking
  • Meditation
  • Bringing a blanket or music

These tips can help you to stay calm for any treatment, from simple checkups to more serious dental procedures. If you experience any level of fear or anxiety of the dentist, let our compassionate staff help. Together we can customize your treatment to keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Call our Denver office at (303) 566-4036 to schedule your sedation dentistry consultation. We are dedicated to creating beautiful smiles in the Cherry Creek, Englewood and surrounding Colorado areas.

May 16, 2016

Have you noticed your smile has lost its sparkle? That's where tooth whitening can help bring back the dazzle to your once-dimmed teeth. But, what kinds of tooth whitening products and treatments are there? Can anyone get tooth whitening? We address these questions and more in the image below.

Give our office a call at (303) 566-4036 to schedule your appointment. Our experienced team is dedicated to serving patients in the Cherry Creek, Denver and Englewood, CO areas.

Infographic: Tooth Whitening Facts

May 12, 2016

Cherry Creek emergency dentistWhen you experience acute illness or a horrific injury, you go to the emergency room to resolve the issue. But what do you do when you experience a broken tooth, dislodged teeth or sudden jaw swelling?

As a premier dentistry office in the Cherry Creek, Colorado area, we are the experienced team of emergency dentists to turn to when your oral care requires immediate attention.

Common Dental Emergencies

It's important to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible to prevent them from becoming infected or more serious. Dental emergencies may include:

  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Sudden jaw swelling or pain
  • Tooth/Teeth that have been knocked out
  • Severe toothache
  • Sudden loose permanent teeth

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. This only scratches the surface of potential dental emergencies.

What to Do

If you have or are experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to know what to do. In general, our Cherry Creek emergency dentists recommend you follow these suggestions:

  • Stay calm
  • Rinse your mouth with a mild and warm salt-water solution
  • If bleeding, use a moistened piece of gauze or towel to apply pressure to the site
  • Call DeWitt Dental Associates to be seen as quickly as possible
  • Apply a cool compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek of the affected area
  • Keep any chipped pieces of the tooth/any missing teeth that were knocked out
  • If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room

DeWitt Dental Associates is not a 24-hour dental emergency practice. However, we take pride in the care and compassion we give each one of our patients. Choose our dentists that will know your history for the sake of your oral future.

To set up your appointment today, give our office a call at (305) 566-4036. We proudly serve regular and emergency patients in the Denver, Cherry Creek and Englewood, Colorado areas.

April 25, 2016

CEREC dental crowns look and feel like natural tooth enamel. To learn more, call our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at (303) 566-4036 todaySame day dental crowns offer a number of practical benefits. In addition to offering an immediate fix for vulnerable teeth, they can save you tremendous amounts of time and money by being completed in-office and during one visit. But while these things are nice, the bigger question is, do they look natural?

The one day dental crowns offered at our Cherry Creek office look and feel like natural tooth enamel. Crafted using the most advanced technology and highest quality materials, CEREC dental crowns are customized to fit flawlessly into your smile – producing immediate functional and aesthetic results. If you find yourself in need of an emergency dental crown or if your restoration has been a long time coming, our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists are here to ensure you are provided with the strongest and most pleasing results available today.

What can Same Day Dental Crowns be Used for?

Single-visit dental crowns offer the same benefits as all dental crowns without the hassle of multiple office visits. We commonly use these convenient and durable restorations for:

No matter what is being corrected, our one day crowns are up for the task.

Please contact DeWitt Dental Associates online or by calling 303-566-4036 to learn more. Located in Cherry Creek, we serve all Metro Denver communities including Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Englewood.

Tags: CEREC, Same Day Dental Crowns
April 14, 2016

To learn if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, call the Cherry Creek dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates – (303) 566-4036 and schedule a consultation todayDental phobia or increased anxiety during dental visits are two of the leading reasons people look to sedation dentistry. However, these emotional discomforts are far from the only reasons to consider adding sedation to your visit.

Our Cherry Creek sedation dentists utilize this safe and effective option to address many causes of physical and emotional uneasiness. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you, discuss your needs, and help you decide if sedation is a suitable option during your next dental visit.

You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you:

  • Suffer from dental phobia
  • Dislike the sights, smells, or sounds of dental offices
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Suffer from TMJ
  • Have an overactive gag-reflex
  • Have a high tolerance for pain medications

In short, if there is any reason you choose to avoid dental care, sedation may be a useful addition to your treatment.

We provide two types of sedation at our Cherry Creek office:

  • Nitrous oxide
  • IV sedation

There are various benefits offered by both of these sedation dentistry options, but neither one is a perfect fit for every patient. The best way to learn which type of sedation will be of most benefit to you is through a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced sedation dentists.

To schedule your sedation dentistry consultation at our Cherry Creek office, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today. We serve patients living in all Metro Denver communities.

Tags: Sedation Dentistry
April 06, 2016

Does mouthwash increase risks for oral cancer? Some studies have found a link between excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol with increased risks for oral cancer, but this coincides with what is already known: 70% or oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers, suggesting it is the alcohol, not the mouthwash itself, responsible for the link. In addition to excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use is a primary cause of oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 80% of patients with this disease are current or former tobacco users.

There is a casual link between mouthwash and oral cancer, but this may have more to do with alcohol content than the mouthwash itself. To learn more, call (303) 566-4036 today

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a heavy drinker or a user of tobacco, this month gives you a good opportunity to reassess your habits and begin making changes that can save your life. Nearly 48,250 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year and approximately 8,760 people die from the disease in the U.S. annually. This number is altogether too high when simple acts like not smoking, using alcohol responsibly, and maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine reduce risks to almost nothing.

During your biannual visits with the Cherry Creek dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates, we check for early signs of oral cancer, allowing us to take additional diagnostic steps when symptoms are present. If it has been more than six months since your last dental visit, please contact us online or by calling 303-566-4036 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and all surrounding Metro communities.

Tags: Oral Cancer
March 22, 2016

To learn how probiotics can enhance your daily oral health routine, call the Cherry Creek office of DeWitt Dental Associates at (303) 566-4036 and schedule a consultation todayYou may know that probiotics can improve digestive function and assist in immune response. But did you know that these same helpful bacteria are now linked to enhanced oral health as well? Some studies have even found probiotics to be equally effective at treating advanced oral health issues as certain antibiotics – and probiotics don’t come with any of the risks or disadvantages associated with antibiotic use.

Probiotics naturally occur in several fermented foods including kimchi and yogurt. Multi-strain options can also be taken orally in pill or powder form, and are now being added to some gums, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Better still, unlike antibiotics, you cannot overuse probiotics. In fact, research suggests more is often better with these bacterial strains.

Are probiotics alone sufficient for maintaining oral health? No. But when combined with a consistent daily routine and biannual visits to our Cherry Creek dental office for cleanings and examinations, they can certainly boost your oral and systemic health overall. During your next visit to our office we would be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail and to help you determine if the addition of probiotics to your daily health regimen is the best option for your needs.

To schedule your next appointment at our Cherry Creek office, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates online or by calling 303-566-4036 today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro Denver communities.  

March 14, 2016

If you are in need of emergency dental care in Cherry Creek or surrounding Metro Denver communities, call (303) 566-4036 to schedule an appointment and learn about your optionsData from a software company that provides tools for over 10,000 dental offices in the United States suggests that visits to the dentist for chipped, broken, and missing teeth spike in the days following St. Patrick’s Day – by as much as 64%. Much of this increase in emergency dental visits has to do with over-consumption of alcohol, with fights and falls topping the list of causes.

Should you find yourself in need of emergency dental care in the days following St. Patrick’s – or at any other time – the caring dental team at our Cherry Creek office are here to help. Call us at 303-566-4036 to schedule an appointment and allow us to restore and protect your smile.

Restorative Services

Restorative services offered at our office include:

Our dentists also offer same day dental crowns to restore teeth that are broken or to be used with dental bridges or implants for complete smile restoration.

Our emergency dental restorations are sized, shaped, and colored to enhance both the strength and beauty of your smile. During your visit to our office we will discuss all potential restorative solutions to help you choose those that best serve your particular needs.

To schedule your appointment at our Cherry Creek office, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, and all surrounding areas.

Tags: Emergency Dentistry
March 03, 2016

If you have begun to notice signs of black hairy tongue, please call the Cherry Creek dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a professional examination todayThe appearance of a thick and black covering on the tongue can be quite alarming and may even prompt a call to our office for an immediate checkup. But chances are, what you are seeing is a cosmetic condition called black hairy tongue that, while disconcerting in appearance, is really nothing to get too worked up about. It is, however, something that you can fix.

If your initial reaction to seeing black hairy tongue is to call our Cherry Creek dentists for a cleaning and examination, you’re not too far off the mark. In fact, professional cleanings coupled with a more progressive daily oral hygiene routine are the best treatments for black hairy tongue. Other ways to reduce the visibility of this condition is by:

  • Refraining from tobacco use
  • Cutting down on coffee and tea
  • Not using a mouthwash with peroxide

You can also add tongue scraping to your daily routine. Available at nearly all grocery stores in Denver, tongue scrapers remove bacteria and debris from the mouth that may have been missed by brushing. This can help eliminate black hairy tongue and remove volatile sulfur compounds from the mouth – a benefit that has shown to reduce chronic bad breath. We would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail during your next visit to our office.

If you have begun to notice signs of black hairy tongue, don’t panic. Please contact DeWitt Dental Associates online or by calling 303-566-4036 today. We welcome patients from all Metro Denver communities at our comfortable Cherry Creek office location.

February 23, 2016

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call the Cherry Creek office of DeWitt Dental Associates at (303) 566-4036 for a consultationAlmost immediately on the heels of a study linking gum disease to breast cancer comes a new meta-analysis of data gathered by the CDC regarding increased risks for death among people with chronic kidney disease who also have periodontitis. The Link between gum disease and kidney failure has long been known, but this study focused on mortality rates among those with chronic kidney disease, finding risks increase by 10% when gum disease is also present.

The most effective way to reduce your risks for gum disease is through a consistent daily oral hygiene routine and biannual visits to our Cherry Creek dental office. These visits enable us to remove tartar from below the gum line – an essential step in preventing periodontal disease – and to detect and provide treatment for any issues that may have developed in between visits. While these services are important for everyone, they become increasingly important if you at higher risk for health complications. If you are in a high risk group, our dentists may recommend you visit our office with greater frequency to help protect your oral and systemic health. This will be discussed as appropriate during your visits and adjusted accordingly to your changing needs.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Cherry Creek area, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro Denver communities.

Tags: Gum Disease