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November 05, 2015

Oral piercing increase risks for dental health issues including broken teeth, gum disease, and infection. To learn more, call our Cherry Creek dentists at (303) 566-4036 todayOral piercings are perhaps not as ubiquitous as they once were, but they are still plenty popular among teens and young adults. However, before you head to the piercing shop and start placing jewelry in your tongue or lip, there are some very important things to keep in mind.

Oral piercings increase risks for both bacterial infections and the transmission of diseases such as herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C. Oral piercings can also result in nerve damage, sensation loss, and difficulties speaking – and this is to say nothing of the potential damage they can do to teeth and gums.

Tongue and lip piercings are linked to a higher risk for gum disease and damage to the teeth. In fact, studies have shown that nearly 50% of people who have had oral piercings for longer than four years have chipped and cracked teeth from the jewelry.

Our experienced Denver dentists encourage self-expression and understand the desire to separate from the crowd. However, knowing the potential dangers of oral piercings, we recommend looking to less damaging forms of creating your unique identity.

If you are overdue for a visit to the dentist, please contact Dewitt Dental Associates today. We serve Cherry Creek, Englewood, and surrounding Metro communities.

Tags: Oral Piercings & Dental Health
October 28, 2015

Halloween can really put parents in a quandary. You want your children to have a great time with all the other kids, but you know all that sugar is bad for their teeth and can lead to dental problems. Here are 3 tips for lessening the impact of the bundles of candy they bring home:

  • Designate a time for treats. To discourage frequent snacking, dole out the candy at certain times, such as dinnertime. Doing so will limit how often your children's teeth are exposed to the sugar into a single period of time.
  • Treats as part of a meal. When you eat a meal, your mouth produces more saliva than normal. Saliva helps to neutralize the cavity causing behavior of bacteria and washes away the debris of food on your teeth. When your children have their candies and treats as dessert, for example, the saliva will help combat the effects of all that sugar.
  • Beware of hard candies. Lollipops, hard and soft caramels, and other chewy and hard candies can chip or crack a tooth if your child chews on them. Hard candies intended to melt in the mouth over time will stick to your kids' teeth more aggressively than chocolate, causing the sugar to remain on the enamel significantly longer.
Halloween Candy and Dental Health

Remember also that a good dental hygiene routine is the foundation of great oral health. Your kids can fight cavities by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Flossing is just as important as brushing because it removes the plaque and bacteria harbored between the teeth.

To schedule a routine cleaning and checkup with our experienced dentists in Cherry Creek, CO, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036.

October 14, 2015

Longevity of Tooth Whitening ResultsWhen you're trying to decide the value of a cosmetic dentistry investment, you probably want to know how long the results will last. With the teeth whitening services provided by our experienced cosmetic dentists, you should continue to enjoy whiter, brighter teeth for a year or longer, especially if you avoid these things that stain your teeth:

  • Smoking
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Black coffee
  • Wine
  • Tea
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce

These things will cause your teeth to start staining again. You can combat the effects of the staining foods and beverages by using a straw for your drink, and by rinsing or brushing 30 minutes after eating. Adding dairy milk to your coffee and tea is a good way to fight stains caused by those beverages. Casein is a protein present in milk, and it binds with the staining components of beverages, carrying the stainers away from your enamel.

You can also touch up your whitening results periodically with an Opalescence custom, take-home whitening tray. You may also be able to maintain the results by using a whitening toothpaste, although these toothpastes tend to produce mixed results.

To find out if our Cherry Creek teeth whitening services are a good fit for the results you want to achieve, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation.

October 01, 2015

Teeth whitening cost is highly variable. Depending on what type of teeth whitening treatment you choose, the cost can range from about $45 – for grocery store kits – to several hundred dollars for the most advanced whitening technologies. The cost of whitening performed by a dental professional may be influenced by:

  • Where you live
  • The product used
  • The dentist's experience and qualifications

At DeWitt Dental Associates in Cherry Creek, we offer Zoom! laser teeth whitening and a custom take-home kit by Opalescence. These treatments can complement one another or be used separately. During your consultation at our dentistry practice, we'll provide you a quote for the cost of your chosen teeth whitening treatment, and explain your options for payment. While teeth whitening is considered purely cosmetic and not typically covered by dental insurance policies, financing options are available at our practice. Through CareCredit, you can apply for certain loan plans accepted by DeWitt Dental Associates. We'll show you how to complete CareCredit's simple application process.

To schedule a consultation with one of the experienced dentists to discuss our Cherry Creek teeth whitening services, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036.

Tags: Teeth Whitening
September 24, 2015

What is CEREC Technology?With Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction (CEREC) technology, the wait times and multiple appointments required for porcelain dental crowns can often be eliminated. This process was developed at the University of Zurich in 1980. With developments in 3D printing and milling technology, the process is more accessible than ever before to our cosmetic dentistry patients in Denver and Cherry Creek.

CEREC Process

For patients who are good candidates, CEREC technology allows the entire process for crowns to be carried out in our Denver office in a single visit using biocompatible ceramics. With CEREC, impressions are made digitally, so you don’t need to go through the messy and awkward process of traditional impressions.

Here are the steps of the CEREC process:

  1. An intraoral camera is used to create a virtual model of the affected teeth
  2. Our experienced dentists use the model to construct the restoration on the computer screen
  3. The model is sent through our office computer network to the milling machine
  4. The milling machine carves the restoration from a block of color-matched ceramic in about 15 minutes
  5. The restoration is finished by painting, polishing and glazing
  6. The crown in placed in the mouth

If you are interested in CEREC or traditional porcelain tooth crowns to restore your teeth in Cherry Creek or any of the surrounding areas of Denver, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036

September 17, 2015

Tips for Lifelong Oral HealthHealthy Aging magazine has chosen September as Healthy Aging Month®. This is a time to focus on the positive aspects on growing older. As one of the healthiest communities in the country, healthy aging is a part of everyday life for people over 45 in Cherry Creek, and all around the Denver area. While eating right and getting plenty of outdoor activity is central to the lifestyle of the Front Range, it can be easy to overlook the importance of good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.

Oral Health Tips

Many people don’t realize how closely their oral health and their total wellbeing are connected. Good oral health can have an impact on virtually every other area of your body. As people live longer, general dentistry has improved to help keep your natural teeth well into your later years. Good oral hygiene is still simple:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Visit the dentist for routine cleanings and exams

By following these simple steps, you can prevent common dental problems from occurring, including gum disease, tooth loss, and staining, to ensure a lifetime of great meals and healthy living. If you live in or around the Cherry Creek area or elsewhere in Denver please call DeWitt Dental Associates at (303) 566-4036 today to schedule a consultation.

Tags: Dental Hygiene
September 14, 2015

Yoga, Stress and Your Dental HealthOur Denver and Cherry Creek dentistry associates are continuing to discover new ways that your dental health is closely connected to your total wellbeing. One more surprising way that you can avoid dental health problems is with yoga.

3 Ways Yoga Improves Dental Health

September is National Yoga Month, and while the benefits of yoga for mind and body are well known, the benefits of yoga for your dental health are becoming clearer. Here are three ways yoga can help:

  • Stress Relief: Lifestyle stresses can lead to a host of health issues including depression, high blood pressure, and anxiety, but stress can also cause common dental problems. Stress can keep people from taking care of themselves, and oral hygiene is no exception. In addition, stress is a common cause of teeth grinding and jaw problems.
  • Improved Posture: Bad posture can leave you feeling tired and run down. It can also lead to a bad jaw position that can cause temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can lead to serious health problems. Your dental health can be dramatically affected when inflammation leads to overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. It is thought that yoga reduces inflammation by alleviating stress.

If you would like to find out more about how you can improve your dental health while improving your total wellbeing, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 for a consultation. We serve patients in Cherry Creek and the entire Denver Metro area.

Tags: Oral Health
September 11, 2015

Best Farmers Markets Foods for Your TeethFarmers markets across the Denver area offer some of the freshest and healthiest foods available. A great diet can lead to improvement in your total wellbeing, including your dental health. Our Denver dentists offer some advice on selecting farmers market foods that can help you avoid common dental problems.

Farmers Market Foods for Dental Health

With so much to choose from, it may be a challenge to know what to look for. Here are some ways foods can improve your dental hygiene:

  • Calcium Rich Foods: Farm fresh dairy including local milk and cheeses can prevent cavities by lowering the pH in your mouth. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips and collard greens can help rebuild your teeth from the inside out.
  • Foods High in Fiber: Fiber-rich foods help to keep your saliva flowing and gently scrub bacteria away from your teeth and gums while you chew. Saliva is your mouth’s way of keeping bacteria from getting established and forming plaque. Examples include strawberries, apples and greens.
  • Whole Grain Foods: Local whole grain pasta and artisanal breads are a great source of B vitamins and iron that help keep bones, teeth and gums healthy. These foods are also high in fiber, so they can do double duty for your teeth.

If you live in Cherry Creek or any of the surrounding areas of Denver, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 for a consultation.

Tags: Dental Hygiene, Oral Health
August 06, 2015

Porcelain Crowns vs. Metal CrownsTo restore a broken or vulnerable tooth, porcelain dental crowns are a durable restoration that look just like natural teeth. Unlike metal dental crowns, porcelain crowns do not stand out in your smile.

Metal crowns were always a durable option for rebuilding the structure of a tooth. But modern dental technology has allowed dentists to use much more aesthetically pleasing restorations for tooth reconstruction without sacrificing durability. Our experienced dentists can examine your vulnerable tooth or teeth to determine if porcelain crowns are an option.

In certain cases, a porcelain crown may not be the best way to restore a tooth. Generally speaking, porcelain crowns work very well on the teeth toward the front of your mouth. For your molars, which exert a lot of force when you chew, an even stronger dental crown may be needed. But even if this is the case, our dentists can use a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, which offers the aesthetic effect of an all-porcelain crown with the strength of a metal crown. The only way to know if a porcelain crown will work for your teeth is to visit our experienced dentists.

If you are interested in porcelain tooth crowns to restore your teeth with optimal aesthetics and durability, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036. Our experienced dentists serve Denver, Cherry Creek and all of the surrounding areas.