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January 05, 2016

Gum disease has been linked to increased risks for breast cancer. If you have gum disease, call 303-321-5656 to schedule a treatment evaluation at DeWitt Dental Associates todayGum disease is a known risk factor for heart attack and stroke, liver and kidney failure, pregnancy complications, and a host of other systemic diseases and illnesses. New research conducted during the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study on more than 73,000 women has now linked advanced periodontitis to yet another deadly disease – breast cancer.

According to this latest research, post-menopausal women who develop gum disease are 14% more likely to also develop breast cancer, regardless of family or medical history. As with other complications linked to gum disease, risks for breast cancer seem to increase as bacterial infection from the gums spreads throughout the body. Your best defense against this risk? A solid oral hygiene routine.

Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing both morning and night are your first line of defense against gum disease. Combining these with twice yearly visits to our Denver office for professional cleanings and examinations helps ensure prompt and potentially lifesaving treatment when gum disease is caught early. If you begin to notice symptoms of gum disease such a bleeding gum tissue in between visits, call us at 303-321-5656 to schedule a treatment evaluation right away.

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule your next appointment. Located in Denver, we welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro communities.

December 21, 2015

Sedation dentistry can make restless and nervous patients feel completely at ease. To learn more, call our Cherry Creek office at 303-321-5656 todayIf you have a hard time sitting still or if you struggle with a condition such as restless leg syndrome, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Often, we think of this solution as being something for people who are nervous about dental care or suffer from dental phobia. But the safe and effective options offered by Cherry Creek sedation dentist Dr. Michael DeWitt can also be used to address restlessness, helping produce calm and relaxation, and allowing even the most fidgety of patients to receive comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry services.

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please call 303-321-5656 and schedule your consultation today.

In addition to people who are nervous and people who are fidgety, sedation dentistry can benefit those who:

  • Have an overactive gag-reflex
  • Have difficulties getting numb
  • Suffer from TMJ
  • Require a longer procedure

We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options, enabling us to meet the unique needs of each patient. The best way to learn which one is right for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation with our Cherry Creek sedation dentist.

To schedule your initial consultation, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today. We welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro communities.

December 15, 2015

If your restorations are compromised this holiday season, call 303-321-5656 to schedule a consultation with the Cherry Creek dentists at DeWitt Dental AssociatesTis the Season for sticky sweets and, while very enjoyable, it is important to consider what these treats can do to dental restorations – and to take steps to protect yours from unnecessary damage.

Restorations such as dental crowns and porcelain veneers are adhered to the surface of teeth with a bonding agent that allows them to act in the same manner as natural tooth enamel. Sticky sweets can, in some instances, cause these restorations to come loose and fall out. To protect your restorations, be sure to limit your intake of highly sticky foods and to chew with teeth that have not been restored. These steps can help ensure your restorations remain strong and in place for years to come.

The Cherry Creek dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates would also like to remind our patients that sticky treats can increase chances for cavities. We encourage you to enjoy the treats of the season, but to make sure you are brushing after every meal and snack and flossing both morning and night to keep your teeth strong and healthy as well.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates online or by calling 303-321-5656 today to schedule your next appointment.

December 01, 2015

Don’t let your flex benefits be lost forever. Call 303-321-5656 to schedule a smile makeover consultation with one of the experienced dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates todayDo you have an FSA or HSA? If so, your benefits are about to expire and, when they expire, they will take any unused contributions away forever. Now is the best time to begin planning for procedures that your flex account can be used for but are not fully covered by insurance. This can include white fillings, dental implants, porcelain crowns, and other restorations with both aesthetic and functional benefits. Please call our Englewood area office at 303-321-5656 today to schedule an appointment and begin planning your smile rejuvenation.

No Flex Plan? No Problem

Not everyone has an HSA of FSA, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent to a healthy and attractive smile. Our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists believe that you are entitled to a strong and beautiful smile, and are pleased to offer a range of financing options that can help make treatments – even those not covered by flex accounts – more accessible.

Financing options such as CareCredit® are available for eligible applicants. We would be happy to provide you with additional information about these options during your initial consultation to help ensure you are provided every opportunity to improve your smile and your life.

To schedule your initial consultation, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today. Conveniently located on East 1st Ave. in Denver, we welcome patients from Englewood, Cherry Creek and all surrounding Metro communities.

November 20, 2015

Are you harming your teeth without even knowing it? Call Cherry Creek dentist Dr. Michael DeWitt at 303-321-5656 to schedule an appointment and learn how we can helpThere are a number of bad habits that can destroy teeth, but some of these habits may not immediately seem harmful. For example, brushing teeth too hard or using a harder-bristled toothbrush can remove enamel which, in turn, can increase risks for tooth decay and sensitivity, and cause significant discoloration. Soda and fruit juice can also remove enamel, resulting in the same problems as brushing too hard – and these aren’t even the worst habits for your teeth.

If you are looking for an experienced general dentist in the Englewood area of Colorado, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule your appointment today.

Three of the worst habits for your teeth and oral health are:

  • Tobacco use – smoked or chewed, tobacco damages teeth and gums, and increases risks for oral cancer
  • Bruxism – tooth grinding can lead to TMJ, uneven tooth wear, bite irregularities, and tooth loss
  • Failure to maintain routine dental visits – even with a consistent home routine, biannual visits are necessary to maintain a strong and healthy smile

There are, of course, numerous personal habits that can impact the health and beauty of your teeth. During your visits to our office we will discuss these habits along with ways you can begin to take steps that protect the long-term strength and appearance of your smile.

To schedule an appointment at our Cherry Creek area office, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today.

November 09, 2015

What is general dentistry?

Are you looking for a general dentist in the Cherry Creek area? Call 303-321-5656 to schedule an appointment at Dewitt Dental Associates todayGeneral dentistry refers to dental services intended to strengthen and protect teeth. The Cherry Creek dentists at Dewitt Dental Associates work individually with each patient, helping ensure both preventive and targeted treatments are utilized for optimal oral health.

What are some general dentistry services?

General dentistry services offered at our office include routine cleanings and examinations, root canal, dental fillings, and gum disease treatment as well as specialized treatments for issues such as bruxism.  

How often should I maintain general dentistry appointments?

Peak oral health is best accomplished through a combination of at-home and in-office cleanings. We recommend you visit our office every six months to have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned and examined by one or our experienced dentists.

What if a problem occurs in between general dentistry visits?

If you have a dental emergency or begin to experience oral health issues in between visits, we recommend you call us at 303-321-5656 to schedule an appointment right away. We will do everything possible to accommodate these appointments.

If you are looking for a general dentist in Cherry Creek or surrounding areas of Denver, please contact Dewitt Dental Associates to schedule an appointment today.

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 303-321-5656 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.

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 303-321-5656.

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 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 303-321-5656 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 in-office teeth whitening and a custom take-home kits. 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 303-321-5656.