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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.

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 303-321-5656

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 303-321-5656 today to schedule a consultation.

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 303-321-5656 for a consultation. We serve patients in Cherry Creek and the entire Denver Metro area.