Why Gum Disease Doesn’t Have to Be That Scary

Why Gum Disease Doesn’t Have to Be That Scary | Albuquerque, NMIf you have just been diagnosed with gum disease, a world of different things may be going through your mind— a lot of them may even be the worst case scenario. However, depending on how severe your gum disease is, it may not be too much to stress over.

As a condition that affects almost half of the adult population in the United States, gum disease can be reversible if it is caught early on. Let’s take a closer look at the not-so-scary side of this disease.

A Cleaning May Do the Trick

At early stages of gum disease, a thorough cleaning may do the trick. Unlike a traditional dental cleaning that can go by relatively fast, a thorough gum cleaning may take a little bit longer. During this cleaning, the goal of Dr. Steven Holbrook will be to clean the teeth and all along the gumline to get rid of harmful plaque and tartar build-up. In many cases, a thorough cleaning will be enough.

Gum Disease Prevention Tips

In addition to getting a thorough dental cleaning, we also recommend that you take a few tips home with you including consistent brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing after every meal is the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease. If your gums are a little too sensitive to the touch when it comes to traditional dental floss, invest in a water flosser like a WaterPik instead. Water flossers use pressurized water to massage the gums and get rid of food and plaque in between your teeth.

Even though gum disease isn’t something you’d hoped to add to your resume, if it’s caught and treated early on, it shouldn’t be much to worry about.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Little One’s Smiles Healthy

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NMWhen you have a house full of little kids, it can sometimes feel like you’re herding sheep. No matter what you say, they tend to do whatever they want. Although that may work in some parts of your home life, when it comes to dental care, it may require a bit more guidance. But because we know just how hard it can be to get your kids to follow your every wish and command, we have created a brief guide listing some simple ways you can keep your little one’s smiles healthy.

Cut Down On Snacking

Snacking may be a lifesaver when you have toddlers, but if you can, try to keep it to a minimum. Although snacking can be great at keeping your kids busy, it can also increase their chances of getting cavities. After all, the more food they eat without brushing their teeth, the more exposed their teeth are to cavity-causing germs.

Eat Well-Balanced Meals

When you’re preparing meals for your family, try to make sure that they contain at least one fruit, one vegetable, a protein, and a grain. Balanced meals help ensure that your kids get full of things other than sugar. Then, only allow your kids to have dessert a few times a week— try not to make it a daily endeavor.

Make Sure They Brush

When it comes down to it, even if your kids are eating salads for every meal, if they aren’t brushing their teeth at least twice a day, they aren’t doing their mouths any favors. Make sure that your kids brush their teeth, at a minimum, after breakfast and dinner every day.

Being a parent is hard work, but making sure your kid’s teeth stay healthy doesn’t have to be. If you want to learn more about dental health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook online or call our office today at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Things to Know About Dental Whitening

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMThere are some trends, like 1980’s perms, that luckily fade. But there are others, like having your teeth professionally whitened, that are here to stay. If you have yellow teeth due to surface stains, Dr. Steven Holbrook has got you covered. With professionally teeth whitening, we can help you get rid of those surface stains and reveal a whiter, brighter smile in the process. To help you decide if teeth whitening is the right solution for you, we have created a brief list of some basic things to know. Let’s take a closer look.

It Isn’t Always Permanent

Even though getting your teeth professionally whitened by Dr. Steven Holbrook is the fastest and most efficient way to whiten your teeth, dental whitening isn’t always permanent. In fact, we encourage our patients to use a daily whitening toothpaste to help get rid of surface stains caused by food and beverages. Additionally, you may need to come in every few years to have your teeth whitened.

It May Cause Sensitivity

One of the things that many patients aren’t aware of when it comes to dental whitening— even over-the-counter kinds— is that it can cause tooth sensitivity. Luckily, the sensitivity should subside, but until it does, you can help to combat it with a simple over-the-counter toothpaste for sensitive teeth like Sensodyne.

It Works

The best news about getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist like Dr. Steven Holbrook is that it works on most patients with surface stains on their teeth! In fact, after your first visit, you will notice a visibly whiter smile that you can show off right away!

Ready to whiten your smile? Schedule your teeth whitening consultation online or call our office at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Treatment Albuquerque NMWhether you are a business professional, work from home, or are even retired, nothing can put a damper on your appearance quite like a mouth full of missing teeth. And although you can consider becoming a professional pirate, Dr. Steven Holbrook has a few options to help you restore your smile including dental implants.

Depending on the health of your gums and jaw structure, Dr. Steven Holbrook may recommend that you get dental implants. By surgically implanting a metal rod into your gums and then placing a crown over the top, dental implants act almost exactly like a natural tooth. As one of the most important parts of dental implant surgery, it’s important that you know exactly how to prepare.

Fast

Depending on what type of anesthesia we are using for your surgery, we may encourage you to fast for around 4-12 hours beforehand so that it doesn’t upset your stomach. Before your surgery, we will call you and let you know exactly how long you need to fast for.

Meal Preparation

For the first few days or even up to a week after your implant surgery, your mouth will be sore and swollen which means that you won’t be able to eat hard-to-chew foods like steak and pizza. To make your recovery easier, try making some easy-to-chew beforehand like pasta, mashed potatoes, soup, and smoothies. That way, as soon as you get home, you can focus on resting.

Medications

Depending on your current health and any medications that you regularly take, we may recommend that you stop using them a few weeks beforehand. During your initial consultation with Dr. Steven Holbrook, he will go over your medical history.

Ready to get back your smile? Consider getting dental implants from Dr. Steven Holbrook. To learn more, schedule your consultation at our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159

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How to Get a Kiss-Worthy Smile Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

dental implants Albuquerque NMWhether you’re single and looking for a date for Valentine’s day or if you’re planning on spending the romantic holiday with your partner of over 35 years, there’s one thing for certain: you are going to want to end the night with a kiss. However, if you have missing, chipped, or broken teeth, giving that kiss may be the last thing on your significant other’s mind. So, how can you get a kiss-worthy smile just in time for Valentine’s Day? Let’s take a closer look.

Same Day Implants

If you know about dental implants, you know that with traditional implants, it takes several months from start to finish for them to be done— which doesn’t leave you with enough time to get ready for Valentine’s Day. However, here at our office, Dr. Steven Holbrook offers patients the same day option to help restore your smile in, yes, just one day. During your initial consultation with Dr. Steven Holbrook, he will determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this type of procedure.

Veneers

Veneers are a magical tool that Dr. Steven Holbrook can use to help fix a variety of oral imperfections and concerns including crooked teeth, discolored teeth, broken teeth, and cracked teeth. By sanding down your existing teeth and then gluing porcelain veneers on the top, you can get the smile of your dreams just in time for V-Day.

Here at our office, we want you to have the best Valentine’s Day ever and seal it with a kiss. Let us help you fix your smile so that you can get the best kiss of the year. To schedule your dental consultation, contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Lose the Grey Teeth

How to Lose the Grey Teeth | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NMEveryone wants a white smile. However, not everybody has one. If you have brown, grey, or discolored teeth, it can make you, well, never want to smile again. And although the leading cause of stained teeth is food and beverages, some people get brown or grey teeth because of a medication called tetracycline.

What’s Tetracycline?

Tetracycline is a popular antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections throughout different parts of the body. Although tetracycline is helpful in treating patients with these types of infections, it should not be used in children under the age of eight because it can cause permanent tooth discoloration later on in life. Additionally, pregnant or nursing women should not use tetracycline because it can harm the baby.

How Does It Stain Teeth?

Unlike food and beverages that stain the surface of the teeth, tetracycline stains the dentin, which is the middle layer of the teeth— making them unresponsive to teeth whitening.

How Can Brown Teeth Be Treated?

Because brown and grey teeth can’t be treated with traditional whitening, the only way to get white teeth is with porcelain dental veneers. Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are cemented onto your natural teeth— which can give you any shape, size, or color of teeth that you want.

Although most teeth can be professionally whitened by Dr. Steven Holbrook, some of them cannot. Don’t be the person that covers up your teeth in pictures because you’re so self-conscious about them, let Dr. Steven Holbrook lighten them with either dental veneers or professional teeth whitening.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions Your Family Should Set for Healthier Smiles

3 New Year's Resolutions Your Family Should Set for Healthier Smiles | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NMWhen you have kids— especially little kids— one of the most fun parts of New year’s is the ability to sit down together as a family and make New Year’s resolutions. And although you can make resolutions to do things like turn off the TV and read more, don’t forget to make resolutions surrounding your oral health. Here are three New Year’s resolutions you and your family can set for healthier smiles.

Tips for a Healthier Smile

  • Brush Longer

When you are trying to get your kids either out of the door to school or into bed at bedtime, the last thing you may be concerned with is how long they are brushing. However, it’s important that your child brushes their teeth for at least 90 seconds so that every tooth and gumline gets cleaned. As a suggestion, set a timer on your phone so that you ensure everyone is brushing for long enough.

  • Brush Often

In addition to encouraging your entire family to brush for at least 90 seconds, try to set a resolution to have everyone brush more often. For instance, as soon as your kids get home from school every day, encourage them to run and brush their teeth. Remember that the more often your kids brush their teeth, the less likely harmful tartar and plaque is to build up on their teeth.

  • Visit the Dentist

The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist every six months. Make it a goal to make every dentist cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook a priority this year. Regular cleanings will help you cut down on harmful germs, bacteria, and oral diseases.

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The Truth Behind Charcoal Toothpaste

The Truth Behind Charcoal Toothpaste | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NMIt seems like all across Facebook and Instagram, people are claiming that charcoal toothpaste is giving them the whitest teeth of their lives. Although charcoal is naturally occurring with some unique health benefits (especially for your skin), there may be some oral concerns.

Charcoal Toothpaste Risks

  • Yellowing: Your initial instinct to avoid rubbing anything black across your teeth, has some scientific standing. According to a recent article published in the Journal of The American Dental Association, some charcoal toothpaste may do the opposite effect of whitening and may yellow your teeth.
  • Toxicity: Another thing to consider when using a product that contains charcoal— especially orally— is the toxicity of it. Although charcoal can have some health benefits, it’s important to find out where it was derived from.
  • Enamel: One of the main benefits that charcoal toothpaste claim to have is the ability to scrub your teeth of stains because they contain abrasives. However, although charcoal is a naturally abrasive substance, there is a concern that it’s too abrasive. It may actually erode away your enamel. Remember that your teeth are delicate and that although brushing them is a great way to get rid of surface stains, too much abrasiveness can cause permanent damage.

Professional Teeth Whitening

  • Consider Professional Whitening: Let’s Face it, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This is especially when it comes to your oral care. We encourage our patients to give professional tooth whitening from DR. Steven Holbrook a try because we know that we can give most patients real results almost every time. However, if you are interested in trying an over-the-counter whitening remedy, skip the charcoal toothpaste altogether. Invest in a toothpaste or dental product that has The American Dental Association’s stamp of approval on it.

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Is Tooth Whitening Making You Feel Sensitive? What You Need to Know

Is Tooth Whitening Making You Feel Sensitive? What You Need to Know | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NM Getting ready for the holidays is all about looking and feeling your best. As one of the best ways to make sure that you stick out in your family pictures and that you have good enough photos to post to Instagram is to get a brighter, whiter smile. However, with both in-office and over-the-counter whitening, sometimes patients experience sensitive, sore teeth. Here are a few things to know about tooth sensitivity.

It’s Not Permanent

The good news about tooth sensitivity caused by teeth whitening is that it’s not permanent. In fact, it should go away as soon as you stop using the whitening products. However, if you suffered from tooth sensitivity before you ever started whitening them, then it may be caused by something else altogether— but we should be able to treat it.

You Can Take a Break

If your tooth sensitivity is making things like eating a yummy bowl of holiday peppermint ice cream or drinking a cup of hot chocolate too painful to enjoy, consider taking a break from whitening. Sometimes by taking just a week or two off of whitening, you can find fast relief and then start it back up again.

Toothpaste May Help

If you just don’t want to take a break from tooth whitening or if you feel like the tooth sensitivity you are experiencing isn’t bad enough, then you may want to consider using toothpaste for sensitive teeth (like Sensodyne) in conjunction with your whitening.

Most sensitivity caused by tooth whitening is both preventable and treatable. If you are experiencing sensitivity after using either over-the-counter whitening strips or after coming in to get professional whitening, contact our office today.

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How to Smile Brighter This Season

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMThe holidays are finally here! Whether you are traveling to spend time with family or if you are hosting the holidays at your home, there’s one thing that’s for certain: there is magic in the air. And with parties to attend and pictures to be taken, it’s important that you look and feel your best. If you have a smile that’s a little stained and is preventing you from feeling like your confident self, Dr. Steven Holbrook can whiten your teeth just in time for the holidays.

Whitening Trays

Different dentists have different methods used to whiten teeth. Here at Dr. Steven Holbrooks office, however, he likes to use customized whitening trays to give patients a whiter, more vibrant looking smile. During your initial appointment, Dr. Holbrook will take molds of your mouth to create the trays— unlike over-the-counter whitening trays; these customized ones are designed to fit around every contour of your mouth.

During your second appointment, Dr. Holbrook will make sure that your new trays fit your mouth and will make any tweaks or adjustments as necessary. Then, he will send you home with your new trays and a whitening gel to put in them. You can either wear them twice a day for 30 minutes at a time, or you can wear them while you sleep— whatever way you prefer. After about a couple of weeks, patients notice a visibly whiter smile— which gives you just enough time to get the smile of your dreams before all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

One thing that many patients aren’t aware of is that dental whitening can only be used on natural teeth and teeth that are stained— not teeth that are discolored due to things such as the use of tetracycline. During your initial appointment, Dr. Holbrook will determine whether or not he thinks whitening will be successful for you.

Don’t let a discolored smile ruin your holidays. Schedule your whitening consultation at our Albuquerque office today!

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