How to Get Rid of Coffee Stained Teeth

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMYou wake up every morning and the first thing you do is make a piping hot cup of coffee and then a few hours later you stop off at your local coffee shop and grab another freshly brewed cup. Let’s face it, coffee is what gets a lot of people going in the morning and without it, we may as well sleep all day long. Even though coffee can give you that energy boost that you need every day to keep going, it can also cause some serious damage to your teeth; especially when it comes to surface stains. If you have coffee stained teeth but can’t seem to get rid of the stains, then this article will list a few ways that you can hopefully get whiter teeth in no time.

Drink Water Afterward

One of the keys to drinking coffee without staining your teeth is to follow up each cup with an entire glass of water. Water will work to wash away the stains on your teeth and make it so that they don’t sit on your teeth for very long as well. Plus, water will keep you hydrated,

Water Down Your Coffee

If you are an avid black coffee drinker, then the coffee you drink is more acidic than those who add a splash of milk. To help dilute your coffee and its staining power, consider adding a little bit of milk (skip the sugar) to it every day to help make it, so it’s less likely to stain your teeth.

Use Whitening Toothpaste

Another thing that you want to do is use an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste will work to help you get rid of surface stains on your teeth so that you can get a whiter, healthier smile in no time.

Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened

In addition to using the three tips we have already listed above, why not give professional teeth whitening from Dr. Steven Holbrook a try? During your tooth whitening consultation, we will go over all of your whitening options and help you pick one that is good for your smile.

Drinking coffee may be something that you are never going to give up, but that doesn’t mean that you also have to give up on your dreams of having a whiter smile as well.

To learn more about dental whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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Have Your Teeth Shifted As An Adult? What We Can Do To Help

Invisalign® Albuquerque NMIf you’ve been through it all as a pre-teen; you know, the braces, the name-calling, and eventually the straight teeth, then you know just what wearing braces is like. And although you may have been religious about wearing your retainer for the first few years after you got your braces off, if you have given up your retainer as an adult and have noticed that your teeth have shifted, you may not know what to do. Luckily, with treatments like Invisalign, Dr. Steven Holbrook can help you get your smile back.

Why Do They Shift?

If you had previous orthodontic care and no longer wear your retainers, then you can count on your teeth shifting more and more each year. In fact, some patients teeth shift all the way back to their initial position.

Initial Consultation

Before we even decide on a treatment option for you, we will have you come into our office for a consultation. During your consultation, we will see how much shifting has taken place and will decide if a simple retainer can do the trick or if you need something more advanced like Invisalign.

Invisalign

If Dr. Holbrook does determine that you need to have Invisalign done, then you may not know what to expect. Unlike traditional metal braces that you wore during your prime pre-teen years (or the years that haunt you the most), Invisalign works by using virtually invisible trays that help to reposition your teeth. Then every two weeks, you will switch out your trays for other ones which will then move your teeth even more.

Having the perfect smile doesn’t come without some work on your part. If you want to learn more about how Dr. Holbrook can re-straighten your teeth, then schedule a consultation with us at our Albuquerque office today and contact us at (505) 881-1159.

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What to Know About Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NMIf you just found out that you are pregnant, congratulations! A growing family is a very exciting thing and pregnancy is definitely a unique time in every woman’s life. If you are new to pregnancy or are experiencing some different changes than you did with your prior pregnancies, then you may be surprised to learn that pregnancy and hormone changes can have an impact on your oral health. Let’s take a closer look at what you should know about pregnancy and your oral health.

Your Gums May Bleed More

An influx of hormones can mean a lot of changes to your body including bleeding gums. If you have noticed that when you brush your teeth or floss that your gums are bleeding more than usual, don’t be alarmed because this is normal. Just make sure that you continue brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day so that you don’t get any cavities.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Another thing that some pregnant patients get is pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes redness, inflammation, and irritation in your gums. The good news about pregnancy gingivitis is that symptoms typically go away after your hormones die down either after you’ve either given birth or stopped breastfeeding.

X-Rays

You probably know that you shouldn’t expose your unborn baby to any sort of radiation while you’re pregnant, but what about dental x-rays? According to The American College of Radiology, there isn’t enough radiation in dental x-rays to cause any harm to an embryo.

If you are pregnant and have never had any issues with your oral health or if you are concerned about x-rays, hopefully, this article has helped answer a few of your questions. To learn more about your oral health during pregnancy, schedule your next dental cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office and contact us at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Alternatives to Traditional Dental Implants

Alternative Dental Implant Treatment Albuquerque NMIf there’s one thing that we all have in common it’s that we like to have options; after all, who would like to go through the drive-thru if there was only one thing to choose from? And even though too many options may be overwhelming, have the perfect amount of them to choose from is just right.

Dental Implant Alternatives

Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we know that when it comes to things like dental implants that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all method which is why we offer patients three different types of implants.

All-On-4 Implants

These implants offer a different approach to fixed, replacement teeth than many patients are used to. But how? By placing the implants in available bone, All-on-4 implants eliminate the need for bone grafting. Plus, with special abutments, we will be able to set temporary replacement teeth the same day of your appointment while your gum tissues heal and your implants integrate with your natural bone. After about six months of healing, your final teeth will then be set.

Same Day Implants

The only real complaint that people have about dental implants is that they take so long to heal. With same day implants, we take out the waiting time and give you your implants in one day. How? We will place a temporary crown over your implant until it has had time to heal. Once your natural bone and implant are secure enough to support a temporary tooth, we will set it.

Mini Implants

These implants, like their name suggests, are small implants that are placed using a less-invasive technique. Mini implants measure at less than three millimeters whereas standard implants measure larger at around 3.25-3.5 millimeters. Because the implants are smaller, we don’t have to make as large of an incision which makes recovery and healing a whole lot faster and easier.

Schedule a Consultation

During your initial consultation with Dr. Steven Holbrook, we will be able to determine what type of implant alternative is best for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office by calling (505) 881-1159.

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3 Things You May Not Know About Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMIf you lived through the 90’s, then you’ve likely seen your fair share of FRIENDS episodes and may recall the one where Ross gets his teeth whitened so much that they glow in the dark. And although Dr. Steven Holbrook can try his hardest to get your teeth to glow in the dark, it luckily likely won’t happen. If you have been wanting to get your teeth professionally whitened without having to look like Ross in the process, then this article is for you. From tooth sensitivity to upkeep, this article will discuss three things you may not know about teeth whitening.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain in the mouth; especially when you’re trying to enjoy a bowl of ice cream. One common side effect of any type of teeth whitening is an increase in tooth sensitivity. Normally, this should subside fairly quickly. You can also use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne to help alleviate the pain and irritation.

Tooth Whitening Is Not For Everyone

You have stained, discolored teeth so you can get them whitened, right? It just depends on the cause of your stains. For instance, if your teeth are stained a greyish color because you were given medication like tetracycline when you were little, teeth whitening won’t work. If, however, your teeth are only discolored because of food and other factors, then we usually can whiten your teeth.

Whitening Requires Upkeep

Even though one really good in-office whitening session is going to get your teeth whiter faster than at-home treatments, they will still require a little bit of upkeep— especially if you’re a coffee, black tea, or red wine drinker. Depending on how well your teeth take to whitening and your lifestyle choices, we will determine just how often you should have your teeth whitened.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready to get that perfect white smile you’ve always wanted? Schedule your whitening consultation online with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today or call (505) 881-1159.

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Is there a Right Way to Pick Your Toothbrush and Toothpaste?

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NM Having clean teeth is fairly simple, right? It starts with a  good toothbrush and toothpaste and is usually followed up by bi-annual dental cleanings. And although those three things are crucial for good oral health, do you really know how to choose a good toothbrush and toothpaste? As simple as it may sound, there are actually some tips that we have for you to help you get the most out of your everyday oral care.

Your Toothbrush

When you walk down the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store or pharmacy, it may seem overwhelming with all of the options that are available. Soft, medium, or hard? Flex tip or regular? Affordable or pricey? Name brand or generic? The main things that you want to look for in a toothbrush are usually one that is large enough to scrub your teeth and that has soft bristles. Although some patients may prefer medium strength bristles, soft bristles are usually the best bet because they will clean your teeth without eroding away at the enamel.

Your Toothpaste

All toothpaste are created equal, right? Unfortunately (and fortunately) that is not the case. When you’re shopping for a toothpaste, the number one thing you want as an adult or for your kids is fluoride toothpaste. So, what is fluoride? Fluoride is the number one natural way to protect your teeth from cavities and although it’s present in most tap water, using it in your toothpaste adds an extra layer of protection for your teeth. Another thing to look for? Toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide which can whiten them.

Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are ways to make sure that they are more effective. If you want to learn more about how you can take better care of your oral health, schedule a dental consultation online with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today or call  (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get the Chip Off Your Shoulder: What to Do If You Chip a Veneer

Veneers Albuquerque NMVeneers can be used for a variety of cosmetic reasons including giving you a straighter, whiter, healthier looking smile. And although veneers can withstand a lot, they can still chip sometimes; especially if you’re really hard on them. So, what should you do if you chip your veneer? Let’s take a closer look at a few tips.

Call Our Office

The first thing you should do when you chip your veneer is to call our office to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can get you in and get it fixed, the better off you will be. And because a chipped veneer is a pretty urgent situation, we will do our best to get you in as soon as possible.

See If The Veneer Is Still Intact

Next, look at your veneer and see if it is in fact just a small chip or if it looks like the whole veneer will need to be replaced. Oftentimes, if there is just a tiny chip at the bottom, Dr. Steven Holbrook will be able to add onto it to repair it. If, however, the rack is too severe to be repaired, then he may have to replace the entire thing.

Save Pieces

If you can, try to save the small piece that chipped off from your tooth; this will help Dr. Steven Holbrook with the repair and to take a closer look to see exactly how you got the chip in the first place to help prevent it from happening again later on down the line.

Having a chipped veneer can really make you have a chip on your shoulder but Dr. Holbrook can either repair or replace it in no time. Are you ready to learn more about dental veneers and how they can be repaired? Schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque office today and contact us online or call us at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Take Care of Your Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge Albuquerque NMWhen it comes to your natural teeth, most people know the ins and outs of how to take care of them; you brush and floss twice a day, you go to the dentist every six months, and you try not to eat too much sugar. But when it comes to taking care of a dental prosthesis, you may not know exactly where to start. Luckily, here at Steven Holbrook’s office, we have got you covered. Let’s take a closer look at a few ways that you can make your fixed dental bridge last longer.

Brush and Floss

Because fixed dental bridges are attached to your mouth and can’t be removed, they are pretty easy to take care of. In fact, we encourage all of our fixed dental bridge patients to brush and floss around their dental bridge just like they down with their natural teeth. If for some reason you are having a hard time flossing around your bridge, try using a water flosser. Water flossers use pressurized water to help clean in between your teeth— leaving you with a cleaner mouth in the process.

Schedule Regular Visits

During your biannual dental cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook, he will not only clean your natural teeth and examine your mouth, but he will also make sure your dental bridge is secure and in good condition. If you are having any problems with your dental bridge, make sure to address them with him during your appointment.

Be Careful

Although fixed dental bridges are strong and resilient, you should still be careful with them. For instance, try to avoid using your teeth or dental bridge as a tool to open things or take tags off of clothing. Remember that they are a little more fragile than your natural teeth.

The good news about fixed dental bridges is that you don’t have to worry about soaking them at night or doing anything out of the ordinary. If you want to learn more about fixed dental bridges or how to take better care of them, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today and call  (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get Your Little Ones to Floss

Dental Cleanings Albuquerque NMGetting yourself as an adult to floss your teeth both morning and night can sometimes feel like you’re setting yourself up to fail. But getting your little ones to floss their teeth can seem like a whole different hurdle. If you are having a hard time getting your kids to floss their teeth, Dr. Steven Holbrook has a few tips up his teeth to make things, hopefully, a little easier.

Get Flossers

One of the hardest parts of dental care for kids is getting them to learn how to use dental floss; that’s where dental flossers come into play. Dental flossers are designed with kids in mind and are pre-wrapped pieces of dental floss that they can weave in and out of their teeth without having to deal with the hassle of traditional dental floss.

Use a Chart

Sticker charts are a good idea for a variety of things including tooth brushing, chores, reading, and you guessed it, flossing. Every time your little one flosses their teeth let them put a sticker on a chart. Once they fill the chart up, they get a reward like a movie date or a toy from the dollar store.

Do It Together

One of the best ways to teach your kids to do things is by example. If your kids see you flossing, they are more likely to take an interest in it themselves. If you are having a hard time getting your kids to floss, suggest that you floss together.

Getting your kids to do just about anything can seem like more of a chore for you than for them. If you have had a hard time getting your kids excited about flossing, you are not alone. However, by using these three easy tips listed above, you can hopefully get your kids flossing without having to make a fuss about it.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about dental tips, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Myths About Dental Implants Debunked

Dental Implants Albuquerque NM In the world we live in, it’s easy to get absorbed by technology and believe everything we read online. And although there’s a lot of valid information out there, there’s also a lot of myths circulating the dental industry. Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we pride ourselves on giving our patients clear, concise, and accurate information each and every time. Why? Because we want you to know all about the dental procedures you are getting and why they’re important. This article will debunk three common myths about dental implants.

Myth 1: They’re Only for the Elderly

One common misconception that many people have about dental implants is that they are only for the elderly, but that simply isn’t the case. Dental implants are for adults of all ages who have had to have a tooth extracted and need a replacement.

Myth 2: They’re Uncomfortable

Unlike dentures that can sometimes rub against the gums if they don’t fit well, dental implants shouldn’t give you any sort of trouble— especially after they have healed. Because dental implants are actually implanted into your gums, you won’t have to worry about them rubbing on anything or irritating your gums.

During the dental implant procedure itself, we will likely use a local anesthetic to help numb your mouth so that you don’t feel a thing. Although you may be sore when you get home and recover, it should subside after just a few days.

Myth 3: They Are a Lot of Work

Another misconception that some people have about dental implants is that they are a lot of work. However, you just care for them as you would your natural teeth— make sure that you are brushing them twice a day and that you floss.

Schedule a Consultation

Dental implants are one of the best ways to restore a smile. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and whether or not they are the right option for you, schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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