Hormones and your oral health

Women experience many changes over the years with their hormone levels. Between puberty and menopause, these hormonal fluctuations can have an impact on weight, mood, and sex drive. But did you also know that hormones can impact your oral health? Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM work with women to help them understated how hormones affect their oral health and what they can do to ensure a healthy smile for many, many years!

What hormonal changes can impact oral health?

  • Puberty – during the teen years, many changes occur during puberty. Common concerns seen at this time include red, swollen gums and even a jump in canker sore development. Maintaining good oral health habits can reduce discomfort, inflammation, and bleeding during this time.
  • Periods – menstrual changes impact many things each month, including the gums. Swollen and bleeding gums can occur during a woman’s period, and will resolve when it stops. However, if these changes occur but do not go away after a week or two, it may be time to visit the dentist for an evaluation.
  • Pregnancy – during pregnancy, hormones are almost in hyperdrive, and can cause women to experience pregnancy-related gingivitis. This is commonly seen between months two through eight during pregnancy, and can be usually kept under control with daily care. Maintaining a smile free from periodontal disease is also important during this time, as periodontal disease is linked to birth concerns including preterm labor and low birth weights.
  • Menopause – during menopause, the body is going through a lot of hormonal changes during this transition. It can cause patients to experience bone loss through osseointegration and experience dry mouth.

Discuss your hormones and dental health with a professional

Dr. Steve E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, New Mexico work directly with women who are concerned about the impact their hormonal changes have on their oral health. If you live in the community and are interested in talking with a dental professional about your hormones and oral health, call (505) 881-1159 today to request a consultation visit. Our team can educate you on what to expect as your oral health changes with hormonal impacts. The practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and accepts new patients.

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Love your smile again with cosmetic dental work!

Aesthetic imperfections of the teeth and gums can make patients hate their smile. Patients with problems such as permanent staining, broken teeth, or gaps may cover their mouth when they laugh, smile, or speak with others. This lack of self-confidence makes patients feel as though they can’t share their smile with those around them and make them self-conscious about their appearance. With cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, patients often find that they can enhance their smile and rebuild their self-esteem with the help of our professionals.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry changes smiles. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is excited to offer not only preventative, general, and restorative dentistry, but the ability to focus on the aesthetics of the smile as well. A healthy smile may not always be beautiful, and with cosmetic dental work, patients can transform their smile in an affordable and effective manner.

Aesthetic services available at Comprehensive Dental Care

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is excited to offer patients a range of services when it comes to smile enhancement. Below is just a small sample of what he provides:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain dental crowns
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Composite resin fillings
  • Porcelain fixed bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Invisalign orthodontics

Which treatments are right for me?

With such a wide range of cosmetic services available at the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, many patients are overwhelmed at the choices. Some restorative procedures can address more than one issue at a time. When patients schedule a consultation appointment with the team of Comprehensive Dental Care, they can take the time to speak to a dentist that has over three decades of experience in improving oral health and wellness in patients and find out what will work for them. Patients can combine a variety of treatments to essentially create a “smile makeover” plan of action.

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile?

Talk to a cosmetic dentist that has years of experience in enhancing smiles in the Albuquerque, NM area. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook can be reached by calling (505) 881-1159 and scheduling a consultation appointment to discuss aesthetic services.

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Why dental implants are the better tooth replacement

Do you have a space in your smile resulting from a lost or extracted tooth? Are you unsure of what options are available to you? Are you concerned about picking a restoration that doesn’t meet your budget or lifestyle? Dr. Steven E. Holbrook understands. He is an Albuquerque, NM area dentist who has over three decades of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Patients of the community who are in need of tooth replacement options are encouraged to request a consultation appointment at his practice.

What options are available?

There are a few primary options available to patients when they are seeking tooth replacement. These options include:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Porcelain dental bridges
  • Dental implants

In many instances, dental implants are far superior than their alternatives. This is because of the many benefits they provide. Dental implants are chosen because they are:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Biocompatible
  • Natural-looking
  • Permanent
  • Easy to care for

Why are dental implants the best tooth replacement?

In addition to the benefits above, dental implants are also the only tooth replacement option that can counteract bone resorption. Bone resorption is the loss of bone that can occur when patients are missing teeth or have them extracted for decay or disease. This bone resorption is what causes full denture wearers to experience a “sunken in” appearance to the lower third of their face. Without teeth in place, the bone will shrink. When placing dental implants, however, the implant stimulates the process of osseointegration, which is the natural growth of bone around the implant itself. Not only does this help in growing bone in the area, but it also provides a steady foundation for the implant. This is what makes implants the strongest, most reliable tooth replacement option for patients.

Speak to Dr. Steven E. Holbrook about placing dental implants

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and want to discuss the advantages of dental implants for your smile, connect with the team at Comprehensive Dental Care to learn more. The office is conveniently located in Suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE and can be reached by phone to request a visit at (505) 881-1159.

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How to prevent dry socket from wisdom tooth removal

After patients have had permanent teeth extracted from the mouth, especially the wisdom teeth, they need to take great care to avoid developing a problem known as “dry socket.” Dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after tooth removal thought luckily, it can be prevented and treated with proper care. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook educates his patients on the concerns with dry socket and ways to reduce the risk.

What is dry socket?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook describes dry socket as a condition that occurs following tooth removal. It impacts the normal clotting process. Blood clots naturally form in the pockets left behind from the tooth to protect the area. However, pain and intensity that occurs in this area may mean that the clot has been dislodged, leaving the nerves and bone exposed and extremely sensitive.

How do I prevent dry socket?

Some patients may be at a higher risk of developing dry socket, which makes it incredibly important for them to follow their dentist’s recommendations for aftercare. This includes those who have had a history of dry socket, use birth control, or smoke. Patients who take medication that inhibits blood clotting may also have a higher risk of developing this condition, which makes it vital for them to communicate with their dentist regarding their risk.

Once a tooth has been extracted, patients can take certain steps to avoid the development of dry socket. For the next few days following tooth removal, patients should avoid:

  • Spitting
  • Rinsing
  • Drinking from straw
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking hot beverages
  • Eating hot foods
  • Eating crunchy foods such as popcorn and chips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Excessive physical activities

How is dry socket treated?

Patients should follow proper oral care practices as recommended by their dentist, which may include pain relieving medications or topical medications to help the area clot correctly. This ensures the best possible healing methods for patients who have had one or more teeth extracted from the smile.

Are you concerned about the symptoms of dry socket?

Educate yourself on the ways in which you can prevent this condition following tooth extraction. Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM today to request an evaluation at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Ste. C. The office can be reached at (505) 881-1159.

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How birth control can affect a woman’s oral health

Women make many decisions in their lives, including the choice of when, and if, to have children. If women want to delay this journey into motherhood, they often use one or several forms of birth control to do so. Birth control sometimes includes the use of hormones to regulate the cycle and reduce the chance of fertility when it is not desired. However, hormones, and birth control as well, can impact one’s oral health and wellness. Women may notice changes during certain hormonal changes in their lives, including puberty and pregnancy, and are typically not aware of how these hormonal increases and decreases can cause them to experience problems such as gingivitis.

How do hormones impact oral health?

Women need to pay close attention to their oral health during times when hormones change dramatically. The most common times include:

  • Puberty
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

During these times, hormones will fluctuate greatly. These changes in estrogen and progesterone in the system can contribute to symptoms similar to periodontal disease, including bleeding and swollen gum tissues. In addition to this inflammation, women may be at a much higher risk of developing other medical concerns including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. This is why it is so important for women to work with their dentist to ensure their oral health is at its best—especially during hormonal fluctuations.

How can I effectively combat dental problems associated with hormonal fluctuations?

We can’t always be in control of the fluctuating hormones that we experience during certain milestones in our lives, but we can work with a dentist to ensure these changes do not impact oral health. Women should brush and floss as recommended and visit Dr. Steven E. Holbrook every six months for evaluations. Additionally, women should call their dentist at any time they notice unusual changes to their oral health, including severe toothaches or bleeding gum tissues.

Learn more about how hormones can impact your oral health

Women interested in discussing the ways in which their birth control impacts their oral health are welcome to speak to their dentist about their concerns. Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 881-1159 today, and visit the practice conveniently located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C.

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Straighten teeth with a “clear” solution called Invisalign

Have you been considering the advantages of a straighter smile? Have you been told by a dental professional that you could benefit from having braces? Are you embarrassed to move forward with treatment due to the look and discomfort associated with metal bracket and wire solutions? If you are thinking about improving the smile and doing so in a less noticeable way, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM has a solution for you: Invisalign.

Understanding how Invisalign works

Invisalign is a method of realigning the teeth to improve appearance and bite. Instead of using metal brackets glued to the teeth with metal wires pushing them into alignment, Invisalign works with clear plastic trays that achieve the same results. The benefit? Invisalign is practically invisible, hence the name! Patients wear discreet trays over the dental arch to gently push the teeth into the desired position. This eliminates the need for unsightly braces used in past, and makes for a wonderful alternative for those with mild to moderate misalignment.

When patients are considered an appropriate candidate for Invisalign, they start with a series of 3D digital impressions of the teeth. This information is then sent over to the Invisalign laboratories. The labs create a series of trays based on the patient’s current smile and the smile they want to achieve. The more severe the misalignment, the more trays the patient will have in their treatment. Invisalign mails the trays back to the dentist where patients arrive to pick them up and learn about how to care for them. Each tray is used for two weeks. Patients wear the trays day and night and only remove them to brush, floss, eat, and drink. After two weeks, patients trade the tray for the next tray in the series. By the end of treatment, patients will have a beautiful smile—without the use of unsightly metal braces!

Discover the benefits of Invisalign

Patients in and around the area of Albuquerque, NM who are considering orthodontic treatment should ask their dentist about Invisalign. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team provide Invisalign as a way to enhance the smile without unsightly metal orthodontia. Book an appointment by calling (505) 881-1159 and visiting the office at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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Five ways to prevent periodontal disease

Albuquerque, NM area patients who are ready to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile should learn about the ways to protect their smile from gum disease. Below are several things to consider for prevention:

  • Brush your teeth. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria can build up on the teeth all day. By brushing the teeth after every meal, you can keep these problems under control.
  • Floss at least once a day. Food particles stuck between teeth can break down and contribute to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Flossing is important to maintaining oral health and wellness, and should be done at least once a day, if not more.
  • Use mouthwash. Even if you brush and floss thoroughly, you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you think. Mouthwash can be used to get into areas that may have been missed.
  • Attend regular dental appointments. When patients visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, any concerns can be spotted soon enough to effectively treat them before they become a bigger problem.
  • Know your risks. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, including your age, habits, diet, and genetic factors. Talk with your dental professional if you are at a higher risk to determine the best course of action and any lifestyle changes that can be made.

Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today

If you are considering comprehensive dental care and have questions regarding the best way to maintain a healthy smile, connect with our dentist in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Steve E. Holbrook has over three decades of experience in providing quality general, preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry for new and current families. His practice can be reached for an appointment at (505) 881-1159.

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How to keep your teeth white (and teeth whitening services)

What makes a smile beautiful? When patients are asked this question, their first response is often “bright, white, and clean teeth.” While our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, they can change in their appearance over time. Not only can yellowing and discoloration be caused by aging, but it can also result from eating and drinking certain foods and beverages that can stain the natural tooth enamel. Coffee, red wine, and teas are commonly known to discolor natural tooth enamel.

Though many drugstores offer a wide selection of teeth whitening treatments such as take-home trays, strips, and toothpastes, many of these fall short of providing the results patients really want. At the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook in Albuquerque, NM, patients can find solutions that work for them and offer more dramatic results!

  • Professional whitening – First and foremost, patients seeking whitening solutions that provide immediate results are welcome to ask our team about professional teeth whitening options. Our practice proudly uses Opalescence teeth whitening products which are used in the privacy of one’s home. Patients whiten their teeth using specialized bleaching gels and whitening trays, wearing them as needed to boost the brilliance and natural beauty of their smiles.
  • Lifestyle changes – In-between whitening products, patients should also pay close attention to what they are consuming that is contributing to the discoloration of the natural tooth enamel. Many beverages are known to contribute to discoloration, including coffees, red wines, and teas. Patients should also avoid smoking cigarettes which may also dull the enamel and it’s natural beauty.
  • Medication concerns – Some patients experience staining due to certain medications they may take. One of the most problematic medications for this is tetracycline, which is an antibiotics with a side effect of tooth discoloration. Patients may want to talk to their primary care provider to determine if an alternative can be used to avoid further impact to the teeth.

Albuquerque, NM patients ready to work with a team of professionals to learn more about maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile are encouraged to book an appointment at our practice by calling (505) 881-1159.

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The importance of dental cleanings and routine examinations

Patients are advised to see their dentist every six months for an evaluation and a dental cleaning. But why? Why are these recall appointments so important? Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM explains to patients why these routine visits are essential for maintaining oral health and wellness.

The importance of dental cleanings

While most patients properly brush and floss their teeth, there are areas of the mouth that might not get the full attention they need. Teeth near the back of the mouth can be difficult for children to reach, and this can result in bacteria forming and contributing to the development of cavities and periodontal disease. By having a thorough cleaning performed by the dental hygienist, all areas can be reached. Dental cleanings also help in removing plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and gums.

The importance of routine dental examinations

In addition to a dental cleaning, visits at our practice include dental examinations. Our evaluations include both a physical examination of the teeth and gums as well as x-rays. X-rays are images that allow the dentist to see below the gum line to spot potential issues that could develop. X-rays are also used to see areas of decay that might not be visible on the exposed part of the tooth. When a dentist is planning certain dental procedures, such as the placement of dental implants, he will need to be able to see the bone structure and the health of the surrounding teeth to plan treatment. By visiting every six months, our dentist can also look for early signs of problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, which can be successfully treated easier when found sooner.

Request a visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook

Patients in the Albuquerque, NM area who want to start seeing their dentist regularly to improve their oral health are welcome to request an appointment with our team by calling (505) 881-1159. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook has over three decades of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions to patients in and around the community. We invite you and your family to learn more about caring for the smile with a proper dental education in our facility.

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How dental implants differ from traditional dentures

Choosing a tooth replacement option that works for your smile and your lifestyle may be difficult for some patients if they are new to the area of restorative dentistry. While we have more ways than ever to help avoid completely tooth loss, it can still occur to some of our patients. With complete loss of the upper and/or lower arch of teeth, patients are impacted negatively in many ways. They will be unable to bite and chew, and speaking will be incredibly difficult. By working with Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM, patients can find the difference between traditional dentures and the integration of dental implants.

Dental implants versus traditional dentures

Many patients are well aware of the function of traditional dentures. These acrylic restorations are made to incorporate false gum tissue and false teeth. The appliance is worn over the ridge of the gums to replace the arch of teeth. Some patients rely on natural suction to hold their dentures in place, while others use traditional denture adhesives that are available over-the-counter. However, patients who want a more sturdy, stronger solution may want to ask Dr. Steven Holbrook about the benefits of implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have several benefits. The dental implants, made of titanium, are placed into the dental arch. Then, a special denture is made that includes just false teeth. It snaps into place with the dental implants, providing the best in strength and function. These dentures are held firmly in place with the dental implant foundation, ensuring patients can enjoy all their favorite foods, including steak! These dentures are also more natural in appearance, and give patients the confidence they need in social situations. Another benefit of implant-supported dentures is the maintenance of bone. Traditional dentures need to be adjusted or changed regularly because of bone loss that occurs alongside tooth loss. But dental implants, when placed during oral surgery, help stimulate bone growth through osseointegration. This bone growth eliminates the common appearance of a sunken-in jaw that occurs with conventional tooth loss and helps patients maintain a youthful look for many, many years to come!

Request an appointment today to discuss your options

Call (505) 881-1159 to book a visit with Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM to discuss dental implants versus traditional dentures.

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