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. 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.

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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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Showing Early Signs of Gingivitis? What to Do?

Periodontal Disease Albuquerque, NMGingivitis or gum disease is one of the most common oral conditions that Dr. Steven Holbrook sees patients for. Caused by plaque build-up along the gum line, gum disease can cause things like tender gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, or even gums that have started to recede. If you have started to experience any of these symptoms, what steps should you take?

Come Into our Office

The first thing you should do if you start experiencing any swollen, tender, bleeding or receding gums is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook. The only way to cure gum disease is to get your teeth professionally cleaned. Depending on how advanced your gum disease will help Dr. Holbrook determine what treatment will work best for you. Typically, if gum disease is caught early on, it can be treated with a thorough cleaning to help get rid of the excess plaque. If, however, your gum disease is a little more advanced, than we may recommend another procedure.

Make Sure You Floss

One of the leading causes of patients who have extra plaque build-up is a lack of flossing. Next to brushing, flossing your teeth is one of the best things you can do for your overall oral health. If you can’t get onboard with regular dental floss, then consider investing in a water flosser. Water flossers work by using pressurized water to help get rid of excess food and tartar from your teeth.

Drink More Water

If you are a big soda drinker, then you aren’t doing your teeth any service. In fact, soda is filled with enough sugar to cause not only an additional plaque on your teeth but cavities as well. Try replacing your daily soda intake with water instead. Water isn’t just better for your teeth because it’s sugar-free, but it can also help get rid of germs and bacteria on your teeth after you eat.

Schedule a Consultation

As long as it’s caught early on, gum disease is fairly easy to manage. Schedule your next dental cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today: (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Teeth Whitening

How to Get the Most Out of Your Teeth Whitening | Albuquerque NMWhitening your teeth is one of the fastest and easiest ways that you can transform your smile from drab to fab. Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we use at-home dental whitening trays and bleach to help whiten your teeth up to several shades whiter than they were before.

During your initial appointment, we will create molds for your dental trays, and you will pick them up at your second appointment. But, how can you get the most out of your teeth whitening experience? Try these three tips.

Teeth Whitening Tips

Don’t Skip a Day

Because we use an at-home whitening treatment at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you are using it every day. Remember that if you skip a few days, it’s going to take that much longer to get the maximum results. If you’re having a hard time remembering to whiten your teeth, try keeping them right by your bathroom sink as a reminder.

Use a Whitening Toothpaste

One of the best ways to get the most out of your teeth whitening is to follow up with whitening toothpaste every time you brush. Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste contains ingredients like hydrogen peroxide which help you get rid of surface stains from food and beverages— leaving your teeth whiter for longer.

Watch What You Drink

Even though there are scientific studies out there pointing to the health benefits of beverages like red wine and black coffee, they are terrible for your teeth. Not only can coffee and red wine stain your teeth almost immediately but coffee is very acidic which means that it can erode away your enamel. Try cutting down on coffee, black tea, and red wine. Or, if you have to have a glass or two, make sure to drink a glass of water afterward to prevent it from staining your teeth.

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Are you ready to learn more about how you can get whiter teeth? Schedule an appointment at our office in Albuquerque, NM by calling (505) 881-1159.

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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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To learn more about gum disease prevention or to schedule your next cleaning, contact our Albuquerque office today (505) 881-1159.

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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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To learn more about teeth whitening or to schedule a consultation at our office in Albuquerque, NM, please (505) 881-1159

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