3 Types of Dental Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMNobody wants to smile in front of the camera with a mouth full of brown or yellow teeth. With Christmas cards and a lot of photos to post on social media, now is the perfect time to get rid of your stained teeth and embrace newly whitened teeth. Here at Steven E. Holbrook’s office, we have three types of dental whitening options that we offer patients depending on the severity of your tooth discoloration and your lifestyle.

 

Home Whitening

If you have tooth sensitivity, then home whitening may be the perfect thing for you. Why? At home tooth whitening is convenient and gentle because the concentration of hydrogen peroxide and whitening ingredients are much lower.

Power Whitening

If you want really fast results, then power whitening will be the trick for you. During this one-hour visit, we will apply a special whitening gel to the teeth which will help give you immediate results. So, if you are looking for a really fast way to get visibly whiter teeth then power whitening may be the perfect solution for you.

Deep whitening

If you have more than just surface stains, then you may want to consider deep whitening. Deep whitening combines both home whitening and power whitening to help give you the best results possible. To start out, we will combine two weeks of at home whitening with a comprehensive one-hour whitening session.

It can be frustrating to use over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and not get any results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Holbrook at our office, he will take a close look at your teeth and determine which type of whitening solution will give you the best results possible. Then from there, we will get started on getting you one step closer to having a brighter, whiter smile.

Are you ready to get a whiter smile? Schedule your consultation at our Albuquerque office and contact us at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Good For Your Oral Health

Dental Exams Albuquerque NMYour oral health and your Thanksgiving dinner may sound like two things that don’t exactly go hand in hand, but there at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, anything is possible. Okay, maybe not anything, but when it comes to your oral health, we like to think that we can do anything. Before you sit down and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast with friends and family, Dr. Holbrook has created a list of a few foods that are good for your oral health.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese doesn’t just make a delicious side dish, but it’s also really high in calcium. Calcium is one of the number one things we encourage our patients (of all ages) to indulge in for their oral health because it promotes strong teeth. So even though that macaroni and cheese may be high in calories, at least you know you’re getting the calcium that you need.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A. Why is Vitamin A so important for your oral health? Because it promotes strong teeth, gums, and enamel; leaving you less prone to chips, cracks, and cavities in the process. When eating sweet potatoes, though, try to avoid sweet potato casserole because it’s usually full of sugar. Instead, try to eat grilled sweet potatoes instead.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin pie is loaded with a lot of sugar which isn’t good for your health but baked pumpkin is really good for your teeth. Similar to sweet potatoes, pumpkin contains a high amount of Vitamin A. Try serving up some baked pumpkin at your Thanksgiving feast this year; who knows, it may just be the next big hit.

We like to think that you can incorporate healthy oral health into every part of your life; including your diet. If you want to learn more about how you can take better care of your teeth and gums, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Still Enjoy Thanksgiving While Your Mouth Is Recovering From Implants

Dental Implant Treatment Albuquerque NMDental implants can give your mouth and smile a whole new life which is something that’s definitely worth bragging about. Before you let the bragging begin, you need to give your gums plenty of time to heal after the implant has been placed and before we put the crown on top. Because this is one of the most important steps of the process, we encourage patients to be careful when they are chewing on that side so that food doesn’t get stuck and so that the gums have plenty of time to heal. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can still enjoy your dinner if you are recovering from dental implant surgery. Luckily, we have a few tips for you.

Watch The Pecans

Pecan pie and pecan covered sweet potatoes may be a popular hit at your Thanksgiving table, but those crunchy nuts aren’t going to do your mouth any favors while you’re recovering from dental implants. Try to avoid these nuts and other ones and instead, enjoy a nice slice of pumpkin pie which is both better for you (overall) and doesn’t have anything that can disrupt the healing process.

Be Careful With the Turkey

Even though turkey is a lean meat that’s high in protein and good for you, unless it’s really soft and tender, chewing meat can be hard on your jaw and your incision site. When you are choosing some turkey meat to eat, try to cut it up into tiny pieces and make sure that it is tender enough that it almost breaks itself apart.

Alcohol

Depending on how far into the recovery process you are, Dr. Holbrook may recommend that you avoid alcohol for a few days or even a week after surgery because it’s a blood thinner. Blood thinners may slow down the healing process and cause your mouth to bleed a little bit longer than it should.

The great thing about Thanksgiving (other than family and friends) is that a lot of the foods are easy to chew like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, bread rolls, and casseroles. Use the tips in this article to help speed up your mouth’s recovery process after dental implant surgery.

To learn more recovery tips or to schedule your next appointment, contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Avoid Halloween Cavities

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NM The best thing about Halloween— other than getting dressed up, of course— is to eat as much Halloween candy as you want. And even though you’re an adult and you can do what you want, you should be careful with how much candy that you really are eating so that you don’t end up with a mouth full of Halloween cavities. So, what can you do? Let’s take a closer look at some tips.

Try Eating Healthy Snacks

Yes, sure, having a piece or two of candy isn’t going to be the end of the world for you and your oral health but if you feel like you’re eating more candy than is humanly possible, then you may want to set it aside and choose a healthy snack instead. Healthy snacks like apple slices or carrot sticks aren’t just good for your body, but they are also good for your teeth as well.

Put Down the Soda

Nothing goes quite as good with a handful of candy quite like more sugar, right? Rather than drinking a soda or two every day, try drinking more water. Water is not only great for your overall health, but it’s also great for your teeth. By drinking a lot of water throughout the day you can help to gently wash off any sugar on your teeth and encourage your mouth’s natural production of saliva— which also helps to fight cavities.

Brush Those Teeth

Dr. Steven Holbrook can say it once and he will continue to remind you to brush your teeth multiple times a day— especially if your Halloween diet consists of a lot of candy. When brushing your teeth, make sure that you are using a new toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

There’s no shame in eating a lot of candy as an adult or even stealing it from your little kids, but it’s definitely not fun to get some Halloween cavities. To learn more about how you can take better care of your teeth, schedule a dentist appointment at our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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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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