How to Spring Clean Your Smile

Dental Cleanings Albuquerque NM While your neighbors are spring cleaning and getting rid of thing in their garages and basements, you can take spring cleaning to a whole new level and take better care of your smile. From getting a thorough dental cleaning to getting your teeth professionally whitened, let’s take a closer look at a few tips from Dr. Holbrook to help you get a more vibrant smile.

Thorough Cleaning

The best way to spring clean your smile is to get your teeth professionally cleaned. During your cleaning, Dr. Holbrook will scrape off any tartar and plaque build up on your teeth, check for cavities, take some ex-rays, and then polish your teeth. As long as you are cavity-free and there are no signs of gum disease or other issues, you are good to go!

Whiten

Another way that you can get a more vibrant smile this spring is to get your teeth professionally whitened. Whether we use our Opalescence at-home bleaching trays or our power whitening treatment, we can help you get visibly whiter and brighter teeth in virtually no time at all. Plus, we will make sure that you have a system that you can use at home to touch up your teeth so that you don’t get any extensive stains.

Drink More Water

After you have had your teeth cleaned and whitened, one of the best ways for you to keep them clean is to drink more water. If you normally drink a lot of coffee and tea, you may actually be staining your teeth which is the last thing that you want. But, by getting into the habit of drinking more water, you can help keep your teeth in the best shape possible.

These three tips are easy ways for you to essentially spring clean your smile. If you want to learn a little bit more about how you can take better care of your teeth, schedule a consultation with us at our Albuquerque office and call (505) 881-1159.

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Signs of Gum Disease

Gum Disease, Albuquerque, NM There are few things that you want in life like a good job, a healthy family, and maybe a trip to the beach every year, but there are lots of things that you don’t want anything to do with like gum disease. As one of the most common oral conditions that Dr. Holbrook sees patients for, if you have gum disease, you certainly are not alone. But before you self diagnose yourself with this oral condition, there are a few signs for you to look out for.

  • Red, swollen, bleeding, tender gums- These are the most common symptoms of gum disease. If you are the type of person who only flosses on occasion, then you may experience red, swollen, tender gums when you start flossing again. However, if you floss on a regular basis or if these symptoms don’t subside, then it may be an indication that you have gum disease.
  • Receding Gums- In more advanced stages of gum disease, some patients start to notice that their gums are pulling away from the teeth which causes them to look longer than before. If this goes untreated, it can result in loose or separating teeth.
  • Pus in between your gums and teeth- This is a big indication that you either have gum disease or you have another sort of oral infection.
  • Persistent bad breath- Having bad breath after you eat a garlic burger or if you haven’t brushed your teeth in a few hours is normal, but having persistent bad breath isn’t.
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or the way your partial dentures fit- In advanced stages of gum disease, patients experience shifts in the way that their teeth or dentures fit together which isn’t something you should necessarily be experiencing.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed in this article, make sure that you contact Dr. Holbrook today and schedule an appointment. To learn more or to schedule your next appointment, contact us at our Albuquerque at (505) 881-1159.

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Going on Spring Break? How to Take Good Care of Your Smile While You’re Gone

Dental Care, Albuquerque, NMSpring break vacation is the perfect time of year to escape the mundane and head somewhere tropical or just change up your scenery. Before you head out of town, Dr. Holbrook has created a packing list of things for you to bring so that you don’t come back with a mouthful of cavities.

Travel Toothbrush

The number one thing that you need to bring with you on vacation is a toothbrush. But, if you feel like your toothbrush is too bulky to travel with, then consider getting a travel toothbrush. Travel toothbrushes usually have a removable handle that you can fold into your toothbrush or place over the top of the bristles so that they take up less room.

Gum

If you are flying on a long flight, then make sure to you bring a pack of sugar -ree chewing gum with you. Even though chewing gum isn’t a toothbrush and toothpaste, it can help to increase your mouth’s production of saliva which works to clean your teeth and get rid of plaque and tartar. Plus, gum is one of the best ways to fight bad breath!

Water Flosser

Water flossers used to be bulky and the last thing that you would bring with you on vacation. Luckily, they are now wireless and a lot smaller which means that they are ideal to travel with.

If you are the type of person who hates to floss everyday— especially on vacation— then bring a water flosser with you; that way you get your gums and teeth as clean as possible.

To fully enjoy your spring break trip, make sure that you don’t leave your oral health behind. To learn more about these and other tips, contact Dr. Holbrook at our Albuquerque office and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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Let’s Get Down to the Root of Root Canals

Root Canal | Albuquerque NMIf you recently came into our office and found out that you have to get a root canal, you may be wondering what on earth that means for you and your mouth. To help you understand a little bit more about this procedure, we have created a list answering some frequently asked questions.

 

 

FAQ: Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

You may not realize it, but your tooth is made up of three main layers; the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. Sometimes, when a patient has a cavity (a hole in their tooth) bacteria can enter into the pulp where all of the nerves are which causes an infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and decay are removed with a procedure called a root canal.

FAQ: How Is a Root Canal Done?

During a root canal, we will start out by numbing your tooth and surrounding gums. Once the tooth is numb, we will place a sheet of rubber around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Then, we will make an opening on the top of the tooth so that we can remove the pulp, nerve tissue, decay, and bacteria. Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, will will then seal it with a permanent or temporary filling. Then, at your next appointment which is usually a week later, the roots and the inside of the tooth will be filled and sealed using special dental materials.

FAQ: What Is Recovery Like?

For the most part, recovery after a root canal is fairly basic. On average, patients may have a little bit of tenderness and swelling but that should subside after just a couple of days. To help ease inflammation and pain, you can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen.

Even though a root canal may not be familiar to you, it is something that we perform on a regular basis. To learn more about root canals and what you can expect from yours, contact us at our Albuquerque office and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Tips to Teach Your Kids When They Are Learning How to Brush

Dental Health. Albuquerque, NMAs a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your kids just about everything they know. Even though those disgusting habits like picking their noses may not be something you want people to think they learned from you, having good oral habits is something that you should be proud of. To make sure that your kids learn all of the tools they need to have a healthier and happier smile, let’s take a closer look at a few tips that you can teach them.

Flossing

Flossing is the first step to get your mouth clean and although you may not be able to teach your little kids how to use traditional dental floss, you can get them small flossers which are easier for them to hold onto. All they have to do is try to wiggle it in between their teeth; that way it gets out everything from in between them. Let them know that for the first week, their gums may be sensitive, but that it’s normal and will go away.

Brushing

Brushing is the most important step that you should teach your kids. If they are only going to pick one thing to do to perfect their oral health, make sure that it’s brushing. Just make sure that you choose a toothbrush that appropriately fits their mouth. Then, choose a flavor of toothpaste that they like; that way you can make brushing a little bit more fun. If you really are having a hard time getting them to brush consider making a chart for them. Then, if they consistently brush their teeth, they can go to the store and pick out a sugar-free treat.

Don’t Forget to Rinse

Another important part of oral care that you can teach your kids is rinsing after they are done brushing. Rinsing helps you to get the extra food and germs out of your mouth so that you don’t get a cavity or an oral infection. To rinse, all you have to do is just put some warm water in your mouth after you brush and then spit it out.

Teaching your kids good oral habits at a young age will set them up for a healthier future. If you want to learn more ways to ensure that your family’s mouths stay happy and healthy, contact us at our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

 

 

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FAQs About Filings

Dental Fillings, Albuquerque, NMIf you have lived thus far without having to get a filling, then you deserve a serious pat on the back. Fillings are one of the most common oral procedures that we do at our office for patients who have a cavity. But even though they are familiar to us, it doesn’t mean that they are familiar to you. To help you get ready for your appointment, let’s take a closer look at some frequently asked questions about this procedure.

FAQ: Are They Permanent?

Similar to other oral appliances, fillings aren’t permanent and will likely have to be replaced at one point in your life. However, they are really strong and durable as long as you take care of them really well.

FAQ: What Is the Procedure Like?

Before you come into our office to have your tooth filled we will go over the procedure with you briefly, but let’s reiterate. To start out, we will numb your tooth and Dr. Holbrook will remove the decay. After the decay has been removed, he will thoroughly clean the area. The composite filling will then be placed, shaped, and polished which will restore your tooth to its original function and shape.

FAQ: What Does It Look Like?

Usually, Dr. Holbrook uses composite fillings that are tooth colored and should blend in fairly well with your natural tooth. Some patients can’t see it, but other patients will notice that it’s a little bit lighter than their natural tooth. Either way, it’s not something that anybody else but you and Dr. Holbrook will ever notice.

FAQ: How Do I Take Care Of It?

When we send you home after your tooth has been filled we will give you a list of instructions on how to take care of your tooth. Usually, it’s very basic and includes avoiding foods that are extremely hard or chewy, brushing your teeth on a regular basis, and getting frequent exams.

Now that you know a few of the basics about composite fillings, it’s time to get in Dr. Holbrooks dental chair. Contact Dr. Holbrook today and call us at our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get The Perfect Smile in 2019

Teeth Whitening Albuquerque NMHaving the perfect smile is about more than just looking good in pictures on Instagram. If you feel like your smile is less than perfect then there are a few different things that we can do to help you get there. From teeth whitening to regular teeth cleanings, this article will list a few things that Dr. Steven Holbrook can help you with during this year.

Teeth Straightening

Having a mouth full of crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious and it can even make chewing be uncomfortable sometimes. Here at our office, Dr. Holbrook offers patients Invisalign which works to straighten the teeth by using a series of clear aligners. Every two weeks, you will change out your custom aligners which will move them one step closer to the perfect smile.

Teeth Whitening

After you have done Invisalign, let us give you a whiter smile. With professional teeth whitening, we can help you get whiter teeth in just a matter of weeks. During your initial consultation with Dr. Holbrook, he will discuss whitening trays with you so that you can decide whether or not it’s a good option for you and your smile.

Regular Cleanings

The best way for you to keep your smile looking good is by getting regular dental cleanings from Dr. Holbrook. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults get their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. During your bi-annual cleaning, Dr. Holbrook will not only clean and polish your teeth but he may take x-rays as well to look at the condition of your jaw bone health.

If you want to step into 2019 with a brighter, whiter, and healthier smile then make sure that you consider these things. To learn more, contact Albuquerque office and call us today at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Get a Smile That Would Even Make Santa Himself Feel Jealous

Veneers Albuquerque NMIf you have a smile that you aren’t exactly proud of, then why wait any longer to fix it? Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we offer patients a variety of different cosmetic dental procedures to help you get the smile that you’ve always wanted. Rather than asking Santa for the same old thing again this year, why not ask for the smile you’ve been wanting? Let’s take a closer look at a few ways that you can get a new smile that would even make Santa jealous.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers can kind of be compared to one stop shopping. By sanding down your existing teeth and then placing thin porcelain veneers over the top, we can help correct a variety of issues including crooked teeth, chipped teeth, stained teeth, small teeth, or teeth that you simply aren’t too fond of. During your initial veneers consult, we will take a closer look at the different sizes, shapes. and colors of veneers that we have to help you land on the ones that will give you the best possible smile.

Whitening

If you feel like you have a hard time saying “cheese” because of the color of your teeth, then you may want to consider getting your teeth professionally whitened. Here at our office. we use a take-home whitening system called Opalescence which uses a combination of bleach and customized whitening trays to help patients, like you, achieve the smile that you’ve been wanting.

Invisalign

Whether you have had braces in the past and it didn’t work or if you have never had any sort of straightening done on your smile, then you may want to consider Invisalign. The great thing about Invisalign is that instead of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, it uses clear aligner trays to help patients achieve a straight smile. Skip feeling sorry about your smile and get one that would have Santa and all of his reindeer feeling a little bit jealous. If you want to learn more about these options, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881.1159.

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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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