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.

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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.

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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.

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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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