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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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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 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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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 New Year’s Resolutions Your Family Should Set for Healthier Smiles

3 New Year's Resolutions Your Family Should Set for Healthier Smiles | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NMWhen you have kids— especially little kids— one of the most fun parts of New year’s is the ability to sit down together as a family and make New Year’s resolutions. And although you can make resolutions to do things like turn off the TV and read more, don’t forget to make resolutions surrounding your oral health. Here are three New Year’s resolutions you and your family can set for healthier smiles.

Tips for a Healthier Smile

  • Brush Longer

When you are trying to get your kids either out of the door to school or into bed at bedtime, the last thing you may be concerned with is how long they are brushing. However, it’s important that your child brushes their teeth for at least 90 seconds so that every tooth and gumline gets cleaned. As a suggestion, set a timer on your phone so that you ensure everyone is brushing for long enough.

  • Brush Often

In addition to encouraging your entire family to brush for at least 90 seconds, try to set a resolution to have everyone brush more often. For instance, as soon as your kids get home from school every day, encourage them to run and brush their teeth. Remember that the more often your kids brush their teeth, the less likely harmful tartar and plaque is to build up on their teeth.

  • Visit the Dentist

The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist every six months. Make it a goal to make every dentist cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook a priority this year. Regular cleanings will help you cut down on harmful germs, bacteria, and oral diseases.

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Want to learn more about how you and your family can take better care of your oral health? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook today by calling (505) 881-1159.

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How to Freshen Up Your Bad Breath

How to Freshen Up Your Bad Breath | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMEating that garlic burger may have seemed like a good idea at the time but having garlic breath for the rest of the day certainly isn’t something to brag about— or talk about near anyone for that matter. While a gas mask can help those around you function, if you have noticed that your bad breath happens more often than not,  then you may be suffering from an underlying oral condition. Here’s what you need to know about your bad breath.

Water May Help

Are you drinking enough water every day or are you drinking more cups of coffee than you care to admit? Water helps increase your mouth’s natural production of saliva. And, your saliva works to get rid of bacteria and germs that cause bad breath. Try replacing your second, third, and the even fourth cup of coffee with some water instead. The extra hydration may not only clean up your breath, but it can also help you feel physically better as well.

It Could Be an Infection

In addition to bad breath, have you noticed any other symptoms? Are your teeth or gums sore? Do you have a difficulty swallowing? Have you noticed that your gums bleed easily? All of these and more are indications that you may have an oral infection. Infections cause bad breath among other things, but with the proper diagnosis and treatment, your bad breath should ease up.

Changes Can Go a Long Way

To help clean up your bad breath, try making a few changes to your oral hygiene. For instance, make sure that you are regularly flossing your teeth. Additionally, try to clean your tongue with either your toothbrush or with an ADA approved tongue scraper. If you have made these changes but are still experiencing chronic bad breath, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook.

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Bad breath doesn’t automatically equate to an infection, but if your symptoms persist contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159

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Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding What’s Done During Your Dental Cleaning

Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding What’s Done During Your Dental Cleaning | Albuquerque, NMJust like getting your oil changed on a regular basis, you get your teeth cleaned bi-annually. And although you may have had more dental cleanings than you can remember, you may not be aware of exactly what Dr. Steven Holbrook does during a cleaning. To help you feel more informed and knowledgeable about a simple dental cleaning procedure, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Step 1: The Cleaning

As soon as you sit back in the Dr. Steven Holbrook’s dental chair, you likely let your mind take you elsewhere— planning your next vacation or something exciting to do with your family. However, what you may not realize is that this is one of the most important steps of your dental appointment. By using a device called a scaler— a metal instrument with a sharp end— Dr. Holbrook will scrape the tartar off your teeth both above and below the gumline.

Step 2: The Examination

During the examination, Dr. Holbrook will look at your teeth for any abnormalities like holes, decay, or erosion. Additionally, he will also feel around your neck and throat for any lumps. During this time, let Dr. Holbrook know if you are experiencing any tenderness or pain— this could be indicative of an underlying problem.

Step 3: The Polish

As long as everything looks normal and healthy, this will be the last step of your appointment. By using an ultrasonic device, Dr. Holbrook will polish your teeth with an abrasive compound to help get rid of any excess plaque or tartar. He may also apply a fluoride treatment at this time.

Schedule a Consultation

Sometimes it’s nice to know just exactly what you are getting done during something as basic as a bi-annual dental cleaning appointment. If you need to schedule your next cleaning or would like to be seen for another oral issue, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!

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