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Why does my tooth hurt?

Are you experiencing pain in your mouth? Does this pain radiate from a tooth in your smile? If so, you may be curious about the need for dental care. Aching, sore, and painful teeth are often an indication of problems such as tooth decay or infection. Find out what factors can lead to tooth pain and how the team of Comprehensive Dental Care can help!

Bruxism

Patients who have persistent grinding of the teeth, known as bruxism, are often at risk of damaging their natural tooth enamel and any dental restorations that are in place. This grinding and clenching can wear down natural tooth enamel or damage the teeth with cracks or chips. This pressure on the teeth can be detrimental to ones oral health and wellness. Patients may want to speak to their dentist about mouth guards to protect the smile from bruxism and reduce the chances of tooth pain.

Tooth decay

One common cause of toothaches is an undiagnosed and untreated area of tooth decay. Also known as cavities, these areas can become deep and result in the development of a toothache. Fillings are the best method of treatment for areas of decay and can often improve discomfort. Our practice offers tooth-colored fillings, which blend into the smile and are difficult for others to notice.

Infection

Sometimes, tooth decay can become so deep that it reaches the inner canals of the tooth where the dental pulp resides. Dental pulp is a mass of tissues that keeps the blood supply to the tooth and houses the nerves which can send signals of pain. When the dental pulp is infected, treatment such as root canal therapy may be advised to save the natural tooth structure while addressing the infection. Patients may also be prescribed antibiotics to further treat the infection and keep it from spreading elsewhere in the mouth.

Do you have questions about mouth pain?

Our team at Comprehensive Dental Care of Albuquerque, NM wants to assist patients in avoiding toothaches and other problems that can impact the smile. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling our practice today at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Things You May Be Doing That Cause Enamel Erosion

Having a strong body is good and all, but here at our office, we encourage all of our patients to get stronger teeth. One way to get a stronger, healthier smile is to ensure that your tooth’s enamel is in good shape. Let’s go over a few things that you may be doing every day that may be weakening your enamel without you even knowing about it.

Drinking Coffee

Coffee may be the only thing that can get you out of bed in the morning and for a good reason, but drinking too much coffee is bad for your teeth. Coffee is high in acidity, which makes it the perfect tool to erode the enamel on your teeth. Try either cutting back on your coffee or brushing your teeth right after you have your morning cup of jo; the less time that coffee sits on your teeth for, the better.

Eating Starches

Starches are one of those types of foods that give you comfort; especially after a long day at work. Whether you prefer starchy foods in the form of mashed potatoes or pasta, they aren’t doing your teeth any favors. Why? Because starch turns into sugar, which in turn can weaken your teeth’s enamel and cause extreme tooth decay.

Not Drinking Enough Water

If you get fatigued easily, get a lot of headaches, or tend to feel light-headed, it may be because you aren’t drinking enough water. On average, you should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce cups of water every day. Not only will drinking more water help you to feel better overall, but it will also help to speed up your salivary glands, which naturally keep your teeth clean. Try getting into a better habit of drinking more water and your entire body will thank you.

Do you want to learn a little bit more about how you can get a healthier smile? Contact our Albuquerque office and call (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For the Sake of Your Teeth: 3 Beverages to Never Drink

For the Sake of Your Teeth: 3 Beverages to Never Drink | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMYou are what you eat, and drink. Everyone knows that water is the best thing you can drink for your body and your mouth’s health, but it’s often the last thing people choose to drink. The next time you reach for a drink other than water, remember that you may be causing more harm than good to your teeth. This article will list three beverages never to drink. Read on to learn more.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade now grace virtually every fountain machine out there. However, they are one of the worst things you can drink for your teeth. Containing tons of sugar, sports drinks will only add to your daily caloric intake and coat your teeth. And, unless you are running a big race or doing a strenuous workout, your body doesn’t need all of the electrolytes that these sports drinks contain.

Soda

Both diet and regular soda can erode away at your enamel and lead to cavities. Containing ingredients like brown syrup and endless amounts of sugar, soda may as well be your mouth’s number one enemy.

Juice

Most juice contains a combination of natural fruit sugars and regular sugar to make it that much more enticing. And although you may assume that juice is a healthy alternative, all of that sugar can quickly lead to a mouth full of cavities and a bunch of extra calories to boot. If you do find an all-natural juice with no added sugars, make sure to brush your teeth directly afterward.

Before you grab a sports drink, soda, or juice, make sure to think twice about drinking it for the sake of your teeth.

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