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Arizona’s Desert Dentistry Explains How Dental Bridges Work

Desert Dentistry, Arizona’s top dentistry company with five offices in the Phoenix area, gives clients a refreshingly fun and friendly experience in the dentist’s chair. In this article, Desert Dentistry discusses the benefits of using dental bridges to replace missing teeth.

Phoenix, AZ – November 5, 2014 – Desert Dentistry, a Phoenix-based dentistry company, posted a new article on the Desert Dentistry website, titled “How Dental Bridges Work.” The article explains the benefits of dental bridges, how they are installed, and how to care for them. Desert Dentistry says:

“If you’re missing teeth, the consequences could be more severe than having gaps in your smile. Your face shape can change, and more stress may be put on your other teeth when you bite down, causing additional wear and tear. For this, and aesthetic reasons, dental bridges are made to help.”

The entire article can be found at: http://www.desertdentistry.com/blog/dental-bridges-work.php

Learn more about Desert Dentistry at www.DesertDentistry.com

About Desert Dentistry

Desert Dentistry’s mission is to bring the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and friendliness into the dentist’s office, provide quality services as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to make dentistry not only convenient – but maybe even fun. With offices in North Central Phoenix, South Central Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Payson, and Surprise, they offer top-notch dental care from general to cosmetic dentistry all over the Phoenix area. All five offices have been recognized for the high level of customer service they provide.

About Dr. Thomas Mattern

Dr. Thomas Mattern has been a practicing dentist since 1988 and is the founder of DesertDentistry. He has been a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentists for over 25 years, obtained a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2007, and was awarded Diplomat ranking from the American Dental Implant Association in 2011 (an honor given to only 1 percent of dentists). With Brian Tracy, Dr. Mattern recently co-authored the best-selling book Change Agents: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Successfully Changing the Status Quo to Help Their Clients Lead Better Lives and Run Better Businesses. Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Dr. Mattern, who has opened his office every year since 2003 to the ADA Give Kids a Smile program, providing care to disadvantaged children.

How Dental Bridges Work

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If you’re missing teeth, the consequences could be more severe than having gaps in your smile. Your face shape can change, and more stress may be put on your other teeth when you bite down, causing additional wear and tear. For this, and aesthetic reasons, dental bridges are made to help. A dental bridge replaces the missing teeth with custom-made porcelain teeth, which are bonded to the teeth on either side for support. If no surrounding teeth exist to support the bridge, we can use dental implants. If you’re considering getting a dental bridge, here are the basics of what you need to know.

Why Have a Dental Bridge?

Of course there are the visible reasons, like restoring your smile and maintaining face shape, but there are also health reasons to replace missing teeth. You’ll restore your ability to chew and speak, prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position, and property distribute the pressure of your bite (which prevents damage and wear to your remaining teeth).

How Dental Bridges are Put in Place

When preparing for a traditional dental bridge, we begin by filing down the adjacent teeth so we can fit crowns over them. These crowns will connect to the porcelain teeth, holding them in place. These crowns are also custom made and shaped to be indistinguishable from your natural teeth – but you do have options when it comes to materials. Crowns can be ceramic, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. Your dentist will send you home with a temporary bridge while your custom bridge is being made.

On a second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the finished crowns will be placed. The artificial tooth (or teeth) will be bonded to them to form the bridge. Your dentist will need to check the fit and your bite, and may put a temporary cement in place for a couple of weeks to ensure everything fits as it should.

The process does take several visits, but with proper care, dental bridges can last as long as ten years, or longer.

How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?

The cost of dental bridges depends on what kind of bridge you need. Dental insurance often covers a percentage of the fee.

How to Care for Your Dental Bridge

The best way to care for your dental bridge is to keep the rest of your teeth healthy and strong. Yep, it’s no time to skimp on the brushing and flossing! Keeping a regular dental cleaning schedule can also help maintain dental bridges and alert you to problems at an early stage.

If you have missing teeth, ask us about dental bridges at your next visit. It’s our job to keep you smiling!

Arizona’s Desert Dentistry Explains How To Make Vampire Fangs Stick For Halloween

Desert Dentistry, Arizona’s top dentistry company with five offices in the Phoenix area, gives clients a refreshingly fun and friendly experience in the dentist’s chair. In this post, Desert Dentistry answers the question on every aspiring vampire’s mind: How to make fangs stick?

Phoenix, AZ – Oct. 28, 2014 – Desert Dentistry, a Phoenix-based dentistry company, posted a new blog on the Desert Dentistry website, titled “How to Make Fake Vampire Teeth Stick.”

Desert Dentistry says:

“As dentists, we know a thing or two about how to make teeth stay in place (brush twice a day and floss, for starters!), and we recommend Fixodent or any other denture adhesive to make fangs last all night.”

The entire article can be found at: http://www.desertdentistry.com/blog/how-to-make-fake-vampire-teeth-stick.php

Learn more about Desert Dentistry at www.DesertDentistry.com

About Desert Dentistry

Desert Dentistry’s mission is to bring the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and friendliness into the dentist’s office, provide quality services as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to make dentistry not only convenient – but maybe even fun. With offices in North Central Phoenix, South Central Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Payson, and Surprise, they offer top-notch dental care from general to cosmetic dentistry all over the Phoenix area. All five offices have been recognized for the high level of customer service they provide.

About Dr. Thomas Mattern

Dr. Thomas Mattern has been a practicing dentist since 1988 and is the founder of Desert Dentistry. He has been a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentists for over 25 years, obtained a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2007, and was awarded Diplomat ranking from the American Dental Implant Association in 2011 (an honor given to only 1 percent of dentists). With Brian Tracy, Dr. Mattern recently co-authored the best-selling book Change Agents: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Successfully Changing the Status Quo to Help Their Clients Lead Better Lives and Run Better Businesses. Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Dr. Mattern, who has opened his office every year since 2003 to the ADA Give Kids a Smile program, providing care to disadvantaged children.

How to Make Fake Vampire Teeth Stick

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At Desert Dentistry, we suspect that the most dedicated flosser alive is Dracula – how else do you explain his longevity and big, toothy smile? Hey, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

And, speaking of sticking, have you ever wondered how to make fake vampire teeth stick in place all night? We have the answer!

If you buy ready-made fangs from the Halloween Store, you’ll probably find that the putty stuff that comes with the teeth leaves something to be desired – like sticking-power.

As dentists, we know a thing or two about how to make teeth stay in place (brush twice a day and floss, for starters!), and we recommend Fixodent or any other denture adhesive to make fangs last all night.

To stick on your fangs with Fixodent:

  1.  Dry your teeth with tissue (it works best when applied to a dry surface).
  2.  Apply a small dot of dental adhesive to the back of the fang.
  3.  Press in place firmly and hold (try not to have the fang slide around)
  4.  Wipe away excess adhesive (tends to gather under the fang) with a Q-Tip.

To remove:

Simply press the pointy part in and the fang should come off easily.

Whatever you do – DO NOT USE SUPER GLUE

Some online tutorials recommend using Super Glue to fix fangs in place, but please don’t! You could damage the enamel, or if it drips, you could glue your lips or tongue. Dental adhesive is much safer, very effective, and comes off easier at the end of the night.

For more tips on how to keep your teeth in – whether they’re natural or super natural – follow our blog.

Happy Halloween from Desert Dentistry!

Arizona’s Desert Dentistry Gives Their 10 Best Tips To Improve Oral Health – The Easy Way

Desert Dentistry, Arizona’s top dentistry company with five offices in the Phoenix area, gives clients a refreshingly fun and friendly experience in the dentist’s chair. In this article, Desert Dentistry shares the easiest things everyone can do to improve their oral health.

Phoenix, AZ – Sept 23, 2014 – Desert Dentistry, a Phoenix-based dentistry company, posted a new article on the Desert Dentistry website, titled “Top 10 Easiest Ways to Improve Your Oral Health.” Yes, flossing is on the list, but so are suggestions on finding the right toothbrush and other simple changes that take no time, but can make all the difference. The dentists at Desert Dentistry have these tips to offer.

“Improving your oral health doesn’t have to be hard – in fact, it’s really easy and takes no time! Just a few minor changes in your everyday routine can put you on the road to healthier teeth, healthier gums, and even a healthier heart. They’re all connected.”

The entire article can be found at: http://www.desertdentistry.com/blog/top-10-easiest-ways-to-improve-your-oral-health.php

Learn more about Desert Dentistry at www.DesertDentistry.com

About Desert Dentistry:

Desert Dentistry’s mission is to bring the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and friendliness into the dentist’s office, provide quality services as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to make dentistry not only convenient – but maybe even fun. With offices in North Central Phoenix, South Central Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Payson, and Surprise, they offer top-notch dental care from general to cosmetic dentistry all over the Phoenix area. All five offices have been recognized for the high level of customer service they provide.

About Dr. Thomas Mattern:

Dr. Thomas Mattern has been a practicing dentist since 1988 and is the founder of Desert Dentistry. He has been a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentists for over 25 years, obtained a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2007, and was awarded Diplomat ranking from the American Dental Implant Association in 2011 (an honor given to only 1 percent of dentists). With Brian Tracy, Dr. Mattern recently co-authored the best-selling book Change Agents: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Successfully Changing the Status Quo to Help Their Clients Lead Better Lives and Run Better Businesses. Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Dr. Mattern, who has opened his office every year since 2003 to the ADA Give Kids a Smile program, providing care to disadvantaged children.

Top 10 Easiest Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

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Improving your oral health doesn’t have to be hard – in fact, it’s really easy and takes no time! Just a few minor changes in your everyday routine can put you on the road to healthier teeth, healthier gums, and even a healthier heart. They’re all connected! Here is our Top 10 List of the easiest changes you can make to improve your oral health.

1. Switch out your toothbrush

When is the last time you changed your toothbrush? We know; the old one is broken in just the way you like it. But if that’s really the reason, then you’re probably using a brush with bristles that were too stiff, and now they’re too flattened to do any good. You should change your toothbrush every three to four months when it shows signs of wear, and throw them out after being sick.

2. Opt for soft

Hard bristles can damage the enamel on your teeth, and they can hurt your gums too. New soft- bristle toothbrushes are on the market that feel great from day-one. No break-in required, and they are very effective at removing daily plaque buildup.

3. Eat more cheese (or beans)

We know calcium is good for teeth, but so is protein. Protein contains phosphorous, which helps strengthen your teeth and jaw. Cheese has protein and calcium, giving it extra bone- strengthening power. It even strengthens the enamel in your teeth.

4. An apple a day

Apples, and other fiber-rich fruits and vegetables (think broccoli, cauliflower and celery) are nature’s toothbrush. Bite into them, and the friction naturally scrubs plaque off of your teeth. Then, as you chew, your saliva washes it all away.

5. Ask your dentist what you’re missing

The next time you’re in the dentist’s chair for a routine cleaning, ask if he or she has noticed any parts of your teeth you may be habitually missing with your toothbrush. It’s not uncommon for people to think they’re brushing every facet of their teeth, but forget the underside of their lower front teeth.

6. Brush your tongue

Cavity prevention is all about managing the bacteria in your mouth, and most of that bacteria can be found on your tongue. Simply brushing your tongue and rinsing it after you brush your teeth can clear out a lot of bad bacteria!

7. Floss (of course!)

C’mon, it is easy to floss once a day. But if you have trouble, ask us about the many ways to floss. We’re sure we can find one that’s comfortable for you.

8. Schedule regular dental appointments well in advance

Make your dental appointment automatic by scheduling it well in advance. Sometimes the hardest part is sitting down to make the phone call; so why not get it all done in one shot and schedule your next appointment while you’re at your current one? You can always cancel later if there’s an emergency.

9. Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum keeps the saliva moving, rinsing your mouth out with every chew. You’ll also have nice fresh breath!

10. Rinse after meals

You may not be inclined to brush after every meal, but anyone can rinse with water after every meal. Just take your glass of water and swish!

See, that was easy!

Arizona’s Desert Dentistry Gives Great Tips On Avoiding Wine Stained Teeth

Desert Dentistry, Arizona’s top dentistry company with five offices in the Phoenix area, gives clients a refreshingly fun and friendly experience in the dentist’s chair. In this post, Desert Dentistry addresses a problem that has darkened many a dinner party: wine stained teeth.

Phoenix, AZ – Sept 15, 2014 – Desert Dentistry, a Phoenix-based dentistry company, posted a new blog on the Desert Dentistry website, titled “How to Get Rid of Wine Stains On Your Teeth.” Desert Dentistry says:

“That purple juice has to stick before it can turn your smile black, and the stickiest stuff in your mouth is plaque. Yuck! Before that next dinner party, try brushing your teeth before you indulge (minus the toothpaste, otherwise your Merlot will be ‘minty fresh’). Removing plaque buildup makes your teeth nice and slick, so they stay white all night.”

The entire article can be found at: http://www.desertdentistry.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-wine-stains-on-your-teeth.php

Learn more about Desert Dentistry at www.DesertDentistry.com

About Desert Dentistry

Desert Dentistry’s mission is to bring the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and friendliness into the dentist’s office, provide quality services as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to make dentistry not only convenient – but maybe even fun. With offices in North Central Phoenix, South Central Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Payson, and Surprise, they offer top-notch dental care from general to cosmetic dentistry all over the Phoenix area. All five offices have been recognized for the high level of customer service they provide.

About Dr. Thomas Mattern

Dr. Thomas Mattern has been a practicing dentist since 1988 and is the founder of Desert Dentistry. He has been a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentists for over 25 years, obtained a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2007, and was awarded Diplomat ranking from the American Dental Implant Association in 2011 (an honor given to only 1 percent of dentists). With Brian Tracy, Dr. Mattern recently co-authored the best-selling book Change Agents: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Successfully Changing the Status Quo to Help Their Clients Lead Better Lives and Run Better Businesses. Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Dr. Mattern, who has opened his office every year since 2003 to the ADA Give Kids a Smile program, providing care to disadvantaged children.

How to Get Rid of Wine Stains on Your Teeth

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You’re sitting back at a dinner party, sipping your favorite zinfandel, when you glance up at your friend across the table and notice his teeth look terrible! Has he taken up chewing tobacco? Uh oh – it’s the wine, which means your pearly whites are looking a little more like ebony as well. Here are some tips for keeping your smile white (but sadly, we have no tips for your purple wine mustache that makes you look like the Joker from Batman).

Fun fact: A new study indicates wine may actually protect against cavities! Drink up – but first…

Brush your teeth before drinking

That purple juice has to stick before it can turn your smile black, and the stickiest stuff in your mouth is plaque. Yuck! Before that next dinner party, try brushing your teeth before you indulge (minus the toothpaste, otherwise your Merlot will be “minty fresh”). Removing plaque buildup makes your teeth nice and slick, so they stay white all night.

Fun fact: Actually, you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking since wine’s high acidity, when combined with brushing, may damage your enamel. Swish with water first.

Use dinner to your advantage

Fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber work to scrub away plaque and red wine from your teeth while you chew. What doesn’t help? Dessert. Sugar leaves a sticky film on your teeth that attracts red wine stains like a refrigerator does magnets.

Fun fact: If dessert is a cheese plate, you’re saved! Cheese contains proteins that actually protect your teeth.

Stay hydrated

Water is the ultimate solvent, and if you keep rinsing in between sips of wine, you’ll not only keep your teeth white, but avoid a hangover the next morning.

Got any more toothy questions? Ask us at your next appointment!

Arizona’s Desert Dentistry Gives Tips On How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Desert Dentistry, Arizona’s top dentistry company with five offices in the Phoenix area, gives clients a refreshingly fun and friendly experience in the dentist’s chair. In this article, Desert Dentistry shares how to get rid of bad breath.

Phoenix, AZ – Aug  18, 2014 – Desert Dentistry, a Phoenix-based dentistry company, posted a new article on the Desert Dentistry website, titled “How to Get Rid of Bad Breath.” Bad breath, or halitosis, can result from a number of causes. And, to get rid of bad breath once and for all, you have to find the root of the problem. The dentists at Desert Dentistry have these tips to offer.

“If you really want to get rid of bad breath, a breath mint won’t do the trick: you have to go to the source. Your halitosis could be caused by anything from jamming a marble up your nose to serious health problems.”

The entire article can be found at: http://www.desertdentistry.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-bad-breath.php

Learn more about Desert Dentistry at www.DesertDentistry.com

About Desert Dentistry:

Desert Dentistry’s mission is to bring the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and friendliness into the dentist’s office, provide quality services as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to make dentistry not only convenient – but maybe even fun. With offices in North Central Phoenix, South Central Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Payson, and Surprise, they offer top-notch dental care from general to cosmetic dentistry all over the Phoenix area. All five offices have been recognized for the high level of customer service they provide.

About Dr. Thomas Mattern

Dr. Thomas Mattern has been a practicing dentist since 1988 and is the founder of Desert Dentistry. He has been a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentists for over 25 years, obtained a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2007, and was awarded Diplomat ranking from the American Dental Implant Association in 2011 (an honor given to only 1 percent of dentists). With Brian Tracy, Dr. Mattern recently co-authored the best-selling book Change Agents: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Successfully Changing the Status Quo to Help Their Clients Lead Better Lives and Run Better Businesses. Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Dr. Mattern, who has opened his office every year since 2003 to the ADA Give Kids a Smile program, providing care to disadvantaged children.

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

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Let’s talk halitosis – aka. bad breath, morning breath, and my favorite, dragon breath. It stinks! Halitosis affects one in four adults, and although most people can fix the problem with a quick brush and rinse, others have a chronic problem. If you really want to get rid of bad breath, a breath mint won’t do the trick: you have to go to the source. Your halitosis could be caused by anything from jamming a marble up your nose to serious health problems.

The Many Causes of Bad Breath

Poor oral hygiene – If you’re not brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and scraping your tongue, then your mouth is a bacteria factory!

The fix: Bacteria under the gums, on your tongue, under your tongue, and just about everywhere else in your mouth causes bad breath. But, you don’t want to get rid of all the bacteria by using a mouthwash, because good bacterial helps keep the bad, cavity-causing bacteria in check. Instead, follow your dentist’s recommended oral hygiene regimen (i.e. brushing and flossing).

A diet high in sugar and processed foods – Bad bacteria causes bad breath, and it thrives on sugar and processed foods.

The fix: A diet based on fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy is not only better for your body, it’s better for your breath!

Dry mouth – Saliva washes the mouth out, keeping bacteria levels in balance. But when you’re dehydrated, breath through your mouth, or take medication with dry mouth as a side effect, saliva dries before it can do its job.

The fix: Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of fluids, especially water, will also wash your mouth out. Just be sure your beverages are sugar-free. Another solution is to chew sugar-free gum, which stimulates the saliva glands.

Jamming a marble up your nose – Kids do the darndest things, like cramming foreign objects up their nostrils. Believe it or not, this can cause bad breath, because with nasal passages blocked by marbles, peas, toy trucks, and other wedgeables, children have to breathe through their mouths.

The fix: See “Dry Mouth” above, and gently remove the foreign object from your nose.

Oral infection – Bad breath can result from cavities, sores, and plaque buildup.

The fix: See your dentist regularly to fix these problems before they become bigger, stinkier issues.

Serious health problems – Gastrointestinal issues, lung infections, sinus infections, and kidney problems can all cause bad breath.

The fix: If you think your halitosis could be caused by another health issue, have a breath mint and see your doctor asap!

Eating garlic – Yes, eating garlic will cause temporary bad breath. Garlic contains a sulfuric compound called allicin, which smells an awful lot like the sulfurous gasses produced by your own halitosis-causing oral bacteria.

The fix: Chase it with an apple. Studies have shown that apples may deodorize the stink-causing enzymes in garlic. Lemon juice might also work.

Bad Breath Cures from Around the World

  • In Iraq, they chew cloves.
  • In Brazil, they chew cinnamon.
  • In Singapore, they chew guava peels.
  • In Italy, they chew parsley.

What’s your favorite cure for bad breath?