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Periodontal health and overall health

According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. This equals approximately 64.7 million Americans.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria. In the more serious form of periodontal disease called periodontitis, the gums pull away from the tooth and supporting gum tissues are destroyed. Bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or eventually fall out.

Chronic periodontitis, the most advanced form of the disease, progresses relatively slowly in most people and is typically more evident in adulthood. Although inflammation as a result of a bacterial infection is behind all forms of periodontal disease, a variety of factors can influence the severity of the disease. Important risk factors include inherited or genetic susceptibility, smoking, lack of adequate home care, age, diet, health history, and medications.

Several research studies have suggested that periodontal disease is connected to variety of other diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists believe that inflammation may be the basis for the link between these systemic diseases.

Our office will take radiographs along with a visual inspection to inform you if you have developed this disease. With intervention, the disease can be halted from progressing further causing more bone loss, bad breath and even loose teeth. Call our office and schedule a comprehensive exam today, and get your mouth on its way to full health!

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Pregnancy and dental health

It is such an exciting time when a woman finds out she is going to have a baby! Most people already know how pregnancy can change so many things in a woman’s life, but one change that occurs is not as noticeable. Oral health can be drastically altered during and after pregnancy. Gum tissue can be easily inflamed causing gum tissue overgrowth and an increase in bad bacteria. Overgrowth of bad bacteria can lead to new cavities, bad breath, and periodontal disease. Studies now link increased periodontal problems in pregnant women to lower birth weight and premature labor.

Here are a few things you can do now to make sure your smile and your baby’s smile stay healthy:
1. Brush teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily
2. Limit sugary foods to mealtimes only. Because of nausea, many pregnant women tend to snack throughout the day increasing the likelihood of cavities.
3. Drink water or low-fat milk instead of soda
4. If you have morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda and water after vomiting to remove harmful acid; wait 30 minutes, and then brush your teeth.
5. Chew sugarless gum after eating.

Taking good care of your smile is also taking good care of your baby!

Staying cavity free

Summer is here! Get togethers, BBQ’s and family gatherings are in full swing. Here are a few tips to help you have a cavity free summer when indulging in all the summer festivities.

1. Maintain dental health care and see the dentist: Brushing twice a day as well as flossing can help prevent cavities and other dental problems. Keeping up on your dental checkups and hygiene appointments also helps to catch any problems early, leading to a less cost and procedure!
2. Drink plenty of water: Fluoridated water helps maintain oral health by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks that cause cavities.
3. Consume candy, cakes, sugary drinks and other sweets shortly after a meal: Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria and helps rinse away food particles.
4. Limit alcohol intake: Alcohol can cause dry mouth and dehydration which can strengthen your teeth.
5. Choose dairy and nuts for snacks: both are low in sugar and contain protein. They strengthen teeth and stimulate saliva.
6. Avoid a sticky situation: The stickier the food (fruit snacks, taffy, sugar filled gums), the longer it takes for bacteria to get washed away.
7. Limit citrus intake: Citrus acids can cause enamel erosion when consumed in abundance.
8. Chew sugarless gum: When chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals, you increase saliva flow which helps bacteria get washed away. It also neutralizes the acid produced by dental plaque and bacteria.

Whiten your teeth for spring

Do you look in the mirror and wish you had a whiter, brighter, healthier looking smile? If so, our office offers many options to brighten your smile. Custom fitted trays can be fabricated in 3 days and you can see results within one week! And, at a cost of less than $100, these trays are a conservative way to whiten your teeth. We also offer KOR whitening in our office, and this whitening system has been proven to be the only system that can whiten even stubborn tetracycline stained teeth! KOR is both an in-office and home system that can brighten teeth with years of coffee, tea and wine stains. KOR has been proven to have less sensitivity than other in-office whitening systems, and dramatically change the shade of teeth by up to 16 shades. Call our office today to discuss what option is right for you, and get the beautiful smile you deserve!

Headaches and TMJ disorders

Many of us experience frequent headaches, and these headaches can alter how we live life! The causes of headaches are multiple, including stress, hormones, aversive smells, and sleep deprivation. Another cause of headaches, though, is often overlooked and can increase the number of headaches significantly. This cause is TMJ disorders. (temporomandibular joint) Clicking, popping, and tight jaws are just a few symptoms of TMJ disorder. As we age, our teeth shift and no longer hit the way they once did causing collisions between teeth that may be imperceptible to a person. These minor collisions cause fatigue in the muscles that help us chew and speak, and this fatigue leads to strain in the TMJ. Strain in this joint can be a large, contributing factor to headaches, especially headaches that form behind the eyes, near the temples, and the front of the head. Upon an evaluation, we can discover which muscles are sore and causing this strain and fatigue in the joints. There are many conservative treatments available to help allow the muscles to rest and repair, leading to up to 50% less headaches a month!

Call our office if you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss TMJ and headaches relief options.

Why are baby teeth important?

We are, generally speaking, given 20 baby teeth by the age of 2 years. Many people are curious why it is important to care for and treat baby teeth, as we all know, they eventually “fall out”. While this fact is true, baby teeth serve an important function in speaking, chewing and maintenance of the jaw length. Accidents happen often with children causing the premature loss of baby teeth, but taking care to preserve baby teeth until they are ready to exfoliate is a valuable concern.

When we speak, we place our tongues in different places in our mouths to create many unique sounds. If a child has to prematurely lose multiple front baby teeth, it can alter how he/she makes the “s”, “l”, and “n” sounds and can also cause a tongue thrust to be able to swallow efficiently. Being able to make these sounds builds confidence in a child as their speaking abilities grow.
Chewing can also become difficult if a child loses baby teeth prematurely. Losing multiple baby molars can alter how a child chews food and the types of food he/she can eat. Chewing can also become difficult if cavities progress in children. Small cavities can turn to large cavities quickly in baby teeth, so it is important to have the teeth treated quickly to avoid infection in the tooth. If a baby tooth becomes abscessed or infected, a child may also find it difficult to eat and even concentrate in school due to pain, swelling and/or fever. In some cases, these infected teeth must be removed for the health of the permanent tooth.

Maintaining the health of baby teeth is also of foremost concern in preparing the upper and lower jaws for the eruption of the permanent teeth. 1st baby molars are not replaced by their successors until age 10 and the second baby molars not until 12 years of age! When a baby tooth is removed early and not replaced with a form of spacer, permanent teeth may not erupt in the correct position for overall health and function leading to increased chance of braces.

Baby teeth make our children’s smiles look adorable, but they are also of utmost importance in the health of your child. Caring for them early will set children up for a lifetime of good oral health and continued beautiful smiles for years!

Botox and Juvederm

Our office would like to welcome Dr. Elyse Kessler to the practice! Dr. Kessler has been practicing dentistry for 14 years in California before relocating her family to Colorado. Dr. Kessler has taken extensive courses in facial esthetics, and she is now offering complimentary consultations to discuss the benefits of BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® in our office.

BOTOX® is the only FDA-approved, preventive treatment that is injected by a doctor every 12 weeks for adults with Chronic Migraine (15 or more headache days a month, each lasting 4 hours or more). BOTOX® prevents up to 9 headache days a month (vs up to 7 for placebo). BOTOX® therapy is not approved for adults with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days a month.¹

JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is the first and only FDA-approved filler to last up to 1 year in the lips with optimal treatment. Both treatments can help take off years of age and stress, with only one visit! Call our office to set up a complimentary consultation today!

Dental Assisting School

Happy New Year! With the new year comes resolutions, and perhaps one of your resolutions is finding a new career that is fulfilling and in high demand. Vail Valley Dental Assisting School prepares women and men for careers in the exciting world of dentistry. You can become a hands-on, trained dental assistant in just 13 short weeks! The school is located in Castle Peak Dental and the schedule is Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15-8:15 pm. You can continue to work your day job while preparing for your future! We have had 3 sessions of students already, with 100% of students being offered positions in the dental field upon graduation. Dental assisting is a career that is in high demand everywhere, with great hours and rewarding responsibilities. Make a difference in people’s lives and become part of a dental team! Go to for more information, or follow the link on Castle Peak Dental’s home page.


In a nationwide study, 58% of respondents said that they viewed people who had straight teeth as being wealthier or more successful! Isn’t it amazing how straighter teeth give the impression of being healthier, wealthier and happier! Research is now showing that straighter teeth and a proper bite DO help keep your mouth and whole body healthier. Crooked or misaligned teeth increases the chances of gum inflammation and periodontal disease by 70%. And, 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes!

As adults, we are often concerned about wearing traditional metal brackets and wires. Now, clear, removable aligners are an esthetic option to traditional braces for many people. You can get the beautiful and healthy smile you have always wanted, without tradition orthodontics. Call our office for a complimentary consultation to see if clear aligners or Invisalign is right for you. A gorgeous smile may be easier than you think!

Student sports and mouthguards

As we enter new seasons of sports, it is important to remember to protect your smile! It is estimated that more than 200,000 oral injuries can by prevented each year just by wearing protective mouth gear when participating in practice or a game. A troubling survey by Delta Dental noted many young athletes don’t wear them – even in sports requiring protective gear. Here are the statistics:

· Football – only seven out of 10 caregivers (70 percent) reported that their child wears a mouth guard at both practice and games.

· Hockey – only about four in 10 (44 percent) said that their child wears a mouth guard for practice and games.

· Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and Softball – nearly seven out of 10 Americans (68 percent) said their child does not wear a mouth guard at softball practices or games.

More alarming still was that only about two out of 10 children (22 percent) only wear a mouth guard at games, not practice. This is really scary as Safe Kids USA says most organized sports-related injuries occur during practice rather than games.

As the sponsor of WECMRD’s mouth guard program, we offer a free mouth guard for all WECMRD athletes. Just stop by our office to get a free guard and literature.
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Good luck to all Eagle county athletes this school year!

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