Monthly Archives: August 2017

bonding, dental

Bonding For Your Teeth

When we think of bonding, we think of connections; sticking closely to someone or something. There are many types of bonds in life such as with loved ones, friends, communities, hobbies, etc. Another type of bond is material bonding such as to teeth. Tooth bonding numerous benefits. One common one is to improve the appearance of your smile. Prescott Dentistry, located in Prescott, Arizona, provides excellent cosmetic dentistry services to get you the smile you’ve always hoped for, including tooth bonding!

What is Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic Dental bonding is a technique that utilizes tooth colored porcelain composite to change or restore the shape, size, or color of your teeth. Bonding utilizes adhesive technology to maintain or restore the strength and function of your teeth, naturally and aesthetically. The adhesive nature of bonding makes for a very minimally-invasive procedure, as it can be applied to the tooth without the need to drill down healthy enamel. All this is done in a single visit and is less costly than crowns or caps!

Some conditions that Cosmetic Bonding can treat include:

  • Cracked or Chipped Teeth
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Misshaped Teeth
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth

Cosmetic Dental Bonding can provide many benefits including less shots and drilling and it is very cost effective. To see how Cosmetic Dental bonding can help you, connect with your local dentist at Prescott Dentistry. We would be glad to help determine the best fit for your general and cosmetic dentistry needs.

 

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Early Intervention Tooth Decay

We have all heard about the best ways to care for our health. Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get the right amount of sleep, and reduce stress. These all help prevent heart disease, infections, and a multitude of other illnesses. How often do we think about preventing tooth decay or other dental disease? The doctors at Prescott Dentistry, located in Prescott Arizona, are here to assist in your journey for dental health. Their team can assist you in preventing dental disease.

What is Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is damage to your teeth caused by bacteria and the acids they produce. When these bacteria are allowed to build up on the enamel of your teeth, they feed on sugars you eat and produce acids which can eat away the enamel your teeth. This results in holes in the enamel called cavities. Pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss will result if this is not addressed.

Causes of Tooth Decay

When considering our preventative routine, the Prescott Dentistry team understands the importance of attacking ALL factors that contribute to decay. We know what it is that we are protecting against. We use natural antibacterial treatments together with good home care to combat the bacteria. There are special toothpastes and mouthwashes and dietary changes that we can recommend to reduce the acidity in your mouth. There are products like toothpastes and powders can provide minerals that will help strengthen the enamel.

Just as there are things we can do to keep our body healthy, there are things that we can do to prevent dental disease.

Ask your trusted Dentist at Prescott Dentistry how they can help customize your preventative routine for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

 

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Southwest Charm

The United States is made up of people from all cultures, backgrounds, and lifestyles. These can vary based on states, cities, towns, and even neighborhoods. The Southwest has a culture of its own with great people who have a charm about them. Many see the Southwest as a place filled with people who are kind, enjoy turquoise, full of cowboy-type people, and where the elderly come for the winter. While some of that may be true, there are different lifestyles and cultures in Arizona, as well. We here at Prescott Dentistry understand not only the depths of cosmetic and general dentistry services but also the Southwest charm. We highly value both great oral health services and great interpersonal communication in which we get to know our each of our clients and what is unique about them.

History of Southwest

The history of Arizona comes with rich culture, a value for the land, working the land, and connection with those you love. Three Native American cultures claimed the area as home before most people settled here. These three included the Anasazi, who built cliff dwellings; the Hohokam, who created complex irrigation systems; and the Mogollon who hunted and farmed along the rivers. These tribes lived peaceably until the Spanish invaded in 1600’s. While other Native cultures located south in Mexico were wiped out by the Spanish, these tribes in Arizona were not only able to survive but were also positively impacted. They adopted tools, plants, sheep, and horses from the Spanish influence. Over the next thousand years, other tribes came into the area consisting of farmers, villagers, and nomadic lifestyles. These tribes included the Yuma, Pima, Pueblo, Zuni, Hopi, Mojave, Yaqui, Navajo, and Apache.

With the Native tribes overcoming the Spanish invasion, battles between tribes, and even the Europeans landing, there was a level of strength that was sown into the people of Arizona. The core of the population was able to overcome immense trials, while valuing the land they lived in as well as holding onto the value for family and connection.

How Culture Affects Your Dentist

Arizona is rich with culture, different lifestyles, and an ability to embrace people for their differences. Prescott Dentistry is proud of who we are and the Arizona we grew up in. We love what Arizona has to offer through the people that make it up, the rich history, and the various, beautiful types of scenery you can embrace. We have a genuine value for who people are, where they come from, and how we, as their friendly dental office, can help provide the most beautiful smile.

We are a family-run dental office that values people, not just services. Arizona is rich in connection between people and overcoming trials and we believe in making the best possible outcomes out of not-so-fun dental issues that may arise. We are here to help you overcome various dental trials and feel triumphant following our services. Contact us today for an appointment!

 

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Dental Health and Heart Health

Dental health, heart health, and emotional health are all interconnected. Though it may not seem like your teeth have an affect on how your heart is functioning, some research has shown that it can. But how? We at Prescott Dentistry would love to bring you a deeper understanding of your dental services and how they have a bigger impact on your body than you may realize. We not only focus on cosmetic dentistry to help you aesthetically, but also to improve the overall mental, emotional, and physical health of your body. One area we focus on, your smile, can affect much more than you may realize.

Teeth and Heart Connection

Research done by cardiologists and periodontists suggests that there is evidence to indicate that better oral health may relate to better heart health. The key word to focus on is may. While there are some connections that can be made, it cannot be stated as a full fact that oral health relates to heart health quite yet.

This correlation/connection may be based upon how one takes care of themselves. If a person is ensuring they have a good oral hygiene routine, it can help them have a good overall health routine, as well. If they are continually flossing, brushing their teeth, and keeping up on good oral health, they are more likely to be caring for their overall physical health through eating well and exercising. Positive care for one’s body benefits heart health along with oral health.

The Conclusion

The research conducted by several different researchers from the cardiologist perspective and the periodontist perspective have inconclusive results. The data that was studied has found some evidence to show the link between heart disease and gum disease but not anything that can be generalized and stated as fact. A couple conclusive finds include:

  • In gum disease, as well as heart disease, the same inflammatory protein is measured in both instances. It is called the C-reactive protein, which causes inflammation in the whole body in which is assessed for the two diseases.
  • The bacteria found in gum disease was also found in blood vessels in heart disease. This similarity in the bacteria for the two diseases could show some correlation, but nothing conclusive.

While there are some similarities and possibly some connection between your oral health and heart health, there isn’t any solid evidence to affirm this as of yet.

While taking care of one may not affect the other, there is still wisdom in taking care of both. Physicians and dentists should be working together to ensure that their patients understand the risks of heart and gum disease. Patients with gum disease should also be aware of the chance for increased heart disease due to the same bacteria and inflammation being found in the body. Prescott Dentistry cares not only about biomimetic dentistry and oral health but also your overall heart health. Contact us today for an appointment!

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