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Best Oral Hygiene Routine

We all want a bright, shiny smile to dazzle those around us. Going to the dentist is one important aspect of your dental care, and a great way to get a squeaky clean feel from professional cleanings. In between visits however, it is up to you to maintain a healthy mouth. Prescott Dental is here to address your oral hygiene needs, and help you come up with the best routine. We want to ensure that your oral care is the most thorough and effective. We have come up with some tips for your at home care.

1. Floss Daily

We know, we know. You’ve heard it all your life. Well, it still holds true. Flossing is a very important aspect of oral health care. It is able to reach plaque in between the teeth, limiting the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease. Once a day flossing it worth having healthier teeth and preventing mouth issues.

2. Use the Right toothbrush

It can be easy to not use the right toothbrush. Your dentist can recommend one specifically for your mouth. However, the best for adults is to use one with a small to medium sized head to comfortably get all around your mouth, especially in the back. The bristles should be soft to medium, and multi-tufted. Children need to use smaller brushes.

3. Change Your Toothbrush

It is important to recognize when to change your toothbrush. When the bristles are tired and worn out, they are not cleaning the way they should be. It is important to get a new toothbrush every two to three months for the most thorough cleaning.

4. Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride has consistently been shown to be important in toothpaste and even in water. It has been scientifically proven to prevent cavities as well as repair tooth enamel.

5. Brush Appropriately

Brushing twice a day is important. Ensure that you brush every night before bed to get off plaque from the day, and at least once throughout the day. Brushing too much can cause gum recession so it’s important not to over brush or brush too hard. When brushing, place bristles at a 45 degree angle on your teeth, brush in a circular movement on all surfaces of your teeth, inside and out. Also be sure to brush your tongue to help freshen breath and clean out bacteria.

6. Limit Unhealthy Habits

To help with your oral care, limiting unhealthy habits in your day is helpful. Sugary drinks, foods, and smoking can be a major cause to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have sugary foods/drinks, have them only at mealtimes. Best care is to limit these all together.

7. Drink Enough Water

Water is essential for your body in several ways. Not only does it help to hydrate you, it is important to keep your mouth moist. Having a dry mouth increases plaque and potential for gum disease. Water has various health benefits, but also helps maintain continual saliva production which is imperative for oral health.

 

Oral health care is essential in preventing plaque buildup and gum disease. Getting professional cleanings throughout the year are great for stubborn plaque buildup and to have the squeaky clean feeling. However, maintaining your mouth in between is imperative. For more information on what is best for your teeth, visit us at Prescott Dental and we will gladly guide you in your personal oral health needs.

 

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (6/19/2017) Jorg Ramb Flickr)

Whiter Smile with Prescott Dental

No one enjoys smiling at someone knowing there are stains, discoloration or darkening of your teeth. We all want a bright white smile to greet those around us. Prescott Dental can help with all your cosmetic dental services, including whitening that brilliant smile of yours.

How Does Whitening Work?

The process is a lot less complicated that it seems. At Prescott Dentistry, our whitening process uses one of two different types of peroxide-based whitening solution; either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The active oxygen in the peroxide naturally penetrates the pores in our enamel and breaks down stains (caused from substances such as, coffee, soda, tea, wine, blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates, smoking) into smaller particles, bringing back the natural color of your enamel and enhancing the whiteness of your teeth.

How Do They Whiten Teeth at the Dentist?

One important step to help whiten your teeth, is to have a professional cleaning. Our dental office has excellent, skilled dental hygienists who have the training and expertise to polish and remove surface stains from your teeth. This professional cleaning can help to remove the staining that occurs everyday and by itself make your teeth look brighter. After this, you can determine if you would need further whitening treatments.

The teeth whitening process involves taking impressions of your teeth and making custom-fit whitening trays. You then have a consultation with our staff and together evaluate the shade of your teeth and what you want to achieve with the whitening. We instruct you in using the whitening system and together, we get you the smile you want. The trays are convenient and comfortable and often you can’t even tell you are wearing them. Many patients wear the trays while working or while out and about running errands.

After Whitening

During and after teeth whitening, it’s important to know that some sensitivity may be experienced. Avoiding foods that are extremely hot or cold can help. Your dentist will have suggestions that can help alleviate and prevent this sensitivity. Along with whitening toothpaste, limiting smoking, and stain forming foods/drinks will help your white teeth last longer.
There is a bright side to every part of life, including your teeth! Seek out Prescott Dental today to help with your cosmetic dentistry needs.

 

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (5/31/2017) Richard Foster (Flickr)

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Warning Signs of Impacted Teeth

We all have had those moments when a tinge of pain in our body interrupts our day, and one of the oral health pains that can occur is through an impacted tooth. This pain can come out of nowhere and cause a major wrench in your day. An impacted tooth is when the tooth is unable to break through the gums or has only been able to partially break through, due to limited amount of space in the bone or crowding of other teeth. It is important to be aware of the signs that can signify an impacted tooth. Here is what we at Prescott Dentistry want you to be aware of.

Sign #1-Pain in the back of your mouth

When your teeth are impacted, specifically your wisdom teeth, it can cause throbbing pain in the back of your mouth that doesn’t go away. As the teeth go untreated, the pain can increase, radiating to other teeth around it.

Sign #2-Headaches or Jaw Ache

With the wisdom teeth wreaking havoc on your bone, the pain can radiate elsewhere. The bones in your jaw connect to your head and skull which would result in the added pressure extending throughout your head. The jaw bone may become increasingly tender as the wisdom teeth attempt to break through, and can cause regular headaches.

Sign #3-Swelling

Your body will try to compensate for the pain and impacted tooth through swelling of the tissue. Swelling and redness can begin in the gums around the impacted tooth and can cause swelling in your jaw itself. There is also a possibility for infection to develop, causing swelling in the lymph nodes and glands of the neck as well.

Don’t let pain interrupt or steal the energy from your day. Pay attention to what your body is saying and contact your local dentist If you feel that you are having these symptoms. Prescott Dentistry is here for all your oral health, cosmetic dentistry and biomimetic dentistry needs in Arizona.

Biomimetic Dentistry

Non-Toxic Amalgam Removal

Biomimetic Dentistry restores your teeth to their natural strength, function, and appearance, but what about the process of dealing with the old fillings that need to be removed? To minimize exposure to the mercury and heavy metals released during this process, the doctors at Prescott Dentistry follow a very specific protocol when removing old mercury-amalgam restorations. This is especially important to individuals that have chemical sensitivity, metal toxicities, or other environmental intolerances. Based on the individual’s needs and overall health goals, these precautions may vary somewhat. Below are some of the steps we may take:

  1. Protective eyewear
  2. Protective face/nose mask to minimize skin absorption of any mercury particles
  3. Tooth isolation system or dam that provides active air evacuation from the oral cavity. This minimizes exposure to particles, aerosols, and vapors released.
  4. Proper removal technique involving cutting out amalgam fillings in “chunks” where possible rather than pulverizing the amalgam.
  5. Breathing clean oxygen through nose mask to comfortable non-mouth breathing during the procedure
  6. Use of copious rinsing and cooling of the filling during removal.
  7. Chlorella herbal rinse and discussion of supplements to help detoxify following amalgam removal
  8. Several IV therapies such as chelation and supplements may be considered as well.

Individual circumstances will determine which precautions are needed or used. To have all your questions answered, contact us for a consultation with our dentist about non-toxic amalgam removal and biomimetic dentistry. You can also watch this informative episode from the Dr. Oz Show.

Endodontic Therapy

Endodontic Therapy

Bacteria can get to the pulp of a tooth when it is either decayed or cracked. The bacterial by-products can irritate and inflame the pulp. It’s harder for blood to flow to the tissue when this happens and the resulting pressure creates pain inside your tooth. The Doctors at Prescott Dentistry understand the intense pain this causes and will do everything necessary to make sure you have a comfortable experience getting the quick treatment you need to feel better.
 
 
Endodontic therapy has three purposes:
 
– Stop the toothache
 
– Prevent bacteria and pain from spreading into the jaw
 
– Maintain the integrity of the original tooth and root to prevent tooth loss
 
 
In order to save your tooth, there are several steps in the process of endodontic therapy that either Dr. Montes or Dr. Thompson will perform. To make you more comfortable, a local anesthetic is usually given and some form of isolation will be used in order to keep your tooth clean and dry. A small opening will be made through the biting surface of the tooth to access the tooth “pulp”. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. The infected tissue and/or bacteria are then removed carefully from the root canal(s) and each root canal will be gently cleaned and shaped to allow it to be filled. To help eliminate bacteria, natural antibacterials may be placed in the pulp chamber and root canal(s). You may also be prescribed antibiotics if there are signs of infection that has spread beyond the end of the root(s). The root canals(s) are then filled, usually with an inert, natural rubber-like material called gutta-percha made from various tropical trees. Gutta-percha is very bio-compatible and seldom causes any reaction. Finally, the tooth will be restored with a protective onlay or filling to reinforce it and improve its appearance.
 
If you have any questions about our dental services in Prescott, Arizona and would like to see how this can be done for you, or if you know someone who could benefit from this procedure, we’d love to talk with you more about it. More info can be found here.

Prescott Dentistry is a leading provider of dental services in Prescott, Arizona.

The Values of Prescott Dentistry

At Prescott Dentistry we are a values-driven dental practice. What exactly does this mean? Let us introduce you to our foundational values here at our office so you can learn more about who we are and how we seek to serve you. Prescott Dentistry is a leading provider of dental services in Prescott, Arizona. As a family-owned business, the practice understands the importance of excellent dental hygiene and oral care and is committed to providing patients the best care in a fun, pleasant environment.
 
Prescott Dentistry provides an array of dental services in Prescott, Arizona to meet patient needs from the common problems of gum disease to more serious concerns, in one convenient location. The experienced staff at Prescott Dentistry work together as a team to give patients exceptional quality treatment.
 
 
Our Vision
Our vision is to be the provider of choice for natural, conservative dentistry in the tri-city area and to have a client-base that expresses their trust through referral of their family and friends.
 
 
Mission Statement
Our mission as a dental practice is to provide conservative and preventative, high-quality dental care in a healing environment. We focus on providing compassionate service and implementing biomimetic principles that result in lifelong oral health and a level of satisfaction that inspires our clients to invite their friends to join our dental family.
 
 
Values
 
Integrity: We are honest in word and deed.
 
Accountability: We have personal responsibility for our actions and follow through with our commitments to others.
 
Quality: The dentistry we perform is of the highest quality and we stand by our work.
 
Compassionate service: Clients will remember and talk about the fact that the care and attention we give our patients is second to none.

Invisalign

Invisalign: Straight Teeth Keep You Healthy

Straight teeth aren’t just pleasant to look at but also help keep you and your mouth healthy. That’s why dental products such as Invisalign are really important. There is research linking periodontal disease and several other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke. The mouth is the gateway to the body – it is almost always your first line of defense – your oral health really does matter!

Crowded teeth have a higher likelihood of decay/cavities since they are the hardest to keep clean. Also, when teeth are not properly aligned, bite forces are not distributed and chipping, fracturing and eventual tooth loss are likely to occur from the resulting trauma. This can lead to more dental work down the road – which can be both costly and uncomfortable. Remember, teeth that are properly aligned have less incidence of decay and are far healthier.

When teeth are crowded, the gums can become red, swollen and painful. This condition can lead to bone loss as well. This condition is known as periodontal or gum disease and is a result of buildup of plaque bacteria. The same can be said for teeth that are too far apart – food can get impacted deep in between the teeth and cause damage to your gums. Teeth that are properly aligned give the gums less opportunity for periodontal disease and are healthier.

So if you have ever thought about “straightening your teeth,” you are doing so much more than just gaining a “better smile.” Your teeth will likely need less dental work over the years as they are easier to keep clean and will not suffer trauma from misalignment. Your gums will be healthier as they are more easy to maintain and your health may benefit as well.
If you would like to know more about what straight teeth can do for your health, through products such as Invisalign, and how your goal for straighter teeth and better health can be achieved, please call our office to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Nathan Thompson.

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Get to Know Our Doctors

Prescott Dentistry is one of the leading providers of dental services in Prescott, Arizona. As a family-owned business, we understand the importance of excellent dental hygiene, and oral care. We are committed to providing patients the best care possible in a fun, pleasant environment. Prescott Dentistry invites you to get to know our doctors who have been taking care of our dental family for years.
 
Dr. Montes
 
Dr. Sergio Montes was raised in Arizona and earned his degree in Molecular and Cell biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. As a research scientist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, he published several articles on cardiac disease before leaving medicine to pursue his career in dental health.
 
Dr. Montes graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. While he and his wife loved the Midwest, they knew that Arizona was the place for them. Dr. Montes has been practicing dentistry in Prescott since 2006.
 
Dr. Montes maintains a focus in his practice on non-invasive approaches to treating teeth and caring customer service. He has invested thousands of hours of advanced dental education with a specific focus on bonding techniques that are a more natural, healthy solution for broken down teeth.
 
Dr. Thompson
 
Dr. Nathan Thompson came to Prescott Dentistry in the summer of 2012 after having served honorably for five years in the US Army as both an officer (captain) and dentist. During his time in the service, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and also served overseas in both Iraq (Baghdad – Camp Liberty of the Victory Base Complex) and in Germany (Ansbach, Bavaria).
 
While in Germany, Dr. Thompson received extensive orthodontic training during a one-year internship and has completed hundreds of orthodontic cases (both traditional bracket/wire and Invisalign). As an Invisalign “Preferred Provider” Dr. Thompson has provided Invisalign treatment to many in our community including a few of our staff members at Prescott Dentistry!
 
Prior to his military service, Dr. Thompson received his dental training at USC where he trained 1-on-1 with the best BIOMIMETIC dental instructors in the country. Dr. Thompson’s training focus was in advanced bonded composites, porcelains and minimally-invasive restorative procedures. He is also a proud NAU (Northern Arizona University) Lumberjack, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry (focusing on Organic Chemistry and teaching in the “O-Chem” lab as a Teaching Assistant for three years). On his down time, Dr. Thompson volunteers with the youth of his church, serves as a Venture Crew leader for the Boy Scouts of America and spends as much quality time as possible with his beautiful wife and five children.

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Wild Dentistry

You might think the last place you’d want your hands to be is in a wild animal’s mouth, but some people make a living off of it. The people we’re talking about are wildlife veterinarian dentists, of course. Wild animals come across dental issues just like we do and many need our help to survive life-threatening problems. There’s probably not a huge need for those kind of dental services in Prescott, AZ but other places, such as Australia, have more opportunities for such care.

Check out a little of this video below. There’s a fun bit at the beginning and at around the 3 minute mark they begin to show the process of dental surgery on the animals.

As you might imagine, as a wildlife veterinarian you get to be very close to animals that most people will only ever see from a distance and never come into contact with. These animals can be lions, jaguars, elephants, rhinos, you name it. You might even become friendly with some just like the Kevin Richardson (the man in the video) was with those lions. Having lion friends must be an exciting and, for most of us if we were to have one, probably a scary experience.

As you can see in the video, many animals must be sedated first. Sedation is, of course, a wise choice as otherwise the surgeries would truly get…“wild”. If you kept on watching, you saw that there is also a risk that comes with putting the older animals under. The vets have to make a choice on whether or not they should leave the teeth of an older animal how they are or try to improve the quality of their teeth (and life) when they are likely at their worst, as was seen with the lion.

Veterinary dentistry is a whole different side to the field of dentistry and we appreciate those who make efforts to further that field of expertise. We hope you enjoyed the video, it was certainly interesting and for any dental services in Prescott, AZ, you know who to call!

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (3/23/2017) Tambako The Jaguar (Flickr)

Prescott Dental: Trained Ozone Dentists in Arizona

What is Dental Ozone?

Ozone is the most powerful naturally occurring oxidizing agent — the same element that cleanses the earth’s atmosphere. Ozone occurs when three oxygen atoms are bound together and charged by electricity — it’s oxygen empowered. A colorless gas at room temperature, ozone has the scent of fresh rain after a lightening storm. It is nature’s most effective tool for purification — all without synthetic chemicals or detergents. As a powerful oxidant and purifying agent in food, beverage and water applications, ozone is one of the best ways to disinfect and decontaminate with no toxic byproducts. As an unstable molecule, ozone is eager to destroy germs, viruses, and microbes that cause illness. When impurities have been eradicated, ozone naturally reverts to oxygen. Ozone is a simple, powerful, and natural purifier. The Doctors at Prescott Dentistry are the only fully trained ozone dentists in Arizona. We’re pleased to offer less-invasive dentistry with the use of Ozone.

What are Ozonated Oils?

The natural healing ability of ozone can be captured within vegetable oils. Ozone gas can be bubbled through the oils for several days and it’s healing properties can be saved for years. All our oils are certified organic. Pure medical grade oxygen is used to generate ozone gas to bubble through the oils. Worldwide research has mostly focused on olive, sunflower, flax (linseed) and safflower oils in medical settings. We offer these ozonated oils as staples along with several other proven oils. These oils can be used in a variety of different ways.