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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.

Dental Services in Prescott Arizona

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)

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Ancient Dentistry

Anyone know how old dentistry is? Anyone? Bueller? According to seeker.com, recent evidence suggests that dentistry started back at least 14,000 years ago! That is a lot of legacy to live up to. But how was dentistry back then? Did they even have Biomimetic Dentistry Prescott, Arizona? Surely, dentistry was not as enjoyable as it is today? Without further adieu, here are some things you might not have known about the ancient art of dentistry!

The first “dentist” we know of lived around 2,600 B.C. This is according to the American Dental Association which states that his name was Hesy-Re, an Egyptian. We know he was a dental practitioner by the engravings on his tomb which reads, “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” You go Hesy!

You might have wondered how it was possible for society to function before the wonderful combination of the toothbrush and toothpaste was invented. The earliest “toothbrush” we know of dates back to around 3,000 B.C. according to bessdds.com. Unfortunately for society at large, no toothpaste accompanied it until around 2,000 years ago as far as we know. Early toothpaste from the Romans was made out of… can you guess it? Human urine. And yes there was a mouthwash made out of it, too. “Upper-class Roman women paid dearly for Portuguese urine, the most highly prized, since it was alleged to be the strongest on the continent.” It’s important to remember history folks! Okay, okay time to move on.

Grills might have seemed like the hot, new thing when they were growing in popularity but it turns out they are actually more of an old fashion. National Geographic states that Mayans started the bling thing around 2,500 B.C. Grills were so five millenniums ago!

There are likely a lot of intriguing facts about ancient dentistry that we have not yet discovered–some of them might be better left that way as we all know today. Now you have to ask yourself, if you lived all the way back then without the modern cleaning products, could you use that era’s toothpaste and mouthwash? Could you survive never cleaning your teeth!? There was certainly no Biomimetic Dentistry Prescott, Arizona. Happy brushing!

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.

Can Your Dentist Spot Diabetes?

Can Your Dentist Spot Diabetes

At Prescott Dentistry we understand that the health of all parts of the body are linked.  The health of your mouth affects more than just what’s above your shoulders, and the rest of your body can certainly affect your teeth and gums. Because of this, the state of your smile can be an indicator for other problems that might be found elsewhere in your body. This is why continually monitoring your dental health and restoring your teeth to their original, natural form and function is so important through the science and practice of biomimetic dentistry.

One example of this body-mouth connection comes from recent research that severe gum disease may in fact be in an indicator of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

The study discovered that a stunning 20% of people with severe periodontitis (gum disease) suffered from type 2 diabetes but didn’t know it. This is critical because both diabetes and periodontitis require early diagnosis to prevent further complications. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that 285 million people worldwide have diabetes, and it is suspected that nearly ⅓ could be unaware of it.

Because people with diabetes aren’t as able to fight off infection and inflammation, they generally  don’t respond very well to periodontal therapy. This is when your dentist knows to send you to your doctor to get tested for diabetes. Once the diabetes condition is under control, the gum disease can be easier to treat. The relationship of treating one assisting the other seems to work in both directions, but it is still unclear if there is any cause-and-effect relationship.

Are you suffering from severe gum disease and fear you may have diabetes? Contact Prescott Dentistry today and we will work in collaboration with your primary health care provider to help optimize your overall health and well being.

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (2/28/2017) jason shultz (Flickr)

7 Weird & Fun Facts about Arizona | Part II

7 Weird Facts about Arizona Part II | Prescott AZ Dentist

Did you assume all of the weird and obscure facts to be found were covered in Part I? Think again! You thought that mass UFO sightings and slow growing cacti were weird? Just wait! Admittedly those two will be hard to top, but there are plenty more interesting, weird, and fun facts about Arizona. So whether you are Grand Canyon State born and raised, a snow bird, or a recent transplant, here are 7 more Arizona facts that you probably didn’t know from your Prescott AZ Dentist!

  1. A fan of the history of ancient civilizations? You might be intrigued to know that Arizona is home to the Hopi village Oraibi. This village in Navajo County, AZ is the oldest known continuously inhabited area in America… dating back to 1200 A.D.!
  2. This one might not be news to prescottonians, but our neighbor to the north, Jerome, is home to what is believed to be the most haunted location in the state: the Jerome Grand Hotel, a former miner’s hospital.
  3. If you live in Prescott, you’re probably a fan of open land, forests and nature. However, you may not know just how much wilderness there truly is. Arizona has double the amount of wilderness area than the whole Midwest of the US.
  4. Be careful when you’re out there hiking enjoying that wilderness area, especially in the more arid areas. Arizona has the most species of rattlesnakes of any state at 13.
  5. Our fellow Northern Arizona city, Flagstaff, is known as the dark sky city. This is due to a rich heritage of astronomy. The “formerly recognized planet” Pluto was originally discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff in 1930.
  6. Arizona makes up for it’s desert reputation with the two largest man made lakes in America, Lake Mead and Lake Powell.
  7. Another fact about ancient history? 1064 A.D. was the last time there was a volcanic eruption in Arizona. The eruption created Sunset Crater in Flagstaff.

Did we miss any of the good ones? Let your Prescott AZ Dentist, Prescott Dentistry, know at your next appointment. Stay weird Arizona!

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (2/28/2017) jason shultz (Flickr)

Ashamed of your smile? Take a look at this newly discovered Bucktoothed Ghost Shark!

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The reason many people avoid going to the dentist is because of the shame or embarrassment they have relating to their teeth. This is just a gentle reminder that Prescott Dentistry is a judgement-free, compassionate dentist in Prescott! Don’t allow these fears to prevent you from visiting the dentist, remember that your smile can’t be that bad… especially after you see this newly discovered bucktoothed ghost shark!

The deep sea is a strange and much more terrifying place than any dental office in Prescott! According to science, there are now 50 known species of ghost shark and the second largest was just discovered. This one has been dubbed Hydrolagus erithacus. At about 3 feet long, this ghost shark sports rabbit-like buckteeth and a large bulky head. In fact, the ghost shark is a member of the genus Hydrolagus which is latin for “water rabbit”.

These deep sea dwellers live in the cold murky depths between South Africa and Antarctica where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Interestingly, ghost sharks aren’t technically sharks, they are cartilaginous fish related to rays and sharks. These type of fish use their large pectoral finis to navigate their environment, not their tails like sharks. Scientists also refer to ghost sharks and similar species as ratfish or chimaeras. Little is known about these ocean dwelling animals because of the depths at which they live.

However, there was one discovery about their behavior due to this find, as the stomach of one of the specimens contained the claw of a crab, indicating that the fish may use their powerful teeth to crush crab shells and other sea floor crustaceans. That’s one case the staff at Prescott Dentistry will stay away from!

Are you looking for a compassionate dentist in Prescott? Contact us today as long as you aren’t a ghost shark!

Photo Courtesy of Kristin Walovich

7 Weird & Fun Facts about Arizona!

7 Weird & Fun Facts about Arizona!

Whether you’re a lifelong native to The Grand Canyon State, or a newly arrived transplant from California or the East Coast, there’s always more to learn about our great state! Here are a few fun facts about Arizona from your favorite dentist in Prescott! Be sure to share which ones you were most shocked by or share your own weird facts at your next dental appointment. Read on for the weirdness!

  1. The 90’s alt-rock scene was good to Arizona. Several big bands of the time originated here including The Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World and the Meat Puppets!
  2. Winslow, Arizona is home to the world’s most well-preserved meteor crater. Let’s just hope that no more meteor’s make their way to Arizona!
  3. In areas of minimal precipitation, it can take a century (100 years) for a Saguaro cactus to grow a new arm! You can face up to a year in prison for cutting down this endangered cactus.
  4. A pioneer in women’s rights, Arizona granted women the right to vote a full 8 years before national suffrage was enacted.
  5. Arizona has more Native American lands than any other state and 21 Native American tribes. In fact, only 17% of Arizona’s large land mass is privately owned, the rest is comprised of Native American reservations, public lands, forests and state trust lands.
  6. In 1997, a city-wide UFO sighting occurred in Phoenix, Arizona. Hundreds of residents and even the Governor reported seeing lights and a large stationary “otherworldly” aircraft in the sky for over an hour.
  7. Can you guess why there are no dinosaur fossils in the Grand Canyon? Because the rocks are so much older than the dinosaurs! The only fossils found are of more primitive creatures like sponges, trilobites and corals.

Arizona is definitely a weird and fun state to live in.. and Prescott is the best spot around! Contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your appointment in your favorite city in Arizona.

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (2/13/2017) Missy Meyer (Flickr)

Photos from January’s Winter Storms in Prescott!

As January comes to a close and February begins we’ve experienced some stunning snowfall and winter weather conditions. While the snow might be a little inconvenient at times.. Isn’t this why we all choose to live in Prescott? The beautiful scenery and small town appeal (and occasional piles of snow) are what Prescott, Prescott! So let’s take a moment to appreciate the recent snowfall for when we’re longing for these days this Summer! All photos courtesy of Donny Boy and dagnyg  on Flickr! Thanks for the great shots. Have another awesome shot of the snow? Send it to us and we’ll post it on our blog! Stay safe out there if it’s still snowy when this blog finds you!