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The Pain Free Xray – Extra Oral Radiography

In conjunction with our recent move to our new space we have made many upgrades to our Practice to make it a more patient friendly experience.  One of those upgrades was the purchase of a digital extraoral panoramic machine, commonly referred to as a digital Panorex .  Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging where sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. There are two types of dental radiological examinations, intraoral, with sensors placed inside the mouth, and extraoral, where the sensor is outside the mouth.  An extraoral X-ray image is commonly referred to as a Panoramic X-ray and is used to visualize a larger region.  We are excited to use it regularly at Hover Dental Group due to it’s many benefits over traditional radiographs:

Less Radiation – One of the most important benefits of digital radiography over conventional is the reduction in radiation exposure.  Digital radiography reduces our patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 70 to 80 percent.

Less harmful to the environment – When using digital radiography there is no chemical processing of the x-rays involved.  This eliminates any environmental impact associated with the disposal of conventional film developers.

Less Discomfort – The extra oral X-rays are just that — outside the mouth. So there is not need to bite down on bulky film or sensors — a welcome advantage, especially for our young patients!!

Improved Patient communication – Digital X-rays are available immediately and can be enlarged and displayed for patient viewing immediately on the monitors in each operatory. This facilitates communication between Dr. Kochevar, Hygienists and patients, and improves patient understanding when they are better able to view exactly what is happening in their mouths.

As you can see, digital radiology offers many advantages when compared with traditional film based X-rays.  At Hover Dental Group we strive daily to improve the patient experience and our level of customer service and adding our new Extra-Oral Digital Panoramic X-ray is one way we hope to achieve that.

Come in and see us soon and see for yourself!!   -Dr. K

 

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Use it or Lose it!

We are getting close to the end of the year and time is flying by!  If you haven’t already scheduled your second teeth cleaning for the year, do so now as appointment times are becoming more and more scarce as we get closer to December.  Since insurance benefits do not roll over to the new year, it’s a great idea to maximize the benefits you do have remaining while there is still time.  Flexible spending accounts are another benefit that must be used by the end of the year.  Call Hover Dental Group today to reserve your desired time with us!  We are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding insurance benefits, flexible spending accounts, and treatment plans.  Happy Holidays from your friends at Hover Dental Group!

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Oil Pulling

Have you heard of Oil Pulling?? It’s the latest fad out there to improve your dental health. At
Hover Dental Group we are all for health and natural healing but we also want to be sure you
have all of your facts straight before you decide this is for you.

The claims of Oil Pulling are that it can whiten your teeth, make your breath fresher and lead to
massive improvements in oral health. It is not meant for treating active decay! The phrase “oil
pulling” comes from the process of the oil being “worked” in the mouth by pulling, pushing, and
sucking it through the teeth. This type of oral therapy isn’t new at all; it has its origins in
Ayurvedic medicine dating back 3,000 years.

The procedure involves swishing about one tablespoon of oil around in your mouth. As the oil
hits your teeth and gums, bacteria stick to it and dissolve in the liquid oil. With the oil being
liquid it is able to get to bacteria hiding under crevices in the gums and in pores and tubules
within the teeth and suck them out of their hiding places. This bacteria that is being cleansed
from the teeth is what is known to cause plaque buildup. A little plaque is normal but as it builds
up, it can cause problems including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and
cavities.

Many types of oils have been used but it seems that Coconut Oil is getting the most press lately
and that is likely because recent studies have shown the benefit of coconut oil in the prevention
of tooth decay. Coconut oil is preferred because 50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of
lauric acid. Lauric acid is very well known for its antimicrobial actions; it inhibits Strep mutans
that are the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Perhaps the most important thing to share is that Oil Pulling does not replace regular dental
care and it won’t treat active decay. It should be done in conjunction with a regular Oral Health
program. You still need to brush and floss daily and see your dentist at least twice a year for
you regular check ups, and if something is bothering you come see us right away.

Want to give it a try?? Here’s how you do it:

– Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
– Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. Maybe while you’re in the shower.
– Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth. (Don’t spit it down the drain, we don’t want to cause
any plumbing issues!! Maybe try the trash.)

Be sure to let us know at your next visit if you’ve been Oil Pulling. We’d love to see how it
benefits our patients’ oral health!

Happy pulling!!

-Dr. K

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Your Oral Health is Just Part of the Picture


We hear pretty much everyday of a new trend to keep our bodies healthy and fit.  New fad diets, new exercise equipment, new shoes, new gear.  Yes, new is sometimes better, but don’t forget that those good, old fashioned, low-tech, user-friendly manners of achieving and maintaining our health are still out there!!

When it comes to your TEETH it’s a simple bristled brush, a little toothpaste and a piece of string!  Yep, that’s ALL you need to maintain your dental health and keep those pearly whites smiling brightly for years to come.  Well that and your twice yearly visit to see us of course!

When it comes to your fitness those fancy gadgets and gear are nice but not always necessary.  All we have to do is just get up and move.  Move more sit less, and of course avoid too much junk food, and we are well on our way to years of health and happiness.

At Hover Dental Group my staff and I believe that our health isn’t just about our teeth and gums.  It’s about our whole health and if we don’t focus on the entire picture then having pearly whites won’t get us too far.  That is why we are lacing up our running shoes this weekend for a great cause — to better our selves with fitness, let off a little stress and burn some extra calories with friends and fellow community members, and while we’re at it to sponsor a great organization, The Happy Smakah.   The Happy Smakah is a 5K fun run benefiting community members in the Longmont area.  You can check it out here:

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Hover Dental Group will have a booth at the end of the event so come on by and say “Hi” after you’ve worked on your physical fitness and get some great items and fun gifts that will help you keep those pearly whites smiling bright!

-Dr. K

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End of the Year

The Holiday Season is upon us!  As a reminder, if you have dental treatment you have put on hold, now is the best time to schedule an appointment to maximize your insurance benefits and use any remaining flexible spending account dollars you may have. Once the calendar year comes to an end, so does your remaining dental benefits.  Keep in mind, our Holiday Season and end of the year does book quickly and desired appointment times are hard to come by.  Call us today to ensure you have a time reserved that works best for your schedule!  We are also available to answer any questions you may have regarding insurance, flexible spending accounts, and/or financial options.

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Bruxism

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. The condition affects both children and adults.

Some people with bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense. This is different from tooth grinding or clenching that occurs at night, which is called sleep bruxism. Most children who are bruxers do so at night, while adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxers.

Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Unfortunately, people with sleep bruxism usually aren’t aware of the habit, so they aren’t diagnosed with the condition until complications occur. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.

Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

  •  Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake your sleep partner
  •  Teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped
  •  Worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth
  •  Increased tooth sensitivity
  •  Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles
  •  Earache — because of severe jaw muscle contractions, not a problem with your ear
  •  Headache
  •  Chronic facial pain
  •  Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek

Causes

Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of bruxism. For daytime bruxism, it has been thought that abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion) may contribute to the problem, though this hasn’t been confirmed in research studies. Sleep bruxism is believed to be related to changes that occur during sleep cycles in some individuals, and this is an active area of current research.

In adults, psychological factors seem to be associated with bruxism, including:

  • Anxiety, stress or tension
  • Suppressed anger or frustration
  • Aggressive, competitive or hyperactive personality type

When to seek medical advice

Bruxism often goes unnoticed. See your dentist if you have worn teeth or pain in your jaw, face or ear. Also consult your dentist if your bed partner complains that you make a grinding noise while you sleep.

If you notice that your child is grinding his or her teeth — or has other signs or symptoms of this condition — be sure to mention it at your  next dental appointment.

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Proper Brushing

Proper brushing is probably the most important way to keep your mouth healthy.  Brushing correctly and with the proper frequency can help you prevent problems before they appear.  There are four important things you will need to properly brush your teeth:  a toothbrush with soft bristles, toothpaste with fluoride, the correct angle of brushing, and brushing in a pattern.  Use the following tips to help you get the most out of your brushing.

  • It is important to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed.
  • You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles.  Soft bristles with rounded tips are gentler to your teeth and gums, and the also make it easier to remove plaque below the gum line where periodontal disease starts.
  • Use about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Fluoride hardens the outer enamel layer of the teeth.  It can stop a cavity before it worsens as well as provide you with more resistance to future cavities.
  • Angle the brush along the gum line at a 45-degree angle and apply firm pressure so that the bristles slide under the gum line.
  • Vibrate the brush while you brush in short back and forth strokes and in small circular motions.  Brush two or three teeth at a time and then move to the next two or three, allowing some overlap.
  • Tilt the brush and use the tip to brush the backs of the front teeth.
  • It is OK to brush in any regular pattern you choose but since the insides of the teeth tend to get less attention, you might start with the insides of the upper teeth and then move to the insides of the lower teeth.  Then switch to the outsides of the upper teeth and then the outsides of the lower teeth.  Brush the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth, then the same on the lower teeth.  Complete your routine by gently brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth.  This will remove germs that can cause bad breath.
  • Change your toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles are worn or bent.  Old bristles don’t clean well under the gum line and they host more plaque and disease-causing bacteria than new ones.
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Flossing is Important!

Flossing is Important!
Why is flossing so important?  Because even with proper brushing, the areas between your teeth don’t get completely cleaned and most cavities start between your teeth!  To keep your teeth and gums healthy you must use dental floss to remove the plaque between your teeth at least once a day.

How to use dental floss
First, take about eighteen inches of floss and wind the two ends of it around your middle fingers, leaving about five inches between your hands.  Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers and leave about one inch in between to work with.  Gently guide the floss between the first two teeth using a side-to-side motion.

Pull the floss tightly in a C shape around the side of one tooth and slide it under the gum line.  Clean the surface of the tooth by using and up-and-down motion not the side-to-side motion you used to guide the floss between the teeth.  Repeat on the adjacent tooth.  Then remove the floss, wind it to an unused section and repeat the process to clean both sides of every tooth.

If you are just beginning to floss for the first time, your gums will probably bleed a little.  The bleeding should stop after about a week of regular flossing.  If the bleeding continues after a couple of weeks let us know right away.  It might indicate problems or it might just be that your technique needs adjusting.  We can help either way.  Also, if you have trouble getting the floss between your teeth or if it catches or tears, let us know as soon as possible.  It could indicate a problem that needs to be corrected.

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Change Your Smile!

Some people are a little nervous about smiling.  They don’t think their smile looks good or they think that smiling makes them look unprofessional or vulnerable.  No matter how professional, intelligent, or “together” you think a serious face makes you appear, people almost always respond better to a smile.

We all know of someone we consider to have an “infectious” smile.  Infectious smiles always start with confidence.  If you’re not 100% confident in your smile, we’re here to help.

While our first concern is keeping your teeth and mouth as healthy as possible, we have the tools and the training to make sure you have a smile that gives you confidence and a smile that you’re excited to share with others.

We’re more than happy to discuss with you the many options available to help you achieve a smile worth sharing and a smile that will change someone’s day –including your own!

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Importance of Preventive Care

Regular Exams Are Important
Because we are committed to preventing dental problems before they happen, we recommend that all of our patients see us at least every six months for a routine cleaning and examination.  Dental problems usually start out small but can quickly worsen to become much more serious.  These problems are much easier to treat—or better yet avoid—if they are caught early.

Serious dental problems begin as treatable problems
One example of this is gingivitis.  The effects of gingivitis are reversible.  But when gingivitis advances into periodontal disease, the bone loss that can result is not reversible.

Another example is a small cavity on the surface of a tooth.  This can easily be fixed, but if it spreads to the inner layers of the tooth, we may need to perform root canal therapy and restore the tooth with a crown.  This can also be the case with a cracked filling.  It can usually be fixed quite easily.  If untreated, it may lead to an infection in the tooth’s inner pulp layer that also must be treated through root canal therapy.

A bad bite can also contribute to problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and can cause the painful cycle of muscle spasms and other jaw-joint problems commonly know as TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.  There are ways to treat TMD and the sooner treatment begins the sooner the painful symptoms can be relieved. 

The problems mentioned above are just a few of the many avoidable or treatable problems that, if left untreated, can quickly become much worse.

The key to avoiding serious dental problems—Regular checkups
During your regular checkups we examine the health of your mouth, measure the bone levels around your teeth, check for decay, screen for oral cancer, examine your dental work, evaluate your bite, and remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.  The bacteria that cause periodontal disease thrive in plaque and tartar, producing toxins that can cause bone loss and eventually tooth loss.  A toothbrush and floss are almost useless against tartar, so to keep it from building up we must remove it every six months in our office.

Your six month exam and cleaning is a critical part of a preventive strategy.  It is the best way for you to prevent advanced dental problems, and minimize the time and money you spend in the dental chair.

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