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Spring Clean Your Teeth

March 25, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,Spring Trends — admin @ 8:43 am

While many people take this time to thoroughly clean their homes of dust and cobwebs, Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design sees it as an opportune time to give your teeth a spring cleaning as well.

Creating better oral habits, changing out your old brush head, and even getting your teeth whitened are excellent ways to put the spring back in your smile.spring cleaning teeth

However, we encourage you to add a dental visit to this year’s spring-cleaning list. Just like your home, regular maintenance and cleaning does not reach all the nooks and crannies. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove certain types of plaque and tartar build up, which can prevent gum disease.

Additionally, so much goes on in your professional dental cleaning that can improve your overall health as well:

  • Reviewing and updating medical history, including heart problems, cancer treatment, pregnancy, diabetes, joint replacement, medications, surgeries or any other major changes in health history
  • Blood pressure check
  • Oral cancer examination and screening
  • Evaluation of gum tissue
  • Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • X-rays, examination of teeth to detect decay
  • Early detection of minor issues can be corrected before they become bigger, more painful issues later.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design today to schedule your spring cleaning! 719-599-0700

8 Things to eat to keep your teeth healthy

March 1, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts,National Nutrition Month — admin @ 5:09 pm

March is National Nutrition Month and today’s nutritional approaches to oral health go beyond “don’t eat sugar.”

Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums.

And some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria attacks.

  1. Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
  2. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
  3. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
  4. 4. Folic acid promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. This member of the B vitamin family is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s yeast.
  5. Green Tea – Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, possibly the most well-known tooth strengthener.
  6. Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardine, shrimp, soybean, flax seed, walnut) Omega-3 fatty acid are excellent choice  against inflammation and gum diseases.
  7. Cranberries – Cranberries contain polyphenols (just as tea does), which may keep plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities, according to a study published in the journal Caries Research. A caveat: Because the fruit is so tart, many cranberry products have added sugar, which may affect any potential benefits for teeth, so make eat raw unsweetened cranberries or even blend frozen unsweetened cranberries into a smoothie.
  8. Dark Chocolate – The compound CBH, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden tooth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay. Eating 3-4 oz of chocolate a day is a great way to take advantage of this wonder compound and lower your chance of getting cavities.

Finally, limit added sugars from both foods and beverages. This includes soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, candies, etc. Energy drinks are particularly damaging as they combine a high sugar load with an incredibly acidic pH.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design. 719-599-0700

15 signs you should see a dentist

February 24, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 8:55 am

The American Dental Association has a

Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design at 719-599-0700.

Here are 15 signs you should see a dentist:

  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

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Flossing: A Key Component To Your Oral Health

February 18, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,Flossing,Uncategorized — admin @ 7:11 pm

Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brusing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities. 522449_10152137211779663_322374174_n

When is the best time to floss? Before I brush or after?

The most important thing about flossing is to do it. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. People who are too tired at the end of the day may benefit from flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after lunch.

And don’t forget, children need to floss too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch. Because flossing demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11.

Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful. You may feel discomfort when you first start flossing, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, talk to your dentist.

If you find flossing difficult, consider a different flossing method. People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner such as a wooden plaque remover, dental pick or pre-threaded flosser. Ask your dentist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums. It could be that you simply need to try another type of dental floss—waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. Stick with it and you’ll have adopted a healthy habit for life.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700

New Year, New Mouth – 7 Important Healthy Habits Dental Habits for the New Year

January 8, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,New Year's Resolutions — admin @ 9:32 am

The Mouth Healthy Blog by the American Dental Association featured 7 important tips for smart dental hygiene for the new year:

Here are

  • Brush 2 Min./2 Times a Day – Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
  • Replace Your Toothbrush – Replace your toothbrush (Or brush head) every three to four months.  Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective at cleaning your teeth.
  • Floss daily – Flossing is part of being mouth healthy.
  • Chew sugarless gum – Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
  • Eat a healthy diet – Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Drink fluoridated water – Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
  • See your dentist – Regular dental visits with Dr. Gasper will help you be Mouth Healthy for Life.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs for your dental exam and cleaning. (719) 355-7791

How to Protect Your Teeth This Holiday Season

December 6, 2014

Filed under: Dental Care,Holiday Dental Tips — admin @ 1:42 am

The hygienists at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs have two tips for you during this month of holiday goodies:

  1. Enjoy the holiday goodies, but don’t constant munch all day.   Eat your meal and then be done.Anytime you eat or drink anything that is sugary, the bacteria in your mouth feed on these sugars to make acids. These bacterial acids cause the pH in your mouth to drop below normal levels and make your tooth enamel “softer” and more vulnerable to abrasion.The process for your saliva to bring your oral pH back to normal typically takes about 30 minutes.
  2. Chew gum! Sugarless gum with Xylitol helps bring your pH back to neutral more quickly. A flavor favorite from Hygienist Christine Church? Trident Spearmint.

Please call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design for your hygeine appointment. 719-599-0700

Your overall health is directly related to your dental health.

June 17, 2014

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 6:18 pm

Your overall health is directly related to your dental health. 

We encourage you to schedule a dental visit into your summer plans this year.

A professional cleaning is the only way to remove certain types of plaque and tartar build up, which can prevent gum disease.

Additionally, so much goes on in your professional dental cleaning that can improve your overall health as well:

  • Reviewing and updating medical history, including heart problems, cancer treatment, pregnancy, diabetes, joint replacement, medications, surgeries or any other major changes in health history
  • Blood pressure check
  • Oral cancer examination and screening
  • Evaluation of gum tissue
  • Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • X-rays, examination of teeth to detect decay
  • Early detection of minor issues can be corrected before they become bigger, more painful issues later.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to schedule your dental appointment. 719-599-0700

Could flossing, dental care prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

June 12, 2014

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Dental Care — admin @ 5:24 pm

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Various studies are raising the question, of whether dental hygiene could head off the neurodegenerative disease. Researchers believe gum disease is a sign of inflammation, which may play a role in the destruction of brain cells.

These bacteria enter the bloodstream through daily activities, such as eating, chewing and tooth brushing, but especially following invasive dental treatment, and from there, potentially enter the brain on a regular basis. Researchers propose that every time they reach the brain, the bacteria may trigger immune system responses by already primed brains cells, causing them to release more chemicals that kill neurons. This could be one mechanism that leads to changes in the brain, which is typical of Alzheimer’s disease, and could be responsible for causing symptoms such as confusion and deteriorating memory.

This research indicates a possible association between gum disease and individuals who may be susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s disease, if exposed to the appropriate trigger.

Regular dentist visits are important for prevention of gum disease. Dr. Gasper and his hygienist can remove tartar, which is plaque buildup that can irritate the gums and lead to tooth loss. Dr. Gasper can also detect early signs of gum disease. However, prevention begins at home. Brushing and flossing twice daily, eating right and avoiding tobacco will help prevent gum disease.

At Aesthetics Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs, we check all our patients for Gum Disease.

Please call for your dental cleaning today. 719-599-0700

Seven Tips to keep you smiling this National Smile Month

May 20, 2014

National Smile Month is May 19 – June 19

Is your smile your best accessory?

Since oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body, here are some tips to help you smile with health and confidence.

  1. Brush 2 Min./2 Times a Day – Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
  2. 2. Floss Daily
  3. Use Sonicare – It uses ultrasonic sound waves to remove more of the plaque and debris that can be quite difficult to remove with a manual toothbrush.
  4. Make A Dental Appointment – Please call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700
  5. Cracked, broken, decayed, worn or missing teeth – Missing teeth lead to bone loss, facial aging, speech impairment and nutritional deficiencies.  We encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation to learn about the life-changing benefits of Dental Implants.
  6. Teeth whitening – Beautiful white teeth are one of the easiest and most immediate ways to help you look younger and more attractive.  Dr. Gasper provides Zoom Teeth Whitening which can make your teeth up to 8 shades brighter in just one visit as well as Deep Bleaching for tough stains.
  7. Beautiful Smile, Well Balanced Face – Orthodontists should address more than straightening teeth. Functional Orthodontics will reshape and reposition the upper and lower jaws.  It has been shown that proper alignment and shape helps avoid problems such as TMJ disorders, migraines, and airway/breathing disorders.

Celebrate National Smile Month with Dr. Gasper and his staff at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs. 719-599-0700

Five Exercises You Can Do While Brushing Your Teeth

February 10, 2014

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 10:22 am

Lifehacker.com shared a great tip for incorporating movement while brushing your teeth.

From the blog:

You spend two minutes in the morning and two at night brushing your teeth. Instead of just standing around, make even better use of that time by incorporating a few simple movements for balance, flexibility, and strength.

The five movements fitness coach John Sifferman demonstrates here are:

  • One-legged stand or the alternative 4 corner balance
  • Rock-bottom squat or squat movements (Lifehacker reader Alec Glen sometimes does one-legged squats instead of standing on one leg while brushing his teeth)
  • Calf raises
  • Hip mobility drills
  • Foot massage with a tennis ball

This little fitness hack won’t radically transform your body or count as your exercise for the day, but as Sifferman notes, any time and way you can fit in more movement, it’s a win.

Click here to see the full video.

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