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How to Eat with Dentures

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Though dentures are beneficial for patients missing all or most of their teeth, adjusting to your dentures while eating may take some practice and patience. We’re sharing five tips for how to eat with dentures to make your adjustment easier!

  1. Start with Liquids or Soft Foods
  2. Once you put on your dentures, you may notice excessive saliva, mild soreness, and some difficulty speaking. These temporary discomforts are normal. Drinking liquids or eating soft foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, smoothies, yogurt, and eggs can make the transition easier. We also recommend you avoid very hot temperatures as dentures can make it trickier to tell how hot a beverage or food item is.

  3. Take Small Bites
  4. After soft foods have been a success, the transition to hard foods may pose a new challenge. It’s best to cut food into small pieces to give you better control of chewing.

  5. Chew with Both Sides of Your Mouth
  6. You may feel like one area of your denture is more stable than another. However, using both sides of your mouth when you chew can prevent your denture from slipping out of place. This can also speed up the adjustment of eating with dentures.

  7. Limit Using the Front Teeth
  8. Using your front teeth to bite into foods can cause the front part of your dentures to take on all the pressure. This can dislodge other areas of the dentures and cause soreness to that section of your gums. Using a strong adhesive is a great way to stabilize your dentures.

  9. Be Patient
  10. Adjusting to dentures can take time. Stay patient, confident, and hopeful! You will eventually be back to enjoying a balanced diet with ease.

Comfortable Dentures in Denver, CO

Whether you’re wearing full or partial dentures, it’s important to be aware that eating with dentures will feel different than eating with all natural teeth. Dentures also require special maintenance and routine visits to the dentist. Please contact our team for more tips on living with dentures and to schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup!

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The Difference Between Dental Bridges & Implants

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Missing teeth can throw a wrench in everyday activities such as confidently interacting with others, eating, and speaking. At Vero Dental, we understand that finding a tooth replacement solution that best suits your smile needs, lifestyle, and budget is important. Luckily, there are many restorative treatments to help patients fill the gaps in their smile. Two common tooth replacement options are dental bridges and dental implants.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in a row. This versatile dental prosthetic is designed to mimic the natural appearance of teeth. A traditional dental bridge is made up of two crowns on both ends with an artificial tooth sandwiched in between. The crowns attach the bridge on each end to your natural teeth. Bridges can also be connected to dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium rods that are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. These bases provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth to attach onto. Once the implants fully fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, a dental crown, bridge, or denture can be put into place on top. Implants are the only tooth replacement method that stimulates the jawbone to help prevent bone degeneration and changes in your facial structure.

Tooth Replacements in Denver, CO

Are you ready to start your tooth replacement journey? At Vero Dental, our experienced team is committed to helping patients regain beautiful, complete smiles. We offer a wide array of treatments to help restore your smile’s functionality and boost your confidence. In addition to our Dental Savers Plan, our office accepts many forms of payment, including cash, debit and credit cards, dental insurance, FSAs and HSAs, and financing through CareCredit® and LendingClub. Please contact our office today to schedule your tooth replacement consultation!

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What Should I Do If My Filling Falls Out?

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Acid from bacteria can strip minerals from a tooth’s enamel, its outer protective layer, and cause temporary weakening. If the tooth is not fortified with additional minerals, it will result in permanent damage to the tooth in the form of a cavity. This is a little hole in your tooth’s structure. An untreated cavity can get worse and cause infection that results in pain and tooth loss. Your dental team will check for cavities, and other dental issues, at your routine checkups and will recommend any necessary treatment. This can involve removing the decay, cleaning the area, and repairing it with a filling.

What Is a Filling?

A filling is a special dental material a dentist uses to literally fill up a cavity to restore a tooth’s strength and full function and to protect the inner tooth from damage. Fillings are typically tooth-colored so you can’t see them. While uncommon, a filling can fall out.

Treating a Lost Dental Filling

If your dental filling has fallen out, then you want to get the area treated as soon as possible. That filling was a barrier that protected the inner part of your tooth from being exposed to bacteria. Without it there, your tooth is more susceptible to decay and infection.

The first thing you should do is call your dentist so that they can bring you in to get a new filling. In the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication to reduce any discomfort. Try not to chew food in the affected area since you want to keep the tooth as clean as possible. Drink plenty of water and regularly rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water and table salt.

Restorative Dentistry in Denver, CO

If you have any questions about your smile, please contact Vero Dental today! We provide a variety of restorative dental treatments, including dental fillings, in Denver, CO.

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Is Invisalign Right for Me?

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Do you want to straighten your teeth? It’s never too late to get a healthier, straighter smile! Invisalign® is a subtle way to get a straighter smile without most people even noticing you have anything on your teeth. Here’s what you need to know about Invisalign and why it may be a great teeth straightening method for your needs!

What Is Invisalign?

If you haven’t straightened your teeth yet, is it because you don’t want to spend time in metal braces? We get it! Luckily, with Invisalign clear aligner therapy, you don’t have to have noticeable metal brackets and wires disrupting your appearance and irritating your cheeks. Invisalign is a nearly invisible teeth straightening method that utilizes clear aligner trays. These translucent trays can feel similar to a mouthguard, retainer, or whitening trays. Their smooth, clear material means you can continue to smile with confidence while you straighten your teeth.

How Invisalign Works

With Invisalign technology, your dental team will map out an entire treatment plan when you begin your orthodontic journey. You will wear a set of trays for about two weeks at a time. After each two-week period is up, you will swap out your old trays for new ones that will continue to move your teeth even more. With Invisalign, the aligners need to be worn at least 20-22 hours a day. You should only take them out to eat, drink anything other than water, and clean your teeth and trays.

Invisalign Candidacy

Responsible patients with mild to moderate misalignment are great candidates for Invisalign. The best thing to do is to schedule an in-person consultation with your certified Invisalign dentist to see if you’re a good match! Your dentist will examine your smile, discuss your goals, and go over estimated treatment costs.

Schedule Your Consultation!

If you’re currently looking for an Invisalign dentist in Denver, CO, our team would love to help! At Vero Dental, we proudly offer Invisalign and other cosmetic dental treatments. Please contact us today to schedule an Invisalign consultation at our office!

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How to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

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Good oral hygiene is just as important for kids as for adults! We understand that many kids struggle with brushing their teeth. But poor brushing habits can make your child more vulnerable to developing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Here are some ideas to help your child be more consistent about brushing their teeth every day:

  1. Start Young
  2. Habits started young are more likely to persist as a child gets older. Start cleaning a baby’s gums every night with a damp, soft cloth. As soon as they start getting teeth, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush and a tiny smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Once your child has two teeth touching, you should begin flossing too. Starting early helps your child get used to the routine and feel of using a toothbrush and floss.

  3. Let Them Choose Their Tools
  4. Children like to feel a sense of control. Letting them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste can be a simple way to help them feel more involved in their oral hygiene. Whenever it’s time to replace their toothpaste or toothbrush, you could bring your child with you to the store to pick their next soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Or you could buy two different toothbrushes and/or toothpaste flavors and allow them to choose which to use each morning and night.

  5. Play a Song for 2 Minutes
  6. Your child may be brushing their teeth twice a day, but are they brushing for the full two minutes each time? To encourage them to brush long enough, play two minutes of their favorite song. This can keep your child more engaged in brushing, especially if you join in and brush your teeth too.

  7. Use an App
  8. There are many brushing apps available for both iOS and Android that are designed specifically for kids. Using colorful characters and music, the timers let your child know how long they should brush each section of their mouth.

Kid-Friendly Dentistry in Denver, CO

Brushing and flossing at home are essential for maintaining good oral health. Your child should also visit the dentist at least every six months for cleanings and exams! Vero Dental sees patients of all ages – including babies – and offers family block appointments for your convenience. Please contact us if you have additional questions about how to encourage your child to brush their teeth or if you want to schedule appointments for your family at our office. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Teeth Whitening at Home vs. at a Dental Office

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If you’re looking for an end of summer pick-me-up, why not consider professional teeth whitening? In just a short time, teeth whitening can brighten your smile and boost your confidence. At Vero Dental, we offer both at-home and in-office teeth whitening services.

Teething Whitening at the Dental Office

If you’re looking for a fast smile transformation, in-office teeth whitening is the way to go. Our professional teeth whitening procedure can lighten teeth up to 16 shades in just an hour! During your whitening treatment, our team will apply a professional-grade bleaching gel to your teeth at 15 minute intervals. Once we reach the desired whiteness, you’ll walk out of our office with a smile you’ll be thrilled to show off!

Because teeth whitening products contain bleach, patients may experience some temporary tooth sensitivity. However, one benefit of in-office whitening is that our team will carefully monitor your comfort every step of the way. If you’re bothered by tooth sensitivity, we can adjust the whitening agent accordingly.

Teeth Whitening at Home

If you’d rather whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, that’s OK too! We offer two take-home whitening kits: customized trays and one-size trays. Customized trays allow for a more efficient application of the professional-grade bleaching gel since they’re designed as an exact impression of your teeth. On the other hand, one-size trays are budget-friendly while still being comfortable and effective.

Which Whitening Is Right for Me?

So you know you want to whiten your teeth – but which option should you choose? The answer depends on how drastically you want to brighten your teeth, your underlying oral health, your budget, and your comfort level. During your teeth whitening consultation, you’ll address each of these concerns with our team and have a chance to ask questions. Please contact us today to take the first step towards achieving whiter teeth!

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Completely Restore Your Smile This Summer!

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This summer could be the perfect time to start the process of getting the smile you’ve been dreaming of! At Vero Dental, we offer full-mouth reconstructions for patients dealing with issues like missing teeth, damaged teeth, deep stains, and more.

What Is a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

With full-mouth reconstructions, we can restore the function, health, and appearance of a smile. A treatment plan typically consists of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Which treatments you need depends on your specific case and what we need to rebuild. If you still have your natural teeth but they’re damaged, we can use treatments like crowns and veneers. For teeth that are too damaged or compromised to save, extractions are often the best option. To replace missing teeth, we offer restorative procedures like bridges, dentures, and implants.

What’s the Process Like?

The first thing we’ll do is examine your teeth, take X-rays, and discuss your goals and budget. Together, we’ll create a custom treatment plan. Because every plan is different, the reconstruction process could take a few months to a year. Some procedures are more complex than others, but we use anesthesia when necessary so you can remain comfortable and not feel pain. We’ll also provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you have a smooth recovery.

How Much Do They Cost?

Your out-of-pocket cost will depend on what treatments you need and what your insurance plan covers. We will provide a cost estimate before beginning any work. Our office accepts dental insurance and third-party financing. We also offer an in-house dental savers plan for uninsured or underinsured patients.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction in Denver, CO

Whether you have missing teeth, broken teeth, or teeth with major cosmetic issues, a full-mouth reconstruction could restore and transform your smile! If you have questions about any of the treatments a reconstruction may include (like extractions, implants, or veneers), please contact us to schedule a consultation with our team!

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Are Electric Toothbrushes a Good Investment?

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Electric toothbrushes are wildly popular among patients and many dentists highly recommend them! An electric toothbrush is a chargeable toothbrush that comes with various capabilities to make brushing your teeth more efficient, more enjoyable, and easier. With a manual toothbrush, you must be mindful to brush your teeth using small, gentle circles with just the right amount of pressure. With most electric toothbrushes, the heavy lifting is taken care of for you with its fast spinning bristles, pressure sensor, and two-minute timer.

Different electric toothbrushes come with different settings; some might not have a built-in timer, while others have whitening and polishing functions or Bluetooth connectivity. Some replacement brush heads cater to those with braces or sensitive gums.

Overall, the powerful but gentle mechanics of an electric toothbrush head helps break up plaque and remove food particles more efficiently and accurately than how most people use a manual toothbrush.

Should I Get an Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are a great option for distractible children above 3 years old and teenagers, busy college students, tired new parents, older adults with grip issues, braces wearers, patients currently with gum disease, and those who want to prevent dental disease. Nearly everyone could benefit from an electric toothbrush!

Because they reduce much of the manual work that goes into brushing your teeth, electric toothbrushes can make your oral hygiene feel less like drudgery and increase your motivation to actually brush your teeth. This will improve your oral health and help you prevent decay and gum disease more so than if you brush halfheartedly or too fast with a manual toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes are more expensive up-front than a manual toothbrush. Replacement brush heads for your electric brush will also run a bit more expensive than buying a new manual toothbrush. However, you can get an excellent electric toothbrush from several major retailers for $50 or less. We recommend buying a reputable brand that has a track record of reliability and buying authentic replacement brush heads.

Affordable Preventive Dental Care

When paired with twice-yearly dental appointments, using an electric toothbrush can help keep your smile strong and healthy! At Vero Dental, we emphasize the value of preventive care and can help you decide which type of toothbrush is right for your oral health needs. Additionally, we offer affordable financing so our patients can get the care they deserve even if they’re on a tight budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Denver, CO!

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Why Is Saliva Important for Oral Health?

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What comes to mind when you think of spit, or saliva? Do you think about the last time you were sprayed during a conversation or got sick after sharing a drink with someone? Or perhaps you have many happy memories involving baby drool or slobbery dog kisses. However you feel about saliva, it plays a critical role in your oral health every day!

What Is Saliva?

Saliva is made mainly of water so be sure to drink enough water every day so your salivary glands can produce a healthy spit level! Besides water, saliva contains mucus, proteins, minerals, enzymes, antibacterial components, and more. This powerful substance helps maintain the health of hard and soft tissues within the mouth.

Why Is Saliva Important?

Saliva keeps the mouth’s pH at a healthy balance by neutralizing acids in the mouth that would otherwise break down tooth enamel and irritate the gums. This neutralization helps prevent decay and gum disease. Additionally, saliva naturally cleans away food particles and bacteria from teeth and the tongue, helps prevent bad breath and dryness, provides a thirst cue, improves the taste of food, and aids in swallowing and digestion.

Caring for Your Oral Health

Even though saliva helps promote strong teeth and healthy gums, you still need proper oral healthcare at home and at the dentist. No matter what you eat or drink, you should floss daily and brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should also consume a balanced diet, avoid tobacco products, and visit Vero Dental for routine checkups and cleanings.

Family-Friendly Dental Care in Denver, CO

Are you looking for a family dentist in Denver? Our friendly team loves to work with patients of all ages, especially children! We offer comprehensive dentistry and strive to educate our patients on how to best care for their oral health at home to encourage long-lasting healthy smiles. Contact us today to schedule your next visit!

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Give Your Smile a Spring Cleaning!

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It is finally springtime! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and chances are you’re ready to get out and enjoy the longer days and beautiful weather.

If you haven’t scheduled one of your twice-yearly routine cleanings yet or even if you haven’t seen the dentist in many years, now is a fantastic time to give your smile a boost with a preventive cleaning and checkup at Vero Dental. Our team would be delighted to help you have a healthy smile!

Preventive Cleanings & Checkups

Your oral health can change rapidly. It doesn’t take long to develop a cavity, especially if you have an inconsistent oral healthcare routine or a poor diet. Preventive cleanings help give your teeth and gums a reset every six months so your chances of developing decay or gum disease are significantly reduced.

At Vero Dental, we carefully floss, polish, and remove tartar from your teeth and below the gum line before we conduct a professional examination to make sure your oral health is in good shape. Depending on the outcome of your examination, you’ll also have time to speak with our friendly team about any specialized treatments you might need or be interested in.

Spruce Up Your Smile This Spring!

Vero Dental also offers specialized restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, including crowns, veneers, professional teeth whitening, dental implants, and full-mouth reconstruction. No matter your needs and budget, we can build a treatment plan that is right for you.

Affordable Dental Care in Denver, CO

Don’t let your smile hibernate for any longer! We’d love to help you reach your smile goals, beginning with a professional dental cleaning and examination at our modern office in Denver, CO. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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