Causes of Gum Disease

Causes of Gum Disease

November 18, 2020 8:26 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Closeup of a toothbrush with blood on it and blood in the sink from gum disease

Your gums are an essential part of your oral health. They help anchor your teeth into your mouth and provide a barrier so bacteria can’t access the sensitive inner portion of your teeth. If you don’t take care of your teeth and your gums, you risk developing periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

In this blog post, learn what causes gum disease and how to prevent it.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

There are several stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis is characterized by gum inflammation and irritation. The gums are swollen, tender, abnormally red, and prone to bleeding.

Periodontitis is when the gums start to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. The tissues and bone surrounding the teeth become damaged. You may experience chronic bad breath, bleeding, sensitivity, pain, and even pus. Eventually, the teeth can fall out and your jawbone can deteriorate, which will change your facial shape and impair your ability to chew, talk, and smile with confidence.

Causes of Gum Disease

The primary cause of gum disease is plaque accumulation from poor oral hygiene. Plaque is a film of bacteria that builds up along and under your gumline, as well as on and between your teeth, unless it is properly brushed and flossed away every day. Plaque irritates the gums, leading to inflammation and infection.

Many factors can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. These include:

  • Smoking and Tobacco Use
  • High Consumption of Sugar and Carbohydrates
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Certain Medications
  • Genetics

How to Prevent Gum Disease

To prevent gum disease, maintain superb oral health habits! For example:

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time.
  • Floss every day.
  • Visit Vero Dental at least every six months for a checkup and cleaning. We’ll let you know if you’d benefit from more frequent visits! These appointments allow our team to detect early signs of gum disease, suggest oral care tips, and remove plaque with our special dental tools.
  • Avoid tobacco products and sugary gum.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Consume a balanced diet.

Periodontal Therapy at Vero Dental

If you have noticed changes in your gum health, please contact us today for a checkup. Our expert team can examine your mouth and determine the best course of action to improve your gum health! We also invite you to explore our website to learn about our comprehensive dental services and affordable payment options.


Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?

October 27, 2020 7:33 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Little girl smiles and high-fives her dentist after using safe dental sedation in Denver, CO

Vero Dental is a family-friendly dental office in Denver, CO, which means we accommodate patients of all ages. Our team is equipped to handle the unique needs of babies, toddlers, teenagers, and adult patients alike.

One commonality we see among patients of all ages is dental anxiety. If you or your child experience dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to help make treatments more relaxing and anxiety-free.

Below are some of the sedation options we offer at Vero Dental.

Mild Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a common form of mild sedation dentistry. It is a colorless gas that is administered through a nose mask. After a few inhalations, the patient will feel relaxed and calm. Their limbs may even feel a bit heavy. The effects of nitrous oxide are temporary and wear off quickly after treatment. It is an ideal option for patients who need a little distraction during treatment.

Moderate Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide. Unlike nitrous oxide, it is administered through a pill taken a before the patient’s dental treatment. It does not induce sleep, but instead helps the patient feel relaxed and drowsy during their treatment. Its effects do tend to linger after treatment, so it is important for the patient to have someone drive them home and to rest after their treatment.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?

Yes! Sedation dentistry is safe for children and adults alike when administered by our specially-trained team. We work closely with each patient to determine which sedation option is best for their needs and monitor them throughout treatment for their safety.

Your Safety Is Our Priority!

If your child suffers from dental anxiety, don’t be afraid to schedule a dental appointment for them! Our friendly at Vero Dental will work closely with you and your child to develop a treatment and sedation plan to help them feel right at home during their visit.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to ask us any questions about our dental sedation options.


Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

September 29, 2020 11:24 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Brunette woman with permanent porcelain veneers smiles in Denver, CO

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment for patients wanting to easily correct gaps, chips, discoloration, or irregularly teeth. They look like natural teeth, are incredibly durable and stain-resistant, and quickly make your smile look more uniform. In this blog post, we provide an overview of porcelain veneers!

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are permanent in the sense that the process is not reversible. Although it’s a minimally invasive procedure and your tooth is kept structurally intact, your enamel must be altered to allow the porcelain veneers to fit snugly. Enamel can’t grow back, so once you get porcelain veneers, you will always need them to protect your teeth.

If you take care of them properly, your veneers can last for up to 20 years before needing a replacement!

Tips to Make Porcelain Veneers Last Longer

You may be wondering how you can make your porcelain veneers last for as long as possible. After all, it would be disappointing to have to replace them earlier than expected because your teeth were not taken care of properly. Here are some simple practices that you can do to care for your porcelain veneers, underlying teeth, and gums:

  • Go to your biannual dental examinations. Routine deep cleaning and checkups can ensure that we identify any problems early and correct them without further damage.
  • Daily brush and floss your teeth. You can still get tooth decay and gum disease with porcelain veneers, so keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time and floss every day.
  • Wear a custom-fitted sports mouthguard and/or nightguard, as needed. If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, you should wear a mouthguard to prevent any damage to your teeth.

Are Veneers Worth It?

Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems. If you’re self-conscious about your dental flaws, then veneers may be worth it to gain your confidence back! You don’t have to get an entire mouthful of veneers either; you can get just one or two to help a tooth better blend in with the rest of your teeth. Your treatment plan is entirely tailored to your smile goals, needs, and budget!/p>

To discuss whether porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team would be happy to help you make an informed decision.


5 Ways to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids

5 Ways to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids

August 25, 2020 12:28 am
Published by Vero Dental

Dad brushes his teeth with his son, making oral hygiene fun for kids

Typically, getting kids to brush and floss every day is not an easy task. It’s essential, though, even if your child only has baby teeth. Healthy baby teeth are critical for proper speech development, confidence, and nutrition. Baby teeth also affect the health and growth of the underlying adult teeth.

Making daily oral hygiene a habit in early childhood also means healthier teeth as a teenager and adult. As a parent or caregiver, how can you make brushing and flossing fun for kids? Here are five ideas:

  1. Let Kids Pick Their Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  2. To help your kid develop good oral hygiene habits, let them be active participants. This starts with choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Children are more likely to get excited about brushing if they like their toothbrush and toothpaste. Because they got to choose, they feel more independent.

  3. Brush with Your Child
  4. Most kids like to imitate their parents, so show them how important oral hygiene is by doing it together! If you are enthusiastic about brushing and flossing, your child will notice and want to copy you. When you clean your teeth together, you can also show your child the proper technique.

  5. Play Their Favorite Music
  6. Many kids don’t like cleaning their teeth because they get bored. Playing 2 minutes of their favorite song is a simple way to keep them engaged and entertained. And you can be sure that they’re brushing for the 2-minute duration recommended by dentists.

  7. Use a Brushing Timer App or Electric Toothbrush
  8. There are a handful of timer apps that make oral hygiene more enjoyable for kids. These use videos, music, and rewards like badges. Apps encourage consistent brushing and help kids focus. A good electric toothbrush also has a built-in timer.

  9. Read Books & Stories About Oral Health & Visiting the Dentist
  10. Help your child understand how brushing and flossing will keep their mouth healthy and strong. There are picture books and videos that teach kids the importance of oral hygiene and going to the dentist without scaring them. Some of our favorite dental-related children’s books are:

    ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth From A to Z by Harriet Ziefert
    Curious George Visits the Dentist by H. A. Rey
    Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
    The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan & Jan Berenstain
    The Crocodile and the Dentist by Taro Gomi
    The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
    What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist by Heidi Murkoff

Your Kid-Friendly Dentist in Denver, CO

Our dentists love working with patients of all ages, including kids! At Vero Dental, family block appointments are convenient and make your life much easier. If you want to help your kids improve their oral hygiene, please contact our Denver office today!


Affordable Dentist in Denver, CO

Affordable Dentist in Denver, CO

July 30, 2020 12:13 am
Published by Vero Dental

Brunette woman smiles as she holds a white piggy bank because she gets affordable dental care at Vero Dental in Denver, CO

At Vero Dental, your dentist in Denver, CO, we aim to provide exceptional dental care with flexible financial options. No matter your oral health concerns, you can find affordable treatment options with service to smile about at our dental practice. In this blog post, we give an overview of some of our payment options.

Most Dental Insurance Accepted

We proudly accept a wide range of insurance providers. Our team understands firsthand just how overwhelming dealing with insurance providers can be. We file, track, and update your claims for you so that you don’t have to worry about the details. If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, please reach out to us and we can look into your coverage for you.

In-House Dental Savers Plan

No insurance? No worries! With our in-house Dental Savers Plan, you can still save big on the care you need. Membership gives you access to your preventive care at no extra cost with amazing discounts on additional treatments and services. Contact our office to enroll and start saving today!

Third-Party Financing

Vero Dental gladly accepts third-party financing through LendingClub® and CareCredit®. CareCredit works like a credit card for your dental expenses. You can apply online and receive a credit decision within minutes. Once approved, CareCredit will send you a credit card that you can use to cover your treatment costs. Then, you can set up a repayment plan that works best with your budget. LendingClub is a personal loan provider. After you apply online, you can receive your loan in as little as two business days. Similar to CareCredit, you can set up a custom repayment plan for your loan.

Affordable Dental Care in Denver, CO

Ready to start saving on your oral healthcare? We are committed to providing high-quality dentistry while keeping your budget in mind. We’ll never recommend a treatment you don’t need and we’ll always be completely transparent when it comes to cost. Once we determine which treatment is right for you, we will provide a quote and go over all of our financial options.

If you have any questions about our comprehensive dental services or would like to enroll in our Dental Savers Plan, please contact Vero Dental, your affordable dentist in Denver, CO.


Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

June 30, 2020 6:52 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Brunette woman in a polka dot shirt smiles because she is a good candidate for dental implants in Denver, CO

For a patient missing teeth, dental implants can help you regain your smile, improve your ability to chew and speak with ease, and prevent changes in your facial structure. However, not every patient is a candidate for dental implants. Read on to learn about certain criteria our team looks for when recommending dental implants to a patient.

  1. Healthy Jaw & Gums
  2. To qualify for dental implants, you must have an adequate amount of jaw tissue to support them. Therefore, if you’ve had extensive periodontal disease, were born with low-density bone, or have any other issue that affects your jaw bone, you may not have enough jaw for dental implants. Fortunately, some patients can qualify after a bone graft procedure.

    You also need to have healthy gums. Gum disease and infection in the jaw can compromise the integrity of implants and increase the risk of implant failure. If you have gum disease, you will first need to undergo periodontal treatment and allow your gums to heal first.

  3. No Dental Work Needed
  4. Before you qualify for dental implants, you should receive any other dental work you require first. If we determine you need any other dental work, we’ll schedule these treatments before proceeding with the dental implant process.

  5. Good Overall Health
  6. When we’re determining if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we take into consideration your overall health and medical history since certain health issues may affect the procedure and recovery. For instance, some heart conditions make it dangerous for you to undergo sedation. Additionally, tobacco use and conditions like diabetes, poor circulation, or some autoimmune disorders can hinder the healing process. We’ll also evaluate the medications you currently take because they can alter the healing process as well.

  7. Committed to Good Oral Health Practices
  8. Patients who don’t commit to good oral health practices are more likely to experience dental implant failure. If you don’t currently practice good oral hygiene, you must establish a routine before you can receive dental implants. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss every day. We also recommend consuming a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and visiting Vero Dental for cleanings and checkups at least every six months. Keep in mind that some patients, particularly those who have gum disease, may benefit from more frequent visits.

Consultation for Dental Implants in Denver, CO

Ready to restore your smile? Contact Vero Dental today to schedule your dental implants consultation in Denver, CO.


How to Keep Your Teeth & Gums Healthy

How to Keep Your Teeth & Gums Healthy

May 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Brunette girl in a white tank top smiles while holding her toothbrush to care for her oral health

Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. Here are some pointers to keep your dental health in tip-top shape:

  1. Brush & Floss
  2. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. Be sure to brush your tongue too! Brushing and flossing are the first line of defense for keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If done properly and consistently, your oral hygiene regimen can help prevent plaque buildup, bad breath, tooth discoloration, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

  3. Eat a Balanced Diet
  4. Diet plays a significant role in your oral health. We recommend limiting foods and drinks that have a lot of sugar in them. Bacteria consume the sugar left on your teeth and produce acidic byproducts that irritate your gums and destroy your enamel, the protective outer layer of your teeth. We also advise staying away from hard foods that can damage your teeth, such as ice and hard candy. Instead, reach for nutrient-dense whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. These help prevent enamel erosion and boost your oral and overall health.

  5. Drink Plenty of Water
  6. Compared to sports drinks, soda, and fruit juice, water is the best option for hydrating your mouth and encouraging saliva production. Saliva is essential for remineralizing your enamel and washing away leftover food debris and bacteria from your mouth. Additionally, most tap water contains fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel against decay. While fluoride naturally occurs in low levels in water and some foods, many communities add it to their public water supply to a level proven to reduce the incidence of cavities.

Reach Out to Our Team!

Are you currently dealing with a dental problem? Contact Vero Dental right away. It may be a dental issue that requires urgent attention. If it turns out to not be a dental emergency, our expert team is still here to help you manage it.

If you have additional questions about how to care for your oral health, reach out to our team at Vero Dental in Denver, CO.


Open for Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

Open for Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

April 1, 2020 11:12 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Announcement that Vero Dental is temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic except for dental emergencies in Denver, CO

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, our Denver dental office is operating under limited hours for dental emergencies only. The safety and health of our patients, our employees, and our community are our top priorities. We will let you know when we are once again able to provide our patients with the quality care and the safe environment that is a hallmark of our practice.

Vero Dental adheres to the strict safety standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have always been extremely mindful of our patients’ health and safety and will be even more vigilant in the future. Rest assured when we do welcome you back that our office and equipment will be thoroughly disinfected.

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

We encourage all of our patients to protect themselves and their families from the coronavirus by following the recommendations from the CDC. For example:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as possible.
  • When it is necessary to go out, keep at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of it.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Do not share dishes or utensils.
  • Get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
  • Take extra precautions if you are sick to reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Even if you feel healthy, be mindful of the health of others. Some people are asymptomatic when they have the disease and can unknowingly spread it to others.

Keep Brushing & Flossing!

We recognize that many of you are experiencing unprecedented upheavals and challenges in your daily lives and routines. Please take good care of your mental health as well as your physical health and your oral health. We encourage everyone to take some time for positive, uplifting activities to help relieve stress.

Vero Dental thanks you for your loyal patronage and regrets the inconvenience our temporary closure will cause to those with scheduled appointments and plans for smile improvements. Our team looks forward to welcoming you again to our office as soon as this crisis has passed.

Emergency Dentist in Denver, CO

If you experience a dental emergency, call us at 303-722-1117 for a same-day appointment!


5 Benefits of Dental Implants

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

March 5, 2020 11:14 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Bald man with dental implants smiles while sitting in a dental chair at the dentist in Denver, CO

Missing teeth can result in lowered confidence, reduced chewing ability, and even bone loss. In the past, restoring your smile would mean getting dentures, but patients can now opt for dental implants. This tooth replacement solution is durable, natural-looking, and comfortable. Read on to learn about the fantastic benefits of dental implants!

  1. A Permanent Tooth Replacement
  2. A dental implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone, topped with either a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. Because the post’s material is biocompatible, you don’t need to worry about the body rejecting it over time. The implant fuses to the jawbone, becoming a strong and sturdy replacement tooth root. With daily oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and routine preventive visits to our office, your gums and jawbone will remain a healthy home for the implant.

  3. Preservation of Your Jawbone
  4. When you lose teeth, it leads to bone loss. This is because bone-building cells in the jawbone need daily stimulation from chewing forces. With teeth missing, those forces don’t travel down to the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. Therefore, bone-destroying cells become more active than bone-building cells. A shrinking jawbone can lead to difficulty chewing, changes in how you speak, and changes in your facial appearance. Since dental implants replace your tooth and its root, they allow for chewing forces to continue stimulating bone growth in your jaw. Dentures don’t give that benefit unless they are implant-supported dentures.

  5. Dental Implants Don’t Move
  6. One of the most common complaints about dentures is that they slip around. Dental implants, which don’t require any adhesives, are set in place. The posts fuse to your jawbone and are topped with a sturdy restoration, so they aren’t going anywhere. You can eat, talk, and smile with ease.

  7. Simple Care & Maintenance
  8. Dental implants don’t require any special care as dentures do. There’s no specialized cleaner or procedures involved. Dental implants are cared for like your natural teeth with good oral health habits. Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss at least once a day, drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, and avoid tobacco products.

  9. Confidence Boost
  10. When you have gaps in your smile, your confidence can take a heavy hit. The shape of your face can change as well because of bone loss, making you appear older and sickly. Dental implants give you back your smile and preserve your facial structure. You can smile with full confidence again!

To learn more about dental implants and if they’re the right choice for you, contact our Denver dental office today!


5 Tips for Healthy Gums

5 Tips for Healthy Gums

February 29, 2020 12:24 am
Published by Vero Dental

Brunette man wearing a green shirt and sunglasses smiles by a lake with healthier gums in Denver, CO

Happy National Gum Disease Awareness Month! Now is the time to check-in on your gum health, and consider what you can do to safeguard or improve it. In this post, we’ll go over our five top tips for promoting healthy gums.

  1. Brush Right
  2. When it comes to gum health, your general oral care is a top priority. When you’re caring for your teeth, you’re also caring for your gums. Need a refresher on great oral care? Brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush is a must. Make sure you’re doing it for two minutes each time, and that you’re not brushing too forcefully. Aggressive brushing can damage the teeth and gums.

  3. Never Skip Flossing
  4. Brushing and flossing go hand-in-hand. So in addition to daily brushing, you need to be flossing daily. Why? Flossing gets at the places that a toothbrush just can’t. Dental floss can reach the pesky plaque hiding between your teeth and under your gums, which is a key culprit in causing gum disease.

  5. Eat a Balanced Diet
  6. A healthy diet full of lean proteins, fruits, and veggies, and low in processed sugars and carbohydrates, will help you create less plaque, which means you reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

  7. Stay Hydrated
  8. Drinking lots of water is excellent for both your overall health and your oral health. Water rinses out the mouth and removes food particles and plaque that cause gum disease. Plus, it stimulates saliva production. Saliva is a key element in your mouth’s defense against disease and decay. It contains powerful enzymes that fight germs and promote healthy gums.

  9. Visit Vero Dental in Denver, CO
  10. When it comes to gum disease, early detection is the best way to beat it. Visit our dental office twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. At these appointments, our Denver dentists will evaluate your mouth for oral health issues, like gum disease and tooth decay. But if you notice your gums are swollen, tender, bleeding, and abnormally red, schedule your next appointment ASAP so we can help you achieve healthier gums!