5 Common Questions Dental Hygienists Hear

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Along with your dentist, your dental hygienist is an essential part of your dental team. They help you reach optimal oral health by cleaning your teeth, checking your gums, demonstrating good oral hygiene, and answering your dental-related questions.

Not sure what you might want to ask your dental hygienist during your next visit? These are some of the most common questions dental hygienists hear and can assist with.

  1. How Can I Improve My Oral Health?
  2. This question may seem basic, but it’s an important one. By asking it, you’re taking an active role in your dental wellness. Depending on the state of your oral health, your hygienist might tell you how to improve your brushing or flossing technique, which areas of your mouth to pay particular attention to, and what dental products they recommend you using at home.

  3. Why Do My Gums Bleed?
  4. Some people who see a little bit of pink in the sink while brushing or flossing their teeth may just assume that that’s a normal part of the process. If your gums bleed often while taking care of your dental health at home, it’s a good idea to ask your hygienist why that may be the cause. Bleeding gums could be a sign of bacteria build-up and gum disease.

  5. How Can I Whiten My Teeth?
  6. A white smile looks good on everyone! Your dental hygienist will be able to give you some tips on either keeping your teeth white or boosting their brightness. Depending on the patient, this could mean a change in brushing technique, a recommendation for professional teeth whitening, a change in diet, or quitting smoking.

  7. Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
  8. Teeth sensitivity can be caused by many things, such as tooth decay, gum recession, diet, and teeth grinding. If you routinely experience tooth sensitivity, consult with your hygienist about how you can reduce your discomfort.

  9. What Toothpaste/Toothbrush/Floss Should I Use?
  10. As experts in dental care, your hygienist can assess your current oral health and provide personalized recommendations for the dental tools you should be using at home. Not only will they know which products in the market are the most effective, but they’ll also be able to tell you why they might be the best option for your specific situation.

If you have a question that wasn’t previously covered, be sure to ask your dental hygienist at your next appointment. Consider them a trusted resource in your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile.

Whether you are a new patient or a returning patient, we’d be delighted to have you visit our Denver dental office! Please contact Vero Dental today to set up an appointment.


Tips for Effective Denture Care

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If you have dentures, do you know if you’re caring for them properly? Denture care is important to ensure safe and comfortable wear. We have some tips to help our patients get the most out of their dentures.

Remove After Eating

One of the most pivotal times when care for your dentures matters most is after eating. This is because food particles and bacteria have a tendency to cling to the dentures and cause problems with your oral health. After eating, remove the dentures and rinse them off. Do be careful when you clean your dentures so that you don’t drop and break them.

Handle with Care

The key to long lasting dentures is handling them with care. When you aren’t wearing your dentures, be careful not to drop them. Lay them on a towel, or fill the sink with water when you’re cleaning them. Don’t bend the dentures or harm the clasps while cleaning.

Clean Daily

Your dentures are in your mouth for much of the time each day, so you want them to be clean and fresh. This means they need to be cleaned regularly. On a daily basis, remember to take out your dentures and soak them. Then, use a soft bristled brush along with a dental cleaner to get them good and clean.

Prioritize Dental Health

Even with dentures, it’s important that you still clean your mouth, too. After you remove your dentures, use a soft toothbrush to clean your remaining natural teeth, tongue, cheeks, and mouth. There may be some lingering dental adhesive that you’ll need to target while you clean. And, of course, keep up with those regular visits to the dentist every six months.

Dentures in Denver, CO

Here at Vero Dental, we offer several restorative dental solutions, including full and partial dentures. If you’re interested in exploring one of these solutions, let’s get you in for a consultation. Give us a call or click the contact link below.


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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

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Dental emergencies usually happen unexpectedly and can be understandably nerve-wracking. We know it may be difficult but try and stay calm. The next steps you take and how quickly you take them can affect the health of your smile.

Call an Emergency Dentist

One of the first things you should do if you experience a dental emergency is to call your emergency dentist. When you speak with them, they’ll be able to determine how urgent your concern is and how quickly you need to get to their office for treatment. They’ll also tell you what you can do at home to ease any discomfort and reduce the risk of the issue getting worse before treatment.

Depending on what kind of dental emergency you’re experiencing, there are different immediate steps you may need to take. For example, if you have a tooth that is knocked-out, you should pick it up by the crown and keep it in a cup of milk to keep it moist until you can see your dentist. If you have a toothache, you can rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek near where it hurts.

Once you’ve told your dentist about your case, they’ll be able to guide you through these critical next steps until you can see them.

When to Visit a Hospital

When you speak to your emergency dentist on the phone, they should tell you whether you need to come and see them or if you need to visit a hospital. If your dental emergency involves a broken or fractured jaw, then you should go to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

Your Denver Emergency Dentist

Are you in the middle of a dental emergency? Don’t wait any longer to get professional assistance!

Vero Dental offers emergency dentistry in Denver, CO, for tooth, gum, and jaw-related problems! Call us ASAP if you experience a dental emergency. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re experiencing an urgent dental concern, give us a call anyways and our expert team will be able to help you figure it out.


Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

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Whether you want to make a small tweak to your smile’s appearance or experience a complete transformation, dental veneers could be the perfect cosmetic treatment for you! Porcelain veneers are long-lasting, resistant to chips and stains, and customized to your unique smile goals. Read on to learn more!

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin, yet durable, shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front side of teeth. They are completely customizable so patients can choose the shape, size, length, shade, and overall look of their veneers to get the exact smile they envision.

What Can Veneers Fix?

Veneers can address:

  • Discolored Teeth
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Small Gaps
  • Uneven Teeth
  • Worn-Down Teeth

It’s important to note that veneers can’t treat dental problems like cavities, infection, or decay. They are solely a cosmetic-based treatment used to correct esthetic tooth imperfections. Dental disease, including gum disease, will need to be treated prior to receiving veneers.

The Longevity of Veneers

Veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic treatment because they require a significant amount of enamel removal for a snug fit. After the enamel removal is complete, there is no way to undo this step of the process. However, one of the many benefits of veneers is that they last for a long time! With proper care, the porcelain shells can last upwards of 20 years, after which they may need to be replaced.

Get Started on Your Smile Transformation!

Are you ready to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted? You don’t need to settle for a smile that you don’t feel 100% confident showing off. At Vero Dental, we proudly offer many cosmetic dental services, including porcelain veneers, to help patients feel good about their smile. We also offer esthetic bonding, professional teeth whitening, dental crowns, Invisalign® clear aligner therapy, and dermal fillers.

Please contact Vero Dental today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with our team!


Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Have you lost one or more permanent teeth? There are several restoration solutions available at Vero Dental in Dallas, TX. In this blog post, we compare dental implants and dentures.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are permanent, natural-looking tooth replacements. There are three parts to a dental implant: a titanium rod which fuses to the jaw bone and acts as the replacement tooth root; an abutment that is affixed to the replacement tooth; and a crown, bridge, or dentures that function as the replacement teeth. Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can be a viable option for you.

Because dental implants rely on your existing gums and jawbone to function, you need to have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density to be a good candidate for dental implants. Keep in mind that the dental implant process will take several months since you need time to heal after the implant is surgically inserted into your jaw.

Once your dental implants are complete, you care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, floss every day, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco products, and routinely visit Vero Dental. These oral health habits will keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy and strong. A healthy mouth is critical for maintaining the integrity of your implants.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are composed of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base. What your prosthesis looks like depends on how many teeth you need replaced and where. Partial dentures replace multiple teeth in various places in an arch by attaching to your remaining natural teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch and are either attached with a dental adhesive or via dental implants.

Your dentures will be custom-crafted for your unique mouth shape so they feel comfortable and look natural. They may need adjustment every so often to prevent irritation of your gums, so it’s important to visit Vero Dental regularly to be sure they still fit.

Dentures should be removed and cleaned thoroughly after meals with dish soap or denture cleaner and should be soaked in a denture or retainer cleaner overnight. This gives your gums a break to prevent irritation and reduces your risk of dental disease.

Affordable Restorative Dentistry in Dallas, TX

Whether you are considering dental implants or dentures, we’ll work with you to determine the right treatment plan and affordable payment option. Vero Dental accepts cash, debit credit cards, dental insurance, FSAs and HSAs, our own Dental Savers Plan, payment plans through CareCredit®, and loans through LendingClub. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!


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Recovery Tips After Full-Mouth Reconstruction

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Patients with several missing teeth, severe decay, or seriously broken teeth might think there isn’t anything that will improve the look and function of their smile. However, full-mouth reconstruction is a treatment designed to overhaul even the most damaged teeth. We’re pleased to offer full-mouth reconstruction treatment at Vero Dental! Read on to learn more about this treatment that can transform the look of your smile.

Why Would I Need a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is ideal for individuals who have extensive damage to the overall look and function of their smile. Good candidates include those who have multiple missing teeth or many teeth that have been damaged or broken by decay or trauma.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Consultation

If you believe you’re a candidate for full-mouth reconstruction, stop by our Denver dental office for a consultation. Our team will assess your situation and work with you to determine your smile goals. We will discuss the potential treatments we recommend to bring you relief and peace of mind. During this consultation, we will perform a thorough examination and take X-rays if needed to help us determine the ideal solution for your smile.

It can be hard to determine a set timeline or give an estimated price for treatment before the consultation. Full-mouth reconstruction involves complex planning and likely will take several visits to complete. Once the plan is in place, we will provide you with a cost estimate before you agree to treatment. We will also work with you to find a payment plan that suits your budget.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction Procedure

Because your treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs, it can be hard to say what the exact full-mouth reconstruction procedure will entail. For some, it might require a few tooth extractions, followed by a series of dental implants. For others, it might mean receiving a full set of dental veneers. We have many restorative procedures available which can be used together to rebuild a smile. Our doctors work with each patient to make sure they get a smile that not only functions properly but also looks natural with their face.

Recovering From Full-Mouth Reconstruction

While aftercare tips will vary greatly from patient to patient, we will provide you with thorough instructions to help you have a pain-free, quick recovery. Here are some of our go-to aftercare tips for dental procedures.

  • Ice your cheeks in 10 minute increments if you are experiencing pain or swelling
  • Take over-the-counter or prescribed medications as directed to ease the pain.
  • Do not use any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, as you recover.
  • Eat soft, nutrient-dense foods like mashed sweet potatoes, low-sugar yogurt, smoothies, pureed soups, and applesauce as you recover.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to prevent infection.
  • Do not drink with a straw.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction in Denver, CO

We provide many other services at Vero Dental in addition to full mouth reconstruction. Do you need a general dental cleaning and examination? Are you interested in a cosmetic procedure? Do you require a restorative treatment? Or are you searching for a family-friendly dentist? Whatever you need, you’ve come to the right place! Call Vero Dental or click the contact link below to get started!


Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

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In the past, you would need metal braces if you wanted a straight smile. Today, there are clear aligner treatments that work for many cases! Invisalign® is one of the most popular. How does it work? Are you a good candidate?

How Invisalign works

Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth a bit like mouthguards. Unlike metal braces, they’re removable, so you don’t have food restrictions. Using X-rays, we get a complete picture of your teeth and develop a plan to transform your smile. A lab creates custom aligners that use slight pressure to move your teeth gradually into place. Every 6-8 weeks, we’ll check on your smile’s progress and give you the next set of aligners. For best results, we recommend you wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign can fix mild to moderate underbites, overbites, crowding, and other problems. If your case is more complicated, metal braces are often still the best choice. However, don’t assume your teeth are too crooked for Invisalign before getting a consultation. Clear aligners are extremely versatile! Good candidates for Invisalign also have good oral health. If you have untreated decay or gum disease, we’ll need to address those before considering Invisalign.

How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?

If you’re thinking about Invisalign, it’s important to know they need special care. When you eat or drink something other than water, you should remove and rinse your aligners in lukewarm water. Ideally, you should clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Whenever you brush your teeth in the morning and evening, wash your aligners, too. Use mild dish soap or a denture cleaner. Toothpaste is too abrasive and can scratch the plastic. Rinse well before returning to your mouth.

Invisalign at Vero Dental in Denver

If you’ve always wanted a straighter smile, ask us about clear aligner therapy! At your consultation, Dr. Giuseffi and Dr. Johnson will let you know if you’re a good candidate and discuss costs, which are similar to traditional braces. We offer a wide variety of payment options to make Invisalign affordable for our patients. Please contact our office with any questions or to set up an appointment.


Common Dental Emergencies

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Nobody likes to hear the word emergency, but you can be sure that, when it comes to your teeth, we’ve got you covered. To learn about some of the common dental emergencies that we treat at our office, keep on reading.

  1. Knocked-Out Tooth
  2. If a tooth is knocked out of your mouth, get to our office ASAP. In the meantime, handling the tooth only by its crown (chewing surface), gently clean the tooth with water or milk and insert it back into the socket. Hold it in place by biting down on some gauze. If you can’t do that, transport the tooth with you to the office in some milk. Similarly, if you haven’t fully lost a tooth, but you’ve got a loose tooth, call us right away.

  3. Cracked or Broken Tooth
  4. If you break a tooth, call us! While some breaks are simply small chips and may not seem urgent, you’ll want to visit us soon before the damage worsens or begins to cause pain. Bring the broken part of the tooth with you if that’s possible.

  5. Severe Pain or Swelling
  6. If you’re experiencing any severe, persistent, and unusual pain or swelling in the mouth, that’s another reason to make an emergency trip to the dentist. This pain and swelling could be a sign of something like an infection. Other things to look out for are dark red or sore gums and unusual and persistent bleeding.

Emergency Dentist in Denver, CO

We always have slots available to treat dental emergencies as they arise. So if you experience a dental emergency in Denver, CO, please call us immediately!


What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

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If you have sensitive teeth, then you can relate all too well to that sharp feeling of discomfort anytime you eat or drink something that’s too hot or too cold. The great thing is that there are some steps you can take to address the issue and get that much-desired relief. Here’s what you should do if you have sensitive teeth:

Reassess Your Dental Routine

Have a look at your at-home dental care routine. Make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don’t damage your enamel and gums with a hard-bristled brush. When you’re actually brushing, check that you’re moving the brush in gentle circles, rather than in an aggressive manner. Additionally, start using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste if you aren’t using one already.

Minimize Acidic Beverages

Acidic beverages can cause enamel erosion and make your teeth more sensitive. Try to swap drinks like soda and citrus juices for water whenever possible. You can also rinse your mouth out with water anytime you drink one of these beverages to minimize exposure to the acid.

Consult with Our Team!

Since the cause of tooth sensitivity can vary from patient to patient, your best bet is to schedule a consultation at Vero Dental to find a personalized solution. For example, if you have gum disease, more of your tooth root could be exposed, thus making your tooth more sensitive. We can set up a periodontal care plan for you to improve your gum health. Or if you have bruxism, meaning you grind and clench your teeth at night, then we can fit you with a custom nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

At Vero Dental, our team is here for all your dental needs with our comprehensive dental services, and that includes help managing sensitive teeth. If you’re struggling to find relief from tooth sensitivity, contact us today to schedule a consultation!


Reasons to Choose a Family Dentist in Denver, CO

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When you search for a Denver dentist, you may notice that different dentists have different specialties. Some focus on certain treatments while others only take care of children. Family dentists offer a variety of treatments and treat patients of all ages.

At Vero Dental, your family dentist in Denver, CO, we offer dental care for the whole family! Visiting a family dentist has multiple benefits.

Convenience & Family Block Appointments

When you have multiple practitioners that you and your family visit, it can get confusing. It can also lead to hectic weeks. With a family dentist, you have only one practitioner who cares for the dental needs of everyone in your family. You don’t have multiple names, numbers, and addresses to keep track of when you have one dentist for every member of your family. You can even schedule routine checkups for every member of your family on the same day with a family block appointment.

Comprehensive Services & Extensive Experience

When you choose a family dentist, they have a great deal of experience in various areas of dentistry. Therefore, you receive care from an expert who can meet all your family’s oral healthcare needs within the spectrum of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency care. Here at Vero Dental, we even offer sedation dentistry to help your family feel relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.

Continuity of Care

A family dentist understands firsthand how the oral health and general health needs of adults and children vary. You’ll be able to see the same practitioner for many years because they are able to provide personalized care to for all age ranges. You don’t have to worry about your children getting older and having to switch dentists, either. At Vero Dental, your child can continue coming to see us even after they turn 18!

Join Our Dental Family!

Vero Dental would be thrilled to be your family dentist in Denver, CO. Contact us today for more information about our comprehensive dental services or to schedule a family block appointment for your whole family.