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    Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

    Orem Dental Patients Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

    The common household toothbrush. Every Provo home has at least one, and hopefully, everyone is brushing their teeth after each meal. While cosmetic dentistry and a complete smile makeover seem to be all the rage these days, daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your oral health.

    It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.

    However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrush.

    First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.

    Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.

    The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day lowers your risk for gun disease, cavities, and bad breath.

    Keep your smile bright by visiting Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene.

    Dr. Chris Hammond has been a dentist in the Provo area since 1967. We can answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and clear braces.

    Call to schedule an appointment today!


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    What Have We Done For You Lately?

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    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, everything we do is for the welfare of our valued patients. We are committed to delivering quality, compassionate dental care tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

    We know that optimum oral health is a critical element of comprehensive physical health and that dentists do more that just “drill and fill.” Like your primary care physician, Chris Hammond is an indispensable member of your family’s team of healthcare providers.

    What Has Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry Done Lately?

    • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
    • Oral cancer checks
    • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath
    • Coordinated care with medical doctors for dental patients with cancer or other chronic conditions
    • Guidance on the oral health considerations of medication side effects
    • Custom night guards for people who grind their teeth
    • Oral conscious sedation, patience, and compassion for patients with dental anxiety
    • Specialized care for pregnant woman
    • Pediatric dental counsel for new parents
    • Emergency care for victims of a mouth injury
    • Referrals to and coordination with trusted specialists for procedures we don’t perform at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
    • Custom mouthguards for athletes of all ages
    • Instruction on appropriate dental hygiene
    • Diagnosis of bite issues
    • Replacement of old amalgam fillings
    • Improved confidence for smile transformation recipients
    • In-office and at-home teeth whitening
    • Dental deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing for plaque and tartar removal

    What Can We Do For You?

    The caring team at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry would love to help you with any of your dental needs. To schedule an appointment, call 801-657-5633.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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    Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

    Like many adults, you probably started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now when you open wide, others see a mouthful of metal.

    Fortunately, patients with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. It can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

    Composite fillings are made up of a mixture of glass, quartz and resin. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

    Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages, the preparation of composite fillings requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservatively-priced restoration at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material—your own enamel and dentin.

    If you would like to improve your American Fork smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 801-657-5633. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth brightened in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be pleased with your new unforgettable smile.

    Ask us about mini implants, Invisalign, sedation dentistry and dental crowns. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 801-657-5633.



    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Using Nature As Our Guide At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry In Provo

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    Dr. Chris Hammond at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with significant problems) into sensational smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

    The answer is “Yes! Only better!” We use nature as a guide when improving smiles. Bringing multiple components into harmony is crucial when designing a a terrific smile makeover. Here are a few:

    • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
    • Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
    • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
    • Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
    • Gumline – shape and color
    • Face Shape and Bone Structure
    • Skin Tone
    • Lips – color, shape, size
    • Age
    • Gender

    This list is not comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the complexity. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

    But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are committed to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to communicate with Dr. Hammond about your current smile and the dazzling smile you desire.



    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Has Your Child Visited A Dentist?

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    Today’s Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry blog is for new parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

    I’m Dr. Chris Hammond. I want to remind parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. From birth, there are important things parents can do to promote healthy teeth – even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.

    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental check-ups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. I love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life and I can assure you that my caring staff will help your child have a positive experience.

    We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.

    Provo children’s dentists also advise Utah parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at 801-657-5633 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    To Chew Or Not To Chew In Provo

    To Chew Or Not To Chew In Provo

    Hello, gum chewers. Today, we’re going to talk about that sticky wad of candy in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help guard your smile from cavities?

    It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be beneficial in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

    However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that lessen plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes dental caries.

    So if you’re headed out to any restaurants in the Provo area, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, elect a sugarless gum with xylitol.

    I’m Dr. Chris Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. We offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and mini implants. If you have any questions about how to beautify your oral health, or if you would like details about any of our unprecedented cosmetic dental care such as teeth whitening, veneers, or complete smile transformations, give us a call today at 801-657-5633.

    Call our caring team today for an appointment!


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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    In today’s Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

    • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
    • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
    • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
    • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
    • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
    • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
    • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first rate dental care and our caring team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and mini implants. Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today at 801-657-5633 to schedule an informative consultation.


    1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
    2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
    3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
    4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

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    Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting techniques in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

    A dental crown procedure consists of multiple steps:

    Tooth Preparation
    Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape. Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with; in that case, the dentist builds up the core of the tooth with filling material to design a durable base for the crown. All-metal crowns – as opposed to porcelain crowns – have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

    Creating a Good Impression
    The dentist will use a putty-like substance to form an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not negatively impact the bite.

    The Temporary Crown
    A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being produced. Patient need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

    Choosing a Color
    If the new crown will be fabricated with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to elect a shade for the restoration. Most people don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to establish the most appropriate shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

    The Lab Team Works Its Magic
    The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to establish the crown. Some dentists have the equipment required to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the proper shade.

    Your Crown Is Put In Place

    When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any needed modification to attain a perfect fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.

    I’m Dr. Chris Hammond, of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. My practice offers mini implants, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and Invisalign.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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    Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you have to do. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we understand that. We encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

    Twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

    “But my teeth feel fine.”
    We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.

    1. Your Gums May Be Receding
    Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

    2. Decay May Be Lurking
    When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any weakening.

    3. Prevent Oral Cancer
    About 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Dr. Hammond will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is indispensable.

    After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Hammond will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as Invisalign, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!




    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Is Sedation Dentistry Safe For Provo Smiles?

    Affordable Provo Dentistry Sedation When I discuss sedation dentistry with new  patients, I encounter many misconceptions. The purpose of today’s article is to de-bunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

    Myth #1:  You Are Completely Unconscious

    Some nervous dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

    Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

    Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

    Myth #3: Most Utah Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

    Some Utah dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your dental insurance benefits.

    Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

    Cosmetic dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Our practice meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

    For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact us at  801-657-5633 today to schedule a sedation consultation.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah



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