No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in an intriguing field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an essential role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes vital minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes affect your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the harmful bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a key role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be energetic about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with innovative cosmetic dentistry, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015


5 Reasons To See Provo’s Truly Amazing Dentist, Drs. Hammond

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When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is critical for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Drs. Chris Hammond your partner in oral health.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist in zip code 84604 has emerged as one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits fixed right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Atmosphere.
At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry the dentist makes it a point to know your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Drs. Chris Hammond would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere caring.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Discussion.
Chris Hammond DDS delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and dental implants. Dr. Hammond provides fresh, clear specifics regarding your treatment. You can count on helpful care and cutting-edge oral treatment. Call 801-657-5633 today to schedule an appointment.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Answers.

When you enter our doors at 3575 N 100 E Ste 200, Provo, Utah 84604, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of Invisalign or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for porcelain veneers? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for mini implants? Where does it hurt when sedation dentistry is done? Who is a candidate for dental crowns? What are symptoms of teeth grinding?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Dr. Chris Hammond is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our Lehi and nearby Utah County neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, UT
84604

 


Relax. It’s Not The End Of The World.

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Today’s Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, Dr. Hammond determines that a tooth is going to need a root canal, Dr. Hammond will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are handled to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, call Dr. Hammond now at 801-657-5633 for an appointment.

If you are unfamiliar with our services at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, be sure to visit our website at http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/ to get more information.  Dr. Chris Hammond is well-known throughout the state of Utah as a provider of extraordinary dental care, including sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and mini implants.

In addition to general dentistry, we provide extraordinary cosmetic dental services; everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E
Provo, UT
84604

 


Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Utah County dental office or Orem ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Utah County dentist or nearest Orem area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Provo  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Provo dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. We have been providing quality dental care for Orem residents since 1967. If you add our address and phone number (801-657-5633) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency. When trying to save a knocked-out tooth, every minute counts.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E
Provo, UT
84604

 


The Mark Of The Perfect Provo Dentist

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If you are fortunate to have dental insurance but do not have a regular dentist, it’s time to opt for a dentist in Provo, Utah. And if you haven’t got insurance but have dental needs, perhaps it is time to consider who can meet those needs affordably in Provo.

An Educated Dentist

Dr. Hammond, DDS perform amazing work for patients from the Lehi and Utah County areas. Dr. Hammond’s friendly and professional care combined with continuing education and experience will bring fitness and compassion to your dental chair experience. Education is what you should be looking for. Schedule a consultation to learn for yourself at 801-657-5633.

An Experienced Dentist
Our team of dental professionals have been providing valuable services since 1967. Some of our services include mini implants, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and Invisalign. Patients will note the ease and skill Dr. Hammond exhibit after performing these procedures successfully many, many times. Experience takes out the guesswork. Visit our website for more information: http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/.

An Affordable Experience
It is not in our best interest to scare patients away with overpriced procedures and debilitating payment plans. We are here to serve our friends and neighbors. Provo is our home too. If you are in the market for affordable dental care near Provo, Utah, then call us for prices related to cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, or dental implants. Compare the bottom line.

Remember, procedures such as family dentistry or dental implants require not only costly technical equipment but a trained staff to support the proper use and maintenance as well as superb dental expertise by Dr. Hammond. Quality dental care is an investment in your health and its value cannot be overestimated.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, it is our desire to charge responsible fees made affordable for our community. Give us a chance to prove our value.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah 84604
801-657-5633
http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/


Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for Provo youth. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in providing young men and women with their “adult smile”. Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be straightened, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

On the downside, some teens take up habits that are detrimental to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and fail to adequately care for their teeth. Some young Provo men and women develop teenage tooth decay that can cause recurring dental problems in later years.

Eating disorders are far too common among Provo area teens. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. Parents who suspect their teen has an eating disorder are strongly advised to intervene immediately and provide appropriate medical care and counseling.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young Orem men and women decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Furthermore, teens that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry advises Utah parents to make sure their teens receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Hammond can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule a teen dental examination and cleaning, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633. The team of caring dental professionals at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah 84604
801-657-5633
http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014


Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Orem

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Hi, We’re Dr. Hammond, and today in the Orem dental blog, we will be discussing the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.

Many dentists in the Orem area recommend that wisdom teeth be removed to prevent misplacement in the mouth.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone. Both of these conditions cause severe pain.

If you are in the Orem area and are wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call us today at 801-657-5633 to schedule an appointment. We can assess the placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeovers. Because there are so many quick and effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as invisible braces, veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants, anyone in Orem can have a perfect smile. I love giving my Orem area patients the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Thanks for visiting the dental blog, and keep Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in mind for your cosmetic dental needs. We offer:

We hope to see you soon!


Tooth Knocked Out? Call Us ASAP!

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It may sound like a catastrophe to many Orem area dental patients, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be salvaged.

The most important things for Orem residents to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully and keep it in the best condition possible so their dentist can reinsert it properly.

Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

If it is possible, the best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Next, you’ll want to get to your Orem family dentistry office as soon as possible. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.

We’re Dr. Hammond, cosmetic and general dentists near Orem. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Provo, Orem, or Utah County area, we hope you’ll give us a call at 801-657-5633. We offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, complete smile makeovers, and Invisalign clear braces.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah
801-657-5633
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6 Ways to Prepare for Your Dental Procedure

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Perhaps dental sedation can be scary or the drilling of a cavity or even cosmetic dentistry. Let Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Hammond are trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and consider what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many folks have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine. Especially all of our visitors who came in for family dentistry, our most popular service.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign, mini implants, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers, to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after process. We’ve been doing this since 1967.

Sixth, our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you actually want answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah 84604
801-657-5633
http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/


Hi, Provo, We’re Hammond Aesthetic & Family Dentistry!

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Hi, Provo, we’re Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry! Our general and cosmetic dental office been providing quality dental care to patients in the Utah County, American Fork, and Lehi areas since 1967. We are passionate about the oral health of our patients and we are currently accepting new patients. Our top services include:

Sedation dentistry
Invisalign
Mini implants
Dental crowns
Porcelain veneers

I am Dr. Chris Hammond, and we are the team of caring dentists at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. The friendly staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about important dental topics such as cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, and much, much more.

We also strive to help our Orem patients develop the oral health habits that will keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

Please give us a call at 801-657-5633 so we can schedule an appointment for you. We are conveniently located at 3575 N 100 E in Provo, Utah. We are sure that you will be happy with the quality care that you will receive here.

Don’t hesitate! Call today!

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah
801-657-5633