Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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It’s easy to become a little complacent about your dental health. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we know that all too well! Our goal in this blog post is for you to evaluate where you stand and consider how you can improve things.

Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth right after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss correctly before bed.

Dental Checkups

Good: See us if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any dental problems.
Best: Twice-yearly, have a thorough dental exam and professional dental cleaning at our office.

A White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use a whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, durable, and natural-functioning dental implant.

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a healthy diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a wholesome diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, minimize sugary foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we are big advocates of preventative care. We want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Find out why people from American Fork and Lehi trust us with their smiles! We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule a checkup with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Want A Reason To Smile All The Time?

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Do you like your smile? If your answer is no, you can always improve it. We invite you to consider a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover at Hammond Aesthetidc & General Dentistry in Provo.

There are really good reasons to upgrade your smile.

  • Look and feel younger.
  • Improve your oral health.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Smile all the time!

A smile makeover is all about making positive changes to your teeth. The effects may be subtle or they may be quite dramatic. We can make changes to the color of your teeth, close gaps, fix chips or cracks, or re-shape gum tissue. Since it addresses aspects you dislike, you can think of it as a customized smile.

The procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

One or more of these can give you a smile your friends will envy. Call us at Hammond Aesthetidc & General Dentistry in Provo to find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. People from American Fork and Lehi come to us for their dream smiles. Call for 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
84604

 

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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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Millions of people get so worked up about dental appointments that they skip going to the dentist entirely. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we understand that dental anxiety is a very real thing, and that for some people it’s more like dental phobia. But skipping the dentist is not a good idea. Sedation dentistry can help.

Survey after survey tells us how common fear of the dentist is. Anywhere from nine to twenty percent of adult Americans cope with it to one degree or another! Many of them exhibit what psychologists call avoidance behavior: they’ll do just about anything to avoid a dentist appointment.

The trouble with skipping the dentist entirely, of course, is that it puts your dental health at risk. We want you to have healthy teeth and gums. There is also a clear connection between dental health and overall health.

We offer three types of sedation:

  • Nitrous oxide. Laughing gas works quickly, wears off quickly, and is very effective.
  • Oral concious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative before your appointment. It puts you in a state of great relaxation. You will need a ride to and from our office.
  • IV sedation. Administered intravenously, this puts you in the deepest availalbe state of relaxation, though you will not sleep. You’ll need a ride to and from our office with this, too.

If you are coping with dental anxiety or phobia, sedation dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo offers hope. We have successfully treated many patients just like you. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our office for complete general dentistry. Call for 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
84604

 

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Bridging The Gap

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Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise pleasant smile? At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we can fill the gap with a dental bridge, and help you get back your sensational smile!

A dental bridge could be the perfect answer for your missing tooth. A bridge not only restores your smile: it can help you chew and speak properly.

Traditional bridges are strong enough to replace a missing molar. In order to  get one, you need to have natural teeth on each side of the gap left by the missing tooth. These teeth are prepared by removing their  enamel so there is enough room for the crowns that are cemented on top of them. These two crowns support the artificial tooth.

A traditional dental bridge is just one of the tooth replacement options available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. People from American Fork and Lehi also come to our practice for family dentistry. Call for 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
84604

 

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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

cosmetic dental and implants ProvoDo you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo we have five cosmetic dentistry procedures that can usually be completed in one office visit, to quickly improve your smile!

  • Veneers. Porcelain veneers have been a successful treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the results. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the front of a tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or correct a misshapen tooth.
  • Gum Contouring. Perhaps your teeth are sensational and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and beautify your smile.
  • Enamel Shaping. Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the aspects of a smile even if all the other teeth look great. Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.
  • Bonding. Dental bonding just gets better and better. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to fix teeth with cosmetic and structural problems. The newest prep techniques are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.
  • Teeth Whitening. Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a terrific white smile to give you optimal confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo is an investment that will bless you every day. We’ve improved the smiles of people from American Fork and Lehi, who also come to our office for family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Why is the 4-Step Tooth Implant Timeline Necessary?

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Dental implants from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

The process for getting an implant can take several months, but don’t let that discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important. It’s not a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of an implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.

2. Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work after the surgery.

3. Osseointegration

The key to implant placement is called osseointegration, which means the titanium post fusing with the bone. In most cases it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Teeth supported by dental implants from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are life-changing. We’ve placed them in patients from American Fork and Lehi. We also offer porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Please call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Why Fluoride Is Essential For Your Child’s Oral Health

This message from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo is about fluoride, and its role in dental health.

Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water, and is added to many toothpastes.

Fluoride plays a key role in children’s dental health. Kids should start using fluoride toothpaste when they are old enough to spit while brushing. Start with a tiny pea-sized dab, gradually increasing the amount as they grow.

Fluoride treatments help teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to cavity-causing bacteria. Perhaps not surprisingly, the single most common problem in children’s teeth are cavities. According to one study, sixty percent of kids in the United States have at least one cavity by the age of five, and one of every five kids has untreated tooth decay.

A good brushing and flossing routing at home, and regular checkups at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, can help. We offer complete family dentistry. People from American Fork and Lehi also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist

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In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we are talking about nutrition. There is nothing that impacts your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good nutrition and your dentist will smile down on you too.

1. Rinse after eating

Rinse your mouth with a sip of water or brush your teeth after meals. People who snack all day long subject their teeth to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Abstain from sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and jeopardize your hard earned healthy gums. If you are gum chewer, do your smile a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods

Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth, which puts you at risk of decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even excessive dried fruit can be perilous for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles, so remember to floss after eating sticky items.

4. Consume nutritious foods

A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system durable and able to fight infection.

5. Say ‘cheese!’

Cheese contains calcium and protects teeth from acid that weakens tooth enamel. (It’s vital not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods

Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Limit direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we offer complete family dentistry services. People from American Fork and Lehi also come to our practice for dental implants and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

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Tooth decay is the single most common dental issue there is. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day goes a long way toward preventing it. That’s something we stress to all of our patients, at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo!

Cavities form when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day! That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association.

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush your teeth at least twice a day, don’t forget to floss, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Do Veneers Make Teeth Look Bigger?

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Porcelain veneers do not make your teeth look larger – unless you want them to. A veneer can correct many flaws and is a minimally invasive restoration. Porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo.

Veneers are an easy way to cover chips or cracks in your teeth, or gaps between them. They are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic cemented to the front of your teeth. Each veneer is custom-fitted to the tooth it is being affixed to.

Although veneers are generally considered a cosmetic procedure, they can also be used to replace lost enamel. The enamel that covers teeth is one of the strongest substances in the human body, but it can be damaged from years of consuming acidic foods or drinks, by acid reflux, or even by brushing your teeth too vigorously over the years. Veneers are an excellent remedy.

One caveat: when a veneer is placed over a tooth, a thin layer of existing enamel must be removed to make room for it. That means they are a permanent procedure.

Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered here at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. Find out why people from American Fork and Lehi trust us with their smiles! Call for 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
84604

 

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