It’s Not About Vanity

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we create beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even replace any  that are missing.

Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement your overall dental health. We do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years, but wanting to look your best is not about vanity. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we use cosmetic dentistry to create your dream smile! Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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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5 Ways To Prevent A Cracked Tooth

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we offer an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

  1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? People should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits—that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.
  2. It is essential to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.
  3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
  4. Avoid grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding not only wears teeth down, it can lead to a cracked tooth. If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, talk to us so we can address the problem.
  5. Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. We may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Repair these cracks early before more damage ensues.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. We offer custom sports mouthgards that protect teeth, as well as complete family dentistry services. 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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Dental Implants: Too Good To Be True?

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Dental implants from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo can be used to replace one or several teeth, or even anchor a set of dentures. They look and function like natural teeth. Does that sound too good to be true?

You’ve probably heard some dental implant hype.

  • Bite and chew like normal!
  • Implant-supported dentures don’t slip around!
  • Dental implants are superior to dental bridges!

Those are bold claims. However, people with dental implants understand that they aren’t exaggerations.

A dental implant is the strongest natural-looking restoration for a missing tooth. It works and feels like a natural tooth.

Let’s discuss two lesser-known reasons that dental implants are the best tooth restoration option. These issues don’t receive as much attention, but they should.

Why Are Dental Implants Revolutionary?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. In a months’ time, it fuses with the bone.

The post becomes a stable base for the visible restoration (abutment) above the gumline. An artificial tooth is mounted onto the abutment.

When a tooth is extracted, blood circulation in the bone is decreased because of the missing root. This can lead to bone recession. Dental implants can prevent this from happening.

If you are missing teeth, we invite you to call us at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo can be used to replace to find out about dental implants. They are not too good to be true! We also offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Call 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 To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

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At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo, we want all our patients to protect their teeth. Accidents will always happen, of course, but some common-sense rules will go a long way toward protecting your smile!

Avoid the following:

1. Chewing on hard foods

We’re looking at you Bone-in ribs and hard candy.

2. Chewing on hard objects

This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.

3. Grinding your teeth

If you grind your teeth, counsel with your dentist. An appliance can protect your smile.

4. Eating too much sticky food

Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can crack teeth.

5. Drinking anything besides water frequently

If your teeth are bathed in soda (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks consistently, you are asking for dental issues.

6. Playing sports without a mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most little ones are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field. But fewer adults wear mouthguards for recreational activities like mountain biking and skiing. Stock types are ready-made and rarely fit well. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the cheap boil-and-bite type.

7. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

A hard-bristled tooth brush can weaken teeth and cause gums to pull away. Remove food bits and plaque with a soft (or extra-soft) toothbrush.

8. Ignoring dry mouth

Saliva is important. Saliva rinses food fragments off of teeth and helps neutralize acids. It also helps clean the teeth of leftover food bits, helping to prevent plaque buildup. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, can lead to tooth decay. Talk to your dentist if you have dry mouth frequently.

9. Using teeth as tools

Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or pry the lid of a medicine bottle. Use a nutcracker if you are eating unshelled nuts. A quality dental crown can cost over eight hundred dollars.

10. Ignoring bad breath

Bad breath is often linked to bacteria build-up in the mouth. It might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with us

11. Ignoring jaw pain

If you experience frequent jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Have you already broken or chipped a tooth? We can repair it at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. 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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How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

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If you wear dentures, you know that they are not an ideal solution for missing teeth. They can slip, cause gum irritation, bone loss, and leave you with an inability to taste food due to a covered palate. The good news? Implant-supported dentures from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo offer a better solution.

If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

What makes them such an improvement is in the name, “implant.” A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the patient’s jaw. It fuses with the bone to provide a solid support for replacement teeth.

It takes multiple implants, usually four, to support a full dental arch. We use mini-implants. In addition to supporting dentures, they help to prevent bone recession.

To find out more about implant-supported dentures from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo, and whether they are right for you, please give us a call. The dental health of our patients is always our number one priority. 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
84604

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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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This message from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo is for anyone who is having a hard time improving their dental health. We urge you to keep trying, and assure you that we’re eager to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are really good about brushing their teeth, but usually skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush twice a day, and floss before going to bed at night.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups due to anxiety, or even phobia, can have long-term, irreversible consequences. But millions of Americans cope with this condition, and their solution is doing just that: skipping the dentist.

For those whose instinct is to avoid the dentist at all costs: give sedation dentistry a try. We offer oral conscious sedation, which involves a prescribed sedatitve before your appointment. You’ll be completely relaxed during your dental work, but you’ll need somone to drive you to and from the appointment.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried to quit but just can’t, you’re far from alone. Keep trying!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, former smokers now outnumber active smokers. Everyone who has kicked the habit was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Remember, the link between your dental health and overall health is well-established. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, our comprehensive services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Please call our office to schedule a cleaning and checkup 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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Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

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Are there flaws in your smile you would like to fix? A crack here, a chip there? Porcelain veneers from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo may be just what you need.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted, glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can beautify a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. The porcelain closely resembles authentic tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Porcelain veneers from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles every day. Call now to schedule 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
84604

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone wants a winning smile. But as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep yours bright. If you’re grappling with yellowed or discolored teeth, teeth whitening from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo might be the answer.

Having your teeth whitened professionally can be a huge boost for your self-confidence. You’ll look younger, and find it easier to make a positive impression on other people. This helps to explain why teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand treatments in cosmetic dentistry.

There are lots of whitening products you can pick up at the grocery store. Rest assured, no strips, gels, or toothpastes in the oral care aisle can match the results you’ll get from professional whitening.

We have two options for our patients. Zoom! a light-activated gel that penetrates teeth to remove more than just surface stains. In just a single office visit, your teeth can be whitened by up to ten shades.

The Boost whitening system is a great choice for patients with sensitivity.

Teeth whitening at Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo can restore your brilliant smile, and is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Find out more by scheduling 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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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Have you replaced your toothbrush lately? You don’t have to answer that. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months.

Too many people wait too long to get a new toothbrush, which can be bad for their dental health. It’s one of the reasons why most dentists hand out free ones at every checkup.

Of course, you don’t need to mark your calendar or set up an alert on your smartphone. How often you replace your toothbrush depends on how often you use it. We recommend, strongly, that you brush at least twice a day. If you’re brushing twice a day, picking up a new toothbrush at the store every three months is recommended.

Why So Often?

A toothbrush can become familiar, like a comfy pair of shoes. Sometimes the idea of tossing out the old one and replacing it isn’t very appealing. But after three months, the bristles are getting bent and frayed. There may be some gunk – dried toothpaste foam – starting to build up, too. Yuk. So toss that old brush, and get a fresh one!

What kind of brush should you be using? There are so many choices. The most important thing is to choose a brush with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

Manual or Electric?

Should you use a manual toothbrush, or go electric? This boils down to personal preference. Provided you use them correctly, both do a good job cleaning your teeth. A manual toothbrush may take a little longer, and requires you to be sure to brush up and down and in little circles. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.

Electric toothbrushes are a tremendous benefit to those with issues like arthritis. There are two basic types: a regular electric toothbrush, and a sonic toothbrush. A sonic toothbrush is essentially a super-charged electric brush. They can give you up to thirty thousand brush strokes per minute!

To recap: for good dental health, the important thing is to change your toothbrush every three months. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we offer family dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Schedule your next 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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we focus on critical behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are detrimental to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, ask us about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your little ones fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we urge all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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