Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Did you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, the good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  • Gums that bleed often
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we encourage regular checkups.

If you notice the above symptoms, call us at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo right away. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for complete family dentistry, as for their dream smiles! Call for 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

 


Let’s Make A Plan

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If you’re like most of us, you’d like to have the best smile possible. Have you given much thought to improving yours? At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we have some thoughts on that. Cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference, but a great smile comes down to making a plan and sticking to it.

One of the best things you can do for your smile is to brush and floss your teeth every single day. Twice a day is even better! In this way you’ll keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and that will shine through every time you smile.

How can cosmetic dentistry help? Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your teeth and smile. The most popular techniques include:

  • Teeth whitening. Sure, there are plenty of whitening products available at any grocery store. None of them can match the power of professional whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that we attach to the fronts of your teeth. They’ll cover chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. The difference is startling!
  • Dental Implants. Implants are the ultimate improvement and should be on the plan of anyone missing one or more teeth. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support a single replacement tooth, a dental bridge, and even dentures.

One last thing to make part of your dental plan: regular checkups at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. That is a sure-fire way to maintain excellent dental health. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for family and cosmetic dentistry, and a whole lot more. Call for 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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What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

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Saliva is an important part of good oral health. Without an adequate flow, you’d find it very difficult to chew and swallow. If you have a problem with dry mouth, let us know at Hammond Aesthetic & General Denteistry in Provo.

Saliva is produced by several glands in and around the mouth, and it is mostly water. No surprise there! Aside from chewing and keeping your mouth moist, saliva fights germs in your mouth and helps prevent bad breath.

Sometimes people have a reduced flow of saliva, a condition known as xerostomia (pronounced zero-STO-me-uh). It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and can lead to discomfort and swelling.

Many commonly-used medications can cause dry mouth, including:

  • Antihistamines
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Certain blood pressure medicine
  • Antidepressants
  • Certain pain medication

Dry mouth can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so if these symptoms sound familiar to you, let us know.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Denteistry in Provo, we keep a close watch on the oral health of our patients. People from American Fork and Lehi come to us for family dentistry, and for their dream smiles! Call us to schedule your next 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular check-ups and cleanings at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are essential for good dental health. But in some people their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning, causing them concern.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a couple days after your dental cleaning, don’t worry about it. But, if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to return to our office to check for the possibility of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also see bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

It is a progressive condition and a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also treatable, but as with most conditions, the earlier it is diagnosed and the treatment begins, the better.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Patients from throughout American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for family and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we focus on behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, regular 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 bad for 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 encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Patients from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us 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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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the conception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to fabricate fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible material. It must tolerate forces of 162 pounds per square inch (PSI), hundreds of times a day–day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its stability; it must not weaken the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials needed for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t generate allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even touched on the artistic properties yet. Ideally, this incredible material would look exactly like real-life teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a substance exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are several materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are very strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo offers complete family dentistry services. People from American Fork and Lehi also come to us to create their dream smiles. 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
84604

 

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Teach Healthy Habits Early to Avoid Disease in Adulthood

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we emphasize the importance of good dental health at every stage of life. We stick to the basics: brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. When you instill good dental health habits in your kids, you start them on the road to a lifetime of good dental health.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. Stepping up your dental care routine at home is often enough to get it under control.

In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all Americans over the age of thirty have periodontal disease. That’s nearly sixty-five million people! It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

What Else?

When it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between the teeth.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we want all our patients to enjoy a lifetime of good dental health, and it begins in early childhood. We offer complete family dentistry, and patients from American Fork and Lehi also come to us for cosmetic dentistry. 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
84604

 

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Patient Education Improves Dental Outcomes

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The more you know, the better off you are. That’s a general truth that applies to a lot of things in life, including dentistry. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we want all our patients to be as informed as possible about the procedures they have.

A question that patients bring to us a lot is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup twice a year. In a word, yes. Regular checkups let us keep an eye on your overall dental health, and get ahead of potential problems. It really is true:  prevention is the best medicine.

Indestructable?

Many patients ask how long a filling will last. Some think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of a filling with daily brushing and flossing.

What about toothbrushes? Is an electric any better than a manual? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. When they are used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

Patients often ask about toothpaste, too. We recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the package. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

Again, we believe the more you know the better off you are. If you have any questions about a recommended procedure at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, don’t hesitate to ask. Patients from American Fork and Lehi come to us for family and cosmetic dentistry. And they ask a lot of questions, too! Schedule your next 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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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go as long as five years between visits. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we recommend a checkup every six months.

Here are six great reasons to visit us more frequently.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a substantially higher risk of developing oral cancer.

2. Cavity Damage

Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or pricey) to fix.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a serious fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid the dentist. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.

3. Gum Disease

Gum health is a part of an overall dental health. We will check your gums and treat gum disease, if need be.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you deal with habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

X-ray technology allows us to detect potential problems before they become visible. Many issues can be fixed before damage occurs.

6. More Than Just Teeth

We are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your overall physical health, and are trained in the anatomy around your mouth, including your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. We always check for signs of trouble.

But we never lose sight of your dental health; at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, that’s what it’s all about. Our patients come to us from American Fork and Lehi for 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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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

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Your teeth can last a lifetime. With regular checkups at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo and a few daily precautions, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they do.

If you do any of the following, we recommend that you stop:

Chewing sugared gum all day.
Cavities, a sore jaw, or compromised bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.

Drinking soda and energy drinks.
These sugary, acidic beverages are immensely efficient at eroding enamel.

Chewing ice or hard candy.
Your enamel is quite hard. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a cracked tooth.

Skipping flossing.
Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job cleans away fragments of food and plaque between teeth.

Using a firm bristled toothbrush.
A soft bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, our family dentistry will help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. People from American Fork and Lehi come to us for regular checkups and for complete cosmetic dentistry services. 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
84604

 

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