Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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As young people progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know teens who skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some kids spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and damage a smile.

Dental troubles manifesting in the adolescent years can affect teeth for life. Let’s look at some important dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually come in between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth troubles include bite misalignment, cavities, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is vital to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
If you notice that your child is abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss, you should be on the lookout for signs of bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Seek treatment immediately if you discover that your teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can hurt enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some youth who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit youth in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral issues develop unnoticed. To schedule an intensive examination and cleaning, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry 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
84604


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
84604

 


What Does Your Provo Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, all Provo, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for scheduled cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also important that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should also meet with your dentist about the practice. Your dentist might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

Moreover, let your dentist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with your dentist. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check-up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many dentists in the Orem area combine multiple procedures to give you a total smile makeover. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

Hello. I’m Dr. Chris Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. At my Provo dental practice, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including: sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog. Please contact us today for all your dental needs!

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Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


Super Smiles For Life

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Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and attractive smile, start early. Really early.

Dr. Chris Hammond recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Hammond will keep the visit short, but complete a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.

Dr. Hammond will guide you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the consequences of poor choices. It is especially critical to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.

Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.

Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always optimal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.

Other vital habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.

Before coming to Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, meet with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Hammond will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a favorable visit, the first of many to come.

Call Dr. Hammond at 801-657-5633 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are passionate about your child’s lifelong dental health.

Dr. Hammond serves many families in the Orem area with skill and compassion. Some of our patients come from Utah County, American Fork, and Lehi. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we love working with children and will help your child have a favorable experience learning to care for their teeth.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we focus our efforts on . Each member of our caring team is committed to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the-art technology.

Some of our most popular services include:

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Provo, Utah Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Provo? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Provo truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for cost-effective dental care without a background agenda?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Utah overwhelm you. Today Dr. Chris Hammond offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 801-657-5633. Contact our caring staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Chris Hammond. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From mini implants to porcelain veneers, from sedation dentistry to dental crowns. Providing quality services can make your Invisalign experience quick and uncomplicated.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 3575 N 100 E Ste 200 in Provo, Utah, we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, dental implants and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Hammond has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the renewal you want. Expect to speak with a professional. Expect distinctive, talented service.

Call 801-657-5633 today! Talk to us about these services:

Cosmetic dentistry
Dental implants
Sedation dentistry
Laser dentistry

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, UT
84604

 


Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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Here at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we approach all your dental needs from two separate angles – what we can do in our office and what you can do at home. For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can affect your whitened smile. Be aware of staining culprits such as coffee, tea, tobacco and harsh sodas. We understand that avoiding these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with such substances. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can lead to stronger staining and discoloration.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the awesome staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today 801-657-5633. Dr. Chris Hammond, DDS, takes pride in providing caring care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with mini implants, the patient and steady hand with dental crowns, the wise and thorough instruction relating to sedation dentistry. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make the easy drive to 3575 N 100 E Ste 200 Provo, Utah 84604 and settle in for guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you – we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at https://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/ or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Hammond provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to family dentistry to dental implants. And we welcome patients from all over the area, from Orem to Lehi and from Utah County to American Fork.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, UT 84604
801-657-5633
https://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/


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Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

low cost tooth bleaching Orem

Here at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we approach all your dental needs from two separate angles – what we can do in our office and what you can do at home. For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can affect your whitened smile. Be aware of staining culprits such as coffee, tea, tobacco and harsh sodas. We understand that avoiding these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with such substances. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can lead to stronger staining and discoloration.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the awesome staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today 801-657-5633. Dr. Chris Hammond, DDS, takes pride in providing caring care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with mini implants, the patient and steady hand with dental crowns, the wise and thorough instruction relating to sedation dentistry. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make the easy drive to 3575 N 100 E Provo, Utah 84604 and settle in for guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you – we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at https://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/ or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Hammond provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to family dentistry to dental implants. And we welcome patients from all over the area, from Orem to Lehi and from Utah County to American Fork.

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


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Why Do You Need A Local Provo Dentist?

dental implants provoOur practice, Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, offers family dentistry, general dentistry and many cosmetic dental services. If you have a family and are looking for a family dentist, give us a call at 801-657-5633.

If you live in the Provo area, it is wise to choose a local dentist for your family dentist. It will be easier and more convenient for every member of your family to come in for regular examinations and cleanings. Most busy Provo parents don’t need the added inconvenience of a long commute to a dental appointment. And what if you experience a dental emergency? A neighborhood dentist who knows your family is best equipped to handle unexpected dental needs.

In addition to basic preventative dental health services such as fluoride treatments, routine x-rays and oral hygiene, we offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and mini implants. You can reach Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633.

Provo parents with infants and toddlers often seek information about thumb-sucking, the health of ‘baby teeth,’ x-ray safety, and fluoride supplements. Parents with older children are often concerned about sealants, tooth protection for sports, tooth straightening, and dental financing.

We look forward to answering all of your questions. You can learn more about Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at https://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/


Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smile To Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry

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Hi, we are Dr. Hammond. Practicing dentistry at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is enjoyable and rewarding. We appreciate the relationships we have formed with our valued patients who trust us to care for their teeth. If you are one of our patients, let us thank you personally for allowing us to serve your dental needs. We know you have many other choices for dentistry in the Orem area.

Kudos to our talented dental team and dedicated administrative staff who keep our caring Provo practice running smoothly and allow us to focus on what we do best.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time and need an experienced dentist, we hope you will consider our practice. You can learn more about our services and philosophy at https://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/ or call 801-657-5633 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

We have been keeping smiles healthy and performing smile makeovers at my Provo cosmetic dental practice since 1967. Each one of our Orem smile redesign patients values their new smile almost as much as we value their support.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we provide a full array of cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening. If you don’t make it a point to keep up with the ever-evolving world of dentistry (and who does?), you might not be aware of the procedures that are now available.

There have never been as many effective treatments for crooked teeth, gum disease, discolored teeth, and any other dental malady you can imagine. Ask us about exciting advances in children’s cavity prevention, laser dentistry, cold sore removal, same day restorations, early decay detection, and oral cancer screening.

Again, thanks for visiting our Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry website. Enjoy your day.

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


Dental Sealants

Orem Cosmetic Dentistry Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young Provo, Orem, and Utah County children.

Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Orem family dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

Provo parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many Provo area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten! It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.

Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we take special care of our pediatric dental clients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, sports mouthguards, and orthodontic treatment.

We are Dr. Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. We don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call our office at 801-657-5633 to schedule a dental exam.

We provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Orem people of all ages. Our office is located at 3575 N 100 E in Provo. You can learn more about our practice at https://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/