Orem Dental News: Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

General Dentistry Orem

Visiting Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry near Orem for regular general dentistry check-ups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in ways you never imagined.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

While the study could simply confirm that those Orem people who dutifully schedule regular dental services and cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common problems like inflammation with gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study mentioned previously) said:

‘Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.’

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, Dr. Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry recommends coming in for check-ups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving Orem family dentistry patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

To schedule a deep cleaning with our friendly and professional dental hygienist at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, call
801-374-0070 today!

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah 84604


The Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

The Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

Many folks in our Utah County community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a problem. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems.

Utah County people should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a very important role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to perform this task your body may not be getting important nutrients needed to stay healthy.

Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi.
This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Utah County dental services patients don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.

We are Drs. Hammond and we, along with our staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, have been treating xerostomia since 1996. We recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. We also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.

Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your Utah County physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.

Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older:

Looking for a gentle family dentistry professional who focuses on preventative dentistry or a skilled cosmetic dentist adept at smile design? We invite you to come visit our practice at 3575 N 100 E, Ste 200, Provo, UT. Our team of dental professionals at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or complete cosmetic dental makeover.

Our dental menu includes teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, veneers, clear braces, inlays/onlays, cosmetic dental bonding, and sedation dentistry.

A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth.

Drs. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah

Saliva And Provo’s Dental Health

Saliva And Provo

Hi. We’re Drs. Hammond. Welcome to our Provo general dentistry blog. Today we’ll be looking at the complexity and importance of your saliva. Though most people in Provo or the surrounding areas may think it’s gross, saliva is essential to dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a key factor in the development of cavities and other forms of tooth decay.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that Provo residents know how important saliva is to dental health, we’re sure you can see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most of our Provo patients, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health complications occur.

If you are in the Provo area and are looking for quality dental services and care, please contact our office today at 801-374-0070. We have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Provo since 1996.

Our friendly and professional staff would be happy to talk to you about cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, Invisalign clear braces, and the other services we provide to our valued patients.

Drs. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo Utah

Provo Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants and Dental Bridges

Provo Dental Implants and Dental Bridges When our Provo clients ask us about tooth restoration, we usually tell them about fixed (or ‘traditional’) dental bridges or tooth implants. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth (called a ‘pontic’) is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.

Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at our Provo cosmetic dental practice. Patients from the Provo area have expressed concern about tooth replacement for many years. Most of the questions about restorative dental services have to do with the strength of the tooth replacement, and durability.

Dental implants are also popular concern for our Provo tooth replacement patients. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (dental crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields terrific results for Provo tooth restoration patients. Our cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate the fact that we stay up to date on the latest advancements in tooth replacement procedures.

Both Provo smile restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, too. Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many Provo area dental patients have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration alternatives.

Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry and ask for Drs. Hammond to schedule an evaluation for Provo tooth restoration. You can schedule your tooth restoration by calling us at 801-374-0070.

Dental Cleaning in Provo

Provo Tooth Whitening Welcome to the dental practice of Drs. Hammond, DMD.

We provide comprehensive full service cosmetic and family dentistry for clients in Provo and other nearby communities in Utah.

Our friendly and professional team of skilled hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff help Dr. Hammond exceed our clients’ expectations. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we understand the value of a healthy and beautiful smile.

We are dedicated to providing each client with personalized care in our state-of-the-art cosmetic dental practice.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is located at 3575 N 100 E, Ste 200 in Provo. For more information about our staff, see /about.htm.

If you have an attractive Provo smile, we can help you keep it that way with professional deep cleanings and thorough examinations. We set the standard for preventative family dentistry in the greater Provo area.

If it has been a while since you have received a professional dental cleaning in Provo, call 801-374-0070 today to schedule a cleaning with one of our friendly hygienists. Your teeth will feel amazingly clean, silky and smooth after the chalky plague and calculus is removed.

Whether you need simple dental services or a complex dental surgery, at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we’ll get you smiling again!

Provo Endodontics

Provo Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our Provo dentistry patients and many report minimal discomfort. Provo root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many Provo root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry dental professional.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, our goal is to help our Provo, Orem, and Utah County root canal patients avoid the necessity of endodontic treatment by providing skilled dental care and dental services. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth for one of our greater Provo area root canal patients, we provide the most advanced Provo endodontic treatment in Utah. Oral conscious sedation is available for anxious patients.

How do you know if you need a root canal? See your Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some Provo endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is crucial to visit your local Provo endodontic dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination.

Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, at 801-374-0070 to schedule an appointment.

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