Teeth Whitening Minot, ND

Get ready for the New Year with a Whiter Smile

It is no surprise that having a whiter and brighter smile can make you feel more confident and capable. Why wouldn’t it? Whether your are shopping, giving a presentation, or answering your front door, a white smile just makes you feel better and more sociable. Also, people with whiter teeth are perceived as more professional and capable. What’s not to love? Here’s what you need to know about whitening your teeth.

In office bleaching

In office bleaching by your dentist is the fastest way to achieve a whiter smile. During your in office bleaching appointment, a whitening gel or other product is put directly on the teeth. With the use of heat, a laser, or special lighting, the product works to whiten your smile. Whiter results are apparent after only 30-60 minutes in the dentist chair. For those who want to have dramatic teeth whitening results, more in office appointments may be required. To discuss more of your in office teeth whitening options, contact Broadway Family Dentistry today!

Out of office bleaching

Other methods are available and effective, but they do not give the same immediate results as in office treatments do. These options include: over the counter whitening strips and gels, whitening toothpastes, and whitening rinses.

How long does teeth whitening last?

How long your whiter smile lasts depends on the type of bleaching treatment you used and your current lifestyle. For instance, if you love a cup of coffee every day, you may start to notice staining on your teeth. If you avoid drinks and foods that are known to stain teeth, you can make your whitening treatment last much longer.

The strength of the bleaching agent used for your teeth whitening will also impact how long your whiter smile survives. Out of office treatments typically contain a considerably lower strength bleaching agent than in office treatments.

Arrange your consultation

To learn more about what teeth whitening options are available to you, contact Broadway Family Dentistry. You can reach our office at 701-839-1299. We look forward to hearing from you!

Preventive Dentistry Minot, ND

The Absolute Worst Foods for Your Teeth

With the holiday season underway, it can be easy to fall into the trap of eating candies and treats on a regular basis. It is well known that sweets are bad for your dental health, but other foods like potato chips, dried fruits, and citrus can also pose a risk. Read on to learn why.

Citrus

Citrus is a wonderful source of vitamin C and should be consumed regularly. Unfortunately, many major sources of vitamin C, like oranges, lemons, and limes can also wreak havoc on your teeth. Here’s how: the amount of acid in citrus can erode enamel, leaving teeth exposed to greater amounts of decay. Even a simple squeeze of lemon in your glass of water can increase the acid in your mouth. The solution? Brush immediately after or rinse with mouthwash.

Potato chips

The combination of crunch and savory salty flavor packed into potato chips can be undeniably heavenly. Unfortunately, your taste buds are the only ones enjoying the experience. Your teeth are the ones paying the price. Potatoes are a starchy food that quickly transforms into sugar when broken down. This sugar can get lodged between the crevices of your teeth and feed the bacteria wedged in there as well. To help stave off tooth decay, be sure to floss your teeth soon after eating this crunchy treat.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits can add a tasty and healthy punch to oatmeal, but they can also negatively impact the health of your mouth. Dried fruits like raisins, prunes, figs, and apricots are immensely sticky and can easily get stuck on and in between the teeth. Make sure you have a toothbrush ready to brush away the sticky leftovers that can cause tooth decay!

Arrange a consultation

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we understand that a bright and confident smile are key to feeling your best. If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning and check up, schedule one today! You can reach our friendly staff by calling our Minot, North Dakota office at (701) 839-1299.

Preventive Dentistry Minot, ND

Halloween Tricks to Avoid Too Many Treats

Halloween seems to usher in mountains of candy at every turn. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid candy overload this season. Not only will these tips help you and your family feel better, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the occasional Halloween treat.

Don’t forget about dinner

On Halloween, make sure the kids don’t leave for their trick or treating adventures before eating a protein and fiber packed meal. This can be quick turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread, hearty finger foods like whole grain chips and hummus, or a tasty pot of homemade chili. Whatever you choose, just make sure the kids eat well before they head out the door. This will help them avoid constant snacking on their candy throughout the evening.

Wait until the last minute to buy candy

Halloween is a month long celebration of all things scary, but the actual day for trick or treating doesn’t arrive until the end of the month. Instead of stocking up on Halloween candy in preparation for handing out goodies on Halloween, just wait until the week of. This way, you won’t have tempting stashes of candy in your house to snack on all day.

Mix it up

When you do purchase your candy for the ghouls and ghosts that will come trick or treating to your door, opt for healthier and more exciting options. Instead of strictly candy, get fruit leather, bubbles, small toys, mini Play-Doh containers, tattoos, glow sticks and more. Keep in mind that most of the excitement children have on Halloween is connected to the act of collecting the candy, not actually eating all of it.

Join your kids

Instead of driving your kids around as they trick or treat, join them for the walk. Wear a pedometer to track how far you’ve walked and make it into a game to try and get more steps in. Plus, you can enjoy the experience of stopping at houses with your kids!

Arrange a consultation

If it has been some time since your last dental exam, don’t hesitate to call Broadway Family Dentistry today. You can reach our friendly staff by calling 701-839-1299.

Dental Implants Minot, ND

Am I a good candidate for a Dental Implant?

Dental Implants Minot, NDIf you are missing a tooth, or need a tooth replaced, dental implants may be the solution you’re looking for. Dental implants are an excellent option for those wanting to complete their smile. But are you a good candidate?

The right candidate

Generally the best candidate for dental implants should have healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to anchor the implant. If you have lost bone, you can still get a dental implant but you may need a special procedure to restore the bone that is missing. You are also an excellent candidate if you are committed to daily oral care and cleaning the implant area. Regular professional dental cleanings are integral to maintaining a healthy smile and a healthy implant.

You may not be the best candidate for a dental implant if:

  • You are pregnant.
  • You are too young and your jaw has not stopped growing yet.
  • You are a heavy smoker, which makes healing in the mouth difficult.
  • You abuse alcohol or other substances that are harmful to the body. This may make you unprepared to follow proper implant care instructions after your procedure and less likely to practice proper oral hygiene.
  • You have been given a high dose or radiation treatment in the head or neck area.
  • You have a systematic problem or chronic disease like hemophilia, connective tissue issues, uncontrolled diabetes, or immune deficiency problems.
  • You take certain medications like steroid drugs
  • You have significant issues with clenching or grinding your teeth. Such habits can put undue pressure on the implant area and make the risk of failure high.

The process

A few months after the dental implant is placed by a trained specialist or periodontist, a crown will be added. This time period between the two procedures allows for the implant area to heal. Depending on your individual situation and needs, your treatment plan may be different.

Arrange a consultation

To find out more about how dental implants can improve your smile, call Broadway Family Dentistry today. You can reach our team by calling 701-839-1299.

Dentures Minot, ND

What You Should Know About Dentures

Dentures can give you the confidence you need to go about your daily activities, attend social events, and eat your favorite foods. At Broadway Family Dentistry, our goal is to help you feel and look your absolute best. If your teeth cannot be restored, we can make custom dentures to fit your specific needs.

Types of Dentures

Tooth loss may be the result of aging or an accident. When teeth are missing and cannot be restored, dentures are an excellent option. Dentures can be formed to replace a few or all of one’s teeth. Complete dentures are used for people who have lost all or the majority of their teeth. If you are missing only a few teeth, “fixed partial” dentures (also referred to as “crown and bridge”) are used. Partial dentures are carefully and meticulously installed in the mouth to make sure they do not cause a problem with the surrounding healthy teeth. Removable dentures are different from fixed partial dentures in that they are often used by patients who have lost too many teeth to need fixed dentures and too few teeth to get complete dentures.

The side effects

Like any dental cosmetic treatment or procedure, the results take some time to get familiar with. It is possible to get used to your dentures by practicing patience. Soon enough, you’ll be so used to your dentures that you’ll forget you’re wearing any. If you have any concerns about how to get used to your dentures, express your anxiety to your dentist. We want to ensure that we are helping you feel as confident and comfortable as possible with your new dentures.

Insurance coverage

The majority of dental insurance providers offer full or partial coverage for dentures. If you need dentures, make sure you contact your insurance provider to find out the specific details of your dental plan to see if you are covered.

Arrange a consultation

If you have missing teeth and think dentures may be right for you, contact Broadway Family Dentistry today. You can contact our office located in Minot, North Dakota by calling 701-839-1299.

Gum Disease Minot, ND

4 Ways You Can Protect Your Mouth From Gum Disease

Gum Disease Minot, NDGum disease begins with plaque build up and ends (if left to itself) with tooth decay. Fortunately there are several specific steps you can implement to help prevent gum disease.

What is gum disease?

First, let’s address what gum disease is. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease and can destroy tissue, then eventually end in tooth loss. Gingivitis is a condition that typically begins before gum disease sets in. When gingivitis begins, the bacteria in plaque cause gum inflammation and easy bleeding. At this point, the gums may be irritated, but no bone or tissue damage has happened yet.

If left untreated, gingivitis will lead to periodontitis. At this point, the inner layer of bone and gum move away from the teeth, creating pockets. Debris and bacteria get stuck and lodge into these pockets, causing them to become infected. The toxins created by the bacteria as well as the body’s enzymes that fight infection, begin to break down the connective tissue and bone. This bone and tissue is required to keep the teeth in place. As periodontitis progresses, the teeth lose stability and tooth loss results.

How do I prevent gum disease?

Here are four suggestions to help you prevent gum disease.

  1. Stop smoking immediately: Tobacco products pose a significant threat to dental health. In fact, if you smoke you are seven times more likely to get gum disease than a non smoker.
  2. Cut the stress: Stress makes it hard for the human body to fight off infection (like the bacteria found with gum disease). To ease your stress level, try exercising, meditation, counseling, or changing your diet to include healthier foods.
  3. Maintain a proper diet: Good nutrition is a great starting point in preventing gum disease or other bodily ills. Eat foods containing antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin C. All of these can assist the body in fixing damaged tissue.
  4. Stop grinding or clenching your teeth: The excessive force created in the mouth when clenching or grinding can contribute to tissue breakdown in the mouth.

Arrange an appointment

For more information about how to prevent gum disease, contact Broadway Family Dentistry today.  You can reach our office at (701) 839-1299. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and happy smile.

Preventive Dentistry Minot, ND

The Truth About Cavities

There is a lot of misinformation out there (and online) about anything you can imagine. This includes your dental health. Let’s address some common misconceptions and truths about what causes cavities and what you can do to prevent them.

Cavities aren’t just for children

Sugary drinks, genetics, and inadequate dental habits can lead to cavities at any age. Even certain medications can dry out the mouth, preventing saliva from acting as a buffer between your teeth and acids. These acids can lead to cavity development. The trick is to pay attention to what you’re eating and how often you brush and floss. Remember, it is your responsibility to brush twice a day, floss, and rinse. Regular dental cleanings are integral to maintaining a healthy mouth, but you need to do your part as well.

A filled tooth can still get a cavity

Fillings can last a decade or longer. In rears cases, that filling can break down causing tooth decay around the edges.

If you don’t fix a cavity now, it’ll get worse

One of the primary reasons for regular dental checkups is so your dentist can check for cavities. Sometimes you can determine if you have one on your own, but for the teeth in the back of your mouth it is nearly impossible to tell. At a dental cleaning, X-rays and photographs are taken in part to look for signs of tooth decay and to treat it immediately. If left untreated, you may have to get a root canal or tooth removal down the road.

Brown spots aren’t always cavities

In many cases the decay process may have begun, then stopped. This typically happens when the tooth enamel hardens up once more, resulting in a discolored look.

You can’t reverse tooth decay

The enamel on the tooth surface can be remineralized and decay can be slowed down, but once bacteria breaks through the enamel, there’s no going back. You can’t brush a cavity away. Instead, you need to get it fixed in the from of a filling or other methods depending on what stage the cavity is at.

Arrange a consultation

To arrange your next dental cleaning, call Broadway Family Dentistry at (701) 839-1299 at our office in Minot, North Dakota. We look forward to serving you!

Frenectomy Minot, ND

Tongue-tied? A Frenotomy can Help

Tongue-tie occurs when the tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. It is typically a problem that is identified at birth and can limit ones ability to move the tongue.

Who gets tongue-tie?

The cause of tongue-tie isn’t proven, but it may be genetic. It is typically present in babies who have additional mouth problems like cleft palate.

What are the symptoms?

Babies with tongue-tie don’t typically have symptoms. This is because the problem can fix itself as the child grows (the tissue will stretch) or the child adapts to the restrictions of being tongue-tied. Babies who are bottle fed generally don’t manifest any issues because it is easy to get milk from a bottle, as a opposed to the breast.

Children with tongue-tie may have issues breastfeeding or have gaps in the front lower teeth. Some children exhibit speech impediments like an inability to pronounce certain sounds clearly like t, d, s, z, th, n, and l. Those with tongue-tie may also have social or personal problems connected to limited tongue movement. These include challenges clearing food off of the teeth using the tongue. Kids with these problems may be made fun of by their peers.

Diagnosis and treatment

If your baby is under 1 year old and is tongue-tied, your doctor may do a frenotomy. This medical procedure involves clipping the lingual frenulum. If your baby is tongue tied but doesn’t have any problems breast feeding, you might wait until they are older to see if the problem takes care of itself and the frenulum stretches on its own. In the meantime, seek advice from a lactation consultant if you are having issues breastfeeding. If your child is a little older and has speech problems related to being tongue tied, contact a speech therapist.

Arrange a consultation

For more information about tongue-tie and frenotomy, contact Broadway Family Dentistry today. Our number is (701) 839-1299. We are located in Minot, North Dakota.

dental implants Minot, ND

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Before dental implants, dentures and bridges were two of the few options available to people suffering from tooth loss. Dental implants are used as a replacement for tooth roots and provide a solid foundation for removable or permanent replacement teeth. Today, dental implants provide a variety of benefits ranging from improved self confidence to enhanced dental hygiene.

The advantages of dental implants

  1. Enhanced comfort: Dental implants are permanent, thus eliminating the annoyance and discomfort of removable dentures.
  2. Improved speech: When dentures fit badly, they can slip in the mouth and cause you to slur your speech or mumble. Nobody wants to deal with slipping dentures. With dental implants, you never have to worry about them impeding your communication with others and inadvertently embarrassing yourself.
  3. Easier eating: Dentures slide and move, making chewing food harder than it should be. Dental implants work like your own teeth and allow you to chew naturally and normally without pain.
  4. Enhanced self esteem: When your smile is whole, you feel more confident and act more social.
  5. Improved oral health: With dental implants, there is no need to reduce surrounding teeth like a bridge does. Dental implants enable more of your natural teeth to remain intact, contributing to long term oral hygiene. Dental implants are also simple to clean.
  6. Improved appearance: Dental implants feel and look exactly like your natural teeth. This is because they are specifically created to fuse with the bone and become permanent.
  7. Convenience and durability: Dental implants are permanent so there is never a need to remove and clean them, like dentures. If taken care of, implants can last years and even your entire lifetime.

Arrange a consultation

Dental implants are a perfect option for those looking to enhance their smile and regain their confidence. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of services to help improve your long term dental health. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how we can help you improve your smile. You can reach us by calling 701-839-1299 at our office located in Minot, North Dakota.

Preventive Dentistry Minot, ND

The case for Professional Dental Cleanings

If I have healthy teeth and gums, why do I need to have regular dental cleanings? It’s an excellent question and one that has an important answer. We all require regular dental cleanings to ensure that painful and costly dental problems never develop. Dental cleanings allow a professional to assess and clean your teeth while providing you with important information about how to tweak your at home dental routine so you can maintain proper dental health. Depending on your specific situation and the health of your teeth, the regularity of your dental cleanings will vary. It is wise to get a dental cleaning and exam one to two times per year. During this crucial exam, the following will take place:

A full dental cleaning

When you arrive at the dental office, a hygienist will clean your teeth. First, they will use a small metal tool to scrape off mineral buildup (tartar). Next, your teeth will be flossed. Ask for a mirror to see how your hygienist flosses your teeth so you can implement any changes into your at home dental routine. Keep in mind that your hygienist and dentist are there to answer any and all of your dental care questions and are eager to help you. After flossing, the hygienist will polish your teeth using a special compound. Fluoride may then by applied to your teeth.

X-rays

Depending on your dental needs and the last time you had X-rays done, you may need new X-rays. X-rays will help your dental professional assess your bite and check the health of the teeth below the gum line, among other things. For your X-rays, the technician will have you put on a special apron that will protect you from X-rays. If you are pregnant, notify your technician to hold off on X-rays.

The dentist visit

At some point, your dentist will come into the room to examine your teeth and ask you questions about your dental health. This is an excellent time to share any dental concerns or questions you have.

Schedule your dental cleaning

To maintain proper dental health, schedule your dental cleaning today. You can reach our office located in Minot, North Dakota by calling (701) 839-1299.