Friday, July 29, 2016

Habits That Will Help You Keep Your Smile For A Lifetime

There are plenty of dental habits that you can engage in that can cause long and short term problems for your smile. Biting on your nails or using your teeth as tools can do damage that can impact your teeth and gums. Not brushing or flossing can cause cavities, decay and, eventually, missing or cracked teeth. Dr. Judy Strutz recommends these 7 healthy habits in order to keep your smile ready for a lifetime.

1.     Eat healthy. Eight fruits and vegetables a day can keep your smile in great standing.
2.     Eight glasses of water a day. It is important to keep your mouth moist throughout the day.
3.     Brushing 2x a day because there is no other way to remove food from the surface of the teeth.
4.     Flossing at least 1x a day can keep periodontal disease from impacting your smile.
5.     Visiting the dentist regularly can ward off any problems that may be impacting your smile.
6.     Getting cracked, broken or missing teeth taken care of right away decreases the chance of the problem getting worse.
7.     Avoiding sodas and other drinks that are high in sugar decrease your chances of negatively impacting the enamel on your teeth.

For more information on how to keep your smile healthy, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Is Your Smile Ready For Your Next Event?

Over time your teeth may become worn down, and your smile may be impacted by periodontal disease, or you may have cracked or missing teeth. Any of these situations may cause you to attempt to hide your smile at your next special event. Dr. Judy Strutz and her team can help evaluate your smile in order give you a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

If you have cracked or broken teeth, a crown may be the best way to go. A crown can be matched to existing teeth and then cover your damaged tooth. It will keep the tooth strong and restore natural function back to your teeth while presenting an appearance that looks like a natural tooth. A crown can also help keep a tooth from fracturing.

Missing teeth can be fixed using dental implants or bridges in order to make sure that you can enjoy your smile. Implants can restore your smile to its natural ability. Once the implants have been placed, you can floss, brush and eat as if your implant teeth were your natural teeth.

Veneers can cover any teeth that may be different lengths, or are slightly damaged or have stains. Veneers cover the front of the teeth and act as your natural teeth. They can be fitted to be the same color as your natural teeth and once they are placed, they allow you to enjoy food that you once loved.

For more information on improving your smile contact Dr. Strutz and her team today. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A New Smile In a Day

Are you gearing up for a special event? Or looking for a new job? If you are looking for a smile that will wow those around you, Dr. Judy Strutz and her team can talk to you about the possibility of a ‘smile in a day.’ While the treatment and techniques have been around for years, innovation in dental technology, many times, allows a patient to have broken, missing and cracked teeth fixed faster than in years past. An example would be the All on-4 technique.

After Dr. Strutz and her team have evaluated the needs of your smile, they can begin to plan and map out what can to be done in order to provide you with a restored and beautiful smile you want. Once the dental implants are placed and your arch is restored,  you will have a fully functional smile so you can get back to enjoying your next event. Implants can transform your smile, your health and your look.

Remember though, implants and remaining teeth will still need to be brushed, flossed and seen by your dentist regularly in order to ensure your new smile stays healthy.  All on 4 dental procedures provide you with a long lasting smile in a day that you can be proud of.

For more information on All on 4 procedures contact Dr. Denine Strutz and her team today.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Signs And Symptoms Of Lip Tie In Children

Your baby may be a few weeks or a few years old. They may have struggled to breast feed and now that they are older, sticking their tongue out and saying certain sounds may be difficult for them. “There are multiple signs and symptoms of a lip tie in Children and knowing these signs,” says Dr. Strutz, “can help you get treatment instead of waiting and wondering why your child is struggling.”

Lip tie, can make it difficult for your baby to latch on properly when breastfeeding, which can lead to your baby being fussy and inconsolable. Without your baby being able to get the proper nutrition they need, their belly cannot fill up, which then can impact how content they are. A fussy baby can make it difficult for them, and for you, to sleep.

Excessive gas in your infant may be a sign of lip tie. When your baby is latching onto the nipple, it is important that they have a proper latch in order to not suck in too much air when they are trying to eat. Babies who have lip tie, are unable to latch on properly which then creates an inadequate suction. This suction then causes them to take in excessive air, which creates gas.

If you are noticing an improper latch, or your baby seems unusually fussy, contact, Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today for more information.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Why Sleep Apnea Dental Treatments Can Change Your Life

You may have been living with sleep apnea for years or only months, but just a few days of sleep apnea can begin to negatively impact your life and change how you see the world. Dr. Judy Strutz and her team have spent significant time studying the impact of sleep apnea and how to help patients using dental devices.

Sleep is essential in order for your body to be able to heal itself, protect against disease, and other health problems. Sleep allows your body to have mental clarity and reduces stress. Without the proper treatment, your body is left craving the essential item it needs in order to function at the full peak performance.

By allowing Dr. Strutz and her team to fit you for a dental device to help with your sleep apnea, your body can begin to rebuild and regain its strength. It will no longer need to wake up hundreds of times a night in order to get the air it needs. You can rest peacefully and your body and mind can be as healthy as possible.

For more information about sleep apnea and treatment options, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are You In The Market For A New Job?

Have you been out looking for a new opportunity? Have you purchased new clothes or updated your wardrobe? One area you do not want to neglect, according to Dr. Judy Strutz, is your smile. According to research, employers evaluate a person’s smile prior to anything else when you are applying for a job. The health of your smile can persuade a new employer that you are someone they want to take a chance on because you take care of yourself and will take care of their business.

While enhancing your smile can seem like a timely and expensive new upgrade, small procedures can be done to improve the health of your smile. Depending on what is impacting your smile will determine how much time and money it will cost to restore your smile. But it is worth every penny when you are able to wow your new employer with your smile and your skills.

If your teeth are stained or colored, some whitening procedures can help to bring your smile back to the sparkling white it deserves. For broken or cracked teeth, veneers or porcelain crowns can help to cover up your existing teeth and restore your smile to its natural state.

For more information on restorative procedures that can improve the health of your smile, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Good Candy For Your Smile

For years you may have been reading articles or hearing information that candy is bad for you, however, there is some good news. Not all candy is bad for your smile and some even have some health benefits for your teeth and gums. Enjoy these few candies in moderation and help your smile look healthier and whiter.

Any candy that is sugar free may not sound good, but it can be as delicious as other candy. The benefit is enjoying something sweet without the sugar to negatively impact your smile. Some candy has begun to come in sugar free options in order to help people eat healthier and enjoy a treat at the same time. Hollow Dark Chocolate, can give you the pick me up that you need in the middle of the week. Consuming small amounts of dark chocolate has also been attributed to improving your mood.  Any candy bar that has nuts or seeds in it, is a great way to give your body the protein and extra nutrients that your body needs, while still allowing you to enjoy the tasty treat.

For more information on candy that keeps your smile healthy, contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dental Erosion and The Warning Signs You May Have a Problem

Enamel is the hard coating that protects your teeth. It is the hardest substance in the body but can be impacted by the items you eat and drink. As you consume foods that are high in acid or forget to brush your teeth, the enamel begins to wear away and the material underneath called dentine becomes exposed. This can cause pain and other problems if it is not taken care of.  Here are 3 signs of dental erosion problems from Dr. Judy Strutz.

1.     You may begin to notice that your teeth are more sensitive than they have been before. If you are consuming hot or cold substances, you may feel a stinging in your tooth when all you are trying to do is enjoy your coffee.
2.     Darker, yellow stains that are different than buildup from food or other substances. Dentine is a darker yellow color and can appear as a stain on your teeth.
3.     Hollows or a general wearing down look of the enamel can begin to appear on the surface of your teeth.

Dental erosion is a problem that can impact your smile and your overall health. As the enamel begins to wear down, you may become more sensitive which can cause you to not eat or limit the food you need to eat. For more information on dental erosion contact Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Have You Slept Yet?

It is time to take back your life, and tell your sleep apnea that it will not control you. You may have spent many restless nights, waking up in order for your body to get the breath it needs. Do you feel trapped inside your own body and are screaming for a way out? Well you do not have to suffer a minute longer. Dr. Judy Strutz and her team are able to conduct a dental consultation, and evaluate whether you are a candidate for a dental sleep device.

No more waking up tired, falling asleep at your desk or being irritable with your kids when they ask you for something. It is time you begin to get the night’s rest you deserve and take back the life you want.  Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you may wake up as many as 100x in an hour. This pattern does not allow your body to reach the rem sleep pattern it needs in order to function at optimal levels.

Sleep apnea has negative impacts that can bleed into other aspects of your life. If you are feeling tired and restless at 2:00 pm you may find yourself reaching for the extra caffeine to keep you awake. Caffeine not only negatively impacts your teeth and gums, but it can also cause unnecessary damage to your overall health.

For more information on sleep apnea contact Dr. Strutz today!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Just The Facts!

It can be stressful to visit a prosthodontist. You may not know what they are going to recommend, or if the treatment they are recommending is right for you. It may seem every time you visit a dentist or prosthodontist that they recommend a crown. Here are 5 facts about crowns that can help you be informed at your next appointment.

1.     Dental crowns are an investment, but they are the best option for extending the life of your natural tooth. They allow you to keep your tooth and help restore normal function.
2.     Crowns can come in different colors/or materials. You can choose between having a crown that matches your natural teeth or one that stands out.
3.     A crown can cover a tooth that has a large filling, where the tooth structure is weakened or damaged. Any time you can keep a tooth, it is a better option then pulling the tooth and attempting to replace.
4.     You may need a temporary crown placed until the real crown comes in and can be seated.
5.     The crown will be fitted to your natural bite in order to allow you full function of the tooth. You’ll need to brush 2x a day and floss at least 1x a day to keep your crown in good health.

For more information on crowns and other restorations, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today!