Monday, February 24, 2020

What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health?


While your tongue is not the window to your soul, it can tell a story. The color of your tongue or soreness can indicate that you have something going on that you need to take care of. While some of these things may go away on their own, others may require treatment. Get the facts! Here are 3 things to watch out for. 

1.    A tongue that is sore or sensitive to the touch might be a sign of a food allergy. You may experience pain in just one spot or you might have pain that seems to be all over. If the pain does not subside in a reasonable amount of time you will want to contact your cosmetic dentist. 
2.    Be aware that a bright Red Tongue that is redder than normal could be a symptom of several different things. The most common is B-12 deficiency. If you are worried and not sure if you are getting enough B-12, a visit to the doctor can help with this one. 
3.    White patches on your tongue might be a sign of oral cancer. If you are a smoker or chew tobacco to be on the safe side you will want to quit and schedule a consult with Dr. Judy Strutz and her dental team to be sure that it isn’t something more serious. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Rigorous?


Are you brushing your teeth regularly? We sure hope so. However, if you are brushing vigorously or brushing for longer than 2 minutes you might be doing more harm than good. That may seem impossible but brushing too hard or brushing for longer than 2 minutes can cause your gums to recede.  While we certainly do not want you to stop brushing and taking care of your smile, it is critically important you are careful with your teeth and gums. Receding gums can then lead to bacteria building up and enamel can begin to wear away. Being careful about your teeth and protecting them is critical. 

If you continue to brush too hard it can also cause cavities, a need for a root canal or even more expensive dental procedures. Taking care of your smile is your top priority and we want to be sure you have the tools to protect your smile. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush for 2 minutes and in gentle circles. These easy steps can ensure you have the smile you deserve for a lifetime. 

For more information on how to keep your smile beautiful or information on fixing your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

7 Dental Health Risks

It can be easy to take your smile for granted. You wake up, maybe brush for two minutes, or maybe decide to wait until after breakfast. You might forget altogether in the rush of the morning. We always assume that our smile is going to carry us through and we’ll just get things done the next time. But here are 7 dental risks you make be taking every day that are causing problems for your smile.

1.     Not brushing in time. When you consume high sugar foods or drinks and high carbohydrate foods, the length of time that the substances stay on the surface of your teeth provides a longer opportunity for problems to arise.
2.     Consuming food that is too cold.  (example)
3.     Not flossing. Removing food from between the gums is essential to your gum health. If you’re starting to see your gums bleed during routine brushing and flossing sessions that can be the sign of worse things to come.
4.     Chewing on Ice can damage the enamel causing cracked and broken teeth.
5.     Consuming less than 8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
6.     Eating foods that are high in acid. (example)
7.     Consuming several sodas a day.

Your dental health is so critical to your body health. Keep your smile in great shape and kick these habits to the curb. Contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team for help with your smile.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Friends are out and about, it is almost the season of sunny beaches, BBQ’s with friends and warm weather activities. Instead of staying inside and hiding your smile from people, schedule your cosmetic dental appointment today. Unfortunately, millions of people say that their self-confidence is hindered because of dental related troubles. But this can stop now.

Cosmetic dental procedures are more common now than they were 20 years ago. And the dental procedures available to patients has come a long way. While it may not be done in one session and it may take some time to get your smile back under way, now is your time to shine.  People who have cosmetic dental procedures completed report not only higher incidences of self-confidence and feeling more like their old selves. Don’t way for another summer to pass you by while sitting on the sidelines. Get the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve.

There are a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that may be the right fit for you. One size does not fit all so it is critically important that you contact Dr. Judy Strutz and schedule your first cosmetic dental appointment in order to determine the best way to meet your smile needs. For more information about improving your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Do You Have A Stutter

You may have had a stutter throughout your entire life that impacts your social life now. Maybe you have found ways to get around it and work through it until you are in the middle of a bunch of people staring at you. It is okay, there now may be a procedure that can help. If you have tried other things and stuttering is still a problem you are facing, contact Dr. JudyStrutz and her team and schedule a consultation for Lip or Tongue-tie laser surgery.

It was believed a few years ago that lip and tongue ties only impacted babies when they were breastfeeding, but recent research shows us that not only can a tongue tie that goes untreated cause problems for a little one trying to learn to read and talk, it can have long-lasting problems for individuals as well, and one of those problems are stuttering.

The piece of skin that holds the tongue down is necessary so that there is a structure in place and that your tongue just doesn’t flop around in your mouth, but when this tissue is too tight, it can lead to a host of problems for individuals. New laser procedures can help release this and allow you to live the life you have wanted, free of stuttering.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today.

Are You Comparing?

Do you compare your smile to others? Do you wonder why you don’t have the results you want with your smile and yet others are able to flash their smile around town without hesitation? We live in a world where things are possible, however, you have to be willing to take a leap of faith.

And if you are spending time wondering how to get the smile of your dreams, now is the time to act. No more reason to compare yourself to anyone because your smile is as unique as you are, and with a little help from your cosmetic dentist you can have the smile you deserve.

While it may take time to achieve your results depending on your smile needs, a little bit of time spent with your cosmetic dentist will have you on the right track in no time.

When comparing your smile to others have you always believed that you would never achieve the same results as that someone else? That’s not true because with today’s amazing technology and advancements in dental procedures achieving great results is possible.

For more information or to schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team. Start living your comparison-free life today!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Don’t Leave Your Smile Vulnerable

You deserve to have a beautiful and healthy smile. Do not leave your smile vulnerable to cavities, periodontal disease or missing, cracked or broken teeth. Taking time to visit your cosmetic dentist and receive a consultation on your smile, can ensure you are on the right track. Nowadays, grabbing a soda and candy bar for lunch may be the norm for you. However, that amount of sugar can impact your smile.

There are so many choices you can make during the day. If you are going to consume sugar or a high carbohydrate meal, instead of waiting until bedtime to brush, you might want to consider brushing your teeth or rinsing with water to remove some of the food particles from the surface of your teeth. The longer these items are glued to the enamel on your teeth the more damage that is done. 

If you find you are struggling to have a healthy smile you love, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team. They can help evaluate and work with you on a plan to get your smile back in order. It is critically important you have a healthy smile because if not it can lead to other more detrimental problems later on. 

For more information on improving the look of your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Make A Great First Impression

Too many dental patients around the world admit that their smile is holding them back from the life they want to live. They may be embarrassed, lack self-confidence, not go after the job they want to have, all because their teeth have stains or are broken. There is no reason to continue living with a smile you don't love to show off. Your smile should never impact your desire to live life the way you want to. And, if your smile isn’t all you want, we can help.
There are options for being able to fix a broken or cracked tooth. We know that your smile is such a crucial part of how you identify yourself in your world. Don't suffer alone anymore. Let Dr. Judy Strutz and her cosmetic team help you find a beautiful smile.

Not only can cracked or broken teeth impact your self-confidence, but they can also impact your overall dental health. Some cracks in your teeth may cause pain when eating, swollen gums or you may have teeth that have become sensitive to hot or cold liquids. If you are having any of these problems, don't wait to get help.

For more information on your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team! 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Keep Your Tooth Brush In Great Shape!

Your toothbrush is specially designed with you in mind. The bristles are attached in such a way as to remove items from the surface of your teeth. Without the bristles, food would be able to build up. The longer carbohydrates and other foods stay on the surface of your teeth the more opportunity for decay to happen.

The toothbrush has been around since 3000 BC with just a little bit different design, and while your toothbrush is designed to help you out, it needs to sometimes be changed out. You might be guilty of holding on to your toothbrush for years, but that is not ideal.

The important job of your toothbrush is important and having a top-notch tool to get the job done is even more important. You might be asking yourself, how often should you change out your toothbrush? Or how do you know if your toothbrush is no longer doing the job that it should be doing?

It is recommended by The American Dental Association that you change out your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months. This ensures that the bristles are not worn down and that bacteria, has not built up. And during cold and flu season, if you find yourself ill, change that toothbrush, too.

For more information on your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Stress Free Dental Visit

Experience deep relaxation through a stress-free dental experience. While you may struggle to commit to visiting your cosmetic dentist because of anxiety, your smile, and your self-confidence is worth the visit. Complete these 4 deep relaxing techniques prior to visiting the dentist to help with dental anxiety.

  1. Take deep breaths. If you struggle to have positive thoughts when visiting the dentist focus on your breath. By focusing on your breath, can help ease tension from the shoulders while decreasing the stress in the body. Say in for 5 and out for 5. This helps to keep your mind focused on getting to a place of calm.
  2. Ask questions. Many people struggle to ask questions about procedures for fear of sounding silly. However, the more questions you ask around the cosmetic dental procedures you are having done the more it can help to ease the stress around your procedure.
  3. Say a positive mantra. The negative that comes to mind becomes the negative message that your body responds to. If you are telling yourself that the dental visit is going to be stressful or is going to be painful. That will be what happens. By saying a positive mantra such as this is going to improve my self-esteem or I am going to experience an amazing dental experience. You will find this change in your mind can shift from a negative space to a positive one.

For more information about stress or anxiety and techniques to help you, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Have You Had An Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer can impact any part of the mouth. Your tongue, lips, cheeks or gums. There are several different signs and symptoms of cancer in your mouth. This includes a lump or thickening in the cheek, a sore throat or a sore that does not go away with time. The problem with oral cancer is that most people do not catch it until it is in the later stages.

An oral cancer screening can help to identify, find and treat oral cancer faster in order for you to be able to move on with the other things that are important in your life. Oral cancer is also twice as common in men as in women. Tobacco use can increase the risk of oral cancer.  An oral cancer screening just consists of the dentist checking the inside of your mouth looking for any lesions or unusual bumps in the mouth.

The dentist will most likely put one finger in your mouth, under your tongue and a couple of fingers on the skin under your chin. This exam may be able to find problems sooner and help you take care of the problem. For more information about oral cancer, screeners contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Why You Should Consider A Dental Crown

A crown is an opportunity that a dentist can use to save a tooth that is impacted by discoloration, damaged, a cavity that is too large for a filling, and several other problems you may be facing. The crown goes over the other tooth and protects it from further damage. Here are 3 advantages to a crown you might want to consider.

  1. It lasts a long time. Crowns typically last patients between 5 – 15 years depending on how well you take care of the crown. You will want to brush and floss your teeth like you normally would and watch what types of food you consume to prevent further damage. But if you take create care of the crown it should last.
  2. It is a permanent solution. Once the crown is placed, it stays there. No worry about it falling off or needing to be glued back on. There are rare circumstances where you might have one fall off, but this should not be an issue if you are taking care of your smile.
  3. They hold a cracked or broken teeth together. Once you lose one tooth you are more likely to lose another. Having missing teeth can impact you in a variety of ways. By keeping all of your teeth it ensures a healthy smile for a lifetime.
While a crown might not be a solution or everyone, it may be just what you need. For more information on crowns and other dental procedures, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The New Year Is Here!

Have you had a New Year resolution every year, and for one reason or another, it falls to the waste side? This year, give yourself the gift of a New Years' resolution you can complete. Contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team for a smile makeover. There are many options nowadays to improve your smile. Patients may come in with a feeling of hopelessness, that their smile is always going to look a certain way. However, modern technology has opened up a host of options for people when it comes to their smiles.

For example, Veneers might be a great option for you. These are are a cap that covers the structure of an existing tooth. Sometimes if you have a chipped or broken tooth, veneers might be an option for you. The great thing about veneers is that they cover your existing teeth so you do not have to be subjected to removing teeth to replace a tooth that is cracked or chipped.

Permanent denture. Gone are the days where you have to have a denture that doesn’t fit correctly, falls out or has to be glued to your gums. A more permanent solution is available and offers you the full capacity of what a natural smile would allow you to do. Eat the foods you love, smile, and enjoy a life free from worry that your teeth will fall out at an inopportune time. Everyone deserves a healthy smile that they love and now that option can be yours.

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