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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Baby: Pediatric Dentistry in Marble Falls

May 4, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Pediatric Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Marble Falls dental exam during pregnancy

Women who are pregnant understand that carrying a precious baby can not only consume your time, but your attention. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls we practice pediatric dentistry, and remind you not to forget your needs and your stamina during these vital months.

It’s vital to understand that all of the changes your body experiences during pregnancy also affect the mouth. Changes in your hormonal balance are required for growing a new life, but they can also compromise your oral health during pregnancy. Your gums are especially susceptible. In fact, the American Dental Association has conducted studies that show a slightly increased risk of low birth weight and pre-term infants in mothers with periodontal disease.

If you are already pregnant but haven’t seen us in a while, we encourage you to have an exam. We can check your teeth and gums and advise you if any changes to your dental hygiene routine are needed. If there are issues such as gingivitis, we’ll want to monitor them throughout your pregnancy.

Any treatment – meaning anything beyond an exam and cleaning – can, we hope, wait until after your child arrives. If you have a dental emergency that needs to be addressed before delivery, the best time is during the second trimester. Modern x-ray methods are extremely safe but should be avoided if possible throughout your pregnancy.

When you arrive for your exam, be sure to tell us that you are pregnant. If your doctor has given you special instructions concerning your condition, let us know. In addition, give us a list of all the medications and vitamins you are taking. Throughout your pregnancy, be sure to see us immediately if you experience any changes to your teeth or gums.

Remember, your diet significantly impacts your baby’s health and development, as well as the condition of your teeth. A diet low in vital nutrients can impede your baby’s tooth and bone development.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we provide quality dental care and pamper our patients who are expecting. Once your baby arrives, remember we practice pediatric dentistry and should see your bundle of joy by the first birthday or first tooth, whichever comes first. We also general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr.
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Your Pediatric/Children’s Dentist Explains How a Healthy Diet Helps Your Child’s Smile

April 27, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 4:48 pm

child eating healthy snackIt’s a sad fact that children tend to gravitate toward unhealthy foods. Anything that is loaded with sugar, starch, and saturated fat is the stuff of dreams to them. As a parent, it is part of your job to curb their unwholesome cravings and steer them toward snacks that will benefit their bodies and their teeth. Your pediatric/children’s dentist in Marble Falls is here to list a few of the benefits that your child will experience if you help them adopt good eating habits.

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The Guide To Teeth Whitening in Marble Falls

April 20, 2018

teeth whitening Marble Falls

So you want to whiten your teeth? It’s an affordable way to upgrade your smile, look younger, and feel more confident when you interact with others. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, there are a few things we recommend when it comes to teeth whitening:

  1. Meet with us for a consultation first. There are several different teeth whitening systems and a consultation will help you establish which treatment plan is best for you.
  2. It is vital that you understand whitening won’t do anything to existing fillings, veneers, or crowns.
  3. During your consultation, decide how many shades lighter you want your teeth to be.
  4. With any teeth whitening system, tooth sensitivity may occur. In most cases, it won’t last for more than a day or so. Call Ritchie Dental Group if it lasts longer.

We offer Zoom! Whitening, which is considered one of the safest and most effective professional-grade whitening procedures available. It uses hydrogen peroxide gels activated by LED lamps to produce dazzling white smiles, in as little as one hour.

Ritchie Dental Group, with offices in Marble Falls and Brady, provides other cosmetic dentistry services, such as porcelain veneers. We also offer general and family dentistry, and love seeing the youngest of your brood for pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Dentures in Marble Falls: Modern Tooth Replacement

April 13, 2018

Filed under: Dental Implants,General Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Burnet tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. They’ve been around for hundreds of years – George Washington wore them – and have improved the lives of thousands of people in Marble Falls.

But they are far from ideal. Among their drawbacks, they can impede such vital functions as chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

In fact, some denture wearers have stopped attending social activities because they are worried about unstable and conspicuous dentures. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures cut down their capacity to taste and/or chew.

Welcome to the twenty-five denture!

Implant-supported dentures are far superior to conventional dentures for many patients. Traditional dentures rest on the wearer’s gums. Implant-anchored dentures, however, snap on to implants in the patient’s jaw.

To be a viable candidate for implant-anchored dentures, the patient must have enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. Implant-anchored dentures are most often used for the lower jaw, which tends to have greater bone mass than the upper.

Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the necessary amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:

  • Increased comfort
  • Natural appearance
  • Normal tooth function
  • Improved durability
  • Better bone retention
  • Denture relines not necessary
  • Minimal gum irritation
  • No denture adhesive necessary

For more details about dental implants, call the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls or Brady to schedule a consultation. The Ritchie Dental Group also provides general and family dentistry, including pediatric dentistry.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Bone Recession Risk? Dental Implants in Marble Falls

April 6, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Implants,Pediatric Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

dental bone grafting Marble Falls

We all know that a healthy smile requires strong teeth and healthy gums, but what about our jaw bones? They also need to be strong, but tooth loss can endanger them. Dental implants from the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls provide a solution.

Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted or knocked out, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed.

A dental implant resolves the problem by providing stimulation similar to the natural root. A titanium post is surgically implanted into the patient’s jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the implant. When it’s finished and healed, it looks and functions like a natural tooth, and gives the jaw bone the support it needs.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we provide restorative dentistry, including dental implants. We also provide cosmetic and pediatric dentistry. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Raise Your Dental IQ: Oral Health in Marble Falls

March 30, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Dentistry,Oral Health,Pediatric Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Raise Your Dental IQ

There are many simple things our Marble Falls patients can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria – and trust us, everyone’s mouth has it.

But bacteria in and of itself isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. You should brush and floss your teeth twice each day.

Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

If you can avoid decay, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as dental implants and crowns.

At your Marble Falls and Brady Dentist, we are passionate about helping patients have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. We provide general and family dentistry, including pediatric dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry.

If you would like to know more about a custom smile makeover, give us a call and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation at your convenience.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Your Children’s Dentist in Marble Falls Helps You Pick Toothpaste

March 15, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 4:31 pm

A squeezed tube of toothpaste.When you go to the oral care aisle at your local grocery store, the options for toothpaste can feel overwhelming. If you just grab the first box of toothpaste that sticks out to you without even reading the label, we honestly don’t blame you. However, if you’re having issues while brushing, it might be because you need to change what toothpaste you’re using. Manufacturers are always trying to better cater to consumers and when it comes to toothpaste, there’s no exception.

That’s why your children’s dentist in Marble Falls is offering a few tips to keep in mind the next time you go shopping and toothpaste is on the list.

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Straight Talk on Straight Teeth in Marble Falls

March 9, 2018

fast braces Marble Falls

Too many people think orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

The fact is that when your teeth are straight and your mouth is uncrowded, you’ll do a much better job of brushing your teeth.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make important daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease usually ensue.

If you think your teeth may be too crowded or if your bite is not properly aligned, then we recommend visiting the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls or Brady. We can evaluate whether you need to see an orthodontist, and then recommend one near you.

Also, if you feel that the appearance of your teeth is an issue, ask us about cosmetic dentistry. There are procedures to improve the appearance of your smile, including teeth whiteningveneers, and restorative dentistry. We provide most general and family dentistry procedures.

Our friendly team can answer any questions you may have about our services. We hope to see you soon!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Your Children’s Dentist in Marble Falls Shows How to Fix Child Habits

February 23, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 4:30 pm

A group of smiling children.As a parent, you’re most likely familiar with many of these common habits your children have. You probably made use of pacifiers and baby bottles to help them relax and to make sure they got fed properly. However, letting them use these devices or practice these habits for too long can negatively affect their developing teeth, according to your children’s dentist in Marble Falls.

Having a healthy smile is far more important than letting them keep habits for years longer than they should be. Keep reading to learn how these habits can affect their primary teeth and when they should stop.

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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

Filed under: Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 6:44 am

how to prevent cavities Marble Falls

At Ritchie Dental Group, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in an intriguing field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play a vital role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes essential minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes affect your saliva’s ability to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the dangerous bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The stability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a vital role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Ritchie Dental Group patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the ability to be passionate about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry, call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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