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Signs Of Oral Cancer: What Not To Ignore

June 11, 2021

Filed under: Dental health,Family dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

oral cancer signs Marble FallsThis message from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX focuses on a very serious issue: oral cancer. Oral cancer claims tens of thousands of lives each year, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings at each checkup. Early detection can make all the difference!

At home, you can pay attention for any of the following:

  • A lump or thickening in your throat
  • White or red patches on your tongue, tonsils, or lining of your cheeks and gums
  • Numbness of any oral feature
  • Any type of lesion, cut, or canker-type sore that doesn’t heal within 14 days

If you notice anything unusual, be sure to tell us or your doctor.

We perform basic screenings using Oral DNA testing, which helps to identify problems like oral HPV, which can increase the risk of oral cancer. If we notice anything suspicious, there is no immediate cause for alarm. We won’t know right away if we’re looking at is cancerous, but will probably refer you for additional testing.

Early detection at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX can make all the difference. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to our practice for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

June 4, 2021

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

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Saliva is an important part of good oral health. Without an adequate flow, you’d find it very difficult to chew and swallow. If you have a problem with dry mouth, let us know at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX.

Saliva is produced by several glands in and around the mouth, and it is mostly water. No surprise there! Aside from chewing and keeping your mouth moist, saliva fights germs in your mouth and helps prevent bad breath.

Sometimes people have a reduced flow of saliva, a condition known as xerostomia (pronounced zero-STO-me-uh). It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and can lead to discomfort and swelling.

Many commonly-used medications can cause dry mouth, including:

  • Antihistamines
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Certain blood pressure medicine
  • Antidepressants
  • Certain pain medication

Dry mouth can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so if these symptoms sound familiar to you, let us know.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, we keep a close watch on the oral health of our patients. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Why the TikTok Teeth Filing Trend is Extremely Dangerous

May 31, 2021

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 1:13 pm
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If you’re not on TikTok, chances are, you know someone who is. It’s one of the newest social media platforms to plague the internet and is home to many emerging trends, one of which has dentists sounding the alarm.

The latest has people doing “veneer checks” which shows them filing down their own teeth in preparation for veneers, without the supervision of a dental professional. Dental TikTok trends like this can do some serious damage to your teeth, and viewers should be aware of the dangers before it’s too late.

Read on as we explain how this new trend can permanently damage your teeth and what your dentist can do to safely improve your smile.  

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What Can Fluoride Do For You?

May 28, 2021

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

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This post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX focuses on fluoride. What is it, exactly, and why is it so good for your dental health?

The Miracle Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. It is found in different foods as well as in water. Many cities adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water.

Fluoride is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it helps to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth stronger resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Essential for Young Teeth

Fluoride is especially important for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Fluoride exposure is extremely helpful for creating a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.

But fluoride is good for adult teeth, too! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, you can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings.

Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX is a full-service practice offering complete general and family dentistry. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to our office for dental implants, and much more. Please call to schedule a cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

May 21, 2021

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

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The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night, either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. But sometimes hiccups in the schedule can knock you off a well-established routine. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, we have some thoughts on that.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. An irregular schedule generally disrupts regular dental maintenance. What are you to do?

One suggestion is to try doing a better job at cleaning your teeth during the day. One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. It’s no substitute for brushing, of course, but will give your entire mouth a quick cleansing.

A quick brushing is good, too. An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothpaste. Yes, it sounds a bit strange – but it’s effective, especially if you can use a little water, too. (We’ve heard of dentists who do it themselves.) It isn’t the way you would brush at home, but it’s going to clean your gums and the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is carrying floss picks with you.

The most important time to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. Otherwise, these foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth.

We know that life gets busy, but hiccups in your dental routine can damage your teeth if you aren’t careful. The best approach is to brush and floss before bed, and see us at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX for a checkup every six months. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes see us for restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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6 Reasons to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth This Summer

May 17, 2021

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 8:36 pm

Image used for impacted wisdom teethIf you need your wisdom teeth removed, you’re not alone. At least 10 million third molars are extracted annually. If you’ve been delaying your procedure until you have more flexibility in your schedule, don’t wait any longer. Summer is the ideal opportunity for the extractions. Here are 6 reasons it’s the best time to see your dentist.

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Go Back In Time

May 14, 2021

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

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So you’ve lost some teeth and hesitate to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and regain that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, you can!

A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A supporting device (called an abutment) and crown connect to the post.

For most patients, a dental implant is the ideal replacement for a missing tooth, because it replaces both the root and crown. They feel so authentic that some people forget they’re there!

While a single implant can support one artificial tooth, multiple implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.

Dental implants are available here at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to our office for complete general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Hiding Your Smile? Ritchie Dental Group Can Help

May 7, 2021

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

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Some people don’t think their smile is much of an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious Internet videos—none of these can induce a smile or laugh. If this sounds familiar, then maybe you would like some specifics about complete smile makeovers from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX.

Lots of people are hesitant to reveal their smiles due to one flaw or another. We can improve smiles damaged by a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, stains, and even crooked or missing teeth.

Many people start with teeth whitening. This swiftly creates a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly impressive.

Other procedures that enhance the look of your teeth include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, and bonding.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX cosmetc dentistry means sound dental techniques that bring positive change to the smiles of our patients. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Want To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

April 23, 2021

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

cosmetic dentistry Marble FallsTooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body, but teeth are not indestructable. To keep them healthy and problem-free, the team at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX recommends (strongly!) you avoid the following.

1. Chewing on hard foods

We’re looking at you Unpopped popcorn kernels and hard candy.

2. Chewing on hard things

This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.

3. Grinding your teeth

If you grind your teeth, counsel with your dentist. An appliance can shield your smile.

4. Eating too much sticky food

Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can break teeth.

5. Drinking anything besides water frequently

If your teeth are bathed in soda (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks consistently, you are asking for dental issues.

6. Playing sports without a mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most children are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field. But fewer adults wear mouthguards for recreational activities like mountain biking and skiing. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the cheap boil-and-bite type.

7. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

A hard-bristled tooth brush can weaken teeth and cause gums to pull away. Scrub away food bits and plaque with a soft (or extra-soft) toothbrush.

8. Ignoring dry mouth

Saliva is important. This helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. It also helps clean the teeth of leftover food bits, helping to prevent plaque buildup. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, can lead to tooth decay. Talk to your dentist if you have dry mouth often.

9. Using teeth as tools

Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or pry the lid of a medicine bottle. Use a nutcracker if you are eating unshelled nuts. A quality dental crown can cost over eight hundred dollars.

10. Ignoring bad breath

Bad breath is often linked to bacteria build-up in the mouth. It might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with your dentist. (Don’t be embarrassed. We treat bad breath all the time.)

11. Ignoring jaw pain

If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

If you’ve already damaged a tooth, we can repair it at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX. There are a number of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments for chipped or cracked teeth. We’ve helped patients throughout Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Let’s Make A Plan

April 16, 2021

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

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If you’re like most of us, you’d like to have the best smile possible. Have you given much thought to improving yours? At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we have some thoughts on that. Cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference, but a great smile often comes down to making a plan and sticking to it.

One of the best things you can do for your smile is to brush and floss your teeth every single day. Twice a day is even better! In this way you’ll keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and it will shine through every time you smile.

How can cosmetic dentistry help? Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your teeth and smile. The most popular techniques include:

  • Teeth whitening. Sure, there are plenty of whitening products available at any grocery store. None of them can match the power of professional whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that we attach to the fronts of your teeth. They’ll cover chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. The difference is startling!
  • Dental Implants. Implants are the ultimate improvement and should be on the plan of anyone missing one or more teeth. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support a single replacement tooth, a dental bridge, and even dentures.

One last thing to make part of your dental plan: checkups at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes maintain their dental health with regular visits. Our services include restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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