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When Should My Child Have An Orthodontic Evaluation?

April 3, 2020

Filed under: Dental Crowns,General Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers — Ritchie Dental Group @ 4:59 pm

Child-Friendly Marble Falls Pediatric Dentist

It’s a question that many moms and dads in Marble Falls debate: When should I take my child in for their first orthodontic evaluation? The answer may be a little earlier than you think.

We recommend bringing children in by the age of seven. Even if you don’t see any signs that your child will need braces. It’s essential to have an exam and X-rays to know exactly how tooth development is progressing.

How about dental visits for pediatric dental care? We recommend bringing your child to a family or pediatric dentist by the age of one.

Not only will your dentist want to clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride, but it’s also critical for little ones to get used to seeing the dentist.

Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child will be less likely to require extensive restorative dental work.

If your child is uneasy about visiting Ritchie Dental Group, you might want to bring them in a few days before to visit our office. Call us at
830-637-7227 to set up a time for your child to meet our friendly and comprehensive team.

At Ritchie Dental Group we offer:

dental crowns
general dentistry
porcelain veneers

Dr. Ritchie and your pediatric dentist work together to ensure your child receives the best treatment possible.

 

 

 

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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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Create Perfect Smiles?

March 13, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers,Smile Makeover — Ritchie Dental Group @ 5:53 pm

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Horseshoe Bay Residents Perfect Smiles

Hi! I’m Dr. Greg Ritchie, and I’ve been a dentist here in Marble Falls, TX since 2000. One of my favorite things about being a dentist is seeing how my patients find renewed confidence in themselves after a smile makeover.

If you’ve ever wanted to upgrade your smile, call me today at 830-693-8833 so we can discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.

There have been countless advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry in recent years and you may be surprised to find out what your dentist can do for your smile.

Teeth whitening is a common procedure in dental offices, but the results can be wonderful! Brighter teeth can be the centerpiece of your new, youthful look.

Porcelain veneers are customized to cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for men and women who have chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to fix.

Enamel shaping, bonding, and braces are other critical procedures that can be used to help you achieve an outstanding smile.

So, why wait? Now is the time to get the attractive smile you’ve always wanted, and I’m here to help. The friendly and comprehensive staff here at Ritchie Dental Group would love to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry care or general oral health.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Your Gums are Precious – Here’s How to Care for Them

February 18, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 6:27 pm

young attractive woman smiling while brushing her teethTo put into perspective the importance of your gum health, think of how vital it is to have adequate soil for crops to grow, the latter being equivalent to your teeth. Just as a horticulturist focuses on the condition of the soil, you should apply the same attention to caring for your gums. Not only will this contribute to maintaining functional and attractive teeth, but it will also enhance your overall wellness. Read on to get some expert tips on how to prevent gum disease in Brady.

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Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

February 14, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental health,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 3:11 am

dental implants Marble Falls

Dental implants have rightly been called one of the most significant advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!

Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.

The most important circumstance is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also hinder the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are options. Bone grafting is a simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

Healthy Gum Tissue

A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily dental hygiene, including regular dental visits.

If you’re worried that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 7, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 5:27 pm

Smiling little girl in pigtails brushing her teeth happily

February is about a lot more than Valentine’s Day cards and boxes of chocolate—it’s also National Children’s’ Dental Health Month! The American Dental Association and other organizations have been promoting the importance of great oral hygiene in children every February since 1941. Unfortunately, convincing kids to take care of their teeth can be a challenge sometimes. If teaching your kids about oral health is about as fun as pulling teeth, try these five tips from your children’s dentist in Marble Falls to get your little one excited about taking care of their smile!

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Help For Kids With Bite Problems

Filed under: General Dentistry,Oral Health,Pediatric Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 2:53 pm

Overbites And Underbites

When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, it often creates bite problems.

Overbites and Underbites

When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.

Crossbites

Another related condition is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all forms of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Jaw Alignment Problems

Jaw alignment problems can cause a range of troubles for children. They can suppress proper chewing and swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing pain and affecting speech.

Gum disease and cavities are more difficult to prevent because oral hygiene is a challenge. TMJ disorder over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for little ones affected.

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your youngster has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227. Dr. Greg Ritchie, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in children.

We also perform cosmetic dentistry and dental implants for our Marble Falls area pediatric dental patients.

 

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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How Can Excessively Drinking Alcohol Affect Oral Health?

January 28, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 6:08 am

man preparing to drink alcoholAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consuming 15 or more alcoholic beverages a week for men, and eight or more for women is considered heavy drinking. You’re probably already aware that this isn’t a healthy habit to maintain, but did you know that it can also have serious implications for your oral wellness? As you continue reading, a dentist in Brady explains the connection between excessive drinking, dental issues and life-threatening health problems. By becoming better informed, you can take the appropriate actions to protect yourself!

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Can Teeth Whitening Remove Stubborn Fluorosis Stains?

January 21, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 5:48 am

woman having porcelain veneer placedNo matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to overcome the brownish blemishes that have bespeckled your front teeth. If they’re the result of fluorosis, which is caused by overexposure to fluoride early in life, then vigorous toothbrushing and teeth whitening won’t suffice. Thankfully, there is still help available for you. As you continue reading, you’ll learn about an effective cosmetic dental procedure offered by your dentist in Marble Falls!

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Do Kids Get Periodontal Disease?

January 17, 2020

Filed under: Dental health,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 10:48 pm

kids gum disease treatment Marble Falls

Most Marble Falls moms and dads are concerned about cavities. And rightly so. Tooth decay in children is a serious and widespread disease.

What about kids’ gum disease? Are children at risk for an oral ailment that is commonplace in the adult population?

Short answer: yes.

Let’s discuss it.

Children and teens are at risk of gum disease and the more advanced form called periodontal disease.

What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease are caused by plaque buildup.

Food particles mixed with saliva produce a sticky film called plaque. Plaque generates bacteria. If it is not removed regularly with brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply. The plaque builds up on the teeth.

The gums respond to the bacteria by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.

The American Academy of Periodontology recognizes three types of gum disease in children and teenagers:

  1. Chronic gingivitis
  2. Aggressive periodontitis
  3. Generalized aggressive periodontitis

Chronic gingivitis

This is the most frequent kind of gum disease in children. The gums swell, turn red and may bleed. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor dental hygiene. Proper oral hygiene includes daily brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis can be prevented or reversed with daily oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. If the child doesn’t practice proper dental hygiene, however, the condition can become more severe.

Aggressive periodontitis

Aggressive periodontitis results in bone loss. It may affect only the first molars and incisors. It rarely occurs before puberty. Surprisingly, children with this type of disease may have minimal plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis

This type, though less typical, is most likely to occur at the onset of puberty. It may be present throughout the entire mouth. It creates severe gum inflammation. There are significant amounts of plaque and calculus.

If left untreated, the bone loss becomes so acute the teeth become loose. Then the child is at risk of tooth loss.

4 key findings of gum and periodontal disease in youngsters:

  1. Children and adolescents who are generally healthy can have gum disease.
  2. Hormonal fluctuation that transpires with puberty ups the risk of periodontal disease. Researchers believe hormonal changes decrease the ability of the immune system to resist the bacteria in dental plaque.
  3. Epidemiologic studies indicate that gum disease of varying severity is nearly universal in children and adolescents.
  4. Periodontal disease is more likely to occur in youth ages 12-17 than those younger than 12.

Signs of periodontal disease:

  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Unusually large spaces between teeth
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • Changes in bite alignment

At Ritchie Dental Group, we treat all pediatric oral conditions including gingivitis and periodontal disease. Twice-yearly dental cleanings and examinations are important. If you are looking for an experienced, friendly pediatric dentist, we invite you to call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid=p01865

https://www.aapd.org/research/oral-health-policies–recommendations/periodontal-diseases-of-children-and-adolescents/

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

30-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Toothache? Broken Braces? Knocked-Out Tooth?

January 10, 2020

Filed under: Dental Crowns,Emergency,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 3:58 pm

Bad Breath Treatment Horseshoe Bay

Let’s consider three dental issues that may require immediate treatment.

Toothache

Most of us experience a toothache at some point in our lives. Even one day with oral pain can seem like an eternity.

A toothache could be a symptom of an abscess. If an abscess progresses, it can destroy the root of the tooth. It can even destroy the surrounding bone.

Possible causes of a toothache are decay, an injury to the tooth, a broken crown, an infection, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

Let Dr. Ritchie take care of you. You will quickly be back to pain-free eating, speaking, and sleeping. What a relief!

Call Ritchie Dental Group if you have a toothache.

Broken Braces

What if one of the wires on your dental braces comes loose? It can damage your teeth or gums. If this happens and you cut the inside of your mouth, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Call Ritchie Dental Group if a wire on your braces breaks. We have extended hours for when an oral problem can’t wait.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We hope this never happens to you. But we are here in the unfortunate event that it does. And it’s not the end of the world.

If a tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done rapidly. Make sure you hold the tooth only by the crown. Never touch the root!

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water. Be careful not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. (This may not be possible with younger children.)

These are just a few of the urgent-care issues we treat at Ritchie Dental Group. But we are also a full-service dental office.

We perform:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Same-day teeth whitening

Save our number in your contacts on your phone. If you have a dental emergency, you can call without delay.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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