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Wisdom Teeth Extraction At Ritchie Dental Group

September 11, 2020

Filed under: Dental health,Family dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 pm

Marble Falls Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX generally recommends removal.

Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their awkward positioning can increase risk of decay and gum disease.

Additionally, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common issue for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

Because we are an urgent care dental practice, we are skilled at tooth extractions. This includes wisdom teeth.

What should you expect after wisdom teeth extraction?

Ritchie Dental Group recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.

Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is critical that you meet with us ASAP.

We recommend an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we have long experience with wisdom teeth. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to us for general and family dentistry. Call for 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

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Oral Cancer: Early Diagnosis Makes A Big Difference

August 21, 2020

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

oral cancer screening Marble Falls

Cancer remains one of the scariest diagnoses anyone can get. Oral cancer is especially frightening, because it generally has a higher mortality rate than other cancers. Please keep reading this post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, because we actually have some encouraging things to say.

The reason that the death rate for oral cancer tends to be higher than in other types is not because of the disease itself, or that it’s hard to diagnose. The reason is that it is often discovered late in its development. The oral cancer screenings we provide might just save the life of someone you love.

The symptoms for oral cancer don’t always produce any pain or other obvious symptoms. That’s why it tends to be discovered in later stages. The goal of our screenings is to detect any precancerous lesions that could develop into cancer.

When oral cancer is found in its early stages, of course, the chances for successful treatment are at their highest.

If you have any concerns about the state of your oral health, be sure to talk to us about it at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX. General and family dentistry services include Oral DNA testing, which help assess your risk of oral cancer. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to our office for restorative dentistry. Call 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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The Ritchie Dental Group Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

July 17, 2020

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

gum disease Marble Falls

Hearing that you have gum disease can be upsetting, and really take you off-guard. Its progression is slow, and usually painless. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, TX, it’s something we take very seriously.

What can you do to prevent gum disease? The best thing you can do is to take good care of your teeth and gums. That means brushing and flossing your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact – and seeing us regularly for a professional cleaning and checkup.

Brush at least two minutes; three is even better. Use a timer if it helps.

  • Use a light touch. Don’t brush too hard; this can actually damage teeth and gums. Think of it more as massaging. Be sure to brush along your gumline. This is very important, because plaque accumulates there.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Like brushing too hard, hard bristles can damage teeth and gums. Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once each day. There are lots of types of dental floss available. Choose whichever type you like; just be sure to use it. Once a day is enough for most people. Between meals, you might think about carrying inter-dental cleaners in your purse, briefcase, or backpack. Do not use toothpicks, though.

A mouth rinse can help, too. It is, of course, no substitute for brushing and flossing, but a rinse can further reduce plaque.

A few other things you can do:

  • Don’t smoke. Tobacco contributes to gum disease, and to cancer too. That includes e-cigarettes.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Nutrients like vitamins A andC help prevent gum disease. Avoid, or at least minimize, sugary and starchy foods.
  • Avoid certain medications. Antidepressants,and oral contraceptives can aggravate gum disease. Ask your prescribing doctor.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, TX, we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and trust us with their dental health. Call to schedule your next 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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Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

July 3, 2020

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

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This post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX examines eruption charts.

An eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, on average, they come out, or ‘erupt’ from the gums. An eruption chart shows when you can expect children’s teeth to come in and out.

Dentists use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

If you have a toddler who has not yet had their first dental exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to bring their child in for a dental exam before their first birthday.

A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for kids. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining ideal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.

When children develop healthy oral practices, you avoid the need for costly restorative dental work down the road. Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX our services include pediatric dentistry. Parents from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes trust us with their children’s dental health. Other services include complete general and family dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Why Your Child Needs Pediatric Dental Cleanings

June 19, 2020

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

In this post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX, we look at children’s dental cleanings.

Does your child need a professional dental cleaning if you practice dental hygiene at home?

Short answer? Yes.

Let’s discuss it.

Daily brushing along with cleanings and checkups are both essential. They reinforce each other. They work in tandem to protect your child’s smile as they grow.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing—help your child brush their teeth then clean thoroughly afterwards
  • Flossing—start as soon as your toddler has two adjacent teeth
  • Healthy diet–limit sugary snacks and beverages
  • Regular pediatric dental cleanings with a fluoride treatment
  • Regular examinations

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate even with proper dental hygiene.

At Ritchie Dental Group our services include pediatric dentistry. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes trust us with their little ones’ dental health, and also trust our complete general and family dentistry. We also have an office in Brady TX. 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

 

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Why Visit The Dentist?

June 5, 2020

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

Why Visit The Dentist?

At Ritchie Dental Group in Mable Falls and Brady TX, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one. There are some very good reasons for that.

Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. We’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth: that hardened plaque you can’t get off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it removes any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

Why should you visit the dentist? Your dental health is important to your overall health! At Ritchie Dental Group in Mable Falls and Brady TX, we’ll take good care of your dental health. Our patients come from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes for our general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and so much more. Schedule your next checkup 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

 

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Just Chill

May 15, 2020

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

Marble Falls sedation dentistry

If you are one of those people who gets tense just thinking about your next dental checkup, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered here at Ritchie Dental Group.

Millions of people stress out when they have to see the dentist. Some of them would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. Trust us, this is a bad idea: it puts your dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. Whatever it is, we want you to get the treatment you need, without needless anxiety.

We offer two types of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.

Whatever it is that stresses you about the dentist, we don’t want you to compromise your dental health by skipping checkups. Sedation dentistry from Ritchie Dental Group may be just for you. We have offices in Marble Falls & Brady, TX, and people come to us from Kingsland, and Meadowlakes for complete general and family 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

 

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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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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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Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

October 4, 2019

Filed under: Dental health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:12 am

gum disease treatment Marble Falls

When most people think of periodontal disease they think it’s limited strictly to the mouth. Did you know it is also linked to systemic diseases? That’s why our team at Ritchie Dental Group believes in educating our patients in the Brady and Marble Falls, Texas area about the merits of maintaining optimal oral health. Oral health and overall health are directly connected!

What do your gums do?

The soft tissue in your mouth, like skin, has an important job. It protects the roots of your teeth. It also provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. Plus the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. As the disease proceeds, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

What causes periodontitis?

Bacteria are always present in the oral cavity. When it is left on the teeth and gums, it turns into plaque. Plaque is a thick coating of bacteria on your gums and teeth. Plaque accumulates if it is not removed by rinsing, brushing, and flossing. If plaque builds up in the pockets, the gums can start loosening. When plaque hardens, it is called tartar or calculus. You can’t brush away tartar with your toothbrush. You need to have a professional dental cleaning.

What are signs of gum disease?

  • Inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Detached gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Teeth that appear longer
  • Growing spaces between teeth
  • Changes in your bite

How does periodontitis threaten your health?

Gum disease increases your risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Low infant birth weight

Can gum disease be prevented?

Yes. Daily dental hygiene, professional dental cleanings, and a healthy, balanced diet help keep gums healthy. For more  information on periodontitis treatment or to schedule a gum disease exam, call us.  Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. Call us 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

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