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May 15, 2020

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

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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

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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

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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/

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30-693-8833

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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

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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

Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

September 20, 2019

Filed under: Dental health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:06 am

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At the Ritchie Dental Group, we’d like to focus on an article that appeared in ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health issues, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some managable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone.

We see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. 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.

 

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830-637-7227

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Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

 

The Benefits of Laser Dentistry

August 23, 2019

Filed under: Dental health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:19 am

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At Ritchie Dental Group,our patients are treated like family.

You know what puts a smile on my face? When I use advanced cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile transformation for one of my patients.

Our team can guarantee you quality preventative, restorative, general, and cosmetic dental care.

Laser Dentistry

Let’s discuss laser dentistry. It may sound scary, but laser dentistry provides a fantastic alternative to drills. Many services performed with lasers don’t require patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Less Stress

Many patients become distressed while waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. My patients also appreciate going home without a numb mouth or drool dripping down their chin.

People in need of oral surgery will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are performed with lasers are:

  • infected root canal treatment,
  • gum and bone reshaping,
  • wisdom teeth extraction, and
  • teeth whitening.

Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles. Our practice specializes in:

We hope to hear from you soon! Call us today for 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

 

Source:
“What is Laser Dentistry?,” Know Your Teeth, February 2011, http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=L&iid=780&aid=3803

 

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Horseshoe Bay!

August 16, 2019

Filed under: Dental health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:17 am

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Horseshoe Bay!

These days Horseshoe Bay residents are more conscious of their health than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. You want your smile to compliment and enhance your physical and mental condition. Here at Ritchie Dental Group, we want to make sure that our patients have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step towards great oral health. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth. Also, regular check-ups and cleanings with your Horseshoe Bay dentist are a must.

Another way to get those teeth looking beautiful is by undergoing some routine cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you want to close spaces between the teeth, improve your gumline, or repair chips or cracks in the teeth, then dental bonding, gum recontouring, crowns, or porcelain veneers might be what you need.

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

 

Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

August 9, 2019

Filed under: Dental health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:02 am

Ritchie Dental Group serving Brady and Marble Falls can help you maintain your beautiful smile. As both general and cosmetic dentists, they can improve your oral health as well as brighten your smile.

Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups with your dentist are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  1. Gums that bleed often
  2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  4. Loose gums
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles. Our practice specializes in:

We hope to hear from you soon! Call us today for 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

 

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

May 3, 2019

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

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we don’t think that is enough. For the best in dental health, you should see us for a checkup every six months.

Some people don’t even see the dentist once a year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less than that, and some go for five years without sitting down in a dentist chair.

There are a lot of reasons to see us every six months. Here are some of them:

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Oral cancer is a serious problem. The risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, but the risk is there for everyone.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can mitigate the risk. Oral cancer is very treatable, but you have to catch it early. Frequent visits to Ritchie Dental Group can help you avoid this potentially life-threatening problem.

2. Cavity Damage

Almost everyone gets cavities. They are a fact of life.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early enough and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist because they are associated with pain.

However, the fact is the opposite. People who visit the dentist more frequently have fewer cavities. Early treatment of cavities can be less invasive, and even cosmetically favorable. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

Visiting Ritchie Dental Group can help you avoid cavities all together with regular checkups and cleaning.

3. Gum disease

Like cavities, gum disease is associated with discomfort. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Visiting us more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. We can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Ritchie Dental Group can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you identify harmful habits and can prescribe procedures or treatments to help you recover.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

Most of the reasons we have discussed so far involve oral inspection. However, has the ability to look deeper with x-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way and can be a great way to spot potential problems before they become visible. Your dentist is trained to look at x-rays to find common problems. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs,

Frequent visits to Ritchie Dental Group can help you see below the surface and catch problems before they arrive.

6. More Than Just Teeth

The professionals at Ritchie Dental Group are concerned about more than just your teeth. We care about your overall health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth and that includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

A regular visit to our office can help you avoid health issues that can affect your overall health.

Visiting the dentist every six months can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with 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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Making Life Sweet?

April 26, 2019

Filed under: Dental health,General Dentistry — PM Blogger @ 8:00 am

Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX, we want to remind you what sugar can do to your teeth, and what you can do about it.

We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day. That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association!

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

Of course, some things are obvious. Eliminate or minimize the sweet stuff, like soda, candy, cookies, cakes, and donuts. Sweet things may seem to make life worthwhile, but there is a high cost.

If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you might try softening the blow by eating more fruit. The natural sugars in fruit aren’t as harmful as those in processed foods. And remember this: a very wise person once said that we like the things that we learn to like.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX we care about the dental health of each of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush your teeth at least twice a day, don’t forget to floss, and see us for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with 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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