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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

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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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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

July 24, 2020

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

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At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we encourage people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  If you skip a checkup because you don’t think you have any decay, remember that one of the great benefits is an getting an oral cancer screening.

Oral cancer claims almost 10,000 lives in the United States every year. If you smoke or have contracted HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

Here are five critical things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of those who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce indistinct symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be evaluated by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than do whites.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we use Oral DNA testing to help us diagnose and monitor things like oral HPV. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes appreciate our thorough care, and come to us for general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule a checkup 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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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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Retaining Brightness After Teeth Whitening Treatment

May 8, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Teeth Whitening — Ritchie Dental Group @ 12:11 am

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If you decide to brighten your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment, you want the results to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the same things that stained your teeth prior to the treatment can stain them after the treatment. Over time, common staining will take place. To help slow down that process, Ritchie Dental Group offers helpful recommendations to make your brilliant smile last.

Do’s

First, rinse daily with an anti-cavity rinse. This boosts dental hygiene, cuts down on bacteria, slows the buildup of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an extra whitening agent which will help increase the results of the whitening treatment.

Don’ts

There are some daily practices to avoid because they will stain your teeth over time. These include drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot entirely cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.

Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and thin enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.

Artificial coloring in any food item can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.

Remember the Basics

We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth normally a couple of times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes using short brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, as well as the inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will benefit oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.

It doesn’t take too much effort or money to make your whitened smile last. If you have any questions or would like additional tips on how to retain your fresh, white smile, call Ritchie Dental Group.

 

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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5 Compelling Reasons To Consider Dental Sealants For Your Child

September 6, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:47 am

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The team at Richie Dental Group wants to keep their patients healthy. A key factor to good dental health is having sealants placed on back molars.

Why to Consider Dental Sealants

  1. Children without sealants have almost three times more tooth decay than children with sealants. (Centers For Disease Control)
  2. Your dental insurance plan may cover sealants For parents without dental insurance, sealants are worth the price. You will likely skip fillings and additional dental visits. Ritchie Dental Group recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
  3. With proper care, sealants can last for many years. They protect your child during the years they are most likely to get cavities. By practicing proper oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects, your child can maximize their lifespan.
  4. The application process is painless. Our team will clean, dry and then place the liquid sealant material to your child’s teeth. It hardens quickly. Your youngster won’t need to skip meals after the procedure.
  5. In some situations, we can place sealants over existing tooth decay to prevent further damage. Dr. Ritchie will determine if your child is a good candidate for this application.

Sealants, oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and dental cleanings are essential for pediatric dental 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.

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

 

Choosing A Toothbrush For Your Child

July 5, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:29 am

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At Ritchie Dental Group, our team members are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be as challenging as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.

Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child

Your child’s toothbrush should fit in their mouths and be easy to hold and use. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. It’s also important that they like their toothbrush (think Princess vs Astronaut) so pick one out together. If they like it, it will be more fun to use and less of a brushing battle.

Babies and Toddlers

Although many parents use a damp washcloth, you can start using a gentle baby toothbrush with your little one even before they have any teeth. Babie’s toothbrushes have very small heads designed to fit inside their mouth. Starting to brush this early gets them used to the toothbrushing routine and also keeps their gums and erupting teeth clean.

By the age of two, your toddler will probably want to brush their own teeth. Buy a special toddler-sized toothbrush, which should have a small head and large handle. This will make it easier for their hands to hold the brush.  At this age, they will need help from you after they’ve brushed.

Older Children

Keep buying child-sized toothbrushes. They’re not ready for an adult version until they’re adult-sized. They still need supervision in brushing. Once they can tie their own shoes, they’re able to brush on their own. Of course, reminders still come in handy!

Visiting the dentist every six months can help your child maintain a healthy mouth and good oral health habits. 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

 

3 Reasons for an Early Summer Visit for Your Child with the Dentist in Marble Falls

May 31, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry — ritchie @ 4:32 pm

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What great adventures do you have planned for this summer for your family? Are you going out of town? Visiting relatives? Going to the beach? Whatever you end up doing, you are excited to have more quality time with your child. Well, mixed in with all the fun is something important that you don’t want to forget—your child’s semiannual visit to the dentist in Marble Falls. In this post, you’ll learn three reasons why you should schedule this appointment early in the summer while school is out. (more…)

3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

April 12, 2019

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

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Many of our Ritchie Dental Group patients really want to know if they are brushing correctly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. At Ritchie Dental Group we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will perform the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are pliable before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to clean the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve fantastic dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is critical. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of  buildup.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX, services include general and family dentistry. Schedule an 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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A Facelift For Your Teeth?

April 5, 2019

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Have you ever wished for a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your solution! Porcelain Veneers are an effective and versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure that we at Ritchie Dental Group offer to our clients in the Marble Falls, Texas area.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth and are a terrific way to fix a myriad of tooth imperfections, particularly if you have:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Unevenly worn teeth
  • Cracks in teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Minimal Misalignment.

Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth. Porcelain Veneers are more durable than Dental Bonding, which is sometimes used to fix the same varieties of imperfections. Dental Bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the relative costs of the two procedures.

How many Veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to enhance and the overall condition of your teeth. at our Marble Falls, Texas dental office, Dr. Greg Ritchie will advise you on the most effective strategy.

The thickness, enamel color, alignment, and shape of your teeth influence the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them created in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the Veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to construct the Veneers to the perfect size, shape, color, and extent of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians (yes, like ours) elevate the level of artistry in this. It is an involved process, but we are committed to seeing it through.

Many patients wonder if Veneers are as durable as their natural teeth. Though the Veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth very slightly, with proper care, Veneers can last up to 15 years. Our team can advise you in detail on proper care of Porcelain Veneers .

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for flawless Porcelain Veneers, give us a call at Ritchie Dental Group. We have been serving the general and cosmetic dentistry needs of those in the Marble Falls, Texas area since 2000. Our cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry services also include:

  • Zoom! Teeth Whitening
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign Clear Braces
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings and Restorations

Give us a call today so that we may help make you one more satisfied patient!

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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