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Don’t Let Dental Fear Hurt Your Smile

May 10, 2019

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

Oral Conscious Sedation Some  dental patients experience severe anxiety when visiting a dentist. At Ritchie Dental Group, in Marble Falls and Brady, we can help tame that anxious feeling. You can calmly keep your wellness routines of visiting the dentist twice a year and take care of any necessary treatments as well.

With oral conscious sedation, it is possible to relax during dental procedures instead of being tense and fearful. Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry are all terms used to describe this type of treatment. In addition to alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation can help Marble Falls  dental patients with a variety of conditions.

You may want to consider oral conscious sedation if you have any of the following issues:

  • Strong gag reflex
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A history of negative dental experiences
  • Trouble controlling body movement due to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or related condition
  • Need extensive dental treatment

If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these factors, let us help you. We can give you information about sedation options so you can decide which one is right for you.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we offer general and family dentistry as well as cosmetic dental treatments. We do all we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Call us today to see if conscious sedation is right for you!

 

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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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

 

5 Cavity Basics

April 19, 2019

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

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The desire to prevent cavities is one of the main reasons people go to the  dentist. In this post from Ritchie Dental Group, we are going to highlight 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings arise. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to cavities are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you observe any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among youngsters, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is straightforward. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, skip frequent snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Marble Falls and Brady areas, give Ritchie Dental Group a call. We offer general and family dentistry, and cosmetic 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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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. orcelain 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, Drs. Greg Ritchie and his wife, Mendy 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 orcelain 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

 

Save Your Breath

March 8, 2019

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

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This post from the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most common is inadequate oral hygiene. Often, halitosis ensues midday due to the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food bits on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the offensive odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of halitosis, many circumstances can contribute to or worsen the problem. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland trouble or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

  • Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
  • Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
  • Use a tongue spray or scraper
  • Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
  • Chew sugarless gum
  • Brush and floss after each meal
  • Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
  • Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out

Remember, the best defense is a offense – in this case, brushing, flossing, and regular visits with the dentist.

If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

At Ritchie Dental Group, with offices in Marble Falls and Brady TX, we offer a full range of general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleanng and 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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Questions to Ask Your Dentist in Marble Falls

March 1, 2019

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

Questions To Ask Your Marble Falls Dentist Dentist in Marble Falls Sometimes Marble Falls residents research their mechanic or hairdresser more thoroughly than their dental professional. Shouldn’t your dental care be far more critical than the condition of your car or the style of your hair? At Ritchie Dental Group, we love to answer questions about all facets of dentistry. For instance, you may have questions about your dentist’s training and experience. Dr. Ritchie has been performing complex dental procedures since 2000. If you have questions about the dental school Dr. Ritchie attended, be sure to ask about it during your next consultation.

Questions for Your Dentist in Marble Falls

You probably have questions about the types of procedures your dentist in Marble Falls offers. These may include dental crowns, braces, fillings, dental bridges, root canals, dental bonding, white fillings, and gum contouring. These services may not be critical to you now, but it is a good idea to have an understanding of your options. If you are contemplating smile restoration, tooth implants, or tooth whitening, discuss cosmetic dentistry care with your dentist in Marble Falls. Look at before and after pictures and ask your dentist which procedures may be right for you.

Schedule an Appointment

At Ritchie Dental Group, we offer the full menu of general and dental services including Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Furthermore, our dental hygienists perform the most thorough deep dental cleanings of any practice in Texas. If you haven’t run your tongue along smooth, tartar-free teeth in a while, come in for a dental cleaning. It’s a wonderful feeling! We welcome questions about all aspects of Ritchie Dental Group. Call us today at 830-637-7227 to have your questions answered. We look forward to hearing from you and your family.

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 Ways Dental Crowns in Horseshoe Bay Restore Smiles

February 14, 2019

Filed under: Dental Crowns,Family dentistry,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:08 pm

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play a key role in Ritchie Dental Group cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth. Dental crowns in Horseshoe Bay are used for several common dental problems:

  • An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
  • A broken tooth
  • A tooth with acute decay
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that prevents a proper bite

The Purpose of Dental Crowns in Horseshoe Bay

Dental crowns in Horseshoe Bay serve both structural and aesthetic purposes. They protect a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. Plus, a crown can save a tooth from extraction and the ensuing bone loss. Cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like all teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gum line could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package; don’t bite and pull.

Schedule an Appointment

Greg and Mendy Ritchie can counsel you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. For information on dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Ritchie Dental Group today at 830-637-7227 or visit our website. We would be happy to help you improve your overall dental health with general and cosmetic dentistry in Burlington.

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

Oral Health in Marble Falls: How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

February 8, 2019

Filed under: Bad Breath,Family dentistry,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:17 am

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush? Oral Health in Marble Falls

As you stand over your sink and ponder the frayed bristles of your cherished toothbrush, do you think about replacing it? It’s a good question. We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets. As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to your oral health in Marble Falls.

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush is an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.

Flat or frayed bristles are less effective and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage to your gums. So how often should you change your toothbrush? Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush. Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. Your local Marble Falls Texas dental professionals at Ritchie Dental Group do, too.

The reasons to replace your toothbrush includes worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective at maintaining good oral health in Marble Falls. Bacteria can also build up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life. Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time to replace your toothbrush. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new Texas season to keep it fresh and effective. For more information about services such as orthodontics, laser dentistry, and general dentistry, call our office 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

Chipped Tooth in Horseshoe Bay? No Need To Panic

January 25, 2019

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth in Horseshoe Bay. You can either panic, or you can visit an experienced dental practice such as Ritchie Dental Group and move on with your life. At Ritchie Dental Group, we can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly performing the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even dental crowns can impact the course of treatment, so be sure to schedule a consultation with us before you take your next step.

Is There a Dental Emergency?

Have you recently chipped a tooth in Horseshoe Bay? Time is often an important factor when it comes to a dental repair so don’t wait. Call 830-637-7227 to schedule an appointment during a dental emergency. We’ve been around since 2000 – serving your neighbors in Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, and Burnet. Our team loves improving smiles for our patients. Don’t be afraid to drop by our office and meet our friendly staff.

Want To Improve Your Smile Even More?

When Marble Falls residents need Invisalign, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Meadowlakes patients have needed cosmetic dentistry, we’ve been happy to answer any questions they have. When you need dental implants, we are thrilled with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you. This is because we love it when patients leave our office with a smile on their face. Interested in the miracles that cosmetic dentistry has to offer? Well, we offer porcelain veneers, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, and teeth whitening. Trust Dr. Ritchie to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. And no worries. Just sit back and relax. Our friendly team at Ritchie Dental Group looks forward to seeing you.

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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