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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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Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

April 17, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Emergency,General Dentistry,Sedation Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 10:46 pm

Horseshoe Bay Sedation  Dentistry If you are afraid of your dentist, you are not alone. At Ritchie Dental Group, we encounter many nervous dental patients. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment, and earn lifelong patients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended care. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including oral conscious sedation. This allows our dentistry patients to make educated decisions about their oral health and necessary dental procedures.

2) Dr. Greg Ritchie practices gentle, pain-free dentistry.  Dental treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

Speak up immediately if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, administer an additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Ritchie Dental Group, we never rush dental treatment.

3) We provide many in-office amenities at Ritchie Dental Group which help our dental patients concentrate on something pleasant during dental treatment. Not every dental patient chooses sleep dentistry. Sometimes chemical-free diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we understand dental anxiety and will help you overcome it. To schedule a friendly consultation, call 830-693-8833 or visit http://www.ritchiedentalgroup.com/.

 

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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When Should My Child Have An Orthodontic Evaluation?

April 3, 2020

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

Child-Friendly Marble Falls Pediatric Dentist

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Ritchie Dental Group we offer:

dental crowns
general dentistry
porcelain veneers

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

 

 

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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7 Ways Bite Abnormalities Hurt Your Child

March 27, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Dentistry,Orthodontics — Ritchie Dental Group @ 4:55 pm

Overbites And Underbites

Some growing mouths develop bite problems.

7 Ways Bite Abnormalities Can Harm Your Child

Jaw alignment issues can cause a range of issues for little ones.

  1. They can hurt!
  2. They can make it difficult to eat a nutritious diet because they curb proper chewing and swallowing
  3. They can delay or prevent normal speech development
  4. They increase the risk of gum disease and decay because oral hygiene is more difficult
  5. Over time, the child can develop a TMJ condition
  6. They can cause a distorted facial shape
  7. Unattractive teeth can cause low self-esteem

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments, including orthodontia.

Bring your child to an orthodontist early!

If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

If you suspect your child has a bite issue, call Ritchie Dental Group.

Malocclusion (literally “bad bite”) is the term used for all kinds of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Let’s talk about the various types of bite abnormalities.

Overbites and Underbites

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

Crossbites

This may sound impossible, but it happens.

Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we diagnose bite abnormalities. Dr. Greg Ritchie provides orthodontic expertise to treat children’s bite problems.

 

 

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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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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Help For Kids With Bite Problems

February 7, 2020

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

Overbites And Underbites

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

Overbites and Underbites

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

Crossbites

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

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

Jaw Alignment Problems

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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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/

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

30-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Toothache? Broken Braces? Knocked-Out Tooth?

January 10, 2020

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

Bad Breath Treatment Horseshoe Bay

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

Toothache

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

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

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

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

Call Ritchie Dental Group if you have a toothache.

Broken Braces

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

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

Knocked-Out Tooth

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

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

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

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

We perform:

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

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

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

January 3, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Implants,Denture implants,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 3:39 pm

implant dentures Marble Falls

1. Dentures are not the only replacement selection for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a better option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has vital implications. Dental implants can prevent bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can deliver patients the near-normal ability to talk and chew.

2. There is more than one variety of dentures. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some original teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or detachable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a well-suited candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment bone in some cases. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Ritchie to find out if you are a well-suited candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice proper oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s essential that you have a twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is a crucial component of overall physical well-being. Dr. Ritchie will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

 

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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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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