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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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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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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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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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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

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

Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

January 11, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:31 am

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, today’s Ritchie Dental Group post is for you. Today’s post discusses dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for Marble Falls teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we see cavities and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating conditions include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion, smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and poor oral health in Brady.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Additionally, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four-year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by Marble Falls adolescents – presumably without their parents’ knowledge.

Malocclusion can make proper brushing and flossing difficult, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD, also known as Temporomandibular Disorder. If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen sees a clicking sound in the jaw joint, call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227 to schedule an exam.

Marble Falls parents of adolescents are well aware that puberty has a significant impact on physical and emotional health. Puberty causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Your dentist can guide you if more frequent professional cleanings are needed to preserve oral health in Brady.

One of the common teen dental issues that impacts most young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they result in problems with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing his or her third molars. If problems appear, your child won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon. If you don’t have a family dentist, Ritchie of Ritchie Dental Group can examine your teen and evaluate X-rays to counsel you on the best course of action for his or her wisdom teeth.

If you are looking for a professional dentist in the Marble Falls area, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Ritchie Dental Group by calling 830-637-7227. We have been providing first-rate dental care to Marble Falls families since 2000.  For more specifics about teen oral health in Brady, call 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

Oral Health in Horseshoe Bay: Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

December 28, 2018

Filed under: Emergency,Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:40 am

 Dental Danger Zone Oral Health in Horseshoe Bay

You would never consider running a red light on a busy Marble Falls street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are risky for your oral health in Horseshoe Bay. Today, we want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Dental Danger Zone for Oral Health in Horseshoe Bay

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing, but it can be dangerous to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without needed mouth protection is also a risk that no one should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could take place, then get to the nearest sporting goods store and purchase a mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouth guard.

Another hazard to oral health in Horseshoe Bay is using your teeth to open anything. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Scheduling an Emergency Appointment

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our friendly and comprehensive staff and we’ll see how we can help you. If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might be able to help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, we may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to lessen the pain. We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, sleep apnea treatmentteeth whitening, or overall oral health in Horseshoe Bay. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

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 Health in Horseshoe Bay: Don’t Brush Your Teeth Aggressively

December 21, 2018

Filed under: Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:24 am

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Most men and women brush their teeth, however, there are many who brush incorrectly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to poor dental health in Horseshoe Bay.

They may pride themselves on their daily diligence, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect technique. One of the most common errors—especially for teenagers—is speedy, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.

There is a certain logic to this treatment; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The catch is that teeth and gums require a certain finesse. While enamel is secure, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring. If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface and spit everything out in less than a minute, this post is for you.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing
:

  • Tooth decay caused by bits of food left between teeth
  • Damage to teeth through abrasion
  • Weakened enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gums receding or pulling away from teeth
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Tartar build-up

The friendly dental team at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your Dental health in Horseshoe Bay, and lessen the risk of future problems.

Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing:

  • Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
  • Holding the toothbrush at the correct angle achieves a thorough cleaning
  • Proper tooth brushing can prolong that fantastic professional-cleaning feel
  • Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums

If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s vital to fix those problems and get back on track. Call 830-637-7227 to schedule an appointment with Ritchie Dental Group regarding your dental health in Horseshoe Bay. We also offers a vareity of services such as six month smiles, emergency dentistry, and sleep apnea treatment.

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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