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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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Why Visit The Dentist?

June 5, 2020

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

Why Visit The Dentist?

At Ritchie Dental Group in Mable Falls and Brady TX, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one. There are some very good reasons for that.

Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. We’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth: that hardened plaque you can’t get off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it removes any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

Why should you visit the dentist? Your dental health is important to your overall health! At Ritchie Dental Group in Mable Falls and Brady TX, we’ll take good care of your dental health. Our patients come from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes for our general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and so much more. Schedule your next checkup 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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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

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