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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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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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What’s in My Mouth? A Dentist in Brady Explains What to Do if Your Filling Falls Out

April 8, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 11:06 am

a man holding his mouthYou’re out with your friends enjoying a nice meal when suddenly, you feel something strange in your mouth. It’s not food, but what could it be? Then you realize it’s your filling that’s fallen out. When this happens, it’s important not to panic. While that may be easier said than done, the best course of action is to stay calm and call your dentist in Brady. He’ll be able to walk you through the next steps toward treatment.

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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

 

Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Veneers in Marble Falls: Which Is Right for You?

March 30, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 11:54 am

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If you’re looking to revamp your smile, you have a lot of cosmetic dental treatments to choose from. It can be confusing, and you may not know which one will best meet your needs. For example, if you want to improve the look of your teeth, should you choose teeth whitening or porcelain veneers in Marble Falls? Although both can help you achieve a more attractive smile, they can address different issues. Learn more about these two cosmetic procedures and how they can enhance your teeth and your confidence! (more…)

Cosmetic Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which Looks Better? With Your Dentist in Brady

March 25, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 12:00 pm
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Portrait of a woman with toothy smile sitting during examination at the dental office

If you have imperfections in your teeth that you want resolved, you have many cosmetic procedures available to help you get the results you’re looking for, including cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. These two solutions can address essentially the same issues, so how do you know which one is the best option for you? Well, here is some useful information from your dentist in Brady to help you decide between these two great options. (more…)

Which Tooth Whitener Works Best?

March 22, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Teeth Whitening — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Dazzling White Teeth in Marble FallsWhat is the best professional teeth whitening system available? At the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, we get spectacular results with Zoom! teeth whitening.

All whitening systems, whether its professional strength or something you buy at the store, use a bleaching agent containing peroxide. One of the biggrest differences between over-the-counter whiteners and professional strength is the higher concentration of peroxide in professional products.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we take it a step further with Zoom! teeth whitening. In as little as one hour, the Zoom! process can transform your smile with peroxide gels, activated by LED lamps.

The process penetrates deep inteo the surface enaml of your teeth to bleach away years of stains and other discolorations. Whatever stains are there, the Zoom! whitening process removes them, whether they’re from coffee, tea, wine, soft drinks, or any of the foods and beverages that take a toll over the years.

Zoom! teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available from the Ritchie Dental Group. We have offices in Marble Falls and Brady TX. 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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An Ugly Duckling In Your Mouth?

March 15, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: , , — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Cosmetic Denistry in Horseshoe Bay Do you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment?<

Even if all of your other teeth are nicely shaped and pearly white, guess what other people notice? Yep, the ugly duckling. You have probably experienced that yourself when you have looked at a smile that contains one discolored tooth. No matter how hard you try, the unsightly one is impossible to ignore.

A beautiful smile is an important component of your overall appearance. That is why at Ritchie Dental Group we take our commitment to creating exceptional smiles in the Marble Falls, TX area very seriously. We take great pride in the cosmetic and general dentistry that we provide with, well, a smile.

Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental procedures to restore or repair one or more teeth. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we can complete most of them in one short visit. Think about it; you could achieve a stunning smile in less than an afternoon!

Veneers, Bonding and Cosmetic Implant Dentistry

Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure available in Marble Falls at Ritchie Dental Group. We use dental bonding in a variety of applications. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. Like cosmetic dental bonding, veneers correct chips, cracks and improve tooth shape.

Missing In Action

So, what if your problem is a missing tooth? Don’t despair, a beautiful smile is still possible with dental implants. Many people assume they’ll have to choose between bridges, dentures, and partials if they’re missing a tooth or teeth. But dental implants are durable, natural-looking restorations that offer an ideal alternative for many patients in the Marble Falls, Brady and the Burnet areas. And you’ll be happy to know that we also offer affordable implants as well!

Call Us Today

For more information about veneers, bonding, dental implants and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227. We are conveniently located at 1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX in Marble Falls. We provide advanced dentistry for patients in Burnet, Kingsland and the surrounding areas.

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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