Top 5 Dental FAQs

From terms and procedures to treatments and best practices there are lots of questions when it comes to dentistry. Sure, you might know that you’re supposed to brush twice a day and floss on a regular basis, but we often receive questions from everyday people just like you! For that reason, we’ve taken some time to compile a short list of frequently asked questions – see below, you might be wondering the same things:

Top 5 Dental FAQs | Summit Family Dentistry

  1. What Should I Use To Clean My Baby’s Teeth? Believe it or not, you can actually use a toothbrush. Just be sure to pick one out with soft bristles and a small head, one that’s designed specifically for infants.

  2. How Safe Are X-Rays? There’s little to worry about when it comes to dental x-rays. We do our best to expose you to as little radiation as possible. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure maximal safety.

  3. How Do Sealants Work? The idea here is to shut out food particles that could get caught in your teeth. To do so, sealants fill in crevices on the surface of the teeth.

  4. How Often Should My Child See The Dentist? There’s no difference between adults and children when it comes to seeing the dentist. We recommend that everyone schedules at least two appointments per year, or every six months.

  5. What’s The Best Way To Protect Teeth During Sports? Soft plastic mouth guards are highly suggested. They will help prevent chips, cracks and other issues and it goes beyond just protecting teeth. Mouth guards will also protect the lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries.

Have additional questions about anything related to dentistry? Give the friendly staff at Summit Family Dentistry a call today – we’re happy to assist you!

Customer Reviews: April

If comprehensive, cutting-edge dental care with a plethora of services offered isn’t enough to make you choose Summit, just take a look at what some of our patients are saying about our doctors and our office, below:

Customer Reviews: April | Summit Family Dentistry

“This dental office is outstanding — and I have never been a fan of going to the dentist. This place is really special, and even with the difficulty with having to have three teeth removed, I had a very pleasant experience. Dr. Baer has a great “bedside manner” and made things go quickly and very smoothly. I was surprised when he was finished and I was doing great!! I would suggest to anyone that they go to Summit Family Dentistry!!!”

 

  • Bob S.

“Awesome people. Excellent work. If you want to be treated like a human being this is the place”

 

  • Alice K.

“Office staff is gracious and professional. All dental staff is honest and informative about procedures and how to prevent tooth decay.”

 

  • Scott B.

At Summit Family Dentistry, top-notch patient care is our specialty. With a caring and talented supporting team behind us, we’re able to address any treatment need you may have. Call us today at (303) 625-7997 to get started.

5 Oral Signs You Have Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition and it’s one that should not be taken lightly. It’s a disorder known for causing pauses in breathing while you sleep and if you or anyone you know suffers from it, it’s vital to address it right away. See below for a few red flags that could signify you do in fact, have sleep apnea.

5 Oral Signs You Have Sleep Apnea | Sleep Apnea Treatment | Summit Family Dentistry

What is Sleep Apnea?

Put simply, it’s a disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, is caused by a relaxation of throat muscles that blocks proper airflow to a point where you actually stop breathing for short periods of time.

Why is it Dangerous?

Well, pauses in breathing forces the brain to elevate the heart rate to maintain proper oxygen levels. All of this can lead to poor breathing and increased carbon dioxide levels which could cause high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke.

Oral Signs Pointing to Sleep Apnea Include:

  • Cracked, chipped, broken or missing teeth
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Worn or eroded front teeth
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Any of these sound like symptoms you currently have? Speak to a sleep disorder physician right away and then reach out to your dentist. That’s where we come in!

Summit Family Dentistry recognizes the importance of a restful night’s sleep for you and your loved ones. Our hope is to help you get the peaceful sleep you deserve in the most convenient and comfortable way possible. Call us today at (303) 625-7997 to get started.

Have a Cavity-Free Easter

While sugar might be fun to eat, it’s not good for your teeth and with all of the Peeps, chocolate bunnies and Reese’s peanut butter eggs on the shelves this time of year, it’s hard to stay away. Believe it or not, the bacteria inside your child’s mouth loves sweets more than he or she does and this desire can lead to tooth decay. See below for a few professional tips for staying cavity-free this Easter.

Have a Cavity-Free Easter | Summit Family Dentistry

Keep An Eye On Added Sugar

Shopping for Easter treats for your kids this week? Don’t just throw bags or boxes of snacks into your shopping cart without reading the package. Look for added sugars (like corn syrup or white sugar) that might be added to the food. Opt for naturally-occurring sweeteners instead.

Serve Water or Milk to Drink

You may fall victim to the common misconception that juices are healthier than soda. In fact, both are bad for your child’s teeth and should be avoided. Milk and water are much healthier options that will provide them with lots of health benefits. If they are really craving juice, limit their intake to 4-6 ounces per day.

Be Picky When it Comes to Sticky

Contrary to popular belief, gummy or chewy fruit snacks are no better for you than most other candies. Sticky foods tend to latch on to teeth and stay there for longer periods of time which allows the sugar in them to wear away at enamel.

Set a Good Example

Your children are likely to follow in your footsteps so it’s important to show them what they should and should not be eating. Aside from eating, show them how to brush and floss properly and work hard at changing their bad habits.

Don’t forget to schedule a cleaning for you and your child! Call on the friendly dental professionals at Summit Family Dentistry today. Happy Easter from our family to yours!

A Quick Guide To Fighting Bad Breath

Notice people are covering their nose when you speak to them? This can be even more humiliating than having the remains of your lunch stuck in between your teeth. If you suffer from bad breath, know that you’re not alone. 25 – 30 percent of the world’s population suffers from this problem, but you don’t have to live with it. Here’s what you can do to freshen your breath right away:

A Quick Guide To Fighting Bad Breath | Summit Family Dentistry

Drink Water: swish cool water around in your mouth to wash away leftover food particles and bacteria.

Brush Often: two times a day just might not cut it if you suffer from bad breath. We recommend keeping a toothbrush with you at work or school so you can brush throughout the day.

Scrape Your Tongue: this will help get rid of bacteria, fungi and dead cells that sit in your mouth and cause odors. Don’t forget to get the back of your tongue, too!

Change Your Diet: if your diet consists of notoriously fragrant foods like onions or garlic, try cutting down on the amount you take in.

Rinse: mouthwash is your friend, especially when it’s free of alcohol.

Replace Your Brush: if you can’t remember the last time you bought a new toothbrush, now is the time!

Visit Your Dentist: schedule regular cleanings and be sure to let your dentist know about your problem. It could be something more serious.

Need to schedule a cleaning? Contact the friendly family dentists at Summit Family Dentistry today! Let our family bring smiles to yours!

Common Mouthwash Myths Debunked

Mouthwash is a wonderful solution when it comes to temporarily getting rid of bad breath, but does it have other superpowers that we don’t know about? Unfortunately, when it comes to the minty mouth rinse there are lots of common misconceptions out there. Don’t fall into the trap – find out some of the little known facts about mouthwash below:

Common Mouthwash Myths Debunked | Littleton Dentist | Summit Family Dentistry

Myth: Mouthwash can cause oral cancer.

Fact: Lots of people believe that the alcohol found in lots of mouthwashes can cause cancer of the mouth of pharynx. But according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, most studies found no link between mouthwash and cancer.

Myth: Mouthwash will never turn your tongue a different color.

Fact: Using it too frequently can cause an unsightly condition referred to as black hairy tongue. The surface turns a dark color and the bumps become overgrown.

Myth: Mouthwash kills germs that cause the common cold.

Fact: Antiseptic mouthwash does in fact kill germs that live in your mouth. However, it will not protect against the ones that cause the common cold.

Myth: Rinsing with mouthwash is a suitable alternative to flossing.

Fact: While it’s great to use mouthwash twice per day, it will not clean the space in between your teeth and gums as effectively as dental floss.

At Summit Family Dentistry, our amazing team of experts is always ready to handle all your dental needs. Learn about them and how they are uniquely qualified to help you smile.

Customer Reviews: March

What’s more important than the recommendations of your close friends and family members? Not much if you ask us. After all, they’re the ones you believe in and can trust so why not trust them when it comes to choosing a dentist?

Customer Reviews: March | Littleton Dentist | Summit Family Dentistry

“Hands down the best experience with a dentist I’ve ever had. I had a severe toothache that had been going on nearly a month. Summit Family got me an appointment less than 2 hours after I calling, on a Friday at that! I’ve been afraid of the dentist my entire life and I can now happily say that fear is completely abolished. I was out in less than an hour and a half, two teeth extracted, no pain what-so-ever. The entire staff is wonderful. If you’ve had bad dental experiences in the past, this is 100% the place for you!”

 

  • Matille M.

“Great dentist office! Couldn’t ask for a more friendly and caring staff! Dr. Lu exceeds all expectations of what an amazing dentist should be!”

 

  • Brent B.

“We LOVE our new dentist and the office staff. They are attentive and treated us like royalty!!!!”

 

  • Vivian P.

At Summit Family Dentistry, top-notch patient care is our specialty. With a caring and talented supporting team behind us, we’re able to address any treatment need you may have. Call us today at (303) 625-7997 to get started.

Living With Tooth Pain

Living With a Toothache | Littleton Dentist | Summit Family Dentistry

Constant throbbing, reaching for your jaw, wincing in pain. Sound familiar? Living with tooth pain can make it seem like the end of the world is near, and trust us when we tell you you’re not alone. But there’s no reason to live with the pain forever – there are lots of ways to fight back so you don’t spend the majority of your time wincing. See below for a few tips on how to make living with a toothache a bit more bearable:

  1. Clove Oil – if you can’t get to the dentist right away, clove oil can ease the pain. It’s known for its nerve-numbing capabilities, but if used improperly, it can actually make the problem worse. Put a few drops on a cotton ball or gauze pad and place it on the tooth itself, rather than pouring the oil directly onto the painful area.

  2. Salt Water – swishing around a mixture of salt and warm water can make for a pain-killing mouthwash. The solution can help clean away debris and reduce swelling.

  3. Elevate – it’s important to keep your head elevated when you are experiencing tooth pain. Stack several pillows to lay on to prevent blood from rushing to the affected area.

  4. Ice – grab a bag of frozen fruits or vegetables if you don’t have an ice pack handy. You can also fill a plastic bag with half ice and half water and rest it on your cheek. Apply to the aching area for no longer than 15 minutes at a time.

In the meantime, schedule an appointment with Summit Family Dentistry. It’s vital to have a dentist assess the problem as quickly as possible in order to get down to the root of the issue. After all, it’s our job to provide you with a beautiful, comfortable smile.

Why Your Child Should Be Wearing a Mouth Guard

From the fields to the courts, children all across the country will be lacing up their cleats and grabbing their equipment and heading out for a brand new season of their favorite sports. But there’s one piece of equipment doctors and dentists alike are highly recommending this year – the mouth guard. Why is it so important? Find out below:

Why Your Child Should Be Wearing a Mouth Guard | Summit Family Dentistry

What is a Mouth Guard?

This small device is vital in preventing oral injuries in sports. Mouth guards are small soft plastic or laminate devices inserted to protect the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw. According to the American Dental Association, ⅓ of all dental injuries are sports related and mouth guards can prevent nearly 200,000 oral injuries each year.

Are Mouth Guards Mandatory?

While they are required in collision sports like football, hockey and boxing, mouth guards are not required in all sports. With that said though, dental injuries such as chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns or bridgework, cheek injuries, root damage, fractured jaws and concussions are happening on every playing field across the board.

One study found that 75% of injuries occurred when mouth guards were not warn and 45% of those injuries happened on the baseball field or the basketball court. The bottom line? Mouth guards are essential for all athletes whether you’re a child or an adult.

Join the bandwagon of our favorite dental fans who, after getting their own needs taken care of, help us take care of others in our community. Nothing makes our practice stronger or more fulfilled than helping those around us.

We schedule our appointments around your schedule! With daily extended hours, appointments can be made for before or after school and work – whenever it’s most convenient for you! Give us a ring, send an email, or drop by to schedule your next appointment. Need to schedule one? Contact the experts at Summit Family Dentistry today!

3 Easy Ways To Incorporate Good Brushing Habits

Let’s face it – brushing your teeth isn’t the most exciting thing you’ll do all day and when it comes to getting your kids to brush, good luck. However, it’s vital to instill good oral hygiene habits in children at an early age in order to prevent cavities and other issues down the road. So, how can you make brushing teeth fun for kids? See below!

3 Easy Ways To Incorporate Good Brushing Habits | Littleton Dentist | Summit Family Dentistry

  1. Get them a fun and exciting toothbrush. That old boring piece of plastic just isn’t going to cut it. There are lots of toothbrushes out there that look like race cars, cartoons, dinosaurs or Disney characters. Let your child come to the store with you pick out their favorite one.

  2. Play music while they brush. Not only can dancing around and belting out the lyrics be fun, it’s a great way to make sure your kids are brushing for a full 2 minutes. Pick out a few of their favorite songs and put them onto a “brushing playlist.”

  3. Reward them for brushing twice a day. The prize can be small, but give them something to look forward to. Stickers, small toys or being able to stay up a bit past their normal bedtime are great incentives.

At Summit Family Dentistry, top-quality dental care for the entire family is our goal. Our wonderful team of doctors and hygienists seek to make your experience as quick and as comfortable as possible. We look forward to building a long-lasting relationship with your family! Call us today at (303) 625-7997 to schedule an appointment.