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By Associate in Dental Care
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Does your child need braces? Children can need braces for any number of reasons, including crooked, overcrowded, or overlapping pediatric dentistryteeth. Associates in Dental Care offers orthodontic treatment with braces to their patients. Our Barnes Road office and Union Boulevard office are located in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine are two of the country's finest dentists. Read on to find out how braces can help your child.

1. Correct Dental Problems- Dental braces are frequently used to correct crooked teeth, underbites, cross bites malocclusions, deep bites, overbites, open bites and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. You Colorado Springs dentist can decide whether your child needs braces and which devices would be best.

2. Improve Oral Health- Braces can improve your child's oral health. Crooked and overcrowded teeth can make daily oral hygiene difficult. Straight teeth are easier to floss and brush. The ability to take better care of the teeth through oral hygiene helps prevent future cavities and gum disease.

3. Improve Speech- As important as appearance can be, the benefits of dental braces goes beyond just aesthetics. Overcrowded or crooked teeth can make it difficult for children to pronounce certain words. Straight teeth can improve your child's ability to speak and pronounce words.

4. Prevent Dental Injuries- Straight teeth are less prone to injury. Protruding teeth are more likely to be broken in an accident. Children who are involved in high-contact activities such as sports are especially at high risk. Once repositioned and aligned, your child's teeth are at a decreased risk of being fractured.

5. Easier Eating- Crooked teeth and certain bite problems can result in difficulty chewing and biting. Some overbites are so severe that it's very difficult to chew food with your mouth closed. Orthodontic treatment will make it easier for your child to enjoy his or her favorite foods.

Every child deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. Don't wait another minute- call Associates in Dental Care at 719-630-3366 today to schedule an appointment in our Barnes Road Office in Colorado Springs, CO. Call us as (719) 633-2266 to schedule an appointment in our Union Boulevard Office in Colorado Springs, CO. Remember, a better life starts with a beautiful smile. 

By Associate in Dental Care
March 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

What your dentists in Colorado Springs want you to knowpediatric dentistry

If you are a parent, it’s only natural to want to give your child the best, including dental care. The truth is children can greatly benefit from the services of a children’s dentist. That’s because children have different requirements than adults, and a children’s dentist is uniquely focused on individual, gentle treatment with a preventive edge for your child.

Children should learn the dental hygiene skills to gain a lifetime of healthy smiles. Your dentists at Associates in Dental Care Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine want to share what a children’s dentist can do for your child. They have two convenient office locations in Colorado Springs, CO, to serve your family’s needs.

Your children’s dentist and caring staff will make sure your child has a positive and calm first visit. The kid-friendly environment and caring voices will reassure and comfort your child.

Preventive care is the foundation of children’s dentistry. Your child will be shown how to brush and floss to ensure a healthy smile. Along with education, your child will have a comprehensive dental exam and possibly x-rays depending on the age of your child.

A highly-skilled member of the staff will clean your child’s teeth, removing all soft and hard tissue deposits. The cleaning is followed by a fluoride treatment administered to help protect your child’s tooth enamel.

Depending on your child’s age, dental sealants might be placed. During a sealant treatment, liquid material is placed in the deep grooves and fissures of your child’s teeth and hardened with an ultraviolet light. Sealants provide an armor-like coating to seal up areas where decay-causing bacteria can hide.

If your child experiences tooth decay or other dental issues, your dentists offer a full range of services to restore your child’s smile. For more information on the benefits of a children’s dentist call your dentists at Associates in Dental Care, with two office locations in Colorado Springs, CO, to serve your family’s needs. Call Dr. Calvin at (719) 633 - 2266 and Dr. Calendine at (719) 630 - 3366, at Associates in Dental Care today and get your child started on the road to good dental health!

By Associate in Dental Care
January 04, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   root canals  

The facts about root canals, from your Colorado Springs, CO dentists.
If you have dental pain, it might indicate that you need a root canal. That’s why you need to check with your Colorado Springs, CO root canalsdentists Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine at Associates in Dental Care. They want to share their knowledge of when a root canal is necessary and when it might be the right choice for you.
Some common signs and symptoms of when you might need a root canal include:

  • Constant tooth pain that never gets better
  • Sudden pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Constant pressure and throbbing pain in an area of your mouth
  • Stabbing pain when you bite down or eat
  • Swelling and redness near the root of a tooth
  • Drainage or a white bump near the root of a tooth

Your tooth can need a root canal if you have deep dental decay that has reached the inside of your tooth, an area called the pulp. A root canal may also be necessary for a tooth that has been traumatized by an accident or injury.
The pulp contains all the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. During a root canal appointment with your Colorado Springs, CO dentist, the pulp is cleaned out and removed completely, relieving your pain and pressure.
The only way to know for sure if a root canal is necessary is to visit your dentist. Your dentist will do an exam, testing the vitality and temperature sensitivity of your tooth. He will also take x-rays showing the root of your tooth. If your x-ray shows a darkened (radiolucent) area at the root tip, this means your tooth is infected and needs a root canal.
You owe it to yourself to find out if a root canal can help you. A root canal is an excellent way of saving your smile and leaving you free of dental pain. For more information about root canal therapy, call your Colorado Springs, CO dentists, Dr. Calvin at (719) 633 - 2266 and Dr. Calendine at (719) 630 - 3366, at Associates in Dental Care today.

By Associate in Dental Care
August 05, 2016
Category: Braces
Tags: Brushing  

Good oral hygiene forms the foundation of your dental health. So, what are the basics that keep teeth and gums strong and vibrant? Brushing is one of them! Brushing removes sticky biofilm, or plaque, which build-up from the foods we eat, especially starches and sugars. Brushing away plaque prevents hard tartar, tooth decay, and gum disease--the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States. Learn more about brushing from your Colorado Springs, CO dentists, Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine.Toothbrush

The Basics of Brushing

The American Dental Association (ADA) says to brush at least twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride (anti-cavity) toothpaste and soft-bristled brush that won't damage enamel and gums. If possible, brush your teeth after any snacks, too, or at least, rinse your mouth with water.

Adults should use a brush long ribbon of toothpaste. Young kids need only a pea-sized portion. Babies need just a smear, according to the ADA. Fancy whitening ingredients, colors and intense flavors are fine, but not necessary.

When you brush, use the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and gums. Employ short back and forth strokes to gently brush teeth. Start at the front top and slowly work your way around the entire arch. Use up and down strokes for the back side of teeth, and don't forget the chewing surfaces. Repeat the process for bottom teeth. Remember to gently brush gums, cheeks, palate and tongue. Gums benefit from this stimulation, and the tongue needs cleaning because its rough surfaces hold a lot of oral bacteria.

When you are done brushing, rinse with water. Mouthwash is fine, but not necessary. Then, proceed to floss in between teeth and at the gumline, using the product of your choice. It doesn't matter, says your Colorado Springs, CO dentist, if you floss before you brush or after. The point is floss daily to reduce plaque and its acid-secreting bacteria.

Practice, Practice

As with any good habit, it takes time to develop. So, if you have been negligent about oral hygiene, it's ok. Start your good brushing habits now, and model them for your children. If you wonder if you are brushing for a full 2 minutes, use a timer. There are even apps for your phone or tablet that time oral hygiene. Lastly, parents, be sure to supervise kids until they are 8 to 10 years old to ensure proper technique and compliance with good oral hygiene routines.

Contact Us

Please contact Associate in Dental Care if you have questions or concerns about oral hygiene or any other dental health matter. Also, sure to set-up your semi-annual exam and cleaning--both great adjuncts to your at-home care. Call (719) 630-3366 for the Barnes Road office. For the North Union Road location, phone (719) 633-2266.
By Associates in Dental Care
May 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

How porcelain veneers enhance your smile

When you see celebrities on television, are you envious of their perfect, white, beautiful teeth? Do you marvel at how straight and even veneerstheir teeth look? Now you can have the same celebrity-perfect smile with porcelain veneers! You deserve to show off your best smile, so it’s time to contact your dentists at Associates in Dental Care in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They want to help you discover how porcelain veneers can enhance your smile.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution to change many large and small cosmetic issues with your front teeth. They look completely natural because they are made of translucent porcelain. Porcelain veneers are also low maintenance and don’t stain the way your natural teeth do. That makes porcelain veneers the perfect choice for smokers who still want a brilliant white smile.

Your dentists at Associates in Dental Care only remove minimal tooth structure to place a veneer, which makes veneers a conservative dental treatment. They can change the appearance of teeth that are:

  • Badly broken or damaged from injury or trauma
  • Unevenly spaced or gapped apart from genetics
  • Excessively worn, cracked or chipped from aging
  • Deeply stained or yellowed from coffee or smoking
  • Darkly discolored from medications like tetracycline

If you have a special event like a wedding, reunion, or even an important job interview, you deserve to smile with confidence. Your Colorado Springs dentists can give you a new smile quickly, just in time to show it off. For stunning before and after photos of actual porcelain veneer patients, please visit our smile gallery page!

It’s time to show off your best smile with porcelain veneers. Why wait to look great? It’s time to call your dentists at Associates in Dental Care with two offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado to serve you. Call today and find out how porcelain veneers can enhance your smile!

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