Some patients think that they have to call different dentists to handle different dental matters for kids, adults, and seniors. But it’s possible to go to just one dentist who can help all of your family members—sometimes at the same appointment. At Associates in Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO, you’ll find a caring and gentle dentist to meet all of your dental needs.
Choosing One Dentist for Everyone
When you’re deciding on the one dentist who will serve you and your family members for many years to come, keep these considerations in mind:
- Make sure you choose a dentist that is skilled in pediatric dentistry as well as orthodontics, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.
- Find out how far in advance you can schedule appointments in the case of emergencies. Associates in Dental Care offers emergency dentistry in the case of sports injuries and dental traumas.
- Look for a family dentist that has locations close to your home in Colorado Springs.
Your Family’s Dental Needs Are Varied
A qualified family dentist will know that each of your family members has varied needs when it comes to their teeth dental health. For instance, preteens are at the perfect age for orthodontic braces but also need close monitoring for cavities. Adult professionals find themselves feeling pressured to improve their smiles for their career and social commitments. Periodontitis can occur in patients 20 years old and up, but it is much more common in people aged 65 and up (70.1 percent according to the CDC). When all of these concerns can be addressed by one common dentist, it is a major convenience for your family.
Helping the Whole Family
Having one family dentist will save you time because you only have to make one phone call instead of several for checkups and consultations. If you have a young child, he or she will grow up getting to know this dentist, which may help relieve anxieties in the future. Attend appointments together to turn this experience into a family outing.
Your Family Dentist
Picking one family dentist for all of your family’s dental needs doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just contact Associates in Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Calvin or Dr. Stephen Calendine. Call Dr. Calvin - Union office at (719) 633 - 2266 and Dr. Calendine - Barnes office at (719) 630 - 3366.
Diagnosing your dental problems is best left to the professionals, like Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine of Associates in Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO. But there can be a few tell-tale signs of problems, such as needing a root canal, that can alert you to call your dentist for an evaluation. Below, Dr. Calvin and Dr. Calendine explain why you might need a root canal (and why they're nothing to fear!).
What is a root canal?
There are a lot of persistent rumors surrounding root canals, and your Colorado Springs dentist wants his patients to know that most of them are completely untrue. A root canal, also called endodontic therapy, is a procedure that's needed when a tooth sustains deep decay that penetrates into its soft tissues beneath the surface. It's when the infection reaches the nerves that a painful, persistent toothache develops. So root canals don't cause pain, as you might have heard... they stop it in its tracks by removing the damaged inner portions of the tooth and replacing it with a rubber filling to strengthen it from the inside out. A crown is then placed on top to restore the visible portion of the tooth and the procedure is complete.
How will I know if I need a root canal?
There are a few symptoms that are often associated with the presence of infection inside a tooth. Sensitivity is often the first sign; when you eat hot soup or drink cold water, for example, you'll feel a painful tingling sensation inside your tooth that lingers for some time after the stimuli is removed. You may also have a deep ache in the area of the affected tooth, particularly when you chew or bite down. You may also develop a lesion on the gums near the tooth; this is a sign that the body is trying to rid itself of the infection. If you have one or more of these symptoms, contact your Colorado Springs dentist immediately to see if a root canal is needed.
For questions or to make an appointment with Dr. Calvin or Dr. Calendine, contact Associates in Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO today! Call Dr. Calvin - Union office at (719) 633 - 2266 and Dr. Calendine - Barnes office at (719) 630 - 3366.
Your child’s oral hygiene is important because the dental habits of a young person will likely become his or her regular habits as a grownup. At Associates Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO, your kids dentist will work closely with you to help your young one’s teeth remain strong and sound. Find out why you should start your child’s oral hygiene routine young and make sure that they visit the dentist regularly.
Good Oral Hygiene in Young Children
The main oral hygiene goal for most children is keeping the teeth free from sugary foods and beverages that can cause cavities. Children are more likely to eat sugary foods and drinks like milk and orange juice on a daily basis, but they don't understand the importance of brushing. Your dentist can help make oral care easier by treating a child’s teeth with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Why It’s Important to Start Young
The younger a child is when they take on good oral hygiene habits and starts visiting the dentist, the more likely that these will become deeply ingrained behaviors. Unfortunately, many children learn to fear the dentist when they’re young. The best way to prevent this is to begin to show them the value of visiting your Colorado Springs kids dentist for regular checkups, cleanings, and cavity fillings.
Tips for Teaching Good Oral Hygiene
Children are very impressionable and often learn by watching what their parents do. If you want your child to learn good oral hygiene, it is important that you observe these habits yourself. Here are a few tips:
- Make time to brush with your child each morning and night.
- Give your child toothpaste that has the recommended amount of fluoride, but that also has a favorable flavor.
- Purchase a timed toothbrush so that your child knows to brush for at least two minutes.
- Show your child how to carefully floss between the teeth to remove debris.
See a Pediatric Dentist
When you help your young child develop healthy oral hygiene habits, it improves his or her chances of having a nice, strong, healthy set of teeth as an adult. Call Associates in Dental Care of Colorado Springs, CO to set a date for your child to come in for a checkup with a kids dentist. Call Dr. Calvin - Union office at (719) 633 - 2266 and Dr. Calendine - Barnes office at (719) 630 - 3366. Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine are happy to help you meet your child’s dental needs.
When someone says the word emergency, we think first about pressing medical problems--sudden cardiac events, injuries from a car accident and the like. But, your oral health can be quickly compromised, too. Would you know what to do in a dental emergency? Your emergency dentists in Colorado Springs, CO, Dr. James Calvin and Dr. Stephen Calendine, want their patients ready to deal calmly and correctly with broken teeth, toothaches and other urgent matters. After all, your oral health and well-being are their priority at Associates in Dental Care.
Types of dental emergencies
The American Dental Association states that most dental emergencies (lacerations, chipped or avulsed teeth) happen during sporting activities--both for children and adults. An elbow to the mouth, a fall flat on the face--they happen instantly, and sudden pain, bleeding and smile gaps result.
However, some urgent problems happen gradually over time, and regular preventive care at Associates in Dental Care is key. Some examples are broken restorations such as crowns or a throbbing toothache from decay and infection.
Whatever the case, Dr. Calvin and Dr. Calendine and their caring staff want you to know that when you or a loved one suffers from severe dental symptoms, contact the office immediately. They'll help stabilize your condition with first aid advice and give you a same-day appointment if necessary.
What you can do
An old adage says, "Forewarned is forearmed." If you know just a bit about what to do in an urgent oral health situation, you can act quickly and correctly, sparing yourself, or a loved one, pain, anxiety and loss of oral function. Here are examples of dental first aid actions.
Avulsed (knocked out) tooth After rinsing dirt and debris off the tooth, grasp it by the crown and try putting it back in the socket. Hold it there while traveling to the dental office. Dr. Calvin and Dr. Calendine have their best shot at replanting it permanently if they treat the tooth within an hour of injury. If you cannot replace the tooth, carry it to the office between your cheek and gum or in a sealed container covered with milk.
Broken tooth, filling or crown Save the pieces and bring them to the office. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax or denture adhesive to avoid oral irritation or laceration.
Throbbing toothache You may have a dental abscess which your emergency dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, may treat with a filling, crown or root canal therapy.
Never hesitate to contact Associates in Dental Care with a problem or question. That's why we're here. For the Barnes Road office, call (719) 630-3366, or for Union Boulevard, phone (719) 633-2266 in Colorado Springs, CO.
When to Visit Your Dentist
- To prevent gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease can be easily treated and reversed. However, if you wait for treatment, gum disease will advance to a more serious stage called periodontitis.
- To prevent oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation informs us that someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone—that’s a lot. Visiting your dentist in Colorado Springs will help you to prevent this deadly disease because as your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening.
- To prevent tooth loss. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which means regular visits are vital to keeping your teeth. Your dentist will help clean your teeth and make sure gum disease is kept at bay.
- To prevent dental emergencies. Most toothaches and dental emergencies can be easily avoided just by regular visits to your dentist. Your dentist maintains the ability to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth and gums, which helps to prevent emergencies later on. However, if you do encounter an emergency due to an injury, etc. then your dentist is available for emergency visits, as well.
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