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Is Rinsing with Mouthwash Ruining Your Exercise Routine?

Is Rinsing with Mouthwash Ruining Your Exercise Routine?

Visiting a Denver dentistry, you might expect to hear about the benefits brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash have on your oral health. While those habits can go a long way towards preventing dental decay and disease, one of them may be inadvertently ruining your workout.

Surprising new research has found that antibacterial mouthwash can actually limit the cardiovascular benefits typically offered by exercising. The effect mouthwash has on oral bacteria interferes with a complex molecular mechanism that usually sustains the blood pressure-reducing effects provided by exercise.

The results of this study continues to call into question whether the use of mouthwash actually has a beneficial role in helping to protect our health, and whether patients to our Denver dentistry should stick to just brushing and flossing instead.

The Role of Oral Bacteria

The bacteria that grows naturally in our mouths play a vital role in determining our overall health. One analysis of oral microbes collected from tens of thousands of study participants found an association between the bacteria that contributes to the development of gum disease and a higher risk for throat cancer.

Other such studies have revealed the mechanism by which oral bacterium can increase the growth rate of colorectal tumors and shown how oral bacteria can impact our respiratory health. Additionally, research has even linked the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease to an increased risk for dementia.

All of this to say, we have long known the effects oral bacteria can have on our health. However, new research has now sought to focus on the unexpected role oral bacteria plays in positively helping to improve our health – such as how they help us get the most out of cardiovascular exercise.

This is an area where researchers from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom decided to examine. In their most recent study, researchers discovered how oral bacteria control the blood pressure-reducing effects of exercise and how the use of an antimicrobial mouthwash can interfere with this process.

A Complicated Connection

By now, it’s well established that blood vessels open up during exercise, as the body’s production of nitric oxide increases the diameter of the blood vessel, thereby increasing blood flow to active muscles in the body.

However, what’s remains a mystery is how blood circulation remains higher following exercise, which then triggers a blood pressure-reducing effect known as postexercise hypotension.

Nitric oxide breaks down into nitrate, explains researchers. This marks the beginning of a circular molecular reaction, which, at the end, results in the sustained blood pressure-reducing effects associated with exercise.

“Research over the last decade has shown that nitrate can be absorbed by the salivary glands and then excreted with saliva in the mouth,” writes the research team. “Some types of oral bacteria can use nitrate and convert them into nitrite, an important molecule that enhances the production of nitric oxide in the body.”

When we swallow the nitrates in our saliva, part of the nitrite is quickly absorbed into the circulatory system where it’s turned back into nitric oxide. This helps to maintain a widening of blood vessels, which in turn leads to a sustained lowering of blood pressure following exercise.

As part of their study, researchers wanted to examine whether blocking nitrate’s ability to convert into nitrite by destroying oral bacteria, with the use of mouthwash, would have any impact on postexercise hypotension.

Mouthwash’s Impact on Exercise

In their study, researchers asked 23 healthy adults to participate in two exercise routines. For each of these routines, the participants ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes, while the researchers monitored the participants’ blood pressure for two hours after the completion of the routine.

At the 1, 30, 60, and 90-minute mark following the run, participants rinsed their mouths with either an antibacterial mouthwash or a controlled substance, which was water flavored with mint. Researchers also collected saliva and blood samples from the participants just prior to exercise and two hours after.

Researchers discovered that giving the participants the placebo resulted in an average reduction of 5.2 milligrams of mercury (mm Hg) in systolic blood pressure at one hour postexercise. Conversely, rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash resulted in a reduction of only 2.0 mm Hg.

These results suggest that mouthwash lowered the blood pressure-reducing effects of exercise by over 60 percent in the first hour following the routine and cancelled any benefits entirely after two hours.

The results of this study indicate that oral bacteria provide the main source of circulating nitrite, at least during the recovery period following exercise.

 

Tips on Teaching Your Kids How to Brush and Floss

Tips on Teaching Your Kids How to Brush and Floss

As a kids’ dentist in Denver, our team at Northfield Family Dental wants parents to understand just how important dental care at a young age is to their child’s long-term oral health development. When parents teach kids good oral hygiene habits at a young age, those habits continue to build and become a foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Learning the proper ways to brush and floss from a young age helps to reinforce those habits, making it more likely kids continue practicing them correctly for a lifetime. Fortunately, parents can teach their kids the proper ways to brush and floss by following the steps below.

Start Brushing at an Early Age

Plaque, the sticky biofilm most responsible for the development of tooth decay and cavities, starts attacking the health of a child’s teeth the moment they first emerge from the gum line. To protect your child’s fragile first teeth, parents need to clean their kids mouth after each feeding.

You won’t need to start brushing until your child develops teeth. Until then, clean your child’s gums after each feeding. Just start by cradling your baby’s head with one hand while using the other to gently wipe the mouth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth or piece of gauze. By staring these habits early, you keep a child’s mouth healthy, making it easier for their baby teeth to properly form without needing to worry about the development of childhood carries or baby bottle tooth decay.

Teaching Your Child How to Brush

Just as with every new skill a child learns, it will take time for them to master how to properly brush. Since young children may not have the skill, attention span, or manual dexterity required to adequately clean their teeth and gums, parents should continue to help assist their child when brushing until old enough to do the job right on their own.

Even though a child may require some assistance brushing until the age of 7 or 8 doesn’t mean that parents shouldn’t instruct them on the correct method of how to brush until older. By teaching your child the right way to brush from day one, you help to reinforce how the habit should be done while also giving your child plenty of time to practice over the years as you assist.

Step 1. To properly clean a child’s teeth, teach them to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle pointed toward the gums of the upper and lower teeth.

Step 2. When brushing, instruct your child to gently move the brush in a back-and-forth motion using short strokes that move the head of the brush along the teeth and gums. A child should repeat this process until all of their teeth have been adequately cleaned.

Step 3. Reposition the tip of the brush to place it in an upright position to reach behind the front and bottom rows of teeth. In order to prevent decay, your child must clean both the front and back surface areas of their teeth.

Step 4. Take a moment to brush the tongue. The tongue can easily become a breeding ground for smelly bacteria that contribute to the development of bad breath. A healthy tongue should appear bright pink. If your child’s tongue is whitish in color, then it needs to be brushed more frequently.

When combined, your child should spend at least two minutes brushing in order to properly clean all the areas of their teeth and gum.

Teaching Your Child How to Floss

Like Simon & Garfunkel or Ben & Jerry, brushing isn’t nearly as effective without its pal flossing. Kids need to have their teeth flossed from the moment two teeth connect. Otherwise, plaque can build up in these hard to clean areas, contributing to the development of decay and cavities.

Step 1. Teach your child to hold a short length of floss between their thumb and index finger. Wrap the floss around one finger at each end to gain a more complete control. Make sure not to apply too much pressure when inserting the floss between your child’s teeth.

Step 2. Position the floss into a C shape curve around each tooth and slide it up and down gently along the side of the tooth until it moves under the gum line.

Step 3. Use a fresh section of floss between each tooth to avoid just moving food particles and plaque around.

Step 4. Repeat this process until the floss has cleaned between each tooth.

 

Protecting your child’s oral health requires teaching them the basics of oral hygiene at a young age. If you have any questions about the best ways to teach your kids how to brush and floss, make sure to ask our kids’ dentist in Denver during your next appointment to Northfield Family Dental.

Understanding Your Child’s Oral Health Development

Understanding Your Child’s Oral Health Development

At Northfield Family Dental, our team of experienced children’s dentists know that many parents have a lot of questions regarding their kids’ oral health.

Every child achieves certain milestones as they continue in their development. Whether making the switch to solid foods, taking their first steps or mastering saying the word “no,” parents need to know an approximate age when each of these stages of development should occur.

Your child’s oral health also features a few milestones that parents need to be aware off so they can provide the type of oral care necessary to ensure their child’s development remains on track. Most parents have an understanding of what age a child should start walking and talking, but what about when their first tooth will arrive? When should parents start using toothpaste to brush their child’s teeth and what age should they start to floss?

So that you have a better idea of what to expect during your child’s oral health development, here are a few stages every parent should know.

Stage 1: 4 to 24 months

Plaque – a sticky biofilm that contributes to the development of tooth decay and gum disease – begins to develop in the mouth from a young age. This means that parents should start regularly cleaning their newborn’s gums with a damp washcloth following every type of feeding.

When a child’s first tooth emerges, parents should begin to brush their child’s teeth for two minutes twice a day. To make it comfortable for your child, you should use a baby-sized toothbrush that features a cushioned head. Additionally, parents should use a toothpaste that does not include fluoride when brushing their child’s teeth.

Once a child as two teeth that touch, parents need to start flossing.

At Northfield Family Dental, we follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation that a child’s first dental visit should be scheduled shortly after their first tooth emerges or by the age of one, whichever comes first. Parents should then schedule visits every six months like they do for their own oral health.

Stage 2: 2 to 4 years

Parents should switch to using a toothpaste that contains fluoride by the time their child reaches the age of two. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay caused by plaque. Parents should start to encourage their kids to brush their own teeth around the age of two as well. However, you should still follow up and brush them again to make sure the teeth are clean and free of food. Having your child brush gives them a sense of ownership over their oral health that will become important later when they’re able to take control over their brushing and flossing habits.

As your child gets better at brushing their own teeth, it’s important that parents continue to monitor their brushing until good habits are firmly established.  While brushing may seem like a chore to some kids, parents can use a number of different techniques to help better engage them. Brushing at the same time as your kids is one of the most successful ways parents can help stimulate their child’s desire to brush. By having brushing be a family activity, kids are more likely to take an active interest, especially when they can model their behavior after mommy or daddy.

At this age, it’s also important that parents set a good example for their kids. It’s easier for a child to hear how important brushing and flossing are to their oral health when they can see their parents taking the time to practice quality oral hygiene at home.

Stage 3: 5 to 7 years

Even though kids start to become fiercely independent at this age, most children still don’t possess the manual dexterity required to successfully brush and floss on their own. It’s not till the age of 7 – or when they can tie their own shoes – that kids begin to possess the ability to brush properly. Until that time, parents should continue to watch their kids brush, and then brush their teeth again to make sure the habit is done correctly.

Around this age, kids start to develop their permanent molars, which are areas most likely to be the breeding ground for plaque and dental decay. It’s important that parents focus on these areas when brushing to help prevent the development of cavities.

Stage 4: 8 and up

Once kids start school, parents begin to have less of an influence over the types of meals and snacks they enjoy during the day. Set an example yourself by eating a variety of healthy foods, while still making a consistent commitment to maintain your oral health. While you might think that kids won’t notice what you do, they actually do pay far more attention to their parents’ actions then you might think.

Whenever preparing your child’s lunch pack plenty of healthy snacks, and keep the number of sugary drinks your kids consume to a minimum. What a child eats during the day can have a significant impact on their oral health, as it will be several hours before they brush after lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. Sugary snacks and drinks during this time of day will have a greater impact than when consumed at dinner.

If you have questions about your child’s oral health development, make sure to ask the team at Northfield Family Dental during your next appointment. 

 

Why Invisalign is the Answer to Your Orthodontic Needs

Why Invisalign is the Answer to Your Orthodontic Needs

At Northfield Family Dental, we understand that for many adult patients the thought of getting braces causes them to flashback to their teenage years. From kids being teased as “metal mouths” to imagining how uncomfortable wearing those metal wires and brackets, adults can find many reasons why to resist undergoing orthodontic treatment later in life. Unfortunately, this type of negative stigma associated with orthodontic care can prevent you from getting the health, more attractive smile you’ve been dreaming of.

Invisalign offers patients a way to straighten their teeth and improve their oral health without needing to wear uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces. Unlike traditional braces that use metal wires and brackets to help correct a patients smile, Invisalign’s remarkable orthodontic programs utilizes clear plastic aligners to provide the same lasting results discreetly, comfortably and in less time.

If you’re not convinced that Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you, here are a few reasons why you should consider Invisalign over traditional metal braces.

Less Obvious, More Discreet

As we mentioned before, traditional metal braces use brackets and wire that are fixed to a patient’s teeth to slowly reposition their smile. For many adult patients, the idea of having to wear such a conspicuous orthodontic appliance is enough to convince them that treatment isn’t worth the social stigma they believe comes from wearing braces. But with Invisalign aligners, those concerns become a thing of the past.

Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign treatment straightens teeth through the use of clear plastic aligners – similar in appearance to a mouth guard – that fit securely over your teeth. With no wire or brackets to stand out from the natural color and complexion of your smile, Invisalign blends so seamless that most people will never know your undergoing treatment to begin with.

Less Maintenance, More Comfortable

With the placement of wires and brackets comes the need to have your orthodontist constantly tighten and adjust the braces to keep your orthodontic treatment on track. When braces become tightened, the additional pressure placed on your teeth can cause some level of discomfort. The metal wires and brackets can also cause irritation when constantly rubbing on delicate part of the mouth, such as your tongue and cheeks.

Invisalign treatment requires no uncomfortable adjustments. Simply replace your aligner with a new one every one to two weeks and your treatment will continue uninterrupted. Since your aligners are removable, you don’t have to worry about using any special equipment when caring for your oral health. Simply brush and floss like normal and you’ll enjoy a healthy, great looking smile in no time.

Eat Whatever You Want

To maintain the wires and brackets used in traditional orthodontic treatment patients need to forego eating any item that could cause their appliance to become damaged. Items on the “do not eat” list include corn on the cob, nuts, hard candy, apples, a variety of different candies and anything that a lot of force to eat. While making this kind of sacrifice is fine when done in the name of receiving a healthier smile, Invisalign doesn’t require patients to sacrifice their favorite foods.

Since you can easily remove your aligners while eating, you can continue to enjoy whatever you want to eat and drink without needing to worry about damaging your braces.

Fewer Appointments

Traditional braces typically require patients to visit their orthodontists at least once a month to make any repairs and to have their appliance tightened. Such frequent visits can place quite the strain on the busy schedules of many working adults. With Invisalign, you don’t need to visit your dentist on a monthly basis as Invisalign comes with a set of trays you can change out at home. Our team at Northfield Family Dental we need to check on the progress of your treatment periodically, but not on a monthly basis.

Dental Check-up and Exams From Your Family Dentist in Northfield

Dental Check-up and Exams From Your Family Dentist in Northfield

As your family dentist in Northfield, our team of doctors at Northfield Family Dental conduct a comprehensive range of oral health examinations as part of the preventative dental care we provide to our patients. Preventative dental examinations allow our dentists to discover any potential issue or slight changes to your teeth and gums. In some cases, an X-ray may be needed to help diagnose an issue that may otherwise not be instantly visible during a routine oral checkup.

In addition to practicing quality oral hygiene at home, maintaining a healthy smile requires undergoing regular dental checkups, at least once every six months. Studies have found significant links between gum disease and a variety of chronic health issues that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer. Fortunately, regular checkups enable our doctors to detect gum disease early on while the disease is still easily treatable and the damage done reversible. 

Visual Examinations a Key to Better Oral Health

The dentist and/or hygienist performs a visual examination to detect a variety of oral health issues, including:

  • Cavities: The dentist will gently probe the entire surface of a tooth to find any signs of softness that may signal decay. Early detection makes it possible for our dentists to reverse the decline with fluoride treatment.
  • Periodontal Disease: As with cavities, the dentist identifies periodontal disease with by probing a patient’s gum tissue. The dentist will examine the gaps between your teeth and gums to discover the possible presence of gum disease. Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is easier to correct and treat during the early stage with specialized teeth cleaning and optimum dental hygiene regimen.
  • Oral Cancer: This condition usually affects the throat, lips, neck, head, and soft tissues of the oral cavity, and has better chances of being treated if detected early. The dentist will physically examine those areas for lumps, sores, or rough patches and press them for the presence of inflammation or tenderness.
  • Jaw and Bite Problems: Misaligned bite is problematic for your teeth and jaws, and may cause teeth grinding or jaw pain. During your dental exam, the dentist will examine your teeth alignment and bite to recommend the best course of treatment.

Teeth Cleanings

Dental experts recommend that you should have your teeth cleaned professionally biannually or even more often for those that have an increased risk for cavities or other dental related concerns such as periodontal disease. The hygienist will commence cleaning by eliminating the accumulation of tartar using a scaler to avert gum diseases or cavities.

After scaling, the hygienist will commence teeth polishing using a paste containing gentle abrasives to get rid of plaque and surface discolorations. Polishing smooths your teeth and reduces the chances of bacteria buildup. If necessary, fluoride treatment might be administered to remineralize the enamel and strengthen your teeth against cavities.

Digital X-Rays

Our dentist in Northfield uses digital x-rays to determine the state of your teeth and jaws. This step will help discover the presence of cavities, bone loss in the jaw or teeth eruption problems. The scans are environmentally-friendly and produce quicker images to reduce your exposure to radiation.

Medical History

During your initial visit to Northfield Family Dental for a dental exam, the dentist will review your medical history, and any medications you are currently taking that may affect your oral health.

Your Northfield Family Dentist is Here to Help

Don’t underestimate the importance of a healthy smile. Contact our office today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning with our team at Northfield Family Dental! 

 

Tips for Preventing Dental Caries

Dental caries is a result of tooth decay and yet, completely preventable with the proper oral hygiene regimen. People may not realize the tooth decay begins with an erosion of the tooth enamel that causes holes in the teeth. These holes are known as cavities. Here at Northfield Family Dental, your Denver CO dentist, If we do not treat dental caries, they will worsen to the point where we need to remove the entire tooth. In fact, this infection has the potential to spread to the root canal, gums and jaw bone. Dental caries can eventually result in tooth loss as well as bone loss.

ABIDE BY THESE TIPS TO PREVENT THE FORMATION OF DENTAL CARIES IN YOUR MOUTH.

AVOID FOODS AND BEVERAGES CONTAINING SUGAR

Foods that have sugar and starch spur a reaction within the mouth that causes tooth decay. Sugar interacts with bacteria within the saliva to create an acid that leads to tooth enamel erosion. So do not consume sugar-laden beverages like soda and juice with artificial sugar added. If you have a hankering for sweets, choose dark chocolate and clean your teeth after indulging.

BRUSH YOUR TEETH AT LEAST TWO TIMES PER DAY

While it seems like brushing one’s teeth two times per day would be easy enough, plenty of people fail to do it. Brush your teeth at least once in the morning and once at night. This brushing will eliminate built-up plaque and bacteria that cause dental caries and gum disease. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. The tongue is chock full of bacteria. People need to clean the tongue thoroughly with a tongue scraper or toothbrush.

MAKE FLUORIDE YOUR FRIEND

Fluoride strengthens the enamel on the teeth and thwarts tooth decay. Fluoride is in tap water, toothpaste and specialized trays provided by the dentist. It might also be possible to take fluoride in pill form if the dentist believes it will assist with one’s oral health challenges.

FLOSS AT LEAST ONCE EACH DAY

Brushing in and of itself will not suffice for a thorough cleaning of the teeth. Floss is necessary to reach those small crevices the brush bristles cannot reach. The bottom line is if an individual does not floss, then the mouth is not truly clean. The plaque will gradually accumulate in the small spaces between the teeth and around the gum line, causing tooth decay, gum disease and other problems. So be sure to floss at least once per day. Ideally, the individual will floss after meals as well.

THE GUMS MATTER A GREAT DEAL

If a person notices any differences in his or her gums, it is a sign something bad is happening in the mouth. If the gums appear to be inflamed or the person sees blood when brushing, then the person needs to consider these signs of underlying issues. When flossing, people need to make sure to glide the floss between the gums and the tooth and move it around a bit to loosen all those food particles. Furthermore, it will help to swish with a mouthwash that has fluoride to combat dental caries and other issues with the gums.

VISIT YOUR DENTIST TWICE EACH YEAR

Abide by a regular schedule of dental examinations and treatments to minimize the chances of dental caries. The dentist will analyze the patient’s mouth, check for dental caries, perform a thorough cleaning and help in other ways. The patient needs to follow the dentist’s advice to combat dental caries. By doing so, the mouth will prove to be that much healthier as time progresses. Call Northfield Family Dental, your Denver CO dentist, at (720) 778-0400 to schedule an appointment today.

Are your teeth sensitive to cold?

There are several reasons why teeth can be sensitive to cold temperatures, here are couple reason why your teeth may be sensitive to cold temperatures. Here at Northfield Family Dental. the best dentistry Denver, Colorado has to offer, we want to share those reasons with you:

Exposed root surface (recession) – When gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, it exposes the next layer of the tooth or the root surface. The root contains tubules that lead to the nerve and when you eat or drink something cold the stimuli travel to the nerve causing pain.

– Treatment options: Using a sensitivity toothpaste, having a professional fluoride treatment, or prescription fluoride toothpaste.

– Decay: When a cavity forms, the larger it grows, the more sensitive to cold it may become.

– Treatment options: If a cavity is getting close to the nerve, it may need a filling or other restorative treatment. An x-ray will be necessary to diagnose decay.
Acid erosion: Acid reflux, frequent exposure to acidic beverages, frequent whitening, and also vomiting can lead to erosion on the enamel of your teeth, making the edges appear translucent.

– Decrease your consumption of acidic beverages or drink water afterward.
Whitening- It is not uncommon to have sensitivity after whitening your teeth or using a whitening toothpaste.

– Treatment options: Discontinue whitening products, use a toothpaste without whiteners (non-abrasive) or tartar control, use a fluoride mouth rinse.
Clenching or grinding: The forces from clenching your teeth together or grinding them side to side can wear down the cusps of your teeth, forming little “potholes” or making them flat. The second layer of tooth (dentin) is then exposed which is more susceptible to the elements in your oral cavity. Once your enamel is gone, it cannot come back. Prevention is key!

– Treatment options: Often times, your dental professional is the first person to inform you of any signs of clenching or grinding. Wearing a protective night guard or orthotic device can help with symptoms and allow your jaw to relax. Also, it’s better to wear down a piece of plastic than your teeth.

– Recent dental work: It’s considered normal to have sensitivity after recent dental work. Allow the tooth a few months to settle down and heal from the restorative treatment performed and please call us at 720-778-0400 if you’re experiencing dental pain as we want to address those concerns immediately.

Alternatives to Flossing

As much as we would love everyone to floss every single day, we are realistic and understand that some people can’t or, won’t floss…ever. Circumstances such as larger spaces in between the teeth, a small mouth, large hands, arthritis, or specific dental restorations can make it difficult to maneuver floss for effective oral hygiene. Did you know that if you are only brushing, you’re only cleaning 60% of your teeth?

Listed below are some of our picks for alternatives to flossing:
•Waterpik: delivers a stream of water to stimulate the gum tissue and flush out food particles between the teeth, around crowns, and around orthodontic appliances.
•Air Flosser: similar to a waterpik, it gently delivers a microburst of air and water to clean between the teeth in less than one minute.
•Soft Picks: shaped like tiny Christmas trees, these rubber picks gently fit between the teeth in tight spaces where other picks and oral hygiene aids can’t.
•Proxabrushes: these small picks look like mini pipe cleaners and work great in bigger spaces, food traps, and areas where floss isn’t as efficient.

Please note: Nothing replaces or is as effective as string floss. However, any of these methods are helpful in keeping your mouth more healthy, despite lack of flossing. If you have any questions for Northfield Family Dental, your Denver family dentists of choice, regarding your oral hygiene please contact us at 720-778-0400. Thank you and have a great day!

Is Flouride Right For You?

Have you ever been offered a fluoride treatment at your dental office, and wondered if this is the right treatment for you?  Below, we will outline the benefits and uses of fluoride varnish, and why your dentist may recommend it for you:

  • Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay by stopping demineralization and helping to remineralize the tooth structure.  High concentration fluoride, that can be applied by your dental professional, can also stop the bacterial metabolism that leads to acid erosion and cavities.
  • Fluoride can also help to prevent tooth sensitivity.  Tooth sensitivity can be cause by a loss of the enamel layer of the tooth, or gumline recession.  When this happens, the tooth’s dentin has become exposed.  Fluoride helps to block the dentinal tubules, and reduce temperature sensitivity.
  • Fluoride is an inexpensive preventative procedure that can minimize your risk for developing cavities, remineralize early decay and strengthen your tooth structure.  At Northfield Family Dental we use a leading edge product called fluoride varnish.  Studies show fluoride varnish to be the most effective and safe product available for tooth remineralization and desensitization.

Northfield Family Dental using strict guidelines created by the American Dental Association for an individuals risk of caries.  Northfield Family Dental utilizes the Caries Classification System to determine which patients are at higher risk of getting caries lesions.

If you are interested in learning more about a Fluoride treatment and the benefits of a professional application please consult with Denver Family Denitst Dr. Cardon or one of our highly trained hygienists.

Benefits of Receiving Comprehensive and Quadrant Based Dental Care

Are you in need of extensive dental treatment? There’s a way to save time, money, and look fabulous. How? The secret is our approach to comprehensive dentistry at Northfield Family Dental. What we’re referring to is Quadrant Dentistry.

What is quadrant dentistry? When you’re in need of a lot of dental work, Dr. Cardon can work in quadrants (or sections) to take care of multiple teeth in a single appointment. By taking care of all of your dental needs in one appointment, you:

  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Prevent future problems
  • Look fabulous

This comprehensive approach will benefit your oral and overall health in the long run.

Quadrant Dentistry Saves You Time

You’re busy and it can be difficult to see us for multiple appointments. With quadrant dentistry, our dentists work in sections to get your major dental work done in one appointment. You don’t need to worry about returning for multiple appointments to focus on one tooth at a time. In turn, you take less time off from work and spend more time with your family. Quadrant dentistry is especially useful for anxious patients who embrace fewer appointments and fewer injections.

Quadrant Dentistry Can Save You Money

While costs of taking care of all your dentistry remain the same, you DO save money over time. By taking care of all of your dental needs at once, you save the overall expenses of missing work, including lost wages and sick/vacation time.

Quadrant Dentistry Prevents Future Problems

Getting all of your dentistry completed at once will prevent future (and expensive) dental problems. If we’re working on quadrants (or adjacent teeth) of your smile, Dr. Cardon can prepare your teeth efficiently. This limits damage to your gums, and your smile will be easier to clean and maintain. In turn, you’ll have a healthier mouth and won’t need extensive dentistry in the future.

Taking this proactive approach will benefit your oral and overall health in the long run. The longer you put off the dentistry you need, the more likely you’ll experience significant health risks, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature birth
  • And much more

You’ll Look Amazing With Quadrant Dentistry

Have you been hiding your smile? Having a healthy smile complements your facial features and makes you look youthful and attractive. Thanks to quadrant dentistry, you can smile more confidently faster because all of our restorative services focus on function AND beauty.

Comprehensive and Quadrant Dentistry Go Hand in Hand

We believe in taking a comprehensive approach at Northfield Family Dental. That means looking at the whole you – not just your teeth. By taking care of your smile in quadrants, your oral and overall health will thrive and benefit you in the long run. We believe getting more done for your smile at once will benefit your oral and overall health in the long run. Call our office today at 720-778-0400 to schedule your comprehensive smile consultation.

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