Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth Custer Here at Destination Dentistry, we have noticed more and more patients with stress-related dental issues. Custer men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Those who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as canker and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any Black Hills, Southern Hills, or Mount Rushmore drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Custer residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Destination Dentistry our knowledgeable staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

And Custer dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Black Hills, Southern Hills, and Mount Rushmore areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Destination Dentistry today. We offer sedation dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic dentistry, and TMJ/TMD treatment. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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5 Smile Makeover Questions For Custer Smiles

Smile Makeover In Custer

If you are considering a multi-procedure smile makeover or extensive restorative dental work, here are four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
At Destination Dentistry, our Custer smile makeover patients can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures necessary to achieve your perfect smile. We develop a unique treatment plan for each patient after an extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many Black Hills and Southern Hills cosmetic dental patients benefit from sedation or ‘sleep’ dentistry. Conscious sedation is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost?
We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most Custer dental patients. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered. Many Custer residents use flex spending accounts for dental work and reap the tax advantages. Call us at 605-593-9821 to discuss dental financing options in Custer.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some treatments such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the necessary healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Destination Dentistry in Custer our patients experience terrific results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Call Destination Dentistry today at 605-593-9821 to schedule a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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3 Tips To Make Brushing In Custer Count

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Many of our patients walk in for CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns, family dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry. Many for routine checkups and cleanings. Most really want to know if they are brushing properly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered – from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques – is our business. At Destination Dentistry we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Gentle brushing will accomplish 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 address 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 beginning buildup. 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 extraordinary 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 essential. 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.

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Here at Destination Dentistry we understand that nature has dealt crooked teeth, sensitive teeth, and weak teeth to many patients throughout the Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, and Southern Hills communities. When you schedule an appointment, you will be advised on ways to fix your smile.

We provide our patients with the following services and many more: TMJ/TMD treatment, teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Schedule a consultation at our office at 141 N 5th St in Custer, South Dakota 57730 to ask about Invisalign braces, dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, white fillings or the cost of dental procedures. We are passionate about providing answers. Call 605-593-9821 today.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Oral Health

Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most Custer people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. Today’s article is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.” 1

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”2

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”3

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.” 4

We are Destination Dentistry in Custer. We encourage all of our patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. At Destination Dentistry, we offer the full complement of dental services in our well-appointed office. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, TMJ/TMD treatment, or tooth-colored fillings.

We are currently accepting new patients at Destination Dentistry. Our friendly team of dental professionals would love to serve your family with all of their dental needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling 605-593-9821.

1 SH Stein, DA Tipton, “Vitamin D and its impact on oral health–an update., Spring 2011, PubMed.gov NIH,” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21748977, accessed on June 23, 2014
2 1University of Washington, “Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay,” ScienceDaily, November 27, 2012, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127130321.htm, accessed on June 23, 2014
3 “Maternal Vitamin D Levels and Early Childhood Caries May be Linked, Researchers Find,”Journal of the American Dental Association, June 1, 2014, http://jada.info/content/145/6/526.3.full, accessed on June 23, 2014
4 “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?,” WebMD, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-d?page=2, accessed on June 23, 2014

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Protect Your Athlete’s Teeth

Protecting Your Custer Athlete's Teeth Do you have a son or daughter that plays Custer youth sports? Soccer, baseball, football, and basketball can be very risky for your child’s teeth.

Football is a violent contact sport, yet there is a relatively low rate of tooth injuries that occur in football as compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are instructed to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Inexpensive athletic dental mouth guards are worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport and does not currently wear a tooth protection device, we recommend that you buy an appropriately-sized mouth guard and make sure they wear it. They are available at most Custer athletic supply stores. Some dentists make custom athletic mouthguards that furnish even better protection than the one-size fits all varieties.

Is your child still a toddler? It’s not too early to start protecting their oral health. If your toddler has not yet had a dental examination, call us at 605-593-9821 to schedule one. Starting early dental visits is important for lifelong oral health.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer, South Dakota, we care about your child’s health and safety. To discuss your child’s dental condition or to learn more about sports-related tooth injury prevention, call us at 605-593-9821. We have been keeping young athlete’s smiles healthy since 1978. Our child-friendly staff will cater to your son or daughter. Let us show you why we are not an ordinary Custer dental practice.

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Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most Custer adults have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect – you guessed it – your teeth.

The obvious risks to oral health are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the over-consumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can increase plaque production, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of periodontal disease? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with our team at Destination Dentistry today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, cosmetic dentistry, and TMJ/TMD treatment.

It’s ironic, but for some Custer residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Oral Health

7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

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Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the Custer area, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. Today in the Destination Dentistry dental blog, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

At Destination Dentistry in Custer, we offer the following services:

sedation dentistry
tooth-colored fillings
cosmetic dentistry
TMJ/TMD treatment

And more! So, if you are in the Black Hills, Southern Hills, or Mount Rushmore area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 605-593-9821.

We hope to hear from you soon!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on March 7, 2013

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile in Custer There is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s whole face when they smile and laugh. No one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth.

This is a great time for Custer men, women and teens to get a deep teeth cleaning and tooth whitening at Destination Dentistry in Custer. With a deep cleaning followed by teeth bleaching, your teeth will feel as good as they look.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, a smile makeover will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

You have probably seen the porcelain tabs in graduated shades that Custer dentists use to determine appropriate, yet natural looking, shades for tooth restorations. Mount Rushmore teeth bleaching can whiten teeth beyond their natural shade. Many Custer cosmetic dentistry practices don’t use a conventional shade chart for whitening patients anymore.

There are now shade guides with levels significantly whiter than the guides used in the past. Tooth whitening is not a gimmick; it is safe and incredibly effective. Custer tooth bleaching patients can maintain a white shade that equals the brightness of the ‘tooth’ models you see in dental marketing.

Mount Rushmore tooth whitening following twice-yearly cleanings is usually the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure. Tooth bleaching in Custer is comparable to the cost of a professional hair weaving and cut, but when you consider the transformation – there is no comparison! Flash your gorgeous, sparkling smile, and no one will even notice your hair!

 

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In Custer

Custer Teeth Bleaching Why should everyone in Custer brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
  3. Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

Call Destination Dentistry at 605-593-9821 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Custer.

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

Posted in Oral Health

Remake Your Smile With Bonding And Shaping

Remake Your Custer Smile With Bonding And Shaping

Hello Custer friends of Destination Dentistry! When you think about getting into shape, your teeth are probably not the first body parts that come to mind. But your Custer dentist may be able to improve your smile with bonding and enamel shaping, and you won’t even have to join a gym!

I’m Dr. Rebecca Kretschmar, an experienced Custer dentist, and today on my dental blog I want to explain a little more about these relatively conservative cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve your smile without major remodeling.

Bonding is a great way to improve the appearance of teeth that are cracked, stained, broken, chipped, or have large spaces between them. When teeth are bonded, your Custer dentist applies tooth-colored materials, and “bonds” them to the tooth surface.

Usually used in conjunction with bonding, enamel shaping is the process of modifying teeth by contouring or removing enamel. Something my Black Hills, Southern Hills, and Mount Rushmore patients love about enamel shaping is that it’s quick, painless, and the often dramatic results are immediate.

If you are looking for quality, affordable Custer dental care, give us a call at 605-593-9821. Our knowledgeable dental team would be happy to answer any questions you have about any of our cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and tooth whitening. We would love to explain the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry, TMJ/TMD treatment, and teeth whitening and let you see our gallery of before and after photos of smile makeovers.

If it has been a while since you have treated your teeth to a deep cleaning, call today to book an appointment with the most gentle yet thorough dental hygienists in Custer!

 

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

 

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At Destination Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic and family dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in Custer or Black Hills area.
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