Not Happy With Your Oklahoma City Dentist?

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Hello Oklahoma friends! Welcome to OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and unprecedented cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. Our services include:

sedation dentistry
restorative dentistry
general dentistry
porcelain veneers
Immediate care for dental emergencies
Strong, natural looking restorations
A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

I am Dr. Sterling Stalder. We are located at 930 SW 107th St in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I have been practicing advanced dentistry since 1986 and am a member of Crown Council. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Perhaps your smile is beautiful and you only need a cleaning. Our talented OKC Smiles dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit OKC Smiles for an informative consultation and examination.

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Norman, Edmond, and Mustang dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can enhance your teeth, it’s natural to examine changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This often results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of Oklahoma City dentists offer quick in-office teeth whitening procedures that can ordinarily beautify your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using unprecedented cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, Moore dentists are helping patients get the outstanding look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr. Sterling Stalder, a Oklahoma City dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Norman, Edmond, or Mustang area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 405-543-2690.

Here at OKC Smiles, we offer sedation dentistry, restorative dentistry, general dentistry, and porcelain veneers.

Call for your appointment today!

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

It happens to most Oklahoma City residents at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of a detrimental infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental problem that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be needed.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.

I am Dr. Sterling Stalder of OKC Smiles. If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, I encourage you to communicate with me. To schedule an appointment, call my office today at 405-543-2690.

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

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Into The Thick Of It – The Skinny On Toothpaste

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Welcome to our blog, Oklahoma City! I’m happy about how much I have to share with you about toothpaste and oral hygiene in the short time we have together. Enjoy!

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive nature of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Rough brushing becomes unnecessary for Oklahoma City dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering food particles and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty options?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, dynamic toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for Oklahoma City men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to avoid periodontal disease and to also brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is critical and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious Moore residents for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another vital dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with tooth brushing aids in averting bacterial growth, tooth decay and plaque buildup by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash simply adds yet another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Dr. Sterling Stalder and the staff at OKC Smiles encourage a committed, consistent approach to dental hygiene.  We are located at: 930 SW 107th St in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170

If you need information about dental implants, restorations, veneers or crowns, call us today at 405-543-2690. We are proud to serve Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with comprehensive dental services.

Proudly Serving OKC for over 20 years

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

Posted in Dental Health

You May Have Gingivitis

Oklahoma City Dentistry Every person’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are devoted to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t impact your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause troubles.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease. At OKC Smiles, we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

It is essential for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a signal that something is not right.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the Moore area, call OKC Smiles at 405-543-2690.

Dr.Stalder will complete a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you.

OKC Smiles is a full-service dental practice at 930 SW 107th St in Oklahoma City. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in Oklahoma City and the nearby communities of Moore, Norman, Edmond and Mustang.

During your dental consultation, we can discuss any cosmetic or restorative care in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to realize beautiful smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule a thorough cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who carry out the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Schedule a dental consultation today by calling 405-543-2690.

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

Posted in Dental Health

Peace Of Mind At OKC Smiles

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At OKC Smiles, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are enthusiastic about your peace of mind at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City:

1. We don’t judge you. Dr. Sterling Stalder has devoted a professional career to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

The dental team at OKC Smiles is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental trouble. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Dr. Stalder is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some patients get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only aids in pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more details about sedation, call 405-543-2690 to schedule a consultation. We can explore the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can pick the one that is best for you.

4. We communicate with you.
Dr. Stalder has established a reputation as an effective and responsive communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your critical questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you consider it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give Dr. Stalder and the team at OKC Smiles a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

Posted in Dental Health

Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Oklahoma City, Oklahoma drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

Many folks in the Oklahoma City area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two essential habits that have the greatest influence on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash needed?

I’m Dr. Mark Phan of OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same benefit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the issue. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the issue because they can cause dry mouth – a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are commonly more effective for freshening breath. These products are usually called fluoride rinses.

If you have chronic bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to identify the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, choose a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

Thank you for visiting the Oklahoma City dental blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, OKC Smiles, provides trusted dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 405-543-2690. A member of my friendly and outgoing staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

 

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Relax In Comfort And Style At OKC Smiles In Oklahoma City

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Thank you for visiting the OKC Smiles dental blog. Today, I’d like to explore an important but often-overlooked feature in our practice: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Oklahoma City furniture store?

Dental chairs were established especially for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. Dentists throughout the known world are delighted with the recent innovations in seat technology.

Sterling Stalder DDS at OKC Smiles has been leaning over patients since 1986. The adjustable seat has saved Dr. Stalder from discomfort as services are rendered such as porcelain veneers and restorative dentistry.

Oklahoma City patients have been lying back in OKC Smiles’s comfortable seats since 1986. The cushioned comfort has pampered our patients while allowing Sterling Stalder to comfortably perform essential procedures like general dentistry, Invisalign, or sedation dentistry. Hurray for technology!

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Visit our office at 930 SW 107th St Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170 and enjoy a spectacular view of our ceiling from any one of our extraordinary dental chairs. Most Oklahoma dental practices have them and there is probably not much of a difference between theirs and ours. What sets us apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience and competitive pricing. With all the overhead that has to be paid for x-ray equipment, procedure supplies, utilities and, of course, our marvelous chairs, we’re pleased to keep the price of preventative and cosmetic dentistry reasonable for our friends and neighbors in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Call our office today at 405-543-2690 to find out if dental restoration, braces, crowns, veneers, tooth implants, sedation, teeth whitening, or any cosmetic dental procedure is something we can provide for you.

We are proud to offer mobile dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants in a comfortable position, in a comfortable chair.

Proudly Serving OKC for over 20 years- Sterling Stalder, DDS

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Moore Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Moore dental patients. As your Dr., I’m dedicated to helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Moore dental practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We usually forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of foods to include in your diet include foods rich in B vitamins such as fish, eggs, breads and cereals. Fruits and vegetables are high in many vitamins and are the foundation of a healthy diet, but the Vitamin C in them can help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is essential to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be harmful. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Oklahoma City area, contact OKC Smiles at 405-543-2690. We would love to hear from you.

-Sterling Stalder, DDS

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

Posted in General Dentistry

OKC Smiles: Calming Root Canal Fears

Oklahoma Dentist Calms Root Canal Fears In Oklahoma City, a dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. OKC Smiles tries to discourage that image with a friendly and outgoing staff and qualified dentists. However, endodontic therapy, a dental procedure commonly known as a root canal, still carries a strong association with pain that sometimes keeps people from regularly visiting the dentist and tending optimally to their oral health.

When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a qualified dentist in Oklahoma can clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. Your dentist will then seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal. The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits to your Oklahoma dental practice. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.

Teeth that are more prone to requiring a root canal procedure are cracked or chipped, have received repeated dental procedures, have been damaged by trauma to the face, or are suffering from deep tooth decay. Wearing a mouth guard during sporting activities can help prevent damage sustained to teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as daily flossing and brushing, coupled with regular dental visits, can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.

Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to your dentist is critical and can relieve much of your anxiety. Root canals are often not painful, and for many people the pain of the infection experienced beforehand is worse than any pain that might be experienced during the procedure.

If you are looking for a trusted and experienced dentist in the Oklahoma City, we invite you to give OKC Smiles a call at 405-543-2690 to schedule a consultation.

Proudly Serving OKC for over 20 years

 

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-543-2690

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

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