When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life is busy for many Oklahoma City residents. At times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done and many are delayed or dropped altogether. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter or you realize that you’ve had a leaky faucet since the Clinton administration. Many important things get put on the back burner, but we appeal to you not to get careless about crucial dental care.

Here are some typical dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve a careful two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Feel Tooth Pain
We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to calculus, you can’t brush it off with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can hurt your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss. When you wrap a string of floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more thoroughly clean that crucial area around and just below the gumline. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay in a minuscule crack the floss pick skipped over day after day.

At OKC Smiles, we encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry to guard their smiles for life. We deliver the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental procedures including general dentistry, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, and restorative dentistry. For more information, call OKC Smiles today at 405-543-2690 or visit http://www.okcsmiles.com/about-us/.

 

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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Sparkling Smiles At OKC Smiles

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Welcome to the OKC Smiles dental blog, Oklahoma City! I am Dr. Sterling Stalder. Today’s post focuses on teeth whitening.

Unfortunately our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but I see staining on young patients, as well. Moore area residents of all ages want whiter teeth.

To protect from staining, it is critical to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

Tooth whitening products like kits, strips, whitening mouthwashes, and toothpastes can lighten stains slightly, but for a truly stunning smile, OKC Smiles is your brilliant solution!

If you have existing dental work such as porcelain crowns, dental bonding, or veneers, the whitening process can be trickier, but not impossible. Teeth whitening will not lighten the stains on your restorations and your whitened natural teeth will make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At OKC Smiles, we can upgrade your dull restorations including veneers, crowns or bondings.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at OKC Smiles and can produce remarkable results over time.

For more information on getting a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly and outgoing team at 405-543-2690 for a tooth whitening consultation today!

OKC Smiles provides general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Ask us about financing options.

 

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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Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Oklahoma City

In today’s OKC Smiles blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am Dr. Sterling Stalder and I want all expectant Oklahoma mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.

Many Oklahoma City women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Most Oklahoma City residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are a pregnant Oklahoma woman, my staff and I at OKC Smiles recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.

If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 405-543-2690. Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.

At OKC Smiles we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care and sedation dentistry for the entire family. Our Oklahoma City patients can expect professional mobile dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and Norman cosmetic dentistry.

 

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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Help For Tetracycline Stains At OKC Smiles

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At OKC Smiles

Here at OKC Smiles, our mission is making the smiles of all Oklahoma dental patients white and bright. My name is Sterling Stalder and today we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal Oklahoma water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many Oklahoma City adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call me today at 405-543-2690 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at OKC Smiles for treating discolored teeth are beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). The reason I recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. At OKC Smiles we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Oklahoma City veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at OKC Smiles also offer teeth whitening in Oklahoma City, dental restorations and invisible braces. Come see why the patients of Oklahoma City have been improving their smiles at OKC Smiles since 1986.

 

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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The OKC Smiles Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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Hearing that you have periodontal disease or “gum disease” can be upsetting. Here at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums
Swollen, tender gums
Receding gums
Bad breath that won’t go away
Loose adult teeth
Sensitive teeth

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, Dr. Sterling Stalder has answers.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
Brush with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Visit dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
Avoid between-meal snacking
Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

Scaling
Root planing
Antibiotics
Surgery

Dr. Stalder knows gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is essential for preventing the pain and health issues associated with periodontal disease. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

Dr. Stalder is equipped with the education and experience to care for the full gamut of Moore patients’ dental needs including mobile dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants.

 

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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3 Smart Smile Solutions

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In today’s article we will focus on three innovative procedures used in smile redesigns.

1. Tooth Implants
Tooth implants are transforming the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the prime solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is attached, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants have many essential advantages over dental bridges. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stalder to learn more.

2. Invisible Braces
Invisible braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. There are a couple of different kinds of invisible braces including Damon Braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

3. White Fillings
If you had tooth decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns.

OKC Smiles has been providing unmatched dental care since 1986. We look forward to meeting you. Call us 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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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

 

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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

 

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