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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk In Southern Alaska

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Most health-conscious individuals in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Eagle River area exercise regularly, and many turn to sports drinks for hydration.

While it’s true that they help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), the acidity in sports drinks can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites are more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at your Southern Alaska or Palmer gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already experienced staining and tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers and teeth whitening in Anchorage, give Excellence In Dentistry a call at 907-349-0022.

We are a superior Anchorage, Alaska dental practice that offers:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces

Dr. Kirk Johnson has been treating dental patients in the Eagle River area since 1987. The caring staff here can answer any questions you have about preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings and smile makeovers.

Call us today for an appointment!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska

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Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing In Anchorage, Alaska

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5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Excellence In Dentistry, on the web at

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with mouthwash for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association suggests you start with about 18 inches. About 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” the floss for a new section for the next tooth’s edges.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the commitment now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.

Use those fingers to dial our number for a consultation: 907-349-0022 or meet us online

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Excellence In Dentistry helps with a variety ways with your dental needs.

  • Invisalign invisible braces
  • sedation dentistry
  • dental implants
  • teeth whitening
  • porcelain veneers

One of our specialties is cosmetic dentistry. If you need restoring smiles or placing dental implants, then we are your best friends. Our staff members are trained to be courteous, responsible, respectful and focused.

Currently accepting patients from all over: Eagle River, Southern Alaska, Wasilla, as well as Palmer.



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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK


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Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a child, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know Anchorage teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can affect teeth for life. Let’s explore some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth issues include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is essential to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their daughter or son abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help youth with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any Alaska high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can damage enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage Anchorage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral issues develop unnoticed. To schedule an intensive examination and cleaning, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022.


Contact Excellence In Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK


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Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Anchorage, Alaska

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Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska believes every patient deserves a beautiful smile whether it takes Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, or dental implants.

Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 907-349-0022 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.

Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.

What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Our patients in Eagle River, Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer come from all backgrounds and have a wide range of dental issues. For many, dental implants are a terrific solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit with Dr. Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry 1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101, Anchorage, Alaska 99515 is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the vital details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be necessary.

How do I ensure successful healing?
Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, dangerous habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.

The complete process can take months from consultation to complete healing and placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of dental implants and think about financing options.

Visit for more specifics about our practice and services including invisalign braces, gum contouring, veneers and teeth whitening. Our caring staff is ready to offer cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, placing dental implants and many other general and cosmetic procedures.

for your health, beauty and well-being


Contact Excellence In Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK


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How To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Palmer

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Ouch! No Eagle River dental patient wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth, so today in the Excellence In Dentistry dental blog we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; you should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry Southern Alaska cinephiles) popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local Wasilla or Palmer rec center basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, pick up a mouth guard at a Eagle River area sporting goods store.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. Talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist and try some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.

Be sure to keep your regular check-ups with your Southern Alaska dentist because your dentist can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Hi. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Anchorage. I practice general and cosmetic dentistry. My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

If you are in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area and are in need of dental care or have questions about teeth whitening or smile makeovers please give us a call at 907-349-0022.

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Making The Cost Of Dental Treatment Palatable

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A healthy smile is priceless and superior dental care is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. But the cost for treatment and precision restorations can sometimes be prohibitive. Knowing what to expect price-wise can make your dental visit more palatable.

Obviously, the cost of some procedures such as crowns versus fillings are dependent upon unknown factors. X-rays can show the basic problem but sometimes the extent of the damage isn’t clear until we get in there. Our caring staff works to offer estimates based on best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Nailing down the cost is much easier once the overall treatment plan is established. Dr. Kirk Johnson performs an oral exam, reviews the patient’s dental history, and consults with the patient before creating an estimate. The price is influenced by the patient’s current condition, cosmetic goals, and long-term functionality.

Usually, the cost of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, denture fittings, and the price of cosmetic dentistry can be explained at the initial consultation with Dr. Johnson. We encourage our patients to take some time to review the options before they elect which elective procedures to pursue. We never pressure our patients to make a quick decision about something as important as dental treatment.

Here at Excellence In Dentistry, we are committed to customized patient-focused care. Often the treatment plan will be extended over several visits to allow healing and adjustment in the mouth before doing more work.

With restorations, the most conservative treatment is always preferred. The cost is weighed with priority for adequate eating and speaking functionality. Personal confidence in appearance is also taken into account and given priority.

Dr. Johnson has been practicing caring dentistry since 1987. If you are in the market for teeth whitening or porcelain veneers but are worried about how much it will set you back or whether your insurance company covers the procedure, then call 907-349-0022 today and let us look into it for you.

Feel free to shop around and compare our affordable prices to other dentists in the area – but be wary of bargain-basement dental advertisements. Many ads present a false picture of the actual cost of the treatment. And, do you really want to trust your smile to the lowest bidder?

Thank you for visiting our blog.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

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Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic With Excellence In Dentistry

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See Dr. Kirk Johnson right away and get on with life.

Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call (720) 306-8057 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

We’ve been around since 1987 – serving your neighbors in Anchorage  and improving smiles for Wasilla patients.

When Anchorage residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Southern Alaska patients have needed restoring smiles, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need placing dental implants, we are excited with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants and teeth whitening. Trust Dr. Johnson to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.



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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure At Excellence In Dentistry

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Scared of dental visits or even Invisalign invisible braces? Let Excellence In Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

1. Remember Dr. Kirk Johnson is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

2. Take some time to relax and consider what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better smile. Remember that many Anchorage folks have been in your shoes and passed with flying colors. Especially all of our visitors who came in for restoring smiles, our most popular service.

3. Know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

4. Have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we are aware of your dental goals, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, and sedation dentistry to name just a few.

5. Trust the outstanding staff at Excellence In Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after process. We’ve been doing this since 1987.

6. Our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you actually want answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 O’Malley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515

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Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety

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Are you worried about seeing the dentist? Are you confused about discussing your smile? In addition to the fact that we offer sedation dentistry, settling into the reality of what you are prepared to discuss with your dentist is the first step to relief.

1. Talk To Us:
Whether you want to have Invisalign invisible braces or sedation dentistry done, call now to schedule a consultation. If you’re nervous about dental implants or in denial about the need for teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, the reality is that Dr. Kirk Johnson has been meeting with patients since 1987 in Anchorage, Alaska 99515. Excellence In Dentistry has been here and will continue to be here for you when you’re ready. 907-349-0022

2. Choose a Dentist:

The next step is making a choice. As you sift through the choices and pick the right dentist in Anchorage, Alaska keep in mind that Excellence In Dentistry offers competitive pricing and affordable options. The reality is that we service the Southern Alaska, Wasilla, Palmer areas with pleasure and look forward to treating your dental concerns with accuracy, gentleness and care.

3. Go Forward with Confidence:
The final step to relief is just smiling. We’d like to take care of placing dental implants or cosmetic dentistry or restoring smiles for you. And we are certain you’ll walk out the door smiling.

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Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Excellence In Dentistry blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Eagle River area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in dental implants, teeth whitening or sedation dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 O’Malley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists,, accessed June 4, 2014

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