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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 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx, accessed June 4, 2014

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Worried About Dental Visits In Anchorage, Alaska?

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“How can I deal with anxiety about visiting the dentist for the first time?”

1. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example: pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.
2. Discuss these fears and concerns with your dentist.
3. Expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving concerns.

Dr. Kirk Johnson has been helping anxious patients relax and feel comfortable since 1987.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what the process will entail can be formidable. Allowing Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry to professionally address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits manageable for both parties.

Located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101, Anchorage, Alaska, we provide exceptional expertise in many areas of dentistry. Education, training and certifications are important to our office conduct. We would be happy to see patients throughout Wasilla for any procedures needed.

We perform services such as Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. If those don’t address your needs there are many more we haven’t mentioned.

We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss any of the following questions:

What is the price of Invisalign invisible braces?
Are braces an option for my tooth crowding?
What is the cost of dental crowns?
Do I have a need for a root canal?
How do dental bridges work?
What is the cost of teeth whitening and stain removal?
What is laser teeth whitening?
What is the price of porcelain veneers?
What is dental bonding?
What are dental implants?

We understand you may be traveling from Eagle River, Southern Alaska, Wasilla, or Palmer to visit our office in Anchorage, Alaska. Please don’t let the unknown keep you from receiving the quality dental care that will ensure a healthy smile. We have answers for your dental questions.

You might be interested in cosmetic dentistry. Even if you are nervous about the procedures, remember, smile makeovers build confidence in the long run. You will enjoy your healthy, beautiful smile long after you forget the anxiety of the dental treatment. Knowledge brings power to anyone afraid of dental care. Dr. Kirk Johnson can educate and provide information valuable to you from your first visit onward.

Call us to set up an informative meeting at 907-349-0022 whether you have urgent problems or simply need an exam and cleaning. Count on Excellence In Dentistry to put you at ease.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022

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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal In Eagle River

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When you go to your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitener, or another oral care product, be sure that the product you choose carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Today in our Anchorage dental blog, we are going to look at 4 ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your money on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

2. The American Dental Association (or ADA) only places their seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with your Anchorage dentist or dental hygienist right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

4. The ADA Seal is not an endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in
Anchorage. We also serve the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and, like the ADA, want you to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look! Even just one procedure such as porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, or teeth whitening can significantly improve your smile.

Our practice offers:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

Contact us at 907-349-0022 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/ada-seal-products/, accessed on June 5, 2013

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile In Eagle River

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 ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska life, particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some of the most important guidelines are highlighted here.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Anchorage, Alaska area drugstore.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged. This includes many Eagle River recreation league and school sponsored sports.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Anchorage fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

Excellence In Dentistry has been serving the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area since 1987. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 907-349-0022 so we can make an appointment for you.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/services/


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on Feb. 21, 2013

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Is Eagle River Flossing out of Fear?

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Most Anchorage men and women know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The value of this simple yet important exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role in Eagle River’s commitment to the practice?

Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces that a toothbrush will undoubtedly miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may still not compel Anchorage folks to floss regularly. The fear of gingivitis and gum disease or crowns and fillings from cavities work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.

At Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to increase motivation and initiate flossing into your established routine.

Flossing can be a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet. Living in health-conscious communities such as Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska can also help motivate you to floss regularly. The fresh air you breathe on a short walk will feel smooth as your run your tongue along the ridges of your teeth near the gums.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call us at 907-349-0022. The caring dental staff at Excellence In Dentistry knows that flossing can be a concern for their Anchorage dental patients and a brightened patient is always better than a frightened one. At Excellence In Dentistry, we offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make a cosmetic dental appointment today to consider whether dental implants can lighten your look, porcelain veneers can influence your flair, and sedation dentistry or teeth whitening can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it a fantastic experience!

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

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Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smiles To Excellence In Dentistry

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson. Practicing dentistry at Excellence In Dentistry is enjoyable and rewarding. I appreciate the relationships I have formed with my valued patients who trust me to care for their teeth. If you are one of my patients, let me thank you personally for allowing me to serve your dental needs. I know you have many other choices for dentistry in the Eagle River area.

Kudos to my talented dental team and dedicated administrative staff who keep my caring Anchorage practice running smoothly and allow me to focus on what I do best.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time and need an experienced dentist, I hope you will consider my practice. You can learn more about our services and philosophy at http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm or call 907-349-0022 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

I have been keeping smiles healthy and performing smile makeovers at my Anchorage cosmetic dental practice since 1987. Each one of my Eagle River smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their support.

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide a full array of cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening. If you don’t make it a point to keep up with the ever-evolving world of dentistry (and who does?), you might not be aware of the procedures that are now available.

There have never been as many effective treatments for crooked teeth, gum disease, discolored teeth, and any other dental malady you can imagine. Ask us about exciting advances in children’s cavity prevention, laser dentistry, cold sore removal, same day restorations, early decay detection, and oral cancer screening.

Again, thanks for visiting our Excellence In Dentistry website. Enjoy your day.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/services/

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Visit Excellence In Dentistry For The Royal Treatment

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In need of a crown? At Excellence In Dentistry, we can provide the exceptional experience you’re looking for with the dental work you need. Get discolored teeth brightened and chipped teeth corrected. Get manageable transformations or full smile makeovers.

Dr. Kirk Johnson has been here since 1987. Crowning patients and empowering them with confidence.

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

If you’re packed and ready, we can guide you on your expedition to full oral health and vitality.

Call us at: 907-349-0022 Located in the Anchorage area we serve Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer. Patients from Eagle River will tell you that they are number one when they walk through our doors.

No matter what concerns you most about your smile, dental, or orthodontic needs, we’ll answer your toughest questions and direct your course with precision. We’d love to schedule you for placing dental implants. We want you to experience the metamorphosis that comes from cosmetic dentistry or restoring smiles.

Whether you need veneers, crowns, whitening, braces or implants. We have a seat ready for you to dictate from.

Let us fulfill your every whim:

Invisalign invisible braces
Sedation dentistry
Dental implants
Teeth whitening
Porcelain veneers

See you soon, your highness.

For your health, beauty and well-being.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

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Veneers Explained For Wasilla Dental Patients

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Hello! We are so glad you came to the Anchorage dental health blog. This is the place where we take the time to answer some of the questions cosmetic dentistry patients in the Eagle River area are curious about. Today we are discussing veneers. You may have heard the word veneer used in conjunction with cosmetic dentistry, and that is because they are a popular and effective cosmetic dentistry tool.

Veneers are covers for the front part of the teeth. They are usually used to correct tooth imperfections, such as chipping, staining, decay, or crooked teeth. Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a mold to work from. Your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska dentist will make the model of your teeth. After that, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers.

It is important to note that because a little of the enamel from the tooth has to be removed so the veneers can be placed, this process is usually irreversible.

If you are in the Southern Alaska area and are looking for a dentist, give Excellence In Dentistry a call. My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson and I have been serving Anchorage, Alaska since 1987.

Please call 907-349-0022 and a member of our caring staff can answer any questions you have about veneers, teeth whitening, dental care, or smile makeovers.

Call today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on March, 5, 2014

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Soda Spells Double Trouble For Anchorage

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the Excellence In Dentistry Dental Blog, we are going to give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to Eagle River, Wasilla, and Southern Alaska children and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems by choosing diet soda for their refreshment, but, unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also lead to discoloration of teeth and the need for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more often (but wait a half hour after you consume your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson. I provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Anchorage area. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to have the dazzling smiles they desire, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 907-349-0022.

Call for your appointment today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to look at the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of Anchorage dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will curtail the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They commonly last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Anchorage dentist about dental financing options.If you pick a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022. I am Dr. Kirk Johnson, and I am dedicated to restoring smiles for my Eagle River area patients with brilliant permanent restodrations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Anchorage office.

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