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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

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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.

5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Eagle River

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to repair. Today’s post in the Excellence In Dentistry dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? Wasilla and Palmer dental patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits – that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is vital to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where you mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, Southern Alaska rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is dangerous, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your Eagle River dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can typically be attributed to nighttime teeth grinding.

5. Lastly, make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth.

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson and I provide unmatched dental care in Anchorage. My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

And more! If you live in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska, and are seeking a friendly, experienced, and gentle dentist, please give us a call at 907-349-0022 to schedule a consultation.

Call today!

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

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Top 6 Ways To Destroy A Beautiful Smile

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6. Be a Builder Not a Wrecker
Bacteria is constantly trying to build an empire in your mouth, so give it what it wants: juice, soda, and chewy candy for the small crevices and hard-to-reach surfaces!

5. Let Acid Rock It!
Energy drinks, diet soda, red wine, coffee, tea. Great at staining and wearing away surfaces. The perfect magnet for acid-loving bacteria. So avoid gums with Xylitol and Recaldent and shoot for foods and beverages containing citric acid and the super duper sourest of candies.

4. Enjoy an Overcast Day Every Day
Lighting up and remaining in a tobacco fog is an efficient way to achieve the vibrant yellow hue we’re all looking for in tooth apparel.

3. Toss out Toothbrush and Floss
Avoid brushing after every single meal with a soft, gentle bristled toothbrush and fend off the urge to floss twice a day. This is critical if you want the bacteria to take over and result in gum disease and tooth decay.

2. Use Your Teeth as Tools
Hammer, wrench, screwdriver, scissors, bottle-opener. Use your imagination. Who needs a toolbox when you’ve got 32 solid options?

1. Cancel Regular Check-Ups

It is more difficult to ruin your smile if you have regular check-ups with your favorite Anchorage dentist. Best to avoid them altogether if your goal is pure chaos and painful destruction.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and walked away with a renewed desire to take care of those enamel-covered marvels that serve you faithfully day in and day out.

I know many people throughout Wasilla and Palmer have difficult struggles with oral health and lack smile satisfaction. That’s why I’m here. I am Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. If you are experiencing dental problems, schedule a consultation today. I look forward to creating a plan to restore your oral health and the beauty of your smile.

To find out the price of braces, the price of veneers, the cost of teeth whitening, or the cost of a dental crown, call my practice at 907-349-0022.

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

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

Eating Got You Down, Anchorage?

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Anchorage men and women with missing teeth know that chewing can be difficult and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants in Anchorage and feel uncertain whether this is the step you ought to take, come see Kirk Johnson DDS at Excellence In Dentistry to learn all about tooth implants. Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for Anchorage people whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile beyond just the functional needs can also be explored during an informative consultation with Kirk Johnson. Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage offers the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas straightforward advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come explore the possibilities, including the cost of a smile makeover. Call to set up a personal consultation today: 907-349-0022

With experience in porcelain veneers, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and even teeth whitening, Excellence In Dentistry serves their new Anchorage and Southern Alaska patients by answering all of their questions without a hard sell approach. The choice has always been with the patient.

If you have missing teeth, come see our caring team and let them improve your eating experience. (Haven’t you waited long enough?)

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

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

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Anchorage

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Anchorage

Dental patients in the Eagle River area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Anchorage area, come visit us here at Excellence In Dentistry. Dr. Kirk Johnson has been a dentist in Anchorage since 1987.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum contouring, and dental implants.

Excellence In Dentistry offers:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

Call 907-349-0022 to schedule an appointment!

Do Veneers Make Teeth Look Bigger?

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A well-designed veneer does not make your tooth look larger – unless you want it to. A veneer can correct many cosmetic dental problems and is a minimally invasive restoration. During the placement of some porcelain veneers, an extremely thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth.

If you have teeth with damage, discoloration, an irregular shape or minimal to moderate misalignment, you have several dental remedies to choose from. Don’t worry if you feel that veneers seem to have more cons than pros for you. You have alternative options. We can analyze your smile, your needs, and your goals to develop a perfect plan.

Excellence In Dentistry offers the highest standard of dental care and the full spectrum of critical services including:

Invisalign invisible braces
Sedation dentistry
Dental implants
Teeth whitening
Porcelain veneers

Excellence In Dentistry has been improving smiles since 1987. We’ve scheduled Palmer patients for placing dental implants. We’ve served patients from Southern Alaska with cosmetic dentistry. We’ve performed popular procedures like restoring smiles for our patients in Wasilla. And we can advise you on any restorative, preventative, or cosmetic procedure in which you are interested.

Ask us about invisible braces, the cost of a dental bridge, or how long it takes to whiten your teeth.

With your busy schedules, we know you don’t want a long wait to see the dentist. Dr. Kirk Johnson’s team schedules carefully so we can keep your consultation convenient, pleasant, informative, and thorough. Our staff is caring and equipped to do it right.

Call our office to schedule a consultation: 907-349-0022.

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

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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
907-349-0022

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about-us/

The Mark Of The Perfect Anchorage Dentist

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If you are fortunate to have dental insurance but do not have a regular dentist, it’s time to elect a dentist in Anchorage, Alaska. And if you haven’t got insurance but have dental needs, perhaps it is time to consider who can meet those needs affordably in Anchorage.

An Educated Dentist

Kirk Johnson, DDS performs awesome work for patients traveling from the Southern Alaska and Wasilla areas. Dr. Johnson’s friendly and professional care combined with continuing education and experience will bring stamina and compassion to your dental chair experience. Education is what you should be looking for. Schedule a consultation to learn for yourself at 907-349-0022.

An Experienced Dentist
Our team of dental professionals have been providing valuable services since 1987. Some of our services include Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. Patients will note the ease and skill Dr. Johnson exhibits after performing these procedures successfully many, many times. Experience takes out the guesswork. Visit our website for more information: http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/.

An Affordable Experience
It is not in our best interest to scare patients away with overpriced procedures and debilitating payment plans. We are here to serve our friends and neighbors. Anchorage is our home too. If you are in the market for affordable dental care near Anchorage, Alaska, then call us for prices related to cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, or placing dental implants. Compare the bottom line.

Remember, procedures such as restoring smiles or placing dental implants require not only pricey technical equipment but a trained staff to support the proper use and maintenance as well as superb dental expertise by Dr. Johnson. Quality dental care is an investment in your health and its value cannot be overestimated.

At Excellence In Dentistry, it is our desire to charge responsible fees made affordable for our community. Give us a chance to prove our value.

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

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

Dental Miracles Seen And Unseen At Excellence In Dentistry In Anchorage

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Quality dental care and cosmetic dental procedures can be extremely visible. Think porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening. Today, however, let’s talk about some purposefully unseen procedures that can contribute to a healthy, remarkable smile. Today’s post will highlight three revolutionary cosmetic dental treatments: white fillings, invisible braces, and dental implants.

White Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or invisible fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. These are fabricated out of strong composite resins and porcelains. If you would like to get rid of the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth, white fillings are the answer. You can’t go back and eliminate those cavities, but you can make the silver disappear.

Invisible Braces
Orthodontia has become less visible with the availability of invisible braces. Custom invisible braces are worn either over teeth or behind the teeth. Invisible braces are effective and convenient. Though they are not always the best tooth-straightening option for everyone, they have helped many dental patients align their teeth for a dramatic improvement in their smile.

Dental Implants
Sure, the crown of a tooth implant is clearly visible. But the critical part – the component that makes them so much stronger than a dental bridge – is anchored into your jawbone. A titanium post secures your restoration to offer the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, consider dental implants.

At Excellence In Dentistry we are committed to creating appealing smiles for our valued Alaska dental patients. We provide a full menu of general, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments including complete smile makeovers.

Some of our most popular treatments at Excellence In Dentistry include dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign invisible braces. Contact Excellence In Dentistry today at 907-349-0022 to schedule an informative consultation.

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