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Anchorage: 7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Anchorage men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked by our Anchorage patients.

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Excellence In Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant problem. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck – this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our Anchorage dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to remove the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some extra-careful Palmer oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prevent bacteria-causing food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. Our dental hygienists will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Kirk Johnson will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If Dr. Johnson suspects that your bad breath is caused by a non-dental problem, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate Eagle River area medical professional.

Treating bad breath in Anchorage starts with a visit to Excellence In Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of cosmetic dental services including dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. Call 907-349-0022 today!

Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

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Dental health and a dazzling smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In today’s Anchorage Dental Blog post, we present a quick refresher course on vital lifestyle practices that affect oral health. You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.

DO:

  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
  • Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
  • If you have children, speak with your Anchorage dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
  • Have a dental examination twice yearly with your Anchorage dentist.

DON’T:

  • Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of dangerous cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
  • Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
  • Chew on ice.
  • Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
  • Drink energy drinks.
  • Get oral piercings.
  • Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call Dr. Kirk Johnson, Excellence In Dentistry  at 907-349-0022 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Johnson. Tooth problems get worse over time – especially if there is decay or gum disease.

At Dr. Kirk Johnson, Excellence In Dentistry, we serve the Anchorage area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

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

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7 Ways Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile In Southern Alaska

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Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the Eagle River area, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is or when it is useful to have the procedure done. Today in the Anchorage Dental Blog, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening, when having a smile makeover.

Hi. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage.  I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, and my practice offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

And more! So, if you are in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 907-782-4300.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-782-4300

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The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on Mar. 7, 2013

Southern Alaska Tooth Whitening: What The ADA Has To Say

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When a cosmetic dentistry procedure becomes popular in the Anchorage and Eagle River areas, it’s natural to want to experience the dramatic results for yourself. However, responsible dental patients should know what the American Dental Association has to say regarding common cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening.

The ADA advises patients to talk to with their Anchorage area dentist before starting any bleaching regimen. An in-depth oral examination will help your dentist know if tooth whitening is for you. This is especially critical when you have dark stains on your teeth or multiple crowns and/or fillings.

Once you have agreed on a tooth whitening program, your dentist can supervise your use of whichever bleaching agent you have chosen. This will help you to be sure that the frequency of use of your teeth whitener is never too high.

Or, you and your dentist may choose to have your teeth whitened in their Eagle River area office. In-office teeth whitening procedures take much less time than at-home whitening, but it’s essential to find out which procedure is right for you.

Also, if you are shopping for whitening tooth products at your favorite Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska drugstore, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Along with tooth whitening, there are many other innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures your dentist can recommend, which will help you achieve the celebrity-caliber smile you want. These include dental implants, gum contouring, veneers, and more!

Hello. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, a trusted Anchorage dentist. I am dedicated to oral health and happy patients. I help my cosmetic dental patients love their smile! If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 907-349-0022. A member of the caring staff here at Excellence In Dentistry would love to set up an appointment for you.

Call today!

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

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The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-tooth, accessed on August 8, 2014

5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities.

These issues are all too common for Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska dental patients. But now, with the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are affordable fixes for these vexing tooth problems!

1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells of tooth-colored material are custom made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically change your smile.

2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape of teeth. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

3. Recontouring. This procedure is minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing minuscule bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable, multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with industry-leading orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or expensive, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discreet than ever before.

Countless Eagle River dental patients have achieved remarkable smiles with a smile transformation from Excellence In Dentistry!

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. I am committed to to helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 907-349-0022 to make an appointment today.

For your health, beauty and well-being

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

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

Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease For Palmer

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Here is some important news for Eagle River residents: Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.

So, what should Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Anchorage dental patients be looking for?

1. Gums that bleed very easily

2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together

4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough – make sure you floss daily.

Regular checkups with your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area dentist is another essential weapon in the fight against gum disease.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. My Anchorage practice serves the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive 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!

Our practice offers:
Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Dental Crowns

Contact us at 907-349-0022 and a member of our caring staff can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you might have about TMJ treatment, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on July 25, 2013

No One In Anchorage Will Know You Are Wearing Braces

No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Anchorage

Many Anchorage adults dream of having a celebrity smile, but for some, the thought of enduring months or years with a mouth full of metal thwarts those dreams. If you live in the Anchorage area and don’t want to sport old-school metal braces, we are happy to report that there is a better way.

There are now contemporary, metal-free approaches to straightening crooked teeth. Custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth are now available in Anchorage. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being corrected.

Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered, because invisible braces are so simple and convenient.

The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want, and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome either. Anchorage neighbors will notice your confidence and poise blossoming as your teeth are aligning.

At Excellence In Dentistry we have been creating alluring and appealing smiles in Alaska since 1987. We offer complete smile makeovers. A popular procedure that many Alaska cosmetic dentistry patients depend on is teeth whitening.

Some of the most popular treatments at Excellence In Dentistry include dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign invisible braces. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment plan for you.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage Alaska
907-782-4299

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

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Anchorage

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Anchorage

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art in Anchorage, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, a dentist serving the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they understand the possible consequences.

First, Eagle River residents should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Anchorage dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Anchorage who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Southern Alaska, Palmer, and Wasilla residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

If you’ve read through this and you’re still sure a tongue bar or lip piercing is for you, please consult your Anchorage area dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around Eagle River, our caring staff here at Dr. Kirk Johnson – Excellence In Dentistry would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!

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

Anchorage Dentists Know Simple Problems Can Become Serious

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Today in the Anchorage family dentist blog, we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems.

Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis, have many different causes. They may be cause by cold sores, gum disease, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be cause by the irritation that results from broken teeth or braces.

In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night. These pests can really have an impact on the lives of Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska residents!

The good news is that most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur, so it’s important to let your Eagle River dentist know about these sores. Even if there are no complications, your dentist can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi, my name is Dr. Kirk Johnson. I take care of patients in the Eagle River area at my comfortable and friendly Anchorage dental office. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 907-349-0022.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants.

We hope to see you in our Anchorage office soon!

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

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


The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed on September 11, 2013

Let That Winning Smile Shine In Anchorage, Alaska 99515

Let That Winning Smile Shine In Anchorage, Alaska 99515

Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth in the 99515 zip code area? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

Such irregularities are usually uncomplicated to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone in Anchorage wants a winning smile.

Call for a consultation today! 907-349-0022

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The caring staff at Excellence In Dentistry have outstanding, professional experience dating back to 1987. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, and placing dental implants when you need us. See http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Kirk Johnson and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

Smooth, consistent color
Straighter, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Get clear, manageable answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of Invisalign invisible braces, the cost of sedation dentistry, the price for dental implants, teeth whitening or porcelain veneers – just ask the experts at Excellence In Dentistry!

Located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101, Anchorage, Alaska 99515. We’re happily accepting patients from Eagle River as well as Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer. For dependable, experienced care, Kirk Johnson DDS is ready. Let’s explore the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

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