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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
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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

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

4 Super Tips For Strong Enamel In Palmer

4 Super Tips For Strong Enamel In Palmer

Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some helpful tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your teeth.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth as protect your teeth. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to damage from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, discuss teeth whitening with your dentist.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so talk to your Wasilla, Anchorage, or Southern Alaska doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major problem for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your Eagle River area dentist is aware if you experience either of these issues.

Hi, my name is Dr. Kirk Johnson. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and that starts with enamel health. I also love helping my patients get the dazzling smile they want with various cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding, veneers, invisible braces, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants.

My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 907-349-0022 to make 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 following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

Excellence In Dentistry Can Make Your Whites Whiter

Excellence In Dentistry Can Make Your Whites Whiter

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, an experienced Anchorage general dentist serving the greater Eagle River area. One of the most common requests I get from my dental patients is whiter teeth.

I am happy to say that Anchorage dental patients are in luck when it comes to teeth whitening in Alaska, because cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

Some Anchorage patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available at Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska drugstores. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your Anchorage dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.

There are many dentists in the Eagle River area that offer in-office teeth bleaching which can often be done in one visit. Eagle River residents who do in-office bleaching usually appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent.

Any toothpaste that has an added polishing agent is considered a whitening toothpaste. For my patients, I always tell them to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when purchasing these.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to keep your teeth nice and white here in Eagle River.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022. Our caring staff will schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at your convenience.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Excellence In Dentistry

10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Excellence In Dentistry

1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition. If you have already experienced dental complications related to diabetes, schedule a consultation with Kirk Johnson.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Kirk Johnson can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many Anchorage dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the Anchorage area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry. At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. Talk to us about preventative, restorative, cosmetic, or children’s dentistry. We look forward to serving you.

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

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.

Relax.

 

Focusing On The Top 3 At Excellence In Dentistry In Anchorage

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I’m Kirk Johnson. I’ve been practicing dentistry here in Anchorage, Alaska since 1987. I have found amazing people in this community, all the way out to Eagle River. At Excellence In Dentistry, we focus on three important things as we work to be your dental provider of choice.

Family:
We want to be the dental practice families turn to for reliable care, whether for routine preventative services, tooth restoration, or cosmetic dentistry. If your son chips a tooth and is in severe pain, we want to be the first choice that comes to mind. We offer variety for any family’s various dental needs.

Invisalign invisible braces
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Excellence In Dentistry focuses on your Family.

Facts:
When we sit down in consultation and you say “Dr. Kirk Johnson, I need to know the cost of veneers, dental implants, the cost of a dental bridge… I need to know my options.” We’ll give you the bottom line on cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, and placing dental implants. Whether it’s affordable dental care for quality of life or affordable cosmetic dentistry for increased confidence, we’re here.

Excellence In Dentistry focuses on the Facts.

A Friendly, Comfortable, and Safe Environment:
We focus on clean, bright, and inviting and follow rigorous standards of sterilization. Our team here at Excellence In Dentistry is friendly, professional and considerate.

Excellence In Dentistry focuses on a Friendly atmosphere.

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

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Sleep Dentistry At Excellence In Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry At Excellence In Dentistry

Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some Alaska residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Excellence In Dentistry we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

In addition to sedation dentistry, at Excellence In Dentistry we offer our Anchorage patients a variety of procedures, including dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, and sedation dentistry.

At Excellence In Dentistry, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the caring team at Excellence In Dentistry will give you something to smile about!

For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 907-349-0022.

We are located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 Anchorage, Alaska 99515  Call today!

Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for optimal dental health. However, some dental patients in the Anchorage, and Southern Alaska areas worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer, you really need to return to your Eagle River dentist and discuss the possibility of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many important goals I have for my Eagle River and Southern Alaska patients. Along with optimum dental health, I also seek to give my patients the beautiful smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.

Our top services here at Excellence In Dentistry include:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry

Feel free to look us up on the web or call today.

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

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