Stamm Dental

Sports Guards

Do I really need a sportsguard?

Whether it’s a little league, high school, professional sports, or just a hobby, a sports guard should always be worn when there is risk of getting hit in the mouth. The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc. reports the most common type of injury sustained during participation in sports is orofacial.  A mouth guard can help by protecting against fractured or chipped teeth, loss of teeth, and harm to the bone or root. This can save you a lot of money in the long run by preventing the need for extensive dental treatment.

Mouthguards are like airbags – they work to absorb the shock of the collision, the pressure of the impact is redirected onto the plastic sports guard instead of your teeth and jaws. By absorbing and dissipating facial impacts, mouthguards can significantly reduce the chances of incurring a mouth injury.

A custom-fitted sports guard made by your dentist is the best option for protecting against tooth and mouth trauma. In fact, a study confirmed that custom-fitted mouthguards can reduce your chances of concussion by more than 50%. Custom-fitted mouthguards are exactly that – made to not only fit snugly over your teeth but also into your mouth. Many athletes who use this kind of mouthguard notice that is has a very low profile effect in their mouths, which means it is much easier to breathe and speak around. A great fit means you’re less likely to take it out or misplace it. Custom-fitted mouthguards are also very durable, can be disinfected easily, and you can often custom-order yours with colors or logos.

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Simplify your life week

What do the words “simplify your life” mean to you?
What would a simpler life look like? Imagine how your home, office, calendar, or car might look different.
What would a simpler life feel like? Imagine how your mind, body, and energy levels might be different.
Although a “simple life” might look a little different for you than for me, below are three underlying principles for simplifying that we recommend.

1. Mindfulness
The best place to start making a change in your life is to notice the change that needs made. Life is a busy world and often comes with strenuous demands on our time and energy. Technology, which has brought many incredible benefits to our lives, has made it increasingly difficult for us to disconnect from the outside world and simply be in the present moment.
Take a moment to practice mindfulness. No matter where you are – sitting, standing, or lounging – close your eyes and take a deep breath.
You may notice that your mind resists this pause. Our minds are complex and often get stuck in management mode, reminding us to do things we’ve forgotten to do throughout the day. We’re so accustomed to moving so quickly sometimes taking a pause might be difficult! Which brings us back to the idea of simplifying your life:
Think of 2-3 adjectives to describe how it feels to be in your body and mind right now. Comfortable. Overwhelmed. Energized. Drained. Accept how you’re feeling with compassion, perhaps by saying, “I’m feeling anxious right now. And that’s okay.”
Now, think about how you would prefer to feel.

2. Make a personal inventory
Now that you are more grounded and mindful, make a mental inventory of all of the moving parts in your life. What do you feel responsible for? What are the activities or objects that fill your days? How many hats do you wear?
What you might discover is that you’re expecting a lot of yourself! You expect yourself to be on time, to respond to emails within an hour, to cook meals, to grocery shop, to tidy the home, to perform well at work, to keep the car repaired, to send birthday cards, to attend children’s activities, to exercise, to get rest, to spend time with your partner, to call your mother, to… Well, you get the idea!
Think back to a time you felt really good, and remember what contributed to how you felt. Can you bring more of that into your life somehow?

3. Practice gently saying no
In order to simplify your life, you must say no sometimes! Many of us are people-pleasers by nature and feel uncomfortable refusing a request. In fact, many of us habitually take on responsibilities that were never requested because we think we “should.” Often this can be traced back to how we were raised.
Nevertheless, it’s your job as your keeper to let go of assumed responsibilities, and to say “no” to requests that don’t enhance your life.

If saying “no” gently but firmly is a new experience for you, it will take time to get used to. That’s okay!
Thankfully, there are many creative ways to say “no” to assumed responsibilities these days. For example, food subscription services can help if you struggle to get meals on the table. If it’s within your budget, consider hiring a cleaning service. Or for that matter, maybe it’s okay to clean less often! And if your home feels cluttered, consider hiring a professional organizer to help. Remember, you do not have to go it alone!
Parents, consider saying “no” to some of your children’s requests. Many children are enrolled in back-to-back activities, requiring parents to shuttle them all over town. It sets a good example for your children (and helps your mental sanity!) to choose their activities carefully and to spend more unstructured time together at home.

Happy simplify your life week!!

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Teeth Whitening

You’re interested in teeth whitening but don’t know where to start? Did your dentist give you a couple of options and you’re not sure which one is best for you?

Teeth whitening is an easy, minimally invasive and relatively low-cost procedure. Teeth whitening also happens to be one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. Whitening of teeth does not offer a permanent solution for tooth discoloration, results are essentially immediate and the effects can last for several months if appropriately cared for.

Stamm Dental offers both in-office and at home teeth whitening.

How They Work

In-office teeth whitening is performed by the trained Stamm Dental clinical staff members and offers safe and reliable whitening results. The results of professionally administered in-office whitening tend to be better because dentists are able to use higher-concentrated bleaching gels. Your dentist will complete a dental examination to check teeth and gum tissue health and determine which concentration of whitening will be best for you. Then your dentist will “prep” your teeth to clear away any plaque prior to treatment.

To begin treatment, a cheek retractor is used to expose the teeth. A liquid rubber dam or hardening resin is applied to the gum tissue for protection. A hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth where it remains for 20 minutes. The gel is then cleaned off and reapplied for one or more additional periods of 15 to 30 minutes. Results will be visible immediately, though the full effect of treatment will not be seen for a couple days.
Your dentist will discuss ways to maximize the whitening effect by suggesting you avoid certain foods that can cause discoloration. Foods to stay away from include deep colored foods and drinks such as; red wine, curry, soy sauce, tea, coffee for at least 48 hours.

AND THEN there’s at home teeth whitening.

At-home teeth whitening is a do-it-yourself alternative to professional teeth whitening. At-home whitening typically costs less than professional solutions and also offers the convenience of doing it yourself rather than scheduling an appointment with a dentist. That said, at-home whitening products have lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, meaning they may not offer the same degree of shade changes that you get from professional whiteners. At-home whitening kits can be purchased from your dental professional with instructions for use. At home whitening kits will take longer to achieve the desired shade, however, ongoing use helps intensify the bleaching effect, meaning that multiple applications over time can result in greater shade change.

The mode of application is simple! It is recommended that the best time to begin an at-home whitening regimen is after a professional dental cleaning. This can help you achieve the best results. It is possible to overdo it when it comes to tooth bleaching, even with lower concentration at-home products. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure you don’t cause yourself more harm than good.

In addition to the standard trays, strips and brush-on applicators, there are other products that include things like whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and even chewing gum. Take these products with a grain of salt. While they may offer minor, short-lived whitening, the results pale in comparison to the effects achieved with more traditional whitening methods.

Are you a Candidate?

In-office whitening candidacy is fairly wide open for people with healthy teeth and gums. During your consultation, your dentist will conduct a thorough oral health examination. If you have any underlying conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease, the concentrated bleaching gel could cause you significant pain. Any such oral health conditions must first be addressed before your dentist will perform in-office whitening.
Additionally, it should be noted that not all discoloration can be treated with in-office teeth whitening. Deep, “intrinsic” stains may not be as effectively treated with whitening. Depending on the desired results, a more significant cosmetic treatment such as dental veneers may need to be considered in such cases.

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Dental Implants

So what happens when you’re missing a tooth?

A missing tooth can throw your entire mouth out of alignment because the surrounding teeth will begin to drift into the open space of the missing tooth. This can have a rippling effect along all your teeth and could result in a crooked smile and a dysfunctional bite. Missing teeth can affect the way you chew, the way you talk, and the way you feel.

Dr. Stamm and Dr. Hernandez recommend replacing missing teeth with dental implants for a few simple reasons:

1. Improved facial and bone features.
Before dental implants, dentists fabricated a fixed structure in the mouth called a “bridge” to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have given us the technology to replace a missing tooth without modifying other teeth in the mouth. Dental Implants will also preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration. Dental implants are often placed with a bone graph that help restore your jawbone structure by reducing the biting pressures on other teeth reducing gingival recession, bone resorption and jaw deterioration.

2. Long-lasting and reliable.
Most dentures will need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, but with proper care and maintenance, implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes. At every visit with your hygienist and Dr. they will check the gum tissues and overall health of your implants.

3. Improved ability to eat and chew.
Dental implants are anchored in your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.

4. They look natural and fit comfortably.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. In addition, implants give patients the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will fall out.

5. High success rate.
Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options. And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.

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Restricted Airway in Kids

SNORING AND ADHD: A SERIOUS SIGN OF A CONSTRICTED AIRWAY IN KIDS

Does your child snore? Does he or she take medications for ADD or ADHD? Have you noticed behavioral issues, challenges in school, overly tired or wetting the bed?

The behaviors listed above are only some of the indications a much more serious issue is ongoing, Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB); SDB is a generalized term that covers a variety of breathing difficulties during sleep. These disorders range from quiet snoring to sleep apnea, where a portion, or the entire airway is repeatedly, or always, blocked during sleep.

SYMPTOMS OF SDB

  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Bed wetting
  • Learning difficulties
  • Cardiovascular difficulties

When a child’s breathing is disrupted, the body recognizes this abnormal disruption as choking and in return slows heart rate, raises blood pressure, which sends signals to the brain that disrupt sleep. Lack of sleep affects your body and overall wellness.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

For a number of years SDB has been tied to crowded and crooked teeth, arrested growth and development, assumed ADD or ADHD, and even bed-wetting. Dr. Stamm and Dr. Hernandez recommend Healthy Start to aid with the growth and development of your child’s joints and upper and lower jaw. Children starting at two years old will reap a lifetime of benefits from healthy airway and straighter teeth.

 

How does the healthy start system work?

The Healthy Start sleep device addresses both the health issues in children as well as straightening teeth without braces. Four out of five kids are faced with at least one of the symptoms of Sleep Disorder Breathing. Healthy Start works to correct the root cause of these symptoms beginning with a compromised airway, a narrow arch which compromises the proper tongue position, and mouth breathing. Healthy Start has been shown to help relieve TMJ dysfunction and help the jaw and teeth begin to work properly together. From research, it can correct 83% of TMJ dysfunction.

It is best to start treatment in young patients so they are able to benefit from the device as the adult teeth erupt, the process will need to last until all permanent teeth have come in. This is not as daunting as it may seem since the appliances may be worn passively at night or for brief periods during the day. Healthy Start works to ensure the jaw and teeth fit and work properly together, this allows the achieved results to be stable for life. Typically all adult teeth are erupted by 12 years of age.

Itero

WHY WE CHOSE ITERO

We have good news!! Dental care at Stamm Dental is the most comfortable it’s ever been thanks to our amazing Itero Element scanners! This service is free and a part of our patient records. Our goal is to have each patient scanned once a year.

Itero is an intra-oral scanner with amazing digital technology capabilities. The Itero is so incredible it replaces the need for the goopy traditional impressions. Traditionally, impressions were done by a dentist or dental assistant placing a tray of material into a tray and making a mold of your mouth for about two minutes. The impressions of your teeth can then be sent to a lab and used to make a crown, bridge, Invisalign, night guard, retainers, and other intra-oral devices. Anyone whose has an impression knows it’s messy, it’s uncomfortable, and it’s probably your least favorite part of being at the dentist. The Itero is making a positive impact on the way patients view impressions.

Stamm Dental is proud to being you the best quality of care and part of that is intergrading the most up to date technology in the industry. The Itero scanner features a wand which can safely and quickly capture scans of your teeth and gingival tissue. The images show up on the monitor, creating an accurate 3D model of your mouth. These scans can be sent out to the lab much more quickly, minimizing lab time and depleting shipping time. This less intrusive method eliminates discomfort and improves accuracy for the dentist to manufacture crowns, bridges, retainers, and Invisalign.

The Itero Element also offers time lapse technology that allows the dentist to show you how things are going in your mouth. Scans are taken annually and we can time lapse models to show wear, abfractions, recession, perio status, cracks, and fillings. This data helps patients to visualize abnormalities and enhances your understanding of needed treatment.

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Why We Choose Cerec

Why We Chose Cerec

What is Cerec? To put it bluntly, CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This dream machine fabricates custom made dental crowns right in our office!

It’s easy. We take a digital scan of your mouth, which then generates a 3D model, and gives us the ability to create your custom crown that will look amazing and fit perfectly!

We know your time is valuable and the CEREC machine allows us to fabricate your dental crown in one appointment. Before CEREC, was available we would take a goopy impression of your mouth and send it to the lab where it would take about two weeks for the dental crown to be fabricated. The CEREC makes getting a crown extremely convenient.

More importantly, CEREC crowns are beautiful and strong without the metal. Some of you, with older dental work, may notice there is a gray “tint or tattoo” of metal that starts to show near the gum line of the crowned tooth – the ceramic crowns made by CEREC technology have a beautiful natural finish without the tint.

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Stress Awareness

Stress Awareness

April is stress awareness month. For many of us, stress is a common factor in our everyday lives. According to apa.org, a whopping 62% of Americans are stressed about money, 61% are stressed about their jobs, and 51% are stressed about violence and crime.

 

Think about it. Which category do you fall under?

 

In addition to its physical and mental consequences, stress can also be harmful to your oral health. Stress can cause clenching and grinding of your teeth, which dentists call abnormal attrition and bruxism. Bruxism is can occur during the day or while your sleeping and can cause a variety of discomforts.

  • Headaches
  • Soreness/pain in the jaw muscles and joints
  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Cause chipping, cracking, fracturing of teeth and restorations

 

So what can you do about it?

For what we call “daytime clenchers” it can be as easy as self discipline and teaching yourself to break bad habits. There are similar ways to deal with stress when it comes to different matters such as; taking a step back, breathing deep, meditation and creating a calmer more positive environment.

 

The use of stimulants and mind altering drugs such as coffee, prescription medications, and alcohol have also been associated with teeth grinding. There are a number of dental treatments that can help you to protect your teeth for excessive wear and damage.

 

The most common treatment method is an occlusal guard. An occlusal guard or “night guard” is a custom appliance made of plastic that fits comfortably over your teeth, it is worn at night and serves as a defense mechanism for your teeth. Other treatments such as bite equilibrium or orthodontics may be suggested in specific cases.

 

At Stamm Dental we use the most up to date technology to monitor your bite and any excessive wear on your teeth. If you’re interested in finding out more information about how stress can affect your oral health, please call out office to schedule a consultation (303) 839-5109.

How Green is your Dental Routine?

Today we are reminded of the three R’s:
reduce, re-use, and recycle. We are also reminded of the importance of being environmentally friendly, and decreasing our impact on the environment. ♻️♻️

But just how green is your dental routine? 🦷

Make every drop count! 💦

Water is extremely important to our state. In fact, inscribed inside our state capital building it says:
“Here is a land where life is written in water.” ITALICS —Thomas Hornsby Ferril

With limited supplies and increasing demand due to our ever growing population it is so important for us to conserve water. Our water resources are shrinking, and are predicted to keep decreasing due to the effects of global climate change.

Here are some simple steps:
Turn off the water
Apply toothpaste
Brush teeth for 2 minutes
Rinse & swish

Go Natural, Electric, Compost, or Recycle your toothbrush 🦷 ♻️

Over 50 million toothbrushes wind up in your local landfill every year && there are so many ways to prevent this!!

Try using an electric toothbrush with several uses or a toothbrush made from recyclable and reusable materials. You can easily find a variety of toothbrushes made from bamboo and beechwood.

If you choose to use the traditional plastic toothbrush make sure you recycle your old one every 3-4 months!

OR you can use your old toothbrush as an all purpose cleaner to get into those tight spaces!

Floss

Cleaning between your teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Dental floss is typically made from Nylon or Teflon, these materials are not recyclable, but you don’t need a lot to get the job done!

There are some who advocate washing or reusing floss…. we definitely don’t recommend reusing floss! The American Dental Association also does not recommend using floss more then once due to increased risks of depositing bacteria, it can also fray and lose its effectiveness.

At Stamm Dental we help to keep our planet healthy by:
-Recycling cardboard and paper
-Having electronic and digital records thus using less paper
-Digital x-rays so harsh chemicals aren’t being used to develop X-rays
-Using an amalgam separator to help keep Mercury out of the local wastewater
-Using as many reusable items, that can be sterilized, more often then plastic throw away items

Stay clean, live green!

Temporary Crowns

What to do when a temporary crown falls off?

It doesn’t happen often, but it can happen! We know what it’s like on a Saturday afternoon when your temporary crown comes off and your dentist is closed. The tooth can be sensitive, it can be a weird feeling, and all together frustrating to try to avoid eating on one side of the mouth.

Temporary crowns serve the purpose of protecting your tooth and preventing any further shifting while your permanent crown is being made. temporary crowns are shaped to fit your tooth by your dental assistant and are set with temporary adhesive. Often times you are given verbal instructions to stay away from sticky, chewy, or dense items.

A temporary crown is just that-temporary. We do our best to ensure your temporary will stay on for about two weeks and then can be easily taken off once the permanent has been received. But, what if your temporary comes off before the temporary has come back from the lab?

  1. First, if the temporary crown has not been removed from your mouth- please remove it immediately. You don’t want to swallow or inhale your crown.
  2.  Don’t panic! These are crowns are temporary. There is a fine line between we need it to stay on for two weeks and we need to easily remove the temporary in two weeks.
  3. Examine your temporary crown and tooth. Has the entire temporary crown fallen off? Is the temporary crown in pieces? Is it cracked? Does your tooth look cracked or damaged? Remember, you want to have as many details as possible before calling your dental office.

Always follow your dentists advice. He or she may want you to re-cement your crown using dental glue that can be purchased at your local drugstore or your dentist may want you to come in for an appointment to have your temporary crown replaced.