Fluoride: Your Lifelong Dental Ally

Fluoride – we hear dentists mention it frequently and passionately, so what’s the big deal? This post will answer that question – going into detail about what fluoride is, how it promotes excellent dental health and the methods for application.


What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral found all over the planet – it is often present in some of the foods we eat and the water we drink. In the early 20th century, researchers discovered that people who grew up consuming fluoridated water had significantly fewer cavities than those who did not. Since then, establishments such as the American Dental Association, American Health Association and the World Health Organization have all endorsed fluoride and the dental benefits it offers. In fact, DearDoctor.com has stated “fluoridation in dentistry is one of the ten most important public health measures of the 20th century.”

What are the Dental Benefits of Fluoride?
The primary dental benefit of fluoride is that it reduces the risk of cavities.  Fluoride replaces the softer, weaker parts of your teeth with strong materials, preventing against cavities and tooth breakage.  It is helpful during the development of teeth and has proven advantageous in adult teeth as well. In short, fluoride is best described as a mineral that is your lifelong dental ally!

How is Fluoride Applied or Consumed?
There are two effective ways to receive fluoride: topically and systemically.

Topical fluorides are those placed directly on the surface of the teeth – examples include brushing and rinsing with fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash. Other examples can be found at the dental office. At Barotz Dental, we offer two forms of fluoride: a foam and a varnish. Since both methods are effective, you get to choose your style of fluoride based on preference, comfort, and flavor choice.

Fluoride can also be consumed systematically, meaning it can be a part of your everyday diet.  The most common way we consume fluoride is through our water sources, but other ways are through different foods and supplements.

When fluoride is used both topically and systemically, teeth become stronger, less sensitive, and less susceptible to cavities. As Dr. Barotz   often says, “fluoride is the best insurance for your teeth!”

With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder the American Dental Association and dentists across the country are constantly promoting the benefits of our trusted dental ally – fluoride!

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Seal the Deal: How Dental Sealants Promote Dental Health

You may have heard about dental sealants during a visit to the dentist. You may have even had sealants placed when you were younger. So, what are sealants?

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Sealants are a dental treatment designed to prevent tooth decay, especially in the back teeth. All teeth have grooves on the surface, but teeth in the back usually have much deeper grooves – so deep they’re even visible to the eye. These grooves and pits create a trap, providing a home for abnormal amounts of bacteria and debris to build up. The purpose of dental sealant treatment is to lessen these grooves and reduce the amount of buildup that can occur, especially in the back teeth. While sealants prevent bacteria from building up in the small grooves in your teeth, they also promote better brushing because the bristles make contact with more of tooth surface areas.

The benefits of dental sealants include:
-Save time by preventing future, unnecessary dental work
-Save money by preventing future, unnecessary dental work
-Limit and prevent painful dental episodes

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So what does the process of getting dental sealants involve? It’s a quick,  simple and noninvasive procedure. Many dentists recommend sealant treatment for 16 teeth: the four rearmost teeth in each quadrant. The treatment can be completed in under one hour, but will save you years of pain and hassle! Once applied, sealants can protect your teeth for at least five years, and much longer in many cases.

At  Barotz Dental, we offer Total Dental Solutions and can handle every aspect of dental care that you desire or require, including sealants! If you are interested in sealant treatment, call us today at 303-595-4994 for more information.

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What is a Frenectomy?

Picture1In certain situations, a general dentist may recommend you undergo a frenectomy procedure to improve oral function, appearance and, ultimately, quality of life.
The best way to understand the frenectomy procedure is to understand the frenum. 

What is a “frenum?”
The frenum is a small tissue attachment inside the mouth and gums. As you can see in the image on the right, there are two kinds of frenum in the mouth, the labial frenum and the lingual frenum.

When is a Frenectomy Necessary?
Frenectomies are needed when a frenum impedes functionality of the mouth or causes other dental problems, such as pain or speech issues.

Benefits Associated with Frenectomy Procedures:

  • Can eliminate a source of gum recession
  • Can reduce discomfort in the mouth
  • Can improve appearance by eliminating gap between the two front teeth
  • Can boost self-confidence
  • Can improve chewing function
  • Can stabilize dentures (for denture wearers)
  • Can improve speech
  • Can boost appetite through improved chewing function

Why Have Your Frenectomy at Barotz Dental?
At Barotz Dental in downtown Denver, comprehensive and advanced frenectomy treatments are part of our Total Dental Solutions offering. In addition to frenectomies, Total Dental Solutions enables Dr. Barotz and the team at Barotz Dental to handle all aspects of your care in a quick, comfortable and personalized manner.

We believe in providing Quality Quickly, and our advanced PerioLase equipment allows us to offer frenectomy treatment that is fast, excellent and only minimally invasive because it reduces the pain and bleeding after the procedure.

Our team also recognizes that frenectomies can sometimes be more urgently recommended treatment. At Barotz Dental, we will work with you and your schedule to expedite treatment that is considered time-sensitive. If you are possibly in need of a frenectomy, call us at (303)595-4994 today and we’ll happily set up a no-charge consultation that fits with your schedule!

 

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Implant Dentistry Impacting Dental Diagnoses?

At Barotz Dental, we see it on a near weekly basis: a patient visits our office for a complimentary second opinion consultation with Dr. Barotz after another doctor has recommended they have all their teeth pulled. In some cases, we find the previous doctor’s diagnosis to be correct, and determine that the teeth are not saveable. However, more often than not when seeing a new patient for a second opinion, their teeth are saveable.

Dr. Barotz is often surprised at how quick some dentists are to recommend pulling teeth in favor implants saying, “When I was in dental school, they trained me to save teeth!” At Barotz Dental, it is always our goal to help you save as many of your natural teeth as possible while also helping you achieve the smile you deserve.

Why is it that so many dentists are recommending dental implants before attempting to save salvageable teeth? This article shared by the Institute for Advanced Laser Therapy sheds some light on possible answers to that question.

Even though some dentists are too quick to recommend implants in favor of salvageable natural teeth, implants still play an integral role in many treatment plans. As Dr. Gregg says in the article mentioned above: “The most desirable thing that I want for my patients and myself is to retain natural tissues and parts of my body all our lives. If there’s no other option, then I’ll recommend implant placement without hesitation.”

Dr. Barotz once helped a patient save her teeth after five other doctors had told her she would have to have all of her teeth pulled. See the uplifting story for yourself here.

It has been our mission since 1980 to provide a dental experience that is both personalized & comfortable. While we take great pride in helping patients save teeth that other dentists said they would have to lose, we have helped hundreds restore the smile of their dreams thanks to implant dentistry. The bottom line is that opting for dental implants is a major physical, emotional and financial decision in life. If you are considering dental implants, or have been told that you will need to have your teeth pulled, Dr. Barotz urges you to seek a second opinion. Barotz Dental offers complimentary second opinion consultations for this exact reason. Please call us and arrange your consultation today.

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More High Tech Dentistry at Barotz Dental in Denver, Colorado

At Barotz Dental, as part of our never ending quest to better the patient experience, we are constantly researching and acquiring the latest innovative technologies in dentistry. We are proud to announce a pair of recent additions to our high tech dental practice that are certain to improve the patient experience:

Kovanaze Nasal Spray: In Use at Barotz Dental since 2016

kovanaze-nasal-spray-denver-dentistThis new nasal spray allows us to numb teeth in the center of the upper arch without using a needle. At Barotz Dental, we provide Total Dental Solutions in a manner that is both personalized & comfortable, and Kovanaze will play a significant role in that going forward.

A clinical overview of Kovanaze is available at DentistryIQ.com, and we have shared the most important information from this overview below for you:

Kovanaze provides regional, pulpal anesthesia with 96% efficacy in teeth Nos. 5–12, therefore Kovanaze offers a needle-free alternative to the majority of anterior maxillary injections.

Additionally, patients may not experience the same sensations of numbness or tingling of the lips and cheeks associated with injectable dental anesthetics.

Kovanaze is the first no-needle regional, pulpal anesthetic administered via nasal spray to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it offers patients a safe and effective, needle-free alternative to anesthetize teeth 4-13 for restorative dental procedures.

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Revolutionary New Procedure for Correcting Gum Recession in Denver

In the past, treating severe gum recession required grafting surgery, an extremely painful procedure because it harvests gum tissue from the palate of your mouth to correct the recessed areas. While the scalpel, cutting and stitches are scary indeed, the worst part for most patients is the enduring pain stemming from the tissue that is removed from the roof of the mouth.

Gum recession is an all too common problem today. Many patients have had their recession treated with the painful grafting procedure because, in the past, it was their only option. Fortunately, the amazing advancements in modern dentistry allow us to now correct even the most complex issues in the least invasive manner possible. Gum recession treatment is a perfect example of how modern dentistry is allowing people to achieve the smile of their dreams without subjecting themselves to scary and painful surgeries.

The short video below perfectly illustrates how the harvesting of gum tissue, which was necessary with the old palatal grafting surgery, can cause extreme, enduring pain. It then shows how the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique is revolutionizing the way gum recession is corrected by eliminating the need for  a tissue graft:

Dr. Barotz has been treating gum recession since 1980. Until recently, he would always wait until it was absolutely necessary to recommend treating recession because of the painful ordeal grafting surgery put his patients through. Why subject someone to weeks of misery and agony unless the status of their oral health dictates it? But now, with the emergence of the Pinhole Technique, Dr. Barotz is recommending his patients correct their gum recession with much greater frequency. In this article on DentistryIQ.com, Dr. Tina Beck of San Diego explains how the Pinhole Technique allowed her to treat a patient who was previously deterred by the idea of palatal grafting surgery.

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Dr. Barotz, one of the early adopters of the Pinhole Surgical Technique, has been treating gum recession since 1980

Many people need to correct gum recession because it impacts the health and stability of their teeth. Others may choose to have recession corrected for cosmetic reasons. In either case, the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique has proven the quickest and most effective treatment solution available today. The Pinhole Technique can be accomplished so quickly that its inventor, Dr. John Chao, has nicknamed it the “Lunchtime Gum Lift.” The procedure has proven to be so relatively gentle that many patients report feeling just fine the next day and some have even reported feeling no pain at all. See some of the amazing results for yourself below!picture3 picture4For more information on the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique, check out our website and request a free informational report here! The benefits are many, with the most notable among them being reduced recovery time and minimal pain. Barotz Dental offers complimentary consultations so that you can learn about the procedure and Dr. Barotz can determine if you are a candidate. If you are worried about gum recession, call (303)595-4994 today and book your no-charge Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation consultation!

 

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Dream Pays Off with Big Smiles

This article was written and published by the Denver Post on Friday, December 27th, 2002:

For Charles Barotz, a crooked smile can break the heart.

The cosmetic dentist on Denver’s 16th Street Mall specializes in custom-fit dentures and calls himself a “smile doctor.”

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