Every year residents in Boulder County vote for the best that Boulder has to offer. The contest, sponsored by Boulder Weekly, bestows awards for favorite businesses, services, events, and organizations that work to provide the best experience and service for Boulder residents.

North Boulder Dental Group is so proud to have received the Best of Boulder Award for 5 years in a row!

We thank voters for their vote of confidence in our dental services and our approach for striving to be the best dental practice in Boulder!

Since 1983, North Boulder Dental Group has served Boulder in providing the highest quality dental care and service for hundreds of individuals and families in the area. We work hard to make every patient feel comfortable, informed, and in control of their oral health needs. Our practice is professional yet friendly, welcoming new patients and families every day!

Our services range from regular cleaning and checkups to extensive dental treatments and everything in between. North Boulder Dental Group also offers professional services for cosmetic dentistry including implants, veneers, and whitening.

Our office hours accommodate the busiest of Boulder residents with our practice opening at 7am every weekday and later closing hours on Tuesdays. Dental appointments, paperwork, and records are accessible online making visits easier for patients.

If you haven’t visited North Boulder Dental Group, we’d love to meet you! If you are a regular patient, we thank you for your business. If you voted for us as the Best of Boulder Dental Practice – thank you! No matter what, we are proud to serve the Boulder area and community!

People tend to think about the foods that will keep them strong, fuel their activities or sports, or help them lose weight. But, what about keeping your teeth healthy? Just as you feed your body, there are great healthy food options for your teeth and gums.

Fruits and Vegetables

Yep, your mother was right. Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrition and are also tooth-loving fiber! Fiber gets the saliva flowing, which serves to wash away bacteria, remove debris between your teeth, and keeps your mouth fresh. Saliva also helps break down sugar to lower the effects of sugar causing acids that seek to attack your teeth. Crunchy vegetables and fruits (such as apples, pears, and carrots) also act as a natural toothbrush to scrub your teeth! You can’t go wrong with plenty of fruits and vegetables each day.

Cheeses, Milk, and Dairy

The calcium and phosphate in dairy products help to strengthen the enamel in your teeth and is especially important for children and teenagers. Dairy products can also help balance oral pH levels and fight the bacteria that are naturally present in your mouth. The enamel of teeth is actually made up of the minerals calcium and phosphorous. Dairy products help restore minerals that aid to regenerate your teeth. Reach for low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs for a healthy smile!

Fish, Salmon, and Tuna

Fish, cod liver oil, other seafood, and fish oil supplements are good sources of vitamin D. While vitamin D it is crucial to your overall health, it also helps your teeth – and the whole body – better absorb calcium. Seafood is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Eating seafood can reduce any redness or swelling of the gums caused by bacteria. When you think of healthy teeth and bones, think seafood!

Go Nuts!

Full of benefits for your body and teeth, nuts are a good source of fiber and vitamins. Also, nuts offer calcium and walnuts, specifically, contain fiber, folic acid, iron, and vitamins that benefit healthy teeth and gums! Crunching on nuts as a snack helps to scrub your teeth and fight bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Add almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and cashews to your shopping list for a tasty snack that your teeth will love!

Kiwi, Kale, and Bell Peppers

Don’t forget the health of your gums! Gums have a critical job to do in keeping the mouth healthy and teeth strong. Foods rich in vitamin C help to strengthen blood vessels and reduce inflammation and keep gums healthy. Vitamin C also aids in increasing collagen in your gums, which can help fight periodontal disease. Swap out your regular snack for kiwi, kale, strawberries or bell peppers for a good intake of important vitamin C!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

No list for healthy teeth and gums is complete without mentioning water! Water keeps your mouth hydrated, which helps to protect against acid buildup from sugars and bacteria. A healthy mouth has a good amount of saliva that can rinse your teeth and gums, wash away the stain-causing effects of some foods, and helps to dislodge food and particles. Most tap water is fluoridated, which provides additional benefit against tooth decay! You can’t go wrong with this easy way to keep your teeth healthy!

A tooth’s enamel, the outermost layer of each tooth, is one of the hardest, most mineralized parts of the body. This visible area of the tooth forms a barrier to protect the sensitive, inner layers of teeth from decay.

Enamel Is Not Indestructible

While everyone’s mouth has bacteria, when bacteria interact with sugars it triggers an increase in the bacteria’s acid. This bacteria biofilm acid is a threat to enamel and starts the process of decay and cavities. Enamel doesn’t contain living cells and, unlike bones, the body can’t make more enamel if it is destroyed.

Demineralization is caused when the bacteria creates acid that then attacks the enamel of teeth, resulting in decay and cavities.

Remineralization Is Natural

Tooth remineralization is an organic process that works to help repair enamel before a cavity forms. While the acids, triggered by sugars we eat and drink, try to erode the tooth’s enamel, our saliva works equally hard to neutralize the acid.

If the acid can be neutralized by saliva, the remaining minerals, such as calcium and phosphate, can return to the enamel surface. Decay accelerates, however, when sugars enter the mouth too frequently, and the saliva just can’t keep up.

Remedies for Remineralization

Demineralization and remineralization are processes our mouth goes through every day. But, we can help our mouths become healthier and create an environment to minimize demineralization and help remineralization!

  • Help keep plaque bacteria away: Good oral health habits include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing each day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste: Toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen teeth and can be useful in remineralization of teeth.
  • Cut down on sugars: Strive to cut down on all sugars you are eating and drinking. Beyond the obvious sodas and candy, learn to look at processed food labels and avoid consuming sugary bread, crackers, cereal and more.
  • Increase natural foods: Add foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals to your diet to help remineralization! Look for cheese, eggs, fish, dark leafy vegetables, apples, and more.
  • Add vital vitamins: Increasing intake of vitamin D has shown to prevent tooth decay. Consider about adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet. Also, aim for eating foods rich in vitamin K2, like tuna, salmon, and cheese, which help the body absorb vitamin D.

When it comes to dental treatments, are there some visits you can delay and others where you should get seen sooner? We’ll tell you upfront: there aren’t many dental appointments you should delay. Let’s have a look!

Dental Visits that Can Wait

During Your Pregnancy

Are you pregnant and wondering about whether to put off treatment or checkup? Rest assured that virtually every oral health issue can be dealt with safely during pregnancy. However, the safest time for dental procedures is during the second trimester of pregnancy. We understand that expecting mothers are avoiding risk during the first trimester and the third trimester can cause discomfort sitting in a dental chair!

Talk to your dentist about your oral health care, any treatments needed, and when is the best time to schedule any appointments!

Wisdom Teeth

Have you been advised that you need to get your wisdom teeth removed? The removal of wisdom teeth is quite a common situation as, for many people, they can crowd other teeth due to lack of room in the mouth.

If your wisdom teeth are not impacted or causing immediate discomfort, it’s possible to delay having them removed for a short time. Talk to your dentist about options and what would work best for you. However, don’t leave it too long or those wisdom teeth might cause other issues that can be avoided!

Heart Conditions

Are you recovering from a heart attack or experiencing unpredictable chest pain? It’s important that you consult your cardiologist about any dental treatments you may need. Many heart attack patients are advised to wait several months to allow the heart to recover before receiving any dental services. We never want to introduce a risk of the spread of bacteria in patients that are recovering from surgery or in need of a greater level of care. Talk to us about your options!

Dental Visits to Schedule Today

Cavities

If you have a cavity or are experiencing pain and sensitivity of a tooth, visit the dentist ASAP! Tooth decay will never repair itself and needs attention. Decay that starts small can quickly spread bacteria and infection in your mouth. Treatments are usually quick and can be made pain-free, plus you’ll feel better to have any dental decay treated immediately!

Abscess­

An ache in or around a tooth may be an abscess. Other symptoms include pain while chewing or swelling of the gums. Don’t delay in making your dentist appointment. Abscesses result from infection of, or around, the root of a tooth. Treatments will remove bacteria to avoid further spread of infection and deterioration of remaining teeth and gums. Any sign of pain is a sign that you need to see your dentist soon!

Broken or Knocked-out Tooth

Chipped Tooth, Broken Tooth, North Boulder Dental GroupIf you’ve experience a tooth that has broken or been dislodged, first try and find the tooth! Keep it moist without cleaning it and get to your dentist. The sooner you visit the dentist, the greater the chance of saving the tooth or mending the chip. If it’s not possible to save a tooth, your dentist has many options to replace or fix it. You’ll be glad you got in early to evaluate how best to proceed.

Fear

If you are anxious or afraid to visit the dentist, we encourage you not to wait to make your appointment. Fear often means people haven’t visited the dentist in a while and the anxiety only grows. Talk to your dentist about any concerns you have, ask about what will happen during your appointment, and gain confidence by learning what to expect. You should never avoid a dental treatment because of anxiety or concern. We understand, we’re here to help, and we hope to see you soon!

Because delaying dental appointment can unnecessarily damage your oral health, there are really very few situations that can wait. We encourage you to plan on regular cleanings and checkups to stay on top of any issues and avoid problems. Good oral health will make you feel and look wonderful! Contact us for your next appointment!

When it comes to getting a beautiful, long lasting whitened smile, professional whitening is certainly worth the investment. Teeth whitening performed at your dentist office reaches deep below the surface enamel to truly whiten and brighten each tooth. But, now that you have this amazing smile, how can you keep it looking its best? Just a few, simple tips will keep your teeth white and discoloration away!

Stop Daily Stains

avoid-coffee-after-professional-teeth-whitening.jpgYou’ve probably heard this before, but it bears repeating: avoid foods and drinks that will stain your teeth! This is one of the simplest steps to ensure you have the whitest, brightest teeth possible.

For at least two weeks (and preferably longer) after your professional whitening session, avoid coffee, red wine, and black tea. Also give blueberries, blackberries, and dark sodas a miss! Did you know that even tomato sauce and ketchup cause staining? A good rule of thumb is that if any food or drink would stain a white t-shirt, they’ll also stain your white teeth.

If you find it hard to give up your morning coffee or a glass of red wine at dinner, consider using a straw! It may look a little odd, but it will keep these potential staining agents away from your new smile.

Regular Rinsing

A good tip for daily oral wellness is to rinse your mouth out after you eat and drink. No matter what you are eating, foods and drinks want to stay stuck on or in between your teeth. These remnants can stay behind long after you’ve finished a meal and cause discoloration to your whitened teeth. Also, the sugars and acids from some foods nourish the bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to decay.

After every meal or drink, simply swish clean water in your mouth to rinse out any debris. Your smile will stay bright longer, and your oral health will improve. A simple rinse is a great, and easy, habit to learn!

Brighter Brushing

be-sure-to-replace-your-toothbrushAfter your teeth professionally whitened, be sure you replace your toothbrush. A new toothbrush is also an important practice after you have your six-month cleaning and checkup at the dentist, too. As with anything that wears down from regular use, replacing worn or frayed toothbrushes improves the performance to ensure you are scrubbing away particles that will dull your teeth.

Consider investing in an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is more effective in removing plaque, particles, and the many stain agent foods and drinks that may have tempted you! Powered toothbrushes move the bristles faster than you can do on your own, a great tool for getting into hard-to-reach places and in between teeth. Choose a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash rinse to boost protection of your beautiful, white teeth.

Crunchy Snacks

eat-crunchy-foods-to-keep-teeth-cleanWhen you’re looking for a snack or side dish to enjoy, look for crunchy fruits and vegetables. Chewing on these crunchy treats will scrub your teeth surfaces and help to remove stains!

Eating apples, pears, celery, and carrots will not only help keep your teeth white; they are a low calorie, high nutrient snack for you! Increasing your intake of vegetables as a snack or with a meal is like brushing your teeth while you’re eating. The chewing actions not only helps to scrub the enamel, but it also removes other food particles, prevents plaque build up, and stimulates blood flow to the gums and mouth. A win all around!

Call us if you are interested in having your teeth professionally whitened! We create beautiful smiles every day and would love to do the same for you.