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Mesa, AZ dentist explains the importance of preventative dental care



When choosing a dentist, many patients focus on the dental problems that can be fixed or corrected. From restorative care such as cavity fillings, root canals, or reversing gum disease to cosmetic dental care like teeth whitening, veneers, and cosmetic bonding, many patients are impressed to see before and after photos in a dentist’s portfolio. Patients actively search for dentists who are educated, experienced, and who provide gentle care.

While this type of care is important, it’s also critical not to lose focus on the care that can prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. Preventative dental care requires attention from both the patient and the dentist. However, it’s much easier to prevent a dental problem than it is to fix one.

Dr. Edward Fritz of New Health Dental knows that preventative care is critical to both oral health and to a patient’s overall health and wellness. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Fritz is committed to providing care that will benefit the patient’s entire body. Here, Dr. Fritz offers tips for keeping your mouth healthy and your smile bright:

  • Brush and floss, every single day. Brushing and flossing are two of the most important dental health habits a patient can perform. Not only does brushing make your mouth feel better, it removes food particles and harmful bacteria from your mouth. Left on the teeth and gums, this bacteria can grow and lead to tooth decay, or gum disease.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrition is important for health reasons, obviously. However, it’s also critical to your oral health. Too many sweets can damage the enamel of the teeth while foods that are high in acid content can also break down the tooth’s enamel. Patients should try to consume a diet made up of protein, dairy, crunch vegetables and foods that are high in water content.
  • Visit the dentist. Regular checkups with your dentist are important for two reasons. First, during the appointment, patients receive a deep cleaning by a trained hygienist using professional tools that allow him or her to reach areas of the mouth that the patient simply cannot reach at home. Secondly, this appointment provides the dentist with a chance to identify trouble spots before they erupt into larger problems.

For more information about keeping your smile happy and your mouth healthy or to learn more about the services offered by Dr. Fritz, visit the New Health Dental website.



What should be included in the cost of veneers in Mesa

Dental veneers are a marvel of modern cosmetic dentistry. These thin shells of lustrous porcelain are precisely formed and shaded to enhance the color, shape, spacing, and enamel finish of teeth that show readily. Veneers are a terrific investment in your appearance, but there is a wide variation in cost. Nationally, the cost averages about $925 to $2,500 per tooth, but can fluctuate based on: • Whether restorative dental care is needed prior to application of veneers. • Proficiency of the dentist designing and placing the veneers. • Technical skill and artistry of the lab ceramist who fabricates the veneers. • Quality of materials used. • Geographic area where treatment is performed. • The number of teeth being veneered. When you invest in premier dental care for your smile transformation, you should be getting: • A thorough preliminary examination, including diagnosis and treatment of existing oral problems. An ethical dentist will not place veneers until tooth decay, cavities, and other issues are resolved. • State of the art technology to aid in the meticulous design and craftsmanship, and to allow you to preview your new smile. • A customized treatment plan. You are unique – so are your teeth, smile, face, and lifestyle. Your smile makeover should be individualized to meet your goals. • The option of sedation. Planning and placement of veneers is typically well-tolerated and may not even require anesthetic. However, if you have sensitive teeth, suffer dental anxiety, or can’t sit comfortably for the duration of an appointment, sedation can help. • Craftsmanship. The dentist should work with a professional dental laboratory and skilled, experienced technicians who use top quality materials to create your veneers. • Interim veneers. Many patients don’t require temporaries while their veneers are being created at the lab. But if your teeth are especially sensitive or you aren’t comfortable with the appearance, you should have the option of resin veneers. • Fine-tuning. Even with careful planning, the dentist should take plenty of time to fit each veneer, make minute adjustments, and polish your smile to perfection. • Aftercare instructions. A few home hygiene and lifestyle tips help to keep your veneers looking great and lasting 10 to 15 years or longer. Dr. Edward Fritz and his team at New Health Dental believe that all patients in the Mesa area deserve smiles they love. They offer payment plans and financing options to make the cost of porcelain veneers and other cosmetic procedures manageable.

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