August 6, 2014
As the summer break draws to a close, busy parents from across the country are gearing up for the coming school year. There are school supplies to buy, schedules to coordinate, and plenty else to do as your prepare your children for their first day back to school. At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck want to make getting your little one’s smile ready for school as easy and convenient as possible, so we offer a comprehensive selection of family and children’s dentistry services all under one convenient roof.
Preventive Care for the Whole Family
When it comes to keeping your child’s smile healthy and looking its best, preventive dental care visits are crucial. It is during this type of appointment that we get the opportunity to assess the overall health of the teeth and gums, providing extra protection against tooth decay as needed. We may recommend treatments like fluoride supplements and dental sealants, both of which help fortify tooth enamel and protect teeth from cavities. Fluoride treatment strengthens enamel by correcting the demineralization that occurs with everyday eating and drinking, and sealants offer an extra layer of defense against bacteria and acid erosion.
A routine preventive dental visit also gives our doctors a chance to talk to your child about home hygiene habits in a way they can understand. Working as a team, parents and their child’s dentist can ensure years of healthy, beautiful smiles free of decay and other concerns. We’ll always take the time to makes sure your son or daughter is completely comfortable and that you’re fully apprised of all treatments we recommend.
Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today
When school gets underway, we know you’ll be busier than ever. That’s why we encourage you to schedule your child’s preventive care visit now, ensuring a happy and healthy smile for the semester to come. Contact our office today and talk to our friendly, caring team about how just one simple visit can make all the difference in your child’s oral health. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Aurora, CO warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Englewood, Denver, Centennial, Denver Tech Center, Parker, and beyond.
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July 13, 2014
Every day, you brush your teeth to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. You know it’s an important part of your day and it’s been a consistent habit for years. How often, though, do you actually take the time to really consider your toothbrush? At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck help patients achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles through a variety of general dentistry services, including patient education. Part of that education involves proper home care and explaining the importance of maintaining your toothbrush.
Taking Care of the Brush that Cares for Your Smile
Our doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent the buildup of plaque, a sticky substance that contains decay-causing bacteria. The CDC also suggests the following toothbrush care techniques to keep your smile safe from cavities, bad breath, and more.
- Never share your toothbrush, even with a spouse or family member. This may lead to a variety of health problems, including the spread of infection.
- After each use, rinse your brush with tap water to remove any remaining debris and toothpaste. Store it upright and allow it to dry; avoid closeable travel toothbrush holders that keep the bristles from drying. This can lead to the growth of bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush approximately every three months, or even sooner if the bristles show obvious signs of wear and tear. The American Dental Association (ADA) bases this recommendation on the effectiveness of the brush after regular use rather than the potential for bacterial contamination.
- It is not necessary to soak your toothbrush in any kind of specialized disinfectant or mouthwash unless otherwise directed by your dentist. In fact, this practice may result in unintentional cross-contamination if multiple brushes are soaked in the same solution.
Other Important Oral Health Basics
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, it is vital that you and your family visit our office for routine exams and thorough cleanings about once every six months. Contact our office in Aurora, CO today to schedule your visit with Drs. D’Amico and Mauck and our friendly team. We look forward to seeing and serving your beautiful smile! Our state-of-the-art dental practice also happily serves patients from the surrounding areas, including Denver, Parker, Englewood, Centennial, and beyond.
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June 25, 2014
As the weather grows warmer and school lets out for the summer, kids and adults of all ages are gearing up for some fun on the field and on the court. Summer sports are a great way to spend time with family and friends, and the beginning of the season is a great time to make sure that we’re taking all the right safety precautions for ourselves and our kids. Athletic mouthguards, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy of Sports Dentistry, have been shown to significantly reduce the severity of injuries sustained while playing a variety of sports. At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, our team offers a variety of general and family dentistry solutions, including the customization of protective athletic mouthguards.
The Importance of Athletic Mouthguards in Recreational Activity
Every year, more than 5 million teeth are avulsed, or forcibly knocked out, during competitive recreational activities. Many of these incidents can be prevented with the use of a customized athletic mouthguard. Other dental and orofacial injuries commonly sustained include lacerations of the lips and tongue, fractures to the jaw, crown and root fractures, and trauma to the gums.
The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly urges the use of an athletic mouthguard during gameplay to prevent orofacial and dental injuries. Some of the common sports included in the ADA’s list include the following:
- Basketball, football, and soccer
- Ice hockey, field hockey, and inline skating
- Racquetball and tennis
- Boxing, wrestling, and martial arts
- Softball and baseball
It is estimated that more than $500 million is spent on treating orofacial injuries every year. Protect yourself and your children this summer with an athletic mouthguard from Drs. D’Amico and Mauck.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Is your child involved in sports or other recreational activities? Protect your little one’s precious smile with a customized oral appliance from D’Amico & Mauck, DDS. We look forward to helping you and/or your children preserve your oral health and comfort this season with athletic mouthguards that fit your lifestyle and protect your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with our skilled, experienced doctors and friendly staff. Our family-friendly, state-of-the-art practice in Aurora, CO also warmly welcomes patients from nearby communities in Englewood, Parker, Centennial, Denver, and beyond.
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June 12, 2014
You want your dentures to last, fit well, and look great; the only way to accomplish this is to ensure that they are cared for properly and regularly. At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck offer our patients helpful information regarding all aspects of restorative dentistry, including how to properly care for their dentures, partials, and other dental prosthetics. Here are some simple tips that can help you keep your dentures in optimal shape for years to come.
Easy-to-Follow Denture Care Tips
- Always handle with care. Your dentures are crafted specifically for you using high-quality dental materials, but they can still be damaged. When you remove your dentures, do so over a folded towel or a sink full of water. This will help prevent breakage if they should be accidentally dropped.
- Clean daily and after meals. Rinsing your dentures after eating will help prevent the buildup of plaque and odor-causing bacteria. Every night, remove your dentures and brush them with a special brush and cleansing agent designed for cleaning dentures; regular toothbrushes and toothpastes can be too abrasive and actually cause unnecessary damage.
- Store dentures properly. The way you store your dentures when you are not wearing them is extremely important. Dentures must be kept moist so that they maintain their shape, so keep them in a container of specialized soaking solution or water. Never place your dentures in hot water, as they may warp and will no longer fit properly.
Your Trusted Partners in Lifelong Oral Health
At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS, we believe that every patient deserves to experience the full benefits of a healthy, happy, and beautiful smile. Contact our office in Aurora, CO today to schedule your appointment with our experienced doctors and caring staff. We look forward to showing you what a difference our dedication and skill can make in your oral health and in your life. Our conveniently located dental practice happily serves patients from throughout Aurora and the surrounding areas, including Englewood, Parker, Centennial, Denver, and beyond.
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May 14, 2014
Bruxism isn’t a common household term, and the majority of people who suffer from it aren’t even aware that they’re affected by it. So what is bruxism and how important is it to treat it? At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck offer an all-encompassing selection of general dentistry services to patients in need of help with a variety of dental health concerns, including bruxism.
How Bruxism Affects You
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, typically occurs at night when the patient is completely unaware that they are engaging in the behavior. Extreme forces, much more intense than those experienced during daily chewing, are exerted by the jaws. In some cases, the jaws are simply clenched tightly as the patient sleeps. In others, the clenching graduates to a grinding movement that moves back and forth. This grinding may even become loud enough to wake a sleeping partner, therefore disturbing an otherwise restful night.
Though patients with bruxism are not conscious of their nightly activities, there are some things that you can keep watch for between visits to our office. Signs and symptoms associated with bruxism include the following:
- Teeth that appear shorter, flatter, or otherwise worn down
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold as enamel is worn away
- Aching or fatigue in the muscles of the jaw, face, or head
- Chronic headaches, particularly in the morning
- Damage to inner cheek or tongue
- Earaches that are caused by the extreme tension in the jaw muscle
Fortunately, there are solutions to bruxism that can help stop the destructive nighttime cycle. Ask our doctors about how a customized oral appliance, fabricated specifically for you, can put an end to your teeth grinding concerns in a way that suits your lifestyle.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Do you or your partner suffer from any of the symptoms of bruxism? Are you interested in learning more about how treatment for bruxism can help you enjoy improved oral health and a better quality of life overall? We invite you to contact our office in Aurora, CO to talk to our staff and to schedule your appointment with Drs. D’Amico and Mauck today. Our doctors happily welcome patients from throughout the greater Aurora area, in addition to surrounding communities in Parker, Englewood, Centennial, Denver, and more.
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April 5, 2014
Though the field of dentistry is founded upon decades of evolving science and technology, many strange myths and beliefs still surround the subject of dental care and oral health in general. At the Aurora, CO practice of D’Amico & Mauck, DDS, we strive every day to provide our patients with factual, easy-to-understand information and answers to their questions regarding oral hygiene and dental wellness. These myths and facts are not only useful in understanding more about oral health; some of them are pretty entertaining, too!
- Myth: Baby teeth don’t need to be brushed because they’re going to fall out anyway. Unfortunately, this is among the most common dental myths out there. While it is true that primary teeth do fall out to make way for permanent pearly whites, caring for them beginning at a young age is still incredibly important. Teaching early oral hygiene practices give children the best possible opportunity to enjoy lifelong dental wellness, and brushing primary teeth can actually help ensure the health of permanent teeth in the future.
- Myth: My teeth look and feel fine, so I don’t need to go to the dentist. Even when your teeth and gums seem entirely normal, routine visits to D’Amico and Mauck, DDS are key components of your oral health regimen. Brushing and flossing at home are crucial, of course, but check-ups, x-rays, and professional cleanings are even more pivotal. These regular appointments also allow us to spot the signs of any potential problems before they become serious.
- Myth: Teeth whitening will damage my teeth. The formulas used in teeth whitening products today have been stringently tested for safety and effectiveness. Drs. D’Amico and Mauck are always happy to address any concerns you may have regarding all of our cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening.
- Fact: The average American spends only 48 seconds per day on teeth brushing… but a little extra time spent definitely pays off! We recommend a thorough brushing – about two to three minutes – to help ward off decay and prevent periodontal disease.
- Fact: Say “Cheese!” The enzymes in certain cheeses, including Monterey Jack, Swiss, and cheddar, have been shown to protect against tooth decay.
- Fact: Sharks lose and regrow up to 20,000 teeth over the course of a lifetime. People, however, are limited to just 32, so be sure to take excellent care of them and visit D’Amico & Mauck, DDS regularly!
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Drs. D’Amico and Mauck are your trusted oral healthcare providers in Aurora, CO, offering a comprehensive array of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services in a warm, inviting environment. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with our doctors and discover what a difference our commitment to you and your family can truly make. We also serve nearby communities in Denver, Englewood, Centennial, Parker, Boulder, and more.
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February 26, 2014
When it comes to your kids, you want to make sure that they get the best in everything – from proper nutrition at home to a future with a good education and career. Giving your children the best possible start in the oral healthcare department should be a top priority, too, building the foundation for a happy, healthy smile for decades to come. At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck provide our youngest patients with all of the essential general dental care they need to keep on smiling.
Prevention is the Key
Your little one’s teeth go through a lot during the first few years of their development. In order to make sure that everything is progressing as it should from the very start, we recommend having your kids visit the dentist by the age of three. These initial checkups allow Dr. D’Amico and Dr. Mauck to assess the growth and health of the primary teeth.
We’ll talk with you about how your child’s teeth and gums should be cleaned at home, as well as look for any signs of decay. We can recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen young teeth and sealants to protect them. For older children who are involved in sports, we can provide customized athletic mouth guards to prevent oral injury while they play. As a parent, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you’ll be apprised of every step of your child’s oral healthcare process.
At D’Amico & Mauck, DDS, we believe that visiting the dentist should be a fun, positive experience, especially for our youngest patients. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your children feel welcome, calm and comfortable so that every visit to the dentist in the future will be a pleasant one.
Protect Their Pearly Whites
There are few things more important than ensuring your child’s future oral health. Contact our office in Aurora, CO today to discover what a difference our dedication, compassion and expertise can make in your kids’ dental experience. Drs. D’Amico and Mauck happily welcome patients from throughout the entire Denver area, as well as from the surrounding communities of Englewood, Centennial, Boulder and more.
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February 13, 2014
It’s common knowledge that smoking can lead to bad breath and stained teeth, as well as a whole host of medical problems that affect various parts of the body. It may surprise you to discover, though, that cigarettes can lead to a number of other, lesser known complications that directly affect your oral health. Dr. Nicholas D’Amico and Dr. Matt Mauck at D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO want you to be aware of some of the hidden consequences of smoking and what you can do to protect yourself.
Unseen Oral Health Hazards
In addition to causing the obvious cosmetic issues for which they are notorious, cigarettes can wreak havoc on your overall oral health in ways that aren’t so immediately visible. Smokers are, for example, significantly more likely to experience deterioration of the bone within the jaw. Teeth can become loose and even fall out when the supporting structures of the jaw and gums are weakened. Other oral health issues directly associated with smoking include:
- Higher risk of infection and dry socket after tooth extraction
- Increased probability that the patient will develop gum disease
- Longer recovery time following oral surgery or periodontal therapy
- Higher likelihood that dental implants will fail
- Inflammation and/or blockage of salivary glands located in the roof of the mouth
As any medical professional will agree, the clear solution to these and other health problems is to quit smoking altogether. However, current smokers can help prevent potentially serious complications by visiting D’Amico & Mauck for regular checkups, cleanings and screenings every six months. Periodontal therapy can aid in the reversal of gum disease caused by years of tobacco use, and professional teeth whitening can lift even set-in nicotine stains.
Reclaim Your Oral Health
Whether you’re a former smoker interested in repairing damage caused by cigarettes or a current tobacco user with concerns about how it may be affecting your oral health, we’re here to help. Contact us at our office in Aurora, CO and schedule your appointment today. We also welcome patients from throughout and around Denver, including the nearby communities in Centennial, Englewood, Boulder, Castlewood, Commerce City and beyond.
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January 23, 2014
When it comes to building and maintaining a healthy smile, you want to know that you’re making all the right choices for yourself and your family. That’s why at D’Amico and Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, we offer you all the information you need to do just that.
What Does Fluoride Do?
Research conducted over the past few years has concluded that fluoride not only reinforces thin tooth enamel, but actually helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria on the enamel’s surface. Fluoride makes it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the teeth, thereby making it easier to remove buildup when brushing and flossing.
Despite its obvious benefits, you may have heard that fluoride can stain your teeth. Fluorosis, a cosmetic condition characterized by white spots that form on the visible surface of the teeth, is caused by excessive exposure to fluoride while the teeth are still forming. It does not occur after teeth have erupted from the gums.
Because all secondary, or permanent, teeth have formed within the jaw by the age of approximately 8 years old, children who drink fluoridated water or take fluoride supplements may experience white spotting after these teeth erupt.
Can Fluorosis be Treated?
If you or your child have noticed white or dark spots on teeth and you’re concerned about their appearance, contact our Aurora office today to speak with one of our experts about your options.
While fluorosis is not harmful to the teeth themselves, the aesthetic difference leads some patients to pursue cosmetic correction. Drs. D’Amico and Mauck can help you regain your pristine smile with a variety of treatments, including professional whitening or bonding and the addition of veneers or crowns. Our dentists and friendly office staff serve patients from everywhere in Denver, including Centennial, Aurora, Englewood, Boulder and more. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
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January 10, 2014
At D’Amico and Mauck, DDS, our focus is on your comfort as much as it is your oral health. We know that patients who fear a painful ordeal are far less likely to make regular appointments with their dentist, often resulting in untreated problems that can become serious. To make sure that your next dental procedure is your most pleasant yet, we offer a comprehensive array of anesthesia and sedation options to suit your individual needs, all conveniently located in Aurora, CO.
Types of Anesthesia
Depending on the type of oral care you need, Drs. D’Amico and Mauck will recommend either one or a combination of anesthetic methods that best fit your treatment. Some of the most common types of dental anesthesia are:
- Local Anesthesia – This method numbs only the part of the mouth the dentist is addressing, blocking pain quickly and effectively. Numbness typically wears off after about two hours.
- Nitrous Oxide – Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is inhaled and quickly produces a relaxed, even euphoric, feeling for the duration of your treatment.
- General Anesthesia – General anesthesia is administered via an IV and induces a state of twilight sleep, allowing the patient to rest soundly and comfortably while the dentist is working. This method is both safe and effective, particularly for longer procedures like wisdom tooth extraction.
Which Method is Right for You?
If you’ve been putting off a much-needed procedure or cleaning because you’re worried that it might hurt, contact us today. We’d love to show you how pleasant and comfortable your next dental visit can be here at our office in Aurora. We happily serve patients from all over Denver, including Parker, Englewood, Centennial and the surrounding areas.
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