Dentistry Blog with Dr. Andreoletti

5280 Magazine Honoring Dr. Andreoletti Again!

5280 Cover ShotHe’s done it again! Gary Andreoletti, DDS, is being featured in the June edition of 5280 Magazine for being chosen by his peers as a TopDentist. This is the SEVENTH time he’s received this recognition.
It’s an honor voted on every year by Colorado dentists recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Andreoletti was also featured as a TopDentist in 5280 magazine in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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Have a Cold Sore? Steer Clear!

iStock_000018070591_DoubleThe danger of having dental work done while you have an active cold sore is to you, the patient! A cold sore is a virus..HSV 1 (oral herpes). The cold sore could rub against our gloves while we work on your teeth and by touching other areas of your face with the gloves the virus could spread to different areas of your mouth, nose, or eyes! When the cold sore has dried up or gone away then it is safe to return to the dentist. If you have a cold sore, please steer clear of our office. It’s not for our safety, it’s for yours!

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Get Help for Sleep Apnea HERE!

gary-lg-photoDid you know there are thousands of dentists trained to help treat and manage snoring and sleep apnea? Well, you’re in luck, I happen to be one of those dentists. I can help control obstructive sleep apnea and snoring through the use of oral appliance therapy (OAT).

The therapy includes using a custom-fit “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. The device helps to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open and allowing for adequate air intake. It’s a very effective treatment for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and/or for people who don’t tolerate CPAP machines.

We begin by reviewing a recent sleep study or we can set up an at home sleep test. If it appears the patient does indeed have sleep apnea we will test them using a pharyngometer to see if they are a good candidate for OAT and to determine the optimum position for the appliance to get the best outcome.

Not sure if you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Below are some very common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Awakening with chest pain
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Having high blood pressure

If you have or are suffering from any of the above symptoms and suspect you may have obstructive sleep apnea, call us today at (970) 858-4544 to schedule a consultation

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Use it or Lose it!

Teeth Cleaning
It’s hard to believe, but there’s just a little more than two months until we ring in 2016. With busy schedules and active lifestyles, time is just flying by. I urge you to make time for your oral health checkups. Making time now could end up saving you pain and money in the future.
If you have dental insurance, time is running out for you to use your benefits in this calendar year. Make sure to schedule your annual oral health screening and dental hygiene appointment today!

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Trick, Treat, or Cavity?

Halloween is just around the corner, which means lots of tempting candy.
Here are 9 ways you can keep your sweet tooth and oral-health in check for Halloween and year-round:
Time It Right – Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Choose Candy Carefully – Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time.
Avoid Sticky Situations – Stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Drink More Water – Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
Stay Away from Sugary Beverages – This includes soda, sports drinks, fruit juices, and flavored waters.
Chew Sugarless Gum – Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Brush Twice A Day – Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes.
Clean Between Your Teeth – Floss your teeth once a day.
Visit Gary Andreoletti, DDS – Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to “treat.”

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Care Enough to Share

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Your referrals are our biggest compliments. As a way to say thank you, we are giving you $50 in Gary Andreoletti, DDS, credit for every new patient referral. We will also give the person you referred a $50 credit to use at their new patient visit.
Thank you for sharing us with your friends!

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October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month

It’s National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month. It’s important to have an oral health checkup and cleaning every six months, but it’s just as important to keep up with your oral health daily while you’re at home. You need to BRUSH, FLOSS, RINSE, and CHEW.

BRUSH – 2 minutes, 2 times a day
FLOSS – Daily using proper flossing technique
RINSE – Daily with an anti-microbial mouth rinse
CHEW – Sugar -free gum after eating.

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Only 7 Days Left!

Sticky Note- 9 Days LeftHoly cow, it’s almost Christmas. Where did 2014 go? I hope it was a good year for you!

If you have dental insurance, time is running out for you to use your benefits in this calendar year. There’s only 7 days left for you to schedule your annual oral health screening and dental hygiene appointment. Use it, don’t lose it.

I hope the final days of 2014 brings you good cheer. As we journey into the New Year I wish you all the best and hope 2015 is filled with happiness, good health and prosperity. We look forward to seeing you in our office during one of the available 7 days, as well as in the New Year!

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