History often reveals very interesting stories about the things we use every day. For instance, did you know that according to archaeologists’ findings, prehistoric humans are believed to have used horse hair to floss their teeth? Imagine running out of floss, and instead of just being able to go to the store, you had to chase down a mustang to get more! This important part of your oral hygiene routine has changed a lot over the course of time, and today, your dentist in Loveland is going to share its long but truly interesting history. (more…)
West Lake Dental Blog
February 13, 2018
January 21, 2018
In 2017 alone, nearly 50,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer, over a quarter of which had not engaged in typical high risk behaviors such as tobacco or excessive alcohol use. Oral cancer claims about one life every hour, but it’s actually very treatable when detected early, which is why your dentist in Loveland is happy to perform an oral cancer screening as part of your regular checkup. Of course, you can help yourself by keeping an eye out for cancer between appointments as well. With this simple self-exam that we’re going to walk you through, you’ll be able to spot the most common signs of oral cancer so you won’t be caught off guard by this terrible disease.
January 12, 2018
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANDA), at least 30 million people of all ages and genders are currently suffering from an eating disorder in the United States. While many of the mental and physical side effects of bulimia and anorexia are well known, few are aware of how damaging the disorders can actually be to the teeth. Today, your dentist in Loveland discusses how eating disorders can affect the smile, and what you can do about them.
December 3, 2017
The human body naturally changes as we age, and for many post-menopausal women, that means they will have to deal with osteoporosis, a disease that gradually weakens the bones over time. Increased age also means that a woman is more likely to have missing teeth, and like most, they likely want to have them replaced. Dental implants are currently the premier tooth replacement available today, able to rebuild an entire tooth from the root up, but they require a patient to have a strong, healthy jawbone. So the question is: can women with osteoporosis safely get dental implants, even if their jawbone density is compromised? A study recently published by The Journal of Oral Implantology sought to find the answer, and thankfully, the results were quite promising.
November 26, 2017
The holidays are a great time to be alive, but it can be a particularly trying time for your teeth! Sugary treats seemingly appear out of nowhere and society encourages everyone to overindulge. The last thing you want to deal with during this time of year is a dental problem, so today, your dentist is going to share a few helpful tips on how to keep your smile healthy, bright, and beautiful this holiday season.
November 16, 2017
We’re very lucky here at West Lake Dental because Dr. Maples doesn’t just work hard for our patients inside the office, but outside as well. He consistently takes hundreds of hours of continuing education each year in order to stay on top of the latest advancements in dentistry as well as grow and refine his skillset. The most recent example of this involved him attending the Pikos Symposium 2017, which is hosted by the Pikos Institute each year in order to discuss new treatment options and advances in dental implants. Today, we’re going to talk a little about what Dr. Maples learned during this course, as well as how this could impact your next appointment.
October 30, 2017
The American Cancer Society recommends that patients of all ages should have at least one oral cancer screening per year, because early detection is the best way to ensure successful treatment of the disease. Fortunately, your dentist can perform one during your regular checkup since it is the soft tissue in the mouth where the cancer actually occurs.
Oral cancer screenings are especially important for denture wearers because multiple studies have shown that they are actually at a greater risk of developing the disease than the general population. Why is this the case? Does wearing dentures make you more likely to get oral cancer? We discuss their connection today. (more…)
October 1, 2017
We have some exciting news here at West Lake Dental: our own Dr. Andy Maples recently began the Fellowship program with the Academy of General Dentistry. With this, Dr. Maples will attend various continuing education courses in order to expand his knowledge in all aspects of general dentistry in order to better serve our patients. Only about 11% of General Dentists around the country complete this program, and we’re excited to see how it contributes to our practice. Of course, you’re probably wondering what this means for you. How will this affect your next visit to the dentist? Today, we discuss why having a dentist who regularly goes above and beyond for your smile is great not only for your teeth, but your budget as well!
September 9, 2017
Dental technology is continually changing and advancing to better solve the problems patients are facing every day. One of the most common? Multiple missing teeth. In the past, dentures were the first go-to solution, but now, more and more dentists are using dental implants in conjunction with dentures to provide a longer lasting, more comfortable solution. Today, we’re going to discuss the latest step forward in implant-retained denture technology. Using something called locator abutments, your dentist can now give you a denture that fits even better and will provide more stability to allow you to chew more easily.
August 11, 2017
School is just about to start, and there always seems to be more and more things you need to do to get ready. The list of “required items” is longer than ever, and your child is growing like a weed, so new clothes are a necessity. As you’re getting them (and let’s be honest, yourself) ready to go back to school, here are a few easy tips from your children’s dentist to make sure their teeth stay nice and healthy throughout the entire year. (more…)