Makeovers For Busy Boulder County Smiles

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Have you been considering sprucing up your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette is quicker than you think. Some procedures such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many Lafayette folks who wants to straighten your teeth, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, invisible braces, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure very popular in the Boulder County, Louisville, and Broomfield area. Veneers remedy chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we create unforgettable smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us today at 720-862-3630!

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Why Do Lafayette Dentists Like Potatoes?

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The reason dentists like potatoes is because they are so “filling.” Ba-dum ching!

Lame joke, I know. But seriously, the wiser our patients in Broomfield and Boulder County are about what they eat, the easier it will be to care for their dear old teeth.

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It doesn’t have to be potatoes, but the mouth does request that we take a good look at what can be damaging and upsetting it.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack the enamel on the teeth and get the decay process started for Broomfield people of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really no-nos. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that we’re talking about.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. Boulder County folks are wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will support tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I hope this blog aids in keeping you on the path to a healthy mouth and gives you something to think about if you’re interested in oral health or a smile makeover in Boulder or Lafayette, Colorado.

I’m Gordon West DDS at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. If cosmetic dentistry, including the cost of veneers, the cost of implants, teeth whitening and the like interest you, call 720-862-3630 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from cosmetic dentistry to dental implants. Our staff provides state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment and we are ready to make you comfortable.

We can offer our friends from Boulder County dental crowns or teeth whitening if they want it. We can schedule patients from Broomfield for sedation dentistry or Invisalign clear braces right here in our office. Lafayette customers are always welcome to check into prepless veneers. Don’t hesitate to make the call.

Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
720-862-3630


5 Cavity Basics For Boulder

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Some of the most popular dental topics discussed in Boulder County and Lafayette relate to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, the desire to avoid cavities is still the main reason Louisville and Broomfield residents visit their dentists, so today the Lafayette dental blog is going to highlight the 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Boulder County, Louisville, or Broomfield dentist today for an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right and avoid snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Lafayette area, give Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Boulder since 1998. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring and smile makeovers.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
720-862-3630
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Worried About Dental Visits In Lafayette, Colorado?

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“How can I deal with anxiety about visiting the dentist for the first time?”

1. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example: pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.
2. Discuss these fears and concerns with your dentist.
3. Expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving concerns.

Dr. Gordon West has been helping anxious patients relax and feel comfortable since 1998.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what the process will entail can be formidable. Allowing Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry to professionally address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits straightforward for both parties.

Located at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201, Lafayette, Colorado 80026 we provide extraordinary expertise in many areas of dentistry. Education, training and certifications are important to our office conduct. We would be happy to see patients throughout Boulder County for any procedures needed. We perform services such as dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and prepless veneers. If those don’t address your needs there are many more we haven’t mentioned.

We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss any of the following questions:

What is the price of Invisalign invisible braces?
Are braces an option for my tooth crowding?
What is the cost of dental crowns?
Do I have a need for a root canal?
How do dental bridges work?
What is the cost of teeth whitening and stain removal?
What is laser teeth whitening?
What is the price of porcelain veneers?
What is dental bonding?
What are dental implants?

We understand you may be traveling from Boulder, Broomfield, Boulder County, or Louisville to visit our office in Lafayette, Colorado. Please don’t let the unknown keep you from receiving the quality dental care that will ensure a healthy smile. We have answers for your dental questions.

You might be interested in cosmetic dentistry. Even if you are nervous about the procedures, remember, smile makeovers build certainty in the long run. You will enjoy your healthy, beautiful smile long after you forget the anxiety of the dental treatment. Knowledge brings power to anyone afraid of dental care. Dr. Gordon West can educate and provide information valuable to you from your first visit onward.

Call us to set up an informative meeting at 720-862-3630 whether you have urgent problems or simply need an exam and cleaning. Count on Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry to put you at ease.

Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
720-862-3630
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Does Your Boulder Dentist Conjure Up Cavities?

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Cavities can be filled, but it is better to prevent cavities in the first place. If your dentist seems to conjure up cavities at every visit, then it’s up to you to break the cycle. But we are here to help you. Let’s work together.

How can you lift the cavity curse? Schedule a preventative dental consultation and examination at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry by calling 720-862-3630. You will be served by several members of our friendly team. One of our experienced dental hygienists will give your teeth and gums the best cleaning they have ever received. He or she will review proper oral hygiene and discuss ways to incorporate these critical habits into your lifestyle.

Gordon West DDS will perform a thorough examination and discuss your dental conditions and goals. We welcome questions about brushing, flossing, diet, medical issues, and lifestyle choices. These are all factors that affect your dental health.

Here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, as much as we love to see our patients, we would prefer they all enjoyed healthy smiles and only had to visit a couple times a year for cleanings and checkups. Use preventative dental visits to improve your oral care techniques and break the cavity curse.

Gordon West DDS is an experienced dental professional who promotes preventative dentistry. Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette was launched in 1998 to provide the residents of Lafayette, Boulder County, Broomfield, and Louisville with the highest standard of personalized dental care.
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers a comprehensive menu of dental services including sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns and Invisalign clear braces.

Find us nearby at: 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201 Lafayette, Colorado, call: 720-862-3630 or visit: https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/.

We look forward to working with you to break the cavity curse.


The Gordon West DDS Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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Hearing that you have periodontal disease (or “gum disease”) can be upsetting. Here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette, Colorado, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums
Swollen, tender gums
Receding gums
Bad breath that won’t go away
Loose adult teeth
Sensitive teeth

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, Dr. Gordon West has answers.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
Brush with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Visit dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
Avoid between-meal snacking
Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

Scaling
Root planing
Antibiotics
Surgery

Dr. West knows gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is critical for preventing the pain and health issues associated with periodontal disease. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

Dr. West is equipped with the education and experience to care for the full gamut of Boulder patients’ dental needs, including cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
720-862-3630
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3 Cavity Fighters For Broomfield Kids

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Most Broomfield parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your Boulder dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Colorado dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your Broomfield pediatrician or talk to us at Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Boulder County, Louisville, or Broomfield grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend Broomfield children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Boulder area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
818-781-3411
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Tooth Ache Pain The Size of Boulder

Boulder Sedation Dentistry Patients often come into our Lafayette Colorado dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of Boulder’. I understand this kind of pain, and realize that when you describe it like that, it really hurts. I can help.

Tooth ache pain for anyone in Lafayette can be unbearable. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods, certain temperatures, and even talking. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.  Sometimes the infection can be so advanced that not even the anesthetics will function, that is why sedation dentistry is so handy.

Around Lafayette, the most common causes of a tooth ache include tooth infection, decay, injury, and loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted, or after an oral surgery involving anything from a tooth or your jawbone.

I can help you better understand the source of your tooth ache pain, and in most cases can provide a nearly immediate remedy. In severe cases, we are equipped to council you on a variety of resolutions.

Of course, the best way to avoid tooth ache pain is to visit your Lafayette dentist often, and to care properly for your teeth including the regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing tooth ache pain, and just can’t stand it any more, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

-Gordon West, DDS

720-862-3630


Periodontal Treatment in Boulder County

Periodontal Disease in California Periodontal disease in Boulder County, CO is more common than you might think, and can be cured with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, more commonly called ‘gum disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be little more than an inconvenience. Dr. Gordon West offers periodontal treatement for patients in the Lafayette, Boulder, and Boulder County area. However the best periodontal treatment is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay and to get a regular dental check up at your local Boulder County dentist.

Give us a call to schedule your next dental checkup; we look forward to seeing you.


The Dangers of Oral Piercing

The Dangers of Oral Piercing If you live in the Boulder area and are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, read this:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Colorado dentists and doctors are continually treating serious infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem, and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily chip tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Boulder offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease, or ‘gum disease’, can cause gum recession and exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hyper sensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the problem right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers. Dr. Gordon West at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry can give you more information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have damage, call 720-862-3630 to schedule a consultation.