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The Stages of Gum Disease Sep 1st, 2021

At some point during your life, there’s a good chance you’ll suffer from gum disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all American adults aged 30 or older have gum disease, while a whopping 70.1% of adults 65 years and older suffer...

Signs You Might Need Emergency Dental Care Aug 1st, 2021

Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes and can happen in a variety of environments. Despite the actual scenario, there are two things that each dental emergency usually has in common — it requires immediate care, and it happens at the most inopportune time, like after regular business hours,...

When Do You Need an Emergency Dentist? Jul 1st, 2021

We’ve all been there. It’s a holiday or weekend, your kids are roughhousing, and all of a sudden one of them falls and gets up holding their hands to their mouth. Or maybe you’re having a girl’s night out at a restaurant; you absentmindedly chew on an ice cube, and...

Am I a Candidate for Lumineers®? Jun 2nd, 2021

You reluctantly agree to join a friend at a big party on a Saturday night. Although you don’t know the host or the other guests, that’s not why you had to be talked into being your friend’s plus one. What really got you nervous was your appearance, specifically your smile. ...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Cracked Tooth May 14th, 2021

We all know better than to crunch on hard candy, ice, or unpopped popcorn kernels, but sometimes we do it anyway. Then there are moments when chewing on a pen cap or pencil just seems to take the edge off of a challenging project you’re trying to think through. You...

5 Dental Hygiene Habits to Embrace Apr 20th, 2021

Healthy, beautiful bright teeth are indeed something to behold. A dazzling smile has a way of starting conversations, opening doors to new opportunities, and exuding confidence like no other personal trait. The rub is that healthy smiles just don’t magically appear. They’re the result of making a commitment to embracing...

Bleeding Gums: Could it be Gum Disease? Mar 17th, 2021

We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to go to bed and are mindlessly plodding through your evening ritual. Now you’re brushing your teeth and are barely paying attention; after all, you’ve been doing this your entire life. Then boom! You spit in the sink and see blood. At first...

Do I Really Need to See My Dentist For Routine Cleanings and Checkups? Feb 1st, 2021

With so many demands on your time and budget, skipping routine dental cleanings and checkups may be tempting. But doing so can cost more in the long-run for both your health and your wallet. In this blog, Nate Gunning, DDS of Signature Smiles Dentistry in Parker, Colorado, explains why.  An...

7 Resolutions to Help Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums Jan 4th, 2021

While most people focus on the big-ticket items for their New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight, exercising more, and eating a healthy diet, it’s a mistake to overlook improving or maintaining your dental health as a focus of 2021. Unhealthy teeth and gums can lead to major health issues,...

Clear Correct: Straight Teeth Without a Mouthful of Metal Dec 8th, 2020

In years gone by, teens and adults had to suffer through long months and years of wearing uncomfortable and unsightly orthodontia to get the health and aesthetic benefits of straighter teeth. Today, you don’t have to spend time as a “metal mouth” in order to straighten your smile. At Signature...

Dental Implants: Why They are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth Nov 3rd, 2020

While your adult teeth are designed to last your life, sometimes decay or trauma renders you in need of a replacement. There are plenty of options for the job, but none come close to delivering today’s dental implants' aesthetics and function. At Signature Smiles Dentistry in Parker, CO, Nate Gunning,...

Versatile Veneers: Learn All the Smile Flaws They Can Correct Oct 21st, 2020

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you — as a universal sign of warmth and approachability, a sincere and engaging smile communicates interest and makes others feel welcome and at ease before you even speak a single word.  But if your personable smile also reveals...

Top Causes of Receding Gums Sep 9th, 2020

Your gums, or the pink tissue that surrounds your teeth, are an easily overlooked part of your overall oral health. The gums can be susceptible to inflammation due to the buildup of bacteria, which can lead to gingivitis. Eventually, it’s possible for the gums to recede away from your teeth. ...

How To Avoid A Cavity Sep 1st, 2020

If you are prone to cavities or are concerned about preventing tooth decay, there are a few habits you can incorporate into your routine to promote good oral health. Avoiding a cavity can be as simple as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist. However, there are a few other factors...

How To Keep Up With Your Oral Health During Covid-19 Aug 15th, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and socialize, it may have also impacted your oral health. Maybe you had an appointment for a routine dental cleaning or other dental services that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns, or you have delayed putting off going to the dentist...

Options To Prevent Teeth Grinding At Night Aug 5th, 2020

Do you grind your teeth at night? Many people grind their teeth while they sleep but are not aware of their harmful habit. Grinding your teeth can lead to a variety of negative side effects and can cause you to need cosmetic dentistry in the future, including: Headaches Flat or worn-down teeth...

Teeth Whitening Options Jul 30th, 2020

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. However, if your teeth aren’t as bright and clean as you’d prefer, you may be somewhat self-conscious, leaving you searching for teeth whitening options. Our cosmetic dentistry services are available for your benefit if this describes your...

I Have a Dental Emergency Jul 15th, 2020

What aches and pains are normal? Should you be concerned about a toothache? Some problems seem small, but they can turn into serious dental health problems if you don’t seek treatment. With the help of emergency dental services, you can get the relief you need. If you’re wondering, “Do I...

Characteristics of the Best Cosmetic Dentist Centennial Colorado Offers Jun 30th, 2020

Finding the right cosmetic dentist in Centennial, CO can be a bit challenging and nerve-wracking. But you want the best smile makeover, so spend a little extra time getting to know the dental professionals in your area. This time pays off for years to come, as you flaunt your attractive...

How to Prevent Teeth Shifting Jun 20th, 2020

Your teeth are not locked into a static position for your entire life, even if you’ve had braces to correct them. In fact, one of the periods that they’re most likely to shift is immediately after your braces get removed. The good news is that you can learn how to prevent teeth...

How to Handle Broken Teeth May 30th, 2020

Did you know that fractured or broken teeth are one of the leading causes of tooth loss in first world nations? This common and sometimes painful tooth injury can be challenging to endure in the best of times. However, there is hope. At Signature Smiles, we offer emergency dental services for those...

What is Emergency Dental Care? May 10th, 2020

In this uncertain time, it can be challenging to know what constitutes as a dental emergency. However, it’s vital to understand what this term means and whether you need to seek treatment for a tooth injury. To learn more about your treatment options or to make an appointment to receive...

Difference Between Endodontist vs. Dentist Apr 30th, 2020

You’ve heard some bad news – you’re going to need a root canal. Now you need to understand the difference between an endodontist vs. a dentist for this procedure. There are pros and cons to each option. How are Dentists and Endodontists Related?  An endodontist is a dentist that specializes in...

How to Prevent Plaque Build-Up Apr 9th, 2020

Plaque is a type of biofilm that sticks to your teeth and builds up over time. Bacteria forms when your food mixes with your saliva and other fluids, creating plaque. Plaque has a yellow tint to it, which makes it hard to maintain a perfect smile. With enough time, plaque...

Are My Teeth Sensitive? Mar 20th, 2020

Do you feel pain after a spoonful of hot soup or after a bite of ice cream? If so, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. You may ask yourself: are my teeth sensitive? Well, when you experience pain while taking hot or cold foods, it could signal a cavity....

Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Toothpaste Mar 10th, 2020

Your choice is unlimited when it comes to buying a tube of toothpaste, and the task can be overwhelming. When choosing the best toothpaste, it’s vital to consider your unique oral health requirements. Toothpaste comprises of abrasive agents and flavoring. The abrasive agents (such as silicates and calcium carbonate) help to...

Why Are My Gums Bleeding? Mar 10th, 2020

Bleeding gums are a symptom of an underlying health condition. However, if you only ask yourself – why are my gums bleeding? – immediately after brushing your teeth, it could indicate a wrong brushing technique. Bleeding can also occur when you wear incorrect dentures size. Frequent gum bleeding is often an...

The Need for Affordable Dental Care Feb 24th, 2020

Adults throughout the United States take more pride in their physical appearance than ever before. This includes wanting a “winning smile” of bright white and healthy teeth from an affordable dentist. But with this desire for a great smile through cosmetic dentistry in CO comes a need for affordable dental care providing...

How to Tell if You have a Cavity Feb 17th, 2020

Many people realize they may have a cavity before going to see their dentist. Other cavities occur with no clear signs for you, whatsoever. Your dentist finds this early tooth decay using digital X-rays or a thorough exam during dental cleanings in Parker, Colorado. Using some simple signs from cavity symptoms,...

Choosing the Best Dentist in Parker, CO Feb 3rd, 2020

Choosing a new dentist causes anxiety for many people, let alone finding the best dentist in Parker, Colorado. But you need expert dental services in CO to ensure your best oral health. You also need to visit your dentist twice yearly for regular checkups and professional cleanings. So how do you choose...

What Are Lumineers? Jan 27th, 2020

All of us try our best to prevent tooth decay and to keep our teeth as white and healthy as we can. That said, sometimes the appearance of our teeth is beyond our control. Even those of us who are the most diligent about regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings in...

How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth Jan 20th, 2020

As we grow older, it is only natural that our teeth become less white. Even people who do take great care of their teeth experience the eventual fading of their smiles as time goes on. At Signature Smiles — as our name implies — we are dedicated to the idea...

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth Jan 12th, 2020

Even those of us with the worst oral hygiene brush our teeth some of the time. And if we asked people how to properly brush your teeth, very few would answer, “I don’t know.” But you learn how to properly brush your teeth so young that by the time we...

Loose Adult Tooth Dec 30th, 2019

We all remember the excitement of having a loose tooth as a child. As a kid, a loose tooth might mean a visit from the Tooth Fairy and the world of possibilities and rewards that that brings. And beyond that, losing a tooth as a child is also an important...

Why Are My Gums Swollen? Dec 15th, 2019

If you have been asking yourself, “Why are my gums swollen?” and have not been able to isolate the cause, it might be time to visit your dentist. Swollen gums can be a sign of more significant problems with your oral health. But if you aware of the problem and...

What Is a Root Canal? Dec 9th, 2019

If you’re like most people, the term “root canal” probably doesn’t carry a lot of positive connotations. And indeed, a root canal service in Parker, CO is not at the top of anyone’s holiday wish list. That said, there are several misconceptions about what a root canal is, and particularly with...

Healthy Teeth During The Holidays Nov 18th, 2019

Halloween has passed, and it’s almost Thanksgiving, which means holiday feasting is right around the corner. December holidays feature a lot of sweets, from eggnog to Santa’s cookies to jelly donuts. December is dreadful for your dental health. Take our advice and learn how to maintain healthy teeth during the holidays. Healthy...

The Importance of Teeth Cleaning Nov 8th, 2019

Many Americans doubt the importance of teeth cleaning, neglecting their teeth, and failing to go to a dentist. Here at Signature Smiles, we know the importance of teeth cleaning. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, almost 78% of Americans develop a cavity before turning 17. If America understood the importance...

Maintaining Oral Health Nov 1st, 2019

Maintaining oral health is something many Americans overlook. Even people who brush and floss daily tend to avoid going to the dentist. People cite a lack of time, a fear of the dentist, worries about price, or being unsure where to go. Not maintaining oral health isn’t worth the problems...

How Long Does a Cavity Filling Take? Oct 23rd, 2019

When a patient requires a dental cavity filling, they often wonder, “how long does a cavity filling take?” Perhaps you, too, have a cavity and are wondering this very question. If so, you will find the following information about cavity fillings in Parker, CO very useful. How is a Cavity Filling...

Root Canal Symptoms Oct 15th, 2019

Are you displaying the typical root canal symptoms? Do you feel pain when you chew on one tooth in particular? Do you feel discomfort, hot or cold sensations that seem to linger? When experiencing these and other symptoms of a root canal, a root canal procedure in Parker CO is your...

Benefits of an Oral Cancer Screening Oct 13th, 2019

According to Cancer.net, more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer this year. An oral cancer screening can catch this condition early, allowing you the best possible odds of beating it. Accordingly, we make it a part of every examination we perform here at Signature Smiles...

What Is a Dental Crown? Sep 25th, 2019

Many people, particularly adults, face the prospect of needing a dental crown. So what is a dental crown and why does your dentist recommend one? What is a Dental Crown? You are not alone in wondering, “What is a dental crown?” Dental crowns in Parker, CO is one of the most common...

What is Sedation Dentistry? Sep 18th, 2019

If you experience fear of some dental procedures or oral surgery, you have options today for making your treatments easier. These include anesthesia that numbs pain and sedation dentistry used to relax you and relieve your anxiety. However, you may find yourself wondering, “What is sedation dentistry?” We can help....

The Benefits of Removing Wisdom Teeth Sep 10th, 2019

Many teens and adults face the important decision of wisdom teeth removal. Thanks to modern technologies like dental X-rays and advanced knowledge of your dentist, you do not need to suffer the pain of problem wisdom teeth, as people once did. When your dentist talks to you about having these unneeded teeth...

Benefits of Dental Checkups Aug 26th, 2019

What are some benefits of dental checkups? Regular dental checkups are essential for your oral health. Visiting your dentist regularly can ensure that you prevent serious issues for both your oral and overall health. Some key symptoms of significant diseases such as diabetes appear in the mouth first. Your dentist...

What are Dental Crowns? Aug 22nd, 2019

What are dental crowns? A crown is a tooth-shaped cover (or cap) that a dentist puts over your tooth. Crowns can make a tooth stronger if it has been weakened by decay. Crowns can also restore shape and function to the tooth and improve its overall look. Dental crowns in Parker...

Periodontal Abscess Jul 30th, 2019

You’re biting down on your tooth, and suddenly there’s a sharp pain. It’s a telltale sign of a periodontal abscess. In fact, you might have noticed that food has tasted differently. What is a periodontal abscess and will you need periodontal gum disease treatment in Parker, CO? Understanding How a Periodontal...

How to Remove Tartar Jul 17th, 2019

You’ve heard that tartar’s bad for your oral health. You can go to the best tartar removal in Parker, CO, Signature Smiles. But you also want to know how to remove tartar at home to make your dentist visits more pleasant. Here’s the skinny on the tartar that can cause problems...

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry Jul 10th, 2019

A lot of people get anxious and nervous about going to the dentist. In those cases, dentists use sedation dentistry techniques to make them comfortable and relaxed. Aside from that, sedatives and other medications may be necessary for some dental procedures. If you’re anxious about oral surgery in Parker, CO, understanding...

What is Halitosis? Jun 28th, 2019

Halitosis, also known as fetor oris or bad breath affects 1 in 4 people. Halitosis can cause worry, embarrassment, and anxiety and make socializing difficult. If you suffer from halitosis, your dentist can work with you to determine and resolve the issue. But what is halitosis? Can you treat the...

The Importance of Oral Screening Jun 21st, 2019

Regular oral screening is crucial. It allows your dentist to check your teeth for early detection of issues such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and cavities. Oral screening may also help your doctor screen for cancer as well through dental x rays Parker CO residents need. Why Oral Screening is Important The American Dental...

Gingivitis Treatment Jun 7th, 2019

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. You’ll recognize it by the sore, red gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Because it’s not overly painful, you might try an initial gingivitis treatment at home. Here’s what you need to know about this condition that may make you...

How Long Does a Root Canal Take? May 22nd, 2019

Are you facing root canal therapy in your upcoming dental visits? This standard procedure is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, simply getting to know what the treatment involves puts your mind at ease. So how long does a root canal take and what does the process involve?...

What Are Emergency Dental Services? May 15th, 2019

Suffering trauma to your mouth is scary. Anytime you experience this type of injury that causes bleeding, loosens teeth, knocks teeth out or breaks teeth, you need emergency dental services. But what are these services and how do you know when you need them? What Causes Trauma to Teeth and...

Do I Need a Dental X Ray? May 8th, 2019

In the past, people worried about getting a dental X ray. Each exposure to these technologies increases the risk for cancers and other conditions. But today’s dental offices offer safe dental radiographs and even digital X rays. So knowing what is happening to your teeth beneath your surface no longer...

The Importance of Tartar Removal May 1st, 2019

Any search on the web today for how to remove tartar takes you to some misleading information. That is, these searches result in a long list of DIY articles about removing your own tartar from your teeth. But tartar removal is not something you should attempt at home. You need...

How to Remove Plaque from Teeth Apr 16th, 2019

Although plaque is colorless and almost invisible, it contains bacteria that decays your teeth and causes gum disease. Plaque left on your teeth also leads to a wide range of physical health problems, such as heart disease. These are the reasons why you need to know how to remove plaque...

Is Reversing Gum Disease Possible? Apr 10th, 2019

Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums. It can progress to the point that it affects the bone, which supports your teeth. However, if treated early enough with the periodontal treatment Parker CO offers, reversing gum disease is possible. It’s also possible through gum disease treatment. Only your professional dentist can help...

The Importance of Plaque Removal Mar 25th, 2019

Having healthy teeth is a big part of feeling confident as you interact with others. For this confidence, you keep your smile healthiest through ongoing plaque removal in Parker, Colorado. This removal of the sticky, invisible film coating your teeth takes place at home and in your dentist’s office. Together...

Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth Mar 18th, 2019

Did you know that the foods you eat affect your oral health as much as they affect your physical health? Good foods can help keep your teeth strong. But the worst foods for your teeth cause damage like tooth decay and gum disease. Foods can also stain your teeth, making...

What Are Dental Veneers? Mar 11th, 2019

Are you wanting a healthier, more youthful looking smile but do not think you can achieve it with your natural teeth? Think again. For many people, the dental veneers Parker Colorado offers will provide a smile makeover that lasts. So what are dental veneers and are they right for you? What Are...

National Dentists Day 2019 Mar 3rd, 2019

Have you heard about National Dentists Day? This annual observance occurs each March 6, as a way to show appreciation for our nation’s dentists. Patients, coworkers and the general public can use this day to show thanks for the work local dentists perform. You should consider showing your dentist you...

Why Are My Gums Receding? Feb 22nd, 2019

If you have ever wondered, “Why are my gums receding?’ you are not alone. Unfortunately, many Americans suffer from this problem every year. Over time, the gums can wear away and expose the roots of the teeth. This can lead to health problems like infections, tooth decay, and tooth loss....

What is a Dental Exam? Feb 8th, 2019

Getting a regular dental exam in Parker, Colorado is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your oral health and prevent cavities. During your exam, your dentist will clean your teeth and look for signs of oral disease. They will also check for signs of...

How to Get Perfect Teeth Jan 29th, 2019

Most people today want a gorgeous smile. But having a great smile comes down to having healthy teeth and gums. This means you need a partnership between you and your dentist, to achieve the smile of your dreams. The big question of how to get perfect teeth is one your...

The Difference Between Endodontist Vs Dentist Jan 22nd, 2019

Your dentist provides routine dental care. Sometimes this care includes root canal treatment. But an endodontist also provides root canal therapy, as a specialist in the field. So when do you need an endodontist vs dentist? The key difference between an endodontist vs dentist lies in the amount of education, training, and...

National Children’s Dental Health Month Jan 1st, 2019

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dentists and dental professionals across the country are celebrating the annual event. During this month, oral health providers will promote the advantages of having good oral health. What Is National Children’s Dental Health Month? During National Children’s Dental Health Month, there will be...

Learning the Difference Between Veneers vs Lumineers Dec 26th, 2018

Many people wonder about the difference between veneers vs Lumineers. This question is confusing in itself, as Lumineers are actually a branded type of dental veneers. Which type you choose depends on your inpidual needs, budget and other considerations. Your dentist walks you through options before you make this decision....

How to Reverse Receding Gums Dec 18th, 2018

Many adults notice slight changes in their gums over time, with teeth appearing longer and feeling more sensitive. This usually means your gums are receding. Gum disease is the biggest culprit in this problem. So your answers in how to reverse receding gums often come down to treating gum disease....

Mouth Cancer Action Month Nov 28th, 2018

In the United Kingdom, Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place each November. In the United States, Oral Cancer Awareness Month occurs each April. As these two observances show, oral cancer causes too many people to suffer the disease or its death each year. In fact, more than 300,000 people receive...

How Much Do Dental Cleanings Cost? Nov 21st, 2018

Are you wondering how much do dental cleanings cost before your upcoming appointment? Or do you fear this cost so much that it is keeping you from scheduling an appointment with the dentist? Whatever your fears, not visiting the dentist twice yearly causes greater expense than going in for routine...

Best Parker Colorado Family Dentist Oct 24th, 2018

Finding a quality Parker Colorado family dentist is never easy. You want one who understands your needs and treats you as an inpidual, too. However, visiting the dentist is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Once you find the right dentist, you easily manage your twice yearly...

Healthy Halloween Tips Oct 18th, 2018

Two times of year lead to some of the worst dental problems and eating habits. These times include Halloween, a holiday focusing on candies and sweets from trick-or-treating and December holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year. Halloween leads to many cavities and chipped, broken, or cracked teeth, among...

How to Find the Best Dentist Aurora Colorado Offers Sep 19th, 2018

Finding a new dentist is nerve-wracking. No one wants to feel uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair. When you need to find the best dentist Aurora CO offers, consider some helpful advice, referral sources, and other information. Top Qualities to Look for In a Dentist Aurora CO Trusts You can tell...