Your smile is a window to your happiness and confidence. At Monument Family Dentistry, we’re here to answer all of your questions and guide you on the path to your healthiest, happiest, and most confident smile.
Located in Monument, CO, our dental office serves patients of all ages throughout the Tri-Lakes region and the Greater Colorado Springs area. We encourage all of our patients to read the following information pertaining to their dental care. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with our cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, Dr. Brad Burtwistle, or if you can’t find an answer to a specific question you have, please contact our office. We look forward to assisting you!
Our Most Common Questions Asked By Patients
What you eat affects your teeth. What are the best & worst foods for your teeth?
Best Foods for Dental Health:
Foods that are high in protein, phosphorus, and calcium promote stronger and healthier enamel and teeth. These include:
- Milk, cheese, & yogurt
- Leafy greens
- Meat, poultry, fish, & eggs
Worst Foods for Dental Health:
Sugary or highly acidic foods and beverages can cause enamel loss and tooth decay. It’s recommended to consume these foods and drinks in moderation and to properly brush and floss your teeth afterwards:
- Soda, sports drinks, juices, lemonade, etc.
- Baked sweets
Foods That Stain Teeth:
Consuming the following foods and beverages in large quantities may be why you have stained teeth:
- Red wine
- Tomato-based foods
- Hard candy
- Balsamic vinegar
Why are teeth cleanings important?
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What are 10 things to look for when seeing a dentist?
If you are experiencing any of the following, please call our office today at 719-481-4949.
- Persistent bad breath
- White spots on teeth
- Swelling or bleeding gums
- Jaw problems
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Loose teeth or dental work
- Receding gums
- Red or white patches in the mouth
What are helpful tips for dental health during pregnancy?
If you are struggling with morning sickness, Dr. Burtwistle can help you prevent stomach acid from affecting your teeth.
What can be done about teeth sensitivity?
For moderate to severe cases, we may administer fluoride treatment in our office and discuss minimizing acidic foods and beverages from your diet. If you have severe teeth sensitivity, periodontitis or teeth grinding may be the underlying culprit. In these cases, we may need to perform periodontal therapy or custom-make a mouthguard.
What if I’m nervous about dental procedures?
What causes bad breath?
How safe are dental X-rays?
Is fluoride treatment important for me as an adult?
Fluoride treatment is not always necessary for adults, but you may benefit from it depending on your unique situation. You may need a fluoride treatment if:
- You struggle with ongoing tooth decay.
- You have a dry mouth condition.
- You suffer from periodontitis.
- You get frequent cavities.
- You have enamel loss, or your teeth are sensitive.
What is a root canal?
Fortunately, we can now clean out and seal the interior of the tooth to prevent any further decay through a root canal. This procedure is relatively fast and painless and can be performed in one visit.
I have a cracked tooth. What should I do?
We may be able to restore the area through a tooth bonding procedure. During this procedure, Dr. Burtwistle will bond tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth and then cure the area with a laser light.
Monument Family Dentistry also specializes in CEREC® CAD/CAM same-day crowns, and we may be able to protect the cracked tooth by custom making a crown to cover it.
I have a missing tooth. What are my options?
For a single missing tooth, we can place a dental crown over an implant. We can also insert a bridge over an area where there are multiple missing adjacent teeth. Dental implants can also anchor full or partial dentures in place.
Are electric toothbrushes a good investment?
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
There are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease that is easier to treat. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss and other complications.
These are the signs of gingivitis and periodontitis:
- Bleeding gums
- Red to purplish gums
- Tender or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth and newly-formed spaces between teeth
- Pain when chewing or changes in the way you bite
- Receding gums
- Pus between teeth
What options do I have for teeth whitening?
Monument Family Dentistry offers comfortable professional teeth whitening of lasting value that’s customized to the natural color of your teeth. In as little as one visit, you’ll experience beautiful, noticeable results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for teeth whitening.
My teeth are crooked. What are my options?
We can also help you create a straighter, fuller, and more uniform smile with porcelain veneers. Each thin porcelain shell is custom-made to fit and enhance each natural tooth. Dental veneers can also enhance the color, shape, or size of the tooth.
What are the best oral hygiene habits I should maintain?
Make sure you see your dentist twice a year for a routine teeth cleaning and checkup. Avoid smoking and consuming lots of sugary foods and beverages.
Monday: 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM ‒ 3 PM
Thursday: 7 AM ‒ 3 PM
Friday ‒ Sunday: Closed