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3 Strategies to Fight Bad Breath

If you notice people backing away from you when you speak or your partner avoids kissing you, it can be a sign that you have bad breath. One of the cruel realities of halitosis is that the person who suffers from chronic bad breath sometimes cannot smell the problem.At our Albuquerque dental office, we will always be honest with you so that you feel confident in your breath and your oral health.Here are three tips to avoid bad breath:Don’t Miss Dental CleaningsSkipping dental cleanings probably seems like no big deal especially if your teeth do not hurt and the kids need to make it to their soccer matches and school ...

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Is Your Smile New Job Ready?

In today’s competitive world, first impressions are often your only chance to make any impression at all. First dates, job interviews, and speaking to clients puts you – and your smile – in the spotlight.If the idea of your teeth being visible to the world makes you want to cover your mouth and hide, it might be time to get in touch with your Albuquerque cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher to learn about how modern dentistry can help you make a great first impression.Your Smile Is Fuels Self-ExpressionAre you friendly? Outgoing? Joyful? People are automatically drawn to these personality types, both professionally and in social situations. A big aspect of ...

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Do you know the difference between a bridge and a partial?

Bridge Vs. Partial | Albuquerque Dentist
Many of our patients use the words “bridge” and “partial” interchangeably, but in fact, they are very different products. What they do have in common is that they are both used to replace missing teeth. Learn more about bridges and partials in NE Heights, NM.What is a Bridge?A bridge is usually only used when only one or two teeth are missing, and the patient either doesn’t want implants or is not a candidate for them. To receive a bridge, you must have teeth on both sides of the gap. The teeth on both sides of the space are shaped for crowns, and the bridge is made with the two ...

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All About Veneers

Veneers | Albuquerque NM
If you are unhappy with the shape or color of your teeth, there are many ways we can improve the appearance of your smile. One method is to use veneers. Veneers are porcelain coverings placed on the front side of the tooth to improve esthetics, including color, shape or length. They are bonded to the tooth surface and cannot be removed at home. Veneers are thinner than a dental crown and you care for them the same way you would a natural tooth.What to ExpectOn the first visit, Dr. Essenmacher will prepare the teeth for the new veneers. This will often involve some reshaping of the tooth, and then ...

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Estimating your dental costs - we're here to help!

Financing | Albuquerque NM Dentist
Finances are always an issue - at Essenmacher Family Dental we understand this. That's why we take great care in estimating dental costs for our patients. After being presented with a diagnosis and treatment plan, patients often feel overwhelmed. In most cases, patients have questions about finances and insurance coverage. We have team members that help patients understand their insurance benefits - we do this in a comfortable, private environment where the patient is encouraged to ask questions.At our practice, patients can expect that we verify insurance eligibility and benefits before their first visit. If there is any part of their appointment that is not going to ...

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Do I need a crown after a root canal?

Crowns and Bridges Albuquerque NM
Whether or not a tooth needs a crown after a root canal depends on how large the cavity was, and which tooth is being treated. After the infected nerve is removed during the root canal procedure, the tooth is less resistant to fracture. This is especially true for back teeth, which take the majority of the chewing force. So if your tooth had a very large cavity or filling prior to the root canal procedure, and especially if the tooth is a back tooth, a crown will be recommended to protect the tooth from fracturing. Having an evaluation done with Dr. Essenmacher is the best way to see which treatment ...

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To floss or not to floss?

Effectiveness of Flossing | Albuquerque Dentist
There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about the effectiveness of flossing. A recent report in the media has claimed that flossing is ineffective. Here at Essenmacher Family Dental, we know that flossing IS effective and should be done at least once a day. Without flossing, you cannot remove the food and bacteria that adhere between the teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. This buildup of bacteria can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, or cavities between the teeth in at-risk individuals. However, flossing CAN be ineffective if you aren’t doing it correctly! Below is a video to demonstrate proper flossing technique.

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