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What Are Some Simple Strategies for Dealing with Bad Breath?

Bad breath is a problem that can make a big difference in how you handle yourself throughout the day. For those struggling with bad breath, it is common to feel embarrassed or self-conscious when interacting with others and speaking in public places.

If bad breath is disrupting your everyday life, there are some simple steps that can be taken to try and alleviate the condition:

Drink plenty of water: Surprisingly, a common cause of bad breath is dehydration. When you do not drink enough water, your body cannot produce sufficient amounts of saliva, which helps clean out your mouth and wash away odor-causing bacteria.

Brush and floss frequently: One of the easiest ways ...

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What Are Extra Steps I Can Take to Protect My Teeth from Cavities?

Everyone wants to have a healthy smile, and our job at Essenmacher Family Dental is to do everything we can to help our patients protect theirs for years to come. 

Many of our patients are already taking effective steps toward keeping their mouths happy and healthy, yet we are sometimes asked if there is more that can be done. If you already brush and floss regularly but are still concerned about decay, there are extra steps you can take to help prevent cavities. 

Read below for three of our suggestions on keeping your mouth clean and cavity-free:

Drink Water Regularly: There are so many benefits to drinking plenty of water, and getting enough ...

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When Is a Dental Emergency Immediate and When Can It Wait?


Even patients who have a dedicated home care routine and visit their Albuquerque dentist twice a year can find themselves with a dental emergency out of the blue. Essenmacher Family Dental is here to help if this happens to you.

It’s sometimes confusing to know whether a dental emergency requires an immediate visit or if it can wait until the next few days.

Here are some guidelines to consider.

Pain and Swelling Often Requires Immediate Attention

Most dental conditions remain quiet and progress without severe symptoms until they are advanced enough for nerve involvement. An infected or damaged tooth can become inflamed, starting as minor throbbing pain that can quickly advance into pain ...

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Why Do I Need a Crown after a Root Canal?

While many patients may attempt to avoid root canal treatment, this tooth-saving procedure is a positive way for your Albuquerque dentist to save a tooth that has an infection. 

The pain from root canal treatment stems from the symptoms involved with infection. Once the root canal is complete, you can generally count on feeling significantly better following the root canal and wholly healed within about a week.

Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher may recommend a dental crown after root canal treatment. 

Root Canal Therapy Makes Teeth Brittle

When performing root canals, your dentist will eliminate the infection and diseased tissue from the inside to the tooth’s canal, which also includes the nerve fibers and blood vessels, ...

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5 Reasons to Avoid Gum Disease

If you see pink in the sink when you brush or floss your teeth, the blood you see indicates a common oral infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection in your gums that puts your smile –and your overall health – at risk. Because of this, we emphasize regular dental exams and dental cleanings in our Albuquerque dental office.

#1 You Could Lose Teeth

If periodontal disease moves into the underlying bone, it can eat away at the very foundation of your smile. Bone loss leads to tooth loss that can quickly leave gaps in your smile and make it difficult to eat and speak properly. ...

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Should You Choose Implants? Dentures? Try All-on-4!

Missing teeth make it impossible to eat the foods you love, not to mention the impact on your smile. Many edentulous patients would like to replace their missing teeth with single dental implants, but full-mouth implants can feel cost-prohibitive and overwhelming. 

We offer All-on-4 in our Albuquerque dental office to replace teeth on either the upper arch, lower arch, or both arches to complete our patients smiles.

How All-on-4 Works

If you have ever worn complete dentures, you know what a pain they can be, especially when dining out. All it takes is one small flip of the denture, and pretty soon, food gets caught between your denture and palate. Now what? You’re ...

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3 Purposes of Dental Crowns

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At Essenmacher Family Dental, we strive to repair and protect the teeth you have as part of our preventive dental approach. We use high-quality, tooth-colored crowns for that purpose in our Albuquerque dental office, which gives our patients a reason to smile confidently again.

Crowns Repair Broken Teeth

If you crack or break a tooth while eating, chances are it might have already been damaged from teeth grinding or simply from day-to-day use. To avoid continued damage that leads to a tooth extraction, placing a crown over the tooth reduces sensitivity and absorbs the force from chewing for many years to come.

Our beautiful, custom dental crowns also match your smile and build ...

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