Blog Archive

National Gum Disease Awareness Month: How You Can Keep Your Gums Vibrant and Healthy! Feb 12th, 2020

In honor of February’s Gum Disease Awareness Month – a global public awareness campaign for preventing gum disease – our practice wants to help spread the word about this insidious disease. That’s because it can destroy your smile if it is left untreated. Fortunately, you can take action to help...

New Year’s Resolution: Address Your Bad Breath and Boost Your Self-Confidence Levels! Jan 16th, 2020

If you find yourself with bad breath or have had someone remark on your breath, you might be experiencing halitosis. Bad breath may come and go depending on what food you are eating or if you have “morning breath,” common in those who tend to breathe through the mouth. Still,...

Safeguard Your Mouth This Winter by Limiting Cavity-Causing Sugar, Eating Healthy and Wearing an Ath Dec 21st, 2019

Winter is here and if you are exposed to the harsher weather, you could find yourself experiencing more cold and canker sores, chapped lips and dry mouth from the colder, drier conditions of the season. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect your mouth, teeth,...

Celebrate Healthy Teeth and Gums With Healthy Foods and Drinks Nov 13th, 2019

Upcoming holidays are around the corner, and you’re probably already thinking of all the foodie goodness coming your way. November is Good Nutrition Month, so you might want to consider adding healthy options to your meals to maintain good oral and general health and wellbeing. The goal of our dental...

October is National Dental Hygiene Month: Brushing, Flossing and More! Oct 19th, 2019

Happy October, everyone! It’s one of the spookiest seasons of the year, and one of the scariest things we can think of is having problems with our teeth and gums. Since October is National Dental Hygiene Month, we want to promote a healthy mouth for everyone by acknowledging the importance...

It’s National Gum Care Month! Sep 7th, 2019

September brings the month of National Gum Care, a time to raise awareness for healthy gums everywhere. No matter your age, you should always be striving for great oral care, and this doesn’t just mean your teeth. Your gums are just as important when it comes to maintaining a great...

How Do Dental Checkups Impact Your Oral Health? Aug 17th, 2019

We learn at a young age that brushing and flossing are vital to keeping your smile healthy. We need to continue these daily habits in our ongoing quest to maintain healthy smiles for strong teeth and gums. Seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups at least twice a...

A Dental Crown Can Beautifully Restore Your Tooth Jul 13th, 2019

If you have recently learned that you have a badly broken, damaged, or infected tooth, our dentist may recommend having a dental crown placed. A crown or tooth-shaped “cap” is a fixed prosthetic cemented onto a tooth to restore its appearance, form and function as well as strengthen the tooth....

What Happens When I Forget to Floss? Jun 19th, 2019

Our team strongly encourages everyone to floss daily, but do you ever wonder why? Well, flossing is vital for top-notch oral health and smiles. It can help you and your oral health in more ways than you might realize. This means that if you forget to floss, your smile can...

Defeating Dental Anxiety May 18th, 2019

It’s not uncommon for people to feel uncomfortable at the prospect of visiting the dentist, especially if the visit involves a root canal or an extraction. However, some people experience anxiety or even fear when it comes to seeing the dentist. But if you skip or avoid appointments because of...

Enjoy Mother’s Day with a Healthy Smile May 7th, 2019

This is the month where we recognize our mothers for all their efforts and take the opportunity to thank them for all they have done, which may also include them teaching us how to brush and floss. As a mother, your oral health is important to both you and your...

Spring Into Summer With a Confident Smile Apr 8th, 2019

Spring has sprung, and summer is almost here! The sun shouldn’t be the only thing shining bright this season. Your smile is a great feature to show off to friends, family, coworkers, social media, a date and everyone else! Need help to show off your smile confidently? Our team can...

The Scoop on Cavities and How to Prevent Them Mar 6th, 2019

Although we are turning back the clock for daylight savings, you can’t turn back time on your teeth. Studies have shown that one in five Americans has untreated cavities, which is decay that has damaged a tooth’s hard, outer enamel layer and created small holes. Cavities can arise in people...

National Children’s Dental Health Month is Here! Feb 4th, 2019

February brings National Children’s Dental Health Month! This is brought to you by the American Dental Association to create child awareness of the benefits of good oral health. This year’s month-long campaign is, “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile.” First Dental Visit Around their first birthday,...

Start off the New Year With a Whiter Smile! Jan 10th, 2019

Have you been waiting for the right time to get teeth whitening treatment? There’s no better time than the New Year! In 2019, you are setting all kinds of new goals, and one goal you can shoot for is a whiter and brighter smile. Teeth whitening lightens teeth, helping remove...

Gift Yourself and Your Loved Ones With a Healthier Smile Dec 3rd, 2018

Your daily brushing and flossing routine is crucial to thwarting dreaded cavities and gum disease from invading your smile, but by itself, it’s still not enough to maintain top-notch oral health. There is a reason we recommend regular dental cleanings and exams! Seeing our dental team for routine dental checkups...

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures Nov 1st, 2018

Do you know the important differences between full and partial dentures? Our team is happy to review both versions for optimal tooth replacement to help you better understand how they can restore your smile. Below we will review the main types of dentures, which are full and partial dentures, and...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month Oct 8th, 2018

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are...

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process Sep 12th, 2018

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to...

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth Aug 9th, 2018

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body....

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run Jul 23rd, 2018

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which...

A Badly Fractured Tooth May Need First Aid While Seeking Emergency Treatment Apr 27th, 2018

The American Association of Endodontists notes that sports mishaps, automobile accidents or bad falls are primary causes of chipped and fractured teeth. The damage to a tooth’s enamel layer and other dental structures can vary in severity and discomfort. In many of these cases applying some simple first aid measures...

How to Help Your Child Prevent Tooth Misalignment Apr 20th, 2018

If you’re interested in helping your child prevent tooth misalignment and maintain straight and beautiful teeth, then our orthodontist, Dr. Brian Kraft, has some tips for you! Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your child reach those smile goals. Those things are: -Try to limit oral fixation...

What Can Happen With a Malocclusion? Mar 26th, 2018

A malocclusion is a misalignment in your bite, where your teeth do not match up quite like they should. There are a few different types of malocclusions, namely crossbites, overbites and underbites. Often times, they do not cause you much trouble. Other times, they can cause difficulties for you, but...

Tips on How to Spring Clean Your Smile Mar 8th, 2018

Our dentist, Dr. Brian Kraft, strongly encourages you to spring clean your smile this year. This means you should include your teeth and gums on your spring cleaning to-do list. Spring cleaning your smile can help you have the top-notch oral health you deserve. This can help you avoid dental...

How to Prevent Tooth Loss Feb 28th, 2018

A healthy and full smile is important for many reasons. No one wants to lose the teeth that are supposed to serve them for a lifetime. And, no one wants to go through the pain and inconvenience associated with tooth loss Our dentist, Dr. Brian Kraft, and dental team want...

Why Valentine’s Day is Not so Good for Your Teeth Feb 22nd, 2018

Many patients have their own views on the validity of Valentine’s Day, but there is no doubt that the boxes of discount candy and chocolate on sale are not good for your teeth. To help prevent any teeth troubles after Valentine’s Day, we invite you to follow these dental health...

A Dental Crown Restoration Might Be Needed to Treat a Fractured Tooth Jan 28th, 2018

Tooth enamel can be chipped or fractured by an accidental blow to the mouth or a bad oral habit. This might be associated with a sports injury, nibbling on desktop items, or grinding your teeth while sleeping. When a tooth is chipped or fractured the sensitivity and discomfort can vary....

How Your Body Fights Cavities Jan 25th, 2018

A cavity is a hole in the outer layer of your tooth, called enamel, which exposes the inner layers of your tooth. These may or may not lead to toothaches, depending on the severity and placement of the exposure. These holes primarily form due to acid erosion. The acid can...

When to Remove Wisdom Teeth Dec 29th, 2017

Numerous of your friends probably have had wisdom teeth taken out. Multiple of your friends haven’t. So what’s the deal with wisdom teeth: do they need to be pulled or don’t they? Here’s a little bit of information we’ve assembled to help you choose whether having wisdom teeth taken out...

More Adults Choose to Have the Alignment of Their Teeth Improved by Braces Dec 27th, 2017

In the past orthodontic braces were thought of as a dental rite of passage for adolescents suffering from the bane of improperly aligned teeth. As time has gone on and the American social conscience has evolved, more and more adults recognize that alignment problems have developed with their teeth. Not...

Maintaining Clean Dentures Nov 28th, 2017

Keeping your false teeth clean will make them last longer and fit better. The team at Payson Dental and Orthodontics in Payson, Utah, has put together this information to help you to clean and take care of your dentures. Dentures need to be cleaned regularly, so pick up a toothbrush...

Some Less Common Orthodontic Appliances that Might Help You Nov 10th, 2017

You’ve likely heard of braces and retainers, but are you familiar with jaw repositioners? What about space maintainers? Lip and cheek bumpers? Palatal expanders? Oral devices come in numerous forms and fashions, and if you’ve got crooked pearly whites or other misalignment problems, there’s something we can do for you....

Dental Veneer Treatments: What You Can Expect Oct 30th, 2017

Are you looking for a stunning smile? If so, good for you! Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that cover your teeth and hide their imperfections. With their assistance, you can have the smile you always wanted. To help you know what to expect during treatment, Dr. Brian Kraft and our...

Answers to Common Questions About Pregnancy Oct 23rd, 2017

If you’re pregnant, you already recognize what a wild time of your life it can be. You may have thought that you’d spend this phase resting, but a number of women find that between visits to the doctor’s office and the hospital and time spent baby-proofing the house, there seems...

Your Orthodontist Might Provide Clear Plastic Retainer After Correcting Your Teeth with Invisalign® Sep 29th, 2017

Invisalign® clear plastic aligners have become increasingly popular with adults who need to correct minor deviations in the alignment of their teeth. In as little as six to eight weeks they can provide you with a more attractive smile while also reducing your chances of suffering dental attrition and dental...

Spoiler Alert: Lollipops are Bad for Teeth Sep 26th, 2017

Choosing the right menu for your family has become trickier than ever. Fast, delicious food choices saturate our options, but their taste and convenience often come at the expense of our health. We’ve amassed a list of some foods you can watch out for when developing menus helpful to your...

Four Ways to Slow Dental Aging Aug 30th, 2017

t’s true – your mouth ages along with the rest of your body. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need dentures. You can have your natural teeth for the rest of your life if you care well for them. Here are four things you can do to slow dental aging:...

Four Teeth-Hurting Foods Aug 15th, 2017

So you want to take better care of your teeth? Pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Here are some of the top teeth-harming foods to avoid, in no particular order: 1. Hard Candy: Not only are these candies full of sugar—fuel for bad bacteria in your mouth—but...

A Great Smile is Possible with Braces Jul 31st, 2017

Braces are the traditional way to straighten your teeth for a beautiful smile. But the truth is that straight teeth come with a host of other benefits, including making your teeth stronger and improving their functionality. Great smiles are possible with braces. Some facts to consider about orthodontics include the...

Details on Proper Oral Hygiene When You’re Aligning Your Smile Jul 25th, 2017

Even though your braces are strong enough to shift your teeth into their proper positions, they aren’t quite strong enough to handle poor treatment. This means you need to care for them each and every day with a proper oral hygiene routine. If you clean and care for your braces,...

Am I Ready for a Retainer? Jun 23rd, 2017

If you are getting your braces off soon, or are considering getting braces, at some point in time, we’ll talk about fitting you for a retainer. In most cases, a retainer is used to help keep your teeth in place after your braces have been removed. Like braces, a retainer...

The Many Varieties of Tooth Whitening Treatments Jun 11th, 2017

Given society’s desire to have white smiles, it should come as no surprise to learn about the vast number of supplies and treatments that exist claiming to whiten teeth. Although some can work extremely well, others can potentially damage your tooth enamel or bleach your gums. Listed below are the...

Would You Like to Try an Invisalign® Orthodontic Aligner System? May 23rd, 2017

Would you like to try an Invisalign® orthodontic aligner system? Have you heard that Invisalign orthodontic aligners are metal-free and capable of straightening your smile to the perfect design you desire? Even if you have had an orthodontic alignment in the past, it may be possible for Invisalign to help...

Have You Ever Heard of CEREC® Dental Crowns? May 17th, 2017

Have you ever heard of CEREC® dental crowns? CEREC crowns are a specialized form of dental crown that caps your teeth effectively and efficiently with a fully customizable cap that is both timely and durable. CEREC technology is extremely impressive and can be used to fine-tune the level of comfort...

Crowded Teeth: The Facts Apr 24th, 2017

You probably know that there are a few things you should do to protect your oral health. For instance, you might know that you should brush and floss your teeth regularly and schedule an appointment with us every six months. Similarly, you might know that you should care for issues...

A Fluoride Treatment Can Help Prevent Future Cavities Apr 12th, 2017

The mineral density of your tooth enamel gives your teeth the strength of bite and chew the basic foods you consume. At the same time, it also helps resist the bacterial infiltration of tooth decay. Yet it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume and poor oral...

A Severe Oral Trauma Causing Tooth Loss Might Require a Bridge Restoration Mar 23rd, 2017

Oral trauma can come in many different forms and differing degrees of severity. Sometimes a hard blow to the face can chip or fracture a tooth. In some rare cases, oral trauma can carry enough force to knock a tooth out of the socket or shatter the sensitive internal structures....

A Tooth Suffering from a Missing Filling Might Need a Crown to Restore It Mar 17th, 2017

Fillings are typically used to repair modest areas of tooth decay. The materials they are made from are not vulnerable to bacterial influence. However, the passage of time and any inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can allow the natural bacteria in your mouth to attack the bond between...

Tips for Relieving Pain from a Canker Sore Feb 23rd, 2017

Is a canker sore living near your smile and causing extreme discomfort and pain? If so, our Payson Dental and Orthodontics dental team has some good news for you! There are ways you can relieve your pain and provide relief and comfort. Some of those ways are: Old-Fashioned remedies –Ice...

Oral Health Care Activities That Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities Feb 13th, 2017

Preventing tooth decay and cavities begins with our daily oral health care habits. Keeping our mouth clean prevents plaque buildup, which contains harmful bacteria that can use substances such as sugar to create even more harmful acids that can eat through tooth enamel. Don’t let an unclean mouth destroy your...

Beautify Your Smile This Year By Doing These Things Jan 20th, 2017

Are you embarrassed by your dull, yellow, uneven, or unattractive smile? If so, it’s time to do something about it! With the new year beginning, many people work toward the smile of their dreams, and you can be one of those people. All you need to do are the following...

Dental Implants Can Replace Multiple Missing Teeth Jan 10th, 2017

If you’ve had multiple teeth knocked out or lost to severe tooth decay, it can significantly impair your ability to chew food. Also, if the teeth were part of your smile, it can significantly mar your appearance. One way to restore the presence, function, and appearance of the missing teeth...

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy With Age Dec 22nd, 2016

Have you been told that you should expect your pearly whites to grow weaker as you age? While this may be true, there are several things you can do while you’re younger to help your teeth stay healthy and strong as you age. You should visit our team regularly for...

A Loose Bridge Needs Urgent Attention to Prevent Serious Complications Dec 13th, 2016

Your bridge was installed onto the two abutments in your mouth using a very powerful dental adhesive. As time goes by, it is possible for a blow to the face or complications from chronic gum disease to weaken this cement. If your dental bridge feels loose for any reason, you...

Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Disrupt Your Sleep Nov 30th, 2016

If your sleep is currently disrupted because of breathing difficulties, we can help! Sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder which can affect just about anyone. In addition, there are factors that can put you at higher risk of developing this disorder. Let’s take a look at some of...

Gum Disease Treatment for Your Smile Nov 30th, 2016

Did you know that gum disease–an infection of the gum tissue in your mouth–is a condition which afflicts 64.7 million Americans? Not only can this disease, left untreated result in tooth loss, but it also increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease. The health of your gums affects your...