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How to Protect Your Teeth This Holiday Season

December 6, 2014

Filed under: Dental Care,Holiday Dental Tips — admin @ 1:42 am

The hygienists at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs have two tips for you during this month of holiday goodies:

  1. Enjoy the holiday goodies, but don’t constant munch all day.   Eat your meal and then be done.Anytime you eat or drink anything that is sugary, the bacteria in your mouth feed on these sugars to make acids. These bacterial acids cause the pH in your mouth to drop below normal levels and make your tooth enamel “softer” and more vulnerable to abrasion.The process for your saliva to bring your oral pH back to normal typically takes about 30 minutes.
  2. Chew gum! Sugarless gum with Xylitol helps bring your pH back to neutral more quickly. A flavor favorite from Hygienist Christine Church? Trident Spearmint.

Please call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design for your hygeine appointment. 719-599-0700

Father’s Day Gift Ideas From Aesthetic Dentistry by Design

June 3, 2014

Filed under: Gift Ideas,Holiday Dental Tips — admin @ 10:33 am

Health starts in the mouth. Better oral health can reduce the incidence of heart disease, gastrointestinal disease, and other health conditions.
Since oral health directly impacts the health of the rest of the body, these gift ideas will help dad’s overall well-being.

  • Sonicare AirFloss – Quickly cleans the entire mouth in just 60 seconds.
    Watch the Sonicare AirFloss in action in this video.
  • Adult Sonicare ToothbrushPhilips Sonicare toothbrushes can help remove plaque, whiten teeth and improve gum health, giving you a clean you can feel.
  • Teeth Whitening –  Teeth whitening is a simple process that delivers brilliant results for your dad’s smile. We provide Zoom teeth whitening, which whiten teeth in up to 8 shades in just one visit and Kor Bleaching for difficult stains.  Learn more.  We are able to provide gift certificates in any amount.

Stop by our office Colorado Springs Monday – Thursday until 5 p.m. for your shopping convenience.  719-599-0700

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design – 719-599-0700

Healthy Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 23, 2013

This Christmas, give the gift of dental health and help someone you love to be healthy for 2014.

Here are some ideas for healthy stocking stuffers:

  • Electric toothbrush. Look for ones that come with a two-minute timer. Aesthetic Dentistry by Design carries Philips Sonicare.
  • Dental floss. Daily flossing is part of being mouth healthy.
  • AirFloss. Cleans the entire mouth in just 60 seconds.
  • Sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design is located in Colorado Springs. Call the office at 719-599-0700.

A broken tooth can ruin any good meal

December 11, 2012

Filed under: Cerec,Holiday Dental Tips — admin @ 10:31 am

Whether you enjoy eating out at a holiday party or enjoy dinner with your family at home this holiday season, a broken tooth can really put a damper on the festivities.

Luckily, advances in dentistry have made it easier to fix a broken or fractured tooth in one dental visit.

CEREC® technology allows Dr. Gasper to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that Dr. Gasper can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.

CEREC uses the most advanced dental technology, including 3D imaging and CAD/CAM to create a crown. In layman’s terms, it is a computer-designed restoration for your tooth. The whole procedure can be completed in one visit.

In the mean time, enjoy the fantastic food while spending the holidays with your family and friends… and give Dr. Gasper a call at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design at 719-599-0700 should you have a dental emergency.

Holiday Open House – Thursday, November 29

November 19, 2012

Filed under: Holiday Dental Tips,Special Events — admin @ 11:07 am

Look your best before the holidays!

Relax before the hustle & bustle of the Holiday Season. Come join us at our annual Holiday Party where everyone is a VIP! 

Enjoy special offers for you and your friends.

Thursday, November 29

4 – 7 p.m.

Refreshments, Tapas & Desserts

Bring a friend and register for door prizes!

  • Botox – VIP Special Holiday Pricing –  $10/unit.
  • Special Holiday Pricing for JUVÉDERM® XC  & RESTYLANE
  • Complimentary Chair Massages & Paraffin Hand Treatments
  • 15% off SkinCeuticals & NeoCutis Skin Care Products   
  • Gift certificates, Spa Packages and Holiday Gifts are available. (Click here to learn more about our Holiday Gifts.) 

Please RSVP by calling 719-599-0700.

Holiday Tooth Emergency

November 17, 2011

Filed under: Holiday Dental Tips — admin @ 10:28 am

Peanut brittle is great until you hear a different kind of crunch.   

During the holidays, we often indulge in food we don’t normally eat: chestunts, walnuts, hard candy and other foods that can sometimes damage sensitive teeth, dental work or gums.


We encourage you to add the phone number for Dr. Ken Gasper and Aesthetic Dentistry by Design into your phone. 719-599-0700.
Click here to read various tips on handling a dental emergency.

Our after-hours call center can still get you in touch with Dr. Gasper for advice on dealing with emergencies.

Holiday Food and Wine: Dental Do’s & Don’ts

Filed under: Dental Care,Holiday Dental Tips,Teeth Whitening — admin @ 10:04 am

We found a great article on how to keep your teeth white and bright throughout the holiday season.

From the article…
As Thanksgiving approaches, so do the parties, which continue on through New Year’s.

The holiday season brings with it many festive gatherings filled with indulgent food — rich coffee, red wine, decadent candy, the list goes on. Even though a season of festive, irresistible treats can take its toll on your teeth, you shouldn’t feel the need to abstain if you’re in the know on how to combat smile sabotages and how to avoid that “you’ve got something in your teeth” fate.

Dental Do’s:

* Choose red wine! Contrary to common belief, white wine can actually stain teeth worse than red wine. The high acidity in white wine makes teeth more susceptible to stain from tea, coffee, and anything else you eat or drink at the same time that has color. Typical teeth-stainers include ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, spaghetti sauce, and all berries.

* Drink water and eat bread! Drinking water in between sips of white wine and while eating colored foods will help offset the effect of the stains. To remove the temporary stains that appear immediately after drinking wine, it is best to rinse your mouth with fresh water and eat bread. These two steps reduce the acidity in your mouth.

* Find the strawberries at your next party. One of the best natural at-home whiteners is strawberries, since the malic acid in strawberries act as an astringent to remove surface discoloration. The ingredient – which gives the fruit its sour taste – is found in strawberries as well as grapes, and it is most effective when the fruit is just ripe, since malic acid declines as fruits ripen.

* Carry around sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals stimulates saliva flow, which acts as a natural detergent to remove some of the stains on the teeth. Even simply rinsing with water if nothing else is available will remove some of the stains.

Read the full article here.

Handling a dental emergency while on vacation

June 28, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care,Holiday Dental Tips,Travel — admin @ 10:11 am

The suitcases are packed, the car is loaded, the dog is at the kennel – and it’s time for summer vacation!

While relaxing at the beach, exploring a fascinating city, or enjoying the outdoors, tooth emergencies can happen.

Here are a few tips for handling a dental emergency while on vacation.

Toothaches — Rinse mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin against the gums or on the sore tooth, because it may burn the gum tissue.

Chipped or broken tooth — Rinse mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to reduce swelling and ease pain.

Knocked-out tooth — Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse with warm water. Put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt). A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is returned to the socket within one hour.

Lost filling — Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.

Lost crown — If it is painful, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the tooth. Try to slip the crown back over the tooth. Before putting the crown back in place, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to help hold it in place. Never use super glue!

Broken braces wire — If a wire breaks or sticks out and is poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to move the wire. If that is not working, use orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze to cover the wire tip. Don’t cut the wire, because you risk swallowing it.

Cuts on gums, lips or tongue – Clean gauze or cloth. As with bleeding anywhere on the body, pressure with a clean gauze or cloth is the first line of treatment.

We encourage you to add the phone number for Dr. Ken Gasper and Aesthetic Dentistry by Design into your phone. 719-599-0700. Our after-hours call center can still get you in touch with Dr. Gasper for advice on dealing with emergencies.