Addressing an Abscess

An abscess is an infection in your tooth caused by bacteria. The infection may start out as minor pain or discomfort, but as it the infection gets worse and develops into an abscess, you can experience a fever, swelling, pain, and a bad taste and smell if the abscess starts... Read more »

What Can Bleeding Gums Mean?

When you spit in the sink after brushing your teeth, do you see some slight redness in your mouth or mixed with the toothpaste? Do you have gums that bleed often while you floss? It’s important to be aware of bleeding gums because this is often a symptom of gum... Read more »

If a Dental Crown Falls Out, You Need to Seek Timely Treatment

A dentist will often use a dental crown to treat a significantly compromised tooth. The treatment can address a cosmetic imperfection, a large cavity or a large dental fracture that compromises the structural integrity of a tooth. Sometimes a dental crown is the final stage of a root canal treatment... Read more »

Maintaining a Healthy Mouth Encompasses Several Important Factors

Your mouth undergoes a significant number of changes from childhood throughout your adult life. Preventing problems with tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral health problems will go a long way toward preserving your overall quality of life. A consistent oral hygiene routine forms a firm foundation for a healthy... Read more »

Are You a Swimmer? Avoid These Behaviors for a Healthy Smile

Swimming is a great sport that is full of technique, dedication and hard work. As you’re practicing and competing this season, it’s important to take good care of your smile. This is recommended because there are certain swim behaviors that can harm the teeth and smile. Our dentists, Dr. Engelhardt,... Read more »

Common Causes of Halitosis

Bad breath, which is medically known as halitosis, can be very embarrassing and be a downer on social outings. You may try to cover bad breath with mints, gum or mouthwash, but these are only temporary solutions. Address the cause of the problem with the help of Drs. Engelhardt, Slootmaker... Read more »

Why Should I Brush My Teeth?

You know you’re supposed to brush and floss and watch what you eat, but have you ever wondered why? Here are some things you can do to prevent cavities, and why they help. Brush and Floss: Floss and brush your teeth every day! We have heard this counsel since we... Read more »

The Basics to Flossing

Do you wish you could find a better way to floss your teeth? If so, Drs. Engelhardt, Slootmaker and Ralston with Engelhardt & Associates in Fort Collins, Colorado, has exciting news for you! Flossing is essential to your oral health, and a key factor in keeping your oral health in... Read more »

Dental Findings on Gum Disease Risk Factor Prevention

Even if your oral health is an optimum condition, dental damage can arise at any time. Even a single oral health hazard can severely hinder and impair your teeth and gums and leave you susceptible to future dental damage. Thus, it is always important to have effective prevention planning treatments... Read more »

Teach Your Smile About Dental Sealants

Are you aware of your oral health risks in regard to dental erosion damage? Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, occurs when harmful acids slowly wear down your tooth enamel. If your tooth enamel continues to be worn down, infections can occur, and tooth decay can arise. Thus, preventive... Read more »