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Attack Of The Gummy Bear

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM cares about their patients and their beautiful smiles. We offer a key warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.
Most people know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating sticky candy creates the perfect environment for cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Besides the sugar, there is a physical toll of chewing on sticky candy. It can cause a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ). The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases the possibility of moving the jaw out of alignment.
Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? When you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!
If you
  • hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw,
  • have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or
  • feel like your bite is out of alignment, call to make an appointment today. 
We can treat TMJ issues with a variety of methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMJ.
Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have a gorgeous smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, smile makeovers, or other dentistry procedures, give us a call today. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we serve patients throughout the New Mexico area, including the communities of Farmington, Rio Rancho, Gallup, and Cortez CO.
We hope to hear from you soon!

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry

3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush inadequately but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are soft and pliant before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to clean the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve amazing dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is vital. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. In addition to regular brushing, we like to see you for a checkup twice a year. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry

Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

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This message from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM is about teeth whitening, one of the easiest ways to improve your smile.

Teeth whitening is quick, reasonably priced, and non-invasive. Though some  patients experience short-term sensitivity, most experience no tooth whitening pain at all.

If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the essentials. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

There are many DIY teeth bleaching systems available and it seems like new kinds appear every time you visit the toothpaste row at your grocery store.

These tooth whitening strips and tooth whitening pens can sometimes whiten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in cosmetic dental offices. It may not be dynamic enough for your tooth stains.

Tooth whitening offered at mall kiosks is risky, also. Most of these teeth whitening businesses have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training. (Except instruction on how to take advantage of customer naivety.)

We recommend that you use extreme caution when considering a take-home tooth whitener. If you have dental caries, gum recession, crowns, or veneers, you definitely need professional guidance.

The area of your teeth below the gumline, if exposed, may react differently to tooth whitener. Furthermore, the peroxide solution does not noticeably whiten crowns and veneers. If you use a DIY tooth whitener on teeth with extensive porcelain restorations, you should probably hope it doesn’t whiten too much – you may end up with a two- or three-tone smile!

Professional teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Schedule an appointment to see what we can do for your smile!

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth whitening

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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This post from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM is about your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.

Evolution isn’t always tidy and linear. We have smaller jaws than our ancestors thousands of years ago, but most of our bodies haven’t adapted by generating fewer teeth. Two-thirds of us create the same amount of teeth as early humans. These late-developing extra molars are called wisdom teeth and they pose unique oral conditions.

When a wisdom tooth tries to erupt but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted and can result in:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Tooth decay
  • Gingivitis

It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of tooth decay, we pay special attention to them. They can also cause tooth decay in the neighboring molars.

If they are causing troubles, we will recommend they be removed. We may also recommend extraction to prevent future troubles.

It is estimated that 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted. This is a routine outpatient procedure. Most patients experience minimal pain and recover in a few days.

If your high-schooler still has their wisdom teeth and is going away to college this fall, we recommend an exam here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM before they leave. We offer a wide varity of family dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry, Oral Health

What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?A cosmetic dental consultation at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM is informative and enjoyable. As the patient, you’ll have the opportunity to describe your goals and expectations. If this is your first visit to the practice, you’ll discover whether you feel comfortable with our dentist and other members of the treatment team. Successful cosmetic dentistry consultations help us provide the highest level of Farmington area dental care.

This is the time to ask questions about possible procedures such as teeth whitening. You can look at pictures of actual Kirtland porcelain veneer patients and Bloomfield dental implant recipients. Our cosmetic dentistry patients really get excited when they see images of the possible results for their teeth.

By listening effectively and asking the right questions, Michael Tornow can fully assess the many variables unique to your needs.

Michael Tornow thoroughly examines teeth, gums and biting function. Complete x-rays are taken. Existing dental work, tooth color, tooth alignment, and gum condition are taken into consideration. Medical history and lifestyle are also important considerations. Farmington cosmetic dentistry costs are outlined.

Taking the first step to learn is your key to understanding your options and preparing to make decisions. Learn about the possibilities for your smile at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM. Services include cosmetic dentistry.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

suprising tooth facts FarmingtonAt Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we think about teeth a lot. Maybe not 24/7, but dentistry is our business, so we know more about teeth than most people. We’re using this blog post to share some tooth trivia we hope you will find interesting.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription painkillers can increase your risk of dental caries.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated dental caries.
  7. Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as adverse for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

We hope you have found this post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about teeth. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry

5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

oral cancer dental checkup FarmingtonAt Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning.  If you skip it because you don’t think you have any new cavities, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more convincing reason to see us regularly.

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have received a lot of public attention. There is less awareness of oral cancer, even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have contracted HPV, you’re at even greater  risk.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we work to increase awareness of oral cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 5 essential things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of individuals with oral cancer use some variety of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be checked out by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the various strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most frequently linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

Don’t become a statistic. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we do oral cancer screenings at every checkup. That alone makes the trip worth it, but we also provide a full range of family dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry, Oral cancer, Oral Health

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we create positive changes to the smiles of our patients every day, by using the tools of cosmetic dentistry.

While creating beautiful smiles is our goal with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it isn’t that simple. The overall objective is ensure the health and function of our patients smiles, along with their appearance.

Our teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and even the brightest smiles can become dull over the years. Our cosmetic dentistry toolchest includes things like in-office teeth whitening, which takes about an hour, and a professional-strength, take-home whitening kit.

If you teeth have unsightly chips or cracks, cosmetic dentistry can address them with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thing shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth to produce a smile your friends will envy.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can all be drawn together into a smile makeover that leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. A smile makeover brings out your very best!

To find out what cosmetic dentistry from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM can do for you, call our office to schedule an appointment. We also offer state-of-the-art orthodontics. Call us today.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Dental Fillings in Farmington: Our Dental Patients Have a Choice

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With all the talk in Farmington of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked. If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, New Mexico cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings in Farmington.

Most dental patients in the Farmington have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Kirtland, Bloomfield, and Rio Rancho areas remember. Farmington cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their patients. Today, the filling material of choice in Farmington and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite dental fillings in Farmington, dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored dental fillings in Farmington, many dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even under chewing pressure.

At our practice, we work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. We’ve been practicing dentistry since 2004, and we find it especially rewarding when Kirtland, Bloomfield, and Rio Rancho residents experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover. Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have. Call 505-326-6800 today to schedule an appointment with Sundance Dental & Orthodontics!

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico

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You May Have Gingivitis

Affordable Farmington Dentistry Every person’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are dedicated to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t impact your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause issues.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we know that gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and can cause other serious health problems if left untreated. So, we’re committed to the prevention of gum disease in our patients and also offer gum disease treatment at our office in the Farmington, New Mexico area.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

It is vital to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a warning that something is wrong. Remember, oral health and overall health go hand in hand.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the Farmington area, call us at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-326-6800. We can perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you. During your dental consultation, we can also explore any cosmetic or restorative procedures such as porcelain veneers, braces, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, you should also consider giving us a call. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who complete the ultimate deep-cleanings.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is a full-service dental practice; we provide comprehensive family and cosmetic dentistry services for patients in Farmington and the nearby communities of Kirtland, Bloomfield and Rio Rancho. Call us today at 505-326-6800 to schedule your dental consultation!

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Sundance Dental Care of Bloomfield
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Bloomfield, NM 87413
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Cortez, CO 81321
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6588 E Main St
Farmington, NM 87402
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800 E 30th St Ste 3
Farmington, NM 87401
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1601 S 2nd St
Gallup, NM 87301
Call: 505-722-4422

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3 Road 6523
Kirtland, NM 87417
Call: 505-598-6800

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770 Broadmoor Blvd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Call: 505-891-0554

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920 Lobo Canyon Rd Ste 6
Grants, NM 87020
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3903 Beckland Dr. Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402
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