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Bad Breath Treatment At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics

Bad Breath Treatment at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics Do you suspect that you have bad breath? I’m Michael Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, a full-service dental office in Farmington, New Mexico. I help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant, bothersome, and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms.

Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath.

However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health issues. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the troubles that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is harmful to gums and contributes to gum recession. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning methods.

And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienists are trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning, or consultation, call 505-985-5626. Your teeth are too important to neglect.


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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


Posted in Oral Health

3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Farmington, New Mexico Dentist

Farmington affordable family dentistFinding the best dentist in Farmington truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? How about honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment? What about competitively-priced dental care?

Don’t let the choices overwhelm you. Sundance Dental & Orthodontics will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 505-985-5626.  Our office offers competitive pricing and professional, educated experience. We serve a variety of dental care needs. This includes:

IV sedation dentistry

cosmetic dentistry

dental implants

family dentistry


Our quality service makes your orthodontics experience rapid and uncomplicated.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. This includes:

An evaluation of necessary treatments. We’ll also discuss other restorative and cosmetic procedures.

A discussion of your budget. We’ll look at the most cost-effective solutions to transform your smile.

Step 3
Dr. Tornow takes care to fully explain the procedures and possibilities. Expect to see the transformation you want. Expect outstanding, talented service. We are equipped and proud to handle full-service high-tech dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and everything in between.

We look forward to seeing you! Call us today for an appointment.


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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico


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Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Afraid of the Dentist? Your Farmington Sedation Dentist Can Help If you live near Farmington and experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, oral sedation is for you.

We offer conscious sedation dentistry  . Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for nervous cosmetic and restorative dental patients.

Though it may sound impossible, oral conscious sedation allows you to relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety for Farmington patients, and oral conscious sedation can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity;
  • Fear of needles;
  • A powerful gag reflex;
  • Difficulty controlling body movement;
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits;
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections.

If you need dental work more extensive than a filling – such as a root canal, tooth implant, crown replacement or wisdom tooth extraction –  call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 for information about sedation dentistry.


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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play a vital role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes affect your saliva’s capacity to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a critical role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage our patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is important for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be proactive about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with industry-leading cosmetic dentistry, call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014,, accessed on June 24, 2015


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Posted in Oral Health

Avoid These 5 Smile-Wreckers

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We hope today’s post will alert you to some harmful oral health risks. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we too often treat tooth decay and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their youth out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

2. Ice Chomping

Many people love chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your beverage. Breaking this habit can guard your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

3. Oral Piercings

Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can develop.

4. Gummy or Sour Candy

Of course, all sugar-filled candies are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings securely to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

5. Eating Disorders

These complex mental disorders have a host of mental and physical implications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized care. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to obtain a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. We provide sensitive, discrete oral health counsel for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health issues due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental issues caused by common smile-wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is located at 6588 E Main St, in Farmington, New Mexico. Call us at 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation.


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Farmington, New Mexico


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Mouthwash Facts In Farmington

Mouthwash Facts In Farmington

Hi, I’m Dr. Michael Tornow Thanks for visiting my Sundance Dental & Orthodontics blog. Today’s post discusses mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively. Good oral hygiene starts with thorough brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

It is important for you to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you suffer from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. Use caution when using mouthwashes; many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, ask us about teeth whitening. We also provide full-service high-tech dentistry and family dentistry.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we have been improving the smiles of residents in Farmington, and the surrounding areas since 2004. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


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Farmington, New Mexico


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Toothbrush Wars In Farmington

Toothbrush Wars in Farmington

It may surprise you to know that some Farmington people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. Is there really one that is clearly better?

Most Farmington cosmetic dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used correctly, are effective in removing plaque and that choosing which kind you like is really up to you.

Today in the Farmington dental blog we want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you decide on which kind is right for you or your child.

You need to consider cost and convenience.
Some Farmington people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more expensive, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores in the Kirtland, Bloomfield, or Rio Rancho area carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be difficult when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not necessary).

The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is critical. Some Farmington residents say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to see what your brushing style is and discuss it with your Farmington dentist.

Special consideration should be taken for people with arthritis. Most Farmington area dentists advise their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Farmington parents. Also, all dentists in the Kirtland, Bloomfield, and Rio Rancho areas will remind you to look for the ADA seal on any dental product you buy.


Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

I’m Dr. Michael Tornow and I want to thank you for visiting my Farmington dental blog.

If you are looking for high-tech dental care, tooth whitening, or cosmetic dentistry in or around Farmington, give us a call at 505-985-5626.

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: Brichford, Connie, “Choosing a Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric,” WebMD,, accessed on November 29, 2011


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Our Top Priority At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics In Farmington

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At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, our passion is helping Farmington patients achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Dentist Michael Tornow’s considerable experience, advanced skills, and exacting standards ensure the ultimate in patient satisfaction.

Because each Farmington man, woman, and child has unique dental needs, we develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses each patient’s challenges and goals.

Some Farmington dentistry patients come in twice-yearly for an examination, cleaning, oral cancer screening, and fluoride treatment. We work with them to maintain their oral health and prevent common dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

Many Farmington smile makeover patients take advantage of modern cosmetic dental procedures to achieve the smile they deserve. If you are unhappy with your smile, contact us today at 505-985-5626. We offer a broad range of cosmetic dental procedures including dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening and tooth-colored filling replacement. We also offer sedation dentistry options for Farmington folks who become anxious during dental treatment. You can take comfort in the fact that we are dedicated to the highest standard of safety and sterility at our practice.

If you are looking for a family dentist or cosmetic dental specialist in the Farmington area, call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626. We invite you to visit our comfortable Farmington dental office and friendly staff.

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A Ginormous Cavity?

Farmington Cosmetic Dentistry When dentist Michael Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington repairs a tooth that has dental caries or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. (We’re talking tooth-specific locale here; it doesn’t matter whether you live in Farmington, Bloomfield, or Rio Rancho.)

If there is a chip, crack, or dental caries on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. dentist Michael Tornow has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental aesthetics to tailor the restoration and create an exact match.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics inlays and onlays:

    • Are stain resistant
    • Do not result in tooth sensitivity
    • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
    • Strengthen the tooth and guard against further decay or weakening

    Call 505-985-5626 to book a cosmetic dental consultation today.

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    Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

    Saving Teeth In Farmington

    Root Canals in Farmington When a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Farmington dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is ordinarily the only way to save the tooth.

    During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

    The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown.

    At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function issue-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

    I am dentist Michael Tornow, DDS, of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics. I have been practicing dentistry since 2004. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington has a very high success rate.

    Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can proceed to a point where the tooth cannot be saved.

    Is it time for an intensive dental exam? Call our office at 505-985-5626.


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