This Summer, Show Your Smile Some Love

This summer, do something that makes you happy. That might include taking a short vacation, spending time with family, or just relaxing. Whatever you do, we want to see your smile when you post pictures to social media. If you are unhappy with your teeth, we can help with cosmetic dentistry in Oologah, OK.

To request a consultation, call 918-379-4189 or contact us online. Schedule your visit to Innovative Family Dentistry soon.


Remember Back-to-School Dental Cleanings for Kids in Oologah

This school year may look a little different than normal, but one thing that won’t change is your kids’ dental health. Make sure you don’t forget back-to-school dental cleanings for kids in Oologah. Regular checkups keep problems like cavities and bad breath at bay. They also keep your costs low since we can find problems as early as possible or even prevent them with fluoride and sealants, for example.

To request an appointment at Innovative Family Dentistry, call 918-379-4189 or contact us online today. Before your visit, take a look at this old-school ADA video, which we suspect you and your kids might find entertaining.

Investigate Your Orthodontic Options

No two smiles are exactly the same – which is why we offer multiple orthodontic options in Oologah. We want to ensure you find the one that is best for you!

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bell at Innovative Family Dentistry. She’ll examine you and discuss your smile goals and challenges with you. Then together you can choose from our available options:

  • Traditional Metal Braces – Often the best, and most affordable, choice to correct more complex orthodontic issues.
  • Ceramic Braces – These work like metal braces but are less noticeable in your smile.
  • Invisalign – A much less conspicuous option, Invisalign uses clear aligners instead of braces to straighten your smile.

Ready to remake your smile? To request an orthodontic consultation at Innovative Family Dentistry, call 918-379-4189 or contact us online today.


Digital Dentures Make Your New Teeth Better

Tooth loss can leave you wanting something. You want your natural-looking and confident smile back. You want to be able to speak normally, and you want to be able to eat the food that you love.

It’s important to know that your choice of dentures makes a difference in what your quality of life will be like going forward.

You owe to yourself to learn about AvaDent® Digital Dentures. Expert engineering goes into these teeth replacements, which are stronger and more secure than other traditional dentures.

To take advantage of this technology, there’s one place to go in the Oologah, OK area. Schedule your appointment at Innovative Family Dentistry to restore more than just your smile.

Call 918-379-4189 today to schedule your consultation.

The Problems With Dentures

Standard dentures can seem OK when you first get them. Teeth, even replacement teeth, are better than no teeth at all. Unfortunately, most dentures don’t restore the full function of your healthy teeth.

Tooth loss contributes to a lower quality of life. This probably won’t surprise you. When you don’t have teeth, your diet can change drastically. Even if you love mashed potatoes and soup, you would grow tired of them after a while. Your missing teeth also change the way you speak, and this can affect your self-confidence as well.

To further complicate matters, your jawbone starts to deteriorate when you lose teeth. Most dentures don’t stop this from happening. This explains why dentures become looser with time, which means you need more adhesive to try to keep them in place. Eventually, you have to have them relined or replaced.

Even with most dentures, you can’t bite and chew with as much power as they could before. In fact, many studies have shown that dentures wearer only generate about 20 percent of the bite force of someone with all their teeth.

Better Dentures Mean Better Results

We are excited to offer our patients a better teeth replacement option. AvaDent Digital Dentures are stronger and more secure than conventional dentures. With our restorations, you can:

  • Reduce the number of appointments
  • Enjoy the comfort of computer precision fit
  • Have teeth replacements that look and feel natural
  • Get dentures that are resistant to bacterial build-up of bacteria and are easy to clean
  • Know that a digital record exits to recreate your dentures are lost or you want a spare set
  • Convert them to non-removable dentures  if you get dental implants later

AvaDental denture wearers report high satisfaction with these new teeth. We have seen firsthand how our patients’ lives are better with these restorations.

They are easy to wear and clean. While they are a high-end product, they are simple to use and maintain.

Rebuild More Than Your Smile

We have witnessed the effects of tooth loss, and we have seen how disappointed patients can feel after living with conventional dentures. We want you to have a better teeth replacement option. It’s why we partnered with Global Dental Sciences in Scottsville, AZ, so you can get the benefits of expert engineering.

Restore your smile, your bite, and your self-confidence with AvaDent Digital Dentures.

Schedule a visit to Innovative Family Dentistry in Oologah. To request an appointment, call 918-379-4189 or contact us online today.

Follow a Dentist’s Advice for Cleaning Braces

In addition to making your teeth more beautiful, straightening them makes it easier to keep them healthy. When bits of food and bacteria accumulate in the nooks and crannies created by crooked teeth, it’s tough to remove them with a brush and floss. While oral hygiene becomes easier after orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult while you are wearing braces. Fortunately, we have some tips for cleaning braces that will help!

Check out Dr. Bell’s tips here. Then call us at 918-379-4189 if you need to schedule your next professional cleaning or exam in Oologah. We may also suggest preventive treatments, such as applications of fluoride, to help keep your teeth cavity-free.

Consider a Special Brush for Cleaning Braces

Whether or not you wear braces, daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is important. It’s essential, though, for braces wearers. Choose a soft-bristled brush with a small head that fits easily into your mouth. Since braces will be hard on the bristles, you should plan to replace your brush more often than usual, at least every three months.

When you brush you will:

  • Remove elastics before you start
  • Pay special attention to the areas around and in between your braces
  • Wrap up with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to lessen any discomfort you may experience if you’ve recently had your braces adjusted

You may want to consider using one of these special brushes for cleaning braces and teeth:

  • Electric brush with a circular head that makes it easier to maneuver around braces
  • Proxy (interproximal) brush with a triangular head and stiff bristles that can get under your wires and in between brackets

Don’t Skip Daily Flossing

You’ll want to use waxed floss, since unwashed floss has a tendency to get caught on braces. As with brushing, you can find special tools that can help you floss while wearing braces:

  • Floss Threader – A threader has a loop for floss that you insert between your teeth at the gumline. With a little practice, it makes it simpler to floss.
  • Water Flosser – No floss is needed with a water flosser, which uses water pressure to dislodge food and remove plaque from teeth and braces. Bonus: it massages your gums too.
  • Proxy Brush – The bristles make it easier to remove food remnants.
  • Dental Picks – These plastic tools come in different sizes and shapes, so you’re sure to find one that will work well for you. They help you get under wires for cleaning braces. They are especially handy to keep with you and use when it’s not possible to brush or floss after eating.

Cut Down on Sugar Consumption

While cleaning braces is critical, modifying your diet to cut down on sugary foods and drinks is perhaps even more important. Avoid sodas and sweets as much as possible. Especially damaging are sticky candies and those (like Sour Patch Kids) that are highly acidic. If you can’t brush after consuming sugary treats, rinse your mouth with water.

Clear Aligners Make Oral Hygiene Easy

One way to avoid special routines for cleaning braces is to choose aligners for your orthodontic treatment. Unlike braces, you can easily remove aligners every time you eat or drink. There are no wires or brackets for bits of food to get caught in. In addition, you can take the aligners out for oral hygiene too.

The best way to find out whether braces or clear aligners are the best solution for your smile is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bell, a member of the American Orthodontic Society. Call us today at 918-379-4189 to schedule one.


7 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You

Like a number of our patients, you may not be satisfied with how your smile looks. Perhaps you’re tired of hiding your smile behind your hand or practicing a closed-lip smile in the mirror.

If so, the team at Innovative Family Dentistry has some good news for you. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments that we can use to give your smile new life. Below are just a few of the ways that our cosmetic services can help you:

  • Give you a beautiful smile you’ll take pride in
  • Help you look younger and more attractive
  • Increase your overall self-esteem
  • Make it easier to maintain good oral health
  • Make better first impressions on others
  • Give you an edge in your professional life
  • Speak up boldly no matter where you are

Come see us today. Call 918-379-4189 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment time online.

Thank Lashel During National Dental Hygienists Week

We always love to celebrate holidays and special occasions, so we’re excited to honor hygienists during National Dental Hygienists Week™, April 4-10. In particular, we want to thank Lashel for her hard work and gentle care.

Lashel has been in the dental field for two decades, so she is an expert at cleaning teeth and helping detect problems. She’s been at our office for about 13 years, so she considers many of her patients her friends. Don’t be surprised if she asks about traveling or family, two of her favorite ways to spend time when she’s not helping patients here.

Here’s what one patient had to say:

“Love Dr. Joe. Love all the wonderful people in the office. They take great care of you. Can’t forget Lashel is my favorite hygienist!” D.G.

Don’t forget to thank Lashel during National Dental Hygienists Week! To book a dental cleaning in Oologah, call Innovative Family Dentistry at 918-379-4189 or contact us online today