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October 17th, 2017

We love our patients! ...and we think they like us too. Thank you all so very much!

“The best always. Thank you for the awesome care and friendhsip. i will always recommend you.” - Catherine M.

“I appreciated getting a problem crown taken care of 2hours after calling the office. The office staff and Doctor finding time to see me and solve my problem makes me feel confident that all my dental experiences will be positive.” - James E.

“You people are the best!!” - Elliot K.

“Dr. Clayton did an amazing job repairing my veneer.” - Craig Y.

“Best dentist in the metro area. We have been going to Dr. Clayton for 20 years. We trust him and always recommend him to our friends and family. Dr. Claytons staff is efficient and knowledgeable.” - Fred M.

“EXCELLENT service; definitely will refer friends! Husband already patient and also rated overall experience as EXCELLENT! Thank you Dr.Clayton and staff!” - Diane V.

“Always perfect! Thank you for taking such good care of our family!” - Debbi B.

“Love everything about the office -- staff is beyond excellent! Dr. Clayton is the best -- wouldn't trust the care of my teeth to anyone else!” - Lynn S.

“Always friendly staff in a professional environment. We frequently recommend Pinnacle Peak Dentistry to people looking for a new dental practice.” - Sharon B.

“Outstanding dental practice!” - Jeff L.

“Really enjoy Kit. Friendly and efficient!” - Stuart G.

“Great practice. Have been a patient over 20 years.” - James K.

“Great Place, very nice people and prices not too bad.” - Michael K.

“Competent, hygienic & caring staff, beautiful office--what more could you ask for?!” - Joann A.

“I love everyone here! Thank you for all that you do!” - Robyn L.

“This place impressed me with how it has kept up with (and helped to lead) modern technology in dentistry. The procedures seem more of an art than a science.” - Hugh D.

“As always each visit is simple and fast with no drama.” - Larry L.

“Jackie is just excellent! There is no pain while she cleans your teeth. That has never happened to me before. Thank you!” - William B.

“I am very appreciative of the prompt scheduling for my urgent problem on Feb. 8th. Dr. Clayton and his staff and are very professional and attentive. I highly recommend this outstanding dental practice.” - Arnold N.

“The office runs on time, they schedule appointments in advance, the staff is efficient and friendly and Dr. Clayton is trustworthy with a great ‘chairside’ manner.” - Sherilyn C.


Is soda really bad for your teeth?

October 17th, 2017

You take a sip of soda – and someone remarks, “That’s going to ruin your teeth!”

Is that true? Is sweet soda the enemy of a healthy smile? The answer, unfortunately, is that one glass might not hurt your teeth, but drinking soda regularly can do some real damage.

Sodas are one of America’s favorite drinks. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says about half of us drink soda regularly, averaging 2.6 glasses each day.

That’s a lot of soda considering the drinks are acidic, full of sugar, and have little or no nutritional value. It may surprise you to learn that it’s actually the acidity of cola, not the sugar, which poses the biggest threat to teeth. Over time, repeated exposure to soda wears down tooth enamel, leaving teeth stained and less able to prevent cavities.

As enamel wears away, teeth can become discolored, take on a rough texture, and become highly sensitive to hot or cold. Your teeth may start to tingle, and brushing or flossing can cause pain. If not checked by dental care, teeth may start to erode, becoming thinner and more likely to crack. It’s a pretty high price to pay for a glass of soda.

Of course, sodas are not the only culprits in tooth erosion. Coffee, wine, and some fruit juices are also acidic, though these drinks tend to have less acidity that a typical soda.

So what can you do to protect your teeth?

1. Cut back – way back – on acidic drinks.

2. Add more water to your daily diet in place of sodas.

3. Use a straw when you drink.

4. Don’t confuse diet soda with a healthy alternative. Diet drinks are just as acidic as regular sodas.

5. Rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda. The rinse may remove some acid from your teeth, although abstaining from the soda would do more good.

6. Hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking soda. Brushing too hard can weaken enamel that is already covered in acid.

7. Pay attention to your teeth, both how they look and how they feel. Let Dr. Marshall Clayton know if you see signs of discoloration or erosion, or feel tingling. Make an appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ office if you feel tooth or gum pain when eating or drinking.

Proper Flossing Techniques

October 10th, 2017

Of all the dental hygiene techniques you can use at home to promote clean teeth and good oral health, flossing is likely to be the one that troubles most people. It can be viewed as confusing and time-consuming, but when you learn how to floss your teeth correctly, you’ll find it’s easy to do on a daily basis.

Proper flossing techniques are vital to the health of your teeth and gums. These tips will help you with the correct flossing procedures. Likewise, Dr. Marshall Clayton and our team can also help you learn how to floss effectively and efficiently.

Steps to Flossing Your Teeth Properly

  1. Choosing Dental Floss. You can find dental floss in various flavors, as well as waxed or unwaxed. If the floss you use seems to get stuck between your teeth, switch to waxed to make it easier.
  2. Flossing “Helpers.” Beginner flossers who have trouble coordinating the floss and the movements of their hands can use a floss holder to help them get in and around teeth.
  3. Preparing the Floss. Cut an 18-inch piece of floss to use for flossing a few teeth. This allows you to make progress before you must stop and cut another piece of floss.
  4. How to Hold It. Wind the ends around your middle fingers. Hold the floss taut, pinching each side with your thumbs and index fingers. Leave a couple inches free in the middle.
  5. The Process of Flossing. Use your index fingers to guide the floss toward your gum line. Bring it down between the teeth with a zigzag motion. Hold the floss in a C-shape around the tooth, and move it up and down along the side.
  6. Where to Floss. Use a clean portion of the floss to clean around and in between each tooth. Don’t forget about the molars in the back of your mouth, too!

Flossing: A Vital Part of Oral Care

Periodontal disease begins at the gum line; this is where flossing comes in. Regular flossing helps you remove plaque from the gum line and between your teeth to avoid gum disease. In conjunction with daily brushing and twice-a-year visits to Pinnacle Peak Dentistry, floss each day to maintain good oral hygiene and overall health. Gum disease can have an impact on your general health, but it doesn't have to. This easy-to-prevent condition can be avoided with regular visits to our Scottsdale, AZ office and daily flossing. Allow our team to partner with you in maintaining a bright, shiny smile and good oral health.

Alleviate Tooth Sensitivity

October 3rd, 2017

If a sip of ice water, spoonful of ice cream, or piping hot latte is enough to send shivers up your spine from tooth sensitivity, be assured you are not alone. It’s estimated that as many as one in eight adults suffers from tooth sensitivity.

What causes sensitive teeth?

Some of the causes of tooth sensitivity include brushing too hard, a cracked tooth, receding gums, periodontal disease, tooth bleaching, or other conditions that expose the sensitive roots of your teeth. For example, brushing too aggressively can injure your gums, and lead to exposed roots and tooth sensitivity.

When the enamel on the outside of the tooth or tissue located between the teeth breaks down or wears away, nerves inside the tooth trigger sensitive teeth that are particularly noticeable when you drink or eat anything hot or cold.

How to alleviate tooth sensitivity

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do, both at home and at the dental office, to reduce the discomfort of sensitive teeth. Brushing with desensitizing toothpaste is one of the ways to reduce tooth sensitivity: it works well for many patients, and is typically the first course of action.

  • Brush with toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth.
  • Change the way you brush by using a soft toothbrush and not brushing too aggressively.
  • Avoid brushing teeth after consuming acidic foods and beverages, like orange juice and pickles.
  • Drink water or milk after eating or drinking acidic foods or beverages.
  • Sip through a straw when you drink acidic beverages.
  • Wear a mouthguard at night to prevent teeth grinding that wears down teeth.
  • Ask Dr. Marshall Clayton about fluoride dental treatments or plastic resin.

For moderate-to-serious cases of tooth sensitivity, more invasive professional dental treatments are available. These include a bonding agent designed to seal/cover the exposed root, obtaining new gum tissue through graft (for receding gums), fillings, crowns, inlays, or bonding. When tooth sensitivity is persistent and results in hypersensitivity, endodontic treatment in the form of root canal may be recommended.

To learn more about tooth sensitivity, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marshall Clayton, please give us a call at our convenient Scottsdale, AZ office!

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