6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist

Fargo cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Hello friends of Designer Smiles in Fargo! In today’s article, we are talking about nutrition. There is nothing that impacts your dental health and smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good eating habits and your teeth will thank you.

1. Rinse after eating

Rinse your mouth with a swish of water or brush your teeth after meals. People who snack all day long subject their teeth to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Skip sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and jeopardize your hard earned healthy gums. If you are gum chewer, do your smile a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods

Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth, which puts you at risk of decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even excessive dried fruit can be ill-advised for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always get rid of the obstinate particles, so remember to floss after eating sticky items.

4. Consume nutritious foods

A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system durable and able to fight infection.

5. Say ‘cheese!’

Cheese contains calcium and protects teeth from acid that weakens tooth enamel. (It’s important not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods

Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Limit direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth or need help with crooked, chipped, or missing teeth, call us at Designer Smiles in Fargo. We’ll answer your questions about general and cosmetic dentistry, and whatever dental health questions you have. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health, Dental hygiene, General Dentistry

The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

Fargo tooth implants

Our teeth have many essential functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse. We can improve this with a dental implant from Designer Smiles in Fargo.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This critical process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unappealing gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunk so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

If you are missing teeth, call us at Designer Smiles in Fargo and ask about dental implants. We also treat conditions like gum disease, and provide general dentistry, and serve patients in Moorhead and throughout the area. Make an appointment today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, General Dentistry, Gum Disease

A Beautiful Smile with Teeth Whitening in Fargo

Americans are spending millions of dollars every year on teeth whitening products. Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth. And it’s easy to see why: a healthy, white smile is pleasing to see on others, and an asset to you in social and professional settings. At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we can help you get the smile of your dreams.

Have you been down the Oral Care aisle at the grocery store lately? There is so much to choose from. There are toothpastes and whitening strips and mouth rinses, and gels that you wear overnight. What these products have in common is a bleaching agent that works on the surface stains of your teeth. And to be honest, they do a pretty good job whitening teeth.

But who wants to settle for a pretty good job? Over-the-counter products all pale in comparison to the professional-grade teeth whitening you’ll get at Designer Smiles. We have three options:  whitening strips, Zoom! in-office treatment, and take-home kits.

Each can give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted. How, you may wonder, are these take-home kits any better than what you’ll find in the grocery store? The answer is that they are professional strength.

Professional-grade teeth whitening can whiten teeth up to ten shades. It is the safest, most convenient way to achieve a fabulous white smile. Designer Smiles in Fargo also provides other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers. Visit our smile gallery to see what we can do, and make an appointment with us today. We serve patients in West Fargo, Moorhead, and throughout the area.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

Confidence Or Caution? Dental Health in Fargo

Whether you are one of the folks who goes willingly for your check-up, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Designer Smiles in Fargo wants to see you every six months to make sure you’ve got excellent dental health.

The modern view is that there is a connection between poor dental health and underlying, systemic health conditions. To put it another way, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

Oral bacteria and inflammation may be associated with a host of health issues, from heart disease and endocarditis, to premature birth and low birth weights. Oral bacteria can spread from the mouth into the blood and cause serious, even life-threatening infection of the heart valves.

We aren’t trying to frighten anyone, but obviously these are serious issues. They’re also good reasons to brush and floss daily (twice a day is better), and see us at Designer Smiles in Fargo every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and other popular procedures. We treat patients from West Fargo, Moorhead, and all over the area. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

No Need to Suffer: Sleep Apnea in Fargo

Sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder. It is also potentially serious, because it can lead to such complications as heart disease and depression. If you or someone close to you is suffering with sleep apnea, contact Designer Smiles in Fargo.

There are several different forms of sleep apnea. What they have in common is that the person with it stops and starts breathing, over and over through the night.

Symptoms include chronic snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, waking up with a dry throat, headaches in the morning, and irritability. None of these symptoms, in and of themselves, mean someone has sleep apnea. But if they are persistent and together, it could indicate a problem.

One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a mask called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. It fits over the nose and/or mouth, and blows air into the airway, gently and steadily, to keep it open while you sleep.

CPAP is highly effective, but many people can’t stand to wear it. They find it cumbersome and uncomfortable, and stop using it. At Designer Smiles, we offer a smaller, non-invasive appliance that is similar to an athlete’s mouth guard. Wearers find it both effective and comfortable, and that is provides the relief they need.

If you think that you or a loved has sleep apnea, contact Designer Smiles. We server Fargo and the surrounding area, including Moorhead and West Fargo. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Sleep apnea

Say Yes To Fluoride: Dental Health in Fargo

Water Fluoridation In North Dakota Prevents Tooth Decay

Fluoride is an asset to your dental health: it makes teeth stronger, and helps to prevent tooth decay. At the Design Center in Fargo, we remind our patients that fluoride is not just for kids.

The common view is that fluoride is essential to children and their developing teeth. This is not in dispute. But some people think that once they reach a certain age, they don’t need it anymore.

Fluoride makes adult teeth stronger and more cavity-resistant. The fluoride that we get from foods and beverages has a topical benefit, because it becomes part of the saliva. From there, the teeth are constantly bathed with small amounts of fluoride that strengthen tooth enamel.

The best ways to get fluoride, no matter your age, is to drink fluoridated water. Fluoride is in most water naturally, but many communities add it to the water supply.

We also recommend using toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride. You should brush anyway, of course, but choose a paste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the label.

At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we care for the dental health in all members of the family. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Oral Health

Help For Nervous Fargo Patients With Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in FargoMillions of Americans avoid seeing the dentist for their annual cleaning and checkup, because of dental anxiety. At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we encourage regular checkups and consider them essential. For our anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry to get them through the visit.

Of course, we numb your jaw for any procedure that might be painful, like filling a cavity. But some patients need more than that. One commonly used form of sedation is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This has been a staple of dentistry for more than one hundred years. A mask is placed over your nose, and you inhale. Within minutes you’ll be relaxed, and the procedure can go forward.

For some, that isn’t enough. In that case we have IV sedation, sometimes called conscious sedation. It is more powerful than nitrous oxide, but it will not put you to sleep. It does, however, make you less aware of what is going on around you. As the name indicates, IV sedation is administered intravenously.

Don’t avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety. The price you pay may be too high. Instead, ask us about sedation dentistry at Designer Smiles in Fargo. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

Silver Screen Smiles: Cosmetic Dentistry in Fargo

Fargo Wants Silver Screen Smiles

With constant media coverage of celebrities, many people are inspired to have a smile like the stars. Cosmetic dentistry from Designer Smiles in Fargo makes that possible for just about anyone.

There is more than one way to get a dazzling smile. There are plenty of over-the-counter whitening strips, gels, and toothpastes to choose from. They can be effective, but they cannot compare to the professional-grade teeth whitening options that Designer Smiles can provide.

For missing teeth, dental implants have come into their own. What was once a state of the art procedure is now considered mainstream dentistry. A titanium post is surgically attached to the jawbone, with the tooth restoration placed on top of it.

Dental implants prevent jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth. Just as important, they look and function like natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are increasingly popular. Veneers are thin, medical-grade ceramic that cover the front of the teeth. Custom-made for each patient, they are useful for anyone with broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps that they would like to hide. In addition, they can be used for small orthodontic alignments.

Designer Smiles, in Fargo, provides these and other cosmetic dentistry services. Please visit our smile gallery to see what we can do for you. We also practice general dentistry. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, General Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

Tooth Enamel! Dental Health in Fargo

Designer Smiles Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is non-renewable. Therefore, it’s essential to the dental health of our Fargo patients to take good care of their teeth. Proper oral hygiene is the first step in protecting its enamel.

The first thing to mention is that most common device, the ordinary toothbrush. Even though every drug store carries hard bristle brushes, we recommend that you use a soft bristle brush. Use it after every meal to gently clean away food particles. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.

When it comes to toothbrushes, the bristles are what’s important. Don’t think too much about the handle: just choose one that feels good in your hand.

Flossing regularly is also important for your dental health. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

Dennis Hetland recommends a checkup and extensive cleaning every six months. Our expert hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken tooth structures. Regular checkups prevent issues and save you money on costly restorations down the road.

Remember: don’t use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. At Designer Smiles, we see damaged teeth and dental work as a result of patients using their teeth as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also impair enamel.

Teeth grinding is also a common dental issue. Grinding can not only wear away enamel, but also pave ways for cavities. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, ask us about a nightguard. Your enamel will thank you.

Lastly, remember: drink plenty water. Try to make it your beverage of choice! Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acids and/or sugar. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These easily-avoided drinks cause a lot of tooth decay.

At Designer Smiles, we are concerned about the dental health of all our Fargo-area patients. We provide cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and general dentistry. For more more information or to set up an appointment, call our office today.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

Are You Flossing Out Of Fear? Dental Health in Fargo

cost of dental crowns Fargo

Most Fargo men and women know that flossing is an important part of dental health. The value of this simple exercise has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role in anyone’s commitment to flossing?

Flossing offers a chance to remove the food particles your toothbrush may miss. But, being afraid of the cavity bugs may not compel Fargo folks to floss regularly. The fear of gum disease or cavities may work for a week or so after a cleaning. But it probably won’t be enough to instill a lasting habit.

At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh – just as showering starts you off fresh each day. Flossing is a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. It could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth, and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! At Designer Smiles, we offer many ways to enhance your smile and maintain your dental health. Make an appointment today. Our services include porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. We also provide sedation dentistry.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Gum Disease
Contact Us





Our Location

Designer Smiles

Dr. Dennis Hetland
Dr. Jeff Harrie
Come visit Dr. Hetland in Fargo if you are in need of dental services, such as dental implants or cosmetic dentistry! Call now to schedule an appointment if you are in Moorhead or West Fargo!

3525 25th St S
Fargo, ND 58104

CALL: (701) 298-9400 701-566-5063
awakenyoursmile@cableone.net

Testimonials
  • I’m a busy mom of 4 so I really appreciate the text reminders about our upcoming appointments.
    —WHITNEY
  • The best dental experience I’ve ever had because I slept through it. Sedation dentistry is the greatest thing ever.
    —TODD
  • I was so blessed to have found you. Thank you for helping me so quickly.
    —BRUCE
  • Dr. Hetland told me my new teeth would help me chew better and help relieve my jaw pain. What I didn’t know was that they would make me feel so much better about myself. I just can’t stop smiling. Thank you!
    —ANITA
  • The Designer Smiles team is amazing. They took great care of my teeth when I didn’t and they did it without making me feel bad about all those years I neglected my teeth. I highly recommend them to EVERYONE!
    —MILES
  • Thank you for taking the time to make just a great smile for an old gal like me. I look and feel 10 years younger!
    —GLADYS
  • I had a great experience with Dr. Hetland and the whole staff at Desinger Smiles! I also had awesome results with the Six Month Smiles. Thank you for being so accommodating and enjoyable at all of my appointments!
    —CARLY
  • Another wonderful experience today with Dr. Hetland and his staff. They truly care about your care and comfort. This was my second crown procedure in the past 3 years. They had great notes from the time before to ensure I did not feel any discomfort. Thanks for everything
    —TERRY
Reviews
Hetland-ReviewButtonGoogle
Follow Us!

Making smiles bright extends beyond the doors of Designer Smiles, especially each March through June when we proudly participate in the Smiles For Life campaign. During this time, 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures go to children’s charities, including right here in the F-M area. This year, we have selected Camp Sioux for Diabetic Children as the local charity of choice.

We make helping children and bright smiles easy—simply contact us to schedule your teeth whitening appointment. You get a brighter, whiter smile, and children get a reason to smile, as well. If you are already happy with your bright smile, simply ask about the other ways you can participate in helping children.Dr. Hetland is a Smiles For Life participating dentist in Fargo, North Dakota to benefit children's charities.