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The Best Gum Disease Treatment You’ve Never Heard Of

It’s scary when the dentist tells you that you have gum disease. One hundred questions run through your mind. What is gum disease? How bad can it get? Can gum disease be treated? What is the best gum disease treatment? Am I going to lose my teeth? When you’re that anxious, it’s hard to figure out next steps. I want to bring back some peace of mind. Gum disease isn’t something you can sweep under the rug, but a little understanding can make you feel much better. I wrote this article to explain gum disease treatments and how an alternative … Continue reading

Adolescent Jaw Development Expansion Orthodontics…the Non-extraction orthodontic option.

Anterior Guided Growth Appliance (AGGA) & Controlled Arch Braces (CAB) in Payton (age 13) Non-Surgical jaw development orthodontics in adolescents using AGGA + CAB is an alternative to extraction/retraction orthodontics.  Jaw development with fixed AGGA+ CAB develops the upper jaw and mid-face forward and allows the lower jaw to grow to its forward genetic potential, expansion of the dental arches,  decompression of the TMJs eliminating headaches & pain, increase in airway volume and stabilization of cervical neck posture which eliminates forward head posture. See the changes below in a 13 year old girl after 8 months (5 months in fixed … Continue reading

Using porcelain veneers to fix crooked teeth at Louisville, CO area dental practice

Veneers to Fix Crooked Teeth in Louisville CO Area

Porcelain veneers are restorations available in cosmetic dentistry that are nothing short of amazing! These thin shells of ceramic are used to cover natural teeth and disguise imperfections that may be impacting the overall appearance of the smile. Many patients who visit with Dr. Tracey R. Hughes of Louisville, CO may want to find out if they are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Veneers are used to fix a wide variety of dental concerns, including: Crooked teethShort or unusually shaped teethGapped teethChipped or cracked teethPermanently stained teethMisaligned teeth Fixing teeth with porcelain veneers is a fast and effective way … Continue reading

How KöR teeth whitening is going above and beyond for consumers in Louisville, CO

KoR Teeth Whitening in Louisville CO area

Sometimes, even though proper brushing and flossing habits are used, our teeth can begin to lose that sparkling white shade we all strive to retain. You want to see a beautiful smile staring back at you in pictures or videos, but lately you’ve noticed that the whiteness has begun to dull or even yellow. You’ve decided it’s time to investigate a teeth whitening system to restore your smile to a shade of white that you are proud of again. Dr. Tracey Hughes at Boulder Valley Dental in Louisville, CO offers KöR Teeth Whitening, which has begun to gain a reputation … Continue reading

Sedation dentistry for comfortable, anxiety-free dental care in Louisville, CO

Sedation Dental Care in Louisville CO area

Do you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety about going to the dentist? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that three out of four adults in the United States have some degree of dental fear. At Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO, we understand dental anxieties and provide non-judgmental, compassionate care, along with options such as sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable and calm while you get the dental care you need. Sedation dentistry is also a great option for patients who will be undergoing longer dental procedures or multiple treatments in one visit. Our unique … Continue reading

LANAP laser dental treatment for gum disease in Louisville, CO

Lanap Laser Dental Treatment in Louisville CO area

Gum disease is incredibly common—in fact, it affects over half of the adults in the United States—but despite its widespread prevalence, it is not something to take lightly. Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, leading to gum recession, tooth loss, and other problems, and has been linked to several systemic and potentially deadly conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, certain types of cancers, and more. There is hope, though! At Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO, we take a fresh approach towards treating gum disease, including use of the revolutionary LANAP laser dental treatment. LANAP: Laser … Continue reading

Your Child’s Journey To Healthy, Nasal Breathing

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Any inability to breathe through the nose will cause developmental changes to the face and jaws.  The body will compensate, potentially causing negative effects on facial and jaw development. It is important to eliminate mouth breathing completely and retrain nasal breathing in your child.  Here are the steps to follow for healthy, nasal breathing. Step 1:  Determine if your child is able to breathe clearly through their nose or not using a simple at home assessment If your child can’t breathe through their nose, then the problem is likely caused by chronic swelling of adenoids and/or tonsils.  If your child … Continue reading

Can I Treat Sleep Apnea At The Dentist?

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Why Visit The Dentist For Sleep Apnea Treatment? Dentists routinely examine the overall composition of the mouth, which includes the airway. Dentists analyze the position of the teeth, gums, and jaws as it relates to the airway. Factors such as the height of your dental arches, the position of the tongue, and the height of the hard palate can indicate a comprised or obstruction of the airway. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is defined as a sleep disorder. It occurs when one repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. In severe cases, those with sleep apnea may experience an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular … Continue reading

The Click Languages: Did the way our ancestors communicate give them straight teeth?

Woman pointing at her teeth

Compared to our ancestors, our kids’ jaws today are developing much narrower and smaller. Do you ever wonder why the majority of young people today spend their spring break week recovering from having their wisdom teeth pulled? Our jaws aren’t developing large enough to fit all 32 teeth! It never used to be that way. Our earliest ancestors had big, broad dental arches that fit all 32 teeth. So what has changed over the years?  It very likely is a combination of several factors, including one of the first human languages ever spoken by our tribal ancestors in Africa…the Click … Continue reading

Part 3: Camryn’s Non-Surgical Orthopedic Forward Face Growth of the Jaws Cures 8 years of Headaches

Camryn and her brother

A note from Louisville, CO dentist Dr. Tracey Hughes: This is Part 3 of Camryn’s story. We previously posted Part 2 and Part 1, so be sure to check them out to learn more about Camryn’s journey. In the final part of this series, we will explore how non-surgical orthopedic forward face growth of the jaws cures eight years of headaches. Camryn and her brother, Ben, enjoyed tagging along with me to Las Vegas during one of the LVI courses I attended in the summer. It has been one year since I attended LVI’s Forward Face Orthodontics course in June … Continue reading

A Success Story

Natalie B. "Boulder valley dental center is amazing! The staff is very friendly and the facilities are state of the art. My last visit is easily the most comfortable visit I've ever had with a dentist. I can't recommend them enough."
Michael C. "I need to have a lot of dental work done and the ladies at Boulder Valley Dental all work extra hard to make sure their patients are comfortable. They are amazing and I am so happy to have a trustworthy dentist who actually cares. I highly recommend Dr. Hughes and the whole staff at Boulder Valley Dental."
Tyler K. "The most friendly, careful, and thoughtful experience I've ever had at a dentist."
Eric T. "Extremely nice and helpful staff. They do an amazing job of working through your care plan and provide very comprehensive service. They're not afraid to take extra time with their patients to ensure that they are comfortable with their care and treatment and that they understand the decisions being put in front of them. Would recommend them to anyone in need of dental care."
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Dr. Tracey Hughes is a highly sought-after and leading Louisville dentist. At the Boulder Valley Dental Center, Dr. Hughes welcomes her patients as ‘guests.’ She is constantly committed to advancing her skills and knowledge through continuing education initiatives. Having received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from Buena Vista University in Iowa, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1998 from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Over the years Dr. Hughes has committed several hours of learning to refine her knowledge and to ensure that she provides her patients with modern dental services. She is only one of less than 1,000 dentists who have earned a Fellowship in Advanced Physiologic Based Dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies (LVI Global). Whether it is general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry or even sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Hughes today!