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Case Study: The Cause of TMD, Headaches and Sleep Apnea

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Part 1: Camryn’s Growth and Development A note from Louisville dentist Dr. Tracey Hughes: Thank you for reading my blog. Something you should know— this is a professional, yet VERY personal journey of how I became so passionate about Physiologic Dentistry, treatment of TMD, headaches and sleep apnea using Orthopedic Guided Jaw Development: AGGA (Anterior Guided Growth Appliance) and ControlledArch Protractive Orthodontics. Professionally: I began my post-graduate dental education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) 10 years ago learning more complex, comprehensive, cosmetic dental treatments designing beautiful smiles and helping patients suffering from TMD (temporomandibular joint … Continue reading

A Quick Guide To Flossing

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Louisville dentist Dr. Tracey Hughes understands the importance of proper oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene helps keep the teeth and gums healthy, as well as reduce your risk of developing complex dental concerns. Dr. Hughes works closely with each patient to asses their oral health and creates a treatment plan based on their needs. Preventive dentistry is an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. Dr. Hughes works with you to create an oral hygiene routine that effectively removes plaque, freshens the breath, and keeps the teeth and gums healthy. A proper oral hygiene routine consists of brushing, flossing, and … Continue reading

June is Oral Health Month

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When was the last time you evaluated your oral health? Some go as far as to say that the mouth is the gateway to the body! Recent studies have suggested that there is a link between poor oral health and systemic health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and stroke. Taking charge of your oral health can help you maintain a healthy body. At Boulder Valley Dental in Louisville, CO, Dr. Tracey Hughes offers a full range of dental services to help patients improve and maintain excellent oral health. Dr. Hughes can work with you on an individual basis to educate you on the … Continue reading

Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation

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Complimentary Cosmetic Consultations Dr. Hughes offers her patients a complimentary cosmetic consultation. We want our patients to feel relaxed, and confident that they are making the right decisions for their oral health. We encourage open communication and will help educate our patients on every step of their smile makeover procedures. We treat patients one at a time, no rushing, no pressure. Dr. Hughes and our entire dental care team are committed to providing beautiful smiles built on stable oral foundations. While aesthetics are highly important, the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw are essential for having a lasting, gorgeous … Continue reading

LANAP: Laser Therapy

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Laser dentistry has changed the way dentist treat oral health issues related to the gums and soft tissues. LANAP is a highly effective laser system that allows for a less invasive, more effective and less painful alternative to traditional gum surgery. LANAP therapy is used by Boulder, CO cosmetic dentist Dr. Tracey Hugehs to stop the spread of gum disease and repair damaged tissue. What is gum disease? Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection that can cause advanced oral health concerns. Left untreated, gum disease is also linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of heart attacks … Continue reading

The Pros of Metal Free Dentistry

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Metal fillings for the treatment of tooth decay were once a standard in dentistry. While they are still used today, dentists like Boulder, CO dentist Dr. Hughes offers cosmetic metal free dental fillings for their safety and aesthetic results. How are white fillings safer than metal fillings? Metal fillings or amalgam fillings contain a percentage of mercury. While today’s metal fillings have less mercury than in years past, some schools of though still believe they pose a potential health risk. Dr. Hughes uses high-quality professional grade ceramic to create a tooth-colored filling that is mercury free. Can I replace old … Continue reading

Still Feel Tired? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

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If you often wake up after a full nights rest and still feel tired, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a progressive disorder that can cause a full range of other health concerns. If you or your partner snore loudly, you may consider letting dentist, Dr. Tracey Hughes know. Our Louisville, CO dentist office can help you manage your OSA to avoid the development of further damage to your oral and physical health. What Causes Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea happens when your airway is blocked during sleep causing you to repeatedly lose oxygen to your body. Your airway … Continue reading

Be Our Guest at Boulder Valley Dental Center

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Welcome to Boulder Valley Dental Center, we are honored to treat you! We want you to come to your dentist appointment feeling confident and safe. Our highly trained dental care team is here to work for you. With 20 years of trusted cosmetic, sedation and and general dentistry experience, Dr. Tracey Hughes can help you restore, revitalize and refresh your smile. Dr. Hughes has built her dental practice around the needs and concerns of her patients. Our Louisville, CO dentist office is focused on offering each individual patient the best version of their smile through personalized dental care. Dr. Hughes … Continue reading

Laser Gum Therapy with LANAP

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More than half the adult population will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. More than an oral health concern, gum disease has been linked to medical conditions as serious as cardiovascular disease. Boulder Valley Dental Health Center offers state-of-the-art laser LANAP treatment for gum disease. Louisville dentist Dr. Tracey Hughes encourages patients with any stage of gum disease to visit the dentist as soon as possible. Gum Disease Explained To understand why it is so important to treat gum disease it is important to understand what gum disease is. Gum disease starts as plaque and grows into … Continue reading

Personalized Cosmetic Care for Your Unique Smile

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At Boulder Valley Dental Center, cosmetic dentistry is so much more than a beautiful smile. Cosmetic dentistry performed by Dr. Tracey Hughes is an experience that offers patients improved oral health with careful attention to aesthetic planning. Our Louisville dentist office offers complimentary cosmetic consultations.Dr. Hughes sees one patient at a time. That is it. So, when you come to our Louisville dentist office, our team is focused on you. Dr. Hughes will sit with you to discuss your dental health concerns and cosmetic goals. She will spend time educating you and answering all of your questions about dental procedures. … 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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Camryn's Story

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!