Improve Your Oral Health Care Goals with Composite Dental Fillings

Published on February 21, 2018 by

Tooth decay is a common dental problem. If you do have a cavity, it is important to make sure the decayed material is removed, and the tooth is cleaned to allow for the placement of a dental filling. For a filling that is virtually unnoticeable to others, consider a composite filling.

Composite fillings have not been around as long as other treatment options, but they have been proven to be safe and highly effective. They are mercury-free and extremely durable and are good for cavities in teeth that are visible to others. Furthermore, they can be used for extremely small cavities that may be too small for other filling options such as dental amalgams. They’re also better at sealing the margins of a tooth than amalgams.

A single composite filling can often last 7 to 10 years before it may need to be replaced. One of the added benefits of composite fillings is that the original filling does not need to be removed. Instead, it can be repaired numerous times over to provide you the treatment you need. If you have a cavity that you would like to have treated, contact our team at Las Cruces Dental Associates. You can set up an appointment with Dr. Samaniego by calling 575.523.1479.

Eliminating Oral Health Care Risks

Published on February 9, 2018 by

Are you aware of the oral health risks to your teeth and gums are exposed to on a regular basis? Have you ever thought about establishing a checklist of preventive habits to avoid dental damage as you go about your daily life? If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to examine all aspects of your life to determine what could potentially damage your smile and how you can avoid said damage. The more time you take to care for your teeth and gums, the greater the likelihood that they can continue to serve for the rest of your life.

Implementing effective oral health care habits and using safe dental products is essential to keeping a healthy smile. If the products you are using are not safe, they could actually end up causing significant damage to your teeth and gums. This is especially true when choosing a toothbrush, toothpaste or whitening product. If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, make sure that the product you choose is recommended or approved by our dentist. Otherwise, you may end up bleaching your gums or even potentially causing tooth enamel loss. When it comes to choosing a toothbrush or dental flossing, always use soft-bristled toothbrushes and and flossers that are shred-resistant.

If you are involved with any contact sports, you run the risk of suffering an oral accident or injury. To lower your risk for mouth injuries, always wear the necessary safety gear, including mouth guards or face masks. If you are concerned about the status of your oral health or facial structure, you can wear a helmet or other similar forms of headgear.

Mouth jewelry is another things that could damage your oral health. Piercings such as lip and tongue piercings can end up lacerating your gums, causing infections, posing as a choking hazard and causing to nerve damage. Avoid lip and tongue rings if possible.

Are you actively protecting your smile? For additional oral health care, visit Las Cruces Dental Associates for tips from our dentist. Dr. Samaniego and our team want to bring out our best smile. You can book an appointment at our dental office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, by calling 575.523.1479.

Understanding Malocclusions and Their Risks

Published on January 28, 2018 by


Correcting your smile and enhancing its aesthetic begins with malocclusion treatments. Malocclusions are bad bites that arise when your teeth are not in the proper alignment or are out of position. If you are suffering from a bad bite, it can lead to further oral health issues and will need to be corrected with an orthodontic alignment system as soon as possible.

Are you suffering from any malocclusions that need orthodontic treatments? Do you have any spacing issues with your teeth in which they may appear overcrowded or alternatively, do you have any large gaps between any of your teeth? If so, orthodontic alignments will be needed. Other common malocclusions that can occur include jawbone misalignments known as crossbites and transportation malocclusions which arise when teeth are not in the right positions.

Malocclusions commonly occur with your front teeth. These teeth are known as your incisors. If you do have an issue with your incisors, you need to visit your orthodontist to determine what treatments will be necessary. Malocclusions that can arise with your incisors include open bites, overbites, deep bites, misplaced midlines, and underbites

If you would like to set up a malocclusion treatment session at Las Cruces Dental Associates, you are welcome to call our office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at our number 575.523.1479. Dr. Samaniego and our entire team look forward to enhancing your smile.


How to Floss Correctly

Published on January 24, 2018 by

Are unsure of how to use dental floss? We can give you a step-by-step process so you can floss more effectively.

An important step is to floss once a day. Normally, you might think to do this right before you go to sleep, but this is not an absolute rule. You can do at whatever time is convenient, just remember to do it daily.

About 18 inches of floss is usually enough length for each session. Wrapping about ⅓ of an inch around each of your pointer fingers is recommended. You can pinch the ends of the leftover string to keep it from coming loose.

Place the floss into one of the teeth gaps. The proper method is to pull the floss against one of the teeth, so it wraps around the side, and then slide it up and down.

Be sure to slide the floss into the gap between your gums and your tooth. The floss can usually slide into there without causing discomfort, as long as you do so gently. This approach will help by removing any plaque or food stuck there.

Once you are finished with one tooth, switch to the other tooth and repeat those same steps. It is best to use a different area of the string when you move to a different tooth to get better results.

When you have flossed all of your teeth, throw the used string away. They are not meant to be reused, otherwise, you might deposit what you cleaned out to another area of your mouth.

If you have any concerns about your teeth or with any part of your dental care, come to Las Cruces Dental Associates in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our dentists, Drs. Gonzalez and Samaniego, will see to whatever needs you have. Our number is 575.523.1479.

Christmas Smile: The Naughty and Nice Dental Behaviors

Published on December 18, 2017 by

If you want a top-notch Christmas smile, then you need to keep the naughty and nice dental behaviors in mind. These behaviors can affect your smile in more ways than you might realize, so it’s important to stay on the nice list. Our dentists, Dr. Mario Samaniego or Dr. Jaime Gonzalez are happy to help you by giving you the information about those behaviors. The more you know, the better!     

Naughty: Using a toothbrush that has hard bristles.
Nice: Using a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

Naughty: Not flossing daily or flossing improperly.
Nice: Taking the time to floss correctly at least once a day.

Naughty: Not wearing a mouthguard while you play sports and activities that are high in contact, like basketball and wrestling.
Nice: Wearing a mouthguard while you’re playing high-contact sports and activities as well as when you’re doing low-contact sports and activities, like sledding and ice skating.

Naughty: Sharing forks, spoons, and other utensils with others.
Nice: Keeping your utensils to yourself and making sure everyone has what they need.

Naughty: Grinding your teeth at night or even during the day.
Nice: Taking steps to stop grinding your teeth or protecting your smile with a mouthguard.

For more information and details about these naughty and nice dental behaviors in Las Cruces, New Mexico, please contact our dental team at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is reach out to Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!

Dental Restorations: Dental Floss

Published on December 9, 2017 by


There are two main oral health care treatments that are necessary to work in tandem with each other in order to protect your teeth. Because plaque buildup between your teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, it is important to make sure it is cleaned out as much as possible. However, brushing can only clean the surfaces of teeth and around your gum line and has serious struggles cleaning between teeth. In situations like this coming, the use of an interdental cleaner such as dental floss will be needed.

Flossing is essential to ensure harmful oral ailments such as dental erosion and tooth decay cannot occur. As brushing can help clean your teeth and remove food debris from your mouth, it cannot clean between teeth. Because of this, flossing will be needed. When flossing, always make sure you use highly effective products that can accomplish the task for which they are assigned. Speak with your dentist about product recommendations and suggestions or look for a dental floss or interdental cleaner that features the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This insures the product will function as intended.

If you decide on a threaded floss, make sure that it is long enough to be able to clean between each and every tooth and behind you furthest row back. To avoid contamination, never use the same section of a strand more than once. This means you have a strand long enough to be able to easily clean between each tooth. Ideally, your strand should be a roughly 18“ in length. Be sure to wrap each end around a finger on each hand so you can move up and down as needed. Furthermore, make sure you are using thread that will not shred during use. Single filament thread is extremely effective for this task.

The most amazing smiles and oral health care routines begin with interdental treatments. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Samaniego at our dentist office in Las Cruces, New Mexico for interdental treatments, please call us at 575.523.1479. Our team at Las Cruces Dental Associates looks forward to keeping your oral health in peak condition.

Tired of Smile Flaws? Try Dental Veneers!

Published on November 30, 2017 by

How are your New Year’s goals coming along? Do you have any plans to work toward achieving a new and flawless smile? Whether your teeth are on the forefront of your mind or something you plan to address “someday,” we invite you to look into receiving a very popular option for cosmetic dentistry–dental veneers. If you have unwanted smile flaws, dental veneers can offer natural results that transform the appearance of your teeth.

The benefits of dental veneers are numerous when it comes to improving your smile. The are cosmetic shells of thin porcelain shaped like the fronts of the teeth to which they are bonded. Their porcelain material helps them to be very durable, especially if you provide proper care for your teeth, and your veneers can last about 10 years. Many patients find veneers to be a very affordable dental treatment.

The many uses of dental veneers enable them to cover a wide range of smile flaws, including teeth that are:

– Chipped
– Cracked
– Misshapen
– Discolored
– Mildly misaligned
– Badly spaced

Our dentist can perform a review of your smile to determine whether dental veneers will deliver the results you desire. We invite you to contact Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479 today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Samaniego and further discuss your options for dental veneers in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Yearly Oral Health Reminders: Dental Bonding

Published on November 28, 2017 by

One highly effective form of tooth restoration and cosmetic dentistry that has proven beneficial for millions of patients is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a highly effective branch of dentistry that focuses on applying materials to each tooth, typically made of porcelain and resin, to repair damaged smiles.

Dental bonding treatments are highly effective for individuals who have broken or cracked teeth. In addition, if you have suffered from extensive tooth decay, composite resins can be used to help fill in cavities. In addition, the treatments are highly effective for deep stains and discolorations, as well as issues associated with receding gums.

If you have any spacing malocclusions, irregular, or abnormally-shaped teeth, or are in need of making your teeth look longer, then a dental bonding treatment may be required. If a portion of your tooth has been exposed due to receding gums, a dental bonding treatment can be used to provide root protection by covering up the portion of a tooth that is exposed.

If you would like an oral exam for a dental bonding treatment with Dr. Samaniego and the rest of our team here at Las Cruces Dental Associates, please set an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We can be reached at 575.523.1479.

A Basic History of Dentistry

Published on October 31, 2017 by

The earliest known evidence of dental work goes back as far as 12,000 BC. Archeologists have found an ancient infected tooth which contains remnants of a dental cleaning with flint tools.

The first written text we know that mentions dentistry, however, is dated thousands of years later in 5000 BC. This Sumerian manuscript cites “tooth worms” as the origin of dental decay. This theory wasn’t actually proved wrong until the 1700s.

In France in the middle ages, a group of dentists gathered. They didn’t name themselves dentists though; they were called barbers, and they treated more than teeth – they also treated various medical conditions and even cut hair. Eventually, the guild evolved into two groups: barber-surgeons with education and training did the operations, while lay surgeons helped with dental cleanings and checkups.

In the 1700s, Pierre Fauchard, the Father of Modern Dentistry, wrote a book called “The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on Teeth”. It outlined the first comprehensive dental system. With this knowledge, dentistry began to multiply throughout the world, including the United States.

In 1840, the first dental college formed in Baltimore, Maryland. A few decades later, Colgate began producing toothpaste and toothbrushes. However, caring for teeth regularly didn’t really catch on in America until after World War II when U.S. soldiers brought their habits that they had learned abroad back to their hometowns.

Since then, new inventions and techniques have developed to make dentistry better than ever. Do your teeth need some attention? Just call Las Cruces Dental Associates in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at 575.523.1479 to set up an appointment with Dr. Samaniego.

What You Need to Know About Mouthwash

Published on October 22, 2017 by

Mouthwash is a great tool in any oral-health enthusiast’s box of tools. It can help you keep your mouth pristine and your breath pleasant, and it’s really not that difficult to use.

Mouthwash’s primary advantage is its removal of plaque and food remnants from your mouth. The liquid materials composing mouthwash contain antibacterial materials that rinse your mouth, and the swishing action you make while using mouthwash pushes out unwanted leftover debris from the spaces between your teeth, where bacteria like to form cavities.

To use mouthwash, simply pour the instructed quantity (as seen on the container) into a cup and swish it in your oral cavity for about 30 seconds. Once you’ve swished it around for 30 seconds or more, spit it out into the bathroom sink and don’t eat anything for about half-an-hour. And while the main purpose of mouthwash is to reinforce and protect your pearly whites and gums, your friends and family won’t mind the fresh breath you’ll have as a result of use!

We’d love to teach you more about what mouthwash can do for you, including all about how it helps to avert gum disease. To talk to our Las Cruces, New Mexico, Las Cruces Dental Associates staff now, get in contact with us at 575.523.1479. Dr. Samaniego and the staff here will be thrilled to answer whatever questions we can for you.