See What You Know About Dry Mouth by Taking This Test

Published on April 26, 2018 by

Dry mouth is a common dental issue that inconveniences many people. It might even inconvenience you! In this case, it’s best to know all about dry mouth so you know how to treat and deal with it. Our dentist, Dr. Samaniego, is happy to help you find out what you know about dry mouth today by encouraging you to take the following dry mouth quiz. We hope you learn something new!

1. True or False: Dry mouth involves the low production of saliva.
A. True
B. False

2. True or False: Dry mouth increases your chances of falling victim to tooth decay.
A. True
B. False

3. True or False: Saliva plays an important role in maintaining a top-notch mouth.
A. True
B. False

4. Dry mouth can be caused by:
A. Stress
B. Certain medications
C. Aging
D. Cancer therapy
E. Autoimmune disorders
F. Smoking
G. All of the above

5. Dry mouth can be prevented by:
A. Sipping water throughout the day
B. Chewing sugar-free gum regularly
C. Avoiding tobacco products
D. Avoiding caffeine and sugary and acidic foods and drinks
E. All of the above


1. A
2. A
3. A
4. G
5. E

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about dry mouth in Las Cruces, New Mexico, please contact Las Cruces Dental Associates when you have the chance. Our dental team will be happy to talk with you and give you the answers and information you need, so please call 575.523.1479 now. We look forward to hearing from you!

Beware of Things That Can Harm Your Teeth

Published on April 10, 2018 by

Are you aware that you could be placing your teeth at risk for cracks or fractures? There are many habits and things that people do each day that could be putting their teeth at risk. That is why it is essential to be mindful of the things that you do in your life that could harm your teeth and avoid the habits.

Our dentist, Dr. Samaniego, cares about your oral health and is happy to assist you in any way possible. In addition, our team at Las Cruces Dental Associates has gladly compiled a list of some of the things that can harm your teeth if you are not careful.

Beware of these things that can harm your teeth:
– Tooth-Stainers: Substances that can stain or discolor your teeth are hazardous to your oral health.
– Lack of dental visits: A failure to visit your dentist for cleanings and restorations can leave you vulnerable to dental damage.
– Mouth jewelry: Mouth jewelry can cause several oral health risks, including cracked teeth and infections.
– Poor oral hygiene: By ignoring your oral hygiene routine, you can leave your mouth susceptible to plaque buildup.
– Sports: Various forms of sports can leave you susceptible to dental damage.
– Bad habits: Bad habits, such as using drugs or tobacco, can put your teeth at risk.
– Hard foods: Hard foods can fracture your teeth or wear down your gums and tooth enamel.

As you can see, teeth are not tools, and they should be treated with care. If you have questions about your teeth, or if you need help with a damaged tooth, please call us today at 575.523.1479. Our dentist in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and his team are always always happy to help care for you and your teeth.

Plan for Your Smile With Dental Crowns

Published on March 31, 2018 by

If you have severe dental damage to the point that no other options are available for crafting your smile beyond a tooth extraction to fix a severe ailment, don’t forget to try dental crowns. Dental crowns are designed to heal broken teeth and can even be used in situations in which all other options have been exhausted. Some of the benefits of dental crowns are as follows:

– Dental crowns are highly effective restorations because not only do they improve the look of teeth, they also add an additional layer of protection. In situations when your teeth are too far damaged for other treatment options, dental crowns can still often be used.
– Dental crowns are highly effective treatments for situations where you have weak or broken teeth or even teeth that are broken into bits. Crowns can be used to bind the broken bits together.
– Because dental crowns are customizable, they function as cosmetic enhancements for your smile.
-Dental crowns are highly effective and known for providing decades of support. In some situations, it may be possible for a dental crown to last for the rest of your life.
– Dental crowns are often used in situations to cover dental fillings when not enough tooth remains to hold the filling on its own.
– Dental crowns can be used to help support previous restorations such as implants, root canals, and bridges.

To learn more about which dental crown treatments you would prefer for enhancing your smile, contact Las Cruces Dental Associates at 575.523.1479. Come visit Dr. Samaniego and our team at our dentist office in Las Cruces, New Mexico by scheduling an appointment at your earliest opportunity.

Dental Crowns are Resourceful in the World of Dentistry

Published on March 28, 2018 by

Have you considered a dental crown to help your tooth against a large cavity? Did you know, dental crowns are used for other needs too? In fact, dental crowns are used for many reasons because they are resourceful in the world of dentistry.

Our dentists, Dr. Mario Samaniego and Dr. Jaime Gonzalez with Las Cruces Dental Associates in Las Cruces, New Mexico, understand the need for dental crowns and are happy to explain why they are commonly recommended for many situations.

Here are some ways dental crowns are used in the world of dentistry:

-A dental crown can cover up issues with the look of damaged teeth. If a tooth is damaged due to discoloration or stains, it can be concealed with a dental crown.

-Weak or broken teeth can be covered up and hidden with dental crowns.

-If you have a previous replacement in your mouth such as a dental bridge or a dental implant and wish to cover it up with a dental crown, you can!

-Do you have any children that are continually suffering from dental erosion and cavities? Dental crowns can protect them.

-If you have a tooth that needs a dental filling due to a cavity, but the tooth is too worn down, a dental crown can hold the filling and tooth together.

The resourcefulness of dental crowns is proven to be effective at restoring a tooth or protecting a tooth from further harm. If you have questions about your teeth or wonder if you need a dental crown, then please call us today at 575.523.1479 to set up an appointment. Our dental team is happy to take your call and help you in any way you can.

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.