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Comprehensive Dental Health Services in Santa Fe, NM

Our Services

Wellness Services

Our wellness services are designed to not only improve your oral health, but your overall health. A healthy mouth is a key to a healthy body and we are here to help you improve your well being in any way that we can.

This is a review of the medications and supplements you are taking and how it affects your oral health.

During this test, we will perform a visual examination of your mouth to identify any tissues or lesions which appear abnormal.

As part of our commitment to you, we will provide you with a review of techniques in brushing/flossing which will provide the best oral tissue health. We want to help you keep your mouth healthy in between visits!

Eating a healthy diet is an important factor in maintaining good oral health. Together, we will discuss which foods can impact and improve your oral health status.

If you are an active smoker, we can help you find the right option to help you quit. We will discuss the options available to help you stop smoking.

If you suffer from bad breath, we can discuss the causes and cures of bad breath. We will help you identify ways to improve your breath and overall oral health.

Hygiene Services

Good dental hygiene comes from a combination of in-office treatments and good at-home oral health care practices. Our hygiene services are meant to complement your personal routines and habits. In addition to the services listed, we can also provide cleaning of removable dental appliances and referrals to consulting dentists.

During your routine cleanings, we will remove plaque and calculus from your teeth, which helps reduce the amount of bacteria built up in your mouth. During your cleaning we will also polish your teeth which removes residual extrinsic stains.

To monitor your periodontal or gum health, we take “baseline” periodontal measurements and subsequent annual measurements. This helps us keep track of how your at-home oral hygiene routine is working and if you are in need of any further treatments.

Scaling and Root Planing is a procedure prescribed by a dentist to treat gum disease. During treatment, tartar is removed from the surface of the teeth and the root surfaces are smoothed out, removing infected tooth structures. This helps reduce the need for periodontal surgery.

Digital X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool as they allow us to diagnose diseases and abnormalities not visible to the naked eye.

This is the delivery of an antimicrobial agent in to the pockets around the teeth. This allows for healing of the gums and controls the bacteria disturbed during the procedure.

To reduce tooth sensitivity, we use both fluoride and non-fluoride products. Our fluoride treatments are applied at the end of your appointment to help prevent decay.

Dental Services

We offer the dental services below 1-2 days a week. We work with over 30 dentists throughout the area to coordinate patient care. Dr. Appelbaum works closely with other dental specialists to provide comprehensive dental care with compassion and sensitivity to the needs of the patient.

During your dental exam, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and oral cavity, and look for any signs of gum disease, decay, or abnormalities.

We are dedicated to working with patients to keep them informed about their care. If a dental concern has been diagnosed, we will create a thorough treatment plan to meet the patient’s individual needs.

A filling is a way to restore a tooth after a cavity or area of decay has been removed from a tooth. Composite material provides a strong, almost undetectable restoration option. The composite material is carefully matched to your tooth’s natural color and structure and restores your tooth to normal function.

A dental crown is used for teeth which are in an advanced stage of decay or severely damaged. Like a filling, it helps restore strength, aesthetics, and function to your tooth. The crown covers the remaining tooth structure and can be made of various materials depending on which area of the mouth is being restored.

If you have lost teeth due to gum disease, decay, or injury, a dental bridge may be utilized to close any gaps in your mouth. A dental bridge looks and acts like natural teeth and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth, as it is permanently cemented into your mouth. If left uncorrected, a missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to shift, look unsightly, and cause pain and discomfort. This can cause greater problems for your dental health.

For individuals who retain some of their natural teeth, partial dentures provide a great restorative option. Partials can help restore form and function to your smile, while helping you regain the ability to eat what you like. We work to make your dentures look as natural as possible and will work with you to restore your oral health.

We offer all phases of restorative dentistry.

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Complete Dentures
  • Partial Removable Dentures
  • Implant Retained Supported Prosthesis
  • Preventive Dental Procedures & Counseling

Cosmetic Services

In-Office & Take Home Teeth Whitening

We are proud to offer both in-office and take-home whitening treatments. Whether you are preparing for a special occasion or are just looking to brighten your smile, we have the whitening treatments to fit your needs. Teeth whitening can help reduce the effects of tea, coffee, smoking, and other causes of tooth discoloration. We will work with you to determine which treatment type best fits your needs and help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Teeth Whitening in Santa Fe NM


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Bad breath can be caused by many things such as foods and drinks, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth and health problems. Ensure to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Using baking soda with a small amount of toothpaste works well and it whitens your teeth at the same time! Incorporate an antibacterial mouth rinse into your daily/nightly oral hygiene routine and use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria that can grow and harbor on its surface. Breath mints and gum simply only mask the cause of bad breath, so it is important to fight it at the source.
Usually every 6 months for a cleaning but it depends on individual circumstances. Some people get a dental cleaning every 3, 4 months.
At least once a year for a dental exam. If you experience any pain or have any dental concerns, please seek dental treatment sooner. Some people may need to visit the dentist more often than others depending on their oral health status.
Flossing cleans 33% of your teeth surfaces alone. When combined with daily brushing you can prevent gingivitis, gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and tartar buildup.
Yes, dental x-rays are safe and only require a low dose of radiation. A leaded apron and thyroid collar are used to protect other organs from scatter radiation. Dental x-rays are needed to have a comprehensive examination and get an accurate diagnosis of your oral health and periodontal condition. Dental x-rays can even be taken during pregnancy and will not have any effect on your unborn baby. A single dental x-ray has less radiation exposure than any other medical x-ray. Did you know that a person receives more radiation from a flight from LA to NY than a single dental x-ray?
While in-office whitening is safe, it is not recommended for everyone. Have a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate. In-office whitening is closely monitored to allow for a safe, pain-free and controlled treatment and allows for the best results. In order to keep your teeth looking white and for best results after treatment avoid high staining foods and drinks such as berries, tomato-based sauces, beets, curry, tea, red wine, and coffee.
Baking soda with a small amount of toothpaste, mouth rinses and whitening strips can help to whiten your teeth at home by reducing the amount of stain present. We offer in-office whitening that we can use after you have had a dental cleaning if you want a quick whitening option.
Bacteria that live and grow in your mouth can enter your blood circulation and cause problems to other areas of your body and health. Dental health has a systemic link to your overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to have negative interactions with health conditions like endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications, and pneumonia. Other health conditions that have a direct impact on your oral health are diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Brush and floss at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Get a dental cleaning at least twice a year and a dental exam annually. Individual recommendations can be made to get you the smile that you have always wanted.


For more information about our services, to schedule an appointment, or for general questions, please contact us today at 505-995-0595.