Eldorado Dental

Dr. Haley Ritchie


Haley Ritchey, DDS

1 Caliente Road, Suite E
Santa Fe, NM 87508

(505) 466-0999


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  • Dental Flossing Can Reduce Future Dental Costs >

    Did you know that simple flossing, when done daily, can save you money? It’s true; flossing at least once a day not only removes food lodged between your teeth, but also protects your teeth and gums from damage and future dental costs. Just ask any dentist from California, to Maine to your local Santa Fe dentist, flossing can save your smile and your wallet.

    When eating, food can get trapped between teeth. Flossing after you brush removes that stuck food. Floss performs the vital role of making sure teeth and gums are fully clean. If teeth are not properly cleaned, plaque will form and build up causing damage to teeth and gums which, over time, can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.

    The average dental insurance will cover between $1,000-$2,000 worth of dental work per year with varying deductibles. Dentists nationwide, including Dental Services Santa Fe, can fix the damage caused from improper oral hygiene, but it will be pricey as improper dental care can affect more than one tooth.

    Tooth decay is expensive, with the avearge cost of amalgamated fillings at $50-$150 per tooth and porcelain crowns running from $500-$1,500. Even more expensive is tooth loss with the average price range for dental implants at $1,000 and up per tooth. Total tooth loss can bring in a cost of $600-$1000 for a complete set of dentures. The cost of gum disease and gum loss adds up, costing about $600-$1,200 for a single area gum graft. Factor in the varying cost of exams and multiple office visits and the total cost of improper oral hygiene and lack of flossing becomes extreme.

    Though flossing is an easy help to protect against future dental problems, many people don’t take the time to do it, counting on their current healthy teeth to last a lifetime. Although a mouth may be healthy now, if not cleaned, plaque will continue to build up and over time will wear away that tooth and gum status causing extensive damage.

    The war on plaque is life-long and must be fought daily. Take the time at least once a day to floss and really clean your teeth. Your future smile, and bank account, will thank you.

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  • ADA Toothbrush Storage Guidelines Following Fecal Coliform Study >

    What's on YOUR toothbrush?

    Have you ever considered that a likely answer to this question is......... POOP??!!!!

    Yes. That's right. The contraption you put in your mouth everyday to clean your teeth can harbor some pretty nasty bacteria; one of the most likely contaminants being fecal matter.

    According to a recent study done at Quinnipiac University, 60% of toothbrushes stored in communal bathrooms tested positive for fecal coliform bacteria.

    As gross as this may sound, it isn't as bad as it seems, if the fecal coliforms are your own! The potential problems come in when the fecal matter is someone else's. Unless you live alone, it is likely that you share a bathroom with other people. In this case, according to the study and research, there is an 80 % chance that the fecal coliforms on your toothbrush came from someone else.

    "The main concern is not with the presence of your own fecal matter on your toothbrush, but rather when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of your normal flora," said Lauren Aber, a graduate student at the university, and the head author on the study.

    Even with the possibility of ingesting someone else's germs, you should KEEP BRUSHING, as the negative consequences of not brushing your teeth daily can be far worse..

    Proper handling and care of your toothbrush is important to your overall health. So, what can you do?

    The team at El Dorado Dental encourages you to follow the guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association for toothbrush hygiene and storage.

    These include:

    1. Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse before brushing. This can help significantly reduce the level of bacteria in your mouth when you brush, so there will be less to transfer to your toothbrush.

    2. Thoroughly Rinse the toothbrush with clean tap water. - Remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Additionally, soaking the toothbrush in an antimicrobial mouth rinse can help to lessen the amount of bacteria that remains.

    3. Do not use a toothbrush cover or container. These do not allow the bristles to dry. A moist, tight space makes it easier for bacteria to grow as they thrive in those conditions.

    4. Air dry your toothbrush. - Store your toothbrush in an upright position. If it shares a container with another toothbrush, make sure they are separated to avoid cross-contamination.

    5. Avoid sharing toothbrushes. -Even with your spouse!!! The bacteria on those brushes is shared, including the ones that cause dental decay and periodontal disease.

    6. Engage in routine dental care. - Scheduling and receiving regular dental cleanings can reduce the overall level and types of bacteria present in your mouth. In turn, this can reduce the amount of bacteria on your toothbrush

    If you are in need of dental care, and in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area, come see us at El Dorado Dental.

    Happy Brushing!!!

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  • Eldorado Dental partners with Eldorado/285 Recycles >

    Dr. Haley Ritchey from Eldorado Dental Santa Fe has joined Eldorado/285 Recycles to initiate a recycling program. Eldorado Dental takes pride in being a green dental office where recycling old and used dental and bathroom items is a priority.

    The program is based on Eldorado Dental accepting and collecting used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers, deodorants and anything else that is used in a bathroom or for dental purposes. Instead of throwing them away, these items will be recycled and re-used to encourage a greener and cleaner environment.

    Eldorado Dental will also be giving 2 cents for every product collected to Santa Fe Schools for a bright future for kids! This is more of a reason to bring all used oral hygiene products to Eldorado Dental located across Agora in Eldorado and make Santa Fe greener than ever!

    Call us at 466­0999 or visit us on the web at eldoradodental.com for more information.

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  • Energy drinks and the havoc they wreak on Enamel; an analysis from Santa Fe’s dentistry experts >

    The number of people who consume energy drinks is steadily increasing every day, which is very good news for the companies that make these products since they spend ridiculous amounts of money on their advertising/marketing campaigns. 

    However, as far as the dental health of the people embracing energy drinks is concerned, the damage caused by these drinks is absolutely shocking. People simply do not pay a lot of attention to what they are drinking and let's face it, some of the energy drinks available in the market taste really good too. Eldorado dental care experts from Santa Fe, NM will show you what happens when you consume the same energy drinks. 

    A lot of that is due to the sugar content that is present in these drinks and every good dentist including the dentist care in Santa Fe, will tell you that the amount of sugar content in most of them is way too high. Sugar however, is not the only thing to blame as the level of acidity in sports and energy drinks is also a big problem.

    Citric acid is very commonly used in energy drinks both as a flavor enhancer, and as a preservative but numerous researchers have proven over the years that the damage citric acid causes to tooth enamel is not only 'irreversible', it also puts the teeth at an increased risk for cavities and decay. According to a study published by the Academy of General Dentistry, the fluoride levels and the pH levels of around a dozen of the leading brands of sports and/or energy drinks are all heavily linked to tooth decay.

    In some cases it took as little as five days for the drinks that were analyzed to start damaging teeth. A significant percentage of our young population is completely hooked to these drinks.

    Many teenagers consume several of them every day in order to simply boost energy levels or to improve their performance as far as sports are concerned. Many of them also believe that these drinks are better for them health wise as compared to other fizzy drinks and sodas.

    What most parents will be very disturbed to know is the fact that when it comes to tooth decay, energy drinks are indisputably the worst offenders as they are essentially bathing their teeth with acid, which in turn causes erosion.

    Have you been having a lot of energy drinks lately and feel you need to get your teeth checked to ensure that these drinks have not taken their toll on your smile, then get in touch with Eldorado Dental and let us help you smile again. 

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  • A Guide to Athletic Mouthguards from the Dental Experts of Santa Fe; Eldorado Dental >

    Athletic mouthguards are mostly used in contact sports to prevent and/or reduce injury to the teeth, lips and gums. Other names for mouthguards include mouth protectors, mouth pieces, gum guards and night guards. Studies show that more than five million teeth are knocked out in sporting activities every year and that athletes are up to sixty times more likely to end up damaging their teeth if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Sports people who wear braces should definitely use mouthguards as a hit to the face could cause some really serious damage, not to mention the fact that it could be very painful and also expensive to repair.


    There are three kinds of athletic mouthguards available.

    1. First come the Stock mouthguards which are ready-made and ready to use. They are readily available at most sporting goods stores and can also be ordered online but if they are not fitted properly they can cause complications in breathing and talking. Stock mouthguards are the least expensive mouthguards available but they are also the least protective ones as well which is why most dental care experts do not recommend them for athletes.

    2. Boil and Bite mouthguards are the most popular kind of mouthguards available. These mouthguards are made from thermoplastic material and are generally preferred over the regular ones. A 'boil and bite' mouthguard is immersed in boiling hot water for a few minutes and once it softens, it is placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth.

    3. The third and perhaps the most satisfactory of all types of mouth guards are Custom-made mouthguards. Since these are individually designed and are made according to the specifications provided by a professional dentist, custom-made mouthguards provide the maximum amount of comfort and protection. There are two further types of custom-made mouthguards, namely the Pressure Laminated mouthguard and the Vacuum mouthguard, both made as per dental specifications for patients who need them.


    For more information on a hassle-free and painless dental experience or general inquiries, contact Eldorado Dental today! At Eldorado Dental you will find the most distinguished team of dental care experts in Santa Fe who take pride in assisting patients with all their dental problems. 

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