Eldorado Dental

Dr. Haley Ritchie


Haley Ritchey, DDS

1 Caliente Road, Suite E
Santa Fe, NM 87508

(505) 466-0999


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  • Soft Drinks and Oral Health >

    Soft drinks are a part of modern life and are available almost anywhere you go. According to National Soft Drink Association statistics, Americans consume roughly 600 12-ounce servings of soda per year. All this soda guzzling does come with a price and it appears the effects of soda on teeth are not so appetizing.

    The sugar and acids in soft drinks pack a double punch to the teeth.

    Varying levels of carbonic, phosphoric and citric acids are found in soft drinks. These acids, when consumed through drinking soft drinks, attack the calcium found in teeth, wearing down tooth enamel. Once enamel is weakened, the sugar found in soft drinks can penetrate the tooth causing the formation of cavities which can require advanced dental care.

    Diet sodas, though lacking sugar, also damage teeth through the similar acids found in them. The acid weakens the enamel, as with sugary soft drinks, and allows sugar found in foods to further damage the teeth.

    Not all soft drinks are created equally. A study done in 2007 by “General Dentistry,” found that root beer, although still acidic, had a less acidic pH level than colas, and non-cola drinks were also less acidic than colas but caused more enamel erosion. The non-cola carbonated drinks were thought to cause more damage due to their higher citric acid content.

    And what about iced teas, sports and energy drinks? They were found to be more acidic than soda and caused more enamel erosion according to a 2008 University of Iowa study published in the May 2008 issue of “Nutrition Research”.

    Even though soft drink consumption is dangerous for teeth, all is not lost!

    Talking to your local Santa Fe dentist can help you find ways to enjoy soda and lessen the effects on your teeth; ways like:

    • Moderation as a first step. Enjoy soft drinks in moderation to lessen enamel damage.
    • Use a straw when drinking to minimize contact between the drink and your teeth.
    • After enjoying a soda, drink water to help wash the sugar and acids off of your teeth.
    • Proper tooth brushing after enjoying a soda will remove the acid and sugar.

    Soft drinks don’t need to be completely off limits, but care and moderation should always be used when you enjoy soft drinks.


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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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