Minimizing injection discomfort

Most people do not like injections. That is understandable. Dr. Johnstone makes an effort to minimize the discomfort using a technique that confuses the brain. First, he is honest that an injection feels like a pinch and for some more so than others; he uses a topical; and lastly he shakes the area while giving the injection. This shaking, known as Gate technique and some patients find it much better.

Dental Tourism

Dental vacations are becoming more popular following medical tourism; although I am uncertain why anyone would refer to these as “vacations” because treatments can be extensive leaving patients unable to enjoy the time away. Price seems to be the reason most people decide to do this which is understandable. I hope people looking into this option take the time to calculate travel costs and time, and for those concerned about the environment the carbon footprint of the travel.

Interesting that the trend in food production and consumption is local (farm to table) as compared to dental tourism. I hope that people who are getting extensive work done elsewhere will return to their local dentist.

Local or abroad care, people should research the provider and care, know the quality before deciding.



Soon it will be the one year anniversary

It will soon be the one year anniversary of the devastating floods that hit our community so hard. After a period a of challenges, this anniversary will be time to renew our commitment to Lyons and continue the work for a stronger community. Lyons Dental was fortunate to not sustain any water damage. We are proud to be a part of this community and to serve you as a local business. Thank you for your support.

Dr. Dennis Johnstone


Lyons Dental seeing patients in Longmont

Lyons Dental is now seeing patients at a temporary location in Longmont. Please call the regular office number, 303-823-6006, or email us at to make your appointment.
The rain and floods may have dampened our homes but not our hearts. The river scarred the land but not spirits. We wish to express our concern for all those impacted by this disaster and wish everyone a speedy recovery, a return to Lyons and to some normalcy.
Please take care and stay Lyons Strong.
Dr. Dennis Johnstone & Christy Crosser

Advances – maybe not?

Following foot surgery, Dr. Taylor my podiatrist recommended orthotics. He used plaster which surprised me as I thought there was now high-tech, super-tech ways to fit for orthotics. Of course there is and he feels that the “old fashion” plaster is the most accurate and he can hold feet where he wants them.

This got me thinking about the advancements in dentistry. You can now go to high-tech dental practices and see your teeth enlarged on a big screen. Of course this shows every blemish on your teeth regardless of any concern for oral health these blemishes may have. This is an excellent opportunity for dentists to talk with patients about aesthetics even though people are unable to see many of the blemishes displayed on a big screen. OId fashion but still adequate is a mirror. Use a mirror to assess what you like and do not like about your teeth and then talk with your dentist. And let your trusted dentist diagnose for oral health issues that need attention.

Digital and analog x-rays each have their advantages and disadvantages. Analog are just fine. Patients do not need to be concerned about either as both are very low doses.

A so-called advancement is the over-the-counter whitening products found in strips. Most offer minimal whitening results. The best option is still using teeth whitening bleaching trays with prescriptive strength whitening solution.

Advancements can be good and there are many including preventive services and better diets; however, not all advancements mean better results. Learn more. Read professional studies, talk with professionals that do not have a financial stake and generally be a good consumer.


A way to save money

During a recession, tax time, holiday spending, college costs, home repairs or whatever it might be that has you on a tight budget…..a cost-saving measure is to take care of your teeth.  The more you do with at-home care, the more likely you will be able to avoid problems and costly dental care.  Now is the time to take care of your teeth which can save you money now and into the future. There is no substitute for seeing your dentist but good oral hygiene is one area in which you can participate and make a difference.

What are we trying to prevent? Dental caries (cavities), or as we refer to for the little ones in our practice, tooth bugs. Secondly, gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis.

You may have dental caries and not be aware of it.  If cavities are between teeth or starting in deep grooves of the back teeth or in the tooth dentin, you may not see these.  This is the reason the American Dental Association and your dentist will recommend routine x-rays.

Remember to visit your dentist on a regular schedule and please do your part with good oral hygiene at home: brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you.

“I’d like to exit probably before all my teeth do, you know.”

“I’d like to exit probably before all my teeth do, you know.” As said by Robyn Hitchcock in an interview on NPR (March 3, 2013) about rock and roll legends and how so many are getting older.

So how likely is it that we will die with a full set of teeth? I did a little research on this and found that there is a very good opportunity for many of us to die with most if not all of our teeth. However, aging is a risk factor for deteriorating oral health care: it can become more difficult to brush and floss because of arthritis or other physical limitations, or maybe forgetting to do these tasks daily. Older Americans with lower incomes are more likely to be edentulous because they are less likely to have dental insurance or afford dental care.

According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics, “the percentage of older adults who have visited a dentist in the past 12 months declines steadily with age.”

The good news is that older adults are visiting dentists now. Communities that promote healthy lifestyles, have optimal fluoride in its water supply, and access to a dentist will see the positive results. Lyons is such a community.

Good oral hygiene is your best line of defense and having good oral health habits when you are young will help you when you are older. Two risks are dental caries and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing will help with both these issues.

Having your teeth improves quality of life over all so brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

One in four

Delta Dental conducted a survey among dentists who reported on more than one in four of their patients who are children had a cavity in the past year. (reported February 1, 2013) Cavities are preventable so what is going on?

According to the press release, the survey results indicate that people need to brush up on some critical children’s dental health habits, including the basics of brushing and flossing. Seventy-five percent of the parents surveyed stated that they share eating utensils or drinking glasses with their children also sharing cavity-causing bacteria. The benefit of brushing for children comes from brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time. And then there is flossing. Only 23 percent of the parents surveyed said their children floss daily.

Dr. Johnstone suggests starting children using a tooth brush at a very young age and for parents to recognize the importance of primary or baby teeth. Healthy baby teeth can help with having healthy permanent teeth. He recommends a first dental visit soon after they get their first tooth even if to meet the dentist, count teeth, ride in the dental chair or watch others in the family get their teeth cleaned.

If you have questions about your children’s teeth please contact us at Lyons Dental.