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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Diabetes and Gum Disease: A Dangerous Combination

New studies keep reaffirming that diabetics are at a higher risk of developing gum disease and losing their teeth. The risks are especially high for patients with Type 2 diabetes or blood sugar levels that are not well controlled.

The suspected reasons are:

Bacteria: Bacteria thrive in sugar based environments and when your blood sugar levels are up they can grow out of control. In your mouth, this can mean the development of gingivitis and gum disease.

Changes in the Blood Vessels: Diabetes contributes to the thickening of your blood vessels. When this happens, their ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your mouth tissue and take away the waste products is inhibited. This creates an environment where periodontal disease can take hold and get out of control.

Smoking: Many diabetics continue to smoke in spite of the dangers to their health. Diabetic smokers over the age of 45 have a 20% higher chance of developing advanced periodontal disease and losing their teeth.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, there are things you can do to protect your teeth and gums.

  • Keep your blood sugar under control
  • Stop smoking
  • Brush twice and floss once daily
  • Let your dentist know about your diabetes
  • See your hygienist at recommended intervals - she may need to see you more often 
  • Follow up on all recommended treatment
  • Let us know right away if your blood sugar is out of balance during a dental visit
It is important for diabetics to do all they can to keep their mouths healthy. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can challenge your immune system and make it harder to control your blood sugar. Once the  periodontal disease is under control, many patients find their blood sugar levels are easier to manage.

In our office we take both diabetes and gum disease very seriously. We understand the risks involved and love helping our patients become more healthy. 

If you would like a dental office that is committed to your health and understands how to work with diabetics, we would love to talk to you. Call: (916) 624-3119

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to Protect Your Tooth Enamel

Your tooth enamel is one of the hardest surfaces in your body and is meant to protect your teeth and insulate the nerves inside. When it is compromised you may find yourself with new cavities, chipped teeth, sensitivity, or teeth that look thin or dark. We know that is not what you want.

You can help preserve your tooth enamel by doing the following:

Brush Gently – stop scrubbing your teeth. You can clean more thoroughly by gently working the bristles of your toothbrush into all of the nooks and crannies around your teeth.

Limit Sodas and other Acidic Drinks – the acid and carbonation are both dangerous for your teeth. 

Get Treatment for GERD or Acid Reflux – these conditions keep your teeth marinating in acid and can cause serious damage to your enamel.

Try a Re-Mineralizing Toothpaste – there are special products available that specialize in protecting and strengthening tooth enamel.

 Drink a Lot of Water – water rinses acids off your teeth and can neutralize your mouth when you have taken medication, eaten, or had something to drink that is acidic.

Ask Your Dentist about Resurfacing Your Teeth – when enamel has already been lost, we can help by providing dental restorations that make your teeth look and feel better again.

Chew Sugarless Gum – it stimulates saliva that will wash acids off of your teeth.

See Your Dentist if You Think You Grind Your Teeth – night grinding flexes your teeth while putting excess pressure on them, which can cause enamel to chip away.

Beware of the Dangers of Swimming – if a pool's PH is too acidic it can put your tooth enamel at risk. Drinking water in between dips in the pool can help rinse the acid off your teeth.

Avoid Sugary or Spicy Foods – they create an acidic environment in your mouth.

Wait to Brush after Acidic Foods and Drinks – brushing immediately while your mouth is very acidic could contribute to enamel erosion, but don't forget to brush at all.

If you are concerned about enamel loss, we encourage you to see your dentist. Like most things, the solutions are usually easier and less expensive when caught early. 

If you are in the Rocklin area, we would love to help. Just call: (916) 624-3119

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dental Implants Look, Feel, and Function Like Natural Teeth

Losing a tooth or several teeth can feel scary, but it's great to know that your teeth can be replaced in a way that looks, feels and functions naturally.

There are several options for replacing missing teeth including fixed bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures.

Dental implants are one of the newer and best choices available. They have been around long enough now to have a proven history of success and offer many benefits that other options do not.

Implants are man made roots for teeth that can be placed directly into your jaw. They fuse with the existing bone and in almost all cases are considered permanent. Implants can be used to replace anywhere from one to a full mouth of lost teeth.

We know you will love them because:

  • You will be able to eat and smile with confidence, knowing your new teeth are secure
  • They don't need to be replaced like bridges, which last about 7 to 10 years
  • They look and feel like natural teeth and never have to go in a jar at night like dentures
  • The teeth next to your lost teeth will be stabilized and supported
  • They don't get cavities 
  • Your face shape will be supported, preventing it from looking sunk in and older
  • They are so natural you may even forget you have them
We have been providing dental implants for the Rocklin area for years. Our long term experience along with our use of top quality materials make us the obvious choice for your tooth replacement needs. 

If you would like to learn more or find out if dental implants are the best option for you, call (916) 624-3119 for a consultation. 

We would love to support you in creating the healthy, happy smile you deserve. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cosmetic Dentistry: Smile Makeovers Are Not Just About Teeth

Have you been hiding your smile?  If so, you have been missing out on more than you think.  Cosmetic dentistry can be a life changing experience.  The confidence you feel in your new smile will allow you to share it more with the world.  And, the more you smile, the more you will:
  • Look younger and feel attractive
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Release feel-good brain chemicals
  • Be approachable and attract people into your life
  • Boost your immune system
  • Make others feel better when they receive your smile
  • Receive smiles in return
  • Increase your self-esteem and self-confidence
And, just imagine all of the things that are possible when you feel that confidence…..

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4 Big Benefits of Cerec and Other One Visit Dental Crowns

Cerec and other one visit dental crowns are designed and manufactured by computers using CAD/CAM technology. They are made in our dental office during your appointment and cemented the very same day.

The process is easy and comfortable. It goes like this:

1.We prepare and shape your tooth for the new crown.
2. We scan your teeth with a special wand that creates a 3 dimensional image of the tooth being repaired.
3. We feed that image into a machine that creates your new porcelain crown or filling within minutes, right there in the office.
4.The last step is having your new crown cemented onto your tooth. You get to leave with your tooth repaired in just one day.

We have been providing Cerec and similar crowns for years and love the quality and convenience they provide.

Our patients love them too. Here is why:

Fewer trips and less time in the dental chair. Instead of requiring two visits, one to prepare the tooth for your crown and the other to cement it after it has been made at the lab, your new crown is completed in just one visit.

No messy and uncomfortable impressions. Our patients love not having to have trays of gooey stuff put in their mouths after each crown preparation. They find the 3D wand is easy and comfortable.

No temporary crowns. Dental labs would take about 2 weeks to make a crown and during that time patients would have a temporary crown in place. While we developed a reputation for making high quality temporary crowns that last, the materials were not perfect and could sometimes fail. With same day crowns, no temporary crowns are needed.

The fillings and crowns are metal free. This can result in a more natural looking appearance and is often preferred by holistic medical doctors..

Dentists who offer same day crowns have specialized training in how to achieve the best results. In our office we are committed to continuing our education in all areas of dentistry, including Cerec and other one visit dental crowns.

Same day crowns look good, feel good, and last a long time.

If you live in the Rocklin area and would appreciate the comfort and convenience of crowns that are made in just one visit, please give us a call at: (916) 624-3119

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Whiten Your Teeth & Help Children In Need with Smiles for Life - March through June

We are proud to continue our annual tradition of helping children who are seriously ill, under-privileged, or disabled, through the Smiles for Life campaign. We hope you feel inspired to take part in this wonderful opportunity, too.

It is truly a Win – Win – Win.  Here is how:

Win #1: You get to have your teeth whitened for a reduced fee that is also tax deductible.  

Win #2: Children in our community receive ½ of the amount you spend and the other ½ goes to children in need nationally and internationally.

Win #3: We get to enjoy how wonderful it feels to make a difference together.

Charities supported by Smiles for Life include: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, City of Hope, Operation Smile, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers and Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, YMCA, and many more.

So, pick up the phone and give us a call.  We can’t wait to see you.  (916) 624-3119

Don’t forget to tell your friends!  If they are not in the Rocklin area they can find a participating dentist on the Smiles for Life Foundation website.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to Motivate Your Children to Take Care of Their Teeth

No one wants their children to grow up experiencing the financial, emotional, and physical strain that neglected teeth can bring. Instilling healthy habits while they are young can ensure a lifetime of good oral health, but kids are kids and don't always understand how important these habits are. Motivating them is not always easy.

Brushing and Flossing

One of the best ways to ensure your kids brush and floss well is to make oral health care a family event. When you and your children brush and floss together you are modeling what being healthy looks like. They will be less likely to consider the idea of not joining in as it will just seem a natural part of family life.

Let them choose their own colorful and fun brushes and floss. You may want to consider tooth brushing timers or 2 minute songs to help them stay brushing as long as they should

Let their favorite cartoon characters or the Tooth Fairy become part of their brushing motivation. Their special friends can leave positive notes and gifts around the house that keep your children engaged. Reward systems like gold stars or something to look forward to still work wonders as well.

Going to the Dentist

Your child's first visit to the dentist should be a positive experience. In our office, we always treat them special and explain what we are doing carefully. You can also prepare them with fun related books, coloring books, or this video about Dudley the Dinosaur's first visit to the dentist.

When your children experience regular check ups and teeth cleanings as a normal part of life they are less likely to be afraid and more likely to look forward to their dental visits. This creates a foundation for a lifetime of taking care of their teeth.

Getting your children to brush, floss, and go to the dentist does not have to be a challenge when you establish these healthy patterns at an early age.

Choosing a dental office that your child will feel good in is also important. In our office, most of us have children of our own, making taking care of yours an easy and natural thing to do.

To schedule an appoint call (916) 624-3119 Rocklin CA