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Saturday, February 3, 2018

How to Keep Your Kids Cavity Free

In the past it was considered normal for children to have a lot of cavities and fillings, but not anymore. With proper care, it is possible for kids to grow up cavity free and we are very happy to be a part of the solution.

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, happen when teeth are attacked by acid and bacteria. The acid comes from certain foods, drinks, and the byproducts of bacteria that live in the mouth. When a tooth is exposed to acid repeatedly it will start to de-mineralize and if the attacks continue a cavity will develop. 

No one wants their kids to have cavities and preventing them can save a lot of money over time. We recommend this 5 step plan to keep your little ones cavity free.

Limit Cavity Causing Foods – Foods that are dangerous for teeth include sodas, sugar, highly acidic foods, and white foods like bread or pasta. Be sure to read nutrition labels because sugar can be hidden in surprising places. We recommend saving cookies and candy for special occasions and not having them before bedtime unless teeth are brushed afterward. 

Take Advantage of the Benefits of Fluoride – Fluoride is a mineral and it can be used to help replace the minerals teeth have lost. It is important to be aware of how much fluoride your children are exposed to. It can be found in water, vitamins, toothpaste, and foods processed with fluoridated water. Too much fluoride can be unhealthy and cause teeth discoloration. We will be happy to help you with specific recommendations for your children.

Consider Dental Sealants – Getting sealants is an easy process that involves no shots or drilling. A tooth colored filling-like material is simply painted on the molar teeth. This material prevents the acid from getting into the high-risk pits and grooves where cavities usually start.    

Motivate Your Children to Brush and Floss – It goes without saying that taking care of teeth will keep them healthy. We recommend brushing before going to bed to prevent acids from sitting on the teeth all night long. Monitor your kids to make sure they are being thorough and make the process enjoyable with fun kid-oriented products. 

Stay Up to Date with Dental Exams & Teeth Cleaning – Visiting us is a big part of the solution. With regular dental checkups we can catch things early, when they are simple and inexpensive to take care of.  Kids will learn going to the dentist can be fun and not fear or avoid dental treatment later in life. And, we are your best resource for helping you protect your children's teeth. 

You can schedule an appointment in our Rocklin office by calling (916) 624-3119.  We promise to take great care of you and your family!

Monday, January 1, 2018

How to Retrain Your Tastebuds to Overcome Sugar Addiction

We all know sugar is unhealthy. It causes cavities, obesity, and makes us look old. Recent research has also linked sugar to many major diseases that cause early death, and yet we still keep eating it.

Sugar tastes so good!  At least, in the beginning. When we eat too much of it our brain receptors change and it is no longer as rewarding as it used to be. So, we crave more and many of us become addicted. The signs that you may be a sugar addict include cravings and losing control.

Sound familiar?

Being in the dental profession, we know that foods, tobacco, and other influences can coat your tongue and limit your ability to taste and enjoy natural flavors that are healthy. Keeping your tongue clean is an important step in being able to retrain your taste buds. In addition to brushing your tongue, you may want to try using a tongue scraper to clean it even better. It's not as scary as it sounds. Giving up tobacco is a great step for many reasons, as well. 

For more guidelines on retraining your tastebuds we checked in with the experts at WebMD.  Here is what they had to say: 

  • Detoxes and quitting sugar cold turkey can be like reset buttons, but it is unlikely you will be able to maintain a sugar free lifestyle over time. 
  • Small incremental changes will yield more long lasting results.  Consider eliminating one sugary food each week and over time your desire for sugar will be greatly diminished.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. They can cause sugar cravings and are often not healthy.
  • Eat protein and fiber to prevent hunger cravings, as well as sugar highs and lows.
  • Check food labels and watch for hidden sugar sometimes labeled as a syrup, nectar, or juice.
  • Eat good sweets like fresh fruit. As your taste buds adapt these foods will taste better than ever.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Your Holiday Dental Emergency Guide

The holidays are about fun and family, but we know from experience that someone will end up having a tooth problem. Painful, broken, or knocked out teeth can ruin your holiday if you don't know what to do.

The following guidelines will help you get through most dental emergencies.  If something happens that is not an emergency you can leave a message on our voice mail and we will call you when we are back in to schedule an appointment.

If You Break a Tooth

You will want to be careful not to use the tooth so that it doesn't break further. If it is not painful when it happens, you will probably not experience pain later.

If it is painful, the damage may be deep enough that the nerve of the tooth is reacting. Temporary solutions include using a cotton ball with oil of cloves or a piece of chewed gum to insulate the area. Be very, very gentle so that nothing else breaks. Pharmacies can have products that will help, as well.

If your tooth is painful or feels like it is continuing to break, call as soon as possible. If you feel it can be kept stable and pain free until we are back in, leave a message or call us right away when the office opens again.

If a Tooth is Knocked Out

1. Try to save what you can of the tooth. Do not try to clean it or touch the roots.
2. Try to gently put the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place. If this doesn't work, hold it in your cheek so that is still in saliva, but be very careful not to swallow it.
3. If that isn't working put the tooth in milk, saline, or your own saliva.
4. Get help immediately by contacting your dentist, an oral surgeon, or going to an emergency room.

If A Crown Comes Off

Most pharmacies carry temporary cement kits that will help you get the crown back in place for a short period of time. Do this only if you feel sure there is no danger of swallowing it if it comes loose again. DO NOT use Superglue or any other household adhesives. 

Be careful not to use the tooth with or without temporary adhesive to avoid damaging it further. Call our office so that we can get you in quickly. Bring the crown with you so that it can be professionally re-cemented, making it safe and secure again. 

If You Have a Toothache

Very painful or throbbing teeth need attention right away. The pain is a sign that something is seriously wrong or that there is an infection. 

You can get temporary relief with over the counter pain relievers. Take them orally, do not place them directly on your gums as it won't help the pain and may cause irritation. If there is swelling, use an ice pack to help control it. You can also try flossing gently around the tooth to see if anything has become lodged between the tooth and the gums. 

Call us right away so that they can assess the situation and help you be more comfortable. 

If You Bite Your Lip or Tongue

Clean the wound gently with water and put ice on it to help prevent swelling. If it continues to bleed a lot after a few minutes, go to the dentist or emergency room. You may need stitches. 

We wish all of you happy, emergency free holidays, but it's good to know that if something happens you will know what to do. 

And one more thing, please don't drink and drive. It's not worth the risk.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fun Holiday Stocking Stuffers Your Family Will Love

If you want to fill your family's holiday stockings with healthy treats instead of candy, you will love these ideas that focus on healthy smiles.

Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

  • A tooth brushing timer
  • Books and coloring books
  • Toothbrushes that are colorful or have their favorite characters on them
  • Musical brush along CD or app
  • Tooth fairy pillow
  • Stuffed animals that help teach your kid to brush

Stocking Stuffers for Seniors

  • Electric toothbrush or a new brush head for one they already have
  • Flossing assistance tools
  • Sugar free throat lozenges or dry mouth products
  • Cash
  • Sugar free candy
  • Payment for a dental service or toward their acount
  • Gift certificate for a teeth cleaning

We hope you add at least a few healthy items to your family holiday stockings, but whatever you choose we want to wish you Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to Protect Your Teeth and Health During Cold and Flu Season

It’s that time of year. Viruses are filling the air looking for a place to land and we don’t want them landing on you or your family. Two of the most important habits that will help you and your loved ones stay healthy during this season are washing your hands frequently and sneezing or coughing into your elbow to prevent spreading germs.

Since toothbrushes are easily contaminated with viruses and bacteria, how we handle them can help us stay well and prevent cross contamination with other family members. The following ideas will help you keep your toothbrushes from being a source of illness: 
  • Do not store family toothbrushes together in one cup or holder. A few little viruses on one brush can travel easily to the rest, spreading colds and flu. 
  • Clean and disinfect toothbrushes often - one simple way is to rinse them with mouthwash or peroxide.
  • Clean storage containers and toothbrush covers regularly. These areas are often forgotten during routine cleaning and can harbor a lot of germs.
  • Give each person their own tube of toothpaste or instruct them not to touch their brush directly to the tube when using it.  
And, if you do get sick, you can protect your teeth by:
  • Avoiding sugary syrups and cough drops – there are sugar free options available.
  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water – this will help you feel better and keep your mouth from drying out and being more susceptible to cavities.
We hope that you and your family stay well during this cold and flu season! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5 Healthy Halloween Tips Your Kids Won't Resist

We have never met a kid who didn't love Halloween candy and it's okay to celebrate with sweets once in awhile. What often happens though, is that kids keep munching on candy for days on end and that can be bad for their teeth.

We've compiled some of our favorite Halloween tips that will help you keep your children's smiles healthy as they celebrate this fun holiday.

Have a wait until you get home rule. Take some time to sit down with your kids and go through their candy. This will allow you to eliminate items that may not be safe and help them to see how many options they have.

Focus on their favorite treats. Almost every Trick or Treat bag will have some items that just aren't as exciting as others. Have your children pick out their favorites and set the others temporarily aside. This will help them realize not all Halloween candy is equal and keep them focused on what they really want.

Offer to swap candy for other fun things. Stock up on non-food treats you can offer in exchange for the items they don't love. Coloring books, toys, movies, or even a fun outing are all good options. If the swap items are exciting enough they may give up candy quickly, especially the ones that are not their favorites.

Set up designated treat times. When kids nibble at candy all day long their teeth are constantly marinating in sugar. By setting up special treat times there is less sugar exposure and you can have your little ones clean their teeth shortly after, helping even more.

Start a new Halloween tradition. Getting a new toothbrush every Halloween is a tradition that will keep your children motivated to take care of their teeth. Be sure it's a fun brush with their favorite characters or special features they will love.

We hope these tips help you and your children have a Halloween that is both healthy and fun.

Regular check ups and teeth cleaning are also important for your children's teeth. If you are not already part of our patient family and live near Rocklin, CA, we would love to help keep your family's smiles healthy and happy.

You can schedule an appointment by calling: (916) 624-3119

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why We Take Gum Disease Seriously (and You Should Too)

So, your gums bleed a little when you brush. Or, the hygienist said you had a little gum problem.

No big deal. Right?

Not so fast.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is not something to mess with. And, by the time you have symptoms like gums that are sensitive, bleed or are receding, it's more than just a "little" problem. Many people have no symptoms at all and don't even know they have it. But, if you haven't been to the dentist in a year or more you probably do.

We take periodontal disease seriously and want you to know why.

Gum Disease is a Bacterial Infection - Would you postpone treating an infection in any other part of your body? Probably not. You know that they only get worse with time, until there is some kind of emergency.

It's the same with gum disease. The bacteria damage the gums and bone that support your teeth until bad things start to happen. Having an untreated infection can also strain your immune system or keep it busy when there other things it needs to fight.

It's the Number One Cause of Tooth Loss - Even if your mouth feels fine, the bacteria are causing damage to the gums and bone that keep your teeth solid. They also create areas of tartar where they can hide, making it hard for you to keep your teeth clean on your own. Eventually, your teeth will lose enough support that they start to loosen and can't be saved.

No one wants to have dentures or invest extra money in other tooth replacement options when it could have been prevented.

Periodontal Surgery is Not Fun - When periodontal disease treatment has been postponed for a long time, surgery may be needed to save your teeth. By being proactive you can save time, money, and surgical procedures.

It Can Ruin Your Smile - Gum disease affects the appearance of your smile, which in turn can impact how people perceive you and how confident you feel. We have witnessed how important smiles are for self-confidence, which helps you do better in all areas of life. Being proactive in treating periodontal disease can keep your smile looking it's best.

It Could Impact Your Overall Health in a Number of Ways - We've already mentioned how it can affect your immune system and the dangers of living with an untreated infection, but there is something else you should know.

Bacteria in your mouth gets into your blood stream easily through the soft tissue in your mouth or when you swallow. Think about it. This is not a good thing. At a minimum it can cause chronic inflammation in your body, which has been linked to many life-threatening diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, and more. In extreme cases it can be deadly.

It Can Impact Your Pregnancy and the Health of Your Baby - Gum disease has been linked to preeclamsia, pre-term births, and babies with a low birth weight. Taking care of your oral health is especially important if you are planning on having a child.

We hope that you understand how serious the consequences of periodontal disease can be and will be proactive with your dental care.

Because, the thing about postponing dental care is that it will catch up with you at some point. And, usually when it does the problem is more severe, uncomfortable and expensive.

You can keep your mouth healthy with daily brushing and flossing as well as visiting your dental office as often as they recommend. If you already have gum disease, they may need to see you more often.

We would love to help you keep your smile healthy and happy. Call (916) 624-3119 to schedule an appointment in our Rocklin, CA office. We promise to take really good care of you.