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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. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dental Health Considerations for Teens

If you have a teenager you already know that they face a unique set of challenges during this period of their lives. This is true for their oral health as well. We know that you want the best for your teen and already encourage them to brush and floss, but here are some other things to keep in mind.

Wisdom Teeth: Between the ages of 17 and 21 most of us will have our wisdom teeth come in. Quite often, there is not enough room for them resulting in a number of symptoms including pain and infection. It is important for your teen to have regular dental exams to ensure their wisdom teeth can come in safely. In many cases, when we know there will be a problem in advance, the teeth can be removed at a convenient time instead of waiting for them to hurt.

Poor Nutrition: At this age, you no longer are in control of what your teen eats when you are not around. Many of them lean toward high sugar and unhealthy snack foods or meals with little nutritional value. Without proper nutrition their immune system can struggle to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Diets high in sugar and sodas put them at risk for cavities, tooth enamel loss, and other dental problems.

Tobacco: Smoking and chewing tobacco are dangerous for your teen's mouth and overall health. Tobacco use can lead to deadly and disfiguring oral cancer, as well as gum disease, tooth loss, stains, and slow healing.

Orthodontia: The teenage years are an ideal time for straightening teeth. Without treatment many will have a higher risk of cavities, periodontal disease, and other conditions due to irregular areas that are hard to clean. Orthodontia can also correct misalignment of the teeth that causes extra stress on the jaw and teeth when chewing. Our office prefers and offers Invisalign orthodontic treatment that is both more convenient and healthy for your teen's teeth.

Eating Disorders: Common issues with eating disorders include cavities, mouth infections, gum disease and poor healing, mostly due to a lack of proper nutrition. Bulimia or throwing up can damage your teen's teeth and gums due to their frequent exposure to powerful stomach acid. If your child has an eating disorder it is extremely important they see their dentist regularly.

Sports Guards: Accidents happen when playing sports and your teen will need a guard to protect their teeth. Sports guards can be colorful, fun, and still do a great job at keeping your child's teeth safe.

Drugs: Drugs can not only compromise the body's ability to heal, but also completely destroy teeth. The most severe example of this is meth mouth, where teeth literally rot and break away.

Motivating your teenager to brush and floss daily and keeping them on track with their dental visits can go a long way toward their having a healthy, happy smile for life.

If you are looking for a dental team that loves teens and and is experienced in Invisalign and other special considerations related to the teenage years, we would love to help.

Call (916) 624-3119 Rocklin, CA

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