Thursday, August 31, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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