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Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

When should my child first see a dentist, and why? The ideal time is six months after your child's first (primary) teeth erupt. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for us to examine the development of your child's mouth carefully. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit, the better. To safeguard against issues such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking, we can provide or recommend special preventive care. How do I prepare my child and myself for a visit? Before the visit, plan a course of action for either reaction your child may exhibit—cooperative or non-cooperative. Very young children may be fussy and not sit still. Talk to your child [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:20:19+00:00November 19th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Tooth Decay: A Preventable Disease

What is tooth decay, and what causes it? Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities. It is not life-threatening and is although it is highly preventable, it will affect most people to some degree during their lifetime. The leading cause of tooth decay is frequent contact with foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars). Soda, candy, ice cream, milk, cakes, and even fruits, vegetables, and juices can all contribute to the problem. Then plaque begins to form due to the natural bacteria living in your mouth. It interacts with deposits left on your teeth from these sugary and starchy foods to produce acids. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving the mineral structure of teeth, resulting [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:18:20+00:00November 12th, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Tooth Decay: A Preventable Disease

Teeth Whitening Facts

Is your wedding approaching and you want your smile to be its brightest? Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement? Whatever the reason, tooth whitening isn't just for the movie stars, and it isn't just for one day. Many people have their teeth whitened, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and teeth whitening safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. Is whitening for you? Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. If [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:16:14+00:00November 5th, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Teeth Whitening Facts

Dental Sealants for Kids

Why Sealants are Good Parenting Of course, we want the best for our family and especially our children, and most of us work at good parenting every day: quality schools, solid values, a sense of family. Time and money may put limits on what we can do for our kids' health and happiness, but not when it comes to dental sealants. They are, well, a bargain! Sealants are a risk-free, wear-resistant, and painless resin coating that bonds to teeth, sealing out decay. Applied to the chewing surfaces of your child's molars and premolars (these are the areas that are most prone to developing cavities since the deep grooves tend to trap food particles). Once the sealant is in place, the [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:47:56+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Dental Sealants for Kids

The Right Time for Braces, Part 2

Will treatment be uncomfortable? The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, putting mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth gradually. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. Do I have to avoid any foods or personal habits? Yes. Cut down on sweets, chips and pop. Sugary and starchy foods generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. Healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples should be cut into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like caramel can [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:45:17+00:00October 15th, 2019|Orthodontics|Comments Off on The Right Time for Braces, Part 2

The Right Time for Braces, Part 1

What is "orthodontics," and why do people get braces? Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve one's smile and oral health. "Ortho" means correct or straight, and "Odont" means tooth. Braces are usually recommended to improve physical appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected. When is the right time for braces? Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening. However, [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:43:16+00:00October 8th, 2019|Orthodontics|Comments Off on The Right Time for Braces, Part 1

Porcelain Veneers—A Beautiful Alternative

What are porcelain veneers? Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material bonded to the front of teeth. They require little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. They can mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and improve a smile. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Why would you recommend a porcelain veneer? Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size, or shape. Porcelain veneers [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:40:28+00:00October 1st, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Porcelain Veneers—A Beautiful Alternative

Implants—The New and Improved Tooth Fairy

Single-Tooth Dental Implants Implants, in general, boast a good track record for stability and natural feel. Most patients who seek out dental implants want to steady a shifty denture, or bridge a large gap of several lost teeth, but we can also do just one. For the right patient missing the right tooth, the Tooth Fairy has bailed us out again. A lot of people are missing a single tooth. Until recently, the only option for a replacement took the form of a bridge. Dentistry calls this gizmo a fixed or removable partial denture and, for it to fit correctly, a fair bit of work is involved to remove enamel from neighboring teeth. Especially for those of us annoyed by [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:36:47+00:00September 24th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Implants—The New and Improved Tooth Fairy

Baby Teeth Q&A

Answers to some frequently asked questions: Q: Why do we have baby teeth and adult teeth? A: A child needs baby teeth long before his or her jaw is big enough to accommodate adult teeth. Baby, or deciduous, teeth are "starters" in every sense of the word. Q: Why worry about cavities if baby teeth fall out on their own? A: They are essential "guides" that help frame the development of adult teeth and the jawbone. The beginnings or "buds" of adult teeth are right behind, starting at birth. Severely decayed teeth can pass the disease back, and don't help the permanent teeth grow in properly. Q: How do they "know" when to fall out? A: They're forcefully pressed out [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:33:38+00:00September 17th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Baby Teeth Q&A

Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options

Restorative dentistry is all about bringing mouths back into use. When you lose a tooth, nothing is ever quite the same. The entire balance of a healthy mouth is at risk. The bite alignment goes off; opposing teeth may drift in an unpredictable direction and the facial appearance ages. However, there's a lot we can do to improve function, aesthetics, and quality of life! Contact us today at (916) 565-2570. Bridges are partnered with crowns to resolve gaps left by missing teeth. The idea is to replace teeth with false or "pontic" teeth, secured by crowns on either side and fixed in place. Quality bridgework is one of dentistry's mainstays. Bridges look and feel very natural and are an excellent [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:31:12+00:00September 10th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options