Give Your Teeth a Fighting Chance

Against Acidity If you eat a lot of citrus fruits, drink carbonated soft drinks, suffer the eating disorder of bulimia, or experience the decline of saliva that often accompanies advancing age, you may be at risk of tooth erosion. What can cause your teeth to erode so badly you wind up having to see a dentist: Nightly tooth grinding? Too many soft drinks? Aggressive brushing? Dry mouth? The scraping of a hygienist's probe at a routine tooth cleaning? Well, you can rule out the last one. But as for the rest, they can work, and do work together, to gradually wear away at your tooth's enamel until something must be done. A big part of reducing tooth erosion is keeping [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:56:45+00:00September 21st, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Give Your Teeth a Fighting Chance

Learning More About Cracked Teeth

Every tooth fracture's an emergency. Unfortunately, some are too tiny to be spotted by even a trained eye. We call it Cracked Tooth Syndrome. A patient shows up with a "mouthful of pain." Something's wrong somewhere, but which tooth? It could even be a hairline crack in an apparently healthy, cavity-free molar. Most cracks tend to be superficial, involving only part of the crown and a bit of the root structure. With a fast and effective procedure, direct bonding, the small fracture can be prevented from growing larger—and more unattractive. Best of all, 90% of all cracks require uncomplicated treatment: tooth-colored fillings, porcelain laminated veneers, or crowns. But that one crack in 10 that's deep or complex demands a more [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:55:16+00:00September 14th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Learning More About Cracked Teeth

Can You Catch a Cavity?

When you have a cold, we all know to cover your mouth before you sneeze and not to drink out of the same glass. We do this because we know that a cold is contagious. Now we know that chances are, so is tooth decay. Recent research suggests that the germs responsible for cavities may be "catchy." Likewise, scientists suspect that bacteria associated with gum disease may be transferable from husband to wife, or mother to child. Infants get the bacteria that come to inhabit the mouth and digestive tract soon after birth. These germs are usually transferred in the course of handling by the babies' mothers or other family members, and anything involving contact with saliva—parents kissing their babies [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:53:46+00:00September 7th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Can You Catch a Cavity?

A Bright, Healthy Smile

With Simple Cosmetic Dentistry in Sacramento, CA A bright smile is your most appealing and expressive feature. It projects a positive attitude and high self-esteem—which translates into success in school, business, and your personal life. The face is the most critical and integral aspect of your body image. Not surprisingly, the teeth are important in composing that image. Apart from the complex physical composition of the smile, the psychological value of a bright smile cannot be ignored. A person with a poor smile may suffer from feeling unattractive. Others may view him as less intelligent, an underachiever, or less likely to succeed. Remember that preventive maintenance—regular checkups and professional cleaning, along with good home care—is the first step to a [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:51:23+00:00August 24th, 2021|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on A Bright, Healthy Smile

What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities

"My tooth hurts. It must have a cavity." Well, maybe it does. However, other conditions can cause a tooth to be sensitive to hot or cold foods, to the pressure of chewing... or to just plain ache. A few of these other toothache possibilities are: Shrinkage of the gum down below the top part of the tooth (crown) onto the tooth surface. This part of the tooth (cementum) is as sensitive to hot and cold as the part of the tooth (dentin) affected by a cavity. A new filling. When a tooth is treated to repair a cavity, it will sometimes be sensitive for a while afterward. This reaction is normal and will usually soon correct itself. A tooth that [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:49:57+00:00August 17th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities

Regular Check-Ups

Come on in for a check-up, we’re happy to see you again! We enjoy catching up with the news in your life—and we pride ourselves on providing you that "stitch in time" that can prevent trouble. If a problem is developing in your mouth, we like to catch it while it's small. It's not just tooth decay, although that's where we look first. Then we'll check for early signs of gum disease, now linked to some serious—even fatal—diseases. Most of you have been diligent about brushing and flossing, and many of you no longer smoke or never started. That's great! Your mouth will thank you. While you're here, let's talk about what more you can do. Is your drinking water [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:48:45+00:00August 10th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Regular Check-Ups

Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Fear is a learned response, and what can be learned can also be unlearned. We still have a lot to learn about fear, but certain things we do know. Dental fear, for example, is often the result of vicarious learning. Take you, for instance. Even though you've never had a tooth removed, you've maybe heard some pretty scary stuff about extractions, and the result is that the whole idea makes you nervous. That's vicarious learning. Vicarious wrong learning, too, since having a tooth out these days is virtually painless. Negative experiences also have a lot to do with fear. A really bad experience in an airplane can make you anxious about flying. More than two terrible trips in the scary [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:47:38+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Fear…It’s All in Your Head

The Deal with Dentures

Dentures are one of those subjects where so much information is passed around and so little is really understood. Popular wisdom has it that only the first set of dentures fit properly. That's only partially true. They tend to feel best because the gum ridges have not yet receded. But we can now re-fit new dentures that look and feel just as good as the original. Denture fit depends largely on the health of the gums. That's why we recommend you see us at least once a year for a denture check-up. Denture adhesives? At best, a band-aid solution. Our office can do better than that. And no, overuse of your denture doesn't cause it to wobble. That's a result [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:45:43+00:00July 27th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on The Deal with Dentures

3 Tips to Protect Your Teeth

Tips on teeth you may not know! Think Calcium! You've heard it before: calcium does a body good. You probably didn't know that much of that good goes straight to the mouth. It's essential for tooth and bone development. A calcium-deficient diet means less jawbone mass—which can lead to painful fractures and permanent tooth loss. Dairy products, tofu, and green, leafy vegetables are great sources of calcium. Tastes great! Fewer fillings! Guess what? Kids who chew gum have fewer cavities. It's true! Studies show that schoolchildren who chew sugarless gum have fewer problems with tooth decay. How so? Chewing gum increases saliva flow. Which, in turn, lowers acidity in the mouth. And the simple act of chewing helps clean up [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:43:48+00:00July 20th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on 3 Tips to Protect Your Teeth

Caring for a Dental Bridge

If you have had one or more missing teeth replaced with a dental bridge restoration (also sometimes called a fixed partial denture), then be sure to keep up the good work by properly caring for it. Just following these helpful tips will have you well on your way to a strong and healthy bridge for years to come. Some reminders on maintaining your dental bridge: Maintain healthy neighboring teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Plaque can accumulate under, around, and between your bridge and natural teeth. Any disease near your bridge threatens the whole works. Bridges simply take a little more effort to keep clean than natural teeth. And you need to practice in order to master these skills. We'll [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:42:10+00:00July 13th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Caring for a Dental Bridge