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Heart Disease and Dental Care

Do Heart Disease Patients Need Antibiotics Before Dental Care? For some heart disease patients, antibiotics are essential to take before any dental care, even regular preventative cleanings. These individuals may include those who have had rheumatic fever, heart murmur, heart valve replacement, or orthopedic joint replacement. Often, these patients are at an elevated risk for developing the condition called infectious endocarditis. So, the American Dental Association recommends they take a "pre-med" before undergoing dental work. Here's why: During even the most routine dental procedures, bacteria that usually inhabit the mouth can make it into the bloodstream. When that happens (and bacteria travels to the heart) it may further aggravate the existing heart disease or underlying condition. Instead of allowing this [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:29:31+00:00January 21st, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Heart Disease and Dental Care

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The answer could be "yes!" Many patients, today, from teenagers to active retired people, enjoy the benefits and advantages of dental implants. Whether you're missing just one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, you may be a patient who could benefit from the esthetic and functional enjoyment of dental implants. Using the latest treatment techniques and materials available, we can surgically implant a space-age material, such as titanium, into your jawbone as an anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth (such as a crown, a bridge, or a complete denture). Implanted teeth function the way your natural teeth use to—sometimes even better! Having dental implants helps elevate your sense of self-confidence, especially when talking, chewing or just being [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:27:14+00:00January 14th, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Is Snoring an Issue at Your House?

Snoring Mouthguards in Sacramento, California To treat obstructive sleep apnea. Is snoring an issue at your house? Do the walls vibrate at night? Does your dog or cat sleep with his paws over his ears? If so, you may find some snoring relief by contacting our office. Some men and women can reduce or eliminate snoring by merely wearing an oral appliance at night. The mouthguard enlarges the airway by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward. Much like a preventative mouthguard to stop nighttime grinding (bruxism), a snore guard fits snugly onto the teeth of each arch, with the teeth slightly apart. The procedure to make the appliance is easy and painless. The fee is about the same as a [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:25:01+00:00January 7th, 2020|Snoring & Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is Snoring an Issue at Your House?

5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth at Home

Parents typically provide oral hygiene care until the child is old enough to take personal responsibility for the daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. A proper regimen of home preventive care for children's teeth is essential from the day your child is born. Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth. Ask your dentist if you may rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on the gums. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste. Remember, most children's teeth are also getting fluoride from the community water supply. To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:32:13+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth at Home

Quitting Chewing Tobacco

Chewing tobacco affects your dental health as well as the rest of your body. If you use smokeless tobacco and have thought about quitting, we can help. How do you kick the habit? We can help you kick your chewing tobacco habit. First, we can clean your teeth and treat the bad breath and puffy, swollen gums associated with tobacco use. Then, we may decide to recommend a variety of nicotine replacement therapies. These include transdermal nicotine patches or chewing gum to help wean addicted tobacco users. Nicotine patches are worn for 24 hours over several weeks, supplying a steady flow of nicotine. Four of the major brands are Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicotrol, and Prostep. Throughout treatment, the amount of nicotine [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:30:10+00:00December 17th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Quitting Chewing Tobacco

Brushing Tips

What is the best technique for brushing? There are a number of effective brushing techniques. Patients are advised to ask during an appointment to determine which is the best one for them, since tooth position and gum condition vary. One effective, easy-to-remember technique involves using a circular or elliptical motion to brush a couple of teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth. Place a toothbrush beside your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush teeth in an elliptical motion. Brush the outside of the teeth, inside the teeth, your tongue and the chewing surfaces and in between teeth. Using a back and forth motion causes the gum surface to recede, or can expose the root surface or [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:28:42+00:00December 10th, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Brushing Tips

Pregnancy and Dental Care

FAQs about Dental Care During Pregnancy How does pregnancy affect my oral health? It's a myth that a mother's teeth lose calcium during pregnancy, but you may experience some changes in your oral health. A surge in the hormones estrogen and progesterone correlates to an increase in plaque on your teeth. How does a build-up of plaque affect me? Plaque that's left on teeth can cause gingivitis (red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed). So-called "pregnancy gingivitis" affects most pregnant women to some degree, and generally begins in the second trimester. If you already have gingivitis, the condition is likely to worsen during pregnancy. Pregnant women are also at risk for developing pregnancy tumors (inflammatory, benign growths [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:27:00+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Pregnancy and Dental Care

Dentures: Get Your Smile Back

What is a denture? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues, usually made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Who needs a denture? Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. They improve chewing ability and speech and provide support for facial muscles. They will also greatly enhance your facial appearance and smile. What happens when you get a denture? We can make a full conventional denture when all teeth are missing or once all extraction sites have healed. The denture process usually [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:24:52+00:00November 26th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Dentures: Get Your Smile Back

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