Archive for November, 2014
Zirconium implants offer an alternative for patients with metal allergies
Interest in metal-free dental restorations has been growing a lot in recent years, and now many people are wondering about their options for replacing missing teeth without using metal. The best option for replacing a missing tooth is of course a dental implant, which provides a permanent, extremely natural-looking and natural-feeling solution. Today there are two main types of dental implants, titanium implants which use metal and zirconium implants which are completely metal-free. Each type has its own advantages.
Benefits of Zirconium Implants
Sometimes called ceramic steel, zirconium is a highly durable natural ceramic product that…
Healthy sleep affects the body’s ability to fight off plaque bacteria.
A good night’s sleep is a very important component of a healthy lifestyle, offering benefits for virtually every system in the body. This includes your mouth! In fact, in one 4-year study of factory workers in Japan, researchers found that those workers who slept 7 to 8 hours per night had lower rates of periodontal disease progression than those who slept 6 hours or less.
Here are the 3 biggest ways that more sleep improves oral health.
Balanced Blood Sugar Fights Gum Disease
When you get healthy sleep, the body has an opportunity for all kinds…
Learn about life with porcelain veneers before you decide to invest in this cosmetic dental treatment.
If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size, or evenness of your teeth, porcelain veneers might be an excellent cosmetic option to consider. Porcelain veneers cover up your imperfections, to give you the straight, shapely, bright, beautiful teeth you’ve always wanted. Learn about the do’s and don’ts involved in getting and caring for veneers.
Be Certain You Want Veneers: In order to place your veneers, the dentist will have to remove a bit of enamel from your tooth so that the veneers don’t look raised or pasted on…
Learn about the professional dental tools used to keep teeth clean & healthy.
When choosing a dental clinic, naturally the expertise and care philosophy of the dentists is very important. However, you also want to make sure the clinic has the right equipment to provide the best possible care. This includes a mix of tried-and-true, low-tech standbys as well as the latest and greatest cutting-edge technologies. Here is a brief overview of 6 important dental tools you may encounter when visiting the dentist at California Dental Group.
The dental mirror is a perfect example of a simple, low-tech tool that is…
Learn how to enjoy the oral health benefits of coffee without risking yellow teeth.
For many years, common wisdom has held that coffee is bad for teeth because of its potential to stain and discolor tooth enamel. Now, new research suggests that coffee can actually help support good gum health.
In a study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology, researchers from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldmann School of Dental Medicine explored the potential benefit of the antioxidants in coffee on gum health. They examined data collected as part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study from 1968 to 1998,…
White composite fillings are safer and more attractive than mercury fillings.
For many years, silver amalgam fillings made from a combination of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals were the standard. However, in recent years they have become controversial due to their mercury content. A silver filling can be up to 50 percent mercury, a heavy metal known to cause serious health problems in large doses. While the FDA maintains that amalgam fillings are safe, many people are choosing not to risk mercury in their mouths at all.
Reasons to Remove a Silver Amalgam Filling
According to the FDA, the minimal amount of mercury vapor released…
Learn about options for repairing the cosmetic damage done by smoking.
Thanks to the efforts of the surgeon general over the past few decades, today it is common knowledge that smoking is hazardous to your overall health. But did you realize that smoking carries specific risks to your oral health? These risks include:
- Increased risk of oral cancer
- Increased risk for gum disease
- Diminished blood flow to gums
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Increased risk of tooth loss
Fortunately, the world of cosmetic dentistry offers options to help correct the aesthetic impact of many of the ill effects of smoking, though some of these options cannot be utilized without quitting smoking for…
Learn what causes the enamel erosion that leads to sensitive teeth.
Are your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or acidic foods? Maybe food and drink doesn’t bother you, but brushing, flossing, or chewing is painful. Whether you get a sharp pain or a dull ache, the culprit is likely dentin hypersensitivity.
Dentin hypersensitivity is more commonly known as sensitive teeth. This condition is caused by the erosion of the protective enamel that covers teeth. Once enough enamel is lost, the dentin, or bony substance comprising the roots and body of the tooth, becomes exposed. Exposed dentin causes pain because stimuli from temperature, pressure, or acidity that were once kept outside the tooth…
Learn about oral care steps and lifestyle changes that can help protect against tooth loss from gum disease.
If you don’t take proper care of your teeth, an excess of bacteria in your mouth could lead to and inflammatory condition known as gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis, a condition characterized by red, swollen, and painful gums that may bleed when touched. If gum disease is not treated at this stage, it could progress to an advanced form of the disease known as periodontitis. At this stage, inflammation spreads below the gum line, eventually causing gums to recede. This exposes the roots of the teeth to bacteria, and the resulting infection may cause the…
Understanding the link between diabetes and oral health is important for everyone.
Whether you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes or one of the 86 million with prediabetes, understanding the link between diabetes and oral health is extremely important to your well-being. This November, we urge you to celebrate American Diabetes Month by visiting your dentist for a checkup and helping to raise awareness of the importance of proper dental care for individuals suffering from or at risk of diabetes.
Understanding the Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease
Research has shown a two-way link between diabetes and gum disease: not only are diabetic individuals at higher risk…