Archive for February, 2015
Understanding the different tools a dental hygienist uses will help you tolerate cleanings better.
For most of us, visiting the dentist for a routine cleaning is old hat. We know what to expect and we just sit patiently through the procedure and as our reward we can walk out with that squeaky-clean feeling. However, just because we endure the attentions of the dental hygienist doesn’t necessarily mean we understand what he or she is doing to our teeth and gums!
When you have a gentle dental hygienist, it’s easy to trust the hygienist to do whatever they need to do to get your teeth nice…
Learn why maintaining a good flossing routine is important for your overall health, not just your dental health.
As experienced dentists, we at California Dental Group know first hand from our patients that very few individuals actually enjoy flossing. Many patients do floss daily because they know it is very important for their dental health. Unfortunately, many others don’t. Research has shown that 31 percent of Americans only floss on a semi-regular basis, and 18 percent don’t floss at all.
As a holistic dental practice, we are eager to educate our patients on how their oral hygiene and dental care affects their body as a whole. Here…
Learn why dental implants are worth their high initial cost.
Before you succumb to sticker shock at the price of dental implants, it’s important to consider all the benefits that dental implants bring compared to other options for replacing missing teeth.
Arresting Bone Loss in the Jaw
First of all, you will want to bear in mind that dental implants are the only solution for missing teeth that actually stabilizes and strengthens your jaw. This occurs because the titanium implant peg actually bonds with the bone in a process called osseointegration. If you do not get a dental implant to fill up the space left by the root of a missing…
Orthodontic treatment has many benefits besides a prettier smile.
If you have crooked teeth, you may be dealing with more problems than just a less than gorgeous smile. Misaligned teeth can also present many other problems, particularly when the misalignment affects your bite. Some examples could be an overbite or an underbite, or a misalignment of your molars. Fortunately, Invisalign orthodontics can help you achieve a better bite and prettier smile at the same time.
Three Consequences of a Bad Bite
- Tooth Wear: When teeth are aligned properly, only the chewing surfaces contact one other. But with a bad bite, teeth don’t line up like they…
Learn what to do to protect yourself from tooth pain due to sensitivity.
According to a recent survey, 1 in 8 Americans may have sensitive teeth that cause noticeable pain or discomfort during everyday activities like sipping a hot or cold beverage, chewing, or brushing their teeth. The survey found that adults between the ages of 18 and 44 were 3.5 times more likely to have problems with sensitivity, and women were 1.8 times more likely than men to have sensitive teeth.
In order to understand why this would be, we need to understand what causes tooth sensitivity and what risk factors increase a person’s chance…
If you suffer from frequent gum infections, don’t hesitate to see a periodontist.
While a general dentist is an excellent choice for routine dental care, sometimes you may need extra help from a specialist. This may be the case if you suffer from frequent or severe bouts of gum disease, aka periodontitis.
A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in the treatment and prevention of gum disease and tooth loss. They have undergone 3 additional years of training after dental school to qualify them to provide this level of specialized service to their patients. Here are 3 main reasons you might want to see a periodontist rather than…
Interested in getting cosmetic dental work done? Ask these questions first.
Are your teeth crooked, discolored, gapped, chipped, worn, or oddly shaped or sized? Cosmetic dentistry can help. Your cosmetic dentist has a variety of tools at his disposal to help you achieve the beautiful smile you want, including:
- Teeth whitening
The first step to improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry is to schedule an initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist to go over your goals and options. In order to make the most of this consultation, be sure you get answers to the following questions.
What Kind of Result Can You Expect?
It is extremely important…
Learn about the damage soda can do to teeth and how to correct it.
Proper oral care can cover a multitude of sins when it comes to your diet. But, you have to be extra vigilant in brushing and flossing promptly after indulging in order to best counteract the effects of foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth. Many people may find it easier to simply avoid these foods and drinks. Here are 3 reasons soda should be one of the first un-tooth-friendly foods you cut from your diet.
Soda Is Sugary
Regular soda is high in sugar, which is bad for…
Understanding how whitening toothpastes work will help you choose the right one for you.
Having clean white teeth is a top priority for many Americans. In fact, an estimated 10 million of us will spend a total of 1.7 billion dollars on whitening products and procedures this year. Naturally, you want to make sure you’re putting your money towards something that will actually deliver the results you expect. To this end, it’s very important to understand how teeth become stained and how different ingredients in whitening toothpastes can help.
How Teeth Get Stained
Teeth may become stained in two ways. First of all, substances you eat may stick to the surface of…
New research suggests diabetic patients can make good dental implant candidates.
Missing one or more teeth can have a significant impact on your life. In many cases, losing a tooth begins a downward spiral for your overall oral health, as the slow but steady loss of bone tissue in the area of the missing tooth can cause neighboring teeth to shift or even become loose. Dental implants are the only treatment that can not only replace a missing tooth, but also arrest bone loss in the jaw and prevent damage to neighboring teeth and tissues.
Unfortunately, for many years dentists were reluctant to recommend dental implants for diabetic…