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Archive for April, 2015

What to Expect When You Get a Cavity

April 30, 2015

Learn about options for filling cavities and what the treatment entails.

What to Expect When You Get a CavityHearing that you have a cavity during your dental exam can be upsetting, especially if you had believed you’d been taking excellent care of your teeth. However, the good news is that getting a cavity filled is virtually pain-free these days. With just one additional dental visit, you can get that hole in your tooth completely sealed up to prevent further decay and to prevent stimuli like heat, cold, pressure and acidic foods from reaching the nerves of the tooth and causing pain or sensitivity.

Here’s what to expect.

Advice From Your Dentist

The first step is…


5 Key Activities for a Holistic Dentist

April 28, 2015

Learn about the benefits holistic dentistry can bring for the whole body.

5 Key Activities for a Holistic Dentist The field of holistic dentistry is based on the idea that dentists need to consider the impact of any treatments they provide on the whole body and the whole person, not just on the mouth and teeth.

Why? Because the whole body is one linked system.

Researchers have been finding more and more evidence of this, and naturally all dentists have been taking note. However, if you want the best dental care with a serious holistic perspective, you don’t want just any dentist. You want California Dental Group. Our dentists provide all the treatments you’d…


Find Huge Savings on Dental Care in North Hollywood

April 26, 2015

California Dental Group offers multiple ways to make dental care affordable.

Find Huge Savings on Dental Care in North HollywoodDid you know that nearly half of all American adults have gum disease? The CDC estimates that 30 percent of these individuals have moderate periodontitis and 8.5 percent have severe periodontitis. The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis, was not even assessed in their study.

Based on this information, it is highly likely that you too are suffering from some degree of gum disease. You may not have noticeable symptoms now, but nonetheless you need to take action. Without intervention, it is entirely possible for a mild case of gum disease to quickly…


How to Choose Your Weapons for the War on Tooth Decay

April 25, 2015

Get advice on selecting dental care products for home use.

How to Choose Your Weapons for the War on Tooth DecayIf you want your teeth and gums to stay healthy and pain-free, proper oral hygiene at home is absolutely essential. Brushing and flossing every day helps control populations of plaque bacteria that would otherwise cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even potentially tooth loss. However, in order for your efforts to be well spent, you not only need proper brushing and flossing technique, you also need quality dental care products. Here are some tips for choosing yours.

Choosing a Toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, it is very important to choose one that is easy…


Comparing Composite Fillings and Metal Fillings

April 24, 2015

Information to help guide your choice of material for your fillings.

Comparing Composite Fillings and Metal FillingsIf you have a cavity, you will have two main choices as to the type of filling you can get. You may think that given all the concern about mercury in metal fillings the choice would be obvious, but in reality metal fillings do still offer certain advantages over composite fillings in certain situations. Your dentist in Upland CA will help you make the right decision for your specific case, but for a start you can review some of the vital information about metal and composite fillings right here.

Metal Fillings

Composition: Sometimes called silver amalgam fillings,…


Invisalign Orthodontics Part 2: Disadvantages

April 23, 2015

Make sure you understand the potential disadvantages of Invisalign before beginning treatment.

Invisalign Orthodontics Part 2: DisadvantagesNow that you’ve learned all about the benefits of clear braces from Invisalign in our last post, it’s time to explore the disadvantages of this treatment. Hopefully none of these limitations will prevent you from being a good candidate for Invisalign.

Not for Baby Teeth

The first disadvantage of Invisalign is that it is not recommended for very young patients who may still have baby teeth in their mouths. Invisalign is designed to be used to straighten teeth only after all baby teeth have been lost and the permanent second molars have erupted. This normally happens in the…


Invisalign Orthodontics Part 1: Advantages

April 21, 2015

Invisalign clear braces offer many advantages over traditional braces.

Invisalign Orthodontics Part 1: AdvantagesInvisalign orthodontics has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds in recent years. Here are some major benefits of Invisalign that will no doubt make you hope you can get this treatment.

Invisible Correction

Having a beautiful smile is a top priority for many people. However, if your teeth have minor to moderate misalignments, you may be wondering if correcting those small imperfections is really worth the ugliness and discomfort of years in traditional metal braces. Well, with Invisalign orthodontics you don’t have to make this choice. The clear plastic aligner trays used to shift teeth into their proper positions…


Only 60 Percent of Seniors Visit the Dentist

April 20, 2015

Every senior should make time for routine dental care.

Only 60 Percent of Seniors Visit the DentistAccording to data from the CDC, many Americans are not getting their routine annual dental cleaning and exam. Not surprisingly, kids aged 2 to 17 are the most frequent visitors to the dentist in Eagle Rock CA, thanks to parental intervention. According to the CDC 82.3 percent of this age group visited the dentist in 2012.

Unfortunately, older Americans don’t have such a good record. In 2012, just 61.8 percent of adults aged 65 and older had visited the dentist in the past 12 months. And since we don’t know what kind of dental service they had,…


What Is Aloe Vera Tooth Gel?

April 19, 2015

Aloe vera tooth gel can help sensitive teeth but is not a substitute for toothpaste.

What Is Aloe Vera Tooth Gel?At California Dental Group, we support our patients in their quest for natural oral care products that support their goal of ensuring holistic dental care. However, it is very important to understand what you’re getting into when you consider natural or alternative oral care products. Aloe vera tooth gel is a perfect example.

What Is Aloe Vera Tooth Gel?

Aloe vera tooth gel is a product sometimes promoted as an alternative to regular toothpaste. It makes use of the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of the aloe vera plant, which has been used for centuries…


Can Second Hand Smoke Affect Oral Health?

April 18, 2015

Researchers are finding links between second hand smoke and gum disease.

Can Second Hand Smoke Affect Oral Health?You may already be aware of the significant negative impact smoking can have on a person’s oral health. For example, smoking can cause:

  • Discoloration of tooth enamel
  • Bad breath
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Difficulty healing after dental surgery
  • Increased risk of oral cancers

But what about second hand smoke? Can exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) also cause oral health issues? This has been a topic of some debate in the scientific community as researchers seek to prove a correlation between ETS and specific oral health risks.

We’ll cover two examples here.

Second Hand Smoke and Gum Disease

Gum disease is extremely common,…