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Archive for April, 2016

5 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund at the Dentist

April 11, 2016

Invest in a healthy smile by spending your tax refund at California Dental Group

 5 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund at the DentistHave you been lucky enough to get a tax refund from Uncle Sam this year? It can be very tempting to use this extra cash to splurge on a treat or luxury, but you may regret it later.

One thing you will never regret spending your money on is dental care. After all, every cent you invest in your oral health is going to support something truly priceless: a beautiful smile.

Having beautiful teeth is certainly not just an…


What Diabetics Need to Know About Gum Disease

April 10, 2016

Learn why diabetics are at greater risk of gum disease and what to do about it.

What Diabetics Need to Know About Gum DiseaseIf you have diabetes, obviously blood sugar control is very important for your overall health. But did you know that your blood sugar can also affect your oral health?

Studies indicate that individuals with poor blood sugar control are at increased risk of gum disease, a potentially serious condition that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Here’s why:

  • When blood sugar is poorly controlled, high glucose levels in saliva promote the growth of the oral bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Because diabetes…

Tips for Successful Dental Implants

April 9, 2016

Learn what you need to do to support the high success rate of dental implants.

Tips for Successful Dental ImplantsThough dental implants have enjoyed a surge in popularity in the US in recent years, this is by no means a new dental treatment. In fact, dental implants are backed by decades of research and the procedure has an overall success rate above 90 percent.

Of course, even with this excellent success rate you will still want to do everything in your power to give your dental implant procedure the best possible odds of getting done without any complications. Here are the top tips to follow.

Choose the Right Dentist

Technically,…


Do I Need to Use Fluoride Toothpaste?

April 8, 2016

Fluoride toothpaste offers cavity-preventing benefits for everyone.

Do I Need to Use Fluoride Toothpaste?Fluoride has become a somewhat controversial topic in recent years as some communities have fought to stop adding this natural mineral to their water supplies.

This has led some individuals to wonder about fluoride in toothpaste. Here’s what you need to know:

Fluoride Helps Teeth

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen teeth to make them more resistant to cavities. It does this in several ways, but one of the most important is by affecting how minerals are absorbed by and lost from the surface of the tooth. Saliva is always delivering minerals…


Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

April 7, 2016

Discovering the cause of your tooth discoloration is the first step to correcting it.

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?Are your teeth starting to lose their natural white hue? You may be very concerned because yellowing teeth are often associated with age, and you don’t want to look or feel old!

Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist can definitely help you get the brighter, whiter smile you want. The first step will be determining what factors are causing your teeth to turn yellow, because this indicates the type of discoloration you have and affects the options you will have for getting whiter teeth.

The most common causes of yellow teeth include:

Stains: The…


Which Is Better: Titanium or Ceramic Dental Implants?

April 5, 2016

Improvements in ceramic dental implant technology are making ceramics an increasingly popular choice.

 Which Is Better: Titanium or Ceramic Dental Implants?If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are simply the best possible option for replacing them. Dental implants provide a permanent solution that is very strong, natural-looking, and requires no special care beyond brushing and flossing. Plus, only dental implants replace both the tooth and its root. This is very important for preventing bone loss in the jaw in the area of the missing tooth, which would otherwise eventually destabilize neighboring teeth and perhaps make them susceptible to tooth loss…


What You Need to Know Before a Root Canal

April 4, 2016

Root canal therapy will help—not hurt—your teeth.

What You Need to Know Before a Root CanalHave you been told you need a root canal? Before you get scared or upset, take a moment to learn a bit about how expert dentists use root canal therapy to help their patients.

A Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth

The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove infected and damaged tissue from inside the pulp chamber and the roots of the tooth. This prevents the kind of ongoing damage that would otherwise eventually lead to the loss of your tooth.

Even if Pain Fades, You Still Need the…


4 Ways Drinking Through a Straw Can Help Your Smile

April 3, 2016

Learn how using a straw can help protect your teeth from damage

4 Ways Drinking Through a Straw Can Help Your SmileYou may already know that sugary, acidic, and dark-colored drinks can be damaging to your teeth. But what if you just can’t give up your daily coffee, red wine, soda, or sports drinks? Do you have no choice but to accept the risks for your teeth?

Of course not.

There are many ways to you can minimize the risk of damage to your teeth from sugary, acidic, or staining drinks. Using a straw is one example.

Drinking through a straw can help reduce the…


Understanding Pre-Treatment Estimates

April 2, 2016

Pre-treatment estimates are instrumental in helping you budget for dental care

Understanding Pre-Treatment EstimatesWhen you need a routine dental cleaning, it’s easy to figure out how much the procedure will cost: simply call the dental office and ask. But when it comes to extensive cosmetic or restorative dental work, you need to get a pre-treatment estimate. This is especially true if you plan to use your dental insurance to cover any portion of the cost.

What is a Pre-Treatment Estimate?

A pre-treatment estimate is a personalized breakdown of the cost of your desired or necessary dental services, based on your dentist’s careful examination of your teeth and evaluation of your needs….


7 Health Issues that Can Affect Your Teeth and Gums

April 1, 2016

Learn how your overall health can impact your oral health

7 Health Issues that Can Affect Your Teeth and GumsDo you consider visiting the dentist a sort of afterthought or “extra” that’s not really vital for your overall health? Think again. Your oral health is actually inextricably linked to your overall health. Problems with your teeth and gums can increase your risk of certain health problems, and vice versa.

By visiting the dentist in Los Angeles CA often, you can protect your oral health and your overall health. Routine dental care is especially important if you suffer…