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Tobacco Use & Your Oral Health

Does Smoking & Using Tobacco Cause Oral Problems? Learn about the adverse effects. You probably know that smoking cigarettes and using tobacco is detrimental to your health. But the problems are not limited to lung disease and secondhand smoke. On the contrary, the use of this harmful carcinogen can also have adverse effects on your oral health. Nicotine, the psychoactive ingredient in tobacco, is highly addictive. Though much progress has been made in educating the public on the dangers, millions still become addicted each [...]

By |2022-09-13T08:00:51-07:00September 13, 2022|Patient Education|

Receding Gums Treatment

Do You Have Receding Gums? What it means and how to treat it. Receding gums is a common periodontal problem where the gum tissue shrinks or retracts, leaving teeth exposed and vulnerable. Gum recession has several possible causes and is more likely to occur as we age. When it comes to dentistry, our primary goal regarding gum recession is to protect teeth roots and restore gum tissue to a healthy level. Receding gums can also contribute to an older looking smile, so addressing it [...]

By |2022-08-09T08:00:48-07:00August 9, 2022|Periodontal Dentistry|

Gum Recession Causes & Effects

Why Gum Recession Matters Healthy gums are crucial to healthy teeth! Gum recession is one of the signs of poor oral health, and it can also cause direct problems to teeth. If you have ongoing gum problems or periodontal disease, call our office today at (916) 483-5900. Healthy teeth receive protection from a layer of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. However, this only covers the exposed chewing portion of the tooth. As gum recession occurs, the surface of the [...]

By |2021-04-20T08:00:52-07:00April 20, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|

Chronic Inflammation & Gum Disease

Gum Disease may be a sign of systemic inflammation Unlike acute inflammation (your body's defense against illness or injury) chronic inflammation simultaneously heals and destroys tissue. It's what happens when the immune system doesn't know when to stop and often leads to such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and gum disease. Dentally speaking, chronic inflammation can manifest itself as periodontal disease. Initial warning signs include swollen, bleeding, or tender gums. If poor dental health continues, patients risk eventual tooth loss. Contact [...]

By |2020-09-01T08:00:27-07:00September 1, 2020|Periodontal Dentistry|

Been Awhile Since Your Checkup?

Alert Us to Changes Any changes in your health should be discussed with your dentist. Whether you're a new patient visiting us for the first time, or a returning patient and it's been awhile since your last checkup, it's important to update us on any changes. Dental care is just one component of your overall health, but it's an important one! Many conditions, diseases, and side-effects of medications can have implications for your mouth. So, we need to keep current with your entire health [...]

By |2020-08-18T08:00:20-07:00August 18, 2020|Patient Education|

Since Your Last Checkup…

Tell Us About Any Changes Dental care is just one part of total health care. Because of that, we need to keep current with your entire health history, the good and the bad. Since your last checkup, be sure to tell us if you: have experienced any new allergies or sensitivities have quit smoking (or started) are taking any new medications, even over-the-counter drugs have had any accidents or injuries have been diagnosed with any illness or other medical condition have had a baby, [...]

By |2020-02-11T08:00:24-08:00February 11, 2020|Patient Education|

Bad Habits for Teeth

Everyday Habits can Impact Oral Health Most of us have a bad habit or two that we'd like to change. Here are some common habits that are especially hard on teeth: Biting or Chewing Non-Foods Items Maybe you've done it for years with no harm, but each time you bite a non-food object is unnecessary wear and tear, making chips and other damage more likely. If you chew on pencils or toothpicks, bite your nails, or use your teeth as a tool to open [...]

By |2019-12-23T08:00:22-08:00December 23, 2019|Patient Education|

Are You at Risk for Gum Disease?

With more than half of American adults affected by gum disease, it's important to know if you're in one of the at-risk groups. Some factors are beyond our control, but others can be controlled, and simple things such as better nutrition and behavioral changes can go a long way toward improving oral health and preventing gum disease. Gum Disease Risk Factors Age - People over 65 years have the highest rates of periodontal disease, with over 70% afflicted. Seniors with gum disease also have [...]

By |2019-11-05T08:00:28-08:00November 5, 2019|Periodontal Dentistry|

Keep us Updated About Any Health Changes!

Your Mouth Works Hand in Hand with Your Body Dental care is just one part of total health care. Because of that, we need to keep current with your entire health history, the good and the bad. Be sure to tell us if you... have experienced any new allergies or sensitivities have quit smoking (or started) are taking any new medications, even over-the-counter drugs have had any accidents or injuries have been diagnosed with any illness or other medical condition have had a baby [...]

By |2018-10-09T00:00:14-07:00October 9, 2018|Patient Education|

The Long & Short of Gum Disease

Surprising but true: the major cause of tooth loss in adults is not decay, but periodontal disease. More than half of all people over age 18 have at least the early stage of periodontal disease. After age 35, about three out of four adults are affected. Some people seem to be more susceptible to gum disease than others. Anything from pregnancy, systemic disease (like diabetes), and certain medications can contribute to its development. Smoking increases the likelihood dramatically (and renders treatment less effective). Some [...]

By |2018-05-08T08:00:58-07:00May 8, 2018|Periodontal Dentistry|