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Hai Bui | Team Member

0 6 July 2018

Hai Bui | Team Member

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map   This week’s featured Sierra Oaks Dental Group team member is Hai Bui.  She’s the latest addition to the Hygiene team here and when she’s not at work she enjoys hiking, biking, and golfing around the Sacramento Area!  Hai is originally from Vietnam and if she could visit anywhere in the world she’d go to Bali for a beach vacation, because who wouldn’t, right?  Her favorite part of working here is learning new dental care technologies, like the Vx VELscope and voice probe to name a few.  Patient education and engagement is her most valued aspect of working in the dental field, and it shows in her care.  And if she could have any super power it would be to time travel, which is obviously to go back in time to treat patients before they get periodontal disease and need more extensive dental work, well those weren’t her exact words, but one can only assume. She prefers tea over coffee, the beach o

0 5 July 2018

Supernumerary Teeth

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map MOST PEOPLE WILL develop a total of twenty baby teeth that are replaced by a total of thirty-two adult teeth. Occasionally those teeth don’t all appear, which is considered hypodontia. In even rarer cases, all the normal teeth will be present, plus at least one extra! These extra teeth are supernumerary teeth, and the condition is called hyperdontia.  

How Do Extra Teeth Come to Be?

There are two main competing theories about what causes supernumerary teeth. One possibility is that an individual tooth bud might divide abnormally and result in two teeth instead of one. Another is that extra teeth could result from hyperactivity in the dental lamina (the tissue in our jaws that forms tooth buds). Heredity might also play a role. Supernumerary teeth can come in different forms. They might be conical (peg-shaped), tuberculate (with multiple cusps), suppl

0 27 June 2018

Cancer Screening Technology Now Being Offered Vx VELscope

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map Medical history reviews, taking y our blood pressure and reviewing it with you, comprehensive dental examinations, dental cleanings, tooth decay prevention protocols, and oral cancer screenings are standards of care here at Sierra Oaks Dental Group. Our dental team is now also equipped with Vx VELscope technology. VELscope is the latest technology that is used in the dental office for oral cancer screenings. The VELscope uses fluorescent light to detect abnormal cells that can potentially be cancerous cells. Here are Sierra Oaks Dental Group, we believe in taking care of your health by using the latest technology to complement our oral cancer screening and the Vx VELscope is one of those tools. The new technology has been backed by more clinical studies than any other adjunctive tissue fluorescence visualization, and has been utilized in 25 million examinations already by over 12,000 dental practitioners. Recognized by the World Health Organization, the a

0 19 June 2018

Ultimate Dental Experience

Commitment To Providing The Ultimate Dental Experience In Sacramento

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map   At Sierra Oaks Dental Group our goal is to provide extraordinary dental experiences and unwavering care; we aim to package these together to provide the Ultimate Dental Experience. We try to be our hardest critics and biggest believers, from analyzing every phone call, to having weekly team and leadership meetings. It all happens so we can stand behind that claim of being the best, and having you feel confident in your dental care experience. Continuing education is one of the highest priorities to our practice. Our entire staff partakes in industry leading customer service training provided by the Scheduling Institute. The Dental Staff is regularly being trained and tested on material and practices provided by SPEAR Education, an industry leading Dental Education Institute. These names may not be familiar to you, but for reference consider this: if your laptop broke would you rather ta

0 30 May 2018

What Makes Our Smile Unique

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map EVERY PERSON IS BORN with their own unique smile. Some smile with all of their teeth, some only show the top row, and some don’t show their teeth at all, and a smile can come in all shapes and sizes and still be genuine. We can also end up with smiles that look a lot like our family members’ smiles even if we have very different faces. How does this happen? What gives our smiles their shapes and makes them shine?  

The Structure Of A Smile

Part of the way we smile is of course based on our personalities. Some people laugh easily, while others maintain an unbreakable poker face. Some people’s smiles light up their whole faces, spreading from ear to ear and changing the shape of their eyes. Others are less dramatic, even if their smiles are sincere. Another component is our genes. We inherit facial features and even the some of the shapes of our facial muscles (which control our expressions) from our parents. We also all have unique teeth, which is

0 18 April 2018

Dental Fillings | Five Types

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

IT’S NEVER A GREAT feeling when the dentist tells you that you have a cavity, especially when you’ve been diligently brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy. The next step after a cavity is discovered is typically a dental filling. Fillings come in several different materials that have their own advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a look!  

1. The Classic: Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are what you might think of as “silver” dental fillings, though they’re actually composed of a mixture of tin, copper, silver, and mercury. They have been used for over 150 years! The reason dentists have been using them for so long is that they are strong and long-lasting, and they are also the least expensive option. However, they’re very noticeable and tend to darken over time, so if you want something that blends in, amalgam fillings probably aren’t the ones you want.

2. Low Profile: Composite Fillings

Composite dental fill

0 3 April 2018

Oral Cancer | Fighting Back

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

ORAL CANCER IS A SUBJECT we’d all prefer not to have to think about, but it’s critical to have a basic understanding of risk factors and symptoms. More than 50,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with oral cancer last year, and that number is expected to rise. That’s why, in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we’re dedicating a blog post to giving our patients the tools they need for early detection.  

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

There are several risk factors that increase a person’s chances of developing oral cancer. Some of them are out of our control, such as age and sex. Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, and it is far more common in people over 45. But there are plenty of risk factors that we can control, the biggest of which is tobacco. A whopping 85 percent of oral cancer cases are linked to some kind of

0 20 March 2018

Seasonal Allergies And Your Oral Health

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

  SPRING IS IN THE AIR…and that means so are allergies. Seasonal allergies affect millions of people every year, but did you know that they can also affect oral health?  

Why Do We Get Seasonal Allergies?

While there are plenty of allergens that can make us sneeze year round, such as dust and pet dander, seasonal allergies typically flare up twice a year: in the spring and the fall. This can mean long months of congestion, an itchy nose, mouth, eyes, or throat, puffy eyes, sneezing, and coughing for people with allergies. The reason our allergies act up the most during spring and fall is that trees and grass pollinate throughout the spring, while ragweed pollinates in the fall. Mold will also send out spores around the same time. Allergic reactions, including seasonal allergies, are the result of our immune systems going into overdrive in response to these allergens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJt8o8fp5_E

Allergies Versus Oral Health

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0 13 March 2018

Anatomy Of A Tooth

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

  TEETH ARE A LOT more complicated than they might seem from the outside, which is why we’re using this post to provide a brief dental anatomy lesson. Now let’s dive right into the structure of a tooth! The easiest way to do this will be to divide that anatomy into two main categories: the crown and the root.  

Something To Chew On: The Crown

The crown of a tooth is the part that is above the gumline. It consists of three layers. The outermost layer is the enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. It needs to be so that we can chew our food! However, enamel isn’t made of actual cells, which means it can’t repair itself if it wears down. Good brushing and flossing habits, regular dental visits, and avoiding sugary or acidic food and drink will help preserve that enamel for life. Beneath the enamel is dentin, which is a lot like bone, consisting of living tissue that is calcified. It c

0 7 March 2018

Eating Disorder Impact On Oral Health

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California

THE FOOD WE EAT provides our bodies with the building blocks to maintain healthy cells, tissues, and organs and the energy to work, learn, and do the activities we love. It is crucial that we eat enough food (and preferably the right kinds) in order to keep everything working properly, which is why eating disorders are such a serious threat. Malnutrition And Overall Health Eating disorders are a group of psychological disorders that can have a devastating impact on the mental, physical, and emotional health of those who suffer from them. No system in the body is spared, and that includes oral health. That’s why we want to educate our patients on the dangers of eating disorders and encourage anyone suffering from one to seek help returning to healthy eating habits. Anorexia: Starving The Oral Tissues Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by extremely restricted food intake, and may also involve purging and compulsive exercising. The main risk to oral health with anorexia is malnutrition. Insufficient nutrients can result in osteoporosis, which weakens the jaw bones, leading to tooth loss. The gums may also bleed easily, and the salivary glands may swell up and produce insufficient s