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The Lowdown On Sensitive Teeth

0 8 May 2019

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Does ice water cause you to wince?  Is a bite of ice cream shooting pain in your teeth?  Does a hot cup of coffee make your teeth cry out? You’re not alone; millions of people endure tooth sensitivity.  In this blog we’re going to dive deeper in to what causes temperature sensitivity.

How Our Teeth Feel

Our teeth have nerves in them.  The nerve in each tooth is located inside the enamel structure of the tooth.  The nerve is surrounded by pulp and blood vessels. Each tooth has microscopic tubules that run from the pulp chamber inside the tooth to the enamel on the outside of the tooth.  This allows the nerve inside the tooth to feel different sensations being applied on the exterior.

0 2 May 2019

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Tooth Loss

There are many reasons why a person might lose a tooth.  Tooth decay and infection can make it necessary for the tooth to be extracted.  Also, a strong impact or chewing motion can cause a tooth to fall out. When a tooth is lost the remaining teeth can shift and create more potential risks to a person’s oral health.  The most severe condition from not treating a missing tooth is bone loss in the

0 24 April 2019

Have You Heard About The
Smiles For Life Foundation?  

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It’s a charity that offers significantly discounted teeth whitening services with 100% of the proceeds going to charities benefiting children.  They’ve raised over 40 million dollars since 1998. Some of the charities include the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, Feed the Children, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

How Can You Get Involved?

There are hundreds of dental practices across the country that participate in providing the teeth whitening services.  We happen to be one of these dentist offices who donate their time and services to participate in the

0 16 April 2019

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The Difference Between a Cleaning and Deep Cleaning

Having your teeth regularly cleaned is as necessary as brushing your teeth and flossing every day.  You really can’t have one without the other and expect to have a healthy smile. During a routine dental cleaning a dental hygienist will clean the pockets of your teeth between the roots of the teeth and gums.  Plaque and tartar build up in these pockets overtime naturally. Brushing and flossing help combat the build up, but neither are as thorough and intensive as a clinical hygiene visit.

Prophylaxis – Clinical Hygiene Visit – A “Cleaning”

0 10 April 2019

Root Canals Explained

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What’s a Root Canal?

Root canals are performed when a tooth has become infected or has extensive decay.  The procedure removes nerve and pulp from inside the tooth. Once removed it is then cleaned and sealed.  If a root canal is diagnosed as necessary and goes untreated then the infection in the tooth will grow leading to more complications.  In terms of restorative care, a root canal is option number three after a patient has been diagnosed for treatment of a filling and crown.

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0 9 April 2019

5 Reasons To Whiten Your Teeth

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Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9828 Map Have you thought of whitening your teeth, but just didn’t feel like it was right for you?  Did you get an image of your dream smile in your head? Well don’t let that image remain as a dream, it’s time to turn it into a reality! There are many psychological benefits of having a brighter and straighter smile.  We’ve compiled 5 of them below for your consideration.  

  • A whiter smile will boost your confidence
  • Stimulates social connection
  • More reasons to smile
  • Reinvest yourself in your oral hygiene
  • 100% of proceeds go to children in need (from 4/1/2019 – 6/30/2019)

 


Boosting Self Confidence

Self confidence is a key factor in our mental health and wellness. Feeling like we are well equipped with attractive features to make friends, get a job, or to find love c

0 4 April 2019

ORTHODONTICS ARE MORE THAN AN AESTHETIC

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Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9828 Map   Orthodontics straighten your teeth, and provide a more attractive smile.  The superficial benefits are not exclusive though. Properly aligned teeth offer major benefits to your oral health and well being.


Communication

Being able to properly pronounce words relies largely on your teeth.  You might notice that people with missing teeth talk with a lisp. Children also experience this while losing baby teeth.  Communication and confidence in our own communication is crucial to our well being. If we feel that we’re not being understood or if we lack confidence in our enunciation then it’s likely to affect our self confidence. Our lips and tongues have to operate between our arches of teeth in our mouths to make the right sounds.  Properly aligned teeth make this easy work for our lips and tongues. When teeth are crooked slurring and lisps are highly likely to occur.  The sounds that are often affected the most a

0 4 April 2019
Power of pH

pH Measurements

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Background on pH Measurements

Did you know teeth are the hardest substance in the human body? It’s true! This is another reason we’re some of the HARDest workers around. Well, we may be some of the most passionate dentists in Sacramento, but we’ll admit we’re probably not the funniest.  

Seriously, teeth are strong! But they have their Achilles heal like everything else; they are susceptible to enamel loss from acidic drinks and food.  Acidity of liquids is measured with the pH system. You may have learned about the pH system in high school.  The system rates liquids from 0.0 to 14.0. A rating of 0.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, water has a pH of 7.0 being neutral, and 7.1 to 14.0 is known as alkaline. &nbs

0 3 April 2019

Healthy Smile |  Top 3 Drinks

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Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  But have you ever heard, “a soda (or coffee or fruit juice) a day leads to tooth decay”?  Most likely you haven’t because a majority of us enjoy a cup of coffee and choose the bliss of ignorance.  (While coffee alone isn’t terrible for teeth, the additions of sugar and syrups are very detrimental to tooth and gum health.)

2. Milk

Milk is great for your bones, right?  Well, your teeth also rely on the calcium in milk.  While teeth don’t grow back, they can experience enamel remineralization.  This is a fortification and limited rebuilding of tooth enamel. If dairy is a “no-go” based on your dietary needs and allergies then grab a glass of calcium-fortified soy milk. Keep in mind that milk, li

0 3 April 2019

Tooth Decay & Treatment | 4 Stages 

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Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map Preventative care is the most important part of anyone’s health.  This is especially true for dental care and oral health.  Whether it’s wearing sunscreen or practicing a healthy diet, there’s no way to place a value on disease prevention when compared to fighting an existing disease.  We’re going to cover the basics of the evolution of tooth decay. Keep in mind there will never be anything more affordable and feasible than proper preventative care. Let’s start off with a little background on the topic – tooth decay is the breakdown of tooth enamel and dental tissue.  The cause of this is mainly acids in the mouth.  These acids mainly come from the bacteria in your mouth processing sugar into acids. Coffee, citrus, and other acidic foods and drinks are also detrimental even if they’re all-natural.  It’s important to limit these acids because tooth