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SPEAR Education: Improving Dental Experiences for Greater Sacramento

0 18 October 2018

SPEAR Education is a Continuing Education Institution that leads the way in clinical dental practices and innovation.  Recognized by the American Dental Association CERP (Continuing Education Recognition Program) as well as Academy of General Dentistry PACE (Program Approval for Continuing Education); SPEAR works with leading specialists from around the world to encourage debate and research to further the care available to dental patients of any participating practice.  Sierra Oaks Dental Group joins like minded dental practices for seminars and online education every year to learn from proven practices and techniques, and it’s not exclusive to our Doctors; our Front Office team, Hygienists, and Dental Assistants also utilize these resources. In early September, Dr. Torabian and Dr. Khodai visited the SPEAR Education Campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a workshop and multi-day seminar on restoring severely worn dentition.  Dr. Khodai explains, “Everytime we go to SPEAR Education we end up meeting dental professionals from around the world….France, Germany, Brazil, Amsterdam (and that’s only a few). A majority of these people are dentists, but there’s also a fair amount of Orthodontist specialists, Prosthodontists, and Periodontists.  Actually the Founder (Dr. Spear) of the school is both a Prosthodontist and Periodontist Specialist. Dr. Spear has c

0 15 August 2018

Pay It Forward

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map As the world gets bigger and bigger, our need for strong communities grows in conjunction.  Greater Sacramento is quickly growing in popularity for young professionals and families.  More people and growth can seem scary to a lot of  us who have called Sacramento home for years.  But the truth is that the economy is growing here, and the city is more desirable than ever.  Here at Sierra Oaks Dental Group, we take civil responsibility very seriously, and the community and its members are always the number one priority.  Conducting business locally is so rewarding for our practice because we get to participate in varying events and connect with people in the community on a regular basis. Thankfully there’s an amazing group of community-based organizations who foster effective contribution collections and organization.  Most recently we’ve had pleasure of working with Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks Department, Carmichael Recreation and Parks Department

0 14 August 2018

Patient Appreciation Luau – Sat. 9/8/2018

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map Save the date! Saturday, Sept. 8th, form 1:00p – 4:00p we’ll be hosting a Patient Appreciation Luau at Swanston Community Center at 2350 Northrop Avenue, Sacramento.  There will be FREE food for our patients and their families and friends.  We’ll also have live music, games, a bounce house, and the Swanston Splash Park will be open.  We truly value all of our patients for entrusting us with their care and for referring their friends and families to our practice.  We know there are a lot of options for dental care in the Sacramento area, and it’s events like these where we get to show you who puts the Sacramento Community in Sacramento Community Dentistry. Those are the general details, but let’s talk specifics.  The FREE food will be provided by 808 Island Grill with a menu of BBQ Chicken, Kalua Pork (Hawaiian Smoked Pulled Pork), Grilled Tofu, with sides of Rice or Macaroni Salad.&

0 3 August 2018

Chlorine vs. Your Teeth | Staying Cool in Sacramento

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map THERE’S NOTHING BETTER than a swim in the pool to cool down during the hot summer months here in Sacramento. Before we dive in, we should be aware of how our time in the pool can impact our oral health. That’s right: the chlorine in swimming pools doesn’t just cause dry skin and eye irritation, it can also have an effect on our teeth.  

Chlorine Versus Our Teeth

The reason swimming pools contain chlorine is that it helps to decontaminate the water from microbes and other unpleasant things that could pose health and sanitation risks to swimmers. However, when chlorine is added to water, it forms a weak acid, and unless the pool’s pH isn’t carefully regulated, that acid can lead to a condition called swimmer’s calculus. Swimmer’s calculus is yellow and brown stains that can develop

0 31 July 2018

Tooth Fairy Ideas for Sacramento Parents

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map THE EXCITEMENT OF LOSING a tooth and waiting for the Tooth Fairy to come is something every child looks forward to, but how can parents make sure the Tooth Fairy lives up to the hype? If you’ve been looking for ways to improve your Tooth Fairy game, we have some ideas for you!  

The Tooth Fairy’s Origins

The idea of a fairy who quietly swaps a child’s tooth for money or a small gift overnight isn’t a very old one, but there have been traditions associated with children losing their first tooth since the time of the Vikings, when the teeth were often buried to ensure a happy life for the child or considered good luck in battle. These days, many cultures have the Tooth Fairy or a Tooth Mouse, but exactly how the tradition operates varies from household to household.

A Few Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas

If you or your children are getting bored with the old dollar-under-the-pillow routine, it might be time to help your Tooth Fairy out. Try out one or more of th

0 24 July 2018

Smile For Your Health!

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

Contact us Phone | (916) 846-9831 Map MOST PEOP THERE ARE SO MANY things that can make us smile, from seeing an old friend to watching a good movie to randomly remembering a great joke we heard years ago. Well, we’re about to give you another reason to smile: it’s good for your health! That’s right, smiling has actual health benefits, so prepare to flash those pearly whites as you read all about them!  

Smiling And The Feel-Good Hormone

When we smile, it triggers a chemical reaction in our bodies: the release of endorphins. Endorphins are natural hormones that inhibit pain and produce feelings of euphoria. We get them after a good workout, and we also get them when we’re happy. What’s really cool is that our brains associate smiling with happiness so strongly that even a fake smile will trigger that endorphin release. So if you get injured, take advantage of this trick to reduce your pain levels!

Smile To Reduce Your Stress

Another benefit of endorphins released by smi

0 19 July 2018

Karlos Hernandez | Team Member

Sierra Oaks Dental Sacramento California | Sacramento Dentist

MEET KARLOS Say hello to our Featured Team Member this week, Karlos Hernandez-Perez.  Karlos is our Marketing Manager at Sierra Oaks Dental Group.  He moved to the Sacramento area from Reno in 2016, but still has family in Reno whom he visits with often.  Traveling and spending time with his family are his favorite activities outside of work.  If he could travel anywhere he’d love to see Bali or Barbados, but he frequents the western slope of the Sierra Mountains with his family and friends, which makes it a close second to the beaches of Bali. If he won the lottery then all his family would be set on his account, and if he was miraculously gifted a super power he’d be able to travel through time.  Cajun, sushi, and pizza are some of his favorite foods, but nothing compares to his mother’s Mexican food.  Karlos is waiting for her to start her own cooking TV show. One of his favorite parts of work is getting to know his coworkers and interacting with them.  His most rewarding take-away from working in the dental industry is hearing patients positive feedback and satisfaction with their provided care.  It’s always Karlos’ goal to see you smi

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 your 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 aw