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A Common & Expensive Mistake You Can Easily Avoid

December 1st, 2017

2017 IS ALMOST OVER Have you used your dental health benefits? Most dental plans don’t let the benefits roll over into the next year if they go unused. Funds left in your health savings plan may not ring the new year with you. You risk losing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in benefits. It's a common and expensive mistake we see many patients make every year. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of all your benefits, then now is the time to do so!

Most insurances cover regular exams, x-rays and cleanings up to twice year. If you haven't come in for your regular check-up in the last 6 months, contact us today. Regular exams with your dentist not only helps ensure that your teeth are in good health but also helps us catch problems before they progress any further.

Don't Wait Any Longer!

We’re always looking out for our patients and want to make sure you’re taking the fullest advantage of your benefits! If you have any questions regarding dental insurance, stop by or call us today and we can help!

We're Going Paperless!

November 9th, 2017

We are excited to announce that we have started the process of becoming a paperless dental office! The first step is yours to take. Next week  you will receive an invitation by e-mail to enroll in our new and improved patient communication system and patient portal. Please sign-up to not only to continue receiving appointment reminders and special offers, but also to use new features that will make managing your account easier. With our new patient portal, you will be able to

  • Make Payments Online
  • Keep Account Info Updated
  • View Your Treatment History & Appointments
  • Reduce Paper Waste with Digital eForms

In the next couple of months, you may experience slower than average service and accuracy as we make this upgrade. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to bring the best modern dental experience to you as smoothly as possible.

Are These DIY Teeth Whitening Trends Harmful?

October 12th, 2017

TRENDS IMPACT JUST about every aspect of life, from slang and fashion to which toys are collectibles this year and which fad diet everyone’s aunt is doing.
Most trends are harmless symptoms of an ever-evolving society and culture, but when they affect the ways we take care of ourselves, they can become serious. In recent years, do-it-yourself teeth whitening has been a “trendy” topic and  bloggers and influencers have flooded our feeds touting the latest remedies. We take a closer look at a few of the more popular methods and use science to see if some are risking the health of your teeth without delivering the promise of a whiter smile.

Charcoal Versus Tooth Enamel
As counterintuitive as it seems to rub black powder on your teeth and expect them to become whiter, the rationale behind the idea makes sense. Charcoal is extremely porous and absorbent, and has been used even in hospitals to safely neutralize toxins. In theory, it could do the same for your teeth.

However, charcoal isn’t just porous, it’s also abrasive. Even as it absorbs harmful compounds from your mouth and disrupts bacterial populations, it could also be scraping away your enamel, doing more harm than good. If you enamel things, more of the underlying and darker dentin shows through and could make your smile look more yellow. Until we know more about the effects of charcoal on teeth, it’s safer to give that home remedy a pass.

Lemon Juice: Dissolving Stains Or Dissolving Teeth?
The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, but it is extremely susceptible to erosion by acid. Your saliva keeps the pH in your mouth balanced to protect your enamel, but any time you eat or drink something acidic, that pH is disrupted and your teeth are vulnerable. Using lemon juice on your teeth in hopes of whitening them is, therefore, likely to cause a lot of enamel erosion, and once that enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.

Oil Pulling: An Ancient Folk Remedy
Oil pulling involves swishing oil (typically coconut, sunflower, sesame, or olive oil) around in one’s mouth for up to twenty minutes. Proponents of oil pulling claim it has numerous health benefits, including teeth whitening, but the American Dental association doesn’t recommend it because there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims.

Eating Strawberries And Bananas
Strawberries do contain some citric acid, but they also contain malic acid (particularly when ripe), which actually can give your teeth a whiter appearance. Bananas contain potassium, magnesium, and manganese, all of which promote healthier teeth and can help remove surface stains. So these two do-it-yourself teeth whiteners may actually provide some benefit! Both fruits still contain sugar, however, so you should still brush your teeth with dentist approved toothpaste after eating them

Stick To The Science
Trends like charcoal toothpaste and lemon juice mouthwash will come and (hopefully) go, and occasionally we’ll discover remedies that do have benefits, like strawberries and bananas, but the best benefits to our teeth will always come from dentist-approved methods. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and schedule regular dental appointments. If all of these good habits aren’t keeping your teeth white enough, we do have a safe, professional teeth whitening solution.

Our Whitening for Life Program
You may turn to these home remedies to save some cash, but if you end up damaging your teeth without getting results, it's really not worth the risk. To bring back the shine in your smile, we have a Whitening for Life program for our patients.  For a one time fee, you receive teeth whitening for as long as you are a patient. With your membership, you receive a whitening kit that includes.

  • Custom-made tray to hold bleaching gel  to your teeth comfortably
  • Safe and effective bleaching solutions that strengthens while it whitens your teeth
  • Professional Formula Scientifically Proven to Whiten Teeth
  • Receive new bleaching gels at every 6 months at your regular cleaning for as long as you're a patient.

For a limited time, the first 10 new patients can receive a free Whitening for Life membership ($400 value) after their first exam and cleaning. This special offers will expires November 30, 2017.  To sign-up for this special offer, click here.

 

Mouthguards: Not Just for Pros

September 8th, 2017

 

IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES until an unexpected kick, elbow or fall happens. Sports-related dental injuries happen all the time up and make up 40 percent of all dental injuries. Wearing a custom mouthguard can help keep your play safe and drastically reduce your chance of injury!

Not wearing a mouthguard makes you 60 times more likely to sustain an injury to the face and mouth. Wearing a mouthguard during recreational as well as competitive sports activities decreases both the frequency and severity of injury.

A fractured, chipped or knocked-out tooth isn’t the only thing a mouthguard safeguards against. Did you know that wearing a mouthguard can also help prevent more serious injuries such as concussions, jaw fractures, and neck injuries? Not to mention the protection it provides for the soft tissues of the mouth like the tongue, lips and cheeks. This is especially true for those of you with braces. Not only are your braces an investment you should protect, but those metal brackets can be especially damaging to your mouth if you’re hit by a stray ball or elbow. On top of that, if your braces are damaged, there may be a delay in your orthodontic treatment.

Custom Mouthguards Provide More Comfort And Protection

When it comes to purchasing a mouthguard, you have a couple different options. A custom-fit mouthguard made specifically for you by a dental professional is the most effective and comfortable choice. We can even specially customize your mouthguard for the specific sport you play. Custom mouthguards are:

  • Less likely to be displaced during the action because of their custom fit.
  • Durable and tear-resistant. Custom mouthguards last longer due to the higher quality of materials used to construct them.
  • More fitted and less bulky. This adds to the overall comfort and makes talking, breathing and swallowing easier.

Your Smile Is Worth Protecting

Customized specifically for your smile, the mouthguards we make in our practice provide superior safety and genuine comfort.Your smile is worth protecting. Talk to us today about your own custom mouthguard! To schedule a consult, call (650) 871-1400 or schedule online today!