March 28th, 2017
With nearly half of American adults suffering from gum disease*, we felt it was important to pop some myths that tend to stick around. Patient education is central to our practice, because the more educated you are about dental health issues, the better you'll be able to prevent them and seek treatment as early as possible. When the risks include permanent tooth loss, you definitely want to stop gum disease before it get out of control. The following are the most common misunderstandings about gum disease:
Myth #1: Bleeding Gums Are Normal
This is probably one of the most perpetuated dental health myths. The truth is, bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease. Gums swell, bleed and become tender when plaque accumulates on the teeth and around the gum line. Keep your gums healthy by removing plaque and food debris with daily brushing and flossing.
Myth #2: People Get Gum Disease Because They Don’t Clean Their Teeth
While poor oral hygiene definitely contributes to the development of gum disease, there can be many other factors involved. Tobacco use, stress, a bad diet, genetics, and certain illnesses such as diabetes can all increase your risk of developing gum disease. And as we’ve explained before, even being pregnant makes you more susceptible!
We also don’t want our patients to think that if they are cavity-free they couldn’t possibly have gum disease. Gum disease is painless in its beginning stages and many people don’t know they have it. That’s why proper oral hygiene and twice-yearly visits to your dentist are essential for your oral health, even if you don’t have a cavity!
Myth #3: Gum Disease Is Irreversible
What we really want our patients to understand is that gum disease is reversible in its earliest stage: gingivitis! The earlier gingivitis is caught, the easier it is to eliminate it before it advances to full-blown periodontitis. Finding out you have gingivitis can be worrisome but here’s the good news: good oral hygiene habits and professional cleanings can, in most cases, rid you of gingivitis and stop gum disease in its tracks.
Your hygienist and dentist can monitor your gum health at your regular cleanings and exams. The reason it's important to come in at least every 6 months !
Myth #4: Only Adults Can Get Gum Disease
Gum disease is much more prevalent in adults, but that doesn’t mean that our children are invulnerable. Children can be more susceptible to gum disease if they are genetically predisposed or have certain illnesses such as autoimmune disorders or diabetes. Even puberty, with all its hormonal changes, can put your child more at risk. Their best defense against any dental disease–gum disease and tooth decay included–is to take care of their teeth at home and visit the dentist on a regular basis.
Myth #5: Everyone With Diabetes Has Gum Disease
If you have diabetes, developing gum disease is not inevitable, although you are certainly at a higher risk. Now more than ever you’ll need a good relationship with and frequent visits to your dentist. A rigorous oral hygiene regimen as well as frequent cleanings can help stave off the onset of gum disease. Proper blood glucose control can also help you lower your risk.
Myth #6: Treating Advanced Gum Disease is Difficult
The latest treatment for moderate and severe gum disease is faster, gentler and more convenient today. Many people often avoided treating advanced gum disease because it required invasive treatments and long recovery periods. Our in-house periodontist specializes in the latest gum treatments that require no scalpels or stitches that you recover from in days instead of weeks. If you or someone you know is dealing with gum disease, call us today to schedule a consult to go over your treatment options.
Gum Disease Myths… Busted!
Now that you know more about gum disease, keep up the good work avoiding it! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Thanks for reading!
November 15th, 2016
Taking your kids to the dentist can be a drag - literally - as you pull them in the car and up into the chair. You know got a new ace up our sleeves. Meet Dr. Amanda Tsoi, our new in-house pediatric dentist. She's mastered the not-so-black arts of getting even the most nervous kids to leave the office smiling. Your kids will be levitating right into the chair for their next appointment. No smoke and mirrors here. Just pure magic and a genuine love for what she does.
Want to know where Dr. Tsoi picked up these tricks? Read up on her credentials here.
Don't forget! Your dental insurance benefits including any funds left in your health savings account may expire at the end of the year. Schedule your family's next appointments now before all of our open appointment slots and your money vanishes into thin air.
September 21st, 2016
At end of every year, we see many of our insured patients make the same costly mistake. They wait until the last few months to use their insurance benefits or flex spending account that are about to expire. The lucky few can squeeze into the remaining spots in our packed schedule. The rest find that it's already too late - we're booked out until the next year and they just lost hundreds of dollars in dental care.
Will you ignore this early reminder or will you beat the crowd and save your remaining insurance benefits in time?
Don't wait, click here to request an appointment or call (650) 272-0880 today! As a reward, the next eleven patients who schedule their next appointment will receive a Bluetooth headphones.* While everyone else will be in a rush come December, you'll be humming along to your favorite tunes.
*Qualifies for new appointments scheduled between September 22 and October 31 only. You must mention this offer when scheduling on the phone or type BLUETOOTH in the comment section of our appointment request form. If you already have your next appointment scheduled, you can receive a chance to win a teeth whitening kit ($400 value). No raffle entry needed. All patients who came in this year are entered!
September 8th, 2016
WE OFTEN TAKE STEPS to achieve that sparkling white smile when we brush in the morning and before we go to bed. The truth is, what we consume throughout the day is often the largest contributor to whether or not our smile will light up a room.
Although there are several causes for tooth discoloration, we can separate them into three basic categories: intrinsic, extrinsic, and age-related discoloration. Here’s how each affects your teeth, and what you can do to ensure a life full of bright, healthy smiles.
Food And Drink Are Large Contributors To Surface Stains
Extrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the enamel—the outer layer of the tooth—becomes stained. These stains are caused by pigments, acidic content, and other chemical factors (natural or artificial) present in things we enjoy eating and drinking. If it can stain a white t-shirt, it'll stain your teeth too.
The top ten culprits for tooth discoloration include:
- Sports drinks
- Hard Candy
- Tomato Sauce
Most of these items won’t have an immediate affect on the color of your teeth, but over time, they can begin to wear away and cling to enamel causing unsightly stains. Try to consume these in moderation and always remember to drink plenty of water and brush your teeth after meals.
Trauma Can Discolor Teeth From The Inside Out
Intrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the inner structure of the tooth—the dentin—begins to darken or develop a yellow tint. This type of discoloration can develop because of a trauma sustained to the tooth. Sometimes when a tooth sustains trauma during childhood, it can damage the developing permanent tooth beneath it, affecting the tooths color. If a trauma is sustained during adulthood, internal bleeding can potentially discolor the damaged tooth.
Other causes include uses of medication at certain stages of life or being born with a rare condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta which can cause gray, amber, or purple discolorations. If you have questions about intrinsic discoloration, come in and see us and we can help answer your questions.
Your Smile Can Change Color With Age
Age-related tooth discoloration is a combination of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The dentin inside our teeth naturally yellows as we age. Enamel on the outside of teeth also thins as we get older, allowing the yellow pigment of the dentin to show through. A lifetime of consuming certain foods or smoking cigarettes will also contribute to deep-set stains on the enamel’s surface.
We know just how important it is to provide our patients with bright, healthy smiles. That's why we offer a Whitening for Life program for all of our patients.
How the Whitening for Life Program Works
For one low enrollment fee, we will create a custom-fit whitening tray in office and give you a set of bleaching gels to get your started. You wear the trays for several nights while you sleep until you reached the desired brightness. To maintain your radiant smile, you receive a new bleaching gel every 6-months at your regular exams and cleanings.*
Get Started Today & Save!
Membership fees are regularly $300 but for a limited time you can enjoy the confidence of a healthy bright smile - for life - for just $150! The first 7 patients who start this program before Friday, September 30 will receive this special 50% discount. You must call (650) 273-4309 and mention this offer when scheduling your free Whitening for Life consultation.
*Rules & conditions apply. Call for details.