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Baby Teeth Myths Debunked

June 20th, 2017

YOU MIGHT THINK that baby teeth don’t matter because “they’re just going to fall out anyway,” but think again!

There are a lot of myths about baby teeth out there that need to be stopped, so we’re going to set the record straight: here’s a list of the top four baby teeth myths, BUSTED!

Myth #1: Baby Teeth Aren’t Important

Although baby teeth eventually fall out, they are extremely important to a child’s developing oral health. Not only do they hold the space for permanent teeth to grow in straight (preventing crowding and crooked teeth), they also help the face structure develop properly and ensure that young children can eat and receive plenty of nutrition.

Myth #2: Cavities In Baby Teeth Don’t Matter

You might have heard that babies can’t get cavities at all, or that if they do have them, it’s not a big deal. Both rumors are untrue; not only are cavities painful, they can cause swelling and even infection. In addition, children who have cavities in their baby teeth are three times more likely to develop cavities in their adult teeth. If you think your child may be developing a cavity, marked by discoloration or a small crack, call us right away!

TIP: Don’t let your child fall asleep with a bottle! Juice and milk are full of bacteria-feeding sugars which cause cavities.

Myth #3: You Don’t Need To Brush or Floss Baby Teeth

You should begin “brushing” your children’s teeth even before their first tooth grows in! Just use a soft, wet cloth or bit of gauze to rub their gums to help reduce bacteria and prevent future cavities. Once teeth come in, help get your children in the habit of brushing twice daily with a smear of toothpaste and flossing regularly.

Myth #4: Young Children Don’t Need To See A Dentist

There is a common misconception that children shouldn’t visit the dentist before the age of three, or before they have their full set of 20 primary teeth. The ADA states that children should visit the dentist by the time they get their first tooth, or at least by the age of one.Early check-ups can identify cavities and help prevent and assess other problems.

Bonus Myth? We Don't Have a Pediatric Dentist

You now have a reliable source of pediatric dentistry with our in-house pedodontist, Dr. Amanda Tsoi. An accomplished dentist and professor, Dr. Tsoi knows how to keep your kids smiles happy and healthy. Call (650) 262-6136 to schedule their first exam & x-ray today. Mention this post and it'll be complimentary! Save $225. Offer expires August 31, 2017.

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5 Incredible Benefits of Implants You May Not Know

June 7th, 2016

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED TOOTH LOSS, you are not alone. In fact, more than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you.

Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth

While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporate an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth.

There Are Many Benefits to Choosing Implants

Here are five major benefits to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options:

#1: Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

Unlike dentures, you don’t need to take them out to eat or clean and there’s no need to reapply them with adhesive. Implants also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss–they are built to last a lifetime if they are well taken care of. Not all implants are created equal. At South San Francisco Dental Care, we only chose quality materials backed by manufacturer warranties. We also provide a lifetime warranty for your dental implants.

#2 Implants Help You Stay Looking Younger.
When you lose teeth the jawbone deteriorates, causing your face to appear sunken over time. Before we can place an implant, we will need to determine if you have enough jawbone to support an implant. If not, we will perform what is called a ridge augmentation to build up your jawbone. Once placed, implants act as an artificial tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.

#3: Implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth.

Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth so you can look and feel your best. They also function like real teeth, meaning you can bite naturally and eat the foods you love without hesitation. Implants also don’t interfere with speech like some other replacement options.

#4: Brush & Floss Just Like Your Natural Teeth.

You can take care of your teeth as usual, flossing once a day and brushing twice daily. With implants, it’s easy to maintain that bright, beautiful smile!

#5: Leave your natural teeth unaltered.

Some treatment options, like a dental bridge, require grinding down other healthy teeth to support the bridge.  Implants replace lost teeth but do not require any alteration of your existing healthy teeth.

Special Dental Implant Offer $260 Value
You should never let tooth loss keep you from a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have experienced tooth loss, schedule a complimentary dental implant consultation (with treatment acceptance) with our periodontist and save $160.

For a limited time, you can also get a free electric toothbrush kit($100 Value), if you are one of the first 7 callers who schedule their complimentary implant consultation before Thursday, June 30 and start treatment. You must call (650) 273-4309 and mention this offer when scheduling.