Sacramento Dentistry Sacramento Dental Service Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:16:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sacramento Dentistry 32 32 56967344 The Hard Truth About Toothbrushes Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:16:31 +0000 It may seem reasonable that if the goal is clean teeth and gums, that when it comes to choosing a toothbrush, harder is better. After all, plaque and tartar sound so serious, so difficult to remove, so obstinate — wouldn’t it make more sense to blast them away with the hardest toothbrush, the most vigorous flossing routine imaginable and the harshest toothpaste you can find? No! Far from it! Power and brute force are not the way to fight tooth and gum disease. In fact, severe toothbrushing is also detrimental to your dental health.

Defining Traumatic Tooth Brushing

A 2015 study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology looked at the effects of “traumatic tooth brushing” on gum recession. It showed that there are several factors that worsen wear and tear on the gums. These include the amount of pressure used in the brushing process, how often the subjects brushed, and how soft their toothbrushes were.

What is traumatic tooth brushing? Basically, bad tooth brushing habits fall into three categories: how often, type of technique and type of brush. Regarding “how often” or frequency, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice a day, and a third time after the midday meal is just fine. Brush more than this, however, and you could be starting to brush excessively. When you brush, do you brush with gentle circular motions, or do you move the toothbrush from side-to-side? Horizontal tooth brushing is a factor in traumatic tooth brushing. Do you use anything harder than a soft toothbrush? Then you add one more factor that contributes to traumatic toothbrushing.

What can you do if you have a habit of traumatic tooth brushing? Some overcome it with an electric toothbrush. These units do the work for you and the best provide timers that brush for the recommended two minutes. Your job is to gently place them between your tooth and gums, slowing moving them along your gum line, allowing the appliance to do the work for you. No harsh movements, no toothbrush handles bending under brute force, and no ultra-hard (or even medium strength) bristles causing gum damage.

Whether or not you opt for an electric tooth cleaning system, it is definitely time to ditch that hard or medium bristled toothbrush. Take it out of your dental care area right now, and put it where it should go – in your housecleaning supplies for scrubbing the grout! That’s the only place in your house hard toothbrushes belong. Then pick up soft bristled toothbrushes in styles and colors you like. Be sure to look for brushes that are approved by the ADA.

Toothbrushing is not something that you’re born knowing how to do. It is a skill, and if you have questions about the proper technique for brushing, please bring it up at your next dental appointment. The staff at the Sacramento Dentistry Group is happy to discuss how to keep your teeth clean, your gums healthy and your smile beautiful – with a soft-bristled toothbrush!


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Who Should Avoid Amalgam? Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:11:44 +0000 Dental amalgam, the material for “silver” fillings, is used less and less by dentists. The younger the dentist, the less likely they are to use dental amalgam. Many in the dental community and the public have health concerns over one of its primary components, elemental mercury. Both the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration agree that dental amalgam is safe, but many dentists and patients prefer composite fillings that match the color of the tooth, largely for cosmetic reasons. The Sacramento Dentistry Group generally does not use mercury for patient restorations, believing the risks, no matter how small, outweigh the benefits compared to the alternatives. Still, there are circumstances when dental amalgam is used, simply due to its durability. Nevertheless, some patients should never receive amalgam fillings.

What’s In Dental Amalgam?

Amalgam was first commonly used about 150 years ago. During most of its history, it was thought that the mercury in amalgam restorations was made inert by its combination with the other components — silver, copper, and tin (and the minor ingredients, like indium, zinc and palladium). Improved research shows, however, that mercury vapor is released in very small quantities from fillings made with amalgam. Fortunately, the amount of vapor is actually less than the mercury absorbed or consumed from the environment, and that’s the main reason why its use is still not forbidden

For certain patients, however, any exposure to mercury should be avoided. This includes the following people:

  • Children aged six and under should not receive dental amalgam. Their small size makes the risk of complication greater. Also, their teeth will soon fall out for permanent teeth, so they don’t really need amalgam’s durability.
  • Pregnant women should avoid amalgam fillings and receive composite or ionomer fillings instead. Mercury crosses the placenta, representing a potential risk to the fetus. While medically allowed by some experts, others do not consider it advisable.
  • Employees that work with mercury on a regular basis should not receive amalgam fillings.
  • People who consume large amounts of seafood should avoid amalgam. Environmental mercury bioaccumulates in predatory fish, making seafood a primary source of mercury consumption in the public.
  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of dental amalgam, you should obviously use dental composites instead for your restorations.

Always inform your dentist if you fit any of these categories and require a restoration, such as a cavity filling. For more details about fillings and when to fix them, call us at 916-538-6900, visit our office at 1105 E Street, or request an appointment via our online form.

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When You Run Out of Toothpaste Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:00:48 +0000 It happened again. You went to the store specifically to buy a new tube of toothpaste, and you walked out with a bagful of items, but forgot the toothpaste. Now it’s too late for a run to the store and you positively cannot squeeze one more tiny bit of toothpaste out of that sad, crumpled tube in your bathroom. What to do? And what about the morning, with it’s awful breath, but not a bit of toothpaste before you head off to work or school!

The reason you’re stressing about the lack of toothpaste is probably because you already practice good dental hygiene. You brush your teeth every morning and evening, and perhaps after lunch or sugarr, sticky snacks. You floss every single night, right? And of course you see your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. If you didn’t do these things, you might just head off to bed or work with unbrushed teeth, but that’s not you, so our Sacramento dentists have a plan!

Toothpaste is the ideal thing for brushing your teeth, but merely brushing is good for your teeth and gums, toothpaste or no toothpaste. So grab that toothbrush and start brushing those teeth with plain water. If you have some mouthwash on hand, a few swishes of that with your regular brushing routine accomplishes the intended goal — removing food debris, breaking up the layer of plaque around your teeth and freshening your breath.

If you positively cannot stand the thought of just brushing with water and rinsing with mouthwash, you may brush with a bit of baking soda. Note, this is not baking powder, which contains aluminum and acids. So when you’re out of toothpaste, baking soda can step up and give you that tingly clean feeling that plain water does not. Very diluted hydrogen peroxide can be used in a desperate situation as well, but neither baking soda nor hydrogen peroxide are designed specifically for long-term use as a tooth cleaner. They both lack many of the beneficial ingredients of toothpaste, like fluoride.

In the morning, after brushing again, and using your mouthwash, chewing some minty sugar-free gum can put you in the mood to face your coworkers. We don’t recommend sugary mints that may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. During your lunchbreak, or as soon as work is done, head to the store, because now you really need to buy some toothpaste! In fact, why not just stock up on soft-bristled toothbrushes, mouthwash, toothpaste with fluoride and some packets of dental floss. Make sure you get brands that are approved by the American Dental Association. Buy a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to keep at work, or in your purse, or in your car. When you’re all stocked up on dental supplies, that’s something to smile about!

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Tooth Loss and Signs of Aging Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:19:29 +0000 There is Good News

Dental education and better access to dental care help people keep their teeth for life! Americans are living longer and recent studies show that Americans are also doing a better job at taking care of their teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) oral health education site says, “If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.”

Change is Inevitable

Nevertheless, the ADA also says, “Your mouth changes as you age.” For example, researchers at University College in London recently reported that tooth loss could be “used as a marker of mental and physical decline in older age.” This study also examined memory loss and walking speed in connection with tooth loss. Researchers discovered that people with none of their natural teeth performed worse on these tasks than people who still had their teeth. As might be expected, economic background and lifestyle factors played a big difference in whether someone still had their own teeth.

In a similar study of older adults, Swedish scientists found a link between cognitive function and chewing ability. Those with missing teeth and difficulty chewing had an increased risk of cognitive impairment, whether or not they had dentures.

What does this mean for our Sacramento dental patients? The Sacramento Dentistry Group strives to educate our clients on the benefits of early oral care. That explains the dental proverb “You only need to care for the teeth you want to keep.” You want all your teeth! Aging does not need to be a dental death sentence! Natural forms of decline, such as gum recession and enamel wear, can be limited by brushing and flossing daily and keeping your semi-annual appointments with our Sacramento dental clinic. To make an appointment, contact our downtown Sacramento dental office today by phone, online or at 1105 E Street.

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Infection Control Standards Updated Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:02:34 +0000 The Sacramento Dentistry Group puts the utmost emphasis on hygiene and standards of cleanliness in our dental practice. Patients come to us to maintain their dental health and receive treatment to improve it, not undermine it! Therefore, we readily follow the updated infection control standards for dental practice in California.

Legislation seeking to improve infection control for dental offices was signed into law on October 2, 2017. The new bill (AB-1227), supported by the California Dental Association (CDA), requires dentists to use sterile water, disinfectant, or an antibacterial agent when irrigating exposed dental pulp in the performance of root canal procedures. In addition, the new regulations will likely continue to require dental water lines be flushed at the beginning of each day and between patient visits. Finally, to maintain water quality, the Centers for Disease Control also recommends regular maintenance of water lines. The newest California version of the sanitation and disinfection rules are expected from the CDA by the end of 2018, but these coming procedural requirements are already in use in our downtown office.

Our Sacramento dentists and staff believe in following the gold standard for sanitation practice to protect our patients. For more information, feel free to ask questions before your next dental exam or procedure.

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Do Cherries Stain Dentures? Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:48:03 +0000 A question recently asked on our website was this: Do cherries stain dentures? The sad truth is that cherries, berries and other dark fruits, wines, tomato sauces, dark beers, teas and coffees and dark vegetables all have the ability to darken dentures, teeth, veneers, bridges and crowns. Why do these wonderful foods and beverages create stains on our teeth, both original and replacements? What can our Sacramento dental patients do about it?

Why Do Fruits and Vegetables Make Stains?

Two common and healthy pigments color many vegetables and fruits: anthocyanins and flavonoids. These substances are antioxidants, so they protect and repair body tissue. Therefore, eating and drinking foods containing these molecules is generally a good thing! But pigments also create stains and darken white surfaces, including tooth enamel and dental ceramics.

If we examine the situation with dentures, they seem extremely smooth (just like your teeth), but at the microscopic level there are tiny fissures, pits, holes and cracks on the surface. This happens with normal tooth enamel too. Pigments get trapped in these micro imperfections, altering light reflecting from the surface and changing bright whites into dull yellows. Even after cleaning the teeth or rinsing dentures and removable bridges, some anthocyanins or flavonoids remain.

How to Whiten Dentures

Abrasives are not meant for cleaning dentures, and most toothpastes are slightly abrasive! For cleaning dentures, use a product designed specifically for them. Follow the instructions, since some cleansers are not meant for daily use. Dentures can also be cleaned with ordinary liquid hand soap, but they obviously need to be rinsed very well to avoid a bad taste in your mouth.

If the color of your dentures becomes dull, despite home cleaning, then professional cleaning in our office with an ultrasonic cleanser often relieves the problem. Patients request this service whenever they visit our dentists for their semi-annual checkup. If you like cherries on your pie, sundae or in your cocktail, we strongly recommend it. And for your teeth, try our rapid in-office whitening that guarantees a whiter, brighter smile after just one session.

I want whiter teeth or dentures!

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Vitamins and Sugar Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:00:15 +0000 Not a Win-Win for Your Teeth

Vitamins are essential to support oral health. If a person eats a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, vitamin supplements are not needed. But if you do decide to take a vitamin to support your overall health, are there any considerations when choosing which kind to take?

Is Sugar Hiding in Your Vitamins?

Gummy vitamins are now marketed to adults as a palatable alternative to pill vitamins, chiefly because they “taste good.” Unfortunately, they taste good because they are packed full of sugar! The typical gummy multivitamin is simply a gummy bear that includes some nutrients. For example, one popular brand of gummy vitamin contains 3 grams of sugar per serving, whereas actual gummy bear candy contains 2.5 grams of sugar per serving.

Gummy Vitamin Alternatives

Vitamins are an important part of a healthy regimen, so is there a better alternative to standard gummy vitamins? Yes, there are healthier choices available! If you still like your gummies, these vitamins also have sugarless versions. Ordinary chewable vitamins are another good choice if you want supplements, because they are not sticky and have less (or no) sugar. There are also the “old fashioned” pill vitamin supplements that won’t leave sugar on your teeth.

The chief point is this: always consider the information label of any supplement product that you choose and keep in mind that the “front” of the container is mostly advertising. The ingredients label tells you what’s really in your vitamins and helps you avoid unnecessary sugar consumption.

Choosing the right vitamin is just one step in a healthy mouth care routine. Whether you take a vitamin daily or not, our Sacramento dentists help our patients have the best oral health possible. Brush and floss daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Look at dental visits as a positive, semi-annual event where we encourage you to keep up your good dental habits!

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What’s Your Cavity Risk? Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:00:12 +0000 Americans are at especially high risk of developing cavities because of the large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates in their diet. Gum disease and dental decay affects well over 60 percent of children and adults in the United States. Therefore, at the Sacramento Dentistry Group, our staff is trained to evaluate your risk level for cavities based on your oral health, lifestyle choices and dental care routine.

Cavity Risk Factors

If you have a history of cavities, had recent dental restorations, have diminished tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots, you are at high risk for developing more cavities. If you have low salivary flow, wear braces, like to snack throughout the day, or don’t brush or floss regularly, you are also at a higher risk for cavities.

Protective Factors

Good oral care habits, like brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, chewing sugarless gum and eating a healthy diet decrease cavity risk. Visiting the Sacramento Dentistry Group at least twice a year is also a major way to decrease cavity risk while maintaining your oral health.

Based on our assessment of your oral health and personal habits, we provide customized dental treatment to prevent potential dental problems. So keep your teeth healthy and schedule your appointment for an exam and cleaning today!

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Vitamins for Dental Health Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:59:20 +0000 When we think of vitamins, we may not think about how they affect our oral health. We know they’re good for general well-being, so we should remember that they are also important for the teeth, tongue and gums. So here is some advice for our Sacramento dental patients on the importance of vitamins in our regular diet when it comes to oral health.

Your Diet and Oral Health

A varied diet of whole foods with lots of fruits and vegetables is recommended. This is best way to get vital nutrients that support your oral health. Packaged and processed foods often contain high quantities of added sugar, salt, starches and preservatives that work against our dental health goals. With a good diet, supplements are often not necessary, unless recommended by your dentist or doctor.

The Superior Six For Oral Health

Strong gums and healthy teeth especially need six specific vitamins and minerals. These are all contained in foods you may eat regularly, but could stand to consume more often.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A supports mucous membranes and saliva flow. These help heal your mouth and keep it healthy. Fish, egg yolks and organ meats, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables (like mangoes and carrots) all contain vitamin A. Dark leafy greens, like kale and spinach, also contain vitamin A.

B Vitamins

B vitamins reduce inflammation and are found in poultry, beans, soy and green vegetables. Some vegetarians and vegans may need to take monthly B12 supplements to prevent anemia and nervous system problems.

Vitamin C

The most popular vitamin, vitamin C supports the immune system by reducing inflammation and repairing connective tissue. Without enough vitamin C, you get bleeding gums and scurvy. Berries, oranges, kale and broccoli are all high in vitamin C and support immune system health.

Coenzyme Q10

Pork, beef, and chicken liver, canola and soybean oil all contain coenzyme Q10. It promotes healing and decreases bleeding from gingivitis. Parsley also contains coenzyme Q10, so don’t leave it on your plate! That garnish is edible and besides the vitamins, it provides fresher breath when you eat it.

Vitamin D

Our bodies need vitamin D to absorb calcium, the foundation of jawbones and teeth. Milk, cheese, yogurt, cod liver oil and getting a little sun (a minimum of twenty minutes per day) are all good ways to get more vitamin D.


Sufficient calcium in our diet prevents weak bones and chipped or loose teeth. Milk, cheese, leafy greens, cauliflower, almonds and fortified orange juice or soy milk all contain calcium. Note that caffeine consumption is linked to calcium depletion, another good reason to make healthier food and beverage choices.

Look and feel your best by eating a healthy diet. And for the best possible oral health, contact our downtown Sacramento dental office for an appointment today!

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Sacramento Dentistry Group Introduces Ceramill Motion 2 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:06:30 +0000

“This mill does it all.” — a national provider of digital dental equipment

The Sacramento Dentistry Group would like to announce their adoption of the Ceramill Motion 2 by Amann Girrbach. This is a digitally operated mill that shapes both ceramics and metals into prosthetic dental appliances, like dentures, veneers, dental implants, bridges, crowns, inlays and overlays. You name it, this machine can build it, and all right here in our offices.

How In-House Milling Works

To use the Ceramill Motion 2, your Sacramento dentist first needs a digital impression of your teeth. We do this with the iTero digital intraoral scanner. The images are then uploaded to software that determines the exact dimensions of the restoration that you need.

At this stage, the Ceramill is loaded with a blank ingot of ceramic or metal material, based on the design of your oral appliance. A wide variety of ceramics and metals are available, based on the needs of the patient. Depending on the size and type of restoration, the Ceramill shapes it using a lathe or by milling the base material. The finished product, no matter how big the job, is usually completed within 24 hours maximum! Smaller restorations, like crowns, overlays or inlays, can be finished much faster.

The advantages of in-house milling are many. Problems with oral images are immediately noticed and corrected on the spot. Client wait times for receiving their restorations are considerably reduced. You never have to wait because the dental laboratory is too busy to rush your request! Your personal dentist controls the entire production process from beginning to end, ensuring you receive the right restoration.

To find out more about the Ceramill Motion 2, visit the downtown office of the Sacramento Dentistry Group. We look forward to fulfilling all of your needs for dental restorations right here in house with this amazing technology from the internationally recognized designer and production company Amann Girrbach.

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