Author: Sacramento Dentistry

Without Using Opioids! Deaths caused by opioid overdose are on the increase across the United States, sparking alarm amongst health professionals and legislators. Many dental patients are concerned about using opioids, in some cases due to previous issues with drug addiction. The good news is that...

A recent report published in the Journal of Prosthodontics suggests that an antidepressant drug called sertraline (best known by its brand name Zoloft), may increase the likelihood of dental implant failure. Part of a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the reason...

In a recent article we discussed the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontitis. For one group of patients, this link may create a significant risk of dementia in later life, and that group is people with Down syndrome. Down syndrome patients are often infected with...

Hypodontia is a surprisingly common disorder of the teeth. Hypodontia involves the absence of one or more primary or permanent teeth. This problem is present from birth, thus it is also called CMT (Congenitally Missing Teeth). The number of teeth missing determines the severity of...

DNA science helps researchers investigate the connections between bacteria and disease in ways that were previously impossible. For example, an international team of scientists recently determined that Porphyromonas gingivalis, an oral bacteria commonly found in patients with periodontitis, is highly prevalent in the brains of...

Bacteria are everywhere in the human mouth. So when you put an aligner made by Invisalign, or a plastic retainer, a sleep apnea appliance, or a mouthguard on your teeth, bacteria quickly colonize the fine crevices molded into the plastic parts. Although regular cleaning knocks...

It’s true that our blog articles often focus on foods or drinks you need to avoid or be very careful with if you want to preserve your oral health. So it’s nice to balance out these “negative” reports with some positive foods that many people...

A common complaint against water fluoridation is that fluoride contributes to bone fractures. Many studies have been completed on this subject, with varying results. In some cases, populations from the same country would show a negative effect while others would report no negative effect whatsoever,...

Recent media reports are citing a new study that links the antibacterial agent triclosan with osteoporosis. CNN related the scientists’ theory that triclosan’s effect on the thyroid gland results in an increased incidence of bone fractures in the elderly. Toothpaste is generally listed in every...

Is there anything healthier than a smoothie? They might be packed with a powerhouse of lettuce, spinach or greens with a large amount of seasonal or frozen fruit, lots of citrus, some hydrating veggies like cucumber, and with a scoop of protein powder, flax or...

Subgingival irrigation has many different common names: gum flushing, oral irrigation, or pocket irrigation are a few. At home, dental patients use oral irrigators or water flossers when they turn on their Waterpik or electric toothbrushes that include water jet sprays for cleaning the teeth...

Do They Affect Your Facial Appearance? Or Is It Just About Your Smile? A common misconception about orthodontics is that they are just about straightening your teeth. In truth, when your jaws and arches are properly formed, it does more than improve your smile and your bite....