Oral Hygiene

Water Fluoridation

Fluoride and Bone Fractures

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,...

Is Triclosan in Toothpaste?

Is Triclosan Really in Toothpaste?

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...

Reusable Straw

Can a Straw Save Your Teeth?

Almost weekly we hear of a new scientific study touting the benefits of a well-known “superfood.” Blueberries? They’re the bomb! Turmeric? It’s terrific! Coffee and tea? Some say they have benefits more powerful than the caffeine that perks you up in the morning and near...

Dealing with Sjögren's

Dealing with Sjögren’s Syndrome

The American Dental Association recently referred readers of its website to the national Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation and their new YouTube series on “Living with Sjögren’s”. What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Why is it important to the Sacramento Dentistry Group that patients are aware of this disease? What...

Pneumonia

Can Dental Visits Prevent Pneumonia?

There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia, and dental visits are important in maintaining good oral health." — Michelle Doll, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University Pneumonia is a frightening disease. Caused by an infection of the lungs, it leads to trouble breathing and may...

Dentist Appointment

How to See the Dentist

Ideas for Reluctant Dental Patients The basics of healthy dental habits haven’t changed in a very long time.Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal, or at least twice a day. Floss or use a device to remove food particles and plaque...

Coffee, Tea and Merlot

Coffee, Tea or Merlot?

What Stained My Teeth? It seems that every week a new study comes out reporting either the benefits or pitfalls of our favorite beverages. Coffee? One week it’s touted as the best thing since fruit and vegetables. Then, the next study out crashes it back down...

Vegan Floss

Vegans and Waxed Floss

There Are Many Options Many people give little thought to their dental floss, even if they use it regularly. They use the free sample containers they get from their Sacramento dentist, or they buy whatever floss is handy at the market or pharmacy. Is Costco selling...

Chocolate in Your Teeth

Chocolate and Your Teeth

Valentine’s Day sees chocolate sales surge. ABC News reported that for 2017, Americans spent $1.7 billion for February chocolate and candy. Japan was not far behind. Despite a much smaller population, Japanese sales totaled $1.2 billion for Valentine’s chocolate alone! What do dentists think of...

Children and Fluoride

What About Fluoride Toothpaste and Children?

The news media has extensively publicized the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announcement that some children are using “too much fluoride” toothpaste. Some media headlines declare that the amounts used are “unhealthy” and create a frightening tone around an important daily activity. Just what has...