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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...

Dark Chocolate

Does Dark Chocolate Prevent Cavities?

People love to hear good news about their “guilty pleasures.” Eating or drinking dark chocolate is one of these. Without question, dark chocolate is connected with many beneficial effects, especially on the circulatory system. Within the last decade, the prevention of cavities has also been...

E-Cigarettes and Cavities

Do E-Cigarettes Cause Cavities?

Since e-cigarettes are still a relatively new product, especially compared to the traditional cigarette, research is ongoing to determine the actual effects they have on the human body, especially the mouth and teeth. Results are starting to be published, however, as studies are completed. Recently,...

Invisalign and other orthodontic methods may resolve some sleep apnea problems.

Do Mouthguards Cause Cavities?

Mouthguards worn during sports, biteguards for sleep to prevent grinding, and Invisalign trays inserted to straighten teeth – there are lots of people wearing plastic in their mouth. Can these devices cause cavities? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. What Causes Cavities? First, here’s a...

A pair of grandchildren kiss their grandmother simultaneously -- a beneficial behavior that works best when your oral health is excellent.

Genetics and Oral Health

Are Genes Affecting Your Teeth? There are some oral health issues that are passed on genetically, so there’s a chance you have inherited more than your nose or eye color from your parents. Dental problems do run in families and some people have an increased risk...

Gum Recession

Gum Recession – New Territory for Cavities

In a healthy mouth, the gums fit snugly against the tooth enamel, allowing very little access to the root surfaces below. The roots are thus protected from bacterial plaque and potential decay. When the gums recede, due to poor dental care, oral piercings, abrasion of...

Enamel's Greatest Enemies

Enamel’s Greatest Enemies

Oral bacteria are a leading cause of tooth decay, but acidic drinks are also confirmed contributors to cavities in teeth. Called “caries” by dentists, these pits, holes and fissures are spots where the enamel has progressively worn away due to 1) bacteria living off food...

Winning the Battle Against Cavities

If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles. – Sun Tzu Many people assume that cavities in their teeth, called “caries” by dentists, are simply holes that developed over time. In a certain sense, that understanding is...