Not many know this, but the enamel that covers and protects your teeth is the hardest substance in the entire human body. It is a self-healing composition that can last a lifetime if maintained properly.
In dentistry, there have been substances produced, some into molds, to try and replace damaged enamel. These include crowns, caps and composites. These can crack and become damaged, and are nothing close in strength and longevity to enamel. They can also be expensive when ... [Continue Reading ->]
Keeping your teeth bright and shiny makes for a welcoming smile. It’s great for your social life and that’s just the beginning. Brushing and flossing every day and getting regular professional dental checkups are foundation stones for a lifetime of good health.
Here is a look at a few of the ways good oral health keeps you strong, happy, and healthy.
Boost Your Confidence
When you meet people, they form an impression in seconds. One of the basic ways ... [Continue Reading ->]
Snoring isn’t just irritating to your bed partner. It can have serious long-term effects. The loud sound keeps you awake, plus everyone close by. Beside too little sleep, it hurts relationships and can indicate a lifestyle or medical problem.
What Causes Snoring
There is a wide range of reasons that people snore. It’s important to realize it’s a physical problem and needs a physical solution.
For many snorers, it’s simply the way they are built. The narrower the air passage, ... [Continue Reading ->]
Life happens – and you want to be able to smile brightly for the camera when it does. A white and bright smile not only lights up your face, but the photos that you’ll treasure for years to come. Today, it’s easy to get that pearly white smile for your next special event.
Events Where Whiter Teeth Make All the Difference
There are all kinds of special events and celebrations you’ll experience in life. These are just a few of ... [Continue Reading ->]
Good oral health is essential at any age. As we age, though, it becomes even more critical. The following statistic says it all. Nearly 25 percent of the people in the United States over the age of 60 no longer have any of their natural teeth remaining, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Why is Oral Health So Important Among the Aging Population?
Good oral hygiene leads to good dental health. Unfortunately, many busy people neglect good ... [Continue Reading ->]
Bleeding after brushing or flossing, or simply at random times, may be a sign of unhealthy oral tissues. Many people think bleeding gums is normal, particularly after flossing their teeth, but it is usually a signal to change your oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist. Regardless of the cause, your bleeding gums are a warning sign.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
One of the most common causes of bleeding gums is gum disease, also called gingivitis or periodontitis (periodontal disease). ... [Continue Reading ->]
Missing teeth are not only aesthetically displeasing for patients, but they are also connected to various oral health issues. When a patient has one or multiple missing teeth, there is a risk of bone loss, shifting of the other teeth, and oral health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Stefanie Shore is here to help by providing tooth replacement options for missing teeth.
One highly sought-after tooth replacement option is the dental bridge. This is a dental appliance that uses crowns and a pontic ... [Continue Reading ->]
Veneers have a long history, dating back to 1928, when California dentist Charles Pincus used them for actors in a film shoot. Over the years, science has advanced, making porcelain veneers the outstanding dental product they are today.
Veneers are thin ceramic, tooth-colored “shells” that are placed over existing teeth to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Porcelain is a very sturdy material that looks and feels like natural teeth, and is strong enough to protect the natural tooth structure ... [Continue Reading ->]
Receding gums, otherwise known as gingival recession, is a condition in which the roots of teeth are exposed because the gums have receded. It is most common among adults over the age of 40, though it begins as early as the teens.
While receding gums themselves are sometimes a simple sign of aging, there are times when they signify something more. People who experience the following symptoms in conjunction with receding gums should consult their dentist to determine if something ... [Continue Reading ->]
Many people believe that oral cancer is a rare disease. However, this year alone, more than 34,000 new cases of oral cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States, according to The California Dental Association (CDA).
The CDA reports that 8,000 people will die this year from mouth cancer and the 34,000 newly diagnosed oral cancer patients, only half will still be living five years from now. In fact, theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the ... [Continue Reading ->]
Many people who have never had a root canal have been conditioned to fear them. Whether it’s old wives tales, movie magic melodrama, or simple discomfort at having a dentist work so much in such a delicate area, people often fear root canals. However, root canals are virtually painless compared to what must be done once the need for them is ignored for far too long. Leaving an inflamed tooth untreated leads to long-term pain and a possible abscess, not ... [Continue Reading ->]
Whether it is a toothache, cracked tooth, bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, or a dental issue you don’t think is serious, fixing dental problems should be your top priority. It is important for Sacramento residents to correct oral health problems as early as possible not only to avoid more costly dental procedures in the future and to help maintain oral health and overall health.
A few statistics convey the importance of paying attention to dental problems. Children in our California community ... [Continue Reading ->]
As we near the end of 2011 and get busy in the planning and celebration of the holidays, we encourage you to do one simple thing that will be a true ‘gift’ to yourself and/or your family members—take advantage of your remaining dental benefits before year end.
If you have treatment that has been diagnosed but is not complete, or if you would simply like to come in for your regular exam and cleaning, please call to schedule an appointment. ... [Continue Reading ->]
Lasers are one of the new exciting technologies in dentistry. There are different types of lasers with different purposes. There are lasers that can cut gum tissue, ones that can drill and prepare teeth, and others that can cut away bone. The most common is the soft tissue laser, called a diode. This is used to help remove excess gum tissue, stop bleeding in the gums, remove nodules on the lips and inside the mouth, heal canker sores and do ... [Continue Reading ->]
This is an exasperating subject, and one that I could speak about at length. More and more insurance companies are offering what they call “discount plans”. Smile Savers is an example. The company sells it fairly cheap and claims you can use it for all of your dental needs. This is probably the most economical individual dental insurance plan out there. Seems great, right?
Well, not so much. When you read the fine print on these plans you’ll discover that ... [Continue Reading ->]
Canker sores are an autoimmune response to some sort of stress. In English, when you body comes in contact with a trigger, the canker sore develops as a response. What are the triggers? Well, in some people its stress. In others, it’s food. Citrus fruits, spicy foods, walnuts and strawberries have all been proven to cause canker sores. Another trigger is Cinnamon flavored things—gum, candy, mouth rinse, even toothpaste. Many people are allergic to the artificial flavoring.
How to treat ... [Continue Reading ->]
If you read my last blog entry about dental insurance, you should be well versed in how dental insurance and medical insurance differ. Beyond what’s been previously discussed,there are also differences in the issue of “in” versus “out” of network. We all know when it comes to medical insurance, it’s better to see an in network Doctor. Not only does this mean the insurance plan will pay for a greater percent of the cost of your visit, but it also ... [Continue Reading ->]
Let me start by stating the most important thing about Dental Insurance: It is not like Medical Insurance. I’ll repeat that again for emphasis, it is not like Medical Insurance. So you should just dispel any ideas that may be in your head about the possibility of paying nothing for dental treatment because it almost never happens.
Dental Insurance is a different animal and works completely differently. It’s almost the opposite of medical insurance. The most common dental insurance plans ... [Continue Reading ->]
I’ve always been frustrated by the lack of transparency with fees in the medical field. Not just in my own practice of dentistry, but with all physicians, eye doctors, etc. It’s amazing to get EOBs and bills in the mail from physicians where the amount billed is double or triple what the negotiated fee is with the insurance. Having medical insurance is certainly helpful, I can’t imagine what some of the costs could be for people with no medical insurace.
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We all know the saying “Location, location, location” and how important it is in Real Estate. Well, in Dentistry it’s all about “Prevention, Prevention, Prevention”. Ignoring problems in your mouth and not having regular dental care will cost you more money, more time, and cause more discomfort throughout your lifetime.
Say you are a person who gets regular cleanings every 3, 4 or 6 months. This is great! Congratulations! You will be seen by the dentist who can diagnose small ... [Continue Reading ->]