An Inside look at general health: The de

An Inside look at general health:

The dentist can tell quite a lot about patients’ general health simply by looking inside their mouths. For instance, if teeth show signs of abnormal wear, it is quite possible that the patient is a tooth-grinder (“bruxer”), which could be a sign of an anxiety problem requiring mental health care. In other cases, eroding enamel may be an indication that a patient is experiencing a backup of stomach acid into the mouth associated with “gastroesophageal reflux disease” (GERD). If so, this chronic disorder should be diagnosed and treated. In addition, while dry mouth may be associated with dehydration, allergies, smoking, or new medications, it may also be an early warning of diabetes or Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder.

Our goal is to provide the best dentistry possible in the most comfortable way. At WOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, we want to help you. We’re located at 612 Riley St., where you will receive a professional exam to detect and address any existing or impending oral health problems. Please call us at 916.985.2775 to schedule an appointment for the highest quality dental treatment in a warm and caring environment. Learning everything you can about your options, risks and benefits, is the key to making an informed decision.

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Straight from patients mouths While pati

Straight from patients mouths

While patients may automatically assume that orthodontic treatment is needed to correct crooked, rotated, and overlapping teeth, it may only take a few subtle alterations by the dentist to correct problem teeth. Tooth contouring and reshaping are cosmetic techniques that can make a big difference, and they only require a single visit to the dentist. With a few deft touches, the dentist can change the shape, length, or position of teeth with minimal discomfort to the patient. A sanding drill or laser may be utilized to remove small amounts of surface enamel gradually, after which abrasive strips are slid back and forth on the teeth’s inside edges to shape the surfaces in between teeth. Finally, teeth are smoothed and polished. undefined

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Do patients need to stop blood thinners?

Do patients need to stop blood thinners?

More recently, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has recommended that patients undergoing dental procedures need not stop taking blood thinners such as warfarin. If warfarin (or aspirin) is going to be stopped for a procedure, the general recommendation is doing so for five days beforehand (seven to ten days for aspirin). However, the AAN found that, of all the procedures studied, dental procedures were the least likely to increase bleeding risk. Any decision concerning the (dis)use of a medication should be discussed with the dentist.

Blood thinners do not affect most dental procedures. We take pride in providing our patients with outstanding clinical care and knowledgeable service in every way. We look forward to getting to know you, listening to your concerns, and learning how we can help you meet your dental health needs.

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Teeth before dentists Have you ever wond

Teeth before dentists

Have you ever wondered how our distant ancestors managed to maintain healthy teeth and gums before toothbrushes and dental floss were invented? According to recent research involving analysis of plaque (the sticky film that develops naturally on teeth) taken from 34 ancient skeletons, our ancestors’ teeth had more good bacteria than our own teeth have. As a result, the ancients’ teeth were better able to fend off bad bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. One reason for the healthier bacteria is that our ancestors didn’t eat processed foods. As time progressed and hunters and gatherers turned to farming, teeth took a turn for a worse. The advent of processed sugar and corn syrup has led to further decline.

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Face Saving Treatment

There is nothing attractive about “bruxism” (tooth-grinding), beginning with the horrible noise it creates that resembles chewing on coconut shells. While this noise is usually more of a problem for people sharing sleeping quarters with tooth-grinders, the loss of enamel and damaged tooth structure that bruxism can cause are occurrences with which

tooth-grinders should be concerned. In fact, unless the problem is halted with the use of a custom-made nightguard provided by the dentist, bruxism can lead to facial changes that make the face look older. As tooth surfaces wear down and teeth become shorter, the upper and lower jaws (as well as the nose and chin) draw nearer. As a result, the lower face seems to prematurely age.

Could you benefit by wearing a night guard? Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important for good dental health. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

At *WOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS*, we are dedicated to preserving your teeth and offering you the best care with the least amount of risk to your health. If you have oral health questions for yourself or a family member, please call *916.985.2775* to schedule an appointment. We’re located at ****612 Riley St****

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Before the invention of toothpaste in its modern form, the ancients formulated their own versions from ingredients such as crushed eggshells and powdered pumice. It was not until the 1890s that Colgate introduced the first tube of toothpaste. By the 1950s, enamel-strengthening fluoride was added to toothpaste as an effective decay-preventive element.

Today, whitening toothpastes are slightly more abrasive than regular toothpastes, which, along with ingredients like peroxide, help them more effectively remove stains. In any case, the primary purpose behind tooth-brushing is to remove plaque, which coats teeth on a daily basis. Unless this pale yellow biofilm is removed, it will continue to build up
and harden, and acid produced by the colonized bacteria will attack tooth enamel.

It makes good sense to start preventive measures against dental disease as soon as possible. When was the last time you had a complete dental exam?

At *WOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS*, we make a thorough evaluation of existing and potential problems. Nothing is more economical than regular checkups. Small developing problems can be corrected before they become serious problems. Call us today at *916.985.2775* to schedule a convenient appointment. We’re located at *****612 Riley St******

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How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they at whitening teeth?

All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach. Over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on the tooth surface, as well as stains deep in the tooth. None of the home use whitening toothpastes can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist’s office through chair side bleaching or power bleaching. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth’s color by about one shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening conducted in your dentist’s office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.

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