Mouthwash is a common oral hygiene accessory, but is it necessary for all people to use it? Here the Sacramento Dentistry Group looks at why mouthwash is effective for some people and what problems mouthwash can help solve.
Fluoride dental floss has been available for many years. Many patients wonder if this product is actually as effective as other means of applying fluoride to the teeth. A review of the scientific literature helps answer this question.
Will the metal supports in a dental bridge, or the brackets and wires that make up orthodontic braces, set off metal detectors? This press release looks at whether wearing these things is safe and if they will delay your travel plans as you go through security.
Americans drink tremendous amounts of coffee and cola every year. Depending on personal habits, this can lead to significant tooth stains. Which of these drinks is of greater concern and why?
Some concern is voiced around the Internet that clear aligners, mouthguards, nightguards and similar devices lead to cavities. Here are specific suggestions on how to prevent a mouthguard from becoming a home for relatively large numbers of bacteria.
A common question is whether bones and teeth are made of the same tissues. While they are composed of many of the same elements, different cell types are responsible for their structure. Learn more and other vital facts in this press release.
Tongue spurs sound like a kind of growth around the tongue. Actually, they are a training device for people with a specific bite problem. This article explains how tongue spurs retrain the tongue to prevent open bite.
Many people need a mouthguard at night to prevent damage from bruxism, the unconscious grinding of the teeth that happens while some people try to sleep. Unfortunately, if a mouthguard doesn't fit well, sleep can be hard to find. Here is a solution.
Dental patients often wonder how long their teeth will last. From a durability aspect, teeth are one of the hardest parts of the human body. They are also subject to a harsh environment, filled with acid-producing bacteria and subject to great stresses. Here is advice on making teeth last a lifetime.
Mail order orthodontics are often touted on social media. Just because they worked for one person, will they work for everyone? Are there consequences of not having a dentist or orthodontist examine the mouth first? What can happen if orthodontics are performed without x-rays?
For many years, dentists and doctors were discouraged from using doxycycline with children, due to the potential for tooth staining with tetracycline-derived antibiotics. Newer data suggests otherwise for doxycycline.
Many people enjoy drinking soda, so why do dentists so routinely condemn it? This article highlights the two main problems with soft drinks as it relates to tooth decay. Solutions to the problem beyond cutting the soda habit are mentioned.
Mouthguards are easily purchased at pharmacies and sporting goods shops. Even discount stores now sell a brand of mouthguard. Whether or not these mouthguards are effective is another matter. The most effective and comfortable type of mouthguard is customized to fit the patient.
Patients often ask which is better, the interdental brush or dental floss. The answer to this question is more nuanced than simply ranking one tool over the other. Both methods of cleaning between the teeth have their advantages.
Invisalign uses clear aligners to correct imperfect teeth and arches. Although treatment usually provides great benefits to sleep apnea patients, what happens if they are already wearing an oral appliance to improve their breathing? Here we answer patient questions by describing how this problem is resolved.
If a patient breaks or loses a metal filling, what should they do with the broken amalgam? Herein we discuss why mercury amalgam should be disposed of properly at a dental office and how to bring the amalgam to your dentist.
A morning cup of coffee is routine for many Americans, but what constitutes a "cup of coffee" anymore? Do the coffee drinks of today have much in common with the phrase "one lump or two," and how does that affect the oral health?
Interproximal reduction, or IPR, is a dental technique used to create space between the teeth. Since it involves removing some of the enamel, many patients worry about its consequences. How much is removed? What does that represent? Why is it typically done?
Dental amalgam may contain mercury, but it is still considered safe by both the American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration. Nevertheless, there are patients that the Sacramento Dentistry Group does not consider good candidates for use of dental amalgam.