Posts for: January, 2015

By Brookside Dental Care
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  

What you eat (and how often you eat it) is a major factor in the ongoing battle to prevent tooth decay. High levels of sugar or similar carbohydrates in your diet could encourage the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Constantly sipping on acidic beverages like sodas or sports drinks can lead to enamel erosion.

You may be well aware of the kinds of foods that contribute to tooth decay. But did you know some foods can actually protect us from this damaging disease? Here are 4 kinds of foods believed to inhibit tooth decay.

Cheese. This food formed from milk is rich in calcium and has a stimulating effect on saliva. By eating a little cheese after a sugary snack, the increase in saliva can help neutralize the acid produced by the bacteria feeding on the sugar; the added calcium will also strengthen tooth enamel.

Fibrous plant foods. Beans, peanuts and leafy vegetables are rich in fiber and many require vigorous chewing. This in turn stimulates saliva flow, which as previously noted helps to neutralize high levels of acid.

Black and green teas. Beverages brewed from these plants are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, providing an antioxidant effect on cells. Black tea also contains fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

Chocolate. There’s some evidence that cocoa (from which chocolate is derived) may have some properties that inhibit tooth decay. But there is a catch — this evidence is based on unrefined cocoa, without the addition of any sugar. The high levels of sugar in processed chocolate negate this effect. Sorry chocolate lovers!

Of course, any of these and similar foods (like cow’s milk) should be considered complements to a comprehensive prevention approach that includes daily oral hygiene, limits on sugar and acidic food consumption and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

If you would like more information on preventing tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nutrition & Oral Health.”

Does the thought of seeing the dentist send your heart racing? Do you find yourself canceling appointment after appointment with your dentist because you fear even stepping foot in the doorway? If dental anxiety has you neglecting your smile, sedation dentistry in Stockton can help. We know that dental phobias and anxieties are fairly common and our goal is to make your next visit as easy as possible with sedation dentistry.

Oral Sedation

Sedation DentistryThis is the most common form of sedation dentistry that we use. Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill that we have our patients take about 30 minutes before their procedure to make sure it has taken full effect. The most common types of oral sedation are prescription anti-anxiety medications such as Valium. The dosage you receive will depend on the type of procedure performed and your level of anxiety. While oral sedation has been safely used for years, there is still a chance of side effects. Talk to your Stockton dentist about possible side effects of oral sedation.

Inhalation Sedation

You may better know this type of sedation by the colloquial term, “laughing gas”. We first place a mask over your mouth and nose and deliver a steady, controlled stream of nitrous oxide to help reduce anxiety and to ease you into a relaxed state. The best part about opting for inhalation sedation is that the effects wear off shortly after, so patients can drive themselves home after their procedure. Furthermore, there is less chance for unpleasant side effects with this form of sedation.

So who can benefit from sedation dentistry in Stockton?

While sedation dentistry can help those with dental anxieties breathe a bit easier during their next visit, this isn’t the only people it helps. Those who have to endure multiple procedures in one sitting, those who have issues sitting in one position for long periods of time (including children), those with sensitive gag reflexes and those with special needs can all benefit from the use of sedation dentistry.

When can sedation dentistry be used?

While it might seem that sedation dentistry is best used for in-depth and long dental procedures, if your anxiety makes it difficult for you to even sit through a routine cleaning, then you can opt for sedation. Sedation dentistry can be used in conjunction with just about any dental procedure.

Call Brookside Dental Care Today!

If you think sedation dentistry in Stockton could be beneficial for you, call our office today to let us know that you are interested in sedation for your next visit. Our goal is to make every visit with us a breeze.

Are you a patient of Brookside Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By Brookside Dental Care
January 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”