Friday, December 12, 2014

Want something to really smile about?

Clothes, cosmetics and cute hairstyles aren't the only things that make a person beautiful. Your smile is the most important part of your appearance to invest in.
Enter cosmetic dentistry. A bright, well-aligned smile is powerful. It exudes confidence and most importantly a beautiful smile shows people who you really are.
Let's talk Cosmetic Dentistry:
Veneers can change your smile significantly. During the process, porcelain veneers are custom fitted over your real teeth. The color, shape and length of your teeth can be completely changed, customized to your perfect smile.
Dental implants:
If you’ve lost teeth due to an injury, illness, or if certain teeth are simply beyond repair, dental implants are the solution for you. They look, feel and function just like your own teeth.
Porcelain Crowns:
Porcelain crowns are a natural-looking alternative to metal crowns. The porcelain covering adds strength and a natural look. You can blend color, change shape and rebuild the teeth.
Dental bonding:
If you have an individual tooth that has lost a small amount of structure, has decay or an old mercury filling, or if you have front teeth that are off just a bit, we can use a realistic-looking tooth colored bonding material to repair your tooth/teeth and make your smile like new!
Teeth Whitening:
Too much coffee or tea, perhaps? Or simply tired of a less-than-bright smile? We can give you bright, white teeth in one visit that will make a profound difference in how you show the world who you are.
At Oroville Gentle Dentistry, we have extensive experience with all of these procedures and would love to talk more about them with you...just give us a call!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

5X Summit

We had the opportunity to attend the 5X Summit in Atlanta in October. 5X Summit was hosted by Jay Geier the CEO of Scheduling Institute, a training service for dentists.  They teach us fundamental qualities that help us grow together and take care of our patients.

Several team members from Oroville Gentle Dentistry and Paradise Gentle Dentistry attended the Summit. This is what they have to share with you about what they learned.

Friday, December 5, 2014

TMJ...What Is it?

Located in front of the ears on each side of the head, is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ serves many purposes such as chewing food, speaking and yawning. It moves side-to-side and up and down. The joint functions like a sliding hinge, making it one of the few unique areas of your body.

Symptoms of TMJ

If you suspect you're suffering from TMJ, let us know on your next visit or contact us by phone to make an appointment. We will examine your mouth and can take X-rays to better analyze your condition. Common TMJ symptoms include:
    A clicking noise upon opening and closing the mouth.
    Difficulty biting or chewing.
    Earaches and headaches.
    The jaw locks frequently.
    Jaw pain.
    Dull facial pain.

Chronic TMJ Jaw

If the condition becomes chronic, your jaw pain can persist due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, tooth loss, nighttime grinding and even bone disease. Chronic TMJ can affect not only parts of the joint, but the adjacent muscles as well. That means treatment options will vary depending on your specific issue.

What Can You Do?

Until we determines a course of treatment, you can take your own steps to lessen the pain. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, which can help stop brushing pain caused by enamel loss or root exposure.
TMJ jaw pain affects people in a variety of ways. Thus, there's no singular cure-all. However, from a nighttime mouth guard to anti-inflammatory medicine, there are many ways to help in the treatment for those who suffer from any level of irritation.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Worst Crunchy Foods For Your Teeth

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, you've probably heard that before.... but an apple a day is also very good for your dental health as well.
So, you may ask...what about all the other foods that go CRUNCH during the Holiday season? What's bad for my teeth? Let's take a look at some of the worst crunchy foods that you might eat during the day.

Bad Crunch

Snack Foods: Foods like crackers, potato chips and pretzels can be really bad for your teeth. Why? Because when you chew these types of foods, they can get stuck in your teeth. When the carbohydrates they contain convert to sugar, it can damage the enamel on your teeth. Brushing and flossing after eating these snack foods to remove the damaging particles will help.

Hard Candies: An enemy to your teeth! If it's candy you crave, don't go for the hard candies...they are the worst things for your mouth. The longer they are in your mouth, the more time it gives the sugars to wreak havoc on you enamel. The sugar in this type of candy can also stick to your teeth ad cause decay.

Good Choices

Remember, eating healthy during the holidays is important for your overall well being and dental health. Try sticking to foods that are good for you, instead of reaching for that next Christmas goodie. You will have a Merrier Christmas for choosing the right food to crunch on.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Is a Water Flosser Benificial to my Dental Health?

Many people wonder what the benefits are of using a water flosser, here are just a few examples of why they are a very good tool for maintaining a healthy mouth.
  • fresher breath over just using string floss.
  • healthier, pink gum tissue.
  • No build up of gunk and bacteria between my teeth
  • Improved dental visits.

Makes a great gift!
Looking for a gift for that person that has everything, and that will keep on giving all year long? Try surprising them with a Water Flosser this Christmas. There are many to choose from on the market today, we sell a very good WaterPik here in the office. Skip the big stores, and long lines, by swinging by the office to get one for that favorite person on your list.

Check out the Waterpik in action:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Parrott Family Christmas Program

For over 20 years the Parrott family has been Ringing in the Christmas Season in Paradise.  Started as a way to say "thank you" to Dr. Harvey Parrott's patients and friends and family it has become a tradition for many as a way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving and get in the mood for Christmas.

Karen and Harvey Parrott's 5 children, 17 grand-children, and sons and daughters-in-law come together to produce an evening of music to invite the Spirit of the Savior who's birthday we celebrate on Christmas.  The show features handbells and a number of variety acts for a fun-filled evening appropriate for all ages.

Don't miss this show, it's a great way to start the Christmas season. A show for the entire family to enjoy!

You can get $1.00 general seating tickets in our office or $10.00  reserved seating online. Call our office for more details.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Be our next lucky WINNER, this Thanksgiving!

Be our next lucky WINNER! We are giving away a complete Thanksgiving dinner from Raley's. Hot and ready for your family's table. Come into the office before November 25th and enter to win! No purchase necessary, one entry per person per day.

Why Are My Teeth Yellow?

Teeth tend to naturally discolor as we age, but besides that, there are several different ways for teeth to become discolored. Some of the causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. External tooth discoloration is caused mainly by foods and tobacco. The main causes of tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods. To avoid excessive yellowing, stay away from these factors, and brush daily.

Good Food Choices for Good Dental Health

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).
     Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Welcome to our blog!

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Oroville Gentle Dentistry blog. 

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

Here's to your best oral health ever!