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How does pregnancy affect my oral health?

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I am often asked by female patients questions about oral health care during pregnancy. Since this is a topic I hold very near and dear to my heart, I hope this post will help clarify some of those questions. Yes, there may be some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. Much like the oh-so-many other lovely side effects of pregnancy, you can chalk these up to the good ol’ surge in hormones (namely, estrogen and progesterone). Your gums will likely have an exaggerated response to dental plaque, which is that sticky, yellow, or colorless bacterial film that forms around your teeth....

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New Children’s Dental Health Campaign is Cool

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    Is everybody ready for the end of the year? As 2012 comes to a close, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting  so many wonderful new families in the area, with children of all ages. I see all too often that the little ones, especially, need a little help with their brushing and flossing at home. Tooth decay is very preventable. Now, there’s some high tech help, parents! In August, a big children’s oral health literacy campaign was launched as a joint effort between the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, and the Ad Council (including the California...

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Helping a Good Cause

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  Happy spring, everyone! There’s a wonderful event right around the corner, one that supports a cause that is very near and dear to our heart. Yes, it’s not specifically related to dental health, but as you may have heard, dental and total body health are often inter-related. Every 3 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Tri-Valley SOCKs is a local non-profit organization that raises money for breast cancer research, treatment, and educational programs. Their big event of the year is “Bras for the Cause,” a fundraiser walk...

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“But aren’t they just baby teeth?” Actually, they matter.

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I recently had the pleasure of volunteering in the annual American Dental Association’s “Give Kids A Smile” day, on Saturday, February 4th.  Our group of volunteer dentists provided dentistry for Bay Area children in need, seeing 73 children and providing $35,647 worth of free dentistry. Now that’s something to smile about!  Since February was Children’s Dental Health month, I thought it’d be appropriate to address children’s dental health this post. I often hear the same questions from parents about their children’s oral health: Is it okay...

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Wrinkles, thinning graying hair, and jaw shrinking?

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  Happy 2012! It’s been a while since our last post, we hope everyone has been having a great year so far! I just came across an interesting article in the California Dental Society Journal: January 2012. What we have come to recognize as the aging process (getting wrinkles, graying hair, thinning hair, etc.) has just added a dental component–shrinking jaws! In studies spanning the decades, researchers studied molds taken on subjects’ jaws in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Unequivocally, they found a decrease in jaw length and width, leading to eventual crowding of the...

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Why the increase in cavities in adults?

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  Once people reach adulthood, it is often thought that cavities are a thing of the past. You outgrow cavities, right? Yes and no. While it is true that a person’s oral hygiene habits may improve in adulthood (e.g. regular daily flossing habits, better brushing techniques), for many adults, their dietary habits are often worse without realizing it. It even seems to be an increasing trend that we see more adult tooth decay, or people who have never had a cavity growing up suddenly get a whole slew of them. Let’s talk about what may be behind this trend. To start with the...

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