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Keeping Gum Disease at Bay Could Help Your Overall Health Mar 29th, 2020

It’s bad enough the diseases caused by poor dental hygiene or lack of dental checkups could be leaving your teeth and gums more at risk. But current scientific research seems to indicate those same dental diseases may also cause you problems in other parts of your body. The connection is...

You May Need Your Gums Checked More Frequently After Gum Disease Mar 19th, 2020

After a dental examination revealed you had periodontal (gum) disease, you began undergoing treatment. Now after several cleaning sessions, the infection has subsided and your gums have returned to a healthy shade of pink. But your gum care isn’t over — depending on the infection’s severity you may need to...

Margot Robbie Knows: A Great Smile Is Worth Protecting Mar 9th, 2020

On the big screen, Australian-born actress Margot Robbie may be best known for playing devil-may-care anti-heroes—like Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn and notorious figure skater Tonya Harding. But recently, a discussion of her role in Peter Rabbit proved that in real life, she’s making healthier choices. When asked whether it was hard to voice...

Which Cosmetic Dentistry Option Is Right for You? Mar 5th, 2020

You want to change the appearance of your smile, but how? At Dr. Jeff DiMariano's dental office in Sacramento, CA, you can explore cosmetic dentistry services that improve the shape, color and alignment of teeth and gums. Get ready for a look you'll just love. What is cosmetic dentistry? Escalating...

Test Your Expertise in Caring for Your Child's Dental Health With This Short Quiz Feb 28th, 2020

Your child’s current dental care sets the stage for good oral health later in life. It’s essential, therefore, that you know how best to protect their teeth and gums. In recognition of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, here’s a short true or false quiz to test your knowledge...

A Loose Tooth is a Sign of Deeper Dental Trouble Feb 18th, 2020

A loose primary (“baby”) tooth is often a cause for celebration. A loose permanent tooth, however, is a cause for concern. A permanent tooth shouldn't even wiggle. If you have a loose tooth, it's likely you have a deeper dental problem. Here are the top underlying causes for loose teeth....

Straighten Your Smile Discreetly With Invisalign Feb 17th, 2020

What's your heart desire? For many people, it's a beautiful smile, but sadly, nature did not provide one. Also, an orthodontic correction may not have been an option at an early age. If you're one of these teens or adults, consider straightening your smile discreetly with Invisalign clear aligners from...

Take These Steps to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth Feb 8th, 2020

Even though teeth are resilient, they're not indestructible. An accidental collision involving the face could damage teeth, even knocking a tooth completely out of its socket. At first, it might seem like the end of the line for that particular tooth. But it doesn't have to be—if you know what...

NHL Iron Man Keith Yandle Suffers Dental Trauma on Ice Jan 29th, 2020

Professional Hockey player Keith Yandle is the current NHL “iron man”—that is, he has earned the distinction of playing in the most consecutive games. On November 23, Yandle was in the first period of his 820th consecutive game when a flying puck knocked out or broke nine of his front...

A Root Canal Treatment Will Improve Your Health, Not Harm It Jan 19th, 2020

If you’ve ever read online that root canal therapy causes cancer, don’t be alarmed—it doesn’t. What it does do is save a deeply decayed tooth that might otherwise be lost. Tooth decay is caused by acid produced by bacteria, which dissolves enamel to create a hole or cavity. But it doesn’t...

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Smile in the New Year Jan 10th, 2020

Although we begin our New Year's resolutions with high hopes, many of them fall by the wayside by the end of January. It simply takes tremendous willpower to lose weight or exercise more. So to improve your resolution success rate, why not throw in some with a little more zing,...

4 Common Causes for Gum Recession Dec 31st, 2019

Your gums play an important role in dental function and health. Not only do they help anchor teeth in the jaw, the gums also protect tooth roots from disease. But you can lose that protective covering if your gums recede or shrink back from the teeth. An exposed tooth is more susceptible...

How Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus Got Their Stellar Smiles Dec 20th, 2019

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as...

Follow These Holiday Toy Tips for Your Kids to Avoid Dental Injuries Dec 10th, 2019

The holidays draw families together like no other season as loved ones gather from near and far to eat, drink and be merry—and exchange gifts. For the little kids that means toys (and sometimes for the big “kids” too!). Unfortunately, a toy meant to delight children could instead cause them...

Dental Care During Pregnancy is Safe and Essential Nov 30th, 2019

When a woman learns she's pregnant, her first thought is often to do everything possible to protect the new life inside her. That may mean making lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol or quitting smoking. Some women may also become concerned that their regular dental visits could pose a risk to...

Facial Nerve Pain can be Reduced with the Right Treatment Approach Nov 20th, 2019

Our nerves serve a vital purpose, alerting us to bodily discomfort, injury or disease — we couldn’t remain in good health for long without them. But when they malfunction due to genetics or disease, they can themselves become a source of pain and discomfort. One such nerve disorder that affects...

What Is a Dental Crown? Nov 17th, 2019

Crowns offer an excellent solution for a variety of dental issues. Multi-purpose dental crowns can improve your appearance, repair a broken tooth, replace a missing tooth or strengthen a fragile tooth. Your Sacramento, CA, family dentist, Dr. Jeff DiMariano helps you care for your smile with crowns and other restorations...

Why Alfonso Ribeiro Is Grateful for Root Canal Treatment Nov 10th, 2019

As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his...

Tooth Sensitivity Could Be a Sign of Deeper Problems Oct 31st, 2019

If you wince in pain while eating or drinking something hot or cold, you’re not alone: tooth sensitivity afflicts one in three Americans. To understand what’s possibly going on, let’s look first at tooth anatomy. Teeth are mainly composed of three layers: an outer protective enamel that covers the upper crown, a middle layer...

Orthodontics: More Than Straightening a Crooked Smile Oct 21st, 2019

Braces are a common experience among teens and pre-teens. And although the treatment can be a major financial undertaking, more and more families pursue it to help their child attain a straighter, more attractive smile. But orthodontics isn’t first and foremost a cosmetic treatment. Although an improved appearance is a...

How Can Veneers Help Your Smile? Oct 16th, 2019

Veneers from your family dentist in Sacramento, CA, can give you an outstanding smile Are there things about your smile that you wish you could change? Have you stopped smiling because you are embarrassed by the condition of your teeth? If your smile isn’t all it could be, there is...

The Triple Partnership That Could Save a Cancer Patient's Oral Health Oct 11th, 2019

While the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation have contributed to rising cancer survival rates, they can still have an adverse effect on the rest of the body. That includes the mouth: these treatments can damage healthy tissues like the salivary glands. The decrease in saliva flow increases the risk of...

A Different Kind of "Chip Shot" for Pro Golfer Danielle Kang Oct 1st, 2019

While the sport of golf may not look too dangerous from the sidelines, players know it can sometimes lead to mishaps. There are accidents involving golf carts and clubs, painful muscle and back injuries, and even the threat of lightning strikes on the greens. Yet it wasn’t any of these...

The Digital Revolution Is Transforming Implant Therapy Sep 21st, 2019

Compared to other dental restorations—a few of which have been around for over a century—implants are a relatively recent development. But even though it's just now entering its fourth decade, recent advances have catapulted implant therapy well beyond where it began. That's due mainly to digital technology. Two examples of...

If Appropriate, Antibiotics before Implant Surgery Could Reduce Infection Risk Sep 11th, 2019

Millions of microorganisms call your mouth home—and while most are friendly, some are not. An invasive procedure like implant surgery can disrupt the mouth's soft tissues and allow disease-causing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This isn't necessarily a major concern if your immune system is sound—your body will move quickly...

Your Reoccurring Sinus Infections May Actually Be Caused by Tooth Decay Sep 1st, 2019

If you suffer frequent sinus infections, you might want to talk with your dentist about it. It could be your chronic sinus problems stem from a deeply decayed or infected tooth. Sinuses are hollow, air-filled spaces in the front of the skull associated with nasal passages. The largest, the maxillary...

(Don't) Break It Like Beckham Aug 22nd, 2019

During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of...

Smoking Could Increase Your Gum Disease Risk Aug 12th, 2019

Although periodontal (gum) disease starts with the gums, the teeth may ultimately suffer. An infection can damage the gum attachment and supporting bone to the point that an affected tooth could be lost. The main cause for gum disease is dental plaque, a bacterial biofilm that accumulates on teeth due...

Make Sure Your Kids' Teeth Are Ready for School Aug 2nd, 2019

With summer winding down, parents are turning their attention to their kids' upcoming school year. August is often a busy time for families rushing to buy school supplies and fresh sets of clothes and shoes. Although hectic, these last few weeks before school starts are also ideal for focusing on...

How Fillings Can Help Your Smile Jul 24th, 2019

Fillings can help your smile by restoring decay and yes, beautifying how your teeth look. How can this be? Aren't fillings made of silvery-looking metal? Some are, but most are tooth-colored, explain your family dentists in Sacramento, CA, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano. Blending with and strengthening natural...

You May Need to Postpone an Upcoming Dental Visit if You Have Shingles Jul 23rd, 2019

Chicken pox is a common viral infection that usually occurs during childhood. Although the disease symptoms only last a short time, the virus that caused it may remain, lying dormant for years within the body's nervous system. Decades later it may reappear with a vengeance in a form known as herpes...

Bobby Bones Dances His Way to Dental Damage Jul 13th, 2019

The long-running hit show Dancing with the Stars has had its share of memorable moments, including a wedding proposal, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of sharp dance moves. But just recently, one DWTS contestant had the bad luck of taking an elbow to the mouth on two separate occasions—one of which resulted in some...

You can Get Relief from Facial Pain Jul 3rd, 2019

Each year doctors treat about 150,000 new cases of severe facial pain. If you're one of those people, you don't have to suffer—there are ways to gain relief from these painful episodes. Those recurring episodes are known as trigeminal neuralgia (TN). As the name implies, the source of the pain are the...

3 Ways to Help Your Child Relax at the Dentist Jun 23rd, 2019

Regular dental visits are an important part of teeth and gum health at any age, including young children. But the clinical nature of a dental office can be intimidating to children and create in them an anxiety that could carry over into adulthood and disrupt future care. You can, though,...

A Dental Exam Could Uncover an Eating Disorder Jun 17th, 2019

After your son or daughter's dental exam, you expect to hear about cavities, poor bites or other dental problems. But your dentist might suggest a different kind of problem you didn't expect—an eating disorder. It's not a fluke occurrence—a dental exam is a common way bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa come to light. That's...

To Detect Oral Cancer Early, See Your Dentist Jun 17th, 2019

This month marks the 20th annual observance of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, over 50,000 people in the US were diagnosed with oral cancer, and over 10,000 people died from the disease. The 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is only around 57%, making it more deadly than many...

Why You Should Floss Around the Implants Supporting Your Bridge Jun 17th, 2019

We've been using bridges to replace missing teeth for decades. Now, recently-developed implant-supported bridges are even more dependable, promising greater durability and less interference with remaining natural teeth. But just like other restorations, you'll need to keep implant bridges clean to ensure their longevity. Although both the bridge and implants...

Janet Jackson: Even pop stars get insecure about their smiles! Jun 17th, 2019

Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came...

Dentures with Implants Could Help You Avoid Bone Loss Jun 17th, 2019

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile. But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious:...

See Your Dentist ASAP to Save Your Loose Tooth Jun 16th, 2019

A loose adult tooth isn't normal. It could be loose because it's been subjected to high biting forces like those that occur with a tooth grinding habit. Or, it could be the result of periodontal (gum) disease or some other infection that has weakened some of the tooth's supporting gums...

You May Not Need a Narcotic to Manage Post-Dental Work Pain Jun 16th, 2019

There's no doubt treating dental problems can improve your health. But because the mouth is among the most sensitive areas of the body, many dental procedures can be potentially uncomfortable after treatment. We rely on pain medication to alleviate any dental work discomfort, especially during recuperation. Our arsenal of pain-relieving...

Your Sinus Infection Might be a Sign of a Tooth Problem Jun 16th, 2019

Each year thousands of people develop sinus infections from various causes. But there's one cause for sinusitis that might surprise you—tooth decay. Tooth decay begins when the acid produced by oral bacteria erodes a tooth's enamel protection to create a small hole or cavity. Left untreated, the infection can move into the...

2.6 Million Fans 'Like' Justin Bieber's Chipped Tooth Jun 16th, 2019

Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he...

Dental Injury Is Just a Temporary Setback for Basketball Star Kevin Love Mar 16th, 2019

The March 27th game started off pretty well for NBA star Kevin Love. His team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were coming off a 5-game winning streak as they faced the Miami Heat that night. Less than two minutes into the contest, Love charged in for a shot on Heat center Jordan...

You Don't Have to Live with a Gummy Smile. Here's How We Can Change it! Mar 5th, 2019

A beautiful smile is a balanced smile, especially in regard to your gums. A normal smile usually shows 4 mm or less of gum tissue along with about 10 mm of tooth length. But if your gums show more than that, your smile may seem too gummy. In terms of...

Your Toothache is Telling you Something's Wrong in Your Mouth Feb 23rd, 2019

A toothache might mean you have tooth decay—or maybe not. It could also be a sign of other problems that will take a dental exam to uncover. But we can get some initial clues about the underlying cause from how much it hurts, when and for how long it hurts...

Legal or Not, Marijuana Poses a Health Risk to Your Gums Feb 13th, 2019

Proponents of legalized marijuana have won phenomenal gains over the last decade. Despite the federal government's continuing criminalization of the drug, several states including California, Colorado and Massachusetts, have voted to legalize its recreational use. Most people are aware of the social and political controversies the marijuana legalization movement stirs....

Baseball's Francisco Lindor Shines as "Mr. Smile" Feb 3rd, 2019

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when...

NSAIDs Could be Just as Effective as Narcotics Managing Dental Pain Jan 25th, 2019

Like other healthcare providers, dentists have relied for decades on the strong pain relief of opioid (narcotic) drugs for patients after dental work. As late as 2012, doctors and dentists wrote over 250 million prescriptions for these drugs. Since then, though, those numbers have shrunk drastically. That’s because while effective,...

Moderate Fluoride Use Packs the Biggest Punch for Decay Prevention Jan 15th, 2019

In the battle against tooth decay, fluoride is an important weapon. Since the discovery of its dental health benefits a century ago, fluoride has been credited with saving countless teeth. But over its history in dental care, this natural-occurring chemical has also had its share of controversy with concerns raised...

4 Ways to Check on Your Brushing and Flossing Effectiveness Jan 4th, 2019

For most of us, brushing and flossing is a routine part of daily life. But has it become such a routine that you may not be getting the most out of your daily regimen? First, let's be clear about what you're trying to accomplish with these two important hygiene tasks,...

Fan of Superhero Film Black Panther Breaks Steel Wire...with Her Mouth! Dec 25th, 2018

Some moviegoers have been known to crunch popcorn, bite their fingers or grab their neighbor’s hands during the intense scenes of a thriller. But for one fan, the on-screen action in the new superhero film Black Panther led to a different reaction. Sophia Robb, an 18-year-old Californian, had to make an emergency...

Keeping Your Smile Healthy Through the Holidays Dec 15th, 2018

’Tis the season for holiday joy with sweet treats at every turn. Don’t let it be the season for dental woes as well. You've heard that sugar causes cavities. That’s because bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and release acid as a by-product. The acid eats away at tooth...

Crown Lengthening Might be Necessary for Seniors with Tooth Decay Dec 5th, 2018

While tooth decay is a potential problem at any age, the risk increases as you grow older. Not only are senior adults more susceptible, decay is often more difficult to treat. That’s because cavities can occur at or below the gum line, often due to gum recession. If that’s the...

Keep up Regular Dental Care While You're Pregnant Nov 25th, 2018

During pregnancy, your body isn’t the only part of your life that changes. Instead of “me,” you’re now thinking about “us”—you and the new person growing inside you. Because of this change in focus you may be re-examining your current habits to see if any could adversely affect your baby....

NBC Star Delivers a Message about the "Perfect" Smile Nov 15th, 2018

Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments...

Retain Your New Smile After Braces with a Retainer Nov 5th, 2018

It’s been a long road with your braces, but now they’re finally off. Hopefully the first glimpse of your new smile more than made up for the time and effort they required. But while braces removal is a big milestone, it’s not the end of your treatment—not, that is, if...

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures to Rejuvenate Your Smile Nov 5th, 2018

Do you want to rejuvenate your smile? The dentists at Sacramento, CA, Dr. Jeff DiMariano or Dr. Shaina DiMariano, understand the importance of a first impression, which is why they offer cosmetic dentistry options. Veneers Veneers resurface an individual's damaged teeth. The dentist removes some enamel before placing porcelain veneers on...

Be Vigilant with Dental Care While Wearing Braces Oct 27th, 2018

If you or a family member wears braces, you're used to visiting your orthodontist for adjustments and progress monitoring. But it's just as important that you continue regular visits with your family dentist, especially if you begin noticing abnormalities with your teeth and gums. We need to be on alert...

Inflammation: the Link Between Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Oct 17th, 2018

Cardiovascular disease and periodontal (gum) disease are two different conditions with their own set of symptoms and outcomes. But they do share one common element: inflammation. In fact, this otherwise normal defensive response of the body might actually create a link between them. When tissues become damaged from disease or...

Singer Dua Lipa Sees the Wisdom in Postponing Tour Dates Oct 7th, 2018

When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason. “I’ve...

Replacing a Tooth or Saving it - Which Should you do? Sep 27th, 2018

Over a lifetime, teeth can endure temperatures ranging from freezing to near boiling, biting forces of as much as 150 pounds per square inch and a hostile environment teeming with bacteria. Yet they can still remain healthy for decades. But while they’re rugged, they’re not indestructible — they can incur...

Protect Your Teeth During Football Season Sep 17th, 2018

Autumn begins in the month of September, a season that promises cooler days and longer nights. But more significantly for sports fans, September marks the start of football season. Football remains America’s favorite spectator sport—and it’s also played by countless college and high school athletes, as well as those who...

Back to School Do's and Don'ts Sep 7th, 2018

Back-to-school season can be an exciting time for kids—and parents too! As summer starts giving way to fall, your to-do list begins to fill up: there are clothes to buy, supplies to gather, and get-togethers with friends both old and new. Here are a few do’s (and don’ts) that can...

A Bonded Retainer Might Work for You after Orthodontic Treatment Aug 28th, 2018

If you want to keep that new smile after orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer for awhile. Teeth have a tendency to “rebound” to their old positions and a retainer prevents that from happening. Most people are familiar with the standard removable retainer. But there’s another option: a...

Learn What Dental Crowns Can Do For Your Smile Aug 28th, 2018

Figures posted by the American College of Prosthodontists state that dentists place over two million crowns each year, making it one of the top dental procedures in the nation. Crowns offer patients both restorative and cosmetic benefits. Find out what one or more dental crowns can do for your smile...

How Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Gets Her Kids to Floss Aug 27th, 2018

How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA. Acknowledging her...

Have Your Loose Tooth Examined as Soon as Possible Aug 17th, 2018

A loose permanent tooth is not a good thing—and not something you should put off having examined. That’s because a loose tooth could soon become a lost tooth. How we treat it depends on its underlying cause, which could be one of two types. One is primary occlusal trauma, meaning the affected tooth has experienced...

3 Reasons You Should Consider Tooth Whitening Jul 29th, 2018

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow. If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly...

Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry Jul 23rd, 2018

Learn more about the different kinds of cosmetic dentistry in Sacramento. Have you been contemplating how you can enhance and improve the appearance of your smile? If so, you may be wondering what type of cosmetic dentistry is the right one for you. This is where our Sacramento, CA, cosmetic...

Actress Emma Stone Reveals How Thumb Sucking Affected Her Teeth Jul 19th, 2018

It's no secret that many of Hollywood's brightest stars didn't start out with perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth. And these days, plenty of celebs are willing to share their stories, showing how dentists help those megawatt smiles shine. In a recent interview with W magazine, Emma Stone, the stunning 28-year-old star of critically-acclaimed...

Diabetes Doesn't Have to Stop You From Acquiring Dental Implants Jul 9th, 2018

One of the best and most successful tooth replacement choices available is the dental implant. No other restorative method is as similar in both form and function to a real tooth as an implant; and with a success rate of 95-plus percent after ten years, it’s one of the most...

Finding the Right Solution for Your Gummy Smile Jun 29th, 2018

Even with picture perfect teeth, you may still be unhappy with your appearance. The problem: too much of your upper gums show when you smile. There’s no precise standard for a “gummy smile”—it’s often a matter of perception. As a rule of thumb, though, we consider a smile “gummy” if...

What You Can Do to Support Your Child's Dental Development Jun 19th, 2018

Your child’s teeth and gum development is truly a wonder. In just a little more than two decades they’ll gain and lose one set of teeth, while the subsequent permanent set will grow in coordination with other facial and oral structures. All of these structures will finally reach maturity sometime...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health Jun 8th, 2018

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked...

A "No-Prep" Veneer Could Eliminate the Need to Remove Tooth Enamel May 30th, 2018

Porcelain veneers are one of the best ways to transform your teeth’s appearance with only a small amount of tooth preparation. But even that small amount could leave a veneered tooth permanently altered. As the name implies, veneers are thin layers of custom-designed porcelain bonded to the outside of a...

4 Reasons You Should Begin Your Child's Dental Visits by Age One May 20th, 2018

As a parent, you have plenty of questions about your child’s health. One we hear quite often is when dental care should begin for a child. The short answer is when their first tooth comes in, usually at six months to a year of age: that’s when you should begin...

Not a Fan of Using CPAP for Your Sleep Apnea? Consider an Oral Appliance May 10th, 2018

Do you wake up in the morning still feeling tired? Are you drowsy, irritable or have difficulty concentrating? And is your snoring habit a running joke around your household? If you mostly answered yes, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition is more than an irritation—it could also...

Charlize Theron Back in Action After Dental Surgery Apr 30th, 2018

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde. "I just want to take a...

Could Invisalign Work for Me? Apr 29th, 2018

You've probably heard of Invisalign, the "invisible" braces system that has become extremely popular. However, you may not be totally sure how it works or what it can do for you. Below, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, your dentists in Sacramento, CA, has addressed a few of the...

Getting Dental Implants Requires Minor Surgery Apr 20th, 2018

Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges. That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where,...

3 Factors to Consider When Buying a Toothbrush Apr 10th, 2018

If there’s one essential tool for dental health, it’s the toothbrush. But though simple in basic design, manufacturers have nonetheless created a dizzying array of choices that often muddy the decision waters for consumers. It doesn’t need to be that way—you can choose the right toothbrush like a boss. First,...

Prompt Treatment for Gum Disease Could Ultimately Save Your Teeth Mar 26th, 2018

Your smile isn’t the same without healthy gums—neither are your teeth, for that matter. So, maintaining your gums by protecting them from periodontal (gum) disease is a top priority. Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm that collects on teeth and is not removed due to poor...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath! Mar 18th, 2018

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show. Lawrence said...

Are Lasers for Gum Disease Treatment in Our Future? Mar 3rd, 2018

One of the most important revolutions in healthcare in recent decades is the increasing use of lasers. Now, laser technology is making a showing in dental care for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Lasers (an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation") narrowly focus and amplify light...

One Dentist for Your Whole Family Feb 28th, 2018

There are significant benefits to creating and maintaining a relationship with one dentist for everyone in your family. Your best bet is to choose a dentist who offers a comprehensive set of treatments, ranging from general dentistry to endodontics to cosmetic dentistry. You'll find a family dentist that everyone will...

How to Help Your Child Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits Feb 16th, 2018

February marks National Children's Dental Health Month. It’s important for children to form daily oral hygiene habits early, but how do you get little ones to take care of their teeth? Try these tips: Describe your actions. When children are too young to brush on their own, gently brush their teeth...

3 Reasons for Why It's a Smart Move to Invest in Dental Implants Feb 1st, 2018

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice...

Why Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Couldn't Have Braces Jan 17th, 2018

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in...

Treating a Young, Permanent Tooth Requires a Different Approach Jan 2nd, 2018

Soon after the primary (baby) teeth begin to give way, the teeth a child will have the rest of their lives start erupting into the mouth. But while they’re permanent, they’re not as strong and developed as they will be in adulthood. That’s why we treat young permanent teeth differently...

What Is Preventive Care? Dec 20th, 2017

Many of the dental problems that patients experience each year could be avoided if they take simple steps to prevent them. Early intervention is the key to keeping your smile healthy, strong, and free of dental disease. Every time you visit the dentist, you want to get a good report,...

Holiday Tips for Healthier Teeth Dec 18th, 2017

As the old song says, “’Tis the season to be jolly.” And for many of us, the year-end holidays offer a perfect opportunity to break out of our daily routine and get together with co-workers, friends and family. Whether it’s a casual gathering at home or a night on the town,...

Weather the 'Storm' of Teething with These Comfort Tips Dec 10th, 2017

Teething is a normal part of your baby’s dental development. That doesn’t make it less stressful, though, for you or your baby. This natural process occurs as your child’s primary teeth sequentially erupt through the gums over a period of two or three years. The first are usually the two...

Julianne Hough Shares a Video - and a Song - After Wisdom Teeth Come Out Nov 25th, 2017

Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example. That was then. Today, you can find...

FAQ: Interceptive Orthodontics for Children Nov 10th, 2017

Have you heard about interceptive orthodontics? This type of early intervention could benefit perhaps 10â??20% of children who need orthodontic treatment, making a positive impact on tooth and jaw development, facial symmetry, and overall self esteem. In case you’re not familiar with it, here are the answers to some common...

Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment? Oct 29th, 2017

Do you need orthodontic treatment? Orthodontic treatments are designed to correct problems with teeth or jaw placement. Children, teenagers, and adults are candidates for orthodontic treatments. Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano are some of the finest dentists in Sacramento, CA. They offer orthodontic treatment for a healthy, beautiful...

New Saliva Test may Help Identify Oral Cancer Earlier Oct 26th, 2017

A half million people are diagnosed every year with oral cancer. While other cancers are more prevalent, oral cancer is among the most dangerous with only a fifty percent five-year survival rate. A major reason for this low rate is because this fast growing cancer is difficult to detect early...

New Season, New Toothbrush Oct 11th, 2017

October brings fall leaves, pumpkins — and National Dental Hygiene Month. As you change your summer clothes for a fall wardrobe, it may also be time to change your toothbrush for a new one. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If that...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage Sep 25th, 2017

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene. First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina...

Why You Shouldn't Worry About the Mercury in Your Silver Fillings Sep 11th, 2017

Over the last century and a half millions of people have had a tooth cavity filled with “silver” amalgam. Perhaps you’re one of them. The use of this effective and durable filling has declined in recent years, but only because of the development of more attractive tooth-colored materials. At the...

Kathy Bates Plays It Smart With Professional Teeth Whitening Sep 2nd, 2017

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good...

Give Yourself a Smile You Love Aug 29th, 2017

How cosmetic dentistry from Sacramento, California, can remake your smile If you are unhappy with your smile, it’s time to give yourself a smile you will love. You deserve to look and feel your best, and that begins with your smile. Now, thanks to state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, you can...

Dental Care is Difficult but not Impossible for a Special Needs Child Aug 18th, 2017

A child with a chronic illness or condition often requires a lot of focus on care for their special needs. Other aspects of their health can often take a back seat — too often including dental care. Proper dental care can be a challenge for special needs children if they...

Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello Chips a Tooth, but Concert Still "Worth It" Aug 3rd, 2017

Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate...

Add a Healthy Diet to Your Oral Cancer Prevention Strategy Jul 19th, 2017

Although oral cancer isn't the most prevalent among metabolic diseases, it is one of the most deadly with only a 50% survival rate after five years. That's because it can be difficult to detect in its early stages when treatment is most effective. That's why prevention to reduce your chances...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away Jul 4th, 2017

Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created...

Straighten Your Smile Discreetly Jun 29th, 2017

Metal braces are anything but subtle. "Look at me! I'm straightening my teeth," they announce every time you open your mouth. If you're looking for an orthodontic option that doesn't make your smile the unwanted center of attention, you may want to consider Invisalign. Our Sacramento, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano...

Answers to Common Questions About Root Canal Treatments Jun 19th, 2017

A root canal treatment is a commonly known but often misunderstood procedure. Contrary to popular belief, these treatments aren't painful — in fact, they often stop a toothache. More importantly, a “root canal” can give a tooth on the verge of loss another lease on life. Still, if you've never...

Jason Derulo's Ideal Match Jun 4th, 2017

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So...

We may Need to Remove one or More Teeth Before Applying Braces May 27th, 2017

“To gain something, sometimes you have to give up something else.” No, that isn't the latest viral meme on the Internet. It's actually a practical consideration that could arise in orthodontics. In this case, the “something” to gain is a straighter, more attractive smile; the “something” you may have to...

What Is Dental Bonding? May 23rd, 2017

Your teeth have a strong outer enamel layer, but the inside layers are vulnerable. The inner parts of the teeth need to be protected from food particles and bad bacteria which could cause infection and decay. If a tooth becomes compromised due to an injury or weakened enamel, dental bonding...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth May 12th, 2017

Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed...

A Solution for Restoring Adequate Bone for Dental Implants Apr 27th, 2017

Dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement option available. An implant replaces the root of a tooth and allows for the replacement of the crown via attachments or abutments. They not only look like a real tooth, they function like one too. Implants, though, for some are a significant...

A Royal Fix Apr 12th, 2017

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is...

Practice Proactive Prevention to Enhance Your Child's Dental Development Mar 28th, 2017

Like any parent you want your child to grow up healthy and strong. So be sure you don't neglect their dental care, a crucial part of overall health and well-being. The most important part of this care is prevention — stopping dental disease and other problems before they do harm....

When Are Crowns And Bridges Needed? Mar 14th, 2017

A dental bridge and crowns can be used to replace lost tooth structure, as well as fill in gaps where teeth are missing. The bridge contains artificial teeth to replace any natural ones that are missing. The crowns fit over the existing teeth near the gap and are used to...

Jamie Foxx Chips a Tooth - This Time by Accident! Mar 13th, 2017

Some people are lucky — they never seem to have a mishap, dental or otherwise. But for the rest of us, accidents just happen sometimes. Take actor Jamie Foxx, for example. A few years ago, he actually had a dentist intentionally chip one of his teeth so he could portray...

New Crowns Give Both Durability and Beauty to Problem Teeth Feb 26th, 2017

Repairing a decayed tooth may be as simple as removing the damaged tooth material and filling the void. Many filling materials can now match the color of a tooth, so the dental work is hardly noticeable. Sometimes, though, the decay is too extensive or we've treated the tooth several times...

Giancarlo Stanton Gets Major-League Mouth Protection Feb 18th, 2017

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit...

Even if a Root Canal Won't Work, This Procedure Could Save your Tooth Feb 3rd, 2017

A root canal treatment is a highly effective way to save a deeply decayed tooth. Sometimes, though, complications make it difficult or even impossible to perform the traditional procedure. In those cases, we may need to use a different option. Tooth decay becomes an imminent threat to a tooth's survival...

Vivica's Veneers: the Making of a Hollywood Smile Jan 19th, 2017

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front. "On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play...

Problems Orthodontics Can Treat Jan 11th, 2017

From straightening your smile to correcting a misaligned bite, orthodontics can treat many different dental concerns for teens and adults. In Sacramento and Folsom, CA, your orthodontics experts are Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano. Orthodontic Problems Common orthodontic problems include crooked teeth, a misaligned bite and large gaps...

Get an Early Start Treating Root Resorption Before it's Too Late Jan 4th, 2017

Baby (primary) teeth look and function much like their permanent counterparts. Besides having a visible crown, they also have roots that maintain contact with the jawbone. But there are some differences, the biggest one being the normal process whereby primary tooth roots dissolve or, in dental terms, resorb. Root resorption eventually...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing Dec 27th, 2016

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right? For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver...

Chronic Jaw Pain Could be Related to Other Inflammatory Conditions Dec 12th, 2016

If you're suffering from jaw pain or impaired function, it may not be the only source of chronic pain in your body. Of the millions of adults with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), many have also been diagnosed — among other conditions — with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or sleep problems. TMD...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles Nov 28th, 2016

It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok,...

Dental Implants can Replace Your Whole Tooth, Not Just What You See Nov 20th, 2016

If you've lost a tooth or need to have one extracted, you have to decide how to replace it. Of all the options available none can match both the lifelikeness and function of a dental implant. A dental implant is a prosthetic (false) tooth that mimics the root of a...

What Orthodontics Could Do For You Nov 6th, 2016

Discover the benefits of braces from your Folsom and Sacramento dentists! Have you thought about improving your smile but aren't sure if braces are the right option for you? Drs. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano, your Folsom and Sacramento, CA dentists, discuss how you can benefit from orthodontics. Improved appearance Like...

Jimmy Fallon Can’t Catch a Break - Except in His Tooth Nov 5th, 2016

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth. What happened next...

Teenagers May Need a Temporary Tooth Replacement Oct 21st, 2016

Losing a tooth affects not only your smile but your overall dental health too. A dental implant solves both issues: it replaces the whole tooth, including the root, to merge durability with a life-like appearance. For teenagers with a missing tooth, however, an implant may not be a good idea,...

Dr. Travis Stork: If Only I'd Worn A Mouthguard! Oct 6th, 2016

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself...

Reducing Tooth Sensitivity will Depend on the Cause Sep 21st, 2016

If you're one of over 30% of Americans who wince in pain when eating and drinking certain foods and beverages, you may have tooth sensitivity. Although there are a number of possible causes, the most common place to look first is tooth dentin. Lying just under the enamel, dentin consists...

Actor David Ramsey Discusses Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Sep 6th, 2016

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging. “His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on...

Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me? Sep 6th, 2016

Find out which whitening option is the best one for getting your smile brighter. When it comes to getting a whiter smile we know you have options. Of course, our Sacramento cosmetic dentists Drs. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano can easily improve the color of your smile and remove surface stains...

Winning the War on Gum Disease Requires Post-Treatment Vigilance Aug 22nd, 2016

After several treatment sessions your periodontal (gum) disease is under control. But, while we may have won this battle, the war rages on. To keep an infection from re-occurring we'll have to remain on guard. Gum disease begins and thrives on a thin film of bacteria and food particles on...

Game, Set, Match: Milos Raonic Says A Mouthguard Helps Him Win Aug 14th, 2016

When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a...

4 Problem Areas That Could Affect Your Child's Teeth Jul 30th, 2016

While they're resilient, your child's teeth aren't invincible. Daily hygiene and regular dental visits are important, but you should also be alert for problems and take action when they arise. Here are 4 areas that could cause problems for your child's teeth, and what you should do — or not...

Actor David Ramsey Says: Don't Forget to Floss! Jul 15th, 2016

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a...

Don't Put Off Straightening Your Smile Jul 5th, 2016

Do you wish your smile was straighter or your bite issues were under control? Have you considered traditional metal braces, but the thought of walking around with bulky brackets and wires puts you off? If so, you could benefit from Invisalign. This virtually invisible orthodontic method allows you to straighten...

4 Reasons Saving Your Child's Decayed Baby Tooth is a Good Idea Jun 30th, 2016

Despite everyone’s best efforts, one of your child’s primary (“baby”) teeth has become decayed to the point it might be lost prematurely. Saving it would require extensive treatment like capping it with a crown or performing a pulpotomy, similar to a root canal treatment. You may be thinking: since it’s...

Dental Crowns for the King of Magic Jun 15th, 2016

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes...

There's a Good Reason for Adults to Consider Orthodontics - Better Oral Health May 31st, 2016

You’ve had crooked teeth since you could remember. Perhaps you and your parents talked about braces when you were a teenager, but it never happened. Now you’re well into your adult years and you’re comfortable with how you look — so why go through the expense and time now to...

Dwight Howard: A Bright NBA Star With a Smile to Match May 16th, 2016

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never...

Here's What to Do if Your Child has a Toothache May 8th, 2016

What should you do if your child complains about a toothache? Before calling our office, try first to learn what you can about the toothache. You should first ask them where exactly the pain is coming from — one particular tooth or a generalized, dull ache. Also try to find...

Love Your Smile and Be More Confident Apr 28th, 2016

Do you ever wish you had perfect teeth? Although some people come by the ideal smile naturally, many of us could use a little help. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can correct those little imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Sacramento, CA dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and...

Dental Magic Transforms Smiles Apr 22nd, 2016

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he...

Veneers an Affordable, Low Impact Way to Achieve a More Attractive Smile Apr 7th, 2016

There are a lot of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some methods can be quite involved like crowns or bridgework, which require extensive alteration of teeth to accommodate them. Other methods, though, can achieve stunning results with less tooth reduction or alteration to your teeth. Porcelain veneers...

Master Illusionist Benefits from the Magic of Orthodontics Mar 23rd, 2016

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to...

Noah Galloway's Dentally Dangerous Dancing Feb 23rd, 2016

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which...

Support Your Child's Teeth Development with Proper Hygiene and Dental Care Feb 23rd, 2016

Between infancy and the onset of puberty, your child will grow one set of teeth, lose it and grow another; their jaw structure will also change dramatically. This rapid development sets the course for their oral health later in life. That’s why it’s so important to care for their teeth...

Keep Your New Smile After Orthodontics with a Retainer Feb 7th, 2016

After months of wearing braces, the big day has arrived — they’re finally off! Your teeth have been realigned and your smile is dazzling. You’re finished with orthodontic treatment, right? Not quite — because if you want to keep your new smile you have one more treatment phase to go...

Dr. Travis Stork: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums Jan 30th, 2016

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?”...

Clicking Jaw: When Should You Be Concerned? Jan 16th, 2016

Have you noticed a clicking, popping, or grating sound when you open or close your jaw? As many as 36 million U.S. adults experience this phenomenon in one or both of the joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. While the sounds may be disconcerting, there’s generally...

FAQs: Keeping Your Mouth Healthy After Gum Disease Treatment Jan 8th, 2016

Surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease can go a long way toward restoring your mouth to good health; however, it does not change your susceptibility to the disease. That’s why we recommend that you come in regularly for periodontal cleanings after your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about...

Eden Sher and the Lost Retainer Dec 31st, 2015

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials...

Cone Beam X-Rays can Improve Outcomes in Many Dental Situations Dec 23rd, 2015

For decades, dental x-rays have helped us accurately diagnose and treat a wide array of dental diseases and conditions. But even with recent advances in digital imaging, the traditional x-ray does have one drawback: its two-dimensional view doesn’t always provide the “big picture” that a three-dimensional viewpoint can provide. But...

Root Resorption in Adult Teeth is a Cause for Concern Dec 14th, 2015

As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern,...

Gaining a New Attractive Smile is More than Achievable Dec 6th, 2015

Our main focus as your dentist is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional. But there’s another important aspect of care — your teeth’s appearance. It’s not just a superficial concern: your smile can have a profound effect on your self-image, as well as your personal and professional...

Neil Patrick Harris: What the Oscars Host Treasures Most Dec 6th, 2015

A few days before the Oscars, Vanity Fair magazine asked Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris to name his most treasured possession. Was it his Tony award statuette for best leading actor in a musical? His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The stethoscope he wore while playing teenaged doctor Doogie Howser...

Answers to Expectant Mothers' Frequent Questions Nov 28th, 2015

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life — but it can also generate a lot of questions about both the mother’s and the baby’s health. The realm of dental care is no exception. Here are a few of the questions we frequently hear from expectant mothers, along with...

Changes in Bone Structure can Affect Denture Fit Nov 20th, 2015

It’s a common problem for denture wearers: after years of a comfortable fit, your dentures now seem to be uncomfortably loose. The reason, though, may have more to do with bone loss than the dentures. Bone is a living tissue with a life cycle — it forms, it ages, and...

Removing Wisdom Teeth now may Prevent Dental Problems Later Oct 25th, 2015

Teeth damaged by decay, periodontal (gum) disease or trauma are often removed (extracted) if they’re deemed beyond repair. But there’s another reason we may recommend an extraction: a tooth is causing or has the potential to cause problems for other teeth and your overall oral health. Some of the most...

Know the Risks and Benefits for Same-Day Tooth Replacement Oct 19th, 2015

While there’s usually a period of months between implant placement and the permanent crown, a new technique known as same-day tooth replacement installs both the implant and a temporary crown during the same visit. But be advised — it does have its risks and isn’t for everyone. Successful same-day replacements...

Dental Implants and Diabetes Oct 17th, 2015

Today, dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing lost teeth — an issue faced by many older Americans. It’s not hard to see why these high-tech prosthetic teeth are preferred: They look, “feel” and function just like natural teeth… and with proper care they can last the rest...

Some Birth Control Drugs Could Increase Risk of Gum Disease Oct 12th, 2015

One of the health issues pregnant women should be concerned about is a higher risk of periodontal (gum) disease. But you don’t have to be pregnant to have an increased risk — you also may be more susceptible to dental disease if you’re taking certain birth control pills. Gum disease...

A Toothless Tiger? Oct 9th, 2015

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair Oct 4th, 2015

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their...

Determining the Right Whitening Approach is Key to Brightening a Dull Smile Oct 1st, 2015

Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth. There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before...

3 Ways to Stop or Reduce Painful Tooth Sensitivity Sep 23rd, 2015

Tooth sensitivity can be disheartening: you’re always on your guard with what you eat or drink, and perhaps you’ve even given up on favorite foods or beverages. The most common cause for this painful sensitivity is dentin exposure caused by receding gums. Dentin contains tiny open structures called tubules that...

Facts About Those Amazing Wonders Called Teeth Sep 15th, 2015

Each part of the human body is an intricate wonder. Take your teeth, for example: they’re so woven into everyday life we don’t notice them, yet they each work seamlessly with the jaws and mouth so we can eat, speak and even smile. Here, then, are a few facts to...

Spice Up Your Teeth Sep 7th, 2015

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...

Stains from Within a Tooth Require Professional Whitening Aug 30th, 2015

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal...

Irritating Cold Sore Outbreaks can be Controlled Through Medication Aug 29th, 2015

Although normally benign, a cold sore outbreak can be irritating and embarrassing. Understanding why they occur is the first step to minimizing outbreaks. The typical cold sore (also known as a fever blister) is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type I, medically known as “Herpes Labialis” because it...

Get the Facts About Popular Artificial Sweeteners Aug 21st, 2015

Barley malt, corn syrup, maltodextrin — these and over fifty other label ingredients are all names for refined sugar. Under its various aliases, this sweet carbohydrate is tucked away in three-quarters of packaged foods in the U.S. Although in recent years the general health effects from too much sugar have...

New Front Teeth for a Teenaged David Duchovny Aug 13th, 2015

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless...

Dental Implants and Smoking - Cause for Concern? Aug 5th, 2015

You probably already know that using tobacco causes significant health risks: It increases your odds of getting various cancers and coronary diseases, to name just a few. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to kick the habit, even when they know they should. Tooth loss is another issue that can cause...

Professional Cleanings Help you Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums Jul 28th, 2015

Every good oral hygiene regimen has two parts — the part you do (brushing and flossing) and the part we do (professional cleanings and checkups). But what’s involved with “professional cleanings” — and why do we perform it? The “why” is pretty straightforward — we’re removing plaque and calculus. Plaque...

Cemented or Screwed: Which Implant Crown Attachment is Best for You? Jul 20th, 2015

In the realm of restorative dentistry, dental implants are king. A dental implant can replace a tooth with a permanent, life-like restoration with a solid reputation for durability. Implants are also known for one other quality — variety. Not all implants are alike, and they have varied applications for use....

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids Jul 12th, 2015

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler. “The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in...

Developing a Dental Care Strategy Could Save Long-Term Costs Jul 11th, 2015

Taking care of your teeth is a life-long endeavor. And like any other aspect of healthcare, it can be costly — from regular dental visits and cleanings to more expensive treatments and procedures for protecting and preserving your teeth. But what if you’re limited in your financial ability — does...

Make Dental Care a Priority When You're Pregnant Jul 3rd, 2015

There are many health concerns when you’re pregnant. And not just for you — what you eat, how you sleep or what medications or supplements you’re taking all have an effect on your baby. With so many concerns, it’s easy to neglect caring for your teeth. But like other health...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Risk for Tooth Decay Jun 25th, 2015

Among our most common diseases, tooth decay can be a big problem at any age: in the U.S., one in four children 5 and under has some form of the disease, as well as ninety percent of those 60 and older — and a quarter of those have suffered complete...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene Jun 17th, 2015

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree...

Finding and Treating a Cracked Tooth Early is Key to its Survival Jun 9th, 2015

While most tooth loss stems from dental disease or injury, another major cause is a condition known as cracked tooth syndrome. What begins as a microscopic crack in an individual tooth’s enamel could ultimately grow to a fracture that endangers its survival. Most often related to age-related brittleness, expansion and...

The Many Advantages of Dental Implants Jun 1st, 2015

Dental implants have become the standard for long-term tooth replacement. From mechanics to movie stars, people from all walks of life have discovered the advantages of replacing a missing tooth with an implant. Obviously, restoring your smile is a definite advantage, but an implant can also help to maintain the...

Bone Loss Could be the Reason for Your Loose Dentures May 24th, 2015

When you first received your removable dentures the fit was firm and comfortable. Lately, though, they’ve become loose, making it difficult to eat or speak without slippage. The problem may not be with your denture, but with bone loss. Human bone goes through a natural cycle of dissolving (known as...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding May 23rd, 2015

Sure, it’s big news when celebs tweet selfies from the dental office… if you’re still living in the 20th century. But in Hollywood today, it’s harder to say who hasn’t posted snaps of themselves in the dentist’s chair than who has. Yet the pictures recently uploaded to Twitter by Mark...

4 Foods That May Help You Prevent Tooth Decay May 15th, 2015

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...

Royal Treatment for a Damaged Tooth May 7th, 2015

If your tooth sustains damage that compromises its structure — typically through decay or trauma — you have several options depending on the extent of the damage: One of them is a crown. This method saves the tooth and its root and completely conceals the visible portion of the tooth,...

How Do You Know If You're Brushing And Flossing Your Teeth Correctly? Apr 29th, 2015

You've probably brushed your teeth every day since early childhood when your parents handed you your first toothbrush. But do you really know if you're doing it effectively and removing disease causing bacterial plaque or biofilm? Let's take a look at the basics of tooth brushing. What is the goal...

Cheryl Cole's See-Through "Braces" Apr 21st, 2015

What if you had orthodontic treatments to enhance your smile — and nobody knew about it until it was all done? That (almost) happened to British singer, cover girl and television personality Cheryl Cole. Since her big break in 2002, on the British reality show Popstars: The Rivals, Cole has had...

Overcoming Dental Care Obstacles in Children With Chronic Diseases Apr 13th, 2015

All children encounter sickness as they grow; thankfully most of these conditions are relatively mild and fade away in short order. But some children endure more serious, longer lasting conditions. The health of children with chronic diseases can be impacted in numerous ways, including the health of their teeth and...

Eating Disorders May Contribute to Damaged Teeth and Gums Apr 5th, 2015

While most dental problems are caused by disease or trauma, sometimes the root problem is psychological. Such is the case with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder that could contribute to dental erosion. Dental erosion is the loss of mineral structure from tooth enamel caused by elevated levels of acid in...

New Partial Dentures More Comfortable and Durable Than Older Models Apr 2nd, 2015

While dental implants are the preferable choice for teeth replacement, your life circumstances may cause you to postpone it or some other permanent restoration. In the meantime, you need a temporary solution for your tooth loss. Removable partial dentures (RPDs) have met this need for many years. RPDs are traditionally...

The Scare That Made Iron Chef Cat Cora Believe in Mouthguards Mar 25th, 2015

Cat Cora, philanthropist, author, chef, restaurateur and the first female chef on the Food Network's hit series Iron Chef America is a dynamo driven by a desire to change people's lives for the better. And she is no different when it comes to tackling her most challenging role: caring for the needs...

Daily Hygiene Tasks Performed Properly Help Ensure Good Oral Health Mar 17th, 2015

Daily personal care is essential for optimal oral health. Brushing and flossing in particular keep bacteria and acid, the main causes of dental disease, at manageable levels. But to gain the most benefit from your personal care, you need to perform these tasks effectively with the proper techniques and equipment....

Daily Hygiene Tasks Performed Properly Help Ensure Good Oral Health BY DRS. JEFF DIMARIANO & SHAINA Mar 9th, 2015

Nearly half of all Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Without proper daily hygiene and treatment, this aggressive disease can ultimately cause tooth loss. It also appears the effects of gum disease reach beyond the mouth, as researchers have found relationships between it and other systemic diseases. Inflammation,...

Managing Gum Disease Could Benefit Other Conditions You May Have Mar 9th, 2015

Nearly half of all Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Without proper daily hygiene and treatment, this aggressive disease can ultimately cause tooth loss. It also appears the effects of gum disease reach beyond the mouth, as researchers have found relationships between it and other systemic diseases. Inflammation,...

Put an End to Bad Oral Habits to Slow the Rate of Tooth Wear Mar 1st, 2015

While tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease destroy more teeth than any other causes, both of these diseases are largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and dental treatment. It’s more than possible, then, to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, disease-free teeth. But even with healthy teeth, the effects of aging...

Hilary Duff's Chipped Front Teeth Repaired with Veneers Feb 26th, 2015

Many Hollywood luminaries use porcelain veneers to enhance their smiles. Take actress and singer Hilary Duff, who, according to People magazine, had veneers placed on her two front teeth after chipping them on a microphone during what must have been an extremely energetic performance. Well, you don't have to be a Hollywood...

Choose a Mouthrinse Carefully if you want to Enhance your Dental Health Feb 18th, 2015

Many people use a mouthrinse as part of their daily oral hygiene. If you’d also like to include a mouthrinse in your regimen, the kind you choose will depend on what you want it to do for you. If your main desire is fresh breath, then a cosmetic rinse that...

Teeth Make a Picture-Perfect Smile Feb 11th, 2015

When you’re posting a profile photo on LinkedIn, Facebook, Match.com and other social media sites, which shot is likely to make the best impression in terms of “likeability,” “competence” and “influence”? One in which you’re smiling and showing some teeth, for starters, according to PhotoFeeler.com, a crowdsourcing website that helps...

Issues to Consider Before Dental Implants Feb 3rd, 2015

With their durability, versatility and life-likeness, there’s no doubt dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement. If you’re considering dental implants, however, there are some issues that could impact how and when you receive implants, or if you should consider another type of restoration. Cost. Dental implants are initially more expensive than...

TV's Nate Berkus Discusses Dental Sealants, Fluoride Treatments and Flossing Jan 26th, 2015

Nate Berkus, author, interior designer and host of his own television program, The Nate Berkus Show, is a consummate professional who has always focused on “helping others love the way they live,” as he puts it. Berkus is known as one of America's most beloved go-to-guys for inspiration on the latest...

More Than a new Smile - Dental Implants Help Stop Bone Loss as Well Jan 23rd, 2015

Since their introduction over three decades ago, dental implants have evolved into dentistry’s premier tooth replacement choice. While their primary purpose is to replace missing teeth and rejuvenate a patient’s smile, they’re also regarded for another important benefit: they can slow or stop bone loss accelerated by the loss of...

Treating TMD Like Other Joint-Related Problems Jan 15th, 2015

After ruling out other causes for your jaw pain, your doctor or dentist has made a diagnosis: a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). With TMD, your pain symptoms and other dysfunctions are due to a problem associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects your lower jaw (mandible) to your upper...

Implant-Supported Dentures - a Better Fit with Excessive Bone Loss Jan 7th, 2015

Some patients who wear dentures face a kind of Catch-22: their denture fit may have loosened and become uncomfortable over time due to continued bone loss, yet the same bone loss prevents them from obtaining dental implants, a superior tooth replacement system to dentures. But there may be a solution...

One of the Childhood Secrets TV Designer Nate Berkus Credits for His Beautiful Smile Dec 29th, 2014

As a successful author, interior design guru (with 127 makeovers in eight years on The Oprah Winfrey Show), and host of his own television program, The Nate Berkus Show, Nate Berkus understands the important role a beautiful smile plays in one's life and career. In a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Nate discussed...

Regular Dental Exams Are Key to Reducing Your Risk of Oral Cancer Dec 21st, 2014

Oral cancer is on the rise in the United States, yet few people are familiar with the disease and its risk factors. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. The good news is that prevention and early...

Dental Implant Maintenance: 5 Facts You Should Know Dec 18th, 2014

If you've recently had a dental implant placed, congratulations! You have made a good investment in your smile that should last for a lifetime — if you take proper care of it. This is easy to do with a good oral hygiene routine and regular professional cleanings. Here are some...

Extracting Wisdom Teeth Now May Prevent Dental Problems Later Dec 11th, 2014

The reason for extracting a tooth may be all too obvious — the tooth is too decayed or damaged to attempt saving. The reason for extracting a wisdom tooth, on the other hand, may not be so apparent: from the perspective of pain or reduced function, you may not notice...

America's (Dentists) Got Talent - for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth! Nov 30th, 2014

A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told...

4 Reasons why Quitting Chewing Tobacco is Good for Your Oral Health Nov 18th, 2014

Chewing tobacco is as much a part of our sports culture as the national anthem. What once began as an early 20th Century baseball player method for keeping their mouths moist on dusty fields has evolved into a virtual rite of passage for many young athletes. But the persona of...

What Athletes Have to Tell Us About Oral Health Nov 11th, 2014

Considering all the intensive conditioning, practice and training they do, most people would expect elite athletes to be… well… healthy. And that’s generally true — except when it comes to their oral health. A major study of Olympic contenders in the 2012 London games showed that the oral health of athletes is...

Dentistry is Changing to Meet Dental Care's Emerging Challenges Nov 3rd, 2014

Today’s dentist can not only treat most dental diseases and conditions, but can almost prevent disease completely. Our true needs as a society, however, go beyond the dentist’s chair — to the lack of availability and affordability of care for every American. That’s of grave concern to dentists — so...

A World-Class Smile Oct 30th, 2014

He’s the world’s highest-paid soccer player: a forward on the Spanish club Real Madrid, and captain of the Portuguese national team. His super-toned body is featured in a series of advertisements, and he’s regularly seen with a supermodel on his arm. So would it surprise you to know that it...

Certain Drugs Taken for Osteoporosis Could Affect Dental Care Outcomes Oct 23rd, 2014

If you have osteoporosis, one of the drugs you may be taking is alendronate, more commonly known by the brand name Fosamax®. Alendronate is a member of the bisphosphonate drug family, which inhibit bone resorption (the loss of bone mass). While an effective treatment of osteoporosis, alendronate may cause an...

Other Factors Besides Hygiene Could Contribute to Gum Disease Oct 14th, 2014

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infectious condition that if left untreated could lead to tooth loss. While gum disease is primarily caused by a thin layer of bacterial plaque and calculus left on the teeth due to poor hygiene, you may also have extenuating factors that may make you more...

Setting the Record Straight on Root Canal Treatments Oct 6th, 2014

If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain...

Chipped Teeth Harmoniously Made Good as New! Sep 28th, 2014

“Break a leg” is a well-known theatrical expression for wishing good luck to an actor about to go on stage. Singers should have one of their own…“Chip a tooth”! Apparently collisions between microphones and pearly whites are an occupational hazard for crooners. Taylor Swift became one of the latest casualties...

Frequently Asked Questions about Fixed Dentures Sep 25th, 2014

Q: Is there much of a difference between fixed and removable dentures? A: There’s a BIG difference! Removable dentures are the type your grandparents might have had — and possibly their grandparents, too. They work well enough after you get used to them, but there’s always the issue of slippage,...

Encountering Positive Experiences the Key to Overcoming Dental Anxiety Sep 17th, 2014

If you’re apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. Studies show a majority of us — as high as 75% — have experienced some form of anxiety about dental treatment. Between 10% and 15% of those have a high degree of anxiety that may cause them to avoid visiting...

Oral Piercings: Five Things You Should Know Sep 9th, 2014

Whether you think they're the height of fashion or the depth of “ice,” oral piercings like tongue bolts are a sign of our times. But along with these bodily adornments come a host of questions about risks to the wearer's health, both immediate and long-term. To help sort out these...

Padma Lakshmi's Smile: A Recipe for Beauty Sep 1st, 2014

Before she began hosting the long-running TV competition Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi was a well-known model and successful cookbook author. (Appropriately, she is said to have been “discovered” by a modeling agent while sitting in a café in Madrid.) Yet the Indian-born beauty's striking look — at once exotic and familiar...

Consider Your Options When Financing Major Dental Procedures Aug 28th, 2014

Dentistry can accomplish some amazing smile transformations. But these advanced techniques and materials all come with a price. Additionally, your dental insurance plan may be of limited use: some procedures may not be fully covered because they’re deemed elective. It’s important then to review your financial options if you’re considering...

New Study Shows Custom-Made Mouthguards Cut Concussion Injuries in Half Aug 19th, 2014

Concussion in athletes is a topic that’s getting lots of attention recently — not only in professional leagues, but also at the level of high school, collegiate and amateur sports. Helmets are being increasingly used in both contact and non-contact sports, like skiing and biking. But when you’re looking for...

A Fixed Bridge Remains an Effective Option for Tooth Replacement Aug 14th, 2014

If at all possible, we want to save a tooth — it’s the best outcome for your overall dental health. In many cases, we can achieve this by filling the tooth or installing a crown over it. Unfortunately, preservation isn’t always possible if the natural tooth has been irreparably weakened...

Vanna White Talks Dentistry Aug 3rd, 2014

Vanna White has been a household name for the last 27+ years and is best known as the first female co-host of the game show, Wheel of Fortune. She radiates a warm, friendly, down-home appeal and says when describing herself, “what you see is what you get!” While this is quite...

Frequently Asked Questions about Inlays and Onlays Jul 31st, 2014

Q: I’ve never heard these terms used in dentistry. What are they? A: In the decorative arts, an inlay refers to a small piece of distinctive material that’s set into a larger matrix: a mother of pearl accent worked into the lid of a wooden box, for example. In dentistry,...

Crowns Preserve the Tooth While Offering Greater Protection Than a Filling Jul 22nd, 2014

The preferred outcome when treating a tooth for decay is to preserve it. If the disease is still in its early stages, we can accomplish this effectively by removing diseased tissue and then restoring the remaining tooth with filling material. There comes a point, however, when filling a tooth isn’t...

DIY Denture Repair - Don't Try This at Home! Jul 14th, 2014

At first glance, you might think at-home denture repair belongs in the same category as Do-It-Yourself brain surgery and cloning your pet in the kitchen sink. But the fact is, you can actually buy a variety of DIY denture repair kits on line, send for them through the mail, even...

Braces: A Rite of Passage Even for Hollywood Kids Jun 24th, 2014

Her parents Will and Jada are Hollywood royalty, who helped her land her first acting role when she was 7. She released a hit single, “Whip My Hair,” before she had quite reached the age of 10; shortly afterward, she was signed to a record label. Yet the young singer...

Did You Know? Clear Aligners Have Been Improved For Teens Jun 16th, 2014

Metal braces are often considered a rite of passage for teenagers whose teeth need straightening. While some teens have no problem with this, others are more self-conscious and would like a less noticeable and less restrictive form of orthodontic treatment (“ortho” – to straighten; “odont” – teeth). After all, traditional...

Cone Beam CT Brings Three-Dimensional Views to X-Ray Imaging Jun 8th, 2014

There’s no question that x-ray imaging has transformed how we diagnose and treat dental problems. But traditional x-rays have at least one limitation — they are two-dimensional portraits that can only provide a portion of the information available. If you could view the interior of teeth or other mouth structures...

Be Sure Your Dentist Knows You're Undergoing Aspirin Therapy Jun 5th, 2014

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), better known as aspirin, is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer. More recently, its anti-inflammatory properties have become part of the management of cardiovascular disease. But while regular use may benefit your general health, it could complicate your dental care. Aspirin helps reduce inflammatory pain or...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke May 28th, 2014

If you've ever watched Dancing with the Stars on television, you've no doubt noticed the vivacious and talented Cheryl Burke, whose ballroom dance moves are as captivating as her bright smile. In fact, Cheryl considers her smile to be one of her most important assets as a professional dancer. “As a performer,...

Did You Know? Minor Tooth Contouring and Reshaping Can Enhance Your Smile! May 20th, 2014

Some dental procedures that can beautify a smile — orthodontics or implants, for example — take months. Others take only minutes! Tooth contouring and reshaping is one of them. So just what is this remedy, and why would you need it? Tooth contouring involves removing a tiny amount of enamel...

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Wear May 12th, 2014

What is tooth wear? “Tooth wear” refers to a loss of tooth structure that can make your teeth appear shorter or less even than they used to be. Wear starts with loss of outer covering of the teeth, known as enamel. Although enamel is the hardest structure in the human...

Oral Irrigation for Cleaning Between the Teeth May 4th, 2014

Does anyone truly enjoy flossing their teeth? We can’t rule it out — but for most of us, flossing is something we do because we understand how very important it is to our oral hygiene. Yet there are some for whom flossing is a much greater challenge — for example,...

Meet Brady Reiter and You'll Believe in the Tooth Fairy! May 1st, 2014

The Tooth Fairy has been easing the process of losing baby teeth for hundreds of years — at least 500 years according to one authority on the subject. Her name is Brady Reiter, and while she looks only age 11 in earth years, she is actually a 500-year-old Tooth Fairy;...

Mouthguards are Your Best Protection Against Sports-Related Dental Injuries Apr 23rd, 2014

Whether you are a serious or “weekend” athlete, you know the importance of protecting yourself against injury. While looking after your joints, ligaments and bones may garner most of your attention, you shouldn't neglect looking after your teeth and mouth as well. In fact, there are more than 600,000 emergency...

Do You Habitually Clench or Grind Your Teeth? Apr 8th, 2014

Clenching, or grinding of your teeth (also known as bruxing) are common habits. Biting forces are normally small, gentle, fleeting and very frequent throughout the day. In fact, it's the normal stimulus necessary to keep your teeth and jawbone healthy. When you clench or grind your teeth you apply forces...

Replace a Lost Tooth for Looks and for Health Mar 31st, 2014

Lose a baby tooth when you're a young kid, no big deal — you'll grow another. Lose a permanent one and there's cause for concern. For one thing, tooth loss is often a symptom of an underlying oral health problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease, so it's important...

Banish Bad Breath Mar 20th, 2014

Treating bad breath is big business. Just check your local drug store or supermarket and you'll find a mind-numbing array of mints, gums, mouthwashes, sprays, strips and other products that promise to sweeten your breath and make you (or your mouth at least) irresistible. But most of these products only...

Plan Your Sports Nutrition and Hydration to Reduce Tooth Decay Risk Mar 12th, 2014

If you or your family has an active sports lifestyle, you probably already know the importance of food and liquids for energy and hydration. But what you eat and drink (and how often) could unintentionally increase your teeth’s susceptibility to tooth decay. With that in mind, you should plan your...

Battling Bruxism and Saving Your Teeth Mar 4th, 2014

Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth? Bite your nails? Chew on pencils or toothpicks? Or, heaven forbid, unscrew hard-to-open bottle caps using your precious pearly whites? Over time, habits such as these — referred to in dentistry as “parafunctional” (para – outside; functional – normal) or beyond...

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Talk Tooth Decay Feb 24th, 2014

For some kids, having a cavity or two is just part of growing up. Not for Giuliana Rancic. When she was a child, the TV personality didn't have a single cavity — and she still doesn't. But for her husband Bill, co-star of the Style Network reality show Giuliana and Bill,...

Implant Overdentures: a Marriage of Options for Lower Jaw Tooth Replacement Feb 20th, 2014

For well over a century, removable dentures have been the main treatment option for patients suffering from severe or total edentulism (loss of teeth). In recent years, however, the dental implant has been recognized as the best option because it can provide patients with permanent tooth replacement, and even more...

Preserving Your Teeth's Enamel Could Preserve Your Teeth Feb 13th, 2014

Teeth are composed of layers of different types of tissue. The main inner layers — the pulp and dentin — help the teeth respond and adapt to external forces. But they’re vulnerable to decay and quite sensitive to environmental extremes. They are protected from all these by a coating of...

Local Anesthesia Helps Decrease Discomfort and Anxiety During Treatment Feb 5th, 2014

Local anesthesia has emerged over the last half century as one of the most effective tools in dentistry. Its use has literally revolutionized pain control and led to a new description of care known as comfortable dentistry. The term “local” indicates that the numbing agent is applied only to the...

How The Biggest Loser Star Jillian Michaels Keeps Her Winning Smile Jan 27th, 2014

Anyone who has seen fitness and life coach Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian knows she has the expertise and determination to help overweight people reach new levels of fitness and health. Using her own difficult life experiences, Jillian is able to help others look below the surface to...

Technique Just as Important With Powered Toothbrushes as With Manual Jan 23rd, 2014

Electric-powered toothbrushes have been in use for decades, and continue to enjoy wide popularity. But since their inception in the 1950s, there’s been a continuous debate not only about the best choice among powered toothbrushes, but whether powered toothbrushes are as effective in removing plaque as manual toothbrushes. These debates...

It Could be More Than a Tooth You're Losing Jan 15th, 2014

There’s more to tooth loss than you might think. Because teeth are part of a larger system that facilitates speaking, eating and digestion, a lost tooth could eventually affect your overall health. Tooth loss is actually about bone loss. As living tissue, bone continually reforms in response to stimuli it...

Maintaining your Dental Implants Jan 7th, 2014

Once you receive your dental implants, you can have peace-of-mind in knowing that you have chosen a successful tooth replacement option, with long-term success rates of well over 95%. Your implant will look, feel and function just like the natural teeth that it has replaced. However, despite the natural appearance,...

Michael Douglas' Plea: Get Screened for Oral Cancer! Dec 30th, 2013

Actor Michael Douglas shocked TV audiences across the country when he announced on the David Letterman Show in 2010 that he has stage IV oral cancer. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread and his radiation and chemotherapy treatments were successful. This year, Douglas teamed up with the Oral Cancer Foundation to warn...

Protein Information in Saliva Could Lead to Better Diagnostic Tests Dec 22nd, 2013

You've probably never thought of the saliva swishing around in your mouth as amazing. The fact is, though, life would be a lot harder without it. Digestion would be quite unpleasant without its enzymes breaking down food during chewing; the soft tissues of our mouth would suffer more environmental abuse...

Quitting the Smoking Habit Could Vastly Improve Your Dental Health Dec 19th, 2013

Even after decades of health warnings, approximately 45 million Americans smoke cigarettes. Although three-quarters will attempt to quit at some time in their life, most won’t be successful because smoking is both pleasurable and highly addictive. Still, it’s in your best health interest to quit, and not just for your...

New Permanent Teeth - Faster Than Ever! Dec 11th, 2013

If you have lost your natural teeth, you may already have heard that dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement. Unlike removable dentures or bridgework, implants actually fuse to your jawbone — providing lifetime support for a full set of great-looking replacement teeth. But you may not know...

Baseball and Braces: Joe Girardi's Bargain Dec 3rd, 2013

Sometimes, we all need a bit of prompting to do what's good for us. When Serena Girardi, the 10-year-old daughter of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, needed to have orthodontic treatment, she was a little nervous. To help lessen her anxiety, Girardi, then 45 years old, made a deal:...

Root Planing Removes Dangerous Plaque and Tartar Your Tooth Brush Can't Nov 25th, 2013

While periodontal disease can take on a variety of forms, most are caused by a thin layer of bacterial plaque called biofilm. This layer of plaque will form every 8-12 hours and sticks like glue to your teeth near the gum line. With time, tartar formation occurs at and below...

Top 5 Tips for Teething Tots Nov 17th, 2013

If your infant is extra cranky and seems to want to chew everything in sight, it's a good bet that the first tooth is on the way! For parents, this is cause for both celebration and concern. After all, no parent wants to see a child suffer even a little...

Confusing Tooth Pain Nov 14th, 2013

Is it a root canal problem, a gum infection, or both? Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint the source of tooth pain; it can result from an infection of the tooth itself, or of the gum, or even spread from one to the other. Identifying the origin of a toothache is...

Dental Implants Helped Rocker Steven Tyler Get Back on Stage in Record Time Nov 10th, 2013

Rock star Steven Tyler fell and broke his two front teeth while on tour with his band Aerosmith not long ago. But Tyler was back on stage the very next day, thanks to modern dental implant technology. Dental implants are the most optimal tooth replacement system in use today. The...

Avoiding the Jim Carrey Chipped-Tooth Look Nov 5th, 2013

Fans of the classic bumbling-buddies comic film “Dumb and Dumber” will surely remember the chipped front tooth that Jim Carrey sported as simpleminded former limo driver Lloyd Christmas. Carrey reportedly came up with the idea for this look when considering ways to make his character appear more “deranged.” He didn't...

Keep an Eye on Your Oral Health While Taking Blood Pressure Medications Oct 29th, 2013

One of the top concerns in healthcare is the interactions and side effects of medications. Drugs taken for separate conditions can interact with each other or have an effect on some other aspect of health. It's important then that all your health providers know the various medications you are taking,...

Protect Your Enamel From the Damaging Effects of Acid Oct 21st, 2013

One of your teeth's best defenses against tooth decay is its hard, outer layer made of a mineral-rich substance known as enamel. This great protector, however, has an enemy — acid — from the foods and drinks we consume as well as the acid byproducts from bacterial plaque. A high...

Thumb Sucking and your Child's Bite Oct 18th, 2013

You've probably heard that thumb sucking can be harmful to your child's mouth, but do you know why? Keep in mind that thumb sucking is completely normal in children up to a certain age. In fact, 95% of babies suck their thumb! This is because it provides them with a...

Giving a Knocked Out Tooth a Second Chance Oct 3rd, 2013

It can happen in an instant — your child takes a hard hit to the mouth while playing football, basketball or some other contact sport. Suddenly, he or she faces the severest of dental injuries: a knocked out tooth. There's both good and bad news about this situation. First, the...

Identifying the Source of Mouth Pain Leads to More Efficient Treatment Sep 25th, 2013

You have a toothache… or do you? That's not a facetious question — sometimes it's difficult to determine if it's your tooth that hurts, your gums or both. It's even difficult at times to pinpoint which tooth may be hurting. This is because the pain can originate from a variety...

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants Sep 17th, 2013

Dental implants are a great choice for many people who need to permanently replace a missing tooth. Reliable and long-lasting, they offer a highly successful outcome, and can even help reduce long-term bone loss and damage to adjacent teeth. One of the best features of implants is that the titanium...

Reality Star Kept His Eyes on the Prize: New Teeth! Sep 9th, 2013

If you follow the hit TV reality show Amazing Race, you know that professional-hockey-playing brothers Bates and Anthony Battaglia won the $1 million prize in the latest globe-spanning competition. You may also have witnessed Anthony removing his false front teeth from time to time — like when he had to dive...

Five Guidelines for Improving Your Youngsters' Oral Health Sep 6th, 2013

Young children are like sponges, soaking up patterns of behavior they will later apply in many circumstances throughout life. In this learning process, they often look to family members for guidance. Some good habits, like saying “please” and “thank you,” can be taught verbally. Others are best learned by example....

You Can Put On a Great Face with Veneers and Crowns Aug 29th, 2013

Smiling feels great and makes others feel good as well. But if you are self-conscious about exposing teeth that are showing imperfections or excessive wear, you may not be smiling as broadly as you should be. Fortunately, there are ways to correct the esthetic issues that might be holding you...

The Importance of the Age One Dental Visit Aug 21st, 2013

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children have their first dental visit by the age of one? You might be surprised by this recommendation, since most children do not have many teeth at this age. However, it is important to start your child...

How Designer Nate Berkus Got a Head Start on a Great Smile Aug 14th, 2013

When it comes to dental health, you might say celebrity interior designer and television host Nate Berkus is lucky: Unlike many TV personalities, he didn't need cosmetic dental work to achieve — or maintain — his superstar smile. How did he manage that? Nate credits the preventive dental treatments he...

Advanced Periodontal Disease Requires an Aggressive Treatment Strategy Aug 5th, 2013

Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the supporting structures around the teeth, including the gums and bone, as well as the ligaments that join these structures to the tooth roots. From the Latin peri (“around”) and the Greek odont (“tooth”), periodontics serves one purpose: to keep these supporting structures healthy. This...

Teeth Whitening Tips for Teens Jul 29th, 2013

Once an exclusive procedure reserved for movie stars and millionaires, teeth whitening has become increasingly popular among all sectors of the population — including teens. While long-standing research has proven the process to be safe and effective, there are a few things everyone should know in order to make the...

What Is Gum Recession? Jul 26th, 2013

If you have noticed that one or more of your teeth have lost some of the surrounding pink gum tissue so that part of the root surface is now uncovered, you are experiencing gum recession. It's a very common problem — in fact millions of Americans have some degree of...

Five Facts About Toothpaste Jul 18th, 2013

Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, people have used mixtures of various substances in pursuit of a single goal: cleaning their teeth effectively. Today, even with a glut of toothpaste tubes on the supermarket shelf, most people seem to have a particular favorite. But have you ever thought about...

Matthew Lewis Adult Orthodontics Jul 8th, 2013

If you haven't seen a recent picture of Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in all eight Harry Potter movies, you may be in for a surprise: It seems the plump, awkward teenager from Gryffindor has been magically transformed into a post-Hogwarts hunk. What kind of wizardry did it take...

Treatment Options For Stained Teeth Jun 12th, 2013

Do your teeth stain easily? Are you worried that your new white fillings won't remain white for very long? Staining generally falls into one of two categories — extrinsic (external) staining, which affects the outside of the teeth, and intrinsic (internal) staining, which is discoloration of the tooth structure itself....

Taking Care of your Teeth During Pregnancy Helps Both you and your Baby May 29th, 2013

During pregnancy, a mother has many health concerns for both her baby and herself. Though it may not seem as important, dental health and development should be on that list of concerns, for both you and your baby. In fact, your baby's tooth development is already well underway just a...

Take a Lesson From Hockey Player Mike Bossy May 14th, 2013

It might seem that adults who play aggressive, high-contact professional sports (ice hockey, for example) have the highest chance of sustaining dental injuries. But for many — like NHL hall-of-famer Mike Bossy — their first injured teeth came long before they hit the big time. “The earliest [dental injury] I...

Second Thoughts on Tongue Piercing: Should You Remove Your Tongue Bolt? Apr 26th, 2013

It was one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. Maybe it was years ago, or maybe it was yesterday — at some point in your past life you had your tongue pierced and a metal bolt inserted. But now you are wondering whether you...

The Top 5 Things to Know About Orthodontic Retainers Apr 19th, 2013

Whether they come as removable devices or wires permanently attached behind the front teeth, orthodontic retainers have a crucial job to do in your mouth. Here's the skinny on what you ought to know about them. 1) Retainers keep your new smile looking the way it should. After having braces...

Why Your Teeth May Hurt Apr 11th, 2013

Don't ignore tooth pain hoping it goes away. No matter how mild or fleeting it may be, it's a sign that something's wrong. Healthy teeth shouldn't cause discomfort because the parts containing the nerves — the interior pulp and the dentin around it — are shielded by dental enamel and...

What Oral Appliance Does Oliva Newton-John Use to Protect Her teeth? Apr 5th, 2013

Though it's been a while since Olivia Newton-John sang her way into our hearts in the movie Grease, her smile is as radiant as ever. Today, Olivia is still singing, acting and busy with new ventures such as authoring a cookbook and raising money for the cancer center that bears her...

Test Your Knowledge: Dentures Mar 25th, 2013

Think you already know all about dentures? Answer the following questions, and see whether your understanding of false teeth is more true than false. True or False: About one-quarter of the U.S. population has none of their own teeth left by the age of 65. Answer: True The technical term...

Iron Chef Cat Cora: Protecting Your Children's Teeth Starts Early Mar 23rd, 2013

When Cat Cora is not doing battle as the first female chef on the Food Network's hit series Iron Chef America, she is busy caring for the needs of her four active young sons. This includes monitoring the food they eat and their oral hygiene habits. The busy chef, restaurateur, author,...

Testing Your Knowledge: What Do You Know About Bad Breath? Mar 17th, 2013

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis (“halitus” – breath; “osis” – disorder) is an unpleasant condition that can negatively impact your personal and business relationships. It's more than just embarrassing! In fact, one recent survey found that three out of five people would rather work with someone who talks too...

Diabetics, Watch Out for a Hidden Enemy: Gum Disease Mar 6th, 2013

Periodontal (gum) disease, though it may be invisible to everyone but your dentist, can have a powerful effect on your entire body. Not only is it dangerous to your teeth and jaws, but it can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, cause preterm births in pregnant women, and...

Actress Florence Henderson: You Are Never Too Old To Straighten Your Teeth Feb 26th, 2013

Florence Henderson has inspired generations of people through her portrayal of America's most beloved TV mother, Carol Brady, on one of the longest running situational comedies, The Brady Brunch. Today Florence is still a role model but for a much different audience: senior citizens. Henderson created the FloH Club as an...

Can You Whiten Traumatized Teeth? Feb 14th, 2013

If you are pleased with your smile except for that one front tooth that appears darker, then we have good news for you. Often a tooth appears darker as a result of trauma that may have occurred years ago. Your tooth may need root canal treatment or may have already...

Questions You Should Ask Before Getting A Dental Implant Feb 10th, 2013

Anytime you are considering an implant surgery to replace missing teeth, you should take the time to gather the facts so that you have clear understanding of the procedure, your options and any potential risks. You should also feel comfortable with the dental team who is treating you. For these...

Six Ways to Get Whiter Teeth Feb 3rd, 2013

Time to tune up the brightness on your teeth? Here are six modern methods of whitening and brightening your smile. In-office “power” bleaching under the supervision of my staff and me is recommended if your teeth are badly stained, or if you are about to have veneers or crowns made. It's...

Florence Henderson Talks About Preventative Dentistry Jan 24th, 2013

Florence Henderson, star of one of television's most beloved situation comedies, is still actively engaged in a variety of projects at 75-plus years of age. Her bright smile was part of her character as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, a popular sitcom that played for five seasons from 1969 to...

Braces and Other Orthodontic Appliances: Which Type Is Best for You? Jan 15th, 2013

If you are planning orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may have heard about different types of orthodontic appliances (braces) and you may be wondering which type is best for you. Orthodontic treatment is the process used to improve the positioning of your teeth and bite so that...

How to Obtain A Beautiful Smile Through Porcelain Veneers Jan 7th, 2013

If you've ever looked through a magazine and viewed the perfectly aligned white smiles of celebrities and models, you may be already familiar with the look of porcelain veneers. To achieve a picture-perfect smile, many Hollywood stars choose porcelain veneers (thin-layers of porcelain) that are bonded to the front of...

Clear Orthodontic Aligners, An Alternative To Braces For Adults Jan 5th, 2013

If you are insecure about your misaligned crooked teeth, then you may be a perfect candidate for clear orthodontic aligners. This system is an alternative to traditional braces that uses a sequence of individual, clear, removable “trays” that fit over your teeth to gradually straighten them. Each tray is completely...

Nancy O'Dell Speaks Out On Her Experiences With Pregnancy Gingivitis Dec 29th, 2012

When it comes to sensitive gums during pregnancy, Nancy O'Dell, the former co-anchor of Access Hollywood and new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, can speak from her own experience. In an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she described the gum sensitivity she developed when pregnant with her daughter, Ashby. She said her dentist diagnosed her with...