DiMariano Family Dentistry Blog

Posts for: October, 2017

October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Do you need orthodontic treatment? Orthodontic treatments are designed to correct problems with teeth or jaw placement. Children, orthodonticsteenagers, 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 smile. Here are five reasons to consider orthodontic treatment. 

1. Correct Dental Problems

Orthodontic treatment is a way of moving or straightening teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth. Orthodontic treatment effectively corrects a variety of dental issues, including: overcrowded teeth, protruding teeth, crooked teeth, cross bite, gapped teeth, and an underbite. 

2. Beautify Your Smile

Orthodontic treatment can help you achieve your dream smile. Improving your smile is one of the most valuable investments you can make to improve your overall appearance. An attractive smile leaves a good first impression — and a good first impression can mean success on a first date, in a job interview, and in other areas of your life. 

3. Prevent Dental Injuries

People with protruding teeth are at higher risk for dental injury and may benefit from orthodontic treatment. Protruding teeth are more likely to crack or chip in the event of an accident. People who are involved in high-contact activities such as sports are especially at high risk. There are multiple treatments that can correct protruding teeth. 

4. Improve Oral Function

Orthodontic treatment can improve oral function. Certain bite problems can result in difficulty chewing. A corrected bite will make it easier for you to bite and chew food. Your teeth also play an important role in speech. If you have crooked teeth, it can make a noticeable difference in your pronunciation. Straightening your smile will help make you a clearer speaker.

5. Improve Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health. Straight teeth aren't just more attractive – they’re also easier to keep clean. Crowded and crooked teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, and improper cleaning can lead to dental cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Consult with a dentist in Sacramento, CA to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you.

Orthodontic treatment will do you and your smile a world of good. Don't wait another minute- call our dental office at 916-929-3898 now to schedule a consultation in Sacramento, CA. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
October 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

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 — diagnosis comes far too often after the disease has already well advanced. In an effort to detect cancer earlier many dentists visually screen for oral abnormalities during checkups, especially patients over fifty, tobacco or heavy alcohol users, patients with a family history of cancer or a medical history of exposure to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, HPV-16.

If they detect an abnormality, the dentist often refers the patient to an oral surgeon or other specialist for a possible biopsy. In this procedure the surgeon removes a sample of the abnormal tissue, which is then examined microscopically for cancer cells. A biopsy remains the most effective way to diagnose oral cancer.

Because of the disease's aggressive nature, many dentists lean to the side of caution when referring patients for biopsy. As a result 90% of oral biopsies reveal no cancer. Reducing the number of biopsy referrals is highly desirable, especially for the patient undergoing the procedure. Tissue samples tend to be large to ensure complete detection of any cancer cells. Depending on the size and location of the sample, there may be a risk for loss of function or disfigurement.

A new screening tool using a sample of a patient's saliva could help reduce the number of biopsy referrals. Besides DNA, saliva also contains dormant genes called biomarkers that activate in response to the presence of a specific disease. This particular saliva test identifies those biomarkers for oral cancer if they're present.

A sample with a low score of biomarkers indicates no cancer present (with a statistical confidence of 99%). A medium or high score indicates cancer may be present, but only a biopsy can determine for sure. Using this test, dentists might be able to reduce the number of biopsy referrals and instead be able to employ watchful waiting in certain cases. Because of its simplicity and non-invasiveness, saliva screening could help identify oral cancer earlier.

If you would like more information on early detection and treatment for oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
October 11, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

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 sounds like a lot, just think: This small but very important tool gets a lot of use!

If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time as recommended by the ADA, that’s two hours of brushing action in one month. Three to four months of twice-daily brushing makes for six to eight hours of brushing time, or a couple hundred uses. This is all an average toothbrush can take before it stops doing its job effectively.

Toothbrush bristles are manufactured to have the right amount of give, tapering, and end-rounding for optimal cleaning. When new, a toothbrush can work its way around corners and between teeth to remove dental plaque. Old bristles, however, lose the flexibility needed to reach into nooks and crannies for a thorough cleaning. Worn bristles may curl, fray or break — and can scratch your gums or tooth enamel. A toothbrush with stiff, curled bristles does not leave your mouth feeling as clean. This may lead to brushing too often or too hard, which is bad for your gums.

A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every season — unless you see signs that you need a new one sooner. For example, if you wear braces, you may have to replace your toothbrush more frequently since brushing around braces puts more wear and tear on the brush.

For healthy teeth and gums, make sure your primary oral hygiene tool is in tip-top shape. Taking care of the little things now can avoid inconvenient and expensive dental problems later. Don’t forget to schedule regular professional dental cleanings, and be sure to ask if you have any questions about your dental hygiene routine at home. To learn more about the importance of good oral hygiene, read “Daily Oral Hygiene: Easy Habits for Maintaining Oral Health” and “Dental Hygiene Visit: A True Value in Dental Healthcare” in Dear Doctor magazine.