The Top 3 Thanksgiving Dental Tips

Thanksgiving is a holiday in which we celebrate by gathering with family and friends. But on Thanksgiving, another way we celebrate is by eating, eating, and more eating. Your friends at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry want to be sure that you also brush… and brush… and brush some more!  Here are three tips that you can put into practice this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.


 #1. No Soda

During Thanksgiving, there is plenty of foods going around that already have more sugar than is needed. It is important to pay attention to your dental health and your diet. There is no need to add soda into that equation. Instead of drinking soda, drink milk and water with your meal. Doing so will spare your teeth the stains and decay caused by soda. Water will rinse away any sugar or bacteria in your mouth. The cleaner you keep your mouth in between meals, means the less likely you have a chance of developing a cavity.

 #2 Brush and Floss

Since the majority of your day will be spent eating, make sure to brush your teeth in between meals so that your teeth won’t start to demineralize as the food sits on there for a long time. Whether you are spending the holiday at home or traveling to a loved ones, bring your toothbrush and floss with you.

#3 Don’t Use Your Teeth for Cracking or Opening

It is very common for many people to crack their teeth during the holidays.  A cracked tooth can be painful, and if not fixed, can lead to extensive treatment. Call your dentist if you crack a tooth! Your teeth are meant to chew food, not to be used as nutcrackers or bottle openers.  Don’t be lazy on Thanksgiving. Grab the proper tool you need and save your teeth.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to apply these tips during your holiday! Make sure to also schedule your dental cleaning and checkup with Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry as 2014 is just around the corner. You don’t want to lose all your dental benefits for the year as they will expire on December 31, 2013.

Tooth Care for Two

pregnancy, gingivitis, dental careIf you’re pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, you have an increased risk for gingivitis, also called gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), up to 50 percent of pregnant women experience what is called “pregnancy gingivitis.”  Even if a person maintains good oral health care, there still is a chance that they can develop gum disease while pregnant.

During pregnancy, many hormonal changes occur that adjusts the way that the body fights against bacteria. Flesh-eating toxins are produced from the bacteria and that results in gum tissue being damaged.

Some of the symptoms associated with gingivitis can include a mild inflammation of the gum, and red and sore gums that bleed when examined.

It is recommended to tell your Sacramento Dentist when you are pregnant because you may require more frequent dental cleanings to combat the effects of increased progesterone and to help you avoid gingivitis. Some insurance carriers even provide coverage for an extra cleaning during a woman’s pregnancy.

Additionally, eating a balanced diet will also benefit your overall health and your baby. Be sure to incorporate calcium, vitamins A, C, and D, phosphorus and protein into your diet. Your risk of gingivitis may be reduced with regular, professional cleanings, daily brushing and flossing, and using an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Your oral health is an important part of your overall health. Don’t let an untreated dental disease cause harm to you and your baby.  If you are pregnant and in need of a Sacramento Dentist today, call our office at (916) 649-0249 to schedule regular, professional cleanings.

How Much Radiation Do you Get from X-rays? Do I Need Them?

In a recent study published in the Cancer Journal for Clinicians, dental X-rays were linked with an increased risk of developing meningioma, the most common type of brain tumor. We understand that patients may be alarmed by such findings. What wasn’t emphasized in the study was that many participants in the study received their X-rays many years ago when radiation exposure was much higher than what is used today.

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry would like to stress the importance of getting their X-rays taken. X-rays are needed because they let the dentist to see small cavities that are developing in between the teeth and  stop them before they become bigger and more costly problems.

Additionally, x-rays allow the dentist to examine the mandible and maxilla for any unusual growths or abnormalities. They  can also expose hidden dental decay, locate tarter build-up, identifying bone loss, showing impacted or extra teeth, which is very beneficial for the dentist.

Unlike other x-rays on other parts of the body, dental X-rays are very targeted to a small part of the body. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), radiation associated with dentistry represents a minor contribution to the total exposure from all sources (about 0.2 percent). You actually get more radiation why you are exposed to the sun or are flying in an airplane.

How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, age, and your risk for disease. Normally, Full Mouth X-Rays are taken if you are a new patient and consists of a series of dental x-rays angled to show all the teeth, the surrounding bone and other structures. It is a combination of 14 or more general x-rays  and 4 bite-wing x-rays to film the back teeth. Receiving Full Mouth X-Rays by the dentist ensures a complete examination of the health of your teeth. These type of X-rays are recommended every three to five years.

It is recommended by the ADA to get check-up X-rays during your bi-annual dental visits. As said before, X-rays help the dentist see cavities and other infections that they would not see with a visual exam. Children also require X-rays more often than adult because their teeth and jaws are still developing so the X-rays determine if they are being affected by tooth decay.

You can be certain that the standards set by the ADA were made to protect your personal health and safety. At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, using digital dental X-rays through minimal exposure, does more good than harm.

If you have any more questions or concerns about dental X-rays, feel free to call or stop by Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry to speak with Dr. Hoang Truong.

Gateway Dental is Implementing New Changes

Gateway Dental is currently in the process of selecting a new practice name and logo. The possible names we are deciding on are:

  • SuperSmile Dental
  • River Oaks Dental
  • Veracity Dental
  • West El Camino Dental

We would love to have your feedback on the possible names. Please stop by our office at 2500 W. El Camino Ave. Suite 9 or visit our Facebook page to cast your vote.  Gateway Dental is continuing to offer new services and striving to offer better customer service each day.

Please call us at (916) 649-0249 to schedule an appointment for your next cleaning.

Use it or Lose it: Why You Should Maximize Your Dental Benefits

2014 is quickly approaching and that means there are only two more months left to maximize your dental benefits before they run out.

On December 31, 2013 you will lose any money or allotted cleanings if not used up. The cost of major dental work can easily be avoided by maintaining good oral hygiene and routine cleanings and treatment. Maximizing your dental benefits before the year ends allows you to get all of the necessary work done that is needed.

To find out if you have coverage available, contact your insurance company, or simply call us at (916) 649-0249.

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry wants to ensure none of your money is wasted and all of our patients get the most out of their insurance. So why not call today to schedule an appointment and use all of your benefits for this year?

If you would like to learn more, please call us at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Dr. Hoang Truong is a Sacramento Dentist serving patients in Sacramento, CA.

Not a Gateway Dental Patient?

No problem! If you are not a Gateway Dental patient, we invite you to come in before the year ends. We currently have a New Patient Special. The special includes an exam, x-ray for only $79!dental-insurance-end-of-year-2011