Sacramento Dentist Supports U.S. Marines in Fight Against Illiteracy and Poverty

Dr. Hoang TruongDr. Hoang Truong has teamed up with the U.S. Marines in an effort to fight poverty and illiteracy in the United States through the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program by donating $1000. Currently, more than 16 million children in the U.S. currently live below the poverty level.

Dr. Truong recently attended the Toys for Tots Literacy Program Reception in Florida, to honor the U.S. Military and the U.S. Marines. As a highlight of the event, the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program and the Toys for Tots Literacy Program were also recognized.

“The Toys for Tots Literacy Program is a call to action that all Americans need to know about,” Dr. Hoang Truong said. “I am happy to assist the Marines as they fight poverty and illiteracy.”

At the special event, Dr. Truong learned that in 1947, after WWII, Toys for Tots began and a small group of Marine Reservist collected and distributed over 5,000 Toys to needy children. In 2008, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was launched  and has given disadvantaged children an opportunity to compete academically and succeed in life.

During the event, Captain Joseph Draeger of the U.S. Marines said, “Through the gift of a book we can provide the tools needed to help break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.” Dr. Hoang Truong and many of her fellow colleagues took the initiative to support the program and helped raise more than ten thousand dollars for disadvantaged families in the U.S.

Dr. Hoang Truong was also quoted as saying that she fully supports this program. “This campaign definitely helps many needy children and I recommend that the Sacramento community join me in helping make a difference in these children’s lives  by supporting the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.”

Dr. Hoang Truong has been a dentist for more than 7 years. She currently practices in Sacramento, California, at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry.  Dr. Hoang Truong has also served the community by offering free dental screenings to the community and also providing free dental service for child through the Smiles 4 Kids program. For more information, please visit

Common Medications Can Have Effect on Oral Health

Many times before taking a medication , you may take it without even reading the possible side effects that it could have on your health. Below are some popular medications and the effects that they can have on your oral health. It is also important to let your dentist know about any medications you are taking. Doing so can be vital to your oral health, especially in an emergency.

Common Medications:


This medication is used to treat anxiety disorders and also for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. The only effect that taking this drug will have on your oral health is Xerostomia. Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, will result in your salivary flow being reduced. Once this medication is discontinued your normal salivary flow will start again.

Glipizide and Metformin

Normally, those with type 2 diabetes take these medications which are used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glucose levels.  When taking these, there is an 8 to 10 percent chance of developing an upper respiratory tract infection. If you are taking these medications and plan to have dental work done, it is best to make your appointment in the morning to decrease the chance of stress-induced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)


Zoloft is used for the treatment of major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. The only effect that taking this medication has on dental treatment is Xerostomia. As previously mentioned, this causes dry mouth and after discontinuation the dry mouth will go away.


This medication is used for the treatment of seizures and panic disorders. When prescribed, this medication can cause gum soreness and result in a coated tongue. It also results in dry mouth.


Lisinopril is used by those who have high blood pressure and heart failure. Also is used for the treatment of acute myocardial infarctions. Taking this medication will cause orthostatic effects. Orthostatic is a type of hypertension that can cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded.

If you have any questions about these medications or other types, please call Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at (916) 649-0249

*This is intended as information only and should not replace regular visits with your medical professional. You should consult your own Sacramento Dentist and medical doctor if you are taking of any of these medications.

Your Sacramento Dentist Can Help You Stop Snoring

Do you or someone you know snore? Don’t worry, more than 80 million people in the United States snore.  At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, we understand the effects that snoring can have on you and your families. Not only does snoring interrupt the way you sleep, but it can also cause high blood pressure, increasing the risk of stroke.

Our Sacramento dentist currently offers our patients Silent Nite®, a custom-made snore prevention device. This device, which resembles a night guard, moves the lower jaw into forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Silent Nite® is very comfortable and easy to use. It helps minimize stiff jaw joints and most importantly, prevents the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring.

Let us help put a stop to the snoring and make you sleep more soundly and breathe easier with Silent Nite®. Call your Sacramento Dentist today for information on this affordable device at (916) 649-0249).

What Do the Probing Numbers Mean?

teethprobecrHave you ever been curious about what those numbers mean that your Sacramento Dentist or Hygienist calls out while looking inside your mouth. As your hygienist calls out the numbers, “4, 3,..5,2,3…4,2,5…”, they actually use a tiny ruler called a ‘probe’ to check and measure any pockets in your gums. A pocket is described as the distance between the top of the gum and where the “probe” meets bone. The smaller the pocket, the more bone that exists.

At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, we categorize problems as mild, moderate or severe, depending on how deep the probe goes:

  • 1-3 mm: indicates health
  • 4-5 mm: indicates a mild problem
  • 6-7 mm: indicates a moderate problem
  • 9-10 mm: indicates a severe problem

Ideally,  the depth of all your pockets should be 3 mm or less. This means that the teeth can be properly cleaned with the bristles of a toothbrush.  When a pocket measures more than 3 mm, this means that there is bone loss around that area of the tooth or that the gums are swollen, or it could be a combination of both.

We want all of our patients to get maintain picket depths between one and three millimeters to indicate healthy teeth and gums. We understand that may not always be the case, so that is why we recommend different treatment options for patients with deeper mouth pockets.

If swollen gums are causing the higher probing depth, then it can easily be reversed by brushing and flossing twice a day. Continuing to do so with tighten up your gums, stop the bleeding and the pocket measurements will be reduced. We also advise the patient to come in for regular cleanings every six  months.

For measurements that are consistently 4-5 mm, we recommend patients to come in for cleanings every three to four months, rather than six.  By having more frequent cleanings, this allows us to get into the deep pockets and clean them out using specialized equipment.

Those with measurements higher than 5 mm will require a type of gum procedure. called a “deep cleaning” or scaling and root planning to effectively reduce the deeper pockets. Once the treatment is completed, patients will be able to clean their teeth on their own — provided they return every three months for a follow-up cleaning.

So next time you are at your Sacramento Dentist, pay attention to those numbers and ask your hygiene what you can do to improve the health of your teeth.