Gateway Dental is now Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry!

logoIt is with great pleasure to inform you that we, Gateway Dental,  have changed our business name to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Please note, however, that our address has not changed.To celebrate our name change the Natomas Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.

Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry believes the new name change, interior remodeling and additions to the staff, including an associate doctor, will enable a higher of level care for our patients and the Sacramento area. “Not only is our office state-of-the-art, we now have a full and highly-capable staff, and the latest in technology to provide the best patient experience,” Dr. Hoang Truong  said.

Our new name and logo looks great, but we’re most excited about the increased level of care we’re bringing to our patients.” By adding orthodontic and implant services and additional doctors we help keep convenience of more availability, plus same location, familiar doctors and staff that you already love, and maintaining affordable prices as well. We would like to thank you for your support as we implement these changes!

A Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Open House is in the works so please stay tuned for more details! For more information, call your Sacramento dentist at 916-649-0249.  Check out our new website: www.GatewayOaksDental.com!

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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:

BusPIRone

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

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.

KlonoPIN

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

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.

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

How to Relax at the Dentist

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Does anxiety keep you away from the dental chair? Do you avoid important dental check-ups or procedures because the fear is too much to handle? Well look no further, we have tips to keep you healthy and relaxed in the dentist’s chair.

Tune out
Prepare for your visit by uploading your iPod or other media device with your favorite relaxing tunes, or maybe you would rather catch up on your reading by listening to an eBook. Some dentists, like our Sacramento Dentist, even offer movie goggles so you can watch a movie during your appointment.

Don’t clench!
When you sit down in the chair, let go. Clenching your hands, legs, feet and arms won’t help ease your discomfort. When you feel yourself clenching, focus on relaxing those areas. Make your body comfortable to help your mind be comfortable.

Be in the know
Knowing the details of your procedure can ease your mind of any uncertainties. Ask for models or drawings so you can see the procedure and why it is necessary for you. Write down your questions ahead of time, so you don’t forget them.

Breathe
When the anxiety kicks in, it’s natural to take quick, short breaths, and maybe even quit breathing all together. When your oxygen decreases, you panic increases. So concentrate on taking slow, smooth breaths to help keep your anxiety level low.

Ask for Sedation
Sedation dentistry has made many advancements over the years. Sedation dentists can prescribe medication that you take before your appointment to help you relax, and in most cases, you don’t even remember the procedure the next day. This video on Sedation Dentistry shows you what the sedation experience is like.

And the best way to ensure a relaxing visit at the dentist is to find a dentist that you trust. When you trust your dentist that he or she is doing the best job and giving you the quality treatment you deserve, it can truly help to put your mind at ease.

Do you have any tips on how you like to stay relaxed and comfortable at the dentist? Insert your own helpful hints in our comments section, or you can visit our Facebook page and share with our patients how you like to relax at the dentist.

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Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is Now Providing Braces for Patients

Dr. Truong continues her commitment to keep patient costs down by providing Braces by FastBraces® for patientsImage

SACRAMENTO, CA- Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry introduced a one-of-a-kind braces technology that results in faster results for straight teeth. Braces by FastBraces® can provide results from 3 months to about a year. The shorter treatment equals to fewer visits to the dentist. Traditional braces take about 2 to 4 years and require frequents visits to the orthodontist. Being able to provide braces in the office keeps costs down to patients who, in the past, would have to be referred to a specialist’s office, which leads to extra costs for the patients.

Straight teeth are not only for a beautiful smile, but a healthier smile. Aligned teeth with proper spacing not only keeps teeth from breaking or having uneven wear, but it is also important for gum and heart health. Crowding teeth can be hard to clean, this can lead or excessive plaque buildup, the main reason for gum disease. In recent studies, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

“There are many options when it comes to straightening teeth. I chose the FastBraces® technology because my adult patients can get a straight smile without wearing braces for years. A big drawback for many adults is the length of time of wearing traditional braces. I’m happy to provide them a solution. ”  said Dr. Truong when asked why she wanted to provide this service to patients instead of referring them out to other offices for braces.

Dr. Hoang Truong is the CEO and main dental provider at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Dr. Truong has been committed to providing patients with the best treatment options. Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry provides quality dental care with friendliness and professionalism.

To find out more about the benefits of straight teeth, visit www.GatewayOaksDental.com or you can Schedule your Free Consultation.To find out more about the FastBraces® technology, visit www.Fastbraces.com.

Would you like Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry to visit your business or health fair to talk more about Fastbraces®? Contact our Office Manager Kristen Vice at kristenvice@live.com.

 

 

Dr. Hoang Truong to provide free dental screenings at the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival

SACRAMENTO- Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is participating in the first annual Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival on Saturday, April 13th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Sacramento’s Fairy Tale Town. Families are invited to play outside and enjoy fun activities free of charge. Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry has partnered with the Sacramento District Dental Society to perform dental screenings for children who attend the event. Dr. Hoang Truong, will be at the event performing screenings, answering dental health related questions and handing out educational material from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The event will consist of fun activities, physical games, gardening workshops, health screenings and nutritional workshops free of charge for children and their families.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a great cause. It is important for children 2 years old and over to see the dentist at least twice a year,” said Dr. Truong, “I am looking forward to showing children and their families how easy it is to make oral health their priority.”

Dr. Hoang Truong is the CEO and main dental provider at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry has been a continuing supporter of nonprofit health organizations in the Sacramento community since 2008. Located in Natomas, Gateway Dental is a comprehensive practice that is committed to helping educate the Sacramento community to keep their teeth and gums healthy for life.

For more information on the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival, you can visit www.FairyTaleTown.org.

Are you interested in having Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at your next health fair or event? We enjoy being a part of community events to help spread the word for healthy teeth and gums. You can contact our Public Relations Director, Kayla Johnson, via email with any questions at kaylaj.ata@gmail.com.

Dental X-Rays: An Important Diagnostic Tool

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool for me. They are as vital to me as getting blood work done with your medical practitioner or chest x-rays with your cardiologist. Without them, I cannot fully determine your oral health, which is my sole purpose. Getting radiographs taken every six months allows me to detect any problems early on.

Many patients have concerns about x-rays. But, the American Dental Association (ADA) states that a person absorbs more radiation from the sun every single day than x-rays taken at the dentist every six months. Since our radiographs are digital, the radiation exposure is extremely less than traditional methods.

Dentist in Sacramento Digital Xrays

This graph shows the amount of radiation each person receives from dental x-rays in comparison to other sources of radiation.

The first thing that radiographs help me with is determining bone levels in your teeth. One of the biggest causes of tooth loss is periodontal disease, or disease of the gums and bone. It begins as gingivitis and can grow uncontrollably into sever gum “periodontal” disease.  The x-rays help to determine bone levels and the condition of bone loss due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can be determined by looking at the gums, but in all cases radiographs are needed to determine severity of bone loss.

Why do I need to determine bone levels? Identifying bone loss early, through x-rays taken every six months, allows me to be able to address the likelihood of patients’ having periodontal disease. Horizontal bone loss suggests aggressive periodontal disease, but that can be treated with great results. However, vertical bone loss is a more aggressive disease and is more difficult to achieve a good results.

Bone Loss & Gum Disease

The straight yellow line depicts the bone level on healthy teeth. The wavy line below identifies this patient’s actual level of bone. This tells me the patient has severe bone loss.

Secondly, radiographs are also helpful in diagnosing oral pathology from identifying cysts to cancerous lesions, broken roots, cavities, and failing restorations (just to name a few!), which are impossible to determine by visual examination alone. In addition, anything that is happening below the teeth and gums, I cannot see. Ethically and legally I need x-rays to keep my patients safe, healthy, and out of pain, and – most importantly – keeping your out of pocket costs low.

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X-rays identified a tumor in the lower jaw.

I have seen many cases where a new patient came to me in pain, after seeing his/her dentist just 6 months ago. Upon taking new x-rays I have found a broken tooth after a root canal, a crown that doesn’t fit correctly causing un-comfortability, and an abscess that has formed. And not just with new patients, even with current patients that see me religiously, cavities and decay can develop within six months or less.

Thirdly, x-rays identify things in your mouth that are going on that I could never determine just by sight. I want to stress the importance of these radiographs because they will identify problems even when the patient isn’t experiencing any symptoms. If your tooth hurts, you could have more than a little cavity, it could be an infection or a fractured tooth. When it hurts, you have waited too long.

Dentist in Sacramento fixes broken tooth

Patient has a fractured molar tooth. Indeterminable by looking at the tooth surface.

Insurance Companies and Radiograph Restrictions

Although x-rays are an important tool in the diagnostic process, insurance companies usually have restrictions and frequency limitations on what type of x-rays can be taken, when and how many are allowed. Even though x-rays are all the same, just the techniques are different, insurances sometimes won’t pay for them. Sometimes with the restriction from the insurance companies the patient will have to pay out of pocket for the necessary x-rays so that I can determine the condition of the teeth.

 

I reassure you that we would never take x-rays if it was not necessary or essential for the overall well being of your oral health.

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Another diagnostic tool I use is my camera. This camera allows me to take highly detailed pictures that allows the patient to see cavities, decay, and other problems above the gum line.

 

Do You Really Want to Keep your Teeth? Deep Cleaning Explained.

Sacramento DentistOn a recent trip back to visit family I encountered my kooky Great Aunt, let’s just call her Ivy. Ivy is an all-round entertaining lady. She could keep you talking for hours and comes up with some of the most ridiculous things. Upon telling her that I work for a dentist she blurts out, “You don’t work for 1-800-Dentist, do you!?”

Well, no, we are not affiliated with them but I was curious what caused her outburst. Upon further examination she said that recently her and her husband went to the dentist and “would you buh-lieve they wanted $250 for a cleaning, per quadrant!?” I don’t need to tell you the conversation that ensued that ended in Aunt Ivy refuting everything I said with, “I DON’T GET PLAQUE ON MY TEETH!” An odd statement considering that every single person on the planet has plaque on their teeth. Oh, Aunt Ivy.

When plaque gets under the gums where you can’t see it and can’t clean it you start to get irritation and bleeding in your gums. This is the early stages of gingivitis. When you have gingivitis your hygienist will want to give you a deep cleaning. They might also want you to use a wash called Chlorohexidine. Three out of four adults have some form of gum disease.Sacramento Dentist

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Your body is working feverishly to clean your teeth and the interaction between the food and the saliva creates bacteria and acid. If nothing is done about this it can begin to erode your bone structure. The acid begins to drip down your teeth and starts to eat away at the bone that is holding on to your teeth. Acid. Pretty nasty stuff. It eats through everything, including bone.

Here’s the tricky part, until someone’s condition get very bad they have virtually no symptoms. If gum disease is caught in time it can be stopped and steps can be taken to improve your condition. But, sadly, bone loss is irreversible.

In addition to keeping your teeth from falling out, or getting loose, a deep cleaning will help permanent crowns and bridges adhere to your teeth and last longer. It might help take care of that bad breath, too.

A deep cleaning will take approximately three hours where as a regular cleaning without x-rays will only take about 50 minutes. You are numbed with anesthetic and the hygienist cleans off the roots of the tooth.

I know what you are thinking. You brush your teeth every day, you’ve never had a cavity, you floss every now and then and maybe you even believe that you don’t get plaque on your teeth. Good for you! But that doesn’t mean you can skip your regular teeth cleanings every six months. Hygienists have special tools that get heavy plaque off of your teeth. They also have the ability to see and reach things that you cannot.

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Real Gateway Dental patient who received a deep cleaning. The patient was experiencing bleeding when brushing and flossing and had deep pockets of 5-6 millimeters (1-3 millimeters is great, anything more than 4 should require immediate attention).

The biggest mistake a patient can make is to not maintain a good hygiene program with the hygienist following the deep cleaning. After the cleaning your hygienist will want to see you three months later to clean the teeth again. More often than not it isn’t covered by insurance which is why many patients do not keep up on it. But, coming back every three months for a year will restore your gums to their better condition, will close the deep pockets created by the bacteria, and will help reduce the amount of bacteria that can get in there again.

If you were told you needed a deep cleaning, do not wait. Aunt Ivy will be sorry.

You can call 916-649-0249 if you have more questions and we’ll be happy to help you.

I Hate Flossing! Part II

A former flossing procrastinator turned flossing advocate; why to floss, how to floss, and the dangers of not flossing.

Sacramento DentistDid you know that if you lose five or more teeth to gum disease your odds at having a heart attack increase by 26%? If you are predetermined to have heart disease or diabetes you might want to think twice about flossing. Studies definitely show a strong link between poor oral health and heart disease.

Okay, well, I didn’t know this before. I was one of those “sometimes” flossers. You know what I’m talking about. When the dentist asked me how often I flossed my response was a sheepish “sometimes”. Then, I realized that my paternal grandmother died from heart disease. To add insult to injury, my father received a quadruple bypass at 46 and I lost an uncle to diabetes. Keep in mind that at that time it had been a few years since my last dentist appointment. Like many people it really hurt to floss my teeth and it was uncomfortable. I really didn’t want to do it. Really.

I guess you could say that skies parted one day when I stumbled upon some reading material reminding me that I was predisposed to horrible health issues (my grandmother’s heart disease, my dad’s clogged arteries, my uncle’s diabetes) and that not flossing could come back to haunt me with a vengeance. Now I’m a flossing advocator. And I put down the french fries. Win-win.

Now, working in a dental office provides me with more of an affinity towards taking care of my teeth. And all the compliments I get on my pretty teeth are just icing on the cake.  I promise that I am a modest person. I am! But I constantly receive compliments on my teeth. People comment on how straight they are to how white they are (thanks for braces mom and dad!). It’s those compliments that make me take pride in my teeth.

Think about it, when you work hard for your toned body and people take notice it only makes you work harder, right? My teeth are the same thing to me. That’s why I floss.

Everyone hates to floss. I hate to floss. But at the end of the day I’m healthier for it. You will be, too. Did you know that even the girls in the office hate to floss? That’s two Registered Dental Hygienists, four dental assistants!

Top 5 Reasons We Hate to Floss!

  1. It’s uncomfortable to stick whole hand in mouth
  2. “It’s gross!”
  3. Food flies around
  4. When floss gets stuck in the teeth
  5. Messes up lipstick

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