Q & A with the Dental Hygienist: Eight Ways to a Healthier Smile

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1. What’s the biggest problem that you see with patients who come in terms of oral hygiene?

Most patients do not like to floss and think that it is no big deal.

2. How often should I brush and floss?

In an ideal world you should floss after every meal or snack. But, at least twice a day at morning and at night when that is not possible. The best time to loss is at night if morning is not possible because you do not want to leave remnants of food in between teeth to rot.

3. What are the benefits of flossing regularly?

Healthy gums, helps keep the teeth’s foundation of bone level, no bleeding, fresh breath, good check-ups, less cavities, less money to be spent on treatment because teeth are healthy, improves overall health of the body because the bacteria content that can cause heart problems is significantly decreased, decreased chance of bacteria between teeth being passed from mother to unborn child which leads to low-term newborns.

4. What are the dangers of not flossing on a regular basis?

I just mentioned that bacteria found in plaque can be passed from expectant mothers to their fetus. But there are studies that show a strong link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Not to mention that not flossing can lead to the loss of your teeth which could mean periodontal surgery and that costs money.

5. What is a deep cleaning and why would I have to get one?

A deep cleaning involves scraping the crown and root of the tooth to get rid of built up calculus and debris. Someone would need one if there are deep pockets between the gums and teeth and there is calculus present on the roots of the teeth.

6. What percentage of new patients that you see need a deep cleaning? Is it expensive?

Approximately 30-40% of the new patients that I see a month need a deep cleaning. It is expensive. But, have normal cleanings on a regular basis will eliminate the need for this type of invasive cleaning.

7. Why is flossing painful for patients? Will it always be painful?

Flossing is only painful for patients who have swollen gums, periodontal disease, or who only floss sometimes. Healthy gums do not hurt when flossed unless one is flossing incorrectly. Your hygienist can show you how to floss correctly.

8. Any other tips or products that you have for patients?

For patients who don’t like to floss with the string I highly recommend the Reach Flosser, it has a big handle so you don’t have to stick your hand in your mouth. At $3 a piece it is really affordable. The Air Flosser is a new device that can be used to floss. It costs about $70. Things like waters picks are good at removing plaque but does not replace flossing.

“I had a root canal, what now?”

By: Hoang Truong DDS

Patients usually require a post and crown following a root canal treatment. Why ? A root canal treated tooth is hollow and brittle so that post/core build retention and support and a crown is needed to hold everything together.

Some patients receive root canals but do not follow through with receiving the post and crown. This can lead to an infected or fractured tooth. When that happens the tooth either needs to be extracted because it is beyond repair or another root canal must be performed which can be costly and will only weaken the tooth further.

Is a root canal painful? A root canal procedure is no more painful than getting a filling. The difference is that it takes longer to perform a root canal and the cost is 10 times more. However, if the tooth has a chronic infection the body’s metabolism increases to fight the infection. When the metabolism is going through the roof a person’s anesthetic has the potential to wear off very quickly and getting numb is difficult. Only then should a person have pain during a root canal procedure. Lots of noise comes from the drills and files in the dental chair but no one should experience pain.

Sacramento Kids Receive Free Dental

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 7, 2012) –  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and on Feb. 4, seven Sacramento dentists gave free dental care to 50 pre-screened children at Carrington College as a part of the “Smile 4 Kids” program. The event was hosted by the Sacramento District Dental Society. The event was created in conjunction with the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” annual campaign which aims to treat children who fall between the cracks in healthcare and who could not otherwise receive dental treatment.

 Hoang Truong, D.D.S. in Natomas is passionate about dentistry and helping those in need. On February 4 she donated her Saturday to provide free dentistry through the “Smile for Kids” program. Dr. Truong treated six children in desperate need of dental care.

 This is Truong’s fourth year to participate in “Smiles for Kids” and tenth time to participate in programs which aim to donate free dental work to those in need. Through Loma Linda’s School of Dentistry Truong donated free dentistry to orphans in Belize, Guatemala, and Vietnam.

Born in Vietnam Dr. Truong moved to West Sacramento in 1989. She attended Riverside High School in West Sacramento. Dr. Truong is still giving back to her alma mater by serving an assistant tennis coach. Dr. Truong owns Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry on West El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, California. Readers may inquire about Dr. Truong at http://www.gatewaydentalsmiles.com.

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“The Tooth Keeper” participating in Smiles 4 Kids day at Carrington College.

ABOUT GATEWAY DENTAL

Gateway Dental is a comprehensive family dentistry in South Natomas. Gateway Dental’s services include preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, teeth whitening, and dentures. Gateway Dental is one of two practicing oral sedation dentistry’s in Natomas. Dr. Truong has been practicing since 2006 and received her dental degree from Loma Linda University. She has owned Gateway Dental with her husband since 2008. It is located on 2550 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 9, Sacramento, Calif. 95833. You may call (916) 649-0249. Gateway Dental is a Natomas Chamber of Commerce member.

 

Contact: Kristen Vice/Cell: (916) 622-6184/kristenvice@live.com/www.GatewayDentalSmiles.com

Root Canals + 7 Tips to Prevent Them

Contrary to popular belief regular flossing and brushing cannot prevent a root canal. Why? A root canal can happen from having an infection or decay that is so large that the pulp nerve of the tooth becomes exposed. Once decay has reached the nerve you will experience pain.

“I don’t need a root canal, Doc, I don’t have any pain!” It is not uncommon for decay to be present in the tooth and for a person to have little to no pain. Once the pulp is exposed that is when extreme pain occurs that you can feel all the way up to your brain. It is these factors that make early  prevention so important for your teeth and your pocket. Fillings cost about $200-$300 but a root canal costs ten times more. You can expect to pay $2000-$2500 per root canal. So how do you prevent having to get a root canal?

 

  1. Maintain a regular and consistent dental regimen with flossing and brushing to avoid getting cavities in the teeth you still have. Brushing and flossing twice a day is recommended but if you can only floss once do it before bed.
  2. See your dentist regularly so that cavities can be caught early.
  3. Get your cavities filled promptly. Bigger cavities means bigger fillings. Don’t put it off because they can grow quickly and in the absence of pain you won’t know how big it is getting.
  4. Receive a fluoride treatment from your dental hygienist when you go in for your cleanings. Most people opt not to receive fluoride because of the $15-$20 out-of-pocket cost or rinse too quickly after receiving the treatment. They are doing their teeth an injustice! Fluoride helps mineralize the weak areas in your teeth and is essential to preventing cavities (which can lead to a root canal)
  5. Eat a balanced diet and include vitamin c, dairy and fish. Visit this website for more information and studies regarding your nutrition and tooth decay. http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog/articles/forgotten-tooth-decay-cure-heal-your-cavities-and-prevent-root-canals
  6. Avoid amalgam fillings which have the tendency to pull away from the tooth and create pockets for bacteria to enter and multiply. The use of amalgam is controversial but the tooth expands and shrinks when exposed to changing temperatures.
  7. Eat foods that help to clean your teeth. Cheese and celery are foods that are proven to help clean teeth.

Like these tips and want to contact us to make an appointment? Visit us online at http://www.GatewayDentalSmiles.com

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Cosmetic Dentist Sacramento

Dr. Hoang Truong

Welcome to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry of Sacramento. Home of Dr. Hoang Truong, The Best Sacramento Dentist, and her extraordinary staff!

Our Services Include:

Cosmetic Dentistry (i.e., veneers, bridges, inlays/onlays)
Sedation Dentistry
Teeth Whitening
Extractions
Root Canal (endodontics)

 

Dr. Truong is a family dentist with a comprehensive dental facility based in Sacramento. Our care is patient-focused. No pushy sales people just good dentistry. Dr. Truong educates and trains herself and her staff rigorously to provide her patients with the very best care as well as cutting-edge technology. Dr. Truong and the Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry staff follows strict safety procedures.

Why is Dr. Truong so great? She has the smallest hands in Sacramento! Small hands means maximum comfort for her patients.