Change your smile, Change your life with Veneers

Veneers, and even teeth whitening, used to be a thing that only movie stars could afford. Even then it didn’t seem to be such a big deal. Check out any 80s movie and you will see snaggle teeth and yellow teeth (smoking was just.so.cool) all over the place. But today? Their teeth look amazing!

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David Bowie…. cosmetic dentistry? I think so! Source: listal.com

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and is now more affordable than ever. There are tons of information websites out there regarding veneers, whitening, lumineers, and braces. A dentist will be the best person to develop your treatment plan.

dental-veneers_sacramento-cosmetic-dentistOnce patient’s do the upper arch they cannot wait to begin the lower arch. This recent case Dr. Hoang Truong performed is beautifully done and the patient is ecstatic.

Our Sacramento Cosmetic Dentist will tailor a treatment plan just for you. Call us at (916) 649-0249 or visit www.GatewayOaksDental.com.

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Countdown to Football….. and Players of Toothless Past

At the time of writing this the American public is waiting 42 days, 5 hours, and 30 minutes until the start of the 2014 NFL Football season. As our area San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders embark on another year of big hits and Hail Mary’s, we reminisce over Players of Toothless Past.

According to whatclinic.com every year of play an athlete has a 10% chance of a dental injury. The rise in use of mouthguards and better helmets has significantly reduced dental injuries in the football world.

 

Missing-teeth_implants-for-sports-related-injuryJack Lambert. Hailed as “the premier linebacker of his era” back in the 1950s, Lambert was the starting middle linebacker for four Super Bowl-winning teams. He boasts an 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lambert’s four upper front teeth were missing as a result of a sports-related injury in high school. Lambert was remembered “partially” because he didn’t wear his partial during games. His toothless grimace became an iconic image in football.
Source: Tony Tomsic/Contributor/NFL/Getty Images

 

missing-teeth-due-to-sports-related-injuryBob St. Clair. Displaying unbelievable toughness, this 49ers Half of Famer was a part of the “Million Dollar Backfield” in the 1950s and played with the team for 11 years. He was infamous for being a trickster, using mind games to block kicks and punts, St. Clair blocked a kick with his face and lost five teeth as a result. “I went over to the sideline and they shoved cotton in my mouth and until it got so bad I had to take Novocain in my mouth, but I kept playing,” said St. Clair.
Source: 49ers.com

 

missing-teeth_dental implantsLarry Wilson. As a free safety for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wilson was great at defending passes in the 1960s. Wilson was so great at blitzing he kept many passes from ever happening. It is said that he had lost most of his teeth at one point and that the organization feared he wouldn’t make big hits anymore. However, Wilson continued and in 1978 was inducted into the Hall of Fame as “the toughest player in the game.”
Source: http://www.footballcardgallery.com

 

Missing teeth due to sportsVince Lombardi. While at Fordham University Lombardi was the right guard on the football team’s offensive front line nicknamed the “Seven Blocks of Granite.” In 1936 during a game against Pitt Lombardi suffered a severe cut inside his teeth when he had several teeth knocked out. He was taken out of the game until he was called in for a defensive play that sustained the 0-0 tie. He went on to become arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time.
Source: http://www.cbssports.com

 

With the popularity of dental implants these guys and others like them are likely not going without teeth for long.

 

Interested in dental implants? You can read our other related blogs here: https://bestsacramentodentist.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/dental-implants-chew-with-confidence/

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Kristen is an avid writer and sports fan. She is the Office Manager at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is Sacramento, California.

Dental Implants…Chew with Confidence

Dental implants aren’t exactly a new technology but it has taken several decades for them to become a popular form of tooth replacement. In the past, a dental bridge was the best a dentist could do for you. At the very least you could do a stay-plate or flipper that would at least give the appearance of a tooth. These options while not to bad have become the “old” way to do things. Implants are the way of the future.

So, who cares if you are missing a tooth? I can’t tell you how many times I hear, “It doesn’t hurt me,” “It doesn’t bother me,” “My mom is missing a couple teeth and she’s alright,” … I mean these comments are mentioned daily in our office.

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Single tooth dental implants.

What’s the BIG DEAL?

An untreated missing tooth will cause further complications and additional tooth loss. Why? The jaw bone needs stimulation from chewing to grow. A missing tooth means no more growing bone. Bone that doesn’t grow doesn’t just not grow, it actually disappears! The jawbone will deteriorate surrounding that tooth causing the surrounding teeth to shift and fill in the gap left by the missing tooth. Over time, the teeth next to the missing tooth will be lost. This will create changes in the way you eat and the way you look.

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When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth with shift. Shifting teeth cause pain, gum disease, and more tooth loss.

The longer you put off replacing a missing tooth, the less options that you have. Keep in mind, when given the option to “save” a tooth for $2-$3,000, many people would rather pull a tooth out for $200. In the long run, replacing that missing tooth will lead to a lot of pain, un-comfortability, and more tooth loss.

 

Contact this Sacramento Implant Dentist for a complimentary consultation or call (916) 649-0249.

 

 

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).

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.

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 #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 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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Don’t let tooth decay ruin your child’s teeth

Protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay.

There is a concerning number of children who suffer from tooth decay. In fact, it is the most common chronic disease in children. It is even more common than asthma or hay fever. While children are growing and developing the skills that will benefit them throughout their whole life, children are missing an essential healthy skill, tooth care.

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A few Gateway Dental “Cavity Free” patients. Regular checkups and good oral hygiene can help your kids stay on track for health teeth and gums.

It is important to teach children how to take care of their teeth, not just for today but for their future. According to an article by the Academy of General Dentistry, “Children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth, as well.” This can lead to a future of painful dental visits, missed school days due to pain, and not to mention a string of heart and gastrointestinal problems that have also been linked to poor gum and teeth health.

Tooth decay can be prevented. By instilling proper eating habits, proper brushing and flossing techniques, and dental visits, you can protect your child from tooth decay.

Brush for two minutes, two times a day.

Brushing for two minutes, two times a day after breakfast and before bedtime is recommended. Children 2 years and older can use a pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. If your child is under 2, use a damp cloth to clean his or her gums and a soft bristled toothbrush with water. Make brushing fun! Set a timer or sing a song to help your child brush for the correct amount of time. You can find a collection of fun, 2 minute brushing videos at www.2min2x.org.

When your child is old enough, encourage brushing his or her own teeth. Just supervise to make sure that your child is thorough and using the right brushing and flossing technique.

Dental visits every six months.

Starting six months after your child’s first tooth erupts or by the child’s first birthday– he or she should see the dentist every six months. The dentist doesn’t have to be a scary place. By making regular visits to the dental office, it reduces anxiety and makes future visits less stressful. Your dentist can also check up on the development of your child’s mouth, teach you how to ensure good oral health and recommend special preventative care if necessary.

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Promote healthy eating habits.

Yes, this step might seem easier said than done. Kids (and adults) love sugary snacks and drinks, but they are a major tooth decay offender. Sugar can break down tooth enamel, get between cracks in teeth and cause decay. Limit the number of snacks and drinks that contain a lot of sugar and offer a variety of fruits and vegetables instead. An apple a day really does keep cavities at bay.

Lead by example.

Your child looks up to you, so the best way to ensure your child develops the health habits necessary to stay health, is to practice the healthy habits yourself. Brushing and flossing your teeth with your child will teach him or her the importance of good oral hygiene. Not only do you get the joy of watching your child grow up healthy, you get the benefit of also living healthy. So whether you are enjoying a healthy snack, going to the dentist, or brushing and flossing your teeth, your child will too.

Are you concerned about your child’s oral health?

If your child is complaining about tooth pain, or if you notice any  problems with your child’s teeth, it is important to get any concerns checked out by your dentist immediately. There could be a serious problems that needs immediate attention.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment in Sacramento, give us a call at 916-649-0249 and get on the road to healthy teeth and gums today!

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.