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!

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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50% of Americans have this disease

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study in 2009 and 2010 that measured the prevalence of periodontitis, familiarly known as gum disease, in American adults. The study CDCestimates that 47.2%, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. For adults over the age of 65, rates increase to 70.1%.

Conclusion: Nearly half of American adults have gum disease.

How can gum disease affect you?
Gum disease can do irreversible damage if not treated and maintained. The plaque that that builds up between teeth and gums creates pockets that bacteria can get into, causing an infection in the gums. The infection can damage the bone and periodontal ligaments (PDL) that hold teeth in place and gums may begin to pull away from teeth. At the advanced stage of gum disease, teeth begin to shift, loosen and fall out because the PDL and bone that usually support the teeth are destroyed.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?Gum Disease

  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Pus that appears between your teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

At every check-up and cleaning, the hygienist and doctor measures the bone level and inspects gums for any pus, bleeding or inflammation.

How is gum disease treated?
The doctor or hygienist recommends a deep-cleaning to patients with gum disease. The hygienist scales the teeth by cleaning off the plaque above and below the gum surface and root planing which smoothes out the rough layers of the teeth. For two weeks after a deep cleaning, chlorhexidine mouth wash is used to kill bacteria so sensitive gums will heal. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease it is important to follow the recommendations of your hygienist. She may recommend one to two additional cleanings per year.

shutterstock_2243118-(Medium)-732845Prevent gum disease from affecting you.

  • There are simple steps that you can take to avoid developing gum disease.
  • Brush and clean between teeth with floss
  • Eat a well balanced diet and avoid sugary snacks

Get regular check-ups and cleanings. They are the best way to discover and treat early gum disease before it leads to a more serious problem.

Do you still have questions about gum disease? Contact our Sacramento Dentist.

Why smile?

Have you ever been having a rough day? Your car wouldn’t start, or you spilled ketchup on your favorite shirt? You are left walking through the day with your head hanging low, and it feels like nothing will go your way. But then you lift your head up for a moment and lock eyes with a person walking past you, they smile and you find yourself smiling back. All of a sudden, your mood is instantly lifted.

The simple act of smiling actually sends messages to your brain that you are happy and chemicals in your brain are released. Before you know it, the day doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

The endorphins released in your brain make you happy and also reduce symptoms associated with anxiety. When your body releases those feel good chemicals, it usually slows your breathing and heart rate. Releasing these endorphins relaxes you and lessens the effects of everyday stresses that can cause high blood pressure and a weak immune system.

As if making you happy and relaxed weren’t enough reasons to smile, did you know that smiling actually makes you more attractive? Wearing a smile makes people seem more confident and easier to approach. Smiling is the same in all languages, and universally known that the person wearing that smile is probably a happy one.

So the next time you are having a bad day, wear a smile and feel the change come from within…and try to share it with someone who seems like they could use a little pick me up. 🙂

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