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What Did People Do Before the Dentist?

Posted: April 17, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

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It’s hard to think about how people kept their teeth clean and healthy before the invention of all of the tools and machinery that you see in your dentist’s office today. So how exactly did people do it?

Ancient Dentistry

Historical accounts have left us with a few clues of what ancient Etruscans, Egyptians, and Greeks did when they needed to see a dentist.

Etruscans studied the art of dental implants by using other human and animal teeth as replacements and keeping them in place with gold bands around the teeth.

Over the course of about 1,500 years, Egyptians went from believing that there were no cures for issues concerning teeth to developing procedures to remove cavities and problem teeth. They also developed medications to ease the pain during these procedures. While there is no historical evidence that Egyptians used dentures or any other tooth replacement, some historians believe that it is unlikely that they didn’t.

The Greeks had a more extreme way of dealing with cavities—they simply didn’t! Many people would stuff cloth around the infected areas to prevent them from being contaminated, but they would do little else to ease the pain.

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Ancient cultures often used sticks to clean the surface of their teeth. Some even used early prototypes of toothbrushes with animal hair as bristles.

They also used powders on their teeth before the invention of toothpaste. Tooth powder ingredients included bones, eggshells, and chalk — very different from the mint-flavored pastes that we use today!

The Birth of Modern Dentistry

A French physician named Pierre Fauchard (1678-1761) is credited with inventing modern dentistry techniques. Although there was old literature on dental health and care during Fauchard’s time, dentists still didn’t exist (barbers usually were the ones who removed teeth!). Because of this, he decided to do some of his own comprehensive research in the field of dentistry. The result was his book Le Chirurgien Dentiste, or, The Surgical Dentist. His findings and techniques paved the way for modern dentistry. The rest is history!

Dentistry Today

Dublin Corners Dental is a perfect example of a modern dental office. We offer state-of-the-art dental implants and cosmetic dentistry all in a comfortable, serene, and beautiful office. It is our goal to make sure you are in the most caring hands possible. Contact us today and experience the difference.


Managing Hypersensitive Dentin

Posted: March 22, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

Dentinal hypersensitivity (DH) is a common condition that afflicts 10% to 30% of adults.1 The pain produced by DH can range from subtle (i.e., a minor annoyance) to severe, in which it disrupts daily activities. It can significantly impact patients’ quality of life; this includes the ability to comfortably perform routine oral hygiene. Often, patients may attempt to circumvent sensitivity by modifying habits or behaviors; examples include avoiding hot or cold foods and beverages, and/or eliminating offending items from their diets. Compared to the general population, patients with periodontitis, smokers with periodontitis, and patients with gingival recession tend to have higher incidence of DH. Generally the distribution of DH in the dentition favors maxillary premolars and molars.2 Individuals between 20 to 40 years old present with the greatest incidence of DH; in part, this may be explained by physiologic changes in dentin permeability with aging.3

This article will review the chairside treatment options that can be considered along with counseling and at-home therapy, which remain integral to effective management. Dental professionals should be able to provide recommendations for toothpastes, mouthrinses and pastes to help patients initially address DH at home.4 These strategies are minimally invasive and treat general regions (e.g., multiple teeth or an arch) of exposed cervical dentin, nonspecifically.

Clinical treatments represent an additional level of therapy, and are based on hydrodynamic theory, a well-accepted understanding of sensitivity’s mechanism of action5 in which pain results from fluids within exposed dentinal tubules being disturbed by either temperature, physical or osmotic changes (Figure 1). These fluid movements stimulate a baroreceptor that produces a neural signal. For example, when thermal stimulus is applied to a cervical site with patent dentinal tubules it causes fluid movement within the tubules, resulting in depolarization of nociceptors. Similarly, applying air will desiccate the surface, prompting peripheral flow of fluid toward the dehydrated surface (Figure 2). This fluid movement also depolarizes the nociceptors that evoke the same response. Consequently, the treatment of DH — whether in-office or at home — focuses on two goals: occluding the dentinal tubules, and otherwise impeding the stimulation of pulpal nociceptors.

FIGURE 1. According to hydrodynamic theory, pain from dentinal hypersensitivity results from fluids within exposed dentinal tubules (the dark lines) becoming disturbed by temperature, physical or osmotic changes. Image courtesy of STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE SOURCE

FIGURE 1. According to hydrodynamic theory, pain from dentinal hypersensitivity results from fluids within exposed dentinal tubules (the dark lines) becoming disturbed by temperature, physical or osmotic changes. STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE SOURCE

In-office management can be delineated into four principal approaches. Chemical occlusion of tubules is the main strategy employed with the use of fluoride applications, gluteraldehyde agents, oxalates and calcium-containing agents. Physical blocking of the dentinal tubules results from strategies utilizing application of restorative materials, such as resins, bonding agents and glass ionomers. Nerve desensitization is an approach used in a limited number of chairside products and clinical studies involving the active agent potassium nitrate, a component of many over-the-counter sensitivity dentifrices. Lasers represent perhaps the most contemporary strategy in chairside management of cervical dentinal hypersensitivity. Furthermore, a number of recent studies evaluate the use of lasers in combination with the other aforementioned agents…..morehttp://decisionsindentistry.com/article/managing-hypersensitive-dentin/


How to Choose a Dentist in Dublin Corners, CA

Posted: March 15, 2017 by James Pacheco

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Choosing the right dentist in Dublin Corners, CA can take a lot of time and effort, especially when you have so many options to select from. What should you be looking out for before you make a decision?

Go to an Office That Does More Than Just Cleanings

Although most of us only go to the dentist for routine cleanings, you may find yourself in need of other procedures in the future, such as teeth whitening, dental crowns, and dental implants. Having an office that is a one-stop shop will make maintaining your overall dental health convenient and comfortable for you.

Here at Dublin Corners Dental, we offer a range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures to cover a wide range of dental care needs.

If you have children or are planning to have children soon, choosing a family dentistry can make establishing your child’s dental care much easier in the future. Dublin Corners Dental is a family dentistry and can accommodate the needs of every member of the family.

Set Up a Consultation

Call the office and ask to set up a consultation so you can experience the office and the staff before you make a commitment. Interact with the staff and ask any questions you may have to determine if you would get along with your potential dentist. Look out for special amenities that the office offers to ensure patient comfort.

Our dental office offers soft, ambient lighting with the option to listen to music or watch TV during your treatment. It is our aim to make our patients feel completely comfortable and cared for, and we do everything we can to ensure that.

Read What Others Have to Say

Testimonial sites like Yelp and Google Plus can provide helpful and honest insight on quality dentists in your area and can answer questions that you did not even know you had. You can read what our patients have to say here.

We are excited to have you here at Dublin Corners Dental, serving San Ramon, Danville, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Castro Valley, California. If you are interested in hearing more about the services and amenities that we have to offer, contact us today!


Gum Recession

Posted: March 8, 2017 by James Pacheco

Why you get “long in the tooth” — and what your dentist can do about it
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Have you looked closely at your smile lately and noticed that your teeth look longer than you think they should? A smile that looks “toothy” can be a sign of gum recession, a common condition that affects millions of adults. When gums lose their snug attachment to the neck of the teeth, they can start to recede — eventually exposing the yellowish cementum, the surface layer of the tooth’s roots. Not only does that look unsightly, especially in highly visible areas of the mouth, but it can also cause discomfort.
Gum disease is a major cause of gum recession. However, recession can happen even in a healthy mouth, especially in people who have thin gum tissue. The type of gum tissue a person has — thin or thick — is determined by genetics. Thin gum tissue recedes more easily since it is more vulnerable to wear and tear — especially as we age. On the other hand, thicker gum tissue is more robust and less likely to be damaged by trauma and inflammation. Severe gum recession can make it harder for you to smile, talk, and eat with confidence and comfort; fortunately, there are many effective ways to treat it. Let’s take a closer look at how this problem occurs and what can be done about it… More


How Much Teeth Whitening Is Too Much?

Posted: February 15, 2017 by James Pacheco

Whitening is a popular, simple treatment for stained or yellow teeth. It can get rid of discoloration and give you a bright new smile. That being said, the limits to the treatment aren’t clearly defined, so how much teeth whitening is too much?

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Signs of Too Much Teeth Whitening

Sensitivity

It’s normal for teeth whitening products to make your teeth a little sensitive after treatment. But if you’re still experiencing sensitivity after a few days, there could be a problem. And in case of a problem, contact us at Dublin Corners Dental so we can have your teeth checked.

Gum Issues

Some teeth whitening products have alcohol in them, which can cause gum problems. If your gums start to swell or develop sores, please seek professional help.

Discomfort

If you experience general discomfort, you may have used the whitening product for too long. Not watching how much whitening product you use can destroy your enamel, the tooth’s outer shell and protection. This process can be painful!

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

If you decide to get teeth whitening, you may be considering over-the-counter, at-home kits, but the safest method is to have them professionally whitened at a dentist office so we can help you avoid the issues mentioned above.

  • Your teeth should be only as white as the whites your eyes so your smile doesn’t look fake or make your skin look washed out. When whitening at home, it may be hard to determine just how white your teeth are because of the lightening and environment, and this could lead to over-whitening. At our dental office, we have well-lit, professional set-up that allows us to easily determine how white is white enough.
  • It only takes us about 45 minutes to an hour to give you dramatic whitening results.
  • Instead of you having to resort to drugstore products that have unknown ingredients, you can rest easy know that our products are always FDA-approved.
  • Since professional teeth whitening is constantly supervised by a dentist, we can ensure your health and safety throughout the bleaching process.

If you are interested in teeth whitening to improve your smile, it’s important that you do it right to maintain a healthy smile. Contact us or request an appointment today so you can get safe, effective teeth whitening!