4 Home Remedies for Stubborn Plaque

Posted: May 17, 2017 by Dublin Corners Dental

Are you dealing with stubborn plaque? Inadequate brushing and oral hygiene or certain food choices could be the culprit. While your best bet is to visit the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning where we can scrape the plaque from each tooth’s surface, there are some home remedies you can try to get rid of any sticky film that has built up on your teeth.

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Brush with Baking Soda

Baking soda neutralizes acid and helps kill bacteria. Put a small amount of baking soda on your toothbrush (around a tablespoon is fine), and then wet the toothbrush. Brush your teeth like you normally would with toothpaste and then rinse. You can also replace a little bit of the baking soda with a pinch of salt and follow the same instructions.

Use an Orange Peel

The limonene in orange peels is known for breaking down plaque while the vitamin C can help combat microorganisms that contribute to plaque. Take an orange peel and rub the inside, or white part, of it on your teeth. You can even do this right before bed (don’t rinse afterwards!) so it sits overnight and has more time to fight harmful bacteria.

Try Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an antibacterial, so it can help kill the bad bacteria that leads to plaque. You can either use an aloe vera plant (often found in grocery stores or home stores) or aloe vera juice. With an aloe vera plant, take a leaf, cut it open, and extract the pulp. Rub this pulp onto your teeth. Let it sit for around 10 minutes and then rinse with water. If you’re using aloe vera juice, take one cup of it and distill it with about half a cup of water. Swish this mixture around in your mouth and then spit.

Eat Cheese

Cheese has been shown to prevent cavities because it leaves a protective coating on teeth, shielding them from decay-causing acid. It also results in rising pH levels in your mouth, which fights acid. Try snacking on some cheddar or Swiss!

Don’t Forget About Regular Dental Cleanings

While these home remedies could help you out in the short-term, it’s important to visit the dentist every six months so we can professionally remove any plaque. We can also give you some tips for at-home care so you avoid plaque in the first place. Schedule your appointment at Dublin Corners Dental today!

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…..more

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
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