Why You May Need Dental Restorations | Millbrae Dentist

If there is anything that a dentist can stress to their patients, it’s the need to get dental restorations as soon as possible because it can lead to more issues than just a flawed smile. It can lead to various other health issues, leaving your mouth susceptible to bacteria and infection. They stress the importance of dental restorations because they improve your oral health any prevent any serious predicaments such as gum disease and periodontal disease. But what exactly are symptoms we can look out for that may be a cause of an emergency dental visit? Some major indicators include:

  • A dark spot in the center of your tooth
  • A hole that is located on the tooth
  • A chipped or broken tooth
  • Loss in teeth
  • A rough tooth
  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods

Dental implants are not always the best choice, which is why fixed bridges and removable dentures are still used. However, dental implants are a better solution the majority of the time because unlike removable dentures, implants do not slip, or make embarrassing clicking sounds when eating or speaking. Also, unlike bridges, there’s no partial cutting involved when it comes to having dental implants placed inside your mouth. The most important factor, though, as to why dental implants are just better is because dental implants do not put the patient’s teeth at as much of a risk to recurrent decay and gum disease as dental bridges and dentures would. As an added bonus, dental implants can last for as long as 25 years, 10 years longer than other options.

To learn more about dental restorations, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Cosmetic Bonding, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health, Dental Implants, Dental Restoration, Dental Restorations, General Dentistry, Implants, Restoration Dentistry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brighten Your Teeth with Snacks? | Millbrae Dentist

Dental hygiene is important to keeping our teeth bright and white, but did you know you could eat your way to brighter teeth as well? It’s true! According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, certain foods naturally cleanse, brighten, and defend against bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body, therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile. In order to achieve a healthier, whiter smile, try these foods out:

Pineapples. Research shows that the enzyme known as bromelain in which can be found in pineapples, acts as a natural stain remover, but there are lots of foods with citric acid that act similarly. Just remember that too much acidic foods will begin to weaken your tooth enamel.

Ginger. Ginger acts as an ant-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue. Since periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that causes the loss of bone and supportive connective tissue in your mouth, ginger can act as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve some of the inflammation.

Carrots. Not only does it keep your eyesight intact, but eating raw carrots also stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleanser, in order to keep harmful bacteria at bay, ensuring that your dental checkups go smoothly.

Basil. Basil is a natural antibiotic in which reduces bacteria in the mouth, and garlic helps bacteria away as well, so if you really think about it, pizza is an excellent option to make your mouth healthy.

Cheese. Incredibly rich in protein, cheese can not only help strengthen your teeth, but it can also help buffer acids in your mouth that can lead to further dental issues.

To learn more about foods that whiten, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Dental Health, Discolored Teeth, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventative Care, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Stains | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Your Breath Stinks | Millbrae Dentist

Do people cringe when you speak to them? Do they offer you a mint or stick of gum on a regular basis? Hate to break it to you, but you may have bad breath. Most people see bad breath as a consequence of diet and not brushing their teeth, but bad breath can be an indicator of potentially serious dental problems. While some foods – such as garlic, onion, and alcohol – can cause bad breath that isn’t related to dental problems, for most patients, bad breath is due to plaque, food debris, and periodontal disease.

While regular brushing is important to tooth health, flossing is critical to long term dental health and avoiding bad breath. Flossing removes plaque and food particles between teeth and along the gum line, which helps prevent bad breath before it starts – the flossing removes the food that the bacteria needs, which helps remove the source of the odor. Here are some other tips to prevent bad breath:

Clean your tongue – the surface of your tongue can hold food particles and plaque.

Avoid coffee, alcohol, and sugary drinks – they all dehydrate your mouth, making it difficult to produce saliva.

Avoid strong smelling foods like garlic, onion, and bleu cheese.

Foods like mint and celery not only help remove foul smells from food, they encourage the production of saliva to help wash food particles out of the crevices of your mouth.

Bad breath is both unfortunate in social settings and in terms of oral health. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings will keep food particles and bacterial colonies at bay, keeping your breath fresh, and your teeth and gums healthy.

To learn more about bad breath, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Dental Health, Dry Mouth, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health, Preventative Care, Tooth Decay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Bacteria Get Under Your Gums | Millbrae Dentist

In order to keep gum disease at bay, we practice proper oral hygiene. You keep up your daily practices and visit the dentist on a regular basis. If everything is done properly, the odds of you running into dental issues is slim. But if you do have a poor dental checkup, it may lead to worsened dental issues, especially if left untreated. One of these issues likely to develop is periodontal, or gum-related. If periodontal disease is apparent, your dentist or hygienist may recommend some additional treatment during your routine cleaning.

Periodontal disease is characterized damaged gum tissue, teeth, and underlying bone due to bacteria. If strong antibiotics don’t do the job, plaque and tartar must be physically removed. How is this done? Periodontal scaling and root planning.

Dental scaling uses a combination of manual and ultrasonic instruments to physically separate the calcified tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gumline. By physically removing the tartar by scraping it off of the teeth, the dentist can help alleviate gum irritation, as well as remove what is causing the tooth decay.

Like dental scaling, root planing minimizes bacterial colonies by cleaning bacteria-rich plaque and tartar from teeth. Planing targets the tooth roots beneath the gum line, removing spots to make recurrence less likely.

If your dentist says you suffer from periodontal disease, or have bleeding, tender gums, periodontal scaling or root planing may be right for you. Talk to your dentist or periodontist about the procedure – including the duration and aftercare. They are there to help you feel more at ease about your experience – feel prepared.

To learn more about dental scaling and root planing, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Restoration, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health, Perio Disease, Preventative Care, Scaling & Planing, Tooth Decay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dental Visits Don’t Have to Be a Spooky Occasion | Millbrae Dentist

‘Tis the season for spooky ghosts and scary tales. For some, visiting the dentist is one of those scary situations you don’t want to be caught in, so it is avoided at all cost. Unfortunately, this will only lead to trouble later on down the road. Not only do dental visits include a much-needed deep cleaning, but it also includes an examination of the current state of your teeth, and what can be done to maintain your mouth’s good health. And if you suffer from dental anxiety, you will be pleased to know that there have been advancements in the industry that make your experience a stress-free, painless experience.

Do visits to the dentist make you uncomfortable? Have you been avoiding coming to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned or fixed out of fear of the pain that may come along with it? Imagine if you could have everything done while you comfortably nap and awake to not remembering anything from the procedure. Imagine no more – we now have sedation dentistry.

If needles make you squeamish, intravenous sedation may not be the way to go. Enter nitrous oxide treatment, or what is better known as laughing gas. This mild sedative inhalant will put you in a euphoric state of relaxation and will help make the dental procedures much easier for you to handle.

We understand that going to the dentist can be very difficult for some people. It is estimated that about 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to dental phobia. Don’t allow this fear to keep you from maintaining a healthy smile.

To learn more about dental sedation, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Dental Health, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventative Care, Sedation, Sensitivity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Healthy Gums, Healthy Smiles | Millbrae Dentist

We often think of our smiles as just our teeth, so when we are looking after our smiles, we focus solely on keeping our pearly whites looking bright and shiny, leaving lots of areas to go overlooked. We need to understand that our gums are keeping our teeth in place so making sure they stay healthy is very important. In order to keep our gums healthy, we not only need to practice proper dental hygiene, we also need to keep a healthy diet as well.

By eating properly, you are not only providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to your entire body, but also your gums and teeth. Foods like grapes, blue crab and black tea prepared with tap water are some of the highest in fluoride, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

Conversely, there are also certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Here are some tips to keep in mind for healthy gums:

Brush often. Whenever you eat, you are leaving behind plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth, so make sure to brush often and well.

Floss. It is best to floss 2-3 times a day in order to get rid of bacteria trapped between your teeth.

Use mouthwash. Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, it also helps get rid of bacteria so it is beneficial when combined with brushing or flossing.

To learn more about gum disease prevention, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Dental Health, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health, Perio Disease, Preventative Care, Tooth Decay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Your Tooth Becomes Abscessed | Millbrae Dentist

We all know that if we ever feel an ache or a pain, we will do anything and everything before turning to a professional for help. And once we do, everything is all better. But still, we insist on bearing with the pain until its impossible to take it anymore. Sometimes it’s a simple procedure, but if left unattended, that simple procedure can become something much worse.

An abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums caused by decay, trauma to the tooth, gingivitis or other gum diseases. It begins when bacteria infect the soft tissue core of a tooth, travels through a cavity or cracked tooth, and progresses until pockets of pus begin to form at the root of the tooth.

Upon developing an abscessed tooth, you will begin to feel a few symptoms: toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in mouth, bad breath, swollen glands at the neck or jaw and painful chewing. Some patients feel excruciating pain right away, while others are none the wiser and find out during their regularly-scheduled checkup.

The problem with an abscessed tooth is that if left untreated, it can spread infections to other areas of the mouth causing loss of teeth and facial disfigurement due to infection rotting facial bones, and can also put your immune system at risk of developing other health problems. If allowed to grow and spread through tissue, it can cause cellulitis or, in rare cases, death. If you suspect something is wrong with your teeth, schedule a visit to your dentist to prevent anything from progressing.

To learn more about abscessed teeth, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Bad Breath, Dental Abscess, Dental Health, Dental Restoration, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Sensitive Teeth, Sensitivity, Tooth Decay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bright Whites, Big Smiles | Millbrae Dentist

We’ve all seen the celebrities on TV with those beaming white smiles. And we have done our best to have one of those smiles, though ours doesn’t seem to have that certain dazzle. What can you do to get that glowing white smile? Today’s modern dentistry offers several options, from toothpaste to professional treatments, depending on the level of whiteness you’d like to achieve.

The most basic form of teeth whitening is available as toothpaste, but did you know that all toothpaste contains small abrasive components that gently polish the surface of your teeth, removing discoloration caused by surface staining. Other over the counter whitening products typically contain a bleaching agent – such as hydrogen peroxide – to lighten the color of your teeth by chemically bleaching them.

If you are looking for a professional whitening treatment, you may be offered two different whitening options. The first is a custom-made, take home tray, using chemicals stronger than over-the-counter trays, but working on the same basic principle. Beyond the trays, dentists can often perform whitening in the office, using light and heat activated bleaching chemicals, providing a significant whitening in as little as 60 minutes. Because the procedure is supervised by a dentist, much stronger chemicals can be used, and much more dramatic results can be seen almost immediately.

No matter which method of teeth whitening you choose, the results will likely not be permanent. Your teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that will stain them over time, but your dentist can advise you on the proper procedure for repeating the whitening process at regular intervals.

To learn more about teeth whitening, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Restoration, Discolored Teeth, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Stains, Zoom Teeth Whitening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Dingy Smile May Not Be Poor Hygiene | Milbrae Dentist

Are your teeth becoming increasingly yellow and stained as time goes on? Does it cause you to cringe when asked to take a photo? Are you confused why they are turning this way because you keep up with your dental hygiene? Believe it or not, teeth still get stained and discolored. And who wants to walk around with a dingy smile? To get it back to a bright shade of white, a professional teeth whitening is in order.

But there are multiple reasons our teeth can become dingy looking. It isn’t exactly because we aren’t taking care of our teeth on a daily basis, but more due to certain habits we may have picked up in our daily lives. Some causes of discolored teeth are:

  • Tetracycline based antibiotics used before the age of 8 years old
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride as a child
  • Internal bleeding due to trauma
  • Discoloration due to a health condition
  • Natural aging- as time goes by enamel gets thinner and thinner and will get a yellowish hue
  • Soda
  • Wine
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine

But there is no need to worry, because there are plenty of little things we can do to make it tougher for our teeth to become tinged. To stop the yellowing process, try some of the following:

  • Visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings
  • Rinse your mouth out with water several times throughout the day
  • Use toothpaste with whitening agents
  • Try not to consume foods and drinks that can naturally tinge your teeth, like wine and beets
  • Quit smoking

To learn more about the causes of yellowing teeth, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Discolored Teeth, General Dentistry, Restoration Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Stains, Zoom Teeth Whitening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When You Can’t Eat Ice Cream Without Pain | Millbrae Dentist

This is the time of year when everything we eat is cool and refreshing. After all, it’s a million degrees outside – is there anything better than a nice ice-cold drink or a triple-scoop of ice cream. But when you indulge in these refreshing treats, are you feeling pain?

The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is worn tooth enamel, often from brushing too hard or grinding your teeth. While worn enamel cannot be replaced, once sensitivity is noticed, you should switch to a softer toothbrush, use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If you have a problem grinding your teeth, your dentist may be able to provide mouth guards to protect your teeth while you sleep.

Certain foods are more likely to cause symptoms – sweet food, very hot and very cold foods, in particular, are likely to trigger nerve pains. Highly acidic foods will continue to damage your enamel, so avoid acidic drinks such as soft drinks and citrus juices & rinse your mouth afterwards to remove the acidic residue.

If your sensitive teeth persist, consult your dentist so they can identify and eliminate potential serious problems and recommend a more moderate treatment plan. No matter what the cause, your dentist may have helpful advice for addressing the cause of your tooth sensitivity.

It is important that you don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine just because of sensitive teeth. Make sure to purchase soft-bristled toothbrushes as well as toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth to help alleviate sensitivity.

To learn more about tooth sensitivity, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.

Posted in Dental Health, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health, Perio Disease, Preventative Care, Sensitive Teeth, Sensitivity, Tooth Decay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment