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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DIY Your Gum Disease | Millbrae Dentist

zoom teeth whitening smileHaving gum disease is never easy. While mostly treatable, gum disease can be prevented by practicing proper dental hygiene on a daily basis. Unfortunately, once gum disease spreads throughout your mouth most individuals are prone to experience bleeding gums, gum sensitivity, and swollen gums. However, these simple home remedies will help fight off gum disease and maintain optimal oral health:

Reduce stress. Believe it or not, stress is not only the cause for lots of illnesses, but one of the largest causes of gum disease. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people with more stress have compromised immune systems, which makes it harder for them to fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease and makes them more prone for infection.

Salt water rinse. Salt water helps draw infection out of abscesses and reduce swollen gums, so take a small amount of salt and dissolve it into a cup of warm water, then swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds.

Oil pulling. Take a tablespoon coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse your mouth out with water. For best results, repeat daily.

Tea bags. You can also reduce swelling and infection by steeping a tea bag for about 2-3 minutes, let it cool a bit and place on the affected area of your gums for about 5 minutes.

Lemon paste. Lemons are an anti-inflammatory, making them helpful in treating infected gums. Make a paste using the juice from one lemon and some salt, then apply to your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

To learn more about gum disease home remedies, 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.

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Have Some Dental Flaws? Try CEREC | Millbrae Dentist

When it comes to improving our smiles, we will generally choose the best options with the least amount of hassle or pain. And guess what? There is a way for you to have a beautiful smile in a single office visit thanks to CEREC®.

CEREC® allows our doctors to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience because the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations takes place in one office visit. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. Imagine that – you are in and out with a permanent, all-ceramic dental crown, onlay, or veneer. Fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care!

The tooth that requires a CEREC® restoration is prepared and a 3D photograph is taken of the prepared tooth. From there, we use computer-aided design CAD software to create the restoration digitally.

Using a single block of porcelain that is color-matched to your current tooth shade, the digitally designed restoration is sent to a milling machine where your restoration is cut. The milling process usually takes about 15 minutes per restoration. Once the restoration is finished being milled, it is fitted onto the prepared tooth and adjusted until the bite is accurate.

Not only is it a time-saver, but these tooth-colored restorations mean no more silver fillings or discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant giving you the longest-lasting, best-looking restorations.

To learn more about CEREC® dental restorations, 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.

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What Foods Your Teeth Want You to Avoid | Millbrae Dentist

If there is anything we want to avoid is a painful checkup, so, wouldn’t it be nice to seriously lower your chances of needing dental work with some strategic eating? There are plenty of foods that people should be avoiding if they want to keep their teeth in good shape. But which are the ones we should avoid as much as possible?

Soda. Whether it is diet or not, your favorite sugary soda is a total smile saboteur.

Hard candy. Savoring a sweet sucker might seem innocent enough but sucking on these candies exposes your mouth to harsh sugars for longer periods of time. And chewing on them can break or crack teeth, fillings, and sealants.

Ice. Ice is just frozen water but chewing on the cubes can cause major damage. Dental experts say nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break teeth.

White wine. While red wine can cause discoloration, white wine might actually trigger even more damage due to its acidity.

Chewy candy. Sticky candies get stuck between braces and teeth, allowing plaque to build up. Plus, a chewy candy can easily take a tooth out.

PB&J. The high sugar content of all three ingredients means that as soon as you bite in, enamel-eroding bacteria go on a feeding frenzy. And because peanut butter and jelly are both sticky, they allow the bacteria to adhere to your teeth.

Dried fruit. Things like raisins, figs, and dried apricots are bursting with nutrition, and packed with a dense dose of sugar and non-soluble cellulose fiber, which can trap sugars around the tooth.

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

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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What Does a Dental Implant Entail? | Millbrae Dentist

When we discover a toothache, our first inclination is to go to the dentist to fix the pain. In all honesty, if the pain could go away, we probably wouldn’t even bother making the appointment. Unfortunately, in order to fix the flawed tooth, a dental implant may be the ideal solution. But, what exactly entails a dental implant procedure?

Dental implant treatment is usually a three-part process and takes several months to complete. It is important that patients are well informed of all procedures offered to them, how they work and take you through the implant process step-by-step:

Step one. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw. The top of the implant will be slightly above the top of the bone. To prevent debris and gum tissue from entering, a screw is inserted. The gum is placed over the implant for about 3 -6 months. The implant needs this time to fuse with the bone.

Step two. The implant is uncovered, and a post is attached to the implant. In some cases, the implant and post are both placed in the mouth during step one. Once the gum tissue is healed the implant and post are ready for the new tooth.

Step three. A crown is made that will match your other teeth. Once the crown is made, it is attached to the implant post. You now have an artificial replacement tooth that doesn’t need to be removed for soaking and cleaning and no adhesives needed, as with dentures. Your new implant acts and looks just like a real tooth.

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

Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.

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