Straighten Things out with Invisalign | Millbrae Dentist

If the fact that caring for your teeth becomes harder once you start wearing braces, makes you think twice about straightening your teeth, think again – Invisalign is a great option that makes the least change to your current hygiene routines.

Invisalign is the name of the process of using clear plastic trays known as aligners to move teeth to their ideal places. They are custom-made according to the shape of your teeth but are not perfect molds of the teeth to prevent them from moving. Rather, the trays or aligners differ slightly from your teeth in a way that the teeth move and shift slowly to eventually fit the tray.

The process starts by visiting an orthodontist to see if you are eligible for Invisalign treatment, then an orthodontic plan is created, including the patient visiting every two weeks to get a new set of aligning trays.

What’s great about Invisalign is that patients can remove them whenever necessary. Though, it is recommended that patients remove the aligners when eating or drinking, as well as when they brush their teeth after every meal. The patient should also have to clean the aligners to prevent staining resulting from the exposure to the remaining food particles in the mouth. The advantages are great compared to braces, and you don’t have to miss out on your favorite foods – simply remove the trays whenever you’re eating.

If you’re a good candidate and cost is your only problem, don’t be afraid to discuss this with your orthodontist as most providers are more than happy to offer a flexible monthly payment plan to help make the costs of Invisalign orthodontic treatments easier on your wallet.

To learn more about Invisalign, 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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National Oral Cancer Awareness Month | Millbrae Dentist

It doesn’t matter the area cancer is affecting, it is serious and should never be taken lightly. But unfortunately, cancer doesn’t have obvious symptoms we can distinguish without involving a professional. This is why it is important that you keep your checkups in order to maintain your health. April is known as National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so in order to properly celebrate, let’s take a look at what it’s all about. There are several types of oral cancers, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, soft and hard palate, sinuses and throat. At your dental checkups, your mouth, head and neck will be checked for any abnormal lumps, or tissue that looks out of the ordinary.

The symptoms of oral cancer can be tricky but include swelling, lumps, bumps, rough spots, or eroding on lips, tongue, or any area in the mouth. There can also be difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw or tongue, unexplained bleeding, persistent sores lasting longer than two weeks and severe weight loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, it does not always mean cancer, but you should always have them examined. Self-checking every month is a good way to be aware. Simply, being familiar with your own mouth can help you notice if something is suddenly different.

A good defense to oral cancer is being educated and prepared through early detection. Your dentist will have a test that can detect cells that can be precancerous. This is another great way to offer great care for patients.

To learn more about oral cancer, 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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The ABCs of Dental Implants | Millbrae Dentist

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge and are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants are natural-looking and feeling and under proper conditions, such as placement by a diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

What Do Dental Implants Do?

  • Replace one or more teeth
  • Support a bridge and reduce the need for a partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Types of Implants

Endosteal (in the bone). Most commonly used type of implant. Screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into the jawbone.

Subperiosteal (on the bone). These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s

Esthetically dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often happen with bridgework and dentures.

Neighboring teeth are not changed to support the implant as with a bridge. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

Luckily, you don’t have to worry when speaking or eating. No messy pastes and glue. You will go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort. The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. Ideally, you need to be in good oral health and have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant. In addition, you will need healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease.

To learn more about dental implants, 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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The Aftermath of Getting Veneers | Millbrae Dentist

You have finally gotten the smile you’ve dreamed of with a new set of dental veneers. They are straight, white and absolutely natural-looking. Things couldn’t be better. But in order to maintain this fantastic new grin, you need to take care of them. Here are some pointers to keeping that sparkler for years to come:

Proper dental hygiene. Practicing proper oral hygiene will not only prolong the life of your veneers but will also minimize the chances of dental complications. Brush for two minutes twice a day, floss once and rinse with mouthwash to keep your veneers in good condition.

Soft-bristled toothbrush. While porcelain veneers are certainly durable, they can still be damaged if you use hard-bristled toothbrushes. Also ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste that doesn’t contain harsh abrasives to potentially damage your veneers.

Visit your dentist frequently. Going to the dentist regularly helps make sure that your veneers and oral health are properly monitored, prolonging the life of your veneers.

Quit chewing hard objects. Porcelain veneers are not as strong as regular teeth, stay away from chewing on hard objects, grinding and/or clenching your teeth.

Avoid stain-causing food. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but the adhesive used to keep veneers attached are not.

Quit smoking. Smoking is already a bad habit to have, but smoking can eventually lead to staining and discoloration in your veneers.

Porcelain veneers will give you the smile you have always wanted, but taking proper care of them will ensure you get to keep them.

To learn more about veneers, 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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How Does Zoom Whitening Work? | Millbrae Dentist

Zoom teeth whitening is considered by many as the go-to dental procedure as far as getting whiter teeth goes. The bleaching process is fairly effective in lightening discolored enamel and dentin, usually the result of smoking, the natural process of aging and everyday consumption of stain-causing beverages, as well a food such as coffee, tea, cola and so on.

The whole process typically takes an hour, or even less. Also, while not necessary, the dentist may conduct regular teeth cleaning first prior to the actual teeth whitening session for optimal results.

The procedure begins with the dentist leaving your teeth exposed, while at the same time covering your lips and gums. The hydrogen peroxide gel is then applied, and the light is then activated to penetrate the teeth and remove any traces of stains, as well as discolorations. This should take no longer than 15 minutes, during which time you can listen to music, watch TV, or simply relax.

Once finished, the gel is re-applied for another 15-minute session and then again for another 15-minute session, making for a total of three 15-minute sessions or a treatment time of 45 minutes. After the procedure, a fluoride paste-gel that reduces sensitivity is applied to the teeth. While a single visit is enough to yield noticeable results, some patients may have to go through the procedure twice or more for optimal results. Also, after the procedure, you will be given a touch-up kit that you can use at home for maintenance.

NOTE: Those with strong gag reflexes or a history of dental anxiety may have a hard time going through the entire process.

To learn more about Zoom teeth whitening, 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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Pop the Cork for National Drink Wine Day! | Millbrae Dentist

Did you have a lovely Valentine’s Day? Whether you had a loved one to celebrate with or not, there is a pretty good chance you celebrated this lovey-dovey day with a glass of wine. After all, it is the perfect elixir for a loving celebration or a pity party. But did you know that there was an entire day given to doing just this very thing? It’s true – today is National Drink Wine Day. So, let’s pop a cork on a nice bottle and have a bit of cheese while we are at it. Not only are they delicious together, but they are both good for your grin. Not convinced? Keep reading…

You may not immediately think of wine when you are looking for ways to enhance your smile. In fact, wine would be one of the last things you think of due to the staining red wine causes, but research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has shown that red wine and wine with grape seed extract can prevent cavities. Why? Because it slows the growth of bacteria, which is how we develop cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. Because of the chance of stains, make sure to keep up your dental hygiene routines afterwards.

When it comes to cheese, the benefits to our teeth are plentiful. Not only is it made with calcium, which is ideal to strengthen your teeth, but keeps cavities away at the same time. When we eat, we lower the pH levels in our mouths, becoming more acidic. Cheese helps to maintain a safe acidic level. Is one cheese better than the other? The best options are aged Cheddar, Swiss, Bleu, Monterey Jack, Brie, Gouda, and processed American cheese.

To learn more about wine, 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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Keeping Your Diabetes in Check with a Toothbrush | Millbrae Dentist

If you have diabetes, is it important that you make certain lifestyle changes in order to maintain your health levels. But what patients generally tend to forget is their dental health. This is an issue because our dental health leads to many of our general health issues, so it is important to maintain or improve your current dental health state. This is because people who suffer from diabetes are at higher risk to develop mouth infections, periodontal (gum) disease, dry mouth, and fungal infections (thrush).

What is the link? Well, besides the fact that many infections enter our bodies through our mouths, if you have poor dental hygiene, it is likely you will develop periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can increase your blood glucose level as well as rot away gums and bones that keep your teeth in place; this can lead to painful chewing problems or loss of teeth.

Dry mouth occurs when you do not produce enough saliva. Not only does your mouth lack the proper saliva levels to cleanse your mouth naturally, if combined with diabetes, a fungal infection called thrush could develop. This is because diabetes may raise the glucose level of your saliva. Thrush is characterized by painful white patches inside your mouth.

Now, what can we do with this newfound knowledge? To keep your teeth and mouth healthy, follow these steps: control blood glucose, brush and floss every day, inform your dentist if your dentures are causing your gums to become sore, and quit smoking since it makes gum disease worse. Paying close attention to your dental health can assist you in keeping a beautiful, healthy smile.

To learn more about diabetes, 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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Tip Your Cap to the Crown | Millbrae Dentist

We all want to start the new year off with a fresh start. To some, this may be a trip to the dentist for a smile makeover. Some may need a whitening treatment, others may need more cosmetic treatments to improve their grin. A crown is an option that may be presented to the patient to improve upon or completely replace a flawed tooth. A crown is simply a cap placed over a tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Crowns have several uses such as to protect a weak or broken tooth. Also, crowns are used to cover a large filling or help support a bridge. Here are the top ten reasons why your dental professional will present this as a proper way to get the smile you’re looking for:

Natural Looking. Porcelain and composite crowns have the look and feel of natural teeth, making your dental work completely discreet.

Durable. If treated well and oral hygiene is kept up, crowns can last up to fifteen years.

Stain-Resistant. Made from porcelain, so stains cannot penetrate and discolor them.

Cosmetic. Improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth while enhancing your overall appearance.

Non-slipping. Crowns are cemented or anchored in place.

Protection. Crowns protect the tooth from further decay.

Restorative. Restores full function of your damaged tooth.

Comfort. Stable and do not irritate gums like partial dentures.

Speech. Missing teeth and dentures can affect speech. A dentist uses a crown to replace the missing teeth and do not slip around, making speech sound clearer.

Confidence. Damaged, discolored or missing teeth causes confidence issues. Crowns help to make your smile beautiful again.

To learn more about dental crowns, 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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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.

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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.

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