• Posted on September 26, 2018 6:55 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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      Tooth decay is one of the most common tooth related problems. Tooth decay affects people of all ages and also known as ‘dental caries’. Here are some of the facts and signs which you should know if you or your child is suffering from tooth cavities. What is tooth decay or tooth cavity? When bacteria is formed in the mouth infect the tooth, it results into tooth cavity or tooth decay. What causes tooth cavities? Cavities in your teeth can be caused due to various reasons: Having sweets too frequently. Having sticking snacks like chips and biscuits Lack of fibrous foods like vegetables and fruits Irregular brushing habits Not maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Can tooth cavities occur in children? Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that children have. Children have higher chances of developing tooth decay because of continuous snacking and not rinsing the mouth after eating. fg. What are the signs and symptoms of cavities? You should consult your dentist if you experience any of the following sings: Blackening of teeth Tooth pain Food lodgement in teeth Visible tooth cavity What is the treatment for tooth decay? The treatment of the cavity will depend on the severity of tooth decay - For small cavities: If the cavity is small, it is filled by a tooth-colored material called composite. - For larger cavities: If the cavity is large, the dentist will first take an x-ray and then decide the proper treatment. If the cavity is deep and painful the dentist may perform a root canal treatment or dental extraction procedure. For more information visit https://tacomadentalgroup.com/. Can tooth decay be prevented? Yes. Tooth decay can be prevented if you take adequate care of your teeth. Brushing twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, cutting down on snacking between meals, having fibrous foods and visiting your dentist regularly can help prevent tooth decay.  

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  • Posted on May 30, 2018 1:24 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Your smile is often one of your most important assets. And in order to have that perfect smile, you may need dental fillings. These have been around for hundreds of years and have been prescribed by dentists through the ages for a variety of dental conditions. In this article, we’ll talk about the top 6 reasons you may need a dental filling.   1. Dental Fillings for Cavities: This is the main reason why dentists prescribe fillings for their patients. If you have multiple small or large cavities, food may be trapped inside them, resulting in halitosis or foul breath. If you suffer from halitosis it’s a sign that something is wrong with your oral health. Only a dentist will be able to tell if you have cavities that require dental fillings. If you have tooth decay that causes cavity formation, your dentist will drill out the affected portion of your tooth, and apply a dental filling.   2. Dental Fillings for small holes in your teeth: In some instances, a patient may have really small holes in multiple teeth that require dental fillings. These holes may not even be cavities and may cause no discomfort or may result in no symptoms. However, these holes need to be filled, as otherwise food particles may get trapped inside them resulting in eventual tooth decay.   3. Dental Fillings for Fractured Teeth: In certain cases, a fractured tooth might require a white, composite dental filling. Some tooth fractures can be caused by inadequate protection of your mouth during contact sports. Also a slip, fall or an auto accident can also cause a tooth fracture, as can old age, or chewing on something hard like a pen or a pencil. While you should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, if you do have a fractured tooth you may need a dental filling, which is an effective treatment.   4. Dental Fillings for Discolored Teeth: Discolored and stained teeth can result due to extensive exposure to coffee, wine, soda pop, candy, and other acidic foods and beverages. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism can also cause discolored teeth. Some dentists do apply dental fillings to discolored teeth in an attempt to restore the natural color of your teeth.   5. Dental Fillings after loss of tooth structure: If your tooth is damaged, it may not be able to retain its natural structure. In such an instance, you may need a dental filling for that tooth in order to support that tooth and ensure visual uniformity throughout the mouth.   6. Dental Fillings that replace older dental fillings: While dental fillings typically last for several years, sometimes old dental fillings may need to be replaced with newer ones. Over time, white fillings can become discolored or the bond between the filling and the tooth can break down. Silver fillings may also break down after many years. Your dentist will recommend that you replace older dental fillings with newer ones, if necessary. These are the top 6 reasons why you may need dental fillings. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we specialize in inserting dental fillings for our patients. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their advantages and disadvantages. You can consult with Dr. Lo, who will recommend the best options for restoring your damaged teeth. So, the next time you think you need a dental filling, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience tailor-made for your dental condition and complaint. Here’s to restoring your very own, million-dollar smile! For more information on dental fillings, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

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  • Posted on March 9, 2018 1:18 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    You probably know that stress can affect your overall health adversely. But did you know that stress can also adversely affect your oral health? Well, it’s true…Not only does stress cause certain dental conditions, but it also results in the patient not taking care of their dental hygiene. In this article, we’ll explore the oral conditions that can result from stress and how to keep stress from sabotaging your oral health. 1)   Canker Sores or Cold Sores: Canker Sores are small, shallow ulcers in the mouth that make eating and talking extremely uncomfortable. These can result from prolonged emotional stress. There are two types of Canker Sores – simple and complex. Simple Canker sores may appear three to four times a year and may last for up to a week. They typically occur between the ages of 10 and 20 years. Complex Canker Sores are less common and occur in patients who have already had them in the past. Cold sores are different from canker sores. Cold sores are also called fever blisters or herpes simplex 1. They are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Cold sores occur as a result of a virus infection. Both canker sores and cold sores can be prevented by good oral hygiene, minimizing/reducing stress, and an optimally functioning immune system (for example, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising, practicing yoga or meditation, and so on.) 2)   Dry Mouth: Dry Mouth is also called xerostomia and refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. This condition can result from prolonged stress and nervousness, among other causes. To prevent dry mouth, you should avoid prolonged periods of stress and optimize your health during stressful periods, and also take good care of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. 3)   Burning Mouth Syndrome: This syndrome results in a burning or scalded sensation that most commonly affects the tongue, but may also affect the lips, gums, palate, throat, or whole mouth. There could also be a loss of taste or a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth. Burning Mouth Syndrome is believed to result from stress-related issues. You should visit your dentist if you suffer from burning mouth syndrome and ensure that you are doing your best to mitigate excessive negative stress in your life. 4)   Bruxism: Bruxism,  also called teeth grinding, can also be caused by prolonged stress. Bruxism can result in damage to the teeth, and also damage to the jaw and soft tissues. If you suffer from bruxism, you should treat prolonged stress by practicing relaxation techniques or developing an exercise routine. 5)   Oral Lichen Planus: Oral Lichen Planus results in a series of oral sores and is thought to be a reaction to stress-induced viral infections. These may occur as white, lacy patches, red, swollen tissues, or open sores. Patients with Oral Lichen Planus need regular monitoring as they may be at risk for developing oral cancer in the affected areas. If you think you may be suffering from Oral Lichen Planus, consult your dentist for an examination immediately. 6)   Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD): Among other causes, TMJ can result from prolonged stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench your teeth. You can learn relaxation techniques to help loosen your jaw. You can ask your dentist as to whether you need physical therapy or massage therapy. You can also consider stress reduction therapy as well as biofeedback. 7)   Gum Disease: Gum Disease can make you more susceptible to periodontal disease. If you are suffering from prolonged stress, chances are, you are not taking good care of your teeth and oral hygiene. This may result in plaque, which in turn, if not removed, can create tartar. Plaque and tartar can accumulate in the mouth, causing gum disease, and ultimately periodontal disease, if not treated. If you have gum disease, you should visit your dentist for a professional deep cleaning of your teeth, as well as the right periodontal treatment for your gum disease. These are just some of the dental conditions that can occur due to prolonged stress. While stress is an inevitable part of life, you need to be able to handle it effectively so that it does not adversely affect your oral and overall health. Here are some simple tips to help you take care of yourself to avoid the effects of prolonged stress: Maintain good oral hygiene Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet Exercise regularly Sleep well Seek professional help if you are suffering from anxiety or depression Visit your dentist regularly At the Tacoma Dental Group, Dr. Ron Lo and his team take outstanding care of your gums and teeth to help you mitigate the harmful effects of stress. The Tacoma Dental Group treats each patient holistically. Consult them for the best preventive dental care so that you can have healthy teeth, a beautiful smile, and optimal health! For more information on treating a variety of dental problems and conditions resulting from stress or other reasons, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or email tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

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  • Posted on January 2, 2018 10:26 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    These days, it takes a lot to be recognized as one of the top dentists in Tacoma, Washington. It takes an uncompromising adherence to quality, a staunch commitment to your patients, and the provisioning of high-quality, caring dental services every day. While different dentists approach excellence differently, there are a few core principles that distinguish the best dentists in Tacoma, Washington. There is a certain reason for greatness that can be seen in the best dental practitioners in Tacoma. So, why does any dentist rank as one of the best dentists in Tacoma? Well, there are several reasons for this, here are some of them… Great training and qualifications: Top dentists spend years training to practice and hone their craft. They are adept at their profession and continually upgrade their skills and qualifications, learn the latest tools, techniques, and procedures to stay current. A warm, supportive, highly-trained, patient-friendly staff and caring office environment: Top dentists in Tacoma and their staff provide patients with a quality of care and warmth that is all-encompassing. All patients are made to feel at ease, not just the first time they visit, but during every single visit. Top dentists truly care about their patients and need to set the tone for their office themselves, with an unparalleled level of patient care and understanding. General and specialized dental services: Top dentists usually provide a full range of general dentistry and cosmetic services, with expertise including porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges, and some types of oral surgery. In this high-tech era, top dentists need to use the best and latest equipment to treat your teeth so they can effectively correct a wide range of cosmetic dental problems and improve your smile. Flexible financial options: Top dentists and their team have one mission only – to provide their patients with the best dental care available. They understand that financing your dental care can be difficult, so they help their patients by providing the best dental care at an affordable price. They can also make arrangements for a monthly payment plan in certain instances. A holistic treatment approach: Top dentists take great care of you with every visit. During your first visit, you typically will be introduced to your “dental team”. They will collect and evaluate your medical and dental history, and understand and address your concerns. Your first appointment will typically consist of a comprehensive exam, and any necessary x-rays to understand your oral health needs. Top dentists also take the time to explain some of the latest medical research findings linking proper dental hygiene to superior overall health and wellness. Ongoing engagement with their patients on a continuing basis: Top dentists treat their existing patients with the same degree of care as new patients. They send reminders and remember key details of their patients’ lives. Top dentists typically have a large base of loyal patients who continue to visit and get treated for many years. Patients do this because they receive high-quality care and results that earn their trust, and create relationships that last – often for years or even a lifetime. These are just some of the reasons why top dentists stand out from others. Dr. Ron Lo of the Tacoma Dental Group is recognized as one of the top dentists in Tacoma. He exemplifies a commitment to caring for his patients that is truly unparalleled. He cares for the individual needs of his patients with the highest level of quality care. So, if you are uncertain as to which dentist to choose in Tacoma, choose one of the top dentists in Tacoma…opt for the Tacoma Dental Group… and know that your dental health and your smile will be in the hands of one of Tacoma’s best dentists. For more information on treating a variety of dental problems and conditions, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or email tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

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  • Posted on November 23, 2017 7:51 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Research has shown that periodontal (gum) disease affects other parts of the body and is associated with other diseases. For a long time, it was thought that bacteria in the mouth were responsible for other diseases. However, increasingly, recent medical research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth and the plaque is so sticky that it keeps the acids in contact with your teeth, breaking down the tooth enamel and leading to tooth decay. Plaque buildup can also lead to gum disease. First, gingivitis occurs, which is a condition wherein the gums are tender and swollen and sometimes bleed. If gingivitis progresses, it may lead to severe periodontal (gum) disease. In this condition, gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, allowing the bacteria to destroy the underlying bone supporting the teeth. So, what is behind the link between gum disease and systemic disease? Scientists say that it could be that oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and can damage major organs. Or, as mentioned above, inflammation of the gums may increase inflammation throughout the body. Below are some systemic diseases that could be caused or negatively affected by gum disease. Gum Disease and Heart Disease: Over the years, it has been found that people with poor gum health have been known to have poor heart health, including greater risk of heart attacks. Scientists have encouraged cardiologists to ask patients about the presence of gum disease, and have also encouraged periodontists to ask their patients about the presence of heart disease, as instances of the two, seems to be linked or at least appear together with a higher incidence than chance. Gum Disease and Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you are more likely to have gum disease. Inflammation may be partly to blame and also, those with diabetes are more likely to contract infections, including gum disease. If your diabetes is not under control, you are even more likely to suffer from gum disease. Gum Disease and Dementia: Gum disease also raises the risk of dementia later in life. Researchers have also found that gum disease may be associated with mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems, making daily activities more difficult. In a recent study, participants who had the worst gum disease scored the worst on memory tests and calculations. Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): RA is an autoimmune disease, marked by inflammation and painful joints. People with RA are more likely to have periodontal disease, as chronic inflammation is common to both conditions. Although scientists have not found evidence that one causes the other, a 2009 study found that patients with a severe form of RA had less pain, swelling, and morning stiffness after their periodontal disease was treated. Gum Disease and Premature Birth: Studies that have attempted to link gum disease and premature birth have had conflicting results. Some show that women with gum disease are more likely to deliver a preterm baby, whereas other studies do not show a definite link. Research is still ongoing. However, other research has also shown that treating gum disease in pregnant women helps them carry their infants to term. Also, one recent study showed that pregnant women who completed periodontal treatment before the 35 th week, were more likely to carry their babies to term. Gum Disease and Respiratory Problems: Bacteria that are present in the oral cavity may be aspirated into the lungs, causing pneumonia. Also, patients with poor oral health were more likely to suffer from other respiratory problems than those with optimum oral health. Gum Disease and Stroke: There is also a possible link between gum disease and stroke. Patients diagnosed with a stroke were more likely to have an oral infection than those that weren’t. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we pride ourselves on caring for your oral health. If you suspect that you have gum disease, you should visit us for a detailed consult. If needed, we can treat gum disease, as well as educate you regarding potential treatment options and risks. For more information on gum disease, and its prevention and treatment, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383- 1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

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