• Posted on August 6, 2019 9:58 am
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    Understanding the basics of good dental hygiene Taking good care of your teeth isn’t very complicated. You take care of them daily; follow the right dental hygiene, nutrition and regular oral health practices. However, good dental health goes beyond correct brushing and flossing. A well-maintained diet that includes all the nutrition required for overall wellness is the cornerstone for a healthy mouth. The food choices we make an impact on how strong and how decay-resistant our teeth are. Here's what you need to do to keep your teeth healthy The simplest way to assess the health of your teeth, gums and mouth as summed up by most dentists as, "Healthy gums are firm and light pink in colour. Swollen, bleeding and soft gums, bad breath, and loose teeth are common symptoms of oral disease." Clean and strong teeth, healthy gums and a bright smile ensure we are saved from many dreaded dental issues such as cavities, the sensitivity of the teeth, bleeding gums, bad breath and more. A few pointers that must be followed by adults and children alike: Brush your teeth twice a day  Floss your teeth every day and rinse your mouth after every meal Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste Rinsing with a good mouth rinse after consulting your dentist is a great way to maintain dental health. Opt for “oral prophylaxis, a teeth cleaning procedure that should be done routinely. Get regular oral and dental check-ups done, limit your sugar intake and maintain a well-balanced nutritional diet to prevent tooth decay and premature tooth loss.” Take care of your teeth Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. Cosmetically having a set of fine, white teeth is great but it’s crucial to make informed choices when it comes to diet, cleanups and regular oral care to prevent problems of the teeth and gums. This means getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits. Brushing properly, taking time to do it by moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Also, focus on the tongue that can build up plaque. So, every time you brush your teeth, clean the tongue too.  Floss well. Flossing cleans between teeth very well along with stimulating the gums, reducing plaque. It also helps in lowering inflammation in the area. What are the foods to include? Cheese and yoghurt are high in calcium and the probiotics found in yoghurt actually aid in strengthening your teeth. Make sure these are included in your diet. Green leafy vegetables are great for general health and do wonders for your dental health. They are packed with essential minerals and vitamins, making them a must-have in your diet. Apples are high in fibre and water making it a fruit that most dentists suggest. Surely, an apple a day keeps the dentist away! Carrots improve saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Celery is packed with antioxidants that give you a shot of good health. Almonds are rich in calcium and protein making it on the list of power foods for dental health. Sometimes, the simplest of things offer the best benefits. When looking for a drink, water is always the best pick, especially when compared to juice or soda.  Now, here is what you shouldn’t be having.  Prevention is better than cure. And the best way is to avoid certain foods or practices that are damaging to oral hygiene. Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile. Avoid junk and refined foods and increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit sugary and acidic foods, the sugar turns into acid in the mouth, thereby eroding the enamel of your teeth, which in turn leads to cavities. Say no to this vicious cycle of harm. Similarly, acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. It is better to avoid or minimize the intake of these foods. Oral cancer is caused primarily due to use of tobacco and alcohol. For healthy teeth and mouth limit or better still, avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption. Also, please remember any growth in the oral cavity must be assessed by professionals as soon as possible. A visit to the dentist for cleanings and checkups, at least twice a year, is crucial to your overall oral health. A dentist will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions. Doing so is especially helpful if you have a history of dental issues, such as gingivitis or frequent cavities. If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking about getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult our team of professionals. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on July 4, 2019 7:11 am
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    Common Dental Problems

    Oral health is aptly said to be the mirror of general health. The condition of your oral cavity reflects your overall health. For this reason, it is necessary to know the problems related to your oral cavity and it is crucial to know when to seek oral care or visit your dentist. Here are the 10 most common dental problems you should be aware of: Tooth decay It is the most common of tooth problems. Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, occurs when bacteria in plaque is given the chance to settle on teeth. It produces an acid that slowly eats away at tooth enamel and forms holes. This bacteria is particularly prevalent after eating sugars and starches, so limit exposure by eating a healthy diet. The likelihood of developing a cavity depends largely on your oral hygiene maintenance. The better your oral health routine, the fewer chances you will have of suffering tooth decay. However, older people and children are slightly more at risk, because their enamel is more vulnerable. If a child develops cavities within baby teeth, they will be repaired as soon as the adult teeth emerge, but this does not mean that dental attention isn't important. The best possible approach to dealing with plaque is prevention. Once you have cavities, there is no real way to reverse them (though new technologies may make this a reality soon). The only option is to fill and repair them, so protect your enamel while you still can. Brush and floss regularly, attend routine dental exams and avoid eating too many sugary foods. Gum Disease (Periodontitis) This is a bacterial infection brought about by the accumulation of plaque in the mouth. Gingivitis is the infection of gums. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of infection affecting the gums, ligament and the surrounding bones. The bacteria invade and destroy the gum tissue and ligaments that hold the teeth in place. During the early phases of gingivitis and mild periodontitis, the symptoms can still be reversed with a good dental care routine and immediate treatment for any underlying infections. Once the disease moves on to advanced stages, it becomes much harder to treat, so give yourself the best possible chance and respond early. Risk factors for gum disease are poor dental hygiene, faulty brushing or flossing techniques, and other serious health problems like diabetes are more prone to developing persistent gum infections. Be sure to stay ahead of gum disease with good dental hygiene and care! Tooth fractures Fractured teeth are often common among young children. School-going children that are actively involved in sports are at higher risk of tooth fractures. During an impact, single or multiple teeth can be affected. The treatment for fractured teeth will depend on the severity and the level of the fracture. In most cases, the natural tooth can be saved. If the tooth has come out completely, then you should carry it to the dentist in a container with milk or distilled water. In the case of fall or impact, you should immediately visit your dentist. Tooth Infection  This happens when the root of a tooth becomes infected and fills up with bacteria. If left untreated, it will damage the nerves and the pulp tissue inside the tooth itself. So, get to the dentist right away if you think that you might have this condition. Deep cracks, fractures, or cavities can all lead to an infection. The most severe root infections cause patients to develop painful abscesses. These appear in the form of very sore facial swellings. However, abscesses usually only occur once a root infection has progressed to a more serious state. If you deal with a painful or cracked tooth quickly, this should not happen. Enamel erosion  This is a very common problem and is characterised by round and noticeably discoloured enamel surfaces. It occurs as a result of exposure to corrosive materials like fizzy drinks and sugary snacks. The acid in these ingredients wears down the enamel and gives it a stained and unhealthy look. In some cases, overzealous brushing may also be a factor. The one thing that will lead to enamel degradation faster than anything else is sipping on fizzy and sugary drinks all day, every day. This includes sports drinks, carbonated soft drinks (diet ones too), and most forms of wine. In fact, this is considered to be an occupational hazard for professional wine tasters and reviewers. Like cavities, there is only so much that can be done once a certain amount of enamel has been worn away. You cannot get back material that has been eroded. This means that prevention is always the best cure for enamel degradation. Where possible, swap out soft drinks for water. If you enjoy drinking fruit juices, make sure that you clean your teeth regularly and restrict these drinks to mealtimes. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) This condition is sometimes called xerostomia, but it is most easily recognized with the simple term ‘dry mouth.’ Unsurprisingly, it is caused by a lack of saliva in the mouth. This can occur for a number of different reasons, but it is a well-known side effect of taking prescription medications. If you are on any kind of medication, ask your doctor whether this could be an issue. Saliva has mild antibacterial properties and it is used to wash away residual plaque from teeth. It also gives your gums and teeth essential moisture, lubrication, and cleansing. Thus, individuals with xerostomia are more prone to infections. The most at risk groups are patients on prescription medications and people over the age of fifty. As the mouth ages, saliva production naturally slows and the friction against teeth increases. Over time, if left untreated, this lack of saliva will contribute to the development of decay and cavities. Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) The long winded condition, TMJ disorders involves a dysfunction of the similarly named joint. It is found a little below the ears, but above the jawbone. The condition usually leads to the grinding or clenching of teeth while asleep. It is more common in women than men and is most likely to appear during the childbearing years. It can also be caused due to psychological factors like stress. Oral Cancers Clearly, this is one of the most serious dental problems that you can develop, so it is vital that you recognize the signs as soon as they appear, if they ever do. Most oral cancers begin as a small, pale, pinkish lump or growth inside the mouth. It is almost always painless. If you have a growth like this or you are worried about a change in your mouth, consult a dentist now. A specialist will be able to gently examine your mouth, head, and neck for signs of trouble. For smokers, this kind of check-up is very important, because smoking significantly increases the chances of developing mouth cancer. It is also more common in people who drink excessively, so keep an eye on your alcohol consumption. Sores Mouth sores are another condition that can often occur. They can be painful and cause a burning sensation while eating spicy foods. Mouth sores could be a sign of infection or vitamin deficiency. It’s best to get this checked by a dentist who can assess it and prescribe an ointment or medication. Tooth sensitivity Seven out of ten people suffer from tooth sensitivity. Each tooth has an outermost covering of enamel. When this wears off, the sensitive dentin is exposed. The dentin has nerve endings and on exposure, makes the tooth sensitive to sweet and cold foods. Your dentist will assess the case and suggest a suitable treatment If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on June 10, 2019 8:53 am
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    Diet & Your Dental Health

    No one likes to be unhealthy. Most of us try to keep our bodies in optimal health and good shape. We often follow diet tips for a healthy body and a variety of diet plans and food charts online which can help you drop those extra pounds. Likewise, our oral health, (the health of your teeth, gums and jaw bones) are also an important part of our overall health. If only there was a diet plan for preserving your teeth and oral health! Can your diet affect your oral health? Yes — our food intake affects our oral health. Obviously, the foods that we eat are chewed and are in close proximity to our teeth. The bacteria present in our mouth degrade food particles and create acid. This acid causes the tooth substance to lose its minerals and the chance of cavity formation is greatly increased. However, the bacteria in the mouth produce more acid with certain foods than others. Therefore it is useful to know the foods that are most harmful to our teeth and to keep them to a bare minimum. Here is a list of diet tips to keep your teeth healthy.            Sugary foods Sugary candies and sweets tend to stay in your mouth. If you eat sweets, go for those that clear out of your mouth quickly. Sticky candies like lollipops, caramels, jelly beans, and hard candies make it difficult for saliva to wash the sugar away. Snacks like cookies, cakes or other desserts contain a high amount of sugar, which can cause tooth decay. If you eat these foods,  try to eat them all at once and brush your teeth afterwards, instead of snacking on them throughout the day.            Starchy, refined carbs Foods such as chips, bread, pasta or crackers can be as harmful to the teeth as candy. Starches made from white flour are simple carbohydrates and can linger in your mouth and then break down into simple sugars. Bacteria feed on these sugars and produce acid, which causes tooth decay. Avoid eating them throughout the day and brush afterward.           Beverages with added sugar Be aware of the amount of sugar in your drinks by checking the nutrition label. Consider alternatives such as water, tea, coffee, and coconut water.            Fruits & Juice Fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. Whole fruits have fiber and are a less concentrated source of sugar (and sometimes acids) than juice. When you drink fruit juice, use a straw to keep it from having too much contact with your teeth or rinse with water afterward.           Lemons, citrus fruits and other acidic foods Citrus foods are acidic, so avoid keeping citrus foods in your mouth for long periods of time. Healthy foods for your teeth:            Green tea Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, the most well-known tooth strengthener. Thus green tea may help prevent tooth decay.            Chew xylitol gum after meals            Xylitol increases saliva production and prevents the bacteria in your mouth from producing the acids that cause cavities. However, be aware that overuse of gums should be avoided as it can cause gastric problems.            Probiotics Probiotics may help to decrease gum infections and plaque (deposits on teeth); bacteria in fermented foods may also suppress the growth of pathogens in the oral cavity. One study showed that consuming fermented dairy was associated with reduced gum diseases. In turn, this makes your teeth and gums stronger.            Fibrous (Fiber-rich) foods Foods rich in fiber like carrots, cucumbers, celery or multigrain breads are a better choice than starchy foods. High fiber foods have a better rate of clearance from the tooth surface. As the food particles are in contact with the tooth surface for lesser time, tooth decay is reduced.            Cranberries Cranberries and other plant foods like blueberries, red cabbage, eggplant peel, black rice, and raspberries are rich in anthocyanins and may prevent the attachment and colonization of pathogens on host tissues (including teeth). Numerous studies have even shown that cranberry extract-infused mouthwash improves dental health!            Increase the amount of arginine in your diet Eat more spinach, lentils, nuts, eggs, whole grains, meat, seafood, and soy! Beverage choices: The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks as they expose your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids. ———————————— At Tacoma Dental Group we treat a person using a holistic approach. Patients come with different concerns and requirements, so we treat each patient as an individual. We provide preventive, as well as therapeutic treatment options. If you are concerned about cavities or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up, or cosmetic dentistry, contact Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience and treatment plan, specific to your dental needs. Preserve or recover your natural smile and optimum oral health by availing the best dental solutions. For more information consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com Or you can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on March 20, 2019 11:14 am
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    The mouth and teeth are an integral part of the body’s health, and preserving them is an important step towards maintaining your health. Pain in teeth is a common reason people visit a dentist for. However, there are various other signs and symptoms that can indicate oral disease. Let’s find out about them! Here are 8 signs that tell you to get a dental check-up…. Tooth pain It is the commonest reason for visiting a dentist. Pain can be due to a decayed tooth or infection. Tooth pain is the second most severe pain in our body and compels you to visit your dentist. Bleeding gums Bleeding from gums after brushing or flossing can be the initial sign of gum disease (gingivitis) and can progress to a more severe form with swollen painful gums. In the initial stages the condition is easily reversible with a simple treatment like tooth cleaning. Receding gums About 85% of people aged 50 years and above start experiencing gum recession.  This is due to aging and is referred to as physiologic gum recessions. However, in some cases gum recession can be severe and aggressive, which can be due to gum disease that is known as periodontitis. It is best to seek treatment for it, as it can lead to early tooth mobility or even loss of your teeth Sores Common sores like ulcers can clear up with a span of 15 days with the help of nutrient rich diet, but other oral lesions like fungal infections, white or red patches need to be diagnosed and treated. So, if you are having any painless or painful lesions, or areas giving you a burning sensation in your mouth, a through dental check-up is called for. Pain in your jaws Many people experience a clicking sound while opening and closing the mouth. This may often lead to severe pain while opening the mouth. It is important to visit the dentist when experiencing this form of pain. These signs can indicate joint dysfunctions that  need correction. Your dentist may perform some diagnostic tests before recommending a treatment plan. Swellings Swelling can be related to an infection, a cyst or tumour. When infected, they can be painful, otherwise they are painless. In any case, it is best to get any growth in and around your mouth checked by a dentist in order to rule out illness. Tooth decay Tooth decay can lead to cavities, food lodgement in teeth or black discolouration of teeth. If tooth decay is diagnosed and intercepted at an early stage, it can be corrected with simple fillings. Severe tooth decay can be treated with the help of root canal treatment. Mobile teeth Mobile teeth can be caused by poor gum condition and cause difficulty in chewing food. If teeth are very mobile, they need replacement so that one can bite and chew easily. If mobile teeth are kept is the jaw for a long period of time, chances of infection and loss of bone increase. Why should you visit your dentist regularly? Dentists advise a dental check-up every 6 months. The main reason for this is to identify any dental diseases as soon as possible and get them treated. Moreover, dental decay is irreversible and it is best to intercept it at the earliest. This not only reduces your treatment cost and dental visits, but also keeps your teeth healthy. The benefit from regular dental check ups is too great to risk. So plan your dental check-up today! If you are thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. It is a family dental clinic in Tacoma, which has been serving the people of all ages for over 45 years. Preserve your natural smile by exploring the best dental treatments and solutions. For more information on problems related to teeth and treatments, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or visit  https://tacomadentalgroup.com/ for more information.

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  • Posted on March 12, 2019 11:10 am
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    It is a common concern among people to find the right dentist, especially when you have moved to a new place or are not satisfied with your current dental care provider. You may also be worried about knowing a good dentist if you are planning your first dental visit. There may be many dentists around, but how do you shortlist them to find the best one? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when finding a dentist that fits your needs. Dental office  Location    A dental office close to your residence or workplace is something to consider primarily. Most people prefer it as it is more accessible and most patients require multiple dental treatment visits. People often find it easier to schedule appointments before going to work, during lunch, or when heading home after work. Make it a priority to search for dentists in the vicinity and make a list of your top choices. Website Most dentists have a website with information about their office and services, along with pictures, hours, policies, philosophy and background information. Look for the following things in the checklist: Is the clinic location accessible and do the office hours suit you? What are various treatments carried out? What is the payment policy? Also check if the dentist accepts your insurance plan. If you can’t find answers to these questions online, call the office and speak with the office manager. Reviews  Check online reviews for the dentists on your list. Also, read the comments posted by patients. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or doctor for feedback about the dentists. Plan a visit Identify your top choices and stop by their offices. Is the office clean and organized? Do the dental professionals wear gloves, masks and other protective apparel? Are the dentist and team members friendly and helpful? Look around to ensure that you’ll feel comfortable. Friendly and Approachable Personality  Visiting the dentist can be a positive experience when your dentist is warm, welcoming, and personable. A dentist who has a friendly personality can be beneficial – especially if you have any type of dental anxiety. Personalized Treatment Plan One dental procedure does not fit all! In other words, everyone is unique and deserves individualized care and a personalized treatment plan. Modern Dental Technology While dentistry is entirely possible in a dental office with older technology, today’s state-of-the-art dental technology can help make your appointments quicker and easier. Emergency and Same-Day Appointments  No matter how well you take care of your teeth, dental emergencies can happen. If you choose a dentist who welcomes last-minute appointments, you’ll know exactly who to call if an emergency arises. Dental Insurance and Payment Plans Finding a dentist that is accepts several dental insurance plans is ideal. Also, a dentist who welcomes flexible payment plans can help make it easier to pay for high-quality dental care. Tacoma Dental group is the perfect place to get your dental treatment. Here’s why… Tacoma Dental group is a practice which has been serving people for over 45 years. It has a team of highly skilled and experienced dentists who are experts in diagnosis and treatment planning. Our team offers a complete dental treatment plan that accommodates your needs. We believe that every patient is different, so our treatment plans are tailor-made, taking into consideration the patients’ needs, finances and age. We practice family dentistry, which helps patients of every age receive the highest quality dental treatment. Various treatments like tooth fillings, preventive procedures, extractions, crowns & bridges, dental implants, dentures and many others are carried out under our family dentistry. We also provide the best and most advanced cosmetic treatments to our patients and we accept dental payments through most insurance plans. Our team is led by Dr. Roland Lo, who will provide you with the best suited treatment options for your oral health. If you are thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Preserve your natural smile by availing the best dental solutions. Consult Dr. Ron Lo of Tacoma Dental Group at (253)-383-1551 or visit  https://tacomadentalgroup.com/ for more information.

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