• Posted on January 16, 2019 3:30 am
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    Teeth Whitening

    Know about the whitening agents There are various agents like whitening toothpaste, tooth whitening strips, whitening pens and teeth whitening custom trays. All of these can be self-applied with a prescription and direction of your dentist. The other types of teeth whitening agents are used in a dental office by professionals. The main ingredient of most whitening agents is hydrogen peroxide which reacts with the minerals in the tooth and liberates oxygen. This lightens the hue of teeth. The types of tooth whitening There are two types of tooth whitening techniques that are known as intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic tooth whitening ‘Intrinsic’ refers to whitening the inner part of the tooth, which soaks up hydrogen peroxide gel (also called whitening gel or bleach) and becomes lighter. This is mainly done for teeth which have suffered injury or trauma and have undergone cell death. When the inner part of the tooth is whitened, the colour is reflected through the outer layer of enamel on  your teeth, making the teeth look brighter Extrinsic tooth whitening In extrinsic teeth whitening, the surfaces of teeth are cleaned of all the stains, debris and tartar present. Then the surfaces are treated with various chemical or mechanical agents. Followed by this, the bleaching agent is applied. Tooth bleaching or whitening may require several appointments. Your dentist will guide you with the appointments and the aftercare required. It is important to know that tooth whitening may have temporary results and you may have to revisit your dentist for long-lasting results. Other than that, it is a completely safe, health-restoring procedure that dentists recommend. Do’s and don’ts after a tooth whitening procedure: Once you’ve completed a whitening treatment, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile: Quit smoking  Smoking tobacco can cause discolouration of teeth. Eliminating tobacco can help keep your teeth healthy and bright. Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages  Coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, hard candy, berries and tomato sauce are all foods that can cause tooth discolouration. Avoid too much of these foods and beverages in order to maintain the white color of your teeth. Use a straw  While drinking beverages, try to use a straw. This will keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth. If you are thinking of getting a teeth whitening done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Brighten up those pearly whites and boost your confidence! For more information on teeth whitenings, consult Dr Ron Lo at (253)383-1551 or tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.

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  • Posted on December 12, 2018 7:16 am
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    Teeth Whitening

    Every person has a smile that is unique to them. This can be in regard to the type of teeth, the arrangement of teeth or even the colour. We often think about why some people’s teeth look less bright or yellower than others. A  yellowish hue could be due to internal or external factors. Teeth are made up of enamel and dentin that comprise the outer layers, along with an inner part called the pulp. The enamel and dentin contribute to the colour of teeth. The enamel is pearly white in colour, while the dentin is yellowish-white in colour. The changes in the colour of enamel could be internal or external. Internal changes in colour can be due to the ageing of teeth, falls or trauma to teeth, or medications like tetracycline. External changes occur due to smoking or tobacco products and excessive intake of tea or caffeine. Thus, tooth whitening has gained much popularity in recent years. An array of tooth whitening techniques are now commonly accessible and it can be done in the dentist office or at home. Here are 5 reasons why you should get teeth whitening done! Have younger looking teeth As our age advances, various changes occur in our body. Some of these changes can affect the teeth, such as the enamel of teeth getting worn and exposing inner layers of enamel or even dentin. This can cause tooth of dental problems like discoloration or sensitivity. Teeth whitening is a great way of reversing the effects of aging and get your bright and healthy smile back.  Prepare for any occasion Today’s men and women pay attention to the details of their looks. This goes for special occasions like parties, birthdays, anniversaries or weddings. It is a common custom to get nails and hair done before such special days, why not include your smile too? Teeth whitening can reduce the yellow discoloration and help provide you with a perfect smile to look your best. Better self-esteem Your teeth and your smile contribute to your self-confidence. They are displayed whenever you speak or interact with others.  If your teeth are in good condition, you need not to worry or be them. A study done at Marymount University even showed that there was a higher chance of getting a job if an applicant had a brighter smile than the rest. Teeth whitening can lower your inhibitions and make you confident in an interview. Restore health When a tooth suffers trauma due to falls or accidents, the cells present in the tooth can die and make the tooth look yellow or black in colour. This further makes the tooth brittle and can pose the risk of the tooth chipping. Thus, some teeth will teeth require root canal therapy followed by filling and internal tooth whitening. A teeth whitening procedure can help restore the health of your teeth. Freedom of  food choice If your diet consists of more coffee, tea, or wine, your teeth may have been stained over the years. Teeth whitening can counter stains from certain foods and help keep your smile bright. Rather than giving up the food and beverages you love, it is far easier to get a regular teeth whitening procedure! Before you go for any type of tooth whitening procedure, it is necessary that you understand the type of discoloration your teeth have. For this, you need to visit your dentist and he/she will determine the cause and guide you through the type of treatment required. If the staining is superficial, you may not need a whitening treatment. A session of professional cleaning will solve your problem. Superficial staining can be caused by tea, coffee or tobacco products. If you are thinking of getting a teeth whitening done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Brighten up those pearly whites and boost your confidence! For more information on teeth whitenings, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.

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  • Posted on September 26, 2018 6:55 am
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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
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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
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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.

    Dental care, Dental Implants