• Posted on March 17, 2020 6:18 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Dental-Implants-vs-Dental-Bridges

    Dental treatment options for missing teeth and understanding what works best for you: Missing teeth can host many health concerns. Fortunately, thanks to the advancement in medical technology in today’s day and age, there are many options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The most popular treatments to address missing teeth are dental implants and dental bridges.  What is a dental implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is usually made from titanium and is fitted well in place of the missing tooth. An impermanent shield is screwed on the implant to fix it to the jawbone. The entire process can take up to six months but these implants are highly durable. After the process is done, the shield is replaced by a temporary crown, helping the gum grow naturally. Finally, the temporary crown is replaced by a permanent crown. What is a dental bridge? Dental bridges fill the gap between the teeth where missing teeth were once located. Dental bridges do not replace the root of the tooth. Instead, the bridge between the two or more teeth is used to fix the crown, filling up the space of the missing tooth/teeth. It’s not a long process when compared to the dental implant procedure. However, it requires the permanent modification of adjacent teeth that are used to support the bridge. The modification may involve the filling of the teeth to better support the bridge.  Some common pointers to remember Dental implants are advised for adolescents and adults when bone growth and formation is complete, but it’s best to get an X-ray or CT scan to evaluate bone density leading up to the implantation procedure. People that are smokers or suffer from diabetes, cancer, or periodontal diseases may need additional treatments in addition to the implementation. While opting for a dental bridge procedure, it is important to have the quality and strength of the supporting teeth checked beforehand.   Picking the right treatment: It is best to speak to a dentist for a complete and thorough evaluation of your dental health, what procedures to undertake, and the costs involved. It is important to find the right dentist who can provide you with the right treatment for your missing tooth.  A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, and it involves cleaning, check-ups, and general treatment. If you’re experiencing any dental issues, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and conduct a thorough examination. They may check for teeth sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to diagnose if you have any dental problems such as impacted wisdom teeth or cavities. 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 for your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile today!  For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and the problems, consult our team of professionals. They can help you address any missing teeth and develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Schedule an appointment with the team today. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on September 9, 2019 5:27 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Dental problems

    The stinging pain or discomfort one experiences after having something really cold or a hot drink is probably a sign of tooth sensitivity. While it is not uncommon among people, there are very few who recognize this and take proper measures. To define and understand tooth sensitivity better, here is a simple gist “Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity involves experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. It also causes discomfort from brushing and flossing.” Sensitive teeth can be extremely painful, as teeth respond to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures. There are a number of reasons why some people experience this discomfort but most cases of tooth sensitivity are a result of poor dental hygiene. Let us have a quick look at some of the symptoms of sensitive teeth In most cases, people with sensitive teeth experience pain as a response to certain triggers. While the symptoms may seem temporary, they could be mild or intense pain at any given point. More so, the effect of the pain is felt in the roots of the affected teeth. Here are some triggers or external stimuli that may cause pain: Pain while having hot foods, hot drinks and/or cold foods and beverages Exposure to chilled air Discomfort while consuming sweet foods and drinks Highly acidic content foods and beverages When cold water is used to rinse the mouth Pain during brushing or flossing teeth Sensitivity while using alcohol-based mouth rinses Tooth sensitivity localized to one tooth Pain when biting down or chewing What causes sensitive teeth? Sometimes, people with sensitive teeth have thinner enamel than others, making their teeth awfully sensitive to extreme temperatures. When the enamel, which is the protective outer layer, is worn out or thinned this could put the individual through the discomfort. The enamel wears out due to the following reasons: When one brushes their teeth too hard The use of a hard toothbrush Grinding your teeth at night Regular intake of acidic foods and beverages Another condition that leads to tooth sensitivity is Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), wherein acid from the stomach and esophagus comes up causing the wear down of teeth and enamel overtime Gum recession is yet another cause that can leave sections of the tooth exposed and unprotected Tooth decay, broken teeth, chipped teeth can most likely end up with sensitivity in a specific tooth or region in the mouth instead of most of the teeth Dental work like fillings, crowns, or teeth bleaching may also lead to temporary tooth sensitivity How is tooth sensitivity treated? For mild sensitivity, over-the-counter dental treatments include using toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth. Using an alcohol-free mouth rinse, softer toothbrushes and brushing more gently can also help. Furthermore, maintaining good oral hygiene can to a very large extent help in reducing or preventing tooth cavities, sensitivity and other oral health problems. Few simple ways to maintain good oral hygiene: Dental care should begin as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, usually around six months Brush twice a day and floss daily Rinse after meals Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco Maintain a healthy diet of grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products Another very important tip is using the right technique while brushing - Brush with a soft-bristled brush for 2 minutes, twice a day. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and move back and forth in short strokes. Don’t brush too hard or too frequently—you can cause gum recession and experience sensitivity.” Remember, tooth sensitivity is not just painful but could affect oral health in the long run. If none of the over the counter remedies work it is best to seek professional help. A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, for cleanings and checkups and general treatment. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems like cavities, loose fillings, or recessed gums causing the sensitivity. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and do a thorough examination. They may use dental instruments to check for sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to rule out causes like cavities. 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 teeth sensitivity or frequent cavities. 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 our team of professionals. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on August 6, 2019 9:58 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    dental health

    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 February 15, 2019 6:28 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Tooth Enamel

    We all want to preserve the gifts we naturally have, and our smile with 32 pearls is no exception. Our teeth are made of up various layers known as the enamel, dentin and pulp. Human teeth are subjected to numerous pressures and forces throughout the day. These mainly occur while chewing, biting on hard food, and having sweets, cold or hot food. The enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, which shields the tooth from the external environment. For the wellness of your teeth, it is essential to preserve it. Here are some important facts and functions of the tooth enamel Enamel cannot regrow The tooth enamel is made during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not possess active or living cells. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel. Acts as a protective shield The enamel forms a jacket around the more delicate parts of tooth, which are known as  dentin and pulp. It protects the tooth against heat, cold, external forces and thermal shocks.  Enamel is stronger than your bones and can help the tooth withstand all biting pressures, without getting chipped. Fights tooth sensitivity Dentin is a part of tooth that has abundant nerve supply and is very sensitive to hot or cold food items. Enamel, however, lacks sensation and protects the more sensitive dentin. Healthy enamel will make teeth less vulnerable to tooth sensitivity. Fights acids Acid found in food and drinks is the leading cause of damage to tooth enamel. Many acidic food and drinks make up our everyday diet, like fruits, fruit juices, coffee and wine. Acid is also produced as  digestive juices, which are secreted in the mouth when we chew food. These can weaken tooth enamel over time through  a process called acid erosion. Erosion of tooth enamel is common in at least one in three adults. It is in your best interest to protect your tooth enamel from erosion. Keeps teeth white Enamel, is the reason our teeth look pearly white. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible, making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white. In order to preserve your tooth enamel, you should be well aware of the tooth protectors and the damagers. Tooth damagers Sodas and acidic drinks Keep the intake of acidic drinks like sodas, citrus fruits and juices as low as possible. You can also opt for low acid orange juices. Too many sweets.  Bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, and they make acid that can eat away at enamel. It is even more damaging when teeth are not cleaned regularly. Sour foods  Sour foods contain plenty of acids, so  it is best to avoid them. This will keep enamel erosion or wear at bay. Dry mouth Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by washing away bacteria and leftover food in your mouth. It also dilutes acids to an acceptable level. Tooth protectors As tooth enamel is irreplaceable, it is best to preserve it. Here are some ways you can protect it... When you are having acidic drinks make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic. Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel. Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth. If you  have a dry mouth, make sure  to consume plenty of water during the day. Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids. Use toothpastes and mouthwash  containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your  tooth enamel. Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one. Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders. Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy. If you are thinking of getting a 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. For more information on 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/  for more information.

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  • Posted on February 8, 2019 4:22 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    tooth enamel

    Have you ever wondered what the strongest parts of your body are? Most of us perceive it to be our bones. However, did you know that your teeth possess something that is stronger than bones? Our teeth are made up of various layers of tissues. Starting from the outermost, enamel, followed by dentin and pulp. Enamel is a mineral containing tissue and can withstand more pressure than we can imagine. Healthy tooth enamel is the strongest substance your body can produce. So strong that the human bite can exert up to 200 pounds of pressure on its back teeth. Here are some  facts you need to know about tooth enamel… It is rich in minerals Enamel is predominantly made up of calcium and phosphate minerals, which are tightly held in numerous lattice structures. It’s mineral content is higher than that present in our bones. This gives the enamel strength and resilience to bear heavy chewing and biting forces. Enamel is formed only once The tooth enamel is formed  during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not have active or living cells. These cells are lost once the enamel is fully mature. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel. Your teeth look pearly white…it is because of your enamel Enamel, being white in color, forms the outermost layer of your teeth. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped off, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible. This results in making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white. Enamel loss can make your teeth super-sensitive The layer of tooth material lying below the enamel is called dentin. Enamel lacks nerves sensation. However, the dentin has a rich supply of nerve ends, making it very sensitive to thermal changes around the tooth. Enamel can get chipped off, due to very heavy biting forces, or can get eroded due to acids. Once the enamel is lost, underlying dentin is exposed, which causes tooth sensitivity. Your enamel can be lost due to various reasons Our enamel is subjected to a lot of acidic exposure. As we eat our food, enzymes present in our saliva mix with our food and digestion begins. During this process, acids are created, which can lead to loss of minerals from the tooth enamel. Teeth can also be exposed to acid attacks from beverages like carbonated drinks, health drinks or stomach conditions like  gastro-oesophageal reflex disorder. Are you interested in knowing the ways to Protect your Enamel? Here are some tips… When you are having acidic drinks, make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic. Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel. Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth. If you have  a dry mouth, make sure to consume plenty of water during the day. Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids. Use toothpastes and mouthwash containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your tooth enamel. Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one. Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders. Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy. If you are thinking of getting a treatment for tooth sensitivity or even a regular dental check-up, 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. For more information on 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/ for more information.

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