• Posted on February 15, 2019 6:28 am
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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.

  • 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.

    Dental care, Dental Implants
  • Posted on August 10, 2017 2:04 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Healthy Cooking for the Sweet Tooth.

    Contrary to popular belief, ignoring your sugar cravings may make it worse. So, on those days that you need and want to satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in alternatives that will not only satisfy those sugar cravings, but are also a healthier alternative to sugar-laden foods. What’s more, these healthier alternatives aren’t bad for your teeth either. Many of my patients ask me about alternatives to sugary foods. There are several and they won’t add extra fat to your body, nor will they result in cavities in your teeth. In this article, we’ll talk about some foods that are good for both your teeth and your waistline. Greek Yogurt Parfait: If you’re craving for a creamy, yogurt-type treat, try combining non-fat Greek yogurt with a high-fiber fruit like raspberries or blueberries. Top it off with a sprinkle of ground nuts or flaxseeds for a crunchy texture. This parfait is lower in calories and sugar than other desserts and the nuts and flaxseeds are a good plant source of omega-3 fats. Fiber Bars: These are available in flavors such as strawberry, apricot, raspberry, and boysenberry. Each has about 8 grams of sugar and only 60 calories. It also has 6 grams of fiber that helps slow the secretion of sugars, which can prevent your body from storing fat. Natural Energy Bars: Try to avoid candy bars. Try Natural Energy Bars instead. They are sweetened with small amounts of real sugar plus sugar alcohols. They give you a feeling of indulging your sweet tooth without blowing your diet. Frozen Grapes with 8 to 12 Almonds: Fruit is full of fructose, a high-potency sugar, which makes it good for your body. Grapes are higher in sugar and lower in fiber than other fruits, and so they are to be recommended if you want to wean off candy. You can accompany frozen grapes with a sprinkling of almonds to prevent your blood sugar from spiking. Low-sugar Cereal: Instead of a high-sugar cereal, try a low-sugar cereal like Kashi Go Lean Original Cereal. The latter packs 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of sugar per serving. This will indulge your sweet tooth without giving you that sugar rush. Dark Chocolate: You can indulge in a piece of dark chocolate if that sweet craving won’t go away. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, making it a better choice than milk chocolate. Natural, Unprocessed Nut Butters: You can use these natural, unprocessed nut butters, like natural peanut butter on a celery stick the next time you are craving a salty-sweet combo. If celery isn’t something you want to eat, try a few apple slices. Popsicle: A popsicle takes a relatively long time to eat and an individually wrapped popsicle is good portion control. Eating a popsicle made out of all-natural fruit juice is better than one made of high-fructose corn syrup. So, try out these alternatives for a healthy feeling and to avoid that inevitable sugar rush. You can experiment with different recipes and try out different healthy ingredients to indulge your sweet tooth. None of these suggested options have the sticky consistency that causes the longer deleterious effects to your teeth. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we treat patients holistically, and practice preventive dental care. If you want to discuss your diet and how it affects your teeth, we can help work with you to ensure greater oral health. Don’t wait any longer. Try out these food ideas to not only indulge your sweet tooth, but also ensure an overall healthy diet for optimal body functioning and healthy teeth and gums. Here’s to healthy eating! For more information on how you can schedule an appointment for a thorough dental check-up and consultation, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.

    Dental care, Dental Implants, Healthy Foods
  • Posted on July 3, 2017 11:09 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Earlier, dentures and bridges were the only option for missing teeth. Today, however, dental implants are the most common treatment for one or more missing teeth. If you are one of those Americans who have missing teeth, claim your independence this Fourth of July by opting for dental implants from your trusted dentist. Dental implants, as we know them today, were invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark. So, what is a dental implant? A dental implant is simply a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over a span of several months. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. This “artificial tooth root” helps to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Having a dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest you can get to a natural tooth, because it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth and has a great deal of stability. The process of fusion between the dental implant and the jawbone is called “osseointegration.” Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or then, all of the teeth and typically have three parts: The implant: This is a titanium screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. The bone fuses to the titanium and it can last indefinetely. The abutment: This is a connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth. It is permanent, but can be removed by your dentist. The crown: This is the prosthetic tooth and is a part of the tooth that you can see. It is usually made of either zirconium or porcelain, so that it is durable and looks like a natural tooth. You are an ideal candidate for a dental implant, if you have good oral and bone health. You should have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant and healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for the failure of implants. Dental implants are made to last and are the best long-term and cost-effective solution to missing teeth. Traditional tooth-supported dental bridges, typically last from five to seven years, whereas dental implants can last a lifetime if properly placed and taken care of. They also let you speak easily, without being embarrassed. Dental implant surgery is usually performed under a local anesthetic, and therefore no pain is felt during the procedure. After the anesthetic has worn off, post-surgery discomfort can be treated with Over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Most of my patients return and tell me “it was easier than I expected.” You should consult your local dentist to find out if you are a likely candidate for dental implants. The dentist or surgeon will first visually examine the site in the mouth where a dental implant is being considered, as well as look at dental imaging studies, such as X-rays, CT scans, and panoramic films. Your dentist will also evaluate the quality and quantity of your jawbone, to determine if more bone is needed at the site. Once it has been established that a dental implant can be placed at the site, you will be scheduled for the implant procedure. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we specialize in dental implants and carefully evaluate each patient to determine whether and what kind of dental implant will work for them. So, this Fourth of July, treat yourself to a dental implant and restore your million-dollar smile…forever! For more information on how you can schedule an appointment for a thorough dental check-up and a possible dental implant, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.

    Dental Implants
  • Posted on May 4, 2017 10:15 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    While many people are now aware that smoking can adversely affect their health, some do not know that smoking can also adversely affect their oral health? Many do not recognize that smoking can result in tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases, mouth cancer? The statistics on the dental health of smokers is not positive! About 16 percent of people who smoke have poor dental health, four times the rate of people who have never smoked. Smokers are less likely to have gone to the dentist in the past five years than non-smokers. Also, more than a third of smokers have at least three dental health issues. So, in this article, we’ll talk about how smoking affects your teeth and oral health...Here are some of the ways… Bad breath: Also called halitosis or smoker’s breath, the most immediate way that smoking causes bad breath is by leaving smoke particles in the throat and lungs. Also, the chemicals in tobacco smoke can remain in the mouth, leading to a host of secondary causes of bad breath. Tobacco causes chronic bad breath by drying out the mouth and palate, leaving a dry, chemical-filled environment, where anerobic oral bacteria run amok. Periodontal (Gum) disease: Studies have found that tobacco use is one of the biggest risk factors in the development of periodontal disease. The latter is a gum infection, which destroys soft tissue and bone that anchor your teeth to your jawbone. In early stages, your gums may bleed when you brush or floss. Also, smokers have more calculus (tartar) than non-smokers, which may result in a decreased flow of saliva. Calculus is the hardened form of plaque. As your gum infection worsens, your gums begin to break down. They pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. Later, more supporting structures are destroyed, and the pockets deepen. Tooth discoloration: This is one of the effects of smoking on your teeth, and is due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. Nicotine by itself is a colorless substance, but when mixed with oxygen, it turns yellow and can make your teeth yellow in a very short time. Heavy smokers complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking. Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth: While smoking immediately stimulates saliva flow, it also predisposes to inflammation and infection of the salivary glands in the mouth. It blocks off and damages the salivary glands, resulting in mouth dryness. It also slightly reduces the pH of the mouth, thereby making the mouth more acidic and predisposing to tooth decay and dental erosion. Increased build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth: Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Smoking results in an increased build-up of tartar. Tartar can also form at or underneath the gumline and can irritate gum tissues. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to adhere to, resulting in more serious conditions, such as cavities and gum disease. Increased loss of bone within the jaw: Studies have shown a direct link between tobacco use and reduced bone density. This may result in an increased loss of bone within the jaw, resulting in loose teeth at risk of displacement. Increased risk of leukoplakia, or white patches within the mouth: Smoking is one of the causes of Leukoplakia. The condition is usually painless, but is closely linked to an increased risk of oral cancer. Leukoplakia most commonly occurs on the tongue, but can also occur on the floor of the mouth, on the soft palate, on the inside of the cheek, on the lower lips, and on the gums. Tooth loss: According to the Academy of General Dentistry, men who smoke lose 2.9 teeth for every 10 years of smoking. For women, the number is 1.5 teeth per decade of smoking. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. One theory is that tooth loss in smokers occurs because tobacco restricts the flow of blood to the gum tissues, which limits the nutrients necessary for the bone and periodontal support for the teeth. Another theory is that a chain of events causes tooth loss. This starts with plaque and tartar build-up on teeth, which can cause gingivitis, which leads to periodontal disease, and eventually, tooth loss. Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, dental implants, or oral surgery: There are several reasons why smoking results in a delayed healing process following dental implants, tooth extraction, or oral surgery. One such reason is that nicotine and its by-products affect peripheral blood vessels, especially the superficial ones in the mouth and skin. This results in less blood flow to the areas that these vessels supply. This affects both healing and immune mechanisms. Mouth dryness also promotes increased growth of disease-causing bacteria, which increases the incidence and severity of periodontal disease. All of this delays healing. Increased risk of developing oral cancer: This risk of oral cancer is about 5 to 10 times greater among smokers compared to people who never smoked. Some of the chemicals contained in tobacco smoke cause, initiate, or promote cancer. These chemicals cause genetic changes in cells of the mouth cavity, which can lead to the development of oral cancer. So, now you know more about how smoking can adversely affect your oral health. If you are a smoker, consider a smoking cessation plan, or try reducing it in phases. Also, consult your dentist, who can examine you for the early signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer. For more information on how you can schedule an appointment for a thorough dental check-up, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.

    Dental care