• 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.

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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.

    Dental care
  • Posted on January 2, 2018 10:26 am
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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 November 23, 2017 7:51 am
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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.

    Dental care
  • Posted on August 10, 2017 2:04 pm
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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