Why Do My Teeth Feel Fuzzy?

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Have you ever noticed that your teeth feel fuzzy after eating certain foods or after it’s been a particularly long time since you last brushed? Healthy teeth should feel smooth, and that unusual fuzzy feeling on your teeth is actually due to plaque.

What Is Plaque?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that forms and builds up on your teeth. It forms when saliva and food combine. Saliva contains bacteria (up to 600 different kinds!) that are fed by the food we eat. These bacteria multiply and, particularly in the case of sugars and starches, can produce damaging acids that corrode the teeth’s enamel. When you allow dental plaque to linger on the surface of the teeth, it can lead to tooth decay and the wearing away of your enamel.

How to Fight the Fuzz

Here are some easy strategies for keeping that fuzzy feeling at bay.

  • Brush and floss thoroughly and regularly.
  • Remember to visit the dentist twice a year for your regular checkups.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Cut back on the sugars and starches in your diet.

Plaque Buildup

Plague that is not removed by regular brushing and flossing can harden into tartar, which is sometimes called calculus. To remove tartar buildup, you’ll need to visit the dentist’s office to get a professional cleaning.

Dr. Tin and the team at Villa Vista Dental care about your oral health (and how it impacts your overall health too!). When you come to our stress-free office, we will clean your teeth and check for any signs of tooth decay. If you are having trouble with that fuzzy-teeth feeling, don’t hesitate to talk to us about your oral hygiene habits, together we’ll figure out how to improve your plaque-fighting technique!

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Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

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Here’s the deal: no one wants to have bad breath. Bad breath can affect your social life and how people see you professionally. But don’t despair—there’s an easy way to fight one of the leading causes of bad breath, and it’s probably simpler than you think: brush your tongue!

The Importance of Tongue Brushing

Can you believe that some 700 different types of bacteria live in your mouth, some of which cause bad breath? By brushing your tongue, you’re helping to make sure harmful bacteria doesn’t spread throughout your mouth, causing other dental problems including foul breath. If you’ve never brushed your tongue before, it might seem strange at first, but it’s an effective way to maintain your dental hygiene.

How to Brush Your Tongue

Brushing your tongue is extremely simple. After you brush your teeth at night, use your toothbrush to brush your tongue. Work your way from back to front and side to side to make sure you’re covering as much surface area as possible to pick up the maximum amount of bacteria. Then rinse with water at the end, and gargle if you wish. Get into the habit of brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth.

Do I Need Special Equipment?

Some drugstores sell special tongue cleaners or tongue scrapers, but your regular toothbrush is sufficient. Just make sure to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every use. This will help it work more effectively and last longer.

Part of Your Dental Routine

Brushing your tongue is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the freshness of your breath. If you don’t brush your tongue, you’re not just dealing with stinky breath—you’re at a greater risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

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How Oral Health Can Affect Your Overall Health

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The team at Villa Vista Dental encourages you brush and floss regularly, and to keep consistent with your biannual dental checkups. Of course, we all want you have to have a healthy mouth so you can smile, talk, and eat easily and happily. But did you know that your physician would also want you to do the same?

It’s more than just your teeth and your breath on the line when you neglect your oral health. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shared a report from the US Surgeon General on Oral Health in America back in 2000 that focused on the relationship between oral health and general health and well-being. The Surgeon General even called the mouth “a mirror” reflecting general health or disease status.

Tobacco Use & Diet

Lifestyle behaviors like smoking and poor diet clearly affect both your oral health and your overall health. For instance, smoking has negative cosmetic effects, like bad breath and tobacco-stained teeth, and smoking also increases your chances of developing cancers of the mouth and lungs. A diet that is high in sugar increases your risk for cavities and it is also a risk factor for general health concerns, like diabetes and obesity.

Gum Disease

Researchers involved with Dentistry Network found that people with periodontitis, or gum disease, are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease. The link between the two is partly due to bacteria. Those with gum disease have inflammation in their infected gum tissue and through normal chewing or brushing allow that bacteria into the blood steam. Gum disease is also connected to stoke, although what exactly makes these two problems correlated is still being studied.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you already have an increased risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease also makes it harder to manage diabetes. Periodontitis and diabetes feed off each, so uncontrolled periodontitis worsens diabetes symptoms and poorly controlled diabetes will worsen periodontitis.

Pregnancy

The American Academy of Periodontology and European Federation of Periodontology have linked periodontitis to an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight baby. It’s always important to maintain good oral health, and it’s especially important during pregnancy.

Your mouth and body are connected and so complications in one can (and often do) affect the other. While it’s not the whole equation, a healthy mouth is a key part of a healthy body. The foundation for good oral health and hygiene begins in at the dentist. If you’re due for a dental checkup, call us today!

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Teeth-Friendly Halloween Treats

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Halloween – orange everything, spooky (but mostly fun) decorations, and of course, candies! Americans tend to go all out for this holiday. The National Retail Federation was anticipating $8.4 billion dollars for 2016’s Halloween, translating to an average of $82.93 spend on Halloween festivities. That includes the decorations, the costumes, and the most important part at least according to many kids, the candy. The NRF projected Americans spending $2.5 billion dollars on candy.

Imagine all those kids chowing down on sugary-sweet (or sour) treats. All that sugar isn’t good for their overall health, but it’s especially bad for their smiles! It’s not the sugar alone that makes cavities, but rather the sugar and the conditions in our mouths that create acid that wears away at teeth’s enamel.

Help your kids (and the neighborhood trick-or-treaters!) still enjoy the spirit of the season and keep their teeth strong and healthy by swapping out your traditional offerings of candy with some of these teeth-friendly Halloween treat options!

Teeth-Friendly Halloween Treats:

  1. 1. All candy isn’t great for teeth, but some a definitely worse than others! Sticky candies, like gummy bears or caramels, are especially bad because they stick to the teeth and prolong teeth exposure to the acids and plague produced by sugar.
    Instead, go with chocolate, especially dark chocolate (as it contains less sugar than its milky counterpart). Since chocolate melts quickly, it generally doesn’t stick to the teeth. Watch out for chocolate candies with sticky fillings (like Snickers); they’re not very teeth-friendly!
  2. 2. Sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol is another more teeth-friendly option for Halloween treats! The U.S. Department of Health notes that chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol can reduce the progression of cavities.
  3. 3. Sugar-free lollipops are also a good Halloween treat for the cavity-conscious. Sugar-free lollipops stimulate the production of saliva in the mouth and that saliva helps flush the plague and cavity-forming bacteria away from the teeth.
  4. Even with these more teeth-friendly Halloween treat options, remember to remind your children to brush correctly and regularly, and don’t slack off on regular visits to Dr. Tin at Villa Vista Dental!

    Check out The Tooth Fairy’s Halloween website, Tricky Treats, for other teeth-friendly alternatives and tips on how to keep your little ones from wreaking total havoc on their smiles during the Halloween season!

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Root Canal Therapy Explained

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If the Internet is any indication, there’s nothing more terrifying than a diagnosis that requires a root canal, but the fact of the matter is this is simply not the case. In the interest of easing your anxiety, we’d like to demystify the process of root canal therapy. Villa Vista Dental’s Dr. Tin believes that the more you know, the more comfortable you’ll feel, and this is especially true in regards to root canals.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Endodontic therapy, also known as root canal therapy, is a multistep restorative dental procedure that removes infection and protects the affected tooth from future bacterial infection. Root canal therapy allows Dr. Tin to clean and seal off the space inside the tooth that holds the nerve. There’s no need to be worried about getting a root canal: millions of teeth are saved by this procedure every year. It’s also very similar to a routine filling as it’s relatively painless and very effective. Root canal therapy is just the thing to get you smiling (and biting and chewing) again!

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal procedure is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth’s root canal becomes inflamed or infected. Untreated inflamed pulp can cause pain, lead to an abscess, and even require a premature extraction of the tooth. Check out our root canal page to see some of signs that you might need a root canal.

How Is a Root Canal Performed?

First, Dr. Tin will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth. It’s common to feel a small pinch, but not to worry, it’s only a small pinch. Once the tooth is numb, Dr. Tin will place a “dental dam,” usually a small protective sheet, to help isolate the area and keep it clean and dry during the procedure.

Next, Dr. Tin will use very small instruments to make a hole in the tooth’s crown to clean the irritated pulp from the tooth’s chamber and root canals. He will also use a small file to shape the inner chamber of the tooth to make room for the filling. He might flush it with water to remove any remaining pulp and/or treat the chamber with an antibacterial solution to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk of future infection.

Once the chamber is clean and dry, Dr. Tin will fill it. After it’s filled, he can then place a crown over the hole in the tooth. Since Villa Vista Dental is equipped with CEREC® same-day dentistry technology, your permanent crown can be milled, placed, and polished that very same day.

If you are worried that you might need a root canal, your best course of action is to make an appointment with Dr. Tin at Villa Vista Dental in Elk Grove. He will make sure you get the appropriate treatment, whether or not that’s a root canal. As with many restorative dental procedures, prompt attention increases the likelihood of success, so contact us today!

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The Evolution of Dental Implants

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It seems like for almost as long as people have been losing teeth, people have been trying to fix the problem. Do you remember being told that George Washington, our first President, had wooden teeth? Although the wooden teeth are a myth, President Washington did have poor dental hygiene and he experimented with an early type of dental implants, dental transplants made of ivory, human teeth, and metal fasteners. Believe it or not, that isn’t even the earliest example of dental implants.

Early Evidence of Dental Implants

Archeologists have discovered evidence of early dental implants dating back as far as 600 A.D. Ancient Mayans were discovered with seashells and carved stones embedded in their jaws. Thankfully, we’ve come very far since those days. Even in the past fifty years we have made leaps and bounds in the evolution of dental implants, thanks to ingenuity and modern technology.

The Osseointegration Breakthrough

The 1930’s led to a major breakthrough. Brothers and dentists, Drs. Alvin and Moses Strock discovered the best way to ensure that the body accepts the foreign material and reduce the risk of infection is to place the implants into the bone. This discovery, termed osseointegration, was the major step forward in modern dental implants. Osseointegration literally means ‘bone’ (osseo) ‘fusion’ (integration) and leads to the combining a biocompatible material with living bone.

Introducing Titanium

Titanium came on to the dental implant scene in the 1950’s and revolutionized the science of dental implants. Titanium posts fuse directly with bone, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth (mimicking the natural teeth root) that allows the crowns to be placed over them. This makes dental implants as close to natural teeth as you can get.

Advancements in Imaging

Since the advent of titanium for dental implants, improved imaging technology and software have led to further advancements. Dr. Tin at Villa Vista Dental takes pride in staying on the leading edge of all these developments. For example, thanks to new innovations in dental implants, Dr. Tin can stabilize loose dentures with mini implants in one day, replacing an entire row of teeth so that you can go home and use them to enjoy your dinner that very night!

Check out our implant page to read more and watch videos to learn more! If you’re missing teeth or struggling with ill-fitting dentures, dental implants could be your answer to give you the ability to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence again.

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, you may be wondering, “Are dental implants right for me?” Due to recent advancements in technology, the answer is most likely YES! Almost anyone who is missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are posts, usually made of titanium, that serve as replacements for the natural tooth root. The dental implant is placed into the jaw in place of the natural tooth root, so that it can fuse with the jawbone to create a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth.

Before dental implants, bridges, dentures, and crowns were the traditional fixes for missing teeth. However, they can be difficult to maintain and they lose their effectiveness over time. Dental implants are often considered the closest you can get to your natural teeth, and they allow you to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.

Want to learn more? Read more and watch videos on our dental implants page!

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Good oral health is vital to the success of dental implants. The health of the gums and jawbone is also important. A candidate for dental implants must have enough bone to support the post. If your tooth has been missing for a while, the surrounding bone may have shrunk. In these cases, Dr. Tin might suggest a bone graft to rebuild the bone for successful placement of the dental implant.

Patients who smoke or use tobacco should be make sure the team at Villa Vista know before initiating a dental implant procedure as tobacco use can slow healing. Patients with chronic illnesses, like diabetes or leukemia, should also be cautious about dental implants as chronic illnesses impact the healing and can cause an increased risk of infection.

If you are considering dental implants, give us a call at Villa Vista Dental today! Dr. Tin will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and go over the whole process with you.

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Stress-Free Dental Office

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In a lot of ways, stress can be seen as a part of modern day living. We stress about work, about our relationships; some of us stress about everything! Studies show that a huge percentage of people (up to 75% of all Americans!) also feel some anxiety about visiting the dentist. At Villa Vista Dental we understand the stresses we all feel in our day-to-day living, but we go out of our way to make your dental visits as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Friendly Team

Everyone at Villa Vista Dental is dedicated to making sure all of our patients have a pleasant dental experience from start to finish. Dr. Tin, our administrative personnel, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are all here to help all of our patients feel at ease.

If you’re feeling anxious about your appointment or any upcoming procedures, talk to us! We are happy to talk you through it, helping to mitigate any stress you may feel from the fear of the unknown. The more you know, the more confident you will feel!

Advanced Technology

Our dentist Dr. Tin is dedicated to staying up-to-date on advancements in dental technology and treatments to provide you with the highest quality, most gentle and convenient care possible. Our office has the latest in dental equipment, including Galileos® 3D imaging, which allows us to get a complete view of your entire mouth in one pass, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, a revolutionary system that enables Dr. Tin to create and place dental crowns in the same visit.

Office Amenities

Our philosophy at Villa Vista Dental is that going to the dentist shouldn’t be a stressful experience. Even our own Dr. Tin had his share bad dentist experiences and struggled with “dental phobia” so he has designed our office with your comfort in mind.

The following amenities are available at Villa Vista Dental:

  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Complimentary Beverage Bar
  • Free WiFi & iPads
  • LED TVs with Netflix & Hulu Plus

Check out our office tour to get a better idea of what’s available to help make you feel comfortable when you come to Villa Vista Dental!

Convenient Hours

Between work, chores, family and/or social responsibilities, it might seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything. Although it can be tempting to avoid the dentist because you think you don’t have the time, Villa Vista Dental is committed to your smile, and we are open both early and late to accommodate you!

Are you an early bird? Come visit us on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday when Villa Vista Dental opens at 8 a.m. Is an evening appointment more your speed? Our office is open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We even have Saturday hours (by appointment only).

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