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Monday, February 12, 2018

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Alta Loma Dental Care is a family practice, and we’re proud to be observing National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each year, the American Dental Association sets aside this month to educate children on an important theme. This year’s focus is on how to properly use fluoride toothpaste.


Fluoride helps provide teeth with more protection against the acid caused by bacteria. It is commonly delivered through water and children’s teeth are treated with it during their check-ups. Although baby teeth are not permanent, it is still painful when they have decay. The pain may disrupt a child’s sleep, eating habits, and speech development, and cause them to perform poorly in school. Additionally, poor oral hygiene could become a habit, but if a child learns to brush properly, they will have taken their first step toward managing their own health.


When brushing, people should always use soft-bristled toothbrushes and brush for a full two-minute session. They should brush on every tooth surface and on their tongues. Fluoridated toothpaste should be spat out after use so that it doesn’t cause the teeth to develop white spots. It should also only be used on natural teeth, not on things like mouthguards.


Alta Loma Dental Care is at 7283 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, California, 91701. To schedule an appointment, call 909-987-6268 or visit Alta Loma Dental Care and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fixing a Cracked Tooth

Accidents happen, and sometimes a cracked tooth is the ultimate accident.  A tooth may crack after chewing on something too hard, or perhaps you didn’t bite down correctly. There may be little to no pain at the site of the cracked tooth, but it will need to be repaired and restored to prevent further damage. Fortunately, our doctors at Alta Loma Dental Care have plenty of aesthetic and restorative treatment options for patients to choose from.


When a crack in a tooth is minor, it will only eliminate the surface of enamel and may require dental bonding to fix. When a crack is deeper than the tooth enamel, treatment is necessary to prevent infection or a deeper fracture. Teeth grinding can cause fractures to the teeth in addition to hard foods. If you notice yourself grinding your teeth or if you notice frequent jaw pain, call us to discuss your treatment options.


If you have questions or concerns about the appearance of your smile or cosmetic dental options, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.altalomadentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment in our Alta Loma, CA office, call Alta Loma Dental Care at 909-987-6268.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Tooth Decay in Seniors

We of Alta Loma Dental Care want patients of all ages to be able to enjoy healthy, comfortable teeth. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control found that the rate of untreated tooth decay in adults is surprisingly high and that as many as one in five seniors have untreated caries.  We don’t want our patients to ever resign themselves to bad oral health, so we need to examine why caries in seniors are common.


The survey indicated that there’s a lot of tooth decay in general, but seniors face some particular challenges. Some of them change their diets to include food that is softer, but higher in sugar. Forgetfulness is a problem with oral hygiene, but so is limited dexterity.  Dry mouth, which is a common medication side effect, damages the body’s ability to fight off oral infections, allowing decay-causing bacteria to flourish. Compounding all of this is the fact that seniors often did not benefit from water fluoridation when their teeth were forming, which leaves them more vulnerable to decay.


Regular dental hygiene appointments are crucial opportunities to spot and treat decay in seniors. They’re also opportunities to identify problems and recommend products which can provide solutions. Some toothbrushes come with specialized grips that are easier for people with manual problems to use. There are also products which make flossing easier and moisturizers to combat dry mouth.


Alta Loma Dental Care is at 7283 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, California, 91701. To schedule an appointment, call 909-987-6268 or visit Alta Loma Dental Care and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Why Would a Filling Wear Out?

In the past, we’ve discussed how we take care to ensure that patients at Alta Loma Dental Care will know whether there’s a problem with their fillings. This week, we want to pass along some new research that examined the causes of filling failure and how to guard against it.


Smoking and alcohol were found to be major contributors to filling failure. The study only examined the rates of filling failure among male smokers, but failure was more common for them after just two years (fillings usually last for about ten) and in people who drank alcohol of both sexes. People who came from families with a history of failed dental fillings also had a higher failure rate, which suggests that there may be a hereditary factor. For these people, it is especially important to maintain oral hygiene and regular appointments, where we will test whether their fillings need to be replaced.


The study also had some good news. It seems that the new white fillings made of resin composites work just as well as amalgam ones. This is encouraging because amalgam’s silvery-grey color was dissatisfying to patients who wanted their teeth to look natural and because some people complained the metal became too hot or cold.


Alta Loma Dental Care is at 7283 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, California, 91701. To schedule an appointment, call 909-987-6268 or visit Alta Loma Dental Care and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Benefits of Straight Teeth

Having properly aligned teeth goes behind aesthetics, in fact, having a straight smile can improve your oral health. If your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be, our doctors at Alta Loma Dental Care have orthodontic options to meet your needs. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly affect your overall health.


A crowded mouth in addition to misaligned teeth makes it difficult to brush and floss, therefore they pose a risk to your oral health. When the teeth aren’t properly cleaned by adequate brushing and flossing, this can lead to periodontal disease and eventually tooth decay. If you desire a straighter smile, orthodontic treatment is much more comfortable than it used to be. We offer Invisalign so that patients can straight their smile discreetly, and six-month smiles for those who wish to straighten in a shorter period of time.


If you have questions or concerns about the appearance of your smile or wish to discuss orthodontic options, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.altalomadentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment in our Alta Loma, CA office, call Alta Loma Dental Care at 909-987-6268.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thank You for Your Continuous Reviews!

At Alta Loma Dental Care, our staff appreciates feedback from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team.  Our staff would not only like to thank Nancy B. for this five-star review, but we would like to thank her for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“Before making my first appointment with this dental office, I dropped in unannounced one day to meet the personnel and have a tour of the facility. Everyone was warm and welcoming. Two weeks later, when I made my first appointment and went in for the initial procedures and a much-needed cleaning, I received the same sincere personal attention. I'm a senior citizen who asks many questions and likes to have procedures explained in detail. That wasn't a problem at Alta Loma Dental! All of my questions were courteously and enthusiastically answered by everyone, and each procedure was thoroughly explained in the same way. I will definitely be returning for my future dental needs.” – Nancy B.


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at our Alta Loma, CA office, call us at (909) 987-6268 or visit our website, www.altalomadentalcare.com

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year, New Smile

2018 is upon us and so are new goals. At Alta Loma Dental Care, our doctors offer a variety of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services to help revive your smile in this New Year. If you have missing teeth, teeth that are lackluster, or wish to start an orthodontic journey, we can develop a treatment plan to meet your needs.


At Alta Loma Dental Care, we take priority in providing a comfortable and welcoming environment to patients. Regardless of what your smile goals are, we are dedicated to providing you with excellent service and answering all of the questions you may have. With services ranging from six-month braces to professional teeth whitening, we can help improve your confidence, your self-esteem, and help you achieve your ultimate smile goals.


If you have questions or concerns about the appearance of your smile, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.altalomadentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment in our Alta Loma, CA office, call Alta Loma Dental Care at 909-987-6268.