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Do You Have Diabetes?

Diabetes and Dentistry What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels. Specifically, this is due to the lack of the hormone insulin, which helps the body cells absorb glucose (sugar). There are two variations of the disease. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition preventing the production of insulin. It has a sudden onset, and patients are usually in the [...]

Do You Have Diabetes?2022-08-23T08:00:23-07:00

What’s In Saliva?

Why Do We Have Saliva? And why is it important to teeth? Saliva plays a critical role in the digestive process. While the jaw and teeth do the hard work of chewing, saliva is there to provide moisture, lubrication, and help break down food. Then, of course, it also makes swallowing the food a whole lot easier. Saliva is consists of about 98% of water. The rest is a particular [...]

What’s In Saliva?2022-05-03T08:00:55-07:00

Health History Update

Why Is Health History So Important? When you visit the dentist, whether it's your first visit or you're a returning patient, it's essential to provide a full account of your health history. Why are we so insistent? There are some excellent reasons for this policy. We are here to help your teeth and oral health, but we are also concerned with your overall well-being. By learning about what you are [...]

Health History Update2022-01-25T08:00:06-08:00

Dry Mouth FAQs

Is Dry Mouth A Minor Annoyance or A Serious Problem? Dry mouth can be either a minor annoyance or a serious problem. Most everyone experiences the sensation at one point or another, and we all know how uncomfortable and awkward it feels. Your tongue may feel trapped or almost sticky, and it can even feel as though it's hard to breathe! But beyond the temporary inconvenience, saliva plays a crucial [...]

Dry Mouth FAQs2021-09-14T08:00:54-07:00

Asthma and Your Mouth

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have asthma, make sure you are aware of the implications for your mouth. If it's been a while since your last appointment, consider scheduling an exam, cleaning, and X-rays at Antelope Dental Associates. We'll give you a complete dental checkup and evaluation of your oral health! Call (916) 331-6288. Asthma is a condition that affects the respiratory system. It is [...]

Asthma and Your Mouth2021-07-13T08:00:04-07:00

Saliva Protects Your Teeth

Dental Benefits of Saliva A healthy flow keeps you good to go! Saliva provides many benefits to teeth, which usually go unnoticed in a healthy mouth. However, the discomfort of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia) is impossible to ignore! If you experience this condition, contact our office today at (916) 331-6288. Saliva helps lubricate the teeth to keep food debris from sticking between teeth and gums. This healthy flow, in turn, [...]

Saliva Protects Your Teeth2021-04-13T08:00:21-07:00

Chronic Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry Mouth Can Be Harmful Oral health includes a healthy flow of saliva. Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) is usually just a short term symptom of dehydration. However, if reduced saliva flow becomes a chronic issue, it can lead to more serious dental problems. That's because saliva coats teeth to provide a protective layer against bacteria, so reduced saliva leaves teeth more vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. Anyone can [...]

Chronic Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)2020-11-03T08:00:09-08:00

Grow Older with Your Teeth

As we grow older, it's natural for changes in our mouths, gums, and jawbone to occur. However (thanks to preventive dentistry) people nowadays are keeping their natural teeth longer and longer. Prevent Tooth Loss as you Grow Older Neglect is the main cause of tooth loss, and most problems can be prevented with a simple regimen of daily home care for your teeth, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and regular [...]

Grow Older with Your Teeth2020-09-22T08:00:10-07:00

Should You Use Mouthwash?

The Answer is... Maybe! Mouthwash, or mouth rinses, are primarily used to remove food debris after brushing and flossing. They provide a pleasant taste, freshen the breath, and (depending on the active ingredient) can also protect against plaque & bacteria, periodontal disease, and/or cavities. So should everyone use mouthwash? Not exactly. Some people who use it will see only marginal benefits over brushing and flossing alone. Furthermore, repeated use of [...]

Should You Use Mouthwash?2020-07-14T08:00:32-07:00

Do You Have Dry Mouth?

Dehydration and Dry Mouth can Affect Oral Health If you only occasionally find yourself with a dry mouth, then it's probably nothing to worry about. It's just a natural sign of being thirsty. However, if the lack of saliva flow becomes a chronic condition, then it can become a dental issue. That's because saliva has an important function in the mouth. It provides lubrication when eating and chewing foods, and [...]

Do You Have Dry Mouth?2020-01-14T08:00:56-08:00
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