April 3, 2017
It’s warming up outside! In addition to welcoming the start of spring, April is when we celebrate Earth Day (on April 22 this year). The holiday marks the beginning of the environmental movement in 1970, when people started placing environmental concerns at the forefront. At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we make caring for the environment a big focus of our practice all the time. For our efforts, we are certified as a Green Business by the County of Santa Clara! Learn more about your dentist in Los Gatos’ commitment to the environment and your dental health, then schedule a “green” checkup and cleaning to celebrate Earth Day!
March 6, 2017
You were enjoying the movie until you accidentally bit into a popcorn kernel. As soon as you realized that you did, it was already too late and you were looking at a piece of your tooth in your hand. The question now is, what should you do to get it fixed? In most cases like yours, dental crowns are exactly what you need. You might be asking, “What is a dental crown?” Dr. Patricia Phan can answer this question and many more so you know just how dental crowns can help restore your smile.
February 10, 2017
Nothing caps off the end of the week like a nice full glass of wine. At that moment, the only thing you have to worry about is what to have with it…at least that was the plan. As you’re brushing your teeth that evening, you notice that they are distinctly yellow. What happened? Unfortunately, wine is one of the most common things that can stain your teeth. However, you can get your bright, white smile back with teeth whitening in Los Gatos, CA.
January 5, 2017
We know visiting the dentist isn’t anyone’s favorite activity. Some adults may even experience significant fear or anxiety at the thought — but when you need dental care, your oral health demands you face your fears. Visiting the needle-free dentist can help you relax in the dental chair at long last.
It’s not uncommon to dread dental work due to a fear of needles. At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, Dr. Phan offers care with Oraqix, a liquid anesthetic that works in just about 30 seconds and lasts for about 20 minutes. Non-injectable anesthesia is changing the way we perform gum disease treatment, especially.
Scaling and Root Planing with Oraqix
Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a common form of treatment for moderate levels of gum disease. To rid your gums of the bacteria that cause infection, your dentist uses special tools to clean above and below the gumline. Scaling removes plaque, bacteria, and tartar buildup. Planing smooths the root to reduce the chance of reinfection. Liquid anesthesia Oraqix makes the process comfortable from start to finish.
Oraqix is a unique blend of lidocaine and prilocaine. Combined with a patented thermosetting system, the solution numbs the treatment area when applied topically. It works in just 30 seconds and lasts up to 20 minutes, or the amount of time needed for fast, efficient scaling and root planing. Oraqix is FDA-approved and has a well-established safety profile.
Some of the most significant benefits of Oraqix are:
- Needle-free dentistry
- Fast onset
- Comfortable periodontal therapy
- FDA approved
While patients who are hypersensitive to local anesthetics are typically not eligible for treatment with Oraqix, most people are well-suited for liquid anesthesia.
Don’t Put Off Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease treatment can’t wait. If you know you have periodontal disease but are delaying professional attention because of a fear of needles or the dentist, Oraqix is the good news you have been waiting for.
Consider the fact that left untreated, gum disease has been linked to serious heart conditions, respiratory problems, and pregnancy complications. People who have gum disease are also more likely to have uncontrolled diabetes and certain types of cancer. Fortunately, the condition is easily treated with improved hygiene at home, or scaling and root planing in its later stages.
Signs you may be dealing with gum disease include:
- Bleeding, red, tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Gum recession
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
There’s no reason to put off visiting the dentist for periodontal care now that you know needle-free dentistry is available at Los Gatos Family Dentistry. So what are you waiting for?
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Dr. Phan is happy to be known as the “Los Gatos pain free dentist” thanks to Oraqix and her friendly, careful approach. Please request an appointment for gum disease treatment or a general checkup and cleaning today!
October 27, 2016
It may seem a bit early, but our team is busy preparing for the holiday season here at Los Gatos Family Dentistry. It’s the busiest time of year for us, as patients scramble to make sure their smiles look fabulous for the holiday season. Many people are making sure they use up their dental insurance benefits before they expire, too.
Did you know that your insurance plan will renew at the start of 2017? That means if you’ve met your deductible, any amount that you have accrued up to your annual maximum will expire when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Come January 1, you’ll have to meet your deductible all over again before you are eligible for discounted care.
September 20, 2016
If there’s one thing that’s on our patients’ minds these days, it’s the recent news (announcement, proclamation, whatever you want to call it) that flossing may not be all that important for your dental health. Should you keep flossing, or ditch it alongside your other forgotten health fads? Don’t let the dental floss pile up alongside your Taebo video tapes. We’re here to tell you that flossing is just as important as ever! It’s the only way to remove the food particles that your toothbrush leaves behind — and that’s big. (more…)
August 8, 2016
Your and your family’s smile health depends on good nutrition. Your Los Gatos family dentist has tips for stronger, healthier teeth!
You know what you eat is important for your overall wellbeing, but have you given any thought to how your nutrition affects your teeth and gums? And we’re not just talking avoiding sugar to keep cavities away. Healthy smiles require a balanced, nutritious diet. Your Los Gatos family dentist, Dr. Patricia Phan, has tips on how to stock your pantry for healthier, stronger teeth! (more…)
July 20, 2016
Just as with other milestones, such as walking or talking, there is a range within which most children start losing baby teeth. Generally, teeth will begin loosening at around age six. Most children will lose baby teeth between kindergarten and first grade. Use this range as a guide. Each child has his or her own development schedule. Your child may start to experience loose teeth as early as 4 or not begin to lose teeth until he is 8 years old. Although tooth loss at the early end of the spectrum isn’t cause for alarm, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phan for x-rays and an exam. With early tooth loss, it is often the case that the child has experienced some trauma, such as a fall where the mouth was injured. (more…)
July 10, 2016
According to the National Institutes of Health, calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. There’s good reason for that; it has a big job to do. Calcium is critical for strong bones and teeth. In fact, it would be impossible to have healthy, strong bones and teeth without it.
How calcium contributes to healthy teeth
- Inadequate calcium intake increases the risk of periodontal disease. Swollen, red gums are a sign of periodontal disease, a common problem. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
- Bone health directly impacts tooth health. For example, the jaw bone needs calcium to remain healthy and strong. When the jawbone is weakened by calcium deficiency it is less able to maintain secure tooth attachment. The result is tooth loss.
- Bacteria on teeth are a direct cause of cavities. Teeth are especially vulnerable to cavities and decay from bacteria with poor calcium levels. Calcium supports healthy tooth enamel and helps teeth stay healthy enough to ward off damage. Of course, it is also important to practice good dental health habits. Brush and floss after meals and rinse or drink a glass of water after sugary snacks.
July 1, 2016
There has been a lot of talk in the last several years about the wonders of oil pulling. Advocates insist it is the cure for everything from sinus trouble to skin eruptions, cavities and even Alzheimer’s disease. Should we turn to coconut oil to save us from cavities and a host of other ills? Not so fast, say oral health care professionals.
History of the practice
Oil pulling is an ancient remedy commonly practiced in India and southern Asia. Dating back more than 3,000 years, the practice involves placing a small amount of edible oil, such as sesame, in the mouth for up to twenty minutes. Mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, and considered an important practice of complementary and alternative medicine, oil pulling is also called Kavala Graha or Gandusha. (more…)