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Tooth Grinding

Patients tell us all the time they didn’t know they were grinding their teeth; it is often a parent or spouse that notices it due to the noise that occurs when teeth grind together. For many patients grinding is a habit and a mechanical reflex. According to the American Dental Association, this is the […]

Dental Infections

Dental infections can be very serious; sometimes, they develop into a life-threatening situation. Cavities are caused by acid-generating microorganisms that deposit themselves on teeth surfaces. Over time, acid erodes tooth enamel, compromising tooth strength. The major culprit or cause of cavities is sweets, but even diet soda plays a substantial role in tooth erosion, […]

Gum Recession

Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your teeth looked longer? Does it seem like your gums are shrinking? This condition is called recession—many adults have it. Let’s look at some of the causes and what you can do about it.

During your routine dental visits, our dental hygienist takes measurements to […]

Sealants

Molars are made up of canyons, caves, pits, and seemingly endless caverns that are a breeding ground for decay. The protective solution is a sealant. When done correctly, a sealant can be most effective in preventing cavities.

A sealant is made up of composite (a plastic-like) material that contains bonding agents to seal to the […]

Sleep Apnea

Are you drowsy during the day without any explaination? Do you snore at night, or find yourself waking up short of breath in the middle of the night? If so, you might be one of twelve million Americans affected by sleep apnea!
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where your breathing stops during […]

Canker Sores & Cold Sores

Lots of people have experienced some form of mouth sores or irritation. Some mouth sores are harmless and go away on their own after a few days, while others are more serious and should not be ignored. Mouth sores occur for many different reasons, but bacterial infections, viruses, or funguses often trigger them. The […]

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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Today, 40 million Americans have osteoporosis or are at high risk for this condition. Osteoporosis mean there is less density in bones, so they become easier to fracture. Research suggests a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw, which supports and anchors the teeth. Tooth loss affects one third of adults 65 […]

Xerostomia

Does your mouth always feel like it’s dry? If it does you may be suffering from xerostomia. Xerostomia is defined as dry mouth resulting from reduced or absent saliva flow. There are various medical conditions that can cause this type of dry mouth.

Xerostomia can factor into both minor and more serious health problems. It […]

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Hyperdontia

When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. But sometimes kids are born with additional teeth or hyperdontia. Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt in your child’s mouth, typically by the time they are 36 months old, and are shed by […]

Computer Controlled Dental Anesthesia

Because most people dislike the idea of having the dreaded “s” word when they come to the dental office, I prefer to call it an injection. When you visit Sonoma County Family Dental you may hear a talking computer that also makes various beeping sounds. These sounds are coming from the Milestone Scientific STA […]

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