Friday, 30 June 2017

Regular Dental Care for Seniors

Senior Dental Care is Different

Do you know that gum disease and root decay occurs more frequently in seniors? Our teeth age along with the rest of our bodies. Even our prior dental work grows brittle and may crack with age. Ask us about procedures that can combat all of these problems. In addition, aging typically means more medications, which often produce a side effect of reduced saliva flow. There is no reason to suffer with a dry mouth. There are simple products that can ease this condition. We can even help you reverse the effects of years of plaque buildup and the dark appearance of teeth subjected to consuming coffee, tea, or tobacco.
Don't forget, regular check-ups, daily cleaning, and good nutrition are all vital for maintaining healthy gums. In fact, if your gums have become red, irritated, or prone to bleeding, or if your teeth have started to feel loose, please contact us immediately. 

Josh McCormick, DDS  
4455 Cowell Road  
Concord, CA 94518  
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Ask the Dentist by the ADA: 'My Child Has a Toothache. Should I Call the Dentist?'

The American Dental Association has created informative videos called Ask the Dentist. Here is their video on: 'My Child Has a Toothache. Should I Call the Dentist?'


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Josh McCormick, DDS   
4455 Cowell Road   
Concord, CA 94518   
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Friday, 23 June 2017

Teaching Your Child Proper Dental Hygiene

Choosing Your Child's Dentist is Like Choosing Their Pediatrician

Establishing a proper dental hygiene routine early in life makes all the difference for your child's future oral health. We work hard to provide an environment that is relaxed and fun and stimulates your child's desire to practice good dental habits.
From a young age, children's teeth are very susceptible to cavities due to many factors. Children lack the necessary coordination to brush well on their own. Because of this, it is important for parents to assist in their child's daily dental care. This promotes both thorough cleaning and the development of proper dental habits. Little kids tend to eat many times during the day (grazing). This results in an extended exposure to food acids (every time you eat you make acid), which may cause more cavities. Improper cleaning means teeth are more susceptible to potential decay, when food and juice acids come in contact with them, speeding up the development of cavities. Fortunately, identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can drastically reduce the odds of your child developing a cavity.

Josh McCormick, DDS 
4455 Cowell Road 
Concord, CA 94518 
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Potential Causes of Toothaches: It's Not Always a Cavity

Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Wendy J. Woudstra

No matter how conscientious you are about your oral care routine, at some point in your life you will probably experience the discomfort of a toothache. Though a cavity is the most likely culprit, it is only one of several possible causes of toothaches.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you are experiencing sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, it could mean you have a cavity. It may also be a sign that you may have sensitive teeth, either from receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel. While you are waiting for a dental appointment to confirm the cause of your sensitive teeth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may help ease the symptoms.

Some Toothaches Are More Severe
If the pain you are experiencing is a sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down on your food, the cause of your toothache could be a cavity or a cracked tooth. If it's a throbbing, incessant pain, on the other hand, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care of as quickly as possible.

To read the entire article visit Colgate.com.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • It Might Not Even Be Your Teeth
  • See Your Dentist to Be Sure

Josh McCormick, DDS   
4455 Cowell Road   
Concord, CA 94518   
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dealing With Dry Mouth

Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by the ADA

A healthy adult produces about three pints of saliva each day. It's not the kind of thing you would give thought to very often, but that saliva plays a very important role in maintaining your health.

Saliva serves many purposes. It contains enzymes that aid in digestion. Saliva makes it easier to talk, a fact recognized by those who experience stage fright and the associated dry mouth while giving a presentation. 

Saliva also helps prevent tooth decay by washing away food and debris from the teeth and gums. It neutralizes damaging acids, enhances the ability to taste food and makes it easier to swallow. Minerals found in saliva also help repair microscopic tooth decay. 

Everyone, at some time or another, experiences dry mouth, also called "xerostomia." It can happen when you are nervous, upset or under stress or as a result of medication you take or other medical therapies. If dry mouth happens all or most of the time, however, it can be uncomfortable - and it can have serious consequences for your oral health.

Drying irritates the soft tissues in the mouth, which can make them inflamed and more susceptible to infection. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems become much more common. 

Regular dental checkups are important. At each appointment, report any medications you are taking and other information about your health. An updated health history can help identify a cause for mouth dryness. 

To read the entire article visit Colgate.com.

Josh McCormick, DDS   
4455 Cowell Road   
Concord, CA 94518   
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Ask the Dentist by the ADA: 'How Can I Help My Elderly Parent Brush Her Teeth?'

The American Dental Association has created informative videos called Ask the Dentist. Here is their video on: 'How Can I Help My Elderly Parent Brush Her Teeth?'


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Josh McCormick, DDS   
4455 Cowell Road   
Concord, CA 94518   
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Gum Disease Linked with Heart Disease

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Medical research shows that gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. This is an especially disturbing fact since heart disease is commonly fatal, which means treating gum disease is vital to your overall health.
The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. These numbers should warrant gum disease being treated as an epidemic. But because losing your teeth is merely unpleasant, not immediately life-threatening, the severity of the disease has been ignored for far too long. However, that thought process is changing.

The American Academy of Periodontology reports: "Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases." The bacteria that infect your gums when you suffer from periodontal disease can seep into your bloodstream and create issues in your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.

Josh McCormick, DDS  
4455 Cowell Road  
Concord, CA 94518  
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Sunday, 4 June 2017

All About Cavities

Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was Reviewed by the Faculty of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

What's in Your Mouth? 
To understand what happens when your teeth decay, it's helpful to know what's in your mouth naturally. Here are a few of the elements: 

  • Saliva - Your mouth and teeth are constantly bathed in saliva. We never give much thought to our spit, but this fluid is remarkable for what it does to help protect our oral health. Saliva keeps teeth and other parts of your mouth moist and washes away bits of food. Saliva contains minerals that strengthen teeth. It includes buffering agents. They reduce the levels of acid that can decay teeth. Saliva also protects against some viruses and bacteria. 
  • Plaque - Plaque is a soft, gooey substance that sticks to the teeth a bit like jam sticks to a spoon. Like the slime that clings to the bottom of a swimming pool, plaque is a type of biofilm. It contains large numbers of closely packed bacteria, components taken from saliva, and bits of food. Also in the mix are bacterial byproducts and white blood cells. Plaque grows when bacteria attach to the tooth and begin to multiply. Plaque starts forming right after a tooth is cleaned. Within an hour, there's enough to measure. As time goes on, the plaque thickens. Within two to six hours, the plaque teems with bacteria that can cause cavities and periodontal (gum) disease. 
  • Calculus - If left alone long enough, plaque absorbs minerals from saliva. These minerals form crystals and harden into calculus. Then new plaque forms on top of existing calculus. This new layer can also become hard. 
  • Bacteria - We have many types of bacteria in our mouths. Some bacteria are good; they help control destructive bacteria. When it comes to decay, Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli are the bacteria that cause the most damage to teeth. 

To read the entire article visit Colgate.com.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • How Your Teeth Decay
  • Types of Decay
  • Preventing Cavities

Josh McCormick, DDS   
4455 Cowell Road   
Concord, CA 94518   
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Ask the Dentist by the ADA: 'How Can I Get My Child to Brush Her Teeth?'

The American Dental Association has created informative videos called Ask the Dentist. Here is their video on: 'How Can I Get My Child to Brush Her Teeth?'


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Josh McCormick, DDS   
4455 Cowell Road   
Concord, CA 94518   
(925) 685-3043   
MyEastBayDentist.com