Author: Placerville Dental Group

When you go in for your semi-annual visit at the Placerville Dental Group, you’re likely quizzed on how often you floss your teeth. Like many patients, your honest answer may be “Not enough.” For some, slipping a string of floss between their teeth and moving...

Defining the Worst of the Worst Since you were a child, you have heard advertising and comments about “the bacteria that causes bad breath.” Mouthwash advertising especially enjoys this phrase, and we even used it in our last blog article about helpful oral bacteria. So we...

Putting Helpful Bacteria to Work in Your Mouth In recent years, the word probiotics has increased in popularity around the subject of dentistry. In part, this is due to research undertaken in the last decade that shows how probiotics help improve and maintain oral health. Let’s...

pro•phy•lax•is: measures designed to preserve health and prevent the spread of disease." — Mirriam-Webster Dictionary Prophylaxis sounds scary, but it is actually one of the most important procedures in dentistry for preventing frightening problems of the mouth. Dental prophylaxis is simply the procedure commonly called a...

How Long Can They Last? Many people consider losing teeth as just a part of getting old. In fact, by the time the average American reaches seventy years of age, they’ve lost at least a tooth or two. One report says that over 25% of adults...

Mind the Gap? You don’t hear the word diastema in everyday conversation, but the condition is more common than you might think. Diastema is a dental term referring to a gap, or gaps, between the teeth. It’s a normal feature in humans – in fact, during...

Mouthwash and Virus Safety Will using mouthwash keep you safe from COVID-19? The coronavirus pandemic has many people on edge. Daily reports inundate our media feeds. Some ideas about the coronavirus are outright fabrications. For example, early in the situation some sources stated that gargling with mouthwash...

A recent Instagram search listed a post under the title “Amazing Facts.” In that post, it said that "Teeth are the only bones in the human body that are exposed to open air." Since the post had that authoritative title, many people might conclude that...

The Internet can easily overwhelm us with do-it-yourself ideas, home remedies, and traditional practices that claim to improve our lives and health. One traditional method of dental hygiene is called oil pulling. A practice of Eastern origin and thousands of years old, many believe it’s...