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How can you relax when in the dental chair?

Relaxing at the Dentist

If you think about a relaxing place, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps a sandy beach or a forest trail? A day at the spa. Sitting by the pool with your favorite beverage. But visiting the dentist and relaxation? The majority of...

Azadirachta indica, the neem tree, can be used to make medicinal mouthwashes for preventing gum disease.

Does Neem Mouthwash Really Work?

Our article on the toothbrush tree, Salvadora persica, was very popular with our Placerville readers, so this week features a discussion of the neem tree, Azadirachta indica. Neem is native to India and has been used there to treat bacterial disorders, including those of the...

Our Placerville dentists talk about the risks of cleaning pacifiers with human saliva.

On Binkies and Bacteria

A recent Swedish study concluded that parents who “clean” their baby’s pacifier by sucking on it reduce the risk of allergies in their babies. Yet, numerous dental studies have concluded that cleaning a baby’s pacifier with parental saliva introduces cavity-causing bacteria, increasing the likelihood of...

Toothpicks do have limited use for cleaing your teeth, but our Placerville dentists have some better suggestions.

Don’t Be Too Picky!

You’ve just had a great meal with friends and family in your favorite Gold Country restaurant. The food was delicious, the atmosphere lovely and all went perfectly. Except for one thing – a hunk of food the size of a nugget is firmly wedged between...

Miswak is another name for the Toothbrush Tree, Salvadora persica.

Meet the Toothbrush Tree

Salvadora persica — the World's Toothbrush Tree It’s a tree. It’s a toothbrush. It’s a toothbrush tree!Do you ever see pictures from certain developing nations and wonder how everyone has bright, white and healthy smiles? They can’t possibly be picking up the latest oral health products...

Questions for Placerville Dental Group does not recommend the use of triclosan in dental products.

Questions for Our Dentists

Should You Use Triclosan in Your Dental Products? Answer: “I don't recommend triclosan.” What is Triclosan? Triclosan is a very common antibiotic. The Food and Drug Administration says this about triclosan on it's website: Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination....

The Placerville Dental Group discusses a gum that may be good for your teeth.

Gum that Strengthens the Teeth

Product Encourages Enamel Remineralization Oral bacteria are always present in your mouth. Some are worse for your teeth than others, but all of them, left unchecked, create tooth decay by releasing acids onto your tooth enamel. These acids break down the enamel by destroying its framework...

Our Placerville dentists give information on UV toothbrush sanitizers.

Do Ultraviolet Toothbrush Sanitizers Work?

Bacteria! Microorganisms! Danger, disease, sickness abound! Manufacturers use phrases like this to convince you that going “antibacterial” is the best thing for you and your family. Part of this march to a 100% sanitary environment is the encouragement to buy a UV toothbrush sanitizer. Do...

Extraoral photography helps our Placerville dentists diagnose your oral conditions.

Extraoral Photography: Pictures in Dentistry

For some office visits, you may wonder why our Placerville dentist pulls out a camera. Are we creating a post for our Twitter feed? Is the Placerville Dental Group now on Instagram or Snapchat? Will I end up on Facebook? The simple answer to all...

Flossing before you brush is recommended by your Placerville dentist.

Floss Before You Brush!

A Worthwhile Dental Habit Most everyone flosses their teeth after brushing them. This practice is so ingrained that to some people it may seem to make as much sense as putting on your socks before you put on your shoes. While it is true that the...