Blog

Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease that must be treated by your Placerville dentist.

Bleeding Gums, What Can Be Done?

Should You Ignore Bleeding Gums? Your mouth can talk, but your gums can’t. Or can they? What are your gums trying to say if they bleed when you floss or brush them? Are they pleading with you to stop brushing or flossing? No, just the opposite...

Bad breath is a common problem which can be treated at the Placerville Dental Group.

When Good Breath Goes Bad

You've probably seen or performed the polite test for bad breath. Cupping your hand in front of your face, you blow air from deep in the back of your throat. The bounce back of expelled molecules tells the story. Was it pasta sauce loaded with...

The Placerville Dental Group joins others in recommending that you brush for two minutes, twice a day.

The Long and Too Short of Brushing Your Teeth

How Long Should I Brush My Teeth? If you are in the habit of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you are doing your mouth and body a huge favor. If you floss at least once a day too, reach around and give yourself...

Our Placerville dental patients need to know about the dangers of sour candies.

Why Sour Candy Hurts Your Teeth

Citric acid, the flavoring which produces the sour taste in these items, is the most erosive dietary acid." -- Prof. John Ruby, University of AlabamaSour candies are more popular than ever before. A short list of the best-selling types of sour sweets includes:Sweet Tarts Sour Gummi...

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....