Dental Products

A UV light cures or hardens a dental resin applied during a tooth bonding procedure.

Dental Bonding and You

Making a Strong Bond with Your Dentist While it’s important to enjoy a good relationship with your local Placerville dentist, we don’t necessarily need “bonding time” with you, unless it's for your teeth! Tooth bonding is a cost effective option to fix teeth damaged by chips,...

A young boy is examined for dental caries.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Can You Seal Out Bacteria? Ideally, we'd never have a single cavity, either as children or adults. But, as we all know, training children to be regular brushers and flossers is easier said than done, and many adults simply don't brush and floss daily. One option...

Lozenges with good bacteria may provide an answer to bad breath.

Better Breath and Bacteria

Is There a Connection? With a lot of things, the terms “bad” and “good” are pretty subjective. But when it comes to our breath, we all know “bad” breath is really bad. What you last ate contributes to the breath scent, as do your oral hygiene...

Should I Use Braces or Invisalign?

If one of our Placerville dentists suggests that you or a family member needs plastic aligners or traditional braces, is one better than the other? The dentists at the Placerville Dental Group understand that oral health and well-being are important to you and your family,...

Facts and Fiction About Brushing Your Teeth

Fact or Fiction: The harder you brush, the cleaner and healthier your teeth and gums can be. Fiction. If you skip brushing or don't brush your teeth everyday, brush extra hard the next time you get around to it. Fiction. Less pressure is more effective, when you brush. Fact!Less vigorous...

A desire for inexpensive gold teeth often leads to the purchase of a "grill."

Are Grills Safe?

And We Don't Mean BBQs Believe it or not, there are dental fads and dental fashion. Some extreme and ill-advised dental fads include tooth piercing, tooth filing (to look like a vampire), and “fronts,” “grills” or “grilz.” A grill is a snap-on tooth cover made of...

Xylitol helps prevent tooth decay.

Xylitol and You

Sugar-free Sweetener Prevents Cavities Our website has previously discussed the benefits of xylitol gum in preventing cavities. In this article, our Placerville dentists would like to explain why xylitol improves your oral health and introduce an additional source for purchasing xylitol-based products, like chewing gum. How Does...

A row of dental chairs from our sister dental office in Sacramento.

How Do You Describe the Dental Chair?

To be frank, some people call the dental chair “torture.” Of course, any of our Placerville dentists would not agree, but we realize that many people have very real fears of dental instruments, sounds, smells and noises. They don't like the feelings created by the...

Toothpicks having been around for thousands of years, but only recently as an assembly line product. The Placerville Dental Group provides the toothpick's history.

How Are Toothpicks Made?

While our Placerville dentists do not recommend the use of toothpicks on a regular basis, sometimes this simple wooden tool is the only thing handy for removing an annoying piece of food. What is the commercial history of this ancient instrument? How are they made?According...

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....