Gum disease

Our bodies are constantly rebuilding themselves at a cellular level. Portions of older bone get removed through a process called resorption, and new bone is put in place through ossification. When we are young, ossification is working at a higher level than resorption, which results...

Most people do not mind visiting their family dentist, but some patients have an unwillingness to get their dental checkups regularly. There is no single reason for this type of reluctance – causes vary, and stem from a variety of sources. At the Placerville Dental...

Dental implants are replacement teeth that anchor into your jawbone. Since they are permanent replacements of lost teeth, they work better than detachable bridges or dentures. Not only are they long-lasting and reliable, but they look natural and offer an improved ability to chew. Dental...

What Leads to Tooth Loss and How to Prevent It When a child shows off their loose tooth, their level of excitement is often shared by their parents. And when others see the gap in their tooth line, they sometimes feel a measure of nostalgia or...

Have you ever heard someone say a nursing infant looks just like their mother or father, perhaps calling them a “spitting image”? A child takes on traits from their parents; it’s natural. Even so, it might be surprising to learn that an infant’s oral health...

“But I’ve never had a cavity before!” You might be astounded how many times patients make that comment when they come to see us at the Placerville Dental Group. We understand — you might have gone years or decades without a single issue with your teeth....

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...