Dental technology and treatment techniques have made leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and as a result, more people are keeping more (and in many cases all) of their natural teeth for most of their lives, well into old age. But despite the progress, the American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that close to half of all American adults are missing at least one tooth, with millions more living with complete tooth loss. But the good news is that gum disease - the leading cause of tooth loss in adults - is largely preventable with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental care. The dentists at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose and Cupertino, CA, recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and professional cleaning.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in South San Jose, CA
Tooth decay and gum disease, like many health problems, are largely preventable and treatable when caught in the early stages. The first step in protecting your teeth and gums is to brush and floss every day, avoid smoking, which can increase the risk of developing gum disease and make dental problems harder to treat, and to eat a healthy diet. When combined with yearly dental check ups and cleanings, your oral hygiene routine is the most important factor in keeping your teeth and gums healthy year after year. But the good news is that it is never too late to commit to a solid oral hygiene routine. Even if you have neglected your dental health in the past, picking back up where you left off by scheduling an appointment with a dentist and incorporating flossing into your daily routine will help to get you back on track.
Find a Dentist in South San Jose, CA
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best insurance policy against tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. For more information and to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning, contact our office by calling 408-225-6815 for our South San Jose office, or 408-252-3212 for our West San Jose/Cupertino location.
What your dentists in South and West San Jose want you to know
When you take care of your child’s oral regimen, you are helping to maintain the oral health of your child. When you help the oral health of your child, you are also taking an important step to guard your child’s overall health too!
How do you take care of your child’s oral regimen? Your dentists at The Dental Dimensions are here to help answer that question. They have two convenient office locations in San Jose, CA, to serve your family’s needs.
Your child is never too young to benefit from oral hygiene. In fact, your child is at risk for tooth decay right after the first tooth erupts. That’s why it’s important to remember to never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice because your child’s teeth will be bathed in sugar all night long!
Ideally, your child’s oral regimen should include brushing after meals and before bed. You can teach your child to brush by taking a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Tell your child not to swallow the toothpaste. Stand behind your child with both of you looking in the mirror. Using a gentle, circular movement, brush all surfaces of your child’s teeth and along the gumline while your child is looking in the mirror. Your child should demonstrate the technique back to you.
Flossing can be taught around the age of four when your child has better hand dexterity. Your child should watch you floss and then try flossing while looking in a mirror. Floss picks are often helpful when your child is first learning how to floss. Floss picks are available in kid-friendly shapes and sizes. By the age of eight, your child should be flossing independently on a daily basis.
Taking care of your child’s oral regimen is an important and rewarding part of maintaining health. For more information about pediatric and family dental health and treatment, call your dentists at The Dental Dimensions in South and West San Jose, CA. Call today!
If you have broken or damaged teeth, chances are your dentist has suggested dental crowns or bridges to help restore the biting surface of your mouth and protect or replace the teeth in question. However, understanding these procedures is crucial in determining whether or not they are best for you and your smile. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia and Dr. May Yoneyama at The Dental Dimensions with two San Jose, CA locations.
What can crowns do for me?
A dental crown uses the natural structure of the tooth to anchor into place, protecting the tooth’s broken or damaged crown, or top. Crowns normally fit over a tooth which has undergone a root canal. However, crowns can also help with improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth, restore the biting surface of a worn tooth, or even cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Though crowns are versatile and used in many situations, you should consult with your dentist to determine if a crown is right for you.
Do I need a dental bridge?
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. The bridge itself, made from porcelain, actually spans the width of three teeth thanks to the dental crown on either side of the new tooth. The crowns hold the bridge in place permanently using the surrounding healthy teeth as anchor points. Replacing your missing tooth can help restore your biting surface and make chewing and eating easier. A full smile also means a confidence boost, allowing you to look as great as you feel.
Crowns and Bridges in San Jose, CA
Dental crowns and bridges can benefit most patients with damaged or missing teeth. However, you should consult with your dentist to fully understand these procedures and determine if they are best for you and your teeth.
For more information on crowns or bridges, please contact Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia and Dr. May Yoneyama at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA. Call (408) 225-6815 to schedule an appointment at the Cahalan Avenue location or (408) 252.3212 to schedule an appointment at the Prospect Road location today!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents bring their children into the dentist for the first time before the age of one. After that, regular dental visits are the cornerstone of keeping a child's teeth healthy throughout life. Learn about the importance of pediatric dentistry and the treatments that are available at The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose, CA.
About Pediatric Dentistry
The branch of dentistry that deals specifically with dental care for children is pediatric dentistry. The goal is to ensure that children have healthy teeth and develop good oral care habits from a young age. Here are a few concerns that pediatric dentists have:
- Keeping children cavity-free.
- Helping children get enough fluoride.
- Dealing with bad habits, like thumb-sucking.
- Ensuring that the first teeth erupt in a healthy way.
- Dental injuries in children who play sports.
Why It's Important
Children grow two sets of teeth. When they are growing their baby teeth, parents have to be concerned about issues like baby bottle decay (tooth decay caused by the sugar in milk). When their permanent teeth grow in the main concern is cavities because young children love candy but don’t always love brushing. The way that a child’s teeth develop plays a role in how they will look and function when they become adults.
Treatments to Discuss with a Pediatric Dentist
When you go to see your child's dentist at The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose, be sure to inquire about these important treatments:
- Dental sealants to prevent cavities.
- Cavity fillings (metal vs tooth-colored).
- Fluoride treatments to strengthen the teeth.
- Dental emergencies for student athletes.
- Orthodontic treatment (braces) for pre-teens and teens.
Bring Your Child for a Visit
If it has been a while since your child's last dentist visit schedule an appointment with Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia or Dr. May Yoneyama at The Dental Dimensions. Call the South San Jose, CA office at (408) 225-6815 today.
Do you want to straighten your smile? Dr. Deepak Shetty and Dr. Kavita Bhatia at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign for a straighter smile. Here are the top reasons to consider Invisalign.
Correct Dental Issues
Invisalign effectively corrects a variety of dental problems, including: an overbite, underbite, crossbite, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, overcrowded teeth and crooked teeth. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of virtually invisible aligners.
Improve Oral Health
Invisalign will improve your oral health. The removable Invisalign aligners make it easy to floss and brush your teeth to maintain proper oral hygiene. Traditional braces make cleaning teeth difficult because food particles and plaque can adhere to the brackets and teeth.
Are you too embarrassed to wear traditional metal braces? Traditional metal braces are the most noticeable type. You can achieve straighten your smile without a mouthful of metal archwires and brackets. The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.
Comfortable to Wear
Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear. While traditional braces are effective in repositioning the teeth, metal brackets and wires can be uncomfortable to wear, pressing against your teeth and irritating your gums.
If you want to correct your smile with Invisalign, call The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA at (408) 225-6815 today to schedule your consultation. If you want the perfect smile, the Invisalign system is the clear path forward.
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