How do we know if you need a Sealant or a Filling?
We used the DIAGNOdent!
The DIAGNODENT uses laser fluorescence to help with early detection of decay that allows for minimally invasive dentistry and possible fillings without anesthesia
Clean and healthy tooth structure will have minimal or no fluorescence
The amount of fluorescence will yield a number and the higher the number, the deeper the cavity.
0-10 healthy tooth structure, patient is a great candidate for sealants
11-20 early enamel decay
21-30 deep enamel decay
30+ dentin decay
Helps detect "iceberg" cavities before they infect the nerve. Like an iceberg that is bigger underwater, Iceberg cavities start with a small hole on the top of the tooth and grow rapidly underneath. Sometimes they are hard to see on an xray. The picture below shows a tooth before the cavity is opened and shortly after showing how deep the cavity became:
Some teeth have deep grooves on their biting surface, which make them hard to keep clean even with daily brushing and flossing since the brush bristles cannot access deep enough to remove plaque.
To prevent decay in those deep grooves, we often place sealants when children get their 6 year and 12 year molars. Our sealants do not contain Fluoride and are tooth-colored.
However, some children are not good candidates for sealants if they have a history of decay as they may already have enamel decay. It is important that we use the DIAGNOdent to determine if your child is a great candidate for sealants or if they need fillings, as sealants will not prevent the cavity from getting bigger.
Adults are also great candidates for sealants, but unlike children, most insurance plans do not cover sealants for anyone over the age of 12. Nonetheless, This is a conservative approach to preventing decay and helps prevent decay in adults as well because, as we age, our body's ability to heal from decay diminishes. This is accelerated more when we take medications that cause dry mouth, snack a lot or have autoimmune diseases like diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease that prevent our body from fighting infection as easily as a healthy adult.
Contact Dr. Hana if you have any questions about sealants and cavities. (916) 780-1955
Invisalign offers an effective, discreet alternative to metal and ceramic braces. Dentists Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid offer the innovative treatment in their Roseville, CA, office.
How does Invisalign work?
Braces that use wires and brackets are no longer the only option if you want to improve your smile. The Invisalign system relies on clear, removable aligner trays that place constant, gentle pressure on teeth. Before your treatment begins, your Roseville dentist will take digital impressions, X-rays and photographs of your smile. The digital information will be combined to create a three-dimensional image of your mouth that can be manipulated to create a virtual representation of your orthodontic treatment.
You'll receive a series of aligner trays created just for you and will wear the trays for approximately 22 hours per day. At the end of every two-week period, you'll replace your current set of trays with a new set.
Is Invisalign a good choice for me?
Invisalign is an excellent option if you want:
- A Less Noticeable Orthodontic Option: Your clear aligner trays will fit your teeth snugly, making them virtually invisible. Invisalign is an excellent option if you prefer a more subtle tooth straightening option.
- A Comfortable Orthodontic Experience: Aligners are made of smooth plastic for your comfort. You won't have to worry about cuts from stray wires and will never need painful adjustments.
- No Hassles: Brushing and flossing become much more time consuming if you wear metal or ceramic braces. You won't have to make a single change to your usual oral hygiene routine with Invisalign. You'll remove the trays when you brush and floss, rinse them and put them back in your mouth.
- Limitless Food Options: Wearing traditional braces requires avoiding hard or sticky foods. Luckily, your diet doesn't have to change when you opt for Invisalign treatment. You'll remove your aligner trays when you eat or drink anything other than water, allowing you to eat anything you want.
- Reduced Treatment Time (for Adults): You may only need to wear your aligner trays for about a year if you're an adult. If you're a child or teenager, you'll probably need to wear the trays for about two years or longer.
Enhance your smile with Invisalign! Call Roseville, CA, dentists Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid at (916) 780-1955 to schedule your appointment.
This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing.
Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a manual toothbrush. Those with some form of motor disability or arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush. An electric brush can also be helpful for kids or anyone with braces.
The same tooth brushing rules apply – two times per day, two minutes at a time. One advantage of an electric toothbrush is that some have a built-in timer. If you’re one of those quick brushers who has a hard time making it to two minutes, consider using a timed electric brush.
At your next dental visit, ask us whether we think you would do better with a manual or electric brush! And, as always, don’t forget to floss!
Do you visit the dentist every six months for professional teeth cleanings? Although you may be tempted to skip regular dental appointments if your teeth feel fine, the visits offer important benefits for your oral health. Roseville, CA, dentists Drs. Hana and Ibtisam Rashid offer the comprehensive dental treatments and services you need for a healthy smile.
Why are professional teeth cleanings important?
Professional cleanings are essential even if you brush and floss regularly. Without those cleanings, you may experience:
- More Cavities: Daily brushing and flossing are essential aspects of reducing your cavity risk, but they may not eliminate every trace of plaque from your mouth. The dental hygienists at your Roseville, CA, dentist's office are skilled at removing plaque from hard-to-reach places that may be overlooked when you brush your teeth. Although professional cleanings are important for everyone, they're particularly crucial if you teeth overlap, as overlapping areas can trap cavity-causing plaque.
- Increased Gum Disease Risk: Plaque turns into tartar when it remains on your teeth for a week or longer. Tartar, a hard brown or gray substance, can often be seen on the bottom of your teeth along the gum line. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing have no effect on tartar. In fact, it can only be removed during a professional cleaning. Tartar can be very irritating to your gums and may contribute to gum disease. Professional cleanings provide a simple way to help you lower your gum disease risk.
- A Duller Smile: Professional cleanings also help you look your best. The cleanings remove surface stains that can dull your smile.
- Better Breath: Have you ever noticed how fresh and clean your mouth feels when you leave the dentist's office after a cleaning? Cleanings remove tiny trapped particles that can cause bad breath.
- Worsening Tooth Issues: Every regular visit also includes a dental examination. In addition to checking for cavities, your dentist will also look for signs of other dental issues, such as loose crowns or fillings, early gum disease signs, or brittle teeth. Taking care of these issues when they're still fairly minor is easier and less expensive.
Keep your smile clean and healthy with a professional cleaning! Call Roseville, CA, dentists Drs. Hana and Ibtisam Rashid at (916)-780-1955 to schedule your appointment.
Ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay?
Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different. You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque. Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-awhile treat. Here’s why:
Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay. The more sugar our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.
Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.
Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda. Instead of soda, we recommend spicing up your daily beverages with other alternatives. How about some sparkling water or plain water infused with fresh fruit?
When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!
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