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By dragondental on 6/17/2015 9:26 PM
At Dragon Dental Group, we are accustomed to questions like “How much does my insurance cover?" and "What can I expect after a crown is placed?” But we get some real doozies as well!

The Chicago Dental Society once surveyed more than 300 members to find out the strangest dental requests they'd ever received from patients. Below, you can find the top ten things that have been said to our fellow dentists:



 

10) "Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?"

 



9) "Please wire my mouth shut to aid in my diet"



 

8) "Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar / work at?"



 

7) "I will pay you or your hygienist to floss my teeth at my office every day."



 

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By dragondental on 4/22/2015 1:47 AM
Work on the weekend? Speak in front of people? Go out with you? Hopefully, you've never been told that last one….

The poor root canal gets a bad rap, but it's a procedure that can be quite beneficial in improving dental health. Often root canals are performed instead of tooth extractions, and are needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is injured or decayed. Millions of teeth have been saved from this relatively routine procedure! Now, don't you feel bad about talking smack about root canals?



During a root canal procedure, the infected tooth material is carefully removed, and then we disinfect the area around the tooth. Next, we fill and seal the tooth with a rubber-like material. Finally, we will restore the tooth with a crown or filling. Once the root canal is complete, your tooth will be fully functional and should look great!



Admittedly, there are many things in life that are more enjoyable than getting a root canal. Still, the procedure doesn't have to be painful at all. At Dragon Dental Group, we will ensure that you're as comfortable as possible as we work to save your tooth. Having a root canal won’t feel much different than getting a routine filling for a cavity. Depending on the tooth’s condition, the procedure can be completed in 1-2 appointments.

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By dragondental on 2/12/2015 3:09 PM
Everyone wants a bright, gleamingly-white smile! However, it's common for teeth to get discolored over time, due to the enamel becoming thinner and more transparent. Teeth also get stained from drinks like red wine, coffee, tea, and cola. While getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist is the safest and most effective way to get a cleaner, brighter smile, home-whitening methods continue to be popular among consumers. If you do go the home-whitening route, be sure to have us perform a professional cleaning and mouth exam first. At Dragon Dental Group, we can let you know if you're a good candidate for teeth-whitening - and a cleaning will help maximize your results. Whitening products come in pastes, gels, pens, and strips. Be sure that the whitening products you use are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Peroxide, which is a bleaching agent that is generally safe for teeth, is the main ingredient in most whitening products. You'll want to choose a product that has no more than a ten...
By dragondental on 1/15/2015 10:36 AM
 There’s no question that chewing sugary candy and gum wages quite an assault on your teeth. The sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth and forms acid, providing the ideal environment for cavities to form. But what about sugar-free foods? Are they good for your teeth?

 

Not necessarily.

 

Remember, Cheetos are low in sugar content -- that doesn’t make them a health food! Sugar-free foods can be a preferable alternative to sugary foods, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat them with reckless abandon. It’s true that sugar-free products do not promote tooth decay, and, in fact, can actually help to prevent cavities. Xylitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free gum, has been found to help fight tooth decay. Some research has shown that xylitol can inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the oral bacteria that cause cavities.

 

But beware - sugar-free foods can actually cause other dental problems. Many sugar-free products often contain preservatives and flavors...
By dragondental on 11/11/2014 10:03 AM
Your teeth have – hopefully – survived the sweet, sticky, sugar-coated event that was Halloween. Time for the next holiday to potentially put a dent in your dentin – Thanksgiving! We here at Dragon Dental have put together a list of the good, the bad, and the starchy foods of this all-American food fest. Foods That Are Good to Gobble Turkey – Protein-rich foods, like good old Tom Turkey, can actually be good for your teeth. Turkey contains phosphorus, which can help foster strong teeth and bones when mixed with Vitamin D and calcium. Yams – Yams are naturally sweet, so hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows, please. Served baked or roasted, yams are nutrient-rich and don’t stick to the surfaces of teeth. If you must sweeten them up, a touch of brown sugar or molasses will suffice. Veggies – Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amounts of Vitamins A and C which are instrumental in repairing gums from periodontal disease. Pumpkin: Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C and calcium,...
By dragondental on 10/17/2014 10:48 AM
With autumn in full swing, this month seems like a good time for some potpourri, not just for your home, but for your teeth as well!! Here are some random, non-related dental items of interest for your enjoyment.Am I brushing long enough?You no longer have to leave this question up to chance. The toothbrush company Oral B has a new iPhone app that you launch every time you brush! It encourages you to brush for a full two minutes. Just don’t drop the phone in the toilet!Is Halloween bad for my child’s teeth?We don’t want to discourage costumes and trick-or-treating, but the fact is the typically sticky and chewy candy given out on Halloween are some of the worst foods possible when it comes to cavity prevention. If your children indulge, please make sure their teeth are thoroughly cleaned before they go to bed. That’s when most of the damage is done.Why does my breath stink in the morning?At night, the saliva flow slows down considerably, causing normal mouth bacteria to have a party. As gross as it may be, when...
By dragondental on 9/17/2014 5:45 AM
 

Thomas Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy People,” spent five years studying what rich people do differently than everyone else. (For his study he defined “rich” as someone with an annual income over $160,000 and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more - not too shabby!)

He then went on to define nine habits that rich people had and the non-rich didn’t. He explained that just about everyone had a few rich habits, but it would be a good idea to increase that to fifty percent. Here they are!

1.             Rich people always keep their goals in sight.

67% of the wealthy actually put their goals in writing.

2.             Rich people maintain a daily “to-do” list

Not only do the wealthy keep to-do lists, but two-thirds of them complete 70% or more of those listed tasks each day.

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By dragondental on 9/9/2014 11:17 AM
 

We wash our clothes, we change the oil in our cars, and we keep the dust off of our furniture. But how many of us show any TLC to one of the most important hygiene items in the house - our toothbrush?

Legend has it that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. And, while that is only true in severe cases, our mouths, and therefore our toothbrushes, do harbor all kinds of bugs.

"The oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms, which can be transferred to a toothbrush during use," said Dr. Maria L. Geisinger, assistant professor of periodontology in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Here are some recommendations to make sure your toothbrush is safe to you and those around you:

Don’t share toothbrushes and store different family members1 toothbrushes at least an inch apart.

Rinse thoroughly after using.

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By wpromote on 5/14/2014 8:14 AM


Advice From Your Oakland Area Cosmetic Dentists  

It is not uncommon for a person to be self-conscious of their teeth.  In fact, 80% of people are unhappy with their smile. Though there are a multitude of reasons why a person may be dissatisfied with their teeth, there is one simple answer for smile woes: Dental Veneers.

 

Dragon Dental Group in Oakland is proud to provide patients with the best cosmetic dental care and are eager to provide people with healthy, happy mouth. Everyone deserves to have a confident smile, and Dragon Dental strives to create and maintain that smile for patients.

 

Dental Veneers are a form of cosmetic dental surgery but it is not as intimidating as one may think. Veneers are customized, semi-clear “shells” that are typically permanently bonded with your teeth. This is a great alternative for other more painful procedures to improve the aesthetics of your smile. You now may be wondering what...
By wpromote on 3/10/2014 8:34 AM
Our Oakland Area Cosmetic Dentists Share Tips To Help Save Your Teeth  

We all know that it is important to brush and floss at least twice a day – however there are aspects of the every day oral hygiene routines that may be actually causing your more harm that good. Our cosmetic dentists share the DOs and DON’Ts of protecting your teeth.

 

Problem 1: Your Tooth Brush  

Shocking, but your tooth brush may be the perpetrator of some of your dental problems if you aren’t using the right kind. DON’T use a hard bristled brush, we always recommend that you DO use a soft bristled tooth brush.  DON’T brush in hard, horizontal strokes as this will damage the delicate gum tissues and wear away enamel. Instead, DO brush in soft small circles to clean your teeth.

  Problem 2: Too Much Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening is generally a safe way to brighten your smile, especially when performed by a professional. However, the problem arises when whitening is done too often....
  
                                          
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