Dentistry

Video: Oral Cancer Prevention

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: Oral cancer claims thousands of lives every year. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. William Hummer of William R. Hummer, DDS to learn about a crucial preventative factor.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dr. William Hummer: In today’s health care environment, it’s more important than ever to be, or have, a good advocate. Someone who watches out for you, and no one can do it as well as you can do it for yourself.

Cancer is one of the great challenges of our health care. And early detection is the single most important factor in a successful outcome in the treatment of cancer. Read more

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Video: Dental Implant Advantages

Posted on May 22, 2018 by James Florence

SAN BRUNO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are an advantageous option. Today we’re in San Bruno with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Lei Luo of Lei Luo, D.D.S. Family & Implant Dentistry to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dr. Lei Luo: I would like to talk something about dental implants. And compared to traditional treatment to replace missing teeth, such as a denture, such as a bridge, the dental implant has very good advantages. And with a denture, the patients really don’t feel comfortable. And they cannot chew food well. And for the bridge, yes, it’s fixed. But we have to sacrifice the patient – Read more

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Dental Implant Advantages

Posted on May 18, 2018 by James Florence

SAN BRUNO — When it comes to replacing missing teeth, the most popular method in use today is dental implants. Essentially, a dental implant is an artificial tooth fastened onto a metal post that’s surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone. Due to the sophistication of this modern method, implants offer several advantages over tooth replacement solutions like dentures and bridges.

Dentures are removable prosthetics that have been used for years to supplement missing teeth. However, dentures are notorious for coming loose, shifting around in the mouth and being uncomfortable. Additionally, denture wearers commonly experience difficulty with chewing food. Bridges, on the other hand, are fixed prosthetics installed across the gaps created by missing teeth. Read more

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Heeding the Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

Posted on May 18, 2018 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Treating cancer is one of the great challenges of modern health care, and dentistry is no exception. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and only slightly more than half typically survive. In fact, oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than many more well-known forms of cancer.

The Oral Cancer Foundation asserts the main reason for oral cancer’s unusually high mortality rate is that it’s typically discovered in later stages when treatment is less effective. As with any form of cancer, early detection is the most important factor in successfully treating oral cancer. For this reason, Read more

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Solutions for Sore Gums

Posted on January 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAMON — If you suffer from sore or bleeding gums, you may just need to implement a couple of oral hygiene measures, the most important of which is flossing. If you aren’t flossing every day, you’re missing out on a crucial part of your oral hygiene routine—in fact, it’s probably the main reason your gums are bleeding. Keep in mind that when you first start flossing, it’s going to cause your gums to bleed even more. However, with time, regular flossing will correct this issue, resulting in healthier gums.

As an alternative to flossing, some people prefer to use a water flosser (such as a Waterpik®), which employs the power of pressurized water to clean between the teeth. Read more

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Video: Solutions for Sore Gums

Posted on January 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAMON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have sensitive gums, there are a couple of oral hygiene measures you should try. Today we’re in San Ramon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Alfred dela Cruz to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dr. Alfred dela Cruz: A lot of patients have bleeding gums. That’s one of their main concerns, so the main thing to do is to floss your teeth. That’s the main reason now why your gums are bleeding. The other alternative to that is to use a Waterpik, and what you do is you fill up – fill this up with water – warm water – Read more

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Video: Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

MARTINEZ — Host, Sarah Rutan: Periodontal diseases like gingivitis aren’t just a nuisance—in some cases, they can lead to life-threatening consequences. Today we’re in Martinez with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Parham Karbassi to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dr. Parham Karbassi: I’m going to be talking about periodontal disease, which a lot of patients do not take seriously. Inflamed, bleeding, sore, or swollen gums are the main symptoms of gum disease. There are two different types, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis causes redness, painful, tender gums. Periodontitis, which is gingivitis that’s not treated and leads to infected pockets of germy pus. That’s the type that raises the most concern since it causes bone loss and in turn loss of teeth, Read more

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