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How to Help Your Child Cope With Dentist Chair Anxiety Aug 6th, 2019

Dentist chair anxiety, or an anxiety with going to the dentist, is a serious problem, especially for children. Nearly 20% of children who are of school age are scared of going to the dentist.  Dentist chair anxiety can range anywhere from being nervous about seeing the dentist to a very...

5 Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers Jul 17th, 2019

When you hear the words “porcelain veneers,” you’re probably thinking about how they would improve the look of your smile. But there’s more to veneers than meets the eye. These ultra-thin but durable teeth coatings do double-duty as both smile beautifiers and problem fixers. They not only hide imperfections in...

Tips for Maintaining the Results of Teeth Whitening Jun 15th, 2019

Are you smiling a little less revealingly because you’ve noticed your teeth are stained and discolored? It happens to many people, even those who have good dental hygiene habits.  Teeth whitening might just be the perfect solution to restore your smile’s old sparkle. Dr. Andrew Owyoung and his team at...

Causes and Tips for Coping With Sensitive Teeth May 21st, 2019

Have you ever bitten into an ice cream cone or taken a drink of hot coffee and felt a sharp pain in one or more of your teeth? Do you feel similar discomfort when you brush your teeth? These are typical signs of tooth sensitivity, which can make activities like...

Are You Ruining Your Teeth with These Bad Habits? Apr 16th, 2019

You take pride in your smile and love to show it off. But taking care of your teeth means being aware of and breaking bad habits that could lead to tooth decay, gum erosion, and even permanent tooth loss. At Soft Touch Dentistry in Sacramento, California, Dr. Owyoung and our...

Your Solutions For A Chipped Tooth Mar 1st, 2019

Many of us have been there: You’re happily crunching away on a handful of trail mix or a piece of hard candy, or you’re tearing open a stubborn bag of pretzels with your teeth when you sense something isn’t quite right. You’ve chipped your tooth. What should you do now?...

How To Relieve Tooth Pain From Sinus Pressure Feb 12th, 2019

More than 30 million adults suffer from sinus infections, or sinusitis, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It occurs when air cavities within the passage of your nose become inflamed or swell up. It’s usually caused by a virus, trapping fluid and allowing...

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Oral Health and Your Smile Jan 11th, 2019

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), over a third of adults around the country are not happy with their smile. That means there’s a whole lot of people who are probably avoiding their photos being posted on social media sites. There is, of course, a serious side to...

Are Genetics Affecting Your Oral Health? Dec 7th, 2018

Be it a double-chin like Aunt Sylvia, or those sparkling baby blues like your grandfather, genes play a role in your appearance. Genetics can also up your odds for certain chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraine headaches, or arthritis. No matter what you do, you can’t get...

Smile Brighter With New Veneers Nov 19th, 2018

When you’re unhappy with your teeth, smiling can be the last thing you want to do. Your discolored and stained teeth can affect your confidence and self-esteem. If the sight of a cell phone or camera sends you into hiding, veneers could be the answer you’re looking for. Whatever your...

5 Signs You May Be Suffering From Gum Disease Oct 18th, 2018

Would it surprise you to hear that 75% of American adults over the age of 35 get gum disease? It’s a little talked about condition that can have a real impact on your health. Without treatment, gum disease can change from the mild form we call gingivitis to the severe...

Everything You Need to Know About Zoom Whitening Treatments Sep 17th, 2018

Stained and discolored teeth not only affect your smile but can cause quite a dent in your self-esteem and confidence with feelings of embarrassment at not being able to smile when you want to. If there are far more photos of you smiling with closed lips than a wide-open smile,...

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Confidence Aug 20th, 2018

Back in the days when seeing a psychiatrist had a stigma attached to it, professional actors and actresses who struggled to access emotions in their performances were told by their coaches to “go see a dentist (i.e., a shrink).” Well, that deflection held more wisdom than the coaches knew: Cosmetic...

Three Reasons Regular Dental Cleanings Are So Important Jul 20th, 2018

Few people list going to the dentist as one of their favorite activities. But there are three good reasons you should get regular dental cleanings: your overall health, your oral health, and preventive care. It’s about more than your teethAlthough you probably think of a dental exam as an examination...

Veneers: A Quick Fix for Smile Flaws Jun 8th, 2018

When you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, veneers are incredibly versatile and long-lasting. Even better, the procedure for getting them is quick and easy.Veneers are a great choice if you have several cosmetic problems. Maybe you want a longer-lasting way to whiten your teeth, you have a...

The Importance of Taking Care of Baby Teeth May 16th, 2018

Why is taking care of baby teeth important? They’re just going to be replaced, right? Well, yes, but here’s why you need to take just as much care of baby teeth as permanent ones, and what you can do to ensure your child’s oral health. Baby teeth are delicate If...

Eight Great Reasons to Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened Apr 25th, 2018

It’s a simple and almost reflexive action, but your smile says and does so much. It’s a marker of confidence and intelligence, it influences your social and romantic life, it and affects your health. Teeth whitening is a simple and popular fix for improving your smile. But over-the-counter whitening products...

What Causes Gum Disease? Mar 28th, 2018

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the bone and tissues that support your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can range from mild, like sore gums and bad breath, to severe, including loosened teeth and tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth...

Oral Cancer 101 Feb 13th, 2018

About 30,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Dentists are on the front line when it comes to spotting oral cancer during routine checkups. Luckily, with an experienced dentist like Dr. Andrew Owyoung on your side, oral cancer can be diagnosed early when it’s...

Best Foods For Healthy Teeth and Gums Jan 2nd, 2018

Advice about what not to do for good health is easy to come by, but there are some foods and drinks that improve the health of your teeth and gums. The nutrients and acid content of the foods you consume have an impact on your oral health. Make the following...

The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene Dec 7th, 2017

When you get a haircut, your hair continues to grow. If you fall and scrape your knee, a scab forms and the skin heals. When you trim your fingernails or toenails, they ultimately grow back. The body is incredibly resilient, but unfortunately you only get one chance with your teeth....

10 Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety Nov 27th, 2017

It doesn’t matter if it’s the sound of the drill or the idea of having someone’s hands in your mouth; when you’re afraid of the dentist, it creates more than unease. In some cases, it causes exaggerated worries and irrational fears.At Soft Touch Dental in Sacramento, California, we understand dental...

Single Visit Restorative Dentistry at Soft Touch Oct 23rd, 2017

Aside from offering dentistry services for patients of all ages, our experienced and compassionate team specializes in helping patients feel relaxed and comfortable from the moment they step foot into our office, and part of that means getting patients taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some of...

The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry Sep 28th, 2017

As adults, we know that we're supposed to see a dentist every six months for a routine checkup and teeth cleaning, and even then, many of us don't quite meet that mark. The hustle and bustle of life often gets in the way, and many individuals go a year or...

9 Uncommon Causes of Bad Breath Jul 27th, 2017

Bad breath is most commonly caused by poor dental hygiene. But, if you suffer from bad breath even after a your morning teeth brushing routine it may be an indication of health problems and you may need to seek alternative solutions.  Uncommon causes of bad breath are important to know...

8 Facts About Oral Cancer Jul 27th, 2017

#1. Oral cancer often appears as a lump or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer includes any cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor or roof of the mouth, sinuses, or throat.#2. Smokers (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco products) are 6 times more...

Regular Teeth Cleaning vs. Periodontal Maintenance Jul 27th, 2017

A periodontal maintenance is also a teeth cleaning, however, it is performed on patients who have gum disease. We treat thousands of patients in the Sacramento area, and only about 40 percent of our patients receive a “regular cleaning” or prophylaxis. The reason is because gum disease affects 3 out of...

4 Tips to a Whiter Smile Jul 27th, 2017

Coffee, tea, wine, cigarettes, you name your vice. They all stain teeth and you need some tips to keep a whiter smile. The holidays will be upon us soon, and a whiter smile is sure to impress your family.4 Tips to a Whiter SmileBaking Soda: Mix with water to create a paste...

A root canal is an alternative to a tooth extraction Jul 27th, 2017

In our line of work we’re not surprised to see these types of statistics. We commonly hear from patients in pain, “I think the tooth just needs to be pulled.” Where do patients get the idea to just pull a tooth? You aren’t just doing anything! The implications of pulling a tooth are permanent,...

Kids & Tweens: When Permanent Teeth Grow In Jul 27th, 2017

Primary, or deciduous, teeth fill the mouth entirely by age 2-3. However, from ages 6-12 you can expect an ever changing scene of both primary and permanent teeth in your child’s mouth. This, sometimes awkward, developmental stages come with its own set up questions and concerns.Five problems that occur when...

Weekend at Grandma’s: Kid-Friendly Recipes Jul 27th, 2017

Teaching your grandkids responsibility, and even motor skills, can be fun if you do it through cooking. Try these kid-friendly recipes that we’ve collected from the internet this weekend.Monkey BreadEasy to make & deliciously decadent, it is fast and easy for the grandkids to make with you. This is the definition...

Dry Mouth: Is it flying under your radar? Jul 27th, 2017

Dry mouth has many causes and the symptoms are typically difficulty swallowing, difficult speaking, and increased bacterial and fungal infections. Dry mouth also leads to increased susceptibility to cavities. Ask yourself the following questions, and see if you should take action against dry mouth.Do you need to moisten your mouth...

8 Foods that are bad for your teeth Jul 27th, 2017

Avoid these foods that are bad for your teeth to keep your teeth in the healthiest condition.8 Foods that are bad for your teeth: Corn on the CobCorn on the cob, while delicious and perfect for every bar-b-que, is a food that is bad for your teeth. The slippery outside skin of...

How to properly care for dentures Jul 27th, 2017

Knowing how to properly care for dentures is important to ensure longevity of the denture and the best care for the patient. Many patients are unaware of the maintenance required to keep a denture, and their mouth, in the best working condition. The two most common areas of concern are fit...

Wellness Wednesday: How Periodontal Disease Affects the Body Jul 27th, 2017

Periodontal disease is known as the “silent killer” of adults of the age of 55 affecting not just the mouth but the entire body.In the medical field, and certainly the dental field, it has been known for some time that bacteria in the mouth can affect the functioning of the...

5 steps to handle a knocked out tooth Jul 26th, 2017

                                          When yours or yours child’s tooth is knocked out, don’t panic. Instead, follow these five steps to improve the chances that the tooth can be salvaged. When a tooth has...

A Smile You Deserve: Dental Veneers Jul 25th, 2017

Are you wanting to light up a room? Or impress your old college buddies with a fresh new smile that years of coffee and stress have changed? You may be a candidate for dental veneers.Dental veneers are not too difficult to understand. Imagine a woman who gets acrylic nails put...

Teeth Whitening After Care Instructions Jul 25th, 2017

It is more affordable than a full smile makeover and can take years off your looks. To keep your new smile bright -and white- follow these key teeth whitening after care instructions:Avoid dark liquids for two weeksContinue to drink dark liquids through a straw from there afterAvoid eating dark fruits...

Dental Crowns: When a cavity is TOO big Jul 25th, 2017

A dental crown can be made from gold, stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, porcelain, or other popular man-made materials.                        Often times, a dental professional will alert a patient of a cavity and that a filling is needed. But, at that time the...