San Francisco Solutions to Missing Teeth

Dental implantSAN FRANCISCO- According to the Silberg Center for Dental Science, approximately 30% of the working or retired U.S. population is either missing a tooth or multiple teeth. While there are many things you can do to prevent tooth loss, we also understand it is an issue many people must deal with daily.

Why do I Need a Dental Implant?
lost tooth can destabilize your bite and cause difficulties when chewing or talking. Adjacent teeth must carry more weight when you bite down, and the teeth could shift due to the hole of the missing tooth. Jawbone deterioration is another potential problem, due to lack of support.

Missing teeth aren’t only harmful to your oral health, they can cause physical and psychological problems. Depression, low self-esteem, and speech impediments have all been linked to tooth loss.  Facial features may change, and people often become self-conscious about their looks.  Dr. Larson can resolve these issues and improve your oral health using a dental implant.

Our dental implants can help you restore missing teeth and regain normal tooth and jaw function. The dental implant and crown will help to reinforce your bite, and you will regain the ability to talk and chew food normally. Titanium dental implants are also able to bond with your jawbone, which keeps the jawbone from deteriorating.

What Happens When I Get an Implant?
When you choose to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, you will first visit an implant surgeon. The implant surgeon will plant a tiny titanium post into your jawbone. This titanium post will be strong and secure, providing a firm foundation for your new crown. Dr. Larson, the San Francisco dental implant specialist, will then top your titanium post with a custom ceramic crown.  After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals — as long as 10 to 14 days.

Different Types of Implants
There are different implant solutions for each dental problem. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The two major types of implants are Endosteal, which is in the bone, and Subperiosteal, which is on the bone.

The most commonly used type of implant is Endosteal. There are variations within the in-bone implant, including screws, cylinders or blades, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jaw using metal posts that stick out through the gum to hold prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal implants are used on patients who are unable to wear standard dentures and have little bone height to attach an implant.

Examples of procedures for different dental problems are listed below:

  • Replace a Tooth – Patients missing a single tooth often replace it with one implant and a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth in order to recondition the shape, size, strength, and appearance.
  • Replace Multiple Teeth – Patients who need to fill in multiple teeth often choose implant-supported bridges. A bridge is a prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth that bridge the gap between natural teeth.
  • Replace All Teeth – Patients who need to replace all of their teeth often receive an implant-supported full bridge or full denture. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, and partial dentures can be used when some natural teeth remain.
  • Sinus Augmentation – Patients with very little jawbone may need a sinus augmentation to raise the sinus floor and develop bone for the placement of dental implants.
  • Ridge Modification – Patients with jaw deformities may need a ridge modification due to inadequate bone in which to place a dental implant. The gum is raised from the ridge, and defects are then filled in with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge.

After treatment, Dr. Larson develops a specific and best plan of care for you. Patients need to brush and floss their teeth to keep the implant clean and plaque-free. We recommend periodic follow-up visits to monitor your implant, teeth and gums and to make sure they are healing.

Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implant
Dr. Larson’s dental implants offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for tooth replacement.  For a single-tooth replacement, implant-based solutions have been found to be cost-saving and effective in comparison with bridges and other tooth-borne prostheses. Additionally, studies show that patient acceptance and satisfaction with dental implants is high, particularly in elderly edentulous patients.

Compared to dentures, dental implants and crowns facilitate normal tooth function, so there are no problems eating or speaking. Dental implants bond with the jawbone to ensure patients do not lose bone density. They also support facial muscles so your normal facial structure does not alter. Using dental implants, Dr. Larson goes beyond general tooth restoration to provide patients full mouth rejuvenation treatment.

Greg D. Larson, DDS is a trusted provider of comprehensive dental solutions, including dental implants, crowns, porcelain veneers in the San Francisco area. We can help you regain your confidence and beautiful smile. Contact our friendly staff to learn more.

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Larson Dentistry Scans for Oral Cancer

San Francisco dentistrySan Francisco, CA- Dr. Larson believes every patient should be checked for oral cancer at least once a year. Many of the earliest signs and symptoms of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer may be mistaken for other problems. For instance you may feel like you just have a toothache or a cold. But if your symptoms persist for several days or weeks, it is important to schedule an appointment with Larson Dentistry so that a diagnosis can be reached as soon as possible.

At Larson Dentistry patients receive expert oral care and attention. Regular dental visits include thorough cleanings, oral cancer screenings, X-rays, and examination of your teeth, mouth, gums and jaw as needed.

Oral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth.

Some of the most common oral cancer symptoms and signs include:

  • An ongoing sore in your mouth that does not heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer
  • Persistent mouth pain is a common sign of oral cancer
  • A lump or thickening in your cheek
  • A white or red patch on your gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is stuck in your throat that will not go away
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of your tongue or other parts of the mouth
  • Jaw swelling that makes dentures hurt or fit poorly
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Pain in the teeth or jaw
  • Changes in your voice
  • A lump in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent bad breathe

Oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancer are twice as common in men as in women.  Scientists believe this is due to more men using tobacco products and alcohol, but that trend is changing, as more women are drinking and using tobacco.  The average age of diagnosis for oral cancer is 62, and two-thirds of individuals with this disease are over age 55.

Various tests can be done if your symptoms are present and persistent. It is extremely important to see a dentist regularly so your symptoms can be evaluated, and a diagnosis can be reached as soon as possible.  At Greg D. Larson, D.D.S., we don’t want anything to stop you from receiving important care. Please contact us at (415) 830-4956 if you have any concerns about symptoms or questions about treatment.

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4 Easy Ways To Beat Dental Anxiety

Stressed young womanSAN FRANCISCO- Spiders, heights, roller coasters…everyone has fears. It’s an inevitable feeling. However, fear becomes detrimental when it affects your life and health. That’s why it’s important to address dental anxieties head-on.

“Receiving preventive dental care at least three times each year is vital to avoiding extensive problems that require more invasive treatment,” says San Francisco cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “Essentially, the more patients visit us, the less they have to fear.”

For those who have lingering fears of the dentist from childhood, extra sensitive teeth or simply cringe at the thought of a dentist’s chair, here are four simple ways you can beat dental anxieties and receive the dental care you need in a relaxed manner.

1. Arrive early. No, this isn’t on the list because we want to stay on schedule (although, we do). Our team at Greg D. Larson, D.D.S. encourages you to arrive early so you can remained relaxed and unhurried before you see Dr. Larson. Patients who dash in late are often frazzled and frustrated, which causes them to be tense throughout most of the appointment.

Arriving a few minutes early allows you to enjoy our warm and comfortable reception area, freshen up in our well-supplied restroom and chat with our friendly front desk staff. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have and relieve any anxieties prior to your appointment.

2. Educate yourself. Dentistry in San Francisco and across the country is more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Breakthroughs in dental technologies, such as laser dentistry and digital radiography, have transformed once painful or inconvenient procedures into easy solutions. If you find yourself feeling anxious before your appointment, browse our website to learn more about the modern and patient-oriented services we offer. Dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades, so there’s nothing to fear.

We also provide refreshments, iPod music with noise-canceling head phones, warm hand towels, neck pillows and tempurpedic chairs for enhanced comfort. It’s our goal to make you feel at ease.

3. Communicate. Are you seeking more answers than our website provides? Call us. Communicating with our staff before or during your appointment will alleviate fears about your dental experience. While learning about our treatment philosophy and services, you’ll quickly discover we don’t offer cookie-cutter solutions. Each appointment and treatment is tailored to meet your unique dental health needs perfectly. We don’t pressure patients into unnecessary procedures. Your health and happiness is our foremost priority.

4. Ask for help. Dr. Larson is a leader in patient care. When you communicate your fears with Dr. Larson and our hygienists, they will keep those concerns in mind when performing cleanings, examinations and administering treatments. To ensure your experience with us is a pleasant one, we offer pain free dentistry by safely administering nitrous gas (laughing gas) or conscious sedation when appropriate. Dr. Larson is a trusted sedation dentist who has received post-graduate certification from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

At Greg D. Larson, D.D.S., we don’t want anxiety to stop you from receiving important care. Please contact us if you have further concerns or questions.

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The Dental Dangers of Sleep Apnea Disorders

Sleep DisordersSAN FRANCISCO- Imagine suddenly waking up in the dead of night, gasping for air. This is a regular occurrence for many who suffer from sleep apnea disorders. Not only do such disorders prompt adverse general health effects, they pose a threat to dental health, too.

“Sleep apnea disorders disturb more than a night’s rest. The teeth, gums and the jaw joint may be harmed,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a trusted sleep apnea dentist in San Francisco. “When sleep apnea is treated, it benefits dental health.”

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea disorders briefly halt their victims’ breathing during sleep, reducing the quality of sleep and cutting off oxygen flow to the brain and rest of the body. Sometimes, breathing can pause hundreds of times each night. People with sleep apnea tend to snore loudly and are often jolted awake to fight for their breath.

Each episode of “apnea,” which literally means a cessation in breathing, occurs because of improper brain function or throat muscles that struggle keep the airway open. Relaxed tongue muscles also contribute to the problem.

There are two main types of sleep apnea disorders:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: Often referred to as OSA, this form of sleep apnea is the most common. It is triggered when soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse and block the airway when sleeping. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, one in every five adults have OSA. This sort is treatable by skilled dentists who have undergone special training in sleep apnea disorders. Dr. Larson is among these elite dentists.
  • Central sleep apnea: Much less common, Central sleep apnea does not involve a blocked airway. In these cases, the brain neglects to signal muscles to breathe because of issues in the respiratory control center of the brain.

A sufficient amount of sleep is necessary to functioning at your best. For the more than 18 million Americans affected by sleep apnea, feeling rested is nearly impossible. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea vary according to the severity of the disorder, but typically include:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Poor quality of sleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heart beats and other cardiovascular issues
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Decreased ability to perform everyday activities

Risk factors for a sleep apnea disorder include being overweight, having a long and narrow neck, failure to remove large tonsils, having sinus problems or having a deviated septum. A family history of sleep apnea disorders will also increase your risk.

How does sleep apnea disturb dental health?

Sleep apnea relates to dentistry in various ways. Here are the most common we see at Greg D. Larson, D.D.S:

Restorative Dentistry

Studies show OSA is the top risk factor for “bruxism,” the formal name for chronic tooth grinding. Just as sleep apnea occurs at night, most tooth grinding takes place unknowingly while sleeping.

Patients with bruxism endure damaging dental consequences. Constant pressure can wreak havoc on the tooth surface and dental restorations, which calls for additional restorative measures. Tooth grinding can also prompt painful sensitivity issues.

Another sleep apnea-related cause of tooth structure damage is gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as “GERD.” Studies show the presence of GERD in many OSA patients. One study  suggests 58 to 62 percent of OSA sufferers also have GERD. This condition causes acids from the stomach to leak back into the throat and mouth, harming teeth and restorations.

The tempomandibular joint (TMJ) also shares a connection with sleep apnea. TMJ pain can be brought on by the constant pressure from bruxism, and conversely, sleep depravation from sleep apnea can increase muscle and joint tension.

Because sleep apnea promotes bruxism, we will screen for a sleep apnea disorder if you are experiencing excessive tooth grinding. Replacing restorations won’t do much good if the root of the problem isn’t addressed.

There’s a strong body of evidence to suggest systemic inflammation is linked to OSA. Gum disease is prevalent among those with OSA. In fact, one study shows 60 percent of patients with periodontitis (severe gum disease) also battled OSA. Because periodontitis is an inflammatory disease, one can make the connection that OSA can increase the amount of inflammation in the gums and body.

For many systemic and dental health reasons, it’s important to keep gums healthy. If left untreated, gum disease can prompt tooth loss, jaw bone deterioration, heart disease and pregnancy issues.

Pediatric Dentistry

Orthodontic appliances aren’t the only things capable of shifting teeth. Facial muscles and outward forces from the tongue play a major role in determining the width of the arch and tooth spacing during childhood. Young, mouth-breathing patients who have nasal obstruction don’t use their tongues in such a way that widens the arch properly. The outcome is a crowded, narrow arch that constricts breathing further.

This scenario often causes pediatric sleep apnea and may increase a patient’s risk in adulthood, as well. Removing enlarged tonsils or adenoid tissues is recognized as the most effective treatment of sleep apnea in childhood.

Surgical Procedures

Many patients with OSA are hyperalgesic, a condition that increases susceptibility to pain. Not surprisingly, this makes performing the smallest of dental procedures a bit more complicated. High levels of inflammation make healing periods longer and more difficult, which poses a distinct challenge when performing implant dentistry procedures.

How we can help

Treatment of sleep apnea should help relieve most of these dental issues. The connection between sleep apnea and oral health is more evidence that the mouth is not isolated from the rest of the body. Small changes in the mouth are often indicators of a more serious underlying problem.

At Greg D. Larson, D.D.S., we take your health seriously. Our approach to sleep apnea treatment  is modern and holistic. Instead of relying on the traditional solution of “CPAP” machines, Dr. Larson frequently prescribes comfortable nightly orthotics that prop the airway open and forward and promote oxygenation during sleep. These orthotics are engineered to be comfortable and tailored to fit each patient’s smile. For best results, patients must wear their orthotic faithfully each night.

As we’ve learned, improper airway maintenance can have a major impact on dental health. A dentist’s expertise and ability to recognize discrepancies in the mouth make them the ideal professionals to recognize problems in the airway. Dr. Larson has studied sleep apnea extensively and even teaches other dental professionals about how to recognize sleep apnea in their patients.

Just as sleep apnea can be related to dental conditions, an issue in the ear, nose, lungs or throat may also be the source of the problem. When treating sleep apnea, we collaborate with ENT doctors, pulmonologists and sleep medicine specialists to ensure we pinpoint the root of the apnea and find an optimal solution.

If you suspect you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact our friendly staff at Greg D. Larson, D.D.S. Sleep apnea can drastically disrupt your life, dental health and overall wellbeing if left ignored, but its treatment is simple and effective.

Greg D. Larson is a trusted source of preventive care, cosmetic solutions, restorative treatment and Invisalign in the San Francisco area.

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Nourish Your Smile During National Nutrition Month

SAN FRANCISCO- Thanks to St. Patrick’s Day, many people don green in March. We at Greg D. Larson, D.D.S. think they should be eating their greens, instead. Did you know March is National Nutrition Month?

What you eat and drink not only fuels your body, but it contributes to your risk of acquiring gum disease and tooth decay. If your diet lacks fruits and vegetables, it may manifest in your teeth and gums. Vitamin deficiencies can bring about unpleasant oral conditions, like sores, bleeding and an increased susceptibility to infections.

“Not surprisingly, many foods that are harmful for your body are also detrimental to your oral health,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a San Francisco dentist. “On the other side of the token, teeth and gums benefit from a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Your mouth is not isolated from the rest of the body, so it’s wise to also consider your dental health when making food choices.”

Nourish Your Smile

To fittingly observe National Nutrition Month, here a few super foods that nourish your body as well as your smile. Eat up!

  • Kale: This leafy green is loaded with vitamin A, which promotes a strong dentin layer and overall healthy teeth.
  • Apples: An apple a day keeps the dentist happy. Eating apples stimulates saliva production, which washes away plaque and bacteria while creating a healthier oral environment.
  • Avocados: This folate-rich fruit nourishes teeth while helping to prevent the onset of gum disease.
  • Strawberries: Enjoying a few strawberries can help remove plaque, since their seeds double as cleaners for the surface of your teeth. Strawberries are also packed with vitamin C, which aids periodontal health and inhibits the formation of plaque.
  • Pineapple: These tangy fruits supply benefits similar to the strawberry’s. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, which fortifies gums and helps defend against plaque buildup and tooth decay.
  • Celery: While celery isn’t known to be much more than a compliment to wings, this veggie can act as an edible toothbrush of sorts. Biting into and chewing a crunchy stick of celery can help loosen lodged food debris and plaque. Celery’s high water content also helps keeps oral tissues moist and bacteria at bay.

At Greg D. Larson, D.D.S., we suggest you combine a nutritious diet with good oral hygiene and regular professional dentistry to experience optimal dental health. Good food choices promote strong teeth and gums, but at-home and professional hygienic care is the only way to ensure you’re smile is as healthy and brilliant as possible.

Happy National Nutrition Month from Dr. Larson and our team. Greg D. Larson is a trusted provider of preventive care, dental implants, teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry in the San Francisco area.

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“Paleo” Diet Wasn’t So Great For Ancient Teeth

a special dietSAN FRANCISCO- In the world of nutrition, going “Paleo” is the latest trend. This ancient diet, which is void of most grains, is toning up waistlines, but its effects on the teeth of our predecessors wasn’t so pleasing.

According to an NPR article, tooth decay was rampant among cavemen who lived thousands of years ago. The article is based on the research of Louise Humphrey, a paleo-anthropologist with the Natural History Museum in London, who studied the remains of about 50 Stone Age people residing in “The Cave of Pigeons” in Morocco.

Apparently, our paleolithic predecessors could have benefited from a dentist. More than 90 percent of subjects studied had severe tooth decay, and many teeth were reduced to “polished roots.” Humphrey said the findings were shocking, because other ancient populations did not appear to have such extensive caries.

In addition to the typical caveman cuisine of meats, veggies, berries and tubers, evidence in the Moroccan cave suggest residents dined on squishy snails and crunchy acorns that left a sticky residue on teeth.

Of course, there were no toothbrushes or floss to be found.

Many pin the dawn of tooth decay on the emergence of the hunter/gatherer culture, which introduced grains into the diet. Carbohydrates convert to sugar in the mouth, which produces enamel-eroding bacteria. Humphrey’s research, however, questions the notion that grains were to blame for decay and paleolithic diets were inherently healthy for teeth.

It’s a little too late for the cave families, but Humphrey’s research applies to us today.

“I think the research reiterates that, in terms of keeping teeth healthy, maintaining good hygiene is slightly more effective than just avoiding foods  known for breeding oral bacteria,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a trusted provider of dentistry in San Francisco. “You need to be mindful of how certain foods impact your teeth, but any food can be toxic if you neglect brushing and flossing.”

Not surprisingly, the modern interpretation of the Paleo diet has improved upon the snail-eating tendencies of the original diet. There’s no munching on crunchy acorns, and minimal grain and sugar consumption helps prevent cavities. As long as routine professional care and good oral hygiene habits are implemented, teeth and gums should remain healthy.

Are you on a special diet? If you’re concerned your nutrition plan may be harming your teeth, contact us. We’ll make sure your oral health is thriving so you can achieve the beautiful smile and body you deserve!

Greg D. Larson, DDS provides a broad variety of dental solutions, including professional cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, veneers, dental implants and teeth whitening in the San Francisco area. Contact our Jackson Square office to learn more.

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Greg D. Larson, DDS Discusses the Oral/General Health Connection

Beautiful woman with a perfect smileSAN FRANCISCO- Think dental health begins and ends in your mouth? Think again. The condition of your teeth and gums plays a major role in the development or worsening of many systemic health conditions.

“Oral health is a window to our general health,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “The mouth is a gateway to the bloodstream and an ideal environment for bacteria growth, so it’s wise for patients to place the same importance on the condition of their teeth and gums as they would on the rest of their body.”

Dental and general health share a closer bond than many realize. Oral bacteria contributes to a variety of maladies that manifest in other areas of the body. Most of this bacteria is harmless in normal quantities, but neglecting oral hygiene can cause the bacteria to multiply and trigger periodontal (gum) disease and decay, both of which are serious bacterial infections that call for prompt professional care.

With many illnesses, the mouth/body connection runs both ways, meaning changes in teeth and gums often signify a progressing general health issue.

How does poor dental health put you at risk?

Gums inflamed by periodontal disease play a big part in many systemic illnesses. WebMD reports people with severe gum disease are 40 percent more likely to suffer another chronic illness.

Periodontal disease is brought on when irritants from food debris and plaque aren’t removed in a timely manner, causing the gums to grow infected. Gingivitis, which is reversible, is the first stage of periodontal disease. In response to infection, the immune system attempts to control the infected area, which makes the gums inflamed. Chemicals released from the inflammation attack the gums and bones that anchor teeth. This results in periodontitis, the most severe form of periodontal disease.

We at Greg D. Larson, DDS want you to be informed about the threats to your smile and body. Being aware of these threats can help you identify and resolve a growing problem early. Here are the most common systemic ailments connected to poor dental health:

Cardiovascular disease. Poor oral health, specifically periodontal disease, is closely linked to cardiovascular issues like heart attack and stroke. Both share risk factors, such as smoking and obesity. According to one WebMD article, about 91 percent of patients with heart disease also suffer periodontitis.

While details of the gum/heart connection require more research, most doctors believe inflammation in the gums triggers inflammation in the bloodstream. Blood vessels that are inflamed inhibit blood flow to the heart and other areas of the body, which spikes blood pressure. Increased pressure could also cause plaque in the arteries to travel to the brain and cause heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes. The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is so strong, The American Academy of Periodontology acknowledges the disease as a side effect of diabetes.

More than 20 million Americans suffer from diabetes, a condition that prevents its victims from processing sugar correctly due to a lack of insulin. Inflammation from periodontal disease appears to impair the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar even further. Conversely, diabetes shrinks the body’s resistance to infections, such as periodontal disease. A perfect environment for infection is created when blood sugar is high.

While it takes more than healthy gums to reverse a case of diabetes, The American Dental Association says managing periodontal disease and reducing inflammation can have a positive effect on diabetes. So, implementing a thorough oral hygiene routine may indeed improve a diabetic’s condition.

Endocarditis. Endocarditis strikes when the inner lining of the heart becomes infected by bacteria and germs from other parts of the body, like the mouth. It is a life-threatening condition. Oral bacteria reaches the heart through swollen, bleeding gums affected by periodontal disease. When gums are inflamed, germs and bacteria originating in the mouth have access to the bloodstream.

Pregnancy complications. If you’re pregnant and have poor oral health, your baby may suffer the consequences. Inflammation and infection seem to affect babies in utero. That’s why low birth weight and premature birth are linked to periodontitis in the mother. Both situations can elicit serious problems for the baby, including heart and lung conditions and learning disorders.

Other factors contribute to low birth weight and premature birth, but ensuring gums stay thriving will help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. With that said, achieving good gum health as an expectant mother is easier said than done. Thanks to surging levels of the progesterone, “pregnancy gingivitis” impacts 50 to 70 percent of women during pregnancy.

Thankfully, diligent brushing and flossing can combat pregnancy gingivitis. Periodontitis, not gingivitis (mild and reversible gum disease), interferes with pregnancy. Our advice to expectant mothers is to make sure gingivitis does not advance to periodontitis.

Protect your smile and body.

As you’ve learned, dental health isn’t isolated from the rest of the body. In addition to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Endocarditis and pregnancy complications, researchers suspect oral health is linked to osteoporosis, lung conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. Are you feeling extra motivation to brush and floss yet?

“You simply can’t be your best with poor dental health,” says Dr. Larson. “Keeping teeth and gums clean is an easy way to reduce your risk factors for so many dental and systemic health conditions.”

The best defense against periodontal disease and tooth decay is resting on your bathroom counter. Proper use of a toothbrush combined with regular flossing, professional preventive care and smart food choices provide the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. Here are our guidelines:

  • With an electric or soft-bristled toothbrush, brush twice daily for at least two minutes. Use a gentle brushing motion to reach the gum line and tongue.
  • Floss daily with the appropriate floss for your tooth spacing.
  • Use a non-alcoholic, antimicrobial mouthwash according to its dosage recommendation.
  • Limit consumption of sugary foods and try to avoid snacking between meals.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Visit a dentist for preventive care two to four times each year.

Just as dental health affects overall wellbeing, general health issues should alter your approach to dental hygiene. Your oral care routine should be personalized, not based on a cookie cutter format. Speak to us about different products and a personalized maintenance system that addresses your oral and systemic environment. Many different tools are available, such as compact toothbrush heads, anti-sensitivity toothpaste, prescription strength fluoride pastes and rinses, tongue scrapers and floss aides, to name a few.

You may need to adjust your oral hygiene routine according to your unique health needs and medications you are taking. For example, painkillers, decongestants, antihistamines and diuretics reduce saliva flow in the mouth, which increases your risk for decay and periodontal disease. If you’re taking one of these medications or have an illness which causes dry mouth, we urge you to stay hydrated and add an extra brushing routine into your day.

How we can help.    

Proper at-home care is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth and living well, but routine preventive dentistry is the only way to ensure your teeth and gums are truly healthy. Only a dentist possesses the expertise and tools to spot developing health concerns and remove hidden plaque and tartar. Professional cleanings at scheduled intervals that support your healthy pH levels are key to combating bacteria’s incubation cycle and ceasing them from spreading to other areas of your body.

Professional care is also necessary to treat severe cases of periodontal disease, such as periodontitis. At Greg D. Larson, DDS, we combine periodontics with advanced treatments to restore gum health in a comfortable and efficient manner. No painful cutting or sewing required!

We understand the impact the body has on the condition of your smile, and on the contrary. That’s why we take a holistic approach to preventive care. At your initial visit with us, we ask that you inform us of you and your family’s medical history. Dr. Larson and our staff tailors treatment to each patient’s health needs. By providing care that meets your needs, you can achieve a strong smile and body.

Greg D. Larson, DDS is a trusted provider of comprehensive dental solutions like porcelain veneers, Invisalign, teeth whitening, periodontics and dental implants in the San Francisco area. Contact our friendly staff to learn more.

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Adult Orthodontic Treatment Hits Record Levels

WomanSAN FRANCISCO- Considering enhancing your appearance through orthodontic treatment? You’re not the only one. The American Association of Orthodontists says adults are seeking treatment at record levels.

According to an AAO study, the number of adult patients jumped 14 percent from 2010 to 2012. That equates to an all-time high of 1,225,850 patients ages 18 and older. Men in particular are opting to undergo treatment. As of 2012, the number of male patients rose 29 percent from 2010’s numbers.

A gorgeous smile is powerful. The study noted how people relate attractive teeth to professional success and a good social and love life. At Greg D. Larson, D.D.S., we understand the significant role your smile’s appearance plays in everyday actions. A beautiful smile will help you face the day with confidence and a smile.

The benefits of straight, healthy teeth don’t end at aesthetics. Patients with properly aligned teeth are less likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease, in addition enjoying a simplified dental hygiene routine.

The increase in patients can also be pinned on breakthrough treatments like Invisalign. Adults can finally achieve an aligned, healthy and stunning smile without committing to years of bulky and traditional methods. Our team at Greg D. Larson, D.D.S. offers Invisalign in our San Francisco office.

“Many adults don’t have extensive bite problems that require braces or other appliances. They simply want to align a few teeth and gain some confidence,” says San Francisco cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “Invisalign’s system allows us to shift teeth into better alignment easily with comfortable, personalized aligners.”

Invisalign delivers an incredible smile transformation comfortably and efficiently. A series of clear, plastic aligners are used to gently shift teeth into ideal alignment. These aligners are undetectable to others. Each one is customized to suit the patient’s bite, and are replaced every two weeks with an updated mold that reflects the desired adjustment in tooth position. No two smiles are the same, but the average duration of treatment is only one year.

As an added bonus, we’ll provide you with complimentary whitening gel to place in the aligner at night. It’s our way of enhancing your appearance even greater and saying “thanks” for trusting us with your smile.

To learn if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, visit us. We’ll gladly detail the benefits of this revolutionary treatment and determine if it’s the best approach for you. Rely on us for all your cosmetic dentistry needs, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, gum contouring and more. We look forward to providing you with a dazzling and healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off.

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Dr. Larson Uses KöR Whitening to Remove “Impossible” Stains

beautiful teethSAN FRANCISCO- Countless teeth whitening products and procedures carry one major caveat: they can’t remove tetracycline stains. Greg D. Larson, DDS offers a solution that can.

“We offer KöR Whitening, which can erase tetracycline stains,” says Dr. Greg Larson, a dentist in San Francisco. “Prior to KöR, tetracycline and other intrinsic stains were considered impossible to remove.”

If “tetracycline” leaves you scratching your head, you probably weren’t born before 1980. This antibiotic was widely used in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to treat infections, acne and stomach issues. While tetracycline helped improve the skin’s appearance, the drug left a distinct brown/gray coloring on the teeth of its young consumers, from fetus to age 8. It was common for pregnant women to take the drug, especially in the 50’s. Many adults with tetracycline stains acquired the discoloration in utero.

Unlike extrinsic stains from food and beverages, tetracycline calcifies within permanent teeth still developing in the gums and leaves a deep-set stain. Because the discoloration is engrained in the tooth structure, cosmetic dentists typically suggested porcelain veneers or crowns to improve the smile’s appearance. Before KöR, that is.

KöR Whitening is the first of its kind. It’s simple, convenient and improves upon the shortcomings of other whitening methods, like impermanence and the inability to remove intrinsic discoloration. According your whitening needs, the KöR system incorporates potent and fresh whitening gel (fresh bleach delivers superior results), a brief in-office buffering procedure and a custom take-home whitening tray. The oxygen from the gel penetrates the tooth’s inner layers and dissolves intrinsic stains.

Once placed in the mouth, most whitening trays only offer 25-35 minutes of active brightening, says DentistryIQ. Compare that to the KöR whitening tray, which powers through tough stains for 6+ hours as you sleep. This is credited to the exceptional whitening gel and KöR-Seal technology, which presses the gel closely yet comfortably against teeth, and blocks saliva from entering and diluting the whitening mixture.

The results are empowering. Patients who were told they couldn’t remove their tetracycline stains can now achieve the brilliantly white smile once thought to be impossible. In two to six weeks, teeth whitened with KöR are, typically, at least 16 shades lighter than before. This outcome is permanent with easy home maintenance.

The KöR system is remarkably powerful, but patients with tooth sensitivity can still enjoy its benefits. It took years of research and clinical testing, but the creators of KöR developed a whitening gel that produces little to no sensitivity and delivers the same great results. Should discomfort occur, it’s typically no more than 10 percent of what patients feel from other systems, according to KöR’s website.

Not every cosmetic dentistry provider offers KöR. We are proud to administer this revolutionary treatment in our relaxing and friendly office environment. Using KöR’s methods, Dr. Larson will craft a whitening routine ideally suited for your smile and lifestyle. Dark tetracycline stains can be a problem of the past without surgery or discomfort. To discover more about KöR teeth whitening in San Francisco, contact our office today.

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Tooth Loss Affects Your Dental Health, Not Just Looks

A dentist and a nurseSAN FRANCISCO- The issue of tooth loss is deeper than aesthetics. When a missing tooth is left unresolved, your dental health suffers more than your looks.

“The purpose of tooth replacement isn’t purely cosmetic,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Greg Larson. “When a tooth is missing, it elicits responses that are detrimental to the health of your smile.”

Whether it was from years of poor diet and hygiene, a dental condition or mouth trauma, a single missing tooth is likely to trigger surrounding teeth to tilt into the empty space and throw teeth out of proper alignment. An unstable bite and TMJ soreness can ensue. This occurrence is referred to as mesial drift, and it can undo years (and thousands of dollars) worth of orthodontic treatment.

A super eruption is another possible consequence of unaddressed tooth loss. This phenomenon occurs when the missing tooth’s opposite has no opposing force to press against when eating or speaking, rendering it useless. In response, the tooth will rise further into the space where the missing tooth once existed, leaving its sensitive root exposed to pain-inflicting hot or cold temperatures. Since the root does not have an enamel layer, it’s highly susceptible to decay.

As teeth shift and jut upward or downwards, gaps for food to accumulate develop and your ability to chew food properly may be inhibited. Drastic changes in the position of teeth are capable of negatively impact your periodontal health.

“Without question, gum disease is more apt to strike in patients with one or more missing teeth,” says Dr. Larson. “The portion of the gum that once supported a tooth is left completely vulnerable to harmful bacteria and irritants from food debris.”

At Greg D. Larson, DDS, we offer various methods of tooth replacement. We take a personalized approach to tooth replacement, because every patient’s smile has a unique anatomy. Depending on factors like the number of teeth missing and gum health, different treatments may be more appropriate than others. Dr. Larson is a renowned cosmetic dentist with years of administering restorative solutions like dental implants, which offer a permanent solution that’s natural in appearance. Bridges and full and partial dentures are also available.

Are one or more of your teeth missing? We want you to regain self-confidence and good dental health. Let us help. Give our friendly team a call to learn additional information about implant dentistry in San Francisco and other reliable tooth replacement options.

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