How a Happy Visit Can Make Young Children More Comfortable

How do you feel when you learn you have to go to the DMV? Do you have positive or negative associations with the emergency room? We’re willing to bet you don’t feel enthused about either of these places because your experiences there weren’t positive. This is why many children don’t like going to the dentist if they don’t visit regularly …

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which is Right for You?

Many of our patients wonder: when it comes to Invisalign vs. traditional braces, which is the better? The answer is different for everyone because you must decide what’s best for you—your preferences, lifestyle, and, of course, your orthodontic needs. At Dental Associates of Lodi, we offer Invisalign treatment, but if we feel it’s not a fit for you, we can …

Dental Phobia: What You Need to Know

Dental anxiety and phobia are more common than most people think. One bad experience in the dentist’s chair may be enough to develop a lifelong aversion to going to the dentist. A fear of needles or medical procedures can also trigger anxiety while getting dental care.  Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone: 36% of Americans …

Diabetes and Gum Disease: What You Should Know

Time and time again, research has shown how oral health and overall health are closely linked. We know that when there is disease in the mouth, it can impact your body—and that the reverse is true as well. One example of this in action is the connection between diabetes and gum disease. Patients who have diabetes are at a higher …

How to Prevent Cavities: What You Should Know

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to tooth decay. It’s much easier to take measures to prevent cavities from developing rather than treating cavities once they’ve occurred. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent tooth decay, and when you use a few of them, you can optimize your oral …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth because they address tooth loss both above and below the gum line. Unless you’re getting immediate-load dental implants, the process takes some time and patience, but when all is said and done, you’ll be left with a lifelong solution that functions, looks, and feels very much like …

4 Tips to Protect Your Teeth as You Get Older

We’re all familiar with the tell-tale signs of aging. We notice gray hairs and crow’s feet, our knees start cracking when we walk up the stairs and suddenly it’s a lot harder to get up after crouching down in the garden to pull weeds. Just like the rest of the body, our gums and teeth start to show signs of …

What Can I Eat After Dental Surgery?

A common question we hear at Dental Associates of Lodi is, The best foods to eat after a dental surgery (like wisdom teeth extraction or dental implants) need to have two characteristics: they should have a high nutrient value and be easy to eat to promote recovery. Some examples include: Cool soft/liquid food High nutrient value There are no major …

Dental Implant and Crown: Is This Combination Right for You?

When you need to replace a single missing tooth, your options are a dental bridge or a dental implant and crown. While bridges are a popular option for many patients, dental implants are becoming increasingly common because they are the only restoration that addresses the effects of tooth loss both above and below the gum line. Here’s what you need …

TMJ Treatment: What Are My Options?

On both sides of your jaw, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a sliding hinge whenever you open or close your mouth. Without these joints and the jaw muscles and ligaments surrounding them, you wouldn’t be able to bite, chew, speak, or swallow. Despite their importance, most people don’t give much thought to their TMJs—unless they become painful. Here are …