Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Premier provider of Invisalign orthodontic treatments

Our office maintains certification as a premier provider of Invisalign orthodontic treatments. Invisalign offers an innovative way of straightening teeth with aligners that are virtually undetectable. This means that, instead of metal braces, people can smile their usual smile while benefitting from state-of-the-art transparent alignment technology.

At an initial consultation, we at Precious Dental Care determines whether patients’ teeth are suited for Invisalign treatment. If Invisalign is a viable treatment option, she writes out a plan and takes an impression, X-rays, and photographs of both sets of teeth. These are submitted to Invisalign and used in constructing a perfectly fitted series of orthodontic aligners. 3-D technology allows these aligners to have slightly different dimensions, representing the millimeter-by-millimeter corrections achieved by the aligners over a period of weeks. Specifically, each aligner exerts a minute shift in teeth alignment over a period of two weeks, at which point it is replaced by the next in the series. At the end of the treatment period, the teeth have significantly straightened.

The benefits of Invisalign go beyond the cosmetic: because no metal braces are involved, the aligners are more comfortable. In addition, the aligners can simply be removed during brushing, eating, and flossing, preventing many issues experienced with braces. Invisalign also avoids problems associated with braces and tooth decay. As many as 50 percent of patients with braces experience tooth demineralization, while the roots of teeth of most long-term brace wearers shorten.

We are proud to be counted among Invisalign’s Premier Providers, ranking among the top practitioners in Northern America. Visit the Precious Dental Care website at, or call (510) 790-7900 to schedule a free Invisalign consultation.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Diabetes and Dental Care

A link exists between dental problems and diabetes. According to the National Diabetes Association, almost one-third of people who have diabetes also suffer from severe periodontal disease, and adults with poorly controlled diabetes are nearly three times more likely to experience advanced periodontitis than those whose disease is under control. Along with periodontal disease, people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may experience a higher incidence of tooth decay and cavities. This increased risk is due largely to the amount of sugar present in the blood in a poorly controlled case of diabetes. As a result, people with diabetes experience higher rates of tooth loss than those without it.

Fortunately, people with diabetes can fight gum disease and tooth loss. The first and most important tool in doing so is controlling blood sugar levels. Once diagnosed, people with diabetes can work with their doctors to monitor blood sugar and make adjustments to control it via diet and/or medication. Controlling blood sugar can help reduce the risk of dental disease. As a person with diabetes, being aware that you may be more prone to gum disease and tooth decay can help, as well. Watch your gums closely, and see your dentist if you notice any redness, swelling, bleeding, dry mouth, loose teeth, or pain.

Conscientious oral hygiene is also important. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings. Talk with your dentist about your diabetes so she can monitor you closely and make recommendations as needed.

About the author: Dr. Vaishali Bhavsar is the owner of and dentist with Precious Dental Care, a family and cosmetic dentistry practice in Fremont, California. Every year, she takes more than 100 hours of continuing education to maintain the highest level of knowledge and care for her patients.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Precious Dental Plan to Prevent Tooth Decay

When it comes to cavities, bacteria are public enemy number #1.Tooth decay or Cavities occurs when foods containing sugars and starches settle on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities, or caries.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Preferably, brush after each meal and especially before going to bed.
  2. Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental cleaners.
  3. Eat Healthy Food, avoid soda, chips or food high in carbohydrates
  4. Drink fluoridated water
  5. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exam.
Don’t wait until it hurts
We hear all the time, "Nothing hurts... I don't have any problems". But tooth decay doesn't hurt! Until, that is, it gets close to the nerve of the tooth.
Then a crown, root canal …becomes necessary. Do preventive checkup and cleaning before is too late.

Remember Prevention is better then cure and it cost less....