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Oral Sedation FAQs

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on February 25, 2019 Oral sedation FAQs

Approximately 15 percent of Americans experience some form of dental fear or anxiety, some so much that they avoid visiting the dentist altogether. Unfortunately, skipping routine dental exams and cleanings can open the door to a slew of oral health problems. Dr. Wayne Sutton is...

Unhappy with Your Smile? Consider a Smile Makeover in 2019

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on January 26, 2019 Smile makeover in 2019

The beginning of a new year offers the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. If you feel that the appearance of your teeth is holding you back from achieving your goals, Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles encourages you to consider a smile makeover in...

What to Do About a Gummy Smile

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on December 27, 2018 Correcting a gummy smile

If you feel that your gums overshadow your teeth when you laugh, speak or smile, you are not alone. Many individuals have what is known as a “gummy smile,” which is caused by excessive gum tissue that makes teeth appear shorter than they should. Fortunately,...

Understanding the Differences Between Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on November 27, 2018 Dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers

If a minor crack, chip or other cosmetic blemish of the teeth is preventing you from smiling confidently, know that you have options with cosmetic dentistry. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two such options that Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles offers at his...

Dr. Sutton Answers Your Questions about Fountain of Youth® Dentures

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on October 28, 2018 Questions about Fountain of Youth® Dentures

For patients missing all or most of their teeth, Fountain of Youth® dentures (FOY) offer a second chance at a restored smile without the downsides of traditional dentures. Traditional dentures  are considered by many to be bulky and artificial-looking. FOY dentures offer an enhanced fit...

Signs You May Have TMJ Disorder — and How Dr. Sutton Can Help

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on September 28, 2018 Signs of TMJ disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder refers to issues affecting the TMJ, the jaw muscles and nerves surrounding it. TMJ disorder is caused by chronic stress on the joint, which can be a result of a misaligned bite, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or muscle imbalance. A common...

Why Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products May Not Give You the Results You Want

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on August 29, 2018

Each year, Americans spend millions of dollars on over-the-counter teeth whitening products, including toothpastes, gels, strips and trays. While these over-the-counter whitening products provide many advantages (e.g., convenience, cost effectiveness), many people still wonder: do they actually work? The truth is, most store bought whitening...

Can Clear Braces Effectively Treat Crooked Teeth?

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on July 30, 2018 Effectiveness of ClearCorrect braces

Are you looking for the best way to improve the appearance of crooked, misaligned teeth? Have you thought about using a system of clear braces, but questioned their effectiveness? Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles is often asked whether clear braces can successfully correct orthodontic...

What Are the Fountain of Youth® Dentures?

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on June 30, 2018 Fountain of Youth Dentures

Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles is pleased to offer patients that need dentures a breakthrough technology called the Fountain of Youth® Dentures. Fountain of Youth, or FOY, dentures are uniquely designed to fit, feel and function better than traditional dentures. As an added benefit,...

ADA: 1/3 of Millennials Hesitate to Smile

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on May 31, 2018 America’s largest living generation is facing widespread oral health problems — problems so severe, they make life “less satisfying” for those affected. According to a recent study from the American Dental Association, one in three millennials (defined as adults between the ages of 18 to 34) is reluctant to smile because of tooth or mouth problems. Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles delves deeper into this distressing study below. What the ADA Found The research arm of the ADA surveyed a group of American adults about their oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization, and were particularly interested in what the millennial generation reported. Here’s what they discovered: • Millennials had the highest rate of untreated tooth decay (30 percent) of any age group surveyed. • Thirty five percent of millennials reported they have trouble biting and chewing. • Thirty three percent of millennials said they were reluctant to smile because of oral health problems. • Thirty eight percent of millennials said they find life “less satisfying” because of oral health problems. • Twenty eight percent of millennials believe the appearance of their teeth compromises their ability to interview for jobs. Why are so many millennials experiencing oral health problems and related complications? The ADA learned that only 30 percent of millennials visit the dentist each year. Without preventative visits and professional cleanings, millennials put themselves at risk of serious problems including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Why Are Millennials Reluctant to Visit the Dentist? One reason why millennials don’t seek out the dental care they need is that they might assume that if they aren’t experiencing any pain, their oral health is not in question. This is misguided, as some dental problems develop and advance without causing any noticeable pain or symptoms. Regular dental exams are the only way to detect these types of problems. Another reason why millennials may not seek out professional care is that they are more likely to Google symptoms or problems and self-diagnose themselves. Self-diagnosis could result in a serious problem worsening without any professional intervention. Finally, millennials may be going without dental insurance coverage — perhaps because it is not offered through their employer or because they cannot afford the premiums. An ADA survey found that many millennials were confused by dental plan brochures and unfamiliar with the dental terms used in the literature. Contact Dr. Wayne Sutton Dr. Wayne Sutton believes that everyone deserves quality dental care and a smile they can be proud of — no matter what their age is. If you feel your smile holds you back in any way, Dr. Sutton invites you to schedule an appointment with him to discuss your concerns. Please call (707) 585-2555 or email Sonoma Smiles today to book your visit.

America’s largest living generation is facing widespread oral health problems — problems so severe, they make life “less satisfying” for those affected. According to a recent study from the American Dental Association, one in three millennials (defined as adults between the ages of 18 to...

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