Habits That May Be Harming Your Teeth

Habits that may harm your teeth

Brushing and flossing, paired with biannual dental checkups, are essential oral hygiene habits that you must keep up for good dental health. But even then, keeping your smile healthy can be difficult as other everyday habits can damage your teeth and gums without you knowing it. Here, Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles reveals four…

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ADA: 1/3 of Millennials Hesitate to Smile

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 34) is reluctant to smile because of tooth or mouth…

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What to Do If You’re Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity

Experiencing tooth sensitivity in Sonoma, CA

If you’ve ever felt a sharp, searing tooth pain when drinking a hot beverage or breathing in cold air, you’re not alone. The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that nearly 40 million Americans experience tooth sensitivity at one point or another. In this post, Dr. Wayne Sutton reveals some of the common causes of tooth…

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Dental Exam

At Sonoma Smiles, Dr. Wayne Sutton and our team understand that life can get busy and schedules can fill up with important obligations. It can be tempting to cancel or put off a scheduled dental exam and cleaning because your list of other responsibilities is high. However, we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Here’s why.

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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Just like replacing a worn pair of shoes or clothes that have faded, it’s important to replace a toothbrush or electric toothbrush head that is past its prime. Failing to do so could put your oral health at risk. Read on as Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles explains how often you should replace your…

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Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants

If you have a missing tooth, you have two primary options for tooth replacement. You can choose between a dental implant or a dental bridge, and each is associated with its own set of pros and cons. In this blog post, Rohnert Park dentist Dr. Wayne Sutton discusses the differences between the two options.

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How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Overall Health

Millions of American adults currently have some form of gum disease. Not only does gum disease put them at risk of tooth loss and other dental complications, but science now suggests that it may also increase the risk that they develop major systemic health issues.  An increasing body of research shows a link between periodontal…

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Back-to-School Dental Tips

In the flurry of the back-to-school season, don’t let your family’s oral health slide. Dr. Wayne Sutton, a trusted dentist in Rohnert Park , has you covered. Here, he shares his best dental health tips to remember as your family goes back to school.

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