Archive | Preventative Dentistry

Stages of Cavities

How Do Cavities Start?

You do your best to brush and floss. You make sure that you get your dental checkups. But then, you get the dreaded news; you have cavities. How can this happen?!? Well, the first thing to remember is don’t panic, and don’t beat yourself up over a minor setback. These things can happen, even to […]

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Dental Appointment

Skipping the Dentist?

Don’t Even Think About Skipping! Understandably, you may find yourself skipping a dental appointment now and then. We recognize that life events and unforeseen circumstances can sometimes get in the way. Of course, we appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible when these situations arise. The earlier we know of a change in […]

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Elderly Mother and Daughter

Elderly Care For Teeth

Excellent Oral Hygiene is Important For the Elderly So take the time to support and encourage older friends and family members. With elderly patients, it’s more critical than ever to maintain good oral health, since they may already be dealing with damaged or decaying teeth. So, if you have an aging parent, relative, or friend, […]

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Dental Mouthguards

Athletic Mouthguards

Custom-fitted Mouthguards in Carmichael, CA Mouthguards can protect teeth during contact sports and other risky activities. Accidents happen… and dental injuries during athletic competition are an all-too-common occurrence. Once a tooth is cracked, broken—or worse, knocked out—there’s no going back. It’s for keeps. The National Institute of Dental Research reports a dramatic drop in mouth […]

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Dental Exam

Become a “Regular” Patient

And Come Visit us at Mark Backhus, DDS! Professional teeth cleanings and dental checkups in Carmichael, CA As a patient, receiving regular dental checkups and cleanings (along with proper at-home brushing and flossing) is the best thing you can do for your dental health. With regular care, we can clean those hard-to-reach areas before they […]

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Happy Smiling Patient

Grow Older with Your Teeth

As we grow older, it’s natural for changes in our mouths, gums, and jawbone to occur. However (thanks to preventive dentistry) people nowadays are keeping their natural teeth longer and longer. Prevent Tooth Loss as you Grow Older Neglect is the main cause of tooth loss, and most problems can be prevented with a simple […]

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Man with Mouthwash

Should You Use Mouthwash?

The Answer is… Maybe! Mouthwash, or mouth rinses, are primarily used to remove food debris after brushing and flossing. They provide a pleasant taste, freshen the breath, and (depending on the active ingredient) can also protect against plaque & bacteria, periodontal disease, and/or cavities. So should everyone use mouthwash? Not exactly. Some people who use […]

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Man Grinding His Teeth

Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of teeth. It’s a fairly common habit with about 1 in 3 exhibiting the behavior, yet most don’t even realize they’re affected. That’s partly because bruxism can occur while sleeping at night, but also because the habit develops subconsciously, usually due to stress or anxiety. Recognizing […]

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