Where Did The Woven Dental Floss Go?

Many dentists and dental hygienists recommend woven dental floss for our patients.  Its fibrous texture does a great job of removing the plaque which can cause irritated gums, which we call gingivitis, and bone loss around the teeth, which we call gum disease.  For years, the best, and possibly only, woven dental floss on the market was Reach Gentle Gum Care.  But in the past few years, it’s been getting harder and harder to find in the stores. Well, it appears that Johnson and Johnson has moved woven dental floss from its Reach division to its Listerine division.  They’ve kept the same basic name (now it’s called Listerine Gentle Gum Care).  It has the same woven texture, which is most important.  And it still says it’s mint flavored on the packaging.  But it’s a different “mint” flavor than the Reach version.  It has what some describe as a cinnamon flavor to it.  And  it no longer contains fluoride, which isn’t really a very big deal. So if you’ve been looking for the woven dental floss that many dentists and dental hygienists recommend, look no more for Reach.  Instead, look for Listerine Gentle Gum Care.  If you don’t see it in your local market or Target, ask the manager if they can order some.  The more people who ask for it, the easier it will be to find in the future. Dr. Steve Roseville Family Dentist Steven...

New App To Make Toothbrushing Fun For Kids!

There’s a brand new app called Toothsavers Brushing Game.  The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives (a group of 36 organizations, including the American Dental Association, recognized as experts in the field of oral health) created it to encourage kids to brush for a full two minutes twice a day. You can find out more about it here.  And if you want to try out the game online, you can do so here. The app is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. So give it a try and get your kids brushing! Dr. SteveRoseville Family Dentist Dr. Steve Dr. Steven Lee graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1985. He was a dental examiner on the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey (NHANES III). And he is the leader of the American River Study Club. Dr. Lee has been practicing general dentistry in Roseville CA for the last 18...

LumaDent LED Headlight

Lately, dentists have been using headlights to better see their dental work.  I’ve always felt they were way overpriced (some cost over $1,000) and not really necessary.  But since Dr. Lynn and our dental hygienists have been happily using dental headlights for quite some time now, I finally decided to take the plunge and get one for myself.  Last October, after much research, I bought a LumaDent LED headlight.  At $400, it is one of the least expensive headlights out there, but it works great and is super light weight.  Since they didn’t have a mount which fit my dental loupes, I had to jury-rig it using dental composite filling material.  I’ve been loving it ever since. A few weeks ago, one of the wire connectors loosened, so I sent it back to be repaired.  Apparently in December, they started making them with metal connectors to prevent this exact problem.  I sent it right before my vacation hoping it would be back when I returned. When I got back from vacation, it hadn’t come back yet.  So I called and was told they had not received it yet.  Another week later, I called and it still hadn’t arrived.  (I guess I shouldn’t have sent it USPS!  My bad.)  I asked how much it would be for a new headlight without the battery pack.  Don (or was it Jose?) said they normally charge $250, but they would discount it for me because they understand how disappointing it is to lose something in the mail.  I figured they’d knock it down to about $200, but I ended up paying less than...

Not Using Your CPAP? Want To Breathe Better At Night?

Do you or someone you know in Roseville/Granite Bay area have sleep apnea but are unable to wear a CPAP machine?  Do you snore?  Do you have high blood pressure (treated or untreated)?  Has someone ever observed you choking or struggling for air when your asleep?  Do you have a large neck?  Answering yes to any of these may be a sign that you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  I just came back from a very informative two day seminar on treating sleep apnea with oral appliances (OA).  As noted in a previous blog, dental sleep appliances made by a dentist can be very effective in treating sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, if left untreated, is associated with some very serious conditions, including: High blood pressure Obesity Congestive heart failure Atrial fibrillation Diabetes Coronary artery disease In addition, sleep apnea can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnolence), which can be dangerous for people who drive or fly a lot.  And the heavy snoring often associated with it can drive a wedge between couples who must sleep in separate rooms. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states “oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer OAs to CPAP, or who do not respond to CPAP, are not appropriate candidates for CPAP, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP”.  Even people with severe sleep apnea have been successfully treated with oral appliances. So if you or somebody you know in the Roseville/Granite Bay area have sleep apnea and are not using a CPAP, contact me to see if an oral appliance might help. You CAN breathe easier!...

Patient appreciation quarterly drawing!

Patients will be given a ticket when they: · Schedule their next appointment before leaving the office. · Keep their scheduled appointment without any changes. · Pay their balance or their estimated patient portion at the end of their appoinment. They will write their first name and phone # on the ticket and drop it into the bowl. The tickets will be collected from the first through the last day of the quarter.  The winner will be drawn on the first day of the next quarter.  (Feb 1, June 1, Sept 1, Nov 1) Here at Yamamoto and Lee, Family Dentistry we are dedicated to providing top quality dentistry and overall service to our patients.  In return, we have many wonderful patients- patients who do the following: · Schedule their next appointment before leaving the office. · Keep their scheduled appointment without any changes. · Pay their balance or their estimated patient portion at the end of their appointment. In order to show our appreciation, we will have quarterly drawings for those who continue to do these things for us.   For each of these things you do at your next appointment, you will get a ticket to put your name and phone number on.  Just drop your tickets into the bowl.   The first winner will be drawn on Sept 1, 2010.  We will be giving away an iPod Nano-8GB ($149 value).  Future prizes to be determined. Thanks to all of our great patients!  Good luck! Dr. Steve Dr. Steven Lee graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1985. He was a dental examiner on the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey...

The most important advancement in fluoride in recent years…

Dental Products Report and  Modern Hygienist came out with a great article on fluoride varnish.  (To read the article, click on the logo to the left.)  We offer varnish as an alternative to fluoride gel in trays for patients we think could benefit from it (for a small additional fee).  Next time you come in for your cleaning, ask us if you could benefit from varnish. Dr. Steve Dr. Steve Dr. Steven Lee graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1985. He was a dental examiner on the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey (NHANES III). And he is the leader of the American River Study Club. Dr. Lee has been practicing general dentistry in Roseville CA for the last 18...