Free Wifi

Yamamoto and Lee, Family Dentistry now has FREE WIFI.  When you come in for your appointment, or if you are waiting for someone with an appointment, feel free to bring your laptop or smart phone.  Just ask a staff member for the passcode and sign on!  We know your time is valuable.  We thought this could help you stay productive (or maybe just more entertained!). Dr....

Xylitol Gum Helps Prevent Decay…

…but it will cost you at least $12-20/month to get enough xylitol to make a difference.  Dentists have known about the benefits of xylitol for years.  But the cost to benefit ratio has not made sense for most people (about a year ago, it cost around $30/month).  Plus, chewing gum 4-6 times every day could be a problem for people with TMJ issues. In order to prevent decay, studies suggest you need to chew 1-2 grams, 4-6 times a day.  I don’t believe there are any over-the-counter gums you can buy in stores which have high enough xylitol levels.  I called Trident, and they said the amount of xylitol in their Trident and Stride gums is proprietary and they would not disclose the amount.  Online sources say Trident gum has 0.17 gm per stick.  That’s 6 sticks at a time to get enough xylitol! Still, if you’re having ongoing decay issues depite reducing sugar between meals, xylitol gum could be very helpful, provided you’re willing to chew that often.  For further information on preventing tooth decay with xylitol gum, here’s a couple websites for you.  Xylitol.org does a good job of explaining what xylitol is and how to use it.  Xylitolpreventscavities.com lists some gums you can get online with enough xylitol to be effective. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Dr....

Green Roseville- renewable energy for our dental office

Have we ever mentioned that Yamamoto and Lee was one of the first businesses to sign up for Roseville’s Renewable Energy program?  We pay a few cents more per kWH to ensure our electricity comes from renewable sources, like wind and solar.  We believe it’s important to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and help protect our environment.  My family also pariticipates at home, and we encourage all of you with Roseville Electric to join us!  For more details, go to Roseville’s Green Roseville page.  Help us make a difference. Dr....

New Product- Dental Sleep Appliances

I’m sure you’ve heard of sleep apnea by now.  Most of us either have it or know someone who has it.  Since it affects one of my two favorite hobbies (eating and sleeping), I’m glad to announce that we are now able to make dental appliances to help those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). First, you would have to be properly diagnosed at a sleep clinic.  As dentists, we are not trained to diagnose or treat OSA.  And you need to know that the gold standard of treatment is a CPAP machine, which helps force air into the lungs when you sleep.  The problem with CPAP machines is that many people stop wearing them for various reasons, and like most devices, if you don’t use it, it doesn’t work very well. Studies have shown that people are more likely to wear a dental sleep appliance long term.  They are recommended for people with mild to moderate OSA.  But studies have shown that they can also help people with severe OSA.  Ask your sleep specialist if a dental appliance would be an option.  If they are not familiar with dental appliances, we would be more than happy to consult with them. Many of you have heard the infomercials for “Snore Guards”.  They are similar to sleep appliances, but there are some important differences.  A sleep appliance needs to be adjustable to be effective.  We can measure how far to move your jaw forward to get the desired effect, and can make adjustments from there to best balance effectiveness with comfort.  In addition, sleep appliances allow you to open your mouth. ...