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The Advantages of Dental Implants

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osing one or more teeth can affect much more than just your smile. Missing teeth

affect your ability to chew properly, can cause problems for your other teeth, and can even lead to bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it begins to shrink (or atrophy) and becomes brittle from lack of exercise.

Not only does losing a tooth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face

causing you to look prematurely aged. It is essential to replace missing teeth in order to maintain oral health as well as your overall well-being. Dental implants are an excellent option to replace your natural tooth and its root without affecting your neighboring teeth.

Advantages to choose dental implants to replace your lost or damaged teeth:
1. Unlike other treatment options for missing teeth, such as bridgework or dentures, dental implants replace your tooth without impacting the healthy teeth surrounding the space.
2. Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally and eat virtually anything you want.
3. Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth.
4. Dental Implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, they restore a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth.
Choosing to undergo surgery to replace your lost or damaged teeth is an important decision. To avoid the issues caused by lost teeth, consult Petaluma Dental Group to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.
see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

A Healthy Holiday Smile

Once fall arrives, it seems that time begins to fly by! Halloween, Thanksgiving,

Hanukkah and Christmas just start rolling in one after the other. During this busy time of the year, we here at Petaluma Dental Group know that your oral health won’t necessarily be your top priority.
To help keep your smile on the “nice” and off the “naughty” list this year, as well as help you usher in the New Year with a smile you love, we offer some holiday tips and tricks for keeping your teeth merry and bright!
1. Skip the Chewy Treats
From goodies left in the stockings to bowls of candy at the office, the stickier the treat, the worse it can be for your teeth. Not only can these sugary treats attach themselves to your teeth and result in possible decay, but larger ones have even been known to pull out fillings or damage dental appliances!
2. Teeth are Not for Opening Presents
As excited as the kids or you are about the new toy you just unwrapped,
using a scissor or proper tool to open any packaging is essential. Even what seems like soft plastic can crack your teeth, which could require a crown, root canal or worse.
3. Don’t be a Nutcracker

Our teeth are not invincible and can be put in
harm’s way by hard surfaces, especially while chomping down. This includes hard candies, ice cubes and the shells of nuts. Leave the nut cracking to your toy soldier and keep your smile intact!
4. Keep Your Fingers Out of Your Mouth
Feeling a little stressed out and anxious around the holidays is fairly normal. Try not to turn to stress-relieving habits like nail biting during this time to avoid potential damage of the teeth and the spread of germs/bacteria from hand to mouth, or vice versa. Try to relax and breathe, before we know it, the New Year will be upon us!

5 Reasons to Be Thankful for a Healthy Mouth!

With the Thanksgiving Holiday right around the corner, we often reflect
on what we have to be thankful for. A healthy mouth and teeth rarely make that list! Your oral health my not be the first on the list, but they should not be overlooked. With proper hygiene, your teeth provide you with important life functions!
1. Increases Overall Health!
When you have a healthy mouth and teeth, it means the rest of your body can enjoying good health too. With regular brushing and flossing, you can greatly reduce the amount of bacteria that enter the body which can fight off heart disease, diabetes, and much more!
2.Good Breath!
Bad breath is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When teeth and gums are kept clean and healthy, breath smells better. Therefore, you can thank your teeth for feeling confident every time you open your mouth this holiday season!
3.Prevents Pain!
When you have multiple cavities and other mouth problems, you will probably be dealing with a great amount of pain that prevents you from chewing properly. This discomfort also keeps you from sleeping or enjoying life. Having a healthy mouth allows you to focus on things other than pain.
4.Appearance!
Studies show that people find others more attractive and approachable when they are smiling. When your teeth look good, you feel good about yourself. Because we take good care of our teeth, we aren’t afraid to flash our pearly whites! So, in a sense, we can thank our teeth for making us all more attractive individuals.
5. Saves You Money!
Dental problems can be very expensive, especially when they are severe. Taking preventative measures to maintain a healthy mouth will save you money. Since regular dental checkups are usually covered by insurance, and they help prevent problems from developing, you can use the extra cash on something fun.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November marks Diabetes Awareness Month, and a great time to learn about how keeping your mouth healthy is vital to your health.

At Petaluma Dental Group, our team knows the way you care for your teeth doesn’t just affect your oral health – it can impact your overall health as well. Perhaps the most notorious of connections between oral and overall health is found in the relationship between gum disease and diabetes. Like other complications of diabetes, gum disease is linked to diabetic control. People with poor blood sugar control get gum disease more often and more severely, and they lose more teeth.
Did you know that more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes while another 79 million Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes, which includes more than 90% of people with diabetes, is usually diagnosed after the age of forty and may be able to be controlled with lifestyle changes and weight loss.
If you are currently living with diabetes, there is some good news! You can protect your gums and teeth from the effects of diabetes by visiting our office for regular check-ups and cleanings. Most people should have at least two dental appointments per year, but people living with diabetes may require additional visits to make sure their dental health remains in top shape. Many insurance plans provide expanded benefits for diabetic patients.
As a healthcare provider committed to helping our patients lead the happiest and healthiest lives. Educating our patients about the very real and important connection with your oral health and whole-body wellness is an important part of our effort to fulfill our commitment to our patients.

Losing More Than Z’s

Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life threatening sleep disorder that affects
approximately 18 million Americans. Sleep apnea is episodes in which a person

stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. With each episode, the sleeper’s brain briefly wakes up in order to resume breathing, resulting in extremely fragmented and poor-quality sleep. If you or your dentist suspects you suffer from sleep apnea or if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can work closely with your physician to implement and manage a prescribed therapy.
What’s The Difference Between noring and Sleep Apnea?
Unlike mild snoring, individuals with sleep apnea stop breathing completely for 10 seconds or more, typically between 10 and 60 times in a single night. If your partner hears loud snoring punctuated by silences and then a snort or choking sound as you resume breathing, this pattern could signal sleep apnea.
Why is Sleep Apnea a Concern?
Studies have shown that people with this potentially life-threatening disorder are so fatigued during the day that, when driving, their performance is similar to that of a drunk driver. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to impaired daytime functioning, high blood pressure, heart attack, and even stroke.
How Can Petaluma Dental Group Help?
If your dentist suspects you suffer from sleep apnea, he or she will refer you to a physician, often a sleep medicine specialist. Diagnosis and treatment is based on your medical history, physical examination, and the results of an overnight sleep study. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can work closely with your physician to implement and manage your therapy.
What are the Treatment Options?
If you have mild sleep apnea, initial treatment may include avoiding sleeping on your back, losing weight, or quit smoking. Dental appliances, such as the Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®), which reposition the lower jaw and the tongue, have been helpful to some patients. If you have severe sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems are a commonly prescribed therapy. CPAP delivers air through a small mask that covers the nose, and the constant pressure keeps the airway open, which prevents both snoring and episodes of apnea. For patients who have trouble tolerating CPAP, other treatments, including surgery, can eliminate sleep apnea symptoms.

Giving Back With Freedom Day USA

Think about a life where you missed the birth of a child, their first birthday,

graduations, and holidays. What would it be like to not be able to talk with a loved one for weeks or months? How would it feel if you didn’t know if a family member was safe? For most of us, these situations are rare, but for those that serve in our military, that is a part of daily life!
Freedom Day USA is America’s Largest Military Thank You Event! On the second Thursday of each September, businesses say "Thank You" by providing a token of appreciation (Free Services, Free Gifts, Special Offers and More) to Active Military and their Immediate Family and to Veterans who visit their business on event day.

On September 8, 2016, Petaluma Dental Group will be saying “Thank You” to our active military, veterans, as well as first responders, by offering free cleanings, exams, fillings, x-rays, treatment for tooth pain, and extractions. We are proud to be able to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our safety and freedom!
If you know of a veteran, active military member, or first responder who would benefit from this event, please call us at (707) 766-0373 to make an appointment!

Send Your Kids Back to School with a Smile

Summer has gone by in the blink of an eye! Parents and kids are busy checking off their back to school to-do lists. Getting school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, and finding the perfect outfit for the first day of school. Here are a few health tips to keep the kids smiling all year long!
Schedule a Back to School Dental Visit
Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital. This is a time of many changes in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease and, left untreated, it can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. However, studies show more than 60 percent of school-age children do not see a dentist regularly. Simple preventive checkups twice a year can help prevent childhood tooth decay.
Set a Brush/Floss Schedule for Your Child
Children should brush at least twice a day, and floss daily. Many children skip brushing in the morning due to the rush of getting out the door. Be sure to not let

this happen, even if you need to monitor their brushing routine. Set a scheduled time in the morning and evening to brush and floss and stick to the schedule. This will help set healthy dental habits for a lifetime.
Make Good Nutrition a Top Priority
Take charge of your child’s health this school year by packing healthy lunches. Be sure that your child eats the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as the recommended daily allowance of calcium. Healthy choices gives your child the fuel they need to excel in school and life!

PDG Annual Back to School Supply Drive

With the end of July fast approaching, it’s hard to ignore that school starts
again in just a few short weeks! Now through August 10, we are proud to announce that Petaluma Dental Group is holding their annual Back to School Supply Drive. PDG and Fishmans Supply will be teaming up to provide 150 backpacks and we need your help to fill them with new school supplies!
This year, donations will be made to Petaluma Mentor Me and the Petaluma Salvation Army. There are so many children and families who could use a little community support with sending their children off to school prepared!
Donations that are needed:

Markers
Crayons
Glue
Colored Pencils
Pink Erasers
Glue Sticks
Rulers
Student Scissors
Copy Paper
Lined Paper
Notebooks
Binders
Pencil Sharpeners
Highlighters
Bring all donations to Petaluma Dental Group by August 10th! Thank you for making a difference in our community!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal of this annual celebration, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA), is to raise awareness about the importance of kids’ oral health.

We all know how important it is take good care of our children’s teeth, and teach them how to keep their smiles healthy, strong and beautiful. We also know that it can be a battle to convince a toddler to brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes. Sometimes we even wonder whether it’s worth all the fuss to care for teeth that will soon fall out and be replaced with a permanent set. But those baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. Not only do they help kids chew and speak, they are placeholders for permanent teeth. If kids lose their teeth prematurely, their permanent teeth can come in crooked or otherwise compromised. Kids who have cavities in their baby teeth will almost certainly have decay in their permanent teeth.
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.e are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!
Here are some tips and tricks to help encourage routine oral health practices, and help you keep you and your little ones smiling through it all.
• Our office is kid-friendly. We understand that a new experience is fun and scary so we encourage our little patient’s caretakers to stay positive about coming to see us. We help you out with this by having a fantastic team who involve the kids with hands-on learning activities. Our goal is to help each child develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to support a lifetime of health.
• We’re here for you, both of you. During the appointment, we’ll do a dental exam to look for any signs of tooth decay, and check your child’s bite, gums and other parts of the mouth. We are also open to any questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
• Don’t skip dental appointments. Regular visits help protect against issues that could cause pain and create a fear of the dentist. Visit the dentist once every six months, even if there’s no issue.
• The more they know the better. Children’s characters take trips to the dentist too! Find a book that features a dentist visit to help your little one understand what their own adventure could be like. Also take them along with you for your annual checkup.
• As kids realize that taking care of their teeth makes them look and feel good, they may actually start looking forward to visiting the dentist!

PDG’s Give Kids A Smile Day – February 18, 2017

Petaluma Dental Group will be holding their annual Give Kids A Smile event on Saturday, Feb. 18. Dr.Yolanda Mangrum and other doctors, along with the hygiene team and staff at Petaluma Dental Group will provide dental services – free of charge – including exams, cleanings, sealants, fillings, and more. Give Kids A Smile Day helps children between the ages of 3-18 whose economic situations or lack of insurance have prevented them from seeking dental care.
Petaluma Dental Group will be holding their annual Give Kids A

Smile event on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Dr. Yolanda Mangrum and other doctors, along with the hygiene team and staff at Petaluma Dental Group will provide dental services – free of charge – including exams, cleanings, sealants, fillings, and more. Give Kids A Smile Day helps children between the ages of 3-18 whose economic situations or lack of insurance have prevented them from seeking dental care.
Although PDG has been participating in GKAS since 2009, the nationwide event is celebrating its 15th year.
In 2002, two dentist from St. Louis held the first Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) event in a soon-to-be-demolished dental clinic, where 15 patient chairs were scraped together to deliver free dental care to nearly 400 children.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recognized that this grassroots effort had great potential to raise awareness nationally about the importance of oral health to overall health, and about the staggering need that exists among millions of children who go without care. So in 2003, Give Kids A Smile evolved into a nationwide program with the collaboration of the ADA, Henry Schein, Procter & Gamble, and DEXIS.
Each year, thousands of dentists and volunteers give their time to provide free oral health education, screenings, and treatment to underserved children. More than 5.5 million children have been cared for by more than half a million volunteers since 2003. Petaluma Dental Group is proud to be a part of this critical piece of the ADA’s Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement aimed at ending the dental health crisis facing America today.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for GKAS, or would like more information, please call Petaluma Dental Group at
(707)766-0377
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