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Do you brush and floss routinely, avoid sugary foods and drinks, and see your dentist for scheduled appointments but still get cavities? Do you have friends who don’t follow healthy oral habits and don’t deal with tooth decay and wonder if there’s any fairness left in the world?

Your Novato family dentist understands your frustration! How is it possible to take care of your teeth and still get cavities? It turns out that your genes may be responsible.


It’s Not Just about Bacteria

Keeping your mouth free of harmful bacteria is essential if you want a healthy smile, but another significant factor is the resistance of your teeth. A study conducted by two researchers from the University of Zurich shows a definite condition between defects in the gene complex that’s responsible for the formation of tooth enamel and the rate of caries (cavities).


What This Means for You

There’s a lot more study that needs to be conducted in this area to understand how these findings can change the way we approach oral health care. But whether or not your genetic makeup puts you at higher risk for tooth decay, there are always steps you can take:

  • Make sure your oral hygiene’s up to par – Brushing and flossing for decades does not make you an expert, and if you aren’t doing it properly, you may not be getting the benefit of your efforts. Talk to your hygienist to “brush up” on your oral hygiene for the best results.
  • Keep up with routine dental appointments – Prevention is the key to enjoying good oral health, making semi-annual exams and cleanings with your family dentist crucial. Decide if you’d rather take a couple of hours out of your week now or wait until you need costly and complex treatment!
  • Pay attention to what you eat and drink – Certain foods, especially those high in sugar and acid, are very damaging and weaken dental enamel which can lead to cavities.

Please Call to Arrange an Appointment

Our team will be happy to provide helpful tips for keeping your smile healthy, regardless of genetics. If you would like to learn more, please call the Novato family dentist to arrange a convenient appointment.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious problem because it can progress to advanced stages with few or no obvious symptoms. Without treatment by the Novato gum disease dentist, it can impact your oral health as well as your overall general health.
 
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost 50 percent of adults over 30 have some level of periodontal disease. Emerging studies show a direct connection between periodontal disease and serious general health problems.

Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment 

When periodontal disease reaches the advanced stages of infection (periodontitis) it can begin to loosen gum tissue which can lead to deterioration of the jaw if not treated. Non-invasive laser dentistry removes infected dental material quickly and with very little discomfort.

If you had periodontal disease in the past, your dentist may have performed gum surgery to eliminate the infection. Traditional gum surgery can be painful, and many patients put off treatment due to a negative experience with gum surgery in the past. 

Fortunately, the Novato gum disease dentist offers laser treatment, a comfortable alternative to cut-and-stitch surgery. Benefits of this state-of-the-art procedure are:
  • No need to cut into tender gum tissue
  • Minimal bleeding during or after the procedure
  • Little to no recovery time
Treatment with dental lasers results in minimal bleeding, requiring virtually no recovery time. You will be able to go on with your day as usual immediately following treatment.

Health Benefits of Laser Periodontal Treatment

Laser dentistry provides other benefits as well: 
  • Since laser periodontal treatment does not require invasive cutting, there is minimal bleeding and no need for stitches.
  • In most cases, anesthesia and injections are unnecessary during laser treatment since there is little or no discomfort involved.
  • Laser dentistry destroys harmful bacteria and promotes healthy tissue regeneration.

Treatment for periodontal disease also helps protect your overall health. A strong link has been established between the presence of periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

If you suspect you need gum disease treatment in Novato, please call us to arrange an appointment with our dentist. Catching gum disease early is the best way to prevent it from becoming serious and threatening your health.


If you are one of many patients who avoid routine dental visits, you may suffer from what is called dental anxiety. This is a very real affliction that’s familiar to all too many patients. But if you haven’t been to a dentist recently, you may not realize that with proper treatment, your dental anxiety can become a thing of the past.

We Understand Your Concerns

When you first visit the Novato sedation dentist, our first objective is to assure you that you are not alone in your feelings. When asked to describe their history with dentists, many patients relate stories of unhappy childhood experiences with a dentist.

Understanding the underlying fear and making you feel at ease with our team and your surroundings is the first step to controlling and eliminating these fears. For sedation dentistry to be effective, you should feel as if your dentist takes your needs and fears into consideration throughout the process.

Dental Sedation Options

We will discuss the sedation options that we provide for our fearful patients. Sedation treatments such as nitrous oxide and oral sedation provide an anxiety-free experience during your dental procedure.

There are many factors to take into account when choosing the best sedation option for you as everyone reacts differently. Our Novato sedation dentist will match your unique needs with the correct treatment or combination of treatments.

Delaying Treatment Puts Your Oral Health at Risk

It’s important to understand that delaying dental treatment because of your fears can lead to neglected oral care and long-term problems that would ultimately become difficult and costly to repair. But with sedation dentistry at our Novato dental office, you can be assured of a stress-free procedure that results in improved oral health and a better experience for you. 

Please Call Us for an Appointment

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can benefit you, please call our Novato dental office to arrange an appointment.

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