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 Oriana Biela Lieu is a registered dental hygienist and the wife of Dr. Anthony Lieu. Being part of the amazing team at her husband’s dental practice in Rohnert Park, California, is an important part of her life. Teaching chivalry and a balanced life to her two sons, Isaac and Logan, is also a priority, as is creative expression and keeping positive in a crazy world.

 

 

 

Implant Attached Dentures: What's all the buzz about?

2019-06-27 19:21:03 admin

It seems you can’t turn on the TV these days without seeing advertisements for Clear Choice Dental Implants. They offer a “Smile in a day” with dental implants.

I have been placing dental implants for the past 15 years. Technology and techniques have changed so much in the past 30 years. Dental implant surgeries used to be pretty painful and barbaric…..NOW…they are relatively quick and simple now thanks to 3D Imaging and improved techniques and materials.

Often times our dentist’s or our dental hygienists will get many questions about the possibility and reality of the claims they make on TV. We do our best to dispel myths…but often people do not know some widely known truths to having success with dental implants.

When I meet someone interested in dental implants, they do not always know the following things.

    1. Dental Implants done right are a multi-step process
    2. It is necessary to have enough bone in the jaw to be able to place dental implants.
    3. You don’t need to replace one missing tooth for an implant.   Usually there are options that are there to fit people’s lifestyle and budget.
    4. Your health and how well you take care of your implants can play a big part in the success of your treatment.

What is portrayed on TV is a magical one single visit to fix years and years of neglect.

It’s great marketing, but not possible. Well….it is possible if you rush through the process and possibly skip some steps. However that is setting someone up for future implant failure.

Sadly it is being seen more and more across the country, in practices where dental implants are maintained or dental implant failures are being evaluated, that the number of implant failures coming from these “smile in a day” places are pretty common.

Especially at about the 7-10 year mark is when the failures begin.

Sad considering the investment people make in fixing things to have them be “problem free.”

So, if you or a loved one are considering dental implants, I really suggest doing your homework first. Whether you come to our office or any other dental implant center to have implants placed,   ask the doctor these questions:

    1. What do you do if teeth are healthy or fixable/restorable?  Is your protocol to pull these? Why or Why not?
    2. Who do you work with to have dentures made and fitted? Do you use a reputable lab that provides consistent beautiful results? What kind of experience does the lab have with this type of case?
    3. Does your office place implants up into the bones of the cheekbones or face to make things fit? Or do you do procedures like adding bone to the jaw to have ideal placement and long term implant success and retention?
    4. What is the success rate of most of your cases?

Asking these questions will tell you much. It gives you an idea of what to expect at the time of surgery and after.

People sometimes ask more questions about the food at a restaurant to the waiter than they do before having a major surgery or procedure done.

At Blue Apple Dental Group, we believe in empowering our patients with information and want you to be involved in the process of your care. 

There is no such thing as a stupid question, so ask away!

If you are interested in knowing more about our dental implant services, we always offer a free consultation or second opinion. You can call the office about that….and there is no obligation at that appointment. Call Us: (707) 795-4523

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Stop Dreaming of a White Brighter Smile!

2019-02-28 00:00:12 admin

Wow, Your teeth look amazing! 

When was the last time someone said that about your smile?  Truth of the matter, most people perceive whiter teeth to be linked to better health, looking younger, and often times do not even notice if they are not perfect….if they are whiter.

Curious if BOOST is right for you? Call us to find out. 

For a limited time, we are offering a FLASH SALE for in-office whitening on Thursday March 7, 2019  ONLY!   Come in on that day for the in-office whitening and enjoy a new beautiful smile for $337!   40% off the regular price ($569)!!   Wow!

We have been helping our patients to achieve brighter smiles for many years.  The whitening techniques out now are gentler and easier than ever before. We are excited to be using a trusted brand that provides consistently good results every time.

Opalescence BOOST whitening doesn’t require trays, wearing strips for days or other hassles. All we do is apply the whitening gel to your teeth during the appointment, and activate it using a special UV light for three 20-minute sessions. The advanced gel gently penetrates the sub-micron pores of tooth enamel to break down stains and eliminate years of discoloration.

Call Today!  We only have 8 spots available!  Mention you read this and take advantage of this hot deal!  Get the bright smile you’ve always wanted.

Be Well!
Oriana Lieu, RDH

Family dental care and cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Blue Apple Dental Group
6230 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 795-4523

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Protecting Yourself Against Oral Cancer

2018-04-13 08:31:23 admin

 

Protecting Yourself Against Oral CancerIf there were a quick and painless way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is, as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word “cancer,” thinking about it, and thus detecting it early, is key. That’s why, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you should schedule a visit. The oral exam that accompanies your cleaning may not be noticeable to you, it’s often your earliest line of defense in the detection of oral cancer. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the risk factors and symptoms, and consider a few options you may have to help reduce risk. Keep in mind that no list is exhaustive, and to always share with each of your health care providers your concerns and strategies regarding your oral health.

Those at Risk for Oral Cancer

Passing certain age thresholds and engaging in certain lifestyle habits can place you at increased risk for oral cancer. For example, men tend to have higher rates of oral cancers than women.

Here is the short list:

  • Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
  • Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers, or may have a previously diagnosed oral HPV infection.

Warning Signs

If you experience any of the below symptoms lasting more than 7-10 days, please seek the advice of your doctor. Also, keep in mind that aside from an obviously sore throat, the below symptoms can present themselves in the absence of pain. Look out for changes that can be detected on the lips, inside the cheeks, palate, and gum tissue surrounding your teeth and tongue. At Blue Apple Dental Group, we occasionally run across such concerns a few times a year, and are able to help patients get treatment early.

  • Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth

Reducing risk

If you do not visit the dentist regularly, you could be missing out on the benefits of early cancer detection. Currently, just over half of all those diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years – a statistic driven by late diagnosis – so please visit your dentist and get an oral exam at least once a year. If you are considered “high risk,” (see list above) you should be receiving an oral exam at least every six months, if not more frequently.

Below is a short list of healthy habits you can start doing now, which may reduce your risk.

  • Avoid all tobacco products
  • Avoid or reduce your consumption of alcohol
  • Consume more fruits and vegetables (good for everything, of course)
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure that can result in cancer of the lip (using lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 can be helpful)
  • Avoid exposure to environmental hazards (wood dust, formaldehyde, printing chemicals)
  • Conduct a self-exam monthly so you can catch any of the symptoms listed above. Use a small hand-held mirror so you can see the back of your mouth and tongue. Our hygienists, Sara, Marsha and Oriana are always looking for signs and are the people to ask for instructions on this sort of home exam. If you haven’t been in to see us in a while, give us a ring at 707-795-4523, and we’ll show you how to perform this exam in between visits.
  • Consider coffee. While the jury is still out, some research suggests coffee may help protect the mouth from oral cancer.

Oral cancer is serious business. Yet, it can be managed when caught early. So, do the right thing

and visit your dentist regularly, and get that screening.

Be Well,

Oriana

Family dental care and cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Blue Apple Dental Group
6230 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 795-4523

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Invisalign Day April 2018!

2018-04-13 07:44:19 admin

Invisalign Day April 2018!If you have been wishing for straighter teeth to help with better looking smile, Invisalign is now the go-to option for many teens and adults.

DID YOU KNOW?

There are many links between crooked teeth, gum disease and general body health? Straighter teeth are easier to clean and there are more ways Invisalign can help you to have better overall wellness by fixing malocclusion.

Malocclusion affects 74% of American adults. If you have malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are ot aligned. Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis or bad breath. If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss and eventually tooth loss.

Severe periodontal infections, if left untreated, increase the risk for:

  • Coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Makes it harder to manage diabetes
  • Low birth-weight babies

WEAR AND TRAUMA

Poorly aligned teeth can also crate unnatural stress and pressure on teeth and jaws. Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chipping and notches at the gum line called abfractions. Early and excessive wear can lead to poor root support, loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth

Healthier Gums

Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which can lead to better gum health.

Improved Hygiene

With good Oral Hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced.

Decrease the risk of abnormal wear

Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive peoceedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking or wear, and can be less stressful on teh supporting jaw bone and joints. 

A Straightforward Solution

Straightening your teeth can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth or life. Ask your dentist or hygienist about straightening your teeth using Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made to gradually straighten your teeth. Start on the road to a healthy mouth today.

Now thru April 30 we are having our Invisalign Day special. Get $500 off for Invisalign treatment. No more messy goopy impressions and we can show you what your outcome would look like within a day!

Call us today to take advantage of this limited time offer!

Be Well!

 

Family dental care and cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Blue Apple Dental Group
6230 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 795-4523

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Is Kombutcha All It’s Kracked Up to Be?

2017-10-26 19:21:33 admin

Here’s a recipe for you…take your grandmother’s home-brewed sweet tea, sitting in the sun in the backyard. Now add some bacteria and yeast. Leave it for a couple weeks. Now take a big gulp. Mmm, vinegary! Kombucha has been made for centuries, but only recently has it been available commercially in all sorts of forms. It looks like juice, or yummy sparkling water, but tastes a bit like vinegar. So why are people into it? And…is it worth the taste? 

First, what is it, exactly?

Kombucha is a beverage made from fermented black or green tea. In the presence of sugar and a SCOBY (a gelatinous pad of bacteria and yeast) that tea is transformed into a slightly carbonated, slightly alcoholic (due to the fermentation process) drink. It contains B vitamins and antioxidants from the tea leaves and probiotics from the bacteria. It also, of course, has a little zing of vinegar. So why do people drink it?

Well, because Kombucha is believed to have all sorts of health benefits. Believers will tell you it prevents or stalls cancer, boosts the immune system, detoxes your liver, and more. Consumers also appreciate an edgy drink that has less sugar than soda and no artificial flavors or colors.

Why You Should Be Cautious

First, don’t trust any health claim that doesn’t provide for the scientific basis of its claim. While there are some studies on mice to indicate a potential benefit to the liver from kombucha, overall the scientific evidence supporting kombucha’s claims is lacking. Second, brewing the tea at home can introduce all sorts of malignant contaminants such as dangerous bacteria or fungi that can make you sick. There have also been reports of lead poisoning from brewing the tea in ceramic pots. Even if you don’t brew at home, there have been reports of metabolic acidosis, hepatotoxicity, upset stomach, and more after people drink the tea.  Not good.

The Bottom Line?

If you are an adult and neither pregnant nor immunocompromised, it’s likely okay to drink in moderation. But choose store-bought over home-brewed. Because of its acidity, though, you also don’t want to sip it all day long. (Bad for the teeth, and all.) And you’ll want to swish with water so that you protect your tooth enamel. If you don’t enjoy it, then certainly don’t waste your money. You’re better off sipping sparkling water or tea, or whatever beverage of your choice that doesn’t wreck your teeth.

So, there you have it! Until we see more scientific evidence, we can neither confirm nor deny that kombucha is all it’s “kracked” up to be. If you’re into it, maybe have at it! If not, we don’t think you’re missing out 😉

 

Family dental care and cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Blue Apple Dental Group
6230 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 795-4523

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