Community Dental Group Blog

Welcome to the official blog for Community Dental Group, the family dentist in Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, California.    Community Dental Group has been the leading local family dentistry in Thousand Oaks for almost twenty years.  In our efforts to better serve you we provide tips on general dentistry, oral hygiene, and cosmetic dentistry as well as a little about our shared home in Eastern Ventura County including Camarillo, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village, California.  We’d also like your input about the people and places that make this area such a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family.  So welcome and please subscribe here to follow us.

4 Alternatives To Fillings

4-alternatives-to-fillingsWhen your tooth gets a cavity, your dentist will drill off the damaged and infected part of your tooth and then fill in the empty space with one of several materials, usually a kind of metal composite. It’s a simple (if sometimes painful) operation that almost everyone goes through at least once. But what happens when a basic drilling and filling isn’t enough to repair the damage? The answer to that question depends on where and just how bad the damage is.

Can Charcoal Toothpaste Really Whiten Teeth?

Can Charcoal Toothpaste Really Whiten Teeth?People have known for a long time that charcoal can help purify water. Charcoal is largely carbon, which is why it’s black, and carbon is a friendly atom that likes to attach to other organic molecules. By passing water or air through an activated charcoal filter, you can remove a lot of impurities like pollens, bacteria, and bad smells. It won’t get rid of everything, but it can get rid of a lot.

Teach A Child To Brush While It’s Still Fun

Teach A Child To Brush While It’s Still FunAs a parent, your first instinct is often to help your kids when they’re having trouble or to give in when they ask for something. But that’s an urge you need to resist for a variety of reasons: children who expect everything to be done for them quickly get spoiled, and kids with an independent streak don’t like it when their parents keep them from doing “grown-up stuff.”

Could A New Drug Cause Dentin To Grow?

Could A New Drug Cause Dentin To Grow?Human teeth consist of three layers. The outer layer is enamel, a white, translucent material that happens to be the hardest substance in the human body. The middle layer is dentin, which is about half mineral and half organic and shares a lot in common with your bones. The innermost layer is the pulp, which is made up of living cells and supports the living parts of dentin.

Can Sound Really Help Clean Teeth?

Can Sound Really Help Clean Teeth?Electric toothbrushes have been around for well over half a century at this point, and while they were the newest toothbrush technology around for a long time that’s just not true anymore. The newest designs are sonic and ultrasonic brushes, which take the tech of an electric brush and move it one step forward.

3 DIY Tooth Whitening Methods And Whether They Work

3 DIY Tooth Whitening Methods And Whether They WorkWhite teeth are a sign of good health, but they’re also a sign of beauty and something people can be very self-conscious about. The best way to whiten teeth is by using peroxide, but it’s not a perfect solution and it has a way of sensitizing your teeth for a while even while under the care of a professional dentist.

Things To Expect After Oral Surgery

Things To Expect After Oral SurgeryThere are multiple procedures used as treatments to remedy tooth issues. Many of them are considered oral surgery. A lot of patients find going to the dentist an intimidating process, and when you add a word like surgery to the mix, it can be nearly impossible to get them to the office. However, these treatments are essential for correcting the problems and putting mouth health back to a stellar level. Most commonly, the actions are reserved for the removal of damaged, infected, or impacted teeth. Anesthesia is often a requirement, so it is of the utmost importance to make sure a driver is there to take you home.

All About Different Types Of Flossing Products

All About Different Types Of Flossing ProductsUsing floss after meals to remove bits and pieces of food that become trapped between teeth is essential for a healthy mouth. The particles put pressure on enamel and the tooth root, which can cause significant problems if they are weak. These items contribute to plaque build-up that produces acid and allows decay to form. If the issue remains left untouched and able to do as it pleases, the corrosion will spread to other teeth. Toothaches from cavities are not pleasant and cause excruciatingly painful sensations that like to strike at the most inconvenient times. Don’t put yourself in this position by choosing the best flossing method that works for you. Of course, just picking one is not enough, and it must become used appropriately as well.

Consider A Teeth Whitening Procedure For A Visually Appealing Smile

Consider A Teeth Whitening Procedure For A Visually Appealing SmileVarious tray systems, whitening toothpaste, and other products are available over-the-counter to help consumers achieve lighter tooth shades. However, many of them use abrasives which can harm enamel and overall tooth health. Meanwhile, some of the items leave an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth and require you to use the substance over and over again with minimal results. Rather than waste your time and money, contact our office to get your teeth whitened professionally and feel more self-confident about your appearance in as little as an hour.

Dentures, Implants, And Oral Care

Dentures, Implants, And Oral CareFlossing helps remove plaque and food particles that get stuck between your teeth. It’s an important part of your daily tooth-cleaning ritual, and it’s equally important to use good technique and really dig into the gaps where your teeth meet your gums. But should that ritual change when some of your teeth are missing? And in what ways?