James P. Zimmerman D.D.S ,F.A.G.D.
If you practice consistently thorough oral hygiene habits, you're doing your teeth and gums a great service. If your brushing, flossing and diet should improve, your Woodland, CA, dentist can help. Dr. James Zimmerman and his staff teach their patients of all ages the right way care for their oral health at home. Combined with regular in-office cleanings and check-ups, your hard work will help your smile look good and function well for years.
You are what you eat
A tooth-friendly diet is foundational to vibrant oral health. Most everyone knows that sugary drinks and starchy foods cause cavities, but did you know they also contribute to gum disease? The American Academy of Periodontology says periodontal problems are the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States, and the big culprit is plaque and tartar formed from a poor diet.
What's the solution? Limit carbohydrates in all forms, and increase your intake of fibrous fruits and vegetables. Also, your teeth and gums benefit from calcium-rich dairy products and low-fat, high-protein meats, poultry and fish.
Finally, stay hydrated. Drinking several glasses of water every day washes your teeth and gums, increases saliva production and avoids dry mouth, a leading cause of bad breath and yes, tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing matter
No, the American Dental Association is not just trying to promote sales of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. Correct use of these simple tools removes harmful plaque and hard tartar. Both contain bacteria which secrete damaging acids.
Regarding brushing, use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste at least two times daily. Place it at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, and gently brush back and forth, systematically working around your mouth. Be sure to clean deeply grooved chewing surfaces and the lingual surface (or tongue-side) of your teeth, too.
When you floss daily, pull a 12 to 18-inch strand from the dispenser and wind the ends around your forefingers. Pull the floss tight between your thumbs and insert the floss between your teeth. Move the floss up and down to remove any food residues missed by brushing. Be sure to rinse well with clear water.
Semi-annual check-ups and cleanings
They're part of good oral hygiene habits, too. Your Woodland dentist will inspect your mouth for cavities, gum disease and signs of oral cancer. He'll check your dental bite, jaw joint function and the condition of fillings, crowns and cosmetic enhancements such as porcelain veneers.
Finally, you'll receive a through cleaning and X-rays as needed. Your hygienist expertly scales your teeth and the gum line to remove hard deposits of tartar.
Find out more
If you'd like personalized tips on oral hygiene, please contact Dr. Zimmerman's office for a routine cleaning and exam appointment. We always leave time for our patients to ask questions and to give valuable information on how to keep smiles bright and strong. Call your dentist in Woodland, CA, today at (530) 661-1155.
Did you know brushing and flossing each tooth are only half of the steps which make up a strong oral care routine? Though many believe that brushing and flossing are enough to truly maintain their smile, they sometimes fail to remember the other key step in keeping their teeth healthy and clean. Seeing your dentist for regular dental examinations and professional cleanings is crucial to your oral health. Find out why and what makes preventative care so important with your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman.
What happens at a routine dental examination?
Your dentist will begin your examination by giving your mouth, teeth, head, and neck a once-over, looking for any obvious signs of damage, decay, or other abnormalities. If your dentist finds that you have a problem, such as a cavity or gingivitis, they will recommend the appropriate procedure to treat the condition. If possible, your dentist will perform this procedure during your visit or, if you require a more in-depth treatment, schedule another appointment for a later date. Then, your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish each tooth to remove any presence of plaque or tartar.
The Importance of Preventative Care
You probably already brush your teeth the recommended twice a day. However, half of adults in the United States have some form of periodontal disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Flossing is a crucial part of your oral health routine, ensuring that bacteria and plaque are removed from the areas of the mouth your toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. In addition to brushing and flossing, seeing your dentist twice a year will ensure that your teeth decay and periodontal disease stops before it even starts thanks to catching and treating it early.
Regular Dental Examinations and Professional Cleanings in Woodland, CA
Ensuring that your oral health remains in top notch condition is easy with help from your dentist. The American Dental Association says that patients, no matter their level of risk for decay or periodontal disease, age, or dental condition, should regularly see their dentist twice a year. For more information on seeing your dentist regularly and maintaining your smile, please contact Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA. Call (530) 661-1155 to schedule your preventative examination with Dr. Zimmerman today!
A distinctive and unique smile is one of the many things that sets us apart as individuals. But the truth is that most people admit to wishing they could change something about their smile, whether it's the color, size, or shape of their teeth. Even if your teeth are perfectly healthy and look good enough when you smile for pictures, there may still be something that you would like to change in order to look and feel your best. Dr. James Zimmerman, a dentist in Woodland, CA, offers cosmetic bonding and contouring for common cosmetic dental issues like stains and discolorations, chipped or cracked teeth, or size and spacing issues.
Get a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring in Woodland, CA
Cosmetic contouring and bonding is an affordable, efficient, and minimally invasive way to reshape damaged teeth. The contouring process, which, like bonding, can often be completed in a single visit and involves gently removing the enamel layer of the damaged tooth, which is then gently reshaped. Cosmetic dental contouring can fix teeth that are too long, too short, misaligned, or crooked (significant spacing, bite, or alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment).
Cosmetic bonding can be used in conjunction with contouring, or as a stand-alone treatment for mild to moderate chips, cracks, stains, and discolorations. A resin material made of a combination of glass, plastic, or porcelain is bonded onto the surface of the tooth. Bonding can drastically improve the function and cosmetic appearance of your teeth, making them whiter, straighter and more symmetrical, without the need to invest in more expensive and time-consuming dental treatments. With proper at home oral hygiene care and regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and professional dental cleanings, bonding, and cosmetic contouring can deliver lasting results.
Find a Dentist in Woodland, CA
Your ideal smile is within reach. For more information about your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (530) 661-1155 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zimmerman today.
Can't figure out why your jaw hurts? Our Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, shares several common causes of jaw pain and explains what you can do to ease your pain.
You grind and clench your teeth
Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw is a common cause of jaw pain. The habits stress your jaw muscles and joints, resulting in pain. In addition to jaw pain, other signs of grinding or clenching include eroded tooth enamel, cracks or chips in teeth or fillings, and morning headaches.
If grinding is related to stress, yoga, meditation and participation in a hobby or sport can be helpful in decreasing your stress level. Decreasing your caffeine or alcohol intake may be helpful. If you can't stop grinding or clenching, wearing a nightguard while you sleep will prevent damage and reduce stress on your jaw.
You place your hands under your jaw while you sleep
Have you ever woken up and noticed that your hands were wedged under your jaw? If you frequently sleep in this position, you may experience jaw pain in the morning. Luckily, often the problem can be corrected fairly easily. Hold a small or full-size pillow to prevent your hands from ending up under your chin during the night.
You have a bad bite
Bite problems affect the way your teeth fit together and can cause jaw pain. Braces can correct your bite and eliminate your pain.
You have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Although TMJ symptoms can occur due to grinding and clenching or a bad bite, it's not always possible to determine the cause of the painful condition. Symptoms include jaw pain and stiffness, headaches, pain and stiffness in the neck and upper back, ear pain, difficulty chewing or opening and closing your mouth, popping sounds and jaw locking.
Heat, relaxation techniques and exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles may decrease your pain. Treatment of underlying issues, such as grinding, bite issues and injuries, can be very helpful. When you visit our Woodland office, we may also recommend an oral splint, a device that protects your upper and lower teeth from coming in contact with each other while you sleep.
Don't let jaw pain disrupt your life. Call our Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. Zimmerman, at (530) 661-1155 to schedule an appointment.
Did you know that it's now possible to receive a permanent crown in just one dental visit? Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman explains how CEREC same-day crowns have eliminated the wait.
What's the difference between porcelain and CEREC crowns?
Porcelain crowns require:
- Two visits
- Impressions created with soft dental putty
- A temporary crown after your first visit
- Food restrictions to ensure you don't damage the temporary crown
- A two week wait between first and second visits
In contrast, CEREC crowns only require:
- One visit
- A digital impression
- No temporary crowns
- No food restrictions
- No waiting to receive your permanent (and only) crown
The CEREC system uses computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. The technology allows us to craft your new crown in our Woodland office, rather than sending your impression to a dental laboratory. If you find dental putty impressions unpleasant, you'll appreciate the digital process we use to create virtual impressions of your mouth. Just seconds after your mouth is scanned with a digital camera, an image of your teeth appears on our screen.
We'll use the CEREC CAD/CAM technology to design your new crown, then send it to our milling machine. The milling machine gradually removes layers from a block of ceramic or resin to create your restoration. Just as with traditional crowns, a few adjustments may be needed to ensure the ideal fit. After we make the adjustments, we'll cement the crown to your tooth.
Are CEREC crowns appropriate for everyone?
Most people can benefit from CEREC crowns. The crowns are durable and designed to withstand years of wear and tear. You may benefit from a crown if you want to conceal discolorations or hide small imperfections in a tooth, such as uneven surfaces, cracks or chips.
The crowns also strengthen teeth that have become weaker due to cracks, aging or dental procedures, and restore broken teeth. When a few teeth have grown shorter due to grinding or clenching, a crown is an ideal solution to restore length.
Repair or restore your smile with CEREC crowns. Call Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman at (530) 661-1155 to schedule an appointment.
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