Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | February 14, 2013

Cutest Drawing Ever!

Cutest Drawing Ever!

One of our great young dental patients made this lovely drawing for us. I just had to share it. I am so thankful to have such wonderful patients. Thank you!

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Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | January 9, 2013

Don’t Pass This On

“She has her father’s gorgeous eyes!”

“He sings beautifully, just like his mother.”

“He’s so smart – must have gotten that from his Dad!”

“Just like her Mom – a natural athlete!”

We love to brag about our children, and it gives us extra pleasure when we think they inherited their positive traits from us! But how about when they get something from us that might not be so good?

According to a recent study performed at Rey Juan Carolos University of Madrid, fear of the dentist may be associated with a similar fear in their parents – especially the father!

“Children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said study co-author Professor America Lara-Sacido.  They went on to discuss that dental fear by either parent can set up their children for a lifetime of difficulty at the dentist.

At Philadelphia Square Dental Care, it is our goal to take dental fear out of the equation and make your dental visit as easy as possible.  Our modern techniques and caring approach will provide you with the most pleasant dental experience imaginable.  And if you have any worries at all, please feel free to discuss them with us.

Here are some tips from The American Dental Association on making your young child’s dental visit as easy as possible:

  • Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
  • Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive.
  • Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
  • Never bribe your child.
  • Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.

And remember – if your child is anxious about a dental visit, it may be because of you!! Please come in and discuss any dental issues you may be having, and we will show you how modern dentistry is more comfortable than ever – and maybe even fun!

To make an appointment for any member of the family or to discuss your dental needs, please call us today at 530 895-1999.  At Philadelphia Square Dental Care, your comfort is our primary concern!

SnowmanAt Philadelphia Square Dental Care we love New Year’s Resolutions.  After all, the new year is a great time to start fresh with some good habits.

But the problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they are usually broken way before Groundhog Day.  Why?  We simply make them too difficult.  So 2013 may not be the year you lose 220 pounds, visit the gym six times per week, eat kale shakes for breakfast every morning, write the Great American Novel and train a world class Portuguese Water Dog.  But it very well may be the year you start some healthy habits that last the rest of your longer, healthier life!

Here are a few suggestions:

1)  Walk, Don’t Run!  If you’re the type that can train for a local 10K race, that’s great.  But if it’s not your thing, you can still benefit from more walking.  Here’s a simple way to make it happen.  Whenever you are faced with a situation to use an elevator or escalator, make it your personal rule that if it is one flight up or two flights down, you’ll take the steps.  It’s easy!

2)  Don’t cruise the lot!  Instead of spending your time looking for a “great” parking space, park a little far away intentionally.  You’ll not only get in a few extra steps (which will amount to a few miles soon!) – your car will get less dinged up!

3)  Know Your Numbers!  Make sure that you get an annual physical which includes a blood test.  Knowing your cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and other vital statistics, and then taking the proper measures recommended by your physician will automatically put you in the top half of healthy Americans!

4)  Test Yourself!  It has been proven that knowing how to do a breast or testicular self-exam can save your life. ( If you’re not sure which one to do, your problem is a bit more complicated.)  Ask your health practitioner how to do it, or even check out a video on You Tube!

5)  Drop The Diet!  No – not the healthy eating pattern – the diet soda!!  It contains all kinds of chemicals and many people theorize it actually makes you hungrier.  There is simply nothing good about diet soda.  Switch to water, unsweetened tea with lemon, or even black coffee in moderation.

6)  Speaking Of Soda…..   One of the simplest things anyone can do to become immediately healthier is to go cold turkey on sodas and sports drinks.  They are loaded with sugar and are simply unnecessary.  If all you do to change your diet is to drop these two things, pounds can actually melt off quickly and never come back!

7)  Think positively!  It may sound trite, but if you believe good things are going to happen, they probably will.  Seeing the worst in every situation simply stresses you out and causes you to react negatively.  Those who think happy usually are!

8)  Do what scares you!  Pick one thing that you have been afraid to do, and commit to it.  Put it on your calendar.  Tell your friends or family members that you are going to do it.  Then do it!!  It could be a polar bear plunge, skydiving, reuniting with an old friend you had a fight with – it doesn’t matter!  Pick one thing, put it on your calendar, and do it!  Then do another……

9)  Appreciate What You Have and Don’t Envy Others.  Enough said!  Pull this one off successfully and your entire life will change!

10)  FLOSS!!  The benefits of healthy gums are numerous, including fresher breath, a lifetime of teeth, reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, and many more.  It’s simple to do and takes just one minute per day, yet practically no one does it!  If you’re not sure how to floss properly, we would love to show you!  Even if you feel you are not coordinated enough, we can show you some inexpensive gadgets that will help.  Make 2013 the year of the floss!!

So there you have it – ten simple healthy New Year’s tips that anyone can do!!  Feel free to add you own.  And since dental health and a beautiful smile are also on your list, don’t forget that we are here for you!  If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, simply give us a call at 1-530-895-1999.  Happy New Year!!

Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | November 21, 2012

Here’s Something To Be Thankful For!

According to a recent study done by the American Dental Association, the feature that others find most attractive is not our hair, eyes, or body – it’s our smile!!

So don’t worry about trying to compete with the latest supermodel or those impossible-to-beat images we see on every billboard and magazine ad.  Just flash your pearly whites and smile!!

But there’s more to it than that.  Anti-aging expert Dr. Mark Stibich has come up with some fantastic reasons to smile.  Here are just a few of them:

Smiling Changes Our Mood 

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile.  Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood for the better.

Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room and make things happier.  Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces.  Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed.  When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile.  The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better.  When you smile, immune function improves, possibly because you are more relaxed.  Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin, making us feel great.  Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger.  Don’t go for a face-lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

There is no doubt about it – smiling is something we should be extremely thankful for.  At Philadelphia Square Dental Care, it is our mission to give our patients something to smile about!

If you’re not happy with your smile or just need to have a cleaning, call us right away at 530-895-1999.  We would love to help!!

We are all aware that brushing your teeth on a regular basis prevents cavities and keeps you smiling.  But there are many other surprising benefits, including these eight that don’t have to do with your teeth!

1.  According to a study published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, participants who did not brush on a regular basis had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia compared to those who did brush.  So don’t forget to brush!!

2.  A study in The American Journal of Medicine found that regular brushing decreases the chance of stroke!

Wow – two very serious diseases can be curtailed with good oral hygiene.  And the list goes on…..

3.  As any dentist, hygienist or physician can tell you, regular brushing (and flossing) helps to prevent gum disease.  But you may not know that along with causing stinky breath and unattractive smiles, gum disease is a major indicator of heart disease and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

4.  A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that increased brushing decreases the risk of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and COPD.  Why?  Bacteria which form on the teeth make their way into the lungs and respiratory tract, wreaking havoc along the way.

5.  Dental researcher Dr. Caitia Gazola has shown that having healthy teeth and gums increases the chances of having healthy babies, while dental disease can cause underweight pre-term babies.  And men – you aren’t off the hook!  We strongly suspect that not brushing your teeth regularly can exclude you from the whole pregnancy process!

6.  Prevention magazine has reported that regular brushing can help you maintain a healthy weight!  Why?  Brushing your teeth indicates to your brain that mealtime is over.  Plus – food just doesn’t taste as good with squeaky clean teeth!

7.  Okay guys – here’s your turn.  Several studies have shown that men with poor oral hygiene are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction.  Scared yet???

8.  Have a heart – a healthy one that is!  The American Journal of Medicine has linked dental health with heart attack risk.

So if clean teeth, fresh breath, a beautiful smile and fewer cavities aren’t enough, here are eight reasons why brushing your teeth on a regular basis can save your life!  Plus let’s face it – going around with a big piece of tomato stuck between your chompers in not the most attractive look in the world!

Just as important as brushing your teeth is doing it correctly.  And if you are not getting regular dental cleanings, your efforts aren’t nearly as effective.
At Dr. Eric Eltzroth’s office, Philadelphia Square Dental Care, we care about your dental health and your medical health too!!  If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, please call us right away at (530)895-1999.  We are here to help you!!

Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | September 18, 2012

Five signs that you have the WRONG dental insurance!

If you have dental insurance – congratulations!  Dental insurance is a fantastic way for you to get assistance in paying for your dental health care.

Your dental insurance was chosen for you by your employer based on many factors.  While all dental insurance plans differ, one thing that most have in common is that they stress prevention – keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible through regular dental examinations, necessary x-rays, and dental cleanings.

When it comes to covering other services such as dental fillings, crowns, gum disease treatment, the replacement of missing teeth and more – insurance programs vary widely.  The good thing is that even a little bit of help in paying for your dental care is better than nothing at all.  However, as a service to our patients and community, we would like to point out five sure signs that you may have the wrong dental insurance.

1) The “fine print” on your plan requires a medical-grade microscope to read and contains 3 volumes.
2) The insurance company’s “on-hold music” is “The Complete Works of Beethoven” – and you have it memorized.
3) The presence of any teeth is non-covered pre-existing condition.
4) You are restricted to only seeing dentists on a list, which we are not one, but Steve Martin from Little Shop of Horrors is listed.
5) In order to save money, the insurance company requires that you visit a foot doctor at the same time as your dental appointment.  Since they are working on different ends of your body it should not interfere.

Hopefully you got a chuckle out of these warning signs.  But even if you didn’t recognize any, we realize that dental insurance can be very confusing.  At Philadelphia Square Dental Care, we know that you may have questions about your dental insurance, and we’re here to help.  We take pleasure in working with you to maximize your benefits so that you get the best coverage possible.  Please give us a call at 530-895-1999 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Most importantly, whether you have dental insurance or not, we will team up with you to get your teeth and gums in the healthiest condition possible and give you something to smile about!!  Please don’t hesitate to call or stop by.

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Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | August 17, 2012

Think You Brush Your Teeth Correctly? Probably Not!!

 

Almost everybody brushes their teeth, but would you believe only one in ten people are doing it effectively?

To that, we have to say a great big “YUCK!!”  Imagine if only ten percent of the population showered correctly.  That would be pretty gross.  But according to researchers at The University of Gothenburg, ninety percent of the population does not brush their teeth in the right way!

But don’t worry, your friends at Philadelphia Square Dental Care are here to help you.  So sit back and open wide as we present….

The Top Eight Toothbrushing Tips!

1. Size Matters!

Many people use a large toothbrush head thinking “the bigger the better.”  But you can brush just as effectively if not more so with a smaller brush, especially if you have to strain your mouth to use a larger one.

According to dental consumer adviser Dr. Richard Price, “the more comfortable it is in your mouth and your hand, then the more likely you will use it and use it properly.”

2. It’s Good To Be A Softy!

It would seem to make sense that firmer bristles would clean your teeth better, but many times they just wind up damaging your sensitive gum tissue.  The American Dental Association recommends a soft-bristled brush and we agree!

3. Don’t Do A Rush Job!

While most people spend fifteen seconds or so per round of brushing, a full two minutes is best.  To make sure you don’t play favorites, divide your mouth into four sections (upper right, lower right, etc..) and spend thirty seconds on each.

Some electric toothbrushes actually have timers, like the Oral B electric brush we have available in the office.  (We are actually having a great deal on them right now – less expensive than even Amazon.com!)  But you don’t need an electric toothbrush to be able to time your brushing.  Find a thirty second song and sing it to yourself for each mouth quarter, or multitask, by watching TV until the full two minutes is up.

4. What’s Your Angle?

While we typically picture toothbrushing to be a horizontal affair, that leaves out many important tooth surfaces, including the crucial area where the tooth meets the gum line.  Aim your bristles at a forty-five degree angle and make sure they gently dip below the outer surface of your gums.  This can get very tricky, and we recommend that you have one of the fantastic members of our dental hygiene team give you a full demonstration!

5. It’s An Inside Job!

The inner surfaces of the teeth are often overlooked, but just because they hide from daylight doesn’t mean you should neglect them!  Take the time to brush all tooth surfaces, inside and out.  Oh – don’t forget your tongue either!

6. Rinse-a-rama!

After you brush, loose bacteria are floating around in your mouth having a big old party.  It’s time to finish them up with a rinse of mouthwash or even water.  They’re on your toothbrush too, so it’s always a good idea to run that under the sink for a few seconds when you finish!

7. Forced Retirement

Many people get nostalgic over their old toothbrushes, but keeping them for too long is a big mistake!!  Frayed bristles can’t clean correctly, and even worse – they harbor all kinds of nasty germs.  The American Dental Association suggests changing your toothbrush every three to four months – but we think that may even be too long of an interval for many.  When in doubt – toss it out!

8. And There’s One More Thing…..

Even though we are discussing toothbrushing, it just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning those tooth surfaces between your teeth – the ones that can’t be reached with a brush.  Yes, that’s right – we all need to floss!!  Daily flossing prevents cavities and helps to keep your gums in good shape.

Dr. Eltzroth and our whole team want you to have strong healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath and a beautiful smile!!  Please call us now at 530-895-1999 to schedule an appointment, ask any questions about keeping your teeth and gums nice and clean, or even to check out the new Oral B Smartseries 5000 with an extra $20 mail-in rebate!  We are here for you!

Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | July 19, 2012

Spit In This Cup Please!

No one likes to have their blood taken – it’s just not fun!!  But it’s the only way that we can be tested for diabetes, anemia, cholesterol levels, and many other important health issues.  Well, that may be changing!

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are saying there may now be a much easier way to detect illness – spit!

Yes – good old spit (or saliva as we like to call it) contains DNA, enzymes, hormones, proteins and lots of other good things that are making it a great candidate for medical testing.  And best of all, it’s simple and painless to collect.

Recently, trials have been done with saliva to test for heart disease risk, HIV, hormone-related diseases, children’s performance in school, and even a woman’s ability to have good relationships with men based on their feelings for their fathers! (As strange as it may seem, that last one is based on levels of stress hormones found in saliva when women discuss relationship topics!)

It’s tough to even compare the ease of spitting in a cup versus having a needle poked into your vein.  As Dr. Steven Hirschfeld of The National Institutes of Health said,

We like tests that are fast, inexpensive, and can be repeated multiple times.”

Saliva already has lots of jobs.  It softens food as you chew it, making that grilled cheese sandwich much easier to swallow.  It helps your tongue to taste things, is the first step in digestion, and it cleans the inside of your mouth and rinses your teeth.  Did you know that most people produce one to two liters of saliva every day?

If you feel like your mouth is always dry, be sure to let us know.  It could be caused by medications, aging, or possibly a serious medical condition.  And get prepared for the day when instead of saying “please roll up your sleeve for a blood test,” we may simply ask you to spit in this cup!

If you have questions about dry mouth or any other dental issues, please remember that at Philadelphia Square Dental Care we are here for you!  Please give Dr. Eltzroth a call at 530-895-1999.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | June 19, 2012

Snoring – It Can Kill You!

Sure – snoring is annoying.  But can it actually be deadly?

No – this does not mean being strangled in the middle of the night by a severely annoyed spouse or partner, as tempting as that may be!  But the fact is, snoring is often related to sleep apnea, a condition where the body is deprived of oxygen during a night of heavy zzzzz’s.

One obvious problem this causes is being tired during the day, contributing to automobile and workplace accidents.  But even worse, sleep apnea, which is experienced by 30 million Americans, has been scientifically linked to obesity, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes.  So if that low rumbling sound that keeps the entire neighborhood awake isn’t enough, now there is much more reason for concern.

But wait – it actually gets worse.  A study performed at The University of Wisconsin School Of Medicine has just shown a significant link between sleep apnea and cancer, showing this condition increases the risk of cancer death by almost a factor of five!

“This is really big news,” said Dr. Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland.  “It’s the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association,” he said.

There is no doubt that snoring can be much more serious than just a nighttime disturbance.  So what can you do if you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea?

Fortunately, there are many ways to have this condition treated, all the way from simple dental appliances, to surgery, to wearing nighttime masks.  Working together with your physician, we can review the different treatment options available to you.

At Philadelphia Square Dental Care, we would be glad to take a look and discuss your snoring issues or any other dental questions you may have.  Just give us a call at 1-530-895-1999 and we will get you in right away!  Together we can make tonight a quiet one!

Posted by: Dr. Eltzroth | May 24, 2012

Are You a Dental Cookie?

Cookies and dentistry?  Keep reading!

Here’s an interesting quiz for you:

Who originally dispensed the famous recommendation to “see your dentist twice a year?”

We all know it’s true (or do we???) – so when and where do you think that bit of advice originated?

a)  The American Dental Association in 1933
b)  The world’s first dental college – The University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1845
c)  An article in The Journal of Oral Surgery by Dr. Henry Horseacre in 1909 entitled “Proper Protocol for Dental Cleanings.”
d)  A radio ad for Pepsodent Toothpaste in 1929

Believe it or not, if you guessed “d” you are correct!

Most of us know the famous order to “see your dentist twice a year.”  Some insurance companies even use that interval to define their standards for payment.  But the fact is that phrase was developed with no scientific basis at all – and to sell toothpaste!

Another example of this logic was the ad campaign for Pear’s Soap in the late 1800s.  The slogan “Have you used Pear’s soap today” ushered in the habit of daily bathing!  And while that was certainly a good thing, the fact is that we are all different and to expect that everyone requires the same schedule for their health needs just doesn’t make sense.

When you wash your hair, do you “rinse and repeat?”  Do you associate diamonds with engagement rings?  Are you convinced that Volvo builds the safest cars?  If so, you’ve been influenced by advertising, not necessarily facts.  Don’t worry – we are all guilty of it!

At Philadelphia Square Dental Care, we don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach when your health is involved.  In order to determine the correct dental treatment for you (including how often you should have your teeth cleaned) we perform a thorough examination, checking your teeth, gums, medical history, bite, jaw muscles and more.  We even do an oral cancer screening at every check-up with your approval.

Everyone is different, so despite what the ad men from Pepsodent once said, let’s scientifically determine the correct schedule for your dental visits by looking at the facts, not an ad slogan.  Then you can look forward to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums – and keep smiling forever!

If you have any questions or you would like to schedule a visit, please call 1-530-895-1999 right away.  Don’t let anyone make you into a cookie!

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