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03/23/2017 - 08:18

Which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for your smile? Take our short quiz to find out. Then call Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at 559-478-2235 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

03/15/2017 - 08:00

There are a number of ways to protect teeth and prevent gum disease. Call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an appointment and learn more.

You likely know that brushing after every meal, flossing at least once daily, and visiting our Fresno office every six months for professional cleanings can help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. Now, a study from researches at the University of Manchester has shown that chewing your food for longer periods of time may help prevent infection and disease as well.

For this study, researchers looked at oral Th17 cell production related to mastication. Th17 cells, part of the immune system that help defend against harmful pathogens, seem to increase when food is chewed for longer periods. This can help improve immune response in the gums and throughout the body and may be useful in preventing disease. However, researchers warn that chewing too long can have the opposite effect. Too much Th17 cell production actually increases risks for gum disease.

So, which is it? Does chewing longer prevent or encourage gum disease? That all depends on how long “longer” is for you. The standard 5-10 times for softer foods and 30 or so for meats and denser/rougher foods remains ideal for most.

When combined with a good daily oral hygiene routine and biannual vests with our Fresno dentist, proper chewing is very beneficial for oral health. However, the foods you choose will play a role as well. No matter how long you chew sugary foods or how long you keep simple carbs in your mouth, risks for tooth decay, infection, and gum disease will increase. In fact, the longer these foods stay in the mouth the more damage they do. Choose healthy food. Brush and Floss often. Visit our Office every six months. These steps will all help prevent oral health problems and keep your natural teeth strong and attractive for years to come.

To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Miyake, please contact us online or by calling 559-478-2235 today. Located in Fresno, Dr. Miyake serves patients living throughout Northern California.

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02/13/2017 - 09:50

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals – at least 10% of which are known to cause cancer. While not all cigarette chemicals are cancer causing, even non-carcinogenic chemicals can have a profoundly negative impact on oral health.

Cigarette smoking is linked to:

E-cigarettes are not safer for oral health than manual alternatives. To learn how we can help reverse damage, call our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235 today.Many people believe that e-cigarettes, free from many of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke, are safer for oral health. New research shatters this misconception – showing that chemicals in e-cigarettes are just as dangerous to the oral cavity as tobacco cigarettes. In some cases – particularly in vape mixtures containing flavoring agents – e-cigarette chemicals are actually worse.

For this study, researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York conducted a series of tests on tobacco flavored “vape juices,” both with and without nicotine. What they found was surprising. Even those mixtures without nicotine caused damage to gum tissue on a level consistent with smoked tobacco.

Over a three day period, e-cigarette users experienced a 53% increase in gum cell damage and death, compared to 2% among nonsmokers. Researchers also found increased risks of gum disease and oral cancer among e-cigarette users similar to rates among smokers, leading them to conclude that e-cigarettes are not, in any way, safer for oral health than tobacco cigarettes. Even tooth staining among the two products is similar, meaning e-cigarettes don’t even offer aesthetic benefits for your smile.

Your best bet is to avoid both manual and electronic cigarettes if you hope to achieve optimal oral health and beauty. During your next visit to our Fresno cosmetic dentist, tips on accomplishing this goal can be discussed along with both restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments that will be needed to begin reversing the damage tobacco has already done to your smile.

To schedule your appointment, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Located in Fresno, we welcome men and women from all surrounding Northern California communities.

02/08/2017 - 00:00

If the sound of going to the dentist actually makes your skin crawl, you might be afraid of the dentist. Every year, thousands of Americans forego dental care that they desperately need out of fear and anxiety. At our dental office, Dr. Gregory Miyake, utilizes sedation dentistry techniques to help you relax and enjoy dental procedures. You won't be aware of the procedure happening to you and won't feel any pain. Take this quiz to find out if you might be afraid of the dentist and, if so, contact us to schedule sedation dentistry procedures!

 

To schedule you sedation dentistry appointment, please call us at (559) 478-2235. We are proud to serve clients in Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and the nearby California communities.

12/19/2016 - 16:10

If you have popping and clicking when you speak or chew and jaw pain or headaches, you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD. Our dentist, Dr. Greg Miyake, can treat this condition for you to give you relief. Find out more in this presentation:

 

Schedule an appointment with our dentist today by calling (559) 478-2235. We are proud to serve patients in Clovis, Madera, and the nearby California areas.

11/23/2016 - 07:23

Porcelain veneers are versatile, durable, and remarkably natural-looking, enabling them to address a wide range of cosmetic imperfections. Call our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Would you like to learn how dental veneers can perfect your smile? Call Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation today!

 

10/27/2016 - 11:05

Halloween means candy, caramel apples, and other sweet treats for children and adults alike. You can help protect your teeth this Halloween by: 1.	Brushing your teeth after every sweet treat or snack 2.	Flossing your teeth both morning and night 3.	Adding an antibacterial or antimicrobial mouthwash to your daily routine 4.	Refraining from biting into hard or particularly chewy sweets 5.	Limiting your intake of sugary foods and beverages These five steps can help prevent cavities along with damage to restorations and trauma to the teeth. They can also help set the groundwork for a solid daily oral care routine, helping ensure your teeth stay strong, healthy, and attractive in the years ahead. Halloween marks the first of several holidays at which sweet foods and candy are ubiquitous. As such, the care you take of your teeth leading up to Halloween should be extended to include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other seasonal holidays that involve treats. And there is no reason to stop there – maintaining a strong daily routine and visiting our Fresno dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations remain the most effective ways of preventing cosmetic and functional issues with your smile. During your next visit, Dr. Miyake can discuss this with you in greater detail and provide personalized guidance to help you optimize your at-home dental routine. To schedule your next visit with Dr. Miyake, please use our online contact form or call our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235. Our dentist serves Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.

Halloween means candy, caramel apples, and other sweet treats for children and adults alike. You can help protect your teeth this Halloween by:

  1. Brushing your teeth after every sweet treat or snack
  2. Flossing your teeth both morning and night
  3. Adding an antibacterial or antimicrobial mouthwash to your daily routine
  4. Refraining from biting into hard or particularly chewy sweets
  5. Limiting your intake of sugary foods and beverages

These five steps can help prevent cavities along with damage to restorations and trauma to the teeth. They can also help set the groundwork for a solid daily oral care routine, helping ensure your teeth stay strong, healthy, and attractive in the years ahead.

Halloween marks the first of several holidays at which sweet foods and candy are ubiquitous. As such, the care you take of your teeth leading up to Halloween should be extended to include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other seasonal holidays that involve treats. And there is no reason to stop there – maintaining a strong daily routine and visiting our Fresno dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations remain the most effective ways of preventing cosmetic and functional issues with your smile. During your next visit, Dr. Miyake can discuss this with you in greater detail and provide personalized guidance to help you optimize your at-home dental routine.

To schedule your next visit with Dr. Miyake, please use our online contact form or call our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235. Our dentist serves Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.

09/29/2016 - 09:08

Is a smile makeover the right choice for you or could you benefit more from a single cosmetic or restorative treatment? Take our short quiz to find out, then contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options. 

09/23/2016 - 08:00

Dental crowns are strong, versatile and attractive. To learn how they can improve your smile, call (559) 478-2235 and schedule a consultation with our Fresno cosmetic dentistDental crowns are placed over teeth that have been impacted by decay or trauma, helping to restore strength, appearance, and function while reducing the need for extraction. Five of the most common uses for dental crowns are:

  1. To protect a tooth following root canal therapy
  2. To restore a tooth impacted by severe decay
  3. To correct bite issues
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place
  5. To replace a missing tooth

The best way to determine what use dental crowns may play in the perfection of your smile is through a one-on-one consultation with experienced Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake.

Dental crowns are custom made to fit perfectly into your smile. Sized, shaped, and colored to match adjacent teeth, dental crowns offer the perfect marriage of form and function, enabling them to continue producing desirable results for years to come. In fact, when cared for properly – a task that requires nothing more than a traditional daily oral care routine – your dental crowns can last for a lifetime. This can be discussed in more detail when you come to our Fresno office for your initial consultation.

Dental crowns are strong, attractive, and can be used alone or in combination with other restorative options for a complete smile makeover. Dr. Miyake can discuss this in detail during your next visit to our office.

If you are in need of a dental crown, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling our Fresno cosmetic dentistry office at (559) 478-2235 today. Dr. Miyake welcomes patients from Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.

09/14/2016 - 07:12

A new study has found that untreated tooth infection increases risks for coronary artery disease by as much as 2.7 times. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and responsible for over 600,000 deaths in the United States every year, making it the leading cause of preventable death in our country.

Tooth infection increases risks for heart disease. Routine examinations can help protect you from this issue. Call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to learn moreHaving a strong daily oral care routine is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth infection. However, even this may not be enough to eliminate all risks. Because tooth infection may be asymptomatic for some time, it is always a good idea to visit our Fresno dentist every six months for thorough examinations. During these visits, Dr. Miyake will be able to determine if infection is present and provide targeted treatments to help prevent the serious oral and systemic health problems that can follow.

Symptoms of tooth infection may include:

  • Pain – sharp and sudden or dull and sustained
  • Swelling and redness in the gums
  • A pimple or pocket forming on the gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swelling of neck lymph nodes

If you experience any of these symptoms, particularly pain, it is important to visit our office right away. Although systemic issues may not occur for some time, oral health problems including tooth loss may happen rapidly when infection is not dealt with.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling (559) 478-2235 to schedule an examination right away. Dr. Miyake serves patients living in Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California.

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