Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California





04/07/2016 - 08:10

Symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • White or red patches on the inside of the mouth or the lips
  • Ulcers on the inside of cheeks or gums
  • The presence of blood in the mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Persistent coughing
  • Swollen neck lymph nodes

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an examination right away.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral cancer, please call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an examination right awayAccording to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 48,200 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. every year. A majority of these cases occur in people who both use tobacco and drink excessive amounts of alcohol. This Oral Cancer Awareness Month, it is worth your time to reconsider habits that increase risks for this disease and to take steps to protect your oral and systemic health into the future.

Oral cancer kills more than 8,700 people in the U.S. yearly. Many of these deaths could be prevented if only proper screening was provided. One of the services provided during your routine cleanings and examinations is a preliminary check for symptoms of oral cancer. When detected early, prompt treatment can help prevent serious issues from arising. If you have not been screened, even if you are not in a high risk group, it is a good idea to discuss this with Dr. Miyake during your next visit to our office.

To schedule your next appointment, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling (559) 478-2235 today. Located in Fresno, Dr. Miyake welcomes patients from all surrounding areas of California. 

Oral Cancer
03/29/2016 - 08:11

Do you have black hairy tongue? Call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to learn how we can helpBlack hairy tongue is a cosmetic condition caused by excess yeast and bacteria on the tongue. While not harmful, black hairy tongue can be very alarming to see and is not an issue most of us want to have visible to others.

What causes black hairy tongue? Most often, a poor oral hygiene routine. However, smokers, people who drink a lot of coffee or tea, and those who consume several colored sodas can develop this condition even when a solid daily oral hygiene routine is intact. Oddly, mouthwash containing peroxide – intended to whiten the teeth – can also cause black hairy tongue.

What can be done about black hairy tongue? If you smoke, stop. Immediately. That habit alone contributes to more oral health problems – including gum disease, halitosis, and tooth decay – than any other. You can also reduce your consumption of brown-colored beverages (especially those with artificial coloring) and refrain from using mouthwash with peroxide. Brushing after every meal and snack and flossing twice a day will help as well. So too can adding tongue scraping to your daily routine. Tongue scrapers are available at nearly every supermarket and drug store and are very simple to use.

If your black hairy tongue fails to respond to at-home care, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help. Dr. Miyake welcomes patients from Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding areas of California.

03/08/2016 - 11:22

Analysis of emergency dental visit trends finds March 18th, the day after St. Patrick’s Day, to be one of the 10 busiest of the year. Visits for chipped, cracked, and broken teeth increase significantly in the two to three days following St. Paddy’s, but visits for missing teeth take the cake. According to the recent numbers, dental visits for missing teeth increase around 64% on the 18th of March each year.

Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake offers solutions for all of the oral health and beauty issues that may occur on St. Patrick’s Day. If you find yourself in need of an emergency dental visit or just a visit to correct minor damage, please call our Fresno office at (559) 478-2235 to schedule an appointment.

Cosmetic & Restorative Services

Services offered by Dr. Miyake that can be used to strengthen and beautify your smile include:

All of the treatments offered by Dr. Miyake are customized to fit seamlessly into your smile and can be used alone or in specific combinations for optimal results. If you find yourself in need of one of these services following your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS right away to schedule a treatment consultation.

02/23/2016 - 13:17

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation with Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake todayTwo new studies have further solidified links between gum disease and serious systemic illness. The first, conducted in conjunction with the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, found that postmenopausal women with gum disease were at an increased risk for breast cancer. The second, a meta-analysis of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that people with chronic kidney disease are more likely to die of complications when gum disease is also present.

Results from these studies are far from surprising. Gum disease has long been linked to kidney failure as well as cancer of the esophagus, lungs, and pancreas. Gum disease is also linked to heart attack and stroke, hypertension, liver damage, dementia, and complications with pregnancy, all of which make seeking treatment at the first indication of this oral health problem very important.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake offers deep gum cleanings for the treatment of mild to moderate gum disease. These cleanings remove calculus and tartar from below the gum line to help reduce inflammation and eliminate infection.

If your gums are red and swollen or bleed easily when brushed, it is vital – perhaps literally – that you contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling (559) 478-2235 today to schedule a consultation and learn about your treatment options. Dr. Miyake serves Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and surrounding areas from our conveniently located office in Fresno.

Gum Disease
02/04/2016 - 09:57

Fluorosis is a condition resulting from the intake of excessive amounts of fluoride early in life. Typically occurring between the ages of one and eight – a time when adult teeth are forming – fluorosis causes permanent teeth to appear ribboned or freckled. This can detract from the quality of the smile, especially when this mottled appearance is on front teeth.

Fluorosis occurs underneath the enamel and does not respond well to teeth whitening. In fact, whitening teeth with fluorosis can enhance the discoloration by lightening the enamel surrounding it. This makes completely covering teeth impacted by fluorosis the most effective solution.

To learn about treatment options for fluorosis in the Fresno area, call cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 and schedule a consultation today

Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake offers a number of options that can be effective at treating fluorosis. These include:

All of these treatments are used to cover the surface of teeth and can be shaded and shaped to match adjacent teeth impeccably. However, not each of these solutions is right for every tooth and, in some cases, a combination of these and other cosmetic dentistry treatments may be needed to fully perfect your smile. The best way to determine if this is the case in your situation is through a teeth whitening consultation at our comfortable Fresno office.

If you are looking for the most effective teeth whitening option, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS online or by calling (559) 478-2235 today. Located in Fresno, our cosmetic dentist welcomes patients from Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding areas of California.

01/22/2016 - 06:26

If you are ready to brighten your smile, call Sacramento cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation and learn about your optionsSmall steps taken to improve the appearance of your smile can often have very big results. Simple and safe treatments such as tooth whitening can brighten the smile and produce a more radiant and attractive appearance overall. However, reaching for a take-home tooth whitening kit from the supermarket will not likely produce the results you deserve.

Store-bought teeth whitening kits may come with boil-and-bite applicator trays. They may come with “professional strength” bleaching solution. They may even claim to offer the same results you can get from a dentist. This is, however, not at all true.

Boil-and-bite applicators do not come even close to providing the reliable coverage offered by the customized versions available through Sacramento cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake, nor do “professional strength” whitening solutions offer the same reliable results as those available through our office. And as for the claim that results can be identical, you only need to try a store-bought kit once to know that isn’t really the case.

Dr. Miyake offers both take-home and in-office teeth whitening, allowing him to brighten your smile in the manner most suitable for your needs and desires. During your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our office, Dr. Miyake will carefully evaluate your smile and listen to your concerns, enabling him to suggest the tooth whitening solution most ideal for your unique needs.

Are you ready to brighten your smile? Contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our comfortable Sacramento location.

01/12/2016 - 14:22

2016 is a New Year and if you’re unhappy with your smile, a new opportunity to talk to Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake about what can be done to perfect it. Call (559) 478-2235 to learn moreHow do you feel about your smile? Are there small imperfections that you find annoying? Are there more noticeable aesthetic or functional issues that make you feel uncomfortable or awkward? Is it too dingy, too crooked, or too uneven to make you feel confident and proud? Are you ready to do something about it?

Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake offers a complete range of services that can be used alone or in combination to address every conceivable aesthetic and functional problem detracting from the health and beauty of your smile. If you would like to make 2016 the year you perfect your smile, call (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation today.

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Cosmetic dentistry services offered by Dr. Miyake include:

  • Tooth whitening to address stains and discoloration
  • Porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of teeth marred by common cosmetic dentistry imperfections
  • Porcelain dental crows to cover teeth weakened by trauma or decay
  • Dental bonding for minor chips, cracks, and spaces
  • Tooth replacement options such as bridges and implants

These services can produce remarkable results on their own but are often used in combination for a complete smile makeover. The best way to determine which of these options is going to most effectively address your concerns is by discussing them with Dr. Miyake during a one-on-one consultation at our Fresno cosmetic dentistry office.

If you are ready to schedule your initial consultation, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS right away. Located in Fresno, our cosmetic dentist welcomes patients from Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding areas of California.

12/18/2015 - 12:38

If you are considering dental restorations in Fresno, please call (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation with experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake todayIf you have a flex plan, your benefits will soon expire. This makes now the best time to call (559) 478-2235 and schedule a consultation with Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake. There are a number of restorative services that may not be fully covered by your insurance, but applying flex benefits is an option so long as the procedure is for the improvement of oral health.

Procedures that may be covered by your flex plan include:

These treatments are often covered by FSAs and HSAs, but hurry. Any benefits left unused at the plan’s expiration will be forfeit forever.

If you do not have an HSA or FSA, we can work directly with your insurance or help you choose a financing option that will meet your needs. We accept cash and most major credit cards, and work with CareCredit®, a healthcare financing company that offers fantastic promotional rates. To learn more about CareCredit visit our financing page or ask about their services during your initial consultation.

If you are ready to strengthen and beautify your smile, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Located in Fresno, we welcome patients from Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and all surrounding areas of California. 

12/09/2015 - 06:29

Research has found that sugar-free drinks are just as harmful to teeth as those containing sugar. To learn how to protect your teeth call Fresno dentist Dr. Miyake at (559) 478-2235 todayA new study has found there is “no discernible difference” between the damage sugar-laden sodas and sugar-free alternatives do to tooth enamel. Conducted on 70 sets of molars separated into two groups, this study found that both sugar-free and sugared sodas softened enamel 30 to 50%, making neither option particularly good for oral health.

Softened enamel can result in a number of functional and cosmetic issues including tooth yellowing and heightened sensitivity. If you are a frequent soda drinker – even if your beverage of choice is sugar-free – call (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation with Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake and learn how we can help protect your smile from serious damage.

When Your Brush Your Teeth Matters

If you drink a large amount of soda throughout the day, it is likely that brushing and flossing will do little to prevent damage. The acids in these drinks can soften enamel to such an extent that brushing can actually cause more harm. It is best to wait at least 30 minutes between soda consumption and tooth brushing to guard against additional enamel removal. Dr. Miyake can discuss this along with ways to protect your smile from additional damage during your next visit to our office.

To schedule an appointment at our Fresno, California location, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today.

11/24/2015 - 11:18

If you are considering Invisalign® in the Fresno area, please call Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to schedule a consultation todayInvisalign® aligners are removable, which means they can be taken out for the enjoyment of Thanksgiving treats like nuts, fruits, crunchy vegetables, and other delectables that have to be avoided during traditional orthodontic treatment. If you are an adult or older teen dealing with malocclusion, this convenience should be a consideration when looking for the right orthodontic option. Please call Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at (559) 478-2235 to learn more.

Because Invisalign aligners are removed for eating, there are no dietary restrictions during treatment. Aligners are also removed for tooth cleaning, allowing you to maintain optimal oral health during your orthodontic treatment period. This advantage further enables you to keep teeth their whitest by removing surface stains and preventing their accumulating underneath attached brackets. For these and numerous other reasons, Invisalign is often the best choice for our patients with more pronounced bite issues. During your initial consultation at our Fresno office, Dr. Miyake would be happy to discuss this in greater detail.

To schedule your initial Invisalign consultation, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Located in Fresno, our cosmetic dentist serves Clovis, Tulare, Madera, and all surrounding areas of California.

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