Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

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

06/11/2015 - 06:55

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. This makes sense; tooth enamel is under constant attack from dark colored beverages, sugary and starchy foods, aging, and other environmental, personal, and sometimes uncontrollable factors. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, it may be time to call 559-224-0103 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Clovis cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake.

Dr. Miyake offers two of the safest, most effective, and most reliable tooth whitening options: professional strength take-home kits and in-office treatments. Which of these is right for you depends entirely on your goals, your needs, and your personal preference. Dr. Miyake will openly discuss the benefits and limitations of each option to help you choose the one you feel is best for your smile.

In-office teeth whitening is faster and can provide remarkable results in just a single visit. However, you needn’t choose this option to obtain stunningly beautiful results. Our take-home kits come with customized application trays that make at-home whitening a breeze – all while reducing risks of sensitivity and helping ensure even and consistent results. This will be discussed in greater detail during your teeth whitening consultation.

To schedule your initial consultation, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake provides teeth whitening for patients in Clovis, Tulare, and surrounding areas from our convenient Fresno location.

05/29/2015 - 00:00

Dental erosion refers to a thinning of the teeth’s natural enamel and is a process that is common with aging. In fact, a new study has found that nearly 80% of adults have at least some amount of dental erosion, even those who maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine complete with brushing, flossing, and biannual visits to the dentist.

Dental erosion can produce cosmetic imperfections such as a yellowing of the teeth. Dentin, the underlying layer of tooth enamel, is a darker color than outer enamel and, as the outer layer thins, this yellow layer becomes more visible. Dental erosion can also increase risks for general dental problems such as tooth decay and infection.

In the study that found most adults have dental erosion, those who consumed soda and/or fruit juice daily were much more likely to have moderate to severe levels. This is because constant consumption of acidic beverages prevents saliva from returning the mouth to a neutral pH. The only way to combat this issue? Reducing your intake of soda and fruit juice.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake suggests taking a combined approach by reducing acidic beverage intake and improving daily and professional dental care. These steps can go a very long way in helping ensure your teeth remain healthy and beautiful for years to come.

To schedule your next appointment at our Fresno dental office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today.

05/15/2015 - 06:10

Replacing missing teeth is essential for the preservation of bite strength and alignment. However, not all methods of tooth replacement are the same. The most reliable and longest-lasting type of tooth replacement is the dental implant, which is why this particular restoration is most commonly suggested by Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake.

To learn if dental implants are the best solution for your smile, call our Fresno office at 559-224-0103 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miyake today.

Five compelling reasons to consider dental implants:

  1. Inserted directly into the jaw, dental implants offer the most secure and reliable hold for dental restorations like crowns and bridges
  2. Dental implants are able to produce a completely natural looking end result
  3. Supported by jawbone, dental implants minimize impact to adjacent teeth, helping preserve the quality of your smile
  4. Made of a biocompatible material, dental implants enjoy a high rate of acceptance by the body
  5. Integrated into the jaw, dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement that can prevent jaw shrinkage and collapse

If you have questions about dental implants or would like to learn how they can benefit you, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule your appointment today. Located in Fresno, Dr. Miyake welcomes patients living in Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and all surrounding California communities.

04/24/2015 - 12:43

If you live in the Clovis area and are looking for a fast, safe, and effective alternative to cumbersome store-bought teeth whiteners, Dr. Gregory Miyake would love to talk to you about our professional teeth whitening services.

Offering the latest in advanced teeth whitening treatments, Dr. Miyake can lighten teeth up to ten shades in as little as 60 minutes. To learn more or to schedule your teeth whitening appointment, please call our Fresno office at 559-224-0103 today.

With the ZOOM! teeth whitening system, our experienced cosmetic dentist can help:

  • Lighten teeth up to ten shades in just one office visit
  • Reduce risks of tooth sensitivity
  • Eliminate sensitive oral tissue irritation
  • Produce consistent and reliable results
  • Lighten severe discoloration such as that caused by tobacco, coffee, and wine

The best way to learn what our teeth whitening services can do for your smile is to call Dr. Miyake and schedule an informative cosmetic dentistry consultation.

In addition to in-office services, Dr. Miyake can provide patients with professional strength take-home kits. While not as fast as in-office treatments, these kits are vastly superior to store-bought alternatives and can ultimately save you time, money, and much unnecessary aggravation.

If you live in Clovis or surrounding areas of California and are considering teeth whitening, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an appointment today.

04/07/2015 - 11:35

Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist in Clovis? One who is focused entirely on helping you reach your aesthetic goals? One who offers a comprehensive range of both general and cosmetic dentistry services, enabling him to meet all of your oral health and beauty needs? If you are in the market for an experienced, caring, and skilled cosmetic dentist in the Clovis area, it may be time to call Dr. Gregory Miyake at 559-224-0103 and schedule your free cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Dr. Miyake has over 30 years of experience helping men and women achieve their goals though targeted cosmetic dentistry services. No matter if you are looking to address a single issue or are more interested in a complete smile makeover, our cosmetic dentist is prepared to work individually with you and provide you with the services you need for optimal smile perfection.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Miyake will happily discuss your concerns, our treatments, and the most effective way to reach your goals. And since this meeting is free of both charge and obligation, you truly have nothing to lose.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Gregory G. Miyake, DDS, please contact us today. Our cosmetic dentist serves Clovis and surrounding communities from our convenient Fresno location.

03/24/2015 - 13:27

Dental bridges are used to hold restorations such as dental crowns in the place of one or more missing teeth. The most common type of dental bridge is called a fixed bridge and relies on dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth to restore strength and beauty to the smile.

Fixed bridges use a wing to hold restorations in place. This wing is attached to the back of dental crowns on both sides of a space for optimal security. By attaching the wing to crowns instead of natural teeth, Visalia dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake helps protect those teeth from damage and strain that could result from supporting your restoration. This placement also hides the structural portion of the bridge, making only the natural-looking restoration noticeable to others.

A dental bridge can restore bite tension and aesthetics to the smile. Once placed, your dental bridge will also:

  • Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting
  • Reduce uneven wear on natural teeth
  • Restore complete biting, chewing, and speaking abilities

What’s more, unlike dentures, a dental bridge requires no adhesives and will not slip or fall out at inopportune times. Dr. Miyake would be happy to discuss all of the benefits offered by bridges and porcelain dental crowns during your next appointment.

To schedule your smile restoration consultation, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. We welcome patients from Madera, Visalia, and surrounding communities.

03/10/2015 - 14:07

It is not uncommon for people to think of cosmetic dentistry as something only the rich and famous can afford. However, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake strongly believes that everyone is entitled to look amazing and feel confident in their look. This is why we offer a range of financing options that can work with nearly any budget.

In addition to all major credit cards and local checks, we are pleased to work with CareCredit®, a healthcare financing company that helps make procedures not covered by insurance more accessible to all. CareCredit offers 0% APR and low fixed-rate options that can be applied for online or by picking up an application at our office.

If the cost of cosmetic dentistry is something that has kept you from pursuing your goals, now is the time to talk to Dr. Miyake about your options. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your goals and the services we offer, and to help you find the most effective way to achieve the smile of your dreams.

To schedule your consultation with Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake, please contact us online or call 559-224-0103 today.

02/24/2015 - 15:04

While it may seem a ways off, summertime is really just around the corner – and now is the perfect time to begin considering smile perfection in preparation for the warmer days ahead. Tulare cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake offers a comprehensive range of aesthetic and restorative services that can be used alone or in combination to produce a smile you will be proud to show off as soon as the warmer months begin.

To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Miyake, please call 559-224-0103 today.

Solutions that can help produce a healthy-looking smile include:

  • Tooth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants

These treatments often produce remarkable results on their own, but can also be combined for a complete smile makeover when several cosmetic and functional issues are impacting the health and beauty of your smile.

Dr. Miyake has over three decades of experience helping men and women reach their oral health and beauty goals. He would be happy to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation to discuss your concerns and options, and to help you choose which treatments will best meet your needs.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry in Tulare, Fresno, or surrounding California communities, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today.

02/13/2015 - 12:51

Symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • Red or red and white patches on the inside of the mouth and gums
  • Mouth ulcers or sores that do not heal
  • Lumps or thickening or skin inside of the mouth and lips
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Pain when swallowing

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake at 559-224-0103 to schedule an oral cancer screening today.

EGCG and Oral Cancer

A new study has shown EGCG to contain properties that target and destroy oral cancer cells. EGCG is one of the catechins found in white, green, black, and oolong teas that has previously been shown useful in cancer prevention. This is the first study to show it can also actively fight cancer once cells have developed. How this information will chance oral cancer treatment has yet to be seen.

Dr. Miyake supports any steps you can take to prevent oral cancer. This may include adding tea to your daily routine, but also refraining from tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, and being sure to visit our office every six months for cleanings and examinations. If oral cancer is detected during these visits, Dr. Miyake can discuss treatment options to immediate address the problem.

To schedule your next appointment at our Fresno office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today.

Oral Cancer
01/27/2015 - 14:53

You may have been told that chewing sugar-free gum can help prevent cavities, but just how much do you need to chew and when is it best to chew it? Researchers from the University of Groningen in Holland may have found the answer.

In a recently published study, the Holland research team found that chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes immediately following a meal can remove up to 100 million bacteria from the teeth and gums. However, this same study found that chewing gum longer than 10 minutes had the exact opposite effect – allowing all removed bacteria to be re-deposited in the mouth.

What this study suggests is that, yes, chewing sugar-free gum after eating can help prevent cavities, so long as you only chew it for 10 minutes. Anything longer and you risk undoing any health benefits you have achieved.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake encourages patients to chew gum as part of their overall oral health routine. When done responsibly and combined with brushing and flossing, sugar-free gum can help prevent cavities and keep breath fresh after eating.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Fresno area of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule an appointment.

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