Dentist in Fair Oaks | Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!

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Dentist in Fair Oaks | Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!

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Kristina Kuprienko DDS, Fair Oaks, CA

Break Bad Dental Habits This Year!

Chewing Your Nails

This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. Placing your jaw in a protruding position for long periods of time can place pressure on it, which is associated with jaw dysfunction.

Solution: Stress reduction and holding something to keep your fingers busy if certain situations are triggering.

Brushing Too Hard
Brushing with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too hard, can damage your teeth and irritate your gums.

Solution: Use a soft toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance at the proper pressure. Don’t think ‘scrub’ think ‘massage’.

Grinding and Clenching
Grinding and clenching cause muscle tenderness and joint pain, not to mention chipping and cracking of the teeth.

Solution: A mouthguard at night can help along with relaxation exercises and staying aware. You will have less pain, soreness and tooth damage.

Chewing Ice Cubes
Most of the time the ice will break when crushed between your teeth, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break.

Solution: Drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you’re not tempted. The pleasure that comes from chewing ice is not as great as the risk of chewing it and breaking a tooth.

Using Your Teeth As Tools

Your teeth are not a pair of scissors, they are for eating. You put your teeth at risk for cracking or injuring your jaw when you use them as tools.

Solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth will thank you.

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Fair Oaks Dentist | Why You Should Visit Your Dentist This Winter Season

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Whatever your December festivities look like, Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko wants to make sure you keep your oral health a priority even during all the holiday hustle and bustle. This time of year is actually an ideal time to schedule one of your bi-annual dental check-ups and here are some reasons why!

Winter Travel Plans

If you plan on taking a winter vacation, coordinating one of your bi-annual dental visits with your trip will allow for you to voice any concerns you might have, and Dr. Kuprienko can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your get away. Not getting a check-up before your vacation can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency that could ruin travel plans.

Flu Season is Here

If your body is busy fighting dental issues – even small cavities – your immune system can become compromised. Keeping up to date on regular dental visits and cleanings from your Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko, will help ensure your immune system is ready to keep you healthy during this flu season. If you find yourself battling a sickness this season chances are you taking over the counter medicines or cough drops. These remedies commonly contain large amounts of high fructose corn syrup which can have very damaging effects on your tooth enamel. Make sure that part of your healing and recovery routine includes keeping your oral health a priority.

Greet the New Year With a Smile!

You would be surprised at all the benefits improving your oral health routine can have on your daily life and overall wellness. Schedule a check-up with Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kurpeinko to get a clear understanding of the goals you should set for the new year. Our team will give you the best advice to help improve your overall oral health as well as help ensure a healthy 2020!

If you or a loved one has been putting off a dental visit, winter may be the best time to get back on track. Call (916) 675-3771 to schedule an appointment today!

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Dentist Fair Oaks | Dental Emergencies and How To Avoid Them This Halloween

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We have some great tips – and tricks – to help ensure your Halloween festivities don’t end with a dental emergency. Some common dental emergencies are easy to avoid with preventative techniques or quickly resolved with the gentle and swift care from Fair Oaks emergency dentist Dr. Kuprienko.

Biting or lacerating your tongue or lip may cause inflammation and possible bleeding so make sure the oral injury is kept clean and clear of any debri that could cause further harm. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding, and any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. If bleeding or swelling persists or pain is severe contact Fair Oaks emergency dentist Dr. Kuprienko promptly.

A toothache is a very common dental emergency and is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Avoid the ache this Halloween by making sure to brush and floss after the festivities and treats. If the pain becomes severe, lasts for longer than 24 hours or if you see signs of swelling, contact your Fair Oaks emergency dentist promptly.


If you chip or fracture a tooth immediately rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to combat potential swelling. If your tooth is broken you should avoid sugar, hot or cold food and drinks, and eat only soft foods until you can visit your emergency dentist.

If a permanent adult tooth is knocked out you will need to schedule an appointment with Fair Oaks emergency dentist Dr. Kuprienko for urgent care. Take care to not touch the root of the dislodged tooth and put the tooth in a container of milk or water if milk is not available to help preserve it. The likelihood of saving the tooth decreases after about 30 minutes so immediate response is crucial.

Most importantly, visit Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko regularly! Let them know any oral concerns you might have, and Dr. Kuprienko can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your celebration plans. Not getting regular check-ups and cleanings can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency.

To learn more on how you can prevent any dental scares this October, call your Fair Oaks emergency dentist Dr. Kuprienko at (916) 675-3771 today!

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Dentist in Fair Oaks CA | September: National Gum Care Month!

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In honor of National Gum Care Month Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko wants to encourage the health of all their patients with some educational information about oral care and gum disease.

Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is a long-term infection in your gums that if left undiagnosed and untreated results in loss of gum tissue, the underlying bone, and eventually loss of your teeth in the infected areas. Over 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease-inflicted damage to their gums, teeth, and surrounding bone by the age of 45.

Early signs of gum disease are:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums are tender to the touch, or hot / cold
  • Gum noticeably receding from teeth
  • Bleeding easily from brushing or flossing
  • Changes in bite

Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease and bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus – or tartar. This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth and bone loss. Your Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko and their dedicated staff will make sure you leave their office with plaque and tartar free teeth and the knowledge and tools to help keep your smile disease free.

The health of your gums plays a key role in your overall physical health. You can prevent periodontal disease with regular checkups with your Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko and of course with daily brushing and flossing. If you notice your gums are red or bleeding easily, call your Fair Oaks dentist at (916) 675-3771 today for a periodontal checkup and cleaning.

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