Katie To, DDS

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Bite Disease: Your Teeth Are a Very Important Part of Your Digestive System

Your teeth are one of the most unique substances in your body.  They are one of the hardest natural materials known to man and are resistant to penetration by most substances and are resistant to many diseases.  However, they can come under attack by acids and by extreme friction from the chewing services of the teeth they meet during chewing.  This is especially true if they don't come together properly.  When the teeth don't fit together, we have inefficient use of the chewing muscles and abnormal forces on the teeth cause premature tooth loss.  We call this situation Bite Disease.  If you were a dentist, we would refer to it ...

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Biocorrosion: Gum Line Notching and Environmental Damage to Tooth Root Surfaces

A very common condition that many people have is notching or tooth structure loss right above the gum line on some upper and lower teeth.  This notching can leave the gum tooth interface unsightly due to discoloration, it can produce sensitivity to hot and cold, and can ultimately compromise the integrity of the tooth structure.  This notching is a result of prior gum recession exposing the root surface to the oral environment.  Root surfaces do not have the hard enamel covering protecting the tops of the teeth rendering them vulnerable to environmental conditions.  Once exposed this surface can be compromised from a combination of chewing forces, acids from the stomach, ...

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Cavities: A Bacterial Infection Transmissible and Preventable

A very popular, and often "accepted" oral infection caused by bacteria is known as caries.  A damaging result of the caries infection process are holes in the teeth commonly known as cavities.  Many parents expect their children to acquire cavities as they grow, and often act surprised, when children leave the dental office without the need for "fillings".  A reality about cavities is that the bacteria that cause cavities are transmissible and are often introduced to a child at a very early age from a primary caregiver.  This happens by kissing, sharing utensils, drinks, or other forms of saliva exchange.  Once the cavity causing bacteria are introduced to the mouth ...

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Gum Disease: A Common Condition Associated with Serious Health Issues

One of the most popular under diagnosed diseases in the dentist office is periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is evident by excess oral inflammation, a certain type of bleeding during a routine periodontal examination, and often gum recession exposing the root surfaces of the teeth making them look longer.  Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing can indicate active gum disease.  Many genetic and lifestyle factors, coupled with oral bacteria, contribute to the exacerbation of gum disease.

One of the things our doctors and hygienists do is a very thorough comprehensive gum disease examination. Active gum disease is initiated by certain bacteria, yeasts, or viruses that live around ...

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Wellness Dentistry

A trip to the dentist typically involves fillings, cleanings, and other routine services.  But today, progressive dentists are spending more time learning and informing patients how dentistry and overall health are directly connected.

For example, when patients are experiencing gum disease, their chances of serious health risks (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) dramatically increases.  This is known as oral systemic health.

This new approach to dentistry is being recognized worldwide and Dr. Katie is embracing and implementing it in her Wellness Center.  Our patients are able to benefit from increased longevity and vitality.

Multiple organizations teach dentists to recognize these harmful mouth issues, and Dr. Katie has dedicated herself to learning from the best.  ...

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Smile with Confidence!

February is a great month to LOVE your smile!  Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you!  It is a great honor to have our patients trust us with something so precious.  In order to earn and maintain that trust, we are always learning and using the most advanced techniques to give our patients the best aesthetics and dental health!  One such technique is Dr. Katie’s chairside cosmetic bonding that she mastered from extensive training in Brazil and the U.S..  Using this training, Dr. Katie is able to give patients the smile they have been waiting for without removing ANY healthy tooth structure and same day results! 

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Health is the New Wealth!

January is a great time to jumpstart your nutrition and health after the holiday season.  Celery juice is a great way to get started!  It has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory effects and drinking celery juice can help with acid reflux which can cause erosion and weaken your enamel.  There are many other health benefits to drinking celery juice!  It can help with bloating, IBS, constipation, acne, eczema, and other issues involving inflammation.  Celery juice is also an effective natural diuretic!  It can help to flush toxins from your body, improving your overall health.

Did you know celery is so fibrous and low in sugar, it will not cause the ...

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