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Leading causes of oral cancer

June 3, 2019

Cancer is a difficult disease to comprehend, particularly in regard to what causes it. However, certain risk factors play key roles in the development of cancer cells in the body. With cancers of the oral...


Which dental specialists should you see?

May 6, 2018

We all know that maintaining good dental health is important — it affects our teeth and jaw, our ability to chew, and our smiles. But it also affects our overall health! Therefore, regular visits with...



Pericoronitis and wisdom teeth: What to look for

February 7, 2018

Over the last 12,000 years, the human jaw shape has changed in response to the shift of our diets from hunter-gatherer to agriculture-based foods. Yet, generally, people’s teeth haven’t undergone a similar change. This has...


New Year’s resolutions for a healthy mouth

January 3, 2018

Oral health is important not only to maintain a healthy smile and the ability to eat delicious foods, but because it can affect your body’s overall health. Researchers continue to find that stricter oral hygiene...


How to handle dental traumas from winter sports

December 20, 2017

The Tahoe and Truckee area is a paramount destination for winter recreation and sports. Unfortunately, along with the enjoyment of winter recreation comes injuries associated with alpine skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, hockey, and...


Finding a patient-centered oral surgeon

November 29, 2017

Dear Doctors Martin and Appelblatt: How do I find an oral surgeon who is patient-centered? This is an excellent question. To start, it’s important to examine what patient-centered care really means. As the catch-phrase “patient-centered...





What to know when getting dental implants

September 27, 2017

Is your implant dentist a licensed and trained oral surgeon? While any dentist with a dental degree can legally place a dental implant, many general dentists do not have the specialized training, experience, and equipment...


Dental implants versus alternatives

September 27, 2017

Many people with missing or damaged teeth are often unsure about their replacement options. Sometimes people put off tooth replacement, not realizing that leaving a vacant space in their jaw may cause additional dental problems...


Why do wisdom teeth often need to be removed?

September 26, 2017

As children, we lose our baby teeth and our adult teeth move in to replace them. By our mid-teens all of our adult teeth, with the exception of our wisdom teeth, are fully developed and...


4 secrets your mouth tells your Tahoe dentist

August 15, 2017

Regular visits to our Sierra Smiles Tahoe dental office are crucial to maintaining a healthy smile so we can catch problems early. But your visits can also tell us about things you haven’t even thought...


What is oral surgery and when would I need it?

August 2, 2017

Patients are typically referred to oral surgeons by their general dentist when they require evaluation and care by dentistry’s surgical specialty. However, many are confused about the difference between a dentist and an oral surgeon,...


Can asthma affect your oral health?

June 12, 2017

Asthma is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that causes airways to narrow and difficulty breathing. While there is no cure for asthma, there are several treatments that can re-open airways for better breathing. However, at...


Healthy Tahoe: All about oral cancer

May 29, 2017

Oral cancer affects approximately 35,000 people annually. Of those, nearly 8,000 will die. Oral cancer is very real, very prominent and very scary. At Sierra Smiles Tahoe, we’re here to help you further understand the...


Suffer from canker sores? We can help

May 15, 2017

If you suffer from chronic canker sores, or even if you’ve only ever had one in your life, you know the discomfort and embarrassment that can result. Canker sores are a complex thing to understand,...


5 ways you may be harming your smile

April 19, 2017

At Sierra Smiles Tahoe, we’re all about getting and keeping teeth in their best shape possible. But we need your help! There are few things we recommend avoiding, or using in moderation. Check these things...


Healthy Tahoe: Can eating disorders affect your teeth?

April 10, 2017

Eating disorders usually stem from any combination of emotional, psychological, or social factors and affect around 10 million Americans. Some whole-body health problems that arise from eating disorders range from muscle loss, decreased bone density,...