1. Tooth Fairy Ideas

    by Jennifer A. DiGiovanni Although many countries around the world have unique traditions to mark the loss of a child's baby teeth, the tooth fairy legend is believed to have originated in the United States in the early part of the 1900s. This custom has remained popular, and even today, many parents search for fun and creative ideas about how use the tooth fairy story to celebrate the loss of a c…Read More

  2. Types of Fillings

    Amalgam Made of: A mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury. Mercury is nearly 50% of the mixture. Types: Traditional (non-bonded) Used for: Fillings in back teeth Lasts: At least 10 years, usually longer Costs: The least expensive type of restorative material Advantages Amalgam fillings are strong. They can withstand the forces of chewing. They are less costly than the alternatives. Amalg…Read More

  3. Baby Teething: Signs and Treatment

    by Emily Boge, RDH, BS, MPAc One of your baby's milestones during his or her first year of life is the appearance of the first tooth, yet baby teething can be a scary time for parents. Often baby can become cranky or irritable as he experiences tooth eruption. Soothing baby as he copes can be a challenging but manageable task. When Does Teething Start? The first tooth generally appears around the …Read More

  4. Are electric toothbrushes REALLY better than manual toothbrushes?

    Our experts weigh the pros and cons of each type of toothbrush. May 24, 2017 By Renee Knight Many patients don’t realize just how important it is to use the right toothbrush. They typically rely on the sample they get after their 6-month dental visit or pick up a cheap option at their local grocery store. To them, all toothbrushes are basically the same, and they don’t see a reason to invest i…Read More

  5. How to Brush Your Teeth Properly: A Quick Guide

    by AM Hopkins Everyone knows that brushing their teeth plays a major role in their overall health, but they may not be aware of the correct way to brush their teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice each day; here is a quick guide to ensure you know how to do it properly. Purchase the right toothbrush. Before you even begin the process of brushing…Read More

  6. Happy New Year Family and Friends

    We hope the holidays were filled with family, fun and great memories in the making. We here at Dr Walker and Yarborough’s office had festive activities during the holiday season. A lot of you helped us by voting for your favorite Pumpkin and Christmas wreath. We also want to thank those who helped us with our can food drive. We collected 80lbs and brought it to San Carlos Second Harvest Food Ban…Read More

  7. Discolored Teeth: Five Foods that Cause Stains

    by Margie Monin Dombrowski Proper oral hygiene is of course indispensable for maintaining a bright smile, but there is one other important bit of advice: Watch what you eat and drink. Certain foods and beverages can discolor teeth. If you want to protect your pearly whites, read on for some common culprits that stain your teeth. Pasta Sauce Because of their acidity, bright red hue and tendency to …Read More

  8. Restorative Dentistry Menlo Park

    Dr. Walker and Dr. Yarborough believe that the best dentistry is a collaborative process between the dentist and the patient. Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring health, aesthetics and function to teeth that are broken, worn down or missing. A comprehensive examination and thorough dental cleaning will help us to identify any hidden problems such as tooth decay, gum disease or occlusal (bit…Read More

  9. Black Hairy Tongue Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

    What is Black Hairy Tongue? A black hairy tongue is a temporary and harmless condition that is often caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. Certain types of bacteria accumulate on the papillae (the small projections that cover the tongue) and create red blood cell pigments, which can make the tongue look black. And if the normal shedding of the outer layer of cells on the tongue is inh…Read More

  10. Diastema (Gap Between Teeth)

    What Is It? A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth. It appears most often between the two upper front teeth. However, gaps can occur between any two teeth. A mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth can cause either extra space between teeth or crowding of teeth. If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth will occur. If the teeth are t…Read More