Foods to Avoid for a Whiter Smile

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The professionals of Walnut Creek Prosthodontics prioritize giving you a bright white smile, the only thing you have to do, it maintain it. It’s not as hard as you may think, and Doctors Barmby and Frick strongly encourages patients to avoid the following foods and beverages that are guaranteed to stain your teeth:

  • Wine- Many individuals assume that only red wine stains the teeth, however, professionals agree that white wine also contains staining agents that could ruin your white smile.
  • Tea- Black teas can be bigger strainers than coffees.
  • Sodas and Sports Drinks- The sugars and high acidity of sodas and sports drink catalyze the staining process of teeth.
  • Berries- From blueberries to grapes to any foods and beverages made from berries all can cause stains.
  • Candies- Many candies have staining agent that causes the teeth and tongue to change colors.  Stay away from hard candies, chewing gum, and lollipops because of the risk of damaging your white smile.

Keep those new pearly whites looking their best! By following these simple steps, you are on your way to making that smile last. Call Walnut Creek Prosthodontics and schedule an appointment today!

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What to expect from your new Dentures | Dentist Walnut Creek, CA


The success of your dentures, whether new or a replacement one, depends on a few factors. Most importantly you need to rely on your dentist. Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics can offer the best advice to help you live your life with dentures. Along with their advice, here are a few things you may experience while adjusting to your new or replacement dentures.

Gaining Confidence During the Adjustment Period- You’re probably worried about how your dentures will look and feel. A period of awkwardness is normal at first and usually fades away quickly. Before you know it, you’ll fell and be more confident about wearing your dentures.

How They Look and Feel- A “full-mouth” feeling is usually reported by new wearers. You may feel that the dentures are too big or pushing your lips forward. This feeling will disappear as you adjust to wearing your dentures. They may feel like they don’t fit properly at first. You may experience “gagging” or you to bite your cheek or tongue. If you wear an upper denture your tongue will need to get used to the feeling of pressing against the denture and not your palate. These problems do decrease over time. We may recommend the use of a denture adhesive to help you feel more confident. Another option is having Implant Supported Dentures.

New Sensations- Because dentures are a “foreign object” in the mouth, you may produce more saliva for a period of time. This also will disappear over time. Try something simple like sucking on a mint or hard candy when this happens. It will encourage you to swallow more frequently and clear the excess saliva. Some soreness is also to be expected. This will usually happen within a few hours of putting your dentures in your mouth. Never try to make adjustments to your dentures yourself.

Talking- When you talk, most of the sound of your voice reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of your jaw and skull. Wearing dentures can change the sound and make it seem louder. This will be much less noticeable to others than to you. If your dentures make a clicking sound when you speak, you may want to try speaking more slowly. With time and practice you will overcome this difficulty.

Eating- At first, you may think that food has lost its flavor. This happens because the signals your brain is receiving about your dentures may overpower those from your taste buds. This will eventually return to normal. Also you may also have trouble being able to tell how hot food or cold food and drinks are. So eat and drink carefully. Eventually, your brain will ignore these signals from your dentures. Here are some additional eating tips:

  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Divide up food in your mouth so that you’re chewing evenly on both sides of your mouth. This will place even pressure on your dentures.
  • Start by eating soft foods, such as eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables and puddings.

Don’t be afraid to get dentures or implant-supported dentures! Make an appointment today with Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website at

Five things you should know before getting a Crown | Walnut Creek Dentist

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations that an individual can undergo when they visit the dentist.  The procedure, though quite simple, should spark some concerns in your mind. Here is a list of things to know before getting a crown.

  • Crowns are used to fix cracked teeth. A cracked tooth may be evident when it hurts to bite down.
  • There are other options to getting a crown. You may opt for a filling, however if the crack is large enough, it may require a crown in the future.
  • If you wait with a chipped tooth, nothing really happens. However, there are instances in which an untreated crack tooth may lead to a root canal treatment rather than a crown.
  • Root Canals are not necessary in order to produce a crown treatment.
  • If you have a large enough filling that covers about 2/3 or the tooth, you will probably need a crown to rest on top of it to ensure a full recovery of the tooth.

For more information on if you are in need of a dental crown call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly accept patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmoore, Berkeley, Martinez, and surrounding areas.

Ever wonder why we use Toothpaste? | Walnut Creek, CA

Ever wondered why we use toothpaste? Toothpaste helps to clean our teeth of plaque and food debris without damaging our delicate enamel. Toothpaste contains fluoride which helps to protect enamel. Some also include ingredients to reduce plaque. Toothpaste is a huge part of preventive dental care.

Toothpaste is made up of several ingredients that help to clean your teeth, such as:

  • Abrasives – helps to remove stains and plaque.
  • Detergents – this is what makes the toothpaste foam. It helps to dislodge food debris.
  • Humectants – gives the toothpaste texture and moisture.
  • Thickeners – helps the toothpaste stay on your brush and squeeze out of the tube that way it does.
  • Preservatives, Flavoring and Coloring: these give toothpaste the look, and taste it has.

In addition to your normal preventive dental care routine at home, be sure to visit Walnut Creek Prosthodontics for dental cleanings and checkups. Call for an appointment today at 925-934-5526. Visit our website at