Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

About COVID-19 and Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

To Our Patients,

In the last 24 hours, the California Dental Association has recommended that dentists practicing in California suspend non essential and non urgent dental care for the next 14 days. In light of this, if you feel this meets your criteria, we will support the decision to reschedule your appointments to a later date so please call or text us to do so.

However, we also know that there are emergency dental needs that healthy patients need addressed without exposure to large crowds (such as the emergency room). As of today, we will remain open to meet the oral health needs of the community, while continuing to follow strict infection control protocols and make changes to even tighten up those measures.

For all patients, we ask that if you fall under any of the following criteria to call or text us to reschedule your appointment:

  • Showing any of the symptoms related to the flu, common cold, or novel coronavirus (Covid19). Or have had symptoms in the last 14 days.
  • Anybody with underlying health conditions that may have lower immune systems. Such as patients over 60, heart trouble history, diabetic, pregnancy, etc.
  • If you have recently traveled to a high risk area or have been in physical contact with someone showing symptoms.

Thank you for your understanding through this difficult time and will work to get through this as a community.


Christina Skelton DDS

Dentist for Orangevale, CA – Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

The average person sees a dentist only two times a year. While it’s natural to want to find a local Orangevale dentist, it’s in your best interests to find the best dentist you can, so that you know you’re getting the best possible treatment.

That’s the reason so many people in Orangevale choose Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry – a dentist office only a short drive away in Folsom that has been treating patients from Orangevale for years, and has won awards for both “best dentist” and “best dental office” by Style Magazine.

If you’d like to see what makes Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry the best choice for your care, call 916-983-6051 or click the “Request an Appointment” button to get started.

Why Finding the Right Dentist is So Important

Your dental health is as important to your overall health as your mental and physical wellness are. In fact, healthy teeth lead to a healthier body overall, since good dental health prevents bacteria and helps digestion. When you love your teeth, you’ll also feel more confident and happy as well.

An essential part of your dental health is regular visits to a dentist. These check-ups, as well as any further procedures, should be fun and comfortable, because we know that the only way you’ll come and get your regular dental visits is if you enjoy your time in our office. You need a dentist who has extensive training, knowledge, and all the services you need in an office that is friendly and welcoming.

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry offers both general and cosmetic dentistry, serving as one location for your dental needs. The office of Dr. Christina Skelton and Dr. George Chen is conveniently located in Folsom, just a short drive from Orangevale. Even though we’re not within the city, we are only 5 miles and 10 minutes away, and available on your schedule to find time to see you.

Because we make your experience more enjoyable, you’ll get the dental care you need. And because you get better dental service with the latest in technology, your teeth and your gums will thank you.

Why Esthetic Reflections is the Best Orangevale Dentist

A local dentist offers convenience that makes it easier to keep regular appointments and address any dental problems. Esthetic Reflections is located a short drive from Orangevale in Folsom on East Bidwell Street. We would be happy to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen’s patients know that we’re not just dentists. We’re a dental community. The Esthetic Reflections dental office has been voted in the top 3 for “Best Dentist Office” in Folsom for the past 9 years. We offer the best in dental care, but we also recognize that dentistry is about more than dental procedures. Our team will welcome you into our family while we strive to offer you the best in dental care.

Many people do not like going to the dentist, even for regular dental checkups, and advanced dental procedures can be particularly unenjoyable. We make your visits to our office friendly and comfortable so that you can enjoy your appointments. While you’re here, Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen can provide some of the top general and cosmetic dental services in Northern California.

About Our Dental Services

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry offers a variety of services so that you can meet all your dental needs in house. Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen are highly trained in dentistry for healthcare and aesthetic purposes. General dental services we provide include:

  • Fillings
  • Sealants
  • X-Rays
  • Crowns
  • Implants and More

We have an endodontist available to perform root canals, so that you can have all your dental treatments done in our office. Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen also handle “Complex Cases” for seniors and adults who require difficult procedures to manage aging teeth. Pediatric dental services are offered as well.

Esthetic Reflections also offers extensive cosmetic dentistry services. Whatever your goals for your smile, Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen can help you meet them with services including:

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Invisalign Braces
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Inlays and Onlays
  • Six Month Smiles and More

With Esthetic Reflections, patients undergoing cosmetic procedures also benefit from the healthcare dentistry services Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen provide. As your general dentist, we are familiar with your mouth and can address any changes or problems early on. Because all of our services are in house, there is no need to refer you out to another office for your procedures.

Sedation Dentistry in Orangevale

For those who have anxiety or phobias over dental visits, Esthetic Reflections offers sedation dentistry. Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen are some of the few doctors in the Sacramento area who have received the training necessary to perform sedation dentistry. Because of this, many people make the drive from Orangevale to take care of their dental needs this way.

With the sedation dentistry procedure, patients are mildly sedated or placed under anesthesia while they receive their dental treatment. Patients can wake up at the end of their treatment with healthy teeth and no added stress.

Invisalign with Dr. Christina Skelton and Dr. George Chen

Esthetic Reflections is pleased to offer the popular Invisalign treatment to our patients. These “Clear Braces” are a great option for patients seeking straighter teeth, but not wanting to deal with unattractive metal braces. Usually, patients wanting Invisalign braces must visit a specialized dentist or orthodontist.

Our patients can have their Invisalign treatments handled alongside their general dental needs. Dr. Skelton and Dr. Chen have extensive training in the Invisalign procedure. In addition, if they should notice a problem with your teeth during Invisalign treatments, they can handle it immediately. This is not an option with an Invisalign orthodontist.

Hours, Insurance, and Directions for Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is happy to welcome new Orangevale patients. When you’re ready to schedule your dental visit, call us at 916-983-6051. You can also click on the “Request an Appointment” button and we will call you when we’re open to schedule an appointment.

As of this writing, our hours are:

  • Monday: 8am to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 8am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
  • Thursday: 8am to 5pm
  • Friday – Available for Emergencies and Special Requests

We work to keep prices for our patients as competitive as possible, and are proud to be an affordable Orangevale dentist. We also offer quality dental care to save you future dental visits and expenses for issues that could have been prevented.

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry accepts several types of insurance. Please give us a call with any insurance questions. For those paying cash out of pocket, we do provide benefits to help offset the cost.

You can find a map to our location here:

To get to Esthetic Reflections from Orangevale, take Greenback Lane until it becomes Riley Street. Take a left onto East Bidwell Street and continue for about one and a half miles until you reach Hana Way. Take a left onto Hana and our office will be on your right.

For Family Dentistry, Senior Dentistry, and More, Contact Esthetic Reflections

Finding the right dentist in Orangevale can be a difficult task. At Esthetic Reflections, Dr. Christina Skelton, Dr. George Chen, and their entire time want to make you feel welcome and provide the best dental service available. We would love to include you in our office family. Give us a call or request an appointment today.


How Often Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

Keeping your teeth and gums in good shape is a key part of your overall health. Regular dental visits, for teeth cleanings and an oral exams, help keep your mouth healthy. But what about dental X-rays? Your dentist might not do these on every visit, so how often should you have them done? And what is your dentist actually looking for in your X-rays?

What Does a Dental X-Ray Look For?

A dental X-ray helps your dentist identify a number of problems he or she can’t detect from an oral exam. X-rays can find:

  • Tooth decay
  • Problems with fillings
  • Bone loss caused by gum disease
  • Changes in the bone or root canal
  • Abnormalities such as cysts or tumors

Children and teens also need frequent X-rays. In addition to detecting tooth decay early on, X-rays can also:

  • Ensure permanent teeth are coming in properly
  • Monitor growth of wisdom teeth

With X-rays, your dentist can identify problems and diseases in the early stages. This makes them easier and more affordable to treat. Decay and diseases left untreated can cause further damage to your teeth and gums, and potentially lead to more serious dental diseases, including losing your teeth. The earlier these problems are spotted, the better the outcomes will be.

When to Get Dental X-Rays?

The schedule for dental X-rays varies from patient to patient. It is important to work closely with your dentist to determine the schedule that is right for you. How often you need your teeth X-rayed depends on several factors including:

  • Age
  • Risk of tooth or gum decay
  • Personal dental history

The need for X-rays generally becomes less frequent as we age and our bones stop growing. The exception is for those with high risk for decay or gum disease should be X-rayed more often to monitor any changes.

A dentist will often do a full series of X-rays on new patients to get a complete picture of the patient’s dental health. For existing adult patients without current decay or gum disease, a full series of X-rays is usually done once every 12 to 36 months. Adults at risk for decay or gum disease should have X-rays every 12 to 18 months until the problem is treated. These X-rays might only be on the part of the mouth where the problem occurs.

For existing teen patients, a dentist will generally do X-rays every 18 months to 36 months. For children, 12 to 24 months is a good guideline. As children and teens can be more susceptible to tooth decay, young patients with any decay could be X-rayed as often as every 6 months.

Dental X-rays might also be done in specific cases such as preparing for a dental implant, braces, wisdom teeth extraction, or certain other dental procedures.

Talk With Your Dentist

As with all matters of your oral health, it is important to talk with your dentist. He or she can answer any questions or concerns you might have about dental X-rays. Like brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings, dental X-rays are a necessary step in keeping your teeth and gums in the best health they can be.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are metal frames that are surgically inserted below the gums and into the jawbone. Once they’re installed artificial teeth, often crowns made of porcelain, are able to be attached to the top of them, giving the appearance of natural teeth. Over time the jawbone fuses to these metal frames, creating a very solid base for the new teeth.

What’s the Process Of A Dental Implant Surgery?

Surgery to install a dental implant starts with your personalized treatment plan, which is created by your dentist and oral surgeon and discussed with you. This will take into account images and x-rays taken of your mouth and your medical history. After a plan is created and agreed upon, the steps include:

  • Tooth root implant – A small, titanium post is inserted deep into the jaw through the empty tooth socket. You’ll wear a partial, or temporary denture, for a while the jaw heals around this post.
  • Healing – Over time, usually a few months, the jawbone will heal from the surgery and fuse with the metal post to create a sturdy, artificial root for your new artificial teeth.
  • Abutment placement – Depending on the type of treatment plan you have, the surgeon may perform another surgery to attach the part of the post the crown is placed on. It’s also possible for this part to be done during the initial post insertion surgery.
  • Crown placement – Your artificial teeth, colored to match your natural teeth as much as possible, are attached to the post. They can be removable, fixed permanently to the post, or a combination.

After the surgical steps are completed, your oral surgeon will recommend how to care for your mouth as it heals. This will likely include eating only soft foods for a while, a specific way of keeping the surgical site clean, and keeping an eye on its healing process.

Who Are Dental Implants For?

Dental implants are a replacement for damaged or missing teeth. They’re often used as an alternative to dentures, crowns, and bridges. They may be a good way to improve the health and appearance of your teeth if you:

  • Have a fully grown jawbone
  • Don’t have healing problems
  • Have a thick enough jawbone or can receive a bone graft
  • Don’t want to or can’t wear dentures or receive a bridge

There are other factors that may affect your eligibility for dental implants, but generally if you’re healthy overall, other artificial teeth options aren’t ideal for you, and you have missing teeth, dental implants can be a great tool for achieving a better smile.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to dentures, bridges, and traditional crowns. Compared to these other options, they’re:

  • Natural-looking – The color of the crowns is matched to your natural tooth color so they look exactly the same.
  • More Secure – They won’t slip like dentures can.
  • Easy to care for – They need to be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, so you don’t need to learn a new, complicated cleaning method to maintain them.

They can replace one or more individual teeth, and even an entire set of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. In many ways, dental implants are perhaps the surgical procedure closest to having natural teeth as possible.

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

If you need artificial teeth and are interested in receiving dental implants, talk to Dr. Skelton about them. Together, you can make a plan to improve your confidence and smile.

About Preventative Dental Care

Preventive dental care is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. It is the approach we take here at Esthetic Reflections, and what we encourage our patients to do when they’re not with us.

This approach to dental care can be summed up as “taking care of your teeth.” It’s really the process of making sure that problems with your oral health are prevented, rather than treating an issue as it arises. It’s always better to keep a problem from happening than to have to address a problem that has happened. This is especially true when it comes to your health, where a problem can mean pain and time and money spent fixing it.

At-Home Preventive Care

There are many ways you can take care of your own teeth. In fact, the majority of preventive dental care is performed by individuals for themselves. Some of these types of care include:

  • Brushing daily – Using a fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles, brush in the morning and the evening after you eat. You should replace your toothbrush when the bristles start fraying, about two to three times a year.
  • Flossing daily – Hold the floss in a C shape around the tooth and move it back and forth, up and down against the sides of each tooth. If you don’t like traditional dental floss, ask your dentist if dental tape, Waterpik, or another option might work for you.
  • Eating a healthy diet – Limiting or avoiding food and drink that’s acidic or sugary can decrease your chances of tooth decay. These foods are not only not great for your overall health, they can weaken the enamel on your teeth and leave them vulnerable to more serious damage.

You are the one who sees your teeth the most, so it’s up to you to maintain them every day and keep an eye out for anything you see or feel that’s out of the ordinary.

Professional Preventive Care

Even doing all the at-home oral care steps still doesn’t mean you’ve done all you can to keep your teeth and gums healthy. A visit to your dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning is the best way to make sure you’ve got the healthiest mouth possible. Your dentist can:

  • See problem areas you can’t and tell you how to address them
  • Remove plaque that’s hardened on your teeth
  • Diagnose any dental problems you may be developing and treat it early

Cavities, gingivitis, and enamel loss can happen even to people who think they’re brushing and flossing well, so it’s vital you visit your dentist to make sure everything is okay.

Preventive Dentistry Improves Overall Health

Brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist isn’t just important for your teeth, it affects the rest of your health too. Numerous bacteria are found naturally in the mouth and cause serious health problems if not kept in check. Heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and more may be linked to poor oral health. Together with your dentist, you can keep your teeth looking and feeling great.

Best and Worst Snacks for Teeth

When following a healthy diet, especially if you’ve struggled with dental issues, it’s a good to pick out foods that are tooth-friendly. Choosing a snack can be especially challenging since many popular options tend to contain ingredients that can promote tooth decay.

Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria found naturally in your mouth combines with sugar from your food to create an acid. That acid can weaken the protective enamel on your teeth and eventually create holes, or cavities. Taking care to avoid increasing the acidity in your mouth in this way can make a real difference in your oral health.

What Snacks To Limit

Snacks that are high in sugar, carbohydrates, or acid have the most potential to harm your teeth. Some foods you should limit or avoid in order to protect your dental health include:

  • Coffee
  • Citrus
  • Pasta
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Bread
  • Chocolate

If you do eat or drink some of these less healthy snacks, you won’t immediately get a cavity or stain your teeth. There are still ways to take action to ensure that your teeth stay their healthiest after you drink a cup of coffee or eat an orange. These include:

  • Brushing your teeth – Brushing 30 minutes after eating these less healthy foods will help ensure you remove as much food debris and sugar as possible from your tooth enamel without the risk of damaging the enamel itself.
  • Flossing – Even healthier foods like unbuttered popcorn can harm your teeth if the kernels aren’t all removed. Flossing reduces the likelihood of gum inflammation in those harder to reach spots between the teeth.
  • Rinsing with water – If you’re not able to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after eating, rinsing your mouth with water can help some.
  • Limit exposure time – Cavities are more likely to form when you eat less healthy foods over time. For example, if you do eat a cookie after lunch, don’t continue drinking soda the rest of the afternoon.

Altering your diet and committing to a tooth cleaning routine are steps that can dramatically improve your oral health and overall life.

What Snacks To Seek Out

When looking for a tooth smart snack, look for foods and drinks that are low in sugar and fat and high in fiber and nutritional value. Many people find they’re most successful when they replace a favorite less healthy snack with a healthier one, instead of cutting snacks out entirely. Some options include:

  • Fresh fruits – Most fruits have lots of vitamins that are tough to get elsewhere, like vitamin C and potassium, and their sweet flavor can satisfy any sweet tooth. Although they “have sugar” in the generic sense, most fruit sugar is bound to fiber, so it won’t harm your teeth unless it gets stuck in between them.
  • Raw vegetables – Veggies can be a refreshing, crunchy snack. If you eat any dips with them, just make sure they’re tooth smart too.
  • Nuts – Some nuts, especially almonds and pistachios, can be a filling and delicious snack full of healthy fats. Just be careful not to bite down too hard to avoid the risk of cracking or chipping a tooth.

Popcorn is another favorite snack for those looking to improve their eating habits. As long as you don’t put too much salt, sugar or butter on it, avoid eating the hard, un-popped kernels, and make sure it doesn’t stay stuck in your teeth, it can be a great choice.

Keep a Clean Mouth

You can do a lot to prevent tooth decay all on your own by eating well and practicing good oral hygiene. Visiting the dentist every six months to receive a professional exam and cleaning ensures the health of your teeth. With these healthy habits, you’ll have far fewer tooth problems.

Implant Supported Dentures – An Approach to Missing Teeth

Tooth loss happens. Sometimes it’s a single tooth that falls out. Other times it’s a series of teeth that have all had to be removed over the course of your life. In the past, the best way to replace those teeth was with dentures. But dental technology has changed considerably, and while dentures are still a great option for missing teeth, they are not the only one.

Dental Implants for Lost Teeth

Ideally, the best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Dental implants are, as the name implies, a type of replacement tooth that is implanted directly into the jaw bone. This makes it as strong, functional, and reliable as a real tooth.

But dental implants are not right for everyone. You have to have an extremely healthy jaw bone, for example, which not all patients have – especially as they get older. Multiple implants close together can also be difficult and have complications.

For individual missing teeth, dentures, bridges, and implants are all worth consideration. But when you’re missing multiple teeth, one new option you my want to consider is implant supported dentures – a great combination of dentures and implants.

With implant supported dentures, you use one dental implant to support multiple missing teeth via a removable, but otherwise firmly in place denture. Advantages of this approach include:

  • Ability to remove and clean the implant.
  • Healthy, strong bites no matter what you’re eating.
  • No visible dentures, nor a risk of them falling out.
  • No adhesive.
  • Better for maintain teeth structure and health.

Implant supported dentures in Folsom offer a unique and effective way to address multiple missing teeth.

Call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today to Get Started

There are many different ways for us to address missing teeth. Let’s have a consultation and find the solution that is best for you. Call our Sacramento County cosmetic dentists today at 916-983-6051 to schedule an appointment.

What Makes Dental Implants So Popular?

There was a time when a missing tooth could have meant a permanent hole in your smile. There were options available, such as dentures, but those options were not considered preferable and many people chose not to address the missing tooth.

But times have changed, and now there are a number of wonderful approaches to addressing teeth that have been lost to trauma, decay, and more.

By far the most “popular” approach is a dental implant, in the sense that both dentists and patients find that it is the best choice for their dental needs. While not everyone qualifies for dental implants, those that do are frequently satisfied with it, as if offers benefits and advantages that are great for your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Patients with Missing Teeth

Every approach to replacing missing teeth – even dentures – has become more comfortable and easier for those that need support. Other options, like dental bridges, are also great choices that bring about a high satisfaction rate. But there are reasons why dental implants are preferred:

  • They Are Durable – Implants are drilled (safely, securely, and pain free) into your jaw bone. This gives them the strength of regular, healthy teeth. You can chew any hard foods, chew, and more all without any risks.
  • They Help Your Bite – Because of their strength and placement, they are able to easily replace the previous tooth within your bite so that you will not have any other bite challenges develop over time.
  • Easy to Care For – Dental implants act just like any other type of tooth. That means that you can brush and floss them just as you would any other teeth, thus keeping them clean and healthy along with the rest of your mouth.
  • Benefits to Your Smile – Dental implants also help your smile, both cosmetically and functionally. Cosmetically, they often look more natural than any other type of tooth replacement. Functionally, they prevent teeth from moving out of place without braces or retainers.

For those that have missing teeth, dental implants are frequently the procedure of choice for keeping your teeth happy and healthy. For more information about implants, or to schedule your appointment, please contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, today.

New Year, New Benefits, New Teeth?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Every year brings about new changes, and this year is no different. While we have plenty of exciting in-office news to share over the next few months, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of a few important items that the new year brings.

Dental Benefits Have Refreshed

The vast majority of dental benefits refreshed on January 1st, 2020, which means that if you’ve been waiting for your dental insurance to cover your dental care, you should now be able to see the dentist with more financial support from your dental insurance.

We strongly encourage you to call soon, as your dental care is too important to wait and these early months fill up fast. Schedule for you and your family by calling us right away at 916-983-6051 or filling out the “Request an Appointment” form,

A New Years Resolution for a Lifetime

It’s also a time when many people consider “New Years Resolutions,” like exercising, looking for a new job, changing a diet, and more.

While all these are important, they also require a lifetime commitment. What if there was a resolution that you could finish all at once – a resolution where the benefits lasted you a lifetime?

We’re talking, of course, about cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and more. You deserve to confidently smile more. Let that be a New Year’s Resolution that is easy to keep with results that can last for decades. Learn more at

More News Incoming!

We have a lot of exciting news coming your way in the next few months. But until then, thank you again for being such an important part of our dental community and we hope you have a wonderful 2020, and beyond.

Dietary Risk Factors for Tooth Erosion

When we look at your teeth during your annual checkups, one of the problems that we’re trying to identify is any sign of tooth erosion.

Your teeth are covered in enamel, the strongest substance in the human body. But despite its strength, that enamel is prone to damage and decay. That’s one of the reasons that we brush and floss our teeth – to remove bacteria, disease, and acids that weaken and wear down the enamel.

Several issues can lead to tooth erosion. Some of these are not always in your control. But one potential cause of tooth erosion is diet – and some of the issues that diet can lead to. Because it’s in your control, it is a good idea to understand how and why diet can erode your teeth so that you can make an effort to prevent it.

How Diet Causes Tooth Erosion

The leading dietary issue that causes tooth erosion is the ingestion of acid and acid causing foods. Acid is what eats away at your tooth enamel, and depending on the foods you eat, you may be consuming things that lead to an uptick in acid.

The following are some examples of foods that cause excess acid:

  • Soda – Soda is highly acidic and contains sugar that erode teeth.
  • Sour Candy – Many sour candies are very acidic and also spend a long time in your mouth.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol is also naturally acidic, and frequent drinking can be especially problematic.

It may not be a specific food that causes issues either. Sometimes, the issue is acid reflux. If you struggle with acid reflux, the foods that trigger the reflux can cause serious issues with your enamel. For some people, it’s spicy food. For others it’s oily food or food that is high in carbohydrates. Knowing what triggers your acid reflux is important, because if you can acid triggering foods you can avoid acid in the mouth.

Erosion is Preventable

Avoiding these foods is important for avoiding dental erosion. But if you absolutely cannot avoid these foods, you can also make sure that you alter your behaviors so that you won’t have as much acid in your mouth. You can use a straw for soda, chew gum to increase saliva, and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with a soft brush bristle soon after eating.

You should also make sure that you come see us for your dental appointments so that you can be confident that your dental erosion is being stopped and treated before it becomes a more serious issue. For more information about erosion, contact us today.