When to Start Taking Your Child to the Dentist

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Baby’s first year is often filled with visits to his or her pediatrician. These checkups help track your baby’s growth, keep him on track with immunizations and help her stay healthy. Unfortunately, not as many parents are aware that they also need to take their baby to the dentist.

Your baby may not have visible teeth yet, but those teeth are developing rapidly. Keeping her mouth healthy sets her up for a lifetime of better dental health. The American Dental Association and our Santa Clara dentists recommend bringing your baby in for a checkup by the time she is 12 months old or no later than six months after the eruption of his first tooth.

Baby dental appointments are a little different from appointments for adults. During your child’s appointment, our dentist will get to know your child so that he is comfortable and relaxed now and at later visits. We then look at her teeth and make sure that they are all erupting properly and are healthy. We can even share tips and tricks that can make dental hygiene for your baby go a little more smoothly and with fewer objections from your little one.

Those primary teeth may not last forever, but they help your child eat and learn to speak. They also maintain the spacing for permanent teeth so that your child can always smile with confidence. Call us today to schedule your baby’s first appointment with our pediatric dentist in Santa Clara.

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Who Can Use Snap On Smile?

Autumn womanSnap-On Smile is a breakthrough dental appliance that can be used by countless individuals around the world to give them the smile they want and the confidence they deserve. Luckily, the vast majority of all people make excellent Snap-On Smile candidates. This includes people with gaps between teeth, people with teeth of uneven lengths, people with severe discoloration in their smile, and even people missing numerous teeth.

While our Los Angeles Snap-On Smile expert is able to say “Yes” to the vast majority of candidacy inquiries from patients, there are a few instances where they will not work.

Patients with gum disease are ineligible. However, after treating the condition thoroughly and eliminating the disease, these patients are suddenly eligible. As a result, if you want Snap-On Smile for a special event in the near future, begin treatment immediately if you are concerned about gum disease.

Other patients not eligible for this product are those with no natural teeth. A minimum of four teeth are needed to receive this treatment, as these form the support structure. Snap-On Smile makes a good alternative to partial dentures, not full dentures.

Lastly, patients whose front teeth protrude do not make good candidates, unfortunately. Once this issues is addressed, however, candidacy then becomes an option.

How to Find Out if You Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is an exceptionally common condition that many people have no idea that they have. Given the laundry list of ramification of such a diagnosis, this is a concerning reality. Finding out if you have sleep apnea is extraordinarily important and should be undertaken as soon as possible.

To do so, there are a few simple steps that you can take. Begin by scheduling an appointment with our dentist in Orange County.

Since this is likely to be at least a couple of weeks out, begin keeping a sleep diary for a week or two prior to your appointment. In it, keep track of your sleep schedule over the course of a week or two. Then note how you feel in the morning, paying particular attention to whether or not you have headaches in the morning. It is also important to indicate if you regularly have dry mouth or need to urinate frequently during the night. Also write down if anyone says they heard you snoring and even potentially catch a recording of it. Lastly, indicate if you needed to take a nap during the day or if you felt tired throughout the day.

Give all of this information to our expert in sleep apnea in Orange County. You will be asked additional information, including regarding your medical history. Then you may be given a machine to test yourself during the night in your sleep. Otherwise, it may be recommended that you visit a sleep testing center for more intensive recordings. Ultimately, these tests will be able to indicate if you suffer from this condition.

Contact our office to find out what you can do to deal with it any potential sleep apnea you may have.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

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Tooth colored fillings are quickly becoming the filling of choice for patients who are looking to restore their tooth after a cavity. In fact, tooth colored fillings have many benefits associated with them.

Tooth colored fillings are also called composite fillings. That is because they are made from a composite resin material, which is a special mixture of plastic and glass. The reason so many patients prefer composite fillings is because they can be made to very closely match the color of their natural teeth. That quality stands in direct contrast to gold or amalgam fillings, with their high levels of visibility. After the tooth colored filling has bonded to the tooth, it also restores between 85-95 percent of the original strength of the tooth. And the bonding process is quick, as the resin hardens within seconds after being placed onto the tooth by our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist.

Composite fillings can also be used for purposes other than just filling cavities. The composite resin material is actually the same material used for dental bonding, meaning that teeth can be lengthened, reshaped, and even made whiter with the material. The composite resin is also particularly good at fixing chips and gaps in teeth.

Contact our expert in tooth colored fillings in Los Angeles if you think you may have a cavity that needs to be filled.

How Often to Clean the Teeth

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It has been repeated countless times to everyone, even if we do not all follow the recommendation: we should brush our teeth twice a day and get a dental examination every six months. Although dentists like to see their patients twice a year, this recommendation is repeated by virtually every dentist and dental organization across the country. Why the consistency?

Because it is the prudent thing to do. Dental examinations are a critical part of oral health for a wide range of reasons. Not only do they check for existing cavities before they get worse and cause pain, but they will also likely notice cancerous developments in the soft tissue, provide cavity and stain prevention measures like fluoride treatment, and much more.

But getting a professional dental cleaning is just as important as any other reason to make and keep those appointments. This process will not only clean the teeth better than normal brushing, but they are able to remove tartar buildup that has hardened on the teeth and reverse the direction of gingivitis by cleaning under the gum line where brushing cannot reach.

Talk to our expert in dental cleaning in Glendale to schedule your appointment today.

Periodontal Disease and Treatment Optionse

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Gum disease can begin with a simple lack of home care, and proceed into dangerous systemic infection. Plaque can spread below the gum line and endanger the underlying bone. Not flossing regularly can increase the odds of this, and when you consider the percentage of dental patients who happily lie to their dentist about how often they floss, gum disease is a rampant and serious health risk.

Luckily, our periodontist in Beverly Hills has a range of treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical, for every level of periodontal disease. These treatments include:

• Nonsurgical
o Scaling—the dentist removes tartar from hard-to-reach places in the mouth using a scraping tool.
o Root planing—another form of deep cleaning, this method addresses the biofilm that builds up below the gumline, decreasing inflammation
o Antibiotics—your doctor may prescribe you oral rinses or gels to fight infection or inflammation.

• Surgical
o Pocket reduction—loosening of the teeth in the gums may occur when disease is left unmitigated. The dentist will remove bacteria and reseal these vacancies.
o Flap surgery—this involves the dentist peeling back gum tissue to expose the roots to better cleaning.
o Bone grafting—in extreme cases of periodontal disease, bone loss can occur. When this happens, regrowth can be stimulated by adding bits of bone, yours or even a synthetic product.

For more about periodontal disease and treatments, contact our dentist in Beverly Hills.

What is Bruxism?

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Bruxism is a common condition that affects men and women of all ages. It can continue without noticeable symptoms and can do serious damage to your teeth. You may have it if you regularly clench or grind your teeth. Teeth grinding may occur during the day, but it also frequently happens at night while you are sleeping. Our dentist offers treatments to protect your smile against the damage of teeth grinding.

Although researchers do not yet fully understand the cause of tooth grinding, it has been linked to TMJ disorder, malocclusions, anxiety and depression. Our dentist uses custom-made night guards that fit over your teeth and cushion them. When you grind your teeth, they are exposed to incredible bite forces that can prematurely wear the enamel, crack or fracture teeth and destroy restorations. The damage can lead to more serious dental problems, including the need for root canal treatment, loose teeth and periodontal disease.

Wearing your night guard as recommended can be a good way to get control over your symptoms. For long-term relief from teeth grinding, our dentist may recommend using stress-reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga. You may also need to talk to your doctor about antidepressants or antianxiety medications to relieve any underlying problems that could be causing the grinding habit. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an evaluation with our Agoura Hills dentist.