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Wisdom Teeth

The dreaded wisdom teeth! We all have heard the horror stories, but do not ignore them. There has been many back and forth discussions about the removal of wisdom teeth and whether it is necessary to remove them. In some cases it is absolutely necessary. These are some of the main reason we recommend to remove them;    If the tooth is not erupting normally. (impacted/slanted) this can create a lot of problems in the future you can even develop cysts & in some rare occasions a tumor. Any sign of caries (cavities) this happens because they are so far in back which makes it almost impossible to keep them plaque free and if left that way it can start damaging the adjacent tooth. Sign of inflammation around the gum area. This can lead to major gum problems such as Periodontitis (gum disease) Constant pain and discomfort If you are unable to close your mouth, bite/chew your food comfortably.   Speak to your dentist or an oral surgeon about the position and health of your wisdom teeth before you start experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. They will help you in determining the best...

Causes and Cure for Sensitive Teeth

Tooth Sensitivity has become a common issue among the population. Here are some of the causes of tooth sensitivity and what you can do to help treat this issue.   Brushing Technique Always remember brush gently in a circular motion. The tips of the bristles is what removes all the plaque there is no need to press down and add excess force. Always make sure to use a soft-bristled brush. A medium or hard bristled brush is too abrasive on the enamel of the teeth & gum tissue. Acidic Foods  The acid in certain foods and drinks breakdown and weaken your enamel which later leads to sensitivity. Avoid eating foods with lime/lemon, tomato sauce, grapefruits, kiwis, etc. If you also suffer from gum recession these types of foods will only increase your tooth sensitivity. Grinding teeth Many of us grind our teeth at night and don’t even realize it. When we grind our teeth over long periods of time we end up wearing down our enamel and exposing the second layer of the tooth known as Dentin (middle layer of the tooth that leads to your nerves) which is highly more sensitive. Using a custom made night guard can help reduce the wear tear and prevent your teeth from becoming sensitive. Gum Disease Gum disease eats away at the bone structure around your teeth which leads to gum recession.  This is caused by excessive plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Exposure of the roots can cause severe sensitivity to hot & cold. Decayed Teeth    Old fillings weaken and can break or leak overtime. Leakage allows bacteria to accumulate and acid to build up...

Got bad breath?

Got bad breath? Find out why and how to fix it. One of the most common questions we hear in the dental field is what causes bad breath? There are varieties of possibilities that can cause bad breath. One of the most common is the type of food we eat. If you are consuming foods with strong odors such as (garlic or onion) do expect your breath to give off an unpleasant odor. The smell can be temporarily be masked by brushing & rinsing with mouth wash but will not go away until food is completely digested. Bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco are also a big cause in foul odor. Tobacco based products not only cause bad breath but also stain your teeth and can also irritate the gums which potentially can lead to gum disease. Another factor that may cause bad breath is Dry mouth ( lack of saliva which prevents all the acids that produce plaque in the mouth to be broken down and neutralized) A lot of people suffer from dry mouth due to medications that are being taken. Other health issues such as kidney/ liver problem, pneumonia, bronchitis, & chronic sinus infections can also cause bad breath. In order to keep this issue of bad breath under control make to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush after every meal and floss at least once a day to remove any food and plaque particles from in between your teeth. Always remember to switch out your tooth brush every 2-3 months and always dispose of a toothbrush after an illness. Make sure to schedule...

Nutrition and Oral Health

Having a well-balanced, nutritious diet is not only important for your overall health, but also essential to your oral health. What you consume has a major impact on your teeth. Your mouth is the first sign of contact with the foods you consume. So if your nutrition is poor, the first signs will reflect on your gums and teeth. Stick to a well balanced meal that contains more fruits and vegetables, dairy products (low fat or fat free), grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread, & brown rice) and protein such as (lean beef, skinless poultry, & fish). Try and keep the sugary treats and drinks to a minimum. Also try and avoid any acidic drink and food. The acid can cause major damage to the enamel of your teeth and can lead to a lot of sensitivity and may also cause tooth erosion. So, do your best in trying to preserve the health of your teeth and remember to floss after every meal and brush twice a day. This will help keep your oral health at it best. – Blog post by Adriana Lopez...

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. Setting up an appointment with your Dentist may be at the bottom of your list during your pregnancy, but it is a very important part in the development of your baby.  Your baby’s first teeth develop within the first three months of your pregnancy. It is advised to maintain a healthy balanced diet that contains an array of dairy products. This will help your baby develop strong healthy teeth, bones and gums.  Due to many hormonal changes during pregnancy it is very important to come in for your regular scheduled cleanings. This will help prevent the development of any form of gum disease (gingivitis & periodontal disease). Some dental procedures are best to be avoided during your pregnancy such as x-rays unless they are absolutely necessary. Be sure to inform your Dentist if you are pregnant so that the proper precautions are taken. Just remember to practice good oral hygiene skills ( i.e. floss & brush twice a day) to avoid any future problems. – Blog post by Adriana Lopez...

What is Sleep Apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea? It is a disorder that prevents the body from getting enough oxygen during sleep which causes the body to stop breathing during sleep. Loud snoring can be a potential sign of this condition. Some other symptoms are memory loss, headaches, & depression. Commonly found in patients that may be older and overweight- this disorder does not discriminate and can also affect men and women of any age and body type. If left untreated this can lead to a variety of serious medical conditions (i.e hypertension, stroke, heart attack & potentially sudden death during sleep). So what are your options in treating this disorder you may ask? There is an appliance commonly used by dentist that helps keep the airways open during sleep. This appliance is similar to a night- guard and is only worn during sleep. Its helps minimize and potentially eliminate Sleep Apnea symptoms. There are other more evasive treatments like surgery but every case is different. Please call Dental Care of Chino hills if you feel you may be suffering from this disorder. – Blog post by Adriana Lopez...