Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental Bonding

Improving My Smile with Dental Bonds

How Does Bonding Work?
Bonding uses composite resins or porcelain/composite veneers to cover the surface of stained teeth and give a nice, even appearance to broken or misshapen teeth. There are two basic bonding techniques:
  • Composite bonding
    First, the front of the tooth is slightly reduced to prevent the "new" tooth from being too bulky. Microscopic grooves are then etched into the tooth surface with a mild acid. A composite resin matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth is applied to the tooth, contoured into shape, set using a curing light, and finally smoothed and polished.
  • Veneer bonding
    A veneer is made to match the colour and shape of your tooth. Porcelain veneers are generally stronger, while composite veneers are less expensive. With porcelain veneers, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to the dental lab for fabrication of the veneer, usually after the front of the tooth has been reduced. With either method, the tooth is prepared for bonding by roughening the front surface with mild etching solution. The veneer can then be bonded to your tooth using a dental bonding cement.
While more expensive, a porcelain veneer offers a better colour match to your surrounding teeth and typically lasts for five to 10 years.

Above article from: www.colgate.ca
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dental Health Care - Heart Disease and Gum Disease

Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?
Overall the data indicates that chronic gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death in both men and women.

How does this happen? Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect conditions outside your mouth. In heart disease, one theory is that gum disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream where they attach to the fatty deposits in the heart blood vessels. This condition can cause blood clots and may lead to heart attacks.

If I Have Heart Disease, Are There Special Requirements to Maintain Proper Oral Health?
To maintain the best oral health, you should:
  • Establish and maintain a healthy mouth. This means brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly.
  • Make sure your dentist knows you have a heart problem.
  • Carefully follow your physician's and dentist's instructions, and use prescription medications, such as antibiotics, as directed.
Am I at Risk if Dental Procedures are Performed?
If you have certain preexisting heart conditions, you may be at risk for developing bacterial endocarditis — an infection of the heart's inner lining or the valves. Anytime there is bleeding in the mouth, certain oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and may settle on abnormal heart valves or tissue weakened by an existing heart problem or heart condition. In these cases, the infection can damage or even destroy heart valves or tissue.

There are precautions you need to take if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Artificial (prosthetic) heart valves
  • A history of endocarditis
  • Congenital heart or heart valve defects
  • Heart valves damaged (scarred) by conditions such as rheumatic fever
  • Mitral valve prolapse with a murmur
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Be sure to tell your dentist if you have a heart condition, and what, if any, medications you are taking for it. Your dentist will record important health information in your record and coordinate treatment with your physician.

Above article from: www.colgate.ca
 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dental Braces for Adults

Adults and Braces

Why are more adults getting braces?
As braces have become less bulky and visible in recent years, more and more adults are wearing them, for a variety of reasons. Some adults want to correct problems with their teeth or jaws before they cause serious or further damage. Others want to feel better about their appearance by addressing longstanding cosmetic concerns. Keep in mind that even "cosmetic" problems can cause real damage over time. Teeth and jaws that are not aligned properly can lead to premature wear and tear, advanced tooth decay and gum disease, dentures or other reconstructive solutions and even more extensive surgery to correct serious problems.

New techniques and the advent of clear, less noticeable braces means that adults are increasingly turning to braces to correct:
  • Gaps between teeth (spacing)
  • Teeth that push against one another (crowding)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
How do I know if adult braces are right for me?
If you think you might benefit from braces, ask your dentist to recommend an orthodontist — someone specially trained to fix problems with teeth that are not aligned properly. The orthodontist will look at your teeth and maybe take X-rays to study the underlying bone structure. Based on what he or she finds, a treatment plan will be recommended. While braces are a popular option for fixing misaligned teeth, an orthodontist can tell you whether you may benefit more from other types of orthodontics like removable retainers, headgear or aligners.

Above article from: www.colgate.ca

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Preventive Dentistry - Early Signs of Gum Disease

Some early warning signs of gum disease include buildup, plaque, tartar, irritation of gum tissue and bleeding when flossing or eating. Treat gingivitis before it becomes periodontitis with tips from a dentist in this free video on dental health and oral hygiene.



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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Teeth Whitening - Facts on Whitening Toothpaste

While most whitening toothpastes don't chemically whiten the teeth, they do help remove surface stains which will make the teeth appear lighter. Discover active ingredients that whiten teeth, such as peroxide, with tips from a dentist in this free video on dental health and oral hygiene.



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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How Does a Dentist Fill a Cavity?

A cavity is a small dental infection of the tooth that is comprised of bacteria and is treated with a filling. Discover how a dentist fills a cavity by numbing the patient, cleaning the cavity and filling it with tips from a dentist in this free video on dental health and oral hygiene.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dental Care for Crowns, Bridges and Braces

If you have fixed bridgework, braces or other dental work which connects adjacent teeth, cleaning under and around it with an interdental brush can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. While their use may seem intuitive, many people are unaware that plaque accumulates under bridge connectors, around orthodontic brackets, etc. This animation describes use of an interdental brush to avoid recurrent caries around fixed bridge retainer margins, and the resulting failure of expensive dental work.



Above article & video produced by: www.ToothIQ.com

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cavities Between Your Teeth

Interproximal decay (decay on the smooth surfaces between teeth) requires removal of a significant amount of healthy tooth structure to access the problem areas. This animation illustrates prevention of this type of cavity through flossing and shows the amount of tooth removal required. The progression of interproximal decay is shown with a transparent view through the enamel.



Above video produced by: www.ToothIQ.com


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown?
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant and is typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials requiring time consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain which would not be possible to complete inside the mouth.



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Monday, September 12, 2011

Dental Implant Dentistry La Canada Flintridge CA

Learn more about dental implants by watching the video below!


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Gum Disease Treatment La Canada Flintridge CA

Gum Disease - Gingival Recession
Watch the video below to learn more about gum disease.


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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Preventive Dental Care La Canada Flintridge CA

Dental Cavity - 3D Medical Animation

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Dental Implants Dentist La Canada Flintridge CA

Dental Implants:
Replacement Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

What Dental Implants Can Do?

  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Types of Implants in Use Today

Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.


Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

Esthetic Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

Tooth-saving Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Confidence Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.

Reliable The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.

Above article from: Perio.org

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dental Care La Canada Flintridge CA

What is Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. The enamel is the hard calcified tissue that covers and protects the outside of the tooth. It is the hardest substance in our bodies.

The saliva in our mouth contains calcium which helps to strengthen and remineralize the teeth, however, remineralization can not occur when a great deal of acid is present.

The high amount of acids in the food and drink that you consume can cause tooth erosion. Soft drinks and pure fruit juices contain a high amount of acid.

Tooth erosion can also be caused by medical factors such as a decrease in saliva, acid reflux disease, certain gastrointestinal conditions and the eating disorder bulimia.

Above article from: Dentistry.About.com

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teeth Whitening La Canada Flintridge CA

How is Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening Done?

Professional teeth whitening delivers optimum whitening results in a short amount of time. Available under the supervision of a dentist, this method of tooth whitening is gaining popularity, despite the fact that it is considered the most expensive method of chemically whitening your teeth.

You may expect the following during your professional in-office teeth whitening appointment, but not limited to:

  • Teeth are polished with pumice, a grainy material used to remove any plaque on the surface of the tooth.
  • Your mouth will be isolated with gauze to keep your teeth dry during the procedure. Retractors may also be used to keep your cheeks, lips and tongue away from the whitening solution.
  • A barrier is placed along your gumline to protect it from the whitening solution.
  • The teeth are then coated with the whitening solution on the front surface of the tooth. Your office may choose to use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent. Many whitening products require a curing light or laser to be used to add heat to the solution to activate the peroxide. It will then be left on the teeth for 30 to 60 minutes, or reapplied in specific increments of time for up to one hour, depending on the brand.
  • Once the optimum shade has been reached, or the maximum application time has passed, the teeth are rinsed with water and a fluoride application may be used to help ease the sensitivity some people experience with tooth whitening.
  • You will be instructed to avoid foods and beverages that have a high level of pigment, such as coffee, tomato sauce or juice, yellow mustard, or red wine, and tobacco use for 24 hours after the procedure to allow the enamel pores to close to prevent re-staining.
Above article from: Dentistry.About.com

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Invisalign Clear Dental Braces La Canada Flintridge CA


Thinking about getting Invisalign?










What is invisalign and how does it work? What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.

How do the aligners straighten teeth?
Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?
Through the use of our patented thermoplastic design, Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls the force, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you're wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth, an advantage over traditional braces. Plus, since your office visits during treatment don't involve metal or wire adjustments, you'll likely spend less time in the doctor's chair. Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you'll be able to see it for yourself.
Above article from Invisalign.com

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Preventive Dental Care La Canada Flintridge CA

Healthy Teeth and Gums

What small, easy steps can I take to have a healthy teeth and gums?

1. Brush your teeth at least twice each day with fluoride toothpaste.
Aim for first thing in the morning and before going to bed. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food your toothbrush missed. Make sure you:

Drink water that contains added fluoride if you can. Fluoride protects against dental decay. Most public water systems in the United States have added fluoride. Check with your community's water or health department to find out if there is fluoride in your water. You also may want to use a fluoride mouth rinse, along with brushing and flossing, to help prevent tooth decay.

Gently brush all sides of your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. Round and short back-and-forth strokes work best.

Take time to brush along the gum line, and lightly brush your tongue to help remove plaque and food.

Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to show you the best way to floss your teeth.

Change your toothbrush every three months, or earlier if the toothbrush looks worn or the bristles spread out. A new toothbrush removes more plaque.

If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night and clean them before putting them back in the next morning.

2. Have a healthy lifestyle.

Eat healthy meals. Cut down on tooth decay by brushing after meals. Avoid snacking on sugary or starchy foods between meals.
Don't smoke. It raises your risk of gum disease, oral and throat cancers, and oral fungal infections. It also affects the color of your teeth and the smell of your breath.
Limit alcohol use to one drink per day for women. Heavy alcohol use raises your risk of oral and throat cancers. Using alcohol and tobacco together raises your risk of oral cancers more than using one alone.
Limit how much soda you drink. Even diet soda contains acids that can erode tooth enamel.

3. Get regular checkups.

Have an oral exam once or twice a year. Your dentist may recommend more or fewer visits depending on your oral health. At most routine visits, the dentist and a dental hygienist will treat you. During regular checkups, dentists look for signs of diseases, infections, problems, injuries, and oral cancer.
See your dentist right away if:
Your gums bleed often
You see any red or white patches on the gums, tongue, or floor of the mouth
You have mouth or jaw pain that won't go away
You have sores that do not heal within two weeks
You have problems swallowing or chewing
Besides your dentist, there are other types of dental providers. Your dentist may send you to a specialist if you need extra care. Other providers include:
Dental hygienists: Members of the dental staff who clean gums and teeth and teach patients how to maintain good oral health.
Periodontists: Dentists who treat gum disease and place dental implants.
Oral surgeons: Dentists who operate on your mouth and supporting tissues.
Orthodontists: Dentists who straighten teeth and align jaws.
Endodontists: Dentists who perform root canals.
Prosthodontists: Dentists trained in restoring and replacing teeth.

4. Follow your dentist's advice.
Your dentist may suggest ways to keep your mouth healthy. He or she can teach you how to properly floss or brush. Follow any recommended steps or treatments to keep your mouth healthy.

5. If you have another health problem, think about how it may affect your oral health.
For instance, if you take medicines that give you a dry mouth, ask your doctor or nurse if there are other drugs you can use. Have an oral exam before starting cancer treatment. And if you have diabetes, practice good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease.

Above article from www.womenshealth.gov

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dental Care La Canada Flintridge CA

Dental cavities
Cavities are holes, or structural damage, in the teeth.

Tooth decay is one of the most common of all disorders, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect any person. It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people.

Bacteria are normally present in the mouth. The bacteria convert all foods -- especially sugar and starch -- into acids. Bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine in the mouth to form a sticky substance called plaque that adheres to the teeth. It is most prominent on the back molars, just above the gum line on all teeth, and at the edges of fillings. Plaque that is not removed from the teeth mineralizes into tartar. Plaque and tartar irritate the gums, resulting in gingivitis and ultimately periodontitis.

Plaque begins to build up on teeth within 20 minutes after eating (the time when most bacterial activity occurs). If this plaque is not removed thoroughly and routinely, tooth decay will not only begin, but flourish.

The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth (cavities). Cavities are usually painless until they grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth fracture. If left untreated, a tooth abscess can develop. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the internal structures of the tooth (pulp) and ultimately causes the loss of the tooth.

Carbohydrates (sugars and starches) increase the risk of tooth decay. Sticky foods are more harmful than nonsticky foods because they remain on the surface of the teeth. Frequent snacking increases the time that acids are in contact with the surface of the tooth.

Above article from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dental Hygiene Treatment La Canada Flintridge CA

Tips on Proper Brushing

Dentists say that the minimum time you should spend brushing your teeth is 2 minutes twice a day. Here are some tips on how to brush properly:

  • Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline. Gently brush from where the tooth and gum meet to the chewing surface in short (about half-a-tooth-wide) strokes. Brushing too hard can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and, over time, loose teeth.
  • Use the same method to brush all outside and inside surfaces of your teeth.
  • To clean the chewing surfaces of your teeth, use short sweeping strokes, tipping the bristles into the pits and crevices.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of your top and bottom front teeth and gums, hold the brush almost vertical. With back and forth motions, bring the front part of the brush over the teeth and gums.
  • Using a forward-sweeping motion, gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove the decay-causing bacteria that exist in these places.
  • Use an egg timer or play a favorite song while brushing your teeth to get used to brushing for a full 2 to 3 minutes. Some electronic toothbrushes have timers that let you know when 2 minutes are up.
Above article from www.kidshealth.org


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Monday, June 13, 2011

Dental veneers La Canada Flintridge CA

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers

Veneers are very thin acrylic or porcelain shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. Like bonding, veneers can cover badly-stained teeth, chipped teeth, uneven teeth and large fillings.

Here's how veneers are done:

Step 1
On your first visit, your dentist may give you freezing (called a local anesthetic). He/she then removes part of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. Your dentist makes a mold (or an impression) of your teeth. The impression is sent to a dental lab, where your veneers are custom-made.

Step 2
On the next visit, your dentist puts a mild chemical on your teeth to make them a little rough. This helps the veneers stick to your teeth better.

Step 3
The veneers are then attached to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement.

Above article from www.cda-adc.ca



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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Preventative dental care La Canada Flintridge CA

Healthy Gums

What Are Healthy Gums?

Your gums are made of soft skin-like tissue that covers the bone that support your teeth. When gums are healthy, they form a tight seal with the tooth that limits the places bacteria can hide.

Healthy gums are usually a light or coral shade of pink, but may also contain other pigments depending on your ethnic origin. Color changes in your gums (redness, yellow spots) as well as gum tenderness and bleeding may indicate gum disease.

Gingivitis, also called gum disease, is caused by plaque building up along the gum line. The plaque bacteria release toxins that irritate the gums and cause them to become inflamed. If left untreated, gingivitis can weaken the seal between gums and teeth, eventually causing the gums to recede and exposing the root of the tooth.
Above article from www.aquafresh.ca

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Dental Care La Canada Flintridge CA

Do I really need to floss?

30% of all tooth surfaces cannot be reached with a brush. Therefore even if your brushing was 100% perfect you are only 66% complete. Another tip, Starting to floss even once a week from never flossing, is increasing your production 100%. Floss provides stimulation to the gum tissues, increasing oxygen flow to the area, and increasing regeneration of the tissues. Contact points between the teeth need to be cleaned with floss to reduce decay. Bacteria between the teeth will increase gingivitis and periodontal disease.

The softer the bristle the better.

Pressure from a hard brush or pressing too hard on the teeth can remove the fluoride rich layer of the teeth. You can etch, abrade or damage the enamel and root surfaces, weakening them. This can increase decay, sensitivity to cold and will cause recession of the gum line.
Above tips from: dentalhygienecare.ca

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

What is Scaling?

Scaling is the act of removing calculus, plaque and stain from the teeth. You may recognize this procedure from your last routine maintenance appointment with your Dentist or Dental Hygienist. Calculus must be removed to promote the healing of the tissues, and reattachment of any damaged tissues. After a thorough scaling you can expect some regeneration of the gingival tissues. It is very important to remove any new plaque daily. Please note, damage from Periodontal Disease cannot be reversed, it can be slowed or arrested (stopped).
Above tip from: dentalhygienecare.ca

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What is Periodontal Disease?

When Gingivitis is left untreated new types of bacteria can form. These new strains of bacteria are generally stronger (more virulent), there are higher numbers of concentration (more of them). The bacteria tend to migrate down the root of the tooth (beyond the gum-line), creating a periodontal pocket. This is what causes destruction of the bone and other soft tissues below the gum-line. This can occur localized (specific areas) or generalized (more than 50% of the teeth). Periodontal Disease is diagnosed by a Dentist, using radiographs and certain measurements from a Periodontal Assessment. Periodontal Disease causes permanent damage. The goal is to slow or arrest (stop) the disease.
Above tip from: dentalhygienecare.ca

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dental Implants La Canada Flintridge CA

What’s so bad about losing a tooth?
Teeth can be lost due to an accident or other trauma, but the most common reason people lose a tooth is because of gum disease and/or decay. So, is it a big deal to lose a tooth? I mean you can’t die from it, right? No, you can’t, but losing even a single tooth can cause the other teeth to shift and move around – not good. This can affect chewing and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Other bad things can happen; your face will change shape, often looking “sunken.” This can make you look much older than you really are. Your speech can be affected. Because it’s harder to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself favoring softer foods and more carbohydrates, which can cause you to gain weight. The best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.










Flintridge Dental Studio

Dentist Harmik Derhartounian, DDS
818-495-4969
4542 Rinetti Lane
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
www.flintridgedentalstudio.com

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Don’t Hide Your Smile!

Dental implants are the ideal way to replace lost teeth. From the teeth at the front of the mouth, which are the most visible, to the back teeth, which should be solid enough to eat a full variety of foods, implants can help you recapture a beautiful and healthy smile. Unlike bridges or removable dentures, which sit on top of the gums, dental implants are placed under the gums. The “tooth” placed on an implant appears life-like, because it comes through the gums just like the original did – it’s like growing a new tooth! Implants can be used to replace any number of lost teeth. Even people with no teeth can benefit from implants, because they can replace their dentures with teeth that don’t move around when they talk, and they don’t need to be taken out at night. Because we handle the entire process from implant placement to crown fabrication, there’s no need to be referred to another office.

Visit our website to learn more and book your consultation today!

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Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional dental braces. Our dental office is a recognized Invisalign Provider in Los Angeles CA. Visit our website to learn more about invisible dental braces.

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Straight Teeth WITHOUT Braces?
It’s true! With Invisalign™ it is possible to have straight teeth in as little as 9 - 15 months, whether you have overcrowding, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite. The clear plastic custom-made aligners are replaced every two weeks, and no metal or wires means less time in the chair getting adjustments. No braces, wires, or headgear are required! This means no mouth irritation, and even better, no one will know you’re straightening your teeth because – it’s invisible! The Invisalign™ system is easily removable so you can not only eat and drink what you want while in treatment, brushing and flossing are no problem! Join the quarter million patients who have already discovered the joy of straightened teeth – invisibly! Dr. Harmik is an Invisalign Premier Provider.

Learn more about our Clear Dental Braces dental care services in Los Angeles.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath (halitosis) can be embarrassing and may cause anxiety. It's no wonder store shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to combat this condition. But many of these products are mere temporary measures.

Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with proper dental hygiene. If simple self-care techniques don't solve the problem, you may want to see your dentist or doctor to be sure a more serious condition isn't causing your bad breath.

Above article from mayoclinic.com

Learn more about the dental health care services offered at Flintridge Dental Studio in La Canada Flintridge CA.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Your Dental Health Is Important!

Learn more about Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a very common and mild form of gum (periodontal) disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums. Because gingivitis can be very mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition. But it's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease (periodontitis) and eventual tooth loss.

The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as regular professional checkups and daily brushing and flossing, can help prevent gingivitis.

Above article from: mayoclinic.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and dentists are the first line of defense against this pervasive disease. So we’re going to post a series of short discussions about the facts, risks, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancer throughout the month. Please ask questions in the comments, and don’t hesitate to contact the office with your concerns or to schedule a screening.

Earlier this month, we talked about the devastating statistics relating to fatality rates for oral cancer. Today we’re going to talk about who is predisposed to contracting it.

The first risk factor usually cited is age. Historically, the majority of cases occurred over age 40. Things have changed in this decade, however.

Most of you will guess that tobacco use is a huge risk factor, and it is. Combine that with alcohol consumption, and you’ve got a 15x greater risk than someone who does neither.

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation or x-ray radiation is another factor. Oral cancer caused by too much sun exposure has decreased, thanks to awareness and use of sunscreens. Occasional x-ray exposure is safe; this damage accumulates over a long period of time.

On the rise are oral cancers caused by viruses and fungus, especially HPV16.

All patients should be sure their dentists give them a full oral cancer screening at each regular visit, but those with the above risk factors should be especially diligent.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Surprising Facts about Oral Cancers

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and dentists are the first line of defense against this pervasive disease. So we’re going to post a series of short discussions about the facts, risks, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancer throughout the month. Please ask questions in the comments, and don’t hesitate to contact the office with your concerns or to schedule a screening.

Out of about 37,000 American patients diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, over 8,000 will die. That’s a rate of about one person per hour, 24 hours a day, every single day. The five-year survival rate is only about 50% of those patients, a number that hasn’t changed in decades. More people die from oral cancer than many other, higher-profile cancers. How many of you know all about cervical, testicular, or skin cancer, and take precautions against them? How many cancers do you get screened for by your medical professionals each year? Now, how many of you have knowingly had a screening for oral cancer?


You might think the fatality rate is so high because oral cancer is particularly dangerous. But that’s not the case. The death rate is high because it’s often not discovered until late stage. By then, it has usually metastasized to somewhere else in the body, starting with the lymph nodes in the neck. The first tumor has also been given time to invade deeply, making treatment more difficult. Often, there’s no pain or other symptom you can easily recognize, and it also easily produces additional tumors, so recurrence happens frequently.


Don’t take chances with your life. Make an appointment with us today. We routinely screen for oral cancer, a quick and painless diagnostic that can give you peace of mind…or save your life.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sedation Dentistry La Canada Flintridge CA



La Canada Flintridge CA 91011 Dental Studio helps to relieve dental related stress for those patients who wish to receive dental treatment in a more relaxed atmosphere with sedation dentistry. http://flintridgedentalstudio.com/

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Dental Implants Dentistry La Canada Flintridge CA


Dental implants are the ideal way to replace lost teeth. From the teeth at the front of the mouth, which are the most visible, to the back teeth, which should be solid enough to eat a full variety of foods, implants can help you recapture a beautiful and healthy smile. http://flintridgedentalstudio.com/

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Smile Makeovers Cosmetic Dentist La Canada Flintridge CA



Cosmetic Dentistry La Canada Flintridge CA, Smile Makeovers. The staff at Flintridge Dental Studio in La Canada Flintridge CA 91011, emphasize the aesthetic aspect in ALL of their work because they know that when your smile looks good, you feel good! They use the best combination of preventive dental care, crowns, veneers, tooth-colored fillings, and restorative techniques for optimum dental health.

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http://flintridgedentalstudio.com/

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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