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19Feb

Many of us consider a crooked, crowded smile to be purely aesthetic problem. However, the truth is much more complicated

Looking at your oral health comprehensively, all of the parts of your smile are interconnected. When one part of your mouth is not functioning well, it can create a domino effect of health problems. Our Glendale dentists aim to correct structural imbalances in our patients’ smiles before these issues create too much damage.

If, for example your back molars are not coming together evenly and naturally, you will likely end up altering your bite in order to chew effectively. These slight alterations happen unconsciously, so you may not even notice that you’re doing it. Unfortunately, even small dental shifts can lead to big problems, such as:

  • Uneven, premature dental wear: as you alter how you chew, certain teeth will be put under additional strain, and are thus likely to accumulate damage
  • TMJ damage: your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your skull to your lower jaw. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together your TMJs are negatively affected—you may deal with discomfort, popping/clicking sensations, and limited jaw mobility.
  • Bruxism: many patients with bite problems also suffer from bruxism, or chronic dental grinding and clenching. Grinding and clenching can happen while the patient is sleeping, as the patient’s body searches for a natural “resting” position for the top and bottom teeth.

When you optimize your dental alignment, and treat bite issues in a timely manner, you give your smile its best chance of aging well: with healthy teeth and minimal damage.

Our Glendale dentists utilize a number of treatments to correct bite issues. Orthodontic treatment is a tried and true option, as it moves the patient’s natural teeth into better alignment. Additionally, restorative treatments like personalized crowns, dental bonding, and veneers can improve bite balance. Give our team a call to schedule a personal consultation and get started! 

05Feb

As the saying goes, knowledge is power! Our Glendale dentists truly believe that the more our patients know about the root causes of oral health problems, the better equipped they are to proactively protect their smiles. With that in mind, here is some useful information about how dental decay develops…

The dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth; it is tasked with protecting more vulnerable tooth layers, like dentin and tooth pulp, from irritants and infection. Enamel is comprised of minerals, and while these minerals are quite resilient, they are not indestructible.

Dental decay occurs when a patient’s dental enamel is compromised and infiltrated. Harmful bacteria in your smile release acids as they feed and grow; these acids cause enamel demineralization. When you consume a lot of sugars and refined carbohydrates, you provide oral bacteria with the exact substances they need to thrive. This is why it’s best to limit your consumption of sweets and highly processed foods.

Additionally, acidic foods and drinks—as they come into contact with a tooth—temporarily weaken dental enamel, and leave the tooth susceptible to damage. Long-term acid exposure will cause the enamel to wear way and become thinner.

As portions of your teeth become weaker, bacteria will colonize these vulnerable tissues. Dental bacterial decay generally begins in the dental enamel, and then works its way through the dentin to the dental core. Alternatively, decay can start at the tooth root, and move up into the tooth that way.

Protecting your smile from damage and decay means:

  • Following your dentist-recommended oral hygiene plan
  • Staying hydrates, so that your body can produce enough saliva
  • Rinsing your mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water
  • Seeking prompt treatment for developing decay, so that it can be stopped before it becomes severe

To learn more about how dental decay occurs, and to get additional information about how you can protect your smile, please feel free to call our Glendale dentists

22Jan

One of the most important things that our Glendale family dentists do in our office is to help our young patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. Pediatric dentistry is paramount if you want your child to develop strong oral hygiene habits. Keep reading to learn more!

Pediatric dentistry is focused on helping young patients learn how to care for their smiles, and maintaining healthy primary teeth. Primary teeth are sometimes referred to as “baby teeth;” these teeth fall out naturally when it’s time for permanent teeth to emerge. Generally, a patient will have lost all of his or her baby teeth by the time that they reach adolescence.

Now is the time to teach your children how to care for their teeth properly by brushing and flossing. Keep in mind that patients should be brushing for two minutes, morning and night, and flossing every night.

When it comes to teaching your children proper oral hygiene techniques, try the “tell, show, do” method. Start off by explaining how you’re going to clean your smile, and why—allow your child to ask any questions that they may have! Then, demonstrate how to brush and floss using your own smile as an example. Finally, help them practice on their own smile. Make brushing and flossing something that you do together every morning and night to help reinforce the routine.

Remember that children who are young enough to regularly swallow toothpaste should not use toothpaste formulations that contain fluoride. There are fluoride-free toothpastes that are marketed toward young dental patients; your child should use one of these toothpastes until they have learned to not ingest oral hygiene products.

Our Glendale family dentists are here to give you all of the information and support that you need, so that you can teach your children exceptional oral hygiene habits. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team, or to schedule a personal consultation!