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29May

When most people think about caring for their smiles, they picture brushing and flossing. Undoubtedly, these are crucial steps in any oral hygiene routine. However, there is one simple thing that you can do to safeguard your smile even more completely—drink plenty of water!

Our Glendale dentists are here with some information about why water is so important for your oral health, as well as with some tips on how you can make sure you’re getting enough water throughout the day.

The first thing to keep in mind is that saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel. This is why patients with dry mouth tend to suffer from plaque build-up and bad breath.

In order for your body to produce saliva, you need to be adequately hydrated. What’s more, the simple act of drinking water actually prompts your mouth to release saliva: flooding your mouth with this good-for-you substance.

Additionally, in the United States most water supplies are fluoridated. This means that they have been enhanced with fluoride—a natural mineral that helps to support dental health. Fluoride works to strengthen enamel and prevent further deterioration.

Whenever you can, replace soda, juice, or coffee with water; this will help you stay hydrated, and it will reduce the amount of sugars in your mouth. Some people even set a timer to make sure that they are drinking water regularly through the day. Or, how about making a point to drink a glass of water whenever you take a break at work?

It seems so simple, but water really is hugely beneficial substance for your smile. If you want to learn more about simple things that you can do to care for your smile day to day, please feel free to contact our Glendale dentists for more information, and to schedule your personal consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

15May

Sometimes even the most diligent dental patients are faced with unexpected dental damage. You have may have a tooth that slowly, and surreptitiously, degraded over time. Or maybe you are dealing with dental trauma from an accident or sports injury. No matter what the circumstances, our Glendale dentists can help you get your smile back on track with restorative dentistry.

Obviously, the type of treatment that you’ll require will depend on the damage you’ve sustained. Here are some popular and effective restorative treatments that we may use:

Dental bonding: this treatment allows our team to repair cracked enamel and even rebuild missing portions of a tooth using dental resin. Because the resin is shaded to match the patient’s natural tooth shade, the result is seamless. One reason patients love dental bonding is that this treatment takes only one appointment to complete.

CEREC crowns: crowns are used to rebuild teeth that have been diminished by infection or trauma. CEREC crowns are crafted from porcelain, and shaped and shaded to fit the patient. Using CEREC technology, our dental team can actually craft your restoration right here in our office, so you can get a crown in just one day.

Dental implants: if you have lost a tooth, a dental implant can help you regain a complete smile, while supporting your remaining natural smile. Every dental implant is grounded in the patient’s jawbone with a titanium screw, which serves as a replacement tooth root. So, as you would imagine, these replacement teeth are exceptionally stable and durable.

If you aren’t sure what kind of restorative treatment will work for you, that’s ok! Our Glendale dentists are here to help you assess all of your options, and, ultimately, move ahead with a treatment that will give you the strong and attractive smile you need to smile confidently.

 

 

 

01May

Wisdom teeth are one of those oral health problems that most of us don’t think about until we start having problems. Because third molars generally don’t emerge until the patient’s late teens or early twenties, the problems associated with these teeth can take some people by surprise. Our Glendale Wisdom Tooth dentists are here to help you recognize and understand problematic wisdom teeth—let’s get started!

Your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your smile, behind your functional molars. The problem for many people is that they simply do not have enough space along their jawlines to comfortably accommodate the wisdom teeth.

When your wisdom teeth first start to come in you may notice a feeling of soreness or tightness in the back of your jaw. You may also notice that your gum tissue around your wisdom teeth is damaged, sensitive, and swollen.

Some people have wisdom teeth that emerge upright from the gum tissue, similarly to other teeth. However, many people will find that their wisdom teeth come in at odd angles, even horizontally. Sometimes, wisdom teeth are so impacted in the jawbone tissue that they don’t really emerge at all.

Wisdom teeth, and the gum tissue around the teeth, are very difficult to keep clean. That is why these teeth often become hotbeds for bacteria production—leading to cavities and gum disease. Many patients notice that they develop hard-to-treat bad breath due to these infections—the same oral bacteria that infect your teeth gums release unpleasant odors.

When your dentist completes a wisdom tooth assessment, they’ll be able to tell you how your wisdom teeth should be extracted. If your teeth are somewhat visible, they may be able to pull them out as they would pull any other tooth. Patients with impacted teeth will likely require surgery to extract the tooth from the jawbone tissue.

The best way to get started protecting your smile is to schedule a consultation with our Glendale wisdom tooth dentists. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team!