21Jan

One of the easiest ways that you can make a big difference when it comes to your dental health is to pay attention to what you’re drinking throughout the day. Today, our Toluca Lake dentists are sharing some information about how various beverages affect oral health.

Soft drinks: soft drinks of all kinds are loaded with sugars. Additionally, dark colas contain discoloring agents that can leave unsightly discoloration on the patient’s dental enamel.

Coffee: as a deeply dark-colored beverage, coffee is a key culprit when it comes to dental staining and discoloration.

Tea: tea is also a main cause of tooth discoloration for many people. However, some types of tea, especially green tea, have been shown to inhibit bacteria production and promote strong oral health.

Wine: because wine is so acidic, regular consumption can cause your dental enamel to weaken and thin. Additionally, red wine is very staining. Finally, wine is slightly dehydrating, which creates an ideal environment for oral bacteria to flourish.

Energy drinks: while we think of these types of drinks as being somewhat healthy, the truth is that most of them contain as much, if not more, sugar as soft drinks. For most people, it is a better decision, in terms of oral and whole-body health, to reach for water rather than an energy drink.

The number one best beverage for your smile is water. Water rinses dental debris and plaque from your smile, and jump-starts saliva production. So, every time that you are able to replace one of the above-mentioned drinks with water, you are safeguarding your smile for the future.

If you have any additional questions about making healthy decisions for your smile, you can always reach out to our Toluca Lake dentists to schedule a personal consultation. We are here to help you!

03Sep

Properly caring for our smiles, and ensuring dental health for the long-term, is about a lot more than simply brushing and flossing and recommended. We all know that cavities and gum disease are damaging, but the truth is that there are structural dental issues that can be just as harmful. Keep reading to learn more from our Toluca Lake dentists

So, what do we mean when we talk about structural dental problems?

Your oral health is affected by the way the individual components of your smile come together and coordinate. If, for example, you are experiencing jaw problems, your teeth and gums can suffer as a result.

One of the biggest structural problems that patients experience is jaw dysfunction. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together comfortably and evenly, your entire smile can suffer as a result.

Jaw issues, and bite misalignment may contribute to:

  • Uneven dental wear and tear
  • Weakened enamel, which is more susceptible to infection and damage
  • TMJ damage, which may manifest as jaw discomfort and limited jaw mobility
  • Dental grinding and clenching

By perfecting dental alignment and refining the way your smile comes together, you can safeguard your oral health for the future. There are a number of ways to achieve dental harmony, including:

  • Undergoing orthodontic treatment to move your natural teeth into better respective positions
  • Replacing aging restorations with custom-crafted crowns
  • Building up selective teeth using dental bonding
  • Shaping natural dental enamel to minimize irregularities

When you meet with our Toluca Lake dentists, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what types of treatments may be right for your situation. You can always reach our team by giving our office a call or using the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry and your contact info. We look forward to speaking with you!

20Aug

There are a few key harmful habits that can really age our smiles over time. One of these is chronic dental grinding, also known as bruxism. Keep reading to get more information from our Toluca Lake dentists about what bruxism is, why it develops, and what you can do about it!

The first thing to take note of is that many of us actually clench and grind our teeth unconsciously. So, stay vigilant about noticing the signs of dental grinding, especially upon waking, your jaws may be sore or stiff, and you may notice tooth pain where your top and bottom teeth come into contact.

Now, sometimes dental grinding is temporary, such as in times of increased stress. However, bruxism can also develop due to structural issues with your smile; if your top and bottom teeth do not fit together naturally and comfortably, you may grind your teeth back and forth in an effort to find a comfortable resting position.

When you meet with our dental team, we’ll be able to assess your teeth, and make personalized treatment recommendation. You may benefit from:

  • A customized oral appliance that protects your teeth and guides your jaw into a more comfortable position
  • New restorations if your crowns have worn down and warped
  • Selective dental bonding to build up specific enamel
  • Orthodontic treatment to perfect your dental alignment and bring your smile into balance

Leaving bruxism untreated can lead to some serious oral health problems down the road:

  • Thin, weak dental enamel, which is more vulnerable to infection and damage
  • Dental cracks and chips
  • Shifting teeth along the gum line
  • Temporomandibular joint damage, pain, or inflammation

To get started, you can always call our Toluca Lake dentists to schedule a consultation. You can also use the Contact Us on our website to submit a question, and we’ll be happy to get back to you.