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.

 

06Aug

If you are battling bad breath, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you win the fight. While occasional and temporary bad breath is unavoidable, chronic halitosis is a deeper problem that needs to be addressed.

Chronic bad breath develops due to oral bacteria in the mouth. As oral bacteria grow and multiply, they release unpleasant odors as a byproduct. So, in order to conquer chronic bad breath, you really need to get a handle on oral bacteria. Here are a few simple things that you can do to improve the efficacy of your routine:

Keep water handy

Drinking plenty of water during the day is paramount when dealing with bad breath. You want to make sure that your body is able to produce enough saliva, as this is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria. Patients who suffer from dry mouth are much more likely than those who do not to develop halitosis.

Rinse your smile regularly

Get into the habit of vigorously rinsing your mouth with water or a specially-formulated rinse after eating or drinking anything other than water. This helps to dislodge dental debris and bacteria, while simultaneously jump-starting the release of saliva.

Fine-tune your schedule

Keep in mind that oral bacteria remain active—feeding, growing, and multiplying—for about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating or drinking sugary beverages. To minimize the amount of time that bacteria is able to stay active, you want to eat and drink at specific times during the day, rather than continuously snacking and sipping.

If you have underlying oral infections—like periodontal disease or cavities—you will need to treat these oral health issues before you can beat bad breath for good. Our Toluca Lake dentists are here to answer any additional questions that you may have, and to help you build a personalized treatment plan for bad breath. Give us a call to get started!