Decay: Foods and Drinks that contribute

This Irvine sedation dentist has been so fortunate to have patients who really understand the need for a good oral health routine. Of course, nobody is perfect and there is always room for improvement, but there is a general consensus amongst my patients to take care of their smiles. Oral health happiness is an ongoing battle or process, so there is always a need to keep ourselves sharp. One way in doing that is to test our knowledge.

Because what we eat and drink highly affects our oral health, knowing what helps and hurts our chompers is what this Irvine sedation dentist likes to call, ‘necessary information.’ Take the quiz below to see if you pass the test!

1)      What has the same amount of sugar as a candy bar?

A)     Cranberry juice  B) Vitamin Water

2)      Why is Vitamin A necessary?

A)     It helps prevent inflammation of gums B) It forms tooth enamel

3)      What fruit is notorious for sticking sugar to our teeth?

A)     Kiwis  B) Raisins

4)      What teeth are named for the fact they appear later in life?

A)     Bicuspids B) Wisdom Teeth

5)      What drink can help rinse sugar from our teeth?

A)     Water B) Hydrogen peroxide

6)      Eating what after chewing some sticky candy can help clean teeth?

A)     Yogurt  B) crunchy and crisp fruits and veggies

Eating what sugar-free dairy product can help produce saliva?

            A)  Cheese B) Sour Cream

For more information on foods and drinks for better oral health, contact your local Irvine sedation dentist today.

Answers:

1.B

2. B

3. B

4. B

5. A

6. B

7. A

How to Alleviate Toothache Pain

This Orange county sedation dentist knows a thing or two about pain. As a certified Oral and IV sedation dentist, I know how uncomfortable dental pain can be. A toothache for example can be a seemingly small issue but can pack a punch like no other.

To help manage pain it is best to make an appointment with your local Orange county sedation dentist, but I know life can get a bit busy before you get to see your local health professional. To help manage a toothache before your visit, consider the following tips.

1)      Chew on some cloves, until you feel the juices in your mouth.

2)      Gargle some salt water. This method can offer some relief. To make a solution mix some salt into warm water. Then, place a mouthful of this solution into the mouth and work it around. If it’s too painful, just hold it in the mouth and spit out.

3)      Ice can help numb dental pain, either by icing the tooth or even the jaw or area that the toothache seems to be affecting.

4)      Brush and floss your teeth well. Keeping areas clean will help reduce bacteria that may be paining your tooth. This may not help alleviate, but it will help prevent.

5)      Take some medication. Ibuprofen can do wonders!

These methods are meant to be temporary solutions. The best and permanent solution is to visit your local Orange county sedation dentist!  949-857-1270

Diseases and Tooth Loss

A common fear presented to this Orange county sedation dentist is the loss of a tooth. Losing a tooth can have some major effects to the way you eat, speak and even see yourself. But before delving further into the consequences of tooth loss, let us focus on what diseases actually have a connection to tooth loss.

The biggest culprit of tooth loss is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. It is the leading cause for those over the age of 35 to lose their teeth. In periodontal disease there are two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is when painful bleeding and swollen gums occur. Periodontitis is a more advanced stage. This disease starts with an excess accumulation of plaque, which is at the root of decay.

Other diseases that have a hand at tooth loss include:

Cardiovascular disease: Yes, it’s hard to imagine that your heart can play a part on your smile, but it’s true! Trust this Orange county sedation dentist! Researchers have long seen a connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.

Cancer: The big C has also seen a connection to periodontal disease with studies showing that there is more to the picture than what was originally thought when the link was discovered. The truth is that advanced gum disease can lead to oral, lung and other forms of cancer!

Dementia: New information has shown that tooth loss can lead to memory loss, although more work needs to be done.

For more information on how to prevent tooth loss, contact your local Orange county sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.

Metal Mouth

Metal mouth is a slang word that some use to characterize those who wear braces, but that’s not the kind of metal this Irvine sedation dentist is talking about today. I’m talking about that taste of coins or keys that you can sometimes taste instead of your meal of chicken curry. This altered sense of taste is caused Dysgeusia.

Of course the idea (and taste) of a constant metal in your mouth can cause many to worry, but there isn’t too much to fret about. One of the frequent causes of this condition are hormonal changes–especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. This usually fixes itself as hormones stabilize in the second trimester. However, this condition can be reversed easily by eating certain foods or drinks.

To combat the taste of metal mouth, try eating foods with acid. Focusing on sour flavors will increase salivary production thereby decreasing the metal taste. Here’s a tip: this Irvine sedation dentist enjoys some fish and chips with vinegar!

Another reason for a metal taste in your mouth may be due to a cold or nasal infection. Many medicines cause dysgeusia and once you cease to use the drug, it should go back to normal. Unhealthy practices also can affect the taste in your mouth. This includes a poor diet, smoking and bad dental hygiene.

The most serious case of metallic taste is clupeotoxin poisoning that can be potentially fatal. It occurs after eating plankton-consuming fish (herring, tarpons, sardines) that are contaminated. With this, however, symptoms also include: becoming violently ill, blue tinged fingers, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

For more information on dysgeusia or other conditions, contact your Irvine sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.

Cavities in Baby Teeth

This Orange county sedation dentist has seen many a smile—each for a different reason. Many times I will see a smile in great condition, while other times I’ll see smiles that need a little more work; especially as cavities are quite the common scenario.

Many adults will address their cavity with a trip to the dentist, but how about those who can’t drive themselves? I’m talking about babies. We humans have two sets of teeth. Our first pair comes and goes in (what seems like) a blink of an eye, while our second set is more or less permanent.

Because of this perception of having a second chance smile, many children do not get the treatment they deserve and need when faced with a cavity. However, this Orange county sedation dentist is officially saying that babies need to be treated too. The first step to baby dental care is, of course, prevention. It’s a parent’s duty to ensure that proper dental care (with a washcloth or toothbrush—depending on age) is being had. Limiting certain foods is also an important factor. Sugar is generally not a good option!

If a child does develop a cavity, it must be treated. Infections not only cause pain but it can lead to fatality. Even if a child just loses the decayed tooth, it could affect the growth of the permanent tooth if the space isn’t properly preserved. For more information on child dental care contact your Orange county sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.

Top Reasons For Constant Cavities

When a patient normally thinks about an Irvine sedation dentist, images of drills, metal tools and masks usually enter the picture, which isn’t too far off. Most times these tools come in hand when a cavity is near—a dentist’s bread and butter so to speak. Many of us are familiar with the term cavity, as chances are you’ve had one at one point or another.

Sometimes, despite taking necessary measures, cavities happen. With that said, here are some of the top reasons for a reoccurring cavity to develop.

1)   Sugary Foods

Although there are a number of lifestyle factors that can contribute to cavity development, what all decay starts with is bad bacteria that feed on the sugar and starch that come through our mouths. If cavities are an issue for me, chances are high that there may be a little too much sugar in your diet.

2)   Acidic foods

Acidic foods such as citrus and sodas also play a big role in decay. In fact acidic foods do more than creating favorable conditions for bacteria. Acids directly damage the enamel of the teeth, cutting out the middleman.

3)   Poor Hygiene

This Irvine sedation dentist can’t stress enough how important it is to have a regular oral hygiene routine. Going through the motions without thought will lead to plaque in your teeth and a smile less than desired.

4)   Genetics

Yes, unfortunately some of us are just predisposed to cavities. It’s a sad reality that should be considered when taking care of your smile. If your parents are prone to cavities, chances are you are too.

For more information on causes of tooth decay contact your local Irvine sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.

When Black Isn’t Cool

This Irvine sedation dentist knows how cool and chic the color black can seem. It can bring about a bit of mystery, while also giving you a slimmer, hipper look. However, one place where you don’t want to be seeing black is in your smile. Your toothy grin should be shared with the world, but if your gums appear dark or blackened it may be something to be concerned about.

Sometimes gums appear this way due to genetics, ethnic background, medication or disease. In most circumstances black gums are not painful, but what they can do is make you uncomfortable about your appearance, leaving you feeling unhappy—trust me, this Irvine sedation dentist sympathizes. When the cause is periodontal disease, however, it can be painful and need medical attention.

If you have dark-colored gums it is important to check with your Irvine sedation dentist, to see what is the cause. Furthermore, if it is something that you feel self-conscious about, you will be pleased to know that it can be treated! The dark layer can many times be removed through a surgical procedure that reveals the pink tissue underneath. Some dentists and periodontists even offer cosmetic bleaching.

Again, checking with your dentist is important because black gums can indicate a number of things. It can even be sign of necrosis or dead tissue. For more information contact your local Irvine sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.

What is Gum Recession?

Teeth are an often talked about topic in this blog, this Orange county sedation dentist will admit. It’s a toothy topic, pun intended, but that is not to say that there aren’t other aspects of oral hygiene to take note of. For example, recession—and I’m not talking economics here.

So what is gum recession? Let me paint you a picture. Imagine the Ocean tide rolling in and out—receding to expose shells on the beach; only to come back to cover all that up again. The gums, much like the ocean tide cover the roots of the teeth. However, as the gum recedes it exposes them. The difference is that unlike the natural wonders of the sea, you’re not going to want to see your teeth out on display (trust your Orange county sedation dentist on this one)!

With that said, receding gums aren’t merely a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Exposed roots can mean sensitive teeth (to heat and cold), as well as increased risk of decay. Unfortunately, most people do not notice gum recession until it is far advanced. It is a gradual process and is noticeable when your teeth seem to look a lot longer than usual. Recession is often caused by trauma (such as overzealous brushing or teeth grinding). To check for recession and learn how best to resolve it, contact your local Orange county sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.

Trench Mouth: Not a Disease of the Past

Trench mouth seems like a made-up condition due to its more than colorful name, but this Orange county sedation dentist is here to tell you that it’s definitely a real thing. This condition was formally known as Vincent’s stomatitis and necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, but was nicknamed trench mouth due to its prevalence amongst World War I soldiers who had the misfortunate of being stuck in trenches—without adequate care for their teeth.

Currently, trench mouth is rare throughout most parts of the world; however it remains to be a common issue in teenagers and young adults in developing countries—especially in those who have inadequate nutrition or poor living conditions. Trench mouth occurs when the normal balance of bacteria in the mouth is upset. Oral bacteria builds up and begins to damage gum tissue, causing infection and ulcer development.

It is a serious and painful disease, which includes symptoms such as: bad breath, foul taste in mouth, large ulcer in between teeth, swollen gums, grayish film on gums, and bleeding. Trust this Orange county sedation dentist, when I say you do not want this disease.

What’s interesting to note about this condition is that it is believed that viruses may also play a part in bacteria growth, therefore those with compromised immune systems are subject to trench mouth. Doctors also believe it can be caused by emotional stress and smoking. To learn more about trench mouth and other diseases (and how to prevent them), contact your local Orange county sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270!

Canker-Sore Blues

Despite being tiny in size, canker sores can be a huge pain…in the mouth. So what causes these sores to appear? Unfortunately, this Irvine sedation dentist can’t give you a clear-cut answer. What is clear though is that about 20 percent of the population suffers from canker sores, and they come in two varieties: simple and complex!

Simple canker sores appear a few times a year and last for about a week, with occurrence happening mostly in people between the ages 10 through 20. Complex canker sores are less common. However, those who have had canker sores before are most likely to get them.

Still, despite there being no evidence for the exact causes for canker sores. What this Irvine sedation dentist can tell you is that several factors have been linked to their occurrence. These factors include: stress, injury, intake of acidic foods, sharp objects (i.e.-braces), a weakened immune system, gastrointestinal disease, as well as nutritional problems.

The good news about these tiny sores are that they usually do not require treatment. On the other hand, if they cause too much discomfort doctors generally suggest over-the-counter ointments you would use to alleviate toothaches. If the pain stays longer than three weeks, see a doctor. They may prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinses or a prescription drug to combat pain.

Brushing your teeth after meals and flossing daily also helps keep the mouth clean and canker-sore free. For more information in keeping your mouth free from sores, contact your local Irvine sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.