- Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:01:00 +0000: The Best Ways to Maintain a Great Smile - Ocean Dental Center - Dr. Altaf Hudani
It’s no surprise that a white, healthy smile is one of the first things you tend to notice about other people. Unfortunately, many men and women are uncomfortable or dissatisfied with the condition of their teeth. If you are interested in maintaining your oral health, check out these great tips and consult your cosmetic dentist.
Brush and Floss Daily
It is crucial to brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, ensuring you are holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line while using small circular brushing motions. You will also want to floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris left in crevices where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The foods you eat have a direct impact on your oral hygiene. Try to stick with a healthy, balanced diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat or non-fat dairy products, and healthy oils. As a good rule of thumb, try to limit your consumption of dark-colored foods and drinks that may stain your teeth, as well as overly sugary or starchy items that attract bacteria-filled plaque.
Avoid Certain Habits
Individuals who entertain certain habits may be at a greater risk for oral health complications. This includes smoking or chewing tobacco, chewing on pencils or other hard objects, and grinding or clenching your teeth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy smile is to visit your dentist twice yearly for a dental cleaning and oral examination. Your dentist will take this time to remove plaque and tartar buildup, identify signs of cavities or gum disease, and assess your risk for other conditions such as oral cancer. You can also ask your dentist about teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic options for a bright smile.
Make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth by calling Ocean Dental Center at (714) 793-9830. With over 21 years of experience, Dr. Altaf Hudani is your top resource for high-quality dental care in Huntington Beach.Leave a comment »
- Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:31:00 +0000: Take A Look At These Links For Great Dental Facts - Ocean Dental Center - Dr. Altaf Hudani
Addressing signs of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation early allows for a faster return to great oral health. Find more information on your oral care options and signs that indicate you should visit your dentist on these informative websites:
- Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning treatment your dentist provides to remove plaque and tartar. Find oral hygiene tips to help you keep plaque and tartar under control at home on OralB.com.
- Take a look at all of the possible dental treatments for advanced gum disease, including surgical and non-surgical options, on Health.NYTimes.com.
- Learn to recognize the signs of gum disease in order to seek dental treatment early by visiting Perio.org.
- If you experience tooth sensitivity, you may want to avoid certain foods or drinks until treatment can be sought. Learn what to avoid eating with sensitive teeth and how dental treatment can help by visiting Livestrong.com.
- Bruxism, or tooth grinding, can cause tooth sensitivity and other discomfort. The Mayo Clinic outlines many of the treatments for bruxism that you and your dentist can pursue to address your condition.
Ocean Dental Center’s Dr. Altaf Hudani has been providing quality dental services in Huntington Beach and beyond for 19 years. Take advantage of Dr. Hudani’s skill and expertise by calling (714) 793-9830 to schedule your dental appointment today.Leave a comment »
- Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:47:00 +0000: What to Expect from Your Scaling and Root Planing Procedure - Ocean Dental Center - Dr. Altaf Hudani
Gum disease is the result of an infection and inflammation of the gums. If left unchecked, this dental condition can cause sensitivity, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical deep-cleaning dental treatment designed to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line.
Before Your Procedure
There is no special preparation required for a scaling and root planing procedure. Once you arrive at the dentist’s office, you will be asked to sit back and relax. Your dentist will prepare your mouth for cleaning by numbing the gums and tooth roots using an injection of local anesthetic.
During the Cleaning
Scaling and root planing involves two major steps. First, plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth around and just below the gum line. This is done using either a scraping tool or an ultrasonic tool to loosen and remove hardened material. After the tooth surfaces above and below the gum line are cleaned, any rough areas of the tooth roots are smoothed using dental tools. By smoothing these rough patches, your dentist makes it harder for bacteria to accumulate on these surfaces. A smoother tooth root also facilitates healing by ensuring that the gums can easily reattach to your teeth. If further treatment is needed, small antibiotic fibers may be tucked just beneath the gum line.
After Your Procedure
You should not feel discomfort after scaling and root planing, but you should not eat or drink until the anesthetic has completely worn off. If antibiotic medication was placed beneath the gums, a short follow-up visit will be needed to remove them. Over time, your gums will return to health as they heal from the effects of gum disease.
Treat gum disease early for better oral health with this and other periodontal procedures available at Ocean Dental Center of Huntington Beach. We dedicate ourselves to the health and beauty of your smile by providing general and cosmetic dental procedures. Visit our website for more information or call (714) 793-9830 to schedule your dental appointment.Leave a comment »
- Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:08:00 +0000: A Look at Different Dental Restoration Options - Ocean Dental Center - Dr. Altaf Hudani
Dental restorations are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by injury, infection, or decay. In this video, you will learn about three common dental restoration options: fillings, crowns, and root canals. Each of these treatments removes decay from your tooth before restoring it to its original shape and size. Your dentist will discuss your procedure beforehand and help you choose the restoration material that is best for your smile, which may include gold, amalgam, composite, or porcelain.
At Ocean Dental Center, we’re here to keep you smiling brightly by offering general and cosmetic dentistry services in Huntington Beach and Rolling Hills Estates. Call us at (714) 793-9830 to discuss your dental restoration and care options. Visit our website to locate us and to find more tips for maintaining great oral health.Leave a comment »
- Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:10:00 +0000: Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity - Ocean Dental Center - Dr. Altaf Hudani
Tooth sensitivity to temperature, pressure, or even sweet or sour foods can cause significant discomfort and disrupt your enjoyment of your favorite foods and drinks. Identifying the cause of sensitivity is the key to addressing this problem. If you aren’t sure what could be causing your discomfort, schedule a dental exam to discuss your concerns with your dentist.
Bruxism, or tooth grinding, is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. Over time, tooth grinding wears away enamel, causes teeth to appear worn or shortened, and triggers tooth sensitivity. There are a number of dental treatments for bruxism, including a nighttime mouth guard that can protect your teeth from damage and sensitivity.
Many people reach for whitening toothpaste to maintain a brighter smile. However, some people are more sensitive to the whitening chemicals contained within them. Try switching to non-whitening toothpaste to relieve tooth sensitivity, and ask your dentist about other whitening options if you’re still after a sparkling smile.
Worn Dental Fillings
Over time, old dental fillings can separate from the teeth and allow bacteria to colonize these hard-to-see areas. Acids from these bacteria attack tooth enamel, gradually wearing it down and causing sensitivity. Your dentist will check over all old fillings during a routine dental exam and inform you if they need to be replaced.
Untreated Gum Disease
Gum disease often goes unnoticed until the condition becomes more advanced. As the gums begin to recede from the teeth, the roots become exposed; roots do not have as much protective enamel as the crown and are therefore more sensitive and prone to decay. A dental exam can reveal whether you have gum disease, and your dentist can provide cleaning treatments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. This allows the gums to heal, reducing sensitivity as they reattach to the tooth roots.
Address tooth sensitivity with the help of your dentist at Ocean Dental Center. Dr. Altaf Hudani will evaluate and treat any sensitivity for greater comfort and a beautiful, long-lasting smile. Visit our website to explore our practice or call (714) 793-9830 to discuss your dental care options with us today.Leave a comment »