Vitamins and Minerals for Dental Health

Eating healthy foods full of vitamins and minerals, or taking vitamin supplements, may prove more beneficial than to just overall health. While most vitamins and minerals—if consumed in the appropriate quantities—are valuable, certain vitamins promote pristine oral health, keeping teeth, tongue, and gums strong.

Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA offers cosmetic and general dentistry services, as well as oral care information.

Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA offers cosmetic and general dentistry services, as well as oral care information and facts.

Vitamins and minerals encourage cell growth so that the body can fight off different types of bacteria, virus, and infection. Below is partial list of some of the important vitamins and minerals, and the foods in which they are naturally found. Please consult a physician before consuming any supplements, including vitamin, mineral, herbal, etc.

Vitamins and Minerals for Dental Health

Calcium

The jaw, teeth, and bones in the body, like the skeleton, are in part made of calcium. In order to keep teeth strong, it is important to absorb calcium to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Eating foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, dark leafy greens, and fortified products like cereals and grains may help to satisfy the daily suggested calcium intake.

Vitamin C

A vitamin C deficiency may increase the likelihood of bleeding gums. Eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C may help to prevent sensitive gums and periodontal diseases. Try to incorporate foods such as papayas, broccoli, strawberries, pineapples, oranges, and cauliflowers into a daily diet to ensure consistent levels of vitamin C.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps with the absorption of many other vitamins and minerals, including calcium. In some occasions, a vitamin D deficiency may cause a condition known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS).

While most people receive a healthy dose of vitamin D during summer from natural sunlight, it is sometimes necessary to consume vitamin D rich foods or supplements to receive proper amounts of vitamin D year-round. Eating foods like fatty fish, cheeses, egg yolks, and fortified dairy products will help to maintain a healthy mouth any month of the year.

Iron

Iron helps to prevent tongue inflammation, infections, and bacteria by helping to increase the flow of oxygen in the body. Iron-rich foods such as red meats, egg yolks, beans, lentils, artichokes, and dried fruit may help to fight infections and bacteria build-up.

Magnesium

Magnesium helps to re-mineralize teeth, balancing minerals in the saliva to help wash away bacteria and prevent further decay. Foods that help the body absorb magnesium include low-fat milk, dark, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, and bananas.

For more information regarding dental health, please feel free to contact Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City. Dr. Ash proudly provides routine dental procedures, teeth cleanings, and regular dental procedures for patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas. In addition, Dr. Ash satisfies general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs, as well as provides interesting dental facts. For more information including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and sedation dentistry for fearful patients contact Studio Dental Care.

Dr. Alexander Ash is not a physician. The information presented herein is not presented with the intention of diagnosing or treating any disease or condition. This information is for educational purposes only. Please speak to your physician before making any dietary/lifestyle changes.

8 Interesting Dental Facts

Although some people may not find teeth and oral care the most interesting of subjects, we beg to differ. To prove our point, we have included 8 interesting facts related to oral health.

Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA offers cosmetic and general dentistry services, as well as oral care information and interesting facts..

Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA offers cosmetic and general dentistry services, as well as oral care information and interesting facts..

  1. Every mouth, tongue, and set of teeth are different

Although this concept seems straight forward, individual tongues and sets of teeth are different in each person. This explains why forensic units use dental records in certain situations to identify victims of severe accidents.

  1. No decay with cheese

Eating certain types of cheeses regularly, such as aged cheddar, monetary jack, and swiss may help to prevent tooth decay. Certain cheese may increase the production of alkaline saliva, which balances acids in the mouth.

  1. Adults ONLY!

The chemical, proanthocyamidins, in red wine is an antioxidant that prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth – meaning a glass of wine may do the heart and mouth well.

  1. Strong as bone; stronger in fact

Teeth and tooth enamel are really strong, and are in fact the hardest substance in the human bod. However, you still need to take good care of teeth in order to keep them as strong.

  1. New meaning to Jaws

Sharks, unlike other animals, have an unlimited number of teeth. Their vicious bite is all the deadlier knowing the predator can regrow teeth if any are lost during a fight or feeding.

  1. Teeth loss under the age of 35

For people under the age of 35, the leading cause of teeth loss is trauma, sports injuries, fights, or accidents.

  1. Teeth loss over the age of 35

For people over the age of 35, the leading cause of teeth loss is periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis. Not as exciting, but just as hindering.

  1. Remember to smile

After a conducted study, results showed that the average woman smiles 62 times a day, while the average male smiles a mere 8 times a day!

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City proudly provides routine dental procedures, teeth cleanings, and regular dental procedures for patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas. Dr. Ash offers general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs, as well as interesting dental facts. For more information, including teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and sedation dentistry for fearful patients please contact Dr. Alexander Ash and his friendly staff of dental hygienists.

5 Tips to Preventing Bad Breath

A bright, beautiful smile suggests a healthy mouth, but bad breath can turn an even pretty smile into a reason to keep distance. Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, can occur for a scope of reasons. Treating the symptoms of bad breath with mouth wash may only temporarily relieve foul breath. Identifying the reasons of bad breath and then treating the causes of bad breath helps not only to alleviate the symptoms but also to prevent stinky mouths from deterring everyday life and interaction.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care offers general dentistry and helpful tips to promote pristine oral health.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care offers general dentistry services and helpful tips to promote pristine oral health.

  1. Are you really brushing and flossing every day?

Many patients shape up oral routines days before attending the dentist, afraid the dentist, like a teacher, may scold the patient for poor oral hygiene habits. But crash course brushing and flossing is not as beneficial as a regular and thorough routine. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes (at least 30 minutes after a meal), as well as flossing at least once a day may help rid the mouth of excess food particles that may be hoarding foul smelling bacteria.

  1. Don’t forget your tongue!

The human tongue is a trap for bacteria and plaque that may be the culprit of bad breath. Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush may help to remove stubborn plaque. Consider purchasing a tongue scrapper for the sole purpose of improving oral hygiene and eliminating bad breath.

  1. Attend the dentist at least two times annually

Regular dentist visits ensure that a mouth is healthy while removing stubborn plaque and tartar buildup. Dentists and dental hygienists also help to find and reverse decay, which has been linked to bad breath. Skipping routine dental appointments may appear to save funds up front, but the consequences of missed appointments cost patients’ money in the long run, as well as a healthy mouth free of odor.

  1. Discuss current medications with your dentist

Certain medical conditions or medications may lead to unfortunate, smelly breath. For example, gastrointestinal problems, or digestive issues, may cause bad breath. Consider lifestyle changes, different medications, or discuss new options with a professional physician and dentist.

  1. Break those bad habits

Drinking coffee/alcohol or smoking cigarettes may not only deteriorate health, but may also produce bad breath. Besides the negative effects of tobacco and alcohol, both habits may cause dry mouth that further increases bad breath. Saliva naturally washes away left-over food particles and bacteria; reducing the amount of saliva produced may increase bacteria in the mouth.

For more information regarding the causes of bad breath or tips to preventing bad breath, please follow the link by clicking HERE.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio City’s Studio Dental Care offers helpful tips to avoid and treat bad breath. Dr. Ash efficiently eliminates bad breath of patients in the greater Los Angeles area, including Burbank, Studio City, and Toluca Lake. In addition, Dr. Ash and his staff of friendly dental hygienists treat all patients’ general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs. For more information, please visit Studio Dental Care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Brush Teeth Properly

Dentists and parents always encourage brushing teeth for consistent oral hygiene, but does everyone really know how to brush teeth properly?

Brushing properly using the right techniques may make all the difference when removing daily bacteria and plaque buildup. Daily brushing and flossing and routine dental appointments are key to pristine oral hygiene—no matter a patient’s age.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA offers tips, facts, and information regarding general dentistry procedures.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA offers tips, facts, and information regarding general dentistry procedures.

How to Brush Properly:

  1. Begin by using a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hands

This may seem like a no brainer, but patients who use a toothbrush that is too bulky or, on the contrary, too small, tend to brush more aggressively. Consider a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush that fits comfortably in your palm, depending on individual preferences. Make sure that power or force only aids in brushing teeth, rather than irritating gums.

  1. Dentists often recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles

Hard bristles, which may remove plaque, may cause more damage to the oral cavity by irritating gums, causing swelling and bleeding. Extra soft bristles should be used for patients who suffer from extreme sensitivity.

  1. When brushing, hold the brush so bristles are at a 45 degree angle

A 45 degree angle will help eliminate plaque and tartar buildup with minimal effort. Make sure to keep the 45 degree angle when brushing the fronts, tops, and backs of teeth to remove plaque from the surface of teeth.

  1. Brush teeth twice a day or 30 minutes after each meal

Brushing twice a day may be sufficient for patients with great oral hygiene, but for those patients with poorer oral hygiene, brushing 30 minutes after each meal or snack may be more beneficial. It is also important to teach this habit to children at a young age, while adults may need a refresher every now and then. When brushing, aim for two minutes—try setting a timer or playing the entirety of a favorite song.

For more information on brushing or proper techniques, visit the Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE.

  1. To freshen breath, brush the tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scrapper

Using mouthwash may be beneficial for short bursts of fresh breath, but brushing the tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scrapper will help to remove foul smelling bacteria and plaque in the long run. The surface of the tongue is coated with papillae, or slightly raised membranes that can trap plaque. To best manage oral care, brush your teeth and tongue regularly.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care proudly provides information and articles to dental patients in order to promote pristine oral health. For more information on how to brush properly or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Ash at (818) 763-1444.

How to Floss Properly

Everyone knows about the importance of flossing teeth, but how many individuals are actually flossing correctly? Flossing done properly removes plaque, food particles, and debris from hard to reach areas in the mouth.

Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care offers educates patients on the proper flossing techniques and oral care

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care offers educates patients on the proper flossing techniques and oral care

According to Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care, flossing is the one of the most crucial aspects of maintaining oral health. While a toothbrush does a good job in keeping the sides and tops of teeth clean, dental floss is an important agent that makes it possible to effectively clean between teeth.

First, there are two types of floss available for use:

  • Nylon (or multifilament) floss
  • Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE), or monofilament floss

Both types of floss will work, although one type may be preferable for specific dental needs. Nylon floss can be either waxed or unwaxed, and is composed of numerous strands of nylon. Nylon floss may occasionally shred or tear with rough use, or between tightly packed teeth. PTFE, or nonfilament floss, may be a better option for some patients because of its stronger durability. PTFE floss may also be a better option for individuals with tight spaces between teeth. Both types of floss, if used properly, are excellent agents for maintaining oral health.

Proper teeth flossing techniques include:

  • Using about 18” of floss
    • This will keep you from wasting floss or having to go back for more
  • Use a firm grip between thumb and index fingers
    • A firm grip will give the most control
  • Follow the natural curves of your teeth
    • Gently floss the curves of teeth to avoid bleeding, injury, or inflammation
  • Use clean sections of floss for each tooth
    • Use an up-and-down motion to floss
  • Clean beneath the gum line
    • Avoid snapping the floss on the gumline
    • Use a gentle wiggle or a back-and-forth motion to clean the gumline

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash is located in Studio City. Dr. Ash proudly provides general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients seeking to maintain or improve dental hygiene. Dr. Ash serves patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas.

Studio Dental Care offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry needs, including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, and more. For more information regarding any of the above services, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash for a consultation pertaining to Invisalign Teen, Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implants, and general oral care information.

Veneers vs. Lumineers Cosmetic Dentistry

Many dental patients and professionals have been discussing and debating the function and appearance of porcelain veneers versus Lumineers. By providing information about both services, Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care hopes to offer the best cosmetic dentistry services in Los Angeles and Burbank for all patients wishing to improve oral care.

Dental Veneers

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash provides patients with cosmetic dentistry services such as veneer consultations and installations.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also known as ceramic veneers, are thin layers of customized porcelain shells that fit snuggly over existing teeth to provide a brighter, straighter smile. Traditional veneers require more preparation as less than half a millimeter of the original tooth enamel is filed away. The small layer of surface enamel filed away is not enough to compromise the tooth structure or the overall health of the mouth and allows for the stronger bonding of the veneer to the existing tooth. Minor forms of anesthesia may be used in order to keep the patient comfortable through any drilling or filling. Porcelain veneers are often a permanent solution with natural, yet dramatic, results that patients desire.

Lumineers

Lumineers, like veneers, cap an existing tooth to create the appearance of a fuller, brighter smile. No surface enamel is removed prior to Lumineer installation, meaning that no topical anesthesia or shots are needed for the procedure. The Lumineer is thinner than a porcelain veneer and is fastened to the tooth. Often times Lumineers may fall out, and need to be replaced after wear. Lumineers must be installed by a Lumineer provider and dentist due to the precision needed for installation. Although Lumineers may appear to be an option for patients who wish to avoid filling teeth, Lumineers provide only temporary solutions, and often look unsatisfactory with a transparency to the tooth underneath.

Why Veneers are preferred over Lumineers by most dentists?

Most dentists prefer porcelain or traditional veneers over Lumineers, which are not as durable or natural in appearance. Although professional dentists have to remove minimal amounts of surface enamel in order to install veneers, the permanent solution helps patients regain strength and security, while having a natural, brighter, and straighter smile.

Lumineers, if not installed properly and with precision, need upkeep or re-installation, which may be pricey. In addition, the unnatural material of Lumineers may cause irritation and swelling of the gums when installed.

Porcelain Veneers are the right choice for patients who wish to:

  • Secure durable veneers
  • Create a more natural and fuller smile
  • Straighten the appearance of teeth
  • Brighten a smile

For more information, please feel free to explore the Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE for more information regarding cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, California offers dental patients advice and expertise when it comes to oral care and cosmetics. Dr. Ash recommends veneers for all patients in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas. Whether porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign, Dr. Ash helps patients achieve the smile they have always desired. For more information regarding cosmetic dentistry services, restorative dentistry, or routine cleanings, please visit www.studiodentalcare.com today.

Dental Veneers and What Patients Need to Know

Veneers are becoming more popular solutions for missing teeth, large gaps between teeth, and stained or discolored teeth. Below please find a list of information and helpful tips, provided by Studio Dental Care in Studio City, for anyone considering veneers as a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Studio Dental Care by Alexander Ash provides Dental Veneer Services and helpful tips for patients in Los Angeles, CA

Studio Dental Care by Alexander Ash provides Dental Veneer Services and helpful tips for patients in Los Angeles, Studio City, and Toluca Lake, CA.

Dental Veneers and What Dental Patients Need to Know:

  • There are two types of veneers: Porcelain Veneers (Porcelain Laminate Veneers or Ceramic Veneers) and Composite Resin Veneers
  • Porcelain Veneers tend to be more expensive and last for a median of 30 years, depending on proper care and up keep
  • Veneers are a great solution for damaged teeth or teeth that are cracked or chipped
  • A consultation for veneers is required before the process can begin
  • Polishing the natural tooth and removing a small layer of surface enamel is necessary for veneer preparation
  • A topical anesthesia may be required for shaving down the enamel
  • Creating Porcelain Veneers requires up to seven days of laboratory preparation
  • Porcelain Veneers are less likely to discolor or darken after time, if properly cared for
  • Most dentists recommend avoiding foods, beverages, and substances that may increase the staining of veneers (such as coffee, tea, sodas, tobacco products, etc.)
  • Patients with veneers need to be careful not to bite down on hard foods or use teeth as a tool to open packages
  • Veneers often help patients appear younger and create the appearance of a fuller mouth

For more information or facts pertaining to veneers and veneer consultations, please follow the link to the Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as veneer installation, consult an experienced dentist like Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA. Dr. Alexander Ash and his professional staff provide patients in Burbank and Los Angeles with Invisalign, veneers, and teeth whitening procedures.