Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

If left untreated, gum diseases can become serious threats to both oral health and overall health. Understanding the different types of gum diseases or periodontal diseases, is important to identifying, treating, and preventing such diseases. Two common types of periodontal diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis.

As a general dentistry service to patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care provides information regarding gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

As a general dentistry service to patients in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care provides information regarding gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is caused from a plaque buildup along the gum lines in the mouth from improper oral care. Gingivitis may be reversed and further prevented with routine brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist’s office. Signs and symptoms may include but are not limited to red and inflamed gums, irritation, tenderness during brushing and flossing, and the beginning of receding gums.

If continued untreated, however, gingivitis may lead to a more serious condition known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a further developed periodontal disease than gingivitis with similar symptoms such as inflamed gums, irritation during brushing, and pain during eating. However, periodontitis suggests that patients have more tartar buildup that creates a separation of the gum from the teeth, creating pockets. These pockets allow excess bacteria to build up which may lead to a greater infection. Signs and symptoms of progressing periodontitis include receding gums, red and inflamed gums, pain and discomfort while chewing, sores in the mouth, and lose or sensitive teeth.

In order to diagnose periodontitis, dentists review a patient’s medical history as well as their current age. For example, teenagers may experience gingivitis but are oftentimes less likely to experience periodontitis due to the time it takes to develop—although it depends on each individual patient.

If diagnosed with periodontitis, individuals and dentists have a variety of options to treat the infection depending on the progression of the condition. Tooth scaling is a possible and less invasive procedure, which consists of cleaning and removing the built up tartar from the gum line and smoothing the tooth to prevent bacteria from easily sticking to the surface. Another option to treating periodontitis is Flap surgery, performed by a periodontist, where tartar is removed and any remaining pockets are closed with stitches. Reducing the pockets makes it easier for patients to brush and floss with less discomfort and sensitivity.

For more information regarding, gingivitis and periodontitis, explore the ADA’s official Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE.

For more information regarding dental health, contact Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City. Dr. Ash provides routine dental procedures, teeth cleanings, and x-rays 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, periodontal diseases, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and sedation dentistry for fearful patients contact Studio Dental Care.

 

Dental Tooth Decay

Dentists and health professionals warn about dental tooth decay and the negative side effects it may have on oral and overall health.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA helps to reverse and prevent tooth decay in patients as one of his general dentistry services.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA helps to reverse and prevent tooth decay in patients as one of his general dentistry services.

What is Dental Decay?

Dental decay, or tooth decay, is medically referred to as dental caries, which is permanent damage that destroys the integrity of the tooth. Dental decay may cause pain if the decay penetrates the tooth’s enamel and dentin and reaches the nerves and sensitive tissue near the tooth’s roots.

Sticky bacteria—known as plaque—clings to teeth and, if not removed, may lead to a cavity and/or root canal. These oral issues may result from dental decay and often progress with few to no symptoms. As the decay continues, indicators may include:

  • Extreme sensitivity to temperatures
  • Bad breath (that may suggest excess bacteria)
  • Swelling, inflamed, and tender gums
  • A dark spot on the surface of a tooth
  • Chalky spot on the tooth that may suggest a build-up of plaque

For further reading on dental decay, please follow the link to the ADA’s official Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE.

How to Prevent Dental Decay

Decay occurs when too much bacteria surrounds the tooth due to excessive buildup and poor oral hygiene (i.e. no flossing, shorter brushing periods, and skipping routine dental office visits). Maintaining positive dental habits will help to prevent and even reverse decay in some patients.

By brushing at least twice daily, or 30 minutes after eating, in addition to flossing daily, the amount of bacteria and plaque in a patient’s mouth may decrease significantly. For children and young adults, using a fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash may help build strong enamel and prevent decay of the tooth enamel. Attending the dentist regularly, either every 3 months or every 6 months depending on the patient’s oral history and current dental health, will help to manage and treat dental decay.

The above is general information on the topic of dental decay. For more specific information pertaining to tooth decay and tooth loss, please consult your primary dentist or professional dentist, Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care. Dr. Ash in Studio City, CA offers helpful tips and information in regards to oral care. To speak with someone about services such as general and family dentistry, whitening treatments, or tooth extractions, please contact Studio Dental Care.

Common Dental Questions and Answers

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care offers answers to common dental questions pertaining to oral care and health.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA answers dental questions patients may have pertaining to oral care.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, CA answers dental questions patients may have pertaining to oral care.

What are teeth made out of?

The exterior surfaces of teeth are made of an extremely hard, mineralized substance called tooth enamel. The enamel encases the dentin of a tooth, and deep within the tooth lies the pulp, which is full of nerves and blood vessels. Each tooth also contains a cementum, or a ligament that attaches the root of the tooth to the jaw bone.

What is the difference between a dental hygienist and a dentist?

The difference between a dentist and dental hygienist is experience, training, and capabilities in the office. A dentist is a doctor who can perform invasive dental treatments, such as injections, fillings, root canals, bridges, and veneers. Dentists may also write prescriptions for pain medication. Dental hygienists are certified to clean teeth, perform sealants, whiten teeth, and perform deep, quadrant cleanings.

What is the purpose of a tooth polish at the dentist’s office?

At the end of a regular teeth cleaning in a professional dental office, a dental hygienist will polish teeth to remove mild surface stains and prevent bacteria from sticking to the surface of teeth. The polish is not abrasive enough to destroy the enamel of the tooth; it just buffs the surface for an overall cleaner oral feeling.

Why is fluoride helpful for teeth?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been proven to reverse and prevent tooth decay especially in developing teeth. The mineral helps to repair teeth before decay becomes a serious, and expensive, issue.

Do you need to remove all wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth extraction is performed on an individual need basis. For example, some patients may have one wisdom tooth removed at a time, while others have all wisdom teeth extracted at a single dentist office visit. If patients have healthy wisdom teeth that do not impact other molars, and there is enough room in the mandible for additional chompers, wisdom teeth may not need to be removed. If you are unsure of whether your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, please consult a professional dentist.

The above is general information on commonly asked dental questions. For more specific information pertaining to individual cases, please consult your primary dentist or professional dentist, Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care. Dr. Ash in Studio City, CA offers helpful tips and information in regards to oral care questions. To inquire more information about services such as general and family dentistry, whitening treatments, or tooth extractions please contact Studio Dental Care and speak with a friendly customer care representative.

2 Ways to Make Dental Care Fun

Professional Dentist, Dr. Alexander Ash, of Studio Dental Care offers oral care suggestions to make dental health fun for the whole family.

Professional Dentist, Dr. Alexander Ash, of Studio Dental Care offers oral care suggestions to make dental health fun for the whole family.

The dental health industry is constantly renovating and creating new products to make dental health maintenance easy and fun – for the whole family. Below are two recent creative products that make brushing and flossing easier and more entertaining for children.

GumChucks

Sounds as awesome as the name. GumChucks is modeled after nunchucks, but the only villains GumChucks will be fighting are bacteria, plaque, and smelly breath. The flossing mechanism utilizes the “C-Shape” that allows patients to wrap floss around each individual tooth. GumChucks gives children an incentive to brush more often, hopefully daily, thereby improving oral health and reducing plaque.

To become a GumChucks flosser, families need the GumChucks handles. In addition, patients need the flossing tips that attach to each one of the GumChucks. Each flossing tip should be used only once before discarding.

And the company, GumChucks, created a line exclusively for adults so moms and dads no longer have to feel left out. Pretty soon the whole family will look forward to flossing, and in half the time. For more information, feel free to visit the GumChucks official website.

Travel Toothbrush

Traveling with a family can be a hassle with so much luggage and toiletries. Try a simple solution that even complies with TSA regulations: a traveling, refillable toothbrush. The toothbrush is simple design—the handle of the toothbrush is an empty tube that can be filled with a family member’s favorite toothpaste. When it’s time to brush, just turn the dial at the bottom of the handle, and toothpaste appears on the bristles. This handy invention is great for on-the-go or traveling families. It is kid and adult friendly. The tube holds about half an ounce of toothpaste, well within the TSA guidelines for liquids in carry-on luggage.

For more information regarding dental health and helpful oral care tips, please feel free to contact Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City. Dr. Ash proudly provides routine teeth cleanings and information regarding dental health products for patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas. In addition, Dr. Ash satisfies general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs. For more information regarding or patient information, contact Studio Dental Care.

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.