Calcium and Bone Strength

Children grow up hearing how drinking calcium-rich milk makes healthy bones and strong people. Generally, it is not until an older age that people understand the unfortunate consequences of diets that lack calcium.

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The body does not produce calcium on its own but needs this mineral to grow healthy bones, including the enamel that strengthens teeth (one third of permanent teeth consist of calcium). Calcium intake is important during developmental years, throughout a person’s late twenties, and even into later adult and elderly years. Furthermore, milk and other dairy products contain high concentrates of calcium that are especially necessary for growing individuals who have a family history of osteoporosis.

A diet deprived of calcium, in either supplemental forms (like vitamins), or through foods like milk, cheese, and yogurts, may be detrimental to overall health. Without retaining or ingesting the appropriate amounts of calcium, the body depletes calcium from its bone supply, thereby weakening a person’s bones, including teeth. Consequences may arise when people experience severe calcium deficiencies. Symptoms may manifest as canker sores around or near the mouth, or ulcerations. For more information regarding the important role calcium plays, click HERE.

Health care professional and dentists like Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care, support proper nutrition for overall health. Attending the dentist’s office regularly for routine cleanings and checkups also play a key role in good oral health. Dr. Ash and his friendly team offer solutions to all dental issues such as veneers and teeth whitening for cosmetic dentistry issues and teeth extraction, sleep apnea appliances, and sedation dentistry for specialty dentistry issues. Contact Dr. Ash today to schedule an appointment, or find out more information regarding dental care.

Signs of Cavities

Patients visit the dentist regularly to avoid cavities and root canals—that common, dreaded fear of needles, numbing, and fillings. Dentists can always accurately evaluate the state of a patient’s oral hygiene with regular examinations and full-mouth x-rays. During these routine dental visits, dentists can help to recognize early signs of cavities, remove decay, and help to prevent further decaying of singular or multiple teeth. Patients can help identify early signs of cavities, or caries, and schedule an appointment for the dentist for further examining.

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Signs of early cavities may include:

  • White spots on a tooth that appear where enamel has been worn away
    • Sugar and starch acid can add to tooth decay and eventually cavities
  • Soft spots on the smooth surface or fissures of teeth
  • Teeth sensitivity to extreme temperature of foods and beverages

Signs of developed cavities may include:

  • Mild to severe tooth ache
  • Dark pits on the surface of decaying teeth
  • Visible holes on the surface of teeth
  • Regular pain while chewing or drinking

If signs of cavities are caught early enough, a patient and dentist may work together to reverse the symptoms of decay through rigorous routine cleanings, the use of fluoride, and even teeth sealant treatments. However, if the decay has advanced and permanently damaged the tooth, thereby threatening the health of surrounding teeth, the cavity will most likely require a filling. If the decay has penetrated through the pulp of the tooth, a root canal will help to rid the tooth of rotting tissue.

By brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly, a patient can help to prevent serious decay while promoting a healthy mouth. In addition, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals will help to strengthen surface enamel. Try to eliminate sodas, excess sugars and starches, and alcohols to further prevent possible tooth decay.

For more information on preventing, diagnosing, and treating cavities please follow the link to the California Dental Association’s website by clicking HERE.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City proudly provides routine dental procedures, tooth fillings, and tooth extractions for patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas. Dr. Ash offers general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs, including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and more. For more information regarding any of the above services including cavity fillings, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash and his friendly staff of dental hygienists.

 

How to Care for Traditional Wire Braces

Traditional braces, sometimes referred to as orthodontic braces, dental braces, and wire braces, are a great option for people to straighten misaligned teeth effectively. Depending on the patient’s care, wire braces yield permanent results for patients who suffer from under bites, overbites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and other structural issues. Although braces are most often known to create a straighter, more aligned smile for patients, braces function as both a cosmetic dental procedure as well as a structural solution.

Studio Dental Care provides information on how to care for traditional wire braces

Studio Dental Care provides information on how to care for traditional wire braces

While there are exceptions, traditional braces are generally installed for 12-30 months and customized for individual needs. Maintaining pristine oral health during the treatment is crucial to the overall dental health. Patients need to clean their teeth properly and protect their mouth from decay, bacteria, and demineralization while wearing braces. For more information about metal braces, please follow the link to the American Dental Associated sponsored site, Mouth Healthy, by clicking HERE.

How to care for traditional wire braces:

  • Brush for 2-3 minutes twice a day
    • Make sure to brush under the wire to remove food particles and bacteria
  • Floss at least once a day
    • Thread the floss in between brackets to clean in between each tooth and prevent periodontal diseases
  • Wire Brush
    • Use a wire brush to clean the brackets and wires of excess food
  • Use mouthwash once a day to freshen breath
  • Avoid drinking sodas regularly; keep them for special, rare occasions
  • Avoid eating sticky or chewy foods (i.e. taffy, popcorn, caramel, etc.)
  • Avoid eating hard foods (i.e. apples, carrots, celery, nuts, etc.)

Most importantly, while you or a loved one wears braces, make sure to schedule and attend all regular dentist and orthodontist visits. Both dentists and orthodontists work to provide complete oral care for straight, white, and healthy smiles. Orthodontists will make sure that patients’ results are going according to schedule, making adjustments as needed, while dentists will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the teeth.

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. While Dr. Alexander Ash does not perform orthodontic procedures, such as traditional wire brace installation and maintenance, he can refer patients to trusted specialists in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Alexander Ash is an Invisalign provider and also offers general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry needs, including teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and sedation dentistry for fearful patients. For more information regarding any of the above services including routine dental appointments, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash and his friendly staff of dental hygienists.

Oral Cancer Screening and Prevention

Routine dental cleanings often help to protect more than just a patient’s oral hygiene. During a regular dental visit, dental hygienists and dentists will check the patient’s mouth for tissue and color abnormalities. These differences in color or texture are often accompanied with pain may by an indication of cancer.

Dr. Alexander Ash provides oral cancer screenings in Studio City, California and throughout Southern California

Dr. Alexander Ash provides oral cancer screenings in Studio City, California and throughout Southern California

Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include, but are not limited to:

  • White or red patch found in the inside cheeks or gum
  • Persistent and irritating sores that do not heal with time
  • Ear aches or pains
  • Thickening of oral tissue
  • Redness and swelling in the mouth
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sore throat

If you experience any of the above symptoms for an extended period of time and are concerned you may have mouth cancer, please contact your primary dentist or physician immediately.

For more information regarding different types of cancer, including mouth cancer, please follow the link to the government provided website, by clicking HERE.

How to prevent oral cancer in patients?

Oral cancer screenings search for symptoms to detect oral cancer in the early stages before the cancer progresses to more serious stages.

Quit Smoking, Finally

Among various reasons, such as bad breath, lung cancer, and second hand smoke that threatens the health of others, dangerous tobacco products may also lead to oral cancer. Whether you use chewing tobacco or tobacco cigarettes, tobacco products are dangerous—but that comes as no surprise. If patients need another reason to quit smoking, oral cancer affects the teeth and gum line.

Alcohol

Alcohol may affect the liver and, in certain cases, may be life threatening in large doses. Most people are not aware that consistently consuming large quantities of alcohol may put you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Limit the alcohol drinking, your body and mouth will thank you. Read HERE for more information regarding alcohol and cancer risk.

Visiting the dentist regularly may help to diagnose and treat oral cancer in its early stages. Oral cancer screening exams are performed during routine dental check-ups at Studio Dental Care. Dr. Alexander Ash prides himself in the quality general and cosmetic dentistry services he provides for patients in Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Studio City California. For more questions or concerns regarding oral cancer screening, prevention, and treatments, please feel free to contact Studio Dental Care today.

What you need to know about Dental Sealants

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants, simply known as sealants, are thin layers of plastic material applied to teeth in order to better prevent decay and cavities. Sealants are normally painted on the back, permanent molars and premolars in children and young adults. However, sealants have been effective at preventing decay in adults as well. Although flossing, brushing, and the use of mouthwash greatly reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, plaque can slip through the cracks, literally. Oral bacteria from food and beverages finds its way into the tiny crevices and fissures on the top surfaces of teeth—the spots that are difficult to clean with the thick bristles of a toothbrush. Dental sealants can help by filling the fissures with the plastic material, hardening, and creating a surface that is virtually impossible to penetrate.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care provides Dental Sealants and other specialty dental services.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care provides Dental Sealants and other specialty dental services.

How do Dental Sealants Work?

The dental sealant application process is simple, generally takes one appointment, and is non-invasive.

  • First, the teeth have to be cleaned in a routine dental visit
  • The teeth that will be treated with the dental sealant are rinsed with a special gel
  • Then the teeth are rinsed and dried again
    • Keeping the teeth dry through the application process is important to the binding of the sealant to the teeth
  • The sealant is then applied in liquid form to fill the fissures of the teeth (typically the back molars)
  • Oftentimes, dentists will shine a special curing light on the sealant to harden the surface
  • The sealant process is completed in one office visit, and oftentimes takes less than a half hour to fully cure

Sealants are a great way to protect the back molars from an increased threat of cavities and decay. Properly applied professional sealants may last up to 10 years, improving the function of teeth and overall dental health for patients. For more information pertaining to dental sealants, please follow the link to the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC.

Individual patients should discuss specific cases with his or her primary, professional dentist. Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, California is accepting new patients for general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. To speak with a customer care representative, contact Studio Dental Care about services such as routine dental cleanings, dental sealants, teeth whitening, tooth extractions, and more.

Oral Health: Effects of Soda on Teeth

Most people enjoy an ice-cold soda, especially during those summer afternoons, but the effects of Coca-Cola and other soda pops on a beautiful smile is indisputable. Sodas affect oral health, rot strong teeth, and discolor pearly whites.

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Sodas contain unhealthy ingredients: sugar, phosphoric acid, and citric acid.

  • Sugar, which is high in calories and leads to higher body mass indexes, is also a leading factor of cavities in the United States. The sugar found in sodas increase the amount of bacteria and plaque found in the mouth, which when untreated, contributes to cavities and expensive, intrusive treatments.
  • Phosphoric and citric acids destroy enamel and calcium of teeth. Without the protection of the enamel, teeth are more vulnerable to staining and darkening. Such acids deplete the protection of enamel, thereby causing cavities and root canals.

Although diet sodas may offer fewer calories, they provide other health risks as a result of artificial sugars, including aspartame, which may be associated with different types of cancer, heart attacks, or strokes. Even diet drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids and still may cause an increase in cavities among heavy soda drinkers. For more information regarding, sodas and diet sodas in relation to dental health, please follow the link by clicking HERE.

This “soda epidemic” has increased in the last few decades. The size of soft drinks offered at restaurants, fast food locations, and supermarkets, has increased from 7 ounces to 32 ounces over the last fifty years. In addition, the consumption of sodas has increased, due in part to a greater variety available on the market today.

How to protect your teeth from soda?

The best way to prevent tooth decay from sodas is to reduce the amount of soda a person drinks on a regular basis. By reducing soda consumption, you are lowering the amount of sugar consumed in addition to the amount of phosphoric acid you encounter. For those who continue to drink sodas regularly, drink a soda through a straw, not directly from the bottle, to reduce contact with teeth. Also, rinse your mouth with water or mouthrinse after consumption.

Dr. Alexander Ash and his team of highly skilled dentists and hygienists at Studio Dental Care can help to treat some of the damage caused by consuming too much coca cola and other soda pop products. Attending the dentist regularly helps to promote overall oral health through routine and general dentistry procedures. To reverse the plaque and tartar build up, patients may choose routine cleanings or sedation dentistry to help those anxious nerves. In order to restore a natural laminating and brighter smile, Dr. Ash also offers cosmetic dentistry such as Invisalign, teeth whitening, and veneers. Call today or visit Studio Dental Care’s website by going to http://www.studiodentalcare.com/ and support great oral health for your family and yourself!

What Causes Bad Breath?

Blaming garlic and onion for consistent bad breath? Last night’s pizza may not be the offender of the mouth odor experienced today. Bad breath may be a periodical concern or a consistent issue that can make anyone to be self-conscious. Maintaining good oral hygiene can help monitor and eliminate some elements of bad breath, but there are some surprising causes of mouth odor.

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Halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, suggests that excess bacteria residing in the mouth may produce foul odors. But superfluous bacterium is not the only cause of bad breath. Certain medical conditions or pharmaceutical medications can also be the culprit of unpleasant breath. For people experiencing breath with urine-like odors, even after brushing, halitosis may be a sign of kidney failure and the patient should consult a dentist or seek medical attention to determine the exact cause. In addition, people, who are diagnosed with diabetes, often experience a fruity mouth odor. Many medications used to treat health conditions cause dry mouth, or xerostomia, in medical terminology. When an individual experiences dry mouth, less saliva is produced to help fight and neutralize bacteria. This is seen in most people who wake up experiencing “morning breath.” Often during sleep, people rest with their mouths open causing the dry-mouth sensation, and thereby their bad “morning breath.”

Chronic bad breath occurs in people who use tobacco and alcohol products regularly. Alcohol and tobacco goods create dry mouth by reducing the amount of saliva the body produces, again resulting in an increase of bacteria and a worse oral odor. Gum disease, and other periodontal diseases, in addition to cavities, increases the possibility of having bad breath due to excess bacteria in the oral cavity. For more surprising causes of bad breath, read more by clicking HERE.

In order to help prevent and control bad breath, maintaining an oral health regimen is important. Brushing, flossing, using mouthrinse, and visiting a dentist biannually can help to monitor unpleasant mouth odors. Using ADA approved products and a strong form of mouthrinse, people can help to prevent further bad breath. Consult a professional dentist, like Dr. Ash at Studio Dental Care in Studio City, California. Dr. Alexander Ash serves the entire Los Angeles area including Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Burbank with general, cosmetic, and family dental services. Call today to schedule your appointment!