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Meth Mouth

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at 10:18 pm.

You’ve probably heard of “meth mouth”. It’s coined that due to the advanced tooth decay caused by the use of methamphetamines specifically known as crystal meth. This and other recreational drugs create havoc on your overall health including your oral health. This editorial and upcoming editorials will educate you on what you need to know about the most common street drugs, chemicals in them that cause rapid teeth decay, and why its important to avoid them for your overall well-being.

Users with “meth mouth” have blackened, stained, or rotting teeth, which often can’t be saved. It’s also brought on by the side effects of a meth high. Studies attribute the decay to the corrosive effects of the chemicals found in the drug, such as anhydrous ammonia (found in fertilizers), red phosphorus (found on matchboxes) and lithium (found in batteries).

Our mouth needs a steady blood supply to stay healthy, Meth causes the user’s blood vessels to shrink and repeated shrinking causes these vessels to die thereby causing decay and infection. It also leads to dry mouth and without enough saliva to neutralize the mouth’s harsh acids, those acids eat away at the tooth and gums, causing weak spots that are susceptible to cavities. The craving for sugary foods and drink common in meth users, compulsive tooth grinding, and the general neglect of regular brushing and flossing ( the chemicals impair judgment centers of the brain) also contribute to poor oral health, amongst other things.

Stay tuned for discussion on other street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine.

Your overall health and well being, including your oral health is highly important to us. If you’re using street drugs, we encourage you to seek treatment for your addiction. Repairing the damage done to your teeth is also an important component of your recovery. Coming in for regular dental checkups help to catch early signs of erosion, decay and other oral symptoms from drug use or history of drug use. Early diagnosis and repair along with recovery is important to prevent larger, long-term oral damage. Schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding health and dental care!

Dental Implants

Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 10:12 pm.

Dentistry has come a long way. If you have a missing tooth, there are now many options for restoring it back to its normal shape, appearance, and function. One of the most advanced forms and frequently the best treatment option of tooth replacement are dental implants. Whether you have a full or a partial denture, a bridge or have lost a single tooth, an implant may be the solution for you.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw. This retains a replacement tooth or bridge which is screwed and cemented over the implant. Dental implants can be placed by your general Dentist, or Dental Specialists such as an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. These “artificial teeth” are stable and secure. Unlike removable dentures which rest on the gums and move around, dental implants can often make the sore gums and “clicking noise” associated with dentures a thing of the past. Unlike fixed bridges which use adjacent teeth as anchors, dental implants are independent of other teeth in the mouth. They are long-term replacements. Dental implants also look natural and feel secure, too.

There are several reasons for getting a dental implant which include:

  1. Replacing a tooth or teeth
  2. Supporting a bridge or denture
  3. Maintaining the underlying bone and prevent it from resorbing
  4. Resolving bite problems and function
  5. Restoring chewing
  6. Restoring speech
  7. Restoring digestion;
  8. Restoring smile and facial tissues.

Remember, just like your natural teeth, good oral hygiene and habits along with routine dental visits will help in the longevity of dental implants.

We are extending our 1st annual “Change for the Cure” Fundraiser through the end of November. Stop by anytime to donate your change. All proceeds will go to Passionately Pink. Help us fight for the cure.

We are located 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia 91355. You may reach us at 661-505-2926 or visit us at www.maycontedds.com. Smile and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sensitive Teeth

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 10:23 pm.

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. This periodic feeling affects people when they eat, drink or touch their teeth. Fortunately, dentistry can offer several simple and effective treatments for this uncomfortable condition.

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the gradual exposure of the tooth dentin. Dentin is the softer part and second layer of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel. Dentin contain nerve endings that can react in response to hot, cold, or sweet triggering a twinge of discomfort or sharp pain.

Some of the causes of sensitive teeth include receding gums, cavities, cracked restorations, cracked teeth, grinding, gum disease and even brushing too hard. Periodontal disease can cause the gums to recede exposing the tooth’s dentin. Poorly positioned teeth can cause undue forces on teeth causing recession. Brushing too vigorously or with a hard bristled tooth brush can injure gums causing recession. Also, grinding and clenching your teeth can wear down teeth exposing the dentin to sensitivity. When dentin loses its protective covering due to cavities, broken fillings and crowns, or cracked teeth, the canals within the dentin are exposed to hot, cold, sticky or acidic foods. This stimulates the nerves inside the tooth and cause hypersensitivity or discomfort.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The first thing we need to do is rule out other possible dental problems. It’s important to treat cavities, cracked restorations or cracked teeth as soon as possible if that is the main cause of sensitivity. Depending on the cause, a desensitizing paste, gel or varnish may be recommended which contain compounds that block sensation travelling from the tooth surface to the nerve. Proper oral hygiene and routine check ups from your Dentist are keys to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If gum has been lost, a gum graft may be necessary to reduce discomfort. Braces are an option to correct the position on teeth so that proper forces are placed on them. A night guard may also be recommended for grinders and clenchers to prevent continued wear of their natural teeth.

If you have sensitive teeth, please give our office a call to discuss your options and put an end to this annoying problem.

For more information, to schedule an appointment and meet Dr. May and her staff, please call the office at 661-505-2926 or visit our website www.maycontedds.com. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia Ca. 91355

Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 10:16 pm.

No doubt you have heard about cosmetic dentistry and wondered about improving your smile. Your smile conveys happiness and confidence, and can also affect how you look and feel about yourself. Here are some dental procedures geared towards beautifying your smile.

You may be dissatisfied with the color of your teeth which can make you feel self-conscious. Teeth can be discolored for many reasons. They may be stained by tobacco; certain foods and drinks; tartar; even taking the antibiotic tetracycline during early childhood. Teeth whitening procedures can help reduce most discoloration and improve appearance.

Bonding is another procedure that can quickly and comfortably improve your appearance. It can be used for cosmetic purposes or to repair or protect the tooth. The technique uses tooth-colored materials to close gaps, repair chips and cracks, protect exposed tooth roots and restore decayed teeth. This is often completed in one visit and may not require anesthesia or drilling. The process involves etching the tooth surface that allows the composite resins to adhere. To match your teeth, various color resins are carefully blended. The end result is an attractive, natural-looking smile.

Ceramic Veneers are custom-made, durable shells prepared to make your teeth look natural. They are affixed directly to the tooth, often without the need for an anesthetic. The dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth. This makes room for the veneer and prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab that makes the ceramic veneers. The final veneers are bonded to teeth producing a natural pleasing smile.

Orthodontics can enhance your smile and self-confidence. Many of today’s braces are less noticeable and more comfortable than those of the past. It can improve your health by correcting bad bites, crooked teeth and some jaw abnormalities. This is because it’s easier to keep teeth and gums clean and thereby prevent tooth decay and gum disease, when your teeth are straight. A poor bite can also cause extra stress on the chewing muscles, which may cause pain or problems with the jaw joints. Also, protruding, misaligned teeth are more easily chipped or fractured.

So if you want to improve your appearance, why not invest in a new smile. Being self-assured about your appearance will also encourage you to put your best “look” forward in both professional and social situations. You can’t put a price tag on confidence. Your smile is what you greet the world with, and it’s the first thing people notice about you. With proper maintenance and care, your beautiful new smile will be on display for years to come.

Please call 661-505-2926 or visit us at www.maycontedds.com. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia 91355. We pride ourselves on our skill at enhancing the beauty of your smile, and we’re committed to providing comfortable and caring treatment.

How our Teeth Come Together.

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 10:21 pm.

The contact between the upper and lower teeth, in dental terms, is called occlusion. More specifically it’s the relationship of how the top and bottom teeth approach each other in order to chew or rest.

In dentistry there are many branches or relationships of occlusion as it relates to the teeth, jaw, and movements. The functions of chewing, swallowing, and speaking are largely dependent on the way the upper and lower teeth come together.

Malocclusion is simply known as a “bad bite”. It is the misalignment of teeth and jaws and can cause a number of health and dental problems.

Malocclusion is the result of the body trying to function effectively in a an environment that is not optimal. It can be associated with a number of problems, including crooked teeth, gum problems, TMJ disease, and jaw muscles. Teeth, fillings, and crowns may wear, break, or loosen changing the way the teeth come together and with this they can become tender and painful. Crowns and fillings may not contact properly which can result malocclusion. A faulty bite can cause receding gums as the bone as well as tender teeth and gums. Jaw muscles may have to work harder, which can lead to fatigue and or muscle spasms if they are not in the right position. Many of these associations can lead to difficulty chewing and functioning properly, headaches or migraines, eye or sinus pain, and pain in the neck, shoulder, or even back. Malocclusion can be a contributing factor to sleep disordered breathing which may include snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and / or sleep apnea. Stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth may cause teeth grinding or clenching. This habit can not only cause aching muscles, but can wear down your teeth and damage dental work. Untreated malocclusion can lead to trauma and damage the teeth.

Some of the treatments for different occlusal problems include braces, tooth adjustments, replacement of teeth, medication (usually temporary), a diet of softer foods, techniques to relax tensed muscles, relaxation therapy for stress-related clenching or protecting the teeth with dental splints/night guard to prevent the teeth from touching while you sleep.
If you think you might have malocclusion, schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. May and her staff about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. We’ll help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding dental care!