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Sensitive Teeth: Do hot, cold, sweets and chewing bother you?

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 10:10 pm.

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. This periodic feeling is common and 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.

Sensitive teeth can be treated and managed with a few simple steps:

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. Routine check ups from your Dentist are keys to preventing these other dental issues. 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. If left untreated , it can lead to a root canal or even loss of the tooth.

Proper oral hygiene is important to prevent decay and gum recession that can lead to causing sensitive-tooth pain. Periodontal disease can cause the gums to recede exposing the tooth’s dentin. Brushing too vigorously or with a hard bristled tooth brush can injure gums causing recession

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. Take home products may be prescribed to help reduce sensitivity further.

Braces are an option to correct the position on teeth so that proper forces are placed on them. Poorly positioned teeth can cause undue forces on teeth causing recession.

A night guard may also be recommended for grinders and clenchers to prevent continued wear of their natural teeth which can expose the dentin leading to sensitivity.

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

Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual

Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at 10:08 pm.

The world of toothbrushes are many. But if you’re looking for the best and easiest way to take care of your teeth, it’s not that hard to decide between electric and manual. Unlike a manual brush, an electric brush does the work for you. Here are some reasons why they can help prevent gum disease and a healthier,happier mouth.

  1. Electric toothbrushes have more cleaning power. Some can deliver up to 48,800 movements per minute, while a regular manual toothbrush can only deliver 300 to 600 movements per minute. They can remove plaque up to 10 times more than a manual toothbrush.
  2. They have technology that help break down and remove plaque easier and more efficiently. They have superior oscillating-rotating-pulsating technology. The round brush head pulsates to loosen plaque and then oscillates and rotates to sweep the plaque away. They also have several modes and intensities to improve gum health and get a thorough clean such as polish clean, gum care, sensitive and tongue cleanliness.
  3. Many have built in timers. Most everyone underestimates the amount of time they should brush. With a manual toothbrush, it’s easy to lose track of time. Dental professionals recommend brushing twice daily for two minutes. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds of brush time. Electric Toothbrushes include two-minute timers that take you through this routine, ensuring you get a complete clean every time you brush.
  4. Many have audio and/or visual pressure sensors built-in to alert you if too much force is applied while brushing. This can help prevent recession of gums.
  5. You can use different sized detachable heads so that you can use smaller heads to clean those hard to reach areas.

So if you’re looking for a more efficient clean, an electric toothbrush is your best bet. We want you to have a healthy and happy mouth that you can keep for your lifetime! Keep it clean and keep it forever.

Come by, say hi and smile with us. New patients always welcome. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia Ca. 91355. (661)505-2926. Www.maycontedds.com

Gum Disease and Your Lungs

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 10:15 pm.

Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease that can impact overall health. Research has shown there are links between gum/periodontal disease to upper respiratory diseases, including pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Gum disease starts with Plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit composed of about a thousand species of bacteria that take part in the complex ecosystems of the mouth that forms daily on the tooth surface. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect where the teeth and gums meet. When the body is in balance, plaque, actually protect and support your body’s ability to live. However, when disturbed and unbalanced, plaque produces bad bacteria that lead to gum disease. Gingivitis is an infection of the gum tissue by bacterial plaque. The bacteria attacks your gums which can cause infected pockets. These infected pockets provide access to the bloodstream allowing bacteria to travel throughout your body.

In Respiratory disease, research has found that bad bacteria from the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs and cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia. Bad bacteria, large plaque accumulation, periodontal pockets, the inflammatory response diminishes our body’s defenses subjecting us to respiratory risks.

Great home care is vital not only for clean teeth but reduce risks to other parts of the body such as your lungs. It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene by meticulously brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. Be sure to brush your tongue and rinse with an ADA approved mouth rinse to remove bacteria and improve bad breath. Eating a balanced diet, low in processed foods and sugars also help reduce bad bacteria.

Avoid and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease by continuing your regular dental cleaning and checkups with your Dentist. During a dental examination, a thorough examination and review of your oral health and overall health history, including an oral cancer screening and necessary dental x-rays are performed along with a careful evaluation of your current dental status and concerns.

A clean mouth and healthier habits can last a lifetime and we are always here to help you achieve that. For more information, give us a call at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Place, Valencia Ca. 91355

Links with Gum Disease and Health Conditions

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 10:11 pm.

Dentistry has evolved over the years. Not only has technology become better and treatment easier, but the manner in which we approached it has evolved. It’s not about just treating the problem but asking how and why the dental disease came about and finding ways to prevent it in the future.
As we get older, our health changes and so does our mouth. The nerves in our teeth become smaller making the teeth less sensitive to problems such as decay or trauma. Without regular checkups, cavities or other problems may not be diagnosed until its too late.

Some health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases can piggy back with our ever growing wisdom.

Studies show an association with heart disease and gum disease. One possible explanation is that the bacteria that cause gum disease can release toxins into or travel to the bloodstream and help form fatty plaques in the arteries. These plaque deposits can cause blood clots which can block blood flow. Another explanation is that plaque bacteria can cause the liver to make high levels of certain proteins which inflame the blood vessels that could eventually lead to a heart attack.

Diabetes slows circulation and reduces the body’s resistance to infection. Increased blood sugar in people with diabetes makes them more susceptible to gum disease. Also, the cortisol in gum disease makes it more difficult for someone with diabetes to control their blood sugar. Elevated cortisol due to chronic gum infections continues to increase the blood sugar level in the body and thwarting insulin. The body remains in a general insulin resistant state and puts diabetics at an increased risk for diabetic complications.

Those with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have gum disease than those that don’t. Gum disease and autoimmune disorders have very similar pathologies. Damage caused by the immune system and chronic inflammation are central in both.
Understanding their significance to our dental health can encourage a cleaner healthier mouth year after year. Visit your Dentist for regular checkups ( anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year), maintain a vigorous oral hygiene routine, eat healthy and smile daily. Our teeth should last us a lifetime and lets keep it that way.

We are here to help keep you healthy and smiling. Visit us at www.maycontedds.com or call us at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia.

When it’s More than just Morning Breath

Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at 10:15 pm.

Bad breath or halitosis is an embarrassing problem most people don’t care to talk about. It can certainly affect one’s self-confidence and ability to socialize. There can be many factors involving bad breath. Some are odor-causing foods, tooth decay, gum disease, bacteria growing on the tongue, dry mouth, use of tobacco products, sinus or respiratory infections, some medical disorders, improperly cleaned dentures, some medications, or inadequate oral hygiene.

To help prevent bad breath, here are some quick tips.

  • Keep a log of what you eat. It’s a good idea to keep floss, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in tow. Avoid constant use of breath mints and other hard candies containing sugar. They will only temporarily mask bad breath and can lead to tooth decay.
  • Make a list of over-the-counter and prescribed medications that you take. Some may play a role in causing bad breath especially those that can cause dry mouth.
  • If you have dry mouth, stick with a mouthrinse without alcohol such as biotene or breath rx. Drinking plenty of water and sucking on sugarless mints help saliva production.
  • Look for ways to cut and eliminate tobacco use. It not only can cause bad breath but stains, decay and a higher incidence of oral cancer.
  • Brush twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove food and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. At least once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth. It also helps to invest in a battery powered toothbrush. For every one stroke you do manually, it does 20. Therefore, it can be more effective in removing plaque build up.
  • If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night. Clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning. It also helps to clean mouthguards, sport guards and orthodontic retainers regularly.
  • Schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkups at least every 6 months.

Our office can help you find solutions to prevent this common source of embarrassment. If it’s due to an oral condition, we can develop a treatment plan to eliminate this problem. Treatment may be easier than you imagine. We want you to have confidence in your oral health!

For more information and meet Dr. May, call the office at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia Ca. 91355. Visit us also at www.maycontedds.com