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Did you know that pregnancy can cause changes in the mouth gums and teeth, even in the healthiest women? That’s why it is important to go to the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Dental x-rays and anesthesia are rarely dangerous to unborn baby, even during the first trimester. Dental X-rays are among the safest, and there is no reason to avoid them if your treatment cannot wait until after the baby is born. The risk of an undetected dental problem could have a larger impact on an unborn baby than the x-ray itself. X-rays are now digital so they give off less radiation than the traditional x-ray method. Lead aprons are provided when taking x-rays to protect your abdomen.
Morning sickness can affect your oral health. If you experience morning sickness frequently, the acid from your stomach can wear off your enamel. Be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or with a fluoride mouthwash to keep the acid level under control.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection, which can produce toxins in the body. Growing evidence suggests a link between gum disease and premature, underweight births. More research is needed to confirm how gum disease affects pregnancy outcomes. But it appears that gum disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Gum disease doesn’t always show symptoms, some women may not know they have it. The only way to know for sure is by going to your dentist for your routine checkup during pregnancy.
Pregnancy gingivitis occurs more frequently during pregnancy because the increased level of hormones. When you get pregnant, your body begins producing maternal hormones, which can affect your gums and make them red, swollen and inflamed. It can also make your gums more likely to bleed. Keeping your teeth clean especially focusing a little more around the gum line will help reduce or even prevent pregnancy gingivitis. Also instead of eating sweets substitute them with fruits, vegetables, and cheese.

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Dry Mouth Causes and Treatment

Dry mouth, sometimes referred to as xerostomia, can happen to anyone.

This condition occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva to keep it moist. Everyone experiences dry mouth from time to time, such as when thirsty, hot, stressed, or anxious. Chronic (recurrent) dry mouth, however, is a medical condition requiring attention.
Causes of Dry Mouth

Medications: Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can cause an array of symptoms including dry mouth.

Cancer treatments: including radiation treatment and chemotherapy.

Nerve damage: If an injury to your head or neck has caused damage to nerves, then your salivary glands may no longer produce saliva.

Salivary gland dysfunction

Diabetes, joggers syndrome, HIV, sleep apnea, tobacco use
How to relieve dry mouth

Follow these tips to get relief and protect your teeth:

Drink more water.
Brush and floss twice a day.
Eat regular meals.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages and smoking.
Avoid overly salty foods.
Avoid overly salty foods.
Use artificial saliva, available at your local pharmacy.
Use nonprescription saliva substitutes that you can buy at a pharmacy.
Visit your dentist regularly. Ask your dentist for advice specific to your situation.

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How snacking affects your dental health

What you often eat can affect your teeth.

Eating habits and good choices can lead to tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks can damage teeth. Snacking throughout the day can also lead to tooth decay. If you don’t brush, plaque will accumulate on the teeth.
Plaque thrives on the starches and sugars that are found in a great deal of foods. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria. When you do not remove plaque from your teeth daily, it builds up. Plaque bacteria use sugar to produce acids that attack enamel, the hard surface of the tooth. These acids are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth. That’s how cavities get started.
If you don’t eat much sugar, the bacteria can’t produce as much of the acid that eats away enamel. The acid attacks the tooth enamel for up to 20 min after you eat or drink. When you keep sipping on sugary drinks all day the the acid attacks the enamel again and again. Repeated acid attacks cause tooth decay.

Choosing a healthy diet

When choosing a snack think about what is in it, is it too sweet? Is it too chewy or gummy? The more chewy or the more gummy the snack the worse it is for your teeth. They stay in your teeth and in between your teeth longer than foods you just quickly chew and swallow. Think about how many times a day you snack. Do you snack all day or do you just leave the sugary treats for after dinner? The more times you snack a day, the more chance you have of getting cavities and plaque build-up. Damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack. So when you snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Instead, choose healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy.

Some ways to help avoid cavities and plaque build-up
Everybody needs to sample a lemon tart or indulge in a piece of chocolate every now and then. If you do munch on these foods, it helps to eat the entire serving at one time, rather than make a sugary snack last all afternoon. And try to brush and floss your teeth afterwards, or at least drink a glass of water to help rinse sugar off your teeth. That way you can enjoy treats even more. Always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water. Saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues. If you have a dry mouth, supplement your diet with sugarless candy or gum to stimulate saliva.

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It's Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important early warning systems. In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see a Dr. Changela if they do not improve or disappear after two-three weeks. More info here:

Facts about dental implant supported dentures

What are implant supported dentures?

Implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants. The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment.

Why implant supported dentures?

Many people struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw due to aging and bone loss. This causes dentures to become extremely loose and therefore hard to eat, drink, and even to speak. Although there are adhesives for loose dentures not everybody is too fond of it. It can get messy and frustrating having to put so much adhesive throughout the day. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended stabilize it with dental implants.

Benefits of denture stabilization:
Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
Improves speech and confidence
Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives

What can I expect?
During your first surgery, implants will be placed into your jawbone. You’ll be required to wait three to six months before you can have the second surgery; this period of time allows the implants to fuse to your jawbone. The second surgery exposes the tops of your implants. Then a “healing cap” is placed at the top of the implant for about 10-14 days. After that your dentist will then take impressions to start the fitting process of your dentures.

This process is fairly long but in the long run it will be absolutely worth it! If you would like to know more, please call our office at (909) 280-7180

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#Mouth Guard #Protect Your Teeth
Mouth guard protects your teeth from injury from during sporting, teeth grinding.
Mouth guard:
·        Help you to reduce headache.
·        Eliminate discomfort during sleep
·        Ease aching neck and shoulders
·        Reduce Tension on jaw muscle
·        Protect teeth from clenching and grinding
Three type Mouth guard:
               1) Custom fitted.  This one is individual fit your doctor may take an impression.
               2) Stock (no recommendable) is bulky, buy at the store
               3) Boil and Bite (may offer a better fit)
The best mouth guard is the custom Made by you Dentist.
The mouth Guard is very important for athletic, gear that is part of standard equipment
Mouth guards are also called Mouth protector. Doctor may recommend for your braces, for sleeping, for TMJ, for Snoring.
Generally Mouth guard is for your upper teeth only your dentist will recommend to you according to your needs if you need the lower Mouth guard.
Astrid Arostegui R.D.A.

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Thing to consider when choosing a #tooth paste

When it come to selecting the right tooth paste confusion and more confusion so many brand we see at the store and difficult to make the right decision. Your Dentist will answer your question and give option according to your needs how you feel about your teeth may be a factor to help you make the right choice of what kind of toothpaste will be best for you.
Ask you self:  What do you feel when you drink cold water or hot water? Do you like to have whiter teeth? Do you notice that you always brush and at your dentist consultation he said  you have tartar again? What can you do? Many brands choose from and you are so confused. Always select the one has the seal of approval ADA.
When you see a tooth paste they offer specific help in addition of cleaning teeth.
After you have answered your question, now you know what you are looking for.
Antimicrobial –  This one contain stannous fluoride,  provide anti cavity and  sensitivity benefits.
Tartar Control   - sodium pyrophosphates benefit keep tartar from forming
- Sodium hexametaphosphate Prevent tartar and stain above the Gum line.
Remember tartar control will not remove it if you already have stubborn tartar please visit your Dentist.
Whitening  - contain chemical or abrasive ingredient to help remove and                  prevent stain from forming on the teeth.
Sensitive teeth
  -Receding gum may also be sensitive teeth because of the root exposed very common after the age 35.
Some label for gum care, early gingivitis. Many tooth paste have attractive name but the most important look for the ingredient
Triclosan: Attack bacteria is been prove the tooth paste that fight gingivitis, cavities, tartar, and plaque.
Your smile is a great way to show you Oral health if you have any other question please visit your dentist.
Another most important ingredient to look for when choosing tooth paste is Fluoride. Fluoride make your tooth enamel stronger and less likely to suffer acid damage also can reverse the early stages of acid damage by rematerializing the staved to decay. Fluoride is the top choice aids in strengthening the tooth enamel and helps avoid damage caused by acids. Make sure if is a child under 6 years old choose for .1 % fluoride and used little bit of tooth paste the size of a q-tip head size amount of tooth paste. Children older than 6 year can use more will no swallow it.
Choosing for tooth paste is very personal from flavor to natural ingredient or fewer artificial ingredients. Please parent you may want to invest and do what is necessary flavor tooth paste if that will help you to get your kids to brush.
Astrid Arostegui R.D.A.
Office Manager

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