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La Puente Family Dental Center - Paresh B. Kumar D.D.S.
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What really happens when you don't brush your teeth?

Most people who stop brushing their teeth will develop cavities (tooth decay) and/or periodontal disease (gum disease). Both can be painful and both can cause teeth to fall out. Who wants that? No one.

It's not just about hygiene, routinely brushing your teeth can help protect your overall health too.

Bad breath, plaque, yellow teeth, tooth decay and other health problems are easily avoidable when you adopt an effective oral care routine.

When you hit the sack without brushing, plaque starts to harden and calcify on your teeth. Once plaque has calcified, it’s impossible to remove with a toothbrush and floss and can only be removed by the hygienist during a teeth cleaning.

Researchers discovered people who don’t brush their teeth regularly were up to 65 percent more likely to have dementia. Bacteria associated with poor dental hygiene may cause this problem by spreading to the brain through the cranial nerve that connects to the jaw through the bloodstream.

The ADA recommends brushing teeth twice daily and flossing once daily. Toothbrushes should be changed when frayed, about every four months.
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When you think of special effects you think aliens and superheroes, but they all need to have teeth.

Disney has an amazing new method to create video game teeth.

Creating perfect digital teeth requires something akin to a medieval torture device, apparently. They strapped a volunteer to an upright gurney and outfitted him with some horror movie-worthy gear before blasting him with lights.

Check the link to watch a 2 min video on how they capture the teeth! Its amazing the technology can do that and how the littlest details in the characters matter to Disney.

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What’s the Difference Between a Dental Assistant & a Dental Hygienist?

The chief difference is that:
Dental assistants work directly for the dentist—sitting chairside and helping with procedures.

Dental hygienists work directly with patients—providing professional teeth cleanings to help remove plaque and stains.

Dental assistants are typically responsible for the following tasks:
-Working closely with patients before, during and after procedures
-Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
-Taking and developing x-rays
-Preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
-Taking impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
-Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies
-Performing office management

In addition to some of the same duties as dental assistants, a dental hygienist often performs the following types of tasks:
-Polishing patients' teeth
-Removing hard and soft deposits from teeth
-Using several tools to remove tartar, plaque, and stains
-Developing x-ray film
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As we draw closer to the end of the year, we know your schedule is filling up. That’s why we’re here to remind you it’s also time to schedule an appointment with us. We want to remind you to utilize any unused insurance benefits before they expire at the end of the year.

If you are trying to find a local dentist nearby and you live in the La Puente, West Covina or Baldwin Park area know that Dr. Kumar and his staff at La Puente Family Dental Center have served this community for more than 25 years. We continue to grow our practice through our strong focus on patient care and patient referrals. We are committed to meeting the dental needs of all family members, including children, young people, adults, and seniors.

You can relax knowing you and your loved ones are in the hands of a competent, experienced, professional dentist & his staff who are dedicated to providing you with the best in oral health care. Our patients are our top concern, and that is why we use the latest techniques in dental treatment from our instruments and equipment to our training and procedures, as well as the best materials available for your teeth.

"They are the first dental office that I feel truly cares about your experience. As the other posts can confirm, nothing but total professional, courteous and caring experiences every time I have come in.” - Jeff B. from West Covina.

Call us at (626)-968-3793
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Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. Check out the link of "Three hundred years of false teeth – in pictures.” Be grateful for modern dentistry.

Until very recently, “false” teeth were often not false at all, but rather real teeth taken from another human or animal. The earliest record of dentures is from around 7th century BC, when Etruscans fashioned dentures from animal and human teeth. An important contributor to denture development was dietary changes. Sugar was the main culprit in increased tooth decay during the 18th Century. During 18th century, dentists experimented with dentures made out of human and animal teeth and carved ivory. Dentures were made by professional goldsmiths, ivory turners or students of barber-surgeons.

Here is some interesting facts about dentures:
Fact #1: Dentures Are Not a New Concept.

Fact #2: Without your teeth, your jaw bone will shrink overtime. This is why it is still important to continue check-ups with your dentist and to have your dentures changed about every 5 years.

Fact #3:Dentures don’t last forever or eliminate the need for a dentist.

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Are you afraid of going to the dentist?

Going to the dentist may not be what you’d call “fun.” Nonetheless, most of us grin and bear our annual dental visits because they are generally a positive experience. And the knowledge that regular dental visits are an important part of maintaining health is worth dealing with a small amount of discomfort.

Some of the most common reasons people are afraid to make an appointment, get a check-up, or have work done on their teeth:
-Fear of Pain
-Lack of Control
-Previous Bad Experiences

There are other fears and concerns that keep people from seeking dental care.
-Fear of the unknown
-Fear of the dental equipment
-Fear of the dentist
-Fear of loud noises

How to get over your dental anxiety?
-Identify your fear. ...
-Choose a great dentist who listens and cares. ...
-Take someone with you. ...
-Ask for a perception of pain. ...
-Don't be afraid to ask for sedation if you think it may help.
-Learn about mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques.

You can relax knowing you and your loved ones are in the hands of a competent, experienced, professional dentist & his staff who are dedicated to providing you with the best in oral health care. Our patients are our top concern, and that is why we use the latest techniques in dental treatment from our instruments and equipment to our training and procedures, as well as the best materials available for your teeth.

Whether you need help with an emergency dental problem, a routine check-up and cleaning, or even a second opinion, come in for a free consultation. We strive to build long-term relationships with our patients. As a result, you receive the best of service every time you come in.
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Cavities generally develop in the “hard-to-see” places in your mouth. These are normally the places where you need to floss. When bacteria combine with food particles, they form plaque that adheres to your teeth.

As long as plaque remains on the tooth, acid produced by bacteria will eat away the tooth structure. Once through the enamel, the acid attacks the dentin, which is that part of the tooth containing sensitive nerve fibers.

If the tooth decay reaches the dentin, a filling is needed to halt the degenerative process. Otherwise, it continues at an accelerated rate becoming larger and larger.

If not detected and repaired with a filling, the decay can reach the tooth nerve and cause the need for a root canal and/or tooth extraction. With the decay removed and a filling in place the tooth is restored to its original contour.

Risk factors for cavities include:
-dry mouth or having a medical condition that reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth
-eating foods that cling to teeth, like candy and sticky foods
-frequent snacking on sugary foods or drinks, like soda, cereals, and ice cream
-heartburn (due to acid)
-inadequate cleaning of teeth
-bedtime infant feeding

Regular dental checkups are the best way to catch a cavity before it gets worse. Early diagnosis means easier treatment.
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We know when should be thankful for what we have every day, but it’s good to have a reminder. This Thanksgiving, we want you to know that we are thinking of you, and that our thoughts are full of warmth and gratitude!

Happy Thanksgiving.
Save room for pie.
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Thanksgiving is tomorrow and this year is coming to an end.

As we draw closer to the end of the year, we know your schedule is filling up. That’s why we’re here to remind you it’s also time to schedule an appointment with us.
We want to remind you to utilize any unused insurance benefits before they expire at the end of the year.

You may be throwing away hundreds of dollars every year on your unused dental benefits and not even realize it. Most dental insurance plans operate on a calendar year basis, resetting your annual benefits at the beginning of the year.

By delaying treatment, you may be opening the door for more extensive treatment to be needed in the future. Take advantage of your dental insurance benefits, make sure to get your annual dental exams and cleanings. Regular dental care can save you a lot out of pocket expense that your dental insurance may not cover. Since you have dental insurance, you can benefit from two semi-annual visits each year.

Call (626) 968-3793
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What do dentures feel like?

Wearing dentures or a denture will certainly be a new experience. You may feel as if you have foreign objects in your mouth; you also may experience a gagging sensation, awkwardness in making your usual speech sounds, fullness in the lips, sore areas and challenges in eating and chewing. You must expect a period of time to learn to eat, speak and function with dentures. Also you may need some adhesive to achieve a desired feeling of security. Remember you were not "made" to wear dentures.

Common issues for new denture wearers

Some common issues may occur when you first start wearing your dentures. These are common and will most likely go away:
-Increased saliva
-Soreness of the mouth muscles or along the gums
-The sensation that your dentures are loose or too big – your tongue and mouth muscles will soon adjust and help keep your dentures in place

Dentures are the best option for many senior adults. The right fit a feel can make a big difference in overall quality of life. Dr. Paresh B. Kumar has been assisting patients with the denture needs for over 25 years.

There different types of dentures such as
-Conventional: This is where the remaining teeth are removed and full removable denture is made and placed into your mouth when the tissue has complete healed. (Which can take several months)
-Immediate: This is a type that is immediately placed into your mouth as soon as the remaining teeth have been removed. You do not have to go without teeth but most likely the denture will need to be relined or remade once the jaw has completely healed.
-Overdenture: This is where a partial denture is fitted over the remaining teeth, dental implants are sometimes done in these cases as an alternative to dentures.
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