Since childhood, you’ve probably been told that calcium supports healthy bone growth, helping you to grow up big and strong. But did you know that calcium is great for your teeth? At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we feel it’s important for our patients to understand the advantages of adding calcium into their diets.
The Teeth-Strengthening Power of Calcium
Because teeth contain calcium, a regular supply of this helpful mineral is critical for your teeth to remain healthy. Consuming calcium-rich foods ultimately increases the density of your teeth and strengthens tooth enamel. In fact, your entire body needs calcium to function properly, and about 90% of your body’s calcium is stored within your teeth and bones. Thus, when your calcium intake is low, your body will begin removing the mineral from your teeth and bones for use in other parts of the body. Without enough calcium in your teeth, your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay increases.
Your Jaw Needs Calcium, Too
Like other bones in the body, your jawbone weakens when it doesn’t receive a healthy amount of calcium. A weak jaw can leave you more prone to jaw injuries and loosened teeth. Jawbone deterioration can also make your facial appearance change, creating a shorter distance from cheek to chin. As we age, our jaws naturally shrink some, but we can actively deter this phenomenon by maintaining a healthy level of calcium. (more…)
At Dental Associates of Corona, our team is comprised of seven dentists and specialists, meaning we can take care of more than just your general dentistry needs. The dental specialties that we offer include orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry. We would like to educate those of you who are unfamiliar with these terms so that you have a clearer idea of the dental care that you can receive at Dental Associates of Corona.
Do you have a friend who wears braces? He or she most likely visited an orthodontist to have them placed. These specialists are trained to correct problems with teeth and bite alignment with the placement of devices such as metal braces and retainers. For those individuals who need orthodontic treatment but do not want to wear traditional metal braces, Dental Associates of Corona also offers Invisalign clear braces, which consist of virtually-unnoticeable aligners worn over the teeth.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Whether you need the removal of wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, or the correction of misaligned jaws, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have you covered. Post-dental school, these specialists receive four to seven years of medical and surgical training. (more…)
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years. Not so long ago, patients wanting a smile transformation had to settle for porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns placed on their teeth, which often looked unnatural and showed a gray edge at the gum line. Thanks to modern dental procedures, you can obtain the smile of your dreams, often in just one or two office visits. The best part is that your smile will look as if it were designed by nature, not your Corona cosmetic dentist!
To determine if you are a candidate for cosmetic enhancement, it helps to first identify what bothers you about your smile. Take the following quiz to determine what imperfections, if any, stand out when you smile in the mirror.
1. How would you describe the size and shape of your teeth?
Symmetrical and attractive
Too small or too large
Pointy or jagged
2. What color are your teeth?
3. How are your front teeth positioned?
Tooth enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth, takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis, between all the chewing, biting, and grinding that occurs. Other than the fact that it protects your teeth, how much do you really know about enamel? In this post, your Riverside dentists share some interesting facts about this incredible material.
- Tooth enamel is the second hardest naturally-occurring substance on earth. The first is diamonds.
- Enamel is not sensitive, but not having enough enamel contributes to tooth sensitivity because the sensitive layer underneath, called dentin, is exposed.
- Chewing on non-food items, such as ice cubes or pencils, can scratch or chip tooth enamel.
- Acid reflux and bulimia cause enamel erosion because of the excessive contact between the teeth and stomach acid.
- Even though Vitamin C is vital for a healthy body, too much of it can destroy tooth enamel. Vitamin C supplements that you can swallow are better for your oral health than chewable pills.
- Be careful when brushing your teeth. Excessively strong brush strokes wear down enamel.
Protect Your Teeth with Minerals
Fluoride is one of the best minerals for tooth enamel protection. Every day, when you eat sugars or starches, acid forms in your saliva. The acid extracts minerals from your tooth enamel, leaving the enamel soft and vulnerable to bacteria. Fluoride has the awesome ability to attract other minerals to re-mineralize and re-strengthen tooth enamel. So, while you cannot prevent the acids in your mouth from demineralizing teeth, you can prompt re-mineralization. (more…)
An imperfect smile may make you want to hide your smile in public. However, a less than stellar smile can also lead to serious self-esteem issues, which can in turn create more problems, such as strained personal relationships and lagging career success. If a flawed smile hampers your lifestyle, let’s discuss a cosmetic dental treatment plan to improve your confidence and give you a brighter future.
What are the Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?
Porcelain veneers are handcrafted shells applied to the front of teeth to correct permanent stains, chips, or spaces. Veneers are durable, stain resistant, and can last up to 20 years with proper care. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire surface of tooth (above the gum line) and is usually a restorative procedure, rather than purely cosmetic.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Bonding involves the application of composite resin, which is a durable, tooth-colored plastic material. This cosmetic procedure addresses gaps between teeth, chips, and permanent stains. Oftentimes, children who chip a tooth need bonding to correct the issue until the affected tooth is full grown. Then, a veneer can be placed. Adults who want to correct imperfections but do not want to get veneers may opt for cosmetic bonding as well. (more…)
We here at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley are excited that you have chosen us to take care of all your dental needs. Not only will we provide you with quality care and treatment, but we will also educate you on the ways that you can continue that same quality care at home. Test your current dental knowledge with the following quiz and see how well you’ve been doing on your own.
1. Which of these actions will help protect teeth against decay?
a. Avoiding sugary snacks
b. Brushing and flossing
c. Using a fluoridated mouthwash
d. All of the above
The answer is d, all of the above. Eating healthy foods and following a daily oral hygiene routine are very important to the protection of your teeth. Fluoride is a helpful ingredient to have in your oral care products because it strengthens tooth enamel, making the teeth less prone to tooth decay.
2. Which oral problem has been found to put people at risk for diseases such as arthritis?
a. Bad breath
b. Gum disease
c. Dry mouth
d. Yellow teeth
The answer is b, gum disease. Also called periodontal disease, it affects more than just the mouth. In addition to increasing a person’s risk for rheumatoid arthritis, gum disease also increases a pregnant woman’s chance of delivering an underdeveloped baby. (more…)
At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we offer more than general dentistry. Our services also include specialty dental care in the areas of pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. We would like our patients to familiarize themselves with these specialties so that they have a more thorough understanding of the dental care that we can provide.
This area of dentistry is geared towards the oral health of younger patients, including infants, children, and adolescents. Not only do pediatric dentists have a special understanding of children’s oral development, but they also make sure to communicate with their younger patients in a fun and comfortable manner that puts them at ease.
The alignment of the teeth and jaw are the main concerns of an orthodontist. Fitting their patients with devices such as braces and retainers, these dental specialists help their patients achieve straight teeth and properly-aligned bites. Orthodontic treatment can also help prevent tooth loss and gum disease because oral care becomes easier to maintain with teeth that are properly aligned. (more…)
Recently we reviewed some basic tips for maintaining your good oral hygiene. This week, Riverside Dental Group is going to point out that what you don’t do is just as important as what you do to maintain a clean and healthy mouth and strong teeth. We develop habits in all areas of our lives as part of our daily routine. Below is a list of common bad habits that are destructive to your oral health and tips to help avoid, or abandon, these habits if you suffer from them.
- Smoking—The destruction that tobacco brings upon your dental health is no secret. Aside from lung diseases such as emphysema and lung cancer, the harmful chemicals in tobacco can also lead to gum disease and oral cancer. These chemicals can irritate the gums—causing them to recede from the teeth and expose the roots—and interfere with gum tissue cells, making smokers more vulnerable to periodontal (gum) disease.
- Crunching—It seems natural to chew on the ice cubes left over after you finish a refreshing soda or iced tea, but the rigidity and bitter cold temperatures of ice can damage the structure of your teeth. The pressure can fracture your teeth or cause cracks to form in the enamel, which is the protective layer of your teeth, and lead to more serious dental problems down the road. Popcorn kernels, hard candy, pens and pencils, and the pits of fruits such as peaches, plums, and mangos, are also among the things that you should avoid crunching between your teeth. (more…)
How Sugar Causes Cavities
Sugar is one of the most notorious villains of dental health. When sugar invades your mouth it combines with plaque and saliva to form enamel-eroding acid. Some of the usual offenders for sugar are obvious. Candy and sweet treats are some of the worst foods for your oral health, but did you know that sugar also lurks in unexpected places like refined carbohydrates?
How Carbohydrates Can Contribute to Tooth Decay
Have you ever noticed that white bread in sandwiches or dinner rolls often stick to your teeth? In this chemical reaction, the sugar fermentation from the bread actually softens your tooth enamel temporarily, making them susceptible to tooth decay. Replacing sugar with healthier alternatives is one way you can protect your teeth from acid erosion and cavities while enjoying something sweet.
Xylitol Protects Enamel and Fights Plaque
For sugar replacement that might actually be good for your teeth, our Riverside dentists recommend xylitol. Found in the fibers of fruits and vegetables, xylitol is extracted from berries, oats, mushrooms, and corn husks. Xylitol is non-fermentable, so it will not develop sugar after combining with saliva, unlike some carbohydrates. Even more beneficial for cavity prevention. xylitol helps remineralize enamel. As a result, your teeth have better defenses against bacteria and plaque. In fact, xylitol actually fights against plaque by attracting and starving the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Stevia Replaces Sugar in Baked Goods
Since xylitol is non-fermentable, this sweet alternative is not recommended for making bread. For baking, our Riverside dentists recommend stevia. A sugar alternative from the sunflower family, stevia is also called sweet leaf or sugar leaf. This sweetener is often used in low-carbohydrate alternatives and may even help reduce hypertension. (more…)
Welcome to the Dental Associates of Corona blog! We’re so happy that you’re taking an active interest in your dental health and health care. Over the next few months, the pages of this blog will be filled with everything you ever wanted and needed to know about the health of your teeth and gums, the beauty of your smile, and top-notch dental care in Corona.
Some of the topics you can expect to see discussed on this blog include:
- Basics of Brushing and Flossing
- Why Going to the Dentist Every Six Months is so Important
- Can Cosmetic Dentistry Transform Your Smile?
- Healthy Eating for a Healthy Smile
- Who are Your Corona Dentists?
- Much, Much More (more…)