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Hot Weather and Oral Health

It is expected to be over 105 degrees the next couple of days in the Simi Valley area as well as all over the greater Los Angeles. Will this scorching hot weather have any effect on your teeth and your oral health?

The hot weather itself has little effect on your teeth. However, how you respond to the hot weather could affect your oral health. Drinking plenty of water is important so that you stay hydrated, since being dehydrated could lower saliva production and make your mouth dry. Saliva plays a vital role in preventing oral infections. As a natural defense mechanism, saliva helps prevent plaque and bacteria build up, which in turn prevents bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Saliva also helps repair and remineralize weak tooth enamel.

Water is the best source for hydration. Soda, lemonade, punch, beer, and other drinks may seem very refreshing, but they contain high amounts of sugar and acids that can weaken the enamel on your teeth. If you must consume sugary drinks or snacks, then rinse your mouth with water in-between drinks and snacks to wash away the harmful chemicals from your teeth and reduce the negative effects on your oral health. Diet sodas are no better; they also contain acids that can weaken your teeth.

If you need further relief from the heat, then visit our cool air-conditioned office for a teeth cleaning. Call us at (805) 529-4821 for an appointment. Or send us a message and we will call you to schedule the appointment.

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Importance of Teeth Whitening

You’ve been brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste, but your teeth still have a dull yellow look to them. Maybe you’ve tried the whitening strips, and they seem to work a little. You’ve try all sorts of home remedies but your teeth seem to never look any different. Before we get to the HOW, let’s talk about WHY you need whiter teeth.

In a 2017 survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 71% of women and 58% of men agreed that teeth are the first thing they notice in a potential partner! Other research shows that people with whiter and straighter teeth are perceived to be happier, more successful, healthier, and smarter. While these may seem like vain reasons, it actually goes much deeper than that. People have more self-confidence with whiter teeth. They have better working relationships with coworkers because they are taken more seriously, and their words carry more weight because others perceive them to be more trustworthy. You will not only smile more, you will also feel happier.

Then how can you achieve whiter teeth? The best way is to get them professionally whitened by your dentist. Dr. Jang can provide you with in-office chair-side teeth whitening that will yield several shades lighter color than the home remedies. You may not be able to get your teeth super white (and getting them insanely white might not be a good idea), but with the in-office professional whitening, your teeth will look much more improved.

Call us at (805) 529-4821 for an appointment. Or send us a message and we will call you to schedule the appointment.

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Benefits of a Custom Sports Mouth Guard

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or have an unseasoned little sporty in your house, you will want to consider a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Physical contact is a part of most sports. Even if you don’t come into contact with someone else, there’s the potential that a piece of sports equipment will come into contact with you.

A sports mouth guard will offer you protection while you participate in your favorite sport and protect you from potential dental injuries. There are two types of mouth guards available to you. You may choose an over-the-counter sports mouth guard. These are made to fit most mouths and are made with the general population in mind. They are not formed to your specific needs and can therefore feel uncomfortable to wear. Or you can opt for a customized, comfortable sports mouth guard to protect your teeth. These mouth guards are form-fitted to your specific mouth. An impression is taken of your teeth, then the mouth guard is made from your impression to ensure that it fits securely and comfortably.

When you place something uncomfortable in your mouth, it can distract you from your full mental focus on the field or court. An ill-fitting mouth guard can also make you not want to wear it. A mouth guard that is not worn has lost all effectiveness for protection. On the other hand, a customized sports mouth guard will allow you to focus on your game.

Call our office today to schedule a fitting for a customized sports mouth guard for you or your child.

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Ending 2017 Strong

The big apple is about to drop, and 2018 will be here before you know it. As you bid 2017 farewell, we’d like for you to take a moment to take a dental inventory to make sure that you’re ending the year 2017 strong.

  1. If you have health benefits such as dental insurance or a health savings account, make sure you’ve used the entire extent of the benefits that you are entitled to before December 31. Most of these plans expire at the end of the year, and if you don’t use them, you lose them.
  2. End your year by giving your smile a professional whitening treatment, so you can begin 2018 with a fresh, white smile. Over the past year, your teeth dulled due to age, staining, and possible bad habits. Erase the past year’s yellowing and refresh it to a brilliant white again.
  3. Book your routine dental cleaning and checkup to ensure that you are ending your year with a healthy dental slate. Your tartar and plaque will be removed to prevent decay, infection, and gum disease.
  4. If you’re suffering from tooth or jaw pain, don’t take that with you into the New Year. Let our team at Paul Jang Dentistry get to the bottom of your oral pain and give you relief. It could be a symptom of TMJ or TMD, a disorder of the jaw joint and muscles.

Call and book your appointment with Dr. Jang before the year ends. Let’s start 2018 dentally strong.

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November is National Diabetes Month

Does this sound familiar to you? Your son is suddenly thirsty all of the time. He begins wetting the bed at night when he hasn’t done that in years. You take him to the doctor, and they perform a blood test to get to the bottom of these irregularities. They discover that he has diabetes.

If you or your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, this scenario is very familiar to you. Chances are that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes. Millions of Americans are impacted by diabetes and the month of November has been set aside to highlight the need for a cure for this disease.

November is National Diabetes Month

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, it can be challenging to manage each day. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the theme for this year’s campaign is that you are the most important member of your diabetes care team, and that you don’t have to manage your diabetes alone. Seek support from health professionals, your family, friends, and community to help you manage your diabetes.

Paul Jang Dentistry would like to be a part of your care team. For patients with diabetes, we offer optimal care for your dental health. If you suffer from diabetes, you need to take extra care of your dental health. Diabetes patients have a higher chance of developing gum disease which can can lead to tooth loss and infections. The infection has the potential to raise your blood sugar and make your diabetes more difficult to manage. By maintaining your regular dental care at home and your regular dental office visits, you can lower your risk of gum disease dramatically.

Call and schedule your regular check up and cleaning with Dr. Jang today.

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The Smells and Flavors of Fall That Entice You and Promote Dental Health

Think about fall. What smells are your sensory memories bringing to mind? Perhaps a freshly baked pumpkin pie flashes before your memory movie that’s playing inside your head. Does warm cinnamon applesauce make your mouth water and your nose strain for more of the smell of that goodness?

There are two common fall scents that come from foods that actually are beneficial to your dental health.

Pumpkins. Pumpkins are packed with several nutrients that will benefit your dental health. Avoid artificial pumpkin flavored treats because they are often filled with sugar. But when offered something made from real pumpkins, feel free to say, “Yes please!” They are high in zinc, which can boost your gum health, and magnesium, which is great for your teeth enamel as it partners with calcium to prevent tooth decay. Damaged gums will get their healing boost due to the high Vitamin A content.

Cinnamon. Sprinkle, dash, and flavor all fall treats with cinnamon. You could even put a teaspoon into your seasonal tea to stay warm on the cooler fall nights. Cinnamon can destroy bacteria that are in your mouth and also aid in the prevention of inflammation. It is also known to be one of the highest concentrated sources of antioxidants.

As you’re enjoying the scents and flavors of fall, don’t forget to call and book your dental cleaning and consultation appointment with us at Paul Jang Dentistry. We also offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options that will enhance your smile. We look forward to seeing you at our office this fall.

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All About TMJ

At Paul Jang Dentistry, we offer TMJ treatment to our patients who suffer from this disorder. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are not uncommon. This joint is actually a small hinge and gliding joint that is situated in the front of your ears. It enables your lower jaw (mandible) to move and function properly. It happens to be your most used joint in your body, and just like all of your other joints in your body, it is susceptible to disease and injury.

Discovering and diagnosing your TMJ disorder is the initial step for Dr. Jang to determine the cause. After a cause is determined, treatment can be guided by it. There are many common causes for TMJ disorder:

  1. Injury
  2. Stress
  3. Misalignment
  4. Dislocation
  5. Arthritis
  6. Disease

If you are curious if you could be suffering from TMJ disorder, you can begin by asking yourself if you have any of the common signs or symptoms of a TMJ dysfunction:

  1. Swelling around TMJ
  2. Pain around TMJ
  3. Jaw locking
  4. Jaw noise (clicking or popping)
  5. Pain behind your eyes
  6. Difficulty opening your mouth (especially in the morning)
  7. Earaches or tinnitus
  8. Side to side movement cannot be performed correctly
  9. Jaw dislocation
  10. Changes in your bite

If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, call Paul Jang Dentistry today. Dr. Jang offers TMJ treatment that may help you recover from the pain and discomfort that you are experiencing related to your disorder.

 

 

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Let’s Talk About “Clean” Shall We?

Is the word “clean” a relative word in your house? We’d venture to say that it is in most homes. You may be living with a neat freak who likes straight lines in the pantry and closets. And then you may have a little loved one who announces, “My room is ‘all clean’ mom!” Upon further inspection (under the bed), all toys and belongings have been masterfully shoved so they are out of sight and out of mind, and will (hopefully) get the ‘all clear’ from momma to go and play now!

When it comes to dental health, there can be some confusion surrounding what a clean mouth looks like. Some may open their mouths, smile real big, and be fully satisfied that all is well because all looks well. Others may feel that because they fulfill their daily routine of brushing twice per day and flossing everyday, they are all clean as well.

While these signs can be good steps toward cleanliness, it’s important to have a professional dental cleaning about twice a year. Our dental professionals at Paul Jang Dentistry are trained to search for harmful bacteria that may be lurking in your mouth and harboring plaque. This plaque buildup can accumulate in the tiny grooves and crevices in the pits of your teeth. In time, your teeth begin to decay in those hidden areas which can lead to harmful results.

Book your dental cleaning and consultation with Dr. Jang today. At Paul Jang Dentistry, we care about the total health and cleanliness of your mouth.

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Winning with Dental Implants

Dental implants have been offering patients with one of the best methods for replacing a missing tooth for a long time now. They have a success rate over 95% and have over 50 years of clinical research to back them up. They are a winning choice for many of our patients at Paul Jang Dentistry as well. We’ve noticed that not only do our patients have the missing tooth replaced and restored, but dental implants also offer our patients additional benefits that need to be celebrated.

A Winning Smile

Did you know that you have seven seconds to make your first impression? The power of a brilliant smile goes a long way in how people view you. Your full and brilliant smile will win the approval of everyone.

A Winning Attitude

When you suffer from a smile that has a missing tooth in it, it can tend to affect other aspects of your life. You may shy away from circumstances or situations that may require you to be in front of people. You may even be hesitant to date or approach someone you admire for fear of what they may think of you. With dental implants, your self-confidence will be boosted and your attitude for tackling every circumstance with assurance will be restored.

A Winning Security

Dental implants offer a secure smile and feeling for you. They are surgically fused with your jawbone to give you secure and stable results. Their function enables dental implants to feel as well as your original permanent teeth that they are replacing.

To get you on the road to a winning smile, call Dr. Paul Jang to book your appointment today.

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Dental Health and Your Diet

Your body works hard to convert the foods you eat into energy. You may not think twice about what you are eating especially when it comes to grabbing an afternoon snack or sipping on a vanilla latte on your commute. But the food you put in your mouth affects more than just your waistline. The truth is, your diet has a direct effect on your overall dental health. Developing good eating habits can lead to excellent oral health free of decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends avoiding certain foods that can expedite decay such as foods high in sugar.
 

Did you know … that eating a slice of pie in the afternoon could be more dangerous to your oral health than eating the same piece of pie as a dessert after dinner? According to the ADA, snacking between meals – especially on sugar-filled foods – can more rapidly lead to decay than eating the same foods with meals. If you must eat the mid-afternoon pie, reach for the toothbrush afterward. Better yet, swap the pie for a nutritious, sugar-free snack like string cheese or some baby carrots.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Should I change my eating habits to better my oral health?

Probably! But never start a new diet without first consulting with your physician. If you are on a special diet, be sure to speak with your dentist about the types of foods you should be eating that comply with your diet and can also optimize your oral health.

What types of changes will my dentist recommend?

In addition to avoiding sugary foods, the ADA recommends drinking plenty of water each day and avoiding snacks between meals whenever possible. It is also important to consume nutritious foods from each of the major food groups including whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and fruits. Not only will you improve the health of your teeth and gums, but you may drop a pant size too!

Are there any other habits I should be adopting to improve my oral health?

Yes. You should be flossing daily and brushing twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should also be visiting your dentist at least twice a year for oral exams and professional dental cleanings.