What to Do with a Cracked Tooth?

Several news outlets have reported that dentists are seeing a surge in cracked teeth among their patients. Articles from The New York Times, USA Today, The Independent, and WebMD reveal that COVID-19 is somewhat to blame for the surge in cracked teeth. The COVID-19 virus does not make the teeth weaker, but the problem appears to stem from these two causes.

  1. Due to the pandemic, many people have put off visiting their dentists. This delayed dental care has caused some people’s teeth to get in a much worse condition.
  2. The anxiety and stress from the pandemic has resulted in an increase in jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

Now, if you experience a cracked or chipped tooth, do you know what to do? Here are some tips.

  • If there are any broken or knocked out pieces, gather them gently by picking up from the crown side. If possible, do not handle from the root side. Rinse with lukewarm water to remove all foreign debris. If possible, try to re-implant the tooth making sure that it is inserted with the correct side facing out, then head straight to the dentist. If the pain is too much to re-implant, then place the tooth in milk and head straight to your dentist. If milk is not available, you can transport the tooth inside your mouth next to your cheek with plenty of saliva (make sure you do not swallow your tooth!). The purpose of milk or saliva is to protect the root of your tooth. Your dentist may be able to save your tooth and restore your mouth. Make sure you go to the dentist as soon as possible as this is a dental emergency.
  • If the tooth feels cracked but no pieces are knocked out, then call your dentist right away to make an appointment. Depending on the type of crack, you may experience anywhere from no pain to extreme pain. If the dentin or the pulp is exposed, or if you are experiencing extreme pain, then you should see your dentist immediately.

At Paul Jang Dentistry, we have evening and Sunday hours to help you when you need us most. Call us at (805) 529-4821 for an appointment or schedule your appointment online.


California COVID-19 Update for Dentists

On July 13, California governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of many businesses in California. This restriction does not affect dental offices as they are part of the essential healthcare services.

At Paul Jang Dentistry, we follow the guidelines set by the California Dental Association (CDA) for safely returning to practice during this COVID-19 pandemic. CDA’s guidelines adhere to the guidelines set by both the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

The doctor, the dental staff, and the patients are all screened daily for COVID-19. Following CDPH protocols, we have at least 2 weeks’ supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). We also have state-of-the-art air purifiers with HEPA filters, and we disinfect everything religiously.

We want you to feel safe and comfortable when visiting our office. We will do our very best to make that happen.

Dental Care to Prevent Alzheimer’s?

What if Dental Care Could Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Dental care is important for more than just your teeth. Research has consistently shown that those who take care of their teeth and gums live longer, healthier lives. It also makes logical sense. Your mouth is the gatekeeper to the rest of your body, and if your teeth and gums struggle with disease, that same disease travels throughout your stomach, organs, and limbs.

Poor oral health has already been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. But new research has gone a step further: poor oral health may be a potential cause of Alzheimer’s, and visiting the dentist could potentially be a simple activity that prevents this life-altering disease.

How Could Oral Hygiene Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

For the first time, researchers may have discovered a bacteria that is linked to Alzheimer’s Disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis. The name may sound intimidating, but dentists know this bacteria very well. That’s because P. gingivalis is the most common cause of gum disease.

And it’s not a coincidence either. Similar research found that P. gingivalis is capable of invading the brain of those who have gum disease. Mice with gum disease were found to have increased levels of P. gingivalis in their brain.

“The idea that oral health is important for long term health isn’t new,” said Dr. Christina Skelton, a dentist in Folsom at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry. “But never before has there been the potential for such a direct link. If research continues to find that gum disease may cause Alzheimer’s Disease, it changes not only what we know about Alzheimer’s, but the field of dentistry as well.”

What This Means for Your Dental Care

Your oral health is always important. Here at Paul Jang Dentistry, we encourage you to come in for at least your 6 month appointments to prevent common dental issues, such as:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Pain

As a Moorpark Dentist, Dr. Jang’s role is to help you keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible by providing you with regular checkups. As patients, your role is to keep your scheduled appointments as well as to maintain proper home dental care.

“Even if it ends up that Alzheimer’s is not caused by gum disease, frequent checkups are important,” said Dr. Skelton. “But given what we know about how dentistry affects other forms of physical health, including Alzheimer’s, regular dental visits should be considered as important as yearly physicals.”

If it has been a while since your last dental appointment, call us at (805) 529-4821 for an appointment or schedule your appointment online, and make sure that you are getting the help you need to reduce your risk for gum disease.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.