Dental Health With Crooked Teeth

Dental Health With Crooked Teeth

Dental health with crooked teeth, there are many reasons why peoples teeth grown in crooked or misaligned. Some people’s mouths are too small for their teeth, the limited space causes the teeth to shift position and become crooked. There are some cases where the upper and lower jaw aren’t the same size which causes to form an over bite or under bite. When baby teeth or adult teeth come off at an age where they shouldn’t, it causes spaces to close and permanent teeth grow misaligned. Misaligned or crooked teeth can also be heredity.

With crooked teeth it’s very difficult for a patient to clean properly between the teeth. This may increase the chance of the patient to have cavities in between the teeth or build up to grown in that area. Misaligned teeth also create pressure on the jaw, because the way the teeth occlude is not correct. This can also cause teeth to break, if the pressure is constant on a tooth. Crooked or misaligned teeth can also hurt a patients self esteem.

The way you fix crooked or misaligned teeth are with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment begins with a visit to your dental office. Your dentist will need to do a general exam, after the exam your dentist will determine if you have to visit an Orthodontist or can be done in office (if your office offers orthodontic treatment). Your Orthodontist will need records of his own, so x-rays will be taken with impressions and photos of your mouth. With this information the orthodontist can create a treatment plan for you and depending on the severity of the case the longer you will use braces.before-after-02

Depending on the case, your orthodontist can align your teeth with traditional braces or the Invisalign method. The traditional braces are placed in the teeth, and with wire your teeth begin to move in the position that your orthodontist wants your teeth to move to. With Invisalign it works with a set of aligners that are custom made to your teeth, and with time the aligners begin to shift your teeth to move into the desired position. At Smiles on Bristol Dentistry we do offer the Invisalign method to our patients if needed.

After your braces or Invisalign your treatment isn’t complete. You need a set of retainers to maintain the teeth in the aligned position. Once your teeth are aligned the risk of developing dental cavities, periodontal diseases, and broken teeth minimize. If you would like a free orthodontic consultation you can contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry, or your Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari. Contact Us

 

 

Frenectomy

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Frenectomy

 Frenectomy is a procedure where your dentist or oral surgeon removes a band of muscle called frenum that is connected to the lip, check or floor of the mouth. The labial frenum which connects the inside of your lip to your gums, it’s located above your two upper front teeth. The lingual frenum is located underneath your tongue which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When any of these frena over grows it can cause the patient problems.

If the lingual frenum that connects the tongue with the floor of the mouth over grows it can cause the patient to develop speech problems. This is because the over growth of the frenum runs to the end of the tongue causing the patients tongue not to have limited mobility (this is called tongue tied). In infant patient the tongue tie will interfere with feeding. With patient that have tongue tie it is very difficult to extend their tongues out as far as their peers.

The over growth of the labial frenum also causes some dental problems. When the labial frenum over grows it causes the two central teeth to separate causing a gap in between. upper-frenectomyThe problem that the labial frenum creates is more esthetics than function. This can be corrected with orthodontic treatment and a procedure called Frenectomy.

Frenectomy is a small surgical procedure that removes the over growth of the frenum. This procedure requires local anesthesia. After the anesthesia the oral surgeon or the dentist removes the frenum that’s affecting the patient. The removal can be done with a special dental laser or with a scalpel. A very small wound is left after the procedure which usually heals with a few stitches. The healing usually takes about a week, and any discomfort can be managed with pain medication.

It is recommended to getting a frenectomy procedure only if the frenum is causing pain or it’s impeding normal functions. This procedure can be done in Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari. If you want to schedule an exam contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

 

What is tooth enamel?

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What is tooth enamel?

Tooth enamel is one of the hardest tissue in a human body. This is a thin but, very strong coating that allows for our teeth to be protected from plaque bacteria. This coating covers the complete crown of your tooth this is a protection from an everyday use which includes chewing, biting, and grinding. This strong coating is a protection for the underlying dentin in our teeth, which is the major component of all our teeth. It is a great protection for our teeth, making them strong for all the biting and chewing that goes on. This is where the good oral hygiene comes in, as your enamel is translucent and it is easily stainable. Therefore, brushing and flossing daily should be on the top of the list when it comes to having a good oral hygiene.  Having a good oral hygiene is very important as it helps us maintain healthy living by having health teeth.enamel

If our tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in our human body, why is it so sensitive?  This all comes down the second layer of our teeth the underlying dentin. Dentin is made up of tiny tubules that serve to connect the tooth’s surface to the nerves, which is what causes for us to feel at times sensitivity towards the hot and cold, and sometimes even pain. The dentin is what makes up most of our teeth allowing your teeth have its structure and its color. However, dentin is soft this is why the enamel is needed to protect it. The enamel serves with the purpose to protect the crown of the tooth which is the visible part of our teeth. Nonetheless the roots of our teeth are not protected by enamel which makes them vulnerable and if not well taken care of by your oral hygiene, our teeth can be exposed to gum disease and sensitivity. This is why tooth enamel is so important and why we should be taking care off it. Unfortunately, even though tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in our body it can wear away this is called enamel loss or enamel erosion. This is usually due the consumption of acidic foods or drinks that go on a daily basis, and our tooth enamel does not grow back as it is a non-living substance and it cannot regenerate.  What we can do to maintain our tooth enamel healthy is avoid having acidic foods and drinks like soda, wine, even coffee on a daily basis. If avoiding such acidic drinks is not cutting in drinking through a straw can sure lessen contact with teeth. Drinking plenty of water and always brushing and flossing on a daily basis and be sure to have your regular dental visits.

If you have any symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold, if you see any discoloration on your teeth, any cracks or chips, or teeth that have any rounded and/or transparent appearance. Let your dentist know, only your dentist can let you know with a proper exam if you are suffering from enamel loss. Tooth enamel loss or enamel erosion can be preventable if following tips above, and also following up with your regular dental visits. If you have any questions regarding enamel loss, please be sure to contact our dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our dental office Smiles on Bristol. Contact Us

What is a Dental Crossbite?

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What is a Dental Crossbite?

A crossbite is a form of malocclusion in which a tooth or teeth are inclined into a buccal or lingual position, this is a misalignment of the dental arches. In other words, when your upper teeth tend to fall inside your lower teeth this is what can be called an underbite or a malocclusion crossbite. This may be caused by tooth positioning or an abnormal jaw positioning, usually occurring when biting down front upper teeth will fall behind your lower front teeth. A crossbite can be present because of many factors one being inherit it. If one or both parents have a crossbite present it is very likely for offspring to inherit this condition. Not only can these be some of the factors for having a crossbite but also the size of your jaw can be a big exterminator, as the size of your jaw is a major impact when having a crossbite; reason being if an upper jaw is smaller rather than the upper jaw can bring them to collide when biting down.crossbite

A crossbite can begin from a young age as children are very prone to developing this condition. Why is this you may ask? This is because if baby teeth don’t fall out in their correspondent time it can cause damage to their permanent teeth by now allowing them to have enough room to grow. Permanent will begin to grow behind baby teeth which will cause the crossbite when the child bites down. Another reason why children are prone on obtaining a dental crossbite is when child has oversized tonsils or adenoids, this can trigger a development towards a crossbite. This can seem like an unreasonable cause but due to oversized tonsils or adenoids a child might have the necessity to begin breathing through his or her mouth rather than breathing through their nose which in the long run can affect the proper growth of their jaw. This can gradually change the positioning of the child’s upper and lower jaw.

There are several ways in which a crossbite can be treated, one being therapies such as braces or other orthodontic treatment that can help treat the way your jaw is positioned and position it back to where it should be. The correction of a crossbite is not only just for cosmetic but also it is for the health of the overall oral cavity such as your teeth and gums. If crossbite has been left untreated several other conditions can arise such as the TMJ or TMD disorder. Other problems can come from this disorder such as receding gums, loose teeth and also excessive wear away of tooth enamel which can puts patients at a higher risk of obtaining dental cavities. The correct way to treat your crossbite should be discussed with your treating dentist every person can have a different option from orthodontic treatment to other optional treatments.

If you feel or think you have a jaw misalignment like a crossbite, do not hesitate and visit your dental office Smiles on Bristol to have a proper diagnosis and begin dental treatment for such dental problem. If you have any other questions regarding dental crossbite, please feel free and contact our dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles on Bristol.Contact Us

Dental Attrition

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Dental Attrition

Loss of tooth tissue also known as dental attrition can usually start as an incisal or occlusal wear away of the tooth surfaces. This is commonly as normal part of aging due to common grinding throughout the years. If tooth wear becomes excessive it can be defined as pathological in nature, if this is your case intervention by a dental professional is needed. This pathological wear is usually caused by bruxism the clenching and grinding of teeth. If attrition becomes severe and teeth are worn away leaving them with only underlying dentin they can be exposed to dental caries and/or dentin hypersensitivity.

             Some signs and symptoms for attrition are loss of tooth anatomy, sensitivity or pain. The loss of tooth anatomy includes loss of cusps and fractures on teeth. Also if rounding or sharpening of incisal edges occurs this is an apparent sign for attrition. Attrition can cause dentin hypersensitivity this is when pain and/or sensitivity occur. If attrition becomes severe secondary loss of enamel can occur and bring sensitivity as dentin is now exposed. Another sign you might see is tooth discoloration, teeth can have a yellow appearance or can become darker. The enamel is the protection of your tooth when worn away by attrition your teeth are at higher risk to dental caries.

            Several causes for this dental attrition are tooth grinding, such as bruxism. Also, inappropriate alignment of teeth can contribute to have teeth worn away such as malocclusion. Not only are these causes for attrition but also an absence of posterior teeth, or having a rough-textured diet. Having a good diet can help when preventing attrition as many foods which contain acids can help become attrition a greater problem. There are ways in which we can help prevent or manage attrition, several ways are:  an orthodontic examination, a mouth guard/night guard, a particular diet, and an intraoral soft tissue analysis. It is important to know every patient is different for this you should contemplate on making a dental visit.Attrition-1-0-400-0-400

           To also help with dental attrition a correct technique of tooth brushing should be put into practice. Tooth brushing should be established on a daily routine starting from early childhood. To help with the attrition a gentle scrub technique with short horizontal scrubs that allow for plaque to be dislodge from gum margins. Scrubs must be gentle using a soft bristle tooth brush, allowing for you to brush lower teeth upwards and upper teeth downwards. Tooth brushing skills should be taught to people all ages to help prevent from any damages down the line. Using precise techniques such as brushing at a 45- degree angle to the gums, brush on both outer and inner surfaces of lower and upper teeth.  By using brushing techniques you will help prevent from any further dental attrition. A dental night guard can also be a great help when it comes to helping control dental attrition.  If you have any questions regarding dental attrition please feel free to contact your Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles on Bristol.Contact Us

Plaque Control

 

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Plaque Control

What is plaque? Plaque is a soft and sticky layer that builds up were the teeth and the gums connect. This plaque contains millions of bacteria which can lead to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay if not taken care off.  Plaque can be kept under control by brushing and flossing on daily basis. There are several techniques which a patient can take to make sure the plaque is under control. There are a variety of ways in which we can take hands on to help when it comes to having a good oral hygiene. Not only are tooth brushing and flossing the only way to help plaque removal but, the following are also ways in which we can contribute to help minimize the plaque in our teeth.

                Going a step further disclosing tablets are also very practical when it comes to controlling the plaque building up along the gum line or on the tooth surface. These disclosing tablets allow the plaque to become more visible to the naked eye. The plaque will usually turn a different color such as pink, blue, orange, any other bright color to indicate were plaque have been building up and to be removed by brushing. These tablets are very practical allowing you to be able to brush all the plaque that you can visually see with the naked eye. Brushing should also be accompanied by flossing on a regular. Flossing will help remove any food particles and dental plaque from the areas between the teeth which the toothbrush is unable to reach. Another way to help is by regularly using mouthwash to help kill bacteria that is being stored away. Going that extra mile for your teeth will most definitely pay off when having healthy teeth.pc

Fighting against plaque can be hard but can be done if techniques above are being used. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis this plaque can harden and become tartar. If tartar continues to build up, gum tissue can become red and swollen and can possibly begin to bleed when brushing and flossing. This is called gingivitis and early stage of a periodontal problem, Gingivitis can be reversible with professional and a good oral hygiene but, if gingivitis is left untreated this can lead to an advanced periodontitis which can severely lead into a form of gum disease. Protecting your teeth and gums should be a priority as your health begins from your mouth to the rest of your body. The fight against dental plaque is yours help your teeth be in nice and healthy shape for them to last you a life time.

Since plaque is something that is constantly building up in our mouths we should be taking care of it on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing should be a daily process which can be accompanied by mouth washing and if possible giving it a step more and using disclosing tablets to fight the plaque off. Not only will this be an effective way of fighting it off but, also your regular dental cleanings at your dental office Smiles On Bristol.  If you or any family member have any questions regarding dental plaque, please be sure to contact our friendly dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles On Bristol.Contact Us

Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth

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Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth
 
Brushing and flossing daily is very important to maintain beautiful teeth and smile. We’re going to talk about some habits that affect your teeth. Some are very common and people sometimes think nothing of it. The negative of these habits can affect or damage your teeth.
 
Choosing the wrong toothbrush and brushing too forcefully can damage your teeth. Choosing the correct toothbrush is very important, the recommended toothbrush is a soft bristled toothbrush. Avoid medium or hard bristle toothbrushes, if these toothbrushes are use with force they can cause your gums to recede and cause teeth abrasion. Brushing and flossing twice a day should be sufficient, if brushing more than twice a day it can also cause gum recession or teeth abrasion.
 
Nail biting or chewing ice can also damage your teeth. Nail biting can cause chips or fractures on the teeth. This is cause by the pressure or force you place on your teeth when you bite down on the nail. Chewing can have similar effects on your teeth but can also cause sensitivity. If you have the urge to chew you can try a sugarless gum.
 
Sugary foods or drinks have a very negative effect on your teeth. Sugar increases the risk of tooth decay. It is important to brush or rinse after having any food with high sugars. Sugars not only affect your teeth but also your general health. Try to limit the amount of sugar that you eat.
 
For children sleeping with baby bottle or sippy cup with milk, juice, or baby formula can affect their baby teeth in a major way. The amount of sugar that is in those drinks can cause cavities on all the baby teeth.  Try not to let your children get use to sleeping with a bottle, if your child still drinks with sippy cup or milk try replacing with water.
 
Grinding your teeth can cause your teeth to wear. This can cause the enamel to wear down and exposing dentin-causing sensitivity on your teeth or discomfort. Grinding your teeth can also cause your teeth to chip or break from the pressure of the teeth contacting each other. The best option for bruxism or teeth grinding is a custom-made night guard that protects your teeth from wearing or chipping.
 
 
All of these are habits that we sometimes are unaware of. If you have any questions regarding this topic you can contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari, or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

Anorexia

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Anorexia
 
Anorexia is an eating disorder and there is an estimate that some type of eating disordered affects around 10 million Americans. Anorexia is more common on teens and young adults. Individuals suffering from anorexia have extreme weight loss, and the weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny, but are convinced that they are overweight. Weight loss is obtained by many ways. Some of the common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating. Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their dieting habits develop from this fear. People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. Sometimes the individuals will prepare big meals for others while refusing to eat any of it. The disorder is thought to be most common among people of higher socioeconomic classes and people involved in activities where thinness is especially looked upon, such as dancing, theater, and distance running.
 
Anorexia affects your oral health in many ways. With anorexia the frequent vomiting can cause salivary glands to enlarge and the person may develop dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to caries and periodontal disease. Tooth erosion is very common in bulimic patients due to the powerful effects of the stomach acid. With time the erosion can cause the enamel to change length, color, or shape. The lips may become cracked, red, or cracked and patient might also experience bad breath.
 
Treatment often can be extremely challenging because someone with anorexia will not cooperate or resists participation in any treatment program. Initially, treatment must focus on stabilizing any life-threatening complications of starvation. In severe cases, the medical team will assist in regaining weight, possibly using nutrition replacement through an IV. The team must educate the person about the disease and its medical complications, as well as teach proper nutritional requirements. For treatment of the oral health patients who purge by vomiting should not brush after vomiting but instead rinse with water to neutralize the effect of the stomach acid. Regular check ups are important, the dentist will usually be the first line of defense.
 
 
Recognizing that a problem may exist is crucial. Rarely are people aware of this problem themselves because this disease is defined by a distorted view of their own body image or weight. A family member or friend must recognize the possibility of a medical or psychiatric problem. A person with anorexia nervosa often resists questioning and is extremely secretive, usually denying any problem and making excuses for weight loss or eating habits. If pressed on the subject, the person may become angry or withdrawn, further complicating attempts by others to help. If you think a friend or family member has a problem, get that person to a physician, even if she or he strongly resists cooperating. You can also contact our dentist in Santa Ana Dr. Danial Kalantari, or our friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

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Asthma

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Asthma
 
 
 

Asthma is a condition that affects a person’s airways, which are also called breathing tubes or bronchial tubes. For most people, breathing is simple. They breathe in through their noses or mouths and the air goes into the windpipe. From there, it travels through the airways and into the lungs. But for people with asthma, breathing can be a lot more difficult because their airways are very sensitive. An asthma flare up, which some people call an asthma attack or episode, happens when a person’s airways get swollen and narrower and it becomes a lot harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. In between flare-ups, a person breathing can be totally normal or seem that way. But during a flare-up, it can feel like the person is breathing through a straw. A person with asthma may wheeze (a whistling sound when he or she breathes), cough, and feel tightness in the chest. An asthma flare-up can get worse and worse if the person doesn’t use asthma medicine. After an asthma flare-up, the airways almost always return to the way they were before, although it can take several days.Blue asthma inhaler isolated on white background

 

 
So how does asthma affect your oral health? People who have asthma are more than likely to suffer from dry mouth. Having a good amount of saliva in the mouth is important, it helps prevent cavities. Using an inhaler may irritate the back of the mouth and it can cause mouth ulcers or thrush. The medication for asthma can also lead to bad breath, gum disease, or other oral health problems.
 
Here are a few tips on how to protect your teeth and gums from any oral health problems related to asthma. Drink plenty of water to avoid having dry mouth and to stop any bacteria from forming after using your inhaler. Limit yourself from sugary foods to lower your chance of developing dental cavities. Avoid smoking to help prevent any periodontal disease. The most important tip is to brush and floss regularly, you can use toothpaste that helps with dry mouth. If you are scheduled for a dental appointment make sure to bring your dental inhaler to your appointment with you.
 
 
 Not every person’s asthma is the same, some asthma flare-ups can be cause by allergies and other can be cause by anxiety. People who have asthma should try to avoid things that can cause their airways to tighten. For many people visiting the dental office can cause anxiety. Scheduling early appointments or weekend appointments to prevent any asthma flare-ups might help. Avoid caffeine if you are visiting your dental office, caffeine can intensify anxiety. Many people know when they are beginning to have a flare up, if this is the case try to alert the dentist as soon as possible. Dental offices should be equipped with an asthma inhaler. If you have any questions regarding asthma and your oral health please contact your dentist in Santa Ana Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

X-rays

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X-rays
 
  A physicist named Willhelm Conrad Roentgen has dated the first X-ray on November 8, 1895. Willhelm accidently discovered that an image from his cathode (now known as electro rays) ray generator could penetrate many kinds of matter. A week after his discovery what his machine was capable of, he took a picture of his wife, which revealed her wedding ring and her bones. This had many people interested in the new form of radiation. Willhelm named the new form of radiation X- radiation (X standing for unknown).
      
        X- rays now play a big role in the medical and dental field. In the medical field a simple X-ray picture can help the doctor determine if a bone is broken or if a cell is growing. In the dental field X-rays help the doctor determine if there is decay growing under a filling, alert doctor if there is possible bone loss associated with periodontal disease, or reveal problems in the canal, such as infections or death to the nerve. For children X-rays are good to watch for decay, tooth growth, or whether the tooth is growing correctly. 
 
       There are a few types of dental x- rays. There is Bitewing X-ray that shows the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present. Then they have the Periapical X-rays, which show the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some diseases.
 
        The third type is Occlusal X-rays which shows the roof or floor of the mouth and are used to find extra teeth, teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, a cleft in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), cysts, abscesses, or growths. Occlusal X-rays may also be used to find a foreign object. The fourth type is Panoramic X-rays, which show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays do not find cavities. These X-rays do show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures. The last one is Digital X-ray is a new method being used in some dental offices. A small sensor unit sends pictures to a computer to be recorded and saved.
 
       A full-mouth series of periapical X-rays are most often done during a person’s first visit to the dentist. Bitewing X-rays are used during checkups to look for tooth decay. Panoramic X-rays may be used occasionally. Dental X-rays are scheduled when you need them based on your age, risk for disease, and signs of disease. Children need dental X-rays every six months to a year or depending on age because they have a higher risk to develop caries. Adults who have had plenty of dental treatment need consistent regular checkups. If you want to schedule an exam with our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari please contact your friendly dental office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us