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How To Maintain White Teeth After Whitening

Posted on Sep 03, 2015

In-office teeth whitening is a wonderful procedure because it has an inevitable ability to transform your smile. White teeth are something we all strive for and the honest truth is that many options performed at home and elsewhere just don’t get the job done as we expect them to.

However, for those who have found success – it can be difficult to maintain these results. No teeth whitening option is permanent. Unfortunately, most of us keep the same dietary habits even after obtaining white teeth. We also have a tendency to slack on our oral hygiene. Both of which lead to the same discolored teeth that leave us disgruntled.

If you’re concerned with staining your teeth again…

Then don’t give up on your routine!

What routine you might be asking? The one we stress day in and day out…

1. Brushing your teeth TWICE a day for at least TWO MINUTES per session.

It’s important to brush properly. Brushing should focus on the area between your teeth and gums, not just your teeth. Brushing will help remove surface stains still fresh on your teeth.

2. Brushing after consuming anything sugary, acidic, or coloring of any sort.

Brushing will help remove surface stains that are still fresh on your teeth that contribute to stained teeth over time.

3. Brushing with whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.

If you brush specifically with toothpaste that advertises whitening, then you may have better results keeping your teeth white. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s worth a try. You can even use mouthwash, baking soda, or a hydrogen peroxide solution to brush with.

4. Flossing at least ONCE a day.

We recommend flossing after every meal, but you should at least floss once throughout the day – preferably in the night after food has accumulated.

Then be conscious of what you eat!

This is the toughest part, but many of us consume foods and drinks that – in no way – help teeth whitening results stay white. If you’re a regular coffee drinker then you’re already heavily at risk.

Saliva is a natural whitener so it’s important to stay hydrated – preferably with water. But crunchy vegetables and foods also stimulate saliva. Examples include carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumber, etc.

If you absolutely have to drink coffee, wine, or sodas, then the best advice we can give you is to use a straw so that the liquid bypasses the teeth. Also, tobacco of any sort (chewing or smoking) is detrimental to teeth whitening.

Ganji Dental offers powerful in-office teeth whitening in Manhattan Beach that acts quickly and effectively to whiten your teeth – even in just one visit. We can help you remove the repeated staining that has occurred over the years. Call our main office @ 310-643-8045 to learn more about teeth whitening.

Oral Bacteria Explained & The Importance of Balance

Posted on Aug 26, 2015

Oral bacteria are the main reason we spend so much time brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. When these bacteria are out on control are when problems begin to arise. The main problem of course being tooth decay.

The interesting part is that literally millions of bacteria exist within the mouth. Crazy right? Well, it kind of is. And better yet, scientists have actually been able to pinpoint various bacteria responsible for certain issues.

Bad Breath

For one, researchers have found two molecules within the mouth that are responsible for bad breath*: hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan.

Just like human beings, when bacteria feed on items such as food particles in our mouth, waste is created. The waste smells – surprising? Not really. The two molecules we mentioned are the byproducts of this waste responsible for bad breath.

It’s All About Balance

Back to what we mentioned earlier: millions of bacteria. The obvious question is, “Well, if bacteria are what is causing my oral problems, then let’s just get rid of them all?”

Well, it’s not quite that easy unfortunately. Bacteria do serve a purpose in keeping our mouth healthy. The key is to strike a balance.

However, the most resilient oral bacteria are found in the same places that we often miss when brushing and flossing:

  • Between the gums and teeth
  • Crevice of your tongue

So you’re saying I should focus on these areas? Absolutely!

Most people do not brush their tongue, and that’s fine as long as you tackle the areas between your teeth and gums. Again, balance.

*Other factors may contribute to bad breath such as gastrointestinal problems.

How Do I Know if I’m Having a Dental Emergency?

Posted on Aug 06, 2015

Accidents will happen throughout life. Sometimes, accidents will result in emergencies that require prompt treatment. We want to make sure you understand exactly what should be considered a dental emergency in case you’re ever faced with the situation.

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies will fall into either one of two categories – or both in certain cases.

Tooth-Related Injuries

Tooth-related injuries pertain to incidents in which your teeth are affected in some way. A few tooth-related injuries that are frequently considered a dental emergency are:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Loose, cracked, or fractured teeth (chipped teeth are not considered an emergency)
  • Crowns that have fallen out
  • Toothaches

Any crowns or teeth that have fallen out should be treated as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage.

Toothaches are a bit trickier to discern. It is considered an emergency if the pain is severe, which is subjective in most cases. But you’ll know what “severe” is if it happens. You have a deep cavity that should be addressed promptly before it worsens.

We offer emergency dentistry services at our Los Angeles, CA dental office.

Tissue-Related Injuries

Tissue-related injuries generally involve trauma to the lips, cheek, mouth, or tongue which include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Tears

Before scheduling an appointment with an emergency dentist, it is advised to clean the affected area with warm water.


Common Signs that Point to a Dental Emergency

If you have trouble deciding whether or not your unique incident should be considered an emergency, then simply check yourself for these signs:

  • Blood is present
  • Severe pain or aching (i.e. nagging toothache) exists and does not respond to pain medication
  • Swelling, bulges, or knots are detected
  • Infection (which may manifest itself in the form on an abscess)

At Ganji Dental, we offer on-call emergency dentistry services in Manhattan Beachin case accidents described above ever occur. One of the most important pieces of advice we can give in any emergency – dental or not – is to try your best to remain calm despite the circumstances.

Chewing Tobacco and Oral Health – Safer Than Smoking?

Posted on Jul 27, 2015

All forms of tobacco products are known to have multiple detrimental effects on one’s oral cavity, including altering a person’s appearance, damaging the effect of dental implants, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, and contributing to oral cancer. So no, chewing tobacco is not any safer than its smoked form.

Research suggests that smokeless tobacco users are at an increased risk of getting cancers, compared to tobacco smokers, because most cancers arise within the oral cavity itself, with the most common places being the tongue, the gingival or gums, floor of the mouth, lip, and salivary gland, in that order. There are two primary types of smokeless tobacco: sinus and chewing tobacco.

Chewing tobacco is mostly found in the form of plugs or leaves that you put in your mouth and chew as you push it towards the inside of your cheek to release nicotine and the flavors. This tobacco contains a mixture of nicotine, sugar, spices, slaked lime, and flavorings. It is very addictive, because more nicotine is absorbed in the bloodstream (also stays longer) compared to smoked tobacco. Chewing tobacco causes you to produce a lot of saliva, hence its reference as spitting tobacco.

Research shows that chewing tobacco contains over 28 cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens), including the tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), arsenic, acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, benzopyrene, cadmium, and nickel.

Chewing Tobacco Risks

Chewing tobacco may release numerous chemicals and poisons that result in serious health problems, including:

  • Increased risk of cancer of the oral cavity, esophagus, pancreas, pharynx, and stomach, as well as throat cancer, because users have to swallow tobacco juice regularly
  • Multiple oral health conditions, because users have to hold it in one area of the mouth for extended periods. For instance, chewing tobacco can cause gums to recede, uncovering the roots of your teeth. It also increases the amount of bacteria in the mouth and releases acids and sugars that harm tooth enamel, making you more likely to have tooth decay.
  • Bad breath and tooth staining
  • Leukoplakia – whitish patches in your mouth that may lead to cancer
  • Increased absorption of cholesterol by the body, making you more prone to heart disease and strokes
  • Health problems associated with gum disease, like dementia, typep-2 diabetes, premature birth, and respiratory or lung disease

To greatly improve your oral health and prevent further damage, you should make a conscious effort to quit chewing tobacco, as well as any other kind of tobacco. Your Los Angeles dentists can help you stop the destructive habit. Just ask us during your next appointment!

Common Medications That May Interfere With Your Mouth

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Chances are you are taking at least one of these listed common medications to treat various illnesses and ailments. If you are, then we urge you to pay more attention to your oral health and make a conscious effort to be vigorous about your brushing and flossing routine.

High Blood Pressure Medication

A lot of Americans are prone to high blood pressure – we live in a stressful society and unfortunately partake in habits that lead to this ailment. As such, don’t be too alarmed if you experience sores or other types of inflammation in your mouth. It’s not a common side effect per se, but it does happen.

If it does happen, then contact your primary care physician first as they will most likely begin weaning you off of the medication or perhaps trying a new one. The inflammation should then begin to subside on its own.

Acne Medication

More so experienced by teenagers with rapidly changing hormones, acne medication – specifically tetracycline – is known to cause staining on your teeth. It’s difficult to pinpoint stains on the teeth as there are many possible sources, but the unfortunate part is that the staining from these medications is permanent. Pay close attention on your teeth if you or someone else you know is taking acne medication.

Allergy Medication

Allergies are commonplace. The two most common forms of treatment for allergies are antihistamines and decongestants. These medications work by drying out your sinuses. As a result, your body does not produce as much saliva responsible for fighting bacteria in the mouth – making your mouth much more prone to decay.

The simple solution to this: drinks LOTS of water to compensate.

Aspirin

With aspirin or other blood thinners such as Warfarin or Heparin, the effects are present when you undergo dental procedures such as extraction, root planning and scaling during a check-up, gum surgery, etc. They tend to cause heavy amounts of bleeding so if you know you have a dental check-up or other important dental procedure coming up, be sure to remind your dentist ahead of time and they will take it from there.

There are other medications that have side effects related to oral health issues, but we only wanted to touch base on common medications. Medication or not you should always brush and floss your teeth DAILY, TWICE PER DAY.

Easy-to-Make, Festive July 4th Party Snack Ideas

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

Hopefully your parents taught you to never show up to a party empty-handed. If they haven’t, then no problem; your Los Angeles dentists @ Ganji Dental have you covered this year! And of course we wouldn’t su

ggest any food ideas that were unhealthy for us.

Whether you’re hosting a July 4th party or going to one, we wanted to give you three simple, fun, and festive ideas that we’re sure will win some brownie points this year. Without further ado, here they are.

3 Festive July 4th Snacks Made to Impress

1. Star-Spangled Banner Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

  • Clear SOLO® plastic cups or similar brand
  • Plain, white tart yogurt (any brand)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries or raspberries (we prefer strawberry)

It’s really easy to make. Take one of your clear cups, fill it with the yogurt, then add in the fruit, and stir it around lightly. The end result will be a nice swirl of healthy items that sport red, white, and blue. Make as many as you see fit. It tastes great, too!

2. American Flag Platter

Ingredients:

  • -Blueberries & Raspberries
  • -Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots (if necessary)

A little bit tougher to conjure up, but not too bad. Just takes a little creativity. Take the above listed ingredients and work them to the best of your ability to create the American flag. You can make skewers our of chopped up fruits instead. We recommend using strawberries and banana slices for the red and white flag part, while using blueberries as the top left star section.

3. Star-Spangled Skewers

Ingredients:

  • Any fruits or veggies of your choice
  • Plain skewers

Also really basic are skewers you can create using various fruits and vegetables. If you want to keep things festive then we recommend the same fruit we’ve listed in the other two ideas. Otherwise may we suggest a healthy tomato and cheese skewer that is always a fan favorite. White cheese and grilled tomatoes work well. You could also add in a basil leaf.

Show up with one of these food ideas and you’ll definitely get at least one compliment. People appreciate well thought-out dishes such as these. No matter how well your party is, there’s one thing we want to remind you of: don’t forget to brush and floss when you get home! And also, make sure to stay hydrated to allow saliva to fend off decay. ☺

Happy 4th of July from the team @ Ganji Dental!

Spanish Scientists Find More Effective Way to Diagnose Oral Cancer

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Spanish scientists have possibly found a newer, more effective solution when diagnosing oral cancer of the mouth.*

Oral cancer of the mouth accounts for many cancer-related deaths every year, ranking in as the sixth leading cause of cancer.

Traditionally, dentists and other dental professionals would first detect signs of oral cancer of the mouth by the physical appearance of whitish or reddish lesions. However, to make sure this diagnosis was correct, a biopsy had to be performed on the tissue in question. This is considered an invasive technique, which then had to be sent in to a lab for further testing.

Researchers from the Biomedical Research Institute (IBI) located in Galicia, Spain have found a more innovative method involving a portable device that is able to detect and diagnose oral cancer on the spot without the need for a biopsy. It’s considered a non-invasive approach to accurately diagnosing oral cancer before the tumor or symptoms become visible.

What The Study Means

This new portable device is expected to substantially reduce costs and time required for accurate diagnoses.

It also provides a more objective approach as opposed to a subjective approach, where biopsy results have to be thoroughly examined by lab personnel. With the portable device, the results are shown directly after the reading where treatment can then be administered the same day.

The greatest part about this discovery is that it may also be able to be applied towards the diagnosis of other cancers as well, including cervical and skin cancer.

The device is still a long way off before being implemented in dental practices across the globe as further testing and trials are still being performed to ensure accuracy and safety.

*Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/294888.php

How to Prepare Your Smile for a Special Event

Posted on May 27, 2015

There are a number of times in life when you really need your smile to be at its best. It could be a wedding, graduation, interview, class re-union, family pictures, first date, or other special event where you are at the core. Some of these occasions come up unexpectedly, leaving you with little time to perfect your smile.

There are a few things you can do to enhance your smile depending on how much time you have till the special event. These include many cosmetic dentistry options offered by your Los Angeles dentists:

1. Bleaching

Bleaching your teeth is a good way to enhance your smile and boost your confidence if you are short on time and looking for a way to cover up stains on the teeth surface. In office whitening sessions tend to be pricier, but they offer the most effective and quickest teeth whitening fix. Over the counter teeth whitening treatments are less expensive and include whitening toothpastes, white trays, and white strips, but may take awhile before you notice results.

2. Porcelain Veneers

This option is for those looking for a more serious smile makeover, though it is pricier and more time-intensive. Veneers are mostly used to rectify chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth, as well as improving their color. Veneers are used to correct many tooth problems, and are placed on top of existing teeth to make them an even length, close gaps, correct tooth damage, straighten teeth, and cover up dark stains.

Covering all your front teeth with veneers will help to create a uniform and beautiful smile, and correct imperfections left behind by other teeth whitening procedures.

3. Dental Implants

If you have an overly crooked tooth and don’t want to wear braces, your dentist can recommend installing a dental implant. Implants are used to replace natural teeth permanently, and can be done one tooth at a time, or as part of a smile makeover whereby you replace all missing teeth at once.

4. Renewing Stained Fillings

If you have had your filings for a long time, you should consider renewing them, especially if they are in your front teeth. Tooth colored resin fillings often discolor with time, especially if you consume a lot of colored foods and drinks. Renewing them will enhance your smile, and boost your confidence.

To prepare your smile, consult our Los Angeles cosmetic dentists who specialize in smile enhancement. Once you have bleached your teeth or enhanced your smile in some other way, you should consider avoiding foods and drinks that could darken your teeth before the big event. So, refrain from smoking, and stay away from red wine, black tea, coffee, and dark-colored berries.