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What’s Causing Childhood Caries?

40% OF KIDS WILL develop at least one cavity by the time they reach sixth grade, which means that childhood caries is the most common disease among children. Fortunately, it’s also a highly preventable disease.

Nov 17th, 2020
Minimizing the Risks of Gum Recession

PEOPLE USED TO THINK that gum recession was an inevitability of getting older, but that’s not necessarily true. Gum recession can start as early as childhood. In many cases, it can also be prevented

Nov 15th, 2020
What’s Your Dental Emergency Plan?

A LITTLE BIT OF PREP work makes a huge difference when an emergency happens, including a dental emergency such as an oral injury. What exactly can we do to prepare for something like an unexpected injury? It depends on the specific situation.

Nov 12th, 2020
Habits We Don’t Realize Hurt Our Teeth

Enamel is strong but is still fairly brittle and very vulnerable to acid erosion, and there are plenty of daily habits we might have that can put it at risk.

Nov 10th, 2020
Protect Against Cavities with Sealants

42% OF CHILDREN will have at least one cavity by age eleven. The main reasons are too many sugary snacks and drinks and poor oral hygiene. There’s something that can protect our kids’ teeth from cavities, and that’s dental sealants.

Nov 5th, 2020
A Brief History of False Teeth

There’s a long and fascinating history that got false teeth to where they are today. False teeth have been a solution for tooth loss since at least 2500 B.C. The oldest examples we know of were discovered in Mexico and made of wolf teeth.

Nov 3rd, 2020
Sugar Versus Our Teeth

The harmful bacteria in our mouths love to eat sugar, then excrete acid onto our teeth as a waste product. That leads to enamel erosion, tooth decay, and gum disease. This is why we encourage our patients to cut back on sugar intake.

Nov 1st, 2020
Teeth-Friendly Halloween Treats

HALLOWEEN IS A TON OF fun every year but we’re a little wary of all that candy. Sugar isn’t just tasty to us; the harmful bacteria in our mouths love it. Here’s a handy breakdown of how different types of treats and candies rank in terms of promoting good

Oct 29th, 2020
Get the Most out of Your Toothbrush

AN IMPORTANT PART of keeping your teeth and gums healthy is your toothbrush. That might seem so obvious that it’s not worth saying, but you’d be surprised how many basic mistakes people make when it comes to their toothbrushes.

Oct 27th, 2020
A Patient’s Guide to Finding a Good Dentist

We recommend not waiting until an urgent dental health emergency pops up before finding a dentist that fits your needs. Here are five important factors to keep in mind when searching for the best dentist for you.

Oct 25th, 2020
Thumbsucking, Pacifiers, and Kids’ Teeth

Sucking on things is a natural reflex for babies. It feels soothing and comforting to them, which makes using a pacifier or sucking on their thumb a good way to keep them feeling safe and happy until they're not.

Oct 22nd, 2020
What Causes Halitosis?

FEW THINGS ARE WORSE at a first date or a job interview than the sudden awareness that bad breath might have ruined your first impressions. How can we stop bad breath from ruining those big moments? What causes bad breath anyway?

Oct 20th, 2020
Swimming, Diving, and Dental Health

IF YOU’RE AN AVID swimmer, maybe you’ve noticed that your teeth feel a little more sensitive after you get out of the pool. It’ll take more than one swim to do it, but this is a real thing called “swimmer’s calculus.”

Oct 18th, 2020
White Spots and Other Dental Stains

WE ALL WANT white, straight, beautiful teeth so that we can dazzle everyone with our smiles. Unfortunately, sometimes stains can get in the way of this goal, and they come in several different types.

Sep 16th, 2020
Defeat Bad Breath with a Tongue Scraper

ONE OF THE MAIN things people overlook about a daily oral hygiene routine is cleaning their tongues. The rough surface of the tongue makes it the perfect place for all kinds of bacteria to hide and build up.

Sep 13th, 2020
Hypodontia and Supernumerary Teeth

Not everyone gets all four wisdom teeth. Plenty of people don’t get any at all! In rare cases, a person could end up with extra teeth beyond the 32, or they could have fewer than 28!

Sep 9th, 2020
Building a Healthy Smile

WE ALL KNOW how important daily brushing and flossing are to a growing child’s smile. But what about the vitamins and minerals that help build those healthy smiles in the first place? Let’s take a look at some of those.

Sep 6th, 2020
What Are Dental Implants?

Tooth decay, accidents, and injuries that once would have left someone with a gap in their smile that they could never fill can now be treated so that everything works. For one, dental implants are effective ways to fill in the gaps.

Sep 2nd, 2020
Your Teeth Are Not Tools!

HUMAN TEETH ARE awesome. We wouldn’t have dedicated our professional lives to working with them if we didn’t think so. Unfortunately, a lot of people try to put their teeth to other uses they weren’t designed for, which can lead to serious problems.

Aug 30th, 2020
Tooth Anatomy 101

We feel that the more our patients know about the structure and anatomy of teeth, the better they will understand how to take good care of them and how important that is.

Aug 26th, 2020
How to Find the Best Dentist in Encino

When you’re searching for the best dentist in Encino, the list may seem overwhelming. Here are some easy and effective ways to narrow down your choices.

Aug 23rd, 2020
Your Child’s First Dental Checkup

IS THERE ANYTHING better than the smile of a happy child? To a parent, not much comes close. An important part of keeping those smiles healthy and bright is regular visits to the dentist.

Aug 19th, 2020
Stopping the Grind of Bruxism

WHEN LIFE GETS stressful or frustrating, a pretty common physical response is teeth-grinding. Unfortunately, it can do a lot of damage if it becomes a habit, and it can even happen while we’re asleep. Chronic teeth grinding is called bruxism.

Aug 16th, 2020
What Happens When You Postpone/Delay Dental Treatment

For a lot of people, rushing off to their Encino dentist’s office isn’t their favorite thing to do. Especially if they’ve been told they need dental work. And if their tooth doesn’t hurt, why bother rushing to get the dental treatment scheduled?

Aug 12th, 2020
My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Why Bother Seeing a Dentist?

Compared to a lot of medical issues, your dental health isn’t based on how your teeth actually feel. In reality, small issues can be completely asymptomatic (pain free) but turn into even bigger problems the longer you wait to address them.

Aug 9th, 2020
Seeing a Dentist Sooner Saves Money for Later

By scheduling regular checkups and exams every six months, you’ll keep your teeth and gums on track for success. But skip a few visits or avoid treating that new cavity, and you’re back to playing catch up when it comes to your overall dental costs.

Aug 5th, 2020
Diet and Oral Health

WHAT WE EAT and drink obviously plays a big role in our overall health, but in a way, it affects our oral health twice. Food and drink affect teeth and gums directly while we’re consuming them, and then again indirectly after they’ve been digested.

Aug 2nd, 2020
Oral pH: The Chemistry of Healthy Mouths

MOST OF US learn a little about the pH scale in our science classes as teenagers, but what does that have to do with oral health? A lot, actually, which is why we’re going to take this opportunity to give our patients a quick refresher on the basics of pH.

Jul 29th, 2020
Stress and Our Mouths

MENTAL WELL-BEING or lack thereof can often have an impact on physical health. Among those impacts are the ways that oral health can be affected by stress, and we want to make sure our patients are aware of the connection so they have can fight back.

Jul 22nd, 2020
What Are All Those X-Rays For?

JUST ABOUT ANYONE who’s been to the dentist has had dental X-rays taken, but how much do you know about the role they play in dental care? Let’s take a quick look at the different types of dental X-rays and what we use them for.

Jul 19th, 2020
5 Weird and Fun Mouth Facts

HOW MUCH DO you know about your mouth? Prepare to know a lot more, because we’re about to share a bunch of strange and fascinating mouth trivia. Let’s get started

Jul 15th, 2020
From Dental Health to Overall Health

WHEN WE THINK of being healthy, how much are we thinking about oral health? Just because we go to our dentists for oral health concerns and physicians for overall health concerns, it doesn’t mean there’s no connection between the two.

Jul 12th, 2020
Top 7 Not-So-Obvious Signs of An Abscessed Tooth

Some of the most obvious signs of a dental abscess are tooth pain, combined with temperature and pressure sensitivity. However, some symptoms aren’t as easy to pinpoint and can make you think something else is going on.

Jul 8th, 2020
Using A Water Flosser vs. Traditional Floss

Using traditional flossing string to clean between your teeth is a very simple, yet highly effective method that works. A water flosser from our Encino, California dentist, is an oral irrigation system that flushes debris out from between your teeth.

Jul 5th, 2020
Making the Most of Your Dental Insurance

Right now is a great time to safely see the dentist. Plus, your dental insurance covers most preventative care services at 100%. By taking advantage of your included benefits, you can schedule your exam and cleaning to intercept common dental issues early.

Jun 30th, 2020
How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Oral Health?

Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a condition in which excess tissue in the back of your throat blocks your airway during sleep, causing you to stop breathing. This condition has many side-effects.

Jun 28th, 2020
How to Avoid the Dreaded Bottle Rot

AS PEDIATRIC DENTAL care experts, our top priority is good dental health in our young patients. Today, we want to focus on protecting kids’ teeth from something called “bottle rot.”

Jun 24th, 2020
Common Summertime Dental Emergencies

Did you know that summer is one of the most common times of the year to see dental emergencies in Encino? Not only is it because kids are officially out of school, but people of all ages are more likely to get involved in outdoor activities and sports.

Jun 23rd, 2020
What Causes Canker Sores?

Canker sores might not be very dangerous, but they can make it pretty hard to have a good day. Luckily, there’s a lot we can do to avoid getting them and help them heal faster when we do.

Jun 21st, 2020
Oral Health and What We Drink

WHAT WE DRINK can have a big impact on our oral health, sometimes in ways that seem counterintuitive. We want to take a look at some of the best and worst drinks for our teeth.

Jun 17th, 2020
Is Now the Right Time for a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover can give you the confidence of looking and feeling your best. When you’re proud of the way your teeth look in the mirror, you’ll be more apt to smiling in groups, laughing around friends, or putting your best face forward in the workplace.

Jun 16th, 2020
Pregnancy and Oral Health

ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS, there are all kinds of changes the body goes through during pregnancy. Some of them can even impact teeth and gums, from morning sickness to changing hormone levels that increase the risk of several oral health problems.

Jun 14th, 2020
Why Our Spit Matters

Just as a car engine can’t function for long without oil, our mouths need saliva for chewing, swallowing, and even tasting our food, as well as speaking clearly and defending against a variety of oral health problems.

Jun 10th, 2020
Teaching Good Daily Flossing Habits

HAVING HEALTHY SMILES isn’t just about brushing twice a day. It’s also about flossing, and the best time to build a lifelong daily flossing habit is in childhood.

Jun 7th, 2020
Spotlight on Men’s Oral Health

One of the ways men and women are different is their oral health, which is why we’re giving guys some tips for how to keep those handsome smiles clean and healthy.

Jun 3rd, 2020
Ways To Treat Snoring

If you snore, you’re not the only one to do so in Encino, California. In fact, about half of Americans snore. Luckily, there are several treatments that can help you quit snoring and get a quieter night’s rest.

May 27th, 2020
Oral Health and Eating Disorders

OUR BODIES NEED a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to function effectively, all the way to the cellular level. Eating disorder is not just harmful to overall health; it can also damage teeth and gums.

May 17th, 2020
What Are Tongue Ties and Lip Ties?

BEING “TONGUE-TIED” is a common expression in the English language, but it’s also a real medical condition. Being lip-tied is another, and both are caused by thin pieces of tissue called frenula.

May 13th, 2020
Sleep Apnea, Jaws, and Gums

IN JUST THE UNITED STATES, sleep apnea affects over 18 million adults and up to 20 percent of children who habitually snore. Sleep apnea is a disorder involving brief, repeated interruptions to normal breathing during sleep.

May 10th, 2020
Can I Get Emergency Dental Treatment in Encino?

Due to COVID-19 closures, most people are hesitant to so much as step foot inside of a medical office, hospital, or urgent care center. So, what happens if you’re in excruciating pain because of a dental emergency? You call our Encino dentist office!

May 7th, 2020
Cracked Tooth Remedies

Cracked teeth are something that we commonly see in our Encino, California dental practice. When deciding which treatment option is best for your tooth, the size of the crack and its location is very important.

May 6th, 2020
Who Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry has been safely used in Encino, California for many years and provided a countless number of people the ability to undergo dental treatments that may have otherwise not been possible for them to get through.

Apr 29th, 2020
When To Seek Encino Emergency Dental Care

A dental emergency can come about at any time, usually, the worst time, like when you’re right in the middle of an important meeting in Encino or on your wedding day.

Apr 26th, 2020
What Makes Teeth Sensitive?

IF YOU CAN’T REALLY enjoy ice cream because every bite sends a nasty jolt through your teeth, then you know what it’s like to deal with tooth sensitivity.

Apr 22nd, 2020
Time for a Pediatric Dentist FAQ!

These are some of the questions we hear most often, and we’re sure that more people haven’t spoken up but don’t know the answers either.

Apr 19th, 2020
Spotlight on Women’s Oral Health

WHEN YOU THINK of the differences between men and women, oral health concerns probably don’t appear high on the list. Women have a few advantages that men don’t while struggling with being more at risk for certain issues.

Apr 15th, 2020
Are Affordable Smile Makeovers Possible?

If you’ve been wanting to enhance the way your teeth look, you might be wondering if Encino cosmetic dentistry will fit your budget. At Encino Dental Studio, we’re here to tell you that there’s a smile makeover option for every budget!

Apr 12th, 2020
Four Tips to Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy

As a busy parent or caregiver, you know that there’s a lot you have to do to help your child stay healthy. Here are some important steps that Encino families should be following to help their children enjoy healthy teeth.

Apr 9th, 2020
Bleeding Gums: Causes and Treatment

BLEEDING GUMS ARE the most common symptom of gum disease, but that’s not the only thing that can cause this problem. Let’s take a closer look at bleeding gums, the various causes, and what we can do about it.

Mar 22nd, 2020
Fluoride and Cavity Prevention

IF YOU LOOK AT ANY tube of toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, you’ll see fluoride listed as the active ingredient. But what is fluoride and how does it work?

Mar 18th, 2020
5 Dental Tips for Busy Parents

BEING A PARENT can be incredibly hectic. It can be hard to keep track of all the things growing kids need, which is why we’re giving our patients a list of five simple tips for staying on top of their children’s dental health — and their own!

Mar 15th, 2020
The Hazards of Oral Piercings

FROM CLOTHING TO HAIRSTYLE to cosmetics to accessories, our personal style is how we portray who we are, and this can include piercings. Oral piercings, specifically, pose several risks to healthy teeth and gums.

Mar 13th, 2020
Conquering Dental Anxiety

For some people, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.

Mar 10th, 2020
Cold and Flu Season and Oral Health

With flu and cold season starting up, we thought this was a good time to share some tips for maintaining good oral health through one of these common illnesses.

Feb 29th, 2020
What to Do When a Toothache Strikes

TOOTHACHES CAN HAPPEN for a number of reasons. It’s important to know what to do about them, because they don’t always happen when the dentist’s office is open. Do you have a plan for how to deal with an after-hours toothache?

Feb 25th, 2020
Crowns vs. Veneers: How They’re the Same and How They Differ

You’ll often hear the terms “crown” and “veneer” used together, or even interchangeably in the same conversation because they are very similar to each other in the way they’re designed and placed. But the two are actually quite different.

Feb 18th, 2020
Common Signs of an Abscessed Tooth

A dental abscess occurs when a tooth’s nerve is infected. The condition can start out mild and progress into a potentially life-threatening problem.

Feb 11th, 2020
How to Deal With Loose Dentures

Are you like some of the other dentures wearers in Encino, California and have noticed that over time your appliance has gotten looser than it used to be? Here are some things that you can do to help improve the fit of your denture.

Feb 5th, 2020
Oral Hygiene with Invisalign

Caring for your teeth and your aligners is crucial to ensuring the success of your treatment. Here are some oral hygiene tips that you should follow as long as you have Invisalign braces.

Jan 29th, 2020
Sensitivity During Teeth Whitening Treatment

In Encino, California, some people can be more sensitive to teeth whitening treatments than others. In fact, some patients shouldn’t even be whitening their teeth, which is why it’s always best to consult your dentist before doing so.

Jan 25th, 2020
Animal Teeth Olympics

Today we’re going to hold the olympics of animal teeth, to see which critters win the gold for biggest, strongest, hardest, and most teeth, as well as the teeth that are simply the strangest.

Jan 22nd, 2020
The Main Culprits Behind Child Tooth Decay

AT LEAST TWO OUT OF every five children will develop one or more cavity by the time they turn eleven. That statistic makes tooth decay the most common childhood disease. The good news is that parents can make a huge difference in their children’s health.

Jan 15th, 2020
Charcoal Toothpaste: Science Versus Fads

Many charcoal-based products boast of the amazing effects they can have on tooth whiteness and breath freshness, but no studies have substantiated any of these claims.

Jan 11th, 2020
Traditional Dentures vs. Snap on Dentures

If it’s time for you to get a full denture in Encino, California then you may have the option of deciding between a traditional appliance versus a snap-on denture. Here are some of the pros and cons of each option.

Jan 8th, 2020
How To Clean Your Dental Crown

In order to get the most out of the dental crown treatment in Encino, California, you need to be committed to caring for it properly. Cleaning your crown is easy and very similar to how you handle your natural teeth.

Jan 4th, 2020
The Truth About Root Canals

When it comes to root canal therapy, there are many common misconceptions that we hear from patients in our Encino, California dental practice. We’re here to set the record straight and tell you the truth about root canal treatment.

Dec 28th, 2019
Gum Recession: Minimizing Your Risks

Gum recession is when the edge of the gingival tissue moves away from the crown of the tooth, exposing the root. The reason we tend to think of it as an age-related problem is that it tends to be so gradual that it takes many years to become noticeable.

Dec 25th, 2019
Does Whitening Toothpaste Really Work?

With so many tooth whitening products available in Encino, California, you may be left wondering if all of them actually work.  What about the whitening toothpaste? Is it possible that an item so affordable can give you a brighter, whiter smile?

Dec 14th, 2019
Dental Sealants for Children

Deciding whether you would like to have this procedure done is up to you. It only takes a few minutes and can be extremely beneficial. Here are some facts about dental sealants that might help you make the right decision.

Dec 10th, 2019
5 Tips for Avoiding Tooth Sensitivity

Rather than treating your tooth sensitivity, our Encino, California dentist likes to take a different approach, and show you how to prevent it in the first place.  Here are five tips that can help you do just that.

Dec 7th, 2019
Pulpotomy Treatments in Adult Dental Patients

A pulpotomy is a dental procedure that involves the nerve of a tooth.  It is often performed on infected baby teeth, or permanent teeth prior to completing a root canal treatment.

Nov 26th, 2019
What Are Those White Spots On My Teeth?

THERE ARE A LOT of things that can leave stains on our teeth, and stains can come in many different colors. You could see yellow stains, brown stains, or even the temporary stain from eating brightly colored candy, but what about when the stain is white?

Nov 23rd, 2019
Smile To Improve Your Day — And Your Health!

Smiling takes at least ten muscles, while as few as six are required for a frown. A better expression would be “smile to burn more calories,” but that isn’t the only benefit you’ll get from flashing those pearly whites more often.

Nov 16th, 2019
Loose Teeth from Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that should never be ignored. It not only affects your gum tissues, but your jaw bone and overall health as well. If you have one or more loose teeth, it’s likely that you have advanced gum disease known as periodontitis.

Nov 12th, 2019
How Clean Is Your Tongue?

“BRUSH YOUR TEETH for two full minutes twice a day and floss your teeth once a day.” You’ve probably lost count of how many times you’ve heard that, but how often have you heard that you should be cleaning your tongue every day too?

Nov 9th, 2019