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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
Your Child in Braces

When your child returns to school it’ll be up to them to keep their teeth clean and healthy. As a parent, there are some ways to help your child be successful.

Nov 5th, 2019
Popular Kinds of Denture Adhesives

Using a good quality denture adhesive with your appliance will help hold it in place. With so many products available on the market today, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to deciding which one to purchase.

Oct 26th, 2019
Daily Habits That Harm Our Teeth

As hard as enamel is, it’s also somewhat brittle, so we should be careful to avoid daily habits that attack that weak point. Two of the most dangerous ones are mouth breathing and nail biting.

Oct 22nd, 2019
What Is A Dry Socket and How Can I Prevent One?

A dry socket is a very painful condition that occurs when the blood clot didn’t form correctly or gets dislodged. Basically, what you have is exposed bone and even when you breathe in air, it will touch the bone and cause significant pain.

Oct 19th, 2019
How To Choose A Great Dentist

THERE ARE A NUMBER of reasons why someone might need a new dentist. If you don’t already have a dentist, it’s a good idea to choose one now so that you and your family will be ready in the event of a dental emergency.

Oct 15th, 2019
What to Do If You Lose Your Invisalign Trays

While Invisalign has a lot of benefits, the biggest burden may be the fact that you’re required to take them out to eat and keeping up with them can be a hassle. What exactly should you do if you lose your current pair of aligners?

Oct 12th, 2019
Seal Out Plaque With Sealants

BY THE TIME THEY reach kindergarten, 40 percent of children develop cavities. The main culprits are sugary snacks and poor oral hygiene. One great tool for reducing the risk of decay is dental sealants.

Oct 8th, 2019
Don’t Take A Vacation From Oral Hygiene!

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER comes the season of family vacations and exciting trips to new places. We want to give you a few tips and reminders about taking care of your teeth while you’re away from home.

Oct 5th, 2019
Dentures Through History

TOOTH LOSS HAS BEEN a problem people have had to deal with all throughout history, and false teeth have been a solution since at least 2500 B.C.

Oct 1st, 2019
Repeat After Us: Teeth Are Not Tools

OUR TEETH ARE pretty amazing, and there’s a lot they can do. However, many people also find other uses for their teeth, which can be very dangerous. Teeth are not tools, and shouldn’t be used in place of them.

Sep 28th, 2019
How Does Swimming Affect Teeth?

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED any extra sensitivity in your teeth after a fun afternoon swimming? You aren’t imagining things, though it usually takes more than just one trip to the local pool before there are any effects.

Sep 24th, 2019
Too Few Or Too Many Adult Teeth?

Some people have fewer teeth than they should (called hypodontia or congenitally missing teeth), while others have one or more extra (called hyperdontia or supernumerary teeth). How does this happen and what do we do about it?

Sep 21st, 2019
Teaching Kids To Take Care Of Their Smiles

BEING A PARENT WITH small children can feel so hectic that there are probably days when it’s hard to find time to brush your own teeth. That’s why we’re here to help you out with a few tips on how to help your kids develop great oral hygiene habits.

Sep 14th, 2019
The Dangers Of Chronic Teeth Grinding

GRINDING OUR TEETH briefly when we’re nervous or frustrated is pretty normal. When the grinding doesn’t stop, however, it can do a lot of damage, whether it happens during the day or while we’re asleep. This kind of chronic grinding is called bruxism.

Sep 7th, 2019
Treatments for Excessive Gum Tissues

Having a gummy smile can really put a damper on your self-esteem. If you show an excessive amount of gum tissue, there is a simple procedure that can give you the confidence you’ve always wanted.

Aug 31st, 2019
An Explanation Of Dental Insurance Benefits

Dental insurance plans are available to most patients through their employer. But what exactly are the benefits that you’re getting from having dental insurance and how does it all work? Let’s find out.

Aug 24th, 2019
Causes Of Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a condition that can be difficult to determine the cause of. Sure, it can be as simple as what you had for lunch, and will go away as soon as you brush your teeth, but what if you have persistent bad breath?

Aug 10th, 2019
Plaque, Tartar, And Your Teeth

PLAQUE AND TARTAR are two words that you probably hear a lot when you come in for a dental cleaning. You might already know that they cause tooth decay and gum disease, but do you know what they are?

Aug 3rd, 2019
It’s Time To Kick That Ice-Chewing Habit

CHEWING ICE MIGHT SEEM refreshing in the moment, but it’s not doing any favors for your teeth in the long run. Today we’re going to take a look at why ice chewing is such a common habit despite the dangers it poses, as well as what someone with this habit

Jul 27th, 2019
Taking Care Of Your Pet’s Teeth

IT’S EASY TO ASSUME that our pets don’t need dental care like we do. However, it turns out that our pets’ teeth have a very different situation than the teeth of wild animals, and they do need our help to stay healthy.

Jul 13th, 2019
Invisalign For Teenagers

Invisalign Teen clear aligner therapy gives the same results as traditional Invisalign with the added benefit of having a built-in tracking feature.

Jul 6th, 2019
How To Keep Your OSA/Snoring Appliance Clean

Oral appliances can collect germs, plaque and tartar buildup just like your natural teeth. Since the mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, it’s important to clean your appliance every time after using it. Here are some tips and tricks.

Jun 29th, 2019