Blog Archive

Cold and Flu Season and Oral Health Feb 29th, 2020

COMING DOWN WITH the flu is never any fun, but it’s still no time to let up on your oral hygiene routine. The same applies if you get a cold. With flu and cold season starting up, we thought this was a good time to share some tips for maintaining good...

What to Do When a Toothache Strikes Feb 25th, 2020

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? Major Causes of Toothaches Tooth decay is the main culprit...

Sugar, Its Many Aliases, and Your Teeth Feb 22nd, 2020

WHAT COMES TO MIND when you hear the word “sugar”? Probably your favorite type of candy or dessert, maybe your favorite soda. You probably didn’t picture barbecue sauce, granola bars, flavored yogurt, or fruit juice, but all of these and plenty more foods you wouldn’t suspect are loaded with sugar. That...

Crowns vs. Veneers: How They’re the Same and How They Differ Feb 18th, 2020

At our Encino, California dentist’s office, you’ll often hear the terms “crown” and “veneer” used together, or even interchangeably in the same conversation. This is because they are very similar to each other in the way they’re designed and placed. But the two are actually quite different. Crowns vs. Veneers:...

How to Get Relief from a Painful Dry Socket Feb 15th, 2020

After having a tooth pulled, did you follow all of the instructions given to you by our Encino, California dentist and still ended up with a dry socket? It’s something that happens from time to time, even if you’ve done everything correctly. A dry socket is when the blood clot...

Common Signs of an Abscessed Tooth Feb 11th, 2020

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. To prevent serious complications from anabscessed tooth you should know the symptoms, so that you can see our Encino, CA dentistand get treated right away. Dental Abscess...

How to Deal With Loose Dentures Feb 5th, 2020

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? It’s common for looseness to occur as time goes by. Here are some things that you can do to help improve the...

How Long Does It Take to Get A Dental Implant? Feb 1st, 2020

In Encino, California, the process of getting a dental implant can take several months. The majority of that time is spent waiting for your body to integrate with your new “tooth”. Getting an implant requires a lot of patience on your part. Here is an outline of what you can...

Oral Hygiene with Invisalign Jan 29th, 2020

Congratulations on starting your Invisalign journey with Encino Dental Studio in Encino, CA. We’re here throughout the entire process to help you any way that we can. Caring for your teeth and your aligners is crucial to ensuring the success of your treatment. Here are some oral hygiene tips that...

Sensitivity During Teeth Whitening Treatment Jan 25th, 2020

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. Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive When Whitening? When you have a teeth...

Animal Teeth Olympics Jan 22nd, 2020

TEETH ARE OUR PASSION, and while we spend most of our time focusing on human teeth, sometimes it’s fun to take a look at the truly amazing teeth of the animal kingdom. So today we’re going to hold the olympics of animal teeth, to see which critters win the gold for...

The Main Culprits Behind Child Tooth Decay Jan 15th, 2020

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 dental health, and the first step is...

Charcoal Toothpaste: Science Versus Fads Jan 11th, 2020

IF GIVEN THE CHANCE to change something about their smiles, most people would choose to have whiter teeth, and quite a few are willing to try just about anything for it, including something as counterintuitive as scrubbing them with toothpaste made of charcoal. The History of Charcoal as a Remedy The...

Traditional Dentures vs. Snap on Dentures Jan 8th, 2020

If it’s time for you to get a full denture in Encino, California then you may have the option ofdeciding between a traditional appliance versus a snap-on denture. Here are some of the prosand cons of each option. Traditional Dentures A conventional denture is a removable acrylic appliance that sits...

How To Clean Your Dental Crown Jan 4th, 2020

In order to get the most out of the dental crown treatment in Encino, California, you need to becommitted to caring for it properly. Cleaning your crown is easy and very similar to how youhandle your natural teeth. Here are some specific tips that will help you protect your investment...

How To Prevent A Dental Emergency in Encino, CA Jan 1st, 2020

While some dental emergencies can’t be prevented, there are some things that you can do (andnot do) to decrease your chances of having to deal with this situation. 1. Practice Good Dental Hygiene Brush at least twice per day and floss once per day. When doing so, try your best...

The Truth About Root Canals Dec 28th, 2019

When it comes to root canal therapy, there are many common misconceptions that we hearfrom patients in our Encino, California dental practice. We’re here to set the record straight andtell you the truth about root canal treatment. What Happens To The Root of Your Tooth Contrary to what some people...

Gum Recession: Minimizing Your Risks Dec 25th, 2019

THE EXPRESSION “getting long in the tooth” refers to gum recession, but this oral health problem isn’t necessarily connected to age. 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...

Does Whitening Toothpaste Really Work? Dec 14th, 2019

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? How Whitening Toothpaste Works The active ingredient in whitening...

Dental Sealants for Children Dec 10th, 2019

During their dental visit in Encino, California, our family dentist may recommend sealants for your child’s teeth. 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...

5 Tips for Avoiding Tooth Sensitivity Dec 7th, 2019

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. Take Caution Using Whitening Products. Some whitening products have very powerful ingredients...

Root Canal Therapy Gone Bad: Possible Reasons Why Dec 3rd, 2019

Though we would all like to think that root canal therapy in Encino, California is a permanent solution for curing a tooth’s infection, that isn’t always the case.  While root canals do have an extremely high success rate, there are some complications that may cause them to fail.  Reasons Why...

Healthy Snacking Ideas Over the Holidays Nov 30th, 2019

December is not known to be a month of healthy snacking. Between cookies and candies, office parties and family gatherings, it seems like something delicious is always around to snack on. But whether you’re watching what you eat for your weight or your general health, Dr. Jamsheed wants you to...

Pulpotomy Treatments in Adult Dental Patients Nov 26th, 2019

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. Inside every tooth is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels in an opening called the pulp chamber.  Nerve...

What Are Those White Spots On My Teeth? Nov 23rd, 2019

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? Where do those white spots...

6 Reasons Why You Might Need A Dental Crown Nov 19th, 2019

A crown is a “cap” or cover that fits over your tooth. This restoration is made from a variety of very strong materials.  They’re usually manufactured at a dental lab or in-office using a 3-D type printing machine. Dental crowns look just like a tooth, except the inside is hollowed...

Smile To Improve Your Day — And Your Health! Nov 16th, 2019

“IT TAKES MORE MUSCLES to frown than to smile,” the old cliché goes, so you should smile more to conserve energy. Well, it turns out the cliché is false. Smiling takes at least ten muscles, while as few as six are required for a frown. A better expression would be “smile...

Loose Teeth from Gum Disease Nov 12th, 2019

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. How Does Gum Disease...

How Clean Is Your Tongue? Nov 9th, 2019

“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? The Difference A Clean Tongue Makes More...

Your Child in Braces Nov 5th, 2019

Undergoing orthodontic treatment in Encino, CA can be a routine change for some kids. Remembering to brush their teeth throughout the day and having the patience to do it right can be a lot of responsibility for them. When your child returns to school it’ll be up to them to...

How Often Should You Get A Professional Teeth Cleaning and Exam? Nov 2nd, 2019

If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth (or aren’t experiencing any pain) then you don’t need to see a dentist in Encino, right? Wrong. Encino Dental Cleanings Say you do go in for a dental cleaning and your mouth is spick and span. As early as...

How To Prepare For A Dental Emergency Oct 29th, 2019

EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same...

Popular Kinds of Denture Adhesives Oct 26th, 2019

Wearing dentures shouldn’t be a burden. Having a secure fit will help ensure that you can live worry free and enjoy all the good things in life. Using a good quality denture adhesive with your appliance will help hold it in place. With so many products available on the market...

Daily Habits That Harm Our Teeth Oct 22nd, 2019

OUR TOOTH ENAMEL holds the distinction of being the hardest substance in our bodies — even harder than bone! But don’t take that to mean our teeth are invincible. As hard as enamel is, it’s also somewhat brittle, so we should be careful to avoid daily habits that attack that weak...

What Is A Dry Socket and How Can I Prevent One? Oct 19th, 2019

When you have an extraction, the roots of your tooth are removed as well. This leaves you with a hole in the surrounding bone and an opening in your gums. Typically, a blood clot develops over this area and forms a protective layer. A dry socket is a very painful...

How To Choose A Great Dentist Oct 15th, 2019

THERE ARE A NUMBER of reasons why someone might need a new dentist. Maybe their insurance changed, they’re moving to a new area, or they simply haven’t looked for a dentist yet. Whatever the reason, if you don’t already have a dentist, it’s a good idea to choose one now so...

What to Do If You Lose Your Invisalign Trays Oct 12th, 2019

Invisalign is an excellent braces option that allows you to have a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment in Encino. With invisible orthodontic aligners, there’s no need to wear metal brackets and wires in your mouth. The Invisalign system works by using a series of clear dental aligners that look a lot...

Seal Out Plaque With Sealants Oct 8th, 2019

BY THE TIME THEY reach kindergarten, 40 percent of children develop cavities. The main culprits are sugary snacks and poor oral hygiene. As parents, it’s very important to do everything we can to protect our children’s teeth from decay, and that becomes even more important when the adult teeth start coming...

Don’t Take A Vacation From Oral Hygiene! Oct 5th, 2019

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER comes the season of family vacations and exciting trips to new places. We’re as excited for it as our patients, but before everyone leaves to explore parts unknown, we want to give you a few tips and reminders about taking care of your teeth while you’re...

Dentures Through History Oct 1st, 2019

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. Dentures Through The Ages The oldest known false teeth were discovered in Mexico, made of wolf teeth. Millennia later, around 700 B.C., the ancient Etruscans...

Repeat After Us: Teeth Are Not Tools Sep 28th, 2019

OUR TEETH ARE pretty amazing, and there’s a lot they can do. They chew our food, they provide structural support for the lower third of our faces, they help us speak clearly, and they give us our beautiful smiles. However, many people also find other uses for their teeth, which can...

How Does Swimming Affect Teeth? Sep 24th, 2019

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. But what does swimming have to do with tooth sensitivity? The Effects Of Chlorine...

Too Few Or Too Many Adult Teeth? Sep 21st, 2019

DEPENDING ON HOW MANY wisdom teeth come in and whether or not they have to be removed, most adults have 28-32 adult teeth. There are a few outliers in either direction, however. Some people have fewer teeth than they should (called hypodontia or congenitally missing teeth), while others have one or...

Teaching Kids To Take Care Of Their Smiles Sep 14th, 2019

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, let alone theirs. That’s why we’re here to help you out with a few tips on how to help your kids develop great oral hygiene...

The Dangers Of Chronic Teeth Grinding Sep 7th, 2019

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. What Causes Teeth Grinding? While daytime bruxism can...

Treatments for Excessive Gum Tissues Aug 31st, 2019

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. The Laser Gum Lift Procedure In dentistry, lasers have been used for years with great...

An Explanation Of Dental Insurance Benefits Aug 24th, 2019

Dental insurance plans are available to most patients through their employer. There is a monthly premium that you pay which is automatically taken out of your paycheck. When you go to the dentist you present them with your insurance card and their insurance specialist will apply your benefits to whatever...

The Difference Between Hot and Cold Sensitivity On Your Teeth Aug 17th, 2019

Many people struggle with having teeth that are vulnerable to temperature sensitivity. But what causes this condition and what can be done about it? What Causes Cold Sensitivity On Teeth? Typically temperature discomfort is most prevalent with cold foods and drinks. This occurs due to two main reasons. The first...

Causes Of Bad Breath Aug 10th, 2019

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? Here...

Plaque, Tartar, And Your Teeth Aug 3rd, 2019

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? Let’s take a closer look at these two substances that are a...

It’s Time To Kick That Ice-Chewing Habit Jul 27th, 2019

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 can...

Taking Care Of Your Pet’s Teeth Jul 13th, 2019

IT’S EASY TO ASSUME that our pets don’t need dental care like we do. After all, wild animals can’t exactly brush their teeth, and that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. However, it turns out that our pets’ teeth have a very different situation than the teeth of wild...

Invisalign For Teenagers Jul 6th, 2019

As dental professionals, we understand that teenagers are sensitive about their appearance and that the idea of having metal braces may not be great for their reputation. For those who would prefer to go through orthodontic treatment unscathed, a great option to consider is Invisalign Teen. What Is Invisalign Teen?Invisalign...

How To Keep Your OSA/Snoring Appliance Clean Jun 29th, 2019

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 for keeping your snoring appliance sanitary: ● Before inserting it...

What to Look for When Choosing an Electric Toothbrush Jun 22nd, 2019

An electric toothbrush is much more efficient at cleaning your teeth than a manual one. However, with so many options available on the market, it can be confusing when trying to decide which one is the best for you. When shopping for an electric toothbrush consider these features: ● Built-In...

Simple Extraction vs. Surgical Extraction Jun 15th, 2019

When having to get a tooth pulled, you may be told that the procedure will need to be a “surgical” extraction rather than a “simple” one. What does this mean to you, and what are the differences in the two procedures? What Is A Simple Extraction?During this method of removing...

Enamel Hypoplasia Jun 8th, 2019

WE ALL WANT a perfect, pearly-white smile. Sometimes all it takes is a good brushing and flossing habit and regular dental visits, but not everyone is lucky enough to have naturally strong teeth that are easy to take care of. For some people, a healthy smile is much harder to achieve...

Defeating Bad Breath Jun 1st, 2019

WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE BEFORE — sitting in the middle of a job interview or a first date and realizing that our breath is far from minty fresh. Even when everything else is going perfectly, bad breath can be enough to ruin your confidence and turn a good experience sour. Why...

Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive? May 25th, 2019

IS A SIMPLE SPOONFUL of ice cream enough to make you cringe because of the pain in your teeth? Do you have to be careful when you drink hot coffee that none of it touches your chompers? If you know the feeling, then you’re one of the millions who experience...

How to Get Relief from Sensitive Teeth May 19th, 2019

There’s probably nothing worse than that feeling you get when your teeth zing and ruin the pleasure of eating your favorite food. Sensitive teeth are a common complaint here in Encino. Fortunately, there’s an effective solution out there that can reduce your dental sensitivity, depending on the cause. Here are...

Why Does Your Child Need a Dental Crown? May 12th, 2019

Has a dentist suggested that your child needs a dental crown? You might wonder why the dentist can’t just fill the tooth instead of crowning the whole thing. Crowns for baby teeth are usually made from stainless steel. This metal is safe, cost-effective, and easy to restore a tooth quickly....

6 Foods to Eat for a Healthier Smile May 5th, 2019

If you want to enjoy better oral health, there’s no better way to improve things than by brushing and flossing frequently. But there’s more to your cavity risk than just how much you brush. Your diet is also an important factor in your oral health. Incorporating more of these surprisingly...

A Pain-Free Dental Implant Procedure Apr 28th, 2019

Although getting an implant placed in your jaw sounds painful, it really isn’t!  Your mouth will be totally numb around the dental implant site so that you don’t feel anything during the procedure. If you’re still not convinced, it can help to know that your bone doesn’t have any nerve...

The Truth About Brushing Apr 21st, 2019

You’ve heard all your life that you need to brush your teeth. Hopefully, you are one of the people who brushes regularly and never skips your dental checkup (or flossing,) but some people do. Brushing your teeth is more than just keeping halitosis in check and getting rid of visible...

What Types of Sedation Dentistry are There? Apr 14th, 2019

Planning to undergo a dental surgery is hardly something that most people look forward to. In fact, the anticipation can be quite unnerving.  Anxiety and fear may begin to consume you in the days leading up to your appointment. Luckily, Encino Dental Studio offers comfortable sedation dentistry options to help...

Managing Pain After Having A Tooth Extracted Apr 7th, 2019

Your post-op tooth extraction experience may be different from the next person. Some people sail right through the healing process, while others struggle. There are certain reasons why you may have a harder time getting over your extraction and what you can do to help. A Dry Socket Has Developed...

Know the Signs of Gum Disease Mar 31st, 2019

Gum disease can be tricky to recognize because it can sneak up on you over time.  Something that seems normal in your mouth may not be a good thing. It could actually be a sign that you have gum disease and need to see our dentist in Encino.This condition can...

Orthodontic Evaluations for Adults Mar 12th, 2019

If you’ve ever thought of getting braces, you probably think of wires, multi-colored brackets, rubber bands, and your teenage years. But in 2018, braces don’t look like the orthodontic treatments of the 1990’s; and there is a growing population of adults who are seeking orthodontic treatment in their twenties, thirties,...

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Older Patients Feb 27th, 2019

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Older Patients For most people, having your wisdom teeth out usually happens between the ages of 17-25. Your dentist can assess how those third molars are coming in: straight or at an angle, and if there’s enough room in your jaw. Teeth that are not impacted...

Say NO to DIY Dentistry! Feb 13th, 2019

Say NO to DIY Dentistry! We get it. You don’t want to go to the dentist. For a lot of people, there is an element of anxiety or fear of having someone with their hands in your mouth. For others, it’s more of a fear of having to pay for...

How Can My Dentist Help Me with Snoring? Jan 29th, 2019

How Can My Dentist Help Me with Snoring? As you and your partner have aged, your bodies have changed. You have more grey hair, some fine lines that weren’t there 10 years ago, perhaps even a softer, more rounded figure. Your comfortable quiet sleep has gone by the wayside too....

Using Up Your Dental Benefits Jan 28th, 2019

Using Up Your Dental Benefits Dental Insurance is a hot commodity. Not everyone has it, and not everyone who has it uses it. But if you do have dental insurance, you’ve been paying into it out of every paycheck, amounting to hundreds of dollars this year alone.  Have you taken...

Smile Makeover Goals for Next Year Jan 28th, 2019

The end of each year brings time to reflect over the good things that happened and events that we would do differently.  It’s a time to dream and make goals to reach that dream, to change, to refine, to resolve. Have you included your dental health and appearance in those...

Should I Get My Tooth Fixed- Or Not? Jan 15th, 2019

Should I Get My Tooth Fixed – Or Not? Your tooth broke while you were at work today. It feels jagged, but it doesn’t hurt. You still have the pieces, but they’re so small you don’t think it went far into the tooth. At first you think you should call...

The Nightly Grind Nov 16th, 2018

The Nightly Grind Pause a minute and take stock of how you feel in the morning: Do you feel rested? Refreshed? Are you ready to roll out of bed and tackle whatever comes your way?   No? Try taking stock with these questions: Do you have a headache when you...

Protecting Your New Dental Investment Oct 13th, 2018

Protecting Your New Dental InvestmentCosmetic dentistry and orthodontics require both a time and monetary investment in your teeth. They can help your smile be more attractive, or your teeth to line up correctly and have a better bite relationship. No matter the reason you chose veneers or went through Invisalign...

A Mask for Your Teeth! Oct 13th, 2018

A Mask for Your Teeth!What are YOU going to be for Halloween? Dressing up as a character from a movie or book, as an animal or a witch always provides a fun time and entertainment. Sometimes, it’s fun to plan your costume to play up your physical characteristics- like dressing...

TMD and Sleep Apnea May Be Related Oct 3rd, 2018

TMD and Sleep Apnea May Be RelatedHave you ever woken up with headaches near your temples and a tight feeling in your jaw?  You may be grinding your teeth at night without realizing it! Bruxism (clenching and grinding) can be an important symptom to recognize in the treatment of temporomandibular...

Dental Care During Your Implant Treatment Process Oct 3rd, 2018

Dental Care During Your Implant Treatment ProcessThe decision to get dental implants is exciting. It’s a way of taking back your health and your smile. But the process isn’t immediate.  There are three separate steps to go through for your implants to be completed, plus the healing stages in between....

Mail Order Aligners Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be Sep 8th, 2018

Mail Order Aligners Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to BeYou’ve probably seen the commercials when you’re streaming or watching live television. “Order your aligners and get your teeth straightened for less!” They promise an inexpensive treatment, and you don’t even have to see the dentist.  Unfortunately, it’s an partially empty...

Three Tips for Back To School With Braces! Sep 8th, 2018

Three Tips for Back To School With Braces!Back to school is coming soon! You’ve gotten the supplies: notebooks, pens, pencils and paper. You’ve even been to the doctor for a physical. But have you taken your child to the dentist?  The teenage years are the time many kids start getting...

Three Things That Happen When You Don’t Extract Your Wisdom Teeth Aug 14th, 2018

Three Things That Happen When You Don’t Extract Your Wisdom TeethIn the last several years, we’ve witnessed a rise in self-directed medicine. Natural and alternative remedies have risen in popularity as people ignore the advice given by their chosen medical professionals and look for recommendations on the interwebs. Even when...

It’s “Back to School” For Teachers, Too! Aug 14th, 2018

It’s “Back to School” For Teachers, Too!For teachers, back to school has a whole different meaning than it did as a kid. It’s two weeks of in-service followed by meetings and meetings and more meetings. New schedules, new colleagues, new textbooks; new laws, new educational theories, new students. There’s a...

Three Things That Happen When You Don’t Extract Your Wisdom Teeth Jul 30th, 2018

Three Things That Happen When You Don’t Extract Your Wisdom TeethIn the last several years, we’ve witnessed a rise in self-directed medicine. Natural and alternative remedies have risen in popularity as people ignore the advice given by their chosen medical professionals and look for recommendations on the interwebs. Even when...

Back To School Countdown Jul 30th, 2018

Throughout the United States, a loud cheer rises as parents send their children back to school. You have bought the pens, pencils, paper, Kleenex and disinfectant wipes for them to take to the teachers. You’ve walked them to the new bus stop, so they know where it is.  Bedtimes and...

What Is A Dental Bridge and When Do I Need One? Jul 11th, 2018

What Is A Dental Bridge and When Do I Need One?The last time you went to the dentist, he suggested that you needed a bridge between some of your teeth.  You had questions, but he was in a rush and didn’t offer you an opportunity to ask them.  So, you’ve...

Why is Gum Health So Important? Jul 11th, 2018

Why is Gum Health So Important?When your dentist talks to you about taking care of your smile, you likely think primarily of your teeth.  But your teeth aren’t the only part of your smile; you have to take care of your gums too. Gum health is essential to your overall...

Do I Have to Replace My Extracted Tooth? Jun 19th, 2018

Do I Have to Replace My Extracted Tooth?So, you had to have a tooth extracted and now you’re wondering what to do next.  There’s a part of you that says, “Its a molar in the back. No one is going to see it. Maybe I’ll just let it go.” Sure,...

Dental Fear: Real or Myth? Jun 19th, 2018

Dental Fear: Real or Myth?At Encino Dental Studio, we know for a fact that dental anxiety, or fear, is a real thing. The office has noisy tools, unknown smells, and you lay back to have someone else’s hands in your mouth; it can be a lot to take in!If you’ve...

Healthy Teeth Help Make A Healthy Body May 26th, 2018

Your mouth is the gateway for whole body health. You’ve heard the proverb that you are what you eat, but what you consume is not the only way that your mouth affects and reflects your total health.  Dental Hygiene plays a big part in your overall health, and not just...

Can’t I Just Get Dentures? May 26th, 2018

At Encino Dental Studio, we love to help our patients have health teeth and gums. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to rehabilitate your dental health before we can move forward with preventive care. One of the ways we can do that is with restorative therapy. Traditionally, missing teeth are often replaced...

Get Your Shine On May 4th, 2018

 Is your smile camera flash ready?One of the easiest things you can do for your teeth is to have them whitened.  Whitening is safe and easy. You could use one of the products sold at your grocery or pharmacy, but the truth is the strength sold over the counter is...

Bonding vs. Veneers May 4th, 2018

As you get older, you’ll probably start to see your age in your teeth.  The straight white smile of your youth may gradually wear down, become discolored, chipped, or cracked.  Fortunately, there are ways to fix your teeth, but maybe you don’t know the best option for your situation. Dr....

FInding A New Dentist Apr 25th, 2018

When you move to a new area, there’s a list of things you have to do: set-up utilities and internet, find the good grocery store, find a new coffee shop, learn your way around, find a new doctor, and even a new dentist.  So you Google things like “local dentist”...

It’s More Than Just Snoring Apr 25th, 2018

Most people with sleep apnea think the main problem is their snoring.  It’s only when they, often begrudgingly, get a sleep study and begin treatment that the overall effect on their health becomes apparent. Moods get brighter. Energy increases. Blood pressure drops. Even weight becomes easier to manage. How amazing...

Why Flossing Is Important Apr 17th, 2018

Everyone you work with knows that you had a salad for lunch today; there’s a piece of spinach stuck between two of your front teeth. Or maybe you had some popcorn in the afternoon and a piece of corn kernel got stuck between your molars. It could be that your...

“How Can Those Be Connected?” Mar 10th, 2018

If you’ve read anything about the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, you are probably wondering how on earth they are connected.  The truth is that science has not found all of the direct links, but there are enough indirect links that should cause all of us...

Dental Emergency? Mar 10th, 2018

When you have the time to plan for your dental treatment, you know you have to save or set aside the right funds for co-payments or deductibles. But when you have a dental emergency, you might feel like you have to put it off until you can better afford it....

Searching For A Dentist? Mar 3rd, 2018

If you are new to the area or just looking for a new dentist (or doctor, chimneysweep, lawncare, or place to eat!), you probably pull up the search function on your phone and look for a dentist close to your home. “OK, Google.  Find a dentist near my home!” A...

Dental Emergencies and Your Wallet Mar 3rd, 2018

You’re sitting at your desk one afternoon, noshing some popcorn as an afternoon snack when, “Crunch!”  You managed to bite down on a kernel and break one of your teeth.  That’s a dentist appointment you weren’t counting on!  What do you do now?First things first, call Encino Dental Studio. A...

You and Me and The Baby Makes Three! Feb 17th, 2018

Two minutes ago, it was just you and your “significant other.” But then that second line showed up on the pregnancy test and you realize that baby makes three.  It’s such an exciting time for you. There’s announcement pictures to take, furniture and baby stuff to buy, birth plans to...

Jump Start Your Cosmetic Treatment with Teeth Whitening Feb 17th, 2018

Your smile should light up your face and make you glow, but gaps, uneven lines, even yellowing can makes you self-conscious. Cosmetic dentistry is one way that you can get a Hollywood smile. There are lots of options: veneers, crowns, bridges, bonding, and invisible braces.  If you’re considering any of...

Big Benefits of Investing in Dental Implants Feb 17th, 2018

Maybe you’ve looked into dental implants and decide that they were just too much to spend on your teeth. Or your insurance company pays a larger percentage for dentures than implants so you’re planning to go that direction. But dental implants are a superior restorative treatment that you should seriously...

Three Signs You Need A Root Canal Jan 17th, 2018

From the moment you made the appointment, you knew the diagnosis. Decay has reached the root of your tooth, and you need a root canal.  You’re dreading it, but will it really be worse than the pain you’re already feeling? In the last several years, the procedure has become painless;...

Four Ways to Save Big on Your Dental Care Jan 17th, 2018

With medical and insurance fees rising everywhere, you might be looking for the best ways to keep your costs down. Your best option with dental care is actually a preventive one. When taken all together, the cost for all our suggestions are smaller than the cost of waiting until something...

A New Smile For The New Year Dec 11th, 2017

The new year is a new chance to remake yourself, set new goals, and make plans for the future. What are your plans for the upcoming year? The traditional resolutions tend to involve losing weight, exercising more, or getting fit. Less popular trends include getting organized, learning new hobbies, spending...

Sawing a Yule Log Dec 11th, 2017

“While Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled our heads for a long winter’s nap, When up from the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter...”  We’re pretty sure that the clatter the man heard...

Whiter Smiles For The Holidays! Dec 11th, 2017

Whether you have set of family pictures scheduled or back to back parties lining your calendar, you want to look your best. Your outfits are picked out and you have appointments set for your hair and nails. You’ve even pinned the different “must have” looks you plan to wear, on...

Three Types of Smile Makeovers: Which is Right for You? Sep 25th, 2017

Three Types of Smile Makeovers: Which is Right for You?Summer is here, and lots of people are getting make overs: Mommy makeovers and facials from the local med-spa, manicures and pedicures from the nail salon, new hairstyles and new clothes.  Why not make over your smile, too? It’s the only...

Encino Orthodontic Options for Adults Aug 3rd, 2017

Encino Orthodontic Options for AdultsYou’re a grownup with a real job, a spouse, 2 kids, a dog, a mortgage, and a car payment. But when you look in the mirror you just see the 14-year-old you with the awkward smile and those two teeth that have never been quite right....

Do Oral Appliances Treat Snoring? Jul 21st, 2017

Do Oral Appliances Treat Snoring?The same thing happens every night around 2:30. You’re having a beautiful dream, and then your partner pokes you in the side. “Roll over!” she says, “You’re snoring!”  You know you snore. Occasionally, you even wake yourself up sawing logs.  But what can you do?  The...

Finding an Emergency Dentist in Encino Jul 13th, 2017

Finding an Emergency Dentist in EncinoDental pain is one of the very worst kinds of pain a person can experience (if not 2nd right behind an earache.)  It radiates from the damaged tooth through your jaw, your sinuses, your ear, into your head.   If it’s bad enough, you won’t even...

Prevent Concussions With Your Dentist's Help Jun 13th, 2017

It’s Friday night and you’re at the football game.  Your son is on the field blocking and you are in the stands cheering! Until he ends up on the bottom of a pile. The cheers stop and all you can do is pray he’s okay.  Your dentist can’t do a...

Five Hidden Dangers of Gum Disease May 27th, 2017

If you’re under 40, you probably haven’t given much thought to your gums. Any thoughts you have had probably went something like this, “Hmm. My gums bled a little while I brushed my teeth. Better make sure to rinse good.” or “I need to find a toothpick or some floss...

How Do I Know If I Need A Filling? May 2nd, 2017

Sometimes you don’t know you need a filling until your x-rays show a cavity. But other times, if you are mindful and pay attention, you can catch it before your regular check-up! These are some of the signs you should be aware of:Tooth Sensitivity: Does a glass of ice water...

Oral Sleep Appliances: Goodbye CPAP! Apr 18th, 2017

Your little girl enters your room at night after a bad dream. She gets into bed and snuggles down. “Mommy what’s that noise?” “It’s Daddy’s breathing machine, baby, go back to sleep.” She sits up and crawls over your wife to go see inspect for herself, but when she gets...

Bonding vs. Root Canals: What You Need to Know Apr 8th, 2017

Bonding vs. Root Canals: What You Need to KnowAs you age, small chips and cracks may appear in your teeth. Tooth enamel wears away, gums recede, but our Encino dentist can help you tune your smile up a notch. If you primarily suffer from cosmetic damage on the surface of...

Wisdom Teeth and Your Teen Mar 29th, 2017

Wisdom Teeth and Your TeenYou’ve invested a lot of money in your teenager’s teeth, hoping to keep them straight and healthy for a lifetime.  But the braces have come off and now your child is complaining of pain or swelling behind his molars. A quick trip to our Encino office...

Is It a True Dental Emergency Mar 11th, 2017

Is it a True Dental Emergency? If you have a medical emergency, you know to go straight to the emergency room.  What if you have a dental emergency? Can you tell if it is a dental emergency? Do you have a plan?Dental emergencies are typically caused by trauma to your...

Four superfoods for Your Smile Feb 25th, 2017

Every six months or so, there’s a new “superfood” making news and social media headlines. Your favorite blogger will share a recipe or two, and the prices in the grocery store will sky-rocket (does anyone else remember when kale cost a quarter of the current price?) Your mouth is a...

3 Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown Feb 14th, 2017

After your root canal treatment, your tooth is protected from recurrent painful infections. That being said, the removal of your nerve means that your tooth is no longer alive. As such, it can become brittle and start to wear away from everyday use.That’s why a crown is almost always recommended...

Why Do I Need a Root Canal? Feb 3rd, 2017

You haven’t been to the dentist in years, but your tooth is starting to bother you. After the checkup, your dentist in Encino tells you that you need a root canal. Can’t you just treat it with antibiotics and go on your way? Not exactly.An Infection Inside of Your ToothRoot canal...

Invisalign Isn't Just for Crooked Teeth Jan 25th, 2017

Having a gorgeous, straight smile is one of those things you’re either lucky enough to be born with, or you’ve had the help of a great dentist.However, beautiful straight teeth aren’t just about good looks. They’re also an indication of good health and greatly reduce your risk of other dental...

Four Things You Didn't Know About Dental Implants Jan 17th, 2017

Have you always assumed that dental implants were an intensive treatment reserved for only the most elite of dental patients? It’s not true! Thanks to the modern advancement in implant design and technology over the past decade, these artificial teeth are easier and more predictable to place than ever before. In...