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Reasons Its Important to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

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Regular dental check-ups are often overlooked, but they play a pivotal role in maintaining your dental health. At Manhattan Dental Care Studio, we emphasize the importance of scheduling routine dental exams to ensure the well-being of your teeth and gums. Here are several reasons why it is worth prioritizing your next dental appointment. 

Preventative Care

Prevention is the cornerstone of dental care. Regular exams allow dentists to detect potential issues early on, preventing the progression of oral health problems. From cavities to gum disease, timely intervention can save you from extensive treatments and associated costs.

Professional Cleaning 

No matter how diligent your oral hygiene routine is, there are areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. Professional cleanings during dental exams help remove stubborn plaque and tartar, preventing the development of cavities and maintaining a bright, healthy smile.

Gum Disease Detection & Prevention

Gum disease often starts with subtle symptoms that are difficult to notice. Regular dental check-ups enable dentists to identify early signs of gum disease, such as inflammation and bleeding. Timely intervention can prevent the disease from progressing to more severe stages.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Dental exams include screenings for oral cancer, allowing for early detection and prompt treatment if any abnormalities are found. Early diagnosis significantly improves the chances of successful treatment.

Personalized Oral Health Advice

Dentists provide tailored advice based on your oral health condition. Whether it’s improving your brushing technique, recommendations for oral care products, or addressing specific concerns, personalized guidance enhances your at-home oral care routine.

Maintaining Overall Health

Oral health is interconnected with overall health. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Regular dental exams contribute to your overall well-being by addressing potential oral health issues before they affect your general health. 

Building a Relationship with Your Dentist

Establishing a relationship with your dentist fosters trust and ensures open communication. This is crucial for addressing any concerns or anxieties you may have about dental procedures. A comfortable and trustworthy relationship with your dentist makes each visit more pleasant.

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Scheduling your next dental exam at Manhattan Dental Care Studio is not just about maintaining a beautiful smile; it’s a proactive step towards safeguarding your overall health. Regular check-ups empower you to take control of your oral health, ensuring a lifetime of confident smiles and well-being. Don’t delay—book your appointment today for a brighter, healthier tomorrow.

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Resolutions for a Better Smile in the Year Ahead

By | General Dentistry

Kick off the new year with a commitment to a better smile. At Manhattan Dental Care Studio, our team suggests practical resolutions for achieving and maintaining your healthiest smile. 

Good Cleaning Habits

Start by embracing proper brushing and flossing techniques. Make it a habit to replace your toothbrush every three to four months to ensure effectiveness. 

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Consider exploring cosmetic dentistry options like teeth whitening or veneers for a brighter and more confident smile.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Incorporate healthier lifestyle choices by quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, as these habits can negatively impact your oral health. Regular dental check-ups at our location in Manhattan Beach, which also serves Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and surrounding areas, will help monitor your progress and address any concerns promptly.

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Reviving Smiles with Dental Implants in Manhattan Beach

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A bright smile can undoubtedly impact your social life, professional life, and mental and emotional well-being positively. Your smile is typically the first thing that people see. There is no question that a great smile is a huge asset and should not be underestimated.

So what do you do if your teeth are missing? Tooth decay, accidents, and injuries that once would have left someone with missing teeth can now be treated to look brand new with dental implants

Dental implants are the only form of tooth restoration that replaces the entire tooth, from root to crown. With the help of local anesthesia, they’re inserted through the gums during a short surgical procedure. A titanium post used as a replacement tooth root is screwed into the jawbone, which bonds with the surrounding bone. After a short healing process, the base is securely fused to the jaw, and topped with artificial replacement teeth that match y3our others perfectly. 

There are several types of implants –- single tooth replacement, fixed multiple teeth replacement, and a whole new set of teeth with removable implant-supported dentures. So regardless of how many teeth need replacing, there are options for everyone.

To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have the following:

  • A good level of oral hygiene and health 
  • Have healthy gums
  • Healthy and strong bone in the jaw to support the implant
  • Good health overall and not be suffering from any conditions which might prevent you from having surgery
  • A non-smoker 
  • A fully developed jaw

Are Implants Better than False Teeth?

Removable dentures have been the only solution for missing teeth for centuries. Besides the uncomfortable adhesive glues, they usually make talking and eating awkward and difficult.

When we chew food with our natural teeth, it stimulates the jaw bone keeping it solid. Dentures provide no stimulation to the bone, resulting in bone loss in the jaw. With bone loss comes ill-fitting dentures that can slip and fall out easily.

Implant posts are fused to the jawbone and become a part of you. They function exactly the same way as the natural teeth roots, significantly reducing bone loss. 

Dental implants won’t embarrass you by slipping and sliding while you’re trying to chew your food or are engaging in a conversation. You can even brush the same way as regular teeth! Dental implants have incredible success rates and are the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implant surgery?

  • Stand-alone structures which don’t need support from other teeth
  • Help prevent bone loss
  • It lasts long term if cared for properly
  • Look, feel, and act like natural teeth
  • Comfortable and natural-looking
  • Easy to clean

Many people are surprised at how simple a dental implant procedure is. Most patients experience no pain during cosmetic implant surgery and very minimal discomfort afterwards. And if given proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Are you interested in learning more about our implant procedure treatment plan or other dental care services? If so, contact us at Manhattan Dental Care Studio in Manhattan Beach, CA. We look forward to helping bring back your smile.

 

How Custom-Made Mouthguards Can Help Minimize Concussion Risk

By | General Dentistry

Every parent knows that sports mouthguards are essential to prevent serious injuries to their kids’ teeth and gums. The American Dental Association reports that 15 million Americans of all ages suffer from dental injuries annually, resulting in the loss of five million teeth. Many others suffer from chipped or cracked teeth, dislocation of the jaw, and harm to gums and other soft tissue. Wearing a mouthguard makes all the difference in preventative care and protecting the player from the damage a blow can do.

A clinical trial recently also showed that wearing a specific type of mouthguard can protect someone from concussion. In the peer-reviewed journal General Dentistry, a study was reported of 412 players on six high school football teams. All wore the same helmet, but three teams were given over-the-counter mouthguards, while the other three wore custom-made ones from a dental office.

Those who wore the OTC mouthguards ended up with 8.3 percent suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries. Those who wore the dental version had just 3.6 percent such injuries. Dr. Jackson Winters, the lead author of the study and a pediatric dentist, is also a former high school and college sports official. He commented, “Consumers may believe that today’s advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted mouthguard also is essential to player safety.”

The California Dental Association has advised that it is important for everyone to wear mouthguards in even non-contact sports like baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, bicycling, and skateboarding.

The problem with OTC mouthguards is that they either are ready-to-wear and do not fit properly or designed to be put into boiling water and then placed in the mouth for form around the teeth, which loses its shape quickly. Neither provides the protection level that a professionally custom-made one does. Mouthguards also need to be remade from time to time to accommodate growth spurts and new dental work. It is important to choose a dental office with lots of experience in making these. Custom-made mouthguards and night guards can make it easy to breathe and speak and will hold their form a long time.

Call our dentist for an appointment to have your child or anyone in your family who plays any kind of sport examined for what type of mouthguard they may need. We happily serve the areas of Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Marina Del Rey, Torrance, South Bay, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, and more. It is also a good opportunity to also have a digital (low radiation) x-ray and general dental checkup to be sure there are not invisible health issues with your teeth and jawbone.

Important Minerals to Consider to Maintain a Healthy Smile

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Few of us grew up understanding exactly what foods were good for our health, beyond “don’t eat too much sugar or fatty meats.” Even fewer have known that nutrition can play an essential part in your oral health and that dental health affects your overall wellness (since periodontal bacteria can spread through the body and increase the risk for everything from diabetes to cardiovascular disease).

As people age, however, they learn the vitamins and minerals do play a vital role in the density of their bones. If you don’t get enough calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, it has been long understood that you will likely eventually suffer from osteoporosis, the thinning of bones that makes them at high risk for fracture.

More recently, it has been recognized that 500 mg. of calcium and 700 International Units of D taken daily can keep teeth from being lost, as reported by WebMD:

“Studies have shown that calcium and vitamin D supplementation…may improve tooth retention, along with routine dental care and good oral hygiene,” said Elizabeth Krall, MPH, PhD, the lead author of a study and a researcher at Boston University Dental School and Tufts University Nutrition Research Center. The results included a 40% reduction in tooth loss over the following two years, compared with a control group that took placebos. One reason is that as we age, the jawbone loses density even faster than bones elsewhere in the body.

Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption, which is why they are usually taken together. The American Dietetic Association recommends not exceeding more than 2,500 mg. a day for calcium and 1,000 units of D.  

Cheese is rich not only in calcium, but a protein called casein, which helps build tooth enamel. Cheese is also a good source of D. D formation can be stimulated by spending some time in the sun, but those with darker skin have difficulty meeting their requirements this way.

Often overlooked among minerals is magnesium, even though it has many uses by the body, including preventing high blood pressure, diabetes, and complications in pregnancy. It is found in nuts, whole grains, beans, seeds, and dark leafy vegetables. It helps calcium be absorbed if it is taken as a supplement in half the amount: so 1,000 calcium mg. would be matched with 500 mg. of magnesium.  

To be sure you maintain good oral health, rinse your mouth with water after drinking sugary beverages or eating high-sugar foods. Maintain a regular schedule of dental exams with your dentist. Keep brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at night to prevent the plaque developing on which bacteria feed that emit acids that harm teeth.

Are Veneers Right for Just One Tooth?

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You might have a full set of 31 perfect teeth, but one right at the front is smaller or larger than its neighbors, or misshapen, chipped, cracked, crooked, or discolored in a way you can’t seem to change. Or maybe there’s a gap that makes you hesitate to fully smile. What to do?

You’ve no doubt heard of veneers, plural, as a popular way for everyday Joes and Jills to get a gleaming Hollywood smile at a non-celebrity price. But what if you feel you only need to repair or cover one tooth?

Dental veneers are made of thin, but strong, biocompatible porcelain. Manhattan Dental Care Studio works with a top dental laboratory to craft whatever veneers you need–even a single one–to exactly match the size, shape, and shade of its neighbors. No one would ever know you weren’t born with that new smile that is the result.

Having the confidence that comes from a perfect smile can improve your life in many ways, whether it is socially (like that crucial first date), at work (with customers or colleagues), or volunteering for a worthy cause (yes, even humanitarians sometimes make unconscious snap judgments if you don’t flash a friendly grin).

The first step to this new smile requires a full dental exam, including a digital x-ray (which emits minimal radiation), to be sure there are not more important issues to address first. You may also need to have the tooth or teeth being treated professionally whitened first, so the translucent veneer doesn’t reveal a tooth that is too dark (a thin enamel surface can reveal the yellow dental layer below it). 

If proceeding, Dr. Erick Gutierrez and his team will shave down the tooth to be covered slightly, so that when the veneer is placed it doesn’t stick out and look unnatural (this also helps the veneer adhere). A putty mold impression will be made of the area to be sent to the lab to create the final veneer. It will also be used to provide a temporary one to place over the tooth, to protect it from sensitivity to cold or hot drinks, to test drive the feel of the new bite, and so that your smile looks good while waiting.

When the veneer arrives a week or so later, you will return to have Dr. Gutierrez place it on and refine the fit and feel until it is perfect. With proper care, a veneer can last 10 years or more. For the first step in starting your veneers treatment, contact our team today for a consultation. We service the areas of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Lawndale, South Bay, Gardena, and more.

What Foods Can I Eat with Invisalign?

By | General Dentistry

Whether you are a teen or an adult with teeth that need straightening, you feel lucky to have been able to avoid wearing traditional braces, with their brackets, wires, rubber bands, and springs for a number of reasons you’ve heard about from those who have them:

  • It takes two to three years to finish the process of fixing crooked teeth (which in itself might induce a frown, instead of a smile). It’s embarrassing to walk around that long as a “metal mouth,” but sometimes you may even have to wear extra headgear to put pressure on certain teeth (though usually just at night).
  • They are not just real uncomfortable, especially after they’ve just been tightened to keep the teeth moving towards their ideal positions, the wires can cut your gums and the insides of your cheeks.
  • They involve a lot of visits to the dentist to make adjustments.
  • Cleaning teeth is really challenging: you have to use special brushes to very thoroughly remove every particle of food and need to floss carefully around the braces to avoid moving the wires. You may need to also use a Waterpik or AirFlosser. If you aren’t diligent, your dentist will have a tough time fixing cavities or treating gum disease.
  • There are a lot of food restrictions, including ice, nuts, hard candy, gum, caramels, gummies, apples, bagels, carrots, and pretzels:

The good news is there is an alternative that has none of these negatives: Invisalign transparent aligners, plastic trays that are custom-made to fit over the teeth you want to move and push them towards their correct positions.

There are no food restrictions. You just remove the aligners whenever you eat: you just slip them off, put them in a case so that you don’t lose them, and place them back on when you’re done. You’re supposed to wear the aligners every hour other than when eating if you want the Invisalign magic to happen on time: it can take anywhere from six to 18 months to complete the process, depending on how complicated your case is. There are also fewer visits required so the dentist can check on your progress and give you the next set of aligners.

Once the Invisalign treatment is completed, personalized retainers for the upper and lower arches will be created that you wear for a time. As a dentist serving the areas of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, El Segundo, and more, Dr. Gutierrez will specify, to be sure the teeth stay in their new positions long enough to become part of your permanent new smile.

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How Does COVID Affect Your Dental Health?

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There has been a lot of recent awareness about how periodontal bacteria can impact anyone’s immune system, as the body focuses on fighting that infection, which makes it potentially more vulnerable to other threats. We know that periodontitis also puts one at a significantly higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others.

It has been understood from the start that because COVID-19 is fundamentally a respiratory illness it can damage the lungs, making it difficult to breathe, which is a factor in why so many feel extremely fatigued long after they leave the sick bed. More post-recovery complications have ranged from hair loss and depression to strokes and memory loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.

What has been recently noticed, however, is that COVID can affect one’s long-term oral health. How could that be? Many experts now believe that it attacks the blood vessels, disrupting blow flow to the gums, tongue, and teeth (whose core pulp consists of blood vessels and nerves). This can result in decay and pain, with other dental flare-ups long after apparent recovery from the coronavirus.

That makes it imperative for both those who have not (yet) been infected by COVID and those who have suffered from the disease to put extra attention on their oral health. Thoroughly brushing for two minutes after breakfast and after dinner, then flossing before you go to sleep, is the best way to prevent periodontal disease from getting a hold. This will allow the body to keep its limited supply of white blood cells ready for a more serious assault from the virus, rather than having to deal with an oral inflammation.

Of course, at least twice a year (more if you have an ongoing oral health crisis) you need to have our dentist and dental hygienist provide a professional cleaning, using the tools and techniques only she has to reach the areas that are hardest to clean. If your situation needs more help than normal, she can do hand-scaling of the teeth where hardened tartar has built up or inject an antibacterial solution into the gums to keep a periodontal infection from getting worse. 

If Dr. Gutierrez suspects the infection may have entered the jawbone, he will have a full-set of digital x-rays taken (which involve minimal radiation). Keeping your mouth in great health is a major way to prevent illness in general, as well as to help your recovery. You can schedule an appointment with Manhattan Dental Care Studio today, we serve the areas of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, greater South Bay region, Marina Del Rey, and Los Angeles.