Preventing Children’s Cavities with Sealants and Fluoride

While dental health may not be the number one priority of a child, it is the number one priority of the pediatric dentists at Riverside Dental Group. They work hard to protect your child’s developing teeth from the dangers of tooth decay. In this blog post, your Riverside children’s dentists explain the benefits of dental sealants and fluoride treatments for young patients.

Dental Sealants

Because children often find it difficult to brush and floss their back teeth, your Riverside pediatric dentists recommend placing dental sealants on the molars of children under 14 years old. Sealants, which are composed of a thin, clear, plastic material covering the chewing surfaces of molars, protect tooth enamel from demineralization by providing a barrier against acids. By doing so, they also reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities and needing fillings. Dental sealants are safe for children and will naturally wear off over time. As sealants can only be placed on healthy teeth, make sure that your children are sticking to an oral hygiene routine to prevent decay.

Protecting Teeth With Fluoride

Like sealants, fluoride protects teeth from decay. This protection is especially important for the developing teeth of children. Your Riverside pediatric dentists recommend in-office topical fluoride treatments in addition to the use of fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes at home. Children can also benefit from public drinking water, which is fortified with fluoride. (more…)

Your Corona Dentists and Specialists Test Your Oral Health Knowledge

How much do you know about your mouth? It’s responsible for allowing you to eat, breathe, and speak. Without your mouth, you couldn’t chew and taste the foods you love. You couldn’t communicate at work, or with the ones you love. The dentists and specialists at Dental Associates of Corona want you to understand your mouth and oral health so that you can take great care of your smile, live a longer, higher quality life, and make wise decisions when dental treatment is necessary.

This quiz may teach you a few facts you didn’t know about your amazing mouth.

1. What is the name for the innermost layer of the tooth?

a. Pulp

b. Dentin

c. Enamel

d. Crown

The answer is a, pulp. Contained inside the pulp are connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves that travel down through the tooth’s roots. A deep cavity or crack can allow bacteria to infiltrate the pulp within the tooth’s canal. If the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy may be advised to save the tooth from extraction.

2. Which Corona dental specialist should you see if you need jaw reconstruction surgery?

a. Pediatric Dentist

b. Orthodontist

c. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

d. Endodontist

The answer is c, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Besides jaw reconstruction, these specialists are trained to perform a variety of procedures, including dental implant placement, wisdom teeth extraction, and the treatment of certain facial traumas. (more…)

Your Teeth Need Calcium, Just Like Bones

Since childhood, you’ve probably been told that calcium supports healthy bone growth, helping you to grow up big and strong. But did you know that calcium is great for your teeth? At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we feel it’s important for our patients to understand the advantages of adding calcium into their diets.

The Teeth-Strengthening Power of Calcium

Because teeth contain calcium, a regular supply of this helpful mineral is critical for your teeth to remain healthy. Consuming calcium-rich foods ultimately increases the density of your teeth and strengthens tooth enamel. In fact, your entire body needs calcium to function properly, and about 90% of your body’s calcium is stored within your teeth and bones. Thus, when your calcium intake is low, your body will begin removing the mineral from your teeth and bones for use in other parts of the body. Without enough calcium in your teeth, your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay increases.

Your Jaw Needs Calcium, Too

Like other bones in the body, your jawbone weakens when it doesn’t receive a healthy amount of calcium. A weak jaw can leave you more prone to jaw injuries and loosened teeth. Jawbone deterioration can also make your facial appearance change, creating a shorter distance from cheek to chin. As we age, our jaws naturally shrink some, but we can actively deter this phenomenon by maintaining a healthy level of calcium. (more…)

Dental Specialties in Corona

At Dental Associates of Corona, our team is comprised of seven dentists and specialists, meaning we can take care of more than just your general dentistry needs. The dental specialties that we offer include orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry. We would like to educate those of you who are unfamiliar with these terms so that you have a clearer idea of the dental care that you can receive at Dental Associates of Corona.

Orthodontics

Do you have a friend who wears braces? He or she most likely visited an orthodontist to have them placed. These specialists are trained to correct problems with teeth and bite alignment with the placement of devices such as metal braces and retainers. For those individuals who need orthodontic treatment but do not want to wear traditional metal braces, Dental Associates of Corona also offers Invisalign clear braces, which consist of virtually-unnoticeable aligners worn over the teeth.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Whether you need the removal of wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, or the correction of misaligned jaws, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have you covered. Post-dental school, these specialists receive four to seven years of medical and surgical training. (more…)

Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years. Not so long ago, patients wanting a smile transformation had to settle for porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns placed on their teeth, which often looked unnatural and showed a gray edge at the gum line. Thanks to modern dental procedures, you can obtain the smile of your dreams, often in just one or two office visits. The best part is that your smile will look as if it were designed by nature, not your Corona cosmetic dentist!

To determine if you are a candidate for cosmetic enhancement, it helps to first identify what bothers you about your smile. Take the following quiz to determine what imperfections, if any, stand out when you smile in the mirror.

1.    How would you describe the size and shape of your teeth?

Symmetrical and attractive

Too small or too large

Uneven

Pointy or jagged

2.    What color are your teeth?

White

Yellow

Brown

Gray

3.    How are your front teeth positioned?

Straight

Widely spaced

Crooked

Crowded (more…)

Interesting Facts About Tooth Enamel from Your Riverside Dentists

Tooth enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth, takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis, between all the chewing, biting, and grinding that occurs. Other than the fact that it protects your teeth, how much do you really know about enamel? In this post, your Riverside dentists share some interesting facts about this incredible material.

  • Tooth enamel is the second hardest naturally-occurring substance on earth. The first is diamonds.
  • Enamel is not sensitive, but not having enough enamel contributes to tooth sensitivity because the sensitive layer underneath, called dentin, is exposed.
  • Chewing on non-food items, such as ice cubes or pencils, can scratch or chip tooth enamel.
  • Acid reflux and bulimia cause enamel erosion because of the excessive contact between the teeth and stomach acid.
  • Even though Vitamin C is vital for a healthy body, too much of it can destroy tooth enamel. Vitamin C supplements that you can swallow are better for your oral health than chewable pills.
  • Be careful when brushing your teeth. Excessively strong brush strokes wear down enamel.

Protect Your Teeth with Minerals

Fluoride is one of the best minerals for tooth enamel protection. Every day, when you eat sugars or starches, acid forms in your saliva. The acid extracts minerals from your tooth enamel, leaving the enamel soft and vulnerable to bacteria. Fluoride has the awesome ability to attract other minerals to re-mineralize and re-strengthen tooth enamel. So, while you cannot prevent the acids in your mouth from demineralizing teeth, you can prompt re-mineralization. (more…)

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs from Your Riverside Dentists

An imperfect smile may make you want to hide your smile in public. However, a less than stellar smile can also lead to serious self-esteem issues, which can in turn create more problems, such as strained personal relationships and lagging career success. If a flawed smile hampers your lifestyle, let’s discuss a cosmetic dental treatment plan to improve your confidence and give you a brighter future.

What are the Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?

Porcelain veneers are handcrafted shells applied to the front of teeth to correct permanent stains, chips, or spaces. Veneers are durable, stain resistant, and can last up to 20 years with proper care. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire surface of tooth (above the gum line) and is usually a restorative procedure, rather than purely cosmetic.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Bonding involves the application of composite resin, which is a durable, tooth-colored plastic material. This cosmetic procedure addresses gaps between teeth, chips, and permanent stains. Oftentimes, children who chip a tooth need bonding to correct the issue until the affected tooth is full grown. Then, a veneer can be placed. Adults who want to correct imperfections but do not want to get veneers may opt for cosmetic bonding as well. (more…)