Posts for category: Mouth Care

By The Dental Dimensions
October 23, 2015
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Sugar Free Gum  

Chewing gum, which originated in ancient societies, is popular for more than just its minty freshness. Whether you use gum to quell anxiety, freshen your breath or simply out of boredom, you may wonder about the effects that chewing gum has on your teeth. These effects have been debated for years, but your San Jose dentist is here to set the record straight.Chewing

Is sugar free gum different than sugar-containing gum? 
You should avoid chewing sugar-containing gum. Chewing gum can increase the flow of saliva in the mouth, having a positive effect on plaque acids. While sugar-containing gum has this effect on saliva flow, the sugar itself can cause decay, just like the sugar in a cookie or cola. Sugar-free gum is sweetened with non-sugar sweeteners, which are not known to cause decay.

Are some sugar-free gums better than others? 
The American Dental Association actually gives its seal of approval to some chewing gums. ADA-approved gums, however, only include the sugar-free variety. These gums are sweetened with, for example, xylitol, sorbitol or maltitol, which studies show do not cause tooth decay.

When should chewing gum be avoided? 
You should avoid chewing gum if you have certain dental appliances such as traditional braces, bridges or crowns, as they can become loosened or dislodged, or gum can get stuck in or under them. You should also avoid chewing gum if you suffer from jaw-related conditions like TMJ, as it could make the condition even worse.

Is chewing sugar free gum good for my smile? 
While there are mild benefits to chewing gum, it is certainly not vital to the upkeep of your teeth. It can stimulate saliva flow, helping your mouth to naturally wash away plaque acid, but statistics show that chewing gum does not produce significant results. Just because chewing gum has a few beneficial effects, it should never replace brushing or flossing. The best way to keep your smile healthy and happy is with a committed dental hygiene routine and regular dental appointments and cleanings to catch and treat problems and plaque buildup early.

Whether you have questions about chewing gum, your teeth or scheduling a routine dental checkup, The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA is here to help. Call (408) 225-6815 to schedule an appointment today!

By Dental Dimensions
June 03, 2015
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Shade Matching  

Have you ever seen someone's dental crown and the color and size just don't match the rest of his or her teeth? It takes so much away from the overall esthetics of that smile, doesn't it?

At Dental Dimensions, Dr. Deepak Shetty and Dr. Kavita Bhatia insist on dental restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns that Teeth Whitening match surrounding teeth perfectly, looking natural in color, contours, and size. That's why they use technologically-advanced computer matching for all their restorative and cosmetic work.

No More Human Error

Let's face it. Human beings aren't perfect, and when it comes to color matching restorations, past efforts have fallen short of the aesthetic ideal. The result is patients who live with a crown, veneers, inlays or onlays that make them self-conscious about their smile, particular if the problem is on a front tooth.

In response, cosmetic dentists have developed a computerized system which virtually eliminates human error. The dentists at The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose, California use a hand-held, digital scanner to accurately record the color of teeth surrounding the site of restoration and then translate that color into porcelain.

How Color-Matching Works

The color-matching software takes images from the scanner and translates them into the right formula of porcelain powders to produce materials that are perfect in:

  • chroma or color
  • hue or subtle gradations of color
  • intensity of shade and translucency

This amazing software also helps the technician translate the color, hue and intensity to real-life 3 dimensions. With the help of a digital shade guide, the technician can more precisely adjust the resulting look of the porcelain or composite resin material as it will appear in different lighting situations. He or she then creates the restoration according to the dentist's treatment plan, assured that the final product will blend in with the rest of the patient's smile.

Long-lasting, Healthy and Dazzling Smiles

Doctors Shetty and Bhatia, their associate dentist, Dr. May Yoneyama, combine the precise skills of modern restorative, cosmetic and preventative dentistry for a dental practice that is second to none in patient care. They offer a wide range of services, including:

  • cleanings, x-rays and examinations
  • tooth-colored fillings
  • root canal therapy
  • dental crowns and implants
  • periodontal treatments
  • comprehensive care for children through senior adults
  • sedation
  • orthodontics

Call The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose, California

Would you like to know more about color-matched restorations and how they can improve your smile? Contact the friendly staff today for a consultation:(408) 225-6815.

By Dental Dimensions
January 14, 2015
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Toothaches  

Listening to your body’s warning signs can mean the difference between a lifetime of good health and years of chronic conditions. This is especially true for toothaches and oral pain. When you experience these pain types, your body is often trying to tell you something - and that often means you may need to make a trip to our South San Jose dentist’s office.

Tooth pain can come from multiple sources, but is generally considered a sign that a nerve or nerves are irritated in your mouth. YouToothaches may notice this pain when chewing your food. The pain may accompany bleeding, temperature sensitivity, fever or swelling.

Common causes of a toothache can include dental cavities, infection, impacted wisdom tooth or injury to your mouth. Rarely, a toothache is not actually due to a tooth-related pain at all. Conditions such as sinusitis or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can cause tooth pain as well.

You can relieve or lessen some tooth pain through at-home care, such as rinsing your mouth with warm water. You also can apply a cold compress to your cheek to relieve oral pain or take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Some “don’ts” when caring for your teeth are to refrain from applying aspirin or a painkiller directly to the gum. This can burn your gum tissue.

If you experience oral pain or a toothache that does not go away after two days or does not feel better, even after taking over-the-counter pain relievers, call our dentist’s office in South San Jose. These are all signs that you need professional dental attention.

Waiting longer or trying to ignore tooth pain or oral pain is not only uncomfortable, it also can worsen your condition. If you are experiencing a tooth infection, the bacteria responsible for the infection can spread.

If you have tooth pain, don’t delay - call The Dental Dimensions, a dentist practice in South San Jose at (408) 225-6815.

By Dental Dimensions
September 04, 2014
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics   Orthodontist  

Am I a Candidate for Orthodontic Braces? 

Orthodontic braces are used to correct malocclusion, or “bad bites.”  When teeth are unevenly spaced, crooked and crowded, they are difficult to clean and maintain. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Other problems, such as ineffective chewing, problems speaking and misalignment of the jaw joints can also result from a poorly aligned bite without treatment. That’s why it is important to consult with a trained dentist or orthodontist about the best treatment options for moving your teeth to their optimal position. 
 

Who can benefit from braces?

For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. But you don’t have to be an adolescent to benefit from braces.  Both adults and children can undergo orthodontic care to correct a wide range of dental problems. Common reasons for getting orthodontic braces include:
  • Overcrowded or crooked teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Irregular spacing
  • Overbite
  • Jaw misalignment problems
 

More comfort, better results.

Thanks to advancements in modern dental materials and technologies, today’s dental braces are much smaller, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing than in years past. One popular option for adults—Invisalign—may also be a good choice for improving moderate teeth misalignment. Invisalign appliances are clear and removable, giving adults the convenience and comfort to improve their smile without anyone knowing they are even undergoing treatment. 
 
If you or your child desires a straighter smile and an improved bite, talk to your San Jose dentist or orthodontist. The best orthodontic option will depend largely on the severity of dental problems. Dental Dimensions can help you determine the best course of action. 
 
By Dental Dimensions
August 11, 2014
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Toothbrush  

The Filthy Truth About Your Toothbrush

You know that the best way to take care of your teeth and gums is by brushing every day. But do you know how to best take care of your toothbrush? Believe it or not, your toothbrush may not be all that clean and could be home to millions of bacteria and germs. 
 
How you store your toothbrush can play a big role in how clean it stays. After brushing, you should rinse the brush in tap water to remove toothpaste and debris. Store the toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air dry after every use.  If multiple brushes are stored in the same area, keep the brushes separated to avoid illness from being passed between brushes. 
 
Generally speaking, the human body is able to defend itself from bacteria and prevent infections. You should, however, still exercise some basic common sense when caring for your toothbrush. 
 
To keep your toothbrush as germ-free as possible, follow these simple tips. 
 
  • Every 3-4 months- The American Dental Association recommends replacing your old toothbrush about every three months, or sooner, if the bristles start to bend or fray.  
  • Following illness- If you’ve had the cold or flu, you may also want to buy a new toothbrush. Germs and bacteria can hide out in the bristles, which may lead to reinfection. 
  • Avoid sharing toothbrushes- Because microorganisms can be passed between users, sharing a toothbrush should be avoided to prevent the risk of cross-contamination. 
  • Don’t cover toothbrush- Moist environments are breeding grounds for bacteria. Store your toothbrush upright in the open air instead. 
 
Brushing is the best way to keep your mouth clean and your teeth healthy—but not if your toothbrush is in bad condition. If you ever have any doubts about the shape of your toothbrush, simply throw it out and get a new one.  


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