Foods That are Good for Your Teeth

Top 10 Foods for Your Teeth:

1.    Green Tea has a well-deserved reputation for providing many benefits. With teeth, green tea offers up natural antioxidant compounds prevent plaque from accumulating, therefore reducing the risk of cavities and bad breath. Some green teas also contain fluoride that can further prevent tooth decay – check the label before you buy.

2.    Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are low in acidity and sugar making them great choices to quench your thirst or have as a healthy snack. This is good news for both tooth erosion and tooth decay. Milk is rich in calcium, which means you are fortifying teeth and bones while refueling during the day.

3.    Cheese is another dairy product with significant dental benefits. Being high in phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth. It also balances the pH in your mouth, produces more saliva, rebuilds tooth enamel and kills the bacteria that cause tooth cavities and gum disease.

4.    Fruit is great for your teeth especially when eaten in whole, raw form. It keeps down plaque and massages your gums. Choose the fruits rich in Vitamin C, which holds our body cells together. If you are short of Vitamin C, your gums may become tender and more susceptible to gum disease.

5.    Vegetables are another good idea if you are trying to build a good foundation for your teeth. Broccoli, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in Vitamin A from which tooth enamel forms. If you eat them raw you will get more Vitamin A, as well as clean your teeth and massage your gums.

6.    Onions are rich in powerful anti-bacterial sulphur compounds, which kill the bacteria that harm your teeth and gums. If you can stand the stinky side effects, eat onions raw for best results.

7.    Celery is another great friend of the dentist. Eat it raw and it will not only massage your gums, but clean your teeth. It will also induce the production of more saliva that will neutralize the bacteria that cause cavities.

8.    Sesame Seeds, which are best combined with bread and rolls, dissolve plaque and help build tooth enamel. The tasty seeds are also rich in calcium, which will keep your teeth and jawbone healthy.

9.    Proteins like beef, chicken, eggs and turkey are rich in phosphorus. Calcium combines with phosphorus and Vitamin D to produce our teeth and bones. Make sure you get enough protein to keep your teeth healthy, and reduce decay.

10.    Water is not only the gift of life. When you rinse with water, it cleans your mouth so that your saliva can nourish your teeth, hydrate your gums, and help wash away trapped food particles that can create plague.

Are You Considering Fixing Your Smile?

Posted March 15th, 2012 by Dr. Chao and filed in Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you thinking about fixing your smile but not sure what procedures may be best for you? There are many different options available and can be catered to fit your budget.

  1. Crowns can straighten and brighten damaged teeth.
  2. Veneers of ceramic or resin composite can straighten the appearance of teeth almost instantly, camouflage gaps and irregularities, and lengthen the appearance of your teeth.
  3. Orthodontics can reposition your teeth.
  4. Recontouring of your gums can reveal more enamel with less gum tissue and make your gumline more even.
  5. Whitening and Enamel-Colored Fillings can re-energize your stressed-out smile.

Whichever procedure you choose or however you want to mix ‘n’ match them, you can count on looking completely natural.

Gum Disease and its Treatment

Posted February 28th, 2012 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Disease

Gum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods.  As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Mini Denture Implants – Alhambra, CA

How are immediate denture implants placed?
Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed in our office, with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make you more comfortable.  A 3D Scan is used to guide implants into precise location at the desired angulation, to ensure accuracy and safety in avoiding vital structures. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, Immediate Denture Implants are placed into the jawbone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. This is done the same day as a one-step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures, nor the typical months of healing. You can take advantage of our I.V. sedation during the procedure. We can usually adapt implants to your existing dentures.

Cowards Welcome! All of our services are done with the explicit goal of making your experience as comfortable as possible. You will be amazed at how quickly your anxiety can vanish!    We see this happen every day.

Tooth Bonding – Alhambra, CA

Posted February 28th, 2012 by Dr. Chao and filed in Bonding

Bonding is a great way for you to regain confidence in your smile if you have chipped or broken one (or more) of your teeth. Bonding is a process of directly applying a tooth-colored composite to your tooth. Once the composite is applied, our dentist will sculpt and shape it to make a perfect looking tooth. A high-intensity ultraviolet light is then used to harden the composite and is finished off by a fine polishing.

Not only is bonding useful for chipped and broken teeth, but it is great for stained teeth that are resistant to professional whitening treatment.

Although bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns; with proper care, bonding composites can last for years.