Saturday, November 28, 2015
Poway has been rated as one of the top family-friendly cities to live in throughout Southern California. While the area is well known for its top-notch public schools and amenities, it is also home to highly reputable Poway family dental offices that treat dental conditions and even help keep teeth healthy and white. Parents can help their children master things like dental hygiene to avoid cavities and to make for good checkups. Here are some great ways that you can help make good brushing and flossing a habit early in life so that your children do not suffer dental issues in adulthood.
Friday, November 27, 2015
If you get stressed and anxious at the mere thought of visiting your dentist, you are not alone. There are many common reasons why people are afraid or anxious to visit dentists in Poway, such as the belief that treatment or services may cause pain or a general fear of the unknown. Some people may simply dislike going to the dentist, but others may have such significant anxiety that they fail to get the treatment and dental care they truly need. Learning how to conquer your fear is important to your overall health. The Benefits of Regular Oral Health Care If you are not visiting the dentist regularly for routine care and other treatments that may be needed, you could be missing out on the benefits that regular care can provide. With regular treatment and exams from your dentist, problems related to tooth decay, gum disease and more could be identified early.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Pediatric cosmetic dentistry continuously presents a challenge for many dentists. Several factors have to be taken into consideration when treating young patients, and they may include behavioral issues, the patient’s ability to tolerate the treatment and the level of understanding the necessity of the dental therapy. Severely decayed primary dentition is still a prevalent issue in pediatric dentistry, whether in practices located in San Diego or elsewhere in the state. Despite the use of fluoridated water and extensive patient education, many children and young adolescents experience childhood caries. Because of great advances in research and technology, pediatric dentistry can now successfully correct dental discrepancies and maintain patient’s oral health. Full coverage restorations are now available allowing the young patients to regain their ability to speak and eat comfortably.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Tooth loss can occur for many different reasons, and this includes everything from a sports injury or accident to significant tooth decay and more. When you are missing a permanent tooth, you can feel self-conscious about the way you look when you smile or talk. This can negatively impact your self-confidence at work and in your personal life. You also may find that it is more difficult to eat, talk, and complete other similar activities. While there are several treatment options that your dentist in San Diego may choose to use to alleviate these challenges related to tooth loss, a dental implant is still a preferred option in many cases.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Do you feel terrified at merely the thought of a dental visit? It can be quite comforting to know you’re not alone. According to the American Dental Association, about 45 million Americans today exhibit a corporeal fear of seeing a typical dentist. These people would often try to avoid a dental consultation as much as possible, and episodes, such as panic attacks, aren’t uncommon—even during mundane processes, such as teeth cleanings. Of course, it’s quite impractical to negate one’s dental health, so a visit to the dentist is likely not inevitable. How can a dentist work with profound scaredy-cats, though? The answer is simple: sedation dentistry, and all the benefits it brings to the table.
Friday, September 4, 2015
The saying, “Prevention is better than cure,” is easier said than done when it comes to oral health. A large number of American adults, in fact, are not too keen on oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups. As a result, dental problems, like cavities and periodontal disease, are quite common. The American Dental Association (ADA) lists down the following common oral conditions experienced by adults 40 to 60 years old. Sensitive Teeth You will know that you have sensitive teeth when the usual hot or cold foods or beverages make you wince. Teeth sensitivity is a usual concern, even among children, and is often a result of cracked teeth, cavities, worn enamel and gum disease. A dentist will address the constant discomfort by recommending a desensitizing toothpaste or performing a treatment that would remove the sensitivity of the teeth.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about seventy percent of children in America would have become victims of cavities by the time they turn 19. Also known as tooth decay, cavities are among the leading causes of pain and oral infections in children. Of course, the best way to avoid it is through proper teeth cleaning and maintaining good oral care habits, but like everyone knows, kids will be kids. This means that it is almost impossible for them to practice ideal dental hygiene procedures at their young age, especially with the presence of numerous sugary goodies today.
Over the last few decades, dental implants have revolutionized the world of dentistry, especially in the aspect of tooth or teeth replacements. Sometimes, having missing teeth can cause the face to project a collapsed appearance, making the person look a bit older than his actual age, which, in turn, could make him more reluctant to smile. Getting a replacement could present a more youthful appearance and an improved smile. The concept of using implants in dentistry probably dates as far back as the Mayan civilization, but maybe due to the Mayans’ lack of access to contemporary equipment and facilities, they probably weren’t too successful. Today, implants consist of root replacements which serve as a durable foundation for the attached crown. It is designed to fit so naturally that it is quite difficult to tell which tooth is real and which isn’t.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Last May, we celebrated as two of our beloved dentists were named among the top 40 Under 40 Dentists by Incisal Edge, Belco Dental’s magazine for the celebration of the life and lifestyle of dental professionals across the nation. Our very own Drs. Justene and Janice Doan both got places in the top 40 list that recognizes the achievements and contributions of young dentists to the industry. Such is a recognition that the doctors, and we here at A+ Family Dentistry, feel honored about. Benco Dental held an event during the last week of May to celebrate with other dental professionals who got places in the list. It was held at the Current at Chelsea Piers—regarded by many as Manhattan’s most elegant waterfront venues. Drs. Janice and Justene were both excited for the event, however, only Dr. Janice was able to attend since Dr. Justene decided to stay with the rest of the team at the office to take care of patients. Dr. Janice would have stayed as well but a dentist from our practice had
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Surely you’ve stopped believing in the existence of flying spirits that exchange lost molars for pennies (though your kids may be another story). Other than the Tooth Fairy, however, there are other misconceptions about dental care that some parents still believe to be true. For instance: did you know that giving your kids aspirin for their toothache is a bad idea because it could burn their gums? You can ask your dentist about this and similar myths and he’ll be very glad to straighten things out for you, starting with: Fruit Juices Won’t Hurt their Teeth There’s nothing wrong with impressing the importance of a healthy diet upon your child early on, but make sure to watch their consumption of fruit juices. Like drinking sodas or eating candies, excessive fruit juice consumption could put them at greater risk of tooth decay since these contain sugar, which is the largest culprit behind tooth decay.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Everybody goes through the dreaded toothache dilemma at least once in a lifetime. In fact, it is one of the most common dental problems people have. While most people jump to the conclusion that it is caused by cavities, such is not always the case. Although cavities are the most common cause of toothaches, they are hardly the only one. There are other issues that could be causing the pain and a dentist can help you get to the bottom of it. Here are some of the more obscure causes of toothaches you need to learn about. Gum Disease The funny thing about toothaches is that sometimes, the problem isn’t even your teeth. They’re just the tragic victims of some other problem, like gum disease. Gum diseases in their advanced stages can cause toothache even on healthy teeth. Basically, your gums flare up, affecting the bone tissues around your teeth. That causes a dull kind of pain that is oftentimes accompanied by symptoms like swelling and bleeding.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Everyone wants to keep their pearly whites white but eventually, normal wear and tear will get the best of your teeth. The easiest way to restore your teeth to their former glory is to visit a cosmetic dentist for a teeth whitening session. However, if you want to get the most out of your investment, you need to follow through with proper care for your newly whitened teeth. Here’s how you can maintain that lovely new shine. Observe Oral Hygiene Fresh out of the whitening procedure, the best thing you can do for your teeth is to observe proper oral hygiene. Daily brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day can protect your teeth from discoloration. Use a toothpaste that has whitening properties, cavity protection, and plaque control for best results. Drink plenty of water as well to wash down food residue on the surface of your teeth.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that dental checkups should be done at least twice a year. This is an effective form of illness prevention as it keeps your mouth clean and healthy. Unfortunately, most people only get to visit dentists once a problem is already there. Being able to visit your dentist regularly is a habit that begins at home, particularly for young children. As the child becomes familiar with the practice, checkups will become part of their daily routine until they reach adulthood. This good oral habit will be easier to develop among children with a family dentist who will accommodate the needs of families. After all, young ones tend to achieve activities better with a model person to follow.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
It’s awesome that more and more people are gearing towards a healthier lifestyle and jumping on the fitness bandwagon. More than the lean muscles and lowered BMIs, however, folks should not forget about their oral health, too. American adults are recommended to have dental visits at least twice a year to prevent oral problems from ruining natural smiles. Unfortunately, it has become a bad habit to have an appointment only when an illness is already present.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Little Blin Rollins has a profound sweet tooth. According to his mother Amy, the boy chooses to drink juice instead of water, and doesn’t turn down almost any kind of sweet treat—from candies to chocolate and ‘gummy stuff’. The boy’s habit led the family dentist to recommend that the former get dental sealants on his permanent molars, in order to stifle tooth decay. What Blin’s mother didn’t know is that her son’s mouth is the subject of a long-standing debate in dentistry.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Your teeth work in the toughest conditions imaginable for any part of your body. They work in either freezing to near-boiling temperatures, are susceptible to damaging acid 24/7, surrounded by massive numbers of bacteria, and regularly absorb forces amounting from 120 to 150 pounds per square inch. In addition, they’re expected to do so for as long as 70 years.
Monday, June 1, 2015
San Diego, California (May 13, 2015) – A+ Family Dentistry, a dental office for people looking for a dentist in San Diego, received great news as two of its dentists were named among the Top 40 under 40 dentists. This award is from Incisal Edge, a magazine by Benco Dental that celebrates dental professionals’ life and lifestyle. Every year, the magazine takes nominations for dentists in the United States who are under the age of 40, and rank them according to how they set benchmarks for outstanding dentistry practices in the present and the future. Each nominee is judged by the advisory board of Incisal Edge. Winners are then given recognition in a 2-day event (May 28th and 29th) in New York, and then profiled in the magazine, as well as online.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
The sad fact is, there’s no way of protecting your teeth completely no matter how much time you put into taking care of them. Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as timely visits to your Poway and San Diego dentist are important, but there’s always the possibility of unfortunate circumstances like congenital deformities, having your teeth cracked or knocked out, or caps/bridges that have been pushed out of alignment. Fortunately such situations can be corrected with reconstructive dentistry. What is reconstructive dentistry? Reconstructive dentistry involves the complete restoration of the aesthetics and function of one’s teeth, gums, and/or jaw. Such procedures are generally more intricate than cosmetic dentistry, and their serious nature often necessitates putting the patient under conscious sedation.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Dentists aren’t the only ones responsible for the dental well-being of your child. You as a parent play an equally important role in your child’s preventive dental care by instilling in them good oral hygiene habits. Teach your youngsters to brush their teeth at least twice a day for two to three minutes and be strict about it. Also, help them understand why they need to visit the dentist’s office twice a year. With the right preventive dentistry steps, it’s unlikely that your child will have serious oral health problems in the future. Take him to a Poway family dental office you can trust and get the preventive dental care that he or she needs today.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
You’ve seen children and adult alike wear them. At times, they can be sources of discomfort, but when they’ve done their job, they can be great confidence boosters. Not only do they make teeth look pretty and straight, they can also significantly increase its functionality. Commonly known as braces, these wonderful dental devices have benefitted millions of people all over the world. Do you ever wonder what the story is behind the braces that an able Poway dentist installs on patients, though? Although teeth straightening has been practiced since ancient times, orthodontics did not exist as a science until 1880s. Along the way, many different inventors contributed to the braces you now know today. Here are three of the most prominent ones.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
A great-looking smile is important if you want to give a nice impression to people. Needless to say, you would want yourself and your family to be able to smile without being embarrassed. Excellent Poway family dental services can help you with this by using cosmetic dental techniques to fix what’s wrong with your teeth’s appearance. Here are a few of the procedures that cosmetic dentists often recommend to address dental aesthetic issues: Teeth Whitening Over time, an individual’s teeth can get stained or discolored as they are exposed to a variety of foods and drinks. Staining happens because as your teeth chew on food daily, microscopic cracks could develop on the enamel or surface of your teeth. These cracks are eventually filled up with dirt and debris, which contributes to the dull appearance of your teeth.
Friday, May 22, 2015
You may already know that having regular dental checkups with an experienced Poway dentist can greatly help with your dental health, but did you know that checkups can also help you save money? Although a dental checkup evaluates your oral health, many assume that it only covers your teeth. The truth is that it can cover a whole range of diseases that if caught early can be treated affordably and easily. Early Detection of Diseases Knowledgeable Poway dentists like Dr. Justene Doan, DDS of A+ Family Dentistry often start a dental exam by checking your head and neck first. This focuses on your facial and neck area, as well as your lymph nodes and your lower jaw joints. Checks in these areas can show whether you have developed oral cancer or TMJ disorder, both of which can be treated if caught early.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Adults know how to take care of their own teeth. Children, on the other hand, need guidance. This direction is best given starting at a young age. It’s a good thing that many parents are intent on doing so. In many cases, though, they don’t know what to do. Kids Health features a good guide for parents who want the best for their children’s dental health. Below are some highlights: It starts with… Taking care of your child’s dental health starts even before the first tooth emerges. The teeth are already there; you just don’t see them yet. Obviously, there’s no teaching in this stage yet. What you can do is gentle wiping of your baby’s gums daily using a clean, damp washcloth.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
What makes dental implants a good solution for replacing lost teeth? What are they, anyway? The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) answers basic questions about dental implants. Take a look below. What are dental implants? They are basically substitute roots to address missing teeth. They act as anchors for replacements. Can I be a candidate? Anyone can get implants, from children to adults. Have you lost teeth from decay, disease, or injury? Dental implants may be the right solution for you, especially if it’s not practical for you to wear removable dentures. A good San Diego dentist will refer to your dental and medical history for evaluation.
Monday, April 20, 2015
It’s important to watch what your kids are eating, for not only can some foods be unhealthy, but they can also damage the teeth and increase the risk of your kids acquiring tooth decay. Candies, lollipops, chocolates, and other sweets are already known as the most common causes of tooth decay among kids, yet at times, foods that we think as healthy could actually be damaging to the teeth. This is why a dentist in Poway, CA still reminds patients to remain diligent in their oral hygiene and regular dental checks, regardless of their diet or favorite food. Pizza, Burgers, and Pasta It can’t be denied that pasta and pizza are among children’s most favorite foods of all time, yet too much of these can be damaging to their teeth in the long run. Pastas, pizza dough, and burger buns are made of plain flour, which is not only low in fiber and nutrient content, but also contain simple carbohydrates that are converted to sugar, then sugar acids, which erodes the teeth’s enamel.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Maintaining your oral health is not only limited to keeping your teeth clean through brushing and flossing, but also requires you to keep tabs on your gums. Recent studies have found significant links between gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis and the risk of acquiring diabetes, stroke, cancers, and even heart diseases. Before gum diseases get worse and lead to more serious health problems, it’s best to have your gums checked and treated by leading Poway dentists. According to the Journal of Dental Research, severe periodontitis is the sixth most prevalent health condition in the world, and the prevalence of gum or periodontal diseases increases as a person ages, particularly when they reach the age of 38. If left unchecked, gum diseases can lead to worse health conditions that can ultimately lead to death.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Children are more vulnerable than adults in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to dental health. In 2010, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal published a survey that discovered that around 7.5 million children between the ages of six to twelve experienced a toothache during a period of six months. Additionally, one in seven children reported feeling pain associated with a toothache. This is where a skilled San Diego dentist who knows about pediatric dentistry would be able to help. There are several ways pediatric dentists help children with their dental health: Checkups The primary reason you want to take your children to a pediatric dentist is that they know how teeth develop and know how to ensure that they grow healthy, especially those of younger people. Pediatric dentists are also aware of specific problems that can plague children’s teeth like teething problems and baby bottle tooth decay.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Missing teeth can ruin your perfect smile, especially if it is one of your front teeth. Moreover, chewing your food will be a trial if one of your important teeth like your canines or molars are not there to do their job. In the past, false teeth or dentures were the popular option for replacing missing teeth. They had a tendency, however, to pop out of people’s mouths at inopportune times. Nowadays, a dentist in San Diego like one from A+ Family Dentistry would be able to provide you with a better choice: dental implants. Dental implants were first developed in the 1950s and dental experts have been improving the technology ever since. Right now, the latest San Diego dental implants fall into two types. The first type is endosteal implants. These particular implants are the more common type and are implanted directly into your jawbone; screws are the usually choice for how they are shaped, but cylinders and blades are also possible.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Before stocking up on those chewing gums, however, remember that only those recommended by the American Dental Association are the best ones, since they increase saliva flow and help remove food particles stuck in between teeth. Of course, aside from snacking on these foods and brushing your teeth afterwards, going to a dentist from an established practice like A+ Family Dentistry who offers an array of Poway family dental services, can protect your teeth from possible dental problems.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Is your toothbrush too small or too big for your mouth? Are its bristles too hard for your liking? It’s time to ditch oversized toothbrushes and opt for ones with softer bristles to lessen the damage on teeth, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Keep in mind, though, to use them properly, for even toothbrushes with the softest bristles can cause abrasions if not used as directed. Replacing your toothbrush is also recommended once it’s been used for at least three months, or if the bristles are frayed, bent, or worn, since it could end up bringing back bacteria into your mouth. Brushing your teeth is just one of the many ways you could take good care of your dental health, along with frequent visits to your dentist in Poway from established practices like A+ Family Dentistry.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
People like it if their smile looks great. The problem is that it can be hard to ensure that teeth remain in good condition. Age, wear and tear, and the misfortune of birth can all contribute to teeth not looking their best. If you want a smile that will leave an impression, you can call up an experienced San Diego dentist like Dr. Justene Doan, DDS of A+ Family Dentistry to help. Teeth Whitening Stained and discolored teeth are really bad for anyone's chances of a pretty smile. Thankfully, an experienced Poway cosmetic dentist would be able to help you with these problems. Teeth can get stained for various reasons; specific foods and drink as well as natural ageing are the prime culprits. To restore the pearly-white hue of your ivories, whitening procedures are available.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
A missing tooth can be more than just an embarrassment. An incomplete set of teeth can make it difficult for you to chew your food or even speak. In the past, the only option for replacing missing teeth was getting dentures. However, nowadays, a visit to an experienced San Diego dentist practice like A+ Family Dentistry can present you with a better solution: dental implants. Benefits Natural-looking San Diego dental implants have several advantages over having dentures. First is the obvious fact that implants are not going to suddenly pop out of your mouth. Once in place, implants can last you a lifetime, though occasional adjustments might be needed.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Good oral health care should start at a young age. As such, it’s a must for parents to take their kids to a respected San Diego dentist as early as age two. Just like adults, kids need to accomplish dental visits at least once every six months. Some parents can expect dentists to take dental X-rays of their little ones when they reach four or six years of age. When milk teeth give way to permanent teeth, parents can expect a dentist to recommend sealants that protect cavity-prone molars. While most parents understand the need to start their kids early on the road to good oral health, some may not be familiar which type of dental practitioner to turn to. Some may instantly think of kid-friendly dentists, but there are advantages to seeing a family dentist for the whole family’s dental needs. Someone from A+ Family Dentistry, for instance, would have invaluable experience in looking after the oral health of people of all ages.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Losing teeth might be acceptable during childhood, since these could be replaced as soon as the permanent set grows. Losing a tooth, however, will not only entail difficulty in chewing your food but can also have a lasting effect on your overall health. Listen to your San Diego dentist when they say that you should brush and floss daily and avoid a high-sugar diet to keep your teeth healthy and avoid tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene is, of course, only one of the many reasons people lose their teeth to. Your diet can also greatly affect your oral health, especially if you’re fond of eating a lot of sweets or drinking sugary, acidic beverages. If this is the case, then you are likely to suffer from tooth decay.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
On the dentist’s side, he or she should be accommodating when dealing with their patients. This means that apart from having an approachable demeanor, their facilities should also exude a friendly aura. For instance, a friendly dentist in Poway like one from A+ Family Dentistry makes it a point to be sure his patients are comfortable before, during, and after every dental procedure. Such dentists also use the latest in dental technology in order to ensure the very best results. In the end, dentists who are cordial with their patients─ like the professionals from A+ Family Dentistry─ can dispel all their fears and help them look forward to every single appointment. Trust in them and your dental health won’t want for anything.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Dental implants are one of the more common services your professional dentist in San Diego, like one from A+ Family Dentistry can provide. These are used to replace your missing tooth with an artificial one; once installed, your artificial tooth works just like your old one, enabling you to bite into and chew hard and juicy food. That said, there are a couple of available dental implant treatments to address your predicament. An article posted in Dental Implants HQ highlights a couple of dental implant procedures: root form implants, plate form implants, and subperiosteal implants. Among the three procedures, root form implants are the most commonly used by dentists; the other two procedures are typically used for patients who have problems with their jawbones.