Warming Up with Hot Cocoa | Manhattan Beach Dentist

During the holiday season, we have a lot of things we need to focus on. Between our busy schedules and preparations, the only other thing we insist on make sure of is that we are warm. We bundle up, light our fireplaces and pour ourselves a nice hot cup of cocoa. Nothing is more perfect – until you go to take a sip and your tooth gives you a zing that hurts so bad, it startles you. Uh oh…looks like you have sensitive teeth.

A sensitive tooth appears when your gums shift to show the roots of one or more teeth. And while it could be triggered by too much acidic food in your diet, or your age, it is mainly because of your oral care routine. Our teeth naturally begin to break down as we age or mistreat our mouths, but diseases like gingivitis or grinding your teeth don’t make it any easier.

So, what do you do to treat a certain teeth sensitivity? First, we have to take a look at your daily oral care. Do you brush, floss and rinse every day? If you think you have a solid routine, try using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth. Watch your diet and try to limit the acidic intake your diet has. If grinding your teeth is the issue, get a mouth guard. The pressure your teeth are dealing with actually wears down your teeth over time. But if your pain is persistent, go see your dental professional. You should be in the 90 percent of Americans that gets to enjoy hot cocoa on a chilly winter’s day.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding tooth sensitivity.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Be Scared of the Root Canal | Manhattan Beach Dentist

On this Halloween night we are reminded of all things scary. What scares you? For many people, it’s visiting the dentist. There are so many people scared of the dentist, in fact, that dental anxiety is an actual thing. And a lot of times, it was because of a particular treatment option – the dreaded root canal.

Believe it or not, a root canal therapy actually relieves pain, it does not cause pain. The pain comes from the infection in the root canal. The endodontic treatment removes the infection and leaves you feeling better after the procedure. The best part is you get to keep your natural tooth.

But what exactly is a root canal? It is a procedure that treats the inside of your tooth. If you have an untreated chip or cracked (or other trauma), it can expose the pulp which then can become inflamed and infected. Thus, the pulp inside of your tooth becomes damaged. Left untreated leads to the pain you’d feel with a toothache. This left further untreated can result in an abscess.

When your dentist performs a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed entirely from the inside of the tooth. After it is removed, your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or a filling for protection.

But don’t be scared – modern root canal treatment is similar to having a routine filling and may be completed in one or two appointments depending on the condition of the tooth.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding root canals.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Keep You Up at Night | Manhattan Beach Dentist

For some, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t easy. And that solid night’s sleep is important to not only our mood the next day, but our overall health is based on how much sleep we get. Some sleeping disorders can lead to increased rates of infection, cardiovascular problems, and hypertension. So, if you have sleeping issues, it is important to get it checked out. Because if you are diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, there is help getting you back to sleep.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where sleep is interrupted by irregular breathing while in your various sleep stages. It can take the form of breathing pause (apnea) or very shallow breathing (hypopnea). Both can last from several seconds to minutes and can occur as much as 30 times per hour. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide builds up in the blood stream, and the brain signals the body to wake up and breath, causing the interruption in sleep. This is what will need to be regulated.

The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OPA), which is caused by a physical obstruction of the airway while sleeping. When you snore, obstructive sleep apnea causes the muscles around the airway to relax and narrow, causing the air moving through the airway to make noise.

A way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea is an overnight sleep study, where doctors will record your airflow, heart rate, oxygen and brain activity to determine whether breathing is impacting your sleep. If a sleeping issue is diagnosed, treatment options are available. Various techniques can help with airflow, like lifestyle changes, medical devices, or surgery.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding sleep apnea.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Labor Day Weekend Dental Tips | Manhattan Beach Dentist

As much as we hate to admit it, Labor Day Weekend is a pretty bittersweet time of year. Not only does it mark the final days of summer, but our lives now have to get back into a regular schedule while preparing for the upcoming holiday season. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take this season out with a bang and have one last hurrah. But with so much delicious junk food around, keeping our dental health top of mind is tough. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you say goodbye to the sunniest of seasons:

First thing first – drink lots of water. We know most of us hate drinking water, but it is important during the season’s summer heat. If you feel like caving in for a sugary drink, do it during a meal so it’s finished in one sitting. If they can’t carry it around with them, bacteria that feeds off the sugars won’t have time to cause cavities.

When it comes to snacking, keep the same rule of thumb in mind. Opt for a singular snack you have to eat at once, like a candy bar or a popsicle. Healthier snacks like popcorn or pretzels with some mustard are great options. Fruits and veggies, like pears and celery, not only have a high-water content, but also helps to keep a mouth healthy. Protein is also excellent at getting rid of the some of the acids in your mouth.

When you think about your diet, keeping yourself healthy all comes down to balance. You don’t want to deprive yourself (or your family) of the various delights only this season can offer. Use some moderation.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding dental tips.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Straighten It Out with Invisalign | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Straighten It Out with Invisalign

We all want a great smile. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t fortunate enough to get that smile naturally. Thankfully, there are options to improve your smile. If crooked teeth or gaps are the issue, there are braces to fix that. If you want it to be a subtle fix, you can get invisible braces, or Invisalign.

Upon an initial examination, your dental professional will come up with a treatment plan and an impression of your teeth will be taken in order to customize your first set of aligners. These aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired.

An Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to use Invisalign. Those with minimal amount of straightening are the most ideal candidates. Those with major work needed may need to stick to the traditional versions as they are the most effective with these cases.

If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably as Invisalign. And if you are eligible for this treatment plan, Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding Invisalign.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

The ABCs of Dental Emergencies | Manhattan Beach Dentist

We all should visit the dentist twice a year, but there are often times your teeth don’t want to wait that long. These are what we call dental emergencies. Some require immediate treatment – others can wait for a scheduled appointment. Here’s some guidelines to help you know the difference:

If a tooth is knocked out completely, immediate care is required to save it. It’s possible that the tooth can be re-implanted if you get to the dentist within an hour or so. Rinse the tooth with water, and don’t touch the root.

If you chip or break a tooth, call your dentist – they’ll likely ask you to visit the office in the coming days for inspection. It’s difficult to know the extent of the damage without x-rays and proper checkup, so even if you feel it’s minor, be sure to call your dentist for advice.

If the tooth is pushed inward or outward, GENTLY try to straighten it but do not try to force it into its socket, and call your dentist. If possible, stabilize the tooth with gauze or tissue on your way to the dentist.

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, brush your teeth, and then rinse with warm salt water. If you’re experiencing swelling, you may have relief with a cold compress, and a pain reliever. It’s likely not an emergency, but you should have the tooth checked as soon as possible.

We can’t always avoid physical injury, but your dentist can help treat injuries as they happen. Try to stay calm, call the dentist – they’ll provide the best possible care.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding dental emergencies.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Minimize Tooth Decay | Manhattan Beach Dentist

We need a healthy mouth if we wanna have a healthy smile our entire lives, but do we all do what it takes? Tooth decay are bacterial colonies that eat away at a patient’s teeth, forming painful cavities, infection, and tooth loss.

The primary way to minimize tooth decay is to minimize the bacteria that can come in contact with teeth – by removing the bacteria, a patient can minimize the acids that break down teeth, virtually eliminating the risk of tooth decay.

When it comes to removing bacteria, we can rely on basic dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing removes food, which bacteria need to survive, and removes the bacteria on the surface of the teeth themselves. The bacteria will typically be present in a sticky, bacteria-rich substance known as plaque. Proper brushing and flossing can remove plaque from the surface of the teeth and the gum-line, but failure to do so regularly can allow plaque to harden into tartar, which is far more difficult to remove. As plaque hardens into tartar, the harder surface protects the bacteria, allowing it to damage teeth without being brushed or flossed away.

In addition to brushing and flossing, patients should have regular dental visits – every 6 months or so – and use fluoride mouthwash. The professional cleaning will help break down the hardened tartar deposits, and fluoride helps resist acid created by plaque.

As you can see, preventing tooth decay mainly relies on you and your dental hygiene practices. The better you treat your teeth, the less chance of developing tooth decay in the future.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding tooth decay.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Do You Have a Headache? It May Be TMD | Manhattan Beach Dentist

What is TMD? Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are any health problems and pain associated with disorders of the jaw joint. While no amount of printed information can replace a complete examination by a qualified practitioner, it helps to have a little bit of knowledge under your belt before taking that major step and making an appointment to consult a health professional. Some patients live with TMD for years before it becomes painful enough to cause them to seek help. Here’s a quick breakdown of tips to make yourself more comfortable while you wait for your appointment

Ice packs are excellent in reducing pain and muscle spasm. Place ice packs over the temple area and side of the face for ten minutes, three or four times a day.

Place yourself on a soft, but not liquid, diet. A good balanced diet consisting of cooked whole grains, beans, vegetables, eggs, fish, cheese, ground meats, fruit, etc. Avoid foods like salads, apples, chips, corn on the cob, hard breads, raw vegetables, steak, etc. because they work your jaw to chew. The key is to keep your jaw relaxed.

Your sleep position is vitally important. If possible, sleep on your back, perhaps with a pillow under your knees and along your sides, discouraging tossing and turning. Stay away from firm, full pillows under your head, and trade for orthopedic pillows helpful in reducing head and neck pain.

When it comes to day-to-day activity, good posture is key. Keep your head up, chin out, shoulders squared and back straight.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding TMD.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

February 28th Is National Tooth Fairy Day | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Losing your first tooth has become almost a rite of passage for tiny humans. Not only are they getting bigger, but when it is time for your tooth to start wiggling around in your mouth, you are guaranteed a ticket to “big kid” town. Yes, it is truly hitting the big time. And not only are you becoming a big kid, but you can expect some type of treat after you tuck that tooth under your pillow before bedtime. But why has this tradition come to pass? In honor of February 28th being National Tooth Fairy Day, let’s take a closer look at why we have the Tooth Fairy ever-present in our childhoods…

Believe it or not, the Tooth Fairy is just one of a group of fairies that were created in the 1920’s to teach our tiny humans lessons to stay in good health. There were fairies for everything – bath fairies and tooth whitening fairies – all of which taught our children to eat their veggies or go outside and play outside in the fresh air. In 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold created an 8-page playlet that brought what we know as the Tooth Fairy to life and was performed by children the following year. To knock in the fairy idea home, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published pictures of two little girls surrounded by “verified” fairies he claimed were real. Add a touch of Disney with their creations of Pinocchio and Cinderella and you have a perfect mythical character to help ease your child into the new world of losing their teeth and becoming a big kid.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding the Tooth Fairy.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Relax Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If you are like all of us, you find the holidays are a very stressful time of year. Not only are you running around trying to make sure everyone has a gift, but the parties and social events can truly wear a person out during this festive time of year. Not only that, but there are health issues that can develop from being too stressed out, so if stress is an issue in your life, getting a grasp on how to relax is imperative.

As if stress wasn’t bad enough as it is, but the more stressed out you are, the more stress is placed on your oral health. 57 percent of the studies done as of late found a link between stress, distress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness to periodontal disease. While we can’t always control how life works out, keeping up routines, like our dental routine is very important. As stress is a possible link to periodontal disease, here are some other factors that increase your risk for periodontal disease:

  • Tobacco smoking or chewing
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Some types of medication such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives

If you find that you’re leading a high-stress lifestyle, learn to find a time during the day to relax. Get a hobby, read a book, learn to meditate or find a new exercise routine. All are great ways to reduce your stress levels, making stress no longer a health issue.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding stress.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.