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.

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.

Give Thanks for a Healthy Smile | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If there’s anything we know about Thanksgiving, it’s that it is a time to be thankful for all of the blessing that we have in our lives. One blessing that may get overlooked is a healthy smile, but our mouths are not only the first thing someone notices when we meet them, but they are our front line of defense when it comes to a lot of our general health. So, let’s go over ways you can keep that grin of yours bright and healthy in between dental checkups:

Brush for two minutes twice a day. Many of us brush, but not the two minutes that is recommended in order to reach every part of your mouth, including your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss every day. Flossing helps remove particles stuck between your teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach. If you floss regularly, the odds of gum disease will go down dramatically.

Chew sugar-free gum. If you’re always on the go, a toothbrush isn’t always handy. If that’s the case, pop in a stick of sugar-free chewing gum to help stimulate the production of saliva, which is your body’s natural defense against tooth decay.

Visit the dentist regularly. Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to your dental, and overall, health. Studies show a link between bacterial oral infections traveling and spreading throughout the whole body.

If you have kids, start them early. The sooner they understand this is a daily routine, the less likely dental appointments will end up with a poor report card.

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 hygiene.

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