Busting the Myths on Sleep Apnea | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If there’s anything that we need, it’s a good night’s sleep. Without it, things slowly fall apart. Our health begins to suffer, we are never in a good mood and likely make the lives of those around us less fun. When we snore, we not only affect block our own sleep, but we may also be affecting the sleep of others. According to the National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have been making great advances in raising awareness about the symptoms and causes of sleep apnea, but there are so many misconceptions to this sleep disorder, it’s difficult to decipher what’s true or false. So, let’s take a moment to dispel the more common myths:

Everyone that snores has sleep apnea. While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it isn’t always a symptom. People who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re asleep, sometimes even hundreds of times every night. This can impact their overall health by disrupting their sleep cycle and decreasing their sleep. There is also research that has shown that untreated sleep apnea can result in many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Only older people get sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can actually affect people of all ages, including children. There are some physical attributes that can increase your risk of devolving this sleep disorder, such as being overweight or being male.

Only obese or overweight people get sleep apnea. As fatty tissues in the throat increase due to increased weight, they can collapse and block the airway when one relaxes during sleep. However, even a well-conditioned athlete with a muscular neck can have this same 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 sleep apnea.

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

Whiten Your Teeth in Your Kitchen | Manhattan Beach Dentist

A set of white teeth can make a smile go from lovely to brilliant. Sadly, our diet includes more food and drink that does the exact opposite to our smile. So, what are our options to get back the “pearl” back in our pearly whites? Believe it or not, it’s Mother Nature. The following list of foods are not only nutritious but will simultaneously help whiten our teeth:

Let’s start with the obvious. Dairy is a dental superfood that helps our teeth from the inside out. Loaded with calcium, foods like milk, yogurt and cheese are made to strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the whiter and healthier they become.

If you’re looking for a tastier teeth whitener, try fruit. The crispiness of the apple is what is doing most of the work here. As we munch on an apple, we are helping to strengthen our gums. The juiciness of the apple produces saliva, which clears out cavity-causing bacteria. If you’re looking for a citrus version, try the orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, the citric acid also scours your teeth, but too much can wear enamel.

Lastly, the vegetables. Correlating an onion as a dental secret seems improbable, but this colorless veggie prevents stains on your teeth, and if you eat anything with onion, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Broccoli is Mother Nature’s most blatant toothbrush, while giving us an iron boost. Carrots and celery are the next in this line of veggies. If you think about it, celery is like nature’s dental floss so grab some peanut butter and eat up!

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 teeth whitening.

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

Don’t Stress on Oral Cancer | Manhattan Beach Dentist

It seems like every single day, there is a new change to our world. It makes for a very stressful existence for the time being, and our bodies don’t deal with stress well. And not to add more stress but keeping healthy is important. One way to do that is by keeping your daily dental routines in place. Not only is it something we can control, but it will greatly reduce the chances of developing other issues, like oral cancer. Thankfully, routine dental visits will thoroughly examine your mouth, head and neck for any abnormal lumps, or tissue that looks out of the ordinary. If anything looks suspicious, further examination can be performed in the office or be referred to specialists. But while we are all sequestered to our homes, it’s important to know what to keep an eye out for. If you find you have a concern, contact your dental professional for a consultation.

The symptoms of oral cancer can be tricky because they can come and go or may go unnoticed. The most common symptoms are swelling, lumps, bumps, rough spots, or eroding on lips, tongue, or any area in the mouth. There can also be difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw or tongue, unexplained bleeding, persistent sores lasting longer than two weeks and severe weight loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, it does not always mean “the big C,” but you should always have them examined. It is important to be responsible for your own health as well. Self-checking every month is a good way to be aware. Simply, being familiar with your own mouth can help you notice if something is suddenly different.

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 oral cancer.

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

Gum Disease: The Beginning of Much More | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Research has shown there is a connection between gum disease and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory infections. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why keeping your gums healthy may not only keep gum disease at bay, but it may also help manage or prevent other health conditions. Here are a few of the several health problems associated with poor gum health:

Heart disease. Research has found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those with healthy gums. Oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and attach to fatty plaques in the heart’s blood vessels. Clots can block normal blood flow, restricting oxygen required for the heart to function. This can cause a heart attack.

Premature birth. Risk factors like smoking, alcohol, and drugs are known to cause birth issues. Evidence also suggests that gum disease is a risk factor. Pregnant women with unhealthy gums are seven times more likely to have a premature baby or one with a low birth weight.

Diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to have gum disease than those who are not, likely because diabetics are susceptible to contracting infections. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways – gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar.

Bacterial respiratory infections. Bacterial respiratory infections can be caused by inhaling small droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs. These droplets contain bacteria that multiply in the lungs and lead to damage. Research also indicates that bacteria found in the mouth and throat can worsen existing lung conditions.

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 gum disease.

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

How Do I Know if I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? | Manhattan Beach Dentist

There is nothing like getting a good night’s sleep. The feeling you have, waking up on your own, completely refreshed and ready to start another day. Sadly, most of us don’t get those perfect night’s sleep. For many of us, life’s stressors leave us sleepless more than we’d like. For others, the issue is far deeper than that.

Facts are facts, one in five people have obstructive sleep apnea, but they don’t know it as 85 percent of these sufferers have yet to be diagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a sleeping disorder that is caused by the constriction of throat muscles while you sleep, causing the inability to breathe. Once the brain realizes there is no breathing, it jolts the body awake to restart it. Breathing is restored, but sleep has been interrupted.

Unfortunately, we are sleeping while we suffer through this condition, so many times we don’t even know we have it. It’s likely someone sleeping around you is more bothered by it than you are, but if you find you have the following symptoms, it’s time to get checked out:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • High blood pressure
  • Choking or gasping during sleep witnessed by others
  • Headaches, sore throat, dry mouth when you wake
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Poor concentration, reaction time, and/or memory
  • Poor decision-making
  • Loss of motivation, moodiness, loss of sex drive and work efficiency

So, if you find that you are having difficulty sleeping, make an appointment to get a sleep study done. If they find that it is OSA, there are ways to help you get your good night’s sleep back.

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 obstructive sleep apnea.

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

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.